Monday, November 25, 1822

Mr. Brown presented the petition of a number of inhabitants of Jefferson county praying that judgment recovered against Moses Ayres as the security of James Curtis, in the circuit court of said county, may be remitted to him.

Mr. Rather presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Morgan county, praying certain alterations in the constitution and laws of this state; which were severally read and referred to the Judiciary committee.

Mr. Terrell presented the petition of Davis Gurley and Elisha Thomas, praying authority to turnpike a certain road therein named, and to receive toll therefor.

Mr. Winston presented the petition of a number of inhabitants of Franklin county, praying that a law may pass to turnpike a certain road therein named; which were severally read and referred to the committee on Roads, Bridges, Ferries &c.

Mr. Clay presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Lawrence county, praying that a part of said county may be annexed to Franklin county; which was read, and referred to the committee on County Boundaries.

Mr. Skinner presented the petition of George Lyle, praying leave to manumit a negro woman therein named; which was read and referred to a select committee consisting of Messrs. Skinner, Browne and Terrell.

Mr. Shortridge presented the petition of William M. Marr and others praying remuneration for improvement of public land.

Mr. Reviere presented the petition of sundry militia officers, praying compensation for attending courts martial which were severally read, and referred to the committee of Propositions and Grievances.


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Mr. Browne presented the petition of the Jefferson Dragoons, praying arms may be furnished to them; which was read and referred to the Military committee.

Mr. Rutherford from the select committee to whom was referred a resolutoin of this House, instructing the select committee to inquire into the expediency of continuing the justices in their jurisdiction in civil cases, to the limits of their own districts, Reported a bill to be entitled “An act to continue the jurisdiction of the justices of the peace to their respective beats and allowing them the intervention of a jury;” which was read a first time and made the order for a second reading to morrow.

Mr. Morton, from the select committee, to whom was referred a bill, to be entitled “An act to alter the mode of voting in elections by the people” reported the same with amendments, in which the House concurred C which was read a second time.

Mr. Williams moved that the said bill lie on the table, which was lost.

Ayes 29                       Nays 29.

The yeas and nays being called for,

Those who voted in the affirmative, are,

Mr. Abercrombie

Mr. Ford

Mr Hardwicke

Mr Merriwether

Mr. Terrell

       Adams

Gayle

Hill

Norwood

Thompson

       Browning

Harris of B.

Harvey

Rutherford

Wallace

       Crenshaw

Harris of W.

Jones

Reviere

Weissinger- 29

       Coleman

Hunter of T.

Kennedy

Rather

       Fitzpatrick

Hunter of C.

Mead

Taylor

Those who voted in the negative, are,

Mr. Speaker

Mr. Dulaney

Mr. Fearn

Mr. Montgomery

Mr. Skinner

       Adair

Durrett

Hubbard

Morton

Shortridge

       Barclay

Davis

Hunt

Martin

Sanders

       Bailey

Edmondson

Hallett

McClung

Winston

       Brown

Fitz

Jackson

Oliver

Young-  29

       Clay

Farrar

Leake

Pope

Mr Harris of Wilcox, moved the indefinite postponement of the further consideration of said bill --  which was lost.

On motion of Mr. Rather, Ordered, that the said bill be recommitted to the same committee.

Mr. Montgomery, from the select committee, to whom was referred the petition of a number of the inhabitants of Limestone, reported a bill, to be entitled “an act to incorporate the Athens Female Academy;” which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Hallett from the select committee to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of Mobile, reported a bill, to be entitled “an act to mark out and establish a road leading from the city of Mobile in the county of Mobile, to Edwin Lewis’ turnpike road in said county;” which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time to morrow.

The speaker laid before the House a letter from the Treasurer, transmitting his annual report upon the state of the Treasury.

Ordered, That eighty copies of said report be printed Mr. Crenshaw obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled “an act to organize the counties of Covington and Pike.”

Mr. Hardwicke obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled “an act to incorporate the town of Ashville, in the county of St. Clair.”

Mr Rather obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled “an act to repeal the fifth section of an act to alter and amend the Militia law of this state,” passed the 6th day of December 1821;- which were severally read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow.


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The House then proceeded to the orders of the day.

A bill, to be entitled “an act to manumit a negro woman slave named Margaret and her children,” was read a second time.

Ordered, That said bill be engrossed for a third reading on Wednesday next.

A bill, to be entitled “an act to define the respective provinces of courts and juries,” was read a second time.

Ordered, That said bill be referred to the Judiciary Committee.

Bills of the following titles, to wit:

“An act for the relief of Henry Stokes, and others,”

“An act authorizing the administrators of William Nelson, deceased, to sell certain real estate therein named;” which were severally read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed and read a third time to morrow.

A bill, to be entitled “an act to authorize David Peobles to continue a toll bridge on the Escambia Creek,” was read a second time.

Ordered, That the said bill be referred to the committee on Roads, Bridges, Ferries &c.

A bill, to be entitled “an act to afford to Pickens county separate representation on certain conditions, and for other purposes,” was read a second time.

Ordered, That said bill be referred to a select committee.

Whereupon, Messrs Crenshaw, Farrar and Martin were appointed said committee.

A bill, to be entitled “an act permanently to fix the seat of justice in the county of Blount,” was read a second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

A bill, to be entitled “an act to authorize Gilbert D. Taylor to emancipate certain slaves therein named,” was read a second time.

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

Yeas 24                        Nays 34.

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

Mr. Adair

Farrar

Hubbard

Leake

Shortridge

      Abercrombie

Ford

Hardwicke

Merriwether

Taylor

      Brown

Gayle

Hill

Norwood

Wallace

      Browning

Harris of B

Jackson

Rutherford

Winston-  24

      Clay

Hunter of T.

Kennedy

Reviere

Those who voted in the negative, are,

Mr. Speaker

Durrett

Hunter of C.

Morton

Sanders

      Adams

Davis

Hunt

Martin

Terrell

      Barclay

Edmondson

Hallett

McClung

Thompson

      Bailey

Fitzpatrick

Harvey

Oliver

Weissinger

      Crenshaw

Fitz

Jones

Pope

Williams

      Coleman

Fearn

Mead

Rather

Young-   34

      Dulaney

Harris of W.

Montgomery

Skinner

Ordered, That the said bill be referred to a committee of the whole House.

A bill, to be entitled "an act for the relief of Thomas C. Jones," was read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading on Monday next.

A bill, to be entitled, “an act remitting to Isaac Casey and Thomas Jackson a certain fine and imprisonment,” was read a second time.

On motion of Mr. Gayle, Ordered, that the further consideration of the said bill be indefinitely postponed.

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On motion, the House adjourned till to-morrow morning 9 o’clock.