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Minutes of the State Convention of Colored Citizens, Held at Albany, on the 18th, 19th, and 20th of August, 1840, for the purpose of considering their political condition.

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foregoing resolution, and to the cause of human rights in general.

Resolved, That the Committee consist of Henry H. Garnet, C. B. Ray, and Theodore S. Wright.

Resolved, That the government of our country having made provision for those aggrieved, to petition for a redress of grievances; and we, the people of color in this State, being sorely aggrieved by that clause of the Constitution, heretofore cited, which deprives us of the right of suffrage upon a property qualification ; we do therefore call upon our people throughout the State, extensively to petition the Legislature on this subject.

Resolved, That a Committee of three be appointed to report on the above resolution.

Alexander Crummell, J. W. Duffin, Rev. J. N. Marrs, were the committee.

On motion, Resolved, That a Committee of three be appointed to collect from the delegates statistics of our people.

Resolved, That Abner H. Francis, Michael Dougee, and Uriah Boston, be said Committee.

Resolved, That a Committee of three be appointed on incidental expenditures. -Rev. Thomas James, Rev. John Chester, and Henry R. Crummell, were appointed.

Resolved, That a Committee of three be appointed on Printing.

—It was made up of P. H. Reason, C. B. Ray, and A. Crummell.

Resolved, That H. H. Garnett, E. P. Rodgers, and Rev. Eli N. Hall, be a Committee to draft resolutions and appoint public speakers for a meeting this evening. Adjourned.

Wednesday Morning, Aug. 19. The Convention met at the appointed hour, and was opened with prayer by the Rev. James Sharp, of Rochester. The minutes of the preceding meeting were read and approved.

On motion, Resolved, That the Convention go into a committee of the whole, this afternoon, immediately upon organizing, to hear statistical statements from the delegates.

Resolved, That a committee of six be appointed to draw up an address to the people of the State of New York, upon the political condition of our people. Adopted. -A. Crummell, Rev. J. Sharp, T. S.Wright, P. H. Reason, C. B. Ray, and C. L. Reason were appointed that committee.

On motion, Resolved, That a committee of two be appointed to draft a form of petition, praying to the next Legislature for the right

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