January, 31, 1818.

The House met pursuant to ad-


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journment.

Mr. Lipscomb from the committee to whom was referred the petition of James Caller, reported a bill for his relief, which was read the first time, and

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Ordered to be read the second time and made the order of the day for Monday next,

The engrossed bill to divide the county of Shelby 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 bill be, an act to establish the counties of Blount, Tuskaloosa and Marengo.

Mr. Lipscomb from the committee to whom was referred so much of the Governor's message as relates to the seat and accommodation of the government, reported a bill to fix a time for the meeting of the next general Assembly, which was read the first time, and

On motion,

Ordered to be read a second time forthwith.


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On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Ordered to be engrossed and made the order of the day for Monday next.

The engrossed bill to alter and amend the act, entitled an act to establish a Bank at Huntsville, was read the third time; and on the question shall said bill pass? it was resolved in the affirmative.

The yeas and nays being called for,

Those who voted in the affirmative, were Messrs. Clay, Dale, Fitzpatrick, Lipscomb, McVay, Robishow, and Walker, 7.

Those who voted in the negative were Messrs. Everitt, McGrew, Slade and Smith, 4.

Resolved that the title of said bill be, an act to alter and amend the act, entitled an act to establish a Bank at Huntsville.

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

Mr. Fitzpatrick gave notice that on Monday next he would ask leave to introduce a bill to provide for the permanent establishment of the seat


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of Justice in Montgomery county.

The bill to be entitled an act for the relief of John Millican, being read the second time, on motion, was committed to a committee of the whole House and made the order of the day for Monday next.

The bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Thomas Johnson, being read the second time, on motion, was committed to a committee of the whole House, and made the order of the day for Monday next.

The bill concerning Due Bills, Promissory Notes and Change Bills was read the second time, and, on motion, committed to a committee of the whole House, and made the order of the day for Monday next.

The bill authorising the taking the census of the Alabama Territory was read the second time, and, on motion, was committed to a committee of the whole House, and made the order of the day for Monday next.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole House, on the bill to incorporate the Trustees of the St. Stephens Academy, and


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after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Walker reported that the said committee had, according to order had under their consideration said bill, and had made sundry amendments thereto, which were read and concurred in by the House.

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Ordered to be engrossed and made the order of the day for its third reading on Monday next.

The bill concerning writs of Error was read the second time and

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole House for Monday next.

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Resolved that a committee of five be appointed to enquire whether any and if any, what alterations are necessary in the existing laws regulating proceedings before Justices of the Peace, with leave to report by bill or otherwise, and a committee was accordingly appointed of messrs. Clay, Walker, Smith, M'Vay and Lipscomb.

The bill to establish a new county


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out of a part of Montgomery, Monroe and Shelby was read the second time, and, on motion, ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole House, and made the order of the day for Monday next.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole house, on the bill for the government of the town of Blakeley; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Robishow reported, that said committee had, according to order, had said bill under consideration, and had made sundry amendments thereto, which were read and concurred in by the House, and

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Ordered that said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for its third reading on Monday next.

The bill to compel county Treasurers to keep their offices at the Court houses of their respective counties, or within one mile thereof, was read the second time; and, on motion, ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole house and made the order of the day for Mon-


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day next.

Mr. Lipscomb gave notice that he would, on Monday next, ask leave to introduce a bill to alter the mode of assessing and collecting taxes; also, a bill to alter and amend an act, for the punishment of Crimes and Misdemeanors.

On motion of Mr. Walker,

Resolved, that a committee be appointed to wait on the Governor and inform him that John Crowell was, on Thursday, the 29th January inst. duly elected, by joint ballot of the Legislative Council and House of Representatives, Delegate to Congress from the Alabama Territory, agreeable to the provisions of the act to establish a separate Territorial Government for the Eastern part of the Mississippi Territory and a committee was appointed of messrs Walker and Slade.

On motion of Mr. Clay.

Resolved by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory, in General Assembly convened, That the Speaker of the House of Representatives and President of the Legislative


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Council, shall jointly certify to the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States, that JOHN CROWELL was, on the 29th instant, duly elected Delegate to Congress from said Territory, by joint ballot of both Houses, in pursuance of the act of Congress, entitled an act to establish a separate Territorial Government for the Eastern part of the Mississippi Territory.

Ordered that the Clerk carry said resolution to the Council and desire their concurrence.

The House then adjourned until Monday next, ten o'clock, A. M.