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. Terry, Harris, Weissinger, McVay of Law. Brown, and Duke.
A Committee on Propositions and Grievances, consisting of Messrs. Martin, Moore of Jack, Walthall, Russell, Raney, Rather, Sargent, and Richardson.
A Committee on Enrolled Bills, consisting of Messrs. Ellis, Clark, Wiggins, Richardson, and Vaughan.
A Committee on Inland Navigation, consisting of Messrs. Perkins, Rather, Moore of Mad. Vaughan, Sargent, Walthall, and Bell.
A Committee on Roads, Bridges, and Ferries, consisting of Messrs. Edmondson, Craig, Higgins, McVay of Law. Price, Colgin, Anderson, and Ward.
A Committee on Ways and Means, consisting of Messrs. Kelly, Ross, Terry, Perkins, Harris, Collier, Paulding, and Clark.
A Committee on the Military, consisting of Messrs. Stone, Broadnax, Duke, Higgins, Wiggins, Smith of Mad. Brown, and Massey.
A Committee on the Judiciary, consisting of Messrs. Greening, Kelly, Lewis, Cook, Martin, Ellis, Acklen, Collier, Walker, Jack, and Daniel.
A Committee on county Boundaries, consisting of Messrs McVay of Laud. Dennis, Coopwood, Davis, Sharp, Weissinger, Bonnell & Robertson.
A Committee on Schools, Colleges, and Universities, and School and University Lands, consisting of Messrs. Vining, Ellis, Rainey, Acklen, Tarver, Davis, McRae, of Mon. and Sharp.
A Committee on Accounts, consisting of Messrs. Ross, Forrest, McRae, of Mon, Tarver, and Bridges.
A Committee on Divorce and Alimony, consisting of Messrs. Coopwood, Lawler, Durrett, Conner, Bell, Bradford, and McRae of Frank.
A Committee on the State Bank, consisting of Messrs. Lewis, Ross, Cook, Weisinger, Craig, Walker, Vining, and Moore, of Mad.
A Committee on the State Bank, consisting of Messrs. Bridges, Kelley, Greening, Edmondson, Lewis, Vining, Stone, and Jack.
A Committee on the State Capitol, consisting of Messrs. Moore, of Jack, McVay, of Laud, Terry, Forrest, Crag, and Tarver.
Mr. Walthall presented the petition of James Holmes, praying the passage of a law compensating him for the loss of his negro man Nelson, condemned by sentence of law, which was read and referred to the committee on Propositions and Grievances.
Mr. Vining presented the petition of Isham R. Houze, guardian of Susan B. Houze, praying the passage of a law authorizing him to bring the slaves the said Susan B. Houze, in to this state; which was read and referred to a select committee consisting of Messrs. Vining, Moore, of Mad. and Kelly, to report by bill or otherwise.
Mr. Forrest presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Jefferson county, praying the passage of a law, to fix and establish the dividing line between the counties of Tuscaloosa and Jefferson: which was read and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs, Forrest, Paulding, and Brown.
Mr. Stone presented the petition of the Port Wardens, of the city of Mobile, praying the passage of a law granting the power to the board of Port Wardens, to license pilots for each Bay, in the bay in Mobile, and also to increase the pay of pilots from two to three dollars per foot, and that the same may be equally divided between the outer and inner bar Pilots which was read and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs Stone, Ross, and Lewis.
Mr. Acklen presented the petition of sundry citizens of the town of Huntsville, praying the passage of a law extending the limits; and extending and defining the powers of the corporation of the said town of Huntsville, which was read and referred to select committee, consisting of Messrs. Acklen, Kelly, and Vining.
Mr. Vining presented the petition of James Wilson, Edmund Blankenship, and John Ford, for and in behalf of the inhabitants of township two, Range one, east of the basis meridian of Huntsville, praying the passage of a law, to prevent the sale of said township, and to lease the same for a longer period of years: which was read, and referred to the committee on Schools, Colleges, and Universities, and School and University lands.
On motion of Mr. Greening, Resolved, That the committee on Schools
and Colleges, and School and College lands, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of authorizing the sale of the sixteenth sections in this state - and that the said committee be required to report by bill, or otherwise, the best mode of ascertaining the sense of the inhabitants of the different townships, as to the sale of said sections: and to provide for the sale of the same, if it should be so determined by the inhabitants; and for the funds arising from the sale thereof.
On motion of Mr. Perkins, Resolved, That a committee be appointed to act with such committee as may be appointed on behalf of the Senate, to examine, and report whether John Davis has safely kept and returned to the officers of the Senate and House of Representatives the state property that was entrusted to him by a resolution of the last General Assembly; and if the said committee find the said property was safely kept and returned, shall certify the same to the Comptroller, which certificate shall authorize him to draw his warrant on the Treasury in favor of said Davis, for the amount allowed him by a resolution passed at the last session of the Legislature.
Mr. Moore of Jack. offered the following resolution: Resolved, That the Judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of repealing so much of an act passed at the Legislature of 1825, as requires that each Judge of the Circuit court shall preside successively in every circuit in this state- which was lost.
On motion of Mr. Anderson, Resolved, That Mr. Davenport be admitted to take a seat within the bar of this House, for the purpose of taking the minutes thereof for publication.
On motion of Mr. Rather, Resolved, That the Senate be invited to assemble in the Representative Hall on tomorrow, at the hour of eleven o'clock, for the purpose of opening and publishing the several returns of election for Governor, and that the east end of the Hall be assigned for their reception.
On motion of Mr. Martin, Resolved, That the Judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing an additional Judical circuit or circuits, with leave to report by bill or otherwise.
On motion of Mr. Colgin, Resolved, That a committee of five members of this House be appointed to instruct the Representatives in Congress from this state, to petition the President of the United States to postpone the sales of the public lands in the districts of Cahawba and Tuscaloosa as now advertised: whereupon Messrs. Colgin, Rainey, Walthall, Weissinger, and Richardson, were appointed said committee.
On motion of Mr. Weissinger, Ordered, That five hundred additional copies of the Governor's message be printed for the use of this House.
Mr. McVay of Laud. Proposed the following use as one of the standing rules or the government of the proceedings of this House.
That the number of members composing the standing committees, shall not be increased after they shall have been appointed by the Chair, unless by leave of the House, obtained before the name of the member proposed to be added, shall be made unknown; which, according to the rules of the House, is ordered to lie on the table for one day.
On motion of Mr. Craig, Resolved, That the Judiciary committee be requested to inquire into the expediency of making some further provision for taking care of, and giving access to the papers remaining in the Clerks' and Secretary's offices, at the close of each session of the General Assembly of this state.
On motion of Mr. Collier, Resolved, That the Judiciary committee be instructed to inquire and report to this House, at a period as early as practicable whether any, and if any, what modifications it is expedient to make in the Judiciary system at the present session of the General Assembly.
Mr. Forrest offered the following resolution: Resolved, That the Judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of so amending the law now in force on the subject of serving writs in civil cases where no bail is required, as to make the leaving of a copy of he writ by the Sheriff or other office, at the usual residence of the defendant, five days before the sitting of the court to which such writ s returnable, a sufficient service of such writ, and that the same committee report by bill or otherwise- which was lost.
On motion of Mr. Walker, Resolved, That the Judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of so altering the common law, as to prevent the abatement of suites instituted by femmes sole, upon their marriage; provided their respective husbands will make themselves parties at the next term of the court after such intermarriage, with leave to report by bill or otherwise.
Mr. Richardson, offered the following resolution: Resolved, That the committee on Ways and Means, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of allowing some compensation to the commissioners of Roads and Revenues, and report by bill or otherwise: which was lost.
Mr. Collier presented the report of the commissioners of the State Capitol. Ordered, That the same, together with the accompanying documents, be referred to the committee on the state capitol.
Mr. Speaker laid before the House, the census of sundry counties in this state. Ordered, That the same be referred to the committee on Apportionment: and then the House adjourned until tomorrow morning, 10 o'clock.