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A Journal of the proceedings of the Assembly of the State of Florida, at its ... session
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Title: A Journal of the proceedings of the Assembly of the State of Florida, at its ... session
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Creation Date: April 22, 1872
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Table of Contents
    Title Page
        Page 1
        Page 2
    April 1872
        Monday, April 22
            Page 3
        Tuesday, April 23
            Page 4
        Wednesday, April 24
            Page 4
        Thursday, April 25
            Page 4
        Friday, April 26
            Page 5
            Page 6
            Page 7
            Page 8
            Page 9
            Page 10
            Page 11
            Page 12
            Page 13
            Page 14
            Page 15
        Saturday, April 27
            Page 16
        Monday, April 29
            Page 17
            Page 18
            Page 19
        Tuesday, April 30
            Page 20
            Page 21
            Page 22
            Page 23
            Page 24
            Page 25
            Page 26
    May 1872
        Wednesday, May 1
            Page 27
            Page 28
            Page 29
            Page 30
            Page 31
            Page 32
            Page 33
        Thursday, May 2
            Page 34
            Page 35
            Page 36
            Page 37
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        Friday, May 3
            Page 39
            Page 40
            Page 41
            Page 42
        Saturday, May 4
            Page 43
            Page 44
            Page 45
            Page 46
            Page 47
            Page 48
        Monday, May 6
            Page 49
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ASSEMBLY, JOURNAL.




A JOURNAL

OF THE



PROCEEDING OF TH ASIEMBL

OF THE

STATE OF FLORIDA,

AT AN

EXTRA SESSION,

E;'( A.ND. HELD AT THE CAPITOL, IN THE CITY OF TA.-
[T,AIIASSEF. ON MONDAY, APRIL 28, 187'.






TALLAHASSEE, FLA:
S.AMUEL B. McLIN, STATE PRINTEi,.
1872..



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JOURNAL

Qf the Asembly of the State of Florida, at an Evtr ao din-
ary. Session of the .Legi.stati, c,oncend 'by the follow-
Sing Proclamation of his Excellency the Acting Governor
of the State., begun and held at the Capitol, in the City cf
Tallahassee, in the State of Florida, on Monday, the 22d!
day of April, A. 1872:
WHEREAS, The interests of the People of this State require
the immediate assembling of the Legislature:
Now, TirEu'IEFOi:, 1, SAMUEL T. DAY, Lieutenan Gover
nor, and by virtue of said office Acting Governor of the
State of Florida, do hereby issue this, my Proclamatiori
convening the Legislature in Extraordi:nry Session it Tal-
lahassee, the Capital, on iLonda(y the 22d day of April A.
D. 1872, at twelve o'clock, meridian, at which time, in pur-
suance of the requirements of the Constitution, I will com-
municate to both branches of the Legislature the purpose for
which they have been convened.
In Testimony Whe'reqof I have hereunto set my hand,
and in lieu of affixing the Great Seal of the State, hereby
proclaim that the same has been secreted or stolen.
Done at the Capitol, in Tallahassee, Florida, this seven--
teenth day of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand
eight hundred and seventy-two, and of the Independence of
the United States of America the ninety-sixth.
SAMUEL T. DAY,
Acting Governorl
The Assembly was called to order at 12 o'clock, 1M., by the
I[Ion. Marcellus L, Stearns, Speaker.
Upon a'call of the roll by M. H. Cl:y, Chief Clerk, the follow
ing members were present:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Armstrong, Johnson, Livingston, Logan,
Neal of Jackson, Osgood, Robinson, Wyatt and Wallace-10.
Not a quorum present.
On motion of Mr. Armstrong, the Assembly adjourned until
to-morrow morning, 10 o'clock.













TUESDAY, April 23, 1872.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called the following members answ rV-r-d to their
naimes:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Boyd, Cessna, Cruse, Gass, Johnson, Liv-
ittgston, Logan, McInnes, Neal of Jackson, Robinson, Thompson,
Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-15.
Not a quorum present.
On motion of Mr. McInnes, the Assembly adjourned until to-
*morrow morning, 10 o'clock.







WEDNESDAY, April. 24, 1872.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called the following members answered to their
names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Armstrong, Boyd, Cessna, Cruse, Cole-
nan, Frink, Gass, Gleason, Johnston, Livingston, Logan, Mc-
Eunes, McRae, Neal of Jackson, Orman, Richards, Robinson,
'fiompson, Wells and Wallace-21.
Not a quorum present.
A committee from the Senate appeared at the bar of the As-
sembly and informed them that the Senate was organized and
ready for business.
"On motion of Mr. Cessna, the Assembly adjourned until to-
.rrow morning, 10 o'clock.



--0--



THURSDAY, April 25, 1872.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called the following members answered to their
TIames:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Armstrong, Boyd, Bridges, Cessna,













TUESDAY, April 23, 1872.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called the following members answ rV-r-d to their
naimes:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Boyd, Cessna, Cruse, Gass, Johnson, Liv-
ittgston, Logan, McInnes, Neal of Jackson, Robinson, Thompson,
Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-15.
Not a quorum present.
On motion of Mr. McInnes, the Assembly adjourned until to-
*morrow morning, 10 o'clock.







WEDNESDAY, April. 24, 1872.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called the following members answered to their
names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Armstrong, Boyd, Cessna, Cruse, Cole-
nan, Frink, Gass, Gleason, Johnston, Livingston, Logan, Mc-
Eunes, McRae, Neal of Jackson, Orman, Richards, Robinson,
'fiompson, Wells and Wallace-21.
Not a quorum present.
A committee from the Senate appeared at the bar of the As-
sembly and informed them that the Senate was organized and
ready for business.
"On motion of Mr. Cessna, the Assembly adjourned until to-
.rrow morning, 10 o'clock.



--0--



THURSDAY, April 25, 1872.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called the following members answered to their
TIames:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Armstrong, Boyd, Bridges, Cessna,













TUESDAY, April 23, 1872.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called the following members answ rV-r-d to their
naimes:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Boyd, Cessna, Cruse, Gass, Johnson, Liv-
ittgston, Logan, McInnes, Neal of Jackson, Robinson, Thompson,
Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-15.
Not a quorum present.
On motion of Mr. McInnes, the Assembly adjourned until to-
*morrow morning, 10 o'clock.







WEDNESDAY, April. 24, 1872.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called the following members answered to their
names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Armstrong, Boyd, Cessna, Cruse, Cole-
nan, Frink, Gass, Gleason, Johnston, Livingston, Logan, Mc-
Eunes, McRae, Neal of Jackson, Orman, Richards, Robinson,
'fiompson, Wells and Wallace-21.
Not a quorum present.
A committee from the Senate appeared at the bar of the As-
sembly and informed them that the Senate was organized and
ready for business.
"On motion of Mr. Cessna, the Assembly adjourned until to-
.rrow morning, 10 o'clock.



--0--



THURSDAY, April 25, 1872.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called the following members answered to their
TIames:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Armstrong, Boyd, Bridges, Cessna,












Cruse, Coicman, Frink, Gass, Gibson, Gleason, Graham of Leon,
Livingston, Logan, McInnes, McRae, Neal of Jackson, Orman,
Osgood, Richards, Robinson, Scott, Thompson, Wyatt, WeBt
and Wallace-26.
Not a quorum present.
On motion of Mr. Gleason, the Assembly adjourned until to-
morrow morning, 10 o'clock.



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FRIDAY, April 26, 1872.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Alexander, Armstrong, Boyd, Bridgea,
Cessna, Cruse, Coleman, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gibson, Gleason,
Graham of Leon, Johnson, Livingston, Logan, McInnis, McRai,
Neal of Jackson, Orman, Osgood, Richards, Robinson, Scott,
Thompson, Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-28.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion, the Journals of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
and Thursday were adopted.
Mr. Cessna moved that a committee of three be appointed to
notify the Senate that the Assembly is organized and ready to
proceed to business;
Which was agreed to, and Messrs. Cessna, MeInnis and
Bridges were appointed said committee.
After a brief absence, the committee returned and report,i
that they had performed their duty, and were discharged.
Mr. Gleason moved that a committee of three be appointed to
wait upon the Governor and inform him that there is a quortmn
of the Assembly present, and that the Assembly is ready for the
transaction of business;
Which was agreed to, and Messrs. Gleason, Orman and BTcyd
were appointed as said committee.
Mr. Gass moved that the Assembly do now proceed to the elec-
tion of a Sergeant-at-Arms;
Which was agreed to.
Nominations being in order, Mr. Osgood nominated Riobert
Burns.
Mr. M3clnnes nominated 0. B. Armstrong.












MIr. Gass nominated Frank 1Myers.
lMr. Boyd nominated Lucien Fisher.
Mr. Coleman nominated J. H. Allen.
Mr. Wallace nominated John Daniels.
"The vote was as as follows:
For Frank Myers-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Alexander, Bridges"
-Cessna, Cruse, Frink, Gass, Gibson, Johnson, Livingston, Lo-
,gan, McRae, Neal of Jackson, Orman, Thompson and Wells-16.
For 0. B. Armstrong-Messrs. Armstrong, Osgood, Graham
-of Leon, Mlcnnes, Robinson and Scott-6.
For Lucien Fisher-Mr. Boyd-1.
For John Daniels-Messrs. Gleason, Wyatt and Wallace--.>
For J. II. Allen-Mr. Coleman-1.
Whole number of votes cast, 27--necessary for a choice, 14.
Frank Myers having received 16 votes, was declared elected
Sergeant-at-Arms, and, on motion of Mr. Gass, came forward
and was sworn in.
The committee appointed to wait upon the Governor appeared
at the bar and reported that they had performed their duty, and
that the Governor informed them that he would communicate
with the Assembly at eleven o'clock.
Mr. Scott moved that the Seargeant-at-Arms be empowered
and authorized to procure the necessary ameuntt of stationery for
the use of the Assembly;
"Which was agreed to.
On motion, the Assembly took a recess until ve minutes be-
:*fore eleven o'clock.


IiIVE MINUTES BEFORE ELEVEN O'CLOCK, A. M.

The Assembly resumed its session.
The following message was received from hiss lxcelency, the
Acting Governor:





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MESSAGE OF THE ACTING GOVERNOR,


Gentlemenl of the Senate and of the Assembly :
I regretthe occasion which has compelled me to assemble tihe
Legislature at this season of the year, which is so important to
many of you, who are engaged in agricultural labors.
The public necessity for certain legislative action has ap-
peared to me to be so, imperative, and my own earnest sense of
the responsibility which devolves upon the Executive under the
peculiar circumstances that have recently arisen, are consider -
tions which have caused me to feel justified in calling you to-
gether at some sacrifice of your personal interests.
On the 10th day of February last, at the regular session of the
Legislature, certain proceedings were had by both branches
thereof, which impeached Harrison Reed, Governor of the State,
of high crimes and misdemeanors in office, and in accordance
with the constitutional requirements, Governor Reed was sus-
pended from his official duties, pending the final Jeteinrination
of the Senate upon the charges against him, and :.' T. ieutenantt-
Governor of the State the duties of the Executive devolved
upon me.
On that day I occupied the Executive office, and assumed the
authority and functions of Chief Magistrate of the State, not,
however, without the embarrassment of finding the Governor'.
office stripped of all official records, papers, and documents
properly belonging thereto, which had been secretly rem(ovel
by Governor Reed himself, or by his direction.
The Constitutionl1 provision declaring the effect of an im-
peachment in relation to the rights of the person accused, is in
the following expressed terms:
Any officer when impeached by the Assembly shall be deemed under
-arrest, and shall be disqualified from performing any of the duties of his
office until acquitted by the Senate. -But any officer so impeached and
in arrest may demand his trial by the Senate within one year from the date
of his impeachment." (Art. 16, sec. 9.)
The Senate not having concluded the trial of Governor Reed,
but having, on the contrary, continued the proceedings in the
exercise of its judicial discretion, and having adopted a concur-









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rent resolution expressive of the intention and purpose of both
the prosecuting branch of the Legislature and of the Senate itself
for a continuance, still holds in custody the person of the ac-
cused under its own warrant, and subject to its own rules and
orders.
Such being the case, and Governor Reed having vacated the
Executive office and removed his residence from the Capital to
Jacksonville, did, on the 8th inst., by unlawful conspiracy with
Jonathan C. Gibbs, Secretary of State, and, in my temporary
absence, clandestinely enter the Executive office, and unlawfully f
attempted to take possession thereof, and issued a so-called proc-
lamation declaring himself still to be in the exercise of the
chief Executive duties of the State ; the said Jonathan C. Gibbs
confederating with him in this high-handed conspiracy, and
affixing the Great Seal of the State to the so-called proclama-
tion, attesting the same as Secretary of State.
In furtherance of this conspiracy to seize the State govern-
nient, Governor Reed executed certain so-called appointments
to office; one to William Birney, to be Attorney-General, and
another to F. I. Wheaton, to be Judge of the Fourth Judicial
Circuit; in which proceedings the Secretary of State co-oper-
ated, and in all respects recognized the authority of Governor
Reed.
Instead of seeking by legal and proper methods, and in :lcc)rd-
ance with the Constitution and laws of the State, to reassume
the duties of the Executive, Governor Reed and Secretary Gibbs.
by a secret and artfully-planned conspiracy, seized the Great
Seal of the State, together with important records and papers,
being public property, and hastily removed the same to Jack-
sonville.
On being informed of these lawless and revolutionary proceed-
ings, I repaired to the Executive office, and issued my procla-
ination, declaring the conduct of the conspirators "an attempted
usurpation," and "revolutionary in its tendencies," and command-
ing obedience to the lawfully constituted authorities of the State.
In this action I have been almost universally sustained by the
p people, and have been offered every possible aid from all sections
of the State in preserving the peace, order, and dignity of the
government, and for the protection and support of my recognized
Executive authority.









