Monday, Dec. 17th, 1827.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Miller a Senator from the county of Madison appeared and took his seat.

Mr. Abercrombie from the committee on county boundaries to which was referred the petition of sundry persons residing in Hills settlement Tuskaloosa County in opposition to an annexation of the part of Tuskaloosa County in which they reside to Bibb, reported that the prayer of the petitioners is reasonable and ought to be granted; which was concurred in.

Mr. Powell from the Joint committee on enrolled bills reported as correctly enrolled, an act to amend an act entitled, an act excluding from Suffrage, serving as Jurors and holding offices such persons as may be convicted of bribery, forgery, and perjury and other high crimes and misdemeanors; which was accordingly signed by Mr. President.

Mr. Hubbard from the committee appointed on the part of the Senate to confer with a committee on the part of the House of Representatives on the subject matter of disagreement between the two Houses in relation to the amendment made by the House to the bill entitled, an act for the relief of William Ferguson reported, that the committee of conference had instructed him to recommend to the Senate to recede from the disagreement to the amendment made by the House of Representatives to said bill, which was agreed to by the Senate. Ordered, that the Secretary acquaint the House of Representatives therewith.

Mr. Hubbard from the special committee to which was referred a resolution of the Senate on the subject, reported a bill to be entitled, an act to declare in what manner Pardons and Reprieves shall be granted and fines and forfeitures remitted; which was read and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Powell from the special committee to which was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of the Town of Tuskaloosa praying an amendment of the act incorporating said Town reported, a bill to be entitled, an


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act to incorporate the Town of  Tuskaloosa, and to repeal an act incorporating said Town passed 13th Dec. 1819; which was read and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Shackleford from the committee on Schools and Colleges and School and College Lands to which was referred a resolution of the Senate instructing them to enquire into the expediency of locating the University at the present Session, reported a bill to be entitled, an act to provide for the location of the University of the State of Alabama; which was read and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Shackleford from the same committee to which was referred the communication from the Board of Trustees recommending the location of the University of Alabama, asked to be discharged from the further consideration thereof the subject having been acted on in pursuance of a resolution of the Senate; which was agreed to.

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

Mr. President- The House of Representatives have adopted the following Resolution in which they desire your concurrence: Resolved, with the concurrence of the Senate the two Houses of the General Assembly will on to-morrow at half past 2 o'clock P. M. go into the election of a President and Directors for the Bank of the State of Alabama for the year 1828.

They have passed a bill which originated in the Senate entitled, an act for the benefit of the Pikeville Library Company. They have also passed a bill  which originated in the House of Representatives entitled, an act to provide for ascertaining the sense of the citizens of Autauga County with regard to the Seat of Justice of said county; In  which they desire your concurrence. They concur in the amendment made by the Senate to the Joint Resolution adopting a plan for the State Capitol.

Mr. Jackson moved that the Resolution from the House of Representatives proposing, with the concurrence of the Senate, to go into the election of a President and Directors of the Bank of the State of Alabama on to-morrow at half past 2 o'clock, lie on the table; which was carried.

A bill from the House of Representatives entitled, an act to provide for ascertaining the sense of the citizens of Autauga County with regard to the seat of Justice of Autauga County, was read the first time and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.

An engrossed bill to be entitled, an act concerning the owners and keepers of Mills and other water works, was read the third time and passed.

Ordered, that the title of the bill be as aforesaid and that it be conveyed to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

A bill from the House of Representatives entitled, an act relative to offsets before Justices of the Peace and for other purposes, was read the third time and passed.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the resolution offered on Saturday last by Mr. Jackson proposing to receive no new business in the Senate after Thursday next.

The question was put on Mr. Hubbard's proposition to amend the Resolution by striking out “Thursday” and inserting "Monday next" and determined in the affirmative.

The Resolution as amended was then adopted.

A bill to be entitled, an act to establish a seventh Judicial Circuit was read the second time.

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holding the circuit courts in the 5th Judicial circuit.

On motion of Mr. Miller ordered, that the bill together with the amendment lie on the table until to-morrow.

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 15th June 1821 as is herein specified, was read the second time and ordered to lie on the table till tomorrow.

A bill to be entitled, an act concerning the importation of Slaves into this State, was read the second time.

Mr. Casey moved that further consideration of the bill be postponed till the first day of June next, which was lost-

Yeas

9,

nays

12.

The yeas and nays being desired those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs. Casey, Crabb, Hubbard, Jackson, Merriwether, Miller, Moore, Powell, and Skinner.

Those who voted in the negative are, Mr. President, Abercrombie, Ashe, Barton, Brown, Earle, Evans, Irwin, Jones, McCamy, Shackleford and Sullivan.

Mr. Shackleford moved to strike out the first, second, third and fourth sections of the bill; which was lost.

The question was then put "Shall the bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for a third reading to-morrow," and determined in the negative. -

Yeas

9,

nays

12.

The yeas and nays being desired those who voted in the affirmative are, Mr. President, Abercrombie, Ashe, Brown, Earle, Evans, Irwin, Jones, and Sullivan.

Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Barton, Casey, Crabb, Hubbard, Jackson, McCamy, Merriwether, Miller, Moore, Powell, Shackleford and Skinner. So the bill was rejected.

An engrossed bill to be entitled, an act more effectually to prevent frauds and fraudulent conveyances, and for other purposes, was read the 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 concurrence.

A bill to be entitled an act to amend an act to divide the State into districts for electing Representatives to Congress passed Dec. 21st 1822, was read the second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to morrow.

A bill to be entitled, an act to provide for the more speedy trial of chancery causes, was read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled, an act to incorporate the Franklin Academy in the Town of Russelville Franklin County, was read the second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

Mr. Jackson called up the bill entitled, an act to amend an act incorporating the Town of Huntsville and offered amendment to the same; which was adopted.

Mr. Hubbard moved to amend the bill by striking out that part authorizing the corporation to appoint a clerk “who shall hold his office during good behavior” and to insert the words “who shall hold his office for two years;” which was lost.

Ordered, that the bill be made the order of the day for a third reading to-morrow.

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Mr. Hubbard from the committee on the Judiciary, to which was referred a bill to be entitled, an act to revive in part a certain act therein specified reported the same as amended, which was concurred in.

Ordered, that the bill be made the order of the day for a third reading to-morrow.

Mr. Hubbard offered the following resolution: Resolved, That, the Secretary enter upon the Journals of this house the plan of the building adopted by the present General Assembly for a State Capitol together with a description of the length, breadth, height and names of each and every room belonging to the several stories of the building the width of the passages and seize of the Rotunda.

Mr. Casey moved to amend the Resolution by adding the words "and also the letter from the Architect- shewing the cost of the building; which was carried. The Resolution as amended was then adopted.

A description of the plan for the State Capitol of Alabama as adopted by the present General Assembly. The General form of the building is that of a Roman cross extending from east to west, through the center 106 and from north to south in like manner 132 feet exclusive of the Porteco's. The principal entrance from the east leads to a vestibule (34 by 26 feet) to a Rotunda (36 feet diameter) communicating on the south with the apartments of the Governor and Secretary of State each 26 by 21 feet, a committee room and record room each 21 by 17 feet, and a passage 12 feet wide, height of these rooms 13 feet on the west of the Rotunda will be the Supreme Court room 400 feet by 31 and 16 feet high. The north wing will contain apartments for the Treasurer and Comptroller with a record and committee room, which with a passage will be similar in dimensions in all respects with the rooms &c. in the south wing. From the vestibule you ascend to the principle floor which contains an antichamber (36) thirty six feet diameter surmounted by a dome and cupola- A Hall of Representatives 45 by 37 feet and 29 feet high a circular gallery and arched ceiling supported by eight Ionic columns- A Hall for the Senate 57 feet by 43 feet and 29 feet high with a gallery forming a circle supported by colors, and a Hall of conference 30 by 17 feet and two clerk's rooms 23 by 20 feet and 14 feet high. From their floor there are four stair cases leading to the third or attic story which contains passages to the galleries, a library 30 feet by 17 feet and 14 feet high and two clerks rooms each 23 by 20 feet and 14 feet high.

The following is the letter from the Architect, which was ordered to be entered upon the journals.

December, 13th, 1827.

Sir- In obedience to the direction of the committee of the Senate on the State Capitol I have enlarged the plans, so as to give comfortable accommodation to the Legislative departments and Supreme Court that the apartments were before to limited must be attributed to the bounds prescribed by the amount of the appropriation.

The enlargement of the plan will increase the building in size more than one fourth, the whole estimate will be fifty five thousand dollars, which sum by a strict attention to expenditure and a scrupulous regard to economy throughout the progress of the building will, I believe be sufficient for its completion.

(Signed)     WM. NICHOLS

State Architect.

DAVID HUBBARD EEQ. of the Senate.

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