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Mr. Langdon moved that the blank in the resolution be filled with three, which was agreed to.
The resolution was then adopted. The Speaker then appointed Messrs. Plumb, Langdon and Truesdale said committee on the part of the House.
Mr. Parsons offered the following resolution, which was adopted :
Resolved, That when the House adjourns this day, it shall adjourn until Wednesday next at 3 o'clock P. M.
Mr. Parsons offered the following joini resolution, which was adopted :
State House and grounds attached be placed under the control of State Capitol Festival Committee, under the supervision of the State House Commissioners until Wednesday next.
Mr. Bæhmer presented the certificate of the election of G. W. Andrews, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Mr. Sawyer, as representative from the county of Auglaize, which was referred to the committee on Privileges and Elections.
Mr. Brayton presented the certificate of the election of John Watson, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Mr. Johnson, as representative of Cuyahoga county, which was referred to the same committee.
Messrs. Andrews and Watson then came forward, when the oath of office was administered to them by Mr. James H. Smith of Franklin county, a notary public for said county.
Mr. Plumb offered the following joint resolution, which was adopted :
Resolved, That the Governor be requested to lay before the General Assembly such reports as have been printed in conformity with the act of April 8, 1856, and such other reports as have been made to him by any board, officer or other person acting under any law, or joint resolution, and not ordered to be printed, and that he be further requested to state what reports made under the said act of April 8, 1856, have not yet been printed, and at what time they may be expected to be laid before the General Assembly.
Mr. Plumb, from the committee appointed to wait upon the Governor and notify him of the organization of the House, reported that the committee had waited upon the Governor and that he had informed them that he would transmit a communication to them forthwith.
A communication was received from the Governor by his private secretary, transmitting to the House bis annual message.
The message from the Governor was read at the clerk's desk.
After the reading of the message Mr. Brayton announced the demise of his late colleague, Mr. Johnson, with a series of appropriate remarks, and offered the subjoined resolutions :
Resolved, That the House of Representatives deeply regret the death of the honorable Leverett Johnson, a late member from Cuyahoga county,
Resolved, That the members and officers of this House, as a mark of respect for the deceased, will wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be communicated by the Speaker to the wife of the deceased.
Resolved, That as a further mark of respect, this House do now adjourn.
Mr. Slough moved that Mr. Brayton be requested to furnish a copy of his remarks, to be placed upon the journals of the House and that a copy of the same be transmitted to the friends of the deceased with the foregoing resolutions, which motion was agreed to.
The remarks of Mr. Brayton here referred to, are as follows:
Mr. Speaker :-—I rise to perform the melancholy and painful duty of announcing the death of my esteemed friend and colleague, the Hon. Leverett Johnson of Cuyaboga. Towards the close of the last session Mr. Johnson found his constitu. tion rapidly yielding to the ravages of a severe pulmonary attack; but being desirous of executing the trust reposed in bim to the last, he continued in his place till within a few days of the adjournment, when he was compelled to seek medical aid, and the heeded attentions of family and friends. These for a brief season seemed to avert the disease, and inspire hope. But alas ! the destroyer was still at work. He died on the 19th of April, only ten days after reaching home.
Mr. Johnson was born in the town of Woodbridge, in New Haven county, Ct., in 1794; and was in the sixty-second year of his age. He removed early to this State, and had been a resident of the township of Dover in the county of Cuyahoga, 46 years, and was the first white settler there. He cut down the first tree, and assisted in erecting the first house in that now populous township. Thus the early settlers of our State are leaving us. The strong men, whose efforts and counsels have given permanence to our institutions are passing away: We must follow in our turn, and the places that know us now, will, in a short time, know us no more forever.
The deceased made no pretentions to literary acquirements or statesman-like qualifications; and his native modesty naturally inclined him to seek the retirement of private life. Amid the daily toils of a laborious occupation he found leisure to indulge a taste for reading; and having a strong and retentive memory, his mind was stored with knowledge, which qualified him for great usefulness wherever he was called to act. At the unsolicited request of his fellow citizens, he yielded his assent to represent them in this branch of the legislature the fifth time. How he discharged the important trust during the short time he participated in our deliberation is known to you all. And I think you will all join me in saying that he has acquired the reputation while here-that I know he sustained elsewhere-of a pure, upright and honest man.
The resolutions were then temporarily laid upon the table.
Mr. Cadwell, from the committee on Privileges and Elections, made the following report:
The standing committee on Privileges and Elections, to whom were referred the certificates of election of George W. Andrews and John Watson, report: That on the 14th day of October 1856, being the second Tuesday of October, in said year George W. Andrews was duly elected representative to represent the county of Auglaize, from the 1st day of January 1857 until the first day of January 1858, to fill vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Wm. Sawyer; and that John Watson was on the same day duly elected representative to represent the county of Cuyahoga, for the same period to fill vacancy caused by the the death of Leverett Johnson.
JOS. E. EGLEY.
Leave of absence was granted to Messrs. Corry, Hume and Tenney.
The resolutions relative to the death of Mr. Johnson were taken from the table and adopted, by which the House was adjourned. Attest:
J. S. ROBINSON, Clerk.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 1857.
THREE O'CLOCK, P. M.
