Tuesday, November 20.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Crenshaw from the judiciary committee to whom was referred the resolution of the House, instructing said committee to inquire into the expediency of revising and reducing into one, all the acts now in force for the trial of slaves. Reported, that it is inexpedient to revise at present, and reduce into one, all the acts now in force for the trial of slaves, in any other way than by a digest of the laws of this State, contemplated by a bill now before the House. Ordered, That the House concur in said report.

Mr. Crenshaw from the same committee, to whom was referred a bill to be entitled an act to regulate proceedings upon the claims of property under execution, reported the same with amendments; in which the House concurred. --- The bill was then read a second time. Ordered, That the same be committed to a committee of the whole House, and made the order of the day for tomorrow.

Mr. Crenshaw, from the same committee, to whom was referred a bill to be entitled , an act to repeal in part, and amend an act entitled, an act to repeal, in part , and amend an act entitled, an act to regulate the proceedings in the courts of law and equity in this state, passed on the 14th day of June last, offered the following: Report, that they have had the same under consideration and are of opinion, that


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it is inexpedient at present to make the alterations in the present county court system, as contemplated by the said bill. They, therefore, beg leave to report the same to the House, without any amendment. Mr. Armstrong moved, that the House concur in said report; which was lost.

On motion of Mr. Craig, Ordered, that the Judiciary committee be discharged from the further consideration of the said bill; Ordered, that the said bill be referred to a committee of the whole house, and made the order of the day for tomorrow.

Mr. Perry from the committee on enrolled bills, reported that said committee had examined an act to authorize the administrators of Benjamin C. Benham, deceased, of Limestone county, to sell a tract of land therein designated, and for other purposes; and find the same correctly enrolled.

Mr. Fleming from the committee on roads, bridges, ferries, &c. to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of St. Clair county, reported that the prayer of the petitioners is unreasonable, and ought to be rejected.

Mr. Magoflin from the select committee to whom was referred the petition of John Dixon, reported a bill to be entitled, an act to authorize John Dixon to emancipate a certain slave therein named; which was read a first time and Ordered, for a second reading tomorrow.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Lyon their secretary:

Mr. Speaker; I am directed to inform your honorable body That the Senate have concurred in the resolution of the House of Representatives proposing to go into the election of a solicitor of the first Judicial circuit, and a state printer, this day at 12 o'clock.

Mr. McHenry obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, an act appointing commissioners to lay out a certain road therein designated; which was read a first time, and Ordered, for a second reading tomorrow.

Mr. Morton offered a resolution explanatory of the 12th, section of an act entitled, an act to organize the militia of this state, passed 20th December, 1820; which was lost.

Mr. Vining obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, an act reducing the fees of sheriffs and constables; which was read a first time, and ordered for a second reading tomorrow.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Lyon, their secretary, informing this House, that the Senate disagree to the amendment made by this House in the act to appoint com-


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missioners to lay out a certain road therein named. On motion of Mr. Moore, Ordered, that this House insist on said amendment.

Engrossed bills of the following titles were severally read a third time and passed, to wit: An act authorizing a lottery for the making of a turnpike road, leading from the city of Mobile to Boguechitto creek, in Mobile county, and to authorize a lottery to erect and furnish a Masonic Hall for the use and benefit of Russelville lodge, No. 7. An act permanently to fix the seat of justice for the county of Tuskaloosa; An act to establish a road therein named; An act to establish additional election precincts in certain counties therein named, & for other purposes An act for the relief of William Walton; An act divorcing certain persons therein named; Ordered, that the titles of the said bills be as aforesaid; Ordered, that they be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.

Ordered, That the Senate be informed that the House of Representatives is now ready to receive them, to go into the election of a solicitor of the first Judicial circuit, and a state printer.

The Senate having repaired to the Hall of the House of Representatives, the two Houses proceeded to the election of a solicitor of the first Judicial circuit; Eldridge S. Greening and John Elliott , being in nomination: the votes stood thus; those who voted for Mr. Greening, are

Messrs. Davis, Devereux, Garth, Lanier, McVay, Wingate [of the Senate.] Mr. Speaker, Allen, Anderson, Ayers, Bagby, Barclay, Brown Carr, Clay, Crenshaw, Craig, Davis, Edmondson, Evans, Elmore, Fleming Graham, Holderness, Hopkins, King, Leake, Montgomery, Magoflin, Murrell, Masterson, Miller, Moore, Morton, Martin, Pickett, Philpott Parham, Smith, Vining --- 40.

Those who voted for Mr. Elliott, are

Mr. President, Casey, Conner, Chambers, Dennis, Hanby, Hogg, Lucas, Rose, Trotter, Ware [of the Senate] Beene, Dabney, Duckworth, Fitzpatrick, Hardwicke, Jones, Kennedy, McHenry, Norwood, Powell, Perry, Skinner, Tagert, Thompson, Weedon, Williams, Williamson --- 23.

Mr. Greening having a majority of both Houses, the Speaker declared him duly elected the solicitor of the first judicial circuit.

The two Houses then proceeded to the election of a state printer; and no person being in nomination but William Allen, and every member present voting for him, the Speaker announced him unanimously elected.

The House took into consideration a bill to be entitled an act supplementary to an act entitled an act to suppress duelling, passed 17th Dec. 1819. Ordered, That said bill be committed to a select committee. Whereupon, Messrs.


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Williamson, Armstrong and Moore were appointed said committee.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Lyon their Secretary, informing this House, that the Senate insist upon their disagreement to the amendment made by this House, to the act to appoint commissioners to lay out a certain road therein named. Ordered, That this House adhere to said amendment.

A bill from the Senate entitled an act to authorize the Judge of the County Court of St. Clair to levy a tax to remunerate John Cunningham -- was read a third time and passed. Ordered, That the same be sent to the Senate.

A bill to be entitled an act authorizing the Governor to borrow a certain sum of money therein mentioned, and to settle the debt due by the State to the Huntsville Bank, was read a second time, and referred to the committee of ways and means.

The following bills from the Senate were read a second time:

A bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the Mobile Steam Boat Company.

A bill to be entitled an act to alter the boundary lines between the counties of Clark and Monroe.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorize the Catholic congregation of Christians in the city of Mobile, to sell certain real estate therein mentioned, and for other purposes.

Ordered, That said bills be read a third time tomorrow.

A bill from the Senate to be entitled an act for the relief of purchasers at the first sale of lots in the town of Cahawba, was read a second time. Ordered, That the same be committed to a committee of the whole House, and be made the order of the day for Thursday next.

A Bill to be entitled an act to fix the time for convening the General Assembly of the State of Alabama, was read a second time and amended. Ordered, That the same be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

Ordered, That the House adjourn till tomorrow morning 10 o'clock.