Saturday, Dec. 22d, 1827.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. McCamy from the committee on propositions and grievances submitted the following report. The committee on propositions and grievances to whom was referred the report of the commissioners appointed by a Resolution at the last Session of the Legislature, to view and report to this Session of the Legislature, the damages which the lost holders who bought at the first sale of lots in the Town of Cahawba, have sustained in the diminished value of their property by the removal of the seat of Government from said Town; and also to enquire on what terms the holders of said lots purchased the lots by them relinquished and applied to complete the payment on lots retained by them on the original purchase previous to the meeting of the convention, and whether the lots purchased at the first sale and relinquished were applied in payment of the lots retained by the original purchasers, beg leave to report that they have had the same under consideration and are of the opinion that the purchasers and holders of the lots sold at the first sale of lots in the Town of Cahawba; have sustained damage in consequence of the removal of the seat of Government from the Town of Cahawba; but are not entitled to renumeration from the State.

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

Mr. McCamy from the same committee to which was referred a petition on the subject reported a bill to be entitled, an act to authorize John P. Neale agent of William A. Powell to emancipate John Robinson a man of color, which was read and ordered to a second reading on Monday next.

Mr. Powell from the Joint committee on enrolled bills reported as correctly enrolled; An act to give Justices of the Peace jurisdiction of certain contracts therein named; An act for the relief of William Ferguson


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and an act for the benefit of the Pikesville Library Company- all of which were accordingly signed by Mr. President.

Mr. Powell introduced a bill to be entitled an act to authorize the Judge of the county court and commissioners of revenue and roads of Tuskaloosa County to hold a special court 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 on Monday next.

Mr. Powell also introduced a bill to be entitled, an act to legalize registering certain deeds or conveyances of land in this state, which was read and ordered to a second reading on Monday next.

Mr. McCamy introduced a Joint Resolution for the encouragement of domestic manufactures; which was read- the question being put “Shall the resolution be read the second time?” it was determined in the negative Yeas 8, nays 13. - The yeas and nays being desired those who voted in the affirmative are Messrs. Crabb, Evans, Hubbard, Jones, McCamy, Powell, Skinner, and Sullivan.

Those who voted in the negative are, Mr. President, Abercrombie, Ashe, Barton, Brown, Casey, Earle, Irwin, Jackson, Merriwether, Miller, Moore, and Shackleford.

Mr. Moore introduced a bill to be entitled an act reviving an act authorizing a lottery for the benefit of the navigation of the Buttehatchee river: which was read and ordered to a second reading on Monday next.

Mr. Hubbard introduced a bill to be entitled, an act fixing the times of holding the Orphans courts of the several counties of this state; which was read and ordered to a second reading on Monday next.

Mr. Barton introduced a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Richard Corre, John Duncan jr. and Henry Center; which was read and ordered to a second reading on Monday next.

Mr. Evans introduced a bill to be entitled an act to authorize the court of revenue and roads of the county of Wilcox to alter state roads in said county; which was read and ordered to a second reading on Monday next.

Mr. Ashe presented the account of the sheriff of Blount county against this state; which was referred to the committee on accounts and claims.

Mr. Crabb from the special committee to which was referred the bill to be entitled, an act concerning the importation of slaves into this state reported the same without amendment- the question was then put “shall the bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for a third reading on Monday next?” and determined in the negative- so the bill was lost.

Mr. Hubbard presented the memorial of John D. Terrell asking compensation for services rendered as a commissioner on the part of this state to adjust the unsettled accounts between this state and Mississippi, which was referred to the committee on propositions and grievances to consider and report thereon.

A message from the House the Representatives by Mr. Tunstall their clerk.- Mr. President the House of Representatives have passed bills which originated in their House entitled, an act to establish an office of Discount and deposit of the Bank of the State of Alabama in the northern part of this state; An act for the relief of Dugald McFarlane, An act declaring Elk river and Big shoal creek public highways; An act to authorize the Judge of the county court of Monroe county and the commissioners of roads and revenue to levy a special tax for the purpose therein mentioned, An act to authorize James Mahan, William Lovelady, John Gardner

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and Ransom Davis to enter a certain quantity of University land for the purpose therein mentioned; An act concerning the estate of deceased persons; an act to amend the 3d section of an act passed at the last session of the Legislature to compensate the commissioners appointed by the Governor for ascertaining and making the permanent boundary line between this state and Georgia. In all of which they desire your concurrence.

Bills from the House of Representatives entitled, an act for the relief of Dugald McFarlane; An act declaring Elk river and Big shoal creek public highways; an act to authorize the Judge of the county court of Monroe county and the commissioners of roads and revenue to levy a special tax for the purpose therein mentioned; an act to authorize James Mahan, William Lovelady John Gardner and Ransom Davis to enter certain a quantity of University land for the purposes therein mentioned; an act concerning the estate of deceased persons; and an act to amend the 3d section of an act passed at the last session of the Legislature to compensate the commissioners appointed by the Governor for ascertaining and marking the permanent boundary line between the state and Georgia, were severally read the first time and ordered to a second reading on Monday next.

A bill from the House of Representatives entitled, an act to establish an office of discount and deposit of the Bank of the State of Alabama in the northern part of this state was read the first time.

Mr. Jackson moved that the further consideration of the bill be indefinitely postponed which was lost- Yeas 7, nays 14.

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

Mr. President, Abercrombie, Ashe, Barton, Brown, Earle and Jackson.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Casey, Crabb, Evans, Hubbard, Irwin, Jones, McCamy, Merriwether, Miller, Moore, Powell, Shackleford, Skinner and Sullivan.

Ordered, that the bill be made the order of the day for a second reading on Monday next, and that seventy-five copies thereof be printed for the use of the Senate.

Engrossed bill entitled, an act to preserve the health of the inhabitants residing on Sinking creek in Lauderdale County; and 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 were severally read the third time and passed ordered that the titles of the bills be as aforesaid and that they be sent to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

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

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, Dec. 22, 1827.

The Hon. the President and members of the Senate:

Gentlemen- I have the honor to inform you that I have just received the resignation of the Hon. Eli Terry, as Judge of the county court for the county of Autauga.

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

JOHN MURPHY

Ordered that the communication lie on the table.

An engrossed bill to be entitled, an act defining the liability of endorsers, and for other purposes was taken up.

Mr. Hubbard moved to fill the blank in the bill relating to the time within which holders of notes, bonds, bills, or other negotiable instruments, shall make demand of payment of the same after they become due and payable with ‘ten days’ which was lost.

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was carried. Yeas 11, nays 9.

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

Messrs. Ashe, Casey, Crabb, Evans, Hubbard, Irwin, Jones, McCamy, Miller, Moore, and Skinner- Those who voted in the negative are, Mr. President, Abercrombie, Barton, Brown, Earle, Jackson, Powell, Shackleford, and Sullivan.

The bill was then passed-- Ordered, that the title be as aforesaid, and that it be sent to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

Bills from the House of Representatives entitled, an act to fix and establish the dividing line between the counties of Tuskaloosa and Jefferson by visible and marked boundaries; An act to alter the boundaries of certain counties therein named; An act to emancipate a certain slave therein named; and an act to emancipate certain persons therein named were severally read the third time and passed.

A bill to be entitled, an act further to amend the charter of the Bank of the State of Alabama; and an act to authorize a lottery for the building of an Academy and a Court House in Henry County were severally read the second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading on Monday next.

Joint Resolution proposing amendments to the constitution of the State of Alabama was read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Hubbard introduced a bill to be entitled, an act to amend the existing laws in relation to the duties of constables, which was read and ordered to a second reading on Monday next.

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