Wednesday, Dec. 28, 1825.-  The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Powell presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Alabama, praying that the navigation of the Black Warrior and Tombeckbee rivers may be improved; which was read and referred to the committee on inland navigation.

Mr. Crawford introduced a bill, to be entitled an act for the government and determination of contested elections; which was read- The rule, requiring bills to be read on three several days, being dispensed with, the bill was read the second time forthwith, and referred to the committee on the judiciary, to consider and report thereon.

The following communication was received from the Governor, by J. L. Thornton, secretary of state:

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, DECEMBER 28, 1825.

To the honorable the President and Members of the Senate:

GENTLEMEN- I have the honor, herewith, to transmit you the resignation of Judge Minor, of the fifth judicial circuit.  I have also received a letter from Dr. Webb, and sundry accounts relating to the expenditures at the reception of Gen. Lafayette; which I beg leave to submit to your consideration.

I have the honor to be very respectfully, &c,                  JOHN MURPHY

Ordered, that the letter from Dr. Webb, relating to the expenditures at the re-


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ception of Gen. Lafayette, be referred to the committee on accounts and claims Mr. President laid before the Senate the following communication from the President of the Board of Trustees of the University of the State of Alabama:

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, DECEMBER 26, 1825.

Hon. Nic. Davis, President of the Senate:

SIR- I have the honor to transmit you the Annual Report of the Trustees of the University of Alabama.  A delay for a few days in presenting it was found unavoidable, as the report includes all the transactions and concerns of the Institution, put to this date; you will have the goodness to lay it before the House in which you preside.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, &c.

JOHN MURPHY, President of the Board of Trustees.

Ordered, that one hundred copies of the report be printed for the use of the Senate, and that the same be referred to the committee on schools and colleges and school and college lands, to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Jackson of L. called up the memorial to the Congress of the United States, praying further relief to the purchasers of pubic lands. The question was then put in concurring in the amendments made thereto by the House of Representatives, and determined in the negative- yeas 6, nays 15.

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

Messrs.  Clay

Jones

McCamy

Miller

Skinner

Vanhoose- 6.

Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. President

Bagby

Crabb

Irwin

Merriwether

Abercrombie

Brown

Crawford

Jackson of A.

Powell

Ash

Casey

Gaines

Jackson of L.

Sullivan- 15

Ordered, that the Secretary inform the House of Representatives thereof.

Engrossed bills, to be entitled an act to authorize the commissioners of the 16th section therein named, to appropriate the proceeds thereof to the aid and support of Concord Academy; an act providing for the appointment of commissioners to select a quarter section of land for the county of Bibb, and for other purposes; and an act to enforce those provisions of an act entitled an act to establish a bank in the town of Mobile, which relate to voting for directors --  were severally read the third time and passed.  Ordered, that the titles of the bills be as aforesaid, and that they be sent to the House of Representatives for concurrence.  An engrossed bill, to be entitled an act to emancipate Nancy Powell, a slave and her infant son, Thomas, was read the third time and rejected- yeas 9, nays 11.

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

Mr. President

Brown

Crawford

McCamy

Vanhoose- 9.

Abercrombie

Crabb

Gaines

Powell

Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. Ash

Irwin

Jackson of L.

Merriwether

Skinner

Casey

Clay

Jackson of A.

Jones

Miller

Sullivan- 11.

So the bill was rejected.

A bill, to be entitled an act to divorce Nancy Gillespie from Andrew S. Gillespie, was read the third time, and passed by a constitutional majority.  Ordered, that the Secretary acquaint the House of Representatives therewith.  Bills, to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to establish a certain county therein named, and for other purposes, passed, December 22, 1824; an act to establish the boundary lines between certain counties therein named; an act to incorporate the Moulton Library Company, an act to incorporate the town of Florence, in the state of Alabama; and an act to provide for the pay-


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ment of petit jurors in the counties of Blount, Montgomery, Mobile and Baldwin, and for other purposes - were severally read the third time and passed.  Ordered, that the bills be returned to the House of Representatives, where they originated.  A bill, to be entitled an act for the relief of Leasa Lewis, was read the third time, amended by way of rider, and passed.  Ordered, that the Secretary inform the House of Representatives thereof.  Bills, to be entitled an act declaring Paint Rock river a public highway, and an act concerning taxes in Mobile county, were severally read the second time and ordered to be read the third time to-morrow.  A bill, to be entitled an act to authorize William R. Parker to emancipate a certain slave therein named, was read the second time.

Mr. Jackson of A. moved that the further consideration of the bill be indefinitely postponed; which was lost.  Ordered, that the bill lie on the table.

A bill to be entitled, an act for the better organization of the county court of Mobile county; was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

Mr. Miller called up the bill, entitled an act to divorce Wm. Roundtree, from Sally Roundtree, his wife.  The bill was read the second time, and ordered to be referred tom the committee on divorce and alimony, to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Abercrombie presented the petition of Edmond Randle, one of the executors of Willis Randle, deceased, praying the passage of a law authorizing him to remove the property of the estate beyond the limits of this state; which was read and referred to the committee on the judiciary, to consider and report thereon.

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