REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON STATE OF THE COUNTRY (Appendix: Page 27-28)
Whereas, since the last session of our Annual Conference the Congress of the United States has enfranchised our race in the States known as the ten rebel States; and whereas, this enfranchisement is an acknowledged declaration of our incorporate relation to the whole nation, removing every barrier to our moral, religious and political elevation,
Resolved, That we do hereby tender our profoundest gratitude to the said Congress for this noble act, which please her in just legislation in the front rank of any national government in the world.
Resolved, For this and other just measures enacted by the said Congress, that we renew our allegiance to the United States, and pledge to its protection our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.
[Signed] C.H. PEARCE