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Title: A Journal of the proceedings of the Assembly of the State of Florida, at its ... session
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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
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Place of Publication: Tallahassee
Creation Date: June 8, 1869
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    Title Page
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    June 1869
        Tuesday, June 8
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        Wednesday, June 9
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        Thursday, June 10
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ASSEMBLY



A



JOURNAL



( F THE



PRIWCEEUIN:iS



OF



THE



.XIIBLY



OF T'IHEf



STATE



OF



FLORIDA,



AT AN



EXTRA



SESSION



Begun and Held at the Capitol, in the City of Tallahassee, on
"Tuesday, June 8th, 1869.



MARCELLUS



L. STEARNS



Dn. WM. FORSYTH



BYNUM



(OF GADSDEN),



SPEAKER.



(OF SUWANNEE),



LEfRK.



TALLAHASSEE:



ED W E M. C 1 EN E STATE



P ItINT ER.



I 9.



JOURNAL.



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JOURNAL

Of the Assemb f the e the St(ate of .Florida,wtt an Extraordinary
Session of the Legislature, convened by a Proclamation of
His Excellency the Governor, begun and held at the Capitol,
in the city of Tallarhassee, in the State of Florida, qn Tues-
day, the eighth day .f ,Jutne, A. D. 1869.

The Assembly was called to order at 12 o'clock M., by the
Hon. Marcellus L. Stearns, Speaker.
Upon a call of the roll by Doctor William Forsyth Bynum,
Chief Clerk, the following members were present:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell,
Cheshire, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Erwin, Filer, Fortune, Gra-
ham, Green of Baker, Harris, Hodges, Keene, McKinnon, Moore
Sof Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Osgood, Pittman,
Pons, Powell, Raney, Rodgers, *Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Stone,
"Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, Watson, Wells, and White.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
The roll of officers being called, the following were present;
Hon. Marcellus L. Stearns, Speaker; Dr. William Forsyth
Bynum, Chief Clerk; John W. Tompkins, Assistant Clerk; M.
H. Clay, Reading Clerk; Dr. J. M. Hawks, Engrossing Clerk;
T. B. Wells, Enrolling Clerk; A. J. T. Wright, Recording
Clerk; Rev. W. G. Stewart, Chaplain; A. C. Lightbourn, Ser-
geant-at-Arms; George W. Floyd, Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms;
John Wyatt, Door Keeper; Phillip DeCourcy, Benjamin Nib-
lack, and Henry Cox, Pages.
On motion of Mr. Harman, a committee consisting of Messrs.
Harman, Raney, and Walker, were appointed to wait upon the
Senate and inform them that the Assembly was organized, aind
ready to proceed to business;
Who, after a brief absence, reported that they had performed
their duty, and were discharged.
A committee from the Senate appeared at the bar and ii.
formed the Assembly that the Senate was organized.
Mr. Harman moved that a committee of three be appointed
to wait upon His Excellency the Governor, and inform hiW that
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the Assembly was organized, and ready to receive any conumlu-
nication he may wish to make;
Which was agreed to, and Messrs. IHarman, Oliver, und
Moore of Columbia, were appointed said committee;
Who, after a brief absence, reported, and were discharged.
On motion of Mr. Butler, the Assembly adjourned until ten
minutes before ten o'clock A. M. to-morrow.



WE1DNESDAY, .June Oth, 19(;!).

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell,
Black, Cheshire, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Erwin, Filr, Forward,
Fortune, Graham, Green of Baker, Harman, HIarris, Hill,
Hodges, Keene, Lee, McKinnon, Mills, Moore of' Columbia,
Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Powell,
Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Stone,
Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, Watson, Wells, and White.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
Yesterday's Journal was read and approved.
Mr. McKinnon offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the two Houses meet in joint session at 10
o'clock, A. M., to-day, to receive the Governor's Message;
Which was adopted.
The hour of ten having arrived, the Senate entered the As-
sembly Hall as per arrangement.
The Hon. President of the Senate in the chair.
A quorum of both Houses were present.
SMr. Raney offered the following :
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to inform
the Governor of Florida that the Legislature is now convened
and ready to receive his Message;
Which was read and adopted, and the following were ap-
pointed said committee:
Messrs. Raney, Meacham and Kendrick; who, after a brief
absence, reported and were discharged.
On motion, the members of the Cabinet and Judges of the
-Supreme Court were invited to seats within the bar.
"" Editors were also invited on motion of Mr. Kendrick.
Ais Excellency, Governor Reed, entered the lHall and de-
liverie the following Message:








GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE.

-_ -. o- ---- -


(Gentlemifei of the Leglislature :

.You have been convened in Extraordinary Session for -the
following purposes, namely:
1st. To provide a law for a uniform system of taxation, in
accordance with the Constitution.
2d. To secure to the purchasers of the Pensacola and Geor-
gia and the Tallahassee Railroads, recently sold by the Board
of Internal Improvements, corporate powers and facilities to
complete the road to the western boundary of the State.
3d. To ratify the proposed amendment to the Constitution of
the United States, known as Article Fifteen.
4th. To consider such other matters involving the interests of
the State, aCs the (Governor mav find necessary to lay before
VOll.
TAXATION AND REVENUE.
The subjects of taxation and revenue are tle most important
matters that require your attention. No State can exist, with-
out the means of defraying its ordinary expenses. Taxation is
a burden at all times, but it becomes a greater burden when
the officers fail to perform their duties in assessing and collect-
ing the revenue, and when the people fail or refuse to pay their
assessments. When there is no adequate means provided to pay
promptly the necessary expenses of conducting the various de-
partlments, as has too often been the case, it creates a practice,
on thll part of persons performing services or furnishing the de-
partnments and officers with what is required in the performance
of their duties, of charging the government much more than is
exacted of individuals; and this is in some measure excused on
the ground that it is uncertain when they can realize money for









such services or supplies. Their orders upon the Treasurer are
sold to speculators, in too many instances at heavy discount, and
they in turn are sometimes disposed, by making liberal discounts,
to tempt the cupidity of revenue officers in order to realize the
money invested, with enormous profits, out of the first moneys
collected.
Thus the expenses of the State are fearfully increased on ac-
count of the want of means to pay as we go," and t!hu, the
integrity of officials is often assailed by those who speculate upon
the poverty of the public treasury. Were a proper system of
revenue adopted, to the end that all the property in the State
which should help to support the government may pay its due
proportion of the expenses of the government that protects it,
the ratio, or per centage of taxation would be decreased.
In my first message to the Legislature, I said:
In connection with this subject, I would remark further, that
it cannot be doubted that, under the -present system, a very
large amount of property is not taxed, and the system of assess-
ment is so radically defective that the assessor is not really able to
know but little of it. A proper system for the assessment of all
the taxable property in the State, at a fair cash value, will result
in great relief to that portion of our citizens who have hereto-
fore borne the burden and expense of maintaining the State
government. Immense tracts of land, owned by non-residents,
and others, some of which lands are among the most valuable
and productive, have either escaped taxation altogether, or been
charged so slightly that they have been withheld from market
and from cultivation, thus impeding immigration and the in-
crease of population, and throwing the burden of maintaining
the government, the improvement of roads and bridges, and
opening the avenues of commerce and agriculture upon the
property of others, and upon individual industry and enter-
prise."
The same remarks, as applicable to the revenue of the State,
are applicable to the several counties. The county taxes being
assessed upon the same property as that taxed for State pur-
poses, the rate would be materially lessened by a proper assess-
ment of all the taxable property within the county. A little in-
dustry on the part of the several assessors would disclose an as-
tonishing. difference, in some counties, between the amount of
property now assessed and the amount liable to taxation. In






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one locality, by means of a committee of appraisers appointed
outside of the constituted authorities to aid the assessors, the
property heretofore assessed at about six hundred thousand dol-
lars will be returned for the current year at.nearly one million
five hundred thousand dollars.
This shows one of two thiiigs: either that a large portion of
the property has been heretofore exempted by neglect on the
part of assessors, or that the persons who should render true.
statements of their property, have, under oath, rendered it at
much less than its value. While some of this discrepancy is
probably due to the increase of population, it is too much to
sav that one half the amount of this difference arises from that
cause. In Leon county, for example, "property purchased many
yehrs ago at eighty cents per acre, and now worth ten to twenty
dollars per acre, has hIen uniformly assessed at eighty cents,
its value being rendered to the assessors at that sum. Public
as well private morals, to say nothing of the interests of other
tax-payers, requires that a different system of assessment be
adopted'in place of that now practiced.
All the private property in the State should bear its proper
proportion of taxes.
All the taxable property should .be rated at its true*cash
value.
The taxable value should be fixed by the assessors and a
county board of assessment, so that the property of one person
or of one locality shall bear its proper relative value to that of
every other locality. Each parcel of property should be listed
"and made subject to the lien of the proper amount chargeable
against it, and the expense of collection.
A Board of State Equalization, having before it the total
value of property assessed, and the average value per acre as
returned from each county, should apportion, upon equitable
principles, the amount of revenue required from each county
necessary to defiay the current annual expenses of the State,
including interest upon the State indebtedness.
The amount required may be ascertained from the appropria-
tions made by the Legislature, and the pro rata amount required
from each county, certified by the Comptroller to the county






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clerk, should be assessed upon the taxable property at such
per centage as will produce the amount due from the counties
respectively.
County taxes should be levied in the same manner. An
arbitrary tax of one-fourth, one-half, or three-fourths of one per
cent., may produce much more.than the sum necessary to defray
current expenses, or it may produce much less, and leave a sur-
plus or an indebtedness each year, either of which results should
be avoided.
The right to levy and collect revenue for the support of the
government is inherent in the State, and should be promptly and
reasonably enforced, by a sale of the property taxed, giving, in
the case of real estate, a period for redemption, after which a.
"title should enure to a purchaser, saving the interests of infants
and persons incapacitated from protecting their own property.
No other system will induce the payment of taxes or protect
resident tax-payers, who, under any other plan, are compelled to
pay what others neglect to pay; and it must be evident to all
that each resident tax-payer is directly interested in aiding the
assessor and collector in the assessment of all the property which
should be made to bear its part of the public expenses.
Officers intrusted with the collection of revenue should be re-
quired, under severe penalties, to pay over promptly the public
money coming into their hands; and a default on final settle-
ment should be made a felony, punishable by imprisonment in
the penitentiary. This, in addition to the usual bond, and the
authority for prompt removal by the appointing power, will in-
"sure the faithful collection of the revenue, and secure the people
against the losses which have hitherto annually occurred from
-faithless and irresponsible revenue officers.
The amount due the State from defaulting collectors of past
years, as appears from the records of the Comptroller's office, is
$89,890.49, and probably a much larger amount is due
from the same source to the different counties. This tax has
been paid by the people, and by its non-payment to the public
treasury, the State debt has been increased, and has now to be
. met by additional taxation. I append a list of the names of
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instituted, but whose bonds are.generally insufficient or worth-
less.
CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS.
In this connection it is proper to call to your attention the
fact that a large share of the public expenses arises from the
laws which require the State Treasury to pay the expenses of
the criminal proceedings in the several counties. In some coun-
ties very little, if any, costs are incurred, while in other and
perhaps the most populous counties, the amount is very large.
In this manner the most peaceful and law-abiding communities
are compelled to contribute to pay the criminal expenses of
other communities. Local officers are sometimes induced to en-
tertain frivolous complaints and create heavy expenses for the
sake of the costs and fees, the Comptroller being unable to-
know the merits of each claim; whereas, if such claims were
submitted to a board of county commissioners for allowance,
their prudent action might tend to discourage such proceedings
by their refusing to pay expenses incurred improperly or with-
out good cause. Exception might be made, in capital cases,
wlwre the expenses of capture or prosecution may be large, and
where the expense would be a peculiar burden upon any given
county. The certificate of the Circuit Judge as to this matter,
may be required to authorize the payment of such expenses out
of the treasury of the State. I recommend the adoption of a
proper law to carry out this suggestion.
TIE RAILROAD SYSTEM:
of the State should be prosecuted to completion as early as
possible, in order that the business of Florida may not be ab-
sorbed by the superior energy and capital of adjoining States,
and that the State may receive her full share of the immigration
and capital now flowing Southward. The policy of the Legis-
lature should be to protect the interests of the people while
fostering these great works, which are now the most efficient
means of strengthening the government and bringing prosperity
to the State. The recent sale of the Pensacola and Georgia and
the Tallahassee Railrdads by the Board of Internal Improve-
ment, has relieved the last of our roads from the heavy incum-






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branch left a's the legacy of the war, and placed these works
free to be prosecuted to final completion. I think the Legisla-
ture should have in view the speedy completion of, first, the Pen-
sacola and Georgia Railroad to. Pensacola and Mobile, so as to
form a link in the great Southern Pacific Railroad; second, the
completion of the Tallahassee Railroad to the Spanish Hole;"
third, the construction of a railroad to Tampa Bay, Charlotte
Harbor, and ultimately to Key West; fourth, the construction
of a railroad from the St. John's river to St. Augustine. Any
"measures that may contribute to this end, either at the present
or subsequent sessions, will receive my co-operation.
But the most immediately important of these, and the one to
which your attention is especially invited at this time, is the
extension of the Pensacola and Georgia Road west to the Chat-
tahoochee, and thence to Pensacola. The purchasers of this
road require an act of incorporation before they can safely
proceed with this extension. I submit that they should have
this, not only, but such aid as may be afforded consistently
with the interests of the people and the credit of the State. If
aid is given, great care should be had to protect the State
against final loss, and the people against exorbitant charges.
The Company should be compelled to complete the road within
the shortest possible period, and limited to a maximum tariff
for freight and passengers. Running connections should also
be compelled upon pro rata rates, so that the people upon one
line of road may not be subjected to extortion when seeking to
communicate with points upon another line. In all measures
the public interests should be first secured, and then the widest
inducements, within that limit, offered for the profitable invest-
Sment of capital. In these matters I doubt not but you will act
in accordance with the spirit of the age, and the progress of
modern civilization.

THiEE FIFTEIENTII AMENDMENTT'
As the result of the war the principle of free government and
equal rights has become.the acknowledged policy throughout the
Union and it is proposed to put it forever at rest by making it
a Constitutional provision. To this end tihe article known as



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"Art. XV." is proposed for ratification by the' several States,
and its adoption will render them homogeneous, and remove all
occasion for further sectional controversy. I presume there
,ill be no opposition to such ratification here.

APPROPRIATIONS.
a
I invite your attention to the appropriation bill of the last
session of the Legislature, and suggest its revision. It was -
passed evidently in haste, and enrolled in such form as to be of
so doubtful validity that I could not give it Executive sanction.
It contains a list of names with figures opposite, without desig-
nation of the objects for which payment was to be made. No
provision was made for Executive Contingencies, or to carry out
the law for the detection and arrest of criminals. I recommend
the striking out of the appropriation for schools, as no provision
can be made during the present year for realizing that sum, nor is
the school system so far perfected that a State appropriation is
necessary. There-are some other items which might also be dis-
pensed with, and some things which should be provided for,
which are unmentioned.
HOMESTEA) LAW.

I am informed that. the courts of the State, generally, deny
the right of the people to the benefits of the beneficent home-
stead exemption provided in tlie Constitution, because no .stat-
ute has been enacted defining the manner and form in which it
may be done. I recommend the passage of a bill to meet this
difficulty, and afford our citizens the protection intended by the
organic law.
THE STATE PENITENTIARY.
An institution unknown to the former government of t"he
State, is having a most salutary i-fluence for good, and the
courts are everywhere administering the law with a vigor hitherto
"unknown in the history of the State. There are now forty-two
convicts, and the courts are making daily additions. There
should be immediate measures taken to render the prison se-
",ure by adding cells in which to confine the convicts. It will
be remembered that the building now assigned as a peniten-






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tiary was built for an arsenal, and therefore not immediately
adapted for a prison. Yet with comparatively little cost it
may be made to accommodate three hundred convicts. I
have caused a plan for cells to be prepared which meets my
approval, and which I wish to submit to the Legislature for
its consideration. The cells are of cast-iron, and can be fur-
nished complete in all their appointments for about $500 each.
I ask that an appropriation be-made, and fifty or one hundred
of these cells be immediately ordered.
CAPITOL AND PUBLIC GROUNDS.
The State Capitol requires immediate repairs to save it from
ruin. A new roof is required, and much of the interior needs
renovating and refitting. The public grounds, too, should be
put'in order, the walks restored, the shrubbery improved, and
a new fence provided. I recommend an appropriation for these
purposes, and also for refurnishing the Capitol.
QUARANTINE.
No proper law exists for enforcing quarantine regulations
along our coast. The Adjutant-General, whose duty it is to at-
tend to this matter, will submit a bill for this purpose which
I commend to your immediate consideration.
TENURE OF OFFICE.
A considerable source of emAbarrassment has sometimes ex-
isted, growing out of the delinquency or unfaithfulness of
officers in some localities, and the consequent obstruction of the
due execution of the laws. The power of removal of officers
whose appointments are confirmed by the Senate, is vested by
the Constitution in the Governor with the consent of the
Senate." This is a very proper safeguard against arbitrary re-
movals for want of good cause, but it also protects an unfaith-
ful or dishonest officer in the possession of power to do mischief
during all that portion of the year when the Senate is not in ses-
sion. I respectfully suggest that some authority be given to
suspend an officer, upon satisfactory evidence of unfitness or
corrupt conduct, during the recess of the Legislature, the rea-
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Next ensuing session. Tins will prevent injustice to honest
officers, and secure, as faas a s practicable, the enforcement of
the la.ws. .As the law now stands there is no adeqttate remedy
for the ignorance, negligence, or dishonesty of public officers.
RAILROAD PASSENGERS.
While our State Constitution guarantees to all citizens of the
State equal rights, and knows ino distinction on account of color,
yet it has come to my knowledge that some of our Railroad,
officers have excluded, on account of their color, citizens from the
privileges to which they are entitled. First-class fare has been
exacted when first-elass accommodations have been denied.
The courts are undoubtedly competent, under the Constitution,
to protect the people against such outrages, yet it is necessary,
to teach these officials, whose prejudices override their sense of
justice, that some statute more clearly defining the rights of citi-
zens upon our thoroughfares be enacted. I recommend the pas-
sage of a bill for this purpose.
CONCLUSION.
In conclusion, allow me to congratulate you on the new era
of prosperity which has opened upon our State, and the auspi-
cious circumstances under which you now assemble. In all
parts of the State, peace, security, harmony and prosperity pre-
vail to a greater extent than at any time within the past ten
years. The labor of the country is better organized-capital is
more profitably invested-life and property are better protect-
ed. Let passion and prejudice give place to reason and judg-
ment, and let wisdom and prudence control your counsels, while
we render grateful homage to the great dispenser of all good
for His innumerable blessings.
HARRISON R-EED.












List of Defaulting Officei', oj accou nt of Revenue, 1 1860 and 1867, whose
Accounts were placed in the hands of the State Attorneys on February 25th,
1869, for collection.
Daniel Williams, Tax Collector of Escambia county.......... $5,214 69
James B. Roberts, Sheriff of Escambia county ............... 1,839 25
W. J. Armistead, Tax Collector of Santa Rosa county......... 1,330 31
Wm. H. Kimbell, Sheriff of Jackson county ................. 60 00
A. W. Hunter, Sheriff and Tax Collector of Franklin county... 3,662 96
W. H. Ellis, Sheriff of Jefferson county....................... 566 40
A. Delaughter, Tax Collector of Madison county.............. 2,629 72
Tos. A. Ellis, Tax Collector of Hamilton county............ 4,402 62
W. D. Green, Sheriff of Suwannee county.................. 1,253 60
S. W. Grant, Sheriff of La Fayette county ................... 75 00
Thos. M. Mickler, Sheriff of Columbia county ................. 345 99
Wm. Wilson, Tax Collector of Clay county .................... 2,041 501
T. E. Dekle, Tax Collector of Bradford county............. 1,021 81
W. B. Ratcliff, Tax Collector of Nassau county............... 1,969 99
Howell Morrison, Tax Collector of Marion county............ 7,884 76
John O. Cosby, Sheriff of Alachua county ...................... 4,925 85
Wni. D. Eubanks, Tax Collector of Hernando county.......... 2,880 77
E. A. Hill, Sheriff of Hernando county...........:........... 165 00
John T. Lesley, Sheriff and Tax Collector of Hillsboro' county. 1,677 01
Robert Wilkinson, Txx Collector of Polk county............. 1,640 15
Francis Gunn, Sheriff of Monroe county..................... 1,389 50
Reuben Marsh, Sheriff and Tax Collector of Volusia county... 625 85
John Ivey, Sheriff and Tax Collector of Orange county........ .. 832 89

Total ................... ............... ..... ......... $48,435 62
Balance from previous years in the hands of delinquents whose
bonds are deemed worthless ........................$41,454 87

Total ................. ............... $89,890 4

The Revenue for 1868 has not yet been collected and returned, except
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On motion of Mr. Mcacham, the joint convention adjourned.
The rules suspended, MrI. Moore, of Columbia, moved that
the Sergeant-at-Arms be authorized to furnish the Assembly
with ice during the present session.
Agreed to.
Mr. McKinnon offered the following :
Resolved by the Senate, the Assembly concurring, That from
and after the 14th of this instant no bills shall be introduced in
either House for consideration, unless by unanimous consent of
the House in which it originated';
Which was read, and. on motion of Mr. Scott, laid on the
table.
Mr. Walker, of Leon, offered resolution to rtiify the
amendment of the Constitution of the United States known as
Article XV.;
Which was read, and on motion referred to Committee on.
Judiciary.
On motion of Mr. Harman, the Sergean-t-at-Arms was authlor-
ized to purchase necessary stationery for the Assembly.
On motion of Mr. Oliver, five hundred copies of the Gover-
nor's Message were ordered to be printed for the use of the As-
sembly.
On motion, the Assembly took a recess until :; o'clock, P. M.



