Tuesday, December 12, 1820.

Mr. Walker from the committee of accounts to whom was referred the resolution authorizing the payment of Chapley R. Wellborn, reported the same without amendment. Ordered, that the said resolution be engrossed for a third reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Vining from the committee of claims to whom was referred the petition of Samuel Black, reported unfavorably on the said petition.

Ordered, that the House concur in the said report.

Mr. Chapman, from the committee on enrolled bills, reported, that the committee have examined an enrolled copy of the bill entitled an act to authorise the administrator of Thomas Ragland, deceased, to sell and transfer certain certificates of land therein named, and that the same is correctly enrolled.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill to be entitled an act to repeal in part, and amend an act, entitled an act to regulate the proceedings in courts of law and equity in this State, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Chambers reported the same with amendments, in which the House concurred.

Mr. Moore of Madison moved to strike out the first section of the said bill. -- Decided in the negative. Mr. Weedon moved to amend the said bill, in the 23d section, by inserting between the words "the" and "supreme" these words "circuit court or" which was decided in


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the affirmative; ayes 26, nays 23. Those who voted in the affirmative are Messrs. Bigham, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Chapman, Cleveland, Clay, Cook, Coleman, Doxey, Duke, Edmundson, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Hill, Holderness, Isbell, Leake, Moore of Madison, Morton, Murrell, McVay, Mims, Rather, Sargent, Tagert, Vining, and Weedon, 26. Those who voted in the negative are Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Conecuh, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, Chambers, Creagh, Coats, Draughon, Dale, Davis, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Jackson, McKinley, Murphy, McMeans, Moore of Marion, Perry, Perkins, and Walker, 23. Ordered, that the said bill be engrossed, and made the order of the day for a third reading to-morrow.

A message from the acting governor by Mr. Rogers.

Mr. Speaker- I am instructed by the acting governor to inform you that he did, on the 11th inst. approve and sign an act to authorise a Lottery for building a bridge over Clear Creek, in the town of Cahawba. An act to authorise Daniel Read to emancipate certain slaves therein named. An act to amend an act to establish a Bank in the town of Mobile, passed at St. Stephens, the 20th November, 1818. An act to amend an act providing for the determination of suits and controversies by arbitration passed at Huntsville the 13th of Dec. 1819. An act to authorise John N. S. Jones and Alexander P. Jones, to emancipate certain slaves therein mentioned; an act to authorise Killis Walton to emancipate a negro man slave named Tom.- All of which bills originated in the House of Representatives, and then he withdrew.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Farmer. Mr. Speaker --The Senate disagree to the amendment proposed by your honorable body to the second section of the bill entitled an act to amend an act passed December 23, 1815, fixing a standard for measures. They agree to the amendment made by the House of Representatives to the bill to alter an extend the limits of Autauga county, and then he withdrew.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Williams their Secretary.

Mr. Speaker,- The Senate have passed the following bills, to which they ask your concurrence. A memorial to the Congress of the United States for the donation of the Islands in certain rivers in this State. An act concerning intestates estates, and for other purposes. An act to fix the seats of justice in the counties of St. Clair and Perry, and for other purposes. An act supplementary to an act establishing the permanent seat of justice in Cahawba county, passed at Huntsville the 17th of December, 1819. An act to vest certain lots in the Intendant and Council of the town of Cahawba, and for other purposes, and then he withdrew.

Mr. Perry laid before the House the annual report of the Adjutant General. Ordered, that the same lie on the table. The House then resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill to be entitled an act to establish a Bank in the town of Cahawba, and after some time spent in the consideration thereof, the Speaker resumed the Chair, and Mr. Walker reported the same with amendments. Mr. Walker moved that the House concur in the report of the committee, except the last section, which was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Walker then moved that the House do not agree with the amendment made by the committee to the last section of said bill which was carried. Mr.


