Rules for the Congress adopted


It was then proposed to determine in what manner the Votes of the respective Counties here represented shall be taken on any division; and debate arose thereon.

Thereupon, Mr˙ Leffertse moved, and was seconded by Mr˙ Gelston, that the further consideration thereof be postponed, and a future day now fixed for the consideration thereof; and that, in the mean time, the Counties respectively have the same number of votes as in the late Congress of this Colony.

The question being put thereon, it was agreed to be determined, and was determined, by polls, in the manner following, to wit:

For the Affirmative — Mr˙ Leffertse, Mr˙ Gelston, Mr˙ Conner.

For the Negative — Every other Member present.

After some further time spent in consideration of this matter, and debates thereon, it is unanimously resolved, agreed, and ordered, That every question on any division, be determined by a majority of the votes of the several Counties then having a representation in this Congress; and that —

The City and County of New-York shall have ............... votes 8
The City and County of Albany .. 6
The County of Dutchess ........5
The County of Suffolk ..........4
The County of Ulster ..........4
The County of Westchester ......4
The County of Orange .........3
The County of Queen' s .........4
The County of King' s ..........2
The County of Richmond .......2
The County of Tryon ..........3
The County of Charlotte ........2
The County of Cumberland .....2
The County of Gloucester .......1
In all ...........50

The following Rules are unanimously resolved on and agreed to as the Rules of this Congress, viz:

1st. That the President, and, in his absence, a President to be appointed pro tempore, shall preside at every meeting, and keep order and decorum; and that it shall be his duty to sign all letters from this Congress.

2d. That all motions be made in writing, and read by the Member moving, in his place, and then delivered at the Chair; and that all addresses be made to the Chair, and standing.

3d. That if more than one shall rise to speak at the same time, the President shall determine who shall first be heard.

4th. That the substance of every motion made and seconded shall be entered on the Minutes, unless withdrawn by leave of the Congress.

5th. That no interruption shall be suffered while a Member is delivering his sentiments, unless by calling such Member to order.

6th. That after the determination of any matter or thing, the same shall not be resumed but with the consent of such majority as aforesaid, upon notice of a motion, for that purpose, previously given at least one day before the same is made.

7th. That when any question is determined upon a division, the names of the respective Counties shall be entered as they shall vote on each side; but any Member for any County may be at liberty to have his name and dissent from the vote of his County entered on the Minutes.

8th. That this Congress shall, from time to time, meet on their own adjournments.

9th. That, for the despatch of business, and to prevent interruptions, the doors of our meetings shall be shut, unless on any such occasion where a majority as aforesaid shall determine otherwise.

10th. That no question shall be determined on the day that it is agitated, if three Counties shall request that it be deferred to the next day.

11th. That no Members hall be at liberty to speak more


than twice to the same point, without leave of the President for the time then being.

12th. That every Member of this Congress shall keep secret all such matters, proceedings, and things, in this Congress as shall be enjoined from the Chair to be kept secret, upon pain of expulsion.

13th. That whenever the proceedings of this Congress shall be published at the close of this session, all the Minutes shall be published, and no part concealed, unless such as the unanimous votes of the Counties shall declare to be of a secret or unimportant nature; but that extracts of the proceedings may, nevertheless, be published from time to time, as the Congress shall think fit.