The house met pursuant to adjournment.
Mr. Jones presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Cahawba county, praying the appointment of commissioners to fix on a central seat of justice for said county, which on motion of the same was referred to the committee on county boundaries, &c.
A message from the senate-. Mr. Speaker and gent. of the house of representatives, the senate agree to the several amendments by you proposed to be made to a bill prescribing the manner in which the oath of office shall be administered to the Governor of the state and certain other officers therein named.
Also the senate agree to the amendments by you proposed to the resolution of the senate of Tuesday last, and propose to amend said amendment by striking out after the word resolved and inserting in lieu thereof the following: "that he is more particularly entitled to the admiration and affection of the citizens of this state, because by his military skill and indefatigable exertions, our exposed frontiers have been saved from savage inroads and the inhabitants from indiscriminate slaughter.
3d, Resolved that his whole course during his military career, receives our entire approbation.
4th, Resolved that his visit to this place, at this time, affords us the liveliest satisfaction, as it enables us to express to him personally, the high sense we entertain of his services, and our perfect confidence in his talents integrity and patriotism.
5th, Resolved that a joint committee be appointed to wait on major general Andrew Jackson, and present to him the foregoing resolutions"; to which the senate desire you honorable body to agree.
Mr. Vaughan presented the petition of John Guest praying to be released from a fine, &c. which on motion of the same, was ordered to be referred to the committee of propositions and grievances.
On motion of Mr. Lamkin, ordered that the house take up the message from the senate relating to the voting of the thanks of the General assembly to maj. general Andrew Jackson, which was concurred in, and messrs. Lamkin and Everitt were appointed on the part of this house to join the committee on the part of the senate to inform him of the said resolutions.
Ordered that he senate be informed thereof.
Mr. Weedon moved that the house resolve itself into a committee of the whole on the bill regulating the rate of interest, which on motion of Mr. Everitt, was postponed for further consideration until Thursday next.
On motion of Mr. Vaughan, ordered that the committee on enrolled bills have leave to sit during the sitting of this house.
The house took up the order of the day on the bill authorising the administrator of Thomas Garretson deceased to sell certain real estate, which was read a 2d time, and ordered to be engrossed and made the order of the day for its third reading on to-morrow.
Mr. Vaughan from the committee on enrolled bills reported a bill prescribing the manner in which the oath of office shall be administered to the Governor of the state and certain other officers therein named, as duly enrolled.
Mr. Weedon presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of this state, praying an alleviating law, &c. which on motion was referred to a select committee, whereupon messrs. Weedon, Perkins and Edmonson were appointed.
On motion of Mr. Birney, ordered that the bill to establish the seats of justice in the counties of Autauga and Lauderdale be taken up and read, when on motion of Mr. Gerrard, ordered that so much of the said bill as relates to the county of Lauderdale be stricken out.
Said bill was then read a third time as amended and passed. Ordered that the title thereof be changed from a bill to that of an act to establish the seat of justice in the county of Autauga.
Gen. John Coffee being announced, Mr. Speaker in pursuance of a resolution of yesterday invited him to take a seat within the bar of this house.
Mr. Davis gave notice that on thursday next he would ask leave to bring in a bill to alter the mode of voting in election and for other purposes.
Mr. Dillahunty moved the adoption of the following as an additional rule for the government of this house. Whenever a question may be put, every member who may have been present during the debates, or who may be present at the time the question is put by the speaker, shall be compelled to vote, unless the house permit them not to do so; which, on motion of Mr. Everitt, was ordered to lie on the table.
A message from the senate by Mr. Casey- Mr. Speaker and gentlemen of the house of representatives, the senate have adopted the following resolution to which they ask your concurrence: Resolved that a committee be appointed to join such committee as may be appointed by the representative branch, to wait on his excellency the Governor and inform him that both branches will convene in the representative chamber to administer to him the oath of office, forthwith; and have appointed on their part for that purpose, messrs. Casey, Chambers and Sims; which on motion of Mr. Owen, was concurred in, and messrs. Davis and Saffold were appointed a committee on the part of this house for that purpose.
On motion it was ordered that the senate be informed thereof, as also that the house is now ready to receive the senate.
The gent. of the senate being announced the members of the house of representatives arose and the senate having taken the seats assigned them - His excellency Wm. W. Bibb, Governor, was announced, when both branches arose, His Excellency entered the bar of the house, and Mr. Speaker, as by law directed, administered the oath of office prescribed by the Constitution, after which His Excellency the Governor arose and addressed himself to both branches, as follows, to wit,
Gentlemen, I avail myself of this occasion to express my acknowledgements for the proof which has been afforded me, of the public confidence. Called by the voice of our fellow citizens, to the chief magistracy of the state, I proceed to the station with a full conviction of its high responsibilities, and with a sincere desire to promote the welfare of the county, and the happiness of the people.
We have entered on the exercise of the rights of self government, and I am persuaded, that no one had stronger inducements, to rejoice at the change in our political condition, than the individual who addressed you. A territorial government can never be acceptable to any portion of the American community; and such is the nature and extent of the powers delegated to the executive, that his acts are always viewed with suspicion and jealously. His best deeds are seldom correctly estimated, and his unintentional errors are often ascribe to unworthy motives.
Happily for all concerned, these sources of collision and distrust, are now removed; and we behold the gratifying spectacle of the representatives of a free people erecting and establishing the temple of Liberty.
United to the great family of American States; possessing ample resources for the advancement of learning and the diffusion of knowledge; blessed with a country abounding in navigable waters, and rich in the advantages of soil and climate, we surely cannot contemplate the high destiny that awaits us, without sentiments of profound gratitude, and without a firm determination to cherish and support a government of our choice, under which alone, such distinguished blessings can be enjoyed.
On my part I solemnly declare, that my best exertions shall be devoted to the promotion of virtue and intelligence, the only sure basis of all free institutions; to the encouragement of obedience to the laws; to the cultivation of harmony and good will among ourselves, and with the public functionaries of our sister states, and of
the United States; to the improvement of those natural advantages
with which we are so bountifully supplied; and to the accomplishment
of every object, which according to my deliberate judgment, may
tend to elevate the character of our state, and to establish its
true and permanent interests.
After which his Excellency withdrew.
On motion of Mr. Everitt the house adjourned.