Wednesday, Nov. 21.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Weedon presented the petition of Thomas Phillips, praying indemnity for a negro man killed while opening a public road; which was received and referred to a select committee. Messrs. Weedon, Martin and King were appointed said committee.


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Mr. Anderson presented the petition of the tax collector of Lawrence county, praying that a sum of money may be refunded to him for reasons therein named; which was received, and Ordered to be referred to a select committee. Whereupon, Messrs. Anderson and Morton, were appointed said committee.

Mr. Crenshaw presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Butler county, praying to be allowed a separate representation; and praying an alteration in the present boundaries of said county; which was received. Ordered, That so much of said petition as relates to representation be referred to the committee on apportionment. Ordered, that so much of said petition as relates to the alteration of the boundaries of said county, be referred to the committee on county boundaries.

Mr. Williams from the committee of ways and means, to whom was referred so much of the Governor's communication as relates to the revenue of this State, Reported a bill to be entitled an act for assessing and collecting of the taxes of this State --- which was read a first time. Ordered, that the same be made the order of the day, for its second reading on Friday next: and, that fifty four copies be printed.

Mr. Anderson presented the petition of Samuel Gragg and John S. White administrators of John Ellis, deceased, praying authority to sell certain land therein named --- which was received and referred to a select committee: Whereupon, Messrs. Anderson and Morton were appointed said committee.

Mr. Leake from the committee on county boundaries, presented a report, accompanied by a bill to be entitled an act to establish certain counties therein named, and for other purposes --- which was read a first time. Ordered, that the House concur in said report. Ordered, that the said bill be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Fleming from the committee on roads, bridges and ferries, to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of Morgan county, Report, that it is inexpedient at this time to grant the prayer of the Petitioners. In which report the House concurred.

Mr. Craig from the committee on schools and colleges and school and college lands, to whom was referred a bill to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to amend an act to provide for leasing for a limited time the lands re-


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served by the Congress of the United States for the purpose of schools within each township in this State, for a seminanary of learning, and for other purposes, passed on 20th December 1820 --- reported the same with amendments --- concurred in. Ordered, that the same be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

Mr. Crenshaw from the judiciary committee to whom was referred 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 --- reported the same without amendment. Ordered, that the House concur in said report. Ordered, that the said bill be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

Mr. Crenshaw from the same committee, to whom was referred the resolution "to inquire into the expediency of reducing into one act all the duties of Justices of the Peace, Sheriffs, Coroners and Constables, and annex thereto their several fees," --- Reported that it is inexpedient at this time to do so; inasmuch as that object is substantially embraced in a report already before this 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 compel plaintiffs to give security for costs in all suits hereafter to be brought in this State, --- Reported, the same without amendment. Ordered, that the same be referred to a select committee: --- Whereupon, Messrs. Moore and Magoflin were appointed said committee.

Mr. Crenshaw from the same committee to whom was referred a bill to be entitled an act concerning rents, --- Reported the same without amendment. Ordered, that the House concur in said report.

Mr. Davis obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to establish the permanent seat of justice in the county of Shelby --- which was read a first time, and Ordered, for a second reading tomorrow.

Mr. Clay from the select committee to whom was referred a bill to be entitled an act to authorize William Crawford and company of Franklin county, to build a mill and other water works, on the Tennessee river, --- Reported the same with amendments --- which report was concurred in. Ordered, that the same be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Powell obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act supplementary to an act entitled an act for the

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relief of securities --- which was read a first time, and Ordered, for a second reading tomorrow.

Mr. Smith offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That a committee be appointed to inquire into the extent, and situation of a tract of country, together with the probable number of settlers upon the same, which lies cast of Marion county, north of Jefferson and Tuskaloosa counties, west of Blount county, and south of Morgan and Lawrence counties, and report the same to this House --- which was adopted.

Mr. Graham obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the town of Sparta, and for other purposes --- which was read a first time, and Ordered for a second reading tomorrow.

On motion of Mr. Crenshaw, the House resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill to be entitled an act to provide for the digesting the laws of the State of Alabama; and after some time spent therein, the committee rose and Mr. Crenshaw reported the said bill with amendments --- in which the House concurred. Ordered, that the same be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole House --- Mr. Greening in the chair, on the bill to be entitled an act to amend the law regulating the proceedings upon the claims of property under execution; and after sometime spent therein the committee rose, and Mr. Greening reported the bill as amended. Ordered, that the said report lie on the table.

The following bills from the Senate were read a third time and passed, to wit:

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. And,

An act to incorporate the Steam-boat company of Mobile. Ordered, that the Senate be acquainted therewith.

Ordered, that the House adjourn till to morrow morning ten o'clock.