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STATE OF MICHIGAN;
FIRST SESSION :
BEGUN AND HELD AT THE CAPITOL, IN THE CITY OF
DETROIT, NOVEMBER 2, 1835.
AND HELD AT THE Capitol, IN THE CITY OF Detroit, ON
MONDAY, November 2, 1835. The second day of November having been designated as the day for the meeting of the first Legislature of the State of Michigan, the House of Representatives assembled at the Capitol, in the city of Detroit, and organized by electing ORRIN Howe, of Washtenaw, Speaker pro tem.
On motion of Mr. Convis, of Calhoun, Sheldon M'Knight, of Wayne, was elected Clerkpro tem.
On motion of Mr. Richardson, of Oakland, William Terry was elected Sergeant-at-arms pro tem.
On motion of Mr. Brower, of Washtenaw, James Houstin was appointed Door-keeper pro tem.
On motion of C. W. Whipple, of Wayne, Thomas Lappin was appointed Messenger pro tem.
On motion, the Secretary then read the certificates of election of members; and the roll being called, the following members answered to their names:
Monroe-James J. Godfroy, Alpheus Felch, Francis Charter, Joseph Jackson.
Lenawee-Hiram Dodge, Darius Mead, James Wheeler, Allen Hutchins.
Washtenaw—R. E. Morse, John Brewer, Rufus Matthews,
Jackson Townsend E. Gidley.
P. Fay, Ammon Brown, H. A. Noyes, Geo. W. Ferrington, John Strong, Elias Bradshaw.
Oakland—Origen D. Richardson, Johnson Niles, Isaac I. Voorheis, George Brownell, John Ellenwood, Hiram Higley.
Macomb-Jacob Summers, Isaac Monfore, William Tacles.
Lapeer-Alvin N. Hart.
On motion of C. W. Whipple, the Hon. John M'Donell, of Wayne, was invited to administer the oath of office, to the members which having been done, Mr. Whipple presented certain papers in relation to the election of a Representative in St. Clair county: and on his motion a committee of five was appointed as a special committee on elections.
On motion of Mr. Hutchins of Lenawee,
Resolved, that the certificate of election of the county of Allegan be referred to the select committee on elections, and that the said committee be, and they are hereby instructed to report to this House their views of the validity of the election of Elisha Ely, who, in virtue of said certificate, claims a seat as a Representative from the said county of Allegan.
On motion of Mr. Hutchins of Lenawee,
Resolved, That Elisha Ely, who is present, and claims a seat in this body as a Representative from the county of Allegan, be, and he is hereby invited to take his seat as such, with the privilege of speaking (but not of voting) upon all questions which may be discussed upon this floor, until the House shall have decided upon the right of said county to a representative.
The chair appointed Messrs. Whipple, Richardson, Matthews, Hutchins and Felch, as the select committee on elections.
On motion of Mr. Richardson,
that body that a quorum of this House is present, organized, and ready to proceed to business. On motion, adj. to 10 o'clock to-morrow.
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1835. The House was called to order by the speaker, who presented a communication from John BIDDLE, President of the Convention to form a Constitution for the State of Michigan, which was read and laid on the table.
Mr. Whipple, from the special committee on elections, appointed yesterday, made a verbal report, accompanied with the following resolution, which was received, and the resolution adopted:
Resolved, That, John S. Heath, of St. Clair, is entitled to a seat in this House, as the Representative of said county.
Mr. Van Every of wayne, Mr. Dodge of Lenawee, and Mr. Heath of St. Clair, appeared, and after being qualified took their seats.
On motion of Mr. Hutchins,
Resolved, That if the Senate concur, this House, in connection with that body, will now proceed to canvass the votes and ascertain the election of Governor and Lieutenant Governor of this State, in the Representative Hall.
On motion of Mr. Whipple, a committee of two was appointed to inform the Senate of the passage of said resolution, and to conduct the members of the Senate to the Legis lative Hall.
Messrs. Whipple and Hutchins were appointed said committee.
A message from the Senate was received, accompanied by the following resolutions for the concurrence of the House:
Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives, That we proceed to canvass the votes for Governor and Lieutenant Governor at the Hall of the House of Representatives, at 11 o'clock A. M., this day.
Resolved, That this resolution be sent to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.
On motion of Mr.Whipple,