Wednesday, Dec. 26th, 1827.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

On motion of Mr. Barton ordered, that the Resolution prohibiting the introduction of new business after Monday last be rescinded so far as relates to petitions.

Mr. Crabb presented the petition of sundry citizens of Morgan county praying the passage of a law authorizing the county court of said county to levy a special tax for the purpose of building a Jail, which was read and referred to a special committee consisting of Messrs. Crabb, McCamy and Brown to consider and report thereon.

The Resolution prohibiting the introduction of new business after Monday last being suspended. Mr. Hubbard obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act defining the powers of the county courts, which was read and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Barton from the committee on the Judiciary to which was referred a Resolution instructing them to enquire into the expediency of so amending the law now in force, as to require all executions from Justices of the Peace, sent from one county to another, to be directed to the sheriff of the county to which they may be sent. Reported that it would be inexpedient to make the proposed amendment which was concurred in.

Mr. Barton from the same committee to which was referred a bill to be entitled, an act for the relief of special bail, reported the same without amendments. Ordered, that the bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for


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a third reading to-morrow.

Mr. Barton from the same committee to which was referred a bill to be entitled, an act altering the punishment of Forgery and Counterfeiting in certain cases, reported the same as amended; which was concurred in.

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

Mr. Barton from the same committee to which was referred a bill from the House of Representatives entitled, an act to give a more summary remedy on bonds to keep the prison bound and to surrender property with a view to take the insolvent oath, reported that it would be inexpedient in the opinion of the committee, to pass the bill, which was concurred in.

Mr. Barton from the same committee to which was referred the petition of sundry citizens of Lawrence and Franklin Counties praying that John P. Robinson a fugitive from the laws, may be allowed to return to the state and that the operation of the laws in relation to the offence which the said John P. Robinson may have committed be suspended, reported that the said petition is unreasonable and ought not to be granted, which was concurred in.

Mr. Barton from the same committee to which was referred a resolution in relation to the unlawful assembly of slaves reported a bill to be entitled, an act to prevent the unlawful assembly of slaves, and for other purposes; which was read and ordered to a second reading to-morrow

Mr. Barton from the same committee to which was referred a resolution instructing them to enquire into the expediency of allowing persons holding claims against their respective counties to present them to the tax collectors in payment of their county taxes, reported that it is inexpedient to pass such a law which was concurred in.

Mr. Hubbard from the committee on the Judiciary to which was referred a Joint Resolution proposing to amend the constitution so as to have biennial Sessions of the General Assembly reported the same as amended; which was concurred in.

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

A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Tunstall their clerk- Mr. President the House of Representatives concur in the amendments made by the Senate to bills of the following titles to wit: An act to repeal in part an act passed the 27th Dec. 1814; An act to alter the boundaries of certain counties therein named; and An act to fix and establish the dividing line between the counties of Tuskaloosa and Jefferson by visible and marked boundaries.

They have passed a bill which originated in the senate entitled an act to change the time of holding the county court of Monroe County.

Mr. Hubbard form the committee on the Judiciary to which was referred a Joint resolution proposing amendments to the constitution of the State of Alabama, reported the same as amended.

Ordered, that the resolution and amendments proposed by the committee lie on the table.

Mr. Jackson moved to reconsider the vote of the senate on ordering the Joint resolution proposing to amend the constitution so as to have biennial sessions of the Genera Assembly to a third reading to-morrow which was carried.-- The resolution was then read the third time and on the question being put “shall the resolution pass?” it was determined in the negative.


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A majority of two thirds being necessary- Yeas 11, nays 16.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative are, Mr. President, Ashe, Brown, Crabb, Hubbard, Jackson, Jones, McCamy, Miller, Moore and Skinner.

Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Abercrombie, Barton, Casey, Earle, Evans, Irwin, Merriwether, Powell, Shackleford, and Sullivan.

On motion of Mr. Hubbard ordered that the Judiciary committee be discharged from the further consideration of the Joint resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution, which originated in the Senate, and which relate to biennial Sessions of the Legislature.

Mr. Hubbard then called up the Joint Resolution proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alabama.

Ordered, that the resolution be recommitted to a special committee consisting of Messrs. Barton, Hubbard and Casey, to consider and report thereon.

Engrossed bills entitled, an act fixing the times of holding the orphans court of the several counties in this State; 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; and, An act to authorize the court of revenue and roads of Wilcox County to alter State roads in said county 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 Senate resumed the consideration of the resolution offered by Mr. Jackson upon the subject of the majority of votes necessary, under the provisions of the constitution for the establishment of a Branch Bank.

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

A bill to be entitled an act for the relief of James Holmes, was read the third time and rejected.- Yeas 9, nays 12.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative are, Mr. President, Ashe, Brown, Casey, Crabb, Irwin, Miller, Skinner, and Sullivan.

Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Abercrombie, Barton, Earle, Evans, Hubbard, Jackson, Jones, McCamy, Merriwether, Moore, Powell, and Shackleford.

A bill to be entitled, an act to aid in the endowment of a Humane Charity Hospital in the City of Mobile; and an act for the relief of Dugald McFarlane were severally read the third time and passed.

A bill to be entitled, an act to authorize the Judge of the county court of Monroe County and commissioners of revenue and roads to levy a special tax for the purpose therein mentioned, was read the third time and committed to a special committee consisting of Messrs. Evans, Earle and Casey, 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.

Mr. Jones moved that the bill lie on the table till the first day of May next which was lost- Yeas 7, nays 14.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative are, Mr. President, Abercrombie, Crabb, Earle, Jackson, Jones, and Powell.

Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Ashe, Barton, Brown, Casey, Evans, Hubbard, Irwin, McCamy, Merriwether, Miller, Moore, Shackleford, Skinner and Sullivan.

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Ordered, that the bill lie on the table till to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Powell, ordered that the engrossed Joint Resolution proposing to the people of this State to amend the 13th Section of the 5th article of the constitution lie on the table till the first day of June next.

A bill to be entitled an act prescribing certain duties to Clerks of the circuit and county courts; An act regulating the fees of Clerks, Sheriffs, Attorneys and other officers therein named; An act regulating Judicial proceedings; and, An act for the relief of Wyatt Cheatham, were severally read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Barton from the special committee to which was referred a Joint Resolution proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alabama reported the same with sundry amendments, which were concurred in.

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

A bill to be entitled, an act to require the Clerks of the several county courts to register the annual reports of certain officers therein named, was read the second time and referred to a special committee consisting of Messrs. Brown, Hubbard and Shackleford, to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled, an act to authorize John G. Creagh, to bring into this State the slaves of his wards Anna D. Houze, and James Houze, was read the second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

A message from the Governor by J. I. Thornton Esq.- Mr. President, the Governor did on the 20th instant approve and sign; 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 other high crimes and misdemeanors; and on this day An act to give Justices of the Peace jurisdiction of certain contracts therein named; An act for the benefit of the Pikesville Library Company; and, An act for the relief of William Furguson, all of which originated in the Senate.

On motion of Mr. Barton, ordered that the bill entitled, an act to provide for the translation and preservation of the Spanish Records of this State, lie on the table.

Mr. Abercrombie obtained leave to introduce a Joint Resolution authorizing and requiring the Governor to procure an accurate map of this State; which was read. The rule requiring Joint Resolutions to be read on three several days being dispensed with, the resolution was read the second time forthwith and referred to a special committee consisting of Messrs. Hubbard, Sullivan and Abercrombie, to consider and report thereon.

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