An act for the relief of the tax collector of Lauderdale county and for other purposes.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That the collector of taxes for the county of Lauderdale for the year 1820, be, and he is hereby authorised and required to collect the balance of the taxes due from said county to this State for the year 1820, and make return of the same to the proper officers of the State, at the time required by law for the return of taxes for the year 1821.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the comptroller of public accounts be, and he is hereby authorised to make an allowance to the tax collector of Dallas county for so much of the taxes on the lands lying in said county, owned by non-residents as may be made satisfactorily to appear, cannot be collected either by lease or otherwise.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the tax collector of Lawrence and Franklin counties for the year 1820, be, and they are hereby authorised to collect the balance of taxes due from said counties, and make return of the same at the time appointed by law in the year 1821.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the same fees shall be allowed on all judgments in civil suits in behalf of the State, as is or may be allowed in the supreme court.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That it shall not be lawful for the tax collectors to receive in payment for taxes any money, except gold or silver land office money, the bills of incorporated banks of this State and Comptroller's warrants.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That nothing in this act shall be so construed as to prevent tax collectors of the present year from paying, and the Treasurer from receiving such monies as are authorised to be received in payment of taxes by the existing laws.

[Approved, Dec. 20, 1820.]

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A resolution for printing the Journals and Laws of the present General Assembly.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That the state printer be and is hereby required to print and deliver as prescribed by law, twenty two hundred copies of the acts of the Legislature passed at the present session, and one thousand copies of the Journals of the House of Representatives and seven hundred copies of the Journals of the Senate.

[Approved, Dec. 21, 1820.]


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An Act to fix the seat of Justice permanently in Lauderdale County.

Section 1. BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the state of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That an election shall be held in the county aforesaid on the first Monday in February next, at the places by law appointed for holding the general elections therein , for the purpose of electing seven commissioners which election shall be holden by the proper officer and be conducted strictly pursuant to the election laws now in force in this state.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the commissioners aforesaid or a majority of them, shall fix on the most eligible site for the seat of justice aforesaid, as near the center as may be expedient, having in view natural convenience and the general interest of the county: and they shall have power to contract with the owner or owners of the land they may select for the county site, for a tract not exceeding one hundred and sixty acres, and to take a good and sufficient title to the land so purchased, and also to receive any donations in behalf of the county, which may be offered for the erection of the public buildings.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the aforesaid commissioners to lay off the land they may purchase or as much thereof as they may deem expedient into lots of a convenient size and expose the same to public sale, giving thirty days public notice in the Florence Gazette, Columbia Chronicle of Tennessee and at three public places in the county, on such credits, and payable in such instalments as they may deem just and proper.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the said commissioners after selecting the place for the seat of Justice, shall proceed to let out to the lowest undertaker the building a court house, jail and other necessary public buildings for the county of Lauderdale; first giving thirty days notice in the Florence Gazette and at three public places in the county and they shall take bond with approved security, from the undertaker or undertakers in double the sum for which said public buildings shall be let out, for the faithful completion of the work by the time mentioned in the terms of letting out, and agreeable to the plan by them devised, payable to them as commissioners aforesaid.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the said commissioners appointed by this act shall superintend the public buildings aforesaid, and on the completion thereof pay the undertaker or undertakers out of the monies arising from the sales of the land or lots, authorized to be sold by this act, and the balance (should there be any) after deducting a competency for their trouble, and expense, to deposit in the Treasury of the county; also they shall make a report of the whole of their proceedings to the County Court of Lauderdale, which shall be entered by the clerk of said court on record.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the said commissioners before entering upon the duty assigned them by this act, shall take the following oath, I do solemnly swear, that I will select and fix on the site for the seat of justice and public buildings in the county of Lauderdale agreeable to the provisions of this act, without favor or partiality.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That the site for the seat of justice fixed on under the directions of this act shall be the permanent seat of justice for said county ; and this act shall be in force from the passing thereof.

[Approved, Dec. 18, 1820.]


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An act supplementary to the act entitled an act to incorporate the city of Mobile, passed the 17th of December 1819.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That the Corporation of the City of Mobile, shall be and they are hereby authorized and directed to cause a complete and accurate survey to be made of the said city; agreeably to the courses and limits prescribed in the act to which this is a supplement and to establish and fix from time to time permanent boundaries at such places as they may deem necessary and proper for perpetuating the boundaries of the said city and to cause the squares into which the said city , now is, or may hereafter be divided to be numbered and each and every lot contained in said squares to be numbered, beginning at such point as the said corporation may designate and progressing with the same in the manner they may direct, and also to cause the front and depth of each lot so numbered to be measured and specified on the survey of the city, and after the said survey shall have been so made, and approved by the corporation the same shall be admitted to record in the Register office, or in such office as at the time of completing said survey, shall or may by law be appointed for recording deeds.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said corporation shall have power to widen, extend and regulate the streets, lanes and alleys, within the limits of said city, Provided, that no street, lane or alley, now existing, shall be widened or extended so as to infringe upon or interfere with any dwelling houses or other house in the occupancy of any inhabitant of said city without the consent of the owner or claimant thereof, and Provided moreover, that the street called and known by the name of Government street, shall be, and the same is hereby declared to be one hundred feet wide, and it shall be the duty of the said corporation to designate and distinctly to mark out the northern limits of said street according as the same were established by the Spanish Government, as nearly as can be ascertained by the Spanish records, by the records of the land office, or by any other evidence which they may deem satisfactory, and the limits when so ascertained marked out and designated shall be the permanent northern boundary of said street.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the said corporation shall have power, and they are hereby authorized to alter and change the present names of streets of the said city whenever they may deem it expedient and they shall mark the names when so altered and changed together with the original names thereof on the map of said city.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the said corporation shall have power and they are hereby authorized to lay out and open new streets, lanes or alleys whenever they may deem it expedient within the limits of the said city, under the restrictions herein before laid and under the following regulations that is to say, the Mayor of the said city shall summon twelve free holders inhabitants of the said city not directly interested in the lands or lots through which it is proposed to open and lay out the said new street or streets, who being first sworn to assess and value what damages would be sustained by the owners of said lots or lands by reason of the opening and laying out of any street, lane, or alley, and the damages so assessed shall be paid by the corporation of said city to the owners of said lots or lands; Provided always, that no street, lane or alley shall be opened, or laid out until the damages assessed to individuals consequence thereof shall have been paid.


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Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That no property of any description lying beyond the distance of one half of a mile westwardly from the most eastern street of the city aforesaid shall be liable to taxation by the corporation of the said city.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That if any person who may be brought before the Mayor of the said city on any change whatever, shall be dissatisfied in the decision of the mayor, they may forthwith, appeal to the circuit court in all cases when judgment shall exceed twenty dollars giving bond and security as by the eleventh section of the act to which this is a supplement is prescribed.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That three discreet persons shall be appointed to assess the tax in the same manner as heretofore prescribed in the ninth section of the act to which this is an amendment.

Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That all acts and part of acts coming within the purview and meaning of this act be and the same are hereby repealed.

[Approved, Dec. 14, 1820.]

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An act to authorise the persons therein named to sell and transfer certain certificates of land.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That Green K. Hubbard administrator of the estate of Walker Gannaway, deceased, be and he is hereby authorised to sell the certificates of the south west quarter of section number six, in township number seven, of range number eight, west in the Madison district, belong to the estate of said Walker Cannaway, deceased, on such terms as they may deem most advantageous, taking bond with sufficient security for the true and faithful payment of the consideration. Provided, That thirty days notice be given of the time of sale, and that the same be sold at public auction at the court house of the county in which said quarter section may be.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said administrator is hereby authorised and empowered on the sale of such certificate, to make or cause to be made to the purchaser or purchasers (as the case may be) of the same, a conveyance of such title as the said deceased had or was entitled to; which conveyance shall be equally valid and binding as if the same had been made by the said decendent in his life time.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That said administrator shall before the sale of the lands herein before authorised to be sold, enter into bond with sufficient security payable to the chief justice of the orphans court, in which said land is situated, for the disposition of the money arising from the sale of said land, agreeably to the existing laws regulating the distribution of the personal effects of deceased persons.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That Stephen C. Richardson, and Sarah T. Richardson, formerly Sarah T. Howard, executrix of the late Brutus Howard, deceased, be, and they are hereby authorised and empowered to sell and transfer any or all of the lands purchased by the said Brutus Howard and for which certificates only have issued.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of said Stephen C. Richardson and Sarah T. Richardson previous to any such sale to enter into bond with good and sufficient security to the chief justice of the county court of Monroe county, conditioned for the faithful application of the proceeds of such sale, to the benefit of the estate of said Howard.


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Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That all transfers made in pursuance of the provisions of this act shall be deemed as valid as if made by said Howard in his life time.

[Approved December 20, 1820.]