Wednesday, December 13, 1820.

A bill to be entitled an act, to reduce the fees of justices and constables, and for other purposes was read a second time.

Mr. Coats moved to postpone the said bill till the first Monday in May next, which was decided in the affirmative, ayes 25, nays 21. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Conecuh, Benson, Isaac Brown, Col, John Brown, Cleveland, Creagh, Cook, Coats, Draughon, Davis, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Hill, Jackson, McKinley, Murphy, McMeans, Moore of Marion, Mims, Perry, Tagert and Walker, 25. Those who voted in the negative are Messrs, Bigham, Bailey, John Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Clay, Coleman, Doxey, Duke, Edmondson, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery,


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Holderness, Isbell, Moore of Madison, Morton, McVay, Perkins, Rather, Sargent, Vining and Weedon, 21.

Mr. Chapman from the committee on enrolled bills, reported that the committee have examined enrolled bills of the following titles, to wit: an act to incorporate the trustees of the Solemn Grove Academy, in the County of Monroe.

An act to repeal an act of the last General Assembly of the State of Alabama, entitled an act for the encouragement of killing and destroying wolves and panthers; an act declaring that part of Limestone leading from Mooresville to the Tennessee river, a public highway and for other purposes; an act for the relief of certain lessees of school land in Madison county; an act supplementary of the act entitled an act to incorporate the city of Mobile, passed the 17th December, 1819; and an act to incorporate the town of Washington, in the county of Autauga. Which said bills the committee find correctly enrolled.

Mr. Morton moved, that the Hose reconsider the vote on postponing the bill, entitled an act, to incorporate the subscribers to the Bank of the State of Alabama, decided in the affirmative, ayes 32, nays 18. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Speaker, Armstrong of Mobile, Bigham, Benson, Bailey, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Clay, Cook, Coats, Coleman, Draughon, Dale, Doxey, Davis, Edmundson, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Hill, Isbell, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Morton, McMeans, Mims, Perry, Shackleford, Vining, Walker, and Weedon, 32. Those who voted in the negative are Messrs Abercrombie, Armstrong of Conecuh, Isaac Brown, Cleveland, Creagh, Duke, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Holderness, Jackson, Murphy, Murrell, Moore of Marion, McVay, Perkins, Rather, Sargent, and Tagert, 18.

The House then proceeded to reconsider the said bill: on motion, Ordered, that the same be committed to a select committee: whereupon Messrs. McKinley, Armstrong of Mobile, Moore of Madison, Evans, and Jackson were appointed the said committee.

Mr. McKinley from the judiciary committee, to whom was referred a bill for the relief of securities, reported the same with amendments, in which the House concurred: Ordered, that the said bill be engrossed and be made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Armstrong of Mobile, moved that the rule forbidding the introduction of new business be suspended, which was decided in the affirmative: whereupon Mr. Armstrong of Mobile, presented the petition of Jack F. Ross, praying to be exonerated from the payment of a certain sum of money therein mentioned, which was received; and, ordered to be referred to a select committee: whereupon Messrs. Armstrong of Mobile, Chambers, and Moore of Madison were appointed said committee. On motion of Mr. Perkins, the House took up the resolution, allowing compensation to the members of the General Assembly, which was read a second time, and ordered to lie on the table.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Dick: Mr. Speaker- The Senate have passed a resolution authorsing the State Treasurer to pay the expenses of the General Assembly in manner therein mentioned, and for other purposes, and he withdrew. The said resolution was read a first time, and the rule being dispensed with, was read a second time and amended, and the rule being further suspended with, the

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said resolution was read a third time and passed: Ordered, That the same be sent to the Senate as amended for their concurrence.

The House took up the resolution from the Senate proposing amendments to the constitution of this State, which was read a third time.

And the question being submitted on the passage of said resolutions was decided in the negative by ayes and nays. Those who voted in the affirmative are Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Conecuh, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Cleveland, Creagh, Cook, Coats, Coleman, Draughon, Dale, Davis, Duke, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Jackson, Murrell, McMeans, Moore of Marion, McVay, Mims, Perry, Shackleford, Sargent and Tagert, 29. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Armstrong of Mobile, Bigham, Col. John Brown, Mr. Chambers, Chapman, Clay, Doxey, Edmundson, Hill, Holderness, Isbell, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murphy, Morton, Perkins, Rather, Vining, Walker and Weedon, 21; and the majority not being two thirds, as required by the Constitution, the said resolutions were rejected.

The bill to alter the boundaries of certain counties therein named, was read a second time. Ordered, That the same be engrossed and be made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.

A resolution providing for the preservation of the State Records, was read a second time. Ordered, That the same be made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act, making it the duty of the Comptroller to issue printed warrants, was read a second time. Mr. Weedon moved that said bill lie on the table, decided in the negative.

