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Mr. J. J. WRIGHT said as there were several candidates for printer, he thought the matter should be left to the decision of the Convention.
Mr. DUNCAN said the action of the Committee was not binding or the House, but they could make the best terms and then submit the propositions to the House.
The motion to elect a printer was agreed to.
Mr. E. W. M. MACKEY nominated H. Judge Moore, publisher of the Charleston Advocate.
A delegate stated that Mr. Moore's facilities for doing the work were ample, and, moreover, that he had intimated his purpose, if given the printing of the Convention, to commence the publication of a daily Republican paper
Dr. N. J. NEWELL moved to lay the subject on the table.
Mr. DUNCAN moved that a Committee of three be appointed to communicate with the several printing establishments in the city, and ascertain the best terms and arrangements for the work that can be effected, and to report at the next session of the House.
The PRESIDENT stated as the motion to elect was adopted, no other motion could be entertained except a subsidiary motion.
Mr. R. C. DELARGE moved to strike out all after the word "resolved,"? and insert "that a Committee of three be appointed by the House to receive bids for the printing of the Convention, the names of the respective parties and their proposals to be reported to-morrow morning."
The substitute was adopted.
Mr. DELARGE moved a reconsideration of the motion just adopted, and that the motion for reconsideration be laid upon the table.
The PRESIDENT announced the following Committee on Printing : Messrs. R. C. DeLarge, Dr. J. C. Neagle, S. Corley, A. C. Richmond, B. F. Randolph, J. M. Runion, L. S. Langley.
Mr. J. M. RUTLAND offered the following:
Resolved, That it be referred to a Special Committee of five, to enquire as to the propriety of calling to the aid of this Convention one or more of the Solicitors of the State, for the purpose of preparing, in proper legal form, the Ordinances and other measures of this convention, and that the said Committee report by resolution or otherwise.
Mr. E. W. M. MACKEY moved that the resolution be laid on the table, which was agreed to.
Dr. N. J. NEWELL called the attention of the President to the fact that a number of gentlemen had been appointed upon three out of five Committees yesterday, and some of them made Chairman of two. Other members, representing larger and more wealthy constituencies, had been ignored in these appointments. He believed this had occurred through inadvertence or in the hurry of business, and not from any partiality on the part of the President. To prevent its recurrence, however, he submitted the following resolution:
Resolved, That no delegation be allowed to serve upon more than one Standing Committee at a time, and that should it create inconvenience to the several Committees, the Convention shall so arrange its deliberations as to give them ample time to prepare business.
The PRESIDENT stated that one gentleman was appointed on three Committees, and, to his surprise, another had been made Chairman of two. This arose from his unavoidable temporary absence during the session of yesterday, and the occupancy of the Chair by another presiding officer, (Mr. WHITTEMORE.) Several gentlemen had been appointed by both officers to different Committees, and hence the labors of these gentlemen were much increased, to the regret of the President, who desired that the labors of the Convention in Committee work should be equally divided among the members. It was not the intention of the Chair to make appointments other than in the most impartial manner, or to make any gentleman work more than he should.
Dr. NEWELL begged leave, after these explanations, to withdraw his resolution.
Mr. B. BYASS offered a resolution that the Sergeant-at-Arms be required to reserve seats for the use of lady spectators.
Mr. L. S. LANGLEY moved to amend by striking out the words, “lady spectators,'' and insert ladies, which was agreed to.
The resolution as amended was adopted.
Mr. S. A. SWAILS offered a resolution for the appointment of a Comimittee of three to wait upon the Hon. George S. Bryan, United States District Judge, and Major D. T. Corbin, United States District Attorney, and invite them to a seat on the floor of the Convention.
Mr. R. C. DELARGE moved to amend by inserting, “and all other Judges from Courts of Record in the city.”
Mr. J. J. WRIGHT objected, as he might be placed upon that committee, and he should dislike the responsibility of going round to invite all the Judges of the Courts of Record.
The amendment was not agreed to. The original resolution was then adopted.
On motion of Mr. E. W. M. MACKEY, a Committee of three was appointed to define the duties of the subordinate officers of the ConvenThe PRESIDENT announced the following Committee : E. W. M. Mackey, D. H. Chamberlain, and W. E. Rose.
Mr. L. S. LANGLEY offered the following:
Resolved, That, in the opinion of this Convention, the weal of the Republic and of the Commonwealth of South Carolina requires that the further confiscation of lands and disfranchisement for political offences should be forever abandoned.
On motion, the resolution was laid upon the table for the present.
Mr. WHITTEMORE, Chairman of the Committee to report what Standing Committees were necessary for the Convention, reported the following: Committee on Bill of Rights, Legislative Committee, Executive Committee, Committee on the Judiciary, Committee on Franchise and Elections, Committee on Education, Committee on Finance, Committee on Rules and Regulations, Committee on Petitions, Committee on Miscellaneous Matter, Committee on Review and Consolidation.
The Report was adopted and the Committee discharged.
Mr. WHITTEMORE, from the Committee appointed to wait upon Generals Canby, Scott, Clitz, His Excellency Governor Orr, and the Mayor of the City, reported that having waited upon those gentlemen, they all expressed their thanks for the compliment, and requested the Committee to assure the Convention that they would take the earliest opportunity to visit the body.
The report was adopted, and on motion of Mr. R. C. DELARGE, the Committee was discharged.
Mr. DUNCAN offered the following resolution which was adopted :
Resolved, That a Committee of five be appointed to consider what measures are necessary for the relief of the people of the State, and to report as early as possible.
On motion of Mr. R. C. DELARGE it was
Resolved, That all resolutions and motions, save those of temporary character, be referred to the appropriate Standing Committees.
Mr. J. M. RUNION offered the following:
1. Resolved, That whatever differences of opinion may exist as to the late plan of reconstruction enacted by the Congress of the United States, however ultra men in the South or in the North may oppose or denounce them, there is but one course of action for the true patriots to pursue, and that is unhesitatingly and in good faith to carry out their enactments.
2. Resolved, That the reconstruction measures, as passed by Congress, should be recognized as being the supreme laws of the land, passed by the constitutional authority of the United States, and are therefore en. titled to the unhesitating support of every citizen of this great Republic.
3. Resolved, That those measures combined form a harmonious whole and constitute the chart by which twelve millions of people are to be guided into the haven of perpetual union on the basis of equal justice, without regard to race or color.
On motion of Mr. R. O. DELARGE, the resolutions were referred to the Committee on Bill of Rights. The PRESIDENT announced Messrs. NEWELL, JILLSON and
. KERSHAW as the Committee to wait upon Judge Bryan and District Attorney Corbin, and invite them to seats in the Convention.
Mr. B. F. RANDOLPH moved that a Committee on Militia, a Committee on Charitable Institutions, and a Committee on Incorporations be added to those named by the Committee on Standing Committees. Referred to the Committee on Miscellaneous Matters.
Mr. N. G. PARKER offered the following, which was referred to the Committee on the Legislative part of the Constitution :
WHEREAS, in every State of the United States, and in every unreconstructed State under the Government of the United States, the several divisions of the same are denominated counties, except the State of South Carolina and Louisiana ; therefore
Resolved, That the several Districts of this State shall hereafter be known and denominated Counties.
Mr. B. 0. DUNCAN offered the following:
Resolved, That Major-General Ed. R. S. Canby be requested to suspend all executions of judgments or other forcible collections of debts contracted prior to the 30th June 1865, for the space of three months, or until further measures of relief can be matured by this Convention.
Mr. F. J. MOSES, Jr., said the resolution was entirely superfluous, as General Canby had already issued such an order.
Mr. WHITTEMORE asked if this resolution was designed for the protection of any of the gentlemen of the Convention,
Mr. DUNCAN said he was not aware that such was the case. not the case of the mover at any rate.
Mr. J. J. WRIGHT said he was utterly opposed to the proposition. General Canby had already issued an order securing to every person a home, which was evidently all the resolution aimed to accomplish; but whether he had done so or not, it would be well for the Convention to pause before dictating measures which could not be carried out when enacted. It might be necessary to pass some laws of a legislative character, but it remained to be seen when or how they were to be enforced. For one he preferred to see the Convention engagad in its legitimate work-namely, that of framing the Constitution and establishing the supreme law of the State. He hoped, therefore, the resolution would be voted down.
Mr. DUNCAN said he did not presume to dictate to General Canby. This is a simple request, and a Convention of the people of South Carolina had a right to make that request. General Canby's order does not include debts contracted prior to the secession of the State, but only those between the 19th of December, 1860. and the 30th of June, 1865. The debts now oppressing the people of the State are those contracted prior to the war. During the war, debts could be paid, but there was a regulation of the finances of the rebel Government which prevented the possihility of paying old debts. On that account the present order of General Canby does not cover the troubles of the country. These troubles are not known generally. Hundreds of farmers are burdened with debts contracted when property was in an entirely different condition and lands were more valuable. Now the sale of these lands will not pay the debts when sold, as they are at great sacrifice. The creditor is not paid, and the debtor is thrown out of house and home. The only class benefitted are the men who speculated during the war, and the lawyers who collect the debts. Nor are the freedmen benefitted, for they are deprived of employment by the breaking up of their old homes and employers. Pass such an order as this, however, and the farmers and planters will be enabled to procure farming implements and provisions.
Mr. J. H. RAINEY advocated the passage of the resolution. He believed it to be of vital importance; many debts had been contracted, for which bonds were given; for instance, debts due for the purchase of blaves. These bonds had matured, and the debtor being unable to meet his obligations, his lands were seized and property taken by the officers of the law. He thought the Convention should take measures to ameliorate the condition of the people at this time. If they had been able to accumulate any money during the past year, they should be allowed to keep it to purchase farming utensils and provisions to meet their necessities. If we allow them to be taken hold of by the law, our State will be more impoverished and no good will be gained. He had no doubt the gentleman from Beaufort, (Mr. J.J. WRIGHT,) was in favor of enforcing the law, as he is a lawyer and gets his bread by its enforcement. They, the representatives, were not lawyers, and they should be desirous of doing everything to ameliorate their condition.
Mr. F. L. CARDOZO. I am opposed to the passage of this resolution: The Convention should be certain that their acts are not of doubtful con