Thursday, February 12th, 1818.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Walker from the committee of enrolled bills, reported that said committee had examined the following bills to-wit.

An act to authorise the adminis-


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trators of William Gillam dec. to sell real estate.

An act to appoint commissioners to ascertain and report the most suitable and practicable route for a road from the Falls of the Tuskaloosa to the Tennessee river.

An act entitled an act to alter the mode of assessing and collecting of taxes in the counties of Washington and Montgomery.

An act to establish the counties of Marion and Conecuh.

An act to authorise the Trustees of the St. Stephens Academy to raise a fund by lottery for the use of said Academy:

An act to authorise the change of venue in real actions.

An act to alter and amend the laws for the punishment of crimes and misdemeanors.

An act extending the right of representation to certain counties therein named.

An act to alter and amend an act entitled an act to establish a Bank at Huntsville.

An act to authorise the administrators of James Allsup dec. to sell


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real estate.

A memorial to the Congress of the United States on the subject of internal improvement, and

A joint resolution authorising the Governor to draw upon the state of Mississippi for any monies due the Alabama Territory, and find the same truly enrolled.

Whereupon Mr. Speaker signed the same.

Ordered that the Clerk do take the same to the Council and inform them thereof.

Mr. Clay from the committee to whom was re-committed the bill to authorise the appointment of commissioners of fixing on a suitable scite for the seat of the Territorial government, reported a new bill which was read the first time, and

On motion of Mr. Walker,

Ordered to be read a second time forthwith, and

On motion of Mr. Clay,

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. Dale reported that said


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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.

Mr. Clay then made a motion that the further consideration of said bill be postponed until the meeting of the next General Assembly, and the question being taken thereon, it was resolved in the negative.

On motion of Mr. McVay.

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

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 this House that he has this day approved and signed the following bills, viz

An act appointing commissioners to select a temporary place for holding the courts in Montgomery county.

An act concerning the style of writs.

An act to authorise Honore Co-


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lin to manumit his female slave Rozette.

An act to alter and extend the boundaries of Marengo county, and then he withdrew.

Ordered that the Clerk inform the Council thereof.

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 amend the laws for raising a revenue.

A bill to be entitled an act for the relief of tax collectors.

A bill to be entitled an act, further to enable the county Court of Madison to complete the public buildings of said county.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorise the building of bridges on Santebogue and Pine Barren creeks in Washington county.

A bill to be entitled an act to fix the compensation of the members of the General Assembly, and

A bill to be entitled an act to divorce Lucretia Dearmond from her


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husband, James Dearmond, and then he withdrew.

Mr. Everitt moved the following resolution:

Resolved that the public Printer be instructed to print immediately, and furnish his Excellency the Governor with twenty five copies of an act, entitled an act authorising the taking the census of the Alabama Territory.

The House rescinded the resolution, prohibiting the introduction of new matter, and

Mr. Walker from the committee to whom was referred so much of the Governor's message as relates to a suitable modification of the laws and organization of the offices, reported a bill concerning the oaths of office, which was read the first time, and

On motion,

Ordered to be read a second time forthwith, and

On motion,

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

The engrossed memorial addres-


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sed to the Congress of the Unites States, for the relief of Tandy Walker, was read the third time, and on the question, shall said bill pass? it was resolved in the affirmative.

The engrossed bill to amend the militia laws and for other purposes, 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 militia laws, and for other purposes.

The engrossed bill concerning the distribution of the laws and journals, 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 the distribution of the laws and journals.

The engrossed bill to authorise John S. Divin to emancipate his negro slave Robin, alias Robert Long, 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 authorise John S. Div-


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in to emancipate his negroe slave Robin, alias Robert Long.

The engrossed bill to amend an act, entitled an act against usury, 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 an act entitled an act against usury.

The engrossed bill to authorise Daniel Reed to emancipate his mulatto slave Rose, was read the third time, and on the question, shall said bill pass? it was resolved in the affirmative.

Resolved that title of said bill be an act to authorise Daniel Reed to emancipate his negroe slave Rose.

The engrossed bill to incorporate the town of Rodney, and for other purposes, 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 town of Rodney and for other purposes.

The joint resolution appointing commissioners to lay of a road from


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the town of Blakely to Fort Claiborne, was read the third time and on the question, shall said bill pass? it was resolved in the affirmative.

Ordered that the Clerk do take the six last mentioned engrossed bills, memorial and resolution, to the Council and desire their concurrence.

The House then adjourned until four o'clock P.M.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

The engrossed bill to be entitled an act concerning the oaths of office 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 oaths of office.

The engrossed bill to authorise the appointment of Commissioners for fixing on a suitable scite for the seat of the Territorial Government, 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 appointing commissioners to examine and report to the


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Governor, the most eligible scite for the seat of the Territorial Government.

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

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

A bill to be entitled an act to divorce Lucretia Dearmond from her husband James Dearmond, and find the same truly enrolled.

Whereupon, Mr. Speaker signed the same.

Ordered that the clerk do take said enrolled bill to the Council, and inform them thereof,

On motion of Mr. Dale,

Resolved that the resolution prohibiting the introduction of new matter after Monday last be rescinded, and

On motion of Mr. Dale,

Ordered that he have leave to introduce a bill, allowing compensation to the justices of the quorum, which was read the first time, which


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On motion of Mr. Everitt,

Was postponed indefinitely.

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

A bill to be entitled an act to establish the Tombeckbe Bank in the town of St. Stephens,

Whereupon Mr. Speaker signed the same.

Ordered that the Clerk take the same to the Council and inform them thereof.

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 amend an act against Usury.

A bill to be entitled an act, authorising John S. Diven to emancipate his negro slave Robin, Alias Robert Long.

A bill to be entitled an act concerning the distribution of the Laws and Journals, and


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A bill to be entitled an act, to incorporate the town of Rodney,

And then withdrew.

On motion of Mr. Walker,

Resolved, that the committee appointed to enquire whether any, and if any, what alterations are necessary in the laws now in force respecting strays, be discharged from the further consideration of that subject.

On motion of Mr. Walker,

Resolved, that the committee who were instructed to enquire whether any, and if any, what alterations are necessary to the laws now in force respecting Paroles, be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Resolved, that the committee to whom was referred so much of the Governors Message as relates to Schools and the means of Education, be discharged from the further consideration of said subject.

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Resolved, that the committee to whom was referred so much of the Governors Message as relates to our Southern Frontier, be discharged


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from the further consideration of said subject.

On motion of Mr. Walker,

Resolved, that the Speaker of this House do certify to the President of the United States, the names of the two persons nominated by this house one of whom to be appointed by the President to fill the vacancy in the Legislative Council of this Territory, occasioned by the resignation of Robert Beatty esq. and also the names of the two persons nominated by this house, one of whom to be appointed by the President to fill the vacancy in the Legislative Council of this Territory, occasioned by the death of Joseph Carson Esq.

Mr. Lipscomb moved the following resolution:

Resolved, by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory, in General Assembly convened, That the President of the Legislative Council, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, do jointly sign and transmit to the President of the United States the names of the persons nominated in the different Council districts.


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with the number of votes and the District for which they were nominated, together with a transcript of the joint resolution of both Houses, dividing the Territory into Council Districts; which was read the first time, and

On motion,

Ordered to be read a second time forthwith, and

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

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

The House then adjourned until ten o'clock tomorrow.