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Minutes and Proceedings of the First Annual Convention of the People of Colour, held by adjournments in the city of Philadelphia, from the sixth to the eleventh of June, inclusive, 1831.
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The Convention, having received the report of the committee, and being deeply impressed with the importance of such an institution, do hereby resolve, that it is highly expedient to make an effort to carry the same into effect, under due regulations. Therefore, resolved, that this Convention earnestly recommend to our Brethren, to contribute as God has given them the ability, to aid in carrying into operation the proposed institution ; and the Convention would wish it to be distinctly understood, that the Trustees of the contemplated Institution, shall a majority of them be coloured persons ; the number proposed is seven, three white, and four coloured ; who shall be elected by the subscribers, contributors, or their representatives: the elections to be held in the city of New-York, unless ordered otherwise by the Convention.
The Trustees shall annually report the state and condition, with all other necessary information relating to the Institution, to the Annual Convention.
On motion, the Rev. Samuel E. Cornish, was unanimously elected General Agent, to collect funds, in aid of the contemplated Institution, (his necessary compensation being gurranteed by the liberality of the benevolent individual before alluded to) with power to appoint sub-agents, at such places where the Convention may have made no appointments.
On motion, Resolved, That Arthur Tappan, Esq., at New-York, be appointed to receive as Treasurer, all moneys that may be collected for the purpose of establishing the proposed Institution at New-Haven, he satisfying the Executive Committee at New-York.
And on motion, it was Resolved, That there be Provisional Committees appointed, whose duty it shall be to aid and assist the Agent or Agents that may be appointed in the discharge of their duties.
And that the Provisional Committee at New-York shall be the Executive Committee until the Trustees are appointed.
Here follow the several Provisional Committees: viz.
Boston.--Rev. Hosea Reiston, Robert Roberts, James G. Barbadoes, and Rev. Samuel Snowden.
New-York.--Rev. Peter Williams, Boston Cromwell, Philip Bell, Thomas Downing, Peter Voglesang.
Philadelphia.--Joseph Cassey, Robert Douglass, ((Senr.?)), James Forten, Richard Howell, Robert Purvis.
Baltimore.--Thomas Green, James P. Walker, Samuel G. Mathews, Isaac Whipper, Samuel Hiner.
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