Wednesday, December 13th, 1826.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Shackleford, a member elected to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Jackson of Autauga and Shelby counties, appeared, was sworn in, and took his seat as a member of the Senate.

Mr. Barton presented the memorial of sundry citizens of the city & county of Mobile, praying a continuance of the criminal & civil jurisdiction of their county court, which was ordered to be laid on the table.

Mr. Jackson introduced a bill to be entitled "an act explanatory of an act to provide for the election of justices of the peace and constables," passed Dec. 31st, 1822, which was read a first time, and ordered to a second reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Miller introduced a bill to be entitled, an act to alter the time of holding the courts in the fifth judicial circuit, and for other purposes; which was read a first time, and ordered to a second reading on to-morrow.

A message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. McClellan, as follows: Mr. President- The House of Representatives concurring the amendment made by your honorable body to the bill, entitled an act to compensate witnesses attending magistrates courts. They have read three several times and passed a bill which originated in your honorable body, entitled an act to change the time of holding the county courts in Jefferson and Madison counties, and have amended the same in the manner herewith shewn; in which they desire your concurrence. They have read a third time and passed bills which originated in their house, of the following titles, to wit; an act to authorize the state of Alabama to make peremptory challenges in certain cases: an act prescribing the punishment of salves and free persons of color for the commission of the crime of Manslaughter on other slaves or free person of color; an act to repeal in part and amend an act entitled an act, concerning Wills, and the duty of executors, administrators and guardians, first passed March 12, 1803; and an act to incorporate the town of Russelville, in the state of Alabama; in which they also ask your concurrence. The Senate concurred with the House of Representatives in the amendment made by them to the bill to be entitled, an act to change the times of holding the county courts in Jefferson and Madison counties. Ordered, That the House of Representatives be informed thereof.


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All the bills in the above message, except the two first mentioned, were severally read a first time, and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Shackelford present the petition of sundry inhabitants of Cahawba valley and Shelby county, praying that the section of country described may be attached to Jefferson count; which was referred to the committee on county boundaries, to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Abercrombie presented the memorial of James W. Armstrong, setting forth a certain grievance he had sustained as tax collector of Montgomery county, which was referred to the committee on propositions and grievances, to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Mr. Merriwether presented the account of Pleasant Wright; which laws referred to the committee on accounts and claims.

Mr. Barton moved to amend by was of rider, the bill to be entitled an act to emancipate certain slaves therein named, which was agreed to; and the bill as amended was read a third time, and passed. Ordered, That the title of the bill be as aforesaid, and that it be reported to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

A bill to be entitled an act more effectually to secure the compensation allowed by law to jurors therein mentioned.

An act to authorize the county court of Wilcox county to levy an extra tax; and an act supplementary to the several acts heretofore passed in relation to the county court for the county of Mobile, and for other purposes, were severally read a third time and passed. Ordered, That the House of Representatives be informed thereof.

Mr. Casey offered the following resolution, which was adopted:- Resolved, That the judiciary committee be instructed to enquire what right has vested in the town council of Tuscaloosa, by an act of Congress, passed May 26th, 1824, granting certain lots in the town of Tuscaloosa, known by the name of market square, court square, & c., and whether the town council have a right to dispose of said lots for any other purposes than the one for which they were set apart, previous to the sale of lots in said town, by order of the United States.

A joint resolution, proposing certain amendments to the constitution of the United States, was read a third time and laid on the table till to morrow.

Mr. Powell, of the committee on enrolled bills reported as correctly enrolled; 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 authorizing the election of certain officers in the town of Greenville, in Butler county.

A joint resolution of the Senate and House of Representatives of the state of Alabama, disapproving certain resolutions of the legislatures of the states of Delaware, Connecticut, Illinois and Indiana; concurring with a resolution of the state of Ohio, proposing the emancipation of slaves; and a resolution of the legislature of New Jersey, recommending a system of foreign colonization; and an act to compel the commissioners of the town of Greenville, in butler county to transfer all papers relative to the lots of the said town to the judge of the county court, and commissioners of roads and revenue of Butler county were severally read a second time, and ordered to a third reading on to-morrow.

An act concerning appeals from the county to the circuit courts, and for other purposes; and, an act directing in what manner an in what courts suites may be brought against the sate of Alabama, were


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severally read a second time, and referred to the judiciary committee to consider and report thereon.

An act passed 13th Nov. 1819, incorporating the town of Triana; and, an act authorizing Francis Hamblin, a free man of color, to emancipate his daughter Susan, were severally read a second time, and ordered to be laid on the table.

Mr. Casey moved to take up the act to establish a certain road therein named, which was read a third time and passed. Ordered, that the House of Representatives be informed thereof.

An act, from the House of Representatives, to authorize solicitors to swear witnesses to send to the grand juries, was read a third time, and rejected.

Mr. McCamy introduced a bill to be entitled an act more effectually to prevent breached of the peace; which was read a first time, and ordered to a second reading on to-morrow.

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