Journal Of The Senate Of The State Of Tennessee, September 21, 1807

    Kingston, Monday 21st, September 1807. 

    At a meeting of the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee in Kingston, on Monday the twenty first of September, One Thousand eight hundred and seven, being the first session of the Seventh General Assembly of the said State, the following gentlemen, members of the Senate, appeared, produced their credentials, were qualified and took their seats: 

From the Counties of Anderson & Roane - Mr. George Preston. 

Davidson - Mr. Robert Weakley. 

Greene - Mr. John Russell. 

Grainger & Claiborne - Mr. Major Lea. 

Jefferson & Cocke - Mr. George Doherty. 

Jackson & Smith - Mr. William Walton. 

Knox - Mr. Hugh L. White. 

Robertson, Dixon - Mr. Parry W. Humphreys. 

Montgomery & Stuart -     . 

Sullivan & Hawkins - Mr. Joseph McMinn. 

Sevier & Blount - Mr. John Wilkinson. 

Sumner & Wilson - Mr. Edward Douglass. 

Williamson & Rutherford - Mr. N.T. Perkins. 

Washington & Carter - Mr. Jonathan Tipton. 

    On Motion, Mr. Joseph McMinn was appointed Speaker, and was conducted to the chair accordingly. 

    The House then proceeded to the appointment of a principal and an assistant clerk, and Joseph M. Anderson and Matthew Stephenson were put in nomination as candidates for principal Clerk, and Luke Lea was put in nomination as a candidate for assistant Clerk Messrs Douglass and White were appointed to superintend the balloting, when on counting out the votes, it appeared that Joseph M. Anderson and Luke Lea were duly elected, and were qualified accordingly. 

    The House then proceeded to the appointment of a door keeper whereupon John Bright, Samuel Homesfirth, and William Madlock were put in nomination: Messrs. White and Douglass superintended the balloting, and on counting out the votes, John Bright was duly elected. 

    On motion ordered that a message be sent to House of Representatives, informing them that the Senate had convened, appointed Joseph McMinn Speaker, Joseph M. Anderson and Luke Lea Clerks, and John Bright doorkeeper, and are ready to proceed to business. 

    Mr. Preston introduced sundry resolutions entered into by the Citizens of Roane County, relative to the seat of Government, etc., which were read and ordered to be sent to the House of Representatives. 

    Received a message from the House of Representatives, informing this House that they had convened, appointed Mr. John Tipton Speaker, Mr. John Lowry principal Clerk, Mr. Alexander M. Nelson assistant Clerk, John Rhea door-keeper, and were ready to proceed to business. 

    On motion ordered that Messrs. Weakley and White be a committee to draw up rules for the government of this House.  Ordered that the following message be sent to the House of Representatives: 

    The Senate propose that a Committee be appointed to wait on his excellency the Governor, and inform him that the General Assembly has convened and is ready to receive any communications he may be pleased to make; and have nominated Mr. Douglass on the part of this House to act with such gentlemen as you may appoint. 

    Ordered that the following message be sent to the House of Representatives:

    The Senate proposes that both Houses meet this evening at five O'Clock in the Representatives Chamber, to count out the votes for Governor and Representatives to Congress. 

    Received from the House of Representatives a message accompanied by the following resolution:

    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Tennessee, that this Legislature do adjourn forthwith from Kingston, to meet on Wednesday, the 23rd, inst. at eleven O'Clock a.m. at the Court House in Knoxville.  Which was read and concurred with. 

    Ordered, that a message be sent to the House of Representatives as follows:

    We concur with the resolution by you adopted that the Legislature do adjourn forthwith from Kingston to meet on Wednesday the 23rd inst. at eleven O'Clock a.m. at the Court House in Knoxville. 

    On the adoption of the resolution for the adjournment of the Legislature from this place to Knoxville, Mr. Preston moved for the yeas and nays, where were as follows: Yeas-Messrs. Weakley, Lea, Doherty, White, Humphreys, Douglass, Perkins and Tipton.  Nays - Messrs. Preston, Russell, Walton, and Wilkinson. 

    On motion ordered that the following message be sent to the House of Representatives: The Senate have adopted the following resolution, to which they ask your concurrence. 

    Resolved, that the public offices and public papers brought to this place by reason of the adjournment of the Legislature from Knoxville in the County of Knox to this place, be re - conveyed from this place to Knoxville as soon as practicable. 

    Received from the House of Representatives a message concurring with the resolution of this House, that all the public offices and public papers be re-conveyed from this place to Knoxville as soon as practicable. 

    The House then adjourned to meet at the Courthouse in Knoxville, on the 23. inst. at eleven O'clock a.m.  

Journal of the House of Representatives.

    At a meeting of the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee on Monday the 21st. day of September, One Thousand eight-hundred and seven at the Town of Kingston, the following members appeared, produced their credentials, were qualified and took their seats. 

    From the County of --

Blount, Mr. James Scott. 

Carter, Mrs. Abraham Doran. 

Claiborne, Mr. John Canbebber. 

Cocke, Mr. William Lillard. 

Davidson, Mr. Thomas Williamson. 

Grainger, Mr. John Cocke. 

Greene, Mr. Robert Guin. 

Hawkins, Mesrs. William Young - William Bradley. 

Jackson, Mr. John Crawford. 

Overton & White, Mrs. Henry J.A. Hill. 

Jefferson, Mr. Christopher Haynes. 

Knox, Messrs. James Trimble - Thomas Dardis. 

Montgomery & Stuart, Mr. Willie Blount. 

Roane & Anderson, Mr. John Kirby. 

Robertson & Dickson, Mr. Anderson Cheatham. 

Rutherford, Mr. Joseph Dickson. 

Sevier, Mr. John Cannon. 

Smith, Mr. Joel Dyer. 

Sullivan, Mr. John Tipton. 

Sumner, Messrs. Samuel P. Black, Joseph Cryer. 

Washington, Mr. William Mitchell. 

Williamson, Mr. Chapman White. 

Wilson, Mr. Robert Edwards. 

    The House then proceeded to ballot for a Speaker when Messrs. Trimble, Tipton, Blount and Lillard were put in nomination and Messrs. Trimble and Cheatham appointed to superintend the balloting:-and upon counting the votes, Mr. Trimble reported that Mr. Tipton had nine votes, Mrs. Lillard twelve, and Mr. Blount three.  Whereupon Mr. Blount's name was withdrawn and the gentlemen appointed to superintend the balloting reported that Mr. Tipton had a majority of the whole House, whereupon he was conducted to the chair. 

    The House then proceeded by ballot to the choice of a Chief Clerk when John Lowry, William McKnutt, and David Gearsly were put in nomination.  Messrs. Blount and Cocke were appointed to superintend the balloting who upon counting the votes reported that Mr. Lowry and Mr. Gearsly had each eleven votes and Mr. McKnutt four-neither having a majority.  The House then proceeded to ballot a third time, the same gentlemen appointed to superintend the balloting, upon counting the votes reported that John Lowry had a majority of votes, was duly elected and was qualified accordingly. 

    The House then proceeded to the choice of an Assistant Clerk, when Messrs. Alexander M. Nelson, Thomas Buckingham and Robert Houston were put in nomination.  Messrs. Blount and Cocke were appointed to superintend the balloting who upon counting the votes reported that Mr. Nelson had nine votes.  Mr. Buckingham eleven and Mr. Houston five votes, neither having a majority of the whole House.  Mr. Houston's name was then withdrawn and the same gentlemen appointed to superintend the balloting who upon counting the votes reported that Mr. Nelson had a majority, was duly elected and qualified accordingly. --

    On motion Mr. John Rhea was unanimously chosen door keeper--

    Received from the Senate a message stating that they had met, chosen Joseph McMinn Esq. Speaker, Joseph M. Anderson and Luke Lea Clerks, and John Bright Doorkeeper, and were ready to proceed to business, which being read the House answered by message that they were also ready to proceed. 

    Mr. Trimble introduced the following resolutions which were read and adopted.  Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Tennessee that this Legislature adjourn forwith from Kingston to meet on Wednesday the 23rd. Inst. at eleven o'clock a.m. at the Courthouse in Knoxville. 

    Ordered that a message go to inform the Senate thereof which was sent accordingly --

    Received from the Senate a message stating that they had appointed Mr. Douglass to wait on his excellency the Governor for the purpose of informing him that the Legislature are in session and ready to receive any communication he may think proper to make, which being read Messrs. Blount and Cocke were appointed on the part of this House to act with the above gentlemen and a message was sent to inform the Senate thereof --

    Ordered that Messrs. Dixon, Trimble, Black, Kirby, Young and Mitchell be appointed a committee of privileges and elections. 

    The memorial of Isaac Tipton was received read and referred to the Committee of privileges and elections. 

    Received from the Senate a message stating their concurrence with the resolution of this House of adjourning to Knoxville - also their resolution that all the public offices be removed to Knoxville which was concurred with --

    Adjourned to meet at Knoxville on Wednesday the 23rd. Inst. at 11 O'Clock a.m.