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Messrs. A. H. Posey, William Sterling, Ed. Johnson, and
Mr. A. H. Posey had received twenty-one votes;
Mr. B. M. Sterling had received one vote. Messrs. Posey, Sterling, and Johnson were declared to be duly elected, and were severally sworn.
On motion of Mr. Engle,
The votes for assistant messenger having been taken and counted, it appeared that
Mr. Milton M-Craney received twenty-one votes ;
Mr. James Stevens received one vote. Mr. M-Craney was declared to be elected, and was duly sworn.
On motion of Mr. Engle, The House proceeded to the election of Door-keeper. Mr. Box nominated Messrs. John Hodgins and Reuben Chance.
Mr. Teas nominated Messrs. Henry Moore, John W. Webber, and George Hepner. The votes were taken and counted, and
Mr. Reuben Chance received twelve votes;
Mr. George Hepner received six votes. Mr. Chance was declared to be elected, and was thereupon sworn.
The House then proceeded to elect an Assistant Doorkeeper. Mr. Nowlin nominated Mr. Joseph T. Fales. The votes being taken and counted, it appeared that
Mr. Fales received twenty-three-votes. Mr. Fales was declared to be unanimously elected, and was duly sworn. .
On motion of Mr. Childs, Resolved, That the thanks of this House are due to John W. Teas, for the able and satisfactory manner in which he has discharged the duties of Messenger, pro tem.
On motion of Mr. Leffler, The House adjourned.
Friday, November 10, 1837.
Mr. Charles C. Sholes presented a certificate of his election as a member of this House from the county of Brown, and was thereupon sworn and took his seat.
On motion of Mr. Engle, Resolved, That a committee of two be appointed to act in conjunction with a similar committee, appointed by the Council, to draft rules for the regulation of the Territorial Library. Messrs. Engle and Smith were appointed said committee.
On motion of Mr. Quigley, The report of Mr. James Clarke, Librarian, was called up and read: it is as follows:
To the Council and House of Representatives of the Territory of Wisconsin :
GentleMEN : Conformably to law, I herewith transmit to your Honourable Bodies a statement of the condition of the Library of the Territory, purchased in pursuance of an appropriation to that effect by the Congress of the United States, in the law organizing the Territory of Wisconsin; and also of the receipts and disbursements since it came under my charge as Librarian.
The Library consists of about 1500 volumes, nearly twothirds of which, as will be perceived by the catalogue which accompanies this report, are law. Upon its being put into my
hands, I immediately rented a room, and had the books put up in such a manner as their preservation and convenience demanded. No expenses, other than what was deemed necessary, for these purposes, have been incurred. A statement of the receipts and expenditures up to this date, is herewith annexed. (See Appendix, No. 1.) It may be proper to add that a further expenditure will soon necessarily have to be incurred for stove, fuel, &c. I have the honour to be, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
JAMES CLARKE, Librarian. On motion of Mr. Durkee, The report of the Librarian was laid on the table to be referred to a committee.
On motion of Mr. M-Williams, The House re-considered the vote of yesterday,postponing the election of Speaker until Saturday, at 11 o'clock, A. M. The House then proceeded to the election of Speaker. The votes having been counted, it appeared that Mr. Engle received ten votes; Mr. Leffler received twelve votes;
Mr. Quigley received one vote. Mr. Leffler was declared to be duly elected Speaker. Messrs. Cox and Childs were appointed a committee to conduct the Speaker to the chair.
The Speaker, on being introduced, was conducted to the chair, and addressed the House in the words following:
GENTLEMEN-In entering upon the duties of the Chair, as your Speaker, I cannot avoid an expression of thanks for this testimonial of your confidence and regard. To be the Speaker of this House, gentlemen, is a matter of no ordinary character. Whether I shall discharge the trust reposed in me, according to your expectations, is yet to be tested. The only pledge I can give, is, that no exertion on my part shall be wanting to effect this desirable end.
We are a young and growing people. Our legislation is yet in embryo. We are about to lay the foundation of our government and laws, which will give character to our code, not only
at the present, but in time to come. Henee, gentlemen, it is important that we should proceed cautiously, deliberately, and harmoniously; avoiding, as much as possible, every thing that may irritate or wound the feelings of each other. A most important part of the Speaker's duty is to preserve order and decorum in the House. In doing this, I hope to have your aid and support. My experience in the chair is but limited. If I err, I hope for your indulgence. With these remarks I assume the duties of Speaker, and ask that you accept my thanks for your kindness.
On motion of Mr. Boyls,
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On motion of Mr. Jenkins, Resolved, That the thanks of this House are due to Gen. Sheldon, for the very able and satisfactory manner in which he has performed the duties of Speaker, pro tempore, during its previous deliberations.
Mr. Parkinson offered the following resolution: Resolved, That there be a committee of three appointed to procure rooms for the use of three transcribing clerks.
Mr. Quigley offered the following amendment: after the word clerks, insert the following words: “ And the several committees to be appointed by this House.” The amendment was accepted, and the resolution adopted.
The Speaker appointed Messrs. Parkinson, Quigley, and Blair, said committee.
Mr. Childs offered the following resolution: Resolved, That Messrs. Jacobs & Clarke be requested to fur. nish each member of this House with a printed catalogue of books now in the territorial library.
On motion of Mr. Engle, The resolution was amended so as to read, “ That Messrs. Jacob & Clarke be requested to furnish this House with two hundred copies of a printed catalogue of books, now in the Territorial library.”
The resolution, as amended, was adopted.
On motion of Mr. Quigley,
On motion of Mr. Nowlin, Resolved, That the regular ministers of the gospel who are residents of Burlington, or who may visit this place during the present session, are hereby invited to hold worship on Sabbath days within the Representative Hall.
The Secretary of the Council, being introduced, delivered the following message:
“Mr. Speaker-I am directed to communicate to the House of Representatives, that the Council have adopted the rules for the government of the two Houses, reported by a committee of both Houses, and herewith present a copy of the same.
And when he withdrew.
Whereas irregularities in the carrying of the mails to and from the town of Burlington, exist to such an extent as in a great measure to exclude the members of the Legislative Assembly from an opportunity of either sending or receiving letters, papers, or other documents, except as they may accidentally find a private conveyance; . And, whereas, it is understood that this evil is mainly caused by the failure on the part of the contractor who carries or has undertaken to carry the mail between this place and the town of Dubuque;.
And, whereas, it is believed to be in the power of the Post Master at Burlington, consistent with the Post Office laws and regulations, to employ some trusty person to carry the mail between Burlington and Dubuque on the days when by the contract it ought to be carried, in case of a failure on the part of the contractor, at the expense of the General Post Office, to be deducted from the compensation of the said contractor; therefore,
Be it resolved by the Council and House of Representatives