Friday, 12th Jan. 1827.

The senate met pursuant to adjournment. Mr. Crabb presented the account of Thomas Davenport; which was referred to the committee on accounts and claims. Mr. Crabb, from the select committee to which was referred a bill to be entitled, an act to alter the time of holding courts in the 5th judicial circuit and for other purposes, reported that it is inexpedient to pass the bill at the precent session; which was concurred in.


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Mr. Jackson, from the select committee, to which was referred a bill to be entitled, an act to regulate appointments by judges of the county courts, and for other purposes, reported that it is inexpedient to legislate on the subject embraced by the bill at the present session, which was concurred in.

Mr. Brown, from the committee on accounts and claims, to which was referred the accounts of Richard Cone & Co John Duncan, jr. and Henry Center, against the Lafayette committee, reported that, that the accounts are unreasonable, and ought not to be allowed; which was concurred in.

Mr. Brown, from the same committee, to which was referred the accounts of Pleasant Wright, jailor of Greene county, and Wm. Murrah, jailor of Franklin county, reported that the accounts are not made out, or attested, as required by law, and that they ought not to be allowed; which was concurred in.

Mr. Brown, from the same committee to which was referred the account of the solicitor of the 5th judicial circuit for prosecuting certain slaves to conviction, and the account of John Randall, sexton of Mobile, reported that there is no law authorizing the payment of such accounts, to be made out of the state treasury; and that they therefore should not be allowed - which was concurred in.

A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Tunstall: Mr. President - The house of representatives insist on their amendment to the bill entitled an act to establish a road from Elyton to Montevallo, by reducing the tolls.

They concur in the amendments made by your honorable body to the bill entitled, an act to prohibit the importation of slaves into the State for sale or hire.

Ordered, that the Senate recede from their disagreement to the amendments made by the House of Representatives to the bill entitled an act to establish a road from Elyton to Montevallo.

Ordered that the Secretary inform the House of Representatives thereof.

Ordered, that the bill entitled an act to increase the capital stock of the bank of the state of Alabama lie on the table.

Mr. Jackson, from the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred a bill to be entitled an act more effectually to enable the president and directors of the bank of the state of Alabama to judge of the solvency of applicants for discounts at said bank, reported the same as amended; which was concurred in. The bill was then read a third time and passed. Ordered that the title be as aforesaid, and that it be reported to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

A joint resolution approving the amendment proposed by the state of Tennessee to the constitution of the United States, was read the second time.

Mr. Jackson, from the committee on schools and colleges, and school and college lands to which was referred the repot of the trustees of the university and documents relating thereto, asked to be discharged from the further consideration thereof the same having been acted on by bill which originated in the House of Representatives; which was agreed to.

A bill to be entitled an act to raise a revenue until otherwise altered by law was read the second time; on motion, the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole on said bill, Mr. Shackleford in the chair, and after some time spent in the consideration thereof, the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Shackleford reported, the bill with sundry amendments, which were concurred in. Mr. Crabb moved further to amend the bill by striking out "50 cents" the tax on silver and other watches, and insert in lieu thereof "25 cents"; which was carried Mr. Abercrombie moved to strike out "65 cents" the tax on slaves over ten and under seventy years of age and insert in lieu thereof "50 cents" A division of the question being called for, it was taken on striking out alone, and determined in the affirmative - Yeas 9, Nays 7.

The Yeas and Nays being desired those who voted in the affirmative, are Mr. President, Abercrombie, Ashe, Casey, Jackson, Irwin, Jones, Miller and Skinner.

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Mr. Brown, Crabb, Gaines, McCamey, Powell, Shackleford, Sullivan.

Mr. Jackson moved to fill the blank created by striking out '65 cents,' with '60 cents' as the tax on slaves over ten and under seventy, which was lost.

Mr. Jackson then moved to fill the blank with fifty nine cents, which was lost. Yeas 7- Nays 9.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative are, messrs Crabb, Gaines, Jackson, McCamey, Powell, Shackleford, and Sullivan- 7.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Mr. President, Abercrombie, Ashe, Brown, Casey, Irwin, Jones, Miller and Skinner- 9.

Mr. Shackleford moved to fill the blank with '56 1 4 cents' as the tax on each slave over ten and under seventy years of age; which was carried.

Mr. Abercrombie moved further to amend the bill by striking out '20 cents' the tax on each slave under ten years of age, and insert in lieu thereof '15 cents;' which was carried.

Mr. Sullivan moved to strike out that part of the bill which requires the clerks of the county courts to pay the taxes on tavern licenses &c. to the tax collectors, to be paid into the state treasury, with a view to provide that the same shall be paid into the county treasuries; which was lost. Yeas 8- Nays 9.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative, are

Mr. President, Ashe, Brown, Crabb, Jones, McCamy, Shackleford and Sullivan - 8.

Those who voted in the negative are- Messrs. Abercrombie, Casey, Gaines, Jackson, Irwin, Merriwether, Miller, Powell and Skinner.

Mr. Miller moved to amend the bill by striking out 'one dollar,' the tax on clocks, the words of which are, 'made of metal,' and by inserting in lieu thereof '50 cents;' which was lost.

Mr. Shackleford moved to strike out 'one dollar' the tax on every hundred dollars value of pleasure carriages and insert in lieu thereof '50 cents,' which was carried.

Mr. Jackson moved to amend the bill, by striking out "twelve months," the time within which a person whose real estate is sold for taxes, may redeem the same; and by inserting in lieu thereof 'two years;' which was carried.

The rule requiring bills to be read on three several days being dispensed with, the bill was read the third time as amended, and passed. Ordered, That the Secretary acquaint the house of representatives therewith.

Mr. Powell presented the account of Edward Sims, William G. Parish, and John L. Tindall, which was referred to the committee on accounts and claims.

A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Tunstall: Mr. President - The house of representatives have passed a resolution, authorizing the money of the university now in the treasury, to be vested in state stock, which originated in the senate, and have amended the same as herewith shewn; in which they desire your concurrence. Ordered, That the senate concur in said amendments, and that the secretary notify the house thereof.

A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Tunstall: Mr. President - The house of representatives have passed a resolution, instructing our Senators and Representatives in Congress on the subject of authorizing the sale of sections No. 16, reserved for the use of schools in this state, and have amended the same as herewith reported. Ordered, That the Senate concur in the amendment to said resolution.

Mr. Powell, from the joint committee on enrolled bills, reported as correctly enrolled, an act to pay officers for taking prisoners from one county to another in this state; an act to amend an act entitled an act for the more effectual preservation of personal liberty; an act to revive a certain act herein named: a memorial to the Congress of the United States, asking permission for the trustees of the University of Alabama to select other lands in lieu of those herein described.


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an act to exempt the members of the hook and ladder company in the city of Mobile from militia and patrol duty, and for other purposes; an act amendatory to an act passed on the 14th January, 1826, entitled an act to authorize William H. Ragsdale, and his associates to turnpike a road therein specified: an act to require additional services to be performed by the judge of the first judicial circuit in this state: an act to repeal in part an act entitled an act to appoint commissioners to lay out two roads leading from the ford on line creek, the one to Coffeeville, the other to Tuscaloosa, passed Dec'r. 31, 1822: an act to repeal an act incorporating the town of Rodney in Washington county; an act to reduce into one the several acts concerning roads, bridges, ferries, and highways: an act to establish the permanent seat of justice in Walker county: an act to incorporate the mobile marine railway and insurance company.

Resolutions, instructing our senators and requesting our representatives in congress to use their endeavors to procure an equal extension of the national judiciary system to the western and south western states of the union: an act authorizing the adm'r of Samuel Greenlee to transfer the certificates to the lands hereinafter mentioned; an act to authorize the Intendant and Town Council of Montgomery to hold their meetings in the court house of Montgomery county: an act supplementary to the several acts heretofore passed, granting to Abraham 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 in Jefferson county; an act to define the boundary line between Shelby and Autauga counties: an act to authorize Abraham Smith and his associates, to erect a mill on Coosa river: 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 alter the time of holding the count courts in the counties of Tuscaloosa, Lawrence and Limestone: an act to incorporate the Rocky mount academy in Autauga county: Resolution to remove the injunction of secresy imposed on the joint committee appointed to examine the state bank: an act amendatory to an act entitled an act to class and fix the price of the University lands; an act to organize the 12th regiment of militia in St. Clair county: an act for the relief of Grantland & Robinson: an act to authorize the judge of the county court and commissioners of roads and revenue of the county of Shelby to alter a certain road therein named: an act providing for the compensation of B. B. Breedin: an act amendatory of the laws now in force on the subject of bail in civil cases: an act to incorporate the town of Pikeville: an act to establish a road from Montevallo to Greensborough: an act to authorize Edward Calvert to sell and convey a certain land certificate: an act to authorize a levy of a county tax for the county of Covington: and, an act supplementary to the several acts now in force, 1st passed 31st Dec'r. 1822, and the 2d, 24th Dec'r. 1824, all of which were accordingly signed by Mr. President.

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

Mr. President - The House of Representatives concur in the amnedments made by the Senate to bills entitled an act to amend an act concerning the town of Tuscumbia; an act concerning the sixteenth section herein mentioned; an act to vest in the county court of Covington county the powers heretofore exercised by the commissioners of said county, and for other purposes. They have adopted the following resolution, in which they desire your concurrence: Resolved, that a committee be appointed on the part of this House, to act with such committee as may be appointed on the part of the Senate, to wait on his Excellency the Governor, and inform him that the two houses of the General Assembly will be ready to adjourn sine die if he has no further communications to make. They have read three times and passed, resolutions relative to the militia laws of this state; which originated in the Senate.


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Ordered, that the Senate concur in the resolution from the House of Representatives appointing a committee on their part to act with such committee as may be appointed on the part of the Senate to wait on the Governor, and inform him that the two houses of the General Assembly will be ready to adjourn sine die to-morrow, if he has no further communications to make: whereupon Messrs. Sullivan, Gaines and Jackson were appointed the committee on the part of the Senate.

Mr. Shackleford called up the bill to be entitled an act to authorize the school commissioners of the 17th township of range 13, to lease the 16th section in said township, and offered an amendment to the same by way of rider, which was read three several times, and adopted. The bill was then passed. Ordered, that it be returned to the House of Representatives.

Mr. Brown called up the bill entitled an act to authorize John Smith of Jefferson county to emancipate a slave therein named. Ordered, that it be referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Brown, Miller and Ashe, to consider and report thereon.

The memorial to the Congress of the United States on the subject of a donation to the La Fayette academy in the village of La Grange, was read the third time and passed- Yeas 9, nays 8.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs. Casey, Crabb, Irwin, McCamy, Merriwether, Powell, Shackleford, Skinner and Sullivan. Those who voted in the negative are, Mr. President, Abercrombie, Ashe, Brown, Gaines, Jackson, Jones & Miller.

Ordered, that the memorial be returned to the House of Reps.

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

Mr. President- The House of Representatives have passed a bill which originated in their House, entitled an act to secure additional lots for the erection of the state capitol, and provide compensation for the site thereof: in which they desire your concurrence.

And then then the Senate adjourned till 3 o'clock this evening.

3 o'clock P. M. The Senate met.

A bill to be entitled an act to secure additional lots for the erection of the state capitol, and provide compensation for the site thereof, was read the first time, and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to establish certain election precincts therein named, was read the third time, amended by way of rider, and passed.

Ordered, that it be returned to the House of Representatives.

A resolution for the preservation of the public arms of this state, was read the second and third time and passed.

Mr. Gaines called up the bill entitled an act for the relief of Daniel Coleman of Washington. The question was then put, shall the bill pass? and determined in the affirmative. Ordered, that it be returned to the House of Representatives.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorize Martha Brandon, adm'x of of Josiah K. Brandon, deceased, to sell and convey certain lots in Tuscaloosa, 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 repeal in part and amended an act entititled an act to amend the charter of the Bank of the State of Alabama, was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.


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

Mr. President - The House of Representatives concur in the amendments made by the Senate to bills entitled an act to raise a revenue for the support of government until otherwise altered by law; and an act to authorize the school commissioners of the 17th township of range 13 to lease the 16th section in said township.

Joint resolution approving the amendment proposes by the state of Tennessee to the constitution of the United States, was read the second time, and ordered to a third reading to-morrow.

Mr. Bagby offered the following resolutions:

Resolved, as the opinion of this General Assembly, that it is incompatible with that purity of character which ought to distinguish the representatives of a free, intelligent and virtuous people, for the members of either branch of the national legislature to accept of executive appointments during the time for which they have been elected, thereby subjecting themselves to the imputation of intrigue, corruption and bribery.

Resolved, that it is unwise, impolitic, and vitally destructive of the essential rights and interests of the people of the southern states to elevate to the office of president of the United States any individual friendly to the imposition of high tariff duties, or who is in favor of encouraging the labor and industry of one portion of the country at the expense of another.

Resolved, that we disapprove of that spirit of distrust, jealousy and disaffection which has been manifested in different parts of the united States towards the constituted authorities of the federal government, as being calculated to disturb our national harmony, to weaken the bonds of our union, and to diminish the high estimation in which we are held by other nations.

Resolved, that we look upon party spirit as the bane of free government, and of social order; and that the lasting security and ultimate prosperity of the great invaluable political privileges which we have derived from our ancestors depend upon that indissoluble union which alone can render us one people.

Resolved, that these resolutions are not intended to case injurious imputations upon great and talented men who prefer just claims to their country's favor; but to preserve in their primitive purity those great principles of free government which were consecrated by the labor of the sages, and sealed by the blood of the heroes of the revolution.

Mr. Casey moved that the resolutions lie on the table till the first day of the next session; which was carried- Yeas 12, nays 6.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs, Abercrombie, Ashe, Casey, Crabb, Gaines, Irwin, Jones, McCamy, Miller, Skinner, Shackleford and Sullivan. Those who voted in the negative are, Mr. President, Bagby, Brown, Jackson, Merriwether and Powell. And then the Senate adjourned till 7 o'clock this evening.

7 o'clock p.m. The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Gaines, from the committee on propositions and grievances to which was referred a resolution of the Senate, reported, a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of William B. Allen; which was read the first time. Mr. Sullivan moved that the rule which requires bills to be read on three several days be dispensed with, and that the bill be read the second time forthwith; which was lost-Yeas 8, Nays 6, a majority of four-fifths being necessary.

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Messrs. Brown, Casey, Gaines, Irwin, McCamy, Miller, Shackleford and Sullivan. Those who voted in the negative are Mr. President, Ashe, Jackson, Jones, Merriwether and Skinner.

Mr. Jackson moved that the bill lie on the table; which was lost - Yeas 5, Nays 7.

The yeas and nays being desired- those who voted in the affirmative are Mr. President, Ashe, Jackson, Jones and Merriwether. Those who voted in the negative are messrs. Brown, Gaines, Irwin, McCamy, Miller, Skinner and Sullivan. Ordered, that the bill be read the second time to morrow.

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

Mr. President- The House of Representatives concur in the amendments by the senate to the bill entitled an act to establish certain election precincts therein named. And then the Senate adjourned till to-morrow morning at 7 o'clock.