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Tuesday, November 27.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Speaker laid before the House, the annual report of the adjutant general. Ordered, That said report be referred to the military committee.

Mr. Perry from the committee on enrolled bills, Reported, That the committee had examined bills of the following titles, to wit:

An act to establish a road therein named.

An act to authorize John Rose to cut out and open a road, from the town of Cahawba to Pine Barren creek, and receive toll for keeping the same in repair.

An act to incorporate the Mobile Steam Boat Company. An act permanently to fix the seat of justice for the county of Tuskaloosa.

And find the same correctly enrolled.

Mr. Fleming from the committee on roads, bridges and ferries, to whom was referred an act supplementary to the several acts in relation to highways, bridges and ferries, Reported, That the committee had had the same under consideration, and report it without amendment; in which the House concurred.

Mr. Hardwicke from the select committee to whom was referred so much of His Excellency's message as relates to a certain resolution passed by the legislature of Georgia, representing that the Creek and Cherokee nations of Indians are desirous of making certain cessions of their territory, Reported thereon, with the following resolutions:

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That His Excellency the Governor be, and he is hereby authorized and required to correspond with the President of the United States upon the several subjects embraced in said resolutions; and to adopt such other measures as may, in his discretion, be deemed best calculated to facilitate and effect those important objects.

And be it further resolved, That a copy of the foregoing report, together with these resolutions be transmitted by His Excellency the Governor, to each of our Senators and Representative in Congress, with instructions to co-operate with the Representatives in Congress from the States of Georgia and Tennessee, in procuring an appropriation to be made for holding treaties with the Creek and Cherokee nations of Indians, as soon as practicable --- which resolutions


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were read a first time, and Ordered to be read a second time to-morrow. Ordered, That the House concur in said report.

Mr. Fitzpatrick from the committee of propositions and grievances, to whom was referred a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Eugenio Campbell, tax collector of Lawrence county, Reported the bill as amended. Ordered, That the House concur in said report.

Ordered, That the said bill be read a second time tomorrow.

Message from the Senate, by Mr. Lyon their secretary, informing this House, that they had concurred in the amendments made by this House to the bill to be entitled an act for the relief of purchasers at the first sales of lots in the town of Cahawba; that they had also read a third time and passed a joint resolution proposing amendments to the constitution of this State. In which they request the concurrence of this House.

And also, that they had read a third time and passed, a bill to be entitled "an act to provide for digesting the laws of the State of Alabama" --- which originated in this House.

Mr. Williamson from the select committee to whom was referred a bill to be entitled an act supplementary to an act to suppress duelling, passed 17th December, 1819, Reported the same with amendments, which were concurred in. Ordered, That said bill be engrossed for its third reading tomorrow.

Mr. Craig from the committee on schools and colleges and school and college lands, to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of Shelby, Reported unfavourably to the petition. Ordered, That the House concur in said report.

Mr. Vining from the select committee to whom was referred a bill to be entitled, an act to define the duties of sheriffs, constables and justices of the peace in this state and to regulate the fees of certain officers therein named Reported a new bill, which was read a second time; and Ordered, to be committed to a committee of the whole House, and made the order of the day for tomorrow.

Mr. Morton obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, an act to deduct from the salary of the several circuit court judges of this state, and of the attorney general for the year 1822; which was read a first time; and, Ordered, for a second reading tomorrow.


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Mr. Greening offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That a committee be appointed to inform the Senate, that this House will be ready at the hour of twelve o'clock to morrow, to go into the election of a suitable person to digest the laws of this state; which was adopted; whereupon, Messrs. Greening and Martin were appointed said committee.

On motion of Mr. Vining, Resolved, that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the necessity, and if any, in what manner constables shall compel persons to aid them in the execution of their offices, in state cases.

Mr. Perry obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, an act concerning jurors, and for other purposes; which was read a first time; and, Ordered, to be read a second time tomorrow.

Ordered, That the House concur in the amendments made by the Senate to the bill to be entitled, an act authorizing a lottery for the making of a turnpike road leading from the city of Mobile to Chickasawbogue creek in the county of Mobile, and for other purposes.

The joint resolutions from the Senate proposing amendments to the constitution, were read a first time; and on the question being put, shall these resolutions be read a second time to morrow? It was decided in the negative.

A bill from the Senate to be entitled, an act supplementary to the several acts in relation to highways, bridges and ferries; was read a third time; and Ordered to lie on the table.

On the motion of Mr. Pickett, the House resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill to be entitled, an act to authorize the sale of the public lands adjoining the town of Cahawba, Mr. Perry in the chair; and sometime passed therein, the committee rose and obtained leave to sit again.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the town of Sparta, & for other purposes, was read a third time and passed. Ordered, that the words "a bill to be entitled" be stricken out. Ordered, that the same be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.

A bill to be entitled, an act to authorize John Dixon to emancipate certain slave there named, was read a second time; and, Ordered, to be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

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Davis Gurley and their associates, to turnpike a certain road therein named; was read a second time; and Ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole House and made the order of the day for tomorrow.

A bill to be entitled, An act to alter and amend the militia laws of this state, was read a second time.

Mr. Parham offered the following amendment:

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the northern regiment of Franklin shall be known and numbered as the thirty seventh regiment of the militia of the state of Alabama, and the line between the fifth and sixth townships, shall be the dividing line, between the northern and southern regiments in said county; which was adopted; Ordered to be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

A bill from the Senate to be entitled, an act to authorize administrators to sell real estate, was read a third time; and, on the question being put, shall this bill pass? It was decided in the negative.

A message from His Excellency by Mr. Pleasants, informing this House, that he did on the 19th instant approve and sign, an act to authorize Maria Evans and Lewis Tilman to emancipate certain slaves therein named; an act to authorize the administrator of David Dalton, deceased to sell certain lots therein named: and on the 24th instant, 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.

The following communication was also received from His Excellency:

Gentlemen of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives:

I have just received a letter from the president of the Planters and Merchants Bank of Huntsville, which as it relates to a subject now before the legislature, is proper to be laid before you.

It is the wish of the board of directors of that institution, that provision should be made, during the present session for paying the loan of $10,000 due from the state. The object expressed is "to enable the bank to resume specie payments at no very distant day." To accomplish which desirable purpose, the directors are compelled to call in a considerable portion of their debts.

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storing our medium of circulation to full credit, the Legislature will feel the deepest interest. And while we have complained, so justly, of the public evil resulting from the suspension of payments by that Bank; I trust, that the government of the State will not stand in the way of its early removal.

This profession on the part of the Bank deserves a favourable notice by the legislative body; and may be a reason for deferring to a reasonable day the operation of any definitive proceedings against that Institution.

The period for the succeeding six months will be peculiarly favourable for affording facilities to the Bank for resuming specie payments. The sale of the crops on hand for a specie paying paper will furnish the Bank, through the medium of its debtors, with solid means for redeeming its debts.

In any event, the policy of excluding from the treasury the paper of all Banks that do not pay specie, will not be the less obvious.

ISRAEL PICKENS.

Executive Department, Nov. 27, 1821.

Ordered, That said communication with the accompanying documents, be referred to the committee of ways and means.

A bill to be entitled an act to raise a revenue for the support of government for the year 1822, was read a second time, and Ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole House and made the order of the day for Thursday next.

The House again resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill to be entitled an act to authorize the sale of the public lands adjoining the town of Cahawba; and after sometime spent therein, the committee rose, and the report was ordered to lie on the table.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Lyon their secretary, informing this House, that they have read a third time, and passed "an act to establish additional election precincts in certain counties therein named, and for other purposes; and have made sundry amendments thereto, in which they desire the concurrence of this House.

Also, that they have read a third time and passed a bill entitled an act for the relief of William Walton, which originated in this House.

And also, that they had read a third time and passed a bill entitled an act declaring the Mulberry fork of Tuskaloosa river navigable from its junction with the Sipsie fork


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to Baltimore, in which the Senate desire the concurrence of this House.

A bill from the Senate to be entitled an act to amend and repeal a part of the second section of an act to authorize the governor to dispose of the public arms of this State, passed on the 7th day of December, 1820 --- was read a third time and passed.

Ordered, That this House adjourn till to morrow morning 9 o'clock.