Thursday, Nov. 28, 1822.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Casey presented the petition of A. Pierce, praying the benefit of a law for the relief of purchasers of lots in the town of Cahawba; which was read: and, on motion, referred to the committee on Propositions and Grievances.

Mr. Moore presented the petition of Mary White of Madison county, praying the passage of a law authorizing her to transfer to Samuel Bigham a certain tract of land; which was read; and, on motion referred to a select committee: Whereupon, Messrs. Moore, Wood, and Crabb were appointed said committee.

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 of the following titles, to wit: ‘An act to authorize Gilbert D. Taylor to emancipate certain salves therein named;’ and ‘an act to manumit a negro woman slave, Margaret, & her children:’ in which they desire your concurrence.

A bill from the house of representatives, to be entitled ‘an act to authorize Gilbert D. Taylor to emancipate certain salves therein named;’ &

A bill to be entitled ‘an act to manumit a negro woman slave, Margaret, and her children;’ were severally read the first time.  Ordered, that said bills be made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Sullivan presented the petition of Mary Jones, administratrix of Thomas A. Jones, deceased, praying the passage of a law authorizing her to sell certain real estate; which was read, and on motion referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. President laid before the senate a communication in writing, from the Secretary of State; which was read, and is as follows:

Secretary of State’s Office, November the 27th, 1822.

To the President of the Senate,

SIR- In obedience to resolution of the senate of the 25th instant, requiring the Secretary of State ‘to furnish the senate with a report, embracing a statement of all transactions under an act of last session, entitled ‘an act for the relief of purchasers at the first sale of lots in the town of Cahawba,’ I have the honor to submit, herewith, a report which contains all the information required by said resolution, in the possession of this office.  I have the honor to be, sir, your ob’t serv’t, J. J. PLEASANTS.

On motion, ordered that said report together with the accompanying documents lie on the table.

On motion of Mr. McVay, the following resolution was adopted: Resolved, that the Judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of amending or altering the Constitution, so that a shorter time than the time allowed by the Constitution, at present, of citizenship, to authorize and qualify votes for members of the General Assembly, & c.,

On motion of Mr. Conner, Resolved, that the committee on Propositions and Grievances be instructed to inquire into the expediency of retrenchment in the compensation allowed the officers of this state, and the members of the General Assembly.


33

Mr. Hopkins obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled ‘an act to authorize fathers to devise the custody and tuition of their infant children;' 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. Sullivan, Resolved, that a committee be appointed to examine into the situation of the state Arsenal, & the public arms therein.

Messrs. Sullivan, Shackleford and Devereux were appointed said committee.

Mr. Sullivan obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled ‘an act giving execution for costs in the supreme court;' 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, the bill, to be entitled ‘an act to alter the mode of voting in general elections by the people,’ was taken up, and read.

On motion of Mr. Casey, Ordered, that said bill be committed to a committee of the whole house, and made the order of the day for to-morrow.

The senate then proceeded to the orders of the day.

A bill from the House of Representatives, to be entitled ‘an act for the relief of Henry Stokes and others,’ was read the second time.

On motion, ordered, that said bill be referred to a select committee to examine and report thereon.

Messrs. Moore, McVay and McCamy, were appointed said committee.

A bill from the House of Representatives, to be entitled an ‘act permanently to fix the seat of Justice for the county of Blount,’ 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 authorize the emancipation of certain slaves therein mentioned,’ was read the second time.

On motion, ordered, that said bill be committed to a committee of the of the whole house and made the order of the day of for Saturday next.

A bill, to be entitled; ‘an act to establish a road from the house of John Gandie in Morgan county, to Baltimore in Blount county,’ was read the second time.

On motion, ordered, that said bill be committed to a committee of the whole house and made the order of the day for Saturday next.

A bill, to be entitled 'an act to exempt preachers of the Gospel from the payment of ferriage in certain cases,’ was read the second time.

Ordered, that said bill be referred to the committee on the judiciary, to examine and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled ‘an act to prevent immoral and disorderly conduct at places of religious worship,’ 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 relative to election precincts,’ was read the second time.  On motion, ordered that said bill lie on the table.

An engrossed bill, to be entitled ‘an act to authorize Augustus Bandry to emancipate a certain slave therein named,’ was read the 3d time.

Mr. Powell offered the following amendment to said bill be way of rider, ‘Provided however, that the said salve Gadstith shall remove be-

E


34

yond the limits of this state within twelve months after his emancipation and shall not return to reside therein,’ which amendment was read three several times and adopted.  The question was then put, ‘shall this bill pass as amended?' and decided in the affirmative.

Ordered, That the title of said bill be changed from that of  “a bill” that of  “an act &c.” and that the same be sent to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

An engrossed resolution, regulation the pay of Brevet Brigadier General Dale, was read the third time and passed.

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

An engrossed bill, to be entitled; ‘an act to authorize Rosanna Lambkin and Elijah Hogan to convey to Isaac Jackson a certain tract of land therein mentioned,’ was read the third time.  On motion of Mr. Shackleford, ordered that said bill lie on the table.

An engrossed bill, to be entitled ‘an act to authorize the administrator and administratrix of Davis H. Mayhew, deceased, to sell real estate,' was read the third time.  On motion of Mr. Armstrong, Ordered, that said bill lie on the table.

An engrossed bill, to be entitled ‘an act, supplementary to an act to incorporate the city of Mobile passed the 17th day of December 1819.’ 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.

The report of the committee appointed on the petition of Seaburn J. Whatley was taken up, and the resolution reported by said committee was read the second time, On motion, ordered, that said resolution be referred to a committee of the whole house and made the order of the day for Tuesday next.

The resolution reported by the committee, to whom was referred the petition of John Byler, extending to him and his associates time to open and finish a road therein named, was taken up and read the second time.

Mr. Hopkins moved to amend said resolution, by the adoption of a Proviso to the same.

And on the question being put on the adoption of said amendment was decided in the affirmative.

On motion, ordered, that said resolution be engrossed, and made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.

On motion, the bill, to be entitled ‘an act to continue in force and amend an act to repeal in part and amend an act, entitled an act to regulate the proceedings in the courts of Law and Equity in this state, and for other purposes therein mentioned,’ was taken up & read the second time.

On motion of Mr. Hopkins, ordered, that said bill be committed to a committee of the whole house, and made the order of the day for Monday next.

On motion of Mr. Casey, the minutes and ordinances of the Trustees of the University, which accompanied the Governor’s message, was read and referred to the committee on schools and colleges and school and college lands.

On motion of Mr. Murphy, ordered, that the documents relative to the resolution, regulating the pay of Brevet Brigadier General Dale, be forwarded to the House of Representatives with the said resolution.


35

On motion of Mr. Coats, ordered, that Mr. Murphy be added to the committee appointed to lay off the state into Congressional Districts.

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