Monday, January 1, 1827

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Abercrombie presented the petition of the intendant and council of the town of Montgomery, praying legislative authority to hold their meetings in the court house of Montgomery county; which was read, and laid on the table.

Mr. Abercrombie introduced a bill to be entitled an act to authorize the intendant and council of the town of Montgomery to hold their meetings in the court house of the county of Montgomery; which was read a first time, and ordered to a second reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Jackson called up the bill to be entitled an act to provide a fund for the payment of petit jurors, and on motion of Mr. Casey, it was again laid on the table.

Mr. Casey called up the bill to be entitled an act to repeal in part an act passed at St. Stephens, 10th Feb. 1818, incorporating the St. Stephens steam boat company. Mr. Jackson moved to strike out the first section of said bill, which is in substance, that so much of the above recited act as may, by construction, seem to authorize the said company or its agents to issue any tickets, orders, checks, bills or promissory notes, of any value or description, be, and the same is hereby repealed and made void.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative are, Mr. President, Messrs. Abercrombie, Gaines, Jackson, McCamy, and Shackleford- 6.

Those who voted in the negative, messrs. Ashe, Casey, Clay, Crabb, Irwin, Jones, Merriwether, Miller, Skinner and Vanhoose- 10.

So the motion to strike out was lost. Ordered that the bill be engrossed and made the order for a third reading on to-morrow.


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Mr. Crabb called up the bill entitled an act authorizing the citizens of Sommerville to elect a constable: Ordered to a third reading tomorrow.

Mr. Crabb offered resolutions relative to the militia law of this state, which were read a first time, and offered to a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Skinner introduced a bill entitled an act to regulate appointments by the judges of county courts and for other purposes; which was read, and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.

The following message from the House of Representatives was received by Mr. Vandyke: Mr. President - The House of Representatives have read three times and passed bills which originated in their House, of the following titles, to wit: an act to extend the civil and criminal jurisdiction of this state over so much of the Creek nation as was ceded under the treaty of the Indian Springs of 1825, within the chartered limits of the state of Alabama; an act to make compensation to the commissioners to close the unsettled accounts between this state and Mississippi, and for other purposes; an act to divorce Coleman Allen from his wife Rebecca Allen; and an act to divorce Mary Ducksworth from her husband George Ducksworth: In all of which they ask the concurrence of your honorable body.

The bill entitled an act to divorce Mary Ducksworth from her husband George Ducksworth, was read a first time, and laid on the table till to-morrow. The other bills in the above message were severally read a first time, and ordered to a 2d reading on to-morrow.

Bills entitled an act concerning the owners and keepers of mills and other water works; an act for the relief of John McGrew; and, an act to incorporate the muscle shoals canal company, were severally read a third time and passed.

The yeas and nays being called for on the last mentioned act, those who voted in the affirmative are, Mr. President, Messrs. Abercrombie, Ashe, Bagby, Brown, Clay, Crabb, Gaines, Jackson, Jones, McCamy, Powell, Shackleford and Skinner- 14.

Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Merriwether and Miller- 2. Ordered that the titles of said acts be as aforesaid, and that they be sent to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

The bill entitled an act to provide for purchasing two six pounders for the use of this state, was read a third time and laid on the table.

The resolutions in relation to a system for the disposal of the public lands, and to the unsettled land claims in this state; and, resolutions in relation to the compensation of quarter master general; and a bill entitled an act supplementary to the several acts heretofore passed, granting to Abram Stout and his associates the privilege of opening a turnpike road, commencing at or near John Gandy's in Morgan county, to intersect the old Huntsville road, at or near Elyton, Jefferson county, were severally read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

The bill entitled an act to amend an act to establish the Bank of the State of Alabama, received a second reading. Mr. Powell moved


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to refer it to the committee on the state bank, which was lost; and on motion of Mr. Casey it was referred to a select committee, to consist of Messrs. Casey, Gaines and Merriwether.

The bill entitled an act to establish a ferry and appoint commissioners to lay out a road therein named, received a second reading- Mr. Shackleford moved to strike out the fourth section, which requires the county court of Autauga county to apportion hands for opening and keeping up said road where it runs in said county, which was lost; and the bill ordered to a third reading on to-morrow.

An engrossed bill from the House of Representatives, entitled an act for the improving the road leading from Blakeley to the upper line of Baldwin county, by the way of Durant's, received a third reading. Mr. Shackleford moved to amend the fourth section by adding the following: 'provided, that the taxes proposed by this section shall be paid by the person or persons in whose service said slaves may be at the time of such assessment,' which was lost; and the bill passed. Ordered, that it be returned to the House of Representatives.

Bills entitled an act to provide for leasing the sixteenth section therein named; and an act to divorce Morgan Buck from Lavinia Buck, were severally read the third time and passed.

The bill entitled an act to divorce John Hamblin from Hannah Hamblin, received a second reading; and the rule requiring bills to be read on three several days being suspended, it was read a third time and passed.

The following message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Vandyke. Mr. President - The House of Representatives have passed bills which originated in their House, of the following titles, to wit: an act to incorporate the Alabama and Tennessee canal company; and, an act for the relief of Theophilus L. Toulmin, tax collector for the county of Mobile for the year 1822: In which they ask the concurrence of your honorable body.

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

Mr. Miller introduced a bill entitled an act to amend the charter of the Bank of the State of Alabama; which was read a first time, and the rule requiring &c. being dispensed with, it received a second reading forthwith, and was referred to the bank committee to consider and report thereon.

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