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SENATE JOURNAL.

Monday, January 6, 1845.

This being the day designated by the Constitution of the State of Michigan for the assembling of the Legislature, the Senate met in their chamber at the Capitol in the city of Detroit. Hon. Origen D. Richardson, Lieut. Governor, and President of the Senate, called the Senate to order.

On motion of Mr. Cust,

James E. Platt, Secretary of the Senate at its last session, was appointed Secretary pro tem.

Upon the roll being called, the following Senators answered to their names:

Messrs. Cust, Hart, Mason, Niles, Patterson, Pratt, Richmond, Thurber, and Turner.

The names of the Senators elect were then called, and the following members, their credentials having been presented and approved, severally answered, and subscribed the constitutional oath of office, administered by Hon. Charles W. Whipple, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and took their seats as Senators, to wit:

First District-Messrs. Hale and Smith.

Second District-Messrs. Allen and Denton.

Third District-Mr. Howell.

Fourth District-Mr. Videto.

Fifth District-Messrs. Chipman and Littlejohn.

Sixth District-Mr. Williams.

The Senate then proceeded to elect permanent officers for the Senate, which resulted as follows:

For President pro tem.

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Mr. Allen,
Chipman,

For Engrossing: Enrolling and Recording Clerk.

N. BUEL ELDRIDGE, of Lapeer.

Littlejohn,

Mr. Howell,

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MOSES HAWKS, of Allegan county.

Mr. Howell,
Littlejohn,
Niles,

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The several officers were then declared duly elected.

Mr. Smith offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the Senate do now elect two Messengers for said body, whose pay shall not exceed one dollar per day.

Mr. Howell offered the following substitute, which was adopted:
Resolved, That the President of the Senate appoint two Messen-

gers.

Mr. Turner offered the following resolution, which was adopted: Resolved, That a committee on supplies be appointed, whose duty it shall be to direct the furnishing of all articles necessary for the

use of the Senate, and that no account be allowed for such supplies, unless properly certified by the chairman of said committee.

Mr. Smith offered the following resolution, which, under the rule, was laid upon the table for one day :

Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That a committee of one from the Senate and two from the House be appointed to revise the rules of both Houses, and that said committee be authorized to order printed a sufficient number of copies thereof, for the use of the Legislature; to be published in manual form, and be accompanied by the same information as those in use during the last session of the Legislature.

Mr. Cust offered the following resolution, which was adopted: Resolved, That the Senate adopt the rules of the Senate of the last session until otherwise ordered.

Mr. Cust offered the following resolution, which was adopted: Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the joint rules of the last session of the legislature be adopted until otherwise ordered.

Mr. Smith moved that a committee of two be appointed by the Senate to inform the House that the Senate are organized and ready to proceed to business; which motion prevailed, and the President appointed as said committee Senators Smith and Patterson, who shortly afterwards reported that they had discharged the duty assigned them. Mr. Cust offered the following resolution, which, the rule having been suspended, was adopted:

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the Governor be and he is hereby authorized to employ a private secretary during the present session of the Legislature, who shall be allowed such compensation as the legislature shall direct, not exceeding three dollars per day.

Mr. Smith offered the following resolution, which, the rule having been suspended, was adopted:

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That a committee of one from the Senate and two from the House be appointed to make arrangements with the post master of Detroit in relation to the postage of officers and members of the Legislature during its present session.

Mr. Thurber offered the following resolution, which was adopted:

Resolved, That the committee on supplies be instructed to furnish each member of the Senate with a copy of the journals and statutes for their use during the session, and to the new members a copy of the same for previous years.

Mr.Cust offered the following resolution, which was adopted:

Resolved, That the daily hour to which the Senate shall stand adjourned, shall be 10 o'clock, A. M.

Mr. Smith offered the following resolution, which was adopted: Resolved, That a committee of two from the Senate be appointed and join a committee from the House, to wait on the Governor, and inform him that both houses are now organized and ready to receive any communication he may please to make.

The chair appointed as said committee Senators Smith and Denton. Mr. Patterson offered the following resolution, which was adopted: Resolved, That the committee of Internal Improvement be so increased that it shall consist of five members.

The following message from the House of Representatives, was announced by the President:

To the President of the Senate:

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
January 6, 1845.

SIR-I am instructed by the House of Representatives to respectfully inform you that Messrs. MacLeod and Pratt have been appointed a committee to wait on the Senate and inform it that the House is now organized and ready to proceed to business.

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The chair appointed as the committee on supplies Senrtors Turner, Niles and Howell.

A committee from the House, consisting of Messrs. McLeod and Pratt was announced, who informed the Senate, that the House was organized, and ready to proceed to business.

The committee appointed to wait upon the Governor, reported a discharge of duty, and that the Governor would immediately transmit to the two Houses his annual message.

The annual message of the Executive was thereupon announced, and read by the Secretary pro tem.

On motion of Mr. Cust,

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