House Journal 1826 (30-318941-P008B.pdf)
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appeared the whole number given in, was One hundred and thirty three; necessary to a choice Sixty seven - that James L Child Esquire of Alna, had One hundred and twenty seven - and he was declared elected, and being present, signified his acceptance of that office, and took 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 political year, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully & impartially discharge the duties of that office according to my best abilities & discretion. So help me GOD.” -
The Clerk presided during the further organization of the House.
Ordered, that Messrs Deane of Ellsworth, Coburn of Bloomfield Dunn of Poland, Rollins of Nobleboro' & Bent of Bangor, be a committee to receive, sort and count the votes for a Speaker - and the votes being counted it appeared the whole number given in was One hundred and forty one - necessary to a choice Seventy one - that John Ruggles Esquire of Thomaston had Seventy eight, and was declared elected.
The Clerk thereupon announced to him his election, and on taking the Chair, the Speaker addressed the House of Representatives as follows; to wit:
I tender you my most respectful acknowledgments of the honor you have just conferred upon me. The favorable opinion, which has again called me to preside over the deliberations of so able, intelligent, and respectable a body of freemen, as compose this branch of the Legislature of Maine, excites my warmest gratitude: and I shall feel myself particularly fortunate, should I succeed in so discharging the arduous and important duties you have assigned me, as to merit your countenance and support. We have assembled gentlemen, at a period in the history of our Country, which exhibits, in the increased and increasing prosperity of a free and happy people, the
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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