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Proceedings and Debates of the 1867 Constitutional Convention
Volume 74, Volume 1, Debates 9   View pdf image (33K)
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It is not generally known that the opponents of the call
for a Constitutional Convention in 1867, despairing of vic-
tory at the polls, filed proceedings in Baltimore City in the
hope of preventing the election on the question of holding
a convention. The vote was scheduled for Wednesday,
April 10, 1867. The suit was filed in the Superior Court
(Judge Martin) on Saturday, March 30, 1867, against the
Sheriff and Police Commissioners.
The Sun gave the following account of the suit:
The bill was filed by Alexander M. Rogers, Benjamin
Deford, John Clark, Wm. Kennedy and Johns Hopkins,
residents of Baltimore, duly qualified voters under the
Constitution and laws of this State, at all elections, and
taxpayers to the fisc of this State, two or more of whom
have taken the oath of allegiance to support the Constitu-
tion of this State, &c. Said application represents that a
certain pretended law has been filed in the Court of Ap-
peals, on the 21st and 22d of March, 1867, &c., providing
among other things for the holding of a certain general
election in this State, whereat "the citizens of the State
shall vote for and against the call of a convention to frame
a" new constitution and form of government for this State"
&c. [The convention act is here set forth. ]
And that there has also been filed in the office of said
Court of Appeals a certain other pretended law, by way of
amendment to the pretended law aforegoing, which other
and amendatory law is as follows: [Here the law is not set
forth. ]
The bill then recites the advertisement of Wm. Thom-
son, sheriff of Baltimore City, giving notice of an election
to be held on Wednesday, April 10th next. And that Le-
fevre Jarrett, Jas. E. Carr and Wm. H. B. Fusselbaugh, be-
ing Commissioners of the Board of Police of Baltimore
City, have, under color of their said office, &c., undertaken
and combined, conspired, confederated and agreed togeth-

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Proceedings and Debates of the 1867 Constitutional Convention
Volume 74, Volume 1, Debates 9   View pdf image (33K)
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