FRIDAY, June 8, 1821.

Mr. McKinley from the select committee to whom was referred the bill to be entitled an act to repeal in part and amend an act entitled an act to regulate the proceedings in courts of law and equity in this state, reported the same with amendments in which the House concurred. Ordered, that the said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for its third reading to-morrow.

Message from the senate by Mr. Williams their secretary: Mr. Speaker, The senate have read the third times and passed the following bills, to wit: an act for the relief of master builders and mechanics of the city of Mobile, in the state of Alabama. An act amendatory of certain acts and to establish certain election precincts therein mentioned. In which they desire the concurrence of your honorable body. They have also read the third time and passed "an act entitled an act" to establish a bank in the town of Mobile, passed at St. Stephens the 20th Nov. 1818, and the joint resolution authorizing the Comptroller to collect a sum of money therein named; both of which originated in your honorable body. I have further to inform you that the bill originating in your honorable body, entitled an act to apportion the representatives among the several counties of this state, and to divide


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the state into senatorial districts according to the returns of the late census, is indefinitely postponed.

Mr. Perkins obtained leave to introduce the following bill: a bill to be entitled an act to authorize Leonard Peck and others to erect a toll bridge across the Black Warrior near the town of Tuskaloosa, which was read the first time, and the rule being suspended, it was read a second time, and amended. Ordered that the said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for its third reading to-morrow.

Mr. Abercrombie obtained leave to bring in a bill to be entitled "an act establishing the county of                 , which was read a first time. Mr. Fitzpatrick of Montgomery moved to postpone the further consideration of the said bill till the fourth Monday in October next, which was lost. Ordered that said bill be read a second time to-morrow.

A bill from the senate entitled an act to apportion representatives among the several counties of this state, according to the returns of the late census, was read a first time. On motion of Mr. McKinley, ordered that the said bill lie on the table.

A bill from the senate, entitled an act amendatory of the laws now in force for the relief of insolvent debtors, was read a first time. On motion, ordered, that the said bill be read a second time to-morrow.

A bill from the senate, amendatory of certain acts and to establish certain election precincts therein mentioned, was read the first time, and the rule being dispensed with, it was read a second time and amended. Ordered that the said bill be read a third time to-morrow.

A bill from the Senate entitled an act for the relief of the master builders and mechanics of the city of Mobile in the State of Alabama, was read the first time, and referred to a select committee consisting of Messrs. Weedon, Murphy, and Armstrong of Mobile.

On motion of Mr. Perkins the following resolution was adopted:

Resolved, that a committee of seven be appointed to enquire whether any, and if any, what are the best measures to be adopted to perpetuate the legislative department of our state Government, with leave to sit during the session of this House.

And Messrs. Perkins, McKinley, Murphy, Jackson, Armstrong of Mobile, Cook, and Sargent were appointed said committee.

Mr. Perry obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to provide a fund to defray the expenses of the Cahawba Bridge, which was read a first time, and ordered for a second reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Murphy presented the petition of H. H. B. Hays, administrator of Lawrence Wood, deceased, praying that a law may be passed authorizing him to transfer the certificate of a certain piece of land belonging to the said intestate, which was read, and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Murphy, Dale and Perry.

A bill to be entitled an act to alter and enlarge the terms of certain circuit and county courts, was on its third reading,

On motion of Mr. Perkins the House resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the said bill and after sometime spent in the consid-


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eration, the committee rose, and Mr. Perkins reported the said bill with amendments; in which amendments the House concurred.

In the question on concurring in the second amendment which struck out the provisions in the bill that provided for alteration of the Judges.

The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are,

Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Bigham, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Creagh, Coats, Coleman, Draughon, Doxey, Davis, Hill, Holderness, Isbell, Moore of Madison, Murphy, Murrell, McMeans, McVay, Skinner, Sargent, Walker and Weedon- 26.

Those who voted in the negative; are,

Messrs. Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Conecuh, Chapman, Clay, Cook, Dale, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Marion, Perry, Perkins, Rather, Shackleford, Smoot, Vining- 15.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Williams their Secretary,

Mr. Speaker, the Senate have read the third time and passed, the bill entitled an act to authorize Malcolm Gilchrist to build a mill on the muscle shoals, which originated in your honorable body.

The House then adjourned till 3 o'clock this evening.

Evening Session.

Larkin Cleveland a member from the county of Montgomery appeared and took his seat.

The bill to be entitled an act to alter and enlarge the term of certain circuit and county courts, was read the third time.

Mr. Moore of Madison moved to amend said bill by adding the following section,

An be it further enacted, That the said terms to be holden in the county of Madison shall not exceed _____ weeks, one week of which shall be devoted to the trial of chancery causes, which was decided in the negative.

The question was then stated, shall said bill pass? and decided by ayes, and nays.

Those who voted in the affirmative, are,

Mr. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Chapman, Clay, Creagh, Cook, Coleman, Dale, Doxey, Davis, Edmondson, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Hill, Holderness, McKinley, McMeans, McVay, Perry, Perkins, Skinner, Shackleford, Sargent, Smoot, Tagert- 32.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Col. John Brown, Coats, Leake, Moore of Madison, Moore of Marion, Morton, Vining, Walker and Weedon- 9.

So the said bill was passed.

Ordered, that the words, "a bill to be entitled" be stricken out and that the same be sent to the Senate.

The House again resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to provide for assessing and collecting the taxes, and for taking the census, passed at the 2d session of the General Assembly on the 22d day of December, 1820, and having spent some time therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Walker, reported the same with amendments; several of said amendments were concurred in by the House.


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Mr. Perkins moved that the House, do not concur in that part of the report of the committee of the whole which reads in these words, "And be it further enacted, That no double tax shall be demanded on any property not heretofore given in under the provisions of the act to which this is an amendment, which was decided by yeas and nays.

Those who voted in the affirmative, are, Mr Speaker, Abercrombie, Bailey, Isaac Brown, Col. John Brown, Chapman, Cleveland, Clay, Cook, Coats, Coleman, Draughon, Dale, Doxey, Edmundson, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Holderness, Jackson, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murphy, Morton, Murrell, McVay, Perry, Rather, Skinner, Tagert, Vining, Walker, Weedon- 32.

Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, John Brown, Creagh, Davis, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Hill, Isbell, Moore of Marion, Perkins, Shackleford, Sargent- 14.

So the House concurred in the said amendment.

Mr. Weedon moved an amendment to said bill in these words, "That all the lands in this State, subject to taxation shall be divided into four classes, the first class shall be valued at the rate of ____ dollars per acre, the 2d class at the rate of _____dollars per acre, the third class at the rate of _____dollars per acre, and the fourth class at the rate of _____dollars per acre; and the sum of _____cents shall be paid on every hundred dollars worth in proportion to the number of instalments paid on each and every tract of land liable to taxation as aforesaid.

And be it further enacted, That all lands heretofore assessed pursuant to the provisions of an act passed at Cahawba, the 20th, December, 1820, at any sum over _____dollars per acre shall be taxed as land of the first class, and all lands over the sum of _____dollars per acre, shall be of the 2d class, and all lands over the sum of _____ dollars shall be of the 3d class; and all lands over, shall be of the 4th class; and such sums paid thereon as are required by the provisions of the foregoing section.

And be it further enacted, That all persons who have given in their lands at higher rates, than is specified in the foregoing sections, and have paid the tax accruing thereon, should such taxes amount to a larger sum than would now be due, it shall be the duty of the tax collector to pay over to such persons the amount thus received over and above the amount now required; and in all cases where the lands have been returned at a lower rate than the 4th class, and the amount received by the tax collector, is not equal to the amount now due, every person holding such lands shall pay an additional sum to the Tax Collector agreeable to the amount now due, by the 4th class, and the Tax Collector, is hereby authorised and required to collect the same.

The question being stated on the adoption of the said amendment, was decided in the negative by yeas and nays, yeas 22- nays 23.

Those who voted in the affirmative, are Mr. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Bailey, Col. John Brown, Chapman, Cleveland, Cook, Coleman, Dale, Davis, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Holderness, Jackson, Leake, Moore of Madison, McVay, Rather, Vining, Walker, Weedon 22.


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Those who voted in the negative, are Mr. Armstrong of Mobile, Benson, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Clay, Creagh, Coats, Draughon, Doxey, Edmondson, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Hill, Isbell, McKinley, Murphy, Morton, Murrell, Perry, Perkins, Skinner, Shackleford, Sargent, Tagert- 23.

So the said amendment was not adopted.

Mr. McVay offered an amendment, reducing the poll tax to fifty cents and compelling tax collectors to refund in cases where the present poll tax of one dollar, has been paid, which was decided in the negative.

A message from the senate by Mr. Williams, their secretary.

The senate have adopted the following resolution:

Resolved by the Senate, That with the concurrence of the House of Representatives, both houses will proceed on Saturday next at 12 o'clock, A. M. to fill such vacancies in offices as may have occurred since the last session of the General Assembly of the state of Alabama.

The said resolution being read;

Ordered, that the same lie on the table.

Another message from the Senate by Mr. Dick.

Mr. Speaker, the senate have instructed me to inform you, that they have passed the following bills, to wit:

An act to change the name of the town of Ococoposo and for other purposes, and

An act authorizing licensed ministers of the gospel to solemnize the rites of matrimony, in which they ask the concurrence of your honorable body. And then he withdrew.

The bill last mentioned, from the Senate was read a first time, and

On motion, ordered for a second reading to-morrow.

The House then resumed the order of the day; and

On motion of Mr. Armstrong of Mobile, the house resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill to be entitled an act imposing a tax on non resident and transient persons importing goods, wares, or merchandize into the city of Mobile, and town of Blakeley, and after some time spent therein Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Weedon reported the same with amendments, in which the House concurred. And

On motion, ordered that said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day to morrow.

And then the House adjourned till to morrow 9 o'clock