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JOURNAL

OF THE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

FIRST SESSION OF THE FOURTH LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

OF THE TERRITORY OF WISCONSIN :

Begun and held at Madison, the Seat of Government, on Mon. day, the Gfth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty.two ; being the day fised by. law for the annual meeting of the said A sssembly:

On which day, at 12 o'clock meridian, the House of Repre. sentatives was called to order by John Catlin, the Chief Clerk, and the roll being called, the following named members, who had presented certificates of their election, answered to their names and severally took their seats, to wit:

From the County of Brown and counties thereto attached.Messrs. Albert G. Ellis, and Mason C. Darling.

From the counties of Milwaukee and Washington.— Messrs. Andrew E. Elmore, Benjamin Huoking, Thomas H. Olin, Jopa. than Parsons, Jared Thompson and George II. Walker:

From the counties of Rock and Walworth.-Messrs. Jobn Hopkins and James Tripp.

From the counties of Dane, Dodge, Green, Jefferson and Sauk. Messrs. John Hopkins and James Tripp.

From the county of Iowa.-Messrs. Robert M. Long and Moses Meeker.

From the county of Grant.—Messrs. Franklin Z. Hicks, Alonzo Platt and Glendower M. Price.

From the counties of Crauford and St. Croix.--Mr. John Manahan.

The Clerk stated that a quorum of members was present, and that he would await the pleasure of the house.

On motion of Mr. Darling, It was ordered, that a committee oftwo be appointed to request the Hon. David Irvin, Associate Judge of the Supreme Court, to administer the oath of office to the members present in the Representatives' Hall.

Messrs. Darling and Tripp were appointed the said commit.

tec.

Mr. Darling, from the said committee, reported that they had performed the duty assigned them, and that the Hon. David Ir. vin would shortly appear in the Representatives' Hull in compliance with the request of the House.

The Hon. David Irvin appeared in the Representatives' Hall, and administered the onth of office to the following named per. sons, to wit:

Messrs. Mason C. Darling, Albert G. Ellis, Andrew E. EI. more, Franklin Z. Hicks, Benjamin Hunkins, John Hopkins, Robert M. Long, John H. Manahan, Robert Masters, Moses Mecker, Thomas H. Olin, Isaac H Palmer, Jonathan Parsons, Alonzo Platt, Glendower M. Price, Jared Thompson, James Tripp and George H. Walker.

On motion of Mr. Parsons,

The Hon. Albert G, Ellis, of Brown county, was appointed Speaker, pro lem.

On motion of Mr. Meeker,

Resolved, That the standing rules of the House of Represen. tatives of the last session be adopted for the Goverament of this House at its present session until others are prepared and adopted.

Oo motion of Mr. Meeker,

Resolved, if the Council concur, that the standing joint rules of the two houses of the last session be adopted for the Gov. ernment of the two Houses at their present session, until oth. ers are prepared and adopted.

On motion of Mr. Parsons,
J. W. Chubbuck was appointed Doorkeeper pro tein,
On motion of Mr. Tripp,
Leander Birge was appointed Fireman pro tem.
On motion of Mr. Masters,
Wadsworth Hayden was appointed Messenger, pro tem.
On motion of Me Darling, .

Resolved, That the Clerk transmit a communication to the Hon. the Council informing that body that the Ilouse of Rep. resentatives is now temporarily organized and ready to proceed to business.

Mr. Tripp presented certain documents relating to the election of John M. Capron to a seat in this House.

Which was referred to a committee of three, consisting of Messrs. Tripp, Darling and Meeker.

A message from the Council by their Secretary : “ Mr. Speaker-I am directed to inform this House that the Council are now in organization pro tempore, and ready to proceed to business.

On motion of Mr. Walker,
Resolved, If the Council concur, that a committee of two

be appointed by cach louse, to wait on His Excellency, the Governor, and inform him that the two houses are organized, pro tempore, and ready to receive any communication he may see fit to make them.

Messrs. Walker and Hopkins were appointed said commit. tee.

A message from the Council by their secretary : “ Mr. Speaker-I am directed to inform you that the Coun. cil have appointed Messrs. Mariin and Whiton a co:nmittee on their part, to act in conjunction with such com nittee as may be appointed by this house to wait upon his Excellency the Gover. nor, and inform him that the two houses are now temporarily organized, and ready to receive any communication he may have to inake to them.”

On motion of Mr. Darling, John F. Meade was appointed Assistant Clerk pro tem. A message from the Council by their Secretary : “ Mr. Speaker-I am directed to inform this House, that the Council have concurred in the adoption of the joint rules and orders of the two houses of the last session for their govern. ment at the present session, and until others are adopted. .

Mr. Walker, from the Joint Committee to which the subject was referred, made the following report, to wit:

The joint committee appointed to wait upon his Escellency the Governor, and inform him that the two houses of the Legis. lative Assembly, were temporarily organized, and ready to re. ceive any communication he may have to make to them, re. port, that they have discharged the duty assigned them, and that the Governor informed the committee that, “not conceiving that the Legislative Assembly had authority by law, to meet at the present time, he had on communication to make to them.”

On motion of Mr. Meeker,
The Thouse adjourned until 3 o'clock, P. M.

THREE O'CLOCK P. M.

Mr. Darling offered the following resolutions, which were read and agreed to, to wit:

Resolved, by the Council and Ilouse of Representatives, thac the repori of the joint committee appointed to wait upon his Es. cellency the Governor, and inform him that the two Houses were organiz3] pro tempore, an ! ready to receive any communication he might have to make to them, be referred to a joint commitee consisting of three members of each House, to report whether there is any valid objection to the Legislative Assembly's hold. ing its annual session at this time; whether it is expedient to adjourn the session of said Legislative Assembly to some other day; whether the Legislative Assembly ought to take any, and if any, what action expressive of their views, relative to the course pursued by the Executive as exhibited in said report; and gen. erally to report as they may think the circumstances of ihe caso may require,in relation to the said report, of the said joist com. mittee. - Resolved, Further, that said committee be requested to ask the Judges of the Supreme Court, now at Madison, for their opinion whether under the laws of Congress as they pow exist a session of ihe Legislature of Wisconsin can legally be held at the present time,

Messrs. Darling, Tripp, and Meeker were appointed of the said committee under the said resolutions on the part of tho House. · Ordered, That the Council be requested to concur therein:

On motion of Mr. Walker,
The House adjourned until tomorrow at 10 o'clock, A. M.

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