Thursday, November 16, 1820.

Mr. Shackleford presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Jackson county, praying a division of the said county, which was received, and on motion, ordered, that the said petition be referred to the committee on county boundaries.

Mr. Coats presented the petition of sundry inhabitants, members of the county court of Marengo, praying a law authorizing the said court to levy a tax for the purpose of building a temporary court house and jail, which was received, and on motion, ordered, that the said petition be referred to a select committee, whereupon, Messrs Coats, Perkins, and Murrell were appointed said committee.

Mr. Tagert presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of the county of Washington, praying that no part of Baldwin county may be added to Washington, which was received, and on motion, ordered, that the said petition be referred to the committee on county boundaries.

Mr. McKinley presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Lauderdale county praying the passage of a law fixing the seat of justice for the said county at the town of Florence, which was received, and on motion, ordered that the said petition with its accompanying documents be referred to the committee on county boundaries.

Mr. McVay presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Lauderdale county, praying the passage of a law fixing the seat of justice of the said county, which was received, and on motion, ordered, that the said petition be referred to the committee on county boundaries.

Mr. Bailey presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Lauderdale county, praying the passage of a law fixing the seat of justice of said county, which was received, and on motion, ordered, that the said petition be referred to the committee on county boundaries.

Mr. McVay, from the committee to whom were referred the petitions of sundry persons of Madison county, for the relief of certain persons living on the 16th section, in the 5th township and range 2, west, also the petition of George Fishen of Clarke: also the petition of sundry persons living on the 16th section of land in Madison, in township 4,


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range 2; also the petition of John Boyce, praying for remission of interest on money paid for lots in the town of Cahawba; also the petition of sundry persons praying a deduction of money due for land rents of the State, reported unfavourably to the said petitioners. Mr. Murphy moved to postpone the report of the committee on that part of the report which relates to the persons living on the 16th section, Madison county till to-morrow, which was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Perry moved that the House do not concur with the report of the committee on John Boyce's petition, which was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Murphy moved, that the report of the committee on the petition of George Fisher; and also on the petition of sundry persons, praying a deduction of money due for lands rented of the State be postponed till to-morrow, which was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Perry moved that the petition of John Boyce be referred to a select committee, which was decided in the affirmative; whereupon, Messrs. Perry, Chapman and Murphy were appointed the said committee.

Mr. McKinley from the committee to whom was referred the memorial of the Justices of Butler county court, praying the removal from office of James Dunklin, one of the justices of the said county court, reported that the prayer of the said petitioner is reasonable. On motion of Mr. McKinley, ordered, that the said report lie on the table till Thursday next.

Mr. Moore from the select committee to whom was referred the petition of Killis Walton, also of John N. S. Jones, and Alexander P. Jones, and also of Gilbert D. Taylor, reported the following bills: A bill to authorise Killis Walton to emancipate a certain negro man slave, named Tom; also, A bill to authorise John N. S. Jones and Alexander P. Jones, to manumit certain slaves therein named; also, A bill to authorise Gilbert D. Taylor, to emancipate certain slaves therein enumerated; which were severally read a first time and on motion, ordered, that the same be read a second time to-morrow.

Mr. McVay, from the select committee, to whom was referred the petition of Thomas M. Dement, reported the following bill: A bill to be entitled an act to change the names of and legitimate certain persons therein named; which was read a first time, and, on motion, Ordered, that the said bill be the order of the day for Saturday next.

Mr. Moore, from the select committee to whom was referred the petition of James Pharr, reported unfavorably to the said petition, in which report the House concurred.

On motion of Mr. Chambers, Resolved, that a committee be appointed to apportion the Representatives among the several counties of this state, and of dividing the state into senatorial districts, according to the enumeration of the inhabitants of the same, Whereupon Messrs Chambers, Edmundson, Hill, Jackson, Cleveland, Murphy, and Armstrong of Mobile, were appointed. On motion Ordered, that Messrs. Moore of Marion, Cook, Tagert, McKinley, McVay, and Weedon be added to the committee on county boundaries. On motion, Ordered, that Messrs. Moore of Madison and Chambers, be added to the Judiciary committee.

The House then took up the bill to be entitled "An act to provide for the public printing and for other purposes," which was read a se-


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cond time. Mr. McKinley moved to amend the second section of the said bill by inserting the words 'Secretary of State's' between the words, 'Executive' and 'Comptroller,' which was decided in the affirmative. Mr. McKinley moved to amend the bill by striking out of the 6th section, the words "which may propose an interchange of laws," which was decided in the affirmative. Mr. McKinley moved, that the said section be amended by inserting between the words 'each' and 'and' these words; 'with a request that they send to the Executive of this State, in exchange, as many copies of their laws, or sessions acts,' which was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Cleveland, moved that the said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for its third reading to-morrow, which was decided in the affirmative.

The bill to fix the seat of justice of Lauderdale county, was taken up and read a second time.

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

Mr. Speaker- I have to inform your honorable body, that the Senate have passed a bill entitled an act authorising and requiring the keepers of the several gaols in this State, to receive and keep persons committed under the authority of the United States," to which they desire your concurrence; and then he withdrew.

The House then adjourned till to-morrow 9 o'clock.