ture, and their term of office (except in Cases otherwise provided
for in this Constitution) shall commence on the first Monday of
May next ensuing their appointment, and continue for two
years (unless sooner removed from office. ) and until their suc-
cessors respectively qualify according to law.
Sec. 17. The Governor may suspend or arrest any military
officer of the State, for disobedience of orders, or other mili-
tary offence, and may remove him in pursuance of the sentence
of a court martial; and may remove for incompetency or mis-
conduct, all civil officers who received appointments from the
Executive for a term not exceeding two years.
Sec. 18. The Governor may convene the Legislature, or the
Senate alone, on extraordinary occasions; and whenever, from
the presence of an enemy or from any other cause, the seat of
government shall become an unsafe place for the meeting of
the Legislature, he may direct their sessions to be held at
some other convenient place.
Sec. 19. It shall be the duty of the Governor semi-annual-
ly, and oftener if he deem it expedient, to examine the bank
book, account books, and official proceedings of the Treasurer
and Comptroller of the State.
Sec. 20. He shall from time to time inform the Legislature
of the condition of the State, and recommend to their conside-
ration such measures as he may judge necessary and expe-
Sec. 21. He shall have power to grant reprieves and par-
dons, except in cases of impeachment, and in cases in which
he is prohibited by other articles of this Constitution, and to
remit fines and forfeitures for offences against the State; but
shall not remit the principal or interest of any debt due to the
State, except in cases of fines and forfeitures; and before grant-
ing a nolle prosequi, or pardon, he shall give notice in one or
more newspapers of the application made for it, and of the
day on or after which his decision will be given; and in every
case in which he exercises this power, he shall report to eith-
er branch of the Legislature, whenever required, the petitions,
recommendations and reasons which influenced his decision.
Sec. 22. The Governor shall reside at the seat of Govern-
ment, and shall receive for his services an annual salary of
four thousand dollars.
Sec. 23. A Secretary of State shall be appointed by the
Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,
who shall continue in office, unless sooner removed by the
Governor, till the end of the official term of the Governor