Friday, January 23d. 1818.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Lipscomb presented a letter from the Clerk of this House tendering his resignation of that office.

On motion of Mr. Mc Vay, Resolved that the House now proceed to the election of a clerk to fill the Vacancy of I. R. Nicholson resigned, and that Messrs. Clay and Everitt be appointed tellers to conduct & report on said election, who were appointed accordingly. Mr. Clay, of


24

the committee appointed to conduct and report on the election for Clerk; reported that Daniel Coleman was duly elected; whereupon the oath of office being administered by Mr. Speaker, he entered upon the duties thereof.

Ordered that the clerk inform the Legislative Council of said election.

Mr. Clay presented the petition of Elizabeth Bennet, praying a divorce from her husband James Bennet, which, on motion of Mr. Clay, was referred to a select committee of three, and a committee was appointed of Messrs. Clay, Mc Vay and Walker.

Mr. Fitzpatrick presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Roups Valley praying to be annexed to Shelby county, which on motion of Mr. Fitzpatrick was referred to the committee appointed to take into consideration so much of the Governors message as relates to the establishment of new counties &c.

Mr. Clay presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Montgom-


25

ery county on the subject of the division of the county, which on motion of Mr. Clay was referred to the same committee.

Mr. Smith, from the committee appointed to enquire if any, and if any, what alterations were necessary to be made in the law allowing compensation to the public Printer reported a bill to be entitled an act concerning the public printing which was read the first time, and on motion read the second time forthwith, and on motion of Mr. Clay made the order of the day for the committee of the whole house on to-morrow.

Mr. Walker gave notice that on to-morrow he would ask for leave to bring in a bill to alter and amend an act entitled an act to establish a bank at Huntsville.

On motion of Mr. Clay ordered that Messrs. Lipscomb and Robishow be added to the committee appointed to take into consideration so much of the Governors message as relates to the establishment of new counties &c.

On motion of Mr. Walker, resol-


26

ved that Mr. Robishow be added to the committee appointed to take into consideration so much of the Governors message as relates to the memorial of the Mississippi convention.

Mr. Clay , gave notice, that he would, on Monday next, ask for leave to bring in a bill to amend the laws now in force respecting public roads and for other purposes, and also a bill to abolish the right of survivorship in all cases.

On motion of Mr. Smith, the House adjourned until to-morrow 10 o'clock A.M.