Friday, November 17th, 1820.

Mr. Evans presented the petition of Henry Taylor, praying the passage of a law emancipating certain slaves therein named, which was received, on motion, ordered, that the said petition be referred to a select committee, Whereupon, Messrs. Evans, Creagh, and Moore of Madison, were appointed said committee.

Mr. Smoot presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of the town of St. Stephens, praying that a gaol built by the corporation of said town may be used for county purposes, which was received; and, on motion, ordered, that the said petition be referred to the Judiciary Committee.

Mr. Murphy presented the petition of the Alabama Lodge No. 51, praying the passage of a law authorising the said Lodge to raise a sum of money by lottery, which was received; and on motion, ordered, that the said petition be referred to a select committee; whereupon, Messrs. Murphy, Weedon, and Smoot were appointed said committee.

Mr. Smoot presented the petition of Jeremiah Austill, praying the passage of a law authorising him to sell the real estate of David Files, dec'd. which was received; and, on motion, ordered, that the said petition be referred to a select committee; Whereupon, Messrs. Smoot, Creagh, and Armstrong, of Mobile, were appointed said Committee.

Mr. Weedon from the Committee on Inland Navigation, to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants on the Cahawba river, reported the following bill: " a bill to incorporate the Cahawba Navigation Company," which was read a first time; and, on motion, ordered, that the said bill be made the order of the day for its second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Isaac Brown, from the Committee on county boundaries to


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whom were referred the petitions of sundry inhabitants of Jackson county; also the petition from sundry inhabitants of Lawrence and Franklin counties; also the petition for the division of Jackson county, reported that the said petitions are unreasonable; in which report the House concurred.

Mr. Creagh, from the Select Committee, to whom was referred the petition of Samuel B. Shields, administrator of Benjamin Glover, deceased of Marengo county, reported the following bill: "A bill to authorise S. B. Shields to sell certain lands therein mentioned" which was read a first time; and, on motion, Ordered, That the said bill be made the order of the day for its second reading on to-morrow.

The bill to fix the seat of justice of Lauderdale county was then taken up.

On motion, ordered, that the consideration of the said bill be postponed till Tuesday next.

The House then took up the bill to extend the corporation of the town of Tuscaloosa, which was read a second time. Mr. Hill moved to postpone the consideration of the said bill till the first Monday in November next, which was decided in the affirmative; yeas 33, nays 14.

The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs. Speaker, Abercrombie, Bigham, Benson, Bailey, Isaac Brown, John Brown, Col. John Brown, Cleveland, Cook, Coats, Coleman, Draughon, Dale, Duke, Edmundson, Evans, Fitzpatrick of Montgomery, Fitzpatrick of Autauga, Hill, Holderness, Isbell, Jackson, Leake, Moore of Madison, Murphy, Murrell, Moore of Marion, Sargent , Smoot, Vining , Walker and Weedon, 33. Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Armstrong of Mobile, Armstrong, of Conecuh, Clay, Creagh, Doxey, Davis, Morton, McMeans, McVay, Mims, Perkins, Rather, Shackleford, and Tagert, 14.

A bill to be entitled an act, to amend an act, passed at Huntsville on the sixteenth day of December, 1819, entitled an act, to alter and amend the laws regulating the admission and practice of counsellors and attornies at law," was read a second time. Mr. Smoot moved, that the said bill be amended by inserting the words, "or Alabama Territory" after the words "Mississippi Territory;" which was decided in the affirmative. Mr. McMeans moved, that the said bill be further amended by inserting the words, "or any other state or territory in the Union" after the words "Alabama Territory;" which was decided in the negative. On motion, Ordered, That the said bill be engrossed, and be made the order of the day for its third reading to-morrow.

A bill to authorise Daniel Reid to emancipate certain slaves therein named, was read a second time; and, on motion, Ordered, That the said bill be engrossed, and be made the order of the day for its third reading to-morrow.

A bill to authorise Lemuel Mead to emancipate a negro man slave named Richmond was read a second time; and, on motion, Ordered, That the said bill be engrossed, and be made the order of the day for its third reading to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Weedon the House took up the resolution allowing compensation to the persons returned from Jackson county as members of this House, which was read a second time. Mr.Weedon


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moved to amend the said resolution by striking out the word "other," which was decided in the affirmative.

A bill to provide for a renewal of the loan effected in the Planters' and Merchant's Bank of Huntsville for and in behalf of this state, was read a third time.

Mr. Murphy moved to fill the first blank with the words "seven hundred and forty-two," which was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Murphy moved to fill the second blank with the words "seventy-five," which was carried. The question was then put on the final passage of the said bill; which was decided in the affirmative. Ordered, That the words "A bill to be entitled" be stricken out of the said bill; and that the same be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.

A bill to be entitled an act to provide for the appointment of electors of President and Vice-President of the United States, was read a third time.

Mr. Moore, of Madison, moved that the first blank be filled with the words "twenty-second," which was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Moore of Madison, moved that the second blank be filled with the words "the present month," which was decided in the affirmative. The question was then put on the final passage of the bill, and decided in the affirmative. On motion, Ordered, That the words "A bill to be entitled" be stricken out of said bill; and that the same be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.

A bill to authorise Gilbert D. Taylor to emancipate certain slaves therein named, was read a second time; and, on motion, Ordered, That the said bill be engrossed, and be made the order of the day for its third reading to-morrow.

Ordered, That Mr. Jackson, and Mr. Fitzpatrick of Autauga, have leave of absence till Wednesday next.

Ordered, That Mr. Evans have leave of absence till Tuesday next.

A bill to authorise Killis Walton to emancipate a certain negro man slave named Tom was read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

A bill to authorise John N. S. Jones and Alexander P. Jones to emancipate certain slaves, was read a second time; and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading to-morrow.

An engrossed bill to provide for the public printing, and for other purposes, was read a third time; and the blanks in the said bill were then filled.

Ordered, That Mr. Davis be added to the Committee on County Boundaries.

Ordered, That Mr. Bailey and Mr. Evans be added to the same committee.

Ordered, That Mr. John Brown be added to the Committee on Schools and Colleges and School and College Lands.

Ordered, That Mr. Chambers be added to the Military Committee.

Ordered, That Mr. Perry be added to the Committee on Roads, Bridges, &c.

Ordered, That Mr. Vining be added to the Committee on Inland Navigation.

Ordered, That the House adjourn till to-morrow ten o'clock.