Tuesday, December 17, 1822.

The senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Casey presented the petition of sundry persons residing in the vicinity of Selma, praying to be exempted from working on roads and streets within the limits of said town.

On motion of Mr. Casey, the bill, entitled ‘an act to exempt the citizens of the town of Selma from working on public roads beyond the limits of said town;’ was taken up.

Said bill was read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That the House of Representatives be informed thereof.  In pursuance of an order of the Senate, Mr. Hopkins, from the judiciary committee, reported a resolution proposing to the people of the state of Alabama, changes in the constitution of this state, therein mentioned; 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. Bibb, from the committee on propositions and grievances, to whom was recommitted the bill, entitled ‘an act for the relief of Robert Coyle, together with the accompanying documents, made a report recommending the passage of said bill;  which was concurred in.


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Said bill was then read the third time and passed.

Ordered, that the House of Representatives be informed thereof.

Mr. Shackleford, from the committee appointed to lay off the state into Congressional Districts, to whom was referred a resolution instructing them to inquire into the expediency of altering the mode of electing electors of President and Vice President, reported, that it is unnecessary to pass any law on the subject at this time.

And on the question being put on concurring in said report, it was decided in the affirmative.

Yeas

14

Nays

5.

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

Mr. President

Crabb

McVay

Murphy

Smith

Armstrong

Hopkins

Metcalf

Powell

Wood- 14.

Bibb

McCamy

Moore

Shackleford

Those who voted in the negative, are,

Mr. Coats

Casey

Conner

Devereux

Sullivan- 5.

Mr. McVay presented the account of Richard B. Doyle, jailer of Lauderdale county, against the state; which was referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Powell presented the account of William R. Colgin, against the state; which was referred to the committee on accounts.

On motion of Mr. Hopkins, the bill entitled ‘an act to authorize Brice M. Garner to build a certain toll bridge therein named,' was taken up.

Mr. Hopkins moved, that the Senate disagree to the report made by the committee on roads, bridges and ferries, on said bill, which was decided in the affirmative. Said bill was then read the third time.

Mr. Bibb offered the following amendment to said bill by way of rider, ‘Provided, that all bills on the Fayetteville Bank, in Tennessee, shall be negotiable at said bridge;’ which was rejected. The question was then put, Shall said bill pass? and decided in the negative.

Mr. Moore obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled ‘an act for the relief of the tax collectors of Limestone and Madison;’ which was read the first time. Ordered, that said bill be made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow.

Resolutions, concerning the keeping in good order the public arms,' were read the second time. Ordered, that said resolutions be referred to the military committee to examine and report thereon.

Resolutions concerning the loan from the Tombeckbe Bank,’ were read the second time. Mr. Shackleford offered the following amendments to said resolutions: ‘And be it further resolved, that when the said loan shall be effected, one half thereof shall be deposited in the State Treasury.’

Mr. Moore offered the following proviso to said amendment: ‘Provided, said loan shall not exceed the amount already made to the state, at any time hereafter;’ which was rejected. The question was then put on the adoption of the amendment offered by Mr. Shackleford, and decided in the affirmative. Ordered, that the same be engrossed and made the order of the day for a third reading on Friday next.

 A bill, to be entitled ‘an act to establish and regulate justices courts,’ was read the second time. Ordered, that said bill be laid upon the table, and that forty copies thereof be printed.

A bill to be entitled ‘an act to authorize the Judge of the county court of Mobile county, to appoint a public weigher for the city of Mobile,’ was read the second time.  Ordered, that said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.


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A bill, entitled ‘an act to reduce the fees of certain officers therein named,’ was read the second time. Ordered, that said bill be laid upon the table.

A bill, to be entitled ‘an act to amend an act entitled an act appointing commissioners to lay out a road on, or near the dividing line between the counties of Madison and Limestone, passed at Cahawba, 30th November 1820,’ was read the 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 amend and reduce into one, the several acts concerning forcible entries and detainers,’ was read the second time. Ordered, that said bill be laid upon the table.

