Wednesday , November 21

The house met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Clay from the joint committee for enrolled bills reported that the said committee had examined the following enrolled bills, viz.

A bill to authorise the governor to offer rewards for the apprehension of criminals.

A bill providing for the disposition of slaves imported into the Territory contrary to the laws of the United States.

A bill to authorise the appointment of a keeper and translator of the Spanish records and papers in the Alabama Territory.

A bill to change the mode of increasing the capital stock of the Planters and Merchants bank of Huntsville and the Tombeckbe bank and for other purposes.

A resolution to increase the compensation of the secretary, clerks and door keepers.

An act to fix the permanent seat of justice in Mobile and to erect public buildings.

An act providing for the temporary and permanent seats of government.

An act to alter the times of holding courts in the southern district of this Territory.

An act to authorise deeds of conveyance to be acknowledged and rights of dower to be relinquished before clerks of courts.

An act concerning Hawkers and Pedlars.


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An act to authorise the leasing of land therein named.

An act to establish election precincts in the county of Monroe.

And had found the same to be fully enrolled.

Whereupon Mr. Speaker signed the said enrolled bills.

Ordered that the clerk inform the council thereof.

The rule of the house requiring one day's previous notice, and the resolution prohibiting the introduction of new matter after Monday last, were dispensed with, and Mr. S. Walker had leave to bring in a bill for the relief of certain persons therein named, which bill was received and read; and

On motion of Mr. S. Walker,

The rule was dispensed with and the same read the second time forthwith;

And ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole house.

The house accordingly resolved itself into a committee of the whole house on said bill and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Vaughan reported that the committee had according to order had said bill under consideration, and had made sundry amendments thereto, which he delivered in at the clerk's table, where the same were read and severally agreed to by the house, and the said bill with the amendments was ordered to be engrossed forthwith for its third reading, was accordingly engrossed and read the third time forthwith;

And on the question shall this bill pass as amended? it was resolved in the affirmative

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Resolved that the title of said bill be "an act


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for the benefit of certain persons therein named and to provide a contingent fund."

Ordered that the clerk carry said bill to the council and ask their concurrence.

A message from the Legislative Council by Mr. Martin their secretary.

"MR. SPEAKER,

I am instructed to inform the house of Representatives that the governor has informed the council by message, that he has approved and signed the following bills, which originated in the council, viz :

An act to regulate sales at auction.

An act to divorce John Barron from his wife Clarissa Barron.

An act to authorise David Norris to manumit his negro woman slave Nancy.

An act to authorise the appointment of a keeper and translator of the Spanish records and papers in this territory.

An act to change the mode of increasing the capital stock of the planters and merchants bank of Huntsville, and the Tombeckbe bank, and other purposes.

An act to fix the permanent seat of justice in the town of Mobile and to authorise the erection of a court house and jail.

An act to alter the times of holding courts in the southern district of this Territory.

An act to authorise Deeds of Conveyance to be acknowledged and rights of Dower to be relinquished before Clerks of Courts.

An act concerning Hawkers and Pedlars.

An act to establish election precincts in the County of Monroe.

A joint resolution to increase the compensation of the secretary, clerks and doorkeepers.


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And then he withdrew.

A message from his Excellency the governor by Mr. Lyon his private secretary.

"MR. SPEAKER,

I am instructed by his Excellency to inform you that he has approved and signed the following bills which originated in the house of representatives, viz.

An act to alter the times of holding the Superior Courts in the counties of Limestone, Cotaco, Lawrence, Franklin, and Lauderdale.

An act to authorize the Governor to offer rewards for the apprehension of criminals.

An act providing for the disposition of slaves imported into the territory contrary to the laws of the United States.

An act to authorise the leasing of lands therein named.

And then he withdrew.

Ordered that the clerk do inform the council thereof.

The rule of the house requiring one day's previous notice, and the resolution prohibiting the introduction of new matter after Monday last, were dispensed with, and Mr. Walker had leave to introduce the following resolution.

Resolved by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Alabama Territory in General Assembly convened, that William D. Gaines be allowed the sum of forty-six dollars, twelve and a half cents, for stationary furnished the two houses during the present session- to be paid out of any monies in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, which resolution was received and read; and

On motion of Mr. Walker,

The rule was dispensed with and the same read the second time forthwith; and


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On motion of Mr. Walker,

The rule was further dispensed with, and the same read the third time forthwith; and

On the question shall this resolution pass? It was resolved in the affirmative.

On motion.

Resolved that the title of the said resolution be a Resolution for the relief of William D. Gaines. Ordered that the clerk do carry the said resolution to the council and ask their concurrence.

The engrossed bill for the government of the Port and Harbor of Mobile, and for other purposes, was read the third time, and on the question, Shall this bill pass? it was resolved in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Clay, Resolved that the title of said bill be "An act for the government of the port and harbor of Mobile, and for other purposes." Ordered that the clerk do carry the said bill to the council & ask their concurrence.

The engrossed bill to amend the laws creating a tax on lands, was read the third time, and on the question, Shall this bill pass? it was resolved in the affirmative. On motion of Mr. S. Walker, Resolved that the title of said bill be "An act to amend the laws creating a tax on land."

Ordered that the clerk do carry the said bill to the council and ask their concurrence.

The engrossed bill to extend the corporate limits of St. Stephens, being in order for a third reading: A motion was made to postpone said bill indefinitely ; and the question being taken thereon, it was resolved in the affirmative.

And the yeas and nays being called for by two of the members present, those who voted in the affirmative are- Messrs. Anderson, Brown, Clay, Hudspeth , Murrell, Robishow, Sims, Vaughan, and Warren- 11. These who


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voted in the negative are - Messrs. Dale, Everitt, King, Lipscomb, Slade, Smith, S. Walker and Wilson- 9.

The engrossed bill to alter the boundaries of Washington county and for other purposes was read the third time; and on the question, Shall this bill pass? it was resolved in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb, Resolved that the title of said bill be "an Act to alter the boundaries of Washington county, and to establish the county of Jefferson." Ordered that the clerk do carry the said bill to the council & ask their concurrence.

The engrossed bill to alter the mode of assessing and collecting taxes, was read the third time, and on the question Shall this bill pass? it was resolved in the affirmative. On motion of Mr. Murrell, Resolved that the title of said bill be "an Act to alter the mode of assessing and collecting taxes." Ordered that the clerk do carry the said bill to the council and ask their concurrence.

The engrossed bill to make election precincts in the county of Marengo, was read the third time and on the question shall this bill pass? it was resolved in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Clay, Resolved that the title of said bill be "an act to make election precincts in the counties therein named."

Ordered that the clerk do carry the said bill to the council and ask their concurrence. The House took up the amendments of the council to the bill entitled an act supplemental to the laws now governing judicial proceedings, and concurred in the same.

Ordered that the clerk inform the council thereof.

Mr. Clay from the joint committee for enrolled bills, reported that the said committee had examined the following enrolled bill, viz.

An act to divide Montgomery and to establish the


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county of Autauga, and had found the same to be truly enrolled. Whereupon Mr. Speaker signed the said enrolled bill.

Ordered that the clerk do inform the council thereof.

The engrossed bill for the relief of John Haines, executor of William Malone deceased, and William Jordan, was read the third time, and on the question shall this bill pass? it was resolved in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb, Resolved that the title of said bill be an act for the relief of William Jordan.

Ordered that the clerk do carry said bill to the council and ask their concurrence.

The rule of the house requiring one day's previous notice, and the resolution prohibiting the introduction of new matter after Monday last, were so far dispensed with, as to enable Mr. Clay to introduce a bill providing for the compensation of the convention, which was received and read; and on motion of Mr. S. Walker, the rule was dispensed with, and the same read the second time forthwith;

Ordered that the same be forthwith engrossed for its third reading, was accordingly engrossed and read the third time forthwith; and on the question shall this bill pass? it was resolved in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Clay, Resolved that the title of said bill be "an act providing for the compensation of the convention".

Ordered that the clerk do carry the said bill to the council and ask their concurrence.

The rule of the house requiring one day previous notice, and the resolution prohibiting the introduction of new matter after Monday last, were so far dispensed with as to enable Mr. Clay to bring in a bill concerning the middle District, which was received and read; and on motion of Mr. Clay, the rule was dispensed with, and the same read the second time forthwith; and

On motion of Mr. Clay.


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The rule was further dispensed with, and the said bill was ordered to be forthwith engrossed for its third reading, was accordingly engrossed and read the third time forthwith; and on the question shall this bill pass? it was resolved in the affirmative;

On motion of Mr. Clay.

Resolved that the title of said bill be, "an act concerning the middle district."

Ordered that the clerk do carry the said bill to the council & ask their concurrence.

Mr. Robishow, from the committee of Accounts, submitted the following report. The committee of accounts have considered and examined the report of the Treasurer of the Alabama territory, exhibiting the state of the Treasury, as to receipts and disbursements for the year ending on the 31st October, 1818, and form that time until the 11th November in the same year, and find the same to be correct.

The committee have also examined the report of the Auditor of Public Accounts, during the same period & find the same to be correct. The committee have also examined the account of the Public Printer for printing done for the Legislature at their last session & deem the same reasonable & such as ought to be allowed by the Legislature. The committee have also examined the account of William D. Gaines for stationary furnished to both Houses of the Legislature during its present session and find the same to be correct & such as ought to be allowed. The committee have also examined the claim of the Treasurer of the Alabama Territory for stationary and office rents, and find the same not provided for by law.

A message from the Legislative council by Mr. Martin their secretary.

"MR. SPEAKER,

I am instructed to inform the


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House of Representatives that the council have passed a Bill which originated in the house of representatives for the government of the port and harbor of Mobile, with an amendment, to which the council ask your concurrence.

The council have concurred in passing the Bill to amend the laws creating a tax on land. The council have concurred in passing the Bill which originated in the House of Representatives to make election precincts in the counties herein named. The council have concurred in passing the Bill to alter the mode of assessing and collecting taxes. The council have concurred in passing the Bill providing for the compensation of the convention. And then he withdrew. The House took up the amendment made by the council to the bill for the government of the port and harbor of Mobile and concurred therein. Ordered that the clerk inform the council thereof.

The engrossed bill appointing commissioners to fix the permanent seat of justice for the county of Clarke, was read the third time, and on the question shall this bill pass? it was resolved in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Smith, Resolved that the title of said bill be, "an act appointing commissioners to fix the permanent seat of justice in the county of Clarke."

Ordered that the clerk do carry the said bill to the council and ask their concurrence.

The House according to the order of the day resolved itself into a committee of the whole house, on the bill to incorporate the St .Stephens Mechanical Society, and after some time spent therein Mr. Speaker resumed the chair & Mr. Murrell reported that the committee had, according to order, had said bill under consideration, and had instructed him to report the same, as having been stricken out from the enacting clause; and said report was received


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and agreed to; and

On motion , ordered that said bill be postponed indefinitely.

Mr. Clay from the joint committee for enrolled bills, reported that the said committee had examined the following enrolled bills, viz :

An act to alter the mode of assessing and collecting taxes: An act to make election precincts in the several counties therein named: An act providing for the compensation of the convention: An act to amend the laws creating a tax on land. And had found the same to be truly enrolled. Whereupon Mr. Speaker signed the same. Ordered that the clerk carry said bills to the council and inform them thereof.

A message from the Legislative council by Mr. Martin their secretary.

"MR. SPEAKER,

I am instructed to state to the House of Representatives that the Council have concurred in passing the bill for the benefit of certain persons therein named, and to provide a contingent fund, with an amendment, to which the council desire your concurrence. The council have concurred in passing the following bills which originated in the house of representatives:

A bill appointing commissioners to fix the permanent seat of justice for the county of Clarke.

An act for the relief of William Jordan.

An act concerning the middle district.

The council have concurred in passing the resolution for the benefit of William D. Gaines.

I am further instructed to state that the council have rejected the bill to alter the boundaries of Washington county, and to establish the county of Jefferson. And then he withdrew.

The house took up the amendment made by the council to the bill for the benefit of certain


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persons therein named, and to provide a contingent fund, and concurred therein. Ordered, that the clerk inform the council thereof. Mr. Clay from the joint committee for enrolled bills, reported that the said committee had examined the following enrolled bills, viz.

An act for the government of the port and harbor of Mobile.

An act for the benefit of certain persons therein named, and to provide contingent fund.

A resolution for the benefit of William D. Gaines.

An act for the relief of William Jordan.

An act concerning the middle district.

An act supplemental to the act of governing Judicial proceedings.

An act to appoint commissioners to fix the permanent seat of Justice for the county of Clark; and had found the same to be truly enrolled. Whereupon Mr. Speaker signed the same. Ordered that the clerk inform the council thereof.

A message from his excellency the governor by Mr. Lyon his private secretary.

"MR. SPEAKER,

I am instructed by his excellency to inform you that he has approved and signed the following bills, which originated in the house of Representatives. An act to divide Montgomery county, and to establish the county of Autauga. An act to amend the laws creating a tax on land. An act concerning the middle district. An act to make election precincts in the counties therein named. An act to alter the mode of assessing and collecting taxes. An act providing for the compensation of the convention. An act supplemental to the laws now governing judicial proceedings. An act for the government of the port and harbor of Mobile. An act for the benefit of certain persons therein named, and to provide contin-


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gent fund. A resolution for the relief of William D. Gaines. An act to alter and establish the boundary lines between the counties of Autauga and Dallas. An act for the relief of William Jordan. And then he withdrew.

Ordered that the clerk do inform the council thereof.

The house resolved itself into a committee of the whole house on so much of the governor's message as relates to the nomination of a new council, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair and Mr. Everitt reported that the committee of the whole house had, according to order, had said bill under consideration, and had instructed him to report the following resolutions. Resolved that the following persons be, and they are hereby unanimously nominated to the President of the United States: six of whom to be, by him , appointed to compose the next Legislative Council of the Alabama territory; to-wit : James Titus, Henry Chambers, Lemuel Mead, George Phillips, John Gayle, jun., Matthew D. Wilson, Robert Beaty, William L. Adams, Samuel Taylor, Joseph H. Howard, Reuben Saffold, and George Buchanan. Resolved, that the speaker of this House do certify, enclose and direct a copy of the foregoing resolution to the President of the United States. Which resolutions were severally read and unanimously adopted.

A message from his excellency the governor by Mr. Lyon his private secretary.

"MR. SPEAKER,

I am instructed to inform you that his Excellency has approved and signed "An act to appoint commissioners to fix the place for the permanent seat of justice for the county of Clarke". And then he withdrew.

Ordered that the clerk inform the council thereof.


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On motion of Mr. Clay.

Resolved that a committee of three members be appointed on the part of this house to act with such committee as may be appointed by the Legislative council, to wait on his excellency the governor and inform him that the two houses have completed the business before them, and are now ready to adjourn.

And a committee was appointed of messrs. Clay, Lipscomb, and S. Walker. Ordered that the clerk inform the council thereof.

A message from the legislative council by Mr. Martin their secretary.

"MR. SPEAKER,

I am instructed to inform the house of Representatives, that the council have appointed a committee consisting of messrs. Mead and Chambers to act with the committee appointed by the house of representatives to wait on his Excellency the governor and inform him that the two houses have finished the business before them and, are now ready to adjourn.

And then he withdrew.

Mr. Clay from the joint committee appointed to wait on his Excellency the Governor, reported that they had performed the duty assigned them, and that the governor had no further communications to make.

Ordered that the clerk inform the Legislative Council that the house of representatives is now ready to adjourn.

A message from the Legislative Council by Mr. Martin their secretary.

MR. SPEAKER,

I am instructed to inform


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the House of Representatives that the Legislative Council have completed the business before them, and are now ready to adjourn.

On motion of Mr. Anderson, Mr. .Speaker adjourned the house of Representatives Sine Die.

Attest,

JOHN C. GOOLRICK,

C. H. R.