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them not theoretically but practically. I have had last Convention, printed in the Journal, and now a great deal of experience upon the Committee on appearing there as Appendix 16, No. 2. Canons, and I am certain that the legislation of the Mr. STEVENSON, of Kentucky.. I moved an Church will be better conducted by dividing the amendment. I presume the first question that comes Committee, or having the Committee on Canons as up is on the amendment. it is now a Committee on Canons, consisting of 13, The PRESIDENT. Yes; but I understood Judge and appointing a new committee for the purpose of Otis to say that you had agreed to let the question considering all proposed constitutional amend- be divided, and take it first on the main proposition ments. I therefore hope that the motion offered by to adopt the rules. I would suggest to Judge Otis to the gentleman from Kentucky will prevail.
withdraw his exception. Mr. STEVENSON, of Kentucky. Let this reso- Mr. OTIS, of Illinois. I withdraw the exception, lution lie on the table.
and that leaves it simply a resolution to adopt the The Rev. Dr. MEAD. If we want rules of order, rules of order. we must adopt them to-day ; but we can to-morrow Mr. STEVENSON, of Kentucky. I withdraw, make a new rule of order which shall refer to a then, my amendment, with this understanding: that standing committee all proposed alterations or no committees will be appointed in this body at all amendments to the Constitution; and that is covered until the rules have been adopted. by the proposition of the gentleman from Ken- The Rev. Dr. MEAD, of Connecticut. The usual tucky.
practice after the election of officers is to adopt the Mr. STEVENSON, of Kentucky. I yield with rules of the last Convention as the rules of this Congreat deference to what my venerable and experi- vention until they are amended. I would remind enced friend from Connecticut says ; but I think the gentlemen also of the fact that the rules of the the proper way to reach the thing at the root is to last Convention are not the rules proposed at presrefer, and I move now to refer this resolution to a ent to be adopted; but they were referred to a comcommittee of five clerical and five lay deputies. mittee of three, and that committee reported, and
Mr. BURGWIN, of Pittsburgh. did not bear by a vote by dioceses and orders, the rules reported what the reverend gentleman from Connecticut were adopted as the rules of order of the General said; but I would suggest, as it is proper for us to Convention by a large majority. It would be wisest have settled rules to begin with, that it would be for us to adopt them now, and then, if you want better to take the rules as reported by the Commit- any amendments to-morrow, it will be proper to tee of the last General Convention, as they are now introduce amendments. But there are various comprinted in the Journal where every member can mittees which ought to meet to-morrow. Otherwise see them, and then have this other question, which we are losing a day, and time is too precious for us I think is a very important one, discussed afterward. to lose when we have so much apparently to come We must have a set of rules to begin business with. before us. I move, therefore, that the resolution I therefore second the motion of the gentleman from offered by Mr. Otis, of Illinois, be adopted, that the Illinois, that we adopt the rules as they appear upon
rules of order of the last Convention be the rules of the Appendix to the last Journal, and then let the order of this Convention. matter be referred either to a special committee or Mr. MONTGOMERY, of Western New York. I to the Committee on Canons, and I would prefer the rise to make an enquiry. What do the rules of latter Committee, because they are more familiar order provide as to a change in the rules? If we with the subjects that come before them and with adopt these rules of order as proposed, a modificathe necessities for an increase of their number, than tion of any committee will be a change of the any special committee can be in the short time they rules. Do the rules limit the right of the Convenwill bave to consider the matter. And I propose, tion to change them by requiring a day's notice ? therefore, that the whole subject be referred to the Are we at liberty as much to make a change as we Committee on Canons, to report immediately to are to adopt these rules now? this House such rules of order as may strike them The PRESIDENT. There is nothing in the rules as proper for the convenient transaction of business. concerning that matter.
Mr. OTIS, of Illinois. I suggest that the question Mr. MONTGOMERY, of Western New York. may be divided, and the first question taken on Then we can amend at any time? the adoption of the rules without regard to enlarg- The Rev. Dr. MEAD, of Connecticut. Yes, sir. ing the Committee on Canons. That would relieve The Rev. Dr. BEACH, of New York. It is imus from all embarrassment. The ordinary commit- portant to know what rules of order we are to adopt. tees will be announced to-morrow. A division being Are they the rules printed in the Journal of 1871, as called for, we shall take the question on the first res- of the thirteenth day's proceedings ? As I underolution ; and there is no objection to it. The other stand, they were not acted upon at the last Conpoint I care nothing about just now,
vention, but a motion was made that they should be Rev. Mr. HANCKEL, of Virginia. We ought to deferred to be acted upon at this Convention. That proceed with deliberation and care. I therefore action will be found under the proceedings of the move the appointment of the delegation of New nineteenth day. York to see if we cannot find a better room to de- The Rev. Dr. MEAD, of Connecticut. The last liberate in. It is impossible here.
Convention could not pass rules for this Convention. Mr. LIVINGSTON, of New York. Before that Every Convention adopts its own rules. This motion is put it is perhaps proper that the deputies Convention now may adopt the rules of the last from New York should be heard, that they may Convention. state why this building was selected. It has been The Rev. Dr. BEACH, of New York. selected for many years as the best and most appro- tion I wish to get at is this : In adopting the rules priate building for the Diocesan Convention.
of order of the last Convention, do we adopt the Rev. Dr. MEAD, of Connecticut. I rise to a ques- rules of order printed under the proceedings of the tion of order. The gentleman is discussing a sub- thirteenth day? ject foreign to the one before the Convention.
The PRESIDENT. The resolution specifies which The PRESIDENT. I think so. I was about to set of rules we adopt---specifies that it is the set consay that the proposition made by Mr. Hanckel was tained in Appendix 16, No. 2. Number 1 is the old entirely out of order, and could not be considered rules under which we acted last time ; Number 2 is until we dispose of the question as to the rules of the new rules reported by the Committee ; and the order. The question now is on the adoption of the question now is whether we shall adopt these new rules of order as reported by a Committee at the rules.
The Rev. Dr. SCHENCK, of Long Island. I think , are adopted in the new, but they are systematized members of the House all understand that the rules and arranged in better order, because the old rules governing the last Convention were the rules of had grown up year by year, as a kind of patch1868, and the rules printed as No. 2 of Appendix 16 work, without any order or arrangement. This are simply proposed rules lying over from the last Committee applied those rules and arranged them Convention into this ; so that, if we vote to adopt systematically, in the first place, and they then the rules of the last Convention, we adopt the rules made, I believe, substantially five changes, of which of the Convention preceding, which we acted under I have made a note. at the last Convention ; while the second part of In the first place, they provide for the appointAppendix 16 consists merely of proposed rules, ment of Committees. Previously the appointment printed for the consideration of members during the of the standing committees of the House had been recess, to be acted upon at this session.
by resolution ; but now, by Rule 4 of the revised The PRESIDENT. But it is now proposed to rules, it is made the duty of the President to appoint adopt those rules, and the question is on the resolu- the regular standing committees, with the addition tion offered by Judge Otis, adopting the rules pro- of one on memorials of deceased members. posed at the last House.
In the second place, they provide for a calendar, Mr. BURGWIN, of Pittsburgh. Withdrawing to be made out by the Secretary of the House, upon the exception as to the Committee on Canons ? which all motions, resolutions, and reports shall The PRESIDENT. That is withdrawn.
go down in their order, to come up in their Mr. STEVENSON, of Kentucky. I want the order for discussion, which calendar is to be House to understand what the question is, for I taken up every day at 12 o'clock, unless think it is a very important one. Are we voting on there be a special order which would take its place. the proposed rules that were not acted upon three In the third place, it is provided that upon all years ago, or are we adopting the rules which nominations sent down from the House of Bishops governed this Convention at its last session !
for Missionary Bishops, this House shall sit with The PRESIDENT. The new rules.
closed doors. Mr. STEVENSON, of Kentucky. On the proposed The next addition is, that where a matter is rules!
brought before the House with a view to its being Mr. BURGWIN, of Pittsburgh. I call for the read- referred to committee, no debate shall take place ing of the resolution of the deputy from Illinois, as upon the question of reference; but it shall go to amended. That will explain the whole thing. the Committee, reserving debate until the Com
The PRESIDENT. The resolution will be read mittee has been heard from, so as very properly to as it now stands modified.
prevent two discussions or two debates on the same The SECRETARY read as follows:
subject-matter. Rexolred, That the rules of order of the House of Cleri
In the next place, where an amendment is offered cal and Lay D. puties as proposed to be amended and re- to a matter pending before the House, a motion to ported at the last General Convention, and printed in the lay that amendment on the table can be carried Journal as Appendix 16, No. 2, on pages 621, 622, and without carrying the whole subject-matter. Under 623, be adop.ed as the rules of order of this Couvention.
the usual parliamentary law, where a question is Mr. MEADS, of Albany. That amounts to a res
before the House and an amendment is moved, if olution which will put in force a body of new rules any one move to lay that amendment on the table, which have never yet been in force in this House,
that motion being carried, the whole subject-matter and rules that nobody has had any opportunity that
is carried with it, sometimes to the very great surI am aware of, except by reading the Journal, to prise of the House, who have just given the vote. know anything about. I therefore move now to
This alteration of the rules provides that such a amend the resolution, by adopting the rules of or
motion may be made, where an objectionable der which were in force at the last Convention until
amendment is moved, and when carried the origotherwise ordered by the House ; and, having done
inal matter still remains before the House, as if that, we can take up these new rules at our conve
that amendment had not been moved. nience, and adopt them, if necessary, as a substitute
These, I believe, are the substantial changes which for the old ones. It seems to me that the true thing
the Committee, from their experience, thought to do, under the present circumstances, is to take up
proper to suggest for the adoption of the House, so the body of the old rules in force at the last Conven- that if we agree to the motion of the lay gentleman tion, and afterwards we can act upon any amend
from Illinois, the effect will be simply to adopt the ments to them.
old rules, with the additions I have now stated to Mr. BURGWIN, of Pittsburgh. I hope the mo
the House. tion just made will not be carried. The Committee Rev. Dr. FARRINGTON, of New Jersey. I wish that reported these rules was composed of the Rev. to call attention to another change which the gentleDr. Mead, Rev. Dr. Haight, and Judge Sheffey: A man has not pointed out ; but it may have been an more experienced Committee could not possibly have accidental omission on the part of the printer. been selected in this House. They took the question According to Rule 19 of the last Convention, two under advisement, reported on the thirteenth day of amendments were allowed; an amendment and an the last session what rules they recommended, amendment to an amendment, and then a substitute adopting substantially all the rules of the for the whole matter. In the proposed rules of former House, with four or five important additions. order that clause is thrown out. It says, “No after That report was not acted upon finally, because of amendment to such second amendment shall be in the late season at which the rules were reported, but order." Nothing is said about a substitute. Now, by vote of the House they were directed to be the question is whether a substitute will still be in printed in the Journal for the examination of the order ? members who might be here to-day, so that they Mr. BURGWIN, of Pittsburgh. I think under could act intelligently upon them, and thus obtain the general parliamentary law a substitute is always at an early period of the session (which of course is a in order after there have been two amendments. very important matter), a set of rules carefully de- Rev. Dr. FARRINGTON, of New Jersey. Why vised by a competent committee, such as that of not have it so stated in the rules of order ? which I have spoken. I will state for the information Mr. BURGWIN, of Pittsburgh. I cannot say of the House, that I have examined very carefully the what reason induced the Committee to leave it out, rules as reported by the Committee, and compared but probably it was because they thought it unthem with the old rules. Almost all the old rules
Mr. OTIS, of Illinois. That is already the law, we adopt these rules provisionally until we can and there is no necessity for repeating it. You can make some that we are satisfied with. The usual always move a substitute.
order in such cases is to adopt the rules of the last Rev. Dr. FARRINGTON, of New Jersey. Very House “until otherwise ordered by this House." I well.
move to amend by striking out all after the word Mr. BURGWIN, of Pittsburgh. There is one “ Resolved,” and putting in the words “until otherother amendment which I omitted to state, and that wise ordered by this House." is that no new business shall be introduced after the Mr. MEADS, of Albany. That was part of my 13th day, unless upon a vote of two-thirds of the proposed amendment. House.
Mr. MONTGOMERY, of Western New York. Mr. STEVENSON, of Kentucky. I desire to say Then I do not see that we shall gain anything by a single word. I have as much respect for the opin- | adopting one set more than another if the reservaion of the learned Deputy from Pittsburgh as any- tion is contained in the body of the resolution that body else. He tells us that he has read these rules. we may change the rules when we have more intelWho else has read them. They were proposed by ligence in the subject ; and as between the two, those the last Convention to this. Is it wisdom for this which have been proposed by a committee who have Convention to take rules that they have not looked given the subject careful consideration, and those at? Is it parliamentary to take rules that you have whicb have been acted upon by this Convention never looked at ? Suppose the learned deputy from formerly, I think the House would much prefer the Pittsburgh has read them ; suppose half a dozen intelligent result of an examination by a committee. others have read them; I want to read them, I want I hope therefore the original resolution will not preto reflect upon them. I suppose other gentlemen vail. want to reflect upon them. There is always wisdom Mr. STEVENSON, of Kentucky. I have never in multiplicity of counsel, and there might be other read these rules. amendments which might be suggested.
The Rev. Dr. MEAD, of Connecticut. The quesNow, why not adopt the old rules that we have tion is on adopting the old rules of order, I underbeen acting under, and let this subject come up for stand! debate to-morrow? That is usual. Even in the The PRESIDENT. The first question is on the statement, for which the Convention is obliged to amendment of Mr. Meads to adopt the old rules as the learned gentleman from Pittsburgh, he omitted the rules of this House, until they are amended. some of the proposed changes, and we have difficul- The amendment was agreed to. ties already as to whether a substitute is, under The resolution as amended was agreed to. general parliamentary law, always in order or not. Ought not that to be considered? Why not. As
STANDING COMMITTEES. these rules were referred to this Convention, and as The Rev. Dr. MEAD, of Connecticut. I move this Convention is the only body that can adopt
now, as there is no provision made in the old rules them, as this Convention is the body to be regulated
for the appointment of committees, that the followby them, is it not usual, proper, and parliamentary ing resolution be adopted : to let this report come up for consideration to see whether it is perfect, and if not perfect, that it may
Resolved, that the President appoint the following Stand
ing Committees: 1st, A Committee on the State of the be made so by amendment, and let us to-day simply Church, to consist of one member from each dioce.e; 2d, a adopt the old rules! That seems to me wise, and Commitiee on the General Theological Seminary; 3d, on the sanctioned by parliamentary law. I hope this Con- Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society ; 4th, on the Ad. vention will only to-day adopt the old rules, and
mission of New Dioceses; 5th, on the Consecration of let this subject of proposed changes come up after
Bishops ; 6th, on Canons; 7th, on Expenses ; 8th, on Unwards.
fini:hed Business ; 9t1, on Elections; ioth, on the Prayer. One word further. The learned deputy said that
Book; 11th, on Christian Education, and 12th, on Memori
als of Deceased Members, each, except the first, to consist the rules had been revised by distinguished gentle of thirteen members.
I agree with him. I know two or three of those gentlemen, and I would confide myself any
The Rev. Mr. GILLESPIE, of Michigan. I move subject of rule-making to them; but even the work
to amend by adding, “except the Committee on
Canons, which shall consist of nineteen members." of that Committee is to-day shown not to be perfect by the recommendation made by the learned
The PRESIDENT. That introduces the matter Deputy from Illinois to increase the Committee on
which gentlemen wanted to defer the discussion of Canons from 13 to 19. That shows that the mem
until to-morrow. I hope the amendment will not be bers of this Convention had not yet considered the
The Rev. Mr. GILLESPIE, of Michigan. I withsubject fully, and I beg gentlemen on both sides to
draw it. agree that we shall to-day simply adopt our old rules, and not make haste too fast in adopting new
The PRESIDENT. The question is on the resolu
tion of Dr. Mead. rules that the members of the Convention have not
The resolution was agreed to. even read or heard. I move to amend the resolution by simply adopt
RULES OF ORDER. ing to-day the old rules.
Mr. COMSTOCK, of Central New York. I move T'he PRESIDENT. That is the motion before the
that the rules of order reported at the last ConvenHouse made by Mr. Meads, to amend the resolution
tion be made the special order of this House for tooffered by Judge Otis by adopting the old rules. Mr. STEVENSON, of Kentucky. I withdraw my
morrow, at 12 o'clock.
