Friday, November 24th, 1826.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Jones presented the petition of Mary Latham, of Bibb county, praying the passage of a law to exempt her property, which she may hereafter acquire, from the payment of her husband's debts; which was read and referred to the committee on propositions and grievances.

Mr. Lawler presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Shelby county, praying the passage of a law to survey that part of the Creek

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nation attached to Shelby county; which was read and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Lawler, Coleman and Massey.

Mr. Dale presented the petition to Romeo Andre, praying the passage of a law to emancipate certain slaves therein named, which was read and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Dale, Edwards, and Harris.

Mr. Ross presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of the city and county of Mobile, praying the passage of a law restricting the powers of the Judge of Mobile county, which was read, and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Ross, Montgomery, Greening, Harris and Dale.

Mr. Coopwood presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Lawrence county, praying the passage of a law to extend the term of the county courts of Lawrence county; which was read and referred to the judiciary committee.

Mr. Montgomery presented the petition of Sabrina Archer, widow and relict of John Archer, deceased, late sheriff of Mobile county, praying the passage of a law to exempt the securities of the said John Archer from the payment of a judgment recovered by the state of Alabama; as also an allowance to said Archer, as tax collector of Mobile county which was read. Ordered, That so much of said petition and accompanying documents, as relates to the judgment, be referred to the committee on ways and means; and that so much of said petition as refers to the tax collector of Mobile county, be referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Coopwood presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Lawrence county, praying the passage of a law extending the time when executions should be made returnable which was read and referred to the judiciary committee.

Mr. Ross presented the petition of Basil Chastany, praying the passage of a law, to emancipate certain slaves therein named, which was read and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Ross, Montgomery and Dubose.

Mr. Coopwood presented the account of Wm. D. Hart, of Lawrence county, for services as constable;  which was read and referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Exum presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Limestone county, praying the passage of a law to emancipate a certain slave therein named; which was read and referred to a select committee,  consisting of Messrs. Exum, Powell, and Parham.

Mr. Duke presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Marion county praying the passage of a law, to authorize the commanding officer of said county, to form a militia company; which was read and referred to the military committee.

Mr. Moore of Mad. from the committee on schools,  colleges and school and university lands, to which was referred the petition of the trustees of the Greenville Academy, in Butler county, reported a bill, to be entitled an act to incorporate the Trustees of Greenville Academy in Butler county; which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time.

Mr. Greening, from the judiciary committee, to which was referred the petition of the administrator of Edmond Pearce, praying the pas-


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sage of a law authorizing him to make titles to certain real estate sold by the said Edmund Pearce in his life time, reported that the prayer of the petitioner ought not to be granted. In which report the House concurred.

Mr. Greening, from the judiciary committee,  to which was referred the petition of Nancy Allison and others, praying the passage of a law authorizing the sale of certain real estate belonging to the estate of Cunningham Allison, deceased, reported, that the prayer of the petitioners ought not to be granted. In which report the House concurred.

Mr. Greening,  from the judiciary committee, to which was referred the petition of Stephen Pearce and others, praying the passage of a law authorizing the administrators of the estate of Benjamin Pearce, deceased to sell certain real estate, reported that the prayer of the petitioners ought not to be granted. In which report the House concurred.

Mr. Greening, from the judiciary committee, to which was referred a resolution instructing them to inquire into the constitutionality of limiting the jurisdiction of Justices of the Peace to each captain's beat, reported that the jurisdiction of Justices of the Peace cannot be confined to each captain's beat, consistently with the provisions of the constitution. In which report the House concurred.

Mr. Greening, from the judiciary committee, to which was referred the petition of Reuben Hays, executor of Ann Hays, praying the passage of a law to enable him to sell certain real estate, reported that the prayer of the petitioner ought not to be granted. In which report the House concurred.

Mr. Greening, from the judiciary committee, to which was referred the petition of W. J. Whisenant, administrator of the estate of Henry Whisenant, praying the passage of a law authorizing him to sell certain real estate, reported, that it is expedient to grant the prayer of the petitioner. In which report the House concurred.

Mr. Greening, from the judiciary committee, to which was referred the petition of the administrators and heirs of Samuel Priest, deceased, praying the passage of a law authorizing the administrators of the estate of the said Samuel Priest to sell certain real estate, reported, that the prayer of the petitioners ought not to be granted. In which report the House concurred.

Mr. Greening, from the judiciary committee, to which was referred the petition of the heirs of Zachariah Butler,  deceased, praying the passage of a law to enable the administrators of the estate of the said Zachariah Butler to sell certain real estate, reported, that the prayer of the petitioners ought not to be granted. In which report the House concurred.

Mr. Greening, from the judiciary committee, to which was referred the petition of the executrix and the heirs at law of the estate of Benjamin Averett, praying the passage of a law to enable the said executrix to make titles to certain real estate sold by said Benjamin Averett in his life time, reported, that the prayer of the petitioners ought not to be granted. In  which report the House concurred.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Lyon their secretary. Mr. Speaker, the Senate concur in the resolution of your honorable body, proposing to go into the election of a Secretary of State, Comptroller, and Treasurer on Saturday next, at 3 o'clock P. M. and have amended the


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same by adding thereto the words “and also a State Printer,” so as to elect a printer at the same time.  In which amendment they desire your concurrence --  And then he withdrew.

Ordered, That said message lie on the table.

Mr. Rhodes, from the select committee to which was referred the petition of the citizens of the town of Decatur, reported a bill, to be entitled an act to incorporate the town of Decatur, in Morgan county-- which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time.

Mr. Harris from the select committee to which was referred the petition of Sarah Bowie, administratrix of John Bowie, deceased, reported a bill to be entitled an act authorizing Sarah Bowie, administratrix of John Bowie, deceased, to sell and transfer certain real estate; which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time.

A message was received from his Excellency the Governor by James I. Thornton, Secretary of State, which is as follows:

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, Nov. 23d, 1826.

The Hon. the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives:

Gentlemen- I hasten to inform you of the resignation of Bolling Hall, Esquire, one of the Commissioners to class the University land in the second judicial circuit. As some of the commissioners lived at a distance remote from the land, they failed in three several attempts to assemble.  This public service is suspended until an appointment can be made by your honorable body, to supply the vacancy.

I have also the honour to inform you of the resignation of David Murphree, Judge of the County Court of Walker county, and of Joab Lawler, Judge of the County Court of Shelby county.

I have the honour to be,  most respectfully,

Your ob't serv't.

(Signed)                 JOHN MURPHY

And then he withdrew. Ordered, that said message lie on the table.

Ordered, that Mr. Parham be added to the committee on schools, colleges and universities, and school and university lands.

Ordered, that Mr. Moore of Mad. be added to the committee on accounts.

Ordered, that Messrs. Perry, Sims and Dubose be added to the committee on county boundaries.

On motion of Mr. Coopwood, Resolved, That the committee on ways and means be instructed to inquire into the expediency of reducing the taxes of this state.

Mr. Craig obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled an act more effectually to secure the compensation allowed by law to jurors therein mentioned; which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time.

Mr. Pickens presented the account of the Quarter-master General of the strength and condition of the militia of this state; which was read and referred to the military committee.

A bill to be entitled an act to alter the mode of appointing assessors and tax collectors, was read a second time and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Greening, Broadnax and Weissinger.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorize solicitors to swear witnesses to send to the grand jury, was read a second time, and referred to the judiciary committee.

A bill to be entitled an act authorizing Francis Hamlin, a free man of


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color to emancipate his daughter Susan, was read a second time, and laid on the table.

The House then,  on motion, resolved itself into a committee of the whole on his Excellency the Governor's message, Mr. Williams in the chair, and after some time spent therein the committee rose. Mr. Speaker resumed the chair and Mr. Chairman reported that the committee had, according to order, had the message of his Excellency the Governor, together with the accompanying documents, under consideration; and leave was asked until tomorrow to make report thereon, which was granted.

On motion of Mr. Smith of Laud. Resolved That a committee be appointed on the part of this House, to act with such committee as may be appointed on the part of the Senate, who shall be instructed to inquire into the condition of the public arms belonging to the state, and report the same to this House: whereupon Messrs. Smith of Laud. Davis of Fr. and Broadnax were appointed said committee.

Mr. Coopwood offered the following resolution: Resolved,  That the committee on ways and means be instructed to inquire into the propriety of exempting all free white inhabitants in this state from paying poll tax; which was lost.

Mr. Dennis obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to declare certain parts of Choctawhatchee and Pea rivers public highways; which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time.

A message from the Senate was then taken up. Mr. Perkins moved that the further consideration thereof be postponed till Monday next; which was carried.

On motion of Mr. Ross, Resolved, that with the consent of the Senate the two Houses will go into the election of a State Printer tomorrow at 3 o'clock P. M- and that the east end of the Hall be set apart for their reception.

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