Saturday, December 6.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Moore, from the special committee, to whom was referred the bill, entitled, “An act to alter and amend the existing law, concerning strays:” reported the same without amendment.  Ordered, That the bill pass to third reading on Monday next.

Mr. Hopkins, from the special committee to whom was referred the petition of Rebecca Fletcher praying to be authorized to emancipate a slave; reported a bill, entitled “An act to authorize Rebecca Fletcher to emancipate a certain slave therein named;” which was read, and ordered to pass to a second reading on Monday next.

Mr. McVay, from the special committee, to whom was referred the bill, entitled An act to repeal the acts of the Genera Assembly heretofore passed authorizing the circuit courts to decree divorces;” reported the same without amendment.

Mr. Bibb moved, that the further consideration of the bill be indefinitely postponed; which was lost.

Ordered, That it be recommitted to a special committee, consisting of Messrs. Armstrong, Casey and Moore, to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Smith called up the bill, entitled “An act supplementary to the law respecting garnishment;” and offered an amendment to the same, which was rejected.

Ordered, That the bill pass to a third reading on Monday next.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Dodson, their clerk:

Mr. President:- The House of Representatives concur in the amendments made by your honorable body to the bill, entitled an act to legalize the registering and recording certain deeds or conveyances of land in this state, and for other purposes.

They have adopted the following resolution in which they desire your concurrence: Resolved, That a committee be appointed, on


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the part of this House, to act with such committee as may be appointed on the part of the Senate to draw up and report a memorial, praying the congress of the United States to establish one of the present district courts of this state, as is now established in this state, in the northern part of Alabama.

On motion, Ordered, That the Senate concur in said resolution; and that Messrs. Hopkins, Moore and Murphy, be appointed a committee on the part of the Senate.

Ordered, That the secretary acquaint the House therewith.

Mr. Armstrong moved to reconsider the vote of the Senate, on passing the bill entitled “An act to amend an act for the government of the port and harbour of Mobile, passed 23d December 1822;” to a third reading, which was carried.  The bill was amended on his motion, by striking out the second section, and inserting one in lieu thereof; and ordered to a third reading on Monday next.

On motion of Mr. Powell, the bill entitled an act for the relief of Cynthia Johnston, was taken up:---  The question was then put, “shall this bill pass?” and decided in the affirmative.

Ordered, That the secretary acquaint the House therewith.

On motion of Mr. Shackleford, the bill entitled “An act to authorize the administrators of Thomas McHenry, dec’d and Isaac Edwards, dec’d to convey certain real estate, was taken up; and ordered to a third reading on Monday next.

On motion of Mr. Crabb, the bill entitled “An act declaring Cotaco in Morgan county a public highway,” was taken up and amendments made by the House of Representatives thereto concurred in.

Ordered, That the secretary acquaint the House therewith.

A bill, entitled "An at to establish the permanent seat of justice in the county of Shelby;"

“An act to appoint commissioners for the county of Perry and Marengo to sell and convey town lots at the town of Marion and Linden, the seats of justice thereof, and to erect public buildings in the same;”

“An act to establish the seat of justice in the county of Pike, and for other purposes;”

“An act to change the time of holding the of county courts in Bibb county;” and

“An act to provide for contesting the elections of justices of the peace and constables;” were severally read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That the secretary acquaint the House of Representatives therewith.

A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Dodson, their clerk:

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed a bill, entitled  “An act the better to provide for the families of insolvent debtors;” which originated in their House, and in which they desire your concurrence.

They have also passed a bill, originating in your honorable body entitled “An act supplementary to an act entitled an act to authorize administrators to sell land belonging to the estate of their intestate to which a complete title has not been obtained,” passed December 27, 1822.


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The bill, entitled “An act the better to provide for the families of insolvent debtors;” was read and ordered to a second reading on Monday next.

A bill, entitled “An act pointing out the mode by which the streets in the towns of Tuskaloosa and Montgomery shall be kept in good order,” and, a resolution respecting the further distribution of the laws of this state; were severally read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading on Tuesday next.

A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Dodson, their clerk

Mr. President:- The House of Representatives have passed bills, which originated in your honorable body, entitled “An act to amend an act entitled an act to incorporate the Huntsville Fire Engine Company, passed Dec. 10, 1822;” and have amended the same by striking out the last line thereof, the words “thirty-six,” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “fifty,” and by an additional proviso --  in which amendments they desire your concurrence; and,

“An act for the relief of Martin Hogan.”

An engrossed bill, entitled “An act to amend the several acts for the relief and settlement of the poor,” was read the third time and passed.  Ordered, That the House be informed thereof.

“An act prescribing the length of time jurors shall be required to serve;” was read a third time, and ordered to lie on the table.

On motion, Ordered, That the Senate concur in the amendment made by the House to the bill, entitled an act to amend an at to incorporate the Huntsville Fire Engine Company, passed December 10, 1822, and that the House be informed thereof.

Mr. Smith obtained leave to introduce a resolution fixing the time when appointments shall be made by the General Assembly; which was read, and ordered to a second reading on Tuesday next.

Mr. Wood offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That with the concurrence of the House of Representatives, the Senate will on Tuesday next, at three o’clock, P.M. repair to the Representative Chamber, for the purpose of electing all the officers of this state whose officers are now vacated, and the filling of which devolves on the legislature; which was ordered to lie on the table.

On motion, the Senate adjourned till Monday morning at ten o’clock.