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This Court, which has no jurisdiction except what properly belongs to a Court of Errors and Appeals, holds its sessions annually at Jackson, commencing on the 1st Mondays in January and November.
Superior Court of Chancery.
Stephen Cocke, of Lowndes Co., Chancellor,
This Court, which has jurisdiction over all matters, pleas, and complaints whatsoever, belonging to, or coguizable in, a Court of Equity, holds two sessions annually, at the city of Jackson, on the 1 st Mondays of December and June, which continue as long as business requires.
District Chancery Courts.
Term ends. Salary.
Nov. 1851, $2,000
Erasmus S. Russell, Natchez.
D. W. Dickenson, Vwe Chancellor, Northern Dist.,
Clerks of Northern District.
Hannibal Harris, Holley Springs. ]
These clerks are elected by the people, and hold office for two years.
Time of holding Court. — For the counties of Jackson, Harrison, Greene, Hancock, and Perry, at Mississippi City, on the 2d Monday of February and August, to continue iu session 12 judicial days, and no longer. For the counties of Lowndes, Winston, Octibbeha, Kemper, Noxubee, and Neshoba, 1st Monday in May a7id November. For the counties of Itawnmba, Pontotoe, Monroe, Chicknsaw, and Tishamingo, 3d Monday in May and November. For the counties of Marshall, Coahoma, Tippah, De Soto, Ponola, Lafayette, and Tunica, 1st Monday in January and July. For the counties of Carroll, Choctaw, Holmes, Yalabusha, and Tallahatchie, 3d Monday in June and Deceml>er. For the counties of Copiah, Lawrence, Pike, Marion, Covington, Jones, and Wayne, at Monticello, 4th Monday in January and July, for 12 judicial days. For the counties of Wilkinson, Amite, Franklin, Jefferson, and Adams, at Natchez, 4th Mondays in June and December, for 24 days.
These Courts have concurrent power and jurisdiction within the district with the Superior Court of Chancery, when the amount in controversy does not exceed $500.000. The Vice Chancellors are elected for term of 4 years; they must be at least 30 years of age. Appeals may be made to the Superior Court of Chancery, unless by consent of both parties, when the same may be taken directly to the High Court of Errors and Appeals.
District or Circuit Courts.
The Judicial divisions were reorganized in 1845, and formed into 7 Districts, or Circuits. The salary of the Judges is 52,000 each.
Common Schools. — An act establishing a system of common schools was passed March 4, 1846. The Boards of County Police are to appoint School Commissioners, one to each district, amounting to five in each county. These Commissioners are to superintend the schools, hire the teachers, and report scmi-anntially to the Seretary of State, who is ex officio General School Commissioner, the number of pupils and of teachers, and the amount paid out of the State funds to teachers. Abstracts of these returns are to be published semi-annually, in July and January. The boards of police may levy a special tax for the schools, not to exceed the State tax; but no township shall be taxed for this purpose without the consent of a majority of its inhabitants. The funds arising from leases of the 16th sections of land, from fines and forfeitures, and from licenses to hawkers and pedlers, keepers of billiard tables, retailers of liquors, and brokers, shall form part of the School Fund.
First District. — Counties of Tishamingo, Tippah, Marshall, De Soto, Tunica, Coahoma, Bolivar, Tallahatchie, Sunflower, Ponola, Lafayette, Pontotoc- 59,544. Second District. —Itawamba, Monroe, Chickasaw, Yallobusha, Carroll, Choctaw, Oktibbeha, Lowndes, Noxubee — 51,102. Third District.— Winston, Attala, Holmes, Washington, Issaquena, Yazoo, Madison, Leake, Neshoba, Kemper, Lauderdale, Newton, Rankin, Hinds, Warren— 63,306. Fourth District. — Claiborne, Jefferson, Clark, Copiah, Simpson, Wayne, Smith, Jasper, Jones, Covington, Lawrence, Franklin, Adams, Wilkinson, Amite, Pike, Marion, Perry, Greene, Jackson, Harrison, Hancock — 57,852. Finances. – The message of Governor Brown represents the finances of the State as greatly improved. The indebtedness on account of the Auditor's warrants, on the 1st of January, 1846, was $271,707 07, of which about $160,000 is not payable until January, 1847, so that the amount to be raised in 1846 is estimated as follows: Auditor's warrants, issued prior to January 1st, 1846, not
funded, or funded and due, in the year 1846, - $105,845 09 Expenses of the Legislature, . - - 60,000 00 State Government for 1846, - - - 125,000 00
Total, - - $290,845 09
In regard to the Planters' Bank bonds, he entertains the hope that an instalment will be paid on them at no distant day, and thereafter be paid regularly as they fall due, though he anticipates no considerable amount from the State's stock in the Bank.
Gover NMENT. Term ends. Salary. IsAAc Johnson, of West Feliciana, Governor, Jan. 1850, $6,000 Trasimon Landry, of Ascension, Lieut. Governor, “ 1850, 4 a day.
Charles Gayarré, of New Orleans, Secretary of State, “ 1850, 2,000 Zenon Ledoux, Jr., of Pointe Coupée, Priv. Sec. to the Gov., Perqui. & 600
Joseph Walker, of Rapides, Treasurer, Jan. 1848, 4,000
Louis Bringier, of New Orleans, Surveyor General, 600
Charles N. Rowley, of Concordia, Adj. 6: Ins. General, 2,000
Raphael Toledano, of New Orleans, Auditor of Accounts, 2,500
Paul O. Hebert, of Iberville, State Engineer, 3,500
Robert J. Kerr, Register of Land Office, 687 75 JUDICIARY.
George Eustis, of New Orleans, Chief Justice, 1854, 6,000 Pierre A. Rost, of St. Charles, Associate Justice, 1852, 5,500 George R. King, of Opelousas, do. 1850, 5,500 Thomas Slidell, of New Orleans, do. 1848, 5,500 William A. Elmore, of New Orleans, Attorney General, 1848, 3,000 Eugene Lasere, Clerk in New Orleans, Fees. Pierre Labyche, do. in Opelousas, Fees. M. A. Airiail, do. in Alexandria, Fees. Henry M. Bry, do. in Monroe, Fees. Merritt M. Robinson, of New Orleans, Reporter, Perquisites.
District Courts of New Orleans; 1st District.
Districts. Judges. Term ends. Salary. Clerks.
3. Thomas H. Kennedy, 1850, 3,500 William P. Bedlock. 4. George Strawbridge, 1852, 3,500 Thomas Gilmore. 5. A. M. Buchanan, 1850, 3,500 Prosper Le Blanc.
Other District Courts.
Districts. Judges. Term ends. Salary. Attorneys. .
Abstract Of The New Constitution,
Adopted in Concention, May 14th, 1845, and ratified by the People Nonember
Representatives, not less than 70, nor more than 100, in number, shall be chosen every second year, on the 1st Monday in November, and shall meet every second year, on the 3d Monday in January following. A Representative must be a free white male, 21 years of age, who has been three years a citizen of the United States, three years a resident of the State, and one year a resident of the Parish where he is chosen. Every Parish shall have at least one Representative, and more according to population. A census shall be taken in 1847, another in 1855, and one every ten years thereafter.
Every free white male, 21 years of age, two years a citizen of the United States, or resident in the State for two consecutive years next preceding the election, and the last year thereof in the parish where he proposes to vote, shall have the right of suffrage. Absence from the State for more than 90 consecutive days, unless the house or place of business of the absentee be occupied during his absence by his family or servants, shall interrupt the residence here required. United States soldiers and seamen, paupers and convicts, shall not vote; and no one shall vote except in his own parish or election precinct.
Senators, 32 in number, shall be chosen for four years, one half of their number being chosen every two years. A Senator must be 27 years old, ten years a citizen of the United States, four years a resident of the State, and one year a resident in his district. Deducting the population of New Orleans from that of the State, the remainder divided by 28 shall be the senatorial ratio for the districts. Senators and Representatives shall receive $4 a day during their attendance, going to, and returning from the General Assembly, and no sessions shall last more than 60 days; acts passed after 60 days shall be invalid. No clergyman shall be eligible to the General Assembly, and no person entrusted with public money for which