THURSDAY, November 29, 1827.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Ellis presented the petition of S. D. Read, for and in behalf of the inhabitants of Walker county, praying the passage of a law to locate the seat of justice of said county; which was read and laid on the table.

Mr. Lawler presented the petition of Benjamin Frost, praying the passage of a law to change the name of, and legitimate a certain person therein named; which was read and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs Lawler, Jack and Rather.

Mr. Rainey presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of the 16th section, Township 20, Range 5, in Green county, praying the passage of a law to sell said section; which was read, & referred to the committee on schools colleges, and universities, and school and university lands.

Mr. Broadnax presented the account of Eli Abbott, jailor of Autauga county, which were severally read and referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Sargent presented the record and proceedings of the circuit court of Franklin county, exercising chancery jurisdiction in the case of Jane Gholson against John Gholson, Francis Gholson,  and Joseph Jamison, for divorce; which was read and referred to the committee on divorce and alimony.

Mr. Edmondson from the committee of roads, bridges, and ferries, to whom was referred a resolution instructing them to inquire into the expediency of making overseers of roads account for fines collected by them from hands failing to work on roads when called out for that purpose; Reported that it is inexpedient to legislate on the subject- in which report the House concurred.

Mr. Coopwood from the committee on divorce and alimony to whom was referred the record and proceedings of the circuit court of Montgomery exercising chancery jurisdiction in the case of Joseph Cadole against Nancy Cadole for divorce, Reported a bill to be entitled "an act to divorce Joseph Cadole from Nancy Cadole:" which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time.

Mr. Coopwood from the committee on divorce and alimony, to whom was referred a transcript of the decision and decree of the circuit court


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of Franklin in county, exercising chancery jurisdiction in the case of William O. Russell against Nancy G. Russell for divorce, Reported a bill to be entitled “an act to divorce William O. Russell from Nancy G. Russell;” which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time.

Mr. Greening, from the Judiciary committee to be read a second time, the resolution instructing them to inquire into the expediency of so a mending the law of the last session of the General assembly, prohibiting the introduction of slaves within this state for sale or hire, Reported a bill to be entitled “an act to amend an act entitled an act to prohibit the importation of slaves into this state for sale or hire;” which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Lyon:

Mr. Speaker- The Senate have instructed me to inform you honorable body that they have read three several times and passed, a bill to be entitled “an act for the relief of James W. Armstrong,” in which they desire the concurrence of your honorable body also a bill which originated with your honorable body, entitled "an act to incorporate the town of Blountsville in the county of Blount,"- And then he withdrew.

Engrossed bill from the Senate entitled “an act for the relief of James W. Armstrong,” was read a first time, and the rule requiring bills to be read on three several days being dispensed with, it was then read a second time forthwith; and the rule being further dispensed with, it was read a third time and passed.  Ordered that the clerk acquaint the senate therewith.

Mr. McVay of Law, moved to take from the table, a resolution proposing to amend the constitution so as to have biennial sessions of the General Assembly; which was carried.

Mr. Kelly then moved to amend the third number of the resolution by striking out the word "two," and insert in lieu thereof the word ‘four’ after the word ‘for,’ and before the word ‘years;’ which was lost.  Yeas 26- nays 35.  The yeas and nays being desired, those who voted in the affirmative are.

Mr. Speaker, Acklen, Clark, Collier, Cook, Davis, Ellis, Forrest, Greening, Harris, Kelly, Lawler, Lewis; Martin, Moore of Jack, Perkins, Price, Rather, Ross, Russell, Sibley, Smith of Clark, Stone, Vaughan, Vining, Wiggins- 26.

Those who voted in the negative are

Messrs. Anderson, Bell, Bradford, Brown, Broadnax, Bonnell, Colgin, Coopwood, Craig, Daniel, Dennis, Durrett, Duke, Edmondson, Higgins, Jack, McVay of Laud. McVay of Law. Massey, McRae of Mon. McRae of Frank. Moore of Mad. Rainey, Richardson, Robertson, Sargent, Sharp, Smith of Mad. Tarver, Terry, Walker, Walthal, Ward, Weissinger- 35

Mr. Martin then moved that the resolution be referred to a select committee which was carried; whereupon Messrs. Martin McVay of Laud. Kelly Coopwood and McVay of Law. were appointed said committee.

On motion of Mr. Weissinger, Resolved that the committee on county boundaries be instructed to inquire into the expediency of adding S. H. Bogle, residing in the north east corner of Perry county, to the county of Bibb; with leave to report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Cook obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled 'an act to change the mode of issuing process by Justices of the Peace in civil causes;' which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time.

Mr. Bell obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled 'an act the


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more effectually to secure the compensation of Jurors;' which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time.

Mr. Ross presented the memorial of the mayor and aldermen of the city of Mobile, praying the aid of the legislature in the establishment and support of a public Hospital for the city of Mobile; which was read and referred to a select committee consisting of Messrs. Ross, Terry, Forrest, Smith of Clark, and Wiggins.

