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Floridians, must be yet deeper. As has been well observed by an orator of our own State, “His sword first drew aside the curtain and exposed this lovely Land of Flowers, our own young, bright and beautiful Florida, “ to the admiring gaze of his countrymen.'
But if the committee had the ability, which they are far from pretending to have, they have not the time to refer, even in a brief manner, to more than a very small number of those patriotic deeds which have rendered his name so illustrious, and which will embalm his fame forever in the greatful recollection of his countrymen.
As a feeble effort to discharge the duty imposed upon them, the committee recommend the adoption of the following preamble and resolutions :
WHEREAS, It has pleased Almighty God to remove from amongst us our illustrious fellow.citizen, General Andrew Jackson, the ninth President of the United States : And whereas, the death of such a man, occupying, as he has ever done, so prominent a place in public affairs, and so closely interwoven as is his name with the history of the country, must create a deep sensation in the public mind, and form an occasion of extraordinary interest. Therefore,
Resolved by the Senate, That we do but give vent to the feelings of our constituents and to those of the whole American people, when we thus publicly express in solemn, official form, the profound and unqualified regret with which we are penetrated at this afflictive dispensation of Providence.
Resolved, That if a life of varied and important public service, it unswerving devotion to what he regarded the true interests of the country, and an integrity in the discharge of official duty surpassing that of Rome in the proudest days of her Regulus, can entitle a man while living to the honors of his country; and when no more, to its deep and fervent regret, General Jackson has deserved and received of the American people both the one and the other.
Resolved, That the Senate, in testimony of their respect for his memory, and grief for our loss, wear crape on the left arm for the period of 60 days.
Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed to confer with the committees who may be appointed by the House of Representatives and the citizens of Florida, to make suitable arrangements for paying respect to his memory.
D. S. WALKER, Chairman. The preamble and resolutions were then unanimously adopted.
Messrs. Walker, Broward, Center, Bellamy and White were appointed a joint select committee on the part of the Senate, in pursu. ance of the fourth resolution.
A committee from the House informed the Senate that the House was ready to meet the Senate, and canvass the votes given in the late election, for Governor.
On motion a committee consisting of Messrs. Haughton, Wright and Carter, was appointed to inform the House that in consequence
of the resolution of the Senate adopted this morning, to transact no fur. ther business after acting upon the resolutions to be reported by the select committee on the subject of the death of Gen. Jackson, the Sen. ate must decline the invitation of the House to meet this evening and canvass the votes for Governor.
The committee retired to perform that duty.
A committee from the House informed the Senate that the House would be ready to canvass the votes for Governor and Representa. tive to Congress, to-morrow morning at 9 o'clock.
On motion of Mr. Haughton, the Senate adjourned until to-morrow morning 9 o'clock.
WEDNESDAY, June 25th, 1845. The Senate met pursuant to adjournment, and a quorum being present, yesterday's proceedings were read and approved.
On motion of Mr. Haughton, a committee, consisting of Messrs. Walker, McLean and White, was appointed to inform the House that the Senate was ready to meet the House, and count the votes for Governor in the late election.
The committee retired, and after a few minutes, returned and re. ported that the House would be ready to meet the Senate in 15 min. utes.
A committee of the House, consisting of Messrs. Floyd, Brown and Loring, informed the Senate that the House was ready to count the votes for Governor, and that the committee was instructed to conduct the Senate to the Hall of the House of Representatives.
The Senate then proceeded to the Hall of the House of Repre. sentatives, when the Speaker opened and published the returns of election for Governor, in the presence of both Houses, and announced that William D. Moseley, having received the highest number of votes, was Governor of the State of Florida, to serve four years from the 26th day of May last, and until his successor be chosen and qualified.
The Senators then returned to the Senate Chamber. On motion of Mr. Hawkins, the Senate proceeded to the election of Sergeant-at-Arms and Messenger.
Edward Bolon was duly elected Sergeant-at-Ames, and Wm. S. Dinsmore, Messenger. The following message was received from the House :
HousE OF REPRESENTATIVES, June 25, 1845. To the President of the Senate :
Sir : The House have adopted the enclosed resolution, and have appointed Messrs. Floyd, Smith and Branch, the Committee on the part of the House, therein mentioned.
Ch. Clerk Ho. Rep.
Resolved, That a Joint Committee of three on the part of this House and three on the part of the Senate, be appointed to wait forthwith upon William D. Moseley, and inform him that he has been duly and legally elected and declared first Governor of the State of Florida, to serve for four years from the 26th day of May, 1845, and until his successor is chosen and qualified ; and ascertain when and where it will be his pleasure to take the oath of office prescribed by the Constitution ; and that such Committee be also authorized to make suitable arrangements for his inaugeration into office; the Committee to make report, if practicable, this morning.
The resolution was unanimously adopted, and Messrs. Hawkins, Center and Bell appointed a committee in pursuance thereof, on the part of the Senate.
The committee retired, and after a short time, and in concurrence with the committee of the House, through Mr. Hawkins, made the following report, which was received:
The joint committee of the Senate and House, appointed to wait on William D. Moseley, Governor elect, &c.,
REPORT: That they have fulfilled that duty, and the Governor elect has informed them he will take the oath of office on this day, at such place as the General Assembly may direct. And that the committee hav. ing ascertained that the citizens of Florida, residing at this city, and in its vicinity, have appointed a committee and made arrangements for the inauguration of the Gorernor elect, subject to the control of the General Assembly, report that the said arrangements be concur. red in, and that a committee of the two Houses be appointed to act with said committee of citizens to effect the same. And they report a copy of the Programm of the arrangements, in which they request the concurrence of the two Houses.
And they report that the chairman of the Committee of Arrange. ments of the citizens presented the Governor elect and your committee, with a Stand of Colors for the State, which is now presented to the Legislature, the same being approved by the Governor elect. The committee report the following resolution :
Resolved by the General Assembly, That the Colors now presented be the Colors of the State of Florida till changed by law, and that the same be placed over the Speaker's chair of the House of Repre. sentatives.
Mr. Hawkins moved the adoption of the resolution, but it being decided to be a resolution of a public nature, was considered as read a first time.
The committee then retired to report to the House.
HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES, June 25, 1845. To the President of the Senate :
A motion was carried by the House that the Senate be informed
that the unanimous concurrence of the House has been given to the report of the Committee appointed to inform William D. Moseley of his election as Governor of Florida, and the resolution reported has been unanimously adopted.
Your ob't servant,
Chief Clerk Ho. Rep. House REPRESENTATIVES, June 25, 1945. To the President of the Senate :
The following gentlemen have been appointed by the House to act with a similar Committee to be appointed by the Senate and the Committee of arrangements appointed by the citizens, in the inau. guration of William D. Moseley as first Governor of the State of Florida, viz: Messrs. Floyd, Branch and Phillips.
Your ob't servant,
Chief Clerk Ho. Rep. House REPRESENTATIVES, June 25, 1845. To the President of the Senate :
The following gentlemen have been appointed a committee to con. fer with that appointed by the Senate and the citizens of Florida, to make suitable arrangements for paying respect to the memory of An. drew Jackson, viz: Messrs. Lorirg, Ferguson, Goff, Myers and Ellis.
Your obedient servant,
M. D. PAPY.
Ch. Elk. Ho. Rep. The following resolution was offered by Mr. Haughton, and read the first time :
Resolred, That the Senate, during its present session, confine it. self to such Legislative action as is indispensable to the proper or. ganization and conduct of the Government.
tion of Mr. Haughton, the Senate adjourned until to-morrow 10 o'clock, A. M.
THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 1845. The Senate met pursuant to adjournment, and a quorum being present, yesterday's proceedings were read and approved.
of motion of Mr. Broward :
Resolved, That the printing of the Senate during the present ses. sion, be giren to the printers that will perform the same on the cheapest terms, and that a committee of three, to be composed of persons acquainted with the price of printing, be appointed to receive proposals for that purpose, and report the same to the Senate.
Messrs. Hawkins, Carter and Wright were appointed that Com mittee.
Mr. Broward offered the following resolution :
Resolved, 'That the Secretary of State furnish each precinct in every county of this State, with a copy of the Journals of every session of the General Assembly.
Which was read the first time.
House of REPRESENTATIVES,
June 25, 1845. To the President of the Senate :
The following resolution has been adopted by the House of Representatives :
Resolved, That a joint committee of three be appointed by this House, to act with a similar Committee on the part of the Senate, to wait on his Excellency the Governor, and inform him that the General Assembly of Florida is now organized, and ready to receive any communication ho may wish to make to the same.
Messrs. Branch, Loring and Stone, were appointed that Committee on the part of the House. Your obedient servant,
M. D. PAPY,
Clerk House Representatives. Which committee then informed the Senate according to the purport of the resolution.
Messrs, Walker, White and Mays, were then appointed a Commit. tee to act in concurrence with the Committee from the House, in pursuance of said resolution. The following communication was received from the House :
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
June 26th, 1845. Hon. President of the Senate :
The following resolution has been adopted by the House, and ordered to be certified to the Senate, viz :
Resolved, That this House, (the Senate concurring therein,) will, at 12 o'clock on Tuesday, the first day of July next, proceed to the election of two Senators, to represent the State of Florida in the Uniicd States Senate. Your obedient servant,
M. D. PAPY,
Clerk House Representatives. Which resolution was read the first time, and laid on the table till to.morrow.
ORDERS OF THE DAY.
Was read a second time; and laid on the ble.