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TUESDAY, MARCH 17. The House met according to adjournment. Another member, to wit: Samuel Griffin, from Virginia, appeared and took his seat. But a quorum of the whole number not being present, The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18.
The House met according to adjournment.
Another member, to wit: Andrew Moore, from Virginia, appeared and took his seat.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until tomorrow morning eleven o'clock.

FRIDAY, MARCH 20.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until Monday morning eleven o'clock.

MONDAY, MARCH 23. The House met according to adjournment.

Two other members, to wit: Elias Boudinot, from New Jersey, and William Smith, from Maryland, appeared and took their seats.

But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

TUESDAY, MARCH 24.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25. The House met according to adjournment. Another member, to wit: Josiah Parker, from Virginia, appeared and took his seat. But a quorum of the whole number not being present, The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

THURSDAY, MARCH 26.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
'The House adjourned until tomorrow morning eleven o'clock.

SATURDAY, MARCH 28.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until Monday morning eleven o'clock.

MONDAY, MARCH 30.
The House met according to adjournment.

Two other members, to wit: George Gale, from Maryland, and Theodorick Bland, from Virginia, appeared and took their seats.

But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until tomorrow morning eleven o'clock.

TUESDAY, MARCH 31.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1.
The House met according to adjournment.

Two other members, to wit: James Schureman, from New Jersey, and Thomas Scott, from Pennsylvania, appeared and took their seats.

And a quorum, consisting of a majority of the whole number, being present,
Resolved, that this House will proceed to the choice of a Speaker by ballot.

The House accordingly proceeded to ballot for a Speaker, and upon examining the ballots, a majority of the votes of the whole House was found in favor of FREDERICK AUGUSTUS MUHLENBERG, one of the Representatives for the State of Pennsylvania.

Whereupon, the said Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg was conducted to the chair, from whence he made his acknowledgments to the House for so distinguished an honor.

The House then proceeded in the same manner to the appointment of a Clerk, and upon examining the ballots, a majority of the votes of the whole House was found in favor of Mr. John Beckley.

On motion, Ordered, That the members of this House do severally deliver in their credentials at the Clerk's table.

And then the House adjourned until tomorrow morning eleven o'clock.

THURSDAY, APRIL 2. Another member, to wit, Lambert Cadwalader, from New Jersey, appeared and took his seat.

On motion, Ordered, That a committee be appointed to prepare and report such standing rules and orders of proceeding as may be proper to be observed in this House:

And a cominittee was appointed, of Mr. Gilman, Mr. Gerry, Mr. Wadsworth, Mr. Boudinot, Mr. Hartley, Mr. Smith, Mr. Lee, Mr. Tucker, Mr. Madison, Mr. Sherman, and Mr. Goodhue.

On motion, Resolved, That a doorkeeper and an assistant doorkeeper be appointed for the ser. vice of this House.

On motion, Ordered, That it be an instruction to the committee appointed to prepare and report such standing rules and orders of proceeding as may be proper to be observed in this Hlouse, that they also report the duty and services of a serjeant-at-arms, or other proper officer for enforcing the orders of the House.

And then the House adjourned until to-morrow twelve o'clock.

FRIDAY, APRIL 3. Another member, to wit, George Clymer, from Pennsylvania, appeared and took his seat.

And then the House adjourned until to-morrow twelve o'clock.

SATURDAY, APRIL 4. Another member, to wit, George Partridge, from Massachusetts, appeared and took his seat.

On motion, The House proceeded by ballot to the appointment of a doorkeeper, and upon examining the ballots, a majority of the votes of the whole House was found in favor of Gifford Dalley,

Ordered, That the said Gifford Dalley do give his attendance accordingly.

The House then proceeded in the same manner to the appointment of an assistant doorkeeper; and upon examining the ballots, a majority of the votes of the whole House was found in favor of Thomas Claxton.

Ordered, That the said Thomas Claxton do give his attendance accordingly.
And then the House adjourned until Monday morning, eleven o'clock.

MONDAY, APRIL 6.
Another member, to wit, Daniel Carroll, from Maryland, appeared and took his seat.

On motion, Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a bill to regulate the taking the oath or affirmation prescribed by the sixth article of the Constitution; and that Mr. White, Mr. Madison, Mr. Trumbull, Mr. Gilman, and Mr. Cadwalader, do prepare and bring in the same.

On motion, Resolved, that the form of the oath to be taken by the members of this House, as required by the third clause of the sixth article of the Constitution of Government of the United States, be as followeth, to wit: “I, A B a Representative of the United “States in the Congress thereof, do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) in " the presence of Almighty GOD, that I will support the Constitution of the United " States. So help me GOD.”

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Ellsworth: M. Spreker: I am charged by the Senate to inform this House, that a quorum of the Senate is now formed; that a President is elected for the sole purpose of opening the certificates and counting the votes of the electors of the several States, in the choice of a President and Vice President of the United States; and that the Senate is now ready in the Senate chamber, to proceed, in presence of this House, to discharge that duty. I have it also in further charge, to inform this House, that the Senate has appointed one of its members to sit at the Clerk's table to make a list of the votes as they shall be declared, submitting it to the wisdom of this House to appoint one or more of its members for the like purpose. And then he withdrew.

On motion, Resolved, That Mr. Speaker, attended by the House, do now withdraw to the Senate chamber, for the purpose expressed in the message from the Senate; and that Mr. Parker and Mr. Heister be appointed on the part of this House to sit at the Clerk's table with the member of the Senate, and make a list of the votes as the same shall be declared.

Mr. Speaker accordingly left the chair, and, attended by the House, withdrew to the Senate chamber, and after some time returned to the House.

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair. Mr. Parker and Mr. Heister then delivered in at the Clerk's table a list of the votes of the electors of the several States in the choice of a President and Vice President of the United States, as the same were declared by the President of the Senate, in the presence of the Senate and of this House, which was ordered to be entered on the Journal, and is as followeth:

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69 34 2 9 4 6 3 6 2 1 1 1 Recapitulation of the Votes of the Electors. His Excellency George Washington

69 votes. The Honorable John Adams

34 The Honorable John Jay

9 Robert H. Harrison, Esq.

6
John Rutledge, Esq.

6
John Hancock, Esq.
George Clinton, Esq.
Samuel Huntington, Esq.

2
John Milton, Esq.

2 James Armstrong, Esq.

1 Edward Telfair, Esq.

1 Benjamin Lincoln, Esq.

1 On motion, Ordered, That a message be sent to the Senate, to inform them that it is the desire of this House that the notifications of the election of the President and Vice President of the United States, should be made by such persons and in such manner as the Senate shall be pleased to direct; and that Mr. Madison do communicate the said message. And then the House adjourned until to-morrow twelve o'clock.

TUESDAY, APRIL 7. The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Mayor of the city of New York, covering certain resolutions of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the said city, appropriating the City Hall for the accommodation of the General Government of the United States; which were read, and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Boudinot reported, from the committee appointed to prepare such rules and orders of proceeding as may be proper to be observed in this House, that the committee had, according to order, prepared the same, and agreed to a report thereupon; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same was read, and, on a question put thereupon, agreed to by the House as followeth:

“The committee to whom it was referred to prepare such standing rules and orders of proceeding as may be proper to be observed in this House, have, according to order, prepared the same, and agreed to the following report: Resolved, That it is the

opinion of this committee, that the rules and orders following are proper to be established as the standing rules and orders of this House, to wit:

First Touching the Duty of the Speaker. He shall take the chair every day at the hour to which the House shall have adjourned on the preceding day; shall immediately call the members to order, and, on

the appearance of a quorum, shall cause the Journal of the preceding day to be read.

He shall preserve decorum and order ; may speak to points of order in preference to other members, rising from his seat for that purpose, and shall decide questions of order, subject to an appeal to the House by any two members.

He shall rise to put a question, but may state it sitting.

Questions shall be distinctly put in this form, viz. “As many as are of opinion that (as the question may be) say Aye:" And, after the affirmative voice is expressed * As many as are of a contrary opinion, say No."

If the Speaker doubts, or a division be called for, the House shall divide; those in the affirmative going to the right, and those in the negative to the left of the chair. If the Speaker still doubt, or a count be required, the Speaker shall name two members, one from each side, to tell the numbers in the affirmative; which being reported, he shall then name two others, one from each side, to tell those in the negative; which being also reported, he shall rise and state the decision to the House.

The Speaker shall appoint committees, unless it be determined by the House that the committee shall consist of more than three members, in which case the appointment shall be by ballot of the House.

In all cases of ballot by the House, the Speaker shall vote; in other cases he shall not vote, unless the House be equally divided, or unless his vote, if given to the minority, will make the division equal, and in case of such equal division, the question shall be lost.

When the House adjourns, the members shall keep their seats until the Speaker go forth; and then the members shall follow.

Secondly.--Of Decorum and Debate. When any member is about to speak in debate, or deliver any matter to the House, he shall rise from his seat, and respectfully address himself to Mr. Speaker.

If any member, in speaking or otherwise, transgress the rules of the House, the Speaker shall, or any member may, call to order; in which case the member called to order, shall immediately sit down, unless permitted to explain, and the House shall, if appealed to, decide on the case, but without debate. If there be no appeal, the decision of the Chair shall be submitted to. If the decision be in favor of the member called to order, he shall be at liberty to proceed; if otherwise, and the case require it, he shall be liable to the censure of the House.

When two or more members happen to rise at once, the Speaker shall name the member who is first to speak.

No member shall speak more than twice to the same question without leave of the House; nor more than once, until every member choosing to speak, shall have spoken.

Whilst the Speaker is putting any question, or addressing the House, none shall walk out of, or across the House; nor either in such case, or when a member is speaking, shall entertain private discourse, or read any printed book or paper; nor whilst a member is speaking, shall pass between him and the chair.

No member shall vote on any question, in the event of which he is immediately and particularly interested; or in any other case where he was not present when the question was put.

Every member who shall be in the House when a question is put, shall vote on the one side or the other, unless the House for special reasons shall excuse him.

When a motion is made and seconded, it shall be stated by the Speaker, or being in writing, it shall be handed to the Chair, and read aloud by the Clerk' before debated.

Every motion shall be reduced to writing, if the Speaker or any member desire it. After a motion is stated by the Speaker, or read by the Clerk, it shall be deemed to be in possession of the House, but may be withdrawn at any time before a decision or amendment

When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received, unless to amend it, to commit it, for the previous question, or to adjourn.

A motion to adjourn shall be always in order, and shall be decided without debate.

The previous question shall be in this form: “Shall the main question be now put!" It shall only be admitted when demanded by five members; and, until it is decided, shall preclude all amendment and further debate of the main question.

On a previous question no member shall speak more than once without leave.
Any member may call for the division of a question, where the sense will admit of it.

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