The motion was agreed to. amendment if it bas been moved already. The Rev. Dr. MEAD, of Connecticut. I think it
ASSISTANT SECRETARY. would be better if all these resolutions were with
The SECRETARY announced the appointment of drawn, and we proceeded as we did at the last Con- the Rev. William C. Williams, D.D., of the Diocese vention to authorize the President to appoint certain of Georgia, as Assistant Secretary. committees and afterwards provide for rules. Meanwhile we are under the usual parliamentary rules.
PLACE OF MEETING. When we meet to-morrow we shall be under those The Rev. Mr. HANCKEL, of Virginia. I rise to rules as a body.
renew the motion I sought to make a while ago, and Mr. MONTGOMERY, of Western New York. I the confusion of to-day shows the absolute necesthink this amendment would meet both views : that sity of it. I noticed that the Chair was obliged to
put a motion twice because the House did not un- building that commands all the advantages of this. derstand the question. Just now the delegate from It was the decided opinion of our revered and very Connecticut proposed the appointment of a com- efficient colleague, Dr. Haight, that this was almost mittee, and, before he took his seat, another gentle- | the only building in the city of New York adapted man, half a dozen pews off, proposed to do just the for the purposes of this Convention. same thing. It seems, therefore, that we are going Now, gentlemen, of course we have no objection to do business several times over in this House if we to your searching the city, and I trust you may attempt to go on in a place so uiterly unsuited find a better building; but my opinion is that you for deliberation, I am satisfied that this is had better go on with what you have got, and give not a proper hall for deliberation. Where I sit not it at an v rate a trial for to-morrow, and then send a syllable has been heard of what many speakers out a committee and search through the city if you have said. I move that it be referred to a commit- are not satisfied. tee of three of the New York delegation to enquire Mr. WELSH, of Pennsylvania. Allow me to ask whether we cannot find, in the city of New York, a
the deputy from New York, while he has the floor, place better adapted for the deliberations of this
whether it would not be possible to have a curtain body.
put over the recess of the channel ? Twelve years Rev. Dr. MEAD, of Connecticut. The gentle
ago when we sat here, we had not the difficulty man from New York (Mr. Livingston) referred which has been experienced to-day. An attempt to this building having previously been the has been made to improve the hearing capacities of general house of meeting. I grant it ; but since we met here before a chancel has been added, and the are difficulties which we did not experience twelve
the hall by wires across the ceiling, and yet there sound is entirely destroyed. I would just as soon
years ago, but it may be that we have become old go back to Trinity Chapel as stay here. I would and feeble, and that our voices are weak ; but there propose that the committee should consist of lay
are some young men here, and I fear they would gentlemen to enquire and report whether we can
find difficulty in being heard. get the little church around the corner" again. Mr. LIVINGSTON, of New York. If the ConvenThat is the place I want to go to. Members are tion are decidedly disposed to accept the suggestion located in that direction, and if we meet there whey of the gentleman from Pennsylvania, that matter will stay there during the sittings ; but we have to
could be arranged within a day or two. Undoubtcome two or three miles down-town to this build
edly, this House ought to have the best auditorium ing: Rev. Dr. BEACH, of New York.
I ask gentle
that can be found in the city. The delegation from
New York believed that this was the best ; but if a men to give it a trial of one day. Rev. Dr. MEAD, of Connecticut. We have had a
majority of the Convention think that a better one
can be selected, surely we shall make no objection trial of half an hour already, and scarcely an indi
to your doing it. vidual can hear my voice, though it sounds like
In regard to the suggestion of the gentleman from thunder. (Laughter.] I do not want to exhaust
Pennsylvania, I will say that that matter was conmy lungs at the age of nearly eighty.
sidered, and it was stated by some members who atMr. LIVINGSTON, of New York. Mr. President tended one of the former Conventions that the curand Gentlemen, before you decide that you will not tain did not avail for the purpose intended, and that have this house, I ask you to hear from the delega- therefore it was not worth while to provide a curtion upon whom you devolved the duty of provid- tain now. I will state that men worked all night ing a house for you. You say that this room is un- one night to construct the wires which gentlemen fit. It will not do for us to deny it ; but have you see under the ceiling. It was stated that an inventried it! I think not. This building was provided tion of that kind had been tried in two or three for the religious services of this morning, and it was rooms in the United States, and also in a cathedral supposed that very little of the business of the Con- abroad, and had been found to work successfully in vention would be attempted to be done to-day after improving the acoustic properties of the building. the religious services were performed. It was in- I am sorry to say that I do not think it has been a tended to prepare the seats appropriated for each success here. The attempt was made, however. If delegation, which has not been done, so that to-day it is the decided opinion of the body that a curtain the delegates are all iningled up ; but that matter should be placed in front of the chancel, it will be will be looked after as soon as an adjournment is prepared as soon as it can be. had. It was intended to provide rostrums, and they Mr. WELSH, of Pennsylvania. The argument is are ready, so that members desiring to address the very simple; twelve years ago, we had not the diffiHouse in any lengthy remarks may stand in a culty that we experience to-day: The change that position where they may be heard with ease by has been made has been in the chancel. If the genmembers in any part of the House. You have not tleman says the New York delegation will try the yet tried this. "If you go into another church build- experiment of a curtain before it, I hope the resoing, you must go to one that is large enough to lution will not be pressed. receive and accommodate not only the Deputies to The Rev. Dr. FULTON, of Alabama. I move this Convention, but very many persons who have that this question be postponed until two o'clock come from a distance to attend as spectators and to-morrow. The New York delegation evidently auditors. You must have a building sufficiently have made very great efforts to accommodate this spacious to receive and accommodate them. This body. It is, however, perfectly apparent that perbuilding was selected not only as an auditorium, sons can be heard here only with great difficulty. but on other accounts. It was the duty of the The suggestion that there be a rostrum, at which delegation from New York to provide accommoda- members who intend to speak at any considerable tions for the Bishop, and a building adjoins this length may stand, will probably remove that diffichapel which is admirably adapted for that purpose. culty. Then, when we consider the very great Committee-rooms had to be provided, and they are kindness of our New York friends, I think we ready at hand. One gentleman suggests to me that I ought to stay in the building provided for us, if it a lunch-room was needed. It is ready at hand, can be made sufficiently convenient. Certainly, I and arrangements have been made to provide a think the argumentum ad hominem, which is a lunch for the Bishops and for the Deputies every knock-down argument commonly, is ten times as day. Then we have here committee-rooms con- strong when it assumes the phase of the argumenveniently at hand. Perhaps there are better tum ad stomachum; and hence I think that after auditoriums in the city than this, but I know of no | lunch to-morrow we shall be in a humor to meet
this question candidly and fairly. (Laughter.) My !
FAMILIES OF DEPUTIES. motion is to postpone the consideration of the sub
Mr. WELSH, of Pennsylvania. I offer the folject until two o'clock to-morrow.
lowing resolution: Mr. RUGGLES, of New York. I suggest that we
Resolved, That one of the galleries be reserved for the try to-morrow's session in this hall.
families of Deputies. The Rev. Dr. FULTON, of Alabama. The Lay Deputy from New York suggests to me to move to
I will state that this is the usage; but the Commitpostpone until Friday morning, so that we may try
tee did not feel free to reserve a gallery without the this hall to-morrow." I accept that suggestion and
action of the House. make that motion.
The resolution was agreed to. Mr. WILDER, of Minnesota. I would remind
Mr. BATTLE, of North Carolina. We have almembers that the principal discussion which has
ready done more than the ordinary business of the taken place to-day has been in a narrow circle im
first day of the session. I move, therefore, that this mediately around the Chair, and the gentlemen who
House do now adjourn until 10 o'clock to-morrow. have spoken, with scarcely an exception, have faced
The motion was agreed to, and the House adthe Chair, so that they spoke from the great body of journed. the delegations in this house, and that was one reason why they could not be heard. Another difficulty has been, though I do not mean to criticise, gentle
SECOND DAY. men, that it has certainly not been uncommon to-day
THURSDAY, October 8. that more than one has been speaking at the same time. I believe that does not facilitate hearing very
The Convention assembled in St. John's Chapel at
10 A.M. much. [Laughter.] I suppose that between now and the hour of assembling to-morrow morning the seats
Morning Prayer was said by the Right Rev. Henry of the delegations from the several dioceses will be
Adams Neely, D.D., Bishop of Maine, assisted by the set off for them, or at all events so marked that each
Right Rev. Alfred 'Lee, D.D., Bishop of Delaware. delegation will know its own place. The effect of !
