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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
Alternate Title: Assembly journal
Caption title: Journal of the Assembly of the State of Florida, at the ... session of the Legislature
Physical Description: v. : ; 23 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Florida -- Legislature. -- House of Representatives
Publisher: State Printer
Place of Publication: Tallahassee
Creation Date: January 5, 1869
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Subjects / Keywords: Legislative journals -- Periodicals -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Genre: government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
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General Note: At head of title: Assembly journal.
General Note: Description based on: 4th session (1871).
Funding: Digitized for the Florida House of Representatives, the Office of the Clerk.
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Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Florida House of Representatives. Office of the Clerk.
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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Preceded by: Journal of the proceedings of the House of Representatives of the ... General Assembly of the State of the State of Florida, at its ... session
Succeeded by: Journal of the proceedings of the House of Representatives of the ... session of the Legislature of the State of Florida

Table of Contents
    Title Page
        Page 1
        Page 2
    January 1869
        Tuesday, January 5
            Page 3
            Page 4
        Wednesday, January 6
            Page 5
            Page 6
        Thursday, January 7
            Page 7
            Page 8
            Page 9
            Page 10
            Page 11
            Page 12
            Page 13
            Page 14
            Page 15
            Page 16
            Page 17
            Page 18
        Friday, January 8
            Page 19
            Page 20
            Page 21
            Page 22
            Page 23
        Saturday, January 9
            Page 24
            Page 25
            Page 26
            Page 27
        Monday, January 11
            Page 28
            Page 29
        Tuesday, January 12
            Page 30
            Page 31
        Wednedsay, January 13
            Page 32
            Page 33
        Thursday, January 14
            Page 34
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        Friday, January 15
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        Saturday, January 16
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        Monday, January 18
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        Tuesday, January 19
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        Wednesday, January 20
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        Thursday, January 21
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        Friday, January 22
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        Saturday, January 23
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        Monday, January 25
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        Tuesday, January 26
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        Wednesday, January 27
            Page 110
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        Thursday, January 28
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        Friday, January 29
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        Saturday, January 30
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    February 1869
        Monday, February 1
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STATE OF FLORIDA,

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pegun and Held at the Capitol, in the C(iy of Tallalassie, on
Tuesday, January 5th, 18G9.



MARCUS L. STEARNS, (oF GADSDEN), SPEAKER..
DR. WM. FORSYTH BYNUM (or SUWANNEE), 'CLERK.




TALLAHASSEE FLA. :
EDWI. M. CHENEY, STATE ]PRTiR.
1869. :-



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JOURNAL

Of the ) e/hy of the ^U.te ofFlorid. at tie Second SeLs
sion orf the Leis'Clature, belc and held (t tie Capitol in the
City of Tldahassee, i t'e State of Flridoia, on Tuesday,
the ,jift d!, of Jau'ar, A. I). 18tiY, bei.If the day fi,;ed
by th(o Constittion, of tihe tatde of Ilorid 'jr ihe meeting y of0
the Legislature.

The Assembly v,.was called to order 2at 12 o'clooci, ., by Doc-'
tor William Forsyth B'ynum, Chief Clerk.
"UTpon the call of the roll the fbliowing numbers, were, present :
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Bostij, r1dwvell, Cox Cruce,
DeLaney, Erwin, Fortune, Gralhm, Green of .,anatee, Greeno,
Harris, Hodges, AMcKinnon, Mill, Raney, Robinson, Reodg'ers,
Scott, Siimpsn, Steans, ;e\art, Thoimpsons, Urquhart, Varnum,
Watson, and WTell s-28.
A quorum 'present.
Mr. Varnumr moved to proceed to a reoraiztion ote
sembly.
Mr. Fortune moved that the motion be indefinitely post-
poned.
Upon which the yeas and :-ays were called for by 3MIessrs.
Fortune, Simpson, and 1)eLDaney, ad were:
Yeas -Messrs. Bog, Cruce, D eye,Erwin, Fortune, Gra-
ham, Greeno H ars, oe Mills, Robinson, ,Rodgcers, Scott,
Simpson, Stewart, Thompson, UIr art, and W l-18.
Nays-Messrs. Bostick, Bradwvc!, Cox, Green of Manatee,
Hill, McKinnon, ianey, Stears, YaVnI, and atson-11.
Agreed to.
Mr.. Fortune onlered the following, r.soIVtion:
-Resolved, That a committee of three ,e app;.td by t he
Speaker. to wait upon his Excellency Ha:r-, so;n . no-
tify him that the Assembl'r is in session, o receive
any communications he may vh to
'Which was read and adopted, :indl the, following committee
were appointed:
Messrs. Fortune, Raney, and Harris, who, after a brief ab-
sence, reported that the Governor would meet the Legislature in
joint session a 4 o'C'lo,, P. 3M., and were dis(chard.


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On lotion '4f Mr. Green, of Man[:tUee, Mr. Walker, miembre"
'elect from Leon cou nty, came forward, presented his credentials.
and was sworn iv the Chief Clerk.
On motion, a committee consisting of Messrs. Simpson, Greeno'
and Bogue, were appointed to wait upon the Senate and inform
them that the Assembly was in session, and ready for business.
After a brief absence the committee made their report and were
discharged.
Mr. Raney offered the following resolution:
Resolved by the Assembly, That a committee of three be ap-
pointed to invite the Senate to meet the Assembly in Joint Ses-
sion, at 4 o'clock, P. M., to receive the Governor's message ;
Which was adopted, and Messrs. Raney, Stearns and Erwin
were appointed said committee.
Mr. Erwin offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed by this
House to investigate the charges informally presented against
his Excellency, Governor Reed, to this House, November 7th,
1868. Said committee to have power to send for persons and
papers, and sit during the session of the Legislature.
Mr. Fortune offered the following as a substitute:
-Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed by the
Chair to investigate the charges lately made against Governor
Reed. That the committee be authorized to send for persons
and papers, and to make a thorough investigation, and to re-
port the result to this body.
Pending which, the Assembly took a recess until 3 o'clock,
P. M.







8 O'CLOCK, P. M.

Th' Assembly resumed its session.
The roll being called, the following members were present:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Cruce, Er-
Win, Green, of Manatee, Greeno, Harris, Hill, McKinnbn, Mills,.
Raney, Rodgers, Stearns, Stewart, Urquhart, Varnum, and Wat-
son-19.
Not a quorunrpresent.
On motion of Mr. Varnum, the Assembly adjourned until teri
o'clock, A. M.i to-morrow.






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WEDNESDAY, January th;, 1860.
The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered 'td
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Cox, Cruce,
DeLaney, Erwin, Fortune, Graham, Green of Manatee, Greeno,
Harris, Hill, Hodges, McKinnon, McMillin, Mills, Raney).
Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stearns, Stewart, Thomp-
son, Urquhart, Varnum, Walker, Watson and Wells-31.
A quorum present.
The Journal of yesterday's proceedings was read and ap-
proved.
On motion, the Assembly took a recess until 12 o'clock, M:



12 O'CLOCK, M.

" 'The Assembly resumed its session.
A quorum present.
On motion, the Assembly took a recess until 4 o'clock, P. M.



FOUR O'CLOCK, P. M.
The Assembly resumed its session.
A quorum present.
On motion of Mr. Raney, Henry H. Forward, member elect
from Putnam county, came forward, presented his credentials,
and was sworn in by the Chief Clerk.
A message was received from the Senate informing the As-
sembly that the Senate was organized, ready for business.
Mr. Erwin offered the following:
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed by this
House to investigate the charges informally presented against
his Excellency Gov. Reed, to this House, November 1, 1868;
said committee to have power to send for persons and papers,
and sit during the daily sessions of this body.
Which was read.
Mr. Fortune offered the following as a substitute:
Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed by the
chair to investigate the charges lately made against Governor
Reed ; that the committee he authorized to send for persons





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and papers, and to make a thorough investigation, and to re-
port the result to this body.
Which wa.s read and accepted by Mr. Erwin.
Mr. Walker offered the following as a substitute for Mr. For-
tune's resolution:
WTHE:RAS, The Assembly of the State of oFlorida did, upon the
6th day of November, 1868, pass the following resolution, to
wit :
resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to prepare
and report articles of impeachment against H:urrison Reed, Gov-
ernor of Florida, with power to send for persons, pap)ers, and
records, and to take testimony under oath.
AND WHEREAS, In accordance with the said resolution Messrs.
Harman, Green of Manatee, and St.earns were appointed on
said committee ; Now therefore be it
JResolved, That Messrs. Raney and Fortune be added to said
committee, and that said committee take evidence upon the said
articles and specifications to be prepared, and submit the evi-
dence and articles to this Assembly for its consideration and
action;
Which was read, and on motion of Mr. Scott indefinitely
postponed.
Mr. Raney offered the following as a substitute for Mr. For-
tune's resolution:
WHEREAS, It is known to this Assembly to be publicly alleged
that Harrison Reed, Governor of Florida, has done and com-
mitted acts wrongful and unlawful; therefore, be it
-Resolved by the Assembly qf the State of Florida, That a
committee of five be appointed by the Speaker, to inquire into
and investigate the conduct, acts and doings of the said Harri-
son Reed, Governor of Florida, and that the said committee be
empowered and authorized to send for persons and papers, and
take testimony upon oath in the premises, and that the said
committee be required to report the results of its investigation
at its earliest convenience during the present session, and that
it ,accompany its report with the testimony taken in the said
Sma tte r ;
:itWhich was read, and upon its adoption, the vote was:
'Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Cruce,
DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Forward, Fortune, Greeno, Har-
" man, Harris, Hill, Hodges, McKinnon, McMillin, Mills, Oliver,
Osgood, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stearns,
Stewart, Thompson, Urquhart, Varnum, and Watson-30.
"Nays-Messrs. Cox, Graham, Green of Manatee, Walker, and
Wells-5. .
So the resolution was adopted.







Mr. Fortune moved to reconsider the vote just taken,and
that the reconsideration be laid on the table.
Agreed to.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, 1
January 6th, 1869.
Honorable W. W. MOORE, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIr-The Senate has passed Senate Joint Resolution, No. 1,
convening both Houses for the election of State Printer.
Very respectfully,
J. Q. DICKINSON,
Assistant Secretary of the Senate.
"Which was read, and on motion, the resolution was taken up,
read first, second and third times, under a suspension of the
rules, and put upon its passage:
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Cruce,
DeLaney, Erwin, Filer, Fortune, Green of Manatee, Greeno,
Harris, Hill, Hodges, McKinnon, McMillin, Mills, Oliver, Os-
good, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stearns,
Stewart, Thompson, Urquhart, and Watson-29.
Nays-Messrs. Cox, Graham, Harman, Varnum, Walker, and
Wells-6.
Adopted, and the Clerk requested to notify the Senate of the
same.
On motion, the Assembly adjourned until 10 o'clock to-mor-
row morning.



THURSDAY, January 7th, 1869.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll was called, and the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Cox, Cruce,
DeLaney, Erwin, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Greeno, Harman,
Harris, Hodges, McMillin, Melvin, Mills, Oliver, Osgood, Ra-
ney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stearns, Stewart,
Thompson, Urquhart, Varnum, Walker, Watson, and Wells.
A quorum present.
The journal of yesterday's proceedings was read.
,Mr. Varnum moved to correct so much of the journal as re-
fers to Senate resolution No. 1.
Mr. Harman moved that the Clerk be instructed to request







the Senate to return Senate joint resolution No. 1, to the As-
sembly.
Up'n which the yeas and nays were called for by Messrs.
Harman, Hodges, and Varnum, and were:
Yeas--Messrs. Bogne, Bostick, Brad well, Cox, Cruce, De-
Laney, Erwin, Fortune, Forward, Graham, Green of Manatee,
Greeno, Harman, Harris, Hodges, McElinnon, McMillin, Mills,
Osgood, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stearns,
Stewart, Thompson, Urquhart, Varnum, Walker, Watson, and
Wells-32.
Nays-Mr. Speaker and Mr. Oliver-2.
Agreed to.
The Speaker announced the following Committee on Investi-
gation :
Messrs. Erwin, Fortune, Harris, Varnum, and Raney.
Mr. Bostick offered the following :
Resolved, That two more members be added to the commit-
tee appointed by the chair to investigate the charges made
against His Excellency, the Governor;
Which was read and adopted.
Messrs. Oliver and Harman were added to the committee.
Mr. Bradwell offered the following:
.Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed by the
Speaker, to ascertain of the Governor at what hour he desires
to meet the Legislature for the purpose of delivering his mes-
sage;
Which was read.
Mr. Walker offered the following joint resolution as a substi-
tute:
Resolved by the Assembly, the Senate concurring, That a
committee of three be appointed by the Speaker, to act with a
similar committee on part of the Senate, to wait upon His Ex-
cellency, the Governor, and inform him that the Senate and As-
semblv were organized, and ready to receive any communica-
t6n that he may be pleased to make;
Which .was read the first, second and third times, under a
suspension of the rules, and the vote was:
.: Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Ches-
hire; Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Erwin, Fortune, Forward, Graham
.Green of Manatee, Greeno, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hbdges, Mec
Kinnon, McMillin, Melvin, Mills, Oliver, Osgood, Robinson
Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stearns, Stewart, Thompson Urq-
hart, Varnum, Walker, Watson, and Wells-36.
Nays-None.
Resolution adopted.
The following communication was received from Mr. Walls :



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N EWNANSVILLE, FLA., 1
January 1, 1869. y
To Hon. W. MooiE, Speaker of the Assembly:
SiR: Having had the honor to be elected to the Senate, i
therefore respectfully tender you my resignation as a member
of the Assembly.
I have the honor Sir, to be,
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. T. WALLS.
Which was read, and on motion, the resignation of Mr. Walls
was accepted.
A committee from the Senate appeared at the bar, and in-
formed the Assembly that the Senate was organized and ready
to proceed to business.
The following message was received from the Senate :

SENATE CHAMBER, I
January 7th, 1869.
lion. W) W. W MOORE, Speaker of the Assembly:
Sir: I am directed by the Senate to inform your Honorable
body that the Senate has appointed a committee of two, con-
sisting of Senators Hillyer and Weeks, to act with a similar
committee from the Assembly, to wait upon. the' Governor
and inform him that both Houses are organized and ready
to receive any communication he may wish to make.
Very respectfully,
J. Q. DICKINSOX,
Assistant Secretary of the Senate.
Which was read, and Messrs. Walker, McKinnon, and
Hodges were appointed a committee on the part of the Assembly,
who, after a brief absence, reported, and were discharged.
Mr. Robinson, of Jackson, offered the following:
Resolved, That all officers and attaches of the Assembly, ex-
cept Chief Clerk, be, and they are hereby, removed and dis-
charged from further duty; and the seats of all said discharged
officers and attaches are hereby declared vacant.
Which was read.
At 12 o'clock, M., the Senate entered the Assembly Hall for
the purpose of receiving the Governor's message.
The President of the Senate in the chair.
On motion of Mr. Purman, the members of the Cabinet were
invited to seats within the bar of this Hall.
On motion, the Hon. Senators, Messrs. Welch and Osborn,
also the Hon. Representative C. M. Hamilton, were invited to
cats within the bhai
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Mr. Varnum moved that all the editors and reporters of
newspapers present be invited to seats within the bar;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Raney moved that a committee of three be appointed to
wait upon his Excellency the Governor, and inform him that
the Legislature was assembled in joint meeting to receive any
communication he may wish to make.
The chair appointed Messrs. Purman, Raney, and Pearce,
said committee. After a brief absence presented his Excellency
in person, who communicated as follows.:










GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE.

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GENTLEMEN OF THE SENATE AND OF THE ASSEMBLY:

With the election of America's great military chieftain to the
highest office in the nation, the peace, welfare, and prosperity of
the Union is secured upon the basis of freedom and equal rights.
Throughout our beloved State, violent opposition to Federal
authority and Republican government has ceased, and all classes
of the people yield obedience to the laws. The last embers
of the late rebellion are rapidly dying out, and our citizens,
"" without distinction of race, color, or previous condition," are
gradually uniting in behalf of common interests and mutual
prosperity.
The newly enfranchised citizen of color sits side by side with
his white fellow, without antagonism, in the Cabinet, the halls
of legislation, the jury box, and on the Boards of Commission-
ers-occupies the magistrate's chair, and executes the decrees of
courts, without exciting violence or occasioning asperity. The
change since your last session is marvellous, and calls for grate-
ful recognition. Political antagonisms still exist and must ever
exist among a free and enlightened people; but toleration and
concession have taken the place of intolerance and proscription.
Florida stands redeemed and disenthralled, and with wise legis-
lation and judicious administration, her citizens will soon re-
deem the wastes of war and retrieve the misfortunes of the
past.
THE FINANCES.

The reports of the Comptroller and Treasurer herewith sub.
emitted, exhibit the condition of the finances of the State:








Our bonded debt. i. .
Of this debt the Internal Improvenmnt
Fund holds ..
The Seminary Fund, .
The School Fund, .
Leaving outstanding in other hands,
Of this amount there is past due, .
Due first of March, 1869,
Add floating debt, .
Amount of accumulated interest, say
Expenses for current year,
Interest on bonded debt, $548,000, at
7 per cent. .
Interest on new bonds, $300,000, at 6
per cent. .
Total to be provided for immediately,
RESOURCES :
Estimated amount of revenue for
1868, .
Special tax for expenses Constitu-
tional Convention,
Am't due from Collectors in default,
$133,935.95, of which may be re-
ceived, .. .
Bonds, $300,000, at 80 cents,

Leaving unprovided for,
To which should be added scrip au-
thorized by the Convention, and
as yet unaccounted for,

Making balance to be provided for,



57, o045.08



$45,000.00
71,292.45
190,752.63-307,045.08
$271,000.00
$2 1,000.00
30,000.00
75,846.03
150,000.00
200,000.00

38,360.00

18,000.00
S 533,206.03


4200,000.00

45,000.00


40,000.00
240,000.00-$525,000.00

$ 8,206.03


S10,000.00

$18,206.03



It should be the aim of the Legislature to provide for the im-
mediate redemption of all the obligations now outstanding, the
accumulated and accruing interest, and the current expenses of
the year, and henceforward no more scrip of any sort shoull;I be
issued. If we once resume the payment of all expenses in' casi,
as they accrue, we shall reduce these expenses from 25 to 50
per cent., and place our bonds at par.
It is understood that $132,000 of our bonds re held by the
U. S. Indian Trust Fund at Washington. The state of Florida
has an existing claim against the United States, for expendi-
tures in the Seminole war, of nearly or quite that amount, which






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we hope to make available as soon as it can be ascertained and
adjusted.
The three hundred thousand dollars in 6 per cent. 30 years
bonds, authorized at your last session, are in the Treasury await-
ing a proper adjustment of our domestic affairs, so that they
may command proper respect in the market.
In September last I visited New York with a view to a dis-
position of these bonds, but after mature reflection, and con-
sultation with financial men, I deemed it wise and prudent not
to hazard them on the market until the policy of the Federal
government should be settled by the Presidential election, and
our own financial resources were shown to be ample and relia-
ble. Wise and judicious legislation at this session may estab-
lish the fact that no Southern State resumes its position in the
Union under better financial auspices, or with more available
resources.
TAXATION.

From the report of the Comptroller, the great necessity for
legislation upon the subject of taxation is apparent. In order
to secure uniformity of taxation, there should be uniform fair-
ness in the valuation of property. In some counties the same
class of lands is valued at one half the amount it is in others.
This is wrong and unjust, and the strong arm of the law should
be exercised to secure fairness and equality. I earnestly recom-
mend the organization of a Board of Equalization, with full and
ample power over subordinate officers of the revenue to secure
the desired result. I would also recommend that a failure upon
the part of the revenue officers to make returns at the time pre-
scribed by law, be made an offense, punishable by fine and im-
pris onment.
I respectfully commend to your consideration the suggestions
of the Comptroller upon this and other points.

PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM.

No organization of a system of public schools for the State
has yet been perfected. The State Superintendent appointed in
July, has been absent from the State for the past four months,






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probably gathering iniformnation for presentation, but ha:s sub-
mitted no report of his proceedings. It will be necessary that
a well-prepared plan for the early inauguration of the system 'o
public education contemplated in the Constitution be enacted
at this session.
No organization of the Historical Bureau in this Department
has yet been reported, nor has any visible action been taken to-
"ward the establishment of a cabinet of minerals and other natu-
ral productions as contemplated.

IMMIGRATION.

An increasing and wide-spread interest is felt throughout the
Northern States in regard to emigration to Florida. A proper
exhibition of the advantages and resources of the State will
bring to our borders large accessions from the intelligent
yeomanry as well as the capitalists of the North.
No organization of this department has as yet been attempted
by the Commissioner, and no report of his transactions has been
received. In answer to the increasing demand from all quarters
for information relating to the State, in the absence of the
Commissioner from the State, I have engaged J. S. Adams, Esq.,
a gentleman well qualified for the duty, to prepare for gratuitous
circulation a pamphlet of 100. or 150 pages, setting forth the
resources and peculiar advantages of every portion of the State.
This pamphlet will be ready for delivery before the close of the
present session, and will prove a valuable auxiliary to the
developmentand prosperity of the State. I have also ordered
for immediate distribution 1000 copies of a pamphlet prepared
by Mr. Adams for a land agency at Jacksonville. No State
expenditure will afford larger returns than this.
In this connection I invite attention to the efforts of farmers
and planters in behalf of a State Agricultural Society, which is
now in the full tide of successful experiment, and which com-
mends itself to the fostering care of the Legislature, as an
auxiliary to immigration and development. I recommend that
provision be made for the publication by the State of the
annual report of this Society-its transactions, essays, addresses,
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lUAIttLA1) S YSTEM.
While the railroad system of contiguous States is rapidly
improving, ours still languishes and makes no progress towards
completion.
In 1857 an accurate survey and estimate for a road from the
Chattahoocheo to Pensacola was made, and large grants of lands
were secured for the work. That project now awaits the atten-
tion of capitalists and the fostering hand of friendly legislation.
The length of this road as surveyed is 154 miles. It can be
constructed and equipped probably for $2,500,000. Six hundred
thousand acres of United States lands were granted for this
work, and the State could well afford to add from her domain
as much more to secure its early completion. It will unite the
best harbor and most promising commercial town on the Gulf
with the cities on the Atlantic, and is essential to the unity,
prosperity, and development of the State. I cannot too strong-
ly commend it to your favor.
I also recommend that provision be made for an immediate
survey and estimates, at State expense, for the construction of a
railroad from some point on the Florida Railroad to Tampa
Bay, Charlotte Harbor, and Key West. Such a road would be
of national importance, and would render (with the road to Pen-
sacola) our State railroad system complete, and add hundreds
of thousands to the population of our State. A large grant of
lands was made for this work, and its advantages will attract
the attention of capitalists.
STATE PENITENTIARY.

In September last, I applied in person at Washington, and
obtained from the Secretary of War, and the Commissioner of
the Bureau of Freedmen, Refugees, and Abandoned Lands, the
use of the United States Arsenal property, at Chattahoochee,
for a State penitentiary. The buildings are ample, and with the
proper modifications will accommodate 300 convicts. No ap-
propriation was made at the last session for the expenses of such
an institution, but the want of proper jails for the confinement
of felons has rendered it necessary that it should be opened im-
tnediately for convicts. I have, therefore, assumed the responsi-





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ability of alppropriatiing f'ron the Executive contingent fund the
necessary means to procure temporary supplies. A prison guard
of fourteen men has been enlisted, and nine convicts have been
introduced to this home for State criminals. Provision should
be made at this session for fitting up the buildings with cells 11an
accommodations for at least one hundred convicts. I have
caused proposals to be invited for furnishing iron cells to be intro-
duced into the main building, and the Adjutant General will
submit estimates for the necessary expenses of fitting and fir-
nishing the prison for the current year.

HOME FOR THE FRIEN;DLESS.
On the 1st Januvirv inst., the Assistant1 Commissioner of Freed-
men for Florida turned over to my care twenty destitute and
helpless freedmen, who had up to that time been provided for
by the Federal Government at Magnolia; together with a quan-
tity of bedding, furniture, and hospital stores remaining on hand.
I placed these helpless and dependent persons in charge of the
Adjutant General, to be provided for at Chattahoochee, where
'there are buildings ample for their accommodation ; where their
attention will cost less than at any other point, and where they
can be under the care of the surgeon of the State prison. One
of these has died since being received, and others are entirely
dependent from insanity, imbecility, epilepsy, &c., &c.
It will be for you to determine whether these paupers shall be
turned back upon the counties from which they may have been
gathered, or whether the State will provide a home where they
can be made comfortable. I have made temporary arrangements
.for their expenses, from the Executive contingent fund.
I recommend that a State institution be provided for such
persons, where they may be maintained at the expense of the
State, or the counties from which they severally come, or that
the eoutities be granted each a tract of State land, and be re-'
quired to make permanent provision for this class.
THE MILITIA.
No organization of the militia has been attempted under the
law of the last session, and no militia officers have yet been ap-
pointed :








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1st. Because a law of Congress (of doubtful force) has prolib"
ited it; and
2d. Because the presence of Federal troops rendered it un-
necessary. Several volunteer companies of patriotic citizens,
both white and colored, have been enrolled, and have selected
their officers, but in the sensitive condition of the popular miiid,
I have deemed it unwise to accept these organizations, though
believe, with the repeal of the act of Congress, and the firm es-
tablishment of Republican government, now acquiesced in by all
classes, the time is at hand when a thorough enrollment and
organization of the militia may be safely had.
LANDS AND INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT FUND.
The reports of the Surveyor General and the Board of Trustees
of the Internal Improvement Fund show the affairs of that de-
partment in rather a confused and unsatisfactory condition, but
exhibit vast resources which invite immigration and afford ample
means for internal development.
SDuring the last two years, and since the last report, four hun-
dred and sixty-three thousand two hundred and fifty-five 95-100
acres of our State domain have been disposed of as follows:
To H. L. Hart, for improving navigation of the
Ocklawaha, 33,006.03 acres.
To E.N. Dickenson, for interest on bonds of the
Florida Railroad, 246,507.44 "
To Wm. E. Jackson, for interest on bonds Flor-
ida, Atlantic, & Gulf Central Railroad, 113,064.80. "
To purchasers, 70,677.68 "

Total,. 463,255.95 "
The amount of the State domain undisposed of, is estimated
at ten million seven hundred and eighteen thousand four hundred
and thirty-seven acres. To this may be added several millions
of acres yet unsurveyed, which will inure to the State under
the acts of Congress.
There is due to the Sinking Fund, for the redemption of the
bonds of the Pensacola and Georgia Railroad Company, one
hundred and fifty thousand dollars, for the non-payment of
which the road is forfeited, and the bondholders have been in-
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formed that the road will be sold by the trustees. When this
is done, and the bonds of the Company are surrendered, the In-
ternal Improvement Fund will be released from further liability
in that connection.
AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION.
I earnestly renew the recommendation of my last message for
the amendment of the Constitution, by striking out section 27
of Article XVI., and invite your attention to the reasons then
set forth.
LOCAL LEGISLATION.
Much of the time of each session is necessarily taken up with
private and local legislation, and much expense is incurred in
that behalf. As a measure of economy, as well as justice, I
recommend that all bills introduced for private or local pur-
poses be required to be printed and furnished at the expense of
the parties for whom the benefit is sought. This will greatly
reduce the cost of the public printing.
* GENTLEMEN OF THE LEGISLATURE:
You are assembled at an important period of our political
history, and under circumstances of grave responsibility. As
yet our State government is regarded by many as an experi-
ment of doubtful success. Your session will dispel these doubts
by a patriotic adherence to the Constitution, by prudence and
economy, and a wise and catholic policy, which knows no dis-
crimination, and seeks no personal, sectional, or class aggran-
dizement.
It will be my pleasure, as it is my duty, to co-operate with
you in everything that tends to the advantage and honor of our
State and the welfare of mankind. I invoke on your counsels
a spirit of harmony and concession, and the blessing and gui-
dance of the Most High.
HARRISON REED.
[For Accompanying Documents, see Appendix.]
On motion of Mr. Purman, the joint committee adjourned to
meet in this Hall at 4 o'clock, P. M.
On motion, the Assembly adjourned to meet at 10 o'clock
to-morrow morning.







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4 O'CLOCK, P. M.

Pursuant to adjournment, the Senate and Assembly met in
Joint Convention.
The President in the chair.
The rolls were called, and a quorum of each House was pre-
sent.
Mr. Purman offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the joint convention of both Houses of the
Legislature now proceed to the election of a State Printer, in
pursuance of an act entitled An Act to provide for the elec-
tion of a State Printer," approved August 6th, 1868;
Which was read.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney,
Erwin, Fortune, Graham, Greeno, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hod-
ges, McMillin, Mills, Osgood, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simp-
son, Stearns, Thompson, Urquhart, Varnum, Walker, and Wells
-26. Sehate, 12. Total-38.
Nays-Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Forward, Mc-
Kinnon, Melvin, Oliver, Raney, Stewart, and Watson-10.
Senate, 2. Total-12.
Resolution adopted.
The convention proceeded to the election of a State Printer,
which resulted as follows:
Senate. Assembly. Total.
E. M. Cheney, 9 26 35
Hiram Potter, Jr., 3 1 4
C. E. Dyke, 0 2 2
Horace Greeley, 0 3 3
Dr. Oliver, 0 2 2
Mr. Jones, 0 1 1
E. O. Plumb, 1 o 1
Number of votes, 48.
Necessary to choice, 25.
Mr. E. M. Cheney having received a majority of all the votes
cast, was declared elected State Printer.
On motion, the convention adjourned.


FRIDAY, January 8th, 1869.
The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll was called, and the following members answered to
their names:






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Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cox,
Cruce, DeLaney, Erwin, Fortune, Forward, Graham, Green of
Manatee, Greeno, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, McMillin, Mel-
vin, Mills, Oliver, Osgood, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott,
Simpson, Stearns, Stewart, Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, Wat-
son, and Wells.
A quorum present.
Prayer by Mr. Graham.
On motion, the reading of yesterday's journal was dispensed
with, and the journal approved.
On motion of Mr. Scott, the Rev. William G. Stewart was
chosen as Chaplain of the Assembly.
Mr. Raney offered the following:
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of Florida, That the
Clerk be authorized and instructed to have one hundred copies
of the standing rules of this Assembly printed for the use of the
members;
Which was read and adopted.
Wr. Watson offered the following:
Resolved by the Assembly, That the Clerk be instructed and
empowered to have four hundred copies of the Governor's Mes-
sage printed for the use of the Assembly;
Which was read and adopted.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.
Mr. Robinson's resolution relative to reorganization was
taken up and read.
Mr. Fortune offered the following as a substitute:
Resolved, That all officers and appointments of the Assembly,
except Chief Clerk, are hereby declared vacant, and that the
following shall hereafter constitute the only officers and attaches
of the Assembly, who shall be elected and hold their appoint-
ments for the term of two years, or during the two annual ses-
sions of the Legislature, unless sooner removed by the Assembly:
One. Chief Clerk, one Assistant Clerk, one Reading Clerk, one
Chaplain, one Sergeant-at-Arms, one Assistant Sergeant-at-
Amis, one Door-keeper, and three Pages, and all engrossing
and enrolling of bills, resolutions, &c., shall be done by clerks
employed by the Enrolling and Engrossing Committees, and
one Recording Clerk appointed by the Chief Clerk;
Which was read, and accepted by Mr. Robinson.
Mr. Scott offered the following as a substitute for Mr. For-
tune's resolution:
Resolved, That this House remain as at present organized,
with the exception of the attaches;
Which was not agreed to.
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Mr. Erwin moved to lay Mr. Fortune's resolution on the ta-
ble, upon which the yeas and nays were called for, and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Bogue, Erwin, Forward, Green of Manatee,
Greeno, Harris, Oliver, Rodgers, Scott, and Urquhart-10.
Nays-Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cox, Cruce, De-
Laney, Fortune, Graham, Harman, Hill, Hodges, McKijnoh
McMillin, Melvin, Mills, Raney, Robinson, Simpson, Stearns,
Stewart, Thompson, Walker, and Wells-23.
Motion lost.
Mr. Green of Manatee, in the chair.
Mr. Moore of Columbia, offered the following as a substitute
for Mr. Fortune's resolution:
Resolved, That this House now proceed to a reorganization,
by the election of the proper officers.
Not agreed to.
Mr. Scott offered to amend, by excepting the Speaker and
Chief Clerk;
Which was not agreed to.
Upon the adoption of the resolution, the vote was:
.Yeas-Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Cox, Cruce, De-
Laney, Erwin, Fortune, Forward, Graham, Greeno, Harman,
Harris, Hill, Hodges, McKinnon, McMillin, Melvin, Mills,
Raney, Robinson, Scott, Simpson, Stearns, Stewart, Thompson,
Urquhart, Varnum, Walker, and Wells-30.
Nays-Messrs. Cheshire, Green of Manatee, Oliver, Rodgers,
and Watson-5.
Adopted.
On motion, the Assembly took a recess until 4 o'clock, P. M.



FOUR O'CLOCK, P. M.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
Mr. Green of Manatee in the chair.
A quorum present.
Mr. Varnum offered the following :
Resolved, That the Assembly now proceed to the election of
a Speaker, whose term of office shall continue during the full
term of the members of the present Assembly;
Which was adopted.
Mr. Varnurn nominated Mr. Stearns of Gadsden;
Mr. Rodgers nominated Mr. Harris of Marion ;
Mr. Oliver nominated Mr. Raney, of Franklin, for Speaker.
Mr. Raney, in a few brief remarks, stating his reasons for the
same, requested that his name be withdrawn.







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Mr. Oliver withdrew the name of Mr. Raney.
The Assembly proceeded to vote for a Speaker, as follows:
FIRST BALLOT.
For E. J. Harris, of Marion county, 13; M. L. Stearns, of
Gadsden county, 15; J. R. Scott, of Duval county, 3; E. For-
tune, of Jackson county, 3.
SECOND BALLOT.
For E. J. Harris, of Marion county, 15; M. L. Stearns, of
Gadsden county, 17; J. R. Scott, of Duval county, 1; H. Har-
man, of Alachua county, 2.
THIRD BALLOT.
For E. J. Harris, of Marion county, 17; M. L. Stearns, of
Gadsden county, 19.
M. L. Stearns having received a majority of all the votes cast,
was duly declared elected Speaker of the Assembly.
Mr. Harris moved that a committee of three be appointed to
conduct the Speaker elect to the chair;
Which was agreed to, and the chair appointed Messrs. Harris,
Bogue, and Raney as such committee.
The committee performed their duty and were discharged.
Mr. Harman offered the following:
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk appoint the Assistant Clerk.
Which was adopted.
The Chair announced that the Chief Clerk had appointed J.
W. Tompkins Assistant Clerk, in accordance with the above
resolution.
On motion, the Assembly proceeded to vote for Reading
Clerk as follows:
FIRST BALLOT.
" For M. H. Clay, 13; T. B. Maxwell, 12; J. C. Gambia, 11.
SECOND BALLOT.
For M. H. Clay, 6; T. B. Maxwell, 12; J. C. Gambia, 18.
THIRD BALLOT.
For M. H. Clay, 11; T. B. Maxwell, 2; J. C. Gambia, 16.
FOURTH BALLOT.
For M. IL Clay, 20; T. B. Maxwell, 1; J. C. Gambia, 15.
M. H. Clay having received a majority of all the votes cast,
was declared duly elected Reading Clerk of the Assembly.
,On motion, the Assembly proceeded to elect a Sergeant-at-
Arms, as follows:







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FIRST BALLOT.
For W. U. Saunders, 1; A. C. Lightburn, 11; G. W. Floyd,
10; A. Nolan, 6; W. R. Cone, 2; Primus Harrison, 2; 0. B.
Armstrong, 3.
SECOND BALLOT.
For A. C. Lightburn, 20; G. W. Floyd, 11; A. Nolan, 3;
W. R. Cone, 1; Primus Harrison, 1; O. B. Armstrong, none.
A. C. Lightburn having received the majority of all the votes
cast, was declared duly elected Sergeant-at-Arms of the Assem-
bly.
Mr. Harman offered the following :
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to nomi-
nate the remaining number of necessary attaches, to report im-
mediately;
Which was adopted, and the Chair appointed Messrs. Har-
man, Raney, and Varnum as such committee.
The committee reported the following persons for the offices
set opposite their names, respectively:
For Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms--G. W. Floyd.
For Door-keeper-John Wyatt.
For Pages-Philip DeCourcey, Henry Cox, Benj. Niblack.
On motion, the report of the committee was adopted, and
each of the above persons declared duly elected to the respec-
tive offices.
On motion, 'all of the officers and attaches of the Assembly,
this day elected and appointed, came forward and were sworn
in by the Chief Clerk.
The following message was received from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER,
January 8, 1869. )
Hon. W. W. MOORE, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: By direction of the Senate, I herewith return Senate
joint resolution No. 1, according to the request of your Honora-
ble body. Very respectfully,
J. Q. DICKINsON,
Assistant Secretary of the Senate.
Which was read, and the resolution indefinitely postponed.
The following report was received from the Surveyor Gen-
eral:
OFFICE OF SURVEYOR GENERAL,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., January 5th, 1869.
SIR: I have the honor to submit herewith the special report
called for by concurrent resolution of the Senate and Assembly






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at the last regular session, viz.: Of State and School Lands
sold, (or otherwise disposed of,) between the dates of January
10th, 1861, and October 25th, 1865."
Very respectfully,
FRANx W. WEBSTER,
Surveyor General.
To Hon. W. W. MOORE, Speaker of the Assembly.

Which was read, and the whole subject referred to the Com-
mittee on Public Lands.
On motion, the Assembly adjourned till 10 o'clock to-morrow.


SATURDAY, January 9th, 1869.
The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called the following members answered to their
names :
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire,
Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Erwin, Filer, Fortune, Graham, Green of
Manatee, Greeno, Hill, Hodges, McAuley, McKinnon, McMil-
lin, Melvin, Mills, Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough,
Oliver, Osgood, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson,
Thompson, Urquhart, Varnum, Watson, and Wells.
A quorum present.
Prayer by Mr. Graham.
The journal of yesterday's proceedings was read and approved.
The Speaker announced the following standing committees:

STANDING COMMITTEES OF THt ASSEMBLY.

Committee on Judiciary.
Mr. RANEY, Chairman.
Messrs. FORTUNE, McKINNON,
HARMAN, WALKER.
On Education.
Mr. MOORE, of Columbia, Chairman.
Messrs. OSGOOD, BOSTICK,
HILL, FORWARD.
On Finance and Taxation.
Mr. HARRIS, Chairman.
Messrs. RANEY, GREEN of Manatee,
THOMPSON, CHESHIRE.






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On Claims.



Mr. BUTLER, Chairman.
Messrs. LEE, GRAHAM,
OLIVER, MILLS.



On Corporations.



Messrs.



Mr. WALKER, Chairman.
COX, OLIVER,
ERWIN, WHITE.



On City and County
Mr. McKINNON,
PONS,
GREEN,



Organizations.
Chairman.
RODGERS,
HALL.



On Militia.



Messrs.



Mr. GREEN of Manatee, Chairman.
SIMPSON, MOORE of Hillsboro'
MELVIN, POWELL.



On Legislative .expenses.
Mr. WALKER, Chairman.
Merssrs. THOMPSON, BUTLER,
WATSON, ROBINSON.
On Agriculture.



Messrs.



Messrs.



Messrs.



Me~sra.



Mr. STEWART, Chairman.
ERWIN, BRADWELL,
WELLS, URQUHART.
On Public Printing.
Mr. VARNUM, Chairman.
GREEN, HILL,
STEWART, WATSON.
On rolledd )Bills.



Mr. FORWARD, Chairman.
KEENE, MOORE of Columbia,
BOGUE, PONS.
On Engrossed Bills.
Mr. FORTUNE, Chairman.
VARNUM, McMILLAN,
SIMPSON, MOORE of Hillsboro'.



Messrs.






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On Privileges and Elections.



"Mr. MOORE
Messrs. OSGOOD,
HARMAN,



of Columbia, Chairman.
McAULEY,
MELVIN.



On State Institutions.



Messrs.



Mr. HARMAN,
RANEY,
STONE,



Chairman.
SCOTT,
POWELL.



On Railroads.



Messrs.



Mr.
PITTMAN,
CHESHIRE,



VARNUIM,



Chairman.
HODGES,
HARRIS.



On Public Lands,



Messrs.



Messrs.



Mr. LEE,
ROBINSON,
BRADWELL,



HALL,
COX,



Chairman.
CRUCE,
FORWARD.



On Indian Afairs.
Mr. WATSON, Chairman.
McAULEY,
GREEN of Manatee.
On Navigation.



Mr. WHITE, Chairman.
FILER, DELANEY,
BOSTICK, RODGERS.



Mr. Raney moved that one hundred copies of
printed for the use of the Assembly.
Agreed to.
Communication from the Chief Clerk:



the above



ASSEMBLY HALL,
Tallahassee, Fla., January 8th, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIB: Pursuant to a resolution adopted by the Assembly, I
have appointed A. J. T. Wright, of Columbia, Recording Clerk
of the Assembly. Very Respectfully,
WM. FoaSYTH BYouM,
Chief Clerk of the Assembly.



Which was read.
Rule suspended, on motion, Mr.
attendance on the Assembly to-day.



Forward was excused from



Messrs.



be






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On motion, a committee consisting of Messrs. McKinnon and
Scott, were appointed to call on the Secretary of State, to as-
certain how much stationery was in his possession belonging to
the Assembly.
After a brief absence, the committee reported and were dis-
charged.
Mr. Watson offered the following:
Resolved, That the committee appointed to investigate the
conduct, acts, and doings of the Governor, be empowered to em-
ploy a clerk;
Which was read and adopted.
Mr. Scott offered the following:
Resolved, That the committee appointed to investigate the
charges made against his Excellency Governor Reed, be au-
thorized to inquire into and thoroughly investigate the action
of the Finance Committee, and Financial Agent of the late
Constitutional Convention, as to the amount of scrip and bonds
issued, and disposition of same; result of investigation to be
reported to this body early;
Which was read.
Upon its adoption, the yeas and nays were called for, and
were :
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire,
Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Erwin, Fortune, Graham, Green of Man-
atee, Greeno, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, McAuley, McKin
non, McMillin, Melvin, Mills, Moore of Hillsborough, Osgood,
Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Thompson, Urqu-
hart, Watson, and Wells-32.
Nays-Messrs. Bogue, Filer, Oliver, Varnum, and Walker
-5.
Resolution adopted.
The following communication was received from the Secretary
of State:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 9, 1869.
MR. SPEAKER : The stationery which was left over from last
session was delivered to the Acting Sergeant-at-Arms of the
Senate, this session, on the 5th inst., for general delivery to both
Houses.
Another invoice of stationery has been received at this office,
for the use of the Legislature, which is ready for delivery in such
amounts as may be required. The following invoice is hereto
appended. Yours respectfully,
JONATHAN C. GIBBS,
Secretary of State.
30 reams Congress letter paper,
2 dozen quart bottles Knapp's violet ink,






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108 letter clips,
2 reams envelope paper,
5 reams 6 lb. note,
1 rubber,
100 dozen blotting pads,
1 dozen quart bottles mucilage,
4 gross cedar pen holders,
25 gross steel pens,
7 dozen paper cutters,
7 dozen mucilage in stands,
80 3- inch flat.ink stands,
4 gross Faber's pencils,
3 gross rubber bands,
6 gross rubber rings,
6 rolls tape,
4 sponge cups and sponges,
4 Pneumatic ink stands,
10 M amber envelopes,
2 M official envelopes.
Which was read, and on motion referred to Committee on
Legislative Expenses.
Mr. McKinnon offered the following:
Resolved, That the Committee on Legislative Expenses be
and are hereby required to make out a requisition upon the Sec-
retary of State for such amount of stationery for the use of the
present session of the Assembly;
Which was read and adopted.
On motion, Mr. Bogue was excused until Tuesday next.
On motion, the Assembly adjourned until ten o'clock, A. M.,
Monday next.



