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Journal of the Senate of the State of Georgia,
at the Annual Session of the General Assembly,
Begun and Held in Milledgeville,
the Seat of Government, in 1863:

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(title page) Journal of the Senate of the State of Georgia, at the Annual Session of the General Assembly, Begun and Held in Milledgeville, the Seat of Government, in 1863.
271 p.
MILLEDGEVILLE, GA.
BOUGHTON, NISBET, BARNES & MOORE, STATE PRINTERS.
1863.

Call number 1539 Conf. 1863 (Rare Book Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)


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JOURNAL
OF THE SENATE
OF THE
STATE OF GEORGIA,
AT THE
ANNUAL SESSION
OF THE
GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
Begun and held in Milledgeville, the seat of Government, in
1863.

BOUGHTON, NISBET, BARNES & MOORE, STATE PRINTERS,
MILLEDGEVILLE, GA.
1863.


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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE
OF THE
STATE OF GEORGIA.

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA.,
Thursday, November 5th, 1863.

        At a session of the General Assembly of Georgia, begun and holden at the State House, in the city of Milledgeville, in the county of Baldwin, on the fifth day of November, in the year eighteen hundred and sixty-three, the Senate convened, and at 12 o'clock M., in accordance with law, was called to order by the Secretary, Mr. Mobley.

        The roll being called, the following Senators elect from the several Districts hereinafter mentioned, produced their credentials, and having taken the oath prescribed by the Constitution of this State before the Hon. Wm. M. Sessions, one of the Judges of the Superior Courts of this State, took their seats, to-wit:

        From the first Senatorial District, the Hon. Thomas E. Lloyd.

        From the second Senatorial District, the Hon. William B. Gaulden.

        From the third Senatorial District, the Hon. John Bennett.

        From the fourth Senatorial District, the Hon. R. A. Baker.

        From the fifth Senatorial District, the Hon. R. Pafford.

        From the sixth Senatorial District, the Hon. D. P. McDonald.

        From the seventh Senatorial District, the Hon. C. E. Groover.

        From the eighth Senatorial District, the Hon. R. J. Bacon.


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        From the ninth Senatorial District, the Hon. Charles D. Hammond.

        From the tenth Senatorial District, the Hon. Fred. H. West.

        From the eleventh Senatorial District, the Hon. O. P. Anthony.

        From the twelfth Senatorial District, the Hon. T. L. Guerry.

        From the thirteenth Senatorial District, the Hon. Phillip Cook.

        From the fourteenth Senatorial District, the Hon. J. H. Pate.

        From the seventeenth Senatorial District, the Hon. Peter Cone.

        From the eighteenth Senatorial District, the Hon. Ambrose R. Wright.

        From the nineteenth Senatorial District, the Hon. E. H. Pottle.

        From the twentieth Senatorial District, the Hon Thomas F. Wells.

        From the twenty-first Senatorial District, the Hon. E. S. Griffin.

        From the twenty-second Senatorial District, the Hon. Alex. M. Speer.

        From the twenty-third Senatorial District, the Hon. W. L. Grice.

        From the twenty-fourth Senatorial District, the Hon. James M. Chambers.

        From the twenty-fifth Senatorial District, the Hon. Jas. N. Ramsay.

        From the twenty-sixth Senatorial District, the Hon. John I. Whitaker.

        From the twenty-seventh Senatorial District, the Hon. D. H. Walker.

        From the twenty-eighth Senatorial. District, the Hon. Jefferson Adams.

        From the twenty-ninth Senatorial District, the Hon. W. N. Walton.

        From the thirtieth Senatorial District, the Hon. S. D. Blackwell.

        From the thirty-first Senatorial District, the Hon. S. Barr.

        From the thirty-second Senatorial District, the Hon. A. F. Underwood.

        From the thirty-third Senatorial District the Hon. Robert White.

        From the thirty-fourth Senatorial District, the Hon. James Polk.

        From the thirty-fifth Senatorial District, the Hon. Elihu P. Watkins.


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        From the thirty-sixth Senatorial District, the Hon. J. H. Johnson.

        From the thirty-seventh Senatorial District, the Hon. C. W. Mabry.

        From the thirty-eighth Senatorial District, the Hon. William Hubbard.

        From the thirty-ninth Senatorial District, the Hon. J. T. Ezzard.

        From the fortieth Senatorial District, the Hon. S. Reid.

        From the forty-first Senatorial District, the Hon. James Simmons.

        From the forty-second Senatorial District, the Hon. H. F. Price.

        On motion, the Senate proceeded to the election of a President, and on taking the vote viva voce, it appeared that the Hon. A. R. Wright of the eighteenth Senatorial District, was duly elected.

        On motion of Mr. Blackwell, a committee consisting of Messrs. Blackwell, Chambers and Price, was appointed to notify him of his election, and conduct him to the Chair.

        The President elect, on taking the chair, addressed the Senate, and returned his acknowledgements for the honor conferred upon him.

        On motion, the Senate proceeded to the election of a Secretary, when on receiving and counting out the ballots, it appeared that Lewis H. Kenan, Esq., of the county of Baldwin, was duly elected, appeared, was sworn, and entered upon the discharge of his duties.

        The assistant Secretary, C. W. Styles was sworn by the President of the Senate.

        On motion, the Senate proceeded to the election of a Messenger, when on receiving and counting out the ballots, it appeared that L. A. Simmons of the county of Pickens, was duly elected.

        On motion, the Senate proceeded to the election of a Door Keeper, when on receiving and counting out the ballots, it appeared that Wm. H. Roberts of the county of Baldwin, was duly elected.

        Mr. Adams offered the following resolution, which was taken up, read and agreed to.

        Resolved, In recognition of our dependence upon God, and our responsibility to Him, that arrangement be made to have the daily sessions of the Senate opened with prayer; and that a committee of three be appointed to carry this resolution into effect.

        In accordance with the foregoing resolution, the President appointed Messrs. Adams, Pottle, and Ezzard, as such committee.


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        On motion of Mr. Cone, the rules of the Senate for the last session, were adopted for the temporary government of the Senate, and fifty copies ordered to be printed for the use of the Senate.

        On motion, the Secretary was directed to inform the House of Representatives, that the Senate was organized, and ready to proceed to business.

        On motion, a committee of three, consisting of Messrs. Walker, Cone and Chambers, was appointed to join a similar committee on the part of the House of Representatives, and inform His Excellency the Governor, that both branches of the General Assembly are now organized, and ready to receive any communication he may have to make.

        On motion, the Senate then adjourned until three and a half o'clock P. M.

THREE & A HALF O'CLOCK, P. M.

        The Senate met according to adjournment.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington their Clerk:

        Mr. President.--I am directed by the House of Representatives to inform the Senate that the House of Representatives, having elected the Hon. Thomas Hardeman of the county of Bibb, as their Speaker, Lafayette Carrington of the county of Baldwin, as their Clerk, Jesse Oslin of the county of Cobb, as their Messenger, and L. J. Alred as their Door Keeper--and that they are now ready to proceed to business.

        The House of Representatives have appointed Messrs. Beall of Randolph, Hester of Elbert and Parsons of Johnson, a committee to join a similar committee on part of the Senate, to wait on His Excellency the Governor, to notify him, that both Houses are now organized and ready to receive any communication he may think proper to make.

        Thomas W. J. Hill as Journalizing Clerk, and James S. Walker as Enrolling Clerk, were each sworn in and entered upon the discharge of their duties.

        On motion, leave of absence was granted Mr. Wells for a few days on account of the sickness of his family.

        Mr. Walker, Chairman of the Committee appointed to wait upon His Excellency the Governor, reported that they had discharged the duty assigned them, and that His Excellency the Governor, would, this day, communicate a message to both branches of the General Assembly.

        The following message was received from His Excellency the Governor, by Mr. Waters, his Secretary, to-wit:

        Mr. President.--I am directed by the Governor, to deliver to the Senate, his Annual Message with accompanying documents.

        On motion, the Annual Message of His Excellency the Governor, was taken up and read as follows:


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MESSAGE.

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,
Milledgeville, Nov. 5, 1863.

To the Senate and House of Representatives:

        Since the last annual meeting of the General Assembly, our noble State, in connection with her Southern sisters, has passed through the vicissitudes of another year of bloody war, waged with more than savage cruelty, by a revengeful and unjust, though powerful enemy. Thousands of her most gallant and chivalrous sons have poured out their life's blood upon the battle field, or yielded to the stern messenger, upon the sick couch of the soldier; and as they have entered the dark valley of the shadow of death, covered with wounds, or emaciated with disease, they have cast a lingering look back upon the land for whose freedom they have fought; and in the heaving pangs of dissolution, have exhorted all who survive to emulate their example, and die, as they have died, sooner than permit their descendants to be enslaved. These noble men have risked and lost all in their own, and our defence, and we should merit and receive the scorn of the civilized world, if we should permit their orphan children to pass under the yoke of bondage, for lack of manliness on our part, to meet the foe face to face, and grapple with him hand to hand, while he invades our territory and we are able to maintain an army in the field, or to strike a blow in freedom's cause.

        No one can doubt what his duty is, if he reflects upon the nature of the contest in which we are engaged, and the motives which impel the people of the two governments to action.

        We of the South are fighting for the great principles of self-government, bequeathed to us by our fathers of the revolution of 1776. We are fighting for the land of our nativity, our homes and our property, our wives and our children. We have waged no aggressive war upon the people of the Northern States. We have not denied their right to govern themselves, or to adopt such form of government, as they may prefer. We have neither insulted their wives, destroyed their cities, stolen their property, desecrated their churches, nor the graves of their ancestors; but we have conceded their right of self-government, respected their private property, and treated as sacred the altars of their religion, and the resting places of their dead. All these have been violated on our soil by their vandal armies.

        In imitation of our fathers of the first revolution, we submitted to wrong, till our grievances were intolerable,


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and when we could no longer live with the people of the Northern States in peace, and were obliged to throw off the yoke, we only asked to be permitted to depart in peace. This right was denied us, and the present cruel and unjust war was waged against us. We fight then, for the inalienable right of self-government, and for the civil and religious liberties of ourselves and our unborn posterity.

        For what are our enemies fighting? They fight for power and plunder, and for the destruction of the right of self-government. They commenced the war under the hypocritical pretext, of restoring the Union, and maintaining the Constitution. Recently, however, the despot who now rules at Washington, has thrown off this mask, and has informed a committee from a Southern State, claiming loyalty to his government, that he now conducts the war for the abolition of slavery, the subjugation of the Southern States, and the confiscation of their property. Abolition, subjugation, and confiscation, are the terms offered to us. Who that is not a dastard is prepared to submit to either?

        I have heard it remarked that this is the rich man's quarrel, and the poor man's fight, and that the abolition of slavery would not injure the poor, who are not slaveholders. A greater error has never been conceived. While I admit that many of the rich have fallen far short of the discharge of their duty in this contest, and have merited the condemnation of all true patriots; I affirm that no class of society would suffer as much from abolition as the poor, and that no class has a greater interest, in everything but property, at stake upon the triumph of our arms, and the success of our cause.

        Mr. Lincoln avows his purpose to abolish slavery by force of arms; and to establish negro equality among us. If he is successful, the rich who own slaves will lose their money which is invested in them, but they will generally have enough left, to enable them to take their families, and get away, from a state of society so wretched and so degrading. The poor who have not the means to enable them to leave, must remain with their families; and submit to negro equality. What is the result? The poor white man goes to the polls to vote, if he is ever again permitted to vote, and the negro, claimed by Mr. Lincoln to be his equal, goes by his side, to exercise the same right, and make a set off against his vote. The poor man enters the jury box in the Court of justice, where important rights are to be decided, and the negro takes his seat by his side, and is recognized by the Court as his equal. The poor man is on trial for his life, the negro appears upon the stand, as his equal, and is permitted to testify against him. The poor man who labors for his daily bread, goes to his wealthier neighbor to seek employment, the negro appears by his side and underbids him in fixing


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the price of labor. The poor man sends his children to school, and the children of the negro are seated by their side, and if he remonstrates he is informed that the negro child is the equal of his own.

        Again our form of government is emphatically the poor man's best government; and he loses all his political rights, if he permits it to be overthrown. If our government were monarchical, and wealth and honors, with the right to govern, descended by the laws of the kingdom in the same family from generation to generation, the poor man would have but little interest in it, and but little inducement to fight for it. But under our form of government, wealth and honors are the exclusive prerogatives of no particular family. Like the waves of the ocean they are constantly changing place, and are transferred as generations pass, from one family to another. The youth who learns that his father has wealth and honors, is apt to make them his dependence, and relax his energies, and it not unfrequently occurs that his mental and physical constitution are destroyed by drunkenness, or other dissipations. The consequence is that he descends to a lower position in society. On the other hand, the son of the poor man, who has been trained in the school of adversity and labor, if he has ambition, talent, honesty, integrity, and energy, finding the road to wealth and honor open before him, often distances competition, and carries off the most valuable prize. Some little bright eyed boy, now meanly clad and neglected, the son of the poorest man in the Confederate army, may by his economy and his energy, become the wealthiest man of his State, or by his talent and eloquence, he may in future, lead the Senate; or on account of his wisdom, his patriotism and his administrative ability, he may be called to the responsible position of President of the Confederacy. Tell me not that the poor man has no interest in this contest, when the social elevation, or degredation, of himself and his children, depend upon its results. Let it never be said that he is disinterested, when the momentous decision is to be made, whether, he is in future to be the superior, or only the equal of the negro. Surely no poor man will say that this is not his fight, when the very existence of republican government is at stake, which is the only government that guarantees to him and his children equality of political rights. Let the South be conquered, and the sun of liberty will set in blood, military despotism will be established, and the equal political rights of the poor, and their children will be forever lost.

        But the abolition of slavery is not the only object for which the war is now prosecuted. We are informed that the armies of the enemy are to be used for our subjugation. What would then be our condition? We should have no political rights, except such as our masters chose to permit


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us to exercise. Our States would be reduced to provinces, or territories. We could neither have legislatures nor Courts, without the consent of the victors. Our right to vote, or to hold property, or to set upon juries, or testify in Court, would be subject to their caprice. Whether we were permitted to worship God according to the dictates of our own consciences, or must submit to such established form of religion as our conquerors might prescribe, would depend entirely upon their will, as we should then have no constitutional rights, and no guarantee of the liberty of conscience. It is impossible to conceive of a people in a more wretched condition, than we would be after our subjugation. But our misery is not to end here. Our slaves are not only to be set free among us and be made our equals; and our subjugation to be complete; but all our property is to be confiscated to pay the war debt of the abolition government, and to maintain an insolent army in our midst, to dragoon us into perpetual submission, and rivit our chains more closely from generation to generation.

        Every reflecting mind is obliged to comprehend that it would take nearly or quite the whole property of the South to pay the immense war debt of the North; and if any should be left after its payment, that Yankee cupidity in possession of unrestrained power, would soon appropriate the balance to its own use. But suppose the abolition government should modify its policy and repeal the confiscation act, what would be the result? We should be permitted to keep the possession of our property, but we should be taxed to the full extent of its annual incomes. Instead of giving it up to pay the debt at once, we should be compelled to act as overseers for the Lincoln government, receiving a bare subsistence for our labor. Whether our property is all confiscated and sold to pay the debt immediately or is left in our hands, and taxed till it is worthless to us matters very little, as in either case we are subjugated serfs--mere paupers and slaves to abolition power. Not only every principle of honor and of manliness, but every obligation which ancestry can be under to future posterity requires, that we should never yield to subjugation, but that we should defend our liberties and strike for independence, as long as we have a man to muster or a weapon to use.

        The reconstrnctionist who imagines that if the war were ended, we should be placed back where we were when it commenced, labors under an egregious error. The Lincoln government offers no such terms, and it is not in its power to grant any such, as it could not restore our slaughtered kindred, compensate our injured females, or return our devastated fields and cities, as they were when this wicked war was waged upon us. Let the reconstructionist remember that the terms offered by the government at Washington


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are not the restoration of the Union, and compensation for the injuries it has done us; but they are abolition, subjugation, and confiscation. It is announced by an officer high in position, upon the authority of the Supreme Court, that all the property of all the citizens of a State in rebellion, as they term us, is subject to confiscation; whether such citizen favored the rebellion or not. In other words they declare their intention, so soon as we are subjugated, to confiscate all the property, of all the people of the Confederate States, no matter what may have been their opinions of the war, or their conduct during its prosecution. These terms cannot be very consoling to the friends of the abolition government, if there be any such in the Confederacy.

SUBSTITUTES IN THE ARMY.

        That portion of the conscript act which authorises those within conscript age to employ substitutes, has, in my opinion, been productive of the most unfortunate results. If conscription is right, or if it is to be acquiesced in as a matter of necessity, it is certainly just that it act upon all alike, whether rich or poor. With the substitution principle in the act, its effect has been to compel the poorer class, who have no money with which to employ substitutes, to enter the army, no matter what may be the condition of their families at home, while the rich, who have money with which to employ substitutes, have often escaped compulsory service. This is not just as between man and man. While I trust I have shown that the poorest man in the Confederacy has such interest at stake as should stimulate him to endure any amount of hardship or danger for the success of our cause, it cannot be denied that the wealthy are under as great obligation to do service, as they have, in addition to the rights and liberties of themselves and their children, a large amount of property to protect. If every wealthy man would do his duty, and share his part of the dangers of the war, but few complaints would be heard from the poor. But if the money of the rich is to continue to secure him from the hardships, privations and dangers, to which the poor are exposed, discontent, and more or less demoralization in the army must be the inevitable result.

        He who has paid two or three thousand dollars for his substitute, has often made it back in a single month by speculation, and it has not unfrequently happened that the families of those in service at eleven dollars per month, have been the most unfortunate victims of his speculation and extortion.

        A very large number of stout, able-bodied young men, between 18 and 45 years of age, are now out of the army, and in their places the Government has accepted old men over 45, who have, in most cases, been unable to undergo long marches, privation, and fatigue. Thousands of these


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have sunk by the way, either into the hospitals or into the grave. It is also understood that much the larger number of deserters and stragglers from the army have been substitutes, who have entered it for hire, and after receiving the stipulated price, have sought the first opportunity to escape, which they have in some instances been permitted to do, with the acquiescence and encouragement of officers, who have been their partners in guilty speculation. Thus the same individual has been accepted as a substitute for each of several able-bodied young men, who have been left at home to seek for gain and enjoy comfort, while our enemies have gained advantages on account of the weakness of our armies.

        If we expect to be successful in our struggle, the law must be so changed as to place in service the tens of thousands of young men, who are now at home. This would reinforce our armies, so as to enable us to drive back the enemy upon every part of our borders. After this change in the law the Government could provide for the protection of the most important interests at home, by making proper details of such persons as are indispensably necessary. This would be much better than the extension of the conscription act up to 50 or 55, as it would bring into the field young men able to endure service, in place of old men who must soon fail when exposed to great fatigue and hardship, many of whom are as competent as young men to oversee plantations and attend to other home interests.

        But it may be denied that the Government can now so change the law, as to make those who have furnished substitutes liable to service, as it is bound by its contract to exempt them, and they have acquired vested rights under the contract, which it is not in the power of the Government to divest. Let us examine this for a moment. I purchase a lot of land from the State of Georgia, and pay her one thousand dollars for it, and she conveys it to me by grant under her great seal. The contract is as solemn, and binding, as the Government can make it. My fee simple title is vested and complete. But while I have the grant in my pocket and the State has my money in her treasury, it is discovered that public necessity requires the State to repossess herself of the land; I refuse to sell to her; she may pay me just compensation, and take the land without my consent, and she violates no fundamental principle, as all our private rights must yield to the public good, and if we are injured we can only require just compensation for the injury.

        Again, suppose I have labored hard and made upon my land a surplus of provisions, which are my own right and property, and I refuse to sell them to the Government, when the army is in need of them; it may take them without


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my consent and pay me just compensation, and I have been deprived of none of my constitutional rights.

        The right of a person who has employed a substitute to be exempt from military service, can certainly stand upon no higher ground. The Government has extended to such persons the privilege of exemption upon the employment of a proper substitute, but if the public safety requires it, the Government certainly has as much right to revoke this privilege as it has to take from me my land, or my provisions, or other property, for public use; and all the person who employed the substitute could demand would be just compensation for the injury. The measure of damages might be the amount paid by the principal for his substitute, less a just pro rata for the time the substitute has served; and upon the payment of the damage or the just compensation for it, the Government would have the right to retain the substitute, as well as the principal, in service, as the substitute has been paid by the principal for the service, and the principal has been compensated for the damage done him by ordering him into service. It would be competent, however, in estimating the damages in such case, to take into the account, the interest the principal has in the success of our cause, and the establishment of our independence, as necessary to the perpetuity of his liberties, and the security of all his rights. It would also be competent to inquire whether he has indeed suffered any pecuniary loss. If he has paid three thousand dollars for a substitute, and has been kept out of the army for that sum for one year, and during that time he has made ten thousand dollars more, by speculation, or otherwise, than he would have made had he been in the army, at eleven dollars per month, the actual amount of compensation due from the Government to him might be very small indeed, if anything.

        Believing that the public necessity requires it, and entertaining no doubt that Congress possesses the power to remedy the evil, without violating vested rights, I respectfully recommend the passage of a joint resolution by this General Assembly, requesting Congress to repeal that part of the conscript act, which authorises the employment of substitutes, and as conscription is the present policy of the Government, to require all persons able to do military duty, who have substitutes in service, to enter the military service of the Confederacy, with the least possible delay, and to provide some just rule of compensation to those who may be injured by the enactment of such a law. I also recommend that said resolution instruct our Senators, and request our representatives in Congress, to vote for and urge the passage of this measure at the earliest possible day.


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DESERTERS AND STRAGGLERS FROM THE ARMY.

        Deserters and stragglers from the army, and the too common practice of overstaying the time allowed those on furlough, are evils which if not checked, must result in great injury to our cause and endanger our success.

        A person who has travelled over the country to any considerable extent, cannot have failed to observe the vast number of persons in the uniform of Confederate officers, and of soldiers, who crowd our railroad cars, and fill every hotel on our lines of travel. Many of these persons are believed to be neglecting duty, and attending to speculation, and other private interests, or pleasure. Some who are not in commission no doubt wear Confederate uniform to enable them to avoid enrollment as conscripts. Those absent on sick leave have frequently stayed weeks and months after they were able to return to camps, and have procured from unscrupulous surgeons, certificates, which have excused them with their commanders. Others overstay their time without excuse, till they fear the penalties that await them, and they then determine never to return. By these practices, the army is greatly depleted, and has not in the field, much more than half its strength; and many in service are denied furloughs which ought to be granted, because others have not been compelled to do their duty, and return at the appointed time. Whether these abuses are caused by the favoritism or negligence of officers in command, or by the failure of the people at home to require of all who are absent, in violation of orders, to return, I do not pretend to decide. The evil is an alarming one however, and calls for a speedy remedy.

        In response to the request of Confederate Generals in command, I have by proclamation, directed the civil and military officers of this State, and the State troops, to be vigilent in the arrest of deserters and stragglers. Many have been arrested by them, and returned to their respective commands, but further legislation is required, to enable the Executive to apply an effective remedy. It is necessary that the law make it the imperative duty of all sheriffs, constables, and all other civil officers of every grade; and of all the militia officers of this State, to arrest each and every person in their respective counties who belong to the Confederate army, and cannot show that he has a legal furlough, and has not overstayed the time allowed him. A heavy penalty should be imposed upon each officer who neglects to discharge his duty, and execute the law; and a sufficient sum should be appropriated to defray the expense of the arrest of all deserters and stragglers, and of their conveyance and delivery, to a Confederate officer authorized to receive, and return them to their commands. A resolution should also be passed, requesting the Confederate


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Government to refund to Georgia, all sums necessarily expended in the return of such persons to their places of service; or to authorize the Post Quartermaster at the place where the deserter or straggler may be delivered to a Confederate officer, to pay all necessary expenses. The latter plan if adopted by Congress, would be the more equitable and just, and would be attended with less complication of the accounts between the Confederate and State Government.

        If each State will adopt a policy of the character above indicated, and the Government at Richmond will require its Generals in command of Departments, to punish severely, all officers guilty of favoritism, in granting furloughs; and will compel all its Chief Commissaries and Quartermasters to dismiss from their service, all persons subject to conscription, and to send back to the army, the large number of idlers, who are found about all our towns and cities, many of whom have details with very little duty to perform, or positions, which are of little practical use, other than to keep them out of reach of danger; and if it will put negroes in the place of eight out of ten of our teamsters in the army, leaving enough of the most experienced and energetic white teamsters to control the negroes; and will fill with negroes the places of nine-tenths of the white men now engaged in making potash, and attending to other similar duties, and will in each case compel, the white men relieved, to take their positions in the ranks as soldiers, and will order into service the swarm of enrolling officers, who, in some of the counties, are spending their time in idleness and dissipation, and are scarcely sending to the camp of instruction once a month, a number of conscripts as large as their own number; we shall soon see the army greatly strengthened, and the troops much better contented and more irresistible. Justice to those who have done their duty faithfully requires that others shall be compelled to do likewise.

EXEMPTION OF STATE OFFICERS.

        The Congress of the Confederate States, at its last session, passed an act, exempting from conscription, all State officers, claimed as exempt by the Governor of each State, till the meeting of the next legislature of the State, after the date of the act. It is now left for the General Assembly of this State to determine what State officers shall in future be exempt from conscription. While Congress has no power to disband the Government of a State, or take from it any of its officers civil or military by conscription, without its consent, the State has the power if it chooses to exercise it, to turn over any of its officers not necessary


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to its existence, to the Confederate Government, for military service.

        Entertaining the opinion that the State should always keep within her limits, and at her command, a sufficient force to execute her laws, do police duty, and repel raids and robber bands from her soil, and should preserve intact her government; I have felt it my duty, to refuse to permit her officers to be enrolled as conscripts; but I have required them to hold themselves in constant readiness to do local service, and to enter the organizations formed for home defence, without regard to rank; and have given the officers furloughs when necessary, to enable them to discharge even the duties of privates in volunteer organizations. When I refused to permit the officers to be taken as conscripts, I acted upon a principle, and not from favoritism to the officers as individuals, as I have no personal acquaintance with one in ten of them, and there is no reason why I should be more partial to them than other good citizens. Though my course at the time gave much dissatisfaction, and political opponents seized upon the occasion, to prejudice the minds of the people against me, I trust the result has vindicated my conduct.

        Had I permitted the military organization of the State to be disbanded, it would not have been in my power to have filled the late requisition of the President upon this State for 8,000 troops for local defence, as I should have had no officers at my command in the several counties to conduct the organization, required by the President. This will be more clearly seen by contrasting the action of Georgia with that of Alabama. The legislature of Alabama by joint resolution, if I mistake not, turned over all militia officers in that State within conscript age, to enrollment. Georgia retained hers. The President called upon Georgia for 8,000 men for home defence; and upon Alabama for her quota. Georgia raised and tendered over 18,000. Alabama failed to raise the number required, and the Governor was obliged to convene the legislature, and recommend the re-organization of the militia, and the appointment of new officers, before the quota of the State could be filled. The fault rested not with the people of Alabama, for none are more loyal, gallant and patriotic, but it resulted from the action of the legislature in permitting the militia system of the State to be virtually destroyed by the enrolling officers, which left the Governor without officers to obey his orders, and conduct the organizations necessary to fill the quota.

        He who yields to popular clamor, in the midst of excitement, and abandons principle, whether from mistaken ideas of patriotic duty, or for mere expediency, is sure to have abundant cause to regret it. The majority of the people are honest, and though they may become excited, and may for a


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time be led astray by designing politicians or unprincipled leaders, they will, when correctly informed, generally do right, and stand by principle; and will in the end bestow their confidence most liberally upon the public man, who has the moral firmness and determination to resist their will, when they are excited and misled, and to invite them back to the true path of first principles.

PAY OF SOLDIERS.

        The rate of monthly compensation fixed by law for officers and soldiers when everything was upon the gold basis, which was the case when the act was passed, may then have been sufficient. But the currency has been depreciated till it is now virtually no reward for their services. Take for instance a Lieutenant in a company, who has to purchase his clothing and rations out of his pay, and his wages will not pay for his board, much less will it clothe him. Our company officers have to live upon scanty allowance, and cannot generally afford to purchase uniforms, to distinguish them from privates. The private gets rations and clothing and eleven dollars per month in the present depreciated currency. The question of an increase of compensation was at my suggestion pressed upon Congress by the last legislature of this State, but the Senate refused to sanction it. The objection urged against the measure with the most earnestness seemed to be, that the soldiers were not fighting for pay, but for glory, liberty, patriotism and independence. There might be some force in this position, if Congress which compels the soldier to fight at eleven dollars per month, for independence and glory, could compel the manufacturer to make cloth to clothe the soldier's naked families, or the tanner to make leather for their shoes, or the merchant to sell them goods, or the farmer to supply them with provisions, at the rates which existed at the commencement of the war, when the soldier's pay was fixed, and to take all the balance of the present price in glory and independence. There is not the semblance of justice in the pretext, that it is the duty of the soldier to serve his country at these low prices, when every necessary of life which his family must purchase has risen five fold in the market. When the products of the manufacturer, the goods of the merchant, the leather of the tanner, the corn and meat of the farmer, and the wages of every other class of the community, have increased several fold, what fair and just minded man can say, that the soldier who makes the greatest sacrifice of all others, should alone be made an exception to the rule?

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that the soldier could buy but little more with twenty-two dollars per month than he now gets with eleven. The same argument might be urged with equal force against allowing the manufacturer to charge one dollar per yard for cloth, which he sold for ten cents at the time the act was passed fixing the soldiers' pay; or against permitting the farmer to charge five dollars per bushel for wheat, which was then only worth one dollar, or one dollar a pound for meat, which was then only worth ten cents; or against permitting the mechanic to charge ten dollars per day, when he formerly got but two. All this has had its effect upon the currency, and raised the price of provisions. But the price of the provisions used by the soldier's family has increased as much as the price of those used by the manufacturer, or the farmer, and the soldier receives only the price for his services which he got before the depreciation began, while all other interests get the benefit of the increase in the price of labor and material. This cannot be defended upon any just or equitable principle. Let all be affected equally by the increase of prices, and if the volume of the currency is too largely increased, let it be absorbed by taxation, which acts equally upon all. But do not single out our brave defenders and compel them to bear all the burthens of the depreciation without receiving any of the benefits of increased compensation which are allowed to all other classes.

        In my opinion it is the duty of the legislatures of the several States, to continue to urge upon Congress a reconsideration of the question, till justice is more nearly approximated. I therefore recommend the passage of a joint resolution by the General Assembly, instructing our Senators and requesting our Representatives in Congress to use all their influence and energy, to procure the passage of an act, to allow all commissioned officers in the Confederate service an increase of twenty-five per cent upon their pay, and to allow them rations in addition to the compensation now allowed by law; and to increase the compensation of private soldiers to twenty-two dollars per month, and of non-commissioned officers in like proportion.

CLOTHING OUR TROOPS IN SERVICE.

        It is the duty of the Confederate Government to furnish all our troops in service with comfortable clothing; but as this is not always done, it should be the settled determination of the Government and people of this State, that her sons in service shall not suffer for clothing, as long as she has the means at her command to supply them. The State violates no principle and assumes no unwarrented powers, when she clothes her naked sons whose wants are not provided for. Humanity as well as duty requires this.

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last winter, appropriated $1,500,000 for this purpose. It was found, however, that the troops suffered much for clothing, on account of the delay which was caused by consumption of time in debating upon the appropriation, and the time necessarily taken after the bill was passed, before the clothing could be procured.

        I thought it very desirable that this delay be avoided in future; and as I had the means at my command to make purchases for this winter, though not appropriated with a view to this specific object, I felt it my duty to make an effort to procure the necessary supply. The $5,000,000 appropriated by act of Dec. 1861, was a general appropriation for military purposes, to be expended at the discretion of the Governor. A large balance remained unexpended, which under the law, would have reverted to the Treasury on the 1st day of May, 1863, had it not been drawn. On the 26th day of April, 1863, I directed the Quartermaster General of this State, to draw $2,000,000 on the appropriation, to be expended in the purchase and manufacture of clothes and shoes for the troops, and for other military purposes, and to deposit it in the Treasury subject to his draft, from time to time, as he needed it for the uses aforesaid. The Quartermaster General has on hand, besides those already distributed, nearly forty thousand suits of clothes, which are ready for distribution among the troops as their necessities may require. He has been unable to get blankets, and it has been very difficult to procure shoes. A very considerable quantity of raw hides has been purchased, which are now in tan, and will add to the number of shoes. For a detailed statement of the supplies procured, and distributed, you are respectfully referred to the report of the Quartermaster General. He has been energetic and attentive, and has acted with much foresight and prudence. The stock which he has purchased would now command probably $2,000,000 profit, if placed upon the market.

        Should the war last another year, (and we cannot assume the contrary,) it will be necessary to make further appropriations to secure clothing for next winter. This should be done at the present session, to afford time to avail ourselves of the best market, and to enable us to be ready to supply the needy and prevent suffering. It may be best to make suitable provisions for the importation of part of our future supplies.

        To meet the demands likely to be made upon us for the next year, I recommend the appropriation of $2,000,000 as a Clothing Fund.

SUPPORT OF SOLDIERS' FAMILIES.

        It will not only be necessary to clothe our naked troops while they are in the army, but it is an imperative duty which the people of Georgia owe to them, to see that their


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families do not suffer for the necessaries of life, in their absence. While I am no advocate for supporting them in idleness, and hold that it is the duty of every man, woman and child in the State, able to work, to labor with all their strength to support themselves and those dependent upon them, I know it is impossible for a woman, at the present high prices of provisions, to support herself and children, by her labor. Many of our soldiers who are almost destitute of property, have responded nobly to their country's call, and have endured an amount of fatigue, hardship and danger, to which those at home are strangers, while their wives and children, and the widows and orphans of the slain, have been supported upon the most scanty allowance, or left to suffer for the necessaries of life. This should never be so. Our soldiers from every part of the State, fight for the protection of the liberties of the whole people, and the wealth of the whole State; and I hold that it is their right to demand of the people and the wealth of the State, that their wants be supplied while in camp, and that such assistance be afforded their families at home, as may be necessary to save them from want of the necessaries of life. This should be done at the expense of the wealth of the State, if it takes an annual tax of ten per cent. If it is neglected, the army must become demoralized, if not disbanded, and our liberties and property are all lost. I do not think, in view of the scarcity of provisions and the depreciation of the currency, that less than $5,000,000 will Le sufficient; and I recommend the appropriation of that sum for the purpose. I also recommend such changes in the mode of disbursing the fund, as experience in the different counties may have shown to be necessary. The system should be as nearly uniform as possible in all the counties.

ASSISTANCE TO COUNTIES OVERRUN BY THE ENEMY.

        In addition to the appropriations necessary for the assistance of soldiers' families, it is absolutely necessary that relief be afforded the people of Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Chattooga, and part of Whitfield counties, whose territory has been partly overrun by the enemy, and whose supply of provisions has been almost entirely consumed by the enemy, and by our own army. The supplies of these people have either been taken by the common enemy, or by our army for the common good. In either case, it is the duty of the whole people of the State, to consider the loss as a common one, and provide assistance from the common treasury. Having no other appropriation at my command upon which I could draw for this purpose, I set apart two thousand dollars of the contingent fund, for the purchase of provisions in each of the counties of Catoosa, Walker and Chattooga. I was unable to extend relief to the people of


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Dade, on account of the impossibility of procuring transportation, as the enemy hold Chattanooga through which the railroad passes to the county. I recommend liberal appropriations for the relief of the people of these counties, many of whom must suffer unless relief is afforded by the State.

PROVISION SUPPLY.

        I feel that I cannot too earnestly invoke the attention of the people, and their representatives, to the importance of looking well to our future supply of provisions. This is the only point upon which we have any thing to fear for the success of our cause. If we can continue to feed our armies and sustain our people at home, we can fight the enemy for an indefinite period of time, without the least danger of subjugation. But should our provision supply fail, our armies must be disbanded, and all will be lost.

        The last legislature passed an act restricting the cultivation of cotton to three acres to the hand. This act needs amendment. No one should be allowed to plant, cultivate, or gather more than one fourth of an acre to the hand, while the war continues. This, with the quantity on hand, will keep seed and clothe our people, and we should permit no more to be raised. All the land, labor, and energy of the State, should be employed in the production of provisions, and every family, whether rich or poor, should live upon the smallest quantity which will sustain life and preserve good health. The man who, because he has the means, indulges in luxuriant abundance is guilty of a crime against society, as others must suffer on account of his indulgence of his appetite or his vanity, when there is not a plentiful supply for all.

        In the North-eastern part of our State, especially in the mountains, the crop of the present year has been almost a failure. The season has been very unfavorable, and the early frost has destroyed a large proportion of what was being made.

        It is believed that the patriotism and loyalty of the people of no other part of the State has been subjected to so severe a test as has been applied in that section. The people own but few slaves, and almost the entire productive labor has been called to the military field, leaving a large population of women and children, and old men, to support themselves. This they are unable to do with good seasons, and when these fail many of them must starve unless they get assistance. To add to their embarrassments the impressing officers of the Confederate Government have gone among them, and taken from them part of their scanty supply. They have been deprived of most of their oxen, which were their dependence to transport food from the railroad. In many cases they have received insolent treatment, from those who


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have taken their means of living, under circumstances little better than robbery.

        With the exception of the section above mentioned the crop has been generally good, and it is hoped that bread enough has been made to maintain the people of the State and the army upon her border. In addition to the difficulties above mentioned, heavy drafts are made upon our productions to support the large negro population imported into the State, from sections of country overrun by the enemy, who, after their arrival, have not been employed in agricultural pursuits, or have not been here long enough to make a crop.

        We are also called upon to divide our provisions with a large refugee population of our fellow citizens from sister States. These persons are generally of the better classes of society, intelligent, high-toned, and honorable, who, on account of the leading positions which they have occupied, and their unyielding devotion to our cause, have been obliged to leave their homes upon the approach of the armed legions of the enemy, to avoid banishment and imprisonment. Having as a class made sacrifices for Southern independence, to which we are yet strangers, they are entitled to our highest respect and most profound sympathy and we should welcome them with warm hearts, divide with them as long as we have bread, and be willing to share with them a common fate.

        I refer to these facts to show the heavy demands made upon the productions of the State, and the great importance of exerting every energy to secure supplies for another year. The bread question is the question in this contest. Our independence is staked upon our ability to continue to raise a sufficient supply of provisions to support the army, and maintain the women and children at home. By the blessings of Divine Providence we shall succeed, but to do it, we must lay aside every production not necessary to sustain life.

STATE TROOPS.

        The two regiments of State troops raised under the joint resolution of the last General Assembly, are now a well organized body of men, with good arms and equipments. During the earlier part of the year, they were, at the request of the Confederate General in command at Savannah, ordered to that point, to assist in the protection of that city. While there, the enemy made the first attack upon Fort Sumter, and an assault upon the city of Charleston was expected. Believing that they could then defend Savannah more successfully at Charleston, they volunteered and went to that place, where they remained till the danger of attack was passed. In May, when the bridges upon the State Road were seriously threatened by the enemy, they were ordered


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up for the defence of the road, where they have since remained, and I have been assured by General Bragg, that they have been of great service to him in protecting his rear, since the army has been near Chattanooga. Atlanta has been his base of supplies, and the destruction of the bridges on the State Road, would have destroyed the communication between him and his base, and might have compelled him to fall back. Had the State not been able to protect his rear, the General must have sent part of his own army to do that duty, which would have weakened his force and made his success more doubtful. Part of the State troops were ordered to the mountains early in the year, to suppress threatened insurrection, and arrest offenders and deserters. This service was rendered in a manner very creditable to the troops. Detachments from the regiments have frequently been sent out during the year, to arrest deserters and stragglers, which service they have performed with promptness and efficiency. In case of a raid into this State, this force would be of great service in the protection of public and private property, and in repelling the aggressors. No State in the Confederacy, should be without such a force during the continuance of the war, as emergencies must frequently arise, which make it indispensibly necessary that the State have at her command a force sufficient to suppress slave insurrection, repel incursions of the enemy or meet other sudden exigencies. I notice that the Governor of South Carolina has lately convened the legislature, and recommended the organization of a similar force in that gallant State.

        For more detailed information in reference to the organization and services of the State troops, as well as for information upon other military subjects, you are referred to the able report of Henry C. Wayne, Adjutant and Inspector General, to which your attention is respectfully invited.

MILITARY APPROPRIATION.

        I recommend the appropriation of three millions of dollars as a military fund for the support of the State troops, and for other military purposes, for the ensuing year.

TAXATION.

        As the appropriations of the present session must be heavy to meet the public necessities; it will be the duty of the legislature to provide for raising the money. The currency, both State and Confederate, is so much depreciated, that it is extremely unwise to contract debts at the prices now demanded for all articles purchased by the State, and agree to pay, after the war is ended, when property must again be estimated upon the gold basis. This is like borrowing ten cents, and agreeing to pay a dollar in gold for it after the war is over. No prudent man would do this in the transaction of his private business, and no wise sagacious


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statesman should do so, in the management of the affairs of the State. The people of the State can probably pay ten millions of dollars in the present currency, as easily as they could pay one million after the war is over, when property has depreciated ten fold in value. Then why add our expenditures to our debt? Nothing could be more unwise.

        I recommend and urge upon you to make an estimate before the adjournment of the session, of the amount appropriated, and to impose a tax sufficient to raise and pay it. There is not a sensible thrifty man in the State, who reasons upon the question, who would not prefer this, rather than add the sum appropriated to our State debt. It is believed, that from one to one and a half per cent upon the property of the State, will raise all that will be needed for the year. This will be a nominal tax compared with the present Confederate tax.

        If it should be necessary to raise money for use, before the tax can be collected, it is not doubted, that an arrangement could be made with our Banks, for a temporary loan of the amount required upon reasonable terms.

        If the General Assembly should differ from me in this policy, and determine to continue to increase our debt, at the present depreciated rates of currency, thus virtually giving ten dollars for one. I recommend a continuance of the issue of Treasury notes, or Treasury certificates, to raise all sums appropriated, for which no provision is made by taxation. I feel however, that I cannot too earnestly urge upon you, the importance of imposing a sufficient tax, to raise such sums as may be needed. This would preserve the credit of the State, and protect us and our posterity from a heavy burden, which it would at present cost us but little to avoid.

THE CURRENCY.

        Without reproducing the argument here, I respectfully refer the General Assembly to my message addressed to your predecessors, when convened in extra session in March last, for my views upon this question; so far as they relate to the action proper to be taken by the legislature.

        The Constitution of the Confederate States, gives that government full and ample power over the whole subject matter of the Confederate currency.

        Congress has power:

        To borrow money on the credit of the Confederate States.

        To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian tribes.

        To coin money and regulate the value thereof.

        To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the Confederate States.

        And to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, for revenue necessary to pay the debts, provide for the common


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defence, and carry on the government of the Confederate States.

        It is worthy of remark, that the power is given not only to regulate commerce, coin money, and borrow money, but to impose taxes, based upon proper equality, to an unlimited extent upon exports, imports, and the individual property, of every citizen of every State in the Confederacy, to pay the debts, provide for the common defence, and carry on the Confederate Government.

        The States having delegated to the Confederate Government these vast and unlimited powers over the public debt, and the means of providing for its payment, should leave the management of the Confederate finances and the responsibilities therewith connected, where the Constitution leaves them.

        An offer by the States, as States, to interfere actively with the Confederate finances; or a request by the financial officers of the Confederacy, that the States do so interfere, by endorsing the bonds of that Government; or by loaning their bonds to it, to be sold in the market to purchase its own issues at depreciated rates, when the States have delegated the full, ample and exclusive management of this matter to the Confederate Government, is a virtual declaration that the government is a failure; or that the officers, entrusted with this branch of the government are incompetent to the task of establishing a wise financial system, unworthy of public confidence, and deserve to be superceded by men who have financial ability, and practical statesmanship, to discharge the duties imposed by the Constitution and laws upon them. I am not prepared to make this charge: if I were I would say that a change of administration in this department, and not, the inauguration of a patchwork policy by which the States are called upon to discharge the duties of the Confederate officers on account of their incompetency, would be the proper remedy. Let the State and Confederate Government each move within the sphere assigned it by the Constitution; and let each be responsible to the people for the faithful discharge of the trust reposed in it. When either undertakes to discharge the duties which properly pertain to the other, it not only takes responsibilities not its own, but it assumes the incompetency of the other.

        But it may be said that State credit is worth more than Confederate credit in the market and if the States will issue fifty millions of dollars of their bonds and loan them to the Confederacy, it can purchase sixty-five millions of its outstanding issues, and thus make fifteen millions of dollars.

        It is not denied that the Confederacy by turning broker of its own bills, might make some money by such an operation, so long as the relative difference between State and


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Confederate credit could be maintained. But it must be apparent to all, that this speculation would be overbalanced by the loss of character; and of the confidence of the public, in the ability of a Government, which would resort to such an expedient; ever to establish and maintain a wise financial system of its own. The speculation made by such a transaction could have little or no influence in regulating the currency. Instead of increasing public confidence in Confederate credit, it would do much to destroy it, as it would be an implied acknowledgment of imbeciliity and incompetency on the part of those responsible for the management of the Confederate finances.

        If the war lasts a few months longer, it will require the proper management of billions, not millions of dollars, to regulate the currency and sustain public credit. Suppose in place of fifty millions the States should issue their bonds for a billion of dollars, (and less would not long suffice,) what would be the result? The debt of each State would become so large, that its bonds in the market, would be worth less than Confederate bonds, which are the bonds of all the States combined. So soon as the system is adopted and published to the world, State credit will at once sink below Confederate credit, and the whole speculation is at an end. In a word, the infant giant so soon as its proportions are developed, immediately commits suicide.

        But it may be said that the States are only asked to loan the Confederacy fifty or one hundred millions of their credit. It is very true this is all that is proposed to initiate the system. But he must be a very superficial observer who does not see, that as soon as that amount is disposed of, another one hundred, or five hundred millions, will be demanded, with more confidence than the first demand is made, as the officers of the Confederate Government will then have precedent to quote in favor of the demand, and the credit of the States must at once be dragged down below Confederate credit, and the country still left without a financial system to carry it through the difficulties by which it is now surrounded. I am fully satisfied that each government should be left to meet its own obligations, and manage its own affairs, within the bounds assigned by the Constitution, and that when either, with ample powers, becomes incompetent to the task, a change of administration where the defect exists, is the only proper remedy.

IMPRESSMENT OF PRIVATE PROPERTY.

        The right of the Government of the Confederate States to make impressments of the personal property of the citizens of the respective States for public use, upon the payment of just compensation, is not questioned. Congress has passed an act regulating impressments, and defining the


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powers and duties of Confederate officers in making them. This act of Congress provides, "that the property necessary for the support of the owner and his family, and to carry on his ordinary agricultural and mechanical business," "shall not be taken or impressed for the public use." The act also provides, when the owner and the impressing officer cannot agree, for the appointment of two appraisers, one to be chosen by the owner of the property, and the other by the impressing officer, and if they disagree, that they shall choose an umpire, who shall determine upon the quantity of property necessary as aforesaid, and such decision shall be binding upon the officer and all other persons.

        The act of Congress, therefore, expressly and positively prohibits any impressing officer from taking, under any circumstances, the property necessary for the support of the owner and his family, &c. In open violation of this positive law, those professing to be officers of the Government, under appointment of one or more of its District Commissaries, have impressed the property absolutely necessary for the support of the owner and his family, and carried it off with threats of armed force if resisted, after refusing to submit the question to the decision of appraisers. They have pretended to justify these outrages by saying that they had orders from those who appointed them to take all of certain kinds of property. Such orders if given, so far from being a justification for a violation of the act of Congress, could only subject the officers issuing them, to just punishment. It is believed that large and corrupt speculations have been made by those professing to be impressment officers, and others acting in concert with them; and that many persons have made impressments who have no shadow of legal authority for so doing, but have plundered and robbed the people under pretence of such authority.

        While it is the duty of every good citizen to furnish to the government, for the support of the army, all the provision he can possibly spare, it is the imperative duty of the government to see that the people are not plundered by unprincipled speculators, or thieves, who may profess to be, or may be, Government officials.

        These impressments have been ruinous to the people of the north-eastern part of the State, where there is not, probably half a supply of provisions made for the support of the women and children. One man in fifty may have a surplus, and forty out of the fifty may not have half enough. If the impressing officer is permitted to seize and carry off the little surplus in the hands of the few, those who have not enough, have no where to look for a supply. Every pound of meat, and every bushel of grain, carried out of that part of the State, by impressing officers, must


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be replaced by the State, at public expense, or the wives and children of soldiers in the army must starve for food.

        As all efforts to procure the suppression of this system of moral robbery and plundering, in a portion of the State almost destitute of supplies, has failed, I deem it the duty of the Legislature to take the matter into its own hands and protect its own people.

        To this end, I recommend the passage of a law, making it felony, to be punished by ten years imprisonment in the penitentiary for any person, claiming to act as a Confederate officer or agent, to impress the property of any citizen of this State in violation of the act of Congress; or to refuse to allow the citizen all the rights given by the act of Congress. And if any person should profess to be an officer or agent of the government, with power to make impressments, who has not such authority, I recommend that the act make it the duty of the court to sentence such person to receive thirty-nine lashes upon his bare back, and to be imprisoned ten years in the penitentiary. I also recommend that the law be so changed as to make it felony in any commissary or quartermaster to send an officer or agent into any county in the State to make impressments until he has published the name and description of such officer with the nature of his powers, in a newspaper having a general circulation in the county, or by posting such advertisement upon the door of the court house, and at three of the most public places in the county. So much oppression and corrupt speculation, is believed to have grown out of the abuse of this power, that it will require stringent laws to arrest the evil.

INCOME TAX.

        I invite the attention of the General Assembly to the remarks of the Comptroller General in his able and very valuable report, upon the subject of the income tax; and recommend such change in the law as will in future guard against the evasions and abuses to which he refers. I think it would be wiser policy to compel each person dealing in the articles enumerated in said act to give in, on oath, the amount of capital, or credit, actually employed, and the amount of income made from 1st of April, 1863, to 1st of April, 1864, and deduct 20 per cent of the profits, made upon which no tax should be paid; and impose a tax of 25 per cent upon all balance of profits realized. This would be more equitable as between the different tax payers, and would yield a much larger amount to the Treasury than has been received for the past year.

PUBLIC PRINTING.

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by the Code of this State for the public printing, will not enable the printers to do the work without the loss of several thousand dollars per annum. The prices were fixed at what was considered reasonable at the time the Code was prepared, but are wholly inadequate in the present condition of the country.

        As an act of justice, I recommend that the law be so changed as to allow the printers a reasonable per cent, say 25, upon the actual cost of the labour and material employed.

CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE BRITISH CONSUL.

        I beg leave to lay before the General Assembly copies of the correspondence between Mr. A. Fullarton, Her Brittanic Majesty's acting Consul, at Savannah, and myself upon the question of the liability of British subjects to do military service in defense of their domicils. Regarding this service as unquestionably due from all domicilled foreigners by the laws of nations, I can only regret that the British Consul felt it his duty to call in question the right of the State to demand it. So long as the British Government recognises no legal commerce with the Confederate States, and denies the existence of such a power, we are certainly under no obligation to extend to the subjects of that Government privileges or exemptions not provided for by the laws of nations.

SALARIES OF PUBLIC OFFICERS AND AGENTS.

        I feel it my duty, as an act of justice to the public officers and agents of this State, to recommend an increase of their salaries, in all cases where there is no constitutional prohibition.

        I am sure I need not enter into an argument to convince the Legislature that the present salaries will not support public servants and their families. The last General Assembly authorized me to increase the salaries and compensation of the officers and employees on the W. & A. R. Road fifty per cent. It will be necessary that the law be so changed, as to authorize a further increase, or the employees and workmen cannot support themselves and their families by their labour; and they will be compelled to leave the Road, and go to other Roads, where they can get better wages. In the presentstate of things, it would not be possible to supply their places with others, at the same compensation. It would certainly be very unwise to turn them off for want of a support. We should raise the freights to cover the cost and give them good wages. I must express my regret that the Constitution and law does not allow the members of the General Assembly, sufficient compensation to pay their actual expenses. I apprehend no liberal-minded citizen approves it.


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SALT SUPPLY.

        Prior to the occupation of East Tennessee by the enemy, we were succeeding well in the importation of salt. Since that time we have been unable to get any from the Virginia works. The appropriation of our trains by the order of the Board of public works of Virginia, has been a serious interruption. I have, however, through the agency of Hon. B. H. Bigham, a member of this General Assembly, laid our complaint before the Governor and Legislature of Virginia, and have great confidence that we shall receive justice and even liberality at the hands of the Government of that noble old commonwealth.

        Before our communication with the works was cut off, I had succeeded in securing a sufficient quantity to furnish every soldiers family in Georgia with a half bushel in addition to that furnished at a former distribution.

        The responsibility of receiving and distributing the salt has been placed upon Col. J. I. Whitaker, the Commissary General of the State, who has discharged it, as he has every duty, with ability, honesty, promptness and fidelity.

        The different salt companies of the State have imported large quantities, and while it is feared we shall be hard run for a supply, it is hoped there may be no suffering.

COTTON CARDS.

        For a statement of the operations of the Card Factory. I refer you to the report of its Superintendent. While we have not been so successful as we could have wished, the number made and distributed has been of great service to the people.

        The greatest difficulty has been in procuring wire. I do not consider our undertaking to make wire, in sufficient quantities, as by any means a success. But I have lately been able to get a good quantity through the blockade, and anticipate but little future difficulty in keeping up the supply.

        As the wire costs very high and has to be paid for in lots as it arrives, I ask an appropriation of $200,000 for that purpose, to be refunded to the Treasury out of the proceeds of the sale of the cards.

TREASURY CERTIFICATES FOR STATE TREASURY NOTES.

        I am informed that the State Treasury Notes have generally been laid away as investment, and that Bankers and other capitalists who hold large amounts of them, to get rid of the care of so great a bulk of paper, desire to exchange them for Treasury certificates of large amounts, binding the State to the same obligations contained in the face of the notes. I can see no objection to this, and therefore recommend the passage of an act authorizing the Treasurer to take up the State Treasury Notes when presented in sums of five thousand dollars or upwards, and give Treasury


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certificates in place of the bills, payable to bearer, upon the terms mentioned in the face of the bills. It would certainly be quite an accommodation to a person having ten thousand dollars of State Treasury Notes in five dollar bills, which he designs to hold as investment, to be permitted to return them to the Treasury and receive in place of them a certificate for ten thousand dollars. I would not recommend the issue of a certificate for a smaller sum than five thousand dollars.

        If the General Assembly should not levy a tax sufficient to carry on the operations of the government and should adhere to the policy of issuing State Treasury Notes to meet appropriations, the Treasurer might be authorized to re-issue the notes redeemed by him, and thus save the expense and labor of issuing new notes.

WESTERN AND ATLANTIC RAIL ROAD.

        The report of the Superintendent of the State Road shows that $1,650,000 has been paid into the Treasury of the State from the incomes of the Road, during the last fiscal year, and that there was due from the Confederate Government on the 30th of September, 1863, $427,586.75 as a set off against $577,864.78 due the 30th September 1862, showing the net earnings of the Road to have been nearly one and a half millions of dollars for the year.

        This would of course be subject to reasonable deduction for the wear of rolling stock and of the track, which has not been kept in as good condition as usual, on account of the impossibility of procuring supplies of material essential in making repairs.

        As a great proportion of the property transported over the road, other than government freights, belongs to speculators, I have felt it my duty to order the freights raised from time to time, so as to keep them nearly as high as the freights on other Roads. This enables the State to raise, by the use of the Road, a considerable amount of revenue, in a manner less burdensome to the people of this State, than it could be done in any other way; and to transport freights necessary for the support of the poor, without charge. And as the the price of every kind of property has increased immensely in the market, it is right that the freights for transporting it be increased in a just proportion. There is no justice in requiring the Road to transport a barrel of flour, a hogshead of sugar, or a ton of iron at the old rates, paid in currency, when either is worth in the market in the same currency ten times the old rates to the producer.

        To enable us to continue to run the Road, if the war should last for a year or two longer, it will be necessary to import, by some means, such supplies as are indispensible in making repairs. On account of the position which the


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Road occupies as a main trunk, with so many roads diverging from it at each end, the drafts made upon its rolling stock, for military use on other roads, in sudden emergencies, has been greater than upon any other Road in the Confederacy. Our rolling stock has not only been greatly injured when under military orders, but we have lost about two hundred cars and a number of valuable engines, when upon other Roads, by the interception of the enemy.

        The State Road is not singular in needing repairs. No other Road in the Confederacy called upon to make equal sacrifices of its rolling stock in the service of the country, is believed to be in better condition.

        After the death of Major John S. Rowland, its late honeest and upright Superintendent, Dr. George D. Phillips, whose high character is well known to the people of Georgia, has been appointed Superintendent of this great State work.

REORGANIZATION OF THE MILITIA AND THE HOME GUARD.

        The conscript law having been executed in the State upon persons from 18 to 45, the organized militia of the State not in Confederate service, under existing laws, is composed of the non-conscripts between those ages.

        The late call of the President upon this State for 8,000 volunteers as Home Guards, and for local defense, was addressed to those exempt from conscription. To this call, as will be seen by reference to the Report of Adjutant and Inspector General H. C. Wayne, over 18,000 men responded. These troops were organized for six months only, with the understanding that they were not to be called out and kept in the field as regular soldiers, but that they were to be mustered into the service and remain at home in the pursuit of their ordinary avocations, when not needed to repel a raid or meet an emergency. Part of them have been called out and have now been nearly two months in service; and I regret to say, that I do not see satisfactory evidence of an intention on the part of the Government, to discharge them at as early a day as our home interests imperatively require. It is now time that the corn crop were gathered and the wheat crop sowed. If we are to continue the war, we must take care of the provisions already made; and if we would have harvest next summer, we must not neglect seed time this fall. The troops are now well organized, and if permitted to go home, could, in case of emergency, return to their respective commands, on the shortest notice. We shall doubtless need Home Guards after the expiration of the six months; and it is to be feared that the effect of continuing these troops in the field longer at a time than necessity requires, will be to discourage volunteering at the end of their present term. If the Government will act in good faith with these men, there will be no difficulty in


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keeping up a sufficient Home Guard organization during the war; but if it should fail to do this, the task may be difficult, as the men who compose the organization are the indispensible productive class, and cannot spend all their time in the military field without ruin to our home interests.

        It was said by some as a justification for the adoption of the conscription policy, that the volunteer spirit was dead when that bill was passed. The very reverse, however, was true. Only a few weeks before the passage of the conscript law, the President called upon Georgia for twelve regiments of volunteers, and they responded promptly, with a large additional number. Lately he called upon the State for 8,000 troops, which is the first call made since the conscript policy was adopted; and over double the number responded. From the first day of the war till the present hour, Georgia has never failed to fill promptly every requisition made upon her for volunteers. And I think I may safely say, that if good faith is observed and their constitutional rights in the selection of their officers are respected, she never will fail to fill a requisition for her just quota as long as the war may last.

        To provide, however, for any future contingency which may occur from mismanagement or otherwise, and to maintain an organization for police purposes, I recommend the passage of an act making all white male persons between 18 and 60 years of age subject to militia duty, when not on active duty in the military service of the Confederate States, and subject to draft to fill any future requisition to be made upon the State by the Confederate States for troops; with a proviso that the State will not hold them liable to serve when their constitutional right of electing their officers is denied, and will not permit them to be punished for refusing to serve when this clear and important right is usurped and with a further proviso, exempting ministers of the gospel and the most important civil officers, both of the State and counties, whose official duties are onerous and indispensable, from all military service.

        It will also be necessary to authorize the Governor to appoint such staff officers as may in his judgment be necessary to enable him to organize troops to fill promptly any future requisitions made upon the State, or to meet other emergencies.

RIGHT TO ELECT OFFICERS.

        In this connection I earnestly invite the attention of the General Assembly to the correspondence, (copies of which are herewith forwarded) between the Secretary of War and myself, in reference to the right of Georgia's volunteer militia in the military service of the Confederacy, to elect their


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own officers. And it is proper that I here remark that since the correspondence was ended, even the right of the Home Guards to elect to fill vacancies is also denied, and the power of appointing the company officers, as well as the field officers, is claimed by the President.

        The Constitution gives Congress power to provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the Confederate States, reserving to the States respectively, the appointment of the officers. The right of the State to appoint the officers to command her militia or any part thereof, when employed in the service of the Confederate States, is not left to inference, but is reserved in plain, simple language, which admits of no two constructions. The State, by her constitution and laws, has provided how she will make these appointments. All militia officers are to be elected by the people subject to do military duty under them, and the officers of the volunteer militia are to be elected by the members of the volunteer organization, to be commanded by the officers when elected, and all vacancies are to be filled in the same way. In a word, the State appoints those who are elected by the persons to be commanded.

        If the militia of Georgia, or any part thereof, is now employed in the service of the Confederate States, no one can question the right of the State, as reserved in the Confederate constitution, to appoint the officers to command them, and the right of the troops, under the constitution and laws of the State, to have those elected by them, appointed or commissioned to command them, is equally unquestionable.

        By the militia of a State, I understand the framers of the constitution to have meant the arms-bearing people of the State. That they intended to use the term in this sense is evident from the fact that they speak of the militia as in existence at the time they are making the constitution, and confer power upon Congress, not to create a new militia, nor to organize that already in existence, but to provide for organizing the militia. In other words, they gave Congress power to provide for forming into militia organizations the arms-bearing people of the respective States. Had the constitution given Congress power to organize the militia without any qualifying words, it would have had power to appoint officers to command them, or to authorize the President to appoint them, as the militia cannot be organized without officers. The language used was well weighed and carefully guarded. Power was given to Congress to provide for organizing that already in existence without sufficient organization--the militia or arms-bearing people of the States. When Congress has provided for the organization, and the States have organized the militia, Congress may authorize the President to employ them in


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the service of the Confederate States, but in that case the States expressly reserve to themselves the right to appoint the officers to command them, and Congress cannot, without usurpation, exercise that power or confer it upon the President.

        The President has made repeated calls upon this State for organized bodies of her troops for Confederate service, and his requisitions have invariably been filled by the tender of militia organized and officered by the State, and they have been accepted by him with their officers as organized. In addition to this, the conscript act has been passed, which has made all persons between 18 and 45, (except those exempted by the act,) subject by compulsion, to Confederate service. This act has been executed in Georgia. In contemplation of law, every person in this State between 18 and 45, not specially exempt, is now in Confederate service; and the fact corresponds very nearly with this contemplation of law. Thus the whole organized militia of the State is now employed in the service of the Confederate States; and notwithstanding the State in such case has expressly reserved the right to appoint every officer to command them, her right to appoint a single officer to fill a single vacancy in a single company, battalion or regiment, is now denied; and it is claimed that they are all in future to be appointed, not by the State, but by the President.

        One of the reasons given for this extraordinary pretention, is that it will not do to trust the troops after they are in service, with this important right of choosing their own officers, as they would not elect officers who are faithful and who maintain discipline and do their duty. This objection would certainly apply with equal force to the first election, when a regiment or company is being organized. If the men are competent on entering the service to elect those who shall command them, why are they not equally competent to elect to fill vacancies which afterwards occur? Do experience in the military field, and intimate acquaintance with their comrades in arms, make them less competent to judge of the qualifications of those who aspire to command? The simple statement of the proposition is a sufficient expose of its falacy. At the organization of our regiments, the men elected officers on short acquaintance, as but little time was allowed them; and doubtless made some mistakes, putting in men less competent than some others left out. They have since seen them tried in service, and now know who is best qualified. But when a vacancy occurs, they are now to be confined to those who were first elected to lower positions, to fill the higher positions, to which they never chose them. And if an officer who claims promotion is set aside for incompetency by an examining board, the next in rank may step forward and claim the


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place, and is held to be entitled to it over the best man in the regiment if he is a private, though he may be the choice of every man in the command. It is only the lowest commissioned officer in the company who is taken from the ranks; and if the best and most competent man failed to get a commission at the first election, he cannot now aspire from the ranks, to a higher position than the lowest lieutenancy. This policy of filling all vacancies by promotion, not only disregards the constitutional rights of the States, but it does the grossest injustice to those who are often the most deserving of promotion, and denies to the men the valuable right of selecting their own rulers.

        If it is said the President may go out of the regular line of promotion, and reward merit in the ranks, it may be truly replied that this is seldom done; and that the men cannot look to their companions in arms, but can look only to the President for promotion. This not only concentrates all power in his hands, but subjects every man's claims to his favoritism, prejudice or caprice; and destroys independence of thought and of action, by compelling all to depend for promotion upon their capacity to flatter or their ability to please a single individual. Georgia's troops have done their duty nobly in the field, and they have a right to look to the government of their State for the protection of their rights. Many of them now claim this protection. Shall they have it?

        I recommend that this General Assembly pass a joint resolution declaratory of the reserved rights of the State, and of the constitutional right of election by her troops, and demanding of the Confederate Government the recognition of this right.

        While they took no formal action upon this particular point, your predecessors of the last General Assembly, virtually decided the question in favor of the right of the State to appoint her own officers to command her militia now in Confederate service, and determined further that the troops which the State has furnished for the field are the militia of Georgia, "employed in the service of the Confederate States," and not the armies of the Confederacy, in the sense in which the constitution uses that term.

        Several gentlemen holding commissions in command of Georgia troops in Confederate service, furnished by the State as organized by her to fill requisitions made by the President, were members of the last General Assembly. The question of their right to hold seats was raised and decided in their favor, on the express ground, as I understood from the discussions, that they were officers of the militia of this State, and not officers of the armies of the Confederacy. Indeed, it was impossible, under the oaths which the members had taken to support the constitution, for them to have


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determined that these were officers of the armies of the Confederacy, and not officers of the militia of Georgia, and still have permitted them to have their seats as members of the General Assembly. The 5th paragraph of the 1st section of the 2d article of the constitution of this State, declares that.

        "No person holding any military commission, or other appointment having any emolument or compensation annexed thereto, under this State or the Confederate States, or either of them, (except Justices of the Inferior Court, Justices of the Peace and officers of the militia,) shall have a seat in either branch of the General Assembly."

        This language of the constitution is plain, positive and unequivocal. No person holding a military commission under this State or the Confederate States, having any emolument or compensation annexed thereto, (except officers of the militia,) shall have a seat in either branch of the General Assembly. If the Georgia troops in Confederate service are not the militia of the State employed in the service of the Confederate States, then their officers are not officers of the militia. If they are part of the armies of the Confederate States, then their officers are officers of the armies of the Confederate States, and not officers of the militia of Georgia, and are, by the express language of the constitution, excluded from seats in either branch of the General Assembly. And if their officers are officers of the militia of Georgia, "employed in the service of the Confederate States," and are entitled to the constitutional privilege of having seats in the General Assembly, then the men whom they command are the militia of Georgia, "employed in the service of the Confederate States," and are equally entitled to the exercise of their constitutional right to elect officers to command them. The one right is as plain, as broad, and as valuable as the other. If the General Assembly recognizes and protects the right of the officers to have their seats, as I think it should do, I am unable to see upon what principle of justice, right or equality, it can refuse to recognize and protect the right of the privates to elect their own officers. They are coextensive and coequal rights, and he who claims the privilege to exercise the one, is obliged to admit the existence of the other, and is bound to protect it.

GEORGIA MILITARY INSTITUTE.

        This Institution is in a very flourishing condition, and is entitled to the fostering care of the legislature. Its efficiency and usefulness would be greatly promoted by the erection of additional dormitories, so as to provide for the reception of a larger number of Cadets. Numerous applicants for admission have been rejected during the past year, for want of room to accommodate them. Difficulty in procuring


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building material may however be in the way of extending the accommodations for the present. The Faculty and Cadets have responded to every call made upon them for military service, and stand ready to do their duty in every emergency.

THE STATE UNIVERSITY.

        The exercises of the University have been suspended for a time, by the patriotic response, made by the Chancellor and Faculty, to their country's call. When the soil of Georgia was invaded by a large army of the enemy, and I in compliance with the request of the President, called for volunteers to rally to the rescue, the whole faculty responded nobly and promptly, and laying aside for a time the scientific and literary pursuits in which they stand so deservedly high, they assumed the habit and garb of the soldier, and have undergone the hardships and fatigues of the camp. Rev. Dr. Mell, the Vice Chancellor, was called by his fellow soldiers to the command of a regiment, and Rev. Dr. Lipscomb, the Chancellor, preferring not to accept official position entered the ranks as a private. I have had the pleasure to visit these gentlemen with the balance of the faculty, around their camp fires with their gallant comrades in arms, and have been assured by other persons connected with the command, that every member of the faculty has discharged promptly and cheerfully every duty of the soldier.

        This does not exhibit the spirit of a people prepared for subjugation. There is indeed a moral grandeur in this conduct of the faculty of the University which is worth thousands of men to our cause. What State can exhibit more encouraging evidence of the patriotic determination of her citizens, to uphold her honor and her sovereignty at every hazard. Every Georgian should be proud of the University, and of its noble, patriotic, self-sacrificing faculty.

        I transmit herewith the annual report of the Board of Trustees of the University, by which it will be seen that not only the faculty, but a large number of the students have entered the military service in defence of our honor and our independence.

DAY OF FASTING HUMILIATION AND PRAYER.

        Believing that the present miseries of the country have overtaken us on account of the wickedness and transgressions of the people; and that the Almighty Ruler of the Universe who controls as well the Hosts of Heaven as the armies of earth, and has the power to cause wars to cease at his pleasure, will enable us to drive our enemies from our territory, and will restore peace and prosperity to the country, when our rulers and people shall have forsaken their transgressions, and have humbled their hearts in deep


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penitence before Him. And believing that it is the imperative duty of a christian people in times of national calamity and distress, to assemble together and publicly acknowledge God as their Ruler, and implore his forgiveness, through the merits of His Son, Jesus Christ: I recommend the General Assembly of this State, by Joint Resolution, to set apart Thursday, the 10th day of December next, as a day of fasting, deep humiliation and prayer; and that the Congress of the Confederate States, and the Legislatures of the different States, together with all of the people of the Confederate States, and all our armies in the field, be respectfully requested to unite with us in the religious observance of the day.

        Let it be no formal observance, but let all public and private business be suspended, and let the people assemble with the reverend Clergy, at their respective places of worship, and let us present before God a whole nation on its knees, fasting, in deep humility, and penitential confession; and it is my solemn conviction that God will hear our prayers, strike terror and dismay into the hearts of our enemies, and give such victories to our arms as will soon establish our independence, and restore peace in all our borders.

JOSEPH E. BROWN.


        On motion of Mr. Cone, five hundred copies of the Governor's Annual Message and accompanying documents, (except the Report of the Adjutant General,) was ordered to be printed for the use of the Senate.

        Mr. West offered the following resolution which was taken up, read and agreed to:

        Resolved, That both branches of the General Assembly will convene in the Hall of the House of Representatives at ten o'clock to-morrow morning for the purpose of counting the vote cast in the recent election for Governor of this State and declaring the result thereof.

        Mr. Pottle offered the following resolution, which was taken up, read and agreed to.

        Resolved, That all Reporters of newspapers be allowed seats on the floor of the Senate.

        On motion the Senate adjourned until 9½ o'clock to-morrow morning.

FRIDAY, NOV. 6TH, 1863.
OCLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.

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Senatorial District, appeared, and having produced his credentials was sworn by the President and took his seat.

        The following message was received from His Excellency the Governor by his Secretary, Mr. Waters, to-wit:

        Mr. President:--I am directed by the Governor to deliver to the Senate a number of sealed packages, supposed to contain the returns of the late election for Governor.

        On motion of Mr. Ezzard, a committee consisting of three was appointed to convey to the House of Representatives the election returns.

        The President appointed as said committee, Messrs. Ezzard, Gaulding, and Polk.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their clerk:

        Mr. President:--I am instructed by the House to inform the Senate, that they are now ready to receive the Senate in their Hall to count out and consolidate the returns at the recent Gubernatorial election.

        On motion of Mr. West, the Senate repaired to the Representative Hall.

        The General Assembly then proceeded to count out and add the returns from the several counties of this State, and before the same was complete, the Senate repaired to their chamber, and then adjourned until 3 o'clock, P. M.

3 O'CLOCK, P. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk.

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives are now ready to receive the Senate in their Hall to resume the unfinished business of the morning to-wit: The counting out and consolidating of the vote at the late Gubernatorial election.

        On motion, the Senate again repaired to the Representative Hall for the purpose of proceeding with the unfinished business of the morning.

        The General Assembly then proceeded with the unfinished business of the morning, which was to count out and add the returns of the several counties of this State, and the votes of citizens of this State in the military service of the Confederate States, and the State of Georgia; upon which it appeared that Joseph E. Brown was duly elected Governor of Georgia, for the ensuing two years, and was so declared by the presiding officer.

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        Mr. Polk offered the following resolution which was taken up, read and agreed to:

        Resolved, That a committee of three from the Senate be appointed to meet such committee from the House as they may appoint, to wait on His Excellency the Governor, and inform him of his election, and request his acceptance.

        In accordance with the foregoing resolution the President appointed Messrs. Polk, Grice and Watkins as said committee on the part of the Senate.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. McRea for a few days on special business.

        On motion of Mr. Gaulden, L. A. Simmons, messenger elect, and Wm. H. Roberts, Door Keeper elect, were sworn by the President.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have concurred in the resolution of the Senate appointing a committee to wait upon His Excellency Joseph E. Brown, and notify him of his election; request his acceptance, and to know when it will be his pleasure to be inaugurated, and have appointed as such committee on the part of the House, Messrs. Moore, Reese, Gue of Chatham, Russel of Muscogee, and Anderson.

        On motion, the Senate adjourned to 9½ o'clock to-morrow morning.

SATURDAY, NOV. 7th, 1863.
OCLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment, and was opened with praper by Rev. Dr. Ridley.

        On motion of Mr. West the Journal of yesterday was so amended as to show the action of the General Assembly relative to the rejection of certain election returns for Governor of this State, on account of the informality of said returns.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Spear for a few days on account of the sickness of his family.

        Mr. Lloyd introduced a bill to incorporate the Savannah Glass Works, which was read the first time.

        Also, a bill to refund to Harriet M. R. Montmollin, administratrix on the estate of John S. Montmollin, late of Chatham county, deceased, the amount of a double tax paid by her for the year 1863, in Chatham county, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Pottle introduced a bill to amend an act entitled an act to prevent and punish the planting and cultivating in the State of Georgia, over a certain quantity of land in cotton


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during the war with the abolitionists, approved December 11th, 1862, which was read the first time.

        On motion of Mr. Guerry, a committee consisting of three was appointed to revise and report rules for the government of the Senate for the present session.

        The President appointed as said committee, Messrs. Guerry, Chambers and Griffin.

        Mr. Bacon offered the following resolution which was taken up read and agreed to:

        Resolved, That the Hon. Robert Toombs be invited to a seat on the floor of the Senate during his stay at the capital, and that a committee of three be appointed to inform him of this resolution.

        The President appointed as said committee, Messrs. Bacon, Cone and Pottle.

        Mr. Groover offered the following resolution which was taken up read and agreed to.

        Resolved, That the Hon. T. Butler King, the Hon. Lucius J. Gartrell, and the Hon. Martin J. Crawford be invited to a seat on the floor of the Senate during their stay at the capital, and that a committee of three be appointed to inform them of this resolution.

        The President appointed as said committee, Messrs. Groover, West, and Blackwell.

        Mr. Pottle offered the following resolution which was taken up, read and agreed to:

        Resolved, That the Hon. Joseph Henry Lumpkin be invited to a seat on the floor of the Senate, during his stay at the Capital, and that a committee of three be appointed to inform him of this resolution.

        The President appointed as said committee Messrs. Pottle, Cone and Bacon.

        Mr. Polk. Chairman of the committee appointed to notify the Governor of his election, reported that the committee had discharged their duty, and received for answer that he accepts the office and would be ready to attend in the Representative hall at twelve o'clock, Meridian, this day, to take the oath of office, prescribed by law and the Constitution of this State.

        Mr. Chambers offered the following resolution which was taken up, read and agreed to:

        Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed, to act with such committee as may be appointed on the part of the House of Representatives, to make all necessary arrangements, incident to the inauguration of the Governor.

        The President appointed as said committee, Messrs. Chambers, Cone and Guerry.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their clerk:


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        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have concurred in the resolution of the Senate, appointing a joint committee of the two Houses to make arrangements for the inauguration of the Governor elect, and have appointed as such committee on the part of the House, Messrs. Adams, Wright, Ezzard, Wallace and Wood.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Grice until Tuesday morning, on special business.

        Mr. Griffin offered the following resolution, which was taken up, read and agreed to:

        Resolved by the Senate, the House concurring, that the General Assembly of the State do convene in the House of Representatives this day at 12 o'clock Meridian, for the purpose of inaugurating the Governor elect.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--I am instructed by the House of Representatives to inform the Senate that the House is now ready to receive the Senate for the purpose of inaugurating the Governor elect.

        On motion of Mr. Griffin, the President and members of the Senate repaired to the Representative Chamber, and being seated, the Governor elect, the Hon. Joseph E. Brown, was introduced by the Joint Committee, and attended by the State House Officers, and other distinguished citizens, when he addressed the General Assembly, and was inaugurated according to law, and took the oath of office.

        The Governor, attended by the committee, having withdrawn, the President and members of the Senate returned to their Chamber.

        On motion the Senate adjourned until Monday morning ten o'clock.

MONDAY, NOV. 9TH, 1863.
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Mr. Flinn.

        Mr. Walker moved to amend the Journal of yesterday, relative to the inauguration of the Governor by the General Assembly, so as to read "and was inaugurated according to law, and took the oath of office; which was agreed to.

        Mr. Chambers offered the following resolution which was taken up; read and agreed to:

        Resolved, That a copy of the Governor's Inaugural Address be requested for publication, and that one hundred copies be printed for the use of the Senate.


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        The President appointed the following Standing Committees:

        On Banks.--Cook, Price, Griffin, West, Lloyd, Hammond, Ezzard, Walton, Sprayberry, Adams, Ramsey.

        On Confederate Relations--Guerry, Cone, Chambers, Ramsey, Watkins, Bacon, Ezzard, Black well, Lloyd, Price.

        On Judiciary.--Lloyd, Grice, Pottle, Reid, Cook, West, Speer, Adams, Ramsey, Walker, Mabry.

        On Military--Ramsey, Grice, West, Pate, Pafford, Cone, Speer, Walker, Barr, Anthony.

        On Internal Improvements.--Chambers, Baker, Watkins, Guyton, Gaulden, Adams, Polk, Groover.

        On Penitentiary.--Cone, Polk, Mabry, Walker, Simmons, Bacon, Gaulden, Hubbard.

        On Public Education and Free Schools.--West, Pottle, Ramsay, Price, Bacon, Watkins, Sprayberry, Walker, Guyton, Whitaker.

        On Lunatic Asylum.--Adams, Hammond, Speer, Griffin, Johnson, White, Chambers.

        On Privileges and Elections--Pottle, Walton, Griffin, Anthony, Whitaker, McCutcheons.

        On Petitions.--Cook, Baker, Hubbard, Simmons, Walton, McCutcheons, Guyton.

        On Enrollment.--Bacon, Hammond, Pate, Cone, Sprayberry, Guyton.

        On Journals.--Adams, Bennett, Anthony, Mabry, Blackwell.

        On new Counties and County Lines.--West, Groover, McRae, Underwood, Polk, White.

        On Printing.--Hammond, Whitaker, Black well, Johnson, Pafford, Barr, Reid, McDonald, Pate.

        On Deaf and Dumb Asylum.--Chambers, Guerry, Pottle, Whitaker, Guyton, Griffin, Speer, Ramsey.

        On Institute for the Blind.--West, Cook, Ezzard, Cone, Grice, Reid, Adams, Watkins.

        On Auditing Committee.--Pate, Simmons, Walker, Underwood, Baker.

        On Engrossing Committee.--Whitaker, Wells, Johnson, Polk, White, Groover.

        On Finance.--Watkins, Hammond, Cook, Pate, Speer, Whitaker, White, Lloyd, Ramsey, Adams, Guerry.

        On Agriculture.--Whitaker, Wells, Price, Chambers, Hubbard, Reid, Cone, Barr.

        Mr. Guerry moved to print fifty copies of the standing committees, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Adams introduced a bill to prescribe the mode of estimating the value of advancements made by parents to their children in the distribution of estates in certain cases, which was read the first time.

        Also a bill amendatory of sections 2542 and 2543 of the


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Code of Georgia, in reference to the distribution of estates, which was read the first time.

        Also, a bill to make legal what are known as leading questions in all examinations of witnesses in any cause pending or hereafter to be pending in any of the courts of this State, or before arbitrators and referees, which was read the first time.

        Also a bill to relieve executors, administrators, guardians and trustees from the payment of interest on trust funds in their hands, in certain cases, during the continuance of the present war, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Adams offered a memorial of J. A. Turner, relalative to the relief of certain soldiers families which was read.

        Mr. Cone offered the following resolution which was taken up, read and agreed to:

        Resolved, That so much of the Annual Message of His Excellency, Governor Brown, as relates to Confederate relations be referred to the committee on Confederate Relatious; so much as relates to the Judiciary, to the committee on the Judiciary; on Finance, to the committee on Fnance; on Internal Improvements to the committee on Internal Improvements; on Public Education and Free Schools to the committee on Public Education and Free Schools; on Banks to the committee on Banks; on the Penitentiary to the committee on the Penitentiary; on the Lunatic Asylum to the committee on the Lunatic Asylum; on the Military to the Military Committee; on Printing, to the committee on Printing; on the Deaf and Dumb Asylum to the committee on the Deaf and Dumb Asylum; on Institute for the Blind to the committee on Institute for the Blind.

        Mr. Groover introduced a bill to legalize the official acts of Amos Turner, Deputy Ordinary of Colquitt county, which was read the first time.

        Also, a bill to add an additional section to article 2, chapter 3, part 2 of the revised code of Georgia, which was read the first time.

        On motion of Mr. West the Adjutant and Inspector General's report was taken up and read, and five hundred copies of the same ordered to be printed for the use of the Senate.

        The Senate took up the following bill which was read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary:

        A bill to incorporate the Savannah Glass works.

        The Senate took up the following bill which was read the second time, and referred to the committee on Agriculture:

        A bill to amend an act entitled an act to prevent and punish the planting and cultivating in the State of Georgia


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over a certain quantity of land in cotton, during the war with the abolitionists, approved Dec. 11th, 1862.

        Mr. Pottle introduced a bill to compensate the citizens of this State whose slaves have died from neglect, while in the service of the State, or of the Confederate States, by any agreement or contract with this State, where such slaves have been contributed by or impressed from such citizens to work on the defences of Savannah, in conformity to any resolution of the General Assembly of this State, and to point out the mode of trial for ascertaining the fact of the death of such slave from neglect and of the value of such slave, and for other purposes, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Reed introduced a bill to prevent extortion in cotton yarns, and for other purposes, which was read the first time.

        Also, a bill to incorporate the Tocoa Manufacturing Company, which was read the first time.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have adopted the following resolutions in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate, to-wit:

        A resolution of thanks to Gen. Bragg and his Army.

        Also resolutions to provide for supplying certain counties in this State with provisions, and I am directed to transmit the same forth with to the Senate.

        The Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives relative to returning thanks to General Braxton Bragg and his army. On motion, the same was concurred in.

        On motion a resolution of the House of Representatives to provide for supplying certain counties in this State with provisions, was taken up and read.

        The Senate took up the following bill which was read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole:

        A bill to refund to Harriet M. R. Montmollin, administratrix, on the estate of John S. Montmollin, late of Chatham county, deceased; the amount of a dooble tax paid by her for the year 1863, in Chatham county.

        Mr. Gaulden introduced a bill to suppress extortion in this State during the continuance of the present war, to prohibit the exportation of certain articles from this State and for other purposes, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Pottle offered the following resolution, which was taken up, read and agreed to:

        Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed by the President to wait on the Hon. Charles J. Jenkins, and Richard F. Lyon, Judges of the Supreme Court, and the


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Hon. Julian Hartridge and invite them to seats on the floor of the Senate during their stay in the city.

        The President appointed Messrs. Pottle, Ramsey and West as said committee.

        On motion the Senate adjourned until ten o'clock tomorrow morning.

TUESDAY, NOV. 10TH.
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Mr. Quillian.

        Mr. Gaulden offered the following resolution which was taken up, read and agreed to:

        Rerolved by the Senate, that a committee of three be appointed to invite Governor Foote of Tennessee to a seat on the floor, during his stay in the city.

        The President appointed as said committee, Messrs. Gaulden, Whitaker, and Reid.

        The Hon. C. S. Guyton, Senator elect from the sixteenth Senatorial District, appeared and having produced his credentials, was sworn by the President, and took his seat.

        Mr. Ezzard offered a resolution requesting our Senators and Representatives in Congress to introduce and have passed, a bill increasing soldier's pay to twenty-five dollars per month.

        On motion the rule was suspended, the resolution was taken up and referred to the committee on Military.

        Mr. Adams introduced a bill to make the refusal to take or receive Treasury notes of this State, or Treasury notes of the Confederate States at par value in payment of debts, dues or demands, or for articles bought, a test of loyalty to this State and the cause of the Confederate States, in the war now being waged against the said Confederate States by the United States, and to punish for such refusal as an act of disloyalty as aforesaid, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Adams offered a resolution relative to the subject of taxation, which was read.

        Also, a resolution instructing our Senators and Representatives in Congress to have passed an act conscribing into the military service all male persons, without regard to age, who refuse to receive the Treasury notes of the Confederate States, which was read.

        Also, a resolution relative to the re-adoption of certain resolutions, adopted by the General Assembly in 1861, in opposition to reconstruction, which was read.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:


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        Mr[.] President:--The House of Representatives have adopted the following resolutions to-wit:

        A resolution providing for the purchase of the tax in kind of certain counties in this State for the use of the indigent poor.

        Also a resolution bringing on the election of State House Officers.

        Mr. Anthony introduced a bill to alter and amend section 611 of the Code of Georgia, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Johnson offered a resolution requesting the Secretary of War to revoke the appointment of all impressing officers of this State, which was read.

        Mr. Johnson introduced a bill to compensate the owners of slaves executed for criminal offenses in this State, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Lloyd introduced a bill to amend an act incorporating the Southern Insurance Company, passed December 11th, 1861, which was read the first time.

        Also a bill to define the fees of the clerks and sheriffs of Chatham county, and for other purposes, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Lloyd offered a memorial of Hiram Roberts, N. M. Sneed and others, praying for a grant from the State to a certain portion of the Okefenokee swamp, which was read.

        Mr. Pottle introduced a bill to prevent owners and employees of slaves from allowing said slaves to hire their own time, and require said slaves to live on the premises of the owner, and to punish for a violation of the same, which was read the first time. Mr. Reid introduced a bill to amend an act entitled an act to relieve certain soldiers who now are or may hereafter be in the military service of the Confederate States, or of this State, from the payment of taxes, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Simmons introduced a bill to prevent the illegal seizure and impressment of property in the State of Georgia and punish the same, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Gaulden introduced a bill for the relief and pardon of John W. Martin, of Habersham county, from confinement in the Penitentiary under sentence for the crime of murder, which was read the first time.

        Also a bill to suppress gambling in this State, and to amend the penal code, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Cook introduced a bill to alter and amend the fourth section of an act entitled an act to grant relief to the banks and people of this State, passed the 13th day of November, 1860, and the several acts amendatory thereof, which was read the first time.


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        Mr. Adams moved to suspend the rules to take up a resolution previously offered by him, which was agreed to.

        The Senate took up the following resolution, to-wit:

        Whereas; at a session of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia, in the year 1861, the following resolutions were adopted:

        Resolved, That it is the sense of this General Assembly that the separation of those States now forming the Confederate States of America from the United States, is and ought to be final and irrevocable, and that Georgia will under no circumstances entertain any proposition from any quarter which may have for its object a restoration or reconstruction of the late Union, on any terms or conditions whatever,

        Resolved, That the war which the United States are waging upon the Confederate States shall be met on our part with the utmost vigor and energy, until our independence and nationality are unconditionally acknowledged by the United States.

        Resolved, That Georgia pledges herself to her sister States of the Confederacy, that she will stand by them throughout the struggle--she will contribute all the means which her resources will supply, so far as the same may be necessary to the the common cause, and will not consent to lay down arms until peace is established on the basis of the foregoing resolutions.

        Whereas the enunciation of said resolutions are as truly expressive of the position of Georgia to-day as at the time of their adoption; and whereas, the meeting of another General Assembly of the State, after a lapse of two years more of struggle for independence presents an occasion peculiarly appropriate to the renewal of these declarations, and that the world may know that Georgia does not tire of the war until her purpose is accomplished, nor abate anything of the spirit and determination manifested by said resolutions; therefore,

        Resolved, That the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly met, with a fixed and unalterable purpose to stand by them, do re-affirm and re-adopt said resolutions in their letter and spirit.

        Resolved, That the Governor cause copies of these resolutions to be transmitted to the President of the Confederate States, and to the Governors of the several States of the Confederacy, and also to the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Confederate Congress, with the request that they cause said resolutions to be read before their respective bodies.

        Upon the adoption of the resolutions the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas thirty-nine, nays naught.


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        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs. Adams, Anthony, Bacon, Baker, Barr, Bennett, Blackwell, Chambers, Cone, Cook, Ezzard, Gaulden, Griffin, Groover, Guerry, Guyton, Hammond, Hubbard, Johnson, Lloyd, Mabry, McDonald, Pate, Pafford, Polk, Pottle, Price, Ramsay, Reid, Simmons, Underwood, Walker, Walton, Watkins, Wells, West, Whitaker, White, Wright.

        Ayes, 39; nays, 0. So the resolutions were unanimously adopted.

        On motion, the Secretary was directed to transmit said resolutions forthwith to the House of Representatives.

        On motion of Mr. Price the rules were suspended, and the Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives to provide for supplying certain counties in this State with provisions. On motion, the same was concurred in.

        Mr. West moved further to suspend the rule, to take up a resolution of the House of Representatives, which was agreed to.

        The Senate took up and concurred in the following resolution of the House of Representatives, to-wit:

        Resolved, The Senate concurring, that both branches of the General Assembly will meet in the Representative Hall on Thursday, 12th instant, at eleven o'clock, A. M. for the purpose of electing State House Officers.

        On motion the Secretary was directed to transmit the same forthwith to the House of Representatives.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Joseph T. Lumpkin.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to authorize and require the Inferior Court of Chatham county to levy and collect an extraordinary tax for certain purposes; and I am directed to transmit the same forthwith to the Senate.

        The Senate took up the following bills which were severally read the second time, and referred to the committee on the Judiciary:

        A bill to prescribe the mode of estimating the value of advancements made by parents to their children in the distribution of estates in certain cases.

        Also, a bill to make legal what are known as leading questions in all examinations of witnesses in any cause pending, or hereafter to be pending, in any of the courts of the State, or before arbitrators, auditors, and referees.

        Also, a bill to relieve executors, administrators, guardians and trustees from the payment of interest upon trust


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funds in their hands in certain cases, and during the continuance of the present war.

        Also, a bill to compensate the citizens of this State whose slaves have died from neglect while in the service of the State or of the Confederate States, by any agreement or contract with the State, where such slaves have been contributed by or impressed from such citizen to work on the defences of Savannah, in conformity to any resolution of the General Assembly of this State, and to point out the mode of trial for ascertaining the facts of the death of such slave from neglect, and of the value of such slave, and for other purposes.

        The Senate took up the following bills which were severally read the second time and referred to committee of the whole:

        A bill to add an additional section to article 2, chapter 3, title 3, part 2, of the revised Code of Georgia.

        Also a bill to legalize the official acts of Amos Turner, Deputy Ordinary of Colquitt county.

        Also, a bill to prevent extortion in cotton yarns and for other purposes.

        Also a bill to suppress extortion in this State during the continuance of the present war, to prohibit the exportation of certain articles from this State, and for other purposes.

        Also, a bill to incorporate the Tocoa Manufacturing Company.

        Also, a bill amendatory of sections 2542 and 2543 of the Code of Georgia, in reference to the distribution of estates.

        On motion the Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives which were read the first time:

        A bill for the relief of Jos. T. Lumpkin of the county of Clarke.

        Also, a bill to authorize and require the Inferior Court of Chatham county to levy and collect an extraordinary tax for certain purposes therein mentioned.

        On motion the Senate adjourned until to-morrow morning 10 o'clock.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 11TH, 1863.
10 O'CLOCK, A.M.

        Senate met according to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Mr. Campbell.

        Mr. Gaulden offered a resolution requesting our Senators and Representatives in Congress to pass an act increasing the pay and rations of soldiers which was read.

        Mr. Cone offered the following resolution which was read.


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Resolved, That both brances of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia will convene in the Hall of the House of Representatives on day of November, 1863, to elect a Confederate Senator to fill a vacancy occasioned by the expiration of the term of the Hon. H. V. Johnson.

        Mr. Mabry moved to suspend the rules to take up a resolution of the House of Representatives, which was agreed to.

        The Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives providing for the purchase of the tax in kind in certain counties in this State for the use of the indigent poor.

        Mr. Walker moved to amend the same by adding the following proviso:

        Provided that whatever amount may be advanced to the several counties for the purchase of said tenth shall be deducted from the pro-rata share of said counties in the funds which may be appropriated for the support of indigent soldiers and families, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Pottle moved further to amend the same by striking out the words "and all other counties remote from Rail Road facilities where the failure of the crops has rendered it necessary," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Hubbard moved further to amend by inserting the counties of Polk, Paulding, Harralson, Walton, Pickens, Gilmer, Fannin, Hall, Jackson, Banks, Habersham, Franklin, Hart, Glynn, Camden, Charlton, Cherokee, Forsyth, Milton, White, Dawson, Lumpkin, Thomas, Brooks, Colquitt, Union, Towns, Rabun, Ware, Coffee, Clinch, Gwinnett, DeKalb, Henry, Wilkinson, Jones and Twiggs, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Mabry moved that the resolution and amendments be referred to a special committee of five which was agreed to.

        The President appointed as such committee Messrs. Mabry, Pottle, Walker, Polk and Bacon.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President.--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to change the name of the Athens Steam Company and to increase its capital.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to authorize and empower the Ordinaries of Warren and Henry counties to pay over to the Inferior Court any surplus funds belonging to the Educational Fund.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to amend the sixth section of an act entitled an act to incorporate the town of Dawson, in the county of Terrell, and to provide for the election of President, Councilmen and Marshal for the same and for other purposes.


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        Also a bill to be entitled an act to legalize and make valid all adjournments of the Superior Courts of the several counties of this State in certain cases, and for other purposes.

        They have also adopted the following resolutions in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate, to-wit:

        A resolution requesting the action of Congress for the relief of indigent soldiers' families.

        Also a resolution requesting the establishment of a mail route in the county of Charlton.

        Mr. Lloyd offered the following resolution which was taken up, read and agreed to.

        Resolved, that the Judiciary Committee be authorized to employ a Clerk who shall receive the sum of dollars for each day that he may be engaged in attending to the business of said committee.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to refund to Harriet M. R. Montmollin, Administratrix on the estate of John S. Montmollin, late of Chatham county, deceased, the amount of a double tax paid by her for the year 1863, in Chatham county.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to add an additional section to article 2, chapter 3, title 3, part 2 of the revised Code of Georgia.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and lost.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to prevent extortion in cotton yarns and for other purposes.

        The report was disagreed to, and the bill was lost.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to legalize all the official acts of Amos Turner, Deputy Ordinary of the county of Colquitt in said State during the year 1862.

        On motion, the bill was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to incorporate Tocoa Manufacturing Company.

        On motion, the same was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--


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        A bill amendatory of sections 2542 and 2543 of the Code of Georgia in referce to the distribution of estates.

        On motion, the same was referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have adopted a resolution to raise a joint committee on salt and iron supply and transportation, and I am directed to transmit the same forthwith to the Senate.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to suppress extortion in this State during the continuance of the present war, to prohibit the exportation of certain articles from this State and for other purposes.

        On motion, the same was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

        Mr. Pottle offered the following resolution which was taken up, read and agreed to:

        Resolved, That the Senator from the 2d district Mr. Gaulden be added to the Committee on the Judiciary.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to amend an act entitled an act to prevent and punish the planting and cultivating in the State of Georgia over a certain quantity of land in cotton during the war with the abolitionists.

        The Committee on Agriculture to whom this bill was referred moved to amend the same.

        On motion, the bill and amendments were made the special order for Friday next.

        The Senate took up the following bills which were severally read the second time and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary:

        A bill to suppress gambling in this State and to amend the Penal Code.

        Also a bill to define the fees of the Clerks and Sheriffs of Chatham county and for other purposes.

        Also a bill to prevent the illegal seizure and impressment of property in the State of Georgia, and punish the same.

        Also a bill to compensate the owner or owners of slaves executed for criminal offences in this State.

        Also a bill to alter and amend section 611 of the Code of Georgia.

        Also a bill to alter and amend the fourth section of an act entitled an act to grant relief to the banks and the people of this State and for other purposes.

        Also a bill to make the refusal to take or receive Treasury notes of this State or Treasury notes of the Confederate


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States at par value in payment of debts, dues, or demands, or for articles bought, a test of loyalty to this State and to the cause of the Confederate States in the war now being waged against the said Confederate States by the United States, and to punish for such refusal as an act of disloyalty as aforesaid.

        The Senate took up the following bills which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole:

        A bill for the relief and pardon of John W. Martin; of Habersham county, from confinement in the Penitentiary under sentence for the crime of murder.

        Also a bill to prevent owners and employees of slaves to allow said slaves to hire their own time and to require said slaves to live on the premises of the owner, and to punish for a violation of the same.

        Also a bill to amend an act incorporating the Southern Insurance Company, passed Dec. 17th, 1861.

        Also a bill to amend an act entitled an act to relieve certain soldiers who now are or may hereafter be in the military service of the Confederate States or of this State from the payment of taxes.

        On motion of Mr. Lloyd, the memorial of Hiram Roberts, N. M. Snead and others was taken up and referred to the Committee on Internal Improvements.

        On motion of Mr. Adams, the memorial of Joseph A. Turner was taken up and referred to the Committee on Finance.

        Mr. Griffin introduced a bill for the relief of William King and Louisa Jane Frances King, of Wilkinson county, which was read the first time.

        On motion of Mr. Adams, the following resolution was taken up, read and agreed to.

        Whereas a state of war greatly deranges the natural and legitimate order and condition of things, so that while some persons are suddenly enriched by large incomes to their wealth arising from this disorder; others without any fault of theirs are as suddenly and as much impoverished; and whereas, this is found unhappily to be the case in the disordered state of affairs growing out of the present war; and whereas, it is incompatible with the best interest of the State and equally inconsistent with good faith that one portion of the citizens of the State should make the calamities of others engaged with them in a common cause, and involved in the same peril the occasion of their enrichment, and it is an important object of legislation to equalize these differences as far as may be practicable by casting the burdens of the war mainly on those who make a profit of it; and whereas, the subject of taxation presents the readiest and most available means of accomplishing this object,


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        Therefore resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia, That the Finance Committee of the Senate and the House of Representatives be instructed to act as a joint committee on Finance, and take into consideration the whole subject of taxation by the State with the view of raising revenue for the support of Government and for the payment of the public debt, and for providing for the common defense, by the adoption by the State of such a system of taxation for the purpose aforesaid, as shall combine the ad-valorem system with the net income system in such way as that taxation shall be based mainly on net income or profits realized during the war, and to report by an appropriate bill to secure this object, to the House of Representatives, where alone such bill can originate.

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives which were read the first time, to-wit:

        A bill to authorize and empower the Ordinaries of Warren and Henry counties to pay over to the Inferior Court any surplus of funds in their hands belonging to the educational fund.

        Also a bill to change the name of the Athens Steam Company to the Athens Foundry and Machine Works, and to increase the capital of the same.

        Also a bill to amend the sixth section of an act entitled an act to incorporate the town of Dawson in the county of Terrell, and to provide for the election of President, Councilmen and Marshal, for the same and for other purposes.

        Also a bill to legalize and make valid all adjournments of the Superior Courts of the several counties of this State by the Clerks of said courts where the presiding Judges of said Courts may have been absent and may have failed to issue an order for adjournment to the Clerks of said Court, from providential cause.

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole:

        A bill to authorize and require the Inferior Court of Chatham county to levy and collect an extraordinary tax for certain purposes therein mentioned.

        Also a bill for the relief of Joseph T. Lumpkin, of the county of Clarke.

        Mr. Pottle offered the following resolution which was taken up, read and agreed to:

        Resolved, That the Hon. George N. Lester, member of Congress elect from the 8th congressional district, be invited to a seat on the floor of the Senate.

        Mr. Chambers offered the following resolution which was taken up, read and agreed to:

        Resolved, That the standing committees on Internal Improvements


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in the Senate and House of Representatives, also the committees in the Senate and House of Representatives of Deaf and Dumb and of the Lunatic Asylum and of the Penitentiary, be consolidated and act as joint committees.

        Mr. Johnson moved to take up a resolution previously offered by him, requesting the Secretary of War to revoke the appointment of all impressing officers in this State and appoint others in their stead, which was agreed to.

        On motion of Mr. Bacon, the same was referred to the committee on Confederate Relations.

        The Senate took up and concurred in a resolution of the House of Representatives requesting our Senators and Representatives in Congress to use their influence to have established a certain mail route in the county of Charlton.

        On motion the Senate adjourned until 10 o'clock tomorrow morning.

THURSDAY, NOV. 12TH, 1863.
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Mr. Flinn.

        The Hon. H. J. Sprayberry, Senator elect from the 44th Senatorial District, appeared, and having produced his credentials, was sworn in by the President, and took his seat.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills, to-wit:

        A bill to exempt certain lands from taxation.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to repeal the act assented to 30th day of November, 1861, consolidating the offices of Tax Collector and Receiver.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to relieve James Ravenal and Samuel Priolau Ravenal, of the State of South Carolina.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to alter and change the hour for the meeting of the General Assembly.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to alter and change the place of holding the Superior and Inferior Courts of McIntosh county.

        Also, a bill to legalize the appropriations of the City Council of Rome and of the Inferior Court of Floyd county, to the fortifications around the city of Rome.

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a like committee of the Senate, to take into consideration the propriety of raising the salaries of public officers, &c. On the part of the House, the committee are Messrs. Burney, Dever and Ezzard.

        On motion of Mr. Pottle, the rules were suspended, and the Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole, to-wit:

        A bill to authorize and empower the Ordinaries of Warren and Henry counties to pay over to the Inferior Court any surplus of funds in their hands belonging to the educational fund.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to amend an act incorporating the Southern Insurance Company.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to prevent owners and employers of slaves from allowing slaves to hire their own time, to require slaves to live on the premises of the owner, and to punish for a violation of the same.

        Mr. Lloyd moved to amend the report by adding the following proviso: "Provided, said act shall not apply to the city of Savannah," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Pottle moved to amend the same by adding an additional section, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Gaulden moved further to amend the same by adding an additional section.

        On motion of Mr. Guerry, the bill and amendments were referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to amend an act entitled an act to relieve certain soldiers who now are or may hereafter be in the military service of the Confederate States, or of this State, from the payment of taxes.

        Mr. Reid moved to amend the report by adding to the caption of said bill the words "assented to April 18th, 1863," which was agreed to.

        Mr. West moved further to amend the report by inserting in the first and second sections, before the word "soldiers," the words "officers and," which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.


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        Mr. Adams introduced a bill to relieve persons in certain cases from the pains and penalties of an act entitled an act to prevent and punish the planting and cultivating in the State of Georgia over a certain quantity of land in cotton during the war with the abolitionists, assented to December 11th, 1862, and to provide for quashing the proceedings under said act, in certain cases, and for the entering a nolle prosequi on indictments founded under said act, in certain cases, and for other purposes, which was read the first time.

        Also, a bill to authorize and empower Nathaniel S. Walker, of the county of Putnam, guardian of the person and property of Notley Maddox, of said county, a wounded and disabled soldier, to settle with his said ward, and pay over to him all the estate in his hands as guardian, belonging to his ward, as though the said ward was of full age, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Barr introduced a bill to prevent refugee negroes from being employed in any labor, except agriculture, in this State, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Grice introduced a bill to exempt persons in the military service from professional tax, which was read the first time.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives are now ready to receive the Senate in their Hall for the purpose of electing State House officers.

        On motion of Mr. Griffin, the Senate repaired to the Representative Hall, and after being seated, the General Assembly proceeded to the election of a Secretary of State, when on taking the vote viva voce, it appeared that N. C. Barnett, of the county of Baldwin, was duly elected, having received 121 votes.

        Senators voting for Mr. Barnett were Messrs.

        Adams, Anthony, Bacon, Bennett, Blackwell, Chambers, Cone, Cook, Gaulden, Grice, Groover, Guyton, Hammond, Hubbard, Johnson, Lloyd, Mabry, McDonald, Pate, Pafford, Pottle, Reid, Simmons, Underwood, Walker, Walton, Wells, Whitaker, Wright.

        Those voting for Mr. Wellborn were Messrs.

        Baker, Barr, Ezzard, Griffin, Guerry, Polk, Ramsay, Sprayberry, Watkins, West, White.

        The General Assembly then proceeded to the election of a Comptroller General.

        On taking the vote viva voce, the Senators who voted for Peterson Thweatt were Messrs.


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        Adams, Anthony, Bacon, Baker, Barr, Bennett, Blackwell, Chambers, Cone, Cook, Ezzard, Gaulden, Grice, Griffin, Groover, Guerry, Guyton, Hammond, Hubbard, Johnson, Lloyd, Mabry, McDonald, Pate, Pafford, Polk, Pottle, Price, Ramsay, Reid, Simmons, Underwood, Walker, Walton, Watkins, Wells, West, Whitaker, White, Wright.

        On taking the vote for Comptroller General, including the vote of the House of Representatives, Peterson Thweatt received 173 votes, and was declared duly elected.

        The General Assembly then proceeded to the election of a State Treasurer.

        The Senators who voted for Mr. John Jones were Messrs.

        Adams, Anthony, Bacon, Baker, Bennett, Blackwell, Chambers, Cone, Cook, Ezzard, Grice, Groover, Guerry, Guyton, Hammond, Hubbard, Johnson, Lloyd, Mabry, McDonald, Pafford, Polk, Pottle, Price, Ramsay, Reid, Simmons, Underwood, Walker, Walton, Watkins, Wells, West, Whitaker, White, Wright.

        On taking the vote viva voce for State Treasurer, including the vote of the House of Representatives, John Jones received 172 votes, and was declared duly elected.

        The Senate then returned to the Senate chamber.

        Mr. Johnson offered a resolution requesting his Excellency the Governor to use his influence with the proper authorities to have the State Guard troops disbanded, if practicable, which was read.

        Mr. Lloyd introduced a bill to repeal section 4559 of the revised Code of Georgia, and to substitute another in lieu thereof, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Simmons offered a resolution relative to having detailed from the State service John Far Lindsey and Wm. Lindsey, to carry the mail from Marietta to Canton and to Jasper, Georgia, which was read.

        Mr. Whitaker offered a memorial from the committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention, which was read.

        Mr. Whitaker offered the following resolution, which was taken up, read and agreed to:

        Resolved, That the memorial of J. H. Campbell, Thos. Stocks and others in relation to the education of the orphans of soldiers of this State, be referred to a special committee of three from the Senate, to unite with the committee appointed by the House of Representatives, to report upon the same.

        The Senate took up a resolution appointing a day for the election of a Confederate States Senator by the General Assembly.


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        Mr. Bacon moved to amend the same by inserting the words "Wednesday, 25th November instant," which was agreed to.

        The resolution as amended was then agreed to.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have concurred in the resolution of the Senate to consolidate certain standing committees, with an amendment, in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate; and I am directed to transmit the same forthwith to the Senate.

        On motion of Mr. Adams, the Senate took up a resolution urging upon Congress the passage of an act conscribing into the military service all male persons, regardless of age, who refuse to take Confederate Treasury Notes.

        On motion of Mr. Speer, the same was referred to the Committee on Finance.

        On motion, the Senate adjourned until ten o'clock tomorrow morning.

FRIDAY, NOV. 13TH, 1863.
10 o'clock, a. m.

        Senate met according to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.

        Mr. Whitaker, introduced a bill to amend the first section of an act incorporating the city of Griffin, assented to February 18th, 1854, which was read the first time.

        Senate took up the report of the committee to revise the rules of the Senate.

        Mr. Guerry, from the committee, reported the rules of the last Senate, with the following amendments thereto, to-wit:

        Striking out in the second rule the following words, "and take precedence from the time of reconsideration only," which was lost.

        Striking out in the third rule the words "is reading" and inserting in lieu thereof, the words "are being read," which was agreed to.

        Also striking out in the ninth rule the words "but the motion for adjournment a second time shall be out of order until the question before the Senate is first disposed of," which was lost.

        Also adding to the eleventh rule, the words "by consent of the Senate," which was agreed to.

        Also striking out in the twelfth rule, the word "two"


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and inserting in lieu thereof, the words "one fifth of the" which was agreed to.

        Also striking out in the twenty-first rule, the words "on amendments to the constitution," also striking out the word "that" which was agreed to.

        Mr. West, moved further to amend the report by striking out in the twenty-first rule, the words "of two thirds" and inserting before the word "vote" the word "unanimous," which was lost.

        The committee moved to amend the twenty-third rule, by striking out the words "and no motion or any other business shall be received until the former is disposed of," which was agreed to; also inserting in the twenty-fifth rule after the word "clerks" the words "messenger and door keeper," which was agreed to.

        Also striking out in the twenty-sixth rule all relating to the change of names, or legitimatizing children, which was agreed to.

        Also the following as additional rules, to-wit:

        Rule 30th, The regular hours of meeting and adjournment of the Senate shall be as follows, unless otherwise ordered by the Senate, viz. Meet at ten o'clock, A. M., adjourn at one o'clock, P. M., meet at three o'clock P. M., adjourn at five o'clock, P. M., which was agreed to.

        Rule 31st, Jefferson's manual shall be authority on all questions not provided for or in conflict with the foregoing rules as far as applicable, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Bacon, moved to amend the report by transposing in the order of the day the 2nd and 7th articles, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Lloyd, moved to amend the report by adding to the twenty-fifth rule, the following: "That the Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Journalizing, Enrolling and Engrossing Clerks, Door keeper and Messenger, shall all be sworn to secrecy as to all matters which may transpire in executive sessions," which was agreed to.

        The report of the committee as amended was then agreed to.

        Mr. West, moved that fifty copies of the same be printed for the use of the Senate, which was agreed to.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Pate, for a few days on special business.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bill to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to change the lines between


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the counties of Stewart and Randolph, and the counties of Quitman and Randolph.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to compel overseers or track menders on the different rail roads in this State, to file a list of the marks and brands of all stock killed upon their respective sections.

        They have also adopted a resolution to suspend the collection of tax in kind in certain counties.

        Also a resolution referring memorial of Baptist Convention to joint committee of both Houses, the committee appointed on the part of the House, are Messrs. Stephens, Hill, Wallace, Bell of Jackson, and Berry.

        Mr. Lloyd, Chairman of the committee on the Judiciary, made the following report:

        Mr. President:--The Judiciary committee to whom was referred sundry bills, have according to order, had the same under consideration and have directed me to report the same as follows:

        A bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the "Savannah Glass Works," for which they direct me to report a substitute, which they recommend do pass.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to prescribe the mode of estimating the value of advancements made by parents to their children, in the distribution of estates in certain cases, which with amendments they recommend do pass.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the Toccoa Manufacturing Company, which they recommend do not pass.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to amend sections 2542nd 2543rd, of the Code of Georgia, in reference to the distribution of estates, which they recommend do not pass.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to make legal what are known as leading questions, in all examinations of witnesses in any cause pending or hereafter to be pending in any of the courts of this State, or before arbitrators, auditors and referees, which they recommend do not pass.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to alter and amend section 611th of the Code of Georgia, which with amendment they recommend do pass.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to alter and amend the fourth section of an act entitled an act to grant relief to the banks and the people of this State, and for other purposes, which as amended they recommend do pass.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to compensate owners of slaves executed for criminal offences in this State, which they recommend do not pass.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to legalize all the official acts of Amos Turner, deputy Ordinary of Colquitt


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county, during the year 1862, which they recommend do not pass.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to define the fees of the Clerks and Sheriffs of Chatham county, and for other purposes, which they recommend do not pass.

THOS. E. LLOYD,
Chairman Judiciary Committee.


        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the special order which was--

        A bill to amend an act entitled an act to prevent and punish the planting and cultivating in the State of Georgia, over a certain quantity of land in cotton during the war with the abolitionists.

        Mr. Blackwell, moved to postpone the same indefinitely, upon agreeing to which motion the yeas and nays were required to be recorded and were yeas 12, nays 29.

        Those who voted in the affirmative are Messrs.

        Bacon, Baker, Blackwell, Cook, Gaulden, Grice, Guerry, Guyton, Lloyd, McDonald, Pafford, Walton.

        Those who voted in the negative are Messrs.

        Adams, Anthony, Barr, Bennett, Chambers, Cone, Ezzard, Griffin, Groover, Hammond, Hubbard, Johnson, Mabry, Pate, Polk, Pottle, Price, Ramsay, Reid, Simmons, Speer, Underwood, Walker, Watkins, Wells, West, Whitaker, White, Wright.

        So the motion to postpone indefinitely was lost.

        The committee on agriculture to whom this bill was referred, moved to amend the same by adding the following proviso: "Provided nevertheless that the right to cultivate four acres of cotton in the aggregate shall be allowed to each head of a family having four hands or less, and provided further that one acre of cotton may be cultivated to each hand as contemplated by the foregoing bill until the number of hands shall be fifty, and in no case shall the numbers of acres cultivated in cotton exceed fifty acres by any one."

        Mr. West, moved to amend the report by striking out the words, "and in no case shall the number of acres cultivated in cotton exceed fifty acres by any one."

        Pending the consideration of which the hour of adjournment having arrived, on motion the Senate adjourned until 10 o'clock to-morrow morning.


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SATURDAY, NOV. 14TH 1863,
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment and was opened with prayer by the Rev. Mr. Lane.

        Mr. Johnson moved to suspend the rules to take up a resolution, which was agreed to.

        Senate took up a resolution requesting His Excellency the Governor, to use his influence with the proper authorities to have the State Guard troops disbanded, if practicable, which was lost.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Anthony for a few days, on special business.

        Senate took up a resolution consolidating certain standing committees, which was amended by the House of Representatives.

        On motion the amendment was concurred in.

        Leave of absence was granted Messrs[.] Adams and Barr, on Monday and Tuesday next, on special business.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to incorporate an Insurance Company in the city of Macon, to be called the Empire State Insurance Company.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of the President and Directors of the North Western Bank of Georgia.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to authorize the Treasurer and Comptroller General to issue five millions of dollars of change bills for the State of Georgia.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to grant relief to the Banks of this State.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to authorize all persons in the Military service, from this State, to vote at municipal elections.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to amend the Penal Code of this State, in relation to the trial of the plea of insanity.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to continue in force the fourth section of an act passed over the Governor's veto, on the 30th day of November eighteen hundred and sixty, entitled an act to provide against the forfeiture of the several Bank charters of this State, and for other purposes.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to repeal so much of the 2,509, 2,510, 2,512, and 3,618th sections of the Code of Georgia, as requires three months notice to be given in a


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public gazette, of an application for titles upon bonds of dedeased persons, and to provide for the trial of such cases when objections are filed, and to provide for the payment of costs in such cases.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to incorporate the Stonewall Insurance company, and for other purposes, assented to April 16th, 1863.

        The House of Representatives have also adopted the following resolutions, in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate, to-wit:

        A resolution to revoke the appointment of impressing officers, and appoint citizens in their stead.

        They have also concurred in the resolution of the Senate to bring on the election of Confederate States Senator.

        The following Message was received from His Excellency the Governor, by his Secretary, to-wit:

        Mr. President:--I am directed by the Governor to lay before the Senate, a message, making a nomination to fill a vacancy in the position of Judge of the Supreme Court of this State.

        Senate resumed the consideration of the unfinished business of yesterday, which was a bill to amend an act entitled an act to prevent and punish the planting and cultivating in the State of Georgia, over a certain quantity of land in cotton, during the war with the abolitionists, and an amendment thereto, which was to strike out the words "in no case shall the number of acres cultivated in cotton exceed fifty acres by anyone."

        Mr. Speer moved that the consideration of the same be suspended for the present, and that the Senate go into secret executive session, which was agreed to.

        Senate then went into secret executive session and after remaining some time the executive session was dissolved and the Senate resumed its regular business.

        The question being upon the amendment offered by Mr-West, upon agreeing to which the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were, yeas 18, nays 20.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Bacon, Baker, Blackwell, Cook, Gaulden, Grice, Guerry, Guyton, Hammond, Lloyd, Pafford, Polk, Speer, Walker, Walton, Wells, West, White.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Adams, Barr, Bennett, Chambers, Cone, Ezzard, Griffin, Groover, Hubbard, Johnson, Mabry, McDonald, Pottle, Price, Ramsay, Reid, Simmons, Underwood, Watkins, Whitaker.

        Yeas 18; nays 20. So the motion to amend was lost.


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        Mr. West moved to adjourn, which was lost.

        Mr. Guerry moved to postpone the further consideration of the bill until Wednesday next, which was agreed to.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Pottle for a few days, on special business.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have adopted the following Resolution, in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate, to-wit:

        A resolution appointing Thursday 10th day of December next, a day of fasting, humiliation and prayer; and I am instructed to transmit the same to the Senate forthwith.

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

3 O'CLOCK, P. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment.

        Mr. Bacon introduced "a bill to remove from Cadeus D. Waller and Pelius A. Waller, both being non-residents of the State of Georgia, their disability from qualifying and acting as Executors of the last will and testament of Robert A. Waller of Decatur county and State of Georgia, lately deceased", which was read the first time.

        Mr. Ezzard introduced "a bill to legalise the acts of all persons who have been employed by the various Ordinaries of this State, to transact their business during their absence in the Army or on other lawful business", which was read the first time.

        Mr. Reid introduced "a bill to amend the eighteen hundred and seventy-fifth paragraph of the Code of Georgia", which was read the first time.

        Mr. Whitaker introduced "a bill to incorporate the Spalding Savings Bank", which was read the first time.

        Mr. Wright introduced "a bill to repeal that portion of 2,287th section of the Code of Georgia, as prohibits the creation of trusts for male persons of sane mind", which was read the first time.

        Mr. Lloyd introduced "a bill to increase the salaries of the Comptroller General, the State Treasurer, and the Secretary of State, after the expiration of the present term of office of the incumbents", which was read the first time.

        Mr. Lloyd introduced "a bill for the relief of Edward W. Byrne of Chatham county", which was read the first time.


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        Mr. Mabry introduced "a bill to alter and fix the time of holding the Superior Courts in the Counties of Floyd, Polk, Paulding and Campbell, and for other purposes" which was read the first time.

        Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives, requesting the Secretary of War to revoke the appointment of impressing officers and appoint citizens in their stead.

        Mr. Guerry moved to amend the same, by inserting after the word "State" the words "liable to conscription", which was agreed to.

        Also, by inserting the words "or districts" after the words "counties", which was agreed to.

        The resolution as amended was then concurred in.

        Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives, providing for the purchase of the tax in kind of certain counties in this State, for the use of the indigent poor.

        The select committee to whom the same was referred moved to amend the same by adding the following proviso

        Provided, that whatever amount may be advanced to the several counties, for the purchase of said tenth shall be deducted from the pro-rata share of said counties in the funds which may be appropriated for the support of indigent soldiers and their families, and shall not exceed the pro-rata share to which said counties may be entitled--which was agreed to.

        The resolution as amended was then concurred in.

        Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were read the first time, to-wit:

        A bill to incorporate an Insurance company in the city of Macon, to be called the "Empire State Insurance company".

        Also, a bill for the relief of the President and Directors of the North-Western bank of the State of Georgia.

        Also, a bill to grant relief to the banks of this State.

        Also, a bill to repeal the act assented to 30th Nov. 1861, consolidating the offices of Receiver of Tax returns and Tax Collectors in this State.

        Also, a bill to change the lines between the counties of Stewart and Randolph, and the counties of Quitman and Randolph.

        Also, a bill to authorize the Treasurer and Comptroller General to issue five millions of dollars of change bills for the State of Georgia.

        Also, a bill to amend the Penal Code of this State, in relation to the trial of the plea of insanity and for other purposes.


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        Also, a bill to compel overseers or track-menders on the different Rail Roads in this State, to file a list of the marks and brands of all stock killed upon their section.

        Also, a bill to amend an act to incorporate the Stonewall Insurance company.

        Also, a bill to relieve James Ravenal and Samuel Priolau Ravenal of the State of South Carolina, nominated Executors of Ross C. Davis, deceased, from legal disability on account of non-residence, and for other purposes.

        Also, a bill to continue in force the fourth section of an act passed over the Governor's veto, on the 30th day of November 1860; entitled an act to provide against the forfeiture of the several bank charters of this State, and for other purposes.

        Also, a bill to alter and change the hour for the meeting of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia.

        Also, a bill to legalize the appropriations of the City Council of Rome, and of the Inferior Court of Floyd county, to the fortifications around the city of Rome.

        Also, a bill to exempt certain land from taxation.

        Also, a bill to repeal so much of the 2509, 2510, 2512, and 3618th sections of the Code of Georgia, as requires three months notice to be given in a public gazette of an application for titles upon bonds of deceased persons and to provide for the trial of such cases, when objections are field, and to provide for the payment of cost in such cases.

        Also, a bill to alter and change the place of holding the Inferior and Superior Courts of McIntosh county.

        Also, a bill to authorize all persons in the Military service of this State or the Confederate States, including those in Hospital and detailed service, to vote at Municipal elections.

        Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole, to-wit:

        A bill to change the name of the Athens steam company, and to increase its capital.

        Also, a bill to amend the sixth section of an act entitled an act to incorporate the town of Dawson, in the county of Terrell, and for other purposes.

        Also, a bill to legalize and make valid all adjournments of the Superior Courts of the several counties of this State by the Clerks of said Courts, where the presiding Judge of said Courts may have been absent and may have failed to issue an order for adjournment, to the Clerks of said Courts, from providential cause.

        Senate took up the following bills which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary:


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        A bill to exempt certain persons in the Military service from the payment of professional tax.

        Also, a bill to repeal section 4459 of the revised Code of Georgia, and substitute another in lieu thereof.

        Also, a bill to relieve persons in certain cases from the pains and penalties of an act to prevent and punish the planting and cultivating in the State of Georgia over a certain quantity of land in cotton, during the war with the abolitionists; assented to December 11th, 1862; and for other purposes.

        Senate took up the following bills, which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole:

        A bill to prevent refugee negroes from being employed in any labor except agriculture, in this State.

        Also, a bill for the relief of William King and Louisa Jane Frances King of the county of Wilkinson.

        Also, a bill to authorize and empower Nathaniel S. Walker of the county of Putnam, Guardian of the person and property of Notley Maddox of said county, a wounded and disabled soldier, to settle with his said ward as though the said ward were of full age.

        Senate took up and concurred in a resolution of the House of Representatives, appointing a committee to confer with a like committee of the Senate, to take into consideration the propriety of raising the salaries of public officers, &c.

        The President appointed Messrs. Guerry, Watkins and Lloyd, as such committee, on the part of the Senate.

        Senate took up and concurred in a resolution of the House of Representatives, referring a memorial of the Baptist convention of Georgia to a joint committee of both houses.

        The President appointed Messrs. Whitaker, Adams and Grice, as such committee, on the part of the Senate.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole:

        A bill to incorporate the Tocoa Manufacturing company.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom the same was referred reported against its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole:

        A bill to alter and amend section 611 of the Code of Georgia.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.


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        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole:

        A bill amendatory of sections 2542 and 2543 of the Code of Georgia.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom the same was referred reported against its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives, appointing Thursday the 10th of December, as a day of humiliation and prayer.

        Mr. Gaulden moved to amend the same by striking out the word "10th" and inserting in lieu thereof, the word "17th", which was lost.

        The resolution was then concurred in.

        Senate took up and concurred in a resolution of the House of Representatives to raise a joint committee on salt and iron supply and transportation.

        The President appointed Messrs. Walker, Groover and Mabry, as such committee, on the part of the Senate.

        Senate took up and concurred in a resolution of the House of Representatives, requesting the action of Congress for the relief of indigent soldiers families.

        Mr. Pottle introduced a bill to incorporate Mount Gilead camp ground, in the county of Warren, and for other purposes.

        Mr. West moved that the Senate refuse to entertain the same, which was lost and the bill was read the first time.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Polk for a few days, on special business.

        On motion, the Senate adjourned until ten o'clock Monday morning.

MONDAY, NOV. 16TH, 1863.
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Mr. Ridley.

        Mr. Ramsay, offered the following resolution, which was taken up, read and agreed to:

        Resolved, That the Hon. M. H. Blandford, and the Hon. N. L. Hutchins, be invited to seats upon the floor of the Senate during their stay at the Capital:


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        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Griffin, for one day on special business.

        Mr. Chambers, moved to suspend the rules to introduce a bill, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Chambers, introduced a bill to organize the militia of Georgia, and for other purposes, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Bacon, moved that fifty copies of the same be printed for the use of the Senate, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Chambers, offered a series of resolutions relative to finance which was read.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bill to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the Oglethorpe Insurance Company of Savannah.

        They have also adopted a resolution relative to supplying spun yarn to soldiers families in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate.

        Mr. Gaulden, moved that fifty copies of the testimony of State vs. Jno. W. Martin, be printed for the use of the Senate, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Speer, introduced a bill to change the time of holding the Inferior Courts of the county of Pike, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Pottle, offered the following resolution which was taken up, read and agreed to:

        Whereas His Excellency Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, for his unselfish patriotism, and untiring devotion to the interest of the whole country in the trying period of our country's history, is entitled to the gratitude of the people and the commendation of every enlightened patriot, therefore be it.

        Resolved, By the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia, in General Assembly met that the State of Georgia fully appreciating the onerous trials, and arduous duties devolving upon, the chief magistrate of the Confederate States, and realizing his patriotic devotion to the whole country and his self-denying sacrifices, tenders to him the assurances of unabated confidence, and an unalterable determination to sustain him in his efforts to conquer an honorable peace and maintain the liberties of the nation.

        Resolved, That His Excellency the Governor, be requested to transmit to His Excellency the President, a copy of the foregoing preamble and resolutions.

        Mr. Ramsay, offered the following resolution, which was taken up, read and agreed to:


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        Resolved, That the committees of the Senate and House on the military be consolidated an act as a joint committee for the purpose of reorganizing the militia of the State.

        The Senate took up the following bill, which was read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

        A bill to remove from Cadeus D. Waller, and Pelius A. Waller, both being non-residents of the State of Georgia, their disability from qualifying and acting as executors of the last will and testament of Robert A. Waller, of Decatur county and State of Georgia, lately deceased.

        On motion the Senate adjourned until three o'clock, P. M.

3 O'CLOCK, P. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment.

        On motion of Mr. Watkins, leave of absence was granted the committee on finance for the evening.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to amend the first section of an act incorporating the city of Griffin, assented to Feb. 18th, 1854.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to incorporate the Savannah Glass Works.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred, offered the following as a substitute in lieu of the original bill, to-wit:

        A bill to amend the 1630th section of the revised Code of Georgia, and for other purposes, which was agreed to.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to compensate the owner or owners of slaves executed for criminal offences in this State.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred reported against its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole.

        A bill to legalize all the official acts of Amos Turner, Deputy Ordinary of the county of Colquitt, in said State, during the year 1862.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred, reported against its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill lost.


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        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to prevent refugee negroes from being employed in any labor except agriculture in this State.

        On motion the same was referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to authorize and empower Nathaniel S. Walker, of the county of Putnam, Guardian of the person and property of Notley Maddox, of said county, a wounded and disabled soldier, to settle with his said ward as though the said ward were of full age.

        On motion the same was referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to make legal what are known as leading questions in all examinations of witnesses in any cause pending or hereafter to be pending in any of the courts of this State, or before arbitrators, auditors and referrees.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred, reported against its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to prescribe the mode of estimating the value of advancements made by parents to their children in the distribution of estates in certain cases.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred, moved to amend the same by striking out the preamble, also in the first section the words "before the beginning of the present war" also the words "during the continuance of the war," which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to alter and amend the fourth section of an act entitled an act to grant relief to the banks and the people of this State, and for other purposes.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred, moved to amend the same by inserting in the first section the words "in the military service of the Confederate States, or of the State of Georgia, or in the navy of the Confederate States," which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of


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Representatives, which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole to-wit:

        A bill to change the lines between the counties of Stewart and Randolph, and the counties of Quitman and Randolph.

        Also a bill to alter and change the place of holding the Superior and Inferior Courts for the county of McIntosh.

        Also a bill to repeal the act assented to 30th November, 1861, consolidating the offices of receiver of tax returns and tax collectors in this State.

        Also a bill for the relief of the President and Directors of the North Western Bank of the State of Georgia

        Also a bill to authorize the Treasurer and Comptroller General, to issue four millions of dollars of change bills for the State of Georgia.

        Also a bill to amend the penal Code of this State, in relation to the trial of the plea of insanity, and for other purposes.

        Also a bill to compel overseers and track menders on the different Rail Roads, in this State, to file a list of the marks and brands of all stock killed upon their section.

        Also a bill to amend an act to incorporate the Stone Wall Insurance company, and for other purposes, assented to April 16, 1863.

        Also a bill to continue in force the fourth section of an act passed over the Governor's veto on the 30th day of November, 1860, entitled an act to provide against the forfeiture of the several bank charters of this State.

        Also a bill to legalize the appropriations of the City Council of Rome, and of the Inferior Court of Floyd county to the fortifications around the city of Rome.

        Also a bill to relieve James Ravenal, and Samuel Priolau Ravenal, of the State of South Carolina, nominated executors of Ross C. Davis, deceased, from legal disability on account of non-residence, and for other purposes.

        Also a bill to authorize all persons in the military service of this State, or the Confederate States, including those in hospitals and detailed service, to vote at municipal elections.

        Also a bill to alter and change the hour for the meeting of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia.

        Also a bill to exempt certain lands from taxation.

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

        A bill to incorporate an Insurance Company in the city of Macon, to be called the Empire State Insurance Company.

        Also a bill to repeal so much of the 2509th, 2510th,


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2512th and 3618th sections of the Code of Georgia, as requires three months notice to be given in a public Gazette, of an application for titles upon bonds of deceased persons, and for other purposes.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to the committee on banks.

        A bill to grant relief to the banks of this State.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives which was read the first time:

        A bill to incorporate the Oglethorpe Insurance Company of Savannah.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill of the House of Representatives to authorize and empower the Inferior Court of Chatham county to levy and collect an extraordinary tax for certain purposes therein mentioned.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to authorize and empower the Ordinaries of Warren and Henry counties, to pay over to the Inferior Court any surplus of funds in their hands belonging to the educational fund.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and lost.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill for the relief of Joseph T. Lumpkin, of the county of Clark.

        On motion the same was referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to legalize and make valid all adjournments of the Superior Courts of the several counties of this State, by the Clerks of said Courts, where the presiding Judges of said Courts may have been absent, and may have failed to issue an order for adjournment to the Clerks of said Courts from providential cause.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of


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the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to change the name of the Athens Steam Company and increase its capital.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to amend the six section of an act entitled an act to incorporate the town of Dawson, in the county of Terrell, and for other purposes.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up and concurred in a resolution of the House of Representatives to suspend the collection of tax in kind, in certain cases.

        The Senate took up and concurred in a resolution of the House of Representatives relative to supplying spun yarn to soldiers families.

        The Senate took up the following bills which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary:

        A bill to incorporate the Mount Gillead Camp Ground of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, of Warren county, and for other purposes.

        Also a bill to legalize the acts of all persons who have been employed by the various Ordinaries of this State, to transact their business during their absence in the army, or on other lawful business.

        Also a bill to repeal that portion of 2287th section of the Code of Georgia as prohibits the creation of trusts for male persons of sane mind.

        Also a bill to amend the 1875th paragraph of the Code of Georgia.

        The Senate took up the following bills which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole.--

        A bill to alter and fix the time of holding the Superior Courts in the counties of Floyd, Polk, Paulding and Campbell, and for other purposes.

        Also a bill for the relief of Edward O, Byrne, of Chatham county.

        The Senate took up the following bill which was read the second time and referred to the committee on Banks, to-wit:

        A bill to incorporate the Spalding Savings Bank.

        The Senate took up the following bill which was read the second time and referred to a joint committee, to-wit:


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        A bill to increase the salaries of the Comptroller General, the State Treasurer, and the Secretary of State, after the expiration of the present term of office of the incumbents.

        On motion the Senate adjourned until ten o'clock to-morrow morning.

TUESDAY, NOV. 17TH, 1863.
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.

        Mr. Polk moved to reconsider so much of the journal of yesterday as relates to the vote by which a bill of the House of Representatives to authorize and empower the Ordinaries of Warren and Henry counties to pay over to the Inferior Court any surplus of funds in their hands belonging to the educational fund was lost, which was agreed to.

        On motion, the same was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

        Mr. Hubbard moved to reconsider so much of the journal of yesterday as relates to the vote by which a bill to alter and amend the fourth section of an act entitled an act to grant relief to the banks and the people of this State, and for other purposes was passed, which was agreed to.

        The Hon. C. D. McCutchen, Senator elect from the forty-third Senatorial district, appeared and having produced his credentials, was sworn by the President and took his seat.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Pafford for a few days to attend to the Messenger of the House Mr. Oslin.

        Leave of absence was granted to Mr. Bennett for a few days after Saturday next.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr[.] President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bill, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to alter and amend an act entitled an act to authorize the commissioners of the town of Spring Place, in Murray county, to issue license to retail spirituous liquors and to fix the amount of the license for the same, and to punish for selling without license, assented to December 13th, 1861.

        They have also passed by a constitutional majority of yeas 115 and nays 1, a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of the people of certain counties therein mentioned and for other purposes.


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        The following Message was received from His Excellency the Governor by Mr. Waters his Secretary, to-wit:

        Mr. President:--I am directed by the Governor to lay before this branch of the General Assembly a special message in writing.

        Mr. Lloyd, chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary made the following report:

        Mr. President.--The Judiciary Committee to whom were referred sundry bills have, according to order, had the same under consideration and direct me to report as follows: On the bill to be entitled an act to suppress extortion in this State during the continuance of the present war, to prohibit the exportation of certain articles from the State and for other purposes. The committee direct me to report the same back to the Senate without recommendation;

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to relieve Executors, Administrators, Guardians and Trustees from the payment of interest upon trust funds in their hands in certain cases, during the continuance of the present war; for which the committee offer a substitute and recommend that it do pass;

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to compensate the citizens of this State, where slaves have died from neglect while in the service of the State or of the Confederate States, by any agreement or contract with this State, where such slaves have been contributed by, or impressed from such citizens to work on the defences of Savannah, in conformity to any resolution of the General Assembly of this State, and to point out the mode of trial for ascertaining the fact of the death of such slaves from neglect, and of the value of such slaves and for other purposes, which they recommend do not pass;

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to make the refusal to take or receive Treasury notes of this State or Treasury notes of the Confederate States at par value, in payment of debts, dues or demands, or for articles bought, a test of loyalty to this State and to the cause of the Confederate States, in the war now being waged against said Confederate States by the United States, and to punish for such refusal as an act of disloyalty as aforesaid, which the committee recommend do not pass;

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to prevent the illegal seizure and impressment of property in the State of Georgia, and to punish the same, for which the committee offer a substitute and recommend its passage.

THOS. E. LLOYD, Chm'n.


        The Senate took up a communication from his Excellency the Governor relative to suppressing the distilling of whisky.


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        On motion, the same was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

        Mr. Lloyd introduced a bill to amend the 2480th section of the revised Code of Georgia, which was read the first time.

        Also a bill to appoint a public administrator in each county to take charge of unrepresented estates and to amend the 2462d section of the revised Code of Georgia, which was read the first time.

        Also a bill to amend the 1617th section of the revised Code of Georgia, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Ramsay introduced a bill to change the rank of the Adjutant and Inspector General of this State and for other purposes, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Sprayberry introduced a bill to define and declare who shall be subject to conscription in this State, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Speer introduced a bill to amend the 3737th section of the Code of this State, which was read the first time.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to alter and fix the time of holding the Superior Courts in the counties of Floyd, Polk, Paulding and Campbell, and for other purposes.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill for the relief of Edward O. Byrne, of Chatham county.

        On motion, the same was referred to the Committee on Finance.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to define the fees of the Clerk and Sheriff of Chatham county and for other purposes

        On motion, the same was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to suppress extortion in this State during the continuance of the present war, to prohibit the exportation of certain articles from this State and for other purposes.

        On motion, the same was made the special order for Monday next.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their clerk:

        Mr. President.--The House of Representatives have concurred in the amendments of the Senate to the resolutions of the House, to-wit:


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        A resolution providing for the purchase of the tax in kind in certain counties in this State for the use of the indigent poor.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to prevent the illegal seizure and impressment of property in the State of Georgia, and punish the same.

        The Committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred, offered a substitute in lieu of the original bill.

        Mr. Cone moved to amend the report by inserting the word "lawful" before the word "authority," which was lost.

        Mr. Wright moved further to amend by adding to the proviso the following words "duly authorized by law to give such order," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Gaulden moved further to amend by offering a substitute in lieu of the bill and amendments.

        Mr. Guerry called for the previous question which was seconded.

        The main question was then put and the substitute offered in lieu of the bill and amendments was rejected.

        The report as amended was then agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        On motion the Senate adjourned until ten o'clock tomorrow morning.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18TH, 1863.
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.

        Mr. Gaulden moved to reconsider so much of the journal of yesterday as relates to the vote by which a bill to prevent the illegal seizure and impressment of property in the State of Georgia and punish the same was passed--which was lost.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to add certain sections to the Penal Code of Georgia.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to alter and amend the several acts incorporating the city of Atlanta.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to repeal the second and


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third paragraphs of the sixteenth division of the Penal Code of this State, as now arranged in the Code of Georgia.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to repeal the second section of an act entitled an act to compensate officers and freeholders for their services for holding of general elections, and county elections, in the county of Emanuel.

        Also, to compensate Petit Jurors in said county.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to define the oaths of Notaries Public in the State of Georgia.

        Senate took up the special order, which was a bill to amend an act to prevent and punish the planting and cultivating, in the State of Georgia, over a certain quantity of land in cotton, during the war with the abolitionist.

        On motion of Mr. Bacon the further consideration of the bill was postponed, until Thursday 26th inst.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole:

        A bill to increase the salaries of the Comptroller General, the State Treasurer, and the Secretary of State, after the expiration of the present term of office of the incumbents.

        The joint select committee to whom this bill was referred offered a substitute in lieu of the original bill.

        Mr. Price moved to amend the report by striking out the words "four thousand", which was agreed to.

        Mr. Price moved further to amend the report by inserting the words "three thousand" which was agreed to.

        Mr. Grice moved further to amend the report by adding, after the word "dollars" the words "to be estimated in Confederate Treasury notes", which was lost.

        The report as amended was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Mr. Price offered the following resolution, which was taken up read and agreed to:

        Resolved, That a committee be appointed by the President to invite the Hon. Warren Akin, member elect from the 10th Congressional District, to a seat on the floor of the Senate while he may remain at the Capital.

        The President appointed as such committee, Messrs. Price, Barr and McCutchen.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole:

        A bill for the relief of William King and Louisa Jane Frances King, of the county of Wilkinson.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.


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        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole:

        A bill to make the refusal to take or receive Treasury notes of the Confederate States at par value in payment of debts, dues, or demands, or for articles bought, a test of loyalty to this State and to the cause of the Confederate States, in the war now being waged against the said Confederate States by the United States, and to punish for such refusal as an act of disloyalty as aforesaid.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred reported against its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole:

        A bill to relieve Executors, Administrators. Guardians and Trustees, from the payment of interest upon trust funds in their hands in certain cases, during the continuance of the present War.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred offered the following as a substitute, in lieu of the original bill:

        A bill to amend an act entitled an act to authorize Guardians, Trustees, Executors and Administrators, to invest in Confederate bonds and in lands and negroes, assented to December 16th, 1861.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following reconsidered bill, to-wit:

        A bill to alter and amend the fourth section of an act entitled an act to grant relief to the banks and the people of this State, and for other purposes.

        The report was agreed to.

        Upon the question, shall this bill pass? the yeas and nays were recorded, and were yeas 16, nays 19.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Adams, Barr, Cone, Cook, Ezzard, Hammond, Johnson, Lloyd, Mabry, Reid, Speer, Walker, Watkins, Wells, West, White.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Baker, Bennett, Blackwell, Chambers, Gaulden, Grice, Griffin, Groover, Guerry, Hubbard, McCutchen, McDonald,


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McRae, Price, Ramsay, Simmons, Underwood, Walton, Whitaker.

        Yeas 16; nays 19. So the bill was lost.

        Mr. Bacon from the committee of enrollment reported as duly enrolled and signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the following acts and resolutions:

        An act entitled an act to change the name of the Athens Steam Company, and to increase its capital.

        An act entitled an act to amend the sixth section of an act entitled an act to incorporate the town of Dawson, in the county of Terrell, and to provide for the election of President, Councilmen and Marshal for the same, and for other purposes.

        An act entitled an act to authorise and require the Inferior Court of Chatham county, to levy and collect an extraordinary Tax for certain purposes therein mentioned.

        An act entitled an act to legalise and make valid all adjournments of the Superior Courts of the several counties of this State, by the Clerks of said Courts, where the presiding Judges of said Courts may have been absent, and may have failed to issue an order for adjournment, to the Clerks of said Courts, from Providential causes.

        A resolution relative to supplying spun yarn to soldiers families.

        A resolution to suspend the collection of Tax in kind, in certain cases.

        Also, resolutions providing for the purchase of the Tax in kind, of certain counties in this State, for the use of the indigent poor.

        Mr. Price offered a resolution relative to the right of the Hon. C. D. McCutchen, Senator elect from the 43d senatorial district, to a seat in the Senate.

        On motion the same was referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

        Mr. Blackwell offered a resolution relative to the re-organization of the Georgia volunteer regiments, whose term of service is about to expire.

        On motion the same was referred to the committee on the Military.

        Senate took up the following bills, which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

        A bill to amend the 1617th section of the revised Code of Georgia.

        Also, a bill to amend the 2480th section of the revised Code of Georgia.


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        Also, a bill to amend the 3737th section of the Code of this State.

        Also, a bill to appoint a public Administrator in each county to take charge of unrepresented estates, and to amend the 2462d section of the revised Code of Georgia.

        Senate took up the following bills which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee on the Military:

        A bill to change the rank of the Adjutant and Inspector General of this State, and for other purposes.

        Also, a bill to define and declare who shall be subject to conscription in this State.

        Senate took up the following bill which was read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole:

        A bill to change the time of holding the Inferior Courts of the county of Pike.

        Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the first time:

        A bill to incorporate the Oglethorpe Insurance company of Savannah.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Bacon for a few days, on special business.

        Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to the committee on new counties and county lines:

        A bill to change the lines between the counties of Stewart and Randolph, and the counties of Quitman and Randolph.

        Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to the committee on banks:

        A bill to amend an act to incorporate the Stonewall Insurance company, and for other purposes, assented to April 16th, 1863.

        On motion, the Senate adjourned until ten o'clock tomorrow morning.

THURSDAY, NOV. 19TH, 1863.
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.

        Mr. Walker moved to reconsider so much of the Journal


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of yesterday as relates to the vote by which a bill to amend an act entitled an act to authorize guardians, trustees, executors and administrators to invest in Confederate bonds, and in land and negroes, assented to Dec. 16th, 1861, was passed, which was lost.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Whitaker after to-day, for a few days, on special business.

        Leave of absence was granted the Committee on the Asylum for the Blind, for Friday and Saturday, to visit said institution.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have concurred in the first amendment of the Senate to the resolutions of the House of Representatives to revoke the appointment of impressing officers, and appoint citizens in their stead, &c., and have disagreed to the other two amendments of the Senate to the same, and respectfully ask the Senate to recede therefrom.

        Mr. West offered a resolution relative to the volunteer militia of this State now in the military service of the Confederate States, which was taken up, read and referred to the Committee on the Military.

        Mr. Reid introduced a bill to authorize and empower the several Superior Courts in this State to punish defaulting jurors, and for other purposes, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Sprayberry offered a resolution relative to the first Confederate Regiment Georgia volunteers, which was read.

        Mr. Watkins introduced a bill to authorize and empower the Governor to suppress the unlawful distillation of spirituous liquors, and for other purposes, which was read the first time.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to change the time of holding the Inferior Court of the county of Pike.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up a resolution relative to the improvement of the currency of the country.

        On motion, the same was referred to the Committee on Confederate relations.

        Mr. Gaulden introduced a bill to amend the oath of taxpayers of this State for the year 1864, and to amend the tax laws of this State, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Lloyd, chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, made the following report:


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        Mr. President:--The Committee on the Judiciary, to whom were referred sundry bills, have had the same under consideration, and direct me to report as follows:

        A bill to be entitled an act to suppress gambling in this State, and to amend the penal code, which they recommend do not pass.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to relieve persons in certain cases from the pains and penalties of an act entitled an act to prevent and punish the planting and cultivating in the State of Georgia over a certain quantity of land in cotton, during the war with the abolitionists, assented to December 11th, 1862, and to provide for quashing the proceedings under said act in certain cases, and for the purpose of entering a nolle prosequi on indictments founded under said act, in certain cases, and for other purposes, which they recommend do not pass.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to exempt persons in the military service from the payment of a professional tax, which they recommend do pass.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to repeal section 4559 of the revised Code of Georgia, and substitute another instead thereof, which they recommend do pass.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to legalize the acts of all persons who have been employed by the various Ordinaries of this State to transact their business during their absence in the army, or on other lawful business, which they recommend do not pass.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to amend the 1875th paragraph of the Code of Georgia, which they recommend do pass.

        Also, House bill to be entitled an act to repeal so much of the 2509th, 2510th, 2512th and 3618th sections of the Code of Georgia, as requires three months' notice to be given in a public gazette of an application for titles upon bonds of deceased persons, and to provide for the trial of such cases when objections are filed, and to provide for the payment of costs in such cases, which the committee amends by striking out the three first sections, and amending the title to correspond with the body of the bill, and, as amended, recommend that it do pass.

        Also, House bill to be entitled an act to incorporate an insurance company in the city of Macon, to be called the Empire State Insurance Company, which they recommend do pass.

THOS. E. LLOYD, Ch'mn.


        The Senate took up the following bill, which was read the second time, and referred to the Committee on the Military:

        A bill to organize the militia of Georgia, and for other purposes.


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        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to exempt persons in the military service from the payment of professional tax.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to amend the 1875th paragraph of the Code of Georgia.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to repeal section 4459 of the revised Code of Georgia, and substitute another in lieu thereof.

        On motion, the consideration of the same was postponed for the present.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to legalize the acts of all persons who have been employed by the various Ordinaries of this State to transact their business during their absence in the army, or on other lawful business.

        The Committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred, reported against its passage.

        The report was agreed to, and the bill lost.

        Mr. West introduced a bill to prohibit auction sales in this State, which was read the first time.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to relieve persons in certain cases from the pains and penalties of an act to prevent and punish the planting and cultivating in the State of Georgia over a certain quantity of land in cotton, during the war with the abolitionists, assented to December 11th, 1862, and for other purposes.

        The Committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred, reported against its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to incorporate the Oglethorpe Insurance Company of Savannah.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:


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        A bill to incorporate an insurance company in the city of Macon to be called the Empire State Insurance Company.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to alter and change the place of holding the Inferior and Superior Courts for the county of McIntosh.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to repeal the act assented to 30th November, 1861, consolidating the offices of Receiver of Tax Returns and Tax Collectors in this State.

        Mr. Mabry moved to amend the report by adding the following proviso:

        "Provided, that no Receiver of Tax Returns or Tax Collector shall receive more than fifteen hundred dollars commissions on the general State tax," which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to.

        Upon the question, "Shall this bill now pass?" the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 25; nays 9.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Adams, Baker, Bennett, Blackwell, Chambers, Cone, Cook, Ezzard, Gaulden, Groover, Guerry, Guyton, Lloyd, Mabry, McDonald, Pate, Polk, Ramsay, Simmons, Speer, Walton, Watkins, West, Whitaker, White.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Barr, Griffin, Hubbard, Johnson, McCutchen, Price, Reid, Underwood, Walker.

        So the bill was passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to amend the penal code of this State in relation to the trial of the plea of insanity, and for other purposes.

        On motion, the same was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:


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        A bill to continue in force the fourth section of an act passed over the Governor's veto on the 30th day of November, 1860, entitled an act to provide against the forfeiture of the several bank charters of this State, and for other purposes.

        On motion, the same was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to legalize the appropriations of the City Council of Rome and of the Inferior Court of Floyd county to the fortifications around the city of Rome.

        On motion the same was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to authorize the Treasurer and Comptroller General to issue five millions of dollars of change bills for the State of Georgia.

        On motion, the same was referred to the Committee on Finance.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill for the relief of the President and Directors of the Northwestern Bank of the State of Georgia.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to compel track-menders or overseers on the different railroads in this State to file a list of the marks and brands of all stock killed upon their section.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        On motion, the Senate adjourned until three o'clock, P. M.

3 O'CLOCK, P. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment.

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were read the first time:

        A bill for the relief of the people in certain counties therein mentioned, and for other purposes.

        Also, a bill to repeal the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs of the sixteenth division of the penal code of this State, as now arranged in the Code of Georgia.


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        Also, a bill to define the oaths of Notaries Public in the State of Georgia.

        Also, a bill to add certain sections to the penal code of Georgia.

        Also, a bill to alter and amend the several acts incorpoting the city of Atlanta.

        Also, a bill to repeal the second section of an act entitled an act to compensate officers and freeholders for their services for holding of general elections and county elections in the county of Emanuel; also to compensate petit jurors in said county.

        Also, a bill to alter and amend an act entitled an act to authorize the commissioners of the town of Spring Place in Murray county to issue license to retail spirituous liquors, and to fix the amount of license for the same, and to punish for selling without license, assented to December 13th, 1861.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill of the House of Representatives to relieve James Ravenal and Samuel Priolau Ravenal, of the State of South Carolina, nominated executors of Ross C. Davis, deceased, from legal disability, on account of non-residence, and for other purposes.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to exempt certain lands from taxation.

        On motion, the same was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to authorize all persons in the military service of this State, or the Confederate States, including those in hospitals and detailed service, to vote at municipal elections.

        On motion, the same was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to repeal so much of the 2509th, 2510th, 2512th, and 3618th sections of the Code of Georgia, as requires three months notice to be given in a public gazette of an application for titles upon bonds of deceased persons and to provide for the trial of such cases, when objections are filed, and to provide for the payment of cost in such cases.


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        On motion, the same was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to change and alter the hour for the meeting of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up and concurred in a resolution of the House of Representatives authorizing the Governor to furnish the counties not yet supplied with cotton yarn, at the same price that he has herefore furnished counties.

        The Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives to revoke the appointment of impressing officers and appoint citizens in their stead, which had been amended by the Senate, in two of which amendments the House refused to concur.

        On motion, the Senate receded from said amendments.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to repeal section 4459 of the revised Code of Georgia, and substitute another in lieu thereof.

        Mr. Mabry moved to amend the report by a substitute in lieu of the second section of said bill, which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        On motion, the Senate adjourned until ten o'clock tomorrow morning.

FRIDAY NOV. 20TH, 1863.
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Guerry, for a few days on special business.

        The Senate took up the following bills, which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary:

        A bill to prohibit auction sales in this State.

        Also a bill to authorize and empower the Governor to suppress the unlawful distillation of spirituous liquors, and for other purposes.

        Also a bill to amend the oath of tax payers of this State for the year 1864, and to amend the tax laws of this State.

        Also a bill to authorize and empower the several Superior


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Courts in this State, to punish defaulting Jurors, and for other purposes.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to suppress gambling in this State, and to amend the penal Code.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred, reported against its passage, upon agreeing to which, the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 21, nays 13.

        Those who voted in the affirmative are Messrs.

        Adams, Blackwell, Chambers, Cone, Ezzard, Griffin, Guyton, Hammond, Johnson, Lloyd, Mabry, McCutchen, Pate, Polk, Ramsay, Reid, Speer, Walker, Walton, Wells, White.

        Those who voted in the negative are Messrs.

        Baker, Barr, Bennett, Cook, Gaulden, Grover, Hubbard, McRae, Pafford, Price, Simmons, Underwood, Watkins.

        So the report was agreed to, and the bill was lost.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk.

        Mr. President.--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to regulate the manner of disposing of writs of certiorari, founded upon writs of habeas corpus, and possessory warrants.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to amend the 67th section of the Code of this State, in relation to the pardon of slaves.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to carry into effect so much of the second section of the fourth article of the constitution as relates to divorces.

        They have also concurred in the following resolutions of the Senate, to-wit:

        Resolutions relative to taxation.

        Also a resolution expressive of unabated confidence in the ability, devotion and enlightened patriotism of the President of the Confederate States.

        Also a resolution to consolidate standing committees.

        Also resolutions expressive of the determination of Georgia, to prosecute the present war with the utmost vigor.

        The have also adopted the following resolutions, to-wit:

        A resolution instructing our Senators and Representatives in Congress to relieve from tithes all soldiers, soldiers families and families of indigent women.


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        Also resolutions granting free transportation to soldiers on furlough.

        A resolution instructing the committee on the State of the Republic to report such action as it may be proper for the authorities of Georgia to take to encourage the organization and increase of the navy of the Confederate States.

        Also a resolution to establish a mail route between Clarksville and Dahlonega.

        Also a resolution to disband or furlough the Home Guards for a sufficient time to gather their crops and sow wheat.

        Also a resolution requesting the appointment of citizens of counties to collect tax in kind.

        Also a resolution requesting our Senators and Representatives in Congress to use their influence to have the Assistant Marshal, paid for taking the United States censun in eighteen hundred and sixty.

        Also a resolution to prevent the impressment of breeding animals and farm stock, in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate.

        The following message was received from His Excellency the Governor, by Mr. Waters his Secretary to-wit:

        Mr. President:--I am directed by the Governor to lay before the Senate a special message in writing.

        The Senate took up a communication in writing from His Excellency the Governor, relative to our Confederate relations and finance which was read, and on motion so much thereof as relates to Confederate relations was referred to the committee on Confederate relations, so much thereof as relates to finance was referred to the committee on finance.

        Mr. Ramsay, introduced a bill to extend the time of making returns of the children entitled to the benefit of the educational funds for the year 1863, which was read the first time.

        The Senate took up a resolution relative to the refusal to receive in payment of debts Confederate Treasury notes.

        The committee on finance to whom this resolution was referred, reported adversely to its adoption, and the resolution was disagreed to.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill for the relief and pardon of John W. Martin, of Habersham county, from confinement in the Penitentiary, under sentence for the crime of murder.

        On motion of Mr. Gaulden, the same was made the special order for Saturday 21st inst.

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were read the first time, to-wit:


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        A bill to carry into effect so much of the second section, of the fourth article of the Constitution, as relates to divorces.

        Also a bill to regulate the manner of disposing of writs of certiorari, founded upon writs of habeas corpus, and possessory warrants.

        Also a bill to amend the 67th section of the Code of this State, in relation to the pardon of slaves and free persons of color.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to a special committee of three, consisting of Messrs. Reid, Chambers and Adams.

        A bill for the relief of the people in certain counties therein mentioned, and for other purposes.

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

        A bill to define the oaths of notaries public in the State of Georgia.

        Also a bill to repeal the second and third paragraphs of the sixteenth division of the penal Code of this State as now arranged in the Code of Georgia.

        Also a bill to alter and amend the several acts incorporating the city of Atlanta.

        Also a bill to repeal the second section of an act entitled an act to compensate officers and freeholders for their services for holding of general elections in the county of Emanuel; also to compensate Petit Jurors in said county.

        Also a bill to alter and amend an act entitled an act to authorize the commissioners of the town Spring Place in Murray county, to issue license to retail spirituous liquors.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole--

        A bill to add certain sections to the penal Code of Georgia.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Speer, for a few days on special business.

        The Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives to establish a mail route between Clarksville and Dahlonega, which was read.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bill of the Senate, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to amend the first section of an act incorporating the city of Griffin, assented to Feb.


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18th, 1854, and I am directed to transmit the same forthwith to the Senate.

        The Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives relative to disbanding or furloughing the Home Guards for a sufficient time to gather their crops.

        On motion the same was referred to the committee on Confederate relations.

        The Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives, requiring the appointment of citizens of counties to collect tax in kind.

        On motion the same was referred to the committee on Confederate relations.

        The Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives, to prevent the impressment of breeding animals and farm stock.

        On motion the same was referred to the committee on Confederate relations.

        The Senate took up and concurred in a resolution of the House of Representatives, granting free transportation to soldiers on furlough.

        The Senate took up and concurred in a resolution of the House of Representatives, instructing the committee on the State of the Republic to report such action as it may deem proper for the authorities of Georgia to take to encourage the organization and increase of the navy of the Confederate States.

        The Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives, requesting our Senators and Representatives in Congress to use their influence to have the Assistant Marshalls, paid for taking the United States census, in eighteen hundred and sixty, which was read.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have adopted resolutions relative to the death of the Hon. William Herrington, representative from the county of Terrell, in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate.

        The Senate took up and concurred in a resolution of the House of Representatives, relative to the death of the Hon. Wm. Herrington, Representative from the county of Terrell.

        On motion the Senate adjourned until ten o'clock tomorrow morning.

SATURDAY, NOV. 21ST, 1863.
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        The Senate met according to adjournment and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.


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        Mr. Gaulden moved to reconsider so much of the journal of yesterday as relates to the vote by which a bill to suppress gambling in this State and to amend the Penal Code was lost, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Baker introduced a bill to define and punish the offence of penning and milking range cattle without the consent of the owner, which was read the first time.

        Mr. McCutchen introduced a bill to change the penalty from fine and imprisonment in the common jail to public whipping, in cases of simple larceny where the value of the the property stolen shall not exceed twenty dollars, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Watkins offered the following resolution which was taken up, read and agreed to.

        Resolved, That the Finance and Military Committee each be authorized to employ a Clerk who shall receive for his services the sum of for each day he serves with said committee.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the special order which was a bill for the pardon of John W. Martin from the Penitentiary.

        The report was disagreed to and the bill was lost.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President.--The House of Representatives have passed the following bill, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to alter and amend the charters and prescribe the mode of electing Mayor, Aldermen, Marshal and Deputy Marshal, Clerk of Council and Sexton in the city of Columbus.

        Hon. Thomas Hardeman, Jr., Speaker of the House of Representatives being absent, the House has elected Hon. B. B. Moore, of the county of Thomas, as their Speaker pro tem.

        Mr. Lloyd, chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary made the following report:

        Mr. President.--The Committee on the Judiciary to whom were referred sundry bills, have, according to order, had the same under consideration and direct me to report, as follows: A bill of the House to be entitled an act to repeal the second and third paragraphs of the sixteenth division of the Penal Code of this State as now arranged in the Code of Georgia, which they recommend do not pass;

        Also House bill to be entitled an act to repeal the second section of an act entitled an act to compensate officers and free holders for their services for holding of general elections and county elections in the county of Emanuel, also to compensate Petit Jurors in said county, which they recommend do pass;


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        Also House bill to be entitled an act to amend the Penal Code of this State in relation to the trial of the plea of insanity and for other purposes, which they recommend do not pass;

        Also House bill to be entitled an act to exempt certain lands from taxation, which the committee amends by adding the words "by the public enemy" after the word "homes," also by adding the words "lying in the counties from which they are driven" after the word "taxation," and the committee further amend by inserting the words "except a nominal tax of one cent per acre" at the end of the first section, and as thus amended, recommend that it do pass;

        Also House bill to be entitled an act to alter and amend the several acts incorporating the city of Atlanta, which they recommend do pass;

        Also House bill to be entitled an act to define the oaths of Notaries Public in the State of Georgia, which the committee amends by adding the words "and for other purposes" to the title of the bill, and as thus amended, recommend that it do pass;

        Also House bill to be entitled an act to alter and amend an act entitled an act to authorize the commissioners of the town of Spring Place in Murray county, to issue license to retail spirituous liquors and to fix the amount of the license for the same and to punish for selling without license, assented to December 13, 1861, which they recommend do pass.

THOS. E. LLOYD, Ch'mn.


        Mr. Black well offered the following resolution which was read:

        Resolved, That no new matter be presented in the Senate after the 28th inst.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to add certain sections to the Penal Code of Georgia.

        On motion, the same was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to repeal the second and third paragraphs of the sixteenth division of the Penal Code of this State.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred reported against its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:


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        A bill to amend the Penal Code of this State in relation to the trial of the plea of insanity and for other purposes.

        The Committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill lost.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives.

        A bill to alter and amend the several acts incorporating the city of Atlanta.

        Mr. Watkins moved to amend the report by striking out in the second section the words "two thousand," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Watkins moved further to amend the report by inserting the words "two thousand five hundred," which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to repeal the second section of an act entitled an act to compensate officers and free holders for their services for holding of general elections and county elections in the county of Emanuel, also to compensate Petit Jurors in said county.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to define the oaths of Notaries Public in the State of Georgia.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred, moved to amend the report by adding to the title the following words "and for other purposes," which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to exempt certain land from taxation.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred, moved to amend the report by inserting after the word "homes" the words "by the public enemy," which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.


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        Mr. Cone from the committee on Confederate Relations report:

        That they have had under consideration a resolution instructing our Senators in Congress to levy a direct tax. The committee recommend that this resolution do not pass.

        A resolution to disband or furlough the Home Guards and recommend that this resolution do pass;

        A resolution to prevent the impressment of breeding animals and farm stock and recommend that this resolution do pass;

        A resolution requiring the appointment of citizens of counties to collect tax in kind.

        The Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives relative to disbanding and furloughing the Home Guards for a sufficient time to gather their crops and sow wheat.

        Mr. West moved to amend the same by striking out the preamble.

        Upon agreeing to which the yeas and nays were required to be recorded and were years 35 nays 0.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Adams, Baker, Barr, Bennett, Blackwell, Chambers, Cone, Cook, Ezzard, Gaulden, Griffin, Groover, Guyton, Hammond, Hubbard, Johnson, Lloyd, Mabry, McCutchen, McDonald, McRae, Pate, Pafford, Polk, Price, Ramsay, Reid, Simmons, Underwood, Walker, Walton, Watkins, Wells, West, White.

        So the motion to strike out was agreed to.

        Mr. Griffin offered a substitute in lieu of the original resolution.

        Mr. Cone moved that the original resolution and substitute lie on the table for the present, which was agreed to.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to alter and amend an act entitled an act to authorize the commissioners of the town of Spring Place in Murray county, to issue license to retail spirituous liquors.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives requesting the appointment of citizens of counties to collect tax in kind.

        The committee on Confederate Relations to whom the same was referred moved to amend by inserting after the word "people," the following words "and who may be qualified for the discharge of such duty," which was agreed to.

        The resolution as amended was then concurred in.


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        The Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives to prevent the impressment of breeding animals and farm stock.

        On motion, the same was indefinitely postponed.

        The Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives requesting our Senators and Representatives in Congress to use their influence to have the Assistant Marshals paid for taking the United States census in 1860.

        On motion, the same was disagreed to.

        The Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives instructing our Senators and Representatives in Congress to relieve from tithes all soldiers, soldiers' families, and families of indigent women, &c.

        On motion, the same was referred to the Committee on Finance.

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives which were severally read the second time and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary:

        A bill to carry into effect so much of the second section of the fourth article of the Constitution as relates to divorces.

        Also a bill to regulate the manner of disposing of writs of certiorari founded upon writs of habeas corpus and possessory warrants.

        Also a bill to amend the 67th section of the Code of this State in relation to the pardon of slaves and free persons of color.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives which was read the first time:

        A bill to alter and amend the charter and prescribe the mode of electing Mayor, Aldermen, Marshal, Deputy Marshal, Clerk of Council and Sexton in the city of Columbus.

        The Senate took up a resolution relative to the improvement of the currency, &c.

        Mr. Gaulden moved to amend the same by striking out the word "direct," which was agreed to.

        On motion the resolution was referred to the Committee on Finance.

        The Senate took up the following bill which was read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole:

        A bill to extend the time of making returns of the children entitled to the benefit of the educational fund for the year 1863.

        On motion the Senate adjourned until Monday morning ten o'clock.


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MONDAY, NOV. 23RD, 1863.
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.

        Mr. Ramsay moved to reconsider so much of the Journal of Saturday as relates to the vote by which a bill to pardon John W. Martin was lost.

        Which was lost.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to amend the seven hundred and eighty-sixth section of the Code, relative to taxing defaulters.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to allow the clerks of Ordinaries of this State to draw the common school funds due their respective counties, for the year 1862 and 1863.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to repeal the six hundred and thirty-third section of the Code of Georgia.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to authorize all troops in Confederate service from this State to vote, and to prescribe by whom said elections shall be held, and for other purposes.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to alter and amend an act entitled an act to repeal an act to extend the jurisdiction of Justices of the Peace, in the city of Savannah, and for other purposes, assented to the 17th January, 1854.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to grant relief to the banks of this State.

        Also, have agreed to a resolution to bring on the election of a Director of the Bank of the State of Georgia.

        Mr. Hammond from the committee on enrollment, reports as duly enrolled and signed by the Speaker and now ready for the signature of the President, the following acts:

        An act to be entitled an act to incorporate the Oglethorpe Insurance company of Savannah.

        Also, an act to incorporate an Insurance company in the city of Macon, to be called the Empire State Insurance company.

        Also, an act to alter and change the place of holding the Superior and Inferior Courts, for the county of McIntosh.

        Also, an act to relieve James Ravanel and Samuel Priolau Ravanel, of the State of South Carolina, nominated Executors of Ross C. Davis deceased, from legal disability on account of non-residence, and for other purposes.


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        Also, an act to compel overseers, or track-menders on the different Rail Roads in this State, to file a list of the marks and brands of all stock killed upon their section.

        Also, an act for the relief of the President and Directors of the North-Western bank of the State of Georgia.

        Also, an act to alter and change the hour of meeting of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia.

        Also, a resolution to revoke the appointment of impressment officers and appoint citizens in their stead, &c.

        Also, a resolution authorising the Governor to furnish the counties not yet supplied with cotton yarn, at the same price that he has heretofore furnished counties.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole:

        A bill to extend the time of making returns of the children entitled to the benefit of the educational fund for the year 1863.

        Mr. Simmons moved to amend the report by striking out the word "fifteenth" and inserting in lieu thereof the word "tenth."

        Which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Senate took up the following bill which was read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole.

        A bill to define and punish the offence of penning and milking range cattle without the consent of the owner.

        Senate took up the following bill which was read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary:

        A bill to alter and change the penalty from fine and imprisonment in the common jail to public whipping in cases of simple larceny, where the value of the property stolen shall not exceed twenty dollars.

        Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole:

        A bill to amend the charter of the city of Columbus.

        Mr. Cook chairman of the committee on banks made the following report:

        Mr. President:--The committee on banks to whom were referred sundry bills, have, according to order, had the same under consideration, and direct me to report as follows:

        A bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the Spalding Savings bank, which they recommend do pass.


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        Also, House bill to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to incorporate the Stonewall Insurance company, and for other purposes, assented to April 16, 1863, which they recommend do pass.

        Also, House bill to be entitled an act to grant relief to the banks of this State, which they recommend do lay on the table for the present.

PHIL COOK, Chairman.


        Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were read the first time, to-wit:

        A bill to allow the Clerks of Ordinaries of this State to draw the common school funds due their respective counties for the years 1862 and 1863.

        Also, a bill to incorporate the Confederate Coal Mining company in the county of Dade.

        Also, a bill to amend the 786th section of the Code, relative to taxing defaulters.

        Also, a bill to authorize the Governor to appoint additional staff officers.

        Also, a bill to grant relief to the banks of this State.

        Also, a bill to repeal the 633d section of the Code of Georgia.

        Also, a bill to alter and amend an act entitled an act to repeal an act to extend the jurisdiction of the Justices of the Peace in the city of Savannah, and for other purposes, assented to 17th February, 1854.

        Also, a bill to authorize all troops and persons attached to, detailed or otherwise employed in the Military or Naval service of the Confederate States from this date, to vote at all elections, without reference to the place of service at the time of such election, and for other purposes.

        Senate took up and concurred in a resolution of the House of Representatives relative to bringing on the election of a Director for the bank of the State of Georgia.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Chambers after to-day for a few days, on special business.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Gaulden after Thursday next for a few days, on special business.

        Mr. Walker offered the following resolution, which was taken up read and agreed to:

        Resolved, That the Governor is hereby requested to communicate to the Senate what information he has in relation to the works Georgia has in Virginia engaged in making salt, especially the condition and prospects of the works operating under the contract with M. S. Temple & Co., together with such suggestions as he may think proper to make, to secure increased efficiency to said works, and that he


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shall also communicate what amount of salt has been received from Virginia and distributed in this State.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to amend an act to incorporate the Stonewall Insurance company, and for other purposes, assented to April 16th, 1863.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives, relative to disbanding and furloughing the Home Guards for a sufficient time to gather their crops and sow wheat.

        On motion the same was indefinitely postponed.

        Mr. Groover offered a resolution asking Congress to so change the Tax laws as to compel collectors of the tax in kind to establish more depots for the delivering of the same.

        Mr. West moved that the resolution be indefinitely postponed, which was lost.

        Mr. Wright moved to amend the resolution by adding the following:

        Resolved, That we have unabated confidence in the willingness and ability of the Confederate Government to enforce the act of Congress, known as the tithing act, so as to secure the rights of the people while it relieves the absolute wants of the Government.

        On motion the resolution and amendment was referred to the committee on Confederate Relations.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bill to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to extend the time of making returns of the children entitled to the benefit of the Educational fund of Georgia for the year 1863, and I am directed to transmit the same to the Senate forthwith.

        On motion the Senate adjourned until to-morrow morning 10 o'clock.

TUESDAY, NOV. 24TH 1863.
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.

        Mr. Polk introduced a bill to authorize the Governor to take possession of and use, any or all Rail Roads and Rail


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Road rolling stock, or other appurtenances in this State, for public use, on payment of just compensation, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Price introduced a bill to amend so much of 4012th section of the revised Code of this State, as requires Ordinaries to keep their offices open at all times except Sundays and holidays, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Speer offered a resolution instructing the joint committee on Finance to consider and if proper report a bill to the House of Representatives providing for raising a revenue for the support, for the year 1864, of the indigent families and dependents of those persons in the Military service of the Confederacy or State, which was read.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill for the relief of the people in certain counties therein mentioned, and for other purposes.

        The special committee to whom this bill was referred moved to amend the report by inserting in the second section after the words "agent and to" the word "take" and after the word "control" the words "and use", which was agreed to;

        Mr. Reid moved further to amend the report by adding the following proviso:

        Provided the provisions of this bill do not come in conflict with the absolute wants of the General Government; which was agreed to.

        Mr. White moved further to amend the report by inserting the following words:

        To the county of Hall two thousand bushels, which was lost.

        Mr. Ezzard moved further to amend the report by inserting the counties of Cherokee, Milton and Forsyth, giving two thousand bushels to each county; which was lost.

        The report as amended was agreed to.

        Upon the question shall this bill now pass, the yeas and nays were recorded, and were yeas 36 nays 0.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Anthony. Baker, Barr, Blackwell, Cone, Cook, Ezzard, Gaulden, Grice, Groover, Guyton, Hammond, Hubbard, Johnson, Lloyd, Mabry, McCutchen, McDonald, McRae, Pate, Pafford, Polk, Price, Ramsay, Reid, Simmons, Speer, Sprayberry, Underwood, Walker, Walton, Watkins, Wells, West, White, Wright.

        Yeas 36; nays 0. So the bill was passed by a constitutional majority.

        Mr. Hammond from the committee on enrollment. reports as duly enrolled and ready for the signature of the President, the following act and resolutions:


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        An act to amend the 1st section of an act incorporating the city of Griffin, assented to February 18th, 1854.

        Also, a resolution to consolidate certain standing committees.

        Also, a resolution in relation to the election of a Senator to the Congress of the Confederate States.

        Also, a resolution to consolidate standing committees.

        Also, a resolution expressive of unabated confidence in the ability, devotion and enlightened patriotism of the President of the Confederate States.

        Also, a resolution expressive of the determination of Georgia to prosecute the present war with the utmost vigor and energy.

        Mr[.] Speer offered the following resolution, which was taken up read and agreed to:

        Resolved, That the Hon. H. V. Johnson and Hon. Clifford Anderson be invited to seats upon the floor of the Senate and that a committee be appointed to notify them of this invitation.

        The President appointed Messrs. Speer, Wells and West, as such committee.

        Mr. West introduced a bill to authorize the Ordinary of Early county to grant letters of Administration on the estate of Terrell Crawford, late of Early county deceased, to Charles P. Crawford of Lee county, who is about to remove to the State of Florida, which was read the first time.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the special order, which was:

        A bill to suppress extortion in this State, during the continuance of the present war, and for other purposes.

        The report was agreed to.

        Upon the question shall this bill now pass, the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 15, nays 17.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Baker, Barr, Ezzard, Gaulden, Groover, Johnson, McDonald, McRae, Pafford, Price, Reid, Simmons, Speer, Underwood, Watkins.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Anthony, Blackwell, Cone, Cook, Grice, Hammond, Hubbard, Lloyd, Mabry, McCutchen, Pate, Polk, Ramsay, Walker, Walton, West, White.

        Yeas 15; nays 17. So the bill was lost.

        Mr. West. chairman of the committee on new counties and county lines made the following report, to-wit:

        The committee to whom was referred a bill of the House of Representatives, to change the lines between the counties of Stewart and Randolph, and the counties of Quitman


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and Randolph, have had the same under consideration and report it back to the Senate with a recommendation that it do not pass.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Adams on account of sickness.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to change the lines between the counties of Stewart and Randolph, and the counties of Quitman and Randolph.

        The committee on new counties and county lines to whom this bill was referred reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary:

        A bill to grant relief to the banks of this State.

        Also, a bill to repeal the 633d section of the Code of Georgia.

        Also, a bill to authorize all troops and persons attached to, detailed, or otherwise employed in the Military or Naval service of the Confederate States from this date, to vote at all elections without reference to the place of service, at the time of such elections, and for other purposes.

        Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole:

        A bill to authorize the Governor to appoint additional staff officers.

        Also, a bill to amend the 786th section of the Code, relative to taxing defaulters.

        Also, a bill to allow the Clerks of Ordinaries of this State to draw the common school funds due their respective counties, for the years 1862 and 1863.

        Also, a bill to incorporate the Confederate Coal Mining company in the county of Dade.

        Also, a bill to alter and amend an act entitled an act to repeal an act to extend the jurisdiction of Justices of the Peace in the city of Savannah, and for other purposes, assented to 17th February, 1854.

        Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the first time:

        A bill to extend the time of making returns of the children entitled to the benefit of the Educational fund of Georgia for the year 1863.

        Senate took up a resolution instructing the joint committee on Finance, to consider and if proper to report a bill to the House of Representatives, providing for raising a revenue for the support for the year 1864, for the indigent families


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and dependents of those persons in the Military service of the Confederacy or State.

        On motion the same was made the special order for Wednesday 25th inst.

        On motion the Senate adjourned until to-morrow morning ten o'clock.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25th, 1863.
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.

        Mr. Gaulden, moved to reconsider so much of the journal of yesterday as relates to the vote by which a bill to suppress extortion in this State during the continuance of the present war, and for other purposes was lost, which was agreed to.

        The Senate took up the special order which was a resolution instructing the joint committee on finance to consider, and if proper, to report a bill to the House of Representatives for raising a revenue for the support for the year 1864, for the indigent families and dependents of those persons in the military service of the Confederacy or State.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President.--I am directed by the House of Representatives to inform the Senate, that they are now ready to receive the Senate in their Hall, for the purpose of electing a Confederate States' Senator, and a Director for the Bank of the State of Georgia, on part of the State.

        On motion the Senate repaired to the Hall of the House of Representatives, and the General Assembly then proceeded to the election of a Senator to represent the State of Georgia in the Congress of the Confederate States of America.

        On taking the vote viva voce, the Senators who voted for H. V. Johnson, were Messrs.

        Adams, Ezzard, Gaulden, Johnson, Lloyd, Mabry, Pate, Underwood, Watkins, Wells, Whitaker, White, Wright.

        Those who voted for Robt. Toombs, were Messrs.

        Anthony, Barr, Blackwell, Cone, Hammond, McCutchen, Polk, Ramsay, Reid, Sprayberry, Walker, Walton.

        Those who voted for L. J. Gartrell, were Messrs.

        Griffin, Guerry, Hubbard, Price, West.


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        Those who voted for Thos. Butler King, were Messrs.

        Baker, Cook. Grice, Groover, Guyton, McDonald, McRae, Pafford, Simmons, Speer.

        Mr. Bacon, voted for Howell Cobb.

        On the first voting including the vote of the Senate and House of Representatives, H. V. Johnson, received 79 votes, Robert Toombs received 43 votes, L. J. Gartrell received 31 votes, Thos. Butler King received 29 votes, Howell Cobb received five votes, Chas. J. Jenkins received 4 votes, Henry R. Jackson received 1 vote.

        Neither candidate having received a majority of the whole number of votes given, the General Assembly proceeded to a second voting.

        Upon the call of the roll the Senators who voted for Mr. Mr. Johnson, were Messrs.

        Adams, Ezzard, Gaulden, Grice, Guyton, Johnaon Lloyd, Mabry, Pate, Pafford, Underwood, Watkins, Wells, Whitaker, White Wright.

        Those who voted for Mr. Toombs, were Messrs.

        Anthony, Bacon, Barr, Blackwell, Cone, Groover, Hammond, McCutchen, Polk, Ramsay, Reid, Sprayberry, Walker. Walton,

        Those who voted for Mr. Gartrell, were Messrs.

        Guerry, Hubbard, West.

        Those who voted for Mr. King, Messrs.

        Baker, Cook, McDonald, McRae, Simmons, Speer.

        Mr. Griffin, voted for Howell Cobb.

        Mr. Price, voted for Mr. Miller.

        On the second voting including the vote of the House of Representatives, H. V. Johnson received 92 votes, Robert Toombs received 47 votes, L. J. Gartrell received 19 votes, T. Butler King received 24 votes, Howell Cobb received 4 votes, Chas. J. Jenkins received 1 vote, Henry R. Jackson received 1 vote, H. V. M. Miller received 4 votes.

        Neither candidate having received a majority of the whole number of votes given, the General Assembly proceeded to a third voting.

        Upon a call of the roll the Senators who voted for Mr. Johnson, were Messrs.

        Adams, Baker, Cook, Ezzard, Gaulden, Grice, Groover, Guyton, Johnson, Lloyd, Mabry, McDonald, McRae, Pate, Pafford, Underwood, Watkins, Wells, Whitaker, White, Wright.


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        Those who voted for Mr. Toombs, were Messrs.

        Anthony, Bacon, Barr, Blackwell, Cone, Hammond, McCutchen, Polk, Ramsay, Reid, Sprayberry, Walker, Walton.

        Those who voted for Mr. Gartrell, were Messrs.

        Guerry, Hubbard, Simmons, West.

        Mr. Speer, voted for Howell Cobb.

        Mr. Griffin voted for Mr. Jenkins.

        Mr. Price voted for Mr. Miller.

        On the third voting including the vote of the House of Representatives, H. V. Johnson received 115 votes, Robert Toombs received 51 votes, L. J. Gartrell received 15 votes, Howell Cobb received 3 votes Chas. J. Jenkins received 4 votes, H. R. Jackson received 1 vote, H. V. M-Miller received 3 votes.

        Mr. Johnson, having received a majority of the whole number of votes given, was declared duly elected.

        The General Assembly then proceeded to the election of a Director for the Bank of the State of Georgia.

        Upon the call of the roll the Senators who voted for Mr. Cohen were Messrs.

        Adams, Anthony, Bacon, Baker Barr, Blackwell, Cone, Cook, Ezzard, Gaulden, Grice, Griffin, Groover, Guerry, Guyton, Hammond, Hubbard, Johnson, Lloyd, Mabry, McCutchen, McDonald, McRae, Pate, Pafford, Polk, Price, Reid, Simmons, Speer, Sprayberry, Underwood, Walker, Walton, Watkins, Wells, West, Whitaker, White, Wright.

        On the first voting, including the vote of the House of Representatives, S. Cohen, received 143 votes, Mr. Adams, received 31 votes. Mr. Cohen, having received a majority of the whole number of votes given, was declared duly elected.

        The Senate then returned to the Senate Chamber and resumed the unfinished business of the morning, which was a resolution relative to raising revenue for 1864, for the support of the families of indigent soldiers.

        On motion the resolution was agreed to.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Walton, for a few days after Thursday, on special business.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Mabry, after Thursday on special business.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr, Simmons, the messenger, for a few days on special business.

        Mr. Bacon, from the committee on enrollment, reports


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as duly enrolled and ready for the signature of the President, the following acts and resolutions:

        An act to alter and amend an act entitled an act to authorize the Commissioners of the town of Spring Place, in Murray county, to issue license to retail spirituous liquors, and to fix the amount of the license for the same, and to punish for selling without license assented to Dec. 13th 1861.

        Also an act to repeal the second section of an act entitled an act to compensate officers and freeholders, for their services for holding general elections and county elections, in the county of Emanuel, also to compensate Petit Jurors in said county.

        Also an act for the relief of the people of certain counties therein mentioned, and for other purposes.

        Also an act to alter and amend the several acts, incorporating the city of Atlanta.

        Also a resolution granting free transportation to soldiers on furlough.

        Mr. Lloyd, Chairman of the committee on the Judiciary, made the following report:

        Mr. President:--The Judiciary committee to whom were referred sundry bills and a resolution, have according to or der, had the same under consideration and direct me to report as follows:

        A bill to be entitled an act to amend the oath of tax payers of this State for the year 1864, and to amend the tax laws of this State, which they report back with the recommendation that it be laid on the table for the present.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to prohibit auction sales in this State, which they recommend do not pass.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to appoint a public administrator in each county to take charge of unrepresented estates, and to amend the 2462nd section of the revised Code of Georgia, which they amend by striking out all the last part of the first section after the word Ordinary, and insert in lieu thereof, the words "who shall give bond for each estate as now provided by law," and further amend by adding the following proviso: Provided that the person so appointed as public administrator, shall not be a person liable to conscription, and as amended recommend that it do pass.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to amend the 2480th section of the revised Code of Georgia, which they recommend do pass.

        Also a bill of the House to be entitled an act to repeal so much of the 2509th, 2510th, 2512th and 3618th sections of the Code of Georgia, as requires three months notice to be given in a public Gazette of an application for titles


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upon bonds of deceased persons, and to provide for the trial of such cases when objections are filed, and to provide for the payment of costs in such cases, for which the committee propose a substitute, which they recommend do pass.

        Also House bill to be entitled an act to carry into effect so much of the second section of the fourth article of the Constitution as relates to divorces, which the committee amends by striking out the second section, and as amended recommend that it do pass.

        Also House bill to be entitled an act to amend the 67th section of the Code of this State, in relation to the pardon of slaves and free persons of color, which they recommend do not pass.

        Also House bill to be entitled an act to regulate the manner of disposing of writs of certiorari, founded upon writs of habeas, corpus and possessory warrants, which they recommend do not pass.

        Also House bill to be entitled an act to authorize all persons in the military service of this State or of the Confederate States, including those in hospitals and detailed service, to vote at municipal elections, to which the committee adds an additional section as follows: "Be it further enacted, that said commissioned officers are authorized to hold the several elections provided for by this act, shall before they proceed to hold said elections subscribe the following statement in writing, (first state the regiment, battalion or company of which they are members, station and date,) each and both of us declare on honor that we will faithfully superintend this day's election; that we are commissioned officers in the Confederate or State service (state regiment, battalion or company,) that we will make a just and true return thereof, that we will not knowingly permit any one to vote unless we believe him entitled to do so according to the laws of Georgia, nor knowingly prohibit any one from voting who is entitled by law to vote, and we will not divulge for whom any vote was cast unless called on under the law to do so. And it shall be the duty of said superintendents to forward a copy of said statement with the copies of the tally sheet and list of voters, and the same shall be taken in lieu of the oath now required by law to be taken by superintendents of such elections," and as amended the committee recommend that it do pass.

        Also a resolution of enquiry in relation to the right of the Hon. C. D. McCutchens, Senator from 43rd Senatorial District to a seat in the Senate, the committee have determined and so report, that under the facts in the statement submitted to them by the Senator from the 43rd


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Senatorial District, that they see no constitutional obstacle to the Senator retaining his seat.

THOS. E. LLOYD, Chm'n.


        Mr. Adams, introduced a bill to declare that on all questions not embraced or provided for in the Code of Georgia, the law existing at the time of the adoption of the Code shall be of force in relation to each question, which was read the first time.

        The Senate took up the bill to prevent extortion, and for other purposes.

        On motion the same same was referred to a special committee of five.

        On motion the Senate adjourned until 10 o'clock tomorrow morning.

THURSDAY, NOV. 26th, 1863.
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Johnson for a few days on special business.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. White for a few days on account of the sickness of his family.

        Mr. Mabry introduced a bill to amend the 3821st and 3836th sections of the revised Code of this State, and for other purposes, which was read the first time.

        The Senate took up the special order which was a reconsidered bill to amend an act entitled an act to prevent and punish the planting and cultivating in the State of Georgia over a certain quantity of land in cotton during the war with the abolitionists.

        On motion, the same was referred to a special committee of five.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives through Mr. Carrington their Clerk:

        Mr. President.--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills, to-wit:

        A bill entitled an act to appropriate money for the support of indigent families of soldiers who may be in the public service, and for the support of indigent soldiers who may be disabled by wounds or disease in the service of this State, of the Confederate States, for and during the year 1864, and to provide for the application of the same to the purpose aforesaid, and for other purposes.


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        A bill to be entitled an act for the relief of the heirs and legatees of the estate of William Hogan.

        A bill to be entitled an act to amend an act to charter and incorporate a bank in the city of Augusta by the name and style of the Traders' and Importers' Bank.

        A bill to be entitled an act to amend the oath of tax payers for the year 1864, and for purposes.

        A bill to be entitled an act to appropriate funds to the uses of the Georgia Relief and Hospital Association.

        A bill to be entitled an act to provide for the finding of Grand, Petit, and Talis Jurors.

        The President appointed Messrs. Gaulden, Guerry, Adams, Ramsay and Whitaker, as the committee to whom was referred the bill to suppress extortion in this State and for other purposes.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to amend the 2480th section of the revised Code of Georgia.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to prohibit auction sales in this State.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to, and the bill was lost.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to appoint a public administrator in each county to take charge of unrepresented estates and to amend the 2462d section of the revised Code of Georgia.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred moved to amend the report by striking out all in the last part of the first section after the word "Ordinary" and inserting in lieu thereof the following words "who shall give bond for each estate as now provided by law," which was agreed to.

        The committee on the Judiciary moved further to amend the report by adding the following proviso: Provided that the person so appointed as a public administrator shall not be a person subject to conscription, which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to define and punish the offence of penning and milking range cattle without the consent of the owner.

        The report was disagreed to and the bill was lost.


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        Mr. Lloyd chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary made the following report:

        Mr. President.--The Committee on the Judiciary to whom were referred sundry bills, have, according to order, had the same under consideration and direct me to report as follows:

        A bill to be entitled an act to prevent owners and employers of slaves from allowing such slaves to hire their own time, to require such slaves to live on the premises of the owner, and to punish for a violation of the same, for which the committee report a substitute, which is a bill to be entitled an act to amend the 1855th paragraph of the revised Code of Georgia, which they recommend be adopted in lieu of the original bill and that the same do pass;

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to remove from Cadmus D. Waller and Pelius A. Waller, both being non-residents of the State of Georgia, their disabilities from qualifying and acting as executors of the last will and testament of Robert A. Waller, of Decatur county, State of Georgia, lately deceased, which they recommend do not pass;

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to change the penalty from fine and imprisonment in the common jail to public whipping in cases of simple larceny where the value of the property stolen shall not exceed twenty dollars, which they recommend do not pass;

        Also House bill to be entitled an act to repeal section 633 of the Code of Georgia which they recommend do pass;

        Also House bill to be entitled an act to grant relief to the banks of this State for which the committee report a substitute, which is a bill to be entitled an act to continue in force the fourth section of an act passed over the Governor's veto on the 30th day November, 1860, entitled an act to provide against the forfeiture of the several bank charters of this State and for other purposes, which they recommend be adopted in lieu of the original and do pass;

        Also House bill to be entitled an act to authorize all troops and persons attached to or detailed or otherwise employed in the military or naval service of the Confederate States from this date to vote at all elections without reference to the place of service at the time of such election, and to prescribe by whom such elections shall be held, and how said managers shall officially sign the returns thereof, and for other purposes, which they recommend do not pass;

        Also House bill to be entitled an act to authorize and empower the Ordinaries of Warren and Henry counties, to pay over to the Inferior Court any surplus of funds in their hands belonging to the Educational fund which they recommend do not pass.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of


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the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to grant relief to the banks of this State.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred offered a substitute in lieu of the original bill which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to.

        Upon the question shall this bill now pass? the yeas and nays were recorded and were yeas 36 nays 0.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Adams, Anthony, Baker, Barr, Blackwell, Cone, Cook, Ezzard, Gaulden, Grice, Griffin, Groover, Guerry, Guyton, Hubbard, Johnson, Lloyd, Mabry, MuCutchen, McDonald, McRae, Pate, Polk, Pottle, Price, Ramsay, Reid, Simmons, Speer, Underwood, Walker, Walton, Watkins, Wells, West, Whitaker.

        So the bill was passed by a constitutional majority.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to compensate the citizens of this State whose slaves have died from neglect while in the service of the State or of the Confederate States by any agreement or contract with this State and for other purposes.

        The Committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to incorporate the Spalding Savings' Bank.

        The report was agreed to.

        Upon the question shall this bill now pass? the yeas and nays were recorded and were yeas 9 nays 26.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Bacon, Baker, Blackwell, Cook, Lloyd, Price, Speer, West, Whitaker.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Adams, Barr, Cone, Ezzard, Gaulden, Griffin, Groover, Guyton, Hammond, Hubbard, Mabry, McCutchen, McDonald, McRae, Pate, Polk, Pottle, Ramsay, Reid, Simmons, Underwood, Walker, Walton, Watkins, Wells.

        So the bill was lost.

        The following message was received from His Excellency the Governor by Mr. Waters his Secretary, to-wit:


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        Mr. President--The Governor has approved and signed the following resolutions, to-wit:

        A resolution expressive of the determination of Georgia to prosecute the present war with the utmost vigor and energy.

        A resolution expressive of unabated confidence in the ability. devotion and enlightened patriotism of the President of the Confederate States.

        A resolution to consolidate certain standing committees.

        A resolution to consolidate standing committees.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to authorize and empower Nathaniel S. Walker, of the county of Putnam, Guardian of the person and property of Notley Maddox, of said county, a wounded and disabled soldier to settle with his said ward as though he was of full age.

        The report was disagreed to and the bill was lost.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to change the penalty from fine and imprisonment in the common jail to public whipping in cases of simple larceny where the value of the property stolen shall not exceed twenty dollars.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        Mr. Bacon from the Committee on Enrollment reported as duly enrolled and signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives:

        An act to amend an act entitled an act to incorporate the Stonewall Insurance Company and for other purposes, assented to April 16th, 1862.

        The Senate took up the following communication which was read and ordered to be entered on the journal of the Senate:

To the General Assembly of Georgia:

        The undersigned commissioners appointed under an act of the General Assembly of Georgia entitled an act to alter the great seal of the State of Georgia, to prepare, in co-operation with the Secretary of State, a new great seal for the State of Georgia, and to make all necessary preparations and arrangements to bring the same, as agreed on, into use, beg leave to report:

        That they have performed the duty with which they were charged by said act, and have deposited the new great seal, prepared and agreed on by them, in the office of the Secretary of State, of which the following is a description, to-wit: The face of the seal measures two inches in diameter


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and has on it the following device, to-wit: three pillars supporting an arch with the word and figures "Constitution 1861" engraven within the same, emblematic of the Constitution supported by the three departments of government viz: the Legislative, Judicial and Executive; the pillars are enwreathed with a scroll and on that part of the scroll hanging round the first pillar the word "Wisdom" is engraven, on that part of the scroll hanging on the second pillar the word "Justice" is engraven, and on that portion of the scroll hanging round the third pillar the word "Moderation" is engraven. The motto "State of Georgia 1776."

        All which is respectfully submitted, this November 12th, 1863.

S. S. STAFFORD,
G. N. LESTER,
B. H. BIGHAM,
Com's.

N. C. BARNETT, Sec'y of State.

        P. S. A copy of the foregoing report has been addressed to his Excellency the Governor of Georgia and an order has been entered on the minutes of the Executive office attesting the fact of the adoption of the alteration of the great seal of State in accordance with the Constitution of 1861. I am instructed by the commissioners to make this report to the General Assembly, accompanied by a respectful suggestion that it be entered on the journals in order that the public records may fully show that the requirements of the Constitution of 1861, have been complied with in the premises.

Respectfully &c.,

B. H. BIGHAM, Com.


        The President appointed Messrs. Pottle, Watkins, Ramsay. Whitaker and Mabry as the special committee to whom was referred a bill to amend an act entitled an act to prevent and punish the planting and cultivating in the State of Georgia over a certain quantity of land in cotton during the war with the abolitionists.

        The hour of adjournment having arrived on motion the Senate adjourned until three o'clock, P. M.

3 O'CLOCK, P. M.

        The Senate met according to adjournment.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to reorganize the militia of this State and for other purposes.

        On motion, the same was made the special order for Friday 27th inst.


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        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to remove from Cadeus D. Waller and Pelius A. Waller, both being non-residents of the State of Georgia, their disability from qualifying and acting as Executors of the last will and testament of Robert A. Waller, of Decatur county, and State of Georgia, lately deceased.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk.

        Mr. President.--The House of Representatives have passed the following bill, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to further provide for the suppression of unlawful distillation of grain and other commodities in this State, and I am directed to transmit the same to the Senate forthwith.

        The House has also adopted a resolution to print 2,000 copies of the report of the Georgia Relief and Hospital Association, in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to prevent owners and employers of slaves from allowing slaves to hire their own time, to require slaves to live on the premises of the owner and to punish for a violation of the same.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred offered the following as a substitute in lieu of the original bill:

        A bill to amend the 1855th paragraph of the revised Code of Georgia, which was agreed.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up the following reconsidered bill, to-wit:

        A bill to suppress gambling in this State and to amend the Penal Code.

        On motion, the same was referred to a special committee of five.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President.--The House of Representatives have passed the following bill of the Senate, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to increase the salaries of the Comptroller General, the State Treasurer and Secretary of State, after the expiration of the present term of office of


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the incumbents, and I am instructed to transmit the same forthwith to the Senate.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole a bill of the House of Representatives to repeal the 633d section of the Code of Georgia.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to amend the 67th section of the Code of this State.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to, and the bill was lost.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to regulate the manner of disposing of writs of certiorari founded upon writs of Habeas Corpus and possessory warrants.

        The committee on the Judiciary reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to allow the Clerks of Ordinaries of this State to draw the common school funds due their respective counties for the years 1862 and 1863.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to authorize all troops and persons attached to, detailed or otherwise employed in the military or naval service of the Confederate States from this date to vote at all elections without reference to the place of service at the time of such elections and for other purposes.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom the same was referred reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to amend the 786th section of the Code relative to taxing defaulters.

        On motion, the same was referred to the Committee on Finance.


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        Mr. Bacon, from the committee on enrollment, reported as duly enrollod and ready for the signature of the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives:

        An act to increase the salaries of the Comptroller General, the State Treasurer and the Secretary of State, after the expiration of the present term of office of the incumbents.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to incorporate the Confederate Coal Mining Company in the county of Dade.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to alter and amend an act entitled an act to repeal an act to extend the jurisdiction of the Justices of the Peace in the city of Savannah, and for other purposes, assented to 17th February, 1854.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to carry into effect so much of the second section of the fourth article of the Constitution as relates to divorces.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred, moved to amend the same by striking out the second section, which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to authorize all persons in the military service of this State or Confederate States including those in hospitals and detailed service to vote at municipal elections.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred, moved to amend the same by adding an additional section, which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:


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        A bill to repeal so much of the 2509th, 2510th, 2512th and 3618th sections of the Code of Georgia, as requires three months notice to be given in a public Gazette, of an application for titles upon bonds of deceased persons, and to provide for the trial of such cases where objections are filed, and to provide for the payment of cost in such cases.

        The committee on the Judicary to whom this bill was referred, offered the following as a substitute in lieu of the original bill:

        A bill to amend the 2512th and 3618th sections of the revised Code of Georgia, and for other purposes, which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole--

        A bill to extend the time of making returns of the children entitled to the benefit of the educational fund of Georgia for the year 1863.

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were read the first time.

        A bill to amend the oath of tax payers for the year 1864, and for other purposes.

        Also a bill for the relief of the heirs and legatees of the estate of William Hogan.

        Also a bill to appropriate funds to the uses of the Georgia Relief and Hospital Association.

        Also a bill to provide for fining Grand, Petit and Talles Jurors.

        Also a bill to further provide for the suppression of the unlawful distillation of grain and other commodities in this State.

        Also a bill to appropriate money for the support of ingent families of soldiers who may be in the public service, and for other purposes.

        Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives to print 2,000 copies of the report of the Georgia Relief and Hospital Association, which was read.

        Mr. Hubbard introduced a bill for the relief of Jane B. Eaves, of the county of Polk, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Pottle, introduced a bill to repeal paragraph 1658th, part 2nd, title 2nd, chapter 1st, article 1st, section 1st of the Code of Georgia, which was read the first time.

        The Senate took up the following bill which was read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole--

        A bill to authorize the Ordinary of Early county to grant


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letters of administration on the estate of Terrell Crawford, late of Early county deceased, to Charles P. Crawford, of Lee county, who is about to remove to the State of Florida.

        The Senate took up the following bills which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary:

        A bill to authorize the Governor to take possession of and use any or all Rail Roads, and Rail Road Rolling Stock or other appurtenances in this State, for public use on payment of just compensation.

        Also a bill to declare that on all questions not embraced or provided for in the Code of Georgia, the law existing at the time of the adoption of said Code, shall be of force in relation to each question.

        Also a bill to amend so much of the 4012th section of the revised Code of this State, as requires Ordinaries to keep their offices open at all times except Sundays and hollidays.

        On motion the Senate adjourned until ten o'clock tomorrow morning.

FRIDAY, NOV. 27TH, 1863.
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.

        Mr. West moved to reconsider so much of the journal of yesterday as relates to the vote by which:

        A bill to prohibit auction sales in this State was lost, which was agreed to.

        On motion the Senate took up a bill to prohibit auction sales in this State, and the same was referred to a select committee of five.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington their clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bill, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act for the support of the Georgia Academy for the Blind, and I am instructed to transmit the same to the Senate forthwith.

        Mr. Bacon from the committee on enrollment, reported as duly enrolled and signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives:


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        An act to alter and amend an act entitled an act to repeal an act to extend the civil jurisdiction of Justices of the Peace in the city of Savannah, and for other purposes, assented to 17th February, 1854.

        An act to incorporate the Confederate Coal Mining company in the county of Dade.

        An act to repeal the six hundred and thirty-third section of the Code of Georgia, relative to road commissioners.

        An act to allow the clerks of Ordinaries of this State to draw the common school funds due their respective counties for the years 1862 and 1863.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills, to-wit;

        A bill to be entitled an act to incorporate an Insurance company.

        A bill to be entitled an act to repeal all prohibitions by existing laws of intermarriages of first cousins, and to legalize all such marriages as have been contracted, since January first 1863.

        A bill to be entitled an act to change and modify section 3452 of the Code of this State, and to provide for the speedy trial of cases, in the several Courts of this State, and for other purposes.

        A bill to be entitled an act to provide for paying the members of the fourth Georgia Brigade, the half pay still due them for the time they were in the service of the State, and for other purposes.

        Mr. Polk introduced a bill to extend the corporate limits of the town of Lawrenceville, in the county of Gwinnett and for other purposes, which was read the first time.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Polk for a few days, on special business.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Guyton for a few days, on special business.

        The President appointed Messrs. West, Price, Adams, Cone and Anthony, as the select committee to whom was referred a bill to prohibit auction sales in this State.

        Mr. West introduced a bill to change the name of the county of Union in this State, to the name of Forrest, and for other purposes, which was read the first time.

        Mr. West offered the following resolution, which was read:

        Resolved, That both branches of the General Assembly will adjourn sine die at 12 o'clock M, on the 9th day of December next.


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        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the special order, which was a bill to re-organize the malitia of this State, and for other purposes.

        On motion the bill was taken up by sections.

        The first section was read and agreed to.

        Mr. Cone moved to amend the second section by striking out the word "sixteen" and inserting the word "eighteen".

        The question being on the motion to strike out, the same was lost.

        Mr. Gaulden moved further to amend by striking out in the second section the word "sixty", which was lost.

        Mr. McCutchen moved further to amend the report by striking out in the 12th section all of the third proviso after the words "as the Governor may direct" and inserting in lieu thereof, the following words: "and shall be organized by electing the officers to command them, and upon neglect or refusal so to organize, by electing their officers when ordered so to do, the Governor may compel an organization by appointing the officers to command such companies, battallions or regiments, as shall neglect or refuse to organize as aforesaid.

        Pending the consideration of which, on motion the Senate adjourned until 3 o'clock P. M.

3 O'CLOCK, P. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment.

        Senate resumed the consideration of the unfinished business of the morning, which was a bill to reorganize the Militia of Georgia, and for other purposes, and the amendment pending thereto, which was lost.

        Mr. Lloyd moved further to amend the report by striking out in the 15th section the words "with the consent of the Governor", which was agreed to.

        Mr. Walker moved further to amend the report by striking out in the 19th section, the words "ministers of religion in the actual care and charge of any organized church or synagogue", and insert in lieu thereof, the words "Ministers of the Gospel in the actual discharge of their ministerial duties."

        Mr. Gaulden moved to amend the amendment by inserting before the word "ministers" the word "ordained" which was lost.

        The question then being upon agreeing to the amendment the same was lost.

        Mr. Lloyd moved further to amend the report by adding in the 19th section after the words "Tax-collector" the


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following: "all civil officers of the Confederate States who may be designated by the President of the Confederate States", which was agreed to.

        Mr. Adams moved further to amend the report by inserting after the words "collectors" the words "and receivers" which was agreed to.

        Pending the further consideration of the report, on motion, the Senate adjourned until ten o'clock to-morrow morning.

SATURDAY, NOV. 28TH, 1863.
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act explanatory of an act to prevent and punish the planting and cultivating in the State of Georgia over a certain quantity of land in cotton, during the war with the abolitionists, assented to December 11th, 1863.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to authorize the taxpayers of this State to pay their State and county taxes in Confederate Treasury Notes.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to alter and change the time of holding the Inferior Courts of Miller county.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to change the county line between Sumter and Terrell counties, and make Kinchafoonee Creek the line of the same.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to authorize the several Inferior Courts of this State to employ some fit and proper person or persons to ascertain the number of soldiers families in their respective counties, and to allow and pay suitable compensation therefor.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to increase the salaries of the two Secretaries of the Executive Department, and the principal Recording Clerk of the Executive Department, after the expiration of the present term of office of the incumbents.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to authorize the employment of a clerk in the Treasury Department, and to provide compensation for the same.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to reorganize the jury


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boxes of the several counties of this State, and to point out who shall be liable to serve on juries.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act regulating the advertisement of sales by administrators, executors and guardians.

        The Senate went into committee of the whole, Mr. West in the chair, on the bill to reorganize the militia of Georgia. After some time spent therein, the committee arose and reported, through their chairman, the same back to the Senate, with amendment.

        On motion, the Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        The bill to reorganize the militia of Georgia, and for other purposes.

        The amendment to strike out the 21st section was agreed to.

        The following amendment as an additional section was agreed to:

        Sec. 23d. And be it further enacted, That no person who is liable to conscription under the acts of Congress shall be qualified to hold office under the provision of this bill, except when called into active service.

        The following as an additional section was agreed to.

        Sec. 24. Be it further enacted, That this act shall take effect and be operative and in force from and immediately after its passage.

        Mr. Speer moved the previous question, which was seconded.

        The main question was then ordered to be put.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read, the third time and passed.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have concurred in the amendments of the Senate to the following bills of the House of Representatives, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to grant relief to the banks of this State.

        A bill to be entitled an act to define the oaths of Notaries Public in the State of Georgia.

        A bill to be entitled an act to repeal the act assented to November 30, 1861, consolidating the offices of Tax Receiver and Collector of this State.

        A bill to be entitled an act to authorize all persons in the military service of this State or the Confederate States, including those in hospitals and detailed service, to vote at municipal elections.

        A bill to exempt certain lands from taxation.


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        The House of Representatives have also concurred in the amendments of the Senate to the following resolutions of the House, to-wit:

        Resolutions to establish a mail route between Clarkesville and Dahlonega.

        Resolutions requesting the appointment of citizens of counties to collect tax in kind.

        The House of Representatives have disagreed to the amendments of the Senate to the following bills of the House, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to repeal so much of the 1509th, 2510th, 2512th and 3618th sections of the Code of Georgia as requires three months' notice to be given in a public gazette of an application for titles upon bonds of deceased persons, and to provide for the trial of such cases when objections are filed, and to provide for the payment of costs in such cases.

        A bill to be entitled an act to carry into effect so much of the second section of the fourth article of the Constitution as relates to divorces.

        And the Senate is respectfully requested to recede from said amendments.

        The following message was received from his Excellency the Governor, by Mr. Waters, his Secretary, to-wit:

        Mr. President:--I am directed by the Governor to lay before this branch of the General Assembly, a special message in writing.

        Mr. Bacon introduced a bill to incorporate the Bainbridge Female College, in Bainbridge, Georgia, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Lloyd introduced a bill to regulate the agencies of Insurance Companies in this State, and for other purposes, which was read the first time.

        The Senate took up a communication from his Excellency relative to the distillation of whisky.

        On motion, the same was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, with instructions to report a bill.

        Mr. Ramsay introduced a bill to define what officers of this State shall be exempt from the operation of the conscript laws, which was read the first time.

        Also, a bill for revising the patrol laws of this State, which was read the first time.

        Mr. West introduced a bill to amend an act entitled an act to authorize all volunteers and other troops in service from this State to vote at all elections, without reference to the place where they may be in service at the time of such elections, and for other purposes, assented to December 14, 1861, which was read the first time.


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        Mr. Watkins offered a resolution relative to furnishing the auditor of the W. & A. R. R. with the Code of Georgia and decisions of the Supreme Court, which was read.

        Mr. Whitaker introduced a bill to authorize the Governor to procure military supplies for the State, and such other articles as in his discretion the wants of the State may demand for military purposes and for indigent soldiers' families, which was read the first time.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Walker for a few days, on account of sickness of his family.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. McCutchen for a few days, on special business.

        Mr. Watkins, chairman of the Finance Committee, made the following report:

        Mr. President:--The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a bill to be entitled an act to amend the seven hundred and eighty-sixth section of the Code, relative to taxing defaulters, have had the same under consideration, and report it back to the Senate and recommend that it do pass.

        Also, a resolution instructing our Senators and Representatives in Congress to relieve from tithes soldiers' families and families of indigent women, and recommend the passage of the resolution as amended, viz: To strike out all the words after the word "law" and before the word "products," and insert in lieu thereof the words "does not exempt from tithes."

E. P. WATKINS,
Chairman Senate Committee.


        The President appointed Messrs. Gaulden, Cook, Watkins, Barr, and Underwood as the select committee to whom was referred a bill to suppress gambling in this State, and to amend the Penal Code.

        The hour of adjournment having arrived, the President adjourned the Senate until 3 o'clock, P.M.

3 O'CLOCK, P. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment.

        The Senate took up the following bills, which were severally read the second time and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary:

        A bill to amend the 3821st and 3836th sections of the revised Code of this State, and for other purposes.

        Also, a bill for the relief of Jane B. Eaves; of the county of Polk.


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        Also, a bill to repeal paragraph 1658, part 2, title 2, chapter 1, article 1, section 1 of the revised Code.

        The Senate took up the following bills, which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole:

        A bill to change the name of the county of Union in this State to the name of Forrest, and for other purposes.

        Also, a bill to extend the corporate limits of the town of Lawrenceville, in Gwinnett county.

        The Senate took up a bill of the House of Representatives to carry into effect so much of the second section of the fourth article of the Constitution as relates to divorces, which had been amended in the Senate, in which amendment the House refused to concur.

        Mr. West moved that the Senate insist on its amendment, which was agreed to.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which had been amended in the Senate, in which the House of Representatives refused to concur:

        A bill to repeal so much of the 2509th, 2510th, 2512th and 3618th sections of the Code of Georgia as requires three months' notice to be given in a public gazette of an application for titles upon bonds of deceased persons, and to provide for the trial of such cases where objections are filed, and to provide for the payment of cost in such cases.

        Mr. West moved that the Senate insist on its amendment, which was agreed to.

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were severally read the second time and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary:

        A bill to provide for the fining of Grand, Petit and Tales jurors.

        Also, a bill to provide for the suppression of the unlawful distillation of grain and other commodities in this State.

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole:

        A bill to appropriate funds to the uses of the Georgia Relief and Hospital Association, and for other purposes.

        Also, a bill to amend the oath of tax-payers for the year 1864, and for other purposes.

        Also, a bill for the relief of the heirs and legatees of the estate of William Hogan.

        The Senate took up a memorial of Robert Walker, which was read and ordered to be transmitted to the House of Representatives.


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        Mr. Gaulden moved to reconsider so much of the action of the Senate of the morning as relates to the passage of a bill to reorganize the militia of Georgia, and for other purposes.

        The President decided the motion out of order.

        From which decision Mr. Gaulden took an appeal to the Senate. The decision of the Chair was sustained. So the decision of the Chair was ordered to stand as the judgment of the Senate.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to the Committee on Finance:

        A bill to appropriate money for the support of indigent families of soldiers who may be in the public service, and for the support of indigent soldiers, and for other purposes.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole:

        A bill to amend an act to charter and incorporate a bank in the city of Augusta by the name and style of the "Traders' and Importers' Bank."

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were read the first time:

        A bill to provide for paying the members of the fourth Georgia Brigade, and for other purposes.

        Also, a bill to regulate the advertisement of sales by administrators, executors and guardians.

        Also, a bill to alter and change the time of holding the Inferior Courts of Miller county.

        Also, a bill to increase the salaries of the Secretaries of the Executive Department, and the principal Recording Clerk of the Executive Department.

        Also, a bill for the support of the Georgia Academy for the Blind.

        Also, a bill to authorize the tax-payers of this State to pay their State and county taxes in Confederate Treasury Notes.

        Also, a bill to change and modify section 3452 of the Code of this State, and for other purposes.

        Also, a bill to authorize the employment of a clerk in the Treasury Department, and to provide compensation for the same.

        Also, a bill to change the county line between Sumter and Terrell counties.

        Also, a bill to authorize the several Inferior Courts of this State to employ some fit and proper person to ascertain the number of soldiers' families in their respective counties.

        Also, a bill explanatory of an act to prevent and punish the planting and cultivating in the State of Georgia over a


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certain quantity of land in cotton, during the war with the abolitionists, assented to Dec. 11th, 1862.

        Also, a bill to reorganize the jury boxes in the several counties in this State, and to point out who shall be liable to serve on juries.

        Also, a bill to repeal all prohibitions by existing laws of intermarriages of first cousins, and to legalize all such marriages as have been contracted since January 1st, 1863.

        Also, a bill to incorporate an insurance company to be called the Home Insurance Company.

        The hour of adjournment having arrived, the President adjourned the Senate until ten o'clock Monday morning.

MONDAY, NOV. 30TH 1863,
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment and was opened with prayer by the Rev. Dr. Ridley.

        Mr. Adams moved to reconsider so much of the Journal of Saturday as relates to the vote by which a bill to re-organize the Militia of Georgia, and for other purposes, was passed.

        Mr. Adams moved to withdraw his motion, the consent of the Senate not being unanimous, the same was not allowed.

        Upon agreeing to the motion to reconsider the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 9, nays 18.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Baker, Barr, Blackwell, Ezzard, Groover Hubbard, McDonald, Simmons, Underwood.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Adams, Anthony, Bacon, Cone, Cook, Grice, Griffin, Guerry, Hammond, Lloyd, Pate, Pottle, Ramsay, Reid, Speer, Watkins, West, Whitaker.

        Yeas 9; nays 18. So the motion to reconsider was lost.

        Mr. Cook moved to reconsider so much of the Journal of Saturday as relates to the vote by which a memorial of Rob't Walker was ordered to be transmitted to the House of Representatives, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Cook moved that said memorial lie on the table for the balance of the session, which was agreed to.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Sprayberry after Friday


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next, for the balance of the session, on account of sickness.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Price for a few days on special business.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Adams after to-day, for a few days, on special business.

        Mr. Wright moved to suspend the rules to enable him to offer a resolution, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Wright offered a resolution relative to calling out the Militia of Georgia, which was taken up read and agreed to.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to amend the charter of the bank of Whitfield of Dalton Ga., to Atlanta Ga.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to extend the time for the collection of Tax in the county of Walker, and to provide a guard for the Tax-collector in said county and all other counties similarly situated.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to confer certain powers upon the Judge of the city court of Augusta.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to prevent the circulation of change bills not authorized by law.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole:

        A bill to extend the corporate limits of the town of Lawrenceville, in Gwinnett county, and for other purposes.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Mr. Adams introduced a bill to amend section 1293 and 1294 of the Code of Georgia, and to repeal sections 1295 and 1306 and 1307 and 1308 of the said Code, which was read the first time.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole:

        A bill to change the name of the county of Union in this State, to the name of Forrest.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and lost.

        Mr. Bacon from the committee on enrollment, reported as duly enrolled and signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives:

        An act to exempt certain lands from taxation.


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        An act to define the oaths of Notaries Public in the State of Georgia, and for other purposes.

        An act to authorize all persons in the Military service of this State or Confederate States, including those in Hospitals and detailed service, to vote at Municipal elections.

        An act to repeal the act assented to 30th day of November 1861, consolidating the offices of Receiver of tax-returns and tax-collector in this State.

        An act to continue in force the fourth section of an act passed over the Governor's veto on the 30th day of November 1860, entitled an act to provide against the forfeiture of the several bank charters of this State, and for other purposes.

        Also, a resolution requesting the appointment of citizens of counties to collect tax in kind.

        A resolution to establish a Mail route between Clarksville and Dahlonega by way of Blue creek and Cleveland, and from Athens Georgia to Auburn, Gwinnett county, via jug factory in Jackson county and G. W. Smith's store in Walton county.

        The Senate took up the following bills which were severally read the second time and referred to committee of the whole:

        A bill to incorporate the Bainbridge Female College, in Bainbridge Georgia.

        Also, a bill to authorize the Governor to procure Military supplies for the State, and such other articles as in his discretion the wants of the State may demand, for Military purposes, and for indigent soldiers families.

        Also, a bill to amend an act entitled an act to authorize all volunteers and other troops in service, from this State, to vote at all elections without reference to the place where they may be in service, at the time of such elections, and for other purposes, assented to Dec'r 14, 1861.

        Senate took up the following bill which was read the second time and referred to the committee on banks:

        A bill to regulate the agencies of Insurance companies in this State and for other purposes.

        Senate took up the following bills, which were read the second time and referred to the committee on the Military:

        A bill for revising the Patrol laws of this State.

        Also, a bill to define what officers of this State shall be exempt from the operation of the Conscript laws.

        Mr. Bacon introduced a bill to change the line between the counties of Mitchell and Colquitt, and for other purposes, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Pottle introduced a bill to authorize and empower the Ordinaries of the several counties of this State, to pay over


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to the Inferior Courts any surplus of funds in their hands, belonging to the educational fund, for the relief of the indigent families of soldiers, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Underwood introduced a bill for the relief of Peter Woody, of the county of White, which was read the first time.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to amend the oath of tax-payers for the year 1864, and for other purposes.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to amend an act to charter and incorporate a bank in the city of Augusta, by the name and style of the Traders and Importers bank.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to appropriate funds to the uses of the Georgia Relief and Hospital association.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole, to-wit:

        A bill to incorporate an Insurance company, to be called the Home Insurance company.

        Also, a bill to increase the salaries of the two Secretaries of the Executive Department, and the principal recording clerk of the Executive Department.

        Also, a bill to authorize the employment of a clerk in the Treasury Department and to provide compensation for the same.

        Also, a bill to authorize the several Inferior Courts of this State to employ some fit and proper person to ascertain the number of soldiers families in their respective counties.

        Alsso, a bill to authorize the tax-payers of this State to pay their State and county taxes in Confederate Treasury notes.

        Also, a bill for the support of the Georgia Academy for the blind.

        Also, a bill to repeal all prohibitions by existing laws of intermarriages of first cousins, and to legalize all such marriages as have been contracted since January 1st, 1863.

        Also, a bill to regulate the advertisement of sales by Administrators, Executors and Guardians.

        Also, a bill to alter and change the time of holding the Inferior Courts of Miller county.


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        Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary:

        A bill explanatory of an act to prevent and punish the planting and cultivating in the State of Georgia, over a certain quantity of land in cotton, during the war with the abolitionists, assented to December 11th, 1862.

        Also, a bill to change and modify section 3452 of the Code of this State, and for other purposes.

        Also, a bill to reorganize the Jury boxes of the several counties of this State, and to point out who shall be liable to serve on Juries.

        Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to the committee on new counties and county lines.

        A bill to change the county line between Sumpter and Terrell counties.

        Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to the committee on Finance:

        A bill to provide for paying the members of the fourth Georgia Brigade, and for other purposes.

        Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were read the first time, to-wit:

        A bill to extend the time for the collection of taxes in the county of Walker.

        Also, a bill to confer certain powers upon the Judge of the city court of Augusta.

        Also, a bill to prevent the circulation of change bills not authorized by law.

        Also, a bill to amend the charter of the bank of Whitfield.

        Mr. Guerry moved that when the Senate adjourn it adjourn to meet at ten o'clock to-morrow morning, which was agreed to.

        A communication in writing, from C. D. Owens, was taken up and read.

        The hour of adjournment having arrived, the President adjourned the Senate until ten o'clock to-morrow morning.

TUESDAY, DEC. 1ST, 1863.
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.

        Mr. West, moved to reconsider so much of the journal of yesterday as relates to the vote by which a bill to change the name of Union county, to the name of Forrest, and for other purposes, was lost, which was lost.

        Mr. Speer, offered a memorial from the Ladies Relief Society


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of Macon, which was read and referred to the committee on Finance.

        Mr. McDonald, offered a resolution requesting our Senators and Representatives in Congress, to use their influence to procure the establishment of a semi weekly mail route between Milltown and Nashville, in the conunty of Berrien, in this State, which was read.

        Mr[.] Watkins, introduced a bill to authorize the Governor of this State to grant a license for the manufacture of alcohol, for medicinal and mechanical purposes, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Lloyd, chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary made the following report:

        Mr. President.--The Judiciary Committee to whom were referred sundry bills have, according to order, had the same under consideration and direct me to report as follows:

        A bill to be entitled an act to authorize and empower the several Superior Courts in this State to punish defaulting jurors, and for other purposes, which they recommend do not pass.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to amend the 1617th section of the revised Code of Georgia, which the committee amends by adding an additional section; as follows:

        And the General Assembly do further enact, that if any free person of color shall fail to make such returns on the first day of July in each year after the first registry, he or she shall be liable to a penalty of twenty dollars, to be collected by the Ordinary, by an execution against the property of said free person of color, or hiring them out, if nulla bona be returned upon the execution, and as amended, recommend that it do pass.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to repeal paragraph 1658th of part 2nd, title 2nd, chapter 1st, article 1st, section 1st, of the revised Code, which the committe recommend do pass.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Jane B. Eaves, of the county of Polk, which they recommend do pass.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to incorporate Mount Gilead Camp Ground, of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, of Warren County, and for other purposes, for which the committee propose a substitute, which is a bill to be entitled an act to protect Camp grounds from intruders, and for other purposes, which they recommend do pass.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to declare that on all questions not embraced or provided for in the Code of Georgia, the law existing at time of the adoption of said Code shall be of force in relation to such questions, which the


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committee amends by inserting the words, "or by acts of the Legislature since the adoption of the Code" between the words "Georgia and the same," and as amended recommend that it do pass.

        Also House bill to be entitled an act to provide further for the suppression of the unlawful distillation of grain and other commodities in this State, which the committee amends by adding the words, "by the owner of said stills or his agent," after the word "stills" at the end of the 12th line of the 2nd section, and the words "but not to be run during the pendency of said suit," after the word "law" in the 35th line of the second section, and the words, "in a sum to be adjudged of by the court" after the word "security" in the 38th line of the second section, and to strike out the words "in the sum of--dollars" in the 40th and 41st lines of the same section, and as amended, recommend its passage.

        Also House bill to be entitled an act to legalize the appropriations of the City Council of Rome, and of the Inferior Court of Floyd county, to the fortifications around the city of Rome, which they recommend do not pass.

        Also House bill to be entitled an act to provide for the fining of Grand, Petit and Tales Jurors, which they recommend do not pass.

        Also House bill to be entitled an act to add certain sections to the penal Code of Georgia, which the committee amends by adding the following to the first section, viz:

        "And provided further that this act shall not extend to any individual whose person or property may by the accidents of war be thrown within the lines of the enemy, and amends the 2nd section by striking out all the latter part of said section after the word "suffer" and insert in lieu thereof, such punishment as the court trying said offence may in its discretion inflict, not extending to life or limb, or as the jury may recommend by their verdict," and amend the third section by striking out all the latter part of said section between the words "suffer" and "provided," and insert in lieu thereof, the words "such punishment as the court trying such offence, may in its discretion inflict, not extending to life or limb," or as the jury may recommend by their verdict, and further amend by adding after the word "death" in the 4th section the words "or such other punishment as the Judge of the Superior Court may inflict," and further amend by adding a repealing clause, and as amended recommend that it do pass.

        The committee have also had under consideration a communication from his Excellency the Governor, recommending a repeal in part of the distillation acts of this State, and direct me to report a bill for that purpose, which is a bill to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled


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an act to prevent the unnecessary consumption of grain by distillers and manufacturers of spirituous liquors in Georgia, assented to November 22nd, 1862, and an act supplementary thereto, assented to December 9th, 1862.

THOS. E. LLOYD,
Chairman.


        The Senate took up the following resolution:

        Resolved, That both branches of the General Assembly will adjourn sine die at 12 o'clock, M., on the 9th day of Dec. next.

        Mr. Cone, moved that the same lie on the table for the present, which was agreed to.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to incorporate the Bainbridge Female College in Bainbridge Georgia.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to declare that on all questions not embraced or provided for in the Code of Georgia, the law existing at the time of the adoption of said Code, shall be of force in relation to each question.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred, moved to amend the report by inserting after the word "Georgia" and before the words "the same" the words "or by acts of the Legislature, passed since the adoption of the Code," which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to repeal paragraph 1658th, part 2nd, title 2nd, chapter 1st, article 1st, section 1st, of the revised Code.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill for the relief of Jane B. Eaves, of the county of Polk.

        Mr. Underwood, moved to amend the report by inserting the name of Ellen Matthews, of the county of Baldwin, and amending the caption to conform thereto, which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.


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        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to equalize the tax on slaves in the several counties in this State.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Westley Sheffield, of Miller county, and to appropriate money for the same.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to enlarge in some respects the powers of notaries public, and to alter section 1452nd of the Code of Georgia.

        The Senate took up a bill to authorize the Governor to procure military supplies for the State, and such other articles as in his discretion the wants of the State may demand, for military purposes and for indigent soldiers families.

        On motion, the same was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to amend an act entitled an act to authorize all volunteers and other troops in Service from this State, to vote at all elections without reference to the place where they may be in service at the time of such elections, and for other other purposes, assented to Dec. 14th 1861.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to alter and amend the charter and prescribe the mode of electing Mayor, Alderman, Marshal, Deputy Marshal, Clerk of Council and Sexton, in the city of Columbus.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Judiciary committee introduced a bill to amend an act entitled an act to prevent the unnecessary consumption of grain by distillers and manufacturers of spirituous liquors in Georgia, assented to Nov. 22nd, 1862, and an act supplementary thereto, assented to Dec. 9th 1862, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Wright, introduced a bill to amend and renew the charter of the Columbia and Hamburg Rail Road Company, to change the name thereof, and to produce conformity in the charters granted to said company by the States of Georgia and South Carolina, which was read the first time.


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        Mr. Wright, introduced a bill to authorize the Greensboro' Female College to sell their property real and personal for the payment of their debts, which was read the first time.

        The following Message was received from His Excellency the Governor by Mr. Waters his Secretary, to-wit:

        Mr. President:--I am directed by the Governor to lay before this branch of the General Assembly a special message in writing, in reference to certain flags.

        The following Communication, from His Excellency the Governor, was taken up and read.

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,
Milledgeville, Ga., 1863.

To the General Assembly:

        It becomes my pleasant duty to communicate to you the fact that I have received at this office a number of the old battle flags of distinguished Georgia Regt's, and several flags taken from the enemy, by the intrepidity and valor of our Georgia troops, and to ask you to order such disposition to be made of them, as will best perpetuate the memory of the glorious deeds, which have been performed under them upon the battle field, and will do appropriate honor to the gallant men who have participated in the brilliant achievements, which will transmit their names to posterity as the benefactors of their countrymen, and the bravest defenders of their country's rights.

        Each battle flag has attached to it a statement showing the engagements with the enemy through which it has been carried, and each captured flag a statement of the regiment or brigade by which it was taken from the enemy. I recommend the appointment of a committee to receive these flags and report to the General Assembly, the disposition proper to be made of them.

        As a Georgian I am proud of the valor displayed by her sons when they have met the enemy in deadly conflict, and it will afford me great pleasure upon all appropriate occasions to unite with the General Assembly in doing honor alike to the memory of her immortal dead, and to the names of her living heroes. Appended hereto is a statement giving the number of the Georgia regiments whose battle flags are returned and of the Regiments and Brigades which have sent in flags of the enemy captured by them.

JOSEPH E. BROWN.

        Battle Flag of 4th Georgia Regiment.

        Battle Flag of the 14th Georgia Regiment.

        Battle Flag of the 20th Georgia Regiment.

        Battle Flag of the 26th Georgia Regiment.

        Battle Flag of the 12th Georgia Battalion.

        Federal Battery Flag captured with the guns of the enemy


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at the battle of Chancellorsville by the 4th Georgia Regiment.

        Two Battery Flags captured at the battle of Gettysburg by Gen. Doles' Georgia Brigade.


        Mr. Cone, moved that a committee of five be appointed to receive and dispose of said flags.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to further provide for the suppression of the unlawful distillation of grain and other commodities in this State.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred, moved to amend the report by inserting in the second section after the word "stills" the words "by the owner of said still or his agent," which was agreed to.

        The committee moved further to amend the report by inserting in the second section after the word "law" the words "and not to be run during the pendency of the suit," which was agreed to.

        The committee moved further to amend the report by inserting after the word "security" in the second section the words "in a sum to be judged of by the Court," which was agreed to.

        The committee moved further to amend the report by striking out in the second section, all after the word "in" which was agreed to, the report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to add certain sections to the penal Code of Georgia.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred, moved to amend the report by adding a proviso to the first section, which was agreed to, also by striking out in the second section all after the word "suffer" and insert in lieu thereof, the following words: "such punishment as the Court trying said offence may in its discretion inflict, not extending to life or limb, or as the jury may recommend by their verdict," which was agreed to, also by striking ont in the third section, all between the word "suffer" and "provided" and inserting in lieu thereof, the following: "such punishment as the Court trying said offence may inflict in its discretion, not extending to life or limb, or as the jury may recommend by their verdict," which was agreed to, also by adding in the fourth section after the word "death" the following, "or such other punishment


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as the Judge of the Superior Court may inflict" which was agreed to.

        Also by adding an additional section as a repealing clause, which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to legalize the appropriations of the City Council of Rome, and of the Inferior Court of Floyd county, to the fortifications around the city of Rome.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred, reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to, and the bill lost.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives which was read the second time, and referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

        A bill to confer certain powers upon the Judge of the City Court of Augusta.

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole--

        A bill to amend the charter of the Bank of Whitfield.

        Also a bill to extend the time for the collection of taxes in the county of Walker, and for other purposes.

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were read the first time.

        A bill to equalize the tax on slaves in the several counties in this State.

        Also a bill to enlarge in some respects the powers of notaries public, and to alter section 1452nd of the Code of Georgia.

        Also a bill for the relief of Wesley Sheffield, of Miller county.

        The Senate took up a bill to amend an act entitled an act to prevent and punish the planting and cultivating in the State of Georgia, over a certain, quantity of land in cotton during the war with the abolitionists.

        On motion the same was made the special order for Friday the 4th instant.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to amend the 1617th section of the revised Code of Georgia.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred, moved to amend the report by adding an additional section, which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.


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        On motion the Senate adjourned until ten o'clock tomorrow morning.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2d, 1863.
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.

        Mr. Chambers moved to reconsider so much of the journal of yesterday as relates to the vote by which a bill of the House of Representatives to alter and amend the charter and prescribe the mode of electing Mayor, Aldermen, Marshal, Deputy Marshal, Clerk or Council, Sexton, in the city of Columbus, was passed.

        Upon agreeing to which the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 20 nays 10.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Anthony, Bacon, Baker, Bennett, Blackwell, Chambers, Cone, Cook, Ezzard, Groover, Guerry, Guyton, Lloyd, Pottle, Reid, Simmons, Speer, Walker, Watkins, Whitaker.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Barr, Griffin, Hammond, Hubbard, Pate, Ramsay, Sprayberry, Underwood, Wells, West.

        Yeas 20; nays 10. So the motion to reconsider was agreed to.

        On motion of Mr. Sprayberry the rules were suspended and the Senate took up a resolution relative to the first Confederate Regiment Georgia Volunteers.

        On motion the same was referred to the committee on Confederate Relations.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to incorporate Mount Gillead Camp Ground of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, of Warren county, and for other purposes.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred offered a substitute in lieu of the original bill, which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Mr. Watkins Chairman of the committee on Finance made the following report:

        Mr. President:--The committee on Finance, to whom was referred a bill to be entitled an act to provide for paying the members of the fourth Georgia Brigade the half pay still due them for the time they were in the service of the


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State, and for other purposes, have had the same under consideration, and report it back to the Senate, and recommend that it do pass.

E. P. WATKINS,
Chairman of Senate committee.


        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have adopted the following Resolution, to-wit:

        A resolution to relieve the Western and Atlantic Rail Road from losses on Government freights, in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate.

        Mr. Cook, chairman of the committee on banks, made the following report:

        Mr. President:--The committee on banks to whom was referred a bill to be entitled an act to regulate the agencies of Insurance companies in this State, and for other purposes, have had the same under consideration and direct me to report an amendment to the title thereof, which is as follows: by striking out all after the word "regulate" and insert the words "Insurance companies and their agencies in this State, and for other purposes", and as amended, recommend its passage.

PHIL COOK, Chairman.


        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole:

        A bill to regulate the agencies of Insurance companies in this State, and for other purposes.

        The committee on banks to whom this bill was referred moved to amend the report by striking out all after the words "regulate" and insert "Insurance companies and their agencies in this State, and for other purposes", which was agreed to,

        The report as amended was agreed to,

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up the following bills which were severally read the second time, and referred to the committee of the whole:

        A bill to authorize and empower the Ordinaries of the several counties in this State, to pay over to the Inferior Courts any surplus of funds in their hands belonging to the educational fund for the relief of indigent families of soldiers.

        Also, a bill to amend an act entitled an act to prevent the unnecessary consumption of grain by distillers and manufacture of spirituous liquors in Georgia, assented to Nov'r 22d, 1862, and an act supplementary thereto, assented to Dec'r 9th, 1862.


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        Also, a bill to authorize the Greensboro Female College to sell their property real and personal for the payment of their debts.

        Also, a bill to change the line between the counties of Mitchell and Colquitt, and for other purposes.

        Also, a bill to amend sections 1293 and 1294 of the Code of Georgia, and to repeal sections 1295, 1306, 1307 and 1308 of the said Code.

        Senate took up the following bills which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary:

        A bill for the relief of Peter Woody of the county of White.

        Also, a bill to authorize the Governor of this State to grant a license for the manufacture of alchohol for medicinal and mechanical purposes.

        Mr. Ramsay, Chairman of the committee on Military affairs, made the following report:

        Mr. President:--The committee on Military Affairs to whom was referred the bill to change the rank of the Adjutant and Inspector General of the State, and for other purposes, have had the same under consideration, and report it back to the Senate and recommend that it do pass.

JAMES N. RAMSAY,
Chairman of Senate Committee.


        Mr. Bacon from the committee on enrollment, reported as duly enrolled and signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the following acts:

        An act to amend an act to charter and incorporate a bank in the city of Augusta, by the name and style of the Traders and Importers bank.

        An act to appropriate funds to the uses of the Georgia Relief and Hospital Association, and for other purposes.

        An act to amend the oath of Tax-payers for the year 1864, and for other purposes.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to change the rank of the Adjutant and Inspector General of this State, and for other purposes.

        Mr. Pottle moved that the same lie on the table for the present, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Lloyd moved to suspend the rule to enable him to offer a resolution, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Lloyd offered a resolution as to non-enforcement of a Tax-fifa against Henry P. Livingston.

        Mr. Walker moved that the same be referred to the committee on Finance.

        Mr. Guerry moved that the resolution be referred to a select committee of five, with power to send for persons and papers, which was agreed to.


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        Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives to relieve the W. & A. R. R. from losses on Government freight.

        Pending the consideration of the same,

        The following Message was received from His Excellency the Governor, by his Secretary, Mr. Campbell, to-wit:

        Mr. President:--I am directed by the Governor to lay before this branch of the General Assembly, a special message in writing, upon the subject of the State Road.

        On motion of Mr. Watkins, the following communication from His Excellency the Governor was taken up and read:

Executive Department,
Milledgeville, Ga., December 2d, 1863.

        To the General Assembly:--As the Western & Atlantic Railroad is justly relied upon by the people of this State as a source of considerable revenue; it becomes my duty to call the attention of the General Assembly to the present heavy losses sustained by the State in the transportation of freights for the Confederate Government. The rates now allowed by the Government are the same that were agreed upon at the Augusta Convention, when all the supplies used by the Road were worth in the market less than half their present market value, which rates are much less than half the prices charged to citizens of this State. I have therefore notified the proper officer, that, in future, the Road will charge one hundred per cent. upon the rates now paid for the transportation of Confederate freight. With the heavy increase of expenses, it will not be possible to make the Road a source of much revenue, and charge less. I trust my action in this regard will meet the approval of the General Assembly.

        It became absolutely necessary that we import some springs for cars, and other necessary material for repairs. Since the General Assembly has convened, part of these have arrived at a Confederate port, and the cost to the Road will be over twenty-five times the old prices.

        It is proper that I mention the additional fact, that the amounts now charged by the Confederate officers for losses upon the Road amount to very heavy sums. These officers load their own cars at one end of the Road and frequently check out their own freights at the other end, and charge the Road with such losses as they may choose to report. Under these circumstances, if a Confederate Quartermaster should be dishonest, he might appropriate to his use large amounts of freight, and charge it to the Road as lost on the way.

        It may be said that the authorities of the Road should


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see that they are not imposed upon in this way. In the present state of things, this is often impossible. Two or three freight trains arrive together, and the army needs the supplies, and officers are sent with detachments of men to unload all at one time. Each checks out for himself, and makes such report as he thinks proper, and the officers of the Road can get no other account than the one rendered by the officers in charge of these detachments. What they choose to report as lost is charged up against the Road, and withheld upon settlement of freight account.

        Again, it frequently happens that the loaded trains have to lie over for a time before the Confederate officers are ready to receive the freights. While thus detained, they are often entered by bands of straggling soldiers, and valuable articles taken from them, which the Road is required to pay for. Our freight cars have again and again been cut to pieces by the troops, being transported in them over the Road, which often leaves freight in them exposed, after all possible energy has been exercised in making repairs. This causes much loss, not only of public but of private freights, for which the Road is held liable.

        To relieve the Road from these heavy losses, I propose that the Confederate officers be permitted to load and unload their own cars, under the inspection of officers of the Road, at the place of shipment, and that the Government be permitted to send a guard upon each freight train, free of charge for transporting the guards, and that the Road shall not be liable for any losses which occur after the freights are placed upon the cars. I should be happy to know that the course which I propose to adopt in the above mentioned particulars meets the approval of the General Assembly.

        I again beg to call your attention to the imperative necessity which exists for a change of the law which authorizes an increase of fifty per cent. only upon the salaries and pay of officers and employees of the Road over the rates which existed when they were paid upon the gold basis. The officers and employees cannot live at these rates, and I shall be unable to work the Road much longer, if I am not permitted to increase their pay. They have to perform great labor and take heavy responsibilities, and I think it right that the freights be increased, and that they be paid reasonable compensation.

JOSEPH E. BROWN.


        On motion, the resolution and message was referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have concurred


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in the amendments of the Senate to the bill of the House of Representatives,

        To be entitled an act to further provide for the suppression of the unlawful distillation of grain and other commodities in this State.

        The House of Representatives have also concurred in the first, second, third and fifth amendments of the Senate, to the bill of the House, entitled an act to add certain sections to the Penal Code of Georgia, and have agreed to the 4th amendment of the Senate to said bill, with an amendment thereto, in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate.

        The House of Representatives have receded from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate, to the following bill of the House, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to carry into effect so much of the second section of the fourth article of the Constitution as relates to divorces.

        The House of Representatives insists upon its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate to the bill of the House of Representatives, entitled an act to repeal so much of the 2509th, 2510th, 2512th and 3618th sections of the Code of Georgia, as requires three months notice to be given in a public gazette, of an application for titles upon bonds of deceased persons, and to provide for the trial of such cases, when objections are filed, and to provide for the payment of the costs in such cases. All of which actions of the House, I am instructed to transmit forthwith to the Senate.

        The President appointed Messrs. Guerry, Lloyd, McDonold, Groover and Cook, as the committee to whom was referred the resolution for the non-enforcement of the Tax-fifa against Henry P. Livingston.

        Senate took up the following bill which was read the second time and referred to the committee on Internal Improvements:

        A bill to amend and renew the charter of the Columbia and Hamburg Rail Road company, to change the name thereof and to produce conformity in the charter granted by the States of Georgia and South Carolina.

        On motion, the Senate adjourned until ten o'clock tomorrow morning.

THURSDAY. DEC. 3D, 1863,
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.


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        Mr. Pottle introduced a bill to amend an act entitled an act to authorize the Justices of the Inferior Courts of this State, from time to time in their discretion, to levy such. extra taxes as they may deem necessary to equip volunteers or other soldies from their respective counties, and to provide for the indigent families of soldiers, to authorize the collection of the same, and to legalize the previous action in the premises, and for other purposes, approved Nov. 29th, 1861, so far as to except the county of Warren from the 2d section, which was read the first time.

        Also, a bill to change the residence of Samuel Hart, of Glasscock, to Warren county, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Whitaker introduced a bill to increase the fees of the Clerks of the Superior and Inferior Courts and Ordinaries of this State, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Watkins offered the following resolution, which was read:

        Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives, That the compiler of the laws of the present General Assembly be required to annex an appendix containing all laws changing the Code of Georgia.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to authorize and empower the Ordinaries of the several counties of this State to pay over to the Inferior Courts any surplus of funds in their hands, belonging to the educational fund, for the relief of the indigent families of soldiers.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        Mr. Ramsay, chairman of the committee on Military Affairs, made the following report:

        Mr. President:--The Committee on Military Affairs to whom were referred a bill and sundry resolutions, have had the same under consideration, and instruct me to report as follows:

        A bill to be entitled an act to define and declare who shall be subject to conscription in this State, for which the committee report a substitute, which is a bill to be entitled an act to define and declare what officers of this State shall be exempt from conscription, which they recommend do pass.

        Also, a resolution proposing to raise soldiers' pay and to issue rations of tobacco, and a resolution to request Senators and Representatives in Congress to introduce and have passed a bill increasing soldiers' pay to twenty-five dollars per month; for both of which the committee report a substitute, and recommend its adoption.


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        Also, a resolution in relation to the reorganization of Georgia regiments whose term of service will expire within a few months, which the committee recommend do pass.

        Also, a resolution expressing the opinion of the General Assembly of Georgia, that no portion of the volunteer militia of this State, now in the military service of the Confederate States, have lost their rights as militia of this State, and that they have the right to fill by election vacancies that may occur in battalion and regimental officers, which the committee amend by inserting after the word "elect" the word "hereafter," and as amended recommend its adoption.

J. N. RAMSAY, Chm'n.


        The special committee to whom was referred the resolution to require the Comptroller General to withhold the enforcement of the tax execution against Henry P. Livingston for a default in not making a return under the income tax act, beg leave respectfully to report, that they have carefully considered the matter submitted to them, and are satisfied from enquiry and evidence that Henry P. Livingston made no profits or income which were the subject of taxation under the act; that his business was pretended and ficticious, and that the State has no just claim under the tax execution which has been issued against him, and they therefore recommend the passage of the resolution.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to authorize the Greensboro' Female College to sell their property, real and personal, for the payment of their debts.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to amend an act entitled an act to prevent the unnecessary consumption of grain by distillers and manufacturers of spirituous liquors in Georgia, assented to Nov. 22d, 1862, and an act supplementary thereto, assented to Dec. 9th, 1862.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up the resolutions relative to raising soldiers' pay and issuing rations.

        The Committee on the Military to whom these resolutions were referred, reported the following in lieu of the original resolutions:

        A resolution requesting our Senators and Representatives in Congress to use their influence to increase the pay of privates and non-commissioned officers in the Confederate service, which was agreed to.


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        The Senate took up a resolution instructing our Senators and Representatives in Congress to procure the passage of a law allowing the regiments whose term of service will soon expire, to elect their officers, which was agreed to.

        The Senate took up a resolution relative to the first Confederate Regiment Georgia volunteers.

        On motion, leave was granted Mr. Sprayberry to withdraw the same.

        The Senate took up a resolution relative to the volunteer militia of Georgia in the Confederate States service.

        The Committee on the Military, to whom the same was referred, moved to amend the resolution by inserting after the word "elect" the word "hereafter," which was agreed to.

        The resolution as amended was then agreed to.

        The Senate took up a resolution relative to the non-enforcement of a tax execution against Henry P. Livingston.

        Mr. West offered a substitute for the resolution, which was rejected.

        Upon agreeing to the resolution, the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 20; nays 13.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Anthony, Bacon, Baker, Blackwell, Cone, Cook, Grice, Groover, Guerry, Hammond, Hubbard, Lloyd, McDonald, Pate, Pottle, Reid, Simmons, Speer, Walton, Whitaker.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Barr, Bennett, Chambers, Ezzard, Griffin, Guyton, McRae, Ramsay, Underwood, Walker, Watkins, Wells, West.

        So the resolution was decided by the President to be agreed to.

        Mr. Walker took an appeal from the decision of the Chair, upon the ground that the Constitution of the State of Georgia required a vote of two-thirds before the resolution could be agreed to.

        The decision of the President was sustained. So the decision of the Chair was ordered to stand as the judgment of the Senate.

        Mr. Watkins, chairman of the Finance Committee, to whom was referred sundry resolutions and a memorial of J. A. Turner, a citizen of Putnam county, in relation to taxation, &c., have had the same under consideration, and report them back to the Senate, and ask to be discharged from further consideration, bills having been reported to the House of Representatives embracing the subject matter of said resolutions.


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        Also a memorial from the Ladies Relief Society of Macon, Ga., and recommend it to the favorable consideration of the Senate.

        E. P. WATKINS,
Chm'n Finance Committee.

        The Senate took up a bill of the House of Representatives to repeal so much of the 2509th, 2510th, 2512th and 3618th sections of the Code of Georgia, which had been amended in the Senate, and to which the House of Representatives had disagreed, and insisted on the same.

        On motion, the Senate insisted on its amendment, and asked for a committee of conference to be appointed.

        The President appointed as such committee Messrs. Pottle, West, and Lloyd, on part of Senate.

        The Senate took up a bill of the House of Representatives to add certain sections to the penal code of Georgia, which had been amended in the Senate, in which the House of Representatives concurred, and amended the amendment of the Senate.

        On motion, the amendment of the House was concurred in.

        Mr. Lloyd introduced a bill to authorize the levy of distress warrants for rent in this State, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Bacon, from the Committee on Enrollment, reported as duly enrolled and signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and ready for the signature of the President of the Senate--

        An act to provide for the suppression of unlawful distillation of grain and other commodities in this State.

        Also, an act to carry into effect so much of the second section of the fourth article of the Constitution as relates to divorces.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to authorize the Ordinary of Early county to grant letters of administration on the estate of Terrell Crawford, late of Early county, deceased, to Charles P. Crawford, of Lee county, who is about to remove to the State of Florida.

        Mr. West moved to amend the report by striking out all of the first section to the word "provided," and inserting another section in lieu thereof; also by changing the caption of said bill, which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to.

        Upon the question, "Shall this bill now pass?" the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 12; nays 21.


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        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Anthony, Barr, Bennett, Chambers, Cone, Ezzard, Guerry, Hammond, McDonald, Pottle, Simmons, West.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Bacon, Baker, Blackwell, Cook, Grice, Griffin, Groover, Guyton, Hubbard, Lloyd, McRae, Pate, Ramsay, Reid, Speer, Underwood, Walker, Walton, Watkins, Wells, Whitaker.

        So the bill was lost.

        Mr. Guerry offered the following resolution, which was taken up, read and agreed to:

        Resolved, That ex-Governor Lowe, of Maryland, be invited to a seat on the floor of the Senate, while at the capital.

        Mr. Guerry moved that a committee of three be appointed to inform ex-Governor Lowe of this invitation, which was agreed to.

        The President appointed Messrs. Guerry, Chambers, and Lloyd as such committee.

        The Senate took up the following resolution:

        Resolved, That both branches of the General Assembly will adjourn sine die at 12 o'clock, M., on the 9th day of December, instant.

        Mr. Simmons moved to amend the same by striking out "9th" and inserting "12th," which was agreed to.

        The resolution as amended was agreed to.

        Mr. Cook introduced a bill to alter and change the oath of tax-payers of this State, which was read the first time.

        Also, a bill to require all persons and bodies corporate who refuse to take Confederate Treasury Notes in satisfaction of their claims, to give them in at their valuation in specie funds or currency, and to pay the tax according to said valuation, either in specie or specie currency, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Lloyd introduced a bill to incorporate the Okefenokee Draining and Land Company, which was read the first time.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Pate after Saturday next, for a few days, on special business.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Griffin after Saturday next, for a few days, on special and important business.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:


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        A bill for the support of the Georgia Academy for the Blind.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to provide for paying the members of the fourth Georgia Brigade, and for other purposes.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to amend the 786th section of the Code relative to taxing defaulters.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to authorize the tax-payers of this State to pay their State and county taxes in Confederate Treasury Notes.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to alter and change the time of holding the Inferior Courts of Miller county.

        Mr. Guerry moved to amend the report by adding the following as an additional section:

        Be it further enacted, That the time of holding the Inferior Court in the county of Stewart be changed from the first Mondays in February and June to the third Mondays in January and July.

        Which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to repeal all prohibitions by existing laws of intermarriages of first cousins, and to legalize all such marriages as have been contracted since January 1st, 1863.

        On motion the same was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

        On motion, the Senate adjourned until three o'clock, P. M.


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3 O'CLOCK, P. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment.

        On motion of Mr. McDonald, the rules were suspended, and the Senate took up the following resolution, which was read and agreed to:

        Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly met, That our Senators and Representatives in Congress be instructed and requested to use their influence to procure the establishment of a semi-weekly mail route between Milltown and Nashville, in the county of Berrien in this State, to connect with the semi-weekly mail from Naylor to Milltown.

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were severally read the second time and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary:

        A bill to prevent the circulation of change bills not authorized by law.

        Also, a bill to enlarge in some respects the powers of Notaries Public, and to alter section 1452 of the Code of Georgia.

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were severally read the second time and referred to the Committee on Finance:

        A bill to equalize the tax on slaves in the several counties of this State.

        Also, a bill for the relief of Westley Sheffield, of Miller county, and to appropriate money for the same.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to authorize the several Inferior Courts of this State to employ some fit and proper person to ascertain the number of soldiers families in their respective counties, and to allow and pay suitable compensation therefor.

        On motion, the same was referred to the Committee on Finance.

        The President appointed Messrs. Grice, West, Chambers, Reid, and Guyton as the committee to receive and dispose of certain battle flags.

        On motion, the Senate adjourned until ten o'clock tomorrow morning.


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FRIDAY, DEC. 4TH, 1863.
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.

        Mr. West moved to reconsider so much of the journal of yesterday as relates to the vote by which a bill to authorize the Ordinary of Early county to grant letters of Administration on the estate of Terrell Crawford late of Early county deceased, to Charles P. Crawford of Lee county, who is about to remove to the State of Florida was lost, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Walker moved to reconsider so much of the journal of yesterday as relates to the vote by which a bill of the House of Representatives to authorize Tax-payers of this State to pay their State and county taxes in Confederate Treasury notes was passed, which was agreed to.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to appropriate money for the support of the State Lunatic Asylum, for the year 1864, and for other purposes.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of James T. Patterson and Kate B. Patterson.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to repeal an act entitled an act to authorize the clerks of the Superior and Inferior courts and Ordinary of Charlton county, to keep their offices at their residences, if within six miles of the Court-House.

        They have also concurred in the resolution of the Senate relative to the adjournment of this General Assembly.

        Mr. Chambers moved to suspend the rules to enable him to offer a resolution, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Chambers offered the following resolution, which was taken up read and agreed to:

        Whereas, both branches of the Legislature have concurred in the recommendation that Thursday the 10th day of December be observed as a day of fasting and prayer; be it therefore,

        Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives, that a committee of three from the Senate and five from the House, be appointed to procure the services of some minister of the Gospel, to deliver a sermon on that day in the Representative Hall, at the hour of eleven o'clock.

        The President appointed Messrs. Chambers, Guerry and Wells, as such committee on the part of the Senate.


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        Senate took up the special order which was a bill to amend an act entitled an act to prevent and punish the planting and cultivating in the State of Georgia, over a certain quantity of land in cotton during the war with the abolitionists.

        Mr. Barr moved that the same be postponed indefinitely.

        Upon agreeing to which motion the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 21, nays 13.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Anthony, Bacon, Baker, Barr, Bennett, Blackwell, Cook, Ezzard, Gaulden, Groover, Guerry, Guyton, Hammond, Lloyd, McRae, Simmons, Walker, Walton, Wells, West, White.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Chambers, Cone, Grice, Griffin, Hubbard, Pate, Pottle, Ramsay, Reid, Speer, Underwood, Watkins, Whitaker.

        Yeas 21; nays 13. So the motion to postpone indefinitely was agreed to.

        The Senate took up the following bill, which was read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary:

        A bill to authorize the levy of distress warrants for rent in this State.

        Senate took up the following bill which was read the second time and referred to the committee on Internal Improvements:

        A bill to incorporate the Okefenokee Drainage and land company.

        Senate took up the following bill which was read the second time and referred to the committee on Finance.

        A bill to require all persons and bodies corporate who refuse to take Confederate Treasury notes in satisfaction of their claims to give them in at their valuation in specie and pay tax accordingly, and for other purposes.

        Senate took up the following bills, which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

        A bill to amend an act entitled an act to authorize the Justices of the Inferior Courts of this State from time to time in their discretion, to levy such extra taxes as they may deem necessary to equip volunteers or other soldiers from their respective counties, and to provide for the indigent families of soldiers, to authorize the collection of the same, and to legalize the previous action in the premises, and for other purposes, approved Dec'r 29th, 1861.


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        Also, a bill to increase the fees of the clerks of the Superior and Inferior Courts, and Ordinaries, of this State.

        Senate took up the following bills which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole--

        A bill to change the residence of Samuel Hart in Glascock to Warren county.

        Also, a bill to alter and change the oath of Tax-payers of this State.

        Mr. Lloyd, chairman of the committee on the Judiciary, made the following report:

        Mr. President:--The committee on the Judiciary, to whom were referred sundry bills, have, according to order, had the same under consideration, and direct me to report as follows:

        A bill to be entitled an act to authorize the Governor of this State to grant a license for the manufacture of alcohol for medicinal and mechanical purposes, which the committee amends, by inserting the words, "to any person who shall make application for the same and comply with all the provisions of this act", after the word "purposes", in the first section, and farther amend by adding the following proviso to said section: "Provided that the alcohol so authorized to be distilled shall not be sold for an amount exceeding seventy-five per cent profit on the actual cost of the same"--and as amended, recommend its passage.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to amend the 3821 and 3836 sections of the revised Code of this State, to extend the age to which all free white male citizens of this State shall be qualified and liable to serve as jurors, and for other purposes, which they recommend do not pass.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Peter Woody of the county of White, which they recommend do not pass, on the ground that in the opinion of your committee the Legislature has no jurisdiction thereof.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to amend so much of section 4012 of the revised Code of this State, as requires Ordinaries to keep their offices open at all times except Sundays and holidays, which they recommend do not pass.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to repeal that portion of section 2287 of the Code of Georgia, which prohibits the creation of trusts for male persons of sane mind, which they recommend do pass.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to authorize the Governor to procure military supplies for the State and such other articles as in his discretion, the wants of the State may demand for Military purposes, and for indigent soldiers families, which the committee amends by adding the following proviso to the last section: "provided that nothing in this


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act shall authorize the Governor to make any impressments which will interfere with any contract by the Confederate Government", and as amended recommend its passage.

        Also, house bill to be entitled an act to re-organize the Jury boxes of the several counties of this State and to point out who shall be liable to serve on juries, which they recommend do pass.

        Also, House bill to be entitled an act explanatory of an act to prevent and punish the planting and cultivating in the State of Georgia, over a certain quantity of land in cotton, during the War with the abolitionists, assented to Dec'r 11th, 1862, which they recommend do not pass.

        Also, House bill to be entitled an act to change and modify section 3452 of the Code of this State, and to provide for the speedy trial of cases in the several Courts of this State, and for other purposes, which they recommend do not pass.

        Also, House bill to be entitled an act to confer certain powers upon the Judge of the city court of Augusta, which they recommend do pass.

        Also, House bill to be entitled an act to enlarge in some respects the powers of Notaries Public, and to alter section 1452 of the Code of Georgia, which they recommend do not pass.

THOS. E. LLOYD, Chairman.


        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bill to-wit:

        A bill to increase the pay of State Printer.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole:

        A bill to authorize the Governor of this State to grant a license for the manufacture of alcohol for medicinal and mechanical purposes.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred, moved to amend the report by adding a proviso to the first section, which was agreed to.

        Also, by inserting in the first section the following words: "to any person who shall make application for the same, and comply with all the provisions of this act", which was agreed to.

        Mr. Cone moved further to amend the report by inserting in the third section after the word "alcohol", the words "by himself, his agent or servant", which was agreed to.

        Mr. Gaulden moved further to amend the report by adding a proviso as an additional section.

        Upon agreeing to which the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 12, nays 21.


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        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Baker, Barr, Bennett, Blacckwell, Ezzard, Gaulden, Guerry, Hammond, Hubbard, Underwood, Walton, Wells.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Bacon, Chambers, Cone, Cook, Grice, Griffin, Groover, Guyton, Lloyd, McDonald, McRae, Pate, Pottle, Reid, Speer, Walker, Watkins, West, Whitaker, White.

        Yeas 12; nays 21. So the amendment was lost.

        The report as amended was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole:

        A bill to repeal that portion of 2287th section of the Code of Georgia, as prohibits the creation of trust for male persons of sane mind.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Mr. Hammond from the committee on enrollment, re ports as duly enrolled and signed by the Speaker and now ready for the signature of the President,

        An act to add certain sections to the Penal Code of Georgia.

        Also, a resolution in relation to the adjournment of the General Assembly.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole:

        A bill to authorize the Governor to procure Military supplies for the State, and such other articles as in his discretion the wants of the State may demand for Military purposes and indigent soldiers families.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred moved to amend the report by adding a proviso to the second section, which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole:

        A bill to amend so much of the 4012th section of the revised Code of this State, as requires Ordinaries to keep their offices open at all times except Sundays and holidays.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.


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        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill for the relief of Peter Woody, of the county of White.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to, and the bill was lost.

        Mr. Anthony introduced a bill to amend the Habeas Corpus laws of this State, which was read the first time.

        Senate took up a resolution asking Congress to so change the Tax laws as to compel collectors of the tax-in-kind to establish more depots for the delivering of the same.

        The committee on Confederate relations to whom the same was referred, offered a substitute in lieu of the original resolution, which was agreed to.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to re-organize the Jury boxes of the several counties of this State, and to point out who shall be liable to serve on Juries.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill explanatory of an act to prevent and punish the planting and cultivating in the State of Georgia, over a certain quantity of land in cotton, during the war with the abolitionists, assented to Dec'r 11th, 1862.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to, and the bill was lost.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to change and modify section 3452 of the Code of this State.

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to, and the bill was lost.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to enlarge in some respects the powers of Notaries Public, and to alter section 1452 of the Code of Georgia.

        The committee on the Judiciary reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to, and the bill was lost.


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        Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to extend the time for the collection of taxes in the county of Walker.

        On motion the same was referred to the committee on Finance.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives, which had been reconsidered:

        A bill to alter and amend the charter, and prescribe the mode of electing Mayor, Aldermen, Marshall, Deputy Marshall, Clerk of Council, and Sexton, in the city of Columbus.

        Mr. Chambers moved to amend the report by striking out all in said bill relative to the election of Mayor and Aldermen, which was agreed to.

        The report as amended, was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives--

        A bill to amend the charter of the bank of Whitfield.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives--

        A bill to authorize the employment of a clerk in the Treasury Department and to provide compensation for the same.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives--

        A bill to confer certain powers upon the Judge of the city court of Augusta.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives--

        A bill to increase the salaries of the two Secretaries of the Executive Department, and the principal recording Clerk of the Executive Department.

        Mr. Guerry moved to amend the report by adding the following as an additional section:

        "And be it further enacted that the act approved 17th Dec'r 1862, allowing the Comptroller General a


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Clerk, be so amended as to authorize said Clerk to receive the same per-annum salary as is here allowed to each of the Secretaries and Recording Clerk of the Executive Department.

        Be it further enacted, that this act shall go into effect from and after its passage", which was agreed to.

        Mr. Watkins moved further to amend the report by adding the following as an additional section:

        That from and after the first day of January 1864, the salary of the Principal Keeper of the Penitentiary shall be two thousand five hundred dollars per annum--that from and after the first day of January 1864, the salary of the Superintendent of the Georgia Military Institute be three thousand dollars per annum, which was agreed to.

        The report as amended, was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to incorporate an Insurance company, to be called the Home Insurance company.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        On motion the Senate adjourned until to-morrow morning ten o'clock.

SATURDAY, DEC. 5TH, 1863.
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.

        Mr. Walker moved to reconsider so much of the journal of yesterday as relates to the vote by which a bill to repeal that portion af 2287th section of the Code of Georgia as prohibits the creation of trust for male persons of sane mind was passed, which was lost.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following Senate bills to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to amend an act incorporating the Southern Insurance Company, passed December 17th, 1861.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to change the time of holding the Inferior Court of the county of Pike.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to alter and amend section 611th of the Code of Georgia.


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        Also a bill to be entitled an act to amend the 1630th section of the Code of Georgia, and for other purposes.

        They have also concurred in the resolution of the Senate, to appoint a joint committee to make suitable preparations for the observance of Thursday Dec. 10th, as a day of fasting and prayer, and have appointed on the part of the House Messrs. Matthews of Oglethorpe, Manson, Bigham, Hawkins of Forsyth, and Lawson.

        Also the following bill of the Senate, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to repeal section 4459th of the revised Code of Georgia, and substitute another in lieu thereof.

        Mr. Blackwell, offered the following resolution, which was read:

        Resolved, That no new matter be introduced in the Senate after Tuesday next, 8th instant.

        Mr. Watkins, introduced a bill to amend the 2383rd section of the Code of Georgia, which was read the first time.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to amend and renew the charter of the Columbia and Hamburg Rail Road Company, to change the name thereof, and to produce conformity in the charters granted to said company by the States of Georgia and South Carolina.

        The committee on internal improvements to whom this bill was referred, moved to amend the report by inserting in the 9th section after the word "Augusta" when it last occurrs in said section, the following proviso:

        "Provided the consent of the authorities of said city shall first have been obtained" and after the word provided now in said bill insert the word "also."

        Mr. Wright, moved to amend the amendment by inserting after the word "city" the words "of Augusta and the Georgia Rail Road Company," which was agreed to.

        The amendment as amended was agreed to.

        The committee moved further to amend the report by striking out in the 10th section, all after the words "shall have power" and inserting other words relative to the rate of transportation, which was lost.

        The committee moved further to amend the report by striking out in the 28th section the word "fifteen" and insert the word "five," which was agreed to.

        The committee moved further to amend the report by adding an additional section to said bill, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Wright, moved further to amend the report by adding


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a proviso to section 9th of said bill, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Wright, moved further to amend the report by striking out in the 24th section, the words "for erecting a public nuisance" and inserting in lieu thereof, the words "under the laws now of force in this State," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Wright, moved further to amend the report by striking out the 29th section of said bill, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Wright, moved further to amend the report by striking out the title of said bill and inserting in lieu thereof, the following:

        "An act to incorporate the Columbia and Augusta Rail Road Company," which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to change the residence of Samuel Hart, in Glasscock, to Warren county.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        Mr. Cook, introduced a bill to alter and amend an act assented to 29th Nov. 1861, entitled an act to authorize the Inferior Courts of this State, to levy tax for the support of indigent soldiers families, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Bacon, from the committee on enrollment, reported as duly enrolled and ready for the signature of the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives,

        An act to alter and amend section 611th of the Code of Georgia.

        An act to change the time of holding the Inferior Court of the county of Pike.

        An act to repeal section 4459th of the revised Code of Georgia, and to substitute another in lieu thereof.

        An act to amend an act incorporating the Southern Insurance Company, passed Dec. 17th, 1861.

        An act to amend the 1630th section of the Code of Georgia, and for other purposes.

        Also a resolution to appoint a joint committee to make suitable preparations for the observance of Thursday Dec 10th, as a day of fasting and prayer.

        Mr. Watkins, Chairman of the Finance committee, made the following report:

        Mr. President.--The committee on Finance to whom


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was referred a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Westley Sheffield of Miller county, and to appropriate money for the same, have had the same under consideration, and report it back to the Senate and recommend that it do pass.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to authorize the tax payers of this State, to pay their State and county taxes in Confederate treasury notes, and recommend that it do pass as amended, viz: After the word "taxes" at the conclusion of the first section "except such persons as may after this act shall have gone into effect, refuse to receive Confederate Treasury notes in payment of any claim due them in their individual capacities, and that the property of said persons so refusing to receive Confederate Treasury notes in payment of any claim, shall be returned at a valuation in specie or specie funds, and the tax collected in the same funds.

        The Committee have also had under consideration the message of His Excellency the Governor, upon the subject of the Western and Atlantic Rail Road, and recommend the adoption of a series of resolutions herewith submitted.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to require all persons and bodies corporate who refuse to take Confederate Treasury notes in satisfaction of claims, to give them in at their valuation in specie and pay tax accordingly, and for other purposes, and recommend that it do pass as amended, viz: by striking out the word "the" in the third line of the title of the act and insert the word "any." Also to strike out the words "the same at their" in the fourth and fifth lines of the title of the act and insert the words "their taxable property at a," also to strike out the words "said claims" in the eleventh line of the first section of said act and insert the words "their taxable property," also to insert in the ninth line of the first section after the word "them" the words "in their individual capacity," also to strike out the words "such claims" in the second section and insert the words "said taxable property."

E. P. WATKINS,
Chairman of Senate Committee.


        The Senate took up a bill to suppress extortion in this State, and for other purposes.

        On motion the same was made the special order for Monday next.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to suppress gambling in this State.

        The select committee to whom this bill was referred, offered a substitute in lieu of the original bill.

        Mr. Mabry, moved to amend the report by striking out


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words "shall receive thirty nine lashes," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Cone, moved further to amend the report by striking out the words "20th of Dec." and inserting in lieu thereof, the words "from and immediately after the passage of this act," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Mabry, moved further to amend the report by inserting after the word "machinery" the words "and retain possession of the same," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Gaulden, moved further to amend the report by adding the following: "and should any Sheriff or other officer willfully neglect or refuse to perform his duty as required by this act, shall be indicted and on conviction shall be punished by a fine not less than one hundred dollars and imprisoned in the common Jail at the discretion of the the Court not exceeding three months," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Pottle, moved further to amend the report by inserting after the word "believe" the words "or may be informed upon oath," which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to.

        On motion, the bill and amendments was recommitted and referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to change the oath of tax payers of this State.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to require all persons and bodies corporate who refuse to take Confederate Treasury notes in satisfaction of any claim to give them in as taxable property at their valuation in specie and pay tax accordingly, and for other purposes.

        The committee on Finance to whom this bill was referred, moved to amend the report by striking out in the title of the bill the word "the" and inserting the word "any," also by striking out in the title the words "the same at their" and insert the words "their property at a," also by striking out the words "said claims" in the first section, and insert the words "their taxable property,' also in the first section after the word "them" insert the words "in their individual capacity," also in the second section by striking out the words "such claims" and inserting the words "said taxable property," which amendments were agreed to.

        Mr. Groover, moved further to amend the report by inserting in the first section after the word "same" the words "before the war."

        Pending the consideration of which, the hour of adjournment having arrived, the President adjourned the Senate until 3 o'clock. P. M.


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3 O'CLOCK, P M.

        Senate met according to adjournment and resumed the consideration of the unfinished business of the morning, which was the amendment offered by Mr. Groover, to a bill to require all persons and bodies corporate who refuse to take Confederate Treasury notes in satisfaction of any claims, to give them in as taxable property at their valuation in specie and pay tax accordingly, and for other purposes, which amendment was agreed to.

        Mr. Watkins, moved further to amend the report by inserting in the first section after the words "individual capacity" the following words: "or who shall refuse to take confederate money in payment for any article of merchandize or produce," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Ezzard moved further to amend the report by adding the following as an additional section:

        And be it further enacted that no person or persons shall be affected by the provisions of this act who have loaned specie and taken notes for specie payment, when the same is specified on the face of the note, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Gaulden, moved to suspend the rules, which was lost.

        Mr. Gaulden, moved that the bill under consideration lie on the table for the present, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Gaulden, moved to withdraw a bill to amend the oath of tax payers of this State for the year 1864, and to amend the tax laws of this State, to enable him to offer the same as a substitute, which was lost.

        On motion, the same was then taken up and referred to to the committee on the Judiciary.

        On motion the Senate took up the bill which had been ordered to lie on the table for the present.

        Mr. Groover, moved the previous question, which being seconded the main question was ordered to be put.

        The report as amended was agreed to.

        Upon the question "shall this bill now pass?" the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 23, nays 7.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Anthony, Bacon, Baker, Barr, Bennett, Chambers, Cone, Cook, Groover, Guerry, Hammond, Lloyd, McDonald, Pottle, Reid, Simmons, Underwood, Walton, Watkins, Wells, West, Whitaker, White.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Ezzard, Gaulden, Hubbard, Mabry, McRae, Polk Walker.

        So the bill was passed.

        On motion the Senate adjourned until 10 o'clock Monday morning.

MONDAY, DEC. 7th, 1863.
10 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        The Senate met according to adjournment and was opened


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with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.

        Mr. West introduced a bill to require the continuance of certain cases by the Courts of this State, which was read the first time.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        The special order which was a bill to suppress extortion in this State during the continuance of the present war and for other purposes.

        The select committee to whom this bill was referred offered a substitute in lieu of the original bill.

        Mr. Whitaker moved that the same be taken up by sections, which was agreed to.

        The first section was read and agreed to.

        The second section was read and agreed to.

        The third section was read and agreed to.

        Mr. Adams moved to amend the report by striking out the fourth section and inserting another in lieu thereof.

        The question being taken upon the motion to strike out the same was agreed to.

        The amendment to the fourth section was then agreed to.

        The fifth section being read Mr. Cone moved to amend the same by inserting after the word "agents" the words "or servants," which was agreed to.

        The fifth section as amended was agreed to.

        Mr. Adams moved to amend the sixth section by striking out the same and inserting another in lieu thereof, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Gaulden moved to amend the seventh section by striking out after the word "charge" the words "at each term" which was agreed to.

        The section as amended was agreed to.

        The eighth section was read and agreed to.

        Mr. Adams moved further to amend the report by adding an additional section which was agreed to.

        Mr. Guerry moved that the bill and amendments lie on the table for the present which was agreed to.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr[.] President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bill of the Senate, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to prevent illegal impressments of property in this State and to punish for the same, with an amendment in which they ask the concurrence of the same, and I am instructed to transmit the same to the Senate forthwith.

        The House of Representative have concurred in the amendments of the Senate to the following bills of the House of Representatives, to-wit:


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        A bill to be entitled an act to change the time of holding the Inferior Courts in Miller county.

        A bill to be entitled an act to alter and amend the charter and prescribe the mode of electing Mayor, Aldermen, Marshal and Deputy Marshal, Clerk of Council and Sexton in the city of Columbus.

        A bill to increase the salaries of the two Secretaries of the Executive Department, and the principal Recording Clerk of the Executive Department.

        The House of Representatives accepts the invitation of the Senate for a committee of conference on the amendments of the Senate to the bill of the House of Representatives to be entitled an act to repeal so much of the 2509, 2510, 2512 and 3618th sections of the Code of Georgia as requires three months' notice to be given in a public gazette of an application for titles upon bonds of deceased persons and to provide for the trial of such cases when objections are filed, and to provide for the payment of costs in such cases, and have appointed as such committee on the part of the House, Messrs. Ezzard, Bigham and Russell, of Muscogee.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to change the rank of the Adjutant and Inspector General of this State and for other purposes.

        Mr. Ramsay moved to amend the report by striking out the second section which was agreed to.

        Mr. Watkins moved further to amend the report by adding an additional section raising the rank of the Commissary and Quartermaster General of this State to the rank of Colonel, which was lost.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President.--The House of Representatives have passed the following bill; to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act for the relief of the estate of Thomas L. Cooper, of Fulton county, deceased, and I am instructed to transmit the same to the Senate forthwith.

        The House of Representatives have adopted the following resolutions, in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate, to-wit:

        Resolutions in reference to the pay of detailed volunteers, giving them the same pay as other persons similarly employed, and I am instructed to transmit the same to the Senate forthwith.

        On motion, the rules were suspended and the Senate took


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up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill for the relief of the heirs and legatees of the estate of William Hogan.

        On motion, the same was referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

        The Senate took up the following bills, which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary:

        A bill to amend the 2383d section of the Code of Georgia.

        Also a bill for the relief of William J. Toole, a citizen of this State.

        Also a bill to amend the Habeas Corpus laws of this State.

        The Senate took up the following bill which was read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole--

        A bill to alter and amend an act assented to 29th Nov., 1861, entitled an act to authorize the Inferior Courts of this State to levy tax for the support of indigent soldiers' families and for other purposes.

        The Senate resumed the consideration of the special order which was a bill to suppress extortion in this State and for other purposes.

        Mr. Gaulden moved to amend the report by inserting in the 9th section after the word "people" the words "and the cloth or yarn made to be distributed among the various counties of the State for sale," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Adams moved further to amend the report by adding a proviso to the 9th section, which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to.

        Pending the further consideration of which, the hour of adjournment having arrived, on motion, the Senate adjourned until three o'clock, P. M.

3 O'CLOCK, P. M.

        The Senate met according to adjournment and resumed the consideration of the unfinished business of the morning, which was the passage of a bill to suppress extortion in this State and for other purposes.

        Mr. Gaulden moved the previous question which was seconded and the main question was ordered to be put. Upon the question shall this bill now pass? the yeas and nays were required to be recorded and were yeas 20 nays 12.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Adams, Baker, Barr, Bennett, Cone, Ezzard, Gaulden,


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Grice, Guerry, Guyton, Hammond, Johnson, McDonald, McRae, Pafford, Reid, Simmons, Underwood, Watkins, West, Whitaker.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Bacon, Blackwell, Chambers, Cook, Hubbard, Lloyd, Mabry, Polk, Pottle, Ramsay, Walker, Walton, Wells, White.

        So the bill was passed.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk.

        Mr. President.--The House of Representatives have passed the following bill, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to provide for raising revenue for the political year 1864, and for other purposes.

        The following message was received from His Excellency the Governor, by Mr[.] Campbell his Secretary, to-wit:

        Mr. President:--I am directed by the Governor to lay before this branch of the General Assembly a message transmitting the Commissary General's report.

        On motion of Mr. Wright, the rules were suspended and Mr. Wright introduced a bill to prescribe and establish the qualifications for holding the offices of Sheriff, Coroners Justices of the Peace, Tax Collectors and Receivers, Ordinaries and Constables in this State and for other purposes, which was read the first time.

        On motion, fifty copies were ordered to be printed for the use of the Senate.

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives which were read the first time:

        A bill to increase the pay of State Printer.

        Also a bill to appropriate money for the support of the State Lunatic Asylum for the year 1864 and for other purposes.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to define what officers of this State shall be exempt from the operation of the conscript laws.

        The Committee on the Military to whom this bill was referred offered a substitute in lieu of the original bill.

        Mr. Gaulden moved to amend the report by inserting after the word "State," "all members of the Legislature," which was lost.

        Mr. Pottle moved further to amend the report by insertting after the words "Notaries Public" the words "one Justice of the Peace and one Constable in each militia district,


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the Senior Justice and Constable in commission or age be exempted from conscription."

        Mr. Guerry moved further to amend by offering a substitute for the amendment, which was lost.

        Mr. Ramsay moved that the bill lie on the table for the present which was agreed to.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives through Mr. Carrington their Clerk:

        Mr. President.--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to renew the banking privileges of the Georgia Rail Road and Banking Company, by a constitutional majority of ayes 128 nays 4.

        Mr. Lloyd, chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary made the following report:

        Mr. President.--The Committee on the Judiciary to whom were referred sundry bills, have had the same under consideration and direct me to report as follows:

        A bill to be entitled an act to increase the fees of the Clerks of the Superior and Inferior Courts of this State, and of the Ordinaries thereof, which the committee amend by adding the word "Sheriffs" to the title and body of the bill, also by adding to the first section the words "during the pending of the present war," and as amended recommend its passage;

        Also a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of William J. Toole, a citizen of this State, which they recommend do pass;

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to authorize the Justices of the Inferior Courts of this State from time to time to levy, in their discretion, such extra taxes as they may deem necessary to equip volunteers and other soldiers from their respective counties, and to provide for the indigent families' of soldiers, to authorize the collection of the same and to legalize their previous action in the premises and for other purposes, assented to December 29th, 1861, which the committee recommend do pass;

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to authorize the levy of distress warrants for rent in this State, which they recommend do pass;

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to define the fees of the Clerks and Sheriffs of Chatham county, and for other purposes, which they recommend do not pass;

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to amend the Habeas Corpus laws of this State, which the committee amends by striking out in the first section all after the word "forfeit" and insert the words "to the party aggrieved the sum of


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twenty-five hundred dollars to be recovered in any Court having jurisdiction of the same," and as amended they recommend it do pass;

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to amend the 2383d section of the Code of Georgia, which they recommend do not pass;

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to suppress gambling in this State and to amend the Penal Code which the committee amend by striking out all of the first section after the enacting clause, and as amended, recommend its passage;

        Also House bill to be entitled an act for the relief of the heirs and legatees of the estate of William Hogan, which they recommend do not pass;

        Also House bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Joseph T. Lumpkin of the county of Clark, which they recommend do not pass;

        Also House bill to be entitled an act to repeal all prohibitions by existing laws of intermarriages of first cousins and to legalize all such marriages as have been contracted since January 1st, 1863, which the committee amend by striking out of the title all the words after the word "to" in the first line thereof to the word "legalize" so that the title may read as follows: a bill to be entitled an act to legalize all marriages between first cousins which have been contracted since January 1st, 1863, and further amend by striking out all the first section after the enacting clause, and as amended recommend its passage;

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to amend the oath of tax payers of this State for the year 1864, and to amend the tax laws of this State, which the committee reports back to the Senate with the recommendation that it lie on the table for the present.

THOS. E. LLOYD, Chm'n.


        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives which were read the first time:

        A bill to provide for raising revenue for the political year 1864 and for other purposes.

        Also a bill for the relief of the estate of Thomas L. Cooper, of Fulton county, deceased.

        Also a bill to repeal an act entitled an act to authorize the Clerks of the Superior and Inferior Courts and Ordinary of Charlton county, to keep their offices at their residences if within six miles of the Court-house.

        Also a bill for the relief of James T. Patterson and Kate B. Patterson.

        Also a bill to renew the banking privileges of the Georgia Rail Road and Banking Company.

        Mr. Bacon from the Committee on Enrollment reported as duly enrolled and signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and ready for the signature of the President of the Senate:


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        An act to incorporate an insurance company to be called the Home Insurance Company.

        An act to reorganize the jury boxes of the several counties of this State, and to point out who shall be liable to serve on juries.

        An act to alter and amend the charter and prescribe the mode of electing Marshal, Deputy Marshal, Clerk of Council and Sexton in the city of Columbus. And also,

        An act to authorize the employment of a Clerk in the Treasury department and to provide compensation for the same. And also,

        An act to provide for paying the members of the fourth Georgia Brigade, the half pay still due them for the time they were in the service of the State and for other purposes.

        An act to increase the salaries of the two Secretaries of the Executive Department and the principal recording Clerk of the Executive Department, the salary of the Clerk of the Comptroller General's office, the salary of the Keeper of the Penitentiary and the salary of the Superintendent of the Georgia Military Institute.

        An act to alter and change the time of holding the Inferior Courts of Miller and Stewart counties.

        An act for the support of the Georgia Academy for the Blind.

        An act to confer certain powers upon the Judge of the city Court of Augusta.

        An act to amend the seven hundred and eighty-sixth section of the Code of Georgia relative to taxing defaulters.

        The Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives to print 2,000 copies of the report of the Georgia Relief and Hospital Association.

        On motion, the same was concurred in.

        The following communication from his Excellency the Governor was taken up and read:

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,
Milledgeville, Dec. 4th, 1863.

To the General Assembly:

        The report of the Commissary General of this State, has been delayed on account of difficulties in getting in reports from the salt agents in the different parts of the State, as that department has been charged with the receipt and distribution of salt among the soldiers' families.

        I now have the pleasure to transmit copies of both his military and salt report. These reports show that their author has been faithful and prompt, in the discharge of his duties, and they also afford much interesting information.

JOSEPH E. BROWN.



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        On motion, 50 copies of the Commissary General's report was ordered to be printed for the use of the Senate.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to amend sections 1293 and 1294 of the Code of Georgia and to repeal sections 1295 and 1306 and 1307 and 1308 of the said Code.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and lost.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to define the fees of the Clerks and Sheriffs of Chatham county, and for other purposes,

        The committee on the Judiciary to whom this bill was referred reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to authorize the levy of distress warrants for rent in this State.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to increase the fees of the Clerks of the Superior and Inferior Courts and Ordinaries of this State.

        The committee on the Judiciary moved to amend the report by inserting in the title the word "Sheriff" which was agreed to, also by adding to the first section the words "during the pending of the present war," which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to amend an act entitled an act to authorize the Justices of the Inferior Courts of this State from time to time in their discretion, to levy such extra taxes as they may deem necessary to equip volunteer or other soldiers from their respective counties and for other purposes.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill for the relief of Westley Sheffield, of Miller county and to appropriate money for the same.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of


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the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill for the relief of the heirs and legatees of the estate of William Hogan.

        The committee on the Judiciary reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to repeal all prohibitions by existing laws of intermarriages of first cousins, and to legalize all such marriages as have been contracted since January 1st, 1863.

        The Judiciary Committee moved to amend the report by striking out in the title all between the word "to" and "marriages" and inserting after the word "marriages" the words "between first cousins," which was agreed to.

        The committee on the Judiciary moved further to amend the report by striking out the first section of said bill, which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        On motion, the Senate adjourned to 9½ o'clock to-morrow morning.

TUESDAY, DEC. 8TH, 1863.
9½ O'CLOCK, A.M.

        Senate met according to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Mr. Hawkins.

        Mr. Pottle moved to reconsider so much of the Journal of yesterday as relates to the vote by which a bill to suppress extortion in this State, and for other purposes, was passed.

        Mr. Gaulden raised a point of order, that the bill had once been reconsidered.

        The President decided the motion to reconsider out of order.

        Mr. Johnson moved to reconsider so much of the Journal of yesterday as relates to the vote by which a bill for the relief of William Hogan was lost, which was agreed to.

        On motion, the bill was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

        Leave of absence was granted the Committee on the Lunatic Asylum for to-day, after 12 o'clock.

        Leave of absence was granted Messrs. Mabry and Groover, on account of sickness.


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        Leave was granted Messrs. Polk, Grice and Chambers to record their votes on the bill to suppress extortion in this State, and for other purposes.

        Mr. West, chairman of the Committee on New Counties and County Lines, made the following report:

        Mr. President:--The Committee on New Counties and County Lines, to whom was referred a bill of the House of Representatives to change the county line between Sumter and Terrell counties, and make Kinchafoonee Creek the line of the same, have had the bill under consideration and report the same back to the Senate, and recommend that it do pass.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed a bill to be entitled an act to amend the charter of the Macon and Western Railroad Company.

        Also, adopted a resolution relative to freights, passage, &c., on the Western & Atlantic Railroad, in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate.

        The House of Representatives have also passed the following bills, which I am directed to transmit forthwith to the Senate, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to repeal the 3rd and 12th sections of the Code of Georgia relative to the construction of statutes.

        A bill to be entitled an act to amend an act of the Georgia Legislature, approved the 22d day of January, 1852, making Marietta in this State a city.

        A bill to be entitled an act to amend the third section of the Code, and to carry into effect on the 1st of January, 1864, an act passed by the present General Assembly relative to separating the offices of Receiver of Tax Returns and Tax Collectors of this State.

        Mr. Adams introduced a bill to fix the time when all the laws passed at the present session of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia shall take effect and be of force, which was read the first time.

        Mr. Gaulden offered a resolution relative to commissioned officers of the Confederate States having a seat in this branch of the General Assembly, which was read.

        Mr. Polk introduced a bill to prohibit and make penal the traffic in gold and silver, and to prescribe the punishment of offences therein, which was read the first time.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to suppress gambling in this State and amend the penal code.


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        The Committee on the Judiciary moved to amend the report by striking out the first section of said bill.

        Mr. Wright moved the previous question, which was seconded.

        The main question was ordered to be put. So the motion to strike out was agreed to.

        Mr. Wright moved further to amend the report by striking out the second section of said bill.

        Mr. Wright moved the previous question, which the Senate refused to second.

        The motion to strike out was then withdrawn.

        Mr. Watkins moved further to amend the report by adding the following to the second section:

        And any person arrested in a gaming house, when carried before a Justice of the Peace, shall be bound over to answer at the next Superior Court, for a misdemeanor, and on conviction, shall be fined and imprisoned, at the discretion of the Court.

        Mr. Adams moved that the bill and amendments lie on the table for the present, which was agreed to.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to the Committee on the Lunatic Asylum:

        A bill to appropriate money for the support of the State Lunatic Asylum for the year 1864, and for other purposes.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bill, to-wit:

        A bill to indemnity James A. Ernst, of Effingham county, and I am instructed to transmit the same forthwith to the Senate.

        The Senate took up a resolution relative to the right of a commissioned officer of the Confederate States army to have a seat in this branch of the General Assembly.

        Mr. Lloyd moved to postpone the same indefinitely.

        The President decided that the motion could not be debated, from which decision Mr. Gaulden took an appeal.

        The Senate sustained the decision of the Chair. So the decision of the Chair was ordered to stand as the judgment of the Senate.

        Upon the question to postpone the resolution indefinitely, the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 31; nays 4.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Adams, Bacon, Baker, Barr, Bennett, Blackwell, Chambers,


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Cone, Cook, Ezzard, Grice, Guerry, Guyton, Hammond, Hubbard, Johnson, Lloyd, McRae, Pate, Polk, Pottle, Ramsay, Reid, Simmons, Speer, Underwood, Walker, Walton, Watkins, West, White.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Gaulden, McDonald, Pafford, Wells.

        So the motion to indefinitely postpone was agreed to.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to amend the 2383d section of the Code of Georgia.

        The Committee on the Judiciary reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill for the relief of Wm. J. Toole, a citizen of this State.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to amend the Habeas Corpus laws of this State.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to alter and amend an act assented to 29th Nov., 1861, entitled an act to authorize the Inferior Courts of this State to levy tax for the support of indigent soldiers' families, and other purposes.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate went into committee of the whole, Mr. Bacon in the chair, on the bill to define what officers shall be exempt from the conscript laws. After some time spent therein, the committee arose and, through their chairman, reported progress and asked leave to sit again.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Reid for the evening, on account of sickness.

        On motion, the Senate adjourned until three o'clock, P. M.

3 O'CLOCK, P. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--


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        A bill to amend the 3821st and 3836th sections of the revised Code of this State.

        The Committee on the Judiciary reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary:

        A bill for the relief of James T. Patterson and Kate B. Patterson.

        Mr. Watkins, chairman of the Finance Committee, made the following report:

        Mr. President:--The Finance Committee, to whom was referred a bill to be entitled an act to authorize the several Inferior Courts of this State to employ some fit and proper person or persons to ascertain the number of soldiers families in their respective counties, and to allow and pay suitable compensation therefor, have had the same under consideration, and report it back to the Senate, and recommend that it do not pass.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to equalize the tax on slaves in the several counties in this State, and recommend that it do pass as amended, viz: By inserting in the first section, after the enacting clause, the words, "from and after the passage of this act," also, after the word "valuation" the words "in Confederate money;" also, by striking out all that part of the first section after the word "all," and insert in lieu thereof the following:

        When the slaves are the age of sixteen and upwards, the classification of the value of the males and females shall be separated; also, in the third section, to strike out the words "in dollars;" also, to strike out all the words between the words "enumerated" and "Comptroller General" of said section; also, to strike out the word "also" and the words "the same," and insert after the word "embrace" the words "a statement of such valuation;" also, to strike out the seventh section of said act; also, to add a repealing clause.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Edward


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O. Byrne, of Chatham county, and report it back to the Senate without recommendation.

E. P. WATKINS,
Chm'n Senate Committee.


        The Senate took up the following bills which were severally read the second time and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary:

        A bill to prescribe and establish the qualifications for holding the offices of Sheriffs, Coroners, Justices of the Inferior Courts, Justices of the Peace, Tax Collector and Receiver, Ordinaries and Constables in this State.

        Also, a bill to require the continuance of certain cases by the Courts of this State.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which were read the second time and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

        A bill for the relief of the estate of Thomas L. Cooper, of Fulton county, deceased.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to the Committee on Finance:

        A bill to provide for raising revenue for the political year 1864, and for other purposes.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to the Committee on Banks:

        A bill to renew the banking paivileges of the Georgia Railroad and Banking Company.

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole:

        A bill to increase the pay of State Printer.

        Also, a bill to repeal an act entitled an act to authorize the Clerks of the Superior and Inferior Courts and Ordinary of Charlton county to keep their offices at their residence, if within six miles of the Court House.

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were read the first time:

        A bill to amend an act approved 22d day of January, 1852, making Marietta in said State a city.

        Also, a bill to indemnify James A. Ernst, of Effingham county.

        Also, a bill to repeal the 3d and 12th sections of the Code of Georgia.

        Also, a bill to amend the 3d section of the Code, and for other purposes.


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        Also, a bill to amend the charter of the Macon & Western Railroad Company.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to change the county line between Sumter and Terrell counties.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill for the relief of Joseph T. Lumpkin, of the county of Clarke.

        The Committee on the Judiciary reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to authorize the several Inferior Courts of this State to employ some fit and proper person to ascertain the number of soldiers' families in their respective counties, and to pay suitable compensation therefor.

        The Committee on Finance reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following Senate bill, with amendments, in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate.

        A bill to be entitled an act to reorganize the militia of Georgia, and for other purposes.

        Also, the following resolution, to-wit:

        Resolution in reference to adjournment.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the first time:

        A bill to encourage the organization of a navy.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to equalize the tax on slaves in the several counties in this State.

        The Committee on Finance moved to amend the same by changing the title and inserting certain words in the first section, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Lloyd moved further to amend the report.


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        On motion, the bill and amendments were indefinitely postponed.

        The Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives for the appointment of a committee to investigate the condition and management of the Western & Atlantic Railroad.

        On motion, the same was concurred in.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have adopted the following resolution, to-wit:

        Resolution for the appointment of a committee to investigate the condition and management of the Western and Atlantic Railroad, and have appointed as such committee on the part of the House, Messrs. Moore, Holt, and Beall, of Randolph.

        The House have also concurred in the resolution of the Senate requesting the establishment of a certain mail line in this State.

        The House have also adopted a resolution to establish a mail route, and for other purposes, in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate.

        All of which I am instructed to transmit forthwith to the Senate.

        The Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives appointing a committee to fix the day of adjournment.

        On motion, the same was concurred in, and the President appointed Messrs. Cone and Hammond as such committee on the part of the Senate.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have disagreed to the amendments of the Senate to the bill of the House of Representatives to be entitled an act to repeal all prohibitions by existing laws of intermarriages of first cousins, and to legalize all such marriages as have been contracted since January 1st, 1863, and they respectfully request the Senate to recede therefrom.

        The House of Representatives have concurred in the amendments of the Senate to the bill of the House of Representatives to be entitled an act for the relief of Westley Sheffield, of Miller county, and to appropriate money for the same.

        All of which I am instructed to transmit forthwith to the Senate.

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as duly enrolled and signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives--

        An act to amend the charter of the Bank of Whitfield of Dalton, Georgia.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bill, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to encourage the organization of a navy; and I am instructed to transmit the same to the Senate forthwith.

        The Senate took up a bill to suppress gambling in this State, and to amend the penal code.

        Mr. Lloyd moved the previous question, which was seconded.

        The main question was then ordered to be put.

        The report as amended was agreed to.

        Upon the question, "Shall this bill now pass?" the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 14; nays 14.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Barr, Bennett, Blackwell, Cone, Ezzard, Gaulden, McRae, Pafford, Simmons, Underwood, Walker, Walton, Watkins, Whitaker.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Bacon, Cook, Grice, Guerry, Guyton, Lloyd, McDonald, Pate, Polk, Pottle, Ramsay, Speer, Wells, West.

        There being a tie, the President voted in the negative. So the bill was lost.

        On motion, the Senate adjourned until 9 o'clock to-morrow morning.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9TH, 1863.
9 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment.

        Mr. Gaulden, moved to reconsider so much of the journal of yesterday as relates to the vote by which a resolution of inquiry as to the right of persons holding commissions in the Confederate States army to have a seat in this branch of the General Assembly, was indefinitely postponed.


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        Mr. Barr, moved the previous question, which was seconded.

        The main question was ordered to be put, and the motion to reconsider was lost.

        Mr. Walker, moved to reconsider so much of the journal of yesterday as relates to the vote by which a bill for the relief of Joseph T. Lumpkin, of the county of Clark, was lost, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Whitaker, moved to reconsider so much of the journal of yesterday as relates to the vote by which a bill to equalize the tax on slaves in the several counties in this State, was indefinitely postponed, which was agreed to.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Baker, for the balance of the session, after Saturday next.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Reid, for to-day on account of indisposition.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives through Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President.--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills of the Senate, to-wit:

        A bill to increase the per diem pay of school teachers entitled to the benefit of the poor school fund of this State.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to punish any person who may hereafter conceal or assist any deserter in resisting a legal arrest in this State.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to reduce the amount of the bond of the Sheriff of McIntosh county.

        Also a bill to provide for the burial of Paupers in this State.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to alter and change the place of holding the Superior and Inferior Courts of the county of Glynn.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to require the Judges of the Superior Courts of the various counties in this State, to enter a nolle prosequi, in certain cases, and for other purposes.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to legalize and make valid the marriage of John G. Gibson and his wife, whose maiden name was Mary E. Hartsfield, who are first cousins, and both of the county of Oglethorpe.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to amend and continue in force an act entitled an act to appoint commissioners for the county academies of Walton, Gwinnett, Hall, Habersham, Rabun, Warren and Pulaski, and to incorporate the same, assented to 25th December 1821, so far as the county academy in Walton is concerned, and for other purposes.

        Mr. Grice, from the select committee to whom was referred


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the message of His Excellency the Governor, in relation to the disposition to be made of certain flags, made the following report:

        Mr. President.--The committee to whom was referred the message of His Excellency the Governor, in reference to the disposition of certain flags, have had the same under consideration, and have directed me to report back the following resolutions:

        Whereas, we have learned through a message of His Excellency the Governor, that the following flags have been forwarded to the State of Georgia, to-wit:

        Also a Federal Battery Flag captured with the guns of the enemy at the battle of Chancellorsville by the 4th Georgia Regiment, and two Battery Flags captured at the battle of Gettysburg by Gen. Doles' Georgia Brigade.

        Therefore be it resolved, by the General Assembly, That the State of Georgia accepts with just pride these evidences of the courage and patriotism of her sons illustrated in a cause involving every principle of right, interest and honor, dear to the hearts of freemen.

        Resolved 2nd, That the Adjutant and Inspector General, be directed, under the supervision of the Governor, to arrange said flags in some conspicuous place in the Capitol building, where they may forever remain a public testimonial of Georgia's appreciation of gallant and heroic deeds, and a public incentive to her children of future generations to emulate great and noble examples.

        Resolved 3rd, That the Adjutant and Inspector General, be directed to make a similar disposition of all such flags as may have been heretofore, or may hereafter be received by the State.

All of which is respectfully submitted.

W. L. GRICE,
Chairman.


        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an an act to define the time that county Treasurers in the several counties of this State, shall hold their offices.

        The House of Representatives have adopted the following


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resolutions, in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate, to-wit:

        Resolutions relative to the observance of fast day.

        Also resolutions relative to the disposition of certain Battle Flags.

        The Senate took up and concurred in a resolution of the House of Representatives, relative to the disposition of certain Battle Flags.

        Mr. Bacon, from the committee on enrollment, reported as duly enrolled and signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and ready for the signature of the President of the Senate:

        An act for the relief of Wesley Sheffield, of Miller county, and to appropriate money for the same.

        Also a resolution in reference to a volunteer navy.

        Also as duly enrolled and ready for the signature of the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives,

        A resolution, requesting the establishment of a certain mail line in this State.

        Mr. Lloyd, Chairman of the committee on the Judiciary, made the following report:

        Mr. President:--The committee on the Judiciary to whom were referred sundry bills, have had the same under consideration and direct me to report as follows:

        A bill to be entitled an act to prescribe and establish the qualifications for holding the offices of Sheriffs, Coroners, Justices of the Inferior Court, Justices of the Peace, Tax Collectors and Receivers, Ordinaries and Constables in this State, and for other purposes, which they recommend do not past.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to require the continuance of certain cases by the courts of this State, which they recommend no not pass.

        Also House bill to be entitled an act for the relief of the estate of Thomas L. Cooper, of Fulton county deceased, which they recommend do not pass.

        Also House bill to be entitled an act for the relief of James T. Patterson and Kate B. Patterson, which they recommend do pass.

THOS. E. LLOYD,
Chairman.


        On motion of Mr. West, the rules were suspended.

        Mr. West, offered the following resolution:

        Resolved. That no Senator shall be allowed to speak longer than fifteen minutes upon any bill or resolution or motion, without the consent of two thirds of the Senate.

        Mr. Guerry, moved to amend the resolution by striking out "fifteen," which was agreed to.


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        Mr. West, moved to insert the word "ten," which was agreed to.

        The resolution as amended was agreed to.

        Mr. Cone, from a joint committee to examine into the business of the two branches of this General Assembly, to ascertain when they can adjourn, made the following report:

        Mr. President:--The committee after a careful examination of the bills and resolutions before both branches of the General Assembly, are of the opinion that it is impossible to adjourn on Saturday next, and ask leave further to examine and make a further report on Saturday next.

        Mr. Watkins, Chairman of the Finance committee, made the following report:

        Mr. President.--The Finance committee have had under consideration a bill to be entitled an act to provide for raising revenue for the political year 1864, and for other purposes, and report it back to the Senate and recommend that it do pass as amended, viz: by inserting after the third section the two following additional sections, to-wit:

        Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, That in the assessment and collection of the General State Tax for 1864, no Receiver of tax returns or tax collector, shall receive more than $1,500 commissions on said tax. That is to say, on all digests that net $10,000 and under $20,000, not more than $600 commissions shall be allowed to each officer, when the digests net over $20,000 and under $40,000, not more than $800 shall be allowed to each officer. That when the digests net over $40,000 and under $60,000, not more than $1,000 shall be allowed to each officer, when the digests net over $60,000 and under $80,000, the amount allowed each officer shall not exceed $1,200, and that when the digests net over $80,000 fifteen hundred dollars and no more shall be allowed to each officer by the Comptroller General, and that in allowing these officers commissions, the Comptroller General be directed to allow the commissions to each, according to the schedule in the Code until the limits above stated as to commissions are reached, after which the limits shall be the whole commissions allowed for each net digest specified in this section.

        Sec. 5. Be it further enacted that this act shall go into effect from and immediately after its passage.

        Also to amend by inserting in the third line of the third section the following words: "for three years or during the war," after the word "States," also by inserting the following proviso at the end of the third section, viz:

        Provided, that the exemption contained in this act shall


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not apply to such persons whose taxable property exceeds the sum of ten thousand dollars.

E. P. WATKINS,
Chairman Senate Committee.


        The Senate took up the following bill of the Senate, which had been amended in the House of Representatives:

        A bill to reorganize the militia of this State, and for other purposes.

        On motion the first amendment to the second section was disagreed to.

        On motion the second amendment to the second section was concurred in.

        On motion the amendment to the sixth section was concurred in.

        On motion the amendments to the twelfth section were disagreed to.

        On motion the amendment to the 13th section was concurred in.

        On motion the amendment to the 14th section was concurred in.

        On motion the amendment to the 19th section was disagreed to.

        On motion the amendment adding an additional section was concurred in.

        Mr. Wright offered an amendment to the amendment of the House of Representatives, to the 23rd section.

        Upon agreeing to which the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 13, nays 23.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Anthony, Bacon, Bennett, Cone, Cook, Griffin, Guerry, Guyton, Hammond, Lloyd, McCutchen Watkins, Wells, West.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Adams, Baker, Barr, Blackwell, Chambers, Ezzard, Gaulden, Grice, Hubbard, McDonald, McRae, Pate, Pafford, Polk, Pottle, Ramsay, Simmons, Underwood, Walker, Walton, Whitaker, White.

        So the motion to amend was lost.

        On motion the Senate concurred in the amendment to 23rd section.

        On motion the Senate disagreed to the amendment, adding an additional section as section 24th.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk, to-wit:

        Mr. President.--The House of Representatives have passed the following bill, to-wit:


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        A bill to be entitled an act to alter and amend an act entitled an act to prevent the unnecessary consumption of grain, by distillers and manufacturers of spirituous liquors in Georgia, approved November 22nd 1862; also to alter and amend an act supplementary to the said recited act, assented to December 11th, 1862, and for other purposes.

        The hour of adjournment having arrived, the President adjourned the Senate until three o'clock, P. M.

3 O'CLOCK, P. M.

        The Senate met according to adjournment.

        The Senate took up the following bill which was read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole--

        A bill to fix the time when all the laws passed at the present session of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia shall take effect and be in force.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives which was read the first time:

        A bill to amend and continue in force an act to appoint commissioners for the county academies of Walton, Gwinnett, Hall, Habersham, Rabun, Warren and Pulaski, and to incorporate the same, and for other purposes.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to increase the pay of State Printer.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        Mr. Cook, Chairman of the committee on Banks, made the following report:

        Mr. President.--The committee on Banks to whom was referred a bill to be entitled an act to renew the banking privileges of the Georgia Rail Road and Banking Company, have had the same under consideration, and direct me to report the same back to the Senate, with the recommendation that it do pass.

        The Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives relative to the observance of fast day.

        On motion the same was concurred in.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which had been amended in the Senate, in which the House refused to concur:

        A bill to repeal all prohibitions by existing laws of intermarriages


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of first cousins, and to legalize all such marriages as have been contracted since January 1st 1863.

        Mr. Polk, moved that the Senate insist on its amendment, which was agreed to.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the first time.

        A bill to legalize and make valid the marriage of John G. Gibson and his wife, whose maiden name was Mary E. Hartfield, who are first cousins, and both of the county of Oglethorpe.

        Mr. Walker, Chairman of the committee on salt and iron supply and transportation, made the following report, to-wit:

Salt Supply.

        The committee are glad to be able to report that from the best information they have been able to collect, the condition of Georgia in relation to the supply of salt is much better than it was this time last year. The works in Virginia, managed under the sanction of the State authority, though they have been much embarrassed for several months past, have nevertheless manufactured and shipped into Georgia as much as one hundred and fifty thousand bushels: other works in Virginia have shipped in large quantities of salt, so that the supply from that source has at least come up to the estimate of the committee on salt supply submitted to the General Assembly in April last, to-wit; 275,000 bushels. Other sources of supply have yielded much salt, so that without proposing to enter upon a formal statistical statement, we feel authorized to congratulate the General Assembly, that although scarcity exists in some portions of Georgia, yet the general supply is in good condition. The Governor has recently made a modification of the contract and the works of one of the agencies of Georgia, to-wit: that of M. S. Temple, & Co., which your committee are of the opinion will result in greater efficiency in the works of that particular enterprise. It is to be hoped that the Planters Salt Manufacturing Company, and the Georgia Salt Manufacturing Company, will also be enabled to increase the yield of their works. The works conducted in Virginia, on private account also deserve notice, because from them we may expect considerable contributions to the State supply. But the exigencies of war have already rendered transportation from Virginia very precarious. It may become much more so. Therefore it is wise for us to look to the coast with redoubled interest. Georgia, before the war, consumed at least 700,000 bushels of salt per annum. We should in our plan for salt supply endeavor to approximate


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that amount as nearly as practicable. Your committee are rejoiced that the enterprise of our people has already demonstrated the entire practicability of sea-coast operations. The supply drawn from the coast for 1863 is large. Therefore, in contemplation of the probability that the works in Virginia may have to be abandoned for want of transportation or by interposition of the enemy, we recommend the following resolution:

        1st. The General Assembly of Georgia, do resolve, That the Governor be, and he is hereby authorized to make all such arrangements for salt supply for the indigent of the State, as he may deem necessary, either by purchasing salt on the coast or contracting to have it made there, drawing upon the fund heretofore appropriated for the manufacture of salt to pay the expenses thereof, and so disposing of the salt thus purchased or manufactured as to reimburse the Treasury the full amount of such expenditures.

The Iron Supply.

        Your committee are glad to be able to report that much interest already exists in the public mind on this important subject. Much capital has already been organized and directed to the work. The city of Macon deserves the palm on this subject. The enterprise of her citizens placed her first in the field. Next after Macon stands that young giant of the Chattahoochee hills, Atlanta; early last spring the people there moved in the matter and organized several very efficient companies which are now actively and successfully at work. In the rural districts measures of practical enterprise have also been adopted. A number of agriculturists are now successfully making Iron for their supply in a company having its chief office at LaGrange. We would most respectfully commend movements of the kind last noticed to the consideration and adoption of the people of Georgia, throughout the limits of the State. Anxious to present an estimate of the cost of making Iron and to demonstrate its entire practicability by the application of small capital, your committee, soon after their appointment, addressed letters to Hon. John W. Lewis, and other gentlemen of experience in the work, the object of which was to elicit replies to be published for the information of the people. Owing to the condition of the country and other causes, no replies have been received. We are therefore disappointed of this object. Without proposing any particular plan of operations, we therefore content ourselves with most earnestly calling upon our people to enter at once upon the practical work of producing Iron. In order that the necessary information may be obtained and given to the press for publication, we respectfully suggest that the committee be authorized to act in recess so far as


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to collect and have published such information as may be addressed to them.

Transportation.

        Upon this subject the committee having considered several bills referred to them from the House of Representatives have made report thereon to that House. It is not deemed necessary specially to refer to them in this general Report. We hope they contain propositions calculated to improve transportation and render it more practical and efficient. This subject presents the most painful question involved in our situation. We concur with the committee of transportation of the last General Assembly in saying, "its proportions and magnitude become vast when considered with reference to the general interests of the Confederacy and the final success of our cause." The country looks to the Rail Road Companies and expects at their hands that they will not slumber over the question of road supplies. Their incomes are larger. Why are they not mining Iron and rolling it for the repair of their tracks? Why are they not establishing machine shops to do all the work that can be done within the Confederacy? It has been suggested that in this work the co-operation of the Confederate Government is necessary. We therefore recommend the adoption of the following resolution:

        Resolved, That the Governor is hereby requested, whenever he may think it necessary to appoint a commissioner to repair to Richmond with plenary powers to confer with the President and other officers of the Confederate Government upon subjects touching the providing supplies for Rail Roads and the regulation of transportation thereon. All which is respectfully submitted.

D. H. WALKER,

C. E. GROOVER,

C. W. MABRY,
Senate Com.

T. KIRBY,

W. J. UNDERWOOD,

S. C. DOBBS,

W. O. FLEMING,

B. H. BIGHAM,
House Com.


        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to provide for raising revenue for the political year 1864, and for other purposes.

        The committee on Finance moved to amend the report by inserting in the third section after the word "States" the following words, for three years or during the war," which was agreed to.

        The committee on Finance moved further to amend the


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report by adding a proviso to the third section, which was agreed to.

        The committee on Finance moved further to amend the report by adding two additional sections, which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole:

        A bill to require the continuances of certain cases by the Courts of this State.

        The committee on the Judiciary reported adversely to its passage.

        Upon agreeing to which, the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 19, nays 15.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Baker, Barr, Bennett, Blackwell, Chambers, Ezzard, Gaulden, Grice, Hubbard, Lloyd, McRae, Pate, Pafford, Polk, Pottle, Underwood, Walker, Walton, White.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Adams, Anthony, Cone, Griffin, Guerry, Guyton, Hammond, Johnson, McCutchen, McDonald, Simmons, Sprayberry, Watkins, West, Whitaker.

        So the report was agreed to, and the bill was lost.

        The Senate took up a bill for the relief of Edward O. Byrne, of Chatham county.

        On motion of Mr. Lloyd, leave was granted to withdraw said bill.

        The Senate took up the following bill which had been amended in the House of Representatives:

        A bill to prevent illegal impressment of property in this State.

        Mr. West, moved to amend the amendment by inserting the words "except impressing officers of armies in the field," which was agreed to.

        Mr. McCutchen, moved further to amend the amendment by adding a proviso, which was agreed to.

        The amendment as amended was then concurred in.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to prescribe and establish the qualifications for holding the offices of Sheriff, Coroners, Justices of the Inferior Court, Justices of the Peace, Tax Collectors and Receivers, Ordinaries and Constables in this State, and for other purposes.

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the caption and first section after the word "Courts" the words "Clerks of the Superior and Inferior Courts, and their Deputies, Notaries public, Deputy Clerks of the Court of Ordinary," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Gaulden, moved further to amend the report by inserting the words "Judges of the Superior, Supreme Courts, members of the Legislature and Governor.

        Mr. Pottle, moved that the bill and amendments be postponed indefinitely.

        Upon agreeing to which the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 15, nays 18.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Baker, Barr, Bennett, Blackwell, Gaulden, Hubbard, McDonald, McRae, Pafford, Polk, Pottle, Simmons, Underwood, Walton, White.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Adams, Bacon, Chambers, Cone, Cook, Ezzard, Grice, Griffin, Guerry, Guyton, Johnson, Lloyd, McCutchen, Pate, Walker, Watkins, West, Whitaker.

        So the motion to postpone indefinitely was lost.

        Mr. West, moved that the Senate adjourn until 9 o'clock Friday morning.

        Upon agreeing to which the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 12, nays 21.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Adams, Baker, Cook, Gaulden, Guerry, McCutchen, McRae, Pottle, Simmons, Walton, West, White.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Bacon, Barr, Bennett, Blackwell, Chambers, Cone, Ezzard, Grice, Griffin, Guyton, Hubbard Johnson, Lloyd, McDonald, Pate, Pafford, Polk, Underwood, Walker, Watkins, Whitaker.

        So the motion was lost.

        On motion, the Senate adjourned until 7 o'clock, P. M.

7 O'CLOCK, P. M.

        The Senate met according to adjournment.

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives which were read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary:


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        A bill to repeal the 3rd and 12th sections of the Code of Georgia.

        Also a bill to amend the 3rd section of the Code, and for other purposes.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to the committee on Internal Improvements:

        A bill to amend the charter of the Macon and Western Rail Road Company.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives which was read the second time and referred to the committee on Confederate Relations:

        A bill to encourage the organization of a navy.

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole:

        A bill to indemnify James A. Ernest, of Effingham county.

        Also a bill to amend an act approved the 22nd day of January 1852, making Marietta in said State a city.

        The Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives which were read the first time:

        A bill to increase the per diem pay of school teachers entitled to the benefit of the poor school fund of this State.

        Also a bill to provide for the burial of paupers in this State.

        Also a bill to punish any person who may hereafter conceal or assist any deserter in resisting a legal arrest in this State.

        Also a bill to require the Judges of the Superior Courts of the various counties in this State, to enter a nolle prosequi in certain cases, and for other purposes.

        Also a bill to define the time that county Treasurers in the several counties in this State, shall hold their offices.

        Also a bill to alter and change the place of holding the Superior and Inferior Courts of the county of Glynn.

        Also a bill to reduce the amount of the bond of the Sheriff of McIntosh county.

        Also a bill to amend an act entitled an act to prevent the unnecessary consumption of grain by distillers and manufacturers of spirituous liquors in Georgia, approved Nov. 22nd 1862, and for other purposes.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to extend the time of making returns of the children entitled to the benefit of the educational fund of Georgia, for the year 1863.


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        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up a resolution relative to furnishing the auditor of the Western and Atlantic Rail Road with certain books.

        On motion the same was agreed to.

        The Senate took up a resolution relative to requiring the compiler of the laws of the present General Assembly to annex an appendix containing all laws changing the Code of Georgia.

        On motion the same was agreed to.

        The Senate took up a resolution relative to the W. & A. R. Road.

        Mr. West, moved to amend the same by striking out the words "and officers."

        Upon agreeing to which the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 17, nays 15.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Anthony, Barr, Blackwell, Ezzard, Gaulden, Grice, Guerry, Hubbard, Johnson, McDonald, Pate, Pafford, Ramsay, Simmons, Underwood, Walker, West.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Adams, Bacon, Baker, Bennett, Chambers, Cone, Griffin, Guyton, Lloyd, McCutchen, Polk, Pottle, Walton, Watkins, Whitaker.

        So the motion to strike out was agreed to.

        Mr. Adams moved further to amend the resolution by adding a proviso, which was agreed to.

        The Senate took up a resolution relative to salt and iron supply, and Transportation.

        On motion, the same was agreed to.

        On motion the Senate proceeded to the election of a President pro tempore.

        On taking the vote viva voce, the Hon. Peter Cone, Senator from the seventeenth Senatorial District, was declared unanimously elected.

        Those who voted for Mr. Cone, were Messrs.

        Adams, Anthony, Bacon, Baker, Barr, Bennett, Black-well, Chambers, Ezzard, Gaulden, Grice, Griffin, Guerry, Guyton, Hubbard, Johnson, Lloyd, McCutchen, McDonald, Pate, Pafford, Polk, Pottle, Ramsay, Simmons, Underwood, Walker, Walton, Watkins, West, Whitaker.

        Mr. Pottle, moved that a committee of three be appointed to wait on the President pro tempore, and notify him of his election, which was agreed to.

        The President appointed Messrs. Pottle, Guerry and Bacon, as such committee.


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        Mr. Cone, then addressed the Senate, and returned his acknowledgements for the honor conferred upon him.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to authorize the tax payers of this State, to pay their State and county taxes in Confederate Treasury notes.

        The committee on Finance, moved to amend the report by adding to the first section the following: "except such persons as may after this act shall have gone into effect, refuse to receive Confederate Treasury notes in payment of any claim against him in his individual capacity, and that the property of said person so refusing to receive Confederate Treasury notes in payment of any claim shall be returned at a valuation in specie or specie funds and the tax collected in the same funds," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Watkins, moved further to amend the report by inserting after the word "capacity" the words "or who shall refuse to receive Confederate Treasury notes in payment for produce or merchandize," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Watkins, moved further to amend the report by inserting after the word "valuation" the words "of said property before the commencement of the present war," which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to regulate the advertisement of sales by administrators, executors and Guardians.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to repeal an act entitled an act to authorize the Clerks of the Superior and Inferior Courts and Ordinary of Charlton county, to keep their offices at their residence if within six miles of the Court-house.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill for the relief of James T. Patterson, and Kate B. Patterson.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of


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the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill for the relief of the estate of Thomas L. Cooper, of Fulton county deceased.

        The committee on the Judiciary, reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        On motion the Senate adjourned until 9 o'clock Friday morning.

FRIDAY, DEC. 11TH 1863.
9 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.

        Mr. Ramsay moved to reconsider so much of the journal of Wednesday as relates to the vote by which a bill of the House of Representatives, to provide for raising revenue for the political year 1864, and for other purposes was passed, which was agreed to.

        Senate went into committee of the whole, Mr. Chambers in the chair, on the bill to define what officers of this State shall be exempt from the operation of the Conscript Law After remaining some time therein the committee arose and through their Chairman reported the same back to the Senate, with amendments.

        On motion the report was taken up and laid on the table for the present.

        Mr. Chambers offered the following resolutions, which were taken up read and agreed to, and ordered to be transmitted forthwith to the House of Representatives.

        Information has been received that Captain T. G. RAVEN departed this life on the 10th instant, whilst on a visit at Milledgeville, connected with his military duties. The facts, fully authenticated, connected with the brief and honorable career of the deceased, merit from the State, an earnest tribute to his memory.

        Captain RAVEN was born in England and was a graduate of the Military College at Addiscome. Emigrating to America, he was married to a lady in Charleston, S. C., where he embarked and was engaged in commercial pursuits at the beginning of the war. Without a formal transfer of allegiance, he generously espoused the cause of the South, and has with unremitting industry and devotion given to her the benefit of his labors and scientific training. He did creditable service in South Carolina, but learning the great


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need of Engineers in Georgia, tendered his services to the authorities of this State. As one of the volunteer staff of the Adjutant General, in the capacity of Engineer, he has by bis skill, and energy, and fidelity, secured honorable mention in the last report of that officer. He has been suddenly stricken down, by disease contracted in the service of the State, in the very flush of his early manhood. It is for his family and friends to cherish the rememberance of his private virtues; whilst the State reverently pauses to make record of his disinterested zeal and active labors in her behalf. In view of the foregoing--

        Resolved, by the General Assembly that we have learned with unfeigned regret the death of Captain T. G. RAVEN, and gratefully recognize his active and intelligent labors, so unselfishly bestowed for the defence of the State.

        Resolved, that we sincerely tender our condolence to the friends and family of the deceased, and request that a copy of the foregoing preamble and resolutions accompanying, be sent by the Governor to his bereaved widow.

        Resolved, that in further evidence of our respect for the memory of the deceased, the General Assembly will adjourn this day at 12 o'clock, to attend his funeral from the Episcopal Church.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bill, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act for raising a revenue for the Political year 1864 and to appropriate money for the support of the Government, during said year, and to make certain special appropriations, and for other purposes, therein mentioned.

        Further, the House of Representatives insists upon its amendments, to which the Senate have disagreed, to the bill of the Senate, to be entitled an act to re-organize the Militia of Georgia, and for other purposes, and respectfully request the Senate to recede from its disagreement to the same.

        The House of Representatives have also passed the following bill, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to levy a tax upon net incomes and profits, to provide for the collection of the same and to insure the prosecution of persons evading this act.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Watkins for the balance of the session, on account of indisposition.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Barr, after 12 o'clock to-morrow, for the balance of the session, on account of sickness of his family.


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        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives has receded from its disagreement of the amendments of the Senate, on the bill of the House of Representatives, to repeal all prohibitions by existing laws of intermarriages of first cousins, and to legalise all such marriages, as have been contracted since January 1st, 1863.

        Mr. Pottle offered the following resolution:

        Resolved, by the General Assembly, the House of Representatives concurring, that the joint committee appointed to make arrangements for the observance of fast day be requested to wait on the Rev. Dr. Higgins and ask of him the manuscript sermon, delivered by him on Thursday last, and that one thousand copies of the same be printed for the use of the General Assembly, and also; the lecture delivered Thursday night by the Rev. Dr. Marshall, and that they be printed within two weeks and that the expenses of the same be paid for out of the contingent fund, by the Governor.

        Mr. Reid moved to amend the same by striking out the word "one" and inserting the word "five", which was lost.

        Mr. Reid moved to amend by striking out the word "one" and inserting "two" which was agreed to.

        The resolution as amended was then concurred in.

        Mr. West offered a resolution relative to the appointment of a committee of free conference on the bill to re-organize the Militia of this State, which was agreed to.

        The President appointed Messrs. West, Guerry and Speer as such committee, on the part of the Senate.

        Mr. Johnson offered the following resolution, which was taken up read and agreed to:

        Resolved, by the Senate that Dr. Marshall be invited to a seat in the Senate chamber during his stay at the capital and that a committee of three be appointed to notify him of this invitation.

        The President appointed Messrs. Johnson, Bacon and Chambers, as such committee.

        Mr. Pafford offered a resolution instructing our Senators and Representatives to have established a mail route from Douglas, Coffee county, to Forest, in Clinch county, which was agreed to, and on motion ordered to be transmitted forthwith to the House of Representatives.

        Senate took up and concurred in a resolution of the House of Representatives; instructing our Senators and Representatives in Congress to have established a mail route from number five on Atlantic and Gulf Rail Road to Middleton's store, in Appling county, thence to Ocmulgee, Coffee county, Georgia.


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        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to amend the 1790th, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794, 1795, 1796th sections of the Code of Georgia.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to amend the 2556 and the 2557th sections of the Code of Georgia.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to repeal the 8th clause of the 2461st section of the Code of Georgia, and to substitute a new clause in lieu thereof.

        The House of Representatives disagrees to the first amendment of the Senate, to the amendment of the House, to the bill of the Senate, to be entitled an act to prevent illegal impressments of property in this State, and to punish for the same; and have concurred in the second amendment to the same.

        The House of Representatives have concurred in the following resolutions of the Senate, to-wit:

        Resolutions of respect, for the memory of Capt. T. G. RAVEN, and I am instructed to transmit the same to the Senate forthwith.

        On motion the Senate adjourned until 3 o'clock P. M.

3 O'CLOCK P. M.

        The Senate met according to adjournment.

        Senate took up the report of the committee of the whole on the bill to define what officers of this State shall be exempt from the operation of the Conscript laws.

        The amendments offered by the committee were agreed to.

        The report of the committee as amended was then agreed to.

        Mr. Ramsay moved the previous question, was seconded, and the main question was ordered to be put.

        Upon the question shall this bill now pass? the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 26, nays 8.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Adams, Bacon, Baker, Barr, Chambers, Ezzard, Gaulden, Groover, Hubbard, Johnson, Mabry, McDonald, McRae, Pate, Pafford, Polk, Pottle, Ramsay, Reid, Simmons, Underwood, Walker, Walton, Wells, Whitaker, White.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Bennett, Grice, Guerry, Hammond, McCutchen, Price, Speer, West.

        Yeas 26; nays 8. So the bill was passed.


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        On motion the same was ordered to be transmitted forthwith to the House of Representatives.

        The joint Committee of the Senate and House of Representatives on the State Lunatic Asylum, submit the following report:

        A visit to the Asylum enables the committee to speak from personal inspection, in commendation of the harmonious adaptation of the Asylum and its management, throughout all its departments, to the accomplishment of the philanthropic purposes of the State in its erection. Order and cleanliness strike the eye, with pleasing effect, as the various apartments are brought under observation. Managed as the institution is, under the considerate, humane and skillful superintendent, Dr. Green, it cannot otherwise than prove to be an incalculable blessing to that class of our people, a proper solicitude for whose welfare prompted its projection. While the committee admire the magnificence of the institution in its architecture and arrangements, they are more deeply impressed by the moral significance of the fact, that the State of Georgia, as the general parent of her suffering children, and in the discharge of an obligation involved in that relation, thus signally manifests her tender regard for them, in so liberal an expenditure of her treasure. Without intending to express an opinion, at this time, as to the policy of receiving into the Asylum insane negroes or demented inebriates, the committee are well satisfied, that for the present such a policy cannot be carried out as contemplated by the law, as it stands in the Code. And, in view of the incompatibility of the architectural arrangements to such an end, they would suggest, that as the law remains unrepealed, the Superintendent, Dr. Green, be considered as relieved from a compliance with so much of the law as requires the reception and accommodation of such patients, until suitable apartments are erected by the State for their care.

        The appropriations asked for at this session of the General Assembly, exceed those of the previous year only in the amount asked for making suitable compensation to the "Trustees and Treasurer, sub-officers and Attendants." The increase upon the appropriation for the same purpose for the past year, is about seventy-five per cent. Your committee think that the amount is reasonable; demanded, in their judgment, by the prevalent high prices for all the means of living, and ought to be granted. Dr. Green, in unselfish devotion to the interests of the institution, presents no request for any increase of his salary.

        The sum of twenty thousand dollars it is asked shall be appropriated, exclusively to enable the Superintendent to make purchase of supplies of the leading articles of subsistence


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in the fall of 1864, for the use of the institution during the ensuing year. As is well known, such supplies can usually be more readily and cheaply obtained during the fall than afterwards, and it is to secure to the institution this advantage, that this appropriation is asked. The amount would properly be chargeable to the appropriations of 1865, and is not an increase contemplated in the disbursements of the fiscal year 1864.

        In addition to the regular appropriations for the year 1864, it is asked by the Superintendent, that the sum of fifty thousand dollars be appropriated as a contingent fund, to be used only in the event that the advance in the prices of needful supplies, for the support or continued existence of the institution, should create a positive necessity for it; the regular appropriations being inadequate to that end. And such sum or any part thereof can only be used for the purposes of the institution, when the Governor is satisfied that such further aid is necessary.

        Your committee recommend the proposed appropriations be granted.

        Your committee, in closing their report, desire to give expression to their high appreciation of the devotion and fidelity of Dr. Green to the cause of the Asylum, and beg leave to render their thanks to his wife, and his gentlemanly assistant, Dr. Powell, for their courtesies to the committee while on their visit.

J. ADAMS,
Chairman Senate Committee.

T. A. PARSONS,
Chairman House Committee.


        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to renew the banking privileges of the Georgia Rail Road and banking company.

        Mr. Wright moved to amend the report by adding a proviso:

        Mr. Adams offered a proviso in lieu of the amendment.

        Mr. Wright moved the previous question which was seconded and the main question was ordered to be put.

        The question being upon agreeing to the amendment offered by Mr. Adams, the same was lost.

        The question recurring upon the proviso offered by Mr. Wright, the same was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to.

        Upon the question shall this bill now pass, the yeas and nays were recorded, and were yeas 38 nays 0.


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        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Adams, Bacon, Barr, Bennett, Chambers, Cone, Ezzard, Gaulden, Grice, Griffin, Groover, Guerry, Guyton, Hammond, Hubbard, Johnson, Lloyd, Mabry, McCutchen, McDonald, McRae, Pate, Pafford, Polk, Pottle, Price, Ramsay, Reid, Simmons. Speer, Sprayberry, Underwood, Walker, Walton, Wells, West, Whitaker, White.

        Yeas 38; nays 0. So the bill was passed by a constitutional majority.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington their clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to define and punish the offence of skinning cows, or any other kind of stock, cattle, sheep or goats, and refusing to pay for the hides.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to allow the Ordinaries of this State to charge and receive certain fees.

        Mr. Bacon from the committee on enrollment, reported as duly enrolled and signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and ready for the signature of the President of the Senate:

        An act to change the county line between Sumpter and Terrell counties and to make Kinchafoonee Creek the line of the same.

        An act to legalize all marriages between first cousins, which have been contracted since January 1st, 1863.

        An act to extend the time of making returns of the children entitled to the benefit of the Educational fund of Georgia for the year 1863.

        An act for the relief of James T. Patterson and Kate B. Patterson.

        An act to repeal an act entitled an act to authorize the Clerk of the Superior and Inferior Courts and Ordinary of Charlton county, to keep their offices at their residences, if within six miles of the Court House.

        An act regulating the advertising of sales by administrators, executors, and guardians, and for other purposes.

        An act to increase the pay of State Printer.

        Also, resolutions relative to the disposition of certain battle flags.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have concurred in the following resolutions of the Senate, to-wit:

        A resolution authorizing the Governor to furnish certain books to the auditor of the Western and Atlantic Rail Road.


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        Also, a resolution in relation to the appointment of a committee of conference, and have appointed as such committee on the part of the House, Messrs. Barnes, Matthews of Oglethorpe, and Carswell.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to appropriate money for the support of the State Lunatic Asylum for the year 1864, and for other purposes.

        The committee on the Lunatic Asylum moved to amend the report by inserting in the first section after the word "that" the following words "from and immediately after the passage of this act", which was agreed to.

        The committee on the Lunatic Asylum moved further to amend the report by inserting in the fifth section after the word "authorized" the words "to draw", which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        On motion the Secretary was directed to transmit the same forthwith to the House of Representatives.

        Senate took up the following bill which was read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary:

        A bill to prohibit and make penal the traffic in gold and silver and to prescribe the punishment of offenders therein.

        On motion the Secretary was directed to transmit forthwith to the House of Representatives, a bill to renew the banking privileges of the Georgia Rail Road and Banking company.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following reconsidered bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to provide for raising revenue for the political year 1864 and for other purposes.

        The bill being taken up by sections, Mr. Gaulden moved to amend the report by striking out in the first section the words "one per cent", and inserting in lieu thereof the words "one half of one per cent".

        Upon agreeing to which the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 18 nays 21.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Anthony, Bacon, Barr, Bennett, Ezzard, Gaulden, Groover, Guerry, Hubbard, Johnson, McCutchen, McRae, Pafford, Price, Ramsay, Simmons, Underwood, Walker.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Adams, Baker, Chambers, Cone, Cook, Grice, Griffin, Hammond, Lloyd, Mabry, McDonald, Pate, Polk, Pottle, Reid, Speer, Sprayberry, Walton, West, Whitaker, White.

        Yeas 18; nays 21: So the motion to strike out was lost.


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        Mr. Ramsay moved to amend the report by striking out the second section, which was lost.

        Mr. Reid moved further to amend the report by striking out the third section, and inserting another in lieu thereof.

        Pending the consideration of the same,

        On motion the Senate adjourned until 7 o'clock P. M.

7 O'CLOCK, P. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment, and resumed the consideration of the unfinished business at the last adjournment, which was the amendment pending to the third section of

        A bill to provide for raising a revenue for the political year 1864, and for other purposes.

        Upon agreeing to which, to strike out the third section, the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 9, nays 24.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Baker, Barr, Ezzard, Gaulden, Griffin Hubbard, Reid, Simmons, Underwood, Walker.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Adams, Bacon, Bennett, Chambers, Cook, Grice, Guerry, Johnson, Lloyd, Mabry, McCutchen, McDonald, McRae, Pate, Pafford, Polk, Pottle, Price, Ramsay, Speer, Walton, West, Whitaker, White.

        Yeas 10; nays 24. So the motion to strike out was lost.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed, and ordered to be transmitted forthwith to the House of Representatives.

        Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were read the first time, to-wit:

        A bill to amend the 2556 and 2557th sections of the Code of Georgia.

        Also, a bill to amend the 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794, 1795, and 1796th sections of the Code of Georgia.

        Also, a bill to cancel certain portions of the Georgia Treasury notes lately issued, by issuing Treasury certificates of deposit, and for other purposes.

        Also, a bill to provide for raising a revenue for the political year 1864, and for the support of the Government, and for other purposes.


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        Also, a bill to define and punish the offence of skinning cows, or any other kind of stock, cattle, sheep or goats, and refusing to pay for the hides.

        Also, a bill to allow the Ordinaries of this State to charge and receive certain fees.

        Also, a bill to repeal the 8th clause of 2461st section of the code of Georgia, and substitute another in lieu thereof.

        Also, a bill to levy a tax upon net incomes and profits and for other purposes.

        Senate took up the following bills, which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

        A bill to punish any person who may hereafter counsel or assist any deserter in resisting a legal arrest in this State.

        Also, a bill to require the Judges of the Superior Courts of the various counties in this State, to enter a nolle prosequi in certain cases:

        Also, a bill to legalize and make valid the marriage of John G. Gibson and his wife, whose maiden name was Mary E. Hartfield, who are first cousins and both of the county of Oglethorpe.

        Also, a bill to alter and amend an act entitled an act to prevent the unnecessary consumption of grain by distillers, and for other purposes.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives has passed the following bill, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to cancel certain portions of the Georgia Treasury notes lately issued, by issuing Treasury certificates of deposit and for other purposes.

        Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole, to-wit:

        A bill to increase the per diem pay of school teachers entitled to the benefit of the poor school fund of this State.

        Also, a bill to amend and continue in force an act to appoint commissioners for the county academies of Walton, Gwinnett, Hall, Habersham, Rabun, Warren and Pulaski, and to incorporate the same, assented to 25th Dec'r 1821, so far as Walton county is concerned, and for other purposes.

        Also, a bill to provide for the burial of Paupers in this State.

        Also, a bill to define the time that county Treasurers in the several counties of this State shall hold their offices.

        Also, a bill to reduce the amount of the bond of the sheriff of McIntosh county.


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        Also, a bill to alter and change the place of holding the Superior and Inferior Courts of the county of Glynn.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have concurred in the amendments of the Senate, to the bill of the House of Representatives, to be entitled an act to appropriate money for the support of the State Lunatic Asylum for the year 1864, and for other purposes.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to prescribe and establish the qualifications for holding the offices of Sheriffs, coroners, Justices of the Inferior Courts, Justices of the Peace, Tax Collectors and Receivers, Ordinaries, and Constables, in this State, and for other purposes.

        Mr. Gaulden moved to amend the report by inserting the following words: "Judges of the Superior, and Supreme Court, Members of the Legislature, and Governor of Georgia.

        Mr. Speer moved to adjourn until 9 o'clock to-morrow morning.

        Upon agreeing to which the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 16, nays 21.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Adams, Anthony, Bennett, Chambers, Cone, Cook, Guerry, Hubbard, Lloyd, Mabry, McCutchen, McDonald, Pate, Ramsay, Speer, West.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Bacon, Baker, Barr, Blackwell, Ezzard, Gaulden, Grice, Griffin, Johnson, McRae, Pafford, Polk, Pottle, Price, Reid, Simmons, Underwood, Walker, Walton, Whitaker, White.

        Yeas 16; nays 21. So the motion to adjourn was lost.

        Mr. Wright moved the previous question, which was seconded.

        The main question was ordered to be put.

        The committee on the Judiciary reported adversely to the passage of the bill.

        Upon agreeing to which the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 29, nays 9.

        Those who voted in the affirmative, were Messrs.

        Bacon, Baker, Barr, Bennett, Blackwell, Cone, Ezzard, Gaulden, Grice, Griffin, Hubbard, Lloyd, Mabry, McDonald,


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McRae, Pate, Pafford, Polk, Pottle, Price, Ramsay, Reid, Simmons, Speer, Underwood, Walker, Walton, Whitaker, White.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Adams, Anthony, Chambers, Cook, Guerry, Johnson, McCutchen, West, Wright.

        So the report was agreed to, and the bill was lost.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives refuses to concur in the amendment of the Senate, to the bill of the House of Representatives, to be entitled an act to renew the banking privileges of the Georgia Rail Road and banking company, and respectfully requests the Senate to recede therefrom.

        The House of Representatives have concurred in the amendments of the Senate, to the bill of the House of Representatives, to be entitled an act to provide for raising revenue for the political year 1864, and for other purposes.

        The House of Representatives have also passed the following bill of the Senate, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to authorize the Governor of this State to grant a license for the manufacture of alcohol for medicinal and mechanical purposes.

        On motion the Senate adjourned until to-morrow morning 9 o'clock.

SATURDAY, DEC. 12TH, 1863.
9 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.

        Mr. Cook moved to reconsider so much of the Journal of yesterday as relates to the vote by which a bill to prescribe and establish the qualifications for holding the offices of Sheriffs, Coroners, Justices of the Inferior Court, Justices of the Peace, Tax Collectors and Receivers, Ordinaries and Constables in this State, and for other purposes, was lost.

        Mr. Wright moved the previous question, which was seconded, and the main question was ordered to be put.

        Upon agreeing to the motion, the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 21; nays 20.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Adams, Anthony, Bacon, Chambers, Cook, Grice, Griffin,


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Guerry, Hammond, Johnson, Lloyd, Mabry, McCutchen, Pate, Reid, Speer, Sprayberry, Walker, Watkins, West, Whitaker.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Baker, Barr, Bennett, Blackwell, Ezzard, Gaulden, Groover, Hubbard, McDonald, McRae, Pafford, Polk, Pottle, Price, Ramsay, Simmons, Underwood, Walton, Wells, White.

        So the motion to reconsider was agreed to.

        Leave of absence was granted the committee on conference.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which had been amended in the Senate, in which the House refused to concur:

        A bill to renew the banking privileges of the Georgia Railroad and Banking Company.

        Mr. Wright moved that the Senate insist on its amendment, which was agreed to.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bill, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to increase the pay of all officers, non-commissioned officers and privates from the State of Georgia in the army of the Confederate States, and to levy and collect a tax on all property in this State for the payment of the same.

        The following message was received from his Excellency the Governor, by Mr. Waters, his Secretary, to-wit:

        Mr. President:--The Governor has approved and signed the following acts, to-wit:

        An act to amend an act incorporating the Southern Insurance Company, passed December 17th, 1861.

        An act to change the time of holding the Inferior Court of the county of Pike.

        An act to alter and amend section 611th of the Code of Georgia.

        An act to amend the 1630th section of the Code of Georgia, and for other purposes.

        An act to repeal section 4459 of the revised Code of Georgia, and to substitute another in lieu thereof.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bill, to-wit:


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        A bill to be entitled an act to provide for the education of soldiers' children, and other poor children.

        The House of Representatives have also adopted a resolution rescinding the joint resolution adjourning this General Assembly sine die, in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate.

        The Senate took up and concurred in a resolution of the House of Representatives rescinding a joint resolution adjourning the General Assembly this day at 12 o'clock, M.

        On motion, the same was ordered to be transmitted forthwith to the House of Representatives.

        Mr. McCutchen introduced a bill to amend the charter of the Cherokee Insurance and Banking Company at Dalton, Georgia, so as to authorize said Company to remove its assets and property to the town of Cuthbert or such other place in Georgia as said Company may select, and to carry on the legitimate business of said Company in the place that may be so selected, which was read the first time.

        Mr. McCutchen moved to take up said bill for a second reading, which was lost.

        Mr. Bacon, chairman of the Committee on Enrollment, reports as duly enrolled and signed by the Speaker of the House and ready for the signature of the President of the Senate, the following acts, to-wit:

        An act to appropriate money for the support of the State Lunatic Asylum for the year 1864, and for other purposes.

        Also, an act to provide for raising revenue for the political year 1864, and for other purposes.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole--

        A bill to fix the time when all the laws passed at the present session of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia, shall take effect and be in force.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed, and ordered to be transmitted to the House of Representatives.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have acted as follows upon the amendments of the Senate to the bill of the House to be entitled an act to authorize the tax-payers of this State to pay their State and county taxes in Confederate Treasury Notes:

        To the first amendment of the Senate thereto, the House of Representatives agrees, with an amendment, in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate. In the second amendment of the Senate to the same, the House concurs.


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The House refuses to concur in the third amendment to the said bill, and respectfully requests the Senate to recede therefrom.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to amend and continue in force an act to appoint commissioners for the county academies of Walton, Gwinnett, Hall, Habersham, Rabun, Warren and Pulaski, and to incorporate the same, assented to 25th Dec., 1821, so far as Walton county is concerned, and for other purposes.

        Mr. Walker moved to amend the report by striking out the word "Nathaniel" and inserting the word "Nehemiah," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Walker moved further to amend the report by striking out the words "D. H. Walker" and inserting the words "John Pelker," which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        On motion, the same was ordered to be transmitted to the House of Representatives.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to indemnify James A. Ernst, of Effingham county.

        The report was disagreed to and the bill was lost.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills of the Senate, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to refund to Harriet M. R. Montmollin, administratrix on the estate of John S. Montmollin, late of Chatham county, deceased, the amount of a double tax paid by her for the year 1863 in Chatham county, with amendments, in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate.

        A bill to be entitled an act to amend the 1855th section of the Code of Georgia.

        A bill to be entitled an act to amend the 2480th section of the revised Code of Georgia.

        For the bill of the Senate to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to authorize guardians, trustees, executors and administrators to invest in Confederate bonds and in land and negroes, assented to Dec. 16th, 1863, the House have adopted and passed a bill of similar title, in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:


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        A bill to amend an act approved 22d day of January, 1852, making Marietta in said State a city.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The committee appointed to investigate and report upon the business before the two Houses of the General Assembly, and to suggest the earliest day for the adjournment, beg leave to report as follows, to-wit:

        Besides a number of bills in the hands of committees, the precise number not known.

        The committee are of opinion from the quantity and character of the business to be acted on (if the two Houses think proper to consider at all) that it is impossible to finish it without extending the session of the General Assembly beyond forty days, and that the same cannot be disposed of sooner than Wednesday next, the 16th inst.

PETER CONE,
Chairman Senate.

C. D. HAMMOND,

LEROY SUTTON,

BEN. B. MOORE,
Ch'n House.


        Mr. Bacon, from the Committee on Enrollment, reported as duly enrolled and ready for the signature of the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives, the following act and resolutions, to-wit:


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        An act to authorize the Governor of this State to grant a license for the manufacture of alcohol for medicinal and mechanical purposes.

        Also, a resolution in relation to the appointment of a committee of conference.

        Also, a resolution authorizing the Governor to furnish certain books to the Auditor of the Western & Atlantic Railroad.

        Also, resolutions of respect for the memory of Captain T. G. Raven.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills of the Senate, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to extend the corporate limits of the town of Lawrenceville in the county of Gwinnett, to increase the powers of the Board of Commissioners of said town, and to provide for the compensation of their President.

        A bill to be entitled an act to authorize and empower the Ordinaries of the several counties in this State to pay over to the Inferior Courts any surplus of funds in their hands belonging to the educational fund, for the relief of the indigent families of soldiers.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to appropriate money for the support of indigent families of soldiers who may be in the public service, and for the support of indigent soldiers who may be disabled by wounds or disease in the service of this State or of the Confederate States, for and during the year 1864, and to provide for the application of the same to the purposes aforesaid, and for other purposes.

        On motion, the bill was taken up by sections.

        Mr. Speer offered the following as a substitute in lieu of the original bill, to-wit:

        A bill to provide relief for the families and dependents of soldiers in the military service; for the indigent widows and orphans of deceased soldiers; for those indigent persons who have been disabled either by wounds or disease in the military service either of the Confederacy or State.

        Pending the consideration of which, the hour of adjournment having arrived, the President adjourned the Senate until 3 o'clock, P. M.


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3 O'CLOCK, P. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment.

        Leave of absence was granted Messrs. Polk and Ramsay for the evening.

        The Senate resumed the consideration of the unfinished business of the morning, which was a bill of the House of Representatives to appropriate money for the support of indigent families of soldiers who may be in the public service, and for the support of indigent soldiers who may be disabled by wounds or disease in the service of this State, or of the Confederate States, for and during the year 1864, and to provide for the application of the same to the purposes aforesaid, and for other purposes; and the substitute pending thereto; which was lost.

        The first section of the bill as amended by the Committee on Finance was agreed to.

        The Committee on Finance moved to amend the second section by inserting after the words "the first day of February, the" the following words "as soon thereafter as may be practicable," which was agreed to.

        The committee moved further to amend the report by striking out all of 2d section after the word "made" and inserting in lieu thereof the following words: "upon the basis of the number of beneficiaries returned at the time said apportionment is made."

        Upon agreeing to which, the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 25; nays 9.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Adams, Baker, Bennett, Blackwell, Chambers, Cone, Cook, Gaulden, Grice, Groover, Guyton, Hammond, Johnson, Lloyd, Mabry, McDonald, McRae, Pate, Pafford, Pottle, Speer, Walton, Wells, Whitaker, White.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Ezzard, Griffin, McCutchen, Price, Ramsay, Reid, Simmons, Underwood, Walker.

        So the motion was agreed to.

        The Committee on Finance moved further to amend the report by striking out in the 7th section all the words between the word "beneficiary" and the word "provided," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Speer moved further to amend the report by adding an additional section, which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed, and ordered to be transmitted to the House of Representatives.


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        Mr. Lloyd, chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, made the following report:

        Mr. President:--The Committee on the Judiciary, to whom were referred sundry bills, have had the same under consideration, and direct me to report as follows:

        A bill to be entitled an act to amend the third section of the Code, and to carry into effect on the first day of January, 1864, an act passed by the present General Assembly separating the offices of Receiver of Tax Returns and Tax Collector of this State, which the committee amends by inserting the words "this act shall be of force and take effect from the day of its passage, and that," after the word "that" near the beginning of the 2d section of said bill, and as amended recommend its passage.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to repeal the third and twelfth sections of the Code of Georgia, relative to the construction of statutes, which they recommend do pass.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of the heirs and legatees of the estate of William Hogan, which they recommend do not pass.

THOS. E. LLOYD, Ch'mn.


        Mr. Bacon, from the committee on enrollment, reported as duly enrolled and ready for the signature of the President of the Senate, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, the following acts, to-wit:

        An act to amend the 2480th section of the revised Code of Georgia.

        Also, an act to amend the 1855th paragraph of the revised Code of Georgia.

        Also, an act to authorize and empower the Ordinaries of the several counties in this State, to pay over to the Inferior Courts, any surplus of funds in their hands, belonging to the educational fund, for the relief of the indigent families of soldiers.

        Also, an act to extend the corporate limits of the town of Lawrenceville, in the county of Gwinnett; to increase the powers of the board of Commissioners of said town, and to provide for the compensation of their President.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following reconsidered bill of the House of Representatives--

        A bill for the relief of Joseph T. Lumpkin of the county of Clark.

        The committee on the Judiciary reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to, and the bill was lost.

        Mr. Bacon, chairman of the committee on enrollment, reported


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as duly enrolled and signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and ready for the signature of the President of the Senate, the following resolutions, to-wit:

        A resolution, to request the establishment of a Mail route, and for other purposes.

        Also, a resolution for the appointment of a committee, to investigate the condition and management of the Western and Atlantic Rail Road.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives--

        A bill to authorize the Treasurer and Comptroller General to issue five millions of dollars of change bills for the State of Georgia.

        The committee on Finance moved to amend the report by striking out the word "five" and insert "one" which was agreed to.

        Mr. Speer moved further to amend the report by striking out all change bills of a denomination below "fifty cents", which was agreed to.

        The report as amended, was agreed to.

        Upon the question "shall this bill now pass?" the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 27, nays 8.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Bacon, Bennett, Blackwell, Chambers, Cone, Cook, Gaulden, Grice, Groover, Guyton, Hubbard, Johnson, Lloyd, Mabry, McCutchen, McDonald, McRae, Pafford, Pottle, Price, Reid, Simmons, Speer, Underwood, Walton, Wells, Whitaker.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Adams, Anthony, Griffin, Pate, Polk, Ramsay, Walker, White.

        Yeas 27; nays 8. So the bill was passed.

        Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, to prevent the illegal impressment of property in this State, which had been amended in the Senate, in which the House of Representatives refused to concur.

        Mr. Walker moved that the Senate insist on its amendment, which was agreed to.

        On motion, the Senate adjourned until 7 o'clock P. M.

7 O'CLOCK, P. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment.

        Leave of absence was granted Mr. Simmons after to-day, on account of sickness of his family.


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        Leave of absence was granted Messrs. Anthony and McCutchen for the balance of the session.

        Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to the committee on Finance:

        A bill to levy a tax upon net incomes and profits; to provide for the collection of the same, and to insure the prosecution of persons evading this act.

        Senate took up and concurred in a resolution of the House of Representatives, relative to freights, passage, &c., on the Western and Atlantic Rail Road.

        Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to the committee on Finance:

        A bill to provide for raising a revenue for the political year 1864, and for support of Government during said year and to make certain special appropriations, and for other purposes therein mentioned.

        Mr. Pottle, chairman of the committee on conference, upon the disagreement of the two houses, upon the bill to be entitled an act to repeal so much of the 2509th, 2510th, 2512th, and 3618th sections of the Code of Georgia, as requires three months notice to be given in a public gazette, of an application for titles upon bonds of deceased persons, and to provide for the trial of such cases, when objections are filed, and to provide for the payment of costs in such cases, report that they have been able to adjust these differences, and report the original bill back with an amendment thereto, to-wit: after the words "executor" in the third line of the second section, insert the words, "and heirs at law if to be found in this State, and if non-residents, by publication in one of the gazettes of this State, for thirty days", which they hope may be adopted, and your committee discharged.

E. H. POTTLE, Chairman.


        Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole:

        A bill to repeal the 8th clause of the 2461st section of the Code of Georgia, and to substitute a new clause in lieu thereof.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bill to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to allow the owner or controller of a slave or slaves, when such slave or slaves shall commit any offence which is not capital against the person, to settle the same, and for other purposes.


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        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to amend the charter of the Macon and Western Rail Road company.

        The committee on Internal Improvements moved to amend the report by adding a proviso to the first section, which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which had been referred to a committee of conference:

        A bill to repeal so much of the 2509, 2510, 2512, and 3618th sections of the Code of Georgia, as requires three months notice to be given in a public gazette, of an application for titles upon bonds of deceased persons, and to provide for the trial of such cases, when objections are filed, and to provide for the payment of cost in such cases.

        The committee on conference reported in favor of the original bill with an amendment, which was agreed to.

        On motion the same was ordered to be transmitted to the House of Representatives.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives--

        A bill to repeal the third and twelfth sections of the Code of Georgia, relative to the construction of statutes.

        Mr. Grice offered a substitute in lieu of the original bill, which was lost.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to the committee of the whole:

        A bill to cancel certain portions of the Georgia Treasury notes lately issued, by issuing Treasury certificates of deposit, and for other purposes.

        Also, a bill to define and punish the offence of skinning cows, or any other kind of stock, cattle, sheep, or goats, and refusing to pay for the hides.

        Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were severally read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary:

        A bill to amend the 2556th and 2557th sections of the Code of Georgia.


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        Also, a bill to repeal the 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794, 1795, 1796th sections of the Code of Georgia.

        Also, a bill to allow the Ordinaries of this state to charge and receive certain fees.

        Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were read the first time:

        A bill to increase the pay of all officers and privates from the State of Georgia, in the army of the Confederate States, and to levy and collect a tax on all property in this State, for the payment of the same.

        Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which had been amended in the Senate, in which the House concurred to the first amendment with an amendment--

        On motion, Senate concurred in the amendment.

        To the second amendment of the Senate the House refused to concur.

        On motion, the Senate insist on its amendment, and also to amend the title of said bill.

        On motion the same was ordered to be transmitted forthwith to the House of Representatives.

        Senate took up the following bills of the House of Representatives, which were read the first time:

        A bill to allow the owner or controller of a slave or slaves when such slave or slaves shall commit any offence which is not capital against the person or property of any white person, to settle the same, and for other purposes.

        Also, a bill to provide for the education of soldiers children, and for other purposes.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to increase the per diem pay of school teachers entitled to the benefit of the poor school fund of this State.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill for the relief of the heirs and legatees of the estate of William Hogan.

        The committee on the Judiciary reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to, and the bill was lost.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to provide for the burial of Paupers in this State.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.


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        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to define the time that county Treasurers in the several counties of this State, shall hold their offices.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to reduce the amount of the bond of the Sheriff of McIntosh county.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to alter and change the place of holding the Superior and Inferior Courts of the county of Glynn.

        The report was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to amend the third section of the Code, and to carry into effect on the first day of January 1864, an act passed by the present General Assembly, separating the offices of Receiver of Tax returns and Tax collector of this State.

        The committee on the Judiciary moved to amend the report by inserting in the second section after the word "that" the words "this act shall be of force and take effect from the day of its passage, and that", which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to.

        The bill was read the third time and passed.

        Mr. Price offered a resolution authorizing the removal of the Cherokee Insurance and banking company, from Dalton to Atlanta, Macon or Cuthbert, which was taken up, read and agreed to.

        On motion the same was ordered to be transmitted forthwith to the House of Representatives.

        On motion the Senate adjourned until 9 o'clock Monday morning.

MONDAY DEC. 14TH, 1863.
9 O'CLOCK, A. M.

        Senate met according to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Ridley.

        Mr. Lloyd moved to reconsider so much of the journal of Saturday as relates to the vote by which a bill of the House of Representatives to indemnify James A. Ernest of Effingham county, which was agreed to.


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        Mr. Pottle offered the following resolution which was taken up, read and agreed to.

        The Hon. Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President of the Confederate States having arrived at the seat of Government it is

        Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to wait upon and invite him to a seat on the floor of the Senate.

        The President appointed Messrs. Pottle, Ramsay and Whitaker as such committee.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President.--The House of Representatives has receded from their disagreement to the Senate amendment to the bill to prevent the illegal impressment of property in this State and to punish for the same.

        The House of Representatives have agreed to the report of the committee of Conference on the bill of the House to be entitled an act to repeal so much of the 2509th, 2510th, 2512th and 3618th sections of the Code of Georgia as requires three months' notice to be given in a public gazette of an application for titles upon bonds of deceased persons and to provide for the trial of such cases, when objections are filed, and to provide for the payment of costs in such cases.

        The House of Representatives have concurred in the resolution of the Senate, to appoint a committee to secure copies of the sermons delivered by the Rev. Drs. Higgins and Marshall on fast day. The House has concurred in the amendment of the Senate to the bill of the House to be entitled an act to amend the charter of the Macon and Western Rail Road Company.

        Mr. Cone from the joint committee on the Penitentiary made the following report:

        Mr. President.--The various branches have been examined by sub-committees from which we learn that the institution was never better managed, than under the present Superintendent, and his able subordinates. The institution is governed by strict discipline, the inmates are healthy and capable of performing the usual required labor. The cell buildings are kept remarkably clean and healthy. The books are kept by Mr. T. T. Windsor. We find that he has performed his whole duty with care and correctness unsurpassed. The shoe department is ably managed, and if materials could be procured, would be of great benefit to the country, and a source of revenue to the State. The scarcity and high price of iron has greatly diminished the profits heretofore received from the blacksmith shops, and all other works where iron constitute a component part of articles manufactured. The wood shops are well supplied


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with good materials, and are turning out good substantial vehicles, at remunerative prices.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to levy a tax upon net incomes and profits to provide for the collection of the same and to insure the prosecution of persons evading this act.

        The committee on Finance to whom this bill was referred offered a substitute in lieu of the original bill which was taken up by sections and agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        On motion, the same was ordered to be transmitted forth-with to the House of Representatives.

        Mr. Speer chairman of the Committee on Finance, made the following report:

        Mr. President.--The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a bill to be entitled an act to extend the time for the collection of taxes in the county of Walker and to provide a guard for the Tax Collector in said county and all other counties similarly situated, have had the same under consideration and report it back to the Senate and recommend that it do pass;

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to provide for raising revenue for the political year 1864 and for the support of government during said year and to make certain special appropriations and for other purposes therein mentioned, which they amend as follows, viz: the tenth section by striking out the words "two millions" and insert in lieu thereof the following, "two millions five hundred thousand," also in 11th section after the word "authorize" and insert the words "to borrow the money or." Also in the 13th section strike out the words "Treasury notes and." Also in the 17th section strike out all the words between the words "pay" and "principal," also add to the end of the 22d section the following "which sum is hereby appropriated for that purpose." Also to add the following additional section, viz:

        Sec. 27. And be it further enacted, That the sum of two hundred dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to Dr. Samuel H. Higgins, for his services and payment of expenses in attending and preaching a sermon by invitation of the General Assembly on the last fast day, and the Governor is authorized to draw his warrant for the same on the Treasury in favor of said Dr. Samuel Higgins.

        Mr. Bacon chairman of the Committee on Enrollment reports as duly enrolled and signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and now ready for the signature


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of the President of the Senate, the following resolutions and acts, to-wit:

        Resolutions relative to freights, passage, &c., on the Western and Atlantic Railroad.

        An act to repeal so much of the 2509th, 2510th, 2512th and 3618th sections of the Code of Georgia, as requires three months notice to be given in a public gazette, of an application for titles upon bonds of deceased persons, and to provide for the trial of such cases, when objections are filed, and to provide for the payment of costs in such cases.

        An act to amend the charter of the Macon and Western Rail Road Company.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to extend the time for the collection of taxes in the county of Walker and to provide a guard for the Tax Collector in said county and all other counties similarly situated.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to provide for raising revenue for the political year 1864, and for the support of Government during said year, and to make certain special appropriations and for other purposes therein mentioned.

        On motion, the bill was taken up by sections.

        Mr. Speer moved to amend the report by inserting in the 10th section after the word "millions" the words "five hundred thousand," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Speer moved further to amend the report by inserting in the 11th section after the word "authorized" the words "to borrow the money or," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Walker moved further to amend the report by inserting in the 12th section in the blank the words "five hundred thousand" which was agreed to.

        Mr. Speer moved further to amend the report by striking out in the 13th section the words "Treasury notes and," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Speer moved further to amend the report by striking out in the 17th section all the words between the words "pay" and "principal" which was agreed to.

        Mr. Ramsay moved further to amend the report by adding the following to the 18th section, "and that the sum of three hundred and seven dollars and fifty cents be appropriated to pay the per diem and mileage of the Honorable William Harrington, deceased Representative from Terrell county,


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and that R. J. Warren be authorized to receive the same and pay it over to his representatives," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Speer moved further to amend the report by adding to the 22d section the words "and the same is hereby appropriated for that purpose," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Speer moved further to amend the report by striking out in the 23d section the word "hundred" and inserting in lieu thereof the word "thousand," which was agreed to.

        Mr. Speer moved further to amend the report by adding an additional section as section 27, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Adams moved further to amend the report by adding an additional section as section 28, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Adams moved further to amend the report by adding an additional section as sect 29, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Walker moved further to amend the report by adding an additional section as section 30, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Speer moved further to amend the report by adding an additional section, which was lost.

        Mr. Guerry moved further to amend the report by adding an additional section as section 31, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Chambers moved further to amend the report by adding an additional section.

        Upon agreeing to which, the same being a donation, the yeas and nays were recorded and were yeas 14 nays 18.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Bacon, Bennett, Chambers, Cone, Gaulden, Groover, Guerry, Johnson, Lloyd, Mabry, McRae, Pottle, West, Whitaker.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Adams, Cook, Ezzard Grice Griffin, Guyton, Hammond, McDonald, Pate, Polk, Price, Ramsay, Reid, Speer, Underwood, Walker, Wells, White.

        So the amendment was lost.

        Mr. Bacon moved further to amend the report by adding an additional section as section 32, which was agreed to.

        Mr. Griffin moved the previous question which was seconded.

        The main question was ordered to be put.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        Mr. Bacon from the Committee on Enrollment reports as duly enrolled and signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and ready for the signature of the President of the Senate the following acts of the House, to-wit:

        An act to reduce the amount of the bond of the Sheriff of McIntosh county.


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        Also an act to repeal the third and twelfth sections of the Code of Georgia, relative to the construction of statutes.

        Also an act to amend an act of the Georgia Legislature, approved the 22d day of January, 1852, making Marietta, in said State a city.

        Also an act to alter and change the place of holding the Superior and Inferior Courts of the county of Glynn.

        Also an act to define the time that county Treasurers in the several counties of this State shall hold their offices.

        Also an act to increase the per diem pay of school teachers entitled to the benefits of the poor school fund of this State.

        Also an act to provide for the burial of paupers in this State.

        Mr. Bacon from the Committee on Enrollment reported as duly enrolled and ready for the signature of the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives the following act and resolutions, to-wit:

        An act to prevent illegal impressments of property in this State, and to punish for the same.

        Also a resolution to appoint a committee to secure copies of the sermons delivered by the Rev. Drs. Higgins and Marshall on fast day for publication.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have concurred in the amendments of the Senate to the bill of the House to be entitled an act to appropriate money for the support of indigent families' of soldiers who may be in the public service, and for the support of indigent soldiers who may be disabled by wounds of disease in the service of this State, or of the Confederate States, for and during the year 1864; and to provide for the application of the same, to the purposes aforesaid, and for other purposes, with amendments thereto, in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate.

        The following message was received from His Excellency the Governor by Mr. Waters his Secretary, to-wit:

        Mr. President.--I am directed by the Governor to lay before the Senate a message nominating certain persons to fill vacancies in offices of Judge of the Superior Courts.

        Also a message nominating a State's Attorney and Solicitor General.

        Mr. West chairman of the Committee of Conference on the part of the Senate upon the bill to be entitled an act to reorganize the militia of the State of Georgia and for other purposes, and the matters of disagreement between the two branches of the General Assembly in relation thereto, made the following report:


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        Mr. President.--The committee appointed on part of the Senate to conduct the conference between the two Houses upon the bill to be entitled an act to reorganize the militia of the State of Georgia and for other purposes, and the matters of disagreement between them, have met the committee appointed to conduct such conference on part of the House of Representatives, and having freely conferred with them upon the matters with which they were charged, and after careful and mature consideration, have agreed to the bill accompanying this report:

        The main features of the bill herewith submitted provide for the enrollment of all male persons resident in this State between the ages of sixteen and sixty years, into one organization, to be divided into two classes. The first class to be composed of all male persons between the ages of seventeen and fifty years, to be styled the militia proper, and to be first liable to military duty under this act.

        The second class to be composed of all male persons between the ages of sixteen and seventeen years, and between the ages of fifty and sixty years, to be styled the militia reserve, to be wholly exempt from draft and to be exempt from drill duty and active military service, except in certain emergencies therein specified. Such exemptions from the operation of this act have been added, as the committee deem absolutely necessary and proper for the welfare and security of the State.

        The remaining portions of the bill relate to details necessary to perfect a complete military organization, and to render the same effective whenever the exigencies of the State shall require the employment of all of its defensive energies to maintain its sovereignty and to preserve the liberties of its people.

        Trusting that the results arrived at, will meet the approval of the General Assembly your committee direct me respectfully to submit the bill upon which the committee of Conference have agreed, to be entitled an act to reorganize the militia of the State of Georgia and for other purposes, as a part of this report, and recommend that the same be adopted, and your committee discharged from the further consideration thereof.

FRED. H. WEST, Chm'n.


        The Senate took up the report of the Committee of Conference on a bill to be entitled an act to reorganize the militia of this State and for other purposes.

        On motion, the report of the committee was agreed to and the bill was ordered to be transmitted forthwith to the House of Representatives.

        Mr. Speer. Chairman of the Finance Committee made the following report, viz:


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        Mr. Speaker.--The joint standing Committee on Finance have examined the books and vouchers of the Comptroller General's office, and the books, vouchers, and warrants and counted the money in the Treasurer's office, making the account current from the 16th of October, 1862, to the 30th day of November, 1863, both days inclusive, and submit the following as the result of their labors, remarking that the entries on the books in both offices correspond exactly with the vouchers, and with each other, viz:

REPORT FROM COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE.

        The Treasurer of the State of Georgia in account current from the 16th October, 1862 to 30th November, 1863, both days inclusive:

        DR.


STATEMENT FROM TREASURER'S OFFICE.

        Total payment of Warrants examined from December 1862, to the 1st December, 1863, $7,640,117.40

        The committee have in obedience to the law, sealed and indorsed the Warrants examined, and in closing their report take pleasure in bearing testimony to the correct and neat manner in which the books of both offices are kept.

        All of which is respectfully submitted,


        The Senate took up a bill of the House of Representatives to appropriate money for the support of indigent soldiers' families and for other purposes, which had been amended in the Senate and concurred in by the House with amendments.

        On motion, the amendments were concurred in.

        Mr. Bacon offered the following resolution which was taken up, read and agreed to:

        Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate be directed to transmit immediately to the House of Representatives all bills and resolutions which may pass unless otherwise ordered by the Senate.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to define and punish the offence of skinning cows or any other kind of stock, cattle, sheep or goats, and refusing to pay for the hides.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.


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        The Senate took up the following bill which had been amended in the House of Representatives:

        A bill to refund to Harriet M. R. Montmollin, Administratix on the estate of John S. Montmollin, late of Chatham county, deceased, the amount of a double tax paid by her for the year 1863, in Chatham county.

        On motion, the amendment was concurred in.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to cancel certain portions of the Georgia Treasury notes lately issued; by issuing Treasury Certificates of deposite and for other purposes.

        Mr. Walker moved to amend the report by adding a proviso, which was agreed to.

        The report as amended was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        On motion, the Senate went into secret Executive session, and after remaining sometime therein the secret Executive session was dissolved and the Senate resumed its regular business.

        On motion the Senate adjourned until 4 o'clock, P. M.

4 O'CLOCK, P. M.

        The Senate met according to adjournment.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to grant relief to the Banks of this State.

        On motion, the same was indefinitely postponed.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to authorize the Governor to appoint additional staff officers.

        On motion, the same was indefinitely postponed.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to provide for the fining of Grand and Petit and Talis Jurors.

        On motion, the same was indefinitely postponed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to encourage the organization of a navy.

        The report was disagreed to and the bill was lost.

        The Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives in reference to the pay of detailed soldiers.

        On motion the same was concurred in.


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        Leave was granted Mr. Lloyd to withdraw a bill to incorporate the Okefeenokee Drainage and Land Company.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington their Clerk:

        Mr. President.--The House of Representatives have agreed to the amendments of the Senate with an amendment to the bill of the House entitled an act to provide for raising a revenue for the political year 1864, and for the support of government during said year, and to make certain special appropriations and for other purposes therein mentioned.

        The House have concurred in the amendments of the Senate to the following bills of the House to-wit: A bill to be entitled an act to amend the 3d section of the Code and to carry into effect on the 1st of January 1864, an act passed by the present General Assembly separating the offices of Receiver of Tax Returns and Tax Collectors of this State.

        A bill to be entitled an act to authorize the Treasurer and Comptroller General to issue five millions of dollars of change bills for the State of Georgia.

        A bill to be entitled an act to cancel certain portions of the Georgia Treasury notes lately issued, by issuing Treasury Certificates of deposite and for other purposes.

        The House of Representatives have passed the following bills of the Senate to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act for the relief of William J. Toole, a citizen of this State.

        A bill to be entitled an act to protect camp grounds from intrusion and for other purposes. Also,

        A bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Jane B. Eave, of the county of Polk, and Ellen Mathews of the county of Baldwin.

        The House of Representatives have passed the following resolutions to-wit:

        Resolutions requesting Congress to pass laws allowing our volunteers to elect their own field and company officers, and I am instructed to transmit the same to the Senate forthwith.

        The House of Representatives have adopted the report of the committee of conference on the bill of the Senate to be entitled an act to reorganize the militia of Georgia and for other purposes, and have passed said bill.

        The House of Representatives refuses to concur in the amendments of the Senate to the bill of the House to be entitled an act to levy a tax upon net incomes and profits to provide for the collection of the same and to insure the prosecution of persons evading this act.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives which had been amended in the Senate in which the House concurred with an amendment.


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        On motion, the Senate concurred in the amendment.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives which had been amended in the Senate:

        A bill to levy a tax upon net incomes and profits, to provide for the collection of the same and to insure the prosecution of persons evading this act.

        Mr. Speer moved that the Senate insist on its amendment and ask for the appointment of a committee of conference, which was agreed to.

        The President appointed Messrs. Speer, Lloyd and Whitaker as such committee on the part of the Senate.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk.

        Mr. President.--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills of the Senate, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to amend an act to authorize all volunteer and other troops from this State to vote at all elections without reference to the place where they may be in service at the time of such elections and for other purposes, assented to Dec. 14, 1862.

        A bill to be entitled an act to alter and change the oath of tax payers of this State.

        A bill to be entitled an act to authorize the Greensboro' Female College to sell their property real and personal for the payment of their debt.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to amend the 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794, 1795 and 1796 sections of the Code of Georgia.

        The committee on the Judiciary reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to, and the bill was lost.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to legalize and make valid the marriage of John G. Gibson and his wife, whose maiden name was Mary E. Hartsfield, who are first cousins and both of the county of Oglethorpe.

        The Committee on the Judiciary reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole, the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to alter and amend an act entitled an act to prevent the unnecessary consumption of grain by distillers and manufacturers of spiritous liquors and for other purposes.


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        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to require the Judges of the Superior Court of the various counties in this State to enter a nolle prosequi in certain cases and for other purposes.

        The committee on the Judiciary reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to, and the bill was lost.

        Mr. Bacon chairman of the Committee on Enrollment reports as duly enrolled and signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and ready for the signature of the President of the Senate, the following acts, to-wit:

        An act to extend the time for the collection of taxes in the county of Walker, and to provide a guard for the Tax Collector in said county, and all other counties similarly situated.

        Also an act to appropriate money for the support of indigent families of soldiers who may be in the public service, and for the support of indigent soldiers who may be disabled by wounds or disease in the service of this State, or of the Confederate States, for and during the year 1864, and to provide for the application of the same to the purposes aforesaid, and for other purposes, and to provide in part for the same, by levying a tax upon the capital stock of the several banking corporations of this State.

        Also an act to amend and continue in force an act to appoint commissioners for the county academies of Walton, Gwinnett, Hall, Habersham, Rabun, Warren, and Pulaski, and to incorporate the same, assented to 25th Dec. 1821, so far as Walton county is concerned and for other purposes.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives has passed the following bill of the Senate, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to repeal paragraph 1658 of part second, title 2, chapter 1, article 1st, section 1st of the revised Code of Georgia and to legalize marriages in violation of the same.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to prevent the circulation of change bills not authorized by law.

        The committee on the Judiciary reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.


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        The Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives to relieve the Western and Atlantic Rail Road from losses on government freight.

        On motion, the same was disagreed to.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to amend the 2556th and 2557th sections of the Code of Georgia.

        The Judiciary Committee reported adversely to its passage.

        The report was agreed to and the bill was lost.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to punish any person who may hereafter conceal or assist any deserter in resisting a legal arrest in this State.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up as the report of the committee of the whole the following bill of the House of Representatives:

        A bill to allow the Ordinaries of this State to charge and receive certain fees.

        The report was agreed to, the bill was read the third time and passed.

        The Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives requesting Congress to pass laws allowing our volunteers to elect their field and company officers.

        Mr. Guerry moved to indefinitely postpone the same, which was lost.

        Mr. Pottle moved to amend the resolution by striking out the words between the words 'that' and "we" and inserting in lieu thereof the words, "pretermitting any expression of opinion as to the constitutional right of soldiers who went from Georgia through the agency of the State, to elect their regimental, battalion and company officers."

        Mr. West offered a substitute in lieu of the original resolution and amendments.

        Pending the consideration of which, on motion, the Senate adjourned until 7 o'clock, P. M.

7 O'CLOCK, P. M.

        The Senate met according to adjournment, and resumed the consideration of the unfinished business at the last adjournment, which was a resolution of the House of Representatives,


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requesting Congress to pass laws allowing our volunteers to elect their own field and company officers, and amendments pending thereto, which was a substitute for the original resolution and amendment.

        On motion, the substitute offered by Mr. West, was withdrawn.

        Leave was granted Mr. Pottle, to withdraw the words proposed to be inserted.

        The question being upon the motion to strike out. Upon agreeing to which the yeas and nays were required to be recorded, and were yeas 8, nays 25.

        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Bacon, Chambers, Cook, Grice, Guerry, Lloyd, Pottle, Price.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Bennett, Blackwell, Cone, Ezzard, Gaulden, Griffin, Groover, Hammond, Hubbard, Johnson, Mabry, McDonald, McRae, Pate, Pafford, Polk, Ramsay, Reid, Speer, Sprayberry, Underwood, Walker, Walton, West, Whitaker, White.

        So the motion to strike out was lost.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President.--The House of Representatives has receded from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate, to a House bill to be entitled an act to renew the banking privileges of the Georgia Rail Road and Banking Company.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President.--The House of Representatives accepts the proposition of the Senate for a committee of Conference on the bill of the House of Representatives, to be entitled an act to levy a tax upon net incomes and profits, to provide for the collection of the same, and to insure the prosecution of persons evading this act, and have appointed as such committee on part of the House, Messrs. Hill, Russell of Muscogee, and Holt.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, which was read the second time and referred to the Committee on Public Education:

        A bill to provide for the education of soldiers children, and other poor children.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:


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        Mr. President.--The House of Representatives adheres to its disagreement to the 3rd amendment of the Senate to the bill of the House, to be entitled an act to authorize the tax payers of this State, to pay their State and county taxes in Confederate Treasury notes, and invites the Senate to a committee of Conference on said bill, and have appointed as such committee on part of the House, Messrs. Hill, Wallace and Ezzard.

        The Senate took up a bill which had been amended in the House of Representatives:

        A bill to amend an act entitled an act to authorize guardians, trustees, executors and administrators to invest in Confederate bonds and in land and negroes, assented to Dec. 16th 1861.

        On motion, the amendment was concurred in.

        The Senate took up the following bill of the House of Representatives, upon which a committee of conference had been requested by the House of Representatives:

        A bill to authorize the tax payers of this State to pay their State and county taxes in Confederate Treasury notes.

        On motion, the committee of conference was accepted, and the President appointed Messrs. Lloyd, Groover and Mabry, as such committee on the part of the Senate.

        The following message from the House of Representatives, was received from Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President.--The following resolution has been adopted by the House of Representatives, to-wit:

        A resolution declaring what State officers are exempt from conscription.

        The House of Representatives has passed the following bills of the Senate, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to change the rank of the Adjutant and Inspector General of this State, and for other purposes.

        Also a bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the Columbia and Augusta Rail Road Company.

        Mr. Walker moved to reconsider so much of the journal of this day as relates to the vote by which a bill of the House of Representatives to encourage the organization of a navy, was lost.

        The President decided the motion out of order but preferred taking the sense of the Senate, and upon the question can the Senate entertain the motion to reconsider its action on the last day, the yeas and nays were recorded, and were yeas 14, nays 15.


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        Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs.

        Bacon, Blackwell, Gaulden, Grice, Guerry, Johnson, McRae, Pottle, Price, Ramsay, Reid, Walker, Walton, Whitaker.

        Those who voted in the negative were Messrs.

        Bennett, Chambers, Cone, Ezzard, Griffin, Guyton, Hammond, Hubbard, McDonald, Pate, Polk, Underwood, West, White.

        Yeas 14; nays 15. So the Senate refused to entertain the motion to reconsider.

        Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives, declaring what State officers are exempt from Conscription.

        On motion the same was concurred in.

        On motion Messrs. Walker, Speer, Pottle and West, were added to the committee on enrollment.

        The following Message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bills of the Senate, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to amend the Habeas Corpus laws of this State, with amendments, in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate.

        Also, a bill to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to authorize the Justices of the Inferior Courts of the several counties in this State, from time to time, in their discretion, to levy such extra taxes as they may deem necessary to equip volunteers or other soldiers from their respective counties, and to provide for the indigent families of soldiers; to authorize the collection of the same, and to legalize their previous action in the premises and for other purposes, approved Nov. 29, 1861, so as to except the county of Warren, from the second section.

        Mr. Bacon, Chairman of the committee on enrollment, reports as duly enrolled and signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and ready for the signature of the President of the Senate, the following acts, to-wit:

        An act to authorize the Treasurer and Comptroller General to issue one million of dollars of change bills for the State of Georgia.

        Also, an act to cancel certain portions of the Georgia, Treasury notes lately issued, by issuing Treasury certificates of deposit, and for other purposes.

        Also, an act to amend the third section of the Code, and to carry into effect on the first of January 1864, an act passed by the present General Assembly, separating the office of Receiver of Tax returns and Tax collector of this State.


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        Also, an act to renew the Banking privileges of the Georgia Rail Road and Banking company.

        Also, a resolution in reference to the pay of detailed volunteers, giving them the same pay as other persons similarly situated.

        Senate took up a bill to amend the habeas corpus laws of this State, which had been amended in the House of Representatives.

        On motion the amendment was concurred in.

        The following Message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have passed the following bill of the Senate, to-wit:

        A bill to be entitled an act to repeal that portion of the 2287th section of the Code of Georgia as prohibits the creation of trusts for male persons of sane mind.

        The House of Representatives have agreed to the report of the committee of conference on the bill of the House, to be entitled an act to levy and collect a tax on the net income and profits of all persons and corporate bodies, and net profits of all persons making incomes by purchase or sale of any property, real or personal, upon the net income of all Express companies, Rail Road companies not exempt by their charter from taxation, Insurance companies, brokers, auctioneers, all persons engaged in the manufacture of iron and salt, and cotton dealers, and upon all profits arising from the sale of goods, wares and merchandise, groceries and provisions. Also, on the income or profits of all persons and corporate bodies engaged in the manufacture of cotton and woollen goods, in the tanning and sale of leather, and the manufacture and sale of any articles made thereof; and in the distillation and sale of alcohol or spirituous liquors from grain of any kind, or from any other article, and to appropriate the same, and to punish all persons as may fail to give in their income or net profits, and for other purposes.

        The House of Representatives have also concurred in the following resolutions of the Senate, to-wit:

        Resolutions in relation to the tax act of Congress.

        A resolution in relation to the compilation of the laws of the present General Assembly.

        A resolution to increase the pay of privates and non-commissioned officers in the Confederate service.

        A resolution requesting the establishment of a certain Mail route in this State.

        Senate took up a bill of the House of Representatives relative to income tax which had been referred to a committee of conference.

        On motion the report of the committee was adopted.

        Mr. Mabry offered the following resolution, which was taken up read and agreed to--


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        Resolved, that a committee of three be appointed by the Senate to join such committee as may be appointed by the House of Representatives, to wait upon His Excellency the Governor, and notify him that both branches of the General Assembly are now ready to adjourn sine die, and ascertain if he has any further communication to make to the General Assembly.

        Mr. Speer offered the following resolution, which was taken up read and agreed to--

        Resolved, that the thanks of the Senate are due and are hereby tendered to the Hon. A. R. Wright, President of this body, for the able, prompt, dignified and courteous manner in which he has discharged the duties of his position, and we part from him with a hope that he may be spared to meet us again in the session to be held in November next.

        Mr. Pottle offered the following resolution, which was taken up read and agreed to--

        Resolved, that the thanks of this body are hereby tendered to our much esteemed and venerable President pro tem, the Hon. Peter Cone, for his promptness and efficiency while acting as the presiding officer of this body; we hope he may live yet many years to cheer us with his presence and enlighten us with his counsels.

        Mr. Ramsay offered the following resolution, which was taken up read and agreed to--

        Resolved, that the Senate, highly appreciating the prompt dispatch of business, and the courteous demeanor to this body of the Secretary L. H. Kenan, and C. W. Styles assistant Secretary, tender them our thanks, with our best wishes for their prosperity and happiness.

        Mr. Chambers offered the following resolution, which was taken up read and agreed to--

        Resolved, that our thanks are due and are hereby tendered to T. W. J. Hill, journalizing Clerk; for the faithful and prompt discharge of his laborious duties.

        Mr. West offered the following resolution, which was taken up read and agreed to--

        Resolved, that a committee of three be appointed to bring up the unfinished business of the Senate, and that five days be allowed them for that purpose.

        The President appointed Messrs. West, Cone and Griffin, as such committee.

        Mr. Gaulden offered the following resolution, which was taken up read and agreed to--

        Resolved, that the thanks of the Senate are due and hereby tendered to W. H. Roberts, door-keeper, and Augustus Simmons messenger, for the faithful discharge of their duties.

        Mr. Whitaker offered the following resolution, which was taken up read and agreed to--

        Resolved, that the thanks of the Senate be and they are


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hereby returned to Rev. Dr. Ridley, Chaplain of this body, for his promptness in the discharge of his duties, and for his uniform deportment as a christian gentleman toward this body.

        The following Message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have adopted the following resolution, to-wit:

        A resolution requiring Tax-payers to make returns of the number of sheep and dogs owned by each Tax-payer.

        The House of Representatives have also adopted the report of the committee of conference, on a bill of the House of Representatives, to be entitled an act to authorize the Tax-payers of this State, to pay their State and county taxes in Confederate Treasury notes; and have adopted the substitute of said committee and passed the same.

        Mr. Bacon from the committee on enrollment, reported as duly enrolled and ready for the signatures of the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the following acts and resolutions, to-wit:

        An act to amend an act entitled an act to authorize all volunteers and other troops in the service from this State, to vote at all elections, without reference to the place where they may be in service, at the time of such elections, and for other purposes, assented to Dec'r 14, 1862.

        Also, an act for the relief of Jane B. Eave, of the county of Polk, and Ellen Matthews, of the county of Baldwin.

        Also, an act to repeal paragraph 1658 of part second, title second, chapter 1st, article 1st, section 1st of the revised Code of Georgia, and to legalize marriages in violation of the same.

        Also, an act to protect camp grounds from intrusion, and for other purposes.

        Also, an act to re-organize the Militia of the State of Georgia, and for other purposes.

        Also, an act to incorporate the Columbia and Augusta Rail Road company.

        Also, an act to amend an act entitled an act to authorize Guardians, Trustees, Executors and Administrators, to invest in Confederate bonds and in lands and negroes, assented to December 16, 1861.

        Also, an act for the relief of Wm. J. Toole, a citizen of this State.

        Also, an act to change the rank of the Adjutant and Inspector General of this State, and for other purposes.

        Also, an act to alter and change the oath of Tax-payers of this State.

        Also, an act to refund to Harriett M. R. Montmollin, Administratrix on the estate of John S. Montmollin, late of


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Chatham county deceased, the amount of a double tax paid by him for the year 1863, in Chatham county.

        Also, an act authorize the Greensboro female College to sell their property, real and personal, for the payment of their debts.

        Also, a resolution in relation to Taxation.

        Also, a resolution in relation to the Tax act of Congress.

        Also, a resolution to increase the pay of non-commissioned officers and privates in the Confederate service.

        Also, an act to amend an act assented to Dec'r 16, 1861. authorizing the Inferior Courts of the several counties to levy, in their discretion, from time to time, extra Taxes, for the support of indigent families of soldiers.

        Also, an act to amend the habeas corpus laws of this State.

        Also, an act to repeal that portion of the two thousand two hundred and eighty-seventh section of the Code of Georgia as prohibits the creation of trusts, for male persons of sane mind.

        Also, a resolution requesting the establishment of a certain Mail route in this State.

        Also, a resolution in relation to the compilation of the laws of the present General Assembly.

        Senate took up a resolution of the House of Representatives, requiring Tax-payers to make returns of the number of sheep and dogs owned by each Tax-payer.

        On motion the same was concurred in.

        Senate took up the following bill, which had been amended by a substitute in the House of Representatives--

        A bill to authorize the Tax-payers of this State to pay their State and county Taxes in Confederate Treasury notes.

        On motion the amendment was concurred in.

        Leave of absence was granted the Messenger of the Senate for the balance of the session.

        Mr. Bacon, Chairman of the committee on enrollment, reports as duly enrolled and signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and now ready for the signature of the President of the Senate, the following acts, to-wit:

        An act to allow the Ordinaries of this State to charge and receive certain fees.

        Also, an act to punish any person who may hereafter conceal or assist any deserter in resisting a legal arrest in this State.

        An act to provide for raising a revenue for the political year 1864, and to appropriate money for the support of the Government during said year, and to make certain special appropriations, and for other purposes, therein mentioned.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:


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        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives have concurred in the resolution of the Senate relative to the adjournment of the General Assembly, and have appointed as a committee to wait on his Excellency the Governor, Messrs. Hill, Reese and Horne.

        Mr. Bacon, Chairman of the committee on enrollment, reports as duly enrolled, signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and now ready for the signature of the President of the Senate, the following acts and resolutions to-wit:

        An act to alter and amend an act entitled an act to prevent the unnecessary consumption of grain by distillers and manufacturers of spirituous liquors in Georgia, approved Nov. 22, 1862; also, to alter and amend an act supplementary to the said recited act, assented to Dec'r 11, 1862, and for other purposes.

        Also, a resolution requesting Congress to pass laws allowing our volunteers to elect their own field and company officers.

        Also, an act to authorize the Tax-payers of this State, to pay their State and county Taxes in Confederate Treasury notes, and for other purposes.

        Also, a resolution requiring Tax-payers to make returns of the number of sheep and dogs owned by each Tax-payer.

        Also, an act to define and punish the offence of skinning cows, or any other kind of stock, cattle, sheep, or goats, and refusing to pay for the hides.

        Also, a resolution declaring what State officers are exempt from Conscription.

        Mr. Bacon, Chairman of the committee on enrollment, reports as signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and ready for the signature of the President of the Senate the following act, to-wit:

        An act to levy and collect a Tax upon the net income and profits of all persons making incomes by purchase and sale of real or personal property, and for other purposes.

        The following message was received from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Carrington, their Clerk:

        Mr. President:--The House of Representatives having concluded the business before it, is now ready to adjourn sine die.

        On motion the Senate then adjourned sine die.


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