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appointed members of a committee to examine the message and
report to the Council.24 On motion of Barrett, at whom many
of the charges were doubtless aimed, the president was requested
"to wait upon the Governor this evening, and confer with him
upon the subject of the message and papers just received, and
endeavor to avert from the country, if possible, the disorder and
confusion likely to result from the course he is pursuing."25
The committee to examine the message made its report January
11, and was unable
to express any other views to this House, than indignation
at language so repulsive to every moral feeling of an hon-
orable man, and astonishment that this community could
have been so miserably deceived in selecting for the high
office of Governor, a man whose language and conduct prove
his early habits of association to have been vulgar and de-
praved, and his present disposition that of a tyrant. They
repel the infamous charges preferred against this Council
and its members, as false and unfounded in every part; and
contemn the style and language as low, blackguardly and
vindictive, and every way unworthy of, and disgraceful to
the office whence it emanated, and as an outrageous libel
on the body to whom it is addressed, and therefore advise
the return of the paper. . . 26
The committee also presented a series of resolutions which were
adopted and sent to Governor Smith. The resolutions declared
the Council to be the immediate representatives of the people,
and therefore amenable only to the people. The governor was
ordered to cease the functions of his office, and answer charges
of impeachment to be prepared by the Council. All officers of
the government were to be informed of the removal of the gov-
ernor, and a committee was appointed to draft an address to
the people explaining the conditions which made necessary the
removal of Smith.27 All of these steps were taken by unani-
The committee to address the people was composed of Jones,
Royall, Burnham, Tucker, and Collard, and this committee was
24Jbid., I, 761.
2sIbid., I, 761.
26Ibid., I, 762.
27Tbid., 1, 762.
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