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Mr. BnrenT, of Indiana, nominated, as chairman for the temporary organization of this convention, General Romulus M. Saunders, of North Carolina.
The question upon the nomination for chairman, pro term, was then taken, and General Romulus M. Saunders declared to be chosen for that oflice. '
General Saunders was then conducted to the chair by Mr. Bright, of Indiana.
Mr. SAUNDERS expressed his thanks for the honor which had been conferred upon him by the representatives of the democracy of the United States, in selecting him to preside temporarily over the convention. He was the more proud of the honor because those by whom it was conferred came from every part of this vast republic, and represented the democracy of this Union, extending from Maine to the Capes of Florida, and to the rich shores of Texas and California. He flattered himself that nothing would, or could, occur to disturb that harmony, order, and concert of action so necessary and important to the successful progress of democratic measures. He hoped that the convention would be united, that there would. be no division among them, and that they might thus set an example to be followed elsewhere; for union alone was necessary for their success in the future. He was under the impression, however, that the course he had indicated would be pursued, and that that degree of ‘order would be preserved which was absolutely necessary to the success and prosecution of the business of the convention, feeling well assured himself that ‘if he exhibited any deficiency as presiding oflicer it would be supplied by the superior intelligence of the convention. He concluded by saying that he was prepared to receive any motion which might be necessary for the temporary organization of the body.
Mr. EDWARD C. WEST, of New York, Mr. S. C. PAVATT, of Tennessee, Mr. E. BARKsDALE, of Mississippi, and Mr. WILLIAM STEWART, of Indiana, were severally appointed temporary secretaries.
At the request of the president, pro term, the Rev. J. CAMPBELL WHITE, rector of St. Andrew’s episcopal church, Baltimore, then addressed the Throne of Grace in prayer :
Infinite and Eternal Jehovah, the father of light and the fountain of all wisdom, from whom all gifts descend-all blessings flow; without whom no good aim or object can prosper or succeed, give unto this assembly thy countenance and support, and put into the hearts of this people a fervent desire to maintain and advance the trtle liberty oftbts our common country.
,Give them a right judgment in all their actions- divorce them from all selfish ambition and sectional prejudices-take away from them all things that may prevent and hinder their perfect union-remove from them all jealousies, strifes and contentions, and unite them in the ‘firm and unwavering purpose of seeking only to crown the altar of our liberty with glorious blossoms of new light and power. 0
. Grant that no unhappy discord may be harbored here, but that this assembly, gathered from the remotest points of our favored land, may convene here as a band of brothers-replete with wisdom-humble, even on the summit of our national prosperity-dead to every voice but that of virtue, patriotism and love-and seeking only to s ape the lot of this bright and luminous re ublic in accordance with thy holy laws.
Guide an bless this council. Direct, control and pros er all their deliberations for the best good of our land. May they seek to please none but t cc, and may no power divert them from their aim. . . .
Keep before them the truth, that as Solomon took it as an evident proof that she did not bear a mother’s affection to her child which yielded to have it cut in dlvers parts, so will(the world at large question the patriotism of him who suffers the storm of passion to drown his interest in the union of our beloved country.
Grant, Sacred Father, that the plenteous streams of mercy and of love may descend upon this conventionqand that the errand with which it is charged may be fulfilled and crowned with success beyond their brightest expectations. And so may our country’s' cause‘advance until every column in the temple of freedom shall be wreathed with amaranthine flowers, and ever corner of our land become an altar to thy praise and glor .
A l of which we beg in the name of our blessed Redeemer. men.
Mr. 'I‘noMPsoN, of Mississippi, then submitted the following resolution, which was agreed to :
Resolved, That a committee of one person from each State, to be selected by the delegates‘ thereof, be appointed to select the permanent oflicers of this convention. '
Under' the above resolution the respective delegations selected the following gentlemen to act as the
COMMITTEE ON ORGANIZATION.
Maine-W. C. Allen. ' Alabama-J. W. Bridges.
[Massachusetts-Caleb Cashing. Ohio-Wm. Kennon. .
New Jersey-Samuel Westcott. Illinois-Thomas L. Harris.
Delaware-A. P. Shannon. ‘Arhansas-N. B. Burrow.
Mr. WRIGHT, of Pennsylvania, submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That all persons, except delegates, alternates, and reporters of the public press, be excluded from the platform of this hall.
Mr. W. remarked that he had been informed by the committee who had this subject in charge that the platform was abundantly large to accommodate the delegations, alternates, and reporters of the press
resent. p Mr. THURMAN, of Ohio, moved to strike out of the resolution the word alternates. On motion of Mr. Warns, of New York, the resolution of Mr. Wmcn'r was then laid on the table, for the purpose of enabling him to offer the following resolution :
Resolved, That a committee of one delegate from each State be selected by the delegations thereof, who shall examine and report'upon the credentials of members of this convention.
‘ The resolution was agreed to and the committee selected. The State of Georgia, having two sets of delegates present, declined to appoint a. member on the committee, and gave notice that each set of delegates had a pointed one of its members to advocate before the committee their c aims to recognition.
The following are the
COMMITTEE ON CREDENTIALS.
Maine-Thos. D. Jones. Massachusetts-lsaac Davis. . [Yew Hampshire-Edmund Burke. Rhoda Island-W. B. Lawrence. Vermont-Isaac Bowdin. ‘ Connecticut-J. W. Stedman.
New York-J. W. Nye. Kentucky-W. A. Hogue .
Pennsylwnia-Isaac P. Flanaken. Illinois-S. S. Hays.
Maryland-Jarvis Spencer. Arkansas-S. C. Roane.
' Louisiana-John Mc Vey. Wisconsin-H. C. Hobart. Ol1.io-A. G. Thurman. California-W. H. Richardson.
Tennessee-E. W. M. King.
Mr. BURROW, of Arkansas, ofi‘ered the following resolution:
' Resolved, .That the Committee on Organization be instructed to report rules for the govern ment of this convention, and that, m the meantime, the rules of the last convention be th rules of this body.
Adopted. On motion of Mr. THURMAN, of Ohio, the convention adjourned to 5 o’clock, p. m. '
The corivention met, and was called to order by the President, pro tem. - Mr. THOMP§ON, of Mississippi, chairman of the Committee on Organization, submitted the following report:
REPORT ON ORGANIZATION.
' The committee appointed to report officers for the permanent organization of the convention and rules for its government, make the following
For Vice Presidents. ,
John Irwin, of Alabama. John B. Nevit, of Mississippi.
' Samuel C. Roane, of Arkansas. B. A. James, of Missouri.
' ‘ Elon Farnsworth, of Michigan.
Secretaries. E. C. West, of New York. L. Y. Lusk, of Louisiana. S. C. Pavatt, of Tennessee. S. H. Ayer, of New Hampshire. E. Barksdale, of Mississippi. 0. S. Dewey, of North Carolina. William Stewart, of Indiana. Saml. D. Patterson,ofPennsylvania. F. Crittenden, of Connecticut. C. Pryor, of Virginia. W. A. Hacker, of Illinois. David Noggle, of Wisconsin.
E. B. Bartlett, of Kentucky.
The committee also reported the following resolutions on rules, which were adopted: '
1. Resolved, That the rules of the House of Representatives, as fai- as applicable for the gov. ernment of the convention, be ado ted as the rules of this convention.
2. Resolved, That two‘thirds o the whole number of votes given shall be necessary to a nomination of candidates for president and vice‘president of the United States by this convention,
"3. Resolved,‘ That, in voting u on any question which may arise in the proceedings of this
convention, e votes shall be ta on by States, at the request of any one State, each State to be
entitled to the number of votes to which said State is entitled in the next electoral college,.
without regard to the number of delegates in attendance, the manner in which said vote is to be cast to e decided by the delegation of each State for itself.’ ‘
Mr. CREreH'roN, of Ohio, moved to reconsider the vote by which the
second resolution reported by the Committee on Organization was adopted. "
A motion was made to lay the motion to reconsider on the table.
. On demand of the State of Maryland, the question was taken by States, and the vote resulted as follows :
Yeas.-Maine, 8; New Hampshire, 5 ; Vermont, 6 ; Massachusetts, 13; Rhode Island, 4; Connecticut, 6 ; New York, 31. ; New Jersey, 7; Pennsylvania, 27 ; Delaware, 3 ; Maryland, 8; Virginia, 15; North Carolina, 10; Georgia, 10; Alabama, 9; Mississippi, 7; Louisiana, 6; Ohio, 7; Kentucky, 12; Tennessee, 12 ; Indiana, 13; Illinois, 11 ; Missouri, 9 ; Arkansas, 4; Michigan, 6; Florida, 3; Texas, 4; Iowa, 4; Wisconsin, 5 3 California, 4-total 269. ‘
Nays.-New York, 3; Ohiofl‘ lO-total, 13.
The report of the Committee on Organization was then adopted.
On motion, a committee of three, consisting of Messrs. Stevenson, of Identucky, Wise, of Virginia, and Thompson, of Mississippi, were appointed'to wait upon the president and vice presidents elect, inform them of their election, and conduct them to their seats; which duty was performed by‘ the committee.
The Hon. JoHN W. DAVIS, on taking the chair, addressed the convention, as follows:
Gentlemen of the convention: I return you my sincere and cordial acknowledgments for the honor you‘ have conferred upon me in calling me to preside over your deliberations. Although not altogether unused to the duties of the chair, I approach it on this occasion with great doubt as to my success in presiding over so large an assembly. I ask you, by way of assisting me to discharge the arduous duties and responsibilities of the situation, to bear in mind that good old maxim, that “ order is Heaven’s first law.” I shall call largely for your forbearance; may I not say I shall ask even more? I shall ask you to exercise that higher Christian virtue called “ forgiveness,” not only towards the chair,
but towards each other. I ask also, and I conjure you, as fellow‘democrats, embarked in the great cause of democracy-I conjure you by all the obligations that rest upon us as a party-that you will cultivate harmony, conciliation, compromise-“ everything for principles, nothing for men.”
Mr. KETTLEWELL, of Baltimore, chairman of the citizens’ committee of reception, 600., stated that the committee selected by the democrats of Baltimore to provide accommodations for the convention, found it diflicult to insure the observance of the necessary regulations, or to explain them to the delegates, that committee having no voice in the convention. He therefore requested, on behalf of the committee of citizens, that a committee of five members of the convention be appointed to co‘operate with that committee in arranging and designating the seats for members, the mode of admission to the hall, and in preserving the order of members in entering and taking their seats; which request having been complied with,
The president appointed, as such committee, Mr. Hallett, of Massachusetts, Mr. Angell, of New York, Mr. Van Dyke, of Pennsylvania, Mr. Sayles, of Rhode Island, and Mr. Welsh, of Virginia.
A motion was made that the convention adjourn to 10 o’clock, a. m., tomorrow. ' .
Mr. RANTOUL, of Massachusetts, desired to make a correction in the journal with regard to the vote upon the two‘thirds rule; but the motion to adjourn not being withdrawn, he said he would do so in the morning.
The question being then taken upon the motion to adjourn, it was agreed to.
And thereupon, at 7 o’clock, the convention adjourned.
SECOND DAY-Wamvnsnav MORNING, June 2, 1852.
At 10 o’clock ‘the PRESIDENT called the convention to order. The reading of the journal was dispensed with. Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Plummer, of Pennsylvania.
B. B. FRENCH , esq., at the request of the President, took his place as one of the secretaries:. '
The PRESIDENT announced that the presentation of reports from the several committees was the first business in order. Mr. BURROW, of Arkansas, offered the following resolutions:
Resolved, That a committee of one from each State be appointed to report the resolutions composing the Baltimore latform.
Resolved, That the mem er from each State, on said committee, be named by the delegation of the State from which he shall be taken, and that said committee have power to elect their chairman from their own body, or the body of the convention.
Mr. CHARLIOK, of New York, moved to amend by striking out “ one member from each State,” and inserting “ two.”
Mr. BROWN, of Tennessee, offered the following resolution in lieu of the resolutions offered by Mr. Burrow, to wit:
Resolved, That a committee of one from each State be appointed, to whom all resolutions in relation to the creed or platform of the democratic party shall be referred on presentation, without debate.
The question recurring on Mr. Charlick’s amendment, Mr. Bunaow moved to lay theresolution and amendments on the table; which motion prevailed.