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JOURNAL OF THE ASSEMBLY.

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY.

CITY OF BENICIA,

Monday, January 2, 1854. According to the requirements of the Constitution, the House was called to order this day at 12 o'clock, M., by J. G. Stebbins, Esq., late Clerk.

On motion of Mr. Bostwick, Mr. Mandeville was chosen Speaker, pro tem.

The clerk then proceeded to call the Counties, and the following members appeared, were qualified, and took their seats : County of Butte-Messrs. Richard Irwin, S. Ewer and J. B. McGee.

Calaveras-Messrs. Wm. C. Pratt and A. J. Houghtaling.
Contra Costa-Mr. F. M. Warmcastle.
Colusi—Mr. G. W. Bowie.

El Dorado-Messrs, John Conness, Alfred Briggs, H. Hollister, E.
C. Springer, E. A. Stevenson, George McDonald, and S. A. Ballou.
County of Humboldt-Mr. M. Spencer.

Los Angeles Mr. E. Hunter.
Mariposa—Messrs. P. T. Herbert and J. C. Henry.
Monterey—Mr. D. R. Ashley.
Napa-Mr. G. N. Cornwall.

Nevada-Messrs. John H. Bostwick, Isaac N. Dawley, William. H.
Lipdsey, E. F. Burton and H. P. Sweetland.
County

of Placer-Messrs. B. F. Myres, Geo. H. Van Cleft, B. L. Fairfield and James O'Neil.

County of Sacramento - Messrs. J. M. McBrayer, Thomas R. Davidson, F. A.
Park, and John W. Park.
County of San Diego—Mr. Charles P. Noel.

San Francisco— Messrs. J. C. Hubbard and N. Hubert.
San Joaquin-Mr. John Stemmons.
Shasta-Mr. John A. Ring.

County of Solano-Mr. B. C. Whitman

Sonoma-Mr. J. N. Bennett.
Sierra-Messrs. J. C. James and F. Anderson.
Siskiyou-Mr. W. D. Aylett.
Sutter--Mr. E. O. F. Hastings.
Trinity-Mr. John Musser.
Tulare—Mr. John T. Tivy.

Tuolumne-Messrs. J. W. Mandeville, B. D. Horr, James T. Hoyt, and H B. Godard. County of Yolo-Mr. H. Griffith.

Yuba—Messrs. Charles S. Fairfax, Charles W. Dannals, J. C. Jones, H. B. Kellogg, and James G. McDuffie.

On motion of Mr. Irwin, the House adjourned until tomorrow at 12 o'clock.

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY.

TUESDAY, January 3, 1854. House met pursuant to adjournment, Mr. Mandeville in the chair. The following members appeared, were qualified, and took their seats : County of Calaveras Martin Rowan. San Barnardino-Jefferson Hunt. Klamath—S. G. Whipple. Marin—D. Clingan.

San Francisco—W.J. Sweasey, Edwin B. Purdy, F. W. Koll, John W. Bagley, and Elijah Nichols. Santa Barbara, Pedro C. Carrillo. El Dorado-D. P. Tallmadge. Santa Cruz-W. W. Stowe. Santa Clara-W. S. Letcher. On motion of Mr. Conness, the House adjourned until 2 o'clock to-morrow.

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY.

WEDNESDAY, January 4, 1854. House met pursuant to adjournment, Mr. Mandeville in the chair. The following members appeared, were qualified, and took their seats:

From the county of Alameda, Joseph S. Watkins; county of Los Angeles, C. E. Carr; San Louis Obispo, Parker H. French ; Tuolumne, John J. Hoff; and from the county of San Francisco, James A. Gilbert.

The House then proceeded to elect permanent officers for the session. Mr. Irwin nominated Mr. Charles S. Fairfax, and Mr. Bowie nominated Mr. B. D. Horr, for Speaker. Those who voted for Mr. Fairfax, were

Messrs. Anderson, Ashley, Aylett, Bagley, Ballou, Bostwick, Briggs, Carr, Carrillo, Clingan, Conness, Dannals, Davidson, Dawiey, Fairfield, Gilbert, Godard, Green, Griffith, Hastings, Herbert, Hoff, Hollister, Horr, Hoyt, Hubbard, Hubert, Hunt, Hunter, Irwin, James, Jones, Kellogg, Koll, Mandeville, Musser, Myers, McBrayer; MeDonald, McDuffie, McGee, Nichols, Noel, O'Neil, F. A. Park, J. W. Park, Pratt, Purdy, Ring, Rowan, Spencer, Springer, Stemmons, Sweasey, Tallmadge, Tivy, Van Čleft, Warmcastle, Watkins, and Whipple—60.

Those who voted for Mr. Horr, were

Messrs. Bowie, Burton, Fairfax, Henry, Houghtaling, Letcher, Lindsey, Stowe and Whitman-9.

Mr. Fairfax having received a majority of all the votes cast, was declared duly elected Speaker.

Messrs. Myers and Herbert were appointed a committee to notify Mr. Fairfax of his election, and conduct him to the chair, whereupon he spoke as follows:

GENTLEMEN OF THE ASSEMBLY :

For the honor you have this day conferred, by selecting me to preside over your deliberations, I cannot but return my heartfelt and sincere thanks.

