THURSDAY, 2nd December, 1819.

The house met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Everett from the committee appointed to contract for the public printing, made a report on that subject, which on motion of Mr. Everett, was ordered to lie on the table.

The house proceeded to the consideration of the or-


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der of the day on the bill to provide for leasing the 16th section in each township in this state.

Mr. Weedon moved that this house resolve itself into a committee of the whole on said bill, which was decided in the negative. On motion of Mr. Chapman, ordered that said bill be referred to a select committee, whereupon messrs. Chapman, Birney, and Everett were appointed.

Mr. Byler asked for, and obtained leave to introduce a bill to prevent obstructions to the passage of the Fish in Shoal creek in Lauderdale county, which was read the first time.

Mr. Byler moved that said bill be made the order of the day for a second reading on tomorrow, which was decided in the negative.

The house resumed the order of the day, on the bill to establish a certain public road therein named, which was read a third time. Mr. Perkins moved to amend said bill by adding an additional section by way of rider, which was decided in the affirmative, and the question being put, shall this bill pass as amended by rider, it was decided in the affirmative, and the title being changed to that of an act to establish a certain public road therein named, was ordered to be sent to the senate for their concurrence.

Mr. Bates in conformity to notice given some days past, asked for, and obtained leave to bring in a bill to prevent malicious or fraudulent mischief, which was read the first time, and made the order of the day for a second reading on tomorrow.

Mr. Walker presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Madison county, respecting the impracticability of making Indian creek navigable for boats.

On motion of Mr. Dillahunty, ordered that said petition lie on the table.

The house resumed the order of the day on the resolution respecting the accounts between this state and the state of Mississippi, which was read the third time and passed. Ordered that the same be sent to the senate for concurrence.


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On motion of Mr. Welborne, ordered that the house take up the bill to authorise justices of peace to receive the acknowledgments and probate of deeds and relinquishment of dowers, which was read the 2nd time, and which was severally amended, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading, and made the order of the day for tomorrow.

A message from the senate by Mr. Casey- Mr. Speaker, the senate request the appointment of a committee of conference, on the amendments by them proposed to a bill affixing salaries to certain offices in this state and have appointed messrs. Casey, Seabury and Terrell on their part.

The house then proceeded to the consideration of said message, Mr. Everett moved that this house concur in said message, and that messrs. Perkins, Vaughan, Matterson and Dennis be appointed a committee on the part of this house, which was decided in the affirmative - ordered that the senate be informed thereof.

On motion of Mr. Dillahunty, ordered that Mr. Bates be added to said committee.

The house again resumed the order of the day on the bill to amend the several acts concerning the trial of slaves, which was read the second time and was severally amended. Mr. Byler moved to further amend said bill, by striking out the third section, which was decided in the negative, the ayes and noes being called for on said question, they were as follows:

AYES- messrs Byler, Bigham, L. Brown, Bates, Coats, Dennis, Dillahunty, Everett, Hill, Hardwich, Jones, McBee, Matterson, Seargent, Sims, Weedon and Winston. -17

NOES- Messrs. Speaker, Burney, Creagh, Chapman, Dale, Edmonson, Exum, Harrison, King, Lamkin, Lee, Murrell, Moody, Perkins, Peters, Saffold, Thompson, Townes, Taylor, Vaughan, Whitaker, Walker, Wellborne and Watts. -24.

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

Also the bill to amend the acts respecting weights and measures, which was read the first time and made the order of the day for a second reading on tomorrow.

Also the bill for the benefit of Madison and Alabama Lodges, which was read the third time and passed, and


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the title changed to that of an act for the benefit of the Madison Lodge and the Alabama Lodge. Ordered, that the same be sent to the senate for their concurrence.

Also the bill to provide for the division of estates real and personal, which was read the 2nd time -- on motion of Mr. Bates, ordered that said bill lie upon the table. Also the bill to repeal the first and 2nd sections of an act entitled an act for the government of gin holders, passed 16th Nov. 1818. On motion of Mr. Creagh, ordered that said bill be indefinitely postponed.

Also the bill to establish the seat of justice in the county of Montgomery and for other purposes, which was read the first time and made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow.

Also the bill providing for the determination of suits and controversies by arbitration; which was read the first time, and made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow.

Also the bill to authorise the administratrix of Josiah Woods, deceased, and Edmund J. Bailey to sell certain real estate, which was read the first time and made the order of the day, for a 2nd reading on to-morrow.

Also the bill to provide for the removal of the public offices; which was read the first time and made the order of the day, for a second reading on to-morrow.

Also the bill to regulate the charge of physicians.

On motion of Mr. Birney, ordered, that said bill lie upon the table.

Also the resolution requesting our members in congress, to use their influence in obtaining a land office at Tuskaloosa and Conecuh court house in this state, which was read the third time.

Mr. Birney moved to postpone said resolutions indefinitely, which was decided in the negative.

The question being put, shall these resolutions pass, it was decided in the affirmative.

Ordered, that the same be sent to the senate for their concurrence.

Also the bill to regulate property contracts, which was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed


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for a third reading and made the order of the day, for to-morrow.

Also the bill making an appropriation for a private secretary to the governor of the state of Alabama.

On motion of Mr. Birney, ordered, that said bill be indefinitely postponed.

On motion of Mr. Everitt, ordered, that this house adjourn until to-morrow, 9 o'clock.