THURSDAY, 9th December 1819.

The house met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Vaughan presented the petition of Walter


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Aday, praying certain privileges. On motion of Mr. Vaughan, ordered that said petition be referred to a select committee whereupon messrs. Vaughan, Moody and Jones, were appointed.

Mr. Everett from the committee to contract for public printing made a report on that subject, and on motion of Mr. Everett, said committee were discharged from the further consideration thereof.

The house proceeded to the consideration of the message sent from the senate, "as respects going into an election today at twelve o'clock, for the purpose of electing a public printer". On motion of Mr. Everett, ordered that the same be concurred in.

The house then proceeded to the further consideration of the bill providing for the organization and discipline of the militia of this state.

On motion of Mr. Walker, ordered that this house reconsider the amendment made to the second and third sections of said bill on yesterday. Mr. Dillahunty moved that the same be struck out, which was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Walker moved that the same be amended by substitute, which was decided in the affirmative, which amendment being read, ordered that the same be returned to the senate for their concurrence.

The house proceeded to the consideration of the following acts, as amended by the senate.

An act for the benefit of Madison Lodge and Alabama Lodge.

An act appointing pilots to pilot boats through the Muscle Shoals in the Tennessee river; and,

A resolution to authorise the Governor to settle the accounts between this state and the state of Mississippi, which amendments were severally concurred in.

Also an act regulating elections, and for other purposes, as amended by the senate, which was concurred in.

Mr. Exum moved that the amendment of the senate (as relates to election precincts in Limestone county,)


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be amended, by inserting the words Kisers shop, which was decided in the affirmative. Ordered, that the same be returned to the senate for their concurrence.

Mr. Owen, moved to reconsider the vote of the house in concurring with the senate as respects the election of a public printer, which was decided in the affirmative. The motion on agreeing to the communication from the senate, was withdrawn, and on motion of Mr. Owen, ordered the resolution from the senate, lie on the table.

Mr. Birney from the committee of ways and means, reported a joint resolution authorizing the Governor to effect a loan from certain banks, for the purpose of the government, which being read the first time; four fifths of the house concurring, the rule was dispensed with, and said resolution was read a second time forthwith. On motion of Mr. Davis, the rule was dispensed with, and said resolution ordered to be engrossed, and read a third time at three o'clock this afternoon.

On motion of Mr. Owen, ordered that the motion discharging the committee as respects public printing be reconsidered. On motion of Mr. Owen, ordered that said committee be reinstated.

The house resumed the order of the day on the bill providing for raising a revenue for the support of government, for the year 1820, Mr. Walker moved that said bill lie upon the table, which was decided in the negative.

Mr. Byler moved that the blank be filled with one dollar, as respects the am't slaves shall be taxed, which was decided in the negative. Mr. Townes moved that said blank be filled by inserting the words seventy five cents, which was decided in the affirmative- the ayes and noes being called for on said question, they were as follows:

AYES- Messrs. Speaker, Byler, Birney, Bigham, J. Brown, I. Brown, Bates, Coats, Edmundson, Exum, Everett, J. Fitzparick, Hill, Harrison, King, Lamkin, Lee, McBee, Matterson, Owen, Perkins, Saffold, Thompson, Townes, Taylor, Whitaker, Walker, Weedon and Wilson, -29

NOES- Messrs. Cleveland, Creagh, Chapman, Carson, Dale, Dennis, Davis, Dillahunty, P. Fitzpatrick, Hardwich, Jones, Murell, Sargeant, Sims, Vaughan, Wellbourn, Watts and Winston, -18.

Mr. Perkins moved that the blank "as respects taxing free males," be filled by inserting fifty cents, which was decided in the negative, the ayes and noes being called for on said question, they were as follows:


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AYES- P. Fitzpatrick, Murrell, Perkins, and Thompson, -4.

NOES- Messrs Speaker, Byler, Birney, Bigham, John Brown, Isaac Brown, Bales, Cleveland, Creagh, Chapman, Carson, Coats, Dennis, Dale, Davis, Dillahunty, Edmonson, Everett, Exum, J. Fitzpatrick, Hill, Hardwich, Harrison, Jones, Lamkin, Lee, King, McBee, Matterson, Owen, Saffold, Seargent, Sims, Townes, Taylor, Vaughan, Whitaker, Walker, Weedon, Watts, and Winston, -43.

Mr. Byler moved that said blank be filled by inserting the words, twenty five cents, which was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Byler moved that said bill be amended by way of rider, as respects taxing free males by inserting after the word twenty one "and not above forty five," which was decided in the affirmative - which bill being read the third time, and the blanks respectively filled; Mr. Davis moved to amend the third section by way of rider after the word Jackass, by inserting "and all meat cattle owned by any other man - cents," which was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Matterson moved to fill said blank by inserting the words two cents, which was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Everett moved that said bill be amended by adding an additional section by way of rider, which was decided in the negative.

Mr. Chapman moved that this house reconsider the vote just taken, filling the blank as respects the amount bank stock should be taxed, which was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Townes moved that said blank be filled with the word fifty cents, which was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Chapman moved that this house reconsider the vote of filling the blank as respects the penalty of the president and directors in not paying tax due on bank stock &c. which was decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. Chapman, ordered that five hundred be stricken out.

On motion of Mr. Chapman, ordered this said blank be filled with one thousand.

Mr. Perkins moved that said bill be recommitted to the committee of ways and means, which was decided in the negative. The question being put shall this bill pass, it was decided in the affirmative, and the title being changed to that of an act, providing for raising a


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revenue for the support of government, for the year 1820, ordered that the same be sent to the senate for their concurrence.

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

Three o'clock-The house met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Vaughn from the select committee to whom was referred the petition of Walter Aday, reported a bill for the benefit of Walter Aday, which was read the first time, and made the order of the day for a second reading on tomorrow.

The house proceeded to the consideration of the order of the day, on the bill to authorise the administratrix and administrator of James Hargrove, deceased, to sell a certain quarter section of land, which was read the third time and passed, and the title changed to that of an act, to authorise the administratrix and administrator of James Hargrove, deceased, to sell a certain quarter section of land; Ordered that the same be sent to the senate for their concurrence.

Also the bill to provide for the inspection of lumber and other articles therein named, 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 to provide for the appointment of county officers, which was read the third time and passed, and the title changed to that of an act to provide for the appointment of county officers and other purpose; Ordered that the same be returned to the senate as amended for their concurrence.

Also the bill to lease certain salt springs, which was read the third time and passed; Ordered that the same be returned to the senate.

Also the bill to incorporate the town of Moulton, in Lawrence county, which was read the third time and passed; Ordered that the same be returned to the senate.

Also the joint resolution authorising the governor to effect a loan from certain banks for the purpose of the


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support of government, which was read the third time and passed; Ordered that the same be sent to the senate for their concurrence.

Also the bill to alter and amend the laws respecting strays, which was read the third time and passed; Ordered that the same be returned to the senate.

Also the bill to amend the several laws regulating public ferries, 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 prevent the driving distempered cattle into and through this state, which was read the second time.

Mr. Weedon moved that said bill be postponed until the 4th of July next, which was decided in the negative.

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

Also the bill to authorise the improvement of the navigation of Limestone creek. Mr. McBee moved that said bill be indefinitely postponed, which was decided in the affirmative, the ayes and noes being called for on said question, they were as follows:

AYES- Messrs, Birney, Bigham, John Brown, Isaac Brown, Cleveland, Creagh, Coates, Exum, Hill, Jones, King, Lamkin, Lee, Murell, McBee, Matterson, Owen, Saffold, Seargent, Sims, Whitaker, Wellborne, Watts and Winston, -24.

NOES- Messrs Speaker, Byler, Dennis, Davis, Dillahunty, Everitt, P. Fitzpatrick Hardwich, Perkins, Townes, Taylor, Vaughan, Walker and Weedon, -14.

Also the bill for the relief of Lucretia Stammers, of Madison county widow of Henry Stammers, deceased, 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 for the relief of Nancy Hunter, which was read the second time.

Mr. Matterson moved that said bill be indefinitely postponed, which was decided in the negative; ordered that said bill be engrossed for a third reading, and made the order of the day for tomorrow.

Also the bill to extend the corporate of the town of Huntsville, in Madison county, which was read the


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first time, and made the order of the day for a second reading on tomorrow.

Also the bill specifying the causes and manner of removing clerks, which was read the first time and made the order of the day for a second reading on tomorrow

Also the bill to authorise John Smith, sen., to make a title to land therein named, which was read the first time and made the order of the day for a second reading on tomorrow.

On motion of Mr. Owen, ordered that this house take up the bill to digest the laws of the state of Alabama, which was read the second time.

Mr. Owen moved that said bill be amended, by striking out in the first section, from the word convened to the words whose duty in said section, which was decided in the affirmative. The ayes and noes being called for on said question they were as follows :

AYES- Messrs. Speaker, Birney, John Brown, Isaac Brown, Bates, Creagh, Chapman, Coats, Dale, Dennis, Dillahunty, Edmonson, Everitt, Lamkin, Murrill, Matterson, Owen, Perkins, Sims, Townes, Taylor, Vaughan, Whitaker and Wellborne, -25.

NOES- Messrs, Byler, Bigham, Cleveland, Dennis, Exum, P. Fitzpatrick, Jones, King, Lee, McBee, Seargent, Weedon, Watts and Winston, -14.

On motion of Mr. Lee, ordered that this house adjourn until tomorrow 9 o'clock.