Saturday, Nov. 30.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Hunter, of Tuskaloosa, presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Pickens county, praying that a law may pass compelling the commissioners of said county to fix the seat of justice near the centre thereof: which was read and referred to the committee of Propositions and Grievances

Mr Leake from the committee on Divorce and Alimony, to whom was referred the proceedings of the circuit court of Morgan county, in the case of Nathan Briley vs. Elizabeth Briley for a divorce, reported a bill, to be entitled “An act divorcing Nathan Briley from his wife Elizabeth Briley;” which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

Mr. Fearn, from the committee on Schools, Colleges, Universities and School and University lands to them was referred a bill, to be entitled “an amendment to an act to establish a State University,” reported that they deem it not expedient to change the law of the last session as contemplated by the bill referred to them.

Ordered, That the said report lie on the table.

A bill to be entitled “An act for the more correct distribution of the journals of the General Assembly of this state;” was read a second time and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Adams Gayle and Browne.

A bill to be entitled “An act to allow witnesses pay in certain specified cases,” was read a second time, and referred to the Judiciary committee.

A bill, to be entitled “An act to authorize the administrator of John Turrentine, and the administrators of William Lambkin, deceased, to sell certain lands therein designated,” was taken up.

Mr. Jackson obtained leave to withdraw the motion made by him on yesterday, for the indefinite postponement of the consideration of said bill.

Ordered, that said bill be engrossed for a third reading on Monday next.

Bills from the Senate of the following titles, to wit:

"An act to authorize the administrator of John Dixon, deceased to sell and transfer certain real estate;” and "An act to authorize John Chandler, administrator of N. L. Hayden, deceased, and Edward Conway, administrator of Joseph Withers, deceased,” were severally read a third time and ordered to lie on the table.

A bill from the Senate, to be entitled "An act to change the name of and legitimate a certain person therein named.” was read a third time and passed.

Ordered, That the Senate be acquainted therewith.

A bill, to be entitled "An act the better to secure debts upon writs of Error,” was read a third time and passed. Ordered that the title be changed from that of "a bill," to that of "an act." Ordered that the same be sent to the senate for their concurrence.


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A bill, to be entitled "an act authorizing the agents of the State University to dispose of lands in the manner therein prescribed,” was read a second time, and ordered to lie on the table.

A bill, to be entitled "and act to vest in Samuel B. Shields, his heirs and assigns the executive right to a ferry on the Tombeckbe river, in the county of Clarke, at, or near the town of Jackson, in the said county;" was read a second time.

Mr. Williams moved to amend the said bill by striking out the 3d section thereof, which is in the following words,

"Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That no ferry or other like establishment, shall be erected or kept at any landing or other place on the said river of Tombeckbe, within the space or distance of four miles of the aforesaid ferry, hereby authorized and established, under a penalty of $1000; to be recovered on information thereof made, at the suit of this state in any court having competent jurisdiction of the same;" which was decided in the negative.

Mr. Shortridge offered the following amendment, which was adopted:

"Sec. 5. Be it further enacted, That nothing in this act shall be so construed as to prevent any future Legislature from repealing or altering this act as they may think proper." Ordered, that said bill be engrossed for a third reading on Monday next.

A message was received from the Senate by Mr.Lyon, their secretary informing this House, that they had read a third time and passed, bills of the following titles, to wit:

"An act to authorize Rosanna Lambkin and Elijah Hogan to convey to Isaac Jackson a certain tract of land therein mentioned;” and "An act to authorize the administratrix of Davis H. Mayhew, deceased, to sell real estate;” in which they desire the concurrence of the House: Also, that they had read a third time and passed a bill to be entitled "an act for the relief of David White;” which originated in this House.

On motion of Mr. Barclay, Resolved, that a select committee be appointed to inquire into the expediency of passing a law to prevent Creditors from bringing suit on property contracts until a demand shall have been made, and also that any assignee, or holder of any note of hand for money, except the person to whom such note was originally given, shall by himself or agent, make a demand of the money so due before he brings suit and recover judgment for the same; with leave to report by bill or otherwise.

Whereupon, Messrs. Barclay, Farrar and Adair, were appointed said committee.

On motion of Mr. Mead, Resolved, that a select committee be appointed to take into consideration the necessity of requesting the Congress of the United States, by a Memorial of the present General Assembly of this State, to authorize a treaty to be had with the Cherokee tribe of Indians, for so much of their territory as lies west of Willstown valley, and east of the boundary lines of the counties of Morgan, Blount and St. Clair, which tract or parcel of land is identified by the name of the Creek path town.

Whereupon Messrs. Mead, Terrell and McClung were appointed said committee.

Bills from the Senate of the following titles, to wit:

"An act, to repeal in part an act entitled an act, supplementary to an


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act entitled an act to incorporate the city of Mobile, passed the 17th December 1819;” and

"An act, authorizing Augustus Baudry to emancipate a certain slave, therein named,” were severally read a second time, and ordered for a third reading on Monday next.

A resolution from the Senate, regulating the pay of Brevet Brigadier General Dale, was read a second time, and ordered to lie on the table.

Bills of the following titles, to wit: "An act to suppress the evil and pernicious practice of fire hunting,” and

"An act to incorporate the Huntsville Fire Engine Company,” were severally read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed and read a third time on Monday next.

A bill to be entitled "an act authorizing the legal representative of Robert H. Draughon to dispose of certain real estate therein named," was read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed and read a third time on Monday next.

A bill to be entitled "an act to authorize the sale of the public lands in the town of Cahawba;” which was ordered to lie on the table, was then taken up, and referred to the committee on ways and means.

Engrosed bills of the following titles, to wit: "An act to organize the counties of Covington and Pike;” and "An act for the relief of persons engaged in farming &c.” were severally read a third time and passed.

Ordered that the titles be changed from that of "a bill" to that of "an act."

Ordered that the same be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.

Mr. McClung from the Judiciary committee, to whom was referred the petition of John P. Hickman, reported,

A bill to be entitled "an act for the relief of John P. Hickman, and Richard Ellis;" which was read a first time, and ordered to be read, a second time an Monday next.

Mr. Pope, from the committee on Enrolled Bills, reported that said committee have examined a bill to be entitled "an act for the relief of David White," and find the same correctly enrolled.

A bill from the Senate, to be entitled "an act to authorize Rosanna Lambkin and Elijah Hogan to convey to Isaac Jackson, a certain tract of land therein mentioned," was read a first time, and ordered to lie on the table.

On motion of Mr. Adair, Resolved, that the Judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of furnishing to each of the Justices of the Peace in this State a copy of a work entitled the Alabama Justice of the Peace, compiled by Henry Hitchcock, Esquire.

A bill from the Senate, entitled "an act to authorize the administrators of Davis H. Mayhew, deceased, to sell real estate," was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

On motion of Mr. Weissinger, Resolved, that the Judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of allowing Grand Juries to present grievances and have such presentments published in some Gazette whenever said Juries request it, with leave to report by bill or otherwise.

And then the House adjourned till Monday morning 10 o'clock.