Friday, December 8th, 1820.

Mr. Weedon, from the committee of schools and colleges, and school and college lands, to whom was referred the bill to be entitled an act to establish a State University, reported the same with sundry amendments thereto, which were read, and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Chambers, from the select committee to whom was referred the bill from the Senate, entitled an act concerning executions, and for other purposes, reported the same with amendments, which were read a first time, and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Morton obtained leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act of appropriations to the assessors for taking the census and assessing the taxes in the year 1820, which was read a first time, and ordered for a second reading on to-morrow. Mr. Perry obtained leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of the tax collector of Dallas county, for the year 1820, which was read a first time, and ordered for a second reading on to-morrow.

The House again resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on certain parts of the bill 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. Walker reported the said bill with amendments, and the question being submitted will the House concur


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in the amendments proposed by the committee to that part of the bill imposing a poll tax on all free white males under the age of forty-five, and above the age of twenty-one years, one dollars. Decided in the affirmative, -- ayes 24, nays 23.

The ayes and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, Benson, Chambers, Chapman, Cleveland, Clay, Creagh, Cook, Coats, Davis, Hill, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murphy, Murrell, McMeans, Mims, Perkins, Shackleford, Smoot, and Tagert- 24.

Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Armstrong of Conecuh, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Coleman, Draughon, Doxey, Duke, Edmundson, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery ,Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Holderness, Jackson, Morton, Moore of Marion, McVay, Perry, Sargent Vining, Walker, and Weedon- 23.

The House then concurred in the amendment proposed by the committee. Mr. McVay, moved to strike out all the first section after the enacting clause, with the view of inserting in lieu thereof a clause classing all lands to which a complete title has been obtained, in three classes, which was decided in the negative. Ayes 9, Nays 39.

The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are Messrs, Bailey, Edmundson, Evans, Leake, Moore of Madison, McVay, Vining, Walker and Weedon, 9. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of M., Armstrong of C., Bigham, Benson, I. Brown, J. Brown, Col. J. Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Cleveland, Clay, Creagh, Cook, Coats, Coleman, Draughon, Doxey, Davis, Duke, Fitzpatrick of M. Fitzpatrick of A., Hill, Holderness, Jackson, McKinley, Murphy, Morton, Murrell, McMeans, Moore of Marion, Mims, Perry, Perkins Shackleford, Sargent, Smoot, and Tagert- 39.

Ordered that the said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for Monday next, and that Messrs. Chambers and Walker be instructed to superintend the same.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill entitled an act to apportion the Representatives among the several countries of this state, and to divide the state into senatorial districts according to the returns of the late census, and after some time spent in the consideration thereof, the Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Fitzpatrick of Autauga, reported the same with amendments in which the House concurred, Ordered, to be engrossed for a third reading on Monday next.

A message from the acting Governor, by Mr. Rogers: Gentlemen of the Senate and of the House of Representatives, -- I herewith lay before the General Assembly, an abstract of the census of the counties of Baldwin and Blount, received since my communication of the 9th ult. No returns has yet been made by the county of Marion, and I think it probable none will be received for the present year.

I have the honor at this time also to lay before you a memorandum of vacancies which have occurred since the last session of the General Assembly in offices which it will devolve on you to fill during your present session.

(signed.)THOMAS BIBB.

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

Mr. Speaker,- I am instructed by the Senate to inform your, they have passed the following bills; an act to authorise John N. S. Jones and Alexander P. Jones, to emancipate certain slaves therein men-


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tioned; an act to authorise Killis Walton, to emancipate a negro man slave, named Tom; an act to amend an act entitled an act to establish a Bank in the town of Mobile, passed at St. Stephens the 20th Nov. 1818; an act to authorise Daniel Reid to emancipate certain slaves therein named; and an act to authorise a lottery for the building a bridge over Clear creek in the town of Cahawba, all of which bills originated in the House of Representatives.

They have also passed the following bills: a resolution assigning certain rooms of the State House to the use of the Comptroller of public accounts, and State Treasurer: an act to cede to the United States the jurisdiction of this State, to certain lands, for the purpose therein mentioned; and an act, appointing additional precincts for holding elections in the county of Bibb, to which the Senate desire your concurrence, and then he withdrew. The engrossed bill to be entitled an act, to organize the militia of this State, was then taken up and read a third time.

Mr. Dale moved to fill the blank allowing compensation to the Adjutant General, with the words "five hundred dollars." which was decided in the negative, ayes 3, noes 37. The ayes and noes being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are Messrs. Dale, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, 3. Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, Clay, Creagh, Cook, Coleman, Draughon, Doxey, Davis, Duke, Edmundson, Evans, Hill, Holderness, Jackson, Leake, Moore of Madison, Murphy, Morton, McMeans, Moore of Marion, McVay, Mims, Perry, Shackleford, Sargent, Smoot, Tagert, Vining, Walker, and Weedon, 37. Mr. Walker moved to fill the blank with "two hundred dollars," which was decided in the affirmative. The blanks were then filled. Ordered, That the words "a bill to be entitled," be stricken out, and that the same be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.

The Speaker having obtained leave of the House, to have the reasons for his vote on the poll tax, spread on the journal, are as follows:

It is a good principle, that in the first place the property of the State should support the government of it.

If the property of the State is insufficient for this purpose, other means must be resorted to; the property of this State, at this time is certainly insufficient; for these reasons we are compelled to resort to polls, if resorted to, then, the difference between one hundred cents, and fifty cents, is not materially important; principles and private feelings only are in opposition. The situation of the public debt of this State, is such that necessity requires that principles and private feelings should yield to the principles of expediency and policy; therefore I vote for concurring in the report of the Committee.

The house adjourned till to-morrow 9 o'clock.