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Lansing, Wednesday, January 2, 1861. In conformity with the requirements of the constitution of the State of Michigan, for the assembling of the Legislature of said State, on this day, at eleven o'clock, A. M., the Senate thereof convened in the Senate Chamber, in the Capitol of said State, and was called to order by Hon. James Birney, Lieutenant Governor and President of the Senate.
The roll having been called by Aaron B. Turner, Secretary of the Senate pro tem., the following named Senators elect answered, severally presented themselves, subscribed the constitutional oath of office, and took their seats as Senators : From the 1st District-William Adair. 2d
Henry P. Baldwin. 3d
Henry T. Backus. 4th
John L. Near. 5th
Byron G. Stout. 6th
John G. Owen. 7th
Thomas D. Lane. 8th
Nathan Webb. 9th
Samuel Mulholland. 10th
William Baker, Jr. 11th
Joel Carpenter. 12th
Charles V. DeLand. 13th
Geo. H. French. 14th
John McDermid. 15th
Darius Monroe. 16th
Joseph R. Williams.
From the 17th District-Gilman C. Jones. 18th
Elijah Lacey. 19th
Henry C. Briggs. 20th
Stephen F. Brown. 21st
Norman Bailey. 22d
Randolph Strickland. 23d
John H. Galloway. 24th
Elbridge G. Gale. 25th
Ira H. Butterfield. 26th
Ezra Hazen. 27th
Daniel G. Wilder. 28th
John N. Ingersoll. 29th
Solomon L. Withey. 30th
Osmond Tower. 31st
Nelson Green. 32d Mr. Strickland moved that the Senate proceed to the election of permanent officers,
Which motion prevailed.
The Senate proceeded to the election of Secretary, with the following result:
FOR AARON B. TURNER.
FOR E. D. BURR.
1 Aaron B. Turner was declared duly elected Secretary of the Senate.
On motion of Mr. Stout,
The Senate proceeded to the election of a Sergeant-at-Arms, with the following result :
FOR JOHN R. MARTIN.
1 Mr. Adair,
John R. Martin was declared duly elected Sergeant-at-Arms. On motion of Mr. Tower,
The Senate proceeded to the election of Enrolling and Engrossing Clerk, with the following result :
FOR JAMES M. ROSSE.
FOR E. H. WHITNEY. Mr. Adair,
1 James M. Rosse was declared duly elected Enrolling and Engrossing Clerk.
On motion of Mr. Ingersoll,
Resolved, that the Secretary of the Senate, the Enrolling and Engrossing Clerk, and the Sergeant-at-Arms, be and the same are hereby authorized each to appoint one assistant or deputy to the several offices named.
Mr. Strickland moved the following as a substitute :
Resolved, That Adam W. Pattridge be and he is hereby appointed Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms in the Senate ;
Which motion did not prevail.
Mr. Strickland moved that the resolution lie on the table till three o'clock P. M.;
Which motion did not prevail.
Resolved, That the motion before the house be so amended as to allow the Senate to elect by ballot the Assistant Sergeantat-Arms ;
Which resolution did not prevail.
The question recurring on the original resolution, the same was adopted.
On motion of Mr. Ingersoll, it was
Resolved, That a committee of two be appointed to wait upon the House of Representatives, and inform that body that the Senate is organized and ready to proceed to business.
The President appointed Senators Ingersoll and Adair said committee.
On motion of Mr. Strickland, it was
Resolved, That the resident clergymen of Lansing be invited to officiate alternately as Chaplains to the Senate.
Mr. Brown offered the following:
Resolved, That D. C. Henderson, of Allegan county, be and he is hereby appointed Reporter to the Senate for the present session, at a salary not to exceed three dollars per day, whose duty it shall be to furnish sketches of debates of this body to such paper or papers as the President of the Senate slfall designate.
Mr. Ingersoll moved to strike out the name of D.C. Henderson, and insert Wm. A. Bryce.
Mr. Tower moved to lay the resolution on the table;
Mr. Tower moved to amend by striking out the name of Wm. A. Bryce, and inserting A. H. Proctor.