Friday, Dec. 28th, 1827.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Shackleford from the committee on Schools and Colleges and School and College Lands to which was referred a petition on the subject, reported a bill to be entitled, an act to incorporate the School commissioners of the fourth Township and eighth Range west from Huntsville and for other purposes, which was read and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Evans from the special committee to which was referred 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 purposes therein mentioned, 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. Barton from the committee on the Judiciary to which was referred a resolution instructing them to enquire into the expediency of repealing an act amendatory to an act concerning divorces passed 21st Dec. 1824, reported a bill to be entitled, an act to revive an act therein specified 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 bill to be entitled, an act relative to the duties of Constables, reported a substitute for the bill as an amendment; which was adopted.

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

Mr. Earle from the committee on Inland Navigation to which was re-erred so much of the Governor's message as relates to the subject of inter-


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nal improvement reported that the committee had instructed him to ask to be discharged from the further consideration thereof, which was agreed to.

Mr. Earle from the committee to which was referred the petition of sundry citizens of St. Clair County, reported a bill to be entitled an act to declare Canoe creek in St. Clair County a public Highway; which was read and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Crabb from the military committee to which was referred the petition of William Hickman and others praying the passage of a law authorizing the formation of a Captains beat asked to be discharged from the further consideration of the petition; which was agreed to.

Mr. Crabb from the same committee to which was referred the petition of sundry citizens of the County of Marion praying the passage of a law incorporating a company of Cavalry in the 16th Regiment 4th Brigade of the Alabama Militia, asked to be discharged from the further consideration thereof, as the existing Militia laws are sufficient to embrace the object of the petition; which was agreed to.

Mr. Moore moved that the petitions mentioned in the above reports be referred to a special committee which was carried, whereupon Messrs. Moore, Crabb and Hubbard, were appointed the committee.

Mr. Crabb from the same committee to which was referred the report of the Adjutant General reported that the same is made in conformity with law so far as the division returns have been received by the Adjutant General, and asked to be discharged from the further consideration of the report, which was agreed to.

Mr. Powell from the Joint committee on enrolled bills reported as correctly enrolled an act to repeal in part an act passed 27th Dec. 1814; An act to fix and establish the dividing line between the counties of Tuskaloosa and Jefferson by visible and marked boundaries; An act to emancipate a certain slave therein named; An act to authorize the county court of Butler County to make further sales of Lots in Greenville; An act to authorize the administrator of Daniel Mitchell to make and receive assurances of title to certain real estate; An act to amend a certain act therein named; 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- all of which were accordingly signed by Mr. President.

Mr. President laid before the Senate a communication from John B. Cook, Esq. Cashier of the Bank of the State of Alabama, transmitting statements from the Books of the Bank containing the information requested of him by a resolution of the Senate on the 24th instant.

Ordered, that the communication lie on the table and that fifty copies of the statements furnished by the Cashier be printed for the use of the Senate.

A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Tunstall their clerk- Mr. President, the House of Representatives have passed bills which originated in the Senate entitled, an act relative to the duties of grand juries; and, An act to incorporate the Summerville Philomatheon society. - They have also passed bills and Joint Resolutions which originated in their House entitled, an act in relation to a certain fund therein named; Joint Resolution in relation to the Cherokee boundary; Joint Resolution in relation to an exchange of sixteenth sections; and, An act to authorize Josiah D. Lister administrator of the estate of Charles Vivion deceased, to settle his accounts in the circuit court of Washington County

In all of which they desire your concurrence.


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A bill to be entitled, an act in relation to a certain fund therein named, was read- and the rule requiring bills to be read on three several days being dispensed with, the bill was read the second and third time forthwith and passed.

Joint Resolution in relation to the Cherokee boundary; Joint Resolution in relation to an exchange of sixteenth sections; and, An act to authorize Josiah D. Lister administrator of the estate of Charles Vivion deceased, to settle his accounts in the circuit court of Washington County were severally read the first time and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Hubbard from the special committee to which was referred a bill to be entitled, an act to incorporate the Town of Courtland in the county of Lawrence, 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.

Engrossed bills 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; and an act for the relief of appearance bail, 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.

A bill to be entitled, an act to amend the third 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 taken up.

Mr. Jackson offered the following resolution: Resolved, That a bill to be entitled, an act to amend the third 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, be referred to a special committee with instructions to report to this House all the facts relative to the services rendered by the individual for whom said bill provides compensation and the authority under which he acted and to report such amendments to said bill, if any, as they may think necessary which was adopted, whereupon Messrs. Jackson, Hubbard, and Barton, were appointed the committee.

Mr. Hubbard offered the following resolution: Resolved, that his Excellency the Governor be requested to furnish this House such information as he may have in possession respecting the necessity of making the appointment of a third commissioner to adjust the boundary line between this state and Georgia together with his Excellency's reasons for making said appointment.

Mr. Jackson moved to amend the resolution by adding the words “and by what authority he made such appointment” after the word “Georgia” in said resolution; which was carried.

The resolution as amended was then adopted.

A bill to be entitled, an act altering the punishment of Forgery and Counterfeiting in certain cases, was read the third time as amended and passed.

A bill to be entitled, an act defining the powers of the county court, was read the second time and referred to the committee on the Judiciary to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled, an act to prevent the unlawful assembly of slaves and for other purposes, was read the second time, amended, and ordered


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to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

A bill from the House of Representatives entitled, an act concerning the estates of deceased persons, was read the third time and passed.

A bill to be entitled, an act to make further compensation to John D. Terrell for services rendered in closing the unsettled accounts between this State and Mississippi, was read the second time.

Mr. Powell moved to amend the bill so as to allow a like sum to M. D. Williams the associate commissioner of Mr. Terrell in adjusting the unsettled accounts between this State and Mississippi.

Ordered, that the bill and proposed amendment be referred to a special committee consisting of Messrs. Jackson, Hubbard, and Barton, to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled, an act to annex additional Territory to Bibb County so as to make the same constitutional, was read the second time.

Mr. Sullivan offered the following amendment to the bill "SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That sections eighteen and nineteen, Township 22 in Range six west of the basis meridian of Huntsville be and the same are hereby added to Bibb County.

SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, That from the north west corner of section 18 in Township twenty-two to the south west corner of section  seven, Township twenty-one on the dividing line between Range six and seven west of the basis meridian of Huntsville, be and the same is hereby added to Bibb County,” which was rejected.

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

An engrossed bill to be entitled, an act regulating Judicial proceedings was read the third time and recommitted to the committee on the Judiciary to consider and report thereon.

An engrossed bill to be entitled, an act for the relief of Richard Corre, John Duncan jr. and Henry Center, was read the third time and ordered to lie on the table till to-morrow.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the Joint resolution proposing amendments to the constitution of the State of Alabama.

Mr. Hubbard offered the following amendment to the resolution by way of Ryder “And be it further resolved, That if on the ratification of the foregoing amendments there should not be more than six Judicial circuits in this State, the Judges of said courts shall be as nearly as may be classed in conformity with the foregoing resolutions so that not more than one Judge shall be elected at any one Session of the General Assembly;” which was read three several times and adopted.

The question was then put “shall the resolution pass?” and determined in the affirmative- Yeas 15, nays 6.

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

Messrs. Abercrombie, Ashe, Barton, Casey, Crabb, Evans, Hubbard, Irwin, Jones, McCamy, Miller, Moore, Shackleford, Skinner & Sullivan.

Those who voted in the negative are, Mr. President, Brown, Earle, Jackson, Merriwether, and Powell. So the Resolution was passed.

Joint resolutions instructing his Excellency the Governor to cause the remains of the late Israel Pickens to be removed from the Island of Cuba to his late residence in Greene County, were read the second time.

Mr. Jackson moved that the Resolution lie on the table, which was carried.- Yeas 12, nays 9.


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The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative are, Mr. President, Abercrombie, Ashe, Brown, Earle, Jackson, Jones, McCamy, Miller, Powell, Shackleford and Skinner.

Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Barton, Casey, Crabb, Evans, Hubbard, Irwin, Merriwether, Moore and Sullivan.

A bill to be entitled, an act to apportion the Representatives among the several counties in this State and to divide the State into Senatorial districts according to the late census, was read the second time and referred to the committee on the apportionment to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled, an act to provide for the support of Paupers in the counties of Madison, Autauga, Tuskaloosa, & Clarke, were read the second time and ordered to a third reading to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled, an act for the relief of William Jones of Walker County was read the second time.

Mr. Barton offered an amendment to the bill which together with the bill was ordered to lie on the table till to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled, an act to divorce Winney Gaines from Francis T. Gaines, was read the second time and ordered to a third reading to-morrow.

Mr. Casey offered the following resolution: Resolved, That the Judiciary committee be instructed to enquire into and report to this House whether any amendment to the law in relation to the public printing be necessary and report by bill or otherwise, which was adopted.

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