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May I not invoke this Convention, in which I see so many gray heads, and so many distinguished men, to aid in making a Constitutional Government which shall answer all the ends designed; may I'not invoke you to discharge all the duties of the occasion with credit to yourselves, and with benefit to the State. I thank you, gentlemen.
The following named delegates appeared, produced their credentials, and took their seats:
From the County of Bedford-T. B. IVIE.
From the County of Davidson-NEIL S. BROWN and John C. THOMPSON.
From the County of DeKalb-
From the County of Marshall-RICHARD WARNER, JR.
From the County of Shelby-WILLIAM H. STEPHENS and Jos. B. HEISKELL.
From the County of Smith-JOHN ALLEN.
From the County of Williamson-SAMUEL S. HOUSE.
From the Counties of Scott, Morgan and Fentress-JAMES C. PARKER.
From the Counties of Polk, McMinn, and Meigs—T.M. BURKETT.
From the Counties of Rhea, Bledsoe, Hamilton, and Sequatchie -D. M. KEY.
From the Counties of Grundy, Coffee and Van Buren-MATT. MARTIN. .
From the Counties of Smith, Sumner and Macon--GEORGE E. SEAY.
From the Counties of Davidson, Robertson, and MontgomeryJOHN F. HOUSE.
From the Counties of Rutherford and Bedford-JNO. E. DROM
From the Counties of Lincoln, Marshall and Giles-Jxo. C. BROWN.
From the Counties of Williamson, Maury and Lewis-A. O. P. NICHOLSON.
From the Counties of Benton and Humphreys—W. F. DOHERTY. From the Counties of Perry and Decatur-G. W. WALTERS.
From the Counties of Carroll, Gibson, Madison and HenryJAMES S. BROWN
From the Counties of Dyer and Lauderdale-A. T. FIELDER.
From the Counties of Tipton, Shelby, and Fayette-HUMPHREY R BATE
Sixty-six members appearing, it was announced by the Chair that the first business in order was the election of a President, and that nominations were in order.
Mr. NETHERLAND nominated Mr. John C. Brown, delegate from the counties of Lincoln, Marshall and Giles.
There being no other person in nomination,
On motion of Mr. KENNEDY, Mr. Brown was declared the unanimous choice of the Convention for President.
The Chair appointed Messrs. Netherland and Jones, of Lincoln, to conduct the President elect to the chair, and on taking his seat he addressed the Convention as follows: GENTLEMEN OF THE CONVENTION :
While I am not insensible to the distinguished honor you have conferred on me, I trust you will give me credit for candor, when I say that I would have preferred that the responsibilities
, which your generous confidence has imposed on me, should have been confided to one more experienced in parliamentary usage.
I am a stranger to deliberative bodies. I shall therefore be under the necessity of invoking your charity for my shortcomings, and your sympathy and assistance in the discharge of my official duties.
We have assembled at a most critical period in the history of our affairs. The peace, the happiness and prosperity of our beloved State may depend, in a great measure, for years to come, upon the wisdom, prudence and moderation which shall mark our deliberations. Questions of difficulty and delicacy may arise in the course of our proceedings. Let them be met and disposed of in a spirit worthy of those to whose hands the destinies of a great Commonwealth have been committed by a gallant and confiding people. Let us raise ourselves above the passions and prejudices of the hour, and dare to be just and generous regardless of the temptations prompting a contrary course. We cannot, we must not, be unmindful of the great changes that have impressed themselves upon our history. Let us accept the situation, and not seek to alter circumstances which have passed beyond our control. With this spirit animating every delegate, our session will speedily arrive at results which will satisfy all our people, and make Tennessee what she deserves to be a great, happy and prosperous State.
With a sincere hope that all our deliberations may be characterized by justice and moderation, and again thanking you for the unmerited 'honor conferred upon me, I enter upon the discharge of the duties you have assigned me.
On motion of Mr. BROWN, of Davidson, the Rev. Mr. Rains opened the proceedings by prayer.
On motion of Mr. GORDON, all Ministers of the Gospel present were invited to the President's stand.
Mr. BAXTER offered the following resolution :
Resolved, That before proceeding further with the business of this Convention, each member be required to take an oath to support the Constitution of the United States.
On motion of Mr. HOUSE, of Davidson, Robertson and Montgomery, the resolution was laid on the table temporarily.
Mr. Burton offered the following resolution :
Resolved, That the Convention proceed to complete its organization by the election of one Secretary, one Assistant Secretary, one Door-keeper, one Assistant Door-keeper, and one Messenger.
Mr. PORTER of Henry, moved to amend by inserting "three Secretaries."
Which amendment was rejected.
Resolved, That the rules of the House of Representatives be adopted by this Convention, as rules to govern its proceedings and deliberations, as far as they are applicable.
The President announced the next business in order to be the election of a Secretary, and that nominations were in order,
Mr. WILLIAMSON nominated Samuel Donelson, of the County of
Mr. HOUSE, of Williamson, nominated Wm. G. Marshall, of
Mr. TURNER nominated T. E. S. Russwurm, of the County of
There being no other nominations, a ballot was had, with the fol-
For Mr. DONELSON—Messrs. Allen, Arledge, Campbell, Chown-
For Mr. MARSHALL-Messrs. Baxter, Dibbrell, Deavenport,
For Mr. RUSSwURM-Messrs. Brown of Davidson, Branson,
, Ivie, Kirkpatrick, Key, Kennedy, Morris, McDougal, McNabb,
Mr. RUSSwURM having received a majority of all the votes cast, was declared duly elected Secretary of the Convention, and he appeared and entered upon his duties.
The President announced that the next business in order was the
Mr. JONES, of Lincoln, nominated T. W. Jones, of Giles.
Mr. PORTER, of Haywood, nominated Henry Noland, of Hay-
A ballot was had, with the following result:
For Mr. JONES-Messrs. Allen, Arledge, Brown of Davi Ison,