Thursday, December 9, 1824.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Murphy presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Green and Marengo counties praying that an appropriation may be made for building a bridge over the Big Prairie creek on the state road; which was read and ordered to be referred to the committee on roads, bridges and ferries, to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Casey presented the petition of sundry citizens of Dallas county, praying an alteration of an election precincts in said county, which was ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Hopkins from the judiciary committee, Reported in pursuance of an order of the Senate, a bill to be entitled an act to give to the people of the state the election of tax-collectors, which was read the 1st time.  Ordered that said bill be made the order of the day for a 2d reading on tomorrow.

Mr. Murphy from the committee on the state Bank, to which was referred the Governor's message on that subject, Reported a bill to be entitled an act to provide for the payment of interest on the loan obtained for the use of the state, which was read the 1st time.  Ordered that said bill be made the order of the day for a 2d reading tomorrow.

On motion of Mr. Powell, Ordered that Mr. McVay be added to the committee on accounts and claims.

Mr. Powell obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to establish regular justices' courts in this state, passed Dec. 30, 1823, which was read the 1st time, and ordered to be read the 2d time tomorrow.

 Mr. McVay offered the following Resolution: Whereas the 23d section of the 3d article of the constitution provides that bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; and whereas the Senate believe it not only practicable but sound policy at this time to reduce the taxes of this state, Therefore be it Resolved that it is the wish of the Senate, that the House of Representatives would, in the course of the present session, originate and pass a bill, having for its object a reduction of the state tax, in order that the Senate may have an opportunity of acting on the same, and that the House of Representatives be informed of this Resolution, which was adopted.

Mr. Moore offered the following Resolution; Resolved that the comptroller of public accounts cause to laid before this House a consolidated return of the respective objects of taxation embraced in the revenue bill for the present year, together with a return of the amount derived from each object in the several counties in this state, which was adopted.

Mr. Conner called up the bill to be entitled an act, to amend an act entitled an at to amend an act to establish a public road from Ditto's landing to Marston Meads.  Ordered, that said bill be referred to a special committee, consisting of Messrs. Crabb, Moore, and Shackleford, to consider and report thereon.  Mr. Moore from the committee


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on enrolled bills, reported as correctly enrolled, an act to establish a certain county therein named, and for other purposes; which was accordingly signed by Mr. President.

Bills from the house of Representatives of the following titles, to wit: An act to authorise the representatives of Malachi Gould, deceased, to sell certain real estate; and for other purposes; Joint resolution authorising the comptroller of public accounts to issue his warrant in favor of Edward Herndon, for services as assistant adjutant general; An act the better to provide for the punishment of escapes; An act concerning the issuing and executing original process by justices of th peace; An act providing for an extra term of the circuit court of Mobile and Baldwin counties; and An act to provide for compensating the electors for president and vice-president of the United States, were severally read the third time and passed.  Ordered, that the secretary acquaint the House therewith.

A bill to be entitled an act to change the mode of appointing assessors and tax collectors; was read the 2d time, and ordered to lie on the table.

A bill to be entitled an act to exempt the citizens of the town of Marion in Perry county for working on roads beyond the limits of said town; was read the 2d time, amended and ordered to be read a 3d time on tomorrow.

Mr. Moore moved that the bill to be entitled an act to apportion the representatives among the several counties of this state, and to divide the state into senatorial districts according to the late censes, be now taken up, which was carried.  Ordered, that said bill be committed to a committee of the whole House and made the order of the day for tomorrow.

A bill to be entitled an at to regulate the sale of slaves by constables; was read the 3d time and amended by way of rider and passed. Ordered, that the secretary acquaint the House therewith.

A bill to be entitled an act to repeal in part an act to establish certain counties therein named, and for other purposes, was read the 2d time.  Mr. McCamy offered the following amendment to said bill. Sec.  And be it further enacted, That the county treasurer of said bounty of Decatur hereby abolished, shall pay over all moneys in his hands belonging to said county, to the county treasurer of Jackson county, and transfer all papers relative to the office of treasurer in Decatur county to the treasury of the county of Jackson.  Sec.  And be it further enacted, That all election precincts in said county of Decatur abolished by this act, shall be and remain election precincts for the county of Jackson, and an additional election precinct is hereby established at the house of Jesse Williams on paint rock river.  Sec. Be it further enacted, That all claims against the county treasury of Decatur county shall be valid and paid out of the county treasury of Jackson county, under the same rules and regulations as other claims of Jackson county, against the county treasury, which was adopted.  Ordered, that said bill be made the order of the day for a 3d reading tomorrow.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act to declare beaver creek in Wilcox county a public highway, was read the 3d time; Mr. Coats offered the following amendment to said bill by way of rider, 'Provid-


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ed that nothing in this act shall be son construed as to prevent any person from building mills or other waters-works on said creek, who may own land, or may hereafter own land on the creek aforesaid, which was read three several times and adopted.  The bill was then passed. Ordered that the title be as aforesaid, and that it be sent to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

Engrossed bills of the following titles, to wit: an act to authorise the county treasurer of St. Clair county to pay a certain sum of money therein named to Arnold Thomason and Austin Hood; An act to provide for the opening and keeping in repair a certain road therein described; and An act to authorise executors, &c. to relinquish lands under the act of Congress of the 18th May, 1824, were severally read the 3d time and passed.  Ordered, that the titles of said bill be as aforesaid, and that the same be sent to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

A bill to be entitled an act supplementary to an act, passed Nov. 18th, 1818, entitled an act for the government of gin holders, and for other purposes; was read the 2d time, and ordered to lie on the table.

A bill to be entitled an at to amend an act entitled an act concerning strays; was read the 2d time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading on tomorrow.

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