The minutes of yesterday's proceedings were read that will be that the gentlemen who most promi
and approved. nently and most frequently address the Convention
ASSISTANT SECRETARY. will be distributed all through the house, and some system will be adopted. It does seem to me that we Rev. Dr. HASKINS, of Long Island. The Secreare acting quite prematurely when we act upon the
tary announced yesterday that
he had appointed the hypothesis that we cannot be heard successfully in Rev. William C. Williams, D.D., of the Diocese of this house as twelve years ago we were heard here.
Georgia, First Assistant Secretary. That nominaI believe when we get into working order, and the
tion was not confirmed by the House. I now move Deputies of the respective dioceses are seated to the selection of Dr. Williams by the Secretary as gether in their assigned places, and gentlemen have his Assistant Secretary, be confirmed by the accustomed themselves to the acoustic qualities of
House. this building, we shall get along very satisfactorily.
The motion was agreed to unanimously. Mr. WELSH, of Pennsylvania. Is anything before the House now!
ARRANGEMENT OF THE HALL. The PRESIDENT. A motion to postpone.
The PRESIDENT. There is one matter which The Rev. Dr. BERKLEY, of Missouri. I move I suggest to the House should precede the ordinary that the proposition for the appointment of a com- conduct of business. Communications from the mittee to procure another place of meeting be laid President are first in order, and I am prepared to on the table.
announce some of the committees ; but the Deputy The PRESIDENT. That motion takes precedence. from New York who is taking care of us here wishes The inotion was agreed to.
to make some explanation at once with regard to ENGLISH CHURCH CONGRESS.
the arrangements of the House. Will the House The following message (No. 2) was received from
hear that explanation now ! [“ Yes."'] the House of Bishops :
Rev. Dr. MEAD, of Connecticut. I move that the The House of Bishops informs the House of Dep
rules of order be suspended for that purpose. uties that it has received the following communica
The motion was agreed to. tion by cable telegraph : “Presiding Bishop General
Mr. LIVINGSTON, of New York. The deputaConvention, New York. Church Congress of the
1 tion from New York desire to make an explanaChurch of England, assembled at Brighton, greets
tion, or, perhaps, an apology, for not having their the General Convention, and prays that, through
arrangements perfected, as it was thought they the Divine blessing on its deliberations, union be
would be, yesterday. Orders were given for the tween the Churches of America and England may
construction of a curtain, to be hung in front of the
chancel, and as it involves two or three hundred be strengthened.” (Signed) Bishop of Chichester. And that it has unanimously adopted the follow
yards of sewing, and requires many women to work ing resolution :
pretty much all night, the curtain has not been
finished, but it is expected that it will be finished by Resolved. Thit the despatch receiver from the Bishop
to-morrow morning. Then as to the rostrums, of Chichester, conveying the greetings of the Church Con. gress at Brighton, England, to the Gineral Convention, be
which were intended to be used-one in front of the communicated to the House of Deputies, and that, if that
President's chair, as is the one where I now stand, House concur, a juint reply be seni to the Bishop of Chi. and the other near the bar, at the lower end of the chester, communicating our hearty thanks and the assur- middle aisle, so as to give facilities at both ends of ance of our best wishes for the success of their meeting. the room—they have been, to a certain extent, con
Rev. Dr. MEAD, of Connecticut. I move the con- demned by gentlemen who have looked at them, currence of this House in the action of the House of and orders have been given for the construction of Bishops, and that a committee of three be appoint- a small stage in front of the President's chair ; that ed to unite with the House of Bishops in sending a also will be prepared to-morrow morning. I trust, reply.
therefore, that gentlemen will exalt their voices The motion was agreed to ; and Rev. Dr. SHEL- somewhat more today (if they speak from their TON of Western New York, Rev. Dr. BURGESS of seats and condemn the rostrums), so that they may Massachusetts, and Mr. LIVINGSTON of New York, i be heard a little more distinctly. I think that, by were appointed the Committee.
gentlemen rising and turning partially towards