THURSDAY, Dec. 9, 1819.

The senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Seabury presented the petition of sundry citizens of the town of Mobile, praying an increase of the powers of incorporate of said town :-- On motion of Mr. Seabury, ordered that said petition be referred to a select committee, whereupon messrs. Seabury, Casey, and Harwell were appointed.

Mr. Sims from the committee to whom was referred, a bill to alter and amend the laws respecting roads, reported the same amended, which was read the first time.

Ordered that said bill be read the second time on to-morrow.

A message from the house of representatives by Mr. Lampkin: Mr. President, The house of representatives have amended the amendment, proposed by the senate, to a bill providing for the organization and discipline of the militia of the state of Alabama, by striking out the whole of the amendment, from the enacting clause and substituting in lieu thereof, the bill herewith sent, as an amendment, to which they respectfully desire your concurrence.

According to the order of the day, the senate resolved itself into committee of the whole on a bill to regulate the proceedings of courts of law and equity in this state, Mr. Casey in the chair, and after some time spent therein, the committee rose. Mr. President, resumed the chair, and Mr. Casey 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 directed him to report progress and ask leave to sit again.


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A message from the house of representatives by Mr. Dillahunty: Mr. President; The house of representatives agree to the amendments made by your hon. body to a bill to regulate elections, and have amended the amendments by you proposed, for election precincts in Limestone county, by striking out the words in addition to and inserting besides and by striking out the word two and add to the amendment and one at Hesirs shop.

Ordered, that said message do lie on the table.

A bill to appoint additional commissioners for the town of Huntsville, was read the first time. Ordered that said bill be read the second time on to-morrow.

A bill to amend the laws regulating the admission of attornies, and counsellors at law, was read the first time.

On motion of Mr. Garth ordered the rule which requires all bills to be read through on three separate days, be dispensed with, and that said bill be read the second time forthwith by its caption.

Ordered that said bill be read the third time on to-morrow.

A bill to prevent frauds and fraudulent combinations in the sales of public lands in this state, was taken up, with amendments by the house of representatives.

On motion, ordered that said bill do again lie on the table.

A bill to regulate property contracts, was read the second time: ordered that said bill be read a third time on to-morrow.

A bill to amend the several acts concerning the trial of slaves, was read the second time.

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

A bill to incorporate the steam boat company of Alabama was taken up-- on motion of Mr. Seabury, ordered that said bill be recommitted to the committee who reported it.

On motion of Mr. Seabury, Mr. Garth was added to said committee.


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A resolution relative to petitioning congress to establish a land office at Tuskaloosa and Conecuh court house, was taken up.

Mr. Casey moved to amend said resolution by adding an amendment thereto, providing for the establishment of an office also at Shelby court house, and on the question being taken thereupon, it passed in the negative- said resolution was then read the third time and passed.

A bill to suppress duelling was read the third time, and on the question being taken on the passage thereof, the yeas and nays being called for, it was decided in the affirmative, yeas 12, nays 6.

Those who voted in the affirmative are messrs. Casey, Chambers, Garth, Herbert, Hodges, Hogg, Metcalfe, Ringgold, Rose, Terrell, Trotter and Seabury.

Those who voted in the negative are messrs. President, Gause, Hanby, Harwell, Moore, Watkins, & Ware.

Mr. Watkins moved that the committee on the division of counties be discharged from the further consideration of the petitions of the citizens of Mobile, Washington, and Baldwin counties.

According to the order of the day the senate resolved itself into committee of the whole, on a bill to establish a public road therein named, 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 instructed him to report the same without amendment.

Ordered that the said bill be read the third time on to-morrow.

A bill to change the name of the county of Cahawba, with the amendment proposed by the house of representatives, was taken up, and on the question being taken on concurrence therewith, it was decided in the negative. Ordered, that the secretary acquaint the house of representatives therewith.

A message from the house of representatives by Mr. Dillahunty -- Mr. President: the house of representa-


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tives have passed an act to incorporate the town of Moulton in the county of Lawrence, which originated in your hon. body, and having amended the same by filling the blank in the second section with the word twenty-five.

They have passed a resolution authorizing the Governor to effect a loan from certain banks for the purpose of the government, to which they desire your hon. body to agree. Ordered, that said message do lie on the table.

A message from the house of representatives by Mr. Bates- Mr. President: the house of representatives have passed a bill to appoint certain officers, and have made sundry amendments therein (viz:) by adding to the title "and for other purposes" by striking out the word "inferior' whenever it may occur and substituting "county.' In the 4th section by striking out "Auctioneer and Notary Public" and substituting the following, "and also a proper number of auctioneers and Notaries Public.' In the 8th section by striking out the word election and substituting "appointed by the county court, an assessor and tax collector:" and in the rider to the same section by striking out "appoint an assessor and tax collector" &c. and substituting "fill such vacancy." In the 15th section by striking out "law" and inserting "the constitution"- and by adding after the 15th section the following sections-- to all of which the house respectfully desire your concurrence. On motion ordered, that said message do lie on the table.

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

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