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Lansing, January 3, 1855.
This being the day designated by the Constitution of the State for the assembling of the Legislature, the Senate convened in the Senate Chamber, at the Capitol, and was called to order by Hon. George A. Coe, Lieut. Governor, and President of the Senate.
The roll having been called by Austin Blair, the following named Senators elect answered to the call, who severally came forward, and having presented their credentials, severally subscribed the Constitutional oath of office, and took their seats as Senators:
1st District, Buckminster Wight; 2nd Dist, George Jerome; 3d Dist., Nathaniel Ladd; 4th Dist., Alfred J. Boss; 5th Dist., Willard B. Arms; 6th Dist., Charles Tripp; 7th Dist., Wm. H. Pattison; 8th Dist., Wm. H. Montgomery; 9th Dist., H. M. Boies; 10th Dist. Perley Bills; 11th Dist., Roswell B. Rexford; 12th Dist., Austin Blair; 13th Dist., Erastus Hussey; 14th Dist., Wm. H. Brockway; 15th Dist. Alonzo Cressy; 16th Dist., Louis T. N. Wilson; 17th Dist., Charles Upson; 18th Dist., James Sullivan; 19th Dist., R. C. Paine; 20th Dist., S. A. Fitch; 21st Dist., E. Lakin Brown; 22d Dist., Henry A. Goodyear; 23d Dist., Mordecai L. Hopkins; 24th Dist., W. D. Foster; 25th Dist., Jefferson H. Beckwith; 26th Dist., Charles P. Bush; 27th Dist., John Kenyon, Jr.; 28th Dist., Reuben Goodrich; 29th Dist., Henry J. Alvord; 30th Dist., Cortez P. Hooker; 31st Dist., Omar D. Conger; 32d Dist., A. I. Upson.
Mr. Alvord, moved that the seats of the Senate Chamber be numbered, and that seats be allotted to Senators to correspond with the numof the district represented.
Mr. Blair moved to amend as follows :
Strike out the words "to correspond with the number of the district represented," and insert, "by drawing by lot;" which amendment was lost, and on motion of Mr. Bush, original motion was laid on the table.
A committee consisting of Messrs. Wells and Church, was announced from the House, who informed the Senate that the House was organized and ready to proceed to business.
Edwin Perry was appointed Sergeant-at-arms pro tem.
On motion of Mr. Blair,
The rules of the last Senate were adopted until otherwise ordered. On motion of Mr. Brown,
The Senate proceeded to the election of permanent officers.
The vote for Secretary resulted as follows:
Whereupon the President declared that Isaac W. Wilder having received a majority of all the votes was duly elected Secretary.
The vote for Engrossing and Enrolling Clerk, resulted as follows:
Whereupon the President declared that Ezekiel Webb having received a majority of all the votes was duly elected Engrossing and Enrolling Clerk.
The vote for Sergeant-at-Arms resulted as follows:
Whereupon the President declared that Edwin Perry, having received a majority of all the votes, was duly elected Sergeant-at-Arms. Resolution was then offered,
That the President be and hereby is authorized to appoint four Messengers.
Moved to amend by adding, "and one Fireman."
Resolution was then adopted.
The Senate then adjoured until 2 o'clock, P. M.
Senate called to order by the President.
Roll called; quorum present.
The permanent officers of the Senate, elected during morning session came forward and severally subscribing the constitutional oath of office, entered upon the discharge of their respective duties.
MOTIONS, RESOLUTIONS, AND NOTICES.
Mr. Bills offered the following:
Resolved by the Senate (the House concurring,) that the joint rules of the Senate and House of Representatives, and the rules in joint convention, of the last Legislature, be, and they are hereby adopted as the rules of the present Senate and House of Representatives, until otherwise ordered,
Which resolution was adopted.
Moved and carried that one additonal fireman be appointed.
The President of the Senate appointed the following Messingers:
Le Roy Weld.
Henry C. Clark.
Also the following firemen: Joseph Y. Perkins, David Grant.
Resolved, That each member of the Senate be allowed five dollars for stationery and newspapers, and that the committe on supplies be authorized to furnish the President, Secretary, and Engrossing and Enrolling Clerk such amount of stationery as may be necessary.
Mr. Blair gave notice that he would at some future day ask leave to introduce,
A bill to establish a General Railroad Law.
Mr. Bills offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the daily sessions of the Senate commence at ten o'clock A. M., until otherwise ordered.
Mr. Brockway moved to amend by striking out "ten" and inserting "nine." Lost.
The resolution was then adopted.
Mr. Alvord gave notice that he would on some future day ask leave to introduce,
A bill to increase the capital stock of the Port Huron and Lake Michigan Railroad Company from two to eight million dollars.
Mr. Upson offered the following:
Resolved, That a committe of two be appointed to inform the House that the Senate is organized and ready to proceed to business.