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safeguard of freedom, and we pledge ourselves to uphold both, as our hope in peace and our defense in war.

Resolved, That we earnestly recommend to our fellow citizens, every where, to observe and keep ail their lawful and constitutional obligations, not only as a matter of duty and safety to all, but that they may not be reproached in history with having been guilty of the same crimes they condemn in others.

Resolved, That it is to the people we must look for a restoration of the Union and the blessings of peace, and to these ends we should direct our earnest and honest efforts; and hence, we are in favor of the assembling of a national convention of all the States, at Louisville, Kentucky, at the earliest practicable period, to so adjust our national difficulties that the States may hereafter live together in harmony, each being secured in the rights guaranteed, respectively, to all, by our fathers.

Resolved, That this Legislature now in session ought, of right, to appoint a suitable number of able and discreet men, as commissioners, to communicate with other States and the Congress of the United States, inviting their co-operation to carry into effect the object of the preceding resolution.

Resolved, That we earnestly recommend a cessation of hostilities for such period as may be necessary to allow the people of the North and South to express, through a national convention, their wish for peace and a maintenance of "the Union as it was and the constitution as it is."

Resolved, That the General Government has no power, under the constitution, to tax the people of the State of Illinois for the purpose of raising money with which to buy the slaves of Southern States; and we now declare, in advance, that all debts contracted or bonds which may be issued, for the purpose of paying for any such slaves, we hold to be utterly void, for want of authority to issue the same; and the State of Illinois will never consent that her people shall be taxed for any such purpose.

Mr. Sedgwick moved to refer said resolutions to the committee on federal relations.

Mr. Epler moved to lay on the table and order to print 200 copies; which was lost.

The question then being upon the original motion,

It was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. O'Brien submitted the following joint resolution, and moved its adoption:

Resolved, by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring herein, That a committee of five be appointed--three from the House and two from the Senate-to see what legislation (if any) is necessary to prevent the immigration and importation of free negroes and slaves into this State.

Carried.

Mr. Shope introduced a bill for "An act to amend the charter of the Peoria and Hannibal Railroad Company."

Which was read a first time.

On motion of Mr. Shope,

The rules were suspended, and the bill read a second time, by its title.

Mr. Shope moved a further suspension of the rules, and that the bill be read a third time; which was afterward withdrawn.

On motion of Mr. Miller,

The said bill was referred to the committee on banks and corporations.

Mr. Odell introduced a bill for "An act to amend 'an act establishing county courts,' approved February 12, 1849, and to extend the jurisdiction of the county courts of Crawford, Jasper and Cumberland counties."

Which was read a first time.

On motion of Mr. Odell,

The rules were suspended, the bill read a second time, by its title, and Referred to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Burr introduced a bill for "An act to enable counties owing debts to liquidate the same."

Which was read a first time.

On motion of Mr. Burr,

The rules were suspended, the bill read a second time, by its title, and Referred to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Burr introduced a bill for "An act to amend chapter 59 of the Revised Statutes, entitled 'Justices of the Peace and Constables." Which was read a first time.

On motion of Mr. Burr,

The rules were suspended, the bill read a second time, by its title, and Referred to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Burr introduced a bill for "An act to restore the rights of citizenship to Elmore Hays, of Scott county," Which was read a first time.

On motion of Mr. Burr,

The rules were suspended, the bill read a second time, by its title, and Referred to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Sedgwick introduced a bill for "An act to extend the jurisdiction of the county court of DeKalb county." Which was read a first time, and Ordered to a second reading.

On motion of Mr. Sedgwick,

The rules were suspended, the bill read a second time, by its title, and Referred to the committee on counties.

Mr. Sedgwick introduced a bill for "An act to ainend chapter eight of the Revised Statutes."

Which was read a first time.

On motion of Mr. Sedgwick,

The rules were suspended, the bill read a second time, by its title, and Referred to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Sedgwick introduced a bill for "An act to amend an act regulating practice in courts in certain cases,' approved February 18, 1857." Which was read a first time.

On motion of Mr. Sedgwick,

The rules were suspended, the bill read a second time, by its title, and Referred to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Keyes introduced a bill for "An act to authorize the leasing of rooms for the use of the Supreme Court of the Second Grand Division."

Which was read a first time, and

Ordered to a second reading.

On motion of Mr. Keyes,

The rules were suspended, the bill read a second time, by its title, and Referred to the committee on public grounds.

On motion of Mr. Howe,

The House adjourned until to-morrow at nine o'clock A. M.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 1863.

House met, pursuant to adjournment.
Prayer by Rev. Mr. Hubbard,

Pending the reading of the journal, the following message from the Senate was received:

Mr. Speaker: I am directed to inform the House of Representatives that the Senate have passed the following joint resolution, viz:

Resolved, by the Senate, the House concurring therein, That the two Houses meet in joint session, in the hall of the House of Representatives, on Monday, the 12th day of January, 1863, at two o'clock P. M. of said day, for the purpose of electing a United States Senator, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of the Hon. Stephen A. Douglas.

And I am directed to respectfully ask the concurrence of the House in the passage thereof.

The Journal was read and approved.

On motion of Mr. Keyes,

The rules were suspended, and the following Senate joint resolution, just received, was taken up and read, viz:

Resolved, by the Senate, the House concurring therein, That the two Houses meet in joint session, in the hall of the House of Representatives, on Monday, the 12th day of January, 1863, at two o'clock P. M. of said day, for the purpose of electing a United States Senator, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of the Hon. Stephen A. Douglas.

Mr Keyes moved that the House concur in said joint resolution. Agreed to.

The Speaker laid before the House the reports of the Commissioners on the State Penitentiary, and the Warden thereof, for the years 1861 and 1862.

On motion of Mr. Boyer,

Said reports were laid on the table, and 5,000 copies ordered to be printed.

On motion of Mr. Haines,

Ordered that 5,000 copies of the biennial report of the State Treasurer, laid before the House on Thursday, be printed.

The Speaker laid before the House a memorial of the State Agricultural Society, praying the General Assembly to instruct our Senators and request our Representatives in Congress to oppose, in that body, the repeal of the law passed at the last regular session thereof, establishing a Department of Agriculture.

On motion of Mr. Haines,

Said memorial was referred to the committee on manufactures and agriculture.

The Speaker announced William S. Hurst, of Morgan county, as the person appointed to take charge of the committee rooms, in accordance with a resolution adopted by this House on yesterday.

Mr. Burr submitted the following resolution, and moved its adoption,

viz:

WHEREAS the number of desks in the hall is insufficient for the accommodation of the members: therefore, .

Resolved, That the Speaker of this House be authorized and requested to direct a sufficient number of desks to be procured, and suitably arranged in the hall.

Agreed to.

Mr. Davis, by unanimous consent, presented the petition of the directors of the Woodford County Agricultural Society, praying for an annual appropriation of one hundred dollars to each of the agricultural societies of the State.

On motion of Mr. Davis,

Said petition was referred to the committee on manufactures and agriculture.

.Mr. Howe, on leave, presented a petition of Caleb Cushing and others, owners of lands adjoining the town of Providence, in Bureau county, praying for the vacating of a street and part of a street in said.

town.

On motion of Mr. Howe,

Said petition was referred to the committee on banks and corporations.

Mr. Green presented the petition of the board of supervisors of Jo Daviess county, praying for an amendment of the township organization law, to authorize the board of supervisors of any county in the State to publish their proceedings in pamphlet form.

On motion of Mr. Green,

The reading was dispensed with, and the petition

Referred to the committee on township organization.

Mr. Fuller presented the petition of Stephen W. Dutton and Harvey S. Dutton, of Cook county, praying for an act to change their names. On motion of Mr. Fuller,

The reading was dispensed with, and the petition

Referred to the committee on judiciary.

Mr. Fuller submitted the following joint resolution, viz:

Resolved, by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring herein, That a special committee of seven on the part of the House, and four on the part of the Senate, be appointed to apportion this State into

fourteen congressional districts, with instructions to report, by bill, at as early a day as practicable.

And the question being, "Will the House agree thereto?"

It was decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Hicks,

The House, at ten o'clock A. M., adjourned until Monday morning at

nine o'clock.

MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 1863.

House met, pursuant to adjournment.
Prayer by Rev. Mr. Haines.

The journal was read and approved.

Message from the Senate, by Mr. Mayfield, their Secretary: Mr. Speaker: I am directed to inform the House of Representatives that the Senate has passed bills by the following titles, viz:

A bill for "An act to repeal the Rosemond stock law."

A bill for "An act regulating the practice in assessing damages." A bill for "An act to authorize C. W. Brown to build a dam across the Pecatonica river, in Stephenson county."

Aud I am directed to respectfully ask the concurrence of the House in the passage thereof.

Leave of absence was asked for Mr. Miles.

Granted.

Mr. Daugherty presented the petition of numerous citizens of Clark county, praying for a change in the Darwin and Charleston road.

On motion of Mr. Daugherty,

The reading was dispensed with, and the petition
Referred to the committee on state roads.

Mr. Shope, from the select committee appointed for that purpose, submitted the following majority report, viz:

The majority of your committee, to whom was referred the memorial of J. S. Busey, contesting the seat of William N. Coler, as representative of and from the 40th representative district, etc., and the memorial of Michael Brandt, contesting the seat of George W. Gage, in this House, would respectfully report: That they have heard the testimony in the case of the contest of the said J. S. Busey, contesting the seat of the said William N. Coler as representative from the 40th representative district, as aforesaid, and find that in said district the said William N. Coler received an aggregate vote of thirty-six hundred and fifty-one votes, for representative, and that, exclusive of the township of East Bend, in the county of Champaign, in said district, the said J. S. Busey received, for representative, thirty-six hundred and forty-six votes; and therefore, the majority of your committee would report that the said William N. Coler, the sitting member from said. district, received in said district thirty-six hundred and fifty-one votes, as aforesaid, and the said J. S. Busey received thirty-six hundred and eighty-five votes; and the said J. S. Busey, having received a majority of the votes cast at said election, is entitled to his seat in this House as a member from said district, having been duly elected representative

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