Monday, November 22, 1824.

Mr. White presented various accounts of individuals against the state;

Mr. Gaines presented the account of Matthew Leaper for guarding a prisoner; Mr. Coleman presented the accounts of John Hester a bailiff;

Mr. Bagby presented the account of James D. Godbold, sheriff of Monroe; Mr. Moore of J. presented the account of Joseph B. Eason for taking the census of Decatur county; which were severally referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Bagby presented the memorial of Henry Hitchcock, on behalf of himself and others, praying that the State may purchase a certain number of the Alabama Justice, for the officers of the state, which was read and referred to the judiciary committee.

Mr. Barton from the select committee to whom was referred so much of the Governor’s message as relates to running the boundary line between this and the State of Georgia; Reported that they recommend to the present General Assembly, the appointment of two commissioners for that purpose; in which report the House concurred.

Mr. Barton from the select committee to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of Mobile, praying the incorporation of the Mobile society of Literature, reported a bill to be entitled an act to establish the Mobile society of Literature, which was read the first time and Ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Parham from the select committee to whom was referred the petition of Mary Ann Kennedy, reported a bill to be entitled, An act to authorize Mary Ann Kennedy to emancipate a certain slave therein named, which was read a first time and Ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Lyon, their Secretary: Mr. Speaker the Senate have passed bills, which originated in their House of the following titles, to wit: An act to authorize the emancipation of a certain slave therein named; An act to prevent the abatement of suits at common law; in which they desire your concurrence.

On motion of Mr. Moore of J. Resolved that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the constitutionally of extending the lines of Jackson and Decatur counties into the territory within the chartered limits of the State, to which the Indian title is not extinguished so as to supply any constitutional deficiency of territory; and that said committee be allowed to report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Byler obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, an act to repeal the 2d and 3d sections of an act entitled an act to regulate the rate of interest, passed Dec. 17th 1819, which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. McVay offered the following resolution, Resolved that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of altering the law, so that assessors tax collectors and county treasurers be elected by the people in their respective counties in this state, with leave to report by bill or otherwise, which was rejected.

Bills from the Senate of the following titles, to wit; An act to pre-


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vent the abatement of suits at common law and an act to authorize the emancipation of a certain slave therein named, which were severally read a first time and ordered to be read a second time on tomorrow.

Mr. White obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled, an act to amend the first section of an act entitled an act amendatory to the laws now in force for the relief of insolvent debtors, passed June 15th 1821,  which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time on Wednesday next.

Mr. Rather offered the following resolution, Resolved that a select committee be appointed to inquire into the expediency of changing the law of assessors and tax collectors so as to vest the appointment in two persons, which was rejected.

Mr. Byler obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to repeal in part and amend an act entitled an act to regulate the mode of drawing and summoning jurors, passed Dec. 7th, 1811, which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

A bill from the Senate, entitled, an act to restrain disorderly tippling houses, was read a second time and referred to a select committee consisting of Messrs. Green, Crenshaw and Hill.

On motion of Mr. Oliver, Ordered that the vote given on Saturday last on engrossing the Resolution in relation to unsettled land claims below the 31st degree of north latitude for a third reading, be reconsidered.

Mr. Oliver moved that the third section of said Resolution be amended by striking therefrom all after the words prior to the, and inserting in lieu thereof the words first day of Jan. 1822, which was carried Ordered, that the title of said resolution be amended by adding thereto the words, and preemption rights. Ordered, that said resolution be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

Bills of the following titles, to wit: An act to repeal part of the 9th section of an act entitled an act to regulate proceedings in chancery suits, passed Jan. 1st 1823; An act divorcing Sarah R. Swansey from James N. Swansey; An act divorcing Elizabeth Fields from John Fields; An act divorcing William Roundtree from Sally Roundtree; An act to emancipate certain persons therein named, were severally read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to suppress Gambling, was read a second time: Mr. McVay offered the following amendment, And be it further enacted, that from and after the passage of this act, in addition to the pains and penalties prescribed in an act entitled an act to reduce into one of the several acts to prevent the evil practice of gaming, any person who shall be found guilty of any of the offences enumerated in said act, shall forever thereafter be disqualified from holding any post of honor or profit within this state, which was adopted. On motion of Mr. Morton, Ordered that the further consideration of said bill be indefinitely postponed.

Engrossed bills of the following titles, to wit: 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 Con-


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ecuh; an act to alter the time of holding the county court of Lawrence county, were severally read a third time and passed. Ordered, that the titles be as aforesaid. Ordered, that the clerk convey the same to the Senate for their concurrence.

On motion of Mr. Barton, Resolved, that the committee on roads, bridges and ferries be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a state road, leading from the city of Mobile by the most direct practicable route to the southernmost mound on the line dividing the state of Alabama and Mississippi, and that his excellency the Governor be requested to communicate with the executive of the state of Mississippi for the purpose of obtaining the co-operation of that state, in extending the above mentioned road along the Gulf of Mexico by the most direct practicable route, so as to intersect the Louisiana road leading from New Orleans by way of the fortifications of the Rigoletts and Chef Mentour.

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