Saturday, Dec. 7.

Mr. Hallett, from the select committee to whom was referred the pe-


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tition of Louis Marie and Mannette Nicolas, reported a bill, to be entitled "an act to authorize Louis Marie and Mannette Nicolas to emancipate certain slaves therein named;" which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

Mr. Shortridge, from the select committee to whom was referred a bill to be entitled "an act for the trial of the right of property under execution or attachment and claimed by a person not a party to the suit," reported the same with amendments. Ordered, that the house concur in said amendments. The said bill was then read a second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading on Monday next.

Mr. Abercrombie from the select committee, to whom was referred a bill to be entitled "an act to reduce the pay of the members of the General Assembly," reported the said bill without amendment. On motion of Mr. Gayle, Ordered, that the further consideration of said bill be indefinitely postponed.

Mr. Davis obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled "an act respecting bail in civil cases," which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

Mr. Dulaney obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled "an act allowing compensation to witnesses attending Justices' courts;" which was read a first time and ordered to be read a 2nd time on Monday next.

Ordered, that Mr. Pope be added to the committee appointed on the part of this house to examine the manuscript copy of the Digest of the laws of this state by H. Toulmin, Esq.

The House then took into consideration the Resolution from the Senate proposing to go into the election of Monday next, at 4 o'clock P.M. of a Senator to the Congress of the United States, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of J. W. Walker, which resolution as amended by this house on yesterday, was concurred in.  Ordered, that the said resolution with the amendment be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.

Bills from the Senate, of the following titles, to wit: "an act to authorize the administrator of Samuel Herberson, deceased, to sell a certain tract of land therein named;"- "An act to authorize the administrator and administratrix of the estate of Robert Gillespey, deceased, to sell a tract of land therein named;"- "An act to establish a public road from the house of John Gandie in Morgan county, to Baltimore in Blount county;" "An act to authorize the granting of letters testamentary without security in the cases therein named;" - "An act concerning inquiry of damages;" and "An act concerning intestates' estates;" were severally read a first time and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Lyon - I am instructed by the Senate to inform your honorable body that they have read a third time and passed, bills originating in the Senate, of the following titles to wit: "An act to establish certain election precincts in the counties therein named;" and "An act authorizing George Cox, administrator of Benjamin Cox, deceased, to sell and transfer certain real estate;" in which they desire your concurrence. They have also read a third time and passed, bills, originating in your house, of the following titles

to wit: "An act divorcing Robert Bransford from his wife, Jane Bransford,"

"An act for the relief of purchasers of lots in the first sale in the town of Cahawba;" - "An act to incorporate the Huntsville Fire Engine company;"

"An act the better to secure debts on writs of Error;" and

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which they have amended by adding a proviso to each; and in which amendments they desire your concurrence.

Bills and Resolutions from the Senate of the following titles, to wit:

"An act in relation to the estate of James White, deceased;"

"An act to authorize Mary Jones, administratrix of Thomas A. Jones, deceased, to sell and convey certain real estate;" and

"Resolutions to repeal a resolution allowing to the comptroller two hundred and fifty dollars in addition to his present salary, passed at the last session of the General Assembly;" were severally read a second time and ordered, the two first to be read a third time on Monday next, and the latter to be laid on the table.

A bill from the Senate, entitled "An act to authorize fathers to devise the custody and tuition of their infant children,” was read a second time, and referred to the Judiciary committee.

A bill, to be entitled "An act concerning criminal cases,” was read a second time, and referred to a select committee consisting of Messrs. Gayle, Thompson and McClung.

A message was received from His Excellency, the Governor, by Mr. Pleasants, Secretary of State, notifying this House, that he did on the 4th inst. approve and sign,

"An act permanently to fix the seat of justice for the county of Blount” which originated in this House.

Mr. Morton offered the following reasons for voting yesterday, in the negative on the passage of the bill, entitled "An act to alter the mode of voting in general elections by the people:”

I, Quin Morton, a member of the House of Representatives from the county of Limestone, deem it a duty, I owe to myself and my country to state the reasons that influence me in giving the vote I gave on yesterday against the passage of the bill to change the mode of voting in general elections by the people.

At the present and the two preceding sessions of the Legislature of this state, the subject matter of the bill above mentioned has been before the Legislature. In every state of its progress at each of those sessions, I have been one of the warmest advocates for its passage: I am still an advocate for the bill. I do believe its passage would greatly tend to remedy the demoralizing effects of electioneering and promote the purity of elections: and although the question had been on a former day of this session decided (on a bill that originated in this House) against it, yet viewing the measure as one of vital importance to the true interest of the country; and believing it might yet be brought to the favorable consideration of a majority of the House, I yesterday voted against its passage as I had every reason to believe that the vote would be a tie, (and consequently the bill would be lost,) that an opportunity might be afforded gentlemen to reconsider their vote. These are the reasons that influenced my vote. I hope they are satisfactory to those who have heretofore acted with me on this subject, and to the country.   QUIN MORTON.

Engrossed bills of the following titles, to wit:

"An act declaring certain roads therein named, public roads, until otherwise directed by law;”

"An act to amend an act incorporating the town of Erie;” and

"An act for the relief of Robert Coyle;” were severally read a third time and passed.

Ordered, That the title be changed from that of "a bill” to that of  "an act.”


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Ordered, That the same be sent to the senate for their concurrence.

Mr. Morton moved to reconsider the vote on the passage of the bill from the Senate, entitled "an act to alter the mode of voting in general elections by the people;” which was lost.

Yeas 24                       Nays 34

The yeas & nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are,

Mr. Speaker

Clay

Farrar

Montgomery

Skinner

     Adams

Dulaney

Fearn

Morton

Shortridge

     Barclay

Durrett

Hubbard

Martin

Sanders

     Bailey

Davis

Hallett

McClung

Young- 24.

     Browne

Edmondson

Mead

Pope

Those who voted in the negative are,

Mr. Adair

Ford

Hardwicke

Merriwether

Terrell

Abercrombie

Gayle

Hill

Norwood

Thompson

Browning

Harris of B.

Harvey

Oliver

Wallace

Crenshaw

Harris of W.

Jones

Rutherford

Winston

Coleman

Hunter of T.

Jackson

Riviere

Weissinger

Fitzpatrick

Hunter of C.

Kennedy

Rather

Williams- 34

Fitz

Hunt

Leake

Taylor

Bills from the senate of the following titles, to wit:

"An act authorizing George Cox, administrator of Benjamin Cox, deceased to sell and transfer certain real estate;” and

"An act to establish certain election precincts in the counties therein named:” were severally read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

On motion of Mr. Martin, the House took into consideration the bill to be entitled an act, amendatory of an act entitled an act to establish the temporary seat of justice in the county of Decatur, and for other purposes so far as the same relates to the location of the public buildings in the county of Pickens.

Mr. Martin moved, that the further consideration of the said bill be indefinitely postponed;which was lost.

Ordered, That the said bill be engrossed for a third reading on Monday next.

On motion of Mr. McClung, the House took into consideration the bill, to be entitled "an act regulating appeals in criminal cases;” and referred the same to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. McClung, Morton and Hunter of Conecuh.

A bill, to be entitled "an act to alter and extend the boundaries of Wilcox county,’ was read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed and read a third time on Monday next.

Reasons for voting against a reconsideration of the vote given on the final passage of the bill, to be entitled "an act to alter the mode of voting in General Elections by the people.’ The subject was introduced in this House on the second day of the session, & has occupied more of the time and attention of the members, than any other subject.  It has on three or four different days been discussed ably and at length in the presence of every member; after which ample investigation, a majority of the House have twice solemnly decided against the change proposed in the bill: and being well assured, that such would again be the decision and also being unwilling to take up that time which should be devoted to other important subjects of legislation in again discussing this, we have voted against a reconsideration.

WM J. ADAIR

JOHN WINSTON

JAMES JACKSON

JOHN M. LEAKE

ANTHONY WINSTON

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Mr. Bagby also offered the following reason for his vote on the said question:

A desire at all times of giving the members of this House, the benefit of their best reflections, furnished to me the inducement for voting in favour of the reconsideration.

A. P. BAGBY.

And then the House adjourned till Monday morning 10 o'clock.