A bill, to be entitled ‘an act to authorize Jacob Dust to emancipate a female slave therein named,’ was read the 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 authorize the judge of the county court of Mobile county, to take possession of the Spanish records,’ was read the second time. Ordered, that said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Casey, the committee of the whole was discharged from the consideration of the 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.’ Mr. Casey moved to strike out all of the first section of said bill after the word “that” and insert the following: ‘John Hardy, Parson Davis, Henry Adams, Capt. Grumbles, and Lewis Johnson, or a majority of them, be, and they are hereby, appointed commissioners to view and mark out a way for a road from the town of Cahawba, to run the nearest and best way the county will admit of to Daniel Hardy’s on Old town creek. That James Pinkston, William Bennett, Seymore Powell or a majority of them, be, and they are hereby, appointed commissioners to view and mark out a way for a road, to run the nearest and best way the country will admit of, from Daniel Hardy’s on Old-town creek, to intersect the Federal road leading to Line creek, in Montgomery county.’

“And that James Bell, Barney Johnson, Matthew Jones, John Kelly and John Gayle, or a majority of them, be and they are hereby, appointed commissioners to view and mark out a way for a road to run the nearest and best way the country will anmit of, to the county line of Dallas county, in the direction to Coffeeville. And that Alexander McLeod, John Barner, William Taylor, John Heart, William Sillman, or a majority of them be, and they are hereby, appointed commissioners to view and mark out a way for a road the nearest and best way the country will admit of, from Coffeeville to intersect the road from the town of Cahawba to the county line west of Cahawba;” which was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Casey offered the following additional section as an amendment to said bill: - 'And be it further enacted, That the commissioners appointed by this act, shall, so soon as they shall have marked out the roads assigned them, make report to the county court, who shall order the apportioners to apportion hands to cut out and keep in repair the said roads;’ which was adopted.

Mr. Shackleford moved to fill the blank in the second section with the names of “Joshua Hagerty, Benjamin Wilson, Robert Hill, Isaac Suttles, and Jesse Hill;” which was decided in the affirmative.


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Mr. Powell offered the following amendment to the last section of said bill, "but that they shall receive such compensation from their counties respectively, as may be by the courts thereof, adjudged;” which was adopted. Ordered to be engrossed for a third reading on to-morrow.

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

A bill from the House of Representatives, entitled ‘an act supplementary to an act permanently to fix the seat of justice for the counties of Tuskaloosa and Perry, passed 27th November, 1821,’ was read the third time and passed. Ordered, that the words ‘so far as relates to Perry county,’ be added to the title of said bill, and that the same be sent to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

A bill from the House of Representatives, entitled ‘an act concerning recognizances,’ was read the third time. Ordered, that said bill be laid on the table for the present.

A bill from the House of Representatives entitled ‘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;’ was read a third time. Mr. Casey moved to amend said bill by way of rider, by inserting after the words ‘county court’ wherever they occur in said bill, the words “and commissioners of the revenue and roads,’ which was decided in the affirmative. Said bill was then passed as amended.

Ordered that the Secretary acquaint the House of Representatives thereof, and desire their concurrence in the amendments made thereto.

Mr. Shackleford presented the memorial of the trustees of the University of this state, recommending several sites as suitable places for the location of the University. Ordered, that said memorial be laid upon the table.

On motion of Mr. Moore, the memorial of the trustees of the University presented on a former day and laid on the table, was taken up and referred to the committee on schools and colleges, and school and college lands.

Ordered, that Messrs. Crabb and Armstrong be added to the committee on schools and colleges, and school and college lands.

An engrossed 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 on receiving a license to retail spirituous liquors,’ was read the third time and passed.

Yeas

10

Nays

9.

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

Mr. President

Coats

Crabb

McCamy

Moore

Armstrong

Conner

Hopkins

McVay

Shackleford- 10.

Those who voted in the negative, are,

Mr. Bibb

Devereux

Murphy

Smith

Wood- 9

Casey

Metcalf

Powell

Sullivan

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. Armstrong presented the petition of Edwin Lewis; which was read and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Armstrong,  Bibb, Hopkins, Moore and Murphy.

Mr. Shackleford, from the committee, appointed to lay off the state into congressional districts, reported a bill, to be entitled ‘an act to divide the state into districts for electing Representatives to Congress;’ which was read the first time.


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

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