Friday, February 6, 1818.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

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

An act to establish the counties of Shelby and Cahawba; and,

An act to incorporate the President and Trustees of the St. Stephens Academy; and find the same truly enrolled :

Whereupon, Mr. Speaker signed the same, and ordered them to be carried to the Council.

Mr. Clay, from the committee of Propositions and Grievances, to whom was referred the petition of William Gillam and Robert Walton, reported a bill to authorise the administrators of William Gillam deceased, to sell real estate, which was


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

Mr. Clay, from the same committee to whom was referred the petition of R. R. Allsup and Philip Allsup, reported a bill to authorise the administrators of James Allsup deceased, to sell real estate, 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. Walker, from the committee to whom was referred so much of the Governors message as relates to the compensation of those who devote their time and talents to the public, reported a bill to fix the compensation of the members of this General Assembly, which was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time, and made the order of the day for to-morrow.

Mr. Walker, agreeably to notice given on a former day; asked for, and obtained leave to introduce a bill to enable the county court of Madison county to complete the public buildings of the same, which


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

The engrossed bill to incorporate the St. Stephens Steam Boat Company 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 incorporate the St. Stephens Steam Boat Company."

A message from his excellency the Governor by Mr. Noble, his private Secretary.

Mr. Speaker,

I an directed by his Excellency to inform you, that he has this day approved and signed the following acts, 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", and

"An act to establish the counties of Blount, Tuscaloosa and Marengo"; and then he withdrew.


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Ordered that the clerk inform the Council thereof.

The engrossed bill to emancipate Rosetta, a woman of color, was read a third time.

On motion of Mr. Walker,

Ordered to be recommitted forthwith to a committee of the whole House;

Whereupon the House resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the said bill, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. McVay reported that the committee, had according to order, had under consideration the bill to emancipate Rosetta, a woman of colour, & had thereto made an amendment, which was read and concurred in by the House; and,

On motion of Mr. McVay, Ordered to be re-engrossed and made the order of the day for its third reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Clay offered a joint resolution to provide for dividing this Territory into Council districts, which was read the first time, and on motion, read a second time forth-


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with, and

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

The engrossed bill to establish a new county out of a part of the counties of Montgomery, Monroe and Shelby was read a 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 county of Dallas"

The engrossed bill concerning wrtis of error 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 concerning writs of error."

The engrossed bill to alter and amend an act entitled "an act concerning escheats", 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 and amend an act, entitled an act concerning es-


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cheats."

The engrossed bill concerning certain Islands in the Tennessee river, 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 concerning certain Islands in the river Tennessee."

The engrossed bill extending the right of representation to certain counties therein named, 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 extending the right of representation to certain counties therein named."

The engrossed bill to authorise the taking the census of the Alabama Territory, was read the first 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 authorise the taking the census of the Alabama Territory."

Ordered that the clerk carry said


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engrossed bills to the Legislative Council for their concurrence.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill to appoint commissioners to establish a permanent seat of justice for the county of Montgomery, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Everitt reported, that the committee had, according to order, had under consideration the said bill and had made sundry amendments thereto, which were read and 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 to-morrow.

The bill to establish districts for the several attornies general of this territory was read the second time, and

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Ordered to be committed forthwith to a committee of the whole House ;

Whereupon the House resolved itself into a committee of the whole House on said bill, and after some


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time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Smith reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and had thereto made sundry amendments, which were read, and agreed to by the House; and

On motion of Mr. McVay,

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 divorce Lucretia Dearmond from James Dearmond, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Walker reported that the committee of the whole had, according to order, had said bill under consideration, and instructed him to report the same without amendment, and the said report was received and agreed to by the house: and,

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

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

The house resolved itself into a


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committee of the whole, on the bill to alter the mode of assessing and collecting taxes, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Clay reported that the committee had, according to order, had under consideration the said bill, to which they had made sundry amendments, which were read and agreed to by the house.

Mr. Walker moved that this bill be indefinitely postponed, and the question being taken thereon, it was resolved in the negative.

Mr. Walker moved that the said bill be postponed to the 1st June next: and on the question being taken, it was resolved in the negative.

Mr. Walker moved that the said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for its third reading on Friday next; and the question being taken thereon it was resolved in the negative.

On motion of Mr. Fitzpatrick, The said bill was ordered to be engrossed, and made the order of the day for its third reading to-morrow.

A message from the Legislative


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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 be entitled, "an act authorising the taking the Census of the Alabama Territory."

A bill to be entitled, "an act to establish the county of Dallas."

A bill to be entitled, "an act concerning certain Islands in the river Tennessee ;" and

A bill to be entitled, "an act extending the right of representation to certain counties therein named ;" and then he withdrew.

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

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,


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

Mr. Lipscomb, pursuant to notice given on a former day, asked for, and obtained leave to introduce a bill to authorise the change of venue in real actions, which was read the first time, and ordered to be read the second time and made the order of the day for to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

The house adjournment until to-morrow morning 10 o'clock.