Saturday, November 11, 1820.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Seabury presented the petition of Nicholas Pope, F. W. Armstrong, Jonathan Woodward, J. L. Seabury, and Francis B. Stockton


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merchants of the town of Mobile and Blakeley, praying that they may be incorporated under the name and style of "the Steam boat Company of Alabama; "which was read and referred to the committee on propositions and grievances.

On motion of Mr. Trotter, the following resolution was adopted.

Resolved, that the Secretary be authorised to assume on the part of this house, this payment for such articles of stationary, inkstands, &c. as were furnished by Mr. Sargent at the commencement of the session.

Mr. Watkins gave notice that on Monday next, he should ask for leave to bring in a bill to authorise jailors in the several counties in this State to receive and keep prisoners taken under the authority of the laws of the United States.

On motion of Mr. Ringold, Mr. Casey was added to the committee on university lands.

On motion of Mr. Trotter, Mr. Chambers was added to the committee on the boundaries of counties.

On motion of Mr. Gause, Mr. Herbert was added to the same.

On motion of Mr. Seabury, Mr. Harwell was added to the same committee.

On motion of Mr. Herbert, Mr. Gause was added to that committee.

On motion of Mr. Chambers, Mr. Trotter was added to the same committee.

On motion of Mr. Conner, Mr. Gaines was added to the same.

On motion of Mr. Metcalf Mr. Hodges was added thereto.

And on motion of Mr. Rose, Messrs. Sims, Ware and Seabury were added to that committee.

On motion of Mr. Casey according to the order of the day , the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole , on the message of his honour the present acting Governor, Mr. Casey in the chair, and after sometime spent therein, Mr. President resumed the chair and Mr. Casey reported that the committee had according to order had said message and the subjects therein contained under consideration and begged leave to propose the adoption of the following resolutions.

Resolved, That so much of the Governor's message, as relates to the State House, be referred to a select committee.

Resolved, That so much of the message as relates to the militia and public arms be referred to the military committee.

Resolved, That so much thereof as relates to navigation be referred to a select committee.

Resolved, That so much of the message as relates to the university lands be referred to the committee already appointed thereon.

Resolved, That so much of the message as relates to money borrowed of the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Huntsville, be referred to the committee on finance.

Resolved, That so much of the message as relates to receipts and expenditures be also referred to the committee on finance.

Resolved, That so much of the message as relates to a board of com-


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missioners of public works be referred to the select committee on the State House.

Resolved, That so much of the message as relates to the census, be referred to a select committee.

And, Resolved, That so much of the message as relates to the appointment of electors to vote for the President and Vice President of the United States be referred to a select committee.

All of which resolutions were severally read and adopted.

Whereupon, were appointed, Messrs. Watkins, Casey and Rose, a committee on so much of the message as relates to the State house and public works.

Messrs. Farmer, Sims and Hanby a committee on the part of the message relating to navigation.

Messrs. Seabury, Conner and Ware, a committee on that part of the Governor's Message relating to the Census.

And Messrs. Farmer, Gaines, and Harwell, a Committee on that part of the Governor's Message relating to the appointment of electors to vote for the President and Vice President of the United States.

On motion of Mr. Terrel the following resolution was adopted: Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to draft and report a memorial to the government of the U. S. having for its object the abolition of the ordinance restrictive upon the taxation of certain lands; as well, also, a repeal of the restrictive measures contained in the same ordinance, relevant to a tax, duty, impost, or toll on the navigable waters within the state.

Whereupon Messrs. Terrel, Ware, and Farmer were appointed a Committee thereon.

Mr. Chambers, agreeably to notice, asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled "An Act to amend an Act," passed at Huntsville by the General Assembly of the State of Alabama, 17th December 1819. "prescribing the manner of electing certain militia officers and deciding contested elections; which was read the first time and ordered for a second reading on Monday next.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Farmer asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill providing for the appointment of electors to vote for the President and Vice-President of the United States ; and the bill was read the first time.

And, on motion of Mr. Farmer, 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 to-day.

On motion of Mr. Farmer, the Senate resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole on said bill, 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 House had, according to order, had under consideration a Bill to provide for the appointment of electors to vote for President and Vice-President of the United States; 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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And on motion of Mr. Garth, it was ordered that said bill be referred to a select committee.

Whereupon Messrs. Farmer, Garth, and Ringgold, were appointed.

A message from the house of representatives, by Mr. Perry.

Mr. President and gentlemen of the Senate,

I am instructed to inform your honourable body, that the house of representatives have passed an act , entitled an act, amendatory of an act, to provide for the sale of lots in the town of Cahawba and for other purposes, and of an act, entitled an act, providing for the temporary and permanent seat of government, which originated in your honourable body.

Mr. Seabury gave notice that he should on Monday next, ask for leave to bring in a bill for the government of the town of Blakeley.

The Senate adjourned until Monday morning at ten o'clock.