Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Journal (8)

The weather in Kentucky can sure change quickly...you know those April showers.   The following entry is made:

"Monday the 9th day of April 1792."

"The Convention met according to Adjournment.  There not being a sufficient number to proceed to business thro the inclemency of the weather Ordered That the Convention do adjourn untill Tomorrow morning 10 Clock."

The following day is recorded:

"Tuesday the 10th day of April 1792."

"The Convention met according to Adjournment."

"Resolved, That this Convention do now resolve itself into a committee of the whole to take into farther consideration the matters to them referred. Mr. Garrard was elected to the Chair and after some time spent Mr. President resumed the Chair, - Mr. George Nicholas the the County of Mercer being reelected appeared & took his seat the Convention again went into a Committee of the whole & Mr. Garrard was again elected to the Chair and after some farther time spent therein the President  resumed the Chair & the Chairman reported that the Committee of the whole had taken into their farther consideration the matters to them referred & had made some farther progress therein but not having time to go thro the same had directed him to move for leave to sit again Tomorrow which was granted."

"Resolved That this Convention will Tomorrow again resolve itself into a Committe of the whole to take into father consideration the matters to them referred"

"The Convention then Adjourned untill Tomorrow Morning, 10 O'Clock."

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Journal (7)

The Convention Continued Saturday, the 7th day of April 1792: [day 7 of the convention]

"The Convention met according to Adjournment."

"Resolved That this Convention will now according to the order of day resolve itself into a Committee of whole to take into their farther consideration the matters to them referred.  Mr. Shelby was elected to the Chair and after sometime spent Mr. President resumed the Chair and the Chairman  reported that the Committee of the whole had taken into their farther consideration the matters to them referred and had made some farther progress therein but not having time to go thro' the same had directed him to move for leave to sit again on Monday next which was granted.

     George Nicholas Esquire a member for the County of Mercer resigned his seat as a member of this House and entered his resignation in the words viz 'I George Nicholas of the County of Mercer do hereby resign my seat as a member of the Convention chosen by the freemen of Kentucky for the purpose of framing a fundamental Constitution for the State of Kentucky.  Given under my hand this 7th day of April 1792.'  George Nicholas

     Ordered That a writ for the election of a member for the County of Mercer be immediately issued to supply the place of George Nicholas Esquire who has resigned his seat and that the Election be held at the Courthouse of the said County on Monday the ninth day of the present month.

     Ordered That Mr. Crawford have leave of absence from the service of this house untill Tuesday next, Mr. Smith and Mr. Frier untill Monday 12 O'Clock.

     Resolved That the President of this Convention do present the thanks thereof to George Nicholas Esquire for his particular attention & zealous & useful assistance in conducting the business while a member of this House.

     Resolved That this Convention will according to the order of the day again on Monday next resolve itself into a Committee of the whole to take into farther consideration the matters to them referred.

     The Convention adjourned untill Monday 10 o'clock."

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Journal (6)

The Convention continues:

"Friday the 6th day of April 1792"

"The Convention met according to Adjournment."

"Resolved That this Convention will now according to the Order of the day resolve itself into a Committee of the whole to take into farther consideration the matters to them referred.  Mr. Shelby was elected to the Chair and after sometime spent the President resumed the Chair and the Chairman reported that the Committee of the whole had taken into farther consideration the matters to them referred and had made farther progress therein but not having time to go thro' the same had directed him to move for leave to sit again Tomorrow which was granted."

"Resolved That this Convention will Tomorrow again resolve itself into a Committee of the whole to take into farther consideration the matters to them referred."

"The Convention then adjourned untill Tomorrow morning Ten O'Clock."

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Journal (5)

On the 5th day of April 1792 the Convention continued:

"The Convention met according to Adjournment."

"Ordered, That Mr. Nicholas Lewis be appointed Serjeant at arms during the absence of Mr. Joshua Barbee."

"The Convention according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to take into farther consideration the matters to them referred.  Mr. Shelby was elected to the Chair and after sometime spent the President resumed the Chair and the Chairman reported that the committee of the whole had taken into their farther consideration the matters to them referred and made farther progress therein but not having time to go thro' the same had directed him to move for leave to sit again Tomorrow which was granted."

"Resolved That this Convention will Tomorrow again resolve itself into a Committee of the whole to take into farther consideration the matters to them referred."

"The Convention Adjourned till Tomorrow Morning 10 O'Clock."

A "Committee of the whole" continues.  I have been unable to find a complete listing of the folks involved. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Journal (4)

The next day...

"Wednesday the 4th day of April 1792"

"The Convention met according to Adjournment"

"The Convention according to the order of the day resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to take into farther consideration the matters to them referred.  Mr. Garrard was elected to the Chair and after sometime the President resumed the Chair and the Chairman reported that the Committee of the whole had taken into their farther consideration the matters to them referred and had made some farther progress therein but not having time to go thro' the same had directed him to move for leave to sit again, which was granted."

"Resolved That this Convention will Tomorrow again resolve itself into a Committee of the whole to take into their farther consideration the matters to them referred."

Wonder what it would have been like to be a fly on the wall.  Remember they were discussing "An Act concerning the erection of the District of Kentucky into an Independent State".  This Act was passed 18th day of December 1789 by the Assembly of the State of Virginia.  This Convention in Danville had been four years in the making.

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Journal (3)

The Journal continues:

"Tuesday the 3rd day of April 1792"

"The Convention met according to Adjournment."

"Sundry petitions from the County of Bourbon praying for certain principles to be engrafted into the Constitution were read and ordered to be referred to the Committee of the whole today."

Fayette County, one of the first three Kentucky counties formed in 1780, gave up its land in 1785 to form Bourbon County.  Just three years after the Revolution, the folks around here still recognized their indebtedness to the French royal house of Bourbon who provided men and monies in this struggle for independence.  [Fayette Co. named after Marquis d'Lafayette and Paris was to become the capital of this new county.]

"The Convention then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole Convention to take into consideration the matter to them referred.  Mr. Garrard was elected to the Chair, and after sometime the President resumed th Chair and the Chairman reported that the Committee of [the] whole had taken into consideration the matters to them referred and had made some progress therein, but not having time to go thro' the same had directed him to to move for leave to sit again Tomorrow which was granted."

"Resolved That this Convention will Tomorrow again resolve itself into a Committee of the whole to take into further consideration the matters to them referred."

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Journal (2)

The Journal continues:

"On Motion Ordered that the rules and regulations for the government of the Convention of July 1789 be read and thereupon the same are adopted as the rules and regulations for the Government of this Convention."

The first act of the new state was to adopt the previous "rules and regulations" [under Virginia] that had been in place during the prior year. 

"A letter from the Honble George Muter former President of a Convention to the President of this Convention inclosing certain Acts of Congress together with its inclosures were read & ordered to be referred to a Committee of the whole Convention which to sit Tomorrow."

The newly formed Congress of these now united 13 colonies [plus Vermont formed 1791] had something to say about the formation and acceptance of any new State into these "United States".  These "Acts of Congress" were read this day before all the folks attending.

"Resolved, That this Convention will Tomorrow resolve itself into a Committee of the whole Convention to take into consideration the matters to them referred."

"Ordered That the Act of Assembly of the State of Virginia passed the 18th day of December 1789 entitled 'An Act concerning the erection of the District of Kentucky into an Independent State' together with the resolution of the Convention passed the 30th day of June 1790 be referred to the Committee of the whole Tomorrow."

Additional orders were issued during this meeting involving the appointment of certain committees, a "Sarjeant at arms", and a "doorkeeper". 

This days activities (day 2) was ended by the following motion:

"On Motion, Ordered that when this Convention doth adjourn, that it adjourn to the Presbyterian Meeting house adjoining Danville".