Thursday, January 29th, 1818

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Lipscomb presented the petition of John S. Divin, praying the emancipation of a certain slave therein named.

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Referred to a select committee, and a committee were appointed of Messrs. Lipscomb Everitt and Clay.

Mr. Lipscomb presented the petition of Lucretia Dearmond, praying a divorce from her husband,


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James Dearmond, which

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Was referred to a select committee of Messrs. Lipscomb, McGrew and Robishow.

Mr. Dale, presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Monroe County, praying the establishment of a board of Physicians to examine and give license to applicants in their professions which,

On motion of Mr. Dale, was referred to a select committee of Messrs. Dale, Smith and Clay.

Mr. Clay from the committee appointed to take into consideration so much of the Governors message as relates to the organization of new counties, reported a bill to divide the county of Montgomery, which was read the first time, and

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Ordered to be read a second time, and made the order of the day for to-morrow.

Mr. McVay from the committee to whom was referred the petition of John Millican, reported a bill for his relief , which was read the first time,

On motion,


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Ordered to be read a second time and made the order of the day for to-morrow.

The memorial addressed to the Congress of the United States on the subject of the memorial of the Mississippi convention, was read the third time.

And on the question, shall said memorial pass? it was resolved in the affirmative.

Resolved, that the Clerk carry said memorial to the Council and desire their concurrence.

A message from the Legislative Council by Mr. Hooks, their Secretary.

Mr. Speaker,

I am instructed to inform the House of Representatives, that the Council have had under their consideration the following bills, viz:

The bill to abolish the right of survivorship in all cases.

The bill to amend the laws concerning public printing.

The bill to divorce Elizabeth Bennet from James Bennet her husband, and have resolved that the same do pass.


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The engrossed bill to amend the laws now in force respecting public roads, was read a third time and on the question being put, shall said bill pass, it was resolved in the affirmative.

Resolved that the title of said bill be an act to amend the laws now in force respecting public roads.

Ordered that the Clerk take said bill to the Legislative Council and desire their concurrence.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole house on the bill for the better regulation of Judicial Proceedings, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Everitt reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and had made sundry amendments thereto, which were delivered in at the clerks table, where the same were read.

On motion of Mr. Walker,

Resolved that the said report be received and agreed to.

Ordered that said bill be read a third time and made the order of the day for to-morrow.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill to


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alter and fix the Western boundary of Madison county, and to divide the county of Elk, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Lipscomb reported that the committee had, according to order had said bill under consideration, and had made sundry amendments thereto which were delivered in at the clerks table where the same were read.

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Resolved that said report be received and agreed to.

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Ordered that said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for its third reading on to-morrow.

The bill to divide the county of Blount, being read the second time

On motion of Mr. Clay.

Resolved that this House forthwith resolve itself into a committee of the whole House on said bill, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Clay reported that said committee had, according to order, had said bill under their consideration and had made sundry amendments thereto, which were delivered in at the


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clerks table where the same were read.

On motion of Mr. Walker,

Resolved, that said report be received and agreed to.

On motion of Mr. Clay,

The said bill was further amended by adding an additional section thereto.

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Ordered that said bill be engorssed and made the order of the day for its third reading for to-morrow.

Mr. Everitt gave notice that he would on Monday next ask leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to alter the boundaries of Washington, Baldwin and Mobile counties.

The bill to divide Shelby county was read the second time.

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Resolved, that this house forthwith resolve itself into a committee of the whole House on said bill.

And after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Everitt reported that said committee had according to order had the said bill under consideration and had made sundry amendments


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thereto which were delivered in at the clerks table where the same were read.

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Resolved that said report be received and agreed to.

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Ordered that said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for its third reading on to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Clay,

The House adjourned until to-morrow morning, ten o'clock.