Thursday, December 7th, 1820.

Mr. McVay obtained leave to introduce the following bill: a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of the tax collector of Lauderdale county, which was read a first time; and, on motion, Ordered, That the said bill be read a second time to-morrow.

Mr. McVay presented the account of William W. Crittenden assessor of Lauderdale county and census taker of said county, which was referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Jackson offered a resolution proposing an amendment of the constitution, so as to elect the Judges of the several courts trienially after the year 1825, which was read the first time. Mr. Jackson moved that the said resolution be read a second time to-morrow, which was decided in the negative.

Mr. Chapman, from the committee on enrolled bills, reported the said committee had examined the following bills, to wit: An act to al-


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ter an act entitled an act to establish certain counties therein named, and for other purposes therein mentioned: An act providing for the payment of William Pye: An act to authorise S. B. Shields to sell certain lands therein mentioned: An act to authorise the county court of Conecuh county, to levy a tax for building a Court-house and Jail in the said county, and for other purposes therein mentioned: An act to incorporate the Cahawba Navigation Company--- all of which they found correctly enrolled.

The house then resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill to raise a revenue for the support of Government for the year 1821, and after sometime spent in the consideration thereof, the Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Chambers reported the same with amendments.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Williams their secretary, informing this house, that they have read a third time and passed, a bill entitled an act supplementary to the act entitled an act to incorporate the city of Mobile, passed the 17th of December 1819; and a bill entitled an act to incorporate the town of Washington in the county of Autauga; and a bill entitled 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: all which originated in this House.

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 to amend an act passed at St. Stephens the 13th of February 1818 to establish the Tombeckbe Bank. An act to authorise Jeremaih Austill to dispose of the lands of the late David Files. An act to authorise the Governor to dispose of the public arms of this State. An act to incorporate the Cahawba Navigation company. An act to alter an act, entitled an act to establish certain counties therein named, and for other purposes therein mentioned. An act to authorise S. B. Shields to sell certain lands therein mentioned. An act providing for the payment of William Pye, and an act to authorise the county court of Conecuh county to levy a tax for building a court house in said county and for other purposes therein mentioned; all of which originated in this honorable body.

Thursday December 7th 1820.

Mr. Chapman moved to amend the report of the committee on the bill to raise a revenue for the support of the Government for the year 1821, by striking out the word "sixteen" from the 1st section, and inserting the word "twelve" which was decided in the negative- ayes 20- nays 25. The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Armstrong, of Conecuh, Bigham, Col. John Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Clay, Coleman, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Holderness, Jackson, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, McMeans, McVay, Rather, Sargent, Vining, Walker and Weedon, 20.

Those who voted in the negative are, Mr. Speaker, Armstrong of Mobile, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Creagh, Cook, Coats, Draughon, Doxey, Davis, Duke, Edmundson, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Isbell, Murphy, Morton, Moore of Marion, Mims, Perry, Perkins, Shackleford, and Smoot, 25.

The House concurred with the report of the committee to the amendments of the second section of said bill.


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Mr. Moore of Madison moved, That the house do not concur in the amendment taxing sales of merchandize thirty cents for every hundred dollars value, which was decided in the negative.

Mr. Moore of Madison, moved that the house do disagree to the report of the committee in the 3d section of said bill, levying a tax of five dollars on free negroes and mulattoes, which was lost, ayes 22, nays 27. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Armstrong of Mobile, Bigham, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Clay, Cook, Dale, Duke, Edmundson, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Jackson, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Morton, Mims, Rather, Shackleford, Smoot and Weedon, 22. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Conecuh, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, Creagh, Coats, Coleman, Draughon, Doxey, Davis, Evans, Hill, Holderness, Isbell, Leake, Murphy, McMeans, Moore of Marion, McVay, Perry, Perkins, Sargent, Tagert, Vining and Walker, 27. The house then concurred in that part of the report of said committee.

Mr. Abercrombie moved, that the house do disagree to that part of the report which imposes a tax of ten dollars upon every dirk, which was decided in the affirmative. The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in favour of concurring in the amendment proposed by the committee of the whole, are Messrs. Draughon, Evans, Morton, Tagert, Vining and Weedon, 6. Those who voted against concurring, are Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Clay, Creagh, Cook, Coats, Coleman, Dale, Doxey, Davis, Duke, Edmundson, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Hill, Holderness, Isbell, Jackson, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murphy, McMeans, Moore of Marion, McVay, Mims, Perry, Perkins, Rather, Shackleford, Sargent, Smoot and Walker, 43.

The house disagreed to the amendment proposed by the committee reducing the tax on retailers of spiritous liquors.

Mr. Murphy moved to amend the report by adding these words after the word "notes," in the 6th section, to wit: "and which will not resume and continue the payment of specie on their notes, on or before the ________day of _________1821, which was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Davis moved that the House do now adjourn till 3 o'clock, decided in the negative. The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, Coats, Coleman, Doxey, Davis, Duke, Edmundson, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Hill, Jackson, Morton, Moore of Marion, M'Vay, Sargent, Tagert, Vining, Walker, and Weedon, 23. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs, Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Clay, Creagh, Cook, Draughon, Dale, Holderness, Isbell, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murphy, Murrell, Mims, Perry, Perkins, Shackleford, and Smoot, 25.

Mr. Walker moved to strike out so much of the 3d section of the bill to raise a revenue for the year 1821, as imposes a poll tax of one dollars, with a view to fill the blank with a smaller sum, which was

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carried, ayes 25, nays 17. The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Speaker, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Coleman, Draughon, Doxey, Duke, Edmundson, Evans, Fitzpatrick, of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick, of Autauga, Hill, Holderness, Jackson, Morton, Moore of Marion, McVay, Perry, Sargent, Vining, Walker and Weedon, 25. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Armstrong of Mobile, Bigham, Benson, Chapman, Clay, Cook, Coats, Dale, Davis, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murphy, Murrell, Perkins, Shackleford and Tagert, 17.

The question was then taken on filling the said blank, Mr. Creagh, moved to fill the blank with the word 'one' so as to read 'on all free white males above the age of twenty-one, and not exceeding fifty, one dollar each as a poll tax which was decided in the negative, Ayes 23.- Nays 27. The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, Bigham, Benson, Chambers, Chapman, Clay, Creagh, Cook, Coats, Dale, Davis, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murphy, Murrell McMeans, Mims, Perkins, Shackleford, Smoot, and Tagert, 23. Those who voted in the negative are Messrs. Speaker, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Coleman, Draughon, Doxey, Duke, Edmundson, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Hill, Holderness, Isbell, Jackson, Morton, Moore of Marion, McVay, Perry, Rather, Sargent, Vining, Walker, and Weedon, 27.

Mr. Smoot, moved to fill the blank by inserting 'eighty-seven and a half cents, which was decided in the negative, ayes 22, nays 28, The Ayes and Nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, Bigham, Benson, Chambers, Chapman, Clay, Creagh, Cook, Coats, Dale, Davis, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murphy, Murrell, Mims, Perkins, Shackleford, Smoot, and Tagert, 22. Those who voted in the negative, are Mr. Speaker, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Col, John Brown, Coleman, Draughon, Doxey, Duke, Edmundson, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Ataugua, Hill, Holderness, Isbell, Jackson, Morton, McMeans, Moore of Marion, McVay, Perry, Rather, Sargent, Vining, Walker, and Weedon, 28.

Mr. Creagh moved to fill the blank with seventy-four cents, decided in the negative. Mr. Tagert moved to fill the blank with seventy cents, decided in the negative. Mr. Abercrombie moved to fill the blank with sixty-eight and three fourth cents, decided in the negative. Mr. Dale, moved to fill the blank with sixty-two and a half cents, which was decided in the negative, ayes 25, nays 25. The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Messrs. Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, Bigham, Benson, Chambers, Chapman, Clay, Creagh, Cook, Coats, Dale, Davis, Hill, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murphy, Murrell, McMeans, Mims, Perry, Perkins, Shackleford, Smoot, and Tagert, 25. Those who voted in the negative are Messrs. Speaker, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Coleman, Draughon, Doxey, Duke, Edmundson, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery,


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Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Holderness, Isbell, Jackson, Morton, Moore of Marion, McVay, Rather, Sargent, Vining, Walker, and Weedon, 25.

Mr. Abercrombie moved to fill the blank with sixty cents, which was decided in the negative. Mr. Tagert, moved to strike from the bill all that part of the third section as imposes a poll tax, on all free white males above the age of twenty one years and not exceeding fifty, which was decided in the affirmative, yeas 33, nays 17.

The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Bailey, John Brown, Col, John Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Creagh, Cook, Coats, Coleman, Draughon, Davis, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Holderness, Isbell, Jackson, McKinley, McMeans, McVay, Perry, Perkins, Rather, Shackleford, Smoot, Tagert, Vining, Walker and Weedon, 33. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs, Abercrombie, Benson, Isaac Brown, Clay, Dale, Doxey, Duke, Edmundson, Hill, Leake, Moore of Madison, Murphy, Morton, Murrell, Moore of Marion, Mims and Sargent, 17.

Mr. McKinley moved that leave be given the citizens of Cahawba to have a party of pleasure in the hall of the House of Representatives, which was decided in the negative: Ayes 24, Nays 24. those who voted in the affirmative are Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, John Brown, Col, John Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Clay, Creagh, Cook, Draughon, Dale, Evans, Holderness Isbell, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murphy, Mims, Perry, Perkins, Smoot and Weedon, 24. Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, Coats, Coleman, Doxey, Davis, Duke, Edmundson, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Hill, Jackson, Morton, Murrell, Moore of Marion, McVay, Shackleford, Sargent, Tagert, Vining and Walker, 24. And then the House adjourned.