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A Journal of the proceedings of the House of Representatives of the ... General Assembly of the State of Florida, at its...
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Title: A Journal of the proceedings of the House of Representatives of the ... General Assembly of the State of Florida, at its ... session
Portion of title: Journal of proceedings of the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the State of Florida, at its ... session
Journal
Alternate Title: House journal
Caption title: Journal of the House of Representatives of the State of Florida
Physical Description: v. : ; 23 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Florida -- Legislature. -- House of Representatives
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: S.l
Manufacturer: Floridian Office
Creation Date: November 22, 1852
Publication Date: 1845-
Frequency: annual
regular
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Subjects / Keywords: Legislative journals -- Periodicals -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Genre: government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
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Dates or Sequential Designation: 1st General Assembly, 1st session (1845)-
General Note: At head of title: House journal.
General Note: Sometimes issued as: Journal of proceedings of the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the State of Florida.
Funding: Digitized for the Florida House of Representatives, the Office of the Clerk.
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Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Florida House of Representatives. Office of the Clerk.
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 003417926
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System ID: UF00027786:00005
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Cover 1
        Cover 2
    Title Page
        Page 1
        Page 2
    November 1852
        Monday, November 22
        Tuesday, November 23
            Page 3
            Page 4
            Page 5
            Page 6
            Page 7
            Page 8
            Page 9
            Page 10
            Page 11
            Page 12
            Page 13
            Page 14
            Page 15
            Page 16
            Page 17
            Page 18
            Page 19
            Page 20
        Wednesday, November 24
            Page 21
        Friday, November 26
            Page 22
            Page 23
            Page 24
        Saturday, November 27
            Page 25
            Page 26
        Monday, November 29
            Page 27
            Page 28
            Page 29
            Page 30
            Page 31
        Tuesday, November 30
            Page 32
            Page 33
            Page 34
    December 1852
        Wednesday, December 1
            Page 35
            Page 36
            Page 37
            Page 38
        Thursday, December 2
            Page 39
            Page 40
            Page 41
            Page 42
            Page 43
            Page 44
            Page 45
            Page 46
            Page 47
        Friday, December 3
            Page 48
            Page 49
            Page 50
            Page 51
            Page 52
            Page 53
        Saturday, December 4
            Page 54
            Page 55
        Monday, December 6
            Page 56
            Page 57
            Page 58
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            Page 60
            Page 61
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            Page 64
        Tuesday, December 7
            Page 65
            Page 66
            Page 67
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            Page 69
            Page 70
        Wednesday, December 8
            Page 71
            Page 72
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        Thursday, December 9
            Page 76
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        Friday, December 10
            Page 82
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        Saturday, December 11
            Page 87
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        Monday, December 13
            Page 96
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        Tuesday, December 14
            Page 100
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        Wednesday, December 15
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        Thursday, December 16
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        Friday, December 17
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MONDAY, November 22, 1852.
On this day, being the one fixed by the Constitution of this State
for the meeting of the General Assembly, at 12 o'clock, M., Mr. W.
H. Milton, Clerk of the late House of Representatives, called the
members elect to order, and proceeded to call the roll, when the
following named gentlemen were present-
Messrs. W. W. Harrison, N. A. Long, William Hall, D. Fennell,
A. Love, R. A. Shine, John S. Mooring, Thomas Langford, A. S.
Baldwin and E. Hopkins.
There not being a quorum present, adjourned the House till
Tuesday, 12 o'clock, M.


TUESDAY, November 23, 1852.
The members met pursuant to adjournment and proceeded to call
the roll by counties, when the following gentlemen appeared and
presented the evidence of their election as members:
From Escambia County, SAMUEL A. LEONARD,
Santa Rosa W. W. HARRISON,
Holmes, D. FENNELL,
c Washington S. EVANS,
Jackson W. HALL,
N. A. LONG,
Calhoun LUKE LOTT,
Gadsden A. K. ALLISON,
L. G. MCELVY,
A. LOVE,
Leon M. D. PAPY,
R. B. CARPENTER,
GREEN CHAIRS,
R. A. SHINE,
Wakulla J. S. MOORING,
Jeferson JOHN F. DEWITT,
J. CARRAWAY SMITH,
Madison L. M. MOSELEY,
THOMAS LANGFORD,
Hamilton J. J. POLHILL,
Columbia H. RAULERSON,
W. H. ROSSEAU,
Duval A. S. BALDWIN,
E, HOPKINS,





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From Alachua County, PIILIP DELL,
"i Marion GEORGE HELVENSTON.,
St. Johns W. W. TUMIBLIN,
4Puinam
Levy c ISAAC P. HARDEE,
Hillsboro' JAMES T. MAGBEE,
"i Hernando "
Monroe W. W. MCCALL,.
St. Lucie J. S. HEERMANS.

Whereupon, there being a quorum present, on motion Mr. Papy
took the chair.
On motio:, the oath of office in such cases prescribed was duly
administered by C. W. Downing, Notary Public, for Leon County,
to all the above named gentlemen presenting certificates.
On motion, the members proceeded to the election of Speaker.
Mr. Smith nominated Mr. A. K. Allison.
The vote was:
For Allison-Messrs. Carpenter, Chaires, Dell, Dewitt, Evans,
Hall, Heermans, Helvenston, Leonard, Lott, Magbee, McCall, McEl-
vy, Mooring, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rosseau, Smith, Tumblin-
20.
For Smith-Messrs. Baldwin, Hardee. Harrison, Langford, Long,
Moseley-6.
Blank-Messrs. Allison, Fennell, Hopkins, Love, Shine-5.
The Chair decided there was no election.
The members then proceeded to a second ballot, as follows :
For Allison-Messrs. Carpenter, Chaires, Dell, Dewitt, Evans,
Hall, Heermans, Helvenston, Leonard, Lott, Magbee, McCall, McEl-
vy, Mooring, Moseley, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rosseau, Smith,
Tumblin-21.
Blank-Messrs. Allison, Baldwin, Fennell, Hardee, Harrison,
Hopkins, Langford, Long, Love, Shine-10.
So Mr. Allison was declared duly elected Speaker.
On motion, Messrs. Long and Smith were appointed a committee
to conduct the Speaker elect to the chair. On taking the chair, the
Speaker addressed the House in an appropriate speech.
On motion of Mr. Papy, the House proceeded to the election of
Chief Clerk.
Mr. Smith nominated John Dick.
Mr. Long nominated H. A. Bright.
The result was :
For Dick-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Carpenter, Chaires, Dell, Dew-
itt, Evans, Heermans, Helveston, Leonard, Lott, Magbee, McCall,
McElvy, Moseley, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rosseau, Smith,
Tumblin-20.
For Bright-Messrs. Baldwin, Fennell, Hall, Hardee, Harrison,
Hopkins, Langford, Long, Love, Mooring, Shine-11.
The Speaker declared there was no election.








Mr. McCall moved that the House adjourn till to-morrow at
10 o'clock; which motion was lost.
The House then proceeded to a second ballot, which resulted as
follows:
For Dick-Mr. Speaker, Messrs, Carpenter, Chaires, Dell, Dew.
itt, Evans, Heermans, Helvenston, Leonard, Lott, Magbee,'McCall,
McElvy, Moseley, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rosseau, Smith,
Tumblin-20.
For Bright-Messrs. Baldwin, Fennell, Hall, Hardee, Harrison,
Hopkins, Langford, Long, Love, Mooring, Shine-11.
The Speaker thereupon declared there was no election.
The House then proceeded to a third ballot, which resulted as
follows:
For Dick-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Carpenter, Chaires, Dell, De-
witt, Evans, Heermans, Helvenston, Leonard, Lott, Magbee, Mc-
Call, McElvy, Moseley, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rosseau, Smith,
Tumblin-20.
For Bright-Messrs. Baldwin, Fennell, Hall, Hardee, Harrison,
Hopkins, Langford, Long, Love, Mooring, Shine-11.
The Speaker declared there was no election.
Mr. McCall appealed from the decision of the Chair; on which
the yeas and nays were called, as follows:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Dell, Hall, Hardee, Har-
rison, Helvenston, Hopkins, Langford, Long, McCall, Mooring,
Raulerson, Tumblin-14.
Nays-Messrs. Carpenter, Chaires, Dewitt, Evans, Heermans,
Leonard, Lott, Love, Magbee, McElvy, Moseley, Papy, Polhill,
Rosseau, Smith, Shine-16.
So the House refused to sustain the Speaker; whereupon Mr.
Dick was declared duly elected Chief Clerk of the House.
On motion, the House proceeded to the election of Assistant
Clerk.
Mr. Smith nominated John R. Lloyd.
Mr. Love nominated Archibald Smith.
The following was the result:
For Lloyd-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Carpenter, Chaires, Dell, De-
witt, Evans, Heermans, Helvenston, Leonard, Lott, Magbee, McCall,
McElvy, Moseley, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rosscau, Smith, Tum-
blin-20.
For Smith-Messrs. Baldwin, Fennell, Hall, Hardee, Harrison,
Hopkins, Langford, Long, Love, Mooring, Shine-11.
So .Mr. IJoyd was declared duly elected as Assistant Clerk.
On motion the House proceeded to the election of Enrolling and
Engrossing Clerk.
Mr. Smith nominated Moses Atkins.
Mr. Long nominated David Barkley.
Mr. Langford nominated Sampson Barrington.
The following was the vote:
For Atkins-.-M. Speaker, Messrs. Carpenter, Clhaire Dell, De.







witt, I'Ean., Ilermans, lielvenston, Ieonard, Lottl, MagboI, Mr
'Call, Mlelv, P'np, Polliill, Raulerson, Rosseau, Smitll, T'umblin
-10.
I'or Blrrington--Messsrs. Baldwin, Fennell, Iall, Hardee, Ifar-
rison, Hopkins, Langford, Long, Love, Mooring, Moseley, Shine
12.
Thereupon Mr. Atkins was declared elected.
On motion the House then proceeded to the election of Door
Keeper.
Mir. Smith nominated David Grey.
S. Barrington and J. Jones were also nominated.
T'he following was the vote:
For Grey-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Carpenter Chaires, Dell, Dew-
itt, Evans, Heermans, Helvenston, Leonard, Lott, Magbee, McCall,
McElvy, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rosseau, Smiith, Tumblin-19.
For Jones-Messrs. Baldwin, Fennell, Hall, Hardee, Harrison,
Hopkins, Long, Mooring, Shine-9.
For Barrington-Messrs. Langford, Moseley-2.
So Mr. Grey was declared elected Door-keeper and Messenger.
On motion, the House then proceeded to the election of Ser-
geant-at-Arms.
Mr. Smith nominated John A. Kelly.
Mr. Long nominated Wmn. Butler.
The vote was as follows:
For Kelly-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Carpenter, Chaires, Dell, De-
witt, Evans, Heermans, Helvenston, Leonard, Lott, Magbee, McCall,
McElvy, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rosseau, Smith, Tumblin-19.
For Butler-Messrs. Baldwin, Fennell, Hall, Hardee, Harrison,
Hopkins, Langford, Long, Love, Mooring, Moseley, Shine-12.
Mr. Kelly was thereupon declared duly elected Sergeant-at-Arms.
On motion, Messrs. Dick, Lloyd, Atkins and Kelly were several-
ly sworn.
Mr. Papy moved that a committee of three be appointed to in-
form the Senate of the organization of this House, and, in coniunc-
tion with a similar committee to be appointed by the Senate, to
wait on His Excellency, the Governor, and inform him that both
Houses are now organized and ready to receive any communica-
tion he may have to make;
Which was carried, and Messrs. Papy, Long and McCall ap-
pointed said Committee.
Mr. Long moved that the Rules of the last Session be adopted as
the Rules of this House until other Rules are reported;
Which motion was adopted.
Mr. McCall moved that a committee of three be appointed to re-
port ndles for the government of this House during the present ses-
sion; which was carried, and Messrs. McCall, McElvy, and Hal
were appointed said committee.
Mr. Lott moved that a committee of three be appointed to select
a Chaplain for this House during the present session;







Which motion was carried, and Messrs. Lott, Papy, and Dell
were appointed said committee.
A committee from the Senate reported that the Senate was or-
ganized and had appointed a committee to act with a similar com-
mittee on the part of the House to wait on his Excellency the
Governor and notify him that the General Assembly was now or-
ganized and prepared to receive any communication he might have
to make.
The committee appointed to wait on his Excellency the Gov-
ernor, returned and reported taat they had discharged that duty,
and that his Excellency would communicate with the House in a
few minutes.
The following Message from his Excellency, the Governor, was
received and read:
EXECUTIVE CHAMBER, CAPITOL
Tallahassee, November 22, 1852.
Gentlemen of the Senate
and House of Representatives :
IT is a source of no less pleasure than gratitude to a be-
nificent Providence to greet you again, assembled for the
discharge of your high constitutional duties under circum-
stances so prosperous. Peace and plenty pervade our land,
and though we have not altogether escaped the chastening
rod of the Almighty, our condition as a People affords
abundant evidence of His liberal and forbearing hand. I
beg leave to unite with you in fervent supplications that His
wisdom may guide us in all our efforts to advance the in-
terests and happiness of the People of this Commonwealth.
Under the existing system of biennial legislative sessions
a largely increased responsibility is devolved upon you, and
your meetings concern much more deeply than before,
the prosperity of our beloved State. In this age of progress
two years of inaction or of error upon the vital subject of
Internal Improvement may well involve a loss which can-
not be recalled. The Constitution of this State declares
that "A liberal system of Internal Improvements, being es-
"sential to the development of the resources of the country,
"shall be encouraged by the Government of this State,
"and it shall be the duty of the General Assembly, as soon
"as practicable, to ascertain by law proper objects of im-
"provement, in relation to roads, canals, and navigable







"streams, and to provide for a suitable application of such
" funds as may be appropriated for such improvements."
How little this provision of the Constitution has been
practically regarded, your recent journeys from youi re-
spective homes in every part of the State, must have pain-
fully reminded you. It is a melancholy reflection, that
while the spirit of improvement is pervading every other
State-opening new sources of wealth and comfort and
stimulating human industry in all its varied departments--
Florida alone, like the slothful servant who buried his tal-
ent, seems well nigh content with inaction and repose on
this vital subject. We do not transcend the limits of truth
when we claim for her natural advantages, resources and
capabilities for improvement, unsurpassed by those of any
other State of the Union. She is the fifth in territorial
area-the third in health-with some 1,200 miles Atlantic
and Gulf sea-board-a fruitful soil-a genial climate, ex-
tending within the tropic of Cancer, and a range of agri-
cultural products of unsurpassed variety and value. She
has noble rivers-spacious harbors-inexhaustible supplies
of timber. Around her floats, in endless succession, a large
portion of the commercial marine of the civilized world,
and she lies in the direct line of travel and transportation
between the great marts of the Northeast and Southwest-
the Atlantic, the Gulf, and the Pacific coasts.
With all these advantages, her progress, if it deserves
the name, has no parallel within the limits of the Union in
feebleness and insignificance. Colonized 300 years ago,
she is still weak in numbers-with very little greater com-
parative public or private wealth than less favored sec-
tions, and the broad bosom of millions of her acres, suscep-
tible of profitable tillage, is yet undisturbed by the hand
of agricultural labor.
The causes which have produced this extraordinary and
lamentable condition of affairs, are in good part pointed
out and explained in the communication of Hon. MR. CA-
BELL, our Representative in Congress, which I beg herewith
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upon the resources of this State; but doubtless, no little
blame must also attach to ourselves, as well as to our cir-
curnstances. It is questionable whether our legislation
has latterly been of a character to encourage the invest-
ment of private capital, either at home or abroad, in any
great work of public improvement. In a former communi-
cation, the Executive had the pleasure to lay before your
honorable bodies, more minutely, his views of a work of
Internal Improvement in this State, which, as the founda-
tion of a general system, affecting all interests as equally
as possible, might, in his judgment, concentrate the ener-
gies of the State and people and break at once the death-
like torpor upon this vital subject. In partial accordance
with the views then expressed, a charter was enacted; but,
I regret to say, so hampered with restrictions as to render
it of little practical value. In this respect, however, its
condition was not peculiar. Other bills of a similar or cor-
relative character were in like manner, rendered inopera-
tive, under, as I conceive, a mistaken notion of contributing
to the public security.
The lessons of experience, indeed, would dictate to us the
necessity of caution in granting acts of incorporation; but
upon this subject, as well as all others, caution itself may
become so extreme or ill-judged as to bring with it all the
dangers of rashness and precipitancy. That golden mean
which guards alike the rights and interests of the public
'and the corporators, and holds with equal hand the scale
of justice, duty and obligation, is the true point of safety
and efficiency. No man will be content to place his means
at the arbitrary disposal of another. No prudent man will
invest money in a public work under a charter which may
'at any moment, with or without reason, be repealed-his
expenditure wasted-his time lost and his expectations
blasted. Capital is proverbially wary and slow of confi-
dence. It demands ample and written guaranties, and is
not often disposed to risk its fiduciary operations upon any
abstract or general confidence in mankind at large. If such
restrictions do tnot become practically fatal to the charter
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which contains them, their most manifest operation must be
to discourage investments by men whose knowledge that
they are in condition to lose is well calculated to render
them habitually cautious, and to supplant them by the reck-
less speculator, whose adventurous spirit and love of gain
is unchecked by any knowledge or suspicion, that he can
suffer pecuniary injury. Thus, from the very excess of'ill-
considered caution, acts of incorporation may and, doubt-
less, often do, become potent engines of public mischief, in
their corporators, who, with reckless mind or fraudulent in-
tent, are either willing to risk the chances of disaster and
loss from ill-devised restrictions designed to secure the pub-
lic, or have discovered a way to evade them, though at the
sacrifice of personal integrity. It is often fortunate if such
acts remain a dead letter on the statute book, and it would
be better still, if they were not passed to cumber it. A fair
reciprocity of duty and obligation-the ordinary measure
of legal protection to private rights and property-this it
seems to me should be extended in all our acts by which
we seek to enlist private capital to the aid of the public
convenience and utility. It is not, indeed, to be lightly sup-
posed that any State Legislature would avail itself of these
clauses in its own favor to work a gratuitous injury to pri-
vate individuals; but the latter cannot be expected to in-
vest their means on the hazard that even gratuitous in-
jury may not be done; much less that they may not suffer
consequential wrong. Capital will make the deduction, that
where the right of unconditional repeal is reserved, it is in-
tended to he, or very possibly may be, exercised.
With these views, I beg leave to suggest particularly such
amendments of the Act passed at your last Session, incor-
porating the Atlantic and Gulf Central Rail Road Compa-
ny, as may in your judgment harmonize therewith and sub-
serve the public interests. Facilities for rapid, easy and
cheap intercommunication and transportation-which shall
invite immigration-stimulate private enterprize-arouse
public spirit and energy and harmonize our population,
are pre-eminently the wants of Florida at this time; and







for one, fellow-citizens, I despair of any great or lasting
improvement of any kind, in our condition, until we shake
off sloth and betake ourselves manfully to the supply of
these wants. A large portion of our people must remain
comparatively destitute of even schools and other means
of mental and moral improvement, until population thick-
ens around them, and never will private energy develop
itself, until our State counsels and government manifest
some vigorous tokens of a public spirit. Let the State, if
she wishes the character of a State and the place of a State
in the hearts of her people, display some enlarged purpose
and design and some executive vigor in behalf of the Peo-
ple and herself.
I invite you, fellow-citizens of the Senate and House of
Representatives, if the views of the Executive with regard
to any proposed measure do not meet your opinions, to de-
vise some plan better adapted to the ends proposed, and pro-
vide for its efficient execution with the appropriate means
of the State, so that two years' more inaction may not fol-
low your present Session, and the State of Florida contin-
ue and remain the only State of the Union which has taken
no step to better her condition by works of Internal Im-
provement.
As yet, the Internal Improvement Fund is intact, and one
more legislative opportunity remains to unite public and
private means and energies in a State enterprise; but it is
easy to see the probable result of a little more procrastina-
tion. Local and isolated schemes will soon be clamorous
for an appropriation from this Fund; and however merito-
rious those may be which shall first secure it, all subse
quent appropriations will be made with regard, not so
much to Internal improvements, as to what may be con-
sidered an equal distribution of money. But if a wasteful
and unprofitable expenditure of this Fund were all the con-
sequence to be feared, my own anxiety would materially
abate. Worse results will, in all probability, follow, in
sectional jealousies that may arise, or become embittered
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money-interrupting all the ordinary currents of political
action, and, perhaps, demoralizing and corrupting legisla-
tion itself. Thus, this munificent fund, which ought, if wise-
ly managed, to be of so much common utility to the people,
may be a source of almost unmixed evil and mischief. From
such a catastrophe, I again invoke the General Assembly
to save the Commonwealth, by committing it, with a wise
promptitude, to some scheme of a State and general char-
acter.
It becomes my duty again to call the serious attention
of the General Assembly to the subject of the continuance
of a portion of the tribe of the Seminole Indians within the
limits of this State, to the great annoyance of our people
on the frontier, and detriment to the prosperity of the State.
By an act of the last Legislature, approved 20th January,
1851, it was provided "that the Governor of this State be,
and he is hereby, invested with full power and authority to
urge upon the President of the United States, through the
proper department, the necessity for the speedy and final
removal of the remnant of Seminole Indians now remain-
ing in Florida;" and he was "authorized and required, when
it shall be expedient and'proper, to raise a regiment of
mounted volunteers, to co-operate with any force of the
United States which the President may order to Florida,
for the purpose of removing the Indians, as contemplated
by this act, and for the protection and security of the fron-
tier settlements; or, as commander-in-chief of the militia
of this State, to employ them, when, in his judgment, it may
become necessary, as an independent force, for the removal
of the Indians, and the protection and security of the fron-
tier settlements." In conformity with the provisions of this
act, it will be seen by the accompanying documents in re-
lation to this subject-to which I especially invite your at-
tention, as furnishing the fullest information in my power
to communicate-that, as early as the 13th February, 1851,
I addressed a letter to the Hon. C. M. Conrad, Secretary of
War, with a copy of the act, and urged the necessity of
prompt and decided action, on the part of the General Gov-






ernment, to accomplish an object so important to the safety
of our people, and the prosperity of the State; and know-
ing it to be the policy of the Government to effect the re-
moval of the Indians with the least possible violence, I pro-
posed a plan for the survey of the country which they in-
habit, under a military force sufficiently large to protect
the surveying parties, and to capture all the Indians they
might fall in with. The manner in which this proposition
was received, will be seen in the correspondence referred to.
In the spring of 1851, I received information that the
charge of the Indians remaining in Florida was transferred
from the Department of War to the Department of the In-
terior, and that a contract was made by the Commissioner
of Indian Affairs, with the approbation of the Secretary of
the Interior, with General Luther Blake, as "Special
Agent," to proceed to Florida for the purpose of endeavor-
ing, by judicious arrangements and efforts, to effect the re-
moval of the Seminole Indians remaining in that State, to
the country of their brethren west of the Mississippi river;"
and in the fall of that year, General Blake, with a deputa-
tion of Seminole chiefs from Arkansas, arrived at Tampa,
for the purpose of effecting the objects of his contract, and
fixed his head-quarters at Fort Myers. But it will be seen
by the correspondence referred to, that he was unable to ob-
tain an interview with any of the head chiefs until August
last; and it is believed, his interview was then effected, more
by the fears inspired by the operations of Gen. Hopkins on
the frontier, than by the peaceful offers of Gen. Blake, who,
I am happy to say, has done every thing in his power to
accomplish the purposes of his mission. I have little doubt
that his negotiations would have been attended with en-
tire success had his efforts been seconded by the plan ofsur-
vey which I proposed.
In August, 1850, a lad by the name of Daniel Hubbard,
living with Captain Sumner, in Marion County, was cap-
tured and murdered by a band of Indians, which caused
great excitement and alarm; and a party who had been
sent out on a scout in search of the lost boy, found hats







