Friday, November 10, 1820.

Mr. McKinley presented a petition from sundry inhabitants of the


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county of Madison, praying the General Assembly to memorialize Congress for their relief as purchasers of public land, and also a petition from sundry inhabitants of the county of Limestone, for the same purpose, which were received by the House; and on motion of Mr. McKinley, the said petitions were referred to a select committee, with leave to report by memorial. And Messrs. McKinley, Clay and Doxey are said committee.

Mr. Creagh presented the petition of Samuel B. Shields, administrator of the estate of Benjamin Glover, deceased, praying for leave to sell the real and personal property of the said Glover, which was received by the House and referred to a select committee; whereupon Messrs. Creagh, Vining and Isaac Brown were appointed said Committee.

Mr. Clay presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of the county of Lawrence, praying the General Assembly to memorialize Congress for their relief as purchasers of public land, which was received by the House, and referred to the select committee on the petition from the inhabitants of Madison, with leave to report by memorial.

Mr. Weedon presented the petition of John Roe, and others, praying indemnity for clearing school lands, and otherwise improving the same, township 5, range 2, west; and also for an extention of their lease for one year more than the original term; which said petition was received and on motion, referred to the committee of propositions and grievances.

Mr. Hill presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Tuscaloosa praying that a new county may be established agreeably to the limits therein specified. On motion ordered that the said petition be referred to the committee on county boundaries.

Mr. Perkins presented the petition from sundry lessees of college lands in the county of Tuscaloosa, praying a remission of rent for the same. On motion, ordered that the said petition be referred to the committee on schools and colleges and school and college lands.

Mr. McVay presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Lawrence and Franklin, praying for a division of the said counties. Ordered that the said petition be referred to the committee on county boundaries.

Mr. Morton presented the petition of Gilbert D. Taylor, praying for the emancipation of certain slaves therein named. Ordered, that the said petition be referred to a select committee, to wit, Messrs. Morton, Clay and Moore of Madison.

Mr. Clay presented the petition of Killis Walton, praying for the emancipation of certain a negro man therein named. Ordered, that the said petition be referred to the preceding committee.

Mr. Moore of Madison, presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Madison, praying that Flint River may be declared a public highway as far as Capt. Scott's Mills, and for assistance in opening the navigation of the same.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee on inland navigation.

Mr. Mims presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Mobile and Baldwin praying for the establishment of a new county, to be made from parts of said counties. Ordered, that the said petition be referred to the committee on county boundaries.


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Mr. Moore of Madison, presented the petition of John N. S. Jones, and Alexander P. Jones, heirs of Lawellen Jones, deceased, praying for the emancipation of certain slaves therein named for reasons therein stated. Ordered, that the said petition be referred to a select committee, to wit: Messrs. Morton, Clay and Moore, of Madison.

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

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives,

I have to inform your honourable body, that the Senate have adopted the following resolutions, to wit: Resolved, That a committee consisting of three members be appointed on the part of the Senate, to act jointly with such committee as may be appointed on the part of the House of Representatives, to take into consideration and report to the Senate, whether any, and what amendments are necessary to the military laws of this State. Messrs. Farmer, Gause and Connor being a committee on the part of the Senate.

Resolved, That a committee be appointed on the part of the Senate, together with such committee as may be appointed on the part of the House of Representatives to take into consideration the boundaries of counties. Ordered, That the committee consist of five members, Messrs Rose, Ringgold, Metcalf, Casey, and Terrel are appointed on the part of the Senate.

Resolved, That a committee of three members be appointed on the part of the Senate, together with such committee as may be appointed on the part of the House of Representatives to take into consideration the propriety of memorializing the Congress of the United States on the subject of the public lands; Messrs Farmer, Gause and Hogg being the committee on the part of the Senate. Ordered, That the said message lie on the table. On motion, Ordered, That Mr. Coats be added to the committee on county boundaries. Ordered, That Mr. Jackson be added to the committee on county boundaries. On motion of Mr. Walker, ordered, that so much of the Governor's message as relates to enclosing the capitol, be referred to a select committee, and Messrs. Walker, Perry, and Tagert were appointed the said committee. On motion of Mr. McVay, ordered that so much of the Governor's message as relates to the militia be referred to the military committee. On motion of Mr. Walker, ordered, that so much of the Governor's message as relates to school lands, be referred to the committee on schools and school and college lands. On motion of Mr. Walker ordered, that so much of the Governor's message as relates to the Coosa river, be referred to the committee on Inland Navigation.

Mr. Perry presented a bill for the purpose of incorporating the town of Selma, which was read the first time, and, on motion, ordered, that the second reading of the said bill be the order of the day for to-morrow.

A bill from the Senate by Mr. Williams, their Secretary, entitled an act amendatory of an act entitled "an act to provide for the sale of lots in the town of Cahawba, and for other purposes," and of an act entitled an act providing for the temporary and permanent seats of government; which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow.


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On motion of Mr. McVay, ordered, that so much of the Governor's message as relates to the loan obtained from the Bank of Huntsville, be referred to the committee of Ways and Means. Mr. Bailey gave notice that he should, on Monday next, bring in a bill to establish the permanent seat of Justice in Lauderdale county.

Mr. Perry moved, that the House dispense with the rule requiring a bill to be read on three different days, to which the House disagreed.

On motion of Mr. Isaac Brown, ordered, that so much of the Governor's message as relates to the election of electors of President and Vice-President be referred to a select committee, and Messrs. Isaac Brown, Leake, and Evans are said committee.

Mr. McKinley brought in a bill according to leave granted yesterday to legalize the election of a senator and representatives, in the county of Jackson, in August, 1820, which was read the first time, and ordered for a second reading on to-morrow. Ordered, that Mr. Murrell be added to the committee on Schools and Colleges, and School and College Lands.

On motion of Mr. Rather, Resolved, that a committee of four members on the part of the House of Representatives, to act jointly with such committee as may be appointed by the Senate to memorialize Congress to make sale of certain fractional townships of lands lying east of the meridian, and within the limits of Cotaco county. Whereupon Messrs. Rather, Moore of Madison, Abercrombie, and Clay were appointed a committee. Ordered, that Mr. Benson be added to the committee on county boundaries.

On motion, Ordered, that an additional clerk be appointed to this House- agreed to; whereupon Mr. Nathaniel Dodson was elected.

Ordered, that Messrs. Sargent, Isbell, Cleveland, and John Browne, be added to the committee on county boundaries.

Ordered, that Messrs. Clay, Shackleford, Bigham, and Evans be added to the Judiciary Committee; and then

The House adjourned till to-morrow at 10 o'clock.