THREE O'CLOCK, P. M.

The Assembly resumed its session.
A quorum present.
Under a suspension of the rules, Mr. Walker made the follow-
ing motion:
That the different subjects recommended to the consideration
of the Legislature in the Governor's Message be referred to se-
lect committees of five each, to be appointed by the Speaker;
Which was agreed to.
That portion of the Governor's Message relative to the i
amendment of the Constitution of the United States was re-
ferred to the Standing Committee on the Judiciary.
The portion of the Governor's Message relative to railroads
was referred to committee consisting of Messrs. Butler, Oliver,
Hill, Simpson, and Watson.
The portion of the Governor's Message relative to appropri-
ations referred to committee consisting of Messrs. Walker,
Pons, Forward, Osgood, and Moore of Hillsborough.
,' Fowad Osgod







The portion of the Governor's Messa e relative to taxation
was referred to a committee consisting of Messrs. White, Filer,
Robinson, Rodgers, and Raney. ,n
The following message was received fr'onm the Senate:
SENATE \C AMBER,
TALLALASSEE, Fla. June 9, 1869.
Hon.. L STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable
body that the Senate has adopted concurrenti4esolution:
Resolved by the Senate, the Assembly concmutrring, That all
bills reported on by committees favorable to their passage at this
session be printed before being acted upon.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,,
SCARILES M iNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read.
On motion of Mr. Raney, the rules were waived and the reso-
lution read the second time, and ordered for a third reading on
to-morrow.
Mr. Walker gave notice that on to-morrow he would intro-
duce the following bills :
A bill to be entitled An Act to Limit the Compensation of
Sheriffs and Clerks of the Counties.
A bill to be entitled An Act requiring one-half of each and
all Salaries of the Executive, Administrative and Judicial
Officers of the States, as fixed in the Constitution, to be paid
in twenty years six per cent. bonds.
Also a joint resQlution to amend the Constitution and reduce
the salaries prescribed therein.
On motion of Mr. Oliver, the Assembly adjourned until to-
morrow morning, 10 o'clock.


THURSDAY, June 10th, 1869.

The Assenimbly met pursuant to adjournment,
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speakeri, Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, B3radwell, Black,
Cheshire, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Erwin, Filer, Forward, For-
Stune, Graham, Green of Baker, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene,
,Lee, McKinnon, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver,' Pittman,
Powell, Raney, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Stone,
Thompson, Trquhart, Walker, Wells, and YWhite.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.






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Yesterday's Journal was read and approved, with the name
of Mr. Butler inserted as Chairman of Committee on Railroads.
Mr. Scott moved that one hundred copies of the stand-
ing rules be printed for the use of the Assembly.
Mr. Pons moved to lay on the table;
Which was agreed to.
On motion, Mr. McKinnon was placed on Committee on Rail-
roads in lieu of Mr. Oliver.
Committee on Judiciary

REPORT.

Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR : The Judiciary Committee having had under considera-
"tion, by order of the Assembly, A Joint Resolution to Ratify
an Amendment to the Constitution of the United States,
known as Article XV., beg leave to report back the same with
a recommendation that it pass. We hail with pleasure the op-
portunity to ingraft into the great charter of our national
liberties this guarantee that throughout the length and breadth
of this broad land, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from the
Canadas to the Gulf, all our citizens, irrespective of race, color,
or previous condition of servitude, shall enjoy the elective fran-
chise, the highest and most essential prerogative of the citizen,
upon terms of strict equality in every State of this Union.
Respectfully submitted. SAMUEL WALKER,
HARRY S. HARMAN,
E. FORTUNE.
Which was read.
Messrs. Raney and McKinnon made the following

MINORITY REPORT.

To HON. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
The undersigned members of the Judiciary Committee of the
Assembly, having had under consideration a joint resolution for
the adoption and ratification of the proposed amendment to the
Constitution of the United States, whereby it is provided that
the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be
denied or abridged by the United States, or by any State, on
account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude, beg
to report, that in their opinion it merits the full disapprobation
of the people of Florida, and their representatives. The
proposed amendment to the Constitution of the United States,
so far as it concerns or affects the question of suffrage in Florida,
is a matter of immaterial consideration to her people. Her
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Constitution extends the privilege of voting to all, and no in-
corporation of the same principle into the general government
is necessary to secure its full and free exercise by them. But
though the adoption or rejection of the proposed amendment
will not extend or restrict the exercise of this privilege by her
citizens, yet it is by no means consequently immaterial what
course she should pursue in acting upon it. The Constitution of
the United States is the written compact or agreement of union
and government between the States, for the purposes therein
declared. Colonies of the mother country oppressed by a
burdensome taxation, denied the right of representation in her
legislative assemblies, and otherwise wronged, the original
States of the Union, had resorted, in the last extremity, to war,
and achieving their liberties, become independent sovereignties.
For the achievement of this end, they had in the beginning of
their struggle, entered into a confederation deemed by them es-
sential to their success, and framed principally, with a view to
the demands of the issue. Their independence gained, the orig-
inal States, acting in sovereign capacities, with a laudable am-
bition to become a great and powerful confederacy, capable of
defending their rights and redressing their common wrongs
against foreign powers, with a high appreciation of justice, and
a conscientious desire to secure the benefits of the same, between
their respective people, against any of the local prejudices or
partialities ever characterizing communities, States, sovereign-
ties, and nationalities; with an earnest desire to insure peace
between themselves as sovereignties; to promote the general
welfare, and secure their liberty, entered into the compact of
our present general government. For these general purposes
it was formed. The Constitution is this compact, and it was
framed by the States or sovereignties, then existing, through
their representatives, and subsequently ratified by them in sol-
emn legislature or convention. By them it was created, and
to them it owes its existence. Without their action there
would have been no such general government, and all that
general government is or ever can be, is set forth and told in the
Constitution made by them. All its powers are those therein
specified and granted. All the authority, power or functions it
or any of its departments or branches can ever rightfully use,
are such only as are in keeping with the spirit and intention of
that Constitution.
,For the Legislature, or any other branch, to do or attempt to
do more is a deviation from its principles, and a violation of its
spirit, and any attempt upon the part of the Legislatures of any
number of the States to grant to the general government pow-
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)f its intention, even though but one State should oppose it;
ind the Congress at Washington, in proposing to the States the
embodiment in our government of the principles professed to be
containedd in the proposed "Fifteenth Amendment," has re-
vuested the States favorable thereto to impose upon those op-
posed to it, that which the framers of the Constitution never in-
bended should be imposed by even a constitutional number of
bhe States upon the others. To judge the Constitution, we must
took to the Constitution, and looking to it nothing is seen to-
justify one State or many States to prescribe or attempt to pre-
scribe suffrage regulations for another. Suffrage is a matter
locall to the respective States, and to be controlled and regulated
by each, according to its respective interests. The different and
conflicting regulation and limitation of this privilege in several
of the States, at different times, since the formation of the Con-
stitution, show plainly that it was and is a matter for local leg-
islation; and that the framers of the Constitution deemed it was
not wise to grant to the general government any power to con-
trol it, or to the States any right to interfere with it, save in its
own borders, is evidenced by the fact that no such grant is found
in the Constitution, apart from the fact that it would be incon-
sistent with its spirit and intention, and in violation of clause re-
taining to the States all power not granted. Believing, then,
that the proposed amendment is antagonistic to the principles of
our government, and that suffrage is a matter for the States to
control, and that any interference upon the part of our State in
the local affairs of another is baleful in its effects, and tends to
that centralism ever destructive of republican governments, and
subversion of the liberties of the people, the subscribing mem-
mers of the committee respectfully recommend that the joint
resolution do not pass. Florida should never assist or engage in
attempting to impose upon other States that which is in the least
inconsistent with the spirit of the Constitution, although her
own interest would not be affected thereby.
GEO. P. RANEY,
D. L. McKINxoX.

Which was read.
Mr. Harman moved to make the reports of the Committee on
Judiciary and the resolution to ratify the amendment of the
Constitution of the United States the special order for half-past
three o'clock this afternoon;
Which was agreed to.
Pursuant to previous notice, Mr. Walker introduced a bill to
be entitled An Act requiring one-half of each and all Salaries of
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as fixed in the Constitution, to be paid in twenty years six per
cent. bonds;
Which was read.
Mr. Harris, of Marion, objected to the introduction of the bill.
There being objections, the Chair ruled the bill out of order.
IMr. Walker appealed from the decision of the Chair, and
called for the yeas and nays upon the question, Shall the de-
cision of the Chair be sustained ?
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bradwell, Black, Cheshire,
Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Erwin, Fortune, Graham, Harman,
Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McKinnon, Mills, Oliver,
Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott,
Simpson, Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Watson, Wells, and
White-34.
Nays-Messrs.. Bostick, Filer,. Forward, Green of Baker,
Moore of Columbia, Powell, Urquhart, and Walker-8.
The decision of the Chair was sustained.
Pursuant to previous notice Mr. Walker introduced the fol-
lowing joint resolution:
A Joint Resolution to amend the Constitution and reduce the
Salaries prescribed therein.
There being objections, the resolution was not entertained.
Mr. Walker also, pursuant to previous notice, offered the fol-
lowing :
A bill to be entitled An Act to Limit the Compensation of
Sheriffs and Clerks of the Courts.
Objections being raised, the bill was not entertained.
The rules suspended,
Mr. Harman offered the following:
A bill to be entitled An Act for the Purpose of Protecting
Citizens Travelling on Public Conveyances;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
The following message was received from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 10th, 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. 1, An Act to
be entitled An Act to Regulate Quarantine.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.

Which was read, and the bill placed among the orders of the
day.






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ORDERS OF THE DAY.

Senate Joint Resolution Relative to Printing Bills,
Was read the third time and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Cheshire, Cox, Cruse, Filer,
Forward, Graham, Green of Baker, Keene, Moore of Couimbia,
Oliver, Pittman, Pons, Powell, Raney, Rodgers, Stewart, Stone,
Urquhart, Watson, and White-22.
Nays-Messrs. Bradwell, Black, DeLaney, Erwin, Fortune,
Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Lee, McKinnon, Mills, Osgood,
Scott, Simpson, Thompson, Walker, and Wells-18.
The resolution passed.
Senate Bill No. 1, to be entitled An Act to Regulate Quaran-
tine;
Was read first time, and on. motion, referred to Committee on
Quarantine. .
A bill to be entitled An -Act for the Purpose of Protecting
Citizens Travelling on Public Conveyances.;
Which was read first time, and referred to Special Committee
on Railroads.
On motion, the Assembly took a recessuntil 3 o'clock this
afternoon.



THREE O'CLOCK, P. M.

The Assembly resumed its session.
A quorum present.
The Speaker announced the following committees:

Onf Quarantine.
Messrs. RANEY, SCOTT,
FILER, DELANEY,
PONS.
On State Penitentiary.
Messrs. HARMAN, McKINNON,
HARRIS, OLIVER,
MOORE of Columbia.

Mr. Harman moved a call of the House.
Agreed to.
Upon a call of the roll, a quorum was preseirt.



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On motion of Mr. McKinnon, a further call of the House was
dispensed with.
The majority and minority reports relative to Joint Resola-
,J tion to ratify an amendment to the Constitution of the United
States known as Article XV.,
Were again read.
Mr. Butler moved the reception of the majority report, upon
which the yeas and nays were called for, and were:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Black, Cox,
DeLaney, Erwin, Fortune, Graham, Harman, Harris, Hill,
Hodges, Keene, Lee, Mills, Moore of Columbia, Osgood, Pons,,
Powell, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Thompson, Walker,
and Wells-2 7.
Nays-Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cruse, Filer,
Forward, Green of Baker, McKinnon, Moore of Hillsborough,
Oliver, Pittman, Raney, Stewart, Stone, Urquhart, Watson, and
White-17.
^ "Agreed to.
The resolution was read the second time.
On motion of Mr. McKinnon, the Assembly adjourned until
to-morrow morning 10 o'clock.


FRIDAY, June llth, 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, Black,
Cheshire, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Erwin, Filer, Forward, For-
tune, Graham, Harman, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McKinnon,
Mills, Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Pitt-
man, Pons, Powell, Raney, Robinson, Scott, Simpson, Stewart,
Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, Watson, Wells, and
White.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Rev. Wm. D. Johnson.
On motion of Mr. Oliver, the reading of yesterday's Journal
was dispensed with, and the Journal approved.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.
A Joint Resolution to ratify an amendment to the Constitu-
j/ tion of the United States, known as Article XV., was read the
third time.
Mr. Black moved the previous question.






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On motion, a call of the House was ordered, and the Sergeant-
at-Arms sent for absentees.
On motion of Mr. Walker, a further call of the House was
dispensed with.
Upon the motion, Shall the main question be now put? the
yeas and nays were called for by Messrs. Raney, Oliver, and "
Watson, and were:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Bradwell, Black, Cox,
Cruce, DeLaney, Erwin, Fortune, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges,
Lee, Mills, Pons, Powell, Robinson, Scott, Simpson, Thompson;
Walker, and Wells-23.
Nays-Messrs. Butler, Bostick, Cheshire, Forward, Keene, Mc-
Kinnon, Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver,
Pittman, Raney, Stewart, Stone, Urquhart, and Watson-15.
Agreed to.
Upon the passage of the resolution the vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Black, Cox,
Cruce, DeLaney, Erwin, Fortune, Graham, Harman, Harris,
Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, Mills, Moore of Columbia, Pons,
Powell, Robinson, Scott, Simpson, Thompson, Walker, and
Wells-26.
Nays-Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Forward, Mc-
Kinnon, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Pittman, Raney, Stewart,
Stone, Urquhart, and Watson-13.
Resolution passed.
On motion, the Assembly took a recess until 3 o'clock this
afternoon.


THREE O'CLOCK, P. M.

The Assembly resumed its session.
A quorum present.
The rules suspended,
Mr. Harris offered a bill to be entitled An Act to Provide for
Setting Apart a Homestead of Real and Personal Property,
and for the Valuation of said Property,
Which was read first time and referred to Committee on
Judiciary.
Mr. Harman, under a suspension of the rules, offered a concur-
rent resolution inviting His Excellency the Governor to address
the Legislature on the question of finance and taxation, in the
Assembly Hall, at 8 o'clock this evening;
Which was read and adopted.
On motion, the Assembly adjourned until to-morrow morning
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SATURDAY, June 12th, 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, Edwards, Erwin, Forward, Fortune,
Graham, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, Mills, Moore of
Columbia, Oliver, Osgood, Pittman, Powell, Raney, Robinson,
Scott, "Simpson, Smith, Stewart, Stone, Urquhart, Walker, and
Watson.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion of Mr. Oliver, the reading of yesterday's Journal
was dispensed with, and. the Journal approved.
On motion of Mr.'Bogue, Mr. Rodgers was excused from at-
tendance on the Assembly to-day on account of sickness.
Committee on Quarantine

REPORT.

The Committee on Quarantine, having had under considera-
tion a bill to be entitled An Act to regulate Quarantine, recom-
mend that it pass with the following amendments:
Aiiend by striking out the first section and inserting
"SECTION 1. The mayor and aldermen of every incorporated
city or town in this State, upon or adjacent to any bay, river, or
harbor, or in the absence of any incorporated city or town, the jus-
tice of the peace of every justice district, upon or adjacent to any
such bay, river, or harbor where there is a port of entry, including
the location of any unincorporated town or depot, or place of
landing, shall be and are hereby constituted a board of health
for said incorporated city or town, or such district, and such
boards of health are hereby authorized to take such measures as
may be necessary to prevent the spread of contagious or ma-
lignant disorders or diseases, and the expenses of all such meas-
ures shall be a charge on the said incorporation or the county
in which the justice district may be, except as hereinafter provi-
ded.
Amend second section by inserting after the word any" in
first line the word "incorporated," and after word "harbor"
on second line the words or of any said district."
SECTION 14. That whenever in the opinion of any board of
health, all the duties of Port Inspectors and Port Physcians can
be performed by one person, there shall be no inspector appointed,






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but the Port Physician shall perform the same, and shall be paid
by the vessels inspected by them for such inspection.
Respectfully submitted,
GEORGE P. RANEY, Chm'n.
Which was read, and the bill placed among the orders of the
day.
The following message was received from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 11th, 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 Concurrent Reso-
lution, That His Excellency the Governor be invited to ad-
dress the members of the Legislature on the- question of finance
and taxation."
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.

A bill to be entitled An Act to Regulate Quarantine ;
Was read the second time by sections, and the amendments
recommended by the Committee on Quarantine were adopted.
Rules suspended,
The bill read the third time and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Black, Cheshire,
Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Harman, Harris,
Hill, Keene, Lee, Mills, Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hills-
borough, Oliver, Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Raney, Robinson,
Scott, Simpson, Smith, Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart,
Walker, Watson, and Wells-35.
Nays-None.
The bill passed as amended.
The following communication was read and ordered to be
spread upon the Journal:

Hon. Speaker and Members of the Assembly:
Having unintentionally been absent from the Assembly yes-
terday when the vote was taken on the Joint Resolution ratify-
ing the fifteenth amendment of the Constitution of the United
States, I respectfully ask that this communication be spread upon






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the Journal, that my disapprobation of the measure and desire
to vote against it may be publicly known and placed on record.
This is asked in justice to myself and my constituency.
"FREDERICK FILER,
Assemblyman from Monroe County.

On motion of Mr. Scott, the Assembly adjourned until Mon-
day morning'10 o'clock.




MONDAY, June 14th, 1869.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Black, Cheshire, Cox,
Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Graham,
Harris, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McKinnon, Mills, Moore of Colum-
bia,, Oliver, Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Powell, Raney, Rodgers,
Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, and Watson.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Johnson.
On motion of Mr. Osgood, the reading of Saturday's Journal
was dispensed with, and the Journal approved.
On motion of Mr. Graham, Mr. Wells was excused from at-
tendance on the Assembly to-day.
Mr. Raney offered a Joint Resolution in regard to the sale of
the Tallahassee and Pensacola and Georgia Railroads;
"Which was read and adopted.
Committee on Railroads

S REPORT.

To the Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
The undersigned, members of the Railroad Committee of the
Assembly, have examined Bill No. 3, and report the same back
without amendment, and recommend its passage.
JOHN W. BUTLER, Chairman.
JOHN SIMPSON,
FRED. HILL.
Which was read.
Mr. McKinnon, from the same committee, made the following






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MINORITY REPORT.

COMMITTEE ROOM1, June 14th, 1869.
To the Speaker and Members of the Assembly:
The undersigned, members of the committee to which was
referred a bill to be entitled An Act for the purpose of Pro-
tecting Citizens Travelling on Public Conveyances," recommend
that the bill do not pass. The intention of the bill is evidently
to enforce indirectly social equality upon the people, which we
conceive is a matter that should be left to regulate itself.' We
insist that although the owner of a steamboat does undertake to
carry passengers for pay, or "hire," he does not thereby forfeit
his right to discriminate between his passengers. If for, any
cause whatever he desires to give some of his passengers better ac-
commodations, or greater privileges, than he does certain others,
those others have no just cause of complaint, if they are
decently and comfortably provided for; the presumption is that
that is all he engages to do when he proposes to furnish trans-
portation for the public. The mere fact of a man using his pri-
vate property for the accommodation of the public, does not
necessarily carry with it the idea that he ceases to manage and
control that property as his own judgment and taste may direct,
nor that the public gains the right to restrict him in managing
it. It is to the interest of those who use their property for the
accommodation of the public, to give to all of their patrons the
best accommodation they can afford, in order to encourage pat-
ronage. But if from any cause they do not choose to do so, any
law compelling them to do so, it seems to us, would be a species
of tyranny, wholly inconsistent with the spirit of our free insti-
tution. It would be clearly an abridgement of the free use and
enjoyment of our lawful acquisitions. If the property used for
these purposes was public property, instead of private property,
there might be some justice in enacting a law prescribing the
manner, in which it should be managed for the benefit of the
public; but we fail to see the propriety of treating private prop-
erty as public property, simply because it is used by the owner
for the purpose of transporting passengers. It seems to us that
policy dictates the encouragement of this discrimination, instead
of checking it, on account of the beneficial results to the public
by way of getting up competition, which would lead to a reduc-
tion of the high rates of charges now made upon these public
conveyances. Competition should be encouraged by all good
governments, as a wholesome antidote to monopolies. It is per-
fectly natural to suppose, that if a passenger upon a steamboat
conceived that he had been indifferently treated on account of
his color, he would bend his energies to put on the line, in oppo-






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sition to that'steamer, a steamer that would make no discrimi-
nation, or if a discrimination was made it would be in his favor.
Now what would be the effect of this opposition or competition
A reduction of the fare would necessarily follow; a result that
would benefit both white and black. And eventually, pecunia-
ry interest, the most potent and convincing argument that can
be brought to bear against old and deeply-seated prejudices,
which perhaps had their origin in the cradle, would in reality per-
manently obliterate the distinction or discrimination that the en-
forcement of this bill now would, at furthest, but partially smother.
We further insist that the attempt to enforce the provisions
of the bill now, would be a very great source of litigation, and
in many cases would result in the disturbance of the peace, the
preservation of which should be the first consideration of every
government; and we fear in some instances that it might be the
cause of bloodshed.
We also further maintain that it is not in keeping with good
taste, for any class of persons, white or black, to attempt by any
means whatsoever, either directly or indirectly, to force their socie-
ty upon another class, and such would be the practical result of
-the passage and enforcement of this bill as it is now framed. But
while we honestly entertain the views herein expressed in oppo-
sition to the bill, we do not hold that it is just, or even legiti-
mate, for common carriers to discriminate among their pas-
sengers as to accommodations and not as to price. In other
words, we say, that if they make a distinction on account of
color in their accommodations, they should likewise make a dis-
tinction in their prices; the fare or price and accommodations
should always correspond. But it seems that the advocates, or
at all events the framer of the bill is not content with these
equitable terms, but persistently insists upon having not only
equal, but the same accommodations.
In conclusion, it is our opinion that the peculiar tastes and
prejudices of all classes of people will ever regulate their asso-
ciations, and the futile attempt of any class, against whom there
is a prejudice, to compel by legislative enactment or.otherwise,
"those who are prejudiced against them to become their associ-
ates, only adds fuel to and keeps alive those prejudices; whereas,
if undisturbed, perhaps in the course of a few years they would
to a great extent, if not wholly, subside. Although politically
opposed to the doctrine of the bill, yet we think that we have
given the subject-matter a liberal consideration, and most earn-
estly and respectfully submit our opposing views, for the dispas-
sionate consideration of the Assembly. D. L. McKiNoNN,
WM. B. WATSON.
"Which was read.






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ORDERS OF THE DAY.

Bill No. 3-By Mr. Harman.
A bill to be entitled An Act for the Purpose of Protecting
Citizens Travelling on Public Conveyances;
Was read the second time.
On motion of Mr. Raney, the Assembly took a recess until 3
'clock this afternoon.

THREE O'CLOCK, P. M.
The Assembly resumed its session.
"A quorum present.
Rules suspended,
Mr. Scott offered the following:
Resolved by the Senate and Assembly of the State of Florida,
fhat it shall be the duty of the Governor of this State to for-
ward to the President of the United States, and to our Repre-
sentatives in Congress, certified copies of the Joint Resolution
is passed by the Legislature of the State of Florida ratifying
he amendment to the Constitution of the United States known
is Article XV.;
Which was read and adopted.
Mr. Pons offered a resolution relative to adjourning next
Friday;
Which was read.
Upon its adoption, the yeas and nays were called for, and were:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire,
Druce, Edwards, Filer, Forward, Keene, Moore of.Columbia,
VIoore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Pittman, Pons, Powell, Raney,
Simpson, Smith, Stewart, Stone, Urquhart, and Watson-22.
Nays-Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Cox, DeLaney, Fortune,
graham, Harman, Harris, Hill,. Hodges, Lee, Mills, Osgood,
Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Thompson, and Walker-18.
Resolution adopted.
Mr. Simpson moved to reconsider the vote just taken.
Mr. Oliver moved to lay the motion to reconsider on the
able;
Which was agreed to.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, June 14th, 1869.
ion. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SI a: I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable
)ody that the Senate has adopted the Assembly Joint Resolu-






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tion to Ratify the Amendment to the Constitution of the United
States known as Article XV.
The Senate has also concurred in the amendments made by
the Assembly to Senate Bill No. I, relating to quarantine.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.

Which was read.
The Assembly Joint Resolution ordered to be enrolled.
On motion, the Assembly adjourned until 10 o'clock to-
morrow.


TUESDAY, June 15th, 1869.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Black, Cheshire,
Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Forward, For-
tune, Graham, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, Mills, Oliver,
Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott,
Simpson, Smith, Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Walker,
Watson, and Wells.
"A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
SOn motion of Mr. Pons, the reading of yesterday's Journal
Swas dispensed with, and the Journal approved.
On motion,'Mr. Powell was excused from attendance on the
Assembly to-day on account of sickness.
Rules suspended,
Mr. Harman offered a bill to be entitled An Act to amend
Section 9 of An Act entitled An Act to Establish a Uniform
System of Common Schools and a University,
Which was received by unanimous consent, and placed among
. the orders of the day.
Mr. Black offered a Joint Resolution asking information from
the Comptroller and Treasurer relative to the sale of State
bonds;
Which was read and adopted.
The following message was received fiom His Excellency the
Governor:
EXECUTIVE OFFICE,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 15, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
At the request of members of both branches of the Legislature,





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and in accordance with my own views of the interests of the
State, I herewith submit, for the consideration of the Legislature,
two bills involving retrenchment of public expenses, viz.:

Jirst. A bill for An Act to amend the Second Section of An
Act for the pay of State Attorneys and County Judges, approved
February 1, 1869.
County judges now receive, as they ever have received, com-
pensation by way of fees for all services which they perform in
connection with the administration of estates. Under the
present Constitution and the laws they have an additional limit-
edjurisdiction in civil and criminal cases. If competent officers
could be found under the old system to discharge all the duties
of Judges of Probate for the fees, it is not seen why competent
officers cannot be found to take the office now with additional
fees for the additional labor. The State, as you well know, is in
no condition now to be paying additional salaries, and this act
provides, as it should, that the compensation for these services
should come from the parties to the suit. If it is deemed wise
to extend this retrenchment so as to restore the fees of county
officers generally to the old standard, or in any way to modify
them so as .to decrease expense and lessen taxation, without im-
pairing efficiency, I will readily sanction such action.
Second. A bill for An Act prescribing the number of Employ-
ees of each Branch of the.Legislature, and their Compensation.
This bill will check an extravagance which has inadvertently
sprung up for want of a law on the subject, and its passage,
while securing efficiency, will relieve the Legislature of much
annoyance and save thousands annually to the State.
Very respectfully, &c.,
HARRISON REED,
Governor.

Which was read.
Mr. Walker moved:
That the Governor's Message just read and accompanying
bills be referred to a select committee of five on retrenchment,
to be appointed by the Speaker;
Which was agreed to, and Messrs. Walker, Bostick, Black,
McKinnon, and Rodgers were appointed said committee.
Mr. McKinnon offered a bill to be entitled An Act Defining
the Duties and Powers of State Attorneys, and Authorizing the
Judge to Appoint a Prosecuting Attorney of the Courts in the
Absence of the State Attorney;
Which was received by unanimous consent, and placed among
the orders of the day.






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ORDERS OF THE DAY.

Bill No. 3-By Mr. Harman:
To be entitled An Act for the Purpose of Protecting Citizens:
Travelling on Public Conveyances;
'Was read the third time, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Black, Cox, DeLaney,
Fortune, Graham, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Lee, Mills,
Osgood, Pons, Robinson, Scott, Simpson, Thompson, Walker,
and Wells-21.
Nays-Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cruce, Edwards,
Erwin, Filer, Forward, Keene, McKinnon, Moore of Columbia,
Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Pittman, Raney, Rodgers,
Smith, Stewart, Stone, Urquhart, and Watson-21.
The bill was lost.
Also Bill No. 7:
To be entitled An Act to amend Section 9 of An Act entitled
An Act to Establish a Uniform System of Common Schools
and a University;
Was read first time, rules suspended, read the second and
third times, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bostick, Bradwell, Black, Cheshire,
Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Forward, Fortune,
Graham, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McKinnon,
Mills, Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver,
Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Raney, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Smith,
Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, Watson, and
Wells-39.
Nays-None.
Bill passed.
REPORT.

ASSEMBLY HALL,
"TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 15th, 1369.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: I hereby report Assembly Joint Resolution to ratify an
amendment to the Constitution of the United States known as
Article XV., correctly enrolled.
Respectfully, H. H. FORWARD,
Chairman Comn. Enrolled Bills.
Was read, and the resolution signed by the Speaker and Chief
Clerk.
Bill No. 5.-By Mr. McKinnon :





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A bill to be entitled An Act Defining the Duties and Powers
of State Attorneys, and Authorizing the Judge to Appoint a
Prosecuting Attorney in the Event of the Absence of the State
Attorney;
Was read first time, rules suspended, read the second and
third times, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Black, Cheshire, Cox,
Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Graham,
Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McKinnon, Mills,
Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Osgodd,
Pittman, Pons, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson,
Smith, Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, Watson,
and Wells-39.
Nays-None.
Bill passed.
Under a suspension of the rules, Mr. Cox offered a bill to be
entitled An Act Making an Appropriation for Repairing the
Capitol;
Which was received, read the first time, and referred to Com-
mittee on Appropriations.
On motion, the Assembly took a recess until 3 o'clock this
afternoon.


THREE O'CLOCK P. M.

The Assembly resumed its session.
A quorum present.
The rules suspended, Mr. Walker offered a bill to be enti-
tled An Act to amend section one of an act in relation to the
Fees to be charged, received, and collected by the public offi-
cers of the State whose fees are prescribed by law, approved
December 11th, 1866;
SWhich was received, read first time, and referred to Commit-
tee on Retrenchment.
Rules suspended, Judiciary Committee

REPORT.

To Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
Your Committee having had under consideration Assembly
Bill to be entitled An Act to provide for setting apart a Home-
stead of Realty and Personalty, and for the valuation of said
Property, beg to report and recommend that the same do not
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pass. They respectfully recommend the passage of a bill to be
entitled An Act providing for setting apart a Homestead and
Personal Property to be exempted from forced sale under pro-
cess of law. GEORGE P. RANEY,
Chairman.
Which was read.
The substitute as offered by Committee was read and adopted.
Mir. Oliver moved that this bill be made an exception to
reu, tion passed relative to printing;
EU|on lhich the yeas and nays were called for, and were :
s-M- ssrs. B BBsie,! Bfick, Cheshire, Cruce, Harris, Hill,
Le, Mills Oliver, Osgood, Pittrian, Powell, Raney, Robinson,
Rodgers, Sewart, Stidne, Urquhart, and Watson--19.
Nays-Messrs. Bradwell, Black, Cox, DeLaney, Edwards,
Filer, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Harman, Hodges, Keene,
McJinnron, Moore of Columbia, Pons, Scott, Simpson, Giith,
"Tihmpson, Waiekr, and ells---21.
M Motion lost, and the bill ordered to be printed.
The following message was received from the Senate:

SENATEi CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fta., June 15th, 1809.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable
body that the Senate has concurred in and adopted Assembly
Joint Resolution in regard to the sale of the Tallahassee and
Georgia Railroad.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MuMDEE, Secretary,
Which was read.
Also the following:
SENATE RCHAER, .
TALLAHASSEE, Fia., June i h, 1869. f
Hon. M. L. ScAi- s, Speaker of the Assembly: :
SSii: Iam directed by- the Senate to infori, your honorable
body that the Senate has concurred in and ;arped AssmAbly
Joint Resolution requesting the Governor to forwardto the Presi-
dent of the United States a certified copy of the resolution rela-
tive to ratifying the Constitutional amendment known as Arti-
cle XV.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES :MUNDBIE, Secretary.
Which was read.
Also the following:





?JiJ



SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 15th, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assemblty:
SIR: I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable
body that the Senate has adopted Assembly Joint Resolution
asking information of the Comptroller and Treasurer relative to
the sale of State Bonds, with two amendments, the concurrence
in which by the Assembly is requested.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHIARTLS :Mm)U Secretary.
Which was read, and the Senate amendments concurred in.
Rules suspended,
Mr. Wells offered the following:
Resolved, That the use of this Hall be given to the Sabi th
School of the A. M. E. Church, of Tallahassee, on Thiurdaytai
Friday evenings, June 167t nd 17th, 1869, for a concept ant4 fs-
tival for charitable purposes;
Which was read and adopted.
On motion, the Assembly adjourned until ten o'clock to-mor-
row morning.



WEDNESDAY, June 16th, 1869.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Black, Cheshire, Cox,
Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Forward Fo. uane
Graham, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, KeeeL ee cKinpon,
Mills, Moore of Columbia, Moore. of Hillsborough, Oliver,
Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Powell, Raney, -Robinson, Rodgers,
Scott, Simpson, Smith, Stewart, Stone, Thompson, ITrquhart,
Walker, Watson, Wells, and White.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion of Mr. Pons, the reading of yesterday's Journal
was dispensed with, and the Journal approved.
On motion of Mr. Oliver, the Joint Resolution in regard to
tile sale of the Tallahassee and Pensacola & Georgia Railroads,
was ordered to be spread upon the Journal of to-day.
The resolution reads as follows:
Resolved by :the Senate and Assembly of the Legislature of
Florida, That the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improve-






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ment Fund of the State of Florida be, and are hereby, required
to report to the Legislature, at the present session, and without
delay, a full and exact statement and account of the late sale of
the Tallahassee and Pensacola & Georgia Railroads, the cir-
cumstances requiring said sale, and the authority by which the
sale was made; the proposed and actual terms of said sale, and
the amount for which the said roads were sold; whether the
said roads were sold and paid for according to the proposed
terms as advertised; what has been done with the purchase
money received by them; and how much was received
by them; how many or what quantity or amount of
bonds issued by said railroads prior to said sale, have been
paid with said purchase money, and how many are still out-
standing; how much of said purchase money, if any, is still in
the possession or control of said Board of Trustees, and with
whom' and where deposited; by what authority and with what
security; what arrangement has been made for payment of out-
standing bonds.
On motion, the Sergeant-at-Arms was excused for to-day.
Mr. Walker offered a Joint Resolution asking information in
relation to expenditures for repairing the Capitol;
Which was read and adopted.
The following message was received from His Excellency the
Governor:
EXECUTIVE OFFICE,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 15th, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: I have this day signed and deposited in the office of the-
Secretary of State the following Joint Resolution, which origi-
nated in the Assembly, viz:
Joint Resolution to Ratify an Amendment of the Constitu-
tion of the United States known as Article XV.
Very respectfully, &c.,
HARRISON REED,
Governor of Florida.
.Which was read.
The following communication was received from C. Thurston
Chase, Superintendent of Public Instruction:

OFFICE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 8th, 1869. "
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the-Assembly:
DEAR SIR: I have the honor to submit herewith a list of
Teachers of Freedmen's Schools who taught during the year
1868, under authority of Rev. E. B. Duncan, Superintendent of
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of Joint Resolution No. 1, of last session of the Legislature.
Among the accompanying documents will be found several claims
that have not been allowed for want of satisfactory evidence
that the claimants held certificates from Mr. Duncan.
Very few appear to have received any compensation from the
parents of the children, except, perhaps, such articles as eggs,
potatoes, and other like supplies from the family on which it
would be difficult to set a money value.
None had received compensation for their services from the
State during 1868.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
C. THURSTON CHASE,
Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Which was read, and the report, with accompanying docu-
ments, referred to Committee on Education.
Rule suspended,
Mr. Moore; of Columbia, offered a bill to be entitled An Act
to regulate Travel upon the several Railroads in this State;
Which was received and placed among the orders of the day.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.

Bill No. 10-By Mr. Moore, of Columbia:
A bill to be entitled An Act to regulate Travel'upon the sev-
eral Railroads in this State;
Was read first time, and, on motion, referred to special com-
mittee, consisting of Messrs. Scott, Harman, Raney, Harris, and
"Cheshire.
Bill No. 9:
A bill to be entitled An Act providing for setting apart a
Homestead and Personal Property to be exempted from forced
Sale under process of Law;
Was read the third time, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Black, Cheshire, Cox,
DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Graham,
Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McKinnon, Mills,
Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Osgood,
Pittman, Pons, Powell, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simp-
son, Smith, Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, Wat-
son, Wells, and White-42.
Nays-Mr. Bradwell-1.
The bill passed.
The following message was received from the Senate:






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SENATE CHAMBER,
"TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 16th, 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 Assembly Bill No. 5,
to be entitled An Act defining the Duties and Powers of State
Attorneys, and authorizing the Judge to appoint a Prosecuting
Attorney. in the event of the absence of the State Attorney.
Also:
Assembly Bill No. 7, to be entitled An Act to amend Section
nine of An Act entitled An Act to Establish a Uniform System
of Common Schools and a University.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Sec'y.
Which was read.
The bills ordered enrolled.
On motion, the Assembly took a recess until three o'clock this
afternoon.


THREE O'CLOCK, P. M.

"The Assembly resumed its session.
(-The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
. essrsr Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cox, DeLaney,
SEdwards, Filer; Forward, Graham, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges,
Keene, Lee, Mills, Oliver, Pittman, Pons, Powell, Raney, Rob-
inson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Smith, Stewart, Stone, Thomp-
son, Urquhar, Walker, Watson, Wells, and White.
AA quorum present.
Mr. Raney, of Franklin, in the chair.
On motion of Mr. Simpson, the Assembly adjourned until 10
A. M. to-morrow.


THURSDAY, June 17th, 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, Black,
Cheshire, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Forward,
Graham, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, Mills,






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Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Osgood,
Pittman, Pons, Powell, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott,
Simpson, Smith, Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Walker,
Watson, Wells, and White.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion of Mr. Butler, the reading of yesterday's Journal
was dispensed with, and the Journal approved.
An Act to Regulate Quarantine was signed by the Speaker
and Chief Clerk.
Mr. Raney offered the. following :
WHEREAS, The Comptroller has given information that a por-
tion of his correspondence relative to the sale of Florida Bonds
is in New York, and that the same is necessary in order to give
a connected view of the matter, without which any action;giv-
ing prominent publicity to it would produce erroneous conclu-
sions prejudicial to the public interest;
Resolved by the Senate and Assembly of Florida, That so
much of the resolution adopted on the 15th instant, as calls on
the Comptroller for his "correspondence" on the subject, be,
ai d the same is hereby rescinded for the present.
Which was read.
The yeas and nays being called for, resulted as follows:
Yeas--Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cruce,
DeLaney, Edwards, Forward, Harrs, Hill, Lee, McKiimon,
Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Pittman,
Powell, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Smith, Stewart, Stone,
Urquhart, Walker, and Wells-27.
Nays-Messrs. Black, Cox, Erwin, Fortune, Graham, Har-
man, Hodges, Keene, Mills, Osgood, Pons, Simpson, and Thomp-
son-13.
Resolution adopted.
Select Committee
REPORT.
ASSEMBLY HALL, I
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 16th, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
"SIR: Your committee to whom was referred a bill to be en-
titled An Act to Regulate Travel, &c., beg leave to report that
they have had the same under consideration and find it entirely
inadequate to the wants and grievances of the citizens, and
would respectfully recommend the inclosed bill as a substitute
for the original bill.
Very respectfully submitted, JOHN R. SCOTT, Chm'n.
E. J. HARRIS,
HARRY S. HARMAN.





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Which was read, and the bill placed among the orders of the
day.
Minority report from same committee.

REPORT.

Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly,:
The undersigned, members of the committee to whom was
referred a bill to be entitled An Act to Regulate Travel on
the several Railroads in this State, beg to report that they deem
legislation on the subject unwise and capable of promoting no
good, and would recommend that it do not pass.
"G. P. RANEY,
AMOS CHESHIRE.
Was also read.
Committee on Education

REPORT.

ASSEMBLY HALL,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 16th, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
Your committee to whom was referred the Claims of Certain
Teachers of Schools for Freedmen, under contract with Rev. E.
B. Duncan, have examined the same, and recommend the ac-
companying bill, entitled An Act for the Relief of Certain Per-
sons herein named, Teachers under Contract with Rev. E. B.
Duncan. Respectfully,
W. W. MOORE,
Ch'n Com. of Education.
Which was read.
Rules suspended,
Mr. Butler offered a bill to be entitled An Act in relation to
Certain Executions which have issued from the Courts of Jus-
tices of the Peace for sums over Fifty Dollars;
Which was received and placed among the orders of the day.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.

A bill to be entitled An Act to Regulate Travel upon the
several Railroads in this State;
Was read the second time.
Mr. McKinnon made objections to further action on the bill.
The Chair ruled that the objections were well taken, as a
bill, in substance the same, had been defeated on the 15th
instant.






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Mr. Harman appealed from the decision of the Chair, and
called for the yeas and nays on the question, which resulted as
follows:
Yeas-Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cruce,
Edwards, Filer,, Forward, Keene, Lee, McKinnon, Moore of
Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Pittman, Raney,
Rodgers, Smith, Stewart, Stone, Urquhart, Watson, and White
-23.
Nays-Messrs. Butler, Black, Cox, DeLaney, Fortune,
Graham, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Mills, Osgood, Pons,
Powell, Robinson, Scott, Simpson, Thompson, Walker, and Wells
-20.
The Chair was sustained in his ruling.
A bill to be entitled An Act in relation to certain Executions
which have issued from the Courts of Justices of the Peace for
sums over fifty dollars;
Was read first time.
Rules suspended,
The bill read the second and third times, and put upon its
passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Black,
-Cheshire, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, For-
ward, Fortune, Graham, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene,
Lee, McKinnon, Mills, Moore of Columbia, Oliver, Osgood, Pitt-
man, Pons, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Smith,
Thompson, Urquhart, Watson, and Wells-38.
Nays-Mr. Powell-1.
Bill passed.
A bill to be entitled An Act for the Relief of certain Persons
herein Named, Teachers under Contracts with Rev. E. B. Dun-
can,
As offered by committee,
Was read first time, and on motion, recommitted to Commit-
tee on Education.
On motion; the Assembly adjourned until 4 o'clock this after-
noon.



FOUR O'CLOCK, P. M.

The Assembly resumed its session.
A quorum present.
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REPORT.

Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: Your Committee on Retrenchment having had under
consideration, by order of the Assembly, the communication of
the Governor of the 17th instant, calling the attention of the
Legislature to the pay of county judges, the number and com-
pensation of the employees of the Legislature, and the fees of
county officers, beg leave to report the accompanying bills,
viz.:
An Act prescribing the number of employees of each branch
of the Legislature, and their compensation.
An Act to amend the Second Section of An Act for the pay of
State Attorneys and County Judges, approved February 1,
-1869. \
An Act to amend the First Section of An Act in relation to
fees to be charged, received, and collected by the public officers
of the State, whose fees are prescribed by law, approved De-
cemtber 11, 1866.
Your committee are of the opinion that the foregoing embrace
proper subjects of retrenchment. Nevertheless, just, proper,
and efficient action by this Assembly on the subject of the re-
trenetic ent of the expenses of the Government, so as to bring
:t-iemwi1Sin the taxable resources of the State, such action as
would be fair alike for all its officers, would require that the
IRepresentatives of the people in the Legislature have before
them for consideration the whole subject of retrenchment, in-
cluding as well the exorbitant salaries fixed in the Constitution,
as the pay of county judges, sheriffs, clerks, constables, and
employees of the Legislature, and not to be limited to such
particular items as may address themselves to the favorable
notice of the Governor.
Your committee therefore also recommend that a committee
be appointed to propose amendments to the Constitution at the
commencement of the next regular session of the Legislature,
and submit the accompanying resolution to that effect.
- All of which is respectfully submitted.
SAMUEL WALKER.
Chairman of Committee on Retrenchment.
Which was read.
The bills placed among the orders of the day.
A bill to be entitled An Act Prescribing the Number of Em-
ployees of each branch of the Legislature and their Compensation;
Was read first time.
Mr. Scott moved to indefinitely postpone the bill.
The yeas and nays were called for, and were:







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Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Black, Cox, DeLaney, Edwards, Er-
win, Fortune, Graham, Harman, Hill, Hodges, Mills, Osgood,
Pittman, Robinson, Scott, Simpson, Thompson, and Wells-19.
Nays-Messrs. Bosti"k, Bradwell, Cheshire, Crtce, Filer, For-
ward, Harris, Keene, Lee, McKinnon, Moore of C6oambia, Moore
of Hillsborough, Oliver, Pons, Powell, Raney,6 Rodgers, mith,
Stewart, Stone, Urquhart, Walker, Watson, and:White-24.
Motion lost.
Under a suspension of the rules, it was -ordered that the bill
be read the second time by sections.
Mr. Harman moved to postpone the further consideration of
the bill until Monday next.
Upon which the yeas and nays were called for,. and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Black, Cox, DeLaney, Erwin, Forward,
Fortune, Graham, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Lee, Mills,
Moore of Columbia, Pittman, Pons, Powell, Robinson, Scott,
Simpson, Thompson, and Wells-23.
Nays-Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cruce, 'Edwards
Filer, Keene, McKinnon, Moore of Hillsborough, Oiver, Os-
good, Raney, Rodgers, Smith, Stewart Urquhart, Walker, Wat-
son, and White-19.
Agreed to.
Mr. Moore, of Columbia, moved to reconsider the vote taken
on the resolution relative to Comptroller Gamble's Report this
morning;
Which was agreed to, and on motion of Mr. Scott the Chief
Clerk was requested to ask the Senate to return the same to the
Assembly.
A bill to be entitled An Act to amend the Second Section of
An Act for the pay of State Attorneys and County Judges, ap-
proved February 1st, 1869;
Was read first time.
Under a suspension of the rules, Mr. Butler offered the follow-
ing:
Resolved by the Assembly, That in respect to the memory of
the Hon. John B. Galbraith, formerly Speaker of the House of
Representatives and State Attorney-General of Florida, the As-
sembly do now adjourn until ten o'clock to-morrow morning;
Which was read and adopted, and the Speaker announced
that the Assembly was adjourned until to-morrow, ten o'clock,
A. M.

FRIDAY, June 18th, 1869.
The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
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The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Messrs. Bogue, Bradwell, Black, Cheshire, Cruce, DeLaney,
Erwin, Forward, Graham, Harris, Keene, McKinnon, Mills,
Osgopd, Pittman, Pons, Raney, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stone,
Thompson, Walker, and Wells.
Not a quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion of Mr. McKinnon, the Assembly took a recess
until 3 o'clock this afternoon.



THREE O'CLOCK, P. M.

The Assembly resumed its session.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Black,
Cheshire, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Forward,
Graham, Hill, Keene, Lee, McKinnon, Moore of Hillsborough,
Oliver, Pittman, Powell, Scott, Smith, Stone, Thompson,
Urquhart, Watson, and White.
A quorum present.
On motion, further reading of yesterday's Journal was dis-
pensed with, and the Journal approved.
The following message was received from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 17th, 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 the accompanying resolution,
and respectfully request the concurrence of the Assembly:
Resolved by the Senate and Assembly of the State of Florida,
in convention assembled, That we are a part of the American
Union, and as we expect to receive its protection, we are ready
to bear our share of its burdens, to the end that if any Nation
shall attempt to, or refuse to grant satisfaction, where she has
rendered grievances, we bind ourselves to sustain the adminis-
tration in demanding the rights of the United States and its
citizens on the high seas in the time of the late rebellion. It is
well known and cannot be contradicted, that the remarks of
Mr. Sumner in his place in the United States Senate, on the
---- day, 1869, on the Alabama claims, are in the





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main correct, and should not be forgotten unless they are prop-
erly adjudicated in accordance with the law of all nations of
honor.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.

Which was read, and the resolution placed among the orders
of the day.
The following report was made by Committee on Enrolled
Bills:
REPORT.

ASSEMBLY HALL,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 18th, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SI : The Committee on Enrolled Bills report the following
bills correctly enrolled, viz.:
An Act to Amend Section Nine of An Act entitled An Act
to Establish a Uniform System of Common Schools, and a Uni-
versity;
And also:
An Act Defining the Duties and Powers of State Attorneys,
and Authorizing the Judge to Appoint Prosecuting Attorney in
the Event of the Absence of the, State Attorney.
Respectfully,
H. H. FORWARD,
Chairman Com. Enrolled Bills.

Which was received, and the bills signed by the Speaker and
Chief Clerk.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.

Senate Resolution:
Resolved by the Senate and Assembly of the ,State of Florida,
in convention assembled, That we are a part of the American
Union, and as we expect to receive its protection, we are ready
to bear our share of its burdens, to the end that if any Nation
shall attempt to, or refuse to grant satisfaction, where she has
rendered grievances, we bind ourselves to sustain the adminis-
tration in demanding the rights of the United States and its cit-
izens on the high seas in the time of the late rebellion. It is well
known and cannot be contradicted that the remarks of Mr. Sum-
ner in his place in the U. S. Senate, on the --- day, 1869,
on the Alabama claims, are in the main correct, and should not






be forgotten unless they are properly adjudicated in accordance
with the law of all nations of honor;
Which was*read the first time.
Mr. Walker moved to amend by striking out the words at-
tempt.to," and insert in lieu theerof the word deny."
Mr. Watson moved to indefinitely postpone the resolution and
amendment ;
The yeas and nays were called for on the question and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cruce, Edwards,
Filer, Forward, Keene, Lee, MeKinnon, Moore of Hillsborough,
Oliver, Pittman, Raney, Rodgers, Smith, Stewart, Stone, Urqu-
hart, Watson, and White-21.
Nays-Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bogue, Black, Cox, DeLaney,
Erwin, Graham, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Mills, Moore of
Columbia, Osgood, Pons, Powell, Ro.binson, Scott, Simpson,
Thompson, Walker, and Wells-22.
The.motion was lost.
The amendment offered by Mr. Walker was adopted;
Upon the adoption of the resolution as amended, the vote was:
Yeas--Messrs. Bogue, Black, Cox, Cruce, Ideney, Edwards
Erwin, Graham, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keeiie Lee,
Mills, Moore of Columbia, Osgood, Pens, Powell, Robinson,
Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, and
Wells-2 79
Nays-Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Filer, Forward,
McKimnon, Moore of Hillsbprough, Oliver, Pittman, Raney,
Smith, Swart, Stone, Watson, and White-15.
^olufimt adopted.
oifint resolution to appoint a Committee on Amendments
to the Constitution;
Which was read and adopted.
A bill to be entitled An Act to amend the First Section of
An Act in relation to Fees to be charged by the Public Officers
of the State, whose fees are prescribedby law, approved Decem-
ber 11th, 1866;
Was read first time.
M'o baeon maoveduto indefinitely postpone thebill.
lMr. iHarman moved the previous question, and the yeas and
nays mwere claed for,, n ithe question, Shall the main question be
now put'? an! rested as follows:
Yeas--MX srs. Butler, Blaek, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards,
Erwin, Fotune Graham, HaTiitan mHarris,: Hill, HIodges, Lee,
Mills, Moore of Columbia, P6ns, Powel Robinson, dodgers,
Scott, Simpson, Tihomrspon and W6ells-24.
Nays-Messrs. BostiCk, Bradwell, Cheshire, Filer, Forward,
Keene, McKinnon, Moore of i0illsborough, Oliver, Osgood, Pitt-





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man, Raney, Smith, Stewart, Stone, Urquhart, Walker, Watson,
and White-19.
Agreed to, and the yeas and nays were called for on the main
question, and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Bogue, Bostick Bradwell, Black, Cox Cruce
DeLaney, Erwin, Fortune, Graham, Harman, Harris, Ifil
Hodges, Keene, Lee, ills, Moore of Columbia, Pittman-Pons,
Powell, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stone, Thompson,
Watson, Wells, and White-30.
Nays-M-essr s. Edwards, Filer, Forward, iXcKinqon, Mooe
of Iillsborough, Oliver, Osgood, Raney, Smith, Stewart, rqu-
hart, and Walker-12.
The bill was indefinitely postponed.
Under a suspension of the rules, Mr. Hodges offered the fol-
lowing resolution:
Resolved, That it is the sense of this Assembly that this,.ll
should not hereafter be used for any public Oncirt exhititipn,
ball, or festival, and for no other purpose in the absence oif:tBe
Legislature, except by the consent of the Treasurer;t
Which was read.,
On a motion to lay the resolution on the table the yeas and
nays were: called for, and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Bogue, Cox, Cruce, Edwards, Harman, Hill,
Hodges, Keene, Lee, Walker, and Wells--i 1.
Nays-TMessrs. Butler, Bostick Bradwell, Black DeLaney,
Erwin, Filer Forrward, Fortune, sGraham, Harris, M iian
Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hillsboroigh Oliv r; Osgpoi
Pittman, Powell, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, S'impson,
Smith, Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Watson, and Wh-ite
-30.
Motion lost.
The yeas and nays were called for on the adoption of the res-
olution, and resulted as follows :
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bostick, Black, Cheshire, Cox, Cruce,
Erwin, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Harris, Hodges, Keene,
Mills, Moore of Columbia, Pittman, Powell, Raney Robinson,
Simpson, Stone, Thompson,. tiquhart, Watson, and Wh-itk-25.
Nays-Messrs. Bogue, Bradwell, DeLaney, Filer, Harman,
Hill, Lee, McKinnon, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Osgoo,
Rodgers, Scott, Smith, Stewart, Walker, and Wells-i'7.'
The resolution was adopted.
The following report was received:
REPORT.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
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the Tallahassee and Pensacola and Georgia Railroads," we have
the honor to make the following report:
Section 3d of "An Act to Provide for and Encourage a
Liberal System of Internal Improvement in this State," ap-
proved January 6th, 1855, among other things provides as fol-
lows, viz.:
"All bonds issued by any railroad company under the pro-
visions of this Act, shall be a first lien or mortgage on the road-
bed, iron, equipment, work shops, depots, and franchise; and upon
a failure on the part of any railroad company accepting the pro-
visions of this Act to provide the interest as herein provided on
the bonds issued by said company, and the sum of one per
cent. per annum as a sinking fund, as herein provided, it shall
be the duty of the Trustees after the expiration of thirty days
from said default or refusal to take possession of said railroad
and all its property of every kind, and advertise the same for
Vle at public auction to the highest bidder for cash or addi-
tional approved security, as they may think most advantageous
for the interest of the Internal Improvement Fund and the
bondholders. The proceeds arising from such sale shall be ap-
plied by said Trustees to the purchase and cancelling of the
outstanding bonds issued by said defaulting company or incor-
porated with the sinking fund."
The Pensacola and Georgia and the Tallahassee Railroad Com-
panies, in the year 1855, notified the Trustees created by aid
Act of their full acceptance of the provisions of said Act, and
bonds were issued thereunder.
On February 6th, 1869, said companies having for more than.
thirty days immediately previous to said day failed to pay said
interest and sinking fund, while acknowledging their liability
and inability to pay the same, the Trustees resolved to take
possession of the roads of said companies and all the property
of said roads of every kind, and advertise the same for sale in
accordance with the express requirements of the Act above
named. Accordingly, possession of said roads was vested in
the Trustees as appears by resolutions of the Board of Directors
* of the Pensacola and Georgia Railroad Company, duly entered
upon their records, and the sale of said roads and their pro-
perty advertised to take place at the railroad office in Talla-
hassee, on March 20th, 1869, for cash, by publication until day
of sale in the Journal of Commerce and New York Herald,
published in New York, the Savannah Republican, published
in Savannah, Georgia, the Florida Union, published in Jack-
sonville, and all the papers published in Tallahassee, in this
State.
At the time and place of sale as advertised, and before sale,







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it was announced by the salesman of the Board of Trustees by
direction of said Board, that the purchaser or purchasers of the
Pensacola and Georgia Railroad would be required to pay
down to the Treasurer of said Board fifty thousand dollars, and
the purchaser or purchasers of the Tallahassee Railroad ten
thousand dollars or satisfactory equivalent, to be forfeited un-
less purchase money should be paid as required by the Trustees.
The salesman also announced by same direction that in pay-
ment for said roads nothing would be received except cash or-
its equivalent. It was conceived by the Trustees that these
sums named would secure the Internal Improvement Fund from
damage in case of failure on the part of purchasers to pay the
price bid, upon due execution and the presentation of deed or
deeds. After reciting several provisions and requirements of
the Act named, the salesman proceeded to sell each road and its
property, and Franklin Dibble and his associates being the*
highest and best bidders for each road, having bid for the Pen-
sacola and Georgia Railroad and all its property the sum of twelve
hundred and twenty thousand ($1,220,000) dollars, and for the
Tallahassee Railroad and all its property one hundred and
ninety-five thousand ($195,000) dollars, were declared the pur-
chasers, and immediately thereafter, upon arrival at the
State House, said Franklin Dibble, representing himself and his
associates, presented to the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees
an authorized check upon a well-known house in New York
City for the sixty thousand dollars forfeit money. This being
satisfactory to the owner of over a million dollars of bonds of
said roads, being approved by George W. Swepson, Esq., and
satisfactory to the Trustees present, was received by the Trea-
surer.
Afterwards, within a few days, and while awaiting the return
of the Governor to the State to join in the execution of the
deeds of the roads, the said purchasers requested the Trustees
to execute to F. Dibble, on behalf of himself and his associates,
deeds of said roads and their propc-rtyt, andd present them in
New York City for the payment o:: purchase, money, stating
that fill payment would be made- immediately upon pre--
sentation. To this request the Trustees acceded. The
deeds were duly executed, and the Attorney General and
Comptroller directed and empowered to proceed to New York to
present the deeds and receive payment. This they did, receiv-
ing bonds of the Pensacola and Georgia Railroad Company
to the amount of eight hundred and six thousand six hundred
($806,600) dollars, and bonds of the Tallahassee Railroad Com-
pany to the amount of one hundred and fifty-three thousand
seven hundred ($153,700) dollars. The Pensacola and Georgia
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Railroad bonds were received at par. The Tallahassee Railroad
bonds were received at between ninety-four and ninety-five
cents on the dollar.
The difference between the sum represented by said bonds,
for which sum they were taken, and the sum bid for the two
roads, was turned over to George W. Swepson, Esq., as confi-
dential agent of the board of trustees, in accordance with a res-
olution of said board, to enable him as such agent to take up
the outstanding 1st mortgage bonds of said companies. To-day
the said board holds the receipt of said Swepson for four hun-
dred and seventy-two thousand and sixty-five ($472,065) dollars.
In the appointment of an agent to take up the outstanding
bonds instead of retaining the proceeds of sale in their own
hands, the trustees have followed the course pursued by the
trustees in all former and similar cases in this State; and no
security by the agent having been previously required, and the
entire responsibility of Mr. Swepson being well known and con-
ceded in this State, no security was required from him.
The trustees understand that since accepting the agency, Mr.
Swepson has taken up many thousand dollars of said bonds;
how many, they are not informed, but are informed that within
the last few days about one hundred and fifty thousand have
been retired by him.
Previous to the organization of the present State government,
two other railroads were sold in this State by the Trustees of
the Internal Improvement Fund. In the sale of each, the trus-
tees then in office were unable to realize a sum sufficient to take
up the outstanding bonds at over twenty (20) cents on the dol-
lar. The present trustees having been able through the sales
made by them to take up over a million dollars of bonds on the
road sold, the majority at par, the remainder at nearly par, and
still holding in the hands of their agent, a sum sufficient to re-
tire every outstanding first mortgage bond on the Pensacola and
Georgia Railroad at par, and on the Tallahassee Railroad at
over ninety-four cents on the dollar, submit that the sales made
by them have been extremely favorablei s _es f the bondhold-
ers and the Internal Improvement Fulnd.
HARRVISON- ]REED, Governor.
FEANK W. WEBSTER, Surveyor-General.
S. B. CONOVER, Treasurer.
R. H. GAMBLE, Comptroller.
J. S. ADAMs, Com. of Immigration.
A. R. MEEK, Attorney-General.
Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund
of the State of Florida.





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Which was read, and on motion of Mr. Raney, ordered to be
spread upon the journal of to-day.
A bill to be entitled An Act to Amend the Second Section of
An Act for the Pay of State Attorneys and County Judges, ap-
proved February 1, 1869;
Was read the second time, ordered for the third reading on
to-miorrow.
The following bills were signed by the Speaker and Chief
Clerk of the Assembly :
An Act to amend Section Nine of An Act entitled An Act to
Establish a Uniform System of Common Schools, and a Uni-
versity;
Also :
An Act Defining the Duties and Powers of State Attorneys,
md Authorizing the Judge to Appoint a Prosecuting Attorney
in the Event of the Absence of the State Attorney.
Onl motion, the Assembly adjourned until to-morrow morning
ten o'clock.



SATURDAY, June 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, Black, Cheshire,
Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Forward, Gra-
ham, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, Mills, Moore of Colum-
bia, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Osgood, Pittman, Pons,
Powell, Raney, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Smith, Stewart, Stone,
Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, Watson, Wells, and White.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion, the further reading of yesterday's Journal was
dispensed with, and the Journal approved.
On motion of Mr. Raney, IMr. Bradwell of Liberty, was ex-
:used until next Tuesday morning, from attendance on the As-
sembly.
Henry Cox, (page,) was excused for to-day on account of



sickness.
The followinglbills were introduced by inalnimous consent of
the Assembly:
By Mr. Raney:
A bill to be entitled An Act to amend the Third Section of
the Thirteenth Chapter of An Act to Provide for the Punish-






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inmct of Crime and Proceedings in (Crimiini Cases, approved
August 6th, 1868 ;
By Mr. Watson:
A bill to be entitled An Act to Incorporate the Soluth Florida
Railroad Company ;
By Mr. Butler:
A bill to be entitled An Act to amend the Act entitled Ai
Act fixing the time for holding the Circuit Courts of this State."
approved August 5th, 1868;
"Which were received and placed among the orders of the day.

ORDERS OF THE D)AY.

A-bill to be entitled An Act to Amend the Second Section of
An Act for the Pay of State Attorneys and County Judges, ap-
proved February 1st, 1869;
Was read the second time, and on motion of Mr. McKinnon,
referred to Committee on Judiciary.
A bill to be entitled An Act to Amend! the Act entitled Al
Act Fixing the Times for Holding the Circuit Courts of this
State," approved August 5th, 868 :
Was read first time.
Rules suspended, read the second and third times, and put
upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Black, Cheshire, Cox,
Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Forward, Fortune,
Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McKinnon, Moore of Colum-
bia, Moore of Hillsborough, Pittman, Powell, Raney, Rodgers.
Scott, Simpson, Smith, Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart,
Walker, Watson, Wells, and White-3 6.
Nays-None.
Bill passed.
A bill to be entitled An Act to Amend the Third Section of
the Thirteenth Chapter of An Act to Provide for the Punish-
ment of Crime, and Proceedings in Criminal Cases," approved
August 6th, 1868;
Was read first time.
Rules suspended,
Read the second time:
Mr. Harris moved to amend by iusertino '" ten" instead of
"twenty" in the blank;
Which was not agreed to.
Under a suspension of the rules,
The bill was read the third time, and put upon its passage.
The vote was








Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Black, Cheshire,
Iruce, )eLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Forward, Fortune,
G raham, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McKinnon,
Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough, Oliver, Osgood,
Pittman, Pons, Powell, Raney, Robinson; Rodgers, Scott, Simp-
son, Smith, Stewart, Stone, Thompson, UTrquhart, Walker, Wat-
"son, Wells, and White-41.
Nays-None.
Bill passed.
A bill to be entitled An Act to Incorporate the South Florida'
Railroad Company;
Was read first time, and on motion of Mr. Scott, referred to
(Commnittee on Railroads.
Rules suspended,
)On motion of Mr. Scott, the vote taken yesterday indefinitely
postponingl a bill to be entitled An Act to Amend the First
Section of An Act in Relation to Fees to be Charged by the
Public Officers of the State whose Fees are Prescribed by Law,
approved December 11th, 1866;
Was reconsidered and refrre(d to the Judiciary Committee.
Rules suspended,
Mr. Erwin offered the following resolution :
Resolved, That the Committee on Legislative Expenses be
and they are hereby authorized to report a bill or Joint Reso-
lution allowing mileage to members of the Legislature for at-
tendance' on the extraordinary sessi o of the Legislature in
November, A. D.- 1868, convened by proclamation of His Ex-
cellency the G governor;
Which was read and adopted.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER,
TAI- ,rlA.ASSEE, Fla., June 19th, 1869. }
]on. M. L. STEARNS, Spe:aker of the Assembly :
Sm : I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable
Aody that the Senate has adopted Assembly Joint Resolution
askingg information in relation to expenditures for repairs of
the Capitol," with Senate amendment thereto, to which the
,oncurrence of the Assembly is respectfully asked;
Also:
Senate Concurrent Resolution relative to adjournment.
I am also directed by the Senate in conformity to your re-
quest of the 17th instant, to return herewith Joint Resolution
". native to the correspondence of the Comptroller relative to the
"sale of State bonds."
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MTUNDEE, Secretary.







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Which was road, and the Senate amendments to Assenmb-ly
Joint Resolution concurred in.
Senate resolution placed among the orders of the day.
The Speaker appointed Messrs. Walker, Harman, Raney, aind
\Vhite, a Committee on the part of the Assembly to act with a
Joint Committee, pursuant to the following Joint Resolution, re-
ported by the Committee on Retrenchment, and adopted by the
Assembly on yesterday:
A Joint Resolution to appoint a Joint Committee on Amend-
ment of the Constitution.
Resolved by the Assembly, the Senate concurring, That a Com-
mittee on Amendment of the Constitution be appointed, consist-
ing of four members on the part of the Assembly, and three mem-
bers from the Senate, with instructions to report at the com-
mencement of the next regular session of the Legislature, such
amendments thereto as they deem appropriate.
Rules suspended, Mr..Simpson offered the following:
A bill to be entitled An Act to Provide for the Revenues for
Common Schools in accordance with the Constitution;
Which was read first time.
On motion of Mr. Scott, the Assembly took a recess until three
o'clock this afternoon.


THREE O'CLOCK, P. M.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to their
names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Cox, Filer, Forward,
Graham, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McKinnon, Mills,
Pittman, Pons, Powell, Robinson, Rodgers, Simpson, Smith,
Stone, Thompson, Walker, and Wells-25.
Not a quorum present.
On motion of Mr. Wells, the Assembly adjourned until Mon-
day morning, 10 o'clock.



MONDAY, June 21st, 1869.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Black, Cheshire,
Cox, DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Forward, For-






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tune, Grahai, IHarman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, Mc-
Kinnon, Mills, Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough,
Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Powell, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers,
Scott, Simpson, Smith, Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart,
Walker, Watson, Wells, and White.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion, further reading of Saturday's Journal was dis-
pensed with, and the Journal approved.
On motion of Mr. Moore of Columbia, Mr. Watson was ex-
cused from further attendance on the Assembly after to-day.
Mr. Erwin moved to reconsider the vote taken on the resolu-
tion offered by Mr. Hodges on Friday in reference to the use of
the Assembly Hall.
Not agreed to.
On motion, Mr. Tompkins, Assistant Clerk, was excused for
the day on account of sickness.
Mr. Harris offered the following resolution:
Resolved by the Assembly, the Senate-concurring, That a com-
mittee of five, consisting of three from the Assembly and two
from the Senate, shall be appointed by the Chair, whose duty
it shall be to ascertain what amount of stationery was pur-
chased for the first session of the Legislature of 1868, what
amount was used, what remained over, and what disposition
was made of the same, and report at the next regular session of
the Legislature, with power to send for persons and papers,
and examine witnesses under oath;
Which was adopted.
Mr. Cox offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the use of this Hall be given to Professor J.
W. Toer for a scientific lecture on this (Monday) evening, June
21st.
Resolution adopted.
The following messages were received from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 19th, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEA]-NS, Speaker of the Assembly:
Sn : I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable
body that the Senate has this day passed Assembly Bill No. 11,
a bill to be entitled An Act in Relation to Certain Executions
which have Issued from the Courts of Justices of the Peace for
Sums over Fifty Dollars;"
Also:
Senate Bill No. 2, relating to the St. Johns Railway Company ;
Also:







Senate Bill -No. 3, i bill to be entiiled An Act for the Assess-
ment and Collection of Revenue.
Senate Bill No. s, a bill to be entitled An Act, to Amend
Section Nineteen of An Act entitled '" An Act to Incorporate
the Lake City and Suwannee Railroad, -
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARiLES MIUNDEE, Sec tairy.

Assembly bills ordered enrolled.
Senate bills placed among the orders of the day.
The following reports from the Treasurer and Comptr:'oller
were received, 'read and ordered spread upon the Journal:

REPORT.

OFFICE OF TRIEASURERI,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 18th, 1869. \
Hon. M. L. STEARNs, Spdaker of the Assembly:
SIR: In compliance with a Joint Resolution requiring the
Comptroller and Treasurer to lay before the Legislature all
information and correspondence in their possession" concerning
" the five hundred thousand dollars in State bonds authorized
by the two last sessions of the Legislature," I would state
that the law authorizing the issue of these bLonds vests the en-
tire control of their sale or hypothecation in the Comptroller,
and the correspondence in my possession n any way relating
to the subject does not seem to me to be required in the object
sought to be attained; but in accordance with the wording of
the resolution I submit the following :


EXECUTIVE OFFICE, )
TALLAKASSEE, Fla., May 18th, 1869.
SIR: I desire to be informed whether any provisions have
been made by your department for the payment of the interest
on our State bonds issued last December, which falls due on the
1st June proximo. One hundred and seventy thousand dollars
of these bonds are out, and the interest should be promptly
met at the State agency in New York City, as the law requires,
or the credit of the State will be seriously impaired.
Very respectfully, yours, &c,,
(Signed) HIARRISON RE-ED,
Governor.
Hon. S. B. CONOVER,
State Treasurer.



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OFFICE OF TREASURER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 18th, 1869.
Si: I have no official information advising me as to what
amount of the securities of the State of the class referred to by
you are in the hands of private parties. There is no register of
the State bonds issued last December in this office, nor am I
*advised as to what numbers of the bonds are in the hands of
"private parties, or what amount is sufficient to meet interest
liabilities upon the same.
I am not officially advised of any State agency in New York.
Under the financial policy devised by the Legislature I am
invested with no power to make provision for the payment of
any State liabilities of this particular character to the exclusion
of any other, beyond what is authorized by the fifth section
of the Act approved August 6th, 1868. This Act makes it my
duty to reservefrom the taxes a sufficient amount to pay interest,
&c., but under existing laws, State warrants and certificates
being the medium of the payment of taxes, I have been unable
9so to do. -
Sections 2 and 3 of the law approved February 1st, 1869,
direct an application of the proceeds of the sale of the securities
therein authorized. Under the provisions of the several Acts,
the purpose of which was to build up our State credit, the
control of these bonds is placed in the Comptroller, over whose
acts I have no control, and who is not directed by law to ad-
vise me. I suppose he is more familiar with the state of things,
'and I therefore deliver to him a copy of your communication, as
well as a copy of this, with a request that he will advise me
vhat bonds have been sold.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
(Signed) S. B. CONOVER,
State Treasurer.
His Excellency IIARlRISON REED,
Governor of Florida.

OFFICE OF TREASURER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 18th, 1869. 5
DEARI SIR: I hand you herewith a copy of a communication
addressed to me by His Excellency Harrison Reed, Governor,
and also a copy of my reply. I have the honor to request that
you will as soon as conveeiet, furnish me with a list of the
bonds referred to that have been sold to this date.
Very truly yours,
(Signed) ". B. CONOVER,1
Hon. R. H. GAMBLE, State Treasurer.
Comptroller.







EXECUTIVE OFFICE,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 18, 1869.
Sin: You are hereby formally notified (as you have been here-
tofore informally) that the National Trust Company of the City
of New York, has been selected by the Governor, under the
law approved August 6, 1868, as the place where the bonds and
coupons authorized by said act shall be redeemed and paid, and
with which the Treasurer is authorized and directed to deposit
funds for that purpose.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, &c.,
(Signed) HARRISON REED,
Governor.
Hon. S. B. CONOVER,
State Treasurer.

OFFICE OF COMPTROLLER, 1
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 22, 1869.
SIR: In your communication of the 18th inst., you wished me
to furnish you with a list of the oonds that have been sold to
this date, of the bonds authorized to be issued by the act ap-
proved August 6, 1868, and the act approved February 1st,
1869-entitled An Act to fund the outstanding debt of the
State."
The following are the only ones sold that I have any knowl-
edge of, viz: Numbers 138, 139, 170 and 171 to Harrison Reed,
Governor,-4 bonds of $1000 each, $4000. Numbers 102
to 137 inclusive, to A. B. Hawkins, 36 bonds of $1,000 each,
$36,000. Number 1, sold by Governor Reed to O. E. Austin,
Commissioner of Immigration, $1000. Whole amount sold
to date, $41,000.
Numbers 2 to 101 inclusive-100 bonds of $1000 each,
making $100,000, were hypothecated to Mr. Swepson, of North
Carolina, for $50,000.
Numbers 140 to 169 inclusive, 30 bonds of $1000 each,
making $30,000, were not turned over to me by Governor
Reed, nor has this office been notified of the sale of the same if
sold.
Yours respectfully,
(Signed) R. H. GAMABLE,
Comptroller.
Hon. S. B. CONOVEr,,
Treasurer, Tallahassee, Fla.


I have received from the Comptroller on account of the sale
and hypothecation of these bonds, in cash, $99,854.46, and






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in State Scrip," $11,358.50. From His Excellency Gover-
nor Reed, I have received in State Scrip" $23,500, making
a total received on account of the bonds in question of $134,
712.96.
Fifty thousand dollars in cash, received last February, was
expended in the payment of the expenses of the last session of
the Legislature, and other incidental and contingent expenses
of the State, upon Comptroller's warrants and Treasurer's certifi-
cates.
Of the 850,000 in cash received from the hypothecation of
bonds in May of the present year, $12,000 is now in the
Treasury and deposited to my credit with Messrs. Soutter &
Co., 53 William St., New York, which amount I have retained
to pay the mileage of the members of the present session of the
Legislature, and other expenses of the same, and also to pay the
interest due June 1st inst., on seventy-one thousand dollars of
the bonds understood to be sold. The law authorizing these
bonds directs the application of the proceeds to the paying of
" any amount which may be found due from the State to the
School or Seminary fund, together with the outstanding floating
debt of the State; but however desirable might be a consumma-
tion of this intention, I have been compelled, in consequence of
many cash contracts that had been made, largely for the Peni-
tentiary, to refrain from redeeming any considerable amount of
the floating debt, but have endeavored to meet most of the nec-
essary incidental contingent expenses accruing during the last
several months, thus to prevent any further large amount of
"Scrip from coming into circulation.
I have paid on account of the Contingent Fund for the State
since the 1st August last, $13,161.14, and on account of
the Contingent Fund for Governor, during the same period,
$6,190.85.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, &c.,
S. B. COXOVEE,
State Treasurer.

COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 19th, 1869.
Hox-.. M. L.STEA'RNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
In reply to sundry interrogatories propounded to me in a
resolution adopted on the 15th inst., I have to state, that on the
6th February, 1869, I placed in the hands of G. W. Swepson, as
security, 100 State bonds of $1,000 each, at six per cent., on
which I procured a loan of $50,000, at the rate of eight per
cent.
On the 12th February, 1869, I sold to Dr. A. B. Hawkins, 36







State bonds of 1869, with coupons attached, amounting to the
sum of $36,360, in exchange for which I received fi-om him 25
7 per cent State bonds, issued in 1867, with coupons due and un-
paid, amounting to the sum of 28,208.34
And in State scrip, .. 8,158.50

$36,366.84
On the 27th February, 1869, I sold to Governor Reed four
bonds at 80 cents in State scrip, amounting to $3,200. On
the 22d May, 1869, I placed in the hands of Soutter & Co., for
sale, 247 bonds, on which they advanced $20,000, at the rate of
seven per cent. per annum interest, and commissions at the rate
of half of one per cent, per month.
On the 22d May, 1869, I borrowed from the "New York
Warehouse and Security Company," $32,800 at seven per cent.
per annum, and four per cent. commissions, and I paid interest
and commissions down to 25th November, 1869; for security I
left in the hands of the company 82 bonds, they having author-
ity to sell, at public or private sale, on default of payment at
the expiration of six months.
Governor Reed sold on 1st January, 1869, one bond for 81,000
in State scrip, to O. E. Austin, which amount he has paid into
the State Treasury.
Thirty State bonds of $1,000 each of the 300 thousand au-
thorized to be issued under the act of 1868, were not turned
over to me by Governor Reed, but on the 15th inst. he paid
into the State Treasury $22,500 on bond account, which is the
amount for which said bonds were authorized to be sold.
SYNOPSIS.
429 bonds particularly mentioned in another part of this re-
port.
40 sold by me.
31 not turned over to'.me by Governor Reed, but ac-
counted for in this report.

500 whole amount of bonds authorized to be issued by acts of
1868 and 1869.
With that portion of the resolution which calls for copies of
all letters regarding the bonds, I regret that I cannot fully
comply, as a considerable part of the correspondence was left
by me in New York, for reasons that will appear in this com-
mmni cation.
In August, 1868, the Legislature directed the issuing of bonds
to the amount of $300,000, to be put at the disposal of the Gov-
ernor, to relieve the wants of the State, and in January last,
(1869), the same authority ordered an additional amount of







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"$200,000 to be issued; but the act of January last put all the
bonds, as well those issued under the act of August, 1868, as
those to be issued under that of January, 1869, under the con-
trol of this department, and thus it became my duty to nego-
tiate the sale of the whole.
In the latter part of March, and before the last $200,000
were printed, I was applied to by Col. T. W. Osborn, who
was in Washington, through Major S. Conant of this city, to
let him know if I would sell all the unsold bonds at the mini-
mum price fixed by the act, which was seventy-five cents in the
dollar. Wishing to procure as high a price as possible, I asked
two weeks to decide, and immediately wrote to a banking firm
of high standing in New York asking their advice; they advised
me to sell if I could get seventy-five cents in the dollar for six
per cent. bonds of a Southern State.
Being then reminded that I had promised. to give Col. Os-
born an answer in two weeks, I wrote to him immediately that
I would accept his offer.
I cannot copy or quote from the correspondence of Col. Os-
born and Mr. D. C. Willard; (a party brought in by him), be-
cause, as I have stated, part of the correspondence was left in
New York; but the 7th of April was designated as the day for
delivering the bonds at the price agreed upon. Finding that I
would have to be in New York at a later day, say the 15th of
April, I wrote to Col. Osborn to learn whether or not the time
first proposed for the delivery of the bonds could be postponed
till the 15th of April. He answered that he would be in Wash-
ington until the 19th; and I inferred from this answer that a
few days' delay would not be material; and I started from this
city on the 12th, and arrived in Washington on the 16th of
April. Col. Osborn then told me I was too late; that the par-
ties who wished to purchase the bonds would not wait. I ex-
pressed surprise, and referred to my letter to him and to his
reply, and remarked that from his saying he would be -in Wash-
ington until the 19th, I naturally inferred that any day earlier
than the 19th would be in time. He remarked that when he
sent his dispatch to me he thought a few days would make no
difference, but he found he was mistaken; and he expressed the
belief that if I would go to New York the negotiation could be
re-opened. I accordingly went to New York, and immediately
put myself in communication with the parties to whom Col. Os-
born referred me. After efforts of several days' duration, and
after having agreed with the party fully upon all the terms of
sale, he suddenly declined to take and pay for the bonds.
After the negotiation ceased, I was surprised by a suit brought
against me as Comptroller of the State, by a Mr. D. C. Willard,







(one of the parties I have before referred to,) upon a pretended
claim to a large sum, viz. : The sum of $25,000 on the pre-
tended sale of bonds, (although I had expressly informed him
from the first that I would pay no commissions). Before I left
the city he offered to drop the suit if I would pay his expenses.
This suit it was, that caused me to leave a portion of the cor-
respondence I have referred to, with the gentlemen whom I em-
ployed to resist Willard's claim.
Two or three days after I had written to Col. Osborn accept-
ing his offer, I received from Governor Reed, who was then in
Washington, a letter-a copy of which is hereto appended,
(marked "A.") As it was marked private, I felt great repug-
nance to communicate it without his consent, (although it re-
lates exclusively to a public transaction;) and I have not done
so. I regret that I cannot give at copy of my reply; I am not
sure that I considered it necessary to take a copy; if I did so, I
have misplaced it. The purport of my answer, however, was
that I could not comply with his request to send him authority
to sell bonds, as they were considered already sold, for at that
time Ihad no doubt that they were sold. A few days after-
wards I received from Governor Reed a telegram, a copy of
which is hereto appended, (marked" B.") In this dispatch the
Governor. says he had sold the bonds by my authority.' This is
a mistake. I never for a moment entertained the thought of
placing the bonds under his control.
As Governor Reed appears to have taken pains to propagate
the belief that I had given him authority to sell the bonds, I am
constrained, for my own justification, to refer to what took place
at the time the last bonds were authorized to be issued.
By the act of August, 1868, as has been stated, all the bonds
authorized by it were to be under the sole control of the Gover-
nor. The bill introduced in the Legislature in January, 1869,
in its original shape, directed the additional bonds for $200,000
to be placed at the disposal of the Governor and the Comptrol-
ler. I was not aware of this feature until the bill had passed
both houses, but hearing of this before it was enrolled, and con-
Ssidering it inexpedient, if not unwise, to charge two persons
equally with an important duty, the purpose of which might be
frustrated by their disagreement, I suggested to two gentlemen
of the Senate, where the bill originated, that it was desirable to
recall it, in order that it might be amended. It wuas recalled.
I then proposed that the Comptroller should be struck out, and
that all the bonds should be put under the control of the Gov-
ernor alone; but to my surprise and regret, they were all, inclu-
ding those authorized by the act of 1868, placed under the con-
trol of this office. I again tried to be exempted, but the party






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to whom I made the request refused it on the ground that the
duty required to be performed, properly pertained to the Comp-
troller.
There are other reasons for my declining to act in the matter
under a joint commission.
In his telegraphic dispatch the Governor says I gave him
authority to sell the bonds at the moment of his leaving (this
place) for Washington City. This did not occur. But when
about to leave he remarked to me, in substance, "I can be.of
service to you, while I am in Washington, in selling the bpnds."
I recollect feeling embarrassed at the moment, but I had fully
made up my mind that I could not authorize him to sell; and
after a moment's reflection, I. simply replied that I would be glad
to hear from him what could be done-or words to this effect.
Now, I would ask-is it credible that while I was so unwilling
to share responsibility with him as to propose such a change in
the law as would exempt me from any responsibility, I would
for a moment think of making him the agent, to do an act for
which the law made me alone responsible ?
I did not reply to Governor Reed's telegram, as I heard that
lie was expected here in a few days.
When he returned I had an interview with him, at which I
informed him that I could not in good faith break off the ne-
gotiation with Colonel Osborn, though Governor Reed still de-
sired it. When that failed, Governor Reed was in New York,
and hearing that I was ready to take up his sale or negotiation,
he put me in communication with the President of the First
National Loan Association of New York- (I think this was the
name), whom I found a courteous, intelligent gentleman. He
,carefully examined the statement of the finances of Florida,
and said that he did not wish to purchase bonds, but would
loan forty cents on the dollar at seven per cent. interest.
This I would have accepted, but it was to be on call;" that is
to say, the loan must be paid whenever called for. I did
not feel authorized to accept such terms.

[Private.]
"A"
EMPIRE HOUSE, 456 PENNA. AVENUE,
WASHINGTON, March 11, 1869.
MYr DEIAR Sin: I think I can effect a sale of our bonds entire
either through Jay Cooke & Co. or the First National Bank of
New York. I have just commenced negotiations, and it will be
necessary to have your authority, under the law, to conclude
anything. Please forward, under seal of office, such authority,






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with instructions and limitations as the law requires, and I will
go immediately to New York and endeavor to consummate anr
arrangement. In the meantime I will follow up the negotia-
tions here with a view to an alternative. Everything looks
well and propitious for our future. *
Please give me proper instructions and authority by return
mail.



Very truly, yours, etc.,
Hi
Col. R. H. GAMBLE.
NOTE.-A portion of the letter of which the
has been omitted, the portion omitted not
bonds, but of a private character.



XRRISOXN IEED.



above is
relating



a copy
to the



" B.



Dated New York, March 22, 1869.
Received at 10 A. M.
To R. H. Gamble.
Yours of the 16th received. Your arrangement will be ruin-
ous to me, and compel my resignation if carried out.
I was offered 75 by Jay Cooke & Co., and agreed to deliver if
I could not get more here. I acted on your direction given at
the moment of starting, and my faith is pledged.
The negotiation by Osborn gives him entire control of politi-
cal affairs, if sanctioned, and my honor is gone.
Answer. Gov. REED,
Astor House.


A List of Wacrrants issued from July 18th, 1868, to June 161th,
1869, pacable out of the Contingent Fund for the State.



68.



Warrant



No.



18 739 To Henry Francis, for services in cleaning out water-
closets in Capitol...................................
18 740 To W. M. Mcintosh, for postage stamps for Comptrol-
ler's Office........... ..........................
30 756 To A. H. Cole, for expenses to Washington, D. C., un-
der Resolution approved January 2d, 1866 ...........
3 761 To Harrison Reed, Governor, for telegrams, transporta-
tion, stamps, &c.................................
15 1176 To E. H. Reed, for stationery, lamps, oil, &c..........
29 1190 To J. J. Yokum, for binding books for Secretary of
State.... ......... .............................
1 1192 To C. L. Hatch, Jr., for telegrams by Governor Reed..
4 1194 To C. L. Newhall, for labor in State Library in arrang-
ing books................. .. .
4 1195 To J. Q. Dickinson, for services in completing the re-
cords of the Senate..............................
5 1210 To W. H. Avery, P. M., for postage stamps, &c........



18(
July



Aug.



Sept.



6.00
150.00
309.05
32.25
10.00
26.11
10.00
297.00
BaS.f







65



Warrant



To C.
to 1248



L. Hatch, Jr., for telegrams by Gov. Reed.......
To E. M. Cheney, for printing blanks, &c. for



1868. No.
Oct. 3 1227
5 1245



the State.......................... ......
5 1253 To J. J. Yokum, for binding books for Secretary of
State ...... .....
21 1278 To W. H. Avery, P. M., for postage, &c...............
23 1283 To E. M. Cheney, for copies of Sentinel containing
laws, &c.................. ...............
30 1295 To E. M. Cheney, for printing Treasurer's Certificates,



( c..................................................
Nov. 4 1311 To Lucien Grant, for services as night watchman at
Capitol................ ............ ..... ..........
6 1314 to 1355 and 1360 To Members of Legislature for mileage



at extra session in 186..............................
6 1437 To Dr. Wm. F. Robertson, for services as health officer
at St. M arks ...... ...................... ...
14 142 To Henry Cook, for services as servant, &c., at Capitol
16 1430 To Geo. B. Carse, for travelling expenses of self a*l
Lieutenant-Governor to Chattahoochee..............
20 143o To J. J. Yokurn, for binding copies of laws for Execu-
tive office........................................
'0 1447 To J. H. Bull, for filling up 430 commissions to State
officers................. .......... ..............
30 1451 To Apalachicola Reporter, for publishing orders, circu-
lars, & c................. ... .... ...................
"1 1452 To Reed & Mather, for stationery for Legislature, &c..
4 1463 To D L. Oakley, Sheriff, for expenses incurred under
orders from Gov. Reed.........................
I 1464 To Geo. J. Alden, for lumber and work done in Secre-
tary of State's office..............................
4 1465 To Geo. J. Alden, for postage, express freight, &c., for
Secretary of State's office.........................
9 1472 To Hiram Potter, Jr., for printing Treasurer's Certifi-
cates....... ....................................
10 1474 To E. H. Reed, agent for Corlies, Macy & Co., for lith-
ographing and printing 300 bonds...................
10 1475 To Hiram Potter, Jr., for publishing copies of Govern-
or's Proclamations...............................
10 1476 To G. W. Bogue, for postage stamps..................
10 1477 To C. L. Hatch, Jr., for telegrams.....................
14 1487 To Heir & Craig, for rations for recruits for guard to
State Penitentiary............... ..............
14 1488 To Dr. Samuel Whiting, for medical examination of 45
men as guard for Penitentiary......... ...........
16 1503 To M. Martin, for balls and chains and tools for Peni-
tentiary ................ ............. ..............
17 1505 To John Clark, for provisions for Penitentiary.........
30 1560 To Wm. Slusser, for sundry articles of kitchen fur-
niture for Penitentiary............... ............
J0 1562 To S. B. Conover, for sundry small contingent items as
shown by vouchers therewith filed..................



Jan. 5
9
11
11-
Ii
11

U



36
60
72
72
72
72
72
73



To
To
To
To
To
To
To
To



J. J. Yokum, for binding ..........................
Henry Cook, for services as servant at Capitol......
Harrison Reed, Governor, for freight on State arms.
do. do. do. for 45 copies of Floridian.
do. do. do. for 60 copies of Union..,
"do. do. do. for Express account.....
do. do. do. for Telegraph account....
do. do. do, for amount paid Damon



for candles.. .......... .............. ...



Dec.



Ih OP,



1.15



86.18

311.78

6.00
8.87

127.50

25.75

120.00

1,705.00
387.50
75.00

47.00

5.00

17.20

33.00
1,561.20

12. 50

69.61

139.14

25.00

730.00

61.00
49.00
9.02

60.00

45.00

51.50
94.50

91.87

134.88

322.80
75.00
108.00
3.50
3.00
10.65
86.37





66



39.



Warrant



-Vo.



186
Jan.



1868.
Dec. 15



Varran
N1o.
1489



15 1490

31 1564



Feb.



Contingent F und for Governor.



t



To Geo. B. Carse, for contingent expenses for Execu-
tive Department from July to date.................
To Harrison Reed, Governor, for expenses to Washing-
ton and New York, and secret service, &c.........
To J. D. Westcott, Jr., agent, for expenses to New
York as agent to negotiate sale of bonds.....$ .67.00
Amount paid for seals for county court..........267.00
Amount paid for interest due on loan to State...264.43
Amount express charges on seals............ .. 31.00-



$588.50

1,722.60



629.43



13 96 To J. C. Gibbs, for sundries for Secretary of State's
office..................... .....................
13 97 To Col. R. H. Gamble, for postage for Comptroller's
offi ce.............. ................................ .
14 100 To Geo. J. Arnow, for services as Solicitor in collecting
old claim .......... ................... ..
15 105 To J. S. Adams, for 1,000 copies of Manual of Florida.*
29 186 To Wm. A. Nowlin, for wood for Capitol..............
29 187 To Reed & Mather, for stationery.....................
29 188 To John Clark, for provisions for Penitentiary.........
29 189 To I. C. Jeffreys, for freight to Penitentiary...........
2 207 To J. P. Sanderson, for services in impeachment case..
2 420 To W. H. Myers, agent, for freight bills..............
4 437 To G. A. Chaires, for wood for Capitol............
4 440 To Geo. B. Carse, for services as Governor's Private
Secretary............................................
6 449 To D. B. Meginniss, for wood for Capitol..............
6 454 To R. H. Gamble, for expenses, &c., going to Georgia
on public business....................... ..........
8 40 To J. J. Yokum, for binding Warrant book............
10 460 To Geo. Damon, for provisions for Penitentiary......
11 467 To J. T. Bernard, for report on liability of U. S. for
bonds of Union Bank of Florida...................
11 470 To Harrison Thomas, for lightwood for Capitol, and
chopping .....................................
13 484 To L. D. Ball, Clerk, for copy of Decree m Chancery..
16 498 To R. Hawkins, for services as watchman at Capitol...
17 499 To J. D. Westcott, Jr., Attorney-General, for postage..
18 511 To Reed & Mather, for stationery... .............
19 512 To Floridian office, for printing and publishing........
19 526 To Bolling Baker, for services as acting State's Attorney
24 532 To S. B Conover, for sundry accounts paid by him....
27 560 To E. Houstoun, agent, for expenses to New York to
negotiate a loan...................... .............
27 562 To Harrison Reed, Governor, for clerk hire in Secretary
of State's office, &c.................................
6 582 To East Florida Banner, for papers.............. .....
13 656 To J. A. Edmondson, for wood for Capitol............
1 1 683 To Henry Cook, for services as servant at Capitol.....
1 731 To D. Cameron, P. M., for postage, &c... ..........
1 736 To Robert Braden, for services as watchman at Capitol
10 756 To J. J. Yokum, for binding tax books................
3 1 868 To Harrison Reed, Governor, for telegraph expenses...
2 876 To W. H. Avery, P. M., for postage stamps, &c.......
9 983 To Reed & Mather, for stationery.......... ........
9 988 To Harrison Reed, Governor, for horse and buggy hire.

T otal.....................................



$22.86

4.97

439.71
350.00
500.00
323.45
243.88
52.04
1,150.00
197.50
60.00

300.00
120.00

97.87
3.50
49.00

500.00

135.00
3.75
75.00
6.50
1,166.75
109.00
250.00
158.06

150.00

175.00
12.75
50.00
75.00
60.51
25.00
150.25
10.15
73.77
95.75
135.00

814,891.23



4



Mar.

April


June







1869.



Warrant
No.



Jan. 1 1 To M. D. Papy, for services as Attorney in case State
vs. gleason.................................. .....
1 2 To A. J. Peeler, for do. do. do. do. ..
9 58 To Peter Rodgers, for expenses burying a pauper......
9 59 To Col. M. Martin, for hire of horse and team.........
16 113 To I. C. Jeffreys, for hauling for Penitentiary.... ....
Fee. 4 439 To Harrison Reed, Governor, for police services,
freight, &c.. ............ .... ..... ........
10 461 To Harrison Reed, Governor, for DeBow's Review and
horse to Eichelberger...................................
24 540 To Harrison Reed, Governor, for amount paid to R. H.
Black for special services..........................
27 561 To Harrison Reed, Governor, for amount paid S. Whit-
ing for services as Private Secretary.................
April 6 729 To Harrison Reed, Governor, for expenses to Washing-
ton and New York.. .... ...........o.............
June 1 867 To Harrison Reed, Governor, for expenses to Washing-
ton, and freight...........................
2 872 To S. Whiting, for services as Governor's Private Sec-
retary. ............. ................... .......



Total. ... ..... ........................ $6,200.85
Respectfully,
R. H. GAMBLE,
Comptroller.

The following message was received from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 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 passed Assembly Bill No. 12, "An
Act to Amend the Act entitled An Act Fixing the Times for
Holding the Circuit Courts of this State, approved August 5th,
1868," and adopted Assembly Joint Resolution "Relative to
Appointing a Joint Committee on Amendments of the Consti-
tution," and has appointed on the part of the Senate the follow-
ing Senators as committee: Messrs. Wentworth, Smith, and
Weeks.
The Senate has also concurred in amendment of Assembly to
Senate resolution in relation to England and the Alabama
claims,
And has laid on the table Assembly Bill No. 13, An Act to
Amend the Third Section of the Fourteenth Chapter of An Act
to Provide for Punishment of Crime and Proceedings in
Criminal Cases," approved August 6th, 1868.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.

Assembly Bill ordered to be enrolled.
Senate Bill placed among the orders of the day.



$500.00
500.00
7.50
10.00
25.00.
956.30
51.00
30.00
200.00'
348.62
331.90
300.00







ORDERS OF THE DAY.

A bill to be entitled An Act Prescribing the Number of Em-
.ployees of each Branch of the Legislature and their Compensa-
tion;
Read second time, and on motion of Mr. Harman, laid on the
table.
"Senate Bill No. 3, to be entitled An Act for the Assessment
and Collection of Revenue;
Was read first time.
On motion of Mr. McKinnon, the Assembly resolved itself
into a Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the
bill.
Mr. Moore of Columbia in the chair.
After some time spent therein, the committee rose, and
through their Chairman reported the bill back to the Assembly
with amendments, and ask leave, to sit again.
On motion of Mr. Black, the Assembly took a recess until
3 o'clock this afternoon.


THREE O'CLOCK, P.. "L

The Assembly resumed its session.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Black,
Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Forward, Gra-
ham, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, McKinnon, Mills, Moore of-
Columbia, Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Powell, Raney, Robinson,
Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Smith, Stewart, Stone, Thompson,
Urquhart, Walker, and White.
A quorum present.
The rule being suspended,
Mr. Moore of Columbia, Chairman of the Committee on Edu-
cation, made the following

REPORT.

ASSEMBLY HALL,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 17th, 1869. \
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly :
SIR: The Committee on Education, to whom was referred
the claims of certain teachers who taught under contract with
Rev. E. B. Duncan, have considered the same, and are of opinion



i),,






69



that no special relief bill is necessary, ,s the*last section of a
Joint Resolution passed last session provides the manner in
which such claims may be settled.
Respectfully,
W. W. MOORE, Chairman,
FRED. HILL,
A. B. OSGOOD,
G. W. BOSTICK,
H. H. FORWARD.
Which was read.
Mr. Raney, by consent of the Assembly, presented the fol-
lowed memorial:

To the lHonorable the Senate and
Assembly of the State of Florida:
The President and Directors of the Atlantic and Gulf Railroad
Company of the State of Georgia, duly incorporated under the
laws thereof, respectfully memorialize your Honorable Bodies,
that application is now being made to your Honorable Bodies
for the incorporation of a Company under the name and style of
the "' Jacksonville, Pensacola and Mobile Railroad Company,"
with the "'exclusive right" to build a Railroad from the terminus
of the Pensacola and Georgia Railroad at Quincy to the Alabama
State line in the direction of Mobile, and providing that no Rail-
road shall be allowed to cross and connect with said Jacksonville,
Pensacola and Mobile Railroad.
And your memorialists do further say, that it is the fixed pur-
pose of the said Atlantic and Gulf Railroad Company, in accor-
dance with its act of incorporation, to extend its present line of
Railroad from Bainbridge, in the State of Georgia, across the
State of Alabama on a line nearly parallel and nearly contiguous.
to the line proposed by the Jacksonville, Pensacola and Mobile
Railroad Company; said line across the State of Alabama being
duly authorized by special enactment of the General Assembly
of said State.
And your Memorialists do further say, that the establishment
of two Railroads terminating at a common point and on lines so
nearly approximate, must prove reciprocally detrimental, while
one Railroad located as a Main Trunk, with a view to the com-
mon interests of the people of Florida and of the Railroad enter-
prises hitherto carried out under their authority, would subserve
and promote every interest involved.
And your Memorialists do further say that the proposition by
which no Railroad shall be allowed to cross or connect with the
intended Railroad of the Jacksonville, Pensacola and Mobile
Railroad" Company is in manifest contravention of the commer-






70



cial liberties of the people of Florida, forcing them into an ui-
conditional dependence upon the absolute will of a monopoly,
uncontrolled by any just limitations of law or by the wholesome
competitions which are the only safeguards of the commercial, if
not as well of the social and political independence of communi-
ties, while the same principle of exclusion and monopoly will tend
inevitably, as your memorialists believe, to the establishment-of
a competition along the whole extent of the boundary line be-
tween the State of Florida and the States of Georgia and Ala-
bama, fatal eventually to the enterprise thus proposed to be au-
thorized and to the credit of the State of Florida, accumulating
upon her people the burthens of a greatly increased taxation im-
posed at once by the monopoly authorized, and then by the ne.
cessities of the State Government itself, first, to sustain and fi-
nally to redeem its credit from the bankruptcy of an an impossi-
ble commercial seclusion.
Your memorialists are not without conviction that these sug-
gestions are well founded. They revert to the past history of
the Railroad system of the State of Florida which has sunk into
general bankruptcy, mainly because, founded as it was in a prin-
ciple of commercial monopoly and seclusion, has proved itself in-
capable to fulfill the great purposes for which the system was de-
signed.
Failing to develop important sea-port markets either on the
Gulf of Mexico or on the Atlantic, this system has deprived the
people of the State of Florida of the easy access to the established
markets of the country or has forced them to reach these mar-.
kets either by a single Railway connection inconveniently loca-
ted, or by a circuitous, tedious and, uncertain route by water.-
As a consequence the commerce of the Statehas failed to receive
the full reflective power of the great commercial centres; her
Railroads dependent only upon local resources have staggered,
and finally sunk, under the weight of accumulated debt, while
the people themselves are still oppressed by taxation for a sys-
tem of Railroads which they have patriotically, but unwisely,
Sanctioned.
The single Railway connection heretofore alluded to does not
now, and can never, subserve in proper measure the necessities
of the people of Florida. No inhabitant of Florida can pass by it
beyond the State, no traveller can go by it into the State without
being forced over a needless circuit at needless expense. The
same facts hold good in the transportation of commodities as
well as of men. These are inconveniences of a serious nature
violently springing out of the conception of an exclusive system,
and proving but a sorry compromise with.the necessities of com-.
merce and society. But without even this single connection,





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such inconveniences would react upon the people with unsparing
power. In its absence they would completely realize the crush-
ing energy of a monopoly which, they would be compelled to
sustain and be powerless to revoke. They would find themselves
tributary to the creature of their own legislation, authorized for
their own benefit, but politically and socially as well as commer-
cially a vested autocracy unchangeable by legislation-cltange-
able only by violence and revolution. When such experiences
have preceded the comparative conveniences which followed the
establishment of the Live Oak connection, will the people of
Florida voluntarily intensify these experiences and diminish
these conveniences by creating a new monopoly, more enlarged
in its franchises and more potent for harm than ever before,
known to their legislation, by authorizing the establishment
across the whole breadth of their territory, from East to West;
of a Railroad expressly interdicting all connections except at the
will of a few corporators responsible only to themselves ? If the
Live Oak connection has proven itself inadequate.to the necessities
and to the aspirations of the people of Middle and East Florida,
what is to be gained, especially by the people of West Florida,
by the establishment of such a highway ? What guarantee have
they, or indeed any of the people of Florida, that the proposed
monopoly will allow them any of the conveniences afforded by
this connection, and that they will not be forced to seek exclu-
sively the ports of Fernandina and Jacksonville ? What supe-
rior advantages do these ports afford to a people striving for
prosperity and wealth and requiring for .these ends, but power-
less to obtain, ready access to the larger centres of capital and
trade ?
Your Memorialists do further say, that such a system of ex-
clusion and monopoly, if successful, must result in rates of trans-
poi ation oppressive upon the community; and if this' evil is ar-
rested by the competitive power which can be exerted by the
Atlantic and Gulf Railroad of Georgia, already constructed for
100 miles in close approximation to the boundary between the
States of Florida and Georgia, that the exercise of this power
Scan result only in serious detriment to an enterprise, in which it
is proposed that the State of Florida shall embark its credit to
the' amount of several millions of. dollars, wit a grant of the
"greater part of its most valuable public domain; and that such
dangers to the stability of the proposed enterprise, so closely
connected with the credit of the State, must accumulate with
the prolongation of the Atlantic and Gulf -ailroad from Bain-
brid'e in the direction of Mobile on a line near the boundary be-
tween the States of Florida and Alabama; and your Memorial-
ists do respectfully assure your Honorable Bodies, that such a






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prolongation of the Atlantic a-nd iGulf lRailroad is the original
and settled object ofts i incorporation, the fulfillment of which is
at once guaranteed and made necessary by an investment of six
millions of capital already expended to this end.
And your Memorialists do further say, that desirous to assist
in securing to the people, especially of West Florida, a conve-
nient connection with the general Railroad system of Georgia,
affording to them additional outlets to the Atlantic ports, and
more economical and more direct avenues to the various markets
of the country, relieving them from the dangers of an unrestrict-
ed monopoly, yet averting the dangers of a competition jeopard-
ous alike to the interestsof the State and of the people, and es-
tabhshing the Railroad' system of Florida on a sound basis'of
permanence and security, your Memorialists .do respectfully
ask, that your Honorable Bodies will so amend the Bill propo-
sing to incorporate the "Jacksonville, Pensacola and Mobile
Railroad Company," that the Atlantic & Gulf Railroad of Geor-
gia may be connected with the proposed "Jacksonville, Pensa-
cola and Mobile Railroad," either at Marianna, in the County of
Jackson, or at such other point as may be fitting and expedient
to fulfill the ends which your Memorialists have hitherto set forth
and do now respectfully urge; and your Memorialists do further
respectfully ask that the division of the proposed Jacksonville,
Pensacola and Mobile Railroad," lying West of said point of
connection, shall be constructed as a Main Trunk for any Rail-
road connecting therewith; that the rates on said Main Trunk
shall not be discriminating, but uniform and the same to all Rail-
roads connecting therewith according to the distance that Pas-
sengers and Freight may be transported over said Main Trunk;
that the cars and vehicles of such connecting Railroads shall pass
under proper regulation interchangeably over said Main Trunk;
that through freights shall not be forced to break bulk; and that
the schedules, of the trains on said Main Trunk shall be harmo-
nious with the schedules of said connecting Roads and without
discrimination.
And your Memorialists do further say, that in addition to the
'divers good reasons hitherto set forth in this Memorial, that a
a Main Trunk Railroad so constructed and regulated will sub-
serve and promote the welfare and prosperity of the people of
Florida permanently and securely, by establishing on their soil
an important national highway, connected with every portion of
the Union, inviting to capital and enterprise, sustained by all the
great markets of the Atlantic and Gulf, assisted by the common
power of the Railroads centeringuupon it, and permanently placed
beyond the vicissitudes of antagonism.





fr
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Aii, yo-r Memorialists, confidently trusting in the wisdom of
your iHnorible Bodies, do respectfully present this Memorial.
JOHN SCREEN,
President Atlantic and Gulf Railroad Company.
Which was read, and referred to the Committee on Railroads.
On motion of Mr. Cheshire, the Assembly again resolved it-
self into a Committee of the Whole for the further considera-
tion of Senate Bill No. 3, to be entitled An Act to Provide for
the Assessing and Collection of Revenue in the State of Florida.
Mr. Raney in the chair.
After some time spent therein, the Committee rose, and
through their Chairman reported the bill back to the Assembly
with amendments, and recommended the passage of the bill as
amended.
Which report was received and amendments concurred in,
and on motion the rules were suspended, and the bill read the
second time by its title.
On motion of Mr. Butler, the rules were suspended, and the
bill was read third time and put upon its passage.
Upon which the vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Black,
Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Forward, For-
tune, Graham, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Lee, McKinnon,
Mills, Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Powell, Raney, Robinson,
Scott, Simpson, Smith, Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart,
Walker, Watson, Wells, and White-38.
Nays-Messrs. Cheshire, Keene, Moore of Hillsborough,
and Rodgers-4.
The bill passed, title as stated.
By unanimous consent of the Assembly, Mr. Fortune was al-
lowed to introduce a bill to be entitled An Act requiring the
Judges of the Several County Courts of this State to Give Bonds
for the Faithful Discharge of their Duties when Acting as
Courts of Probate;
Which was read the first time.
On motion, the rules were suspended, thebill read second
time by its title.
On motion, the rules were suspended, the bill read third time
and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bostick, Bradwell, Black, Cheshire, Cox,
DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Graham,
Harris, Hill, Hodges, Lee, McKinnon, Mills, Moore of Colum-
bia, Moore of Hillsborough, Osgood, Pittman, Powell, Robin-
son, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Smith, Stewart, Thompson,
Urquhart, Walker, Watson, Wells, and White-36.







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Nays-Messrs. Cruce and Keene--.
The bill passed, title as stated.
A bill to be entitled An Act to Provide for the Revenues for
Common Schools in accordance with the Constitution;
Was read second time, ordered for a third reading on to-
morrow.
Mr. Watson moved that two hundred copies extra of to-day's
Journal be printed for the use of the Assembly;
Which was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Wells the Assembly adjourned until 10
o'clock to-morrow morning,



TUESDAY, June 22d, 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, Black,
Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Forward, Graham,
Harman, Hill, Keene, Lee, McKinnon, Moore of Columbia,
Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Powell, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers,
Scott, Simpson, Smith, Stewart, Stone, Urquhart, Walker, and
Wells.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion of Mr. Butler, the reading of yesterday's Journal
was dispensed with, and the Journal approved.
On motion, Mr. Niblack, page, was excused for the balance
qf the session on account of sickness in his family.
On motion, Mr. Oliver was excused from attendance on the
Assembly for the remainder of the present session on account of
sickness in his family.
The following message was received from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 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 this day passed Senate Bill No. 5, a
bill incorporating the Tallahassee Railroad Company, &c.;
Also:
That the Senate has concurred in the Ame.1ndments recom-
mended by the Assembly to Senate Bill No. 3 relating to as-
sessment and collection of revenue.






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The Senate has also passed a bill to be entitled An Act to
Perfect the Public Works of the State.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
hCHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read.
Senate bill placed among the orders of the day.
Under a suspension of the rules, Mr. Harris offered a bill to
be entitled An Act to permit R. Fenwick Taylor to Practice
Law in this State.
There being objections the bill was not entertained.
Judiciary Committee
REPORT.

Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: The Committee on Judiciary having had under consider-
ation, by order of the Assembly, a bill to be entitled An Act to
Amend the Second Section of An Act in Relation to Fees to be
Charged, Received, and Collected by the Public Officers of the
State, whose Fees are Prescribed by Law, approved December
11, 1866," report back the same and recommend that it pass.
Respectfully submitted.
GEORGE P. RANEY, Chairman.
Which was read.
Minority report from same Committee:

REPORT.

To Hon. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly of Florida :
The undersigned members of Judiciary Committee beg leave
to disagree with the report of the majority of the said commit-
tee on a bill to be entitled to Amend First Section of An Act
in Relation to Fees, &c., believing that it affects a class of citi-
zens who are receiving but small salaries, whilst we are unable
to touch at the root of the enormous expenses of the State,
Very respectfully,
E. FORTUNE,
H. S. HARMAN,
Which was read.
The Special Committee on Railroads

REPORT.

To the Hon. IM,. L. STEANS', Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR : The Committee on Railroads having examined the me-
morial of John Screven, President of the Atlantic and Gulf






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Railroad, beg leave to report the memorial back to the Assem-
bly, and recommend the adoption of the following resolution:.
_Resolved, That the memorial of John Screven, President of
the Atlantic and Gulf Railroad, be referred to a Joint Commit-
tee consisting of four members of the Assembly and three mem-
bers of the Senate.
Respectfully submitted.
JOHN W. BUTLER,
Chairman.
Which was read.
The resolution read and adopted, and the following were ap-
pointed said committee:
Messrs. McKinnon, Harris, Fortune, and Smith.
The following report was received from the State Treasurer:

REPORT.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 21st, 1869.
Hon M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: In conformity with a Joint Resolution originating in
the Assembly, and passed the same body on the 16th instant,
we herewith submit a statement of the expenditures on account
of repairs of the Capitol, showing the amount expended out of
the appropriations for 1868 and 1869, and for what purposes;
and also an estimate of the amount requisite to complete the
necessary repairs, viz.:
Expended for work done in Secretary of State's Office.. .$266 55
Expended for work done in the Superintendent of In-
struction's Office................................ 150 50
Expended in repairing fire-places in the different rooms
of the Capitol............................. ..... 238 10
Expended in repairing fences, gates, cisterns, and Senate
and Assembly rooms ............................. 154 50

Whole amount expended....................$809 65
The amount necessary to complete the repairs of the Capitol,
from an estimate made by a competent mechanic, will be
$7000.
There has been appropriated by the two last sessions of the
Legislature the sum of .........................$3000 00
Amount expended to date out of the above.......... 809 65i

Amount remaining unexpended.. ......... $2190 35
It will be necessary to make an additional appropriation of





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$5000 to complete the repairs of the Capitol according to esti-
mate above referred to.
Respectfully, &c.,
R. H. GAMBLE, Comptroller.
S. 14 CONOVER, Treasurer.
Which was read,
And on motion of Mr. Scott, referred to Committee on Ap-
propriations.
The following bills were signed by the Speaker and Chief
Clerk' of the Assembly :
An Act Defining the Duties and Powers of State Attorneys,
and Authorizing the Judges to Appoint a Prosecuting Attorney
in the Event of the Absence of the State Attorney.
An Act to Amend Section Nine of An Act entitled An Act
to Establish a Uniform System of Common Schools, and a Uni-
versity.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.
A bill to be entitled An Act to provide for the Revenue tor
Common Schools in accordance with the Constitution;
Was read the third time. *
On motion, the bill was placed back on its second reading.
Mr. Harman offered the following amendment:
Provided, however, That this act shall in no way interfere
nor conflict with the status and fund set apart by act of Con-
gress for the support of two Seminaries for normal purposes,
one east and one west of the Suwannee river;
Which was concurred in.
The bill read the third time as amended, and put upon its
passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Black, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney,
Erwin, Filer, Fortune, Graham, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges,
Lee, McKinnon, Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough, Os-
-good, Pittman, Pons, Powell, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott,
Simpson, Stewart, Thompson, Walker, Watson, Wells, and
White-33.
Nays-Messrs. Bostick, Forward, Keene, Stone, and Urqu-
.hart-5.
Bill passed.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 22d, 1869. )
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIz: I am directed by the Senate to inform your honora-






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ble body that the Senate has this day passed Senate Bill No.
10, An Act to incorporate the Atlantic and Gulf Express Com-
pany.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.

Which was read, and the bill placed among the orders of the
day.
Senate Bill No. 2:
A bill to be entitled An Act to amend the twenty-second Sec-
tion of An Act approved the thirty-first day of December, A. D.
1858, entitled An Act to incorporate a Company and facilitate
the construction and equipment of a Railroad from St. Johns
River to St. Augustine under the style of the St. Johns Railway
Company;
Was read first time.
Under a suspension of the rules, read the second time.
On motion, the rules were suspended and the bill read the
third time, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Black, Cox,
Cruee, DeLaney, Erwin, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Har-
man, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keeine, Lee, McKinnon, Moore of
Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough, Osgood, Pittman, Pons,
Powell, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Smith,
Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Watson, Wells, and
White-398
Nays-Mr. Walker-1.
Bill passed.
Senate Bill No. 6:
A bill to be entitled An Act to Perfect the Public Works of
the State;
Was, on motion of Mr. Scott, read the first time by its title.
On motion of Mr. McKinnon, the Assembly resolved itself
into a Committee of the Whole for the further consideration of
Sthe bill.
Mr. Walker in the chair.
After some time spent therein the committee rose, and
through their chairman reported the bill back to the Assembly
with amendments, which report was received and amendments.
concurred in.
Rules suspended,
The bill read the second time by its title.
Rules waived,
On motion of Mr. Pons, the bill was read the third time,
and put upon its passage.






The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bradwell, Black, Cox, Cruce,
DeLaney, Erwin, Filer, Fortune, Graham, Harman, Harris,
Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, McKinnon; Mills, Moore of Colum-
bia,.Moore of Hillsborough, Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Powell,
Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Smith, Stewart,
Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, Watson, Wells, and
White-39.
Nays-Messrs. Bostick, Cheshire, and Forward-3.
Bill passed.
The following communication was received from the Comp-
troller of State:
COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 22d, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: In my report of the list of warrants issued from July
18th, 1868, to June 16th, 1869, payable out of the contingent
fund for the State," spread upon the Journal of the House of
yesterday, it would appear that warrant No. 1564, issued to
J. D. Westcott, Jr., for the sum of $629.43, was for his expenses
to New York as agent to negotiate sale of bonds. This is a
mistake. The expenses of Mr. Westcott, either going to or
coming from New York, were not charged to the State. The
only item in the shape of personal expense charged by Mr.
Westcott is as follows:
For necessary expenses while detained in New York, $67 00
The other items of this warrant are as follows:
To amount paid D. M. & J. Townsend for thirty-nine
county court seals and presses,.................. .$235 00
To amount paid for five seals and stamps............. 32 00
To amount paid express charges on box............. 31 00
To amount paid interest due on the loan to the State... .2'4 43

Making the total ...... . .... .. . ..$629 43
The original vouchers for these sums are filed in this and the
Treasurer's office.
In justice to Mr. Westcott I would ask that the Journal in
this respect be modified, and that this communication be
spread upon the Journals, as otherwise it would appear that
his expenses charged the State were 8629.43, while he, in
fact, did not charge for railroad fare either going or returning,
and the only charge made for a personal expense was $67 for
hotel bills iin New York.
Yours, respectfully,
R. H. GAMBLE, Comptroller.







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Which was read.
On motion of Mr. Raney, yesterday's Journal was corrected
as requested.
On motion, the Assembly took a recess until three o'clock this
afternoon.


THREE O'CLOCK, P. M.
The Assembly resumed its session.
A quorum present.
Concurrent Resolution relative to adjournment;
Was read.
Mr. Raney moved to amend by striking out the words Gen-
eral Assembly," and substituting the word Legislature;"
Which was agreed to.
Mr. McKinnon moved to amend by striking out the words
" at four o'clock, P. M.;"
Which was agreed to.
The resolution, as amended, adopted.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 22d, 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. 13,
a bill to be entitled An Act in Relation to the Powers and
Duties of the Surveyor-General of this State.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read.
The bill placed among the orders of the day;
Also:
SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 22d, 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 Assembly Bill No. 9,
a bill to be entitled An Act Providing for Setting Apart a
Homestead, &c., to be Exempted from Forced Sale, &c.," with
the following amendments:
In Section 1, line 16, after the word "of," strike out the
words deeds of the county," and insert the wol1s "the Pro-
bate Office of the County Judge."
In section 2, line 6, after the words attorney," strike out
the words or any member of the family of such person."





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In Section 2, line 9, after the word levy," insert by notice
under oath made before any officer of this State duly author-
ized to administer the same."
In Section 7, line 18, after the word person," strike out the
words qualified to be jurors," and insert who shall be free-
holders."
Strike out Section 9, and make Section 10 Section 9.
Add Section 10. All property, real and personal, exempted
under and by virtue of this act, shall not be alienated by the
parties applying for said exemption, except by the consent first
had and obtained of the county judge of the county in which'
such property lies."
Add Section 11. This act shall in no manner affect the collec-
tion of debts existing prior to the passage of this act."
And respectfully request the concurrence of the Assembly in
these amendments.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read,
And the amendments as offered by the Senate concurred in.
Bill ordered to be enrolled.
Also: *
SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 22d, 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. 12,
repealing Section 31 of An Act approved February 4, 1869, in
relation to "Incorporation of Cities."
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read,
And the bill placed among the orders of the day;
Also :
SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 22d, 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 the following Con-
current Resolution:
Resolved by the Senate, the Assembly concurring, That Senate
Bill No. 11, with accompanying memorial, be referred to a
Joint Committee consisting of three members of the Senate and
four members of the Assembly, and appointed Messrs. Mc-
Caskill, Vaughan, and Katzenberg, committee on part of the



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Senate, and respectfully ask the concurrence of the Assembly
thereto.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read, and the resolution concurred in.
The following committee was appointed on the part of the
Assembly: Messrs. Rodgers, Raney, Hill, and Stewart.
Senate Bill No. 5:
A bill to be entitled An Act for the relief of Frianklin Dibble,
A. Huling, E. M. Cheney, and their Associates, Purchasers of the
Railroad from Tallahassee to St. Marks, and of the Railroad
from Quincy to Lake City, and Incorporating the Tallahassee
Railroad Company;
Was read first time, rules suspended, read the second and
third times, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Bogue, Bradwell, Black, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney,
Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Harman,
Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, Moore of Columbia, Osgood,
Pittman, Pons, Powell, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stew-
art, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, and White-32.
Nays-None.
Bill passed.
Senate Bill No. 10:
A bill to be entitled An Act to incorporate the Atlantic and
Gulf Express Company;
Was read first time, rules suspended, read the second and
third-times, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Black, Cox,
Cruce, DeLaney, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Harman,
Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Lee, Mills, Moore of Columbia, Os-
good, Pons, Powell, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Stewart,
Stone, Thompson, Walker, Watson, Wells, and White-34.
- Nays-Messrs. Pittman and Urquhart-2.
Bill passed.
The following communication was received from His Excel-
lency the Governor:
'EXECUTIVE OFFICE,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 22d, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIm: In the journal of the Assembly of this morning I notice a
communication from the State Comptroller, calculated, if not in-
tended, to convey a false impression in regard to the State
finances, and my connection therewith. It evidently proceeds






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upon the hypothesis that his special mission is to dishonor the
Governor rather than strengthen the government and advance
the interests of the State. Through his management, or mis-
management, the State finances are thrown into a deplorable
condition, and the effort of the Comptroller seems to be to hold
me responsible.
It is not necessary to discuss personal merits or motives in
this matter. He was selected by me as one of my constitutional
advisers, in opposition to the judgment of my political friends,
in the expectation that he would co-operate with rather than
seek to embarrass the Executive in the legitimate discharge of
his duties.
By his management the State bonds are depreciated from.
seventy-five cents on the dollar to forty cents, and four per cent.
off for commissions; and I am in no way responsible, but used
all honorable effort to prevent it.
In his account for Executive expenditures, too, he seeks to
conceal the fact that I was burdened with extraordinary expen-
ses incident to the unsettled condition of affairs, such as provid-
ing transportation and maintenance for twenty paupers thrown
"upon the State by the Freedmen's Bureau; for criminal investi-
gations and arrests, &c.
He claims credit for disposing of thirty-six bonds at par,
which were sold by me, and seeks to charge me with impropri-
ety in disposing of thirty bonds to take up obligations assumed
by the Legislature; which obligations were payable in cash, and
which I paid, and received Comptroller's warrants therefore.
In these and all other public matters I have no concealment
to make, nor apologies to offer. I have done my whole duty in
guarding the interests of the State, and sustaining its credit
against enemies within, and foes without. I desire the largest
scrutiny into my acts, and in conclusion pledge myself to the
Legislature, that if the responsibility of the sale of these bonds
is placed in my hands, and no obstacle is interposed by the
Comptroller, I will, within three months, restore the credit of
the State, and place the bonds at seventy-five cents, where they
were when this unprovoked hostility commenced on the part of
.the Comptroller.
Very respectfully, &c.,
HARRISON REED, Governor.

Was read and ordered to be spread upon the journals.
The following report was received:
The Committee to whom was referred House bill entitled An
Act to Incorporate the South Florida Railroad Company, beg
leave to







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REPORT.

That they propose the following amendments to said bill:
Strike out the second section and insert, in lieu thereof, the
annexed amendment.
And your committee recommend that the bill thus amended.
do pass. JOHN W. BUTLER,
Chairman.
FRED HILL,
JOHN SIMPSON,
Wii. B. WATSON,
Which was read.
Senate Bill No. 12:
A bill to be entitled An Act repealing section 31 of an act
approved February 4th, 1869, in relation to the Incorporation
of Towns and Cities;
Was read first time, rules suspended, read the second and
third time, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Black, Cruce,
DeLaney, Filer, Fortune, Graham, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges,
Keene, Lee, McKinnon, Mills, Moore of Columbia, Osgood,
Pittman, Pons, Powell, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Smith, Stew-
art, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, Watson, Wells, and
White-35.
Nays-Mr. Cheshire.
.Bill passed.
Senate Bill No. 13:
A bill to be entitled An Act in relation to the powers and du-
ties of the Surveyor-General of this State;
Was read first time, rules suspended, read the second and third
time, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Black, Cox,
DeLaney, Erwin, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Harman,
Harris, Hill, Keene, Lee, McKinnon, Mills, Moore of Columbia,
Moore of Hillsborough, Pittman, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott,
Smith, Stewart, Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, Wells and.
White-32.
Nays-Messrs. Cruce and Hodges.
Bill passed.
A bill to be entitled An Act to amend the first section of an
act in relation to Fees to be charged, received, and collected,
by the Public Officers of the State, whose fees are prescribed
by law, approved December 11th, 1866;
Was read.






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Mr. Harman moved to lay the bill on the table.
The yeas and nays were called for, and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Black, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney,
Erwin, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Harman, Harris, Hill,
Hodges, Keene, Lee, Moore of Columbia, Pittman, Powell, Rob-
inson, Rodgers, Stone, Thompson, and Wells-25.
Nays-Messrs. Bradwell, McKinnon, Raney, Scott, Stewart,
Urquhart, Walker, Watson, and White-9.
The bill was laid on the table.
Rules suspended,
Mr. Wells offered the following:
Resolved, That the use of the Assembly Hall be given to the
ladies of the A. M. E. Church to give a festival to aid in paying
a debt on their church on to-morrow (Wednesday) evening,
June 23d, 1869.
Which was read, and on motion laid on the table.
A bill to be entitled An Act to Incorporate the South Florida
Railroad Company;
Was read the second time.
On motion of Mr. Harman, the Assembly adjourned until nine
o'clock to-morrow morning.



WEDNESDAY, June 23d, 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, Black,
Cheshire, Cox, DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Forward, Fortune,
Graham, Hodges, Keene, McKinnon, Mills, Osgood, Pons,
Powell, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Smith, Stewart, Stone, Thomp-
son, Urquhart, Walker, and Wells.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion of Mr. Hodges, the further reading of yesterday's
Journal was dispensed with, and the Journal approved.
By unanimous consent, Mr. Watson offered the following
resolution:
Resolution for the relief of officers and attaches in attendance
at the extra session of the Legislature convened in November,
1868.
Which was read.
Rules suspended,
Read the second and third times, and put upon its passage.






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The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Black,
Cheshire, Cox, Cruce, DeLaney, Edwards, Edwin, Filer, For-
tune, Graham, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Mills,
Pittman, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Smith,
Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Watson, Wells, and White-33.
Nays-Messrs. Powell and Walker-2.
Resolution passed.
Committee
REPORTS.

To Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: The Committee on Judiciary having had under consid-
eration Assembly Bill No. 8, would recommend that the same
do not pass, but respectfully recommend the adoption of a bill
to be entitled An Act to Amend the Second Section of An Act
for the Pay of State Attorneys and County Judges, approved
February 1st, 1869, herewith submitted as substitute for the
same.
Very respectfully,
GEORGE P. RANEY, Chairman,
Which was read.



Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: The Committee on Appropriations having
consideration, by order of the Assembly, a bill to
An Act Making Appropriatio's for Repairs of the
port back the same with a substitute therefore, and
that the substitute pass.
Your committee also report a bill to be entitled A
iag Appropriations for the Payment of the Expe
Extraordinary Session of the Legislature convene
1869.
Respectfully submitted.



had under
be entitled
Capitol, re-
recommend

n Act Mak-
nses of the
d June Sth,



SAMUEL WALKER, Chairman.



Was read, and the bills placed among the orders of the day.
On motion of Mr. Cox, Ex-Governor Walker was invited to
a seat within the bar of the Assembly.
The following message was received from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 23, 1869.
"Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIm: I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable





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body that the Senate has this day passed Senate Bill No. 12,
"An Act Further Defining the Duties of Cabinet Officers."
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read, and the bill placed among the orders of the
day.
Committee on Enrolled Bills

REPORT.

The Committee on Enrolled Bills report the following bills
and resolution as correctly enrolled:
A Joint Resolution to appoint a Joint Committee on amend-
ments of the Constitution.
An Act in relation to certain Executions which have issued
from the Courts of Justices of the Peace for sums over Fifty
Dollars.
An Act to Amend An Act entitled An Act Fixing the Times
for Holding the Circuit Court of this State, approved August
5th, 1868.
An Act Providing for Setting Apart a Homestead and Per-
sonal Property to be Exempted from Forced Sales under Pro-
cess of Law. H. H. FORWARD,
Chairman Committee Enrolled Bills.

Which was read, and the bills'and resolution signed by the
Speaker and Chief Clerk.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.

A bill to be entitled An Act Making Appropriations for Re-
pairing the Capitol;
Was read, and the substitute offered by committee adopted
in lieu of the original.
Rules suspended,
The bill read the third time, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Black, Cox, DeLaney,
Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Fortune, Graham, HarmAn, Harris, Hill,
Hodges, Keene, McKinnon, Mills, Moore of Columbia, Moore
of Hillsborough, Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Robinson, Rodgers,
Scott, Simpson, Smith, Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, Watson,
Wells, and White-33.
Nays-Messrs. Cheshire, Raney, Stewart, and Stone-4.
Bill passed.






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A bill to be entitled An Act Making Appropriations for the
Payment of the Expenses of the Legislature of Florida Con-
vened in Extraordinary. Session, June 8th, 1869;
Was read first time.
Rules suspended,
Read the second time.
Mr. McKinnon offered the following amendment:
Strike out opposite the following names: George E. Went-
worth, $157, and insert $56; S. T. Pons, 8157, and insert $56;
J. W. Butler, $157.80, and insert $50; D. L. McKinnon, $157,
and insert $30;
"Upon which the yeas and nays were called for, and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Bostick, McKinnon, Moore of Hillsborough,
Stewart, Stone, and Urquhart-6.
Nays-Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bradwell, Black, Cox, Cruce,
DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Fortune, Graham, Harman,
Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Moore of Columbia, Osgood, Pons,
Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Thompson, Walker, Watson, Wells,
and White-28.
Amendment lost.
Mr. Walker moved to amend by striking out, opposite the
name of John A. Henderson, $576.80, and insert $76.80;
Which was agreed to.
Mr. McKinnon moved to amend by striking out $31 opposite
the name of A. L. McCaskill, and insert in lieu thereof $151.
On the motion, the yeas and nays were called for, and -were:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cruce,
Edwards, Filer, Forward, M.ckinnon, Moore of Columbia, Moore
"4f Hillsborough, Pittman, Powell, Rodgers, Smith, Stewart,
Stone, Urquhart, and Watson-19.
Nays-Messrs. Bogue, Black, Cox, DeLaney, Erwin, Fortune,
Graham, Harman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Osgood, Pons,
Robinson, Scott, Simpson, Thompson, Walker, Wells, and
White-21.
Motion lost.
SOn motion of Mr. Harman, the vote just taken was reconsid-
ered, and Mr. McKinnon's amendment adopted.
Rule suspended,
The bill read the third time, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bostick, Bradwell, Black, Cox, Cruce,
DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Forward, Graham, Harman,
Hill, Hodges, Keene, McKinnon, Mills, Moore of Columbia,
Moore of Hillsborough, Osgood, Pons, Rodgers, Smith, Stewart,
Stone, Urquhart, Walker, and Wells-29.
Nays-Messrs. Cheshire, Harris, Pittman, Powell, Raney,
Scott, Simpson, Thompson, and White-9.






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Bill passed.
A bill to be entitled An Act further defining the Duties of
Cabinet Officers;
Was read first time, rule suspended, read the second and third
times, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Black, Cox, Cruce, DeLa-
ney, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Har-
man, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, Moore .of Hillsborough, Os-
good, Raney, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Smith, Thompson, Urqu-
hart, Walker, Watson, Wells, and White-30.
Nays-Messrs. McKinnon, Mills, Pittman, Powell, Stewart,
and Stone-6.
Bill passed.
The following communication was received:
COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 23d, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: There are statements in the communication of His Ex-
cellency, Harrison Reed, Governor, made to the Assembly yes-
terday, which will not stand the test of fair examination. I do
not desire to make the Assembly the means of correspondence
between myself and this officer, and consume unnecessarily its
time. I can see no good result from this.
I respectfully invite, at the hands of the Assembly, the ap-
pointment of a committee to inquire into the matters alleged in
the two communications in so far.as they are in conflict, and if
the ascertainment of the truth is desired this means can accom-
plish that end.
In this connection, I desire to state the facts in detail in ref-
erence to the sale of the thirty-six bonds which Governor Reed
mentions, so that if any credit is due to the Governor in the
premises, he may receive it, as I certainly do not desire to deny
him any praise he may desire.
These bonds were not sold when, under the law, I had control
of them. They were sold while under his control. The trans-
action was not as His Excellency's letter would seem to intimate,
a sale of the bonds at par, but was as stated in my previous com-
munication, and the official records will so disclose.
Yours respectfully,
R. H. GAMBLE, Comptroller.

Which was read, and on motion of Mr. Raney ordered to be
spread upon the journal.
The following message was received from His Excellency the
Governor:






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EXECUTIVE OFFICE,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 22d, 1869. i
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: I have this day approved and signed the following
bills:
An Act defining the Duties and Powers of State Attorneys,
and authorizing the Judge to appoint a Prosecuting Attorney in
the event of the absence of the State Attorney.
An Act to amend Section Nine of An Act entitled An Act to
establish a Uniform System of Common Schools and a Univer-
sity. Very respectfully, &c.,
HARRISON REED, Governor,
Which was read.
Rules suspended,
By unanimous consent Mr. McKinnon introduced a bill to be
entitled An Act to fix the Compensation of Tax Assessors for
the years 1868 and 1869, and of Collectors for the years 1868 and
1869;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
By unanimous consent Mr. Raney introduced a bill to be en-
titled An Act in relation to the Printing and Distribution of the
Laws of the Present Session of the Legislature;
Was also placed among the orders of the day.
Senate Bill No. 8:
A bill to be entitled An Act to amend Section Nineteen of
An Act entitled An Act to Incorporate the Lake City and Su-
wannee Railroad;
Was read the second time, rules suspended, read the third
time, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bostick, Bradwell, Black, Cox, Cruce,
DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Graham,
Iarman, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene, McKinnon, Mills, Moore
of Columbia, Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson,
Smith, Stewart, Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, Watson, Wells,
and White-35.
SNays-None.
Bill passed.
A bill to be entitled An Act to Incorporate the South Florida
Railroad Company;
Was read the third time, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bradwell, Black, Cox, DeLaney,
Etlwards, Erwin, Fortune, Graham, Harman, Hill, Keene, McKin-
non, Mills, Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough, Osgood,
Pittman, Pons, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Simpson, Stewart,
Stone, Thompson, Walker, Watson, and White-30.
*






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Nays-Messrs. Cheshire, Forward, Harris, and Wells-4.
Bill passed.
A bill to be entitled An Act in relation to the Printing and
Distribution of the Laws of the Present Session of the Legisla-
ture of Florida;
Was read first time, rules suspended, read the second and
third times, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Butler, Bogue, Bradwell, Black, Cheshire, Cox,
DeLaney, Edwards, Erwin, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Harman,
Harris, Hodges, Keene, McKinnon, Mills, Moore of Columbia,
Moore of Hillsborough, Osgood, Pittman, Pons, Raney, Robin-
son, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Stone, Thompson,
Walker, Watson, Wells, and White-35.
Nays-None.
Bill passed.
A bill to be entitled An Act to fix the Compensation of Tax
Assessors for the years 1868 and 1869, and of Collectors for the
years 1868 and 1869;
Was read first time.
Mr. Harman offered the following amendment to section one,
by inserting after the words "all over four thousand dollars "
two per cent., and in section two, after four thousand five hun-
dred dollars," insert two per cent.;
Which was adopted.
The bill read the second and third times, under a suspension
of the rules, and put upon its passage.
The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Cox, DeLaney, Edwards,
Filer, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Harris, Hill, Hodges, Keene,
McKinnon, Mills, Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough,
Pons, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Simpson, Thompson, Walker,
Wells, and White-26.
Nays-Messrs. Pittman, Raney, Stewart, Stone, and Wat-
son-5.
Bill passed.
On motion of Mr. Raney, the title of the bill was changed to
read:
A bill to be entitled An Act in Relation to Tax Assessors
and Collectors.
A bill to be entitled An Act to Amend the Second Section of
An Act for the Pay of State Attorneys and County Judges, ap-
proved February 1st, 1869;
Was read, and the substitute as offered by committee adopted
in lien of the original.
The bill was read the third time under a suspension of the
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The vote was:
Yeas-Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Black, Cheshire, Cox
DeLaney, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Harman, Hodges,
McKinnon, Moore of Columbia, Moore of Hillsborough, Osgood,
Pittman, Pons, Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Simpson, Smith,
Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Urquhart, Walker, Watson, Wells,
and White-31.
Nays-Messrs. Harris and Scott-2.
The bill passed.
Rules suspended,
,Mr. Erwin introduced a bill to be a supplement to An Act to
aid in the construction of the Lake City and Suwannee Rail-
road;
Which was placed among the orders of the day.
On motion, the Assembly took a recess until three o'clock
this afternoon.


THREE O'CLOCK, P. M.

The Assembly resumed its session.
A quorum present.
The following message was received from His Excellency the
Governor:
EXECUTIVE OFFICE,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 23d, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: I have this day signed and approved of the following
bills, to wit:
An Act Providing for Setting Apart a Homestead and Per-
sonal Property to be Exempted from Forced Sale under Process
of Law.
An Act in Relation to Certain Executions which have Issued
from the Courts of Justices of the Peace for Sums over Fifty
Dollars.
An Act to Amend An Act entitled "An Act Fixing the
Times for Holding the Circuit Courts of this State," approved
August 5th, 1868.
Very respectfully, &c.,
HARRISON REED, Governor.
Which was read.
The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 23d, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable






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body that the Senate has concurred in the amendments recom-
mended by the Assembly in relation to adjournment.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read.
Also:
SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 23d, 1869. )
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIn: I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable
body that the Senate has this day passed Senate Bill No. 11, to be
entitled An Act to Furnish and Provide for Erecting Cells in the
State Penitentiary.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.

Which was read.
The bill was taken up, and read the first time.
Mr. McKinnon moved to lay the bill on the table, upon
which the yeas and nays were called for, and were:
Yeas-Messrs. Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cox, Cruce,
Edwards, Filer, Forward, Hill, McKinnon, Moore of Hills-
borough, Pittman, Smith, and Walker-14:
Nays-Messrs. Butler, Black, DeLaney, Erwin, Fortune,
Graham, Harris, Hodges, Keene, Mills, Osgood, Raney, Rodgers,
Scott, Simpson, Stewart, Stone, Thompson, Watson, and White
-20.
The motion to lay on the table was lost.
Mr. Black moved to suspend the rules, and that the bill be
read the second time by its title;
Which was not agreed to.
The bill'was ordered for a second reading on to-morrow.
A bill to be a supplement to An Act to Aid in the Construc-
tion of the Lake City and Suwannee Railroad;
Was read first time.
The following message was received from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 23d, 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 Assembly Bill No. 15, relating
to Common Schools, &c.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read.





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The following message was received from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 23d, 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 the Senate Appropriation Bill.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read.
The bill was on motion taken up, read the first time, and
on motion of Mr. Wallkr, indefinitely postponed.
The following mesge was received from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 23d, 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 Assembly Bill relating to
printing, &c., of the laws of this session.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.

Which was read, and the bill ordered to be enrolled;
Also:
SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 23d, 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 Assembly Bill No.
.20, to be entitled An Act in Relation to Tax Assessors and Col-
lectors.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.

Which was read, and the bill ordered to be enrolled.
On motion, the Assembly took a recess until five o'clock,
"P. M.



FIVE O'CLOCK, P. M.

The Assembly resumed its session.
A quorum present.
The following message was received from the Senate:






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SENATE CHAMBER, )
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 23d, 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 the Concurrent Resolution
herewith transmitted, and request the concurrence of the As-
sembly.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES TUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read.
The resolution was read, and on motion of Mr. Walker laid
on the table.
The following message was received from the Senate:

"SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 23d, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIp: I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable
body that the Senate has passed Assembly Appropriation Bill
with amendments, and request the concurrence of the Assembly.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read.
The Assembly concurred in the following Senate amend-
ments:
John A. Henderson, add $500 for salary; A. L. McCaskill,
strike out $150, insert $30; to Robert M. Smith, towards ex-
penses of preparing a Code of Civil Proceedings for the State of
Florida, $1,000; to Allen A. Bush, toward expenses of revising
the Statutes of the State of Florida, $1,000 ; the two last appro-
priations to be applied on the appropriation of the Session of
January, 1869, to the codifying commission. To Comptroller
and Treasurer, for repairs of Capitol, $5,000;
And refused to concur in the following:
W. J. Purman, strike out $16 and insert $26; D. L. McKin-
non, strike out $150, insert $30; Cells for State Penitentiary,
$12,000 ; for fifteen hundred and thirty township maps, $3,060.
On the concurrence to Senate amendment, contingent fund
for the Governor, $5,000, the yeas and nays were called for, and
were:
Yeas-Messrs. Black, DeLaney, Erwin, Fortune, Graham,
Harman, Harris, Hodges, M[oore of Columbia, Osgood, Pons,
Scott, Simpson, Thompson, and Wells-15.
Nays-Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cox,
Cruce, Edwards, Filer, Forward, Hill, Keene, McKinnon, Moore
of Hillsborough, Pittman, Powell, Raney, Rodgers, Smith, Stew-
art, Stone, Urquhart, Walker, Watson, and White-24.







The Assembly refused to concur in the amendment.
Mr. McKinnon moved that the Clerk inform the Senate of the
action of the Assembly relative to Senate amendments to Assem-
bly Appropriation Bill, and respectfully ask the Senate to recede
from such Senate amendments not concurred in by the Assem-
bly.
Agreed to.
On motion, the Assembly took a recess until half-past eight
o'clock.


HALF-PAST EIGHT O'CLOCK, P. M.
The Assembly resumed its session.
A quorum present.
Committee on enrolled bills

REPORT.
ASSEMBLY HALL,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 23d, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: The Committee on Enrolled Bills have examined the
following bills and report them correctly enrolled, viz. :
An Act in Relation to Tax Assessors and Collectors.
An Act in Relation to the Printing and Distribution of the
Laws of the Present Session of the Legislature.
And An Act to Provide for the Revenues for Common Schools
in Accordance with the Constitution.
H. H. FORWARD,
Chairman Com. Enrolled Bills.
Which was received, and the bills were signed by the Speaker
and Chief Clerk.
The following message was received from the Senate:
"SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 23d, 1869..
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIn: I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable
body that the Senate has refused to recede from Senate amend-
ments to Assembly Bill Making Appropriations for the Payment
of Expenses of the Legislature of Florida, convened in Extra-
ordinary Session, June 8th, 1869, and respectfully ask that the
Assembly concur in such amendments.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.








VWhich was read.
Mr. Walker moved that the Assembly refuse to concur in
Senate amendments.
Mr. Scott moved to lay the motion on the table, upon which
the yeas and nays were called for, and were:
Yeas--Messrs. Black, DeLaney, Erwin, Fortune, Graham,
Iaarman, Harris, Hodges, Moore of Columbia, Osgood, Pons,
Scott, Simpson, Thompson, and Wells-15.
Nays-Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cox,
Cruce, Edwards, Filer, Forward, Hlll, Keene, McKinnon, Mitls,
Pittman, Powell, Raney, Rodgers, Smith, Stewart, Stone,
Urquhlart, Walker, Watson, and White-24.
The motion to lay on the table was lost.
.The yeas and nays were called for on Mr. Walker's.motion,
and were :
Yeas-Messrs. Bogue, Bostick, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cruce,
Edwards, Filer, Forward, Hill, Keene, McKinnon, Mills, Moore
of Hillsborough, Pittman, Powell, Raney, Rodgers, Smith,
Stewart, Stone, Urquhart, Walker, Watson, and White-24.
Nays-Messrs. Black, Cox, DeLaney, Erwin, Fortune, Gra-,
ham, Harman, Harris, Hodges, Moore of Columbia, Osgood,
Pons, Scott, Simpson, Thompson, and Wells-10.
The Assembly insists on the disagreement.
Mr. Raney offered the following resolution:
Resolved, Thnat a joint Committee of Conference, consisting of
three members of the Senate, and of-four members of the As-
sembly, be appointed to take into consideration the disagree-
ment of the Senate and Assembly relative to Senate amend-
ments to Assembly Appropriation Bill.
VWhich was read and adopted.
The following were appointed a Committee of Conference
on the part of the Asseimbly:
Messrs. Raney, Pons, Rodgers, and Walker.
The following message was received from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 23d, 1869.
Ilon. -,I. L. STEArNs, Speaker of the Assembly:
SI : I am directed by the Senate to inform your honorable
body that the Senate has concurred in Assembly Resolution to
-)
lapplinat a Committee of Conference on the Appropriation Bill,
and Messrs. Katzenberg, McCaskill, and Smith were appointed
such committee on the part of the Senate.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read.
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The following message was received from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 23d, 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 No. 9,
relating to Pay of Attaches of Legislature during Extraordinary
Session in November last.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.

Which was read, and the resolution ordered to be enrolled.
Committee on Enrolled Bills

REPORT.

ASSEMBLY HALL,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 23d, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: The Committee on Enrolled Bills have examined Joint
Resolution relative to the Officers and Attaches of the Extra
Session of the Legislature convened in November, 1868, and re-
port the same correctly enrolled.
H. H. FORWARD,
Chairman Committee on Enrolled Bills.

Which was received, and the resolution signed by the Speaker
and Chief Clerk of the Assembly.
Committee of Conference

REPORT.

ASSEMBLY HALL,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 23, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: The Conference Committee, having had under consider-
ation the Senate amendments to Assembly Appropriation Bill,
beg leave to report, that after due consideration of Senate amend-
ments to Assembly Appropriation Bill, as disagreed to by the
Assembly, they report the bill back to the Assembly with the
following amendments:
Twelve thousand dollars to be appropriated to the construc-
tion of cells in the State Penitentiary, under the direction of the
Adjutant-General, Comptroller, and Treasurer; the contract for






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the same to be given to the lowest bidder after four weeks' ad-
vertisement for same in the Tallahassee papers;
Two thousand five hundred dollars for salary of Lieutenant-
G(overnor for the present year, to begin January 1st, A.D. 1869;
Fifteen hundred dollars for 1,530 township maps ;
Mileage for A. L. McCaskill, $151;
Mileage for D. L. McKinnon, $151;
Mileage for W. J. Purman, $16.
And respectfully ask the concurrence of the Legislatre thereto.
S. KATZENBERG,
Chairman Senate Committee.
G. P. RANEY,
Chairman Assembly Committee.

Which was received and read, and the amendments reported
by committee concurred irf:
,The following message was received from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 23d, 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 the Report of the Conference
Committee on the Appropriation Bill, and concurred in the
amendments recommended by them.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
CHARLES MUNDEE, Secretary.
Which was read.
Committee on Enrolled Bills

REPORT.

ASSEMBLY HALL,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 23d, 1869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR: The Committee on Enrolled Bills have examined the bill
making Appropriation for the Mileage of Members of Legislature,
and for other purposes, and report it correctly enrolled.
H. H. FORWARD,
Chairman Committee on Enrolled Bills.

Which was received, and the bill signed by the Speaker and
(Chief Clerk of the Assembly.
The following message was received from His Excellency the
Governor:





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'.. EXECUTIVE OFFICE, i
LT LLAHIASSEE, Fla., June 23d, 1 869.
Hon. M. L. STEARNS, Speaker of the Assembly:
SIR : I have this day signed and deposited in tlie otlice ofi tile
Secretary of State, Joint Resolution fbr the Pay of the Officers
and Attaches of the Lgisslature at the November Session, 186i8
which originated in the Assembly.
Very respectfully, &c.,
HARRISoN REED, Governor.
Which was read. '
A committee from the Senate appeared at the bar and in-
formed the Assembly that the Senate had adjourned until to-
mdrrow morning eicht o'clock.
On motion, the Asseiinbly adjourned until to-morrow morning
eight o'clock.



THU.RSDAY, June 24th, 1869.

The Assembly met pursuant to adjournment.
The roll being called, the following members answered to
their names:
Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Butler, Bradwell, Cheshire, Cox, De-
Laney, Filer, Forward, Fortune, Graham, Harman, Hriis,
IHodges, Keene, McKinnon, Mills, Pittman, Pons, Porell,
Raney, Robinson, Rodgers, Scott, Smith, Stewart, Stone,
Thompson, UIrquhart; Walker, and Wells.
A quorum present.
Prayer by the Chaplain.
On motion of Mr. McKinnon, a committee consisting of
Messrs. McKinnon, Butler, and Harman were appointed to wait
upon His Excellency the Governor, and inform him that the
Assembly is, ready to adjourn sine die.
After a brief absence the committee reported and were dis-
charged.
Mr. McKinnon offered the following: *
Resolved, That the Sergeant-at-Arms be and he is hereby re-
quired to take an inventory of the amount of stationery lie has
on han4d and turn the same over to the Treasury;
Which was read and adopted.
On motion of Mr. Har1-na, the Assembly adjourned s.ine die.
'Apr,