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Tuesday, November 30th, 1824.

Mr. Pickett presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Autauga county, praying an alteration in the law relating to the payment of jurors; also an alteration in the law appointing assessors and tax collectors; also in the law relating to jurors, to view and mark out roads; also in the law compelling witnesses to attend courts in another county in the same state, which was read.  Ordered, that so much of said petition as relates to the law concerning jurors to view and mark out roads, be referred to the committee on roads, bridges and ferries.-- Ordered, that so much of said petition as relates to witnesses, be referred to the judiciary committee.  Ordered, that so much of said petition as relates to the appointment of assessors and tax collectors, be referred to the committee of ways and means.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Lyon their secretary: Mr. Speaker,  The Senate have read three times and passed bills which originated in your honorable body, entitled an act to establish the Mobile society of literature; An act declaring Cotaco, in Morgan county, a public highway; An act for the relief of Charles Pearson; An act to repeal part of an act, entitled an act to authorise Rebecca Fletcher to emancipate a certain slave therein named, passed December 29th, 1823; and a resolution in relation to certain objects of internal improvement, within the state of Alabama; which said resolution they have amended, and in which they desire your concurrence.

They have also read a third time and passed a bill originating in their House, entitled an act to establish a county therein named, and for other purposes; in which they also desire your concurrence.  Ordered, that this House concur in the amendments made by the Senate to the resolutions mentioned in said message.  Ordered, that the clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

Mr. Vining from the committee on roads, bridges and ferries, reported, that said committee have had under consideration, a resolution from this House instructing them to inquire into the expediency of so amending the road law, as to make it the duty of overseers of roads, when they have served one year to express to the court appointing them, their willingness to serve another year, or the court to make another appointment and instruct me to report, that they deem it inexpedient to make any alteration in that respect; in which report the House concurred.

Mr. Perkins from the committee on inland navigation to whom was referred a bill, to be entitled an act for improving the navigation of the port and harbor of Mobile, reported said bill without amendment. Said bill was read a second time and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

Bills from the Senate, entitled an act amendatory to an act concerning divorce, passed Dec. 21st, 1820; An act regulating proceedings on penal bonds; were severally read a second time, and referred to the judiciary committee.

On motion of Mr. Pickens of G. Resolved, that the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of so altering the jury system as to prevent as far as possible the necessity of tales jurors and to report by bill or otherwise.

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petition of Edward Herndon, reported a resolution, to be entitled a joint resolution authorising the comptroller to issue his warrant in favor of Edward Herndon, for services as assistant adjutant general; which was read a 1st time, and ordered to be read a 2d time tomorrow.

Mr. Moore of J. from the committee of accounts to whom was referred sundry accounts: Reported, that said committee beg to be discharged from the further consideration thereof.  And said committee were accordingly discharged.  Ordered, that said accounts be referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Mead, Rather and Fluker.

Mr. Mead from the select committee to whom was referred the consideration of a bill, to be entitled an act to alter and establish the boundary line between certain counties therein named, reported said bill without amendment.  Ordered, that said bill be recommitted to the same select committee.

Mr. Dinsmore from the select committee to whom was referred the bill, to be entitled an act providing for the raising of a fund for the support of an academy and a hospital, in the county of Baldwin; reported said bill with amendments, in which the House concurred.--  Ordered, That said bill be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

Mr. Martin from the select committee to whom was referred a bill to be entitled an act to regulate the sales of slaves by constables: reported said bill with an amendment, in which the House concurred. Ordered, That said bill be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

Mr. Mardis from the select committee, to whom was referred so much of the Governor's message as relates to the executive communication from the state of Ohio, proposing a plan for the gradual emancipation and colonizing slaves, made a report thereon.  Ordered, that said report lie on the table.

Mr. Baylor from the select committee, to whom was referred the proceedings in the case of William Bryant, and Rhoda Bryant, for a divorce, reported a bill, to be entitled an act divorcing William Bryant from Rhoda Bryant; which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Moore of J. from the select committee to whom was referred a bill, to be entitled an act to regulate the mode of taxing costs on appeals taken from the decision of justice's courts, to the circuit and county courts in this state; reported said bill with amendments, in which the House concurred.  Ordered, that said bill be engrossed for a third reading tomorrow.

Mr. Pickens of G. from the select committee, to whom was referred the petition of the representatives of Malachi Gould, deceased, reported a bill, to be entitled an act to authorise the representatives of Malachi Gould, deceased, to sell certain real estate; which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Baylor presented the account of the sheriff of Tuscaloosa; which was referred to the committee on accounts.

On motion of Mr. Barton, Resolved, that a select committee be appointed to inquire into the expediency of revising the laws now in force regulating sales at auction, with leave to report by bill or otherwise, whereupon Messrs. Barton, Tindall and Hill were appointed said committee.

Mr. Pickett laid before the House a letter from the comptroller

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shewing a balance to be due to Stephen Pearce, tax collector on account of a mistake, which was referred to the committee on accounts On motion of Mr. Martin, Resolved, that a message be sent to the Senate, requesting that body to return to this body at a convenient time, the communication of the Governor of the state of Ohio to his excellency the Governor of this state, which accompanied the message of his excellency to this House, on the subject of emancipating and colonizing the slaves in the United States.  Ordered, that the clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

Mr. Rather obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled an act to repeal in part and amend an act, passed Dec. 17th, 1823, authorising Matthew Harbeson, administrator of Samuel Harbeson, deceased to make conveyance of a certain tract of land therein named.

Mr. Lanier obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled an act to amend the law now in force in this state, for the punishment of the crime of horse-stealing.

Mr. Hill obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled, an act to alter the place of selling lands and negroes by the sheriff of Bibb county in certain cases, which were severally read a 1st time, and ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Rather obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to change the mode the appointing assessors and tax collectors, which was read a first time, and the question being put, shall this bill be read a 2d time tomorrow? it was decided in the affirmative- Yeas 35, nays 18

The yeas and nays being required, those who voted in the negative, are,

Mr. Barton

Farrar

Martin

Parham

Pickett

      Crenshaw

Fleming

Mead

Perkins

Tindall- 18.

      Edmondson

Green

Merriwether

Pickens of D.

      Exum

Mardis

Morton

Pickens of G.

Those who voted in the affirmative, are,

Mr. Speaker

Cook

Hill

Moore of J.

Tapscot

      Abercrombie

Creagh

Jones

Moore of Ma.

Vining

      Baylor

Cunningham

Lanier

Moore of Mo.

Watson

      Baxter

Dale

McVay

Oliver

Weissinger

      Byler

Dickinson

McCord

Shackleford

Worthington

      Camp

Dinsmoor

Metcalf

Shotwell

White- 35.

      Coleman

Gaines

Miller

Skinner

 Ordered, that said bill be read a third time tomorrow.

On motion of Mr. Creagh, Resolved, that a committee of five be appointed to examine the reports of the Comptroller and Treasurer: and that they be required to lay before said committee any vouchers which they may call for; whereupon Messrs. Creagh, Barton, McVay, Moore of Mon., and Exum, were appointed said committee.

Mr. Camp obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled an act concerning prisons and prisoners.

Mr. Hill obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled an act extending the privileges of judges of the county courts in certain cases; which were severally read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

On motion of Mr. Cook,  Resolved that the committee on roads, bridges and ferries, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of amending the road law, so that the commissioners of apportionment may be required to meet at the court house, to apportion the hands.


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 Bill from the Senate, entitled an act to establish a county therein named and for other purposes; which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time tomorrow.

Mr. Moore of Mon. obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled an act more effectually to prohibit the trading with slaves, which was read a first time; and the rule which requires bills to be read on three several days, being dispensed with, it was read a second time, and referred to a select committee consisting of Messrs. Oliver, Moore of Mon. and Tapscot.

Mr. Oliver from the select committee to whom was referred a bill, to be entitled an act to repeal an act, entitled an act regulating the fees of justices, constables and lawyers, reported said bill with amendments in which the House concurred.  Ordered, that said bill lie on the table.  Ordered, that 70 copies thereof be printed for the use of this House.

Mr. Ruffin from the committee on enrolled bills, reported that said committee had examined, and found correctly enrolled bills of the following titles, to wit: Resolution in relation to unsettled land claims below the 31st degree of N. latitude, and pre-emption rights; An act to repeal part of the 9th section of an act, entitled an act to regulate proceedings in chancery suits, passed January 1st, 1823;  An act to emancipate certain persons therein named; An act to alter the times of holding the county courts of Jackson and Lawrence counties; An act for the relief of Abel Pennington; An act to repeal in part, and amend an act, entitled an act to authorise David Peobles to continue a toll bridge over the Escambia Creek, in the county of Conecuh; An act to prevent the abatement of suits at common law; An act to authorise the emancipation of a certain slave therein named.

A bill to be entitled an act vesting in the judge and commissioners of roads and revenue the power of altering any state road running through their respective counties, was read a second time and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Abercrombie, Exum and Coleman.

On motion of Mr. McVay, Resolved, that with the concurrence of the Senate the committee on enrolled bills appointed on the part of this House, be a joint committee, to act with the committee on enrolled bills appointed on the part of the Senate.

A bill to be entitled, an act to extend the boundaries of Jackson and Decatur counties, was read a 2d time, and on motion of Mr. Creagh said bill was indefinitely postponed.

A joint resolution providing for the further distribution of the statute laws of this state, was read a 2d time.  Ordered, that the title of said resolution be changed from that of a resolution to that of a bill. Ordered, that said bill be engrossed for a 3d reading tomorrow.

Mr. Fleming presented the memorial of sundry officers of the militia, praying for various alterations in the militia law, which was read and referred to the military committee.

Mr. Moore of J. presented the account of George Gifford which was referred to the committee on accounts.

Bills from the Senate, entitled an act to alter and 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


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springs in Blount county; An act making bastards capable of inheriting on the part of their mother were severally read a third time and passed.  Ordered, that the clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

A bill from the Senate, entitled an act regulating sheriff's sales was read a 2d time and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Abercrombie, White and Perkins.

A bill from the Senate, entitled, an act to prevent the judges of the county courts from issuing warrants in civil cases, was read a 2d time and amended. Said bill was then referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Pickens of G. Moore of J. and Skinner.

A bill to be entitled, an act appointing agents, and for other purposes, was read a 2d time and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Mardis, Dinsmore and Fleming.

An engrossed bill to be entitled, an act declaring Flint river in Morgan county, a public highway was read a third time and passed. Ordered that the title be as aforesaid.  Ordered, that the clerk convey the same to the Senate for their concurrence.

And then the House adjourned till 9 o'clock tomorrow.