Thursday, December 11.

The Speaker laid before the house a record of the proceedings of Madison circuit court, exercising chancery jurisdiction in the case of Robert Blassingam, against his wife Elizabeth, for a divorce;

Also a record of the proceedings of the same court in the case of Drury Conally, against his wife, Nancy, for a divorce; which records were received and referred to the committee on divorce and alimony.

Mr. Haines laid before the House the account of the sheriff of Baldwin county.

Mr. Pickett laid before the House the accounts of sundry persons.

Mr. Shotwell laid before the House the account of John Cunningham.

Mr. Perkins laid before the house the accounts of sundry persons.

All of which were received and severally referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Hallett presented the petition of Harriet Louis, a free woman of color, praying the emancipation of a certain slave named Catiche.

Mr. McLemore presented the petition of Jonathan Nelson, praying authority to turnpike a part of the road leading from Line Creek to Claiborne; which petitions were received, and referred severally the first to select committee, consisting of Messrs. Hallett, Oliver and Fitts; and the latter to the committee on roads, bridges, ferries, &c.

Mr. Mead, from the committee on roads, bridges, ferries, &c. Reported a bill, to be entitled "an act to amend an act entitled an act to appoint commissioners to lay out certain roads therein specified, and for other purposes, which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow,

Mr. Jackson, from the committee of ways and means, to whom was referred so much of the Governor's Message as relates to the navigation of certain rivers, reported a bill, to be entitled "An act for improving the navigation of certain rivers therein named; which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Lyon, their secretary.

Mr. Speaker- The Senate have passed bill, originating in your House, of the following titles, to wit:

An act to establish the bank of the state of Alabama; and

An act to repeal in part an act concerning divorce, passed 21st December 1820; in which they desire the concurrence of your House.  And then he withdrew.

Mr. Phillips, from the committee of ways and means, to whim was referred the consideration of a bill, to be entitled "An act to


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alter and amend an act entitled an act to proved for assessing and collecting the taxes of this state, passed December 17th, 1821," reported said bill with sundry amendments; in which amendments the House concurred.

Mr. Philpott moved to amend the bill by striking out all of the first section, after the enacting clause; which said first section provides for the election of an assessor and tax collector to be elected by the qualified electors in each and every county which motion was lost- yeas 20, nays 34.

The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are:

Mr. Ashley

Hill, of T.

Moore, of J.

Martin

Sims

Barclay

Jackson

Moore, of Mr.

Miller

Sargent

Crenshaw

King

Mardis

Philpott

Skinner

Fleming

Merriwether

Manley

Perkins

Tindall-20

Those who voted in the negative, are:

Mr. Beck

Gayle

Lister

McLaughlin

Shotwell

Brown

Hallett

Lanier

Oliver

Smith

Creagh

Harvey

McConnico

Phillips

Vining

Dennis

Hill, of Bibb,

McLemore

Powell

Whitaker

Fields

Haines

McVay

Peyton

Weissinger

Fitts

Harrison

Moore, of Mad

Pickett

Young-34

Fluker

Jones

Mead

Salter
 

Ordered, That said bill be engrossed, and he read a third time to-morrow.

Mr. Creagh, from the select committee, to whom was referred a bill from the Senate, entitled "An act to establish regular justices' courts in this state, reported said bill with sundry amendments; in all of which amendments the House concurred.

Ordered, That said bill be read a third time to-morrow.

Mr. Miller, from the committee of propositions and grievance, to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of Bibb and Autauga, praying authority to patrol Indians that may be found hunting on their frontiers, Reported, that the prayer of the petition is unreasonable and ought not to be granted; in which report the House concurred.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Lyon, their secretary:

Mr. Speaker- The Senate disagree to the amendments made by your honorable body, to the bill, entitled "An act amendatory to an act entitled an act to provide for the printing of the laws and journals, and for other purposes, passed December 25, 1822. And then he withdrew.

Ordered, That the House insist on their amendments to the said bill.

Mr. Young, from the select committee, to whom was referred the petition of the bank of Huntsville, reported a bill, to be entitled "an act to amend the charger of the Planter's and Merchants' Bank of Huntsville; and to provide for the speedy resumption of specie payments thereby;" which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow.

The Speaker laid before the House the report of Jonathan Burleson and John Birdwell, commissioners appointed to examine Flint River; which was received and referred to the committee on inland navigation.

Mr. Martin obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled "an act to alter the mode of voting in general election by the people;" which was read a first time; and


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Mr. Weissinger moved that the further consideration of the said bill be indefinitely postponed; which was carried- yeas 30, nays 25,

The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are:

Mr. Ashley

Fitts

Harrison

McLemore

Pickett

Beck

Fluker

Jackson

Moore, of Mad.

Salter

Crenshaw

Gayle

Lister

Mead

Sims

Creagh

Harvey

Lanier

McLaughlin

Shotwell

Dennis

Hill, of T.

McConnico

Oliver

Tindall

Fields

Hill, of Bibb

Merriwether

Phillips

Weissinger-30

Those who voted in the negative, are,

Mr. Speaker

Haines

Moore, of Mar.

Philpott

Skinner

Brown

Jones

Mardis

Powell

Smith

Barclay

King

manly

Peyton

Smith

Fleming

McVay

Martin

Perkins

Whitaker

Hallett

Moore, of J.

Miller

Sargent

Young-25

Mr. Moore, of Jackson, obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled "An act regulating appeals from the county courts to the circuit court."

Mr. Haines obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled "an act to establish certain election precincts therein named."

Mr. Creagh obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled "an act to provide for the payment of state witnessed," which were severally read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow.

Mr. Pickett offered the following resolution: Resolved, with the concurrence of the Senate, that one copy of the Digest of the laws of the state of Alabama, be furnished each and every sheriff in this state, under the same rules and regulations, that the Digest is distributed to justices of the peace.

Ordered, That said resolution be referred to a select committee: Whereupon, Messrs. Pickett, Martin and Oliver were appointed said committee.

Mr. Hill, of Bibb, obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled "An act concerning judicial proceedings," which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow.

Mr. Hallett obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled "an act to promote the morals of retailers, and the better to secure to the state the revenue which should accrue from licenses granted to retailers," which was read a first time, and ordered to a second reading to-morrow.

Mr. Young moved that this house do now adjourn till 3 o'clock, which was lost- yeas 10, nays 45.

The yeas & nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are,

Mr. Barclay

Harvey

Lanier

Manly

Salter

Hallett

Jackson

Mardis

Miller

Young-10

Those who voted in the negative are:

Mr. Speaker

Fleming

Lister

McLaughlin

Sims

Ashley

Gayle

McConnico

Martin

Shotwell

Beck

Goodhue

Merriwether

Oliver

Sargent

Brown

Hill of T.

McLemore

Phillips

Skinner

Crenshaw

Hill of B.

McVay

Philpott

Smith

Dennis

Harrison

Moore of Mad.

Powell

Tindall

Fields

Haines

Moore of J.

Peyton

Vining

Fitts

Jones

Moore of Mar.

Pickett

Whitaker

Fluker

King

Mead

Perkins

Weissinger-45

On motion of Mr. Vining, the House took into consideration a bill from the Senate, entitled "An act to repeal so much of an act pass-


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ed on the 15th day of December, 1821," as allows Samuel Dale for life, the half pay of a colonel in the army of the United States.

Mr. Jones moved that the further consideration of the said bill be indefinitely postponed; which was lost.

Yeas 25,      Nays 31

The yeas & nays being called for those who voted in the affirmative, are:

Mr. Speaker

Dennis

Haines

McLemore

Oliver

Ashley

Fitts

Jones

Moore of Mad.

Phillips

Beck

Fleming

Lister

Mardis

Pickett

Crenshaw

Gayle

Lanier

Mead

Salter

Creagh

Hallett

McConnico

Martin

Young-25

Those who voted in the negative, are:

Mr. Brown

Hill of B.

Moore of J.

Powell

Skinner

Barclay

Harrison

Moore of Mar.

Peyton

Smith

Fields

Jackson

McLaughlin

Perkins

Tindall

Fluker

King

Manly

Sims

Vining

Goodhue

Merriwether

Miller

Shotwell

Whitaker

Harvey

McVay

Philpott

Sargent

Weissinger-31

 Hill of T.
       

Ordered, That said bill be referred to the judiciary committee.

The House then adjourned till 3 o'clock this evening.

Evening, 3 o'clock.

Mr. Phillips presented the account of William Trigg; which was received, and referred to the committee of accounts.

A communication was received from the Governor, by Mr. Pleasants, secretary of state, accompanying certain preamble and resolutions of the legislature of Tennessee, disapproving the practice of members of Congress meeting in caucus, and nominating a candidate for President of the United States: which communication, with the accompanying preamble and resolutions, was read and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Perkins, Fitts, Oliver, Jackson and Gayle.

The speaker laid before the House a communication from sundry clergymen, inviting the members of this House to attend a meeting this evening in the State House for the purpose of forming a State Bible Society, auxiliary to the American Bible Society.

Bills from the Senate of the following titles, to wit:

"An act to establish the Bank of the State of Alabama;" and

"An act to repeal in part an act concerning divorce, passed the 21st December, 1820," were severally read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow.

An engrossed bill, entitled "An act to alter the boundary line of Jefferson county," was read a third time, and passed.

Ordered, That the title be as aforesaid.

Ordered, That the clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

On motion of Mr. Lanier, the House resolved itself into a committee of the whole House on the bill, to be entitled "An act for the relief of the people of the state of Alabama;" and after some time spent in the consideration thereof, the committee rose and Mr. Gayle Reported, That said committee had amended the said bill by striking out the enacting clause thereof.

And the question being taken on concurring in said amendment, it was decided in the negative.

Yeas 26.     Nays 29.

The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are,

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Mr.Beck

Fitts

Harrison

McLemore

Salter

Brown

Fluker

Jackson

Moore of Mar.

Sims

Crenshaw

Gayle

Lister

McLaughlin

Shotwell

Creagh

Harvey

McConnico

Oliver

Tindall

Dale

Hill of T.

Merriwether

Perkins

Weissinger-26

 Fields
       

Those who voted in the negative, are:

Mr. Speaker

Hill of B.

Moore of J.

Phillips

Skinner

Ashley

Jones

Mardis

Philpott

Smith

Barclay

King

Mead

Powell

Vining

Dennis

Lanier

Manly

Peyton

Whitaker

Goodhue

McVay

Martin

Pickett

Young-29

Hallett

Moore of Mad.

Miller

Sargent

Ordered, That said bill lie on the table.

A bill from the Senate, to be entitled "An act establishing a certain county therein named," was read a third time and passed.

Ordered, That the clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

An engrossed resolution from the Senate, allowing the solicitor of the first judicial circuit one hundred and fifty dollars, in addition to his present salary, for extra services performed, was read a third time and passed- Yeas 48, Nays 6.

The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are:

Mr. Speaker

Gayle

Lanier

Martin

Sims

Ashley

Goodhue

McConnico

Miller

Shotwell

Barclay

Hallett

Merriwether

Oliver

Smith

Crenshaw

Harvey

McLemore

Phillips

Tindall

Creagh

Hill of T.

Moore of Mad.

Philpott

Vining

Dale

Harrison

Moore of J.

Powell

Whitaker

Dennis

Jackson

Moore of Mar.

Peyton

Weissinger

Fitts

Jones

Mardis

Picket

Young-48

Fields

King

Mead

Perkins

Fluker

Lister

Manly

Salter
 

Those who voted in the negative, are:

Mr. Brown

McVay

McLaughlin

Sargent

Skinner-6
 Hill of B.        

Ordered, That the title be as aforesaid.

Ordered, That the clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

And then the House adjourned till to-morrow morning, 10 o'clock.