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Begun and held at Madison, the Seat of Government, on Monday the seventh day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty, pursuant to an act of the Congress of the United States, approved 20th of April, 1836, entitled "an act establishing the Territorial Government of Wisconsin.”
On which day, being that fixed by law for the regular ses. sion of the Legislative Assembly, the following members appeared, and took their seats, viz :
From the (original) county of Brown-Mr. Charles C. P. Arndt.
From the county of Racine-Messrs. William Bullen and Lo. renzo Janes.
From the counties of Walworth and Rock-Mr. James Maxwell.
From the counties of Green, Dane, Jefferson and Dodge--Mr. Ebenezer Brigham.
From the county of Iowa—Mr. Levi Sterling.
From the county of Grant--Messrs. John H. Rountree and James R. Vineyard.
From the (original) county of Crawford—Mr. Charles J. Learned.
On motion of Mr. Janes,
On motion of Mr. Bullen,
On motion of Mr. Janes,
On motion of Mr. Sterling,
On motion of Mr. Brigham, Tunis Slingerland was appointed messenger, pro tem. Mr. Bullen presented the certificate of election of Don A.J. Upham, Esq., from the counties of Milwaukee and Washington, and moved that he be admitted to a seat. . The motion was agreed to.
Mr. Brigham presented the certificate of election of Jonathan E. Arnold, Esq., from the counties of Milwaukee and Washing. ton, and moved that he be admitted to a seat.
The motion was agreed to. On motion it was ordered that the oath of office be adminis. tered to the members whose certificates had just been presented, by the President, pro tem.
The members elect thereupon appeared at the President's desk, and the oath of office was administered to them.
On motion of Mr. Janes, Ordered, That the Secretary inform the House of Represen. tives that the Council have now organized, pro tempore, and are ready to proceed to business.
The following message from the House of Representatives was received by the clerk thereof, viz: .
“ Mr. President-I am directed to inform the Council that the House of Representatives are now in organization pro tem., and ready to proceed to business.”
On motion of Mr. Janes, Resolved, That a committee of two be appointed to act in conjunction with a similar committee to be appointed by the House of Representatives, to wait upon His Excellency, the Governor, and to inform him that the two Houses have organi. zed pro tempore, and are ready to receive any communication he may wish to make to them.
Messrs. Janes and Arndt were appointed the committee.
Ordered, That the Secretary inform the House of Represen. tatives thereof. : ..
On motion of Mr. Janes, Ordered, That the standing rules of the last session of the Council, be adopted for the government of the Council until ; otherwise ordered.
The following message was received from the House of Representatives by the clerk thereof, viz: . is
“ Mr. President-I am directed to inform the Council that Messrs. Brunson and Rockwell have been appointed a commit. teé, on the part of the House of Representatives, to act in con. junction with the committee appointed by the Council to wait upon His Excellency, the Governor, and inform him that the two Houses have organized, pro tempore, and are ready to re. ceive any communication he may wish to make them.”
Mr. Janes from the committee appointed to wait upon the Governor, reported that the committee had performed the duty assigned them, and that the Governor had replied to them that he would meet the two Houses on to-morrow at 12 o'clock, M. in the Representatives' Hall, and make an address to them. .
On motion of Mr. Sterling, the Council adjourned until 11 o'clock, A. M., on to-morrow.
Tuesday, December 8, 1840.
Mr. James Collins from the county of Iowa, appeared and took · his seat.
On motion of Mr. Sterling, Resolved, That the Secretary of the Council furnish a list of the names of members of the Council to the Post Master at this place, and that the postage on all letters, be paid out of the moneys appropriated to defray the expenses of the Legislative Assembly. Mr. Janes offered the following : . .
Resolved, That each member of the Council be authorized to order for his own use at the expense of the Territory, during the session, any number of newspapers published in this Territory, not exceeding twenty in each week.
Mr. Collins moved to amend the same by striking out “twen. ty” and inserting "fifty” in place thereof.
The motion was disagreed to.
On motion of Mr. Brigham, the resolution was laid upon the table.
On motion of Mr. Arndt, Resolved, That the editors of the several newspapers in the Territory, be allowed the privilege of having reporters within the bar of the Council.....
On motion of Mr. Bullen, Ordered, That so much of the 42nd of the standing rules as prescribes that the several officers of the Council be elected by ballot, be suspended, and that the Council do now proceed to the election thereof by appointment.
Mr. Sterling thereupon nominated George Beatty for the offico of Secretary.
Mr. Arnold nominated David Finley for the office of Assistant Secretary.
Mr. Arndt nominated Miles M. Vineyard for the office of Sergeant-at-arms
Mr. Learned nominated Charles Heckman for the office of Doorkeeper.
Mr. Vineyard nominated Volney A. McCracken for the office of Assistant Doorkeeper.
Mr. Vineyard nominated George Coates for the office of Mes. senger.
Mr. Bullen nominated George Bennet for the office of Trans. cribing Clerk
Mr. Arnold nominated William A. Rice for the office of Transcribing Clerk.
Mr. Arndt nominated T. Charles Morgan for the office of Transcribing Clerk.
The nominations were severally agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Sterling, the several officers appointed were called to the Secretary's desk, when the oath of office was ad. ministered to them by the President, pro tem.
On motion of Mr. Sterling, Ordered, That the Council do now proceed to the election of a President.
Messrs. Collins and Bullen were appointed tellers. - And the votes being taken and counted by the tellers appoint. ed for that purpose, it appeared that Mr. Rountree had received