Thursday, December 14th, 1820.

Mr. Armstrong of Mobile from the select committee to whom was referred the petition of Jack F. Ross, reported the following bill: a bill to be entitled an act to indemnify Jack F. Ross, Treasurer of this state, which was read a first time, and the rule requiring a bill to be read on three different days, being dispensed with, the said bill was read a second time. Ordered, That the same be engrossed for a third on to-morrow.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Williams, their secretary.- Mr. Speaker, the Senate recede from their disagreement to the amendments made by your honorable body to the bill entitled an act to amend an passed, December 23d, 1815, fixing a standard for measures. And now concur in the same, then he withdrew.

Mr. McKinley from the select committee to whom was re-committed the bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the subscribers to the Bank of the State of Alabama, reported the same with amendments. In which amendments severally, the House concurred.

Mr. Murphy moved to amend the said bill by adding the following section: and be it further enacted, that the State shall be and hereby is vested with full power and authority to purchase all the shares or stock owned by any individual body corporate or copartnership after _____ years from the time at which the bank shall have gone into operation, and should the State make such purchase, it shall give the value or selling price at which such stock may be worth at the time of such purchase, but in no case, shall give more than _____ per centum above par, and in the event of the State making such purchase, it shall be the duty of the several stockholders to transfer or assign over all stock owned by them," which was adopted.

Mr. Murphy moved to strike out the word "fifty," in the 5th section of said bill, which was carried: Mr. Murphy moved to fill the blank occasioned thereby, with the word "thirty-five," carried: Mr. Murphy moved to amend the 9th section, by inserting between the words 'director' and 'nor' these words, 'on the part of the stockholders,' carried: Mr. Murphy moved further to amend the said section by inserting at the end thereof, these words, "and no stockholder shall be appointed a director on the part of the State," which was carried, Ordered, That the said bill be engrossed and be made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.

The House then took, into consideration the amendments made by the Senate to the bill, to organise the militia of this State.

Mr. Armstrong of Mobile, moved that the House disagree to the amendment proposed to the 4th section in striking out the word not before the word vacated, which was decided in the affirmative. On motion of Mr. Armstrong of Mobile, the House disagreed to the amendments made by the Senate to the 53d section of the said bill.

The House then concurred in the other amendments proposed by the Senate to the said bill. The House proceeded to the consideration of the bill, to reduce into one the several acts concerning roads, bridges, ferries, and highways.

Mr. Draughon moved to amend said bill, by way of rider, by adding an additional section to wit: section 31, and be at further enacted, that


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all commissioners appointed by the Court to lay out roads, and to apportion hands on any road, who may refuse or neglect to perform the duty assigned him or them, shall each forfeit and pay for every such failure or neglect the sum of ten dollars to be recovered as prescribed, in the fourth section of this act: Provided, nevertheless, that such fine shall not be imposed when a good and sufficient excuse may be offered, and the said rider being read three times was adopted by the House.

Mr. Draughon moved further to amend the said bill, by rider, by adding thereto the following section, to wit: Sec. 32. And be it further enacted, That no person residing within the limits of any incorporated town shall be compelled to work on any road without the limits of said town. And that all commissioners appointed by the court to lay out roads and to apportion hands on any road who may refuse or neglect to perform the duty assigned him or them, shall each forfeit and pay for every such failure or neglect, the sum of ten dollars, to be recovered as prescribed in the fourth section of this act.

The said rider being read a second time, Mr. Walker moved to strike out of said rider, the following words: "that no person residing within the limits of any incorporated town shall be compelled to work on any road without the limits of said town," which was decided in the affirmative.- ayes 35, nays 14. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are Messrs. Speaker, Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Cleveland, Creagh, Coats, Coleman, Dale, Doxey, Davis, Duke, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Hill, Holderness, Isbell, Jackson, Murphy Morton, Murrell, Moore of Marion, McVay, Mims, Sargent, Tagert, Walker, and Weedon- 35.

Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Abercrombie, Bailey, Clay, Cook, Draughon, Edmundson, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, McMeans, Perry, Perkins, Shackleford, and Vining- 14.

The said rider was then passed, and sundry blanks contained in the bill being filled, the same was 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.

Mr. Chapman from the committee on enrolled bills, reported, that the committee have examined the bill, entitled an act, making it the duty of the Comptroller to issue printed warrants, and find the same correctly enrolled.

A bill to be entitled an act for the relief of securities, was read a third time and passed. Ordered that the title be as aforesaid and that the same be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Davis. Mr. Speaker, the Senate have passed the following bills, originating in your honorable body, to wit: An act authorizing the Governor to pay to the town Council of Cahawba, two thousand dollars, on account of the Bridge which they are now building in the town of Cahawba; and, an act to raise a revenue, for the support of government for the year 1821, to which bill they have made the following amendments, to wit: In the 11th line of the 3d section between the words "tax" and "for" by inserting "and all other free male persons over twenty one and under forty five, one dollars, Indians excepted; by striking out in the 29th line of the same section the word "pinchback" and inserting in lieu thereof the


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word "other;" by striking out in the 17th line of the 8th section the words "on the premises;" by inserting between the word "representations" and the word "or" these words, "feats of activity, slights of hand." In which amendments they desire your concurrence. -- And then he withdrew.

A bill to be entitled an act for the collection of monies due the State, and for other purposes, was read a third time and passed. Ayes 34, nays 3. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Cleveland, Clay, Creagh, Coats, Coleman, Draughon, Doxey, Davis, Duke, Edmundson, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Isbell, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Morton, Murrell, Moore of Martin, McVay, Perry, Perkins, Shackleford, Sargent, Vining and Walker, 34. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Cook, Tagert and Weedon, 3.

A bill to be entitled an act to alter the mode of collecting the revenue of this state, was read a third time. Mr. Abercrombie moved to fill the blank, allowing a compensation to the sheriff for collecting the revenue, with the words five per cent, which was carried. Sundry blanks in said bill were then filled. Mr. Moore of Madison moved to re-consider the vote allowing the sheriff five percent commission for collecting the revenue, which was carried. The question was then put on filling the blank with five per cent, and decided in the negative, ayes 21, nays 24. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, Clay, Creagh, Cook, Coats, Draughon, Dale, Davis, Evans, Hill, Holderness, Isbell, Leake, Murphy, McMeans, Moore of Martin, Perkins and Sargent, 21. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Col, John Brown, Chapman, Cleveland, Coleman, Doxey, Duke, Edmundson, Fitzpatrick, of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Morton, Murrell, McVay, Mims, Perry, Shackleford, Tagert, Vining, Walker, and Weedon, 24;. On motion, Ordered, That said blank be filled with "four," per cent.

The bill to be entitled an act, to establish a State University, was read a third time. Mr. Moore of Madison moved to amend said bill by way of rider, by adding thereto an additional section, to wit: And be it further enacted, That the commissioners appointed under this act, shall have the power to apply so much of the rent arising from any tract of cleared land as may be sufficient to put the same under a good and lawful fence: Provided, That nothing in this act shall be so construed as to operate on any parcel of cleared land which may be under good fence at the time the same shall be offered for lease, which was decided in the affirmative.

The blanks in said bill being filled the same was passed, Ordered, that the words "a bill to be entitled," be stricken out, and the said bill be sent to the Senate for their concurrence. Ordered, That Mr. Jackson have leave of absence for the remainder of the session.

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 this day approve and sign an act, supplementary to an


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act, entitled an act, to incorporate the city of Mobile, passed the 17th day of December 1819. An act, to incorporate the town of Washington, in the county of Autauga.

An act, for the relief of certain lessees of school lands in Madison county.

An act, to incorporate the trustees of Solemn Grove academy in Monroe county; and, an act, declaring that part of Limestone leading from Mooresville to the Tennessee river, a public highway, and for other purposes, all which originated in this honourable body, and then he withdrew.

The house proceeded to the consideration of the amendments proposed by the Senate to the bill to raise a revenue for the support of government for the year 1821, and disagreed to the amendment to the 3d section of the same. Ordered, That the house concur in the other amendments to the said bill.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Garth. Mr. Speaker,- The Senate have passed the bill, entitled an act, to apportion the Representatives among the several counties of this State, and to divide the State into senatorial districts according to the returns of the late census, which originated in your honourable body; and have amended the same by striking out in the first section after the word "Bibb," the word "one," inserting in lieu the word "two," and by striking out the 2nd section. They have also amended the title, by striking there from these words "and to divide into senatorial districts according to the returns of the late census," and then he withdrew.

A bill to be entitled an act, to cede to the United States the jurisdiction of this State to certain lands for the purposes therein mentioned, was read a second time, and the rule being dispensed with, said bill was read a third time forthwith and passed.

A resolution providing for the preservation of the State records, was read a third time and passed.

A bill to be entitled an act, to fix the time for convening the General Assembly, was read a second time, and the rule being dispensed with, was read a third time forthwith, and passed. Ordered, That the title be as aforesaid, and that the same be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.

A bill to be entitled an act allowing David and Nicholas Crocheron additional compensation for completing the public building was read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed and made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act, concerning executions and sales by Sheriffs, and for other purposes, was read a second time.

Mr. Shackleford moved to amend the said bill by adding to the first section after the word "hoe," these words "and also on fourth part of the provisions in possession of every family of this State," which was carried. Ordered, That said bill be engrossed and be made the order of the day for to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act, concerning the appointment of county officers, was read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed and made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act, to alter the boundaries of certain counties therein mentioned, was read a third time and passed.- Ordered,


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That the title be as aforesaid, and that the same be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.

A bill to be entitled an act to reduce into one the several acts concerning strays was read a second time: 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.

A bill to be entitled an act defining the boundaries of Marion County was read a third time and passed.

A bill to be entitled, an act for selecting and drawing of grand and petit jurors and for other purposes, was read a second time. Mr. Moore of Madison moved that the said bill be indefinitely postponed, which was lost: 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 establish the seat of justice in Blount county and for other purposes was read a second time and the rule being dispensed with, was read a 3d time forthwith, and 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.

A bill to be entitled an act to fix on a site for the seat of justice in Wilcox county, was read a third time, on motion, of Mr. McVay, Ordered, That the words "and for other purposes" be added to the title of said bill.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorise persons who have settled on the sixteenth sections in each township to remove mill works or machinery and for other purposes was read a second time.

Mr. McVay moved to amend the said bill by adding the following section, that the said agents shall receive from time to time such compensation for their services out of any money arising from the rents or leases of said lands as may be thought reasonable by the county courts of the counties in which said lands respectively lie, which was decided in the negative.

Mr. McVay moved to amend said bill by adding these words, as an additional section: section 3. And be it further enacted that the provisions of the foregoing sections shall extend to settlers on the seventy-two sections reserved by the State for the purposes of a Seminary of Learning, which was adopted by the House: Ordered, That said bill be engrossed and be made the order of the day on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the town of Erie in the county of Greene, was read a second time, Ordered, that the same be engrossed for a third reading on to-morrow. And then the House adjourned till 9 o'clock to-morrow.