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verbally by the member introducing the same, and shall not be debated or decided on the day of their being first read, unless where the Council shall direct otherwise ; but shall lie on the table to be taken up in the order they were read.

RULE 25th. After a bill shall have passed the Council, it shall be duly enrolled by the clerk, after which it shall be examined by a standing committee for that purpose, who shall carefully compare the enrollment with the engrossed bill, and correcting any errors that may be discovered in the enrolled bill, shall make their report forthwith to the Council.

RULE 26th. After examination and report, each bill shall be signed by the President of the Council, and by him presented to the Governor for his approbation; the day of presentation shall be entered on the journal.

RULE 27th. A Secretary, a Recording and Enrolling Clerk shall be appointed by ballot, to hold their places during the pleasure of the Council. They shall take an oath for the true and faithful discharge of their respective duties in office, to the best of their knowledge and abilities. The Secretary shall keep a correct journal of the daily proceedings, and perform such other duties as shall appertain to him as Secretary. He shall let no journal, records, accounts or papers, be taken from the table or out of his custody, other than by the regular mode of business of the Council ; and if any papers in his charge should be missing, he shall make report to the President, that it may be inquired into. It shall be the duty of the Recording clerk, to record the journal of proceedings agreeably to the original furnished him by the Secretary. It shall be the duty of the Enrolling clerk to transcribe, copy, and enroll bills. The Secretary and clerks, in the discharge of their duties, shall be subject to the direction of the President or Council.

RULE 28th. A sergeant-at-arms, door deeper, and messenger, shall be appointed by ballot, to hold their offices during the pleasure of the Council

, whose duty it shall be to attend the Council during its sitting, and to execute the commands of the President and Council from time to time. They shall take an oath, truly and faithfully to discharge their respective duties in office.

RULE 29th. When a message shall be sent from the Governor to the Council, it shall be communicated to the chair, by the person by whom it may be sent.

RULE 30th. No person shall be elected to any office, created by these rules, unless he shall receive a majority of the whole number of votes given by the members of the Legislative Council.

RULE 31st. When nominations shall be made in writing by the Governor of the Territory, to the Council, a future day shall be assigned, unless the Council unanimously direct otherwise, for taking them into consideration.

Rule 32d. All information or remarks, touching or concerning the character or qualifications of any person nominated by the Governor to office, shall be kept inviolably secret.

RULE 33d. When acting on confidential or Executive business, the Council shall be cleared, by direction of the President of all persons, except the Secretary and Sergeant-at-arms.

RULE 34th. The proceedings of the Council, when they shall act in their Executive capacity, shall be in separate and distinct books, and no part of the Executive Journal shall be published but by special order.

RULE 35th. No member or officer of the Council shall be permitted to read the newspapers within the bar of the Council, while the Council is in session.

RULE 36th. The President of the Council is authorised and required to administer all oaths prescribed by these rules,

RULE 37th. Every resolution read (by the Secretary) by direction of a member, shall be considered as being before the Council

. And the question to adopt or reject, may immediately be put on such resolution, unless upon request of a member, that the same may be on the table.

RULE 38th. It shall be competent for any member when a question is taken, to call for the ayes and nays, which shall be recorded by the Secretary, if required.”

On motion of Mr. Sprague.

The Council proceeded to ballot for President of the Council ; Whereupon,

John M'Donell was chosen President. Mr. M'Donell, having taken the chair, addressed the Council as follows.


You will be pleased to accept my grateful acknowledgments for the honor just conferred, in calling me to the chair, as President of the Legislative Council of this Territory. For so distinguished and flattering a mark of your confidence, I return you my most sincere thanks. Although sensible am I of my own inability to do justice to the situation in which your partialities have placed me ; so much so, that it is with diffidence that I shall undertake the discharge of the duties that will devolve upon me as the presiding officer of this house. But, gentlemen, on you, I rely for aid and assistance, and also, on your candor, forbearance and liberality, which inspires me with a hope, that no exertion on my part, shall be wanting, to discharge the duties that are incumbent on the chair. Should I in this be so fortunate as to render you satisfaction, and to gain the approbation of my fellow citizens, I shall have accomplished an object, that will be most gratifying to my feelings.”

On motion of Mr. Torrey,
The Council proceeded to ballot for a Secretary, and
Edmund A. Brush was chosen.
On motion of Mr. Martin,

Resolved, That the Council ballot for the two clerks at the same time ; one of whom shall be designated by the President as the Recording, and the other as the Enrolling Clerk.

The Council proceeded to ballot accordingly, and

Caleb N. Ormsby, and 0. D. Richardson, were chosen the clerks.

On motion of Mr. Hascall,
The Council proceeded to ballot for Sergeant-at-arms, and
James T. Allen was chosen.
On motion of Mr. Sprague,
The Council proceeded to the choice of a Door keeper, and
Gabriel Godfroy, jr. was chosen.
On motion of Mr. Hascall,
The Council proceeded to the choice of a Messenger, and
R. P. Eldridge was chosen.
On motion of Mr. Kingsley,
The Council adjourned to 3 o'clock P. M.

3 o'clock P. M. Mr. Durocher submitted the following resolution, which was adopted.

Resolved, That each member of the Council be at liberty to order for his use, any number of newspapers in this Territory, not exceeding twelve, during the session of the Council; the expense of which shall be defrayed from the contingent fund appropriated by Congress for the expenses of the Council for the present year, 1832.

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Mr. Hascall submitted the following resolution which was adopted.

Resolved, That the following standing committees be appointed for the present session of the Legislative Council, to consist of three members each, viz: Committee on the Judiciary,

Territorial Affairs,

Enrolment. Mr. Torrey moved, that the rule requiring one day's notice of a motion for leave to bring in a bill, be suspended for the time being, and that leave be granted to bring in

A Bill to postpone the May term of the Supreme Court.
The motion prevailing,

Messrs. Torrey, Kingsley, and Martin were appointed a committee to prepare said bill.

Mr. Torrey from that committee, reported A Bill to postpone the May term of the Supreme Court, which was read the first time.

On motion of Mr. Torrey, (the rule having been suspended)

The Bill was read the second time by its title, and ordered to be engrossed and read a third time to-morrow.

The President laid before the Council the following communication from the Secretary of the Territory.



Sir-In compliance with a resolution of the Legislative Council, adopted at its last session, I have the honor of transmitting to you,“ A List of all the officers, Civil and Military, commissioned by the Executive of the Territory since the organization of the Territorial Government; designating the rank that such respective officers held, with the date of their commissions, so far as practicable.

The Executive records, now on file in the Secretary's office, do not extend back further than the year 1814. The papers belonging to the office previous to that period, were destroyed by the enemy in the late war. All appointments, made by the Executive of the Territory since that year, are embraced in the accompanying list.


Your obedient servant,

Secretary of the Territory."

On motion of Mr. Kingsley,

Ordered, That the lists of officers referred to in the foregoing communication and accompanying the same, be entered on the Journal of the Council.

Which lists are as follows:


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1814, Oct. 4, Solomon Sibley, Auditor of public accounts,

, George M'Dougall,

Robert Abbott,
5, Benjamin Woodworth, Vice Marshal.

James Audrain, Supervisor of Highways.
7, George M’Dougal, Justice of the Peace, District

of Detroit.

William M. Scott, 1815, May 8, John C. Potter, Justice of the Peace and Auctioneer,

July 5,

Gambel, Justice of the Peace,
Aug. 5, Samuel Abbott, Justice of the Peace, Auc-

tioneer and Notary Public,
19, William H. Pathaff, justice of the peace,
20, Samuel Abbott, supervisor of territorial

Oct. 9, James Abbot, chief justice county court, Wayne.

John R. Williams, associate justice
„ Henry J. Hunt,

Thomas Rowland, clerk,
Nov. 10, Jaques Campau, supervisor of highways within

his comp'y limits.
Dominique Bondie,
, Louis Beufet,

Jaques Cicott,
21, Benjamin Woodworth, coroner,

James H. Audrain, sheriff and constable,

Erie and Huron districts,
26, Henry Conner, supervisor of highways.

Thomas Willetts, 1816, April 1, Francis Cicott,

, Joseph King,

22, John Macomb, May 9, Isaac Lee, justice of the peace, district of Erie.

Reuben Kelsey, supervisor of highways.
15, Michael Tremble,

Joseph Lafaucon,
Austin E. Wing, sheriff,


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