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Begun and held in the city of Tallahassee, on Monday, June 23, 1845




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Begun and held at the Capitol, in the city of Tallahassee, in the State

of Florida, on Monday the twenty-third day of June, eighteen hun. odred and forty-five, being the first Session of the General Assembly held under the Constitution of the Stale of Florida.

On which day, the Senate was called to order by Thos. F. King, Secretary of the Senate of the late Legislative Council.

A Certificate of the Secretary of the Territory and the Constitional Committee, showing the names of those who, according to the election returns, received by them, had the greatest number of votes for Governor, Representative to Congress, and Members of the Gen. eral Assembly, was then read.

The roll was called, and the following members answered to

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From the 3d Senatorial Districi- Thomas M. White.
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Joel Porter.
Geo. S. Hawkins.
Robert B. Haughton.
James A. Berthelot and David

S. Walker.
William Bellamy.
Dennitt H. Mays.
Daniel Bell.
Jesse Carter.
Gabriel Priest.
John Broward.
Adam S. Goodbread.

George Center.
On motion by Mr. Berthelot, Mr. Broward was called to the chair.

On motion by Mr. Hawkins, the session was opened with prayer by the Rev. G. A. Mallett.

On motion by Mr. Berthelot, the members present presented their certificates and were sworn by Hon. James E. Broome, Judge of Leon County Court.

Mr. McLean from the second Senatorial District, presented a certificate from the Clerk of the County Court of Washington County, showing that Daniel G. McLean had received the highest number of Totes for Senator of said District, differing from the returns received by the Secretary of the Territory and the Constitutional Committee, which gave Washington Tabor the highest number of votes, but were not complete.

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On motion by Mr. Berthelot, Mr. McLean was sworn and took his seat.

On motion by Mr. Carter, the Senate adjourned until 3 o'clock, P. M.

3 o'cLOCK, P. M. On motion by Mr. Hawkins, the Senate proceeded to the election of President.

The Hon. James A. Berthelot was unanimously elected.

On motion, Messrs. Hawkins and Priest were appointed a committee to conduct the President to the Chair.

The committee performed that duty, and the President returned his acknowledgments in an appropriate and forcible address.

On motion by Mr. Haughton, the Senate proceeded to the election of Chief Secretary of the Senate.

Thomas F. King was unanimously elected.

On motion by Mr. Center, the Senate adjourned until to-morrow morning, 10 o'clock.

TUESDAY, June 24th, 1845. The Senate met pursuant to adjournment, and a quorum being present, yesterday'e proceedings were read and approved.

On motion of Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Wright, Senator elect from the first Senatorial District, presented a certificate of his election from the Clerk of Escambia County Court, and was sworn by the Hon. James E. Broome.

The President of the Senate and the Chief Secretary were then also qualified by the Hon. James E. Broome.

On motion of Mr. Haughton the rules of the Senate of the last Legislative Council were adopted for the present government of the Senate, and a committee of three was appointed to draft others for the government of the Senate during its present session.

Messrs. Haughton, Mays and Wright, were appointed that Com. mittee.

Mr. Walker offered the following resolution :

Resolved, That a Committee of five be appointed to report resolutions expressing the regret of the Senate at the intelligence received this morning of the death of General Jackson, that this motion be adopted unanimously by the Senators rising from their seats; that the Senate adjourn until 4 o'clock, P. M., in order that the Com. mittee might have time to report; and that no further business be transacted to-day by the Senate after acting on the resolutions to be reported.

Which resolution was adopted accordingly by the Senators all standing.

Messrs. Walker, Haughton, Ilawkins, Center and Carter were appointed that committee.

The Senate adjourned until 4 o'clock, P. M.

4 o'CLOCK, P. M. Mr. Walker, from the select committee appointed to report resolutions expressive of the regret of the Senate at the death of General Jackson, made the following report, which was received unanimous. ly:

The committee appointed to draft resolutions expressive of the feelings of this body on receipt of the intelligence of the death of Gen. Jackson, respectfully

REPORT: That the task assigned them is one which it is impossible for them adequately to perform. To express in words the deep grief which every patriot heart must feel on this melancholy occasion, is impos. sible. No matter to what political party we may belong, when we remember that we enjoy the rights and privileges of American free. men, we cannot fail to experience the deepest grief on hearing of the death of the illustrious man who has done perhaps more than any other since the days of Washington to sustain those rights—to continue to us those privileges, and to enable us to hand them down to our posterity unimpaired, as we received them from our ancestors.

No matter to what part of the long and glorious career of that illustrious citizen the committee turn their attention, they still see so much that is patriotic, wise and great, that their grief for his death is more and more enhanced as they contemplate the subject. Shall we view him in his boyish days? We find him at the tender age of 14 leaving, his widowed mother's roof, to go and battle against the enemies of his country. Shall we view him as a prisoner at that early age? We find him prefering to suffer death rather than sub. mit to any indignity unbecoming an American prisoner. Shall we view him in early manhood? We find him by diligent study and application making amends for the deficiencies in his early educa. tion, occasioned by his active exertions in the field. We will find him a little while after, entering boldly and successfully on the practice of the law, and by his talents, integrity and firmness gaining the confidence and esteem of his new friends in the State of Tennessee, where he had located himself. A little while, and we find him again in the field repelling the savage foe from the frontiers of his adopted State. Yet a little longer and we find him a distinguished member of the Senate of the United States. Shall we view him when the second war of independence is raging! We find him a Major General in the army of the United States, and closing that war in a blaze of glory at the battle of New Orleans.

Shall we observe him again? He is President of the United States of America, preserving an honorable peace with all nations -paying off the entire national debt; but more and most of all by his wisdom, justice and firmness, preserving the integrity of this glo. rious confederacy of States.

Deep as must be the grief of the whole American people, ours, as

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