The House met pursuant to adjournment.
Ordered, that Mr. Allen be added to the military committee.
Ordered, that Mr. McHenry be added to the committee on schools and colleges and school and college lands.
Ordered, that Mr. Martin be added to the committee on enrolled bills.
Mr. Perry presented the petition of William and David Morrow, administrators of Robert Morrow, deceased, praying the passage of a law authorizing the sale of a lot therein named, which was received: and on motion of Mr. Perry, Ordered, to be referred to a select committee; Whereupon Messrs Perry and Williams were appointed said committee.
Mr. Crenshaw presented the petition of John Rose, praying the establishment of a road therein named, which was
received; and on motion, Ordered, to be referred to the committee on roads, bridges, ferries &c.
Mr. Crenshaw presented the petition of the citizens of Cahawba praying relief for the purchasers of lots in the town of Cahawba, which was received; and Ordered to be referred to the committee on propositions and grievances.
Mr. Powell presented the petition of William Marr and others praying to be exempted from the payment of certain rent therein mentioned, which was received; and on motion, Ordered to be referred to the committee on schools and colleges and school and college lands.
Mr. Clay presented the petition of James Havins and Rachel Talbott administrators of Thomas Talbott, deceased, praying the passage of a law, authorizing them to sell certain lands therein named, which was received; and on motion Ordered to be referred to a select committee, Whereupon, Messrs Clay, Fleming and Martin were appointed said committee.
Mr. Philpott presented the petition of William Bradley and Abraham Stout and others, praying the establishment of a Turnpike road therein named, which was received; and on motion, Ordered to be referred to the committee on Roads, Bridges, Ferries &c.
Mr. Parham presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Franklin county, praying the passage of a law authorizing William Crawford and other to erect a certain machinery therein named on Tennessee river, which was received; and on motion, Ordered to be referred to a select committee: Whereupon, Messrs. Parham, Williams, and Holderness, were appointed said committee.
A Message from the Senate by Mr. Lyon their Secretary.
Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives:
I am directed to inform your Honourable Body, that the Senate have concurred in the resolution of the House of Representatives, appointing two members on their part to wait on His Excellency the Governor, and inform him, that the two Houses are organized and ready to receive any communication he may please to make, and that the Senate have appointed on their part, Messrs. Dennis and McVay.
Mr. Craig presented the petition of Richard Rapier, administrator of Claiborne Mays, deceased, and John Asher praying the passage of a law authorizing the sale of certain land therein mentioned, which was received; and, on mo-
tion Ordered that the said petition be referred to a select committee: Whereupon, Messrs Craig, Masterson and King were appointed said committee.
Mr. Tagert presented the petition of William Anderson, contesting the election of N. Norwood, which was received; and, on motion, Ordered that the said petition be referred to the committee of Privileges and elections.
Mr. Williams presented the petition from sundry inhabitants of the town and county of Tuskaloosa, praying authority to erect a bridge over the Black Warrior river, which was received; and on motion, Ordered that the said petition be referred to a select committee: Whereupon, Messrs Williams and Perry were appointed said committee.
Mr. Anderson presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Lawrence county, praying the establishment of a road therein named, which was received; and on motion, Ordered, that the said petition be referred to the committee on roads, bridges, ferries &c. On motion, Ordered that Mr. Holderness be added to the committee on roads, bridges, ferries &c.
Mr. Davis presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Shelby county, praying the establishment of a town therein mentioned, which was received, and on motion, Ordered that the said petition be referred to the committee on schools and colleges and school and college lands.
Mr. Moore from the committee who were appointed to act with the committee to be appointed by the Senate to wait on His Excellency, the acting Governor, on yesterday, made the following report : That on this day the Senate have appointed a committee on their part, and your committee have met said committee and jointly waited on His Excellency the acting Governor, and informed him, the two Houses are organized and ready to receive any communication he may please to make --- and received for answer, that he would this day, at the hour of eleven o'clock, A. M. make a communication in writing to the two Houses in their respective apartments. David Moore, chairman.
Mr. Martin presented the petition of sundry inhabitants on the northern part of the State, praying the establishment of a road therein mentioned, which was received, and on motion, Ordered that the said petition be referred to the committee on roads, bridges, Ferries, &c.
A communication from His Excellency, the acting gov-
ernor, by Mr. Pleasants, the Secretary of State, which communication was read, and is as follows:
Gentlemen of the Senate and of the House of Representatives,
The period for the annual meeting of the Legislative department of the government having again arrived, it becomes the duty of the Executive to lay before you such information as is in his possession, relative to the state of our public affairs, and to recommend, for your consideration, such measures as by him may be deemed expedient tending to promote the general welfare.
In the discharge of this duty, I have first to inform you that, the reservation of two Townships of land in conformity with the 4th section of the act of Congress for the admission of this state into the Union, for the purposes of endowing a State University has been completed, and that patents for the same in favor of the state are daily expected; a schedule of the tracts reserved is herewith transmitted marked A.
It will be unnecessary for me to dilate the very great importance to this state, of this act of munificence on the part of the general government, or the immense advantages which the state may derive from a judicious disposition of these lands. The diffusion of knowledge among all classes of our fellow citizens, is so essential to the happiness of the people and the preservation of our republican institutions, that every thing connected with it, or in any way calculated to favour it, cannot fail to excite the deepest interest and call forth the most anxious solicitude. For myself, I conceive that there is no subject, which will at this session, come under your notice of so much importance, and which will require so great a share of your deliberate consideration; I have not failed to give it my most attentive consideration, and you will, I trust, permit me to give you the result of my reflections.
It will be admitted by all, that our object should be, so to dispose of the land as to ensure the greatest annual income at the least expense. To effect this object, two modes of disposition present themselves; first, to reserve the fee simple of the lands of the state, to lease them, and to seek for the income from the rent; second, to sell them at once and convert the proceeds into a cash capital, to be vested in Bank stock, which may be expected to yield an annual profit; of these two modes, I am decidedly in favor of the latter.
The disadvantages of renting arise from the waste and destruction of the lands, incident to their cultivation, the frequent negligence and indifference of the lessees to the judicious management of the soil, they not feeling a permanent interest in its preservation, the danger of loss of the rent from their occasional insolvencies and want of responsibility; the additional expense of agents in its collection, together with the uncertainty of being able to estimate the probable amount of the annual income; a circumstance which cannot fail greatly to affect the permanence and stability of the institution; many other objections might be urged, but these are in my mind sufficient.
The advantages of a sale and conversion into cash, are, the greater care and facility with which the capital may be managed; the comparatively less expense attending the collection of its profits, the greater certainty of a state income, and the greater reliance which may be placed upon its duration and continuance as a permanent capital. It is also believed that an additional inducement may be found for a sale of these lands in the fact, that it will have a direct tendency to introduce a much more valuable population than that which may be expected from continuing to rent them, and which cannot fail to add very considerably to the wealth and respectability of the state.
As to the terms upon which the sale should be effected, I have no hesitation in believing that the mode at present pursued, by the United States is decidedly preferable. A sale upon credit has shewn itself from the experience we have had in the sale of lands of the U. S. as well as in some of ours sister states, injurious and destructive in its consequences both to the seller and purchaser, and we cannot in my opinion be too cautious in avoiding those consequences. The relation between creditor and debtor is always odious and to create so large a debt as would be made by the sale of these lands upon credit would be creating a monster having a direct tendency in its effects to corrupt the body politic.
Admitting that it is good policy to sell these lands for cash, it may still be questioned, whether the present is a favorable time to effect the sales; on this point I am persuaded that there are no sufficient reasons for delay; it is well known, that the selections have been made with the greatest care and with a view not only to fertility of soil, but to advantages in the locality calculated always to insure a demand for them. The propriety also of taking early measures
for establishing the University, and the necessity in order to form a judicious plan, of knowing with tolerable accuracy what will be the amount of the Capital Stock, before we commence, are powerful arguments in favor of taking immediate measures for converting the lands into cash; independently of those considerations, I apprehend that another may be found in the tendency which the creation of a State Bank with the funds arising from the sale, will have, to give to our fellow citizens a sound circulating medium. By authorizing a sale of these lands at some convenient period not far distant, fixing the minimum at a sum so as to ensure a fair price for them (which I should presume might be as high as fifteen dollars per acre,) we shall be enabled to create a fund which may be, through the means of a State Bank, made both profitable to the University, and a great benefit to the community.
The propriety of fixing a high minimum I presume will not be questioned: the lands having been selected in different parts of the state, and generally but small quantities lying in any one neighborhood, but little expectation can be entertained, that much more than the price fixed by the government will be obtained; it will also prevent opportunity of combinations among the purchasers to procure them at a price less than their value, and should any tract remain unsold after the sale, they will always be subject to the future disposition of the legislature; and can subsequently be offered for sale at a price correspondent to that which they will command.
I would therefore, respectfully recommend that an act incorporating a State University be passed, vesting the necessary corporate powers in such cases in a board of trustees, with authority to sell at public auction for cash, on the principles of the sales of lands belonging to the United States, the lands reserved for a State University in this State; that provision be made for vesting the funds arising from the sales, in a State Bank, under suitable regulations and provisions, such as the wisdom of the legislature shall devise; that the trustees have authority to locate and commence within a give period (which I would not have farther distant than two years) the erection of suitable buildings for a University, and for that purpose they be authorized to borrow from the bank a competent sum of money to be reimbursed out of the dividends of the stock of the University; I have said that a period of two years ought to intervene before the location be made, presuming that within
that period the lands may be sold, the bank be put into successful operation, a sufficient knowledge of the different parts of the state acquired, to make a judicious selection, and that the work should be commenced by that time, in order to enable us to educated the rising generation at home, and to carry into effect the objects contemplated by the General Government in the donation they have made.
By adopting a plan similar in principle to the one I have here pointed out, I flatter myself that at no distant period our state may boast a literary and scientific institution, possessing advantages but little, if any, inferior to any of our sister states.
Owing to the provision of the fifth section of the act passed at the late called session of the legislature, amendatory of the act of December last, providing for the assessment and collection of the revenue, which provision extends the time for payments into the Treasury by the collectors until the first day of December next, I am unable to inform you what will be the amount of the receipts into the Treasury for this year; a statement of the disbursments for the expenses of the Government, together with a statement of the receipts will be in due time laid before you by the proper officer of the Treasury department.
The depreciated value of a very considerable portion of our circulating medium, owing to the suspension of specie payments by one of the banks in this state, and the additional embarrassment to the Treasury from the fact that the bills of this Bank are receivable therein in payment of all dues to the state, is a subject of the most serious regret, and calls for some act of legislative correction.
The injustice of compelling the servants of the government to receive payments for the discharge of their laborious duties, in a medium below its nominal value, is apparent and cannot in good faith, on the part of the legislature, be permitted to continue. The peculiar state of the Treasury required the issuance of warrants in small sums, calculated to serve as a partial medium of exchange, and the fact that these warrants were to be paid in notes of the Huntsville Bank which is at a depreciation of from fifteen to twenty-five per cent. has resulted in reducing the value of treasury warrants in a corresponding proportion, which falls immediately upon the creditors of the state, and is in reality taking from them in that proportion, their just demands for their services: The peculiar situation of a considerable portion of the inhabitants of the state, who could not, without
great sacrifice, procure any other medium with which to pay their taxes, together with the expectations which were entertained of a resumption of specie payments on the part of the bank, sufficiently justify and explain the policy pursued by the legislature in including it among the banks, the paper of which was authorised to be received in payment of taxes. A farther continuance of this state of things, under the present policy of the bank, cannot, I conceive, be justified. Besides the injustice done to the creditors of the state in sustaining this bank by legislative acts in its present policy, it is conceived to be impolitic as it regards the community at large; the circulation of a paper currency which no longer commands specie operates as a tax upon the agricultural part of the community, nearly, if not equal; to its depreciation below the sound medium of the country; it therefore, behaves a wise legislature to take prompt and effectual measures to eradicate this evil, and in the present instance the duty is the more imperative, when we consider there is no doubt the solvency of the Bank, and consequently their ability to redeem their notes. It is to be hoped that a remedy may be found, should the arrangement contemplated by the provision for the appointment of commissioners, to receive propositions from the several Banks now in operation in the state, for the purpose of creating a general State Bank, with branches, be carried into effect; should the expectation contemplated from this source fail, I would recommend that the future reception of the bills of this Bank be contingent, and only in the event of their resumption of specie payment within a give period; and as a farther inducement to an early resumption of specie payment, I would also recommend an increase of the tax upon the bank, in the event of a longer continuance of the suspension of specie payments, calculated to destroy the present inducements on the part of the bank to withhold their specie: this course would be in coincidence with the liberality heretofore extended on the part of the legislature towards the bank, and is no more than that justice which is due to the creditors of the state and the community at large requires.
In connection with this subject and with a further view to the introduction of a sound currency into the state, you will permit me to observe that it is believed that one of the greatest reasons which is to be found for the failure to obtain subscriptions to the act incorporating a State Bank, is to be found in the provision vesting the majority in the di-
rection of the bank in the legislature; however salutary this provision may be, yet I am persuaded it is so objectionable as to prevent the subscription of the necessary quantity of stock, to carry the bank into operation: I would recommend a modification of that provision of the charter so as to give the state only a power in the direction equal to its interest; should the plan I have suggested for the sale of the University lands be carried into effect, the state will then have a controling power in the direction; should it not, there are other provisions in the charter which will enable the legislature at all times to exercise a sufficient power in the examination of the proceedings of the bank.
Among the various subjects which will come under your notice, that of the present organization of our Judiciary system cannot fail to attract your attention. The present system of vesting in the Circuit Courts, both chancery and common law jurisdiction, is attended with many and serious objections, and amounts in some counties almost to a denial of justice. The very arduous duties now devolving upon the Judges of the Circuit Courts, together with the great dissimilarity in the mode of proceedings in courts of law and equity, render it impossible for them to render to our citizens that prompt administration of justice for which the courts were created; and in my opinion renders the establishment of a separate chancery court advisable. The additional expense of a chancellor cannot be a serious objection, when the great relief which this court will give to suitors in the speedy decision of causes, which I apprehend will more than counterbalance the additional burthen of the tax, arising from the salary of one Judge.
I am informed, that owing to the short period which the Registers of the several land offices in this State, have had to transact the business arising from the act of Congress for the relief of the purchasers of public lands, there are many persons who have not been able to avail themselves of the benefit of that law; as there can be no doubt but the general government will be disposed to give every person interested in the provisions of the law, an opportunity to take the benefit of it, I would recommend that a memorial setting forth the fact, he addressed to Congress, and praying a further extension of time to effect the object contemplated by the act.
As connected with the subject of relief above alluded to you will permit me to call your attention to the situation of the holders of certificates for purchases made at the first
sales of lots in the town of Cahawba. It will be recollected that, that sale took place at a time of very general and great prosperity and under circumstances similar to those which induced the general government to extend the relief granted at the last session of Congress to purchasers of public lands; I would therefore suggest the propriety of the legislature's taking this subject under their consideration, and of enacting such a law as shall be both consistent with justice to the state and liberal to the proprietors of lots in the town.
I herewith transmit for your information sundry documents, marked B, the correspondence between the executives of this state, and the state of Mississippi in relation to the accounts between the two states, growing out of the division, of the late Mississippi Territory; from which you will discover that I have been unable to carry into effect the objects contained in the Resolution of the legislature, under which the correspondence has been carried on. It therefore remains with the legislature to pursue such a course as in its wisdom it shall deem just and proper.
I have to inform you, that in conformity with the provisions, of an act authorizing the executive to effect a renewal of the loan from the Planters and Merchants Bank of Huntsville, I have effected a continuance of the loan for one year by executing my note to the bank for and in behalf of the state, renewable every sixty days which will expire on the 24th and 27th days of December next.
In conformity with the act authorizing the governor to cause to be surveyed and sold, any number of lots, not exceeding fifty, on the east side of the Alabama river and opposite the town of Cahawba, I have made a contract for the survey of twenty lots, which are advertised to be sold on the second Monday in January next.
I herewith transmit marked D, sundry resolutions of the General Assembly of the state of Ohio on the subject of certain proceedings of the Bank of the United States against certain officers of that state which I am requested by the executive of that state to lay before you.
I also, herewith transmit marked E and F, sundry resolutions of the General Assemblies of the states of Maryland & New Hampshire, relative to the appropriations of public land for the purposes of education.
I likewise transmit marked G, a memorial of the chiefs of the Chickasaw nation of Indians, praying the passage of laws calculated better to secure their protection against
outrages committed upon them by white persons, settled on the borders of their lands in this state.
The vacancy in the office of Secretary of state, occasioned by the death of Thomas A. Rogers, Esq. the late Secretary, has been filled by the appointment of J. J. Pleasants Esq. The vacancy in the office of Judge of the county court of Mobile county, occasioned by the resignation of H. H. Rolston, Esq. has been filled by the appointment of Thomas Murray, Esq. The vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Jesse Beene, Esq. Judge of the county court for the county of Dallas has been filled by the appointment of Wm. Aylett, Esq. The vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Edwin D. King, Esq. Judge of the county court of Perry county, has been filled by the appointment of Gabriel Benson, Esq. The vacancy occasioned by the resignation of William B. Wallace, Esq. Judge of the county court of Blount is still vacant. These appointments as made by the executive will expire with the end of the present session of the General Assembly, and it will become your duty to fill the vacancies during the present session.
Returns of the census, as authorized to be taken the present year by existing laws, have not been received but very partially; I am therefore unable at present to give you such information as will enable you to legislate on the subject; so soon as complete returns are received they will be laid before you.
The time having nearly arrived which will put a period to my further discharge of the executive duties, I cannot close this communication without expressing my anxious solicitude for the future peace, prosperity, and happiness of our political community. In the various conflicting constitutional questions which unfortunately have arisen during the time I have been in the discharge of the executive functions, and on which it has fallen to my lot to act, I have always endeavored to form my opinion from the best reasons my abilities could afford, and with a solemn deference and regard to the best interest and harmony of the community at large; and in the course I have thought it my duty to pursue consequent upon these results, I have been actuated by the same motives, leaving to the proper tribunal to decide upon the correctness of the course I have felt bound to pursue; and in retiring from public life, in addition to the satisfaction which I shall always feel of having discharged my duty with fidelity it will be a further source of pleasure to see that our govern-
ment shall proceed with unanimity, harmony, and with satisfaction to the people.
On motion of Mr. Weedon, Ordered that two hundred copies of the Governor's communication be printed. On motion of Mr. Williams, Ordered, that the Governor's communication be referred to a committee of the whole house, and be made the order of the day for Friday next.
Mr. Craig presented the petition of Samuel D. Mahon, praying a law authorizing him to manumit a certain slave therein named, which was received; and on motion Ordered, that the said petition be referred to a select committee: Whereupon, Messrs. Craig and Masterson were appointed said committee. Mr. Morton presented the petition of Lewis Tilman, praying a law authorizing him to manumit a certain slave therein named, which was received: and on motion, Ordered, that the said petition be referred to the same committee.
Mr. Pickett, presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Autauga praying the establishment of a new county, which was received on motion, Ordered, to be referred to the committee on county boundaries.
Mr. Fitzpatrick presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Montgomery praying the establishment of a county therein named, which was received; and, on motion, Ordered to be referred to the same committee.
Mr. Hardwicke presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of St. Clair county, praying the establishment of a road therein named, which was received, and on motion, Ordered, to be referred to the same committee.
Mr. Duckworth presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Dallas county, praying the establishment of a county therein named, which was received, and on motion Ordered, to be referred to the same committee.
Mr. Tagert presented the petition of Josiah D. Lister Sheriff of Washington County, praying to be exempted from any liability for releasing a prisoner therein named, which was received; and on motion, Ordered, that the said petition be referred to the committee of propositions and grievances.
Mr. Moore presented the petition of William Saunders praying extention of time for collecting and paying in, the taxes of Madison county, which was received; and, on motion, Ordered to be referred to the committee of ways and means.
Mr. Elmore offered the following resolution: Resolved that the committee of privileges and elections, be instructed to inquire into and report to this House as early as practicable, what members have been elected and returned as members of this House, under the constitution and existing laws. Mr. Weedon moved to amend the said resolution by striking out the words "under the constitution and existing laws." On motion of Moron, Ordered that said resolution lie on the table. Mr. Moore offered the following resolution: Resolved, that the two branches of the General Assembly convene in the Representative Hall this day at the hour of three o'clock P. M. for the purpose of counting the votes for Governor, and electing a Secretary of State, Comptroller and Treasurer, and that the Senate be requested to concur in the resolution. Mr. Weedon moved to amend the said resolution by striking out the words "this day at three o'clock" and inserting in lieu thereof "at eleven o'clock to-morrow morning;" which was lost. The resolution was then adopted. Ordered that Messrs Moore and Williams convey said resolution to the Senate.
Mr. Weedon from the select committee to whom was referred the proceedings between Harriet Dillard and Nicholas Dillard for divorce, reported the following bill:
A bill to be entitled, an Act to divorce Harriet Dillard from her husband Nicholas Dillard; which was read a first time; and on motion of Mr. Weedon, Ordered, that the said bill be read second time tomorrow.
Mr. Carr presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Monroe, praying the establishment of an additional election precinct in said county, which was received, and on motion, Ordered, to be referred to the committee of privileges and elections.
The Speaker laid before the House the proceedings in the case of Nancy Cliff against Jesse Clift for divorce in the Circuit Court of Madison. On motion, Ordered that the said proceedings be referred to a select committee; Whereupon, Messrs Martin and Fleming were appointed said committee.
Mr. Leake presented the petition of John Montgomery and John Cunningham, administrators of Benjamin C. Benham, deceased, and others, praying authority to sell certain lands therein named, which was received; and on motion, Ordered the said petition be referred to a select committee; Whereupon Messrs Leake and Vining were appointed said committee.
Mr. Pickett offered the following resolution: Resolved that there be a committee of divorce and alimony appointed --- adopted. Whereupon Messrs Pickett, Craig and Vining were appointed said committee. The House then adjourned till three o'clock.
The House met pursuant to adjournment. Ordered That Messrs Anderson, Morton and Carr be added to the committee of privileges and elections.
Ordered, that Mr. Philpott be added to the Military committee.
Ordered, that the petition of the Intendant and council of the lower part of the town of Tuskaloosa, be referred to the committee of propositions and grievances.
A Message from the Senate by Mr. Lyon, their Secretary:
Mr. Speaker --- I am directed to inform your Honourable Body, that the Senate have concurred in the resolution passed by the House of Representatives, proposing to meet the Senate at the hour of three o'clock this evening in the Representative Hall, for the purpose of counting the votes for Governor, electing a Secretary of State, Comptroller of public accounts, and Treasurer of the State, so far as the same relates to counting out the votes for Governor; and have disagreed to the said resolution so far as the same relates to the election of Secretary of State, Comptroller and Treasurer. Mr. Perry moved, that the House concur in the amendments made by the Senate which was lost Mr. Weedon moved, that the Senate be informed thereof carried.
Ordered that Messrs Miller and Masterson be added to the Judiciary committee.
On motion of Mr. Moore, Ordered that the several memorials which relates to plans for digesting the laws of this State be referred to the Judiciary committee.
On motion of Mr. Clay, Resolved, that the Door-keeper of this House be instructed to attend the committees when the House is not in session: and that he be further instructed to keep one servant always in attendance to make fires in the House and committee rooms, and to perform such other service as may be necessary.
The Speaker laid before the House the proceedings in the case of Elizabeth Caley and Henry Edward Caley for divorce, in the Circuit Court of Cotaco. Ordered, that the said proceedings be referred to the Judiciary committee.
Message from the Senate by Mr. Lyon, their Secretary:
Mr. Speaker: I am directed to inform your Honourable Body, that the Senate adhere to their amendment made to the resolution of the House of Representatives, proposing to go into the election of certain officers therein named. On motion of Mr. Weedon, Ordered, that the House insist on their disagreement to the amendments made by the Senate to the said resolution. Ordered, that Messrs Moore and Greening inform the Senate thereof.
On motion of Mr. Weedon, Resolved, that the credentials of the members elected to this House be referred to the committee of privileges and elections.
Ordered, that Messrs Hardwicke and Fitzpatrick be added to the committee on county boundaries.
Ordered, that Mr. Dale be added to the committee of privileges and elections.
Mr. Perry moved the following resolution: Resolved, that a committee of __________ members on the part of this House be appointed to confer with such committee as may be appointed on the part of the Senate, to agree upon the time when the votes for Governor shall be counted, the Secretary, Comptroller and Treasurer, elected. On motion of Mr. Williams, Ordered, that the said resolution lie on the table. The House then adjourned till tomorrow morning 10 o'clock.