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JOURNAL

OF THE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 1869.

In accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Illinois, the Twenty-sixth General Assembly of said State convened, in their first session, at the State House in the city of Springfield, on Monday, the fourth day of January, A. D. 1869.

The House was called to order by Mr. Bond, on whose motion

Hon. H. C. Childs, of DuPage county, was appointed Speaker pro tem.

On motion of Mr. Bond, A. S. Thompson, of Henderson county, was appointed Clerk, pro tem.

On motion of Mr. Bailey, Charles H. Wood, of Iroquois county, was appointed Assistant Clerk, pro tem.

On motion of Mr. Smith of McLean, it was Pesalced, That the rules of the House and the joint rules of the Senate and the House of Representatives of the last General Assembly, be and the same are hereby adopted for the government of the House until otherwise ordered.

Mr. Burke offered the following resolution, viz: Picsolded, That the Clerk now proceed to call the roll alphabetically, and receive certificates of election from such members as may be present.

On motion of Mr. Bailey, The following resolution was adopted, as a substitute therefor: Resolved, That the Speaker appoint a committee of three on credentials; that the Clerk be instructed to call the Representative Districts in numerical order, and that the members elect, as their respective districts shall be called, present to said committee their certificates of election, and that said committee examine the same and report the names of the members elect to this House.

The Speaker appointed as such committee, Messrs. Bailey, Dinsmoor and Casey

On motion of Mr. Smith, L.B.Church, of DuPage county, was appointed Doorkeeper, protem.

On motion of Mr. Cook of Sangamon, Alexander Pender was appointed Assistant Doorkeeper, pro tem.

Gentlemen of the House of Representatives :

To say I return you my sincere thanks is but a feeble expression of my profound gratitude for the high honor you have conferred upon me, in your selection of a Speaker. To be thus selected to preside over the deliberations of the House of Representatives, for the second time, is an honor for which I am indebted as I well know not to any merit of my own, but solely to your generous and unselfish kindness.

In the discharge of the important duties you have assumed as the Representatives of the people of this great State, your deliberations, I feel assured, will be characterized by wisdom, moderation and devotion to the best interests of the people and the State. And it will be my highest ambition, gentlemen, to co-operate with you in the faithful discharge of these duties. I shall rely upon your aid and assistance, without which I cannot hope to succeed in the discharge of the duties you have assigned me; and for my errors, I shall ask your generous forbearance.

Accept, gentlemen, my heartfelt gratitude for the honor you have conferred upon me; and as the best return I can make for your confidence, I assure you that it will be my most earnest desire, as well as my highest ambition, to discharge the duties you have assigned me honestly, faithfully and impartially.

The Speaker announced that nominations for Clerk were in order.

Whereupon Mr. Dinsmoor placed in nomination James P. Root, of Cook county.

Mr. Voris placed in nomination Mr.J. Merrick Bush, of Pike county. The Clerk proceeded to call the roll, which resulted as follows: Those voting for Mr. Root are,

Messrs. Bailey, Bond, Bothwell, Burgess, Callaway, Challis, Childs, Collins, Cook of Lake, Coy, Deitz, Denison, Dinsmoor, Elliott, Frew, Gale, Gaylord, Green, Gundlach, Hanna, Hopkins, Horrabin, Kerr, Kinyon, Knickerbocker, Lawson, Marsh, McCutcheon, Merritt, Miller of St. Clair, Miller_of Cook, Munson, Nase, Parker, Perry, Phelps, Porter, Ravlin, Reed, Reynolds, Ross of St. Clair, Scroggs, Sickles, Smith, Stanley, Strawn, Sumner, Talbott, Taylor, Thompson, Whiting, Wiley, Willis, Woodson, Young, Mr. Speaker-56.

Those voting for Mr. Bush are,

Messrs. Beason, Bradshaw, Brookhart, Burke, Casey, Downing, Dresser, Ewing, Fuller, Gilmore, Halley, Jasper, Landrigan, Laning, Merritt, Mittower, Morgan, Morse, Palmer, Phillips, Ross of Fulton, Saltonstall, Voris-23.

Mr. Root having received a majority of all the votes cast, was declared duly elected Clerk of the House of Representatives.

Mr. Taylor submitted the following resolution: Resolocd, That the following persons be declared elected to the offices for which they are named respectfully: First Assistant Clerk...

.JAMES K. MAGIE. Second Assistant Clerk

ALBERT Bliss, Jr. Third Assistant Clerk

IRA J. HALSTEAD. Enrolling and Engrossing Clerk.

.J. V. MAHONEY. First Assistant Enrolling and Engrossing Clerk.

.C. W. WHITNEY. Second Assistant Enrolling and Engrossing Clerk.. ..MAURICE SAVAGE. Third Assistant Enrolling and Engrossing Clerk.

..Chas. H. MITCHALL. Door-keeper ...

FRANCIS SEQUIN. First Assistant Door-keeper.

.L. 0. GILMAN. Second Assistant Door-keeper

.GUSTAV WETZLOW. Postmaster

.A. J. ALDEN. Assistant Postmaster.

.E. F. CHITTENDEN.

Mr. Laning offered the following substitute : Resolved, That the following named persons be declared elected to the following named offices: First Assistant Clerk...

.J. W. LOYD. Second Assistant Clerk

E. A. SNIVELY. Third Assistant Clerk .

T. F. BOUTON. Enrolling and Engrossing Clerk..

A.

GWORTH. First Enrolling and Engrossing Clerk.

MARTIN BROOKS. Second Assistant Enrolling and Engrossing Clerk.

.ENOS L. COLE. Third Assistant Enrolling and Engrossing Clerk.

.JAMES CUNNINGHAM. Door-keeper

A. S. PALMER. First Assistant Door-keeper

.HENRY PEMPERTON. Second Assistant Door-keeper.

. AARON POLLARD. Postnaster....

.W. S. HURSA, Assistant Postmaster..

.A. E. MIEK. On motion of Mr. Taylor, The said substitute was laid on the table, and the resolution of Mr. Taylor was then adopted.

On motion of Mr Bond, Pimicat, That the Clerk of the House of Representatives inform the Senate that the House of Representatives has met and organized by the election of Franklin Corwin, Speaker, James P. Root, Clerk, James K. Magie, first assistant Clerk, Albert Bliss, Jr., second assistant Clerk, Ira J. Halstead, third assistant Clerk, J. V. Maboney, enrolling and engrossing Clerk, C. N. Whitney, first assistant enrolling and engrossing Clerk, Maurice Savage, second assistant enrolling and engrossing Clerk, Charles H. Mitchell, third assistant enrolling and engrossing Clerk, Francis Sequin, Door-keeper, L. 0. Gilman, first assistant Door-keeper, Gustav Wetzlow, second assistant Door-keeper, A. J. Alden, Postmaster, E. F. Chittenden, assistant Postmaster; and that they are now ready for legislative business.

A message from the Senate:

Mr. Speaker: I am instructed by the Senate to inform the House of Representatives that the following resolution has been adopted :

Pielie by the Senate, That the Secretary of the Senate inform the House of Poprsentatives that the Senate has met and organized, by the election of ChaunOF Wilwood, Secretary, J. V. Boggs, first assistant Secretary, R. W. Coon, second axitand Secretary, James H. Paddock, third assistant Secretary, John M. Adair, eamling and engrossing Clerk, John H. Barton, first assistant enrolling and engrossing Clerk, Jolin J. Dale, second assistant enrolling and engrossing Clerk, R. D. Addis, third assistant enrolling and engrossing Clerk, John A. Wall, Sergeant at-arms, Dr. William Mitchell, assistant Sergeant-at-arms, Thomas J. Larison, Post Laster, Geo. M. Dougherty, assistant Post Master; and is now ready for the transaction of business.

A message from the Senate:

Mr. Speaker: I amn instructed by the Senate to inform the House of Representatives that the following resolutions have been adopted :

Piesolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring herein, That a committee of two on part of the Senate, and three on the part of the House, be appointed to wait on the Governor and inform him that the two Houses are now organized, and ready to receive any communication he may see proper to make.

The Speaker has appointed on the part of the Senate, Messrs. Addams and Ward.

Be it resolced by the Senate, the House of Representatives herein concurring, That a joint committee be appointed, consisting of three from the Senate and five from the House, to take into consideration the subject of the official reporting of the proceedings of the present session.

The Speaker has appointed on the part of the Senate, Messrs. Ward, Tincher and Casey. And ask their concurrence therein.

On motion of Mr. Smith, The House concurred in the Senate resolution for the appointment of a committee to wait upon the Governor and inform him that the two Houses are now organized, and ready to receive any communication he may see proper to make.

The Speaker appointed as such committee on the part of the House, Messrs. Smith, Casey and

Bond. On motion of Mr. Dinsmoor, Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring herein, That the Lieutenant Governor elect, each Senator and the several elective officers of the Senate, each member of the House of Representatives and the several elective officers, be furnished with newspapers equivalent to sixty copies of a daily paper, during the continuance of this session of the General Assembly, to be paid for out of the contingent fund.

On motion of Mr. Bailey, Resolved, That the several acting clergymen of the city of Springfield be hereby respectfully requested, in such order as they may arrange among themselves, to attend and open each morning session of the House of Representatives with prayer.

The committee appointed to wait upon the Governor, reported that they had performed the duty assigned them.

On motion of Mr. Cook of Lake, The Senate resolution providing for the appointment of official rəporters for the session, was taken up and concurred in.

The Speaker appointed on the part of the House, as such committee, Messrs. Bailey, Childs, Cook of Sangamon, Talbott and Ross of Fulton.

A message from the Governor, by George H. Harlow, Private Secretary:

Mr. Speaker: I am directed by the Governor to lay before your honorable body a printed communication : STATE OF ILLINOIS–EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

January 4th, 1868. To the General Assembly :

An indulgent Providence continues to bless our Nation and State with health, peace and prosperity. Our acknowledgments are first due to that God who presides over all nations and peoples,

You are again summoned by our constitution to the delicate and arduous duties of legislation, to carefully consider those questions of domestic concern which more immediately affect us in our relations as citizens of the State of Illinois. Fresh from your constituencies, intrusted with their powers, and bearing to the Capital of the State their confidence and trust, it is pleasant to meet and share with you the responsibilities of government, and the anxieties ever attendant upon the efforts of those who earnestly seek the prosperity of the people and the common weal of the State.

Custom has made it the rule for the Executive to give to the General Assembly information of the state of the government at the com

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