Monday, January 26, 1818.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Lipscomb presented a petition from sundry inhabitants of the town of Rodney, praying that they should not be incorporated in the town of St. Stephens.

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,


30

Ordered that the same lie on the table.

Mr. M'Vay presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Jones' Valley on the subject of the division of the county which,

On motion of Mr. Walker,

Was referred to the committee appointed to take into consideration so much of the Governors message as relates to the organization of new counties.

Mr. McVay presented the petition of William Walker, praying the liberty of establishing a ferry across the Black Warrior river, in the county of Shelby, and

On motion of Mr. McVay

Ordered that said petition be referred to the committee appointed to take into consideration, so much of the Governors message as relates to Bridges and Ferries: and

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Ordered that the same lie on the table.

Mr. Clay, from the committee appointed to take into consideration so much of the Governors message as relates to the organization of


31

new counties; reported a bill to be entitled an act to alter and fix the western boundaries of Madison County, and to divide the county of Elk, which was read the first time, and

On motion of Mr. Walker,

Was read the second time forthwith: and

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Referred to a committee of the whole House on to-morrow.

Mr. Clay, agreeable to notice give on Saturday, asked for, and obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act, for the better regulation of Judicial proceedings, which was read the first time; and on motion of Mr. Clay,

Ordered, that twenty copies of said bill, be immediately printed: and

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Ordered, that the same be made the order of the day, for a second reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Lipscomb, agreeable to notice given on Saturday, asked for, and obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled an act, to alter


32

and amend an act, entitled an act against Usury, which was read the first time; and

On motion of Mr. Walker,

Ordered to be made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Clay, agreeable to notice given on Saturday, asked for and obtained leave to introduce a bill to amend the several laws now in force respecting public roads, and for other purposes, which was read the first time, and on motion, made the order of the day for to-morrow.

Mr. Clay agreeable to notice given on Saturday, asked for, and obtained leave to introduce a bill to abolish the right of survivorship in all cases, and

On motion of Mr. Dale,

Ordered to be made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Lipscomb, agreeable to notice given on Saturday, asked for and obtained leave to introduce a bill to incorporate the Trustees of the St. Stephens Academy, which was read the first time, and


33

On motion of Mr. Walker,

Ordered to be made the order of the day for a second reading on tomorrow.

Mr. Walker gave notice that on Wednesday next, he should ask leave to introduce a bill to compel county Treasurers to keep their offices at their respective court houses, or within one mile thereof.

Mr. Clay gave notice that on to-morrow he would ask leave to introduce a bill concerning Writs of Error.

The engrossed bill to be entitled an act to divorce Elizabeth Bennet from James Bennet her husband, being read the third time, and the question being taken, shall said bill pass? it was resolved in the affirmative, whereupon the question being taken, shall the title of the said bill be as above stated? it was resolved in the affirmative.

A bill concerning public printing being read the second time.

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Resolved, that the said bill be recommitted to a committee of the whole House, forthwith, and after


34

some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Lipscomb reported that the committee of the whole House, had had under their consideration said bill; and had made sundry amendments thereto, which were read and concurred in, by the House.

On motion of Mr. Clay.

Ordered to be engrossed and read a third time this evening.

A bill to be entitled an act to amend an act, entitled an act to establish a Bank at Huntsville, was read the second time, and

On motion of Mr. Walker,

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

Mr. Lipscomb, agreeable to notice given on Saturday, asked for, and obtained leave to introduce a bill, for the Government of the Town of Blakeley, which was read the first time, and

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Ordered, to be made the order of the day, for a second reading on to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,


35

Ordered, that the house adjourn until to-morrow ten o'clock, A.M.