WEDNESDAY, June 6, 1821.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Elliot presented the petition of the master builders and mechanics of Mobile, which was read.

Mr. Elliot then asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill for the relief of the master builders and mechanics of the city of Mobile.

Which was read the first time, and on motion ordered to be read a second time on to morrow.

According to the order of the day the senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill to apportion the Representatives among the several counties of this state, according to the returns of the late census; Mr. Gause in the chair: after sometime spent therein, the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Gause reported, that the committee of the whole had according to order had said bill under consideration and had made sundry amendments thereof.

Said bill was then read as amended, and on motion of Mr. Gause the amendments were concurred in by the senate.


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Mr. Elliott moved that said bill be engrossed and read a third time on to morrow.

And the question being taken thereon, it was decided in the negative.

Mr. Chambers moved that said bill be engrossed and read a third time forthwith.

And the question being taken thereon, it was also decided in the negative.

On motion of Mr. Casey the vote for engrossing said bill for a third reading on to morrow was reconsidered.

On motion said bill was ordered to be engrossed and read a third time on to morrow.

Mr. Rose moved that the senate now consider the resolution restricting the business of the present session, which was read a second time: and on motion of Mr. Garth ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Garth from the select committee on the petition of sundry inhabitants of the county of Cotaco, relative to the expence of the General Assembly reported a bill to be entitled an act to reduce the expences of the General Assembly, which was read the first time.

On motion of Mr. Garth the voted which requires all bills to be read on three several days was dispensed with, and said bill was then read the second time, and

On motion of Mr. Garth committed to a committee of the whole and made the order of the day on to morrow.

Mr. Terrell moved that the senate reconsider the vote on a bill to be entitled an act to alter and amend a part of the first section of an act entitled an act to provide for fixing the site for the permanent seat of justice in the county of Marengo, which passed in the affirmative.

Mr. Ringgold then asked and obtained leave to introduce said bill, which was read the first time.

On motion of Mr. Ringgold, the rule which requires all bills to be read on three several days was dispensed with; said bill was then read the second time forthwith, and

On motion committed to a committee of the whole and made the order of the day on to morrow.

On motion of Mr. Ringgold the following resolution was adopted:

Resolved, that a special committee be appointed to prepare and report a bill making such amendments to the law now in force respecting insolvent debtors as shall finally abolish the inhuman and barbarous practice of imprisonment for debt, when the debtor may be willing to deliver up his property for the benefit of his creditors.

Whereupon, Messrs. Ringgold, Lucas, and Dennis were appointed.

On motion the senate adjourned until twelve o'clock.

Twelve o'clock noon.

The senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Ringgold from the select committee to whom was referred a resolution respecting insolvent debtors, reported a bill to be entitled an act amendatory of the laws now in force for the relief of insolvent


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debtors, which was read the first time- Ordered that the rule which requires all bills to be read on three several days be dispensed with and that said bill be read a second time forthwith. Said bill was then read the second time, and on motion, committed to a committee of the whole, and made the order of the day on tomorrow.

The senate adjourned until 9 o'clock, to-morrow morning.