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BEGUN AND HELD IN THE CAPITOL, IN THE CITY OF ALBANY, ON

THE SEVENTH DAY OF JANUARY, 1873.

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266802 MARCH 1930

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

STATE OF NEW YORK:

SENATE CHAMBER, IN THE CITY OF ALBANY,

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 1873.

Pursuant to the sixth section of the tenth article of the Constitution
of the State of New York, designating the first Tuesday in January in
each year for the time of the meeting of the Legislature, the Hon. John
C. Robinson, Lieutenant-Governor, and the following Senators from the
several districts of the State, appeared in the Senate, to wit:
District Number One...

TOWNSEND D. COCK.
District Number Two...
District Number Three
District Number Four.

*** District Number Five.

ERASTUS C. BENEDICT. District Number Six..

AUGUSTUS WEISMANN. District Number Seven

JAMES O'BRIEN. District Number Eight..

DANIEL F. TIEMANN. District Number Nine.

WILLIAM H. ROBERTSON. District Number Ten..

Edward M. MADDEN. District Number Eleven

ABIAH W. PALMER. District Number Twelve

Isaac V. BAKER, JR. District Number Thirteen

CHARLES II. ADAMS. District Number Fourteen

WILLIAM T. SCORESBY. District Number Fifteen..

WEBSTER WAGNER.
District Number Sixteen
District Number Seventeen..

WELLS S. DICKINSON. District Number Eighteen

NORRIS WINSLOW. District Number Nineteen

SAMUEL S. LOWERY. District Number Twenty

ARCHIBALD C. McGowan. District Number Twenty-one. District Number Twenty-two..

DANIEL P. Wood. District Number Twenty-three

JAMES H. GRAHAM. District Number Twenty-four

THOMAS I. CHA'TFIELD. District Number Twenty-five.

WILLIAM B. WOODIN. District Number Twenty-six District Number Twenty-seven

GABRIEL T. HARROWER. District Number Twenty-eight.

JARVIS LORD. Distriet Number Twenty-nine

GEORGE BOWEN. District Number Thirty.....

JAMES Wood. District Number Thirty-one.

LOREN L. LEWIS. District Number Thirty-two..

NORMAN M. ALLEN.

Prayer by Rev. Mr. Selkirk,

The President then arose and addressed the Senate as follows: SENATORS—In taking this Chair and entering upon the duties of the office with which I have been honored by the people of this State, I have an adequate sense of the responsibilities of the position.

Without any of the experience in legislative proceedings possessed by most of my predecessors, and which I believe to be requisite to a prompt and correct decision of perplexing questions, I may not at all times meet your expectations. But, with a firm determination to discharge the duties of my office honestly, faithfully and impartially, I shall expect and hope to receive your indulgence, until experience shall make me familiar with the proceedings of a body which has been distinguished for its order, dignity and learning.

I congratulate you on the favorable circumstances under which we meet. The State and national administrations are once more in full accord. The country is in the enjoyment of peace at home and abroad. The people of the State are prosperous and contented, and in the enjoyment of all the rights and privileges guaranteed to them by the Constitution and laws of the land.

During this session important measures will be brought before you for your consideration, and much good is expected from your deliberations, in the enactment of good and wholesome laws.

I am sure you will unite with me in wishing that the action of the Senate may be such as to meet the just expectations of the public, and conduce to the welfare, prosperity and happiness of the people of the State.

Mr. Benedict offered the following:

Resolved, That a committee of two be appointed to wait upon His Excellency the Governor, and inform him that the Senate is organized and ready to proceed to business.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the aflirmative.

The President appointed as such committee, Messrs. Benedict and Lord.

Mr. Chatfield offered the following: Resolved, That a committee of two be appointed to wait upon the Honorable the Assembly, and inform that body that the Senate is organized and ready to proceed to business.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative.

The President appointed as such committee, Messrs. Chatfield and. Cock.

Mr. Adams offered the following:

Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate be directed to invite the clergymen of Albany, having charge of religious congregations, to open the daily sittings of the Senate with prayer, and to attend in such order as will best suit their convenience.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Lewis offered the following:

Resolved, That James Franklin, Jr., be and he hereby is appointed assistant doorkeeper, in place of John D. Lanergan, deceased.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Woodin offered the following:

Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate make the usual arrangement for the payment of postage on all papers received and sent out by Senators; also, on all public documents sent out by Senators and officers during the session; the postage on any one document not to exceed forty cents; and, also, to send by express any document, costing over forty cents.

Mr. Palmer moved that the resolution be laid upon the table.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. D. P. Wood offered the follwing:

Resolved, That H. C. Tanner be and he is hereby appointed Senate stenographer.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Winslow offered the following:

Resolved, That until further notice the Senate meet daily at eleven o'clock A. M.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Benedict, from the committee appointed to wait upon His Excel. lency the Governor, and inform him that the Senate was organized and ready to proceed to business, reported that they had performed that daty, and that His Excellency informed them that he would communicate with the senate by message.

Mr. Bowen offered the following:

Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate procure one copy of the Legislative Manual or Red Book for 1872 for each Senator and officer of the Senate.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Lowery offered the following:

Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That the assistant postmaster of each House be assigned the duty of weighing all documents sent by mail or express, and entering in a book to be kept for that purpose

the amount of postage or express charges required thereon, reporting to the Clerk the aggregate amount thereof daily; that a suitable person be recommended by the Lieutenant-Governor and the Speaker of the Assembly for appointment as clerk in the Albany post-office to stainp all documents forwarded by the Legislature, his salary to be paid by the State directly and not indirectly, as is now the practice; and that he report to the Clerks of the two Houses weekly the amount of postage paid by him on account of each.

Mr. Lewis moved that said resolution be laid upon the table. The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Winslow moved that the Senate take a recess for fifteen minutes.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

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