Thursday, December 7, 1820.

Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Gause, from the committee of enrolled bills, reported that the committee had examined the following bills and found the same duly enrolled, to wit: an act, to authorise the Governor to dispose of the public arms of this State; An act, to authorise Jeremiah Austell to dispose of the lands of the late David Files; An act, to amend an act, passed at St. Stephens, the 13th of February, 1818, to establish the Tombeckbe Bank, which were signed by the President. A bill to be entitled an act, to cede to the United States the jurisdiction of this State to certain land, for the purpose therein mentioned, was read a second time. Ordered to be engrossed and read a third time on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act, appointing additional precincts for holding elections in the county of Bibb, was read a second time. On motion of Mr. Sims, ordered to be engrossed and read a third time on to-morrow.

Resolution disposing of the chambers in the State House, for the use of public officers, was read a second time; on motion of Mr. Chambers, ordered to be engrossed and read a third time on to-morrow.

A bill to prohibit the removal of distempered cattle, was read a second time; on motion of Mr. Terrell, ordered to 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 vest certain lots in the Intendant and Council of the town of Cahawba, Mr. Seabury in the chair; and after some time spent therein the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Seabury 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.

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. Davis in the chair ; and after some time spent therein the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the char, and Mr. Davis reported, that the committee of the whole had, according 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. Chambers, said bill was referred to a select committee, whereupon Messrs. Farmer, Chambers, and Connor, were appointed.

According to order, the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on a resolution proposing amendments to the constitution, 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 resolution 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.

Mr. Gause, from the committee of enrolled bills, reported, that the committee had examined the following bills, and found the same duly enrolled, to wit: an act to authorise Samuel B. shields, to sell certain lands therein mentioned: An act providing for the payment of William Pye; An act to incorporate the Cahawba navigation company; an act to alter an act entitled an act to establish certain counties therein named, and for other purposes therein mentioned; and 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, supplementary to the act entitled an act, to incorporate the city of Mobile, passed 17th December, 1819, was read a third time and passed.

Mr. Garth from the committee on the judiciary, reported a bill to be entitled an act, concerning intestates estate, and for other purposes, which was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

Mr. Farmer, agreeable to notice, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act, to compel plaintiffs in courts of law, to give security for costs at the time of issuing original writs, or other process, which was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.


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A bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the town of Washington, in the county of Autauga, 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 apportion the representatives among the several counties within this State, and to divide the State into senatorial districts, 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 granted.

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, was read a third time and passed.

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