SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1827.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Martin from the committee of propositions and grievances to whom was referred the petition of Johnson Harrison and Aaron Harrison praying payment for apprehending Marcus Black and William Black, who


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had broke jail &c. Reported that it is inexpedient to grant the relief prayed, the same being a charge against the county. Mr. Acklen moved that the report lie on the tables; which was carried.

Mr. Vining presented the petition of sundry citizens of the neighborhood of Hazlegreen, in Madison county, protesting against the passage of a law to elect two Justices of the peace for said town; which was read and referred to the select committee to whom was referred two other petitions on that subject.

Mr. Martin from the committee on propositions and grievances to whom was referred the petition of Robert McHenry praying to be allowed a certain sum therein named for services rendered in 1822, in guarding a prisoner named William Nixon, from Shelby county to Huntsville &c. Reported that it is inexpedient to grant the prayer of the petitioner, the same being a county charge. Mr. Lawler moved that the report lie on the table: which was carried.

Mr. Martin from the committee on propositions and grievances to whom was referred the petition of Chesly B. Roundtree praying to be paid by the state a sum therein named, for services rendered the United States in taking the census in the year 1820, as deputy marshal; Reported that the prayer of the petitioner is unreasonable and ought not to be granted: in which report the House concurred.

Mr. Martin from the committee on propositions and grievances to whom was referred the petition of William Jordan. Reported that the prayer of the petitioner is unreasonable and ought not to be granted. Mr. Harris then moved that the report lie on the table; which was lost. the report was then concurred in by the House.

Mr. McVay of Laud. from the committee on county boundaries to whom was referred the petition from Monroe and Clarke counties for adding part of Monroe to Clarke Reported that it is inexpedient to legislate on the subject at present. Mr. Smith of Clarke moved that the report and accompanying documents be referred to a select committee; which was carried. Yeas 29- nays 27. The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Broadnax, Bridges, Conner, Craig, Daniel, Durrett, Edmondson, Forrest, Harris, Higgins, McVay of Laud. McRae of Frank. Moore of Jack, Perkins, Price, Rainey, Richardson, Robertson, Russell, Sargent, Sibley, Smith of Clarke, Terry, Vaughan, Vining, Walthal, Ward, Weisinger- 29.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Mr. Speaker, Acklen, Anderson, Bell, Bradford, Brown, Bonnell, Clark, Colgin, Cook, Davis, Dennis, Duke, Ellis, Jack, Lawler, Martin, McVay of Law. Massey, McRae of mon. Moore of mad. Sharp, Smith of mad. Stone, Tarver, Walker, Wiggins- 27.

Whereupon Messrs. Smith of Clarke, McRae of mon. Wiggins, Sibley and Stone were appointed said committee.

Mr. Craig from the select committee to whom was referred the petition of William M. Marr Reported a bill to be entitled “an act for the relief of William M. Marr” which was read a first time. Mr. Clark moved to lay the bill on the table till the first day of June next; which was lost. The bill was then ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

Mr. Stone from the military committee to whom was referred a bill to be entitled, an act to establish the 52d regiment of Alabama militia, Reported the bill with sundry amendments which were concurred in and adopted by the House.


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Mr. Stone from the military committee to whom was referred a resolution instructing them to enquire into the expediency of raising the rank of the Adjutant General: Reported, that it is inexpedient in which report the House concurree.

Mr. Stone from the military committee to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of the counties of Clark and Monroe asking leave to form a volunteer company out of two regiments in those counties: Reported that it is inexpedient to grant the prayers of the petition.

Mr. Smith of Clark moved that the report lie on the table, which was lost, the report was then concurred in by the House.

Mr. Coopwood presented the account of John Woods, constable of Lawrence county, which was read and referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Bridges from the committee on apportionments to whom was referred the bill to be entitled, an act to apportion the Representatives among the several counties in this state, and to divide the state into senatorial districts according to the late census: Reported the bill with sundry amendments.

Mr. Perkins offered the following resolution: Resolved that the bill and amendments be recommitted to the committee on apportionment, and they are hereby instructed to report a bill in conformity with a former resolution of instruction on the subject of apportionment. Mr. Bridges moved to amend the resolution by instructing the committee to report the bill as amended, by striking out all after the enacting clause. Mr. Greening moved that the resolution together with the proposed amendment of Mr. Bridges lie on the table, which was lost. The question was then put on the adoption of Mr. Bridges amendment and lost. The question was then put on the adoption of Mr. Perkins' resolution, which was lost. Mr. Perkins then moved that the bill with the amendments lie on the table until Monday, which was lost. Mr. Stone moved that the bill together with the proposed amendments lie on the table until three o'clock this evening, which was carried.

Mr. Martin obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, an act to amend an act incorporating the town of Athens, which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

Mr. Lawler obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, an act to appoint commissioners to lay out a road therein specified, which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

Mr. Massey obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, an act to authorize the Judge and commissioners of St. Clair county to levy a tax for the purpose therein mentioned, which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

Mr. Stone obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, an act to authorize the commissioners of revenue and roads of Mobile county to levy a special tax, and for other purposes, which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

Mr. Ellis 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 alter the boundary line between the counties of Shelby and Autauga, an act to provide for ascertaining the sense of the citizens of Autauga county, with regard to the seat of justice in said county, an act to revive and continue in force an act passed the 31st day of December 1822, entitled an act to incorporate the town of Jonesborough in the county of Jeffersons, all of which originated in this House.


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Mr. Collier moved that the House now adjourn until Monday morning 10 o'clock, which was lost, yeas 22- nays 34.

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

Mr. Acklen, Bell, Brown, Collier, Conner, Coopwood, Craig, Daniel, Davis, Durrett, Ellis, Forrest, Jack, Martin, McVay of Laud. McVay of Law. Moore of Jack. Perkins, Price, Richardson, Russell, Vining, 22.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Mr. Anderson, Bradford, Broadnax, Bridges, Bonnell, Clark, Colgin, Cook, Dennis, Duke, Edmondson, Harris, Higgins, Kelly, Lawler, Massey, McRae of Mon. Moore of Mad. Rainey, Rather, Robertson, Sargent, Sharp, Sibley, Smith of Clark, Smith of Mad. Stone, Tarver, Terry, Walker, Ward, Weisinger, and Wiggins 34.

A message was received from the Governor by James I. Thornton, and then he withdrew. Said message is as follows.

Executive Department, December 22d, 1827. The Honorable, the Speaker, and members of the House of Representatives.

Gentlemen, I have the honor to inform you that I have just received the resignation of the Honorable Eli Terry, as Judge of the county court of the county of Autauga. I have the honor to be most respectfully, your ob't servent.

Signed  JOHN MURPHY.

Ordered, that said message lie on the table.

Mr. Harris from the select committee to whom the presentments of the grand juries of the counties of Washington, Baldwin & Monroe, together with the report of the judiciary committee, on that part of the Governors message which recommends a more summary mode for the trial of slaves were referred, reported a bill to be entitled, an act to repeal in part an act therein named, which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

Mr. Jack then moved that the House now adjourn until Monday morning half past 9 o'clock, which was lost, nays 28- nays 28.

The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative are, Mr. Acklen, Bell, Brown, Collier, Conner, Craig, Daniel, Davis, Durrett, Ellis, Edmondson, Forrest, Jack, Kelly, Martin, McVay of Laud. McVay of Law. Massey, McRae of Mon. Moore of Jack. Perkins, Price, Rather, Richardson, Robertson, Russell, Vaughan, Vining 28.

Those who voted in the negative are, Mr. Anderson, Bradford, Broadnax, Bridges, Bonnell, Clark, Colgin, Cook, Dennis, Duke, Harris, Higgins, Lawler, Moore of Mad. Rainey, Sargent, Sharp, Sibley, Smith of Clark, Smith of Mad. Stone, Tarver, Terry, Walker, Walthal, Ward, Weisinger, Wiggins, 28.

Mr. Jack then moved that the House adjourn until Monday morning 9 o'clock, which was carried, yeas 31- nays 25.

The yeas and nays being desired by Mr. Clark, those who voted in the affirmative are,

Mr. Acklen, Bell, Brown, Collier, Conner, Cook, Craig, Daniel, Davis, Durrett, Duke, Ellis, Edmondson, Forrest, Higgins, Jack, Kelly, Martin, McVay of Laud. McVay of Law. Massey, McRae of Mon. Moore of Jack. Perkins, Price, Rather, Richardson, Robertson, Russell, Vaughan, Vining 31.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Anderson, Bradford, Broadnax, Bridges, Bonnell, Clark,

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Colgin, Dennis, Harris, Lawler, Moore of mad. Rainey, Sargent, Sharp, Sibley, Smith of Clark, Smith of Mad. Stone, Tarver, Terry, Walker, Walthal, Ward, Weisinger, and Wiggins 25. And then the House adjourned until Monday morning 9 o'clock.