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Friday, December 17, 1824.

Mr. Watson presented the account of James Hughes, which was referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Barton from the select committee, to whom was referred the petition of the infant children of Elizabeth Toulmin, praying the passage of a law enabling them to convey certain real estate to William H. Robertson,  Reported a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of William H. Robertson; which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a 2d time tomorrow.

Mr. Barton obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act for the better regulation of free persons of color, within the county of Mobile, and Baldwin; which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a 2d time tomorrow.

Mr. Crenshaw from the committee of ways and means to whom was referred the memorial of the citizens of the town of Claiborne reported a bill to be entitled an act amending the law concerning the peace, which was read the first time, and ordered to be read a 2d time to-morrow.

Mr. Creagh obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of the several banks in this state; which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a 2d time tomorrow.

Mr. Fluker presented the account of the sheriff of Marengo county; which was referred to the committee on accounts.

Engrossed bill from the Senate, to be entitled an act to alter the time of holding the county courts of Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Madison, Greene, and St. Clair counties; was read a 3d time, amended, and passed.  On motion of Mr. Vining, Ordered, that the title be an act to alter the time of holding the county courts of Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Madison, Greene, and St. Clair counties.

On motion of Mr. Baylor, Ordered, that Mr. Fluker be added to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Morton introduced the following resolution: Whereas it has been necessary from various circumstances that taxes for the support of, and discharge of debts against the government, should be high; and whereas it appears from the comptrollers report, that there remains in the treasury department after defraying the expenses for the present year ending 26th Nov. about thirty thousand dollars; Therefore be it resolved, that the revenue b reduced 20 per cent for the year 1825.  Mr. Martin moved that the said resolution lie on the table, which was carried.  Yeas 35, Nays 18.

The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are, Mr. Speaker, Bagby, Barton, Baylor, Baxter, Cook, Creagh, Crenshaw, Dickinson, Dinsmore, Exum, Farrar, Fleming, Fluker, Green, Mardis, Martin, McCord, Merriwether, Metcalf, Miller, Moore of J. Moore of mar. Moore of Mon. Oliver, Parham, Perkins, Peyton, Pickens of D. Rather, Shackleford, Skinner, Tindall, Vining, Weissinger, 35.

Those who voted in the negative, are, Mr. Abercrombie, Byler, Camp, Coleman, Cunningham, Edmondson, Gaines, Hill, Jones, Lanier, McVay, Morton, Pickens of G. Pickett, Shotwell, Tapscot, White, Worthington, 18.

Mr. Dinsmore obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled, an act concerning the apportionment of hands liable to work on public


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roads in the county of  Baldwin; which was read a first time, and Ordered to be read a 2d time tomorrow.

A communication was received from Andrew Pickens, president of the bank of the state of Alabama; which was read and referred to the bank committee.

Mr. Barton obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of the heirs at law of the late Matthew C. Toulmin; which was read a 1st time, and ordered to be read a 2d time tomorrow.

Mr. Barton obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Theophilus L. Toulmin, which was read the first time; Ordered to be read a 2d time tomorrow.

Mr. Crenshaw presented the petition of John Stubblefield and others, which was read and referred to the committee on propositions and grievances.

Mr. White introduced the following resolution; Resolved, that a committee of three persons be appointed whose duty it shall be to appoint as many assistant clerks as may be necessary during the remainder of the session, for the purpose of expedient the business, which was adopted; Ordered, that said committee consist of Messrs. Hill, Crenshaw, and Vining.

Mr. Byler obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to authorise the citizens of Florence to raise a sum of money to procure water for the use of said town, which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a 2d time tomorrow.

Mr. Moore of Mon. from the select committee, to whom was referred the petition of N. E. Chandler, reported a bill to be entitled an act to authorise the comptroller of public accounts to issue his warrant on the state treasury in favor of Norbone E. Chandler for a certain sum therein named, which was read a first time; and ordered to be read a 2d time tomorrow.

Mr. Bagby obtained leave to introduce a bills of the following titles, to wit: an act for the more effectual distribution of the journals of the Senate and of the House of Representatives; An act authorising certain persons to sell real estate therein named, which were severally read a first time; and ordered to be read a 2d time tomorrow.

Mr. Barton introduced a resolution in relation to James Monroe, president of the United States, which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a 2d time tomorrow.

On motion of Mr. Fleming, the House resolved itself into a committee of the whole House on a bill to be entitled an act to raise a revenue for the year 1823, and after some time spent in the consideration thereof, the committee rose, and Mr. Morton reported that said committee had made some progress therein, and asked leave to sit to-morrow, which was accordingly granted.

The House then adjourned till tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock.