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and the said bills being severally read and considered, Resolved, To concur with the house in passing said bills into laws.
Resolved, That the Governor be and he hereby is directed to issue his proclamation for a day of fasting and prayer throughout this State on the second Wednesday of April next.
The three following written messages were receivd from the house: "In General Assembly Nov. 11, 1802. The General Assembly have concurred in the amendments proposed by the Governor and Council to the bill Entitled "An act authorizing and empowering the Judges of Rutland County Court to examine into and direct what shall be done with a dam erected across Otter Creek, called Osgood's Dam." Also, in the amendments by them proposed to the bill Entitled "An act granting a tax of two cents on each acre of land in the town of Colchester, and that part of Burlington which lies west of a line between Williston and Burlington," &c. Also, in the amendment by them proposed to the bill Entitled "An act empowering the Administrators of Thomas Davison to sell the land therein mentioned." Also, in the amendments by them proposed to the bill Entitled "An act laying duties on licenses," &c.
JAS ELLIOT Clerk." "In General Assembly Nov. 12, 1802. The General Assembly have concurred in the amendments proposed by the Governor and Council to the bill Entitled "An act in addition to an act constituting a Court of Chancery."
JAS. ELLIOT Clerk." "In General Assembly Nov. 12, 1802.
The General Assembly have concurred in the amendments last proposed by the Governor and Council to the bill Entitled "An act granting to Zacheus Peaslee, Samuel Hickok &c. and their Associates, the exclusive right of erecting a wharf at Burlington Bay," &c. And the said bill is become a law. Attest JAS. ELLIOT, Clerk."
Mr. Chipman, member of the house, appeared in the Council Chamber and informed the Council that the General Assembly having no business before them are now ready to adjourn.
The Governor and Council accordingly repaired to the Representatives' room, and after an appropriate prayer by the Chaplain, both branches of the Legislature were adjourned without day, and public proclamation thereof made by Sheriff Sawyer.
A true Journal.
Attest [RICHARD WHITNEY,] Secretary.
OCTOBER 1803 TO OCTOBER 1804.
ISAAC TICHENOR, Bennington, Governor.
SAMUEL SAFFORD, Bennington,
ELIAKIM SPOONER, Westminster,
RICHARD WHITNEY, Guilford, Secretary.
ELIAS KEYES, born in Ashford, Conn., was one of the first settlers of Stockbridge in 1784 or 1785, which town he represented in the General Assembly 1793 until 1797, 1798 until 1803, 1818. 1820, and 1823 until 1826; and in the Constitutional Convention of 1814. He was Councillor from 1803 until 1818, with the exception of 1814; and Member of Congress 1821 to 1823. He was also Assistant Judge of Windsor County Court 1806 until 1814, and Chief Judge 1815 until 1817. Otherwise he was not always fortunate in the law, the editor remembering his presentation of a petition to the Assembly, as a member, in this form: "for the relief of Elias Keyes, which Elias 1 am.”—Lanman's Dictionary of Congress; Thompson's Vermont; Deming's Catalogue.
Doct. ASAPH FLETCHER was a descendant, in the fifth generation, from Robert Fletcher, who was of English or Welsh stock, and settled at Concord, Mass., in 1630. Doct. Fletcher was born in Westford, Mass., June 28 1746, where he resided until Feb. 1787, when he removed to Cavendish, Vt. He held several public offices in Massachusetts, and
after his settlement in Vermont he was elected representative as soon as he was eligible, in 1789, and re-elected in 1790, '92, and 1820. He was also a delegate in the Constitutional Conventions of 1791 and 1793; an Elector of President and Vice President in 1816; Assistant Judge of Windsor County Court 1801 until 1805; and Councillor 1803 until 1808. In 1768 he united with the Baptist church in Leicester, Mass., and until his death was an active and devoted Christian-a period of more than seventy years. Among his sons were Gen. Asaph Fletcher jr., who was Sheriff of Windsor County 1820 until 1830; Hon. Richard Fletcher of Boston, Member of Congress 1837-39, and Judge of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts 1848-1853; Doct. Alpheus Fletcher of Cavendish; Rev. Horace Fletcher of Townshend; and Ryland Fletcher of Cavendish, who was Lieut. Governor of Vermont 1854-56, and Governor 1856-58.Fletcher Genealogy; Deming's Catalogue; and Vt. Legislative Directory.
SAMUEL SHEPARDSON is named in B. H. Hall's Eastern Vermont, p. 516, as the guide of the Vermont troops who in 1784, under the command of Stephen R. Bradley, suppressed the disorder in Guilford and vicinity. He was Councillor from 1803 until 1808, and seems to have held no other offices except Register of Probate in 1806, and Elector of President and Vice President in 1808.-Deming's Catalogue; and Vt. Legislative Directory.
EBENEZER WHEELOCK was one of the early settlers of Whiting, and he represented that town 1790 until 1794, 95, '96, 1802, and 1817 until 1821. He was Councillor 1803 until 1808; and delegate in the Constitutional Convention of 1793.-Deming's Catalogue.
RECORD OF THE GOVERNOR AND COUNCIL
SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AT WESTMINSTER, OCT. 1803.
STATE OF VERMONT, SS.
A Journal of the proceedings of the Governor and Council of the State of Vermont, at their Session begun and held at Westminster, within and for said State, on the thirteenth day of October, being the second Thursday of said Month in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three, and of the Independence of the United States the thirteenth [twenty-eighth,] pursuant to the Constitution and resolves of said State. Present, His Excellency Isaac Tichenor, Esquire, Governor, His Honor Paul Brigham Esquire Lt Governor, of the Council The honorable Elisha Allis, Noah Chittenden, Jonas Galusha, Beriah Loomis, Solomon Miller, Eliakim Spooner, Samuel Safford, John White and James Witherell Esquires. Samuel Fletcher Esq Sheriff of Windham County. Richard Whitney Secretary.
On motion, Resolved, That a Committee consisting of five members be appointed jointly with such Committee as may be chosen by the house of Representatives, to receive, sort and count the votes for Governor, L Governor, Treasurer and Councillors for the year ensuing. Members chosen-Mr. Galusha, Mr. Witherell, Mr. White, Mr. Loomis and Mr. Chittenden.
Mr. Marsh, Member of the house of Representatives, apeared in the Council chamber, and delivered the following message: "May it please your Excellency and Gentlemen of the Council, The house of Representatives are organized, and are now ready to co-operate in any business connected with the duties or dignities of government.' His Excellency then acquainted Mr Marsh that agreeably to the Constitution and laws, the Council has, on their part, appointed a Committee, that such Committee was duly qualified, and ready to meet a Committee on the part of the house of Representatives-And Mr. Marsh withdrew. Adjourned to 4 O'clock P. M.
4 O'CLOCK P. M.
Mr. Morris, member of the house of Representatives, appeared in Council and delivered this message: "May it please your Excellency, The Committee appointed to receive, sort and count the votes for Governor, L Governor, Treasurer and Councillors for the year ensuing, are now prepared to make their report, and therefore request your Excellency and the hon'ble Council, as soon as may be, to meet the Representatives in their own room, for the purpose of receiving such report," and he withdrew.
The Governor and Council then repaired to the Representatives' room, and having taken their seats, the following report was handed in by Mr. Galusha, Chairman of said Committee.
"To the hon'ble General Assembly now sitting, Your Committee appointed to receive, sort and count the votes for Governor, Lt Governor,
Treasurer and Councillors, having attended to that service, beg leave to report, That his Excellency Isaac Tichenor has a majority of all the votes and is duly elected Governor, That his Honor Paul Brigham is elected Lt Governor, That Benjamin Swan is elected Treasurer, and That Jonas Galusha, Samuel Safford, Beriah Loomis, Noah Chittenden, John White, James Witherell, Eliakim Spooner, Nathaniel Niles, Asaph Fletcher, Ebenezer Wheelock, Samuel Shepardson and Elias Keyes are elected Councillors. JONAS GALUSHA Chairman.
Westminster, 13th. October 1803."
The aforesaid report being read, Samuel Fletcher Esquire, Sheriff of the County of Windham, declared said officers duly elected to the respective offices affixed to their names, by the suffrages of the Freemen. The Governor and Council then returned to their Chamber and adjourned untill 9 O'clock Tomorrow morning.1
FRIDAY, October 14th. 1803, 9 O'clock A. M.
The Council met pursuant to adjournment.
Ordered, That the Secretary issue letters of notice to the new members of Council.
Mr. Marsh, member of the house of Representatives, appeared and delivered the following message, viz.
May it please your Excellency, The house of Representatives have this morning made choice of a Speaker, Clerk and other necessary officers, and are ready to proceed to the business of the session," and he withdrew.
Ordered, That the Secretary do immediately acquaint the house of Representatives that a Quorum of the new Council have met, are qualified and ready to proceed to the business of the Session. Adjourned to 2 O'clock P. M.
2 O'CLOCK P. M. The Governor, accompanied by the Council, proceeded to the house of Representatives, and having signified his acceptance of the office of Governor for the year ensuing, the necessary oaths were administered to him by the Chief Justice, and then his Excellency delivered the following speech to both branches of the Legislature.-[For speech see Appendix J.]
The Governor and Council then returned to their Chamber and adjourned untill 9 O'clock tomorrow morning.
SATURDAY, October 15th. 1803, 9 O'clock A. M.
The Council met pursuant to adjournment.
"In General Assembly Oct. 14, 1803. Resolved, that the Governor and Council be requested to join the General Assembly in grand Committee, at the opening of the house to
'In announcing the list of Councillors elect, Spooner's Vermont Journal of Oct. 18 1803 said:
All [Jeffersonian] Republicans. The lowest Republican candidate had a majority of 500 over the highest Federal.
The Vermont Gazette, commenting on the election of Governor, charged the re-election of Gov. Tichenor to the then Jeffersonian counties of Rutland and Bennington, which gave Gov. Tichenor a majority of 223.-See Spooner's Vt. Journal of Oct. 25 1803. This statement is good testimony to the popularity of Gov. Tichenor.