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1 William Gurley.
1 Truman G. Younglove.
Charles G. Ellis.
Oliver A. Barstow.
Marshall F. White.
George M. Gleason.
Wm. R. Chamberlain.
2 Adolphus F. Hitchcock.
2 Ornon Archer.
1 Samuel M. Purdy.
George J. Penfield.
The members elect were called to order at 11 o'clock a. M., by J. B. Cushman, Clerk.
The proceedings were opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Wyckoff.
The Hon. Francis C. Barlow, Secretary of State, administered to the members present the oath of office prescribed by the 12th section of the Constitution of this State, and the said oath was thereupon subscribed by the members.
On motion of Mr. D. P. Wood,
Resolved, That the rules of the last Assembly be, and they are hereby adopted for the government of this body, until otherwise ordered; and that a select committee of five be appointed, to whom they shall be referred to make such revision thereof as they shall deem proper.
On motion of Mr. Vandenberg,
Resolved, That the House do now proceed to the election of a Speaker;
that the roll of members be called by the Clerk, and that each member as his name is called, rise in his place, and openly name his choice for such officer; and that after the election of Speaker, we proceed to the election of Clerk and Sergeant-at-Arms in the same manner.
The Clerk then proceeded to call the roll, whereupon each member as his name was called, rose in his place and nominated as follows:
W. S. Clark
E. B. Clarke
FOR EDMUND L. PITTS.
FOR JARVIS LORD.
Edmund L. Pitts having received a majority of all the votes given, the Clerk declared that he was duly elected Speaker of the Assembly.
The Clerk appointed Messrs. Lord and D. P. Wood as a committee to conduct the Speaker to the chair; whereupon, on taking the chair, he arose and addressed the House as follows:
Gentlemen of the Assembly: I am deeply grateful to you for this expression of your confidence and regard, in selecting me to act as your presiding officer during so important a session as this is destined to prove. The position is burdened with responsibilities of no common character, and I shall rely confidently upon you to support me in the endeavor I shall put forth to sustain and discharge them properly. We occupy the proud and honorable position of representatives of a free and intelligent commonwealth, chosen by our respective constituencies to perform in their name the legislation necessary for their prosperity and future progress; and upon the proper discharge of this solemn duty depend much of the future glory and grandeur of our noble State. Let us always bear this fact in mind, and whenever addressed upon any subject pertaining to our official action, remember that our public obligations and the oaths we have just registered bind us, disregarding every personal and partisan consideration, to discharge the duties of the office of members of Assembly to the best of our ability. That pledge, just made in this chamber, if adhered to with conscientious fidelity, will enable us so to perform our labors here as to meet the approval of our own hearts and promote the best interests of our State and nation.
The labors of this session of the Legislature will be more than usually arduous. Our country, just emerging from civil war, and a large portion yet involved in a disorganized condition of society-the necessary result of the strife-will require early consideration at our hands, in the way of furthering the efforts on the part of the General Government in progress for reorganization. The wants of our own State, in which is situated the commercial metropolis of half a continent, will require our most careful deliberations. With the commerce of the other hemisphere pouring into our lap; with manufactories constantly increasing in every part of the State, and an argricultural population the most enterprising and intelligent, we shall find much indeed required of us; and our utmost sagacity, as well as energy, will be taxed to meet properly the responsibility. His Excellency the Governor will soon communicate to us in relation to those subjects of general importance which will demand our attention. We shall be obliged at a more early period than has been the practice to begin the most responsible work of the session. We shall have but little time to employ otherwise than in closest attention to official duty. The people of the State, who have sent us here, expect this of us, and we must not disappoint their confidence. Let us then be prompt to give attention to the business which we have been delegated to transact, permitting no unnecessary delay, and with the light of the republican principles which we have inherited from our fathers, to guide us, perform our work with resoluteness, courage and a profound sense of our responsibility to our God, our conscience and the people we represent. In the honorable but laborious position which your generous confidence and partiality have assigned me, I shall endeavor to act with fairness, with strict regard for rights of the minority, and with the purpose to forward the business which we are here to accomplish. Having long sustained relations of the most friendly character with a large number of you, and entertaining the kindest and most grateful sentiments toward you all, I rely with confidence upon your co-operation and indulgence while performing the duties. of this most difficult and delicate position. Thanking you once more for your kindness-what is the pleasure of the House?
Senators Goddard and Sutherland, a committee on the part of the. Senate, appeared in the Assembly chamber and announced that that body was organized and ready for business.
The House then proceeded, in the same manner as in the election of Speaker, to the election of Clerk, with the following result:
FOR M. N. DE NOYELLES.
M. C. Murphy Rogers
Baker Blair Blauvelt Briggs L. Buck Buckley Burns
W. S. Clark
G. W. Buck
Luther Caldwell having received a majority of all the votes given, Mr. Speaker declared he was duly elected Clerk of the Assembly.
The House then proceeded, in the same manner as in the election of Speaker, to the election of Sergeant-at-Arms, with the following result:
FOR JOHN H. KEMPER.
W. S. Clark
FOR EDWARD T. FITZPATRICK.
John H. Kemper having received a majority of all the votes given, Mr. Speaker declared that he was duly elected Sergeant-at-Arms of the Assembly.
Mr. D. P. Wood offered for the consideration of the House a resolution, in the words following, to wit:
Resolved, That Maj. J. B. Davis be, and he is hereby, declared duly elected doorkeeper of this House for the current year.
Mr. Millspaugh moved to amend said resolution, by striking out the words "Maj. J. B. Davis," and inserting in lieu thereof the words "M. J. Burton."
Mr. Speaker put the question whether the House would agree to said amendment, and it was determined in the negative.
Mr. Speaker then put the question whether the House would agree to said resolution, and it was determined in the affirmative.
On motion of Mr. Shaw,
Resolved, That Charles J. Gardnier be, and he is hereby, declared duly elected first assistant doorkeeper of this House for the current year.