The House being called to order,
On motion of Mr. Parsons,
Resolved, That the Secretary of State be, and hereby is authorized to erect a suitable post office for the accommodation of the House of Representatives, and also to finish the room designed for the Sergeant-at-arms.
Mr. Monroe offered the following resolution, which was laid upon the table:
Resolved, That the Governor's Message be now taken up, and that so much thereof as relates to agriculture, to manufactures and commerce, to railroads, to currency, to public printing, to finance and the sinking fund, to the public works, to the penitentiary, to the Benevolent Institutions, to the militia, to common schools, to salaries, to the judiciary and to federal relations, be referred to the several standing committees having charge of those subjects, respectively; that so much of the message as relates to the law in relation to married women, and to amendments to the constitution, be referred to the select committees having charge of those subjects, respectively; that those parts of the message which relate to a reform school, to a bureau of statistics, to a geological survey of the State, to abuses of the elective franchise, be referred each to a select committee of three.
Mr. Parsons offered the following resolution: Resolved, That the clerk of the House procure one hundred and ten ballots, on which shall be inscribed the names of the members of the House; that he place the same in a box, from whence he shall draw them, one by one, in the presence of the House; that as fast as each ballot is drawn, the member whose name it contains shall have the right to choose his seat; and that prior to the drawing, and while the same is proceeding, every seat shall be vacated and continue vacated except as they are chosen, until the drawing is concluded.
Mr. Giffin offered the following as a substitute for the same:
Resolved, That the clerk be required to place the names of each of the members in a box, and the number of the desks in a similar box, to be drawn simultaneously, and each member shall be entitled to the seat bearing the number drawn with his
The yeas and nays were demanded and resulted-yeas 14, nays 72.
Those who voted in the affirmative wereMessrs. Allen, Bingham, Burton, Giffin, Hatcher, Mendenhall of Jefferson, Shepherd, Thompson of Coshocton, Truesdale, Upham, Watson and Weatherby -14.
Those who voted in the negative were Messrs. Anderson, Andrews, Baughman, Bell, Blair, Blakeslee, Boehmer, Boyer Brayton, Bunker, Burns, Cable, Cadwell, Campbell
, Carlin, Chaney, Clark of Harrison, Cook, Cowan of Shelby, Crooks, Dooley, Egley, Gatch, Goudy, Green, Grier, Guthrie, Hains, Hamilton, Holmes, Hunter, Hendren, Hutchison of Washington, Irion, Lawton, McCurdy, McFarland, Mills, Monroe, Mygatt, Needbam, Odell, Ogle, Parsons, Peck, Pittman, Plumb, Plympton, Potts, Ralston, Robinson, Rodgers, Russell, Simmons, Shaw, Sinnet, Smith of Franklin, Thompson of Brown, Thompson of Meigs, Todd, Townsend, True, Turpin, West, Williamson and Yaple –72.
The resolution offered by Mr. Parsons was then adopted.
Message from the Senate.
The Senate has passed the inclosed joint resolutions of the House without amendment.
Relative to giving the use of the State House and yard to the committee on the State House festival. Calling upon the Governor for reports and documents. Attest:
W. T. BASCOM, Clerk. The House then took a recess till 5 o'clock P. M.
FIVE O'CLOCK, P. 2.
In accordance with the resolution providing for the selection of seats, the clerk proceeded to draw the names of the members, who severally chose their seats as their names were called.
On motion of Mr. Parsons,
J. S. ROBINSON, Olerk.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 1857. Prayer by Rev. Thomas Lee. The journal of yesterday was read and approved.
Mr. Monroe presented the petition of C. W. Johnston, and 49 other citizens of Lorain county, praying for the passage of a registry law.
Referred to the standing committee on the Judiciary.
Mr. Cadwell presented the petition of James Elliott, asking for a change of the law fixing the compensation of canal collectors; Which was referred to the committee on Fees and Salaries.
On motion of Mr. Sinnet, The resolution of Mr. Monroe, in relation to the reference of the Governor's Message, was taken up and agreed to.
A communication was received from the Governor transmitting the following: To the General Assembly of Ohio :
In compliance with the joint resolution of the General Assembly of the 6th inst., I have the honor to transmit the following reports:
The report of the commissioners of the new State House.
I am advised, by the public printer, that the report of the Auditor of State, the report of the Board of Public Works, and the report of the Quarter-Master-General, will soon be ready to be laid before you.
The report of the commissioners of the State Library, not having been directed to be printed, is herewith submitted in writing, and there being but one copy, it is sent to the Senate. The other reports specified in the 8th section of the act of April 8, 1856, have not yet been received.
S. P. CHASE. On motion of Mr. Smith of Franklin, The reports not printed, were laid on the table to be printed.
The Speaker announced the following changes in the standing committees, made necessary by the resigination of Mr. Sawyer and the death of Mr. Johnson of Cuy. ahoga:
On Claims, Mr. Watson in place of Mr. Johnson.
WHEREAS, It is questionable whether the members of this General Assembly are not entitled to mileage for the adjourned session, and per diem during the time of adjournment; therefore,
Resolved, That the Attorney General be required to give at an early day bis legal opinion
1st. Whether the members are or are not legally entitled to mileage to and from the adjourned session of this General Assembly; and
2d. Whether the members are, or are not, legally entitled to their per diem during the vacation, beginning at the time of adjournment in 1856, until the 5th day of January, 1867.