“Annexation of Lansingburgh-A Spirited Report” (March 18, 1869)
An adjourned meeting of the citizens of Lansingburgh opposed to Annexation was held at the American House, at ten o’clock this morning. Meeting was called to order by C. G. Lansing, Chairman; A. C. Comstock and J. R. Stevens, Secretaries, were present. On motion of Dr. S. P. Welch, a committee of three were appointed to draft resolutions expressive of the sense of this meeting. E. Hyatt, S. Ransom and L. P. Welch, were constituted such committee. After a brief absence they returned, and reported the following preamble and resolutions:
Whereas, A few persons residing in this village, have caused an act to be drafted annexing our village to the city of Troy, and with the aid of certain other parties, including members of the Legislature of this State, have succeeded, by false representations, in procuring the passage of said act through the Assembly of this State in the remarkably short space of a few hours, without even giving the inhabitants of this village an opportunity of knowing that said bill had been introduced:
And Whereas, A large majority, we believe at least nine-tenths of the inhabitants of said village, representing the greater bulk of the taxable property therein, are opposed to such annexation. Therefore be it
Resolved, By this mass meeting assembled to give expression on this subject, that to the utmost of our endeavors, we will oppose the further passage of this bill, and in behalf of the rights of a large majority of those interested, basing our appeal upon the fundamental principles of Republican institutions, we pray the Legislature may finally defeat the effort to ruin and completely blot out of existence a flourishing village, for the personal aggrandizement of a few individuals.
Resolved, that we hereby call upon the Representative of this Assembly District, if he can do the same consistently with truth and fair dealing towards his constituents, to explain his unprecedented conduct in reporting this bill from his committee without any investigation, within a few minutes from the time it was referred to such committee, and then allowing the rules of the Assembly to be suspended by unanimous consent under the false representation that no opposition existed to the passage of the bill, that it might be put on its final passage before his constituents could learn of its introduction.
Resolved, That a committee consisting of Stephen R. Noyes, Wm. Allin, Jr., B. G. Hathaway, W. Lansing, James C. Comstock, Nicholas Weaver, Louis Ransom, Thomas Moss, Alfred Seaman, A. C. Comstock, A. Whipple, J. G. O’Brien, John Ames, E. P. Pickett, W. F. Ackley, C. G. Neal, G. H. Harman, Charles Weaver, N. B. Powers, M. G. Butler, Thos. McClanahan, Robert Trulan, G. B. Allen, D. C. Sipple, J. H. Simmons, James Spotton, James Lee, Wm. A. Alexander, Wm. A. Flack, David Judson, S. P. Welsh, P. B. King, E. Adams, J. I. Eddy, Wm. M. Lea, Charles Holmes, Thos. H. Mason, Wm. Brown, M.Higgins, J. Riley, Jesse Spicer, E. Filley, Felix Fountain, Edward Beach, Wm. Davenport, Wm. R. Barton, Samuel Brooks, G. B. Filley, N. H. Noyes, Wm. O’Connor, A. Walsh, F. B. Leonard, George Brooker, Garret Fort, John Holme, Thos. Ryan, H. N. Day, Chas. Baxter, M. L. Filley, Wm. Groesbeck and Louis Peets, be appointed by the meeting to oppose the passage of said bill, or any bill to annex said village to Troy. Also that these resolutions be published in the WHIG, Press and Times, and a copy sent to Hon. E. Akin member of Assembly, and to Hon. F. S. Thayer, Senator.
The above resolutions were unanimously adopted. On motion of A. C. Comstock, James Lee and Robert Wells was constituted a printing committee. On motion the meeting adjourned.
Lansingburgh Gazette. March 18, 1869: 3 col 2.