Wednesday, 1st, Dec. 1824.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

 A message form the House of Representatives by Mr. Dodson their clerk: Mr. President, the House of Representatives have adopted the following resolution, in which they desire your concurrence, Resolved that withe the concurrence of the Senate, the committee on enrolled bills appointed on the part of this House, be a joint committee to act with the committee on enrolled bills appointed on the part of the Senate. They have read a 3d time and passed bills originating in your house, entitled an act making bastards capable of inheriting and transmitting inheritance on the part of their mother; and an act to alter or amend an act, passed Dec. 23, 1822, entitled an act to establish a public road from the house of John Gandy in Morgan county, to Baltimore or Morgan's springs in Blount county. They have also read a 3d time and passed a bill originating in their House, to be entitled an act declaring Flint river in Morgan county a public highway, in which they desire your concurrence.

Mr. Coats presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Greene county, praying that a bridge may be erected at the expense of the state over big creek on the state road in said county, which was read, and ordered to be referred to the committee on roads, bridges and ferries to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Devereux presented the petition of Samuel Gates of Covington county, praying to be autohrised to erect a toll bridge in said county, which was read and referred to the committee on roads bridges and ferries.

Mr. Coats presented the petition of sundry citizens of the town of Greensborough in Greene county, praying to be exempted from working on roads beyond the limits of said town, which was read, and ordered to be referred to a special committee consisting of Messrs. Coats, Casey and Conner, to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Shackleford from the special committee to which was referred the petition of the citizens of the town of Cahawba, reported a bill to be entitled an act to provide for the extinguishment of the debt due to the state of Alabama, by the purchasers of lots in the town of Ca-


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hawba, which was read the first time. Ordered, that said bill be made the order of the day for a second reading on tomorrow. Mr. Sullivan from the committee on divorce and alimony, to which was referred bills of the following titles, to wit: An act divorcing Sarah R. Swansey from James N. Swansey; An act divorcing Elizabeth Fields from John Fields; And an act divorcing Abraham Beadle from Letitia Beadle, and reported said bills without amendment. Ordered, that they be made the order of the day for a third reading on tomorrow.

Mr. Crabb from the committee on county boundaries to which was referred a resolution instructing them to examine whether there be a sufficiency of territory in the counties of Jackson and Decatur to form two constitutional counties, reported, that said committee have had the same under consideration, and after examining the map of the state, have no hesitation in saying, that there is not, there being nor more than thirty-four townships within the limits of the two counties, which was agreed to.

Mr. Bibb from the committee on propositions and grievances to which was referred a resolution of the Senate concerning public weighers in the city of Mobile, reported, that said committee have considered the same and from various considerations they believe public weigers to be necessary officers in that city. Your committee are however, impressed with the belief, that the law on that subject is oppression in the fee or allowance of the aforesaid officers. They therefore recommend such a modification in the law, as to reduce the sum allowed for weighing each bale of cotton, for this purpose he reported a bill to be entitled an act to alter and amend an act, authorising the judge of the county court of Mobile county to appoint a public weigher in the city of Mobile; which was read the first time. Ordered that said bill be made the order of the day for a 2d reading on tomorrow.

Mr. Moore from the committee on enrolled bills, reported as correctly enrolled, An act to emancipate certain persons therein named; And an act to alter the time of holding the county courts of Lawrence and Jackson counties, which were accordingly signed by Mr. President.

Mr. Hopkins from the judiciary committee to which was referred the bill to be entitled an act for rendering the decision of civil causes more speedy and less expensive than heretofore, reported the same without amendment. Ordered that said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for a 3d reading on tomorrow.

A bill from the House of Representatives entitled an act declaring Flint river in Morgan county, a public highway, was read the 1st time and ordered to be read a 2d time tomorrow.

Mr. McVay offered the following resolution, Resolved that the committee on roads, bridges and ferries be instructed to inquire into the expediency of repealing so much of the law, as makes it the duty of overseers of roads to notify the clerks of the county courts or their acceptance of the appointment as such, with leave to report by bill or otherwise; which was adopted.

Mr. Wood offered the following resolution, Resolved that the military committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of revising, amending and consolidating the militia law and report by bill or otherwise. Mr. Powell moved to amend said resolution by striking out


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the words revising and consolidating, which was carried. The resolution as amended, was then adopted.

Mr. Casey offered the following resolution, Resolved that the judiciary committee be instructed to enquire into the constitutionality of carrying residuums so as to operate on counties each one of which does not adjoin, which was adopted.

Mr. Sullivan offered the following resolution, Resolved that the return of the census made by the secretary of state be referred to the committee on accounts and claims, which was adopted.

Mr. Taggert offered the following resolution, Resolved that the judiciary committee be instructed to enquire into the expediency of repealing the law giving the judges of the county courts, exercising chancery jurisdiction, cognizance of divorce & alimony, which was rejected.

On motion of Mr. Conner, Ordered that Mr. Wood be added to the committee on apportionment.  Ordered that Mr. Taggert, be added to the same committee.

A bill to be entitled an act to incorporate a volunteer infantry corps in the city of Mobile, to be styled the Mobile Republican Greens, was read the 3d time: Mr. Casey then moved to reconsider the vote of the Senate on ordering said bill to a 3d reading, which was carried:

Mr. Casey then moved to amend the bill by striking out the second section thereof, which authorises the Governor to issue a supply of arms and accoutrements to said company, which was carried. Ordered that sad bill be made the order of the day for a 3d reading on tomorrow.

A bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Joseph Burleson was read the 2d time and ordered to be read a 3d time tomorrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to establish a state road leading from the city of Mobile to the Mississippi state line, was read the second time:

Mr. Devereux offered the following amendment to said bill; Provided that the said commissioners shall not proceed to the discharge of the duties required of them by this act until the state of Mississippi shall provide by law for laying out a road to intersect the road contemplated by this act; and provided also, that said commissioners shall be compensated out of the county treasury of Mobile county; which was adopted.

Mr. Coats offered the following amendment to said bill, And be it further enacted that the aforesaid commissioners shall take and subscribe an oath, before some justice of the peace, to lay off said road the nearest and best route without favor or affection, and with the least possible injury to individuals through whose lands the same may pass, which was adopted. Ordered that said bill be made the order of the day for a 3d reading on tomorrow.

A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Dodson their clerk: Mr. President, the House of Representatives have read three times and passed bills, originating in their house, entitled, an act to provide for the raising of a fund for the support of an Academy and a Hospital in the county of Baldwin; An act to regulate the sale of slaves by constables; An act providing for the further distribution of the statute laws of Alabama; and, An act for the improving the navigation of the port and harbor of Mobile, in which they desire your concurrence. And the Senate adjourned till 3 o'clock this evening.

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Evening Session.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Dodson, their clerk. Mr. President: The House of Representatives have read three times and passed a bill originating in your House entitled an act regulating proceedings on penal bonds, which they have amended in the following manner: by striking out in the 2nd line of the 2nd section, these words, on demurer, or by confession, or nil dicet, and inserting in lieu thereof, the following words: on confession for an indefinite sum, or on demurer, or by nil dicet, in  which amendment they desire your concurrence. On motion, ordered, that the Senate concur in said amendment, and the secretary acquaint the House of Representatives therewith.

A bill from the House of Representatives, entitled an act to provide for the raising of a fund for the support of an academy and a hospital in the county of Baldwin, was read the first time, and ordered to be read a 2d time on tomorrow.

A bill, to be entitled an act to provide for the further distribution of the statute laws of the state of Alabama, was read the first time and laid on the table.

A bill from the House of Representatives, entitled an act to regulate the sale of slaves by constables, and an act for improving the navigation of the port and harbor of Mobile; were severally read the first time and ordered to be read the 2d time on tomorrow.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act, for the emancipation of slaves George and Sarah, was read a 3d time and ordered to lie on the table till tomorrow.

A resolution providing for the further distribution of the statute laws of the state of Alabama, was read the 3d time and passed. Ordered, that the bill be as aforesaid, and that said resolution be sent to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act to divide the thirty-second regiment of the militia of this state, was read the 3d time and passed. Ordered, that the title be as aforesaid, and that said bill be sent to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorise judges of the county courts to practice law out of the county in which they may reside; was read the 2d time, and ordered to be referred to the committee on the judiciary to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled an act for the relief of George A. Glover, assessor and tax collector of Lawrence county in the year 1823, was read the 2d time. Ordered, that said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for a 3d reading on tomorrow. A bill to be entitled an act to alter the time of holding the county court of Tuscaloosa county, was read the 2d time. Ordered, that said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for a 3d reading on tomorrow.

A bill to be entitled an act concerning county tax was read the 2d time. Mr. McCamy offered the following amendment to said bill “and be it further enacted, that all the monies hereafter arising in the different counties in this state; from tavern licenses and retailers of spirituous liquors, shall be paid over by the county clerks to the county treasurers for the purpose of paying jurors.” Mr. Powell moved to amend said amendment by striking out the words for the purpose of paying jurors, and


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inserting the words for county purposes which was carried. Ordered that the bill together with the amendments lie on the table till tomorrow.

On motion of Mr. Shackleford, ordered, that the bill entitled an act the more effectually to obtain the testimony of absent witnesses by interrogatories, and to remedy the inconvenience of their being called to distant counties for the purpose of giving evidence; be laid upon the table till tomorrow. And then the Senate adjourned till tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock.