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[177] battery of artillery, to be sent to camp; and, in this form, it passed to be engrossed.

The Special Committee reported, that the petitions of J. Sella Martin, and Robert Morris and others, to strike out the word ‘white’ in the militia laws, be referred to the next General Court.

In the House.—A petition of John T. Hilton and twenty-two others, colored citizens of Massachusetts, that the word ‘white’ be stricken from the militia laws, was laid on the table.

The Senate report referring the petitions of J. Sella Martin and Robert Morris and others, to the next General Court, was opposed by Mr. Slack, of Boston, who spoke in favor of striking out the word ‘white’ from the militia laws. He said the colored men were anxious to serve their country, and that no law should be enacted to prevent them.

Mr. Hammond, of Nahant, spoke in favor of accepting the report.

On motion of Mr. Albee, of Marlborough, the question on receiving the report was taken by yeas and nays. The report was accepted,—yeas 119, nays 81.

The Senate bill to enable banks to purchase Government securities was passed to be engrossed, under a supension of the rules.

The Senate bill for the organization of a home guard was passed to be engrossed, without opposition.

May 17. In the Senate.—Mr. Whiting, of Plymouth, moved a reconsideration of the vote whereby the petition of J. Sella Martin, Robert Morris, and others, was referred to the next General Court. Placed in the orders of the day.

In the House.A—petition was presented by B. C. Sargent, Mayor of Lowell, and a committee of the City Council of Lowell, for State aid in the erection of a monument to Luther C. Ladd and Addison O. Whitney, who fell at Baltimore, April 19. Referred.

Mr. Jewell, of Boston, from the Special Committee, reported a bill ‘to provide for a sinking fund.’

May 18. In the Senate.—The motion to reconsider the

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