Thursday, November 18, 1824.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Moore presented the petition of Abraham Grayson and others


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praying the passage of a law emancipating a negro; which was read and referred to a special committee, consisting of Messrs. Moore and Powell.

Mr. Metcalfe presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Tuscaloosa and Marion counties, praying the establishment of a new county; which was read and referred to the committee on county boundaries.

Mr. Crabb offered the following resolution:  Resolved, that the President assign to William B. Allen and Thomas P. Lumpkin, a seat within the bar of the Senate, for the purpose of reporting the proceedings thereof; which was adopted.

On motion of Mr. Conner, Ordered, that Mr. Powell be added to the committee on county boundaries.

The Senate, according to order,  resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the Governor's message, Mr. Smith in the chair, and after some time spent in the consideration thereof the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Smith reported that the committee of the whole had had His Excellency the Governor's message and the subjects therein contained, under consideration and beg leave to propose the adoption of the following resolutions, all of which were severally read and adopted:

Resolved, that so much of the Governor's message as relates to General La Fayette, be referred to a special committee; whereupon Messrs. Murphy, Powell and Bibb were appointed said committee.

Resolved, that so much of the Governor's message as relates to the University and the investment of the University fund, be referred to the committee on schools and colleges, and school and college lands.

Resolved, that so much of the Governor's message as relates to escheats, be referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Resolved, that so much of the Governor's message as relates to the Judges of the County Courts, and to executors and administrators, be referred to the judiciary committee.

Resolved, that so much of the Governor's message as relates to vacancies in the office of Sheriff, be referred to the judiciary committee.

Resolved, that so much of the Governor's message as relates to a revision of the laws, be referred to the judiciary committee.

Resolved, that so much of the Governor's message as relates to the doctrine of special pleading and of amendment in pleadings, be referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Resolved, that so much of the Governor's message as relates to the safe keeping of criminals, be referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Resolved, that so much of the Governor's message as relates to the African slaves, be referred to a special committee; whereupon Messrs. Hopkins, Sullivan and Shackleford were appointed.

Resolved, that so much of the Governor's message as relates to the divisional line between this state and the state of Georgia, be referred to a special committee; whereupon Messrs. Bibb, Devereux and Casey were appointed said committee.

Resolved, that so much of the Governor's message as relates a resolution of the legislature of the state of Georgia, proposing an amendment to the constitution of the United States, be referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Resolved, that so much of the Governor's message as relates to a re-


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solution of the legislature of the State of Ohio, in relation to a system of emancipation and colonization of slaves, be referred to a select committee, whereupon Messrs. Powell, Moore and McVay were appointed said committee.

Resolved that so much of the Governor's message as relates to the census and apportionment of Representatives and Senators, be referred to the committee already appointed on that subject.

Resolved that so much of the Governor's message as relates to vacant offices, be referred to a special committee; whereupon Messrs. Murphy, Wood and Taggert were appointed said committee.

The following communication in writing, was received from the Governor, by J. J. Pleasants, Esq. secretary of state:

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, November 18th, 1824.

Gentlemen of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives.

I have the honor herewith to lay before you the Report of the President and Directors of the Bank of the State of Alabama.

In my former communication I deferred making any remarks in regard to the condition of the Militia, until the state of the returns were ascertained from the Adjutant General, whose office is remote.

In returning the strength and condition of the militia for the present year a general failure has taken place, and the returns for last year are yet incomplete. Orders have been given for correction of these omissions, this effect of which will depend on the energy with which they are executed.

In times of peace this part of the duty of militia officers is much the most important they are required to perform; this being the data from which our annual quota of arms from the national appropriation, are to be estimated. The law of last session, with a view of multiplying the chances of punctuality in the returns, in addition to the requirement of previous laws, by which returns were to be made through the commanders of Brigades and Divisions to the Adjutant General, made it moreover the duty of the regimental commanders to make returns direct to that officer. A more complete failure has been the result.

The law of 1822 intended as its title imports, to embody in one act all the militia laws extant, has no repealing clause; by reason of which defect it is rendered more doubtful than before what previous laws are in force, and what are virtually repealed.

In such revision of these laws as you may deem it proper to make, a provision enforcing the duty of punctual returns deserves a conspicuous place. A given day should be set within which the commanders of divisions should be possessed of the returns for their several commands, and these should be in the Adjutant General's office by the annual meeting of the General Assembly.

I am your most ob't,

ISRAEL PICKENS.

On motion, Ordered that so much of said message as relates to the State Bank, together with the accompanying report of the President and Directors of said Bank, be referred to the committee on the State Bank, and that 200 copies of the message and report be printed for the use of the Senate.

Mr. Moore offered the following resolution:  Resolved that a committee be appointed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a branch of the Bank of the state of Alabama, at the town of Huntsville, or some other place in the Tennessee Valley, with leave to report by


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bill or otherwise; which was adopted: whereupon Messrs. Moore, Hopkins and Murphy were appointed said committee.

Mr. Bibb offered the following resolution: Resolved that a committee be appointed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a branch of the State Bank at the town of Montgomery; which was rejected.

On motion of Mr. Crabb, Ordered that Mr. Powell be added to the committee on the apportionment.

Mr. Powell offered the following resolution: Resolved that the Judiciary committee be instructed to examine the law by which divorces are granted in this state, and report a bill having for is object an amendment of the same, by which the facilities of obtaining the same, may be measurably removed, if the same should be necessary, which was adopted.

Mr. Taggert obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to extend the time of payment of part of the public revenue of Washington county; which was read the first time, and ordered to be read the second time on tomorrow.

Mr. Bibb obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act the more effectually to obtain the testimony of witnesses by interrogatories, and to remedy the inconvenience of their being called to distant counties for the purpose of giving testimony; which was read, and ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Casey offered the following resolution: Resolved that a joint committee be appointed to examine into the state of the public arms and arsenal of this state, which was adopted: whereupon Messrs. Casey and Shackleford were appointed a committee on the part of the Senate. Ordered that the Secretary inform the House thereof and desire their concurrence.

A bill to be entitled an act to restrain disorderly tippling houses, was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading on tomorrow.

Mr. Moore offered the following resolution;

Resolved that his excellency the Governor be requested to communicate to the Senate such information as may be in his possession, (not inconsistent with the public interest,) in relation to the settlement of accounts between this state and the state of Mississippi, which was adopted. And the Senate adjourned till tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock.