Monday, December 11, 1826.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act to amend the laws now in force for the punishment of malicious mischief, was read the third time and passed. Ordered, that the titled of the bill be as aforesaid, and that it be sent to the Hall of Representatives for their concurrence.

A bill to be entitled an act to compensate witnesses attending magistrates' courts, was read the third time, and on the question, shall the bill pass? it was determined in the affirmative - yeas 11, nays 7.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative are Mr. President, Ashe, Bagby, Barton, Brown, Gaines, Jackson, Irwin, McCamy, Powell and Sullivan- 11.

Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Abercrombie, Casey, Clay, Crabb, Jones, Miller and Skinner - 7.


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So the bill was passed. Ordered, that it be returned to the House of Representatives.

A bill entitled an act to authorize the county court of Wilcox county to levy an extra tax; joint resolution proposing amendments to the constitution of the United States; an act to authorize solicitors to swear witnesses to send to the grand jury; an act to make an appropriation for digesting and revising the militia and patrol laws of this state, as authorized by the General Assembly at their last session; an act more effectually to secure the compensation allowed by law to jurors therein mentioned; and, an act to amend an act, entitled an act concerning roads, highways, bridges and ferries in the county of Mobile, were severally read the second time, and ordered to a third reading to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to keep in force an act for the registration of deeds, grants, &c. was read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled an act to divorce William Bryant from Rhodicy Bryant, was taken up, read the 3d time and passed- yeas 13, nays 5.

The yeas and nays being desired on the passage of the bill, those who voted in the affirmative are

mr. President Brown Jackson McCamy Skinner- 13
Abercrombie Crabb Irwin Miller  
Barton Gaines Jones Powell  

Those who voted in the negative are

Mr. Ashe Bagby Casey Clay Sullivan- 5

So the bill was passed. Ordered, that it be returned to the House of Representatives.

A bill to be entitled an act better to provide for leasing the 16th section therein named, was read the second time, and referred to the committee on schools and colleges, and school and college lands, to consider and report thereon.

A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. McClellan.

Mr. President- The House of Representatives have read three times and passed, bills which originated in their House, entitled an act to provide further for the probate of wills in this state; and, an act authorizing Francis Hamblin, a free man of color, to emancipate his daughter Susan. In which they desire your concurrence.

A bill from the House of Representatives entitled an act to provide further for the probate of wills in this state, was read the first time - Mr. Jackson moved that the bill lie on the table till the first day of June next; which was carried.

A bill from the House of Representatives, entitled an act authorizing Francis Hamblin, a free man of color, to emancipate his daughter Susan, was read the first time. Ordered, that the bill be read the second time to-morrow.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act to compensate the commissioners appointed by the Governor for ascertaining and marking the permanent boundary between this state and Georgia, was read the third time, and laid on the table.


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A bill to be entitled an act to divorce John Diamond from Lizzy Diamond, was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

Joint resolutions proposing alterations in the constitution so as to have biennial instead of annual session of the legislature, were read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled an act to provide for the payment of petit jurors in certain counties therein named, was read the second time - Mr. Jones moved to amend the bill by inserting "Conecuh and Butler counties," which was carried. Ordered, that the bill be made the order of the day for a third reading to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act supplementary to the several acts heretofore passed in relation to the county court of the county of Mobile, and for other purposes, was read the third time. Mr. Jackson moved to reconsider the vote of the Senate on ordering the bill to a third reading; which was carried. Ordered, that the bill be committed to the committee on the judiciary to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled an act to repeal an act therein named was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

Mr. Sullivan presented the memorial of Charles Lewin, proposing to sell to the state a house in New Town, know as the Alabama Hotel, for a State House at $3500. Ordered, that the memorial lie on the table.

Mr. Bagby, from the judiciary committee, to which was referred a bill to be entitled an act the better to define the compensation allowed by law to certain public officers therein named, reported the same as amended; which was concurred in. Mr. Crab moved further to amend the bill by striking out the 5th and 6th sections thereof, which provide that the Attorney General and one of the Solicitors of the state shall attend the regular and called sessions of the General Assembly, for the purpose of assisting the committees in drafting bills, &c.; which motion was lost- yeas 7, nays 11.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs, Abercrombie, Ashe, Clay, Crabb, Irwin, Jones and Powell- 6.

Those who voted in the negative are, Mr. President, Bagby, Barton, Brown, Casey, Gaines, Jackson. McCamy, Miller, Skinner and Sullivan- 11.

Ordered, that the bill be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

Mr. Gaines, from the committee on propositions and grievances, to which was referred a resolution on the subject, reported a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of the legal representatives of Daniel Duval, deceased; which was read, and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Casey called up the bill to be entitled an act to establish a certain road therein designated, and offered an amendment to the


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same; which was adopted. Ordered, that the bill be made the order of the day for a third reading to-morrow.

And then the Senate adj'd till to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock.