Friday, Nov. 19, 1824.

Mr. Jones presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Bibb county, praying the passage of a law taxing the party against whom judgment is rendered with the cost of the jury; which was read and referred to the committee of propositions and grievances.

Mr. Fluker presented the petition of John J. Burton, praying remuneration for bringing Thomas Neely a prisoner, from Warrenton, in Mississippi to Marengo county;

Mr. Moore of Marion, presented the account of David Taggert for conducting the election of President and Vice President in Pickens county: also the account of Burton Marchbank, sheriff of Marion county, for making return of the election of Electors of President and Vice President for said county:

Mr. Moore of J. presented the account of Henry Derrick, jailor


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of Decatur county, for keeping Isaac Lewis in said jail, which said petition and account were severally referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. White presented the petition of sundry persons , inhabitants of Lawrence county, praying that John Spaniard, a slave, may be manumitted which was read and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. White, Watson and Mardis.

Mr. Parham presented the petition of Mary Ann Thurman praying that Lewis Tilman, a slave, may be emancipated, which was read and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Parham, Tapscot and Skinner.

Mr. Martin presented a petition and decree of the Circuit court of Limestone in equity, in the case of Kelly Stigall against Nancy Stigall for divorce, which was referred to the committee on divorce and alimony.

Mr. Abercrombie presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Montgomery, praying that a part of the state road, leading from Lime creek to Coffeeville, rejected by the last legislature, may be continued which was referred to the committee on roads, bridges and ferries.

Mr. Parham presented the petition of the Hickory Volunteer company of Light Infantry, praying that said company may be furnished from the Arsenal, which was read and referred to the military committee.

Mr. Skinner presented the petition of the Grand Jury of Franklin county, at the October term, 1824, praying to be relieved from the tardy progress of business in said court, and that judges of the county courts may not be allowed to practice law, nor be eligible to seats in the legislature, which was read and referred to the judiciary committee.

On motion of Mr. White, Ordered, that the documents accompanying the Governor’s annual message, be sent to the Senate.

Mr. Fleming moved, that the House now take into consideration the Governor’s communication of yesterday, which was carried. Ordered, that so much of said communication as relates to the militia be referred to the military committee. Ordered, that so much thereof as relates to the State Bank, be referred to a select committee: Whereupon Messrs. Creagh, Barton, Parham, Pickens of Greene, and Fluker, were appointed said committee. Ordered that said committee be styled “the Bank committee.”

Mr. White from the select committee to whom was referred the petition of the commissioners of the 16th section, 4th township and 7th range, Reported a bill to be entitled an act authorizing and empowering the school commissioners of the 16th section, 4th township, and 7th range, in the district of lands sold at Huntsville, to lease a small part thereof for the purpose of erecting a mill thereon; which was read the first time & ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

Ordered that Mr. Abercrombie be added to the committee on roads, bridges and ferries.

Ordered that Mr. Vining be added to the committee of ways and means.

Ordered that Mr. Skinner be added to the military committee.

Ordered that Messrs.  Ruffin, Dickinson, Edmondson, Vining,

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Abercrombie, White and Farrar be added to the joint committee on apportionment.

Ordered that Messrs. Crenshaw and Weissinger be added to the judiciary committee.

Mr. Barton obtained leave to introduce a resolution in relation to unsettled land claims below the 31st degree of north latitude, which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

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

Mr. Oliver obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to repeal in part and amend an act entitled an act to authorize David Peobles to continue a toll-bridge over the Escambia creek in the county of Conecuh;

Mr. Moore of Jackson, obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to repeal in part and amend an act entitled an act to repeal in part and amend an act entitled an act to regulate the proceedings in the courts of law and equity in this state, passed 14th June, 1821; which were severally read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

On motion of Mr. Watson, Resolved, that the committee of ways & means be instructed to inquire into the expediency of repealing that part of the oath prohibiting retailers of spirituous liquors from selling to Indians, and that they report by bill or otherwise.

A bill to be entitled an act for the relief of Abel Pennington, was read a 2d time, and ordered to be engrossed for a 3d reading tomorrow Ordered that the joint resolution proposing an alteration to the 13th section and 5th article of the constitution be laid on the table. Ordered, that 70 copies be printed for the use of this House.

Mr. Morton, from the committee of the whole House, to whom was referred the annual communication of the Governor, reported the following resolutions:

1. Resolved, that so much of said message as relates to Gen. La Fayette, be referred to a select committee.

2. Resolved, that so much of said message as relates to the State University be referred to the committee on schools, colleges, and universities and school and university lands.

3. Resolved, that so much of said message as relates to the State Bank be referred to the committee of ways and means.

4. Resolved, that so much of said message as relates to the Huntsville Bank, be referred to the judiciary committee.

5. Resolved, that so much of the same as relates to Escheats be referred to the same committee.

6. Resolved, that so much of the same as relates to the office of judge of the county court be referred to the same committee.

7. Resolved, that so much of the same as relates to the imperfections of the existing laws as relates to executors and administrators, be referred to the same committee.

8. Resolved, that so much of the same as relates to the vacancy in the office of sheriff and their holding and returning elections, be referred to the same committee.

9. Resolved, that so much of the same as relates to the cases of African slaves, lately pending in the Supreme Court of the United


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States; also as relates to the case of the schooner Constitution be referred to the same committee.

10. Resolved, that so much of the same as relates to running the line between the state of Alabama and state of Georgia, be referred to a select committee.

11. Resolved, that so much of the same as relates to amending the constitution of the United States, be referred to a select committee.

12. Resolved, that so much of the same as relates to escapes of persons charged with offenses, be referred to the judiciary committee.

13. Resolved, that so much of the same as relates to the Executive communication from the state of Ohio, proposing a pan for the gradual emancipation & colonizing slaves, be referred to a select committee.

Pursuant to the first resolution, the Speaker appointed Messrs. Farrar, Pickens of G. and Camp, a select committee.

Pursuant to the tenth resolution the Speaker appointed Messrs. Barton, Exum and Tindall a select committee.

Pursuant to the eleventh resolution the Speaker appointed Messrs. Bagby, Pickett and Merriwether a select committee.

Pursuant to the thirteenth resolution the Speaker appointed Messrs. Mardis, Edmondson, and Pickens of Dallas a select committee.

Ordered, that the committee of ways and means be discharged from the further consideration of so much of the Governor’s annual message as relates to the State Bank. Ordered, that the same be referred to the Bank committee.

Mr. Parham presented the judicial proceedings in two cases from Franklin court, for divorce, which were referred to the committee on divorce and alimony.