New York Assembly. Motion for Leave to Bring in a
Bill on Places at Which the Legislature Shall Meet
[New York, April 16, 1787]
Mr. Hamilton moved for leave to bring in a bill to establish the places at which the ordinary sessions of the Legislature shall be holden.1
Ordered, That leave be given accordingly.
Mr. Hamilton, according to leave, brought in the said bill, entitled An act to establish the places at which the ordinary sessions of the Legislature shall be holden, which was read the first time, and ordered a second reading.
New York Assembly Journal description begins Journal of the Assembly of the State of New York (Publisher and place vary, 1782–1788). description ends , 1787, 164.
1. Each session of the legislature decided the location of the succeeding session. The 1786 and 1787 sessions met in New York City; the 1788 session met in Poughkeepsie. As the bill proposed by H was neither passed nor considered by the legislature, no complete version of it exists. According to J. C. Hamilton (History description begins John C. Hamilton, Life of Alexander Hamilton, a History of the Republic of the United States of America (Boston, 1879). description ends , III, 242) “Hamilton … proposed to fix, by law, the sessions of the legislature alternately at Albany and New-York, hoping thus to counterpoise their local influences, and to have it in his power to retain a seat in the assembly. It being known that his professional engagements would not permit him to sojourn at Poughkeepsie, that place was selected for the meeting of the next legislature.” The first part of J. C. Hamilton’s statement is substantiated by the notice of the motion given in The [New York] Daily Advertiser of April 19. “This bill,” The Daily Advertiser reported, “declares that the legislature shall meet alternately at New-York and Albany.”