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I have thus briefly laid before you the facts attending this
most atrocious attempt by Governor Reed to seize the powers
of the government, under color of a self-asserted right and in de-
fiance of the judicial proceedings of a high constitutional forum,
by which he was deprived of all authority whatever. It is true
that this action has produced in some sections of the State con-
fusion and distrust, and has made the exercise of official author-
ity on the part of some State and county officers a matter of
divided opinion, and afforded a plausible pretext for a class ofpo-
litical malcontents to obstruct and embarrass the administration
of the laws.
But whatever may be the differences of opinion respecting
the legal effects of the adjournment of the Legislature without
the trial of the accused by the Senate, there can be no circum-
stances which justify or paliate a resort to force or to unlawful
conspiracy on the part of any State officer or pretended official,
in bold defiance of the determination of a judicial tribunal.
Whether that decision be right or wrong, lawful or unlawful,
it is not within the sphere of the recognized legal rights, nor
within the proper exercise of the power to vindicate personal
liberty, on the part of any citizen, be he high or low, rich or
poor, to question or override the validity or legal effect of any
judicial proceeding, by attempting to subvert the laws, to defy
the peace and good order of the State, and to incite rebellion
and anarchy in the government.
Whatever may be the opinion of the supreme judicial au-
thority of the State upon the question of the legal effect of the
proceedings thus far held by the Senate in the suspension from
office of Governor Reed, I do not deem it disrespectful, during
the pendency of the consideration of such opinion, to call your
attention to the paramount necessity at all times of recognizing
and abiding by the de facto Executive authority of the State.
No department of the governmentun is more essential for the pre-
servation of the peace and order of uthe co).n tiuity. Its powers
:and agency are distributed ov it t;in larger proportion
than those of any other branch ol the government, and are
brought more directly in contact wit.h tih. people. It is the im-
mediate representative of the sovereign will of the people, and
upon its vigorous and discreet action the courts and all judicial
authority rely for the ultimate vindication of justice and th.e










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security of good government. In this view of my own duty, I
hold the conduct of Governor Reed and all his abettors as re-
volutionary and criminal, and in no manner justifying the coun-
tenance or support of any law-abiding citizen, until having been
declared by a tribunal of competent jurisdiction entitled to re-
sume his Executive functions. It is therefore that I feel bound
by my oath, and by my sense of public duty, to compel obedience
to my authority, and to use every power in me vested by law to
suppress all attempts to subvert it.
I call your attention to these extraordinary facts, and suggest,
such legislation as in your wisdom the circumstances may seem
to require.
THE PUBLIC CR(EDI'.
I am pleased to be able to inform you that such measures are
being taken that are lawfully within the authority of the Exec.-
tive Deplartment of the State, as will tend to re-establish the pub-
lic credit and inspire confidence in the honest and faithful ad-
ministration of the State finances. I rely upon the law-making
power t.o perform its duty to the people, by framing such effective
laws as will in no possible manner serve to cover the retreat of
official defaulters.
The accounts of delinquent tax-collectors as they stand in the
Comptroller's office, amount to about $150,000, to this amount
may fairly be added 20 per cent. of the balance due of the tax
list of 1871, which makes over $200.000.
I earnestly recommend the passage of a law repealing the act
of Jan nary 22, 1851, relating to the terms of office and duties of
tax-collectors; also, the passage of such a law as will compel all
collectors of revenue to make monthly returns of moneys col-
lected, and that any omission to make such payments within the
time stated be made a felony ; also requiring adequate bonds and
the best possible surety; and providing that when any person, a
surety upon such a bond, shall be dissatisfied, upon proper notice,
the County Commissioners shall require the collector to procure
additional surety, which, if not done within thirty days, the office
shall be deemed and declared vacant.
In this connection, I also recommend that in the recovery of
moneys from defaulting collectors by civil or criminal action, the e
State attorney be proibite( from receiving for fees any part oi












the funds recovered, and that the same be deposited in court
subject to the order of the Comptroller. I will not, hesitate to
rigidly enforce such legislation to the fullest extent of my ability.
For your information and that of the people whom you repre-
sent, I herewith present a carefully-prepared statement of the
public delbt, which I believe is as nearly correct as it is possible
at present to ascertain. I have thought proper to accompany the
tabular statement with explanations, that you may clearly under-
stand the exact financial condition of the State.
No record other than that herewith communicated in the let-"
ter of the Comptroller exists in this department, nor in the office
of the Comptroller, relating to the disposition of the six per cent.
bonds placed by the Legislature in 1870 in the custody and un:
der the irresponsible control of Governor Reed. No report has
ever been made by Gov. Reed of the sale or other disposal of
any of these bonds. They are, however, in the hands of various
parties, who demand of the State the payment of the interest ac-
crued since 1868 and 1869, when they were issued. The Comp-
troller received $103,322.16, advanced on the hypothecation of
408 bonds, or about 25 per cent.
By sale of 46 bonds to various persons named in the commu-
nication of the Comptroller, very nearly a par value was received
by the State. There was paid 830,000 for a fraudulent account
for State arms presented by Governor Reed. Three bonds were
paid into the Internal Improvement Fund, leaving thirteen bonds
unaccounted for by Governor Reed. The bonds hypothecated
to the Warehouse and Security Co. of New York for $30,000 ad-
vanced, are still held by them at an exorbitant rate of interest.
"The bonds hyppthecated to Soutter & Co.,'and to Geo. W. Swep-
son, in all 299 bonds, are now held by L. P. Bayne & Co., of New
York, who have rendered an account to the State of only 295
bonds, showing a deficit of one bond, which, added to the twel ve
placed on special deposit with Soutter & Co. in favor of Gover-
nor Reed, makes thirteen bonds not accounted for. Messrs.
Bayne & Co. claim to have advanced cash on these 298 bonds.
to the amount of $104,093.70, and the Security Co. on the 102
bonds held by them, $30,000,making $134,093.70; but the amount
received by the Comptroller was only $100,000.
It has been impossible to account for this $34,093.70, which,
if advanced, must have been on the bonds transferred to Bayne










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& Co. by Soutter & Co. and Swepson. If Governor Reed re-
ceived the money, he has never accounted for it to the State;
neither for the thirteen bonds balance in his hands. I am
satisfied, however, that present investigations will ultimately
expose in detail the frauds of this bond transaction of Governor
Reed, and the most effective means will be employed to re-
imburse the State and punish the offenders.
The issue of $350,000 of 7 per cent. bonds, authorized by the
Act of January 26, 1871, has been exhausted. 'These bonds
have been taken up with singular rapidity; a fact which ex-
hibits their popular value as a permanent investment, as well
as the increased public confidence in the integrity of the State
*government. Notwithstanding the depreciated credit, which
has been caused by the fraudulent practices, and in many re-
spects extravagant expenditures, during the past three years, in
the executive department of the State, these bonds, issued for
the purpose of funding the principal portion of our floating in-
debtedness, have been very generally sought for. I feel grati-
fied in calling these facts to your attention, as a strong indi-
cation of the speedy improvement of the financial condition of
the State.
I would recommend that a statute be enacted, regulating the
succession in office in cases of impeachment, death, resignation,
or other causes.
I also ask the consent of the Senate to such nominations or
removals as may be communicated to them in Executive Ses-
sion.
Before the adjournment of the session I will take occasion to
recommend to your consideration such legislation in regard to
State Finances, as will in my judgment, tend to secure a more ef-
fective and satisfactory operation of the laws for the assessment
:and collection of the revenue, and be most beneficial to the best
interests of the'State.
In conclusion, permit me to congratulate you upon the con-
tinued prosperity of the State in all the avenues of internal im-
provement, in the rapid development of our resources, and the
active co-operation of all classes of the people in its political
m:1d material progress. SAMUEL T. DAY,
ctig Governor.














LETTER FROM COMPTROLLER.
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OFFICE OF COMPTROLLER,
Tallahassee, Fla., April 23d, 1872.
SIR :-In compliance with your request to know the disposi-
tion made by me of the bonds of the State issued under acts of
1868 and 1869, I respectfully state:
The amount of issue of these bonds was, under
act of 1868, $300,000, and act of 1869, $200,000,
making......... ........................... 500,000.00
I delivered to A. B. Hawkins, ;sold to him by Gov.
Reed, thirty-six bonds............ .......... 36,000.00
Sold to O. E. Austin, one bond.......................... 1,000.00
Sold to Harrison Reed, two bonds. ................. 2,000.00
Sold to E. M. Cheney, two bonds........................ 2,000.00
Delivered to Adjutant-General G. B. Carse, by or-
der of Gov. Reed, to pay for arms, thirty bonds. 30,000.00
Hypothecated with G. W. Swepson, one hundred
bonds............... ........... .......... ........ .......... 100,000.00
Hypothecated with Warehouse and Loan Compa-
ny, eighty-two bonds ................. ... 82,000.00
Iypothecated with Souter & Co., two hundred and
forty-seven bonds....................................... 247,000.00-$500.000.00
Of the bonds hypothecated with Souter & Co., I subse-
( quently sold and they delivered to M. S. Littlefield (5) five, and
they sent to me (8) eight bonds, which I hypothecated with B.
C. Lewis, leaving in the hands of Souter & Co. 234 bonds.
The loans from Souter & Co. and the Warehouse .ad Loan
Co. falling due, and there being no means at my command to
pay them, it became necessary to extend the time, and for this
purpose, I sent Mr. W. R. Pettes, in the fall of 1869, to New
York for that purpose. He succeeded in procuring an extension
of the loans-that to the Warehouse & Loan Co. by increasing
the number of bonds hypothecated with them. To effect this,
he withdrew 20 bonds from Messrs Souter & Co., the amount
of bonds in their hands being in excess of what was deemed am-
ple security for their loan. I also instructed Mr. Pettes to with-
draw from Messrs. Souter & Co. 15 bonds and send to me here,
three (3) of which I had already sold to the Internal Improve-
ment Fund, and the other twelve (12) to be used here for any
pressing emergency. This he did, but left them with S. & Co.
on special deposit. By act of the Legislature, February 14th,
1870, the bonds were taken out of my control and played at the
disposal of the Governor. As the 15 bonds were still with Souter












& Co., 1 gave Governor Reed an order for twelve (12) of then;
and had three (3) sent to me for the Internal Improvemem
Fund, to which fund they were delivered. These transactions
left the bonds at the time I ceased to have any connection witi
them as follows:
sold to A. 1. Hawkins, .
Sold to Gov. Reed, 2
Sold to E. M. Cheney, .
Sold to O. E. Austin, .
Sold to. M. S. Littlefield, .
Sold to Int. nip. Fund, .
" old to pay for Tarm s, .
!Iypothecated with B. C. Lewis, 8
iU ypothecate(d with Souter & Co., (including
the special deposit of 12,) 211
Hypothecated with Geo. W. Swepson, 100
ITypotlhecc:ted( with W warehouse & Loan Co., 102

Making ." 500 londs
:r,. -500,000.0.0.
Of their present status I have only information that reaches
mie unofficially. Very respectfully,^
R. H. GAMBLE,
Comptroller.
To Lieut. & Act. Governor SAM'L T. 1)AY, ?'l ll l'assY .










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STATEMENT
OA THE

PUBLIC DEBT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA.


7 per cent. Bonds of 1857,........... ................ $164,000.00
8 "L4 Convention Bonds of 1868,................ ... 30,000.00
SG Bonds of 1868-9, sold,........................ 79,000.00
6 .i Bonds of 1868 (400) hypothecated to L. P. Bayne
and N. Y. Warehouse & Security Co. for ...... 100,000.00
0 Bonds of 1868 (8) hypothecated to B C. Lewis,.. 3,222.16
7 Bonds of 1871,.......... ....... ........ 350,000.00
Bond of 1866, Internal Imprevement Fund,............... 21,000.00
747,32.1(
Less Bonds of 1857 due Indian Trust Fund of the United
States, against whom recognized claims of the State of Flo-
rida make a balance in favor of.the State,............. 132,000.00
Total of Bonded Debt proper, ... .I .................... $615,2.16
The following indebtedness is due by the State to its own
Seminary and School Funds, for moneys taken from those Funds
during the war and used for public expenditures. It is not pro
perly to be included in the public debt except in taxation for the
interest:
School Fund in State Bonds of 1856,1857,1861,1863 and 1867, .$190,652.63
Seminary Fund in State Bonds of 1856, 1857, 1861 and 1863, 71,202.45
Total, ...................... ....... ) 2.04-.0-
INTEREST ACCOUNT.
The ComptrQller reported at the last session the interest on
the School and Seminary debt paid to July 1, 1871, and re-
maining due oni the general bonded debt to Jan. 1,1872,... $157,606.09
Add principal of Bonded Debt proper,.................... 615,322.16
Total principal and accrued interest,... 1?.$772,928..
FLOATING DEBT.
Outstanding Greenback" Warrants..................... .. 0,000.0
Tax-paying ... .................... 7,000.0)
l non-tax paying ..................... 93,569.69

Total Floating Debt,...... .......................... $160,569.69
Total Bonded Debt and interest,................. 772,928.28

Entire State Debt,. .......................... .. $933,497.94
.Nbte.-The question of the settlement of the debt of State
due L. P. Bayne, Esq., of New York, also the N. Y. Warehouse












and Security Company, in the item of $100,000, for which 400
six per cent. bonds of 1868 and '69 were hypoth6cated, is yet
undetermined, and may or may not add $35,000 to the principal
and $60,000 to the foregoing interest account, or about that ad-
ditional amount. Mr. Bayne claims to have advanced $104,093.
10 on these bonds, and the W. and S. Co. $30,000, of which on-
ly $100,000 was received by the State, the remainder not having
been accounted for by Governor Reed, who conducted the ne-
gotiation.


