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House. Comm. on Contested Elections. Report on the Gardner remonstrance, 1825
The House Committee on Contested Elections submitted a report on January 12, 1825 concerning the remonstrance of James Gardner and twelve others from
Lynn, MA against the election of James Pratt and Thompson Burrill. On May 13, 1824, Lynn held a Town Meeting to select its representatives to the
General Court. A motion was made to send one representative only, but there was no immediate vote. Several other motions intervened to send various
multiples, but they were all voted down. The motion to send one person was then voted upon and passed. The voters chose Ezra Mudge. While the meeting
was still in session, a motion was made to reconsider sending just one representative and the motion passed. The voters chose James Pratt and
Thompson Burrill as additional representatives. There were two James Pratts in Lynn, one being an ineligible day laborer and one being the person elected.
The Committee ruled that, since the meeting was still in session, of course the motion for one representative could be re-considered and everyone
present knew which Pratt they were voting for, so he was entitled to his seat. (Digitized from a microfilm copy of title originally held by the
Massachusetts State Library).
Title:   House of Representatives, January 12, 1825 : The committee of contested elections, in the case of the remonstrance of James Gardner, and twelve others, inhabitants of Lynn, in the county of Essex, against the election of James Pratt and Thompson Burrill ... .
OCLC Number:   1361714511
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