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James C. Hodges, of Taunton.
Concord. Henry Chapman,
Greenfield. George J. Tucker,
Lenox. Under the fourth Resolution, to prepare an Address to the people, Edward Everett,
Charlestown. Abbott Lawrence,
Boston. Thomas A. Gold,
Pittsfield. George Bancroft,
Northampton. Stephen Merrihew,
New Bedford. Joseph G. Kendall,
Leominster. Stephen C. Phillips,
Salem. Voted, That the Hon. Mr. BULLARD, member of the House of Representatives of the United States, from Louisiana, be invited to take a seat on the floor of this body. Adjourned to 3 o'clock, P. M.
Mr. A. H. EVERETT, of Boston, from the Committee on the subject of Governor and Lieut. Governor, reported the following resolution.
Resolved, That a Committee of one member from each Congressional District
be appointed to select and report candidates for the offices of Governor and Lieut. Governor of the Commonwealth for the ensuing year, and that this Committee shall be appointed by the Chair.
Which report was accepted by a unanimous rote--and the Chair appointed Samuel Hoar,
of Middlesex. Samuel M. McKay,
Berkshire. Charles P. Phelps,
Franklin. Gideon Barstow,
Bezaleel Taft, Jr. of Worcester South.
Hampden. Charles J. Holmes,
Barnstable. Samuel T. Armstrong,
Suffolk. John Beal,
Plymouth. as the Committee recommended by the Report.
Mr. Mann, of Dedham, from the Committee appointed under the second Resolution, made a report, recommending the following resolve :
Resolved, That the President of this Convention appoint a Committee, consisting of one from each Congressional District: that it shall be the duty of said Committee to obtain from the delegates of each Congressional District, the name of one person, selected by said delegates, as a candidate for the office of Elector, and report the same o the Convention ; and that said Committee shall also report one person selected by themselves, to be an Elector at large.
The question having been put upon the acceptance of this Report, it was unanimously accepted.
The President then appointed the following named persons, as the Committee proposed in the above report
, viz. William Sullivan,
Suffolk District. John W. Lincoln,
Worcester South. Calvin Townsley,
Worcester North. John Wyles,
Hampshire. James Richardson,
Norfolk. Israel Trask,
Essex South. John Varnum,
Essex North. John Nevers,
Franklin. John Z. Goodrich,
Berkshire. Hezekiah Battelle,
Bristol. Isaac L. Hedge,
Plymouth. William J. Whipple,
Middlesex. David Crocker,
Barnstable. Mr. Austin, of Boston, from the Committee appointed under the third Resolution, made a Report, recommending the following Resolves as proper for the Convention to adopt :
Resolved, That in the opinion of this Convention, the present Administration of the State Government has been distinguished by its impartiality, independence and vigilant regard for the rights, interest and honor of the Commonwealth; by its attachment to those principles of public policy on which our prosperity and union essentially depend, and by an adherence to which the Constitution of the United States is to be maintained and perpetuated. And that it is the duty of every citizen of Massachusetts to show the enthusiasm which he ought to feel for the free institutions of his country, by a noble disregard of all local and minor interests, in a generous support of those men and those measures, by which the past prosperity of the State has been eminently promoted.
Resolved, That this Convention concur in the nomination of HENRY CLAY, of Kentucky, to be President, and of John SerGEANT, of Pennsylvania, to be Vice President of the United States, for the term of four years next ensuing..
Resolved, That while we deplore the disgrace which our country has sustained by the imbecility of the existing Administration of the Government of the United States, and avow our apprehension that the high integrity, and proud spirit of patriotism, which distinguished its earlier annals, have been sacrificed to a miserable competition for the spoils of party victory and the personal emoluments of office; we have strong confidence in the redeeming power of the people, and an animating hope that this great Nation will again be placed under the councils of those eminent Statesmen, by whose wisdom, under God, its power is to be maintained, its resources developed, its industry promoted, its union established, and the blessings of free government, which eminently and almost exclusively it has possessed, extended to the latest posterity.
upon the table.
