Saturday, January 13th,  1827.

The House met pursuant to adjournment at 7 o'clock.

Mr. Moore of Jack. from the committee on enrolled bills, reported, that said committee have examined, and found to be correctly enrolled

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bills which originated in the Senate, of the following titles, to wit: an act to incorporate the Mobile marine, railway and insurance company; an act to authorize Abraham Smith and his associates to erect a mill on Coosa river; an act to authorize the intendant and town council of the town of Montgomery to hold their meetings in the court house of Montgomery county; an act supplementary to the several acts heretofore passed, granting to Abraham Stout and his associates the privilege of opening a turnpike road, commencing at or near John Gandy's in Morgan county, to intersect the old Huntsville road at or near Elyton in Jefferson county; an act to authorize the administrator of Samuel Greenlee to transfer the certificates to the lands herein after mentioned; resolutions instructing our Senators and requesting our Representatives in Congress to use their endeavors to procure an equal extension of the national judiciary system to the western and south-western states of the union.  Also, bills which originated in this House of the following titles, to wit: an act further to relieve insolvent debtors, and the better to secure the rights of creditors; an act to authorize the administrator and administratrix of George Hardwick to sell a certificate for one quarter section of land; and, an act more effectually to protect sheriffs, coroners and constables in the discharge of their duties.

A bill to be entitled an act to exempt the officers of the State Bank from certain public duties, was read a second time.  Mr. Ross moved to amend the same by striking out of the bill that which relates to exempting the president and officers, so that the exemption shall extend to the directors only; which was carried.  The rule requiring bills to be read on three several days being suspended, four-fifths of the members present voting in the affirmative, the bill was taken as engrossed, read a third time forthwith and passed.  Ordered, that the title thereof be an act to exempt the directors of the state bank from certain public duties. Ordered, that the same be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.

And then the House adjourned for one hour.

Morning Session, 9 o'clock.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

A message form the Senate by Mr. Lyon their secretary.

Mr. Speaker- The Senate have passed a bill which originated in the House of Representatives, entitled an act to secure additional lots for the erection of the state capitol, and made compensation for the site thereof, and have amended the same as herewith shown: in which they desire your concurrence: also, an act making appropriations for certain claims against the state, and have amended the same as herewith reported; in which they desire your concurrence.  They disagree to the last amendment made by your honorable body to a bill entitled an act to improve the navigation of Flint river, by striking out the words 'at all times,' and inserting 'during the ordinary states of water,' and concur in all the other amendments to said bill.  And then he withdrew. Ordered, that the House concur in the amendment made by the Senate to the bill to be entitled an act making appropriations for certain claims against the state, by striking out of the 25th line in the first page the word 'six,' and inserting in lieu thereof the word 'five.'

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'seventy cents,' which relates to an allowance to G.C. King, of Perry county; which was carried.

Ordered, that the House concur in the amendment made by the Senate in striking out the appropriation made to Joseph Eastland for prosecuting a negro man named Juber for petit larceny.

Mr. McVay of Laud. moved that the House disagree to the amendment made by the Senate in striking out the appropriation of forty dollars made to Davis Hubbard for certain services; which was lost; and the said amendment was concurred in.

Ordered, that the House disagree in the amendments made by striking out the sixth, seventh, sixteenth and seventeenth sections of the bill.

Ordered, that the House concur in the amendment made by the Senate to the bill by adding an additional section.

A message from the Governor by J. I. Thornton, secretary of state.

Mr. Speaker- The Governor did on the 12th inst. approve and sign the following bills: an act to require additional services to be performed by the judge of the first judicial circuit in this state; an act to amend an act, entitled an act for the more effectual preservation of personal liberty; an act to repeal in part an act entitled an act to appoint commissioners to layout two roads leading from the ford on Line creek, the one to Coffeeville, the other to Tuscaloosa, passed Dec. 31st, 1822; an act to repeal an act, incorporating the town of Rodney in Washington county; an act amendatory of the laws now in force on the subject of bail in civil cases; an act to authorize the judge of the county court and commissioners of roads and revenue of the county of Shelby to alter a certain road therein named; an act providing for the compensation of B. B. Breedin; an act amendatory to an act, entitled an act to class and fix the price of the university lands, passed January 13th, 1826; an act organizing the 12th regiment of militia in St. Clair county; an act for the relief of Grantland Robinson; an act to incorporate the Rocky Mount academy in Autauga county; an act to incorporate the town of Pikeville; an act to make compensation to the commissioners to close the unsettled accounts between this state and Mississippi, and for other purposes; an act amendatory to an act, passed on the 4th day of January, 1826, entitled an act to authorize William H. Ragsdale and his associates to turnpike a road therein specified; an act to reduce into one the several act concerning roads, bridges, ferries and highways; an act to exempt the members of the hook and ladder company in the city of Mobile from militia and patrol duty, and for other purposes; an act supplementary to the several acts now in force, first passed 31st December, 1822, ad the second the 24th December, 1824; an act to pay officers for taking prisoners from one county to another in this state; an act to authorize Edward Calvert to sell and convey a certain land certificate; an act to establish a road from Montevallo to Greensborough; an act to authorize a levy of a county tax for the county of Covington; an act to define the boundary line between Shelby and Autauga counties; an act to revive a certain act herein named; and, a resolution to removed the injunction of secrecy imposed on the joint committee appointed to examine the state bank: all of which originated in this House.-  And then he withdrew.

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the navigation of Flint river in Madison county.  Ordered, that the clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

Ordered, that the House concur in the amendments made by the Senate to the bill entitled an act to secure additional lots for the erection of the state capitol, and provide compensation for the site thereof, by adding a proviso at the end of the first section.  Also by striking out all after the word 'for,' in the fourth line of the second section to the word 'capitol,' in the second section, ninth line, inclusive, and inserting in lieu thereof, 'lots No. 143 and 146, or lots No. 128 and 129, and know in the plan of said town, if the same can be obtained at a price not exceeding one thousand dollars for lots No. 143 and 146, or one thousand dollars for lots No. 128 and 129.'  Ordered, that the clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

Mr. Ross, from the select committee appointed on the part of this House, to act with such committee as might be appointed on the part of the Senate, to wait on his Excellency the Governor, and inform him that the two houses of the General Assembly would be ready to adjourn today, reported, that they have performed that duty, and that they received for answer from his Excellency that he had no further communication to make.

Mr. Ross, from the committee on accounts, to whom was referred the account of Ebenezer Johnson, late coroner of Mobile county, claiming compensation for holding inquests over several bodies therein charged for, reported, that they are not aware of any law by which said claim is properly chargeable upon the state treasury; and asked leave to be discharged from the further consideration thereof.  Ordered, that the House concur in said report, and that the committee be so discharged.

Mr. Perkins, from the select committee to whom was referred the resolution providing for the safe keeping of the furniture belonging to the state in the state house, reported the same with an additional section as an amendment; which was adopted.  The rule requiring bills to be read on three several days being suspended, the resolution was considered as engrossed, and read a third time as amended, and passed.- Ordered, that title thereof be as aforesaid.  Ordered, that the same be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.

Mr. Moore of Jack. from the committee on enrolled bills, reported, that said committee have examined, and found to be correctly enrolled, bills and resolutions which originated in this House of the following titles, viz: a resolution for the preservation of the public arms of this state; an act for the relief of Daniel Coleman of Washington; an act to authorize Martha Brandon, administratrix of Josiah D. Brandon, deceased, to sell and convey certain town lots in Tuscaloosa; an act to vest in the county court of Covington county the powers heretofore exercised by the commissioners of said county, and for other purposes; an act to prohibit the importation of slaves into this state for sale or hire; an act concerning the sixteenth section herein mentioned; memorial to the Congress of the United States on the subject of a donation to the trustees of La Fayette academy in the village of La Grange; an act to authorize the school commissioners of the seventeenth township of range thirteen to lease the sixteenth section in said township; an ac to raise a revenue for the support of government until otherwise altered by law.  And then the House adjourned for one hour.


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The House met pursuant to adjournment.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Lyon their secretary.

Mr. Speaker- The Senate adhere to their amendments to the bill entitled an act making appropriations for certain claims against the state, by striking out the 6th, 7th, 16th and 17th sections, and by striking out the allowance to G. C. King in the 26th line of the bill.  And then he withdrew.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Crabb, their assistant secretary.

Mr. Speaker- The Senate have read and passed a reported and resolutions which originated in the your honorable body in relation to the unsettled accounts between the states of Alabama and Mississippi, and have amended the same by substituting a bill to be entitled an act to authorize the governor to liquidate and settle the accounts between this state and the state of Mississippi, in lieu thereof.  And then he withdrew.

Ordered, that the House concur in the amendment made by the Senate to said resolution, and that said substituted bill be adopted.  Ordered, that the clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

Ordered, that the House recede from their disagreement to the amendments made by the Senate to the bill entitled an act making appropriations for certain claims against the state.  Ordered, that the clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

Ordered, that the House adjourn for half an hour.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Crabb.

Mr. Speaker- The Senate have read and passed, a joint resolution of your honorable body, to provide for the safe keeping of the furniture belonging to the state in the state house, and have amended the same in the manner herewith shown.  And then he withdrew.

Ordered, that the House concur in the amendment made to said resolution, by adding at the end of the first section a proviso.

And then the House adjourned for one hour.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

A message from the Governor by James I. Thornton, Secretary of State. Mr. Speaker- The Governor did on the 12th inst. approve and sign, an act to alter the times of holding the county courts of the counties of Tuscaloosa, Lawrence and Limestone; a memorial to the Congress of the United States, asking permission for the trustees of the university of Alabama, to select other lands in lieu of those herein described: and on this day, 13th January, an act to prohibit the importation of slaves into this state for sale or hire; an act to vest in the county court of Covington county the powers heretofore exercised by the commissioners of said county, and for other purposes; an act to authorize Martha Brandon, administratrix of Josiah K. Brandon, deceased to sell and convey certain town lots in Tuscaloosa; an act for the relief of Daniel Coleman of Washington; an act to authorize the school commissioners of the 17th township of range 13 to lease the sixteenth section in said township; an act to raise a revenue for the support of Government until otherwise altered by law; an act concerning the sixteenth section herein mentioned; an act to authorize the administrator and administratrix of George Hardwick to sell a certificate for one quarter section of land; an act more effectually to protect sheriffs, coroners and constables in the discharge of their duties; an act further to relieve insolvent debtors and the better to secure the rights of creditors; resolution for the preservation of the public arms of this state; and, a memorial to the Congress of the United States, on the subject of a donation to the trustees of Lafayette acad-


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emy in the village of La Grange: all of which originated in this House. And then he withdrew.

Mr. Moore of Jack. from the committee on enrolled bills, reported that they had examined, and found correctly enrolled, bills of the following titles, to wit: an act to establish certain election precincts therein named; an act to amend an act concerning the town of Tuscumbia; an act to compel plaintiffs to give security for costs in certain cases; an act to exempt the directors of the state bank from certain public duties: a bill which originated in the Senate entitled an act to incorporate the Muscle Shoals canal company; an act authorizing the Governor to liquidate and settle the accounts between this state and the state of Mississippi; resolutions instructing our Senators and Representatives in Congress on the subject of authorizing the sale of the sections numbered sixteen reserved for the use of schools in this state; an act to emancipate certain slaves therein named; resolution authorizing the money of the university now in the treasury to be vested in state stock, and for other purposes; an act making appropriations for certain claims against the state.

On motion of Mr. McVay of Laud. Resolved, that the Senate be informed that the House of Representatives have finished the business before them, and are now ready to adjourn sine die. Ordered, that the clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Lyon their secretary.

Mr. Speaker- The Senate having completed the business before them, are now about to adjourn sine dine.

A message from the Governor by James I. Thornton secretary of state.

Mr. Speaker- The Governor did this day approve and sign an act to compel plaintiffs to give security of costs in certain cases; an act to exempt the directors of the state bank from certain public duties; an act authorizing the Governor to liquidate and settle the accounts between this state, and the state of Mississippi; an act to amend an act concerning the town of Tuscumbia; an act to establish certain election precincts therein named; an act to secure additional lots for the erection of the state capitol and provide compensation for the site thereof; joint resolution to provide for the safe keeping of the furniture belonging to the state, in the state house; an act making appropriations for certain claims against the state; all of which originated in this House.  And then he withdrew.

Mr. Raney, offered the following resolution: Resolved, unanimously, that the thanks of this House be presented to the Hon. Samuel W. Oliver for the able, impartial and dignified manner in which he has presided over its deliberations, and performed the arduous and important duties of the chair during the present session of this Legislature: which was unanimously adopted.

Mr. Speaker then rose and made the following reply:

“Gentlemen-- The approbation you have expressed of the manner in which I have discharged my duty as Speaker of the House, is I assure you highly gratifying to may feelings.  The station to which you called me was one alike honorable and arduous; it was one which required great promptness and decision, and inexperienced as I was. I could not have fully discharged the duties of the trust assigned me, but for the able and generous support which I have at all times received from the House; my great solicitude has been to discharge my duty acceptably to the members of the House; In that I flatter myself, I have tin some degree succeeded.

I know that the duties which devolved on me might have been performed with greater ability.  yet in justice to myself, I must say they could not have been discharged with greater fidelity or impartiality.

We, gentlemen, are now about to separate; and from the great uncertainty of all things, we may never meet again, but whatever destinies may await, you, you will always carry with you my sincere wishes for your individual prosperity and


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success.  Hoping we may all return in safety to our families, I tender you a friendly farewell”

Mr. McVay of Laud.  then moved that the House adjourn sine die; which was carried.

Mr. Speaker then pronounced the House to be adjourned sine die.

SAMUEL W. OLIVER

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

ATTEST.

T.B. TUNSTALL,

Clerk of the House of Representatives.