Monday, 18th December, 1820.

Mr. Gause from the committee of Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined the following bills, and found the same duly enrolled. An act to fix the seats of justice permanently in the counties of St. Clair and Perry, and for other purposes. A resolution assigning certain rooms of the state house to the use of the Comptroller of public Accounts and State Treasurer. An act to establish and fix on a site for the seat of justice in Wilcox county. An act to establish a public road from the southern boundary line of township eight, range four or five, west of the basis meridian of Huntsville to the falls of Tuskaloosa.

The senate resumed the consideration of a bill to be entitled an act to authorise the Governor or person exercising that office, to remit any part of any fine or sentence of imprisonment. Mr. Ringgold moved to amend said bill by striking out in the first section in the fifth line, after the word 'imprisonment' the remainder of the section, 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, Farmer, Gause, Hanby, Hodges, Hogg, Ringgold and Rose- 8. Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs.Casey, Connor, Davis, Garth, Gaines, Herbert, Metcalf, Sims, Terrel, Trotter and Ware- 11.

On motion of Mr. Rose, the gentleman from Blount was permitted to insert his name on the journal with the following amendments proposed by Mr. Garth to the bill to be entitled, An act to incorporate the subscribers to the Bank of the State of Alabama, the first, by striking out the words in the ninth section "That no stockholder shall be appointed a director on the part of the state," Mr. Hanby being called, voted in the affirmative. Mr. Garth further moved to amend said bill by adding the following amendment, that no officer of state government shall be a director, nor shall any stockholder be a member of


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either branch of the legislature, and Mr. Hanby being called, voted in the affirmative on said question.

Message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Walker.

Mr. President- The House of Representatives have passed an act to authorise the County Court of Montgomery County to levy a tax for county purposes. An act for the relief of Elijah Lawler. An act to incorporate the town of Elyton in the county of Jefferson. Resolution authorising the payment of Chapley R. Wilbourn. An act to regulate registering certain deeds of conveyances of land in this state. Resolution authorising the Comptroller to receive all monies and notes arising from the rents of the Seminary Lands, and a resolution for the relief of the collectors of taxes of Monroe County. A bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the town of Elyton, in the county of Jefferson. A bill to be entitled an act to regulate registering certain deeds of conveyances of land in this state. Resolution authorising the Comptroller to receive all monies and notes arising from the rents of the Seminary Lands, were severally read a third time.

On motion, the rule which requires all bills and joint resolutions to be read on three several days was dispensed with, and said bills were severally read a second time, and ordered to be read a third time on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorise the County Court of Montgomery county to levy a tax for county purposes, which was read the first time. On motion of Mr. Gause said bill was indefinitely postponed.

A bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Elijah Lawler was read the first time.

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

Resolution authorising the payment of Chapley R. Wilbourn, was read the first time, and the rule which requires all bills to be read on three several days was dispensed with, and said resolution was read a second time. On motion, ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Gause, from the committee of Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee of Enrolled Bills had examined the following bills, and found the same duly enrolled. An act to establish a State University. An act to fix the seat of justice in the county of Lauderdale.

A message from the House of Representatives by Messrs. Moore of Madison and Clay. Mr. President, --The House of Representatives have passed a bill entitled an act to incorporate the town of Ococoposa, in the county of Franklin, and they have amended the same by adding an additional section, and have amended the title by adding the words, and for other purposes. An act to authorise the payment of sixty dollars to Samuel Dale. An act to incorporate the lower part of Tuskaloosa.

On motion the Senate concurred in the amendment of the House of Representatives to the bill entitled an act, to incorporate the town of Ococoposo, in the county of Franklin.

A bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the lower part of Tuskaloosa was read the first time. On motion of Mr. Hogg the rule which


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requires all bills to be read on three several days was dispensed with, and said bill was read a second time. On motion of Mr. Hogg the rule which requires all bills to be read on three several days was dispensed with, and said bill was read a third time and passed.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorise the payment of sixty dollars to Samuel Dale 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 said bill was read a second time, and ordered to be read a third time on to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Sims a committee of conference was appointed on the part of the Senate to confer with such committee as may be appointed on the part of the house of representatives on the disagreement of the two houses to the bill to apportion the representatives and to divide the state into senatorial districts, and have appointed on the part of the senate Messrs. Sims, Terrel, Casey and Hogg. Ordered, that the Secretary acquaint the house of representatives thereof.

A message from the house of representatives by Mr. Perry: Mr. President, the house of representatives have passed the following bills -A bill to be entitled an act to lay a tax on the inhabitants of Washington county, which was read the first time, and on motion of Mr. Trotter, the rule which requires all bills to be read on three several days was dispensed with, and said bill was read a second time, and 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 repeal so much of an act entitled an act to raise a revenue for the support of government for the year 1821, as imposes a double tax for failing to give in alist of taxable property before the time expired by said act was read the first time. On motion of Mr. Davis, the rule which requires all bills to be read on three several days was dispensed with, and said bill was read a second time; on motion of Mr. Casey said bill was postponed till the first Monday in November next. The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative are Messrs. President, Casey, Connor, Farmer, Garth, Herbert, Hodges, Hogg, Metcalf, Ringgold, Rose, Terrel, Trotter and Ware- 14. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Davis, Gause, Gaines, Hanby and Sims- 5.

A bill to be entitled an act to alter and regulate the times of certain Circuit Courts in this State.

A bill to be entitled an act granting to John Fowler the right of running a steam ferry boat, between the city of Mobile, and the town of Blakeley, which were severally read the first time, and the rule which requires all bills to be read on three several days was dispensed with, and said bill was severally read a second time, and ordered to lie on the table.

A bill to be entitled an act supplementary to the laws now in force, concerning wills, intestates, and guardians; and a bill to be entitled an act prescribing the mode of making out and authenticating accounts against this State, were severally read the first time, and the rule


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which requires all bills to be read on three several days was dispensed with, and said bills were read a second time, and ordered to be read a third time on to-morrow.

A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Perry.

Mr. President, The House of Representatives concur in the Message of the Senate to appoint a committee of conference on the disagreement of the two houses, on the bill to apportion the Representatives, and to divide the State into senatorial districts, according to the returns of the late census, and have appointed as a committee on their part, Messrs. McKinley, Armstrong of Mobile, Cook, Evans, Walker, Abercrombie, and Morton.

Mr. President, The House of Representatives have passed a bill to be entitled an act concerning free negroes and Mulattoes, was read the first time and ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

Mr. Sims moved a reconsideration of the bill to be entitled an act to extend the boundaries of Jefferson county and for other purposes and the question being taken thereon, it was decided in the affirmative. On motion of Mr. Sims, said bill was read a second time, and ordered to be read a third time on to-morrow.

A bill requiring the Sheriffs of the several counties in this State to hold a poll to ascertain the sense of the people, as to the mode of voting at elections, which was read the first time, and the rule which requires all bills to be read on three several days was dispensed with, and read a second time. Mr. Rose moved to postpone said bill indefinitely; 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, Casey, Farmer, Gause, Herbert, Hogg, Rose, Terrel, Trotter, and Ware, 10. Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Connor, Davis, Garth, Gaines, Hanby, Metcalf, Ringgold and Sims, 8.

A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. McMeans. Mr. President, The House of Representatives have passed a bill to be entitled an act concerning free negroes, which was read the first time Mr. Ringgold moved that the rule which requires all bills to be read on three several days be dispensed with, and that said bill be read a second time forthwith by its caption, and the question being taken thereon, it was decided in the negative.

A bill for the relief of James Ham was read the second time; and on motion of Mr. Sims, said bill was indefinitely postponed.

According to order, the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill to be entitled an act to provide for facilitating the navigation of the water courses of the State of Alabama, Mr. Rose in the chair; and after some time spent therein the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Rose reported that the committee of the whole had, according to order, had said bill under consideration, and had made an amendment thereto, which was not concurred in. Said bill was then read the third time, and on the question, "shall said bill pass?" it was rejected.

A bill entitled an act, to authorise the persons therein named to


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sell and transfer certain certificates of land, was read the first time. Mr. Sims moved that the rule which requires all bills to be read on three several days be dispensed with, and that said bill be read a second time by its caption forthwith: said bill was then read the second time by its caption, and on motion ordered to be read a third time on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the Indian creek navigation company was read the first time; and 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 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 reduce into one the several acts concerning strays was read the first time and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow. A bill to be entitled an act for the relief of the tax collectors was read the first time, and ordered to lie on the table.

A resolution to authorise the payment of Daniel Rather, as jailer of Madison county was read the first time and ordered to lie on the table.

A message from the acting Governor by T. A. Rogers, secretary of state --Mr. President, I am instructed by the acting Governor to inform you that he did on this day approve and sign an act to alter and extend the boundaries of Baldwin county, and for other purposes. an act to establish and fix a site for the seat of justice in Wilcox county. An act to establish a public road from the southern boundary line of township 8, in range 4 or 5 west of the basis meridian of Huntsville to the falls of Tuskaloosa. An act to fix the seat of justice permanently in the counties of St. Clair and Perry. A resolution assigning rooms in the State House to the Comptroller and State Treasurer and an act authorising a lottery for the benefit of the navigation of Buttahatchee river, all of which originated in this honorable body.

Mr. Gause from the committee of enrolled bills, reported that the committee had examined the following bills, and found the same duly enrolled. An act to indemnify Jack F. Ross, and an act to incorporate the town of Erie, in the county of Greene.

Resolution authorising the payment of Daniel Rather, Jailer of Madison county, 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 , and said resolution was read a second time, and ordered to lie on the table. A bill for the relief of the tax collector was read the first time, and ordered to lie on the table. Mr. Gause from the committee on enrolled bills, reported that they had examined the following bills, and found the same duly enrolled:

A resolution for the relief of the tax collector of Monroe county.

A bill to be entitled an act to establish the seat of justice in Blount county, and for other purposes. A bill to repeal a part of the revenue law, was read the first time. On motion, ordered, that the rule which requires all bills and joint resolutions to be read on three several days be dispensed with, and said bill was read a second time.

On motion of Mr. Casey, said bill was postponed till the first Monday


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in November next. A bill to alter and enlarge the terms of the Circuit Courts in this State, was read the first time. On motion, ordered that the rule which require all bills and joint resolutions, to be read on three several days be dispensed with, and said bill was read a second time and ordered to lie on the table. A bill to be entitled an act respecting wills, intestate, estates and guardians, 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, and said bill was read a second time and ordered to be read a third time on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled act, concerning strays, was read the first time; and on motion, the rule which requires all bills and joint resolutions to be read on three several days was dispensed with, and said bill was read a second time, and ordered to a third reading on to-morrow.

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