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in the State, and to each county clerk, during I should be unwilling to vote for their by means of petitions, remonstrances, the sessions of the Convention.

employment, except for the purpose of and all that sort of thing. Mr. HAZEN. I think the object of sending to the papers a full account of MR. LUCE. I agree with my the gentleman can be accomplished by our debates.

. friend from Calhoun, (Mr. WILLARD,) moving to strike out the words “and Mr. WILLARD. I apprehend the in regard to the probable effect of the debates," and then adopting the rest object of publishing the debates of daily publication of our debates; and of the resolution as it stands. :: this Convention is to enable the people that may have had some influence

The PRESIDENT. Those words hereafter to ascertain the spirit which upon my mind in regard to this queshaving been inserted by a vote of the influenced the Convention in the adop- tion. But that was not my main reaConvention, it would not be in order tion of the general principles embraced son for offering the substitute. I beto move to strike them out. A motion in the Constitution they may submit lieve if we undertake to have the deto reconsider the vote by which those to the people for their adoption. I do bates and journals published day by words were inserted would be in order. not think it advisable for members day, to be scattered broadcast through

Mr. BIRNEY. I was about to sug- upon this floor to be encouraged to out the State, our printer will soon get gest that those words, “and debates," make speeches by the idea that they behind hand with his work. That has could be got rid of by a motion to re-are addressing as it were the whole always been the case every session of consider the vote by which they were people of Michigan. I think the labors the Legislature that I have been here, inserted in the resolution

of this Convention would be sooner and I think it will be the case again. Mr. LUCE. I have no choice as to brought to a close, that there would be The gentleman from Kalamazoo, the method of accomplishing the ob- less encouragement given for extended (Mr. GIDDINGS,) speaks as if the people ject I have in view. I desire simply to debate, by not having the debates of of this State would have no means of have sent to the newspapers and county the Convention published daily. I knowing what was said and done here, clerks the published Journal of pro- shall therefore vote for the substitute, if we do not have our debates published ceedings only, and that object I suppose with the view of not having these de- every day and distributed to the newscan be accomplished by adopting the bates published daily for the use of papers. Now I apprehend that the substitute I have offered for the reso-members, and I do hope, it will be reading portion of the people of this lution now pending. adopted.

State will find out through the newsMr. HAŽEN. I suppose it is the Mr. GIDDINGS. I think the gen- papers more of what they will care to intention of the Convention, by the tleman from Calhoun, (Mr. WILLARD,) learn concerning the reasons and acts adoption of the resolution authorizing lis mistaken in one respect; that is, I of this Convention than they will the employment of reporters, and re-that the publication of these debates through these journals of debates, if quiring that copy shall be furnished to is going to encourage speech-making we publish them. I do not think the the printers as fast as they can use in this body. I think it will have ex- publication and distribution of these it, to have the debates furnished for actly the opposite effect. I think a debates will be any very great means the use of members, the same as the man would soon get sick of seeing his of disseminating a real knowledge of Journal; and if that be the object of own speeches spread out upon the the questions discussed here. I apthe Convention, it seems to me to be record day by day.

prehend the people of this State will very proper that these debates should A MEMBER. Reported verbatim. derive no very great benefit from be sent to the newspapers of the State. Mr. GIDDINGS. Yes, reported ver- having these debates published and I think one of the best objects to be batim; I think he would soon get tired circulated every day. I hope, theresecured by employing those reporters of it. I believe, as firmly as I believe fore, that my substitute will be and publishing these debates at all, is I am here, that the publication of the adopted, and that we shall do as the that the reasons for the acts of this debates would within ten days have Legislature have done, send out only Convention, as expressed in our de- exactly the opposite tendency of what the journal of proceedings.. bates, may be sent to the papers, and the gentleman seems to suppose. Mr. WILLIAMS. It seems to me the public kept informed, from time to I for one feel very much as the gen- important that the people should have time, of the tone, temper, reasons and tleman from St. Clair (Mr. HAZEN) has an opportunity of knowing what reaaction of this Convention. For my expressed himself: that I would not sons influenced members of this conpart, I shall regret having voted for much care to have reporters employed vention in framing the Constitution the ernployment of reporters and the here, if the people are not to be bene- which may be submitted to the people publication of our debates every day fited by their labors as we go along. for their approval. And if these defor the use of members here, if those In that way I can see some good to be bates are to be published at all, they debates are not to be sent to the news- accomplished by having our debates should be so published that the people papers of the State, that they may be reported and published. As to their may have the benefit of the publicalaid before the people. I do not con- being examined hereafter, I think that tion before they are called upon to act sider it a very desirable object to ex- is an error--that in the main they will upon the Constitution which may be pend $30,000 or $40,000 for the em- be left to lie unused upon the shelves, submitted to them, and find out the. ployment of reporters and the publi- as was the case with the reports of the intention of the Convention in the cation of our debates, and then have old Convention. I have had a copy of several articles embraced in it. For them kept from the people until months those reports in my house ever since that reason, I am decidedly in favor of after this Convention shall have ad- the last Convention. I do not think I having these debates, if published at journed, and perhaps then laid away ever read fifty pages of it, or hardly all, published daily for the use of upon shelves, to be covered with dust looked into it until after this Conven- the members of the Convention and and forgotten, tion was called.

for the benefit of the people of the Therefore, if the substitute of the The people should be kept informed State of Michigan, who are to pass gentleman from Branch (Mr. Lucr) of what we are doing, and particularly upon our action. I cannot conceive shall be adopted, I shall feel it my they should have the means of learn- that, as stated by the gentleman from duty to follow it up with a motion to ing the reasons we may give for what Branch, (Mr. LUCE, the newspaper reconsider the vote adopting the reso- we may do; then they would send their reports of our proceedings would give Jution for the employment of reporters, directions up to us from time to time such definite information as will eną.

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And I do not see the force of the ob- with the debates; and if there is a de- any propriety order the sending out jection urged by the gentleman from lay of a day or two at any time in the of the debates of this Convention, until Oakland, (Mr. P. D. WARNER,) in ref- publication of the debates, as has been we have ordered their publication. I erence to the trouble the Secretary suggested by the gentleman from would inquire of the Chair if any order will find in carrying out the require- Branch, (Mr. LUCE,) it will be com- has been made authorizing the printments of this resolution. In the first paratively unimportant. We can have ing of the debates ? place the Secretary is not the person the journal of proceedings before us, The PRESIDENT. The Chair is required by the resolution to attend to and if the debates are delayed for a not aware of any such order having the forwarding of either the journal or little it will not make much difference. been made. the debates. That duty is to be per- Mr. P. D. WARNER. I would ask Mr. HOWARD. Then I shall cerformed by the State printer. Nor are if this Convention has ordered the tainly vote in favor of the substitute.* they to be forwarded daily, by the printing of the debates of this Con- Mr. CONGER. It may be well to terms of the resolution ; but the daily vention at all, as yet? I think no such be technical and exact. This Convenreports are to be forwarded. It may order has been made. What may be tion has passed a resolution authoribe true that our State printer will fall ordered hereafter is another thing; no zing the employment of reporters, who behind with his printing ; we have be- such order has yet been made. There are required to furnish copy as fast as come somewhat accustomed to that. has been no action by this Convention the printer may want to use it. I supIn my opinion that is a matter of no authorizing the publication of these posed from that, that the Convention importance, in comparison with the debates, and before taking any such intended that the debates should be importance of circulating these de- action it is proposed to require the printed. Perhaps the order already bates among the people as we proceed printer of the State to forward the made by the Convention is all that is in our work, so that their minds may printed debates to the several newspa- necessary for that purpose. The State be made up on the subject-matter sub- pers and county clerks throughout printer is obliged to print all that the mitted to them in the Constitution the State.

Legislature orders to be printed, and we may frame for their action.

Now, the reason why I favor the whatever is furnished him to be printed Mr. ROOT. I am decidedly of the substitute of the gentleman from by the Convention. I suppose if it is opinion that if we send out verbatim Branch, (Mr. LUCE,) is that I am in not intended to have the debates prinreports of the debates of this body, it favor of this Convention doing one ted, then all remarks upon that subject will make an amount of reading to thing at a time; and having what they are premature, of course. I had supwhich the people will pay but very may do at any time correspond with posed that the Convention had adopted little attention. If we send out merely what they have previously done. And a resolution substantially requiring the the journal of our proceedings, and it it appears to me members have talked debates to be printed, and printed, too, is published, as it usually has been, in aside from the real question under separately from the journal of proceedthe papers of the State, then the consideration. If this Convention, in ings. people will look it over, digest it and its wisdom, shall see fit to order the Mr. DUNCOMBE. It strikes me understand it. But if we send out publication of these debates, I will not that we have virtually ordered the verbatim reports of our debates, the hesitate to support a proposition to printing of the debates, by fixing the people will pay but very little atten- send them to the newspapers, etc. But compensation of the reporters at so tion to them, and will obtain from until that is done, I am opposed to re- much per thousand ems printed matthem less information in regard to the quiring the printer of the State to ter. The debates must certainly be action of this body, than they can ob- forward them.

printed before the compensation of the tain from the journal of proceedings Mr. HOWARD. I have been under reporters can be ascertained and paid alone.

the impression that we have not yet to them. The only deficiency is that Mr. HENDERSON. I am not pre-ordered the printing of the debates. we have not yet fixed the number of pared to say that there is not force in And I can see but very little interest copies to be printed. If we adopt the the arguments of the gentleman from that the people at large would have in resolution now under consideration, Allegan, (Mr. WILLIAMS) and the gen- those debates when published. A man that will of itself require the printing tleman from St. Clair, (Mr. HAZEN.) would be a fit subject for a lunatic asy- of a sufficient number to satisfy the Yet, at the same time, their arguments lum who would look at the speeches demands of the resolution, and we can do not lead me to regard with less made in a legislative body for the then order an additional number if we favor the substitute offered by the purpose of ascertaining the real facts think proper. For my part I cannot gentleman from Branch, (Mr. LUCE.) in regard to their action; they can best perceive the inconsistency which some I think the object those gentlemen de- be ascertained by reference to the members appear to see in adopting a sire to accomplish may be reached journal of proceedings. If we have resolution ordering the distribution of hereafter by another resolution, by ordered the publication of the journal the journal of proceedings and the which we can do away with the proba- of proceedings, the people can ob-debates. bility of great delay, which they re- tain information from that; but not Mr. FARMER. . In order to give regard as so serious. I hope, there- from the speeches..

: the Convention an opportunity of orfore, the substitute will be adopted. If the interests of the people are to dering the printing of the debates be

I can conceive that it would be very be consulted, I should be in favor of fore we make any order for their disagreeable for gentlemen who have sending out to them the journal of tribution, I move that the resolution made speeches here to have an oppor- proceedings alone. As to the interests and substitute be laid upon the table. tunity to peruse them in print at an of the members of this Convention, I The question was taken, and upon a early day, and before they have be- do not think their interests would be division, ayes 35, noes 28, the motion come cold; but that, I think, can be advanced by sending out their speeches, to lay on the table was agreed to. acomplished by an independent reso- at least before the next election. I be- PUBLICATION OF THE DEBATES. Jution.

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gentleman from Berrien, (Mr. FARMER,) of the Clerk of the House of Repre- debates, he cannot make but one in order that I might have an oppor- sentatives, are kept in a book, but are charge for composition or type-setting. tunity to submit a resolution which I not published, at least not for the use That would be analagous to the course have drawn up. I now submit the of members from day to day. But the pursued in regard to the publication of following resolution:

record of debates and proceedings our journal of the proceedings of the Resolved, That the debates and proceed-prepared by the reporters is published Legislature. It is published first in ings of the Convention be printed as rapidly in the Congressional Globe from day to the form of the daily journal, leaded, as may be, in a form similar to that of the

day, and furnished for the use of mem- and then the leads are taken out, and daily journal; that opportunity be afforded by the printing of proof sheets for correc bers. The Globe, I understand, is the it is arranged and published in booktions by all the members; that the official re- only official publication of the proceed- form. I do not understand that comporters take charge of the correction of in proofs, and that 1,000 copies be printed m

Hings which is required by Congress. position is charged for more than daily, for the use of the members of the Con- ' . What course shall be adopted here, I once.. vention.

is for the Convention to determine. Mr. SUTHERLAND. I move the Mr. WILLARD. Is it contemplated This resolution, as I understand, con- following as a substitute for the resothat the form specified in this resolu- templates that from day to day our lution of the gentleman from Inghami, tion is the form in which the debates journal of proceedings shall be printed (Mr. LONGYEAR:) i i

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shall vote according to the information that from day to day, but probably structed to print the daily proceedings and I receive on that point.

Alone day later, the reporters' accounts debates of this Convention, and to furnish Mr. LONGYEAR. The resolution of the debates and proceedings, being and forward one additional copy to each

daily 1,000 copies for the use of the members,

first printed in a form similar to that Congressional Globe, and the account each county clerk. of the daily journal of the Convention. published by the Maryland, Iowa and Mr. BURTCH. I move to amend I suppose the form in which the de- Other Constitutional Conventions, the substitute by striking out the bates and proceedings shall finally be shall also be published and laid upon i words “and debates.” published will be for the Convention our tables in a form for distribution. Mr. LONGYEAR. I do not see any to determine hereafter. I suppose it That I understood to be what is con- particular objection to the substitute, will be so ordered that there will be templated by the resolution now under except that it does not contain a provisno additional charge for composition. consideration. We might, therefore, ion requiring proof-sheets of the deWhen published in the form of the if we saw fit, dispense entirely with the bates and proceedings to be laid before

as it is called; but when published in ceedings, and leave our constituents to portunity to make corrections before book form hereafter, the leads will be find out what we are doing from the the regular issue is printed. My taken out, and it will be printed solid. account to be prepared by our own re- resolution contemplates that these deI suppose it is desirable to have the porters; or we might, as has been done bates and proceedings shall be printed, debates published in the usual form of in other States, provide for the publi- and a copy or two laid before each the journal--it is hardly practicable to cation of both.

member on the following day, or as have the published at first in the I understand that the adoption of soon thereafter as may be, so that form in which they will be bound this resolution will provide for the members may be able to have made

Mr. BURTCH. It strikes me that publication of our debates a day or such corrections as they may wish. the people are really more deeply in two later than the publication of the Those corrections being returned to terested in what sort of a child shall journal of proceedings. The journal the printer by the reporters, then the be brought forth by this Convention in of proceedings would be prepared in regular issue would be struck off, the form of a Constitution, and whether a different manner, in some respects, perhaps the day afterward. My resoit will be such a child as they will be from the journal of debates. For in-lution was based upon the idea that willing to adopt, than they will be in stance, in the journal of proceedings, the printing of the daily journal of the 'speeches that may be made on the in the record of votes which may be proceedings had already been ordered. occasion; and I think they will feel taken, the names of members are pub- Of course that journal we would have better pleased to be relieved from the lished in parallel columns; thus occu- laid before us every morning. My extra expense which will be incurred pying a great deal more space than resolution was intended to relate by the adoption of this resolution. would be occupied for the same pur- simply to the report of debates and

Mr. PRINGLE. There are different pose in the journal of debates, where proceedings. And if the provision in usages in legislative and other public the names would be printed in contin- regard to proof-sheets was embodied bodies in relation to the publication of uous lines, The journal of proceedings in the substitute of the gentleman from their journals and debates. The com- would be a much briefer account than Saginaw, (Mr. SUTHERLAND,) there mittee on reporters had their attention that which would appear on the second would be no material difference be. called to this subject in the course of day; but I think it will be a pretty fair tween it and my resolution. But Ire: the investigation made by them. They account of our proceedings. It is for gard that portion of my resolution as found that the Maryland Constitutional the Convention to determine whether of considerable importance, and thereConvention of 1864 provided for the they will order the publication of a fore I shall oppose the adoption of the publication both of a journal of pro- thousand copies of the daily journal of substitute. ceedings and a journal of debates; and proceedings, or only one or two hun- The question was upon the motion it is quite. frequently the case in such dred copies, and rely upon the record of Mr. BURTCH to amend the substitute bodies that a journal of proceedings prepared by the reporters for our by striking out the words “and dewill be made up by the Secretary and principal information concerning our bates;” and being taken, it was not published by itself, and that the de- proceedings. .

agreed to. bates will be prepared and published If I understand the contract with Mr. T. G. SMITH. I move to separately. In the Congress of the the State printer, if the same matter is amend the substitute by striking out United States, I understand the jour- used first in the journal of proceed-“one thousand," and inserting "fifteen nals of the Secretary of the Senate, and ings, and afterwards in the journal of hundred." If these are to be dis

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tributed so as to be of any benefit to Mr. F. C. WATKINS. If these adjourning over for a longer period the people of the State, fifteen hun-journals of debates and proceedings than till Monday, unless it is to give dred copies will be few enough. The are to be distributed, I think the State members an opportunity to go home. Convention of 1850 ordered one thou- should foot the bill.

