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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
STATE OF SOUTH-CAROLINA.
Monday, November 25, 1844.
General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, begun and held at the Capitol in Columbia, on the twenty-fifth day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-four ; on which day, being that fixed by the Constitution for the meeting of the General Assembly,
On motion of Mr. MAXWELL, Mr. ThoNAS C. Perrin, a member elect from Abbeville District, was called to the Chair, when THOMAS W. Glover, Clerk of the late House of Representatives, commenced a call of the House by election Districts, and the following gentlemen appeared, produced their credentials, were sworn by the Chair, and took their seats :
From Abbeville-Messrs. THOMAS C. PERRIN, THOMAS R. GARY, E. P. NOBLE, Geo. W. Pressly, and Joel SMITH.
From Barnwell— Messrs. JOSEPH G. W. DUNCAN, J. G. BROWN, W. GIL. MORE SIMMS, and J. J. HARLEY.
From Chester-Messrs. J. Y. Mills, L. A. BECKHAM, and J. B. Mc.
From Chesterfield-Messrs. J. W. BLAKENEY and WILLIAM HOUGH.
From Claremont-Messrs. M. P. MAYES, Francis SUMTER, and SAMUEL R. CHANDLER.
From Clarendon-Messrs. John L. MANNING and G. W. Cooper.
From Edgefield-Messrs. DANIEL HOLLAND, John BAUSKETT, TILMAN Watson, PRESTON S. BROOKS, JAMES S. POPE, and A. T. TRAYLOR.
From Fairfield-Messrs. John H. MEANS, EDWARD G. PALMER, JAMES R.. ÀIKEN, and Wm. J. ALSTON.
From Greenville—Messrs. T. Edwin WARE, TANDY WALKER, P. E. Dun. CAN, and HENRY SMITH.
From Horry-Mr. G. Gowin.
From Laurens Messrs. P. L. CALHOUN, J. S. Rodgers, CHARLES WILLIAMS, and WM. IRBY.
From Lexington-Messrs. JACOB WINGARD and JOHN C. Geiger.
From Newberry-Messrs. SIMEON FAIR, J. H. King, and Isaac HER. BERT.
From Orange-Messrs. D. F. JAMISON and R. V. McMICHAEL.
From Pendleton-Messrs. JAMES L. ORR, JOHN MAXWELL, EDWARD HAR. LESTON, J. C. MILLER, ELIHU H. GRIFFIN, C. L. GAILLARD, and J. T. BROYLES. · From Prince William's--Mr. Wm. F. COLcock.
From Prince George, Winyaw-Messrs. J. HARLESTON READ, Jr., P. W. FRASER, and J. IZARD MIDDLETON.
From Richland-Messrs. JOSEPH A. BLACK, W. F. DESAUSSURE, and Jas. O'HANLON.
From Spartanburg-Messrs. GABRIEL CANNON, B. B. FOSTER, E. P. SMITH, JAMES EDWD. HENRY, and THOMAS LITTLEJOHN.
From St. Thomas' and St. Dennis'-Mr. J. B. Povas.
From St. Peter's Messrs. ISIDORE LARTIGUE and WHITE WILLIAM HAR. DEE.
From St. Luke's Messrs. JAMES A. STROBHART and F. J. McCarthy.
From St. John's, Berkley-Messrs. John HARLESTON and PETER P. PALMER.
From St. Stephen's--Mr. CHARLES SNOWDEN.
From St. Philip's and St. Michael's--Messrs. EDWARD SEBRING, R. W. SEYMOUR, JOHN E. CAREW, JAMES SIMONS, PETER DELLA TORRE, M. C. MOR. DECAI, WM. HENRY HEYWARD, John A. STUART, JAMES M. WALKER, BEN. JAMIN FANEUIL HUNT, JOHN PHILLIPS, d. D. YATES, W. D. PORTER, and H. L. PINCK NEY.
From Union Messrs. Z. P. HERNDON, D. THOMPSON SIMS, JOÀN GIBBS, and D. WALLACE.
From Williamsburg-Mr. WM. BURROWS.
From York-Messrs. WM. GILES, ABRAHAM HARDIN, WM. C. BLACK, and G. W. WILLIAMS.
A quorum of the members being present, the House then proceeded to the election of a Speaker to preside over its deliberations, and on an examination of the ballots it appeared that Mr. Wm. F. COLcock, a Representative from Prince William's Election District, received 99 votes, and was elected.
Whereupon Mr. COLCOCK was conducted to the Chair by Messrs. HERNDON, PINCKNEY, and HENRY, a Committee appointed for that purpose, and ad. dressed the House as follows: Gentlemen of the House of Representalides :
Before entering on the duties of the office to which your kindness has called me, permit me to return you my thanks for this gratifying evidence of your continued confidence. Under any circumstances, I should be deeply sensible of the honor of presiding over the deliberations of an Assembly like this : Under present circumstances, I receive that honor with peculiar grati. fication.
I know not how it may be with others, but for myself I can truly say, that each recurring call to this responsible station but serves to enhance my sense of the favor bestowed upon me, and the high obligation under which I rest to discharge its duties with justice, firmness, and impartiality. As I learn to
know those duties, I learn to feel their responsibility, and my entire depend. ence on your co-operation and indulgence for their successful performance. And I know I ask no more than I shall receive, when I ask you to excuse me when I err, and to sustain me when I am right.
Permit me, Gentlemen, to tender you this expression of my earnest hope, that whilst your deliberations may be conducted in harmony, they may all result in advancing prosperity, preserving the rights, and defending the liber. ties of a generous and confiding people, who deserve all that the most faithful Representatives can bring to their service.
The House then proceeded to the election of Clerk and Reading Clerk, successively,
The following Message was received from the Senate :
IN THE SENATE, November 25, 1844. Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen :
Senate inform the House, that they have met and formed a quorum ; have elected Angus PATTERSON, President, WILLIAM E. MARTIN, Clerk, and John T. GOODWYN, Reading Clerk, and are ready to proceed to business.
By order of the Senate,
ANGUS PATTERSON, President.
Mr. AIKEN, from the Committee appointed to count the votes for Clerk, reported that Thomas W. Glover received one hundred and five votes, and was elected.
The Constitutional oath of office was then administered to the Clerk by the Chair.
On motion of Mr. DESAUSSURE,
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to wait on His Excellency the Governor, and inform him that a quorum of the House had assembled and were ready to receive any communication he may be pleased to make : Whereupon the Speaker appointed the following gentlemen of the Committee : Messrs. DESAUSSURE, BROOKS and CARN.
The House then proceeeed to the election of a Messenger. Mr. BAUSKETT, from the Committee appointed to count the votes for Reading Clerk of the House, reported that Mr. A. C. Spain was unanimously elected.
The Constitutional oath of office was then administered to the Reading Clerk by the Chair.
The House then proceeded to the election of Door Keeper. Mr. BETHEA, from the Committee appointed to count the votes given for Messenger on the first ballot, reported that no candidate had received a majority, and that consequently there is no election.
On motion of Mr. CARN, the House then proceeded to a second ballot for Messenger.
Mr. BLAKENEY, from the Committee appointed to count the votes given for Door Keeper, reported that James McElhenny received 72 votes, which being a majority of the ballots cast, he is consequently elected.
Mr. PERRIN submitted the following Resolution :
Resolved, That the Members of this House be furnished with a copy of the pamphlet containing the “ Rules of the House” and Acts of the Legis. lature, relating to the standing orders of the House."