Monday, November 29th, 1824.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

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 originating in their House, entitled an act the better to provide for the punishment of escapes, in which they desire your concurrence.

Mr. Coats presented the petition of sundry citizens of Marengo county, respecting the state road; which was read and ordered to be referred to the committee on roads, bridges and ferries, to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Casey from the joint committee, appointed to examined into the condition of the state arsenal, and the public arms therein, made the following report: The committee appointed by the Senate to join the committee appointed on the part of the House of Representatives, to examine and report the situation of the arsenal, and the public arms therein, have met the committee of the Representative branch, and have performed the duty assigned them. From the examination they have been able to make, they find all the new arms in very good order, many of the old arms have been repaired and are now in good or-


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der. The arsenal will require a new roof and to be ceiled. Your committee would suggest the propriety of purchasing some coarse baize to line the boxes in which the guns are kept; they recommend an appropriation of _____ dollars for the above purpose, and to employ a person to rub and oil the guns at least once a year. For the further information of the Senate, they beg leave to present the report of the quarter master general. (Signed) T. CASEY, Chairman

Ordered, That said report of the committee, and of the quarter master general, be referred to the military committee to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Crabb from the special committee, to which was referred the bill to be entitled an act to retrench expenses, made the following report, the special committee to which was referred a bill, to be entitled an act to retrench expences; have had the same under consideration, and beg leave to report, that they do not conceive it necessary at this time to take into consideration the propriety of reducing the salary of the judge of the circuit courts in this state, particularly as at the next General Assembly, whose duty it will be to appoint the judges and whose salary the bill contemplates a reduction, will in the opinion of your committee, previous to their making such elections take into consideration that subject; nor are your committee willing to recommend a reduction of the compensation of the members of this Senate, or of the next General Assembly at this time, after having for two sessions received for their services the amount heretofore fixed by law. Your committee would recommend the adoption of the following resolution. Resolved, that it is inexpedient at this time to pass the bill, entitled an act to retrench expenses. On motion of Mr. Moore, Ordered that said report lie on the table.

Mr. Bibb from the committee on propositions and grievances to which was referred the petition of Thomas Wright, reported a bill to be entitled an act for the emancipation of slaves George and Sarah; which was read the 1st time, & ordered to be read the 2d time tomorrow.

On motion of Mr. Bibb, Ordered, that the committee on propositions and grievances be discharged from the further consideration of the resolution instructing them to inquire into the expediency of so amending the revenue law as to exempt from taxation any slaves over ten years old, which by any accident are rendered incapable of service.

Mr. Crabb obtained leave to introduce a resolution providing for the further distribution of the statute laws of the state of Alabama; which was read the first time, and ordered to be read the 2d time on tomorrow.

On motion of Mr. Powell the following resolution was unanimously adopted: Resolved, unanimously, that the Senate entertain the highest regard and esteem for the official conduct of James J. Pleasants, Esq. late Secretary of State, whilst acting in that capacity. Resolved, furthermore, that the President of the Senate cause to be communicated to the said James J. Pleasants, Esq. the manner in which his official services are appreciated by that body.

Mr. McCamy obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, an act to repeal so much of the law relating to usury as makes the party forfeit and lose the whole value or amount of money loaned: which was read the first time and ordered to be read the 2d time tomorrow.

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payment of jurors in Blount and St. Clair counties. Ordered, that said bill be engrossed, and made the order of the day for a third reading on tomorrow.  A bill from the House of Representatives entitled, an act the better to provide for the punishment of escapes, was read the first time, and ordered to be read the 2d time on tomorrow. On motion of Mr. Wood, Ordered, that the bill to be entitled an act, to divide the 32d regiment of the militia of this state be laid upon the table.

A bill to be entitled an act the more effectually to prevent the escape of prisoners committed for high crimes and misdemeanors; and an act for rendering the decision of civil causes more speedy and less expensive, than heretofore; were severally read the second time. Ordered, that said bills be referred to the committee on the judiciary, to consider and report thereon.  Bills from the House of Representatives of the following titles, to wit: An act to establish the Mobile society of literature; 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 declaring Cotaco in Morgan county a public highway, were severally read the third time and passed. Ordered, that the secretary acquaint the House therewith.

Resolution in relation to certain objects of internal improvement within this state of Alabama, was read the third time as amended and passed. Ordered, that the same be returned to the House of Representatives, and their concurrence desired in the amendments made thereto

Bills of the following titles, to wit: An act amendatory of an cat regulating escheats in this state, and to appoint escheators, and for other purposes; An act to repeal in part an act therein mentioned, and requiring the plea of set-off, or notice thereof in certain cases; And an act to authorise Mary Ann Kennedy to emancipate a certain slave therein named, were severally read a second time. Ordered, that said bills be made the order of the day for a third reading on tomorrow.

A bill to be entitled an act, declaring the old road from Warren Stones in Montgomery county, to the town of Montgomery, the state road, and for other purposes; was read the second time. Ordered that said bill be referred to the committee of roads, bridges and ferries, to consider and report thereon. A bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Charles Pearson, was read the third time and passed. Ordered, that the secretary acquaint the House therewith.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act, to establish a county therein named; and for other purposes, was read the third time.

Mr. Powell moved to fill the first blank in the bill where it provides for the name of the county, with the word Fayette, in consideration of the high sense entertained by this General Assembly for the distinguished services and character of General Fa Fayette, which was carried. The remainder of the blanks were then filled and the bill passed. Ordered that the title be aforesaid, and that said bill be seat to the House of Representatives for their concurrence. A bill to be entitled an act requiring plaintiffs to give security for the costs of suit in all actions, sounding in damages which may hereafter be instituted, was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading on tomorrow.

On motion of Mr. Conner, Ordered, that Mr. Powell be added to the committee on divorce and alimony.

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Mr. Wood offered the following resolution: Resolved, that the committee on propositions and grievances be instructed to inquire into the expediency of so altering the existing law as not to allow a higher county tax to be levied than one third part of the state tax on each article subject to taxation, with leave to report by bill or otherwise; which was adopted.

Mr. Moore from the joint committee on enrolled bills, reported as correctly enrolled, An act to prevent the abatement of suits at common law; And an act to authorise the emancipation of a certain slave therein named; which were accordingly signed by Mr. President.

Mr. Casey offered the following resolution: Resolved, that the committee on county boundaries be instructed to examine and report whether there be a sufficiency of territory in the counties of Jackson and Decatur to form two constitutional counties, which was adopted.

Mr. Devereux offered the following resolution, Resolved, that the committee on roads, bridges and ferries be instructed to enquire into the propriety of so amending an act, entitled an act supplementary to the several acts in relation to highways, bridges and ferries, passed on the 12th of December 1820, that the same may answer the purposes for which it was intended, which was adopted.

Ordered that Messrs. Metcalfe & Devereux be added to the committee on apportionment. On motion of Mr. Shackleford, Ordered that Mr. Casey be executed from serving on the committee appointed on the petition of the citizens of Cahawba: Ordered that Mr. Sullivan be added to that committee.

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