THURSDAY, NOV. 18, 1819

The house met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Owen from the judiciary committee, reported


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a bill to regulate the proceedings of the courts of law & Equity within this state, which being read the first time, when Mr. Townes, moved that said bill have a second reading on Tuesday next, which was decided in the negative.

Mr. Sims moved that said bill be read a second time on Saturday next, which was decided in the negative.

Mr. Chapman moved that said bill be made the order of the day for its second reading on to-morrow, which was decided in the affirmative.

A message from the senate by messrs. Harwell and Ware- Mr. Speaker and gentlemen of the house of representatives: the senate have passed an act to provide for examining certain rivers therein named, and for other purposes.

An act for the government of the "town of Cahawba- and an act for establishing the permanent seat of justice in Cahawba county, to which they desire your concurrence; and then they withdrew- when the said last mentioned bill being read the first time was, on motion of Mr. Jones, made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow.

A message from the senate by their secretary Mr. Rogers- Mr. Speaker and gentlemen of the house of representatives: the senate concur in the amendment by you proposed to be made to an act to enable the Governor to ascertain the quantity and value of certain lands in this state; and then withdrew.

Mr. Walker from the committee to whom was referred the petition of Irby Jones, reported a bill for the relief of said Jones, which being read the first time, was, on motion made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Vaughan from the committee appointed to bring in a bill to incorporate the town of Summerville in the county of Cotaco, reported a bill under that title, which being read the first time, was on motion, made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow. Mr. Exum from the committee to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of Limestone county,


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praying a reelection for commissioners to fix on a site for the seat of justice in said county, report that they have had the same under consideration, and from the documents accompanying said petition, and the examination of the law on the subject, they are of opinion that the election for the said commissioners was not held strictly according to law, owing to the laws not coming forward time enough for the sheriff to advertise the same; yet they are of opinion that the said election was fairly conducted, and your committee are of opinion the commissioners who were elected, have fixed upon the most eligible site and near the center of the county for the public buildings, and a contract having been entered into for that purpose under the direction of the county court, we recommend that a law be passed to make permanent the site the said commissioners have fixed on- therefore your committee ask leave to report a bill for that purpose, which was received and read a first time, and on motion made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Birney gave notice that on to-morrow he would ask leave to bring in a bill to incorporate the Huntsville Library company, when messrs. Birney, Townes and Chapman were appointed a committee to bring in said bill.

Mr. Walker from the committee of propositions and grievances, to whom was referred the petition of John Guest, moved to be discharged from the further consideration thereof, which was decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Byler, the house took up the bill to establish election precincts in the county of Lauderdale; when on motion of Mr. Moody, ordered that said bill lie on the table.

The house according to the order of the day, proceeded to the consideration of the bill to authorise John Bethany, to emancipate certain slaves, which being read a second time, was on motion, ordered to be engrossed for a third reading on to-morrow.

Also the bill to incorporate the town of Montgomery,


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in Montgomery county, which was read a third time and passed. Ordered, that the title be changed from a bill to an act, to incorporate the town of Montgomery in the county of Montgomery, and returned to the senate informing them thereof.

Also the bill to incorporate the town of Claiborne in the county of Monroe, which was, on motion of Mr. Owen, amended by adding to the end of the 4th sec. the following words "also the power of taxing billiard tables,"when it was read a third time and passed. Ordered, that the title be changed from a bill to an act to incorporate the town of Claiborne, in the county of Monroe. and returned to the senate, informing them thereof.

On motion of Mr. Owen, the house resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the joint resolution relative to the contracting for the public printing, Mr. Owen in the chair, and after some time spent therein Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Owen reported that the committee had, according to order, had said resolution under consideration, and had made sundry amendments thereto, which were received and agreed to- when said resolution as amended, was read a third time and passed. Ordered, that it be sent to the senate for concurrence.

Also the bill to authorise the administrator and administratrix of John Childers, deceased, to sell real estate, which was read a third time and passed.

Ordered that the title be changed from a bill to an act to authorise the administrator & administratrix of John Childers, deceased, to sell real estate, and sent to the senate for their concurrence.

Also the bill to incorporate the town of Demopolis and for other purposes, which was read a third time and passed. Ordered that the title be changed from a bill to that of an act to incorporate the town of Demopolis and for other purposes, and sent to the senate for their concurrence. Also the bill to provide for the organization and discipline of the militia of this state.

Mr. Townes moved that the house resolve itself into


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committee of the whole on said bill, which was decided in the negative.

Mr. Everett moved that this house do now adjourn, which was decided in the negative.

Mr. Everett moved that said bill lie on the table, which was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Birney moved that the military committee be instructed to bring in a bill regulating patrols, which was decided in the affirmative.

Also an act to establish certain counties therein named was read a third time and passed and the title amended by the words following thereto, and for other purposes therein mentioned. Ordered that said act, with the amendments, be sent to the senate.

On motion of Mr. Dale, ordered that this house do now adjourn.