Wednesday, Dec. 21, 1825.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Powell presented the petition of Henry T. Anthony clerk of the county court of Tuscaloosa county, praying to be relieved form the payment of one hundred and fifteen dollars, collected by him for the state, and which amount was stolen from him, which was read the referred to the committee on propositions and grievances to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Abercrombie presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Montgomery and Autauga counties, praying the establishment of a public ferry across the Alabama river at the town of Montgomery, which was read and referred to the committee on roads, bridges and ferries, to consider and report thereon.  Mr. Abercrombie also presented the petition of James W. Johnson, praying to be paid expences incurred in conveying Gen. Lafayette from Chatahoochie to Montgomery, which was read and referred to the committee on accounts and claims.

Mr. Abercrombie also presented the petition of Nancy, a woman of color, representing that she has purchased her freedom, and praying the passage of an act for her emancipation, which was read and referred to a special committee, consisting of Messrs. Abercrombie, Jackson of A. and Bagby to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Crawford from the committee on the judiciary to which was referred a bill to be entitled an act the more effectually to prevent trading with slaves, reported the same with sundry amendments --  the ques-

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tion was put on concurring in the amendment made by the committee to the bill by striking out one thousand dollars, the extent of the five to be imposed for a violation of the ac, and inserting one hundred dollars as the extend of said fine, and determined in the affirmative-yeas 11, nays 9.

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

Messrs. Ash

Crawford

Jackson of A.

McCamy

Miller

Brown

Gaines

Jackson of L.

Merriwether

Powell

Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. President

Casey

Crabb

Jones

Abercrombie

Clay

Irwin

Sullivan

Vanhoose - 9.

So the amendment was concurred in.  Ordered that the Senate concur in the remainder of the amendments made by the committee to the said bill, by striking out the 2d, 3d, 4th, and 5th sessions thereof.  Ordered that the bill as amended be made the order of the day for a third reading tomorrow.

Mr. Crawford from the same committee to which was referred a bill to be entitled an act to prohibit the further granting licenses for gaming, reported the same with sundry amendments, which was agreed to. Ordered that the bill be made the order of the day for a 3d reading to morrow.  Mr. Powell from the joint committee on enrolled bills, reported as correctly enrolled, An act to repeal in part an act approved Dec. 15, 1824, declaring Flint river in Morgan county, a public highway, which was accordingly signed by Mr. President.

Mr. Gaines from the committee on propositions and grievances, to which was referred the petition of Thomas Hearne, reported a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Thomas Hearne, which was read and ordered to be read the 2d time tomorrow.  Mr. Gaines, from the same committee, to which was referred the petition of Lewis Houses, reported a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Lewis Houser, which was read and ordered to be read the 2d time tomorrow.

A message from the Governor by J.I. Thornton, secretary of state; Mr. President, the Governor did on the 20th inst. approve and sign An act for the relief of Hiram Shortridge, which originated in the Senate.

Mr. McCamy, from the special committee, to which was referred bill to be entitled an act to establish the permanent seat of justice in the county of Jackson, and for other purposes, reported the same with sundry amendments, which were concurred in.  Ordered that the bill as amended be made the order of the day for a 3d reading tomorrow.

A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. McClellan their engrossing clerk:

Mr. President- The House of Representatives have read three times and passed a bill which originated in their House, entitled an act providing for the registration of deeds, grants, &c.; in which they desire the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill reported in said message was read, and ordered to be read the second time to-morrow.

Mr. Abercrombie introduced a bill to be entitled, an act to repeal in part an act therein named, which was read, and ordered to be read the 2d time tomorrow.

Mr. Crawford introduced a bill to be entitled, an act for the relief of the tax collector of Mobile county; which was read, and ordered to be read the second time to-morrow.

Mr. Crabb gave notice, that on to-morrow he would offer for adoption the following resolution: Resolved, That from and after the adoption of this resolution, no bill, memorial, or joint resolution, passed or adopted, shall be sent or reported to the House of Representatives on the same day, any rule to the contrary notwithstanding.


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Engrossed bills of the following titles: to wit- an act to amend the act, entitled an act regulating judicial proceedings, and for other purposes; an act to locate the seat of justice for Fayette county; an act to amend an act, entitled an act concerning dower; an act concerning the Tombeckbe Bank; and an act to amend the act entitled an act to prevent immoral and disorderly conduct at places of public worship, --  were severally read the third time and passed.  Ordered, That the titles of the bills be as aforesaid, and that the same be sent to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

The president laid before the Senate for following communication from the President of the Board of Trustees of the University:

Honourable Nicholas Davis, President of the Senate.- SIR, I have bee instructed by the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama to submit to the consideration of the General Assembly the enclosed report and ordinance. Will you have the goodness to lay them before the House over which you preside.

I have the honor to be, with very high respect, &c. Yours,&c.

Dec. 20, 1825.                         JOHN MURPHY, President Board Trustees.

The report and ordinance mentioned in said communication, are as follows:

The committee to whom was referred the resolution directing them to inquire into the expediency of suspending for the present the entry of lands belonging to the University,  Report, That they have had the subject to which the resolution called their attention under consideration, and are of opinion that the lands in the vicinity of the seat of government, and of the place where the University may be located, will be greatly enhanced in value, and that the entry of all such lands should be suspended; that the trustees should not permit further entries until the subject is presented to the General Assembly for their consideration; and that this report and following ordinance be laid before them.-

Be it ordained by the trustees of the University of Alabama, That the power vested in them by an act of the General Assembly, passed on the 30th  day of December, 1823, to permit entries of the lands belonging to the University, be suspended until the pleasure of the General Assembly shall be know thereon.  Read three times and passed December 17, 1825.

MATT GAYLE, Sec'y (Signed)           JOHN MURPHY, Pres't.

Ordered, That the communication together with the accompanying documents, be referred to the committee on schools and colleges, and school and college land to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled an act, to emancipate certain slaves therein mentioned, was read the third time, and ordered to lie on the table.

A bill to be entitled an at, to compensate county court clerks for paying printers fees for publishing the appraisement of certain strays and for other purposes was read the 3d time as amended and passed. Ordered that the secretary acquaint the House of Repre'tives therewith.

A bill to be entitled an act to repeal in part and amend an act, now in force to regulate the proceedings in the courts of law and equity in this state, was read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary, to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled an at, to extend the time of appointing overseers of roads and apportioners of hands, was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

Mr. Jackson of A. called up a bill to be entitled an act for the establishment of one additional election precincts, and for other purposes, The bill was amended by the addition of sundry sections, and again laid on the table.


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Mr. Crawford called up the resolution offered by Mr. Casey on yesterday, in relation to the examination of the bank of the state by the committee appointed for that purpose.  Mr. Crawford then moved to amend the resolution, by striking out all after the word resolved, and inserting the following: "That with the concurrence of the House of Representatives, the examination of the books of the bank of the state, and the debts due to that institution, be conducted under the injunction of secrecy, except so far as it may be necessary to examine witnesses," and that they make, a report of their proceedings to the two Houses.  Ordered, that the said resolution and amendment be referred to a special committee, consisting of Messrs. Crawford, Casey, and Bagby, to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Crawford, from the special committee, to which was referred the said resolution and amendments, reported the following resolution: Resolved, with the concurrence of the House of Representatives, that the examination of the affairs of the bank of the state b the joint committee, be conducted under the injunction of secrecy, except so far as it may be necessary to examine witnesses, and that they report their proceedings to the two Houses with closed doors.

Mr. Casey moved that the resolution lie on the table; which was lost.  The question was then put on the adoption of the resolution reported by the committee, and determined in the affirmative. Ordered, that the secretary acquaint the House of Representatives thereof.

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