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1869

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JOURNAL OF THE CONVENTION.

pursuance of an act of the General Assembly of the State of Illinois, entitled "An act to provide for the calling of a Convention to revise, alter or amend the Constitution of the State of Illinois,' approved February 25, 1869, the following members of said Convention appeared in the hall of the House of Representatives, at the city of Springfield, at 2 o'clock P. M., on Monday, the 13th day of December, A. D. 1869, the Secretary of State, Edward Rummel, being in attendance, to-wit:

1. From the first district, composed of the counties of Alexander, Pulaski and Union, WILLIAM J. ALLEN.

2. From the second district, composed of the counties of Massac, Pope and Johnson, GEORGE W. BROWN.

3. From the third district, composed of the counties of Hardin, Saline and Gallatin, W. G. BOWMAN.

4. From the fourth district, composed of the counties of Lawrence and Wabash, JAMES M. SHARP.

5. From the fifth district, composed of the counties of Franklin and Jefferson, WILLIAM B. ANDERSON.

6. From the sixth district, composed of the counties of Jackson and Williamson, JAMES M. WASHBURN.

7. From the seventh district, composed of the counties of Clinton and Washington, HARVY P. BUXTON.

8. From the eighth district, composed of the counties of Monroe, Randolph and Perry, J. H. WILSON and GEORGE W. WALL.

9. From the ninth district, composed of the county of Marion, SILAS L. BRYAN.

10. From the tenth district, composed of the counties of Wayne and Hamilton, ROBERT P. HANNA.

11. From the eleventh district, composed of the counties of Jasper and Crawford, JAMES C. ALLEN.

12. From the twelfth district, composed of the counties of Clay and Richland, JAMES P. ROBINSON.

13. From the thirteenth district, composed of the counties of Fayette and Effingham, BEVERLY W. HENRY.

14. From the fourteenth district, composed of the counties of Edwards and White, CHARLES E. MCDOWELL.

15. From the fifteenth district, composed of the county of St. Clair, WILLIAM II. SNYDER and WILLIAM H. UNDERWOOD.

16. From the sixteenth district, composed of the counties of Madison and Bond, CHARLES F. SPRINGER and HENRY W. BILLINGS.

17. From the seventeenth district, composed of the counties of Clark and Cumberland, JOHN SCHOFIELD.

18. From the eighteenth district, composed of the county of Shelby, GEORGE R. WENDLING.

19. From the nineteenth district, composed of the counties of Christian and Montgomery, EDWARD Y. RICE.

20. From the twentieth district, composed of the counties of Sangamon and Logan, MILTON HAY and SAMUEL C. PARKS.

21. From the twenty-first district, composed of the county of Macoupin, JOHN W. HANKINS.

22. From the twenty-second district, composed of the counties of Jersey and Calhoun, ROBERT A. KING.

23. From the twenty-third district, composed of the county of Greene, JAMES W. ENGLISH.

24. From the twenty-fourth district, composed of the counties of Pike and Scott, WILLIAM R. ARCHER and JOHN ABBOTT.

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25. From the twenty-fifth district, composed of the counties of Cass and Brown, WILLIAM L. VANDEVENTER.

26. From the twenty-sixth district, composed of the counties of Menard and Mason, O. H. WRIGHT.

27. From the twenty-seventh district, composed of the county of Morgan, HENRY J. ATKINS.

28. From the twenty-eighth district, composed of the county of Adams, ORVILLE H. BROWNING and, ONIAS C. SKINNER.

30. From the thirtieth district, composed of the county of Schuyler, JESSE C. Fox.

31. From the thirty-first district, composed of the county of Hancock, DAVID ELLIS.

32. From the thirty-second district, composed of the counties of Henderson and Mercer, JAMES S. POAGE.

33. From the thirty-third district, composed of the county of Warren, A. G. KIRKPATRICK.

34. From the thirty fourth district, composed of the county of Knox, ALFRED M. CRAIG.

35. From the thirty-fifth district, composed of the county of Fulton, LEWIS W. Ross and SAMUEL P. CUMMINGS,

36. From the thirty-sixth district, composed of the counties of Peoria and Stark, HENRY W. WELLS and MILES A. FULLER.

37. From the thirty-seventh district, composed of the county of Tazewell, JONATHAN MERRIAM.

38. From the thirty-eighth district, composed of the counties of McLean and DeWitt, REUBEN M. BENJAMIN and CLIFTON H. MOORE.

39. From the thirty-ninth district, composed of the counties of Coles, Douglas, Edgar and Vermilion, JoHN L. TINCHER, HENRY P. H. BROMWELL and RICHARD B. SUTHERLAND.

40. From the fortieth district, composed of the counties of Champaign, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt, CHARLES EMMERSON and ABEL HARWOOD.

41. From the forty-first district, composed of the county of Kankakee, Wм. H. PATTERSON.

42. From the forty-second district, composed of the counties of Iroquois and Ford, Annisoy GOODELL.

43. From the forty-third district, composed of the counties of Will and Grundy, WM. C. GOODHUE and W. P. PIERCE.

44. From the forty-fourth district, composed of the counties of LaSalle and Livingston, GEO. S. ELDRIDGE, JOSEPH HART and NATHANIEL J. PILLSBURY.

45. From the forty-fifth district, composed of the counties of Bureau, Putnam, Woodford and Marshall, L. D. WHITING, JAS. G. BAYNE and PELEG S. PERLEY.

46. From the forty-sixth district, composed of the county of Henry, GEORGE E. WAIT.

47. From the forty-seventh district, composed of the county of Rock Island, CALVIN TRUESDALE.

48. From the forty-eighth district, composed of the county of Whiteside, JAMES MCCOY.

49. From the forty-ninth district, composed of the county of Lee, JOHN DE

MENT.

50. From the fiftieth district, composed of the county of Ogle, JOSEPH PARKER.

51. From the fifty-first district, composed of the counties of DeKalb and Boone, WESTEL W. SEDGWICK and JESSE L. HILDRUP.

52. From the fifty-second district, composed of the counties of Kane and Kendall, CHARLES WHEATON and HENRY SHERRELL.

53. From the fifty-third district, composed of the county of Lake, ELIJAH M. HAINES.

54. From the fifty-fourth district, composed of the county of McHenry, LawRENCE S. CHURCH.

55. From the fifty-fifth district, composed of the county of Winnebago, ROBERT J. CROSS.

56. From the fifty-sixth district, composed of the county of Stephenson, Tпos. J. TURNER.

57. From the fifty-seventh district, composed of the counties of Jo Daviess and Carroll, WILLIAM CARY and DAVID C. WAGNER.

58. From the fifty-eighth district, composed of the county of DuPage, HIRAM H. CODY.

59. From the fifty-ninth district, composed of the county of Cook, JOSEPH MEDILL, JOHN C. HAINES and SNOWDEN S. HAYES.

60. From the sixtieth district, composed of a portion of the county of Cook, WILLIAM C. COOLBAUGH and CHARLES HITCHCOCK.

61. From the sixty-first district, composed of a portion of the county of Cook, ELLIOTT ANTHONY and DANIEL CAMERON.

On motion of Mr. Church,

Messrs. Hay of Sangamon and Ross of Fulton were appointed tellers, and the Convention proceeded to the election of President, pro

tem.

Mr. Church called the Convention to order, and nominated William Cary of Jo Daviess, for President, pro tem.

Mr. Allen of Crawford nominated Mr. Dement of Lee.

The roll having been called,

Those voting for Mr. Dement are,

Messrs. Abbott, Allen of Alexander, Allen of Crawford, Anderson, Anthony, Archer, Atkins, Billings, Bowman, Brown, Browning, Cody, Bryan, Buxton, Cameron, Cary, Coolbaugh, Craig, Cummings, Elis, English, Fox, Haines of Lake, Hankins, Hanna, Hayes, Henry, King, Kirkpatrick, McDowell, Medill, Rice, Robinson, Ross, Schol

field, Sharpe, Snyder, Skinner, Turner, Vandeventer, Wall, Washburn, Wendling, Wilson, Wright.

Those voting for Mr. Cary are,

Messrs. Bayne, Benjamin, Bromwell, Church, Cross, Dement, Eldridge, Emmerson, Fuller, Goodell, Goodhue, Hart, Harwood, Hay, Hildrup, Hitchcock, McCoy, Merriam, Moore, Parker, Parks, Patterson, Perley, Pierce, Pillsbury, Poage, Sedgwick, Sherrell, Springer, Sutherland, Tincher, Truesdale, Underwood, Wagner, Wait, Weils, Wheaton, Whiting.

Mr. Dement received 45 votes.
Mr. Cary received 38 votes.

The tellers then announced that Mr. Dement having received a majority of the votes cast, was duly elected President, pro tem.

Messrs. Cary and Allen of Crawford conducted the President pro tem. to the chair, who addressed the Convention as follows:

GENTLEMEN OF THE CONVENTION:-Usual, as I know it is, for persons indicated as presiding officer for the mere temporary purpose of organizing a deliberative body, to make any response in return to his friends, I certainly, under the peculiar circumstances by which I occupy this position, would not act in accordance with my feelings if I did not adopt some form of expressing my thanks to you. While there has been something that at first appeared as though unpleasant results might occur, my obligations and gratitude are eminently increased by what I firmly believe to be a harmonious conclusion of this little episode, as I shall please to call it. I am proud of it on account of the kindness and good feeling that I believe exists between the gentleman who was proposed for the same position as myself, and when I cast my vote for him, there was something more intended than a mere exchange of courtesies. I respect the gentleman. I respect those gentlemen that exchanged their votes in his favor, for so doing. I readily recognize and esteem the motives of those gentlemen. The compliment that I have received at your hands is greatly enhanced by the circumstances that have been mentioned here already-in, I may say, too complimentary terms, to me. Nevertheless, without adopting those compliments and sentiments, I must say that I regard this compliment as high as it is possible for me to regard any, from the reason that I am fully sensible, that of your honorable body, there are members who are my seniors and superiors; but I have another reason to feel grateful to you. There are gentlemen here with whom I have been associated in the Conventions of 1847 and 1862; and that there are gentlemen, my friends and acquaintances, of forty years standing. These circumstances renew to my mind scenes of my life that are dear to me. carries me back, as it has been said, to that period when I explored the then wilderness of the territory of Illinois. And you will allow me, with yourselves, to express my gratitude, admiration and wonder, at the great change which we experience in comparing these two periods-that when our State contained probably not over twenty thousand white people, and the present, when we estimate its population by millions. We all recognize the fact that we occupy our present positions at the call of this great people in the exercise of the most conservative and liberal spirit, and also the obligations that these circumstances impose upon us, of framing a Constitution and a fundamental law, under the provisions of which, the affairs of our State shall be administered for the prosperity and happiness of the millions of our present population, as well as for her welfare in the future. Again, I thank you, gentlemen.

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On motion of Mr. Hayes,

The Convention proceeded to the election of a Secretary, pro tem. Mr. Hayes nominated Harman G. Reynolds of Sangamon county. Mr. Parks nominated George H. Harlow of Sangamon county. Those voting for Mr. Reynolds are,

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