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Second—the counties of Massac, Pope and Johnson-Thomas B. HICKS.

Third—the counties of Hardin, Saline and Gallatin-JAMES B. TURNER.

Fourth--the counties of Lawrence and Wabash-JAMES W. SHARP. Fifth--The counties of Franklin and Jefferson—HENRY M. WILLIAMS.

Sixth-The counties of Jackson and Williamson-JAMES M. WASHBURN.

Seventh —the counties of Clinton and Washington-JESSE R. FORD. Eighth—the counties of Monroe, Randolph and Perry--STEPHEN W. MILES.

Ninth—the county of Marion—John W. MERRITT. Tenth--the counties of Wayne and Harpilton-Darius M. HEARD. Eleventh-the counties of Jasper and Crawford—DAVID W. ODELL. Twelfth--the counties of Clay and Richland-John W. WESCOTT. Thirteenth-the counties of Fayette and Effingham-ROBERT H. MoCann.

Fourteenth-the counties of Edwards and White-CHAUNCEY S. CONGER,

Fifteenth-the county of St. Clair-JOSEPH B. UNDERWOOD and JOHN THOMAS.

Sixteenth-the counties of Madison and Bond-SAMUEL A. BUCKMASTER and WILLIAM WATKINS.

Seventeenth-The counties of Clark and Cumberland-PHILANDER DAUGHERTY.

Eighteenth--the county of Shelby-REUBEN ROESSLER.

Nineteenth-the couuties of Christian and Montgomery-GUSTAVUS F. COFFEEN.

Twentieth-the counties of Sangamon and Logan--AMBROSE M. MILLER and CHARLES A. KEYES.

Twenty first-the county of Macoupin--CHARLES A. WALKER.

Twenty-second-The counties of Jersey and Calhoun-John N. ENGLISH,

Twenty-third—the county of Green-WILLIAM B. WITT.

Twenty-fourth-the counties of Pike and Scott--Scorr WIKE and ALBERT G. BURR.

Twenty-fifth-the counties of Cass and Brown-JAMES M. EPLER. Twenty-sixth-the counties of Mason and Menard-LYMAN LACY. Twenty-seventh--the county of Morgan-John T. SPRINGER,

Twenty-eighth—the county of Adams-ALEXANDER E. Wheat and WILLIAM J. BROWN.

Twenty-ninth--the county of McDonongh-LEWIS G. REID.
Thirtieth-the county of SchuylerJOSEPH SHARON.
Thirty-first-Hancock—MILTON M. MORRILL.
Thirty-second-Mercer- THOMAS B. CABEEN.
Thirty-third-Warren-HENRY K. PEFFER.
Thirty-fourth-Knox-JOSEPH M. HOLYOKE.
Thirty-fifth-Fulton-John G. GRAHAM, and SIMEON P. SHOPE.

Thirty-sixth-Peoria and Stark--James HOLGATE and WILLIAM W. O'BRIEN.

Thirty-seventh-Tazewell—ELIAS WENGER.

Thirty-eighth-McLean and De Witt-HARRISON NOBLE.

Thirty-ninth—Coles, Douglas, Vermilion and Edgar-JOHN TEN BROOK, JOHN GERRARD, and JOHN MONROE.

Fortieth-Champaign, Piatt, Macon and Moultrie-JAMES ELDER and WILLIAM COLER.

Forty-first-Kankakee-
Forty-second-Iroquois and Ford-ADDISON GOODELL.

Forty-third—Will and Grundy-JOHN W. NEWPORT and CHARLES E. BOYER.

Forty-fourth-LaSalle and Livingston-THEODORE C. GIBSON, MERCY B. Patty, and John 0. DENT.

Forty-fifth-Bureau, Putnam, Marshall and Woodford— GEORGE DENT and JEFFERSON A. DAVIS.

Forty-sixth-Henry-NELSON LAY.
Forty-seventh-Rock Island-John KISTLER.
Forty-eighth-Whiteside-LEANDER SMITH.
Forty-ninth-Lee-DEMAs L. HARRIS.
Fiftieth-Ogle-JAMES V. GALE.

Fifty-first-DeKalb and Boone- WESTEL W. SEDGWICK and LUTHER W, LAWRENCE.

Fifty-second-Kane and Kendall-
Fifty-third-Lake—ELIJAH M. HAINES.
Fifty-fourth-McHenry—THADDEUS B. WAKEMAN.
Fifty-fifth-Winnebago-SELDEN M. CHURCH.
Fifty-sixth Stephenson-HORATIO C. BURCHARD.

Fifty-seventh-Jo Daviese and Carroll-Henry GREEN and JOSEPH F. CHAPMAN.

Fifty eighth-DuPage—ALGERNON S. BARNARD.

Fifty-ninth-Cook- ANSELL B. Cook, Amos G. THROOP, WILLIAM E. GINTHER.

Sixtieth-the first, second, third and fourth wards of Chicago, which constitute the town of South Chicago, the towns of Lake, Worth, Thornton and Bloom, all in Cook county-MELVILLE W. FULLER and GEORGE M. GAGE.

Sixty-first-the seventh, eighth and ninth wards of Chicago, which constitute the town of North Chicago, the towns of Lakeview, Evanston, New Trier, Northfield, Wheeling, Palatine, Barrington, Hanover, Schaumberg, Elk Grove, Maine and Niles, all in the County of Cook FRANCIS A. EASTMAN.

Mr. Merritt moved that a committee of three be appointed to invite some person authorized to administer oaths, to swear in the members.

And the question being put, it was decided in the affirmative.
The Speaker appointed as said committee, viz:
Messrs. Merritt, Haines and Hicks.

Judge C. L. Higbee, having been invited by said committee to administer the oath to the members, the members above named appeared and were severally sworn in by Judge Higbee.

On inotion of Mr. Haines, Resolved, That the officers of this House, in addition to Speaker, shall be a Clerk, first and second assistant Clerks, enrolling and engrossing Clerk, first and second assistant enrolling and engrossing Clerks, Doorkaanar. first and second assistant Doorkeeper. and Postmaster.

Mr. Wike moved that the House do now adjourn; which motion was disagreed to.

On motion of Mr. Springer,
The House then proceeded to the election of a Speaker.

Mr. Springer nominated Samuel A. Buckmaster, of Madison, for
Speaker.
Mr. Haines nominated Luther W. Lawrence, of Boone.

The roll being called, the following members voted for Mr. Buckmaster, viz :

Messrs. Boyer, Brown, Burr, Cabeen, Coffeen, Conger, Daugherty, Davis, Dent of LaSalle, Dent of Putnam, English, Epler, Ford, Fuller, Gerrard, Gibson, Graham, Heard, Hicks, Holgate, Keyes, Kistler, Lacy, McCann, Menard, Merritt, Miles, Miller, Monroe, Morrill, O'Brien, Odell, Patty, Peffer, Reid, Roessler, Sharon, Sharp, Shope, Smith of Union, Springer, Ten Brook, Turner, Walker, Washburn, Watkins, Wenger, Wescott, Wheat, Wike, Williams, Witt, Mr. Speaker.

The following named members voted for Mr. Lawrence, viz:

Messrs. Barnard, Burchard, Chapman, Church, Cook, Coler, Eastman, Elder, Gage, Gale, Ginther, Green, Haines, Harris, Holyoke, Lay, Newport, Noble, Sedgwick, Smith of Whiteside, Tenny, Thomas, Throop, Underwood, Wakeman.

Mr. Lawrence voted for Mr. Church.

RECAPITULATION OF THE VOTE FOR SPEAKER.

For Samuel A. Buckmaster...
For Luther W. Lawrence
For Selden M. Church

52 25 1

Whole number of votes.

78 Necessary to a choice

40 A majority of the whole number of members present having voted for Samuel A. Buckmaster, a Representative, from the county of Madison, he was declared by the Speaker pro tempore duly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Twenty-third General Assembly of the State of Illinois.

On motion of Mr. Springer, A committee of three was appointed to conduct the Speaker elect to the chair, consisting of Messrs. Springer, Newport and Wike.

Mr. Buckmaster was then conducted to the chair by said committee, and addressed the House as follows, and entered upon the discharge of the duties of his office :

I thank you most heartily for the unsolicited honor you have conferred upon me in selecting me to preside over your deliberations, and I can only promise that I will earnestly endeavor to discharge faithfully and impartially the duties thus devolved upon me, relying for success, however, rather on your kind indulgence and cordial coöperation, than on any merits or qualifications of my own.

You are assembled, gentlemen, at a most trying and eventful period in the history of our state and nation. We are now far advanced into

the second year of a bloody and disastrous civil war, which, whether we regard its vast proportions or the magnitude of the interests involved, is unequaled in the history of the world. Who, that loves his country, does not contemplate with a sorrowful heart the miseries and calamities --the frightful expenditure of blood and treasure

to which we have been subjected during the past two years? And yet, sad and gloomy as is the retrospect, a candid examination of the prospects before us afford but small ground for consolation or for hope. A wild and visionary policy and imbecile management still threaten us with continued dissensions in the councils of the nation, and yet further disasters in the field; and while, gentlemen, it is not your province to legislate upon matters of purely national concern, it is your privilege, and I trust that you will feel it to be your duty, to enter the solemn protest of the people of Illinois against the impolicy and imbecility which, after such heroic and long continued sacrifices on the part of the people, still leaves this unholy rebellion not only not subdued, but without any immediate prospect of a termination.

