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tinps have been conducted with distinguished ability, and the commille have no hesitatione in saying that they are entitled 10 the confidence of the public.

Since the period has assed, require! hv law, for the Banks of this rerritory to make their annual statements to the execillive, to be boy liim subunited 10 the Legislative Council, wo new Bankme institutions have commenced operations, (viz :) the Southern Life Insurance and Trust Company, focaled at St. Augusiine, and the Commercial Bank of Florida, at Appalachicula. The comme: e bu ve every reason to relieve that those institutions havete omenced operations upon a soliit basis, and from the bighi characters of the individuals who Save the management of them, it is confidentially expecied ibar they will have a tendency to increase the money facilities of the country, and preserve a healıhy and sound circulating medinm.

The committee have understood that since the commencement of the present session, the “Farmers Bank of Florida," 1!1ended by its charler 10 be located : Marianna in Jackson County, has gone into operation, or rather that it has noies in circulilon: ivhether the Bank has complied witle the requisilions of its rhinier, the commillee cannot learn. Although chili re: ti!"quiry boos been made, the coninillee cannot discover Thilie Slicers and directors reside within the Territory of Fox, or that even the vilice of the institution is iviiliin Jack Suni ('st!!!V, (1 buc Cullrary they understand from different sources imitired to consideration, il suo lie whole operations of Tie Bink ille conducted in Georerin, il nied that the officers and directors l'esicle some where in the vicinity of Macon, in that Slulas Tie colnilice cannot ibiuk hal it is right anii proper 118The corporale tranchises of the institution should be exercice utral on ner, ind ihey deem is but an act of cury to 1.e people of Florida, and the adjoining Slates to advise ihem 103 be will of the noies of the Biruki. The comitee recommeid ibai lexul stejos be dirthwih taken in conipel a fortiture and someuder of the charter, ind for that purpose propose the adoption of the accompanying resolution. lespectiully submitted :

E, J. WOOD,

Chairman of committee on Banks. Resolved, 'That the allerney of the Unived States, for the distrien of west Florida, be requested and required to institute proceedings in the nature of quo warranto forthwith, against ibe persons exerci-ing the ;). wers and priviledges granted by the act incorporatinor ihe Formers Bank of Florida,” and if ir be found in they have no n., biz 10 exercise such powers, that lie acopelegral measures to l'estrain them from so doing.

Wuieli wis read and concurred in: and the resoiulion acconpanying the same adopted : and 500 copies of the report and accompanying documents ordered 10 be printed.

mr. Berthielii from the commitiee on Eurolments, reported as correctly Euroled :

An act for the relief of the Central Bank. 1:1 101 10:00!!!e1he Si Josephi's Insurance company.

All Citihend an aci conceruing depositions, passed No. vember 17th 1828.

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An act respecting the escheated estate of Wm Pritchard, deccased.

An act amendatory of the several acis relating to the School Lands in the Territory of Florida.

An act for the relief of Eliza M. Shaw.
A resolution allowing Duval county an additional member.

A resolution authorizing the Territorial Treasurer to pur. chase the full lengılı portrait of Washington, to be placed in The Legislative Hall.

inr. Morion from the select committee to whom the subject was relerred made the lollowing report :

The select coinminee 10 whom was referred so much of the annual message of the Governor as relates to the compilation Laws of this Territory, beg leave to report:

That in the discharge of their duty they addressed a note to one of the coonaciors informing liini of their wish to receive any explanations he might have to make, or reasons he might wish 10 assigll, whir the work has not been delivered according lo contract, and received in reply a communication in writing which is herewilii submitted.

The committee leel it due in the council to express their, opinion that proper diligence has not been used in the fulfilment of the coniract by the contractors; buithe committee beiny of opinion that the Governor is vested, by the act of the last council (approved, February 121h 1835) with sufficient power to enforce iis fulfilment, do not think ihat any further action on the part of this council is necessary. All of which is respectfully submitted. JACKSON MORTON,

Chairman. Which was read and concurred in.

mr. Smith from the select commiliee to whom was referred a bill entiler!, "an act to provide for the nore effectual defer.ce of the Territory of Florida,” reported as a substitute therefor a bill entitled, “an aci to provide for the more effec. tual defence of the Territory of Florida and for the militia and volunieers of said territory, employed in thai desence,” which report was concurred in and said bill •vas read ihe second time and ordered for a third reading io morrow,

mr. Wood from 'he select committee 10 whom was referred the petition of S. B. Shelton, reported a bill entitled, an act to divorce Sarah B. Shelton," the yeas and nays being required on concurring will said report, by messrs. Brown of Columbia and Johnson, were Yeas nır. President, messrs Blount, Brown of Columbia, Brown » Jackson, Burritt, Dennis, Downing, Higginbotham, Holloman, Hunter, Macon. M'Cants, Morion, Ramsey, Sinili

, Walker and Wood—17. Nays, messrs Berthelot, Johnson, Kenav, M'Neil and Tabor-5. Só said report is concurred in, and said bill was read the first and second times (the rule being waived) and ordered for a third reading 10 day.

mır. Berthelot from the committee to whom was referred a bill entiiled, “an act 10 regulate the patrols of the Territory of Florida,” reported as a substitule therelior a bill entiiled, act to repeal an act concerning patrols, passed February 6th 1834, and for other purposes," which report was concurred in

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by the House, and said bill was read a second time and ordered for a third reading on to day.

Certain resolutions offered on yesterday by mr. Morton were again taken up, and amended on his motion by striking out one in the first resolution and inserting “ two” in the place of it, also by striking out the words " from East Florida” in said resolution, also a blank in the third resolution, was in like manner filled up with the words “five hundred” when said resoJutions were read; the veas and nays being required on the passage of said resolutions, by messrs. Dennis and Smith, Yeas mr. President, messrs. Berthelot, Blount, Brown of CoJumbia, Brown of Jackson, Burritt, Downing, Duval, Higginbotham, Hunter, Kenan, M'Cants, M'Neil, Morton, Ramsey, Smith, Walker and Wood-18. Nays messrs. Dennis, Johnsun and Macon-3. So said resolutions are passed.

The House then proceeded to the election of commissioners authorized by said resolutions, when Joseph L. Smith & Chas. Downing, menibers of this House, were declared duly elected.

mr. President laid before the House the following executive messages :

EXECUTIVE OFFICE, ?

February 13th 1836. To the Legislative Council :

I nominate to the council, James B. Latimer, of Maryland, commissioner to take the acknowledgement and proof of the execution of Deeds, Mortgages and other conveyances of Lands, Tenements, &. Hereditaments lying & being in the Territory of Florida : and of any contract, letter of attorney or any writing under seal, to be used or recorded ir. said Territory.

JOHN H. EATON.
EXECUTIVE OFFICE,

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To the Legislative Council :

I nominate to the council, agreeably to the act of the 15th January, James S. Bell, to be colonel, and Samuel B. Richardson, to be lieutenant colonel, and Asa Tuwnsend, to be major, in and for the 13th regiment, composed of the counties of Madison and Hamilton.

JOHN H. EATON. The House advised and consented to the nominations there. in contained, in secret session, when the door was again opened.

The House in committee of the whole again took under consideration a bill entitled, an act for the compensation of the members and officers of the council and for other purposes, after some time spent therein the committee rose, and mr. Burritt therefrom reported progress, and asked leave to sit again, which report was concurred in by the House.

The House took unler reconsideration the following bills returned rejected, or for amendment, by the Governor, viz:

"An act to amend an act to prevent trespasses and depredations on lands within the jurisdiction of Flordia,” the yeas and nays being required on ihe passage of said bill

, in opposi tion to the objections of the Governor; were Yeas messrs. Berthelot, Blount, Brown of Columbia, Brown of Jackson,

Burritt, Dennis, Downing, Higvinbotham, Hollomar, Hunter, Johnson, Kenan, M'Cants, M'Neil, Morton, Ramsey, Smith, Tabor, Walker and Wood—19. Nays mr. President, messrs. Duval and Macon—3. So said bill is passed, by the required lawsul majority.

A bill entitled, “an act cincerning the hostile negroes and m ulattoes in the Seminole war," was amended in conformity to the suggestions of the Governor, and read the third time and passed ; ordered that the title be as before siated.

A bill entitled, “an act to authorize the guardian or tutor of Jayene Fontainuals and Ylla to sell and dispose of the real estate of said heirs within this Territory." and

A bill entitled, “ an act to authorize the guardian and iutor of the minor heir of Daniel E. Burch deceased, to sell the real estate of said heir within this Territory," were on motion of mr. Blount indefinitely postponed.

A bill entitled, “an act to incorporate the Florida Insurance and Banking company," was taken up; the yeas and nays being taken on its passage, in opposition to the Governor's ob.. jections and rejection, were Yeas messrs. Berthelot, Blount, Brown of Columbia, Brown of Jackson, Burritt, Dennis, Downing, Duval, Higginbotham. Hunter, Jobinson, Kenan, Macon, M'Cants, M'Neil, Morton, Ramsey, Smith, Tabor and Walker --19. Nays mr. President and mr. Wood—2. And said bill is passed by the majority required by law.

A bill entitled, “an act to authorize the Governor of the Territory of Florida, to raise volunteers for the defence of the South Eastern Frontier," was on motion of mr. Blount indefinitely postponed.

A bill entitled. “an act to establish two terms of the Superior Court in Columbia county," was taken up "for reconside ration ; the yeas and nays being taken thereon, in opposition to the Governor's objections; were Yeas mr. President, messrs. Berthelot, Blount, Brown of Columbia, Brown of Jackson, Burritt, Dennis, Duval, Higginbotham, Hunter, Johnson, Kenan, Macon, M'Cants, M'Neil

, Morton, Tabor, Walker and Wood-19. Nays mr. Smith-1 And said bill is passed by the majority required by law.

A bill entitled, “an act to incorporate the city of Key West," was taken up for reconsideration and amended in conformity with the suggestions of the Governor; when said bill was read the third time and passed.

A bill entitled, an act to repeal the 27th section of an act etitled, an act concerning wills, letters testamentary, and letters of administration, and the duties of executors, administrators and guardians," was on motion of mr. Brown of Jackson, in.. definitely postponed,

A bill entitled, “ an act to grant a lease of two sections of School Lands, to J. A. S. Norman, for the purposes of education," was taken up: mr. Morton moved th indefinite postponement of said bill; the yeas and nays being required thereon, by messrs. Morton and Brown of Jackson, were Yeas messrs. Berthelot, Brown of Jackson, Dennis, Kenan, Macon, Morton and Ramsey-—7. Nays mr. President, messrs. Blount Brown of Columbia, Burritt, Duval, Higginbotham, Hunter, Johnson, M'Cants, M'Neil, Ramsey, Smith, Tabor and Wood -14. So said motion is lost.

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The House went into committee of the whole on said bill; alier some time spent therein the cor milee rose, and mr. Duval therelrom reported said bill a rended; which report was concurred in, and said bill (the rule being waived) was read the second and third times and put or its passage ; the yeas and nays being required thereon, by messrs. Morion and Brown of Jackson, were Yeas mr. President, messss. Berthelot, Brown of Columbia, Brown of Jackson, Burrilt, Duval, Higginbotham, Hunter, M'Canis, M'Neil, Sinith, Tabor, Walker and Wood—14 Nays messrs. Blouni, Dennis, Johnson, Kenan, Morton and Ramsey—6. So said bill is passed; ordered that the title be, an act to grant a lease of one section of the School Lands to J. A. 3. Norman, for the purpose of educa tion."

The resolutions offered on this morning by mr. Duval in relation to an appropriation for a revised code, were again read and adopted.

A bill entitled, “an act to divorce Sarah B. Shelton, from her husband Philo B. Shelton,” was read the third time; the yeas and nays being required on its passage, by messrs. Johnson and Morton, were Yeas messrs. Blount, Brown of Columbia, Burritt, Downing, Hunter, M'Canis, Morton, Ramsey, Walker and Wood 10. Nays mr. President, messrs. Bertheiot, Brown of Jaekson, D unis, Duval, Higginbotham, Holleman, Johnson, Kenan, Macon, M'Neil, Smith and Tabor-13. So said bill is lost.

Tne House then took a recess until 7 P. M., when it again met for the transaction of business.

A bill entitled, " an act to repeal an act concerning patrols passed February 61h, 1834, and for other purposes," was read the third time and passed : ordered that the title be as above stated.

The House in committee of the whole again took under con. sideration a bill entitled, “ an act for the conipensation of the members and officers of the council and for other purposes," after some time spent therein the conimittee rose, and mır. Bur. rill therefrom reported said bill to the House with amendinents; which report was concurred in by the House, and said bill was read the second time and ordered for a third reading 10 mor

The House in committee of the whole, resumed the consideration of a bill entiuerl," an act to amend an act to provide for the more effectual collection of the revenue, aud for other purposes," after some time spent therein the committee rose, and mr. Morton therefrom reporied said bill with amendments; which report was concurred in and said bill was read the se cond time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to

inr. Berthelot from the committee on Enrolments reported as correctly Enroled :

An act incorporating the Bank of St. Joseph.

An act to grant a leise of one section of the School Lands to J. A.S. Norman, for the purposes of education.

A resolution concerning the election of Governor, Secretary &c.

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