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gress in the consideration of the subjects referred to them, 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, the Convention adjourned.

AFTERNOON SESSION.

Met according to adjournment.

Mr. Wright, of Westford, presented the Petition of J. F. Evans and eighteen others, in aid of the Petition of John W. Le Barnes and others.

Referred to the Committee on the Bill of Rights.

The Order offered by Mr. Wilson, of Natick, instructing the committees to make their final Reports, was taken from the table, modified, and adopted, as follows:

Ordered, That the several committees be instructed to make their final Reports on or before Monday next, the 27th instant.

Mr. Eames, of Washington, offered the following Order :

Ordered, That on and after Wednesday next, the Convention meet at nine o'clock, A. M., until otherwise determined.

Laid over, under the rule.

Mr. Walker, of North Brookfield, from the Committee on the Qualifications of Voters, submitted a Report on the subject of an Order of June 10th, concerning a voting list or registry.

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

On motion of Mr. Wilson, of Natick, the Convention resolved itself into Committee of the Whole, for the purpose of considering the Resolve on the subject of the militia, &c.; and the President requested Mr. Allen, of Worcester, to take the chair.

Afterwards, Mr. BOUTWELL, member for Berlin, chairman of the committee in the absence of Mr. Allen, reported, that the committee had considered the subject, and had instructed him to report as follows:

That the first second, third, fourth, fifth, seventh, eighth, ninth, eleventh, thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth articles ought to pass without amendment.

That the sixth article ought to be amended by inserting the words, "a majority of” after the word “by” in the first line, (printed copy).

That the tenth article ought to be amended by inserting after the

word “ appoint” in the first line, the words, “and commission for one year, or until their successors shall be commissioned and qualified;" and by substituting the word “the” for the word "and" in the third line.

And that the twelfth article ought to be amended, by inserting the word “elective" after the word “ several” in the first line, and by striking out all after the word " qualified” in the fourth line.

The amendments recommended by the committee, were concurred in, and the Resolve ordered to a second reading.

At seven o'clock, on motion of Mr. BRIGGS, of Pittsfield,
The Convention adjourned.

TUESDAY, June 21, 1853. Met according to adjournment. Prayer was offered by the Chaplain. The Journal of yesterday was read.

On motion of Mr. Brinley, of Boston, the paper presented by him on the 13th inst., containing a plan of representation in the House of Representatives, was

Referred to the Committee of the Whole.

On motion of Mr. BOUTWELL, member for Berlin, the Resolves on the subject of the Council, and the Resolves on the subject of the lieutenant-governor, were

Taken from the table, and placed in the Orders of the Day.

On motion of Mr. BOUTWELL, member for Berlin,

Ordered, That a committee of — members be appointed to reduce such amendments as have been, or may be, agreed upon, to the form in which it will be proper to submit the same to the people for ratification.

Mr. Jenks, of Boston, submitted a plan of representation in the House of Representatives.

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

Mr. Oliver, of Lawrence, from the Committee on the Militia, submitted a Report, inexpedient to act upon the subject of an Order of June 15th, concerning the registration of citizens as a standing police.

Referred to the Committee of the Whole and ordered to be printed. The Order offered yesterday, by Mr. Eames, of Washington, and

laid over, was taken up, and adopted by a vote of eighty-nine in the affirmative, and sixty-five in the negative.

Mr. Wilson, of Natick, moved that in Committee of the Whole on the subject of the House of Representatives, debate on the pending question, viz.: the substitution of the Report of the Minority for the Report of the Majority, shall cease on Friday next, at eleven o'clock; but afterwards withdrew the motion.

On motion of Mr. SCHOULER, of Boston, 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. Briggs, of Pittsfield,
The Convention adjourned.

AFTERNOON SESSION.

Met according to adjournment.

On motion of Mr. Morton, of Andover, 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. BOUTWELL, member for Berlin, the Convention proceeded to the consideration of the Orders of the Day.

