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Friday Oct 26th 1855 Convention met according to adjournment. Prayer was offered by the Chaplain. Journal of yesterday was read. On motion of Mr. Tuton of Bloomington, the vote whereby Mr. Wakefield of Bloomington was granted leave of absence was reconsidered and the motion granting leave was withdrawn by Mr. Schuyler of Council City –
On motion of Mr. Parrott of Leavenworth, the following Resolution

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was passed –
Resolved– That the Standing committee upon the Judiciary be increased by the addition of two members. Mr. Delahay, of Leavenworth offered the following Resolution - .
Resolved – That this Convention, approve the principles of non-intervention in the local affairs of Kansas, as enunciated by the “Nebraska, Kansas Act,” and that this Convention recommend to the people of Kansas a strict observance of the principles laid down in said act –

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Mr. Roberts of Washington, moved to postpone the consideration of said Resolution until Thursday next at 2 o’clock P.M. – and that it then be the special order for the day. Mr. Robinson of Lawrence moved to lay the whole matter upon the Table – The Yeas and Nays on motion of Mr. Delahay of Leavenworth, were ordered upon this motion –On the Roll being called twelve members were found to have voted in the affirmative and eighteen in the negative,

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The question was then taken upon the motion of Mr. Roberts as the chair was in doubt as to the result of the vote, and was about calling a division of the House in order to decide the same – Mr. Parrott of Leavenworth, moved to lay the subject upon the Table – on this motion Mr. Holliday of Topeka rose to point of order –as follows viz – “That after the President has arisen and stated the Question and the vote is in process of being taken thereon, that all other questions or motions are wholly debarred consideration

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during the taking of the vote – and until the same shall be announced.” The President decided that after a vote has been taken, the result of which can not be determined and no division being demanded – the question again becomes the property of the Convention and any suitable motion may be entertained by the Chair. From this decision Mr. Holliday appealed. The appeal was taken and the decision of the Chair sustained. The Yeas and Nays were then ordered on the motion of Mr Parrott –Previous to the vote being taken Mr. Robinson of Lawrence, raised a point of order – which after explanation [the text ends here]

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