Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1824.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Murray their clerk: Mr. President, I am instructed by the House of Representatives to inform your honorable body that they insist on their disagreement to the amendment made by your honorable body to the bill entitled an act to regulate the sale of slaves by constables, by striking out the word ten in the 2d section, and inserting the word twenty; they agree to the amendment made by your honorable body to the bill 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; they also concur in the amendments made by your honorable body to the bill entitled an act to repeal in part an act regulating the fees of justices, constables and lawyers and to ascertain the fees, that said officers are hereafter to receive; and An act for the relief of Cyrus Sibley and James L. Seabury, securities of Henry Wheat; they have read three times and passed bills originating in your honorable body of the following titles, to wit: An act to alter the time of holding the county courts of Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Madison Green and St. Clair counties; An act to amend an act entitled an act to establish a public road from Ditto's landing to Marston Mead's in Blount county, passed Dec. 30, 1822; An act to provide for the payment of the interest on the loan obtained for the use of the state; An act to amend an act authorising Edwin Lewis to open and construct a road in Mobile county and for other purposes, passed Dec. 18, 1821; 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; and an act to provide for the transfer of stock issued by the state and for the renewal of lost certificates thereof;


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they have also read three times and passed bills originating in their House entitled an act for the better organization of the militia of this state; An act to amend the 1st section of an act entitled an act amendatory of the laws now in force for the relief of insolvent debtors; An act to incorporate the Spring creek navigation company; An act more effectually to secure the revenue accruing to the state for licenses granted by the clerks of the county courts; An act to emancipate Gamaliel a slave; An act for the relief of John J. Burton and    Holt; An act making appropriations for the year 1825; An act to alter the time of holding the next circuit court of Lawrence county; and, An act to raise a revenue for the support of Government until otherwise provide for by law; in all of which they desire your concurrence.

Mr. Powell from the committee of accounts & claims to which was referred the account of Wm. Gary, Reported that it is inexpedient to allow the said account, it not being established in the manner pointed out by an act entitled an act prescribing the mode of making out & authenticating accounts against this state, which was ordered to lie table.

Mr. Murphy from the committee on the state Bank, Reported a resolution to authorise the President and Directors of the Bank of the state of Alabama to build a fire proof vault for said Bank, which was read the first time, and ordered to be read a 2d time tomorrow.

Mr. Hopkins from the special committee to which was referred the petition of Thomas B. Tunstall, Reported a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Thomas B. Tunstall, which was read the 1st  time, and ordered to be read the 2d time tomorrow.

The Resolution prohibiting the introduction of new business being suspended, Mr. Wood introduced a bill to be entitled an act providing for the establishment of the seat of justice in the county of Walker, which was read the 1st time; the rule requiring bills to be read on three several days being dispensed with, said bill was read the 2d time forthwith, and referred to the committee on county boundaries to consider and report thereon.

A bill from the House of Representatives entitled an act making appropriations for the year 1825 was the read the 1st time, the rule requiring all bills to be read on three several days was dispensed with and the bill was read the 2d time forthwith; Mr. Bibb offered the following amendment to said bill, And be it further enacted that the sum of ten thousand dollars be and the same is hereby set apart as a contingent fund, subject to the Governor's draft, which was adopted; ordered that the bill lie on the table.

A bill to be entitled an act to alter the time of holding the next circuit court of the county of Lawrence, was read the 1st time, the rule requiring bills to be read on three several days was dispensed with, and the bill was read the 2d time forthwith, & ordered to lie on the table.

A bill to be entitled an act to raise a revenue for the support of government until otherwise provide for by law, was read the 1st time, the rule which requires bills to be read on three several days was suspended, the bill was read a 2d time forthwith, and ordered to be committed to committee of the whole house, and made the order of the day for tomorrow.

On motion, ordered that the Senate adhere to their amendment to the bill entitled an act to regulate the sale of slaves by constables, by


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striking out the word ten and inserting twenty; Ordered that the secretary acquaint the House therewith.

A bill to be entitled an act more effectually to secure the revenue accruing to the state from licenses granted by the clerks of the county courts, was red the 1st time, the rule requiring bills to be read on three several days being dispensed with, the bill was read the 2d time, and ordered to lie on the table.

A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Dodson: Mr. President, the House of Representatives have read three times and passed a bill originating in their house entitled an act supplementary to and amendatory of, the laws relating to executors and administrators and for other purposes, in which they desire your concurrence.

A bill to be entitled an act incorporating the Spring creek navigation company, was read the 1st time, the rule requiring bills to be read on three several days being dispensed with, the bill was read the 2d time and referred to the committee on inland navigation to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled an act to amend the 1st section of an act amendatory to the laws now in force for the relief of insolvent debtors, passed June the 15, 1821; An act to provide for the better organization of the militia of this state; and an act to emancipate Gamaliel a slave, were severally read the 2d time, and ordered to be read the 3d time tomorrow.

A bill to be entitled an act for the relief of John J. Barton and Holt, was read the 1st time, the rule requiring bills to be read on three several days being dispensed with, the bill was read the 2d forthwith and referred to the committee of accounts and claims, to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled an act supplementary to, and amendatory of, the laws relating to executors and administrators, and for other purposes, was read the first time.  The rule requiring bills to be read on three several days being dispensed with, the bill was read the 2d time and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Mr. Powell offered the following resolution, Resolved, that with the concurrence of the House of Representatives, the members of the two Houses will convene in the representatives hall on Thursday evening next, at half past six o'clock, for the purpose of electing judges for the counties of Fayette and Covington, which was adopted.  Ordered, that the secretary acquaint the House therewith.

Mr. Murphy introduced a memorial to the Congress of the United States, respecting the sale of relinquished lands, which was read the first time and ordered to be read the 2d time tomorrow.

Mr. Powell introduced a bill to be entitled an act supplemental of, and amendatory to, an act entitled an act to revise, consolidate, and amend the several acts relative to justices of the peace and constables, passed December 27, 1824, and for other purposes, which was read a first time; the rule requiring bills to be read on three several days was dispensed with, and the bill was read the 2d time forthwith, and referred to the judiciary committee.

Mr. Moore called up a bill to be entitled an act to establish an office of discount and deposit of the bank of the state of Alabama; the question was put on the adoption of the amendment proposed by Mr.


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Hopkins to the bill on the _____ instant, by striking out the second section and inserting one in lieu thereof, and determined in the negative Yeas 7, Nays 11.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative, are, Mr. President, Bibb, Conner, Hopkins, McVay, Powell, Smith-7.

Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Casey, Crabb, Devereux, McCamy, Metcalf, Moore, Murphy, Shackleford, Sullivan, Taggert, Wood- 11.

Ordered, that the bill be committed to committee of the whole house and made the order of the day for tomorrow.

Mr. Hopkins from the special committee to which was referred the petition of Peter Wyatt, reported a bill to be entitled, an act for the relief of Peter Wyatt, which was read the first time and ordered to be read the second time on tomorrow.

Bills to be entitled, An act supplementary to, and amendatory of the laws now in force regulating the appointment of auctioneers and sales at auction; An act giving additional remedy against constables; An act regulating the mode of taxing costs on appeals taken from the decision of justices of the peace to the circuit and county courts; and An act authorising the location and sale of certain quarter sections of land granted by Congress to the several counties of this state, for seats of justice, were severally read the third time and passed.  Ordered, that the secretary acquaint the house of representatives therewith.

An engrossed bill to be entitled, an act to extend the time of payment of part of the public revenue of Washington county, was read the third time and passed.  Ordered that the title of the bill be as aforesaid, and that the same be sent to the house of representatives for concurrence.  And then the Senate adjourned till 3 o'clock this evening.

Evening Session.

Mr. Powell from the committee on enrolled bills reported as correctly enrolled, an act to alter the time of holding the county courts of Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Madison, Greene, and St. Clair counties, which was accordingly signed by Mr. President.

A bill to be entitled an act to legalize the proceedings of John B. Ayres, who lately exercised the office of sheriff in Jefferson county, was read the second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading on tomorrow.

Mr. Hopkins called up a bill to be entitled an act to alter the time of holding the next circuit court in Lawrence county; the rule requiring bills to be read on three several days being dispensed with the bill was read the 3d time and passed Ordered that the secretary acquaint the house therewith.

Mr. Taggert obtained leave to introduce a resolution for the relief of Samuel Fresby, which was read the first time.  The rule requiring all joint resolution to be read on three several days being dispensed with, the resolution was read a second time and referred to a special committee, consisting of Messrs. Taggert, Murphy and Devereux, to consider and report thereon.

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