Wednesday, 11th February, 1818.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.


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

An act concerning the style of writs, and

An act to alter and extend the boundaries of Marengo county, and find the same truly enrolled.

Whereupon Mr. Speaker signed the same.

Ordered that the Clerk inform the Council thereof.

Mr. Walker presented the petition of Samuel Dale, praying to be remunerated for expenses by him incurred as tax assessors, collector, organizer, &c. of Monroe county, and

On motion of Mr. Walker,

Was ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Lipscomb, from the committee to whom was referred the petition of Tandy Walker, reported a memorial addressed to the Congress of the United States, together with the testimony on which said report is founded, which was read the first time, and

On motion of Mr. Everitt,

Ordered to be read a second time,


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forthwith, and

On motion,

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

The engrossed bill entitled an act for the relief of tax collectors, was read the third time, and

On motion of Mr. Walker,

The said bill was further amended, by way of rider, by adding a fourth section, viz:

And be it further enacted, that the tax collector for the county of Monroe for the year 1816, be allowed the sum of one hundred and fifty five dollars twenty five cents as the amount of insolvencies in said county for the year aforesaid, and that the auditor of public accounts be and he is hereby authorised and required to audit said account accordingly.

The engrossed bill to be entitled an act further to enable the county Court of Madison county to complete the public buildings of said county, was read the third time, and on the question shall said bill pass? it was resolved in the affirmative.


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Resolved that the title of said bill be an act further to enable the county court of Madison county to complete the public buildings of said county.

The engrossed bill to amend the laws for raising a revenue 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 amend the laws for raising a revenue.

The engrossed bill to fix the compensation of the members of the general Assembly, 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 fix the compensation of the members of the General Assembly.

The engrossed bill to authorise the building of bridges over Santebogue and Pine Barren creeks in Washington county, 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


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be, an act to authorise the building of bridges over Santebogue and Pine Barren creeks in Washington county.

Ordered that the Clerk do take the five last mentioned bills to the Council, and desire their concurrence.

The bill to incorporate the town of Rodney was read the second time, and

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Was 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 read, and on motion of Mr. Fitzpatrick, received and agreed to by the house.

On motion of Mr. M'Vay,

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 House on the bill to amend the militia laws


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and for other purposes, and 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,

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

The bill concerning justices of the Quorum and of the Peace, was read the second time, and

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Ordered, that this House resolve itself into a committee of the whole House forthwith on said bill, 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 an amendment thereto, by striking out the first section of said bill, and had directed him to report the same as amended, and

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Ordered that said report be received and agreed to, and

On motion Mr. Clay,

Ordered that said bill be postponed until the meeting of the next general Assembly.

A message from the 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 to establish the counties of Marion and Conecuh.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorise the trustees of the St. Stephens Academy to raise a fund by lottery for the use of said Academy.

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

A bill to be entitled an act to authorise the administrators of James Allsup dec. to sell real estate.

A bill to be entitled an act to alter the mode of assessing and collecting taxes, in the counties of Washington and Montgomery, and then he withdrew.


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

Mr. Speaker,

I am directed to inform the House of Representatives that the Council have passed the bill to be entitled an act authorising the administrators of William Gillam dec. to sell real estate, with an amendment, which amendment the Council desire the concurrence of the House of Representatives.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole House on the bill to authorise the appointment of Commissioners for fixing a suitable scite for the seat of the Territorial government, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Everitt reported that said committee had, according to order, had said bill under consideration and had directed him to report the same without amendment, and

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Ordered that said bill be re-committed to a select committee of five, and a committee were appointed of messrs. Clay, Smith, Lipscomb, Mc


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Grew, and Everitt.

Mr. Robishow moved the following resolution:

That commissioners be appointed to lay off a road from the tow of Blakeley to Fort Claiborn, which was read the first time, and

On motion,

Read the second time forthwith,

On motion of Mr. Everitt,

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

The engrossed bill to fix the time for the meeting of the next General Assembly was read the third time.

Mr. Lipscomb moved that the said bill be indefinitely postponed; the question being taken thereon, it was resolved in the negative, and the yeas and nays being called for,

Those who voted in the affirmative, were messrs. Lipscomb, McGrew and Robishow, 3.

Those who voted in the negative, were messrs. Clay, Dale, Everitt Fitzpatrick, McVay, Smith and Walker, 7.

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Ordered that this House forth-


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with resolve itself into a committee of the whole House on said bill, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Everitt reported that said committee had, according to order had said bill under consideration, and had made sundry amendments thereto, which were read, and

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Ordered that said report be received and agreed to.

Mr. Lipscomb moved that the further consideration of said bill be postponed until Friday next; and the question being taken thereon, and the House being equally divided, Mr. Speaker voted in the affirmative: so the bill was postponed accordingly.

On motion of Mr. McVay.

The House concurred in the amendment proposed by the Legislative Council to the bill to authorize the administrators of William Gillam dec. to sell real estate.

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

Mr. Speaker,

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of Representatives that the Council have passed the bill to be entitled an act to authorise the change of venue in real actions.

I am also instructed to inform the House of Representatives, that the Council have passed the bill to be entitled an act to establish the Alabama Bank in the town of St. Stephens, with an amendment, to which amendment the Council desire the concurrence of the House of Representatives.

On motion of Mr. McVay,

The House concurred in the amendment, proposed by the Legislative Council to the bill to establish the Alabama Bank in the town of St. Stephens.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole House on the bill for the relief of the Sheriff of Clarke county, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Smith reported that said committee had, according to order, had said bill under consideration and had directed him to report the same without amendment.

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Ordered that said bill be postponed indefinitely.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole House on the bill to amend an act entitled an act against usury, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Fitzpatrick, 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, which

On motion of Mr. Clay,

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 House, on the bill to authorise Daniel Reed to emancipate his negro slave Rose, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Dale reported that said committee had, according to order, had said bill under consideration and had directed him to report the same without amendment, which report was received and agreed to, which


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On motion of Mr. McVay,

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 House on the bill to authorise John S. Divin to emancipate his negro slave Robin, alias Robert Lang, 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 sundry amendments thereto, which were read and concurred in by the House, which

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

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 House on the bill concerning the distribution of the laws and journals, 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


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amendments thereto, which were read and concurred in by the House, which

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

The engrossed bill to divorce Lucretia Dearmond from her husband, James Dearmond, 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 divorce Lucretia Dearmond from her husband James Dearmond.

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

The House then adjourned until 10 o'clock to-morrow.