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Messrs. Crandall, Day, Dosh. French, Gove, Heintzelman, Hook, Lippincott, Mandeville, McNeill, Norman, Rust, Shaw, Tilford, and Wilson-15.
Mr. Waite having received a majority of the votes cast he was declared elected.
Mr. Coffroth nominated Mr. Means.
Mr. Lippincott nominated Mr. Jno. McGlenchy.
Those who voted for Mr. Means, were—
Messrs Ashley, Burnett, Bynum, Coffroth. Cosby, Ferguson, Fiske, Flint, Hawks, Hawthorne, McCoun, McCallum, McGee, Scellen, Waite and Westmoreland-16.
Those who voted for Mr. McGlenchy, were
Messrs. Burton, Crandall, Day, Dosh, French, Gove, Heintzelman, Hook, Lippincott, Mandeville, McNeil, Norman, Rust, Shaw, Tilford, Wilson and Mr. President-17.
There being a tie vote, the President gave his casting vote in favor of Mr. McGlenchy, whereupon he was declared duly elected.
For Chaplain :
Mr. Hawks nominated Mr. Crouch.
Mr. Waite nominated Mr. Shuck.
Mr. Burton nominated Mr. Pratt.
Mr. Day nominated Mr. Benton.
Those who voted for Mr. Crouch, were
Messrs. Ashley, Bynum, Hawks, Hawthorne, Lippincott, McCoun, McNeil, Norman, Scellen, Shaw and Tilford-11.
Those who voted for Mr. Diehl, were
Messrs. Coffroth, Dosh, Fiske, Flint, Hook and Mandeville-6.
Those who voted for Mr. Shuck, were
Messrs. Ferguson, McGee, Waite and Westmoreland-4.
Those who voted for Mr. Pratt, were—
Messrs. Burnett, Barton, Cosby, Gove, Heintzelman, McCallum and Rust-7.
Those who voted for Mr. Benton, were
Messrs. Crandall and Day-2.
None of the candidates having received the necessary number of votes for a choice, the Secretary proceeded with the second ballot, when
Mr. Burton moved to adjourn.
Mr. Mandeville moved to lay so much of the resolution concerning the election of officers, as related to the election of Chaplin, upon the table.
Mr. Shaw gave notice that he would, at an early day, introduce the following bills and resolutions:
A bill for an Act recommending to the electors to vote for or against a Convention to revise and change the Constitution of this State.
A Joint Resolution, instructing our Senators, and requesting our Representatives in Congress to urge the passage of a law, donating the title of the United States in our mineral lands to this State, in trust, for the general use and benefit of the miners thereon, being citizens of this State, and those who shall hereafter become such, securing to each the right of ownership therein, in such limited quantities, as the exigencies of each mining locality and different kind of mining may demand; but only to such extent, and for such length of time, (to be regulated by law,) as the same shall be actually worked by the claimant or claimants thereof.
Also, a bill for an Act to quiet land titles in this State.
Also, a bill for an Act to re ulate interest on money.
Mr. Coffroth presented the following concurrent resolution:
Resolved, By the Senate, (the Assembly concurring,) that the two Houses. will meet in Joint Convention to-morrow, January 9th, 1856, at 12 M., to canvass the votes for Governor and Lieutenant Governor.
Mr. French moved to lay the same upon the table.
The resolution was then adopted.
Mr. Coffroth submitted the following concurrent resolution:
Resolved, By the Senate, (the Assembly concurring,) that the Senate will meet the Assembly on Wednesday, January 9th, 1856, at 2 o'clock P. M., to inaugurate the Governor and Lieutenant Governor elect, and that a committee of three be appointed on the part of the Senate, and a like number on the part of the Assembly, to make the necessary arrangements.
Mr. Heintzelman moved to lay the resolution upon the table.
The resolution was then adopted.
The Chair appointed the following committee, Messrs. Coffroth, Dosh, and McNeill.
Mr. Heintzelman offered the following resolution, which was adopted.
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate be requested to inform the Assembly that the Senate has organized by the selection of permanent officers, and is ready to proceed to legislative business.
The officers elect were then severally qualified by the President of the Senate.
On motion of Mr. Mandeville the Senate adjourned until to-morrow at 11 A. M.
Resolved, By the Senate (the Assembly concurring,) that a committee of two from each House, be appointed to wait on His Excellency, the Governor, and inform him that both Houses are organized, and ready to receive any communication that he may be pleased to make.
The President appointed Messrs. Mandeville and Day said committee.
Mr. Mandeville offered the following Resolution.
Resolved, That the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate is hereby directed to make arrangements with the Postmaster of this City for the transmission of letters, papers and documents to and from Senators during the session of the Legislature.
Mr. Burton offered the following as a substitute.
Resolved, That the Sergeant-at-Arms be authorized to purchase 4000 three cent letter envelopes and 5000 one cent newspaper stamps for the use of the Senate.
The following message was received from the Assembly:
I am directed to inform the Senate, that the Assembly has concurred in the resolution passed by the Senate, to meet in Joint Convention this day, to canvass the votes for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and that the Assembly is organized and ready for business; and has also appointed a committee of two to wait upon the Governor.
January 9, 1856.
Mr. McCoun offered the following resolution:
J. M. ANDERSON,
Resolved, by the Senate, the Assembly concurring, That a Joint Committee of two from each House be appointed, to confer with the Board of Supervisors of Sacramento County, and ascertain what amount, (if any,) they will charge the State for the use of this building.
After some discussion, the resolution was withdrawn.
Mr. Coffroth moved to go into the election of a Chaplain.
Mr. Burton moved to postpone the same indefinitely.
Upon which, the ayes and noes were demanded by Messrs. Burton, Ashley, and French, with the following result;
Messrs. Ashley, Burton, French, Norman, Scellen, and Waite-G.
Messrs. Burnett, Bynum, Coffroth, Crandall, Cosby, Day, Dosh, Ferguson, Fiske, Gove, Hawks, Hawthorne, Heintzelman, Hook, Lippincott, Mandeville, McCoun, McCullum, McGee, McNeill, Shaw, Tilford, Westmoreland, Wilson—24,
Mr. Mandeville offered the following report:
The Committee appointed to wait on his Excellency the Governor, and inform him of the organization of both Houses, and that they are ready to receive any communication that he may have to make, report: That they have discharged their duty, and that the Governor informed them that he would be ready to communicate in writing in twenty minutes.
The following message and accompanying documents were received from his Excollency the Governor
Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and Assembly:
Having assembled as the immediate representatives of a free people to deliberate upon the varied wants and interests of a great State, the duty again devolves on me as Chief Executive of communicating with you by message, setting forth the "condition of the State" and recommending such measures as I "may deem expedient," and promotive of the prosperity, happiness, and wealth of our common constituents.
The manifold interests committed to your care, and which it will be your duty to foster and protect, are of vast importance to the whole people, and as their representatives, it affords me sincere pleasure at the opening of a new year, to welcome you to the scene of your legislative labors, and to express the confident hope that all your acts will not only accord with the public will, but redound to the increased prosperity of our young State.
You have assembled under circumstances the most auspicious, and at a time, too, when wise counsels and judicious legislation will immeasurably advance the onward progress of California to that high position among the confederacy of sovereign States to which she is so eminently entitled.
For the first five years of our history, it may well be said that California was placed in a peculiar, anomalous, and even periious condition; when Legislatures were necessarily surrounded by circumstances well calculated to retard her growth and advancement, and to encumber her with indebtedness beyond any former precedent in the history of other States of the confederacy.
Before, however, setting forth the financial condition of the State at the present time, and suggesting such measures of economy and reform as are deemed necessary to reduce the expenditures of Government, it may not be improper briefly to call your attention to a few facts and circumstances connected with the early history of the State, that you may the better understand and appreciate the real causes of the indebtedness incurred. For notwithstanding the errors which may have been committed from a lack of correct information and experience as to the wants and requirements of a new State, emerging at one stride from the cradle to the estate of full manhood, we are entitled to the