January 16th, 1861.

The Convention was called to order at the appointed hour by the President.

Prayer by Rev. Mr. Potter.

Journals read and approved.

Mr. Cochran made statement in relation to Gov. Matthews illness &c.; would address Convention at 12 o’clock to-day, which was agreed to.

Mr. Clemens, from Committee on Military Affairs, introduced an Ordinance to amend and declare void all military commissions in the militia of Alabama.

Mr. Bulger moved to re-commit to Military. Lost.

Mr. Ketchum offered to amend the ordinance, so as to except “field and company officers of volunteer troops already organized.” The amendment was accepted, and,


On motion by Mr. Bragg, it was laid on the table and 200 copies ordered to be printed for the use of the Convention.

Mr. Watts, from Committee on Judiciary and Internal Affairs, was proceeding to make a report on the report on the ordinance in relation to Citizenship &c., when a message was announced from the Governor, and the following letter and dispatch from Quarter-Master Thom was read:

(The letter and dispatch were in relation to the purchase of arms, and informing the Governor of the fact that it had been, declared treason in New York, for any one to sell arms to any of the seceding States.)

Mr. Yancey moved their reference, to Committee on Military Affairs with instructions to report as soon as practicable. Carried.

Mr. Watts is resumed the reading of report and amendments, when it was announced that a Committee from the House of Representatives was at the door. They were admitted, and communicated a resolution of the House, offering the Convention the use of their hall at 12, M. for the address of Gov. Matthews.

The invitation was accepted, and on motion of Mr. Davis, of Madison, a Committee of three were appointed to notify the House of its acceptance, and to return thanks.

The President appointed Messrs. Davis, of Madison, Webb and Clark of Marengo.

Mr. Watts resumed and finished reading his report, when a message from the Governor was announced.

The message communicated resolutions adopted by certain Southern Senators, and a letter from Senator Clay, which were read; and on motion by Mr. Morgan, they were referred to the Committee of Foreign Relations.

Consideration of Mr. Watts’ report of amended ordinance resumed.

Mr. Jemison moved to re-commit with instructions. Withdrawn.

Mr. Williamson renewed motion to re-commit. Lost.

And on motion of Mr. Baker, of Russell, it was laid on the table and 200 copies ordered to be printed for use of Convention.

Mr. Watts reported an ordinance, “to regulate the status of citizens and residents of the Sovereign State of Ala-


bama,” which on motion by Mr. Watkins was laid on the table.

Mr. Watts reported an ordinance, “in relation to the public lands,” which was informally passed over.

And, on motion by Mr. Yancey, the Convention proceeded in a body to the Hall, to hear an address from Ex-Gov. Matthews.

The Convention then went into open session.




January 16th, 1861.

The Convention having assembled in the Hall of the House of Representatives.

On motion, a committee of three, consisting of Messrs. Cochran, Herndon and Bailey, were appointed to wait on Ex-Gov. Matthews, and inform him that the Convention was ready to hear him.

On motion, the members of the two branches of the General Assembly were invited to seats within the bar of the Convention, and the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House, were invited to seats on the stand by the President of the Convention.

The Committee having returned with Ex-Gov. Matthews, he was introduced to the Convention, by the President, and who addressed the Convention in an elaborate and eloquent speech, in relation to the object of his mission.

When Governor Matthews had spoken about three fourths of an hour, upon motion of Mr. Whatley, the Convention repaired in a body to their own hall, to hear what further he had to communicate in secret session.



The members of the Convention having resumed their seats in their own Hall, Ex-Governor Matthews concluded his remarks, referring to the policy to be pursued in relation to certain territories, and the defence of our coast.

On motion by Mr. Yancey, the special order of the day, being the report of the Committee of Thirteen upon the


formation of a Provisional and Permanent Government between the Seceding States, was taken up.

Mr. Jemison moved to change the word “for” to “from,” where it occurs in the first line of the third resolution. Withdrawn.

Mr. Smith, of Tuscaloosa, renewed the motion, and it was adopted.

Mr. Earnest offered to amend the 3d resolution of the report, with a proviso, as follows:

Provided, that no member of this Convention, shall be eligible to election or a seat in said Convention.

The proposition of Mr. Earnest, by leave, was withdrawn.

Mr. Bragg moved to amend the 3d resolution of the report, by inserting in the first line after the word “elect,” the words “by ballot, and without nomination.”

The hour of adjournment having arrived,

On motion by Mr. Yancey, the rule was suspended until the question before the Convention should be disposed of.

Pending the consideration of Mr. Bragg’s proposition to amend,

Mr. Yancey announced that he desired to make a proposition to the members of the Convention after it had adjourned, which he thought would obviate the objections of the mover of the last amendment.

On motion, the Convention then adjourned.