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Monday, January 1, 1849. This being the day designated by the constitution for the meeting of the legislature, and the Representatives having assembled at the capitol, they were called to order by Hon. Daniel H. Deming, of Lenawee, on whose motion, Hon. Charles M. O’Malley, of Mackinac, was unanimously chosen Speaker pro tempore. On motion of Hon. John N. Ingersoll, of Chippewa, Augustine W. Hovey, was unanimously appointed Clerk protempore. Hon. George B. Turner, of Cass, moved that D. D. Rouse be appointed Sergeant-at-Arms pro tempore, which motion was, On motion of Hon. Elijah Hawley, Jr., of Wayne, Laid on the table. On motion of Hon. Nathan C. Parkhurst, of Oakland, David A. Rhodes was appointed Sergeant-at-Arms pro tempore. The roll of the members elect was then called by the Clerk pro tempore, when the following Representatives answered to their names: Barry—John Bowne. Jerrien—Andrew L. Burk, Henry Chamberlain. Branch—George A. Coe, Oliver C. Comstock. Calhoun—Fenner Ferguson, Norton P. Hobart, Orlando Moffatt. Cass–Cyrus Bacon, George B. Turner. Chippewa—John N. Ingersoll. Clinton—Morris S. Allen. Eaton—William Hammond. Genesee—Daniel Dayton, John L. McNeil.
Hülsdale—Russell Coman, Jesse Stoddard. Ingham—Joseph H. Kilborn. Ionia—Cyrus Lovell. Jackson—Leander Chapman, Benjamin F. Fox, Barnabas C. Hatch. Aalamazoo-Barney Earl, Marsh Giddings. Kent and Ottawa—Henry Pennoyer, Henry C. Smith. Lapeer—James Turrill. t Lenawee—Daniel H. Deming, William McNair, Jabez S. Mosher, John W. Turner, Daniel S. Wilkinson. Livingston—Bradford Campbell, Joseph L. Hartsuff. Mickinac—Charles M. O’Malley. Macomb—Chauncey G. Cady, Israel Curtis, James Flower. Monroe—Edward G. Morton, Samuel Mulhollen, Junius Tilden. Oakland—Friend Belding, Robert W. Davis, Seeley Harger, Major F. Lockwood, Nathan C. Parkhurst, David A. Wright. Saginaw—Alfred Holmes. Shiawassee—Herman C. Noble. St. Clair—Martin S. Gillett, William M. St. Clair. St. Joseph—Philip H. Buck, Levi C. Matthews. Van Buren—John Andrews. Washtenau–Amasa Gillet, Nathan Salyer, Benjamin W. Waite. Wayne—William F. Chittenden, Orin David, Elijah Hawley, Jr., George Moran, Amos Stevens, Warren Tuttle. On motion of Mr. Hawley, A committee of two was ordered to be appointed to wait on Lieut. Governor Fenton, and invite him to administer the oath of office to the Representatives elect. The Speaker pro tempore appointed Messrs. Hawley and J. W. Turner as such committee. After a short absence, the committee returned, and reported that they had discharged the duty assigned to them. The Lieutenant Governor thereupon appeared within the bar and administered the constitutional oath to the members elect who had answered to their names, as above, and they severally took their seats. Mr. Ingersoll offered the following resolution, which was adopted by a two-thirds vote:
Resolved, That the rules of the last House of Representatives be adopted, until otherwise ordered.
On motion of Mr. Hawley, Resolved, That the Secretary of State be directed to furnish each member of the House with a copy of the revised statutes of 1846, a copy of the session laws of the years 1846, 1847, and 1848, and a copy of the journals and documents of the last session of the legislature. Mr. Chittenden moved an adjournment, but the House refused to adjourn. On motion of Mr. Ingersoll, A committee of two was ordered to be appointed to wait on the Senate, and inform that body that the House was organized, and ready to proceed to business. The Speaker pro tempore appointed as such committee, Messrs. Ingersoll and O. C. Comstock, who, after a short absence, returned and reported that they had discharged the duty assigned to them. On motion of Mr. G. B. Turner, Resolved, That the hour to which the House shall stand adjourned each day, be ten o'clock A. M., until otherwise ordered. Mr. G. B. Turner presented the memorial of N. Buel Eldredge, claiming a seatin this House as a Representative from the county of Lapeer, and moved to refer it to a select committee of five, with instructions to report with all convenient despatch. Pending which motion, the memorial was, On motion of Mr. Coe, Laid on the table. A committee from the Senate was announced, consisting of Senators Griswold and Roof, who informed the House that the Senate was organized and ready to proceed to business. Mr. Hawley offered the following resolution which was adopted: Resolved, That a committee of two be appointed on the part of the House, to act with a like committee on the part of the Senate, to wait on the Governor and inform him that the two Houses are now organized, and ready to receive any communication which he may be pleased to make. The Speaker pro tempore appointed Messrs. Hawley and Deming as such committee, who reported that they had discharged the duties for which they were appointed, and had received for answer that the Executive would communicate with the two Houses in writing.
Mr. Ingersoll sent up to the Chair a joint resolution in regard to joint rules, which was read, when Mr. Ingersoll moved that the fifteenth rule be suspended, which motion prevailed, two-thirds voting in the affirmative. And the joint resolution was adopted by a two-thirds vote. The following communication was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, Lansing, January 1, 1849.
To the Speaker of the House of Representatives: SIR:—I am instructed to inform you that Senators Thomson and Isbell have been appointed a committee to act with a like committee on the part of the House, to wait upon the Governor and inform him that the two Houses are now organized and ready to receive any communication he may be pleased to make. Respectfully &c., CHA'S SMITH, Secretary Senate, pro tem. The annual message of the Governor was received from the hands of his private Secretary, and the Clerk pro tempore proceeded to read the same, when Mr. Ingersoll moved that the further reading be dispensed with, which motion prevailed. Mr. G. B. Turner offered the following resolution: Resolved, That the Governor's annual message be laid on the table, and one thousand copies be printed in English, five hundred in the French, five hundred in the German, and five hundred in the Dutch languages, for the use of this House. Mr. Hawley moved to amend the resolution by striking out the word “one,” before “thousand,” and inserting “two,” and by striking out all after the word “printed,” to and including the word “languages;” Pending which, On motion of Mr. J. W. Turner, The message and accompanying documents were laid on the table. Mr. Ingersoll offered the following resolution, which was adopted: Resolved, That four hundred copies of the daily journal be printed for the use of the members of this House, until otherwise ordered. On motion of Mr. Parkhurst, The House adjourned.