Friday, November 23.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Evans presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Wilcox, praying the establishment of a road therein named; which was received, and referred to the committee on roads, bridges and ferries.

Mr. Hardwicke presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of St. Clair and Shelby counties, praying an alteration in the boundary line of St. Clair county --- which was received and referred to the committee on county boundaries.

Mr. Perry from the committee on enrolled bills, Reported that said committee had examined the following bills An act for the relief of Josiah D. Lister, sheriff of Washington county; and, an act to repeal part of a act therein, named: and find the same correctly enrolled.

Mr. Williams from the committee of ways and means to whom was referred so much of His Excellency's message as relates to the revenue of this state, Reported, a bill to be entitled, an act to raise a revenue for the support of government, for the year 1822; which was read a first time; Ordered, that the same be read a second time on Tuesday next; and that seventy-five copies be printed.

Mr. Fitzpatrick from the committee of propositions and grievances, to whom was referred the petition of John McShan of Jefferson county, Reported a bill to be entitled, an act for the relief of John McShan of Jefferson county which was read a first time, and Ordered for a second reading tomorrow.

Mr. Williams from the committee of ways and means to whom was referred 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, Reported the same without amendment. Mr. Weedon offered the following amendment to the said bill;

Be it enacted, That the governor be and he is hereby required to cause to be surveyed and laid off, all the lands belonging to the state adjoining the town of Cahawba into

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tracts of such sizes as he may think most saleable; Provided, that not more than one hundred acres shall be laid off in any one tract.

And be it further enacted, That when the lands are surveyed he shall cause the same to be sold on the --- Monday of --- next, in the same manner, and upon the terms of payment as are now provided by law for the sale of lots in the town of Cahawba.

Mr. Williams moved the following amendment to the amendment:

And be it further enacted, That the minimum price of the aforesaid land shall be not less than --- dollars per acre; which was adopted. The question then being put on the adoption of the amendment as amended, it was decided in the negative. The ayes and nays being called for, thereon, those who voted in the affirmative, are,

Messrs. Allen, Ayers, Beene, Brown, Edmondson, Fleming, Holderness, Hopkins, King, Leake, Murrell, Masterson, Miller, Moore, Morton, Martin, Powell, Philpott, Perry, Parham, Skinner, Vining, Weedon, Williams --- 24.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Mr. Speaker, Anderson, Armstrong, Bagby, Barclay, Carr, Clay, Creshaw, Craig, Dale, Davis, Duckworth, Evans, Elmore, Fitzpatrick, Greening, Graham, Hardwicke, Jones, Kennedy, Montgomery, Magoflin, McHenry, Norwood, Pickett, Smith, Tagert, Thompson, Williamson --- 29.

Mr. Moore moved to amend the said bill by striking out all that part, which relates to the loan; which was decided in the negative. The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are

Messrs. Armstrong, Bagby, Beene, Brown, Clay, Davis, Edmondson, Fleming, Hardwicke, Holderness, Hopkins, King, Leake, Murrell, Miller, Moore, Morton, Martin, Powell, Philpott, Perry, Parham, Skinner, Vining Weedon --- 25.

Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. Speaker, Allen, Anderson, Ayers, Barclay, Carr, Crenshaw, Craig, Dale, Duckworth, Evans, Elmore, Fitzpatrick, Greening, Graham, Jones, Kennedy, Montgomery, Magoflin, Masterson, McHenry, Norwood, Pickett, Smith, Tagert, Thompson, Williams, Williamson --- 23.

Ordered, That the said bill be read a third time to morrow.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Lyon, their secretary, informing; that the Senate have read a third time and passed the following bills:

An act supplementary to the several acts in relation to highways, bridges, and ferries.

An act to amend and repeal part of the second section of an act to authorise the governor to dispose of the public arms of this state, passed on the 7th day of December, 1820.

An act to amend an act entitled, an act to reduce into one, the several acts concerning strays, passed the 21st of December 1820.


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An act to authorize administrators to sell real estate in certain cases. In all of which they request the concurrence of this House. They have also read a third time and passed.

An act to fix the temporary seat of Justice in the county of Bibb.

An act to authorize Richard Rapier, administrator of Claiborne Mays, deceased, to sell a certain lot of land therein mentioned; and

An act to incorporate the Tuskaloosa chapter and Alabama Chapter of Royal Arch Masons. All of which originated in this House.

Mr. Anderson from the select committee to whom was referred the petition of Samuel Gragg and John S. White, reported a bill to be entitled, an act to authorize the sale of certain lands therein named; which was read the first time and Ordered, to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Elmore obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, an act to establish a public road from Uchee bridge in the Creek nation to the United States boundary line, on Lane creek; which was read a first time, and Ordered for a second reading tomorrow.

Mr. Evans obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, an act to alter and amend the militia laws of this state; which was read a first time, and Ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Weedon obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, an act to provide a speedy remedy against Banks failing to pay specie, and for other purposes; which was read a first time, and Ordered for a second reading tomorrow.

Ordered, that a hundred copies be printed.

The Speaker laid before the House the report of William Dunn, one of the commissioners, appointed by a resolution of this House of the 16th of June last, to examine the Tuskaloosa river above the falls; accompanied by an account for expenses incurred therein; Ordered, that the said report be referred to the committee on inland navigation; and that the said account be referred to the committee on claims.

Ordered, That the House concur in the amendments made by the Senate to 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.

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this State, to use their exertions to cause the attention of Congress to be directed towards the practicability of connecting the waters of the Holston and Tennessee rivers with the waters of the Mobile river; which was read a first time, and Ordered, to be read a second time tomorrow.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole, Mr. Craig in the Chair, on the 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; and after sometime spent therein, the committee rose, and Mr. Craig reported the bill as amended; Ordered, that said report lie on the table.

The House adjourned until to morrow morning 10 o'clock.