WEDNESDAY, Dec. 1, 1819.

The senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Garth from the select committee, appointed to ascertain the expences of assessing and collecting the taxes for the year 1819, reported that returns had been received from eighteen counties, the taxes of which amounts to twenty five thousand two hundred & 50 dolls. and the expence of assessing and collecting the same amounts in three thousand six hundred and nine dollars, which is about fourteen and a half per cent upon the amount of taxes collected. Your committee suggest that the assessing of taxes in one of the small counties, under the existing laws, amounts to thirty-three and a half per cent upon the amount assessed in the county, and in several from fifteen to thirty per cent. beside the commissions for collecting the same. Your committee recommend some change in the law, that will assess and collect the taxes in some manner that will be less expensive to the state. Ordered, that said report and accompanying document do lie on the table.

The order of the day having been called for -- A bill to suppress riots, routs, unlawful assemblies and breaking of the peace, was read. Ordered, that said bill be committed to committee of the whole, and made the order of the day on to-morrow.

A bill to provide for leasing certain salt springs was read the third time and passed. Ordered, that the title of the said bill be, and act to provide for leasing certain salt springs.


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A bill specifying the causes and manner of removing clerks, was read, and on motion ordered, to be committed to the committee of the whole, and made the order of the day on to-morrow.

A message from the house of representatives by Mr. Creagh- Mr. President: the house of representatives have read a third time and passed the following bills.

A bill to incorporate the Baptist Church of Christ, on Limestone in Madison county.

An act to authorise the laying off and cutting out certain roads therein mentioned.

An act to regulate the rate of interest.

An act to establish the seat of justice in Limestone county; to which they desire your concurrence.

An act to provide for the appointment of Commissioners to lay out a certain road therein mentioned-- and An act to provide for the preservation of the public arms-- which originated in the senate.

On motion, the senate resolved itself into committee of the whole, on the bill to provide for the organization and discipline of the militia of the state of Alabama-- Mr. Watkins in the chair, and after some time spent therein, the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Watkins reported, that the committee had, according to order, had said bill under consieration, and had made some progress therein, and had instructed him to ask leave to sit again; which was granted.

Mr. Garth, moved that the committee of the whole be discharged from the further consideration of said bill; and on the question being taken thereupon, it passed in the affirmative.

Mr. Hogg, moved that the bill to regulate the militia of this state be taken up-- which was resolved in the affirmative.

Mr. Garth moved that said bill, and a bill to provide for the organization and discipline of the militia of Alabama, be committed to the military committee -- on the question being taken thereupon, it passed in the affirmative.


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On motion of Mr. Garth, ordered that the committee of the whole be discharged from the further consideration of a bill concerning forthcoming and replevy bonds, and that said bill be committed to a select committee; whereupon Messrs. Moore, Garth, and Casey were appointed.

On motion of Mr. Garth, the senate resolved itself into committee of the whole on the order of the day, a bill to provide for taking the census in the state of Alabama, Mr. Watkins in the chair, and after some time spent therein, the committee rose, and Mr. Watkins reported that the committee had, according to order, had said bill under consideration, and instructed him to report the same without amendment.

On motion of Mr. Garth, the senate resolved itself into committee of the whole, on a bill to provide for the appointment of county officers, Mr. Watkins in the chair, and after some time spent therein, the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Watkins reported that the committee had, according to order, had said bill under consideration, and had made sundry amendments thereto; 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 Mr. Burney--Mr. President: the house of representatives insist on the disagreement, to the amendments made by the senate to a bill affixing salaries to certain officers in the state of Alabama.

On motion, the senate again resolved itself into committee of the whole on a bill to provide for the appointment of county officers, Mr. Terrell in the chair, and after some time 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, and had made sundry amendments thereto; which were concurred in.

Mr. Ringgold moved further to amend said bill by striking out the first part of the eighth section thereof


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which provides that the assessor and tax collector shall be elected by the qualified electors, and inserting the following, And be it further enacted, that the inferior court of each and every county, at their first session after the first day of January next, shall appoint an assessor and tax collector for said counties; and on the question being taken thereupon, the yes and nays being called for, it passed in the negative-- yeas 10 nays 11.-- Those who voted in the affirmative are, messrs. President, Casey, Garth, Harwell, Ringgold, Sims, Terrell, Trotter, Watkins and Seabury.--Those who voted in the negative are, messrs. Chambers, Conner Farmer, Hanby, Herbert, Hodges, Hogg, Metcalfe, Moore, Rose and Ware.

Said bill was further amended, read, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading on to-morrow.

A message from the house of representatives by Mr. Vaughan.--Mr. President: the house of representatives have passed on its third reading An act to provide for the sale of lots in the town of Cahawba, and for other purposes, and have amended the same by way of rider, and desire your concurrence.

Mr. Garth moved that the select committee, to whom was committed, a bill concerning forth- coming and replevy bonds, be discharged from the further consideration of said bill--which passed in the affirmative.

The further orders of the day were postponed. until to-morrow.