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On motion of Mr. Giddings, of Kalamazoo county,
David D. Parinton, of Branch county, was appointed. Sergeant-at-Arms, pro tempore.
Mr. Willard moved that the Secretary of State administer: to the members of the Convention, the oath of office.
Mr. Giddings moved that the oath to be administered be in the following form:
“You do solemnly swear that you will support the Consti... tution of the United States, and that you will faithfully discharge the ciuties of delegate to this Convention, to the best of your ability."
Mr. Pringle moved as a substitute, that the oath to be administered be the Constitutional oath of office prescribed by the present Constitution of this State; Which was agreed to.
The motion authorizing the Secretary of State to administer the oath then prevailed, and the delegates present, soverally presented themselves, qualified and took their seats.
Mr. Giddings offered the following resolution, which was adopted:
Resolved, That the Convention now proceed to elect by ballot a President of this Constitutional Convention.
Mr. Mussey moved that the Chair appoint three tellers, to res, ceive and count the ballots;
Which motion prevailed.
The chair appointed as such tellers, Messrs. Mugsey, McCon.. nell and Pringle.
The roll of delegates was then called by counties, by the. Secretary pro tem., and the ballots cast were counted with the following result:
For Charles M. Croswell, 67;
of Lenawee county, having received a majority of all the votes cast, was duly elected President of the Convention.
Mr. Birnoy moved that a committee of two be appointed by the Chair, to wait upon the President elect and conduct him to the chair;
Which motion prevailsd.
The President pro tem. appointed as such committee, Mesars Birney and McClelland.
Upon taking the chair, the President elect addressed the Convention as follows:
GENTLEMEN OF THE CONVENTION:-For the honor you have conferred upon me, in calling me to permanently preside over your deliberations, I return you my sincere and heartfelt thanks. I feel that the choice is far more complimentary to me, than I am equal to the duties it imposes. Sent here by the sovereignty of the State, guided by the counsels of wisdom and solid reason, animated by a deep regard for the public welfare, I doubt not that you will mould and remodel onr State Constitution, so that it shall meet the increased and increasing wants of our noble Commonwealth, and the approval of your constituents, and ever stand an evidence of your wisdom and sagacity, and a monument of justice and of right. Again thanking you for this distinguished mark of your confi. dence and esteem, relying upon your patience, forbearance and coöperation, and trusting that all your efforts may contribute to the public good, and that the blessing of Heaven may attend each of you, I assume the duties your partiality Þas so kindly assigned to me.
On motion of Mr. Miles,
The Convention proceeded to the election, viva voce, of a Secretary, with the following result:
FOR THOMAS H. GLENN.
Henderson, T. G. Smith,
P. D. Warner,
M. C. Watkins,
F. C. Watkins,
FOR E. R. MERRIFIELD.
W. A. Smith,
W. E. Warner,15 Thomas H. Glenn, having received a majority of all the votes cast, was declared elected Secretary of the Convention.
Mr. F. C. Watkins offered the following resolution, which was adopted:
Resolved, That D. B. Purinton be appointed Sergeant-at. Arms of this Convention.
Mr. Willard offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Secretary be and he is hereby authorized to appoint two assistant Secretaries of this Convention.
On motion of Mr. Farmer,
Resolved, That Seymour Foster is hereby appointed Postmaster of this Convention, and that he receive for his services & compensation of three dollars per day.
Mr. P. D. Warner offered the following as a substitute for the foregoing resolution, which was not adopted:
Piesolved, That George W. Spalding, of Oakland, be and he is hereby appointed Postmaster to the Convention, at a compensation of three dollars per day.
The question recurring on the adoption of the original resolation,
Mr. Thompson moved to amend by striking out the word " three," and inserting in lieu thereof the words “two and a half;" Which motion did not prevail. The resolution was then adopted.
Mr. P. D. Warner offered the following resolution, which was adopted:
Resolved, That the rules of the House of Representatives be adopted for the government of the Convention, so far as the same are applicable, until otherwise ordered.
Mr. Birney offered the following resolation, which was adopted:
Resolved, That a committee consisting of one from each judi. cial district be appointed by the President of the Convention, to report as to the best mode of proceeding as to the revision of the Constitution of the State.
The President appointed as such committee, Messrs. Birney, Withey, Bills, McClelland, Sutherland, Parsons, Giddinge, Lace, Massey, Leach, Burtenshaw, Willard, Chapman, Norris and Holt.
Mr. Pringle offered the following resolution, which was adopted:
Resolved, That it be referred to a special committee of seven, to ascertain and report the number of reporters who will be needed to securə verbatim reports of all the proceedings of this Convention, the compensation they will require, and the probable expense of printing 1000 copies of the report daily, for the use of the Convention, and that such committee be falso instructed to recommend the manner in which reporters shall be employed and the names of ono or more suitable persons to be employed for that purpose.
The President appointed as such committee, Messrs. Pringle, Pratt, Longyear, Morton, Richmond, Aldrich and Divine.
Mr. Turner offered the following resolution, which was adopted:
Resolved, That the Secretary of State be instructed to cause: to be published in one pamphlet, two hundred copies of the Constitutions of 1835 and 1850, with the amendments thereto, for the use of the Convention. Mr. Walker offered the following rosolation:
Resolved, That the President of the Convention be author-ized to appoint five messengers.
Mr. P. D. Warner moved to amend the resolution by striking out the word “five," and inserting in lieu, the word "six,"** and adding the following words: " and that the President and Secretary shall each be allowed one additional messenger, at: · The amendments were agreed to, and the resolution, as? a compensation not exceeding two dollars per day." amended, was then adopted.
Mr. Van Valkenburgh offered the following resolution, which was adopted:
Resolved, That a committee of two be appointed to invite the resident clergymen of this city to meet with us alternately, and cpen our daily sessions with devotional exercises.
Mr. Alexander offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the daily sessions of the Conventioa shall commence at 9 o'clock A. M., until otherwise ordered.
Mr. Leach moved to amend the resolution by striking out the word “nine," and incerting in lieu thereof, the word "ten;"
Which motion prevailed. The resolution, as amended, was then adopted. Mr. Ferris offered the following resolution, which was adopted:
Resolved, That the State Treasurer be requested to report, at