Monday, December 3d, 1827.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Hubbard presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Walker County praying that a part of Walker may be added to Lawrence County; which was read and referred to the committee on county boundaries to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Barton presented the petition of Francis Passiano, praying the emancipation of Charles Passiano, by an act of the General Assembly


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and also the petition of Piere Chastang praying the passage of a law, authorizing the emancipation of a female slave named Mary Ann,  which were read and referred to a special committee consisting of Messrs. Barton, Earle and Brown, to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Powell presented the account of the Sheriff of Tuskaloosa County against the State, which was referred to the committee on accounts and claims.

Mr. Barton from the special committee to which was referred a bill entitled, An act prescribing the mode of commencing the contest of certain elections, and of procuring evidence therein, reported the same as amended,  which was disagreed to. 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. Ready.

Mr. President- The House of Representatives have read three several times and passed a bill which originated in their House entitled, an act authorizing Samuel B. Ewing, administrator of Thomas Ewing deceased to sell and transfer certain real estate.- In which they desire your concurrence.

The bill mentioned in the foregoing message was read the first time in the Senate and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.

An engrossed bill entitled, an act to revive and continue in force an act entitled an act to provide for choosing electors of President and Vice President of the United States passed Dec. 26th, 1823, was read the third time and passed. Ordered, that the title of the bill be as aforesaid and that it be reported to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

A bill entitled an act to repeal in part and amend the several acts now in force relative to the Port and Harbor of Mobile, and an act better to secure for benefit of the laws exempting certain property from execution to poor families of this State, were severally read the third time and passed.

Ordered that they be returned to the House of Representatives.

The bill entitled an act to provide for making deductions from the salaries of public officers who may fail or neglect to perform the duties of their office, was taken up and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

The Senate took up and resumed the consideration of the bill entitled an act to provide for the arranging filing and preservation of the papers relating to the unfinished business of each session of the Legislature.

Mr. Jackson moved to amend the bill by striking out the words “numerical order” and inserting “alphabetical order.” which was carried.

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

On motion of Mr. Hubbard, ordered that the bill entitled, an act incorporating the Town of Courtland, in the county of Lawrence, lie on the table.

A bill entitled, an act authorizing the commissioners of the 16th section of the 1st Township and 8th Range west of the meridian of Huntsville; situated in the county of Lauderdale, to lease said section for ninety nine years renewable forever, was read the second time and ordered to a third reading to-morrow.

A bill entitled an act to alter the boundary line between the counties of Shelby and Autauga, was read the second time and referred to the committee on county boundaries to consider and report thereon.

A bill entitled an act to emancipate a certain slave therein named, was read the second time and ordered to lie on the table.

A bill entitled an act to incorporate the Blakeley and Greenville Turn-


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pike company, was read the second time and referred to a select committee consisting of Messrs. Barton, Jones, and Evans, to consider and report thereon. And then the Senate adjourned till to morrow morning at 10 o'clock.