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St. John, David B.
JAMES F. STARBUCK, Secretary (Watertown, Jefferson co.), Delavan House.
(Greig, Lewis co.)
do. (Onondaga co.)
THE FOLLOWING REPORT WAS ADOPTED JUNE 10, 1846, BY THE STATE CONVENTION, ON THE SUBJECT OF A
MANUAL FOR THEIR USE.
Mr. Russell, from the Committee to which was referred the Resolution and proposed Amendments on the subject of Printing the State Constitutions and other kindred matters, made a report as follows:
The Committee to whom was referred several propositions of Members of the Convention for the printing of the Constitutions of the several States, with other matters for the use of the Convention, respectfully Report :
That the Committee have given their attention to the subject referred to them. They are not able to report that a Publication of all the existing Constitutions of the several States can be procured at a day sufficiently early for the exigency. It was supposed that a publisher, in New York City, could furnish such a work. But the Committee have recently ascertained, that the work in print, above referred to, is an excellent Synopsis—but not a complete imprint of the several State Constitutions.
A work published in Philadelphia, in 1844, contains the Constitutions of 26 States, as they existed three or four years since. The Committee know of no better source for supplying the Members of the Convention, as soon as desirable, with copies of all the Constitutions, than by procuring this Publication, and afterwards supplying the defects of that book, by new publications of the sev. eral new Constitutions not contained in it. The Committee
therefore propose to procure one copy of the book styled “ Ameri. can Constitutions,” for each Delegate, to be delivered immediately to the Delegates, and another book to be printed, containing other State Constitutions, with such other matters as the Convention may deem expedient, of which the Committee suggest the following:
1. The Constitutions of States and Territories perfected by Conventions, but which have not yet been ratified by the people, and the Synopsis above referred to, and all amendments to said Constitutions, made at any time prior or subsequent to the publi. cation of said Constitutions above referred to.
2. The acts of 1821 and 1845, recommending Conventions in this State.
3. The Rules adopted by the Convention.
4. An Abstract of the Census of 1845, so far as the same may be necessary for reference by Members of the Convention.
5. The Names, Ages, and Occupation of the Delegates to the Convention, with their Residences and Post-Office addressesalso the like description of the Officers elected by the Convention.
6. The standing Committees of the Convention, appointed before the publication.
7. Other statistical information which the Convention may order printed before the book shall come from the press—with the usual Diagram of the room occupied by the Convention.
The Committee believe that these two Publications, on the desks of all the Members for convenient reference during the debates, will much facilitate the deliberations, and aid the Convention materially in its conclusions. The Committee do not ask to be discharged at present, but are willing to superintend the proposed printing, if such shall be the pleasure of the Convention.
They conclude by recommending the passage of the following resolution.
Resolved :—That the Secretaries be authorized to procure for each member of the Convention, a copy of the “ American Constitutions” mentioned above, and also to cause to be printed under
the direction of the Convention, a copy for each member and offi. cer of the Convention, and each reporter, of the publication lastly proposed in the foregoing report, and that the expense of procuring both works be certified to the Comptroller.
John Leslie RUSSELL,
July 6th, 1846.