Friday, November 16.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Magoflin presented the petition of John Dixon, praying the emancipation of a slave therein named; which was received, and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Magoflin and Kennedy.

Mr. Perry from the committee on enrolled bills, Reported, that the said committee had examined and found correctly enrolled, the following bills: An act confirming a decree of the circuit court of Madison county, exercising chancery jurisdiction, pronounced in September term, 1820, divorcing Harriet Dillard from her husband, Nicholas Dillard; and an act to authorize Maria Evans and Lewis Tilman, to emancipate certain slaves therein named.

Mr. Fitzpatrick from the committee of propositions and grievances to whom was referred the petition of William Walton, Reported, a bill to be entitled, an act for the relief of William Walton; which was read a first time; and,

Ordered, to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Anderson from the select committee, to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of Lawrence county, reported a bill to be entitled, an act to establish a road therein named; which was read a first time; Ordered, that the same be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Armstrong from the select committee to whom was referred so much of the governor's message as relates to the State Bank, Reported a bill to be entitled, an act to amend the several acts in relation to the establishment of the Bank of the State of Alabama, and to repeal such parts of said acts as are repugnant to the provisions of this act; Ordered, that the reading of said bill be dispensed with.

Mr. Clay obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, an act to authorize the administrator of David Dalton, deceased, to sell certain lots therein named; which upon the rule being dispensed with, was read three several times and passed; Ordered, that the words "a bill to be entitled" be stricken out: Ordered, that the same be sent to the Senate.

Mr. Davis obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, an act to repeal in part, and amend an act entitled, an act to constitute a court of oyer and terminer, for the trial of slaves, & for other purposes; which was read a first time; and, Ordered, to be read a second time tomorrow.


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Mr. Fitzpatrick from the committee on propositions and grievances to whom was referred the petition of the Intendant and Council of the lower part of the town of Tuskaloosa, Reported a bill to be entitled, an act permanently to fix the seat of justice for the county of Tuskaloosa; which was read a first time, and, Ordered, to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Perry from the committee on enrolled bills, reported that the committee had examined, an act to authorize the administrator of David Dalton, deceased, to sell certain lots therein named; and find the same correctly enrolled.

Mr. King obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, an act respecting rents; which was read a first time, and, Ordered, to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Morton obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled , an act supplementary to the act entitled, an act to suppress duelling, passed on the 17th December, 1819; which was read a first time, and Ordered, to be read a second time on tomorrow.

Mr. Powell offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That with the concurrence of the Senate, a joint committee of both Houses of the legislature be appointed to inquire into the expediency of memorializing Congress on the propriety of removing the prohibition imposed on the State of Alabama, at its admission into the Federal Union of taxing all lands sold by the general government in the said State subsequent to the first day of September 1819, so far as it may regard lands hereafter sold; which resolution was adopted; and Messrs. Powell and Perry were appointed said committee.

Mr. Vining obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, an act to amend the election laws now in force in this state; which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Williams obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, an act to define the power of the judges of the circuit courts in this state, to fine and imprison persons on state prosecutions; which was read a first time, and Ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Crenshaw from the judiciary committee to whom were referred the several memorials relating to digesting the laws of this state, reported a bill to be entitled, an act to provide for the digesting of the laws of the state of Alabama which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time to morrow.


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A 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 Blackwarrior river, at the falls of the town of Tuskaloosa; was read a third time; and the blanks being filled, the bill was passed Ordered, that the words "a bill to be entitled" be stricken out: Ordered, that the bill be sent to the Senate.

Message from the Senate by Mr. Garth: Mr. Speaker, I am instructed by the Senate to inform your Honourable body, that they have read a third time and passed, an act authorizing the administrator of David Dalton, deceased, to sell certain lots therein named.

A bill to be entitled, an act to fix the temporary seat of justice in the county of Bibb, was read a second time, and Ordered, to be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

A bill from the Senate to be entitled an act to appoint commissioners to lay out a certain road therein named, was read a second time.

Mr. Moore moved to amend the said bill by striking out the proviso --- which was carried; Ordered, that the said bill be read a third time tomorrow.

A bill from the Senate to be entitled, an act to compel plaintiffs to give security for costs in all suits hereafter to be brought in this state, was read a first time; and Ordered, to be read a second time to morrow.

A bill to be entitled, an act for the relief of John Bishop, was read a second time; and Ordered, to be read a third time tomorrow.

A bill to be entitled, an act to authorize Richard Rapier, administrator of Claiborne Mays deceased, to sell a certain lot of land therein mentioned, was read a second time; and Ordered, to be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

Mr. Bagby offered the following Resolution:

Resolved That a committee of three members be appointed by this House, to take into consideration the expediency of memorializing the Congress of the United States, upon the subject of the claims of colonel Samuel Dale, for services performed during the Creek war. The services performed by the said Dale are and ever will be, fresh in the recollection of the people of this state, especially those distressed families who resided immediately on our frontier.

Resolved, further, That the said committee be instructed to examine such testimony and vouchers in support of said claims as may be brought before them; and that the same accompany said memorial: and Messrs Bagby, Crenshaw,


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and Armstrong are said committee; which resolution was adopted.

Mr. Crenshaw offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the committee on roads, bridges, ferries &c. be instructed to inquire, whether it be expedient to establish a state road, commencing from some point on the northern boundary of this state, leading to Pensacola and Blakeley; which resolution was adopted.

The bill to be entitled, an act divorcing certain persons therein named, was taken into consideration; Ordered, that the said bill be referred to the committee on divorce and alimony.

A bill to be entitled, an act to authorize John Rose to cut out and open a road from the town of Cahawba, to Pinebarren creek and receive toll for keeping it in repair; was read a second time, and Ordered to be engrossed for its third reading on tomorrow.

A bill to be entitled, an act to incorporate Tuskaloosa Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, was read a second time.

Mr. Perry moved to amend the said bill by an additional section, incorporating the Alabama Chapter of Royal Arch Masons; which was adopted; Ordered, that the said bill be engrossed for its third reading tomorrow.

A bill to be entitled, an act authorizing the Intendant and Council of the lower part of Tuskaloosa, to erect a toll bridge across the Blackwarrior river, was read a second time; and Ordered, to be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

A bill to be entitled, an act to authorize the issuing of Treasury notes, was read a second time; and referred to the committee of ways and means; Ordered that the House adjourn till to morrow 10 o'clock.