The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.
Mr. Seabury presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of the counties of Baldwin and Mobile on the east side of the bay of Mobile and Grand rivers tributary thereto; praying that they may be set off and formed into a new county by the name of Tensa.
On motion of Mr. Seabury, said petition was referred to a select committee: whereupon, messrs. Seabury, Trotter and Harwell were appointed.
Mr. Gause from the committee on enrolled bills reported that the committee had presented to His Honor the now acting governor, for his approval and signature, an act amendatory of an act entitled an act to provide for the sale of lots in the town of Cahawba and for other purposes, and of an act, providing for the temporary and permanent seat of government.
According to the order of the day the bill to extend the limits of the town of Blakeley to provide for its government was read a second time and committed to a committee of the whole and made the order of the day on to-morrow.
Mr. Casey gave notice that on to-morrow he would ask for leave to bring in a bill authorising the Governor to transmit certain copies of the laws of this state to the Executives of the several states of the United States. Also a bill requiring certain official reports to be made to the General Assembly.
Mr. Davis gave notice that on to-morrow he would ask for leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act, to amend an act, to provide for leasing the school lands for a limited time, which have been reserved by the Congress of the United States for the support of schools within each township in this State.
According to the order of the day, the bill to be entitled an act authorising and requiring the keepers of the several jails in this State, to receive and keep persons committed under the authority of the United States, was read the second time.
On motion of Mr. Watkins, ordered, that said bill be committed to a committee of the whole, and made the order of the day on to-morrow.
Mr. Terrel agreeably to notice asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill, to be entitled an act, to divorce Polydore Naylor and Elizabeth Naylor, which was read the first time.
And ordered to a second reading on to-morrow.
According to order the bill to provide for the appointment of electors to vote for President and Vice President of the United States, was read the second time.
On motion of Mr. Sims, ordered that said bill be committed to a committee of the whole house, and made the order of the day on to-morrow.
On motion of Mr. Garth, the order of the day on the bill to establish a public road from the southern boundary line of township eight, in range four or five west of Huntsville to the Falls of Tuskaloosa, was postponed until to-morrow.
The Senate according to order, resolved itself into a committee of the whole on a bill, to be entitled an act to amend an act, prescribing the manner of electing certain militia officers and deciding contested elections, Mr. Casey in the chair, and after some time spent therein the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Casey reported that the committee of the whole had according to order, had the same under consideration and proposed to amend the same, by striking out in the third section thereof, "and if the Governor shall deem the reasons sufficient be" and
inserting in lieu thereof the following "Whereupon, the Governor" and on the question being put, it passed in the affirmative.
The committee of the whole proposed further to amend said bill by in serting between the word "holden" and the word "officers" in said section, the following words "to consist of not less than seven, nor more than thirteen" and by adding to said section this clause, viz. "The President or which shall be of grade equal to the office for which the candidate may contest the election. And on the question being put, said amendments severally passed in the affirmative.
And the committee of the whole further proposed to amend said bill by adding the following additional section.
Section 4. And be it further enacted, That all elections for officers, now contested and undecided, shall be determined in such manner as is prescribed by the third section of this act.
Mr. Casey moved that the Senate disagree thereto, and the question being put, it passed in the negative.
Mr. Rose moved that the following section be added to said bill
Section 5. And be it further enacted, That from and after the passage of this act, it shall be the duty of all field officers, to uniform themselves with in six months after they are commissioned and on the question being put it passed in the affirmative.
Mr. Garth moved that the following additional section be likewise added
Section 6. And be it further enacted, That a regimental court martial may determine what shall be the uniform of each regiment; and on the question being put, it also passed in the affirmative.
Mr. Rose moved that the word "field" in the fifth section be stricken out and the word commissioned be inserted in lieu thereof which passed in the affirmative.
Said bill was ordered to be engrossed and made the order the day for a third reading on to-morrow.
A message from the Governor by Henry Hitchcock, Esquire.
Mr. President --I am instructed by His Excellency the Governor, to state, that he did on the 14th instant, approve and sign "an act, amendatory of an act, entitled an act, to provide for the sale of lots in the town of Cahawba, and for other purposes, and of an act, providing for the temporary and permanent seat of government.
Mr. Seabury according to notice, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill to incorporate the Steam Boat Company of Alabama, which was read the first time.
And ordered for a second reading on to-morrow.
The Senate adjourned until to-morrow morning at ten o'clock.