FRIDAY, Oct. 29, 1819

The house met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Davis from the committee appointed to procure rooms &c. for the accommodation of both houses of the legislature, made the following report.

The joint committee to whom was confided the examination and report of the most convenient rooms for the accommodation of both branches of the Legislature, as well as the terms on which such rooms can be had; Report, that the room now occupied by the representative branch can only be retained a few days, at 10 dollars per day. Two rooms sufficiently spacious having one chimney place each, within the Huntsville Inn, have been examined, neither of which will be rented unless both are taken at sixteen dollars per day, chairs and fuel inclusive. Two large sheet iron stoves with a small one (if necessary) for the use of the Speaker, can be procured in this place fitted up for use by monday next, on the lower floor of the court house, for sixty dollars. A large cast iron stove is prepared for the senatorial chamber now occupied and which on the suggestion of the representative house can be exchanged for one of sheet iron. Your committee therefore can have no hesitancy in reporting the lower floor of the court house to be the most proper apartment for the representative branch, and the room now occupied by the senate to be the most convenient for the accommodation of that body- which was ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Murrell presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of the town of Coffeeville, praying to be incorporated: which was ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Owen presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of the county of Monroe, praying a road from Pine


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orchard to Claiborne, which was ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Byler informed the house that he would ask leave to bring in a bill on to-morrow, to prevent abuses in taking up strays.

Mr. Dillahunty from the committee to whom was referred the petition of the administratrix and administrator of Daniel W. Michaux, reported a bill granting the prayer of said petition, read the first time and made the order of the day for to-morrow.

A bill to incorporate the town of Triana was read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed for its third reading.

A message from the senate by their secretary - Mr speaker and gentlemen of the house of representatives, The senate agree to the report of the joint committee, appointed to examine and report the most elligible and convenient rooms, that can be obtained for the accommodation of both houses of the General Assembly as well as the terms on which said rooms can be had.

Signed, T. A. ROGERS, sec'y of senate,

Oct. 29, 1819,

On motion of Mr. P. Fitzpatrick, the house resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the message of his excellency the Governor, Mr. P. Fitzpatrick in the chair, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Fitzpatrick, reported that the committee had according to order, had the said message under consideration and had come to the following resolutions,

1st, Resolved that so much of the said communication as relates to the lands appropriated for the purpose of learning be referred to a select committee.

2d, Resolved, that so much of the governor's communication as relates to the improvement of our Rivers and Roads be referred to a select committee.

3d , Resolved, that so much of the governor's communication as relates to a general revision of the laws, the organization of the judiciary department, and ap-


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pointment of Judges be referred to a select committee.

4th . Resolved that so much of the Governor's communication as relates to salaries be referred to a select committee.

5th. Resolved that so much of the Governor's communication, as relates to organizing and disciplining the militia of this state and for the appointment of officers, be referred to the military committee.

6th. Resolved that so much of the Governor's communication as relates to revenue be referred to the committee of ways and means.

7th, Resolved that so much of the Governor's communication as relates to taking the census, be referred to a committee of three members.

8th, Resolved that so much of the Governor's communication as relates to the accounts between this state and the state of Mississippi, be referred to a select committee.

9th, Resolved that so much of the Governor's communication as it relates to arms provided for the militia, under the authority of an act of Congress, be referred to the military committee.

10th, Resolved that so much of the Governor's communication as relates to the town of Cahawba, and the donation of land on the part of Congress for the seat of the state government, be referred to a select committee.

On motion of Mr. Owen, resolved that the said select committees have leave to report by bill or otherwise. The House proceeded to consider the said resolution and the same being again read, whereon the question being put, it was received and agreed upon.-

Whereupon messrs. Weedon, Everitt, Joseph Fitzpatrick, Owen and Chapman, were appointed a committee as it respects lands appropriated for the purposes of learning

Messrs. Saffold, Murrell, McCarley, Dale and Dennis, were appointed a committee as respects roads, rivers, &c. Messrs. Owen, Townes , Perkins, Chapman, Birney, Edmundson and Saffold were appointed a com-


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mittee, as respects the revision of laws and organization of the judiciary.

Messrs. Everitt, Dale, Perkins, Lee and Taylor were appointed a committee as respects the salaries.

Messrs. Chapman, Exum and Sergeant were appointed a committee, as respects the duties enjoined on the General Assembly.

Messrs. P. Fitzpatrick, Dale, King Lee and Creagh were appointed a committee, respecting county boundaries and seats of justices &c.

Messrs. Townes, Edmundson, Hardwick, Moody & Winston, were appointed a committee as respects accounts, between this state and the state of Mississippi.

Messrs. Harrison, Owen and Saffold were appointed a committee as respects the town of Cahawba.

Messrs. Perkins, Cleveland, Thompson Carson and Bates, were appointed a committee respecting taking the Census.

Mr. Lamkin presented the petition of Irby Jones, praying permission to have a lottery, &c. On motion the petition was referred to a select committee, who had leave to report by bill or otherwise, whereupon Messrs. Lamkin, Towns and Saffold, were appointed.

On motion of Mr. Owen , resolved that two more members be added to the committee of Ways & Means.

On motion of Mr. Owen, resolved, that this house do concur with the senate in the forgoing communication and that the committee of ways and means do act as joint committee with the committee of finance on the part of the senate.

On motion of Mr. Birney, resolved, that the senate be informed that on tomorrow at 11 o'clock the house will be ready to proceed in counting out the votes for Governor, and be requested to attend at the hour in the representative chamber.

On motion of Mr. Chapman, resolved, that this house do appoint a suitable person to bear messages to the senate, which was ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Chapman gave notice that on tomorrow he would


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move to alter a standing rule of the house, respecting the manner of bearing messages to the senate.

Message from the senate- Mr. Speaker and gentlemen of the house of representatives: the senate have adopted the following resolution, in which they ask your concurrence.

Resolved, that a joint committee be appointed on the part of the senate to join such committee as may be appointed by the house of representatives on so much of the Governor's message as relates to the division of counties; and have appointed on their part for that purpose, messrs. Watkins, Herbert and Casey.

(Signed.) T. A. ROGERS,

Secretary of the Senate. 29th Oct. 1819

Which was concurred in.

On motion of Mr. Birney, ordered that the report of the committee appointed to contract for rooms be taken up- the question being taken, shall this report be received ? it was decided in the negative.

On motion of Mr. Chapman, it was recommitted to the same committee.

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

The house met pursuant to adjournment.

On motion of Mr. Vaughan, resolved, that Mr. Everett be added to the standing committee of enrolled bills.

On motion of Mr. Walker, ordered, that the petition of sundry inhabitants of the county of Cotaco & Blount, to establish a road and presented by him yesterday, be referred to the committee of roads.

On motion of Mr. Weedon, ordered, that the petition of sundry inhabitants of Madison county, respecting a road from Ditto's landing to Tuskaloosa, presented by him yesterday be referred to the committee of roads.

Mr. Birney gave notice, that on Monday next he would ask leave to introduce a bill, to exclude from office and serving as jurors, those who shall have been convicted of bribery , forgery, or other high crimes or misdemeanors.


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On motion of Mr. Vaughan, ordered that this house adjourn until 10 o'clock to-morrow.