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Day 38 of the Convention

Wednesday, February 26, 1868

The Convention was called to order on Wednesday at 11 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the Chair. 

The delegates were distracted from their primary business by discussing complains about newspaper coverage. Radical republicans complained of the Sentinel. A conservative complained of the Daily Standard.

The report of the judiciary committee was taken up.   Mr. Watts moved to reconsider the vote providing for three Supreme Court judges instead of five. The motion was laid on the table. Mr. Abbott gave notice that on the third reading he would offer the amendment to make five instead of three judges.

On motion the Convention adjourned.



Ferrell, Joseph, ed., Compilation of the Official Report of the Proceedings of the Convention (Chapel Hill, N.C.: unpublished manuscript 2007). (See day 8 for fuller explanation of this resource.)


*The debate and other quotes are close to verbatim from the reported resources with some adjustment to put all comments in first person, present tense.



Ann McColl

Ann McColl is an attorney and state constitutional scholar.