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DEBATES

OF THE

Convention to Amend the Constitution. .

FIRST DAY

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TUESDAY, November 12, 1872. chosen a President. In the meantime, i Tluis being the day fixed by the act of the have designated my Chief Clerk, Thomas General Assembly, entitled “An act to M'Camant, Jas. L. Selfridge, Clerk of the provide for calling a Convention to amend House of Representatives, and John A. the Constitution," approved the eleventh Smull, Resident Clerk of the House of day of April, Anno Domini one thousand Representatives, as temporary clerks, and Height hundred and seventy-two, for the A. M. Martin and H. J. Mason as stenopersons chosen as delegates to assemble in graphic reporters, to act until the ConConvention, a number of the said dele- vention shall supply their places. gates, sufficient to constitute à quorum,

The Convention will now please come to being present, the Convention was called order. to order by the Secretary of the Common

These are the official returns of the elecwealth, Hon. Francis Jordan, who address. tion made to the Secretary of the Comed the Convention as follows:

monwealth, arranged according to coun-Gentlemen of the Convention:-The third ties, and of which the Convention will, section of the act of the General Assem- from this time forth, have the legal and

actual custody. bly, approved the eleventh day of April., 1872, and entitled, “ An act to provide for

In accordance with the provisions of the calling a Convention to amend the Consti- act, I will now read the proclamation of

the Governor. tution,'' imposes upon the Secretary of the Commonwealtl2 the duty of calling

The Secretary of the Commonwealth the Convention to order at twelve o'clock, then read the said proclamation, as folat noon, on the second Tuesday of November, 1872, of submitting the official returns PENNSYLVANIA, 88: «of election, and of reading the proclama- In the Name and by the Authority of the tion of the Governor, declaring the names Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, JOHN of the persons chosen as members of the W. GEARY, Governor of the said ComConvention. The day and hour designated by law for these purposes having ar

A PROCLAMATION. rived, I am here to perform the duties iinposed.

WHEREAS, It is provided in and by an The other duties required of the Secres act of the General Assembly of this Comtary of the Commonwealth by said act of monwealth, entitled “ An Act to provide Assembly have been discharged, and l'e- for calling & Convention to amend the port thereof to the Convention will be Constitution,” approved the eleventh day mnade immediately after it shall have of April, A. D. 1872, “ That the Secretary

lows:

monwealth.

of the Commonwealth shall, as soon as the jority of two hundred and forty-one over returns of said election shall be received R. E. Shapley, and hence I am unable to by him, and at all events within fifteen proclaim or declare either of these two days after the election, in the presence of persons elected. the Governor and Auditor General, open From the Fourth Senatorial district, in and compute all the returns received of the city of Philadelphia, William D. Bavotes given for members of the Conven- ker, J. Alexander Simpson and Edward tion; and the Governor shall forthwith is- R. Worrell. sue his proclamation, declaring the names From the Fifth Senatorial district, comof the persons who have been chosen mem- posed of the counties of Chester and Delabers of the Convention."

ware, John M. Broomall, William DarAnd whereas, The Secretary of the Com- lington and Joseph Hemphill. monwealth did, on the twenty-first day of

From the Sixth Senatorial district, comOctober, A. D. 1872, in the inanner pro- posed of the county of Montgomery, James vided in the act of the General Assembly Boyd, Charles Hunsicker and George N.

Corson. aforesaid, open and computeall the returns received of votes given for members of the

From the Seventh Senatorial district, Convention.

composed of the counties of Bucks and Anet whereas, It appears by the returns Northampton, Charles Brodhead, George of the general election held on the second Ross and George Lear. Tuesday of October, instant, being the

From the Eighth Senatorial district, coineighth day of said month, that the names posed of the county of Berks, George G. of the persons who have been chosen mem- Barclay, Henry W. Smith and Henry bers of the Convention, ar eas follows, viz:

Van Reed. Wm. M. Meredith, J. Gillingham Fell,

From the Ninth Senatorial district, com-Harry White, William Lilly, Linn Barthol- posed of the county of Lancaster, David omew, Hugh N. M'Allister, William Da- W. Patterson, Henry Carter and Henry vis, James L. Reynolds, Samuel E. Dim. G. Smith. mick, George V. Lawrence, William H. From the Tenth Senatorial district, comArmstrong, David N. White, William Ho posed of the county of Schuylkill,, Joel B. Ainey, John H. Walker, George W. Wood- M’Camant, John M. Wetherill and Thomward, Jeremiah S. Black, Andrew G. Cur- as R. Bannan. tin, William J. Baer, William H. Smith, From the Eleventh Senatorial district, Franklin B. Gowen, John H. Campbell, composed of the counties of Lehigh and Samuel H. Reynolds, James Ellis, Samuel Carbon, Charles M. Runk, Zachariah Long , C. T. Dodd, George M. Dallas, Robert A. and Edward Harvey. Lamberton, Andrew A. Purman and Wm.

From the Twelfth Senatorial district., L. Corbett, delegates at large to said Con- composed of the counties of Dauphin and vention.

Lebanon, Josiah Funck, Wayne Mac Henry C. Carey, Edward C. Knight, Veagh and Hamilton Alricks, John Price Wetherill, Lewis C. Cassidy, James H. Heverin and Theodore Cuyler, composed of the counties of Luzerne, Mon

From the Thirteenth Senatorial district, delegates at large from the city of Phila

l'oe and Pike, Henry S, Mott, Gideon W.. delphia. From the First Senatorial district, in the Palmer, Abraham B. Dunning, Daniel L.

Rhone, Henry W. Palmer and Lewis city of Philadelphia, John Bardsley, Jas.

Pughe.
W. M. Newlin and George W. Biddle.
From the Second Senatorial district, in

From the Fourteenth Senatorial district, the city of Philadelphia, John E. Addicks, composed of the counties of Bradford, Sus-William B. Hanna and John R. Reaci.

quehanna, Wayne and Wyoming, George From the Third Senatorial district, in F. Horton, William J. Turrell and Joseph ).

G. Patton. the city of Philadelphia, M. Hall Stanton and William E. Littleton; and in this dis

From the Fifteenth Senatorial district, trict the official retum made to the Secre- composed of the countiesof Columbiay, Ly -tary of the Commonwealth by the return coming, Montour and Sullivan, John J. judges shows the election of R. E. Shap- Metzger, John C. Freeze and Henry C. ley, by a majority of two hundred and for Parsons. ty-one, over Benjamin L. Temple, whilst From the Sixteenth Senatorial district, the certified copy of the returns, filed in composed of the counties of Cameron, M”. the office of the prothonotary, shows the Kean, Potter and "Tioga, John S. Mann, election of Benjamin L. Temple, by a ma- Jerome B. Niles and Mortimer F. Elliotto From the Seventeeth Senatorial distric', ren, Thomas Struthers, Charles O. Bowcomposed of the counties of Snyder, Perry, man and Rasselas Brown. Northumberland and Union, Joseph Bai- Now, therefore, I, JOHN W. GHAFY, ly, Levi Rooke and John P. Cronmiller. Governor as aforesaid, have issued this my

From the Eighteenth Senatorial district, proclamation, hereby publishing and decomposed of the counties of Clinton, Cam- claring that the persons hereinbefore bria, Clearfield and Elk, George Achen- named have been returnedas duly elected bach, John G. Hall and Ashel C. Finney delegates from the State at large, dele

From the Nineteenth Senatorial district, gates at large from the city of Philadelphia, composed of the counties of Cumberland and as delegates from the different Senaånd Franklin, Samuel M. Wherry, J. M'- torial districts of the State as hereinbefore Dowell Sharpe and John Stewart.

recited, and are the names of the persons From the Twentieth Senatorial district, who have been chosen members of the composed of the counties of Adams and Convention, to assemble in the hall of the York, William M'Clean, John Gibson and House of Representatives, at the State Thomas E. Cochran.

Capitol, in Harrisburg, on the second TuesFrom the Twenty-first Senatorial dis- day, being the twelfth day of November, trict, composed of the counties of Bedford, A. D. 1872, at twelve o'clock M., on that Fulton, Blair and Somerset, Samuel L. day, to revise and amend the Constitution Russell, James W. Curry and Augustus of this State, in accordance with the proS. Landis.

visions of the aforesaid act of the General From the Twenty-second Senatorial dis- Assembly of this Commonwealth. trict, composed of the counties of Centre, Given under my hand and the Great Seal Juniata, Mifflin and Huntingdon, John

of the State, at Harrisburg, this twentyM. Bailey, Andrew Reed and John M'Cul- second day of October, in the year of loch.

our Lord one thousand eight hundred From the Twenty-third Senatorial dis- and seventy-two, and of the Commontrict, composed of the county of Allegheny,

wealth the ninety-seventh. Thomas MacConnell, Samuel A. Purvi

JNO. W. GEARY. ance, Thomas Ewing, John W.F. White, BY THE GOVERNOR : Matthew Edwards, Thomas Howard Mal

FRANCIS JORDAN, colm Hay, John B. Guthrie and Thomas

Secretary of the Commonwealth. H. B. Patterson.

The SECRETARY

COMMONFrom the Twenty-fourth Senatorial dis- WEALTH. The next thing in order, I suptrict, composed of the counties of Indiana pose, will be the calling of the roll, to asand Westmoreland, Daniel S. Porter, An- certain whether or not these persons are drew M. Fulton and Silas M. Clark.

present, or how many of them. The Clerk From the Twenty-fifth Senatorial dis- will please call the roll. trict, composed of the counties of Fayette The Clerk then called the roll, and the and Greene, Daniel Kane, Charles A. following named members answered to Black and John Collins.

their names: From the Twenty-sixth Senatorial dis

DELEGATES AT LARGE IN THE STATE.trict, composed of the counties of Beaver, William H. Ainey, William H. Armstrong, Butler and Washington, John N. Purvin William J. Baer, Linn Bartholomew, Jeruance, Thomas R. Hazzard and William iniah S. Black, John H. Campbell, William Hopkins.

L. Corbett, Andrew G. Curtin, George M. From the Twenty-seventh Senatorial Dallas, William Davis, Samuel E. Dimdistrict, composed of the counties of Cla- mick, Samuel C. T. Dodd, James Ellis, rion, Armstrong, Jefferson and Forest, J. Gillingham Fell, Franklin B. Gowen, George W. Andrews, John M'Murray and Robert A. Lamberton, George V. LawJohn Gilpin.

rence, William Lilly, Hugh N. M'Allister, From the Twenty-eighth Senatorial dis- William M. Meredith, Andrew A. Purtrict, composed of the counties of Law- man, James L. Reynolds, Samuel H. Reyrence,

Mercer and Venango, David Craig, nolds, William H. Smith, John H. WalManly C. Beebe and Robert M. DeFrance, ker, David N. White, Harry White ani

From the Twenty-ninth Senatorial dis- George W. Woodward. trict, composed of the county of Crawford, DELEGATES AT LARGE IN PHILADELFrank Mantor, Samuel Minor and Pearson

PHIA CITY.-Henry C. Carey, Lewis C. Church.

Cassidy, Theodore Cuyler, James H. Hev. From the Thirtieth Senatorial district, erin, Edward C. Knight and John Pric: composed of the counties of Erie and War. Wetherill.

OF

THE

DISTRICT DELEGATES:--John E. Ad- presence, recognizing Thy presence, and dicks, Hamilton Alricks, George W. An- humbly and gratefully make mention of drews, George A. Achenbach, John M. Thy goodness and mercy, wbich have folBailey, (Huntingdon,) Joseph Baily, lowed us all the days of our lives, even to (Perry,) William D. Baker, Thomas R. this hour. We seek divine wisdom and Bánnan, George G. Barclay, John Bards, divine guidance in the opening of the sesley, Manly C. Beebe, George W. Biddle, sions of this Convention, praying that the Charles A. Black, Charles 0. Bowman, Lord, in his infinite mercy, will be pleased James Boyd, Charles Brodhead, John M. to preside over the deliberation of this Broomail, Rasselas Brown, Henry Carter, body. Be pleased to grant successful rePearson Church, Silas M. Clark, Thomas sults to its deliberation, so that the best inE. Cochran, John Collins, George N. Cor- 'terests of this Commonwealth, and the son, David Craig, John P. Cronmiller, greatest good to the greatest number of James W. Curry, William Darlington, our citizens may thereby be secured. ExRobt. M. De France, Abraham B. Dunning, 'cept the Lord build the house, they labor Matthew Edwards, Mortimer F. Elliott; in vain that built it; except the Lord keep Thomas Ewing, Ashel C. Finney, John G. the city, the watchman waketh, but in Freeze, Andrew M. Fulton, Josiah Funck, vain. So we gratefully and devoutly reJohn Gilpin, Jno. B. Guthrie, Jno. G. Hall, cognize our need of Thy guidance and of Wm. B. Hanna, Edward Harvey, Malcolm Thy aid, which Thou, the Father of our Hay, Thos. R. Hazzard, Joseph Hemphill, mercies, the Ruler of this universe, art Wm. Hopkins, George F. Horton, Thomas pleased to give, and doth give, in answer Howard, Charles Hunsicker, Daniel Kaine, to prayer. Be pleased, therefore, we beAugustus S. Landis, George Lear, William seech of Thee, to guide in the choice of E. Littleton, Zachariah Long, Joel B. the officers of this Convention; be pleased M'Camant, William M'Clean, Thomas, to guide in the rules which they may MacConnell, John M'Culloch, John M'- adopt; be pleased to guide in all that comes Murray, Wayne MacVeagh, John S. Mann, before them for decision, so that Thy Frank Mantor, John J. Metzger, Samuel name may be honored, and so that the inMinor, Henry S. Mott, James W. M. New- terests of truth, and justice, and peace may lin, Jerome B. Niles, Gideon W. Palmer, be secured. These blessings we ask in Henry W. Palmer, Henry C. Paisons, the name of our divine Lord and Savior, David W.. Patterson, Thomas H. B. Pat- Jesus Christ, who hath taught us to pray, terson, Joseph G. Patton, Daniel S. Porter, Our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed Lewis Pughe, John N. Purviance, Samuel be Thy name; Thy kingdom come, Thy A. Purviance, John R. Read, Andrew will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Reed, Daniel L. Rhone, Levi Rooke, Geo. Give us this day our daily bread, and forRoss, Charles M. Runk, Samuel L. Rus- give us our debts as we forgive our debtsell, J. M’Dowell Sharpe, J. Alexander ors, and lead us not into temptation, but Simpson, Henry G. Smith, Henry W. deliver us from evil, for Thine is the KingSmith, M. Hall Stanton, John Stewart, dom, and the power and the glory forever: Thomas Struthers, William J. Turrell, Amen. Henry Van Reed, John M. Wetherill, Samuel M. Wherry, John W. F. White and Edward R. Worrell.

Mr. DARLINGTON. Mr. Chairman : I John Gibson, of the Twentieth Senato- presume, sir, the next business in order rial district, was absent.

will be the election of officers for the ConThe SECRETARY THE COMMON: vention,

In conformity with precedent, The SECRETARY THE COMMONand in recognition of the fact that this is WEALTH. The Chair is ready to receive a christian Commonwealth, it is deemed any motion looking in that direction. proper the Convention should be opened Mr. DARLINGTON. Then, sir, in accordwith prayer.

ance with the suggestion of a number of friends, and quite in accordance with my

own sentiments, I beg leave to nominate Prayer was then offered by Rev. Dr. A. the Hon. Wm. M. Meredith as a candidate K. Strong, pastor of the Pine street Pres for the presiding officer of this Convenbyterian church, of Harrisburg, as follows: tion.

Alinighty and all merciful God, in Mr. PURJIANCE, (Allegheny.) Mr, whom we live and move, and have our Chairman: I rise, sir, to perform the pleasbeing, we bow ourselves in Thy most holy ant duty of seconding the nomination of

ELECTION OF PRESIDENT.

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WEALTH.

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PRAYER.

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WEALTH.

the gentleman from Chester, which I now swearing in the members, I suggest-I do do, for the Hon. Wm. M. Meredith to be. not make a motion_but I suggest that the called to preside over the deliberations of Clerk call the roll, commencing alphabetithis Convention. ,'

cally at the head, and call as many as The SECRETARY THE COMMON- can conveniently stand around the Clerk's WEALTH. · Mr. Meredith has been nomi- desk, and then let the Secretary of the nated, and the nomination seconded, for Commonwealth administer to them the President of this Convention. Are there oath. When they are through let them any other nominations? If not, the Clerk retire, and another class come up. . will proceed with the calling of the roll. Mr. KAINE. Mr. President: There is

Mr. HAY. There having been no other some difficulty in that suggestion. I nominations for the office of President of think the usual manner of swearing the this Convention, I move that the calling members of the Legislature here is to first of the roll be dispensed with, and that Mr. call those who swear by the uplifted hand, Meredith be elected unanimously.

and those who swear by the book, and The motion was unanimously carried. then those who affirm. In calling the

Mr. MACVEAGH, Mr. Secretary: In re- names alphabetically, as suggested by the membrance of the labors of our prede- gentleman from Indiana, members may cessors last assembled for the same pur- assemble to be sworn in the respective pose for which we are gathered here, I ways named, either to affirm or swear by move you that two of the surviving mem- the uplifted hand, the book. I bers of that Convention, Mr. Woodward, would suggest that the members who of Philadelphia, and Mr. Darlington, of swear by the book be first called, and Chester, be requested to conduct Mr. Mere- then those who swear by the uplifted dith, the President elect, to the Chair. hand, and then those who affirm. The motion was unanimously carried.

The PRESIDENT. The plan the Chair The SECRETARY OF THE COMMON-, has adopted, and the one that will be pur

Mr. Woodward and Mr. Dar. sued, unless otherwise ordered, is to call, lington will please perform the duty assign- first, those who swear by the book; seced them.

ond, those who swear by the uplifted The President elect, Wm. M. Meredith, hand; and third, those who affirm. A of Philadelphia, was then conducted to the slight delay has been occasioned by the Chair by George W. Woodward, of Phila- unfortunate fact that bibles are not, it delphia, and William Darlington, of Ches- seems, very common here, and it was neter. Upon taking the Chair, the President cessary to send out to get some. [Laughaddressed the Convention as follows:

ter.] Gentlemen : You have my hearty thanks

The President then directed the calling for this mark of your confidence. I be

of the roll, and those who swore by the speak and shall need your kind aid in the

book came forward, and the following

oath was administered to them : discharge of my duty, and shall desire

"You and each of "you do severally your forbearing consideration if I should fall, unintentionally into error. The Con

swear that you will support the Constituvention will come to order.

tion of the United States, and that you will perform your duties ås Delegates to this Convention with fidelity, so help you

God." Mr. KAINE offered the following reso

Those who swore by the upliftéd hand lution, which was twice read and adopted: then came forward, and the following oatha

Resolved, That the following oath be ad- was administered to them: ministered by the Secretary of the Com

“You and each of you do swear by Almonwealth to the President and mem- mighty God, the searcher of all hearts, bers of this Convention :

that you will support the Constitution of “You do swear (or affirm) that you the United States, and that you will perwill support the Constitution of the United form your duties as members of this ConStates, and discharge your duties as a

vention with fidelity, and that as you member of this Convention with fidelity.” shall answer to God at the great day.” The Secretary of the Commonwealth

Those who affirmed then came forward, then administered the above oath to the and were qualified as follows: President of the Convention.

"You and each of you do solemnly, sinMr. HARRY WHITE. Mr. President: For cerely and truthfully declare and affirrn the purpose of expediting the business of that you will support the Constitution of

OATH ADMINISTERED TO THE PRESIDENT

AND MEMBERS.

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