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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE

OF THE

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

Regular Session, Commencing November 28, 1876.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1876.

The General Assembly of the State of South Carolina begun and holden at Columbia on the fourth Tuesday of November, being the twenty-eighth day of the month.

Pursuant tu the provisions of the Constitution, the members of the Senate assembled this day in the State House, in the city of Columbia.

At 12 M. Hon. R. H. GLEAVES, Lieutenant Governor and President of the Senate, called the Senate to order.

The Clerk called the roll by Counties.

PRESENT:

From the County of Abbeville,

Hon, J. C. MAXWELL.

From the County of Aiken,

HON. A. P. BUTLER.

From the County of Anderson,

Hon. JOHN R. COCHRAN.

From the County of Barnwell,

Hon. JONES M. WILLIAMS.

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From the County of Beaufort,

Hon, SAMUEL GREEN.

From the County of Charleston,

Hon. S. E. GAILLARD,
Hon. WILLIAM N. TAFT.

From the County of Clarendon,

Hon. J. D. WARLEY.

From the County of Chester,

Hon. D. I. WALKER.

From the County of Chesterfield,

Hon. W. A. EVANS.

From the County of Colleton,

Hon. WILLIAM F. MYERS.

From the County of Darlington,

Hon. B. F. WHITTEMORE.

From the County of Elgefield,

Hon. M. W. GARY.

From the County of Fairfield,

Hon. I. BIRD.

From the County of Georgetown,

HON. BRUCE H. WILLIAMS.

From the County of Greenville,

Hon. S. S. CRITTENDEN.

From the County of Horry,

Hon. WILLIAM L. BUCK.

From the County of Kershaw,

Hon. F. CARTER.

From the County of Lancaster,

Hox. F. A. CLINTON.

From the County of Laurens,

Hon. R. P. TODD.

From the County of Lexington,

Hon. H. A. MEETZE,

From the County of Marion,

Hon. R. G. HOWARD.

From the County of Marlboro,

Hon. H. J. MAXWELL.

From the County of Newberry,

Hon. H. C. CORWIN.

From the County of Orangeburg,

Hon. S. L. DUNCAN.

From the County of Oconee,

Hon. J. W. LIVINGSTON.

From the County of Pickens,

Hon. R. E. BOWEN.

From the County of Richland,

Hon. WILLIAM B. NASH.

From the County of Spartanburg,

Hon. GABRIEL CANNON.

From the County of Sumter,

HON. WILLIAM E. JOHNSTON.

From the County of Union,

Hon. T. B. JETER.

From the County of Williamsburg,

Hon. S. A. SWAILS.

From the County of York,

Hon. I D. WITHERSPOON.

The following recently elected Senators appeared at the President's desk, presented their credentials, the oath was administered by the PRESIDENT, and they took their seats :

Aiken--Hon. A. P. BUTLER.
Barnwell--Hon. JONES M. WILLIAMS.
Beaufort-Hon. SAMUEL GREEN.
Charleston-Hon. WM. N. TAFT.
Fairfield-Hon. ISRAEL BIRD.
Georgetown-Hon. BRUCE H. WILLIAMS.
Greenville-Hon. S. S. CRITTENDEN.
Horry-Hon. WILLIAM L. BUCK.
Lexington--Hon. H. A. MEETZE.
Marion-Hon. R. G. HOWARD.
Newberry-Hon. H. C. CORWIN.
Orangeburg-Hon. S. L. DUNCAN.
Oconee-Hon. J. W. LIVINGSTON.
Spartanburg-Hon. GABRIEL CANNON.
York-Hon. I. D. WITHERSPOON.

The PRESIDENT announced that he had issued a writ of election to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Hon. J. Hollinghead, late Senator from Abbeville County.

Hon. J. C. MAXWELL presented his credentials.

Mr. SWAILS rose to a point of order, which was that the returns and all matters connected with the election held pursuant to the writ of the President should be presented and decided by the Senate before the admission of the claimant to a seat.

The PRESIDENT ruled the point of order well taken, and that the oath could not be administered until the returns were made to the Senate in accordance with the writ issued to fill the vacancy.

Hon. M. W. GARY, of Edgefield, presented a certified copy of the election returns of the Board of Canvassers of Edgefield County, showing the number of votes said to be cast at the late election ; also a certificate of membership in the Senate from the Supreme Court of the State of South Carolina, sealed and signed by Albert M. Boozer, Clerk of the Supreme Court of South Carolina.

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