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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.
"GENTLEMEN OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL—
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
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 O. 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.
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,
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.
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.
"DETROIT, May 7, 1832. HON. JOHN M'DONELL, PRESIDENT OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUN
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,
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 :
"LIST OF OFFICERS.
1814, Oct. 4, Solomon Sibley, Auditor of public accounts,
5, Benjamin Woodworth, Vice Marshal.
James Audrain, Supervisor of Highways.
7, George M'Dougal, Justice of the Peace, District
William M. Scott,
1815, May 8, John C. Potter, Justice of the Peace and Auctioneer, Michilimackinac.
19, William H. Pathaff, justice of the peace,
Oct. 9, James Abbot, chief justice county court, Wayne.
Thomas Rowland, clerk,
1816, April 1, Francis Cicott,
22, John Macomb,
Nov. 10, Jaques Campau, supervisor of highways within
his comp'y limits.
21, Benjamin Woodworth, coroner,
James H. Audrain, sheriff and constable,
26, Henry Conner, supervisor of highways.
Austin E. Wing, sheriff,
May 9, Isaac Lee, justice of the peace, district of Erie.
15, Michael Tremble,
John Grant, supervisor of highways.
June 10, Austin E. Wing, constable, district of Detroit
July 7, Richard Smyth,
9, Henry Brown, auctioneer
Oct. 9, Laurent Durocher, justice of the piece, district of Erie.
Nov. 12, Charles Larned, register for the districts of Huron, Erie, and Detroit.
Dec. 5, George M'Dougall, auctioneer for the Territory. 1817, Jan. 7, Andrew Westbrook, supervisor, St. Clair. 13, Horatio Conant, justice of the peace, district of Erie.
Benjamin Farnsworth, constable,
Thomas Rowland, justice of the peace, Wayne. David B. Macomb, justice of the peace, district of Detroit.
17, John Meldrum, auctioneer.
John M'Donell, associate justice, county court of
April 6, John C. Potter, supervisor of highways, Michil-
17, Henry Brown, justice of the peace, district of
May 31, John L. Lieb, justice of the peace, and chief justice, county court, Wayne.
John M'Donell, auctioneer,
June 26, Duncan Reid, constable district of Detroit.
July 2, Robert A. Forsyth, secretary of Indian department for Michigan.
14, John Anderson, chief justice county court, Mon
Isaac Lee, associate justice,
Hubert Lacroix, sheriff,
,, Isaac Lee, Register,
,, Samuel Agnew, coroner,
Laurent Durocher, clerk,
Aug. 8, James M. Closky, auditor of public accounts.
16, François Lascelle, justice of the peace, Monroe. Sept. 1, William W. Petit, notary public, Wayne.
John Mentieth, president of the University of