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Journal of the House of Delegates, 1805
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Esquires; for Prince-George's county, Archibald Van-Horn, Francis M. Hall, Alexander Contee and Henry
A. Callis, Esquires; for the city of Annapolis, John Muir and Arthur Shaaff, Esquires; for Queen-Anne's
county, Philemon C. Blake, William Sudler, Joseph H. Nicholson, junior, and William Gleaves, Esquires;
for Worcester county, Zadock Sturgis, Joshua Duer, John Bishop and Joshua Prideaux, Esquires for Frede-
rick county, Thomas Hawkins, Joab Waters, Joshua Cockey and Henry Kuhn, Esquires; for Harford county
John Montgomery, John Forwood, Thomas Ayres and John Street, Esquires; for Caroline county, Frederick
Holbrook, Peregrine F. Bayard, White Turpin and Alemby Jump, Esquires; for the city of Baltimore, An-
drew Ellicott and John Stephen, Esquires; for Washington county, John Bowles, Robert Smith, Tench Ring-
gold and William Yates, Esquires; tor Montgomery county, William Carroll, Brice Selby, Richard K. Watts,
and John Linthicum, Esquires; for Allegany county, Upton Bruce, Benjamin Tomlinson, George Rizer and
Thomas Cresap, Esquires. All which is submitted.

By order, L. GASSAWAY, clk.
Which was read the first and second time and concurred with.

A petition from John Porter, of Caecil county, praying an act of insolvency, was preferred, read, and referred
to the committee appointed on petitions of a similar nature.

Mr. Stephen, from the committee appointed to report such rules as are proper to be observed during this
session, delivers to the speaker the following report, viz.

THE committee appointed to report the rules proper to be observed during this session, beg leave to submit
the following:

1. At the hour appointed for sitting the roll of the house shall be called over, and the absent members, if
any, sent for.

2. Every member shall take his seat when the speaker takes the chair, and remain uncovered till the house

3. Every member who shall deliver his opinion, or speak in any debate, shall rise, and respectfully address
himself to the speaker.

4. No member, at the time of speaking in debate, shall name any other by his proper name, but shall use
some other distinction.

5. If two or more members shall rise to speak at the same time, the speaker shall determine which shall speak

6. No member shall speak a second time until every member who offers to deliver his sentiments has spoken


7. Any member called to order by the speaker, or any member, shall thereupon take his seat.

8. When the house is sitting, no member shall hold conversation to interrupt debate.

9. No motion shall be debated until the same be seconded, and, (if desired by the speaker or any member, )
reduced to writing, delivered in at the table, and read by the clerk.

10. When a motion is made and seconded, the matter of the motion shall receive a determination by the ques-
tion, or be postponed by a motion for commitment or postponement, or by the previous question, before any
other motion shall be received.

11. Every question shall be entered on the journal, and the yeas and nays shall be taken when required by
three members who shall have divided on the question.

12. The previous question, that is, Whether the question propounded be now put? may be called for by any

member on any questions, except to an amendment, or other matter which cannot in its nature be postponed.

13. It a question in debate contains more distinct parts than one, any member may, of right, have the same
divided into as many questions as parts.

14. All questions shall be determined by a majority of the members present, those dividing in the affirmative
rising in their places, those in the negative continuing in their seats, and so vice versa until a decision by the

15. Whenever the speaker shall decide any question, the same shall be final, unless the yeas and nays be re-

16. Every bill or resolution originated in this house, or received from the senate, shall be read on two several
days, with an intermission of one day at least, during which lime it shall lie on the table for the perusal of the
members, unless on very urgent occasions the house shall, by special order, dispense with this rule, which or-
der shall be entered on the journal.

17. Conferrees, and members appointed on draughts, if required by three members, shall be elected by ballot,
and the number shall in no case exceed seven.

18. No bill or resolve shall have a second reading until every member in the city be called upon to attend, ex-
cept he be excused by the house for indisposition, or necessary attendance on the public business.

19. No petition, memorial, or other application to the house, shall be received, unless presented by a member.

20. All questions of order shall be determined by the speaker, but there may be an appeal by any member to
the house from the decision, and the determination of the house in such cases of appeal shall be final.

21. No motion shall be made after the hour of adjournment without leave of the house.

22. All misdemeanors which shall happen in the house shall be censured or fined by the house.


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