TUESDAY, Nov. 23, 1819

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Watkins from the select committee to whom was referred the petition of Ceaser Kennedy, reported a bill to authorise Ceaser Kennedy to emancipate certain of his slaves, which was read the first time. Ordered that said bill be read the second time on to-morrow.

Mr. Garth from the select committee to whom was committed a bill to incorporate the town of Demopolis reported said bill with amendments which were concurred in by the senate. Said bill was then read the third time and passed.

Ordered that the secretary acquaint the house of representatives therewith, and desire their concurrence.

A bill to provide for leasing the sixteenth sections in each township in this state, was taken up and read the second time; ordered that said bill be committed to a committee of the whole and made the order of the day on to-morrow.

Mr. Farmer from the committee of propositions and


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grievances, reported a bill for the relief of Benjamin Womble, which was read.

Mr. Casey moved that said bill be postponed indefinitely and the question being taken thereupon the yeas and nays being called for by messrs. Garth and Casey it passed in the affirmative- yeas 17, nays 3.

Those who voted in the affirmative are, messrs. Casey, Chambers, Conner, Garth, Gause, Hanby, Harwell, Herbert, Hogg, Metcalf, Ringgold, Rose, Sims, Terrel, Trotter, Watkins and Ware.

Those who voted in the negative are, messrs. President, Farmer and Moore.

Mr. Moore from the committee on enrolled bills reported that the committee had examined the following bills and found them to be truly enrolled: An act to authorize Wm. Russell and Joshua Gotcher to sell certain real estate therein mentioned; and an act to incorporate the town of Claiborne in the county of Monroe.

Mr. Farmer asked for and obtained leave to introduce a bill to empower the --- courts to emancipate slaves, which was read the first time- ordered that said bill be read the second time on to-morrow.

Mr. Rose asked for and obtained leave to introduce a bill to amend the laws respecting strays, which was read the first time. Ordered that said bill be read the second time on thursday next.

And a bill to alter and amend the laws respecting roads, which was read the first time. Ordered that said bill be read a second time on thursday next.

On motion of Mr. Farmer the senate resolved itself into committee of the whole, on a bill to prevent the practice of duelling , Mr. Moore in the chair, and after sometime spent therein, the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Moore reported, that the committee had according to order had said bill under consideration, and directed him to report the same without amendment.

On motion of Mr. Farmer, ordered that said bill be referred to the select committee who reported it.


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On motion of Mr. Garth, the senate resolved itself into committee of the whole on a bill to provide for the preservation of the public arms, Mr. Farmer in the chair, and after sometime spent therein the committee rose

Mr. President resumed the chair and Mr. Farmer reported that the committee had, according to order had said bill under consideration, and made sundry amendments thereto, which were concurred in by the senate, said bill was then read the second time.

On motion of Mr. Hogg ordered that said bill be engrossed for a third reading on Thursday next.

On motion of Mr. Hogg the senate resolved itself into committee of the whole, on a bill to regulate the militia of this state, Mr. Garth in the chair, and after some time spent therein, the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Garth reported that the committee had, according to order had said bill under consideration, and instructed him to report said bill without amendment. On motion of Mr. Garth, ordered that said bill do lie on the table.

A bill for the relief of the tax collector, assessor and others in arrears for taxes in Lauderdale county, for the year 1819, was taken up, read the 3d time and passed.

Ordered that the title of said bill be altered from bill to an act.

A bill to authorise John Betheny to emancipate certain slaves, was taken up, and on motion of Mr. Chambers, ordered to be committed to committee of the whole and made the order of the day on to-morrow.

A bill to appoint commissioners to lay off a certain road therein named, was taken up and read the 2d time

Ordered that said bill be engrossed for a third reading on to-morrow.

A bill to provide for the determination of suits and controversy by arbitration, was taken up and read.

On motion of Mr. Rose, ordered that said bill be committed to committee of the whole, and made the order of the day on to-morrow.

On motion of Mr Casey, ordered that the committee of the whole be discharged from the further considera-


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tion of a bill to provide for the inspection of lumber and other articles. Ordered that said bill do lie on the table.

A message from His Excellency the Governor, by Mr. Walker his private Secretary.

Mr President: I am instructed by the Governor to inform the senate, that he did on the 19th inst. approve and sign, an act to enable the Governor to ascertain the quality and quantity of certain lands in this state.

And, on the 22nd inst. an act to authorize Alle Kyle to make title to Jonathan Sanderlin to a certain tract of land; and an act to repeal certain laws therein named.

The senate adjourned until to-morrow morning 10 o'clock.