House Journal 1828 (30-318943-P010B.pdf)
further organization of the House of Representatives.
Messrs Nance of Baring, Jewett of Bowdoinham, Cumming of Paris, Emerson of York & Scamman of Pittston were appointed a Committee to receive sort & Count the votes for a speaker - and on counting the same, it appeared the whole number given in was One hundred & forty six - necessary to a choice Seventy four that John Ruggles of Thomaston had Eighty Three and he was declared elected on taking the Chair he addressed the House as follows;Gentlemen of the House of Representatives, I should be unworthy the station you have assigned me, could I be insensible to the honor it confers, or to the value of that good opinion to which I am indebted for so flattering a distinction - This repeated manifestation of confidence reposed in me by the Representatives of the people inspired the warmest gratitude and demands the constant and indefatigable application of my best faculties to your and the public service. Experience has taught me how much I ought to rely upon that indulgence which in your condor, I trust, you will be ever ready to bestow; and upon that aid in the discharge of my arduous duties which you individually will be able to afford me. That I pay not commit many errors I dare not venture to hope; but that they shall be in some measure redeemed by unremitting assiduity and the strictest impartiality in discharging the duties of the Chair, will be my constant endeavor. Representing individually an intelligent & virtuous people, and entrusted collectively with the various important interests of a proud & flourishing State, we cannot be forgetful of the source whence out power is devised, non unmindful of the deep responsibility under which it must be exercised. And gentlemen, under a sense of that responsibility, let us enter upon the public service with a single eye to the advancement of the public good.
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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