Friday, November 24, 1820.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Casey presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Dallas County, praying for an additional election precinct in said county; which was ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Rose moved that the senator from Montgomery have leave of absence until Tuesday next; which was granted.

According to the order of the day the bill to be entitled an act to amend the laws not in force in the state respecting pubic roads, was read the second time, and, on motion of Mr. Casey committed to a committee of the whole and made the order of the day on to morrow. an act to incorporate the Cahawba Navigation Company was read a second time. On motion, ordered that said bill be read a third time on tomorrow

A bill to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to provide for the leasing for a limited time the lands reserved by the Congress of the United States for the support of schools within each township of this state, for a seminary of learning and for other purposes was read the second time.

On motion of Mr. Casey, ordered that said bill be committed to a committee of the whole, and made the order of the day on to-morrow.

A bill concerning divorce and alimony, was read the second time, and on motion of Mr. Casey, committed to a committee of the whole, and made the order of the day on to-morrow.

A bill to provide addition election precincts in Dallas county, was read the second time. On motion said bill was ordered to be engrossed and read a third time on to-morrow.


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A joint resolution requiring the Secretary of State, the Comptroller of Public Accounts, and the State Treasurer, to reside at the seat of government, was read the second time. On motion said resolution was ordered to be read a third time on to-morrow.

The engrossed memorial to the general government on the subject of a repeal of the law, restricting the taxation of certain lands, and for other purposes, was on motion of Mr. Terrel laid on the table.

According to order, the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on a bill to be entitled an act, permitting merchants, shipkeepers, tradesmen, physicians and apothecaries, to prove their books of account, 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.

According to order the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole on a bill, to be entitled an act, authorising a lottery for the benefit of the Alabama lodge, Number 51, of ancient free masons, 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 with sundry amendments, which were concurred in.

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

According to order, the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole of the bill, to be entitled an act, to afford summary relief to persons purchasing lands of the United States, 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 time to go through with the same, had directed him to report progress, and ask leave to sit again.

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

On motion, ordered that the said bill be referred to a select committee. Whereupon, Messrs. Casey, Watkins, and Sims, were appointed.

According to order, the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on a bill entitled an act, for the relief of Augustus Forscue, 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, and had directed him to report the same with sundry amendments thereto, which were concurred in.

Mr. Casey from the committee on enrolled bills, reported that the committee had examined the following bills, and found them truly enrolled.


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An act, to amend an act, passed at Huntsville, on the 16th December, 1819, entitled an act, to alter and amend the laws regulating the admission and practice of counsellors and attornies at law.

An act to change the names of, and legitimate certain persons therein named, and

An act, to provide for a renewal of the loan effected in the Planters' and Merchants Bank of Huntsville, for and in behalf of this State, which were severally signed by Mr. President.

According to the order of the day, the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on a bill to define the boundaries of Marion county, and for other purposes, 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.

On motion of Mr. Farmer, resolved, that the committee on navigation be instructed to inquire what part of the duties has been performed, which were assigned to the engineer appointed by his Excellency the Governor, under the provisions of an act of the Legislature of Alabama, passed at Huntsville, the 13th day of December, 1819, entitled an act, to provide for examining certain rivers therein named, and for other purposes; also to inquire into the expediency of passing a law creating a fund for internal improvements, and to establish a board for the management thereof.

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 amend an act, passed December 3, 1801, revised and amended February 10, 1807, Mr. 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 and said bill under consideration, and had directed him to report the same with an amendment thereto, which was concurred in.

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

The engrossed bill to provide for fixing the site for the permanent seat of justice for the county of Marengo, and for other purposes therein mentioned, was read the third time and passed.

On motion, ordered that the title of said bill be altered from a bill to that of an act, to provide for fixing the permanent seat of justice for the county of Marengo, and for other purposes therein mentioned.

An act, for the relief of John Boyce, and an act, appointing commissioners to lay out a road on or near the dividing line, between the counties of Madison and Limestone, were severally read the third time and passed.

An act, to incorporate the town of Selma, in the county of Dallas, with its amendments was read the third time and passed. Ordered that the Secretary acquaint the house of representatives thereof.


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The engrossed bill to establish a public road from the southern boundary line of township eight, in range four or five, west of the basis meridian of Huntsville to the Falls of Tuskaloosa, was read the third time and passed. Ordered that the title of said bill be altered from a bill to an act, to establish a public road from the southern boundary line of township eight, in range four or five, west of the basis meridian of Huntsville to the falls of Tuskaloosa.

On motion of Mr. Connor, an act to authorise John N. S. Jones, and Alexander P. Jones, to emancipate certain slaves therein named was laid on the table.

Mr. Watkins gave notice, that on to-morrow he would ask for leave to bring in a bill to authorise the administrator of Thomas Ragland, deceased, to sell land certificates.

Mr. Hogg gave notice, that on to-morrow he would ask for leave to bring in a bill to make lawful certain measures therein named.

Mr. Davis asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled an act, requiring payment to be made for slaves executed which was read the first time. On motion, ordered that said bill be read a second time on to-morrow.

On motion, the Senate adjourned until to-morrow morning 10 o'clock.