THIRTY-FIRST DAY

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THURSDAY March 14, 1861.

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

Prayer by Rev. Mr. Cobb.

Mr. Davis, of Madison, asked leave to have the vote of his colleague, Mr. Clemens, recorded on the question of


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ratifying the Constitution of the Confederate States, and leave was granted and it was recorded yea.

Mr. Humphries asked leave to record his vote upon the ratification also, and he voted in the affirmative.

Mr. Earnest introduced a resolution providing for the appointment of a committee of one from each judicial circuit, to lay off the State into nine congressional districts, giving to each district as near as possible, one ninth of the population of the State, without dividing a county.

Mr. Jones of Fayette, offered a substitute, providing that it be done on the “white basis.”

Mr. Cochran moved to lay the substitute on the table. Carried. Yeas 60-nays 32.

Yeas-Messrs. President, Bailey, Baker of Russell, Barclay, Barnes, Beck, Blue, Bolling, Bragg, Buford, Clarke of Marengo, Clarke of Lawrence, Cochran, Crawford, Creech, Crumpler, Curtis, Daniel, Dargan, Davis of Covington, Davis of Pickens, Dowdell, Earnest, Foster, Gibbons, Gilchrist, Hawkins, Henderson of Macon, Henderson of Pike, Herndon, Howard, Humphries, Jemison, Jewett, Jones of Lauderdale, Johnson, Leonard, Love, McClanahan, McPherson, McKinnie, Mitchell, Morgan, Owens, Phillips, Posey, Ralls, Rives, Ryan, Shortridge, Slaughter, Smith of Henry, Starke, Stone, Taylor, Watts, Webb, Whatley, Yelverton.

Nays-Messrs. Beard, Brasher, Bulger, Catterlin, Coffey, Coman, Crook, Davis of Madison, Edwards, Ford, Forrester, Franklin, Gay, Green, Hood, Inzer, Jones of Fayette, Kimball, Potter, Russell, Sanford, Sheets, Sheffield, Smith of Tuscaloosa, Steadham, Steele, Timberlake, Watkins, Whitlock, Wilson, Winston, Wood.

Bulger moved to amend by inserting the word “white,” before the word “population.”

Mr. Cochran moved to refer the whole subject to a select committee of three. Carried.

Mr. Watts offered an ordinance providing that the congressional districts from time to time, shall be laid off on the Federal basis. Referred to the same committee.

Mr. President laid before the convention letters from Messrs. Fearn and Lewis, resigning their position as deputies from Alabama in the Congress. Resignations were accepted.


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Mr. Dargan introduced the following:

Resolved, That in accepting the resignation of Mr. Thomas Fearn and Mr. David P. Lewis, two of our deputies of the Congress of the Confederate States, this convention would express its entire and full approval of the course they have pursued in said Congress, so far as it has been made public, and under them our thanks for the good results, owing in part to their labors. Adopted.

Mr. President announced as the select committee to consider the matter of laying off the State into Congressional districts, Messrs. Cochran, Jemison and Dargan.

Mr. Inzer asked and obtained leave to record his vote on the question taken yesterday during his absence, first, upon the call of the previous question and votes nay, and second upon the ratification of the Constitution and votes, yea.

Mr. Morgan moved that the Committee on the revision of the Constitution be placed among the standing committees. Carried.

Mr. Webb with leave, from the Committee on the revision of the Constitution, reported all ordinances to amend the Constitution as to banks. It provides that suspension of specie payment by a bank shall not be legalized by the Legislature, except by a two-third vote of each house.

Mr. Webb moved to amend by inserting after the words “General Assembly,” “only in time of war.”

Mr. Johnson moved to amend as follows: strike out of the first section all after the words “General Assembly,” and insert “no bank or branch bank shall be established, or bank charter renewed, but in conformity with the following rule.”

Mr. Watley moved to lay the whole subject on the table. Lost.

On motion, the ordinance and proposed amendments were referred to the Committee on revision of the Constitution.

Mr. Cochran offered an ordinance for the benefit of the second regiment of Alabama volunteers.

Mr. Morgan moved to refer to the Committee on Military affairs.

Mr. Dowdell moved to refer to the Committee on the Constitution. Carried.


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Mr. Humphries moved to suspend special orders to enable him to offer an ordinance.

Mr. Morgan moved to amend so as to suspend special orders for the day; carried, and special order was suspended for the day.

Mr. Humphries reported an ordinance to amend the military ordinance adopted in January. Postponed till to-morrow.

Mr. Bulger asked to be excused from serving on the military committee. Excused.

Mr. Whatley offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That this convention will adjourn sine die on Monday the 18th inst, at 12 o’clock meridian.

Mr. Morgan offered to amend by inserting in place of “meridian,” “Friday next thereafter.” Lost.

Mr. Dowdell to amend by inserting “Wednesday.”

Mr. Humphries to lay the amendment on the table. Withdrawn.

Mr. Cochran to postpone the consideration of the whole subject until the committee on re-districting the State should report. Carried.

CALL OF THE COUNTIES.

Mr. Morgan introduced an ordinance to authorize the Governor to enlist an additional 200 men, and for other purposes. Referred.

Mr. President announced that Mr. Watts is appointed on the Military Committee in place of Mr. Bulger, resigned.

Mr. Morgan presented an account. Referred.

Mr. Morgan offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That when the committee on the revision of the Constitution find it necessary to incorporate any ordinance of this Convention into the body of the Constitution, they may leave out the caption of the ordinance.

Mr. Cochran moved to suspend the call of the counties to enable him as Chairman of select committee of three on re-districting the State, to make a report. Carried.

Mr. Cochran as Chairman as aforesaid, reported an ordinance on the subject and begged leave to sit again.

The committee by leave, withdrew the report and was instructed by the convention to report it again tomorrow at half past ten, and make it the special order for that hour.


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Mr. Blue offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That when this convention adjourns at 2 o= clock each day, it adjourn to meet at 4 o=clock of the same day, and that the regular hour of adjournment be 7 o=clock P.M. until otherwise ordered. The resolution lies over under the rule until to-morrow.

Mr. Humphries introduced a bill for the benefit of the Mobile and Girard Railroad Company. Referred.

Mr. Baker of Russell, offered an ordinance providing that the ordinances &c., of a merely legislative character, may be amended or modified by the Legislature. Referred.

Mr. McClanahan offered a resolution providing for a select committee of three to investigate and report upon the boundaries of this State. Adopted, and Messrs. McClanahan, Posey and Dargan were appointed.

Mr. Dargan introduced an ordinance in relation to the construction of the changes in the Constitution by this Convention. Adopted.

The Committee on Public Expenditures, to whom was referred the following resolution, beg leave to report back the same to the convention, and recommend its adoption:

Resolved, That Frank L. Smith, Assistant Secretary of this convention, be allowed four dollars per diem during the recess of this convention, for services rendered under instructions from said body.

Dr. Dowdell, Chairman of the Committee on Public Expenditures, made the following report:

The Committee on Public Expenditures, to whom was referred the following resolution, beg leave to report back the same to the convention, and recommend its adoption:

“Resolved, That the President of this convention draw his warrant on the Treasurer of the State for the sum of one hundred dollars, in favor of R. H. Wynne, former door-keeper of this convention, for extra services during the recess of said convention.”

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

“The Committee on Enrollment, to whom were referred ‘An ordinance to confer upon the Government of


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the Confederate States of America jurisdiction over the Custom House and Marine Hospital at Mobile, and certain lighthouses, lights and buoys in Mobile Bay, and for other purposes,’ and ‘An ordinance to transfer to the Confederate States of America the money in the hands of the collector of the port of Mobile,’ have had the same under consideration, and have instructed me to report that the same are correctly enrolled.”

Mr. Morgan, from the Committee on the Revision of the Constitution, reported an ordinance in relation to county boundaries. He also offered an amendment, a provision of which provides for changing the limitation of the size of the counties from nine hundred to six hundred miles.

Mr. Morgan moved to amend the ordinance as reported, as follows:

“Amend by striking out ‘nine’ where it occurs, and insert ‘six:’

“No line of a new county shall be established within twelve miles of an existing county site, or place elected as such.

“No new county shall be established unless the law providing for the same is ratified by a vote of two-thirds of the qualified electors within the territory reported to be included in such new county.

“No court house or county site, or place elected as such in any county, shall be changed to another place, except by a vote of two-thirds of the qualified electors of the county.

“No new county shall be formed unless the population thereof shall equal the one hundredth part of the population of the State, and be entitled to a separate representative in the House of Representatives of the General Assembly; and in no case shall the number of such representatives exceed one hundred.”

Mr. Dowdell moved to amend by adding the following clause:

“And that each county in the State shall be entitled to choose one Senator, and no more; and shall also be entitled to at least one Representative.”

Mr. Webb moved to lay the ordinance and amendment on the table, and that they be printed.


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The hour of 2 o'clock P.M. having arrived, the President announced the convention adjourned.