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Committee on the part of the House, to join such Committee as may be appointed on the part of your honorable body to wait upon the Governor elect, Hon. D. H. Chamberlain, and inquire when it will suit his convenience to qualify as Governor of the State of South Carolina.

Very respectfully, &c.,

E. W. M. MACKEY,

Speaker House of Representatives. Mr. WHITTEMORE moved that the Senate concur.

On the question of agreeing to the motion of the Senator from Darlington,

Mr. BOWEN called for the yeas and nays.
The yeas and nays were taken, and resulted as follows:

Yeas-Messrs. Bird, Carter, Clinton, Corwin, Duncan, Gaillard, Green, Johnston, Maxwell, Myers, Nash, Swails, Taft, Walker, Warley, Whittemore.-16.

Nays-Messrs. Bowen, Buck, Butler, Cannon, Cochran, Crittenden, Evans, Howard, Jeter, Livingston, Meetze, J. M. Williams, Wither

spoon.–13.

Messrs. Whittemore, Maxwell, Nash, were appointed Committee on the part of the Senate, and a message sent to the House of Representatives accordingly.

GENERAL ORDERS.

The Senate resumed the consideration of General orders, to wit:

Bill (by Mr. Whittemore) relative to inauguration of Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

On motion of Mr. WHITTEMORE, the Bill was read by its title and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. BOWEN gave notice, for himself and others, that he will present, to be entered on the Journal, a protest against the entire proceedings of the Senate this day, had in connection with the counting of the votes for Governor and Lieutenant Governor,

On motion of Mr. WHITTEMORE, at 5:30 P. M., the Senate adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1876.

The Senate assembled at 12 M., and was called to order by the PRESIDENT.

The roll was called, and, a quorum answering to their names, the PRESIDENT announced the Senate ready to proceed to business.

Prayer by Rev. A. W. Cummings.

On motion of Mr. B. H. WILLIAMS, the reading of the Journal of yesterday was dispensed with.

The PRESIDENT announced Messrs. Cochran, Whittemore, Swails, Meetze, Taft, Special Committee to prepare and report certain amendments to the Constitution of the State of South Carolina.

PETITIONS, &c.

Mr. JETER presented notice of protest and contest by James N. Lipscomb, a citizen of Newberry, to the admission of Hon. H. C. Corwin to a seat in the Senate; which was referred to the Committee on Privileges and Elections.

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES.

Mr. WHITTEMORE, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred a Bill relative to the inauguration of Governor and Lieutenant Governor, reported back the same, with the recommendation that the Bill do pass, amended as follows: Insert after the words "adTuinistered to himn by," in boch Sections, the words "the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, or one of the Associate Justices; and should either of the Justices of the Supreme Court be absent, or refuse to administer such oath, then it shall be administered to him by any other officer authorized by law to administer oaths.”

Ordered for consideration to-morrow.

NOTICES OF BILLS.

Mr. B. H. WILLIAMS gave notice that he will on to-morrow, or some subsequent day, ask leave to introduce

Bill to authorize the County Commissioners of Georgetown County to levy a special tax to pay the past indebtedness of said County ;

Bill to charter Yauhanna Ferry, in Georgetown County.
Mr. WHITTEMORE gave

notice that he will on to-morrow, or some subsequent day, ask leave to introduce

Bill to repeal the lien law or the law relative to agricultural supplies.

BILLS INTRODUCED.

Mr. COCHRAN, pursuant to notice, introduced

Bill to prohibit the service of State officers upon Boards, Commissions and public Committees ;

Joint Resolution to ratify the amendment to the Constitution of South Carolina, relative to the public school tax levy and a tax on polls.

The above Bill and Joint Resolution received their first reading, were ordered for a second reading and consideration to-morrow, and to be printed.

RESOLUTIONS.

Mr. WHITTEMORE introduced the following resolution :

Whereas the term for which Hon. T. J. Robertson was elected to represent the State of South Carolina in the Senate of the United States will expire on the fourth of March, 1877; and whereas it is necessary, by law, to proceed to an election of an United States Senator on the second Tuesday after the meeting and organization of the General Assembly of this State ; and whereas Tuesday, the 12th instant, is the second Tuesday after the meeting and organization of the same; therefore,

Resolved, That the Senate do, at 12 o'clock M., on Tuesday, the 12th instant, proceed to vote for a person to represent the State of South Carolina in the Senate of the United States for the term of six years commencing March 4th, 1877.

Ordered for consideration to-morrow.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the unfinished business, to wit:

Resolution (by Mr. Swails) to refer to the Committee on Privileges and Elections, all papers relating to protest or contest in the Senate.

The question recurred on agreeing to the motion of the Senator from Union that the further consideration of the resolution be postponed and made the Special Order for Thursday, at 1:15 P. M.

After debate, participated in by Messrs. Jeter, Swails, Taft,
The motion of the Senator from Union was withdrawn.
On the question of agreeing to the resolution,
Mr. BOWEN called for the yeas and nays.
The
yeas

and nays were taken, and resulted as follows: Yeas-Messrs. Bird, Carter, Clinton, Cochran, Corwin, Duncan, Green, Johnston, Maxwell, Myers, Nash, Swails, Taft, Walker, Warley, B. H. Williams, Whittemore-17.

Nays-Messrs. Bowen, Buck, Butler, Cannon, Crittenden, Evans, Howard, Jeter, Livingston, Meetze, J. M. Williams, Witherspoon-12.

So the resolution was agreed to.

Resolution (by Mr. Green) that when the Senate adjourns it stand adjourned to meet on Tuesday next.

On motion of Mr. GREEN, the resolution was ordered to lie on the table.

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

At 12:30 P. M., on motion of Mr. GREEN, the Senate went into Executive Session.

After the disposal of Executive business, the Senate returned to open session.

On motion of Mr. WHITTEMORE, at 12:40 P. M., the Senate adjourned.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1876.

The Senate assembled at 12 M., and was called to order by the PRESIDENT.

The roll was called, and, a quorum answering to their names, the PRESIDENT announced the Senate ready to proceed to bnsiness.

On motion of Mr. WARLEY, the reading of the Journal of yesterday was dispensed with,

The Sergeant-at-Arms announced

MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR.

Message No. 2, from His Excellency the Governor, was announced and presented to the Senate by Mr. Charles Babbitt, Private Secretary.

The PRESIDENT announced that the Message related to Executive business.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

The House sent to the Senate,

Concurrent resolution to appoint a Special Joint Committee to investigate the Hamburg, Rouse's Bridge and Ellenton riots.

On motion of Mr. SWAILS, the blank was filled with the word “ three.”

Mr. WHITTEMORE moved that the Senate concur.

On the question of agreeing to the motion of the Senator from
Darlington,
Mr. CRITTENDEN called for the

yeas
and

nays.
The yeas and nays were taken, and resulted as follows:

Yeas-Messrs. Bird, Carter, Clinton, Cochran, Corwin, Duncan, Green, Johnston, Maxwell, Myers, Nash, Swails, Taft, Walker, Warley, B. H. Williams, Whittemore.-17.

Nays-Messrs. Bowen, Buck, Butler, Cannon, Crittenden, Eyans, Gaillard, Howard, Jeter, Livingston, Meetze, J. M. Williams, Witherspoon.-13.

So the resolution was concurred in.
Ordered, That it be returned to the House of Representatives.
The House also sent to the Senate

Concurrent resolution that the two Houses meet in Joint Assembly this day, at 1 P. M., to attend the inauguration of D. H. Chamberlain, Governor elect.

Mr. WHITTEMORE moved that the Senate concur.
Pending debate, participated in by Messrs. Jeter, Witherspoon,

The PRESIDENT ruled that the matter under consideration was in the nature of a privileged question, and the hour fixed for the purpose indicated by the resolution having arrived further debate pending a decision of the Senate, was out of order.

Mr. JETER moved that the resolution be referred to a special Com. mittee of three.

Mr. WHITTEMORE rose to a point of order, which was that the motion to concur took precedence.

The PRESIDENT ruled the point of order well taken.
On the question of concurrence in the resolution,
Mr. WHITTEMORE called for the yeas
The yeas and nays were taken, and resulted as follows:

Yeas-Messrs. Bird, Carter, Clinton, Corwin, Duncan, Gaillard, Green, Johnston, Maxwell, Myers, Swails, Taft, Walker, Warley, B. H. Williams, Whittemore-16.

Nays-Messrs. Bowen, Buck, Butler, Cannon, Cochran, Crittenden, Evans, Howard, Jeter, Livingston, Meetze, J. M. Williams, Witherspoon-13.

So the resolution was concurred io.
Ordered, That it be returned to the House of Representatives.
Mr. JETER gave notice, for himself and other Senators, that he

and nays.

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