During the absence of the committee on organization, the Rev.
T. N. Stewart, of Jackson and Gallia counties, entertained the
Convention with a speech, followed by some remarks by the Rev.
J. McCarter Simpson of Muskingum county, during which time the
committee on organization being ready to report, the gentleman
gave way, the report was as follows:
For President, David Jenkins of Franklin county; for Vice
Presidents, J. Mercer Langston of Ross, H. F. Douglass of Cuya-
hoga, H. H. Ford of Champaign, Wm. Roberts of Clark; for
Secretaries, W. Hurst Burnham, Charles H. Langston; for Chap-
lin T. N. Stewart.
The President on taking the chair, spoke as follows:
Gentlemen of the Convention, the honor you have conferred upon
me is undeserved, and never before having the privilege, of oc-
cupying a position so responsible in your deliberations, I shall
look to you for support in the faithful discharge of the arduous
duty devolving on me, as President of this Convention. The ob-
ject of this Convention, has already been stated by gentlemen who
proceeded me, and it only remains for me to thank you for this
token of your approbation
I have been battling for the last ten years in this State, for the
attainment of the elective franchise, with what success I leave
you to judge. I only claim for myself sincerity of purpose, the
Emancipation of the Slave, and the Elevation of the Colored
American, half free, has been the loftiest aspirations of my heart.
For the attainment of this object, I have ever strove to be at my
post, ready to march in any direction to meet a subtle foe. It is
true that the "Aldebarian of our hope," is obscured and "may not
shine upon us for many days," yet success is certain and victory
sure, let us put our trust in him,
"Whose cause is ours,
In conflict with unholy powers,
We'll grasp the weapons he has given,
The light, and truth, and love of Heaven."
Gentlemen, again thanking you for the honor you have done me,
I resume my seat.
On motion of L. D. Taylor, a committee of five were appoint-
ed, to report business for the Convention. The committee consist-
ed of J. McCarter Simpson, chairman, L. D. Taylor, H. Ford Dou-
glass, Wm. P. Morgan, and Sterling Heathcock.
On motion, a committee of three were appointed, on finance:
John Booker Chairman, Wm. Hope, H. H. Ford.
It was on motion of Doct. C. H. Langston, agreed that the Con-
vention meet at 9 o'clock, take a recess at 12 M., re assembling at
half past 3, P. M., and adjourning at 5 P. M.
On motion it was resolved that Hamilton Campbell be admitted
to a seat in the Convention, for the purpose of taking a report of
the proceedings of the Convention, for publication in the daily
papers of the city. Carried.
J. McCarter Simpson offered a resoluion, that a committee
of five be appointed to prepare anti-slavery music, for the open-
ing and closing of each session of the Convention.