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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
STATE OF INDIANA,
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 1861.
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
166892 MARCH 1930
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
The Special Session of the General Assembly of the State of Indiana, convened by Proclamation of his Excellency, 0. P. Morton, Gore prnor, begun and held at the Capitol, in the city of Indianapolis, on Wednesday, the 24th day of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-one.
Jonathan W. Gordon, Principal Clerk of the House of Representatives, directed a call of the Representatives whose offices had not become vacant since the last session of the General Assembly, whereupon the following Representatives responded to their names and took their seats, to-wit :
Jessrs. Anderson, Black, Brett, Bryan, Bundy, Burgess, Camcron, Campbell, Cason, Collins of Whitley, Collins of Adams, Coombs, Cooprider, Crain, Dashiel, Davis, Dobbins, Edson, Epperson, Erwin, Ferguson, Fisher, Ford, Fordyce, Frasier, Gifford, Goar, Gresham, IIall, Harvey, Haworth, Hayes, Heffren, Henricks, Hopkins, Horton, Iloward, Hudson, Hurd, Jenkinson, Jones of Vermillion, Jones of Wayne, Kendrick, Lods, Lane, Lee, Lightner, McLean, Moorman, Moss, Nebeker, Orr, Packard, Parrett, Pitts, Polki, Prow, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Sloan, Smith of Bartholomew, Smith of Miami, Stevenson, Stotsenburg, Trier, Thomas, Thompson, Turrer, Underwood, Warrum, Wells, Williams, Wilson, Woodhull, Woods and Mr. Speaker-77.
Cyrus M. Allen, the former Speaker, laid before the House the following communication :
To the House of Representatives :
GENTLEMEN–We hereby tender our resignation as officers of the House of Representatives at the former regular session.
CYRUS M. ALLEN,
The Spepker also laid before the House the resignation of J. W. Gordon, former Clerk of the House at its regular session as follows:
CAMP MORTON, INDIANA, I
April 23, 1861.
Hon. Cyrus M. ALLEN,
Speaker of the House of Representatives :
DEAR SIR—The present condition of National affairs makes it improper, and indeed impossible, for me to remain at home to attend to the comparatively unimportant duties of Clerk of the House. A contest involving the existence of the Union and the Constitution, has been thrust upon us by a combination of traitors whose power makes their efforts against the Government formidable, if not dangerous. We are called upon to aid the legitimate authority of the country in breaking up that combination, and if possible extinguish the last sparks of treason against the freest and best Government in the world. I have resolved to render obedience to the call; I shall go with the armies of the Union to re-establish the Government in the full pos. session of all its rights of property, dominion and sovereignty in every part of the country, nothing doubting that the people of Indiana, through their General Assembly, will give us every encouragement necessary to our success in so good and so holy a cause, and that He who is supreme over both armies and people will enable us to return in triumph, bringing back the Star Spangled Banner, with not a single star obscured," and still “bearing for its motto”-that sentiment dear to every true American heart-Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable."
I have the honor to resign into your hands, and through you into those of the House, the office of Clerk of the House of Representa