Thursday, November 25, 1824.

Mr. Pickett presented the petition of the heirs of Benjamin Averett, praying that the executors of said Averett may be authorised to make titles to certain land therein mentioned to Henry G. Woodward; which was read & referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Pickett, Oliver and McCord.

Mr. Pickens of G. presented the petition of the executors of Malachi Gould, deceased, praying authority to sell the real estate of said Gould; which was read and referred to a select committee consisting of Messrs. Pickens of G. Coleman and Edmondson.

Mr. Pickens of G. presented the account of Edward Herndon;

Mr. Moore of Mon. presented the account of Jesse C. Farrar; which were severally referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Bagby presented the petition of sundry citizens of the town of Claiborne, praying an amendment of the law of 1807, compelling corporation towns to maintain the poor within the same; and praying also that the citizens of said town may not be compelled to work on any roads out of said town; which was read and referred; the first part to the committee of ways and means, and the second part to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Bagby, Moore of Mon. and Tapscot.

Mr. Fluker presented the accounts of John Hawkins and Jacob Lindsay; which were read and referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Farrar from the military committee reported a bill to be entitled an act to incorporate a volunteer infantry corps in the city of Mobile, to be styled “The Republican Greene;” which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Vining from the committee on roads, bridges and ferries, reported a bill, to be entitled an act for the relief of Joseph Burleson, which


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was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Exum from the committee on county boundaries, reported a bill, to be entitled an act to alter and establish the boundary lines between certain counties therein named; which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Bagby from the judiciary committee reported a bill to be entitled an act amendatory of an act regulating escheats in this state, and to appoint escheators and for other purposes; which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Martin from the select committee to whom was referred the bill, to be entitled an act to authorise Mary Ann Kennedy to emancipate a certain slave therein named; reported said bill with an amendment, in which the House concurred. Ordered, that said bill be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

Mr. Mead obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to compel subscribing witnesses to deeds of conveyance and other instruments of writing, to attend courts and prove the execution thereof, and for other purposes;

Mr. Perkins obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to prevent the frauds and fraudulent combinations at the sales of public lands within this state; passed at Huntsville, on the 17th Dec. 1819; which were severally read a first time and ordered to be read a second time tomorrow

Mr. Lanier offered the following resolution: Resolved, that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of reducing the fees of clerks sheriff's commissions or any other officer, which may appear right and proper.

Mr. Crenshaw moved to amend said resolution by the following: “And also the expediency of repealing the act of the last session, reducing magistrates’ and constables’ fees; which was adopted.

The resolution as amended was then adopted.

On motion of Mr. Bagby, Resolved, that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of passing a law abolishing imprisonment for debt.

Mr. Morton moved that this House take up a bill, to be entitled an act to repeal an act entitled an act to establish regular justices' courts in this state, passed 30th Dec. 1823; which was carried.

Mr. Weissinger moved that said bill be referred to a select committee; which was lost. Yeas 21, nays 36.

The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative are

Mr. Abercrombie

Coleman

Gaines

Oliver

Shackleford

     Baxter

Cook

Green

Pickens of D.

Vining

     Beck

Crenshaw

Hill

Jones

Pickens of G.

Weissinger

     Byler

Dale

Mead

Pickett

Watson- 21.

Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. Speaker

Dickerson

Mardis

Moore of J.

Rather

 Ruffin

      Bagby

Edmondson

Martin

Moore of Ma.

Shotwell

      Barton

Exum

McVay

Moore of Mo.

Skinner

      Baylor

Farrar

McCord

Morton

Tapscot

      Camp

Fleming

Merriwether

Parham

Tindall

      Creagh

Fluker

Metcalf

Perkins

Worthington

      Cunningham

Lanier

Miller

Peyton

White- 36.

Ordered, that said bill be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.


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 A bill to be entitled an act to amend the law in force and use concerning free negroes, mulattoes and slaves, was read a second time and ordered to lie on the table.

Bills of the following titles to wit: An act to repeal in part an act therein mentioned, and requiring the plea of sett-off, or notice thereof, in certain cases; An act to repeal part of an act entitled an act declaring the old road from Warren Stone's in Montgomery county, to the town of Montgomery, the state road and for other purposes; An act the better to provide for the punishment of escapes; were severally read a second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

Bills of the following titles, to wit: An act to repeal in part an act entitled an act to establish regular justices' courts in this state; An act to regulate the mode of taxing costs on appeals; were severally read a second time and ordered to lie on the table.

Engrossed bills of the following titles to wit: An act to exempt the citizens of the town of Elyton in Jefferson county, and the town of Sommerville, in Morgan county, and the town of Tuscumbia, in Franklin county, from working on any road beyond the limits of said towns; were severally read a third time and passed. Ordered, that the titles be as aforesaid. Ordered, that the clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

An engrossed bill, 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 third time; and the question being put, shall this bill pass? it was decided in the negative.

An engrossed bill, entitled an act to provide for the payment of slaves executed in pursuance of law, was read a third time and ordered to lie on the table.

An engrossed bill, entitled an act divorcing Abraham Beadle from Letitia Beadle was read a 3d time, and the question being put, shall this bill pass? it was decided in the affirmative. Yeas 39, nays 15.

The yeas and nays being required by the constitution, those who voted in the affirmative, are

Mr. Abercrombie

Dinsmore

Mardis

Oliver

Ruffin

       Barton

Edmondson

Martin

Parham

Shackleford

       Baylor

Exum

McVay

Perkins

Tapscot

       Baxter

Fleming

McCord

Peyton

Vining

       Cook

Fluker

Mead

Pickens of D.

Watson

       Cunningham

Gaines

Metcalf

Pickens of G.

Weissinger

       Dale

Green

Miller

Pickett

White- 39.

       Dickinson

Hill

Moore of J.

Rather

Those who voted in the negative are,

Mr. Speaker

Byler

Creagh

Merriwether

Worthington-13

       Bagby

Camp

Farrar

Moore of mo.

       Beck

Coleman

Jones

Shotwell

Ordered, that the title be as aforesaid. Ordered, that the clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

An engrossed bill entitled an act divorcing Kelly Stegall from Nancy Stegall, was read a third time and the question being put, shall this bill pass? there not being a constitutional majority, it was decided in the negative. Yeas 28, nays 15.

Those who voted in the affirmative, are

Mr. Abercrombie

Barton

Baylor

Baxter

Camp


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      Cook

Exum

McVay

Moore of J.

Rather

      Cunningham

Fleming

McCord

Parham

Ruffin

      Dale

Gaines

Mead

Peyton

Tapscot- 28.

      Dickinson

Green

Metcalf

Pickens of D.

      Edmondson

Mardis

Miller

Pickens of G.

            Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. Speaker

Coleman

Fluker

Moore of Mo.

Vining

      Bagby

Creagh

Jones

Shackleford

Weissinger

      Byler

Farrar

Merriwether

Shotwell

Worthington-15

And then the House adjourned till 3 o'clock this evening.

Evening, 3 o'clock- Engrossed bills, entitled an act concerning the issuing and executing original process by justices of the peace; an act for the relief of Charles Pearson; an act to establish the Mobile society of literature; an act declaring Cotaco, in Morgan county, a public highway; resolution in relation to certain objects of internal improvement within the state of Alabama; were severally read a third time and passed. Ordered, that the titles be as aforesaid. Ordered, that the clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

A resolution proposing amendments to the constitution of the state of Alabama, was read a third time and ordered to lie on the table.

The House took into consideration the following resolution from the Senate: Resolved, that the House of Representatives be informed that the Senate will meet them in the Representative Hall, at 3 o’clock, on Saturday next, for the purpose of electing a State Printer, which was adopted. Ordered, that the clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

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