Saturday, November 23,1822.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Abercrombie presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Montgomery county, praying an alteration in the boundary of Montgomery; which was read and referred to the committee on County Boundaries.

Mr. Edmondson, form the committee on Propositions and Grievances, to whom was referred tow petitions of Josiah D. Lester, of Washington county, recommended the rejection of the prayer of said petition: inasmuch as there was no evidence before the committee, of the services alledged in the petition to have been rendered: in which report the House concurred.

Mr. Edmondson, from the same committee, to whom was referred the petition of James Goodwin; and also th petition of John stone: reported the prayer of said petitions unreasonable and ought not to be granted: in which report the House concurred.

Mr. Edmondson, from the same committee, to whom was referred the petition of Thomas C. Jones, reported a bill to be entitled “An act for the relief of Thomas C. Jones;” which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

Mr. Terrell, from the select committee, to whom was referred the petitions of Isaac Casey and Thomas Jackson, reported a bill to be entitled “An act remmitting to Isaac Casey and Thomas Jackson, a certain fine and imprisonment,” which was read a first time, and ordered for a second reading on Monday next.

Mr. Williams, from the committee of the whole House, to whom was referred the communication of his Excellency, reported the following resolutions:

Resolved, That so much of said message as relates to making provision by law for the election of Representatives to Congress, according to the late act of apportionment, be referred to the select committee appointed to lay off the state into Congressional districts.


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Resolved, That so much of the said message as relates to the State Bank, be referred to a select committee to consist of five members, with leave to report by bill or otherwise. Whereupon, Messrs Fearn, Jackson, Adair, Hallett and Crenshaw were appointed.

Resolved, That so much of the said message as relates to the subjects of a loan from the Tombeckbe Bank and small notes issued from the Treasury, be referred to the committee of Ways and Means.

Resolved, That so much of said message as relates to the revenue and taxation, be referred to the committee of Ways and Means.

Resolved, That so much of the said message as relates to the County Court system; and also so much thereof as relates to the elections and qualifications of sheriffs, be referred to the Judiciary committee, with leave to report by bill or otherwise.

Resolved, That so much of the message as relates to the Digest, be referred to a select committee: Whereupon, Messrs. Hunter of Conecuh, Shortridge, Gayle, McClung, Martin, Morton, Farrar, and Oliver were appointed said committee.

Resolved, That so much of the message as relates to the University and University lands together with the documents relating thereto, be referred to the committee on Schools, Colleges and Universities, and School and University lands.

Resolved, That so much of the said message as relates to certain resolutions of our sister states respecting the appropriation of a share of the national lands for the purpose of education to be distributed among the older states; together with said resolutions, be referred to a committee of the whole House, to be made the order of the day for Monday week next.

Resolved, That so much of the said message as relates to public jails or prisons, be referred to a select committee, with leave to report by bill or otherwise. Whereupon, Messrs. Rutherford, Fitzpatrick and Norwood were appointed said committee.

Resolved, That so much of the said message as relates to the organization of the counties of Pike and Covington, be referred to the Judiciary committee.

Resolved, That so much of the said message as relates to the cases pending in the Supreme Court of the United States, be referred to a select committee, with leave to report by bill or otherwise; and that the committee be required to report whether any, and if any, what measures are necessary to be adopted in regard to causes of a similar nature, that may hereafter occur. Whereupon Messrs. McClung, Oliver, Gayle, Shortridge and Pope were appointed said committee.

Resolved, That so much of the said message as relates to roads, be referred to the committee on Roads, Bridges, Ferries, &c. with leave to report by bill or otherwise.

Resolved, That so much of the said message as relates to the Militia law, be referred to the Military committee, with leave to report by bill or otherwise.

Ordered, That the House concur in said report.

Mr. Mead obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled “An act permanently to fix the seat of justice for the county of Blount;” which was read a first time and ordered for a second reading on Monday next.

Mr. Winston moved for a reconsideration of the vote on the report of the committee of Propositions and Grievances on the petitions of Josiah D. Lester;  which was carried.


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Ordered, That said report lie on the table.

The House then proceeded to the orders of the day.

A bill, to be entitled, “An act to alter the mode of voting in elections by the people,” was read a second time.

On motion of Mr. Williams, the House resolved itself into a committee of the whole House on said bill; and, after some time spent in the consideration thereof, the Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Williams reported the same without amendment: in which report the House concurred.

Mr. Norwood moved that the further consideration of the said bill be indefinitely postponed; which was lost.

Ayes 24                                 Nays 34.

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

Mr. Abercrombie

Gayle

Hardwicke

Merriwether

Terrell

       Crenshaw

Harris of Bald.

Hill

Norwood

Thompson

       Coleman

Harris of Wil.

Harvey

Rutherford

Weissinger

       Fitzpatrick

Hunter of Con.

Jones

Reviere

Williams- 24.

       Ford

Hunter of Tusk.

Kennedy

Taylor

Those who voted in the negative, are,

Mr. Speaker

Clay

Fearn

Montgomery

Skinner

      Adair

Dulaney

Hubbard

Martin

Shortridge

      Adams

Durrett

Hunt

Morton

Sanders

      Barclay

Davis

Hallett

McClung

Wallace

      Bailey

Edmondson

Jackson

Oliver

Winston

      Browne

Fitz

Leake

Pope

Young- 34

      Browning

Farrar

Mead

Rather

Mr. Clay moved that said bill be referred to a select committee; which was carried. Whereupon, Messrs Morton, Clay and Pope were appointed said committee.