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Draughon moved to amend said bill, by inserting an additional section, to wit: Be it further enacted, that this state shall have the right at all times hereafter, of making such alterations and amendments to this act, as may be deemed essential to the proper government and well being of said bank, which was decided in the affirmative. Mr. McVay moved the indefinite postponement of the said bill, which was carried. Ayes 25, Nays 24. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bailey, Isaac Brown, Cleveland, Creagh, Doxey, Duke, Edmundson, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Hill, Holderness, Jackson, Murphy, Morton, Murrell, Moore of Marion, McVay, Mims, Perkins, Rather, Sargent and Tagert, 25. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Speaker, Bigham, Benson, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Clay, Cook, Coats, Coleman, Draughon, Dale, Davis, Isbell, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, McMeans, Perry, Shackleford, Vining, Walker and Weedon, 24.

Mr. Chapman from the committee on enrolled bills, reported that the committee have examined an act, to alter and extend the limits of Autauga county and for other purposes, and found the same correctly enrolled.

The following bills from the Senate were read a first time, and ordered to lie on the table, to wit: an act concerning intestates estates and for other purposes; a memorial to the Congress of the United States, for the donation of the islands in certain rivers in this State.

A bill from the Senate to fix the seats of justice in the counties of St. Clair and Perry and for other purposes, was read a first time, and the rule being dispensed with, was read a second time by its title, Ordered, that the said bill be made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.

A bill from the Senate entitled an act, supplementary to an act, establishing the permanent seat of justice in Cahawba county, passed at Huntsville December 17, 1819, was read a first time. Ordered, That said bill lie on the table.

A bill from the Senate, entitled an act, to vest certain lots in the Intendant and Town Council of the town of Cahawba, and for other purposes, was read a first time. Ordered, That said bill be made the order of the day for a second reading to-morrow. Ordered, That this House adhere to the amendments made to the bill, entitled an act to amend an act, passed December 23, 1815, fixing a standard for measures.

The House then took up the bill to be entitled an act, to establish a State University, and concurred in the amendments proposed thereto, by the committee to whom said bill had been committed. Ordered, That the same be engrossed for a third reading on to-morrow.

The House took up the bill entitled an act, defining the boundaries of Marion county and for other purposes, which was read a second time.

Mr. Moore of Marion moved to amend the said bill by inserting at the end of the third section, these words "not exceeding three miles in each direction from the centre," and the said commissioners are hereby authorised to fix on the temporary site for holding the courts in said county in which county an election precinct is hereby


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fixed at the House of William Davis, on the Scipse fork of the Buttahachee river, and one precinct at the House of Joel Dixon on the head of Tooksapililoh, which was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Perkins moved to amend the said bill by adding to the last section thereof, these words "the temporary site for holding the courts in said county, shall be at the House of Jacob Dansby; an election precinct is established at _____ Mullens, on the road from Columbus to the Falls of the Warrior; one at James Heflins, and one at the residence of Ezekiel Nash, decided in the affirmative.

Mr. McKinley moved to strike out the word Pickens in the last section of the said bill, with the view to insert Coffee in lieu thereof, which was decided in the negative, ayes 13, noes 32. The ayes and noes being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Armstrong of Mobile, Col. John Brown, Clay, Doxey, Davis, Isbell, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Rather, Shackleford, Vining, Walker, and Weedon, 13. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Chambers, Cleveland, Creagh, Cook, Coats, Draughon, Duke, Edmundson, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Hill, Holderness, Jackson, Murphy, Morton, Murrell, McMeans, Moore of Marion, McVay, Mims, Perry, Perkins and Sargent, 32.

The House took up the resolution fixing the time of adjournment of the General Assembly, which was read a third time. Ordered, That said resolution be indefinitely postponed.

The bill to be entitled an act, to establish a public road from the southern boundary line of township eight, in range four or five, west of the basis meridian of Huntsville to the Falls of Tuskaloosa, was read a second time and made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to repeal so much of an act, to raise a revenue for the support of government for the year 1820, as imposes a double tax for failing to give in lists of taxable property before the time expired by said act, was read a second time.

Mr. McKinley moved to amend the said bill by inserting an additional section, exonerating persons from double tax, which was decided in the negative. Ordered, That said bill be engrossed and be made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.

And then the House adjourned till to-morrow 9 o'clock.