Saturday, November 22.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

On motion of Mr. Wood, Ordered, That Messrs. Crabb and Powell be added to the committee on county boundaries.

On motion of Mr. McVay, Resolved, That the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of prohibiting by law, sheriffs from executing civil process issued by a justice of the peace where the matter in controversy does not exceed fifty dollars, and of reducing the fees of clerks, sheriffs, justices of the peace, and constables.

Mr. Bibb obtained leave to introduce a resolution for the relief of William Peacock, which was read the first time and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

On motion of Mr. Wood, Resolved, That the judiciary committee be instructed to enquire into the expediency of repealing the law creating county courts, for the purpose of substituting in lieu thereof, a judge of ordinary for each county, and a Board of Commissioners of roads, bridges, and revenue, with leave to report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. Coats, Resolved, That the judiciary committee be instructed to enquire into the expediency of passing a law, to decide contested elections of justices of the peace and constables, and report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. Powell, Resolved, That the military committee be instructed to enquire into the propriety of making an appropriation for the purpose of purchasing one or more field pieces, for the Tuskaloosa Volunteer Artillery Company, commanded by Captain Burwell Traywick.

On motion of Mr. Sullivan, Resolved, That the committee on roads bridges, and ferries, be instructed to enquire into the expediency of so amending the present road law, that the county courts in their discretion may lay out and have opened not exceeding       main public roads in each county, and that the subordinate branches thereof and neighborhood roads laid out by order of the county courts, shall not be more than feet        wide; and also into the propriety of providing by law another mode of having private ways laid out.


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A bill to be entitled, an act to divorce William Bryant from his wife Rhodecy Bryant, was read the second time and ordered to be engrossed and made the order of the day, for a third reading on Monday next.

A bill to be entitled, an act more effectually to ensure the testimony of absent witnesses, by interrogatories, was read the second time and ordered to be committed to the committee on the judiciary, to examine and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled an act to alter an election precinct in Jefferson county, was read a second time, amended and ordered to lie on the table.

A bill to be entitled an act to regulate and reduce the expense of the General Assembly, was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to a special committee, to examine and report thereon. --- Whereupon, Messrs. Powell, Hopkins and McVay, were appointed said committee.

Mr. Armstrong obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled an act to alter the time of holding courts in the first judicial circuit; which was read the first time and ordered to be read the second time on Monday next.

On motion of Mr. Casey, Resolved, That the committee on roads bridges and ferries, be instructed to enquire into the expediency of vesting in the county courts and commissioners of roads and revenue the same power over the state roads, as regards the building of bridges, as they are now vested with over county roads.

On motion of Mr. Bibb, Resolved, That the committee on roads bridges &c. be instructed to enquire into the present system of the law governing that subject, and ascertain whether any better regulation can be devised; and that they report by bill or otherwise.

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

Mr. President: ---  I am instructed by the House of Representatives to inform your honorable body that they concur in the resolution of your honorable body appointing a committee of members, to act with such committee as may be appointed on the part of this House, to examine and make a report of the situation of the state arsenal and the public arms contained therein; and have appointed, on their part, Messrs. Jones, Fleming and Sims.

On motion of Mr. Wood, Ordered, That Mr. Metcalf be added to the committee on county boundaries.

On motion of Mr. Coats, the following resolution was adopted: Resolved, That the military committee be instructed to enquire into the expediency of so amending the militia law, as to prevent courts martial from assessing fines on delinquents, without previous notice being given them of the time of holding such courts martial.

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

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 informed that this House is now ready to receive them, for the purpose of counting out the votes for Governor, and that the west end of the Representative Hall be assigned for their reception. Whereupon, the members of the Senate repaired to the representative chamber and having taken


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their seats Mr. Speaker proceeded to open and publish the returns from the several counties from which returns had been received, which having been done, Mr. Speaker declared, Israel Pickens, Esq. to have six thousand nine hundred and forty-two votes, and Henry Chambers, Esq. to have four thousand six hundred and four votes.

Israel Pickens, Esq. having a majority, Mr. Speaker arose and announced, that Israel Pickens 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. Casey, 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 the Governor and inform him that he has been duly elected Governor of the state of Alabama, for the ensuing two years, and enquire when it will suit the convenience of his Excellency to take the oath of office. Whereupon, Messrs. Casey and McVay were appointed a committee on the part of the Senate.

Ordered, That the House of Representatives be informed thereof.

Mr. Crabb obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled an act declaring Cotaco, in Morgan county, a public highway, which was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

A message form the House of Representatives, by Mr. Dodson, their clerk:

Mr. President: ---  I am instructed, by the House of Representatives, to inform your honorable body, that they concur in the resolution of your honorable body, appointing a committee on the part of the Senate, to act with such committee as may be appointed on the part of this House, to wait on his Excellency the Governor, and inform him, that he has been duly and constitutionally elected Governor of the state of Alabama, for the ensuing two years, and enquire where it will suit the convenience of his Excellency, to take the oath of office They have appointed, on their part, Messrs. Martin, Fluker and Weissinger.

Mr. Smith obtained leave to introduce a resolution, requiring the secretary of state to furnish the solicitor of each judicial circuit with the names of the sheriffs who have failed to make returns of the election for Governor, which was read the first time and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Casey, from the joint committee, appointed to wait on the Governor and notify him of his election to the office of Governor, and enquire when it would suit his convenience to take the oath of office: Reported, that the committee had performed that duty, and received for answer from the Governor, that he would be ready to take the oath of office, on Monday next, at the hour of 11 o'clock, A. M. in the representative chamber.

On motion of Mr. McVay, Resolved, That the military committee be instructed to enquire into the expediency of so altering the law, as that the captains shall not be compelled to hold courts martial until all delinquents, shall have due notice of all charges that may be exhibited against them. And then the Senate adjourned till Monday morning at 10 o'clock.