This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 Excerpt: ...to steer the ship of state; it is, therefore, necessary that the directions be simple, plain, and intelligible. And for the purpose of giving greater precision to one of its departments, I introduced the resolve for making an uniform provision for the receiving, assorting, and counting of votes, in all elections provided for in the Constitution. If gentlemen will turn to chap. 1, sec. 2, art. 2, they will find it the duty of the selectmen to receive, assort, and count the votes, in the presence of the town clerk, who shall make a fair record of the same, in the presence of the selectmen; and now, if we turn to chap. 2, sec. 1, art. 3, we shall find it to be the duty of the selectmen, as in the first instance, to receive and assort the votes, but the duty of the town clerk to count them, and make a fair record of the same, in presence of the selectmen. I admit that a difference so Tuesday, Duncan--Leland--Ely--Boutwell--Butler. July 26th. trifling as this seems to be, would not be a sufficient reason for calling a Convention to amend the Constitution; but since it has been taken in pieces, and the separate parts in our hands, I see no reason why each part may not be perfected as far as e are able to do so, that when it is again joined, it shall be as perfect as a whole as it is in any of its parts. The Constitution has been considered--and justly, too--a work of great merit and perfection; but not as perfect as to be entirely free from that species of blunders which has lately been styled Bunsbyisms; for instance, in chap. 1, sec. 1, it reads thus: " The legislative body shall assemble on the first Wednesday in January, and at such other times as they shall judge necessary, and shall dissolve and be dissolved on the day next preceding the said first Wed...