Monday, November 13, 1820.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Hanby presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Blount county, praying that a law may be passed to fix the seat of justice in that county. On motion referred to a select committee. Whereupon were appointed a select committee, Messrs. Hanby, Conner and Ware.

On motion of Mr. Hanby, resolved, that a committee be appointed to inquire into the expediency of passing a law, providing for the digest of the laws of this State, and

On motion of Mr. Hanby, ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Seabury agreeably to notice, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill to extend the limits of the town of Blakeley and to provide for its government, and the said bill passed to a second reading on to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Garth, the order of the day on the bill to establish a public road from the southern boundary line of township eight, in range four or five, west of the basis meridian of Huntsville to the Falls of Tuskaloosa, was taken up and read a second time.

And on motion ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole house, and made the order of the day for to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Chambers, the order of the day on the bill providing for the election of certain militia officers and deciding contested elections, was taken up and read a second time and

On motion, ordered to be referred to a committee of the whole house and made the order of the day on to-morrow.

Mr. Watkins agreeably to notice, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act, authorising and requiring the keepers of the several jails in this state to receive and keep persons committed under the authority of the United States; and the bill was read the first time.

Ordered that said bill be read the a second time on to-morrow.

Mr. Terrell gave notice that on to-morrow, he would ask leave to bring in a bill to divorce Pollydore Naylor from his wife Elizabeth.


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On motion of Mr. Hanby: Resolved, that a committee be appointed to enquire into the expediency of changing the law now in force in relation to the assessing of taxes, and that they have leave to report by bill or otherwise, Whereupon Messrs. Hanby, Casey and Ringgold were appointed.

On motion of Mr. Casey: Resolved, that the Secretary of the Senate cause to be printed eighty copies of the census, for the use of the Senate.

On motion of Mr. Terrel, Mr. Garth was added to the committee appointed to draft and report a memorial to the Government of the United States having for its object the abolition of the ordinance restrictive of taxes on certain lands in the state of Alabama.

Mr. Garth gave notice, that he should on to morrow ask leave to introduce a bill regulating Justices courts and prescribing the duties of constable.

Mr. Davis, chairman of the committee appointed on the part of the senate to act jointly with such committee as might be appointed on the part of the house of representatives to draft resolutions expressive of the regret which is felt by the General Assembly at the death of his Excellency William W. Bibb, late governor of this state, made the following report:

The General Assembly of the state of Alabama sensibly feeling and sincerely lamenting the irreparable loss sustained in the death of our late governor William W. Bibb, deem it a duty we owe to ourselves, our fellow citizens and his revered memory to express to the world the feelings of our hearts. We are aware that the pen of panegyric can but faintly paint his virtues- and should the tongue of eulogy attempt to express them, it would fail the effort.

To say he was a man without an equal would be saying too much; but to say he was a man of transcendent virtue and patriotism is nothing more than is due to his memory.

He was the friend of liberty and of man; and his unceasing efforts were to perpetuate the one and promote the happiness of the other.

The archives of the nation will shew to the latest posterity, that he was a pure republican: the greater part of his short life was devoted to the service of his county, and his fame is impervious to the shafts of calumny.

He was an admirer of the immortal Father of his country; and it may well be said, that Washington chalked out the paths of virtue and Bibb delighted to follow them.

But, Heaven has decreed, that all earthly good shall pass away -and He "who maketh darkness his pavilion," hath been pleased in his incomprehensible wisdom to take from us this excellent and beloved man; and we can only pray in the sincerity of our hearts, that the smile of that being who resides in the celestial mansions may be upon him; and against his name, in the book of life, may happiness be written. Therefore, as a public testimony of sincere regret for the loss and in profound respect for our late governor.

Resolved, that the members of this General Assembly wear crape on the left arm during the present session.


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Be it further resolved,  that the Rev. Mr. Kennedy be requested to preach a funeral sermon in the state house on the 26th day of the present instant, suited to the occasion.

And be it further resolved, that the acting Governor be requested to cause a copy of these resolutions to be transmitted to Mrs. Bibb expressive of our condolence on the late afflicting dispensation of Providence.

On motion of Mr. Garth, the report was concurred in by the Senate.

On motion of Mr. Terrel the following resolution was adopted: Resolved, that a committee be appointed on the part of the Senate to associate with such committee as may be appointed by the Representative branch to carry into effect the resolutions reported by the committee on the subject of commemorating the death of the late Gov. W. W. Bibb, and to suggest such other recommendatory measures as may be thought proper, Whereupon messrs. Terrel, Garth and Metcalf, were appointed a committee.

Ordered that a committee be appointed to acquaint the House of Representatives thereof; whereupon messrs. Garth and Davis were appointed.

Mr. Farmer from the select committee to whom was referred a bill to provide for the appointment of electors to vote for President and Vice President of the United States reported a new bill; which was read and ordered to a second reading on to-morrow

On motion of Mr. Hanby, resolved that the committee on finance be instructed to enquire into the expediency of passing a law explanatory of the revenue law in relation to the tax for retailing spiritous liquors so that a person obtaining licence shall not pay both the clerk of the county court and collector for the same.

On motion of Mr. Casey, resolved, that the door keeper under the direction of the President of the Senate provide seats within the bar of the Senate Chamber for the accommodation of the members of the House of Representatives, Judges of the Supreme Court , &c.

Mr. Chambers gave notice that he should on to morrow ask leave to bring in a bill entitled an act to alter and amend an act taxing Hawkers and Pedlars.

Mr. Gause from the committee on enrolled bills reported that the committee had examined a bill amendatory of an act entitled 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 seats of government; and found the same duly enrolled; which was signed by the President.

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