Saturday, December 14.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Casey, from the committee on roads, bridges, and ferries, to whom was referred, the bill, to be entitled ‘an act to establish a public road from Ditto’s landing to Marston Mead’s in Blount county,’ reported that it is inexpedient to pass said bill.

Ordered, that said report, together with the bill, be laid on the table.

Mr. Hopkins, from the judiciary committee, to whom was referred the bill, to be entitled ‘an act to alter the times of holding courts in the first judicial circuit,' reported the same with an amendment; which was concurred in.

Ordered, that said bill be laid on the table.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Morton: Mr. President,

I am instructed by the House of Representatives to inform your honorable body, that they concur in the amendments made by your honorable body, to the bill, entitled,

‘An act to manumit a negro woman slave Margaret, and her children.’

They have also, read a third time and passed bills, originating in the House of Representatives, of the following titles, to wit:

‘An act to establish a turnpike road leading from Lawrence county to intersect the military road at Pikesville in Marion county;’

‘An act supplementary to an act, entitled an act permanently to fix the seat of justice for the counties of Tuskaloosa and Perry, passed November 27th 1821;’ and

‘An act respecting recognizances,’ In all of which they desire your concurrence.

They have also, read a third time and passed a bill, originating in the House of Representatives, entitled.


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‘An act granting to John Fowler the right of running a steam ferry-boat, and a row-boat or sail boat, between the city of Mobile and the town of Blakeley;’ in which they desire your concurrence.

The have also, read a third time and passed, a bill originating in your honorable body, entitled ‘an act to establish a public road from the house of John Gandie, in Morgan county, to Baltimore in Blount county;’ to which they have made sundry amendments; and in which they desire your concurrence.

They have also, read a third time and passed a bill, originating in your honorable body, entitled ‘an act to alter and amend an act, entitled an act to alter and extend the jurisdiction of the county court of Mobile county, passed the 17th December 1821;’ which they have amended by adding a proviso at the end thereof; in which amendment they desire your concurrence.

They have also, read the third time and passed, a bill, originating in your honorable body, entitled ‘an act for the government of the port and harbor of Mobile;’ and have amended the same by adding a proviso at the end thereof; in which amendment they desire your concurrence.

Mr. Hopkins from the judiciary committee, to whom was referred a bill, to be entitled ‘an act to lay a tax on all persons bringing negroes into this state for sale,’ reported that it is inexpedient to pass said bill. Ordered to be laid on the table.

Mr. Powell obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled ‘an act authorizing the sale of lots relinquished in the town of Cahawba under the act of the 21st of November 1821;’ which was read the first time.

Ordered, That said bill be made the order of the day for a third reading on Monday next.

On motion of Mr. Casey, the senate concurred in the amendments, made by the House of Representatives to the bill, entitled ‘an act to establish a public road from the house of John Gandie in Morgan County to Baltimore in Blount county;’

Ordered, that the House of Representatives be informed thereof.

On motion of Mr. Armstrong, the senate concurred in the amendments made by the House of Representatives to the bill, entitled ‘an act extending the jurisdiction of the county court of Mobile county, passed 17th December, 1821.’

Ordered, that the House of Representatives be informed thereof.

On motion, the senate also concurred in the amendment made by the House of Representatives to the bill, entitled ‘an act for the government of the Port and Harbor of Mobile.’

Ordered, that the House of Representatives be informed thereof.

A bill from the House of Representatives, entitled ‘an act granting to John Fowler the right of running a steam ferryboat, and a row-boat or sail boat between the city of Mobile and the town of Blakeley;’

‘An act concerning recognizances;’

‘An act to establish a turnpike road leading from Lawrence county to intersect the military road at Pikesville in Marion county;’ and

‘An act supplementary to an act permanently to fix the seat of justice for the counties of Tuskaloosa and Perry, passed 27th Nov. 1821;’ were severally read the first time.

Ordered, that said bills be made the order of the day for a second reading on Monday next.

Resolutions instructing our Senators, and requesting our Representa-


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tives in Congress to procure the passage of a law imposing a tonnage duty on all vessels coming into the port of Mobile,’ were read the second time, amended, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading on Monday next.

A bill from the House of  Representatives, entitled ‘an act to repeal in part the statute of limitations in criminal cases,’ was read the third and passed.

Ordered, that the House of Representatives be informed thereof.

A bill from the House of Representatives, entitled ‘an act to compel clerks of the circuit and county courts to give bond and security within the time therein prescribed,’ was read the third time.

Ordered, that said bill be laid on the table.

An engrossed bill, entitled ‘an act to prescribe the mode of certifying executions from justices of the peace from one county to another;’ 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.

An engrossed bill, entitled ‘an act in relation to mortgaged property;’ 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.

An engrossed bill, entitled ‘an act to authorize the administrators of John Lucas deceased, and the administrators of John Waugh, deceased, to sell real estate,’ 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. Moore from the committee on enrolled bills, reported that said committee had examined,

‘An act to authorize David Peoples to continue a toll bride erected over Escambia creek in the county of Conecuh;’ and

‘An act to amend an act incorporating the town of Erie,’ and found the same duly enrolled; which were accordingly signed by Mr. President.

An engrossed bill, entitled 'an act to alter the mode of drawing grand and petit jurors,’ 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.

An engrossed bill, entitled ‘an act to provide for printing the laws and journals, and for other purposes,’ 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.

On motion of Mr. Conner, the bill to be entitled ‘an act to repeal all acts or parts of acts now in force in this state requiring an oath to be taken or receiving a license to retail spirituous liquors,’ was taken up.

Mr. Bibb moved, that the further consideration of said bill be indefinitely postponed; and on the question being put, it was decided in the negative.

Yeas

9

Nays

10.

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

Mr. Bibb

Devereux

Murphy

Smith

Wood- 9

Casey

Metcalf

Powell

Sullivan

Those who voted in the negative, are,

Mr. President

Coats

Crabb

McCamy

Moore

Armstrong

Conner

Hopkins

McVay

Shackleford- 10.

 


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The following communication was received from His Excellency the Governor, by J. J. Pleasants, esq. secretary of State.

Executive Department, Dec. 13, 1822.

Gentlemen of the Senate,

In compliance with the resolution of the senate, requesting me to lay before you, such information as I may possess relative to the accounts between this State and the State of Mississippi, I have the honor herewith to lay before you all the information in possession of this department of the subject.

It will be seen by the concluding communication from the late Executive of Mississippi, to the late acting Governor of this state, that terms were proposed as "a sine qua non to all further correspondence,” which were at least unusual, if nor unprecedented, in the diplomatic intercourse between sister states; and such, as in my opinion, required only a favorable occasion for being withdrawn by that government. This indeed appeared indispensable to the resumption of the correspondence on the part of this state, unless some further disposition of the subject were made by the legislature.

Although no resolution was finally passed since the former correspondence, I have thought it proper to present the subject to the Executive of Mississippi in a letter of which I lay before you an extract marked (X) to which no answer is yet received.

I have the honor to be, your most obedient,

ISRAEL PICKENS.

Ordered, that said communication, together with the accompanying documents, be referred to a special committee. Whereupon Messrs. Murphy, Moore, and Hopkins, were appointed said committee.

Mr. Coats offered the following resolution: ‘Resolved, that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of so altering the law as to authorize persons to prove their accounts for a larger sum than is now authorized by law, and report by bill or otherwise;’ which was adopted.

On motion, the Senate adjourned till Monday morning 10 o’clock.