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PROCEEDINGS.

A PROCLAMATION

BY THE GOVERNOR OF MARYLAND).

STATE OF MARYLAND, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT.

Whereas, By an Act of the General Assembly of Maryland, passed at January session, 1867, entitled “An Act to provide for taking the sense of the people of this State on the call of a Convention to form a new Constitution and Form of Government, and for assembling the members thereof," it was enacted that an election should be held as provided by said Act to take the sense of the people on the question of the call of the Convention, and to elect delegates thereto in case said call was sustained by a majority of the votes cast;

And Whereas, It is by said Act made the duty of the Governor to count and cast up the number of ballots cast at said election for and against a Convention, and the blank ballots cast, and the ballots cast for delegates to said Convention, and if it should thereupon appear that more votes had been cast in favor of the call of a Convention than against such call, to issue his proclamation declaring the persons having the majority in the several counties and in the city of Baltimore, respectively, to be elected to said Convention, and for the assembling of the members thereof;

And Whereas, The returns of said election have been received from the city of Baltimore and the several counties of the State, and upon counting and casting up the ballots whiclı, according to said returns, were cast at the election held for said purpose on the 10th day of April instant, it appears that the wliole number of votes cast was 58,718, of which 34,534 were for a Convention, and 24,136 against a Convention, and 48 blank ballots; and it therefore appearing that

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more votes have been cast in favor of the call of a Convention than against the call of a Convention

Now, Therefore, I, TUOMAS SWANN, Governor of the State of Maryland, in obedience to the requirements of the Act of Assembly aforesaid, do by this my proclamation declare and make known that the persons having the majority in the several counties and the city of Baltimore, respectively, have been duly elected delegates to said Convention, and that the Convention authorized by said Act will be held in the city of Annapolis, on the SECOND WEDNESDAY OF MAY next, being the eighth day of said month, where the said delegates will, on that day, assemble to enter apon the discharge of the duties prescribed by the Act aforesaid.

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Given under my hand and the Great Seal of

the State of Maryland, at the city of Annapolis, this twentieth day of April, in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and sixty

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seven.

THOMAS SWANN.

By the Governor :
JOHN M. CARTER, Secretary of State.

In conformity with the aforegoing Proclamation, and in obedience to the requirements of the Act of Assembly, the title of which is therein mentioned, the Convention assembled at 12 o'clock, M., on Wednesday the 8th day of May, in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixtyseven, in the Hall of the House of Delegates, in the city of Annapolis.

All the delegates elect appearing to be present, except Messrs. Thomas I. Hall, of Anne Arundel county, Anthony Kennedy, of Baltimore county, John W. Bennett, of Carroll county, Vivian Brent and John T. Stoddert, of Charles county, James Wallace, of Dorchester county, Henry D. Farnandis, of Harford county, William M. Merrick, of Howard county, and John B. Brooke and Elbert G. Emack, of Prince George's county.

On motion, by Mr. Isaac D. JONES, Mr. John F. Dent was appointed temporary President; and Mr. JAMES R. Howison, temporary Secretary.

On motion, by Mr. Jones, it was Ordered, That the Proceedings of the Convention be opened by prayer, and that the Rev. Mr. LEECH, who is now present, be requested to officiate; whereupon,

The Rev. Mr. Leech offered a prayer.

Mr. CHARLES S. PARRAN, submitted the following order :
Which was agreed to.

Ordered, That a Committee of five be appointed by the Chair to inform the Governor that the Convention to frame a new Constitution for the State of Maryland, has assembled in the Hall of the House of Delegates, in accordance with the Act of the General Assembly, and his Proclamation relating thereto, and has temporarily organized by electing a Chairman and Secretary, and that the Convention desires to have a list of names of the Delegates who are shown by the returns made to him, to have been duly elected members of the Convention ; whereapon,

Messrs. CHARLES S. PARRAN, of Calvert, ISAAC D. JONES, of Somerset, PHILIP H. ROMAN, of Allegany, BERNARD CARTER, of Bal. timore city, and J. K. LONGWELL, of Carroll, are appointed the said committee.

The Committee retired, and on returning, reported that they had called on the Governor, as directed by the order of the Convention, and that the Governor would communicate the information desired forthwith.

On motion, by Mr. JONES,
To adjourn until to-morrow, at 12 o'clock,
It was determined in the negative.

The following message was received from the Governor, by Mr. LEARY, his Secretary :

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

Annapolis, May 8, 1867. To the Convention :

GENTLEMEN:-In accordance with the application of your Honorable Body through the Committee appoiated to confer with me, I transmit herewith a list of the members elected under the Act entitled "An Act to provide for taking the sense of the people of this State on the call of a Convention, to form a new Constitution and Form of Government, and for assembling the members thereof,” passed at the late January session of the General Assembly of Maryland : and I also hand you the Proclamation of the Governor issued in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.

The official returns from the several counties and the city of Baltimore are on file in this office, subject to the use of the Convention. I have the honor to be, with great respect,

Your obedient servant,

THOMAS SWANN.

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Baltimore City-—3d Legislative Dist. JAMES R. BREWER, JOHN FERRY, J. MONTGOMERY PETERS, JOHN FRANCK, JOS. P. MERRYMAN, I. M. DENSON, WALTER S. WILKINSON.

Charles County. WALTER MITCHELL, VIVIAN BRENT, JOHN T. STODDERT.

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