The Resolve on the subject of the title of the governor was finally passed, by a vote of one hundred and sixty-two in the affirmative, to eight in the negative, as follows:

Resolved, That it is expedient to amend the Constitution, by abolishing the title of “His Excellency."

Mr. Hallett, member for Wilbraham, moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the Resolve was passed.

No objection being made, the motion was immediately considered, and rejected.

The Resolve and articles of amendment on the subject of the militia were next taken up.

Mr. SUMNER, member for Marshfield, offered the two following articles as a substitute for the series, viz. :

1. The governor shall be commander-in-chief of the army and navy of the Commonwealth, and of the militia thereof, excepting when these forces shall be actually in the service of the United States; and shall have power to call out the same to aid in the execution of the laws, to suppress insurrection, and to repel invasion.

2. The appointment of the officers, and the training of the militia, shall be regulated in such manner as may hereafter be deemed expedient by the legislature; and all persons, who, from scruples of conscience, may be averse to bearing arms, shall be excused therefrom upon conditions prescribed by law.

Pending the question upon the adoption of the amendment,
At six o'clock, on motion of Mr. Churchill, of Milton,
The Convention adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 1853. Met according to adjournment. Prayer was offered by the Chaplain. The Journal of yesterday was read.

Mr. Denton, of Chelsea, presented the Petition of A. T. Willard and thirty-three others, legal voters of Chelsea, asking that all corporate bodies shall come under general laws.

Referred to the Committee of the Whole to which was referred the Report of the committee on that subject.

Mr. Rockwell, of Pittsfield, presented the Petition of Edward A. Newton and one hundred and fifteen others, citizens of Pittsfield, asking for certain amendments of the Constitution.

Referred to the several committees having the various subjects in charge.

Mr. SUMNER, member for Otis, offered the following Resolve:

Resolved, That it is expedient to amend the Constitution, as follows:

The tenure that all judicial officers shall have by law in their offices, excepting those concerning whom there is a different provision made in the Constitution, shall be ten years : provided, however, they may be removed from office by the executive, upon the address of a majority of the members present of each House of the legislature ; but no address for the removal of any judicial officer shall pass either

House of the legislature until the causes of such removal are first stated, and entered on the journal of the House in which it shall originate, and a copy thereof served on the person in office, so that he may be admitted to a hearing in his defence before each of said Houses.

The present justices of the supreme judicial court and court of common pleas, shall hold their offices according to their respective commissions; but hereafter, when any vacancy in said offices shall occur, it shall be filled by election by the qualified voters of the Commonwealth, and the person elected shall be commissioned by the executive.

The legislature shall, by law, regulate the mode of elections for filling said offices, and of ascertaining who is chosen.

Former incumbents of either of said offices shall be eligible to reelection.

Mr. Wilson, of Natick, offered the following Resolve:

Resolved, That it is proper and expedient so to amend the Constitution, as to provide that the justices of the supreme judicial court shall be appointed for the term of ten years, and the justices of such inferior courts as are, or may be established by law, for the term of seven years; said justices to be eligible to reappointment, but in no case to continue in office after attaining scventy years of age.

Severally referred to the Committee of the Whole to which was referred the Resolves on the subject of the judiciary, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. WALKER, of North Brookfield, from the Committee on the Qualifications of Voters, submitted a Report and Resolves on the subject of the loss of residence by absence on the business of the State, &c.

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

On motion of Mr. Wilson, of Natick, the Convention resolved itself into Committee of the Whole, for the purpose of considering the Report of the Committee on the Militia, inexpedient to act upon the subject of the Petition of John P. Coburn and others; and the President requested Mr. Schouler, of Boston, to take the chair.

Afterwards, Mr. Schouler reported, that it was the opinion of the committee that the Report ought to be accepted.

The question being upon the acceptance of the Report,

Mr. Wilson, of Natick, moved that the Report be amended by striking out all after the word “ Report," and inserting the following Resolution:

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