Friday Evening Jany 13th 1837


Met pursuant to adjournment. Meeting called to order. Roll called and the following named Persons were noted as absentees (viz.) J. Moore, W. B. Little, J. L. Martin, D. F. Wandell, A. Scott, J. C. Howell, A. Dray, Geo. Howland, E. R. Wells, B. F. Long, D. M. Kittinger, J. Nutter, J. L. Bingham, H. C. Caswell, J. N. Palmer, S. Graves, C. C. Hopkins, J. G. Hill, J. B. White, J. Wilber, L. Colby, G. W. Fox, & J. Morrison were noted as absentees. Moved and carried that a Committee of three be appointed by the President to amend the 2nd Sec of Article 5th together with the amendment to said Sec who appointed Mr. Hall, Mr. Newman & Mr. Dennison that Committee. The debate then opened on the affirmation by Mr. Hall & on the negative by Mr. Clark on the Question does the present aspect of affairs in our Country promise the perpetuity of our Government. After some time spent in an animated discussion it was moved that the Question be continued for the next Evenings debate which motion was lost the debate was resumed and continued for some time when the president was called on for a decision who decided in favor of the affirmative and appeal was taken which resulted in the Society’s sustaining the president’s decisions a Question was then proposed by A member of the Committee and adopted by the society for discussion at the next meeting (viz). Does the principle of the Right require the immediate emancipation of the Slave. The President feeling some delicacy in presiding over the deliberation of the Question resigned & the Vice President not being present Mr. Merrill was chosen President Protem for the remainder of the Evening, volunteers were then called for to lead the debate when Mr. Dennison volunteered on the affirmative & Mr. Robinson on the Negative. No excuses called for. Moved to adjourn to meet at this place next Thursday evening half past 6 O’Clock.

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