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Afternoon Session Convention met pursuant to adjournment. On motion of Mr. Emery of Lawrence, the following Resolution was adopted . Resolved – That a Committee on Local Affairs be added to the Standing Committees. On motion of Mr. Brown of Osawatomie – the following Resolution was adopted. Resolved – That a Committee be formed under the head of

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Administration – Mr. Holliday of Topeka from the Committee on Finance and Taxation – made a Report – which was read the first time. Mr. Emery of Lawrence, from the Committee on Jurisprudence, made a Report, which was read the first time. Mr. Robinson, of Lawrence, presented the petition of S. N. Wood and others, which upon motion of Mr Delahay of Leavenworth, was laid upon the Table. Mr. Lane of Lawrence, (Mr. Hunt of Lawrence, in the Chair) – presented the following

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Resolution –which was ordered to be entered upon the Journal of the Convention – Said Resolution being the instructions given by the people of the 2nd Representative District, at the meeting held at Lawrence on the 7th Oct which nominated the delegates to this Convention.
Resolved – That the Delegates nominated to this Convention, be and hereby are instructed to use their exertings to submit the question of excluding Free Negroes from the Territory, to the people of the Territory, on the day the constitution is submitted, their decision

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to operate as instructions to the first Legislature upon that subject. Mr. Lane of Lawrence submitted the following Resolution, which was adopted, and referred to the appropriate committee.
Resolved - That the committee on Miscellaneous Business be and hereby are instructed to report a plan to this Convention for submitting the question of excluding Free Negroes – from this Territory, to the people, upon the day the Constitution is submitted; their decision to operate as instructions to the first legislature upon that subject.

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On motion of Mr. Robinson of Lawrence the Resolution of Mr. Smith of Franklin which was passed on Tuesday Oct. 30th was reconsidered. Mr. Delahay of Leavenworth, offered the following as an amendment – That the Executive Committee appointed at the peoples convention at Topeka in September last, be and they are hereby recognised as the Executive Committee for State Organization purposes in Kanzas – Mr. Robinson of Lawrence moved to refer the subject to the Committee on Miscellaneous Business –

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On this motion the Yeas and Nays were demanded – On the call of the Roll – twelve members were founded to have voted in the affirmative and fourteen members in the negative – Those who voted in the affirmative, are
Messrs. O. C. Brown – Crosby – Curtiss – Emery – Hunt – Hunting – Klotz – Knight – Landis – Robinson – Schuyler – Stewart – Those who voted in the negative were – Messrs – Delahay- Goodin – Graham – Lane – Latta – May – McDaniel – Mewhiney – Parrott – Roberts – Sayle – G.W. Smith – Tuton – Wakefield.
The question was then taken upon the amendment of Mr. Delahay of Leavenworth, and it was passed. On motion of Mr. Tuton of

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Bloomington, it was ordered that when the convention adjourn, it adjourn to meet at 61/2 o’clock. The convention then adjourned. Evening Session Convention met pursuant to adjournment. On motion of Mr. Parrott of Leavenworth, the convention went into Committee of the Whole – on the subject of immediate State Organization – Mr. Hunt of Lawrence, in the chair. On the rise of the committee the chairman reported that the committee had made progress in the consideration of the subject and asked leave to sit again.

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