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the PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATEs, when the several delegations were introduced by President TYLER, and the several Commissioners were presented by the chairmen of the several delegations.
FIFT H D A Y.
THE Convention was called to order at 12 o'clock by President TYLER. Prayer was offered by Rev. Dr. BUTLER. After sundry amendments, the Journal was approved.
Mr. SUMMERS:-I am directed by the Committee on Credentials to report that they find the following gentlemen duly accredited as members of the Convention:
New York-David Dudley Field, William Curtis Noyes, James S. Wadsworth, Erastus Corning, Amaziah B. James, James C. Smith, Addison Gardner, Greene C. Bronson, John A. King, John E. Wool.
Massachusetts.-John Z. Goodrich, John M. Forbes, Richard P. Waters, Theophilus P. Chandler, Francis B. Crowninshield, George S. Boutwell, Charles Allen.
Missouri.-John D. Coalter, Alexander W. Doniphan, Waldo P. Johnson, Aylett H. Buckner, Harrison Hough.
On motion of the respective delegations the following gentlemen were added to the committee raised on the resolution of Mr. GUTHRIE :
Mew York.-Mr. Field.
Mr. GUTHRIE:—I am instructed by the committee raised upon the resolution introduced by myself, to inform the Convention that that body is not able to report to-day, agreeable to the suggestion made at the time they were appointed. Several States are yet unrepresented on the committee, and delegations from some of them have only arrived this morning. I am therefore directed to ask for further time to make a report, assuring the Convention, at the same time, that a report will be made at soon as a proper regard to the interests of all sections will permit it to be done. Mr. CLAY:—I move that the time for the report of the committee be extended until Monday next. As in the mean time there will be little business for the Convention to do, and that of a formal character, it might be as well to adjourn from this time until Monday; and I move further, that if delegates arrive from States now unrepresented, they may present their credentials to the committee, and if no question arises on them, they may then select a member of the committee on Mr. GUTHRIE’s resolution, and report his name to the Secretary of that committee. Mr. SEDDON:—I object to an adjournment until Monday. We can meet here to-morrow and do any business which may come before us. The several motions of Mr. CLAY, with the alteration suggested by Mr. SEDDON, were then agreed to without a division. Mr. ELLIS:—I move that the President be requested to issue cards of admission to the members and officers of this Convention. Which motion was adopted. - Mr. HITCHCOCK:—I would like to understand whether we all construe the rule referring to the secrecy of our transactions alike. I am told that different constructions are placed upon it by different members, and would suggest the propriety of the PRESIDENT's giving his views of the meaning of the rule. The PRESIDENT:-I understand, by the correct interpretation of the rule, that nothing which is said or done in the Convention having reference to any subject of business in it, can be spoken of or disclosed to any but members. The Convention then adjourned.
S IX T H D A Y.
THE Convention was called to order by the PRESIDENT. Prayer was offered by Rev. Dr. BULLOCK. The Journal was read, corrected, and approved.
Mr. SUMMERS:—I am directed by the Committee on Credentials to report as members of this Convention the names of the following gentlemen from the State of Maine:–William P. Fessenden, Lot M. Morrill, Daniel E. Somes, John J. Perry, Ezra B. French, Freeman H. Morse, Stephen Coburn, Stephen C. Foster.
Mr. MoRRILL, of Maine, and Mr. CRowNINSHIELD, of Massachusetts, were announced as members of the committee under the resolution of Mr. GUTHRIE.
Mr. TUCK:—I offer certain resolutions, which I desire to have printed and referred to the Committee on Resolutions.
The resolutions of Mr. TUCK were read, ordered to be printed, and referred. (These resolutions will be found on a subsequent page.)
Mr. CLAY:—I hold in my hand the proceedings of a very large Democratic meeting recently held at New Haven, in the State of Connecticut. Among them are certain resolutions, breathing a spirit of fervent devotion to the Union, and expressing an anxious desire for the settlement of the difficult questions now before the country. They have been sent to me with a request that I should lay them before this Convention. Why I was selected by them for the performance of this duty, I do not know, unless it was because, from my name and associations, they thought an assurance might be found that I participated in the sentiments expressed in the resolutions. I present them with great pleasure, and ask that they may be referred to the Committee on Resolutions.
The motion of Mr. CLAY was agreed to.
Mr. RANDOLPH:—I move that the Secretary be requested to furnish for the use of the members a printed list of the delegates to and officers of this Convention.
Which motion was adopted, and the Convention adjourned.
S E W E N T H D A Y.
THE Convention was called to order by the PRESIDENT. Prayer was offered by Rev. Dr. GURLEY.
After the reading and amendment of the Journal, Mr. GUTHRIE, from the Committee on Resolutions, asked for further time to make a general report of the matters submitted to them, which was given; and thereupon Mr. GUTHRIE, from the same Committee, made the following report upon the resolutions of a meeting in the State of Connecticut, which were referred to that committee on motion of Mr. CLAY:
The committee to whom were referred certain resolutions of the Democratic party of the State of Connecticut, report that in the opinion of the committee it is inexpedient for this Convention to act upon any resolution purporting to emanate from any political party whatever; and that the member of the Convention by whom they were presented have leave to withdraw the same.
The PRESIDENT:-I take this opportunity to announce to the Convention that the Door-keeper of the House of Representatives has transmitted to the Chair cards admitting members of this body on to the floor of the House. These cards will be delivered by the Secretary to such members as call for them.
Mr. CHASE:-I move that any propositions or resolutions which members of this Convention desire to have considered by the Committee on Resolutions and Propositions, may be presented to the committee through the Secretary, without being presented in Convention.
The motion was agreed to, and on motion the Convention adjourned until Wednesday the 13th instant, at 12 o'clock M.
EIGHT H D A Y.
THE Convention was called to order by the PRESIDENT, and prayer was offered by Rev. Dr. Edwards. The Journal, after Sundry amendments, was approved. Mr. GUTHRIE:—The Committee on Resolutions, &c., have labored diligently, and held protracted sessions, in the hope of being able to make their report to-day. This they find themselves unable to do. They are fully impressed with the necessity of immediate action, in view of the short time that will remain for Congress to consider the action of this Convention, if it shall become necessary to submit any proposition of this body to be acted upon by that. I have no doubt we shall be able to report on Friday, and I ask that we may have until that time to make a report. The request of Mr. GUTIIRIE was acceded to. Mr. SEDDON:—The time has now arrived when, as one of the Commissioners'from the State of Virginia, I find it necessary to ask the leave of the Convention to communicate to the Legislative authorities of Virginia, and to her Convention now in session, the state of the proceedings before this body, and the committee. I ask for liberty to do so, and believe that a proper regard to the instructions of the Legislature of the State under which my appointment is made, requires that my request should be granted. Mr. BARRINGER offered the following resolution: Resolved, That the Commissioners of any State represented in this Convention, upon their joint application, have leave to communicate to the Legislature, Governor, or Convention of said State, the proceedings of this body, or so much thereof as they may deem expedient. Mr. SEDDON:—The passage of this resolution is all I ask. Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN:—I move to amend the resolution by adding thereto: “But not to communicate what has transpired in the committee, before said committee has reported to the Convention. Mr. SEDDON:—I do not deem the passage of the resolution at this moment as very important. At the suggestion of