Friday, January 30, 1818.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Lipscomb presented the petition of James Caller, praying to be exonerated from the penalty of a bond given by him to the Sheriff of Washington District for the purchase of a piece of land, including a Ware house, which afterwards was sold by the United States, which

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Was referred to a select committee of Messrs. Lipscomb, Slade and Everitt,

Mr. Clay from the committee appointed to take into consideration


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so much of the Governors message as relates to the organization of new counties reported a bill to establish a new county out of a part of Montgomery, Monroe and Shelby counties which was read the first time and made the order of the day for its second reading on Monday next.

Mr. Walker from the committee to whom was re-committed the bill to amend an act entitled an act against Usury reported a bill which was read the first time, and

On motion,

Ordered to be read a second time forthwith, and committed to a committee of the whole house tomorrow.

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

Mr. Speaker,

I am directed to inform the House of Representatives that the Council have passed the memorial addressed to the Congress of the United States on the subject of the memorial of the Mississippi convention and the bill to amend the laws now in force respecting public roads, sent for concurrence, and he then withdrew.


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The engrossed bill to alter and fix the Western boundary of Madison county and divide the county of Elk, was read the third time, and on the question, shall the bill pass? it was resolved in the affirmative.

Resolved that the title of said bill be amended by striking out all the title and inserting in lieu thereof, A bill to establish the western and southern boundaries of Madison and to establish the counties of Lawrence and Lauderdale.

The engrossed bill to divide the county of Blount was read the third time and on the question, shall said Bill pass? it was resolved in the affirmative.

Resolved that the title of said be an act to establish the counties of Cotaco, Lawrence and Franklin.

The engrossed bill for the better regulation of Judicial proceedings being read the third time and on the question, shall said bill pass? it was resolved in the affirmative.

Resolved that the title of said bill be, an act for the better regulation of Judicial proceedings.

Ordered that the clerk take said


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engrossed bills to the Council and desire their concurrence.

The bill to alter and amend an act, entitled an act to establish a Bank at Huntsville, was read the third time, and

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Resolved that said bill be re-committed to a committee of the whole House forthwith. Whereupon the House resolved itself into the committee of the whole House on said bill, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker, resumed the chair, and Mr. Robishow reported that the committee of the whole, had, according to order, had said bill under their consideration, and had made sundry amendments thereto, which were read and concurred in by the House.

On motion of Mr. Clay,

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

On motion of Mr. Clay,

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