Wednesday, November 22d, 1826.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Pursuant to a resolution of the House, Mr. Speaker proceeded to appoint the following standing committees, to wit:

A committee on privileges and elections- consisting of Messrs. McVay of Laud. Mead, Coleman, Lawler, Johnson, Edwards and Edmondson.

A committee on propositions and grievances- consisting of Messrs. Perkins, Dennis, Duke, Coe, Exum, Bell, Bradford, and Dupuy.

A committee on enrolled bills- consisting of Messrs. Moore of Jack. Bridges, Heard, Craig and Davis of Jack.

A committee on inland navigation- consisting of Messrs. Fluker, Rhodes, Raney, Powell, McVay of Law. Martin, Massey and Neill.

A committee on roads, bridges and ferries- consisting of Messrs. Edmondson, Dupuy, Dale, Coopwood, Barclay, Brown, and Armbrister.

A committee on ways and means-consisting of Messrs. McClung


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Moore of Mad. Crenshaw, Pickens, Perkins, Ross, Weissinger, Williams and Walthall.

A committee on the military- consisting of Messrs. Davis, Montgomery, Greening, Broadnax, Parham, Perry, Dubose, Dale, Johnson, and Sims.

A committee on the judiciary- consisting of Messrs. Greening, McClung, Benson, Crenshaw, Lewis, Ellis, Davis of Fr. Acklen, Harris and Williams.

A committee on county boundaries- consisting of Messrs. Mead, Bailey, Raney, Smith of Henry, Smith of La. Terry, Whitfield and Jones.

A committee on schools, colleges and universities, and school and university lands- consisting of Messrs. Moore of Mad. Benson, Davis of Ja. Dennis, Exum, Bridges, Edwards and Bradford.

A committee on accounts- consisting of Messrs. Ross, Terry, Weissenger, Rhodes, Craig,  McVay of Laud. and Parham.

A committee on divorce and alimony- consisting of Messrs.  Heard, Broadnax, Bailey, Barclay, Coopwood, Coleman, Duke and Dubose.

Mr. Dennis presented the petition of sundry militia officers in Pike county, praying the passage of a law organizing another regiment in said county; which was read, and referred to the military committee.

Mr. Harris presented the petition of Sarah Bowie, administratrix of John Bowie, deceased, praying the passage of a law to authorize her to sell and convey certain real estate therein named; which was read and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Harris, Moore of Mad. and Mead.

Mr. Mead presented the petition of Nancy Allison, Vineyard Crawford, A. B. Farrar and James D. Dennis, praying the passage of a law to sell and convey certain real estate therein named; which was read, and referred to the judiciary committee.

Mr. Lawler presented the petition of the heirs and representatives of Zachariah Butler,  deceased, praying the passage of a law to authorize the administrators of said decedent to sell and convey certain real estate therein named; which was read, and referred to the judiciary committee.

Mr. Perry presented the petition of the Trustees of Greenville Academy in the county of Butler, praying the passage of a law to incorporate said trustees in the name of the "Trustees of the Greenville Academy;" which was read, and referred to the committee on schools, colleges and universities, and school and university lands.

Mr. Terry presented the petition of the heirs and representatives of Benjamin Averett, deceased, praying the passage of a law to authorize them to convey certain real estate; which was read, and referred to the judiciary committee.

Mr. Exum presented the petition of Francis Hamblin, a free man of color, praying the passage of a law to authorize him to emancipate a certain slave therein named; which was read, and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Exum, Powell, Edmondson and Bell.

Mr. Coe presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Walker county, praying the passage of a law to annex part of said county to Lawrence county; which was read and referred to the committee on county boundaries.

Mr. Coe presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Lawrence county, praying the passage of a law to grant Thomas H. Douglass the


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exclusive privilege of retailing spirituous liquors without a license; which was read,  and referred to the committee on propositions and grievances.

Mr. Coe presented the petition of the heirs and representatives of Samuel Priest, deceased, praying the passage of a law to authorize the administrators of said decedent to sell and convey certain real estate therein named; which was read and referred to the judiciary committee.

Mr. Perry presented the account of John A. Cunningham, jailor of Butler county; which was read, and referred to the committee on accounts.

On motion of Mr. Moore of Mad. Resolved, that a committee be appointed to examine into the expediency of establishing an office of Discount and Deposite of the State Bank of Alabama, at some place in the Tennessee Valley: whereupon Messrs. Moore of Mad. Acklen, McClung and Benson were appointed said committee.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Lyon their secretary. Mr. Speaker,  the Senate have adopted the following resolution, in which they ask your concurrence: Resolved, That this House, with the concurrence of the House of Representatives, will proceed to the election of a Public Printer at the hour of three o'clock this afternoon - And then he withdrew.  Ordered, that said resolution lie on the table.

Mr. Smith of La. obtained leave to introduce a bill, to amend an act entitled "an act to provide for the printing of the laws and journals, and for other purposes," passed the 25th December 1822, so far as relates to the manner of electing the state printer and also to repeal the 2d section of an act,  amendatory to the above recited act, approved December 17th, 1823; which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time.

Mr. Duke presented the account of Samuel Locker, jailor of Marion county; which was read, and referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Coopwood presented the account of Joel D. Harris, jailor of Lawrence county; which was read, and referred to the committee on accounts.

On motion of Mr. McClung,  Resolved, that Andrew Wills, editor of the Democrat newspaper, be admitted to a seat within the bar of this House, for the purpose of taking notes of its proceedings.

On motion of Mr. Moore of Ja. Resolved, with the concurrence of the Senate, that the General Assembly, on Saturday next, at 3 o'clock P. M. do proceed to the election of a Secretary of State, Treasurer and Comptroller; and that the Senate be informed thereof.

Mr. Ross presented the petition of Theophilus L. Toulmin,  late tax collector of Mobile county, praying the passage of a law, to be relieved from fifteen per cent damages on a judgment recovered by the state of Alabama against said Toulmin; which was read, and referred to the committee on propositions and grievances.

Resolutions proposing to amend the constitution so as to have biennial instead of annual sessions of the General Assembly, was read a second time and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Mead, McVay of Laud. McClung and Davis of Fr.

On motion of Mr. Benson, Resolved, That the judiciary committee be requested to inquire into the constitutionality as well as the expediency of passing a law confining the jurisdiction of justices of the peace to each captain's beat.


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Mr. McClung obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled an act to amend an act, entitled an act to amend the act, entitled an act, concerning wills and testaments, the settlement of intestate estates, and the duty of executors, administrators and guardians; which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time.

Ordered that the House be adjourned till tomorrow morning 10 o'clock.