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On motion of Mr. Truell,

Ordered, That the Clerk be directed to furnish daily Newspapers. newspapers, not exceeding twelve in number, to be kept under his direction, for the use of members in the Senate.

On motion of Mr. Sherman,

Ordered. (under a suspension of the 40th Rule), That Chaplain. the Senate proceed forthwith to the election of Chaplain of the Senate.

And Messrs. Sherman, Lynde, and Gregory were appointed a committee to receive, assort, and count the votes therefor; and the votes having been collected, assorted, and counted, it appeared that the Rev. Isaac Dunham of Bridgewater was elected.

Thereupon, the Clerk was directed to notify Mr. Dunham of his election.

and orders.

On motion of Mr. Russell, Messrs. Russell, White of Senate rules Plymouth, Palmer, Gilbert, and Cate were appointed a committee to prepare rules and orders for the government of the Senate.

orders.

On motion of Mr. White of Plymouth, Ordered, That a committee, to consist of three on the Joint rules and part of the Senate, with such as the House may join, be appointed to prepare rules and orders for the government of the two branches.

And Messrs. White of Plymouth, Russell, and Palmer, were appointed on the part of the Senate.

Sent down for concurrence.

Came up concurred; and Messrs. Baker of Beverly, Bird of Walpole, Osgood of Salem, C. H. Hill of Boston, Washburn of Worcester, Wade of Newton, Noyes of Boston, and Cushing of Cambridge, are joined.

tenant-Govern

or, et als.

The Secretary of the Commonwealth came in and laid Governor, Lieuupon the table the returns of votes for Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Treas urer and Receiver-General, Auditor, and Attorney-General. And the same were referred to a joint special committee, consisting of Messrs. Gardner, Abbott, and Burrage of the Senate, with such as the House may join. Sent down for concurrence.

Came up concurred; and Messrs. Clark of Springfield, Warren of Boston, Wadsworth of Boston, Cunningham of Somerville, Chapin of Boston, Mellen of Worcester, Newton of Boston, Lovell of Weymouth, and Partridge of Medway, are joined.

Councillors.

Senators.

Adjournment.

Public worship.

The Secretary also laid on the table the returns of votes for Councillors in the several Councillor Districts of the Commonwealth; and the same were referred to a joint special committee, consisting of Messrs. Hayes and Winn of the Senate, with such as the House may join.

Sent down for concurrence.

Came up concurred; and Messrs. Studley of Rockland, Russell of Pittsfield, Bancroft of Boston, Rand of Cambridge, Carl of Lowell, Whitehouse of Boston, Richards of Lynn, Pike of Merrimac, and Turner of Boston, are joined.

The Secretary also laid upon the table the returns of votes for Senators in the several Senatorial Districts of the Commonwealth; and the same were referred to a special committee, consisting of Messrs. White of Plymouth, Abbott, Knowlton of Bristol, Coffin, and Ewing. On motion of Mr. Russell,

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns, it be to meet to-morrow at eleven o'clock, A.M.

On motion of Mr. Ely,

Ordered, That a committee of five on the part of the Senate, with such as the House may join, be appointed to wait upon His Excellency the Governor and Council, and inform them that the members of the two branches are now in readiness to attend public worship; and Messrs. Ely, Barton, Davol, Canfield, and Cate were appointed on the part of the Senate.

Sent down for concurrence.

Came up concurred; and Messrs. Osgood of Salem, Randall of Waltham, Thomas of Brookline, Kimball of Revere, and Walsh of Boston, are joined on the part of the House.

Subsequently, Mr. Ely, from the above-named committee, reported that they had attended to the duty assigned them, and that the Governor was pleased to say that he, with the Council, would join the two branches forthwith in attendance upon public worship.

And thereupon the Senate adjourned.

THURSDAY, January 3, 1878.

Met according to adjournment.

The journal of yesterday was read.

A communication was received from Rev. Isaac Dunham, Chaplain. signifying his acceptance of the office of Chaplain; and he,

being present, offered prayer.

Mr. Gardner, from the joint special committee to whom State officers. was referred the returns of votes for Governor, LieutenantGovernor, and other state officers, submitted a report, as follows:

It appears from the returns, that

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State Officers.

Governor.

Lieutenant-
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And the following named persons appear by the returns to be duly elected:

Governor.

ALEXANDER H. RICE of Boston.
Lieutenant-Governor. — HORATIO G. KNIGHT of East-

hampton.

Secretary of the Commonwealth.- HENRY B. PEIRCE of Abington.

Treasurer and Receiver-General. - CHARLES ENDICOTT of Canton.

Auditor of Accounts. - JULIUS L. CLARKE of Newton.
Attorney-General. - CHARLES R. TRAIN of Boston.

And the report, being considered under a suspension of the rule, was accepted.

Sent down for concurrence.

On motion of Mr. Palmer,

Came up concurred.

Ordered, That a committee be appointed, to be joined, to inform the Hon. Alexander H. Rice that he has been elected, in the manner prescribed by the Constitution, Governor of the Commonwealth for the current political year, and that the Legislature will be ready to attend upon him in taking and subscribing the oaths required by the Constitution, and a law of the United States, to qualify him for the discharge of the duties of the office, at such hour as may suit his convenience.

Also, to inform the Hon. Horatio G. Knight that he has been duly elected Lieutenant-Governor of the Common

wealth for the current political year, and that the Legisla ture will attend upon him in taking and subscribing the, oaths required by the Constitution to qualify him for the discharge of the duties of the office, at such hour as may suit his convenience.

And Messrs. Palmer, Burrage, and Winn were appointed the Committee on the part of the Senate.

Sent down to be joined.

Came up; and Messrs. Wade of Newton, Thurston of Cambridge, Shortle of Provincetown, Barnes of Plymouth, and Wilson of Boston, are joined.

ernor.

Subsequently, Mr. Palmer, from the above-named com- Governor and mittee, reported that they had attended to the duty assigned Lieutenant-Govthem, and that the Governor was pleased to say that he, with the Lieutenant-Governor, would attend upon the Legislature for the purpose of taking and subscribing the oaths of office at 12 o'clock, M., or at any time thereafter. And the report was accepted.

Sent down for concurrence.

Came up concurred.

Thereupon Mr. Hayes was charged with a message to the House, proposing a convention of the two branches forthwith, for the purpose of administering the oaths of office to the Governor and Lieutenant-Governor elect.

Subsequently, a message was received from the House announcing its concurrence in the above proposition. And, pursuant to assignment, the two branches met in

Convention,

For the purpose above specified; and Messrs. Russell, Gogin, and Merriam, of the Senate, and Messrs. Wade of Newton, Thurston of Cambridge, Shortle of Provincetown, Barnes of Plymouth, and Lovell of Weymouth, were appointed a committee to wait upon the Governor and Lieutenant-Governor elect, and inform them that the two branches are now in convention for the purpose of administering the oaths of office required by the Constitution and a law of the United States, to qualify them for the discharge of the duties of their respective offices.

Soon after, the Governor and Lieutenant-Governor elect came in, accompanied by the Council, and severally took and subscribed the required oaths of office.

And the Governor thereupon submitted to the two Houses an address upon the general concerns of the Commonwealth.

And the two branches separated.

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