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Mr. BRIGHT, of Indiana, nominated, as chairman for the temporary organization of this convention, General Romulus Mi. Saunders, of North Carolina. The question upon the nomination for chairman, pro tem., was then taken, and General Romulus M. Saunders declared to be chosen for that office. General Saunders was then conducted to the chair by Mr. Bright, of Indiana. Mr. SAUNDERs expressed his thanks for the honor which had been
conferred upon him by the representatives of the democracy of the United
States, in selecting him to preside temporarily over the convention. He was the more proud of the honor because those by whom it was conferred came from every part of this vast republic, and represented the democracy of this Union, extending from Maine to the Capes of Florida, and to the rich shores of Texas and California. He flattered himself that nothing would, or could, occur to disturb that harmony, order, and concert of action so necessary and important to the successful progress of democratic measures. He hoped that the convention would be united, that there would be no division among them, and that they might thus set an example to be followed elsewhere; for union alone was necessary for their success in the future. He was under the impression, however, that the course he had indicated would be pursued, and that that degree of order would be preserved which was absolutely necessary to the success and prosecution of the business of the convention, feeling well assured himself that if he exhibited any deficiency as presiding officer it would be supplied by the superior intelligence of the convention. He concluded by saying that he was prepared to receive any motion which might be necessary for the temporary organization of the body.
Mr. Edward C. WEST, of New York, Mr. S. C. PAvATT, of Tennessee, Mr. E. BARKs DALE, of Mississippi, and Mr. WILLIAM STEwART, of Indiana, were severally appointed temporary secretaries.
At the request of the president, pro tem., the Rev. J. CAMPBELL WHITE,
rector of St. Andrew’s episcopal church, Baltimore, then addressed the Throne of Grace in prayer :
Infinite and Eternal Jehovah, the father of light and the fountain of all wisdom, from whom
all gifts descend—all blessings flow ; without whom no good aim or object can prosper or succeed, give unto this assembly, thy countenance and support, and put into the hearts of this people a fervent desire to maintain and advance the true liberty of this our common country.
Give them a right judgment in all their actions— divorce them from all selfish ambition and sectional prejudices—take away from them all things that may prevent and hinder their perfect with success beyond their brightest expectations. And so may our country’s cause advance until every column in the temple of freedom shall be wreathed with amaranthine flowers, and every corner of our land become an altar to thy praise and glory.
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union—remove from them all jealousies, strifes and contentions, and unite them in the firm
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All of which we beg in the name of our blessed Redeemer. Amen.
Mr. THOMPson, of Mississippi, then submitted the following resolution, which was agreed to :
Resolved, That a committee of one person from each State, to be selected by the delegates thereof, be appointed to select the permanent officers of this convention.
Under the above resolution the respective delegations selected the following gentlemen to act as the
Resolved, That all persons, except delegates, alternates, and reporters of the public press, be excluded from the platform of this hall.
Mr. W. remarked that he had been informed by the committee who had this subject in charge that the platform was abundantly large to accommodate the delegations, alternates, and reporters of the press present. Mr. THURMAN, of Ohio, moved to strike out of the resolution the word alternates. On motion of Mr. WARB, of New York, the resolution of Mr. WRIGHT was then laid on the table, for the purpose of enabling him to offer the following resolution : Resolved, That a committee of one delegate from each State be selected by the delegations thereof, who shall examine and report upon the credentials of members of this convention. The resolution was agreed to and the committee selected. The State of Georgia, having two sets of delegates present, declined to appoint a member on the committee, and gave notice that each set of delegates had appointed one of its members to advocate before the committee their
New York—J. W. Nye. Kentucky—W. A. Hogue.
Maryland—-Jarvis Spencer. Arkansas—S. C. Roane.
Tennessee—E. W. M. King.
Mr. BURRow, of Arkansas, offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Committee on Organization be instructed to report rules for the govern ' ment of this convention, and that, in the meantime, the rules of the last convention be th rules of this body. . . ;
Adopted. On motion of Mr. THURMAN, of Ohio, the convention adjourned to 5 o'clock, p. m.
The convention met, and was called to order by the President, pro tem. Mr. THOMPson, of Mississippi, chairman of the Committee on Organization, submitted the following report:
REPORT ON ORGANIZATION.
The committee appointed to report officers for the permanent organization of the convention and rules for its government, make the following report:
For Vice Presidents. t
John Irwin, of Alabama. John B. Nevit, of Mississippi.
James T. Pratt, of Connecticut. David S. Craig, of New Jersey.
George Gillaspy, of Iowa. , of South Carolina.
Amos M. Roberts, of Maine. David A. Smalley, of Vermont.
Secretaries. E. C. West, of New York. L. Y. Lusk, of Louisiana. S. C. Pavatt, of Tennessee. S. H. Ayer, of New Hampshire. E. Barksdale, of Mississippi. O. S. Dewey, of North Carolina. William Stewart, of Indiana. Saml. D. Patterson, of Pennsylvania. F. Crittenden, of Connecticut. C. Pryor, of Virginia. W. A. Hacker, of Illinois. David Noggle, of Wisconsin.
E. B. Bartlett, of Kentucky.
The committee also reported the following resolutions on rules, which were adopted : 1. Resolved, That the rules of the House of Representatives, as far as applicable for the government of the convention, be adopted as the rules of this convention. 2. Resolved, That two-thirds of the whole number of votes given shall be necessary to a nomination of candidates for president and vice-president of the United States by this convention. 3. Resolved, That, in voting upon any question which may arise in the proceedings of this convention, the votes shall be taken by States, at the request of any one State, each State to be entitled to the number of votes to which said State is entitled in the next electoral college,
without regard to the number of delegates in attendance, the manner in which said vote is to be cast to be decided by the delegation of each State for itself.
Mr. CREIGHToN, of Ohio, moved to reconsider the vote by which the second resolution reported by the Committee on Organization was adopted.
A motion was made to lay the motion to reconsider on the table.
On demand of the State of Maryland, the question was taken by States, and the vote resulted as follows:
Yeas.-Maine, 8; New Hampshire, 5; Vermont, 6; Massachusetts, 13; Rhode Island, 4; Connecticut, 6; New York, 31; New Jersey, 7 ; Pennsylvania, 27; Delaware, 3 ; Maryland, 8; Virginia, 15; North Carolina, 10; Georgia, 10; Alabama, 9; Mississippi, 7 ; Louisiana, 6; Ohio, 7 ; Rentucky, 12; Tennessee, 12; Indiana, 13; Illinois, 11 ; Missouri, 9; Arkansas, 4; Michigan, 6; Florida, 3 ; Texas, 4; Iowa, 4; Wisconsin, B ; California, 4—total 269.
Nays.-New York, 3; Ohio," 10—total, 13.
The report of the Committee on Organization was then adopted.
On motion, a committee of three, consisting of Messrs. Stevenson, of Kentucky, Wise, of Virginia, and Thompson, of Mississippi, were appointed to wait upon the president and vice presidents elect, inform them of their election, and conduct them to their seats; which duty was performed by the committee. . .
The Hon. JoHN W. DAVIs, on taking the chair, addressed the convention, as follows:
Gentlemen of the convention : I return you my sincere and cordial acknowledgments for the honor you have conferred upon me in calling me to preside over your deliberations. Although not altogether unused to the duties of the chair, I approach it on this occasion with great doubt as to my success in presiding over so large an assembly. I ask you, by way of assisting me to discharge the arduous duties and responsibilities of the situation, to bear in mind that good old maxim, that “ order is Heaven’s first law.” I shall call largely for your forbearance; may I not say I shall ask even more? I shall ask you to exercise that higher Christian virtue called “forgiveness,” not only towards the chair,
*The residue of the delegation declined voting.
but towards each other. I ask also, and I conjure you, as fellow-democrats, embarked in the great cause of democracy—I conjure you by all the obligations that rest upon us as a party—that you will cultivate harmony, conciliation, compromise—“everything for principles, nothing for men.”
Mr. KETTLEw ELL, of Baltimore, chairman of the citizens’ committee of reception, &c., stated that the committee selected by the democrats of Baltimore to provide accommodations for the convention, found it difficult to insure the observance of the necessary regulations, or to explain them to the delegates, that committee having no voice in the convention. He therefore requested, on behalf of the committee of citizens, that a committee of five members of the convention be appointed to co-operate with that committee in arranging and designating the seats for members, the
mode of admission to the hall, and in preserving the order of members in
entering and taking their seats; which request having been complied with,
The president appointed, as such committee, Mr. Hallett, of Massachu-,
setts, Mr. Angell, of New York, Mr. Van Dyke, of Pennsylvania, Mr. Sayles, of Rhode Island, and Mr. Welsh, of Virginia. A motion was made that the convention adjourn to 10 o’clock, a. m., to-morroV. Mr. RANToUL, of Massachusetts, desired to make a correction in the journal with regard to the vote upon the two-thirds rule; but the motion to adjourn not being withdrawn, he said he would do so in the morning. The question being then taken upon the motion to adjourn, it was agreed to. And thereupon, at 7 o’clock, the convention adjourned.
SECOND DAY-WEDNESDAY MoRNING, June 2, 1852.
At 10 o’clock the PRESIDENT called the convention to order. The reading of the journal was dispensed with. Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Plummer, of Pennsylvania.
B. B. FRENCH, esq., at the request of the President, took his place as one of the secretaries:
The PRESIDENT announced that the presentation of reports from the several committees was the first business in order. Mr. BURRow, of Arkansas, offered the following resolutions:
Resolved, That a committee of one from each State be appointed to report the resolutions composing the Baltimore platform.
Resolved, That the member from each State, on said committee, be named by the delegation of the State from which he shall be taken, and that said committee have power to elect their chairman from their own body, or the body of the convention.
Mr. CHARLIck, of New York, moved to amend by striking out “one member from each State,” and inserting “ two.”
Mr. BRow N, of Tennessee, offered the following resolution in lieu of the resolutions offered by Mr. Burrow, to wit:
Resolved, That a committee of one from each State be appointed, to whom all resolutions in
relation to the creed or platform of the democratic party shall be referred on presentation, without debate.
The question recurring on Mr. Charlick’s amendment,
Mr. Burrow moved to lay the resolution and amendments on the table; which motion prevailed.