Friday, November 9.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Moore presented the petition of Maria Evans, praying the passage of a law manumitting her husband a slave which was received; and Ordered, to be referred to a select committee: Whereupon, Messrs. Moore and Fleming were appointed said committee.

Mr. Barclay presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Jackson, praying the passage of a law authorizing William Hainey to keep a billiard table free of taxation, which was received; and Ordered, that the said petition be referred to the committee of propositions and grievances.

Mr. Brown, presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of St. Clair, praying the passage of a law attaching a part of said county to Jackson, which was received; and Ordered, that the said petition be referred to the committee on county boundaries.

Message from the Senate, by Mr. Lyon, their secretary: Mr. Speaker, I am instructed by the Senate to inform your


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honorable body, that they have passed the following resolution: Resolved, that the committee be appointed on the part of the Senate, to join such committee as may be appointed on the part of the House of Representatives, to wait on the Governor and inform him, that both houses have met and are ready to receive him for the purpose of taking the oaths of office; and on their part they have appointed Messrs. Casey, Rose and Chambers.

Which resolution was ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Williams from the committee appointed on the part of this House, to meet such committee as may be appointed on the part of the Senate, to wait on His Excellency Israel Pickens, to inform him that he was duly elected governor of the state of Alabama; Reported, that the joint committee had proceeded to discharge their duty, and were informed by His Excellency, that he would be ready to take the oaths of office at eleven o'clock this day.

The resolution from the Senate appointing a committee to meet a committee on the part of this House to wait on the Governor and inform him, that both had met and were ready to receive him was taken up and agreed to.

Ordered, that Messrs. Craig and Pickett be appointed on the part of this House, to join the committee on the part of the Senate to wait on His Excellency.

Mr Morton obtained leave to introduce the account of W. Minor, which was received; and on motion, Ordered, to be referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Leake from the select committee to whom was referred the petition of the administrators of Benjamin C. Benham, deceased, reported the following bill: A Bill to be entitled, an act to authorize the administrators of the late Benjamin C. Benham, deceased, of Limestone county, to sell a tract of land therein designated.

Which was read a first time; and Ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

On motion of Mr. Moore, Ordered, that the documents accompanying the Governor's communication be read.

Mr. Craig moved, that the further reading of the documents be postponed; which was carried.

Mr. Greening from the committee who were appointed to wait on His Excellency the acting governor, and present him with the resolution of this House conveying their thanks to him reported, that said committee had waited on His Excellency, who returned the following answer:


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Executive Office, Cahawba, Nov. 9, 1821.

GENTLEMEN; You will permit me to express to you and through you to the House of Representatives, my unfeigned thanks for the expression of approbation contained in the resolution of that honourable body, you have this morning presented me. The countenance and support of my fellow citizens, is at all times the most grateful and sufficient return for the responsibility of office; and is to me in this instance a peculiar gratification, as coming from the immediate representatives of the people.

I have the honor to be, your most ob't humble servant,

THOMAS BIBB.

To Messrs. GREENING & VINING,

A Committee, &c.

Mr. Craig moved, That a message be sent to the Senate to inform them that this House is ready to receive them, and proceed to administer the oaths of office to His Excellency Israel Pickens.

The Senate having repaired to the hall of the House of Representatives. His Excellency entered the bar of the House, and Mr. Speaker as by law directed, administered the several oaths to him; after which His Excellency arose and addressed both Houses.

On motion of Mr. Williams, Ordered, that a committee be appointed to wait on His Excellency, Israel Pickens, and request a copy of his inaugural address, for the purpose of publication.

Whereupon, Messrs. Williams and Greening were appointed said committee.

Ordered, that Mr. Miller be added to the committee of propositions and grievances.

Mr. Williams from the committee appointed to wait on the Governor and request a copy of his inaugural address, reported, That the committee had waited on His Excellency who informed them that he would furnish a copy to the House of Representatives.

Mr. Powell obtained leave to introduce the following bill A bill to be entitled, An act to provide effectually for the payment of specie, by the several banks in this state, and to prevent the emission and circulation of change bills and the notes of unchartered banks; which was read a first time; and, Ordered, to be made the order of the day for Monday next.

Mr. Evans a member from Monroe appeared, was qualified and took his seat.


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Ordered, That Mr. Leake be added to the committee on roads, bridges, ferries &c.

A bill to be entitled, an act to divorce Harriet Dillard from her husband Nicholas Dillard, was read a third time.

Mr. Perry moved, to postpone the further consideration of said bill, indefinitely, which was lost. The bill was then passed. Mr. Weedon moved to reconsider the vote on the passage of the said bill, which was carried. Mr. Weedon moved to amend the title of the said bill by adding the following words: An act confirming a decree of the circuit court of Madison county, exercising chancery jurisdiction, pronounced in March term, 1820, divorcing Harriet Dillard from her husband, Nicholas Dillard; which amendment was adopted. The question was then put on the passage of the bill; and two thirds of the House voting for --- it was passed.

Ordered, That Messrs. Moore, Clay and Williamson be added to the judiciary committee.

A bill to be entitled, An act approving and confirming the decision and decree of the circuit court of Conecuh county exercising chancery jurisdiction, pronounced and entered at September term, 1821, divorcing William Bagby from his wife Elizabeth Bagby, was read a second time.

Mr. Matin moved the following amendment: Be it further enacted, That the bonds of matrimony heretofore solemnized and subsisting between Nancy Clift and her husband Jesse Clift be, and they are hereby annulled and made void; and that the said Nancy Clift be divorced from her husband Jesse Clift, which was adopted. Ordered to be referred to a select committee; Whereupon, Messrs. Graham, Moore and Martin were appointed said committee.

A bill to be entitled an act to alter the mode of elections by the people, was read a second time. Mr. Weedon moved, That the further consideration of the said bill be indefinitely postponed; which was decided in the affirmative. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are

Mr. Speaker, Allen, Armstrong, Ayers, Beene, Brown, Crenshaw, Craig, Dabney, Dale, Duckworth, Evans, Elmore, Fitzpatrick, Hardwicke, Jones, Kennedy, Magoflin, Miller, Pickett, Powell, Perry, Parham, Smith, Tagert, Thompson, Vining, Weedon, Williams, Williamson --- 30.

Those who voted in the negative are Messrs. Anderson, Bagby, Barclay, Carr, Clay, Davis, Edmondson, Fleming, Greening, Graham, Holderness, Hopkins, King, Leake, Montgomery, Murrell, Masterson, Moore, Morton, Martin, McHenry, Norwood, Philpott, Skinner --- 24.

A bill to be entitled an Act to reduce and regulate the rate of interest, was read a second time. Mr. Greening


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moved, that the further consideration of the said bill be indefinitely postponed; which was decided in the affirmative. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are, Mr. Speaker, Allen, Anderson, Armstrong, Ayers, Barclay, Beene, Brown, Carr, Clay, Crenshaw, Craig, Dabney, Dale, Davis, Duckworth, Edmondson, Evans, Elmore, Fitzpatrick, Fleming, Greening, Graham, Hardwicke, Holderness, Hopkins, Jones, Kennedy, King, Magoflin, Murrell, Moore, Martin, McHenry, Norwood, Pickett, Powell, Philpott, Perry, Parham, Skinner, Smith, Tagert, Thompson, Vining, Weedon, Williams, Williamson --- 18

Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs Bagby, Leake, Montgomery, Masterson, Miller, Morton --- 6.

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