WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24, 1819.

The house met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Bates presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of the counties of Clarke and Monroe, praying a road to Milledgeville, which was referred to the committee on roads and rivers.

Mr. Chapman presented the petition of the two Masonic Lodges in the town of Huntsville, praying for an act to be passed, to authorise said Lodges to raise a certain sum therein named, by way of lottery, to build a Masonic Hall. On motion of Mr. Chapman, ordered that said petition be referred to a select committee; whereupon messrs. Chapman, Owen and Birney, were appointed.

Mr. Lamkin from the military committee, reported a bill for regulating and establishing patrols, which was read the first time, and made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Lamkin from the military committee, reported a bill to provide for the distribution of the public arms of this state, which was read the first time, and made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow. Mr. Saffold from the committee on rivers and roads reported a bill to establish a public road therein named, which was read the first time and made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Dillahunty from the committee appointed for that purpose, reported a bill to establish and incorporate the town of Courtland in Lawrence county, which


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was read the first time and made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Walker from the committee appointed for that purpose, reported a bill to incorporate the Baptist Church on Limestone in Madison county, which was read the first time, and made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Byler from the committee appointed for that purpose, presented a bill to establish the seat of justice in the county of Lauderdale, which was read the first time, and made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow.

Mr. Isaac Brown gave notice, that on tomorrow he would ask leave to bring in a bill for all suits at law which have been instituted in the county of Blount, to be continued in Jefferson county, and for other purposes.

Mr. Townes moved the adoption of the following resolution- Resolved, that it is expedient to provide by law for changing the present mode of voting, by ballot, in all elections by the people viva voce- which was decided in the negative- the ayes and noes being called for, they were as follows :

AYES- Messrs. Birney, Bigham, Isaac Brown, Chapman, Coats, Davis, Dillahunty, Exum, Edmonson, Lamkin, Murrell, Moody, McBee, Matterson, McCarley, Seargent, Townes, Taylor, Whitaker and Winston, 20

NOES- Mr. Speaker , Messrs. Byler, John Brown, Bates, Cleveland, Creagh, Dale, Dennis, Everett, P. Fitzpatrick, Hill, Hardwich, Harrison, Jones, King, Lee, Owen, Perkins, Saffod, Simms, Thompson, Vaughan, Walker, Weedon, Wellborne, Wilson, and Watts, 27.

Mr. Weedon agreeable to notice given some days since, asked for, and obtained leave to bring in a bill to regulate Doctors fees- whereupon, messrs. Weedon and Wellborne, were appointed for that purpose.

Mr. Birney gave notice that on to-morrow he would ask leave to bring in a bill to prevent owners of hogs or meat cattle from feeding them upon lands to which they have not the legal or equitable possession.

Mr. Wellborne gave notice that on to-morrow, he would ask leave to bring in a bill to authorise justices of the peace to receive the acknowledgment and probate of deeds.


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Mr . Everett gave notice, that on Monday next, he would ask leave, to bring in a bill to define the duties of assessors and collectors of taxes of the several counties of this state.

The house resumed the order of the day on the bill affixing salaries to certain officers within the state of Alabama, which was read a second time and recommitted to a committee of the whole.

On motion of Mr. Chapman, ordered that the house again resolve itself into committee of the whole on the judiciary and salary bills, Mr. Townes in the chair. Mr. Weedon moved to strike out the ---- section of the judiciary bill establishing county courts, which was decided in the negative, and the yeas and nays being called for in committee of the whole, were as follows :

AYES- Mr. Speaker, Messrs. Birney, Bates, Cleveland, Creagh, Dale Edmonson, Everett, P. Fitzpatrick, J. Fitzpatrick, Harrison, Jones, King, Matterson, Owen, Saffold, Thompson, Townes, Walker, Weedon & Winston. twenty NOES- Messrs. Byler, Bigham, John Brown, Isaac Brown, Chapman, Coats, Dennis, Davis, Dillahunty, Exum, Gerrard, Hill, Hardwich, Lamkin, Lee, Murrell, Moody, McBee, McCarley, Perkins, Seargent, Sims, Taylor, Vaughan, Whitaker, Wellborne, Watts, and Winston, 28

And after some time spent in the committee of the whole, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Townes reported that the committee of the whole had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and made considerable progress therein, but not having time to go through with the same, had instructed him to ask leave to sit again.

Message from the senate by Mr. Chambers - Mr. Speaker and gentlemen of the house of representatives: the senate have passed an act to authorise John Bethany to emancipate certain slaves, which originated in your honorable body.

On motion of Mr. Owen the house adjourned until 3 o'clock.

Nov. 24, 3 o'clock.

The house met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Chapman moved for Mr. Moody to have leave of absence for the balance of the evening, which leave was granted. Mr. Moody agreeable to notice given some days past, moved the following amendment to the


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27th rule for the government of this house, to-wit, Every bill shall be introduced by motion for leave or by an order of the house, or on the report of a committee

A committee to prepare the same may be appointed, and every such motion may be committed, which was adopted. On motion of Mr. Weedon, ordered that the house again resolve itself into a committee of the whole on the judiciary and salary bills, Mr. Townes in the chair, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Townes reported that the committee of the whole had, according to order, had said bills under consideration and made sundry amendments thereto, and had instructed him to report accordingly, which amendments were read and concurred in.

On motion of Mr. Vaughan, ordered that the judiciary bill be made the order of the day for its second reading on to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Owen ordered that the salary bill be engrossed and made the order of the day for its 3d reading on to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Weedon, the house adjourned.