Friday, 3d Dec. 1824.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Casey from the committee on roads, bridges and ferries, report-


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ed a bill to be entitled an act to alter the time of appointing overseers of roads, which was read the 1st time, and ordered to be read the 2d time on tomorrow.

Mr. Wood, who voted on the successful side, moved to reconsider the vote of the Senate on passage of a bill to be entitled an act divorcing Sarah R. Swansey from James N. Swansey, which was carried.

The question was then put, shall the bill pass? and decided in the negative -- Yeas 11, Nays 6.

The yeas and nays being required, those who voted in the affirmative, are, Mr. President, Coats, Conner, Crabb, Devereux, Hopkins, McCamy, Moore, Powell, Smith, Sullivan- 11.

Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Bibb, Casey, Metcalfe, Murphy, McVay, Wood- 6. So the bill was rejected, a majority of two thirds being necessary to pass it.

A message from the Governor by J. I. Thornton, esq. secretary of state; Mr. President, I am directed by Governor to inform you, that he did on the 2d inst. approve and sign, An act to prevent the abatement of suits at common law, which originated in this honorable body.

Mr. Moore from the committee on enrolled bills, reported as correctly enrolled, An act to repeal in part and amend an act to authorise David Peobles to continue a toll-bridge over the Escambia creek in the county of Conecuh; Resolution in relation unsettled land claims below the 31st degree of north latitude and pre-emption rights; An act to repeal part of the 9th section of an act entitled an act to regulate proceedings in chancery suits, passed Jan. 1, 1823; An act for the relief of Abel Pennington; 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. 23d, 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; all of which were accordingly signed by Mr. President.

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 Cahawba, was read the 2d time. Ordered, that said bill be referred to the select committee, which reported it, to consider & report thereon.

A bill to be entitled an act to regulate the sale of slave by constables 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 to establish a state road leading from the city of Mobile to the Mississippi state line, was read a 3d time.   Mr. Powell moved to consider the vote of the Senate on ordering said bill to a 3d reading, which was carried.   Mr. Moore moved to reconsider the vote of the Senate on the adoption of Mr. Devereux's amendment to said bill, which was carried.   Mr. Moore then offered an amendment to said bill providing that the expense of laying off said road shall be paid out of the county treasury of Mobile county, which was adopted. The rule requiring all bills to be read on three several days being dispensed with, said bill was read the 3d time, as amended and passed.

Ordered that the secretary acquaint the house of representatives therewith.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act to alter the time of holding the county court of Tuscaloosa county, was read the 3d time: Mr. Coats offered an amendment to said bill, by way of rider, altering the


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time of holding the county courts in Greene county to the first Mondays in June and December,  which was read three several times and adopted. Mr. Conner offered an amendment to said bill by way of rider, altering the time of holding the court of commissioners of roads and revenue in St. Clair county, to the 2d instead of the 1st Monday in August in each and every year, which was read three several times and adopted: the bill was then passed.  Ordered, that the title be, an act to alter the time of holding the county courts in the counties Tuscaloosa, Greene and St. Clair.  Ordered that said bill be sent to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act for the relief of George A. Glover assessor and tax collector of Lawrence county in the year 1823; and an act for rendering the decision of civil causes more speedy and less expensive than heretofore, were severally read the 3d time and passed. Ordered that the titles of said bills be as aforesaid, and that they be sent to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

A bill to be entitled an act to alter and amend an act to authorise the judge of the county court of Mobile county to appoint a public weigher in the city of Mobile, was read the 2d time, and ordered to be referred to a special committee, consisting of Messrs. Taggert, Murphy and Moore to consider and report thereon.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act the more effectually to ensure 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, was read the 3d time and passed - Yeas 12, Nays 7.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative are, Mr. President, Bibb, Casey, Coats, Conner, Devereux, Hopkins, Metcalfe, Moore, Shackleford, Smith, Taggert- 12.

Those who voted in the negative, are, Messrs. Crabb, McCamy, Murphy, McVay, Powell, Sullivan, Wood- 7. So the bill was passed.

Ordered that the title be, an act more effectually to ensure the testimony of absent witnesses by interrogatories. Mr. Sullivan moved to insert the words, in suits on contracts  after the word interrogatories, which was lost. Ordered that the bill be sent to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act for the emancipation of slaves George and Sarah, was read the 3d time and passed. Ordered that the title of said bill be as aforesaid and that it be sent to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

A bill to be entitled an act declaring Flint river in Morgan county a public highway, was read the 3d time and passed. Ordered that the secretary acquaint the House of Representatives therewith.

An engrossed bill to be entitled, an act to authorise judges of the county courts to practice law out of the counties in which they may reside, was read the 3d time and passed. Ordered that the title be as aforesaid, and that the same be sent to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

A bill to be entitled an act to provide for the opening and keeping in repair a certain road therein described, was read the 2d time, and laid on the table.

  A bill to be entitled an act concerning public roads in the county of Montgomery: and an act pointing out the manner by which the streets


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in the town of Greensborough shall be opened and kept in good order were severally read the 2d time, and ordered to be engrossed for a 3d reading on tomorrow.

A bill to be entitled an act more effectually to guard the public funds of the several counties in this state, was read the 2d time, and ordered to be referred to the committee on the judiciary to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Wood obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to retrench the expenses of this state, and for other purposes, which was read the 1st time and ordered to be read the 2d time on tomorrow.

Mr. Bibb obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act authorising executors, &c. to relinquish lands under the act of Congress of the 18th May 1824; which was read the 1st time and ordered to be read the 2d time tomorrow.

On motion of Mr. Taggert, Ordered that Messrs. Murphy and Casey be added to the committee appointed on so much of the Governor's annual communication as relates to African slaves.

Mr. Shackleford form the special committee to which was referred the 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 Cahawba, reported the same as amended, which was concurred in.

Mr. Moore offered the following amendment to said bill, Provided that this act shall not be so construed as to remit any interest but such as may accrue after the first Monday in December 1824, which was adopted: On motion the rule which requires all bills to be read on three several days was dispensed with, and said bill was considered as engrossed and read a 3d time forthwith and passed- Yeas 15, Nays 4.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative are, Mr. President, Bibb, Casey, Coats, Conner, Devereux, Hopkins, Moore, Murphy, Powell, Shackleford, Smith, Sullivan, Taggert, Wood- 15.

Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Crabb, McCamy, Metcalfe, McVay- 4.

So the bill was passed.  Ordered, that the title be as aforesaid, and that the said bill be sent to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

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