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WEDNESDAY, March 13, 1861.

Prayer by Rev. Mr. Tolbert

Journal read and approved.

A message was received from the Governor, in relation to providing for certain expenses, incurred in publishing the acts of the late called session of the Legislature, which was read; and Mr. Clemens offered an. ordinance to provide for certain expenses in preparing the acts of the late (called) “session” for the press, and the distribution of the same; and, on motion of Mr. Clemens, the communication of the Governor and the ordinance were referred to the Committee on Commerce and Finance.


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Mr. Jemison moved to reconsider the vote taken yesterday on Mr. Clarke’s resolution.

Mr. Jemison withdrew by leave.

Mr. Jemison moved to reconsider the vote adopting the resolution offered by him yesterday, to send delegates to the Atlanta Convention. Carried.

Mr. Jemison then moved to strike out “five,” where it occurs, and insert “seven” and require the delegates to be chosen from each Congressional District.

Mr. Bulger moved to amend by inserting words to the effect that “said delegates should receive no compensation.” Lost.

The question was on the adoption of the resolution, and the yeas and nays were demanded, and resulted-yeas 59; nays 27.

Yeas-Messrs. Allen, Bailey, Barnes, Beard, Blue, Bolling, Bragg, Catterlin, Cochran, Coman, Crawford, Crook, Crumpler, Davis of Covington., Davis of Madison, Davis of Pickens, Dowdell, Earnest, Foster, Gibbons, Gilchrist, Hawkins, Henderson ,of Macon, Henderson of Pike, Herndon, Jemison, Jones of Lauderdale, Johnson, Kimball, Leonard, Love, McClanahan, McClellan, McPherson, McKinnie, Mitchell, Morgan Owens, Phillips, Posey, Potter, Ralls, Rives, Ryan, Sheffield, Shortridge, Slaughter, Smith of Henry, Smith of Tuscaloosa, Starke, Stone, Taylor, Timberlake, Watkins, Watts, Webb, Whatley, Wood-59.

Nays-Messrs. Baker of Russell, Barclay, Brasher, Bulger, Clarke of Marengo, Clark of Lawrence, Coffey, Creech, Curtis, Daniel, Edwards,  Ford, Forrester, Franklin, Gay, Green, Hood, Jones of Fayette, Sheets, Silver, Steadham, Steele, Whitlock, Williamson, Wilson, Winston-27.

Mr. Brooks (Mr. Webb in the chair) moved to suspend call of counties, to take up ordinance for adopting and ratifying the permanent Constitution of the Confederate States. Carried.

The question was on the adoption of the amendment of Mr. Jemison, offered on yesterday; and Mr. Earnest was entitled to the floor.

Mr. Cochran asked leave to introduce his colleague, Jefferson Buford, delegate from Barbour county, who


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had been elected to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Alpheus Baker.

Mr. Buford came forward and enrolled his name, and took his seat in the convention.

Mr. Brooks moved to lay the amendment on the table, and the yeas and nays were demanded, and resulted as follows: yeas 31-nays 61.

Yeas-Messrs. President, Bailey, Blue, Bolling, Bragg, Catterlin, Cochran, Creech, Crook, Curtis, Dargan, Davis  of Pickens, Gibbous, Gilchrist, Hawkins, Henderson of Pike, Howard, Jewett, Love, McClanahan, McPherson, Mitchell, Morgan, Phillips, Rives, Ryan, Silver, Smith of Henry, Starke, Stone and Whatley.

Nays-Messrs. Allen, Baker of Russell, Barclay, Barnes, Beard, Brasher, Buford, Bulger, Clarke of Marengo, Clark of Lawrence, Clemens, Coffey, Coman, Crawford, Crumpler, Daniel, Davis of Madison, Dowdell, Earnest, Edwards, Ford, Forrester, Foster, Franklin, Gay, Green Henderson of Macon, Herndon, Hood, Jemison, Jones of Fayette, Jones of Lauderdale, Johnson, Kimball, Leonard, Lewis, McClellan, McKinnie, Owens, Posey, Potter, Ralls Russell, Sanford, Sheets, Sheffield, Shortridge, Slaughter Smith of Tuscaloosa, Steadham, Steele, Taylor, Timberlake, Watkins, Watts, Webb, Whitlock, Williamson, Wilson, Winston, Wood and Yelverton.

Mr. Clarke of Lawrence paired off with Mr. Coleman, absent.

Pending discussion, Mr. Morgan moved to suspend the rule as to adjournment. Carried.

Mr. Davis of Madison moved the previous question, and the question was, shall the main question be now put, and the call for the previous question was sustained. Yeas 53-nays 36.

Yeas-Messrs. President, Bailey, Barnes, Beck, Blue, Bolling, Bragg, Buford, Catterlin, Clarke of Marengo, Clemens, Cochran, Crawford, Creech, Crook, Crumpler, Curtis, Daniel, Dargan, Davis of Covington, Davis of Madison, Davis of Pickens, Dowdell, Earnest, Foster, Gibbons, Gilchrist, Hawkins, Henderson of Macon, Henderson of Pike, Herndon, Howard, Jewett, Love, McClanahan, McPherson, McKinnie, Mitchell, Morgan, Owens, Phillips, Ralls, Rives, Ryan, Shortridge, Silver, Smith of Henry, Starke, Stone, Webb, Whatley, Williamson and Wood.


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NAYS-Messrs. Allen, Baker of Russell, Barclay, Brasher, Bulger Coffey, Coman, Edwards, Ford, Forrester, Franklin, Gay, Green, Hood, Jemison, Jones of Fayette, Jones of Lauderdale, Johnson, Kimball, McClellan, Posey, Potter, Russell, Sanford, Sheets, Sheffield, Slaughter, Steadham, Steele, Watkins, Watts, Whitlock, Wilson, Winston and Yelverton.

The question being on the adoption of the ordinance of ratification, the yeas and nays were demanded, and resulted, yeas 87-nays 5; and the ordinance was adopted.

Before the Secretary commenced the call of the yeas and nays, Mr. Jones of Lauderdale presented the following protest, and asked that it should be spread upon the journals:

The undersigned, members of the Alabama State Convention, believing it to be the duty of said convention to submit the constitution offered for ratification by the Confederate States of America to the people of Alabama for ratification or rejection, hereby protest against the action of the convention in ratifying said constitution without such reference. But, believing a refusal on our part to vote for its ratification might be construed by the enemies of the State into an expression on our part of an intention to assist or raise a party with the purpose of resisting the action of the State, thereby inducing want of confidence abroad, and encouraging our Northern neighbors to attempt to coerce the South into submission, we vote, therefore, for the ratification of the constitution, and ask that this protest be spread on the journals.

HENRY C. SANFORD,

JOHN J. BRASHER,

JONATHAN FORD,

TIMOTHY J. RUSSELL,

A. KIMBALL,

W M. D. WINSTON,

W. A. HOOD,

W. R. SMITH,

H. C. JONES,

S. C. POSEY,

JOHN A. STEEL,

W. H. EDWARDS,

W. S. WATKINS,

LANG. C. ALLEN,

WRENSTON STEADHAM.


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Yeas-Messrs. President, Allen, Bailey, Baker of Russell, Barclay, Barnes, Beard, Beck, Blue, Bolling, Bragg, Brasher, Buford, Catterlin, Clarke of Marengo, Cochran, Coffey, Coman, Crawford, Creech, Crook, Crumpler, Curtis, Daniel, Dargan, Davis of Covington, Davis of Madison, Davis of Pickens, Dowdell, Earnest., Edwards, Ford, Forrester, Foster, Gay, Gibbons, Gilchrist, Green, Hawkins, Henderson of Macon, Henderson of Pike, Herndon, Hood, Howard, Jemison, Jewett, Jones of Fayette, Jones of Lauderdale, Johnson, Kimball, Leonard, Love, McClanahan, McClellan, McPherson, McKinnie, Mitchell, Morgan, Owens, Phillips, Mosey, Potter, Ralls, Rives, Russell, Ryan, Sanford, Sheffield, Shortridge, Silver, Slaughter, Smith of Henry, Smith of Tuscaloosa, Starke, Steadham, Steele, Stone, Taylor, Timberlake, Watkins, Watts, Webb, Whatley, Whitlock, Williamson, Winston, Wood and Yelverton.

Nays-Messrs. Bulger, Franklin, Jones of Fayette, Sheets and Wilson.

Mr. Clarke of Lawrence did not vote, having paired off with Mr. Clemens.

Mr. President declared that the ordinance was adopted, and the constitution of the Confederate States of America was approved, ratified and adopted by the people of Alabama.

Mr. Earnest offered the following resolution, which was postponed until to-morrow, at 10 o’clock:

Resolved, That the President appoint a special committee, to consist of one member from each judicial circuit of this State, to lay off the State into nine congressional districts, to be laid off as compactly as possible, and each to contain as near fifty thousand population as can be conveniently done without dividing a county.

On motion, the convention adjourned until to-morrow morning.