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V. B. Horton.
A delegate from Kentucky suggested that the names of all the states of the Union be called.
The PRESIDENT then proceeded to call Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
No responses were made to the calls.
Hon. JACOB BEnton, of New Hampshire, moved that a committee, consisting of one delegate from each state and territory represented in the Convention, be selected by the delegates thereof, to act on the credentials of delegates, rules and appointments, and that they be instructed to make a report of the number, name and post office address of each delegate, together with rules for the government of the Convention.
A delegate from Indiana suggested that the motion of Mr. Benton be divided that two committees be appointed, one on CREDENTIALS, and the other on the ORDER OF BUSINESS.
Mr. SPOONER, of Ohio: If I understand, it is intended that we should have two committees, or it was so suggested by
the Executive Committee, and we had acted in accordance with that suggestion. I would suggest that there be simply a Committee on Credentials.
Mr. Benton accepted the amendment proposed by the delegate from Indiana, and the PRESIDENT called the will of the states, and the committee was constituted as follows:
Maine,.. New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusctts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York,.. New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland,.. Virginia... Kentucky.. Ohio, Indiana,.. Nlinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, . California, Oregon,. Texas, . District Columbia,
Rensselaer Cram. Jacob Benton. Edward C. Redington. Timothy Davis. E. K. Foster. Benedict Lapham. Palmer V. Kellogg. Moses M. Webb. J. N. Purviance. Lewis Thompson. William E. Cole. Jacob Hornbrook. Charles Pendley. Samuel Stoksley. John R. Cravens. Stephen T Logan. Frank Quinn. H. L. Rann. C.F. Clarkson. John McCusick. James G. Gardenhire. William A. Phillips. John R. Meredeth. Charles Watrous. Joel Burlingame. D. Henderson. James A. White.
Mr. Noble, of Iowa, moved that a committee, consisting of one delegate from each state and territory, represented in the Convention, be selected by the delegates thereof, to prepare the ORDER OF BUSINESS for the Convention.
The motion was carried.
On calling the roll of the states by the PRESIDENT, the following gentlemen were constituted such committee:
Maine,... New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York,.. New Jersey, . Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ioua, Missouri, Californing. Oregon, Kansas, Nebraska, District Columbia,. Texas, .
John L. Stevens.
A delegate from Pennsylvania moved that the rules of the House of Representatives be adopted for the government of the Convention until otherwise ordered.
The motion was carried.
Hon. EPHRAIM MARSH, of New Jersey, moved that the Secretary call the names of the respective States in the order in which they are called in the Congress of the United States, and that as they were called the delegates from each State present their credentials.
Mr. CARTER, of Ohio: I supposed that we had just constituted a Committee on Credentials, and my purpose for voting for that committee was to get rid of all the labor of doing their work. Now it is proposed to take the labor out of their hands and do it here in the Convention. Having voted it once to be done by the committee I do not want it brought back here, and I shall vote against any such proceeding. I move to lay the motion on the table.
Mr. MARSH: I withdraw the resolution.
Mr. GREELEY, of Oregon: I would like to move a substitute to that resolution. In place of it I move that the roll of the States be now called over, and as each is called the chairman of that delegation present the credentials of that delegation, and if any question arises as to the credentials, or right of any to sit here, let it be referred to the Committee on Credentials.
Mr. CARTER : I move an amendment. I move to amend the proposition of the gentleman from Oregon, or New York, (Mr. Greeley,) I am not sure which (Laughter], that instead of each delegation presenting their credentials here, they present them to the Committee on Credentials.
Mr. GREELEY: I accept the amendment of the gentleman from Maryland, or Rhode Island, I am not particular which. (Laughter and applause.]
The motion of Mr. Greeley was then carried.
Mr. CARTER inquired if the gentleman from Oregon (Mr. Greeley) adopted his amendment.
Mr. GREELEY replied that he had.
A gentleman from Pennsylvania inquired who the chairman of the Committee on Credentials was.
THE PRESIDENT stated that the committee would be announced soon.
Mr. GREELEY: Now I trust that the Convention sees the propriety of the course I suggested, of producing the credentials at once, here, and referring disputed questions to the Committee on Credentials.
Mr. EvArts, of New York : Upon this Committee of Credentials each state and territory has a member; why should not, then, each state and territory commit its credentials to its member of that committee, to be presented to it?
[VOICES: That's the way.]
Mr. EvARTS: I move accordingly, that the credentials of each delegation be handed to its member of the Committee on Credentials, to be presented to that body.
A DELEGATE OF Ohio: A resolution has already passed requiring that the credentials be committed to the chairman of the Committee on Credentials, and I rose to suggest that what is done by an agent is done by the party, and without this motion at all they can pass them through their committee man to the chairman of the committee.
The PRESIDENT: Is the gentleman from New York satisfied that his resolution is covered by the one passed ?
Mr. Evarts : Undoubtedly, if it is understood that no call of the states is necessary.