Monday, Dec. 24th, 1827.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

On motion of Mr. Jackson, ordered that the Joint Resolution for the encouragement of domestic manufactures introduced by Mr. McCamy on the 22d, instant be spread upon the Journals. The resolution is as follows: “Whereas it is believed that it is important to the prosperity of every good government that home manufactures should be encouraged.

Be it therefore Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That the Governor and members of both Houses in the next General Assembly be requested to appear at their next Session in home made clothing.”

Mr. Hubbard presented the petition of the commissioners and citizens of the 4th Township and eighth Range West from Huntsville praying the passage of a law reducing the minimum price affixed by the Legislature to the 16th Section in said Township, and also praying authority for an absolute sale of said section pursuant to the consent of the inhabitants of said Township as expressed in said petition;  which was read and referred to the committee as expressed in said petition; which was read and referred to the committee on Schools and Colleges and School and College Lands to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Hubbard also presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Lawrence and Franklin Counties praying the passage of an act relieving John P. Robinson from any punishment which he may have incurred by the commission of a supposed criminal offence mentioned in the petition which was read and referred to the committee on the Judiciary to consider and report thereon.

Mr. McCamy from the committee on propositions and grievances to which was referred a bill entitled an act for the relief of James Holmes, reported the same without amendment.


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Mr. Jackson moved that the bill lie on the table till the first day of June next, which was lost. - Yeas 9, nays 11.

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

Messrs. Abercrombie, Barton, Earle, Hubbard, Jackson, Jones, McCamy, Powell and Shackleford.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Mr. President, Ashe, Brown, Casey, Crabb, Evans, Irwin, Miller, Moore, Skinner and Sullivan.

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

Mr. Barton from the special committee to which was referred the bill entitled, an act to aid in the endowment of a humane charity Hospital in the city of Mobile submitted the following report.

"The special committee to which was referred a bill from the House of Representatives to aid in the endowment of a humane charity Hospital in the city of Mobile have had the same under consideration and have directed me to Report, That the bill is founded on a memorial of the Mayor and Aldermen of the City, setting forth the utter inability of the corporate authority, in consequence of the late destructive fire to meet the necessary expenses of the City Hospital without pecuniary aid from the State and that unless some assistance be afforded, the corporation will be compelled in justice to those whose interests they represent to discontinue that valuable and necessary public institution. The principal fact referred to in the memorial is notorious to the community and the committee see no reason to doubt the correctness of the conclusion which the memorialists have deduced from that fact viz the necessity of discontinuing the Hospital establishment. Believing that an institution of this kind in our principal commercial City is highly necessary if not indispensible to the public interest, and that its establishment under auspices favourable to its permanency is an object well deserving Legislative regard. Your committee have deemed it proper to recommend to the Senate the expediency of passing the bill, and they offer this recommendation with the more cheerfulness from the consideration that the fund, a portion of which is proposed to be applied to the support of this great public charity, is derived from an item of the State Revenue's which is almost exclusively paid by the City of Mobile- They therefore report the bill without amendment.

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

Mr. Miller offered the following resolution: Resolved, That the Judiciary committee be instructed to enquire into the expediency of allowing persons holding claims against their respective counties to present them to the tax-collectors of said counties in payment of their county tax.

Mr. Jackson offered the following amendment to the Resolution “Provided the receipt of said claims does not interfere with that part of the county tax set apart in some of the counties in this State for the payment of jurors, which was adopted. The resolution as amended was then agreed to.

Mr. Powell introduced a bill to be entitled an act prescribing certain duties to clerks of the circuit and county courts; which was read and ordered to a second reading on Wednesday next.

Mr. Hubbard introduced a bill to be entitled, an act regulating Judicial proceedings, which was read and ordered to a second reading on Wednesday next.

Mr. Hubbard also introduced a bill to be entitled, an act for the relief of Wyatt B. Cheatham which was read and ordered to a second reading


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on Wednesday next.

Mr. Hubbard also introduced a bill to be entitled, an act regulating the fees of Sheriffs, Clerks, Attornies and other officers therein named, which was read and ordered to a second reading on Wednesday next.

Mr. Hubbard offered the following resolution: Resolved, That the Judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of procuring for the use of the citizens of this state, one copy of the acts of the Congress of the United States for the use of each county in the state to be deposited in the office of the clerk's of the county courts of the several counties which was adopted.

Mr. Hubbard also offered the following resolution: Resolved, That a committee be appointed to prepare a memorial to the Congress of the United States, requesting further relief to the purchasers of public Lands within this state, who are now indebted to the United States- also to graduate the price of public lands, so as to give a right of preference in all cases of sale by the Government to the bona fide occupant, who purchased of the Government and who relinquished and retained possession, and to secure the occupant in possession a preference in the purchase of lands which have never been offered for sale by the United States- and also that said memorial contain a provision praying relief for those who have forfeited their lands on the terms above specified- which was adopted, whereupon Messrs. Hubbard, Jackson, and Sullivan, were appointed the committee.

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

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, Dec. 24, 1827.

The Hon. the President and members of the Senate:

Gentlemen- I have the pleasure to transmit you the annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama.

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

JOHN MURPHY

Ordered that the communication and Report lie on the table and that two hundred copies of the Report of the Trustees be printed for the use of the Senate.

Mr. Casey called up the report of the committee on propositions and grievances, submitted on the 22d instant upon the subject of the damages sustained, by the purchasers at the first sale of lots, in the town of Cahawba in consequence of the removal of the seat of Government from said Town. Ordered, that the report be recommitted to the committee on propositions and grievances to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Evans offered the following resolution: Resolved, That the Judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of so amending the patrol laws as more effectually to prevent the unlawful assembly of slaves and other persons of color that they have leave to report by bill or otherwise, which was adopted.

Mr. Casey offered the following resolution: Resolved, that the Cashier of the Bank of the State of Alabama be requested to inform the Senate on the following points.   1st. What amount of the funds of the Bank are set apart to be discounted to the different counties in this state on accommodation paper, and what amount of this sum each county has at this time of said fund. 2d. What amount each county has received of the other funds of the Bank and payable on the 1st January, and what amount remains unpaid. 3d. What amount has been purchased of bills of exchange


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from the citizens of each county, and unpaid at this time at what date purchased. If any difference as to the time the bills had to( run??) before payable, state the difference and from what county they were so purchased.

Mr. Jackson moved to amend the Resolution by striking out “the Cashier of the Bank” and inserting "the committee elected to examine the Bank," so as to make it the duty of the committee to furnish the information required in the resolution instead of the Cashier, which was lost.

The Resolution was then adopted.

Mr. Earle introduced a bill to be entitled an act to authorize John G.  Creagh to bring into this state the slaves of his wards Anne D. Houze and James Houze; which was read and ordered to a second reading on Wednesday next.

Engrossed bills entitled an act to authorize a lottery for the purpose of building an Academy and Court House in the county of Henry; An act further to amend the charter of the Bank of the State of Alabama; and an act to authorize the Judge of the county court and commissioners of revenue and roads of Tuskaloosa County to hold a special court, 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.

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; An act reviving an act authorizing a lottery for the benefit of the navigation of the Buttehatchee river; An act fixing the time of holding the Orphans Court of the several counties of this state; and, An act to authorize the court of revenue and roads of the county of Wilcox to alter state roads in said county were severally read the second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading on Wednesday next.

Bills of the following titles to wit: An act to legalize registering of certain deeds or conveyances of land within this State; An act to amend the existing laws in relation to the duties of Constables; and An act concerning the estates of deceased persons, 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 Richard Corre, John Duncan jr. and Henry Center, was read the second time and referred to the committee on propositions and grievances to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled, 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 this state, and Georgia, was read the second time and ordered to lie on the table till Wednesday next.

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

A bill to be entitled, 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; and An act for the relief of Dugald McFarlane, were severally read the second time and ordered to a third reading on Wednesday next.

A bill to be entitled, an act to authorize James Mahan, William Lovelady, John Gardner and Ransom Davis, to enter a certain quantity of land for the purposes therein mentioned, was read the second time and referred to the committee on Schools and Colleges and Schools and Col-


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lege Lands to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled, an act declaring Elk River and Big Shoal Creek, public highways was read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary to consider and report thereon.

Ordered, that the bill 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, lie on the table till Friday next.

Mr. Barton introduced a bill to be entitled, an act to provide for the translation and preservation of the Spanish Records of this state, which was read and ordered to a second reading on Wednesday next.

Mr. Evans offered the following resolution: Resolved, That the Judiciary committee be instructed to enquire into the expediency of repealing an act amendatory to an act concerning divorces passed 21st Dec. 1821, and that they have leave to report by bill or otherwise; which was adopted.

Mr. Jackson offered the following resolution: Resolved, That the establishment of an office of Discount and Deposit of the State Bank would be in effect the establishment of a Branch Bank, and that no such office or Branch can be constitutionally established but by a vote of at least two thirds of each house of the General Assembly.

Mr. McCamy moved that the Resolution lie on the table till the first  day of April next; which was lost- Yeas 6, nays 14.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs. Evans, Hubbard, McCamy, Miller and Sullivan.

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

Ordered, that the Resolution lie on the table till Wednesday next.

Mr. Barton introduced a bill to be entitled, an act to authorize the clerks of the several county courts to register the reports of certain officers therein named, which was read and ordered to a second reading on Wednesday next.-- And then the Senate adjourned till Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock.