Tuesday, December 5, 1820.

Mr. Chapman from the committee on enrolled bills, reported that said committee have examined bills of the following titles, to wit: an act, declaring the Oaktuppa creek a navigable stream; an act, to provide for fixing the site for the permanent seat of justice for the county of Marengo, and for other purposes therein mentioned and, an act, authorising a review of Flint River, in the county of Cotaco, and that they find the same correctly enrolled.

Mr. Armstrong of Mobile, from the Military committee, to whom was recommitted the bill to be entitled an act, to organize the militia of this State, reported the same with sundry amendments thereto.

Mr. Walker moved to amend the report of the committee by striking therefrom the words "a cap similar to," which was carried. Mr. Armstrong of Mobile, moved to strike out the 50th section of the said bill, which was decided in the negative. Mr. Walker moved to strike from the fiftieth section of said bill, these words "with the exception of the brim, which shall only be in front of the cap," which was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Walker moved further to amend said section by inserting the word "hat," in lieu of the word "cap," and also to insert the word "black," before the word "hat," which was agreed to by the house.

The house then concurred with the report of the committee. Ordered, That said bill, be read by section forthwith. Mr. Abercrombie moved to amend the second section of the same, by striking out the word "four," and insert the word "two," which was decided in the negative.

Mr. Perry moved to amend the first section of the said bill, by inserting the word "Sheriffs" after the word "Postmasters," which was decided in the negative. Mr. Armstrong of Mobile, moved to amend the second section by inserting the word "privates," which was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Weedon moved to amend the fourth section of the said bill, by striking out the word "not" between the words "shall" and "be," which was decided in the negative.

On motion of Mr. McKinley, the House resolved itself into a committee of the whole House, on the bill to be entitled an act to organise the Militia of this State, and after some time spent in the consideration thereof, the Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Chapman reported the same with amendments, in which the House concurred. Ordered that said bill be engrossed, and made the order of the day for a third reading on Thursday, and that Messrs. Chapman and Armstrong of Mobile, superintend the engrossing of the same.


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Mr. Walker obtained leave to introduce the following resolution:

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, that the General Assembly will adjourn sine die on the sixteenth instant. Ordered, that said resolution be postponed till to-morrow.

Mr. Perry, from the select committee to whom was referred the petition of David and Nicholas Crocheron, reported the following bill: a bill to be entitled an act allowing additional compensation for completing the public building, which was read a first time, and ordered for a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. McMeans obtained leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act to fix permanently the seat of justice in Blount county, which was read a first time, and ordered to lie on the table.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Williams their Secretary.

Mr. Speaker,- The Senate have passed the following bills, which originated in your honorable body. An act to authorise S. B. Shields to sell certain lands therein named. An act to amend an act passed at St. Stephens the 13th February, 1818, to establish the Tombeckbee Bank. An act to authorise the Governor to dispose of the public arms of this State. An act to authorise Jeremiah Austill to dispose of the lands of the late David Files. An act to repeal an act of the last General Assembly of the State of Alabama, entitled an act for the encouragement of killing and destroying wolves and panthers, and have amended said bill by adding another section thereto. They have also passed a bill entitled an act for the government of the port and harbor of Blakeley; and an act defining the boundaries of Marion county, and for other purposes, in which they desire your concurrence, and then he withdrew.

Mr. Evans obtained leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act to authorise Stephen C. Richardson and his wife, to sell and transfer certain certificates of land, which was read a first time, and ordered for a second reading on to-morrow.

A resolution was introduced by Mr. McVay, proposing to the people an amendment to the third article, and twelfth section of the Constitution of State, so as to reduce the term of Senators to one year, which was read a first time, and on motion Ordered, that said resolution be made the order of the day for a second reading to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Perkins Ordered, that the Judiciary Committee be instructed to take into consideration the ninth section of the general provisions of the constitution of this State, with leave to report a bill embracing the purpose of its provision.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Williams their Secretary.

Mr. Speaker,- The Senate have passed the following bill: An act providing for the payment of William Pye, which originated in the House of Representatives. They have also passed a bill entitled an act to incorporate the town of Ococoposo, in the county of Franklin, to which they desire your concurrence, and then he withdrew.

Ordered, that the report of the committee of the whole, on an act concerning executions, and for other purposes, be referred to a select committee. Whereupon Messrs. Chambers, Clay and Smoot, were appointed said committee, and then the House adjourned till 9 o'clock to-morrow.