MONDAY, December 6, 1819

The house met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Lamkin presented the petition of Lucretia Stammers of the county of Madison, praying a law to authorise her to keep together certain property for a certain time, &c. On motion of Mr. Lamkin, ordered that said petition be referred to a select committee- whereupon messrs. Lamkin and Walker were appointed.

Mr. Exum from the committee to whom was referred the petition of the administrators and administratrix of James Hartgrove deceased, reported a bill to authorise said administratrix and administrators to sell a certain


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quarter section of land, which was read the 1st time & made the order of the day for a 2d reading on tomorrow.

The house proceeded to the consideration of the order of the day on the bill to regulate the courts of law and equity of this state, and the question being put, shall this bill pass, it was decided in the affirmative, and the title changed to that of an act to regulate the courts of law and equity of this state; Ordered that the same be sent to the senate for their concurrence.

Also the bill to authorise the administratrix of Josiah Woods deceased and Edmond J. Bailey to sell real estate, which was read the third time and passed; Ordered that the same be returned to the senate.

Also the resolution fixing the time of adjournment of the present session of the legislature and other purposes. Mr. Owen moved that Saturday the 11th be struck out, which was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Owen moved that said blank be filled with Wednesday the 15th, which was decided in the affirmative which resolution was read the 3rd time and passed. Ordered that the same be sent to the senate for their concurrence.

A message from the senate by Mr. Garth. Mr. Speaker - The senate have passed the following bills:

An act to provide for the inspection of lumber and other articles.

An act to incorporate the town of Moulton, in the county of Lawrence.

An act to lease certain salt springs; and,

An act to alter and amend the laws respecting strays in which they desire your concurrence.

They have also passed an act to establish and incorporate the town of Courtland in the county of Lawrence; and,

An act to provide for the payment of Irby Jones, which originated in your honorable body.

Also the bill to establish the seat of justice in the county of Montgomery, which was read the 3d time and passed, ordered that the same be returned to the senate as amended, for their concurrence.


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Also the bill respecting weights and measures, which was read the third time and passed, ordered that the same be returned to the senate as amended, for their concurrence.

Also the bill providing for the determination of suits and controversies, by arbitration which was read the third time and passed. Ordered that the same be returned to the senate.

Also the bill to provide for the appointment of county officers. On motion of Mr. Owen, ordered that said bill lie upon the table.

Also the bill to prevent frauds and fraudulent combination in the sale of public lands within this state.

Mr. Owen moved that the words "criminal laws of this state" in the section and line, be struck out, which was decided in the affirmative. On motion of Mr. Owen, ordered that the words "provisions of this act" be inserted in lieu thereof.

Mr. Lamkin moved that the whole of the first section be struck out, which was decided in the negative, the ayes and noes being called for on said question, they were as follows:

AYES- Messrs. Edmonson, Exum, Lamkin, Murrell, Moody, Thompson, Townes, Walker and Wilson -9

NOES- Messrs. Speaker, Byler, Bigham, John Brown , Isaac Brown , Bates, Cleveland, Creagh, Dale, Dennis, Dillahunty, Everett, P Fitzpatrick, J Fitzpatrick, Hill, Hardwich, Harrison, Jones, King, Lee, Matterson, McCarley, Owen, Perkins, Peters, Saffold, Sargeant, Sims, Taylor, Vaughan, Whitaker, Weedon, Watts & Winston -34

Mr. Everett moved that said bill be committed to a committee of the whole, and made the order of the day for tomorrow, which was decided in the negative; which bill was read the second time, and made the order of the day for a third reading on tomorrow.

Also the bill appointing additional commissioners to the town of Huntsville, which was read the second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading, and made the order of the day for tomorrow.

Also the bill to change the name of the county of Cahawba to that of Sevier.

Mr. Winston moved that the word Sevier be stricken out, which was decided in the affirmative.


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On motion of Mr. Winston, ordered that the word Pike be inserted in lieu thereof, which bill was read the second time, and made the order of the day for a third reading on to-morrow.

Also the bill to provide for the removal of public offices which was read the third time and passed, ordered that the same be returned to the senate.

Also the bill to incorporate the Alabama bridge company. Mr. Everitt moved, that the further consideration of said bill be postponed until the first Monday in Nov. next, which was decided in the affirmative.

Also the bill to lease certain salt springs, which was read the first time, and made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow.

Also the bill to provide for the inspection of lumber and other articles therein named, which was read the first time and made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow.

Also the bill to incorporate the town of Moulton, which was read the first time and made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow.

Also the bill to alter and amend the laws respecting strays, which was read the first time and made the order of the day for a second reading on to-morrow.

Also the bill to alter and amend the laws regulating the admission and practice of councellors and attorneys at law, which was read the second time.

Mr. Townes moved that the words "supreme court of this state" in the first section, be stricken out, which was decided in the negative.

Mr. Bigham moved an amendment to that oath in the second section, which was decided in the negative; Ordered, that said bill be engrossed for a third reading, and made the order of the day for to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Owen, ordered, that this house adjourn until 3 o'clock this evening.

Three o'clock Dec. 6.

The house met pursuant to adjournment.

On motion of Mr. Vaughan, ordered, that a committee be appointed to bring in a bill for the relief of debtors


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in certain cases, whereupon, messrs. Vaughan, John Brown and McCarley, were appointed.

On motion of Mr. Vaughan, ordered that the bill providing for the appointment of county officers be taken up.

On motion of Mr. Vaughan, ordered that this house resolve itself into a committee of the whole on said bill, Mr. Dillahunty in the chair, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker, resumed the chair, and Mr. Dillahunty reported, that the committee of the whole had according to order, had said bill under consideration, and had made sundry amendments thereto.

On motion of Mr. Owen, ordered that the report of said committee lie upon the table.

On motion of Mr. Hardwick, ordered that this house adjourn.