TWENTY-FIFTH DAY

THURSDAY, March 7th, 1861.

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

Prayer was offered by the Rev. Dr. Mitchell of the Episcopal Church.

Journal of yesterday read and approved.

Mr. Watts announced the presence of J. C. B. Mitchell, Esq., elected as successor of Mr. Yancey, who came forward, subscribed his name and took his seat.

CALL OF COUNTIES.

Mr. Owens introduced an ordinance providing for the creation of a new county out of Henry county, to be called “Smith.” Read, and made the special order for 1 P. M. to-morrow.

Mr. Timberlake offered the following:

Resolved, That the 10th section of the 5th article of the Constitution of Alabama, be so amended as to read as follows; a competent number of Justices of the Peace shall be appointed in and for each county, in such mode and for such term of office as the General Assembly shall direct. Their jurisdiction in civil cases shall be limited to causes in which the amounts in controversy shall not


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exceed two hundred arid fifty dollars; and in cases tried by a Justice of the Peace, right of appeal shall be secured under such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by law. Referred.

Mr. Clark of Lawrence, introduced an ordinance to dispose of the proceeds of the sales of the public lands, which were read and referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Mr. Bailey offered a memorial from citizens of Perry county, proposing a certain change in the Constitution. Referred.

Mr. Davis, of Pickens, introduced the following ordinance:

Be it ordained by the people of Alabama in Convention assembled, That Section 24 of Article 4, of the Constitution of Alabama, shall be amended by striking out after the words, “unless sooner removed,” the following words, viz: “and who shall not be eligible to serve either as principal or deputy, for the three succeeding years.” Referred.

Mr. Cochran introduced a resolution of instructions to the Committee on Military Affairs, to report without delay on the communication of the Governor, submitted on Tuesday last. Adopted.

Mr. Crook offered the following:

Resolved, That the President of the Convention be requested to inform the President of the Confederate States, that it is the desire of this Convention to call on him in a body, at such time as he may designate. Adopted.

AMENDMENTS TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION.

The amendment of section 32 of article 3, under consideration yesterday at adjournment, was taken up and adopted. 57 yeas, 30 nays

YEAS-.Messrs. President, Allen, Barclay, Barnes, Bolling, Beard, Bragg, Brasher, Bulger, Clarke of Marengo, Cochran, Coffey, Coleman; Coman, Creech, Crumpler, Dargan, Davis of Covington, Davis of Madison, Dowdell, Edwards, Forrester, Gibbons, Gilchrist, Green, Hawkins, Henderson of Pike, Hood, Howard, Inzer, Jewett, Jones of Fayette, Jones of Lauderdale, Johnson, Kimball Leonard, McClellan, McPherson, McKinnie, Posey, Rus-


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sell, Ryan, Sanford, Sheets, Shortridge, Smith of Henry, Smith of Tuscaloosa, Steadham, Steele, Stone, Taylor, Watkins, Webb, Whitlock, Williamson, Wilson.

NAYS-Messrs. Bailey, Blue, Catterlin, Clarke of Lawrence, Crawford, Crook, Curtis, Earnest, Ford, Foster, Franklin, Gay, Henderson of Macon, Herndon, Humphries, Jemison, Ketchum, Love, McClanahan, Mitchell, Owens, Phillips, Potter, Ralls, Rives, Starke, Timberlake, Watts, Whatley, Winston.

The next question was on the adoption of Section 2 of the Article on Slavery.

Mr. Posey moved to amend by inserting after the word “slaves” the words “born in.”

Mr. Jones of Lauderdale moved to amend by striking out Section 2 of the amendment proposed by the Committee on the Constitution, and amend article 6th Title “Slaves” of the Constitution of Alabama by striking out all after the word emancipated in the 4th line of Section 1.

And Mr. Clark of Marengo moved that the whole be laid on the table, and 200 copies ordered to be printed. Carried.

The next special order being the ordinance in relation to reducing the size of the counties:

Mr. Edwards moved to amend by striking out the last proviso and insert the words Aand that no new county shall be established under the provisions of this ordinance unless the population of said county be sufficient to entitle it to a separate representation in the Legislature.” But new counties may be established of less content than above prescribed, provided it contains the requisite population to entitle it to a separate representation.

Mr. Timberlake moved to strike out all after 5th line.

Mr. Ralls moved to amend as follows, which amendment was accepted by Mr. Johnson: After the word counties, in the 11th line, add: “No county site now established or hereafter established shall ever be changed without majority of two-thirds of the votes cast by the qualified voters of the county in which said county site is situated, but an election held in due form of law.”

Mr. Johnson moved to refer the ordinance to a select committee of five.


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And Mr. Webb moved to lay the whole on the table. Motion lost.

The motion of Mr. Johnson was then adopted, and the President appointed Messrs. Coleman, Ralls, Edwards, McClanahan and Taylor said select committee.

Mr. Clemens offered the following resolution, which was adopted:

Resolved, That the Governor be requested to inform this Convention what steps have been taken to carry into effect the provisions of an ordinance entitled “An ordinance to provide for the removal of the arms and munitions of war at Mount Vernon, in the State of Alabama, to a place or places of greater security,” which ordinance was adopted by this Convention on the 26th day of January, 1861. And that he be further requested to inform this Convention whether elections have been ordered to fill the various militia offices in the State of Alabama, in compliance with the provisions of an act of the State Legislature, entitled “An act to provide for the election of certain militia officers of the State of Alabama,” which act was approved on the 8th day of February, 1861.

The following resolution, the consideration of which was postponed until to-day, was taken up and referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Resolved, That the public lands within the limits of the State of Alabama shall be reserved for the use and benefit of the people of the State, and the title thereto shall not under any circumstances be transferred to any other government or power.

Mr. President announced as the Committee on Federal Relations, under the resolution of Mr. Shortridge-

Messrs. Shortridge, Watts, Crook, Jones of Lauderdale, Earnest, Bailey, Travis of Madison, Bragg and Owens.

On motion, the Convention adjourned till 10 o’clock to-morrow morning.