TWELFTH DAY.

SECRET SESSION.

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA,

January 18th, 1861.

The Convention met at 10 o=clock, and was called to order by the President.

Prayer by Rev. Mr. Potter.

Call of Committees.

Mr. Clemens, from the Committee on Military Affairs, made the following report:

The Committee on Military Affairs to whom was referred “an Ordinance to provide for the Military defense of the State of Alabama,” have had the same under consideration, and instructed me to report the accompanying substitute, and recommend its passage:

“An Ordinance to provide for,____&c.”

The report of the Committee was concurred in, and adopted as a substitute for the Ordinance referred.

A message was received from the Governor, communicating certain Resolutions adopted by the New York Legislature, which the Governor of said State had sent to him, entitled “Concurrent Resolutions tendering aid to the President of the United States in support of the Constitution and the Union.”

Objection was made to the reading of the Resolutions, and:

Mr. Yancey raised the question of reception, and moved to lay that on the table.


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The vote was taken by ayes and nays, and the question of reception was laid on the table. Ayes, 53, nays, 42.

The ayes were: Messrs. Bailey, Beard, Beck, Blue, Bragg, Catterlin, Clarke, of Marengo, Clarke of Lawrence, Clemens, Cochran, Coleman, Crawford, Creech, Crook, Curtis, Daniel , Dargan, Davis, of Madison, Davis of Pickens, Dowdell, Earnest, Ford, Foster, Gibbons, Hawkins, Henderson, of Macon, Howard, Humphries, Jewett, Jones of Fayette, Kimball, Ketchum, Lewis, McClanahan, McClellan, Morgan, Phillips, Ralls, Rives, Ryan, Sheffield, Shortridge, Silver, Slaughter, Smith, of Tuscaloosa, Starke, Stone, Watkins, Whatley, Whitlock, Wilson, Yancey-53.

The nays were: Messrs. President, Baker, of Barbour, Baker of Russell, Barclay, Barnes, Bolling, Brasher, Bulger, Coffey, Coman, Crumpler, Davis, of Covington, Edwards, Forrester, Franklin, Gay, Gilchrist, Green, Henderson of, Pike, Herndon, Hood, Inzer, Jones, of Lauderdale, Johnson, Leonard, Love McKinnie, Owens, Posey, Potter, Sanford, Sheets, Smith, of Henry, Steadham, Steele, Taylor, Timberlake, Watts, Webb, Winston, Wood, Yelverton-42.

A communication was also received from the Governor, transmitting the report of the Hon. E. C. Bullock, Commissioner to the State of Florida, which was temporarily laid on the table.

The consideration of the Military Ordinance was resumed, and Mr. Jemison moved to lay it on the table, and print.

Pending the consideration of which motion; (at 12 o’clock, M.,) the President announced that the hour had arrived to go into the election of Deputies to the Convention of Seceding States, to assemble at Montgomery Ala., on the 4th day of February, 1861.

Mr. Jemison moved to postpone the election until tomorrow at 12 o’clock M., which the President, (Mr. Smith, of Tuscaloosa in the chair,) decided to be out of order.

Mr. Jemison appealed from the decision of the Chair, and the Chair was sustained.

Mr. Earnest asked leave to offer a resolution, as a distinct proposition. It read as follows:

Resolved, That no Member of this Convention, (or of the present Legislature,) shall be eligible to election or a seat


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in the Southern Convention, provided for by the Ordinance of Secession adopted by this Convention.

The Chair, (Mr. Smith, of Tuscaloosa presiding,) decided that it was in order.

Mr. Yancey appealed from the decision of the Chair, and the Chair was sustained.

Mr. Phillips moved to lay the Resolution on the table, which was lost. Ayes, 44: nays, 55.

The ayes were-Messrs. Bailey, Baker, of Barbour, Baker, of Russell, Barnes, Beck, Blue, Bragg, Catterlin, Cochran, Coleman, Creech, Crook, Curtis, Daniel, Davis, of Pickens, Dowdell, Foster, Gibbons, Gilchrist, Hawkins, Henderson, of Macon, Henderson, of Pike, Howard, Humphries, Jewett, Ketchum, Love, McClanahan, McPherson, McKinnie, Owens, Phillips, Rails, Ryan, Shortridge, Silver, Smith, of Henry, Stone, Watts, Webb, Whatley, Williamson Yancey, Yelverton-44.

The nays were-Messrs. President, Allen, Barclay, Beard, Bolling, Brasher, Bulger, Clarke, of Marengo, Clarke, of Lawrence, Clemens, Coffey, Coman, Crawford, Crumpler, Dargan, Davis, of Covington, Davis, of Madison, Earnest, Edwards, Ford, Forrester, Franklin, Gay, Green, Guttery, Herndon, Hood, Inzer, Jemison, Jones, of Fayette, Jones, of Lauderdale, Johnson, Kimball, Leonard, Lewis, McClellan, Morgan, Posey, Potter, Rives, Sanford, Sheets, Sheffield, Slaughter, Smith, of Tuscaloosa, Starke, Steadham, Steele, Taylor, Timberlake, Watkins, Whitlock, Wilson, Winston, Wood-55.

Mr. Blue offered the following amendment:

Except in the case of the election of the Deputies for the State at large.

At the urgent request of Mr. Yancey, Mr. Blue, withdrew the amendment.

Mr. Jemison moved to strike out “or of the present Legislature.” Withdrawn.

Mr. Brooks (Mr. Smith still in the chair,) moved to amend by striking out “eligible to election or,” and insert “shall be elected by this Convention to.”

Which was accepted by Mr. Earnest.

Mr. Jemison moved to amend, by inserting between the words “no” and “member” in the first line, the words:

“person elected a” which was adopted.

Mr. Clemens moved to suspend the rule requiring the


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Convention to adjourn at 2 o’clock, P. M., which was agreed to.

Mr. Jemison moved to amend as follows: Add at the end of the resolution, “or to any other office created by this, Convention,” which on motion by Mr. Morgan, was laid on the table.

Mr. Cochran moved to amend by adding after the word ALegislature,” the words, “or any other person holding office in the State, elected by the people or otherwise.”

Mr. Jemison moved to lay on the table, but by request, withdrew it.

Mr. West moved the previous question, and the previous question being sustained, the vote was taken on the resolution, and it was lost.

Ayes, 46, nays, 50.

The ayes were,-Messrs. President, Allen, Barclay, Beard, Brasher, Bulger, Clarke, of Lawrence, Clemens, Coffey, Coman, Crawford, Crumpler, Earnest, Edwards, Ford, Forrester, Franklin, Gay, Green, Guttery, Hood, Inzer, Jemison, Jones, of Fayette, Jones, of Lauderdale, Johnson, Kimball, Leonard, McClellan, Morgan, Posey, Potter, Sanford, Sheets, Sheffield, Slaughter, Smith, of Tuscaloosa, Steadham, Steele, Taylor, Watkins, Whitlock, Wilson, Winston, Wood-46.

The nays were,-Messrs. Bailey, Baker, of Barbour, Baker of Russell, Barnes, Beck, Blue, Bolling, Bragg, Catterlin, Clarke, of Marengo, Cochran, Coleman, Creech, Crook, Curtis, Daniel, Dargan, Davis, of Covington, Davis, of Madison, Davis, of Pickens, Dowdell, Gibbons, Gilchrist, Hawkins, Henderson, of Macon, Henderson, of Pike, Herndon, Howard, Humphries, Jewett, Ketchum, Love,  McClanahan, McPherson, McKinnie, Owens, Phillips, Ralls, Rives, Ryan, Shortridge, Silver, Smith, of Henry, Starke, Stone, Timberlake, Watts, Webb, Whatley, Williamson, Yancey-50.

The Convention went into an election of Deputies to the Convention of seceding Slaveholding States, proposed to be held in the city of Montgomery on the 4th day of February, 1861.

The Convention proceeded with the election of Deputies, by ballot, and by Congressional Districts in the order of their numbers.

Mr. Dargan nominated Calvin J. McRae, for the 1st Congressional District.


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Mr. Silver nominated George N. Stewart.

Mr. Morgan nominated E. W. Pettus.

1st Ballot. The first ballot resulted as follows: Mc. Rae, 40; Pettus, 43; Stewart, 5; Lyon, 1; Blank, 1; necessary to an election, 46. The President announced that no election was had.

Mr. Silver withdrew the name of George N. Stewart.

Mr. Matterlin nominated F. S. Lyon.

The Convention then proceeded to the 2nd ballot. The second ballot resulted as follows: McRae, 40; Pettus, 42; Lyon, 8; necessary to an election, 46. The President announced that no election was had.

Mr. Earnest from the Committee on Enrollment, made the following report:

The Committee on Enrollment, have instructed me to report, that they have examined the Ordinance of Secession as engrossed by the Clerk, and report it correctly enrolled; and that the same is now ready for the signatures of the Members of this Convention, who may be disposed to sign the same.

Respectfully submitted,

W. S. EARNEST, Chairman.

Which report was withdrawn.

The President announced the following names on the Special Committee on Public Lands, which had been ordered, to wit: For the St. Stephens Land Office District, Mr. Jewett; for the Elba District, Mr. Yelverton; for the Greenville District, Mr. Bolling; for the Huntsville District Mr. Lewis; for the Centre District, Mr. Winston; for the Tallapoosa District, Mr. Coleman; for the Demopolis District, Mr. Rives.

The President announced that he had added to the Committee on the Constitution, Messrs. Gibbons, and Morgan in compliance with an order of the Convention.

Upon motion by Mr. Jemison, the Convention then adjourned.