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Wednesday, December 6th, 1820.

Mr. Draughon, from the committee on roads, bridges and ferries, to whom was referred the bill compelling owners of public ferries, and ferry keepers to set over all people going to, or from public worship, free from ferrage. Reported, that the said committee have had said bill under consideration, and do not think it expedient for this House to pass said bill. On motion, the House concurred in said report.

Mr. Draughon, from the committee aforesaid, to whom was also referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of Blount county, reported favourably, to the prayer of the petition.

Mr. Walker, from the committee of accounts, reported the following resolution: A resolution authorsing the payment of Daniel Rather, which was read a first time, and on motion Ordered, to be read a second time to-morrow.

Mr. Walker, from the committee of accounts, reported the following bill: A bill to be entitled an act prescribing the mode of making out and authenticating accounts against this state, which was read a first time, and on motion Ordered, that the said bill be made the order on a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Armstrong of Mobile, from the select committee to whom was referred the petition of John Fowler, reported the following bill: A bill to be entitled an act granting to John Fowler the right of running a steam ferry boat, between the city of Mobile and the town of Blakeley, which was read a first time, and Ordered for a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Murphy from the committee of Ways and Means, reported the following bill: A bill to be entitled an act to alter the mode of collecting the revenue of this State, which was read a first time, and Ordered for a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Perry obtained leave to introduce the following bill: A bill to be entitled an act to establish an additional ferry across the Alabama River, within the town of Cahawba, which was read a first time, and on motion, Ordered for a second reading to-morrow. Mr. Perry also obtained leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act authorsing the opening and repairing a certain road therein mentioned. On motion of Mr. Tagert Ordered, that the said bill be indefinitely postponed.,

Mr. Smoot, obtained leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to suppress duelling, which was read a first time, and ordered for a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Smoot obtained leave to bring in the following bill, a bill to be entitled an act to lay a tax on the inhabitants of Washington county, which was read a first time; and, Ordered, for a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. McKinley from the select committee to which was referred the bill to be entitled an act to authorise the issuing of Treasury notes, reported the same without amendment, on motion of Mr. Coats, Ordered, That the said bill be indefinitely postponed, ayes 21, nays 23. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are Messrs. Abercrombie, Bigham, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Cleveland, Clay, Coats, Davis, Duke, Edmundson, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Hill, Jackson, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murrell, Moore of Marion, McVay, Per-


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kins, Rather, Sargent, and Smoot, 27. Those who voted in the negative are Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Armstrong of Mobile, Col. John Brown, Creagh, Cook, Coleman, Draughon, Dale, Davis, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Holderness, Isbell, Murphy, Morton, McMeans, Mims, Perry, Shackleford, Tagert, Vining, Walker, and Weedon, 23.

A message from the Senate by M. Williams, their Secretary: Mr. Speaker- The Senate have passed the bill entitled an act to authorise the county court of Conecuh county to levy a tax for building a court house and jail in said county, and for other purposes therein mentioned, which bill originated in your honorable body.

They have also passed a bill to be entitled an act to establish the seat of justice in Montgomery county: and, resolutions requesting the Governor to transmit the census to the Senators and Representatives of this state in Congress, to obtain additional representation therein, and then he withdrew.

Mr. Chambers obtained leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act making it the duty of the comptroller to issue printed warrants, which was read the first time.

Mr. Perry moved the indefinite postponement of said bill, which was decided in the negative, ayes 15, nays 35. The ayes and nays being called for. Those who voted in the affirmative are Messrs. Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, Coats, Draughton, Dale, Davis, Evans, Isbell, McMeans, Murphy, Perry, Rather, Shackleford, Vining, and Weedon, 15. Those who voted in the negative are Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Bigham, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Cleveland, Clay, Creagh, Cook, Coleman, Doxey, Duke, Edmundson, Fitzpatrick, of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Hill, Holderness, Jackson, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Morton, Murrell, Moore of Marion, McVay Mims, Perkins, Sargent, Smoot, Tagert, and Walker, 35. Ordered, for a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. McKinley from the judiciary committee reported the following bill, a bill to be entitled an act to repeal in part, and amend an act to regulate the proceedings in the courts of law and equity in this state, which was read a first time; and ordered for a second reading on Friday, and that sixty copies of sad bill be printed.

Mr. McMeans obtained leave to introduce the following bill, a bill to be entitled an act to fix permanently the seat of justice in the county of Wilcox, which was read a first time, and ordered to lie on the table.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Williams, their Secretary: Mr. Speaker,- I am instructed by the Senate to inform you that they have adopted the following resolution: Resolved, that the Senate will repair to the Representative chamber on any day, which notice may be given by the House of Representatives for the purpose of electing judges of the county courts in such counties as the same may have become necessary. And then he withdrew, on motion, Ordered, That the said resolution lie on the table.

The Joint resolution fixing the adjournment of the General Assembly on the 16th inst. was read a second time, ordered that said resolution be engrossed and be made the order of the day for Tuesday next.


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The House took up the bill, to be entitled 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 and disagreed to the amendments of the Senate proposed thereto.

A bill from the Senate entitled an act defining the boundaries of Marion county, and for other purposes, was read a first time, and ordered for a second reading to-morrow.

A bill from the Senate, entitled an act to incorporate the town of Ococoposo in the county of Franklin; was read a first time, and ordered for a second reading on to-morrow.

A bill from the Senate, entitled an act to establish the seat of justice in Montgomery county, was read a first time, and ordered to lie on the table.

Resolutions from the Senate, requesting the Governor to transmit the census to the Senators and Representatives of this State in Congress to obtain additional Representation therein, were read a first time and ordered for a second reading on to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Chapman, Ordered, That Messrs. Murphy, McKinley, and Chambers be instructed to bring in a bill concerning divorce and alimony.

Mr. Chapman from the Committee on enrolled bills, reported that the committee have examined bills of the following titles, to wit: an act to authorise Jeremah Austill to dispose of the lands of the late David Files; and act to amend an act passed at St. Stephens the 13th February, 1818, to establish the Tombeckbe Bank; and, an act to authorise the Governor to dispose of the Public Arms of this State. And that the same are correctly enrolled, and then the House adjourned till three o'clock.

EVENING SESSION.

The House met at 3 o'clock in pursuance of adjournment.

On motion the House resolved itself into a committee of the whole House, on the bill to be entitled an act to raise a revenue for the support of Government for the year 1821, and after some time spent therein, the Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Chambers reported, that the committee had had said bill under consideration, and made some progress therein, and asked leave to sit again.

The House then adjourned.