To provide a forum for discussion of this pressing issue, a Lyceum, “The Oregon Lyceum,” was established. Lyceums were at their peak then, being national institutions to debate such issues. The issue of the day was how to form a government body which would add some structure for the community and settle legal issues. The first meeting of the Oregon Lyceum was held at Willamette Falls in the recently-built home of Sidney Moss, the recipient of a lot purchased from Dr. John McLoughlin. British interests were represented by Dr. McLoughlin, Chief Factor of the HBC, Francis Ermatinger, HBC ChiefTrader, McLoughlin’s attorney, L.W. Hastings, and Chester Prigg, who assisted in the founding of the organization.