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Saturday, December 2, 1820.

Mr. Isaac Brown from the committee on County Boundaries, to whom was referred the bill to establish the county of Henderson, reported that it is inexpedient to establish said county. Mr. Isaac Brown moved that the House do concur in the said report.- Carried, Ayes 28, Nays 13. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs. Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Clay, Creagh, Coats, Doxey, Duke, Edmundson, Fitzpatrick, of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Holderness, Jackson, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, McMeans, Moore of Marion, McVay, Perkins, Smoot, Tagert, Vining, Walker and Weedon 28. Those who voted in the negative are, Mr. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, Chambers, Chapman, Cleveland, Cook, Coleman, Draughon, Dale, Davis, Perry and Rather, 13.

Mr. Draughon from the committee on roads, bridges, &c. reported the following bill: a bill to be entitled an act, to reduce into one the several acts concerning roads, bridges, ferries, and highways, which was read a first time, and ordered for a second reading on Tuesday next. Ordered, That seventy-five copies of said bill be printed for the use of this house.

On motion of Mr. Bigham, Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That a joint committee be appointed to take into consideration the subject of revising the laws of the State of Alabama; and that they be instructed to inquire into the duties performed by the judges and attorney general under the direction of an act, passed at Huntsville the 17th December, 1819; or whether the duties required by the aforesaid act, have been completed and complied with, which resolution was read a first time, and on motion, ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

Mr. Hall obtained leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act, to reduce the compensation of the members of the General Assembly, which was read a first time, and on motion, ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

Mr. McVay obtained leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act, to repeal so much of an act, entitled 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, which was read a first time, and on motion, ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

Mr. Draughon obtained leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act, to amend an act, for the inspection of lumber and other articles therein named, passed at Huntsville on the 17th of December, 1819, which was read a first time, and on motion, ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

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

Mr. Speaker- The Senate have concurred in the resolution appointing a joint committee to settle the accounts of the State engineer and report all maters of fact material in relation thereto; and have appointed Messrs. Farmer, Hogg, and Hanby a committee on their part. They have passed a resolution providing for the preservation of the State Records, to which they desire your concurrence.


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Mr. Chapman obtained leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act to require 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, which was read a first time, and on motion ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

A bill from the Senate, to be entitled an act, to alter and extend the boundaries of the county of Baldwin, and for other purposes, which was read a first time, and on motion, ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

A bill from the Senate, to be entitled an act, giving jurisdiction to the courts of certain counties, which was read a first time, and on motion, ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

A resolution from the Senate providing for the preservation of the State records, which was read a first time, and ordered for a second reading on Monday next.

The house then took up the order of the day.

A bill to be entitled an act, to alter and extend the limits of Autauga county, and for other purposes, was read second time, and on motion of Mr. Walker, ordered that the words "shall be and remain the permanent boundaries" be stricken out. Ordered that the said bill be read a third time on Monday next.

A bill to be entitled an act, to authorise the Governor, to pay to the Town Council of Cahawba $2000 on account of the bridge they are now building in Cahawba, was read a second time. Mr. Perry moved to amend the said bill by inserting between the words "dollars" and "out" the following words "part of the sum heretofore appropriated," which was carried. Ordered that the said bill be engrossed, and be made the order of the day for its third reading on Monday next.

A bill to be entitled an act, for the relief of James Ham, was read a second time, and on motion, Ordered, That the said bill be engrossed for a third reading on Monday next.

A bill to be entitled an act, to incorporate the Flint river navigation company, was read a second time; and Mr. Vining moved to amend the 1st section of said bill by inserting between the words "John P. Brown," and "and" these words "John Grayson, Dial Peevy, David Walker, Ebenezer Byram, Stephen McBroom," which was carried.

Mr. Moore, of Madison, moved to amend the said amendment by inserting the words "William Derrick," which was carried.

Mr. Moore moved to amend the said bill by inserting the words "in Madison county," after the words "Flint river," which was carried. Ordered to be engrossed, and made the order of the day for its third reading on Monday next.

Engrossed bills of the following titles, to wit: An act to amend an act, entitled an act, providing for the determination of suits and controversies by arbitration, passed at Huntsville 13th December, 1819.

An act to authorise the Governor or person exercising that office to remit any part of any fine, forfeiture, or sentence of imprisonment.

An act to amend an act, to establish a Bank in the town of Mobile, passed at St. Stephens the 20th November, 1816, were severally read a third time and passed. Ordered, That the titles be as aforesaid, and that the said bills be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.


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The bill to be entitled an act, more effectually to prevent the evil practice of billiard playing in this State, was read a third time, and on motion, Ordered, That the further consideration of said bill, be postponed till Monday next. An engrossed bill of the following title, to wit: An act, authorising a lottery for the building a bridge over Clear creek, within the limits of the town of Cahawba, 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, to regulate proceedings in suits at common law, was read a second time.

The house resolved itself into a committee of the whole house, on the said bill, and after some time spent in the consideration thereof, the Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Walker reported the said bill with amendments, in which the house concurred, Ordered to be engrossed and made the order of the day for its third reading on Tuesday next. A bill to be entitled an act, concerning free negroes and mulattoes, was read a second time and on motion, ordered to be referred to a select committee, whereupon, Messrs. Moore of Madison, Armstrong of Mobile, and Cleveland, were appointed said committee.

A bill to be entitled an act, to incorporate the Indian creek navigation company, was read a second time, and on motion, Ordered, That the said bill be committed to a committee of the whole house, and be made the order of the day for Monday next.

A bill to be entitled an act, to organize the militia of this State, was by order of the House, read a second time by its title, and on motion, Ordered, That the said bill be recommitted to the military committee.

A bill to be entitled an act, to authorise persons erecting mills on the sixteenth section, to remove the same, was postponed till Monday next.

A bill to be entitled an act, to provide for paying the electors, was read a second time. On motion of Mr. Walker, Ordered, That the further consideration of the said bill be indefinitely postponed.

A bill to be entitled an act, regulating open accounts, was read a second time. Mr. Creagh moved to strike out of the second section of the said bill, the word "thirty," which was carried. Mr. Creagh moved to fill the blank occasioned thereby with the word "fifty" which was carried. Ayes 26, nays 16. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Creagh, Coats, Coleman, Draughon, Doxey, Davis, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Hill, Jackson, McKinley, Moore of Marion, McVay, Perry, Perkins, Smoot, Tagert, Walker, 26. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Speaker, Chambers, Chapman, Cleveland, Cook, Dale, Duke, Edmundson, Evans, Leake, Moore of Madison, Murphy, McMeans, Rather, Vining and Weedon, 16. Ordered, That the said bill to be referred to the judiciary committee.

The house then adjourned.