[No. 147.]

AN ACT

Compensating John G. Aikin for certain services therein named.

Section 1.  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That John G. Aikin be allowed the sum of eight hundred dollars, as compensation for superintending the printing and correcting the proof sheets of the digest; and for digesting the laws of the last and the called session of the legislature.

Approved, January 18, 1824.

[No. 148.]

AN ACT

To incorporate the Cahawba and Marion Rail Road Company.

Section 1.  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That Thomas Morong as president, and Charles L. Matthews, Joseph Babcock, Alanson Saltmarsh, William Taylor, Uriah G. Mitchell, Iabez W. Heustes of Dallas, and Edwin D. King, David McCullough, Martin A. Lee, Levi Langdon, William E. Blossingame and Henry Y. House of Perry County, as directors, and their associates and successors in office, be and they are hereby made a body politic and corporate, by the name and style of the Cahawba and Marion rail road company, in which name, they and their associates in office are hereby made capable in law to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded answer and be answered, defend or be defended in any court of law or Equity in this State, or elsewhere; to purchase, receive, hold, sell, convey, and confirm real or personal estate, as natural persons, to have and to use a common seal, to alter and change the same at pleasure, to pass such bye laws, rules and regulations for the good government of said corporation, as to them shall seem proper; and generally to exercise all powers, and to do and perform all acts, matters and things which they may deem necessary to carry into full and complete effect the objects of this act:  Provided, that the real and personal estate of said corporation shall never exceed the sum of one million of dollars.

Sec. 2.  And be it further enacted, That the president and directors, hereby appointed, shall continue in office until the first day of January in the year of our Lord 1835, and until their


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successors are elected and qualified; and they shall cause books to be opened at Cahawba and Marion, and at such other places as they may deem proper, for the subscription of stock, and shall give thirty days notice previous to opening said books, at the several places at which books are to be opened, and shall also publish the same in the ASelma Free Press,@ and said books, when opened from time to time, until a sufficient amount of stock shall be subscribed, which stock so subscribed shall be divided into shares of one hundred dollars each.

Sec. 3.  And be it further enacted, That the stockholders shall meet at Cahawba, on the first Monday in January, 1835, and proceed to elect thirteen directors, who shall be stockholders in said company, and own at least five shares of stock, one of whom shall be chosen president by the board, and they shall take an oath faithfully to perform their duties as such president and directors, and shall continue in office for the term of twelve months, and until their successors are elected and qualified; and the choice aforesaid shall be made on the first Monday in January, annually, at such place as the board may have appointed after the first election, or in case of failure, then at such time as the directors or a majority of them may agree upon, giving twenty days notice of the time and place; and the stockholders at such election may vote in person or by proxy, and shall be entitled to one vote for every share of stock he, she or they may hold in said company:  Provided, that no one stockholder shall be entitled to more than one hundred votes; and the stock, hereby authorized to be subscribed, shall be transferable; and all transfers of stock shall be entered on the books of said company; and the holder thereof shall be entitled to all the benefits and subject to all the liabilities of an original stockholder.

Sec. 4.  And be it further enacted, That the president and directors of said company, when they shall have organized agreeably to this act, shall have power to borrow money, contract debts, and be contracted with upon the credit of the stock thereof, and to pledge personal or real estate for the payment of their debts, and to appoint such officers, agents and servants as they may think necessary, and give them such compensation as they may conceive just. They may require such instalments to be paid upon the stock as they may think best for the interest of said company; and on failure of any stockholder to pay the amount due upon his, her or their stock, in pursuance of any call made by the president and directors, as aforesaid, within sixty days after such call, the president and directors shall be authorized to sell said stock:  Provided, the same can be sold


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at not less than par value, for the amount so due; and said stock shall be deemed and considered in law as private property.

Sec. 5.  And be it further enacted, That said board of directors shall commence said rail road at Cahawba, and extend the same the nearest and most eligible way to Marion, in the county of Perry: they shall be authorized to contract for and receive conveyances of any land, stone, timber, or gravel, or any other thing which may be required in the construction of said road; and when the owner and the company cannot agree as to the price, or when the owner is an infant, non resident, or non compos mentis, then it shall be lawful for the president and directors of said company to apply to the judge of the county court of the county where such lands or other property may be situate, whose duty it shall be to issue his warrant, directed to the sheriff of said county, commanding him to summon a jury of seven disinterested freeholders, who shall be authorized to assess the damages under the same rules and regulations as are, or may be prescribed in case of roads, and the said jury shall forthwith assess the value of said land, stone, timber or gravel, &c. subject to the right of appeal to the circuit court, by either party, who shall think themselves aggrieved, and such appeal shall be tried de novo; and said court shall have full power to render such judgment as justice may require, and enter the same of record, as in other cases, and the land, timber stone, gravel, &c. so contracted for or condemned, shall ensure to said company, after having paid to the owner full satisfaction thereof, according to contract, or the decision of the court aforesaid ; and at the expiration of fifty year, the State of Alabama may be authorized to purchase said stock at its par value, if the legislature may deem it proper; and at every ten years thereafter, the State in like manner may have liberty to purchase the said stock at par value.

Sec. 6.  And be it further enacted, That said president and directors, after having the tract, upon which said rail road is to run, surveyed and selected, may proceed to let the same to contract, in such sections as they may deem proper, and upon such conditions as they may prescribe, beginning at Cahawba in Dallas county, and running against the nearest and best route to Marion in Perry county, giving thirty days notice of the time and place of letting the same to contract: Provided, that they shall commence the said road within three years and complete it within ten years, from Cahawba Dallas county, to Marion in Perry county.

Sec. 7.  And be it further enacted, That the said president and directors shall have power to call meetings of the stockhol-


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ders at any time: a majority of the stockholders in value, either in person or by proxy, shall be able to form a quorum: they shall have power to remove the president, or any of the directors, and appoint others in their stead, and whenever a vacancy shall occur in said board, they shall fill such vacancies until such annual meeting of the stockholders as is mentioned in this act, and they shall have power to remove at pleasure any officer, agent, or servant, belonging to said corporation.

Sec. 8.  And be it further enacted, That in the construction of said rail road, the president and directors shall not, in any manner, obstruct any of the public roads which now are, or hereafter may be established, but shall provide suitable and convenient ways by which they may cross said rail road.

Sec. 9.  And be it further enacted, That it shall be duty of the president and directors to report to the annual meeting of the stockholders, and exhibit a clear and distinct statement of all the affairs of said company; shall report the receipts and disbursements; and after the work shall have been completed, they shall declare and pay over dividends annually to the stockholders.

Sec. 10.  And be it further enacted, That the said rail Vesting the road with all works, improvements and machinery of transportation used on said road with all the rights, privileges and immunities properly belonging and appertaining to them as a corporate body, are hereby vested in said company forever, unless the State should purchase the same as provided for in this act.

Sec. 11.  And be it further enacted, That the president and directors of said company shall have power after the completion of said road, to make such lateral roads as to them may seem expedient.

Sec. 12.  And be it further enacted, That after completing said work or any part thereof, the said president and directors may lay and collect toll from all persons, property, merchandize and other commodities transported thereon:  Provided, that the toll shall never amount to more than twenty five per centum per annum, upon the amount invested in said work:  Provided further, that the company, hereby incorporated, shall not have banking powers:  Provided, that the provisions of this act shall not be so construed as to impair the rights of the Daletown, Woodville and Greensborough rail road company, to construct a lateral or branch rail road to Marion, Perry county.

Approved, January 18, 1834.

[No. 149.]

AN ACT

To organize a legion of volunteers for the city and county of Mobile.

Section 1.  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That whenever four or more companies of vol-


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unteers, each company containing not less than forty rank and file, shall embody and uniform themselves at their own expense, all of whom shall be resident citizens of the city and county of Mobile, whether of infantry, riflemen, cavalry or artillery, it shall be lawful for said companies to form themselves into a battalion, to be known and designated Athe Mobile legion,@ and shall notify the brigadier general of the 9th brigade that they are organized and ready for inspection; it shall then be the duty of said general to appoint a day for review and inspection of said companies, and shall cause a complete return of the strength and condition of said companies to be made out by his assistant adjutant general, who shall return the same to the adjutant and inspector general of the State:  Provided that this act shall not reduce the existing regiment in Mobile to a less number of rank and file than is now required by law to form a regiment.

Sec. 2.  And be if further enacted, That the said brigadier general shall, as soon after said inspection as possible, order an election to be held at the court house within the city of Mobile, giving at least ten days= notice, for one lieutenant colonel commandant and one major, who shall be styled the lieutenant colonel commandant and major of the Mobile legion; and the persons receiving the highest votes shall be returned to the Secretary of State=s office as the persons elected, whereupon the governor shall issue commissions accordingly:  Provided, however, that no officer or soldier shall be entitled to vote unless he is in full and complete uniform, and each company shall first exhibit the full member of men and officers in uniform before said election shall be ordered.

Sec. 3.  And be it further enacted, That said lieutenant colonel commandant shall appoint from the members of said legion two persons, one of whom shall be adjutant and one quarter master; and the field and company officers shall elect one person as paymaster of said legion, all of whom shall be commissioned and rank as first lieutenants.

Sec. 4.  And be it further enacted, That said legion shall form part of the ninth brigade of the militia of this State.

Sec. 5.  And be it further enacted, That all bye-laws enacted and adopted by each company shall be binding and have the force and effect of a law on the members of said companies respectively; and all ordinances and bye-laws adopted by the board of officers of said legion shall be binding on all officers and members of said legion.

Sec. 6.  And be it further enacted, That the officers of said legion shall constitute a board of officers whose duty it shall be to adopt a constitution and bye-laws for the government of


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said legion; and all fines and penalties, which may be established by said board, shall be binding on the members of said legion, but no fines shall be recovered or penalties enforced, except by the decision of a battalion or company court martial.

Sec. 7.  And be it further enacted, That a legion or battalion court martial shall always consist of one captain, three subalterns and two non-commissioned officers, one of whom shall act as judge advocate and recorder; and it shall be the duty of the adjutant to detail all battalion courts martial.

Sec. 8.  And be it further enacted, That for the enforcement of all fines and penalties incurred under the company bye-laws, the captains, respectively, shall order, and the first sergeants shall detail a company court martial, which shall consist of one subaltern, one non-commissioned officer and one private of said company; and all fines imposed shall be collected by the treasurer of said company under the warrant of the president of the company court martial; and all fines imposed by the battalion court martial shall be collected by the quarter master under the warrant of the president of the battalion court martial and shall be paid over to the paymaster of said battalion.

Sec. 9.  And be it further enacted, That each company shall be commanded by the following officers, viz: one captain, one first lieutenant, one second lieutenant and one ensign or cornet, four sergeants, four corporals, one secretary and one treasurer, who shall rank on courts martial as brevette sergeants.

Sec. 10.  And be it further enacted, That the board of officers shall prescribe the uniform of the field and staff officers of said legion and the companies adopt uniforms of their own choice.

Sec. 11.  And be it further enacted,  That the Mobile guards, city troop and French grenadiers may compose a part of said legion, and until the legion be formed, they shall be considered as independent companies and shall be entitled to all the privileges of this act:  Provided, they keep up the full complement of rank and file in uniform.

Sec. 12.  And be it further enacted, That to encourage the system of volunteering and the formation of uniform companies, the members of the above named companies, and the said legion when formed, shall be exempt from working on the roads and road tax within the city and county of Mobile:  Provided, however, the privileges, heretofore granted the city troop of exemption from jury duty, be, and the same is hereby repealed.


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Sec. 13.  And be it further enacted, That the governor be, and he is hereby, authorized to furnish accoutrements to each company in said legion, upon the requisition of the captain of each company respectively, provided they give bond and security for the same.

Sec. 14.  And be it further enacted, That said legion may be organize and uniform a full band of musicians not to exceed twenty-five men, who shall be entitled to all the provisions of this act.

Approved, January 18, 1834.

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[No. 150.]

AN ACT

Making appropriations for the payment of certain claims against the State of Alabama.

SEC. 1.  Be it enacted by the senate and house of representatives of the State of Alabama in general assembly convened, That the following sums of money be, and the same are hereby appropriated  to certain individuals herein named: To John Massey and William Barclay, agents appointed by the State for distributing AAikin=s Digest,@ the sum of six hundred and seventy-five dollars, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated:  Provided, that they produce the certificate of the Secretary of State that they have complied with their contract; to John Richardson and Son, the sum of two hundred and eight dollars and fifty-nine cents for coal & c. furnished by them for the use of the capitol; to Caleb Murphy, sheriff of Blount County, the sum of twenty-one dollars sixty cents for conveying prisoners from the county of Blount to the County of Walker; to Mark Meeks, sheriff of Fayette county, the sum of nine dollars and twenty-five cents for making return of an election; to James Hogan & Co., the sum of fifty dollars and thirty cents for socks, stationary, &c: to McCown & Conrow the sum of thirty-two dollars and twenty-five cents for damask for curtains for the State capitol; to Miller & Lee, the sum of eighteen dollars and sixteen cents for stationary & c; to J. & M. Lacy, the sum of eighteen dollars and five cents for stationary, &c; to Kelly & Donoho the sum of thirty-two dollars for hanging chandeliers and making a step ladder for both houses; to John O. Cummins &Co., the sum of twenty-five collars and fifty cents for candles &c; to Andrews & Brothers, the sum of forty-five dollars and twenty-two cents for flannel, hat crape &c; to Hardin Perkins, the sum of two dollars for fastening chains in the State house; to Augustin Lynch, the sum of one hundred and eleven dollars and seventy-seven cents for repairing and making desks; to John Tatom, the sum of thirty-five dollars for servant hire during the session to Henry A. Snow & Co., the sum of one hundred


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and thirty-five dollars and sixty-six cents for sperm candles; to D. Woodruff the sum of three hundred and twenty three dollars and twenty-five cents for stationary.

Sec. 2.  And be it further enacted, that the sum of eighty-five dollars be appropriated to Samuel H. Garrow as compensation for his services acting as a commissioner in the examination of the branch of the bank of the State of Alabama at Mobile, and that the further sum of eighty-five dollars be appropriated to John B. Hogan as compensation for like services, to be paid by said bank.

Approved, January 18, 1834

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[No. 151.]

AN ACT

Making appropriations for the payment of certain claims against the State of Alabama.

Section 1.  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That the following sums of money be and the same are hereby appropriated for the payment of certain individuals herein named, for furnishing provisions for persons confined in the jails of their respective counties, and for removing the prisoners by order of court, to wit: To James Windsor, jailor of Blount county, the sum of thirty-nine dollars and six cents; to James Wilkins, sheriff of Baldwin county, the sum of twenty-nine dollars and ten cents; to Matthew Roberts, sheriff of Lawrence county, the sum of one hundred and eighty dollars and eighty cents; to J. W. Hooper, jailor of St. Clair county the sum of twelve dollars; to Charles Beale, jailor Tuscaloosa county, the sum of eighteen dollars and forty cents; to James Savage, jailor of Clarke county, the sum of forty six dollars and forty cents; to M. H. McHenry, sheriff of Shelby county, the sum of thirty dollars; to Hugh Petit, sheriff of Franklin county, the sum of two hundred and thirty-eight dollars and ninety nine cents, also the additional sum of fifteen dollars; to J. B. McAlister, sheriff of Greene county, the sum of fifty-seven dollars and forty-eight cents; to J. H. Beanes, sheriff of Talladega county, the sum of forty-nine dollars and sixty cents; to John Arnett, sheriff of Lauderdale county, the sum of five hundred and eighty one dollars and sixty-seven cents; to M. Meeks, sheriff of Fayette county, the sum of seventy-one dollars and twenty cents; to L. B. Patton, jailor of Walker county the sum of six dollars and forty cents; to W. A. Scott, sheriff of Jefferson county, the sum of seventeen dollars and eighty cents; to W. Y. Glover, sheriff of Tuscaloosa county, the sum of six dollars and forty cents; to John R. H. Acklin, sheriff of Madison county, the sum of forty-eight dollars and twenty-five cents; to Joseph Bates, jr. sheriff of Mobile county, the sum of


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six hundred and seven dollars and eighty cents; to George L. Medlock, sheriff of Monroe county, the sum of two thousand and fifty-seven dollars and forty-seven cents; [$257.47] to W. N. Burke, sheriff of Dallas county, the sum of one hundred and twenty-four dollars and seventy-seven cents; to M. Kelly, sheriff of Jefferson county, the sum of eighty dollars and eighty cents; to Edward Ellis, jailor of Montgomery county, the sum of two hundred and nine dollars and twenty cents; to Daniel Lucas, sheriff of Jackson county; the sum of four hundred and seven dollars and twenty-six cents; to Wade H. Vining, sheriff of Limestone county, the sum of one hundred and sixty-one dollars and five cents.

Sec. 2.  And be it further enacted, That the following sums of money be and they are hereby appropriated to certain persons herein named, for making returns for members to congress and for president and vice president of the United States, to wit: To Robert Parker, sheriff of Bibb County, the sum of nine dollars; to W. Y. Glover, sheriff of Tuscaloosa County, the sum of three dollars; to Mark Meeks, sheriff of Fayette county, the sum of fifteen dollars; to Samuel J. Wright sheriff of Butler County, the sum of forty-two dollars; to F. Blount, sheriff of Washington county, the sum of fifteen dollars and fifty cents; to J. H. Beanes, sheriff of Talladega County the sum of twenty-one dollars; to J. A. Yowell, sheriff of Marion County, the sum of fifteen dollars and twenty-five cents to J. H. Gorman, sheriff of Autauga County, the sum of twenty-four dollars and fifty cents; to James Wilkins, sheriff of Baldwin County, the sum of eighteen dollars and fifty cents; to John Arnett, sheriff of Lauderdale County, the sum of eleven dollars; to Henry Garrard, returning officer of Lauderdale County, the sum of twenty four dollars and seventy-five cents; to L. Aycock, sheriff of Perry county, the sum of twelve dollars; to W. H. Vining, sheriff of Limestone County, the sum of nine dollars and fifty cents; to J. Bates, sheriff of Mobile county, the sum of nineteen dollars; to B. F. Roper, sheriff of Pickens county the sum of nine dollars; to D. R. Garland, returning officer of Franklin county, the sum of six dollars; to Daniel Lucas, sheriff of Jackson county, the sum of fifteen dollars.

Sec. 3.  And be it further enacted, That the sum of fifty dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to Short Long, for apprehending and prosecuting to conviction George W. Seins for horse stealing, and that the further sum of fifty dollars for apprehending and prosecuting to conviction George W. Seins for horse stealing.

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hundred and seventy-two dollars and thirty-seven cents be and the same is hereby appropriated to William Y. Glover sheriff of Tuscaloosa county, for attending on the supreme court and for stationary furnished the same at the January and June terms of said court in the year 1833, and that the further sum of forty-five dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to David Woodruff, for four record books furnished by him for the use of the supreme court.

Sec. 5.  And be it further enacted, That the sum of twenty dollars be appropriated to Kelly & Donoho, for making a closet in the State capitol and for putting on new locks on the doors of the capitol.

Sec. 6.  And be it further enacted, That the sum of ninety-two dollars [$92.00] be appropriated to James Rather for taking care of the State capitol, washing rooms, making curtains, & c.

Sec. 7.  And be it further enacted, That the sum of ten dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to William Garrow for prosecuting a slave in Baldwin County.

Sec. 8.  And be it further enacted, That the sum of nine dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to Wade H. Vining for making a return of the second brigade of the first division of Alabama militia from Limestone to Lauderdale County.

Sec. 9.  And be it further enacted, That the sum of one hundred and twenty-five dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to Charles Lewin, for rent of house used for State arsenal for the year 1833.

Sec. 10.  And be it further enacted, That the sum of twenty dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to Jeremiah Jones for prosecuting to conviction two slaves named Jack and Phil, in the county of Wilcox.

Sec. 11.  And be it further enacted, That the sum of thirty six dollars and fifty cents be and the same is hereby appropriated to Solomon Perteet for grates and iron work for the State capitol.

Sec. 12.  And be it further enacted, That the sum of one hundred dollars [$100.00] be and the same is hereby appropriated to James Kelly for pursuing, apprehending and prosecuting Loyd Rogers and Chesly Rogers for horse stealing.

Sec. 13.  And be it further enacted, That the sum of twenty dollars and seventy-five cents be and the same is hereby appropriated to W. Y. Glover, sheriff of Tuscaloosa County, for servant hire in attendance on the supreme court; also the sum of thirty-eight dollars and thirty-eight cents for stationary and fuel.


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Sec.  14. And be it further enacted, That the sum of four dollars and thirty-seven cents be appropriated to William Hester assessor and tax collector of Franklin county.

Sec. 15.  And be it further enacted, That the sum of two hundred and eighty-eight dollars and seventeen cents be and the same is hereby appropriated to Jesse Beene for recording the opinions of the supreme court up to the year 1824, including the December term.

Sec. 16.  And be it further enacted, That the sum of one hundred and forty-two dollars and fifty cents be and the same is hereby appropriated to W. W. & F. W. McGuire for printing done for the senate.

Sec. 17.  And be it further enacted, That the sum of ten dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to James A. Bates doorkeeper of the senate, for collecting the furniture of the capitol and taking an inventory of the same, and for illuminating the senate chamber under an order of the senate of the 8th instant.

Sec. 18.  And be it further enacted, That the sum of ten of M. Beckwith for copying certain documents for the joint committee appointed to examine into the books and accounts of the University.

Sec. 19.  And be it further enacted, That the sum of six hundred dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to enable the Secretary of State to carry into effect the law which requires him to purchase, annually, the necessary books and stationary for the several departments of State and the general assembly, passed January 15th, 1834.

Approved, January 8, 1834

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[No. 152.]

AN ACT

Making appropriations for the year 1834.

Sec. 1.  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That the following sums of money be, and the same are hereby, appropriated to defray the expenses of the court list and other necessary charges on the government, viz: for the payment of the annual salary of the government of this State the sum of twenty-five hundred dollars for the payment of the annual salaries of the Secretary of State, the comptroller and treasurer the sum of one thousand dollars each; making three thousand dollars for the payment of the annual salaries of the judges of the supreme court, seventeen hundred and fifty dollars each, making five thousand two hundred and fifty dollars; for the payment of the annual salaries of the circuit judges the sum of fifteen hundred dollars each, making twelve


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thousand dollars for the payment of the annual salary of the attorney general, four hundred and twenty-five dollars; for the payment of the annual salary of the solicitor of the first judicial circuit, three hundred and fifty dollars; for the payment of the annual salaries of the solicitors of the second, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth judicial circuits, the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars each, making the sum of fifteen hundred dollars; for the payment of the annual salaries of the quarter master general the sum of two hundred dollars; for the payment of the secretary of the senate and the principal clerk of the house of representatives each seven dollars per day during the session of the legislature; for the payment of the assistant secretary of the senate and the assistant engrossing clerks of the house of representatives, each five dollars per day; for the payment of the doorkeepers of the senate and house of representatives, each the sum of four dollars per day; for the payment of the messenger of the house of representatives four dollars per day; to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

Sec. 2.  And be it further enacted, That the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated for the secretary of the senate for completing the journal and arranging the papers of the senate of the annual session, and the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated for the payment of the clerk of the house of representatives for completing the journal and arranging the papers of the house of representatives of the annual session.

Sec. 3.  And be it further enacted, That the sum of three hundred and twenty-five dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated for the payment of the Secretary of State for copying and making an index to the laws, for copying the journals of each house of the general assembly of the present session, preparing the whole for the press and superintending the printing thereof.

Sec. 4.  And be it further enacted, That the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated to the comptroller of public accounts as payment of clerk hire in his office for the past year.

Sec. 5.  And be it further enacted, That the sum of two thousand five hundred dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated to the payment of the annual salary of the State printers for the present year.

Sec. 6.  And be it further enacted, That the sum of two thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated and set aside as a contingent fund.

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[No. 133.]

AN ACT

To authorize Seldon A. McMeans of Lowndes County to practice Medicine for two years.

WHEREAS it has been represented to this general assembly by the petition of a number of the citizens of Lowndes County, that the portion of said county in which they reside is destitute, in a considerable degree, of that medical aid which is necessary for their comfort and safety; that they have the utmost confidence in the skill and ability of Seldon A. McMeans, whose pecuniary circumstances, and irregular course of study render it doubtful whether for some time to come he can procure a license from the medical board of Alabama; and that said McMeans has practiced for sometime among them with surprising success, and at his own expense, and relying upon the gratitude and honor of his patients for remuneration: therefore

Section 1.  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That Seldon A. McMeans is hereby licensed and permitted to practice medicine in the county of Lowndes, and those counties adjacent to it, for the term of two years, under all the rules and regulations which are, and may be prescribed by the medical board aforesaid, and to sue for the collection of all his accounts which may be contracted during that time.

Approved, January 18, 1834.

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JOINT MEMORIAL in relation to Public Lands

To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled:  Your memorialists would respectfully represent to your honorable body, that many of the earliest, and most worthy and valuable citizens of the State of Alabama, became purchasers of lands from the United States in the years of 1818 and 1819, at the extravagant prices at which they were then selling, and made settlements upon. It is a part of the history of this State, that at that time, cotton, the staple commodity of the country, was selling at most extravagant price, thereby imparting an unreasonable and unreal value to all other property: therefore the purchases of land made under such circumstances, a price, greatly exceeding their real value, was in most, if not in every instance, given for them; shortly however, cotton fell in its price, and produced a corresponding deprecation in the value of all other property. So great and distressing was this state of things, that congress at its session in the year 1820, passed a law for the relief of land purchasers, allowing them the privilege of relinquishing a part and applying the payments made thereon to other parts retained, and of paying the residue of the purchase money at a discount of thirty-seven and a half per cent, or to take a further credit of six or eight years (without interest) according to the instalments paid. Believing that the terms offered by this act of congress, even the best that would ever be proposed, the class of purchasers, to which your memorialists allude, feeling the great importance of securing homes for their families, paid the whole price of the lands retained either by relinquishment, or in cash at the discount. Since that time however, congress has from time to time extended relief to those who took further credit until the session of 1829 and 1830 when a law passed, giving to those who had paid the amount of three dollars and fifty cents per acre, a patent for their lands without further payment, and to those who had paid this amount the

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