Friday, December 15, 1820.

Mr. Gause presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Montgomery county, praying that a law may be passed, to authorise Edward Ballard to build a toll bridge in said county. Ordered that said petition lie on the table.

Mr. Trotter from the committee on propositions and grievances, to whom the memorial of Chesley B. Rountree, reported a bill, to be entilted an act, for the relief of Chesley B. Rountree, which was read the first time. On motion of Mr. Davis, said bill was postponed until the first Monday in November next.

A bill to be entitled an act, for the inspection of lumber, and other articles therein named, passed at Huntsville on the 17th December, 1819, was read the first time.

On motion of Mr. Seabury, the rule requiring all bills and joint resolutions, to be read on three several days, was dispensed with, and said bill was read a second time by its caption, and on motion of Mr. Seabury, ordered that said bill 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, for the relief of securities, was read the first time. On motion of Mr. Seabury, the rule requiring all bills to


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be read on three several days, be dispensed with; and said bill was read a second time by its caption. On motion of Mr. Cambers, ordered that said bill be committee to a committee of the whole, and made the order of the day on to morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to establish a State University, was read the first time. On motion of Mr. Casey, the rule which requires all bills to be read on three several days, be dispensed with, and said bill was read a second time by its caption.

On motion of Mr. Rose, the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on a bill to be entitled an act, to establish a State University, 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 bill under consideration, and had directed him to report the same as amended, On motion, ordered that said report lie on the table.

Message from the House of Representatives, by Messrs, Moore, of Madison, and Cleveland.

Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Senate,

The House of Representatives have passed the following bills:

A bill to be entitled an act concerning writs of error.

A bill to be entitled an act, to establish the seat of justice in the county of Blount, and for other purposes, were severally read the first time. On motion of Mr. Davis, the rule which requires all bills, and joint resolutions, to be read on three several days, be dispensed with, and ordered to be read a second time by the captions, and be made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act, to fix the time for convening the General Assembly of the State of Alabama, was read the first time.

On motion of Mr. Garth, the rule which requires all bills to be read on three several days was dispensed with, and read a second time by its caption. On motion, the rule was dispensed with which requires all bills to be read on three several days, and said bill was read a third time, and ordered to lie on the table.

A bill to be entitled an act, to alter the boundaries of certain counties therein mentioned, was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the message from the House of Representatives disagreeing to the amendment made by the Senate in the 11th line of the third section, of an act, to raise a revenue for the support of government for the year 1821, by inserting between the words "tax" and "for" these words, "and all other free male persons over twenty-one and under forty-five, one dollar, indians excepted," and they concur with the other amendments made by the Senate to said bill.

Mr. Sims moved that the Senate recede from said amendment; and the question being taken thereon, it was decided in the affirmative.

The House of Representatives have passed the bill entitled an act, to establish and fix on a site for the seat of justice in Wilcox county, and have amended the same by adding thereto an additional section,


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to which they desire your concurrence. On motion of Mr. Casey the Senate concurred in said amendment.

The House of Representatives have passed the bill entitled an act defining the boundaries of Marion county, with the following amendments at the end of the second section, insert not exceeding three miles in each direction from the centre, and the said commissioners are hereby authorised to fix on the temporary site for holding the courts in said county, in which county an election precinct is hereby fixed at the house of William Davis, on the Sepsey fork of the Buttahachee river, and one precinct at the house of Joel Dixon, on the head of Sacksapililah, they have added to the last section, these words the temporary site for holding the courts in said county, shall be at the house of Jacob Dansby; an election precinct is established at Mullens, on the road from Columbus to the Falls of the Warrior, one at James Hepelens and one at the residence of Ezekiel Nash, to which they desire your concurrence. Mr. Terrell moved, that the Senate concur in said amendments; and the question being taken thereon, it was decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Chambers the Senate, according to order, resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on a bill to be entitled an act, to repeal in part, and amend an act, to regulate the proceedings in the courts of law and equity in 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 of the whole had, according to order, had said bill under consideration, and had directed him to report the same without amendment, which report was concurred in. Mr. Chambers moved to postpone said bill till the first Monday in November next, and the question being taken thereon it was decided in the negative. The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. President, Casey, Conner, Davis, Farmer , Garth , Gause, Harwell, Herbert, Seabury, Sims and Watkins, 12. Those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Chambers, Gaines, Hanby, Hodges, Hogg, Metcalf, Ringgold, Rose, Terrel, Trotter and Ware, 11. On motion of Mr. Garth, said bill was ordered to lie on the table.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Chapman

Mr. President,

The House of Representatives have passed a bill, to be entitled an act to establish the seat of justice in the county of Montgomery which originated in the Senate, and have said bill in the first section by adding the word temporary after the, in the last sentence, to which they desire your concurrence. On motion of Mr. Gause, the Senate concurred in said amendment. Ordered that the Secretary acquaint the House of Representatives thereof.

A bill to be entitled an act, to alter the mode of collecting the revenue of this State, was read the first time.

On motion of Mr. Ringgold, the rule which requires all bills to be read on three several days, was dispensed with, and the bill was read a second time by its caption. On motion of Mr. Casey ordered that


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said bill be committed to a committee of the whole and made the order of the day on to-morrow.

A message from the House of Representatives by Messrs. Murphey, and Moore, of Madison.

Mr. President,

The House of Representatives have passed the bill, entitled an act, to alter and extend the boundaries of the county of Baldwin, and for other purposes, with amendments. In the seventh section and second line, after the word "that" they have added these words "it shall be the duty of the sheriff and clerks of the circuit and county courts or persons now exercising the duties of those offices, to remove within the limits of Baldwin county, as now established by this act, on or before the first day of January next; and in removing into the county as aforesaid, it shall be their duty to give notice of the same to the persons authorised to hold an election under the provisions of this act, and if they fail so to do, then and in that case." In the same section, and fourth line, they have stricken out the words "first Tuesday in March," and inserted "second Monday in January ;" they have further amended said bill, by adding two additional sections ; to which amendment they ask the concurrence of the Senate. On motion of Mr. Seabury, the Senate concurred in said amendments. Ordered that the Secretary acquaint the House of Representatives thereof.

The House of Representatives have concurred in the amendment made to the bill to be entitled an act to apportion the Representatives among the several counties of this State, and to divide the State into senatorial districts, according to the returns of the late census, in striking out in the first section after the word "Bibb," the word "one," and insert in lieu thereof the word "two" they disagree to the amendment in the second section of said bill, and also to the amendment to the title of said bill. Mr. Casey moved that the Senate insist to the amendment in striking out the second section of said bill, and the question being taken thereon, it was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Sims moved that the Senate insist to the amendment made to the title of said bill, and the question being taken thereon, it was decided in the affirmative. Ordered that the Secretary acquaint the House of Representatives thereof.

A bill to be entitled an act concerning the appointment of county officers, was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Rose, the Senate resumed the consideration of the amendments proposed by the Senate to the bill, to be entitled an act, to organize the militia of this State. On motion of Mr. Rose the Senate receded from the amendment added as a proviso to the end of said bill. Mr. Rose moved that the Senate insist on the amendment made at the close of the fourth section of said bill, by striking out the word "not," and the question being taken thereon it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Gause from the committee of enrolled bills, reported that the committee had examined the following bills, and found the same duly enrolled.


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A resolution providing for the preservation of the State Records; An act, to cede to the United States the jurisdiction of this State, to certain land for the purpose therein mentioned; and An act to establish the seat of justice in the county of Montgomery.

A bill to be entitled an act to alter the boundaries of certain counties mentioned therein, was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow. A bill to be entitled an act to prevent obstructing or diverting from the natural channel any water course which would otherwise flow through the land of any persons. A bill to fix the seat of justice in the county of Lauderdale, were severally read a third time and passed.

A bill to be entitled an act to provide for facilitating the navigation of the water courses of the state of Alabama, was read a third time. On motion, ordered to be re-committed to a committee of the whole on to-morrow.

Message from the House of Representatives by Messrs. Perry and Rather. Mr. President, ---The House of Representatives have passed the following bills: A bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the subscribers to the Bank of the State of Alabama. A bill to be entitled an act concerning executions, and sales by sheriffs and other officers. A bill to be entitled an act to authorise persons who have settled on the sixteenth section in each township to remove mill works or machinery, and for other purpose, were severally read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow. A bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the town of Erie, in the county of Greene, was read the first time.

On motion of Mr. Ringgold, the rule requiring all bills to be read on three several days, was dispensed with, and said bill was read a second time by its caption. Ordered, that said bill be read a third time on to-morrow. A bill to be entitled an act to indemnify Jack F. Ross, was read the first time. On motion, the rule which requires all bills to be read on three several days, was dispensed with, and said bill 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.

The senate resumed the consideration of the amendments made by the House of Representatives to a bill entitled an act to fix the seats of justice in the counties of St. Clair and Perry, and for other purposes. They have amended said bill by adding a section thereto, to which they desire your concurrence. On motion of Mr. Casey the senate concurred in the amendment.

According to order the Senate resolve itself into a committee of the whole on the bill to provide for digesting the laws of Alabama, Mr. Farmer in the chair; and after some time spent therein the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Farmer reported that the committee of the whole had, according to order, had said bill under consideration, and had directed him to report the same with sundry amendments, which were severally read and concurred in. On motion of Mr. Chambers, Ordered, That said bill be engrossed and read a third time on to-morrow.


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According to order the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on a bill to be entitled an act to provide for assessing and collecting the taxes, and for taking the census of 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 of the whole had, according to order, had said bill under consideration, but not having time to go through with the same, had directed him to report progress and ask leave sit again , which was granted.

A bill to be entitled an act to apportion the Representatives among the several counties in this state and to divide the state into senatorial districts; a bill authorising the sale of college lands and for other purposes; and a bill to be entitled an act repealing a part of the 28th section of an act to regulate the proceedings in the Courts of Law and Equity in this state, -were, on motion, ordered to lie on the table.

According to order the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on a bill to be entitled an act declaring certain rivers therein named to be public highways, 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 bill under consideration, but 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 of Mr. Garth said bill was postponed till the first day of January next.

On motion of Mr. Watkins the committee of the whole was discharged from the further consideration of a resolution for the relief of the collector of taxes in Monroe county. On motion of Mr. Watkins, Ordered,  That said resolution be engrossed and read a third time on to-morrow.

Mr. Gause, from the committee of enrolled bills, reported, that he had examined the following bills, and found the same duly enrolled: An act for the collection of monies due the state, and for other purposes; An act to amend an act passed December 23, 1815, fixing a standard for measures; and an act to authorise the Governor to pay the Town Council of Cahawba two thousand dollars on account of the bridge they are now building in the town of Cahawba.

The Senate adjourned until to-morrow morning ten o'clock.