Tuesday, December 12, 1820.

Mr. Gause, from the committee on enrolled bills, reported, that the committee had examined the bill to be entitled an act to authorise the administrator of Thomas Ragland, deceased, to sell and transfer certain certificates of land therein named, and found the same duly enrolled.

An act to alter and extend the limits of Autauga county, and for other purposes. The House of Representatives have proposed to amend said bill by striking out these words in the thirteenth and fourteenth lines, "Shall be and remain the permanent boundaries."

On motion of Mr. Rose the Senate concurred in said amendment.

A bill to be entitled an act to incorporate an Aqueduct Company in the city of Mobile, was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled to provide for enclosing the public building in the town of Cahawba, and for other purposes, was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorise Judges of the Circuit Courts, and Justices of the County Courts, to take the acknowledgments of deeds, and relinquishments of dower.

A bill to be entitled defining the duties of Sheriffs and Constables; and a bill to be entitled to prevent obstructing or diverting from the natural channel any water course which would otherwise flow through the land of any person, were severally read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

Mr. Farmer, from the Select Committee, reported a bill to fix the seat of justice in the county of Lauderdale, which was read the first time. On motion of Mr. Farmer said bill was read a second time by its caption, and ordered to be read a third time on to-morrow.


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A bill to fix the seats of justice permanently in the counties of St. Clair and Perry, and for other purposes, was read a third time and passed. Ordered, that the title be, An act, &.

An act concerning interstate's estates, and for other purposes, was read a third time and passed. Ordered, that the title be An act, & c.

A bill to be entitled an act supplementary to an act establishing the permanent seat of justice in Cahawba county, passed at Huntsville 17th December, 1819, was read a third time and passed. Ordered, that the title of said bill be, An act, &c.

An act, to vest certain lots in the Intendant and Council of the town of Cahawba, and for other purposes, was read a third time and passed. Ordered, that the title of said bill be an act, &c.

And a memorial to the Congress of the United States for the donation of the islands in certain rivers in this state.--- Were read the third time and passed.

Ordered, that the Secretary acquaint the House of Representatives thereof.

Message from the Acting Governor, by Thomas A Rogers, Secretary of State.

Mr. President, and Gentlemen of the Senate- I am instructed by the Acting Governor to inform your, that he did, on the 11th inst. approve and sign an act authorising lotteries for the benefit of the Alabama Lodge No. 51, of Ancient Free Masons; Halo Lodge of Cahawba, and Rising Virtue Lodge No. 30, of Tuskaloosa. And on this day, an act to authorize the administration of Thomas Raglans, deceased, to sell and transfer certain certificates of land, therein named, which originated in this honorable body.

A bill to be entitled an act to provide for assessing and collecting of taxes, and for taking the census of this State, was read a second time by its caption, and ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole, and made the order of the day on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to provide for digesting the Laws of Alabama, was read a second time by its caption, and ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act authorising the Governor to pay to the Town Council of Cahawba, two thousand dollars on account of the Bridge which they are now building in the town of Cahawba, was read a second time, and ordered to be read a third time on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to raise revenue for the support of Government, for the year 1821, was read a second time by its caption, and ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole on to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Chambers the Senate, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on a bill to be entitled an act, to organize the militia of this State, Mr. Gause in the chair, and after some time spent therein the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Gause reported that the committee of the whole had according to order, had said bill under consideration, and had made sundry amendments, which were several-


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ly read and concurred in. Mr. Chambers moved to amend said bill by striking out the words "and two musicians," at the end of the second section, and insert the said words, between the words "forth privates," and the word "and" in said section, and by inserting between the word "and." The question being taken thereon it was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Connor moved to amend said bill in the 2d section, and throughout, by striking out the word "Cahawba," and to insert "Bibb," and the question being taken thereon, it was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Sims moved to amend said bill in the 4th section, which is in these words: in case any militia officer be a candidate, at any election for a superior office, and not be elected, his place shall not be vacated, by striking out the word "not" at the end of the fourth section, where it reads "shall not be vacated thereby," and the question being taken thereon, it was decided in the affirmative; the yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. President, Connor, Farmer, Garth, Harwel, Herbert, Hodges, Ringgold, Rose, Sims, Watkins and Ware, 12. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Casey, Chambers, Davis, Gause, Gaines, Hanby, Hogg, Metcalfe, Seabury and Terrel, 10. In the 3d section, at the end of the 4th line, of the second page of the bill, by striking out the word Marion, and inserting in place the word Madison. Striking out in the 32d section, the word forth, and inserting in lieu thereof the word twenty, also in the said section, by striking out the words seventy-five, and inserting in lieu thereof, the words one hundred. Mr. Connor moved to amend said bill in the 33d section, which is in these words: any non-commissioned officer or private, who shall refuse when drafted, and ordered to repair to the place of rendezvous, shall suffer death, or such other punishment as a court martial shall inflict, by striking out the word private, after the word or, and the question being taken thereon, it was decided in the negative.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. President, Connor, Farmer, Garth, Gaines, Hanby, Herbert, Hodges, Hogg, Metcalfe and Sims, 11. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Casey, Chambers, Davis, Gause, Harwell, Ringgold, Rose, Seabury, Terrel, Trotter and Watkins, 11. Mr. Garth moved to amend said bill, by annexing to the 53d section the following proviso: Provided, that nothing in this act shall be construed to prevent having more than five militia companies in any battalion; provided any company of said battallion, having more than one hundred men, may be divided, and the question being taken thereon, it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Ringgold moved to amend said bill by striking out in the 50th section, the word coatee, and the question being taken thereon, it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Rose moved to amend said bill, by introducing an additional section after the 53d, altering the number of the last or repealing section, to that of 55. section 54. Be it further enacted, That all


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commissioned officers, shall uniform themselves within six months after the passage of this act, or six months after they shall have been commissioned and the question being taken thereon, it was decided in the affirmative.

A bill to be entitled an act, amendatory to an act, to establish a public road therein named was read a second time, and ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole, and made the order of the day on to-morrow.

Mr. Watkins asked and obtained leave to introduce a joint resolution authorising the State Treasurer to pay the expenses of the General Assembly in manner therein mentioned, and for other purposed, which was read the first time.

On motion, the rule which requires all bills and joint resolutions to be read on three several days was dispensed with. On motion of Mr. Chambers, said resolution was read a second time, and made the order of the day forthwith.

The Senate, according to order, resolved itself into a committee of the whole on said resolution. 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 of the whole, had according to order, had said resolution under consideration, and not having time to go through with the same, had directed him to report progress and ask leave to sit again, which was refused. On motion said resolution was ordered to be engrossed and read a third time on to-morrow.

The Senate then adjourned till to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock.