July 4, 1870


There will be a reapportionment of representatives for the House. The statistics will be taken in the summer, and later the Census Bureau will submit their findings and will allow Washington to make an accurate conclusion regarding the number of representatives which should be given to each state.


The General Assembly will be able to re-district the State next fall so as to give to each county, city, and town, its proper weight in Congress. The enumeration of the inhabitants will be completed this summer, and in September the Superintendent of the Census- Bureau at "Washington will be able to furnish to the General Assembly of each Stale a correct statement of the population of every sub-division of the State. At present there are no statistics which should govern the General Assembly in re-districting the State ; though it would be impossible to do the work worse than it was done by the Underwood Convention. The work of re-districting the State need not occupy six days. It can be done next fall time enough to enable each district to elect its own congressman in November, thus obviating the necessity of electing any members at large.
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