Wednesday, November 22, 1820.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Casey agreeably to notice, asked for and obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act, permitting shop keepers, tradesmen, physicians and apothecaries, to prove their books of account; which was read the first time.


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Ordered that said bill be read the second time on to-morrow.

Mr. Casey also agreeably to notice asked for and obtained leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act, to afford summary relief to persons purchasing lands of the United States, which was read the first time.

Ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Sims, the committee of the whole was discharged from the further consideration of the bill, entitled an act, to amend an act, passed at Huntsville, on the 11th December, 1819, entitled an act, to alter and amend the laws regulating the admission and practice of counsellors and attornies at law.

On motion of Mr. Sims said bill was read the third time and passed.

Ordered that the Secretary acquaint the house of representatives thereof.

On motion of Mr. Casey, an act to provide for the appointment of the electors of President and Vice President of the United States, was taken up and read the second time.

On motion of Mr. Garth, the words "twenty second" in the third and fourth lines of the first section were stricken out.

On motion of Mr. Casey, the blank was filled with the words "twenty fifth"

Said bill as amended was read, and on motion ordered to be read a third time on to-morrow.

Mr. Chambers agreeably to notice, asked for and obtained leave to bring in a bill for the relief of Augustus Forscue; which was read the first time.

On motion ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

Received a message from the house of representatives by Messrs. Perry, and Moore of Madison.

Mr. President --The House of representatives have passed an act, appointing commissioners to lay out a road on or near the dividing line, between the counties of Madison and Limestone, and an act for the relief of John Boyce, to which they desire your concurrence.

Said bills were severally read the first time, and on motion ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

Mr. Casey introduced the memorial of Dunklin Sullivan, Jonas Brown and Jesse Beene, in behalf of the Halo lodge of free and ancient York masons, praying that a law may be passed, authorising the members of said lodge to raise by a lottery a sum not exceeding twenty thousand dollars for the benefit thereof.

On motion of Mr. Casey, said memorial was referred to a select committee.

Whereupon Messrs. Watkins, Farmer, and Garth, were appointed.

On motion of Mr. Gause, a bill to be entitled an act, requiring the Governor to reside at the seat of government was read the third time and passed.

Ordered that the title of said bill be an act, requiring the Governor to reside at the seat of government.

An act to provide for the public printing and for other purpose was read the third time and passed.

An act to authorise John N. S. Jones, and Alexander P. Jones, to emancipate certain slaves therein named; was read the second time, and on motion ordered to be read a third time on to-morrow.


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An act to incorporate the town of Selma, in the county of Dallas, was read the second time.

On motion ordered that said bill 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 Gilbert D. Taylor, to emancipate certain slaves therein named, was on motion of Mr. Watkins indefinitely postponed.

On motion of Mr. Watkins the bill entitled an act, to authorise Killis Walton, to emancipate a negro man slave, named Tom, was ordered to lie on the table.

An act to change the names, and legitimate certain persons therein named, was read the second time. And on motion ordered to be read a third time 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 declare Oaktuppa creek a navigable stream. &c. Mr. Davis in the chair, and after some time spent therein the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Davis reported that the committee of the whole had according to order had said bill under consideration, and had made an amendment thereto by striking out the second section, which was concurred in.

Said bill as amended was read, and on motion of Mr. Trotter ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

Received a message from the house of representatives, by Mr. Chapman.

Mr. President, the House of Representatives have adopted the following resolution: Resolved, That the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, will on Thursday the 23rd inst. assemble in the Representatives Hall, for the purpose of electing a Comptroller and Treasurer.

Mr. Garth moved to amend said resolution by striking out the word "and" between the word "Comptroller" and the word "Treasurer" and by adding these words, "and a public printer;" and the question being put thereon, it passed in the affirmative.

Ordered that the Senate do concur in said resolution as amended, and that the Secretary acquaint the house of representatives thereof.

On motion of Mr. Casey, the order of the day on a bill to be entitled an act, authorising a lottery for the benefit of the Alabama Lodge, No. 51, of ancient free masons, was postponed until 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, authorizing a review of Flint river, 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, but not having time to go through with the same, had directed him to report progress and ask leave to sit again.

On motion of Mr. Garth, the committee of the whole was discharged from the further consideration of said bill.


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Mr. Watkins moved that said bill be referred to a select committee, and the question being put thereon it was decided in the negative.

On motion of Mr. Garth the second section of the bill was stricken out.

Said bill was then read as amended and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Terrel agreeably to notice asked for and obtained leave to bring in a bill to define the boundaries of Marion county; which was read the first time, and

On motion ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

Mr. Terrel from the joint committee appointed by both houses to arrange the funeral procession on the death of the later Governor William W. Bibb, reported as follows:

1st. The members of both branches of the Legislature shall assemble at Mr. White's long, room, at eleven o'clock on the 26th instant.

2d. The from of the Speaker's seat shall be clothed in mourning under the direction of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

3d. His Excellency the acting Governor and the Rev. Mr. Kennedy, shall head the procession. The Senate shall proceed the next in order, in pairs to be arranged by the President, who associated with the Secretary of the Senate, shall head that body.

4th. The Representative branch shall move in like order.

5th. The heads of the departments of the State, and the Judges of the Supreme Court shall move next in order: to be arranged by the Secretary of State.

6. Four chairs shall be placed on the Speakers seat for the reception of the Governor, the President of the Senate, the Speaker and the Divine.

7. The Senate shall take seats on the right. The representatives on the left. The heads of department and the judges in the centre. Seats shall be prepared by the respective door keepers.

According to the order of the day, the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the memorial to the general government on the subject of a repeal of the law respecting the taxation of certain lands and for other purposes, 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 memorial under consideration, and had made amendments thereto, which was read and concurred in.

On motion of Mr. Terrel, ordered that said memorial be engrossed and read a third time ton to-morrow.

According to order, the senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on a bill to be entitled an act, to authorise a lottery for the benefit of the navigation of the Buttahachee river, Mr. Farmer in the chair, and after sometime spent therein, the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Farmer reported that the committee had according to order, had said bill under consideration, and had made sundry amendments thereto, which were concurred in.


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Mr. Sims moved to amend said bill, by adding at the close of the first section these words, "or so much thereof as lies within the state of Alabama;" and the question being taken thereupon, it passed in the negative.

Said bill as amended was read, and on motion ordered to be engrossed for a third reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Terrel introduced the following joint resolution; which was read the first time.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened, That the secretary of state, the comptroller of public accounts, and the state treasurer, shall personally reside at the seat of government.

On motion said joint resolution was ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Watkins, Ordered, That the Committee of the Whole be discharged from the further consideration of an act to authorise Daniel Reed to emancipate certain slaves therein named ; and an act authorising Lemuel Mead to emancipate a negro man slave, named Richmond: and that said bills lie on the table.

The Senate adjourned until to-morrow morning nine o'clock.