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Monday, Dec. 20, 1824.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Hopkins from the judiciary committee, to which was referred a bill to be entitled an act more effectually to ensure the accountability of public officers, by providing for the prompt settlement of public accounts, reported that it is inexpedient to pass the bill, which was concurred in.

A message from the Governor, by J. I. Thornton, Esq. secretary of State: Mr. President, I am instructed by the Governor to inform you that he did on the 18th instant approve and sign an act making bastards capable of inheriting and transmitting inheritance on the part of their mother; and an act to alter and 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, which originated in the Senate.

Mr. Hopkins from the judiciary committee, to which was referred a bill to be entitled an act giving additional remedy against constables, Reported the same as amended, which was concurred in.  Ordered, that the bill be made the order of the day for a 3d reading tomorrow.

Mr. Hopkins from the same committee to which was referred a bill to b entitled an act to regulate the mode of taxing costs on appeals taken from the decision of justices of the peace to the circuit or county court, Reported the same as amended, which was concurred in. Ordered, that the bill be made the order of the day for a 3d reading tomorrow.

Mr. Hopkins from the same committee, to which was referred a bill to be entitled an act requiring bills of sale, deeds of gift, &c. in certain cases to be recorded, reported that it is inexpedient to pass the bill, which was concurred in. Mr. Bibb from the committee on propositions and grievances, to which was referred a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Elijah Montgomery, & Henry Gunnison, reported the same without amendment.  Mr. Bibb moved to strike the name of Hiram Shortridge from the bill, which was lost.  Mr. McVay moved that the bill lie on the table till the first day of the next session of the General Assembly, which was carried.  Yeas 9, Nays 8.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs. Casey, Coats, Devereux, McCamy, Metcalf, Moore, Murphy, McVay, Sullivan- 9.

Those who voted in the negative, are Mr. President, Bib, Conner, Crabb, Hopkins, Shackleford, Smith, Wood- 8.

Mr. Casey from the special committee, to which was referred a bill to be entitled an act supplementary to, and amendatory of the laws now in force regulating the apportionment of auctioneers, and sales at auction, reported the same as amended, which was concurred in., Ordered, that the bill be made the order of the day for a 3d reading on tomorrow.

Mr. Coats obtained leave of absence for the remainder of the session on account of the indisposition of his family.

A bill to be entitled an act to provide for the payment of slaves executed in pursuance of law; and an act to establish the boundary line between certain counties therein named, were severally read the 3d time and passed.   Ordered, that the secretary acquaint the House of


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Representatives therewith.  The resolution prohibiting the introduction of new business, was dispensed with.

Mr. Wood obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to legalize the proceedings of John B. Ayers, who lately exercises the office of sheriff in Jefferson county, which was read the first time. Ordered, that the bill be made the order of the day for a 2d reading on tomorrow.

And then the Senate adjourned till three o'clock this evening.

Evening Session.

Mr. Hopkins presented the petition of Thomas B. Tunstall, which was referred to a special committee, consisting of Messrs. Hopkins, and Shackleford, to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Murphy from the special committee, to which was referred a bill, to be entitled an act to authorise the location and sale of certain quarter sections of land granted by Congress to the several counties of this state for seats of justice, reported the same as amended, which was concurred in.  Ordered, that the bill be made the order of the day for a 3d reading on tomorrow.

Mr. Taggert from the special committee, to which was referred a bill to be entitled an act to extend the time of payment of part of the public revenue of Washington county, reported the same as amended, which was concurred in.  Ordered, that the bill be engrossed for a 3d reading on tomorrow.

The following communication was received from the Governor by J. I. Thornton, esq. secretary of state:

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, December 20, 1824.

Gentlemen of the Senate and of the House of Representatives,

I have received the resignation of Alexander Pope, esq, who was recently elected a director of the Bank f the state: I lay before you a copy of his letter of resignation; and a copy will be also laid before the board of Directors of the Bank of the state, who will no doubt proceed to fill the vacancy in conformity to the 6th fundamental rule contained in the 9th section of the charter, should no other disposition be made by the General Assembly. 

I am very respectfully,

ISRAEL PICKENS.

Ordered that the communication lie on the table.

The Resolution prohibiting the introduction of new business, being suspended, Mr. Powell introduced a bill to be entitled an act to alter the time of holding the county courts of Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Madison, Greene and St. Clair counties, which was read the 1st  time; the rule requiring all bills to be read on 3 several days being dispensed with, the bill was read the 2d and 3d tie forthwith and passed.  Ordered that the title be as aforesaid, and that the same be sent to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

Mr. Shackleford offered the following resolution, Resolved by the Senate that with the consent of the House of Representatives, the General Assembly of the state of Alabama will adjourn sine die on Wednesday next: on motion, ordered that the resolution lie on the table.

Mr. Wood called up a bill to be entitled an act concerning county tax; on motion ordered that said bill be referred to a special committee, consisting of Messrs. Wood, Conner and McCamy.

Message from his excellency the Governor by J. I. Thornton, Esq. day secretary of state, as follows: Mr. President, the Governor did this approve and sign, an act to declare Beaver creek in Wilcox county a


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public highway; an act for the relief of George A. Glover assessor and tax collector of Lawrence county for the year 1823; An act to divide the 32d regiment of the militia of this state; Resolution providing for the further distribution of the statute laws of the state of Alabama; An act regulating proceedings on penal bonds; An act for the emancipation of slaves George & Sarah; An act to authorise judges of the county courts to practice law out of the county in which they may reside; An act concerning public roads in the county of Montgomery; An act authorising executors, & c. to relinquish lands under act of Congress of the 18th of May, 1824; An act to apportion the Representatives among the several counties in this state and divide the state into Senatorial districts according to the late census; and, an act to establish a certain county therein named and for other purposes, all of which originated in the Senate.

Mr. Moore called up a bill to be entitled an act to establish an office of discount & deposite of the Bank of the state of Alabama; Mr. Bibb moved that the bill together with the amendment offered by Mr. Hopkins, lie upon the table till the first day of March next, which was lost. Yeas 4- Nays-14.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative, are, Messrs. Bibb, Devereux, Sullivan, Wood-4.  Those who voted in the negative are, Mr. President, Casey, Conner, Crabb, Hopkins, McCamy, Metcalf, Moore, Murphy, McVay, Powell, Shackleford, Smith, Taggert --  14.

Ordered that the bill lie on the table.

And then the Senate adjourned till tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock.