Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB

Dert General Assembly in joint Convention, on the third Wednesday of December nett; and if a majority of all the votes ihus given shall be " for the amendments", then these amendments shall become and be part of the Con-titu'ion of this Comm nwealth ; other. wise they shall be void. The Secretary of the Commonwealth shall cause the amend. ments to lie publi- hed in at least two newspapers in each county, (containing so inany) for at least two months before the clection.

AMENNYESTS, Art. I. Aft:rihe section i second and lenih, so as to read as follows : Secr. 2. The Representatives sha:l le chosen annually ly the citizens of Philo ade'phia, and of each cou ty respectively, on the third Tuesulty of October.

Secr. 10. The General Assembly shall meet on t..e first Tuesday of January in each yeur, unless sooner conveneil hy the Governor, and shill ailjurn on the first Thur-day in April, unless continued ini ressiin liy lw fir that purpose.

ARTICLE II. Of The Constitution. Alter section in id to read as follows:

Sect. 3. The Governor shil hold his office during tire years fro'n the third Tuesday of January n xt ensuing his election, and shall not be capable of hulling it longer than six in any term of nine yeir3.

AWEICLS III, Of The Covsritrtov. Alter section first, so as to read as follows:

Sect. 1 lie'ertious by th“ cit z 'lis. every fie.'min of the age of twen v.o :e vears, having reside I in the State one ye ir, or if he had previously been a qualifi d ole.tor, six months be ore the election, and within tw years next bifore the electi »n. pail, St te or coun!y 0:1X, which shall have been as-e-seil at least'eid ys next bifir..th cle:tion. shall enjoy the rights of an plector: Providel, Thit frimeni, ci izens of the Visite! States, hiving resided in tre Slinde as alo ''sa id, lo in: between the ages of twenty-ne and twenty-two years, shall be entitled to vo:e, although they shall not have paid taxes,

Art. V: Alter sectior second to read as fillows:

Sect. 2. The Julges of the Sup eme Couri, of the several courts of the Common Pleas, and of such other cou ts of Records, whi h are or shale et viibid hy law shall be .omina id by the Governor, anil, boy and with the co is nt of thSmite appoint d, and conmission d by him. Toe Ju Iges of the surem. Curt sha'l hold their o rices for the term of fitieen year i, if they siall:o lon z blive t cm-elves well. The President Judze; of the several courts of Cornmon Pesmi of such other counts of Record, as are or shall be established by law, andal other Jule: riq rireil 10 he l'arn in the law, shall bolil their offices for the term of ten years, if itsey shals, lon; hehave them elves will. Th- A sociate Judges of the c. uri of Common Plous shall hold thoi officrs fir the term of five years, if they shali so lon bedrivitiense've: well. For every reasona. bole cause wish shall not be sullicent ground für impeachmiant, &c. 10 the end of the existing sex.10.1

Alter 8 ton ien lo real as fo'liws:

8:ct. 10. A co npriedl u niher f th: Jus'ices of the Perce an! Alderinen. to be fixed by law, shill in the several twin-hijis, lourou zh4, an I warlo, oof tirevira' countie's an I cit es of this Commonwerlih. be clcard ty thie qua fiel ele lor of Representatives, They sh.ll be commissioned liy the Governor, and stilhed their oʻlices for thi t'rm of five years; liut may hy him be removed on conviciion of misbehavior, &c. to the end of the existing section.

ART. V!, o: Tue CovstiTUTIOy. Altor it to read as follows:

Sucr. l. Sheriffs and Coroner. shill, it the tinies and plac:s of eliction of Rapre. senta:ive;, he chosen by the citize is of ra h crunty. On: pers.n shill bicho it for each o.fice, who xha') be comisioned by the Governor. I ev sh Jl bild th:-ie offices for three year-, if they shall so lon, busave t'i "mne ies w-1, and unt la xu cessor be duly qualified ; but no person shall be twice cho en, or ap incel e:ff in any tirim of sx years. Vacancies in either of s.1:1 o.tico s. ill 12.tilled by a new app vintnent to live inade by the G .vernor, tu connu: utilise next general election, and until a succes Boi shall be chosen and qual fied as aforesai.l.

Add a new sutil, t. lie called section six, as follows:

SECT. 6. Prothonolaries and c'erks of the suver. cjuris, (exoept the Prothonotarios of the Supreme Court, wb, shall be appointed in the respective disticts by the court for the term of three years, if they shall so long bahave themselves well, and are not ro.no VOL. III.

N4

ved by tho evurt.) Recorders of deeds and Registers of wills, sball, at the times and pla. ces of election of Representatives, be elected by the citizens of each county, or the dis tricts over which the jurisdiction of said courts, extend, and shall be commissioned by the Governor. They shall hold their offices for three years, if they shall so long behive themselves well, and until their successors shall duly qualified. "The Legis'ature sball designate by law the number of persons in each county, who shall hold said offices, and how many and which of said offices shall be held by held by one person. Vacancies in any of the said offices shall be filled by an appointment to be m de by the Governor, to continue until the next general election, and until a successor shall be elected and quali. fied as aforesaid.

Ade a new section, to be called section seven as follows:

Sect. 7. Justices of the Peace and Allermen shall lie elected by the citizens of the several districts at the times and places of clecting Constables, and hold their office for five years, if they so long behave themselves well: the number in each district to be fixed by the Legislatu e.

Add a new article to be called article ten, as follows:

Αι X. Sect. I. The pulvlic debt of this unmonwealth shall never erceed the sum of thirty mlins of dollars.

Ant. XI. Sect. 1. Any amendment or amendments to this Constitu:ion may be proposed in the Senate or Assem!ıly, and if the sime shall be agreed to by a majority of the m mbers elected to eich of the two llouses, such propos d amendm«nt or amend. ments shall be entered on their journals, with the yer: an I nays taken there ın; and the 'Becretory of the Commonwea'th all cause the same 10 le published, as s von as praci. cible, in at least one newspa:)'s in everv ciunty in which a news, iper shall be published; and if, in the Legislature next after tvrdi chosen, such proposed am’nd went or amendments shall be aired to ly tivo-thirds of all the members lect.d to each Hon se, the Secr tıry of the Coinmonwealth sholl cause the same again to be pu', ish din min. ner aforis iii, and such proposed amendment or am 'ndmints shall be suhaited to the penple at such time, at least ihree miths di tint, and in sich miner as the legislature shall prescribe; and if the peopl• shill approve and ratify such amenim«nt or amenilo menti, lig a majority of the qu vified voters of this Stile wh, shill sute thereun, such amen Iment or amendinents shall literme a part of the Constitution.

Mr. BELL moved to amend the amendment of the gentleman from Bea. ver, (Mr. Dicker) by striking on all after the word " Thai", and inseri. ing the foll wing : The Convention do now iesolve itself into committee of the whole, for the purpose of further considering the sixth article of the Constitution”.

Mr. Dickey opposed the motion. If it was the wish of the friends of resorin, to avoid a direct vote on the questions before the Convention, they woulu support the motion of the gentleman from Chester, which went to cut off all hope of a decision upon them. But, if they wished in do what the people desireil, they would vote down this proposition. The sincerity of the friends of reform, whether conservative or radical, was now to be resied.

Mr. Bell said, the proposition of the gentleman from Beaver was that of the gentleman from Adams, with the addition of the motion of the genileman from Butler, in relation to the Judiciary. It put a new nose on an old face. It struck him to be, in its tendency, a direct and positive insult tɔ the Convention. The people deputed us to propose amendnients.We had consumed many weeks in determining a mode for doing this. One proposed to refer the subjects to standing commitees, another to spe. cial committees, and another proposed to consid-r them in committee of the whole. But, it was nerer proposed that we should refer it to any par. ticular man, to go to his chamber and prepare a Constitution, and bring it to us now to swallow as a whole. We had taken up the reports of the

committees separately and distinctly, and had thus far progressed in their discussion and disposition, when, just as the Convention have arrived at 8 point when their minds are distracted, when they are making preparations for a recess, when speeches fail to coinmand any attention, then gentlemen, who had shed tears over the Constitution, and talked of wearing crare in token of their grief at its destruction, throw themselves in the way of the reformers wiih ihis proposition. There were many things in it to which he gave his assent, and would vote for at a proper time; but, he would not take the suhject out of the hands of the Convention.If it was improper, at any time, to proceed in this manner, much more improper would it be now. Whiai does the gentleman from Beaver prce pose

? That we should take his Coostitution. Some parts of it, he says, have been agreed to in cmmitiec-o!her parts have been postponed. He is solicitous that we should let it pass, and, he says, we may aniend the objectionable points on the second reading. The genilenian takes up all these unpledged propositions, and shapes them into a resolution, and asks lie, who this morning said he was a reformier-he asks lis to take it up and pass it, and submit it to the people of Pennsylvania. How ought such a proposition to be received? In what spirit! My feelings scarcely allow me 10 speak my sentiments in regard to it, and consider it nearly an insult. He hoped this procedure had nothing to do wiih the politics of the country. It was noi, he hoped, predicated on any idea of favoring any political pariy or object. But, he conid see no reason why these gentlemen should be so anxious 10 finish the labors of the Convention at a single blow. The people did not elert one man to frame a Consillution, but a hundred and thirty-three. So firs we have carried out their wishes. We hac deliberated gravely and acted cautiously thus far, and were going on. What would the people say to this new course ? Bnhmited ihe amendments, they would say to us, in a lone that will not admit of reply-ynu have shown you selves unfaithful servants--you have taken the proposition of one who has proclaimed himself a conservative and swallosvel it whole, without discrimination or deliber. tion. I, (said Mr. B.) protest against this course-first, because it is indecorous, and second, because it destroys what we should be most solicitous 10 preserve- deliberation and discussion. The resolution contains no new Judicial system. The gentleman from Adams offers this momentalis propo:ition. Alier ihe impressive and eloquent remarks made this meaning, by the venerible Chairman of the Judiciary committee, (Mr. Hopkinson) on this subj vi, he prepares and brings forward this momentous proposi. tion. The gentleman from Bearer has made up his mini, and is ready to vote upon it. He tells us that he is ready, and that they are ready to vote upon the question of the Judiciary. He (Mr. B.) must be allowed to say, that any who was ready to pronounce his final judgment on this great question, liad not considered il in all its asperts, nor viewed it in all its vast magnitude. The education and habits of the gentleman unfited him for taking such a subject into a full and correit view. What gentlemen could come here and iell us, that a hundred and thirty-three men seni here for deliboration, had not been able 10 say, t'iai they are re:dy 10 decide this question. Such gentleinen must be possessed of singular comprehen. giveness of' mind. I am not ready. I have given laborious study in it, and I an not ready. Why, I ask gentlemen, are we to be forced-driven,

If we

prematurely, to this decision? The only shadow of a reason given for it is. that the people expect it. I deny it emphatically. They expert nothing unreasonable. The people are too intelligent lo require any thing so monstrons in its ohrrier. They required us to prepare and mature amendmonts, and when they were properly matured, to submit them. Is there any reason, then, why this proposition should surceed? Ev'ry attempt to divers is from the plan which we are pursuing in committee has failed. More than once the Convention hal refusell, by yeas and navs, to go out of its regular path; and, more than orice, a proposition to 'ri gilie bu-iness hefve the commi tee, in The Jue diciary question. Is filed. And why, because it was said, the people were more i ! mediately interesad on tie quistion of Esreutive patro'ave, than in any other. It was said that, but for this inordinate power of the Executive, the convention would never have been called; anil yet, before we have finishel the ar:icle, we are now called upon by die res lu'ion of t'ie genıleman from Faveile, (Mr. Fuller) 10 pass it over and take up the Juli iry. The sime geileman who had voted to give it the go-by, now pressed it upon 116. The gentleman from Beaver asks us to doop every thing in the middle of our action in the committee, for the purpose of what?—of expressing our opinions! And what effi ci would this expres. sion of opinion have upon ihe public, and upon this Convention? 'But one : ffect could be expicted from it, and that was to huinlile the members of this beds, and in pla e them in a ridicu'ois light before the people.He should vote against all these propositions, and he trusted that his nio tion would prerail.

