Friday, November 21.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Sullivan, from the committee on divorce and alimony, to whom was referred a decree of the circuit court of Tuskaloosa county, exercising chancery jurisdiction, reported a bill to be entitled an act to divorce William Bryant from his wife Rhodecy Bryant; which was read the first time and ordered to be made the order of the day for a second reading on to morrow.

Mr. Bibb obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled an act more effectually to ensure the testimony of absent witnesses, by interrogatories; which was read the first time and ordered to be made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow.

The Senate, according to order, resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the Governor's Message, Mr. Bibb in the chair; and after some time spent therein, the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Bibb reported, that the committee of the whole had had his Excellency the Governor's messages, and the subject therein contained, under consideration, and beg leave to propose the adoption of the following resolutions:

Resolved, That so much of the Governor's Message as relates to the State University, with all incidental questions relating to its organization, its funds, and its location, be referred to the committee on schools and colleges and school and college lands.

Resolved, That so much of the Governor's Message as relates to our circulating medium, the establishment of a State Bank,


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referred to a select committee: whereupon, Messrs. Shackleford, Murphy and Hopkins, were appointed.

Resolved, That so much of the Governor's Message as relates to the Huntsville Bank, circuit courts, and to taking the census, be referred to the judiciary committee.

Resolved, That so much of the Governor's Message as relates to the mode of electing electors of President and Vice-President of the United States, be referred to the committee already appointed on that subject.

Resolved, That so much of the Governor's Message as relates to the judiciary department, and the defects therein, be referred to the judiciary committee.

Resolved, That so much of the Governor's Message as relates to a general law of incorporation, be referred to the judiciary committee.

Resolved,  that so much of the Governor's Message as relates to the three per cent. fund for internal improvement, be referred to the committee on inland navigation.

Resolved, That so much of the Governor's Message as relates to roads, be referred to the committee on that subject.

Resolved, That so much of the Governor's Message as relates to the arsenal, the preservation of the public arms, and the duties of the officer designated to that department, be referred to the military committee.

Resolved, That so much of the Governor's Message as relates to the introduction of slaves into the state, for the purpose of traffic, be referred to the committee on propositions and grievances.

Resolved, That so much of the Governor's Message as relates to slaves illegally imported, be referred to a select committee: whereupon, Messrs. Casey, Wood and McVay, were appointed said committee.

All of which were severally read and adopted.

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

Mr. President --- I am instructed by the House of Representatives to inform your honorable body that they have adopted the following resolution: "Resolved, That the Senate be informed that on Saturday next, at 11 o'clock, they will be ready to receive the Senate, and proceed to count the votes for Governor.

A communication in writing was received from the Governor, by J. J. Pleasants, Esq. Secretary of State, which was read and is as follows:

Executive Department, November 21st, 1823.

Gentlemen of the Senate --- I herewith lay before you, in compliance with the resolution of the Senate, the documents in possession of the Executive, relating to the printing and binding the Digest.--- These consist of the proposals received from all the applicants for the execution of the work; --- the bond of Edwin Curtis, whose proposal was accepted, the condition of which fully expressed the stipulation, and the advance made; --- the communications from Judge Toulmin, with his final declining of the superintendence in New York; --- and the copy of my letter of appointment and instruction to the Attorney General, with his report of the execution of the duty assigned him.

(Signed.)

ISRAEL PICKENS

Ordered, That said communication, together with the accompanying documents lie on the table.


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Mr. Wood obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled "An act to alter an election precinct in Jefferson county:" which was read the first time, and ordered to be made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Powell obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled "An act to regulate and reduce the expenses of the General Assembly;" which was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Shackleford, Resolved, That a committee be appointed to examine and make report of the situation of the State Arsenal and the Public Arms contained therein; and that the House of Representatives be requested to appoint a committee to act in conjunction with said committee. Whereupon, Messrs. Shackleford, Armstrong and Crabb, were appointed a committee on the part of the Senate.

Ordered, That the secretary notify the House of Representatives thereof, and desire their concurrence. And then the Senate adjourned till to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock.