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Met according to adjournment.
Mr. Wilson, of Natick, offered the following Order:—
Ordered, That the Committee on the Pay Roll be instructed to make up the same, including the day of final adjournment, allowing to each member pay only for his actual attendance, except in cases of sickness.
Mr. Knowlton, of Worcester, from a Special Committee "appointed to consider and report at what time the session of the Convention may be brought to a close," submitted a Report, "that in the opinion of the committee the Convention may complete its business and adjourn finally, on Saturday, the 23d inst."
The Report was considered, and adopted.
Mr. Frothingham, of Charlestown, from the Special Committee on the subject of banking, submitted a Report, inexpedient to act upon the subject of an Order of June 20th, on the expediency of providing that the legislature shall have no power to authorize or pass any law sanctioning the suspension ^of specie payments, by any corporations issuing bank notes.
On motion of Mr. Boutwell, member for Berlin, the Eesolves on the subject of the Council were taken from the table, and placed in the Orders of the Day.
Mr. Adams, of Lowell, moved, that in Committee of the Whole on the subject of elections by plurality and majority, debate shall cease in one hour after going into committee.
Mr. Bradbury, of Newton, moved to substitute "three hours," and afterwards "two hours " for "one hour;" but these amendments were successively rejected.
Mr. Butler, of Lowell, moved to amend by substituting "threequarters of an hour."
The amendment was adopted, and then the motion of Mr. Adams, as amended, was agreed to, by a vote of one hundred and seven in the affirmative, to seventy-three in the negative.
On motion of Mr. Underwood, of Milford, the Convention resolved itself into Committee of the Whole, for the purpose of considering the Resolves on the subject of elections by plurality and majority; and the President requested Mr. Hillard, of Boston, to take the chair.
Afterwards, Mr. Hillard reported the Resolves, with amendments, as follow :—
Striking out the word "whom" in the last line but one of the first Resolve, and insert instead thereof, the word "which," and adding to the Resolve the words " or other officer to be thus elected."
These amendments were concurred in.
Mr. Schouler, of Boston, moved that the first Resolve be amended, by striking out all after the word " Resolved," and inserting instead thereof, the following :—
That it is expedient to provide in the Constitution, that in the election of a governor, lieutenant-governor, councillors, secretary, treasurer, auditor, and attorney-general of the Commonwealth, the person having the largest number of votes shall be deemed and taken to be elected.
On motion of Mr. Schouler, the yeas and nays were ordered on the adoption of the amendment.
Before taking the question,
On motion of Mr. Oliver, of Lawrence, the Orders of the Day were laid upon the table.
On motion of Mr. Hallett, member for Wilbraham, the Convention resolved itself into Committee of the Whole, for the purpose of considering the unfinished business of July 11th, viz.: the Resolves on the subject of amendments of the Constitution ; and in the absence of Mr. Griswold, member for Erving, who was chairman of the committee at its last session for the purpose of considering this subject, the President requested Mr. Wood, of Fitchburg, to take the chair.
Afterwards, Mr. Wood reported, that the Committee had made progress in the consideration of the subject, but had come to no conclusion, and had instructed him to ask leave to sit again.
And leave was accordingly granted.
An amendment offered by Mr. Hallett, member for Wilbraham, in Committee of the Whole, to the Resolves on the subject of amendments of the Constitution; and an amendment, of which notice was given by Mr. Giles, of Boston, were ordered to be printed.
And at ten minutes before seven o'clock, on motion of Mr. Brown, of Douglas,
The Convention adjourned.
TUESDAY, July 19, 1853.
Met according to adjournment. Prayer was offered by the Chaplain. The Journal of yesterday was read.
Mr. Hobbs, of Weston, presented the Credentials of Mr. Charles C. Hazewell, elected a Delegate from Concord, in place of Mr. Gourgas, deceased; which were received, and the Delegate was admitted.
Mr. Griswold, member for Erving, from the Committee on the House of Representatives, submitted a Report, inexpedient to act upon the subject of an Order of June 25th, on the expediency of providing that towns and districts may have the right to be represented by any citizens of the Commonwealth.
Referred to the Committee of the Whole and ordered to be printed.
The Order offered yesterday by Mr. Wilson, of Natick, on the subject of the pay roll, was taken up and considered.
Mr. Wheeler, of Lincoln, moved to amend the Order, by inserting the words, "and that the members of the Convention be required to certify under oath their attendance."
Pending the question,
On motion of Mr. Hyde, of Sturbridge, the Order was laid upon the table, by a vote of one hundred and thirty-seven in the affirmative to forty-four in the negative.
The Order offered yesterday, by Mr. Brown, of Medway, limiting speeches to fifteen minutes time, was taken up and considered.
Mr. Aspinwall, of Brookline, moved to amend the Order, by striking out the words " except chairmen of the committees."
Pending this question, on motion of Mr. Allen, of Worcester, the Order was
Laid upon the table.
Mr. Briggs, of Pittsfield, moved that the Resolve on the subject of appropriations for sectarian schools, be taken from the table, and placed in the Orders of the Day.
But the motion was rejected, by a vote of seventy-three in the affirmative, to eighty-five in the negative.
On motion of Mr. Butler, of Lowell, the Convention proceeded to the consideration of the Orders of the Day.
The first subject was the Resolves relating to elections by plurality and majority,
And the pending question was upon the amendment offered yesterday, by Mr. Schouler, of Boston.
Mr. Upton, of Boston, moved to amend the first Resolve, by striking out all after the word "the" at the end of the sixth line, (printed copy,) and inserting instead thereof, the words " individual having the highest number of votes shall be declared elected."
But the amendment was rejected.
The question was then stated upon Mr. Schouler's amendment,
And the roll being called, it appeared that one hundred and sixty members voted for the amendment, and one hundred and sixty against it.
The President voted in the negative, and the amendment was rejected.
Afterwards, Mr. Bates, of Plymouth, stated that a mistake had occurred, in placing the name of Mr. Brown, of Tolland, among those who had voted for the amendment.
It appearing that the name of Mr. Brown had been thus recorded, and it also appearing, from the statement of that gentleman, that he did not vote upon the question, it was
Ordered^ That the Journal be amended so as to conform to the facts.
Those who voted in the affirmative are :—
Messrs. Benjamin P. Adams,
Messrs. Stillman Clarke,
Messrs. Dalton Goulding,
Messrs. Joseph B. Morss,