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PREFERRED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AGAINST HIM, FOR

CORRUPT CONDUCT IN OFFICE, CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS.

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LANSING:
W. S. GEORGE & CO., STATE PRINTERS AND BINDERS.

1872.

G. F. HITCHCOCK ANT)

HENRY F. WALCH,

Official Reporters.

TRIAL OF CHARLES A. EDMONDS.

PRELIMINARY PROCEEDINGS IN THE HOUSE OF

REPRESENTATIVES.

On the 22d day of March, 1872, during the Extra Session, Hon. Ira R. Grosvenor, a Representative from Monroe county, presented the petition of I. H. Bartholomew, R. C. Dart, and 24 others, citizens of the city of Lansing, making complaint and preferring charges of misdemeanors against Charles A Edmonds, Commissioner of the State Land Office.

On motion of Mr. Fenton,
The petition was ordered printed in the journal.

The following is the petition :
To the Honorable the House of Representatives of the State of

Michigan :

Whereas, It is susceptible of proof that Chas. A. Edmonds, Commissioner of the State Land Office, has violated act No. 179 of the Session Laws of 1871, which provides that “the drunkenness of any person holding office under the Constitution or laws of this state, shall be good cause for removal from office, by the authority and in the manner provided by law;"

And whereas, The Constitution makes the Legislature the only body having control of this law as regards a State officer, or who can execute the same when it is in session ;

And whereas, We believe that said law was enacted to the end that the people of the State might not be made to endure the disgrace of the continuance in public office of men addicted to the use of intoxicating liquors to excess;

And whereas, The too free use of liquor leads to other debaucheries and excesses in violation of good order, and disreputable to the participant, bringing disgrace upon himself, and thus upon those who have confided the public trust to him, of which debaucheries and excesses it can be proven by undoubted testimony, Mr. Edmonds is guilty;

And whereas, Mr. Edmonds has in his employ as clerks in the State Land office, men who publicly violate the laws of good order and decency, and who use intoxicating liquors to

excess ;

Therefore, To the end that the law passed in 1871 may not be a dead letter on our statute books, and the people forced to endure the disgrace of having such men in public places where they are compelled to come in contact with them, and be subjected, whenever hate or envy dictate, to the damning words gathered from the haunts of vice and iniquity which such men store up from the debaucheries in which they indulge and low characters with whom they associate, we ask that the Legislature take proper steps to enter into a full investigation of this subject, and, if the charges of drunkenness or other misdemeanors can be proven against said Charles A. Edmonds, that he be at once removed from the position of Commissioner of the State Land Office; and your petitioners will ever pray. Lansing, March 19, 1872.

I. H. BARTHOLOMEW, E. BEMENT,
R. C. DART,

B, F. SIMONS,
E. H. DAVIS,

H. INGERSOLL, H. B. SHANK,

FRANK WELLS, G. H. COLE,

T. R. CUSHING, C. TRACY,

0. S. CASE, E. B. MILLAR,

ABNER BROWN, J. B. HULL,

A. T. DAVIS, J. B. PORTER,

H. H. LARNED, J. R. ESSELSTYN,

C. E. NASH. JOHN ROBSON,

H. ELLIOT, J. B. LEMLEY,

H. P. HITCHCOCK, H. W. SQUIERS,

J. T. CONN.

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