There are a large number of the memsand copies of their proceedings for The resolution was then adopted. bers who cannot go home and return distribution; and two thousand copies Mr. BIRNEY subsequently moved in time, even if we adjourn till Tuesat this time would not be out of pro- to reconsider the vote by which the day; and every day that we adjourn portion.

foregoing resolution was adopted, and over in this manner will detain us in The amendment was not agreed to. said:

session here a day longer; and I am Mr. THOMPSON. I move to amend I make this motion, not because I sure it is the wish of members to make the substitute by striking out the have any objection to the resolution if our session as short as we can, consiswords, "and to each county clerk." it can be carried out, but I think it tent with a proper discharge of our

Upon a division, ayes 30, noes 34, was passed hurriedly and without full | duties. the amendment was not agreed to reflection on the part of members. Wel Mr. MCCLELLAND. I think I can

Mr. STOUGHTON. I move to have so far been endeavoring to pro- remove one of the objections raised by amend the substitute by adding the ceed under the act of the Legislature the gentleman from Grand Traverse, words “the Governor and judges of calling this Convention. In that act I (Mr. LEACH,) who says that there are the supreme court.”.

find a provision for furnishing to the many members who could not go The amendment was agreed to members of this body such books, pa- home and return in time, even if we

The substitute as amended was then pers and stationery as are now allowed should adjourn till Tuesday. I deadopted, upon a division, ayes 35, by the Constitution to members of the sire an opportuntiy to go home, and noes 31.

Legislature. But I do not find any there are a great many others here Mr. TURNER. I offer the follow-provision in the act in regard to postage who desire to do so; and speaking for ing resolution:

of members. The Constitution which myself, I have no doubt I represent Resolved; That a committee of five be ap- we have sworn here to support, con- the views of others, I should be very pointed, to recommend to the Convention the tains this provision:

glad to have those gentlemen go home form and manner in which the proceedings and debates shall be published.

| SEÇTION 16. The Legislature, may provide with us who may not be able to go to Mr. BIRNEL. I would suggest that mailable matter received by its members and I by law for the payment of postage on all their own homes.

Mr HOWARD I do not know how it would be better to have this resolu- officers during the sessions of the Legislature,

much time the President may require tion referred to the committee on but not on any sent or mailed by them. printing, when appointed. There is A very able committee was recently in order to enable him to prepare the to be a committee on printing, and I appointed by the Legislature, whose list of appointments on the committhink this matter better be referred to I duty it was to examine and report tees of this Convention. If I could them. I move the reference of this whether any mode could be adopted know what would suit the convenience resolution to the committee on print: by which the spirit of this provision of of the President, 1. certainly should ing, when appointed.

the Constitution could be observed, make my motion to accord therewith. Mr. TURNER. I have no objection, and at the same time the State pay the I do know that members here, who The motion to refer was agreed to. I postage upon matter sent by the mem- pretend to be posted in such matters,

bers of the Legislature. The commit who served in former conventions and COMPENSATION OF A. & W. H. DRAPIER.

tee reported that it could not be done. I have also had considerable legislative Mr. PRINGLE offered the following Now, it occurs to me that there may experience, express the opinion that resolution, which was adopted: be this practical difficulty in carrying the President cannot be ready to anResolved, Tbat the sum of thirty dollars be out the resolution which has been nounce the committees on Monday

apier, for adopted: that the account for this next. If that be so, then we certainly their expenses and volunteer services as re-1 porters of the debates and proceedings of postage may not be allowed and paid can gain nothing by meeting here on this Convention.

when presented to the accounting offi- Monday. The President should cerUSE OF THE HALL.

cers of the treasury, upon the ground tainly be allowed full time for the perthat we have acted without authority.

we hava acted without authority, formance of his duty of appointing the Mr. LONGYEAR offered the follow

II merely throw out these suggestions committees. I do not think it is too ing resolution, which was adopted:

for the consideration of the Conven long a time to allow him till Tuesday... Resolved, That the use of Representative

tion. Hall be granted to the Young Men's Society

next. of Lansing, for the delivery of a lecture by The motion to reconsider was not And I think those members who can the Hon. Schuyler Colfax, on the evening of agreed to.

go home and return by Tuesday, ought the fifth of June next.

to be allowed to do so. I think the POSTAGE OF MEMBERS.

ADJOURNMENT OVER.

gentleman from - Wayne, (Mr. McMr. T. G. SMITH offered the fol

Mr. LONGYEAR offered the follow- CLELLAND,) has fully met the objeclowing resolution: " ing resolution:

tion that there are many who could Resolved, that the Postmaster appointed

Resolved, That when this Convention ad- not go home and return by that time, by this Convention, be directed to procure

ure journs this day, it be to Monday next, at by the proposition that they might go from the post office in this city, at the exeleven o'clock in the forenoon.

home with us. I certainly hope we pense of the State, postage stamps, and Mr. HOWARD. I move to amend shall adjourn till Tuesday, for I do not stamp all documents mailed by the members of this Convention; and that each member

the resolution by striking out the think we would expedite business any endorse bis name on the envelope, or outside word “Monday," and inserting the by meeting here on Monday. of all such documents. word “Tuesday.”

"MR. MUSSEY. My vote upon this Mr. VAN VALKENBURGH. I Mr. LEACH. I certainly hope the question will be controlled entirely by think there should be some limitation; amendment will not prevail. The the probability of the President being this resolution is too broad, too exten- President of the Convention will un- able to announce the committees on sive. I think some sum should be doubtedly be prepared to announce Monday next. If he will be able to annamed as the amount to which each the committees on Monday next, so nounce them at that time, then I think : member should be entitled.

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day. As the gentleman from Grand JOURNAL OF YESTERDAY'S PROCEEDINGS. Mr. P. D. WARNER. I shall be Traverse (Mr. LEACH) has well said, Mr. WILLARD. I understand from

equally well satisfied whether the oath we will be detained here one day later the Secretary of the Convention that i

be administered to those officers or for every day that we adjourn over. If there was no order for the publication

not. I merely desired to call the atthere are members here who are unof yesterday's proceedings, but that he

tention of members to the subject, and willing to remain from their homes to omes took the responsibility of having it

to what is the usual practice in legisla- ; more than a week, they certainly ought printed for the use of the Convention,

tive bodies. to have declined nominations and elec- I therefore offer the following resolu

And then, on motion of Mr. W. A.. tions to this Convention, for we cannot tion:

SMITH, be expected to adjourn over for three Resolved. That one thousand copies of the l.

The Convention, (at 15 minutes påst days every week, in order to allow journal of yesterday's proceedings be printed

ad 12 o'clock P. M.,) adjourned until them an opportunity to go home. for the use of the Convention.

Monday next, at 11 o'clock A. M. Mr. FARMER. I move to amend The resolution was adopted. the amendment by inserting “Satur- APPOINTMENT OF ASSISTANT SECRETARIES. day,” in place of Tuesday.”

FOURTH DAY. Mr. MUSSEY. What Saturday?

The PRESIDENT laid before the
Mr. FARMER. Saturday next; to-

Convention the following communica-
tion, which was read:

MONDAY, May 20, 1867. morrow. Mr. ALEXANDER. I move that

· LANSING, May 15th, 1867.

The Convention met at 11 o'clock the resolution and pending amend-Hon. CHARLES M. CRO ution and pending amend. Hon. CHARLES M. CROSWELL, President of the A. M., an

he A. M., and was called to order by the | Constitutional Convention:

President. ments be laid upon the table.

SIR-In pursuance of a resolution of the Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Armstrong. | Mr. CONGER. I would be pleased Convention, I have appointed as Assistant

The roll was called, and a quorum to have the Chair state whether in his Secretaries, G. X. M. Collier, of Oakland opinion he will be able to announce

county, and T. P. Miles, of St. Clair county. answered to their names.

'THOS. H. GLENN, the committees on Monday next.

Secretary of the Convention.

READING THE JOURNAL DISPENSED" WITH. The PRESIDENT. The Chair will SWEARING OFFICERS OF THE CONTENTION.

The Secretary commenced to read state in response to the gentleman,

*** the journal of Friday last; whereupon * Mr. P. D. WARNER. I would sug-1 Mr. LOVELL moved that the furthat he hopes to be able to announce the committees as early as Monday.

gest to the Chair whether it would not ther reading of the Journal of Friday The question was then taken upon

be proper to have these officers of the be dispensed with. the motion to lay the resolution and

Convention sworn.

: Mr. LUCE. I move to amend the amendments upon the table: and upon! Mr. TURNER. Does the law call-motion so that until further orders all a division, ayes 26, noes 50, the motion ing this Convention require these offi- reading of the Journal shall be diswas not agreed to. cers to be sworn in ?

pensed with. The question then recurred upon Mr. P. D. WARNER. Such has. Mr. LOVELL. I accept the amendthe motion of Mr. FARMER, to amend been the uniform practice of all delibthe amendment by inserting “Satur-erative bodies, so far as I have had! The motion as modified was then day,” in place of “Tuesday," and experience.

agreed to. being taken, it was not agreed to. The PRESIDENT. Upon an exam

LEAVE OF ABSENCE. The question then recurred upon the ination of the proceedings of several Mr. LAWRENCE. My colleague motion of Mr. HOWARD, to amend the of the Conventions which have been | Mr. WINANS, received a telegram anmotion by inserting “Tuesday," in-held in this country, the Chair finds / nouncing that his brother-in-law was stead of "Monday," and upon a divis- that in some instances neither the dead, and he has gone to attend his ion, ayes 24, noes 55, it was not agreed members nor the officers of the Con- funeral. I ask that heb to.

vention were sworn; in others, both non-attendance, and that he be grantThe resolution was then adopted. members and officers have been sworn;led indefinite leave of absence. : POLICY OF ACTION.

in others, the members have been sworn Leave was accordingly granted.

and not the officers; and in others, the Mr. HENDERSON. I ask leave of Mr. W. A. SMITH offered the fol- officers have been sworn and not the absence until to-morrow for my collowing resolution, which was adopted: members. The Chair will adopt such league, Mr. HOLMES. He is a supervi

Resolved, That the preamble and resolution course in relation to the matter as the sor, and to-day is the day fixed by law of the gentleman from Eaton, (Mr. Burtch,)| Convention may prescribe. If it is for the revising of the assessment be taken from the table.

judged best and proper to swear in rolls. The preamble and resolution were the officers, who have been chosen to Leave was accordingly granted.' as follows:

serve the Convention the Chair will do Mr. STOCKWELL. I ask leave of Whereas, It hath pleased Almighty God, so. If it is thought best not to admin- absence for my colleague, Mr. SAWYER, and the good people of the State of Michigan, ister the oath to them, the matter will who has been called home in consethat this Convention should assemble for the purpose of erecting anew the temple of libremain as it is now.

quence of sickness in his family. erty, that justice should be the chief corner Mr. GIDDINGS. The law calling Leave was accordingly granted. :

lib- this Convention required the Secretary Mr. MCCLELLAND asked and oberty, equality and humanity; Therefore be it resolved by the members of of State, on the first day of the ses- tained leave o

of State, on the first day of the ses- tained leave of absence for the day for this Convention, That we will be governed by sion, “ to administer the oath of office Mr. D. GOODWIN. no selash, party or partisan influences what I to the members of the Convention." Mr. WILLIAMS asked and obtainever, and that the several committees which shall be selected, shall be in accordance with but it said nothing about its being ad-ed leave of absence for Mr. GIDDINGS the foregoing preamble and this resolution. ministered to the officers. I take it for one day.

Mr. DANIELLS. I move that the there would be no force or validity to Mr. BURTENSHAW asked and obpreamble and resolution be indefinitely an oath administered to a man when tained leave of absence until to-morrow postponed.

there was no law requiring it to be for Mr. F. C. WATKINS, on account of: The motion was agreed to." done.

indisposition. VOL. 1.--No. 4.

orn and not the Mr. HEMD accordingly granted.

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