In the proper discharge of the duties of Speaker of this Assembly, my warmest and best endeavors shall be exerted. Many and perplexing are its difficulties, yet with your friendly assistance and hearty co-operation in maintaining that high and dignified conduct suited to our deliberations, I am pleased to indulge the hope we shall be enabled to transact the business entrusted to our charge creditably to ourselves, and in a manner best calculated to promote the interest of the State The recent acquisition of California, her vast expanse of territory, her mixed population, various in their habits and languages, unaccustomed, many of them, to our laws and institutions, added to her peculiar and sometimes locally adverse interests, all tend to render good and wholesome legislation extremely difficult; so much the more, therefore, should we strive in our united efforts, to avoid the wrong so much complained of—to adopt the right so anxiously expected by the people at our hands. Then, and then alone, shall we have discharged our duty, and then shall we be enabled to return to an approving constituency, greeting us as good and faithful servants.

Gentlemen, I am pleased to believe the members of this Assembly competent to the task, and zealous for its proper accomplishment.

After which he took the oath of office as Speaker, and proceeded to business.

The House next proceeded to the election of Chief Clerk. Blanton McAlpin being alone in nomination, received the following votes :

Messrs. Anderson, Ashley, Aylett, Bagley, Balou, Bostwick, Briggs, Burton, Carr, Carrillo, Clingan, Conness, Cornwall, Dannals, Davidson, Dawley, Fairfax, Fairfield, Gilbert, Godard, Green, Griffith, Hastings, Henry, Herbert, Hoff, Hollister, Hoyt, Hubbard, Hubert, Hunt, Hunter, Irwin, James, Jones, Kellogg, Koll, Letcher, Lindsey, Mandeville, Musser, Myers, McBrayer, McDonald, McDuffie, McGee, Nichols, Noel, O'Neil

, F. A. Park, J. W. Park, Pratt, Purdy, Ring, Rowan, Spencer, Springer, Stemmons, Stowe, Sweasey, Sweetland, Tallmadge, Tivy, Van Cleft, Warmcastle, Watkins, and Whipple—67.

Having received all the votes cast, was declared duly elected.
The House next proceeded to the election of Assistant Clerk.
Mr. Scobey being alone in nomination, received the following votes :

Messrs. Anderson, Ashley, Aylett, Bagley, Ballou, Bennett, Bostwick, Briggs, Burton, Carr, Carrillo, Olingan, Conness, Cornwall, Dannels, Davidson, Dawley, Fairfax, Fairfield. Gilbert, Godard, Green, Griffith, Hastings, Henry, Herbert, HolJister, Houghtaling, Hoyt, Hubbard, Hubert, Hunt, Hunter, Irwin, James, Jones, Kellogg, Koll

, Letcher, Lindsey, Mandeville, Musser, Myers, McBrayer, McDonald, McDuffie, McGee, Nichols, Noel, O'Neil. F. A. Park, J. W. Park, Pratt, Purdy, Ring, Rowan, Spencer, Springer, Stemmons, Stowe, Sweasey, Sweetland, Tallmadge, Tivy, Van Cleft, W'armcastle, Watkins, and Whipple—68.

Having received all the votes, he was declared duly elected Assistant Clerk.
The House then proceeded to elect a Sergeant-at-Arms.
Mr. George H. Blake being alone in nomination, received the following votes :

Messrs. Anderson, Ashley, Aylett, Bagley, Ballou, Bennett, Bostwick, Briggs, Burton, Carr, Carrillo, Clingan, Conness, Cornwall, Dannals, Davidson, Dawley, Fairfax, Fairfield, French, Gilbert, Godard, Green, Griffith, Hastings, Henry, Herbert, Hoff, Hollister, Houghtaling, Hoyt, Hubbard, Hubert, Hunt, Hunter, Irwin, James, Jones, Kellogg, Koll, Lindsey, Mandeville, Musser, Myers, McBrayer, McDonald, McDuffie, McGee, Nichols, Noel, O'Neil, F. A. Park, J. W. Park, Pratt, Purdy, Ring, Rowan, Spencer, Springer, Stemmons, Sweasy, Sweetland, Tallmadge, Tivy, Van Cleft, Warmcastle, Watkins, and Whipple---68.

Having received all the votes, he was declared duly elected Sergeant-at-Arms.
The House then proceeded to elect a Door-Keeper.
John H. Warrington being alone in nomination, received the following votes :

Messrs. Anderson, Ashley, Aylett, Bagley, Ballou, Bennett, Bostwick, Briggs, Burton, Carr, Carrillo, Clingan, Conness, Cornwall

, Dannels, Davidson, Dawley, Ewer, Fairfax, Fairfield, French, Gilbert, Godard, Green, Griffith, Hastings, Henry, Herbert, Hoff, Hollister, Houghtaling, Hoyt, Hubbard, Hubert, Hunt, Hunter, Irwin, James, Jones, Kellogg, Koll

, Lindsey, Mandeville, Musser, Myers, McBrayer, McDuffie, McGee, Nichols, Noel, O'Neil

, F. A. Park, J. W. Park, Pratt, Purdy, Ring, Rowan, Spencer, Springer, Stemmons, Stowe, Sweasey, Sweetland, Tallmadge, Tivy, Van Cleft, Warmcastle, Watkins, Whipple, and Whitman---69.

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