Friday, December 13, 1822.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

A Message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Dodson their clerk:

Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Senate:

I am instructed by the House of Representatives to inform your honorable body, that they have read a third time and passed, bills originating in your honorable body, of the following titles, to wit:

‘An act to prevent frivolous and vexatious law suits;’ and

‘An act to prevent free negroes from retailing spirituous liquors, and for other purposes,’ ‘the latter of which they have amended by striking out the third and fourth sections thereof; and in which amendments they desire your concurrence.

Mr. Hopkins, from the Judiciary committee, to whom was referred the bill to be entitled ‘an act to repeal in part the statute of limitations in criminal cases,’ reported the same with an amendment, which was concurred in. Ordered, that said bill be made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Hopkins, from said committee, to whom was referred the bill to be entitled ‘an act to prescribe the mode of certifying executions from justices of the peace from one county to another,’ reported the same with an amendment, which was concurred in. Ordered, that said bill be engrossed, and made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Hopkins, from said committee, to whom was referred a bill, to be entitled 'an act to alter the mode of drawing grand and petit jurors.’ reported the same with an amendment; which was concurred in. Ordered, that said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Hopkins from said committee, to whom was referred a bill to be entitled ‘an act in relation to mortgaged property,’ reported the same with sundry amendments, which were concurred in.  Ordered, that said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Hopkins, from said committee, to whom was referred a bill to be entitled ‘an act to authorize ministers of the gospel to solemnize the rites of matrimony,’ reported the following resolution: ‘Resolved, that it is inexpedient to pass the bill, to be entitled ‘an act to authorize ministers of the gospel to solemnize the rites of matrimony.’   Mr. Bibb moved that the Senate disagree to said report, which was decided in the negative.

Mr. Hopkins from the committee to whom was referred a bill to be entitled ‘an act to prevent grand jurors from being required to present


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every frivolous assault and battery case that may come within their knowledge,’ reported the following resolution: Resolved, that it is inexpedient to pass the bill, entitled ‘an act to prevent grand jurors from being required to present every frivolous assault and battery case that may come within their knowledge.’ Mr. Wood moved, that the senate disagree to said report; which was decided in the negative.

Mr. Moore, from the committee on enrolled bills, reported that said committee had examined ‘an act concerning inquiry of damages,’ and found the same correctly enrolled; which was accordingly signed by Mr. President.

Mr. Bibb, from the committee on propositions and grievances, to whom was referred the bill to be entitled ‘ an act for the relief of Robert Coyle.’ reported that it is inexpedient to pass said bill. Ordered, that said report lie on the table.

A message was received from the Governor by J. J. Pleasants, esquire, secretary of state, informing the senate, that he did on the 10th inst. approve and sign, ‘An act to prevent immoral and disorderly conduct at places of religious worship;’ which originated in this House.

Mr. Hopkins from the Judiciary committee, to whom was referred, the bill, to be entitled ‘an act to provide for printing the laws and journals, and for other purposes,’ reported the same with sundry amendments which were concurred in. Ordered, that said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Armstrong obtained leave to introduce a resolution, which was read the first time. Ordered, that said resolution be made the order of the day for a second reading on to morrow.

Mr. Armstrong offered the following resolution: ‘Resolved, that his excellency the Governor, be requested to communicate to the senate, such information as he may be in possession of in relation to the vacancy now existing for Major General of the 4th division of the militia of this state together with the cause of such vacancy;' which was adopted.

Mr. Moore moved, that the senate disagree to the amendment made by the house of representatives, to the bill to be entitled ‘an act to prevent free negroes from retailing spirituous liquors,’ by striking out the third section thereof; which was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Murphy moved, that the senate disagree to the amendment made by the house of representatives to said bill, by striking out the 4th section thereof; which was decided in the affirmative.

Ordered, that the Secretary notify the House of Representatives thereof.

Mr. Conner offered the following resolution: Resolved that the military committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of furnishing the militia officers of this state, with some guide of military discipline which was adopted.

A bill from the house of representatives, to be entitled ‘an act to compel clerks of the circuit and county courts to give bond and security with in the time therein prescribed,’ was read the second time. Ordered, that said bill be made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.

A bill, to be entitled ‘an act to repeal all acts of parts of acts now in force in this state requiring an oath to be taken on receiving a license to retail spirituous,’ was read the second time.

Ordered, that said bill lie on the table.

A bill, to be entitled ‘an act to authorize the administrators of John Lucas, and the administrators of John Waugh, deceased, to sell real estate,


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was read a second time.  Ordered, that said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.

A bill, to be entitled ‘an act to appoint commissioners to lay out two roads from the ford of Line-creek; the one to Coffeeville; the other to Tuskaloosa,’ was read the second time.  Ordered, that said bill be committed to a committee of the whole house, and made the order of the day for Tuesday next.

A bill, to be entitled ‘an act to lay a tax on all persons bringing negroes into this state for sale,’ was read the 2nd time.  Ordered, that said bill be referred to the committee on the Judiciary to examine & report thereon.

 A bill from the House of Representatives, to be entitled ‘an act for the trial of the right of property taken by virtue of an execution or attachment, and claimed by any person not a party to the suit;’ was read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That the House of Representatives be informed thereof.

An engrossed bill, to be entitled, ‘an act to authorize a change of venue in chancery causes in certain cases,’ was read the third time and passed.

Ordered, that the title of said bill be as aforesaid, and that the same be sent to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

Mr. Casey offered the following resolution: ‘Resolved, that the committee appointed to divide the state into congressional districts be directed to inquire into the expediency of causing the electors of President and Vice President hereafter, to be chosen by the qualified electors of this state, with leave to report by bill or otherwise;’ which was adopted.

On motion, the senate adjourned till to-morrow morning 10 o’clock.