On motion of Mr. Walker Resolved that the Judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing by law a summary mode of enforcing the payment of bills of exchange, and drafts due the Bank of the state of Alabama.

Mr. Lawler moved take from the table to be entitled 'an act to alter the boundary line between the counties of Shelby and Autauga;' which was carried.

Mr. Terry then moved to refer the bill to the committee on county boundaries; which was lost.  It was then read a second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading.

On motion of Mr. Stone, Resolved that the committee on schools, colleges, and universities, and school and university lands, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of memorializing the Congress of the United Sates on the subject of the sixteenth sections in each township, which are now valueless, and of asking the Congress of the United States to per it the inhabitants of each township, and in case there are no inhabitants in a township, then the Judge and commissioners of the county court, to enter with the Register of the land office within the district in which said valueless section may be situated one section of land, instead of such valueless section, and that the revenue arising there from, may be applied, and be under the control of the inhabitants of the township for which the same may be entered; and in case of no inhabitants, then to the support of such schools as may be established within the county in which said valueless section may be situated, under the directions of said Judge and commissioners of the county court.

Mr. Walker obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled 'an act in relation to the state house at Cahawba;' which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time.

On motion of Mr. Colgin,  Resolved that the military committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of altering and amending the law regulating patrol, so as to subject the captain of every militia company to greater penalty for neglect of duty to appoint patrol, and the captain of patrol when appointed, to a greater penalty for the neglect of his duty and report by bill or otherwise.

A bill to be entitled 'an act to provide for the payment of petit and grand Jurors in Dallas and Marengo counties,' was then taken from the table.

Mr. Smith of Clark moved to amend the bill by way of substitute.

Mr. Kelly then offered the following as an amendment, 'with instruction so to amend the bill as to graduate the tax on each suit by the amount in dispute.'  The bill with the amendments was then referred to a select committee consisting of Messrs. Greening, Smith of Clark, Walker, Craig and Anderson.

Engrossed bill to be entitled 'an act incorporating the town of Courtland in the county of Lawrence,' was laid on the table until tomorrow.

Engrossed bills of the following titles; to wit: an act to provide for the arranging, filing and preservation of the papers relating to unfinished bu-


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siness of each session of the Legislature.  An act better to secure the benefit of the laws exempting certain property from execution to poor families of this state.  An act to emancipate certain persons therein named; were severally read a third time and passed.  Ordered that the titles be as aforesaid.  Ordered that the same be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.

Mr. Walker obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to permit witnesses and Jurors to cross the Alabama and Cahawba rivers at the town of Cahawba, free of cost;' which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time.

A bill to be entitled 'an act to permit executors and administrators to sell the real estate of their testator or intestates where it may be for the benefit of the heirs,' was then under consideration.

Mr. Kelly moved that the further consideration thereof be postponed until tomorrow; which was carried.  A bill to be entitled 'an act relative to off sets before Justices of the Peace;' was referred to the Judiciary committee.  A bill to be entitled 'an act to emancipate a certain slave therein named;' was read a second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading.  A bill to be entitled 'an act limiting the duties of grand Jurors.'

Mr. Walker moved that the further consideration of the bill be indefinitely postponed: which was lost- yeas 4-nays 57.

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

Messrs. Martin, Perkins, Smith of Mas. Walker- 4.

Those who voted in the negative are

Mr. Speaker, Acklen, Anderson, Bell, Bradford, Brown, Broadnax, Bridges, Bonnell, Clark, Colgin, Collier, Conner, Cook, Coopwood, Craig, Daniel, Davis, Dennis, Durrett, Duke, Ellis, Edmondson, Forrest, Greening, Harris, Higgins, Jack, Kelly, Lawler, Lewis, McVay of Laud. McVay of Law. Massey, McRae of Mon. McRae of Frank Moore of Jack. Moore of Mad. Price, Rainey, Rather, Richardson, Ross, Robertson, Russell, Sargent, Sharp, Sibley, Smith of Clark, Stone, Tarver, Terry, Vaughan, Vining, Walthal, Ward, Weisinger, Wiggins- 57.

Mr. Jack offered the following by way of proviso: Provided that in all cases contemplated by this act where the state fails in the prosecution, the prosecution shall be taxed withe costs; and that the prosecutor shall not hereby be rendered incompetent as a witness: which was adopted; The bill was then read as amended and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading.

A bill to be entitled 'an act to authorize the commissioners of the sixteenth section of the first township, and eighth range west of the meridian of Huntsville, situated in the county of Lauderdale, to lease said section for ninety nine years renewable forever,' was read a second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading.

On motion of Mr. Kelly Resolved that the messenger appointed by the House be required to take an oath before the chairman of the special committee appointed to investigate the official conduct of the Honorable Abner S. Lipscomb, to discharge faithfully and speedily all the duties incident to his station.  and then the House adjourned until tomorrow morning 10 o'clock.