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Resolution of invitation to the Constitutional Convention to
transfer its sessions from Annapolis to Baltimore. Resolved by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, That an invitation be extended to the Constitutional Convention, now in session at Annapolis, to transfer its sessions from that city to Baltimore.
Resolved, That a joint committee of three members from each Branch be appointed to obtain a suitable Hall and accommodations for said Convention, without delay, and that they be authorized and instructed to extend as soon as a suitable place of meeting can be engaged, an invitation to the Constitutional Convention, to transfer its sessions to the city of Baltimore, and to occupy the Hall so provided, at the expense of the city.
Baltimore, April 29th 1864. We hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of a resolution which was adopted unanimously by the First and Second Branches of the City Council of Baltimore, at their session of this date.
ANDREW J. BANDELL,
Clerk First Branch.
WM. S. CROWLEY,
Clerk of the Second Branch. The order offered by Mr. Scott on yesterday, accepting the invitation of the City Council, was then taken up.
Mr. Miller submitted the following as an amendment:
Ordered, That this Convention having received the invitation of the committee of the Mayor and City Councils of Baltimore to transfer our sessions to that city, we hereby express our grateful appreciation of that invitation, but most respectfully decline to accept the same. Mr. Daniel moved the previous question.
The question then being shall the main question be now put.
It was decided in the affirmative.
The question recurring on the adoption of the amendment submitted by Mr. Miller.
The yeas and nays were ordered and appeared as follows:
Berry, of P. Geo.,
Smith, of Wor.,
Schlosser, So the question upon the adoption of the amendment was decided in the affirmative.
Mr. Stirling moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the amendment was adopted.
Mr. Stockbridge moved that the consideration of the motion be indefinitely postponed ;
Decided in the affirmative.
THURSDAY, May 5th, 1864.
The Convention met.
Ordered, That the following named members be added to the Committee on the Judiciary Department: Messrs. Daniel, Purnell, Thruston, Baker, Davis and Billingsley.
Mr. Miller submitted the following amendment:
Ordered, That the number of the Committee on the Judiciary Department be increased by five additional members, to be appointed by the President.
On motion of Mr. Chambers,
The order submitted by Mr. Clarke, on Tuesday last, "that a Standing Committee of seven members-be appointed by the President of the Convention, to consider and report respecting the appointment, tenure of office, duties and compensation of all civil officers not embraced in the duties of other Standing Committees,”
Was considered and adopted.
The President announced the following committee in accordance with the above order: Messrs. Clarke, Billingsley, Thruston, Daniel, Baker, Purnell and Davis.
Mr. Cushing submitted the following order :
Ordered, That a Standing Committee of seven be appointed by the President, to consider and report upon all subjects brought before the Convention, which have not been provided for in the duties assigned to the Committees already appointed. The yeas and nays were ordered, and appeared as follows:
AFFIRMATIVE. Messrs. Harwood,
Blackiston, Goldsborough, P’t Jones, of Cecil, Holloway,
Berry, of P. Geo.,
Smith, of Wor., Smith, of Carroll, Sands,
Chambers, Murray-71. So the question upon the adoption of the order, was decided in the negative.
Mr. Galloway submitted the following order :
Ordered, That S. C. Gorrell, one of the Committee Clerks, be designated as Clerk to the Committee on Accounts;
Which was adopted.
Ordered, That all subjects connected with emancipation and the colored population of the State, be referred to the Committee on the Declaration of Rights.
On motion of Mr. Clarke.
Mr. Berry, of Baltimore county, asked to be excused from attending the session of the Convention to-morrow, as he was summoned to Baltimore on official business.
There being no objection, he was excused. Messrs. Sands, Barron and Kennard, were also excused from attendance to-morrow.
Mr. Stockbridge moved that the Convention do now adjourn.
Mr. King moved, as an amendment, that the Convention adjourn until Tuesday next.
The question being on the adoption of the amendment, The yeas and nays were ordered and appeared as follows:
AFFIRMATIVE. Messrs. Miller,
Berry, of P. Geo.,
Annan, Cushing, Baker,
So the question on its adoption was decided in the negative.
The question recurring upon the motion of Mr. Stockbridge,