An act to incorporate the Cahawba Navigation Company.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That Edwin D. King, Joel L. Jones, James L. Baird, Thoms Read, John Durden and Temple Lea, and such persons as shall be associated with them are hereby declared a body corporate under the name and style of the Cahawba Navigation Company, who shall be authorized to receive subscriptions and donations, and apply the same in such manner as they shall direct to the improvement of the navigation of Cahawba river, from the town of Cahawba to the falls of the river of the same name.


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Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That if any person or persons, shall cut or fall a tree into said river, and shall not immediately remove the same, or shall otherwise obstruct the navigation of the said river, shall, for every such offence, forfeit and pay the sum of five dollars for every day the same is thus obstructed, to be recovered before any court having jurisdiction of the same, in the name of said company, and to be applied to the improvement of the navigation of said river; Provided nevertheless, that nothing in this act shall be construed so as to prevent the State of Alabama, from making any improvement in the navigation of the same in any manner, and at any time it may think proper; And provided also,  that nothing contained in this act shall be so construed as to prevent any other company from improving the navigation of said river from the mouth, to the falls of the same.

[Approved December 7, 1820.]

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An Act to amend an act, passed at St. Stephens, the 13th of February, 1818, to establish the Tombeckbee Bank.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That so much of the act to incorporate the President, Directors and Company of the Tombeckbee Bank, as declares that no person shall be eligible as a Director of said Bank, for more than three years in succession be and the same is hereby repealed.

[Approved, Dec. 7, 1820.

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An Act supplementary to the laws now in force, concerning Wills, Intestates, and Guardians.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That from and after the passage of this act, whenever any person or persons die intestate, and leaving an estate, not involved in debt so as to enforce a sale of any part of his or her estate real or personal : it shall be the duty of the chief justice of the county court or presiding magistrate, within three months after such estate is represented, by the administrators or administratrix to be solvent to appoint five commissioners, who, or a majority of them, within six months after their appointment, being first duly sworn to make division and distribution of such estate, (reserving to the widow her dower in all cases) among the legatees or other legal representatives of the deceased : and such division and distribution shall be reduced to writing and signed by said commissioners and certified by the Justices of the Peace, or other magistrate, before whom said commissioners are sworn, and returned to the office of the clerk of the county courts, or such other office as may be prescribed by law for that purpose, whose duty it shall be to record the same as now required by law in cases of inventories: Provided always, that when such division, and distribution cannot be equitably effected, without manifest injury to the legatees, or other legal representatives, then and in that case such estate shall be exposed to public sale as heretofore.

[Approved, Dec. 20, 1820.]


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An act, to amend an act to provide for leasing for a limited time the lands reserved by the Congress of the United States, for the support of Schools within each township of this State, for a Seminary of Learning, and for other purposes,

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That from and after the passage of this act, the agents of the school lands within each township in this State, shall have power to lease the same for any term not exceeding six years.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That all white male persons over the age of twenty-one years, who may reside in each township, at the time of the election of the agents, shall be deemed qualified electors any law to the contrary notwithstanding.

[Approved Dec. 20, 1820]

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An Act, to amend an act to regulate elections, establish certain precincts in the counties therein named, and for other purposes, passed on the 16th 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 in all elections hereafter to be holden in this state for Governor, members to Congress, members of the General Assembly, Sheriffs and Clerks, that the polls shall be kept open but one day for receive votes at the different places of holding courts in each county only, as well as at the different precincts.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the polls shall be kept open at the elections to be held at the different places of holding courts in each county till the hour of five o'clock in the afternoon of said day.

[Approved December 4, 1820.]

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An Act to authorise the Governor to dispose of the Public Arms of this State.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That the Governor of the State of Alabama, or the person exercising the powers of Governor be, and he is hereby authorised to order the Quarter-master General to cause to be transported to any point in this State, any number of public arms which he may deem necessary, when he shall have reason to believe that there is danger of insurrection, or invasion, or that the public good requires such transportation.

Section 2. Be it further enacted, That when any arms are transmitted pursuant to the provisions of this act, the commandant of the regiment, to which the arms may be sent, shall execute his receipt to the Governor of the State, for the number he may receive, and he shall be responsible for the safe keeping, and return of the same whenever he may be required.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the Quarter Master General be, and he is hereby required to cause to be conveyed upon receiving the Governor's order forthwith the number of arms to, the place specified in such order.

Section 4. Be it further enacted, That this act shall be in force from and after the passing thereof.

[Approved, December 7, 1820.]


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An Act to authorise the Judges of the Circuit Courts and Justices of the County Courts to take the acknowledgments of deeds and relinquishments of dower.

Whereas doubts have arisen whether the law of the Alabama Territory, authorising Justices of the quorum, to take the acknowledgments of deeds and relinquishments of dower, extends the right to the justices of the county courts.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That from and after the passage of this act, Judges of the Circuit Courts and Justices of the county courts respectively, may, and they are hereby authorised to take acknowledgments of deeds and relinquishments of dower, in the same manner that justices of the quorum were authorised to do under the laws of the Alabama Territory.

Section 2. And be it further enacted, That all acknowledgments of deeds and relinquishments of dower, which have been heretofore made before Judges of the Circuit Courts, or Justices of the County Courts, respectively, are hereby legalized and made valid, to all intents and purposes whatever.

[Approved, Dec. 20, 1820.]

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An Act to legalize Registering certain deeds of conveyances of land in this State.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That any person or persons, within this State, who have had deeds or conveyances of land executed to them, and have failed to have the same Registered within the time prescribed by law, that it shall be lawful for the said delinquents, within twelve months after the passage of this act, to have the same registered in the manner the law prescribes: and a duly certified copy thereof shall be valid, and read in evidence in any court of law or equity in this State, any law to the contrary notwithstanding.

[Approved, December 20, 1820.]

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An Act to amend an act, passed at Huntsville, on the sixteenth day of December, 1819, entitled "An act, to alter and amend the laws regulating the admission and practice of Counsellors and Attornies at Law."

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That from and after the passage of this act, when any person shall make application for a licence to practice and it shall be known to the Judges of the Supreme Court, that he has presided as a Circuit Judge in this State, or the Mississippi territory, it shall be the duty of said Court, to grant to him a licence without examination, any law to the contrary notwithstanding.

Section 2. Be it further enacted, That all laws or parts of laws repugnant to the provisions of this act be, and the same are hereby repealed.

[Approved, November 24, 1820.]


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An Act authorising and requiring the Keepers of the several jails in this State, to receive and keep persons committed under the authority of the United States.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That the common jails in the several counties, in addition to the purposes for which they are now used, shall be jails for receiving and safe keeping such prisoners as shall be committed to the same, by virtue of any process to be issued under the authority of the United States, until they shall be discharged by due course of law.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the keepers of the said jails, respectively, are hereby required to receive the said prisoners under the like pains, and penalties for neglect of duty therein, as they now are by law in the case of prisoners committed under the authority of this state; agreeably to a resolution adopted by the Congress of the United States, September twenty third, seventeen hundred and eighty nine.

[Approved, Nov. 30th, 1820.]