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Was amended by striking out the word “report," and inserting the words“ inquire into the expediency of reporting.”
The question being upon the adoption of the resolution, as amended, It was decided in the affirmative.
On motion of Mr. Kelso, The Convention adjourned until to-morrow morning 9 o'clock.
FRIDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 18, 1850.
The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.
On motion of Mr. Johnson,
Mr. Owen, chairman of the committee on the rights and privileges of the inhabitants of this State, submitted the following report:
MR. PRESIDENT :
The committee on the rights and privileges of the inhabitants of this State, to whom was referred the memorial presented on behalf of a meeting of Friends of the Congregational Order in Dublin, Wayne county, praying that all provisions making distinction on account of color be excluded from the Constitution, have had the subject under consideration, and have instructed me to report, that in their opinion it is inexpedient to act in the premises.
They report back the memorial, and recommend that it be laid on the table; and they ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.
Which was concurred in, and the committee discharged from a further consideration of the subject.
Mr. Owen, from the committee on the rights and privileges of the inhabitants of this State, made the following report:
The committee on the rights and privileges of the inhabitants of
this State, to whom was referred a resolution instructing them to inquire into the expediency of abolishing, by constitutional enactment, the punishment of death, have had that subject under consideration, and have instructed me to report, that, in their opinion, the subject does not come within the jurisdiction of the committee.
The resolution is, therefore, reported back, and the committee recommend that it be referred to the committee on criminal law.
The report was concurred in, and the resolution reported back was referred to the committee on matters pertaining to criminal law.
The Chair announced the next thing in order would be the resolutions lying over under the rules.
When the resolution, submitted by Mr. Stevenson on the 15th instant, in regard to the number of votes required to pass any bill in the General Assembly, was taken up.
Mr. Kelso moved to amend so as to make it a resolution of inquiry only.
Mr. Farrow moved to postpone the further consideration of this subject until Tuesday next.
Which was decided in the negative. The question then being upon the adoption of the amendment, It was decided in the affirmative. The question recurring upon the adoption of the resolution as amended, It was decided in the affirmative.
On motion of Mr. Duzan, Leave of absence was granted to Mr. McLean until Tuesday next.
On motion of Mr. Carr, The rules of order were suspended to enable him to introduce the following resolution :
Resolved, That this Convention will proceed on this day at 2 o'clock, to the election by ballot of a Printer to this body.
The question being upon the adoption of the resolution,
The rules of order were further suspended to enable Mr. Murray to introduce the following resolution:
Resolved, That a vote of thanks be tendered to the Common Council and citizens of the city of Madison for their munificent proposal to furnish a Room for the deliberations of this Convention.
Which was adopted by consent.
Mr. Dunn of Perry, moved to reconsider the vote upon the adoption of the resolution of Mr. Carr, on the subject of electing a Printer to this Convention. Pending which,
On motion of Mr. Lockhart,
Two o'dock, P. M.
The Convention met.
The vote was taken by consent on the reconsideration of the vote on the adoption of the resolution of Mr. Carr, submitted by him this morning on the subject of electing a Printer to this Convention.
The ayes and noes being demanded by ten members,
Those who voted in the affirmative were,
Messrs. Ballingall, Beach, Borden, Butler, Chandler, Clark of Hamilton, Cole, Colfax, Davis of Madison, Garvin, Graham of Miami, Hamilton, Hardin, Hawkins, Hovey, Howe, Kendall of Miami, Kinley, Maguire, March, Mather, May, McClelland, Miller of Fulton, Nave, Shoup, Spann, Terry, Watts, and Work—30.
Those who voted in the negative were,
Messrs. Alexander, Anthony, Badger, Barbour, Bascom, Beard, Berry, Bicknell, Biddle, Blythe, Bourne, Bowers, Bracken, Bright, Brookbank, Bryant, Carr, Chenowith, Coats, Cookerly, Crawford, Davis of Parke, Davis of Vermillion, Dick, Dobson, Dunn of Perry, Duzan, Edmonston, Farrow, Fisher, Foley, Foster, Frisbie, Gibson, Gootee, Graham of Warrick, Gregg, Hall, Holliday, Helmer, Hendricks, Hitt, Hogin, Holman, Huff, Johnson, Jones, Kent, Kendall of White, Lockhart, Logan, Miller of Clinton, Miller of Gibson, Milroy, Mooney, Moore, Morgan, Morrison of Marion, Morrison of Washington, Murray, Niles, Nofsinger, Owen, Pepper of Ohio, Pepper of Crawford, Pettit, Prather, Read of Monroe, Ristine, Sherrod, Sims, Smiley, Snook, Smith of Ripley, Smith of Scott, Steele, Tannehill, Taylor, Thomas, Todd, Trembly, Vanbenthusen, Wheeler, Wiley, Wolfe, Wunderlich, Yocum, Zenor, and Mr. President–89.
So the vote was not reconsidered.
Mr. Mather presented a communication from Messrs. Ellis & Spann on the subject of Printing; Which,
On motion of Mr. Bascom,
On motion of Mr. Schoonover,
The Chair announced the first thing in order to be the election of Printer to this Convention.
Messrs. Carr and Colfax were appointed tellers.
Mr. Edmonston presented the name of Austin H. Brown as a candidate, and Mr. Coats presented the name of Solon Turman.
When, upon counting the first ballot, it appeared that,
Austin H. Brown, received..
78 votes. .35 votes.
6 votes. 11 votes.
Austin H. Brown having received a majority of the votes given was declared duly elected the Printer to this Convention.
Mr. Lockhart introduced the following resolution, the order of business being suspended therefor:
Resolved, That before Austin H. Brown enters upon the discharge of the duties of the office of Printer to this Convention, he shall enter into bond, payable to the State of Indiana, in the sum of five thousand dollars, with security to the acceptance of the President of this Convention, conditioned that he will promptly, accurately, and in a workmanlike manner execute the printing to this convention, and also file with the President of this Convention an agreement in writing that he will do the printing at the same prices and rates that are paid by law to the State Printer for the like or similar printing
The question being upon the adoption of the resolution,
Mr. Pepper of Ohio, gave notice that he would, on to-morrow or some subsequent day, introduce a resolution to amend the 35th Rule, by striking out in the 3d and 4th lines the words “but the question shall not be taken on the same day, unless by unanimous consent.”
Mr. Read of Monroe, submitted the following resolution, the order of business being suspended for that purpose:
Resolved, That the rule requiring committees to report without argument, be suspended as to the committee on elections.
Which was decided in the affirmative.
The resolution submitted by Mr. Hovey on the 15th instant, on the subject of receiving proposals to do the printing of this Convention, &c., was taken up, and,
On motion of Mr. Smith of Ripley,
On motion of Mr. Kelso,
SATURDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 19th, 1850.
OFFICE OF TREASURER OF STATE,
Indianapolis, October 18, 1850.
Hon. Geo. W. CARR, President:
Sar: In compliance with a resolution of the Convention requesting information in reference to the amount of "tax paid by the State Bank for State, county, road, and school purposes," I have the honor to inform you that $5,215 15 is paid for State, and $2,749 90 for School purposes, and nothing for county and road.
I have the honor to be,
Your obedient servant, (Signed)
J. P. DRAKE, Treasurer.
Which was referred to the committee on education.
OFFICE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF COMMON SCHOOLS,
Indianapolis, October 18, 1850. Hon. Geo. W. CARR, President: .
SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the resolution of the Convention requesting me to "lay before that body a statement of the amount and condition of the Surplus Revenue Fund, Saline Fund, Bank Tax Fund, and Congressional Township Fund, together with the annual interest which has been derived from the same, during each year, from 1845 to 1849 inclusive, and the amount of interest actually paid out each year for Common School purposes." There being no sufficient data in this office to enable me to comply fully with the request, I have addressed letters to all the county auditors for the necessary information from the several counties, and as soon as it shall be received I will furnish it to the Convention. I have the honor to be, respectfully,
Your obedient servant, (Signed)
J. P. DRAKE, Superintendent Common Schools.