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Fourth Legislative Assembly
Fourth Annual Session of the Fourth Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Wisconsin, begun and holden at Madison, W. T., on the first Monday, being the fifth day of January, eighteen hundred and forty six, pursuant to law. At twelve o'clock, M. the roll was called by Ben C. Eastman, Secretary, when the following members appeared and took their seats, to wit:
From the Counties of Brown, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Calumet, Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Marquette, and Portage-Randall Wilcox.
From the Counties of Rock and Walworth-Charles M. Baker and Edward V. Whiton.
From the County of Iowa-Moses M. Strong.
From the County of Grant-Nelson Dewey and John H. Rountree.
From the County of Milwaukee-Jacob Kimball, Jamest Kneeland and Curtis Reed.
From the County of Crawford-Wiram Knowlton,
From the County of Racine-Michael Frank and Marshall M. Strong.
From the Counties of Dane, Dodge, Green, Jefferson and Sauk -John Catlin.
The Secretary announced that all of the members of the Council were in attendance.
On motion of Moses M. Strong,
The Council proceeded to the election of President of the Council.
Moses M. Strong nominated Nelson Dewey, for the office of President.
The Secretary appointed Marshall M. Strong and Whiton tellers.
A ballot having been taken the tellers reported as follows, to wit:
The whole number of votes are
Necessary to a choice
Nelson Dewey received
The Secretary announced that Nelson Dewey having received a majority of all the votes cast, was duly elected Presi❤ dent of the Council.
Moses M. Strong moved that a committee of two be ap、 appointed to conduct the President to the chair;
Which passed in the affirmative.
Moses M. Strong and Whiton were appointed said committee, who having performed the duty assigned to them, the President having taken the chair addressed the Council as follows:
"COUNCILLORS-The canvass which has just taken place again organizes this Council for the discharge of those duties which our representative character imposes upon us.
Coming direct from the body of the people, it is presumed
that we bring with us a partial knowledge at least of their wants, and of the remedies to be applied by legislation to the existing laws which experience has shown to be necessary for extending and securing the happiness and welfare of the country.
It is to be hoped that in devising such measures as may be necessary to carry out these objects, that unity and harmony may govern our deliberations, our intercourse with each other and with the other branch of the Assembly. Such unity of action and harmony of purpose is rendered still more desirable at the present session as Congress has seen proper to limit this session of the Assembly to a very short period of time by curtailing the appropriation necessary to continue it the necessary length of time.
It has been your pleasure, gentlemen, in discharging your duties as representatives of the people to select me to preside over your deliberations. The most appropriate acknowledgment that I can make to you for this mark of your confidence and esteem, is, and will be, a faithful and an impartial discharge of the duties which the station imposes upon me. Relying upon your assistance and co-operation for support when difficulties shall surround the chair, and upon your forgiveness when error shall be committed, I accept with gratitude the place to which you have elected me.
In conclusion, gentlemen, you will be pleased to accept of my grateful acknowledgments for this manifestation of your kindness towards me."
On motion of Moses M. Strong,
The Council proceeded to the election of Secretary of the Council.
Moses M. Strong nominated Ben C, Eastman for that office. The President appointed Messrs. Moses M. Strong and Rountree, tellers.
A ballott having been taken, the tellers reported as follows, to wit:
Whole number of votes
Ben C. Eastman received
The President announced that Ben C. Eastman having re
ceived the whole number of votes was unanimously elected Secretary of the Council.
Mr. Frank moved that Augustus Quarles be appointed Doorkeeper, pro tem.
Mr. Knowlton moved that Joseph Brisbois be appointed Doorkeeper pro tem.
The question was first put upon the motion of Mr. Frank. Which was decided in the negative.
The question was then put upon the motion of Mr. Knowlton, and
Decided in the affirmative,
And Joseph Brisbois was appointed Doorkeeper pro tem.
Edward Hays was appointed Messenger pro tem.
On motion of Mr. Kneeland,
John M. Wells was appointed Assistant Secretary pro tem. On motion of Mr. Baker,
Elijah Isham was appointed Fireman pro tem.
On motion of Moses M. Strong, it was
Resolved, That the rules of the former session of the Council be adopted as the rules of the present session until others are adopted.
Mr. Kneeland moved that the Council do now proceed to the election of Chaplain to the Council;
Which motion was put
And decided in the negative.
Moses M. Strong offered the following resolution:
"Resolved, (the House of Representatives concurring) That the standing joint rules of the two Houses of the last session be adopted as the joint rules of the two Houses for the present session, until others are adopted."
Which resolution was adopted.
On motion of Moses M. Strong, it was
Resolved, That the Secretary be instructed to inform the House of Representatives of the organization of the Council, and that the Council is now ready to proceed to business. On motion of Moses M. Strong,
The Council proceeded to the election of Chaplain.
Mr. Baker nominated Samuel E. Miner.
The President appointed Messrs. Baker and Frank tellers. A ballot having been taken, the tellers reported as follows, to wit:
Whole number of votes,
The President announced that Stephen McHugh, having received a majority of all the votes cast, was duly elected Chaplain of the Council.
A message from the House of Representatives, by their chief clerk,
"Mr. President-I am directed to inform the Council that the House of Representatives have organized permanently by the election of the Hon. Mason C. Darling, Speaker, and are now ready to proceed to business, and that Messrs. Hoard and Sheldon have been appointed a committee on the part of the House to act in conjunction with a similar committee on the part of the Council, to wait upon his Excellency, the Governor and inform him that the two Houses are now permanently organized and ready to receive any communication he may have to make to them."
The President appointed Messrs. Moses M. Strong and Rountree the committee on the part of the Council to act in conjunction with the committee appointed on the part of the House of Representatives to wait upon the Governor and inform him of the organization of the two Houses, and that they are now ready to receive any communication he may have to make to them.
And the said committee having performed the duty assigned them, reported
That the Governor had informed the committee that he would in person communicate to the two Houses in the Representatives' hall, at twelve o'clock, M.
On motion of Mr. Knowlton, Council adjourned.