Thursday, November 23, 1820.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Gause present the petition of sundry inhabitants of Montgomery County, praying that said county may not be divided into two counties, or altered otherwise, except by separating from its certain southern and western parts,

Mr. Herbert, from the Committee on Roads, Ferries, and Bridges, asked and obtained leave to report a bill to be entitled an act to amend the laws now in force in the state respecting public roads; which was read the first time, and, on motion of Mr. Herbert, ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Farmer, Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to consider the propriety of memorializing Congress for the donation of certain Islands in sundry rivers in the State of Alabama; whereupon Messrs Farmer, Seabury, and Hodges were appointed.

On motion of Mr. Ringgold the Senate, according to order, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole on a bill to provide for fixing the site for the permanent seat of justice for the County of Marengo, and for other purposes therein mentioned, 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, had said bill under consideration, and had made sundry amendments thereto; which were severally read and concurred in.

On motion of Mr. Ringgold, Ordered, That said bill, as amended, be engrossed, and read a third time on to-morrow.

A Message from the House of Representatives by Messrs. Chapman and McMeans:


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Mr. President,

The House of Representatives have concurred in the amendment of the Senate, by adding a public printer to the Resolution adopted by the House of Representatives, proposing to go into the election for Comptroller and Treasurer, and are ready to receive you in the Representative hall for the purpose of going into the election of Comptroller, Treasurer, and Public Printer: whereupon the members of the Senate, preceded by the Secretary, repaired to the Representative Hall, and having taken the seats assigned them, both having proceeded to the election of a Comptroller of public accounts: Samuel Pickens being in nomination, and the election being conducted viva voce, all the members present voted for Mr. Pickens. Mr. Speaker announced, that Samuel Pickens was unanimously elected to said office.

Both Houses then proceeded to the election of State Treasurer; Jack F. Ross and Willis Roberts being nominated, and the election being conducted viva voce, those who voted for Mr. Ross are Messrs. Connor, Davis, Farmer, Garth, Gaines, Gause, Harwell, Hogg, Seabury, Sims, Terrel, Trotter, Watkins, Ware, Mr. Speaker, Armstrong, of Mobile, Armstrong, of Conecuh, Bigham, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, col. John Brown, Chambers, Representative, Chapman, Clay, Craegh, Cook, Coleman, Draughan, Dale, Doxey, Davis, Edmundson, Evans, Fitzpatrick, of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick, of Autauga, Isbell Jackson, McKinley, Moore, or Madison, Murphey, Morton, McVay, Mims, Rather, Shackleford, Smoot, and Tagart- 48.

Those who voted for Mr. Roberts are Messrs. President, Casey, Chambers, Hanby, Herbert, Hodges, Metcalfe, Ringgold, Rose, Senators; Abercrombie, Benson, Cleaveland, Coats, Duke, Hill, Holderness, Leake, Murrell, McMeans, Moore, of Marion, Perry, Perkins, Sargeant, Vining, Walker, and Weedon- 26.

Mr. Ross having a majority of all the members, Mr. Speaker rose and announced him elected.

Both Houses proceeded to elect a State Printer; William B. Allen and Augustina Parsons were nominated, and the election being conducted viva voce, those who voted for Mr. allen are Messrs. Chambers, Conner, Farmer, Garth, Gaines, Harwell, Hodges, Metcalf, Ringgold, Rose, Seabury, Sims, Terrel, Trotter, Watkins, Ware, Representatives --Mr. Speaker, Armstrong, of Mobile, Armstrong, of Conecuh, Bigham, Bailey, Col. John Brown, Clay, Creagh, Cook, Coats, Coleman, Draughan, Dale, Davis, Fitzpatrick, of Montgomery, Holderness, Leake, Murrel, McMeans, Moore, or Marion, McVay, Mims, Perry, Shackleford, Sargeant, Smoot, Tagert, Vining, and Weedon- 44.

Those who voted for Mr. Parsons are Messrs. President, Casey, Davis, Gause, Hanby, Herbert, Hogg, Fitzpatrick, of Autauga, Hill, Isbell, Jackson, McKinley, Moore, or Madison, Murphey, Morton, Perkins, Rather and Walker- 30.


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Mr. Allen having a majority of all the members, Mr. Speaker rose, and announced him elected Public Printer for the State.

Having gone through the elections the Senate withdrew to their own chamber.

On motion of Mr. Davis a bill to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to provide for leasing for a limited time the lands reserved by the Congress of the United States for the support of Schools within each township of this State, for a seminary of learning, and for other purposes, was taken up and read the first time, and

On motion of Mr. Davis, ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Chapman.

MR. PRESIDENT- The House of Representatives have passed a bill entitled an act to incorporate the Cahawba Navigation Company, in which they desire your concurrence.

Said bill was read the first time, and on motion, ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

Mr. Farmer, agreeably to notice, asked for and obtained leave to bring in a bill concerning divorce and alimony; which was read the first time, and, on motion, ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

An act to provide for the renewal of the loan effected on the Planters; and Merchant's Bank of Huntsville for and in behalf of this State, was read the third time, and passed.

The Engrossed Bill to be entitled an act to amend an act passed last General Assembly to provide two additional election precincts in the county of Jackson, was read the third time, and passed.

On motion, Ordered, That the title be altered to that of an act providing two additional election precincts in the county of Jackson.

An act to provide for the appointment of electors of President and Vice President of the United States, was read the third time with its amendments, and passed. Ordered, that the Secretary acquaint the House of Representatives thereof.

Mr. Gause from the committee on enrolled bills, reported that the committee had examined the bill entitled an act to provide for the public printing and for other purposes, and found the same duly enrolled; which was accordingly signed by Mr. President.

An act to change the names of and legitimate certain persons therein named was read the third time and passed.

The Engrossed Bill declaring the Oaktuppa creek a navigable stream, &c. was read the third time and passed. Ordered, that the title of said bill be altered to that of "an act declaring the Oaktuppa creek a navigable stream," &c.

The engrossed memorial to the General Government on the subject of a repeal of the law restricting the taxation of certain lands & for other purposes, was read the third time; and on motion of Mr. Davis recommitted to a committee of the whole and made the order of the day on to-morrow.

The engrossed bill entitled "an act authorising a review of Flint


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River, was read the third and passed. Ordered, that the title of said bill be "an act authorising a review of Flint river."

The engrossed bill to be entitled an act authorising a lottery for the benefit of the navigation of the Buttahache river, was read the third time and passed. Ordered, that the title of said bill be altered from a bill, to that of "an act authorising a lottery for the benefit of the navigation of the Buttahache river."

A bill to be entitled an act permitting merchants, shopkeepers, tradesmen, physicians and apothecaries to prove their books of account, was on motion of Mr. Casey read a second time by its caption; and on motion, 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 afford summary relief to persons purchasing lands of the United States, was, on motion of Mr. Garth, read the 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.

A bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Augustus Forscue, was, on motion of Mr. Garth, read a second time by its caption, and committed to a committee of the whole, and made the order of the day on to-morrow.

An act for the relief of John Boyce was read a second time, and, on motion, ordered to be read a third time on to-morrow.

An act appointing commissioners to lay out a road on or near the dividing line between the counties of Madison and Limestone, was read a second time, and, on motion, ordered for a third reading on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to define the boundaries of Marion County, and for other purposes, was read the second time. On motion of Mr. Terrel, Ordered, That said bill be committed to a committee of the whole, and made the order of the day on to-morrow.

According to the order of the day the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole on a bill to be entitled an act to alter and amend an act regulating hawkers and pedlars, 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 refused. On motion of Mr. Sims, Ordered, That said bill lie on the table.

According to order the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole on a bill to be entitled an act to amend an act passed December 3, 1801, revised and amended February 10, 1807, Mr. Casey in the chair, and after some time spent therein the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Casey 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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Mr. Terrel gave notice, that on to-morrow he would ask for leave to bring in a bill to regulate Justices Courts.

According to the order of the day the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole on an act to incorporate the town of Selma, in the County of Dallas, Mr. Garth in the chair; and after some time spent therein the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Garth reported, that the committee of the whole had, according to order, had said bill under consideration, and had directed him to report the same, with sundry amendments; which were concurred in.

Mr. Garth moved to strike out, in the latter part of the sixth section of said bill, these words, "to confine any person or persons for a time not exceeding two hours;" and the question being put thereon it passed in the negative. Said bill, as amended, was read, and ordered for its third reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Casey, agreeably to notice, asked for and obtained leave to bring in a bill to provide additional election precincts in Dallas County; which was read the first time; and, on motion, ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

On motion the Senate adjourned until to-morrow morning nine o'clock.