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JOURNAL

of

The House of Representatives

OF THE

UNITED STATES,

TO WIT:

NEW HAMPSHIRE,

DELAWARE,
MASSACHUSETTS,

MARYLAND,
CONNECTICUT,

VIRGINIA,
NEW YORK,

SOUTH CAROLINA, and
NEW JERSEY,

GEORGIA: PENNSYLVANIA, Being the eleven States that have respectively ratified the Constitution of Govern. ment of the United States, proposed by the Federal Convention, held in Philadelphia, on the 17th of September, 1787.

CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATEs, begun and held at the city of New York, on Wednesday, the fourth of March, 'one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine, pursuant to a resolution of the late Congress, made in conformity to the resolutions of the Federal Convention of the 17th September, 1787; being the first session of the Congress held under the Constitution aforesaid. On which day, the following members of the House of Representatives appeared and took their seats, to wit:

George Thatcher,

Fisher Amnes,
From Massachusetts,

George Leonard, and
Elbridge Gerry.

Benjamin Huntington,
From Connecticut,

Jonathan Trumbull, and
Jeremiah Wadsworth.

Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg,
From Pennsylvania,

Thomas Hartley,
Peter Muhlenberg, and

Daniel Heister.
From Virginia,

Alexander White.
From South Carolina,

Thomas Tudor Tucker. But a quorum of the whole number not being present, the House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 1789. The House met according to adjournment.

Several other members, to wit: from Hew Hampshire, Nicholas Gilman; from Massachusetts, Benjamin Goodhue; from Connecticut, Roger Sherman and Jonathan Sturges; and from Pennsylvania, Henry Wynkoop; appeared and took their seats.

But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

FRIDAY, MARCH 6.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

SATURDAY, MARCH 7.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until Monday morning eleven o'clock.

MONDAY, MARCH 9.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

TUESDAY, MARCH 10.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11.
The House met according to adjournment
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

THURSDAY, MARCH 12.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

FRIDAY, MARCH 13.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-

morrow morning eleven o'clock.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14. The House met according to adjournment.

Several other members, to wit: James Madison, junior, John Page, and Richard Bland Lee, from Virginia, appeared and took their seats;

But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until Monday morning eleven o'clock.

MONDAY, MARCH 16.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

TUESDAY, MARCH 17. The House met according to adjournment. Another member, to wit: Samuel Griffin, from Virginia, appeared and took his seat. But a quorum of the whole number not being present, The House adjourned until tomorrow morning eleven o'clock.

WEDNF.SDAY, MARCH 18.
The House met according to adjournment.
Another member, to wit: Andrew Moore, from Virginia, appeared and took his seat.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

FRIDAY, MARCH 20.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until Monday morning eleven o'clock.

MONDAY, MARCH 23. The House met according to adjournment.

Two other members, to wit: Elias Boudinot, from New Jersey, and William Smith, from Maryland, appeared and took their seats.

But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

TUESDAY, MARCH 24.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25. The House met according to adjournment. Another member, to wit: Josiah Parker, from Virginia, appeared and took his seat. But a quorum of the whole number not being present, The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

THURSDAY, MARCA 26.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

SATURDAY, MARCH 28.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until Monday morning eleven o'clock.

MONDAY, MARCH 30.
The House met according to adjournment.

Two other meinbers, to wit: George Gale, from Maryland, and Theodorick Bland, from Virginia, appeared and took their seats.

But a quorum of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until tomorrow morning eleven o'clock.

TUESDAY, MARCH 31.
The House met according to adjournment.
But a quoruin of the whole number not being present,
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1.
The House met according to adjournment.

Two other members, to wit: James Schureman, from New Jersey, and Thomas Scott, from Pennsylvania, appeared and took their seats.

And a quorum, consisting of a majority of the whole number, being present,
Resolved, That this House will proceed to the choice of a Speaker by ballot.

The House accordingly proceeded to ballot for a Speaker, and upon examining the ballots, a majority of the votes of the whole House was found in favor of FREDERICK Augustus MCHLENBERG, one of the Representatives for the State of Pennsylvania.

Whereupon, the said Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg was conducted to the chair, from whence he made his acknowledgments to the House for so distinguished an honor.

The House then proceeded in the same manner to the appointment of a Clerk, and upon examining the ballots, a majority of the votes of the whole House was found in favor of Mr. John Beckley.

On motion, Ordered, That the members of this House do severally deliver in their credentials at the Clerk's table.

And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

THURSDAY, APRIL 2. Another member, to wit, Lambert Cadwalader, from New Jersey, appeared and took his seat.

On motion, Ordered, That a committee be appointed to prepare and report such standing rules and orders of proceeding as may be proper to be observed in this House:

And a cominittee was appointed, of Mr. Gilman, Mr. Gerry, Mr. Wadsworth, Mr. Boudinot, Mr. Hartley, Mr. Smith, Mr. Lee, Mr. Tucker, Mr. Madison, Mr. Sherman, and Mr. Goodhue.

On motion, Resolved, That a doorkeeper and an assistant doorkeeper be appointed for the ser. vice of this House.

On motion, Ordered, That it be an instruction to the committee appointed to prepare and report such standing rules and orders of proceeding as may be proper to be observed in this llouse, that they also report the duty and services of a serjeant-at-arms, or other proper officer for enforcing the orders of the House.

And then the House adjourned until to-morrow twelve o'clock.

FRIDAY, APRIL 3. Another member, to wit, George Clymer, from Pennsylvania, appeared and took his And then the House adjourned until to-morrow twelve o'clock.

seat.

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