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the Resolve reported by the Special Committee on the subject of general laws for corporations, and the President requested Mr. Sumner, member for Otis, to take the chair.

Afterwards, Mr. Sumner 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.

On motion of Mr. Wilson, of Natick, 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 twenty minutes before one o'clock, on motion of Mr. BREED, of Lynn,

The Convention adjourned.

AFTERNOON SESSION.

Met according to adjournment.
On motion of Mr. EARLE, of Worcester,

Ordered, That the Committee on the Secretary, Treasurer, &c., consider the expediency of a constitutional provision for the limitation of the terms of service of justices and clerks of police courts, and for their election by the voters of the towns or cities respectively in which they may be located.

On motion of Mr. Wilson, of Natick,

Ordered, That the Secretary of the Commonwealth be requested to furnish a list of the justices of the supreme court, and also of the court of common pleas, since the adoption of the Constitution, specifying in each case the time of the appointment, the length of the time in office, and whether the incumbent resigned or died in office.

Mr. Walker, of North Brookfield, from the Committee on the Qualifications of Voters, submitted a Report, inexpedient to act upon the subject of an Order providing that voters shall have the ability to read and write, and an Order concerning the forfeiture of the right to vote in case of voluntary neglect.

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

Mr. GARDNER, of Seekonk, and Mr. HUNTINGTON, of Northampton, severally submitted Resolves containing each a plan of representation in the House of Representatives.

Referred to the Committee of the Whole having that subject in charge, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Schouler, of Boston, submitted a Resolve on the same subject. Referred to the same committee and ordered to be printed.

On motion of Mr. Knowlton, of Worcester, 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 bad 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.

An amendment to the Resolves on the subject of the House of Representatives, submitted in Committee of the Whole by Mr. Butler, of Lowell, was ordered to be printed.

At six o'clock, on motion of Mr. Briggs, of Pittsfield,
The Convention adjourned.

FRIDAY, June 24, 1853. Met according to adjournment. Prayer was offered by the Chaplain. The Journal of yesterday was read.

Mr. Houghton, of Sterling, offered the following Order :

Ordered, That the pay roll for travel and attendance of members be made

up

and paid, and that the Convention adjourn to meet again on the second Tuesday of September next, at ten o'clock, A. M., and no member shall be entitled to be paid for more than one travel, during the whole term of the Convention.

Laid over, under the rule.

Mr. Fay, of Southborough, from the Committee on Leave of Absence, submitted a Report granting leave of absence to Mr. Train, of Framingham, for two weeks, and to Mr. Hoyt, of Deerfield, for four days.

The Report was accepted, and leave of absence granted.

Mr. EARLE, of Worcester, 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. 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 in the absence of Mr. Wilson, of Natick, the President requested Mr. Walker, of North Brookfield, to take the chair.

Afterwards, Mr. Wilson, who had resumed his place as chairman of the committee, 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.

A plan of representation in the House of Representatives, submitted in Committee of the Whole by Mr. Stetson, of Braintree, was ordered to be printed.

At one o'clock, the Convention adjourned.

AFTERNOON SESSION.

Met according to adjournment.

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.
At a quarter past six o'clock, on motion of Mr. KNIGHT, of Peru,
The Convention adjourned.

SATURDAY, June 25, 1853. Met according to adjournment. Prayer was offered by the Chaplain. The Journal of yesterday was read.

On motion of Mr. STEVENS, of Gloucester,

Ordered, That the Committee on the House of Representatives be requested to consider the expediency of so modifying article 3 of

section 3, chapter 1, of the Constitution, that towns and districts may have the right to be represented by any citizens of the Commonwealth.

Mr. Chapin, of Springfield, and Mr. THOMPSON, of Charlestown, severally offered Resolves, containing each a plan of representation in the House of Representatives.

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

Mr. Knowlton, of Worcester, from the Committee on the University at Cambridge, submitted a Report and Resolutions on that subject.

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

The Order offered yesterday by Mr. Houghton, of Sterling, providing for an adjournment until September, was taken up for consideration.

Mr. Houghton moved that the consideration of the subject be postponed until Wednesday next, at eleven o'clock.

Mr. Eames, of Washington, moved that the motion be laid upon the table.

The motion of Mr. Eames was rejected, and,

The Previous Question having been moved, by Mr. ADAMS, of Lowell, and ordered by the Convention,

The Order was rejected, by a vote of thirteen in the affirmative to one hundred and fifty-four in the negative.

Mr. Wheeler, of Lincoln, moved that when the Convention adjourn, it adjourn to meet on Monday, at ten o'clock.

Mr. Eames, of Washington, moved to amend by substituting the hour of nine.

The amendment was adopted; but the vote was afterwards reconsidered, and the amendment was rejected.

The motion of Mr. Wheeler was then agreed to.
On motion of Mr. EARLE, of Worcester,

Ordered, That the rule requiring an adjournment of the forenoon sessions at one o'clock, be rescinded for this day.

On motion of Mr. CUSHMAN, of Bernardston, 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. Butler, of Lowell, moved that in Committee of the whole on the subject of the House of Representatives, debate shall cease on the various propositions, at eleven o'clock on Tuesday next.

But the motion was rejected by a vote of seventy-two in the affirmative to one hundred and four in the negative.

Mr. Beach, of Springfield, moved that the Committee of the Whole having in charge the subject of the House of Representatives, be discharged from its further consideration.

Mr. THOMPSON, of Charlestown, moved to lay this motion upon the table.

Pending this question,
At half past one o'clock, on motion of Mr. Wuite, of Quincy,
The Convention adjourned.

MONDAY, June 27, 1853. Met according to adjournment. Prayer was offered by the Chaplain. The Journal of Saturday was read.

Mr. THOMPSON, of Charlestown, presented a paper containing a table designed to accompany the Resolve offered by him on the subject of the House of Representatives.

Ordered to be printed.

Mr. Eames, of Washington, presented the Petition of Josiah Francis and one hundred and ten others, citizens of Pittsfield, in aid of town representation.

Referred to the Committee of the Whole and ordered to be printed. On motion of Mr. Cushman, of Bernardston,

Ordered, That the Committee on the Pay Roll be requested to report a Resolve for the payment of the Chaplain, and other officers of the Convention.

Mr. Hall, of Haverhill, from the Committee on the Secretary, Treasurer, &c., submitted a request for further time for the consideration of the subject of electing justices of the peace by the people.

The request was considered, and further time granted.

The same gentleman, from the same committee, submitted a Report and Resolve, inexpedient to amend the Constitution so as to require that every person holding an office in or under the State government, shall retire therefrom at the expiration of six years' service.

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