RESOLUTIONS of CONVENTION.
That the mayor, recorder, and aldermen,
of the city of Annapolis, or any three or more of them, be
judge of and hold the election for the city of Annapolis.
That James Calhoun, John Merryman,
and William Aisquith, Esquires, or any one or two of them,
be judge of and hold the election for Baltimore-town.
That if any of the said elections
cannot be carried on for the want of judges, the committee of observation
for the county in which such election is to be made,
shall appoint judges, who shall qualify and
proceed as aforesaid.
That a clerk or clerks be appointed
by the said judges for taking the polls at the said elections.
That every judge of the election,
before he proceeds to take or receive any vote, shall take the following
oath or affirmation, to wit: " I, A. B. do swear
or affirm, that I will permit all persons to vote,
" who shall offer to poll at the election now to be held
for __________ county, __________ city, or
" __________ town, who in my judgment shall, according
to the resolutions of convention, be entitled
" to poll at the same election; and that I will not admit
any person to poll at the same election, who, before
" his voting, shall be objected against by any candidate,
or any two of the electors, if such person is
" not in my judgment qualified to vote as aforesaid;
and will in all things execute the office of judge of
" the said election, according to the best of my knowledge,
without favour or partiality. So help me
And every clerk, before he enters
any vote on the polls, shall take the following oath, to wit: " I,
" _____ _____ do declare, that I will well and faithfully,
without favour, affection, or partiality, execute
" the office of clerk of the election for __________
county, the city of Annapolis, or Baltimore-town,
" according to the best of my knowledge. So help
That the said judges certify under
their hands and seals to the convention, on the day appointed for
their meeting as aforesaid, the names of the members
chosen in their county, district, city or town,
RESOLVED, That nine persons be elected
by ballot a council of safety, and be and continue such until
the intended convention shall make further order therein,
and that until that time, they or any four or
more of them, having taken the oath prescribed by the
December convention, shall have and exercise
the like and same powers as the present council of safety
had or might exercise under the resolutions of
the several conventions heretofore held for this colony.
And may, on good ground for suspicion, cause
any person to be arrested, and put to security for his
good behaviour and appearance at the next convention,
or may order any such suspected person to remove to and
continue within any particular place or
limits within this province they shall assign, or commit
him to close prison until the meeting of the convention.
RESOLVED, That on the said first day
of August next, this present convention shall be dissolved, and
all the power and authority thereof cease and determine.
And that the delegates elected shall meet at the
city of Annapolis, and hold the next convention on Monday
the twelfth day of August next.
Agreeably to the said resolved was elected a Convention,
the proceedings of which
are as follow:
At a CONVENTION of the DELEGATES chosen by the several
counties and districts, and by the city of ANNAPOLIS
of BALTIMORE, of the province of MARYLAND, at the
ANNAPOLIS, on Wednesday the 14th of August, 1776,
| For SAINT-MARY's county.
THOMAS SIM LEE.
|B. T. B. WORTHINGTON,
CHARLES CARROLL, barrister,
THOMAS S. WOOTTON,
WILLIAM BAYLY, jun.
THOMAS COCKEY DEYE,
JEREMIAH T. CHASE.
HENRY WILSON, jun.
THE convention proceeded to the choice
of a president, and the honourable Matthew Tilghman,
Esq; was unanimously elected.
The convention appointed Mr. Gabriel
Duvall clerk. ORDERED, That he qualify himself as such,
by taking oath that he will honestly, diligently and
faithfully, discharge the office of clerk to the convention
of Maryland, and that he will not disclose or reveal
the secrets thereof.
Mr. Allen Quynn was appointed messenger,
and Mr. Robert Reynolds doorkeeper. ORDERED, That
they severally qualify themselves as such, by taking
the oath of office and secrecy as above directed to be
taken by the clerk.