Friday, Dec. 21st, 1827.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Miller presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Madison County praying the passage of a law authorizing the emancipation of John Robinson; which was referred to the committee on propositions and grievances to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Abercrombie from the committee on county boundaries to which was referred the bill entitled, an act to alter the boundaries of certain counties therein named- 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. Abercrombie from the same committee to which was referred a bill to be entitled, an act to establish the dividing line between the counties of Tuskaloosa and Jefferson, by visible and marked boundaries, reported the same with an amendment; which was concurred in.

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

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


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clerk- Mr. President the House of Representatives have passed a Joint Resolution proposing amendments to the constitution of the State of Alabama, which originated in their House and in which they desire your concurrence.

They have adopted the following resolution: Resolved, that with the concurrence of the Senate the two Houses will on to-morrow at the hour of 11 o'clock go into the election of Trustees of the University of this State to fill all such vacancies as may have or will occur at the end of the present Session of the General Assembly; In which they desire your concurrence.

A Joint Resolution proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alabama was read the first time and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Evans ordered, that the Resolution from the House of Representatives proposing to go into the election of Trustees of the University on to-morrow, lie on the table.

An engrossed 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 the same relates to the counties of Dallas, Madison and Montgomery; and An act to change the time of holding the county court in the county of Monroe, were severally read the third time and passed. Ordered that the titles of the bills be as aforesaid and that they be reported to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

An engrossed bill to be entitled, an act defining the liability of endorsers, and for other purposes, was ordered to lie on the table till to-morrow.

A bill entitled, an act to amend a certain act therein mentioned was read the third time and passed.

Mr. Powell from the Joint committee on enrolled bills reported as correctly enrolled, an act to authorize the Sheriffs of Walker, Dale and Covington Counties, to execute precepts issued by Justices of the Peace; An act to authorize the people of the county of Bibb to fix the permanent seat of Justice in said county, and for other purposes; and Joint Resolution requiring the Comptroller of Public accounts to furnish the tax collectors and county court clerk's with a certified copy of the revenue laws of this State- all of which were accordingly signed by the President.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorize the administrator of Daniel Mitchell to make and receive assurances of title to certain real estate, was read the third time and passed.

Joint Resolutions proposing to amend the constitution so as to have biennial sessions of the General Assembly were read the second time.

Mr. Jackson moved to amend the resolution by striking out 'two years' the period prescribed in the resolutions for the election of senators and to insert 'four years' as their term of service; which was carried.-

Yeas

18,

nays

3.

The yeas and nays being desired those who voted in the affirmative are, Mr. President, Ashe, Barton, Brown, Casey, Crabb, Earle, Hubbard, Jackson, Jones, McCamy, Merriwether, Miller, Moore, Powell, Shackleford, Skinner and Sullivan.

Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Abercrombie, Evans and Irwin- Ordered, that the resolution as amended be referred to the committee on the Judiciary to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled, an act to preserve the health of the inhabitants residing on sinking creek in Lauderdale County, was read the second


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time amended on Mr. Hubbards motion, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled, an act to aid in the endowment of a humane charity Hospital in the city of Mobile, was read the second time and referred to a special committee consisting of Messrs. Barton, Casey and Jackson to consider and report thereon.

The following communication was received from the Governor by J. I. Thornton, Esq. Secretary of State.

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, Dec.21, 1827

The Hon. the President and members of the Senate:

Gentlemen- I have the honor to transmit an account of the Quarter Master General, for cleaning and putting in good order the public arms which are now in the arsenal. A long neglect of this duty had placed the arms in a situation to be much injured. A considerable portion of them, if not the whole, has contracted rust in the boxes in which they were kept, that would have speedily rendered them unserviceable. I have the pleasure to state, as is also known to your committee, that the arms are now in very good condition and may be kept so, at a moderate expense by frequent and systematic attention. The humidity of the climate requires more than ordinary care in the preservation of all kinds of arms.

The military committees will no doubt make the necessary suggestions. The arms have heretofore been kept in boxes, and it is believed that it would be better to keep them in racks, placed in a vertical position so as to be easily inspected, and any cause of injury subjected to immediate observation. The expense which may be necessary to keep the arms in good order, will be justified by the consideration that it goes to preserve public property essential to the defense and security of the country.

I have the honor to be, most respectfully your ob't serv't.

JOHN MURPHY.

Ordered, that the communication together with the account of the Quarter Master General be referred to the military committee to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled an act for the relief of appearance bail, was read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary to consider and report thereon.

The engrossed bill to be entitled, an act to provide for reports of the decisions of the supreme court was taken up and the question being put “shall the bill pass?” it was determined in the affirmative- Yeas 13, nays 7. The yeas and nays being desired those who voted in the affirmative are, Mr. President, Abercrombie, Barton, Brown, Casey, Earle, Irwin, Jackson, McCamy, Merriwether, Powell, Shackleford & Sullivan.

Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Ashe, Evans, Hubbard, Jones, Miller, Moore, and Skinner.

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

An engrossed bill to be entitled, an act to incorporate the town of Tuskaloosa and to repeal an act incorporating said town passed the 13th Dec. 1819 was read the third time and passed.

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

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, was read the second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.


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A bill to be entitled an act to prevent the clandestine introduction of gun powder and other inflammable articles into this State; and An act prescribing the mode of revoking powers of attorney, were severally read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Irwin presented the petition of sundry citizens of Henry County praying authority to raise by lottery a certain sum of money to defray the expenses of erecting a Court House and an Academy in said county which was laid on the table.

Mr. Irwin then introduced a bill to be entitled, an act to authorize a lottery for the purpose of building a Court House and Academy in Henry County, which was read and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Casey from the committee on the apportionment reported a bill to be entitled, an act to apportion the Representatives among the several counties of this state, and to divide the state into Senatorial districts according to the late census at a ratio of twenty one hundred and fifty for the House of Representatives, 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.

Mr. Powell moved to strike out the first section of the bill and to insert the following:

“SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That the Representation of the several counties of this state shall be apportioned in the following manner to wit the county of Mobile two, the county of Baldwin one, the county of Washington one in the county of Conecuh two, the county of Monroe two, the county of Wilcox two, the county of Clarke one, the county of Butler one, the county of Henry and the parts of Covington and Dale taken from Henry one, the county of Pike and the parts of Covington and Dale taken from Pike two, the county of Montgomery three, the county of Dallas three the county of Marengo one, the county of Perry two the county of Bibb two, the county of Autauga two, the county of Shelby two, the county of St. Clair two, the county of Greene three, the county of Pickens one, the county of Tuskaloosa and that part of  Walker taken from Tuskaloosa four the county of Jefferson and that part of Walker taken from Jefferson three, the county of Blount one, the county of Fayette one, the county of Marion and that part of Walker taken from Marion two, the county of Franklin two, the county of Lawrence three, the county of Morgan three, the county of Lauderdale three, the county of Limestone three, the county of Madison five, and the county of Jackson four.”

Mr. Sullivan moved to strike out all after the first section of the bill and to insert the following:

“SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the counties of Pike, Henry, Dale and Covington shall form and constitute one Senatorial district, the counties of Conecuh and Butler one, the counties of Monroe and Clarke one, the counties of Mobile, Washington and Baldwin one, the counties of Wilcox and Marengo one, the county of Montgomery one, the county of Dallas one, the county of Autauga one, the county of Perry one, the county of Greene one, the county of Bibb and Shelby one, the county of Tuskaloosa one, the counties of Marion Pickens and Fayette one, the counties of Jefferson and Walker one the counties of St. Clair & Blount one the county of Lawrence one, the county of Franklin one, the county of Morgan one, the county of Jackson one, the county of Madison one


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the county of Limestone one, the county of Lauderdale one, each of which districts shall be entitled to, and have one Senator and no more.”

“SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That the Sheriffs of the counties of Pike, Conecuh, Monroe, Mobile, Wilcox, Shelby, Marion, Jefferson and St. Clair, shall be the returning officers for the respective Senatorial districts in which they reside; and the Sheriffs of the others counties of the districts shall make return to the returning officers within ten days from the Senatorial election”-- Ordered that the bill together with the proposed amendments lie on the table and that seventy-five copies thereof be printed for the use of the Senate.

Mr. Jackson called up the bill to be entitled an act to authorize Mahala Farrar to emancipate a mulatto woman slave named Patience, and offered an amendment by way of Ryder providing for the removal of the said slave beyond the limits of this state; which was adopted. The bill was then passed. Ordered, that it be sent to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

Mr. Barton called up bills entitled an act to emancipate a certain slave therein named- and, An act to emancipate certain persons therein named.-- Ordered that they be made the order of the day for a third reading to morrow.

Mr. Irwin presented the claim of William B. Allen against the state; which was referred to the committee on propositions and grievances to consider and report thereon. And then the Senate adjourned till to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock.