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G. W. FEATHERSTONHAUGH, of Calumet county. JAMES T. LEWIS, of Columbia county. D. G. FENTON, of Crawford county. WM. W. FOX, C. M. NICHOLS,
of Dane county.
WILLIAM A. WHEELER,
GEORGE W. LAKIN,
of Dodge county.
of Fond du Lac county.
of Grant county.
of Greene county.
of Iowa county.
of Jefferson county.
of La Fayette county.
of Milwaukee county.
of Portage county.
of Racine county.
of Rock county.
of Sheboygan county.
Name of Counties.
Chippewa, (not returned.)..
Abstract of the population of the several counties in the Territory of Wisconsin, on the first day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-seven.
of Walworth county.
of Washington county.
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF WISCONSIN TERRITORY,
I, John Catlin, Secretary of the Territory of Wisconsin, do hereby certify that the above is a true abstract of the population of the Territory of Wisconsin, on the first day of December,. A. D. 1847, as appears by the fficial returns made to this office; and that the printed copy of an act contained in the pamphlet, hereto attached, entitled "an act in relation to the formation of a State government in Wisconsin, and to change the time for holding the annual session of the legislature," approved October 27, A. D. 1847, is a true copy of the original, now remaining of record in this office, and of the whole of such original..
In testimony whereof, I have hereto set my hand, and caused the seal of the Territory of Wisconsin to be affixed, at Madison, on the day and year first above written.
JOHN CATLIN, Secretary of Wisconsin Territory.
Laws of Wisconsin Territory, passed at the special session of the Legislative Assembly, October 27, 1847.
AN ACT in relation to the formation of a State government in Wisconsin, and to change the time for holding the annual session of the legislature.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Council and House of Representatives of the Territory of Wisconsin, That on the fifth Monday of November, A. D. 1847, every white male inhabitant or the Territory of Wisconsin, above the age of 21 years, and who shall have resided therein, for six months next preceding said day, and who shall be a citizen of the United States, or shall have declared his. intention to become such citizen, according to the laws of the United States on the subject of naturalization, shall be authorized to vote by ballot for the number of delegates to a convention to form a constitution for the State of Wisconsin, which is hereinafter apportioned to the county in which he shall vote: Provided, That no person shall vote in any county for such delegates, unless he shall have been a resident of that county for the period of ten days next preceding te time of offering his vote; and all legal voters resident upon Indian territory shall, under the qualifications prescribed by this at, have the right to vote for delegates in the counties nearest to their residence.
SEC. 2. Every person authorized by this act to vote for delegates to the convention herein provided for, shall be eligible as a delegate to said convention for the county or district in which he resides.
SEC. 3. The number of delegates to be elected to said conven
tion in the several counties of the Territory shall be as follows, to wit:
In the county of Racine,..
In the county of Fond du Lac,..
In the counties of Sheboygan and Manitowoc,.
In the county of Calumet,
In the counties of Winnebago and Marquette,.... one
In the counties of Portage and Sauk,......
In the counties of Crawford and Chippewa,
SEC. 4. The votes cast for such delegates shall be taken, canvassed, certified, and returned, and certificates of election made out and delivered in the same manner as is provided by law for taking, canvassing, certifying, and returning votes, and making out and delivering certificates of election for members of the House of Representatives: Provided, That the returns of the said votes to the officers now designated by law in the several counties to receive the same, shall be made on or before the first Monday succeeding the day of election herein provided for: Provided further, That the clerk of the board of county supervisors or of county commissioners, as the case may be, of each county, shall make out and deliver certificates of election to such persons as may have been elected delegates in said county, and shall not in any case be required to transmit the returns of the votes of said county to any other county, except that the returns of Richland county shall be transmitted to the county of Iowa; the returns of Manitowoc county shall be transmitted to the county of Sheboygan; the returns of the county of Winnebago shall be transmitted to the county of Marquette; the returns of the county of Portage shall be transmitted to the county of Sauk; the returns of the county of Chippewa shall be transmitted to the county of Crawford, and the returns of the county of La Pointe shall be transmitted to the county of St. Croix, and the person or persons voted for delegate or delegates, equal in number to that above apportioned to such county or district who shall have received the greatest number of votes, shall be declared duly elected.
SEC. 5. The said delegates shall assemble in the representatives' hall in the capitol, at Madison, in the said Territory, on the third Wednesday of December, A. D. 1847, at 12 o'clock, meridian, and when so assembled, shall have full power and authority to form a republican constitution for the State of Wisconsin.
SEC. 6. The convention shall elect one of their number president, and appoint one or more secretaries, and such other officers as may be necessary to the permanent organization of their body, and shall adopt rules for the regulation of its members and officers, and have full power to enforce the same.
SEC. 7. Each delegate shall receive two dollars and fifty cents per day for his services in said convention, and ten cents per mile for travel going to and returning from the same. The officers of said convention shall receive such compensation as the convention shall deem proper to allow; and the compensation of the members and officers of said convention, together with the incidental expenses of the convention, shall be paid out of the territorial treasury on the certificate of the president; and the auditor is hereby authorized to receive said certificates, and issue warrants on the territorial treasury therefor, in such sums as the holders may de
SEC. 8. It shall be the duty of said convention to give publicity to the constitution adopted by them, by providing for its publication in all the newspapers published in the Territory: Provided, That such papers will publish the same for a sum not exceeding twenty dollars per paper, and no expense shall be incurred for its publication in pamphlet form; to submit the same to a vote of the people for their approval, and to provide how the votes cast upon that subject shall be taken, canvassed and returned; and the said convention shall also have the power to submit the said constitution to the Congress of the United States, and to apply in such manner as they may deem proper for the admission of the State of Wisconsin into the Union.
SEC. 9. When any person shall offer to vote at any election provided for by this act, and either of the judges of election shall suspect that such person does not possess the qualifications of a voter, or if his vote shall be challenged by any voter, one of the judges of election shall tender to such person an oath or affirmation in the following form: "I, A. B., do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that I have resided in this territory six months, and in this county ten days immediately preceding this election; I am twenty-one years of age, as I verily believe; I am a citizen of the United States, (or have declared my intention to become such according to the laws of Congress on the subject of naturalization,) and I have not voted at this election." And if such person shall take such oath or affirmation, his vote shall be received, unless it shall be proved by evidence satisfactory to a majority of the judges that he does not possess the qualifications of a voter; and if such person refuses to take said oath or affirmation, his vote shall be rejected.
SEC. 10. If any person shall vote at any election provided for by