TWENTY-FOURTH DAY

WEDNESDAY, March 6th 1861.

The Convention met at 10 o’clock A. M.

Prayer by Rev. Mr. McIntosh, of Perry.

Journal of yesterday was read and corrected.

CALL OF THE COUNTIES.

Mr. Edwards introduced an ordinance in relation to the moneys arising from the sale of public lands, in this State, which was read and referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Mr. Shortridge introduced the following resolution which was adopted.

Resolved, That a Committee on Federal Relations be appointed by the President of the Convention, which shall be added to the standing committees.

Mr. Shortridge offered another resolution which was also adopted.

Resolved, That the Committee on Federal Relations be instructed to inquire into the expediency of appropriating so much of the proceeds of the public lands as may be necessary for the purchase of a district of ten miles square, within the State of Alabama, to be tendered to the Congress for the permanent seat of government of the Confederate States of America.

Mr. Phillips offered the following resolution which was adopted.

Resolved, That the Committee on Public Lands enquire into the expediency of making grants of public lands to such railroads in Alabama, now in progress of construction as have received no such grants from the Congress of the late United States.

Mr. Morgan moved to reconsider the vote by which the convention on yesterday postponed until one o’clock to-day, the proposed amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alabama; which motion was carried.

The Convention then proceeded to the consideration of said amendments.

The question was on the motion of Mr. Dargan, to strike out “private or quasi public” and insert after corporations, “other than municipal.” Motion carried.

Mr. Watts moved to strike out the entire section which gave rise to considerable debate.


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Mr. President decided Mr. Watts’s motion out of order.

The question recurring on Mr. Dargan’s amendment, it was adopted.

Mr. Watts renewed his motion to strike out section 32 of article 3.

Pending Mr. Watt’s motion, the hour of 12 o’clock arrived, which was the hour set for the special order pertaining to the ordinance in relation to the reducing of the size of the counties in this State.

Mr. Whatley moved that the special order be postponed until the business now before the Convention be disposed of. Carried.

Mr. Cochran offered the following amendment:

But this section shall not be so construed as to affect the power of the General Assembly, to perfect or secure any right or privilege under any existing law of this State, and no right or privilege arising under any existing law of this State, shall be affected by this section.

Which amendment was adopted.

Mr. Watts’s motion was lost. Yeas 27-nays 58.

Yeas-Messrs. President, Baily, Blue, Catterlin, Clarke of Lawrence, Crawford, Crook, Davis of Pickens, Earnest, Ford, Foster, Franklin, Gay, Henderson of Macon, Herndon, Love, McClanahan, Owens, Phillips, Potter, Ralls, Rives, Ryan, Starke, Timberlake, Watts, Whatley.

Nays-Messrs. Allen, Barclay, Barnes, Beard, Bolling, Bragg, Brasher, Bulger, Clemens, Cochran, Coffey, Coleman, Coman, Creech, Crumpler, Curtis, Daniel, Dargan, Davis of Covington, Davis of Madison, Dowdell, Edwards, Gibbons, Gilchrist, Greene, Henderson of Pike, Hood, Howard, Inzer, Jewett, Jones of Fayette, Jones of Lauderdale, Johnson, Kimball, Leonard, McClellan, McPherson, McKinnie, Morgan, Posey, Russell, Sanford, Sheets, Sheffield, Shortridge, Slaughter, Smith of Henry, Smith of Tuscaloosa, Steadham, Steele, Stone, Taylor, Watkins, Webb, Whitlock, Williamson, Wilson.

Mr. Watts offered the following amendment to come in after the word “tax-payer.”

Unless three-fourths of the citizens of a city, town or county vote therefore according to the value of the property represented.

Laid on the table. Yeas 50-nays 25.


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Yeas-Messrs. President, Allen, Barclay, Barnes, Bragg, Brasher, Bulger, Cochran, Coffey, Coleman, Coman, Creech, Crumpler, Curtis, Daniel, Dargan, Davis of Covington, Davis of Madison, Dowdell, Edwards, Franklin, Gibbons, Gilchrist, Green, Henderson of Macon, Hood, Howard, Inzer, Jewett, Jones of Lauderdale, Kimball, Leonard, McClellan, McPherson, Morgan, Posey, Russell, Sanford, Sheets, Sheffield, Shortridge, Steadham, Steele, Stone, Taylor, Webb, Whatley, Whitlock, Williamson, Wilson.

Nays-Messrs. Bailey, Blue, Catterlin, Clark of Lawrence, Crawford, Crook, Davis of Pickens, Earnest, Foster, Gay, Herndon, Johnson, Love, McClanahan, Phillips, Potter, Ralls, Rives, Ryan, Smith of Henry, Timberlake, Watkins, Watts, Winston.

Mr. Watts offered the following amendment:

Provided, That this clause shall not be operative as a part of the Constitution, unless approved by a majority of the qualified voters of the State, at the next general election.

Convention refused to lay it on the table. Yeas 40-nays 40.

Yeas-Messrs. Barnes, Bragg, Bulger, Clarke of Marengo, Cochran, Coleman, Coman, Creech, Crumpler, Curtis, Daniel, Dargan, Davis of Madison, Dowdell, Edwards, Gibbons, Gilchrist, Green, Henderson of Pike, Howard, Jewett, Jones of Lauderdale, Kimball, Leonard, McClellan, McPherson, McKinnie, Morgan, Posey, Russell, Sheets, Sheffield, Smith of Henry, Steele, Stone, Taylor, Webb, Whatley, Whitlock, Williamson, Wilson.

Nays-Messrs. President, Allen, Bailey, Barclay, Blue, Bolling, Brasher, Catterlin, Clarke of Lawrence, Coffey, Crawford, Crook, Davis of Pickens, Earnest, Ford, Foster, Franklin, Gay, Henderson of Mason, Herndon, Hood, Inzer, Jemison, Jones of Fayette, Johnson, McClanahan, 0wens, Phillips, Potter, Ralls, Rives, Ryan, Sanford, Shortridge, Slaughter, Steadham, Timberlake, Watkins, Watts, Winston.

Mr. Cochran moved the previous question, which was sustained. Yeas, 45-nays 36.

YEAS-Messrs. President, Allen, Barnes, Bragg, Brash-


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er, Bulger, Cochran, Coffey, Coleman, Coman, Creech, Crumpler, Daniel, Dargan, Davis of Madison, Dowdell, Edwards, Gibbons, Gilchrist, Green, Howard, Inzer, Jewett, Jones of Fayette, Jones of Lauderdale, Kimball, Leonard, Lewis, McClellan, McPherson, McKinney, Morgan, Posey, Russell, Sheets, Sheffield, Stead ham, Steele, Stone, Taylor, Webb, Whitlock, Williamson, Wilson.

NAYS-Messrs. Bailey, Barclay, Blue, Bolling, Catterlin, Clarke of Lawrence, Crawford, Crook, Davis of, Pickens, Earnest, Ford, Foster, Franklin, Gay, Henderson of Macon, Herndon, Hood, Jemison, Johnson, Love, McClanahan, Owens, Phillips, Potter, Ralls, Rives, Ryan, Sanford, Shortridge, Slaughter, Smith of Henry, Timberlake, Watkins, Watts, Whatley, Winston.

Pending the consideration, on motion the Convention adjourned till 10 o=clock to-morrow morning.