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Newaygo, &c.-William S. Utley. scribed by the law calling the ConvenIN CONVENTION.
Oakland-P. Dean Warner, Edward tion, the Chair is of the opinion that P. Harris, Willard M. McConnell, the oath required by the present ConJacob Van Valkenburgh.
'stitution of this State would be the : WEDNESDAY, May 15, 1867. Ontonagon-James Burtenshaw. il proper oath to be administered to the Pursuant to the provisions of law, Saginaw--Jabez G. Sutherland. delegates.. the delegates elected to revise the Con- Sanilac-John Divine.
Mr. BIRNEY. Mr. President, I. stitution of the State of Michigan, met Shiawassee.---Josiah Turner, S. Titus have some doubts as to the propriety in Convention at the Capitol, at Lan- Parsons.
of administering the oath prescribed sing, at eleven o'clock A. M., and were St. Clair-Marcus H. Miles, Ezra by the present Constitution. That called to order by Hon. Oliver L. Hazen.
Constitution provides that the LegislaSpaulding, Secretary of State, who St. Joseph-William L. Stoughton, ture shall pass the necessary legislation called the roll of delegates by counties, Comfort Tyler.
for the election of delegates to a Conand the following answered to their Tuscola Benjamin W. Huston. vention to revise the Constitution ; but names:
Van Buren-Sarouel H. Blackman, it does not require that the Legislature Allegan-William B. Williams, Wil- Charles Duncombe.
shall require an oath of the delegates, liam E. White.
Washtenaw—Thomas Ninde, Charles and, so far as I have examined the recBarry-Harvey Wright, Adam El- H. Richmond, Lyman D. Norris, ords of the last Convention, I do not liott. Daniel Hixson.
find any mention of an oath being adBay-James Birney.'
1 Wayne ---Robert McClelland, Daniel ministered to its members. If an oath Berrien-William S. Farmer, LO- Goodwin, Peter Desnoyers, William A. is administered it would indicate that renzo P. Alexander, Henry H. Cool- Smith, Jonathan Shearer, William E. a delegate is an officer. If that be the idge. Warner. :
case, there would be raised some grave Branch-Cyrus. G. Luce, Asahel Mr. F. C. WATKINS. It appear-questions for consideration. Brown.
ing from the responses to the call of the There are some members of this Calhoun Charles D. Holmes, Eden roll just made that a quorum is now Convention who are holding offices F. Henderson, George Willard. present of the delegates elected to this under the State; and while holding
Cass-Levi Aldrich, Jacob J. Van Constitutional Convention, I move, as those offices they are not eligible to any Riper.
a necessary preliminary to the perma- other than a judicial office. If the poClinton--Alvah H. Walker, Nathan- nent organization of this body, that sition of delegate is an official position, iel I. Daniells.
Mr. P. Dean Warner, of Oakland which the taking of the oath prescribed Eaton-Joseph Musgrave, Milton P. county, be the temporary President of by the present Constitution would Burtch. the Convention.',
indicate, then to administer that oath Genesee-Sumner Howard, Henry R. The motion was agreed to, and Mr. would seem to raise the question of Lovell, Thaddeus G. Smith.
|P. D. WARNER accordingly took the eligibility in respect to the delegates Grand Traverse, &c.DeWitt C. Chair.
elect who now hold Judicial offices. Leach.
| Mr. LEACH moved that Thomas H. From the examination I have made of Gratiot-DeWitt C. Chapin.
Glenn, of Berrien county, be appointed the proceedings of the Massachusetts Hillsdale-Lewis J. Thompson, Dan- Secretary pro tempore.
Constitutional Convention, I do not iel L. Pratt, Simeon P. Root.
The motion was agreed to.
find that any oath was administered to Ingham-John W. Longyear, Lem- Mr. GIDDINGS moved that David the members of that Convention. It uel Woodhouse.
B. Purinton be appointed temporary appears to me that this requirement in Ionia–George W. Germain, Sanford Sergeant-at-Arms of the Convention. the law calling this Convention was A. Yeomans.
The motion was agreed to.
surplusage entirely; and it is a quesJackson-Eugene Pringle, Freeman
tion whether this Convention, in its orC. Watkins, William F. Goodwin.
