Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Journal (11)

"Friday the 13th day of April 1792"

"The Convention met according to Adjournment"

"Resolved That this Convention do now according to the order of the day resolve itself in 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 The President resumed the Chair and the Chairman reported that the matters to them referred and come to sundry resolutions thereon, which he delivered in at the Clerk's Table where they were twice read, some of them amended & then the whole agreed to as follows viz..."

Thus begins the foundation for the first constitution of the State of Kentucky.  The Journal gives a series of "Resolved" lasting several pages which was then written as the first constitution.  To give you some idea of this document I will give a few of the first resolutions.

"Resolved That the power of Government ought to be divided into three distinct departments each of them to be confided to a seperate body of Magistracy Towit, those which are legislative to one, those which are executive and those which are judiciary to another except such cases as may hereafter be particularly excepted."

"Resolved That the legislative power ought to be vested in a General Assembly to consist of a senate and a house of Representatives."

"Resolved That all free male citizens who have arrived to the age of Twentyone years who have been resident in the State two years or the County in which they offer to vote for one year before, ought to enjoy the right of suffrage but no person shell be entitled to vote but in the County in which he actually resides."

The resolutions continue on the next five pages of the text, and a select Committee was appointed to prepare a formal document which became the Constitution.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Journal (10)


The next day:

"Thursday the 12th of April 1792

The Convention met according to Adjournment.

Resolved That this Convention will now resolve itself into a committee of the whole to take into their farther consideration the matters to them referred.  Mr. Shelby was elected to the Chair, and after some time 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 had made some farther progress therein but not having time to go through the same have directed him to move for leave to sit again tomorrow - which is granted.

Resolved that this convention will to-morrow again resolve itself into a Committee of the whole to take into farther consideration the matters to them referred.

The Convention then adjourned until tomorrow morning 10 O'Clock."

Almost there...Friday the 13th is the next day!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Journal (9)

The next day:

"Wednesday the 11th day of April 1792"

"The Convention met according to adjournment."

"Resolved That the Convention do now according to the order of the day resolve itself into a Committee of the whole to take into their farther consideration the matters to them referred Mr. Garrard was elected to the Chair and after some time 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 had made some farther progress therein but not having time to go thro' the same have directed him to move for leave to sit again Tomorrow which is granted.  Mr. David Rice from the County of Mercer resigned his seat as a member of this house and entered his resignation in the following words viz.  I David Rice a member for the County of Mercer do hereby resign my seat in the Convention chosen by the freemen of Kentucky to frame a fundamental constitution for the Sate of Kentucky Given under my hand this 11th day of April 1792. David Rice."

"Ordered. That a Writ be immediately issued for the election of a Member for the County of Mercer to supply the place of Mr. David Rice who hath this day resigned and that the election be held at the Courthouse of the said County on Friday the 13th day of Instant."

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

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

Still part of the colony of Virginia, Mercer County was formed 1785 from parts of Lincoln County.   At this time, it was geographically in the middle of the state. [Centre College took its name in 1819 when it was still Mercer County. ]  The name was taken from Gen. Hugh Mercer, a native Scotsman, who became a military officer in the French and Indian War.  By 1776, he was commissioned a Colonel of the Third Virginia Regiment, and became a Brigadier-general before his death in battle 1777. 


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.