The Lower House. 649
A sufficient Number of Delegates, to compose the Lower House of
Assembly, being convened at the Stadt-House, Col. Robert Jenckins
Henry and Col. Richard Harrison went and acquainted his Excel-
lency the Governor therewith.
Col. Hammond and Benedict Calvert, Esq; of the Upper House,
and Mr. John Ross, Clerk, came into the Stadt-House; in whose
Presence the aforesaid Delegates took the several Oaths to the Gov-
ernment required by Law, subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, re-
peated and subscribed the Test.
Edmund Jenings, Esq; from the Upper House, acquaints the
Members of this House, that the Governor requires their Attendance
in the Council Chamber.
The Members of the Lower House went and attended his Excel-
lency, who directed them to return and make Choice of a Speaker :
They returned, and unanimously made Choice of Philip Hammond,
Esq; a Representative of Anne Arundel County, to be their Speaker ;
and placed him in the Chair.
Col. Henry and Mr. Smallwood are sent to acquaint his Excel-
lency, that this House hath made Choice of a Speaker.
Daniel Dulany, Esq; from the Upper House, acquaints the Mem-
bers of this House, that the Governor requires their Attendance to
present their Speaker.
The Members of the Lower House went to the Upper House, and
presented the Speaker to the Governor.
L. H. J.
Liber No. 47
His Excellency approved the Choice, and made the following
Speech: ( See pages 639-640)
Mr. Speaker returned (with the rest of the Members of the Lower
House) , and resumed the Chair.
The House proceeded to the Choice of a Clerk, and chose Mr.
Michael Macnemara. Ordered, That Capt. Lee and Col. Scarborough
do acquaint his Excellency therewith, and desire his Approbation:
They return, and acquaint Mr. Speaker they delivered the Message,
and that the Governor signified his Approbation of the Choice.
Ordered, That Capt. Lee and Col. Scarborough do go with Mr.
Macnemara to the Upper House to see him qualified, as Clerk of this
House: They return, and acquaint Mr. Speaker that they saw him
take the several Oaths to the Government required by Law, subscribe
the Oath of Abjuration, repeat and subscribe the Test, and take the
following Oath of Office; viz.
You Michael Macnemara do swear, that, as Clerk of the Lower
House of Assembly, you shall true Entries make of all such Matters
and Things, as by the Honourable Speaker for the Time being, and
that House, shall be to you directed; the Secrets of the said House
you shall not divulge, to the Prejudice of the House, or any Member
thereof; but shall in all Things, as Clerk to the said House, well and