Monday, November 29th.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Lyon their secretary: Mr. Speaker, the Senate have passed bills, which originated in their House, entitled, An act regulating proceedings on penal bonds; An act to regulate sheriff's sales; An act amendatory to an act concerning divorce, passed Dec. 21st, 1820; An act to prevent judges of the county courts from issuing warrants in civil cases: in which they desire your concurrence.

Mr. Byler presented the petition of sundry citizens of the town of Florence, praying that said town may not be incorporated; which was read and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Byler Cunningham and Martin.

Mr. Vining from the committee on roads, bridges and ferries, reported a bill, to be entitled an act vesting in the judge and commissioners of roads and revenue the power of altering any state road run-


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ning through their respective counties; which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. White laid before the House the account of Charles Pearson which was referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Fleming, from the joint committee on the part of this House to join such committee as may be appointed on the part of the Senate, to examine and report the situation of the state arsenal and public arms, made a report thereon, accompanied by the quarter master general's report; which reports were ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Moore of J. from the select committee to whom was referred a resolution of this House concerning the enlarging the boundaries of Jackson and Decatur counties, reported a bill, to be entitled an act to extend the boundaries of Jackson and Decatur counties; which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Edmondson obtained leave to introduce a resolution providing for the further distribution of the statute laws of the state of Alabama;

Mr. Mardis obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act appointing agents and for other purposes; which resolution and bill were severally read a 1st time and ordered to be read 2d time tomorrow.

On motion of Mr. Metcalf, resolved that the committee on schools colleges and universities, and school and university lands, be instructed to inquire into the expediency and propriety of reducing the price of the seminary lands in this state.

Mr. Moore of J. from the committee on divorce and alimony, to whom was referred the proceedings of the circuit court of Tuscaloosa, in the case of William Bryant and Rhoda Bryant, for divorce, reported that said committee beg to be discharged from the further consideration; and said committee were accordingly discharged.  Ordered, that said proceedings be referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Baylor, Perkins and Dale.

On motion of Mr. Mardis, resolved that the committee of ways and means be instructed to inquire into the expediency of so amending and revising the existing laws now in force, regulating the revenue of this state as to lessen the taxes, and to fix upon the several objects of taxation, an ad valorem tax; with leave to report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. Morton, the House took into consideration a bill to be entitled, an act to provide for the payment of slaves executed in pursuance of law. Mr. Pickens of G. offered an amendment thereto;  Ordered, that said bill, with the amendment lie on the table.

Bills from the Senate entitled, An act amendatory to the act concerning divorce, passed Dec. 20th, 1820; An act regulating sheriff's sales; An act regulating proceedings on penal bonds; An act to prevent judges of the county courts from issuing warrants in civil cases; were severally read a first time and ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

On motion of Mr. Green, Resolved that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of repealing the law now in force which prevents feme coverts under twenty-one years of age to convey lands tenements or hereditaments or any right of dower or estate therein, before they were twenty-one years of age, under the same rules and regulations now provided by law for feme coverts over twenty-one years of age.


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A bill to be entitled, an act the more effectually to protect the character of females, was read a 2d time, and referred to the judiciary committee.

A bill from the Senate entitled, an act to incorporate the town of Florence, was read second time, and referred to the select committee to whom was referred the petition of the inhabitants of Florence.

The House then took into consideration a bill to be entitled, an act to regulate the sale of slaves by constables, which was read a second time and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Martin Hill and Dickinson.

Bills of the following titles, to wit: An act divorcing Asa Gough from Sally Gough; An act declaring Flint river in Morgan county, a public highway, were severally read a 2d time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

A bill to be entitled an act to repeal an act, entitled an act regulating the fees of justices, constables and lawyers was read a 2d time, and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Oliver, Martin Morton, Dinsmore and Tindall.

Mr. Barton obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled, an act for improving the navigation of the port and harbor of Mobile, which was read a first time, and referred to the committee on inland navigation.

Bills from the Senate, entitled, an act to alter or amend an act, passed Dec. 23d, 1822, entitled an act to establish a public road from the house of John Gandy in Morgan county, to Baltimore or Morgan's springs in Blount county; An act making bastards capable of inheriting or transmitting inheritance on the part of their mother, were severally read a 2d time, and ordered to be read a third time tomorrow.

An engrossed bill, entitled an act concerning judges of the county courts, was read a third time. On motion of Mr. Creagh,  Ordered, that the further consideration of said bill be indefinitely postponed.

A joint resolution respecting running the line between this state and the state of Georgia, was read a 2d time and laid on the table.

Engrossed bills, entitled, an act for the relief of Joseph Burleson; An act to establish a state road leading from the city of Mobile to the Mississippi state line, 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 divorcing William Gates from Susanna Gates was read a third time, and there not being a constitutional majority in favor thereof, the said bill was lost: Yeas 19, Nays 33.

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Mr. Abercrombie

Cunningham

Gaines

McVay

Parham

      Barton

Dale

Green

Mead

Rather

      Baylor

Dickinson

Mardis

Metcalf

Shackleford

      Baxter

Exum

Martin

Moore of J.-12

Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. Speaker

Edmondson

McCord

Pickens of D.

Vining

      Byler

Farrar

Merriwether

Pickens of G.

Watson

      Camp

Fleming

Miller

Pickett

Weissinger

      Coleman

Fluker

Moore of Ma.

Ruffin

Worthington

      Cook

Hill

Moore of Mo.

Shotwell

White- 33.

      Creagh

Jones

Oliver

Tapscot

      Crenshaw

Lanier

Perkins

Tindall

And then the House adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 o'clock: