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AFTERNOON SESSION.

The PRESIDENT, at 2:30 o'clock, called the Convention to order, and the Convention proceeded again to the consideration of the report of the Committee on Franchise, etc.

At 5 o'clock P. M., on motion of Mr. NICHOLSON, the Convention adjourned until to-morrow morning, at 9:30 o'clock.

THURSDAY MORNING, JANUARY 27, 1870.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment, Mr. President BROWN in the Chair.

The Journal of yesterday was read and approved.
The roll was called for memorials and petitions.

LENGTH OF SPEECHES.

Mr. BRITTON called up his resolution, offered on Tuesday, fixing the length of time a delegate shall be allowed to speak.

Mr. BROOKS moved to amend the resolution by striking out fifteen” and inserting “ thirty.”

Mr. JONES, of Giles, moved to lay the resolution and amendment on the table.

Mr. GARNER demanded the yeas and nays, which were ordered, and the motion to lay on the table failed. Yeas....

30 Nays...

..38 Those voting in the affirmative are: Messrs. Allen, Bate, Baxter, Cummings, Deavenport, Dromgoole,

Fentress, Fulkerson, Gibbs, Heiskell, Henderson, Hill of Gibson, House of Williamson, House of Davidson, Robertson and Montgomery, Ivie, Jones of Giles, Key, Mabry, McDougal, Meeks, Netherland, Porter of Haywood, Porter of Henry, Shepard, Shelton, Stephens, Taylor, Thompson of Davidson, Thompson of Maury, and Williamson -30.

Those voting in the negative are :

Messrs. Arledge, Branson, Brandon, Britton, Brooks, Brown of Davidson, Brown of Henry, etc., Burkett, Byrne, Campbell, Carter, Chowning, Coffin, Deaderick, Dibbrell, Doherty, Fielder, Finley, Gardner, Garner, Gaut, Gibson, Hill of Warren, Jones of Lincoln, Kennedy, Kirkpatrick, Kyle, McNabb, Martin, Morris, Nicholson, Parker, Sample, Seay, Staley, Turner, Warner and Wright--38.

Mr. BROOKS' amendment was rejected.

Mr. JONES, of Lincoln, moved to amend the resolution by striking out fifteenand inserting “ twenty-five," which was accepted by Mr. Britton.

Mr. HILL, of Warren, moved to amend by inserting fifteen in lieu of twenty-five.

Mr. GIBBS moved the indefinite postponement of the resolution and amendment.

Mr. HEISKELL demanded the previous question, which was sustained. Mr. GIBBS' motion to postpone indefinitely was sustained.

44 Nays.....

28 Those voting in the affirmative are:

Messrs. Allen, Bate, Baxter, Blizard, Brooks, Brown of Davidson, Brown of Henry, Burton, Byrne, Campbell, Chowning, Coffin, Cummings, Cypert, Deavenport, Doherty, Dromgoole, Fentress, Fulkerson, Gibbs, Gordon, Heiskell, Henderson, Hill of Gibson, House of Williamson, House of Davidson, Robertson and Montgomery, Ivie, Jones of Giles, Key, McDougal, Martin, Meeks, Netherland, Porter of Haywood, Porter of Henry, Shepard, Shelton, Stephens, Taylor, Thompson of Davidson, Thompson of Maury, Turner, Williamson, and Wright_44.

Those voting in the negative are:

Messrs. Arledge, Branson, Brandon, Burkett, Carter, Deaderick, Dibbrell, Fielder, Finley, Gardner, Garner, Gaut, Gibson, Hill of Warren, Jones of Lincoln, Kennedy, Kirkpatrick, Kyle,

:

Yeas....

Mabry, McNabb, Morris, Nicholson, Parker, Sample, Seay, Staley, and Warner-28.

NIGHT SESSIONS.

Mr. GARNER offered the following resolutions, which lie over under the rules:

Resolved, That this Convention will meet each night of its daily sessions at 7 o'clock P. M., unless otherwise ordered.

Resolved, That this Convention will adjourn sine die on Monday, the 7th day of February, 1870.

ELIGIBILITY OF DELEGATES TO OFFICE.

Mr. GIBSON submitted the following preamble and resolution, which were read and referred to the Committee on Miscellaneous Provisions :

WHEREAS, It is gravely proposed to vacate and create a large number of offices upon the ratification of this Constitution; and

WHEREAS, The people may well have serious doubts as to whether these offices and vacancies are created by an uninterested disposition to benefit them, and not the members of this Convention; and

WHEREAS, It is highly proper that this Convention should show the people that delegates have not voted to create these offices and vacancies in order to fill them themselves, but that they are prompted by the purest and most disinterested patriotism ; there fore,

Be it resolved and incorporated in the schedule, That no delegate in this Convention shall be eligible to fill any vacancy, or the first term of any office, created by this Constitution.

MEMORIAL.

Mr. WRIGHT presented a memorial from sundry citizens of Carroll County, against taking any portion of said county to form a new county or counties, which, without being read, was referred to the Committee on New Counties and County Lines.

AMENDMENTS WITHDRAWN.

Mr. STALEY asked and obtained leave to withdraw the amendment offered by him to the report of the majority of the Committee on Elections and the Elective Franchise, in order that the Convention may vote singly on the proposition of the minority, with

notice that he would again offer it before final action on the report of the majority

REPORT ON THE MILITIA.

Mr. MARTIN, from the Special Committee appointed to consider and report what limitations should be made in the manner of calling out the militia, made the following report:

The Special Committee, appointed to report upon the proposition to amend Article III in such a manner as to limit the power to call out the militia, have had the matter under consideration, and have instructed me to report the following in addition to said Article, to be styled Section 18:

“The militia shall only be called into service in case of rebellion or invasion, and then only when the General Assembly shall declare by law that the public safety requires it.”

MATT. MARTIN.

On motion of Mr. JONES, of Lincoln, the Convention proceeded to the consideration of the report.

Mr. MARTIN demanded the yeas and nays upon the adoption of the amendment proposed by the Committee, which were ordered, and the amendment adopted.

Yeas....
Nays....

50 20

Those voting in the affirmative are:

Messrs. Blizard, Brandon, Brooks, Brown of Davidson, Brown of Henry, etc., Burkett, Burton, Byrne, Campbell, Chowning, Coffin, Cummings, Cypert, Deaderick, Deavenport, Dibbrell, Doherty, Dromgoole, Fentress, Fielder, Finley, Fulkerson, Gardner, Gaut, Gibbs, Gordon, Heiskell, Henderson, Hill of Gibson, House of Williamson, Ivie, Key, Kyle, McDougal, McNabb, Martin, Meeks, Netherland, Nicholson, Porter of Haywood, Porter of Henry, Sample, Seay, Shelton, Stephens, Taylor, Thompson of Davidson, Turner, Warner, and Wright-50.

Those voting in the negative are:

Messrs. Arledge, Bate, Baxter, Branson, Britton, Carter, Garner, Gibson, Hill of Warren, Jones of Lincoln, Jones of Giles, Kennedy, Kirkpatrick, Mabry, Morris, Parker, Shepard, Staley, Thompson of Maury, and Williamson--20.

FOR ENROLLMENT,

On motion of Mr. JONES, of Lincoln, it was ordered that Arti

cles I and III of the Constitution as adopted by the Convention be referred to the Committee on Revision and Enrollment.

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On motion of Mr. STEPHENS, leave of absence was given Mr. Blackburn until Tuesday next.

THE ELECTIVE FRANCHISE FURTHER CONSIDERED.

The Convention resumed the consideration of the unfinished business of yesterday—the report of the Committee on Franchise and the proposition in lieu, and without coming to a conclusion at 1 o'clock P. M., took recess to 21 o'clock P. M.

AFTERNOON SESSION.

Mr. HOUSE, of Davidson, Robertson and Montgomery, at 23 o'clock called the Convention to order, and stated that the President was prevented from presiding over this body this afternoon by indisposition, and on his motion Mr. Gordon, of Hickman was called to the Chair.

THE ELECTIVE FRANCHISE FURTHER CONSIDERED.

The Convention resumed the consideration of the report of the Committee on Franchise and Right of Suffrage, and the amendment of Mr. Jones, of Lincoln, in lieu.

Mr. JONES, of Lincoln, demanded the yeas and nays upon the adoption of the amendment in lieu, which were ordered, and the amendment rejected: Yeas...

20 Nays..

54 Those voting in the affirmative are: Messrs. Arledge, Bate, Brown of Henry, etc., Campbell, Carter,

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