Which was read, and, on motion of Mr. Scott, the message
and accompanying documents were ordered spread upon the
journal.
On motion of Mr. Scott, five hundred copies of to-day's jour-
nal were ordered printed for the use of the Assembly.
Mr. Cessna moved that the Speaker refer the several subjects
mentioned in his Excellency's message to the appropriate com-
mittees, and that the committees report at the earliest possible
moment, recommending such action as they deem expedient
Which was agreed to.
On motion, the Assembly adjourned till to-morrow morning.
ten o'clock.

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SATURDAY, April 27, 1872.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called the following members answered to their
names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Alexander, Boyd, Bridges, Cessna, Cruse,
Coleman, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gibson, Gleason, Graham of Leon,
Johnson, Livingston, Logan, McInnes, McRae, Neal of Jackson,
Orman, Osgood, Richards, Robinson, Scott, Thompson, Wyatt,
Wells and Wallace-28.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion, the reading of yesterday's journal was dispensed
with, and the journal corrected and approved.
The following changes in the Standing Committees of the As-
sembly, to fill vacancies caused by absent members, was an-
nounced by the Speaker:
On Judiciary.-Mr. Cessna in place of Mr. Gillis; Mr. Bridges
in place of Mr. Graham of Manatee.









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On _Egierossed Bills.-Mr. Orman in place of Mr. Graham of
Manatee; Mr. Scott in place vA Mr. Stearns of Escambia.
On Enrolled Bills.-Mr. Johnson in place of Mr. Gillis.
On Finance and Taxcation.-Mr. Frink in place of Mr. Brown.
On Legislative Expenses.-Mr. Cessna in place of Mr. Gillis.
Mr. Gleason offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Sergeant-at-Arms wrap 450 journals in a
separate wrapper, and that the Chief Clerk send one to each
Senator and Member of Congress of the United States, and dis-
tribute the remainder among the members of this Assembly.
Which was adopted.
On motion of Mr. Gleason, the Chief Clerk is authorized to
employ, his own assistants.
Mr. Wallace offered the following resolution:
Resolved,.That Henry Hughes is hereby appointed one of the
pages of this Assembly.
Which was adopted.,
Mr. Cessna offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That so much of the Governor's message as refers
to the condition of the State be referred to a special committee of
five, who shall have power to send for persons and papers; and
that the report be made as early as possible to this Assembly.
Which was adopted.
On motion, the Assembly adjourned until Monday morning,
10 o'clock.




MONDAY, April 29, 1872.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called the following members answered to their
names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Alexander, Armstrong, Bridges, Cessna,
Cruse, Coleman, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gibson, Gleason, Graham
of Leon, Johnson, Livingston, Logan, McInnes, McRae, Neal of
Jackson, Orman, Osgood, Richards. Robinson, Scott, Thompson,
Wyatt, Wells and Wallace--:'-.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
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On motion of Mr. Elijah, the reading of Saturday's journal was
dispensed with, and the journal corrected and approved.
Mr. Johnson offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Clerk have 500 additional copies of Fri-
day's journal struck off for the use of the Assembly.
Mr. Cessna moved to amend by inserting 300 copies in place
of 500;
Which was agreed to, and the resolution as amended adopted.
The Speaker announced the following as the committee under
Mr. Cessna's resolution of Saturday:
Messrs. Cessna, McRae, Wallace, Orman and Livingston.
The following bills were introduced, viz:
By Mr. Gleason:
A bill to be entitled an act regulating the succession in office
of Governor in cases of death, resignation, or other causes;
Also, a bill to be entitled an act to provide for filling vacancies
in office in cases of impeachment or suspension.
Which were read and placed among the orders of the day.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.

Assembly bill No. 1, to be entitled an act to provide for filling
vacancies in office in cases of impeachment or suspension,
Was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary Com-
mittee.
Assembly bill No. 2, to be entitled an act regulating the suc-
cession in office of Governor in cases of death, resignation, or
other causes,
Was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary Com-
mittee.
On motion of Mii'. Cessna, the Assiembly took a recess until 4
o'clock, p1). m.


FOUR O'CLOCK, P. M.

The Assembly resumed its session.
The roll being called the following members ainswo\l' to their
.:nines"
Mr. Speaker, Mels. AleAcxalder, Arm-strong, Boyd, Bridges,
Cessna, Cruse, Coleman, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gibson, Gleason,
Graham of Leon, Johnson, Livingston, Logan, McInnes, McRae,
Neal of Jackson, Osgood, Richards, Robinson, Scott, Thomp-
son, Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-28.
A quorum present.
The following committee report was received :










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lion. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIr :-The Committee on Judiciary report back Assembly bill
No. 1, and recommend its passage.
Also., Assemnbly bill No. 2, by substitute, and recommend its
passa.'. Respectfully,
W. H. GLEASON, Chairman,
M. BRIDGES,
W. K. CESSNA.
Which wr's read and the accompanying bill and substitute
placed :among the orders of the day.
SMr. Cessna moved that the rule be waived and Assembly bill
No. to be entitled an act to provide for filling vacancies in
office in cases of'impeTi:hmcint or suspensions be read a second
time.
Objec.-tins w .re Ilmade, aind a call of' the roll upon the question
o:)rdered. *
"The vote was:
SYens-Messrs. Alexander, Armstrong, Boyd, Bridges, Cessna,
Cruse, Coleman, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gibson, Gleason, Graham
of Leon, Johnson, Livingston, Logan, McInnes, McRae, Neal of
Jackson, Osgood, Robinson, Thompson, Wyatt, Wells and Wal-
iace-25.
Nay--.Messrs, Richards and Scott-2.
M ore than two-thirds having voted in the affirmative, the rule
was suspended, and the bill read the second time.
:Mr. Gleason moved that the rule be waived and the bill read
the third time.
Objections were made, and a call of the roll upon the question
*,rdered.
The vote was:
Yea'-Mr. Speaker, Messis. Alexander, Armstrong, Boyd,
Bridges, Cessna, Cruse, Coleman, Elijah, Frink, Gibson, Gleason.
Graham of Leon, Johnson, Livingston, Logan, McRae, Neal of
Jackson, Osgood, Robinson, Thompson and Wallace--22.
Nays-Messrs. Gass, Richards, Scott, Wyatt and Wells-5.
More than two-thirds having voted in the affirmative, the ruie
was suspended, and the bill read the third time and put upon its
passage.
The vote was:
Ye:ns--Messrs. Alexlander, Armnstrong, d, Boyd, Bridges, Cessna.
Cruse, Coleman, Elijah, Gass, Gibson, Gleason, Graham of Leon,
Johnson, Livingston, Logan, McInnes, McRae, Neal of Jackson,
Osgood, Robinson, Thompson, Wells and Wallace-23.
Nays-Messrs. Frink, Richards, Scott and Wyatt-4.
So the bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
On motion of Mr. Gleason, the rule was unanimously waived,
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,cadA Assembly bill No. 2, to be entitled an act regulating the
succession in office of Governor in cases of death, resignation, or
other causes, was read the second and third times and put upon
its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Alexander, Armstrong, Boyd, Bridges, Cessna,
Cruse, Coleman, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gibson, Gleason, Graham
of Leon, Johnson, Livingston, Logan, McInnes, McRae, Neal of
Jackson, Osgood, Robinson, Thompson, Wells and Wallace-24.
Nays-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Richards and Scott-3.
So the bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
In pursuance of a resolution adopted by the Assembly, the
Chief Clerk appointed Wm. E. Burleigh, of Leon, First Assist-
ant Clerk, who came forward and was sworn in.
Mr. Gleason offered the following joint resolution:
IVIETiEAs, There has been abstracted from the Secretary of
State's office the following Acts passed at the last session of the
Legislature, to-wit: An Act entitled An Act to locate the county
site of Brevard county; and, An Act entitled An Act authorizing
thle Southern Inland Navigation Company to merge its corporate
powers with the Southern Inland Navigation and Improvement
Company; Now, therefore,
Be it resolved, the Senate concwrri-g, That the Chief Clerk is
he:'byv ordered to have the aforesaid Acts re-enrolled from the
engrossed bills now on file in the Secretary of State's office, and
that the same be sighed by the presiding officers of the Senate
and Assembly and presented to the Acting Governor for his
signature.
Which was read the first time, rule waived, read the second
and third times.
Pending the vote on the resolution-
On motion, the Assembly adjourned until to-morrow Ilorlinil,.
10 o'clock.

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TUESDAY, April 30, 1872.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called the following members answered to their
names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Alexander, Armstrong, Boyd, Bridges,
Cessna, Cruse, Clark, Coleman, Elijah, Frink, Gibson, Gleason,
Graham of Leon, Johnson, Livingston, Logan, McInnes, McRae,










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Neal of Jackson, Orman, Osgood, Richards, Robinson, Scott,
Thompson, Wyatt and Wells-28.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion of Mr. Gass the reading of Monday's journal was
dispensed with arid the journal corrected and approved.
Mr. Johnson offered the following resolution:
.Resolved, That the Chief Clerk have the two Proclamations
and the Message of the Acting Governor, together with the
speeches of A. J. Peeler and George P. Raney, and opinion of
the Supreme Court, printed in pamphlet form for the use of mem-
bers of the Legislature, and that fifteen hundred copies be
printed.
Which was adopted.
Mr. Gleason moved that the Speaker fill the vacancies which
now exist in the Board of Managers appointed to try Harrison
Reed, Governor of the State of Florida, for high crimes and
misdemeanors;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Cessna moved that the special committee appointed to in-
vestigate and report upon the condition of the State, be author-
ized to take testimony under oath;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Gleason introduced the following memorial:
MEMORIAL
SIn regard to a Southern Trans-Continental Interior line of Water
Communication through the Gulf States between the Great
West and the Atlantic Ocean.
The People of the State of Florida, represented in Senate and
Assembly, respectfully represent: That a shorter, safer and
cheaper line of communication between the Mississippi River
and the Atlantic Ocean has long been recognized by the people
of the West and Northwest, as a matter of general commercial
necessity.
That such necessity has been repeatedly and urgently present-
ed by the business men of the whole country at the several
meetings of the National Commercial Convention, as was again
presented in the meeting of that Convention in Baltimore, in
September, 1871, in the adoption, by unanimous vote of the
delegates of twenty-seven States, among others of the follo,-ing
resolution :
That through the channel of the St. Johns and the inner Inko
region of Florida, a path is opened for that important line of
Southern Inland Transportation, traversing the Gulf States and
touching New Orleans, Mobile and Pensacola, by means of










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which some measure of relief may be afforded to the Valley of
the Mississippi, now suffering and stagnating under the immense
weight of its own surplus productions-unprofitable through
"their immovability, while an adequate exit may be given through
the channel suggested by a canal whose cost of construction
shall not exceed the annual aggregate loss on Western produce
through insufficiency and expense of existing means of trans-
p)ortation.
Such necessity is farther and conclusively proved-
First. By the enormous expense of the present overland trans-
portation of the produce of the West repeatedly stated in the
transactions of the National Commercial Convention as often
involving two bushels of wheat to carry a third to market.
Second. By the heavy expense of the port and towage charges
imposed at New Orleans on all produce compelled to seek an
exit by way of the Lower Mississippi and the Gulf.
Third. By the immense losses incurred by South American
arnd Gulf commerce in its circuitous course around the Peninsu-
la of'Florida, and in the dangerous navigation of the surround-
ihg keys and shoals.
Twelve millions of dollars is the highest estimate commonly
made of the expense of constructing a canal from Texas to the
Atlantic, while the losses by shipwreck upon the Florida coast
within thelast year alone are credibly estimated at $5,000,000
and this estimate is convincingly fortified by the fbllowiig sta-
tistics taken from the last annual report of the Comnissioner of
Lands and Immigration, showing the number of vessels that
have been partially wrecked on the Florida coast from 1848 to
1859, with the values of vessels and cargo, amount of salvage
lowedd and the total expenses incurred ty vessels :inllicjd te,
upon at Key West:
Years. Nos, Value. Salvage. Total Ex.
1848 41 11,282,000 $125,000 0 200,060
1849 46 1,305,000 127,870 219,160
1850 30 929,800 122,831 200,860
1851 34 950,000 75,850 165,000
1852 23 675,000 80,112 163,000
1853 57 1,973,000 174,950 330,100
1854 59 2,469,000 182,400 211,808
1855 80 2,844,177 100,495 190,910
1856 71 2,000,000 163,117 262,664
1857 59 1,837,950 101,890 181,772
1858 52 2,692,000 142,182 247,557
1859 66 3,035,400 198,404 293,497

Totals, 618 822,043,327 1,595,101 0 2..,0,38S










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The total wrecks south of Cape Canaveral unadjudicated are
probably equal to same amount.
If then this estimate of average annual loss by wreck is cor-
rect, it may with entire safety be sta'led that the aggregate loss
by shipwreck on the coast of Florida alone will in every six
years build a ship-canal from the Mississippi to the Atlantic.
Surveys and careful estimates have established the entire feas-
ibility of the construction of an interior line of water communi-
cation by way of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers, also by way
of the Tennessee and the Virginia Rivers, and also from New
Orleans through the bayous, inlets and lagoons so profusely dis-
tributed along the Gulf coast and across the Peninsula of Flor-
ida. And while your memorialists are disposed to urge this
great work upon grounds of its commercial importance as a na-
tional work rather than with reference to local advantages that
must result, still we feel constrained to observe that an inspec-
tion of the map of the Gulf coast conclusively demonstrates the
superior economy and convenience of the last route mentioned as
crossing the Peninsula of Florida.
The interior lake region of this State, mainly within the coun-
ties of Marion, Sumter and Orange, gives a lake surface of more
than 200 square miles, having an average depth of more than 15
feet, thus insuring an abundant water supply for a canal of any
necessary magnitude, and so located upon an elevated plateau
that it can with facility and economy be directed both East and
West, and thus seems by natural selection to have been topo-
graphically designated as the most desirable route; and it is
worthy of remark here that through the private enterprise and
public spirit of one of our own citizens, a canal sufficient for the
passage of steamers of twenty feet beam is already considerably
advanced in process of construction, under a contract made with
the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund of this State.
And this canal, which only requires for completion an excavatioll
of 14 miles farther, by making its course through the St. Johns,
the Oclawaha. and the Withlacoochee, and its Gulf terminus at
the mouth of the Withlacoochee, will have so much Southing as
measurably to secure the South American as well as Gulf trade.
This is only one of the routes'across the Peninsula of Florida
that is feasible and practicable. Another route can be obtained
by improving the navigation of the Suwannee river and using its
waters as a feeder, and connecting that river with the St. Marys
by canal, making the Atlantic terminus at Fernandina, which
has one of the finest harbors in the South.
Without farther detail, it is sufficient to assert that such a ca-
nal will powerfully aid in the material development of the whole
country-that every State in the Union will be more or less
benefitted by its construction ; and that whatever of local benefit












may result to the States along its route, the enterprise is one of
* paramount national importance, and if completed will tend to
strengthen the common unity of the whole country, as giving
the South facilities for trans-continental communication, similar
and equal to those already furnished by national assistance to the
various Pacific railroads, to Northern and Central United States.
For these and other reasons, we beg leave to urge this as a
great national work which is entitled to the liberal assistance of
the national government, and we respectfully solicit such aid, by
way of a grant of public lands or a loan of the national credit,
as shall be deemed most desirable for the accomplishment of a
great and greatly useful national work.
1.. Resolved, That our Senators be instructed, and our Repre-
sentative be requested, to co-operate with the Senators and
Representatives of other States in obtaining the assistance of the
National Government in this most important line of water com-
munication between Texas and the Atlantic Ocean.
2. That the Governor be requested to forward a copy of the
foregoing memorial and of these resolutions to the Governors of
all other of the United States, and invite their co-operation in
the accomplishment of this great national work.
3. That the Governor be requested to forward copies of this
memorial and resolutions to each of our Senators and Represen-
tative in Congress, and to specially request their action and im-
mediate co-operation.
Which was received and ordered to be spread upon the
journal.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.
The consideration of the concurrent resolution pending since
yesterday was resumed.
Upon the question, shall the resolutionbe adopted ?
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Alexander, Boyd, Bridges, Cessna, Coleman,
Frink, Gibson, Gleason, Johnson, Livingston, Logan, McRae,
Orman, Osgood, Robinson and Thompson-16.
Nays-Messrs. Armstrong, Clark, Elijah, Gass, Graham of
Leon, Neal of Jackson, Richards, Scott, Wyatt, Wells and Wal-
lace- 1.
So the resolution was adopted.
Memorial in regard to a Southern Transcontinental Interior
Line of Water Communication through the Gulf States between
the Great West and the Atlantic Ocean,
Was read the first time and ordered for a second reading on
to-morrow.
On motion of Mr. Boyd, the Assembly took a recess until
4 o'clock, p. m.












FOUR O'CLOCK, P. M.
The Assembly resumed its session.
A quorum present.
Mr. Gibson offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That IH. Levy is hereby appointed Assistant Ser-
geant-at-Arms of this Assembly.
On motion of Mr. Armstrong, the resolution was laid on the
table.
Mr. Wells offered the following concurrent resolution:
Resolved by the Assembly, the Senate concurring, That this
Legislature do adjourn on Friday, May 3d, at 12 M., until such
time as the Acting Governor shall call them together again, on
being informed by the Managers of Impeachment that they are
ready to proceed with the trial of Harrison Reed.
Which was read and adopted.
Mr. Scott moved that the vote on the resolution be reconsid-
ered and the motion to reconsider be laid on the table;
Upon which the yeas and nays were called for and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Armstrong, Cessna, Cruse, Coleman, Elijah,
Gass, Gibson, Gleason, Graham of Leon, Johnson, Livingston,
Logan, McInnes, Neal of Jackson, Osgood, Robinson, Sco:t,
Thompson, Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-21.
Nays-Messrs. Alexander, Bridges, Clark, Frink, McRae, Or-
mai, Oliveros and Richards--8.
S/ the motion was agreed to.
The Speaker announced the following changes in the Commit-
tee 0f Managers to conduct the impeachment of Harrison Reed:
Mi. Johnson vice Butler, absent.
Mr. Wallace vice Gillis, absent.
Mr. Clark vice Hiers, absent.
Mr. Orman vice Graham of Manatee, absent.
Mr. Gleason offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Board of Managers be authorized to em-
ploy additional Counsel in the prosecution of Harrison Reed,
Governor of Florida.
Mr. Orman moved that the resolution be laid on the table;
Upon which the yeas and nays were called for and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Alexander, Cessna, Clark, Frink, McRae, Or-
man and Oliveros-7.
Nays-Messrs. Armstrong, Bridges, Cruse, Coleman, Elijah,
Gass, Gibson, Gleason, Graham of Leon, Johnson, Livingston,
Logan, McInnes, Neal of Jackson, Osgood, Robinson, Scott,
"Thompson, Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-21.
So the motion was lost.










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On motion of Mr. Cessna, the resolution was adopted.
The rule was waived and the following bill was introduced:
By Mr. Elijah:
A bill to be entitled an act to alter and amend an act relating
to the finances of this State.
On motion, the rule was waived, and the bill read the first
time.
Mr. Johnson moved that the bill be referred to the Committee
on Finance and Taxation;
Which was not agreed to.
Mr. Scott then moved that the rule be waived and the bill
read the second time by its title;
Upon which the yeas and nays were called for and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Alexander, Armstrong, Elijah, Frink, Gass,
Gibson, Gleason, McInnes, McRae, Orman, Richards, Robin-
son, Scott, Thompson, Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-17.
Nays-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bridges, Cessna, Cruse, Clark.
Graham of Leon, Johnson, Livingston, Logan, Neal of Jackson,
Osgood and Oliveros-12.
Two-thirds not voting in the affirmative, the motion was lost.
On motion of Mr. Osgood, the bill was referred to the Com-
mittee on Finance and Taxation.
Mr. Gleason asked and obtained leave to introduce the follow-
ing bills:
A bill to be entitled an act to repeal an act entitled an act in
relation to the term of office and the duties of the Tax Collec-
tors, approved January 22, 1851 ; also,
A bill to be entitled an act to provide for the more efficient
collection of the revenue.
On motion, the rule was waived ant+ the bills read the first
time by titles and referred to the Committee on Fintnce and
Taxation.
Mr. Gleason offered the following resolution :
Resolved, That the Clerk of the Assembly notify the Senate
that the vacancies in the Board of Managers for the impeach-
ment of Harrison Reed, Governor, occasioned by the absence of
four of the members thereof, have been filled by the appoint-
ment of M[essrs. Johnson, Wallace, Clark and Orman.
Which was adopted.
Mr. Cessna asked and obtained leave to introduce the follow-
incg bill:
A bill to be entitled an act to appropriate certain monies there-
in named ;
Which was read the first time.
The rule was unanimously waived and the bill read the second,
time and ordered engrossed for a third reading on to-morrow.
Mr. Clark introduced the following memorial










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Memorial to Congress for the establishmlienlt of a mail route
from New Smyrna to Hawkinsville, via Spring Hill and Lake
Beresford ;
Which was read the first time and placed among the orders of
"t-he day for a second reading on to-morrow.
On motion, the Assembly adjourned until 10 o'clock to-nm'-
row morning.

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WEDNESDAY, May 1, 1872.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called the following members answered to thei-
names :
Mr. Speaker, M.essrs. Allen, Alexander, Armstrong, Boyd,
Bridges, Cruse, Clark, Coleman, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gibson,
Graham of Leon, Livingston, Logan, McInnes, McRac, Neal of
Jackson, Orman, Osgood, Oliveros, Richards, Robinson, Scott,
Stearns of Escambia, Thompson, Wyatt, Wells and Wallaice--fr.
A quorum present.
Prayer by Mr. Graham of Leon.
On motion of Mr. Scott, the reading of yesterday's journal wa,
dispensed with, and the journal corrected and approved.
Mr. Oliveros offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Board of Managers intrusted with the
prosecution of the impeachment of Harrison Reed be requested
and urged upon to take immediate steps to make preparation to:
proceed with the trial.
Mr. Scott moved to lay the motion on the table;
Upon which the yeas and nays were called for and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Armstrong, Boyd, Cruse, Elijah, Gass, Gibson.
Gleason, Graham of Leon, Livingston, McInnes, Scott, Stearin:
of Escambia, and Thompson-13.
Nays-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Allen, Alexander, Bridges, Cessna,
Clark, Frink, Johnson, Logan, McRae, Neal of Jackson, Orman.
Osgood, Oliveros, Richards, Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-17.
So the motion was lost.
Mr. Gass moved that the resolution be indefinitely postponed;
"Upon which the yeas and nays were called for and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Armstrong, Boyd, Cessna, Cruse, Colemau.
Elijah, Gass, Gibson, Gleason, Graham of Leon, Livingston,
McInnes, Robinson, Scott, Stearns of Escambia, and Thompson
-103.












Nays-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Allen, Alexander, Bridges, Clark.
Frink, Johnson, Logan, McRae, Neal of Jackson, Orman, Os-
good, Oliveros, Richards, Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-17.
So the motion was lost.
Upon the question, Shall the resolution be adopted? the vote
was:
Yeas-Messrs. Allen, Alexander, Bridges, Clark, Frink, John-
son, Logan, McRae, Neal of Jackson, Orman, Osgood, Oliveros,
Richards, Wyatt and Wallace-15.
Nays-Messrs. Armstrong, Boyd, Cessna, Cruse, Coleman,
Elijah, Gass, Gibson, Gleason, Graham of Leon, Livingston,
McInnes, Robinson, Scott, Stearns of Escambia, Thompson and
Wells-17.
So the resolution was not adopted.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, May 1, 1872.
H-on. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
Sin: I am directed to inform you that the Senate has resolved
to proceed as a High Court of Impeachment with the trial of
his Excellency Harrison Reed, Governor of Florida, on Thurs-
day, the 2d inst., at 12 M.
Respectfully,
LEROY D. BALL, Secretary.
Which was read.
Mr. Osgood moved that the vote taken on the resolution au-
thorizing the Chief Clerk to have the two proclamations and the
message of the Acting Governor, together with the speeches of
A. J. Peeler and George P. Raney, and the opinion of the Su-
preme Court, printed in pamphlet form, for the use of members
of the Legislature, and that fifteen hundred copies be printed,
be reconsidered;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Gleason moved that the Assembly purchase for the use of
the Assembly five hundred copies of the Floridian of April 30.
to distribute among their constituents;
Which was, on motion, laid upon the table.
The following committee report was received:
lion. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
Sin: The Committee on Engrossed Bills report as correctly
engrossed the following bill:
Assembly bill No. 6, a bill to be entitled an act to appropriate
certain moneys therein named.
Respectfully,
W. T. ORMAN, Chairman.
Which was read and the accompanying bill placed among their
orders of the day.









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ORDERS OF THE DAY.
Assembly bill No. 6 was then taken up.
Mr. Gleason moved that the bill be placed back on its second
reading;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Gleason offered the following amendment:
The Comptroller is directed to audit and allow and the Treas-
urer to pay the accounts for printing during the present Extraor-
dinary Session, including any extra printing which may be or-
dered by either House, provided that the rate of compensation
allowed shall not exceed that paid in 1871.
Which was adopted.
Also the following additional amendment:
Recording Clerk, 85 per day; Engrossing Clerk, 15 cents per
folio; Harry Hawkins, services as janitor during last regular
Passion, $196; Lewis Platter, carpenter work last session, $80.
Which were adopted.
Mr. Wyatt offered the following amendment:
Lewis Platter, $9.50 for repairing desks and furnishing locks
and keys for the Assembly.
Which was adopted.
Mr. Gleason offered the following amendment:
To amend the appropriation for collecting testimony in the
case of Harrison Reed vs. The State of Florida, by adding,
" subject to be drawn from time to time by the chairman of the
Board of Managers."
Mr. Boyd moved to amend the amendment by adding, "when
authorized to do so by a majority of said Board."
Which was agreed to, and the amendment as amended adopt-
ed.
Mr. Johnson offered the following amendment:
That forty thousand dollars be appropriated to defiay the ex-
pense of the impeachment trial of Harrison Reed.
Which was not agreed to.
Mr. Gibson offered the following amendment:
To strike out $5 and insert $7 for Reading Clerks.
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Gleason offered the following amendment:
A. C. Clark, 820, and H. C. Cruse, 85, for mileage due them
at the last session of the Legislature.
"Which was agreed to.
Mr. McInnes offered the following amendment:
Harry Hawkins, services as janitor during the present session,
83 per day.
Which was adopted.
Mr. Gleason offered the following amendment:










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For pay of witnesses and jurors by striking out l 2,000 and
insertin)g $15,000.
Which was adopted.
On motion, the Assembly took a rc. until 3 o'clock, p. in.



