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the Resolves on the subject of the House of Representatives; and the President requested Mr. Wilson, of Natick, to take the chair.

Afterwards, Mr. Wilson reported, that the committee had made further 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.

On motion of Mr. Bird, of Walpole, the Convention proceeded to the consideration of the Orders of the Day.

The first subject being the motion to reconsider the vote on the passage of the third Resolve, reported by the Committee on the Secretary, Treasurer, &c., was passed over.

At a quarter past five o'clock, on motion of Mr. THOMPSON, of Charlestown,

The Convention adjourned.

THURSDAY, June 16, 1853. Met according to adjournment. Prayer was offered by the Chaplain. The Journal of yesterday was read.

Mr. Rockwood, of Belchertown, presented a plan of representation in the House of Representatives.

Referred to the Committee of the Whole and ordered to be printed.

On motion of Mr. Hurlbut, of Sudbury, the Convention resolved itself into Committee of the Whole, for the purpose of considering the Resolves on the subject of the House of Representatives; and the President requested Mr. Wilson, of Natick, to take the chair.

Afterwards, Mr. Wilson reported, that the committee had made further 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.

On motion of Mr. Morton, of Quincy, the Convention proceeded to the consideration of the Orders of the Day.

The first subject, being the motion to reconsider the vote on the passage of the third Resolve reported by the Committee on Secretary, Treasurer, &c., was passed over.

At half-past twelve o'clock, on motion of Mr. Hale, of Bridgewater,

The Convention adjourned.

AFTERNOON SESSION.

Met according to adjournment.
On motion of Mr. Wilson, of Natick,

Ordered, That the Committee on the Qualifications of Voters, be instructed to consider the expediency of incorporating into the Constitution the following provisions, to wit:

1. No person shall be deemed to have lost his residence in the Commonwealth, by reason of his absence, either on business of this State or of the United States.

2. No idiot, or insane person, or persons convicted of any infamous crime, shall be entitled to vote in any election.

Mr. Walker, of North Brookfield, offered a Resolution, containing a plan of representation in the House of Representatives.

Referred to the Committee of the Whole and ordered to be printed.

On motion of Mr. PHINNEY, member for Chatham, the Convention resolved itself into Committee of the Whole, for the purpose of considering the Resolves on the subject of the House of Representatives; and the President requested Mr. Wilson, of Natick, to take the chair.

Afterwards, Mr. Wilson reported, that the committee had made further 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.

On motion of Mr. WARNER, of Wrentham, the Convention proceeded to the consideration of the Orders of the Day.

The first subject, being the motion to reconsider the vote on the passage of the third Resolve reported by the Committee on Secretary, Treasurer, &c., was, on motion of Mr. EAMES, of Washington, laid

upon the table.

And then, at half-past five o'clock, on motion of Mr. CHURCHILL, of Milton,

The Convention adjourned.

FRIDAY, June 17, 1853. Met according to adjournment. Prayer was offered by the Chaplain. The Journal of yesterday was read.

Mr. Hoyt, of Deerfield, presented the Petition of N. T. Johnson and ninety-seven others, inhabitants of Deerfield, asking for a declaration in the Bill of Rights in favor of protection to fugitive slaves.

Referred to the Committee on the Bill of Rights.

On motion of Mr. Wood, of Fitchburg, the Convention resolved itself into Committee of the Whole, for the purpose of considering the Resolves on the subject of the House of Representatives; and the President requested Mr. Wilson, of Natick, to take the chair.

Afterwards, Mr. Wilson reported, that the committee had made further 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.
At one o'clock, on motion of Mr. Griswold, member for Erving,
The Convention adjourned.

AFTERNOON SESSION.

Met according to adjournment.

Mr. Oliver, of Lawrence, from the Committee on the Militia, submitted a Report, inexpedient to act upon the Petition of John P. Coburn and others.

Referred to the Committee of the Whole and ordered to be printed.

Mr. ABBOTT, of Lowell, from the Committee on Elections, to whom was referred the Memorials of Leonard M. Parker and James Russell, claiming seats in the Convention, submitted a Report on that subject.

Also, a Report, leave to withdraw, on the Memorial of John Sanborn, claiming a seat in the Convention.

Laid on the table and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Weeks, of Harwich, presented the Petition of Silas Lamson and forty-four others, praying that the fundamental changes in government may be in accordance with the polity instituted by the Holy Apostles.

Referred to the Committee on the Bill of Rights.

On motion of Mr. BREED, of Lynn, the Convention resolved itself into Committee of the Whole, for the purpose of considering the Resolves on the subject of the House of Representatives; and the President requested Mr. Wilson, of Natick, to take the chair.

Afterwards, Mr. Wilson reported, that the committee had made further 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.

Mr. KINSMAN, of Newburyport, moved that the Convention resolve itself into Committee of the Whole, for the purpose of considering the Resolves on the subject of the House of Representatives, on Tuesday next, at ten o'clock; but the motion was rejected.

At a quarter before six o'clock, on motion of Mr. Putnam, of Wenham,

The Convention adjourned.

SATURDAY, June 18, 1853. Met according to adjournment. Prayer was offered by the Chaplain. The Journal of yesterday was read.

On motion of Mr. Aldrich, of Barre,

Ordered, That the Committee on the Qualifications of Voters inquire into the expediency of providing in the Constitution, that no voter, during the time for bolding any election at which he is entitled to vote, shall be compelled to perform military service, except in time of war or public danger, or to attend any court as suitor, juror, or witness; and no voter shall be subject to arrest under any civil process during his attendance at elections, or in going to and returning from them.

Mr. Butler, of Lowell, offered an Order, which was amended, on motion of Mr. Keyes, member for Abington, and adopted, as follows:

That the Secretary of the Commonwealth be requested to furnish a statement of the number of criminals pardoned by the executive annually for the last ten years, and the classes of crimes with which the persons pardoned were charged, and also a statement of the number of applications for pardon that have not been granted ; and also, in each case where pardon has been granted, a statement of the original sentence, and the portion of the sentence that has been remitted.

Mr. WALKER, of North Brookfield, from the Committee on the Qualifications of Voters, to whom was recommitted the third Resolve of the first series reported by that committee, with an amendment proposed thereto, submitted a Report, accompanied by Resolves on that subject.

Referred to the Committee of the Whole and ordered to be printed.

On motion of Mr. BUTLER, of Lowell, the Convention proceeded to the consideration of the Orders of the Day; the first subject being the final passage of the Resolves on the subject of the legislative department of the government.

Mr. Hallett, member for Wilbraham, moved to amend the Resolves by substituting for the last paragraph of the proposed article of amendment, the following :

The legislature shall by law establish the compensation of the members thereof, but no increase of such compensation which may be thereafter made, shall take effect during the term for which the members, at the time of such increase, shall have been elected; and no compensation shall be allowed for the attendance of members onger than for one hundred days at any one session.

After debate, Mr. KINGMAN, of West Bridgewater, moved the Previous Question ; which was ordered, and

The amendment was adopted.
On motion of Mr. MORTON, of Andover,

Ordered, That when the question is taken on the final passage of the Resolves, it be taken by yeas and nays.

Mr. Keyes, member for Abington, called for a division of the question, and no objection being made, the question was put upon the adoption of the first two paragraphs of the article of amendment, and they were agreed to.

The question then being upon the adoption of the last paragraph,

The roll was called, and two hundred and forty-one members voted in the affirmative, and forty in the negative.

Those who voted in the affirmative are:

Messrs. Josiah G, Abbott,

Benjamin P. Adams,
P. Emory Aldrich,
James B. Allen,
Parsons Allen,
John B. Alley,
Josiah Allis,
D. W. Alvord,
George Austin,
Samuel Ayres,
George S. Ball,
Sidney Bartlett,
Eliakim A. Bates,
Moses Bates, Jr.,
John Beal,
William Bennett, Jr.,

Messrs. Zephaniah Bennett,

Edward B. Bigelow,
Jacob Bigelow,
Francis W. Bird,
Gad O. Bliss,
William C. Bliss,
William S. Booth,
George S. Boutwell,
Ebenezer Bradbury,
William J. A. Bradford,
Hiram N. Breed,
Osmyn Brewster,
George N. Briggs,
Asa Bronson,
Artemas Brown,
Hammond Brown,

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