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Jensen, Merrill; Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Pennsylvania
2 (1976)

A. The assembly calls the state convention,   pp. 58-111

Page 109

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.

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