The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.
Mr. Ashe presented the petition of Henry Box of St. Clair county praying the passage of an act to render legitimate his son, James Box, who was born out of wedlock; which was referred to the committee on the Judiciary.
Mr. Powell presented the report of the President and Directors of the Bank of the State of Alabama; which was read and is as follows:
BANK OF THE STATE OF ALABAMA.
TUSKALOOSA NOVEMBER 21st, 1827.
The Honorable the President and members of the Senate:
Gentlemen- Pursuant to the duty enjoined on the President and Directors of this Institution by the 12th Section of an act to establish the Bank of the State of Alabama, directing 'that it shall be the duty of the President and Directors to furnish to the General Assembly within the first week of each session, statements of the amount of capital stock of said corporation and of the debts due to the same; of the monies deposited therein; of the notes in circulation; and of the cash on hand together with all other property of said Bank, both real and personal.' I now have the honor to communicate the required statement: - to wit Capital stock $367,321, 48 3/4; Notes in circulation $426,199; Money on deposit, $132,395,36: Debts due the Bank, $631,602; Property belonging to bank (at cost.) $8387,50; Cash on hand (including bills, of exchange and due by other Banks $304,946.44.
I beg leave to remark that in consequence of the failure of the Tombeckbee Bank and the consequent pressure on the community, by a withdrawal of a large portion of the circulating medium of the State, the board has been induced to grant accommodations to a greater extent than otherwise would have been done, thereby increasing the circulation account to an amount that might be considered hazardous; but when it is recollected that more than half of the amount of notes discounted is payable on the first day of January next and will be paid, principally in the notes of this Bank and by bills of exchange, it may be confidently anticipated that this Institution will then assume as favorable an aspect a its most sanguine friends and the community could desire. I would further remark that but a small part of the amount of money on deposit is liable to be checked for by individuals; the principal sum being deposits on notes not renewed and payable on the first day of January next to the credit of the State Treasurer, and to the credit of the funds composing the capital stock of this Bank. I also communicate the accompanying document which unfolds in a plain and comprehensive manner the operations of this Institution for the last twelve months ending the 9th inst. All of which is respectfully submitted.
Ordered that the report be referred to the committee on the State Bank and that three hundred copies of the same together with the accompanying document be printed for the use of the Senate.
Mr. Powell also presented the Report of the commissioners for superintending the erection of the State Capitol, which was read and together with the accompanying documents was referred to the committee on the Public Buildings to consider and report thereon.
A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Tunstall their clerk.
Mr. President- The House of Representatives have adopted the following Resolution in which they desire your concurrence. Resolved, That
the Senate be invited to assemble in the Representative Hall on tomorrow at the hour of 11 o'clock for the purpose of opening and publishing the several returns of the election for Governor, and that the east end of the Hall be assigned for their reception. - They have also adopted the following resolution in which they ask your concurrence. Resolved, That a committee be appointed to act with such committee as may be appointed on the part of the Senate to examine and report whether John Davis has safely kept and returned to the officers of the Senate and House of Representatives the State property that was entrusted to him by a resolution of the last General Assembly and if the said committee find the said property was safely kept and returned shall certify the same to the comptroller, which certificate shall authorise him to draw his warrant on the Treasury in favor of said Davis for the amount allowed him by a resolution passed at the last Session of the Legislature- They have appointed on their part Messrs McVay of Laud. Weissinger and Dennis.
Mr. Casey moved to amend the resolution from the House of Repres. inviting the Senate to assemble, in their hall for the purpose of opening and publishing the several returns of the election for Governor by striking out tomorrow, and inserting to-day, which was carried.
The Resolution as amended was then concurred in, ordered that the Secretary inform the House thereof.
Ordered that the Senate concur in the resolution from the House of Representatives appointing a committee to act with a committee on the part of the Senate to enquire whether John Davis has safely kept and returned the State property committed to his charge; whereupon Messrs. Powell and Crabb, were appointed a committee on the part of the Senate.
Ordered, That the House be informed thereof.
Mr. Hubbard introduced a bill to be entitled, an act to provide a more summary mode for the trial of assaults and batteries; which was read and ordered to a second reading tomorrow.
A message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Tunstall their clerk informing the Senate that the House was ready to receive them for the purpose of opening and publishing the returns of the election for Governor agreeably to a former Resolution: whereupon the members of the Senate repaired to the hall of the House of Representatives and having taken their seats, Mr. Speaker proceeded to open and publish the returns from the several counties from which returns has been received; which having been done, Mr. Speaker declared John Murphy Esq. to have seven thousand, seven hundred and nine votes. Mr. Speaker therefore arose and announced that John Murphy Esq. was duly and constitutionally elected Governor of the State of Alabama for the ensuing two years. And then the Senate withdrew and retired to their own chamber and Mr. President resumed the chair.
On motion of Mr. Sullivan, Resolved, That a committee be appointed on the part of the Senate to act with such committee as may be appointed on the part of the House of Representatives to wait on John Murphy Esq. and inform him that he has been duly elected Governor of the State of Alabama, for the ensuing two years and ascertain when it will suit the convenience of his Excellency to take the necessary oaths of office; whereupon Messrs. Sullivan and Merriwether were appointed a committee on the part of the Senate.
Ordered, that the Secretary acquaint the House of Representatives therewith.
And then the Senate adjourned till tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock.