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ON WEDNESDAY, THE FOURTH DAY OF JULY, 1866.

NASHVILLE:

S. C. MERCER,

PRINTER TO THE STATE.

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Pursuant to a Proclamation of the Governor of the State of Tennessee, dated June 19th, A. D. 1866, the Senate met in Called Session at the Capitol of the State, on the 4th day of July, A. D. 1866, which proclamation was in words and figures as follows, towit:

STATE OF TENNESSEE,

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

Nashville, Tenn., June 19, 1866.
To the Members of the General Assembly of the State of Tennes-

see:

GENTLEMEN:-For more than five years the State of Tennessee has been deprived of her privileges in the Union of our fathers. By the treason of our people we have fallen from our high estate as a member of the great American Confederacy. For more than a year past the loyal people of the State have been trying to place her in a position, and to prove her worthy to be recognized and readmitted to all her forfeited rights Our Senators and Representatives have lingered for many months at the threshold of the Government, asking to be re-seated in the National Councils.

In view of the rebellious conduct of so many of our people, and the treachery of those who controlled her action, Congress has deemed it necessary to require of us certain conditions, precedent, as guarantees for our future loyalty. To this end it has been deemed necessary to the future security of the whole country that the State Legislature should ratify certain amendments to the Consti

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tution of the United States, which may be briefly stated, as follows:

1. Equal protection of all citizens in the enjoyment of life, liberty and property.

2. That classes who are disfranchised without crime shall not be taken into account in fixing the basis of Federal representation.

3. That certain persons who have proved themselves dangerous to the peace of the country shall not be eligible to office.

4. The validity of the National debt shall not be questioned, while all debts incurred in aid of the rebellion are illegal and void.

As to the disloyal portion of our people, these terms are mild in the extreme; and it is hoped that there is nothing in them repugnant to the sentiments of the loyal, or if there be, that all objections will be yielded upon the altar of our common country.

Therefore, I, William G. Brownlow, Governor of the State of Tennessee, in consideration of the premises, and viewing the present as an "extraordinary occasion,” do issue this my proclamation, convening the General Assembly in extraordinary session, to consider of said amendments to the Federal Constitution, and do call upon the members thereof to assemble in the State Capitól, on Wednesday, July 4, 1866, when and where "the purposes for which they will have been convened” will be more fully stated to them. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and

caused the Great Seal of the State to be affixed, at the Department in the city of Nashville, the 19th day of

June, 1866. By the Governor,

W. G. BROWNLOW.
A. J. FLETCHER, Sec'y of State.
The Senate was called to order, Mr. Speaker Frierson in the
chair.

Roll called under the rules.
Present...

-16 Absent..

7 Senators present were:

Bosson, Cypert, Carrigan, Frazier of Wilson, Frazier of Knox, Johnson, Keith, McFarland, McElwee, Nelson, Powell, Smith, Senter, Trimble, Thompson and the Speaker.

Senators absent were:
Aldridge, Cate, Case, Hall, Muse, McKinney and Spence.

There being no quorum present, on motion of Senator Trimble, the Senate adjourned to meet at 10 o'clock, A. M., to-morrow.

SEAL

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The Senate met pursuant to adjournment, Mr. Speaker Frierson in the chair.

The Senate was opened with prayer.
Roll called under the rules.
Present.--

-17 Absent...

6 Senators present were:

Messrs. Aldridge, Bosson, Cypert, Case, Carrigan, Frazier of Knox, Johnson, Keith, McFarland, McElwee, Nelson, Powell, Smith, Senter, Trimble, Thompson and the Speaker.

Senators absent were:

Messrs. Cate, Frazier of Wilson, Hall, Muse, McKinney and Spence.

There being a quorum present, the minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

Senator Bosson offered Senate Resolution No. 1, to-wit:

Resolved, That a Committee of three be appointed by the Speaker to wait on the Governor and inform him that the Senate is organized and ready to receive and consider any communication from him.

Senator Bosson moved a suspension of the rules to take up the Resolution.

Pending the further consideration of the motion made by Senator Bosson,

On motion of Senator Trimble, the Senate adjourned to meet at 10 o'clock, to-morrow morning.

FRIDAY, JULY 6, 1866.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment, Mr. Speaker Frierson in the chair.

Senate opened with prayer.

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