Tuesday, Nov. 21.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Hallett presented the petition of John B. Hogan, and Edward Hall, praying the establishment of a certain road therein named; which was read, and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Hallett, Harris of Baldwin, and Thompson.


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Mr. McClung presented the petition of the President and Directors of the Planters’ and Merchants’ Bank of Huntsville, praying to be relieved from the operation of “an act in relation to the banking institutions in this state.”

Mr. Mead presented the petition of Daniel McPherson tax collector of Blount county, praying to be allowed further time to collect and pay into the Treasury, the taxes of said county.

Mr. Clay presented the petition of sundry persons, praying an alteration in the laws relating to mills and millers, so as to compel persons sending sacks to mill to mark their names thereon.

Mr. Thompson presented the petition of Josiah D. Lister, praying compensation for keeping and victualling certain prisoners in the jail of Washington county.

Mr. Sanders presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Madison county, praying the passage of a law authorizing James Goodwin to retail spirits without licence.

Mr. Thompson presented the petition of Josiah D. Lister, praying compensation for keeping and victualling a prisoner who broke from the jail of Washington county; all of which petitions were severally read, and referred to the committee on Propositions and Grievances.

Mr. Montgomery presented the petition of sundry persons, praying the appropriation of a sum of money to erect a bridge or Causeway over the swamp at Brown's Ferry on Tennessee river, or to authorize Brice M. Garner to erect said bridge and receive toll therefore; which was read and referred to the committee on Roads, Bridges, Ferries, &c.

Mr. Terrell presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Marion county, praying that Thomas Jackson of said county, sentenced to imprisonment by the curt of said county for an assault on Luke spinel, be released from said imprisonment; which was read, and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Terrell, Harris, of Wilcox, and Rutherford.

Mr. Terrell presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Marion containing the same prayer, in favor of Isaac Casey; which was read, and referrad to the same committee.

Mr. Montgomery presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Limestone county, praying the Incorporation of a company for a female school at Athens in said county; which was read, and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Montgomery, Clay and Farrar.

A message was received from the Senate by Mr. Lyon, their secretary, informing this House, that they had adopted the following resolution:

Resolved, that Mr. Murphy, Mr. Bibb, Mr. Casey, Mr. Hopkins & Mr. Smith be appointed a committee on the part of this House, to lay out the state into three congressional districts; and that a message be sent to the house of representatives, requesting that House to appoint a committee to join the committee of this House, for that purpose in which they request your concurrence.

Ordered, That the said resolution lie on the table.

Mr. McClung presented the petition of John Brahan, praying compensation for timber used in repairing a public road.

Mr. Martin presented the petition of John Stone of Lawrence county, praying the passage of a law authorizing him to retail merchandize with-

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out paying a tax - which petitions were severally read and referred to the Committee of Propositions and Grievances.

Mr. Clay presented the petition of the representatives of John Ellis, of Madison county, praying for leave to sell certain land therein named; which was read and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Clay, Fearn, and Hunter of Tusk.

Mr. Harris, of Wilcox, from the select committee, to whom was referred the petition of Henry Taylor, reported a bill to be entitled “an act to manumit from slavery certain persons therein mentioned” - which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow.

Mr. Gayle, from the select committee, to whom was referred the petition of John Watkins, administrator of Thomas Ragland, deceased, reported a bill, to be entitled “an act to manumit a negro woman, Margaret, and her children;” which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

On motion of Mr. Morton, Resolved, that the Speaker assign to Richard B. Brickell, a seat within the bar of this House, for the purpose of taking minutes of the proceedings of this House.

Mr. Durrett obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled “an act to repeal an act entitled an act expressing the gratitude of the State of Alabama for the service rendered by Samuel Dale to this State;” which was read a first time, and ordered for a second reading next Monday week.

The House ten adjourned till 2 o’clock.

Evening Session.

Mr. Young contained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled “an act granting certain privileges to the Trustees of certain school lands, in the county of Lawrence,” which was read a first time, and ordered to lie on the table.

On motion of Mr. Ford, Resolved, that the Judiciary Committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of altering the mode of proceeding in the courts of Justices of the Peace so as to have the intervention of a jury, and stated times of holding their courts, with leave to report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. Oliver, Resolved, that the Judiciary Committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of altering the mode of selecting and compensating jurors, and report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Weissinger moved the following resolution; which was adopted: Resolved, That a select committee be appointed to inquire into the expediency of more effectually preventing the evil practice of fire hunting, with leave to report by bill or otherwise.

Ordered, That Mr. Williams be added to the judiciary committee, consisting of Messrs. Weissinger, Hunter of Conecuh, and Crenshaw.

Ordered, That Mr. Williams be added to the judiciary committee.

Ordered, That Messrs. Jackson, Browning and Durrett be added to the Committee of Ways and Means.

Ordered, That Mr. Montgomery be added to the committee on Propositions and Grievances.

Ordered, that Messrs, Davis, Taylor, and Wallace be added to the committee on County Boundaries.

Ordered, That Mr. Hunt be added to the committee on Schools, Colleges and Universities and School and University Lands.

Ordered,   That Messrs. Taylor and Dulaney be added to the Military Committee.


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Ordered, That Messrs. Fearn and Morton be added to the committee on Accounts.

Ordered, That Messrs. Taylor and Hubbard be added to the committee on roads, Bridges, Ferries, &c.

On motion of Mr. Davis, Resolved, That the Military Committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of so amending an act, entitled “an act to alter and amend the several acts, now in force organizing the militia of this state, passed at Cahawba on the 17th day of December 1821;” that hereafter commandants of companies shall muster their respective companies, not less than four times, nor more than six within each year: and further to amend the said act as to take from company courts martial the power and authority of trying defaulters, at Battalion and Regimental Musters and give the same to Battalion and Regimental courts martial, as heretofore.

Ordered, That Messrs. Shortridge, Adair and Oliver be added to the special committee appointed to divide the state into Congressional districts.

Mr. Martin obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled “an act to authorize the Governor of this stat to remit all or part of any forfeiture, which has, or may accrue to the state;” which was read a first time, and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Shortridge offered the following resolution: Resolved, that a select committee be appointed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a system of equal taxation throughout this state; which committee are empowered to report by bill or otherwise.

Ordered, that the said resolution lie on the table. And then the House adjourned till to-morrow 10 o’clock.