The house met pursuant to adjournment, Mr. Murrel presented the petition of John Dixon, praying for a law to be passed, authorising him to emancipate a certain slave therein named.
On motion of Mr. Walker, ordered, that said petition lie upon the table.
A message from the senate by Mr. Garth- Mr.
Speaker the senate insist on the amendment, by them proposed to be made, to a bill affixing salaries to certain officers in this state, so far as relates to the salaries of Judges of the circuit courts.
The house then proceeded to the consideration of the order of the day on the bill regulating the courts of law and equity in this state. Mr. Owen moved to amend said bill by way of rider, adding the following proviso at the end of the 40th section: "provided however, that in every case the number of jurors to be summoned for the circuit court shall in no case be less than 36, and for the county court, for the term for the trial of causes in the counties respectively throughout the state, the number of jurors shall not be less than twenty four"-which was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Owen moved further to amend said bill by way of rider, by adding three additional sections, which was decided in the affirmative- which bill as amended, was read the third time, and on motion of Mr. Owen, ordered that said bill lie upon the table until Monday next.
Mr. Perkins from the committee of conference, made the following report- your committee appointed on the part of this house to confer with the committee on the part of the senate, upon so much of a bill affixing the salaries of certain officers of this state, 'as relates to the salaries of Judges and Attorney general' have directed me to report to this house, that the conference has been held according to order, and that the committee on the part of the senate intimated that that body anxious to procure talents and provide adequate compensation for the extraordinary service required as Judges, both for the circuit and supreme courts, feel inclined to give each two thousand dollars, the committee from the house of representatives insisted upon fifteen hundred dollars as adequate and ample compensation, but both committees deeming a conciliation expedient, made several propositions of mutual acquiescence, the committee from the senate proposed the propriety of fixing the sum at nineteen hundred dollars, to which
the committee from the house of representatives, did not feel authorized to consent and proposed seventeen hundred dollars, to which the committee from the senate disagreed and proposed seventeen hundred and fifty dollars, to which your committee disagreed- upon that part of the bill relating to the salary of Attorney general, the committee from the senate proposed six hundred and fifty dollars, to which the committee from the house of representatives disagreed and proposed six hundred dollars, to which the committee from the senate disagreed and proposed six hundred & twenty five dollars, to which your committee agreed. On motion of Mr. Everett, ordered that said report lie upon the table.
The house then proceeded to the consideration of the message sent from the senate respecting the amendments proposed by that body to the bill affixing salaries of certain officers within this state. Mr. Birney moved that said message lie upon the table, which was decided in the negative.
Mr. Vaughan moved that this house disagree to said message, as respects the salaries of circuit judges, which was decided in the affirmative.
On motion of Mr. Walker, ordered that this house postpone the further consideration of said message until Tuesday next.
On motion of Mr. Dale, ordered that this house adjourn until monday next at 10 o'clock.