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That the present State organization of Tennessee may be recognized and its

perpetuity guaranteed.

FEBRUARY 13, 1866.-Referred to the Joint Select Committee on Reconstruction.
MARCH 5, 1866.-Reported from the Select Committee on Reconstruction, ordered to be

printed, and recommitted to the Committee on Reconstruction.

To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States in Congress

assembled:
The undersigned, citizens of the United States and of the State of Tennes-
see, beg leave, respectfully, to represent that by the operations of the recent
rebellion the governing officers of their State abdicated their respective posts,
and left the government without agents to carry it on. In this attitude of
affairs one of our citizens, Andrew Johnson, was, on the 3d of March, 1862, by
the President of the United States, appointed military governor of the State,
which office he continued to hold until the 3d of March, 1865.

To remedy this state of things, the loyal people of the State, by their dele-
gates, on the 8th of January, 1865, assembled in convention at the capitol, in
the city of Nashville, "to take such steps as wisdom might direct to restore the
the State of Tennessee to its once honored status in the great national Union."

Certain amendments were proposed to our admirable State constitution, made
necessary, in the opinion of the convention, by the altered relations of slavery,
and by the action of persons engaged in the rebellion, who had temporarily
usurped the machinery of the State government, and by the vacancy of the
several State offices, for the filling of which there was no present provision of
law. These amendments the convention submitted to the vote of their con-
stituents on the 22d of February, 1865, and they were by them adopted.
While this proceeding met with the concurrence and co-operation of the mili-
tary governor, it was the spontaneous action of the loyal people themselves.

Having thus provided for the reorganization of the government under her
pre-existing constitution so amended, the work was completed by the election
of a governor and legislature on the 4th of March following, who, on the 3d of
April, entered upon the duties of their respective offices.

A copy of the several amendments, incorporated into the organic law of the
State, and the proceedings of the legislature at its first session, certified offi-
cially by the secretary of State, and published by authority, is herewith ap-
pended and adopted as a part of this statement.

The government so organized has had unresisted and uninterrupted jurisdic-
tion of the State ever since.

The undersigned respectfully submit that the said government is republican
in form as well as in spirit, and they ask that the same be recognized and its
perpetuity guaranteed as the true and proper government of the State of Ten-
nessee, entitled to the same immunities, functions, and prerogatives as the State
enjoyed by virtue of an act of Congress approved on the 1st day of June, 1796,
until her relations with the government were disturbed by the treason of a por-
tion of her citizens.

EDW'D COOPER,
HORACE MAYNARD,
JNO. W. LEFTWICH,

W. B. STOKES.

FEBRUARY 13, 1866.

ACTS OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, PASSED AT THE FIRST SESSION OF
THE THIRTY-FOURTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY, FOR THE YEAR 1865.

(Published by authority.]

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

Introductory documents.

Appointment of Andrew Johnson as military governor of Tennessee by the President.

Call for a convention.
Proposed alteration and amendments to the constitution of Tennessee.

Governor's proclamation.

Official declaration of the ratification of the amendments to the constitution.

Governor's message.

CHAPTER I.-An act to regulate the county court of Shelby county.

CHAPTER II.-An act to increase the compensation of judges.

CHAPTER III.-An act to increase the pay of public printer.

CHAPTER IV.-An act to punish all armed prowlers, guerillas, brigands, and highway robbers, and for other

purposes.

CHAPTER V.-An act to amend the criminal laws of the State of Tennessee.

CHAPTER VI.-An act to repeal the 3d article of the 5th chapter, title 5, of the Code of Tennessee.

CHAPTER VII.-An act to establish the eighth chancery district of Tennessee.

CHAPTER VIII.-An act to amend the revenue laws of the State.

CHAPTER IX.-An act to more effectually manage the penitentiary, and for other purposes.

CHAPTER X.-An act to provide for the limitation of actions, and for other purposes.

CHAPTER XI.-An act to fix the fees to be paid by commissioners of deeds resident in other States.

CHAPTER XII.-An act for the relief of indigent families of goldiers.

CHAPTER XIII.-An act to amend the corporation of the city of Shelbyville, and for other purposes.

CHAPTER XIV.-An act to change the times of holding the chancery courts at Athens and Benton in this

State.

CHAPTER XV.-An act to repeal an act passed on the 19th day of March, 1860, to repeal section 4765 of the

Code, and to re-epact section 4766 of the Code.

CHAPTER XVI -An act to limit the elective franchise.

CHAPTER XVII.-An act to repeal an act incorporating a military department in Andrew College and the

Memphis Arms Company, and for other purposes.

CHAPTER XVIII.-An act to amend section 117 of the Code, and for other purposes.

CHAPTER XIX.-An act to authorize the investment of trust funds, and for other purposes.

CHAPTER XX.-An act to establish a claim agency of Tennessee in the city of Washington.

CHAPTER XXI.-An act for the benefit of discharged Union soldiers.

CHAPTER XXII.-An act accepting, on the part of the State of Tennessee, a grant of land made by the United

States to the several States and Territories which may provide colleges for the benefit of agriculture and .

the mechanic arts.

CHAPTER XXIII.-An act to provide for the payment of certain counsel fees.

CHAPTER XXIV.-An act for the protection of sheriffs and other civil ofticers of the State.

CHAPTER XXV.-An act to regulate the stock of the county of Sumner in the Nashville and Louisville rail.

road, and for other purposes.

CHAPTER XXVI.-An act to accept the surrender of the charter of the Bank of Middle Tennessee, and for

other purposcs.

CHAPTER XXVII.-An act to repeal the law apportioning money to division fairs and county societies.

CHAPTER XXVIII.-An act to supply lost deeds and title papers.

CHAPTER XXIX.-An act to modify the oath prescribed for liquor dealers.

CHAPTER XXX. -An act to release the citizens from paying the State and county taxes for the years 1862,

1863, and 1864.

CHAPTER XXXI.--An act to amend an act to reform and regulate banking in Tennessee, passed February 6,

1862

CHAPTER XXXII.-An act to declare and make valid certain acts of certain officers of this State.
CHAPTER XXXIII.-An act to provide for the payment of the governor's staff.
CHAPTER XXXIV.-An act to apportion the representation in the Congress of the United States,
CHAPTER XXXV.-An act to secure the funds provided for public education.
CHAPTER XXXVI.-An act to pay the current expenses of this session of the general assembly, and for other

purposer CHAPTER XXXVII.-An act to change the eleventh, twelfth, and fourteenth judicial circuits of this State

and for other purposes.

PRIVATE ACTS.

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CHAPTER I.-An act for the benefit of J. G. Frazer, clerk of the supreme court for the middle district of

Tennessee. CELAPTER II.-An act to incorporate the East Tennessee Iron, Coal, and Petroleum Company. CHAPTER III.-An act to incorporate the Raulston Oil and Salt Company. CHAPTER IV.-An act to develope the various oil and mineral interests of the State of Tennessee, and for

other purposes. CHAPTER V.-An act to incorporate the Bridgeman Oil and Salt Company. CHAPTER VI.-An act to charter the Tennessee Express Company. CHAPTER VII.-An act to incorporate the Memphis Ladies' Institute, of Memphis, Tennessee. CHAPTER VIII-An act to incorporate the Tennessee Colonial Company for the purpose of promoting emi.

gration, to establish vineyards, develope the mineral and other resources of the State of Tennessee. CHAPTER IX.-An aet to incorporate the Cairo and New Orleans Pilot's Benevolent Association. CHAPTER X-An act incorporating the Great Southwestern Oil and Mining Company. CHAPTER XI-An act to change a railroad fund into a county fund for Blount county. CHAPTER XII.-An act to incorporate the Tennessee Fire and Marine Insurance Company. CHAPTER XIII.-An act to incorporate a literary society of Nashville, known as the “ Agnomen Club." CHAPTER XIV.-An act to authorize and instruct the comptroller of the treasury to audit, and the treasurer

to pay the salary due the Hon, Samuel D. Frierson, chancellor. CHAPTER XV.-An act to amend an act passed on the 26th of February, 1858, entitled "An act to charter the

Cleveland and Ducktown railroad. CHAPTER XVI.-An act to incorporate the Nashville Barbers' Association. CaaPTER XVII.-An act to incorporate the Tennessee Oil, Mining, and Manufacturing Company. CHAPTER XVIII.-An act to incorporate the Memphis City Railroad Company. CHAPTER XIX.-An act to incorporate the Tennessee and Kentucky Petroleum, Mining, and Manufacturing

Company, and for other purposes. CHAPTER XX.-An act to amend an act authorizing John C. Haley to establish a turnpike road, passed

October 28, 1833. CHAPTER XXI.-An act to incorporate the Memphis and Mound City Arkansas Steam Packet Company of

Memphis. CHAPTER XXII.-An act to incorporate the Tennessee Mountain Petroleum and Mining Company. CHAPTER XXIII. -An act to incorporate the East Tennessee Union Petroleum, Coal, Iron, and Salt Company. CHAPTER XXIV.-An act to incorporate the Manchester and Barren Fork Mining and Manufacturing Company. CHAPTER XXV.-An act to amend an act entitled "An act to incorporate the East Tennessee and Virginia

Railroad Company," passed the 27th day of January, 1848. CHAPTER XXVI. -An act to incorporare the Tennessee Blining and Manufacturing Company. CHAPTER XXVII.-An act to incorporate the Tennessee and Cumberland Oil and Mining Company. CHAPTER XXVIII.-An act to charter the East Tennessee Female College. CHAPTER XXIX.-An act to change the line between the counties of Anderson and Campbell, CHAPTER XXX. -An act to incorporate the Cumberland Basin Petroleum and Mining Company. CHAPTER XXXI.-An act to incorporate the Cumberland Mining and Petroleum Company, and for other

parposes. CRAPTER XXXII.--An act to incorporate the United Hebrew Brethren Benefit Society of Memphis. CHAPTER XXXIII.-An act to encourage the planting, improvement, and other interests of the State of Ten

Dessee, and for other purposes.
CHAPTER XXXIV.-An act to incorporate the New York and Tennessee Petroleum and Mining Company.
CHAPTER XXXV.-An act to recharter the Tennessee Marine and Fire Insurance Company.

RESOLUTIONS.

XTARER L-Joint resolution to compare the vote for governor.
XOXBAR IL-A joint resolution of respect to the memory of Hon. Samuel K. McCammon.
SUMBER II.-Senate resolution to print rules for its government.
NUMBER IV.-Senate resolution fixing number of papers to be taken by members.
NUMBER V.-Senate resolution inviting General Thomas to a seat in the senate.
XUMBER VI.-Senate resolution to open the senate with prayer.
XUMBER VII.-Joint resolution to notify the governor of his election.
XUMBER VIII.-Joint resolution to meet in convention to inangurate the governor.
NUMBER IX.-Joint resolution adopting the amendinents of the Constitution ef the United States abolishing

slavery. XCUBER Å-A joint resolution tendering the thanks of the general assembly of the State of Tennessee to

General Thomas. XUMBER XI.-Joint resolution tendering the thanks of the loyal people of Tennessee to the legislature of Ohio. NUMBER XII, -Joint resolution directing the State treasurer to pay to members of the legislature the amount

dne them. XUMBER XII.-Joint resolution to elect a secretary of state. SUMBER XIV. Joint resolution to raise a committee on the State library. XUMBER XV.-Joint resolution to appoint a joint committee of the two houses to report joint rules and regu.

lations for the government of both houses. XUMBER XVI.-Joint resolution to raise a joint committee to redistrict the State. NUMBER XVII.-Joint resolution to appoint a committee to investigate the past and present condition and

management of the penitentiary. NUMBER XVIII.-Joint resolution appointing a committee to report what action should be had with reference

to the death of President Abraham Lincoln. XCUBER XIX.--Joint resolution expressing the sense of the general assembly on the death of President

Abraham Lincoln. NUMBER XX.-Joint resolution to support the administration of President Johnson. XUMBER XXL-Joint resolution requesting the governor of the State to communicate certain facts to the

President of the United States.

NUMBER XXIV.-Joint colution to meet in coht of V. Meyers..a secretary of statecretary of state.

NUMBER XXII.-Joint resolution allowing mileage to Messrs. Grantham and Tighe.
NUMBER XXIII.--Joint resolution to meet in convention to elect a comptroller.
NUMBER XXIV.-Joint resolution raising a joint committee on ways and means.
NUMBER XXV.-Joint resolution to meet in convention to elect registers of land offices.
NUMBER XXVI.-Joint resolution for the benefit of V. Meyers.
NUMBER XXVII. -Joint resolution to meet in convention to elect a secretary of state.
NUMBER XXVIII.-Joint resolution to meet in convention to elect a treasurer and secretary of state.
NUMBER XXIX.-Joint resolution in regard to the State library.
NUMBER XXX.-Joint resolution to meet in convention to elect senators to the United States Congress,
NUMBER XXXI.-A joint resolution to declare the office of comptroller of the treasury of the State of Ten -

nessee vacant.
NUMBER XXXII.-Joint resolution to meet in convention to elect a public printer.
NUMBER XXXIII.-Joint resolution to meet in convention to elect a State librarian.
NUMBER XXXIV.-Joint resolution offering a reward of five thousand dollars for the apprehension of Isham

G. Harris. NUMBER XXXV.-A joint resolution to meet the house in convention to elect a State comptroller. NUMBER XXXVI.-Joint resolution to raise a joint committee to wait on the national banks of the State. NOMBER XXXVII.-Joint resolution to meet in convention to elect an entry-taker for the Ocoee district. NUMBER XXXVIII. -Joint resolution appointing commissioners to settle with the Louisville and Nashville

railroad. NUMBER XXXIX.-Joint resolution applying to the President for troops. NUMBER XL.-A joint resolution appointing a committer to memorialize Congress. NUMBER XLI.-Resolution of inquiry in relation to the Hermitage property. NUMBER XLII.-Joint resolution raising a joint committee on the elective franchise. NUMBER XLIII.-Joint resolution requesting the governor to lay before the legislature certain correspondence. NUMBER XLIV.-A joint resolution declaring certain civil offices vacant, and providing for filling the same. NUMBER XLV.-Joint resolution to raise a joint committee to examine into the condition of the Bank of Ten

nessee and branches. NUMBER XLVI.-Joint resolution to authorize the secretary of state to take charge of the senate chamber and

the hall of the house of representatives. NUMBER XLVII.--Joint resoluton to meet in convention to elect a keeper of the penitentiary. NUMBER XLVIII.-Joint resolution of thanks to Major General Stoneinan. NUMBER XLIX.-Joint resolution requesting information from the bondholders of Tennessee bonde. NUMBER L.-Joint resolution directory to the attorney general of the state. NUMBER LL-Joint resolution taking charge of the assety of the Bank of Tennessee. NUMBER LII.-A joint resolution providing for the number of acts and journals of the legislature of 1865 to be

printed for distribution. NUMBER LIII.-A joint resolution in relation to a certain class of Tennessee Union soldiers who lost their

lives in the army of the Union during the rebellion, NUMBER LIY.-Joint resolution directory to the trustees of Teunersee Hospital for the Insane. NUMBER LV.-Joint resolution appointing a committee to wait on the major general commanding th

ment and make inqniries in relation to certain assessments. NUMBER LVI.-A joint resolution appointing a committee to settle with Hon. Joseph S. Fowler, late eomp

troller and acting treasurer of the State. NUMBER LVII.-Joint rosolution directory to the secretary of state. NUMBER LVIII.—Joint resolution requesting the governor to employ an attorney-at-law, NUMBER LIX.-Joint resolution directory to the comptroller. NUMBER LX.-Joint resolution directory to the keeper of the penitentiary. NUMBER LXI-Joint resolution postponing the business before the general assembly. NUMBER LXIL-Joint resolution to have published in certain newspapers "An act to limit the elective

franchise." NUMBER LXIII.—Joint resolution of thanks to Brevet Brigadier General J. L. Donaldson, chief quartermaster

department of the Cumberland, and Captain Hunter Brooke, provost marshal. NUMBER LXIV.-Joint resolution congratulatory at the appointment of Major General Thomas to this military

division.

INTRODUCTORY DOCUMENTS. The following papers embrace the commission of Hon. Andrew Johnson as military governor of Tennessee, from the War Department at Washington; his instructions from President Lincoln, in accordance with the 4th section of the 4th article of the federal Constitution ; the call of the Executive Union Committee of the State for a State convention, to meet December 19, 1864, at the State capitol; and the call of the same committee for a postponed meeting of the same convention, to meet January 8, 1865, said postponement being rendered necessary in consequence of the siege of Nashville by the rebel army ; the alterations and amendments to the State constitution, proposed to the people of Tennessee by that convention, with the accompanying resolutions of that body; the proclamation of Governor Johnson authorizing the opening of the polls throughout the State for the ratification or rejection of said amendments and alterations to the constitution; and the final proclamation of Governor Johnson, declaring said amendments and alterations to be legally adopted as a part of the constitution by formal ratification of the loyal voters of the State

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