Monday, December 1.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Dodson:

Mr. President ---  I am instructed by the House of Representatives to inform your honorable body, that they have read a third time and passed bills which originated in their House of the following titles, to wit:

"An act explanatory of the several acts now in force in this state to suppress duelling;"

"An act to alter the name of, and legitimate a certain person therein named;" and

"An act to provide for contesting the elections of justices of the peace and constables." In all of which they desire your concurrence.

They have also read a third time and passed bills which originated in your honorable body, of the following titles, to wit:

"An act to amend an act, entitled an act to establish a public road from


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the house of John Gandie in Morgan county, to Baltimore of Morgan Springs in Blount county, passed December 23, 1822;"

"An act restricting the recovery of claims against the counties respectively in certain cases." And have amended the same by adding the following proviso at the end of the first section: "Provided, That claims which may be now due by any county, shall not be barred until twelve months after the passage of this act;" in which amendment they desire your concurrence.

"An act declaring Cotaco, in Morgan county, a public highway." And amended the same by striking out of the first section the word "therein" and inserting in lieu thereof the word "herein" They have also amended said bill by adding a section thereto: In which amendments they desire your concurrence.

They have also read a third time and passed resolutions from your honorable body, extending the time of payments of lots in the town of Cahawba, and have amended the same by striking out the figure "4" in their third line of the second section where it occurs in the figures "1824" and inserting in lieu thereof the figure "5;" in which amendment they desire your concurrence.

Mr. Hopkins, from the judiciary committee, to whom was referred a resolution of the Senate, reported a bill, to be entitled an act to regulate escheats in this state, and to appoint escheators; which was read, and ordered to be read the second time on to-morrow.

Mr. Moore, from the special committee, to whom was referred the petition of the Huntsville Fire Engine Company, reported a bill, to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled "An act to incorporate the Huntsville Fire Engine Company," passed December 10, 1822; which was read, and ordered to be read the second time on to-morrow.

Mr. Moore, from the special committee to whom was referred the petition in behalf of Martin Hogan, reported a bill, to be entitled an act for the relief of Martin Hogan; which was read, and ordered to be read the second time on to-morrow.

Mr. Moore, from the joint committee on enrolled bills, reported as correctly enrolled ---

An act for the relief of James Slaughter, tax collector of Limestone county in the year 1821; which was signed by Mr. President.

Mr. Powell, from the special committee, to whom was referred the bill, to be entitled an act to regulate and reduce the expenses of the General Assembly, reported the same without amendment. --- Ordered, That the bill be engrossed for a third reading on to-morrow.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Dodson.

Mr. President --- I am instructed by the House of Representatives to inform your honorable body, that they have adopted the following resolution, in which they desire your concurrence:

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That a joint committee be appointed to consist of two members on the part of the Senate, and three members on the part of the House of Representatives, to examine into the state of the treasury and to report the condition of the same with authority to send for persons and papers; and that the same committee be authorized to examine the books and accounts of the comptroller of public accounts and report the state and condition of the same, with like au-


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thority to send for persons and papers. They have appointed on their part, Messrs. Jackson, Hallett and Lister.

Ordered, That said resolution lie on the table.

Mr. Hopkins, from the judiciary committee to whom was referred the bill, to be entitled an act to establish regular justices' courts in this state, reported the same with sundry amendments; which were severally read and concurred in.

Ordered, That said bill be engrossed for a third reading on to-morrow.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Dodson:

Mr. President --- I am instructed by the House of Representatives, to inform your honorable body, that they have adopted the following resolution:

Resolved, That the Senate be requested to convene in the Representative Hall, on to morrow at 11 o'clock, for the purpose of electing a state printer. They have also read a third time, and passed bills originating in their House, of the following titles, to wit:

"An act concerning writs of certiorari;" and

"An act concerning constables;" in all of which they desire your concurrence.

