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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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hastily, but only after mature, extensive, and harmonious deliberation by the whole people; therefore we disapprove of the National Moral Reform Convention, to be held by call in New Haven, on the 10th of September, because entered upon too hastily-—too limited and indefinite in its objects--and located by no means to accommodate the majority of our spreading people.

On motion, Resolved, That this Convention exceedingly deprecate any system of general emigration offered to our people, as calculated to throw us into a state of restlessness, to break up all those settled habits which would otherwise attach us to the soil, and to furnish our enemies with arguments to urge our removal from the land of our birth.

The above resolution gave rise to somewhat of a debate, owing to the opposition of Messrs. Charles L. Reason and Alexander Crummell, who contended that it was introduced in opposition to the object of the convention, as set forth in its call. They were overruled, however, and the resolution adopted.

On motion, Resolved, That the signal success which has attended. The noble cause of human rights in Europe, and in our own "country is encouraging to our hearts, and is cause of devout gratitude to the God of the oppressed.

This resolution also met with opposition by the same gentlemen, for a like reason, but was finally adopted.

On motion, Resolved, That this country is our country; its liberties and privileges were purchased by the exertions and blood of our fathers, as much as by the exertions and blood of other men; the language of the people is our language; their education, our education;the free institutions they love, we love; the soil to which they are wedded’, we are wedded; their hopes are our hopes; their God is our God; we were born among them; our lot is to live among Them, and be of them; where they die, we will die; and where they Are buried, there will we be buried also.

On motion, Resolved, That a publish committee of four, of the City of New York, be appointed to publish the proceedings of this convention in the most convenient manner, and at the earliest possible day.

Mr. Wm. H. Topp, from the committee on expenditures, reported a balance of $27 00, expenses deducted, now in his hands, which was, by motion, placed in the hands of Mr. Charles B. Ray, as chairman of the publishing committee.

Mr. Alexander Crummell having made some becoming remarks.On the unanimity of feeling that ha J pervaded the meetings, which He in a great measure attributed to the calm judgment and dignity of the presiding officer---Moved, that the thanks of the convention be presented to our worthy President, Mr. Austin Stewart, for the patient and dignified manner in which he has presided over the deliberations of this convention, and that the members rise as they respond to the motion.

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