Thursday, November 20.

Mr. Tindall presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Pickens county, praying the passage of a law, to fix the site of the seat of justice for said county; which was read and referred to the committee on county boundaries.

On motion of Mr. Philpott, Resolved, That the judiciary committee

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be instructed to inquire into the expediency of so amending the existing laws of this state, as to prevent sheriffs from executing any civil process issued by justices of the peace, except in cases of attachment.

Mr. King presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Madison county, praying that a law may pass prohibiting sheriffs from executing process issued by justices of the peace.

Mr. Whitaker presented a petition of sundry persons, containing the same prayer as the above:

Mr. Goodline presented the petition of sundry persons, containing the same prayer as the above Which were severally read, and referred to the judiciary committee.

The speaker laid before the House the proceedings of the circuit court of Butler county, exercising chancery jurisdiction, in the case of Margaret Toney against her husband, Charles Toney, for a divorce. Ordered, That the same be referred to the committee of divorce and alimony.

Mr. Jones presented the petition of Benjamin Sherroe, praying the passage of a law, reimbursing to him a sum of money illegally paid for taxes on his land: which was read and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Jones, McVay, and Sargent.

Mr. Perkins presented the petition of William Paine, an invalid praying that a law may pass authorizing him to retail merchandize free of license: which was read and referred to the committee on propositions and grievances.

On motion of Mr. Jones, Resolved, That the judiciary committee be directed to inquire into the expediency of reducing the fees of justices of the peace and constables.

Mr. Powell presented the petition of sundry persons, praying that a man slave named John Taylor may be emancipated: which was read, and referred to the select committee to whom was referred yesterday the petition of William E. Dupree.

Mr. Powell presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Limestone county, praying the passage of a law authorizing Robert Moore to cut a road leading from Reed's Ferry, on the Tennessee River, to Mooresville and Athens, in Limestone county: which was read and referred to the committee on roads, bridges, ferries, &c.

On motion of Mr. Pickett, Resolved, That the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire whether any, and if any, what alterations are necessary to be made relative to the compensation allowed to witnesses attending justices' courts.

In pursuance of notice given by him yesterday, Mr. Phillips moved, that the 38th rule for the government of the proceedings of this House, be so amended as to read thus: "Whenever it shall be necessary for a communication to be made from the House of Representatives to the Senate, the speaker shall appoint the principal or assistant clerk to bear the same:" which amendment was adopted.

Mr. Vining presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Madison county, praying that in addition to the articles exempted by law from execution, one horse, under the value of fifty dollars, shall also be exempted: which was read and referred to the committee on propositions and grievances.

Mr. Weissinger gave notice, that on to-morrow he would ask leave to bring in a bill to be entitled, An act to alter the mode of appointing tax collectors.


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Mr. Harvey obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled "an act to vest in the judge of the county court and commissioners of roads and revenues of the county of Henry, a certain portion of land for county purposes:" which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. McVay, Resolved, That the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of authorizing justices of the peace, with the aid of a jury, to try cases of assault and battery, with leave to report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Miller laid before the House the account of David Cobb, for apprehending and delivering to the gaoler of Madison county, Burkett Greene, charged with the murder of Warren Hart: which was received, and referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Martin, from the select committee to whom was referred the petition of James Slaughter, reported a bill to be entitled "An act for the relief of James Slaughter, tax collector of Limestone county, for the year 1821," which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow.

A bill to be entitled "An act respecting bail in civil cases," was read a second time, and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Phillips, Gayle, Oliver, Moore of Marion and Beck.

Mr. Mead laid before the House the account of Jeremiah Vestal for boarding state's prisoners and guard, from 1st Dec. 1820, to 1st Oct. 1823: which was received, and referred to the committee on accounts.

On motion of Mr. Hill or Bibb, Ordered, That Mr. Dennis have leave of absence till Monday next.

On motion of Mr. Crenshaw, Resolved, That the editors of the Cahawba Press have a seat assigned them within the bar of this House, for the purpose of taking extracts of the proceedings of this House, and reporting its proceedings.

On motion of Mr. Oliver, Resolved, That the judiciary committee be directed to inquire into the expediency of altering the mode of selecting and compensating jurors; and that they report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. Phillips, Ordered, That the House resolve itself forthwith into a committee of the whole House, on the message of his Excellency the Governor: and after some time spent therein, the committee rose, and Mr. Phillips reported, that said committee had had the same under consideration, had made some progress, and asked leave to sit again, which leave was granted. And then the House adjourned till 3 o'clock this evening.

Evening Session.

Mr. Martin obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, "an act to divorce Kelly Stegall from his wife Nancy Stegall, in pursuance of the decree of the circuit court of Limestone county, exercising chancery jurisdiction;" which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time on to-morrow.

Mr. Phillips presented the petition of William R. Morrison, praying an allowance for money overpaid as tax collector for Dallas county: which was read and referred to the committee on ways and means.

Mr. Pickett introduced a bill to be entitled "An act to establish certain election precincts therein named, and for other purposes,"


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which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Mardis, Resolved, That the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of altering the time of holding the circuit courts in the several counties composing the third judicial circuit, so as to prevent the clashing of courts in adjoining counties and that the said committee be allowed to report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Moore, of Marion, presented the petition of Joseph Burleson praying the passage of a law, granting him further time to open a road therein named: which was read, and referred to the committee on roads, bridges and ferries.

The House again resolved itself into a committee of the whole House, on the communication of the Governor, and after some time spent in the consideration thereof, the committee rose, and Mr. Phillips reported that the committee had gone through the same, and asked leave to report on to-morrow which leave was granted.

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