The rule being dispensed with, the said bill was read a third time. Mr. Chambers moved to fill the blank therein with "fifty dollars," the sum appropriated to carry said act into effect, which was decided in the affirmative, ayes 30, nays 15. And the ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Clay, Cook, Doxey, Davis, Edmundson, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Hill, Holderness, Jackson, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murrell, McMeans, Moore of Marion, Mims, Perkins, Shackleford, Sargent, Tagert, and Walker, 30. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Bailey, Isaac Brown, Creagh, Coats, Coleman, Draughon, Duke, Evans, Murphy, Morton, McVay, Perry, Rather, Vining and Weedon, 15.

The question was then submitted on the final passage of the said bill and decided in the affirmative, ayes 32, nays 15. The ayes and nays being called for those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Clay, Cook, Doxey, Davis, Duke, Edmundson, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Hill, Holderness, Jackson, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murrell, McMeans, Moore of Marion, Mims, Perkins, Shackleford, Sargent, Tagert and Walker, 32. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Armstrong of Mobile, Bailey, Isaac Brown, Creagh, Coats, Coleman, Draughon, Evans, Murphy, Morton McVay, Perry, Rather, Vining and Weedon. Ordered, That the words "a bill to be entitled," be stricken out and that the same be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.


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The House then proceeded to the consideration of the bill to be entitled an act to repeal in part and amend an act entitled an act to regulate the proceedings in the courts of law and equity in this State, which was read a third time. Sundry blanks in the said bill, were then filled.

Mr. McVay moved to strike out the word twice in the 3d section, the said bill with the view to insert in lieu, the word four, decided in the negative.

Mr. McKinley moved to amend said bill by way of rider, by adding the following section: Section 27, It shall be the duty of the county Treasurer annually to make out a full and fair report of all receipts into the Treasury and of all disbursements, and deliver one copy thereof to the clerk of the county court, to be kept by him for the inspection of the citizens of the county, and deliver the original to the justice of the county court, and the justices of said county court, may do any necessary county business in vacation or term time as may best conduce to the interest of the county or State. The said amendment being read three times was adopted. The question was then put on the passage of the bill, and decided in the affirmative, ayes 22, nays 20. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Cleveland, Coleman, Draughon, Davis, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Isbell, Jackson, Leake, McKinley, Murphy, McMeans, Perkins, and Shackleford, 28. Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Clay, Creagh, Cook, Coats, Doxey, Duke, Edmundson, Hill, Holderness, Moore of Madison, Morton, Murrell, Moore of Marion, McVay, Rather, Sargent, Tagert, Vining, Walker, and Weedon. 20. Ordered, That the words a bill to be entitled, be stricken out, and that the same be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.

A bill to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act for the inspection of lumber and other articles therein named, passed at Huntsville 17th Dec. 1819, was read a second time.

Mr. Armstrong of Mobile moved to strike out of the second section, the words "sixty-two and one half," which was carried: Mr. Armstrong of Mobile moved to fill the blank occasioned thereby, by inserting "seventy-five" which was carried: Mr. Armstrong of Mobile moved to strike out of the same section, the words "thirty-seven and one half," which was carried: Mr. Armstrong of Mobile moved to fill the blank occasioned thereby, by inserting "fifty," which was carried: on motion, of Mr. Draughon, the rule was dispensed with, and the bill was read a third time.

Mr. Walker moved to amend the said bill by way of rider by adding an additional section in these words: and be it further enacted, that so much of an act, entitled an act for the government of Gin holders and other purposes, passed at St. Stephens, in the year one thousand eight hundred and eighteen, as are contained in the first and second sections of said act be, and the same are hereby repealed which was read three times, and decided in the negative.

The bill was then passed. Ordered, that the words "a bill to be entitled," be stricken out, and that the same be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.


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A bill from the Senate to be entitled an act to alter and extend the limits of Baldwin county, and for other purposes, was read a second time. Mr. Armstrong of Mobile moved to amend the seventh section of said bill, adding the following words to the beginning of said section. "That it shall be the duty of the sheriff and the clerks of the circuit and county courts, or persons now exercising the duties of those offices, to remove within the limits of Baldwin county, as now established by this act, on or before the first day of January next; and on moving into the county as aforesaid, it shall be their duty to give notice of the same, to the persons authorised to hold an election under the provisions of this act, and if they fail to do so, then and in that case," which was carried. Mr. Armstrong of Mobile moved to amend said section by striking out the words "Tuesday in March," which was carried. Mr. Armstrong moved to fill the blank occasioned thereby, by inserting the words "second Monday in January," which was carried. Mr. Armstrong moved further to amend the said bill by adding the following section. "Section 12. And be it further enacted, that there shall be an additional election precinct at the town of Florida, for the county of Mobile," which was carried. Ordered, that the said bill be read a third time to-morrow.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Chambers, Mr. Speaker, The Senate have read the third time and passed the bill entitled an act to organise the militia of this State, which originated in your honorable body, and have made amendments to the same as follows: to wit: In the sixth line of the second section, by striking out there and wherever it occurs throughout the bill as the name of a county, the word "Cahawba," and inserting in lieu thereof the word "Bibb." In the said section again, by striking out at the end thereof the words "and two musicians," inserting the words "and two musicians" between the word "privates," and the word "and" in the twenty-fifty line of said section, and inserting the word "and" between the word "serjeants",: and the word "four" in the twenty-sixty line thereof. In the third section, to wit, at the end of the fourth line in the second page of the bill, by striking out the word "Marion," and inserting in its place the word "Madison." By striking out the word "not," at the end of the fourth section, where it reads "shall not be vacated thereby". By striking out the last word "not" at the end of the fourth section, where it reads "shall not be vacated thereby." By striking out the word "not," at the end of the fourth section, where it reads "shall not be vacated thereby." By striking out the last word but one of the thirteenth section, to wit, the word "twenty," inserting in lieu thereof the word "five." By striking out in the thirty-second section the word "forty," and inserting in lieu thereof, the word "twenty." Also, in said section by striking out the words "twenty-five," and inserting in lieu thereof the words "one hundred." By annexing to the fifty-third section a proviso, and by instructing an additional section to the bill, after the fifty-third section. Altering the number of the last or repealing section to that of fifty-five, in which amendments they desire the concurrence of your honorable body.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Dick. Mr. Speaker- The Senate concur in the amendments made by your honorable body to a resolution authorising the State Treasurer to pay the expences of the General Assembly, in manner therein mentioned, and for other purposes, and then he withdrew.


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A bill to be entitled an act, to alter the mode of collecting the revenue of this State, was read a second time.

Mr. Perry moved to strike out the word "circuit," on the second, section which was carried. Mr. Perry moved to fill the blank occasioned thereby, with the word "county," which was carried. Mr. Rather moved to strike out the word "tenth," in the third section, which was carried. Mr. Rather moved to fill the blank occasioned thereby with the word "twentieth," which was carried. Mr. Holderness moved to strike out the fifth section of said bill which was decided in the negative. Mr. Moore of Madison moved to strike out the word "tenth," from the fifth section, which was carried. Mr. Moore of Madison moved to fill the blank occasioned thereby, with the word "twentieth," which was carried.

Mr. McKinley moved to amend the said bill by adding the following section: "and be it further enacted, That from and after the passage of this act, double tax shall not be collected or exacted, and if any person shall fail to give a list of taxable property, or to pay tax within the time prescribed by law, such person so failing shall pay to the tax collector the amount of taxes due by him and also pay to the said collector _____ cents in addition thereto for his trouble for taxing the list and collecting the tax." which was decided in the affirmative.-yeas 33, nays 15. The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Mr. Speaker, Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, Bailey, Chambers, Chapman, Clay, Cook, Coats, Coleman, Doxey, Davis, Edmundson, Fitzpatrick, of Montgomery, Hill, Holderness, Isbell, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murphy, Morton, Murrell, Moore of Marion, McVay, Mims, Perry, Rather, Vining, Walker and Weedon, 33. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Abercrombie, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Cleveland, Creagh, Draughon, Dale, Duke, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Jackson, McMeans, Shackleford, Sargent and Tagert, 13. Mr. Weedon moved to strike out the words "day of October," in the fifth section, which was carried. Mr. Weedon moved to fill the blank occasioned thereby with the words "Monday in November," which was carried. Mr. Moore moved to amend the 2nd section, by inserting after the word "returns," these words "in alphabetical order," which was carried. Mr. Chambers moved to amend the said bill by adding the following section: "and be it further enacted, That the justices of the peace appointed to take a return of the taxable property and polls in the several company districts, shall be required to take an enumeration of the inhabitants within the same, in the manner and under the regulations prescribed by an act authorising the taking of the census of the Alabama territory, passed the 9th of February, 1818," which was carried. Mr. Murphy moved to amend the said section, by adding the following words: "and the clerks of the county courts are hereby requested to make out a consolidated return of the same enumeration and transmit the same to _______on or before the first day of _______ which was carried.

Message from the Senate, by Mr. Dick. Mr. Speaker -- The Senate have read a third time and passed an act, making it the duty of the Comptroller to issue printed warrants.

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the day for its third reading to-morrow.

The house then adjourned till to-morrow morning 9 o'clock.