Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Mr. Mardis presented the petition of William M. Marr, praying that he may be exempted from paying rent on certain land therein mentioned, belonging to the state, which was read and referred to the committee on schools, colleges and universities, and school and university lands.

Mr. Farrar presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Jefferson praying that a law may pass, taxing the party against whom judgment may be rendered with the costs of the jury: which was read and referred to the committee on propositions and grievances.

Mr. Tindall presented the petition of Abel Pennington, praying that further time may be allowed him to pay the balance of a judgment recovered against him by the state : which was read and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Tindall, Perkins and McVay.

Ordered that Mr. Morton be added to the committee on schools, colleges and universities and school and university lands.

On motion of Mr. McVay, Resolved, that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of altering the constitution so as to have biennial instead of annual sessions of the legislature.

On motion of Mr. Moore of Jackson, Resolved, that a committee of three be appointed to act with such committee as may be appointed on the part of the Senate, to superintending the procuring of stationary for the legislature during the present session, and that the Senate be informed thereof; whereupon Messrs. Moore of Jack. Crenshaw and Fleming were appointed said committee.

On motion of Mr. Morton, Resolved, that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of passing a law for the relief of such person whose slave or slaves may be executed in this state for the commission of crimes the punishment whereof is death; and report by bill or otherwise.

Ordered that Mr. Hill be added to the committee on county boundaries.

Mr. Rather presented the account of the Sheriff of Morgan county.


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Mr. Martin presented the account of Joseph H. Ball against the state; also the account of Thomas Martindale for summoning witnesses on the part of the state, in a criminal prosecution;

Mr. Moore of J. presented the account of John Slemings;

Mr. Byler presented the account of the Sheriff of Lauderdale county;

Mr. Mead presented the account of James Hinson, jailor of Blount county; and also of William Gilbreath;

Mr. Exum presented the account of the jailor of Limestone county;

Mr. Gaines presented the account of the sheriff of Jackson county; which were severally referred to the committee on accounts.

Albert G. Ruffin a member from Washington county, appeared, was qualified and took his seat.

Ordered that Messrs.  Ruffin Oliver, Pickens of G. and Barton be added to the judiciary committee.

The Speaker laid before the House the decree of the Circuit Court of Franklin county, in equity, in the case of Sarah R. Swansey against James N. Swansey, for divorce; which was referred to the committee on divorce and alimony.

Ordered, that Mr. Moore of J. be added to the committee on divorce and alimony.

Ordered, that the members returned to this House present their credentials to the committee on privileges and elections, and that they report thereon.

On motion of Mr. Moore of J. Resolved, that the door-keeper be authorised to contract for a supply of fuel and candles for this House during the present session.

Mr. Tindall laid before the House the decree of the Circuit Court of Tuscaloosa in equity, in the case of Nancy Gillespie against A. S. Gillespie for divorce: which was referred to the committee on divorce and alimony.

On motion of Mr. Fleming, Resolved that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of increasing the fine for sabbath-breaking.

On motion of Mr. Martin, Resolved that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of repealing the act passed at the last session of the legislature establishing Justices’ courts.

Mr. Pickett offered the following resolution, Resolved that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing by law for the trials of all cases of assault and battery before justices’ courts.

Mr. Moore of J. moved to amend the said resolution, by striking therefrom the word “courts,” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “of the peace;” which was carried. The resolution as amended was then adopted.

On motion of Mr. McVay, Resolved, that the committee on roads bridges, &c. be instructed to inquire into the expediency of altering and amending the road law.

And then the House adjourned till tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock.