TWENTY-SECOND DAY

MONTGOMERY, ALA.

Monday, March 4, 1861.

In pursuance of a resolution adopted by the convention on the 26th day of January, 1861, the Alabama State Convention assembled on this day in the Hall of the House of Representatives, of this State, at 12 o’clock m., and was duly called to order by the President, Hon. W. M. Brooks.

Prayer was offered by the Rev. J. A. Heard, of the M. E. Church South.

The journals of the 28th and 29th of January were read and approved.

The President laid before the convention a letter of resignation from R. H. Wynne, Door-keeper, which was read and laid on the table and his resignation accepted.

MONTGOMERY, ALA., March 4th 1861.

To the President of the Alabama State Convention:

SIR: Since the adjournment of the honorable body over which you preside, I have been elected Door-keeper to the Congress of the Confederate States; and wishing to retain that office, it becomes my duty to resign a similar one which I hold under the State Convention. This I now do; and in doing so, permit me to tender through you my sincere and heartfelt acknowledgments to each and every member of the Alabama State Convention. My most fervent desires for your success and happiness through life but feebly convey the emotions which I feel in taking leave of a body which has honored me with


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their confidence, and which, gentlemen, allow me to say, it was my highest pleasure and happiness to serve.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. H. WYNNE.

Mr. Bulger moved that the convention proceed to the election door-keeper. Carried.

Mr. Watts, in view of the absence of the Secretary, moved that Mr. S. B. Brewer act as assistant to the Assistant Secretary, which was carried.

The question being on Mr. Bulger’s motion, it was carried.

Mr. Leonard nominated Richard Walker, of Montgomery, for door-keeper. Mr. Edwards nominated J. S. Jones, of same place. Mr. Inzer nominated S. Hooker, also of Montgomery; and Mr. Bailey nominated E. C. Greene, of Macon.

On the first ballot Mr. Greene was elected. The vote stood: Greene 35, Walker 14, Jones 10, and Hooker, 7.

Those who voted for Mr. Greene are: Messrs. Bailey, Baker of Russell, Barclay, Blue, Clarke of Lawrence, Clemens, Coffey, Creech, Crook, Daniel, Davis of Madison, Dowdell, Foster, Franklin, Greene, Henderson of Pike; Herndon, Hood, Howard, Johnson, Love, McClanahan, McKinney, Owens, Phillips, Posey, Ryan, Shortridge, Slaughter, Smith of Henry, Steele, Watkins, Webb, Whatley and Winston.

Those who voted for Mr. Hooker are: Messrs. President, Bolling, Crawford, Inzer, McPherson, Rives and Watts.

Those, who voted for Mr. Jones, are: Messrs. Brasher, Edwards, Jones of Fayette, Potter, Ralls, Russell, Sanford, Sheets, Whitlock and Wilson.

Those who voted for Mr. Walker are: Messrs. Allen, Barnes, Bulger, Crumpler, Davis of Covington, Earnest, Ford, Forrester, Gay, Jewett, Jones of Lauderdale, Kimball, Leonard and Taylor.

Mr. Clemens offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the Governor be requested to communicate to this Convention how many regular troops have been recruited under the ordnance passed on the 19th January, 1861; how many volunteer companies have been


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received into the service of the State; what is the number of officers, non-commissioned officers, musicians and privates in each company, and what is the kind and description of the arms with which they have been furnished.

Mr. President stated that the special order, which was the adoption of the amendments to the State Constitution, had precedence of any other business.

On motion of Mr. Webb, the special order was postponed.

Mr. Clemens’s resolution was then adopted.

Mr. Shortridge offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of engaging, at the expense of the State, a competent corps, whose duty it shall be to determine by actual observation and tests the best location within Alabama for an armory, having reference to the facilities of railroad and river communication, centrality, health, abundance, contiguity and duality of the iron ore, stone coal, charcoal and limestone; the probable cost of the necessary lands, buildings and machinery, and, the earliest time at which an armory can be placed in effective operation; and that said committee report forthwith, by ordinance or otherwise.

Mr. Clemens moved to strike out “forthwith,” which was accepted; and the resolution thus amended was adopted.

Mr. Kimball offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the members of the Congress of the Confederate States of America be invited to seats on the floor of the Hall of this Convention, even when in secret session. Adopted.

Mr. Baker of Russell introduced a resolution that reporters of newspapers published in the Confederate States of America and the other slaveholding States be allowed seats in the Hall of this convention, when in open session, and none others. Adopted.

Mr. Jones of Lauderdale moved to take up the following resolution, offered on the 28th January last, and which, under the rule, was laid over. The motion was carried, and the resolution was read.

Resolved, That there shall be a call of the members on


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each day, for the purpose of allowing each member respectively to introduce such matter as may be desired by any member to be submitted to the convention for its action.

Mr. Whatley moved the word “member” be stricken out, and that the word “counties” be inserted in lieu thereof. Carried; and the resolution as amended was adopted.

On motion of Mr. Baker of Russell, 200 copies of the rules of the house were ordered to be printed.

On motion of Mr. Clemens, the convention then adjourned till 10 o’clock to-morrow morning.