where Indians had encamped, and cultivated ground, many
miles beyond their prescribed boundary, and evidence of
their having driven off and destroyed cattle belonging to
the frontier settlements. This discovery led to the forma-
tion of scouting parties for the protection of the settlements.
On one of those scouts, Captain A. Jernigan, with a party
under him, fell in with and captured some Indians and
ponies, and a number of hogs. These transactions caused
great alarm on the frontier, fearing the Indians would re-
taliate; and numerous applications were made to me, to
authorize the raising of volunteer companies for the pro-
tection of the settlements. Perplexed by the conflicting ac-
counts of these occurrences which reached this office-un-
able to judge of the extent of danger to which the frontier
was exposed, or the best means of protection, and unwilling
to involve the State in a large expense by calling out vol-
unt eers, without a justifiable cause, I ordered Major Gene-
ral Hopkins to visit the frontier as a special agent, to
investigate the facts, with full powers to call out any
force he should deem necessary for the protection and secu-
rity of the people on the frontier, and authorized to cap-
ture all Indians he might fall in with outside of their pre-
scribed boundary. To my letters of instructions to Gen-
eral Hopkins and his reports, I beg particularly to call the
attention of the General Assembly. It will be seen that a
co-operation with Gen. Blake was particularly urged; which
led to the interview that took place between Gen. Hopkins
and Billy Bowlegs in August last, and the visit of the lat-
ter, with his party, to see the President at Washington City,
terminating in an agreement to use their influence to get
their people to emigrate as soon as possible. I must confess
however, that I look for no beneficial results from this ne-
gotiation; and, indeed, it is surprising that, with a full
knowledge of the faithless character of these Indians, the
Department should have thought it worth the while to com-
mit to paper an agreement," in which no time is stipula-
ted for its fulfilment. Common rumor has undertaken to
supply this important omission, and to assign March next







as the period in which the emigration may be expected;
but better testimony, that of Bowlegs himself, declares, as
a voluntary act on the part of the Seminoles, it will never
take place. The fact that declarations to this effect-have
been often made by that chief since his return from Wash-
ington, while in a state of inebriety, and removed from hia
habitual cunning and caution, shows that the agreement"
and all its concomitants is but another of his temporizing
expedients to gain time and the means of defence, when
force is resorted to, or, at best, to delay the period of its
application. Under these circumstances, it will be for the
General Assembly to determine what measures shall be
adopted to compel a removal, and the proper time for their
application, should our anticipations as to the failure of this
new attempt at negotiation prove well founded.
For the purpose of providing subsistence, forage and
transportation for the troops called into service by General
Hopkins, I borrowed, under the authority vested in me by
the fifth section of the act referred to, the sum of five thou-
sand dollars from the Internal Improvement Fund, which
was placed under the control of the Treasurer and Comp-
troller; and all claims arising from that source have been
audited and paid, agreeably to the regulations in that Dc-
partment--- statement of which will be found in the Re-
port of the Comptroller. No payment has been made to
the officers and men for their services. It will be necessary
for the General Assembly to make provision for their pay-
ment, and to demand- of the General Government a re-im-
bursement.
' It was made my duty, by an act of the last Gcheral As-
sembly, approved 23d January, 1851, to cause the accounts
of the several officers and privates of the volunteer com-
panies who were called out by the Governor of the State in
the year 1849, to suppress Indian hostilities, to be audited
and allowed," and "State scrip, bearing six per cent. inter-
est, for the same, to be issued through the Comptroller's Of-
fice ;" and by another act, passed at the same session, ap-
proved 14th January, it was made my duty to execute a






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bond, in the name of this State, to the Southwestern Rail1
Road Bank of Charleston, South Carolina, to be substituted
in lieu of the bond given by my predecessor, Governor
Moseley; but as there was an appropriation made by Con-
gress to re-imburse the State of Florida for the claims for
which these obligations were directed to be given, I exer'
cised the authority given me by the second section of the
said act, approved 14th January, and borrowed the sum ne-
cessairy for the payment of those troops, until the appro-
priation made by Congress could be obtained; all of which
is. more fully explained in the Report of the Comptroller,
to which I beg to refer; and when the Quartermaster
General's accounts are made out, the whole matter will be
fully communicated to the General Assembly in a Special
Message.
SIn accordance with the Act of the last General Assembly,
" To secure the Swamp and Overflowed Lands,' approved,
24th January, 1851, which provides, That the Governor
is authorized and requested to take such measures as to
him may seem expedient and most to the interest of this
State, in securing and classifying the lands lately granted
to this State, designated as Swamp or Overflowed Lands,"
1 opened a correspondence on the subject with the Surveyor
General of Florida, and the Commissidner of the General
Land Office, copies of which accompany this Message. I
regret to say that but little progress has been made. It
will be seen by a Report of the Commissioner of the Gene-
ral Land Office, that only 514,483 acres have as yet been
confirmed to the State. Understanding that the field notes
in the Surveyor General's Office were imperfect, and would
furnish very inadequate information in regard to the qual*
ity of lands which properly should belong to the State, by
virtue of the Act of Congress of the 28th September, 1850,
making the grant of the Swamp or Overflowed Lands" in
the State, and that the interest of the State rendered it ab-
solutely necessary that some Agent, competent and well ac-
quainted with the land surveys in Florida, should be ap-
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a contract with Mr. Henry Wells and Dr. Arthur M. Ran-
dolph, as general State agents for this purpose. Both of
these gentlemen, have for many years been engaged in the
execution of large contracts for the survey of the public
lands in Florida, and from their capacity and high charac-
ter, are particularly well qualified for the performance of
this duty. It will be seen by the contract which is here-
with reported, that they are, when necessary, to make ex-
aminations in person-to run out the lines and to furnish a
complete set of Maps for the State for eight mills per acre,
on all the lands reported and confirmed to the State. They
are engaged in the work, and have made considerable pro-
gress, and Mr. Wells is now in Washington City upon this
subject. But by far the larger portion of the lands which
will accrue to the State under the grant of Congress, are
yet unsurveyed, and consequently cannot be selected and
set apart to the State. Upon this subject, I invite the at-
tention of the General Assembly to the opinions intimated
by the Department of the Interior and the General Land
Office in certain letters responsive to my proposition to sur-
vey the country occupied by the Indians, which are here
with transmitted.
Soon after the adjournment of the last Legislature, for
the purpose of obtaining information in regard to this sub-
ject, I visited the keys and islands on the coast of Florida,
and penetrated some distance into the Everglades. I do not
think that any plan could be adopted for entirely draining
this waste of waters; but that it could be very conside-
rably reduced, and a large quantity -of valuable land re-
claimed, for a sum far below the value of the land, there can
be no question. If the Indians were removed, it is a work
which should not be delayed; and for that purpose, the
Board of Internal Improvement should be clothed with the
necessary power, and particularly with the authority to ap-
point a State Engineer and Geologist.
Connected with this subject is a Board of Agriculture.
The last General Assembly passed "An Act to organize and
establish a Board of Agriculture for the State of Florida,"
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which provides that it shall "be composed of three persons
resident at Tallahassee, and one corresponding member
from each County in the State, to be appointed by the Gov-
ernor ;" and declares "that it shall be the duty of such cor-
responding members to collect and report to the head of the
bureau at Tallahassee, by mail or otherwise, all information
relating to the soil, production and climate," &c.; and, fur-
ther, "that it shall be the duty of the chiefs of this depart-
ment to transcribe and arrange all such information in a
book to be kept by them for that purpose, and in some con-
venient form-at all business hours to keep the same open
for public inspection and benefit, and also to distribute all
seeds or plants they may receive for that purpose." All
these provisions, it is respectfully submitted, are either im-
practicable or inexpedient. The Governor could hardly be
expected to possess such intimate knowledge of all the
counties in the State, as to enable him to make judicious
appointments; and as no salaries are provided, it is not pre-
sumable that persons could be found to perform the duties
prescribed without compensation. Consequently, no ap-
pointments have been made; but an Agricultural Society
has been organized in the County of Leon, with the view of
constituting a Central Society for the State, with Auxiliary
Societies in the different counties, which would lead to the
accomplishment of the objects contemplated by the act,
with the assistance of a scientific State Geologist, to fur-
nish the information relating to the soil, productions and
climate" of the various portions of the State. The ap-
pointment of such an officer would probably be attended
with the most beneficial effects in the development of the
agricultural resources of Florida.
In obedience to the provisions of an act of the late Gene-
ral Assembly, which made it my duty to take such steps as
I might deem necessary and proper for the speedy settle-
ment of the long pending question of disputed boundary be-
tween this State and the State of Georgia, which had been
referred to the Supreme Court of the United States for ad-
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of Florida, to the city of Washington, upon that subject,
with authority to employ, on behalf of this State, such as-
sistant counsel as he might consider necessary. I am in-
formed by Mr. Hogue that he engaged the Hon. Reverdy
Johnson, of Baltimore, to whom a retaining fee has been
paid, and that the case will come on for hearing at the next
term of the Supreme Court. The Attorney General's Re-
port will be found more full upon this subject, to which I
beg to refer the General Assembly.
In my Message to the last General Assembly, I remarked,
"It is doubtless within the personal knowledge of every Mem-
ber of the General Assembly, that the militia of this State is
entirely disorganized, and whatever efforts I have been able
to make to remedy this state of things have proved wholly
ineffectual. The law is radically defective in principle, as
well as unwieldy and cumbersome." No action having
been had on that suggestion, I again invite the attention of
the General Assembly to the subject. There is no State in
the Union in which a well-organized and disciplined militia
is more required, and yet we have not one organized regi-
ment of militia in Florida. I have been called upon by
the Adjutant General of the United States repeatedly to
cause returns to be made of the strength of the militia of
this State, for the purpose of apportioning her quota of the
public arms ; and I have issued general orders to the proper
officers, but no returns have ever been made from any por-
tion of the State. I am well aware that this condition of
things may be, to some extent, attributable to the sparse
population of many portions of the State; but I am sure
the main cause may be traced to the statutes themselves,
and I respectfully submit to the General Assembly the pro-
priety of adopting an entirely new system.
It is a gratifying reflection that a properly constituted sys-
tem of Common School Education has become a subject of
primary attention in every State in the Union. In a Gov-
ernment constituted as ours, resting upon the free suffrages
of the people in all its departments-Executive, Legislative
and Judicial-wisdom admonishes us to keep pure the source






of political power; and so long as the people remain en-
lightened and virtuous, no fears need be entertained for the
permanency of our institutions. Various causes have con-
tributed to delay the establishment of the noble Common
School System in this State; but our fund for the purpose
is considerable, and I confidently hope the day is not distant,
when all our children and youth will be able to participate
in the benefits it was designed to confer. The suggestions
contained in the Reports of the Register of Public Lands,
Comptroller and Attorney General, upon. the various points
connected with our Common School System, will, doubtless,
receive, asthey deserve, your careful attention.
The accompanying Reports of the State Treasurer and
Comptroller, show a highly favorable and encouraging state
of our finances, and I would invite the consideration of the
General Assembly to the views and opinions of the Comp-
troller, in regard to some of the features of our revenue
system. His information, experience and opportunities of
forming a correct opinion upon such subjects would, alone,
"give much weight to his suggestions; but I am strong-
ly impressed with the propriety of his views, on principles
of justice and equity.
The Report of the Register of State Lands exhibits a de-
cided improvement in the resources of the funds which they
constitute, by a higher average of sales than heretofore, and
which may, in a great measure, be attributed to the enact-
ments of the last General Assembly.
The Report of the Quartermaster General shows the
condition of the public arms. There being no State Arse-
nal for their safe-keeping, the care of them is attended with
increased expense to the State; which should, if possible,
be remedied, by the erection of a public depository.
My opinion in regard to the period when my constitution-
al. term of office should commence and terminate has been
fully expressed-is of public record, and remains still un-
changed. When, therefore, my successor shall be chosen
and qualified," my official duties will cease.
With the assurance, gentlemen, of my hearty co-operation







with you in all Constitutional measures, having for their
end and object the public weal, and wishing you an agrea-
ble and useful session,
I am, your fellow-citizen and obedient servant,
THOMAS BROWN.
On motion of Mr. Papy, 500 copies of the Message and accom-
panying documents were ordered to be printed.
On motion, the House adjourned till to-morrow morning at 10
o'clock.


WEDNESDAY, November 24, 1852.
The House met pursuant to adjournment, a quorum being pres-
ent, the journal of yesterday's proceedings was read and approved.
Messrs. Finlayson, of Jefferson, Haddock, of Nassau, Jenkins,
of Hernando, Osteen, of Orange, and White, of Jackson, presented
their certificates and were duly sworn by C. W. Downing, Notary
Public.
David Grey, Messenger, came forward and was duly sworn by
C. W. Downing, Notary Public.
On motion, the House proceeded to the election of a printer.
Mr. Papy nominated Charles E. Dyke.
Mr. Shine nominated Joseph Clisby.
The vote was as follows:
For DYKE-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Carpenter, Chaires, Dell, De-
witt, Evans, Finlayson, Haddock, Heermans, Helvenston, Jenkins,
Leonard, Lott, McCall, McElvy, Moseley, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson,
Rosseau, Smith, Tumblin-22.
For CLIsBY-Messrs. Baldwin, Fennell, Hall, ITardee, Harrison,
Hopkins, Langford, Long, Love, Mooring, Osteen, Shine, White
-13.
The Speaker declared Mr.:Charles E. Dyke duly elected printer.
On motion of Mr. McCall Mr. Magbee was excused from atten-
dance on the House on account of sickness.
Mr. Long moved that a Committee be appointed to act with a sin
ilar Committee on the part of the Senate, to report the rate of com-
pensation which shall be paid for the printing of the present General
Assembly;
Which motion was carried, and Messrs. Long, Papy, and Heer-
mans were appointed said Committee.
Mr. Smith moved that a Committee be, appointed to act with a
similar Committee on thd part of the Senate, to draft Joint Rules
for the government of the two Houses of the General Assembly du-
ring the present session.
Which motion was carried, and Messrs. Smith, Hopkins and Rau-
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Mr. Hopkins gave notice that he would, on to-morrow, introduce
a bill to be entitled an Act for the relief of Michael Cary.
Mr. Smith offered the following resolution :
Resolved, That the Clerk procure and furnish the members of
this House with such stationery as they may need during the pres-
ent session.
Which was adopted.
Mr. Lott offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Secretary of State be requested to furnish
each Standing Conmittee of the House with one copy of Thomp-
son's Digest, and also with one copy of the Acts of the Legislature
since the publication of said Digest.
Which was adopted.
On motion, the House adjourned until Friday morning, 10 o'-
clock.



FRIDAY, November 26, 1852.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and the roll being called,
there was a quorum present.
After prayer by the Rev. Mr. Asay, the Journal of Wednesday's
proceedings was read, corrected, and approved.
The Speaker announced the appointment of the following Stand-
ing Committees:

STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE.

Committee on the Judiciary. Committee on Agriculture.
MEssRs. SMITH, MESSRS. CHAIRS,
PAPY, EVANS,
MAGBEE, FENNELL
McCALL, TUMLIN,
LEON ARD, LOVE,
WHITE. HEERMANS.
Committee on Militia. Committee on Claims.
MEssRS. HOPKINS, MESSRS. SIMMONS,
BOWERS, LANGFORD,
HARDEE, HADDOCK,
ROSSEAT, EVANS,
CARPENTER. KENAN.
Committee on Finance and Pub- Committee on Propositions and
lie Accounts, Grievances.
MEssRS. PAPY, MESSRS. RAULERSON,
POLHILL, LANGFORD,
WHITE, LOTT,
HELVENSTON, JENKINS,
HALL FENNELL.
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Committee on Federal Relations. Committee on Corporations,
MESSRs. McCALL, MlEssns. LEONARD,
HELVENSTON, McELVY,
HOPKINS, HARRISON,
SMITH, FINLAYSON,
LONG. BALDWIN.
Committee on Indian Affairs. Committee on Elections.
MESSRS. DELL, MESSRS. FINLAYSON,
PAPY, LOTT,
OSTEEN, ROSSEAU,
TUMBLIN, HARDEE,
HARRISON. LOVE.
Committee on Schools and Committe on Internal Improve-
Colleges. ments.
MEasss. MAGBEE, MESSRS. McELVY,
RAULERSON, HEERMANS,
SHINE, BALDWIN,
LONG, JENKINS,
CARPENTER. HALL.
Committee on Engrossed and Enrolled Bills.
MESSR. WHITE, SHINE,
KENAN, MOSELEY.
DEWITT,
On motion of Mr. McCall, Mr. J. C. Smith was excused from at-
tendance until Monday.
On motion of Mr. Leonard, Mr. McCall was excused from at-
tendance for to-day.
Mr. Papy moved that a Committee be appointed to procure from
the Secretary of State the returns of the election held in October
last, for Governor of Florida.
Which was carried, and Messrs. Papy, Heermans, and Hopkins
appointed said Committee.
Mr. Kenan, of Gadsden County, presented his Certificate, and
was duly sworn by the Speaker, and took his seat.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, November 26, 1852.
Honorable Speaker of the
House of Representatives :
SI :-Messrs. Brown, Long, and Stewart have been appointed a
Committee, to act with a similar Committee on the part of the
House, to draft Joint Rules for the government of both Houses of
the General Assembly.
Respectfully,
R. J. FLOYD,
President of the Senate.
Which was read.
Mr. Finlayson moved that the Secretary of State be requested to





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furnish members of this House with a copy of the Acts and Jour-
nals of the last General Assembly.
Which motion was adopted.
Mr. Carpenter moved that the use of this Hall be granted to the
Leon Cotton Planters' Association, after the adjournment of the
House on to-morrow.
Which was adopted.
Pursuant to notice, Mr. Hopkins introduced a bill to be entitled,
An Act for the relief of Michael Cary.
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to morrow.
Mr. Hardee gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to change the name of
Llewellyn John Walker, of Levy County, to that of John Llewel-
lyn Walker.
Mr. Magbee moved that a Committee be appointed to inform the
Senate that the House will be ready, at 11 o'clock this day, to pro-
ceed to open and publish the returns of the recent election for Gov-
ernor of this State.
Which motion was carried, and Messrs. Magbee, Haddock, and
Harrison were appointed said Committee.
Mr. Baldwin gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to change the names
of Charlotte, Nancy, Mesentha, Westley, and Lockey Peterson to
that of Moore.
The Committee appointed to inform the Senate that the House
would be ready at 11 o'clock to open and publish the returns of the
election for Governor, reported that they had performed the duty as-
signed them.
A Committee from the Senate informed the House that the Sen-
ate would be ready, at -11 o'clock, to attend the House to be pres-
ent at the counting of the votes for Governor.
On motion of Mr. Long, the House took a recess of 10 minutes.
At which time, the House resumed its session.
A Committee from the Senate announced that the Senate was
ready to proceed to the House for the purpose of being present at
the canvassing of the votes for the office of Governor.
The Senate having entered and occupied the seats prepared, Mr.
Speaker preceded to open and publish, in presence of both Houses
of the General Assembly, the returns of the election for Governor,
as furnished by the Secretary of State.
On motion, a Committee consisting of Messrs. Papy and Long,
was appointed to assist the Speaker in the counting of the votes for
the election of Governor.
Mr. Dell moved to take recess nntil 4 o'clock in the afternoon;
Which was lost,
Mr. Papy moved that the returns made by the Judges of Probates
from those Counties from which no precinct returns or from which







incomplete precinct returns were made, be counted: the said in*
complete precinct returns not to be, in such cases, counted;
Which was carried.
After a careful canvass of all the returns, Mr. Speaker announced
the result to be as follows :-For James E. Broome, the number of
4,457 votes were given for Governor of the State of Florida; for
George T. Ward, 4,246 votes were given; whereupon, James E.
Broome having received the highest number of votes, was declared
duly elected Governor.
The Senate then retired to their Chamber.
On motion, it was ordered that tfle returns of votes aforesaid be
placed in the office of the Secretary of State, for safe keeping.
On motion, the House adjourned until to-morrow 10 o'clock, A,
M.


SATURDAY, November 27, 1852.

The House met pursuant to adjournment. The Rev. Mr. Asay
officiated as Chaplain.
A quorum being present, the journal of yesterday was read, amene
ded and approved.
On motion, Mr. Mooring was. excused from attendance in the
House for to-day.
On motion, Mr. Love was excused from attendance in the House
until Tuesday morning next.
Mr Heermans gave notice thrt he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act providing for the lo,
cation, survey and completion of a canal connecting the waters of
the St. John's and Indian Rivers, and providing for the appointment
of a State Engineer.
Also, that he would, on some future day, ask leave to introduce
a bill to be entitled, An Act appropriating a sum for draining the
submerged lands bordering on St. Lucie Sound in St, Lucie County.
Mr. Raulerson gave notice that he would, on some future day,
ask leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to change the
name of James Alerson Altmon to James Alerson Cason.
Mr. Jenkins gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act for the relief of Geo.
Lovett, of Hernando County.
Mr. Dell gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask leave
to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to change the name of
Jane C. Osteen, of Alachua County, to that of Jane C. Chesser.
Mr. Papy gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act in addition to, and
amendatory of, the several Acts concerning Writs of Error and Ap.
peal to the Supreme Court.
Mr. Magbee gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
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leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to provide for the
payment of Captains Sparkman, Parker's and other companies
of Florida Volunteers, for services in the year 1849.
Also, that he would, on some future day, ask leave to introduce a
bill to be entitled, An Act for the ,relief of Wm. M. Garrison.
Mr. Harrison gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to change the names
of Augsustus W Whitmire, Joseph C. Whitmire, Elizabeth Whit-
mire, and Margaret Whitmire, to that of Augustus W. Keyser, Jo-
seph C. Keyser, Elizabeth Kejoer, and Margaret Keyser.
Mr. Shine moved that the use of this Hall be granted to the Rev.
Mr. Zealy on to-morrow, for the purpose of preaching ;
Which was carried.
Mr. Papy presented the petition of J. W. Starke, claiming to be
entitled to the seat now occupied by H. E. Osteen, as the Represen-
tative from the County of Orange, and giving notice that he would
contest the same;
Which was, on motion, referred to the Committee on Elections,
with leave to call for papers and persons.
Mr. Helvenston presented the petition of sundry citizens of Ma-
rion County, praying a division thereof;
Which was referred to a Select Committee, consisting of Messrs.
Helvenston, Dell, and Polhill.
Mr. Papy offered the following Resolution:
Resolved, That a Committee of three be appointed to inform
James E. Broome that, on opening and publishing the returns of the
recent election for Governor of this State. by the Speaker of. this
House, he was declared to have received the highest number of votes
for the office of Governor of Florida.
Which was adopted, and Messrs. Papy, Harrison, and Rosseau
were appointed said Committee.
The Committee appointed to procure the services of a Chaplain
for the House, made the following report:
The Committee who was charged to procure the services of a
Chaplain, REPORT:
That they have engaged the services of the Rev. Edward G.
Asay, who will perform the duties of Chaplain for the House of
Representatives during the present session.
LUKE LOTT, Chairman.
Which was received and concurred in.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.
Bill to be entitled, An Act for the relief of Michael Cary;
Was read the second time, and on motion of Mr. H6pkins, indefi.
nitely postponed.
On motion the House adjourned until Monday, 10 o'clock, A. M.





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MONDAY, November 29, 1852.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.
Rev. Mr. Asay officiated as Chaplain.
A quorum being present, the journal of Saturday was read and
approved.
Mr. Kenan gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to levy a tax upon
sundry property and subjects therein named.
Mr. Fennell gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act for the relief of the
Clerk of the Circuit Court of the County of Holmes.
Pursuant to previous" notice, Mr. Dell introduced a bill to be enti-
tled, An Act to change the name of Jane C. Osteen, of Alachua
County, to that of Jane C. Chesser;
Which was read the first time and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Mr. Jenkins moved that a Committee of Three be appointed to
inform the Senate that the House will be ready to go into the elec-
tion of Attorney General, Comptroller, Treasurer, Secretary of
State, and the Solicitors for the several Districts, at 11 o'clock, this
day, and to invite the Senate to join the House for that purpose ;
Which was carried, and Messrs. Jenkins, Papy and Magbee were
appointed said Committee.
Mr. Leonard gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce the following bills, viz:
A bill to be entitled, An Act to incorporate the Pensacola Rail
Road Company;
Also, a bill to be entitled, An Act to incorporate the Escambia
Rail Road Company;
Also, a bill to be entitled, An Act to incorporate the Pensacola and
Georgia Rail Road Company.
Mr. Dell gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to abolish the office
of State Register;
Also, that he would, on some future day, ask leave to introduce a
bill to be entitled, An Act for the benefit of the heirs of Thomas W.
Piles.
Mr. Lott gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act defining the bounda-
ry line between Jackson and Calhoun Counties. Also, to define
the boundary line between Washington and Calhoun Counties, and
to provide for surveying the same.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. lHardee introduced a bill to be
entitled, An act to change the name of Llewellyn John Walker of
Levy County, to that of John Llewellyn Walker;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
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Mr. Rosseau presented the petition of sundry citizens of Colum-
bia County, praying relief for Harriet Powers;
Which was received, read, and on motion, referred to a Select
Committee, consisting of Messrs. Rosseau, Dell and Polhill.
Mr. Hopkins, from the Committee appointed to draft Joint Rules
for the government of the two Houses of the General Assembly,
presented the following report, viz:
The Committee appointed to act with a similar Committee on the
part of the Senate, to draft Joint Rules for the government of the
two Houses of the General Assembly at its present Session, beg
leave to report the Rules of the last Session, and recommend their
adoption, with the following amendment, viz:
Strike out Rule 14, and insert the following:
RULE 14.-Communications shall be made on paper, and signed
by the Secretary of each House, and transmitted by the Messenger
or Door-Keeper.
EDWARD HOPKINS, Chairman.
Which was read and concurred in.

JOINT RULES OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
RULE 1. Messages from either House to the other shall be sent
by such persons as a sense of propriety in each House may deter.
mine.
2. After a bill shall have passed both Houses, it shall be duly en.
rolled by the Clerk of the House of Representatives, or by the Sec-
retary of the Senate, as the bill may have originated in one or the
other House.
3. When bills shall be enrolled, they shall be examined by a Joint
Committee of at least two from the Senate, and two from the House
of Representatives, appointed as a Standing Committee for that pur-
pose, who shall forthwith make report.
4. When a bill or resolution, which shall have passed in one
House is rejected in the other, notice thereof shall be given to the
House in which the same may have passed.
5. When a bill or resolution which has been passed in one House
shall be rejected in the other, it shall not be brought in during the
same session, without notice of ten days, and leave of two-thirds of
that House in which it shall be moved.
6. Each House shall transmit to the other all papers on which
any bill or resolution shall be founded.
7. No bill that shall have passed one House, shall he sent for
concurrence to the other, on either of the last three days of the ses-
sion.
8. After each House shall have adhered to their disagreement, a
bill or resolution shall be lost.
9. When elections are required to be made by joint vote of the
two Houses, the time of electing shall be previously agreed upon,







and each House shall communicate the nominations made therein
to the other, prior to the voting.
10. Each House shall communicate to the other the nominations
and the result of each voting.
11. In every Joint Committee, the member first named on the'
part of the House first proposing such Committee, shall convene
the same.
12. During the election of officers there shall be no motions en-
tertained, except to adjourn, to proceed to vote, to nominate and to
withdraw a candidate-which motions shall have precedence in the
order they stand.
13. The doings throughout shall proceed without debate.
14. Communications shall be made on paper, and signed by the
Secretary of each House, and transmitted by the Messenger, or
Doorkeeper.
15. In the election for the Senate of the United States, both Sen-
ators shall be voted for at the same time, until one or both of them
shall be chosen.
16. In every case of disagreement between the Senate and House
of Representatives, either House may suggest conference, and ap.
point a Committee for that purpose, and the other House shall also
appoint a Committee to confer at a convenient hour, to be designa-
ted by the Chairman; said Committees shall meet, and confer freely
on the subject of disagreement.
17. Whenever a public bill or resolution is ordered to be printed
for the use of either House, a number shall be ordered sufficient for
the use of both Houses; and it shall be the duty of the Secretary
of the Senate or Clerk of the House, as the case may be, to inform
the other House of such order, and to transmit to that House the
requisite number of printed copies.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Hardee introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act to change the name of Llewellin John Walker to
that of John Llewellin Walker;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
to-morrow.
On motion, the House took a recess until ten minutes before 11
o'clock:
At the expiration of which time the House resumed its session.
The Committee appointed to inform the Senate that the House
would be ready at llo'clock to go into the election of Comptrol,
ler, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Treasurer, and Solic,
itors of the several Circuits, reported that they had performed. the
duty assigned them.
The Senate having entered the Hall, Mr. President, by invitation
of Mr. Speaker, took the Chair.
The President having declared the object of the joint meeting,
announced that nominations were in order for the office of Attor.
ney General of this State.
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Mr. lHopkilns nominated David P. lHogue, of Leon County.
The vote was as follows:
FOR PAPY-Senate, 11. House, Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bowers,
Carpenter, Chaires, Dell, Dewitt, Evans, Finlayson, Haddock,
'Heermnans, Helvenston, Jenkins, Kenan, Leonard, Lott, Magbee,
McCall, Moseley, Polhill, Raulerson, Rosseau, Tumblin-22. To-
tal, 33.
FOR HoGUE-Senate, 7. House, Messrs. Baldwin, Fennell, Hall,
Hardee, Harrison, Hopkins, Langford, Long, Osteen, Shine,'White
-11. Total 18.
Mr. Marianno D. Papy was declared duly elected Attorney Gen-
eral of this State.
The joint meeting proceeded to the election of Comptroller of
Public Accounts.
Mr. Blackburn nominated John Beard, of Leon County.
Mr. Finley nominated Simon Towle, of Leon County.
The vote was as follows:
FOR BEARD-Senate, 12. House, Mr. Speaker, Messrs, Bowers,
Carpenter, Chaires, Dell, Dewitt, Evans, Finlayson, Haddock,
Heermans, Helvenston, Jenkins, Kenan, Leonard, Lott, Magbee,
McCall, Moseley, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rosseau, Tumblin-23.
Total, 35.
FoR TowLE-Senate, 6. House, Messrs. Baldwin, Fennell,
Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Hopkins, Langford, Long, Osteen, Shine,
White-11. Total, 17.
Mr. John Beard was declared duly elected Comptroller of Public
Accounts for this State.
The Joint Meeting proceeded to the election of a Treasurer.
Mr. Blackburn nominated Charles Austin, of Leon county.
Mr. Finlay nominated William R. Hayward, of Leon county.
The vote was as follows:
FOR AUSTIN-Senate, 11. House-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bow-
ers, Carpenter, Chaires, Dell, Dewitt, Evans, Finlayson, Haddock,
Heermans, Helvenston, Jenkins, Kenan, Leonard, Lott, Magbee,
McCall, Moseley, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rosseau, Tumblin-23.
Total, 34.1
FOR HAYWARD-Senate, 7. House-Messrs. Baldwin, Fennell,
Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Hopkins, Langford, Long, Osteen, Shine,
White-11. Total, 18.
Mr. Charles Austin was declared duly elected Treasurer of this
State.
The Joint Meeting proceeded to the election of Secretary of State.
Mr. Blackburn nominated F. L. Vjllepigue, of Madison county.
Mr. Hopkins nominated Charles W. Downing, of Leon county.
The vote was as follows:
FOR VILLEPIGUE-Senate, 12. House-Mr. Speaker, Messrs.
Bowers, Carpenter, Chaires, Dell, Dewitt, Evans, Finlayson, Had-
dock, Heermans, Helvenston, Jenkins, Kenan, Leonard, Lott, Mag-







bee, McCall, Moseley, Papy, Polhill, Raulersoni, Rosseau, Tumr
blin-23. Total, 35.
FoR DOWNING-Senate, 6. House-Messrs. Baldwin, Fennell,
Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Hopkins, Langford, Long, Osteen, Shine,
White-11. Total, 17.
Mr. F. L. Villepigue was declared duly elected Secretary of State
of this State.
The Joint Meeting proceeded to the election of Solicitor for the
Southern Judicial Circuit.
Mr. Blackburn nominated James Gettis, of Hillsborough County.
Mr. Stewart nominated Ossian B. Hart of Monroe County.
The vote was follows:
For GFTTis-Senate, 11. House-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bow-
ers, Carpenter, Chaires, Dell, Dewitt, Evans, Finlayson, Haddock,
Heermans, Helvenston, Jenkins, Kenan, Leonard, Lott, Magbee,
McCall, Moseley, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rosseau, Tumblin-23.
Total, 34.
For HART-Senate, 6. House-Messrs. Baldwin, Feniell, Hall,
Hardee, Harrison, Hopkins, Langford, Long, Osteen, Shine, White
-11. Total, 17.
Blank-Senate-1.
Mr. James Gettis was declared duly elected Solicitor for the
Southern Judicial Circuit of this State.
On motion the election of Solicitor for the Eastern Judicial Cir-
cuit was postponed.
The Joint Meeting proceeded to the election of Solicitor for the
Middle Judicial Circuit.
Mr. Blackburn nominated W. S. Dilworth, of Jefferson County,
Mr. Finley nominated Samuel B. Stephens, of Gadsden County.
The vote was as follows:
For DILwoRTH-Senate, 11. House-Mr. Speaker, Messrs.
Bowers, Carpenter, Chaires, Dell, Dewitt, Evans, Finlayson, Had-
dock, Heermans, Helvenston, Jenkins, Kenan, Leonard, Lott, Mag-
bee, McCall, Moseley, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rosseau, Tumblin
-23. Total, 34.
For STEPHENS-Senate, 7, House-Messrs. Baldwin, Fennell,
Hall, Harrison, Hopkins, Langford, Long, Osteen, Shine, White
-10. Total, 17.
Blank-Mr. Hardee-1.
Mr. W. S. Dilworth was declared duly elected Solicitor for the
Middle Judicial Circuit of this State.
The Joint Meeting proceeded to the election of a Solicitor for the
Western Judicial Circuit.
Mr. Blackburn nominated James F. McClellan, of Jackson Coun-
ty.
Mr. White nominated E. H. Kilbee, of Jackson County.
The vote was as follows:
FOR MCCLELLAN-Senate, 11. House, Mr. Speaker, Messrs.







flowers, Carpenter, Chaires, Dell, Dewitt, Evans, Finlayson, Uad-
dock, Heermans, Helvenston, Jenkins, Kenan, Leonard, Lott, Magi
bee, McCall, Moseley, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rosseau, Tumblin
-23. Total, 34.
FOR KILBEE-Senate, 5. House, Messrs. Baldwin, Fennell, Hall,
Hardee, Harrison, Hopkins, Langford, Long, Osteen, Shine, White
-11. Total, 16.
Blank--Senate, 2.
Mr. James F. McClellan was declared duly elected Solicitor for
the Western Judicial Circuit*
On motion, the Joint Meeting adjourned, and the Senate returned
to their Chamber.
On motion, the House adjourned until to morrow, 10 o'clock,
A. M.


TUESDAY, November 30, 1852,
The House met pursuant to adjournment.
The Rev. Mr. Asay officiated as Chaplain.
A quorum being present, the journal of yesterday was read and
approved.
Mr. Magbee gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to change the name
of Victoria Baty to that of Victoria Bellows.
Mr. Heermans gave notice that he would, on some future day,
ask leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to alter the time
of holding elections in St. Lucie County.
Mr. Moseley'gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to prohibit any per-
son entitled to vote, from voting, who has not paid his poll tax.
Also, a bill in relation to Common Schools;
Also, a bill in relation to the disposition of the School and Inter,
nal Improvement Lands of the State;
Also, a bill in relation to the improvement of the Suwannee River;
Also, a bill to establish an uniform ad valorem system of taxa-
tion.
Mr. Papy gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to amend the several
acts relating to proceedings in Equity.
Mr. Polhill gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to amend an act re,
lating to the duties of Tax Assessors and Collectors, approved Jan-
uary 9th, 1849.
On motion of Mr. Hopkins, 100 copies of the list of Standing
Committees, and 100 copies of the Joint Rules of the General As.
sembly were ordered to be printed for the use of the House.
Mr. Kenan gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask







leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act repealing section 10,
of Article 6, of the Constitution of the State of Florida;
Also, a bill to be entitled, An Act to alter the time of collecting
tax in the County of Gadsden.
Mr. Baldwin gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act for preventing ob.
structions to the navigation of the St. John's River,
Mr. Evans gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act for the relief of Rob.
ert Lawrence, of Washington County.
Mr. Long gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to establish Common
Schools in this State, and to repeal certain Acts now in force in re-
lation thereto.
Mr. White gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to require the Regis.
ter of Public Lands for the State to procure and keep a seal of of.
fice; Also, a bill to be entitled, An Act to amend the Patrol laws of
the State.
Mr. Fennell gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act defining the Bonn.
dary Line between Holmes and Washington Counties.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Papy introduced a bill to be en-
titled, An Act in addition to and amendbtory of the several Acts-
concerning Writs of Error and Appeals to the Supreme Court;
Which was read the first time, and was ordered to be printed.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Raulerson introduced a bill to
be entitled, An act to change the rame of James Alerson Ault.
man;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
to-morrow.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Baldwin introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act to change the names, of Charlotte, Nancy, Mesen*
tha, Westley and Lockey Peterson to that of Moore;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Mr. Lott offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the the Comptroller of Public Accounts be and he
is hereby directed to furnish this House with a statement of the bal.
ances due from the different Tax Collectors, Sheriffs, Clerks, and all
other accounting officers of this State, together with the date and
character of their respective liabilities, and, if prior to the fourth
Monday in November of the present month, whether suits have
been commenced against the respective bondsmen; also,
That he furnish this House with any suggestions he may think
proper to make in regard to the assessment and collection of the
public revenue.
Which was adopted.
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Mr. Hardee introduced a Resolution asking Congress to grant a
quarter section of land to the County of Levy, to establish a Couu-
ty Site thereon;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
to-morrow.
Mr. Chaires moved that the use of this Hall be granted to the
Rev. Edward G. Asay, for the purpose of delivering Literary Lec-
tures, on the nights of the 7th, 9th, 14th and 16th of December;
Which was carried.
Mr. Long, from the Committee appointed to act with a similar
Committee on the part of the Senate, to fix the rate of'ompensation
to be paid for the Printing of the General Assembly during its pres-
ent Session, presented the following Report:
The Joint Committee of the Senate and House, appointed to fix
the rate of compensation to be paid for the printing of the General
Assembly during its present session, ask leave to
REPORT:
That they have contracted with Mr. Clisby for the printing of the
Senate, and Mr. Dyke for the printing of the House, upon the fol-
lowing terms, viz:
For furnishing 500 copies of the Journals, at $2 00 per page,
counting one copy; for daily slips of proceedings, and all other
miscellaneous printing, such as Reports of the Senate and House,
Bills, Slips, &c., 4 of a cent per 100 words, counting 75 copies.
Which is respectfully submitted.
GEO. STEWART,
Chairman Senate Committee.
N. A. LONG,
Chairman House Committee.
Which was concurred in.
The cohimittee appointed to inform James E. Broome that he had
received the highest number of votes for the office of Governor of
Florida, reported that they had performed that duty.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to change the name of Jane C. Osteen
to that of Jane C. Chesser;
Was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a
third reading on to-morrow.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to change the name of Llewellyn John
Walker, of Levy County, to that of John Llewellyn Walker;
Was read the second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third
reading on to-morrow.
On motion, the House adjourned until to-morrow, 10 o'clock,
A. M.








WEDNESDAY, December 1, 1852.

The tHouse met pursuant to adjournment.
The Rev. Mr. Asay officiated as Chaplain.
A quorum being present, the journal of yesterday was read and
approved.
Mr. Lott moved that a Committee of five be appointed on the
part of the House to act with a similar Committee already appoin-
ted by the Senate, to examine the office of Treasurer of the State
of Florida;
Which was carried, and Messrs. Lott, Papy, Helvenston, Heer-
mans, and Baldwin were appointed said Committee.
Mr. Hopkins gave notice that he would,'on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act for the payment of
the Special Agent and Militia called into the service of the State of
Florida in the year 1852.
Also, a bill to be entitled, An Act for the pay, subsistence, &c.,
of the Special Agent, and the Militia called into the service of the
State of Florida, in the year 1852, by order of the Governor.
Mr. Tumblin gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to regulate and fix
the rates of Dockage at the town of Palatka, landing of goods, moss,
&c., shipping of goods, merchandize and storage of goods, dockage
of vessels per day, &c.
Also, a bill to be entitled, An Act for the establishing Election
Precincts in the County of Putnam.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Dell introduced a bill to be en-
titled, An Act for the benefit of the heirs of Thomas W. Piles;
Which was read the first time and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Mr. Baldwin moved that so much of the Governor's Message as
relates to the subject of Internal Improvements, be referred to the
Committee on Internal Improvements;
That so much as relates to the removal of the Indians, be refer-
red to the Committee on Indian Affairs;
That so much as relates to the payment of the officers and men
employed by the State for the protection of the Indian frontier, be
referred to the Committee on Finance and Public Accounts;
That so much as relates to Swamp and Overflowed Lands, be
referred to the Committee on Internal Improvements;
That so much as relates to the Board of Agriculture, be.referred
to the Committee on Agriculture;
That so much as relates'to the boundary line between Georgia
and Florida, be referred to the Committee on Federal Relations;
That so much as relates to the re-organization of the Militia, be
referred to the Commtttee on the Militia;
That so much as relates to Common Schools, be referred to the
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That so much as relates to the Reports of the Treasurer and
Comptroller, be referred to the Committee on Finance and Public
Accounts;
That so much as relates to the Report of the Register, be refer-
red to the mme Committee;
And that so much as relates to the Report of the Quartermaster
General, be referred to the Committee on the Militia;
Which was carried.
On motion of Mr. Lott, Mr. J. F. Dewitt was excused from at-
tending the House to-day, on account of sickness.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. White introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act to require the Register of Public Lands of this
State to procure and keep a Seal of office;
Which was read the first time and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Mr. McElvy gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to extend the time for the report of the
number of children in the different Counties of this State, and to
repeal so much of the Act entitled, An Act to provide for the estab.
lishment of Common Schools in this State, as excludes all children
from the benefits of the School Fund, who have not actually atten-
ded school in their respective districts within three months of the
date of the report.
Mr. Papy introduced the following resolution :
Resolved, That the Comptroller be requested to furnish this House
with an estimate of the probable expenditures of the Government
for the years 1853 and 1854;
Which was adopted.
Mr. Dell introduced the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Register of State Lands be requested to fur-
nish to this House a detailed account of the whole expenses of his
office since 23d November, 1850, at as early a day as possible;
Which was adopted.
Mr. Finlayson, from the Committee on Elections, made the fol-
lowing report:
The Committee on Elections, to whom was refefred the petition
of John W. Stark, contesting the seat ef Hezekiah E. Osteen, the
sitting member for the County of Orange, have had the same under
consideration, with the testimony relating thereto, and ask leave to
REPORT:
That they have considered the grounds upon which said Stark re-
lies to support his claim in the order presented in his petition, and
report upon them as follows:
1st. He alleges that the Clerk at Volucia precinct, No. 5, was
not sworn. In reply to this, the Clerk testifies he was not; but two
ot*r witnesses, and one of them an Inspector, and the other a vo.
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2d. It is alleged that the ballots for Assemblyman were not en.
dorsed with the word Assemblyman. In reply to this allegation, the
testimony is of such a conflicting character as to make it doubtful
whether they were or not.
Third allegation is that Samuel Bandy and Samuel Pringle, who
were not qualified electors, were allowed to vote. In reply to this
allegation, the testimony is conclusive that Samuel Bandy had no
right to vote; but as to how he cast his vote there is no evidence :
and, as regards the latter, Samuel Pringle, on the other hand, the
testimony is conclusive that he was a competent voter.
Fourth allegation is that Jacob Haggi, who is a foreigner and not
naturalized, was allowed to vote. This allegation, your Committee
are of opinion, is fully sustained by the testimony, but as to how he
cast his vote there is no evidence.
Fifth allegation is that Joseph Herman was allowed to vote, when
he had not resided in the County six months. The evidence in re-
ply to this allegation prove that said Herman resided twelve years
in the State, and only cast his votes for Governor and Representa.
tive to Congress.
Sixth allegation, that H. E. Osteen, the contestee, acted as Clerk
and without being sworn-this allegation is sustained by the testi.
mony of James Martin and admission of said Osteen that he assist.
ed, but only in copying the returns for Governor.
Seventh allegation is that at Mellonville precinct, No. 1, a sepe.
rate ballot box for Assemblyman was not used, nor the ballots en.
dorsed, as required by law, with the word Assemblyman. In reply
to this allegation the evidence is conclusive as regards the ballot
box only.
Your Committee having now had under consideration all the al.
legations set forth in the petition of the contestor, John W. Stark,
find that only two illegal votes were given: that of Samuel Bandy
and Jacob Haggi, and no evidence as for whom those were cast--
but supposing they were cast for contestee, H. E. Osteen, such
could not change the result-he. having a majority of seven votes
would still be five ahead of contestor. It is true the returns from.
both the foregoing precincts show some discrepencies, and that of
Volucia particularly, being made out in a most bungling manner.-
However, the Committee cannot in this see sufficient cause to set
them aside.
The Committee, therefore, having gone over the entire ground
covered by the testimony before them, give it as their unanimous
opinion that Hezekiah E. Osteen is entitled to his seat as the mem-,
ber elect from Orange County, and they therefore recommend that
the petition of the contestant be denied,
All of which is respectfully submitted.
JOHN FINLAYSON, Chairman.
Which was read and received.







Mr. MlcCall moved that the further consideration of the report be
postponed until the day after to-morrow;
Which was carried.
ORDERS OF TIE DAY.
Engrossed Bill to be entitled, An Act to change the name of Jane
C. Osteen to that of Jane C. Chesser;
Was read the third time; on the question of its passage, the yeas
and nays were:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Chaires,
Dell, Evans, Fennell, Haddock, Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Heermans,
Helvenston, Hopkins, Jenkins, Kenan, Langford, Leonard, Lott,
Love, Magbee, McCall, McElvy, Mooring, Moseley, Osteen, Pa-
py, Polhill, Raulerson, Rousseau, Shine; Tumblin, White-34.
Nays-None.
So said bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Engrossed Bill to be entitled, An Act to change the name of
Llewellyn John Walker to that of John Llewellin Walker;
Was read the third time; on the question of its passage, the yeas
and nays were.
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Chaires,
Dell, Evans, Fennell, Haddock, Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Heermans,
Helvenston, Hopkins, Jenkins, Kenan, Langford, Leonard, Long,
Lott, Love, Magbee, McElvy, Mooring, Moseley, Osteen, Papy,
Polhill, Raulerson, Rosseau, Smith, Shine, Tumblin, White-35.
Nays-None.
So said bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to change the name of James Alerson
Aultman;
Was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a
third reading on to-morrow.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to change the names of Charlotte,
Nancy, Mesentha, Westley and Lockey Peterson to that of
Moore ;
Was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a
third reading on to-morrow.
Resolution asking Congress to grant a quarter section of land to
the County of Levy to establish a County site thereon;
Was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a
third reading on to-morrow.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, November 30, 1852.
Honorable Speaker of the
House of Representatives:
SIR :-The Senate have appointed Messrs. Baldwin, Hawes,
Forsyth, Brown and Gonzalez a Committee to act with a similar







Committee on the part of the House to examine the office of Treas-
urer of the State of Florida.
Very respectfully,
WM. H. MITCHELL
Secretary of the Senate.
Mr. Smith moved that the rules be waived to allow him to make
a motion;
Which was carried.
Mr. Smith moved that Mr. Finlayson be excused from attendance
in the House until Friday week;
Which was carried.
On motion, the House adjourned until to-morrow morning, 10
o'clock.



THURSDAY, December 2, 1852.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.
The Rev. Mr. Asay officiated as Chaplain.
A quorum being present, the journal of yesterday was read, amen-
ded and approved.
Mr. Simmons, of Franklin County, having presented his certify.
cate, was duly sworn and took his seat.
Mr. Lott moved that a Committee of two be appointed on the
part of the House, to act with a similar Committee on the part of
the Senate, to form a Joint Standing Committee to examine bills
which have been enrolled, as required by Joint Rule No. 3;
Which was carried, and Messrs. Lott and Carpenter were appoin-
ted said Committee.
Mr. Dell gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to make it a*penal offence to take any ne-
groes out of the State, from the present Indian country, without first
giving public notice thereof.
Mr. Harrison.gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to regulate camp
hunting in the County of Santa Rosa.
Mr. Magbee announced that ex-Governor Moseley was in the
Hall, and moved that a Committee be appointed to wait on His Ex-
cellency, and invite him to assume a seat within the bar;
Which was carried, and Messrs. Magbee, Long and Tumblin
were appointed said Committee.
The Committee having conducted His Excellency within the bar,
he was invited to assume a seat with the Speaker.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Fennell introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act for the relief of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of
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.,Which was read the first time and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Mr Mooring gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to prohibit negro speculators from bringing
negroes into this State.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Tumblin introduced a bill to be
entitled. An Act to establish Election Precincts in the County of
Putnam ;
Which was read the first time, and ordered to a second reading
on to-morrow.
Also, a bill to be entitled, An Act to regulate and fix the rates of
dockage and wharfage at the town of Pilatka;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Mr. Papy gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to incorporate Leon
Lodge No. 5, I. 0. 0. F.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Jenkins introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act for the relief of George Lovett;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Mr. McElvy gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to incorporate the Gadsden Light Artillery
Company.
Mr. Rosseau introduced a Resolution in relation to a mail route
from Madison Court House to Clay Landing, in Levy County;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
The Committee on Engrossed and Enrolled Bills made the fol.
lowing report:
The Committee on Engrossed and Enrolled Bills, report as cor.
rectly engrossed:
A Resolution asking Congress to grant a quarter section of land
to the County of Levy to establish a County site thereon;
Also, An Act to change the name of James Alerson Aultman;
Also, An Act to change the names of Charlotte, Nancy, Mesen.
tha, Wesley and Lockey Peterson, to that of Moore.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
THOS. M. WHITE, Chairman.
Which was received.
Mr. Rousseau, from a Select Committee made the following re-
report:
The Committee to whom was referred the memorial of sundry
citizens of Columbia County, asking the relief of Mrs. Harriet Pow.
ers of said County, for the loss of her slave Abram for the offence
of murder, beg leave to REPORT:
That they have carefully considered the subject contained in said
memorial, especially the situation of the owner, who is in indigent
circumstances, and being of an opinion that the prayer of said pe.






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titioner ought to be granted, your Committee ask leave to report
the accompanying bill for her relief.
WM. H. ROUSSEAU, Chairman.
Which bill entitled, An Act for the relief of Mrs. Harriet Pow-
ers, of Columbia County;
Was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading on to-
morrow.
Mr. McCall, from a Select Committee, made the following report:
The Select Committee to whom was referred the question of rules
for the government of this House, ask leave to
REPORT:
That they have investigated the subject matter before them, and
respectfully recommend the adoption of the rules governing this
House at present. The Committee would also recommend the ad-
option of a new rule by which a separate Committee on Engrossed
Bills may be established.
W. W. McCALL, Chairman.
Which was received and concurred in.

STANDING RULES OF THE HOUSE.
RULE 1. The Speaker shall take the Chair every day, precisely
at the hour to which the House shall have adjourned on the prece-
ding day; shall immediately call the members to order, and on the
appearance of a quorum, shall cause the Journal of the preceding
day to be read.
2. He shall preserve order and decorum; may speak to points of
order in preference to other members, rising from his seat for that
purpose; and shall decide questions of order, subject to an appeal to
the House by any two members; on which appeal no member shall
speak more than once, unless by leave of the House.
3. He shall rise to put the question, but may state it sitting.
4. No member shall speak to any other, or otherwise interrupt
the business of the Honse, or read any newspaper, or other paper,
while the Journals or other public papers are being read, nor pass
between the Speaker and any other member who may be addressing
the House.
5. Every member, when he speaks, shall address the Chair, stand-
ing in his place, and when he has finished shall sit down; not shall
any member speak more than twice on any one subject without
leave of the House.
6. When two or more members shall rise at the same time, the
Speaker shall name the person entitled to proceed.
7. When a member shall be called to order, he shall sit down
until the Speaker shall have determined whether he is in order or
not; and every question of order shall be decided by the Speaker,
without debate, subject to an appeal to the House.
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8. If a member shall be called to order for words spoken, the
exceptionable words shall be immediately taken down in writing
by the person objecting, that the Speaker may be better able to
judge of the matter.
9. No member shall absent himself from the service of the House
without leave of the House; and in case a less number than a
quorum shall convene, they are hereby authorised to send the Ser-
geant-at-Arms for (any or) all absent members, as the majority of
such members present shall agree, at the expense of such absent
members respectively, unless such excuse for non-attendance shall
be made as the House (when a quorum is convened) shall judge suf-
ficient.
10. No motion shall be debated until the same shall be reduced
to writing, delivered in at the table, read and seconded.
11. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received
but to adjourn, to lay it on the table, to postpone indefinitely, to post-
pone to a certain day, to commit or to amend; which several mo-
tions shall have precedence in the order in which they stand ar-
ranged; and the motion for adjournment shall always be in order,
and the motions to adjourn or lay on the table shall be decided
without debate.
12. If the question in debate contains several points, any member
may have the same divided.
13. In filling up blanks, the largest sum and'longest time shall be
first put in.
14. When the reading of a paper is called for, and the same is
objected to by any member, it shall be determined by vote of the
House, without debate.
15. When the yeas and nays shall be called for by two of the
members present, every member within the bar of the House at the
time the question was put by the Speaker shall (unless for special
reasons he be excused by the House) declare openly and without de-
bate his assent or dissent to the question. In taking the yeas and
nays, and upon the call of the House, the names of the members
shall be taken alphabetically, and the Speaker shall in all cases vote
first.
16. No member shall be permitted to vote on any question who
was without the bar of the House at the time the question was put,
unless by the consent of the House, and no motion to permit such
member to vote shall be in order, unless it shall be made before the
House shall proceed to other business.
17. On a motion made and seconded to shut the door of the House
in the discussion of any business, in which discussion the public
safety may, in the opinion of the House, imperiously require secrecy,
the House shall direct the Speaker to cause the lobby to be cleared,
and during the discussion of such. business, the door shall remain
shut, and no person shall be admitted except by special order of
the House.
18. The following order shall be observed in taking up the busi-





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ness of the House, viz: 1st, motions; 2d, petitions, memorials, and
other papers addressed either to the House or to the Speaker thereof;
3d, resolutions; 4th, reports of Standing Committees; 5th, reports
of Select Committees; 6th, messages from the Senate lying on the
table; and lastly, orders of the day.
19. When a question has been once made and carried in the af.
firmative or negative, it shall be in order for any member of the ma-
jority to move for a re-consideration thereof; but no motion for the
re-consideration of an y vote shall be in order after a bill, resolution,
message, report, amendment or motion upbn which the vote was
taken, shall have gone out of the possession of the House announc-
ing their decision. Nor shall any motion for reconsideration be in
order, unless made on the same day on which the vote was taken,
or within the two next days of the actual session of the House there-
after.
20. All questions shall be put by the Speaker of the House, and
the members shall signify their assent or dissent, by answering viva
voce yea or nay, and in the event of a tie, the question shall be de.
cided in the negative.
21. The Speaker of the House or the Speaker pro ter., shall have
the right to name a member to perform the duties of the Chair, but
such substitution shall not extend beyond an adjournment.
22. Before any petition, memorial or other paper, addressed either
to the House or the Speaker thereof, shall be received and read at
the table, whether the same be introduced by the Speaker or a mem-
ber, a brief statement of the contents of the petition, memorial, or
other paper, shall be made by the introducer.
23. One day's notice at least shall be given of an intended mo-
tion for leave to bring in a bill, and no bill shall be written or print-
ed, except by express order of the House.
24. Every bill and all resolutions of a public nature, or for the
appropriation of the public money, shall receive three readings pre-
viously to the final passage of such bill or resolutions, and the Spea-
ker shall give notice at each, whether it be the first, second, or third
reading, which readings shall be on three different days, unless four-
fifths of the members shall otherwise direct.
25. At the second reading of any bill or resolution, it shall be in
order for any member to move its commitment to a committee of the
whole House-that it lay on the table-for its indefinite postpone-
ment-for its postponement to a day certain not beyond the session
-for its commitment to a standing committee-to a select commit-
tee-or to amend; which motions shall have precedence in the or-
der above stated.
26. It shall no t be in order to amend the title of any bill or reso-
lution, until it shall have passed its third reading.
27. The titles of bills, and such parts thereof only, as shall be
affected by proposed amendments, shall be inserted on the journals.
28. The following standing committees, to consist of not less than
five members each, shall be appointed by the Speaker, at the corn-





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mencement of each session, with leave to report by bill or other"
wise, viz: A committee on the Judiciary; a committee on the Mi-
litia; a committee on Finance and Public Accounts; a committee
on Claims; a committee on Schools and Colleges; a committee on
Agriculture; a committee on Internal Improvements; a committee
on Engrossed Bills and Enrofled Bills; a committee on Elections;
a committee on Piopositions-and Grievances; a committee on Fed-
eral Relations; a committee on Corporations, and a committee on
Indian Affairs.
29. All confidential communications made by the Governor to the
House, and all business in the consideration of which the injunction
of secrecy shall have been imposed, shall be, by the members there-
of, kept secret, until the House, by its resolution, shall take off the
injunction of secrec.y.
30. Each member of select committees shall, .with their chair-
man, sign every report made to the House, if they concur therein.
31 Messages may be received at any stage of the business, ex-
cept while a question is being put, or while the yeas and nays are
being called.
32. The Governor and Secretary and members of the Senate shall
be admitted to a seat within the bar bf the House, and any other
person shall be admitted, in like manner, upon being invited by a
member.
33. The clerk, sergeant-at-arms and door keeper, shall be seve-
rally sworn by a judicial officer of the State, well and faithfully to
discharge their respective duties, and to keep secret the proceedings
of the House when sitting with closed doors.
34. All acts, addresses, and joint rCesolutions, shall be signed by
the Speaker; and all writs, warrants and subpoenas issued by order
of the House, shall be under his hand and seal, and attested by the
clerk.
35. In case of any disturbance or disorderly conduct in the lobby,
the Speaker, or chairman of the committee of the whole House,
shall have power to order the same to be cleared.
36. Reporters wishing to take down the debates and proceedings,
may be admitted by the Speaker,. who shall assign such places to
them on the floor or elsewhere, as shall not interfere with the con-
venience of the House.
37. No member shall vote on any question in the event of which
lie may have a private or personal interest.
38. After a motion is stated by the Speaker, or read by the clerk,
it shall be deemed in possession of the House, but may be withdrawnI
at any time before a decision or amendment.
39. The previous question shall be in this form: Shall the nmin
question be now put ?" and shall be decided by a majority of the
members present, without debate; and until it is decided, it shall
preclude all amendments, and further debate of the main question.
40. When a question is postponed(( indclinitely, the same sh;:ll inol
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41. No motion or proposition on a subject different from that un-
der consideration, shall be admitted under color of amendment.
42. The unfinished business in which the House was engaged at
the adjournment, shall have the preference in the orders of the day ;
and no motion on any other business shall be received without spe-
cial leave of the House, until the former is disposed of.
43. Upon the call of the House, the names of the members shall
be called over by the clerk, and the absentees noted; after which,
the names of the absentees shall again be called over, the doors
shall then be shut, agd those for whom no excuse or insufficient ex-
cuses are made, may, by order of those present, be taken into cus-
tody as they appear, or may be sent for and taken into custody
wherever to be found by the Sergeant-at-Arms.
44. When a member shall be discharged from custody and admit-
ted to his seat, the House shall determine whether such discharge
shall be with or without paying fees.
45. It shall be the duty of the Committee of Elections to exam-
ine and report upon the certificates of election, or other credentials,
of the members returned to serve in this House, and to take into
their consideration all such petitions and other matters touching
elections and returns as shall or may be presented or come into
question, and be referred to them by the House.
,46. No committee shall sit during the sitting of the House, with-
out special leave.
47. All bills ordered to be engrossed, shall be executed in a fair,
round hand, and without erasures or interlineations.
"*48. No amendment, by way of rider, shall be received to any bill
on its third reading.
49. When a bill or resolution shall have passed its third reading,
it shall be carefully engrossed under the direction of the clerk; be
certified by him, noting the day of its passage at the foot thereof,
and shall be transmitted to the Senate, accompanied with a message,
stating the title of the bill or resolution, and asking the concurrence
of that body, and its transmission shall be entered upon the jour-
nals.
50. Bills committed to a committee of the whole House, shall be
first read throughout by the clerk, and then again read and debated
by clauses, leaving the preamble to be last considered ; the body of
the said bill shall not be interlined and defaced, but all amendments,
noting the page and line, shall be duly entered by the clerk on a
separate paper, as the same shall be agreed to by the committee,
and so reported to the House. After report, the bill shall again be
subject to be debated and amended by clauses.
51. It shall be in order for the Committee on Enrolled and En
grossed Bills to report at any time.
52. Messages shall be transmitted to the Governor and Senate by
the Door-keeper, unless otherwise directed by the House.
53. No bill shall be introduced into the House on the last week
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dled or suspended, unless three-fourths of the members present so
direl t.

The following Messages were received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, Dec. 1, 1852.
Hon. Speaker of the
House of Representatives:
SiR-The Senate has appointed Messrs. Moseley, Provence,
Blackburn, Wynn and Buddington, a Committee to act with a sim-
ilar Committee on the part of the House, to examine the office of
Comptroller of the State of Florida.
Very respectfully,
WM. IH. MITCHELL,
Secretary Senate.
SENATE CHAMBER, Dec. 1, 1852.
Hon. Speaker of the
House of Representatives:
SIR-The following Bill and Resolutions have passed the Senate,
viz :
An Engrossed Bill to be entitled, An Act to separate the offices
of Sheriff and Tax Assessor and Collector in the County of Nassau;
An Engrossed Resolution in regard to the Seminary and Internal
Improvement Fund; and
A Resolution authorizing the Treasurer of this State to make a
special deposit.
Very respectfully,
WM. H. MITCHELL,
Secretary of the Senate.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.
Engrossed bill to be entitled, An Act to change the name of Jas.
Alerson Aultman,
Was read the third time. On the question of its passage, the
yeas and nays were:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Chaires,
Dell, Evans, Fennell, Haddock, Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Heermans,
Helvenston, Hopkins, Jenkins, Kenan, Langford, Leonard, Long,
Lott, Love, Magbee, McCall, McElvy, Mooring, Moseley, Osteen,
Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rousseau, Simmons, Smith, Shine, Tum
blin, White-37.
Nays-none.
So the bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Engrossed bill to be entitled, An Act to change the names of
Charlotte, Nancy, Mesentha, Wesley, and Lockey Peterson, to that
of Moore;
Was read the third time; on the question of its passage the yeas
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Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Chaires,
Dell, Evans, Fennell, Haddock, Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Heermans,
Helvenston, Hopkins, Jenkins, Kenan, Langford, Leonard, Long,
Lott, Love, Magbee, McCall, McElvy, Mooring, Moseley, Osteen,
Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rousseau, Simmons, Shine, Tumblin,
White-36.
Nays-none.
So the bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Engrossed Resolution asking Congress to grant a quarter section
of Land to the County of Levy to establish a County Site thereon;
Was read the third time and passed.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Bill to be entitled, An Act for the benefit of the heirs of Thomas
W. Piles;
Was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third
reading on to-morrow.
Bill to. be entitled, An Act to require the Register of Public
Lands of this State to procure and keep a Seal;
Was read a second time, and, on motion, laid on the table.
Senate- bill to be eptitled, An act to separate the offices of Sher-
iff and Tax Assessor and Collector in the County of Nassau;
Was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading to-
morrow.
Senate Resolution authorizing the Treasurer of this State to make
a Special Deposite, &c.;
Was read the first time, and on motion of Mr. Papy, the rule was
waived, and said resolution read the second time.
Mr. Kenan moved that the resolution be indefinitely postponed;.
Which motion was carried, and said resolution indefinitely post-
poned.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Senate Resolution in regard to the Seminary and Internal Im-
provement Fund ;
Was read the first time,
Mr. Papy moved that a Committee be appointed to return said
Resolution to the Senate with the statement that it has been im-
properly sent to the House;
Which was carried, and Messrs. Papy, Hopkins and Simmons
appointed said committee.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, Dec. 2, 1852.
Hon. Speaker of the
House of Representatibes
Sir-I herewith enclose two bills from the House for correction.
The titles of the bills are improper in this : They are entitled En.





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grossed bill to be entitled an act, &c., and should have been A bill
to be entitled an act, &c.
Very respectfully,
WM. II. MITCHELL,
Secretary of the Senate.
Mr. Papy moved that the Senate bills and resolution be returned
by the same committee, in order that they might be properly en
dorsed;
Which motion was carried.
On motion,
The House adjourned until to-morrow, 10 o'clock, A. M.


FRIDAY, December 3, 1852.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.
The Rev. Mr. Asay officiated as Chaplain.
A quorum being present, the journal of yesterday was read and
approved.
The Committee appointed to return to the Senate the Resolution
in regard to the Seminary and Internal Improvement Fund with the
statement that it had been improperly sent, reported that they had
performed that duty.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Leonard introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act to incorporate the.Pensacola Rail Road Company;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
On motion of Mr. Magbee, Mr. Chaires was excused from atten-
dance in the House until Monday next.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Magbee introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act to provide for the payment of Captains Sparkman,
Parker's and other Volunteer Companies, for service in the year
1849;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Also, a bill to be entitled, An Act for the relief of William M.
Garrison;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow;
Also, a bill to be entitled, An Act to change the name of Victoria
Baty, and for other purposes;
Which was read the first time. and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Mr. Magbee gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act for the relief of Dan-
iel Sloan and Henry C. Billows;
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out the mouth of the Hillsborough River, and deepening the chanA
nel leading to the town of Tampa;
And also, a bill to be entitled, An Act to amend an act entitled,
An Act to provide for the removal of the Indians now remaining in
Florida beyond the limits of the State, and to provide for the speedy
removal of said Indians.
On motion of Mr. Papy, John Dick, Chief Clerk, John R. Lloyd,
Assistant Clerk, Moses Atkins, Engrossing and Enrolling Clerk,
David Grey, Messenger, and John A. Kelly, Sergeant-at-Arms, were
severally sworn by Hon. L. A. Thompson, Associate Justice of the
Supreme Court, in accordance with the 33d Rule of this House.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Papy introduced a bill to be enA
titled, An act to incorporate Leon, Lodge No. 5, I. O. O. F.;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
On motion, Mr. Heermans was excused from the Select Commit-
tee appointed to examine the office of Treasurer, and Mr. Simmons
was appointed thereto.
Mr. Magbee moved that the Secretary of State be required to re-
port to this House whether he has yet obtained from the Department
at Washington a set of the standard Weights and Measures estab-
lished by Congress; and also any other information that he can
give in relation to the same:
Which was carried.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Long introduced a bill to be en*
titled, An Act to establish Common Schools, and to repeal certain
acts in relation thereto;
Which was read the first time by its title, and 75 copies ordered
to be printed.
Mr. Bowers gave notice that he 'would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill the more effectually to guard against the
desecration of the Sabbath.
Mr. Baldwin gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a' bill to be entitled, An Act to amend an Act
regulating proceedings in criminal cases, so far as regards the right
of the State to a conclusion in such cases.
Mr. Leonard moved that 75 copies of the bill to be entitled, An
Act to incorporate the Pensacola and Georgia Railroad Company,
be printed;
Which was carried.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Baldwin introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act for preventing obstructions to the navigation of the
St. John's River, East Florida;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Mr. Hopkins moved to reconsider a Resolution passed on the 1st
December, requiring the Register to furnish the House a detailed
account of the whole expenses of his Office;
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Mr. McCall moved that the Ladies of the City of Tallahassee and.
its vicinity, be respectfully invited to attend the sessions of the House
at any and all times when it shall suit their convenience or pleasure;
and that a Committee of Five be appointed whose duty it shall be
to prepare suitable seats within the Bar of the House, and receive
the Ladies whenever they may call;
Which was carried, and Messrs. McCall, Long, Smith, Hopkins,
and White appointed said Committee.
Mr. Evans gave notice that ho would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act for improving the
navigation of Holmes' Creek;
Also, a bill to be entitled, An Act for improving the navigation of
Choctawhatchie River.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Hairison introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act to regulate camp hunting, in the County of Santa
Rosa;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Mr. Hardee moved to reconsider a Resolution passed on the 1st
December, requiring the Register to furnish a detailed account of
the whole expenses of his Office;
Mr. Speaker decided said motion to be out of order.
Mr. Hopkins moved that a Committee of five be appointed, to act
with a similar Committee on the part of the Senate, to examine the
office of Register of State Lands, and report thereon;
Which was carried, and Messrs. Hopkins, Magbee, White, Polhill
and Dell were appointed said Committee.
Mr. Speaker presented the following communication from John
J. Maxwell, President of the Leon County Agricultural Society,
which was most respectfully received, read, and ordered to be spread
upon the Journal:
TALLAHASSEE, Dec. 3, 1852.
Hon. Speaker of the
House of Representatives:
SIR-As President of the Leon County Agricultural Society, I have
the honor to invite you and the House over which you preside, to
join in a meeting at the Court House in this City on to-morrow at
11 o'clock, A. M., for the purpose of forming a State Agricultural
Society, in which it is proposed to merge the Leon County Society.
As this is an object of vast importance to the people of the State, it
is earnestly hoped that the Representatives of the people, now pres-
ent from all sections of the State, will join in the proceedings of the
meeting, and become active members of the society to be organized.
Very respectfully, &c.,
JOHN J. MAXWELL,
President Leon County Agricultural Society.
The following communication was received from the Register of
State Lands:






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REGISTER'S OFFICE,
Tallahassee, December 2, 1852.
Hon. A. K. ALLISON,
Speaker House of Representatives:
SIR-In obedience to the Resolution passed on the 1st inst., re-
questing the Register of State Lands to furnish that honorable body
" a detailed account of the whole expenses of this office, since Nov.
23d, 1850, at as early a day as possible," I have the honor to report
the following expenditures, to-wit:
Amount paid 0. W. Hutchins for Letter Press bought
prior to 23d November, 1850, $ 16 00-- 16 00
Paid B F Whitner, Jr., balance on account for Lands lo-
cated and reported to General Land Office prior to
Nov 23d, 1850, 189 15
Paid A M Randolph balance on account for Lands lo-
cated and reported to General Land Office prior to
23d Nov, 1850, 102 51
Paid A M Randolph for Lands located prior to Nov
23d, 1850, and since reported to General L 0, 250 00
Paid H Wells for Lands located prior to Nov 23d, 1850,
and since reported to General Land Office, 550 65
Paid H Wells balance on account for Lands located and
reported to General Land Office prior to Nov 23d,
1850, 280 21- 1372 52
Paid Wilson & Co for Stationery, 86 12
Towle & Mjrers for do. 4 60
G & J Mcginniss for do. 7 30
"Lewis & Ames for do. 2 87
H Wells for one box Water Colors, 3 00- 108 79
"A W Nicholson balance on account made prior to
Nov 23d, 1850, for appraising Lands, 30 00
Paid J W Robarts balance on account made prior to
Nov 23d, 1850, for appraising Land, 106 00
Paid C T Jenkins balance on account made prior to
Nov 23d, 1850, for appraising Lands, 18 00
Paid J W Piles balance on account made prior to Nov
23d, 1850, for appraising Lands, 102 50
Paid E J Knight for appraising Lands, 293 33
Paid M C Peterson 42 60
Paid A A Stewart 110 00
Paid H J Stewart 1 12
Paid A M Randolph 426 29
Paid A McDonald 25 00
Paid R R Lang 70 97
Paid T J Chace 57 50
Paid J R Hardee 53 65
Paid J L McGahagan 100 64
Paid B F Whitner 77 89-- 222 99
Paid Thomas Hayward for Postages, 5 00
Paid M Nash 28 9-- 33 95
Paid J A Edmondson for making a Desk, 6 00
Paid Betton & Higgs for bucket and dipper, 2 75
Paid Butler & Denham for brown linen for window
curtains for office and baize to cover desk, '70
Paid E Andrews for fixing Letter Press, 25
Paid Henry Cook having Chairs, &c., repaired, 4 45-- 21 15
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portion of self and Auctioneer-(audited by Comp-
troller and paid out of Treasury,) 480 00- 480 00
Paid Florida Sentinel for printing and r.Jvertising, 554 50
Paid Conservator 59 00
Paid Floridian & Journal 21 00
Paid Florida News S" .( 30 00
Paid Florida Whig 26 00
Paid Pensacola Gazette 30 00
Paid Florida Republican 37 00
Paid Raleigh (N C) Register 15 00
Paid A S Willington & Co on account for advertising
in 1849, 22 53-- 795 03
Paid H T Blocker for surveying 16th section, 8 80- 8 80
Paid 0 A Myers, Clerk, for Mandamus, 3 20- 3 20
Paid W H Andrews, Auctioneer, 100 00-- 100 00
Paid H W Rowley, refunded, 70 00
Paid J B Justiss, 47 25
Paid E Jenkins, 40 10- 157 35
Paid W K Beard for services as Deputy Register for
3 months, at $50 per month, 150 00
Paid Walter Gwynn for services as Deputy Register
for 7 qrs at $100 per qr, 100 00
Paid balance Register's salary, 1383 32--2233 32
Whole expenses from 23d Nov. 1850, to 31st Oct. 1852, $7,553 10
The expenditures since 31st October, 1852, (date of report,) are
as follows, to-wit:
Paid B F Whitner, Jr, balance on account for apprais-
ing Lands, $110 00
Paid Wilson & Co for Stationery, 28 31 *
Paid Florida Democrat for advertising, 28 00
Paid D Manley for Stationery, 2 64
Total, $168 95
D. S. WALKER,
Register Public Landsfor the State of Florida.
Which was read, and on motion of Mr. Baldwin, referred to the
Select Committee appointed to act with a similar Committee on the
part of the Senate to examine the office of Register of State Lands.
Mr. McElvy introduced the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Comptroller of Public Accounts be required
to furnish this House with a detailed statement of the amount of
insolvencies returned to that office by the Tax Collectors of the
several Counties since the organization of the State Government:
Which was adopted.
The Committee on Engrossed and Enrolled bills made the fol-
lowing report:
The Committee on Engrossed and Enrolled Bills beg leave to
report as correctly engrossed,
A Bill to be entitled, An Act for the benefit of the Heirs of Tho-
mas W. Piles.
THOMAS M. WHITE, Chairman.






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ORDERS OF THE DAY.

Engrossed bill to be entitled, An Act for the benefit of the heirs
of Thomas W. Piles;
Was read the third time. On the question of its passage, the
yeas and nays were:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Chaires,
Dell, Fennell, Haddock, Hall, Harrison, Heermans, Helvenston,
Hopkins, Jenkins, Langford, Leonard, Long, Lott, Love, Magbee,
McCall, McElvy, Mooring, Moseley, Osteen, Papy, Polhill, Rauler.
son, Rousseau, Simmons, Smith, Shine, Tumblin, White-34.
Nays-Mr. Evans-1.
So the bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
The following Message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, Dec. 3, 1852.
Hon. Speaker of the
House of Representatiees:
Sir-The Senate has passed the following bills:
Bill to be entitled, An Act to separate the office of Sheriff and
Tax Assessor and Collector in the County of Nassau :
A bill to be entitled, An Act to change the name of Terrance
Levy to Terrance Wimberly, and for other purposes.
Very respectfully,
W. H. MITCHELL,
Secretary Senate.
Which was read and said bills ordered to be placed among the
orders of the day.
Bill to be entitled, An Act for the relief of the Clerk of the Cir-
cuit Court of the County of Holmes;
Wus read the second time.
Mr. Lott moved the following amendment:
Strike out all after the word in" in section 1, and insert the fol-
lowing:
Holmes County, but the said Clerk shall be required to be at the
Court House on the morning of the day fixed by law for holding
the Circuit Court; also to have the books and all papers relating to
business in said Court at the Court House on the day of holding the
Circuit Court in and for said County of Holmes.
Which was adopted, and the bill ordered to be engrossed for a
third reading on to-morrow.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to establish Election Precincts in the
County of Putnam;
Was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a
third reading on tomorrow.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to regulate and fix the rates of Dock-
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Was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a
third reading on to-morrow.
Resolution in relation to a Mail Route from Madison Court House
to Clay Landing, in Levy County;
Was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third
reading on to-morrow.
Bill to entitled, An Act for the relief of George Lovett;
Was read the second time, and referred to the Committee on the
Judiciary.
Bill to be entitled, An Act for the relief of Mrs. Harriet Pow-
ers;
Was read the second time, and referred to the Committee on the
Judiciary.
Senate Bill to be entitled, An Act to separate the offices of Sher-
iff and Tax Assessor and Collector in the County of Nassau ;
Was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading on to-
morrow.
Senate bill to be entitled, An Act to change the name of Ter-
rance Levy to Terrance Wimberly, and for other purposes;
Was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading on to-
morrow.
The Report of the Committee on Elections, relative to the con-
tested election of the seat of the member from Orange County;
Was again read and concurred in.
Mr. Smith moved that the House adjourn until Monday, 10 o'-
clock, A. M.;
On which the yeas and nays were called for by Messrs. Papy and
McCall, and were:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Carpenter, Chaires, Hop-
kins, Jenkins, Leonard, Lott, McCall, Mooring, Simmons, Smith,
Shine-14.
Nays-Messrs. Bowers, Dell, Haddock, Hall, Hardee, Harrison,
Heermans, Helvenston, Langford, Love, Magbee, McElvy, Moseley,
Osteen, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rosseau, Tumblin, White-20.
So said motion was lost.
On motion the House adjourned until to-morrow, 10 o'clock, A.
M.


SATURDAY, December 4, 1852.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.
The Rev. Mr. Asay officiated as Chaplain.
A quorum being present, the Journal of yesterday was read and
approved.
A Committee from the Senate informed the House that the Sen-
ate requested that "Senate bill entitled, An Act to change the name






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of Terrance Levy to Terrance Wimberly, and for other purposes,
be returned to the Senate.
On motion, Messrs. Papy, Iarrison and Haddock were appointed
a Committee to return said bill to the Senate.
Mr. McCall moved that the Chief Clerk be instructed to procure
one dozen chairs for the use of the House;
Which was carried.
The Committee appointed to return to the Senate bill to be enti-
tled, An Act to change the name of Terrance Levy to Terrance
Wimberly, and for other purposes, reported that they had performed
that duty, and asked to be discharged.
Pursuant fo previous notice, Mr. Leonard introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act to incorporate the Pensacola and Georgia Railroad
Company;
Which was read the first time by its title, and 75 copies ordered
tobe printed for the use of the House.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Heermans introduced a bill to
be entitled, An Act providing for the location, survey and comple-
tion of a Canal connecting the waters of the St. Johns and Indian
Rivers, and providing for the appointment of a State Engineer;
Which was read the first time, and 75 copies ordered to be print-
ed for the use of the House.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Dell introduced a bill to be en-
titled, An Act to abolish the office of State Register;
Which was read the first time, and 75 copies ordered to be print-
ed for the use of the House.
Mr. Magbee gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to amend an Act en-
titled an Act concerning executions, approved 17th February, 1833.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Polhillintroduced a bill to be en-
titled, An Act to amend an Act relating to the duties of Tax Asses-
sors and Collectors, approved January 9th,11849;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Mr. Simmons gave notice thathe would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act amendatory of the
several Acts now in force relating to the appointment and duties of
Commissioners of Pilotage for the Port of Apalachicola.
Mr. Magbee moved that the Rules be waived to allow the pre-
sentation of memorials and petitions to the House;
-Which was icrried.
Mr. Magbee presented the petition of the citizens of Hillsborough
County, praying that the accounts and vouchers of the several .offi-
cers and privates of Captain Sparkman and Parker's Companies,
Florida Volunteers, for services in the year 1849, in suppressing In-
dian Hostilities, be audited and paid.
Which was, on motion, ordered to be filed, with the bill to be en-
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Parker's, and other Volunteer Companies, for services in the year
1849.
Mr. Speaker presented the petition of sundry merchants and other
citizens of the town of Jacksonville, in relation to the control and
regulation of the Pilotage at the mouth of the St. John's river;
Which, on motion, was referred to a Select Committee, consisting
of Messrs. Dell, Baldwin and Tumblin.
On motion,
The House adjourned until Monday, 11 o'clock, A. M.


MONDAY, December 6, 1852.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.
The Rev. Mr..Asay officiated as chaplain.
A quorum being present, the Journal of Saturday was read and
approved
Mr. McCall gave notice that, upon some future day, he would in-
troduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to establish a State Prison or
Penitentiary for the punishment of criminals, and other purposes.
Mr. Long moved that the committee on the Judiciary be in-
structed to enquire into the propriety and expediency of repealing
An Act entitled, An Act to organize the Supreme Court of the
State of Florida, approved January 11, 1851; also, An Act to a-
mend An Act to organize the Supreme Court of the State of Florida, ap-
proved January 24, 1851, and of re-establishing the Court of Appeals,
existing previous to the organization of the Supreme Court, and re-
port by bill or otherwise; which was carried.
Mr. Hall gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
1 cave to introduce a bill to be entitled An, Act relating to the as-
sessment of Taxes for the County of Jackson.
Mr. Leonard gave notice that, on some future day, he would ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to amend An Act
Incorporating the city of Pensacola, approved March 2, 1839.
Mr. Magbee gave notice that he would on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to extend the laws
of the State of Florida over that portion of the territory of said
State, now in the occupancy of the Seminole Indians, and for the
enforcement of the same therein, and for other purposes.
Mr. Fennell gave notice that he would, at some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act tA regulate Camp
Hunting in the County of Holmes.
Mr. Papy moved that so much of the report of the Attorney Gen-
eral as relates to the amendment of the Constitution, be referred to
a select committee of three;
Which was adopted, and Messrs. Papy, Hopkins and Leonard
appointed said committee.
Mr. Simmons gave notice that he would on some future day, ask
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lte:e to introduce a bill declaring Crooked River, in I ranikhl
County, a navigable stream.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Bowers introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act to prevent the desecration of the Sabbath;
Which was read the first time) and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Pursuant to previous notice Mr, Lott introduced a bill to be en&
titled, An Act to define more particularly the County lines of
Calhoun County; which was read the first, and ordered for a sec,
end reading on to-morrow.
The following communication from the Secretary State was re,
ceived and read
SECRETARY OFFICE,
Capitol, December 4, 1852.
Hlon. Speaker of the
House Representatives:
Sm :--In pursuance of the Resolution passed by the House oir
the 3d inst., requiring the Secretary of State to report to the House,
" whether he has yet obtained from the Department at Washington,
ia set of the standard Weights and Measures established by Con-
gress," &c., I beg leave to state that, very shortly after the ad,
journment of the last session of the General Assembly of this State,
I wrote to the Secretary of the Treasury, at Washington City, cal[
ling upon him to furnish this State with "a complete set of all
the Weights and Measures adopted as standards" as provided in
the Resolution of Congress, approved June 14, 1836. To this let,
ter, no reply was ever received, nor have any of the "Weights and
Measures adopted as standards," ever been received at this office.
I would add, that I have again, (this day,) written to the Secre-
tary of the Treasury, calling his attention to said Resolution of
Congress, and have urged upon him the necessity of a speedy trans-
mission of said Weights, &c., due the States They may be receiv-
ed ere the adjournment of the Assemby. If so, I shall report ac*
cordingly,
Very respectfully,
C. W. DOWNING,
Secretary of State.
Which was on nmotion laid on the table
Mr. Papy introduced the following Resolution
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 8,tata
bf Florida in General Assembly convened, That the Comp,
troller be, and he is hereby, authorized to employ a Clerk, as the
necessities of his office, during the present sessions may require;
Which was read the first time, and on motion, the rules being waiva
ed, was read the second and third times, and passed.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Mr. Langford introduced the following Resolution:
Be it Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate cons
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curring, That this General Assembly adjourn sine e on the 24tl
day of December inst.;
Which was read.
Mr. Papy moved that said Resolution be laid on the table;
On which the yeas and nays were called for by Messrs. Langford.
and Long, and were:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Carpenter, Chaires, Dell, Dewitt,
Evans, Haddock, Heermans, Helvenston, Jenkins, Leonard, Lott,
Magbee, McCall, McElvy, Papy, Raulerson, Shine, Tumblin-19.
Nays-Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Fennell, Hall, Iardee, larri-
son, Hopkins, Langford, Long, Mooring, Moseley, Osteen, Polhill,
Rousseau, Simmons, Smith, White-17.
So the Resolution was laid on the table.
Mr. Magbee introduced a Preamble and Resolution asking a
change of the Mail Route between Tampa and Fort Mellon, and to
establish a Mail Route from the town of Tampa and Old Tampa
Bay, and for other purposes;
Which was read the first time, and the rules being waived, read
the second and third times, and passed.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
The rules being waived, Mr. Papy moved that Mr. Simmons be
excused from attendance in this House for the balance of the day;
Which was carried.
On motion, Mr. Love was excused from attendance in the House,
on account of sickness, until he shall have recovered his health.
Mr. White, from the Committee on Engrossed Bills, made the
following report:
The Committee on Engrossed and Enrolled Bills report as cor-
rectly engrossed:
A bill to be entitled, An Act to regulate and fix the rates of doc-
kage and wharfage at the town of Palatka;
Also, a bill to be entitled, An Act for the relief of. the Clerk of
the Circuit Court of the County of Holmes;
Also, a bill to be entitled, An Act to establish Election Precincts
in the County of Putnam;
Also, a Resolution in relation to a Mail Route from Madison
Court House to Clay Landing in Levy County.
All of which is respectfully submitted,
THOMAS M. WHITE, Chairman.
.Which was received and said bills placed among the orders of
the day.
Mr. Smith, from the Committee on the Judiciary, made the fol-
lowing report:
The Judiciary Committee to whom was referred a bill to be en-
titled, An Act for the relief of Mrs. Harriet Powers, of Columbia
County, beg leave to report:
That in their opinion, it is not competent for the General Assem-
bly to make -appropriations for the purposes mentioned in said bill.
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er purpose than to defray the expenses of Government. Your Comt
mittee feel, therefore, bound, (however reluctantly) to report agains-
the passage of said bill.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
CARAWAY SMITH, Chairman.
Also the following:
The Committee on the Judiciary to whom was referred a bill to
be entitled, An Act for the relief of George Lovett, have had the
same under consideration, and beg leave to report:
That in their opinion it is not competent for the General Assem-
bly to make appropriations for the purposes mentioned in said bill
The Constitution of the State forbids that any moneys shall be rai-
sed for any other purpose than to defray the expenses of the Gov-
ernment. If the General Assembly could give the direction to the
Corhptroller, embodied in this bill, they could do so in every other
case, and thus the provision of the Constitution alluded to, would
be practically nullified. Your Committee recommend that the bill
be not passed.
Respectfully submitted.
CARAWAY SMITH, Chairman.
Also the following:
The Judiciary Committee to whom was referred a bill to be en-
titled, An Act in addition to, and amendatory of, the several acts
concerning Writs of Error and Appeals to the Supreme Court, beg
leave to report:
That they have had the same under consideration, and report fa-
vorably. Your Committee would therefore respectfully recommend
the passage of said bill to this House.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
CARAWAY SMITH, Chairman.
Which were read, and together with the bills accompanying the
same, placed among the orders of the day.
The following Message from his Excellency the Governor, was
received and read:
EXECUTIVE CHAMBER,
Tallahassee, December 6, 1852.
To the Honorable A. K. ALLISON,
Speaker of the House of Representatives :
SIR:-Having received the accompanying Report from the Ho.n-
orable L. A. Thompson, I appointed, in compliance with the provi-
sions of the Act under which the duty was performed, the Honora-
ble D. P. Hogue, Attorney General, General Charles H. DuPont,
and the Honorable William A. Forward, to examine the work, and
I have now the honor to transmit, through you, to the General As-
sembly, their report and my approval.
It will remain for the General Assembly to make a suitable ap-
propriation to enable the Governor to make a contract for the pub-





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location of the work, as required by the Act under which the ap,
pointment has been made.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
Your most obedient servant,
THOMAS BROWN.

TALLAHASSEE, November 13, 1852.
To His Excellency THOMAS BROWN,
Governor of the State of Florida:
SIR:-I have the honor of reporting to your Excellency that I
have completed the collection and arrangement of the British stat,
utes in force in this State; to the performance of which office I was
appointed by your Excellency's predecessor, (Governor Moseley)
under the authority of an Act of the General Assembly, entitled,
"4 An Act concerning the statutes of Great Britain of force in this
State," approved December 27, 1845: and that I am now ready to
submit the result of my labors to the examination of the Committee
of three skilful and experienced members of the Bar," as directed
by the Act.
In the performance of this work, I have, as required, endeavored
to digest and arrange the statutes so selected as of force, under ap,
propriate heads or titles, affording a ready reference to each subject
matter; and which I contemplate further to aid by a sufficient index,
to be prepared as the work passes through the press. I have also
prepared, explanatory notes to the several statutes showing the state
of the law at the time of the enactment upon the subjects respective-
ly affected; the mischief, inconvenience or policy which rendered
necessary or caused the change; and the effect and operation of the
new law, gathered from the works of approved authority, and the
authoritative exposition by judicial decision in the British Courts.-
t is true, this was not required by the statute under which I was
appointed; but I was so deeply impressed with the belief that such
an addition to the matter of the text would render the work more use-
ful, and therefore more acceptable, that unbidden, I cheerfully as-
sumed a task which has given me much additional labor and care.
Some dissatisfaction, I fear, has been felt, and perhaps expressed,
in consequence of the delay in producing the work, but I hope for
acquittal of any culpable laches, when the facts are adverted to.-
The duty assigned was to examine, of course with much care and
attention, the Legislation of the British Parliament, from the con-
firmation of the Great Charter in the 9th year of the reign of King
Henry III, (A. D. 1225) to the fourth of July 1776, embracing a
period of five and a half centuries, and comparing the enactments
thereof with the Constitutions and Laws of the United States, and
of this State, to select such statutes and parts of statutes of a gen-
eral and not of a local nature, as were not inconsistent with the lat-
ter:-A labor of no trifling magnitude, and requiring much time, if
my attention could have been given wholly and uninterruptedly to







the subject. But this labor from necessity, could only be perform.
ed at intervals when not actively engaged in attending to profess-
ional, and subsequently, official duties. In addition thereto, the
examination of authorities, and the collection of the matter for the
explanatory notes, required the expenditure of much time, as well as
labor.
I beg your Excellency to be assured that I have endeavored to
discharge the duty assigned me with fidelity, and to the utmost of
my ability; and if I have failed to be of service to my fellow citizens
therein, I have but to express my deep and sincere regret that my
powers have not been commensurate with my wishes.
Awaiting the action of your Excellency in the designation and
appointment of the Committee of examination,
I have the honor to subscribe myself,
Your obedient servant,
L. A. THOMPSON,

TALLAHASSEE, December 3, 1852,
To His Excellency, TIIOMAS BROWN,
Governor, 4fc.:
SI :--The undersigned, who were appointed, by your Excellen,
cy to examine the compilation of British Statutes prepared by the
Hon. L, A. Thompson, submit the following
REPORT:
By an Act of the General Assembly approved December 27,
1845, the Governor was authorized "to appoint some suitable per.
son to collect, and arrange under appropriate heads, all the statutes
of Great Britain of force in this State." Under and by virtue of the
authority conferred by this act, your predecessor selected and ap-
pointed Judge Thompson to perform the duty required by the Leg.
islature. The act referred to, further requires that the work, when
completed, must be approved by the Governor before any contract
can be made for its publication; and it was moreover contemplated
that this approval of the Executive should be based upon a previous
examination made by others, upon whom might rest a full share of
the responsibility involved in recommending the adoption by the
State of a work deemed so important and necessary by the General
Assembly of 1845,
The undersigned, though they entered upon the performance of
the duty assigned them with a just sense of its magnitude and diffi-
culty, and with a due degree of diffidence and distrust of their ca-
pacity to discharge it, feel no hesitation or embarrassment in taking
to themselves the full measure of that responsibility. The mere col-
lection and arrangement of the Statutes of Great Britain of force in
this State, under appropriate heads and titles, is of itself a work of
no inconsiderable difficulty, requiring extensive reading, intense la.
bor, and patient investigation. Such a collection and arrangement







must be made from tile lBritishI Statutes i!om the "20th year of tlhe
rign of Henry third down to the 4th day of July, 1776, a period of
about 550 years, in order to comply with the requirement of the
Legislature. But when, in addition to such a mere compilation or
collection of British Statutes, arranged under appropriate heads, it
is necessary for the compiler to search andi find out the judicial de-
cisions, or construction given by the Judges to the various acts, in
order to render the collection one of service and utility, it then be-
comes a work of extreme difficulty in the execution, requiring not
only labor, time and investigation, but the exercise of the soundest
legal discrimination, and the most diligent application, combined
with an extraordinary degree of caution. In a word, the compiler
must show how the common law stood when the statute was pass.
ed-what the mischief was which that law did not provide for-
what the remedy which the Legislature adopted to cure the mischief
-and what the construction of the Courts has been to suppress ,the
mischief and advance the remedy. The examination which the un-
dersigned have been enabled to give to the work upon which they
are required to report, aided by the explanations and extensive notes
of the compiler, has satisfied them that Judge Thompson has ably
and faithfully performed the duty devolved upon him by the appoint-
ment of your predecessor.
Upon one chapter only of the work submitted, the undersigned
had some doubts. We refer to the chapter entitled Costs." The
doubt entertained was, whether the peculiar phraseology of the sta-
tutes of Florida does not repeal the British Statute restraining the
plaintiff's right to costs. They are satisfied, however, that, if this
chapter is not the law of Florida, such is its efficacy in preventing
vexatious suits, it should be made so by express enactment of our
Legislature. Doubts having been expressed, and as these doubts
can only be resolved by Judicial decision or by Act of the Legis-
lature, it is deemed advisable to retain the Title and publish it with
the rest of the Work.
Approving as they do, of the whole work, it remains only for the
undersigned to recommend it to the approval of your Excellency.
We have the honor to be,
Very respectfully,
Your ob't servants,
D. P. HOGUE,
C. H. DUPONT,
WM. A. FORWARD.