"THREE O'CLOCK, P. M.

"The Assemnbly resumed its session.
A quorum present.
On motion of Mr. Gibson, the rule was ul:iiniiioislly waived,
:tnd Assembly bill No. 6, to be entitled an nat to appropriat
,-ertain moneys therein named,
Was read the third time and put upon its Ipss;g- .
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Boyd, Coleman, Elijahl,.Frink, Gibson, Gleason,
Graham of Leon, Logan, Osgood and Wells-10.
Nays-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Allen, Alexander, Armstrong,
iBridges, Cessna, Clark, Gass, Johnson, Mecnnes, MeRae, Nean
ot Jackson, Orman, Oliveros, Richards, Stearns of E:.cmbi:
:nd Wallace-l7.
So the bill did not pass.
Mr. McInnes moved to reconsider the vote just taken.
Mr. Gleason moved to lay the motion on the table;
Upon which the yeas and nays were called for, and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Armstrong, Coleman, Frink, Gleason ano
Stearns of Escambia-)..
Nays-Mir. Speaker, Messrs. Allen, Aie.N.:ider, Boy, Bridge:.
Cessna, Clark, Elijah, Gass, Gibson, Grahnam of Leon, Johnson,
Logan, MeTlnis, MNeRae, Neal of Jackson, Orman, Osgood, Oli-
veros, Richards, Thompson and Wallace-22.
So the motion was lost and the motion to reconsider agreed to.
Upon the question, Shall the bill pass? the vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Boyd, Cessna, Clark, Coleman, Elijah, Frink.
Gass, Gibson, Gleason, Graham of Leon, Johnson, Logan, Me-
Innes, McRae, Neal of Jackson, Orman, Osgood, Stearns of Es-
cambia, Thompson, Wells and Wallace-21.
Nays-Messrs. Allen, Alexander, Armst rong, Bridge, Cruse-.
I liveros and Richards--7.
So the bill passed- title as stated.
Ordered that the same'be certified to the Senate.
The following committee report was received:
lion. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR-The Finance Committee to whom was referred Assem-
bly bills Nos. 3 and 5, being bills entitled as follows, to-wit: a
1 ill to be entitled an act to repeal an act in relation to the tern









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of office and the duties of the Tax Collectors, approved January
"22, A. D. 1851, and a bill to be entitled an act to alter and.amend
an act relating to the finances of this State.
W. H. GLEASON, Chairman,
J. W. JOHNSON.
Which was read and the accompanying bills placed among the
orders of the day.
Assembly bill No. 3, to be entitled an act to repeal an act en-
titled an act in relation to the term of office and the duties of the
Tax Collectors, approved Jan'y 22, 1851,
Was read the second time.
Mr. Gleason moved that the rule be waived and the bill read
the third time;
"Upon which the yeas and nays were called for, and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Allen. Alexander, Armstrong, Bridges, Cessna,
Cruse, Clark, Coleman, Elijah, Gibson, Gleason, Graham of Leon,
Johnson, Logan, McRae, Neal of Jackson, Orman, Osgood, Oli-
veros, Richards, Stearns of Escambia, Thompson and Wallace-
23.
Nays-Messrs. Frink, Gass, McInnes, Scott, Wyatt and Wells
"-6.
So the rule was waived, and the bill read the third time and
put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Allen, Alexander, Armstrong, Boyd, Bridges,-
Cessna, Cruse, Clark, Coleman, Elijah, Frink, Gibson, Gleason,
Graham of Leon, Johnson, Livingston, Logan, McRae, Neal of
Jackson, Orman, Oliveros, Scott, Stearns of Escamnbin, Thomp-
Sson, Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-27.
Nays-Messrs. McInnes, Osgood and Richard-3.
So the bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
By unanimous consent, Mr. Cessna introduced the following
bill:
A bill to be entitled an act to provide for taking testimony in
the matter of the impeachment of Harrison Reed, Governor;
Which was read the first time.
Mr. Cessna moved that the rules be suspended and the bill
read the second time by its title;
Upon which the yeas and nays were called for, ald were :
Yens-Messrs. Allen, Alexande Armstrong, Boyd, Bridges,
\ Cessna, Cruse, Clark Coleman, Elijah,- Frink, Gass, Gibson,
Gleason, Graham of Leon, Johnson, Livingston, Logan, McRae,
Neal of Jackson, Orman, Oliveros, Richards, Scott, Stearns o'
Escambia, Thompson, Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-29.
Nays---Mr. Osgood-1.
So the rules were waved and the bill read the second time by
its title.











On motion, the rules were unanimously waived and the bill
placed upon its third reading.
Upon the question, Shall the bill pass ? the vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Armstrong, Boyd, Bridges, Cessna, Cruse,
Clark, Coleman, Gass, Gibson, Gleason, Graham of Leon, John-
son, Livingston, Logan, McInnes, McRae, Neal of Jackson, Or-
man, Scott, Stearns of Escambia, Thompson, Wells and Wal-
lace-23.
Nays-Messrs. Alexander, Frink, Osgood, Oliveros and Rich-
ards-5.
So the bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
The following communication was received fi'om the Actinig
GCovernor:
(entlemen of the Senate and of the A..se:bl :
I am informed by the Comptroller that the amount of unpaid
taxes for the year 1871 is $271,724.09, and as near as I can ascer-
tain, the amount necessary to be applied to the current expense-
of the State Government, including the taxes to be collected for
1872, for the same purpose, is about $360,000.
To pay this assessment on or before the first of December
next, there is outstanding less than $75,000 of State Scrip which
has been made by law receivable for taxes.
Under these circumstances, I feel justified in recommending to
your consideration such additional legislation as will not mate-
rially interfere with the speedy establishment of a cash basis for
our revenue system, but which, at the same time, will afford a
reasonable assistance to the people in remote parts of the State in
the payment of taxes.
I accordingly recommend the passage of a law declaring Comp-
troller's Warrants issued in exchange for Juror and Witness
Certificates receivable for taxes, that such exchange be properly
provided for, and the Comptroller be directed to indicate on the
face of such Warrants that the same are so receivable.
I also recommend an appropriation of $1000, to pay the ac-
count of the National Bank Note Company of New York for
the issue of $250,000 of Greenback Warrants, authorized by
the act of February 18, 1870. This firm has retained $60,000
of the authorized issue until the payment of their account against
the State, which balance should be forwarded to the Comptrol-
ler and such disposition made thereof as you may deem most ex-
pedient for the best interests of the State.
I recommend such legislation in regard to the floating indebt-
edness of the State, and such appropriations as the Legislature
deem necessary to defray the expenses of the present session.
and for other purposes.












I also ecoommend such legislation concerning property de-
stroyed on railroads n in yuur judgment may be necessary and
proper.
SAM'L T. DAY,

ExE:cUI: -: OJEICE, April 30, 1872.
Which was read.
The following bills were introduced :
By Mr. Wells:
A bill to be entitled ani act in relation to Compltroller's War-
rants.
By Mr. Orman : .
A bill to be entitled an act to authorize Comptroller's War-
rants to be received in payment of taxes, licenses aid other dues
to the State.
By 'Mr. Gleason : 0
A bill to be entitled an act to protect the State against an over-
issue of juror and witness certificates and to make the same re-
.civable for taxes.
By Mr. Mclnnes:
A bill to be entitled an act to make juror and witness certifi-
(:.tes and Comptroller's Warrants receivable for taxes.
Assembly bill No. 8, to be entitled act in relation to Comp-
troller's Warrants;
Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finlance
and Taxation.
Assembly bill No. 9, to be entitled an act to authorize Comp-
Strioller's Warrants to be received in payment of taxes, licenses
and other dues to the State,
Was read the first time an-d referred to the Comnmittee on Fi-
ria.Lce and Taxation.
Assembly bill No. 10, to be entitled an act to protect the State
against an over-issue of juror .and witness certificates, and to
make the same receivable for taxes,
Was read the first time and referred to the Committee on Fi-
T.IU1cc and Taxation.
Asembly bill No. 1.1, to be entitled an act,to make juror and
\,itnes certificates and Comptroller's Warrants receivable for
taxes, ..
Was read itc firsl time and referred to the Committee on Fi-
ri.-ance and Taxation.
Mernorial to Congress for the establishment of a mail route
from New Smyrna to Hawkinsville via Spring Hill and Lake
Beresford,
Was taken ,up and read the second time, rule waived, read the
third time.
GN












Upon the adoption of the memorial, the vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Allen, Alexander, Armstrong, Bridges, Cessna,
Cruse, Clark, Elijah, Gass, Gleason, Graham of Leon, Johnson,
Livingston, Logan, Mcnlnes, McRae, Neal of Jackson, Orman,
Oliveros, Richards, Scott, Stearns of Escambia, Thompson, Wy-
att and Wallace-25.
"Nays-Messrs. Coleman and Gibson-2.
So the memorial was adopted.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Under a suspension of the rule Mr. Bridges introduced a bill
to be entitled an act to compel Railroad Companies to pay for
property destroyed, killed or injured by their trains, and to pro-
vide for summons and other process to recover the value of prop-
erty so destroyed, killed or injured;
Which was read the first time, rule waived, read the second
time by its title, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading
on to-morrow.
Assembly bill No. 5, to be entitled an act to alter and amend
an act relating to the Finances of this State,
Was read the second time.
On motion, the bill was recommitted to the committee on Fi-
nance and.Taxation. .
On motion of Mr. Cessna, the H llouse :ljourlned until to-mor-
row morning at 10 o'clock.


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THURSDAY, May 2, 1812.

The Assembly met pursuant to adJjournllmcil.
The roll being called the following members ans\weed o to their
names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Allen, Alexlander, Armstrong, Bridges,
Cruse, Clark, Coleman, Duke, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gibson, Glea-
,on, Grahlam of Leon, Johnson, Livingston, Logan, McInnes,
McRae, Neal of Jackson, Orman, Osgood, Oliveros, Richards,
Robinson, Scott, Thlomp,,)lsll,, Wyntt, Wells and W:lla.e---1l.
A quorum present.
Prayer by Mr. Bridges, of Suwannee.
On motiori of.Mr. Wells, the reading of yesterday's journal
was dispensed with, and the journal corrected and approved.
Mr. Orman offered the Illoiniig resolution
Resolved, That the Assembly proceed this day at 12 m., with
thle prosecution of the trial of Harrison Reed, and that the Man-












agers and Counsel on the part of tile Assembly take such pro-
ceedings to secure the immediate attendance of State 'itnessee
as are necessary and proper to do in the premises.
Upon the adoption of which the yeas and nays were called for,
and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Allenl, .Alexander, Armstrong, Bridges, Cessna
Cruse, Clark, Coleman, Duke, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gibson; Glea-
son, Graham of Leon, Johnson, Livingston, McInnes, McRae,
Neal of Jackson, Orman, Osgood, Oliveros, Richards, Robinson,
Seott, St1ems of E.<':unia, Thompso;,. Wyatt, Wells and Wral-
ace- 31.
Na.vs-]None.
So the resolution was adopted.
Mr. Cessna ofere'l the following resolution:
Ils'le'f, That the Bloard of Managers be and are hereby tiu-
thlorized to send ft r persons and papers, and to take ,stimdony
under oath.
Upon the a:i'ptin o' which the yens and inays were called foir
and were:
Yeas-Me.ssrs. Alien. Alexanderi, Armstrong, Bridges, Cessna,
Cruso, Clark, Coi(,;, Duke, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gibson, Glea-
son, Graham of LTon, Johnson, Livingston, Mclnnes, McRae,
Neal of Jackson, Olrmian, OOsgood, Oliveros, Richards, Scott,
Stearns ot Es:unti;), Tllompson, Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-30.
N ays- None.
So the resolution was adopted.
3Ir. Cessna. olfotr!i the following resolution:
I.esolvei Tha:u, o much of the Governor's sMessage- as refer
to the thirteen missing bonds be referred to the Board of ,Man:a-
gers.
Upon the :fladopt1i of which the yeas and nays were called for.
and were:
Yeas-lessrs. Allen. Alexander, Armstrong, Bridges, Cessha,
Cruse, Coleman, Duke, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gibson, Gleason,
Graham of Leon, Livingston, McrInnes, McRae, Neal of Jacksoni
Orman, Osgood, Oliveros, Richards, Robinson, Scott, Stearns of
Escambia, Thompson, Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-29.
Nay--Mr. Clark-1.
So the resolution was adopted.
The following committee report was received :
IHon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR-The Finance Committee, to whom was ree'rre'L cerLi,:i1
bills, report back Assembly bill No. 5, a bill to be eintitled an act
to alter and amend an act relating to the finances of this State,
report the same back with an amendment, and recommend its












passage: i-u, Assembly bill No. 9, a bill to be entitled an act
to auth r; ;c Comptroller's Warrants to be received in payment
of taxes, licenses, and other dues to the State, and Assembly bill
No. 10, to be entitled an act to protect the State against an over
issue of Ju-ror and Witness Certificates, and to make the same
ree'/1 ...:'.*v taxes, without amendments, and recommend their
pass:g. TRespectfhilly,
W. IH. GLEASON, Chairiian,:
J. W. JOHNSON.
Which :is read, and the accompanying bills and anmledmlent
placed L":.::.g the orders of the day.
Also the followingg:
Hon. 32. L. STEAI:XS, Speaker of the Assembly:
Sin-The Committee on Engrossed Bills report, the following
bill as c6rrctly engrossed, viz:
Assembly bill No 12, to be entitled an act to compel Railroad
Com:panic: to pay for property destroyed, killed or injured by
their train., and to provide for summons and other process to
recovo: :thc: ld of property so destroyed, killed or injured.
W. T. ORMAN, Chairman.
Which ".A- read, a;in the ac(companyinc bill placed among the
orders of ti:e day.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.
McreLorJi in regard to a Southern Trans-continental interior
line of water communication through the Gulf Stailes between
the Great West and Atlantic Ocean,
Was taen up and read the .ocond time.
On motion, the Asembily took a recess until five miriultes hf,-
IfTrh., 1.2 .' -.k; m.


FIY-E MIN 1'ES TO TWELVE O'CLOK. 1.
The Ar.sembly resumed its session.
A quoi'om present.
The Sergceant-at-Arms of the Senate appeared at the bar and
notified th:e Assembly that the Senate was now organized as a
High Ccu.;: of Impeachment for the trial of Harrison Reed, Gov-
ernor, and were ready to receive the Managers on the part of
the A r c. .. .
Whereupon, on motion of Mr. Cessna, the Assembly resolved
itself into :a Committee of the Whole to attend the Managers to
-the High Court of Impeachment-Mr. Osgood in the Chair.
On motion, the committee rose and were discharged.
On root n. the Assembly took a recess until 4 o'clock, p. m.











FOUR O'CLOCK, P. M.
The Assembly resumed its session.
A quorum present.
The consideration of memorial in regard to a Southl;.n Tran
continental interior line of water communication through the
Gulf States between the Great West and the Atlantic Coast was
resumed.
On motion, the rule was unanimously waived and tL7 -.iiemorial
placed upon its third reading.
Upon the question, Shall the memorial be adopted ? the vote
was:
Yeas--Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Allen, Alexander, Armstrong.
Bridges, Cruse, Clark, Coleman, Duke, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gle.a
son, Graham of Leon, Livingston, McInnes, McRae, Neal of Jack-
son, Orman, Oliveros, Richards, Robinson, Scott, Stcarns of Es-
cambia, Thompson, Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-28.
Nays-None.
So the memorial was adopted.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Assembly bill No. 12, to be entitled a, act to coml ?. Railroad
Companies to pay for property destroyed, killed or injured by
their trains, and to provide for summons and other process to
recover the value of property so destroyed, killed or injured,
Was read the third time and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Allen, Alexander, Armstrong, Bridges, Cessna,
Cruse, Clark, Coleman, Duke, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gleason, Gra-
ham of Leon, Livingston, McInnes, McRae, Neal of Jackson,
Orman, Oliveros, Richards, Robinson, Scott, Stearns of Ecnami
bia, Thompson, Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-28.
Nays-None.
So the bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Assembly.bill No. 10, to be entitled an act to protect the Stato
against an over issue of Juror and Witness Certificates, and to
make the same receivable for taxes,
Was read the second time.
Mr. Cessna moved to amend Sec. 1,by isertin'I atl'Ar '::le word
" court," in the llth line, the ,rct, ; the th it -. jurors
shall sign the roll in presence of. a w. "
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Gleason moved that the rule ,e aliv.l 111 i, I r t T:'{
the third time;
Upon which the yeas and nays t . .,. for and were :
Yeas-Messrs. Bridges, Cessna:, Frink, Gil.son, Glc 1on, Or.
man and Oliveros-7.
Nnys-Mir. Speaker, Messrs. All':-, Alexanl.t B'-;t6 lark,










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Coleman, Gass, Graham of Leon, Livingston, Logan, McInnes,
McRIae, Neal of Jackson, Richards, Robinson, Scott, Stearns of
",Escam bia, Thompson, Wells and Wallace-20.
So the motion was lost.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, May 2, 1.872.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
Sir: I am directed to inform you that the Senate has passed
Assembly bill No. 6, to be entitled an act to appropriate cer-
tain moneys therein named, with amendments, and ask the con-
cunence of the Assembly thereto; also,
Sen:te bill No. 4, to be entitled an act in relation to Comp-
troller's Warrants aind Treasurer's Certificates.
Respectfulll y,
LEROY D. BALL, Secretary.
Which was read, ad ...... ......a enlts to Assembly bill No.
S w.'er taken up and concurred in by the following vote:
Ye.: -M-essrs. Allen, Alexnider, Armstrong, Boyd, Bridges,
Cessna, Cruse, Coleman, Duke, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gibson,
Glcjiso, Johnson, Livingston, Logan, Me'lnns, McRae. Neal of
Jackson, Ormnan ard, Robhinsoi, Scott. St.carns of Escam-
bita and Tompson-27.
Nays-Messbrs. Grah'iam of Leol, Wy3tt, Wells :i:l Wal-
Iace-4.
Assembly bill No. 5, to be entitled an act to alter :nd amend
an act relating to the finances of this State,
Was taken up and read the second time.
The amnendmncut offered by the coini nittee was read.
Upon the adoption of lice itmenmoent the yeas and iayvs were
called fbo and were:
Yeas-iHea. AeLCs x:mli4er, A introi-nI dod, Bridges, Bo Brid e, Cruse,
Clark, Iliiah, Fr'ilnk, Gass, Gibsci, Glenson, Graham of Leon,
v'i'si,- M-I! McR 0,' Or':i!i, Oliveros, Richards, Rob-
Inson, Scott, Stoerns .l- E:ihia, Tlhnison', Wyatt, Well.
4and Wallace-25.
.ws--Mr. r Keal of J ick II n- .
So the iicleii t was t opt(d.
:ir. (Gtlc-on moved that the rule be waved and the iill road
the thid time and pt upo.its pa ;
Upon wiic: the yeas anld nys w'vee called for, :ad were:
Y --Mess''. Alle, Alxande, ArmstroB'1, Boyd, Bridges,
Clark, Coleman Dke, Elijah, GCl ss, G bson, Gleason, Graham of
Leon, Livingston, m".(.(lci:;:s, rcR-, Oiran, Richards, Robinson,
Scott, Stiari: of E-;i ,i;:, TI:Iops on, WTyatt, Wells and-Wal-
ace--25.
7 ^*pc .1'. : ;:. N ~ni __ 0 J kson 11 1 { s-









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Two-thirds Ihaving voted in the affirmative, the rule was waiv-
ed and the bill read the third time.
Upon the question, Shall the bill pass ? the vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Allen, Boyd, Bridges, Cruse, Clark, Coleman,
Duke, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gibson, Gleason, Grabhm of Leon,
Livingston, Logan, McInnes, McRae, Orman, Richards, Robin-
son, Scott, Stearns of Escambia, Thompson, Wyatt, Wells and
Wallace-25.
Nays-Messrs, Alexander, Neal of Jackson and Oliveros-3.
So the bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Mr. Wallace asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill to be
entitled an act to enable County Commissioners of the several
counties to keep the roads in a better condition;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
Mr. Gleason asked leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an
act to provide for the disbursement of the Interest and Sinking
Fund collected in this State;
Which was not agreed to, and the Speaker decided that the
Assembly could not receive the bill, it not coming under the pro-
visions of the Governor's message.
Mr. Gleason appealed from the decision of the Chair.
Pending which, the :Assembly adjourned until to-morrow
morning, 10 o'clock.

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FRIDAY, May 3, 1872.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Allen, Alexander, Boyd, Bridges, Cess-
na, Cruse, Clark, Coleman, Duke, Elijah, Frink, Gibson, Graham
of Leon, Livingston, Logan, McInnes, McRae, Neal of Jackson,
Orman, Osgood, Oliveros, Richards, Robinson, Scott, Thompson,
"Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-29.
A quorum present.
Prayer by Mr. Graham of Leon.
On motion of Mr. Wyatt, the reading of yesterday's journal
was dispensed with, and the journal corrected and approved.
Mr. Gleason's appeal, which was pending since yesterday, was
taken up.
Upon the question, Shall the decision of the chair be the judg-
ment of the House? it was decided unanimously in the afflima-
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On motion of Mr. Scott, the Hon. C. M. IHamriltonl was initcl
to a seat within the bar.
The following committee report was received:
lion. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: The Committee on Engrossed Bills report as correctly
engrossed the following bill:
Assembly bill No. 10, a bill to be entitled an act to protect
the State against an over-issue of juror' and witness certificates
and to make the same receivable for taxes.
Respectfully,
W. T. ORMAN, Chairnnan.
Which was read and the accompanying bill placeId among the
orders of the day.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.

Assembly bill No. 10, to be entitled an act to protect the State
against an over-issue of juror and witness certificates and to
make the same receivable for taxes;
Was taken up and read the third time.
Upon the question, Shall the bill pass? the vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Allen, Alexande Bridges, Cruse, Clark, Cole-
man, Duke, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gibson, Gleason, Graham of Leon,
Livingston, Logan, McInnes, McRae, Neal of Jackson, Orman,
Osgood, Oliveros, Richards, Robinson, Scott, Stearns of Escamn-
bia, Thompson, Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-29.
Nays-None.
So the bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Assembly bill No. -, to be entitled an act to enable the county
commissioners to keep the roads in a better condition,
Was read the first time and .on motion of Mr. Scott laid on
the table.
Senate bill No. 4, to be entitled an act in relation to Comp-
troller's Warrants and Treasurer's Certificates,
Was taken up and read the first time and on motion of Mr.
Scott referred to the Committee on Finance and Taxation.
The following committee report was re(civcd :
Hlon. M. L. STEARNs, Speaker of the A.-- IIbly:
SIR: The Committee on .fr). -lbeit- beg leave to report as
correctly enrolled the following bil: :
An act entitled an nc to :ppropriate certain mIoneys therein
named. I -l.:,t Lilly,
B F. OLIVEROS,
J. WALLACE.
Which was read.











Mr. Cessna offered the following concur'ent resolution:
.Be it resolved by the Assembly, the Senate concurring, That
the journal of the Assembly for the 12th day of February, 1872,
be corrected by inserting the following concurrent resolution
which passed this House on that day but was by mistake omitted
from the journal; also that the Senate journal of the 16th day
of February be corrected in like manner by the insertion of the
said joint resolution, which reads as follows, viz:
Resolved by the Assembly, the Senate concurring, That the
present session of the Legislature shall be adjourned sine die on
Monday, the 19th instant, at 12 o'clock, meridian, and the pre-
siding officers of both Houses shall at that hour declare their
respective Houses so adjourned.
Resolved further, That should the present session of the Leg-
islature adjourn sine die before the trial of Harrison Reed, Gov-
ernor, is completed, the Acting Governor is requested to call a
special session for the purpose of proceeding with said trial,
whenever the managers on the part of the Assembly and Harri-
son Reed, Governor, shall notify the Secretary of State in writ-
ing that they are ready for trial, or as soon thereafter as possible.
Upon which the yeas and nays were called for and were:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bridges, Cessna, Cruse, Coleman,
Duke, Elijah, Gass, Gibson, Gleason, Graham of Leon, Johnson,
Livingston, Logan, McInnes, McRae, Neal of Jackson, Orman,
Osgood, Oliveros, Eichards, Robinson, Stearns of Escambia;
Thompson, Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-27.
Nays-None.
So the concurrent resolution was adopted.
On motion the Assembly took a recess until five minute. of 12
o'clock, M.

FIVE MINUTES TO TWELVE O'CLOCK, M.
The Assembly resumed its session.
A quorum present.
On motion of Mr. Scott, the Assembly resolved itself into a
Committee of the Whole to attend the Managers to the High
Court of Impeachment, Mr. Bridges in the chair.
On motion, the committee rose and were discharged.
On motion of Mr. Scott, the Assembly took a recess until 3
.'clock, p. m.

THREE O'CLOCK, P. M.
The Assembly resumed its session.
A quorum present.









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"The folowiiiL." nie si,'e was received fiom the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, May 3, 1872.
HIon. M. L. SrEAI:s,, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: I am directed to inform'you that the Senate has passed
the following:
Senate bill No. 1, a bill to be entitled an act to amend section
331 of an act entitled an act entitled an act to simplify and
abridge the practice, pleadings and proceedings of the courts of
this State as amended by section 6 of an act entitled an act to
amend an act to simplify and abridge the practice, pleadings and
proceedings of the courts of this State, approved February 19,
]870;
Substitute fbr Senate bill No. 3, to be entitled an act to pro-
vide for the more efficient collection of the revenue ; also
Assembly bill No. 12, a bill to be entitled an act to compel
railroad companies to pay foi' property destroyed by their trains
and to provide for summonows "and other process to recover the
value of pIropertyc .s destroyed, killed or injured; also
Memorial in regard to a Southern trans-cont.nental interior
line of water communication through the Gulf States between
the Great West and the Atlantic Ocean.
Respectfully,
LEROY D. BALL, Secretary.
Which was read.
Senate bill No. 1 w is received by the Assembly, and no objec-
tions being made, was read first time.
The rule was; waived by uninilnmous consent, and the bill read
the second and third times and put upon its passage.
Upon the question, Sla 1 the bill pass ? the vote was:
Yens--Messrs. Alleln, Alexander, Bridges, Cruse, Clark, Cole-
man, Duke, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gibson, Gleason, Graham of
Leon, Johnson, Logal. MIcInnes, McRae, Neal of Jackson, Or-
man, Osgood, Oliveros, Robinson, Scott, Stearns of Escambia,
Thompson,, Wyntt, Wells and Wallace-28.
Nays-Mr. Richinrds-- 1
So the bill passed- title ':s stited.
Ordered that the :nI. o e e certified to the Senate.
On motion of Mr. Osgd,, '.l. Thonmpson was excused until
iondlay next..
On motion of \. Vy iatt, Mr. Scott ,w:- excused until Mon-
day next.
"On motion of h%'. G(i !c.ion, lir. ('Cssti: was excused for an in-
definite time.
Under a iunlniiiois sl:pen iun of the rule, the following com-
mittee report was received:
Hion. M. L. Sn: 'x.S, Spe:iker of the Assembly:
Stz-The Fi finance i C;nitec to whom was rerrefed Senal'



S. .. t~enq ".









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bill No. 4, report the same back with amendments, and recom-
mend its passage.
W. H. GLEASON, Chairman,
J. W. JOHNSON.
Which was read and the accompanying bill and amendments
placed among the orders of the -day.
Also the following:
lion. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR-The Committee on Enrolled Bills beg leave to report as
correctly enrolled the following memorial:
Memorial in regard to a Southern Trans-continental Interior
Line of Water Communication through the Gulf States between
the Great West and the Atlantic Ocean.
Respectfully,
B. F. OLIVEROS, Chairman,
JOHN WALLACE.
Which was read.
On motion, the Assembly took a recess until 15 minutes be-
fore 5 o'clock, p. m.


FIFTEEN MINUTES BEFORE FIVE O'CLOCK, P. M.

The Assembly resumed its session.
A quorum present.
On motion, the Assembly resolved itsel' into a Committee of
Ithe Whole to attend the Managers to the High Court of Im-
peachment-Mr. Scott in the Chair.
On motion the committee rose and were discharged.
The Speaker and Chief Clerk signed the following bill:
A bill to be entitled an act to appropriate certain moneys
therein named.
On motion, the Assembly adjourned until 10 o'clock, to-mor-
row morning.

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SATURDAY, 3May 4, 1872,

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to their
miames:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Allen, Alexander, Boyd, Bridges, Cessiln,
Clark, Colceiin, Duke, Elijah, Frink. Gibson, Gleason, Johnsoii.









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Livingston, Logan, McIllne-, McRae, Neal of Jacksion, Orman,
Osgood, Oliveros, Richards, Robinson, Stearns of Escambia,
Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-28.
A quorum present.
Prayer by Mr. Bridges of Suwannee.
On motion of Mr. Clark, the reading of yesterday's journal
was dispensed with, and the journal corrected and approved.
Mr. Gleason asked and obtained the unanimous consent of the
Assembly to introduce the following bills:
A bill to be entitled an act to provide for a tax ot telegraphs;
And, a bill to be entitled an actto appropriate the moneys col-
lected to create a sinking fund and to pay the interest upon the
public debt;
Which were placed among the orders of the day.
The following committee report was received:
Hon. M. L. STEA.NS, Speaker of the Assembly:
"SIR-The Committee on Enrolled Bills report as correWly en-
rolled the following bill:
An act to compel Railroad Companies to pay for property
destroyed, killed or injured by their trains, and to provide for
summons and other process to recover the value of property so
destroyed, killed or injured.
SB. F. OLIVEROS, Chairman.
JOHN WALLACE.
Which was read.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.

Senate bill No. 2, to be entitled an act to provide for a more
efficient collection of the revenue,
Was taken up and read the first time.
On motion of Mr. Gleason, the bill was referred to the Com-
mittee on Finance and Taxation.
Assembly bill No. 14, to be entitled an act to provide for fr
tax on telegraphs,
Was taken up and read the first time.
The Speaker and Chief Clerk signed the following bill and
memorial:
An act entitled an act to compel Railroad Companies to pay
for property destroyed, killed or injured by their trains, and to
provide for the service of summons and other process in suits to
recover the value of property so destroyed, killed or injured.
Memorial in regard to a Trans-continental Interior Line of
Water Communication through the Gulf States between the
Great West and the Atlantic Ocean.
The time appointed for the resumption of the trial of Harrison
Reed, Governor. having arrived, on motion of Mr. (,Iceason, the









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Assembly resolved itself into a ConruiLtuc of the Whole to at-
tend the Managers to the High Court of Impeachment-M1r.
McInnes in the Chair.
On motion, the committee rose and were discharged.
On motion of Mr. Gleason, the Assembly took a recess until
"0 o'clock, p. m.



THREE O'CLOCK, P. M.

The Assembly resumed its session.
A quorum present.
Mr. Wallace moved that Assembly bill No. -, in relation to
the roads of this State, be taken up;
Which was not agreed to.
On motion, the Committee on Finance and Taxation made the
following report:
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR-The Committee on Finance and Taxation to whom was
referred Senate bill No. 2, report the same back with an amend-
munt, by inserting in the first line, after the words "Collector
of Revenue," the words "hereafter appointed," and recommend
its passage'f.
W. IH. GLEASON, Chairman.
"J. W. JOHNSON.
W Lich was read.
On motion, the rule was unanimously waived, and the bill read
the second time, and the amendment offered by the committee
read.
Mr. Johnson moved the adoption of the amendment;
Which was not agreed to.
Mr. Johnson moved that the rule be waived and the bill read
the third time;
Upon which the yeas and nays were called for, and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Alexander, Bridges, Cruse, Clark, Coleman,
Duke, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gleason, Johnson, Livingston, Logan,
McInnes, McRae, Orman, Osgood, Oliveros, Robinson, Wyatt,
Wells and Wallace-24.
Nays-Messrs. Allen, Gibson, Neal of Jackson, Richards and
Stearns of Escambia--5.
More than two-thirds having voted in the affirmative, the rule
was waived and the bill read the third time and put upon its pas-
sage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Allen, Alexander, Bridges, Cessna, Cruse,
Clark, Cioeman, Duke, Elijah, Friink Gass, Gibson, Gleason,










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Johnson, Logan, McInnes, MeRae, Neal of Jackson, Ormau.
Osgood, Oliveros, Robinson, Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-25.
Nays-Messrs. Livingston, Richards arid Stearns of Escambia
-3.
So the bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
Senate bill No. 4, to be entitled an act in relation to ('Cop-
troller's Warrants and Treasurer's Certificates,
Whs taken up and read the second time, and the amendments
offered by the committee read.
Mr. Gleason moved the adoption of the a-enumendenits;
Pending which--
The Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate appel:red at the bar :;n
notified the Assembly that the Senate was now sitting as a
High Court of Impeachment.
Whereupon, on motion of Mr. Cessln, rhe Assembly resolve
itself into a Committee of the Whole to itt.end the M-anagers to
r;he High Court of Impeachment-Mr. lobinson in the chair.
After a brief atbsince, the Commit .i. returned, reported urnd
were discharged.
On motion of Mr. Wallace. the \Assemly resolved itself into
a, Committee of the Whole on the State of the Country-Mr.
G(le-ason in the chair.
After some time spent therein, the C(nulnmittee rose, and on
n1)io0n the As'ei'mbly took a recess until 8 o'clock p. m.


KI1GHT O'CLOCK. P1. M.

'The Assem1ll v :"isumed its session.
The roll being called, the following members ;sl.w\\.l.eI,
'heir names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Allen, Alexander, Bridges, Cessna, Cruse.
Clark, Coleman, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gibson, Gleason, Johnson,
Livingston, Logan, McInnes, McRae, Neal of Jackson, Orman,
Oliveros, Richards, R ob)inson, Stoarns of E.scambii. TVV t.
Wells and Wallace-27.
A quoruml present.u
i, fll,',wii ,r ,i'<-;e \, :'.s reciv.ed1 froin the SLi:,it. :
SEx 'ATI-: (.f trnFx "M:" 4, 1 sN 7 .
lion. M. L. SJ' EN.vNS, Speaker of the Assembly :
Si,: I am directed to inform you that the Senate has adopted
memorial to Congress for the establishment. of a mail route ifroi
XNew Smyrna to Hawkinsville, via Spring Hill and Lake Beres-
ford ; also
Joint resolution relative to adjonurnmniet :also










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Substitute for Assembly bill No. 5, a bill to be entitled an act
to alter and amend an act relating to the finances of this State.
Respectfully,
LEROY D. BALL, Secretary.
Which was read.
The Senate substitute for Assembly bill No. 5, to be entitled;
an act to alter and amend an act relating to the finanices of this
State,
Was taken up and read the first time.
The rule was unanimously waived and the substitute read the
second and third times.
Upon the question, Shall the substitute e v concurred in ? the
vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Allen, Alexander, Boyd, Bridges, Cruse, Clark,
Coleman, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gibson, Gleason, Johnson, Liv-
ingston, Logan, McInnes, McRae, Neal of Jackson, Oliveros,
Richards, Robinson, Stearns of Escambia, Wyatt, Wells and
Wallace-25.
Nays-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Cessna and Orman-3.
So the substitute was concurred in.
Senate concurrent resolution relative to adjournment, which
reads as follows:
Resolved by the Senate, the Assembly conc.irri/j, That the
Extraordinary Session of the Legislature do adjourn sine die oni
Monday, the 6th day of May, A. D. 1872, at 12 o'clock m.,
Was taken up and read.
Mr. Cessna moved that the resolution be laid on the table:
Upon which the yeas and nays were called for and were:
Yeas--Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Boyd, Cessna, Cruse, Coleman,
Frink, Gass, Gibson, Johnson, Livingston, Logan, Neal of Jack-
son, Orman, Robinsor and Wallace-15.
Nays-Messrs. Allen, Alexander, Bridges, Clark, Elijah,
Gleason, McInnes, McRae, Oliveros, Richards, Stearns of Es-
cambia, Wyatt and Wells-13.
So the resolution was laid on the table.
Mr. Richards offered the following resolution:
-Resolved by this Assembly, That we, as representatives of the
people of the State of Florida, do solemnly protest against the
action of the' Senate in discharging and acquitting Harrison
Reed, Governor of Florida, without an impartial trial.
Upon the adoption of the resolution the yeas and nays were
called for and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Allen, Alexander, Boyd, Bridges, Cessnia,
Cruse, Coleman, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gibson, Johnson, Living-
ston, Logan, Neal of Jackson, Orman, Oliveros, Richards, Rob-
inson, Stearns of Escambia and Wallace-21.










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Na.^--M-,-ir "Wells---6.
So the resolution was adopted.
The following committee report was received :
The Committee on Enrolled Bills bc, leave to rtpo,.n e fol-
low-ing memorial as correctly enrolled, viz:
Memorial to Congress for the establishment of a mail route
f'rom New Sinmrnn to THawkin:ville, via Spring Hill and Lk -
fCrICforc<. B. F. OLIVEROS,
J. WALLACE,
Committee.
The Speaker and Chief Clerk signed the following memorial
Memorial to Congress for the establishment of a mail route
from New Smyrna to IIawkinlsvill. via Spring Hill arnd Lnk.
Eeresford.
Assembly bill N,. 13, to be entitled an act to appropriate the
m.oneys collected to create ii sinking' fund and to pay the in-
It rest upon the -public debt,
Was read the first time.
Mr. Wallace moved that the bill be iindefinitcly posponed;
Upon which the yeas and nays were called for and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Allen, Alexander, Ioyd, Cessna, Cruse, Elijah,
Frink, Gass, Gibson, Livihgston, Logan, Mclnnes, IMeFae, Neal
of Jackson, Orman, Oliveros, Richards, Robinson. Stearns of
.Escamrrbi, Wells and VWallace-21.
N'ays-Messrs. 'Bridges, Clark, Coleman, les.,on, Johnso,
and Wyatt-G.
So the bill was indefinitely postponed.
On motion, the A\embll adjourned until Monday morning 10
o'clock,












MONDAY, May 6, i8 '.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called the following members answered o their
names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Allen, Alexander, Boyd, Bridges,:Cessna,
Cruse, Clark, Duke, Elijah, Frink, Gass, Gibson, Gleason, John-
son, Livingston, Logan, McInnes, MrRae, Neal of Jackson, Or-
man, Osgood, Oliveros, Richards, Robinson, Stearns of Escam-
bia, Wells and Wallace-28.
A quorum present,
Prayer by Mr. Bridges of Suwannee.
On motion of Mr. Gleason, the reading of Saturday's journal
was dispensed with, and the journal corrected and approved.
-The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, May 4, 1872.
aon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly: .
SiR-I am directed to inform you that the Senate has passed
Assembly bill No. 10, to be entitled an act to protect the State
against an over issue of Juror and Witness Certificates, and to
make the same receivable for taxes, with amendments, and ask
thfe ccurrenrrce of the Assembly thereto.
Senate bill No. 9, to be entitled an act to locate the county
site of Brevard county. .
S, Senate bill No. 10, to be entitled an act authorizing the South-
ern Inland Navigation Company to merge its corporate powers
-with the Southern Inland Improvement. Company.
Senate bill No. 7, to be entitled an act making appropriations
to cover deficiencies in the general appropriation bill.
"Also adopted memorial to Congress in relation to U. S. Dis-
trict Court. Respectfully,
LEROY D. BALL, Secretary.
Which was read, and the accompanying bills, memorial, and
-amendments to Assembly bill No. 10, placed among the orders
Sof the day.
Also the following:
SENATE CHAMBER, May 6, 1872.
SHon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR-I am directed to inform you that the Senate has adopted
:concurrent resolution relative to printing impeachment proceed-
ings in pamphlet form.
Respectfully,
LEROY D.-BALL, Secretary,
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"Which was read, and the accompanying resolution placed
among the orders of the day.
The following committee report was received :
lion. M. L. STEAnwS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SI : The Committee on Enrolled Bills beg leave to report as
correctly enrolled the following bill:
An act entitled an act to alter and amend an act relating to
the finances of this State.
B. F. O.LIVEROS,
J. WALLACE,
Committee.
Wh ih was read.
The Speaker and Chief Clerk signed the following :
Substitute for Assembly bill No. 5, to be entitled an act to
alter and amend an act relating to the finances of this State, ap,
proved Janmary 26th, 1871.
A bill to be entitled an act to, protect the State against an
over-issue offjuror and witness certificates and to make the same
receivable for taxes,

ORDERS OF THE DAY.
Senate amendments to Assembly bill No. 10, to be entitled an
net to protect the State against an over-issue of juror and witness
certificates, ind to make the same receivable for taxes,
Were taken up and read, 'ad concurred in by the following
vote:
Yeas-Messrs. Allen, Alexander, Boyd, Bridges, Cessna, Cruse,
Clark, Coleman, Elijah, Frink, Gass, G ibson, Gleason, Johnson,
Livingston, Logan, McEnnes, McRae, Neal of Jackson, Osgood,
Oliveros, Steams of Escambia, Wells and Wallace--24.
Nays-Messrs. Orman, Richards and Robinson--3.
On miiotion, the Senate concurrent resolution relative to adt
journment was taken up and read as follows
Resolved by the Senate, the JAssembly concurring, That ith
Extraordinary Session of the Legislature do adjourn sine die on
Monday, the 6th day of May, A. D. 18'72, at 12 ocldock mxi
Mr. Johnson moved its adoption
Which was unanimously agreed to .
Senate bill No. 7, to be entitled an.act making npoprpriations
to cover deficiencies in the general .approprition bill, approved
May -, 1872,
W. X taken-np.
"Mr. Neal cire& the following amendment:-









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For Peeler & Raney, counsel for Lieut.-Governor Day, $500,
and so much of contingent fund as remains in Lieut.-Governor's
hands yet unexpended;
Which was adopted.
Mr. Wallace offered the following:
Strike out $1,500 and insert $1,000;
Which was not adopted.
On motion, the amendment offered by Mr. Neal, which reads
as follows: -
For Peeler & Raney, counsel for Lieut.-Governor Day, $500,
and so much of contingent fund as remains in Lieut Governor's
hands yet unexpended,
Was reconsidered.
Mr. Gibson moved that the bill be indefinitely postponed ;
Upon which the yeas and nnys were called for and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Boyd, Bridges, Cessna, Cruse, Coleman, Eli.
jah, Gass, Gibson, Jolnson, Livingston, Neal of Jackson. Or.
man, Osgood, Robinson, Stearns of Escaubia, Wyatt, Wells
and Wallace-18.
Navs-Messrs. Allen, Alexander, Clark, Frink, Gleason, Mc-
Innes, McRae, Oliveros and Richards-9.
So the bill was indefinitely postponed.
The following communication was received from the Gov.
ernor :
EXECUTIVE OFFICE,
Tallahassee, Fla., May 6, 1872.
Hon. M. L. STEARNs, Speaker of the Assembly:
SSiR-I have the honor to inform the Assembly that I have this
day signed and filed in the office of the Secretary of State the
following bill, originating in the Assembly:
An act entitled an act to alter and amend an act relating to
the finances of this State.
Very respectfully, &c.,
HARRISON REED.
Which was read.
Under a unanimous suspension of the rule, Senate bill No. 10,
to be entitled an act authorizing the Southern Inland Navigation
Company to merge its corporate powers with the Southern In-
land Navigation and Improvement Company,
Was taken up and read.
The rule was waived by unanimous consent, and the bill read
the second and third times and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Alexander, Boyd, Bridges, Cessna, Cruse,
Clark, Coleman, Duke, Elijah, Gass, Gibson, Gleason, Johnson,
Livingston, Logan, McInnes, McRae, Neal of Jackson, Orman,
Osgood, Robineon, Stearus of E-;cambia, Wyatt, W'eU6 and VWal
le--26 .













.Nays-L'Messrs. Allen, Frink, Oliveros and Richards-4.
So the bill passed-title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
The following committee report was received:
Hon. MI. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR-The Committee on Enrolled Bills report as correctly en-
rolled the following bill:
SAn act entitled an act to protect the State against an over-
issue of junior and witness certificates and to make the same re-
ceivable for taxes. :
B. F. OLIVEROS, Chairman.
JOHN WALLACE.
Which was read.
SUnder a unanimous suspension of the rule, Senate bill No. 9,
to be entitled an act to locate the county site of Brevard county,
Was read the first time.
"Thi rule was unanimously waived and the bill read the second
and third times, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Allen, Alexander, Boyd, Bridges, Cessna,
Cruse, Clark, Elijah, Frink, Gibson, Gleason, Johnson, Living-
ston, McInnes, McRae, Orman, Oliveros, Stearns of Escambia,
Wyatt, Wells and Wallace-21.
Nays-Messrs. Coleman, Duke, Gass, Neal of Jackson, Os-
good and Richards-6.
So the bill passed--title as stated.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate..
Mr. Gass offered the following protest:
Whereas, on the 10th day of February; A. D. 1872, the As-
sembly of the State of Florida, in the name of the Assembly and
in the name of all the people of the State of Florida, did, at the
bai ofthe Senate of Florida, impeach Harrison Reed, Governor
of Florida, of high crimes and misdemeanors, incompetency,
malfeasance in office and conduct detrimental to good morals;
And whereas, said Assembly, in their'fourteen articles:exhib-
ited by them at the bar of the said Senate, did charge--
.First. That said Reed, in the year 1870, did cause to be is-
sued and did sign his official signature as Governor to five hun-
dred and twenty-eight thousand dollars of State bonds in excess
of the amount authorized by the act of the Legislature of Jan-
uary 28th, 1870, and with intent to violate said act.
:Second. That in the year 1870, said Reed, in violation of the
Constitution of the State of Florida, and contrary to the pro-
visions of the act of the Legislature approved January 28, 1870,
did fraudulently conspire to issue State bonds to the amount of.












one million dollars for the purpose of purchasing the stock of the
Florida Atlantic and Gulf Central Railroad Company, in collu-
sion with other persons for his and their pecuniary benefit.
Third. That in A. D. 1870, said Reed caused to be issued and
did himself sign his official signature as Governor to one million
dollars of State Bonds, for the purpose of purchasing the stock
of the Fla., At. &, G. C. R. R. Co., for the use and benefit of cer-
tain persons, and in violation of the Constitution and laws of the
State of Florida.
Fourth. That in A. D. 1870, said Reed did cause to be issued
and did sign his official signature as Governor to FOUR MILLION
DOLLAnRS OF STATE BONDS for the use and benefit of the J. P. &
M R. Co., having full notice of the fraudulent title of said
Company to said Pen. & Ga. and Tallahassee .Railroads, and
with intent to violate the Constitution and laws of the State of
Florida.
Fifth. That in A. D. 1869, said Reed, in violation of the Con-
stitution and laws of this State, did fraudulently conspire, with
one Milton S. Littlefield and divers other persons, to embezzle
the moneys received from the hypothecation of State Bonds,
issued under Acts of the Legislature of Florida, and did embez-
zle a large amount of said moneys to the amount of twenty-two
thousand dollars.
Sixth. That said Reed, in violation of the Constitution and
laws of this State, in the year 1871, did receive from M. S. Lit-
tlefield, the sum of $3,500 as a consideration to influence his
official action in sustaining the claim of the J. P. & M. R. R. to
the property of the Pen. & Ga. and Tallahassee and F. A. & G.
Railroads.
Seventh. That said Reed, in A. D. 1869, with intent to violate
the Constitution and laws of' Florida, did conspire with one
Charles Pond and with E. B. Bulkley of the ci'y of New York
to defraud the State of Florida of' the sum of fifteen thousand
dollars, and did defi'aud said State of $15,000 of State, bonds ap-
plied to the purchase of arms and equipment.
Eighth. That said Reed, in violation of the Constitution and
laws of Florida, did, in January, 1869, receive from I. K. Rob-
erts $1,140 in United States currency, and did tender to the
Treasurer of Florida State scrip in lieu thereof.
Ninth. That in A. D. 1872, said Reed, in violation of the Con-
stitution and laws of this State, did conspire to influence one J.
W. Toer, a Justice of the Peace, in the exercise of his judicial
action in the case of The State of Florida vs. Geo. W. Swepson,
then pending before him...










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Tenth. That said Reed, in the year 1871, in violation of the
Constitution and laws, did unlawfully conspire with one Aaron
Barnett to prostitute his official influence and position to the uses
and purposes of said Barnett in receiving $10,000 from said Bar-
nett for his official sanction and signature to a contract for the
conveyance of Internal Improvement lands to said Barnett, as
assignee of said contract, from the J., P. & M.. R R. Co., and
did receive said $10,000 from said Barnett for the reasons and
purposes aforesaid.
Eleventh. That said Reed in violation of the Constitution and
laws of Florida, in the year 1869, did unlawfully and improperly
appropriate $6.948.63, placed in his possession by J. D. West-
cott, Jr., to be paid into the State Treasury, and instead of pay-
ing said money into the Treasury did substitute therefore certain
securities of tile State of Florida, purchased by him at a large
discount, and did pay said securities into the said Treasury and
appropriate to his own personal use and benefit the difference
rising from said speculation, and with intent to defraud the
State.
T..elftLh. That aid ITarrison Reed, in the Arears 1870, '71 and
'72, in violation of the Constitution and laws, did embezzle mn-
eys belonging to the State of Florida, to wit: the sum of $I,-
897.24, ini the possession of J. C. Gibbs, Secretary of State, and
did appropropriate said moneys to his own use and benefit.
Thirteenth. That said Reed in 1871, did divert, misapply and
unlawfully appprpriate the sum -of $11,000 of the Contingent
Fund appropriated by the State of Florida, and did appropriate
and apply a large portion of said sum to his own use and benefit.
F-ourteenth/ That in the year 1870, said Reed did wrongfully
and maliciously misrepresent and fllsify his official acts and do-
ings to one T. W. Brevard, for the purpose of affecting the in-
terest of certain persons and parties, and to the detriment of the
public interest.
And whereas, On the 19th day of February, A, D. 1872, the
said Reed filed his plea of not guilty to said Artcles of Impeach-
ment, and the Assembly on the same day filed their replication
thereto, and then the Legislature, seeing that under the limit.
tion of the Constitution it could sit in that session but eleven
days Jonger, during which time it would be impossible to try the
case, adjourned, after passing a concurrent resolution requesting
the Acting Governor to reconvene them in extra session at an
early day;
And whereas, In pursuance of said resolution, the Acting
Governor did reconvene the Legislature in its present session,
and thereupon the Assembly did immediately appear at the bar











of tlie Senate and announce itself ready to proceed with the tri-
al and make good its Articles of Impenchment against said Reed;
And whereas, The Senate refused to peIrmit the Assembly to
proceed with the proof of each, every and all of the alleg:fitions
and charges in its fourteen Articles of Impeacihmnt :contained,
but, without hearing one word of evidence on either side, vuted
that said Reed was discharged and acquitted; -
Now, therefore, The undersigned members of the Assembly
do hereby most solemnly protest against the action of the S'naltt
for the following reasons:
First. Because the Constitution of this State declares that the
Assembly shall have the sole power of impeachment, and that ull
impeachments shall be tried by the Senate. Tilis takes away
from the Senate all discretion as to whether it will or will not
"try an impeachment. There is no duty in the Constitution more
imperative, nor is there any more important.
iSecond. Because the public safety demanded that the impeach-
ment should be tried and the defendant, if found guilty, should
be removed from office and disqualified from holding office in
future.
Third. Because it was due to the accused that he should be
tried and honorably acquitted if found not guilty.
Fourth. Because the Assembly having been as diligent as it
could possibly be in the prosecution of the impeachment, the re-
fusal to try by the Senate was virtually a refusal and denial to
the Assembly of the right of impeachment, vested in it by the
Constitution, and thus a taking from the people of the only means
secured to them in the Constitution of putting a check upon the
crimes and misdemeanors of their officers.
Fifth. Because said action of the Senate attempts to establish
a precedent and principle dangerous alike to the liberties of the
people and the characters of our public officers.
The undersigned respectfully request that this their protest
may be spread upon the journal of the Assembly.
T. C. GASS, W. T. ORMAN,
B. F. LIVINGSTON, J. W. JOHNSON,
R. A. STEARNS, W. K. ROBINSON,
Z.-ELIJAH, J. H. RICHARDS,
J. M. BRIDGES, BIRCH GIBSON,
I-ARRY CRUSE, W. P. FRINK,
SAMUEL BOYD, JOHN WALLACE,
R H. WELLS, W. K. CESSNA,
EPHRAIM LOGAN, B. H. NEAL.
I concur in every particular with the foregoing protest, signed
by a large majority of all the members present.
M. L. STEARNS, Speaker,












Which was- received an:4 on motion ordered to be spread q ,
upon the journal.
Ordered, That 500 copic,'bf to-day's journal be printed for-
the use of members of the Icgislature.
Mr. Johnson offered the ibllowing resolution:
Resolved, That this Assembly has confidence in the ability,.
integrity and honesty of the Hon. Samuel T, Day, Lieutenant-
Governor and late Acting Governor of this State, and that this
body tender to him a vote of thanks.
Which was unanimously adopted.
The hour of 12 m. having arrived, the Speaker announced the
Assembly adjourned sine die, in accordance with concurrent
resolution.













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