Saturday, November 20, 1824.

Mr. Barton presented the petition of the Mobile society of Literature, praying that they may be incorporated,  which was read & referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Barton, Fluker & Dinsmore.

Mr. Baton presented the petition of sundry persons in Mobile, praying that they may be authorised to establish Loto tables in their Coffee houses, which was read and referred to the committee of ways and means.

Mr. Merriwether presented the petition of sundry persons, praying an alteration in the boundaries of Greene and Tuscaloosa counties which was received & referred to the committee on county boundaries.

Mr. Moore of J. from the committee on divorce and alimony to whom was referred sundry decrees for divorce, reported bills of the following titles, to wit: An act divorcing Wm. Roundtree from Sally Roundtree; An act divorcing Elizabeth Fields from John Fields, and An act divorcing Sarah R. Swansey from her husband James N. Swansey; which were severally read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

Mr. Byler obtained leave to introduce joint resolutions, proposing amendments to the constitution of the state of Alabama, which were read a first time and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next. Ordered, that seventy copies thereof be printed for the use of this House.

Mr. Byler from the select committee to whom was referred a resolution of this House directing them to draft rules of order and deco-


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rum for the government of this House, Reported the rules heretofore adopted by this House, in which report the House concurred.

Mr. Barton from the select committee to whom was referred the petitions of sundry persons in the town of Mobile, praying the emancipation of certain slaves therein mentioned, reported a bill to be entitled an act to emancipate certain persons therein named, which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

On motion of Mr. Perkins, Resolved, that a committee of not more than thirteen members be appointed to apportion the Senators and Representatives of the State Legislature among the several counties of this state, in conformity with the constitution; whereupon Messrs. Crenshaw, Miller, Morton, Rather, Tindall, Oliver, Hill, Ruffin, Dickinson, Emondson, Vining, Abercrombie and White, were appointed said committee.

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

The Speaker laid before the House the Comptroller’s report of claims against the state; which report together with the claims, was referred to the committee on accounts.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Lyon, their secretary: Mr. Speaker, I am instructed by the Senate to inform your honorable body that they have passed a bill originating in their House, entitled an act to restrain disorderly tippling houses, in which they desire your concurrence. They have also adopted the following resolution, in which they desire your concurrence: Resolved by the Senate, with the concurrence of the House of Representatives, the General Assembly will on Saturday next at 3 o’clock. P. M. proceed to the election of a Judge of the county court of Montgomery county, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of the Hon. Joseph W. Field. Ordered, that the House concur in said resolution. Ordered, that the clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

A bill from the Senate entitled an act to restrain disorderly tippling houses, was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

On motion of Mr. Green, Resolved, that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of further time being given for the return of executions which may be issued from judgments rendered by justices of the peace, when to run to another county or counties and that they report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. Byler, Resolved, that the military committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of so altering the militia law to make it the duty of the officers of captain’s companies to hold their court martials on the days of their next company musters, and report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. Green, Resolved, that the judiciary committee inquire into the expediency of passing a law for the recovery of a debt or demand which shall or may have been contracted, in any other state or territory; and the debtor shall or may have removed from said state or territory before the creditor shall or may have been barred from the recovery of the same in said state or territory by the limitation


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laws thereof, and excluded from a recovery in this state by the existing laws of this state upon the creditor making proof of the facts as above stated,  and report by bill or otherwise.

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

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

On motion of Mr. Barton, Resolved, that the military committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of passing a law, authorizing Jeremiah Austill, of the city of Mobile, to raise a volunteer infantry corps in said city, to be styled “the Mobile Republican Greens:” and to authorize the issue of arms to the said Jeremiah Austill for the use of said corps on his executing bond, with approved security to the Governor and his successors in office, for his safe keeping or return of such arms; and that they report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. White obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, an act to alter the time of holding the county court of Lawrence county which was read the first time, and the rule requiring bills to be read on three several days being dispensed with, it was read a second time and ordered to be engrossed and be read a third time forthwith.

On motion of Mr. Fleming, Resolved, that the committee on schools, colleges and universities, and school and university lands be instructed to inquire into the expediency of adding two Trustees to school lands (say five in the place of three,) with leave to report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Metcalf obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to suppress gambling, which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

Mr. White obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to repeal part of the ninth section of an act entitled an act to regulate proceedings in chancery suits passed Jan. 1st, 1823; which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time on Monday next.

Resolution in relation to unsettled land claims below the 31st degree of north latitude, was read a second time. Mr. Mardis moved to amend the 3d section of said resolution so as to make preemption rights general throughout the state, which was carried. Ordered that said resolution be engrossed be and made the order of the day for a 3d reading on Monday next.

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 Conecuh county, was read a second time and ordered to be engrossed and be read a third time on Monday next.

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 June 14th 1821; was read a second time and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Miller, Watson and Parham.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorize and empower 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 having a mill erected thereon, was read a second time, and referred to the judiciary committee.


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Engrossed bill, entitled an act for the relief of Abel Pennington, was read a third time and passed. Ordered, that the title be as aforesaid. Ordered, that said bill be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.

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