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Mr. BORDEN, of Indiana, moved that a committee of 'one from each State be appointed to report persons to constitute the democratic national committee. Adopted, nem. con.
'IvIr PHILLIPS, of Alabama, ofi'ered the following resolutions, to Wit :
Whereas, the several acts assed b the thirty‘first Congress,known as the com romise acts, though received with disgavor by arge portions of the people of the southern an southwestern States, has been acquiesced in by the pen le of those States, in the determination to abide by them rather than to hazard the peace and armony of the Union :
And whereas, also the act passed at the same session, amendatory of the act of 1793, respecting “fugitives from justice and persons escaping from the service of their masters,” constitutes an essential part of that series of measures which has been submitted to the country as an “ adjustment” or “final settlement” of the slavery agitation: Therefore
Resolved, That the act herein referred to, and known as the fu itive‘slave act, is clothed with the hi hest sanctions, and that good faith, as well as lega obligations, demand its full and fait ful execution.
Resolved, That the national democratic party is based upon the equality and rosperity of the States and the perpetuity of their Union; it will therefore sternly resist al measures which tend to impair the one or destroy the other.
' Mr. STURGIS, of Georgia, moved that these resolutions be laid on the table, and ordered to be printed, and made the special order of the day
for to‘morrow ; which was disagreed to.
Resolved, That it is the duty of the federal government, so far as its ower extends, to secure to each section of the confederacy the undisturbed enjoyment ofP its constitutional rights, and that a rigid and faithful enforcement of the act passed on the 18th of Septemher, A. D. 1850, providing for the reclamation of fugitives from labor, is indispensably necessary to the per etuit ' of the Union; that all attempts to impair its eflicacy or weaken
‘its guarantees, shoul be iscountenanced and resisted by every well‘wisher of the republic.
But before any question was taken,
Mr. BROWN, of Tennessee, moved to take up the resolutions of Mr. Burrow, of Arkansas; which motion was agreed to. '
Mr. HOGUE, of Illinois, moved the previous question; which motion was seconded, and
The convention voted that the main question should now be put.
And the question recurring on Mr. Charlick’s amendment, it was0
The question was then taken on striking out the original resolution of Mr. Burrow and inserting the resolution of Mr. Brown, which was carried in the afi‘irmative. '
Mr. Brown’s resolution was then adopted.
Mr. BRIGHT, of Indiana, moved the following resolutions; which were referred to the Committee on the Platform. ‘
Resolved, That the democratic party of the Union, faithful now, as in times ast, to the compacts of the federal constitution, regard it as a primary duty to abide by t e series of measures known as the Corn romise, and will deprecate any attempt to impair their eflicacy, as tending to weaken t e bonds of our national Union.
Result'ed, That the fugitive‘slave law, being in strict accordance to the requirements of the constitution, its execution and maintenance are demanded as an act of justice to the States and people of ‘the .South, and as a guarantee to all the sections of our beloved country that the constitutional rights of none shall ever be impaired.
Mr. THOMPSON, of Mississippi, moved to adjourn until 4 o’clock, p. m. Motions were also made to adjourn till 5 and till 3 o’clock this evening.
The PRESIDENT stated the question to be upon the longest time first.
The question being then taken upon the motion to adjourn till 5 o’clock, it was rejected.
The question then recurred upon the motion to adjourn till 4 o’clock.
Mr. HALLETT said that if the convention will adjourn till 5 o’clock this
evening, we can arrange the platform so as to accommodate all the delegates to this convention. The carpenters are here, ready to go to work now, and the arrangements can all be completed by 5 o’clock.
The PRESIDENT stated, that in consequence ofthat statement, he would put the question again upon the motion to adjourn till 5 o’clock this evening.
The question being taken upon the adjournment till 5 o’clock this evening, it was agreed to ;
And the convention accordingly adjourned.
The convention met at 5, p. m. ‘
Mr. HALLETT, of Massachusetts, from the Committee of Superintendance, reported, that by the arrangements now made in the hall, there was room for sixteen hundred persons within the area of the floor occupied by the convention. That the chairman of each delegation had been provided with tickets of admission for the number he claimed for his delegation, which number, as reported by the members of the Committee on Credentials for the respective States, amounted to 695, for which seats were provided ; being an excess of 306 over the electoral votes of the States represented. There had also been every possible effort made to accommodate the public press, and that sixty two tables and seats had been provided for reporters.
Mr. H. further stated that the staging from which the seats had been removed would furnish sufficient space, without the bar, to accommodate members of Congress and of the Maryland Legislature who might desire to be present; and he therefore moved that tickets of admission be issued to members of Congress present, and the members of the Maryland Legislature then in the city, entitling them to seats on the upper floor, which has been reserved for that purpose ; which motion was lost.
COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTIONS .
The following members of the Committee on Resolutions were reported by the delegates of the several States :
Maine-D. W. Bradley.
Massachusetls-B. F. Hallett.
Connecticut-William P. Burrall.
New Yorlc-Henry C. Murphy.
Tennessee-Aaron V. Brown.
New Jersey-J. T. Crowell. Arkansas-N. B. Barrow.
Virginia—Shelton F. Leake.
Iowa-P. B. Bradley.
Mr. Duono, of New York, sent to the Chair the following resolution, which was read, and referred to the Committee on the Platform.
Resolved. That, in our opinion, the (public domain belongs to the people of the United States, and that Congress has the power to ispose of it for the benefit of the people.
\Ve therefore believe that it would be conducive to the common welfare of the Union, and
to the interest of the government, that limited portions of the public lands should be allotted to every actual settler upon them, to be inalienably enjoyed.
Mr. NABORS, of Mississippi, offered the following resolution :
Reioluerl. That this convention will not go into the no ination of candidates for President and Vice President until the platform of the party is laid own.
Which, after some debate, was withdrawn by the mover.
Mr. WISE, of Virginia, renewed the resolution of Mr. Nabors.
Mr. TnoMPsoN, of Mississippi, moved to lay said resolution on the table.
The State of Kentucky demanded the vote by States, which was
ordered, and the vote resulted as follows : ' Yam-Maine, 8; New Hampshire, 5 ; Vermont, 6 ; Massachusetts, 13 ; Rhode Island, 4 ; Connecticut, 6; New York, 24 ; New Jersey, 7 ; Delaware, 3; Maryland, 8; Mississippi, 7; Louisiana, 6, Ohio, 17; Tennessee, 12 ; Illinois, 12 ; Michigan, 6 ; Florida, 3 ; Iowa, 4 ; Wisconsin, 5-total, 155.
Nays.-New York, 11 ; Pennsylvania, 27 ; Virginia, 15 ; North Carolina, 10; Alabama, 9; Ohio, 5; Kentucky, l2; Indiana, 13; Missouri, 9 ; Arkansas, 4 ; Texas, 4 ; California, 4-total, 111.
So the motion tolay on the table prevailed
Mr. BURKE, of New Hampshire, chairman of the Committee on Credentials, in behalf of that committee, submitted the following
The Committee on Credentials beg leave to report :
That they have attended to the duty assigned them, and find that all the States of the Union are represented in this convention by delegations duly elected by the several States or districts thereof, with the exception of South Carolina; full lists of which delegations are appended to, and made a part of, this report.
That there were contesting claimants for the seats of the entire dele
ation from the State of Georgia, from the third district in the State of Jdaine, from the second district in the State of Massachusetts, and from the first district in the State of Vermont.
That from the State of Georgia the following gentlemen, belonging to the State rights portion of the democracy of that State, appeared and claimed the seats to which that State is entitled in this convention, on the ground that they more fully represented the democratic organization of that State, viz:
Solomon Cohen, R. B. Hilton, W. S. Moore, Joseph Sturgis, Charles J. Mannerlyn', Alexander C. Morton, ‘S. T. Bailey, N. Bass, David J. Bailey,0badiah Homer, Thomas M. Griflin, A. K. Patton, W. H. Stiles, E. S. Hopping, George Kellogg, Joseph Day, W. W. Higgins, James S. Hook, Herschel V. Johnson, James Gardner, jr., William Schley, jr.
And the following gentlemen, professing to represent that portion of the democracy belonging to the late “ Union” party of‘ that State, ap
peared and claimed seats in this convention, on theground that they were entitled to represent the State of Georgia, viz':
John H. Lumpkin, Richard D. Arnold, John W. Anderson, John E. W'ood, Marshall J. Wellborne, William Taylor, William H. Hull, James Jackson, Arthur Hood, Henry H. Jones, James W. Armstrong, Luther J. Glenn, Thomas D. Harris, George I). Rice, Thomas P. Saflbrd, Augustus H. Kenan, Josiah T. Irving. jr , John Milledge, C. B. Well. borne, John W. H. Underwood, John S. Rowland, Lewis Tumlin.
That, after duly hearing the contestants on each side, the committee adopted the following resolutions in relation to the rights of'the respective contestants, viz : [Which resolutions, after having been verbally amended by the chairman, upon suggestion of members from both sets of delegates, by general consent read as follows :] '
Resolved, That the democratic delegates from Georgia, represented by Mr. Cohen, consisting of twent '‘oue members, are the organized representatives from the democracy of Georgia, and are t erefore admitted to their seats.
Resolved, That the delegates represented by Mr. Jackson, seventeen in number, are democrats in principle, and reflect the sentiment ofadvortion of the democracy of Georgia, and that they
be admitted to seats in the convention, an that said delegation, thus united, cast the vote of the State.
In accordance with which resolutions the committee report the names of both contesting delegations, asentitled to seats under the qualifications set forth in said resolutions. '
In relation to the contested seat from the third district in the State of Maine, the committee report that the names of the contestants are J. G. Dickinson and George B. Moore, and that, after hearing the said contesting parties, the committee decided that George B. Moore is entitled to a seat in this convention as the duly elected delegate from said district.
In relation to the contested seat from the second district in the State of Massachusetts, the committee report that N. J. Lord and Robert Rantoul, jr., are the contestants, and that, after hearing the contesting parties, the committee decided that N. J. Lord is entitled to a seat in this convention as the duly elected delegate from said district.
The committee further state that a motion was made to admit George \V. Dike, as the substitute of Mr. Rantoul, which was rejected on the ground that the decision of the committee against the principal involved the rejection of the substitute.
In relation to the contested seat from the first district in the State of Vermont, the committee report that the names of the contestants are Merritt Clarke and Mr. Cain, and that, after hearing the contesting parties, the committee decided that Merritt Clarke is entitled to a seat in this convention as the duly elected delegate from said district.
In relation to the State of South Carolina, the committee report that a document was presented to the committee purporting to be the proceedings of certain citizens of said State and members of the democratic party, fifty in number, appointing Gen. James M. Commander a delegate to this convention, and authorizing him to give such vote or votes in the selection of candidates for President and Vice President of the United States as the signers of said paper would be entitled to. As it did not appear that the signers of the document appointing Gen. Commander a delegate to this convention represented any district or State organization of the democratic party of South Carolina, the committee decided that
said paper was not such a document as entitled Gen. Commander to a‘ seat in this convention.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
Mr. NYE, of New York, from a minority of the Committee on Credentials, submitted the following report concerning the contested seat of the delegate from district No. 2, Massachusetts. It appears
1st. That November 20, 1851, the democratic convention for said district met at South Danvers. One hundred. and sixty delegates, representing the democracy of the different towns, were present. They voted by ballot. On the first ballot, R. Rantoul, jr., was unanimously chosen delegate.
This fact appears by the proceedings of said convention, attested by the signatures/of W. C. Prescott, president, and Charles J. Thorndike and James M. Sargent, secretaries; which document is admitted to be genuine.
2d. The above convention was called as a convention of the democratic
party, by the democratic district committee, appointed unanimously, Oc
tober 8, 1850, at a regular convention of the whole party—admitleo5 to be so by the contesting party, in its printed statement.
The regularity of this convention is admitted in the following gxtract from the statement presented by Mr. Lord: ‘
“ At the district convention in October, 1850, the Hon. Robert Rantoul, jr., was nominated as the candidate of the democratic party, and accepted the nomination. At the same time, according to the usage of the party in this State, a district committee was chosen, whose duty it was to call all future conventions of the party, whenever such conven
tions should become necessary, during the time of their continuance in oflice.”
3d. N. J. Lord was chosen by a party first organized under a call, in May, 1851, to those democrats “ opposed to the election of Robert Rantoul, jr., to Congress,” as appears by the following notice, issued at that time for the organization of a party on special principles:
“ Democratic conventiom-The democratic electors of congressional district No. 2, who are in favor of the compromise measures of the late Congress and opposed to the further agitation of the slavery question, and who are therefore opposed to the election of Robert Rantoul, jr., or Charles W. Upham to Congress, are requested to send delegates to a convention to be held at the town hall, in Salem, on the 19th instant, at 10% o’clock, a. m., for the'purpose of nominating a democratic candidate.
“ Each town is requested to send three delegates for each representative said town is entitled to send to the legislature.”
This call was signed by several gentlemen, but by no committee previously appointed.
4th. Under this call a meeting assembled on the 19th of May, and organized a new party. The relative numbers of the old democratic party and those who thus assumed to organize a new party, as cast at the next