Friday, November 19, 1824.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Coats presented the petition of John C. Dunn captain of the Greensborough artillery company praying an alteration in the militia laws, and that his company may be incorporated, which was read, and ordered to be referred to the military committee.

Mr. Casey presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Dallas county, praying an alteration in the laws regulating the elections of tax collectors, assessors, county surveyors and county treasurers, which was read and referred to special committee, consisting of Messrs. Casey, Murphy and Crabb.

Mr. Hopkins from the judiciary committee, to whom was referred so much of the Governor's message as relates to a revision of the laws reported the following resolution: Resolved that it is unnecessary at this time to provide for obtaining any assistance in preparing amendments to the judiciary system to be reported to the legislature at the


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next session: Mr. Hopkins moved that the Senate concur in said resolution.

On motion of Mr. Casey, Ordered that said resolution lie on the table for the present.

Mr. Hopkins from the same committee to which was referred so much of the Governor's message as relates to the doctrine of special pleadings, reported the following resolution, Resolved that it is unnecessary to make any change in the system of special pleadings.

Mr. Hopkins moved that the Senate concur in said report.

On motion of Mr. Moore, ordered that the resolution lie on the table for the present.

On motion of Mr. Connor, ordered that Mr. Metcalfe be added to the committee on county boundaries.

Mr. Shackleford offered the following resolution: Resolved that the military committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of furnishing all the militia officers in this state, with one copy of Scott's abridgement of military discipline, and that they have leave to report by bill or otherwise; which was adopted.

Mr. Sullivan obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to prevent the abatement of suits at common law; which was read and ordered to be read a second time on tomorrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to 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 second time, and ordered to be referred to the committee on the judiciary.

A bill to be entitled an act, to extend the time of payment of part of the public revenue of Washington county, was read the second time and ordered to lie on the table.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act to restrain disorderly tippling houses, was read the third time and passed. Ordered that the title be an act to restrain disorderly tippling houses, and that the same be sent to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

Mr. Moore from the special committee to which was referred the petition of Abraham Grayson and others, reported a bill to be entitled an act to authorize the emancipation of a certain slave therein named, which was read, and ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. McVay offered the following resolution: Resolved that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of requiring all persons who may commence suits sounding in damages, in any court of this state, to give to the clerk of the court in which the suit is instituted, sufficient security for the costs of the same before the writ shall issue, and report by bill or otherwise: which was adopted.

Mr. Powell offered the following resolution: Resolved that a special committee be appointed to examine the condition of the state Treasury, to compare the accounts and vouchers of the Treasurer and Comptroller, and make a report thereon; which was ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. McCamy offered the following resolution: Resolved that the judiciary committee be instructed to enquire into the propriety of amending the present law concerning please, so as to compel defendants to make affidavits of the truth of their pleas, or the court to go on to

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try the cause at the return term, with leave to report by bill or otherwise: which was adopted.

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