Tuesday, Dec. 19, 1820.

Mr. Benson from the committee of enrolled bills, reported that the committee have examined bills of the following titles: to wit, An act to incorporate the lower part of Tuskaloosa; An act for the government of the port and harbor of Blakeley; An act appointing additional precincts for holding elections in the county of Bibb; An act to vest certain lots in the Intendant and Council of the town of Cahawba; An act to alter the boundaries of certain counties therein mentioned; An act giving jurisdiction to the Courts of certain counties therein mentioned; An act defining the boundaries of Marion county and for other purposes; An act to incorporate the town of Ococoposo, in the county of Franklin; and find the same correctly enrolled.

A bill entitled an act concerning executions and for other purposes was taken up, and the question being submitted, shall this bill pass? it was decided in the negative- Ayes 15- Nays 24. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Bigham, Clay, Doxey, Davis, Edmundson, Holderness, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Morton McVay, Rather, Shackleford, Vining, and Walker, 15. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Conecuh, Benson, I. Brown, J. Brown, Creagh, Cook, Coats, Coleman, Dale, Duke, Evans, Hill, Murphy, Murrell, McMeans, Moore of Marion, Mims, Perry, Perkins, Sargent, and Tagert- 24.

Ordered, That the committee of conference have leave to sit during the session of the House.

A bill to be entitled an act amendatory of an act passed by the Legislature of Alabama, at Huntsville 16th December, 1819, entitled an act to establish a public road therein named, was read a second time, and the rule being dispensed with, said bill was read a third time and passed: Ordered, That the Senate be informed thereof.

Message from the Senate by Mr. Rose: Mr. Speaker,- The Senate have read the third time and passed a resolution authorising the payment of Chapley R. Wellborn, and then he withdrew.

A bill entitled an act supplementary to an act establishing the permanent seat of justice in Cahawba county, passed at Huntsville 17th Dec. 1819, was read a second time and the rule being dispensed with, said bill was read a third time and passed: Ordered, that the Senate be informed thereof.

A resolution appointing commissioners to review and mark out a road from the military crossing of the Buttahatchee to the falls of


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Tuskaloosa, was read a second time, and the rule being dispensed with, was read a third time forthwith and passed: Ordered, That the Senate be informed thereof.

A bill from the Senate entitled an act to provide for digesting the laws of Alabama, was read a second time.

Mr. Perry moved, that said bill be postponed indefinitely, which was decided in the negative. Ayes 15- nays 16.

The ayes and nays being called for. Those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs. Benson, Bailey, I. Brown, John Brown, Clay, Coats, Coleman, Dale, Davis, Moore of Madison, Murrell, McMeans, Perry, Rather, and Shackleford, 15. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Speaker, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Creagh, Doxey, Duke, Edmundson, Hill, Holderness, Leake, Moore of Marion, McVay, Mims, Sargent, Tagert, and Vining, 16.

The question was then taken on the third reading of said bill and lost. Mr. Benson from the committee of enrolled bills, reported that the committee had examined an enrolled copy of an act to organise the militia of this State, and find the same correctly enrolled.

A bill entitled an act to authorise the Governor to sell lots on the public land west of the Alabama river, and opposite the town of Cahawba, was read a second time, and the rule being dispensed with was read a third time forthwith and passed: Ordered, That the Senate be informed thereof.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act for the selecting and drawing grand and petit jurors and for other purposes, was read a third time. Mr. McVay moved that said bill be postponed till Monday week, which was carried. Ayes 16, nays 14.

The ayes and nays being called for. Those who voted in the affirmative are Mr. Speaker, Messrs. I. Brown, Dale, Doxey, Duke, Edmundson, Leake, Moore of Madison, Moore of Marion, McVay, Mims, Perkins, Shackleford, Sargent, Tagert, and Vining, 16. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Bailey, J. Brown, Creagh, Coats, Coleman, Davis, Hill, Holderness, Murrell, McMeans, Perry, and Rather, 14.

An engrossed bill to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to suppress duelling was read a third time, and the question being taken shall this bill pass? it was decided in the negative; ayes 13, nays 19.

The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are Messrs Speaker, Bailey, John Brown, Coleman, Dale, Davis, Hill, Holderness, McMeans, Mims, Perry, Rather, and Shackleford, 13. Those who voted in the negative are Messrs. Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, Isaac Brown, Clay, Coats, Doxey, Duke, Edmundson, Leake, Moore of Madison, Murphy, Murrell, Moore of Marion, McVay, Perkins Sargent, Tagert and Vining, 19.

A bill to be entitled an act making appropriations for the year 1821, was taken up and read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed forthwith. And the House adjourned till two o'clock.

Evening Session. The House met pursuant to adjournment.

A message from the senate by Mr. Dick. Mr. Speaker -- The senate have read the third time and passed the bill originating in your honorable body, entitled an act to incorporate the subscribers to the Bank of the State of Alabama, and have amended the same as follows, to wit: By striking out at the end of the third line, and beginning of the fourth, in the second section, the words "twelve hundred and fifty" inserting in lieu thereof the words one thousand and fifty. By striking out in the sixth line of said section, the words twelve hundred and fifty,' and inserting in lieu thereof the words one thousand and fifty. By striking out in the eighth line of the same section, the words 'one thousand' inserting in lieu thereof the words seven hundred,


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By striking out in the beginning of the 13th line of said section the words 'five hundred,' and inserting in lieu thereof the words three hundred. They have inserted between the word 'junior' and the word 'at,' in the middle of the tenth line, the following, to wit: At Courtland, for the subscription of five hundred shares, under the superintendence of William Boothe, John P. Hickman, John Moseley, Anthony Winston, and Theophilus W. Cockburn, at the town of Blakeley, for two hundred shares, under the superintendence of James W. Peters, Francis B. Stocton, Lewis Marchand, Benjamin Jones Randall and James L. Seabury, at Demopolis, for two hundred shares, under the superintendence of Pilkins Barnes, Allen Glover, George S. Gaines, and Charles L. Desnouette. They have inserted between the word 'Claiborne' and the word 'Tuskaloosa,' in the second line of the third section, the words 'Courtland, Blakeley, Demopolis,' also the word 'and' after the word 'Mobile' in said line. In the ninth section, to wit: at the end of the 14th line and so much of the 15th from the top of the 4th page of the bill, they have stricken out these words, and no stockholder shall be a director on the part of the state.' They have stricken out the last line of the thirteen section and inserted in lieu thereof these words, 'characters, to the amount of their stock therein respectively.' And then he withdrew.

Mr. Morton from the committee on enrolled bills reported that the committee have examined enrolled bills of the following titles, to wit: An act to raise a revenue for the support of government for the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty-one, and resolution authorising the payment of Chapley R. Wellborn, and find the same correctly enrolled.

A bill from the Senate entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to provide for leasing for a limited time the lands reserved by the Congress of the United States for the support of schools within each township of this State for a Seminary of learning and for other purposes, was read a second time, and the rule being dispensed with, was read a third time and passed; Ordered, That the Senate be informed thereof.

Mr. Walker from the special committee to whom was referred the resolution authorising the acting Governor to adjust and settle the accounts of David and Nicholas Crocheron made the following report.

The special committee to whom was referred the resolution authorising the acting Governor of this State to adjust and settle the accounts of David and Nicholas Crocheron for building the State House in the town of Cahawba respectfully submit the following report. That they have taken into consideration the said resolution, as well as the contract entered into between the late Governor of the State and the said David and Nicholas Crocheron, the extra work which has been performed and the peculiar circumstances of expense and difficulty under which it has been completed: the committee are of opinion that it would comport with the justice and liberality of the State to allow the said David and Nicholas Crocheron, four thousand nine hundred and ninety-two dollars and fifty cents in addition to the amount of their contract with the late Governor in consequence of said extra work, as well as the charge necessary in the original plan, over which they had not controul and the unusual expence of completing


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such a building under so many disadvantages, the committee recommend that the said resolution be amended, by striking out all the words after convened, and by inserting in lieu thereof the words, viz. That the acting Governor of this State be authorised and directed to pay to David and Nicholas Crocheron _______ dollars and cents in addition to the sum heretofore allowed them for the purpose of building a State House in the town of Cahawba, and that the said additional sum be paid out of any money in the Treasury arising from the sale of lots in the town of Cahawba which is not otherwise appropriated. The said resolution was read a first time, and the rule being dispensed with, was read a second and third times forthwith.

The House then proceeded to fill the blank in the second. Mr. Walker, moved to fill the blank with the sum recommended by the committee, viz. $4992.50, which was decided in the negative. Ayes 16- nays 23.

The ayes and noes being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, Clay, Cook, Dale, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Morton, McMeans, Mims, Perry, Shackleford, Tagert and Walker, 16. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Creagh, Coats, Coleman, Doxey, Davis, Duke, Edmundson, Evans, Hill, Holderness, Murrell, Moore of Marion, McVay, Perkins, Rather, Sargent and Vining, 23.

Mr. Morton moved to fill the blank with the word "four thousand nine hundred and ninety, which was decided in the negative. Mr. Murphy moved to fill the blank with four thousand seven hundred and fifty, which was decided in the negative. Mr. Edmondson, moved to fill the blank with the sum of four thousand five hundred dollars which was carried, ayes 23, nays 16. 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, Clay, Cook, Dale, Doxey, Edmundson, Hill, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murphy, Morton, McMeans, Mims, Perry, Shackleford, Tagert and Walker, 23. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Creagh, Coats, Coleman, Davis, Duke, Evans, Holderness, Murrell, Moore of Marion, McVay, Perkins, Sargent and Vining, 16. The question was then taken on the passage of the said resolution and decided in the affirmative, ayes 23, nays 16. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, Clay, Cook, Dale, Doxey, Edmundson, Hill, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murphy, Morton, McMeans, Mims, Perry, Shackleford, Tagert and Walker, 23. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Creagh, Coats, Coleman, Davis, Duke, Evans, Holderness, Murrell, Moore of Marion, Perkins, Rather, Sargent and Vining, 16.

The bill was then passed. Ordered, That the same be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.

Message from the Senate by Mr. Dick. Mr. Speaker, The Senate have passed the following bills, &c. which originated in your honorable body, to wit: an act, to amend an act, passed at Huntsville on the thirteenth day of November, 1819, incorporating the town of Triana; an act, to establish certain election precincts therein named, and for other purposes, to which bill they have made amendments; an act, to extend the bounds of Jefferson county and for other purposes, which they have also amended; resolution authorising the Comptroller to receive all monies and notes arising from the rents of the seminary lands; an act, granting to John Fowler the right of running a steam ferry boat, between the city of Mobile and the town of Blakeley; an act to incorporate the Flint river navigation company; an act to incorporate an aqueduct company in the city of Mobile; an act, to in-


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corporate the town of Claiborne; an act, supplementary to the laws now in force concerning wills, intestates, and guardians.

An act to authorise judges of the circuit courts and justices of the county courts to take acknowledgments of deeds and relinquishments of dower; an act to legalise registering certain deeds or conveyance of land in this State; an act to incorporate the town of Elyton, in the county of Jefferson; an act to authorise the payment of sixty dollars to Samuel Dale; an act concerning writs of error; and an act concerning executions, sales by sheriffs, and for other purposes, and then he withdrew.

The House took up the bill entitled an act to extend the bounds of Jefferson county and for other purposes, and concurred in the amendments made thereto by the Senate.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Dick. Mr. Speaker,- The Senate have passed the following bills, to wit: an act to regulate proceedings in suits at common law, to which bill, the Senate have made amendments; an act for the relief of the tax collector of Lauderdale county, and for other purposes; which bill they have amended by striking out the third section, and adding three additional sections, and an act repealing certain laws therein named, to which bill, and the amendments to the former, the Senate ask the concurrence of your honorable body, and then he withdrew.

The House took up the bill entitled an act to regulate proceedings in suits at common law, and agreed to the amendments made thereto by the Senate.

The bill entitled an act for the relief of the tax collector of Lauderdale and for other purposes, was taken up. On motion of Mr. Bigham the House disagreed to the amendments made by the Senate to said bill, in striking out the third section thereof.

The House then proceeded to the consideration of the further amendments, to said bill being the fifth section, which reads thus: And be it further enacted, That it shall not be lawful for the tax collectors to receive in payment for taxes any money except gold, or silver, and office money, the bills of the incorporated banks of this State, and comptrollers warrants, and concurred, in the said amendment.

Ayes 23- nays 16.- The ayes and nays being called for: those who voted in the affirmative are Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Conecuh, Benson, I. Brown, John Brown, Creagh, Cook, Coats, Coleman, Dale, Davis, Evans, Hill, Murphy, Murrell, McMeans, Moore of Marion, Mims, Perry, Perkins, and Tagert, 23. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Bigham, Bailey, Clay, Doxey, Duke, Edmundson, Holderness, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Morton, McVay, Rather, Sargent, Vining, and Walker, 16.

The House then concurred in the other amendments made by the Senate to the said bill: Ordered, That the Senate be informed thereof.

The House concurred in the amendments made by the Senate to the bill entitled an act to establish certain election precincts therein named, and for other purposes: Ordered, That the Senate be informed thereof.

Mr. Morton from the committee on enrolled bills reported that the committee have examined enrolled bills of the following titles to wit:

An act to legalize registering certain deeds of conveyances of land in this state. A resolution appointing commissioners to review and mark out a road from the military crossing of the Buttahachee, to the Falls of Tuskaloosa. An act to incorporate the town of Elyton, in


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the county of Jefferson, and an act concerning the appointment of county officers, and find the same correctly enrolled.

A message from the senate by Mr. Trotter. Mr. Speaker, -- The senate have passed the bill which originated in your honorable body, entitled an act to provide for enclosing the public building in the town of Cahawba, and have amended the same, to which they desire your concurrence, and then he withdrew.

A bill from the senate entitled an act to repeal certain laws therein named, was read a first time, and the rule being dispensed with, was read a second time forthwith. Mr. Moore of Madison, moved that the said bill be made the order of the day for a third reading on Monday next, which was decided in the affirmative, ayes 24, nays 12. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Abercrombie, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Clay, Cook, Doxey, Davis, Duke, Edmundson, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murphy, Morton, Moore of Marion, McVay, Perkins, Rather, Shackleford, Sargent and Tagert, 24. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Armstrong of Mobile, Bigham, Benson, Creagh, Coats, Evans, Hill, Murrell, McMeans, Perry, Vining and Walker, 12.

The house disagreed to the amendments made by the Senate to the bill entitled an act, to provide for enclosing the public building. Ordered, That the Senate be informed thereof.

A bill from the Senate, entitled an act, giving jurisdiction over water courses, was read a first time, and the rule being dispensed with, was read a second time forthwith and amended; and the rule being further dispensed with, was read a third time and passed. Ordered, That the Senate be informed thereof.

Mr. Morton from the committee on enrolled bills, reported that the committee have examined bills of the following titles, to wit: an act, to authorise persons who have settled on the sixteenth section in each township to remove mill works or machinery and for other purposes; an act, to authorise the persons therein named, to sell and transfer certain certificates of land; an act, prescribing the mode of making out and authenticating accounts against this State; and, an act, authorising the payment of sixty dollars to Samuel Dale, and find the same correctly enrolled.

An engrossed bill of the following title, to wit: an act, making appropriations for the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty-one, and for other purposes, was taken up, and sundry blanks contained therein filled. The bill was also amended by way of rider.

Mr. Moore of Madison moved further to amend the same, by way of rider, by adding the following words to the last section of the said bill, viz. The sum of fifty three dollars to Daniel Rather, for the hire of a servant to make fires, and cut wood, including the board of said servant, which was read a first and second times, and the question being taken on its third reading, shall this rider be adopted? it was decided in the affirmative; ayes 22, nays 12.

The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Conecuh, Clay, Cook, Doxey, Edmundson, Evans, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murphy, Morton, McMeans, Moore of Marion, Mims, Perry, Perkins, Rather, Tagert, Vining and Walker, 22. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Creagh, Coats, Coleman, Davis, Duke, Hill, Murrell and McVay, 12.

The bill was then passed. Ordered, that the words 'a bill to be en-


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titled' be stricken out, and that the same be sent to the senate for their concurrence. A message from the senate by Mr. Dick.

Mr. Speaker,- The senate have passed the following bills, viz.: An act to amend an act entitled an act for the inspection of lumber and other articles therein named; and an act to lay a tax on the inhabitants of Washington county, both which bills originated in your honorable body, and to which latter bill the senate have made amendments, and request your concurrence therein, and then he withdrew.

And then the House adjourned till to morrow, at nine o'clock.