Jensen, Merrill; Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Pennsylvania
A. The assembly calls the state convention, pp. 58-111
JAMES M'CALMONT now rose and made towards the door. Mr. Fitzsimons addressed him, but so as not to be heard, and the gallery called out stop him, there being a number of citizens at the door he went toward. The commotion subsided in a few seconds, and Mr. M'Calmont returned to his seat, to wait the decision of the House. THOMAS FITzSIMONs informed the Speaker, that Mr. M'Calmont had told him, he had occasion to go out and was willing to go in company with the sergeant at arms; he thereupon hoped the gentle- man's wish might be complied with. The Speaker put the question, shall Mr. M'Calmont have leave of absence? which was determined almost, if not quite, unanimously, in the negative. The House now proceeded to compare and enact a number of bills, which were lying engrossed on the table. On motion the House resumed the consideration of the unfinished resolutions which were presented yesterday, by Mr. G. Clymer, when the one fixing the day for holding the election of delegates to con- vention was read. Hugh H. Brackenridge moved to insert the first Tuesday in Novem- ber, to be the day throughout the state. GERARDUS WYNKOOP thought the last Tuesday in October, would allow sufficient time, but Daniel Clymer approved of the most distant day. None of the gentlemen were anxious about the week, and there- fore agreed the question should be on the first Tuesday in November. JAMES M'CALMONT thought this much too early and moved succes- sively for the last Tuesday, the third Tuesday, and second Tuesday in December, without being seconded. The question was therefore taken on the first Tuesday in November, which was agreed to. On appointing the place where the convention should sit, it was proposed by James M'Calmont to alter it from the city of Philadelphia, to Carlisle, but in this he was not seconded. He then moved for Lancaster, and after some time was seconded by Alexander Lowry. The yeas and nays were called by him on this question, and are: Yeas. Lowry, Hubley, Carpenter, Work, Ross, Clemson, M'Conaghy, Schmyser, M'Lellan, J. Heister, G. Heister, Cannon, M'Calmont, Miley, Carson. 15. Nays. Will, Morris, Fitzsimmons, [G.] Clymer, Hiltzeimer, Gray, Robinson, Salter, Logan, Foulke, Wynkoop, Chapman, Upp, Moore, Willing, Ralston, Evans, Thomas, Wheelen, Lilley, Kreemer, Davis, D. Clymer, Trexler, Burkhalter, Brackenridge, Moore, Wheeler, Hock- ley, and Riffe [Reiff], 30. So it was determined in the negative, and afterward the resolution was agreed to as it stood. 109 A. DEBATES/29 SEPT.
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