Monday, November 22, 1824.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Powell presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of the town of Tuscaloosa, praying that the said town may be incorporated under the style of "the city of Tuscaloosa," which was read, and ordered to be referred to a special committee: whereupon Messrs. Powell, Moore and Metcalfe were appointed said committee.

Mr. McVay offered the following resolution: Resolved that the committee on the judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency of repealing the 2nd and 3rd sections of an act, entitled an act to regulate the rate of interest, passed the 17th day of Dec. 1819, with leave to report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Casey moved that said resolution lie on the table for the present which was lost. The question was then put on the adoption of said resolution and determined in the affirmative.

A message from the house of representatives, by Mr. Dodson, their clerk: Mr. President, the house of representatives have read three times and passed, a bill entitled an act, for the relief of Abel Pennington; in which they desire your concurrence.

Mr. Bibb obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act regulating Sheriffs, which was read the first time, and ordered to be read the second time on tomorrow.

Mr. Casey offered the following resolution: Resolved that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of so altering the laws now in force, that hereafter when a vacancy occurs in any captain's beat in this state, of a justice of the peace or constable, that the clerk of the county court, instead of the captain of the company, shall give notice of such vacancy, order an election and appoint managers to hold said election, which was adopted.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act to prevent the abatement of suits at common law; and an act to authorise the emancipation of a certain slave therein named, were severally read the third time and passed. Ordered, that the words "engrossed bill to be entitled" be stricken out of the caption of said bills, and that they be sent to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

A bill to be entitled an act amendatory to the several acts in relation to roads, bridges, and ferries, was read the second time. Ordered, that the said bill be referred to the committee on roads, bridges and ferries, to consider and report thereon.

A bill from the house of representatives entitled an act for the relief of Abel Pennington was read the first time, and ordered to be read the second time on tomorrow.

Mr. Sullivan offered the following resolution: Resolved that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of allowing parties in civil suits to obtain subpoenas from the clerk's office, and serve them on the witnesses by either of the parties themselves, and that in no case shall a forfeiture be taken unless the party moving


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the court of such forfeiture make affidavit of the services of subpoena on the witness against whom a forfeiture is prayed; which was adopted.

Mr. McCamy obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to give justices of the peace jurisdiction of breaches of the peace and affrays which was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time on tomorrow.

Mr. Coats offered the following resolution: Resolved that the committee on propositions and grievances be instructed to enquire into the expediency of so amending the revenue laws as to exempt from taxation any slaves over ten years old, which by any accident are rendered incapable of service, and eventually an expence to the owner, and report thereon; which was adopted.

Mr. Shackleford offered the following resolution: Resolved that a committee be appointed to examine into the equity and justice of the claims of Col. Samuel Dale, with a view of obtaining relief from the General Government, which was adopted: whereupon Messrs. Shackleford, Murphy and Moore were appointed said committee.

Mr. Powell offered the following resolution: Resolved that the judiciary committee be instructed to enquire into the expediency of proposing to the people an amendment to the constitution, providing that the permanent appointment of Judges shall be suspended until the year 1835, and that the legislature be authorized to make provision for temporary appointments in the mean time, and make a report thereon, which was adopted.

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