MONDAY, January 11th, 1869.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cox, Cruce,
DeLaney, Filer, Forward, Graham, Green of Manatee, Greeno,
Hill, Hodges, Lee, McAuley, McKinnon, McMillin, Melvin,
Mills, Moore of Columbia, Oliver, Osgood, Robinson, Rodgers,
Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, Watson,
and Wells.
A quorum present.






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Prayer by the Chaplain.
The journal of Saturday's proceedings was read and ap-
proved.
Mr. Oliver moved that the Committee of Investigation be ex-
cused from attendance upon the Assembly at any time the com-
mittee may wish to convene;
Which was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Scott, the Rev. Wm. G. Stewart was elect-
ed Chaplain of the Assembly.
Mr. Walker offered the following:
Resolved, That the Finance Committee be instructed to as-
certain and report to this House, what amount of money is due
Daniel Richards and Liberty Billings, for their attendance and
travelling fees as members of the late Constitutional Conven-
tion in this State, and recommend some provision for paying
the same;
Which was read and adopted.
Mr. Scott offered the following:
WHEREAS, It is openly charged that the election of A. Gilbert
as U. S. Senator, for the term commencing the 4th of March,
1869, is illegal and void, and that it was secured by a free
use of money; and WEEREAS, It is due the integrity and
dignity of this body that the whole matter be thoroughly
investigated; therefore,
Resolved, That the committee appointed to inquire into the
charges made against Governor Reed, be empowered, author-
ized, and directed-with power to send for persons and papers,
to take evidence on oath, &c.-to carefully examine, investigate,
sift, and ventillate said charges, and report result to this body
at an early day;
Which waq, read and adopted.
Mr. Cox presented sundry accounts of Hiram Potter, Jr.,
which, on motion, were referred to Committee on Printing.
On motion, the Assembly took a recess until 4 o'clock, P. M.






4 O'CLOCK, P. M.

The Assembly resumed its session.
A quorum present.
On motion, the Assembly adjourned until to-morrow, ten
o'clock, A. M.






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TUESDAY, January 12th, 1869.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cox, DeLaney,
Erwin, Filer, Forward, Green of Manatee, Harman, Harris, Hill,
Hodges, Lee, McAuley, McKinnon, McMillin, Melvin, Mills,
Moore of Columbia, Oliver, Osgood, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers,
Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Thompson, Urquhart, Varnum,
Walker, Watson and Wells.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
The journal of yesterday's proceedings was read and ap-
proved.
Mr. McKinnon moved to reconsider the vote taken yesterday
on Mr. Scott's resolution, relative to the Hon. A. Gilbert;
Which was agreed to.
The rules suspended, the following bills were introduced
without having given previous notice, viz.:
By Mr. Varnum-Bill No. 1:
A bill to be entitled An Act to Incorporate the Perdido Canal
and Milling Company.
By Mr. Rodgers-Bill No. 2:
A bill to be entitled An Act to Repeal An Act entitled An
Act prescribing on the part of this State the manner of appoint-
ing electors of President and Vice President of the United
States.
Also bill No. 3:
A bill to be entitled An Act for the Relief of Certain Persons
therein named;
Which were received, and placed among the orders of the
day.
Mr. Scott offered the following resolution, viz:
BResolved by the Assembly of the State of Florida, That the
late attaches of the Assembly, discharged on Friday last, Janu-
ary 8th, 1869, be paid the same per day as paid to the attaches
in August last, A. D. 1868, and that the said to be paid for four
days' service only. Names of the said attaches to be sent in to
the Clerk of the Assembly at once;
Which was read, and on motion of Mr. Green, of Manatee,
referred to Committee on Legislative Expenses.
Mr. Walker, from Committee on Legislative Expenses, report:
The Committee on Legislative Expenses having had under
consideration the matter of making out a requisition upon the
Secretary of State for stationery for the use of the Assembly






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during the present session, submit the following resolution, with
a recommendation that it pass:
1Resolved, That the Sergeant-at-Arms be authorized to pur-
chase stationery in such quantities as may from time to.time be
necessary for the actual use of the Assembly; all orders for the
same to be approved by the Chief Clerk.
Respectfully submitted,
SAMUEL WALKER, Chairman.
Which was received, and the accompanying resolution
adopted.
Mr. Forward, Chairman on Enrolled Bills, report
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
January 12th, 1869.
MR. SPEAKER : At a meeting of the Committee on Enrolled
Bills, Mr. T. B. Wells was unanimously appointed Enrolling
Clerk for this Assembly.
Very Respectfully,
H. H. FORWARD, Chairman.
Which was received and read.
The rules waived, Mr. McKinnon offered the following-Bill
No. 4:
A bill to be entitled An Act to Prevent Hunting on Sunday;
Which was received and placed among the orders of the day.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.
Bill No. 1:
A bill to be entitled An Act to Incorporate the Perdido Ca-
nal and Milling Company;
Read first time, rule 'suspended, read the second time by its
title, and on motion, referred to Committee on Corporations.
Bill No. 2:
A bill to be entitled An Act to repeal An Act entitled An
Act prescribing, on the part of this State, the manner of ap-
pointing Electors, &c.;
Was read first time, rule suspended, on motion read the
second time by its title, and referred to Committee on Judi-
ciary,
Bill No. 3:
A bill to be entitled An Act for the relief of Certain Persons
herein named;
Was read first time, rule suspended, read the second time by
its title, and on motion referred to Committee on Claims.
Bill No. 4:
A bill to be entitled An Act to prevent Hunting on Sunday:





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Was read first time, rule suspended, read the second time by
its title, and on motion referred to Committee on Judiciary.
On motion, the Assembly adjourned until ten o'clock to-
morrow morning.




WEDNESDAY, January 13th, 1869.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cox, Cruce,
DeLaney, Erwin, Filer, Forward, Graham, Green of Manatee,
Greeno, Hill, Hodges, Lee, McMillin, Melvin, Moore of Colum-
bia, Moore of Hillsborough, Osgood, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson,
Stewart, Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, Watson, and Wells.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
"On motion, the following members were excused from at-
tendance on the Assembly to-day:
Messrs. McKinnon, McAuley, and Filer.
On motion, the reading of yesterday's journal was dispensed
with, and the journal approved.
Without notice, the following Bills were introduced:
By Mr. Simpson-Bill No. 5:
A Bill to be entitled An Act Regulating the County Taxa-
tion.
By Mr. Walker-Bill No. 6:
A bill to be entitled An Act in relation to Payment of Ac-
counts in criminal prosecutions, incurred by proceedings before
-hustices of the Peace.
By Mr. Moore of Columbia--Bill No. 7 :
A bill to be entitled An Act to legitimate and change the
names of certain persons therein named;
Which were received and placed among the orders of the
day. ,
d r. Fortune, from Committee on Engrossed Bills, report:
HOUSE op REPRESENTATIVES,
January 13th, 1869.
MR. SPrAxzu: At a meeting of the Committee on Engross-
ed Bills, Mr. J. M. Hawks wa, unanimously appointed Engross-
ing Clerk of this Assembly.
E. M. FoTuor Chairman.







ORDERS OF THE DAY.
Bill No. 5;
Was read first time, ordered for a second reading on to-mor-
"row.
Bill No. 6;
Was read first time, rule suspended, read the second time by
title, and on motion, referred to Committee.on Judiciary.
Bill No. 7;
Was read first time, rule suspended, read the second time by
title, and on motion, referred to a Select Committee, consisting
of Messrs. Moore of Columbia, Scott, and Bostick.
On motion, the rules were suspended, and Mr. Harman al-
lowed to introduce the following:
Bill No. 8:
A bill to be entitled An Act supplementary to An Act to
provide a correct list of the owners of real estate in the several
counties of the State of Florida;
Which was read first time, rule waived, read the second
time by title, and on motion, referred to Committee on Finance
and Taxation.
On motion, the rules were suspended, and the following bills
and resolutions were introduced:
By Mr. Fortune-Bill No. 9:
A bill to be entitled An Act to provide for Grand Juries in
the County Courts of this State;
Read first time, rule suspended, read the second time by title,
and on motion, referred to Committee on Judiciary.
By Mr. Erwin-Bill No. 10:
A Bill to be entitled An Act regulating Sale Days of proper-
ty levied on under executions by the Sheriff;
Read first time, rule suspended, read the second time by
title, and on motion, referred to Committee on Judiciary.
By Mr. Fortune-Resolution No. 1:
Resolution relative to Transportation on Railroads;
Read first time, rule suspended, read second time, and on mo-
tion, referred to Committee on Railroads.
By Mr. Hodges-Resolution No. 2:
Resolution relative to State lands;
Read first and second times under a suspension of the rules,
and referred to Committee on Public Lands.
The following message was received from the Senate :
SENATE CHAMBER,
Hon. L. M. STEARNS, January 13th, 1869.
Hon. L. M. STEAE^cS,
Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR : I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable
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body that the Senate has passed Senate joint resolution No. 2,
relative to adjournment.
Very Respectfully,
CHAS. MUNIDEE,
Secretary of the Senate.
Which was read, and the resolution taken up, read first time,
and placed among the orders of the day.
Mr. Harman gave notice that he would, on some future day,
introduce a bill to be entitled An Act Regulating the Fees of
the State Attorneys, and providing for vacancies in said office.
The Senate notified the Assembly that the Hon. John N.
Krimminger was elected President pro tempore of the Senate.
On motion, the Assembly adjourned until ten o'clock to-mor-
row morning.



THURSDAY, January 14, 1869.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Bradwell, Cruce, DeLaney, For-
ward, Graham, Green of Manatee, Greeno, Hodges, Lee,
McMillin, Melvin, Moore of Columbia, Osgood, Pittman,
Pons, Raney, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Thompson,
Varnum, Walker, and Watson.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion of Mr. Harman, the reading of yesterday's journal
was dispensed with, and the journal approved.
Mr. Bogue offered the following :
Resolved, That (3) three copies of the Sentinel and (2) two
copies of the Floridian, be furnished each member of the As-
sembly .by the Sergeant-at-Arms, during the present session;
Which was not adopted.
Mr. Scott offered a resolution relative to the claims of Wm.
H. Christy;
Which was read, and on motion, referred to Committee on
Claims.
Also the following:
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed by the
Speaker to wait upon the Superintendent of Education, in the
State of Florida, and get his report as per joint resolution No.
11, passed by this Legislature at the first session of 1868;






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Which was read, and on motion of Mr. Harman, postponed
until Monday next.
Without giving notice, the following Bills and Resolutions
were introduced:
By Mr. Bradwell-Bill No.. 11:
A bill to be entitled An Act relating to Fire and Hook and
Ladder Companies.
By Mr. Varnum-Resolution No: 3:
Joint Resolution relative to Printing.
By Mr. Harman-Resolution No. 4:
Joint Resolution relative to a committee to visit the Peniten-
tiary.
By Mr. Raney-Bill No. 12:
A Bill to be entitled An Act in relation to compensation of
State's Attorneys.
By Mr. Filer-Bill No. 13 :
A bill to be entitled An Act to relieve Commerce in the port
of Key West;
Which were received, and placed among the orders of the
day.
Mr. Harman moved to reconsider the vote taken on Mr.
Bogue's resolution;
Upon which the yeas and nays were called for, and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Bogue, Graham, Harman, Hodges, Lee, Mills,
Moore of Columbia, Osgood, Pons, Robinson, Scott, Simpson,
"Thompson, Varnum, and Wells-15.
Nays-Mr. Speaker, Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cox, Cruce,
DeLaney, Filer, Forvward, Fortune, Green of Manatee, Greeno,
Harris, Hill, McMillin, Melvin, Oliver, Pittman, Raney, Rodgers,
Stewart, Urquhart, Walker, and Watson-24.
The Assembly refused to reconsider.
Mr. Moore of Columbia, from Special Committee, report:
The Special Committee, to whom was referred a bill to be en-
titled An Act to legitimate and Change the Names of Certain
Persons therein named, have had the same under consideration,
and recommend that the bill do pass.
W. W. MOORE, Chairman.
Which was received, and the bill placed among the orders of
the day.
The following message was received from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER,
January 13th, 1869.
Honorable M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR: I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable








body that the Senate has passed Senate bill No. 9, To perma-
nently locate the County Site of Sumpter county."
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read, and the bill placed among the orders of the
day.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.

By Mr. Moore of Columbia-Bill No. 7:
A bill to be entitled An Act to legitimate and Change the
Names of Certain Persons therein named;
Was read the second time, rule suspended, read the third
time, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell,
Cheshire, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Gra-
ham, Green of Manatee, Greeno, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges,
McMillin, Melvin, Mills, Moore of Columbia, Osgood, Pittman,
Pons, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Thompson,
Urquhart, Walker, Watson, and Wells-35.
Nays-None.
The bill passed.
Ordered that the same be certified to the Senate.
By Mr. Simpson-Bill No. 5:
A bill regulating the County Taxation;
Was read the second time, and on motion, referred to Com-
mittee on Finance and Taxation.
Senate Joint Resolution No. 2, relative to adjournment;
Was read the second time, rule suspended, read- the third
time, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cox,
DeLaney, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Greeno, Harman,
Hill, Hodges, Lee, McAuley, Melvin, Mills, Moore of Columbia,
Oliver, Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simp-
son, Stewart, Watson, and Wells-30.
Nays-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Cruce, Green of Manatee, Harris,
McMillin, Urquhart, and Walker-7.
Resolution passed.
Mr. Watson moved to reconsider, and that the reconsidera-
tion be laid upon the table.
Agreed to.
Ordered to be certified to the Senate.
By Mr. Harman-Resolution No. 4:








Joint Resolution relative to a Committee to visit the Peniten-
tiary ;
Was read first time, rule suspended, read the second time, and
ordered for a third reading on to-morrow.
By Mr. Varnum-Resolution No. 3:
Joint Resolution relative to Printing;
Was read first time, ordered for a second reading on to-mor-
row.
By Mr. Filer-Bill No. 13:
A bill to be entitled An Act to relieve Commerce in the port
of Key West;
Was read first time, rule suspended, on motion, read the
second time by title, and referred to Committee on Commerce
and Navigation.
Senate Bill No. 9:
A bill to be entitled An Act to permanently locate the County
Site of Sumpter County;
Was read first time, rule suspended, read the second time by
title, and on motion of Mr. Lee, indefinitely postponed.
By Mr. Bradwell-Bill No. 11:
A bill to be entitled An Act relative to Fire and Hook and
Ladder Companies;
Was read first time, rule suspended, read the second time by
title, and referred to Committee on Militia.
By Mr. Raney-Bill No. 12:
A bill to be entitled An Act in relation to compensation of
State's Attorneys;
Was read first time, rule suspended, read the second time by
title, and on motion, referred to Committee on Judiciary.
On motion, the Assembly took a recess until 4 o'clock P. M.



4 O'CLOCK, P. M.

The Assembly resumed its session.
A quorum present.
On motion of Mr. Green of Manatee, the Hon. Marvel M.
Edwards, member elect from Hernando county, came forward,
presented his credentials, and was sworn by the Chief Clerk, as
a member of this Assembly.
Mr. Green of Manatee, without notice, was allowed, under a
suspension of the rules, to introduce the following:
Bill No. 14:
A bill to be entitled An Act defining the Legislative, Execu-
tive, and Judicial officers of the Government;






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Which was read first time, rule suspended, the bill read te,.
second time by title, and on motion, referred to Committee on
Judiciary.
The rules suspended, Mr. Moore of Columbia, without notice,
was allowed to introduce the following :
Bill No. 15:
A bill to be entitled An Act to authorize and empower the
County Commissioners of the several counties of this State,
to raise money for municipal and county purposes, and to pro-
vide the manner of raising the money as aforesaid;
Which was read first time, rule suspended, read the second
time by title, and on motion of Mr. Ilarman, indefinitely post-
poned.
Also Bill No. 16:
A bill to be entitled An Act to Incorporate the Richeson
Springs Hotel Company:
Which was read first time, rule suspended, read the second
time by title, and on motion, referred to Committee on Corpo-
rations.
On motion, Mr. John W. Powell, member elect from Jefferson
county, came forward, presented certificate of election, and was
sworn by the Chief Clerk, as a member of this Assembly.
Mr. Raney moved to reconsider the vote taken on Bill No. 15,
and that the reconsideration lay on the table;
Agreed to.
On motion, the Assembly adjourned until to-morrow morning,
ten o'clock.




FRIDAY, January 15th, 1869.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Cheshire, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney,
Edwards, Filer, Forward, Graham, Green of Baker, Green
of Manatee, Greeno, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McAuley, Mc-
Millin, Melvin, Mills, Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough,
Osgood, Pons, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stewart,
Urquhart, and Walker.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion, the reading of yesterday's journal was dispensed
with, and the journal approved.






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On motion of Mr. Melvin, Mr. Powell was excused from atten-
dance on the Assembly until Tuesday next.
Mr. Bradwell was also excused until Monday.
Mr. Filer, from Committee on Commerce and Navigation, re-
port:
IIOUSE OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY, t
Tallahassee, Jan. 14th, 1869.
To THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:
Your committee, to whom was referred the bill entitled An Act
to relieve commerce in the Port of Key West, beg leave to re-
port back the same with an amendment, and recommend that the
same pass. Respectfully submitted,
FREDERICK FILER, Chairman.
Which was read.
Rule suspended, Mr. Fortune, without notice, introduced the
following:
Bill No. 17 :
A bill to be entitled An Act to define the pay of County
Judges, and the manner of paying the same.
Mr. Melvin, under a suspension of the rules, offered resolution
No. 5:
Joint Resolution for the relief of Albert Posy;
Which were received and placed among the orders of the day.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.

By Mr. Fortune-Bill No. 17:
Was read first time, ordered for a second reading on to-mor-
row.
By Mr. Harman-Resolution No. 4:
Joint Resolution relative to a Committee to visit the Peniten-
tiary ;
Was read the third time and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Cox, Cruce, De-
Laney, Edwards, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Greeno,
Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McAuley, McMillin, Melvin, Mills,
Moore of Hillsborough, Osgood, Rodgers, Scott, Stewart,
Thompson, Urquhart, and Watson-28.
Nays-Messrs. Green of Manatee, Simpson, Walker, and
Wells-4.
Resolution passed, ordered that the same be certified to the
Senate.
By Mr. Filer-Bill No. 13 :
Was read, and the amendment offered by committee adopted.
The bill as amended ordered to be engrossed.






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By Mr. Varnum--t solution No. 3:
Was read the second time, and on motion referred to Corn-
mnittee on Printing.
By Mr. iMelvin-Resolution No. 5:
W as read first time, rule suspended, read the second time by
title, and on motion, referred to Committee on Judiciary.
The following message was received from his Excellency the
Governor:
EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 15th, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEANS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIn : I have the honor to inclose a report received from the
Superintendent of Public Instruction, received since the delivery
of my annual message, which I ask may be laid before the Leg-
islature. Very respectfully, &c.,
HIARRISON REED, Governor.
Which was read.
Mr Bostick moved to refer to a select committee the message
and accompanying documents;
Which was agreed to, and Messrs. Bostick, Green of Manatee,
and Pons were appointed said committee.
Mr. Scott gave notice that he would on some future day ask
leave to introduce the following:
A bill to be entitled An Act declaring all Contracts and Se-
curities for Slave Property null and void.
Also:
A bill to be entitled An Act relating to Claims against the
State for the Suppression of Indians.
On motion, the Assembly took a recess until 4 o'clock, P. M.





FOUR O'CLOCK, P. M.
The Assembly resumed its session.
A quorum present.
Under a suspension of the rules, Mr. Green of Manatee intro-
duced, without notice, the following:
Bill No. 18:
A bill to be entitled An Act annexing a portion of Monroe
County to the County of Manatee;
Which was read first time, rule suspended, read the second
time by title, and on motion referred to Committee on City and
County Organizations.







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The rule suspended, Mr. Urquhart was allowed to introduce,
without notice, the following:
Bill No. 19:
A bill to be entitled An Act to prevent Illicit Trading in
Corn, Cotton, or other Products in this State;
Which was read first time, rule suspended, read the second
time by title.
Mr. Simpson moved to indefinitely postpone, upon which the
yeas and nays were called for, and were:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bostick, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney,
Edwards, Forward, Graham, Green of Manatee, Greeno, Hodges,
Keene, Lee, McAuley, McMillin, Melvin, Mills, Moore of Colum-
bia, Pittman, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Walker, and
Wells-25.
Nays-Messrs. Filer, Hill, Moore of Hillsborough, Pons,
Robinson, Thompson, Urquhart, and Watson-8.
Agreed to.
Rule suspended, on motion Mr. Mills was excused from atten-
dance on the Assembly until Tuesday next, Mr. Floyd until
Monday next.
Rule suspended, Mr. Lee from Committee on Claims report:
The Committee on Claims, to whom was referred a bill for
the relief of James D. Green, John W. Butler, and Robert
Meacham, beg leave to report that they have had the same un-
der consideration, and recommend its passage.
SJ. A. LEE, Chairman.
Which was received.
On motion, the Assembly took a recess until to-morrow morn-
ing ten o'clock.



SATURDAY, January 16th, 1869.
The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney,
Erwin, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Green of Baker,
Green of Manatee, Greeno, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McAuley,
McKinnon, McMillin, Melvin, Pittman, Pons, Robinson, Rodg-
ers, Simpson, Stewat, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Varnum,
Walker, Watson, and Wells.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.



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On motion, the reading of yesterday's journal was dispensed
with, and the journal approved.
Mr. Cheshire offered the following:
Memorial No. 1, in reference to a mail route; which was read
first time, rule suspended, read the second time, and on motion
referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Walker,
McKinnon, and Simpson.
Mr. Erwin offered a petition No. 2, for the relief of Abby
Adams, of Columbia county.
Which was read, rule suspended, read the second time, and
on motion, referred to Committee on Claims.
Mr. Walker offered resolution No. 6:
Joint resolution relative to election of U. S. Senator;
Which was received and placed among the orders of the day.
Mr. Raney, from Judiciary Committee, report:
COMMITTEE ROOM, JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, FLA. ASSEMBLY,
January 16th, 1869.
To HoN. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker Assembly:
Your Committee to whom was referred a bill to be entitled
An Act to Prevent Hunting on Sunday, beg leave to report they
have considered the same, and recommend that it pass with the
following amendment, to wit:
Strike out words or State Prison" in the eleventh line of
the first section. GEORGE P. RANEY,
Chairman.
COMMITTEE ROOM, JUDICIARY COMMITTEE,
January 16th, 1869.
HON. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker Florida Assembly:
Your Committee to whom was referred Assembly Bill No. 10,
and Assembly Joint Resolution No. 5, beg to report they have
considered the same, and recommend that they do not pass.
GEORGE P. RANEY,
Chairman.
Which were received, and the bills placed among the orders
of the day.
Mr. Green, of Manatee, Chairman of Committee on Militia,
report :

The Committee on Militia, to whom was referred a Bill to be
entitled an act to exempt Fire and Hook and Ladder Compa-
nies from Militia and jury duty, beg leave to report: That they
have had the same under consideration, and recommend its
passage. JAs. D. GREEN,
Chairman.



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Which was received and the bill placed among the orders of
the day.
Mr. Walker, from Committee on Corporation, report:
HoN. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
The Committee on Corporations having had under considera-
tion Assembly Bills No. 1 and 16, entitled, respectively, An
Act to incorporate the Perdido Canal and Milling Company,"
and An Act to incorporate the Richeson Spring Hotel Com-
pany," report back the same, and recommend that they do not
pass; especial acts of incorporation being inconsistent with Sec-
tion 18, Article IV., of the Constitution, and the general law of
incorporation passed in pursuance thereof, approved August 8,
1868. Respectfully submitted,
SAMUEL WALKER, Chairman.
AUBURN ERWIN,
F. N. B. OLIVER,
ROBERT Cox.
Which was received, and the bills placed among the orders
of the day.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.

Rule suspended, a motion was made to reconsider vote taken
on yesterday, on bill No. 19;
Which was not agreed to.
Bill No. 16:
Was read the second time, and on motion, laid upon the
table.
Bill No. 1:
Was read the second time, and on motion, laid upon the table.
Resolution No. 6:
Was read first time.
Upon a motion to suspend the rules, that the resolution may
be read the second time, the vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Green of Baker, Green
of Manatee, Harman, Harris, Hodges, Lee, McMillin, Osgood,
Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Urquhart, Varnum, Walker, and
Wells-17.
Nays-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bostick, Cheshire, Cruce, Filer,
Forward, Fortune, Graham, Greeno, Hill, Keene, McAuley, Mc-
Kinnon, Melvin, Oliver, Pons, Raney, Simpson, Stewart, Stone,
Thompson, and Watson-22.
Motion lost.
The resolution ordered for a second reading on Monday
Bill No. 17 :.





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Was read the second time, and on motion, referred to Com-
mittee on Judiciary.
Bill No. 11:
Was read the second time, and on motion, referred to Com-
mittee on Judiciary.
Bill No. 10:
Was read the second time, and on motion of Mr. McKinnon,
indefinitely postponed.
Bill No. 4:
Was read the second time, and the amendment offered by
committee was adopted.
The bill as amended ordered to be engrossed.
Resolution No. 5:
Was read the second time, and on motion, indefinitely post-
poned.
Bill No. 3:
Which was read, and ordered to be engrossed for a third
reading on Monday.
Rule suspended, Mr. Raney was allowed to introduce the fol-
lowing:
Bill No. 20:
A bill to be entitled An Act relating to the Judges of the
County Courts;
Which was read first time, rule suspended, read the second
time by title, and on motion, referred to Committee on Judi-
ciary.
Rule suspended, in pursuance of previous notice, Mr. Scott
introduced:
Bill No. 21:
A bill to be entitled An Act declaring all contracts and se-
curities for Slave Property null and void;
Which was read first time, rule suspended, read the second
time by title, and on motion, referred to Committee on Judicia-
ry.
Also, Bill No. 22:
A bill to be entitled An Act relating to claims against the
State for the Suppression of Indian Troubles, &c,;
Which was read first time, rule suspended, read the second
time, and on motion, referred to Committee on Claims.
Rule suspended, without notice, Mr. Green, of Manatee,
introduced Bill No. 23:
A bill to be entitled An Act to Repeal An Act entitled An
Act the better to Procure and Secure Protection to Life, Lib-
erty and Property in the State of Florida, approved August
6th, 1868 ;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.







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Rule suspended, Mr. McKinnon from Committee on County
and City Organizations, report:
COMMITTEE ROOM,
January 15th, 1869.
To THE SPEAKER AND MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY:
Your committee to whom was referred a bill entitled An
Act annexing a Portion of Monroe county to the county of
Manatee," have had the same under consideration, and having
conferred with the Representatives of the two counties, and
they not objecting to the passage of the bill, we therefore re-
commend its passage.
Respectfully,
D. L. McKiN ON,
Chairman Committee on County and City Organization.
Which was received.
On motion, the Assembly adjourned until Monday next, ten
o'clock, A. M.




MONDAY, January 18th, 1869.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to their
names :
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Chesh-
ire, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Filer, Forward, Graham,
Green of Baker, Green of Manatee, Greeno, Hill, Hodges, Keene,
Lee, McMillin, Melvin, Moore of Columbia, Pons, Rodgers,
Simpson, Stone, Thompson, and Wells.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion, the reading of Saturday's proceedings was dis-
pensed with and journal approved.
On motion, Mr. Oliver was excused from serving on Commit-
tee on Claims, and Mr. Edwards was appointed in his stead.
Mr. Walker offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to draft
resolutions on the death of Hon. Robert Livingston, late member
of this Assemby;
Which was read and adopted.
Messrs. Walker, Scott and Pons were appointed said commit-
tee.
By Mr. Rodgers-Resolution No. 7:
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Which was received and placed among the orders of the day.
Mr. Fortune, from Committee on Engrossed Bills, report:
The Committee on Engrossed Bills beg leave to report as cor-
rectly engrossed the following bill, entitled An Act to relieve
Commerce in the Port of Key West.
E. FORTUNE, Chairman.
Which was received and the bill placed among the orders of
the day.
Rule suspended, Mr. Scott offered the following resolution:
.Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed by the
Chair to wait upon the Superintendent of Education in the State
of Florida and get his report as per joint resolution No. 11, pass-
ed by this Legislature at its first session in 1868;
Which was read and adopted.
Messrs. Scott, Moore of Columbia, and Bostick were appoint-
ed said committee.
After a brief absence the committee reported and were dis-
charged.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.

By Mr. Green of Manatee-Bill No. 23:
Was read first time, rule suspended, read the second time by
title, and on motion referred to Committee on Judiciary.
By Mr. Green of Manatee-Bill No. 18:
Was read the second time, ordered to be engrossed for a third
reading on to-morrow.
By Mr. Walker-Resolution No. 6:
Relative to Election of a U. S. Senator ;
Was read the second time, rule suspended, read the third time
and put upon its passage:
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cox, Cruce,
DeLaney, Edwards, Graham, Green of Baker, Green of Manatee,
Harman, Hodges, Lee, McAuley, McMillin, Moore of Hillsbor-
ough, Pittman, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stewart,
Urquhart, Walker, and Wells--25.
Nays-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Filer, Forward, Fortune, Hill,
Keene, Melvin, Moore of Columbia, Pons, Stone, Thompson, and
Watson-12.
Resolution adopted.
Rule suspended, Mr. Harman moved to reconsider the vote
just taken, and that the reconsideration be laid on the table.
Agreed to.
By Mr. Filer-Bill No. 13:
A bill to be entitled An Act to repeal An Act authorizing






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the Board of Commissioners of Pilotage to appoint Stevedores,
and for other purposes, approved July 31st, 1868 ;
Was read the third time and put upon its passage:
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bostick, Bradwell, Chesh-
ire, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Filer, Forward, Graham,
Green of Manatee, Greeno, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McAuley,
McMillin, Melvin, Moore of Hillsborough, Pittman, Rodgers,
Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Stone, Urquhart, Walker, Watson, and
Wells-32.
Nays-Messrs. Pons, Robinson, and Thompson-3.
Bill passed.
Rule suspended, without notice, the following bills were in-
troduced:,
By Mi. Scott-Bill No. 24:
A bill to, be entitled An Act to define the pay of Jurors and
States Witnesses, and provide for the payment of the same;
Which was read first time, rule suspended, read the second
time by title, and on motion, referred to Committee on Judi-
ciary.
By Mr. Cox-Bill No. 25 :
A bill to be entitled An Act to prevent the selling or giving
away of Liquors on Days of Election;
"Was read first time, rule suspended, read the second time,
and on motion of Mr. Hodges, indefinitely postponed.
The following communication was received:
OFFICE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION,
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., Jan. 18th, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: In reply to yonr inquiry concerning what action I have
taken under Joint Resolution No. 11, of last session of the Leg-
islature, I have the honor to inform you that, immediately after
the adjournment of the Legislature, I prepared and distributed
accompanying circular, asking for the information sought.
The statements of about twenty teachers have been received.
Some of them require certain corrections, and have been return-
ed to them for that purpose. I beg your indulgence for a few
days, in order that those completed statements may be received.
Very respectfully,
C. THURSTON CHASE,
Superintendent Public Instruction,
Which was read.
On motion, the Assembly took a recess until 4 o'clock, P. M.





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FOUR O'CLOCK, P. M.

The Assembly resumed its session.
A quorum present.
Rule suspended, Mr. Fortune, from Committee on Engrossed
Bills, report:
The Committee on Engrossed Bills beg leave to report as
correctly engrossed, the following biils:
Assembly Bill No. 3:
An Act for the Relief of Certain Persons herein named.
Assembly Bill No. 4:
A bill to be entitled An Act to Prevent Hunting on Sunday.
E. FORTUNE, Chairman.

Which was received, and the bills placed among the orders
cf the day.
By Mr. Rodgers-Bill No. 3:
A bill to be entitled An Act for the relief of Certain Persons
herein named:
Was read the third time, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell,
Cheshire, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Filer, Forward, Graham,
Green of Manatee, Greeno, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McAuley,
Melvin, Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough, Pittman,
Pons, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, 'Stewart, Stone, Thompson,
Walker, Watson and Wells-33.
Nays-None.
The bill passed.
By Mr. McKinnon-Bill No. 4:
A bill to be entitled An Act to Prevent Hunting on Sunday;
Was read the third time, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell,
Cheshire, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Filer, Forward, Gra-
ham, Green of Manatee, Greeno, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, Mc-
Auley, McMillin, Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough,
Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Walker, and
Wells-31.
Nays-Mr.Watson-1.
The bill passed.
The rules suspended, without notice the following bill was
introduced:
By Mr. Pons-Bill No. 26:
A bill to be entitled An Act to provide for Paylnmet of Mile-









age to Members and pay to Officers and Attaches to the Extra-
ordinary Session of the Legislature;
Which was read the first time, ordered for a second reading
on to-morrow.
Rule suspended, Mr. Simpson moved to reconsider vote taken
on Bill No. 13, this morning.
Mr. Filer moved to lay the motion on the table;
Which was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Lodges, the Assembly adjourned until to-
morrow morning ten o'clock.




TUESDAY, January 19th, 1869.
The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Chesh-
ire, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Forward, For-
tune, Graham, Green of Baker, Green of Manatee, Greeno, Har-
man, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McAuley, McKinnon,
iMcMillin, Melvin, Mills, Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hills-
borough, Oliver, Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Powell, Raney, Rob-
inson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Stone, Thompson,
Urquhart, Varnum, Walker, Watson, and Wells.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion, the reading of yesterday's journal was dispensed
with and journal approved.
Mr. Scott offered the-following resolution:
Resolved, That when this body adjourns it adjourn to meet
twenty minutes before twelve meridian to-day for the purpose of
going into an election of U. S. Senator as required by law;
Which was read and adopted.
Mr. Moore of Columbia offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Sergeant-At-Arms be instructed to furnish
each member of this House with a copy of .the Floridian" and
"Tallahassee Sentinel" weekly during the present session of the
Legislature;
Which was read, and on motion of Mr. Pons laid on the table.
Committee on Engrossed Bills report:
The Committee on Engrossed Bills beg leave to report as cor-
rectly engrossed the following bill:
Assembly Bill No. 18:
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A bill to be entitled An Act annexing a portion ()t'MoM1(nr
County to the County of Manatee.
E. FORTUS E, Chairman.
Which was received and the bill placed among the orders of
the day.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.
By Mr. Green of Manatee-Bill No. 18;,
A bill to be entitled An Act annexing a portion of Monroe
County to the County of Manatee;
Was read the third time and put upon its passage:
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney,
Edwards, Forward, Green of Manatee, Harris, Hodges, Keene,
Lee, McMillin, Mills, Moore of Columbia, Pons, Rodgers, Scott,
Urquhart, Varnum, and Walker-21.
Nays-Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Filer, Fortune, Graham,
Hill, McAuley, Melvin, Pittman, Powell, Robinson, Simpson,
Stone, Thompson, Watson, and Wells-16.
The bill was lost.
By Mr. Pons-Bill No. 26 :
Was read the second time, and on motion, referred to Com-
mittee on Legislative Expenses.
On motion, the vote taken on Bill No. 18, was reconsidered.
Mr. Erwin moved to place the bill back on its second reading;
Which was agreed to, and on motion of Mr. Harman made
the special order for next Friday.
By Mr. Rodgers-Resolution No. 8;
Was read the second time, and on motion, referred to Com-
mittee on Memorials.
Rule suspended, without notice Mr. Greeno introduced Res-
olution No. 9;
Which was read the first and second times under a suspension
of the rules, and on motion, referred to Committee on Educa-
tion.
* The following communication was received from the Secreta-
ry of State:
OFFICE OF SECRETARY OF STATE,
TALLAHASSEE, FL&., Jan. 18th, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARXS, Speaker of the Assembly :
SI : I have the honor to transmit herewith, in accordance
with the provisions of Section 28, Article IV., of the Constitui
tion of this State, the following bill, passed at the last regular
session, and filed in this office, with the objections of the Gov
ernor attached thereto :
"An. Act for the protection of Citizens of Florida Travellin






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on Public Conveyances." Passed at. the last regular session, and
filed in this office, with the objections of the Governor attached
thereto; which bill originated in the Assembly.
Respectfully,
JONATHAN C. GIBBS,
Secretary of State.
Which was read, and on motion of Mr. Harman, the bill re-
ferred to made the special order for the 25th inst.
Under a suspension of the rules, Mr. McKinnon, without no-
tice, introduced Bill No. 2'7:
A bill to be entitled An Act to amend An Act to Organize
the County Courts of the several counties of the State, and for
other purposes;
Which was read first time, rule suspended, read the second
time, and on motion, referred to Committee on Judiciary.
The rules suspended, Mr. Hodges, without notice, introduced
Bill No. 28:
A bill to be entitled An Act in relation to Sheriffs, Tax Col-
lectors, Tax Assessors, and their securities;
Which was read first time, rule suspended, read the second
time by title, and on motion, referred to Committee on Judicia-
ry.
The rules suspended, Mr. Raney offered the following:
-Resolved by the Assembly, That the words at the second
reading," in the first line of rule 46, of Standing Rules of As-
sembly, be stricken out, and the words after the first reading"
be inserted in lieu thereof;
Which was read and adopted.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, .
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., Jan. 18th, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable
body that the Senate has passed Senate Bill No. 11, to be enti-
tled An Act to permanently locate the County Site of Levy
County;
Also,
Indefinitely postponed Assembly Concurrent Resolution No.
6, relative to Election of United States Senator.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read, and the Senate bill placed among the orders
of the day.
Rule suspended, Mr. Erwin, without notice introduced Bill
No. 29:


fLORIDA STATE LIBRARY
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To be entitled An Act to amend An Act entitled An Act to
establish a State Penitentiary, and for the government and sup-
port thereof;
Which was read first time, rule suspended, and on motion,
referred to Committee on State Institutions.
Rule suspended, Mr. McKinnon offered the following:
Resolved, That the matter in connection with Gov. Gleason,
as Financial Agent of the Constitutional Convention, referred
to the committee appointed to investigate the charges made
against Gov. Reed, be and it is hereby recalled from said com-
mittee, to be referred to another committee of investigation to be
appointed by the Chair;
Which was read and adopted.
Rule suspended, Mr. Greeno offered the following:
Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed by the
Speaker to investigate the charges made against Lieut.-Governor
Gleason, Financial Agent of the Constitutional Convention, and
that said committee be and they are hereby empowered to send
for persons and papers, administer oaths and exercise all au-
thority necessary to the full discharge of their duties, and that
they report to this House such testimony as may come before
them at the earliest period practicable;
Which was read, and on motion of Mr. Harman laid on the
table.
Senate Bill No. 11:
Relative to locating the County Site of Levy County;
Was taken up, read first time, and on motion, referred to
Committee on City and County Organizations.
Mr. Harman moved that this Hoise do not adjourn until a
vote is taken according to law on the election of U. S. Senator
for the term commencing 4th March, 1869.
Mr. Osgood moved to indefinitely postpone, upon which the
yeas and nays were called for, and were:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Filer, For-
ward, Fortune, Green of Manatee, Greeno, Melvin, Mills, Os-
good, Pons, Robinson, Simpson, Stone, Urquhart,and Watson--17
Nays-Messrs. Bogue, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Gra-
ham, Harman, Harris, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McAuley, McMillin,
Moore of Columbia, Oliver, Powell', Scott, Thompson, Walker,
Wells, and White-21.
Motion to indefinitely postpone lost.
The yeas and nays were called upon the original motion, and
were:
Yeas-Messrs. Bogue, Cox, DeLaney, Edwards, Graham,
Green of Baker, Green of Manatee, Harman, Harris, Hodges,







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Keene, Lee, McMillin, Powell, Robinson, Scott, Thompson,
Walker, Wells, and White-20.
Nays-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bostick, Bradwel], Cruce, Erwin,
Filer, Forward, Fortune, Greeno, Hill, McAuley, Melvin, Mills,
Moore of Columbia, Osgood, Pons, Simpson, Stone, Urquhart,
and Watson-20.
Motion not agreed to.
The hour of twelve o'clock, M., having arrived, Mr. Harman
moved that the Assembly proceed to ballot for United States
Senator for term commencing March 4th, 1869.
The Speaker announced nominations in order.
Mr. Green of Manatee, nominated Col. Lemuel Wilson.
Mr. Pons nominated Hon. John Varnum.
Mr. Robinson nominated Hon. E. Fortune.
Mr. Fortune nominated Hon. S. T. Pons.
Mr. Cox nominated Hon. W. W. Moore.
Mr. Greeno nominated Hon. O. B. Hart.
Mr. Thompson nominated Hon. Jesse Robinson.
Mr. White nominated Hon. W. R. Bradwell.
Mr. Moore of Columbia nominated Hon. Auburn Erwin.
Mr. Erwin nominated Hon. D. Richards.
Mr. Harman nominated Hon. Robert Meacham.
Mr. Melvin nominated Hon. F. N. B. Oliver.
Mr. Scott nominated Hon. H. S. Iarman.
Mr. Fortune nominated Col. Liberty Billings.
Mr. Hodges nominated Hon. A. S. Welch.
Mr. Wells nominated Hon. J. C. Gibbs.
Mr. Hill nominated Col. John T. Sprague.
The vote was:
For Lemuel Wilson, 10 ; John Varnum, 1; F. N. B. Oliver,
12; Robert Meacham, 5; A. Erwin, 1; D. Richards, 5; S. T.
Pons, 1; W. W. Moore, 1; H. S. Harman, 1; L. Billings, 2;
W. B. Watson, 1; A. S. Welch, 1; John T. Sprague, 1; C. H.
Pearce, 1; C. M. Mobley, 1; McCaskill, 1.
Whole number of votes cast, 43. Necessary to a choice, 39.
No election.
On motion, the Assembly adjourned until to-morrow morning
ten o'clock.



WEDNESDAY, January 20th, 1869.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:



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Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Cox, Cruee, DeLaney, Edwards,
Filer, Forward, Graham, Green of Baker, Green of Manatee,
Greeno, Harris, Hodges, Keene, McAuley, McMillin, Melvin,
Mills, Moore of Columbia, Osgood, Pittman, Powell, Rodgers,
Scott, Simpson, Thompson, Walker, Watson, and Wells.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion of Mr. McAuley, the reading of yesterday's journal
was dispensed with and the journal approved.
Mr. Walker moved that a committee of three be appointed to
go to the bar of the Senate and inform that body that the As-
. embbly will be ready to meet the Senate at 12 o'clock, M.,.in
Joint Convention for the purpose of continuing the election of a
U. S. Senator;
Which was agreed to, and Messrs. Green of Manatee, Walker,
and Hodges were appointed said committee, who after a brief
absence reported and were discharged.
Mr. Moore of Columbia offered the following resolution:
.Resolved, That no member shall move to lay upon the table
or indefinitely postpone any measure without first stating briefly
his reasons for so doing;
Which was read, and on motion, laid on the table.
Mr. Scott offered the following resolution:
.Resolved, That a select committee of five be appointed by
the Chair to assist the Committee on Judiciary;
Which was not adopted.
REPORT.
Your committee to whom was referred a resolution of inquiry
as to the necessity of an appropriation for printing, would re-
spectfully report, that they have satisfied themselves that there
is a considerable amount due different parties for printing, the
Comptroller not being able to issue warrants from the want of
an appropriation, the former appropriation having become ex-
hausted. A portion of the bill for printing the laws of the first
session has not been paid, and the printing that was ordered in
November last and done in good faith, has not yet been paid.
At the same time the law provides for the payment of 80 per
cent. of work that is being done, and bills are presented for that
proportion of our present session's work. We are of the opin-
ion that it is right that it should be paid, and are assured that
it will be a relief to those doing the work. Therefore we would
respectfully beg leave to report the following bill and recom-
mend its adoption. G. S. GREENO, Chairman.
MATTHEW A. STEWART,
W. B. WATSON,
FRED HILL.









Which was read and the bill recommended placed among the
orders of the day.
REPORT.
The Committee on Education to whom was referred a resolu-
tion requesting our Senators and Representative in Congress to
procure from the United States a donation of certain buildings
and lots in the city of St. Augustine for school purposes, have
had the same under advisement and recommend its adoption.
W. W. MOORE, Chairman.
Was read and the bill placed among the orders of the day.
The following message was received from his Excellency the
Governor:
EXECUTIVE OFFICE,
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., Jan. 19, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR-I herewith submit for the consideration of the Legisla-
ture a communication this day received from Commissioners of
the State of Alabama appointed by the Governor, under a reso-
lution of the Legislature, to open negotiations for the acqui-
sitition of certain territory in West Florida," with my reply to
the same, together with the credentials of said Commissioners,
In connection therewith I respectfully submit the suggestion,
that, whatever may be the disposition of the Legislature in re-
gard to the subject matter referred to, courtesy to a State whose
interests are so interwoven with our own would seem to require
that a commission be appointed to receive and consider, in be-
half of the State of Florida, any propositions which may be pre-
sented in behalf of Alabama.
Very respectfully, &c.,
HARRISON REED, Governor.
ACCOMPANYING DOCUMENTS.
TALLAHASSEE, January 18, 1869.
To IIS EXCELLENCE HArnISON REED,
Governor of the State of Florida :
SIR: On the 30th ultimo the General Assembly of the State
of Alabama adopted the following resolutions :
Be it Resolved by the General Assembly qf Alabama, That
the Governor be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to
negotiate with the State government of Florida for the annexa-
tion to the State of Alabama, of that portion of Florida lying
west of the Choctawhatchie river.
Resolved, That before any action, under the foregoing reso-
lution, shall be considered final and binding, the same shall be
submitted and ratified by the General Assembly of Alabama








ad he (Congress of te Ulted States, a s1 may be provided by
law."
Under these resolutions, his IEcellency the Governor of the
State of Alabama has appointed us, citizens of that State,
agents, with instructions to visit the capital of your State, and
confer with you and the members of the Legislature, now in
session, in reference to the subject of adding a portion of your
territory to the State of Alabama.
We beg to assure your Excellency that we visit you in no
spirit of arrogance or presumption. We propose only to invite
the governmental authorities, and the people of Florida, to the
consideration of the question of adding, by lawful aid constitu-
tional proceedings, all, or a portion of the western part of this
State to Alabama. We do not seek, and Alabama does not de-
sire us to seek, the acquisition of any part of the territory of
Florida in opposition to the interests or wishes of its people.
We wish simply, with the utmost courtesy and the highest re-
spect, to initiate and promote the discussion of the question and
its deliberate adjudication at the bar of public sentiment in
your State. If that adjudication should be favorable to our
wishes, we should be gratified. If it should be otherwise, we
will yield a respectful acquiescence, and will, at least, cherish a
pleasant remembrance of a visit to your beautiful State, and of
communication with its hospitable and intelligent people.
While we will not presume to argue with your Excellency,
the question of the policy and wisdom of making West Florida
a part of Alabama, we trust to be pardoned for saying enough
to show that our mission to Florida is neither the chimera of a
distempered fancy, nor the offspring of a greedy acquisitiveness
which would aggrandize our own at the expense of a sister
State.
The idea of making West Florida a part of Alabama has
long been cherished, and a glance at the map suggests it. The
regularity of geometrical figure which it would give to Ala-
bama, the improvement which it would make in the outlines of
Florida-the fact that West Florida is traversed by streams,
some of them having their origin in Alabama, and some of them
their upward limits of navigation in that State; the facility and
frequency of communication and trade between West Florida
-and Alabama, and the homogeneity of tastes, sentiment and in-
terests between their peoples, combine to afford arguments for
a political connection, so obvious, that they have long been gen-
erally recognized. We venture to say, and we do so with the
utmost respect, that the people of West Florida have far more
identity of interest and feeling with the people of Alabama
than with the people of Middle, East, or South Florida. This








is the result of natural causes, which it would be unreasonable
and unjust to make a ground of personal censure.
But hi2gh as these arguments are in favor of the inclusion of West
Florida in Alabama, they are not the arguments which have led
to our present mission. In Central Alabama we have the finest
deposits of coal and iron upon the American Continent. We
think we are justified in making this assertion after an examina-
tion into the subject of the value of like mineral resources in
Pennsvilvania. Pensacola must be the handmaid in the devel-
opment of those immense coal and iron interests, unless our own
Mobile should be able to improve its harbor. The coal and iron
of Alabama are destined to supply the demands of the South and
of the steam marine floating upon the Gulf of Mexico and the
Carribean Sea. The supply will be afforded through the port
of Pensacola if it is an Alabama city. If the legislation here-
after as to the port of Pensacola can be directed in reference to
its ancillary influence upon the development of the mineral in-
terests of Central Alabama, it will become a great city--prob-
ably the Birmingham of America, and Alabama will make it the
gateway through which prosperity shall flow in upon its people
and spread throughout its borders.
Your Excellency, will observe that the resolutions of the Gen-
eral Assembly of Alabama look only to the acquisition of West
Florida to the Choctawhatchie river. This results from the fact
that the interest of Alabama seems to centre in the simple point
of the port of Pensacola, and the Legislature, in designating the
Choctawhatchie as the Eastern limit of the desired acquisition,
simply seized upon the first natural boundary which would give
it the bay of Pensacola and make the measure of its draft upon
Florida as small as possible. Considerations which have pre-
sented themselves to our minds since leaving Alabama convince
us that it would be far more just to the people of West Florida
and perhaps more consonant with the interest of the whole
State that the eastern boundary of any concession of territory
by your State to ours should be the Apalachicola. We there-
fore venture beyond the limits of the legislative deliverance to
present as the proposition of Alabama to your State, that the
territory of Florida west of the thread of the Apalachicola, shall,
upon such terms as may be deemed honorable and equitable,
and by such proceedings as may be consistent with the Consti-
tution of the United States and of the two States interested, be
incorporated in the State of Alabama.
We are sensible that the question of the addition of any por-
tion of your territory to Alabama is a grave and. important one.
We have been appointed without regard to our political senti-
ments by the Governor of the State of Alabama to visit your



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State and express the wishes of our State and submit its propo-
sitions. This being accomplished we will return to our homes.
We can only introduce the question, the decision of it must be
left to the deliberations of your State authorities and your peo-
ple. It would be pleasant to us personally and grateful to the
people of our State if Florida would appoint a committee to act
in concert with the Alabama committee. The Alabama com-
mittee now consists of only three members, but the resolutions
of our General Assembly do not prescribe the number, and we
may assume to pledge our State that our committee will be
brought to a numerical correspondence with any which may be
appointed by your State.
In conclusion we desire to assure your Excellency that Gover-
nor Smith, under whose appointment we are acting, was anxious
to accompany the commission to your Capital, to make the ac-
quaintance of your Executive authorities and mingle with your
people, but official duties prevented him from doing so. The
Governor of Alabama feels a deep interest in the result of the
negotiations now proposed, yet he does not desire that anything
shall be done without that mature deliberation which the im-
portance of the subject deserves. Governor Smith of Alabama
is a man of great purity of character and acknowledged patriot-
ism, and one who enjoys the confidence of tre great body of our
people without regard to present party organizations, or former
divisions and prejudices, and we know that he is actuated by
the same high motives in this, that govern him in all other mat-
ters affecting the honor and welfare of the commonwealth over
which he has been called to preside, and unless the object of our
mission can be accomplished without any detriment to the inter-
ests or violence to the feelings of the people of Florida, he will
not desire it.
Should the commission, which we trust it will be the pleasure
of your authorities to create, visit Alabama, they will receive a
hearty welcome, not only from our people, but we, as the repre-
sentatives of our State, will endeavor to reciprocate in some
small degree the genial welcome and courtesy we have received
at your beautiful capital.
We have the houor to be,
Your Excellency's obedient servants,
J. L. PENNINGTON,
A. J. WALKER,
CHASE. A. MILLER.








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TALLAIIA.SSEE, January 19th, 1856.
To MESSns. PENNINGTON, XVALK E, AND MILLER,
Commissioners of Alabama:
GENTLE.MEN' : I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of
your courteous communication of yesterday, in reference to a
treaty for the acquisition, by the State of Alabama, of a portion
of the domain of Florida, deemed essential to the territorial
proportions, commercial interests, and internal development of
the former.
A disintegration and cession of any portion of our State can
only be effected by a change of the fundamental law which es-
tablishes our present boundaries. To accomplish this, the con-
sent of two-tlhir(s of two successive Legislatures, and a subse-
sequent approval by a majority of the people of the State, is
necessary. This will require time, and afford ample assurance
of deliberate and considerate action.
Your letter, with the credentials, will be immediately laid
before the Legislature, now in session, with the recommendation
That a commission be appointed, in accordance with your request,
to confer with the representatives of Alabama, and take such ac-
tion as mutual interests shall dictate.
Accept, gentlemen, in your own behalf, and that of his Excel-
lency Gov. Smith, whose high character is appreciated here, and
of the noble State which you represent, assurances of distin-
guished consideration and respect of
Your obedient servant,
(Signed) HARIIsoN REED,
Governor of Florida.
Which were read.
Rule suspended, Mr. Butler offered the following:
Resolved by the AssemblE, the Senate concurring, That the
message of his Excellency the Governor, transmitting the com-
munication from the delegation from Alabama, be referred to a
joint select committee, consisting of two on the part of the Sen-
ate and three on the part of the House, with authority to report
by bill or otherwise.
Which was read and adopted.
1Rule suspended, Mr. McKinnon offered the following:
Resolved, That without conlmitting either ourselves or our
constituency, upon the question of annexation, we, in the name
If the State of Florida, do tender to the delegation of Alabama,
a cor(lial welcome, and promise an earnest consideration of the
importantt question they submit to us, and sincerely hope that
.heir stay among us may be pleasant, and when they return
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home, carry with them pleasant reports from the Land of
Flow ers.
.Reslvec, That a copy of this resolution be sent by the Chief
Clerk, to Messrs. Walker, Pennington, and Miller, the aforesaid
delegation;
Which was read and adopted.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.

Bill No. 30-Reported by Committee.:
A bill to be entitled An Act to make Appropriation for
Printing;
Which was read first time, rule suspended, read the second
time by title.
12 o'clock M. On motion, a call of the Assembly was or-
dered, and was:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Chesh-
ire, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Filer, Forward, Fortune,
Graham, Green of Baker, Green of Manatee, Greeno, Harman,
Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McAuley, McKinnon, McMillin,
Melvin, Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Os-
ood, Pittman, Powell, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott,
impson, Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Varnum,
Walker, Watson, Wells, and White.
On a motion to adjourn until 4 o'clock, P. M., the yeas and
nays were called for and were:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Fi-
ler, Forward, Fortune, Greeno, Harris, Lee, McAuley, McKin-
non, Melvin, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Osgood, Pittman,
Pons, Raney, Stewart, Stone, Varnum, Watson, and White
-24.
Nays-Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Ed-
wards, Erwin, Graham, Green of Baker, Green of Manatee,
Harman, Hill, Hodges, Keene, McMillin, Mills, Moore of Colum-
bia, Powell, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Thompson,
Urquhart, Walker, and Wells-26.
The Assembly refused to adjourn.
On motion, the Assembly adjourned until five o'clock this
evening.


FIVE O'CLOCK, P. M.

Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
A quorum present.
Rule suspended, Mr. Walker offered the following resolution
.1









Resolved, That the House now proceed, in conjunction with
the members of the Senate present, to the organization ofa Joint
Assembly for the election of a U. S. Senator for the term com-
mencing March 4, 1869;
Which was read.
Mr. Fortune moved to lay on the table.
Upon which the yeas and nays were called for:
Pending which, it was moved that Mr. Butler, member elect
from Santa Rosa, come forward and be sworn;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Butler objected to being sworn, stating that he had never
resigned his seat as a member of this Assembly.
Mr. McKinnon moved that the matter of Mr. Butler's election
be referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections.
Mr. Scott moved to lay the motion on the table;
Upon which the yeas and nays were called for, and were:
.Yeas-Messrs. Bogue, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin,
Graham, Green of Ba.er, Green of Manatee, Greeno, Harman,
Hill, Hodges, McMillin, Mills, Moore of Columbia, Pons, Rodg-
ers, Scott, Simpson, Thompson, Urquhart, and Walker-23.
Nays-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bradwell, Cheshire, Filer, For-
ward, Fortune, Harris, Keene, McAuley, McKinnon, Melvin,
Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Osgood, Pittman, Powell, Raney,
Robinson, Stewart, Stone, Varnum, Watson, and White-23.
Motion not agreed to.
Mr. MIcKinnon's motion agreed to.
Mr. Fortune moved to adjourn until to-morrow morning ten
o'clock.
Upon which the yeas and nays were called for, and were :
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bradwell, Cheshire, Filer, For-
ward, Fortune, Greeno, Harris, McAuley, McKinnon, McMillin,
Melvin, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Osgood, Pittman, Pons,
Raney, Simpson, Stewart, Stone, Varnum, Watson, and White
-24.
Nays-Messrs. Bogue, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Er-
win, Graham, Green of Baker, Green of Manatee, Harman, Hill,
Hodges, Keene, Mills, Moore of Columbia, Powell, Robinson,
Rodgers, Scott, Thompson, Urquhart, and Walker-22.
Agreed to.
The Assembly adjourned.

THURSDAY, January 21st, 1869.
The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:








Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Cox, Cruce,
DeLaney, Forward, Grahamn, Green of Baker, Greeno, Iill,
Hodges, Keene, McAuley, McMillin, Melvin, Mills, Osgood,
Pittman, Pons, Powell, Robinson, Rodgers, Simpson, Stewart,
Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, and Wells-.34.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion of Mr. Bogue, the reading of yesterday's journal
was dispensed with, and the journal approved.
Mr. Walker presented the credentials of Mr. John W. Butler,
member elect from Santa Rosa county;
Which were received.
On motion, Mr. Butler came forward, and was sworn by th-
Chief Clerk, as a member of this Assembly.
Mr. Simpson offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That this Assembly proceed at 12 o'clock, M., as
provided by law, to vote, in conjunction with such members of
the Senate as may then be present, for a U. S. Senator for the
term commencing March 4th, 1869, and that a committee of
three be appointed to notify the Senate, and invite the at-
tendance of Senators;
Which was read.
Mr. Forward moved to lay on the table;
Which was not agreed to.
Mr. Harman moved to indefinitely postpone the resolution
Which was agreed to.
Mr. White offered the following resolution:
WHEREAS, It is publicly charged-that certain persons have re-
ceived large sums of money and State scrip, to induce said
persons to use their influence to induce members of this As-
sembly to favor impeachment of his Excellency Harrison
Reed, Governor of this State; AND, WHEREAS, It is publicly
charged that said persons are so using their influence with
the said members; therefore, be it
Resolved, That the committee appointed by this Assembly
to investigate the conduct and doings of his Excellency Harri-
son Reed, be, and are hereby, directed to investigate said
charges, and report the result of their investigation in the mat-
ter to this Assembly, with their report in matter of affairs of
his Excellency Harrison Reed; and the said committee are
authorized to send for persons to enable properly to investigate
said charges;
Which was read.
On motion of Mr. Harman, the Assembly resolved itself into
a Committee of the Whole, upon the resolution.
Mr. Walker in the chair.










After sonie time spent therein, the committee arose, and re
ported progress, asking leave to sit again.

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE REPORT.
Hon. M. L. STEA-sS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: The Judiciary Committee"to whom was referred a bill to
be entitled An Act to repeal An Act entitled An Act the better
to Procure and Secure Protection to Life, Liberty and Property
in the State of Florida, approved August 6th, 1868, beg to re-
port they have considered the same, and recommend that it pass.
Respectfully,
GEORGE P. RANEY, Chairman,
S. WALKER,
D. L. McKiNsoN,
E. FORTUNE.
Which was received, and the bill placed among the orders
of the day.
REPORT.
COMMITTEE ROOM, January 19th, 1869.
Honorable M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR: Your committee has examined into Assembly resolution
No. 2, said resolution requiring us to introduce a bill reducing
the price of a limited quantity of State land to heads of fami-
lies, &c. The committee is of opinion that the Legislature has
not the power to reduce said land.
Respectfully, JOSIA A. LEE,
Chairman Committee Public Lands.
Which was received.
Rule suspended, Mr. Watson, without notice, introduced Bill
No. 31:
A bill to be entitled An Act to Fix and Define the Boundary
Lines of Volusia and Orange counties;
Which was received, and placed among the orders of the day.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.
Bill No. 31:
A bill to be entitled An Act to make Appropriation for
Printing,
Was read the second time, rule suspended, read the third
time, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Brad-
well,Cheshire, Cox, Cruce, DeLanev, Edwards, Erwin, Filer,







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Forward, Fortune, Graham, Green of Manatee, Greeno, lar-
man, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McAuley, McMillin,
Melvin, Mills, Moore of' Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough, Ol-
iver, Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers,
Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Varnum,
Walker, Watson, Wells, and White-47.
Nays-None.
The bill passed.
Rule suspended, without notice, Mr. Forward introduced Bill
No. 32 :
A bill to be entitled An Act to Provide for the Payment of
Tax Assessors in this State;
Also, Bill No. 33:
A bill to be entitled An Act to provide for the Payment of
Tax Collectors in this State ;
Which were received and placed among the orders of the day.
The following message was received from the Senate :

SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., January 21st, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS,
Speaker of the Assembly:
SR :.I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable
body that the Senate has passed Senate Bill No. 73, of the last
regular session of the Legislature, the Governor's objection to
the contrary notwithstanding, by a two-third majority, viz.:
A bill to be entitled An Act to Provide for a Code of Prac-
tice in Civil Cases in the State of Florida.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHAS. MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read, and the bill placed among the orders of the.
day.
Also :
SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., January 21st, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable
body that the Senate has adopted Assembly Resolution "to
appoint a Joint Committee to whom shall be referred all mat-
ters appertaining to the mission of the Commissioners of the
State of Alabama," and Messrs. Moragne and Wentworth were
appointed such committee on part of the Senate.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read.
Bill No. 23-By Mr. Green, of Manatee :









A bill to be entitled An Act to repeal An Act entitled A i
Act the Better to Procure and Secure Protection to Life, Lib-
erty and Property in the State of Florida;
Was read the second time.
Mr. Harman moved to indefinitely postpone.
Upon which the yeas and nays were called for, and were:
Yeas--Messrs. Bogue, DeLaney, Erwin, Graham, Greeno,
Ilarman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Lee, Mills, Moore of Columbia,
Pons, Rodgers, Scott, and Simpson-16.
Nays-- '. Speaker, Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire,
Cox, Cruce, Edwards, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Green of Ba-
ker, Green of Manate, Ke, Keene, McAuley, McKinnon, McMillin,
Melvin, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Osgood, Pittman, Ra,
ney, Robinson, Stewari, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Varnum,
Walker, Watson, Wells, and White-32.
Not agreed to.
Mr. Raney moved to suspend the rules, and the bill be read
the third time and put upon its passage.
The yer:s and nays were called for on the motion, and were :
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Mcess:s. Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cox,
Cruce, Edwards, Filer, For ivard, Fortune, Green of Baker, Green
of Manatee, Keei,,, McAuley, McKinnon, McMillin, Melvin,
Moore of IHillsborough, Oliver, Osgood, Pittman, Raney,
Stewart, Stone, Urquhart, Varnum, Walker, Watson, and
White-29.
Nays-Messrs. Bogue, DeLaney, Erwin, Graham, Greeno,
Harman, Harris, Hodges, Lee, Mills, Moore of Columbia, Pons,
Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Thompson, and Wells-17.
Motion lost.
On motion, 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 rules waived, without notice, Mr. Urquhart introduced
Bill No. 34 :
A bill to be entitled An Act to locate the County Site of Su-
wannee County by a vote of the citizens thereof;
Was read first time, and on motion, referred to Committee on
City and County Organizations.
Bill No. 31;
Was read first time, and on motion, referred to Committee on
City and County Organizations.
Bill No. 32;
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Was read first time, and on motion, referred to Committee
on Finance and Taxation.-
Bill No. 35 ;
Was read first time, and referred to Committee on Finance
and Taxation.
Rule suspended, Mr. Stewart offered Joint Resolution No. 3:
Requesting the Postmaster-General to increase Mail Facilities
from Mellonville to Orlando in Orange county;
Which was read first time, and on motion, referred to Select
Committee on Memorials.
Resolution No. 9;
Was read the third time, and put upon its passage:
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Chesh-
ire, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Forward,
Fortune, Graham, Green of Baker, Green of Manatee, Greeno,
Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McAuley, Melvin,
Mills, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Osgood, Pittman, Pons,
Powell, Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart,
Varnum, Walker, and White-41.
Nays-None.
Resolution passed.
Resolution No. 2, in reference to State Lands;
Was read the second time, and laid on the table.
Rule suspended, Mr. Harman offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That a committee of three, consisting of Messrs.
McKinnon, Simpson, and Varnum, be elected to inquire into the
condition and ownership of the public lands, &c.;
Which was read and adopted.
Under a suspension of the rules, Mr. Harman offered the
following resolution:
Resolved, That the Internal Improvement Board be, and they
are hereby required to lay before the committee appointed by
the Assembly, of which Hon. D. L. McKinnon is Chairman, a
full and complete report of their acting and doings since the
last session, especially a full explanation of what disposition has
been made of the proceeds of the lands they have sold;
Which was read and adopted.
Rule suspended, Mr. Bogue introduced Bill No. 35:
A bill to be entitled an act to amend the License Tax upon
Spirituous Liquors in this State;
Which was read the first time, and on motion, referred to
Committee on Finance and Taxation.
Rule suspended, Mr. Green of Manatee moved that the com-
mittee appointed to investigate the condition of the State land
demand of the Attorney General the history of the indebtedness
of the State.








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Not agreed to.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., Jan. 21, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable
body that the Senate has this day adopted Senate Joint Resolu-
tion No. 7, relative to rumored Bribery and Corruption in Elec-
tion of U. S. Senator;
Also, passed Senate Joint Resolution No. 8, relative to Print-
ing of Bills and Resolutions.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHAS. MUNDEE, Secretary.
Also:
SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., Jan. 21, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable
body that the Senate has this day passed Senate Bill No. 7, to
be entitled An Act authorizing the Pensacola and Louisville
Railroad Company to acquire Land.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHAs. IrTUNDEE, Sec'ry of the Senate.
Which were read.
Bill and resolution placed among the orders of the day.
Senate Joint Resolution No. 7;
Was read first time, rule suspended, read the second and third
times, and put upon its passage:
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bostick, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney,
Erwin, Fortune, Graham, Greeno, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges,
Melvin, Oliver, Osgood, Pons, Powell, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott,
Simpson, Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Varnum, Walk-
er, Wells, an(d White-30.
Nays-Miessrs. Bradwell, Edwards, Filer, Forward, Green of
Baker, Green of Manatee, Keene, McAuley, Moore of Hillsbor-
ough, and Pittman-10.
Resolution adopted.
Rule suspended, Mr. Scott moved to reconsider the vote just
taken, and that thereconsideration lay on the table;
Agreed to.
Rule suspended, Mr. Forward introduced Bill No. 36, with-
out notice:
A bill to be entitled An Act to provide compensation to clerks
of the county for registering the voters of the several counties
in this State;








Which was received and placed among the order o0 teL day
Senate Bill No. 7.
Was read first ti,.,.
Senate Joit Resolution \No. r"atin: to pri,:i,', of iLlls
and resolutions,
W .as reid iirst time, rule sulspendcced, refl the -coi and
third time, and put, upon its panssge.
The vote was :
Yeas-3Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Iostick, Bradwe!, Cox,
Cruc e e, DeL,ne, Ed..Twards, Erwin, Filer, IFortune, (r i m,
Greeno, Harman, HIarris, Hill, Hodges, Keeie, Lee, ,.ey,
Melvin, ills, Pons, Robinsoln, Rodgers, Scott, ll I, Stew-
art, Thompso0, IU rquhart, Varnunm, Wells, aend Vv ite 3.
Nays--Messrs. Forward, od, ttm nt ..a. .y,
and Walker-6.
Resolution adopted.
On motion, the Assembly adjourned until ten o'clock, to-rnor-
row.



FRIDAY, January 22d, 1SG9.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Bostici:, Bradwell, Cox, Cruce,
DeLaney, Edwards, Forward, Green of B3aker, Greeno,- odgs,
Keene, Lee, McAuley, McMillin, Melvin, Mills, M1oore o' Cohim-
bia, Pittman, Powell, Robinson, Scott, Simpson, Ste-wart,
Thompson, Walker, Wells, and White.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
Ou motion, the reading of yesterday's journal was dispensed
with, and the journal approved.
The rules suspended, Mr. Walker moved to take up Lil!l
passed at last session to be entitled An Act to provide or a
Code of Practice in Civil Cases in the State of Florida, lwhch
passed the Senate yesterday, the Governor's veto to the contrary
notwithstanding.
Agreed to.
The bill taken up.
Veto of the Governor read.
On motion, the bill put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas--Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Bradwell, Cox, Cruce,









1..Laney, Edwards, Fortune, Graham, Green of Baker, (Green of
"Mt,.a e, Greeno, Harman, IllIl, Keene, McMillin, Mills, Moore
oi Colmbia, Osgood, Pols, Powell, 1oblinsonl, ipson, Thomp-
o,, riqulhart, Varnum, Walker, and Wells-28.
:Nys--3essrs. IBostick, Chleshire, Erwin, Filer, 'Forward,
Harris, Hodges, Lee, MeAuley, McKinnon, Melvin, Moore of
"iil, ; 'o)rough, Oliver, Pittman, lane, Stewart, Stone, Watson,
antd ','White-19.
The Governor's veto was sustained by more than one-third of
the members voting, hence the bill was lost.
IMr. Pdns offered Joint Resolution No. 10, Preferring Certain
Claimi,;
'Which was read the first and second times under a suspension
of ihe rules, and on motion referred to Committee on Finance
andi .Taxation.
iAlde suspended, without notice Mr. Harris introduced Bill
-1o. 37:
"A bill to be entitled An Act to change the Names of Certain
Persons therein named, and for other purposes;
Which was read the first time.
Under a suspension of the rules, without notice Mr. Greeno
introduced Bill No. 38 :
A bill to be entitled An Act for the relief of Albert D. Rog-
ers, late Sheriff and ex-officio Tax Assessor and Collector;
Which was read the first time and referred to Committee on
Claims.
Rule suspended, without notice Mr. Edwards introduced Bill
No. 30 :
A bill to be entitled An Act for the benefit of the Estate of
Daniel :iEdwards of Hernando County;
Which was read and referred to Committee on Judiciary.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.

1y MIr. Forward-Bill No. 36:
Na, s read, and on motion referred to Committee on Finance
and Puibic Accounts.
Senate Bill No. 7:
"W as read the second time.
By ir. Green of Manatee-Bill No. 18:
A bill to be entitled An Act annexing a portion of Monroe
County to the County of Manatee;
Was read the Third time and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-M-essrs. Bogue, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin,
Graham, Greeno, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Mills,









Moore of (Colunbia, (Osgood, Simpson, Thompson, ULrquhart,
Varnum, Walker, and Wells-22.
Nays-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Fi-
ler, Forward, Fortune, Green of Manatee, Lee, McAuley, Mc-
Millin, Melvin, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Pittman, Raney,
Stewart, Stone, Watson, and White-20.
The bill was lost, it requiring a two-thirds vote.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 22, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable
body that the Senate has this day passed Senate Bill, No. 16,
to be entitled An Act to authorize William Dilworth Sanders, a
Minor, to assume the management of his own Estate.
Also:
Senate Concurrent Resolution, No. 9, inviting the Commis-
sioners from Alabama to address the Legislature.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read.
The bill and resolution placed among the orders of the day.
By Mr. Green of Manatee-Bill No. 23:
A bill to be entitled An Act to repeal An Act entitled An
Act the better to Procure and Secure Protection to Life, Liber-
ty, and Property in the State of Florida;
Which was read the third time and put upon its passage.
The vote was :
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire,
Cruce, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Green of Ba-
ker, Green of Manatee, Keene, McAuley, McKinnon, McMillin,
Melvin, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Pittman, Powell, Ra-
ne, Stewart, Stone, Urquhart, Varnum, Walker, Watson, and
White-29.
Nays-Messrs. Bogue, DeLaney, Graham, Greeno, Harman,
Harris, Hill, Hodges, Lee, Mills, Moore of Columbia, Osgood,
Pons, Robinson, Scott, Simpson, Thompson, and Wells-18.
Bill passed.
Mr. Harman moved to reconsider vote just taken.
Mr. Varnum moved to lay the motion on the table;
Which was agreed to.
Senate Joint Resolution No. 9, inviting the, Commissioners
from Alabama to address the Legislature, was taken up, read
first time, rule suspended, read the second and third time, and
put upon its passage.
The vote was:








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eas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bradwell, Bogue, Cox, Cruce, De-
Laney, Erwin, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Green of Mana-
tee, Greeno, Harris, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McAuley, McMillin,
Melvin, Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough, Osgood, Pitt-
man, Powell, Raney, Robinson, Scott, Stewart, Stone, Thomp-
son, Urquhart, Varnum, Walker, Watson, Wells, and White-
32.
Nays-Mr. Simpson-1.
Resolution passed.
Senate Bill No. 16:
A bill to be entitled An Act to authorize William Dilworth
Sanders, a minor, to assume the management of his own estate;
Was read first time and referred to Committee on Judiciary.
Rules suspended, Mr. Harman moved to reconsider vote
taken on Joint Resolution No. 8, relating to printing of bills
and resolutions, taken yesterday.
Which was agreed to.
The resolution, on motion, placed back upon its second read-
ing.
Rule suspended, Committee on County and City Organiza-
tions
REPORT.
COMMITTEE ROOM,
Tallahassee, Fla.
TO THE SPEAKER AND MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY:
Your committee to whom a bill entitled An Act to Perma-
nently Locate the county site of Levy county, and the accompa-
nying petitions, were referred, have had the same under consid-
eration, and it appearing from the petitions that a majority of
the voters of said county are in favor of the bill, your commit-
tee, therefore, respectfully recommend its passage.
Very respectfully
D. L. McKINNoNN,
Chairman Committee on City and County Organizations.
Which was received,
REPORT.
To HoN. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
The Committee on Judiciary having had under consideration
Assembly Bill No. 6, report back the same with an amendment,
and recommend its passage.
Respectfully submitted, GEO. P. RANEY,
E. FORTUNE,
H. S. HARMAN,
D. L. McKINNON,
S. WALKER.








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The bill ordered to be engrossed.
^lst-c Bill io. 11:
A tbil! it be entitled An (Act to Permanently Locate the
county site o(f 1Lerv county
Was read the second time, rule suspended, read the third
tnme, and iut upon its passage.
The vote was :
Yeas-M-r. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Brad'el],
Cheshire, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Forward,
Fortune, Graham, Green of Baker, Green of Manatee, Greelno,
larman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene,. Lee, McAuley, McKin-
non, McIillin, Melvin, Mills, Moore of Hillsborough, Osgood,
Pons, Powell, Robinson, Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Stone,
Thl ompson, Urquhart, Walker, Watson, Wells, and White-44.
Nays-None.
The bill passed.
Rule suspended, on motion of Mr. Erwin, the Hon. W. W.
Moore was excused from attendance on the Assembly for one
week.
The Speaker announced Messrs.
White of Clay,
Fortune of Jackson,
Pons of Escambia,
Committee on part of Assembly, pursuant to Senate Resolu-
tion No. 7.
The rules suspended, Mr. Hodges moved to reconsider vote
taken to-day on civil code act.
Agreed to.
The bill again taken up and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Cox, Cruce, De-
Laney, Edwards, Erwin, Fortune, Graham, Green of Baker,
Green of Manatee, Greeno, Harman, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Mc-
Millin, Mills, Moore of Columbia, Osgood, Pons, Powell, Rob-
inson, Scott, Simpson, Thompson, Urquhart, Varnum, Walker,
and Wells-31.
Nays-Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Filer, Forward,
Harris, Lee, McAuley, McKinnon, Melvin, Moore of Hillsbo-
rough, Oliver, Pittman, Raney, Stewart, Stone, Watson, and,
White-18.
Bill lost.
On motion of Mr. Scott, the Assembly hall was tendered to
the colored members for educational purposes, to-night.
On motion, the Assembly adjourned until to-morrow ten
o clock A. M.









olATURMAT, Jaumy 004t 168"

The Assembly met plirsuant to ajournmeq
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain,
On motion, the reading of yesterday's journal was dispenlse
with, and the journal approved.
Mr. Harris offered the following resolution:
Be it resolved, That if members of the Senate, or any other
persons, should be found in this Assembly, (inside of the bar,)
when.in session, attempting to influence members in voting, the
Sergeant-at-Arms should be instructed to invite them outside of
the bar of the Assembly;
SWhich was read, and on motion, laid on the table.
Rule suspended, Mr. Harman moved that a committee of fiv
be appointed on appropriations;
Agreed to, and Messrs. Harman, Walker, Watson, Raney,'
and Varnum were appointed said committee.
The following resolution and bill were introduced without
notice:
By Mr. Simpson-Joint Resolution No. 11, in relation to
teachers who taught under certificate granted by Rev. E. B
Duncan, Superintendent, &c., in the year A. D. 1868, to present
their claims to the present Superintendent of Public Instruc
tion for the State of Florida.
By Mr. Robinson-Joint Resolution No. 12, in relation to
establishing of Mail Routes from Bainbridge, Georgia, to Green'
wood, Florida.
By Mr. Cruce-Bill No. 40:
A bill to be entitled An Act to License Non-residents to
fish on the Coast of Florida.
By Mr. Raney-Bill No. 41:
A bill to be entitled An Act to provide a Library for the Su-
preme Court, in compliance with the requirements of the Con-
etitution;
Which were placed among the orders of the day.

REPORT.

Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
The Committee on Finance and Taxation, to whom was refer.
red Assembly Joint Resolution No. 10, beg leave to report they
have considered the same and respectfully recommend that it do
Oot pass. E. J. HARRIS, Chairman.
Which was received.
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REPORT.



The Committee on Engrossed Bills beg leave to report the fol.
lowing bill correctly engrossed:
Assembly Bill No. 6:
A bill to be entitled An Act in relation to costs on Criminal
Proceedings in Justices' Courts.
Respectfully submitted,
E. FoarTUNE Chairman.
Which was received,
REPORT.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
The Committee on Finance and Taxation, to whom was refer-
red a bill to be entitled An Act to provide compensation to
Clerks of the Courts for registering the voters in the several
counties of this State," beg leave to report, they have duly con-
sidered the same and recommend that it pass, with the follow-
ing amendments:
Strike out the 2d section and insert therefore, the following:
SECTION 2d. It shall be the duty of the Comptroller to issue
warrants to said clerks for the amount due them for said services
on the presentation of their accounts, verified by their affidavits,
and approved by the County Commissioners of their respective
counties. E. J. HAaRIS, Chairman.
Which was read.
REPORT.
COMMrrTEE RooM, January 20th, 1369.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the House:
Your committee to whom was referred the duty of investiga-
ting and reporting upon the report of the Superintendent of Pub-
lic Instruction, as per Joint Resolution NSo. 11 of 1868, beg leave
to report the following: That w6 have had the same under con-
sideration and recommend that the report be received and spread
upon the journals of the House; but notwithstanding we make
this recommendation, your committee beg leave to express
great doubts as to the propriety of the Legislature, under the
present financial embarrassment of the State, proceeding to car-
ry out to the letter, or to make such appropriations as would
probably meet the expectations of the Superintendent of Public
Instruction, and in order that the House may have a clear view
of the matter, your committee beg leave to refer at least to
four points, to all of which it appears to us the eye of the Super-
intendent is directed, and in all of which cases he appears to be
looking to the Legislature to make such appropriations as will
meet the expenses connected with them.









"On page 4 of the Superintendent's report he represents to thin
"body, that there are many persons who have bedn engaged iW
teaching school who have not been paid, and in relation to
.4his matter his own language ia as follows: "There is at least ^
moral obligation on the part of the State to carry out the
pledges originally made to this claes of teachers."
ITZIK SECOND.
On page 11 the Superintendent suggests the propriety of alo0n
being made by the State, for the purpose of more speedily aid
more effectually advancing the cause of education throughout
the State. As to the amount desired by the Superintendeit at this
point, we are not informed through the medium of his report
ITEM THIID.
On page 14 of the Superintendent's report, he reminds the Leg-
islature of the constitutional provision for establishing a histor-
ical bureau in the State, and respectfully suggests that the Leg-
islature make such appropriations as will enable him to execute
the work imposed upon him.
ITEM FOURTH.
On page 15 of the report above referred to, the Superintendent
of Public Instruction claims that a further duty, tf wit, that
of organizing a bureau of natural history, is imposed upon him,
and it appears to your committee that this item comes up side
by side witbhose already enumerated, with claims for heavy
appropriations for its accomplishment. In connection with the
above claims upon the treasury of the State, your committee beg
leave to digress so far from our original intention as to refer to.
one other point, heretofore overlooked. On page third of the re-
port of the Superintendent, he informs the Legislature that the
principal of both the seminary and the common school fund
were expended during the war, and suggests that an amount
be paid annually to these funds equal to that which would have
arisen from the principals had they not been absorbed. With
the above facts presented to this body, your committee would
still be slow to recommend such appropriations as would be nec-
essary to meet these multiplied claims.
All of which is most respectfully submitted,
-, W. BOSTICK,
Chairman Committee.
S. T, Pots,
JAS. D. G oRrs m.
Select Committee.
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REPORT O THEIR> 8IPEPJI.NT'?TDDI NT OF Pi1TvU IO 77

Two years after ho admi ion of Florida into the c'-eld
"Tnion, the Legislature passed an act authorizing the cztc.blih
inent of a liberal system of common schools. This Vass sEon D
terwards repealed without being put into operation. Another.
va passed, which has since undergone various change. It did
not provide for free schools, nor impose any tar on property or
persons fbr the support of schools. The school find arose
chiefly from the sale of lands donated to the State by the gen-
eral government. The interest available for common schools
never amounted to fifty cents a year each, to those who were
entitled to its benefits under the law.
The act to establish common schools, etc., approved January
1, 1853, provides as follows:
Sc. 2. That it shall be the duty of the Tax Assessor of each
county, at the time of assessing the taxes of his county, to take
the census of all the children of the county l;btween the ages of
five and eighteen years, and if any of them be deaf mutes, that
he so state, and report the same on oath to the County Superin-
tendcent on or before the first day of June next, and each and
every year -thereafter; for which said service he shall receive
five cents for each child reported to the County Superintendent;
and, upon failure of the. Tax Assessor to perform the duties
herein and above required, he shall forfeit the sum o& fifty dol-
lars, to be deducted from the sum which the County Commis-
sioners may allow him for assessing and collecting the taxes of
his county.
No such enumeration was taken during the last year in the
several counties, and it was presumed that some Assessors might
not be fully apprised of this part of their duty. Their attention
was called to the above section on the 22d of September by a
circular from this Department.
The act establishing two Seminaries, approved January 24,
1851, declares that their first purpose should be the instruo.
tion of persons, both male and female,.in the art of teaching
all the various branches that pertain to a good common school
education;" and next: .
To give such instruction in the mechanic arts, in husbandry,
and agricultural chemistry, in the fundamental laws, and in what
regards the rights and duties of citizens.
Each county shall hbe entitled to send pupils in the ratio that
it sends Representatives to the State Legislature-not to exceed'
such number as the Board may prescribe.
Said Seminaries shall be under the direction of a Board of Ed-
acation, etc.











.c Co-stitttion of the State declare tt t the "Legilatuif
4thell provide uniform system of Common Schools and a Unir
rcreity, nd shall:provide for th? liberal amaixtenaGce of the' sama
Znltruction in them hall be free."
Th. e anual inoom of the Seminary fund- amounts th about sai
.eaP nd dollar.. This is divided equally between the .*tw
.eminariZo. It is apparent that neither of these instititiona ca.
4b conducted as free schools on so small an income. The use of
We Seminary buildings las been allowed to private parties to
*snduct schools temporarily until some further provision can b
made by the Legiclatnre for their support, according to the
termc of the Constitution. -
County Superintendents have been requested to -asertain the-
:unber of persons in their respective counties who, being enti-
tlex, would like to avail themselves of the benefits of the Semi-
nary fund. They were also advised to mnko such inspection in
heir respective counties as ill enable 'them to judge where
schools should be started, and to ascertain the circumstances in
each case.
First. The probable numn:er of youth who would attend.
Second. The size and condition of school house, if any. Fur-
niture on hand.
Third. Expense of erecting a'sumtable school building:,
Fourth. Amount that the people of the neighborhood. would
contribute in money, labor, or lumber, towards the construction
of a school house where one is needed.
Fifth. Amount that they would pledge and- secure towards
the payment of ond or more teachers' ] wages-as they might re-
quire.
This was done in order that they might be prepared to act at
the earliest moment practicable.
Communications received from thRem express a desire to co-
operate, most cordially, when their- duties shall be defined by
law.
While the Constitution provided that the Common Schools
and the University should be free of charge for instruction, and
while the funds were insufficient to make them free, and especially
while the income of the Common School Fund could not be dis-
bursed for the want of the data on which the law prescribes the
apportionment shall be made, it is apparent that the schools could
not properly be opened.
The principals of both the Se, -nary and Common School funds
were expended during the war iln i the purchase 4f arms, ammu.
nation, and for oth purposes." 3ut the State, recognizing its
obligations as CL lian of these, ..cred trusts, will see that an
amount be paid .i nually to thes(t funds equal to that -iwhQ








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would have arisen Aom the principals had they not been 4h,
sorbed.
It is proper to epeak, in passing, of three classes of schools ia
which the teachers have shown much true devotion. They are:
First. Private schools conducted Jy persons of either race.
The teachers have been poorly paid, yet many have continued
their schools when they id not receive sufficient compensation
to pay their board. uch earnest devotion should be remeMi-
bered when there are funds to pay good teachers with.
Second. School opened under the auspices of the State. Ac.
wording to authority of the act to establish common schools
for freedmen, the superintendent of these schools purposed
paying at least twelve dollars a month to each teacher while
engaged; but the failure to collect the capitation tax on freed-
men, left them without means to pay them. Many teachers
have clung to their work until they were driven from it, inta
other callings, to earn their daily bread.
Measures have been taken to ascertain the names and length
of time persons were engaged in this manner, agreeably to the
joint resolution of the Legislature at the summer session. Par-
tial returns have been received; when complete they will be laid
before you. There is at least a moral obligation on the part of
the State to carry out the pledges originally made to this class
of teachers.
Third. Schools conducted under the auspices of Northern
benevolent associations. Numbers of the ladies who assujned
the duties of teachers, were persons of wealth and high social
positions dt" home. Coming at a time when the freed children
were cast suddenly at the threshold of a new life, unused to the
responsibilities and ignorant of the duties thus thrust upon
them, they were welcomed with great joy, and labored with
sincere christian devotion, amidst hardships and privations.
The teachers have changed, but most of the schools are still
maintained.
We have seen the labors of the true teacher reaching out
and benefiting the fireside, the work-shop, and the plantation.
Honest, earnest labor, rightly bestowed, is never lost. It may
meet opposition, as it often does, but it wins at last.
There is very great satisfaction in noticing the evidences
that the public mind are in favor of universal education. At a
convention of the Educational Association of Florida, held at
Tallahassee, in 1867, the "Committee on the Education of our
Colored Population" reported,'through their chairman, 1). S.
Walker, then Governor of the State, that "some of our most
respected white ladies and gentlemen in the State have taken
positions in these schools, and besides the approval of a good











conscience, feel that they have rather gained than lost social
position by so doing. There is not a good man or woman in
the State that does not feel the obligation of this high duty."
The report concluded by commending this great work to every
christian and patriot in the land."
In the attempt to establish common schools, there will neces-
sarily be some differences, but if the work be met in the. spirit
of enlarged philanthropy, as expressed in the above quotation,
and characterized by mutual forbearance and a sincere desire
for the good of Qach other, that which would otherwise be a
most arduous and difficult task, will become the most interest-
i%, replete with the happiest results to the State.
"A!s the Legislature did not complete the passage of the school
1-i which claimed its consideration at the former session, and
as it was apparent, after an examination of existing statutes on
the subject, that the officers designated by the Constitution,
and charged with the supervision and management of the edu-
cational interests, could not properly enter upon the
work of organizing public schools, the Superintendent
of Public Instruction, .by the concurrence of. the
Governor, embraced the opportunity which was thus
affordIed to visit other States, to inspect the workings
of their school systems, and to endeavor to procure the speedy
expenditure of as much as possible of the appropriation of the
general government to this State for the construction and re-
pair of school houses. This sum amounted to about seventy-
five thousand dollars, in three annual appropriations, less than
one-third of which had expended. It was also ascertained that
the teachers who had been engaged under the auspices of be-
nevolent associations had mostly been withdrawn, and that the
project of erecting a building for the accommodation of a nor-
mal school had been abandoned.
The first effort was directed towards procuring an immediate
expenditure of the appropriation of the general government.
The next was to induce other benevolent associations to revive
the schools that had been discontinued. Both of these objects
were attained. The government appropriation is being rapidly
expended in a judicious and proper manner. The norma'
school building is being constructed. An additional endow
ment of six thousand dollars has been granted to it. -Benevo-
lent associations have undertaken to reopen and continue the
closed schools, and to sustain the normal school until the State
can assume its charge and support wholly or in part. It is also
gratifying to state that private individuals of wealth have given
pledges of substantial aid. The amount expended and donated
by these several agencies during the present school year in the
State will exceed forty thousand dollars,







The question of organic school law transcends all others in im-
portauce that can claim the attention of this department. I
ave therefore made the study of the different school systems of
the older States the subject of .most earnest consideration, and
embraced every opportunity to confer with eminentO educators
4nd school officers on the workings of the several..laws,. to ascer.:
tain the strong and weak points. .A Much might be writ-,ten on the
merit ancTdemerits of the different systems. But instc: I of adlopt-
ing that course,,I applied myself to making a careful digc ,st of
the most approved systems of the older States, and conferred.
freely with prominent superintendents of schools and eminent
educators on the practical workings of those systems, and have
anbodied the result of these investigations in a bill whIich will
be submitted to the Legislature"when desiredd. It is proper.to
state, however, that the framework of the school layw (f this
State has been adopted as the basis foi. the above system. The
changes in outline are but few, and the detail is made t c-orre-
spond with the machine of th ote e:csting laws to a.consid.;, ble
extent. It is far more comprehensive, yet simple and -ef.' ive
in its provisions and economical in itsfinancial features.
The objections urged against the sstems of the older rates s
were that they too f vero cumbersome, diffuse, unwieldy, ai ex-
pensive. All these objections have been obviated as far as pos-
sible.
The school is the link i u--ur ciyil system which connects the
State withthhe family. he provisions of any school act'should,
therefore, be eminently just, and so plain that they may be read-
ily comprehended by thecommon, mind. Many matters of im-
portance will arise under its operations. Good school houses,
well located, and nicely furnished; competent teachers, frequent
inspection and judicious supervision of their work; the co-opera-.
tion of the citizens, and the adjustment of difficulties, all require
candid, competent men, who have an innate love for the pursuit.
To impart unity to the whole system, there must be some respon-
sible head, who shall thoroughly identtify himself with the educa-
tional interests of every neighborhood and watch over them
with constant assiduity.
Before life and vigor can be infused into any-the best sys-
tem, there must be liberal provision for meeting the expenses as
they arise. Nothing should be done on state or county orders.
Money in hand, with constant employment offered, will secure
the services of the best of. teachers. Their duties are arduous
and their tasks are often the most exacting. They should be
paid liberally according to the value of their services.
No subject presents such strong demands upon the wisdom of
be Legislature as the education of the youth of the'State. The








taxes which twit necessarily be imposed may seem onerous at
first, and may sometimes operate unfairly. But when we con-
sider the enonrous seems raised and expended in other State"-
the demand upon the health of Florida will be trifling. New
York expends annually upon her schgols $5,000,000; Pennsyl-
vania $3,500,00 O; hio 8,'000,000o Other States come -fully
up to these figures proportionately. As the ezpense of starting
the work involves the construction.of school houses and the pur-
chase of books, furniture, &c., i is tugcaested that n loan bo
made for the purposes of education, payable at some future day,
when the youth who shall have enjoyed its bleasings have en-
tered upon the active duties of life, and may then share the but-
den, most cheerfully, of the labors by which they were. enabled
to take exalted positions in business, m society, or in State.
There are thousands of children in the State who are left ut-
terly friendless and dependent by the incidents of emancipation
or the sad casualties of civil strife. These should be looked after
with tender solicitude. To leave them in their ignorance would
be to abandon them to grope their way along a dark and din-
gerous path, where the finest spirits might waste their energies
in fruitless endeavors to rise, where -the most would never aspire,
or, attempting, would finally sink Beneath an accumulating
weight of discouragements. But the State, by laying hold on.
"the hand of the poor and ignorant child, can prepare him for a
life.of usefulness and respectability. The men of vast wealth in
America are, with very few exceptions, those who were born in
poverty; and the highest offices of the nation are' filled with
those who started in the race at the public school. A State can
-never know how much it loses in the undeveloped talent of its
neglected children. If properly trained they may become the
chief pillars of her strength. But there can be no assured peace,
no guarantee of security to private rights and interests, no
pledge of continued prosperity nor perpetuity to popular gov-
ernment, where the constituencies on which it rests are left to
settle down into permanent ignorance and unmitigated deprav-
ity, as these must do unless the strong arm of the State goes
down to their rescue.
Before closing this portion of my communication, I beg leave
to invite your attention to a movement which is on foot in sev-
eral of the Southern States. The object of it is to secure the co-
operation and aid of the general government in establishing
common and normal schools in these States on an enlarged and
impartial basis. Petitions ara being circulated, and receive the
signatures of all classes. The object is so wise, and the stricken
condition of these States such that it is believed the project
will meet with favor in-Congress. The measure might be
strengthened by some legislative attention to the subject.



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The other duties devolved on the Superintendent of Publi0
Instruction have received his careful attention. He hsb embraced
very favorable opportunities of obtaining information on the or.
ganzation of a Historical Bureau and a Bureau of Natural His-
tory. The results of those inquiries are embodied in the following
remer s :
HISTORICAL BUREAU.
The Constitution provides that the Superintendent of Publia
Instruction shall organize a Historical Bureau for the purpose
of accumulating such matter and information as may be necessary
for compiling and perfecting the history of the State."
The materials for a history of the State ex-ist in various forms,
and are widely scattered. Florida assumed a prominent posi-
tion in the early history of this continent. The events that
transpired at that period, together with the traditions of the.ab-
original inhabitants, are rapidly disappearing under the accumu-
lating dust of time. No portion of the Union has experienced a
more varied and in some respects highly interesting record. By
its connection with the governments of the old world, a portion
of its history can only be traced out from the documentary evi-
dence in the archives of those nations. Other portions are
matters of record in the public offices of the State and the United
States. They are in the language of different nationalities, and
require thorough investigation by earnest and competent histo-
rians. Some valuable works are extant on this subject, but
none are exhaustive. It is respectfully suggested that the Leg-
islature make such appropriation as may enable the Superinten-
dent to execute the worh imposed upon him.
BUREAU OF NATURAL HISTORY.
The further duty is imposed on the Superintendent of Publio
Instruction, of organizing a Bureau of Natural History, in the
following words : He shall also establish a cabinet of minerals,
and other natural productions." The geology of the State is
"simple; its minerals are few; but the other natural produ&-
tions cover a wide and most important range. Florida rivals
every other State in the variety of its animal and vegetable life.
Owing to its semi-tropical climate, and the position of its terri-
tory, being both peninsular and mainland, it produces a greater
variety of valuable fruit and forest trees, vegetables, flowering
and useful plants, alsc a larger number of species of birds, in-
sects, fi.hes, marine shells, and reptiles, than any of her sister
States. Very few of our citizens are aware of these facts, nor of
the unmeasured wealth which lies so near them, and which, if
rightly comprehended, is quite within the reach of all.
A complete collection which shall exhibit this infinitude of











form and nature to the inspection of any citizen or stranger,
would be of great value. But this is only a small, and the least
valuable, part of the work. Establishing a Cabinet of Natural
History, includes, of course, the naming of the individual speci-
mens, their proper arrangement in cases for inspection, and a
suitable descriptive publication.
To enter upon this work in the manner which several States
have undertaken a similar enterprise, would involve an expense
beyond our means. The State of New York, for instance, ex-
pended about a million of dollars in the publication, alone, of
some thirty or forty splendid octavo volumes on her natural his-
tory. But this was a pioneer work of great magnitude. The
same results could be attained, at the present advanced stage of
scientific knowledge, at a much smaller outJ.-a:. Massachusetts
has expended upon engravings on the shells of that State some
$7,000. California is now causing engravings to be made of the
birds which inhabit that State, at a cost of $10,000. Iowa, Ili-
nois, and other Western States, with far less variety to'develop
than Florida, have long since moved iL these matters. Even
Chili, a poor South American State, ha, brought out some thirty
octavo volumes, in 9 very costly style, on its natural history.
Every State which has undertaken this work has derived great
benefit from it, and Chili is now feeling the pulsations of a new
life in consequence of her enterprise in showing to the world the
inducements which she presents.
"While in the North, I made it my business to investigate this
subject, with a view to ascertaining the means by which the
proposed worik could be accomplished on an economical, yet
truly practical and scientific basis. There are two methods by
which this enterprise may be executed:
First. By employing a corps of eminent naturalists to work
up anew the entire natural history of the State.
Second. To co-operate with some national institution, as the
Smithsonian, which is already the depository of many thousand
tf specimens, correctly named, and to supplement the work al-
ready performed by such measures as may be necessary for the
completion of the investigation in those departments which are
yet unfinished.
Of the two plans, there can be no doubt that the second is the
most economical, and the only one on which it would be advisa-
ble to enter. The first would involve, at the outset, an expendi-
ture of twenty thousand dollars for a scientific library, and the
employment of a corps of naturalists at many thousands more;
and finally a publication which, to correspond with the work
in its developed proportions, would cost some hundreds of
thousands of dollars. No such an expenditure is necessary.









%e mntie work can be accomplirhd unaoer td second method
ibr a locs snum than would be absorbed by the expenses i oa.
yoar under tae first, By the latter it can be completed in fob
or five yeaw whiol a long period would b, con.j:ucI by t
former.
Under'the or',ganisation recommended, there Jhoulld be eI
played two collectbra of specimens, one worl"ng in the Souther%
the other iii the Western and N1orthern. portions of the State,
Their salaries would amount to '800 or .1 ,00O a year eack
Materials for preserving specimens would cost perhaps 8400
annually. The specimens shotild be forwarded to the Smithao
nian-to be identified, named, and returned, and duplicates ea^
changed'for others belonging to the State. The officers of tih
Smithsonian gave me encouragement tht they would conduce
this portion of the work without expense to the State. There
yet will remain the arranging in cases of. the collection, at sach
place as the legislature may direct. It is r.pectfraly submit
ted that the State University would bo the proper depository
for this valuable collection, in order that the students attending
may have- the advantage which it would afford. during their
course of study. The publication of dscriptive work, em-
bracing in convenient form thle several departments of our nat-
ural history, is, after all, the objective point, and the one from
which the State would derive the most immediate and positive
returns.
Such a work need not be a regular scientific monograph.
This would be too extensive and too costly, without commensu-
-rate advantages. On the other hand, a series of popular manu-
als, sufficiently scientific, yet eminently practical, could be pro-
duced in a short time on those departments of our natural histo-
ry which are already well understood by the scientific world.
These manuals should treat in a concise and comprehensive
manner of the known uses to which the objects under considera-
tion may be applied in the arts and sciences, and their commer-
cial values. In the instance of birds, animals and fishes, their
qualities as articles of food, or for fertilizers, and the value of
their products in an economic sense, should be stated. A simi-
lar analysis .of the value and uses of the forest trees, tropical
and, semi-tropical fruits and vegetables, fibre-producing, medici-
nal and other plants. In connection with the department of en-
tomology, a description of insects which are useful or injurious,
their habits, and the means by which their ravages may be ob-
.yiated. The value of a work of this kind is beyond any esti-
maW that could nodr be made upon it. When completed it
would be a depository of reliable information, to which capital-
ists and immigrants would resort when seeking investments foQ
4hep wealth or homes for their families,








fiosio mtnafu3s ja'tfi p bi o Ie strated 'ith' g0ooa8 vwd-sLp
iWn from nature, ad p'intad aid tound in a substantial
1aler. The o cero of ti Sitheonian Institution would
iperintend the preparation of the manuals, charging the State
17 the stual cost incurred. The expense of preparing the
Iattei' would 'f- in the different departments, but can be ac-
,emplished for a moderate sum. It is estimated by eminently
Vractical scientific gentlemen, that the entire natural history of
Ilorida may be worked up and published in the manner proposed,
3J four or five years, at an annual outlay of from three thousand
&e hundred to fiv6 thousand dollars.
Florida contains hundreds of thousands of acres of land that
light be made as fertile as the famous valleys of the Nile or
Mesopotamia, and to yield annual incomes of untold wealth,
phat do not produce to the individual a dollar of support, nor to
he State a mill of income. No measure could be adopted that
wouldd tend to so rapid and successful development of these vast
resources as the work under contemplation.
C. TnunSTON CHASE,
Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Which was received.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.
By Mr. Cruce-Bill No. 40 :
Was read and referred to Committee on Judiciary.
Rule suspended.
REPORT.
Hon. M. L. STEARNW, Speaker of the Assembly:
The Committee on Legislative Expenses, having had under
consideration the Assembly Bill No. 26, recommend that the
gme do pass. Respectfully submitted,
S. WArIXB Chairman.
B. W. THoxisoN,
WM. B. WATson,
JouN W. BuTaIrB
SJESSB RoBINswOF.
Which was received.
By Mr. Robinson-Joint Resolution No. 12:
Was read, and on motion, referred to Committee on Memo-
As.
Mr. Raney-BilI No. 41:
as read and referred to Committee on Appropriations.
Sy Mr. Simpson-Joint Resolution No. 11:
"as read, and on motion of Mr. Scott, referred to Committee
Education.
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REPORT.
Hon. M.M L. STliAIc, Speaker of the Assembly:
The Judiciary Committee to whom was referred the bill to
be entitled An Act relating to the Jjudges of the County Courts,
beg-leave to report they have duly considered the same, and
recommend that it pass.
GEORGB P. RANEY, Chairman.
Which was received.
Rule suspended, Mr. Greeno, without notice, introduced Bill
No. 42:
A bill to be entitled An Act to authorize the Presidents of the
Board of County Commissioners of each County, to appraise
the Land bought in by the State of Florida at Tax Sales;
Which was read, and on motion, referred to Committee on
Finance and Taxation.
'Also, Bill No. 43:
A bill to be entitled An Act requiring Salaries and Fees of
the Officers of this State to be paid in money of the currency of
the United States;
Which was read, and on motion, referred to Committee on
Finance and Taxation.
By Mr. Harris-Bill No. 87:
Was read the second time, and on motion of Mr. Earris, in.
definitely postponed.
By Mr. Pons-Bill No. 26 :
A bill to be entitled An Act to provide for Payment of Mile.
age to Members and pay to Officers and Attaches to the Ex-
traordinary Session of the Legislature;
Wa.s read the second time, rule suspended, read the third
time, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cox, Cruce, DeLs-
ney, Edwards, Erwin, Fortune, Graham, Green of Baker, Green'
of Manatee, Greeno, Harman, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McMile
lin, Mills, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Pons, Robinson, Scott,
Simpson, Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, Watson, Wells, and
White-3 2.
Nays-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bostick, Filer, Forward, Harris
McAuley, Melvm, Osgood, Pittman, Powell,.and Stewart--ll
"Bill passed.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SEBNATZ CHAMIBR,
TALLAHAsSE;, Jan. 22d, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STARNs, Speaker of the Assembly;
Siz: I am directed by the Senate to inform y9ur honorable






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body that the Senate has this day passed Senate Bill o,1 S,
allowing the Voters of the several Counties in this State to loF
cate their respective County Sites.
Also, Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 10, requesting the
Governor to ask the opinion of the Supreme Court on Certain
Matters.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHjAL;s MUxNDE, Secretary.
Which was read.
By Myr. Raney-Bill o. 44:
A bill to be entitled An Act relating to the Judges of the
County Courts;
Was read, rule suspended, read the third time and put upon
its passage:
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bostick, Bradwell, Chesh-
ire, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Forward,
Fortune, Graham, Green of Baker, Green of Manatee, Harman,
Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McAuley, McKinnon, Mc-
Millin, Melvin, Mills, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Osgood,
Pittman, Pons, Powell, Raney, Robinson, Scott, Simpson,
Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, Watson, Wells,
and White-45.
Nays--Tone.
Bill passed.
By Mr. Pons-Joint Resolution No. 10, preferring certain
claims;
Was read, rule suspended, read the third time, and put upon
its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bradwell, DeLancy, Ea-
wards, Filer, Green of Manatee, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, Mc-
Auley, McMillin, Melvin, Oliver, Pittman, Pons, Powell, Rob-
inson, Scott, Simpson, Thompson, and Watson-23.
Nays--Mecsrs. Cheshire, Cox, Irwin, Forward, Fortune,
Grahmr, Green of Baker, Harmnn, Harris, McKinnon, Moore of
Hillsborough, Osgood, Raney, Stewart, Stone, Urquhart, Walker,
Wells, and White-19.
Resolution adopted.
Rule suspended.
REPORT.
HON. M L. TL. ST ', Speaker Florida Assembly:
The Committee on Claims, to whom was referred the petition
of Albert D. Rogero, beg leave to report as follows; That they










lw% eOifftly oF teel Mh pleoaoa, aid rafonmse i i posa-
pga of z lil or hi:t,' relief.
"Vay respectfully,
Joui W. BruT Ohairma;
W?,. 2zWAnD,

MIMILC'
Which was receive&
By Mr..Forward-Bill No. 36 :
Was read, and amendments offered by committee adopted.
On motion, was referred to Committee on Judiciary.
Senate Joint Resolution No. 10, relating to Printing of Bills
and Resolutions;
Was read the second time.
Mr. Harman moved to amend by striking out all before
and" on the 10th line;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. Raney moved to amend by striking out the words con-
taining two or more sections;"
Which was agreed to.
The resolution, as amended, read, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bostick, Bradwell,
Cheshire, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Filer, Fortune, Green of Ba-
ker, Greeno, Harman, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McAuley, Mc-
Kinnon, McMillin, Mills, Moore of Hillsborough, Osgood, Pons,
Raney, Robinson, Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Thompson, Urqu-
hart, Walker, Watson, and Wells-34.
Nay-a-Messrs. Edwards, Erwin, Forward, Harris, Melvin,
Oliver, Powell, Stone, and White-9,
Resolution adopted.
By Mr. Greeno--Bill No. 38:
A bill to be entitled An Act for the Relief of Albert D. Ro-
gero, late Sheriff, ex-officio Tax Assessor and Collector;
Was read, rule suspended, read the third time, and put upon
its passage.
The vote was:
'Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bradwell, Cox, Cruce,
DeLaney, Edwards, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Green
pf Mnatee, Greepo,. Harmaan,.Hodges, Keene, Lee, McAuley,
McKinnonMcMilin, Melvin, Mills, Moore of Hillsborough,
Osgobd, Pons, Powell, Raney, Robinson, Scott, Simpson, Stew-
.art Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, Watson, Wells, and
White--38.
Nays---Messrs. Cheshire, Erwin, and Harris-8.
Bill passed.










Rule suspended, Mr. McKinnon offered the following:
BResolved, That each member of the Assembly be, and he is
hereby, required to furnish the Committee -on Legislative Ex-
penses with the number of miles travelled from their place of res-
idence to the Capital;
Which was adopted.
Rule suspended, without notice Mr. Forward offered Bill No.
45:
A bill to be entitled An Act in relation to Judgments by De-
fault in Courts of Law;
Which was read, and on motion referred to Committee on
Judiciary.
Senate Joint Resolution No. 10:
Requesting Governor to ask the opinion of Supreme Court on
certain matters;
Was read first time.
Senate Bill No. 7:
A bill to be entitled An Act authorizing the Pensacola and
Louisville Railroad Company to acquire Land;
Was read the third time, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. ,Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney,
Edwards, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Green of Manatee, Greeno,
Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McAuley, McMillin,
Melvin, Mills, Osgood, Pons, Raney, Robinson, Scott, Simpson,
Thompson, Urquhart, Watson, Wells, and White-32.
Nays-M-essrs. Cheshire, McKinnon, Moore of Hillsborough,
Oliver, Powell, Stewart, Stone, and Walker-7.
The bill passed.
The following communication was received from Mr. Chase:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 23d, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: I have the honor to inform you that I have well authen-
ticated information from seventeen teachers of freedmen's schools
who taught such schools during the year 1868, prior to the pas-
sage of Joint Resolution No. 11. Total time engaged, one hun-
dred and six 17-22 months. Information has reached me of
several others whose accounts have not yet been received in
duly authenticated form, each of whom, it is said, taught from
five to seven months. It is understood that the Superintendent
of Freedmen's Schools proposed to pay the teachers twelve dollars
per month, but was unable to do so on account of the failure of
collection of the capitation tax for school purposes.
Very respectfully,
C. THuRSTON CHASE,
superintendent Public Instruction.







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Which was read.
Rule suspended, Mr. McKinnon movNed tha tihe Clerk be re-
quired to serve a copy of a resolution passed yesterday, requiring
the Internal Improvement Board to lay before a committee ap-
pointed in pursuance of said resolution, a report of their acts, &c.,
on the President of said Board immediately.
Agreed to.
Rule suspended.
REPORT.
Hon. M. L. STEARNTS, Speaker of Assembly :
SIR: The Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred a bill
to be entitled An Act to allow William Dilworth Sanders to as-
sume the management of his Estate, beg leave to report that
they have had the same under consideration, and recommend its
passage. Respectfully,
GEORGE P. RANEY, Chairman.
Senate Bill No. 16:
A bill to be entitled An Act to authorize William Dilworth
Sanders, a Minor, to assume the management of his own Estate;
Was read, rule suspended, read the third time, and put upon
its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bradwell, Cheshire, Cox, Cruce,
DeLaney, Edwards, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Green of
Manatee, Greeno, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee,
McAuley, McKinnon, McMillin, Melvin, Mills, Moore of Hills-
borough, Oliver, Osood, Pittman, Pons, Powell, Haney, Robin-
son, Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart,
Walker, Watson, Wells, and White-43.
Nays-None.
The bill passed.
On motion, the Assembly took a recess until 7 o'clock this
evening.


SEVEN O'CLOCK, P. M.

The Assembly resumed its session.
The roll being called, the following members answered to their
names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire,
Cruce, Edwards, Filer, Green of Baker, Harris, Keene, Lee, Mc-
Auley, McKinnon, McMillin, Melvin, Moore of Hillsborough,
Oliver, Pittman, Raney, Scott, Stewart, Stone, Urquhart, Var-
num, Walker, and Watson.
The Senate roll was called.








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A quorum present.
The following members were excused for an indefinite time
on account of sickness: Messrs. Forward and White.
Mr. Raney moved that a committee of three be appointed to
wait upon the Alabama delegation and invite them to address
the Legislature;
Agreed to, and Messrs. Raney, Walker, and Varnum were
appointed said committee.
Mr. Oliver moved that a committee of three be appointed to
invite his Excellency the Governor and his cabinet to seats with-
in the bar of the Assembly:
Which was agreed to, and Messrs. Oliver, Harris, and Scott
were appointed said committee, who after a brief absence report-
ed and were discharged.
The committee appointed to wait upon the Alabama delega-
tion, after a brief absence, returned accompanied by CoL Pen-
nington, one of the delegates from Alabama to confer with the
people of Florida through their Governor and their Legislature
on the annexation of West Florida to the State of Alabama.
The President of the Senate introduced Col. Pennington, who
addressed the Joint Assembly.
On motion, his Excellency Gov. Reed was invited to address
the Joint Convention, who responded to the satisfaction of all.
On motion of Mr. Butler, a vote of thanks was extended to
Col. Pennington for the courteous manner in which he addressed
the Joint Assembly.
On motion, the Joint Assembly adjourned.
On motion, the Assembly adjourned until Monday morning
ten o'clock.




"MONDAY, January 25th, 1869.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to their
names :
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Chesh-
ire, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Filer, Forward, Graham,
Green of Baker, Green of Manatee, Greeno, I-ill, Hodges, Keene,
Lee, McAuley, McMillin, Melvin, Mills, M1oore of IHillsborough,
Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Powell, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simp-
son, Stewart, Stone, Urquhart, Walker, Watson, and Wells.
A quorum present.
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On motion, the reading of Saturday's journal was dispensed
with and the journal approved.
On motion, Mr. Thompson was excused for to-day.
Mr. Svott offeredd Joint Res-olution No. 13:
Providing for the paymentet of Teachers;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
Also:
JReso!rced, That no member shall speak more than once on the
same sulject during this session;
Which was not adopted.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.

Senate Bill No. 6 ;
Was read, and on motion, referred to Committee on City and
County Organizations.
Senate Joint Resolution No. 10;
Was read the second time.
By Mr. Walker-Bill No. 6 :
A bill to be entitled An Act in relation to Costs on Criminal
Proceedings in Justices' Courts;
Was read the third time and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bostick, Bradwell, Chesh-
ire, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Filer, Forward, Graham,
Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McAuley, McKinnon, McMillin, Mel-
vin, Mills, Moore of Hillsborough, Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Pow-
ell, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Stone, Urqu-
hart, Walker, Watson, and Wells-36.
Nays-Mr. Green of Manatee-1.
The bill passed.
Rules suspended, without notice Mr. Bradwell introduced
Bill No. 46:
A bill to be entitled An Act to amend An Act entitled An
Act to provide for the Publication of the Laws and of Official
and Legal Advertisements.
A bill to be entitled An Act for the Protection of the Citizens
of Florida travelling on Public Conveyances;
Was taken up, and on motion of Mr. Scott made the special
order for next Wednesday.
The following message was received from his Excellency the
Governor:
STATE OF FLORIDA, EXECUTIVE OFFICE,
TALLAHASSEE, August 10th, 1868.
How. W. W. MooRE, Speaker of the Assembly:
Sin: I return herewith, without approval, the act originatiiog










in the Assembly, entitled, An Act to incorporate the Georgia,e
Gainesville & rTampa Railroad Company."
While I deem it unwise and impolitic at this time to weakeu'Pi
existing railroad companies, struggling against bankruptcy;,
and ruin, by granting new charters forb competing lines; while I
consider it contrary to the highest interests of the State to open
up lines of road which will divert from our own commercial :
towns their legitimate trade, to transfer it to those of another.
State, still I should hardly venture to interpose my judgment to
thwart the expressed will of the Legislature, did I not find in
the bill other and insuperable objections.
The 16th section of the act provides, that "when the citizens
of any county or city of this State are desirous of subscribing to
the stock of said company, the citizens of such city or county
are authorized to purchase, subscribe, or hold shares not exceed-
ing two hundred thousand dollars in amount, as shall be deter-
mined by the county commissioners or common council,
making such subscription in all respects as stock owned by in-
dividuals; and such railroad company may dispose of such
bonds issued for such stock by such county or city upon such
terms as may be necessary."
While the section does not expressly give the power to a city
or county to issue bonds for the stock subscribed, yet it very
clearly implies the power, using the terms, "may dispose of
such bonds issued for such stock by said county."
The Constitution provides, Art. XII., Sec. 6, The Legisla-
ture shall authorize the several counties and incorporated'towns
in the State to impose taxes for county and corporation pur-
poses and for no other purpose."
Section 8, same Article--" No tax shall be levied upon persons
for the benefit of any chartered company of the State or for
paying interest on any bonds issued by said chartered compa-
nies, or by counties, or by corporations, for the above mentioned
purposes."
It is presumed that the county or city which would issue
bonds, would, before doing so, be invested with the necessary
power to impose a tax to provide for their payment; and in this
view I submit that a careful analysis of these provisions of the
Constitution establishes the belief, at least, that an act author-
izing a tax for this purpose would not be sanctioned by the
Constitution. This is a question, however, which I do not pro-
pose to discuss.
The act is very indefinite as to the manner in which the citi-
zens of the county or city are to manifest their desire to sub-
scribe for stock. No method of ascertaining this fact is pointed
out, and it certainly would be highly improper to leave such a









question as this to the decision of the board of county com-
inssioners, or common council, without first ascertaining the
voice of the people.
These, however, are technical objections, urged to this section
of the bill as framed. There are more important objections
which reach the principle which it sanctions.
If the citizens of a county desire a work of internal improve-
ment of this character, they should each be willing to give his
individual means to accomplish its construction. The issuing
of county bonds for such purposes has operated very oppres-
sively in many of the Western States, and has entailed upon
their population grievous taxes, which have rested as an incubus
upon the country. Persons aware of this system of taxation
existing in a county, are very careful as to their investments,
and. the fact that property is thus taxed, will, in most cases, very
much depreciate it in value. It certainly will do so in a much
greater proportion than that which exists between the value of
the property and the amount of the tax.
Nor is this State without its history upon this subject. I
suppose there is a bonded debt of counties and cities in this
State to the amount of four or five hundred thousand dollars in-
curred in this way. In submitting these questions to the peo-
ple, it has been customary for non-tax-paying voters to have an
equal voice with those who own the property. Whatever may
be our views as to the exercise of the elective franchise for the
general purposes of government, I .do not think such a system
is correct when applied to the question of taxing the property
of the county for a purpose of internal improvement.
There are counties in this State which have failed to comply
with their obligations in the matter of bonds which have been
issued. The burden, with accumulated interest, now seems great-
er to the people than they can bear, and yet good faith requires
that the obligations should be met. I do, however, think that
-the system is a pernicious one, and that it should not receive our
sanction in the future.
Very respectfully, &c.,
HARRISON REED, Governor.
Which was read.
The bill put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Cox, DeLaney, Edwards, Fortune,
Graham, Harman, Hill, Keene, McMillin, Mills, Pens, Robinson,
Simpson, and Varnum-15.
Nays-Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Cruce, Erwin, Filer,
Forward, Green of Manatee, Greeno, Harris, Hodges, Lee, Mc-
Auley, MoKinnon, Melvin, Moore of lillsborough, Osgood,








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Pittman, Powell, Rodgers, Scott, Stewart, Stone, Urquhart,
Walker, Watson, and Wells-27.
The bill was lost.
Also the following:
STATE OF FLORIDA, EXECUTIVE OFFICE,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 8, 1868.
lion. WN.. MOORE, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: I herewith return to the Assembly, without my approval,
a resolution declaratory to whom the money now in the State
Treasury shall be paid.
It requires that the money now in the State Treasury shall be
paid pro rata to the members of the Legislature and its attaches,
and shall be paid out for no other purpose. While there are
other equally just and necessary expenses of the Legislature to
be paid, I cannot consent to the discrimination sought to be
made. Very respectfully, &c.,
HARRISON REED, Governor.
Which was read.
The resolution put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Bogue, Bradwell, Cruce, DeLaney, Filer, For-
tune, Green of Baker, Green of Manatee, Greeno, Hodges,
Keene, McAuley, McMillin, Melvin, Scott, Urquhart, Varnum,
and Watson-18.
Nays-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bostick, Cheshire, Cox, Edwards,
Erwin, Forward, Graham, Harman, Harris, Hill, Lee, McKinnon,
Mills, Moore of Hillsborough, Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Powell,
Robinson, Rodgers, Simpson, Stewart, Stone, Walker, and
Wells-26.
The bill did not pass.
By Mr. Scott-Joint Resolution No. 13 ;
Was read the first time, rule suspended, read the second time
by title, and on motion, referred to Committee on Appropria-
tions.
The rules were suspended, and Mr. Erwin allowed to offer
resolution No. 14;
Concurrent resolution in reference to the annexation of West
Florida to Alabama ;
Which was read, and on motion of Mr. Varnum, indefinitely
postponed.
Under a suspension of the rules, Mr. Watson, without notice,
introduced Bill No. 47 :
A bill to be entitled An Act requiring the State of Florida to
pay Jurors and State's Witnesses, summoned to the fall term of
the Circuit Courts of this State, and to provide for the payment
thereof;
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Vlhich was read, and on motion, referred to Conminttee ol
Judiciary.
tRules suspended, M-r. McKinon offered the following resolu.
tion:
.esolhed, That the Coimmittee on Appropriations be consti-
tuted a Joint Committee, and the Senate requested.to appoint a
similar committee to act with the committee on part of the
Assembly in reporting a General Appropriation Bill.
WVhich was read and adopted.
SOn motion, the Assembly adjourned until to-morrow morning,
10 o'clock.


TUESDAY, January 26th, 1869.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the. following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Cox, DeLaney,
Edwards, Filer, Forward, Graham, Green of Baker, Green of
Manatee, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McAuley, McMillin, Mills, Moore
of Hillsborough, Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Powell, Rodgers,
Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Stone, Walker, Watson, and Wells.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion, the reading of yesterday's journal was dispensed
with, and the journal approved.
Resolution offered by Mr. Moore of Hillsborough:
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk is hereby requested and au-
thorized to have one hundred copies of the names of the mem-
bers, officers, and attaches of the Assembly, and their Post-office
address, printed for the use of the Assembly;
Which was read and adopted.

REPORT.

COMMITTEE ROOM,
January 25th, 1869.
To the Speaker and Members of the Assembly :
Your committee, to whom was referred a bill entitled An Act
allowing the Voters of the several Counties in this State to Lo-
cate their respective County Sites, have had the same under con-
sideration, and respectfully recommend its passage with the fol-
lowing amendments:
Strike out the words "a majority," and insert the words one-
fourth," after the word by," in the seventh line of i st section.
*










Strike out the words two-thirds of the," after the word re-
ceiving," in the fifth line of the fourth section, and insert the
words "a majority."
Very respectfully,
D. L. McKINwoN,
Chairman Committee on City and County Organizations.
Which was read, and the amendments as offered by committee
concurred in.
REPORT.

COMMITTEE ROOM,
January 25th, 1869.
To the Speaker and Members of the Assembly:
Your committee, to whom was referred a bill entitled An Act
to fix and define the Boundary Lines of Volusia and Orange
Counties, have had the same under consideration, and the Rep-
resentatives of each county consenting to the same, we therefore
recommend its passage. D. L. McKiNNON,
Chairman Committee on City and County Organizations.
Which was received.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.

Senate Bill No. 36:
A bill to be entitled An Act allowing the Voters of the Seve-
ral Counties in this State to Locate their respective County
Sites;
Was read the second time as amended.
Mr. Watson moved to amend by inserting the word regis-
tered" after the word "of," and before the word votes," in
fifth line, in fourth section;
Which was agreed to.
The rule suspended, the bill read the third time, and put up-
on its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Brad-
well, Cox, DcLaney, Edwards, Forward, Graham, Green of
Baker, Greeno, Hill, Hodges, McAuley, McKinnon, McMillin,
Melvin, Mills, Moore of Hillsborough, Osgood, Pittman, Powell,
Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart,
Walker, Watson, and Wells-33.
Nays-Messrs. Cruce, Green of Manatee, and Lee-3,
The bill passed.
The following message. was received from the Senate:
11









SENsATE CHlAMBXE,
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., Jan. 25, 1869.
'. Al. M STE ALNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
IK-: I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable
,,. r that the Senate has this day passed Assembly Bill No.
10, i" To make Appropriations for Printing," with amendments;
Also:
Senate Joint Resolution No. 14, relative to the Alabama
Commission.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read, and Senate amendments to Assembly Bill
No. 30, were concurred in by the following vote:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Brad-
well, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Forward, Graham, Green of Baker,
Green of Manatee, Greeno, Hill, Hodges, Lee, McAuley, Mc-
Millin, Melvin, Mills, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Osgood,
Powell, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Stone,
Urquhart, Varnum, Walker, Watson, and Wells-35.
Nays-None.
Senate Joint Resolution No. 14, relative to .the Alabama
Commissioners;
On motion of Mr. Butler, was taken up and read the first
time.
Upon a motion to suspend the rules, that the resolution be read
the second time by title, the yeas and nays were called for, and
were:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell,
Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Green
of Manatee, Greeno, Hill, Lee, McAuley, McKinnon, McMillin,
Melvin, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Osgood, Pittman, Pons,
Powell, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Stone, Urquhart, Varnum,
and Watson-32.
Nays-Messirs. Erwin, Hodges, Scott, Simpson, Stewart,
Thompson, Walker, and Wells--8:'
The rules waived, and the resolution read the second time by
title.
Mr. Butler moved to suspend the rules, that the resolution be
read the third time and put upon its passage, upon which the
",yeas and nays were called for, and were:
YXeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell,
,0ox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Forward, Fortune, Graham,
Green of Baker, Green of Manatee, Greeno, Hill, Lee, McAuley,
McKinnon, McMillin, Melvin, Mills, Moore of Hillsborough, Oli-
ver, Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Powell, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers,
.Stone, Urquhart, Varnumn, and Watson--35.








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Nays--Messrs. Erwin, Hodges, Scott, Simpson, Stewart,
PiTomnpsoni, 'Walker, and Wells-8.
"The rules waived, resolution read and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yea- -Mr1. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell,
Cox, Cruce, Edwards, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Greeno, Hill,
Lee, McKinnon, McMillin, Melvin, Mills, Osgood, Pons, Powell,
anuey, Robinson, Rodgers, Stone, Thompson, Varnum, Watson,
.nd WVells-29.
Nays-Messrs. DeLaney, Erwin, Green of Baker, Green of
Manatee, Hodges, McAuley, Moore of Hillsborough, Pittman,
Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Urquhart, and Walker-13.
Resolution adopted.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., Jan. 25th, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR-I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable
body that the Senate has this day passed Senate Bill No. 24, to
amend An Act to provide for the Incorporation of Towns, &c.;
Also:
Assembly Joint Resolution No. 9, requesting our Senators and
Representatives in Congress, to procure a donation of certain
houses and lots in St. Augustine to the State of Florida for edu-
cational purposes;
Also:
Assembly Bill No. 7, to legitimate and change the names of
certain persons therein named, with amendments in which the
Senate asks the concurrence of your honorable body.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read.
Senate bill placed among the orders of the day.
Assembly Joint Resolution No. 9, ordered enrolled.
Upon the concurrence in the Senate amendment to Assembly
Bill No. 7,
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Cheshire,
Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Forward, Graham, Greeno, Hill, Hodges,
Lee, McAuley, McKinnon, McMillin, Melvin, Mills, Osgood,
Pittman, Pons, Powell, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson,
Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Varnum, Walker, Watson, and
Wells-34.
Nays-None.
Amendment concurred in.
Senate Bill No. 24:







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A bill to be entitled An Act to amend An Act to provide for
the Incorporation of Towns, &c.;
Was read first time, rules suspended, read the second time by
title.
Mr. Scott moved to waive the rules;
Agreed to.
And the bill read the third time.
On motion of Mr. Walker the bill was committed to the Ju-
diciary Committee.
The following message was received from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., Jan. 26, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEAERNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR-I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable
body that the Senate has appointed Messrs. Smith, Pearce, and
Kendrick, a committee on the part of the Senate to act with the
Assembly committee appointed yesterday on a General Appro-
priation Bill.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read.
The following message was received from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 26th, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR: I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable
body that the Senate has passed Senate Bill, No. 14, to establish
a Uniform System of Common Schools and a University.
Also:
Senate Bill, No. 51, authorizing certain Cuts and Canals to be
made in the Ocklawaha River, and between Lake Apopka and
the Wekiva River.
Also:
Senate Bill, No. 41, for the purpose of making a Topographical
Survey of the State of Florida, and for other purposes.
Also:
Senate Joint Resolution, No. 13, accepting a Grant of Public
Lands from the United States Government.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read.
Senate bills and resolution placed among the orders of the day.
Also the following: