January 9t.h, 1861.

The Convention was called to order at 10 o’clock, a.m., by the President, and was opened with prayer from Rev. G.H.W. Petrie, of Montgomery.

Journal of yesterday read and approved.

Mr. Brasher asked leave to record his vote in the negative on the, resolution passed yesterday relative to sending troops to Florida. Granted.

Mr. Green asked leave to change his vote from the affirmative to the negative on same resolution: Granted.

Mr. Baker asked leave to record his vote on the same resolution. Granted; and Mr. Baker voted aye.

The vote was then revised, and stood ayes 52; nays 47.

The President announced the committee of five under Mr. Jemison=s motion of yesterday, to whom is referred the resolution relative to protecting citizens of this State in certain cases. Committee consists of Messrs. Jemison, Dowdell, Cochran, Davis, of Madison, and Coleman. Messrs: Geo.H. Shorter and Samuel G. Reid, State Printers, who were on yesterday elected Printers to the Convention, appeared and were sworn to secrecy.

On motion by Mr. Cochran, Judge H. L. Benning, of Georgia was invited to a seat within the bar of the Convention.

On motion of the Clerk, of Marengo, it was,

Resolved; That the Door-keeper of this Convention be required to employ two pages to wait on the members thereof.

Mr. Yancey moved that the pay of the pages shall be one dollar each per day. Adopted.

Mr. Jemison moved to take from the table the Governor’s first communication on yesterday. Carried, and 500 copies ordered to be printed.

On motion by Mr. Kimball, the pages_____and_____sworn to secrecy.

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

Resolved, That the Hon. James L. Pugh and the Hon. J. L. M. Curry be requested to communicate to the convention, in writing, any facts or information which may be in their possession, touching the action of Congress, and the purposes of the Black Republican party, which will, in their opinion, tend to aid this body in its deliberations.


Mr. Davis, of Madison, presented the following resolution:

Resolved, That whatever ordinance this Convention may adopt in its final action, contemplating or providing for a severance of the State of Alabama from the Federal Government, ought to be submitted to the people for ratification or rejection.

Mr. Cochran moved to lay the resolution on the table, but withdrew it at the request of:

Mr. Baker, of Russell, for explanation, and he renewed the motion.

The ayes and nays were called, and resulted-ayes, 53; nays, 46.

Those who voted in the affirmative are:-Messrs. President, Baily, Baker, of Barbour, Baker, of Russell, Beck, Barnes, Blue, Bolling, Bragg, Catterlin, Clarke, of Marengo, Cochran, Coleman, Crawford, Creech, Crook, Curtis, Daniel, Dargan, Davis, of Covington, Davis, of Pickins; Dowdell, Foster, Gibbons, Gilchrist, Hawkins, Henderson, of Macon, Henderson, of Pike, Herndon, Howard, Humphries, Jewett, Ketchum, Love, McClanahan, McPherson, McKinnie, Morgan, Owens, Phillips, Rives, Ryan, Shortridge, Silver, Smith, of Henry, Starke, Stone, Watts, Webb, Whatley, Williamson, Yancey, Yelverton-53.

Those who voted in the negative are: Messrs. Allen, Barclay, Beard, Brasher, Bulger Clarke, of Lawrence, Coffey, Coman, Crumpler, Davis, of Madison, Earnest, Edwards, Ford, Forrester, Franklin, Gay, Green, Guttery, Hood, Inzer, Jemison, Jones, of Fayette, Jones, of Lauderdale, Johnson, Kimball, Leonard, Lewis, McClellan, Posey, Potter, Ralls, Russell, Sanford, Sheets, Sheffield, Slaughter, Smith, of Tuscaloosa, Steadham, Steele, Taylor, Timberlake, Watkins, Whitlock, Wilson, Winston, Wood-46.

Mr. Clemens absent and not voting.

Mr. Earnest moved to take from the table the reports of the commissioners to the slave-holding States, as communicated by the Governor. Carried.

Mr. Baker, of Russell, moved to go into open session, and Mr. Dowdell moved, as amendment, that when this Convention is in open session the flag of Alabama shall be raised from the capitol.

The amendment was accepted, the motion adopted, and the doors of the Convention were opened.

The Secretary informed the President that he had ap-


pointed W.H.C. Price, of Macon, Recording and Engrossing Secretary.

The Convention then went into open session.




January 9th, 1861.

The proceedings of previous session were approved.

Mr. Yancey offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the following committees, to consist of seven members, be appointed by the President:

1. Committee on Printing.

2. Committee on Enrollment.

3. Committee on Credentials.

Mr. Bulger introduced the following preamble and resolutions, which, on his motion, were referred to the committee:

Whereas, Anti-slavery agitation persistently continued in the nonslaveholding States of this Union, for a long series of years, and in the late election was triumphant in the election of a President who sympathises with the enemy of domestic, or African slavery, thereby rendering our property and our institutions insecure, And

Whereas, We have been summoned together in Convention to consider, determine, and do whatever in the opinion of the said Convention the rights interests and honor of the State of Alabama require to be done for their protection, And

Whereas, This Convention, taking into consideration the actual situation of the country, as well as reflecting on the alarming circumstances by which we are surrounded, can no longer doubt that the crisis is arrived at which the conservative men of the United States are to decide the solemn question, whether they will be wise, and with magnanimous efforts secure and perpetuate the blessings of a Union consecrated by the common blood of our fathers, or whether by giving way to unmanly jealousies and prejudices, or to partial and transitory interest, they will renounce the auspicious blessings prepared for them by their revolutionary fathers, and furnish to the enemies of free government an eventual triumph, And


Whereas, The same noble and extended policy, and the same paternal and affectionate sentiment which originally determined the citizens of the independent colonies to form a Confederation, and the people of the States afterwards to form a more perfect Union, cannot but be felt with equal force now as motives to lay aside every inferior consideration, and to concur in such further provisions as may be found necessary to secure every section of our vast country in all their just rights and throw around the weaker portion, (the Southern States) such guarantees as will enable them to rest securely in the Union, and restore peace and quiet to the country.

Therefore be it Resolved, That separate State secession in the present emergency is unwise and impolitic, and Alabama will not secede without first making an effort to secure the co-operation of the Southern States.

Resolved 2d, That this Convention invites each of the Southern (or slaveholding) States to meet the State of Alabama in a Convention of delegates equal in number to their several Representatives in the Congress of the United States, atCCCCon theCCCCday ofCCCCfor the purpose of consideration and agreement as to the wrongs that we suffer in the Union, and the dangers that we are threatened with, and determining what relief we will demand for the present and security for the future, and what remedy we will apply if our just demands are not complied with.

Resolved 3d. That the President of this Convention be requested forthwith to forewarn by the most speedy conveyance, a copy of this preamble and resolutions to the Governors of the several Southern States with a request that they give them such direction as will be most likely to secure the object desired, to-wit: The co-operation of all the Southern States in securing their rights in the Union, or establishing their independence out it.

Mr. Baker, of Russell, introduced the following resolution:

Resolved, That the Governor of this State be respectfully requested to furnish this Convention with the following information.

1. The number of arms? The character or discription of them, which he has purchased for the State by virtue of an act of the last Legislature appropriating two hundred


thousand dollars for that purpose, and the price paid for each description of arms.

2. What amount of that fund has been expended in the purchase of these arms, and the necessary expenses attending the same.

3. How many of these arms are now on hand and how many have been distributed?

4. And any other information connected with the number and character of arms which are under his control.

Mr. Jemison offered the following amendment, which was accepted:

Resolved, That he further communicate how many military companies are now in the service of the State, when each entered said service and the number of each company, and the particular service in which each is engaged.

Mr. Yancey proposed the following amendment, which was also accepted.

And the amount of ordinance owned by the State, and its character, and what ammunition and military stores of all descriptions is now owned by the State.

And also, information as to the amount and character of the property of the United States, and other property found in Forts Morgan and Gaines and in the Arsenal at Mount Vernon, now in possession of the State.

Mr. Coleman offered the following amendment, which was accepted, and the entire resolutions were then adopted:

Resolved, That the information herein requested shall be read only in secret session.

Mr. Baker of Russell, introduced the following resolution which was adopted:

Resolved, That the Treasurer of this State be respectfully requested to furnish this Convention with such information as will enable this body to ascertain the amount of money, and other available assets now in the State Treasury which has not been appropriated, as well as the characters and description of the same.

Mr. Coleman introduced the following resolution:

Resolved, By the people of the State of Alabama in Convention assembled, that they pledge the power of this State to aid in resisting any attempt upon the part of the Government of the United States of America to invade or coerce any of the seceding States.


Mr. Davis of Madison moved to refer the resolution to the Committee of thirteen.

After discussion, Mr. Davis withdrew his motion.

Mr. Bragg moved to refer the resolution to the Committee of five, of which Mr. Jemison is chairman, with instructions to report to-morrow morning on the assembling of the Convention.

After discussion; Mr. Bragg by leave withdrew his motion.

On motion of Mr. Morgan the Convention then adjourned until to-morrow morning at 11o’clock.