THE OATH OF OFFICE.
ganization, is bound to obey this direcKalamazoom-Marsh Giddings, Dela-1 Mr. WILLARD. I believe the law tion of the Legislature. . . more Duncan, Milton Bradley.
requires the Secretary of State to adKent-Solomon L. Withey, Jacob
ad. I submit these remarks for the puro minister the oath to the delegates elect. Ferris, Lyman Murray, Milton C. Wat
1 pose of raising the question whether
I move that he be now requested to kins.
the taking of the oath required by the perform that duty. Lapeer-Myron C. Kenney, John M.
present constitution is necessary. It
The PRESIDENT pro tem. If it is true we can support this constituLamb.
be the pleasure of the Convention, the tion until it is changed. But all the Lenaweem-Jacob C. Sawyer, Perley
Ť Secretary of State will now proceed, laction we shall take here will be with Bills, Martin P. Stockwell, Horace J.
as required by the law calling this a view to change that constitution. Sheldon, Charles M. Croswell.
Convention, to administer the oath to Livingston-Benjamin W. Lawrence.
bor Mr. GIDDINGS. With a view to the delegates present ? Mockinac, &c.--Bela Chapman.
test the question, I move that the oath Dexter Mussey, Thomas | Mr. GIDDINGS. I would inquire to be administered shall be substanM. Crocker. . what kind of an oath, under the law
tially in the following language: Monroe_Edward G. Morton, Wil- of last winter, is to be taken by the liam A. Rafter, William Corbin. delegates to this Convention?
"You do solemnly swear that you will well
and faithfully discharge the duties of delegate Montcalm-George F. Case.
The PRESIDENT pro tempore. If to this Constitutional Convention, according Muskegon-Henry H. Holt. | there is no particular form of oath pre- to the best of your ability. so help me God."
with others, mo ipportunity Kalamazution of the further am
Mr. VAN VALKENBURGH. The Mr. GIDDINGS. I have no objec- the people, holding office delegated to fourth section of the act authorizing tion to that amendment.
us by the people, to neglect upon the meeting of this Convention con- The amendment was agreed to. entering upon our duties to take the tains this provision:
The question was upon the motion
usual oath of office. Birthe delegates so chosen shall assemble at of Mr. GIDDINGS as amended.
I therefore move to further amend the capitol, in the City of Lansing on the Mr. PRINGLE. Speaking only for
the resolution of the gentleman from " third Wednesday of May, A. D. 1867, at 11
Kalamazoo, (Mr. GIDDINGS,) so that o'clock A. M., and it shall be the duty of the myself, for I have had no opportunity Secretary of State to attend at the opening to consult with others, my idea is that
the oath to be administered to us shall Bession of the Convention, with the list of the thonninen oth for the proper oath for us to take is the
be the oath prescribed by the Constinames of delegates elected, and he shall ad.
tution of this State. :. minister the oath of office to the members of oath of office prescribed by our pres
Mr. GIDDINGS. I do not like to the Convention." ent Constitution. By an examination
begin my duties here by making In the Convention of 1850 the ordi- óf that Constitution it will be found
speeches, and I shall not at any time nary oath of office was administered that it prescribes the manner in which
do much of that. It seems to me to be to the members of the Convention. I it may be changed, and provides for
unnecessary to make a long speech apprehend it was the intention of the calling of such a Convention as
upon this matter of taking the oath of the Legislature that the same oath this. We expect to live under that
office. The resolution I have submitshould be administered to the mem- | Constitution until it shall give place to
ted is simply that we shall take the bers of this Convention. I think it another. We expect to obey and sup
oath of office, nothing else; no “ironwould be proper and necessary that port that constitution until it shall be
clad oath,” or anything of the sort, the oath ordinarily administered to done away with in the manner pre
though I should personally have no obofficers be administered to the mem- scribed by itself. I see nothing incon
jection to that. My proposition is that bers of this Convention. That was sistent in swearing to support that evidently the intention of the LegisConstitution because, forsooth, the ac
we take an oath to properly discharge
our duties as delegates to this Conven- ' . tion of this Convention may result, as lature.
tion. If we do that, I suppose we Mr. MCCLELLAND. My impres has been said, in breaking it into a
shall do it under the Constitution and sion is that my friend from Oakland, thousand pieces. But I can see what
laws of this State; and nothing more (Mr. VAN VALKENBURGH,) is mistaken appears to me to be a good reason
can be required of us. If I was called in regard to the Convention of 1850. why, upon assembling here, we shall
upon to swear in a man to any State I do not think any oath at all was ad- do what all persons, all officers if you
office, I should swear him to faithfully ministered to the members of that please, acting for the public are re
discharge the duties of his office. I Convention. I think the gentleman quired to do when they enter upon
propose that we here shall swear to will find, upon an examination of the the administration of their duties; 15
discharge our duties as delegates to journals of that Convention, that no take the Constitutional oath of office.
this Convention to the best of our mention is made of any oath being I do not think we would properly
ability. That I think covers all that required of the members of that body. begin our proceedings here by throw
we should be required to do. I hold that no oath is necessary to sing aside entirely all the requirements
The question was upon the amendbe taken by the members of this Con- of the present \ Constitution in this
ment of Mr. PRINGLE; and being taken, vention. Still I should have no objec- regard. We are now living under
it was agreed to upon a division; ayes tion to taking the oath prescribed by that Constitution. All our powers
39, noes 36. the present Constitution. I must say here as members of this Convention
The resolution of Mr. GIDDINGS, as that it struck me as strange that the come in a regular and legitimate way Legislature, in the act calling this con
amended, was then adopted. from that Constitution. We are bound
The roll of delegates was then called vention, went beyond the election of to obey and support that Constitution
U by the Secretary pro tempore, and the the delegates and the assembling of until we shall submit another to the
delegates came forward to the desk this Convention. My opinion has al- people which they will adopt. We
and subscribed to and took the oath ways been that so soon as the Conven- shall act under the present Constitu
administered by the Secretary of State, tion assembles all the power of the Leg- tion until the people by their action
as follows: islature over the subject ceases. The adopt another in its stead.' And we! only objection I have to the oath which shall give it no less efficient and hearty! “You do, each of you, solemnly swear that
you will support the Constitution of the according to the opinion of the gentle support, because, as has been sug- United States, and the Constitution of this man from Oakland, (Mr. VAN VALKEN- gested by the gentleman on the other State; and that you will faithfully discharge BURGH) appears to have been prescribed | side, (Mr. McCLELLAND,) we may pro- the duty of delegate to' ibis Convention, for
the revision of the Constitution of ibis State, by the Legislature, is that it requires vide a way for the people to do that
to the best of your ability; so help you God." us to support a Constitution which in which will break it into a thousand all probability we have met here to-day pieces. : .
ELECTION OF PRESIDENT. to break, as one might say, into a thou- We, of course, will act here accord- Mr. GIDDINGS. For the purpose sand pieces. I therefore hope that the ing to our best judgment. I do not of effecting the permanent organization form of oath moved by the gentleman care particularly, so far as I am myself of this Convention, I submit the folfrom Kalamazoo (Mr. GIDDINGS) will concerned, what oath I may be called lowing resolution: prevail; though so far as I am con- upon to take, or whether any be ad- fesolved. That this Convention now procerned it makes not a particle of differ- ministered. I do not think it will ceed to elect by ballot, a President of this ence which oath is administered to us. make any difference in the manner in Constitutional Convention.
Mr. MUSSEY. I desire to move an which I shall endeavor to discharge. The resolution was agreed to.. amendment which I think the gentle- my duty as a member of this Conven- The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The man from Kalamazoo, (Mr. GIDDINGS,) tion. Still, I think the people of this Chair would suggest that as a matter will see the propriety of accepting. I State would consider it a very strange of convenience it would be well to have move to amend the form of oath moved course of proceeding for a body like tellers appointed to receive and count by him so as to require an oath to sup- this, coming together under the Con- the ballots. .' port the Constitution of the United stitution and the forms of law, taking Mr. MUSSEY. I move that three States. I think that is quite essential. our seats here by virtue of the votes of tallers be appointed by the Chair to
receive and count the ballots for
ELECTION OF SECRETARY.
POSTMASTER OF THE CONVENTION. President.
Mr. MILES. I move we now pro- Mr. LEACH. I offer the following The motion was agreed to.
ceed to the election viva voce of Secre- resolution: The PRESIDENT pro tem. ap-tary to this Convention.
Resolved, That Seymour Foster is bereby pointed to act as tellers, Mr. MUSSEY, The motion was agreed to...
appointed Postmaster of this Convention, Mr. MCCONNELL and Mr. PRINGLE. 1 The roll was called, and the vote re
and that he receive for bis services a compen
sation of three dollars per day. The roll was called, and the del sulted as follows:
I desire to say a few words in supegates advanced and deposited their
FOR THOMAS H. GLENN.
port of the resolution I have offered. ballots for President of the Convention. Messrs. Aldrich, Alexander, Bills, Birpey, IŤ find it is taken for granted on all The tellers having received and Blackman, Brown, Burtch, Burtenshaw, Case, | Chapin, Chapman, Coolidge, Daniells, Divine,
hands that we shall need an officer of counted the ballots,
| Duncan, Dunscombe, Elliott, Farmer, Ferris, this kind; and if we are to have such Mr. MUSSEY, on behalf of the tellers, Germain, Giddings, W. F. Goodwin, Harris, lan officer. I am confident we cannot announced the result as follows: Whole number of ballots cast, 82. Huston, Keppey, Lamb, Leach, Longyear,
do better than to appoint the young Lovell, Luce, McConnell, Miles, Murray, man named in my resolution. He is Of which Mr. CHARLES M. CROSWELL, Mussey, Mušgrave, Ninde, Parsons, Pratt,
some twenty-two or twenty-three years of Lenawee county, received 67; ; Pringle, Root, Sawyer, Sheldon, T. G. Smith,
of age; he served faithfully through Mr. DANIEL GOODWIN, of Wayne
Stockwell,' Stoughton, Thompson, Torner,
wyce Tyler, Utley, Van Riper, Van Valkenburgh, the war; his only brother was killed in county, received 13;. Walker, P. D. Warner, M. C. Watkins, F. C.
the army; and he is now the chief, I Mr. ROBERT MCCLELLAND, of Wayne Wa o Papa M ATLAND of Wayne Watkins, White. Willard, Withey, Williams, Woodhouse, Wright, Yeomans, President--67.
may say the only support of his widcounty, received 1, and
FOR E. R. MERRIFIELD. :
owed mother. It is a case that appeals Mr. DEWITT C. LEACH, of Grand Messrs. Corbin, Crocker, Desnover. D.
strongly to our sympathies and feelTraverse county, received 1.
Goodwin, Hixson, Lawrence, McClelland, / ings, and if we are to have an officer of
Morton, Norris, Rafter, Richmond, Sbearer, The PRESIDENT pro tempore. A W. A. Smith, Sutberland, W. E. Warner--15.
this kind, I am confident we could not majority of all the delegates elected Thomas H. Glenn having received a
find a better man than he in the whole : to this Convention having cast their majority of all the votes given, was de
country around. . .. .... .... ballots in favor of CHARLES M. CROS-clared duly elected Secretary of the
Mr. P. D. WARNER. I move to WELL, I declare him duly elected Presi-l convention
amend the resolution by striking out dent of this Convention.
the name of “Seymour Foster," and in
APPOINTMENT OF SERGEANT-AT-ARMS. : Mr. BIRNEY. I more that a com
serting the name of “Geo. W. Spauldmittee of two delegates be appointed
Mr. F. C. WATKINS. I offer the ing," of Oakland. I desire to say in to wait upon and conduct the Presi-following resolution:
reference to Mr. Spaulding, that not dent elect to the chair..
Resolved, That David B. Puripton be ap
only is he a young man of deserving The motion was agreed to. pointed Sergeant-at-Arms of this Convention.
character, irreproachable reputation The PRESIDENT pro tempore ap
and gentlemanly deportment, but he The resolution was agreed to.
has had much experience in postoffice pointed as such committee, Mr. BIRNEY
matters. Having enlisted in the 14th and Mr. MCCLELLAND.
Mr. WILLARD. I offer the follow- regiment of Michigan infantry, he Upon being conducted to the chair, ing resolution:
served as the postmaster for that regiThe PRESIDENT addressed the wao Resolved, That the Secretary be and he is
ment during the grand march of SherConvention as follows:
hereby authorized to appoint two Assistant man through the Southern States from GENTLEMEN OF THE CONVENTION: For Secretaries of this Convention.
the mountains to the sea. He is every the honor you have conferred upon Mr. MUSSEY. I am not prepared way deserving of and qualified for the me in calling me to permanently pre- at present to vote for this resolution. position. And in consideration of the side over your deliberations, I return The necessity for it I suppose will de- fact that that section of our State has you my sincere and heartfelt thanks. pend very much upon the action which as yet received nothing from the hands I feel that the choice is far more com- the Convention may take in regard to of this Convention, I hope members plimentary to me than I am equal to reporters. If the reporters who may here will exercise their magnanimity in the duties it imposes.
be appointed should be able to perform behalf of our locality, and favor us by Sent here by the sovereignty of the much of the duties to which this reso- the appointment of Mr. Spaulding to State, guided by the councils of wis- lution relates, it is a question in my this position..: dom and solid reason, animated by a mind whether we should need more Mr. LEACH. I do not wish to dedeep regard for the public welfare, I than one Assistant Secretary; if not, tain the Convention upon this question. doubt not you will mould and remodel then we should want two of them. If I will simply say, as the question has our State Constitution, so that it shall it shall be necessary to have two Assis-been asked me, that Mr. Foster resides meet the increased and increasing tant Secretaries, then I shall bo in in this city. He is a son of the late wants of our noble Commonwealth and favor of their appointment.
Theodore Foster, for some years the approval of your constituents, and Mr. WILLARD. I am not very Superintendent of the Reform School ever stand an evidence of your wisdom conversant with the duties of the Secre- here, and for some time editor of the and sagacity, and a monument of tary; but I observe that the Conven- Lansing Republican. I wish to say justice and right.
tion of 1850 had two Assistant Secre- also that while both of these young Again thanking you for this distin taries. I do not see how the reporters men appear to have a good military guished mark of your confidence and could perform any of the duties that record, we should bear in mind that esteém, relying upon your patience, properly devolve upon the Secretaries. Mr. Foster is the only support of his forbearance and coöperation, and trust- Mr. FARMER. I move that the widowed mother, while the other gening that all your efforts may contrib- resolution be laid upon the table, until tleman, as I understand, is not so situte to the public.good, and that the we can ascertain what may be the uated. That appears to be the chief blessing of Heaven may attend each of actual wants of the Convention in this difference between the two. I have no you, I now assume the duties your regard.:
doubt of the competency of the gen· partiality has so kindly assigned to The motion to lay on the table was tleman proposed by the gentleman me. (Great applause.) agreed to.
from Oakland, (Mr. WARNER.) I cer
u regi. .
tainly know that Mr. Foster is abund- following resolution, which was agreed Resolved, That the daily sessions of the
Convention shall commence at 9 o'clock A. antly competent for the position. I to:
M., until otherwise ordered. think his case appeals strongly to our Resolved, That until otherwise ordered,
es be Mr. LEACH. It appears to me that sympathies and I hope this Conven. the rules of the House of Representatives be
adopted for the government of this Conven- at present there is no necessity for our von Wat 00 Tail Lo debu who appeddotion, so far as the same are applicable. tion will not fail to heed the appeal. :
meeting so early as nine o'clock in the The amendment of Mr. P. D. WAR
COMMITTEE ON MODE OF PROCEEDING. morning. For myself, I would as soon NER was not agreed to.
Mr. BIRNEY submitted the follow- come here at that hour as at any other, The question was upon agreeing to the resolution of Mr. LEACH.
ing resolution, which was agreed to: but it may be inconvenient for other
| Resolved. That a committee consisting of gentlemen to do so; and inasmuch as Mr. THOMPSON. I move to amend one from each judicial district; be appointed for some days there may be very little the resolution so as to make the com- | by the President of the Convention, to report for us to do, I see no necessity for our pensation two dollars and a half inrevision of the Constitution of the State.
meeting at so early an hour. I move stead of three dollars per day
REPORT OF DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS. Mr. LEACH. I proposed the sum
to amend the resolution so as to make
the hour of daily meeting ten o'clock of three dollars per day, because that
Mr. PRINGLE submitted the fol
instead of nine o'clock A. M. , was the compensation paid the post-lowing resolution, which was agreed.
The amendment was agreed to.. mister of the House of Representato:
The resolution as amended was then tives of our Legislature last winter. ' Il Resolved, That it be referred to a special
committee of sevon, to ascertain and report agreed to. do not think it is an unreasonable the number of reporters who will be needed : EXECUTIVE INFORMATION. . compensation in these times. If we to secure verbatim reports of all the proceedare to employ a man at all, we should | ings of this convention, the compensation Mr. FERRIN.: T have prepared sev
they will require, and the probable expense eral resolutions which I desire to offer pay nim & reasonable price for nisof printing 1,000 copies of the report daily, for adoption, the purpose of which is services.
for the use of the Convention; and that said Mr THOMPSON That is the same committee be also instructed to recommend to obtain for the use of this body such compensation received by the mem
the manner in which reporters shall be em information as may be in the posses
eu ay Owemo | ployed, and the names of one or more suit- sion of the several departments of the bers of the Legislature. I suppose able persons to be employed for that purpose. the duties of postmaster are not ar
State, upon subjects which we will be
CONSTITUTIONS OF 1835 AND 1836. duous at all. While I would not wish
called upon to consider; and in order Mr. TURNER submitted the fol- to obtain that information at as early
M to be penurious in the bestowal of
lowing resolution: favors by this Convention, still it seems
a day as possible, I will offer the resoto me that a due regard
Resolved, That the Secretary of State be lutions at this time. The first resolu
for the instructed to cause to be published, in one tion is as follows: finances of our State should lead us to pamphlet, 200 copies of the Constitutions of be as prudent and economical as cir- | 1835 and 1850, with the amendments thereto, 1 Resolved, that the State Treasurer be refor the use of the Convention.
quested to report at an early day, to tbe Concumstances may admit. It is for the Convention to determine whether three | Mr. WALKER submitted the folvention, the amount, classification and terms
of payment of the public debt of the State. dollars a day is an extravagant price,
| or whether twenty shillings à day is.lv Resolved,
The resolution was agreed to. That the President of the Con-1
: by sug u ay 18.vention be authorized to appoint five-messen- || Mr. FERRIS also offered the folnot sufficient. gers.
lowing resolution, which was agreed . Mr. MILES. I do not believe it. Mr. P. D. WARNER. I move to will be well for us to exercise too much amend the resolution by striking out Resolved. That the Commissioner of the economy in this regard. I know that the word “five," and inserting the State Land Office be requested to report at an the postmaster of the House last win-word «six;" and also by providing early day, to the Convention, the quantity of
unappropriated State lands of the several ter was detained in his room here from that the President shall be authorized classe
classes, together with the quantities of swamp early in the morning until late at to appoint an additional messenger for lands appropriated and contracted for buildnight. And we shall require as much the Chair, and the Secretary one addi-ing roads. of the cervices of a postmaster now, tional messenger for his own use. That Mr. FERRIS also offered the folas was required by the Houce last win- will make eight messengers instead of lowing resolution: ter. It appears to me that three dol-five, as originally proposed-six for Resolved. That the Secretary of State be lars a day is little enough to pay for the Convention, one for the President, requested to report at an early day, to the the duties to be performed by the and one for the Secretary. I also Convention, the number of foreign tire insurpostmaster of this Convention. . move to add the clause," at a compen
ance companies doing business in this State,
wompen their names, location, capital and the pame Mr. PARSONS. I will simply say sation not exceeding two dollars per and address of each resident general agent that the postmuster is obliged to be day."
of such companies. engaged here until a late hour at Mr.WALKER. I accept the amend-/ Mr. WILLIAMS. I would inquire night, for the accommodation of mem- ments of the gentleman from Oakland what is the object of such a resolution bers writing letters which they desire (Mr. P. D. WARNER.)
as this at the present stage of our proto have go off in the morning's mail. The resolution as modified was then ceea The postmaster must remain here un- lagreed to.
Mr. FERRIS. The object of these til members get through their writing,
resolutions is to bring before this Con
INVITATION TO CLERGYMEN. which is generally about nine o'clock
vention, at an early day, all the neces
Mr.VAN VALKENBURGH submitat right. I think three dollars a day
sary information in regard to those is little enough for his services. *ted the following resolution, which was
matters. I conceive that during the The question was upon the amendagreed to:
course of our proceedings here, we
Resolved, That a committee of two be ment of Mr. THOMPSON, and being appointed to invite the resident clergymen of
will have occasion to refer more or less taken, it was not agreed to. this city to meet with us alternately, and to
to all the different classes of facts The resolution of Mr LEACH was open our daily sessions with devotional exer- called for by these resolutions. It is
cises. then agreed to.
for the purpose of obtaining authentic
HOUR OF DAILY MEETING. information upon these subjects that I RULES OF THE CONVENTION.
Mr. ALEXANDER submitted the offer these resolutions at this time. Mr. P. D. WARNER submitted the following resolution:
: The question being taken, upon &
division, ayes 22, noes 34, the resolu- Mr. LAMB. I move to amend by). Resolved, That the Sergeant-at-Arms of tion was not agreed to. inserting the words “at their pleas
1 tbis Convention, be authorized to appoint an
Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms, and one compeMr. FERRIŚ also offered the fol- ure;" so as not to require their con
tent person to have charge of the cloak-room. lowing resolution:
stant attendance during the daily ses FIREMEN FOR THE CONVENTION. . Resolved, That, the Secretary of State be sions of this Convention.
Mr. WILLARD offered the followrequested to report at an early day, to the Mr. FARMER. As we are to haveling resolution: Convention, the name and location of each + railroad within the State that has been grantthe Governor and other Executive
| Resolved, That the President be and be ed public lands by the United States, together officers here, it may be well to add the is hereby authorized to with dates of the organization of such corn- officers of the other departments. I for the service of the Convention, whose companies, and the quantity of land granted; therefore more too amand by adding pepsation shall be at the rate of three dollars
Hi therefore move to amend by adding per whether any of them have received extensions
per day. of time, and also for what sections of each of “the officers of the judiciary.”
Mr. GIDDINGS. I think if the said roads such extensions have been given. The PRESIDENT. There are alMr. MCCLELLAND. I would ask ready two amendments pending, and
resolution provided for the appointthe gentleman, for information, whether no further amendment is now in order.
ment of but one fireman there would the government of the United States. The amendment of Mr. LAMB was
be no objection to it. has ever granted any lands to any rail- not agreed to..
Mr. P. D. WARNER. There aproad in this State ?
pears to be an idea prevailing in the
The amendment of Mr. HAZEN was Mr. FERRIS. I suppose the re- not agreed to.
minds of members here, that it will be sponse to this resolution by the Secre- / The resolution of Mr. VAN VALKEN
unnecessary to appoint these firemen
in consequence of the season of the tary of State will furnish to the gen- BURGH was then agreed to.
year in which this Convention meets. tleman & satisfactory answer to the
POLICY OF ACTION. question he has put. I desire to ob
I do not consider that the season of
Mr. BURTCH offered the following the year makes any difference in retain this information from official preamble and resolution:
spect to the labors required of these sources.
Whereas, It hath pleased Almighty God, firemen. The question was taken, and upon a and the good people of the State of Mich- I charge of this hall and keep it in order
Their duties are to take division, ayes 27, noes 19, the resolu igan that this Convention should assemble for tion was agreed to.
the purpose of erecting anew the temple of for the occupation of the Convention; Mr. FERRIS also offered the fol
liberty, that justice should be the chief cor- not to build fires in the cellar or in the ner-stone, that it should be ornamented with firnace
furnace. There is a person employed
here iconarson'amnloved lowing resolution:
liberty, equity and humanity; Resolved, That his. Excellency, the Gov.
Therefore be it resolved by the members of by the State to perform that service. ernor, be requested to communicate to the
this Convention, That we will be governed by The ordinary duties of these firemen Convention such information as may be
no selfish, party or partisan influence what-are to take charge of this hall and keep found in the Executive department, as to the ever, and that the several committees which
order. + maak whose auties. allnumber names and location of the railroads shall be selected, shall be in accordance with 10 and piank roads within this State, that have the foregoing preamble and this resolution. ring the session of this Convention. been aided by local taxation or municipal | Mr. GIDDINGS. I move to lay the will be more than should be devolved bonds, the amount of such aid, and such i. intormation venerally in that regard, from the preamble and resolution upon the upon one person. Executive department, as may be serviceable table.
Mr. MILES. I agree with the gento the Convention.
The motion was agreed to.
tleman from Calhoun, (Mr. WILLARD), * The question was taken, and upon a
And then, on motion of Mr. LUCE, that it will require the services of at division, ayes 26, noes 27, the resolu- the Convention (at one o'clock P. M.) least two men to act as firemen for tion was not agreed to. took a recess till three o'clock P. M.:
this Convention. It is well known to THE GOVERNOR INVITED TO ATTEND THE
many members here that during the CONVENTION.
last session of the Legislature, the Mr. VAN VALKENBURGH sub- The Convention reassembled at three firemen were often here from four or mitted the following resolution: Jo'clock P. M. and was called to order five o'clock in the morning until ten Resolved, That his Excellency, Governor by the President. ..
er eleven o'clock at night, there being Crapo, be invited by the President to take a seat within the bar of the Convention, during
The roll was called, and a quorum two of them to do the work; and at its sessions. answered to their names.
times they were even then behindhand Mr. P. D. WARNER. I would sug... ANNOUNCEMENT OF COMMITTEES.
with their work, on account of the gest to my colleague, (Mr. VAN VALKEN- The PRESIDENT announced the
great amount of labor required of BURGH,) that if he desires or expects to following committees, ordered by the
them, although they were competent derive, any advantage from the pres- Convention to-day:
men. I do not think it would be right ence of the Executive in the Conven
Committee upon Reporting--Messrs.
for this Convention to undertake to PRINGLE, PRATT, LONGYEAR, MORTON,
make one man do the work of two so as to give the Governor the right to
RICHMOND, ALDRICH and DIVINE. r.
"men. I hope the resolution as origintake part in any discussion that may
Committee upon order of Proceeding,
ally offered will be adopted. arise here. His mere presence here, Messrs. BIRNEY, WITHEY, BILLS. Mc
The question was taken, and upon a without the privilege of speaking, CLELLAND, SUTHERLAND, PARSONS, GID
division, ayes 55, noes not counted, the would be of no advantage to the ConDINGS, LUCE, MUSSEY, LEACH, BURTEN
resolution was agreed to.. vention.
SHAW, WILLARD, CHAPMAN, NORRIS and RULES FOR THE CONVENTION. ::: Mr. VAN VALKENBURGH. I
Mr. WILLIAMS submitted the folhave offered the resolution altogether
LEGISLATIVE MANUAL.. lowing resolution, which was agreed. as a matter of courtesy. I think it
Mr. TURNER submitted the follow- to: cannot be objected to by my colleague,
ling resolution, which was agreed to: / Resolved, That a committee of five be ap(Mr. P. D. WARNER,) or by any other
Resolved, That the Secretary of State bel of the proceedings of this Convention.
pointed to prepare rules for the government gentleman here. It is always custom
requested to furnish each delegate in the Conary in bodies of this kind to extend such vention, a copy of the Manual of the last
ASSISTANT SECRETARIES. courtesies.
.: Mr. MUSSEY. I move to take from Mr. HAZEN. I move to amend by ASSISTANT SERGEANT-AT-ARMS, ETC. the table the resolution offered by the inserting the words and other State Mr. MILES submitted the following gentleman from Calhoun, (Mr. WILofficers."
resolution, which was agreed to: LARD), authorizing the Secretary to