Tuesday, December 5, 1826.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Bagby, from the judiciary committee to which was referred a resolution requiring them to inquire into the expediency of providing by law for the removal of County Court Judges in the several counties in this state, reported that although they are well satisfied that in many instances there is great inattention on the part of the Judges of the County Courts in the discharge of their official duties, they are of opinion that they can only be removed according to the mode pointed out in the 13th section of the 5th article of the constitution. They therefore ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject; which was agreed to.

Mr. Bagby, from the same committee, to which was referred a resolution in relation to the transfer of property by females, asked that the committee be discharged from the further consideration of the subject; which was agreed to.

Mr. Bagby, from the same committee, reported a bill to be entitled an act the better to define and fix the compensation of certain public officers therein named, and for other purposes; which was read, and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Bagby, Ordered, that he be excused from serving on the committee appointed on so much of the Governor's message as relates to the dividing line between this state and Georgia - Ordered, that Mr. Casey be added to the committee.

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 permit defendants to plead a partial failure of consideration; an act to authorize the Judges of the County Courts and Commissioners of roads and revenue of Perry, Franklin and Blount counties to appoint some suitable person to transcribe certain parts of the records of the county courts aforesaid; an act to incorporate the Moulton Troop of Cavalry of Lawrence county; an act to incorporate a body of Freemasons at Claiborne, in Monroe county; an at to repeal in part and


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amend an act concerning the execution of justice's warrants; an act to compensate witnesses attending magistrates courts; and, an act to alter the mode of appointing assessors and tax collectors, and for other purposes. In all of which they desire your concurrence.

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

Engrossed bills to be entitled, an act amendatory to an act to establish a certain county therein named, and for other purposes; and, an act to prevent the Creek Indians from hunting on lands within the settled limits of this state, were severally read the third time and passed. Ordered, that the titles of the bills be as aforesaid, and that they be sent to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

A bill from the House of Representatives entitled an act to alter the state road leading from Selma to Cahawba, by way of the new bridge on Valley creek, was read the third time and passed. Ordered, that it be returned to the House of Representatives.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorize the Governor to appoint some suitable person to revise the laws in relation to wills and the duties and legal accountability of executors, administrators and guardians was read the second time. Ordered, that the bill be engrossed, and made the order of the day for a third reading to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act concerning the owners and keepers of mills and other water works, was read the second time, and referred to a select committee. Whereupon Messrs. Jackson, Casey and Clay were appointed the committee.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorize Wm. A. Powell to emancipate a certain person therein named, was read a second time, and ordered to lie on the table.

A bill to be entitled an act authorizing Sarah Bowie, administratrix of John Bowie, deceased, to sell and transfer certain real estate, was read the second time. Ordered, that the bill be referred to the committee on the judiciary, to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Mary Latham; and an act authorizing Benjamin F. Perry to emancipate a certain slave therein named, were severally read the second time, and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Sullivan offered the following resolution: Resolved, That the committee on schools and colleges, and school and college lands, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of memorializing the Congress of the United States on the subject of the sixteenth sections in each township in this state, praying the passage of an act of the Congress of the United States, authorizing the authorities of the state of Alabama to make sale of the sixteenth sections in each township, under such rules as Congress may prescribe; which was adopted.

Mr. Irwin introduced a bill to be entitled an act to compel clerks and sheriffs to keep their respective offices at the court houses of certain counties therein named; which was read, and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.


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Mr. Casey called up the report and resolutions in relation to the purchasers of lots in Cahawba. The resolutions were read the second time and again laid on the table.

Mr. Brown introduced a bill to be entitled an act to repeal in part an act entitled an act concerning jurors, and for other purposes, passed 20th Dec. 1815; which was read, and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.

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