Wednesday, Dec. 14.  The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Powell from the committee on enrolled bills reported as correctly enrolled, An act to authorize the judges of the supreme court to appoint a temporary clerk, which was accordingly signed by Mr. President,

A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Tunstall their clerk: Mr. President, the House of representatives have read three times and passed bills which originated in the Senate, entitled an act establishing and permanently locating the seat of government of the state of Alabama, pursuant to the 29th section of the 3d article of the constitution; and an act to repeal in part an act entitled an act to establish certain counties therein named and for other purposes, passed Dec. 17th, 1821, and for other purposes.  They have also read three times and passed a bill which originated in their house entitled an act to change the time of holding the county courts in the county of Shelby --in which they desire your concurrence.

A bill from the House of Representatives entitled an act to alter the time of holding the county courts in the county of Shelby was read the first time: the rule requiring bills to be read on three several days being dispensed with, the bill was read the 2d & 3d time forthwith and passed.  Ordered, that the same be returned to the House of Representatives.

Mr. Crabb introduced a bill to be entitled an act to alter the mode of appointing assessors and tax collectors, which was read and ordered to be read the 2d time tomorrow.

Mr. McCamy offered the following resolution, Resolved, that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the propriety of prohibiting by law the bringing of slaves into this state, as merchandize:

Mr. Sullivan moved to amend the resolution by adding the words and also the emigration of free persons of color, which was carried.

The resolution as amended was then adopted.

A bill to be entitled an act to repeal in part and amend an act entitled an act to regulate the rate of interest, passed Dec. 17, 1819, was read the 2d time: Mr. Casey moved that the further consideration of the bill be indefinitely postponed, which was carried- yeas 10, nays 9.

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

Messrs. Ash

Clay

Irwin

Miller

Skinner

Casey

Crabb

Jones

Sullivan

Vanhoose- 10.

Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. President

Brown

Gaines

McCamy

Powell-9.

Abercrombie

Crawford

Jackson of L.

Merriwether

So the bill was indefinitely postponed.  Mr. McCamy moved that the bill be spread upon the journal, which was lost.

Bills to be entitled an act to alter the times of holding company courts martial; An act to incorporate the trustees of Moulton academy; an act to provide for reviving actions of trespass; An act to authorize the courts to require security for costs; An act to provide against unnecessary detention of grand juries, and for other purposes; and An


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act to alter and amend the several laws now in force in this state, to suppress the evil practice of duelling, were severally read the second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

A bill to be entitled, an act to admit to the rights of citizenship certain individuals therein named, was read the second time, and amended, by adding the names of Benjamin, James, and Jesse Breshears.

Mr. McCamy moved to amend the bill by adding the name of Joseph Elliott, which was carried.  Ordered, That the bill and amendments lie on the table.

A bill to be entitled an act to repeal an act entitled an act respecting bail in civil cases, was read the second time.  Mr. Casey moved that the further consideration of the bill be indefinitely postponed, which was lost.  Ordered, that the bill be engrossed, and made the order of the day for a third reading tomorrow.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the trustees of Coosawda Academy, was ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Irwin called up the engrossed bill to be entitled an act the better to organize the militia of the counties of Covington and Dale.  The question was then put, shall the bill pass? and determined in the affirmative.  Ordered, that the title be as aforesaid, and that the same be sent to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

Mr. Brown offered the following resolution: Resolved, that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of amending the law regulating the mode of collecting rents in this state, which was adopted.

Mr. Jackson of Laud. offered the following resolution: Resolved, that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of amending an act regulating the rate of interest, passed Dec. 17, 1819, and that they report by bill or otherwise, which was rejected.

Mr. Merriwether who voted in the majority on the passage of the bill to be entitled an act repeal in part an act entitled an act for the punishment of crimes and misdemeanors, moved to reconsider the vote of the Senate on the passage of said bill.

And then the Senate adjourned till to-morrow morning 10 o'clock.