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The roll of delegates being called by Districts, the following answered to their names :
Abbeville.--Hutson J. Lomax, Nelson Joiner, John A. Hunter, Thomas Williamson
Anderson William Perry, Dr. N. J. Newell, Samuel Johnson.
Barnwell.--Charles P. Leslie, Niles G. Parker, James N. Hayne, Abraham Middleton.
Berkley.--Joseph H. Jenks, W. H. W. Gray, George Lee, A. C. Richmond, D. H. Chamberlain, Timothy Hurley, M. F. Becker, Benjamin Byas.
Beaufori ----F. E. Wilder, James D. Bell, Robert Smalls, J. J. Wright, R. G. Holmes, W. J. Whipper, L. S. Langley,
Charleston.--A. G. Mackey, A. J. Ransier, William McKinlay, Robert C. DeLarge, Francis L. Cardozo, Gilbert Pillsbury, C. C. Bowen, Richard H. Cain.
Chester-Sancho Sanders, B. Burton.
Colleton.-Wm. M. Thomas, Wm, Driffle, Wm. M. Viney, Jesse S. Craig.
Chesterfield.-H. L. Shrewsbury.
Darlington.--Jordan Lang, B. F. Whittemore, Isaac Brockenton, Richard Humbird.
Edgefield.-R. B. Elliott, Prince R. Rivers, John Bonum, David Har ris, Frank Arnim.
Fairfield.--Henry Jacobs, James M. Rutland, H. D. Edwards. Georgetown.-Franklin F. Miller, Henry W. Webb, Joseph H. Rainey.
Greenville.-- William B. Johnson, James M. Allen, John M. Runion; Wilson Cooke.
Marion..Wm. S. Collins, H. E. Hayne, Benj. A. Thompson, J. W. Johnson.
Newberry-Lee Nance, B. Odell Duncan, James Henderson.
Orangeburg --E. J. Cain, E. W. M. Mackey, Benjamin F. Randolph, T. K. Sasportas, W. J. McKinlay.
Pirkens.--Dr. L, B. Johnson.
Richland. Wm. B. Nash, Charles M. Wilder, Samuel B. Thompson, Thomas J. Robertson.
Spartanburg".---John P. F. Camp, Rice Foster, Coy Wingo.
Ninety-two delegates having answered, the President announced a quorum present, and the Convention ready for business,
Mr. B. F. WHITTEMORE moved that they proceed to a permanent organization, and that a Committee of seven be appointed by the Chair, to retire and report to the Conventien the names of candidates for permanent officers.
R. C. DELARGE rose to a point of order, and asked how they were to know whether those answering to names when called were the men elected and entitled to their seats, and whether the officers elected by them would be entitled to act as the legal officers of the Convention. He thought the first thing in order was the appointment of a Committee on Credentials, to examine and report.
The President decided that the possession of the military order was the best evidence of membership, and that ninety-two members having responded, it was not necessary to go into any further in vestigation.
Mr. B. ODELL DUNCAN said he did not think the members of the Convention were prepared to go into an election for permanent officers. They had met for the first time together, did not know each other, and were acting in ignorance as to who were members of the Convention. A few caucuses would make them better acquainted, and better able to decide on the person best fitted for the position of President. He thought it better, therefore, to postpone the permanent organization for two or three days until they had some better knowledge of the members of the Convention. Much of the success of their work, he thought, would depend on the person selected for their permanent President. If they made a failure in this respect all their business might go wrong.
The permanent President would have to appoint the committees, and upon them would depend, in a great measure, the success or failure of the Convention. He hoped, therefore, they would not go into the matter blindly. A majority of the members were not prepared to vote intelligently on the question, and he moved, as an amendment, that the permanent organization be postponed until 12 o'clock Thursday.
Mr. L. S. LANGLEY thought some further action necessary with. reference to the identity of the persons who answered to names. Any one there might answer to a name and the Convention would not know whether the answer came from the person elected or from another. He was opposed, therefore, to going into a permanent organization until this question could be determined. He was in favor of the appointment of a Committee on Credentials.
Mr. DUNCAN mentioned that, in the Georgia Convention, a man attended and answered several days to the name of an absent delegate before he was discovered.
The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. DUNCAN to postpone,
Mr. N. G. PARKER moved to amend by substituting to-morrow at 12 M., instead of Thursday, which was accepted by the mover.
Mr. J. S. CRAIG said he had come to Charleston with limited means and did not wish to stay any longer than he could help. He was very anxious to effect organization as soon as possible, and to proceed with all possible haste tu fraine a new Constitution, or to make such changes in the old one as were necessary to secure a Republican form of Government.
Mr. C. C. BOWEN did not think the Convention sufficiently organized to go into an election for permanent officers. It might he presumed that every gentleman there was provided with the necessary order or credentials, but did the Chair know whether many of these orders might not have been transferred from one person to another. He would state that an individual was sitting here to-day with the certificate of another individual in his possession, so that it was absolutely necessary that they should determine whether all these persons were properly there or not. To this end, he moved that the question concerning the permanent organizatiou be laid upon the table until the credentials of delegates could be examined.
The motion was agreed to.
Mr. DUNCAN moved that a Committee on Credentials be appointed by the Chair to consist of five. He regarded the possession of the order of General Canby (No. 160), as proper credentials, but thought that every man should show evidence that he is the member elected from the district he claimed to represent.
Mr. T. HURLEY moved to amend by adding that the Committee report fortwith.
Mr. T. K. SASPORTAS moved to amend by making the Committee to consist of one member from each District, such member to be chosen by each District delegation.
Mr. W. J. WHIPPER thought a Committee of five amply sufficient.
Mr. B. F. WHITTEMORE said there should certainly be one delegate from each District. He wished to know how a Committee of five of the members could be sure of either the person who, presented a certificate or General Canby's order. These orders have been distributed all over the country; any one might have an order, and some come in who had no right there. He was not afraid that such a Committee would be too cumbersome. He wanted to go to work properly, whatever time it required.
All he desired was simply the identification of the respective delegates by those who kuew them; and in those cases where the certificates of General Canby have been lost or are wanting, they could be easily supplied from Headquarters. He was aware that there were some delegates present who held certificates from the Commissioner in Equity, and he knew of no higher authority than such an endorsement of a delegate by a proper official in the District which he represents. There certainly was no reason to be afraid of each other, and therefore he was disposed to settle this matter in the speediest way.
Mr. C. C. BOWEN said he was opposed to large Committees. A Committee of five is ample enough. If there was doubt concerning a delegate, he could easily be sent for and examined as to his identity. So far as regards the credentials, he contended that no certificate from a judge, or a clerk of any Court, or a Commissioner in Equity, was proper evidence here. Only the certified order of General Canby could be received as credentials, and thuse who were not supplied, must obtain a copy from the proper authority.
Mr. R. C. DELARGE saià that any difficulty of identity might be avoided by any gentleman sending for a member with whom he is acquainted, and why can vouch for him before the Committee.
Mr. B. F. RANDOLPH thought a Committee of one delegate from each District would facilitate business, as each delegate on the Committee could at once report on the credentials of the other members of his delegarion, whereas five only would require time to make investigations.
Mr. N. J. NEWELL stated that none of the up-country delegations had been furnished officially with credentials.
The PRESIDENT said the gentlemen named in General Canby's official orders were regarded as members of the Convention.
The question being on agreeing to the motion to appoint a Committee of five, it was decided in the negative.
Mr. DUNCAN then moved that a Committee on Credentials, consisting of one from each District, be appointed by the Chair.
The motion was agreed to.
Abbeville, John A. Hunter; Anderson, Dr. N. J. Newell; Barnwell, James N. Hayne; Berkley, Joseph H. Jenks; Beaufort, W. J. Whipper; Charleston, F. L. Cardozo ; Chester, B. Burton ; Clarendon, Elias Dickson ; Chesterfield, H. C. Shrewsbury; Darlington, B. F. Whittemore ; Edgefield, Frank Arnim ; Fairfield, James M. Rutland ; Georgetown, Joseph H. Rainey ; Greenville, James M. Allen ; Horry, Henry Jones ; Kershaw, J. K. Jillson ; Lexington, S. Corley ; Lancaster, Chas. Jones ; Laurens, Joseph Crews; Marlboro', Calvin Stubbs; Marion, H. E. Hayne; Newberry, B. Odell Duncan ; Orangeburg, T. K. Sasportas; Pickens, Dr. L. B. Johnson; Richland, Chas. M. Wilder; Spartanburg, J. P. F. Camp; Sumter, T. J. Coghlan ; Union, James H. Goss; Williamsburg, S. A. Swails; York, John W. Mead.
The Committee then retired.
Mr. BOWEN moved that the Convention appoint John R. Pinckney and Peter Miller, temporary Sergeants-at-Arms.
Objection being made to the transaction of business during the absence of the Committee, the motion was withdrawn.
On motion of Mr. WILLIAM J. McKINLAY, Secretary, the Convention took a recess for three quarters of an hour.
On re-assembling, M. DUNCAN, Chairman, made a verbal report of the Committee on Credentials, stating that the Committee examined first the credentials of each of its own members, and appointed a Chairman and Secretary. Finding their credentials correct, they then called in the delegates from other districts, and examined their credentials, which, on being proved, were signed by the Chairman and Secretary underneath the official signature of General Canby. This signature, on being shown to the doorkeeper, is to be taken as evidence that the bearer is a member, and entitled to admission in the Convention. Any member arriving afterwards, must be identified by the Chairman and Secretary of the Committee, which propose to continue its organization until all the member had arrived, or there was no further necessity for their services.
On motion of Mr. B. BYAS, the report of the Committee was adopted.
Mr. F. L. CARDOZO moved that a Committee of one from each District be elected by the members of each respective District delegation to constitute a Committee to nominate suitable officers for the permanent organization of the Convention. He thought it essential to success that there should be a thorough and complete canvass for officers to fill those important positions. Upon the permanent President would depend much of the dignity and success of their legislation. He hoped there would be no smaller number appointed, as it would in that case be very apt to form a clique. One from each delegation, he felt sure, must give more satisfaction and be attended with better results.
Mr. HURLEY moved that the Convention proceed to a nomination at large.
The motion was not agreed to.
On motion of Dr. NEWELL, the Convention adjourned to meet to morrow at 12 o'clock.