Allen Morris


Nine of the thirteen members of Florida’s first Legislative Council had reached Pensacola to take the oath of office on July 22, 1822. Officers were elected the following day, and a committee of two was appointed to advise Governor William P. DuVal that the council was ready to proceed to business. On the same day that the governor’s message was received by the council, segments of it were referred to committees of four members “with authority to report by bill or otherwise” on matters relating to the judiciary and revenue. In immediate succession, other committees of three to five members were appointed to consider “the propriety of fixing the future seat of government,” to draft a bill to “determine the qualifications of voters for Delegate to Congress,” and to determine the expediency of incorporating the cities of St. Augustine and Pensacola. The council also created a committee of three to prepare its rules.