Friday, December 1, 1820.

Mr. Armstrong of Mobile presented the petition of John Fowler, praying to have the right for a limited time to ply a Steam Boat between Mobile and Blakely, which was received; and, on motion, Ordered, to be referred to a select committee; whereupon, Messrs. Armstrong of Mobile, McKinley, and Cook were appointed said committee.

Mr. McKinley from the judiciary committee to whom was referred a bill to be entitled an act defining the duties of Sheriffs and Constables, reported the said bill with amendments, which the House concurred in; Ordered, That the bill to be entitled an act defining the duties of Sheriffs and Constables be engrossed and be made the order of the day for to-morrow.

Ordered, That the accounts of Daniel Rather be referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Chambers obtained leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act to provide for paying the electors, which was read a first time, and, on motion, Ordered to be read a second time to-morrow.

Mr. Shackleford obtained leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act to authorise persons erecting mills on the sixteenth section to remove the same, was read a first time; and, on motion, Ordered to be read a second time to-morrow.

Mr. Vining obtained leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act regulating open accounts, which was read a first time, and ordered for a second reading to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. McKinley, Ordered, That three members of this House be appointed to act with a committee to be appointed by the Senate to settle the accounts of the State Engineer, and report all matters of fact material in relation thereto; whereupon, Messrs. McKinley, Cook, and Smoot, were appointed said committee on the part of this House.

Mr. McKinley, moved the adoption of the following rule: After the commitment and report thereof to the House or at any time before

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its passage, a bill may be re-committed, and if committed and amended, it shall be engrossed and read a third time before its passage; on motion of Mr. Perry, Ordered, that the further consideration of said rule be postponed till to-morrow.

Mr. Chapman from the committee on enrollments, reported that the said committee have examined the following enrolled bills, to wit: An act to amend an act to regulate elections, establish certain precincts in the counties therein named, and for other purposes, passed on the 16th Dec. 1819; an act to authorise L. Mead, to emancipate a negro man slave named Richmond; an act to change the name of the county Cahawba to that of Bibb; an act to incorporate the town of Selma in the county of Dallas; and find the same truly enrolled. The House then proceeded to the order of the day.

An engrossed bill of the following title to wit: an act supplementary to an act entitled an act to incorporate the city of Mobile, passed the 17th Dec. 1819, was read a third time and passed. Ordered, that the title be as aforesaid.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Williams, their Secretary:- Mr. Speaker, The Senate have passed a bill entitled an act to alter an act entitled an act to establish certain counties therein named, and for other purposes therein mentioned, which originated in your honorable body.

They have also passed the following bills, to wit: an act giving jurisdiction to the courts of certain counties; and, an act to alter and extend the boundaries of the county of Baldwin and for other purposes, in which they desire your concurrence.

A bill to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act for the government of the town of Cahawba, passed at Huntsville, Dec. 3d. 1819, was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for its third reading to-morrow.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole House, on the bill to incorporate the aqueduct company of the city of Mobile, and after some time spent in the consideration of the same, the Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Weedon reported the said bill with amendments in which the House concurred. Ordered, That the said bill be engrossed, and be made the order of the day for its third reading to-morrow.

The House resolved into a committee of the whole House, on the bill to be entitled an act to amend an act passed at Huntsville on the_____ day of _______in the year 1819, incorporating the town of Trianna, and after some time spent in the consideration thereof, the Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Chambers reported the said bill with amendments in which the House concurred; Ordered, That the said bill be engrossed, and made the order of the day for its third reading to-morrow.

The House then took up the bill from the Senate entitled an act from the Senate authorising a lottery for the benefit of the navigation of the Buttahachee river; Ordered, That the further consideration of the said act be postponed till to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act for the relief of securities was read a 2d time; and, on motion. Ordered, That the said bill be committed to a committee of the whole House and be made the order of the day for to-morrow.


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A bill to be entitled an act authorising a lottery for the benefit of the Alabama Lodge No. 51. of ancient Freemasons, and Halo Lodge of Cahawba, was read a second time; Mr. Draughon moved to amend the first section of the said bill, by striking out the word "ten" which was decided in the affirmative; Mr. Draughon moved to fill the blank with the word "fifteen" which was decided in the affirmative; Mr. Draughon moved to strike out the second section of the words "judge of the circuit," which was decided in the affimative; Mr. Draughon moved to fill the blank occasioned thereby with the words "chief justice of the county," which was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Perkins moved to amend the said bill by adding an additional section authorising certain persons in the town of Tuskaloosa to raise a sum of money by lottery, for the benefit of the Rising Virtue Lodge; Ordered, That the said act be the order of the day for its third reading to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act authorising a review of Flint River was read a third time and passed.

A bill to be entitled an act to amend an act passed December 3d, 1801, revised and amended February 10th, 1807, was read a second time; on motion of Mr. Perkins, Ordered, That the last section of the said act be amended by striking out the proviso; Ordered, That the said bill be read a third time to-morrow.

Mr. Perkins moved that the House do now adjourn- lost- ayes 5, nays 35. The ayes and nays being called for. Those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Evans, Isbell, Perry, Perkins, and Smoot, 5. Those who voted in the negative are Mr. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Chambers, Cleveland, Clay, Creagh, Cook, Coats, Coleman, Draughon, Doxey, Davis, Duke, Edmundson, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Hill, Holderness, Jackson, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murrell, Moore of Marion, McVay, Mims, Rather, and Vining, 35. Ordered, that Mr. Morton, have leave of absence to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to prevent obstructing or diverting from the natural channel any water course which would otherwise flow through the land of any person was read a second time.

Mr. McKinley moved to amend the 2d section of said bill by striking out all after the word "act" which was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. McKinley moved to fill the blank occasioned thereby with the words, "he shall be liable to the action of the party aggressed thereby," which was decided in the affirmative. On motion of Mr. McKinley Ordered, that the third section of the said bill be stricken out. Ordered, to be engrossed, and made the order of the day for its third reading to-morrow. A bill from the Senate to be entitled an act declaring the Oaktuppa Creek a navigable stream, was read a third time and passed.

A bill to be entitled an act to provide for fixing the site for the permanent seat of justice for the county of Marengo, and for other purposes therein mentioned, was read a third time and passed; Ordered, that the bill to be entitled an act to establish a public road from the southern boundary line of township eight, in the range four or five west of the basis meridian of Huntsville to the falls of the Tuskaloosa, be post-


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poned till Monday next. A bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the town of Washington, in the county of Autauga, was read a third time and passed. Ordered, that the words "A bill to be entitled," be stricken out. An engrossed bill of the following title, to wit: an act to authorise the county court of Conecuh to levy a tax for building a Court House and Jail in the said county, and for other purposes therein mentioned, was read a third time and passed. Ordered, that the title be as aforesaid, and that the said bill be sent to the Senate for their concurrence. Ordered, that the bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the Trustees of the Solemn Grove Academy, in the county of Monroe, be postponed till to-morrow, a bill to be entitled an act to authorise Henry Taylor of Wilcox county to emancipate certain slaves therein named, was read a third time and passed. Ayes 21- Nays 20. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Armstrong of Mobile, Bigham, Benson, Bailey, Chambers, Cleveland, Clay, Creagh, Cook, Coleman, Draughon, Evans, Jackson, Moore of Madison, McMeans, Mims, Perry, Rather, Shackleford and Weedon.- 21. Those who voted in the negative are Messrs. Abercrombie. Armstrong of Conecuh, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Chapman, Coats, Doxey, Davis, Duke, Edmundson, Hill, Holderness, Leake, McKinley, Murrell, Moore of Marion, McVay, Perkins, and Vining- 20.

Ordered, that a bill to be entitled an act to regulate the collection of money upon executions, lie on the table.

Mr. Weedon moved to adjourn.- lost. Ayes, 10. Nays, 30. The Ayes and Noes being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs. Chambers, Chapman, Draughon, Evans, McMeans, Perry, Rather, Shackleford, Smoot & Weedon, 10. Those who voted in the negative are, Mr. Speaker, Abercrombie Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Cleveland, Creagh, Clay, Cook, Coats, Coleman, Doxey, Davis, Duke, Edmundson, Hill. Holderness, Jackson, Leake, McKinley, Moore, of Madison, McVay, Moore, of Marion, Perkins, and Vining, 30.

Ordered, that the further consideration of the bill to be entitled an act to establish a Bank in the town of Cahawba, be postponed till Monday next.

Mr. Chambers moved, that a bill to be entitled an act authorising the issuing of Treasury Notes, be indefinitely postponed,- lost. Ayes, 21,- Nays, 23. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs. Abercombie, Armstrong of Conecuh, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Cleveland, Clay, Coats, Doxey, Duke, Edmundson, Hill, McKinley, Murrell, Moore, of Marion, McVay, Perkins, and Rather, 21. Those who voted in the negative are, Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Armstrong, of Mobile, Bigham, Col. John Brown, Creagh, Cook, Coleman, Dale, Draughon, Davis, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Holderness, Jackson, Leake, Moore of Madison, McMeans, Mims, Perry, Shackleford, Smoot, Vining and Weedon, 23. Ordered, that the said bill be committed to a select committee; Whereupon, Messrs. McKinley, Murphy, Smoot, Jackson and Cook, were appointed said committee.


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The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole House, on the bill to be entitled an act to authorise Judges of the Circuit Courts, and Justices of the County Courts, to take acknowledgments of deeds and relinquishments of dower, and after some time spent in the consideration thereof, the Speaker resumed the Chair, and Mr. Perry, reported the said bill without amendment. Ordered, that the said bill be engrossed, and be made the order of the day for its third reading to-morrow.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole House, on the bill to be entitled an act to provide for enclosing the public building in the town of Cahawba, and for other purposes; and after some time spent in the consideration thereof, the Speaker resumed the chair and Mr. Perry reported the said bill with amendments, in which the House concurred. Ordered that the said bill be engrossed and be made the order of the day for its third reading on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to point out the duties of owners and keepers of water mills who grind grain for toll, was read a second time, and made the order of the day for a third reading to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act concerning executions and for other purposes, was read a second time and ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole House and made the order of the day for to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorize the administrator of Thomas Ragland deceased to sell and transfer certain certificates of land therein named, was read a second time; and ordered to be read a third time to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to amend an act passed Dec. 3d, 1815 fixing a standard for measures was read a second time.

Mr. Creagh moved to strike out the words "twenty-five" and insert in lieu thereof the words "twelve and a half" which was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Moore of Madison moved to add the following proviso to the second section of said bill, to wit; "Provided nothing in this act shall be so construed as to operate on any measure or weight heretofore tried by said standard of weights and measures and stamped under the laws of the Alabama Territory," which was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Holderness moved to strike out the word "March" from the 3d section of said bill, and insert in lieu thereof the word "June," which was decided in the affirmative. Ordered, that the said bill be read a third time to-morrow.

Mr. Cleveland moved that the House do now adjourn, which was decided in the affirmative, ayes 28, nays 14. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs. Abercrombie, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bailey, Isaac Brown, Cleveland, Clay, Creagh, Cook, Coats, Coleman, Dale, Davis, Duke, Hill, Jackson, Leake, McKinley, Morton, Moore of Marion, McVay, Mims, Perry, Perkins, Rather, Shackleford, Smoot, Tagert, and Vining, 28. Those who voted in the negative are, Mr. Speaker, Messrs Bigham, Benson, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Doxey, Edmundson, Evans, Holderness, Isbell, Moore of Madison, and Weedon.