Monday, December 4, 1820.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

A 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 you, that he did on this day approve and sign an act to provide for the government of the town of Blakeley, which originated in this Honorable body.

On motion of Mr. Garth the following resolution was adopted Resolved, That the Military Committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of reducing the salary of the Adjutant and Quarter Masters General; and that they be directed to report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. Farmer, Resolved, That the Committee of Finance be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making further provision by law for the adjusting the accounts existing between the


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State of Alabama and the Mississippi; and to inquire what progress has been made on this subject, in conformity to a resolution of the Legislature of Alabama, adopted the 13th December, 1819.

Mr. Garth introduced a resolution requesting the Governor of this State to transmit to our Senators and Representatives in congress the Census of this State, and for other purposes; which was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to establish and regulate Justices Courts, 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.

Mr. Gause asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill to establish the seat of Justice in Montgomery county, which was read the first time, and ordered to a second reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Casey asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act to vest certain lots in the Intendant and Council of the town of Cahawba, and for other purposes, which was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Wednesday next.

A bill to be entitled an act pointing out the mode of coercing the taxes due the State for defaulting tax collectors therein, 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. Gause gave notice that on to-morrow he should ask for leave to bring in a bill to authorise the Secretary of State to employ a Clerk.

According to order the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on a bill to provide for digesting the Laws of the State 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, has 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 granted.

On motion of Mr. Casey, the order of the day on a resolution proposing amendments to the State Constitution was postponed until to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Farmer the committee of the whole was discharged from the further consideration of a bill to provide for taking the census in pursuance to the requisitions of the Constitution of the State of Alabama. Ordered that said bill be referred to a select committee. Whereupon Messrs. Farmer, Hanby, and Ringgold, were appointed.

According to order the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of certain lessees of School lands in Madison county, Mr. Davis in the chair; and after some time present therein, the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Davis 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 granted.


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A message from the House of Representatives by Messrs. Perkins and Coats.

Mr. President, and Gentlemen of the Senate.

The House of Representatives have passed the following bills, which originated in the Senate.

An act declaring the Oaktuppa Creek a navigable stream.

An act to provide for fixing the site for the permanent seat of justice for the County of Marengo, and for other purposes therein named.

An act authorising a review of Flint River; and have amended the first section after the words "Flint river," by inserting these words, "in Cotaco County," to which they ask your concurrence.

The House of Representatives have also passed the following bills, to which they ask your concurrence.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorise the County Court of Conecuh County to levy a tax for building a Court-House and Jail in said county, and for other purposes therein mentioned.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorise a lottery for the building a bridge over Clear Creek, in the town of Cahawba.

A bill to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act providing for the determination of suites and controversies by arbitration, passed at Huntsville, 13th December, 1819.

A bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the town of Washington, in the County of Autauga.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorise the Governor, in person, exercising that office, to remit any part of any fine, forfeiture, or sentence of imprisonment.

A bill to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to establish a Bank in the town of Mobile, passed at St. Stephens the 20th November, 1818.

A bill to be entitled an act supplementary to the act entitled an act to corporate the city of Mobile, passed the 17th December, 1819.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorise Henry Taylor, of Wilcox County, to emancipate certain slaves therein named.

The bill to be entitled an act to authorise the County Court of Conecuh County to leave a tax for building a Court-House and Jail in said county, and for other purposes therein mentioned, was taken up and read the first time, and ordered to be read the second time on to-morrow.

According to order the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole on a bill to be entitled an act providing for the payment of William Pye, 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 directed him to report the same without amendment, which was concurred in; ordered that said bill be read a third time on to-morrow.

The order of the day on a bill to be entitled an act to fix the seat of Justice in the county of Lauderdale, was postponed until to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Terrel the committee of the whole was discharged


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from the further consideration of a bill to define the boundaries of Marion county, and for other purposes. Ordered, that said bill be engrossed and read a third time on to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Hogg, the bill to be entitled an act to apportion the Representatives among the several counties within this State, and to divide the State into Senatorial districts, was ordered to lie on the table.

On motion of Mr. Watkins, a bill to be entitled an act to establish a Medical Board in the State of Alabama, and for other purposes therein mentioned, was laid on the table.

The engrossed bill to be entitled an act for the government for the port and harbor of Blakeley, was read the third time and passed. Ordered, that the title of said bill be an act for the government of the port and harbour of Blakeley.

An act to amend an act passed at St. Stephens the 13th of February, 1818, to establish the Tombeckbe Bank, was read a third time and passed.

According to order the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on a bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the town of Ococoposo, in the county of Franklin. Mr. Chambers in the chair ; and after some time spent therein, the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Chambers 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 was concurred in. On motion of Mr. Chambers, ordered that said bill be engrossed and read a third time on to-morrow.

An act to authorise the Governor to dispose of the public arms of this State, was read a third time and passed.

An act to authorise Jeremiah Austell to dispose of the lands of the late David Files was read a third time and passed.

An act to authorize S. B. Shields to sell certain lands therein mentioned, was read a third time and passed.

A bill entitled an act declaring that part of Limestone leading from Moorsville to Tennessee river a public highway, was read the third time. On motion of Mr. Gaines, said bill was amended by adding an additional section thereto, by way of rider, to wit:

Section 3. And be it further enacted, that Flint river, in Madison county, from its confluence with the Tennessee river, up the same to the first mill commonly called Browns or Scotts mill, and the river Paintrock in Jackson county, from its confluence with the Tennessee to Fletcher's mill, be, and they are hereby declared to be public highways, and any person obstructing the same or either of the, between the points herein mentioned, and declared highways, by falling trees, logs or otherwise, shall be liable to all the pains and penalties, and recoverable in the same manner as are prescribed in the second section of this act. Said bill as amended was then read a third time and passed.

An act to repeal an act of the last General Assembly of the State of Alabama, entitled an act, for the encouragement of killing and destroying wolves and panthers, was read the third time.


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On motion of Mr. Connor said bill was amended by the following additional section by way of rider:

"Section 2. And be it further enacted, That so much of the act passed at Huntsville, Dec. 17, 1819, entitled an act, to extend the corporate of the town of Huntsville, in Madison county," as exempts or exonerates the persons or property of Thomas and William Brandon, who reside within the limits of said corporation, from the effect or operation of the bye-laws of said corporate. Said bill as amended was then read a third time and passed. Ordered that the Secretary acquaint the House of Representatives thereof.

Mr. Terrel gave notice that he should on to-morrow ask for leave to bring in a bill prohibiting the removal of distempered cattle, and for other purposes, and also for leave to introduce a bill making provision for the election of a Governor to fill any vacancy which may happen in that department, and for other purposes.

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