Saturday, December 8, 1821.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Gause, from the committee on county boundaries, to whom was


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referred the petition of a number of the citizens of Wilcox county, made the following report.

"The committee to whom was referred the petition of the citizens of Wilcox county, praying an alteration in the boundaries of said county report, that the prayer of the petition is unreasonable and ought not to be granted;" which was concurred.

Mr. Gause, from the committee on enrolled bills, reported, that said committee had examined; an act to authorize Leonard Abercrombie to emancipate certain slaves therein named, and found the same correctly enrolled; which was accordingly, signed, by Mr. President.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Hardwick. a member thereof.

Mr. President; I am instructed by the House of Representatives to inform your honorable body, that they have read a third time and passed, an act supplementary to an act, entitled an act for the relief of securities; an act to provide for assessing and collecting the revenue to this state; and an act to repeal in part and amend an act entitled an act to constitute a court of oyer and terminer for the trial of salves, and for other purposes; In all of which they desire the concurrence of your honorable body.

Mr. Rose, from the committee on claims, to whom was referred the petition of Charles Thaxter reported, a bill to be entitled, an act for the relief of Charles Thaxter; which was read the first time. Ordered, that said bill be made the order of the day for a second reading on Monday next.

Mr. Rose, from said committee, to whom was referred the petition of Thomas Eastin, reported a bill to be entitled, an act for relief of Thomas Eastin; which was read the first time. On motion, the rule which requires all bills to be read on three several days was dispensed with, and said bill was the second time. Ordered, that the same be committed to a committee of the whole house and made the order of the day for Monday next.

Mr. Davis obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, an act to repeal so much of the third section of an act entitled, an act to reduce the expenses of the general assembly, and for other purposes, passed at Cahawba on the 15th day of June, 1821, as is herein specified; which was read the first time. Ordered, that said bill be made the order of the day for a second reading on Monday next.

Mr. Wingate, from the select committee, to whom was referred the petition of M. J. Kenan, reported a bill to be entitled, an act for the relief of M. J. Kenan; which was read the first time. Ordered, that said bill be made the order of the day for a second reading on Monday next.

Mr. Deveraux obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled an act to incorporate the Murder creek navigation company; which was read the first time.

On motion the rule which requires all bills to be read on three several days, was dispensed with, and said bill was read the second time. Ordered, that said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day, for a third reading on Monday next.


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An engrossed bill to be entitled an act amendatory of an act to incorporate the town of Sparta, was read the third time and passed. Ordered that the title of said bill be as aforesaid, and that the same be sent to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Henry V. Chamberlain, was read the third time. Mr. Elliott moved to fill the blank in said bill, with "one hundred and eighty-two dollars and eighty five cents;" and on the question being put, it was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Garth proposed the following amendment to said bill, by way of rider.

"And be it further enacted, That no tax collector shall be compelled to pay 15 per cent damages for failing to pay the taxes collected in their counties; and the damages are hereby remitted, as in the case of Henry V. Chamberlain;" and the question being put, on the adoption of said amendment, it was decided in the negative. Yeas 2, nays 17. The yeas and nays being called for.

Those who voted in the affirmative, are

Messrs. Garth and McVay-- 2.

Those who voted in the negative are

Mr. President, Casey, Conner, Cambers, Davis, Deveraux, Dennis, Elliott, Gause, Gaines, Hogg, Lucas, Lanier, May, Rose, Trotter and Wingate-- 17.

The question was then put, "shall this bill pass?" and decided in the affirmative. Yeas 13, nays 2. The yeas and nays being desired,

Those who voted in the affirmative, are

Mr. President, Casey, Conner, Chambers, Davis, Devereux, Dennis, Elliott, Gause, Gaines, Hogg, Lucas, Lanier, May, Rose, Trotter, Ware and Wingate-- 13.

Those who voted in the negative, are

Messrs. Garth, and McVay-- 2.

Ordered, That the title of said bill be an act for the relief of Henry V. Chamberlain, and that the same be sent to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act to appoint commissioners for certain counties therein named, and for other purposes, was read the third time and passed. Ordered, that the title of said bill be as aforesaid, and that the same be sent to the House of Representatives for their concurrence.

A bill from the House of Representatives, to be entitled an act to authorize Elisha Thomas, Davis Gurley, and their associated, to turnpike a road therein named, was ordered to lie on the table.

The Senate according to order of the day, resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill to be entitled an act to prevent the circulation of small notes, commonly called change bills Mr. Davis in the chair; and after some time spent therein, the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Davis reported, that the committee of the whole, and, according to order, had said bill under consideration, but not having time to go through with the same, and directed him to report progress, and ask leave to sit again; which was granted. Ordered, that said bill lie on the table.

Mr. Gause, from the committee on enrolled bills, reported that said committee had examined the following acts and found the same duly


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enrolled viz: an act to establish an academy in the town of Sparta, and for other purposes, and an act to incorporate the town of Vernon, in the county of Autauga, which were accordingly signed by Mr. President.

Mr. Casey offered a resolution, appointing David White and Jesse Beene commissioners in addition to those already appointed to take charge of the public lands adjoining the town of Cahawba; which was read the first time. Ordered, that said resolution be made the order of the day, for a second reading on Monday next.

A bill from the House of Representatives, to be entitled an act to repeal in part, and amend an act entitled an act to constitute a court of Oyer and Terminer, for the trial of slaves, and for other purposes, was read the first time. Ordered, that said bill be made the order of the day, for a second reading on Monday next.

A bill from the House of Representatives, to be entitled an act supplementary to an act entitled an act for the relief of securities, was read the first time; Ordered, that said bill be made the order of the day for a second reading on Monday next. On motion of Mr. Elliott, Ordered, that thirty copies of said bill be printed for the use of the Senate.

A bill from the House of Representatives to be entitled an act to provide for assessing and collecting the taxes of this state, was read the first time. Mr. Davis moved, that third copies of said bill be printed for the use of the Senate; and on the question being put it was decided in the negative yeas 9, nays 11.

The yeas and nays being called for. Those who voted in the affirmative, are

Mr. President, Conner, Chambers, Davis, Deveraux, Elliott, Lanier, May, and Wingate-- 9.

Those who voted in the negative, are

Messrs. Casey, Dennis, Garth, Gause, Gaines, Hanby, Hogg, Lucas, McVay, Roe, and Trotter-- 11.

Ordered, that said bill be made the order of the day for a second reading on Monday next.

The bill to be entitled an act to authorize the administrators of the late John Lucas to sell certain real estate was taken up: and the Senate, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a committee of the whole on said bill; Mr. Rose in the chair, and after some time spent therein the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Rose reported, that the committee of the whole had, according to order, had said bill under consideration and had directed him to report the same as amended; which was concurred in.

Mr. Gause proposed to amend said bill by adding the following proviso to the first section thereof "Provided, that said administrators shall 1st enter into bond with sufficient security to be approved by the judge of the county court of Montgomery county conditioned, for the faithful application of the money arising from the sale of said land," which was adopted. Ordered, that said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for a third reading on Monday next.

On motion, the Senate adjourned till Monday morning 10 o'clock.