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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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Let these convictions seize upon and color the minutest portions of our souls. Let them give shape and form to our thoughts and actions. Let them be characteristic of our efforts in this matter.
Thus, brethren, we shall achieve the great object upon which we are intent. Thus shall we further the cause of man. Thus shall we secure to ourselves great and important benefits, and send down to all posterity the innumerable privileges of civil and religious liberty.
On motion, Resolved, That the report of the Committee on the Address be adopted.
Mr. Alexander Crummell, from the Committee on the General Address, reported an Address, which will be found on page 26.
On motion of Charles L. Reason, Resolved, That the report of the Committee on the Address to the People of the State, be accepted and adopted; the Committee continued, and empowered to embody facts and statistics, as furnished by the appropriate committee; and that it be published with the signatures of the President and Secretaries, after having received the careful revision and sanction of this same committee in New York.
Adjourned at half-past twelve o'clock.
Thursday Afternoon. The Convention was called to order at half-past one o'clock, being opened with prayer by Rev. D. Scott, Pa.
The Committee on Expenditures reported as follows, and were discharged.
The Committee on Expenditures beg leave to submit the following report:
For lights for public meetings, $1 50
Sexton's services, 3 days at $1, 3 00
Quills and paper, 00 37 1/2
Total, $4 87 1/2
Moved, That William H. Topp pay the above bills.
The Business Committee reported the following resolutions :
On motion, Resolved, That while we deem it our imperious duty to co-operated with our friends in all lawful measures for the promotion of every great work, and especially for the cause of human rights, we maintain it to be important, also, in view of our peculiar circumstances, and of the importance to our cause of embodying the unbiassed sentiments of our people, that we assemble together, as occasion may require, in public conventions.
On motion, Resolved, That a National Convention of our people is a movement of great magnitude, inasmuch as it imports to embody that representatives of 500,000 of the people scattered throughout our extended country; a movement, therefore, to be entered upon not
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