Friday, Nov. 26, 1824.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Wood from the military committee to which was referred a resolution on the subject reported a bill to be entitled an act to divide the 32d Regiment of the militia of this state, which was read the first time, and ordered to be read the second time on tomorrow.

Mr. Hopkins from the judiciary committee to which was referred a bill to be entitled an act regulating proceedings on penal bonds, reported the same without amendment. Ordered that said bill be engrossed for a third reading on tomorrow.

Mr. Hopkins from the same committee to which was referred a 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 giving evidence, reported the same as amended, which was concurred in. Ordered that said bill lie on the table.

Mr. Hopkins from the same committee to which was referred so much of the Governor's message as relates to the safe keeping of prisoners, reported a bill to be entitled an act more effectually to prevent the escape of prisoners committed for high crimes and misdemeanors, which was read the first time, and ordered to be read the second time on tomorrow.

Mr. Hopkins from the same committee to  which was referred a bill to be entitled an act regulating sheriffs, reported as a substitute for the one referred to them, a bill to be entitled an act regulating sheriff's sales, which was agreed to.

Mr. Coats moved to amend the bill by striking out the word fifty, in the last section thereof, where it provides that whenever a newspaper is published within fifty miles of the place where the property is sold at sheriff's sales, that thirty day's notice of the time and place of such sale shall be given by advertisement printed in such newspaper, and insert in lieu thereof the word thirty, which was carried. Ordered that said bill be engrossed for a third reading on tomorrow.

Mr. Hopkins from the same committee to which was referred a bill to be entitled an act to provide for the payment of jurors in Blount and St. Clair counties, reported the same without amendment. Ordered that the said bill lie on the table.

A message from the house of representatives by Mr. Dodson, their clerk: Mr. President, I am instructed by the house of representatives to inform your honorable body, that they have read three times and


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passed bills originating in their house, of the following titles, to wit: An act to exempt the citizens of the town of Elyton, in Jefferson county, and the town of Sommerville in Morgan county, and the town of Tuscumbia in Franklin county, from working on any road beyond the limits of said towns; An act to repeal in part and amend an act entitled an act to authorize Rebecca Fletcher to emancipate a certain slave therein named, passed Dec. 29th, 1823; An act divorcing Abraham Beadle from Letitia Beadle; An act concerning the issuing and executing of original process by justices of the peace; An act for the relief of Charles Pearson; Resolution in relation to certain objects of Internal Improvement within the state of Alabama: An act to establish the Mobile Society of Literature; and An act declaring Cotaco, in Morgan county a public highway, in which they desire your concurrence.

They concur in the resolution of your honorable body proposing to go into the election of a State Printer, on Saturday next at 3 o'clock.

Mr. Casey offered the following resolution: Resolved, that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire whether any new county, not having a sufficient population, but the fractions from the adjoining counties, when added would give the requisite number, could constitutionally be entitled to separate representation, which was adopted.

Mr. Powell obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act for rendering the decision of civil causes more speedy and less expensive than heretofore, which was read the first time, and ordered to be read the second time on tomorrow.

Bills from the House of Representatives of the following titles, to wit: an act declaring Cotaco in Morgan county a public highway; resolution in relation to certain objects of internal improvement within the state of Alabama; an act to establish the Mobile society of Literature; an act for the relief of Charles Pearson; an act concerning the issuing and executing original process by justices of the peace; an act to exempt the citizens of the town of Elyton in Jefferson county, and the town of Sommerville in Morgan county, and the town of Tuscumbia in Franklin county, from working on any roads beyond the limits of said towns; an act to repeal part of an act entitled an act to authorise Rebecca Fletcher to emancipate a certain slave therein named, passed Dec. 29, 1823, and an act divorcing Abraham Beadle from Letitia Beadle, were severally read the first time and ordered to be read the second time on tomorrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to repeal part of the ninth section of an act entitled an act to regulate the proceedings in chancery suits, passed January 1st, 1823; and an act to emancipate certain persons therein named, were severally read the third time and passed. Ordered, that the Secretary inform the House of Representatives thereof.

The Senate according to order resolved itself into committee of the whole on the resolution in relation to unsettled land claims below the 31st degree of north latitude, and pre-emption rights, Mr. Bibb in the chair, and after sometime spent therein, the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Bibb reported the same without amendment. Ordered that said resolution be made the order of the day for a third reading on tomorrow.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act to alter to amend an act, pas-


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sed Dec. 23d, 1822, entitled an act to establish a public road from the house of John Gandy in Morgan county, to Baltimore on Morgan's springs in Blount county, was read the 3d time, the blanks filed, and passed. Ordered, that the title be as aforesaid, and that said bill be sent to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

An engrossed bill to be entitled, an act to incorporate the town of Florence was read the 3d time and the blanks filled:

Mr. Powell offered an amendment to said bill by way of rider: Providing that the President of the said town of Florence shall take the oaths required by law to be taken by justices of the peace, which was read three several times and adopted.

Mr. McVay offered an amendment to said bill, by way of rider, providing that the citizens of the said town of Florence shall not be required to work on roads, beyond the limits of the said town, and that no person residing beyond the limits of said town shall be required to work on roads within the limits of the corporation - which was read three several times and adopted. 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 to retrench expenses, was read the third time. Mr. Sullivan moved to fill the first blank in the bill, where it fixes the salary of the Governor, with the words two thousand, so as to make his salary two thousand dollars;  which was determined in the negative. Yeas 9, Nays 11.

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

Messrs. Bibb, Casey, Coates, Devereux, Hopkins, Murphy, Smith, Sullivan, Taggert- 9.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Mr. President, Conner, Crabb, McVay, Metcalfe, Moore, McCamy, Powell, Shackleford, Wood- 10.

So the blank was not filled with two thousand dollars.

Mr. Smith moved to fill the blank with the words nineteen hundred and fifty; which was lost.

Mr. Sullivan moved to fill the blank with the word nineteen hundred; which was determined in the negative. Yeas 9, Nays 10.

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

Messrs. Bibb, Casey, Coats, Devereux, Hopkins, Murphy, Smith, Sullivan, Taggert- 9.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Mr. President, Conner, Crabb, McCamy, Metcalfe, Moore, McVay, Powell, Shackleford, Wood- 10.

So the blank was not filled with the words nineteen hundred.

Mr. Bibb moved to fill the blank with the words eighteen hundred; which was carried.

Mr. Shackleford moved to fill the blank in the bill, where it relates to the salaries of the circuit judges, with the words seventeen hundred and fifty so as to fix their salaries at seventeen hundred & fifty dollars. per ann. each; which was determined in the negative. Yeas 9, nays 10.

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

Mr. President, Bibb, Casey, Coats, Hopkins, Murphy, Shackleford; Sullivan, Taggert- 9.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Conner, Crabb, Devereux, McCamy, Metcalfe, Moore, McVay, Powell, Smith, Wood- 10.

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So the blank was not filled with seventeen hundred and fifty dollars.

Mr. Casey moved to fill the blank with the words seventeen hundred; which was decided in the negative. Yeas 9, Nays 10.

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

Mr. President, Bibb, Casey, Coats, Hopkins, Murphy, Shackleford, Sullivan, Taggert- 9.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs Conner, Crabb, Devereux, McCamy, Metcalfe, Moore, McVay, Powell, Smith, Wood- 10.

So the blank was not filled with the words seventeen hundred.

Mr. Smith moved to fill the blank with the words sixteen hundred; which was lost. Yeas 4, Nays 15.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative are, Mr. President, Devereux, McCamy, Smith- 4.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Bibb, Casey, Coats, Conner, Crabb, Hopkins, Metcalfe, Moore, Murphy, McVay, Powell, Shackleford, Sullivan, Taggert, Wood- 15.

So the blank was not filled with the words sixteen hundred dollars.

Mr. Wood moved to fill the blank with the words fifteen hundred which was determined in the negative. Yeas 8, Nays 11.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs. Conner, Crabb, Devereux, McCamy, Metcalf, Moore, Powell, and Wood- 8.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Mr. President, Bibb, Casey, Coats, Hopkins, Murphy, McVay, Shackleford, Smith, Sullivan and Taggert - 11.

On motion, the Senate adjourned till 3 o'clock this evening.

Evening Session- The Senate resumed the consideration of the bill entitled an act, to retrench expenses. Ordered, that the said bill be referred to a special committee consisting of Messrs. Crabb, Wood & Conner.

A bill to be entitled an act to retrench county expenses, was read the second time and ordered to be referred to a special committee, consisting of Messrs. Smith, Wood, Moore and McVay.

Mr. McCamy called up the bill entitled an act to give Decatur county an additional election precinct. Mr. Crabb offered an amendment to said bill, providing for the discontinuance of the election precinct heretofore established at the house of Larkin R. Rogers, in Morgan county, and for the establishment of an election precinct at the house of Francis Dancy in said county; which was adopted. Mr. Sullivan offered an amendment to said bill, providing for the discontinuance of the election precinct heretofore established at the house of R. Carroll in Perry county, and for the establishment of one at the store of John Barron in lieu thereof; which was adopted. Ordered, that the said bill be again laid on the table.

A bill to be entitled an act to prevent the judges of the county courts from issuing warrants in civil cases; And an act amendatory to an act concerning divorce, passed December 21, 1820, were severally read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading on tomorrow.

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