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He would also prefer a special to a general election, for the reason that the amendments are of importance enough to engross the attention of the people. He did not wish them to be mixed up with other subjects, but ihought they should be passed upon separately; that the vote should be free from the operation of all other influences ; and that the matter should be passed upon dispassionately. As was said by the chairman of the committee who reported the amendments, they are not to be regarded as the amendments of a party --not for the conservatives, or for the democrats, or for the anti-masons, but for all the people of the commonwealth-and as they may be for all time, they should be passed on irrespective of all other considerations. It will be so when party organization is not brought to bear on the people.
It is, however, alleged that there is danger that the people will not be brought out on a special election, although there will be such an important question to vote upon as constitutional provisions. Yet we know that this same subject has brought them to the polls when they elected delegates to this convention. The votes given then, on the call of a convention, were about 30,000 or 40,000 less than were given for governor. The people did then overlook the importance of this matter in their anxiety to elect their governor. But when there was a special election for the choice of the delegates, the votes were more numerous than those taken in the preceding October. It was the convention to which their attention was then directed, and they did come out, and one of the largest votes was obtained in November.
Believing, then, that the people may be brought out at a special election, and that the question of the adoption or rejection of the amendments may be important enough to command the attention of the people, he preferred a special election; and he preferred a special election in June to one in November, because it was a season of the year at which the farmer had the most leisure. The other interests of the state may be brought to the polls at any time. Mercliants, manufacturers, mechanics, professional men can attend at all seasons. The places of voting are generally in towns or villages. It is the farmer, and those engaged in agriculture, to whom the time is important, and the question is, what seasou will best suit their interestra The last of May, or the beginning of June, was is his opinion, the most convenient.
He was aware of the impatience manifested by gentlemen and of which he was sorry to say, there had been to mucir exlibiied ior some time past. He was proceeding to show that it would be more for the convenience of the farming interest to submit the amendments to the people abont the end of May or the beginning of June. The farmers, in particular, would then be more at leisure. Ii is the season for planting corn and cutting grass. It was a time of year, too, when aged, infirm, or deli. cate persons might attend an election without exposing theniselves.
Buby the month of November was a season of great engagements, when, too, the weather was so inclement as to prevent the aged and infirm froin attending the polls. June was a much preferable month. It was so, also, on another account, because a fulier expression of popular opinion would be given than could possibly be expected immediately after the excitement created by the general election. In order to obtain a full expression
of public opinion on the amondments, the best course was to select a period of the year as far distant from any exciting time, as might be con. venient to the voters, who could attend the polls without a sacrifice of their interests.
On motion of Mr. Cox,
The convention adjourned until half past nine o'clock to-morrow moming.
THE TWELFTH VOLUME.
ADJOURNYENT-Motion relating to,
Purviance to amend 10th sec.
mend report concerning pub-
mend 4th section of 7th ar.
215, 216, 217
4 to 34, 34 to 49
12, 13, 14
49 to 56, 58 to 85, 85 to 108
85, 100, 101, 102, 103, 106