Saturday, Dec. 15th, 1827.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Barton from the Judiciary committee to whom was referred the Report of the President and Directors of the Bank of the State of Alabama in relation to the purchase of a Lot and the erection of a Banking House thereon for the use of the Bank Reported as the opinion of the committee, that the President and Directors have authority under the act establishing the Bank to purchase and hold real estate, and to build a Banking House for the use and accommodation of the said Bank.”

On motion of Mr. Casey ordered that the report lie on the table.

Mr. Barton from the same committee to whom was referred a bill to be entitled, an act concerning the owners and keepers of Mills and other water works, reported the same without amendment.

Ordered, that the bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for a third reading on Monday next.

Mr. Barton from the same committee to whom was referred a resolution of the Senate instructing them to enquire into the expediency of amending the laws on the subject of Bastardy, reported that it is inexpedient, in the opinion of the committee to Legislate further on that subject which was concurred in.

Mr. Barton form the same committee to whom was referred a Resolution of the Senate instructing them to enquire into the expediency of inflicting suitable penalties upon Justices of the Peace, who refuse to pay over money when collected by them reported, that the existing enactments are deemed sufficient by the committee, and that it is therefore inexpedient to Legislate further on that subject; which was concurred in.

Mr. Barton from the same committee, to whom was referred a Resolution instructing them to enquire whether it may not be proper to repeal the 11th section of an act passed the 10th February 1807, prescribing the mode of taking evidence by depositious of persons living beyond the limits of this State reported, that it would be inexpedient in the opinion of the committee, to repeal the said section.

And the question being put on concurring in said report it was determined in the affirmative-

Yeas

13,

nays

5.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in affirmative are, Mr. President, Ashe, Barton, Brown, Crabb, Earle, Hubbard, Irwin, Jackson, Merriwether, Moore, Powell, and Skinner.

Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Abercrombie, Casey, Evans, Jones, and McCamy, So the report was concurred in.

Mr. Barton from the same committee to whom was referred a bill entitled an act more effectually to prevent frauds and fraudulent conveyances and for other purposes, reported the same without amendment, which was concurred in. Ordered that the bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for a third reading on Monday next.

Mr. Barton from the same committee to whom was referred a bill entitled, an act compelling Clerks of the Circuit and County courts to calendar the trial of causes in their respective counties and for other purposes reported, that it is inexpedient, in the opinion of the committee to pass the bill,  which was concurred in.


62

Mr. Barton from the same committee to whom was referred a bill to explain the meaning of the present laws on certain objects of taxation reported, that it would be inexpedient in the opinion of the committee to pass such a law; which was concurred in.

Mr. Barton from the same committee to whom was referred a Resolution instructing them to enquire into the expediency of amending the existing laws providing for the election of Representatives to Congress so that the Sheriffs shall be compelled to make their returns on a day certain &c. reported a bill to be entitled, an act to amend an act entitled an act to divide the State into districts for electing Representatives to Congress, passed Dec. 21st 1822; which was read and ordered to a second reading on Monday next.

Mr. Barton from the same committee to whom was referred a Resolution instructing them to enquire into the expediency of forming a seventh Judicial Circuit reported, a bill to be entitled, an act to establish a seventh Judicial Circuit; which was read and ordered to a second reading on Monday next.

Mr. Barton from the same committee to whom was referred a bill (from the House of Representatives) entitled, an act relative to offsets before Justices of the Peace, and for other purposes, reported the same without amendment. Ordered, that the bill be made the order of the day for a third reading on Monday next.

Mr. Abercrombie from the committee on county boundaries to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of Bibb County reported that it is inexpedient to grant the prayer of the petitioners; which was concurred in.

Mr. Powell from the Joint committee on enrolled bills reported as correctly enrolled, an act to prevent the abatement of suits in certain cases; An act to provide for an extra term of the circuit court of Mobile County; and An act to compel Solicitors to reside within their respective circuits, All of which were accordingly signed by Mr. President.

Bills from the House of Representatives entitled, an act to amend an act to authorise Clerks and Magistrates to collect costs in certain cases; An act to alter the boundary line between the counties of Shelby and Autauga; and a Joint Resolution requiring the Comptroller of Public Accounts to furnish the tax-collectors and county court clerks with a certified copy of the Revenue law of this State, were severally read the third time and passed.

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

Mr. Abercrombie introduced a bill to be entitled, an act concerning the importation of slaves into this State; which was read and ordered to a second reading on Monday next.

Mr. Brown introduced a bill to be entitled, an act to repeal so much of the 3d section of an act entitled, an act to reduce the expenses of the General Assembly, and for other purposes passed at Cahawba the 15th day of June 1821, as is herein specified; which was read and ordered to a second reading on Monday next.

Mr. Skinner, introduced a bill to be entitled, an act to incorporate the Franklin Academy in the Town of Russelville Franklin County; which was read and ordered to a second reading on Monday next.

Mr. Hubbard called up the bill entitled, an act incorporating the Town of Courtland in the county of Lawrence. Ordered, that it be referred to a special committee consisting of Messrs. Hubbard, Jackson and Skinner, to consider and report thereon.


63

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

Mr. President- The House of Representatives have passed a bill which originated in their House entitled, an act to provide for the more speedy trial of chancery causes- In which they ask your concurrence. They have amended the amendment made by the Senate to the 9th section of the bill entitled, an act to incorporate the Blakeley and Greenville Turnpike Company by adding thereto a proviso; In which they desire your concurrence. Ordered, that the Senate concur in the amendment made by the House of Representatives to their amendment to the bill entitled, an act to incorporate the Blakeley and Greenville Turnpike Company.

Ordered, that the Secretary acquaint the House of Representatives therewith.

A bill from the House of Representatives entitled, an act to provide for the more speedy trial of chancery causes, was read the first time and ordered to a second reading on Monday next.

Mr. Jackson offered the following resolution: Resolved, that this House will not receive any new business after Thursday next.

Mr. Hubbard moved to strike out "Thursday next" with a view of inserting "Monday week."

On motion of Mr. Casey ordered that the Resolution together with the proposed amendment lie on the table till Monday next.

And then the Senate adjourned, till Monday morning at 10 o'clock.