Friday, December 15, 1820.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole House on the bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the Indian creek Navigation company, 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 made the order of the day for its third reading on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to fix the seat of justice in Montgomery county was read a third time.

Mr. Abercrombie moved, that the further consideration of the said


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bill be indefinitely postponed, which was decided in the negative, ayes 10, nays 32. The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Armstrong of Mobile, Abercrombie, Bailey, Cleveland, Coleman, Davis, Evans, Murphy, and Morton, 10. Those who voted in the negative are Messrs. Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Chapman, Clay, Creagh, Cook, Draughon, Doxey, Duke, Edmundson, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Hill, Holderness, Leake, Moore of Madison, McMeans, Moore of Marion, McVay, Mims, Perry, Perkins, Rather, Sargent, Tagert, Vining, Walker, and Weedon, 32.

Mr. Fitzpatrick of Montgomery moved to amend the said bill by inserting the word 'temporary' between the words 'the' and 'seat' which was carried.

The rule being dispensed with, the bill was read a third time and passed, Ordered, That Mr. Isbell, and Mr. Cleveland have leave of absence during the remainder of the session after to-morrow.

Mr. Chapman, from the committee on enrolled bills, reported, that said committee have examined and find correctly enrolled the following bills, to wit: an act authorising 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: an act for the collection of the monies due the State, and for other purposes; an act to amend an act passed December 23d, 1815, fixing a standard for measures.

A bill to be entitled an act to alter and extend the boundaries of the county of Baldwin; and for other purposes, was read a third time.

Mr. Armstrong of Mobile, moved to amend said bill by way of rider, by adding thereto the following sections: Sec.     And be it further enacted, that it shall be the duty of the Treasurer of Baldwin county, within two months after the passage of this act to settle and adjust the accounts of said county with the judge of the county court of Baldwin, and on failure thereof it shall be the duty of the said judge to institute suit against said Treasurer and his securities: and the amount of monies in the Treasury of said county shall be equally divided between the counties of Mobile and the county established by this act.

Sec.      Be it further enacted, That the Court House and Jail, at McIntosh's Bluff in the county of Mobile as established, shall be sold by order of County court of Mobile, and the monies arising from said sale, shall be equally divided between the counties herein named, to be applied to county purposes, which said riders were read three times and adopted by the House, and the said bill was passed

The House then took into consideration the amendments made by the Senate, to the bill entitled an act to apportion the Representatives among the several counties in this State, and to divide the State into senatorial districts, according to the returns of the late census, and agreed to the amendments made to the first section of said bill, increasing the number of Representatives allowed to the county of Bibb.

Mr. Murphy moved that the House concur with the Senate, in striking from the said bill the second section, apportioning the representation in the senatorial branch of the government, which was decided in the negative. Ayes 15, nays 31.


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The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, John Brown, Creagh, Coleman, Duke, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Murphy, Murrell, Perry, Sargent, and Tagert- 15. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, Bailey, Isaac Brown, Col. John Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Cleveland, Clay, Cook, Coats, Draughon, Doxey, Davis, Edmundson, Evans, Hill, Holderness, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Morton, McMeans, McVay, Mims, Perkins, Rather, Shackleford, Vining, Walker and Weedon,- 31. Ordered, that the House disagree to the amendment to the title of said bill.

The engrossed bill to be entitled an act concerning the appointment of county officers, 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 bill to be entitled an act allowing David and Nicholas Crocheron additional compensation for completing the Public Building, was read, and the House having proceeded to consider with what sum the blank should be filled, with: Ordered, the further consideration to be postponed till to-morrow. And the House adjourned half after 2 o'clock.

Evening Session.- A bill to be entitled an act concerning executions and sales by sheriffs and for other purposes, was read a third time, and the blanks being filled, the bill was passed. Ordered, that the words "a bill to be entitled" be stricken out.

Mr. Chapman, from the committee on enrolled bills, reported, that the committee had examined the following bills, and find them correctly enrolled, to wit: An act to establish the seat of justice in the county of Montgomery, an act to cede to the United States the jurisdiction of this state to certain lands for the purpose therein mentioned; a resolution providing for the preservation of the state records.

An engrossed bill of the following title, to wit: an act to indemnify Jack F. Ross, Treasurer of the state, was read a third time and passed. Ordered that the title be as aforesaid.

A bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the subscribers to the Bank of the state of Alabama, was read a third time, and the blanks being filled, was passed. The ayes and nays on its passage being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Speaker, Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Clay, Cook, Coats, Coleman, Draughon, Dale, Doxey, Davis, Duke, Edmundson, Evans, Hill, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murphy, McMeans, Moore of Marion, McVay, Mims, Perry, Perkins, Shackleford, Sargent, Vining, Walker and Weedon- 37. Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Abercrombie, Creagh, Holderness, Murrell and Rather- 5.

Ordered, that Mr. Draughon have leave of absence during the remainder of the session.

A bill to be entitled an act to fix the seats of justice permanently in St. Clair and Perry, and for other purposes, was read a third time.

Mr. Coleman moved, by way of rider, to amend the said bill by adding the following section: "Sec. 15. And be it further enacted, that all elections held in pursuance of this act, shall commence at ten o'clock in the forenoon, and close at five o'clock in the afternoon of the same day: and that all acts and parts of acts contravening the provisions of this act, be, and the same are hereby repealed." Which was adopted.


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The bill was then passed.

A bill to be entitled an act, to authorise persons who have settled on the 16th section in each township, to remove mill works or machinery, and for other purposes, was read a third time 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 incorporate the town of Erie, in the county of Greene, was read a third time 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 entitled an act authorising a lottery for the benefit of the navigation of the Buttahachee river, was read a third time and passed.

A bill to be entitled an act, permitting merchants, shopkeepers, physicians, apothecaries, &c. to prove their accounts, was read a second time. Mr. Weedon moved to strike out the first section of the said bill, which was decided in the negative, ayes 18, nays 19. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Abercrombie, Bigham, Col. John Brown, Coats, Coleman, Duke, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murrell, Moore of Marion, McVay, Mims, Rather, Sargent, Vining, Walker and Weedon, 18. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Speaker, Armstrong of Mobile, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Creagh, Cook, Draughon, Dale, Doxey, Davis, Edmundson, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Hill, Murphy, Perry and Perkins, 19. Mr. Draughon moved to amend the said bill, when on motion of Mr. McVay, Ordered, That the same be indefinitely postponed.

A bill to be entitled an act requiring the Sheriffs of the several counties of this State to hold a poll to ascertain the sense of the people as to the mode of voting at elections, was read a second time. Mr. Creagh, moved that said bill be postponed indefinitely, which was decided in the negative, ayes 18, nays 23. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Conecuh, John Brown, Benson, Bailey, Col. John Brown, Creagh, Cook, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Murphy, Moore of Marion, Mims, Perry, Perkins, Shackleford, Vining, Walker and Weedon, 19. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Bigham, Isaac Brown, Chambers, Coats, Coleman, Draughon, Dale, Doxey, Davis, Duke, Edmundson, Hill, Holderness, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murrell, McMeans, McVay, Rather and Tagert, 23. Mr. Weedon moved that the said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day on Wednesday next, decided in the negative, ayes 19, nays 25. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bailey, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Creagh, Dale, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Murphy, Moore of Marion, Mims, Perry, Perkins, Shackleford, Vining, Walker and Weedon, 19.

Those who voted in the negative are Messrs, Speaker, Abercrombie, Bigham, Benson, I. Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Cleveland, Cook, Coats, Coleman, Doxey, Davis, Duke, Edmundson, Hill, Holderness, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murrell, Mcmeans, McVay, Rather, and Tagert.- 26. Mr. Moore of Madison, moved that the said bill be engrossed and


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made the order of the day for a 3d reading on to-morrow, which was decided in the affirmative- ayes 24- nays 20. The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Bigham, I. Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Cleveland, Clay, Coats, Coleman, Doxey, Davis, Duke, Edmundson, Hill, Holderness, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murrell, McMeans, McVay, Rather, and Tagert- 24.- Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Con. Benson, Bailey, J. Brown, Col, J. Brown, Creagh, Cook, Dale, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Aut., Fitzpatrick of Mont., Moore of Mar, Mims, Perry, Perkins, Shackleford, Vining, Walker, and Weedon- 20.

A bill to be entitled an act to establish certain election precincts therein named and for other purposes, was read a 2d time. Mr. Perry moved to strike out all the said bill which relates to the county of Perry, which was carried; and the rule requiring a bill to be read on three several days being dispensed with, the said bill 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 bill to be entitled an act for the relief of James Ham, was read a third time 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 for the relief of the tax collector of Lauderdale county was read a second time. Mr. Perry moved to amend said bill by adding the following section; to wit, Sec. 2., and be it further enacted, That the Comptroller of Public Accounts be and he is hereby authorised to make an allowance to the tax collector of Dallas county for so much of the taxes on the lands lying in said county, owned by non-residents as may be made satisfactorily to appear, cannot be collected either by law or otherwise, which was carried. Ordered that said bill be engrossed and be made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to extend the boundaries of Jefferson county and for other purposes, was read a second time, and the rule being dispensed with, the said bill 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 resolution assigning certain rooms of the State House to the Comptroller of Public Accounts and State Treasurer, was read a second time, and the rule being dispensed with, the said bill was read a third time and passed.

A 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 meridian line of Huntsville, to the falls of Tuskaloosa, was read a third time and passed. Mr. Weedon moved that the House take up the bill to be entitled an act amendatory of an act entitled an act to regulate patroles, and for other purposes, passed at Huntsville Dec. 17, 1819, which was decided in the negative. A bill to be entitled an act giving jurisdiction to the courts of certain counties, was read a second time, and ordered for a third reading to-morrow. A bill to be entitled an act to amend an act passed at Huntsville on the 13th day of November, 1819, incorporating the town of Triana, was read a third time 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 incorporate the Flint River Navigation Company, was read a third time and passed. Ordered, that the title be


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aforesaid, and that the same be sent to the Senate for their concurrence. Ordered, that the bill to be entitled an act more effectually to prevent the evil practice of billiard playing, be postponed till to-morrow. And then the House adjourned till to-morrow, 9 o'clock.