Wednesday, Dec. 8.

The house met pursuant to adjournment- Mr. Davis from the select committee to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of the county of Limestone, praying for a law to be passed authorising the clearing out, and making Limestone creek navigable, reported a bill to authorise the improvement of the navigation of Limestone creek, which was read the first time, and made the order of the day for a second reading on tomorrow.

Mr. Sims in conformity to notice given some days past, introduced a bill to prevent the driving of distempered cattle into, and through this state, which was read the first time and made the order of the day for a second reading on tomorrow.

Mr. Birney for the committee of ways and means reported a bill raising a revenue for the support of government, for the year 1820, which was read the first time, and the question being put, shall this bill be read a second time, it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Birney moved that the rule for the government of this house, as relating to the manner in which bills shall be read, be dispensed with for the present, and there being more than four fifths of the house in favour of the same, it was decided in the affirmative.

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solve 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, and to which he asked the concurrence of the house.

A message from the senate by Mr. Farmer- Mr. Speaker, the senate have adopted the following resolution- Resolved, that the senate will be in readiness to meet the house of representatives in their chamber on Thursday next, at the hour of 12 o'clock, meridian, for the purpose of proceeding to the election of a public printer, in which they ask your concurrence.

The senate have appointed messrs. Garth, Terrill and Metcalf, as a committee to act with the committee appointed by your hon. body, to memorialize congress on the subject of lands purchased of the United States, by the citizens of this state.

Also the following message by Mr. Farmer: Mr. Speaker, the senate have passed an act, to extend the corporation of the town of Huntsville, in Madison county.

An act for the benefit of the Madison lodge and Alabama lodge, which originated in your hon. body, and have amended the title thereof, to read an act, to authorise a lottery for the benefit of the Madison lodge and Alabama lodge. They have passed a resolution to authorise the governor to settle the accounts between this state and the state of Mississippi, and have amended the same by striking out the preamble.

They concur in the amendments by you proposed, to a bill to provide for leasing the 16th section in each township in this state.

A message from the senate by Mr. Moore - Mr. Speaker, the senate have concurred in the amendments made by your hon. body, on the following, an act to establish the seat of justice in the county of Montgomery, and for other purposes.


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An act to amend the acts respecting weights and measures.

An act affixing salaries to certain officers within the state of Alabama. They have passed the following an act, to authorise John Smith, sen., to made a title to land therein named.

An act specifying the causes and manner of removing clerks, to which they desire your concurrence.

They have passed an act, to appoint pilots to pilot boats through the muscle shoals in Tennessee river, and propose to amend the same by striking out the word fifteen, and inserting ten, and

An act, to regulate elections, &c. and have made sundry amendments thereto, herewith sent, to which they desire your concurrence.

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

3 o'clock, Dec. 8.

The house met pursuant to adjournment.

The house proceeded to the consideration of the amendments proposed in committee of the whole, to a bill raising the revenue for the support of the government for the year 1820.

Mr. Chapman moved that this house concur in the amendment proposing to tax practicing attorneys and physicians, gold and silver watches kept for use, and clocks kept for use, which was decided in the affirmative. They ayes and noes being called for on said question, they were as follows:

AYE- Messrs. Byler, Bigham, John Brown, Cleveland, Chapman, Coats, Dennis, Davis, Dillahunty, Everett, P. Fitzpatrick, J. Fitzpatrick, Jones, King, Lee, McBee, Owen, Peters, Saffold, Taylor, Vaughan, Walker, Weedon, Wellborne, Watts and Winston, -26.

NOES- Messrs. Speaker, Birney, Isaac Brown, Bates, Creagh, Edmonson, Exum, Hill, Harrison, Lamkin, Murril, Moody, Matterson, McCarley, Perkins, Seargent, Sims, Thompson, Townes and Wilson, -20.

which other amendments being read, were in part concurred in.

Mr. Davis moved that the 1st section of said bill be amended by adding the following: "provided that no lands shall be taxed, except such as are paid for", which was decided in the negative. The ayes and


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noes being called on said question, they were as follows :

AYES- Messrs. Byler, Davis, Wilson and Winston, -4.

NOES- messrs, Speaker, Birney, Bigham, John Brown, Isaac Brown, Cleveland, Creagh, Chapman, Coats, Dennis, Dillahunty, Edmonson, Everitt, P. Fitzpatrick, Hill, Hardwich, Harrison, Jones, Lamkin, Lee, Murrell, Moody, Matterson, McCarley, Owen, Perkins, Peters, Saffold, Seargent, Sims, Thompson, Townes, Taylor Vaughan, Weedon, Wellborne, and Watts, -38.

Which bill was read for the second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading, and made the order of the day for tomorrow.

Mr. Lamkin from the military committee to whom was referred the bill, as amended by the senate providing for the organization and discipline of the militia of this state, reported the same as amended.

Mr. Walker moved that the amendment made by the committee to the second and third sections of said bill be amended by altering the number of divisions and brigades, and arranging the same differently, which was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Perkins moved that said bill be recommitted to the military committee, which was decided in the negative.

Mr. Weedon moved that said bill lie upon the table which was decided in the negative. Mr. Lamkin moved that the second and third section of said bill as amended, be recommitted to the military committee, which was decided in the negative. Mr. Owen moved that this house concur in the report of said committee, which was decided in the negative. Mr. Owen moved that this house concur in the report of said committee, which was decided in the affirmative-the ayes and noes being called for on said question, they were as follows:

AYE- messrs. Speaker, Byler, Birney, Bigham, Bates, Cleveland, Chapman, Carson, Coats, Dale, Dennis, Davis, Dillahunty, Exum, P. Fitzpatrick, J. Fitzpatrick, Hardwich, Harrison, Jones, King, Lamkin, Murrill, Moody, Owen, Saffold, Seargent, Taylor, Vaughan, Walker, Weedon, Wilson, and Winston, -32.

NOES- messrs. John Brown, Isaac Brown, Creagh, Edmonson, Everitt, Hill, Lee, McBee, Matterson, Perkins, Peters, Sims, Townes, and Watts, -15.

Mr. John Brown moved that said bill be indefinitely postponed, which was decided in the negative.

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