Wednesday, February 4, 1818.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Speaker presented a letter


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from the Clerk of this House, informing him of his indisposition, and consequent inability to attend the duties of his office : whereupon

On motion of Mr. Everitt,

Resolved , That, during the indisposition of the Clerk of this House, Mr. Francis H. Gaines be appointed to perform his duties, as Clerk pro tem. and that the Legislative Council be informed of said appointment.

The oath of office being administered by Mr. Speaker to the Clerk pro tem. he entered upon the duties of his office.

Mr. Clay, from the committee to whom was referred the petition of the Sheriff of Clarke county, reported a bill for his relief, which was read the first time, and

Ordered for a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Clay, from the committee to whom was re-committed the bill to establish a new county out of a part of Montgomery, Shelby and Monroe counties, reported a bill for that purpose, which was read the first time, and

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Ordered to be read a second time forthwith, and engrossed, and made the order of the day for its third reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Clay, from the committee of Propositions and Grievances, to whom was referred the petition of William Roundtree, reported that the prayer of said petitioner was unreasonable and ought not to be granted, and

On motion of Mr. Clay,

The said report was received and agreed to by the House.

Mr. Clay, from the committee appointed to enquire whether any, and if any, what alterations are necessary in the existing laws regulating proceedings before Justices of the Peace, and reported, that they had had that subject under consideration, and that they deem it inexpedient at this time, to make any alteration in those laws, and

On motion of Mr. Clay,

The said report was received and agreed to by the House.

Mr. Clay from the committee to whom was referred so much of the Governors message as relates to the


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establishment of new counties; reported a bill to establish the counties of Marion and Conecuh, which was read the first time, and

On motion of Mr. Clay,

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

Mr. Lipscomb, from the committee to whom was referred the petition of Daniel Reed, reported a bill to authorise Daniel Reed to emancipate a mulatto slave named Rose, which was read the first time, and

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

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

Mr. Lipscomb from the committee to whom was referred so much of the Governors message as relates to the seat and accommodation of Territorial Government, reported a bill to authorize the appointment of Commissioners to fix upon a suitable site for the Territorial Government, which was read the first time, and

Ordered to be read a second time,


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and made the order of the day for to-morrow.

Mr. Walker, from the committee to whom was referred the petition of W. Taylor and William Stone, praying the exclusive right of running mail stages, reported that the prayer of the said petitioners was inexpedient and ought not to be granted, and

On motion of Mr. Walker, the said report was received and agreed to by the House.

Mr. Walker gave notice that he would on to-morrow, ask leave to introduce a bill to authorise Justices of the peace to take and certify acknowledgements of Feme Covert to deeds of conveyance to real estates; a bill further to enable the county court of Madison to complete the public business of said county; and a bill to amend the militia laws and for other purposes.

Mr. Lipscomb gave notice that he would on to-morrow, ask leave to bring a bill for the relief of William Roundtree; and a bill to authorise the change of venue in real actions.

Mr. Clay, agreeably to notice giv-


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en on a former day, asked for, and obtained leave to introduce a bill to establish districts for the several attornies General of this Territory which was read the first time, and

On motion of Mr. Clay, was ordered to be read a second time and made the order of the day for to-morrow.

The engrossed bill to incorporate the Trustees of the St. Stephens Academy was read the third time and on the question, shall the said bill pass? it was resolved in the affirmative.

Resolved, that the title of said bill be "an act to incorporate the President and Trustees of the St. Stephens academy."

The engrossed bill to alter the boundaries of Washington, Baldwin a and Mobile counties 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 alter the boundaries of Washington, Baldwin and Mobile counties."

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Resolved, that the House reconsider the vote on the title of said bill, and that the same be amended so as to read, "an act to alter and extend the boundaries of Washington, Baldwin and Mobile counties."

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

The house resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill to authorise the taking the Census of the Alabama Territory, & after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Lipscomb, 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. Walker, The same was ordered to be engrossed and made the order of the day for its third reading for to-morrow.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill to be entitled "an act concerning due bills, promissory notes and


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change bills," and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Walker reported that the committee of the whole had had under their consideration the said bill and instructed him to report the same without amendment: and

On motion of Mr. Mc Vay,

Resolved that the further consideration of the said bill be indefinitely postponed.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill to be entitled "an act concerning Writs of Error," and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Robishow reported, that the said committee had, according to order, had under consideration said bill and had made sundry amendments thereto which were concurred in by the House, and

On motion of Mr. McVay,

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

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Mr. Speaker,

I am directed to inform the House of Representatives that the Council have passed the following bills, viz:

A bill to be entitled "an act for the government of the town of Blakeley;" and a bill to be entitled 'an act to alter and extend the boundaries of Washington, Baldwin, and Mobile counties.' And then he withdrew.

The bill to alter and amend the act for the punishment of crimes and misdemeanors was read the second time, and

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole House, and made the order of the day for to-morrow.

The bill to establish the Alabama Bank in the town of St. Stephens, was read the second time, and

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

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,

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said bill be forthwith printed for the use of the members of the Legislative Council and this House.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill to be entitled "an act to alter and amend an act entitled an act concerning Escheats;" and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Clay reported that the committee had according to order, had said bill under consideration, and had instructed him to report the same without amendment; which was received and concurred in by the House: and

On motion of Mr. Walker,

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

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill to be entitled "an act concerning certain Islands in the Tennessee River, and after some time spent therein Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Dale reported, that the committee had, according to order had under the consideration the said


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bill, and had instructed him to report the same without amendment, which was concurred in by the House; and

On motion of Mr. Walker,

The same was ordered to be engrossed and made the order of the day for its third reading to-morrow.

The bill for the relief of James Caller was read the second time, and

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Committed to a committee of the whole House and made the order of the day for to-morrow.

The bill to alter the mode of assessing and collecting taxes was read the second time, and

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Committed to a committee of the whole House, and made the order of the day for to-morrow.

The bill to divorce Lucretia Dearmond, from James Dearmond her husband, was read the second time ,and

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Committed to a committee of the whole House, and made the order of the day for to-morrow.


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The bill to emancipate a female slave named Rosetta was read the second time, and

On motion of Mr. Clay,

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

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill to compel the county treasurers to keep their offices at the Courthouse of their respective counties or within one mile thereof, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair and Mr. McVay reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and had amended the same by striking out the first section, which was concurred in by the House, and

On motion of Mr. McVay, postponed indefinitely.

A message from his Excellency the Governor, by Mr. Noble, his private secretary.

Mr. Speaker,

I am directed by his Excellency the Governor, to inform the House of Representatives, that he has this


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day approved and signed the following acts, viz:

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

"An act to abolish the right of survivorship in all cases ;"

"An act to divorce Elizabeth Benett from James Bennett her husband," and

"An act to amend the laws concerning public printing." And then he withdrew.

Ordered that the clerk inform the Council thereof.

On motion of Mr. Walker,

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