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From the County of Milwaukee-Messrs. Isaac P. Walker, James Holliday and Asa Kinney.
From the County of Rock-Messrs. Daniel C. Babcock and G. H. Williston.
From the County of Racine-Messrs. G. F. Newell and Dudley Cass.
From the County of Walworth-Messrs. Eleazer Wakeley and George Walworth.
From the Counties of Washington and Sheboygan-B. H. Mooers.
From the County of Waukesha-Messrs. George Reed and L. Martin.
On motion of Mr. Reed,
Benjamin H. Mooers was appointed speaker pro tempore. On motion of Mr. Walker,
La Fayette Kellogg was appointed chief clerk pro tempore.
On motion of Mr. Burns,
Thomas M. Fullerton was appointed assistant clerk pro tempore.
On motion of Mr. Cass,
E. R. Hugunin was appointed sergeant-at-arms pro temporc.
On motion of Mr. Martin,
Joshua L. Delano was appointed messenger pro tempore. On motion of Mr. Williston,
S. K. Phelps was appointed fireman pro tempore.
Mr. Gardner moved that the rules of the house of representatives of the last session be adopted for the government of this house until others are prepared and adopted;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Gardner moved that John W. Stewart, who appears here without a certificate of election, be admitted to his seat;
Which was agreed to.
A message from the council, by their secretary :
"Mr. Speaker-I am directed to inform you that the council have now organized pro tempore, and are ready to proceed
to business; and that Messrs. Lovell and Collins have been appointed a committee on the part of the council, to act in conjunction with a similar committee to be appointed on the part of the house, to wait upon his excellency the governor, and inform him that the two houses are temporarily organized and ready to receive any communication he may have to make to them."
On motion of Mr. Reed,
Messrs. Reed and Burns were appointed the committee on the part of the house to wait upon his excellency the governor, and inform him that the two houses are now temporarily organized and ready to receive any communication he may have to make to them.
On motion of Mr. Burt,
The house adjourned until four o'clock P. M.
FOUR O'CLOCK P. M.
Mr. Reed, from the joint committee appointed "to wait upon his excellency the governor, and inform him that the two houses were temporarily organized and ready to receive any communication he may have to make to them," reported that the committee had performed the duty assigned them, and that the governor informed them that he would meet the two houses in convention this afternoon at any hour they might designate.
Mr. Holliday introduced the following resolution, which was adopted, to wit:
Resolved, That the sergeant-at-arms be directed to prepare seats for the reception of the honorable council, preparatory to the delivery of the message of his excellency the governor."
Mr. Wakely introduced the following resolution, to wit: Resolved, That each member of this house be authorized to subscribe for and receive, for his own use, during the present session of the legislative assembly, any number of news
papers published in this village, not exceeding thirty per week, if the same be weekly; or if the same, or a portion thereof, be tri-weekly, then such a number as will be equivalent in the whole to thirty weekly newspapers, rating three tri-weekly equivalent to two weekly papers; and that the bills for publishing the same be audited and paid in the same manner as may be provided for in the case of other incidental expenses."
And the question having been put on the adoption of said resolution,
It was decided in the affirmative.
And a division having been called for,
There were 11 in the affirmaiive and 7 in the negative.
A message from the council, by their secretary:
"Mr. Speaker-I am directed to inform you that the council have passed a resolution, of which the following is a copy:
'Resolved, (the house concurring,) That the standing joint rules of the two houses of the last session be adopted as the joint rules of the two houses for the present session until others are adopted.''
The message from the council was then taken up, and the said resolution adopted.
On motion of Mr. Reed,
The house took a recess of ten minutes.
The house having been again called to order,
Mr. Newell moved that the chief clerk be directed to inform the council that seats had been prepared for their accommodation in the representatives' hall, preparatory to the reception of the message of his excellency the governor ; Which was agreed to,
The honorable council appeared in the representatives' hall and took seats.
Mr. Lovell moved that a committee of two from each house be appointed to wait upon his excellency the governor and inform him that the two houses were now assembled in convention and ready to receive his message;
Which was agreed to.
The president appointed Messrs. Lovell and McCartney of the committee on the part of the council.
The speaker appointed Messrs. Gardner and Pole of the same committee, on the part of the house.
The said committee having retired for a short time, returned, when
His excellency the governor was announced, who appeared in the representatives' hall, and communicated to the two houses the following
Fellow citizens of the Council
and House of Representatives:
In accordance with the laws of the Territory, I have deemed it my duty to convene a special session of the legislative assembly, to enable the representatives of the people to take such action in the early organization of a state government as will meet the wants and wishes of their constituents.
At the last census of the inhabitants of the territory, her population was one hundred and fifty-five thousand; and from the increased immigration since that period, her present population may now be estimated to exceed two hundred thousand.
By the official returns made to the office of the secretary of the territory, of the votes given "for and against State Government," it appears that a large majority of the people are in favor of a state government. The preparatory steps, it would seem, can be taken for the election of a convention to form a constitution and submitting it to the people of the territory, as well as to the congress of the United States, at their next session, in time for the admission of Wisconsin as an independent state of this Union, as the next is the commencement of a new congress, and a long session of that body. In that event the State of Wisconsin will give her electoral vote at the next presidential election in 1848.
The admission of Wisconsin as a state, will promote the best interests of her people; they will have a representation in both houses of congress; they will participate in all the
advantages of a government created by themselves, founded on the equal rights of all, and when the expressed voice of the people will be the supreme law of the state. The donation of 500,000 acres of land, to which the future State of Wisconsin will be entitled, under the provisions of an act of congress entitled "an act to appropriate the proceeds of the sale of public lands, and to grant pre-emption rights," approved September 4th, 1841, will be greatly lessened in value before Wisconsin becomes a state, as the choice lands have already been sold, and the refuse lands will remain, from which the selection will be made, unless they are located north of the Wisconsin river.
The lands granted by congress for schools and a university will not be available until after the admission of Wisconsin as a state. Five per centum on the nett proceeds of the sales of the public lands sold at the land office in this territory, to which the state of Wisconsin will be entitled on her admission into the Union, would have paid the expenses of a state government for the last five years.
The people of this territory have paid into the United States treasury, since the organization of the territorial government, near four millions of dollars in payment for the public lands; and the amount appropriated by congress for the improvement of harbors and roads, &c., in the territory, is one hundred and sixty-seven thousand dollars. This state of things will remain as long as the territorial government exists.
The states of Illinois and Missouri were admitted members of the Union when the population of those states did not exceed one hundred and thirty thousand inhabitants. In the admission of all of the western states, none of them had a population equal to the present population of the territory of Wisconsin. The future state of Wisconsin will combine as many advantages as any other portion of the United States; her great extent of territory, the fertility of her soil, the salubrity of her climate, with commercial advantages unsurpassed on our inland seas and navigable rivers; her inexhaustible mineral wealth, composed of lead iron, and copper mines, with the