Voted, That the Hon. Samuel Smith, and Mr. Prentice, of New Hampshire, now in this town, be invited to take a seat on the floor of the Convention.
Voted, That the Convention do now adjourn to seven o'clock this evening
The Resolutions reported by Mr. Austin were taken up, and, upon motion of Mr. WEBSTER, were made the order of the day for to-morrow at ten o'clock.
Voted, To adjourn to nine o'clock to-morrow morning.
FRIDAY MORNING, Oct. 12. Mr. SULLIVAN, of Boston, from the Committee on the subject of Electors, made the following Report:
Resolved, That the virtues and wisdom of illustrious citizens, acting in the spirit of exalted patriotism, have given to the people of this state, (as part of a national community,) a federative Government, which has proved to be capable, throughout an experiment of nearly a half century, of securing prosperity, in all our land, and of commanding all the consideration and respect, which nations may and ought to manifest towards each other ; that we hold this National Union in the highest respect and reverence ; that we discern in its intended operation, the best assurance, within human experience, of the duration of national liberty; and in its destruction, the certainty of confusion, civil war, and despotism.
Resolved, That on the recurrence of the period for the exercise of Constitutional power, (in the last instance,) to elect a President of the United States, a majority of electors sincerely believed that in electing the present Chief Magistrate, they were honestly performing the sacred trust enjoined on them; that they had rested the highest power, in a citizen who understood the duties assigned to him ; that all Legislative acts adapted to promote the public welfare, and submitted to his approval, would be approved by him; and that all laws confided to his execution, would be truly and faithfully observed in obedience to the public will, constitutionally expressed.
Resolved, That in the opinion of this Convention, a majority of this nation are now convinced, that the expectations formed of this Chief Magistrate were unfounded; and that the trust confided to him has been dangerously misused; and that under his countenance and approbation a faction has suddenly risen into power, which has separated its own interests from those of the People ; which substitutes its own will for the law of the
land ; and which uses power to perpetuate its own power: that a majority of this nation now see, that in the midst of unexampled prosperity, and in the absence of all foreign contention, they are rapidly advancing in the melancholy path, through which all free nations, that history tells of, passed from the enjoyment of civil freedom to the dominion of a master,
Resolved, That this Convention rejoices to see, that these truths are generally perceived, and admitted; that the evidence is daily becoming stronger, that the People are, as they ever should be, the watchful guardians of their own rights and liberties; that they are able and willing to distinguish between men, and the performance of duties, which men assume ;-between professions, and measures; between the use of power
for the common good, and for the good only of those who hold it; and that this nation is about to see the dignified exercise of that conservative, peaceful and remedial authority, which can arrest the progress of misrule and usurpation.
Resolved, That this Convention see, with sorrow and alarm, that some of our fellow-citizens, dwelling in the southern part of our common country, entertain the opinion, that the natural bond of union, which the venerated Washington devoted the last days of his public life to commend to the affections of his countrymen, has lost its value in their estimation; and that they openly propose resistance to the laws enacted under its authority : that in the inevitable consequences of this unexpected and discouraging avowal, we discern no possible good; but only the most distressing and appalling evils among all who are, or have been, friends, associates, or neighbors : that we cannot forbear to express our sincere respect, and deepest sympathy for those among them, who regard the Union, in the true spirit from which it arose, and as far transcending all objects which can be submitted to the authority of legislation.
Resolved, That (with the distressing exceptions just alluded to,) the present prospects of this nation ought to bring gladness to every heart, animated with good will, and honest hope, for the preservation and perpetuity of blessings which no people on earth but those of the United States, can have by merely choosing to have them; and that, with these feelings and hopes, this Convention cordially concur in the nominations made by the Convention of National Republicans at Baltimore. And with the view, and for the purpose of securing to the people of the United States an Administration worthy of the national frame of Government, that the following list of citizens of this State be proposed to our constituents as the candidates to be supported by them for the office of Electors of President, and of Vice President, for the ensuing election