In matters of a purely domestic character, grave questions, involving the honor, the interests and the sovereignty of our State will claim your attention. In dealing with these questions I know that you will act with all the deliberation, dignity and firmness befitting the representatives of a loyal people, who know their duty and have never failed to do it, and a brave people, who also know their rights, “and, knowing, dare maintain them.

In all your deliberations, and in your legislative action, there is but one guide, one chart, which we can follow with safety—that is the constitution of our country. To a departure from its plain precepts and well defined restrictions may be traced the origin of our present difficulties and dangers. The constitution has been in the past, and will be in the future, if adhered to in letter and in spirit, the bond of our union, as it is also "the supreme law of the land,” to which every man must yield obedience, the public servant in the most exalted station, alike with the humblest citizen in private life.

Upon your action, gentlemen, the eyes of the nation are now turned. Illinois, of all the loyal states, stands pre-eminent as the defender of the constitution and the Union. Her hardy sons have borne aloft the standard of the republic on every hard fought field in the west, and wherever their arms have advanced under competent leadership, they have advanced to victory and glory. The sufferings and necessities of these brave men, now in the

field, will claim your early attention, and, as their representatives and the representatives of their friends and relatives at home, whose hearts now yearn for the return of their kindred, I trust that your voice and your action may have a potent influence in restoring to our distracted country the peace and union of by-gone days. Once more, gentlemen, receive my warmest thanks.

On motion of Mr. Smith of Union, The House then proceeded to the election of the other officers of the

Mr. Smith of Union nominated John Q. Harmon, of Alexander county, for chief Clerk.

Mr. Haines nominated John C. Southwick, of Lake county.

House. .

The roll being called, the following named members voted for John Q. Harmon, viz:

Messrs. Boyer, Brown, Burr, Cabeen, Coffeen, Conger, Daugherty, Davis, Dent of LaSalle, Dent of Putnam, English, Epler, Ford, Fuller, Gerrard, Gibson, Graham, Heard, Hicks, Holgate, Keyes, Kistler, Lacy, McCann, Menard, Merritt, Miles, Miller, Monroe, Morrill, O'Brien, Odell, Patty, Peffer, Reid, Roessler, Sharon, Sharp, Shope, Smith of Union, Springer, Ten Brook, Turner, Walker, Washburn, Watkins, Wenger, Wescott, Wheat, Wike, Williams, Witt, Mr. Speaker.

The following named members voted for John O. Southwick :

Messrs. Barnard, Burchard, Chapman, Church, Cook, Coler, Eastman, Elder, Gage, Gale, Ginther, Green, Haines, Harris, Holyoke, Lay, Lawrence, Newport, Noble, Sedgwick, Smith of Whiteside, Tenny, Thomas, Throop, Wakeman.

RECAPITULATION OF THE VOTE FOR CLERK,

For John Q. Harmon...
For John C. Southwick.

53 25

Whole number ....
Necessary to a choice.

78 40

John Q. Harmon having received a majority of the whole number of votes cast, was declared duly elected chief Clerk of the House of Representatives.

The House then proceeded to the election of a first assistant Clerk. Mr. Westcott nominated Z. S. Mastin, of Fulton county. Mr. Chapman nominated James Shaw, of Carroll county. The roll being called, the following named members voted for Z. S. Mastin, viz:

Messrs. Boyer, Brown, Burr, Cabeen, Coffeen, Conger, Daugherty, Davis, Dent of LaSalle, Dent of Putnam, English, Epler, Ford, Fuller, Gerrard, Gibson, Goodell, Graham, Heard, Hicks, Holgate, Keyes, Kistler, Lacy, McCann, Menard, Merritt, Miles, Miller, Monroe, Morrill, O'Brien, Odell

, Patty, Peffer, Reid, Roessler, Sharon, Sharp, Shope, Smith of Union, Springer, Ten Brook, Turner, Walker, Washburn, Watkins, Wenger, Wescott, Wheat, Wike, Williams, Witt, Mr. Speaker.

The following named members voted for James Shaw:

Messrs. Barnard, Brentano, Burchard, Chapman, Church, Cook, Coler, Eastman, Elder, Gage, Gale, Ginther, Green, Haines, Harris, Holyoke, Lay, Lawrence, Newport, Noble, Sedgwick, Smith of White side, Tenny, Thomas, Throop, Underwood, Wakeman.

Z. S. Mastin, having received a majority of all the votes cast, was declared duly elected first assistant Clerk of the House.

The House then proceeded to the election of a second assistant Clerk.
Mr. Morrill nominated Claiborne Winston, of Hancock county.
Mr. Noble nominated Reuben L. Davis, oť McLean county.

The roll being called, the following named members voted for Claiborne Winston, viz:

Messrs. Boyer, Burr, Cabeen, Coffeen, Conger, Daugherty, Davis, Dent of LaSalle, Dent of Patnam, English, Ford, Fuller, Gerrard,

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