Friday, Dec. 9, 1825- The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Tunstall, their clerk: Mr. President, the House of Representatives have read three times and passed a bill, which originated in the Senate, entitled an act for the relief of Hiram Shortridge.

Mr. Powell presented the memorial of sundry inhabitants of Tuskaloosa, proposing to convey to the State one hundred and eighty acres of land, and one hundred and twenty-eight lots within the limits of the town of Tuskaloosa, as defined by an act which has passed the Senate during the present session, upon terms specified in an obliga-


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tion entered into by the said memorialists, and filed in the office of secretary of state; which was read and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Abercrombie presented the account of Walter R. Ross, late sheriff of Montgomery county; which was referred to the committee on accounts and claims.

Mr. Crabb presented the account of the sheriff and jailer of Morgan county; which was referred to the committee on accounts and claims.

Mr. Brown presented the account of Charles G. McMurrah; which was referred to the same committee.

Mr. Bagby presented the account of John A. Cotton, which was referred to the same committee.

Mr. Crabb, from the joint committee appointed for the purpose of examining the state arsenal, and public arms therein, reported:

That the committee have performed that duty, by opening several of the boxes containing said arms, as well as several boxes containing the cartouch boxes, straps, &c. which they found in good order.  They deemed in unnecessary to open all the boxes, as they supposed those opened were a fair sample of the residue.  They found in the arsenal sixty or seventy stand, which had been used during the visit of Ge. Lafayette to this place, not in very good order.  As regards the number and description of the arms, &c. now in the state arsenal, they beg leave to refer the House to the Quarter-Master General's Report, accompanying this report.

The Report of the Quarter-Master General was ordered to be spread upon the Journal, and is as follows:

Report of Camp-Equipage, Quarter-Master's Stores, Ordnance, &c. in possession of Col. Matthew D. Thomson, Quarter-Master General of the State of Alabama, 1825.

723 muskets, 723 bayonets, 674 belts, 681 boxes, 600 flints, 8 lbs. ball and shot, 154 pistols, 25 screw-drivers, 91 sabres for cavalry, 120 belts, 120 beltplates- now in the Arsenal.

4 muskets-at the Gun-Smith's.

104 muskets, 104 bayonets- transmitted to Huntsville in 1821.

70 muskets, 70 bayonets- transmitted to Claiborne in August, 1822

82 muskets, 32 bayonets- never returned by Cahawba Guards.

70 muskets, 70 bayonets- transmitted to Tuskaloosa, by order of Col. Griffin, in 1822.

100 muskets, 100 bayonets, 100 belts, 100 boxes, 86 pistols, 36 sabres for cavalry-transmitted to Montgomery, by order of Maj. Gen. William Taylor, in 1825.

I certify, that the above Report exhibits a true state of all the Camp-Equipage, Quarter-Master's Stores, and Ordinance belonging to the State of Alabama, this 7th of December, 1825.

(Signed,)                      MATTHEW D. THOMASON,

Quarter-Master General S.A.

Mr. Jackson of A.  from the special committee to which was referred the petition of the trustees of Coosawda academy, reported a bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the Coosawda academy; which was read and ordered to be read the second time to-morrow.

Mr. Powell, from the joint committee on enrolled bills, reported as correctly enrolled, an act to authorize Jacob Johnson to emancipate a certain slave therein named; which was signed by the President.

Mr. Abercrombie, from the committee on county boundaries to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of Autauga and Bibb counties, relating to the boundaries of said counties, reported


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that the prayer of the petitioners is unreasonable and ought not to be granted; which was concurred in.

Mr. Abercrombie, from the same committee to whom was referred a resolution instructing them to inquire into the expediency of changing the boundary line between Bibb and Autauga counties, reported that it is inexpedient to make any alteration in the line of said counties; which was also concurred in.

Mr. Crabb called up the bill entitled an act to alter the times of holding the county courts in the county of Morgan.  Mr. Crabb, then moved to amend the bill by striking out the word third in the first section, and inserting fourth, so as to provide that the county courts of said county shall be holden on the fourth Mondays of February and May; which was carried.  The bill was then read the third time as amended and passed.  Ordered, that the same be returned to the House of Representatives.

Mr. Clay called up a bill to be entitled an act supplementary to and amendatory of the laws relating to executors and administrators, and for other purposes.  Ordered, that the bill be referred to the committee on the judiciary to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Crawford called up the joint resolution, from the House of Representatives, proposing to appoint commissioners to examine certain sites for the location of the seat of government of the state of Alabama. Mr. Crawford then moved that the further consideration of the resolution be indefinitely postponed; which was carried- Yeas 12, nays 9.

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

Mr. President

Crabb

Jackson of L.

Merriwether

Skinner

Brown

Crawford

McCamy

Powell

Vanhoose- 12.

Clay

Gaines

Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. Abercrombie

Bagby

Irwin

Jones

Sullivan- 9.

Ash

Casey

Jackson of A.

Miller

So the resolution was indefinitely postponed.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act to repeal in part an act entitled an act for the punishment of crimes and misdemeanors, was read the third time.  The question was then put, shall the bill pass? and determined in the negative- Yeas 9, nays 12.

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

Mr. Bagby

Crawford

Jackson of A.

Miller

Sullivan- 9

Brown

Gaines

Jackson of L.

Powell

Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. President

Casey

Irwin

McCamy

Skinner

Abercrombie

Clay

Jones

Merriwether

Vanhoose-12.

Ash

Crabb

So the bill was rejected.

A bill to be entitled an act for the better selection, drawing and summoning grand jurors, was read the second time and referred to the committee on the judiciary to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled an act the better to organize the militia of the counties of Covington and Dale, was read the second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

Mr. Ash offered the following resolution: Resolved, that the military committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of altering the militia laws relating to the time of holding company courts martial so as to have them held on the succeeding muster day; which was adopted.


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Mr. Casey offered the following resolution, Resolved that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of increasing the number of jurors to attend the several circuit courts in this state, so as to prevent the resort to talismen so frequent, which was adopted.

On motion of Mr. Crawford, Ordered that Mr. Jackson of A. have leave to absence till Monday next.

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