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OF THE

CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

OF THE

Commonwealthy of Massachusetts,

BEGUN AND HELD

IN BOSTON, ON THE FOURTH DAY OF MAY,

1853.

PRINTED BY ORDER OF THE CONVENTION.

BOSTON:

WHITE & POTTER, PRINTERS TO THE CONVENTION.

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DOCURENTS

DLPT.

JOURNAL.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

STATE HOUSE, CITY OF BOSTON, 2

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 1853. S

Pursuant to the Act of the Legislature of this State, entitled “An Act relating to the calling a Convention of Delegates of the People, for the purpose of revising the Constitution," passed May 7, 1852, which is in the words and figures following, to wit:

Be it Eracted by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General

Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows :

Section 1. The inhabitants of the several cities, towns, districts, and places within this Commonwealth, qualified to vote for senators or representatives in the general court, shall, on the second Monday of November next, at the meeting to be then held in the several cities and towns in the Commonwealth, for the choice of governor, lieutenant-governor, senators and representatives in the general court, an article for this purpose being inserted in the warrants calling said meetings, give in their votes by ballot on this question: "Is it expedient that delegates should be chosen to meet in convention for the purpose of revising or altering the constitution of government of this Commonwealth ?” And the vote upon said question shall be in open meeting, and the votes in the several cities and towns in the Commonwealth shall be received, sorted, counted, declared, and transmitted to the Secretary of the Commonwealth, in the same manner as the votes for governor, lieutenant-governor, and senators are now received, sorted, counted, declared and transmitted by the Constitution and laws of the Commonwealth ; and all returns not thus made shall be rejected in the counting. And the Governor and Council shall open and examine the returns, made as aforesaid, and count the votes given on the said question; and the governor shall, by public proclamation, to be made on or before the first Wednesday in January next, make known the result, by declaring the number appearing in favor of

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