Mr. REJGART saiu, he siarrely knew in what terms to express his hos. Lility to the notion of the gentleinan from Beaver. It was said this niorning that the consideration of these subjects would occupy some months, and yet we are urged hy the genileman over the way in acopt his projert at onre, and for what? The gent'eman tells us we should adapı ilis amendmem fis the surp'se of giving our constituents the opportunity of procuring ile :ervices of certain gentlemen in certain offices. Are we lo a lopi this amendmeni for the purpose of favoring two or thrre men in this buly? Are we to adopt it, to h lp 1lie eleriion of certain gentlemen iotle Legislature, or 101 ongress? We have been told by gentlemen of high char cier and respectabi'i'y that the Justiciary question will recupy the allenii :n of the House for a mon h; vel we are now called upon to take tig vote aponil in an hour, anlilistoh: the work of one nay, instead of that of one hundred and thirty-three. Ha proiested ag: inst any such course, and sid he came liere for no su h purpose.

The Reformers of this onvention have been called upon by the gentleman from Beaver, to come up 10 the support of this proposition ; gentlemen were called upon to rally in sipport of this measure of Refur 11. Mr. R. called himself a Reformer to some extent-he was no radical. in the sense in which the terın was un. dersiood here. lle had be .n called a conservative, bui he was no conservative. He knew his constituenis required certain alterations to be made in the Constitution, and he came here to carry them out. They have been partially carried out, bait not entirely. But recorling to the proposition of The genileman from Beaver, the article on the enbjuci of the Judi iary is to be altered here forth with, and all discord in opinions on this subject are to be made to harmonize in a moment, and we are lo que this work of a la

mont before the people for their ratification. This may be called a Legislative inar@uvre. He could give it no better name, because he was too inilig. nant at having such a measure thrust upon us at ihis time; hut if it wils a maruvre, he would tell the gentlemen that there are men here who un. derstand no such mar@urres. We have come here for the purpose of carrying out the trust delegated 10 is; and it would be a perversion of that trusi and a dereliction of duty for 11s 10 adept any such proposition as this without consideration. He owed to his constituents, and 10'the people of Pennsylvania, higher duties than this. Can the gentleman expict that his Constipusion will be adopteri in iliree days. without examination. He had heard that gentleman, or some other gentleman in ihai direction, some time ago, say that the Judiciary article would occupy the assention of the Convention for a month. How, then, can lie, or any reasonable man expect that we can adopt this proposition in iwo days. Is it not fresh within the recollection of e:ery gentleman in this Convention, that we Jave been engaged here in amending the Constitution section hy section, carefully and judiciously, discussing and del berating upon every amendment hroughi lorirard. Then are ve to pass upon the most important are ticle in ile whole Consillition in the space of iwo days. and submir il 10 the people at the Ortoher election, and all for the purpose of pleasing some two or three menihers, and giving them ihe opportunity of returning to their constituients, i nd receiving office from them. He ras willing that these genilenen should receive any office within the gift f their conigli111ents, but he was unwilling to sacrifice the Consiitution of Pennsylvania to their purposes 101 10 say selfish purposes. While he had a snice on this floor, he shoulı protest against any such course.

We have been two months and a half in session, and have passed but few articles through Committee of the Whole. We have had petition upon pertion presented here upon various subjects, and he did not suppose that this Consiitntion could le alier d so as to be made acceptable 10 the people in two months to come ; vel the genileman from Bealer aslis us to overlook this all, and adopt his constitution in the short space of two days. He giust be rero mited to raise his voire and pro?est gainst any such course as this. He shoudil vi te against the amendment, and hoped that few gentlemen would be found in support a proposition of this kind.

Mr. Stevens regarded the remarlis of the genıleman from Lancaster, as entirely gratiious. The gentleman had fallen into the track of a cpriain class of gentlemen here, who, on almost every occasion, instead of rising to answer the arguments, or speak to the propositions which other genilemen brought forward in the discharge of their duty, tum in:o that unkind, if n t rude and ungemilemanly liabil, of assailing the mover, and imputing some personal or unworthy motives to him. lie has followed the lead of those genıleren who travel over the whole history of a man's life, to hint up soine private personal mati:r, which may have the effect of injuring him ainong his constituents. That was the last quarter whirh he should have experted such a course of r«marks as this to come from, but it had become so common of late, tirat you could searcely tell where to look for it. Was there any ihing in the course of the genileman from Beaver. (Mr. DICKEY) which derred this freedom of censure. eithir at the lands of the gentleman from Chosier, (ilir. Bel) or from his copyist, the gen. clomon from Lancaster, (lir, REIDART), Sir, when this proposition was

« AnteriorContinuar »