Monday, February 2, 1818.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Smith produced the petition of sundry inhabitants of the county of Clarke, on the subject of the division of said county, which,

On motion of Mr. Smith, was referred to the select committee appointed to take into consideration so much of the Governors message as relates to the organization of new counties.

Mr. Smith presented the petition


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of sundry inhabitants of Clarke County, remonstrating against the division of said county, which was referred to the same committee.

Mr. Walker, from the committee on enrolled bills reported, that the said committee have examined the following enrolled bills and memorial, viz :

An act to amend the laws concerning Public Printing.

An act to abolish the right of survivorship in all cases.

An act to amend the laws now in force respecting public Roads.

An act to divorce Elizabeth Bennet from James Bennet, her husband, and

A Memorial to the Congress of the United State, remonstrating against the prayer of the Memorial of the Mississippi Convention; and find the same duly enrolled.

Whereupon Mr. Speaker signed the same.

Ordered that the Clerk inform the Council thereof.

Mr. Walker gave notice that on to-morrow, he would ask leave to bring in a bill to be entitled an act,


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concerning certain Islands in the River Tennessee; and a bill to be entitled an act to alter and amend an act entitled an act concerning Escheats.

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 concurred in the resolution prescribing credentials for the Delegate to Congress.

Mr. Robishow from the committee to whom was referred the petition of Honore Colin by his attorney in fact, S. H. Garrow, praying the emancipation of a certain female slave, reported a bill to emancipate Rozette, a woman of colour, which was read the first time; and ordered to be read the second time, and made the order of the day for to-morrow.

Mr. Fitzpatrick, agreeable to notice given on a former day, moved for and obtained leave, to introduce a bill appointing commissioners to establish a permanent seat of justice for the county of Montgomery.


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which was read the first time, and

On motion,

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

Mr. Lipscomb, to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of St. Stephens, praying the establishment of a Bank, reported a bill for the establishment of the same in the Town of St. Stephens ; which was read the first time, and

On motion,

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

Mr. Lipscomb, agreeable to notice given on Saturday, moved for and obtained leave to introduce a bill, to amend an act for the punishment of Crimes and Misdemeanors, which was read the first time, and

On motion,

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

Mr. Clay presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of the town of Rodney, praying to be incorporated and


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On motion of Mr. Clay,

Was referred to a select committee of messrs. Clay, Slade and Dale.

Mr. Lipscomb, agreeable to notice given on a former day, moved for and obtained leave to introduce a bill to alter the mode of assessing and collecting taxes, which was read the first time, and

On motion,

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

The engrossed bill for the government of the town of Blakeley, 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 for the Government of the Town of Blakeley.

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

The order of the day on the bill to fix the time for the meeting of the next General Assembly.

On motion postponed until Wednesday next.


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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 following bills viz:

A bill to establish the Western and Southern boundaries of Madison county and to establish the counties of Limestone and Lauderdale.

A bill to establish the counties of Blount, Tuskaloosa, and Marengo and

A bill to establish the counties of Cotaco, Lawrence and Franklin.

And then he withdrew.

The bill to incorporate the Trustees of the St. Stephens Academy, was read the third time, and

On motion of Mr. Clay, was postponed till Thursday.

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Was referred to a committee of the whole House for to-morrow.

The order of the day on the bill to amend an act entitled an act against Usury, and

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


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the bill to establish a new county out of a part of Montgomery, Monroe and Shelby counties; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Lipscomb reported that the committee of the whole House had, according to order, had said bill under consideration and had made progress therein, and had directed him to ask leave to sit again.

The bill to divide the county of Montgomery, was read the second time, and

On motion,

Ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole House forthwith; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Walker reported that said committee had, according to order, had said bill under consideration, and had made sundry amendments thereto, which were concurred in by the house.

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Ordered to be engrossed and made the order of the day for to-morrow.

Mr. Smith moved the following resolution:


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Resolved, That no bills be introduced in this house after Wednesday next.

On motion of Mr. Smith,

Ordered to lie on the table.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole House on the bill to establish a new county out of a part of Montgomery, Monroe and Shelby counties, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. McVay reported that said committee had, according to order, had said bill under consideration, and had made progress therein, and directed him to ask leave to sit again, which

On motion,

Was concurred in by the House.

Mr. Lipscomb presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Clarke county, on the subject of the division of said county,

On motion,

Ordered to be referred to the committee appointed to take into consideration so much of the Governors message as relates to the organization of new counties.

On motion of Mr. Walker.


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Resolved that the committee of the whole House be discharged from the further consideration of the bill to establish a new county out of a part of Montgomery, Monroe and Shelby counties, and the same be recommitted to the committee who reported it.

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