THURSDAY, June 7, 1821.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

On motion of Mr. Chambers, the Senate received the certificate of election of John W. Devereux, from Conecuh county, elected in room of John Herbert, resigned; and the oath prescribed by law, being administered to him by the president, he accordingly took his seat in the Senate.

The engrossed bill to be entitled an act to apportion the representatives among the several counties of this State, was taken up and read the third time and on motion of Mr. Casey, said bill was laid on the table.

According to the order of the day the senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill to be entitled an act amendatory of the laws now in force for the relief of insolvent debtors. Mr. Chambers in the chair, and after some time spent therein the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair and Mr. Chambers reported that the committee of the whole had, according to order, had said bill under consideration, but not having time to go through with the same had directed him to report progress and ask leave to sit again: which was refused.

On motion of Mr. Elliot, said bill was referred to a select committee, whereupon Messrs. Elliott, Lucas and Ringgold were appointed.

A message from the acting governor by Thos. A. Rogers, Esq. Secretary of State, in writing to wit:

Executive Office, June 7th, 1821.

Gentlemen of the Senate and of the House of Representatives,

I have the honor at this time to lay before you, a memorandum of vacancies which have occurred since your last session, in offices which it will devolve on you to fill during your present session.

I beg leave likewise to recommend to your consideration, at this time, the propriety of adjusting and settling the claim of William Terry Esq. for services rendered in the examination of certain rivers is this state.

(Signed) THOMAS BIBB.

Which was read and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Davis asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act authorizing ministers of the gospel to solemnize the rites of matrimony, which was read the first time, and on motion ordered to be read the second time on to-morrow.

Mr. Dennis asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill to alter the boundaries of certain counties therein named, which was read the first time, and on motion ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.


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Mr. Lucas asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act to change the name of the town of Ococoposo and the time for holding town elections, which was read the first time, and on motion ordered to be read a second time on to morrow.

According to order the senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill to be entitled an act to reduce the expences of the General Assembly, Mr. Terrell in the chair, and after sometime spent therein the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair and Mr. Terrell reported that the committee of the whole had according to order had said bill under consideration but not having time to go through with the same had instructed him to report progress and ask leave to sit again, which was granted.

A message from the House of Representatives by Messrs. Moore of Madison and Armstrong of Mobile:

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed the following bills, to which they desire the concurrence of your honorable body.

An act to amend an act entitled an act to establish a bank in the town of Mobile, passed at St. Stephens the twentieth November eighteen hundred and eighteen.

An act to apportion the representatives among the several counties of this state and divide the state into senatorial districts, according to the returns of the last census. And

A resolution authorizing the Comptroller to collect a sum of money therein named: which resolution was read the first time, and on motion of Mr. Elliott the rule which requires all bills to be read on three several days was dispensed with and said resolution was read a second time forthwith. And on motion ordered to be read a third time on to morrow.

The bill entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to establish a bank in the town of Mobile passed at St. Stephens the 20th of November 1818, was read a the first time.

Mr. Elliott moved that the rule which requires all bills to be read on three several days be dispensed with, and that said bill be read the second time forthwith. Said bill was then read the second time.

Mr. Elliott presented the petition of sundry of the stockholders of said bank, praying that no amendment be made to the law establishing a bank in the town of Mobile. And,

On motion of Mr. Elliott said petition together with the bill amendatory of said law was referred to a select committee. Whereupon, Messrs. Elliott, Casey and Terrell were appointed.

Mr. Elliott from the select committee, to whom were referred said petition and bill, reported that the prayer of the petition was unreasonable, and ought not, therefore to be granted. And also, reported the bill without amendment.

On motion ordered that said bill be read a third time on to morrow.

The bill to be entitled an act for the relief of the master builders


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and mechanics of the city of Mobile was read a second time, and on motion of Mr. Elliott ordered to be engrossed for a third reading on to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Ringgold, the committee of the whole was discharged from the further consideration of the bill to be entitled an act to alter and amend a part of the first section of an act to provide for fixing the site for the permanent seat of justice for the county of Marengo and for other purposes.

Mr. Terrell moved to amend said bill by adding two additional sections thereto, to wit:

And be it further enacted, That so much of an act entitled an act defining the boundaries of Marion county and for other purposes, passed at the last session as limits and restricts the commissioners to fix upon a site for the permanent seat of justice within three miles of the center, be and the same is hereby repealed; and the said commissioners or their successors are hereby authorized and directed, to fix upon the nearest eligible site to the centre, having due regard to good and lasting water, and a healthy situation. And the said commissioners or their successors are hereby authorized to purchase for the use of the county to be applied to the completion of the public buildings in said county, one half quarter section of land, or any less quantity, which to them may appear best to comport with the good of the county. And be it further enacted, That the election precinct heretofore established at the house of __________ McPhadyen in the county of Marion be, and the same is hereby, abolished; and that an election precinct be, and is hereby, established, at the house of Cox, residing near Cole Fire creek, in the county of Pickens.

Which were read and adopted.

Mr. Gaines also moved to add an additional section to said bill, to wit: And be it further enacted, That there shall be an election precinct in the county of Jackson, on the Hurricane fork of Flint river, at the house of the widow Campbell, in addition to those already provided by law.

Which was read and adopted.

On motion of Mr. Chambers the following additional section was added: And be it further enacted, That an election precinct is hereby established at the house of William Blackshears, in the county of Conecuh, in addition to those already established.

On motion of Mr. Lucas, the following additional section was also added; And be it further enacted, that an election precinct be established at Brainbridge in the county of Franklin.

On motion ordered that said bill, as amended, be engrossed and read a third time on to-morrow.

The engrossed bill to apportion the representatives among the several counties, according to the late census was taken up and read the third time.

Mr. Davis moved to amend said bill by an additional section by way of rider of the following tenor, to wit: Sec. 2. And be it further en-


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acted, that the counties of Baldwin, Washington and Mobile shall from one senatorial district; Conecuh, Henry and Butler, one: Monroe and Wilcox one; Clarke and Marengo one; Dallas and Perry, one; Autauga and Montgomery, one; Greene and Tuskaloosa, one; Bibb and Shelby, one; Jefferson and Marion, one; Blount and St. Clair, one; Cotaco, one; Lawrence, one; Franklin, one; Lauderdale, one; Limestone, one; Madison, one; and Jackson one; and each district shall be entitled to elect one senator.

And the question being taken thereon, the ayes and noes being called for, it passed in the negative, ayes 5, noes 14. Those who voted in the affirmative are

Messrs. President, Davis, Devereux, Garth and Ringgold.

Those who voted in the negative are Messrs. Casey, Conner, Chambers, Dennis, Elliott, Gause, Gains, Hanby, Hogg, Lucas, Rose, Terrell, Trotter and Ware.

Mr. Elliott from the select committee to whom was referred the bill to be entitled an act amendatory of the laws now in force for the relief of insolvent debtors, reported a new bill which was read the first time.

Mr. Elliott moved, that the rule which requires all bills to be read on three several days be dispensed with, and that said bill be read the second time by its caption, which was accordingly read the second time.

On motion of Mr. Elliott, said bill was considered as engrossed, and ordered to be read the third time on to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Casey, the bill from the House of Representatives entitled an act to apportion the representatives among the several counties of this state and to divide the state into senatorial districts according to the returns of the late census, was ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Gaines presented the petition of John B. Swan of Jackson county, praying for relief from certain forfeitures appearing against him in the court of that county at the instance of the state; which was read, and on motion of Mr. Terrell referred to a select committee; whereupon Messrs. Terrell, Gaines and Devereux were appointed.

The senate then adjourned until 8 o'clock, to-morrow morning.