I approve the work in accordance with the above report.
THO. BROWN.

Mr. McCall moved that said message and documents be referred
to the Committee on Finance and Public Accounts, with instruct -
tions to report thereon by bill or otherwise;
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Mr. Harrison moved that said message and documents be referred
to the Committee on the Judiciary;
Which motion was lost.
Mr. Dell moved that said message and documents be laid on the
table until to-morrow week;
Which motion was lost.
Mr. Hopkins moved that said message of his Excellency the Gov-
ernor, in relation to Thompson's Compilation of British statutes in
force in this State, with the accompanying papers, be referred to a
Select Committee, with instructions to report thereon as soon as
possible;
Which was carried, and Messrs. Hopkins, McElvy, and McCall,
appointed said Committee.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.
Engrossed bill to be entitled, An Act for the relief of the Clerk
of the Circuit Court of the County of Holmes;
Was read the third time; on the question of its passage, the yeas
and nays were:
Yeas-Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Chaires, Dell, Evans,
Fennell, Haddock, Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Heermans, Helvension,
Hopkins, Jenkins, Langford, Leonard, Long, Lott, Magbee, McCall,
McElvy, Mooring, Moseley, Osteen, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rous-
seau, Shine, Tumblin, White-32.
Nays-None.
So said bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Engrossed bill to be entitled, An Act to regulate and fix the rates
of Dockage and Wharfage at the town of Pilatka;
Was read the third time; on the question of its passage, the yeas
and nays were.;
Yeas-Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Chaires, Dell, Dc-
witt, Evans, Fennell, Haddock, Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Heermans,
Helvenston, Hopkins, Jenkins, Langford, Leonard, Long, Lott, Mag-
bee,-McCall, McElvy, Mooring, Moseley, Osteen, Papy, Polhill, Rau-
lerson, Rousseau, Smith, Shine, Tumblin, White-34.
Nays-None.
So said bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Engrossed bill to be entitled, An Act to establish Election Pre-
cincts in the County of Putnam;
. Was read the third time, and on the question of its passage, the
yeas and nays were:
Yeas-Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Chaires, Dell, Evans,
Fennell, Haddock, Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Heermans, Helvenston,
Hopkins, Jenkins, Langford, Leonard, Long, Lott, Magbee, McCall,
McElvy, Mooring, Moseley, Osteen, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rous-
seau, Shine, Tumblin, White-32.





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Nays-None,
So the bill passed-title as stated,
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Engrossed resolution in relation to a Mail Route from Madlsott
Court House to Clay Landing, in Levy County;
Was read the third time and passed.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to provide for the payment of Captains
Sparkman, Parker's, and other Companies, for services in the year
1849;
Was read the second time, and referred to a Select Committee,
consisting of Messrs. Magbee, Lott and Shine.
Bill to be entitled, An Act for the relief of William Garrison;
Was read the second time, and referred to a Selcet Committee,
consisting of Messrs. Magbee, Shine and Raulerson.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to change the name of Victoria Baty
to that of Victoria Bellows, and for other purposes;
Was read the second time, and referred to a Select Committee,
consisting of Messrs Magbee, Smith, and Langford.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to incorporate the Pensacola Railroad
Company
Was read the second time by its title, and referred to the Com,
mittee on Corporations.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to establish Common Schools, and to
repeal certain acts in relation thereto;
Was read the second time by its title, and referred to the Corn
tnittee on Schools and CoUeges,
Bill to be entitled, An Act for preventing obstructions to the
navigation of the St. John's River;
Was read the second time.
Mr. Baldwin moved that the blank in the eighth line of section 3j
be filled with one hundred dollars ;"
Which was carried, and the bill ordered to be engrossed for a third
reading on to morrew.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to regulate Camp Hunting in the
County of Santa Rosa;
Was read the second time, and referred to a Select Committee,
consisting of Messrs. Smith, Harrison and Tumblin.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to amend an Act relating to the duties
of Tax Assessors and Collectors, approved January 9th, 1849;
Was read the second time, and referred to the Committee on Fi-
nance and Public Accounts.
Senate Bill to be entitled, Ah Act to separate the offices of Sher-
iff and Tax Assessor and Collector in the County of Nassau;
Was read the second time and ordered for a third reading on to-
morrow.
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Act for the relief ot George Lovett, said report being adverse to tht
passage of said bill, was read and concurred in.
Bill to be entitled, An Act in addition to and amendatory of the
several acts concerning Writs of Error and appeals to the Supreme
Court;
Being reported upon favorably by the Judiciary Cdmmiittee, was
read the second tinle, and ordered to be engrossed for a third read-
ing on to-morrow.
The report of the Judiciary Committee on a bill to be entitled Ari
Act for the relief of Mrs. Harriet Powers, of Columbia county, said
report being adverse td the passage of said bill, was road and con-
curred in.
On motion,
The House adjourned until to-mor'row, at 10 9'cloeih A. M.


TUESDAY, December 7, 1852;

The H6oUs met pursuant to adjourniment.
The Rev. Mr. Asay officiated as Chaplain.
A quorum being present, the journal of yesterday *as read and
approved.
On motion of Mr. McCall,
Ordered, That 75 copies of the Rules of this House be printed;
for the use of the General Assembly.
Mr. Osteen gave notice that he would; on sdme future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to authorize the as-
tessment and collection of a Road Tax in Orange County.
On motion; Messrs. Lott and Love were excused from attendance
bn the House until Monday next, on account of sickness.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Leonard introduced a bill to bd
entitled, An Act to amend the Act incorporating the City bf Pensa-
-cola, approved March 2, 1839;
Which was read the first time, atid ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Mooring introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act to prevent the sale and traffic of slaves;
Which was read the first time; and ordered for a second reading
On to-morrow.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Hall introduced a bill to be enf
titled, An Act relating to the assessment of Taxes in the County of
Jackson;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Evans introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act for the relief of Robert Lawrence;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
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Mr. Simmons gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to more strictly de-
fine the Boundary Line between Franklin and Gadsden Counties,
and to provide for surveying the same.
Mr. Bowers gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act exempting the Coun-
ties of Walton and Holmes from having regularly appointed Auc-
tioneers therein.
On motion of Mr. Shine,
Ordered, That the use of this Hall be granted to the citizens of
Tallahassee on to-morrow evening for the purpose of holding a dem-
ocratic meeting.
The following communication, and accompanying document, from
the Comptroller, was received and read:
COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE,
December 7, 1852.
To the Honorable A. K. ALLIsoN,
Speaker of the House of Representatives :
SIR :-In obedience to a call from the House of Representatives,
I transmit a statement of balances due from different Tax Collec-
tors, Sheriffs," &c.
Suit has not yet been commenced against any of the delinquents
mentioned in said statement, because the "days of grace" allowed
them by the Act of 1845, have not yet expired.
Very respectfully, sir,
Your obedient servant,
JOHN BEARD, Comptroller.







STATEMENT OF BALANCES due by sundry Tax Collectors, Sheriffs, &c., together with the character of
their respective liabilities.

COUNTIES. Names of Officers. Designation. On what account. Amounts. Total. || REMARKS.
Escambia, Rev enue of 1852, $2155 58 2155 58 A new Assessor and Collector has recently
Santa Rosa, J Cobb, Jr., Sherif, Fines, 68 08 68 08 been elected in Escambia County, in place of
Jackson, J Griffin, i" 71 00 71 00 one who died before he completed his collec-
"C Stevens, Tax Collector, Revenue 1952, 162 26 162 26 1tions, and no settlement has yet been made.
Gadsden, H 0 McLean,. 1851, 360 41
1852, 2047 70 ) 2408 11
Leon, J H Rhodes, 1852, 6721 58 6721 58
Hamilton, W J J Duncan, Sheriff, Fines, 11 00
Licenses, 159 00 170 00
Alachua, Chas L Wilson, Fines, 280 00
Tax Collector, Revenue 1852, 2502 51 2782 51
Duval, G H Smith, Sheriff, Licenses, 149 21 149 21
Putnam, R T Boyd, "I 338 00
"" Licenses, 21 11 359 11
Orange, E Watson, Tax Collector, Revenue 1852, 104 65 104 65
Levy, Robt W Randall, 258 27 258 27
Hernando, Ezekl L Selph, 169 77 169 77
N M Moody, Sheriff, Licenses, 22 00 22 00
Hillsborough, B J Hagler, Licenses, 148 50
"" Fines, 37 76 186 26
Monroe, Robert Clark, Licences, 120 67 120 67 The assessment book of Monroe County has
"StJohn Boyle Tax Collector, not been received, but, estimating the amount
aSt. ie, No Assessor, of Revenue at last year's assessment, the Col.
Dade, do lector owes about three hundred dollars, up-
SAwards of one thousand having been paid.
Amount due, $15,909 06
December 6, 1852. JOHN BEARD, Comptroller.
Decemer 6,1852








Mr. Jenking presented the petition of sundry citizens of Hornando
County, praying an alteration and amendment of the present Com.
mon School Law;
Which was received, read, and referred to the Committee on
Schools and Colleges.
Also, a petition of citizens of said County, praying an alteration
and amendment of the present Pre-emption Laws;
Which was received, read, and referred to the Committee on In-
ternal Improvements.
Mr. McCall offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk be and he is hereby authorized to
procure an additional Clerk, if he shall deem it necessary in order
to expedite the public business;
Which was carried.
Mr. Osteen offered a resolution asking an appropriation by Con.
gress for the purpose of removing obstructions at the bar of Vo-
lusia, on Lake George.
Mr. McCall offered the following Preamble and Resolution:
WHEREAS, Great neglect must necessarily occur in matters of
great importance to the people of this State, arising from a hasty
system of Legislation: Therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, That from and
after to-day, this Houseshall meet at ten o'clock, A. M., and adjourn
at two o'clock, P. M., unless the orders of the day shall have bees
previously gone through.
Which were, on motion, laid on the table.
The Committee on Engrossed and Enrolled Bills made the fol.
lowiug report:
The Committee on Engrossed and Enrolled Bills beg leave to
report as correctly engrossed the following bills, to-wit:
A bill to be entitled, An Act in addition to and amendatory of the
several Acts concerning Writs of Error and appeals to the Supreme
Court;
Also, a Bill to be entitled, An Act for preventing obstructions to
the navigation of the St. John's River, East Florida.
THOMAS M. WHITE, Chairman.
Which was received, and said bills placed among the orders of
the day.
The Committee on Corporations made the following report :
The Committee on Corporations, to whom was referred a bill to
be entitled, An Act to incorporate the Pensacola Railroad Compa-
ny, report:
That they have had the same under consideration, and recom-
pend its passage.
Respectfully submitted,
S. A. LEONARD, Chairman
Which was received anrd read.







Mr. Helvenston, from a Select Committee, made the following
report:
The Select Committee to whom was referred the petition of John
SG. Reardon, and 230 others, praying for the division of Marion
County, and the establishment of a new County, to be called the
County of Sumpter, beg leave to report a bill for that purpose, and
ask to be discharged.
GEO. HELVENSTON, Chairman.
Which was received and read.
The Special Committee to whom was referred a bill to regulate
Camp Hunting in the County of Santa Rosa, made the following
report:
The Special Committee to whom was referred An Act to regu.
late Camp-hunting in the County of Santa Rosa," beg leave to
REPORT:
That to pass such an act would be against the Constitution of the
United States, which says, Art. 4, Sec. 2: The citizens of each
State shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in
the several States," as well as opposed to the provisions of our State
Constitution, made in pursuance thereof,
Your'Committee therefore report against the passage of said bill.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
CARAWAY SMITH, Chairman.
W. W. TUMBLING,
W. W. HARRISON.
Which was received and read.
The select committee to whom was referred a bill for the relief of
W. M. Garrison, made the following report:
The select committee to whom was referred a bill to be entitled,
An Act for the relief of W, M. Garrison, ask leave to
REPORT:
That they have had the same under consideration, and are of
opinion, from a communication received from the Register of Public
Lands of this State, recommending the relief sought by said bill, that
the same should be granted, and therefore recommend the passage of
said bill.
Respectfully submitted, with the communication of Register of
Public Lands,
J. T. MAGBEE, Chairmaa.
HEROD RAULERSON,
R. A. SHINE.
Which was received and read.
The following Message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, December 6, 1852.
Honorable Speaker of the
House of Representatives:
SIR:--The Seriate has passed the following Resolution and Bill.
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Resolution in regard to the establishment of a Land Office at Tam.
pa ;
House Resolution asking Congress to grant a quarter section of
Land to the County of Levy, to establish a County Site thereon;
A Bill entitled, An Act amendatory of An Act approved on the
twenty-seventh day of December, A. D. 1848, and An Act approved
on the twenty-third day of December, A. D. 1850, in relation to the
re-establishment of the Records of the County of Jackson.
Very respectfully,
WM. H. MITCHELL
Secretary of the Senate.
Which was read, and Senate Bill and Resolution accompanying the
same placed among the orders of the day, and the House Resolution
asking Congress to grant a quarter section of land to the County of
Levy to establish a County Site thereon, as passed by the Senate
without amendment, was ordered to be enrolled.
The following Message from his Excellency, the Governor, was
received and read:
EXECUTIVE CHAMBER, FLORIDA,
December 6, 1852.
To the Hon. A. K. ALLISON,
Speaker IIouse Representatives, 4c.
SIR :--I hereby nominate Mr. Robert Heir, of the County of Leon,
as Cotton Weigher for the city of Tallahassee, in the room of Mr.
L. C. Demilly, resigned.
I have the honor to be,
Very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
THOMAS BROWN.
The nomination therein contained was advised and consented to.
The rule being waived, Mr. Papy introduced the following Pre-
amble and Resolution:
WHEREAS, the condition of this Hall on all occasions of inclem-
ent weather is such that members are not only-incapable of attend-
ing properly to their duties, but are in danger of injury from the fall
of the ceiling;
And whereas, it is expedient that measures should be forthwith
taken to repair, in part at least, the damage done to this building by
the recent storm: Therefore,
Resolved, That the Comptroller be and is hereby requested to pro-
cure, without delay, a proper person to stop the leaks in the roof
covering this Hall, and to remove the cause of danger to the mem-
bers.
Which was adopted.
The Chief Clerk announced to the Speaker that he had procured
the services of Mr. C. W. Downing as Assistant Clerk, in pursuance
of the Resolution passed this day.
On motion,
The House adjourned until to-moProw, at 10 o'clock, A. M.







WEDNESDAY, December 8, 1852.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.
The Rev. Mr. Asay officiated as Chaplain.
A quorum being present, the journal of yesterday was read and
approved.
On motion, Mr. Jenkins was excused from attendance in the
House, on account of sickness.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Moseley introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act to establish an uniform ad valorem system of tax-
ation ;
Which was read the first time.
Mr. McCall moved that said bill be laid upon the table;
Which was carried.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Simmons introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act declaring Crooked River, in Franklin County, a
navigable stream;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Mr. Leonard gave notice that he would, on some future day, in-
troduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to provide for suits or actions
against free persons of color, and for other purposes.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Leonard introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act to incorporate the Escambia Railroad Company;
Which was read the first time by its title, and ordered for a sec-
ond reading on to-morrow.
Mr. Mooring gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill for the relief of the people of Wakulla Coun-
ty, and for other purposes.
The Committee on Engrossed and Enrolled Bills made the follow-
ing report:
The Committee on Engrossed and Enrolled bills beg leave to re-
port as correctly enrolled:
A Resolution asking Congress to grant a quarter section of land
to the County of Levy to establish a County Site thereon.
THOMAS M. WHITE, Chairman.
Which was received and read.
On motion, the rules being waived, Mr: Papy presented the peti-
tion of sundry merchants, and other citizens of Leon County, for a
change of the existing law in relation to Pedlars;
Which was read and referred to the Committee on Finance and
Public Accounts.
Mr. Dell presented the following petitions, viz:
The petition of H. C. Wilson, praying the passage of a bill to
enable him to enter a tract of Internal Improvement land;
Also, The petition of sundry citizens of Alachua County, praying
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Which were read and referred to the Committee on Propositions
and Grievances.
The Select Committee to whom was referred the Message of his
Excellency, the Governor, with the accompanying papers, relative
to Thompson's Collection of British Statutes, made the following
report:
The Select Committee to whom was referred the Message of his
Excellency, the Governor, with the accompanying papers, relative
to Thompson's Collection of British Statutes of force in this State,
beg leave to
REPORT:
That, after mature consideration of the subject, and careful ex.
amination of the Act approved December 27, 1845, they are fully
satisfied that the Hon. L. A. Thompson was appointed by Gov.
Moseley to collect and arrange under appropriate heads all the
Statutes of Great Britain of force in this State, and that said ap.
pointment was made under and by virtue of said Act.
They are also of opinion, from the report of the Commissioners
appointed by his Excellency, Gov. Brown, to report upon said work,
and from the approval of said report by the Governor, that it is the
duty of this General Assembly to complete the contract, as author-
ized to be entered into by said Act of 27th December, 1845, and for
this purpose'they herewith respectfully report a bill to be entitled,
An Act making appropriation for the compilation and publication
of Thompson's Collection of British Statutes of force in this State,
and recommend its passage; and your Committee ask to be dis*
charged, EDWARD HOPKINS, Chairman.
WM. W. McCALL,
L. G. McELVY,
Which was received and read, and the accompanying bill placed
among the orders of the day.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, Dec. 7, 1852i
lion. Spcakcr of the
ILousc of Representatives:
Sir-The Senate has passed the House Preamble and Resolutiori
asking a change of the Mail Route between Tampa and Fort Mel.
lon, and to establish a Mail Route between the town of Tampa and
old Tampa Bay, and for other purposes, making the following
amendments, viz :
Strike out in the 29th line after tho words Congress be," the
word requested," and insert in lieu the word instructed."
Strike out in the 30th line, after the word Representative," the
word instructed," and insert in lieu the word "requested."
To which the concurrence of the House is respectfully asked.
Very respectfully,
WM. H. MITCHELL,
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Which was read, and said amendments concurred in.
Ordered to be certified to the Senate.
Ordered, also, that said Preamble and Resolution be enrolled.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.
Engrossed bill to be entitled, An Act for preventing obstructions
to the navigation of the St. John's River;
Was read the third time, and further consideration thereof post-
poned until to-morrow.
Engrossed bill to be entitled, An Act in addition to and amenda-
tory of the several Acts concerning Writs of Error and Appeals to
the Supreme Court;
Was read the third time, and on the question of its passage the
yeas and nays were:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Chaires,
Dell, Dewitt, Evans, Fennell, Haddock, Hall, Hardee, Harrison,
Heermans, Helvenston, Hopkins, Kenan, Langford, Leonard, Mag-
be, McCall, McElvy, Mooring, Moseley, Osteen, Papy, Polhill,
Raulerson, Rousseau, Simmons, Smith, Shine, Tumblin, White-
34.
Nays-None.
So said bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Senate bill to be entitled, An Act to separate the offices of Sher.
iff and Tax Assessor and Collector in the County of Nassau:
Was read the third time; on the question of its passage the yeas
and nays were :
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Chaires,
Dell, Dewitt, Evans, Fennell, Haddock, Hall, Hardee, Harrison,
Hearmans, Helvenston, Hopkins, Kenan, Langford, Leonard, Mag-
bee, McCall, McElvy, Mooring, Moseley, Osteen, Papy, Polhill,
Raulerson, Rousseau, Simmons, Smith, Tumblin, White-33.
Nays-None.
So said bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
A bill to be entitled, An Act to incorporate the Pensacola Rail-
road Company;
Came up on its second reading.
On motion, the House resolved itself into a Committee of tho
Whole on said bill-Mr. Papy in the Chair.
"After some time spent therein, the Committee rose, and by its
Chairman reported the bill back to the House with amendments;
and asked to be discharged from a further consideration thereof.
Mr. Papy moved to amend by striking out the word "over," in
the fifth line of Section 12, and insert the word "' across" in lieu
thereof;
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Said bill was read a second time by its title, and ordered to be
engrossed for a third reading on to-morrow.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to regulate Camp Hunting in the
County of Santa Rosa;
Was read the second time, and, on motion of Mr. Papy, was in.
definitely postponed.
Bill to be entitled, An Act for the relief of William M. Garrason,
Was read the second time.
Mr. Papy moved to amend by striking out the word "liabilities,"
and insert the word "rules" in lieu thereof;
Which was carried.
The rules being waived, said bill was read the third time by its
title, and put upon its passage, upon which the vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Chaires,
Dell, Dewitt, Evans, Fennell, Haddock, Hall, Hardee, Harrison,
Heermans, Hopkins, Kenan, Langford, Leonard, Magbee, McEl-
vy, Mooring, Moseley, Osteen, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rousseau,
Simmons, Shine, Tumblin, White-31.
Nays-None.
So the bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
A bill to be entitled, An Act to abolish the office of State Regis-
ter,
Was read the second time by its title.
On motion a Committee consisting of Messrs. Dell, Baldwin,
Polhill, White and Simmons, were appointed to act wiih a similar
Committee on the part of the Senate to examine and report upon
said bill.
A bill to be entitled, An Act to incorporate Leon Lodge, No. 5,
I. 0. O. F.,
Was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third
reading on to-morrow.
A bill to be entitled, An Act to incorporate the Pensacola and
Georgia Railroad Company,
Was read the second time, and referred to the Committee on
Corporations.
A bill to be entitled, An Act providing for the location, survey,
and completion of a Canal connecting the waters of the St. John's
and Indian Rivers, and providing for the appointment of a State
Engineer,
Was read the second time, and referred to the Committee on In-
ternal Improvement.
A bill to be entitled, An Act to prevent the desecration of the
Sabbath day,
Was read the second time, and on motion, laid on the table.
A bill to be entitled, An Act to define more particularly the Coun*
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A bill to be entitled, An Act to amend the Act incorporating the
City of Pensacola, approved March 2, 1839,
Was, on motion, postponed until to-morrow.
A bill to be entitled, An Act for the relief of Robert Lawretce,
Was read the second time, and referred to the Committee on
Claims.
A bill to be entitled, An Act relating to the assessment of taxes
for the County of Jackson,
Was read the second time, and on motion, laid upon the table.
A bill to be entitled, An Act to prevent the sale and traffic of
slaves,
Was read the second time and referred to the Committee on the
Judiciary.
Resolution asking an appropriation by Congress for the purpose
of removing obstructions at the bar of Volusia, on Lake George,
Was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a
third reading on to-morrow.
The following bills, viz:
Bill to be entitled, An Act making appropriation for the compila.
tion and publication of Thompson's Collection of the British Stat.
utes of force in this State,
Senate bill to be entitled, An Act amendatory of An Act appro.
ved on the 27th day of December, A. D. 1818, and An Act appro.
ved on the 23d day of December, A. D. 1850, in relation to the re.
establishment of the records of the County of Jackson ; and
A bill to be entitled, An Act to organize the County of Sumpter;
Were read the first tine, and ordered for a second reading on to.
morrow.
Senate Resolution in regard to the Land Office at Tampa;
Was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading on to.
morrow.
The following communication from- the Comptroller, was received
and read:
CoMPTnoLrA, Ormlcr, 1
December 8, 185%
To the Hon. A. K. ALLISOI,
Speaker of the House of Representatives:
Sin :---n the proceedings of the House yesterday, as printed, I
find the following Preamble and Resolution:
"" WHEREAS, The condition of this Hall, on all oeeasiot of' in.
element weather, is such that members are not only incapable of alt
tending properly to their duties, but are in danger of iojurry from
the falling of the ceiling;
"And whereas, it is expedient that nfeadsures shii1d be forth*t
taken to repair, in part at least, the damage done to this building by
the recent storm: Therefore,
"Resolved, That the Comptroller be and is hereby' reqerd to
procure, without delay, a proper person to stop the leaks t teh4 rcdf







