Monday, Nov. 9th.

The house met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Speaker laid before the house, returns of the census of the counties of Dallas, Conecuh, Cahawba, Clark and Monroe , which were ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Lipscomb presented the petition of Jonas Wells, administrator of David Anderson deceased, praying leave to sell real property of the deceased, which was read; and

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,


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Ordered that the same be referred to a select committee of three members with leave to report by bill or otherwise.

And a committee was appointed of messrs. Lipscomb, Smith and Everitt.

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

"MR. SPEAKER,

I am instructed by the Legislative Council, to inform the house of Representatives that they require the documents relative to the divorce of Silas McGuire from his wife Polly McGuire; Also the documents relative to the divorce of Maria Fuller from her husband William Fuller."

And then he withdrew.

Ordered that the clerk carry the necessary documents to the council.

Mr. S. Walker from the committee appointed on so much of the Governor's message as relates to seats of justice in the newly created counties, reported a bill providing for the establishment of seats of justice in the several counties therein named, which was received and read; and

On motion of Mr. Walker,

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

And on motion of Mr. Clay,

Ordered that said bill be committed to a committee of the whole house, and made the order of the day for to-morrow.

Mr. Clay from the committee appointed on so much of the Governor's message as relates to the apportionment of representation among the several counties in this Territory, reported a bill to apportion the representation among the several counties in this territory, according


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to returns of the last census, which was received and read; and

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Ordered that the same be made the order of the day for its second reading on Wednesday next.

A message in writing was received from his excellency the Governor, by Mr. Lyon his private secretary; as followeth:

"Gentlemen of the Legislative Council- and of the house of Representatives.

It being probable that returns of the Census for the counties of Lawrence and Marion may not arrive in due season, I now lay before you a copy of those which have been received from the other counties.

WM. W. BIBB.

St. Stephens, 9th Nov. 1818

The said message was read and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Clay from the committee appointed on so much of the Governor's message as relates to our admission into the Union, reported a bill bearing a memorial to Congress, of the Legislative council and house of representatives, 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,

Ordered that said bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for its third reading on tomorrow.

Mr. Clay agreeably to notice given on a former day, asked for and obtained leave to bring in a bill supplemental to the laws now governing judicial proceedings, which was received and read; and

On motion of Mr. Clay,


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Ordered that said bill be made the order of the day for its second reading on to-morrow.

Ordered that the clerk inform the council that leave has been given to introduce said bill.

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Resolved that the committee of ways and means be instructed to enquire into the expediency of taxing sales at public auction, and that the said committee have leave to report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Brown agreeably to notice given on a former day, asked for and obtained leave to bring in a bill to make lawful and obligatory certain marriages therein named, which was received and read.

And on motion of Mr. Clay,

Ordered that the said bill be made the order of the day for its second reading on to-morrow.

Ordered that the clerk inform the council that leave has been given to introduce said bill.

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

"MR. SPEAKER,

I am instructed to inform the house of representatives that the Legislative council requests the attendance of Mr. Sims of Cahawba in the council chamber to give information relative to the divorce of Silas McGuire from his wife Polly."

And then he withdrew.

Mr. Vaughan gave notice that on Monday next he would ask for leave to introduce a bill to establish the permanent seat of justice in the county of Cotaco.

On motion of Mr. Clay,

The house according to the order of the day resolved itself into a committee of the whole house, on the bill for the government of Gin holders


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and for other purposes, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Walton reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration and made several amendments thereto, which he delivered in at the clerk's table, where the same were read and severally agreed to by the house.

On motion of Mr. Lipscomb,

Ordered that the said bill with the amendments be engrossed and made the order of the day for its third reading on to-morrow.

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

"MR. SPEAKER,

I am instructed to inform the house of Representatives that the Legislative council have requested Mr. S. Walker's presence in the council chamber, to give information relative to the divorce of Maria Fuller from her husband William Fuller."

And then he withdrew.

On motion of Mr. Clay,

The house according to the order of the day resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the memorial, praying an alteration in the judiciary system, and after some time spent therein Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Smith reported that the committee had according to order, had the said memorial under consideration and had made an amendment thereto which he delivered in at the clerks table, where the same was read and agreed to by the house.

On motion of Mr. Clay,

Ordered that the said memorial, with the amendment, be engrossed and made the order of the day for its third reading on to-morrow.


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On motion of Mr. Clay,

The house according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a committee of the whole house, on the bill to extend the corporate limits of Huntsville; and after some time spend therein, Mr. Speaker, resumed the chair and Mr. Fitzpatrick reported that the committee had according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and had directed him to report the same without amendment.

On motion of Mr. Clay said report was received and agreed to, and said bill was ordered to be engrossed and made the order of the day for its third reading on to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Fitzpatrick,

The house according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a committee of the whole house, on the bill to provide for the disposition of slaves unlawfully imported in the Territory; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. S. Walker reported that the committee had according to order had the said bill under consideration, and had made some progress therein, and asked leave to sit again; and upon the question, shall the said committee have leave to sit again on said bill? It was resolved in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Clay,

The house then adjourned until to-morrow morning ten o'clock.