Thursday, November 25, 1824.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Sullivan presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Perry county, praying the enactment of a law the more effectually to prevent the fraudulent transfers of property, which was read, and ordered to be referred to the committee on the judiciary to consider and report there on.

Mr. Wood from the military committee to which was referred a resolution of the Senate, made the following report: The military committee to which was referred a resolution of the Senate instructing them to enquire into the expediency of furnishing all the militia officers in this state, with one copy each of Scott's abridgment of military discipline, have had the same under consideration and beg leave to report, that it would not at this time be prudent to incur so great an expence.

            (Signed)                       J. WOOD, Chairman, which report was concurred in.

Mr. Hopkins from the judiciary committee to which was referred a resolution of the Senate on the subject of divorce, reported a bill to be entitled an act amendatory to an act concerning divorce, passed Dec. 21, 1820; which was read the first time, and ordered to be read the second time on tomorrow.

Mr. Wood obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to retrench county expenses; which was read, and ordered to be read the second time on tomorrow.

Mr. McVay offered the following resolution: Resolved that the committee on propositions and grievances be instructed to inquire into the expediency of reducing the pay of the present members of the General Assembly, and those that hereafter may be elected, with leave to report by bill or otherwise, which was rejected- Yeas 5- Nays 13.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative, are

 Mr. Conner  Crabb  Hopkins  McVay  Sullivan-5

Those who voted in the negative, are

 Mr. President  Coats  Metcalfe  Powell  Wood-13
 Bibb  Devereux  Moore  Shakleford  
 Casey  McCamy  Murphy  Taggert  

So the resolution was rejected.

Mr. Wood offered the following resolution: Resolved that the committee on the judiciary be instructed to enquire into the expediency of reducing the pay of the present members of the General Assembly, and those that hereafter may be elected, with leave to report by bill or otherwise, which was rejected.


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Mr. Powell moved that the reference be made to a special committee, which was lost.

Mr. Hopkins who voted in the affirmative on the question to adopt the resolution offered by Mr. Wood, moved to reconsider the vote of the Senate by which said resolution was rejected, which was carried

The question was then put on the adoption of said resolution and determined in the negative; yeas 8  nays 10.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative, are

 Mr. Casey  Conner  Murphy  Shackleford  Wood-8
 Coats  McCamy  McVay    

Those who voted in the negative, are

 Mr. President  Crabb  Hopkins  Moore  Sullivan
 Bibb  Devereux  Metcalfe  Powell  Taggert-10

so the resolution was rejected.

Mr. Shackleford presented the petition of sundry purchasers of lots in Cahawba, praying to be authorized to relinquish a part of said lots and apply the money paid to the complete payment of part of the said lots so purchased, which was read and Ordered to be referred to a special committee consisting of Messrs. Shackleford, Murphy, and Casey.

Mr. McCamy obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to prevent judges of the county court from issuing warrants in civil cases, which was read the first time and Ordered to be read the second time on tomorrow.

Mr. McVay offered the following resolution: Resolved that so much of the Governor's message of the 18th instant as relates to the militia law and officers, be referred to the military committee, with leave to report by bill or otherwise; which was adopted.

Mr. Crabb called up the report the judiciary committee which was laid on the table yesterday, on the bill entitled, an act to repeal an act, entitled an act to establish regular justices courts in this state, passed 30th December 1823.

Mr. Bibb, moved that the Senate concur in said report, which was determined in the affirmative; yeas 10-  nays 9.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative, are

 Mr. Bibb  Conner  Metcalfe  Shackleford  Sullivan
 Casey  Devereux  Powell  Smith  Wood-10

Those who voted in the negative, are

 Mr. President  Crabb  McCamy  Murphy  Taggert-9
 Coats  Hopkins  Moore  McVay  

so the report was concurred in.

Mr. Wood called up the bill to be entitled an act to retrench expenses: Mr. Moore offered the following amendment to said bill, And be it further enacted that the present members of the General Assembly and all members which may hereafter be elected, shall receive the following compensation, to wit: The President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives, each ___ dollars per day, and each member of the General Assembly shall receive three dollars per day, and three dollars for every twenty miles traveling to and from the seat of government, the most usual and common route.

Mr. Shackleford moved to amend said amendment by striking out the word three where it proposes to fix the pay of the members of the General Assembly at three dollars per day, and insert in lieu thereof the word two.

Mr. Sullivan called for a division of the question and it was taken on


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striking out the word three and determined in the affirmative, yeas 12  nays 7.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative, are

Mr. Bibb

Crabb

Murphy

Metcalfe

Shackleford

Conner

Devereux

McCamy

Sullivan

Taggert-12.

Coats

Hopkins

Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. President

McVay

Powell

Smith

Wood-7.

Casey

Moore

Mr. Bibb moved that the further consideration of said bill, together with the amendment, be postponed until the first day of the next session of the legislature, which was lost; yeas 6  nays 13.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative, are

Mr. Bibb

Devereux

Shackleford

Sullivan

Taggert-6.

Coats

Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. President

Crabb

Murphy

McVay

Smith

Casey

Hopkins

Metcalfe

Powell

Wood- 13.

Conner

McCamy

Moore

so the bill was not postponed till the first day of the next session.

Mr. Casey moved that the Senate now resolve itself into a committee of the whole on said bill; which was lost.

Mr. McCamy moved that the bill, together with the amendments lie on the table till Monday next; which was decided in the negative, yeas 8  nays 11.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative, are

Mr. President

Coats

McCamy

Smith

Sullivan-8.

Bibb

Murphy

Shackleford 

Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. Casey

Devereux

Metcalfe

McVay

Taggert

Conner

Hopkins

Moore

Powell

Wood- 11.

Crabb

so the bill was not laid on the table till Monday next.

The question was then put on the adoption of the amendment, offered by Mr. Moore, as amended and determined in the affirmative, yeas 15  nays 4.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative, are

Mr. President

Coats

Devereux

Metcalfe

Powell

Bibb

Conner

Hopkins

Moore

Smith

Casey

Crabb

McCamy

McVay

Wood- 15.

Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. Murphy

Shackleford

Sullivan

Taggert- 4.

So the amendment was adopted.

Mr. Murphy moved to amend the bill by striking out the words fifteen hundred, where it proposes to fix the salary of the Governor at fifteen hundred dollars so as to leave the amount blank, which was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Murphy also moved to strike out the words twelve hundred and fifty where the bill proposes in fix the salaries of the circuit Judges at twelve hundred and fifty dollars per annum, so as to leave to amount blank, which was carried. Ordered, that said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for a third reading on tomorrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to repeal in part and amend an act entitled an act to authorize David Peobles to continue a toll-bridge over the Escambia creek in Conecuh county, was read a third time and passed. Ordered that the secretary acquaint the house therewith.


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 A bill to be entitled an act divorcing Wm. Roundtree from Sally Roundtree; an act divorcing Sarah R. Swansey from James N Swansey; an act divorcing Elizabeth Fields from John Fields, were severally read a second time. Ordered that the bills together with the accompanying documents be referred to the committee on divorce and alimony to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled an act to emancipate certain persons therein named; and an cat to repeal part of the 9th section of an act entitled an act to regulate proceedings in chancery suits, passed Jan. 1st, 1823, were severally read a second time, and ordered to be read the third time on tomorrow.

Resolutions in relation to unsettled claims below the 31st degree of north latitude, and pre-emption rights, were read the second time and Ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole, and made the order of the day for tomorrow.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act the more effectually to obtain the testimony of absent witnesses by interrogatories and to remedy the inconvenience of their being called to distant counties for the purpose of given evidence, was read the third time amended by way of rider and ordered to be recommitted to the committee on the judiciary to consider and report thereon.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act to amend an act, passed at Huntsville on the 17th Dec. 1819, to prevent the frauds and fraudulent combinations of speculators & other persons in the sales of public lands in this state, was read the third time. Mr. Powell offered an amendment to said bill, by way of rider, providing that all fines collected under the provisions of the act to which this is an amendment shall be paid into the county treasury; which was rejected.  The bill was then passed. Ordered that the title be as aforesaid, and that the same be sent to the house of representatives for their concurrence.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act making bastards capable of inheriting and transmitting inheritance on the part of their mother, was read the third time and passed. Ordered that the title be as aforesaid and that the same be sent to the house of representatives for concurrence.

A bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the town of Florence; 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, were severally read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading on tomorrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to amend an act to regulate the licensing Physicians to practise, and for other purposes therein named, passed Dec. 23d, 1823, was read the second time, and ordered to be referred to a special committee, consisting of Messrs. Casey, Moore and Shackleford to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled an act to provide for the payment of jurors in Blount and St. Clair counties, was read the second 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 county therein named, and for other purposes, was read the second time: Mr. Crabb offered


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following amendment to said bill, "And be it further enacted, that the counties of Walker and _____ shall compose a part of the middle Congressional district and the elections in said counties shall be held at the same time and conducted in the same manner as is provided for by an act to divide the state into Congressional districts for electing Representatives to Congress, passed Dec. 21, 1822, and the Sheriff of said counties shall make their returns of the election to the Sheriff of Tuscaloosa county in the same manner as provided for in said act, which was adopted. Ordered that said bill be referred to a special committee, consisting of Messrs. Wood, Conner, Bibb and Powell to consider and report thereon.

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