Tuesday, June 5th, 1821.

Benjamin S. Smoot a member from the county of Washington appeared and took his seat.

Mr. McVay from the committee to enquire into the expediency of reducing the compensation of the members of the General Assembly, reported a bill to be entitled an act to fix and reduce the compensation of the members of the General Assembly, which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading to morrow.

Mr. McVay presented the report of the commissioners appointed to review, and report the situation of a road cut out by John Byler and his associates- which report was read.

Mr. Draughon moved that the same be ordered to lie on the table; which was lost, when on motion of Mr. McVay, the said report was referred to a select committee; consisting of Messrs. McVay, Perkins and Bigham.

On motion of Mr. Perry leave was granted the Editors of the Cahawba Press, to take a seat within the bar of the House for the purpose of reporting the proceedings of the same.

Mr. Chambers from the select committee reported a bill to be entitled an act to apportion the Representatives among the several counties of this state, and to divide the state into Senatorial districts according to the returns of the late census; which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading on to-morrow.

Mr. John Brown, presented the petition of James Dodds, clerk of the Circuit Court of Jefferson county, praying additional compensation for making out lists of taxable property, which was received by the House, and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. John Brown, Moore of Madison and Tagert.


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Mr. Moore of Madison presented a similar petition from Thomas Brandon, Clerk of the County Court of Madison county; which was received and referred to the preceding committee.

Mr. Morton presented the petition of the Executors of William Simms, deceased, praying the passage of a law to dispose of certain property therein named, belonging to the estate of said decedent; which was received.

Mr. Morton moved that the same be referred to a select committee, which was lost.

Mr. Moore of Madison, moved that said petition lie on the table, which was lost.

Mr. Morton offered for adoption the following resolution, to wit:

Resolved, That this House will not permit the introduction of any further new business unless it may be growing out of, or connected with the Acting Governor's communication.

Mr. Rather moved an amendment by adding to the end of the same these words, "unless by leave of the House," which was lost, when

On motion of Mr. Shackleford, the said resolution was ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Rather abtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to repeal the second section of an act passed the 20th December, 1820, to establish certain election precincts therein named, and for other purposes; which was read the first time, and the rule requiring bills and joint resolutions to be read on three different days being suspended, the same was read a second time; and on motion of Mr. Perkins was committed to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Perkins, Rather, and Armstrong of Conecuh.

Mr. Armstrong of Mobile obtained leave to bring in a bill, to be entitled an act to amend an act to establish a Bank in the town of Mobile, passed at St. Stephens, 20th November, 1818, which was read the first time, and the rule being dispensed with, was read a second time, and on motion, Ordered, that the said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for a third reading to-morrow.

Mr. Cook obtained leave to introduce a resolution, authorizing the Comptroller to collect a certain sum of money therein named, which was read the first time, and the rule being dispensed with, was read a second time, on motion Ordered, That the said resolution be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

And then the House adjourned till 3 o'clock.

Evening Session.

John McKinley a member from the county of Madison, appeared and took his seat.

Mr. Weedon obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act concerning executions and for other purposes, which was read the first time, and the question being submitted, shall this bill be made the order of the day for a second reading tomorrow? Was decided in the affirmative, yeas 25, nays 16. The yeas and nays being called for: those who voted in the affirmative, are


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Mr. Speaker, Bigham, Bailey, John Brown, Chambers, Clay, Cook, Dale, Doxey, Edmondson, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Hill, Holderness, Leake, McKinley, Morton, McVay, Perkins, Rather, Skinner, Shackleford, Sargent, Vining, Walker, Weedon, 25.

Those who voted in the negative, are Mr. Abercrombie, Armstrong of Conecuh, Benson, Isaac Brown, Col. John Brown, Creagh, Coats, Coleman, Draughon, Davis, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Jackson, Murrel, McMeans, Moore of Marion, Perry, 16.

And so the said bill was ordered for a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Perkins obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to alter the times of holding the Courts in the third circuit of this State, which was read the first time, and, on motion, Ordered, for a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Perry obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act prescribing the manner of taking depositions; which was read the first time, and, on motion, Ordered for a second reading to-morrow.

Col. John Brown obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled an act to alter and amend the militia law of this State, which was read the first time, and, on motion, Ordered, that the same be the order of the day for a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Clay presented the petition of Malcolm Gilchrist, praying leave to erect a mill, and other water works on the Tennessee river, which was received, and, on motion, Ordered, That the same be referred to a select committee, whereupon, Messrs. Clay, Holderness and Skinner, were appointed said committee.

Mr. Chapman moved the appointment of a committee on enrolled Bills; which was carried, when, Messrs. Chapman, Morton, Draughon, Clay and Benson were appointed.

And then the House adjourned, till to-morrow 10 o'clock.