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A bill entitled an Act, for the divorce of Mary J. Thomps son, wis read a third time, the yeas and nays being required on the question of its final passage, by Messrs. Tabor and Wood, were, Yeas ---Messrs. President, Bryan, Brown, Fitzpatrick. Fontane, Campbell, Downing, Gilliland, Hart, Mc Neill, Marvin, Willians and Wood, 13. Navs, Messrs. Fernandez, Johnston, Kenan, Levy, Long, Macon, Read, Robinsoa, Shehee, Stewart, Tabor and Wright, 12. So said bill passed.

The House went into committee of the whole on a bill, entitled an Act, to incorporate the East and South Florida Canal company, after some time spent therein, the committee rose, and Mr. McNeill, chairman, reported said bill to the House amended, which report was concurred in, and said bill is ordered to be engrossed, for a third reading on to-morrow.

The House went into committee of the whole, on a bill entitled an Act, for incorporating the Marine Insurance Bank of Apalachicola. After some time, the committee rose, and Mr. Downing, chairman, reported said bill amended, which report was concurred in, and said bill was again read, a second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

The House then took a recess till 3 o'clock, P. M.

The House met at 3 o'clock, and a quorum being present, proceeded to business.

The following bills were read a second time and ordered to be placed among the orders of the day, for tomorrow, vizi

A bill entitled an Act to amend the several Acts incorporating the Lake Wimico and St. Joseph Canal and Rail Road Company.

A bill entitled an Act to amend the several Acts now in force, relating to crimes and misdemeanors, and

A bill entitled an Act, for the relief of John W. Simonton.

And a bill entitled an Act to amend the incorporation of the city of St. Joseph.

A bill entitled an Act to aid the administration of Justice in Monroe county, and,

A bill entitled an Act regulating the fees of Notaries public, of the Territory of Florida.

A bill entitled an Act, to authorize John Bellamy to render the Ocilla river, navigable, was ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

The House went into committee of the whole, on an Address from this House to Congress, after some time, Mr. Mas

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con, chairman, reported said address without amendments which report was concurred in, and said address was again read and unanimously adopted. Ordered that attested copies be transmitted to our Delegate in Congress, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and President of the Senate.

A bill entitled an Act, for the relief of Silas Weeks, of Columbia county, was postponed till to-morrow.

A bill entitled an Act, to authorize John N. C. Stockton, to establish a ferry across the Choctawhatchie river, was ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

A bill entitled an Act, to regulate the salaries of certain Territorial Officers, was, on motion of Mr. Downing, laid on the table till to-morrow.

A bill entitled an Act, relating to crimes and misdemeanors committed by Slaves, was read a second time. Mr. Wright moved that the bill be postponed indefinitely, which motion did not prevail. The House then went into committee of the whole on said bill, after some time, the committee rose, and Mr. Wood, chairman, reported said bill to the House, amended, the yeas and nays being required by Messrs. Fitzpatrick and Wright, on the concurrence of the House in the report of the committee, were, Nays,-Messrs. President, Brown, Campbell, Fitzpatrick, Johnston, Kenan, Ma con, McNeill, Read and Wright, 10. Yeas, Messrs. Bryan Downing, Fernandez, Fontane, Gilliland, Hart, Levy, Long Robinson, Shehee, Tabor, Williams and Wood, 13. So the report was concurred in, and said bill is ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

A bill entitled an Act, to prevent the unlawful division of personal property, was read a second time, when the House went into committee of the whole. After some time, the committee rose, and Mr. Long, reported said bill to the House amended, which report was concurred in, and said bill was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

A bill entitled an Act, to authorize F. J. Ross to build a bridge over the Suwanee river, at the Gadsden Spring, in Columbia county, was read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

A bill entitled an Act, to provide for the more effectual protection of the frontier, was read a second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

The House went into committee of the whole on a bill entitled an Act, incorporating the Florida Transportation company, aster some time spent therein, the committee rose

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and Mr. Read, chairman, reported said bill to the House amended, which report was concurred in, and said bill was ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

A bill entitled an Act to incorporate Readsville, at the Gadsden Spring, in Columbia county, was postponed till tomorrow.

A bill entitled an Act, in relation to the Florida Peninsula and Jacksonville Rail-Road company, was postponed till to morrow.

The House went into committee of the whole on a bill entitled an Act to incorporate the St. Johns river Land and Lumber company. After some time, the committee rose, and Mr. Marvin, chairman, reported said bill to the House with the enacting clause stricken out, which report was con'curred in, and said bill is lost.

A bill entitled an Act to aid and facilitate certain works of Internal Improvement in the Territory of Florida, was postponed till to-morrow.

The House went into committee of the whole on a bill entitled an Act, to amend an Act, to incorporate the East Florida Rail-Road company. After some time, the committee rose and Mr. Macon, chairman, reported said bill to the House amended, which report was concurred in, and said bill was again read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

The House then adjourned until to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock.

THURSDAY, Feb. 9th 1837. The House met pursuant to adjournment: a quorum being present, the Journal of yesterday's proceedings was read.

The President laid before the House the address of J, A. L. Norman, which was laid on the table.

Mr. Wood moved that all the engrossed bills be placed first amongst the orders of the day, which motion prevailed.

Mr. Levy moved that he be permitted to place among the orders a transcript of a bill previously introduced into this House, but which by some casualty has been misiaid, which motion prevailed.

Mr. Fontane from the committee on enrolments, reported the following Acts as correctly enroled, viz:

An Act for the relief of John W. Levinus.

An Act to establish a Ferry across the Suwannee river, at the Upper mineral spring in Hamilton county.

An Act to amend the charter of the city of Pensacola.

Mr. Fitzpatrick from the committee on Finance, made the following report:

The finance committee to which was referred the reports of the Treasurer and Auditor, and the several resolutions and bills in relation to revenue of the Territory, make the following Report:

All the demands against the Territory, have been paid up to the time of making these reports and a balance remains in the Treasury of $2263,63. Many counties in the Territory have not made returns, and some of the Auctioneers, have failed to comply, with the Laws, under which they hold their Commissions, and large sums due the Territory, on Auction Sales, are unaccounted for. The committee recommend the passage of the bill hereunto presented, by which Auctioneers and their securities can be compelled to make returns and pay over the Taxes. They have had under consideration "an Act for the relief of the Inhabitants of EastFlorida,” in which it is proposed to exempt certain counties from taxation, for the present year, and to exonerate them from the payment of all taxes heretofore due, and that such as have been paid, shall be returned to them by the Tax collectors. This the committee believe would be impossible, if not unjust, as it is one of the principles of the constitution, which never should be departed from, that all taxes should be equal. The arrears of taxes due the Territory since 1831 (a large proportion of which is due by the Eastern counties, some of which it is believed have never paid any tax,) so far as the committee have been able to ascertain, amounts to the enormous sum of $23,777, from which of these is deducted the, arrears for 1835 and 1836, which amounts to $11,489, will leave a balance of $12,288, due the Territory prior to 1835, some parts of which suits have been instituted for, by a law of the Legislative Council. The committee recominend that so much of the taxes, for 1835 and 1836 as remains unpaid up to the present date, be relinquished to the citizens throughout the Territory, but when any such have been paid into the hands of the tax-collectors, that they be obliged to pay the same into the Treasury. The committee also recommend, that all the Territorial taxes, except upon Auction sales, be abolished, and that all the expenses for criminal prosecutions in the Territory, shall be paid by the several counties where the same shall or may have occurred. The committee have considered the resolutions instructing them to enquire into the expediency of equalizing the taxes on all incorporations in this Territory, and they believe that it is highly expedient that such an equalization

should take place, but it is doubtful whether the Legislative Council when they granted incorporations did not invest them with certain rights and privileges, of which they cannot divest them without their consent.

Before the committee close their report, they believe it their duty to present to you their views of the future resources of the Territory, that the same may be laid before the people, in order that they may have some idea, what the ex, penses will probably be, and how they may be met with cer, tainty, if, in their wisdom, it shall be thought expedient to assume a State government. The calculations heretofore made of the expenses of the Territorial government for its Judicial branch, has not exceeded Thirty thousand dollars, and allowing a like sum for their civil branch, will be Sixty thousand dollars, to meet which the committee believe that, at a far less rate of taxation, than is paid by the people of any of the States in this Union, the following estimate will be far short of the real amount which will be derived from the taxes On Land and Negroes,

30,000 00 Town and City Property,

15,000 00 Banks and Rail-Roads,

12,000 00 Auction-Sales,

10,000 00 Other articles,

5,000 00

$72,000 00

The committee believe that this would certainly be ina creased to more than twice the amount in a few years

from the increase of population, and in the value of properly, for our Territory is capable of producing all the great staples of our own country, and many of a tropical climate, and its resouices must and will at an early period be so developed, as almost to exceed credibility.

The lands in West and Middle Florida, produce short staple cotton of a quality and in quantity equal to any and superior to some of the states, where lands sell for double the price they do in this Territory. The Southern and Eastern sections of our country produce Sea-island or long staple cotton, both in quantity and quality beyond dispute superior to any part of the United States, and it is believed that our Territory contains more fine rice lands than any state in the Union. The abundant crops of rice produced on the St. Johns river, when Florida was under the dominion of the British Government, warrant the belief that at no distant period, large exports of it will be made. The South of

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