Monday, December 11, 1820.

Mr. Farmer from the committee of finance, made the following report, that said committee having had under consideration, the adjustment of the accounts, between the States of Alabama and Mississippi, agreeable to instruction by a resolution of the Senate, and are informed that the acting Governor, is now in correspondence with the Executive of Mississippi, on the subject in conformity with the provisions of a resolution, passed by the General Assembly, the 13th December, 1819, which resolution in the opinion of your committee, makes sufficient provision for the accomplishment of the said object, and that no further Legislative provisions are necessary, which report was concurred in.

Mr. Gause from the committee of enrolled bills, reported that the committee had examined the following bills, and found the same duly enrolled.

An act to authorise a Lottery for the building a bridge over Clear Creek, in the town of Cahawba. An act to authorise Daniel Reed to emancipate certain slaves therein mentioned. An act to amend an act to establish a Bank in the town of Mobile, passed at St. Stephens, 20th November, 1818. An act to amend an act entitled an act, providing for the determination of suites and controversies by arbitration passed at Huntsville 13th December, 1820. An act to authorise John N. S. Jones and Alexander P. Jones, to emancipate certain slaves therein named. An act to authorise Killis Walton, to emancipate a negro man slave, named Tom.

Mr. Ringgold from the committee on the census, reported a bill to be entitled an act to provide for assessing and collecting of taxes, and for taking the census of this State, which was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

Mr. Gause, from the committee on enrolled bills, reported that the committee had examined a bill to be entitled an act authorising lotteries, for the benefit of the Alabama Lodge, No. 51, of ancient Freemasons, Halo Lodge of Cahawba, and Rising Virtue Lodge, No. 30, of Tuskaloosa, and found the same duly enrolled.


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Mr. Farmer from the military committee, reported that the committee deem it unnecessary to offer any bill, on the subject of the militia laws, in addition to the bill now before the Senate, which report was concurred in. Mr. Farmer from the select committee, to whom was referred a memorial to the Congress of the United States, for the donation of the islands in certain rivers in this State, reported the same without amendment, which was ordered to be engrossed, and read a third time on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the Trustees of the solemn Grove Academy, was read a third time and passed.

Mr. Farmer from the select committee, reported a bill to be entitled an act to provide for digesting the Laws of the State of Alabama which was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

Mr. Chambers moved the following resolution, Resolved by the Senate, that from and after the passage of this resolution, the Senate will adjourn to nine o'clock in the morning of each day, and sit till one o'clock in the evening, adjourn until two o'clock, and then sit until they go through the whole of the business of the day, the question being put on the passage of said resolution, it was decided in the negative.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Messrs. Perry and Morton.

Mr. President,

The House of Representatives have passed a bill to be entitled an act authorising the Governor to pay to the Town Council of Cahawba two thousand dollars, on account of the Bridge which they are now building, in the town of Cahawba, and a bill to be entitled an act to apportion the Representatives among the several counties in this State, and to divide the State into senatorial districts, according to the returns of the State census.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorise the Governor, to pay to the Town Council of Cahawba, two thousand dollars, on account of the Bridge which they are now building in the Town of Cahawba, was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to apportion the Representatives among the several counties of this State, and to divide the State into senatorial districts, according to the returns of the census, was read the first time, and ordered to lie on the table.

A bill to be entitled an act for the collection of monies due the State and for other purposes, was read the third time and passed. Ordered that the title of said bill be an act for the collection of money due the State and for other purposes.

A bill to be entitled an act to establish and fix on the site for the seat of justice in Wilcox county, was read a third time and passed.

Ordered that the title of said bill be an act to establish and fix the site for the seat of justice in Wilcox county.

A bill to be entitled an act to fix the seat of justice permanently in the county of St. Clair, was read a second time.


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The following message was received from the acting Governor, by Thomas A. Rogers, Secretary of State.

Gentlemen of the Senate and of the House of Representatives, I herewith lay before the General Assembly, an abstract of the Census of the counties of Baldwin and Blount, received since my communication of the 9th ultimo; no return has yet been made by the county of Marion, and I think it probable none will be received for the present year. I have the honour at this time also, to lay before you a memorandum of vacancies which have occurred since the last session of the General Assembly, in officers, which it will devolve on you, to fill during the present session.

December 8, 1820.

THOMAS BIBB.

The message and documents were read.

Message from the house of Representatives by Messrs. Perry and Morton.

Mr. President,

The House of Representatives have passed a bill, to be entitled an act, to authorise the administrator of Thomas Ragland, deceased, to sell and transfer certain certificates of land, therein named, and have amended the bill, entitled an act, to amend an act, passed December 23, 1815, fixing a standard for measures. In the second section and fourth line from the top, they have stricken out the words twenty-five, and inserted in lieu thereof, the words "twelve and a half;" at the end of said section, they have added these words: provided nothing in this act, shall be so construed as to operate on any measures or weight heretofore tried by said standard of weights and measures, and stamped under the laws of the Alabama territory. In the third section they have stricken out the word March, and inserted in lieu thereof the word June; and the question being taken on said amendments, the first and second amendments were disagreed to, and the third concurred in by the Senate.

A bill authorising the sale of college lands and for other purposes was read a 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 provide for facilitating the navigation of the water courses of the State of Alabama, was read a second time, 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, supplementary to an act, establishing the permanent seat of justice in Cahawba county, passed at Huntsville 17th December, 1819, was read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed and read a third time on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act, repealing a part of the 28th section of an act, to regulate the proceedings in the courts of law and equity in this State, was read a second time, 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, to authorise the Governor to sell cer-


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tain lots on the public lands east of Alabama river, and opposite the town of Cahawba, was read a second time and ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole, and made the order of the day on to-morrow.

A resolution, allowing Samuel Dale, and his securities, a further time to complete the payment of money due the State of Alabama, as collector of Monroe county, for the year 1817, was read a second time, 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, to organize the militia of this State, was read a 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-mororow.

According to order the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on a bill to be entitled an act, to vest certain lots in the Intendant and Council of the town of Cahawba, and for other purposes, Mr. Terrel in the chair; and after some time spent therein the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Terrel 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 severally read and concurred in. On motion of Mr. Casey said bill was ordered to lie on the table.

Message from the House of Representatives, by Messrs, McKinley and Murphy.

Mr. President,

The House of Representatives have passed a bill to be entitled an act, to raise a revenue for the support of government, for the year 1821, which were read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

According to order, the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on a bill to be entitled an act, giving jurisdiction over water courses, Mr. Chambers in the chair; and after some time spent therein the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Chambers 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.

Resolution appointing commissioners to mark out a road, from the military crossing of the Buttahachee, to the Falls of Tuskaloosa, was read a second time, and ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole, and made the order of the day on to-morrow.

Mr. Farmer, from a select committee to whom was deferred the memorial of John Byler, reported a bill to be entitled an act, amendatory to an act, entitled an act, to establish a public road therein named, was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

According to order, the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on a bill to prohibit the removal of distempered cattle, Mr.


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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 directed him to report the same as amended, which report was ordered to lie on the table.

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 apportion the Representatives among the several counties within this State, and to divide the State into senatorial districts, Mr. Chambers in the chair; and after some time spent therein the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Chambers in 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.

According to order, the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on a bill to be entitled an act, concerning intestate stages and for other purposes, 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, and had directed him to report the same without amendment, which was concurred in. Mr. Garth moved to strike out the word there in the second section of said bill, for the purpose of inserting six, and the question being taken thereon, was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Casey moved that said bill lie on the table, and the question being taken thereon, it was decided in the negative. Ordered that said bill as amend be engrossed and read a third time on to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Garth, the committee of the whole was discharged from the further consideration of a bill to be entitled an act, to compel plaintiffs in courts of law, to give security for costs at the time of issuing original writs or other process; and said bill was indefinitely postponed.

On motion of Mr. Chambers, a bill for the relief of Eugenio Campbell was indefinitely postponed.

On motion of Mr. Casey, the Senate resumed the consideration of a bill to be entitled an act, to vest certain lots in the Intendant and Council of the town of Cahawba, and for other purposes. Ordered that said bill be engrossed, and read a third time on to-morrow.

According to order, the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on a bill concerning divorce and alimony, 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 to time to go through with the same, had directed him to report progress and ask leave to sit again. On motion of Mr. Chambers, ordered that said bill lie on the table.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Moore, of Madison.

Mr. President- The House of Representatives recede from their


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disagreement to the amendment of the Senate to 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. They concur in the amendments made by your honourable body to an act declaring that part of Limestone leading from Mooresville to the Tennessee river a public highway; and have passed the following bills.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorise Judges of the Circuit Courts, and Justices of the County Courts, to take acknowledgments of deeds, and relinquishments of dower.

An act to provide for enclosing the public building in the town of Cahawba, and for other purposes.

An act defining the duties of Sheriffs and Constables.

An act to prevent obstructing or diverting from the natural channel any water course which would otherwise flow through the land of any person.

An act to alter and extend the limits of Autauga county, and for other purposes; and an act to incorporate an Aqueduct Company in the city of Mobile.

The Senate adjourned until tomorrow morning at ten o'clock.