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On motion of Mr. Child of Boston,

Ordered, That a committee of five be appointed to wait on the Governor, and inform him that a quorum of the House is assembled, and that the members are ready to be qualified.

And Messrs. Child of Boston, Bates of East Bridgewater, Robinson of Nantucket, Cook of Gloucester, and Hodges of Haverhill, were appointed the committee.

And the committee having discharged the duty assigned to them, reported accordingly.

Soon afterwards, His Excellency the Governor, with the Executive Council and the Secretary of the Commonwealth, came in and the oaths and affirmations required by the constitution and laws were administered by His Excellency to the members present, and subscribed by them; after which the Governor, with the Council and the Secretary, withdrew.

On motion of Mr. Plumer of Boston,

Ordered, That a committee of five be appointed to receive, sort and count the votes for Speaker.

And Messrs. Plumer of Boston, Mudge of Danvers, Adams of Dorchester, Batcheller of North Brookfield, and Bradley of Tisbury, were appointed the committee.

Mr. Plumer, from the committee, afterwards reported as follows:

Whole number of votes, two hundred and thirty-live; · necessary for a choice, one hundred and eighteen. HARVEY JEWELL of Boston, had one hundred and thirty-two; John I. Baker of Beverly, one hundred and three.

And Mr. JEWELL was elected, and declaration was made accordingly; and the Speaker was conducted to the chair by a committee consisting of Messrs. Kimball of Boston and Haynes of Springfield.

On motion of Mr. Crosby of Williamsburg,

Ordered, That a committee of five be appointed to receive, sort, and count the votes for Clerk.

And Messrs. Crosby of Williamsburg, Rand of Charlestown, Howland of Dartmouth, Horton of Westfield, and Hewes of Lynnfield, were appointed the committee.

Mr. Crosby, from the committee, afterwards reported as

Election of Speaker.

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Whole number of votes, two hundred and twenty-nine; necessary for a choice, one hundred and fifteen. William S. Robinson of Malden has two hundred and twenty-three;

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notified.

Leonard Brown of Lowell, four; C. W. Slack of Boston, one; William A. Crafts of Roxbury, one.

Mr. Robinson, having been elected, was conducted to the Council chamber by a committee consisting of the chairman of the committee appointed to receive the votes, and having been qualified by taking the oaths and affirmations required by the constitution and laws, report was made accordingly to the House, and the Clerk entered upon the discharge of his duties.

On motion of Mr. Hurd of Framingham,

Ordered, That a committee of five be appointed to notify Sena te no the Senate of the organization of the House by the election tifed. of a Speaker and Clerk.

And Messrs. Hurd of Framingham, Crittenden of Otis, . Coes of Worcester, Waters of Salem, and Stone of Dedham, were appointed the committee.

And Mr. Hurd afterwards reported that the committee had attended to this duty.

On motion of Mr. Ritchie of Boston,

Ordered, That a committee of five be appointed to inform Governor the Governor and Council that the House has been organized by the election of a Speaker and Clerk.

And Messrs. Ritchie of Boston, Leavitt of Charlemont, Smith of Rutland, Ober of Boston, and Chase of Watertown, were appointed the committee.

And afterwards, Mr. Ritchie, from the committee, reported that they had attended to this duty. .

A message was received from the Senate, announcing the Senate organization of that branch by the election of Hon. Robert Organized. C. Pitman of the 2d Bristol District, as President, and of Stephen N. Gifford, Esq., of Duxbury, as Clerk.

On motion of Mr. Johnson of Boston,

Ordered, That a committee of five be appointed to receive, Sergeant-atsort, and count the votes for Sergeant-at-Arms, on the part Arms of the House.

And Messrs. Johnson of Boston, Fletcher of Chelmsford, Lyon of Halifax, Cox of Malden, and Daniels of Peabody, were appointed the committee.

Mr. Johnson afterwards reported as follows:

Whole number of votes, two hundred and thirty-three; necessary for a choice, one hundred and seventeen. Gardiner Tufts of Lynn had one hundred and fourteen votes; John Morissey of Plymouth, one hundred and eleven ; Lyman S. Hapgood of Boston, eight.

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There being no choice, the same committee was directed to receive, sort and count the votes on a second ballot.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ritchie of Boston presented the credentials of Mr. Hovey of Boston, who had not been qualified with the other members, and he was conducted to the Council chamber by a committee consisting of Mr. Ritchie, and having been qualified by taking the oaths and affirmations, took his seat in the House.

Mr. Johnson, from the committee, reported the result of the second ballot for Sergeant-at-Arms, as follows:

Whole number of votes, two hundred and thirty-two; necessary for a choice, one hundred and seventeen. Gardiner Tufts of Lynn, one hundred and thirty-four; John Morissey of Plymouth, ninety-eight.

And Mr. Tufts was elected on the part of the House.

Previous to the declaration of the vote, a message was received from the Senate, announcing that that branch had made choice of John Morissey of Plymouth, as Sergeantat-Arms on its part. .

On motion of Mr. Young of Boston, the Clerk was charged with a message to the Senate announcing that the House had made choice of Gardiner Tufts.

On motion of Mr. Merrick of Foxborough,

Ordered, That to-morrow, at a quarter past eleven o'clock, be assigned for the choice of Chaplain.

On motion of Mr. Child of Boston,

Ordered, That the House will meet at eleven o'clock,
A.M., to-morrow, and until otherwise ordered.
On motion of Mr. Rich of Boston,-

Ordered, That to-morrow, at half past eleven o'clock,
A.M., be assigned for the drawing of seats.

On motion of Mr. Baker of Beverly,

Ordered, That the rules and orders of the last House be adopted for the government of this House, until otherwise ordered.

Ordered, In concurrence, that the joint rules and orders of the two branches of last year be observed until others are adopted.

Ordered, In concurrence, that Messrs. Needham, Coolidge and Hobart of the Senate, and Messrs. Baker of Beverly, Kimball of Boston, Plunkett of Pittsfield, Bird of Walpole, Francis of Lowell, Williams of Worcester, and Hurd of Framingham, of the House, be a committee to prepare rules and orders for the government of the two branches.

Chaplain.

Hour of meeting.

Seats.

Rules and orders.

Governor,

Councillors,

And on motion of Mr. Baker of Beverly, the members of the committee, on the part of the House, were appointed to prepare rules and orders for the government of the House.

* Ordered, In concurrence, that the returns of votes for votes for Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, Secretary, Treasurer, &c. Auditor, and Attorney-General, be committed to a joint special committee, consisting of Messrs. Kittredge, Smith, Pollard, King and Hathaway, of the Senate, and Messrs. Plunkett of Pittsfield, Ames of Canton, Haynes of Springfield, Stone of Dedham, McIntire of Cambridge, Rand of Charlestown, Lane of Lowell, Friend of Gloucester, Leonard of Southbridge, and Rogers of Orleans, of the House.

Ordered, In concurrence, that the returns of votes for votes for Councillors be submitted to a joint special committee, consisting of Messrs. Marshall, Buttrick and Thomas, of the Senate, and Messrs. Nash of Boston, Russell of Lawrence, Starkweather of Northampton, Marsh of Hingham, Hart of Fall River, Gould of Brewster, and Sargent of Lowell, of the House.

Ordered, In concurrence, that Messrs. Brastow, Hatha- Public worway and Kingman, of the Senate, and Messrs. French of New Bedford, Smith of Boston, Clement of Dracut, Walcott of Sandisfield, Newton of Greenfield, Sears of Hawley, and Hapgood of Boston, of the House, be a committee to wait on the Governor and Council, and inform them that the two branches are now ready to join them in attendance upon public worship.

Afterwards, Mr. French, from the committee, reported that they had attended to the duty with which they were charged, and that the Governor had desired the committee to inform the House that he would forthwith join them, in company with the Council, in attendance upon public worship.

Whereupon, on motion of Mr. Young of Boston, the House
Adjourned.

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THURSDAY, January 7, 1869. Met according to adjournment.

Prayer was offered by Rev. Mr. Merrick of Foxborough, a member of the House.

The journal of yesterday was read and approved.

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The Speaker presented the report of the Cattle Commis. sioners ; which was laid upon the table and ordered to be printed.

At a quarter past eleven o'clock, the House proceeded to the election of a Chaplain, and Messrs. Merrick of Foxborough, Gove of Boston, Amądon of Springfield, Sprague of Worcester, Cressey of Beverly, and Friend of Gloucester, were appointed a committee to receive, sort and count the votes.

Mr. Merrick afterwards reported as follows:

Whole number of votes, two hundred and seven ; necessary for a choice, one hundred and four. Rev. 0. „T. Walker had one hundred and three; Rev. John A. M. Chapman, forty-four; Rev. G. W. Stacy, twenty-seven ; Rev. Thomas Wilson, and Rev. E. H. Capen, six each ; Rev. N. M. Gaylord, five; Rev. J. M. Merrick, and Rev. S. W. Coggshall, three each; Rev. T. E. Vassar, Rev. Joseph Osgood, Rev. W. P. Tilden, and Rev. J. W. Manning, two eachi; Rev. J. O. Means, Rev. T. Scully, one each ; and there was no choice.

On motion of Mr. Baker of Beverly, Rev. 0. T. Walker was elected.

And on motion of Mr. Gould of Melrose, the Clerk was directed to notify him of his election.

The House proceeded to the matter specially assigned for half past eleven o'clock, the drawing of seats.

On motion of Mr. Bird of Walpole,

Ordered, That Messrs. Vaill of Palmer, Plunkett of Pittsfield, Warren of Waltham, Fay of Concord, and Hodgkins of Rockport, be allowed to select seats before the drawing.

Messrs. Plumer of Boston, and Stone of Dedham, were then appointed a committee to superintend the drawing of seats ; and the roll was called and the seats were assigned by lot.

On motion of Mr. Hodges of Haverhill, the Speaker was directed to issue a precept for an election in the Fifth District in the County of Essex, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the decease of Mr. John G. Barnes, member elect of the House.

A message was received from the Senate announcing that that branch had again made choice of John Morissey as Sergeant-at-Arms on its part.

On motion of Mr. Hale of Salem, to-morrow at twelve o'clock was assigned for an election of Sergeant-at-Arms on the part of the House.

seats.

Election in Fifth Essex district.

Sergeant-at-
Arms.

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