Thursday, November 27.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.


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Mr. Moore presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Madison county, praying the incorporation of a company to improve the navigation of Flint river; which was read and referred to the committee on Inland Navigation.

Mr. Moore also presented the petition of the fire engine company of Huntsville, praying to be exempted from militia duty in time of peace; which was read and referred to a special committee, consisting of Messrs. Moore, Casey and Crabb.

Mr. Casey, from the committee on Roads, Bridges and Ferries, to whom was referred the petition of sundry citizens of Morgan county, praying the establishment of a ferry over the Tennessee river, at Robert Moores, reported that the prayer of the petitioners ought not to be granted, which was concurred in.

Mr. Casey, from the same committee, to whom was referred a resolution directing them to inquire into the expediency of amending the road law, so as to restrict the county courts to the number of roads to be laid out in each county; also restricting the width of the road and granting private ways, reported, that it is inexpedient to act on the subject, which was concurred in.

On motion, Ordered, That Messrs. Moore and Sullivan be added to the committee on schools and colleges and school and college lands.

On motion, Ordered, That Messrs Casey and Moore be added to the committee appointed, on so much of the Governor's message as relates to the establishment of a State Bank.

On motion of Mr. Powell, Resolved, that the committee on inland navigation, be instructed to inquire into the propriety of providing by law for the improvement of the navigation of the Tombeckbe and Black Warrior Rivers; and to make a report thereon.

A bill, to be entitled an act to establish regular justice's courts, in this state; was read the second time, and referred to the judiciary committee to examine and report thereon.

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

On motion of Mr. Shackleford, 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 examine the documents in relation to the superintending the printing of the Digest and making the index for the same, whereupon, Messrs. Bibb, Hopkins and Sullivan were appointed a committee on the part of the Senate.

Ordered, That the secretary, acquaint the House of Representatives therewith, and desire their concurrence.

On motion of Mr. Moore, Resolved, That a special committee be appointed to inquire into the expediency of compelling county surveyors to keep books of record of their proceedings, with leave to report by bill or otherwise; whereupon, Messrs. Moore, Murphy and McCamy were appointed.

A bill, from the House of Representatives, respecting bail in civil cases, was read the second time and ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole and made the order of the day for Monday next.


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An engrossed bill, to be entitled an act to alter the times of holding the general election in the state, was read the third time, and on the question "shall this bill pass?" it was decided in the affirmative

Yeas 15.

Nays 4.

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

Mr. President

Casey

Hopkins

Murphy

Smith

Armstrong

Coats

Metcalf

McVay

Sullivan

Bibb

Devereux

Moore

Shackleford

Wood  15.

Those who voted in the negative, are,

Mr. Conner

Crabb

McCamy

Powell ---4

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.

Engrossed resolutions extending the time of payment for lots in the town of Cahawba, were read the third time and passed.

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

Mr. Casey presented the petition of sundry citizens of Wilcox county; which was read, and referred to the committee on roads bridges and ferries.

Ordered, That Mr. Powell be added to the committee, on roads bridges and ferries.

Mr. Coats obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled an act to repeal an act entitled an act, expressing the gratitude of the state of Alabama, for the services, rendered by Samuel Dale to the state, passed December 15, 1821; which was read the first time and ordered to be read the second time on to-morrow.

Mr. Armstrong obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled an act to repeal in part, an act to establish a bank in the town of Mobile, passed on the 20th November 1818; which was read the first time and ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

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