House Journal 1824 (30-318939-P011A.pdf)
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which the Senate withdrew.
Ordered that Messrs Quinnam, Sturdivant, Spring of Saco, Ricker & Richardson be a committee to receive sort & count the votes for a Clerk - and the votes being counted, it appeared the while number given in was one hundred & thirty eight - necessary for a choice, seventy - James L Child Esquire of Alna, had One hundred & thirty seven, and was chosen. He appeared and signified his acceptance of that office and took and subscribed the following oath which was administered to him by the Chairman - "I James L Child elected Clerk of the House of Representatives for the State of Maine for the current year, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully & impartially discharge the duties of that office according to my best ability and discretion. So help me GOD."
Ordered that Messrs Ruggles, Bailey, Sheppard, Chase & White be a committee to receive sort & count the votes for a Speaker - and the votes being counted it appeared the whole number given in was one hundred and thirty six - necessary to a choice sixty eight - Benjamin Green Esqr of South Berwick had one hundred & twenty six and was elected. He signified his acceptance of that office in a neat and very appropriate address and took the Chair.
Mr Williams was charged with a message to the Senate to inform them of the organization of the House by the election of Benjamin Green Esq Speaker and James L Child Esquire Clerk.
Mr Dane was charged with a similar message to the Governor.
Description: The journal of the House of Representatives documents the proceedings in the chamber, including actions taken on bills, petitions and reports from committees read, and votes taken. The journals are not transcripts and therefore do not include floor speeches that are found in the modern Legislative Records.
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