Wednesday, December 14, 1825

Mr. Coleman presented the account of the sheriff of St. Clair county, which was read and referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Coleman presented the account of David Brown, which was read and referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Sims presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Greene county, praying the passage of a law authorizing the sale of certain real estate which was read and referred to the judiciary committee.

Mr. Hallett presented the petition of the directors and stockholders of the Bank of Mobile, praying the passage of a law to release said Bank from taxation, which was read and referred to the committee on ways and means.

The Speaker laid before the House the record and proceedings of the circuit court of Mobile county, exercising chancery jurisdiction, in the case of Louisa Marelina Trouillett vs.  Pierre L. Trouillett for divorce which was read and referred to the committee on divorce and alimony.

The Speaker laid before the House the record and proceedings of the circuit court of Jackson county, exercising chancery jurisdiction in the case of Edward Maxwell against Susan Maxwell for divorce, which was read and referred to the committee on divorce and alimony.

Mr. Vining from the select committee to whom was referred the petition of John Snoddy, reported a bill to be entitled an act to authorize John Snoddy to manumit a certain slave therein named, which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time.

Mr. Heard presented the account of Josiah Evans, which was read and referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Vaughan obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to alter the mode of appointing assessors and tax collectors,  which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time.

Mr. Brandon obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to compel the owners of hired slaves to pay physician's fees, was read a first time, and the question being put, shall this bill be read second time? it was decided in the affirmative- Yeas 35, nays 24.

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

Mr. Speaker

Coopwood

Heard

Martin of Li.

Tate

       Armbrister

Crenshaw

Inge

Mead

Thornton

       Bailey of Mt.

Davis

Jones

McLemore

Tindall

       Barton of Mo.

Dupuy

King

McNeill

Vaughan

       Baxter

Edmondson

Lewis

Morton

Vining

       Brandon

Fitzpatrick

Martin of Fr.

Oliver

Watson

       Broadnax

Fluker

Martin of La.

Saffold

Weissinger 35.

 


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Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. Barton of T.

Coalter

Creagh

Moore

Walthall

       Baylor

Coe

Dellett

Neill

Warren

       Benson

Coleman

Hickman

Peyton

White

       Bridges

Cook

Lyon

Pickens

Williams- 24.

       Brown

Conner

Mardis

Sims

Mr. Barton of Mob. obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to alter and amend the charter of incorporation of the city of Mobile, which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time.

A bill to be entitled an act to establish an office of discount and deposite of the Bank of the state of Alabama, was read a second time and referred to the bank committee.

Mr. Coalter obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to authorize the judge of the county court and commissioners of revenue and roads of Lauderdale county to levy a tax for the purposes therein specified, which was read a 1st time and ordered to be read a 2d time.

Mr. Coe from the select committee to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of Lawrence county, reported a bill to be entitled an act to extend the corporate limits of the town of Moulton, and for other purposes, which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time.

Mr. Mardis presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Shelby county, praying the passage of a law authorizing the location of the seat of justice of said county; which was read, and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Mardis, Lyon and Conner.

On motion of Mr. Barton, of Mob. Resolved, That a select committee be appointed to inquire what provision, if any, is necessary to be made by law for assuring the safety of property transported in steam-boats and barges on the several rivers of this state, with leave to report by bill or otherwise; whereupon Messrs. Barton of Mobile, Tindall, Pickens and Benson were appointed said committee.

Ordered, That Mr. Coopwood be added to the military committee.

On motion of Mr. Edmondson, Resolved, That the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of passing a law authorizing Justices of the Peace to issue executions against plaintiffs for costs, when the defendant is unable to pay the same.

A message from his Excellency the Governor by James J. Thornton, Secretary of State:   

Mr. Speaker- I am instructed by the Governor to inform your honourable body, that he did, on the 12th inst. approve and sign an act authorizing Jacob Johnson to emancipate a certain slave therein named; an act for the relief of the principal pilots of Mobile Bay. And on this day, an act to authorize the Judges of the Supreme Court to appoint a temporary Clerk.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole on a resolution proposing certain amendments to the constitution of the state of Alabama,-  Mr. Mead in the chair -  and after some time spent in the consideration thereof the committee rose, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Mead reported that the committee of the whole house had directed him to report sundry amendments.  Mr. Mead then moved that the committee of the whole house be discharged from the further consideration of said resolution, which was carried. Mr. Moore moved that said resolution lie on the table till the first day of


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June next; which was decided in the negative- yeas 23, nays 36.

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

Mr. Bailey of Mt.

Broadnax

Dellett

Inge

Saffold

       Barton of Mo.

Cook

Fitzpatrick

McLemore

Thornton

       Barton of Tus

Conner

Fluker

Moore

Williams- 23

       Baylor

Creagh

Greening

Oliver

       Benson

Crenshaw

Hallett

Pickens

Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. Speaker

Coe

Hickman

Mead

Vaughan

      Armbrister

Coleman

Jones,    King

McNeill

Vining

      Baxter

Coopwood

Lewis

Neill

Walthall

      Brandon

Davis

Mardis

Peyton

Warren

      Bridges

Dupuy

Martin of La.

Sims

Watson

      Brown

Edmondson

Martin of Li.

Tate

Weissinger

      Coalter

Heard

Martin of Fr.

Tindall

White- 36

The House adjourned till half past 3 o'clock.

Evening Session, half past 3 o'clock.

The House resumed the consideration of a resolution proposing sundry amendments to the Constitution of the state of Alabama. Mr Greening moved that said resolution lie on the table; which was decided in the negative - yeas 27, nays 33.

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

Mr. Speaker

Bridges

Dellett

Lyon

Saffold

      Bailey of Mt.

Broadnax

Fitzpatrick

Mardis

Thornton

      Barton of Mo.

Cook

Fluker

McLemore

Williams- 27.

      Barton of T.

Conner

Greening

Moore

      Baylor

Creagh

Inge

Oliver

      Benson

Crenshaw

King

Pickens

Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. Armbrister

Coopwood

Lewis

Neill

Walthall

      Baxter

Davis

Martin of Li.

Peyton

Warren

      Brandon

Dupuy

Martin of Fr.

Sims

Weissinger

      Brown

Edmondson

Martin of La.

Tate

White

      Coalter

Heard

Mead

Tindall

Watson- 33

      Coe

Hickman

McNeill

Vaughan

      Coleman

Jones

Morton

Vining

The question was put on concurring in the amendment made by the committee of the whole to the resolution, by striking out the word "two," and inserting the word "four," where it reads thus, "The Senators shall be chosen for the term of two years," &c. and determined in the affirmative- yeas 36, nays 24.

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

Mr. Speaker

Brandon

Dellett

Lyon

Sims

      Armbrister

Bridges

Dupuy

Mardis

Tate

      Bailey of Mt.

Brown

Fluker

Moore

Thornton

      Barton of Mo.

Coalter

Greening

Morton

Tindall

      Baylor

Coe        Cook

Hickman

Oliver

Vaughan

      Baxter

Conner

Inge

Peyton

Vining

      Benson

Creagh

King

Pickens

Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. Broadnax

Edmondson

Martin of Fra.

McNeill

Watson

       Coleman

Fitzpatrick

Martin of Lau. Neill

Weissinger

       Coopwood

Heard

Martin of Lim.

Saffold

White

       Crenshaw

Jones

Mead

Walthall

Williams- 24

       Davis

Lewis

McLemore

Warren

The House also concurred in the amendment made by the committee of the whole, to the resolution, by inserting the words "by the qualified electors," after the word "chosen," where the resolution reads thus, "the Senators shall be chosen for the term of two years," &c.   Mr. Martin of F. offered the following a-


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mendment strike out the 24th section of the 4th article the words "and who shall not be eligible to serve either as principal or deputy, for the three succeeding years," which was lost- yeas 19, nays 41.

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

Mr. Speaker

Coopwood

Hickman

Mead

Watson

     Baxter

Crenshaw

Jones

McNeill

Weissinger

     Broadnax

Davis

Lewis

Peyton

Williams- 19.

     Coleman

Fitzpatrick

Martin of Fr.

Tindall

Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. Armbrister

Brown

Fluker

Martin of Li.

Sims

     Bailey of Mt.

Coalter

Greening

McLemore

Tate

     Barton of Mo.

Coe        Cook

Heard

Moore

Thornton

     Barton of Tus.

Conner

Inge

Morton

Vaughan

     Baylor

Creagh

King

Neill

Vining

     Benson

Dellett

Lyon

Oliver

Walthall

     Brandon

Dupuy

Mardis

Pickens

Warren

     Bridges

Edmondson

Martin of La.

Saffold

Mr. Coalter moved to strike out the words "at the same time," where they occur in the 13th line after the word "years," which was carried. Ordered, that said resolution be referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Morton, Coalter, Martin of L. Benson and Bridges.

Mr. Coalter obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act prescribing the duties of certain public officers, passed Dec. 17, 1819; which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time.

On motion of Mr. Barton of Mobile, resolved that the military committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of organizing the militia of Mobile county as a regiment.

And the House adjourned till to-morrow morning 9 o'clock.