Friday, November 22.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Abercrombie, from the committee of Privileges and Elections, to whom was referred the resolution of this House requiring them to examine the credentials of the members of this house, Reported, that they had examined the credentials of the members, but one, and find them properly returned as members of this House.

The committee further reported; that William Barclay, one of the members from Jackson and Decatur has lost his certificate of election, and there is no return of it in the office of the secretary of state: but from evidence of which the committee entertain no doubt, they find he was duly elected, and they are therefore of opinon he is entitled to his seat.

Ordered, that the house concur in said report.

Mr. Edmondson from the committee of Propisitions and Grievances, to whom was referred the petition of Augustus Foscue, of Clarke county, praying compensation for a slave executed by sentence of the court of said county; reported, that the prayer of the said petition is unreasonable and ought not to be granted.

Ordered, that the house concur in said report.

Mr. Edmondson from the same committee, to whom was referred the petition of Henry Stokes and others, reported, a bill to be entitled “an act for the relief of Henry Stokes and others;” which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow.

Mr. Crenshaw from the Judiciary committee, to whom was referred the resolution of this House requiring them to enquire 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,


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Reported that they have had the same under consideration, and deem it inexpedient at present, to make any alteration in the law relative to the above matters referred to them.

Ordered, that the house concur in said report.

Ordered, that said report lie on the table.

Mr. Morton from the select committee, to whom was referred the petition of the administrators of William Nelson, deceased, reported a bill to be entitled “An act authorizing the administrators of William Nelson, deceased, to sell certain lands therein named;” which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow.

Mr. Morton from the select committee, to whom was referred the petition of Gilbert D. Taylor, reported a bill to be entitled “An act to authorize Gilbert D. Taylor to emancipate certain slaves therein named;” which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow.

The House then proceeded to the orders of the day.

A bill to be entitled "An act to manumit certain slaves therein named," was read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

Mr. Hunter obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled "An act to authorize David Peoples to continue a toll bridge on the Escambia creek:" which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Williams, the House resolved itself into a committee of the whole House, on the Message of the Governor, and, after some time spent in the consideration thereof, the committee rose, and Mr. Williams asked for and obtained leave to report on to-morrow.

And then the House adjourned till two o'clock this afternoon.

Evening Session.

On motion of Mr. Rutherford, Resolved, that a select committee be appointed and instructed to inquire into the expediency of confining justtices in their jurisdiction in civil cases, to the limits of then own districts; and in case of their being allowed the intervention of a jury, that jury be drawn from the same district - and that they report by bill or otherwise: Whereupon, Messrs. Rutherford, Harris, of Wilcox, and Hunter, of Conecuh, were appointed said committee.

Mr. Montgomery presented a petition of Andrew Jackson Edmondson, tax collector of Limestone county, for certain purposes therein mentioned; which was read and referred to the committee of Propositions and Grievances.

Mr. McClung obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled “An act to define the respective provinces of courts and juries;” which was read a first time, and ordered for a second reading on Monday next.

On motion of Mr. Rather, Resolved, that the petition of the administrators of John Turrentine, and the petition of the administrators of William Lambkin, deceased, be taken up, and referred to the committee of Propositions and Grievances.

On motion of Mr. Shortridge, the House took up the resolution to appoint a select committee to inquire into the expediency of establishing a system of equal taxation though out the state.

Ordered, That the said resolution be referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

On motion of Mr. Martin, the House took into consideration a bill, to


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entitled “An act to authorize the Governor of this state to remit all or part of any forfeiture which has or may accrue to the state;” and referred the same to the Judiciary committee.

Mr. Hunter, of Conecuh, offered the following resolution, which was adopted: Resolved, That the Judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of repealing the law or laws giving the power to justices of the peace to decide on a warrant to apprehend on the charge of murder; whether the defendant in said warrant be bailable; and whether it would not be more proper to grant that right to the judge of the county court, on a writ of Habeus Corpus.

On motion of Mr. Dulaney, Resolved, that the Military committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of reducing into one act, all the Militia and Patrol laws of the state; and that C copies be printed for the use of the commissioned Military officers, and report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Young obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled “An act for the relief of persons engaged in farming,&c.” which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Tuesday next.

Mr. Rather presented the petition of  Mathew  Heberson, administrator of Samuel Heberson, praying to be allowed to sell certain land therein named; which was read and referred to the committee on Propositions and Grievances.