Thursday, December 20th, 1827.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Ashe presented the petition of sundry citizens of St. Clair County praying that Canoe Creek in said county may be declared a public highway; which was read and referred to the committee on Inland navigation to consider and report thereon.

Mr. McCamy from the committee on propositions and grievances to which was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of Lauderdale County reported a bill to be entitled, an act to preserve the health of the inhabitants residing on Sinking Creek in Lauderdale County, which was read and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. McCamy from the same committee to which was reported a Resolutoin of the Senate on the subject of a standard of weights and measures; reported a bill to be entitled, an act to authorize and require the Secretary of State to procure and distribute to each county in this State one, set of weights and measures; which was read and ordered to a second reading to morrow.

Mr. Miller introduced a bill to be entitled, an act for the relief of appearance bail; which was read and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Evans introduced a bill to be entitled, an act to change the time of holding the county court in Monroe County; which was read; the rule requiring bills to be read on three several days being dispensed with the bill was read the second time forthwith and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to morrow.

Engrossed Joint Resolution proposing to the people of this State to amend the 13th section of the 5th article of the constitution, were read the third time and ordered to lie on the table till Monday next.

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

Mr. President the House of Representatives have passed a Joint Resolution and bill which originated in their House entitled Joint Resolution proposing to amend the constitution so as to have biennial Sessions of the General Assembly; and An act to aid in the endowment of a humane charity Hospital in the City of Mobile - In which they desire your concurrence.

They concur in the amendments made by the Senate to the bill entitled an act to amend an act incorporating the Town of Huntsville and have amended the amendment made by the Senate to the bill in the manner herewith shewn in which they desire your concurrence.


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Ordered that the Senate concur in the amendment made by the House of Representatives to their amendment to the bill entitled, an act to amend an act incorporating the Town of Huntsville.

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

A bill from the House of Representatives entitled, an act to aid in the endowment of a humane charity Hospital in the City of Mobile; and Joint Resolutions proposing to amend the constitution so as to have biennial Sessions of the General Assembly were severally read the first time and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.

An engrossed bill to be entitled, an act defining the liabilities of endorsers and for other purposes was read the third time and ordered to lie on the table till Saturday next.

Mr. Casey moved to reconsider the vote of the Senate on ordering to be engrossed for a third reading the bill to be entitled, an act to provide for reports of the decisions of the Supreme Court of this State; which was carried.

Mr. Casey then moved to strike out that part of the bill which authorize the Supreme Courts to appoint a Reporter with a view of providing for the election of a Reporter by joint vote of both Houses of the General Assembly; which was lost. The bill was then read the third time and ordered to lie on the table till to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled, an act to repeal an act entitled an act to provide for the payment of petit jurors in certain counties therein named approved Dec. 22d 1826 so far as said act relates to the county of Dallas, was read the second time.

Mr. Miller moved to amend the bill by inserting “Madison” after “Dallas” wherever it occurs in the bill.

Mr. Abercrombie moved to amend this amendment by inserting “Montgomery;” which was carried.

The question was then put on the adoption of Mr. Miller's amendment as amended and carried.

Mr. Abercrombie moved further to amend the bill by striking out, “twenty-five cents” when it proposes to allow jurors one dollar and twenty-five cents per day; which was lost. 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 to authorize the county court of Butler County to make further sales of lots in Greenville was read the third time and passed.

A bill to be entitled an act to repeal in part an act passed Dec. 27th 1814, was read the third time, amended by way of Ryder and passed.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act to emancipate certain slaves therein mentioned was taken up read the third time and on the question being put "shall the bill pass?" it was determined in the negative-

Yeas

8,

nays

13.

The yeas and nays being desired those who voted in the affirmative are, Mr. President, Abercrombie, Barton, Earle, Hubbard, McCamy, Powell and Shackleford.

Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Ashe, Brown, Casey, Crabb, Evans, Irwin, Jackson, Jones, Merriwether, Miller, Moore, Skinner and Sullivan. So the bill was rejected.

A bill to be entitled, an act to define the corporate limits of the Town of Sparta in Conecuh County and for other purposes, was read the second time and laid on the table.


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A bill to be entitled, an act to authorize county courts to alter State Roads in certain cases, was read the second time.

Mr. Jackson moved that the bill lie on the table till the first day of April next; which was carried.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act to emancipate certain persons therein mentioned, was taken up, amended by way of Rider on Mr. Barton's motion and passed. Ordered, that the title of the bill be as aforesaid, and that it be reported to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

A bill to be entitled, an act altering the punishment of forgery, and counterfeiting in certain cases; and An act to repeal in part an act passed 12th day of January 1827 entitled, an act to require additional services to be performed by the Judge of the first Judicial Circuit, were severally read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled, an act for the relief of James Holmes was read the second time.

Mr. Jackson moved that the further consideration of the bill be indefinately postponed.

Mr. Casey moved that it be referred to the committee on propositions and grievances;  which was carried.

A bill to be entitled, an act to amend a certain act therein mentioned; and An act to authorize the administrator of Daniel Mitchell to make and receive assurances of title to certain real estate, were severally read the second time and ordered to a third reading to-morrow.

Mr. Irwin presented the account of the former Sheriff of Henry County against the State; which was referred to the committee on accounts and claims.

Mr. Barton introduce a bill to be entitled, an act to prevent the clandestine introduction of gun powder and other inflammable articles into this State; which was read, and ordered to a second reading to morrow.

Mr. Barton also introduced a bill to be entitled, an act prescribing the mode of revoking powers of attorney; which was read and ordered to a second reading to morrow.

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