Mr. President laid before the Senate a communication from John C. Perry, Esq. state treasurer, which was read as follows:

Treasurer's Office, December 1st, 1823.

To the President of the Senate.

SIR --- In obedience to a resolution of the Senate of the 29th November, "requiring the Treasurer to inform the Senate what amount, if any, of the notes of banks not in the habit of redeeming their paper with specie are in the Treasury," I have the honor to submit a statement of all such notes now in the Treasury, viz:

Notes on the Planters' and Mechanics' Bank of Huntsville,

to the amount of

$1260 00

Fayetteville Tennessee Bank

    115 00

Indema Manufacturing Company

      10 00

Nashville Bank (Tennessee)

        2 00

One note issued by John and W. Lucas (Milledgeville, Geo)

        3 00

                                                                                        -------------

                                   Making the sum of

       $1390 00

The paper of the Huntsville Bank was received under "an act to authorize the Treasurer of this State to receive a sum of money therein mentioned," and "an act for the relief of the tax collector of Lawrence county for the year 1821," passed at the last session (pages 87 and 96) --- the latter amount of $135 in Fayetteville and other notes, had been received into the Treasury anterior to my appointment to office.

I have the honor to be your obedient servant,

JOHN C. PERRY.

Ordered, That said communication lie on the table.

On motion of Mr. Powell, Ordered, That the Senate concur in the amendment made by the House of Representatives to the bill, entitled an act restricting the recovery of claims against the counties respectively in certain cases. Ordered, That the House of Representatives be informed thereof. On motion of Mr. Conner, Ordered, That the Senate concur in the first amendment made by the House of Representatives, to the bill entitled an act declaring Cotaco in Morgan county a public highway.


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On motion of Mr. Moore, Ordered, That said bill together with the amendment lie on the table.

Mr. Powell offered to amend the amendment made by the House of Representatives to the resolutions extending the time of payment for lots in the town of Cahawba, by inserting after the figures "825,"the words, "by the payment of interest at the expiration of the time herein granted;" which was adopted. The question was then put, "Will the Senate concur in the amendment as amended?" and decided in the affirmative.

Ordered, That the House of Representatives be informed thereof.

On motion of Mr. Powell, Ordered, That the resolution from the House of Representatives, proposing to go into the election of a state printer on to-morrow, at the hour of 11 o'clock, be laid upon the table.

A bill from the House of Representatives, entitled,

"An act concerning writs of certiorari;"

"An act concerning constables;"

"An act explanatory of the several acts now in force in this state to suppress duelling;"

"An act to provide for contesting the elections of justices of the peace and constables;" and

"An act to alter the name of, and legitimate a certain person therein named:" were severally read the first time, and ordered to be read the second time on to-morrow.

A bill, to be entitled an act to establish a certain county therein named, was read the second time, and committed to a special committee, consisting of Messrs. Bibb, Crabb, Wood and Powell, to examine and report thereon.

A bill, to be entitled an act authorizing Matthew Harbeson, administrator of Samuel Harbeson, deceased, to make conveyance of a certain tract of land therein named, was read the second time, and committed to a special committee, consisting of Messrs. Crabb Moore and Devereux.

A bill to be entitled an act amendatory to an act, entitled "An act to provide for printing the laws and journals, and for other purposes," passed December 25, 1822, was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act for the more sure and speedy trial of persons charged with misdemeanors, was read the second time and committed to the judiciary committee, to examine and report thereon.

The Senate, according to order, resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill, entitled an act respecting bail in civil cases. Mr. Casey in the chair; and after some time spent therein, the committee rose. Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Casey reported the same as amended --- which was concurred in.

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

Ordered, That Mr. Moore be added to the committee on inland navigation.

Mr. Casey obtained leave to introduce a resolution requiring the chairman of the committee on enrolled bills to preserve the engrossed copies of all acts and resolutions, and file them with the Secreta-


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ry of State; which was read the first time and ordered to be read the second time on to-morrow.

And then the Senate adjourned till to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock.