Monday, Nov. 25, 1822.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Wood presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Jefferson       


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county; praying the establishment of a new county; which was read, and

On motion referred to the committee on County Boundaries.

Mr. Moore presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Madison county, upon the subject of schools in the sixteenth sections o each township; which was read; and

On motion referred to the committee on Schools and Colleges, and School and College lands.

Mr. Conner presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Blount county, praying the passage of law incorporating the town of Blountsville, in said county; which was read; and on motion, referred to the committee on Propositions and Grievances.

On motion of Mr. Conner, the following resolution was adopted:

Resolved, that the Judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing by law, for filling vacancies happening in the office of sheriff, by reason of failure to hold elections at the proper time prescribed by the constitution or the law, and for filling vacancies of other offices happening for the like causes: with leave to report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. Powell, the following resolution was adopted:

Resolved, that the Secretary of State be required to furnish the Senate with a report, embracing a statement of all transactions under an act of the last session, entitled an act for the relief of purchasers of lots in the town of Cahawba.

Mr. Casey offered the following resolution: Resolved, that the Judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of so amending the constitution of this state, so as to confine justices of the peace in civil cases, to their respective captain’s beats, and to allow them a jury.

Mr. Wood moved to strike out all of said resolution after the words ‘Constitution of this state;’ and on the question being put, it was resolved in the affirmative.

Mr. Wood then moved to insert in lieu thereof, the following: ‘that all civil cases coming before justices of the peace shall be confined to tried in the captain’s beat where the defendant resides or were the debt was contracted;' ‘and on the question being put, it was decided in the affirmative.

The question was then put on the adoption of the resolution as amended and decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Casey offered the following resolution: Resolved that the Judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of amending the law now in force, so as more effectually to prevent selling spiritous liquors to the Indians.

Mr. Armstrong moved to amend said resolution, by adding the words 'and negroes' after the word 'Indians;' and on the question being put it was resolved in the affirmative.

The question was then put on the adoption of said resolution as amended, and decided in the affirmative.

Mr. President laid before the Senate a report of the Comptroller of public accounts, make in obedience to a resolution of the Senate, requiring him to lay before the house, the amount of money paid to Brevet Brigadier General Dale, and a transcript of the documents relative thereof; which was read, and on motion, referred to the Military committee.

Mr. McVay introduced a resolution to repeal a resolution allowing to the Comptroller two hundred and fifty dollars in addition to his present


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salary, passed at the last session of the General Assembly; 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. Sullivan obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled, ‘an act for the payment of the commissioners of Seminary lands in the county of Perry, in the years 1821 and 1822;’ which was read the first time.

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

On motion of Mr. Bibb, Resolved, that the Judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of passing a law defining slavery, and for the better regulation of slaves and patrols, and report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Crabb introduced a bill, to be entitled ‘an act to authorize the administrator and administratrix of Robert Gillaspey, deceased, to sell certain lands therein named,’ which was read the first time.

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

A bill to be entitled ‘an act to authorize Augustus Baudray to emancipate a certain 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 Thursday next.

A bill to be entitled ‘an act to authorize the administrator of John Dickson, deceased, to sell and convey certain real estate,’ was read the second time.

On motion of  Mr. Murphy, ordered, that said bill be committed to the Judiciary committee, to examine and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled ‘an act to change the name of, and legitimate a certain person 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.

On motion of Mr. Shackleford, ordered, that Mr. Conner be added to the committee on Roads, Bridges, and Ferries.

Mr. Bibb introduced a bill, to be entitled 'an act limiting the powers of constables;'  which was read the first time.

Ordered, that said bill be make the order of the day, for a second reading on to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Smith, ordered, that Mr. Sullivan be added to the committee on the Judiciary.

On motion of Mr. Wood, ordered, that Mr. Powell be added to the committee on County Boundaries.

On motion of Mr. Bibb, ordered, that Mr. Moore be added to the committee on Judiciary.

Mr. Sullivan introduced a bill, to be entitled ‘an act supplementary to an act to provide for assessing and collecting the taxes of this state, passed, December 17, 1821;’ which was read the first time.

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

On motion of Mr. Murphy, ordered, that Mr. Casey be added to the committee on the Judiciary.

On motion of Mr. Casey, ordered, that Mr. Crabb be added to said committee.

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