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The said bill with the amendments being again read and considered— Resolved, [to suspend the passage of the bill until the next session of the General Assembly.]
On motion, Resolved, That his Excellency be and he hereby is advised to issue his proclamation for a day of humiliation, fasting and prayer throughout this State, on such day as shall be appointed by the President of the United States, if he shall think expedient; and if no day shall be appointed by the President, Then to issue his Proclamation on such day as his Excellency shall think proper.
A bill, passed in the house of Representatives, Entitled "An act in addition to an act entitled An act for the distribution of Laws, journals and other papers,'" was sent up for revision &c. and being read, Resolved, To concur in passing the same, with certain proposals of amendment transmitted with the same.
Mr. Davis, member of the house of Representatives, appeared in the Council Chamber and informed the Governor and Council that the house had concurred in the amendments proposed by the Governor and Council to the act for the distribution of Laws, Journals and other papers.
The Secretary of the Council failed to complete the record, and the remainder is supplied from the journal of the House :
IN COUNCIL, 5th Nov. 1799. Resolved, the House of Representatives concurring therein, That the House of Representatives meet the Governor and Council in the representatives' room, immediately, for the purpose of adjourning without day. Ordered, That the Secretary transmit the same to the House.
Mr. Nelson, a member of the House, informed the Council of the concurrence of the House in the foregoing resolution; whereupon, his excellency the Governor and Council repaired to the House, and after prayer by the chaplain, the sheriff of Windsor County adjourned the legislature without day.
Mr. Spencer probably removed from Clarendon to Rutland previous to his election as Councillor in 1800.
Elected Oct. 21 1800, in place of Mr. Knoulton resigned.
RECORD OF THE GOVERNOR AND COUNCIL
SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AT MIDDLEBURY, OCT. 1800.
STATE OF Vermont, ss.
Journal of the proceedings of the Governor and Council of the State of Vermont, at their Session begun and holden at Middlebury, within and for said State, on the second Thursday of October, being the ninth day of said month, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred, pursuant to the Constitution and Resolves of said State.
On which day appeared His Excellency Isaac Tichenor, Esquire, Governor; His Honor Paul Brigham, Esquire, Lt Governor; Of the Council, The Hon'ble Elisha Allis, John Bridgman, William Chamberlain, Stephen Jacob, Luke Knoulton, Ebenezer Marvin, Solomon Miller, Elijah Robinson, Samuel Safford and John Strong, Esquires. Richard Whitney Secretary. John Chipman Esquire Sheriff of Addison County. Resolved, That a Committee of Five members be appointed to receive, sort, and count the votes for Governor, Lt Governor, Treasurer, and Councillors for the year ensuing, to join such Committee as may be appointed by the house of Representatives, for that purpose. Members Chosen, Mr Robinson, Mr. Knoulton, Mr. Chamberlain, Mr. Miller and Mr. Allis.
The aforesaid Committee, personally appearing before the Governor and Council, were severally and duly sworn to the faithfull discharge of their trust. Ordered, That the Secretary acquaint the house therewith. The Council adjourned to 4 o'clock P. M.
4 O'CLOCK P. M.
Mr. Hay, Member of the house of Representatives, appeared in Council and delivered the following message:-" May it please your Excellency, I am directed by the house of Representatives, to acquaint your Excellency and the hon'ble Council that the Committee appointed by a concurrent resolution of both houses, to receive, sort and count the Votes for Governor, Lt Governor, Treasurer and Councillors for the year ensuing, are now prepared to report, and therefore request the Governor and Council to meet the house of Representatives immediately, in the Representatives' room, to hear the same."-And he withdrew.
Whereupon, Resolved, That the Governor and Council do immediately proceed to the house of Representatives for that purpose.
The Governor and Council, accordingly, joined the house of Representatives, agreeably to the foregoing message and resolve thereon, when the following report was handed in by the Chairman of said Committee, viz.
"To the hon'ble General Assembly, now sitting,-Your Committee, appointed to receive, sort and count the Votes for Governor, Lt. Governor, &c. report as follows: That His Excellency Isaac Tichenor is elected Governor- His Honor Paul Brigham, Lt Governor-That no person has a
majority of Votes for Treasurer-That Samuel Safford, William Chamberlain, Ebenezer Marvin, John Strong, Stephen Jacob, Elijah Robinson, Solomon Miller, Luke Knoulton, Elisha Allis, Timothy Todd, Jonas Galusha and Abel Spencer Esquires are elected Councillors. LUKE KNOULTON Chairman.
Middlebury Oct. 9, 1800."
The said report being read, John Chipman Esquire, Sheriff of the County of Addison, by public proclamation, declared said officers severally and duly elected to their several offices, by the suffrages of the i Freemen.'
The Governor and Council returned to their Chamber, and adjourned untill 9 O'clock tomorrow morning.
FRIDAY, October 10th. 1800, 9 O'clock A. M.
The Council met pursuant to adjournment.
Mr. Galusha, elected a member of the Council, appeared in the Council Chamber and declaring his acceptance of the appointment of Councillor and taking the necessary oaths, was admitted to a seat.
Adjourned to 2 O'clock P. M.
2 O'CLOCK P. M.
Mr. J. Robinson, member of the house, appeared in Council and delivered this message:
"May it please your Excellency, The house of Representatives have organized, are ready to proceed to business, and to hear any communications from the Executive"-and he withdrew.
Ordered, by his Excellency, That the Secretary acquaint the house of Representatives, that the Governor, accompanied by the Council, will immediately wait on the house, in the Representatives' room, and make his communication, or at such time as shall be agreeable to the House. His Excellency, accompanied by the Council, then proceeded to the house of Representatives and delivered the following speech to both branches of the Legislature.-[For the speech, see Appendix J.]
The Governor and Council then returned to their Chamber and adjourned to 9 O'clock tomorrow morning.
SATURDAY October 11th. 1800, 9 O'clock A. M. The Council met pursuant to adjournment.
The following resolution was sent up from the house of Representatives, viz.
From Spooner's Vermont Journal of Oct. 27 1800 :
AGGREGATE STATEMENT OF VOTES BY COUNTIES FOR GOVERNOR.
"STATE OF VERMONT, In General Assembly, Oct. 10, 1800. Resolved, That Mr. Robinson, Mr. S. R. Bradley, Mr. Witherell, Mr. Jacob Smith, Mr. Chipman, Mr. Niles, Mr. Hay, Mr. Beardsley, Mr. E. Sheldon and Mr. Crafts be appointed on the part of the house, jointly with such Committee as may be appointed on the part of the Council, to enquire whether any and what amendment ought to be made to an act entitled "An act regulating Goals and Goalers, and for the relief of persons imprisoned therein." Extract from the Journals.
SAML. C. CRAFTS, Clerk pro tem."
Which resolution being read and considered, Resolved, That Mr. Jacob do join the aforesaid Committee.
A petition from the inhabitants of Northfield and towns adjacent, praying for a tax of two cents on each acre of land in said town, for the purpose of making and repairing roads, was sent up from the house of Representatives, with this order entered thereon:
"In General Assembly, Oct. 10, 1800. Read and referred to Messs Canfield, Hunt, Wells, Cleaveland, Slade, Jonathan Fisk, Stanton, Elkins, Pomeroy and Stanley, to be styled the first land Tax Committee, to state facts and make report.
S. C. CRAFTS, Clk pro tem."
The said petition and proceedings thereon being read, Resolved, That Mr. Galusha do join the afores Committee.
Petitions from the Selectmen of Fletcher, the inhabitants of Avery's Gore, and the inhabitants of Warren, praying for a tax on said towns and gore for the purpose of making and repairing roads and building bridges, were sent up from the house of Representatives with this order on each:
"In General Assembly, Oct. 10th. & 11th. 1800. Read and referred to the first land tax committee to state facts &c. Attest SAML. C. CRAFTS, Clk pro tem.” The said petitions being severally read and considered, Resolved, That the same be referred accordingly.
The following resolution was received from the house, viz:
"In General Assembly, Oct. 11, 1800.
On motion, Resolved, that his Excellency the Governor and Council be requested to meet the house of Representatives, in the Representatives' room, in joint Committee, at eleven O'clock this forenoon, for the purpose of electing a Treasurer for the year ensuing. Extract from the Journais of the General Assembly.
NATHAN OSGOOD Clerk.” The aforesaid resolution being read, Resolved, That the Governor and Council do concur therein.
The Governor and Council immediately proceeded to the Representatives' room and met the house in joint Committee agreeably to the aforesaid concurrent resolution of both houses for the purpose of electing a Treasurer for the year ensuing.
On motion, Resolved, That his Excellency the Governor, and in his absence his Honor the Lt. Governor, be Chairman whenever the two branches are in joint Committee; and the Secretary of State, and in his absence the Secretary of the Governor and Council, or Clerk of the house of Representatives, be Clerk of such Committee.
The Committee then proceeded to the business for which they had met, and the ballots being taken and examined, Benjamin Swan, Esquire, had a large majority of the Votes-When John Chipman, Esquire, Sheriff of the County of Addison, declared the said Benjamin Swan, Esquire, duly elected Treasurer within and for the State of Ver