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Friday, July 15th, 1853. could not enforce, and gentlemen had better carry The Convention assembled pursuant to adjourn
out their hour rule before they undertook to make ment, and was called to order by the President at
any new ones upon the subject. Unless there
could be an amendment to the order now before the nine o'clock. Prayer by the Chaplain.
Convention, which should limit gentlemen to half The Journal of yesterday's proceedings was
an hour, and then make general consent for them read.
to go on, go for nothing, he thought the rule would
be of little avail. He saw, very much, the need Orders of the Day.
of curtailing the debate. He could say all he had On motion of Mr. BUTLER, of Lowell, the
to say, and more too, in the course of half an Convention proceeded to the consideration of the
hour. And if any gentleman thought any good Orders of the Day.
could be effected by the adoption of the order, it
should have his vote. Limitation of Speeches.
Mr. CUSHMAN, of Bernardston, thought there The PRESIDENT stated the first business in was a great necessity for something of this kind order to be the consideration of an order present
to be adopted. The Convention were now in the ed yesterday by the gentleman from Bernardston, eleventh week of their session. They had already (Mr. Cushman,) to limit the time allowed to each consumed much more time than was expected member to speak upon any question, to half an when they commenced, and some measure should hour.
be adopted to bring their labors to a close. He Mr. BUTLER observed, that he did not mean appealed to gentlemen to say if, at this period of to oppose the adoption of the rule ; but, he would the session, half an hour was not long enough for remark, that we had for sometime had a rule of any member to speak : The Convention would the Convention, limiting the speeches of members not listen patiently to them for a longer time. If to an hour each, yet that rule had never been en- they desired their speeches to produce an effect forced in one single instance. Whenever a gen- upon the Convention itself, they would certainly tleman had consumed his hour without concluding fail to accomplish the object by continuing them his remarks, members would cry, “go on,” “go beyond that limit; and if they desired that their on," and he would go on so long as he pleased. speeches should go upon the record for the perusal Under such circumstances, of course, it would be of posterity, they would be much more likely to a personal matter for any gentleman to get up and be read by making them short. object. He was in favor of limiting the debate, In regard to the suggestion of the gentleman but he saw no benefit in adopting a rule you from Lowell, (Mr. Butler,) he thought it would