covering this Hall, and to remove the cause of danger to the mem.
bers."
Exposed himself, to the same danger, the Comptroller is the more
anxious to obviate the cause. But this cannot be done now without
interrupting the business of the House, unless they can remove for
a while to some other Chamber.
I am told by a workman that it will probably take two weeks to
patch the roof so as to make it, perhaps, but partially impervious to
rain; if this be so, it is a subject worthy of consideration whether
it would not be wiser, on the score of economy, to dispense with
patch-work of doubtful efficacy, and to renew the roof.
Very respectfully, sir, 4
Your obedient servant,
JOHN BEARD, Comptroller.
On motion,
The House adjourned until to-morrow, 10 o'clock, A. M.

THURSDAY, December 9, 1852.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.
The Rev. Mr. Asay officiated as Chaplain.
A quorum being present, the Journal of yesterday was read and
approved.
Mr. Papy moved that the resolution in relation to adjourning
sine die, which was, on motion, laid on the table, be taken there-
from and placed among the orders of the day;
Which was carried.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Leonard introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act to provide for actions or suits against free persons
of color, and for other purposes;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Mr. Hardee gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill authorizing George H. Gresper to establish
a Ferry across the Suwanmee River, at Clay Landing.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Kenan introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act repealing section 10 of article 6 of the Constitution
of the State of Florida;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Mr. Papy gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask leave
to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to provide for the appoint-
ment of a Librarian to the Judicial Library.
Mr. Smith moved that when this House adjourn to-day, it shall
adjourn to meet in the Supreme Court Room on to-morrow, and
that it shall hold its sessions in said Room until the Hall at present
occupied by the House can be put in a safe condition, and that the
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Mr. Papy moved to amend by adding, "and their concurrence
requested thereto;"
Which was lost.
Thereupon the original motion was adopted.
Ordered that the Senate be notified thereof.
Mr. Kenan gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to change the name
of Sarah Ann Filyau to that of Sarah Ann Blue.
Mr. Speaker presented for the consideration of the House the pe-
tition of sundry citizens of Gadsden Connty, praying that Durham
G. Saunders, of said County, be permitted to collect bills for medical
services, &c.;
Which was read.
Mr. McCall moved that said petition be referred to the Committee
on Propositions and Grievances;
Which motion was lost.
On motion, said petition was referred to a SelectlCommittee, con-
sisting of Messrs. Kenan, Mooring and Haddock.
Mr. McCall introduced a Resolution for the relief of John W.
Starke, the contestant of the seat of H. E. Osteen, the sitting mem-
ber from Orange County;
Which was read the first time.
Mr. Kenan moved that said resolution be referred to the Commit-
tee on Elections:
Which motion was lost.
On motion of Mr. McCall, the rules were waived, and said reso-
lution read the second time.
Mr. McCall moved that the rules be waived, and said Resolution
be read a third time and put upon its passage;
Which motion was lost.
Ordered that said resolution be engrossed for a third reading on
to-morrow.
Mr. Papy offered the following:
WHEREAS, This House has this day adopted a motion to meet in
the Supreme Court Room temporarily until this Room is repaired :
And whereas, the Supreme Court Room (so called and recognized
in said motion,) is, by implication of law, assigned to and for the
use of said Supreme Court, and is under the care and control of the
Clerk of the Supreme Court:
Resolved, That the Clerk of the Supreme Court be requested to
deliver the key of said Supreme Court Room to the Door Keeper
of this House, with the view of enabling this House to meet there-
in, in accordance with the motion this day adopted by this House.
Mr. Shine moved that the preamble to said Resolution be stricken
out;
On which the yeas and nays were called by Messrs. Papy .an.d
Magbee, and were:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Dell,







.Evans, Fennell, Haddock, Hall, IHardee, Harrison, Helvenston, Hop.
kins, Leonard, McCall, Mooring, Osteen, Raulerson, Rousseau, Smith,
Shine, Tumblin, White-23.
Nays-Messrs. Chaires, Dewitt, Kenan, Langford, Magbee, Mc.
Elvy, Papy, Polhill, Simmons-9.
So said amendment was adopted.
On motion, the Resolution as amended was then adopted.
The Commtttee on Propositions and Grievances presented the
following report:
The Committee on Propositions and Grievances, to whom was
referred the petition of H. C. Wilson, have examined the subject,
and have instructed their Chairman to.

REPORT:

They have no doubt but he is entitled to the relief which he asks.
He was settled on the land which he desires to enter before it was
located for the State, and would be entitled to it under the act of
7th January, 1848, if he could make the affidavit required by that
act; in consequence of which, without relief, he will lose the land,
after having made considerable improvements on it, and therefore
recommend the accompanying bill.
HEROD RAULERSON, Chairman.
Which was read, and the accompanying bill placed among the
orders of the day.
The Committee on Enrolled and Engrossed Bills presented the
following report:
The Committee on Enrolled and Engrossed Bills report as cor.
rectly Engrossed,
A Bill to be entitled, An Act for the relief of William M. Gar-
rison.
THOMAS M. WHITE, Chairman.
Which was received and read.
On motion, the rules were waived, and Mr. Dewitt moved to re-
consider the vote had this morning on the motion that this House
adjourn to the Supreme Court Room;
Upon which the yeas and nays were called by Messrs. McCall
and Hall, and were:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Carpenter, Chaires, Dewitt, Kenan,
Langford, Magbee, McEIvy, Mooring, Moseley, Osteen, Papy, Pol.
hill, Rousseau, Simmons, Tumblin-16.
Nays-Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Dell, Evans, Fennell, Haddock,
Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Helvenston, Hopkins, Leonard, McCall
Raulerson, Smith, Shine, White-17.
So said motion was lost.
The following message from his Excellency, the Governor, was
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EXECUTIVE CHAMBER, FLORIDA,
December 9, 1852.
To the Honorable A. K. ALLISON,
Speaker of the House of Representatives:
SIR:-[ have approved and signed a "Resolution asking Con-
gress to grant a Quarter Section of Land to the County of Levy to
establish a County Site thereon."
I have the honor to be, &c.,
THOMAS BROWN.
Also the following:
EXECUTIVE CHAMBER, FLORIDA,
December 9, 1852.
Hon. A. K. ALLISON,
Speaker House of Representatives:
SIR:-I nominate A. M. Reed, J. C. Hemming, Morris 'Keil,
Samuel Buffington and J. H. H. Bours for Port Wardens of the
Port of Jacksonville, in the County of Duval; and B. F. Towns.
end, John R. Mitchell, William Thomas, Mathew Knight, and
George C. Pace, for Auctioneers for the County of Duval.
I have the honor to be, &c.,
THOMAS BROWN.
The nominations therein contained were advised and consented
to.
The following Message from the Senate was received and read:
SENATE CHAMBER, Dec. 8, 1852.
Hon, Speaker of the
House of Representatives:
SIR:-The Senate has passed the following Bills and Resolutions,
viz:
A bill to be entitled, An Act to prevent owners of teams from
sending more than one Negro Driver with a single Team;
A bill to be entitled, An Act to change and modify the system of
Licensing Retailers of Spirituous Liquors, and to give the power to
the Legal Voters in each Magistrate's District in the several Coun-
ties in this State;
House Resolution authorising the Comptroller to employ a Clerk
when necessary during the present session of the Legislature;
House Resolution in relation to a Mail Route from Madison
Court Hou.e to Clay Landing in Levy County, with the following
amendment to the last mentioned Resolution, viz: all after the word
" route" in the 18th line be struck out, and all the words in the 18th
line to the words to Clay Landing."
In which amendment the concurrence of the House is respect-
fully asked. Very respectfully,
WM. H. MITCHELL, Secretary of the Senate.
Said amendments were concurred in.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate, and that said
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The Senate Bills accompanying said message were placed among
the orders the day.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.

Engrossed Bill to be entitled, An Act for preventing obstructions
to the navigation of the St. John's River;
Was read the third time.
By unanimous consent, Mr. Baldwin offered the following amend.
ment, viz:
Add the following as an additional section:
SEC. 4. Be it further enacted, That all fines imposed by this Act
are hereby made recoverable before the Master Warden of said
Port, or before any Justice of the Peace in this State.
Which was adopted, and upon the question of the passage of the
bill the vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Chaires,
Evans, Fennell, Haddock, Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Heermans, Hel-
venston, Kenan, Langford, Leonard,Magbee, McCall, McElvy,Moor-
ing, Moseley, Osteen, Papj, Polhill, Raulerson, Rousseau, Simmons,
Tumblin, White-28.
Nays-None.
So said bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to amend the Act incorporating the
City of Pensacola, approved March 2, 1839;
Was read the second time, and, on motion, postponed until to.
morrow.
On motion, the rules being waived, Mr. Moseley was excused
from attendance on the House until Wednesday morning next.
On motion of Mr. McCall, the rules were waived for the purpose
of permitting him to offer a motion for a reconsideration of the vote
had this morning upon the motion that the House (when it should
adjourn to-day) adjourn to meet in the Supreme Court room.
Mr. McCall then moved such reconsideration.
Mr. Speaker decided the motion to be out of order, on the ground
that a precisely similar motion had this day been made and lost.
Mr. McCall appealed from the decision of the Chair.
Upon the question being put, Shall the decision of the Chair
be sustained ?" it was decided on the negative.
So the motion to reconsider said motion was adopted.
Mr. McCall moved that the rules be waived in order that he
might make a motion.
Which was lost.
Bill to be entitled, An Act making appropriation for the compila-
tion and publication of Thompson's Collection of the British Sta-
tutes of force in this State;
Was read the second time, and referred to the Committee on Fi-
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Bill to be entitled, An Act declaring Crooked River, in Franklin
County, a navigable steam;
Was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third
reading on to-morrow,
Bill to be entitled, An Act to incorporate the Escambia Railroad
Company;
Was read the second time by its title, and referred to the Comr
mittee on Corporations.
Senate Resolution in regard to the establishment of Land Office
at Tampa;
Was read the second time, and ordered for a third reading on to.
morrow.
Senate bill to be entitled, An Act amendatory of an Act appro.
Ved on the twenty-seventh day of December, A. D. 1848, and an
Act approved on the twenty-third day of December, A. D. 1850, in
relation to the re-establishment of the Records of the County of
Jackson;
Was read a second time, and, on motion, laid on the table.
Senate bill to be entitled, An Act to change and modify the sys-
tem of Licensing Retailers of Spirituous Liquors, and to give the
power to the Legal Voters in each Magistrate's District in the seve-
ral Counties in this State;
Was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading on to,
morrow
Senate bill to be entitled, An Act to prevent owners of Teams
from sending more than one negro driver with a single Team;
Was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading on to&
morrow.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to organize the County of Sumpter;
Was read the second time, and was, on motion, referred to a Sea
lect Committee, consisting of Messrs. Magbee, McCall and Helven,
Iton.
Bill to be entitled, An Act for the relief Mrs, Harriet Powers;
Was read the second time, and was, on motion of Mr, Rousseau,
laid on the table.
Bill to be entitled, An Act for the relief of George Lovett;
Was read the second time, and was) on motion, laid upon the ta,
ble.
Bill to be entitled, An Act for the relief of Henry C. Wilson;
Was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading on to,
morrow.
On motion the House adjourned until to-morrow, 10 o'clock, Ad
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FRID Y, December 10, 1852.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.
The Rev. Mr. Asay officiated as Chaplain.
A quorum being present,
On motion of Mr. White, the reading of the journal was dispen.
sed with.
On motion of Mr. Dell, the order of this House on the 8thinst.,
appointing a Committee to act with a similar Committee on the
part of the Senate to examine and report upon a bill to be entitled,
An Act to abolish the office of State Register;
Was rescind ed; and
Messrs. Dell, McElvy, and Bowers were appointed a Committee
to inform the Senate thereof;
Which Committee announced that they had performed the duty
assigned them.
Mr. Speaker announced the following Standing Committee:
Committee on Engrossed Bills-Messrs. Kenan, Harrison, Car-
penter, Polhill, Hardee.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Kenan introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act to change the name of Sarah Ann Filyaw to that
of Sarah Ann Blue;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Mr. Langford gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act for the relief of the
Indigent poor of Madison County.
Mr. Baldwin gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to amend An Act en-
titled, An Act to incorporate the Florida, Atlantic and Gulf Central
Railroad Company, and for other purposes; also,
A bill to be entitled, An Act to amend An Act to secure the
Swamp and Overflowed Lands lately granted to the State, and for
other purposes.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Hardee introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act authorizing George H. Tresper to establish a ferry
across the Suwannee River at Clay Landing;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Mr. McElvy gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to authorize Angus Nicholson to assume the
management of his estate.
Mr. Leonard gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to authorize Celestine
Gonzales to build a Wharf in the'City of Pensacola.
On motion of Mr. Bowers, bill to be entitled, An Act to prevent
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Was taken from the table and placed among the Orders of the
Day.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Dell introduced a bill to be en-
titled, An Act to prevent negroes from bping taken out of the State,
from the present Indian country, without notice;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Mr. Jenkins introduced a Resolution in relation to the establish.
ment of a Port of Entry at Bay Port.
The Committee on the Militia, through their Chairman, Mr. Hop-
kins, presented the following report:
The Committee on Militia beg leave to
REPORT:
That, after a careful revision of the Militia laws in force in this
State, and nature deliberation upon the subject, they have been for-
ced to the conclusion that said laws are extremely defective; that
it is impossible, under said laws, to properly organize the militia and
present that independent character which the citizens of this State,
in their peculiar position (having within our boundaries a hostile band
of Indians) should by all means endeavor to maintain-and it can
with justice be urged against us-that, covering the vast area of*
ground that we do, occupying a position hostile to a people within
our own borders, and seeing, as we must do, that great Internal Im-
provements, either in the form of a canal or railroad across our Pen-
insula must soon be made, it is surprising that we have not a militia
law in force in this State, under which a sufficient military force can
be organized, even to enable us to procure from the proper Depart-
ment at Washington, the arms to which we are entitled, and which,
your Committee fear, may be too soon wanted for sad use.
With these opinions, based as they are upon experience and close
observation, and with a view to arouse the military ardor of the
good people of our State, and in order to devise a better and more
complete method of organizing the militia, your Committee respect-
fully recommend the passage of a bill herewith reported, to be enti-
tled, An Act to amend An Act to organize the Militia of the State
of Florida, approved December 27, 1845.
EDWARD HOPKINS, Chairman.
Which was received and read, and the bill accompanying the
same placed among the orders of the day.
The. following Message from the Senate was received and read:
SENATE CHAMBER, Dec. 9, 1852.
Hon. Speaker of the
House of Representatives:
Sir-I herewith return to the House a bill tO be entitled, An Act
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of Error and Appeals to the Supreme Court, it not being certified to
the Senate.
Very respectfully,
WM. H, MITCHELL,
Secretary Senate,
Also the following:
SENATE CHAMBER, December 9, 1852.
Honorable Speaker of the
House of Representatives:
Sir-The Senate has passed the following bills, viz:
A bill to be entitled, An Act to repeal An Act to authorize Platt
and others to build a bridge across Suwannee River;
A bill to be entitled, An Act to prevent persons from peddling in
this State;
A bill to be entitled, An Act to authorize Lucius A. Hardee to es,
tablish ferries across the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers;
Also, House bill to be entitled, An Act to establish Election Pre,
cincts in the County of Putnam.
Very respectfully,
WM. H. MITCHELL
Secretary of the Senate,
The Senate bills accompanying the same were placed among the
orders of the day, and said House bill ordered to be enrolled.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.

Bill to be entitled, An Act to amend the Act incorporating the
City of Pensacola, approved March 2, 1839;
Was read the second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third
reading on to-morrow,
Senate Resolution in regard to the establishment of a Land Office
at Tampa;
Was read the third time and passed.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Bill to be entitled, An Act for the relief of Henry C. Wilson;
Was read the second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third
reading on tomorrow,
Senate bill to be entitled, An Act to prevent owners of teams from
sending more than one negro driver with a single team;
Was read the second time.
Mr. Kenan moved that the same be indefinitely postponed:
On which the yeas and nays were called for by Messrs. Polhill
and Kenan, and were:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Dell, Evans, Fennell, Hall, Hardee,
Harrison, Helvenston, Jenkins, Kenan, Langford, Leonard, McElvy,
Osteen, Raulerson, Simmons, Smith, Shine, White-19.
Nays-Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Heermans, Hopkins, Mooring,
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So said bill was indefinitely postponed.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to amend An Act to organize the Mi.
litia of the State of Florida;
Was read the first time by its title and 75 copies ordered to be
printed for the use of the House.
Senate Bill to be entitled, An Act to prevent certain persons from
peddling in this State;
Was read the first time and the rules being waived, was read the
second time by its title and referred to the Committee on Finance
and Public Accounts.
Senate Bill to be entitled, An Act to authorize Lucius A. Hardee
to establish a ferry across the Suwannee and Withlacooche rivers;
Was read the first time and ordered for a second reading on to.
morrow.
Senate Bill to be entitled, An Act to change and modify the sys-
tem licensing retailers of spirituous liquors, and to give the power to
the legal voters in each Magistrate's District in the several Counties
in this State;
Was read the second time and referred to the Committee on Prop.
positions and Grievances.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to prevent the desecration of the Sab.
bath;
Was read the second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third
reading on to-morrow.
Senate Bill to be entitled, An Act to repeal An Act to authorize
Platt and others to build a Bridge across Suwannee River;
Was read the first time and ordered for a second reading on to.
morrow.
Resolution relative to adjourning sine die on the 24th inst;
Was read.
Mr. Papy moved to amend by striking out "24;"
On which the yeas and nays were called by Messrs. Papy and
Simmons, and were:
Yeas---Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Dell, Evans, Fen,
nell, Haddock, Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Heermans, Helvenston,
Hopkins, Jenkins, Kenan, Langford, Magbee, McElvy, Mooring,
Moseley, Osteen, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rousseau, Simmons,
Smith, Shine, Tumblin, White-30.
Nays-None.
So the motion was adopted.
Mr. Papy moved to fill the blank by inserting "23;"
Which was carried.
The resolution was then adopted.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
The motion in relation to removal of this House to. the Supreme
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By consent, Mr. Smith withdrew said motion.
The rules being waived, Mr. Hopkins, from a Joint Select. Com.
mittee, presented the following report:
The Joint Select Committee of the General Assembly,charged with
the duty of examining the office of Register of Public Lands, have
performed their duty and ask leave to

REPORT:
That they have compared the vouchers on file in the Register's Of-
fice with the items of expenditure, and find them substantially cor-
rect. Books are provided for each fund intelligibly arranged under
appropriate heads, and correctly kept. For further information res-
pecting the transactions of said Office, your Committee refer the
General Assembly to the Report of the Register of the 31st October
of the present year. The Committee ask to be discharged.
Respectfully submitted,
ALLEN G. JOHNSON,
Chairman Senate Committee.
EDWARD HOPKINS,
Chairman House Committee.
J. T. MAGBEE,
THOSE. M. WHITE,
PHILIP DELL,
J. J. POLHILL.
Which was received and read.
Mr. White moved that the House adjourn until to-morrow, at 10
o'clock, A. M.
Mr. Smith moved that the House adjourn until Monday next, at
11 o'clock, A. M.
On which the yeas and nays were called for by Messrs. White
and Helvenston, and were:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs, Kenan, Leonard, Magbee, McElvy,
Smith, Shine, Tumblin-8.
Nays-Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Dell, Evans, Fennell, Haddock,
Hall, Hardee, Jenkins, Langford, Mooring, Moseley, Osteen, Papy,
Polhill, Raulerson, Rousseau, Simmons, White-23.
So the motion was lost.
Mr. Kenan moved that when this House shall adjourn to-day, it
shall adjourn to meet on Monday at 10 o'clock A. M., and that the
Comptroller be instructed to have that portion of the ceiling, which
is liable to fall, torn off, and make such other repairs to the building
as are necessary to the comfort of the members of the House in the
mean time;
On which the yeas and nays were called for by Messrs. White
and Dell, and were:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Heermans, Jenkins, Kenan, Leonard,
Magbee, McElvy, Simmons, Smith, Tumblin-10.
Nays-Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Dell, Evans, Fennell, Haddock,







Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Helvenston, Hopkins, Langford, Mooring,
Mpseley, Osteen, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rousseau, Shine, White
-21.
So said motion was lost.
On motion,
The House then adjourned until to-morrow at 10 o'clock, A. M.


SATURDAY, December 11, 1852.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.
The Rev. Mr. Asay officiated as Chaplain.
A quorum being present,
On motion, the reading of the journal was dispensed with.
Mr. Dell gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask leave
to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to admit Claudius Stewart
to practice law in the several Courts in this State.
Mr. Rousseau gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act authorizing Albert
Ponsheer to establish a ferry across the Suwannee River, at the-
Lower Mineral Springs, Columbia County.
Mr. Hopkins gave notice that he would, on Monday next, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to amend An Act
to provide for the partition of Estates, approved 14th March, 1844;
Also, a bill to be entitled, An Act to change the name of Julia
Ellen Ladd, to that of Julia Ellen Miller.
Mr. Fennell gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act to allow Boats to
peddle on the Choctawhatchie River, and for other purposes.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Leonard introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act to authorize Celestine Gonzales to build a Wharf
in the City of Pensacola;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Mr. Harrison gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act authorizing the as-
sessment and collection of a Road Tax in the County of Santa Ro-
sa.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Baldwin introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act to incorporate the Florida, Atlantic and Gulf Rail-
road Company, and for other purposes;
Which was read the first time by its title, ordered for a second
reading to-morrow, and that 100 copies be printed.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Moseley introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act making an appropriation of money from the Inter-
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Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
The rules being waived, Mr. McElvy was allowed to introduce,
without previous notice, a bill to be entitled, An Act to provide for
the payment of Teachers of Common Schools in those Counties
which did not make report by the first of September of last year, as
provided by law.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. McBFvy introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act to authorize Angus Nicholson, a minor, to assume
the management of his own Estate, and to contract and be con,
tracted with;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
On motion of Mr. Moseley, bill to be entitled, An Act to establish
an uniform ad valorem system of Taxation;
Was taken from the table and placed among the orders of the day.
Mr. Rousseau presented the petition of sundry citizens of New
River and its vicinity, praying the division of the County of Colum,
bia;
Which was received and read, and on motion referred to a Select
Committee, consisting of Messrs. Rousseau, Tumblin and Hopkins.
The Committee on Engrossed Bills, through their Chairman, Mr.
Kenan, made the following Report:
The Committee on Engrossed Bills report as correctly engrossed
the following bills, viz:
A bill to be entitled, An Act to incorporate Leon Lodge No. 5, L
O. O. F.;
A bill to be entitled, An Act declaring Crooked River, in Frank.
lin County, a navigable stream;
A bill to be entitled, An Act to incorporate the Pensacola Railb
road Company;
"A bill to be entitled, An Act for the relief of Henry C. Wilson;
"A bill to be entitled, An Act to amend an act incorporating the
city of Pensacola, approved March 2, 1839;
A bill to be entitled, An Act to prevent the desecration of the
Sabbath day.
The Committee also report the following Resolutions as correctly
engrossed:
Resolution asking an appropriation by Congress for the purpose
of removing obstructions at the bar of Volusia on Lake George;
Resolution for the relief of John W. Stark.
D. L. KENAN, Chairman.
Which was received and read.
The Committee on Enrolled Bills, through their Chairman, Mr.
White, presented the following report:
The Committee on Enrolled- Bills beg leave to report as correctly
enrolled the following Bill, to-wit:
A Bill to be entitled, An Act to establish Election Precincts in
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Also the following Resolutions, to-wit:
Resolution in relation to a Mail Route from Madison Court 16ttau
to Clay Landing in Levy County;
Also, Resolution authorizing the Comptroller to employ a Clerk
when necessary during the present session of the General Assem*
bly;
Also, Preamble and Resolution asking a change of.the Mail Route
between Tamppa and Fort Mellon, and to establish a Mail Rotte
between the town of Tampa and old Tampa Bay, and for other pur-
poses.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
THOMAS M1 WHITE, Chairman.
Which was received and read.
Mr. Leonard,.from the Committee on Corporations, presented the
following report t
The Committee on Corporations, to whom was referred a bill to
be entitled, An Act to incorporate the Pensacola and Georgia Rail-
toad Company, respectfully
REPORT:
That they have had the same under consideration, and recoma
nend that it pass, with the following amendments
In the fifth line of section 1, in place of T. J. McLane,' insert
" D. G. McLane," In the eleventh line of section 1, after the word
"Pensacola," insert "or any other point or points on the waters of
Pensacola Bay."
In the second line of section 3, after Pensacola," insert "or any
other point or points on the waters of Pensacola Bay.''
The same Committee, to whom was also referred a bill to be en*
titled, An Act to incorporate the Escambia Railroad Company, re&
port the same back, without amendment, and recommend its passage.
8, A. LEONARD, Chairman.
Which was received and read, and the accompanying bill placed
among the orders of the day. I
Mr. McElvy, from the Committee on Internal Improvements, pre-
sented the following report:
The Committee on Internal Improvements, to whom was referred
the petition of 61 citizens of Hernando County, praying for a repeal
of the pre-emption law of this State, and a reduction of the price of
Internal Improvement lands, and that land warrants be received by
the State in payment for said lands, beg leave to

REPORT:
SThat we have maturely considered the object of said petition, and
are of opinion that the prayer of said petitioners ought not to be
granted; and for the purpose of removing objections to the pre-emp.
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tion law of this State, and to equalize the same, the Committee beg
leave to report the accompanying bill.
L. G. McELVY, Chairman.
Which was received and read, and the accompanying bill placed
among the orders of the day.
Mr. Simmons, from the Committee on Claims, presented the fol.
lowing report:
The Committee on Claims, to whom was referred a bill entitled,
An Act for the relief of Robert Lawrence,
REPORT:
That they have had the same under consideration, and that, in
their opinion, it is not competent for the General Assembly to make
appropriations for the purposes mentioned in said bill. That the
claim, though equitable, is forbidden by Act passed 8th January,
1848, pamphlet, page 31, which says that "no charge for guarding
prisoners any longer than it may be necessary for transferring such
prisoner to a jail or place of safe keeping, or during the session of
Court at which he may be brought for trial, shall be allowed against
the State."
Your Committee feel, therefore, bound (however reluctantly) to
report against the passage of said bill.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
FRANK. SIMMONS, Chairman.
Which was received and read, and the accompanying bill placed
among the orders of the day.
The following Message from the Senate was received- and read:
SENATE CHAMBER, Dec. 10, 1852.
Hon. Speaker of the
House of Representatives:
SIR :-The Senate has passed the following Bills and Resolutions,
viz:
A bill to be entitled, An Act to repeal an act entitled an act grant
ing to the Alabama and Florida Railroad Company land granted or
hereafter to be granted to the State by the General Government for
the purpose of aiding in the construction of a Railroad from Pensa-
cola to Montgomery;
A bill to be entitled, An Act to provide for the election of a Coun-
ty Site in the County of Walton;
Resolution designating the day for the adjournment of the Gene-
ral Assembly;
House bill entitled, An Act for the relief of the Clerk of the Cir-
cuit Court of the County of Holmes, with the following amend-
ments:
Strike out the first section after the enacting clause, and insert,
"That from and after the passage of this Act, it, shall be lawful for
the Clerks of the Circuit Courts in and for the Counties of Holmes
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any place in said Counties within five miles of the said Court Hou-
ses; but the said C erks shall be required to be at their respective
Courts on the morning of the day fixed by law for holding Circuit
Courts, and also have the books and all papers relating to the busi-
ness of said Courts at the Court House on the day of holding the
Circuit Courts in and for the said Counties of Holmes and Cal-
houn."
Also, that the title of said bill be so amended as to read as fol-
lows: a bill tobe entitled, An Act for the relief of the Clerks of the
Circuit Courts of the Counties of Holmes and Calhoun.
In which amendments the concurrence of the House is respect-
fully asked.
Very respectfully,
W. H. MITCHELL,
Secretary Senate.
The said amendments were concurred in.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Senate bill accompanying said Message was placed among the
orders of the day.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.
Engrossed bill to be entitled, An Act to incorporate the Pensaco-
la Railroad Company;
Was read the third time by its title, and on the question of its
passage the vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bowers, Carpenter, Dell, Dewitt,
Evans, Fennell, Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Heermans, Helvenston,
Hopkins, Jenkins, Kenan, Langford, Leonard, McCall, McElvy,
Mooring, Moseley, Osteen, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rousseau, Sim-
mons, Tumblin, White-29.
Nays-None.
So said bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Engrossed bill to be entitled, An Act declaring Crooked River, in
Franklin County, a navigable stream;
Was read the third time. On the question of its passage the vote
was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bowers, Carpenter, Evans, Fennell,
Haddock, Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Heermans, Helvenston, Hopkins,
Jenkins, Kenan, Langford, Leonard, McCall, McElvy, Mooring,
Moseley, Osteen, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rousseau, Simmons,
Tumblin, White-28.
Nays--None.
So the bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Engrossed bill to be entitled, An Act to Incorporate Leon Lodge
No. 5, I. O. O. F.;







Was read the third time; on the question of its passage the vote
was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Dell,
Dewitt, Evans, Fennell, Hall, Harrison, Heermans, Helvenston,
Hopkins, Jenkins, Kenan, Langford, Leonard, Magbee, McCall, Me.
Elvy, Mooring, Moseley, Osteen, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rous.
seau, Simmous, Shine, Tumblin, White-31.
Nays-None,
So said bill passed; title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Engrossed Resolution asking an appropriation by Congress for the
purpose of removing obstructions at the bar of Volusia, on Lake
George;
Was read the third time.
On the question of its passage, the yeas and nays were called for
by Messrs. Papy and Kenan, and were:
Yeas--Messrs, Baldwin, Bowers, Dewitt, Fennell, Hall, Hardee,
Harrison, Heermans, Hopkins, Leonard, McCall, Moseley, Osteen,
Polhill, Rousseau, Shine, Tumblin, White-18.
Nays-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Carpenter, Dell, Evans, Haddock,
Helvenston, Jenkins, Kenan, Langford, Magbee, McElvy, Mooring,
Papy, Raulerson, Simmons-A15.
So said resolution passed.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Engrossed Resolution for the relief of John W. Stark;
Was read the third time.
On the question of its passage, the yeas and nays were called for
by Messrs. Mooring and Simmons, and were:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Dell, Evans, Hall, Hardee,
Heermans, Helvenston, Hopkins, Jenkins, Leonard, McCall, McEl-
vy, Papy, Polhill, Rousseau, Simmons, Smith, Tumbin, White-20.
Nays-Messrs. Bowers, Carpenter, Dewitt, Fennell, Haddock,
Harrison, Kenan, Langford, Mooring, Moseley, Raulerson, Shine,
-12.
So said Resolution passed.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Engrossed bill to be entitled, An Act to prevent the desecration
of the Sabbath;
Was read the third time, and on motion the further consideration
thereof was postponed until Monday.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to change the name of Sarah Ann
Filyau to that of Sarah Ann Blue;
Was read the second time, and the rules being waived was read
the third time; on the question of its passage, the yeas and nays
were:
Yeas--Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Carpenter, Dewitt, Evans,
Fennell, Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Heermans, Helvenston, Hopkins,
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Moseley, Osteen, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Simmons, Smith, Shine,
Tumblin, White-29.
Nays-None.
So said bill passed; title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Engrossed bill to be entitled, An Act to amend the Act incorpo-
rating the city of Pensacola, approved March 2d, 1839;
Was read the third time, and the further consideration thereof
was, on motion, postponed until Monday next.
Engrossed bill to be entitled, An Act for the relief of Henry C.
Wilson;
Was read the third time, and the further consideration thereof
was, on motion, postponed until Monday next.
Bill to be entitled An Act authorizing George H. Tresper to es-
tablish a ferry-across the Suwannee River at Clay Landing;
Was read the second time.
Mr. Kenan moved that said bill be referred to the Committee on
Corporations;
On which the yeas and nays were called for by Messrs. Papy and
Dell, and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Dewitt, Hall, Harrison, Heermans, Jenlins, Ke-
nan, Leonard, McCall, Osteen, Tumblin-10.
Nays---Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Dell,
Evans, Fennell, Hardee, Helvenston, Hopkins, Langford, Magbee,
McElvy, Moseley, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rousseau, Simmons,
Shine, White-21.
So said motion was lost.
Said bill was ordered to be engrossed for a third reading on to-
morrow.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to prevent negroes from being taken
out of the State from the present Indian country, without notice;
Was read the second time.
Mr. McCall moved that it be referred to the Committee on the
Judiciary, on which the yeas and nays were called for by Messrs.
Dell and Papy, and were:
Yeas--Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Dewitt, Evans, Fennell, Had-
dock, Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Heermans, Helvenston, Hopkins, Ke-
nan, Leonard, Langford, McCall, Osteen, Shine, White-19.
Nays--Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Carpenter, Dell, Jenkins, McElvy
Moseley, Papy, Raulerson, Rousseau, Simmons-10.
So said bill was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Resolution in relation to the establishment of a Port of Delivery
at Bay Port:
Was read the second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third
"reading on to-morrow.
Senate bill to be entitled, An Act to repeal An Act to authorize
Platt ond others to build a bridge across Suwannee River;
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Senate bill to be entitled, An Act to authorize Lucius A. Hardee
to establish ferries across the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers;
Was read the second time, and the rules being waived, was read
the third time.
On the question of its passage the vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Dewitt,
Evans, Fennell, Haddock, Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Heermans, Hel.
venston, Hopkins, Jenkins, Kenan, Langford, Leonard, McCall,
McElvy, Moseley, Osteen, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rousseau, Sim-
mons, Shine, Tumblin, White-30.
Nays-None.
So the bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to provide for Actions or Suits against
free persons of color, and for other purposes:
Was read the second time and referred to the Committee on the
Judiciary.
Bill to be entitled, An Act concerning pre-emptions on Sixteenth
Sections and lands selected in lieu thereof;
Was read the first time and ordered for a second reading on to-
morrow.
The rules being waived, a Committee was appointed, consisting
of Messrs. Polhill, Heermans, Osteen, Hall and Dewitt, to act with
a similar Committee on the part of the Senate, to examine the office
of the Comptroller of Public Accounts.
Senate bill to be entitled, An Act to repeal an Act entitled an Act
granting to the Alabama and Florida Railroad Company land grant-
ed or hereafter to be granted to the State by the General Govern
ment, for the purpose of aiding in the construction of a Railroad
from Pensacola to Montgomery;
Was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading on to-
morrow.
Senate Resolution designating the day for adjournment of the Gen-
eral Assembly;
Was read the second time, and on motion laid upon the table.
Senate bill to be entitled, An Act to provide for the election of a
County Site in the County of Walton;
Was read the first time, and the rules being waived, was read the
second and third times; on the question of its passage the vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Dell,
Dewitt, Evans, Fennell, Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Heermans, Hel-
venston, Hopkins, Jenkins, Kenan, Langford, Leonard, McCall, Mc-
Elvy, Moseley, Osteen, Polhill, Raulerson, Rousseau, Simmons,
Shine, Tumblin, White-29.
Nays-None.
So said bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
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Was read the second time, and on motion the further consider.
tion thereof was postponed until Monday.
Bill to be entitled, An Act repealing Section 10 of Article 6. of
the Constitution of the State of Florida;
Was read three several times as of the second reading of the se-
cond day.
Mr. McCall moved to refer said bill to the Committee on the Ju-
diciary ;
On which the yeas and nays were called for by Messrs. Kenan
and Simmons, and were:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Dell, Evans, Haddock, Hardee, Heer-
mans, Helvenston, Jenkins, Leonard, McCall, Moseley, Osteen, Rous-
seau, Simmons-14.
Nays-Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Dewitt, Fennell, Hall,
Harrison, Hopkins, Kenan, Langford, Magbee, McElvy, Papy, Pol-
hill, Raulerson, Shine, Tumblin, White-18.
So said motion was lost.
Mr. McCall moved to lay the bill on the table;
On which the yeas and nays were called for by Messrs. McCall
and Magbee, und were:
Yeas-Messrs. Haddock, Hardee, Heermans, Jenkins, Leonard,
McCall, Moseley, Simmons-8.
Nays-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Dewitt,
Evans, Fennell, Hall, Harrison, Helvenston, Hopkins, Kenan, Lang-
ford, Magbee, McElvy, Osteen, Papy, Polhill, Raulerson, Rousseau,
Shine, Tumblin, White-23.
So the motion to lay upon the table was lost.
Mr. McCall moved to postpone the further consideration of the
bill until Thursday next;
Which was lost.
The bill was then ordered to be engrossed for a third reading on
to-morrow.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to incorporate the Escambia Railroad
Company;
Was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a
third reading on to-morrow.
Bill to be entitled, An Act to incorporate the Pensacola and
"Georgia Railroad Company;
Was read the second time, the amendments recommended by the
Committee on Corporations were adopted and said Bill ordered to
be engrossed for a tbird reading on to-morrow.
An Act to establish an uniform ad valorem system of Taxation;
Was read the second time by its title, and referred to the Com-
mittee on Finance and Public Accounts and 75 copies ordered to be
printed.
The rules being waived Mr. McCall moved that Mr. Smith be ex.
used from attendance in the House this day;
Which was carried. .







Mr. McCall moved that this House adjourn uttil Monday at 11
o'clock A. M.;
On which the yeas and nays were called by Messrs. Papy and
Dell, and were t
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter Dewitt,
Fennell, Haddock, Hall, Hardee,'Harrison, Heernians, Hopkins, Ke.
nan, Leonard, McCall, McElvy, Moseley, Osteer, Shine, Tumblin,
White-21.
Nays-Messrs, Dell, Evans, Helvenston, Jenkins, Langford, Papy,
Raulerson, Rousseau, Simmons-9.
So the House adjourned until Monday next at 11 o'clock, As M.


MONDAY, December 13, 1852.
The House met pursuant to adjournment,
The Rev. Mr. Zealy officiated as Chaplain.
A quorum being present, on motion the reading of the journal
was dispensed with.
On motion of Mr. Lott, the Bill entitled An Act to define more
particularly the County lines of Calhoun County, be taken from the
table and placed first among the orders for to-day.
Which was carried.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr, Dell introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act to admit Claudius Stewart, to practice law in the
several Courts in this State;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. White introduced a Bill to be
entitled, An Act to amend the Patrol Laws of this State;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Mr. Magbee moved to reconsider the vote had on Saturday last
concurring with the Senate amendments to the Bill to be entitled,
An Act for the relief of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of the Coun-
ties of Holmes and Calhoun ;
Which was carried.
And upon the reconsideration thereof, said amendments were not
concurred in.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Mr. Shine gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a Bill to be entitled, An Act to authorize John
W. Adams and William Germany to establish a ferry across the
Ockolocknee River, from the main land to James Island, between
Crooked River and the mouth of the Sopchopy.
Mr. Leonard gave notice that he would on some future day, ask
leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, An Act regulating the times
and places of holding the Cu cuit Courts for the Western Circuit;







Also, a bill to be entitled, An Act for the establishment of freo
Bridges in the County of Escambia ;
Also, a bill to be entitled, An Act to amend An Act in relation td
roads in Escambia County.
On motion of Mr. Dell, the bill to be entitled, An Act for the re-
lief of Mrs. Harriet Powers, was taken from the table and placed a-
mong the orders of the day.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Hopkins introduced the follow-
ing bills, viz:
A bill to be Entitled, An Act to change the name of Julia Ellen
Ladd to that of Julia Ellen Miller;
Also, a bill to be entitled An Act to amend An Act to provide for
the partition of estates, approved March 14, 1844;
Which were read the first time, and ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow,
On motion, Messrs. Rousseau, Moseley and Hall were appointed
a Committee to wait upon the Senate, and request the return of Sen )
ate bill to be entitled, An Act to authorize Lucius A. Hardee to es-
tablish ferries across the Suwannee and Withlacoochee rivers;
Which Committee reported that they had performed the duty as&
signed them.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Rousseau introduced a bill to be
entitled, An Act to authorize Albert Ponsheer to establish a ferry a-
cross the Suwannee river, Columbia County;
Which was read the first time, and ordered for a second on to*
morrow,
Mr. Lott offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That from and after to-day, the House of Representa-
tives will meet at 10 o'clock, A. M., take a recess at 1 o'clock, meet
again at half past 2 o'clock, P. M., and adjourn at 4 o'clock same
day, unless the orders of the day have been previously gone through;
Which was on motion laid upon the table.
Mr. Kenan, from the Committee on Engrossed bills, presented the
following report:
The Committee on Engrossed bills report as correctly Engrossed
A bill to be entitled, An Act authorizing George M. Tresper to
establish ferry across the Suwannee river, at Clay Landing;
Also, a bill to be entitled, An Act to incorporate the Escambia
Railroad Company;
Also, a bill to be entitled, An Act to change the name of Sarah
Ann Filyau to that of Sarah Ann Blue;
Also, a bill to be entitled, An Act repealing Sec. 10 of Art. 6 of
the Constitution of the State of Florida;
Also, a bill to be entitled, An Act to incorporate the Pensacola
and Georgia Railroad Company.
The Committee report as correctly Engrossed, the following reso.
lution :
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Resolution in relation to the establishment of a Port of delivery at
Bayport.
D. L. KENAN, Chairman.
A Committee from the Senate returned Senate Bill to be entitled,
An Act to authorize Lucius A. Hardee to establish ferries across
the Suwannee and Withlacoochie Rivers, as this day requested by
the House.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.

Bill to be entitled, An Act to define more particularly the Coun-
ty lines of Calhoun County;
Was read the second time, and on motion the consideration
thereof deferred until Wednesday morning.
Engrossed Resolution in relation to the establishment of a Port
of Delivery at Bay Port;
Was read the third time and passed.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Engrossed Bill to be entitled, An Act to incorporate the Escam-
bia Rail Road Company;
Was read the third time, and on the question of its passage the
yeas and nays were:
Yeas---Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Chaires,
Dell, Evans, Fennell, Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Heermans, Helven-
ston, Hopkins, Jenkins, Kenan, Langford, Leonard, Lott, Love, Mag-
bee, McCall, Moseley, Osteen, Polhill, Raulerson, Rousseau, Sim-
mons, Shine, White-30.
Nays-Mr. Haddock-1.
So said bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Engrossed Bill to be entitled, An Act to incorporate the Pensa-
cola and Georgia Railroad Company;
Was read the third time; on the question of its passage the vote
was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Dell,
Evans, Fennell, Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Heermans, Helvenston,
Jenkins, Kenan, Leonard, Lott, Love, Magbee, Moseley, Osteen,
Polhill, Raulerson, Rousseau, Simmons, White-25.
Nays-Messrs. Hopkins, Langford, Shine-3.
So said bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Engrossed Bill to be entitled, An Act repealing section 10 of Ar
tide 6 of, the Constitution of the State of Florida;
Was read the third time; on the question of its passage the vote
was :
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Baldwin, Bowers, Carpenter, Chaires,
Dewitt, Fennell, Hall, Hardee, Harrison, Kenan, Langford, Lott,
Magbee, McElvy, Osteen, Polhill, Shine, Tumblin, White-19.
Nays-Messrs. Dell, Evans, Finlayson, Haddock, Heermans;