Wednesday, November 15th, 1820.

Mr. Chambers presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Jackson county, praying that a part of the said county may be added to Madison county, which was received, and on motion Ordered, that the said petition be referred to the committee on county boundaries

Mr. Morton presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Limestone county, praying that a law may be passed making Limestone creek navigable, which was received and, on motion Ordered, that the said petition be referred to a select committee, to wit, Messrs. Morton, Chambers, and Holderness.

Mr. McVay presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Lauderdale county, praying the General Assembly to memorialize Congress, for relief to them as purchasers of public Land, which was received, and, on motion, the said petition was laid on the table. Mr. Chambers presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Madison, praying the passage of a law, opening the navigation of Indian creek, from Huntsville to the Tennessee river, which was received, and, on motion, ordered, that the said petition be referred to a select committee and Messrs. Morton, Chambers, and Holderness were appointed said committee. Mr. Perry presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of the town of Cahawba, praying the passage of a law altering Vine-street, which was received and on motion, ordered, That said petition be referred to a select committee.

Mr. Jackson presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Autauga county, praying that a law may be passed compelling those who build mills on Autauga Creek to construct their dams so as that Rafts of timber may pass over them without obstruction, which was received; and, on motion, ordered, that the said petition be referred to the committee on roads, bridges, &c.

Mr. Chambers presented the petition of Thos. Phillips, praying compensation for the loss of a negro man killed while working on the public road, which was received; and on motion, ordered, that the said petition be referred to the committee on Propositions and grievances.

Mr. McVay presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of the town of Florence, praying the passage of a law incorporating the said town, which was received; and on motion, ordered, that the said petition, be referred to a select committee, to wit. Messrs. McVay, McKinley, and Smoot.

Mr. Weedon, from the Committee on Schools and Colleges and School and College Lands, to whom were referred the petitions of James Dellet, Sen. and William Stewart, and sundry inhabitants of Tuscaloosa, lessees of school and college lands, reported unfavourably to the said petitioners; which report was received and concurred in by the House.

Mr. Murphy, from the committee to whom was referred that part of the Governor's Message which relates to the loan obtained from the Planters' and Merchants' Bank of Huntsville, reported the following bill: "A bill to provide for a renewal of the loan effected in the Planters' and Merchants' Bank of Huntsville for and in behalf of this state;" which was received, and read a first time.


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On motion of Mr. Chapman, Ordered, That the rule which requires a bill to be read on three different days be dispensed with; the bill was then read a second time. On motion, Ordered, That the said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for its third reading to-morrow.

Mr. Draughan from the Committee of Roads, Bridges, &c. to whom was referred the petition of James Penn, reported unfavourably to the prayer of said petition; which was received and concurred in by the House.

Mr. Moore of Madison, from the Select Committee to whom was referred the petition of Lemuel Mead, reported the following bills; "A bill to authorise Lemuel Mead to emancipate a negro man slave named Richmond, commonly called Richmond Richison; and also a bill to authorise Daniel Reid to emancipate certain slaves therein named;" which were received, and read a first time and, on motion, Ordered, That they be read a second time on to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. McKinley, Ordered, That the joint memorial and resolution in favour of purchasers of public lands, be now taken up and read a second time.

On motion, the House resolved itself into a committee of the whole, Mr. Chapman in the chair, on the said memorial and resolution, and after some time spent in the consideration thereof, the Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Chapman reported the said memorial and resolution with amendments, in which report the House concurred. On motion, Ordered, That the rule which requires a bill to be read on three different days be dispensed with; the memorial and resolution were then read a third time and passed. On motion, Ordered, That the said memorial and resolution be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.

The House then took up the bill from the Senate, entitled "An act to amend an act, passed at Huntsville by the General Assembly of the state of Alabama, 17th December, 1819, prescribing the manner of electing certain military officers and deciding contested elections," which was read a first time; and the rule requiring a bill to be read on three different days being dispensed with, was read a second time forthwith, Mr. Armstrong, of Mobile, moved to strike out the 6th section of said bill, which was decided in the affirmative.

The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Armstrong, of Mobile, Armstrong, of Conecuh, Bigham, Benson, Isaac Brown, John Browne, Col. John Brown, Chambers, Chapman, Cleveland, Clay, Creagh, Coats, Coleman, Draughan, Dale, Davis, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Isbell, Jackson, Leake, McKinley, Moore of Madison, Murphy, Murrell, McMeans, Moore of Marion, Mims, Perry, Perkins, Shackleford, Sargent, Smoot and Walker- 38.

Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Bailey, Doxey, Duke, Edmundson, Holderness, McVay, Rather, Tagert, Vining and Weedon- 10.

Mr. McKinley moved, That the said bill be referred to the Military Committee, which was decided in the affirmative.

The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Comptroller of the State, transmitting statements of his general annual account of the year ending the 6th of November, 1820, with a continuation thereof to the 13th inst. inclusive, and also in letter from the Treas-


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urer of the State, transmitting statements of his annual accounts for the present year: which said letters and statements were on motion, severally referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.

Mr. Rather gave notice, that on Friday next he would bring in a bill to reduce the fees of Justices and Constables, and for other purposes.

Or motion of Mr. Walker, Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That William Barklay, George W. Hopkins, James Fletcher, and William Usery, returned as members to serve in the House of Representatives, from the county of Jackson, be, and they are hereby, entitled to receive the same mileage and per diem compensation during the time they attended the House of Representatives, waiting the determination of the propriety of their election and qualification as members; and the Speaker be, and is hereby authorised and required to give to each of them a certificate in the same manner as is given to other members of the General Assembly: which resolution was read a first time, and ordered for a second reading on to-morrow.

And then the House adjourned till to-morrow ten o'clock.