Tuesday, February 3, 1818.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Lipscomb presented the petition of Daniel Reed, a free man of colour, praying the emancipation of a certain slave Rose, his wife, and

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Was referred to a select committee of messrs. Lipscomb, McVay, and Fitzpatrick.

Mr. Walker presented the petition of William Taylor & Wm. B. Stone praying the exclusive privilege of running of a line of stages, which

On motion of Mr. Walker,

Was referred to a select committee of messrs. Walker, Dale and Lipscomb.

Mr. Robishow presented the pet-


71

tion of certain citizens of the Town of Mobile, remonstrating against giving the St. Stephens Steam Boat Company the exclusive right of navigating the Tombeckbe and Alabama rivers, by steam; and

On motion of Mr. Robishow,

Was referred to the same committee to whom was referred the petition of the Steam Boat Company.

Mr. Walker from the committee on enrolled bills, reported that the said committee, had examined the following Bills, viz:

An act to establish the Western and Southern boundaries of Madison county, and to establish the counties of Limestone and Lauderdale.

An act to establish the counties of Cotaco, Lawrence and Franklin.

An act to establish the counties of Blount, Tuskaloosa and Marengo.

And find the same correctly enrolled.

Whereupon, Mr. Speaker signed the same.

Ordered that the Clerk inform the Council thereof.

Mr. Lipscomb, from the committee to whom was referred the petiti-


72

on of John S. Divin, reported a bill to authorise John S. Divin to emancipate his negro slave Robin, alias Robert Long, which was read the first time, and

On motion,

Ordered to be read a second time forthwith, and ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole House, and made the order of the day for to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Resolved, that the committee to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of Monroe county, praying the establishment of a board of Physicians to examine and give licenses to applicants in their profession, be discharged from the further consideration of that subject.

Mr. Walker, agreeable to notice given on a former day, moved for and obtained leave to introduce a bill to alter and amend an act, entitled an act concerning Escheats, which was read the first time, and On motion,

Read the second time, forthwith, and ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole House, and


73

made the order of the day for to-morrow.

Mr. Walker, agreeable to notice given on a former day, moved for and obtained leave to introduce a bill concerning certain Islands in the River Tennessee, which was read the first time, and

On motion,

Ordered to be read a second time forthwith, and

On motion,

Committed to a committee of the whole House for to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Resolved, That, with the concurrence of the Legislative Council, the House will meet them in the Representative Chamber, at twelve o'clock inst. for the purpose of electing a Public Printer.

Ordered that the Clerk inform the Legislative Council of the adoption of said resolution.

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

Mr. Speaker,

I am directed to inform the House


74

of Representatives, that the Council have passed the following bills viz:

A bill to be entitled an act for the better regulation of Judicial Proceedings, and

A bill to be entitled an act, to alter and amend an act, entitled an act to establish a Bank at Huntsville.

And he then withdrew.

Mr. Clay gave notice that he would, on to-morrow, ask leave to introduce a bill to provide for the appointment of another Attorney General, and to establish districts for the several Attorneys General of this Territory.

Mr. Everitt agreeable to notice given on a former day, moved for and obtained leave to introduce a bill to alter the boundaries of Washington, Baldwin, and Mobile counties which was read the first time and on motion, read the second time forthwith, and

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

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

On motion of Mr. Everitt,

Ordered, that messrs Lipscomb


75

and Fitzpatrick be appointed tellers to conduct and report the election of Public Printer.

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 for electing a Public Printer.

And he withdrew.

The Legislative Council appeared in the Representative Chamber, preceded by the Sergeant at Arms, and took the seats allotted them :

Whereupon, both Houses proceeded to elect by joint ballot, a Public Printer.

Mr. Lipscomb, from the committee appointed to conduct said election, reported, that Thomas Eastin was unanimously elected, which being announced from the chair, the Legislative Council retired.

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


76

Resolved that the title of said bill be, an act to establish the counties of Shelby and Cahawba.

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

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole house on the bill to incorporate the Trustees of the St. Stephens Academy, 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 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 a third reading for to-morrow.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole on so much of the Governors message as relates to the nomination of six persons, three of whom are to be appointed by the President, as additional members of the Legislative Council; and after some time spent therein, Mr.


77

Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Everitt reported the following resolution :

Resolved, That this house will on Friday next, at 12 o'clock, with the concurrence of the Legislative Council, meet them in the Representative Chamber, for the purpose of nominating six persons, three of whom are to be commissioned as members of the Legislative Council of the Alabama Territory, and

On motion of Mr. McVay,

Ordered, that said report be received and agreed to by the House. The bill appointing Commissioners to establish a permanent seat of Justice for the county of Montgomery, 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 to-morrow.

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