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Pursuant to the call of the Democratic State Central Committee, the delegates from the several Assembly Districts met at noon on the 10th day of January, A. D. 1856, in the City Hall, in the city of Syracuse.
Mr. BALLARD, of Cortland, called the Convention to order, and on his motion, Hon. JOHN J. TAYLOR, of Tioga, was appointed temporary chairman.
Mr. TAYLOR, on taking the chair, addressed the Convention as follows:
GENTLEMEN OF THE CONVENTION:
Accept my thanks for the distinguished honor you have conferred upon me in inviting me to preside over your incipient proceedings. I do not deem this a proper occasion to make an address, nor is it necessary that I should. You are all aware of the duties we have to discharge, in expressing the sentiments of the democrats of this state, and in selecting delegates to represent them in the National Convention. I trust we shall each feel the responsibility of these duties and hope we shall so discharge them as to have the approbation of our own consciences and the approval of our constituents. Let us so shape our action that it will be in accordance with sound national principles, and tend to secure equal rights to every portion of our country.
Mr. BROWN, of Jefferson, and Mr. CLINTON, of Erie, were appointed temporary Secretaries. 10. X
On motion, the counties were called, when the following delegates appeared:
Cattaraugus.....G. S. Hickox, Patrick Short.
Fulton & Hamilton Daniel Smith.
.Jas. M. Kimball, H. H. Van Dyck, Nicholas Hill, Jr.,
.L. P. Weatherby, J. M. Mott.
.J. N. Knapp, John L. Parker, D. S. Titus.
.L. B. Smith, Samuel W. Bagnell.
William R. Judson.
.S. S. Meritt, Horace Packer.
..William A. Carpenter, Thomas M. Burt.
.O. M. Allaben, Charles Maples.
Gilbert Dean, Joseph Martin.
.Israel T. Hatch, Allen Potter, H. P. Clinton, M. R.
Montgomery....Francis Newkirk, David Spraker.
..Dean Richmond, F. M. Craig.
.Levi H. Brown, Charles K. Loomis.
.S. E. Johnson, Wm. Marion, D. D. Briggs, D. A.
William C. Hawley, James Faulkner.
.S. T. Fairchild.
Niagara..... ...William Vandevoort, A. V. E. Hotchkiss.
Jas. C. Campbell, Justus Yale, S. B. Jewett.
.Michael Murray, P. Matthews, George H. Purser, L.
Myron H. Peck.
.D. E. Fowler, C. S. Potter.
C. B. Wheeler, John M. Strong, Charles F. Williston,
.Benjamin E. Bowen.
.. Charles McLean, Daniel V. Boden.
.A. McConihe, William Harrington, Gilbert Westfall.
St. Lawrence.....R. W. Judson, John L. Russell, Noble S. Elderkin.
..Josiah T. Miller.
.T. N. McCabe.
William H. Ludlow.
...Nich. Vandebogart & Alex. J. Thompson-Contestants.
.F. A. Devoe.
.John J. Taylor.
..Lewis Vankirk, H. D. Barto, Jr.
..Peter Rowe, T. R. Westbrook..
..George W. Paddock, Pomeroy Tucker.
.T. S. Cushing.
.L. S. Ayres.
The county of Schenectady, the 14th District of New York, and one district from the county of Kings, were found to be contested, whereupon
On motion of Mr. PURSER, of New York, a committee of five upon contested seats was appointed.
On motion of Mr. BALLARD, of Cortland, it was ordered that a committee of one from each judicial district, be appointed to report permanent officers.
The Chair announced the following committee on contested seats:-Messrs. PURSER, WESTBROOK, CAMPBELL, MERRITT, JUDSON.
Committee on Organization :-Messrs. ROOME, 1st; MARTIN, 2d; HARRINGTON, 3d; HALL, 4th; LUDINGTON, 5th; BALLARD, 6th; HAWLEY, 7th; POTTER, 8th.
Mr. COCHRANE, of New York, moved that the rules of the late Assembly be the rules of the Convention. Carried.
On motion of Mr. JEWETT, the Convention adjourned to 3 P. M.
THREE O'CLOCK, P. M.
The Convention re-assembled, pursuant to adjournment. Mr. BALLARD, from the committee for that purpose, submitted the following officers for the permanent organization of the Convention :
President-WILLIAM H. LUDLOW.
Vice Presidents- GEORGE H. PURSER, JOSEPH MARTIN, ALONZO MCCONIHE, JOHN L. RUSSELL, GEORGE B. JUDD, CHARLES MCLEAN, JAMEL FAULKNER, A. V. E. HOTCHKISS.
Secretaries-LEVI H. BROWN, H. P. CLINTON, HIRAM ENGLE, HORACE PACKER..
The President, on taking the Chair, spoke as follows:
I thank you, gentlemen, for the honorable position you have assigned to me. Rest assured, that to the full extent of my ability, I shall impartially discharge the duties of the Chair.
Gentlemen, you have here assembled under circumstances of great and vital interest. You are now on the eve of an important National Convention, and you are called on at this time, not only to make judicious selections of delegates to that Convention, but you are also called on to lay down a platform of principles, which shall truly represent the Democracy of our State, and which at this period of political chaos, shall proclaim to the Democratic brotherhood of the Union, where the Democracy of New York stand, what they mean and what they want.
Gentlemen, it is my most earnest desire that wisdom and moderation may guide your counsels, and that their result may be alike acceptable to yourselves, and to the constituencies whom you severally represent.
And gentlemen, it is my most earnest further desire, that the delegates from the Empire State may meet their colaborers at Cincinnati, on a footing of proud equality. I am confident that no act of this Convention will compromise that attitude.
Mr. DEAN, of Dutchess, moved the appointment of a committee of sixteen to report an Address and resolutions. The motion was adopted.
Mr. JEWETT, of Monroe, moved the appointment of a committee of sixteen-two from each Judicial District-to re