Thursday, Dec. 29, 1825. The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.
Mr. Sullivan, from the special committee, to whom was referred to much of the governor's message, as relates to the Huntsville bank, reported, that on an investigation of the present law on the subject, they are of opinion that no further legislation on the subject is necessary at this time; that sufficient restrictions and penalties are imposed by law on that institution, to ensure as much safety to the public as the General Assembly can extend by legislation. They therefore ask to be discharged from the further consideration of that part of his excellencies message which was agreed to.
Mr. Jackson of L. from the committee on the bank of the state, to whom was referred the petition of Littleberry Leseure, reported that the prayer of the petitioner is unreasonable, and ought not to be granted, which was concurred in.
Mr. Jackson of Laud, from the special committee, to whom was referred the bill to be entitled an act giving additional compensation to the solicitor of the first judicial circuit, reported the same without amendment. Ordered, that the bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for a third reading tomorrow.
A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Tunstall their clerk: Mr. President, the House of Representatives have read three time and passed a bill which originated in the Senate, entitled an act to alter the lines of Madison and Jackson counties, and have amended the same by adding thereto an additional section, in which amendment they desire your concurrence. They have also read three
times and passed bills which originated in their House, entitled an act to provide for the appointment of a public weigher for the town of Blakeley; An act to authorize persons therein named, to raise by lottery, a certain sum of money for the purposes therein contained. An act to establish and incorporate the town of Sommerville, in the county of Morgan: A joint resolution, memorializing congress in relation to certain public works therein named; An act to alter the time of electing brigadier and major generals; And an act to compel the owners of hired slaves to pay physicians fees, in all of which they desire your concurrence. The bills and joint resolution mentioned in said message and which originated in the House of Representatives, were severally read the first time, and ordered to be read the second time to morrow. Ordered, that the Senate concur in the amendment made by the House of Representatives, to the bill entitled an act to alter the lines of Madison and Jackson counties. Ordered, that the secretary acquaint the House of Representatives therewith.
Mr. Miller offered the following resolution: Resolved, that the judiciary committee be requested to inquire into the expediency of changing the mode of paying the solicitors of the second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth judicial circuits, in this state; which was adopted. An engrossed bill to be entitled an act for the better organization of the county court of Mobile county, was read the third time and passed. Ordered, that the title of the bill be as aforesaid, and that the same be sent to the House of Representatives for concurrence. A bill to be entitled an act concerning taxes in Mobile county; An act to provide for the payment of petit jurors in the counties of Blount, Montgomery, Mobile, and Baldwin, and for other purposes; and an act declaring Paint Rock river, a public highway, were severally read the third time and passed. Ordered, that they be returned to the House of Representatives were they originated.
Mr. Crabb moved to reconsider the vote of the Senate on ordering to a second reading tomorrow, a bill to be entitled an act to alter the manner of electing major and brigadier general; which was carried. 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 military committee, to consider and report thereon. Mr. Clay who voted in the majority, moved to reconsider the vote of the Senate on the passage of the bill to be entitled an act to emancipate Nancy Powell, a slave, and her infant son Thomas; which was carried. Ordered, that the bill lie on the table.
A message from the governor, by J. I. Thornton, secretary of state; Mr. President, the governor did on the 28th instant, approve, and sign an act to repeal in part an act, approved, Dec. 15, 1824, declaring Flint river, in Marengo county, a public highway; An act to repeal in part an act, entitled an act to establish certain counties therein named, and for other purposes, passed Dec. 17, 1821, and for other purposes, both of which originated in the Senate.
Mr. Crawford offered the following resolution: Resolved, that it is expedient to allow to each of the judge of the supreme court the sum f two hundred and fifty dollars, in addition to the salary allowed them s judges of the circuit courts, & that the judiciary committee be instructed to judge a bill for that purpose. Ordered that the same lie on the table.
Mr. Jones called up a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Henry Fontaine. Ordered, that it be read the third time tomorrow.
Mr. Crawford called up a bill to be entitled an act, to authorize Wm. R. Parker to emancipate a certain slave therein named. Ordered, that the bill be read the third time tomorrow.
And then the Senate adjourned till tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock.