Wednesday, November 26.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Moore, a senator from the county of Madison, appeared this day and took his seat.

Mr. Bibb, from the special committee appointed to draft and report a more correct system of laws for the government of justices of the peace and constables, reported a bill, to be entitled an act to establish regular justices courts in this state; which was read the first time and ordered to be read the second time on to-morrow.

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 read a third time, and passed a bill, originating in their body, of the following title, to wit: "An act for the relief of James Slaughter, tax collector of Limestone county for the year 1821;" in which they desire your concurrence.

Mr. Hopkins, from the judiciary committee, to whom was referred the resolution directing an inquiry into the expediency of repealing the law creating the 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, made a report to the Senate, and also recommend the adoption of the following resolution: Resolved, That it is inexpedient to repeal the law creating county courts; which was adopted.


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Mr. Hopkins, from said committee, to whom was referred so much of the Governor's Message as relates to a general law of incorporation. Reported, that it is inexpedient to enact a general law of incorporation; which was concurred in.

Mr. Hopkins, from said committee, to whom was referred a bill, to be entitled an act more effectually to ensure the testimony of absent witnesses by interrogatories, Reported, that it is inexpedient to pass said bill; which report, together with the bill, was ordered to lie on the table.

A bill from the House of Representatives, entitled an act for the relief of James Slaughter, tax collector of Limestone county for the year 1821, was read the first time. On motion, the rule which requires all bills to be read on three several days was dispensed with, and the bill was read the second and third time forthwith and passed. Ordered, That the House of Representatives be informed thereof.

On motion of Mr. Wood, Resolved, That the military committee be instructed to inquire into the propriety of an altering the militia law, that the assistant adjutant generals of division be required to attend all the regimental musters in their respective divisions, once in each year, and perform the duties now required of assistant adjutant generals of brigades; with leave to report by bill or otherwise.

A bill to be entitled an act prescribing the mode in which sheriffs, who are delinquents in making returns of the election for Governor, shall be brought to justice, was read the second time, amended and ordered to be referred to a special committee, consisting of Messrs. Sullivan, Powell and Smith, to examine and report thereon.

A bill, to be entitled an act pointing out the mode of selecting grand jurors, was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to the committee on the judiciary, to examine and report thereon.

On motion of Mr. Bibb, Ordered, That Messrs. Wood and Devereux be added to the committee on the judiciary.

A bill to be entitled an act to lay a tax on slaves introduced into this state for the purpose of sale or traffic was read the second time and ordered to be committed to a special committee to examine and report thereon: Whereupon, Messrs. Murphy, Bibb and Metcalf were appointed said committee.

On motion of Mr. Shackleford, Ordered, That Messrs. Moore and Powell be added to the committee on the judiciary.

On motion of Mr. Wood, Ordered, That Mr. Shackleford be added to said committee.

On motion of Mr. Shackleford, Ordered, That Mr. Wood be added to the committee on inland navigation.

A bill, to be entitled an act to alter and amend an act, entitled "An act to revise, consolidate and amend the several acts relative to the militia of this state," passed at Cahawba on the 31st December, 1822, was read the second time, and ordered to be referred to the military committee to examine and report thereon.

A bill, to be entitled an act to alter the time of holding the general elections in this state, was read the second time.

Mr. Wood moved to amend said bill, by striking out the words "first Monday in June," and inserting in lieu thereof the words "third Monday in June;" which was carried.


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

A bill, to be entitled an act for the relief of Thomas C. Jones was read the second time, and ordered to lie on the table.

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 a bill, originating in this House, entitled  "An act refunding to Benjamin Sherrod, taxes improperly paid;" in which they desire your concurrence.

A bill from the House of Representatives, entitled an act refunding to Benjamin Sherrod, taxes improperly paid, was read the first time and ordered to be read the second time on to-morrow.

A bill, to be entitled an act to repeal the acts of the General Assembly, heretofore passed authorizing the circuit courts of this state to decree divorces, was read the second time, and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. McVay, Murphy and Hopkins, to examine and report thereon.

A resolution extending the time for payment of lots in the town of Cahawba, was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading on to-morrow.

An engrossed bill, to be entitled an act restricting the recovery of claims against the counties respectively in certain cases, was read the third time, amended by way of rider, and on the question, "Shall this bill pass?" it was decided in the affirmative --- Yeas 14, Nays 5.

The yeas and nays being required, those who voted in the affirmative, are:

Mr. President

Casey

Crabb

McCamy

Powell

 Amstrong

Coats

Devereux

Moore,

Sullivan--14

 Bibb  Conner  Hopkins  Murphy,  

Those who voted in the negative, are:

Mr. Metcalf

McVay

Shackleford

Smith

Wood --- 5.

Ordered, That the title of said bill, be an act as aforesaid, and that the same be sent to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

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 a bill originating in their body, entitled "An act respective bail in civil cases;" in which they desire your concurrence.

An engrossed bill, to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled "An act to establish a public road from the house of John Gandie in Morgan county, to Baltimore, in Blount county," passed December 23, 1822, was read the third time, and passed. Ordered, That the title of said bill be changed from a bill to that of an act, &c. and that the same be sent to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

A bill from the House of Representatives, entitled an act respecting bail in civil cases was read the first time; and ordered to be read the second time on to-morrow.

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