Saturday, Dec. 25, 1824.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

A message from the House of Representatives: Mr. President, the House of Representatives have read three times and passed the Resolution originating in your honorable body, authorising the door-keeper of the Senate to take charge of the public furniture.  They have read three times and passed the Memorial to Congress of the United States, respecting the sale of relinquished lands which originated in your honorable body.  They have also read three times and passed the Memorial originating in your honorable body on the subject of the claims of Col. Samuel Dale.  They have also read three times and passed a bill originating in their house entitled, an act to repeal in part and amend an act entitled an act to raise a revenue for the support of government until otherwise provided for by law, passed Dec. 27, 1822, in which they desire your concurrence.  They have read three times and passed a bill originating in your honorable body entitled an act concerning the African slaves lately ordered by the district of the United States in this state to be said, and for other purposes.  They disagree to the amendment made by your honorable body to the bill to be entitled, an act concerning the militia of this state, by striking out the 1st section of said bill; the House concur in the other amendments made by your honorable body to the bill entitled an act to regulate pleadings at common law.  They concur in the amendment made by your honorable body to the bill entitled an act to repeal so much of an act as requires persons to swear they will not retail spirituous liquors to indians by amending the title of said bill.  They concur in the amendments made by your honorable body to the bill entitled, an act authorising the administrators of Nathaniel Henderson, deceased, to sell real estate.  They disagree to all the amendments made by your honorable body to the bill entitled an act to authorise the quarter-master general to repair the state arsenal, and for other purposes. They concur in the amendment made by your honorable body to the bill entitled an act to provide for the payment of petit jurors in the counties therein named, by striking out the word Madison.  They disagree to the amendment by inserting Dallas after Autauga.

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A bill entitled an act to repeal in part and amend an act entitled an act to raise a revenue for the support of government until otherwise provided for by law, passed Dec. 27, 1822, was read the 1st time and the rule being dispensed with, was read the 2d and 3d time and passed.

Ordered that the same be returned to the House of Representatives.

On motion ordered that the Senate insist on their amendment to the bill to be entitled an act concerning the militia of this state, by striking out the 1st section thereof.  Ordered that the secretary of acquaint the House of Representatives therewith.

Message from the Governor by J. I. Thornton, secretary of state: Mr. President, the Governor did on the 24th inst. approve and sign, An act to alter the time of appointing overseers of roads and for other purposes; and, An act supplementary to an act passed at Cahawba on the 20th of Dec. 1823, entitled an act to improve the navigation of the Tennessee river, which originated in the Senate.

On motion ordered that the Senate recede for their amendment to the bill entitled an act to provide for the payment of petit jurors, in the counties therein named and for other purposes, by inserting Dallas after Autauga.  Ordered that the secretary acquaint the House therewith.

On motion, ordered that the Senate concur in the amendment made by the House of Representatives to the bill entitled an act for the relief of Thomas B. Tunstall, by adding a preamble to the 1st section thereof.  Mr. Powell moved to amend their 2d amendment to said bill by inserting the name of John B. Hogan, which was carried.  Mr. Casey moved that the Senate disagree to the amendment as amended, which relieves Elijah Montgomery, Henry Gunnison, and john B. Hogan from the operation of the act to suppress duelling, which motion was carried. - Yeas 11- Nays 7.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative, are, Mr. President, Casey, Devereux, Hopkins, McCamy, Metcalfe, Moore, McVay, Smith, Sullivan, Wood- 11.  Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Bibb, Conner, Crabb, Murphy, Powell, Shackleford, Taggert- 7.

Mr. Hopkins moved that the Senate disagree to the amendment made by the House of Representatives to said bill relieving Hiram Shortridge from the operation of said act, so far as to authorise him to complete the business which he had commenced previous to his surrendering his license as an attorney, which was carried.  yeas 11, nays 7.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative, are Mr. President, Bibb, Casey, Devereux, Hopkins, McCamy, Metcalf, Moore, Murphy, Smith, Wood- 11.  Those who voted in the negative, are, Mr. Conner, Crabb, McVay, Powell, Shackleford, Sullivan, Taggert- 7.

Ordered that the secretary acquaint the House therewith.

Mr. Crabb moved that the Senate recede form their amendments to the bill entitled, an act to authorise the quarter-master-general to repair the state arsenal, and for the purposes, which was lost.  Ordered that the Senate insist on said amendments, and that the secretary acquaint the house therewith.

Mr. Bibb from the committee of conference appointed on the subject of disagreement between the two Houses in relation to the amendments made by the Senate to the bill entitled, an act to raise a revenue for the support of government until otherwise provided for by law, repor-


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ted that said committee recommend to their respective Houses a compromise so far as agree on the sum of four hundred dollars as a tax on billiard, lotto and keno tables, which was concurred in.  Ordered that the secretary acquaint the House of Representatives therewith.

Mr. Devereux, who voted in the majority, moved to reconsider the vote of the Senate on the passage of the bill entitled, an act to authorise Martha Prater to emancipate certain slaves therein named; which was carried.  The question was then put, shall the bill pass? and decided in the negative.

A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Tunstall, their assistant clerk: Mr. President, The House have appointed a committee on their part, consisting of Messrs. Creagh, Perkins, and Martin, to act with the committee of conference on the part of the Senate, to arrange the difference existing between the two Houses on the bill entitled, an act to alter the 3d, 4th, and 5th judicial circuits, and fix the times of holding the courts therein.  They concur in the report of the committee of conference on the bill entitled, an act to raise a revenue until otherwise provided by law.

A message was received from the House of Representatives by Mr. Murray, informing the Senate that they recede from their amendments to the bill entitled, act for the relief of Thomas B. Tunstall.

On motion, ordered, that the Senate concur in the amendment made by the House of Representatives to the resolution to ascertain the mode of voting most acceptable to the people; and that the Secretary inform the House thereof.

Mr. Casey offered the following resolution: Resolved, that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire whether the notes of the Huntsville Bank, under the existing laws, are not receivable in taxes for 1825, and if so to introduce a bill declaring on what terms they may be received, and that the committee have leave to sit while the House is in session: which was adopted.

A resolution from the House of Representatives entitled, a resolution of thanks to James Monroe, president of the United States, was read the 1st time & the rule being dispensed with, was read a 2d & 3d time, and passed unanimously.  Ordered that the same be returned to the House of Representatives.

Mr. Moore from the committee on enrolled bills, Reported as correctly enrolled, An act to repeal so much of an act requires persons to swear that they will not retail spirituous liquors to Indians; An act to repeal in part an act entitled an act to regulate the proceedings in the courts of law and equity in this state, passed Dec. 14, 1819; An act to establish an additional election precinct in the court of Lawrence; An act for the better organization of the militia of this state; An act to amend an act entitled an act to incorporate the trustees of the Claiborne academy; An act to authorise the county court of Bibb county to appoint some person to transcribe certain records of said court and for other purposes; An act to confirm the title of sundry purchasers of lands old by the trustees of the University of Alabama, and for other purposes; An act to compensate James Pugh for carrying the returns f the election for brigadier general from Pike county to Cahawba; An act for the relief of the heirs of Matthew C. Toulmin and Elizabeth Toulmin; An act to prevent the commission of trespass on the lands vested in the trustees of the university of Alabama, and for other purposes; An act relative to the securities of judges of the county courts; An act to authorise the citizens of Florence to raise a sum of money to procure water for the use of said town; An act for the better regulation of free persons of color within the counties of Mobile and Baldwin; An act concerning the apportionment of hands liable to work on public road in the county of Baldwin; An act to amend the first section of an act entitled an act amendatory of the laws now in force for the relief of insolvent of debtors passed June 15, 1821; And an act making an appropriation for Thomas B. Childress.  All of which were signed by Mr. President.


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Mr. Hopkins from the judiciary committee to which was referred a resolution of the Senate, reported, a resolution explanatory of an act entitled an act for the relief of the people of the state of Alabama, which was read the first time and the rule being dispensed with, it was read the 2d and 3d time and passed.  Ordered that the same be sent to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

A message from his excellency the Governor, by James I. Thornton, Secretary of State, which is as follows:

Board of Trustees of the University of the State of Alabama,

December 24, 1824.

Gentlemen of the Senate and House of Representatives,

The board of trustees respectfully submit herewith their annual report, of the finances of the institution.

By order of the Board,

ISRAEL PICKENS, President.

Ordered, that the communication lie on the table.

Mr. Sullivan from the committee of conference respecting the amendments made by the Senate to the bill entitled, an act to alter the 3d, 4th and 5th judicial circuits, and fix the time of holding courts thereon, reported that said committee recommend to the Senate to recede form their amendment to the 2d section of the bill, and that they recommend the adoption of an additional section to the bill to come up to the said 2d section; which was agreed to.  Ordered that the House be informed thereof.

And then the Senate adjourned till 3 o'clock.

Evening Session.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Murray, their clerk: Mr. President, The House of Representatives disagree to the amendments made by your honorable body to the bill entitled, an act to make appropriations for certain claims against the state, by striking out of said bill the 37th, 40th, and 44th section thereof.  They agree to the other amendments made by your honorable body to said bill.

They have read three times and passed a bill originating in your honorable body, entitled, an act to amend the attachment laws of this state.

They have read three times and passed a resolution originating in your honorable body, explanatory of an act for the relief of the people of the state of Alabama.

The House of Representatives concur in the report of the committee of conference appointed on the subject of disagreement between the two Houses in relation to the amendments made by the Senate to the bill entitled, an act to alter the 3d, 4th and 5th judicial circuits and fix the time of holding the courts therein.

On motion of Mr. McCamy, Ordered, that Mr. Murphy have leave of absence for the remainder of the session.

On motion of Mr. Powell, Ordered that the Senate insist on their amendments to the bill entitled, an act making appropriation for certain claims against the state, by striking out the 37th, 40th and 44th sections thereof.

Ordered, that Messrs. Casey and Powell be appointed a committee on the part of the Senate, to confer with such committee as may be ap-


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pointed on the part of the House of Representatives, on the subject of the disagreement in relation to said amendment.

Mr. Moore from the committee on enrolled bills, reported as correctly enrolled, a resolution to ascertain the mode of voting most acceptable to the people; An act to amend the attachment laws of this state; An act for the relief of Thomas B. Tunstall; Joint resolution authorising the door keeper of the Senate to take charge of the public furniture; Memorial to the Congress of the United States relating to the sale of relinquished lands; An act concerning the African slaves lately ordered by the district court of the United States in this state to be sold, and for other purposes; Memorial of the Legislature of the State of Alabama on the subject of the claims of Colonel Samuel Dale; Resolution of thanks to JAMES MONROE, president of the united States; An act concerning the revenue of Mobile county; an act to emancipate the mulatto girl Margaret, the slave of James Johnston; An act authorising the administrators of Nathaniel Henderson, deceased, to sell real estate; An act making appropriations for the year 1825, all of which were signed by Mr. President.  an act to regulate pleadings at common law; An act to repeal in part an amend an act, entitled an act to raise a revenue for the support of government, until otherwise provided for by law, passed Dec. 27, 1822.

On motion of Mr. McVay, Resolved, that there be a committee of three members appointed on the part of the Senate, to act jointly with such committee as may be appointed on the part of the House of Representatives, to inform his excellency the Governor that the Legislature will have finished the business before them, and will be ready to adjourn sine die this evening, by six o'clock, at his excellency has no further communication to make; whereupon, Messrs. McVay, Casey, and Devereux, were appointed a committee on the part of the Senate. Ordered, that the secretary acquaint the House therewith.

Message by Mr. Morton from the House of Representatives: Mr. President, The House of Representatives concur in the appointment of the committee of conference on the disagreement between the two Houses on the amendments made to the bill entitled an act making appropriations for certain claims against the state, and have appointed on their part Messrs. Moore of Jackson, Morton, and Tindall.  They concur in the resolution of your honorable body, proposing to appoint a joint committee to wait on the Governor and inform him that the two Houses will have completed the business before them and will be ready to adjourn by 3 o'clock this evening, if he has no further communication to make, and have appointed on their part Messrs. Farrar, Rather, and Miller.

Mr. McVay, from the joint committee appointed to wait on the Governor and inform his that the two Houses will have completed the business before them and be ready to adjourn by 6 o'clock this evening, if he has no further communication to make - Reported that the committee had performed the duty assigned them, and received for answer from his excellency that he had no further communication to make, unless something should occur before the adjournment, which might render a communication necessary.

Mr. Casey from the committee of conference, appointed on the subject of the disagreement between the two Houses in relation to the amendments made by the Senate to the bill entitled an act making appropriations for certain claims against this state, reported an amendment which the committee recommend to the two Houses to make to the bill, which was agreed to.

Mr. Moore, fro the committee on enrolled bills, reported as correctly enrolled, An act to provide for the payment of petit jurors in the counties therein named; An act to raise a revenue for the support of government until otherwise


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ordered by law; An act giving a lien on vessels in certain cases; and an act to alter the third, fourth, and fifty judicial circuits, and fix the time of holding courts therein, all of which were accordingly singed by Mr. President.

Message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Murray, their clerk: Mr. President, the House of Representatives concur in the report of the committee of conference on the disagreement between the two Houses on the bill entitled an act making appropriations for certain claims against the state.

Mr. Moore from the committee on enrolled bills, reported as duly enrolled, An act making appropriations for certain claims against the state, which was accordingly signed by Mr. President.

Message from the Governor, by Mr. J. M. Thornton, Secretary of State: Mr. President, the Governor has this day approved and signed the following acts which originated in your House; An act for the relief of Thomas B. Tunstall: Memorial of the Legislature of the State of Alabama, on the subject of the claims of Col. Saml. Dale; Resolution to ascertain the mode of voting most acceptable to the people; An act to amend the attachment laws of this state; Joint resolution authorising the door keeper of the Senate to take charge of the public furniture; Resolution explanatory of an act for the relief of the people of the State of Alabama; An act concerning the African slaves lately ordered by the district court of the United States in this State to be sold, and for other purposes: Memorial to the Congress of the United States respecting the sale of relinquished lands.

Mr. McVay having taken the chair, on motion of Mr. Bibb, the following resolution was unanimously adopted: Resolved unanimously, that the members of the Senate duly appreciate the ability, zeal, and impartiality with which the Hon. Nicholas Davis, for the last three session of the General Assembly of this state has performed the arduous duties of President of the Senate, and that they take peculiar pleasure in thus publicly expressing their thanks for the same:

Mr. President having resumed the chair, addressed the Senate as follows:

Gentlemen- Permit me to return my thanks to this honorable body for the approbation they have just expressed of the manner in which I have performed the duties of the chair.

Nothing can be more gratifying to me than to have discharged the arduous duties of a station which your partiality assigned me, in a way somewhat commensurate with your expectations.

I shall ever remember with gratitude the many manifestations of regard which this body have been pleased to bestow upon me, and suffer me to assure you that if affords me much pleasure to testify upon this, as it will on all further occasions to the zeal and ability with which you have performed the important duties assigned to you by your constituents.

I feel emotions on separating from you, gentlemen, much stronger than on any former occasion.  Many of you have been associated with me in public life since the commencement of our state government; this session terminates the 2d Senatorial term of service and we may never again meet in this world.  May the rewards due to virtue and patriotism await your return to your constituents.

On motion of Mr. Powell the following resolution was unanimously adopted and ordered to be spread on the journals:

Resolved unanimously, that Francis S. Lyon, Esq. secretary of the Senate, is entitled to the highest consideration of respect and esteem from the members of the Senate for the ability, fidelity, and zeal, with


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which he has discharged the arduous duties of his office during the last three session of the legislature; and that the services of David H. Burke, Esq. the assistant clerk, are duly appreciated and not less regarded by the Senate.

On motion of Mr. Sullivan, Resolved, that a message be sent to the House of Representatives informing them that the Senate having completed the business before the, are ready to adjourn sine die.

On motion of Mr. McVay, the President adjourned the Senate without day.

NICHOLAS DAVIS,

ATTEST,                                                                                                                                                                                                President of the Senate.

F. S. LYON,

Secretary of the Senate.