Thursday, November 15, 1821.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Magoflin presented the petition of William Walton, praying to be relieved from a recognizance therein mentioned; which was received, and referred to the committee on propositions and grievances.

Mr. Craig from the committee on schools and colleges and school and college lands to whom was referred the petition of William M. Marr, and also the petition of sundry inhabitants of Madison county: Reported, That the said petitions are unreasonable, and ought not to be granted. In which report the House concurred.

Mr. Fleming from the committee on roads, bridges, ferries, &c. to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of Lawrence county, Reported, That the said committee have had the same under consideration, and the petition is unreasonable, and ought to be rejected. The House disagreed to said report. On motion of Mr. Clay, Ordered, That said petition be re-committed to a select committee; Whereupon, Messrs. Anderson and Morton were appointed said committee.


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Mr. Craig from the committee on schools and colleges and school and college lands, to whom was referred the petition of David Wood, Reported, That said petition is unreasonable, and ought not to be granted; in which report the House concurred.

Mr. Fleming from the committee on roads, bridges, ferries &c. to whom was referred the petition of sundry persons praying, that John and Samuel Hogan be permitted to turnpike a road, Report, That said petition is unreasonable, and ought not to be granted: In which report the House concurred.

Mr. Leake from the committee on county boundaries, to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of Shelby; and also the petition of sundry inhabitants of St. Clair county, reported that said petitions are unreasonable and ought not to be granted. In which report the House concurred.

Mr. Leake from the same committee to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of St. Clair county praying for a road therein designated, obtained leave to be discharged from the further consideration of the same. Ordered, that the same be referred to the committee on roads, bridges, ferries, &c.

Mr. Leake from the same committee, to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of Bibb county, praying to have the seat of justice for said county, temporarily fixed reported the following bill:

A bill to be entitled an act to fix the temporary seat of justice in the county of Bibb; which was read a first time. Ordered, that the same be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Evans obtained leave to introduce the following bill:

A bill to be entitled an act to repeal in part and amend the road law, passed at Cahawba 22nd Dec. 1820; which was read a first time. Ordered, that the same be referred to the committee on roads, bridges, ferries &c.

Mr. Armstrong laid before the House an account of James Dellet; which was referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Armstrong obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act authorizing a lottery for making a turnpike road leading from the city of Mobile to Alvire's ferry on __________ creek; which was read a first time, and Ordered, for a second reading tomorrow.

Mr. Edmondson obtained leave to introduce a bill to be

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entitled an act to amend an act to provide for leasing for a limited time, the lands reserved by the Congress of the United States, for the support of schools within each township in this State for a seminary of learning, and for other purposes, passed on the 20th Dec. 1821 --- which was read a first time; and Ordered, that the same be referred to the committee on schools and colleges and school and college lands.

Mr. Weedon offered the following resolution:

Resolved, that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of amending the law now in force respecting the punishment inflicted for the crime of forgery; which resolution was adopted.

Mr. Tagert obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to compensate the officers and Judge advocate, who compose the court Martial, detailed for the purpose of deciding the contested election of the Major General of the fourth division of militia of the State of Alabama --- which was read a first time, and Ordered, that the same be referred to the military committee.

The Speaker laid before the House the Treasurer's annual report. Ordered, that 100 copies be printed. Ordered, that the same be referred to the committee on ways and means.

On motion of Mr. Williams, the House resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill to be entitled an act to authorize William G. Parish, David Johnston, Otis Dyer, Benjamin Clements and their associates, to erect a toll bridge across the Black warrior river at the falls of the town of Tuskaloosa, Mr. Moore in the chair; and after some time spent therein, the committee rose, and Mr. Moore reported the bill with amendments; in which amendments the House concurred. Ordered, that the same be engrossed, and made the order of the day for its third reading on tomorrow.

Ordered, That Mr. Smith be added to the committee on inland navigation.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorize the emancipation of certain slaves therein named --- was read the third time and passed. Ordered, that the title be amended by striking out the words "A bill to be entitled." Ordered, that the same be sent to the Senate.

The House took into consideration the bill to be entitled an act to alter the boundaries of Limestone county --- which was read a third time.


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Mr. Masterson moved that the further consideration of said bill be indefinitely postponed --- which was lost. The bill was then passed. Ordered, that the words "A bill to be entitled" be stricken out. Ordered, that the Senate be acquainted therewith.

Message from the Senate by Mr. Lyon their Secretary:

Mr. Speaker I am instructed by the Senate to inform your honourable body that the Senate have read a third time and passed "an act to authorize Maria Evans and Lewis Tilman to emancipate certain slaves therein named" --- which originated in your honourable body.

They have also read a third time and passed "an act to compel plaintiffs to give security for costs in all suits thereafter to be brought in this State." In which they desire your concurrence.

A bill from the Senate, to be entitled an act to prevent sheriffs and other officers levying executions in certain cases, was read a third time and passed. Ordered, that the title be as aforesaid. Ordered, that the same be sent to the Senate.

A bill to be entitled an act to extend the time for collecting the tax and making returns, to the persons therein named, was read a third time.

Mr. Anderson moved the following amendment by way of rider:

And be it further enacted, That the said sheriffs be and they are hereby required to pay into the Treasury of the state, such part of the money due from the said counties, as they may have collected, agreeable to the requisition of the former law: Which was adopted.

The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are,

Messrs. Anderson, Bagby, Beene, Brown, Carr, Craig, Duckworth, Edmondson, Elmore, Greening, Holderness, Jones, Kennedy, King, Montgomery, Magoflin, Murrell, Masterson, Miller, Morton, McHenry, Norwood, Philpott, Perry, Parham, Skinner, Thompson, Vining, Williamson --- 29.

Those who voted in the negative, are

Messrs. Speaker, Allen, Armstrong, Ayers, Barclay, Clay, Crenshaw, Davis, Evans, Fleming, Graham, Hardwicke, Hopkins, Leake, Moore, Martin, Powell, Smith, Tagert, Weedon, Williams --- 21.

Mr. Clay moved to fill the blank in said bill with "15th. February." Which was carried. The bill was then passed.

Ordered, That the words "a bill to be entitled" be stricken out: Ordered, that the bill be sent to the Senate.

Ordered, That Mr. Powell be added to the Judiciary committee.


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Ordered, That the House adjourn till to morrow 10 o'clock.