Saturday, December 17, 1825.

Mr. Benson presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of the town and county of Montgomery, praying an act of incorporation in the name and style of the trustees of Milton academy, which was read & referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Benson, Bridges & Oliver.

Mr. Jones presented the petition of Hugh Henry, and also the account of the said Hugh Henry, sheriff of Bibb county, which was read and referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Barton of Mo. presented the petition of Richmond Richardson; praying the passage of a law to emancipate a certain slave therein named, which was read and referred to the judiciary committee.

Mr. Fluker presented the petition of John Jordon and John Purvis praying the passage of a law granting them the exclusive privilege of a certain creek therein named, which was read and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Fluker, Lyon and Weissinger.

Mr. Mead from the committee on divorce and alimony, to whom was referred sundry records and proceedings for divorce, reported a bill to be entitled an act divorcing certain persons therein named, which was read a first time and ordered to be read a 2d time.

Mr. Mead from the committee on divorce and alimony, to whom was referred a transcript of the record of the circuit court of Madison county, divorcing Elizabeth Galloway from James Galloway, reported that the divorce ought not to be sanctioned.  Ordered that the same lie on the table.

Mr. Mead, from the committee on divorce and alimony, to whom was referred the transcript of a record of the circuit court of Jackson county divorcing Edw. Maxwell from Susan Maxwell, reported as the sense of that committee that the decree of said court ought not to be sanctioned, in which report the House concurred.

Mr. Barton of Mo. from the committee on schools, colleges, and universities, and school and university lands, to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of the city and county of Mobile, praying the establishment of public schools, reported a bill to be entitled an act establishing schools in the county of Mobile, which was read a first time and ordered to be read a 2d time.

Mr. Tate, from the committee on inland navigation, to whom was referred the petition of Greene Collier, reported a bill to be entitled an act to authorize Green Collier to build a dam across Flint river, in the county of Madison; which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time.

Mr. Heard, from the committee on enrolled bills, reported that he had examined and found correctly enrolled bills of the following titles to wit - An act to alter the times of holding the county courts in the county of Morgan; An act improving the navigation of the port and harbour of Mobile; An act to regulate the mode of summoning jurors for Greene county; An act authorizing the county court of Limestone county, to make certain allowances therein mention:   an act to appoint a commissioner for the town of Montecello, in the county of


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Pike and for other purposes; An act to change the time of holding the county courts in the county of Shelby.

Mr. Barton from the select committee to whom was referred a resolution of the House, instructing them to inquire what provision, if any, is necessary to be made for assuring the safety of property transported in steam-boats and barges on the several rivers in this state, reported a bill to be entitled, an act to regulate the navigation of certain rivers in this state by steam-boats; which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time.

The House then proceeded to the orders of the day.

Engrossed memorial (from the Senate) of the Senate and House of Representatives of the state of Alabama in General Assembly convened, to the Congress of the U. States, was read a second time. Mr. Davis offered the following amendment:   The Legislature of the state of Alabama would further respectfully call the attention of the Congress of the United States to the subject of the relinquished and unsold lands within the districts that the public lands in this state have been offered for sale, we would respectfully represent to your honorable body, a large portion of the lands in the aforesaid land districts, have been relinquished to the General Government, and is at present occupied by honest, industrious citizens, whose pecuniary resources are limited; also that a corps of what are termed land speculators attend every sale of the public lands, and are so formidable that the honest industrious occupant s necessarily compelled to purchase from them the liberty of purchasing land; and such is their strength, they are able to bear down all opposition and prevent any thing like competition in your land market, the consequences are, that the United States receive, except in a very few cases, no more than the minimum price for its lands, whilst the honest occupant is in almost every case compelled to give double or treble that price. We would further represent to your honorable body that there is a considerable portion of the land in some sections of this state, of a very inferior quality, which cannot be sold at the minimum price your lands are now offered at, on which said lands a poor honest industrious class of your citizens reside; and as it should be the first and great care of every government to place it in the power of every one of its citizens to obtain a home, we would respectfully represent to your honorable body, the propriety of classing of your lands into three classes, and a price set by your honorable body on each class, giving the occupant of the land the preference of purchasing at private sale, for ___ months after the passage of a law on that subject; and provided the occupant should not think proper to purchase said land at the price your honorable body may think proper to set on it, then and in that case any other person shall for ____ months have the liberty of entering said land; and should not said land be entered at the original price, in the time prescribed, then the price and quality, to be entered every ____ months be reduced until the price is reduced to twenty-five cents per acre, and the quantity to be entered to be forty acres; and in all cases the occupant of the land, at the time of the reduction of the price, or the price and quantity of acres, shall have the preference for ____ months, of entering the same. By adopting a system like the foregoing, we are of opinion that the sum received for the public lands would be greatly enhanced, as a larger price would be obtained for lands of the first quality, and a much larger quantity of the public lands would be disposed of, by which means our stated revenue would be greatly increased -  which was carried. Ordered, that the same be recommitted to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Davis, Greening, and Mardis, to consider and report thereon.

Engrossed bill to be entitled an act to divorce Nancy Gillespie from Andrew S. Gillespie, was read a 3d time, and the question being put, Shall this bill pass? and there being a constitutional majority in favor of its passage, it was determined in the affirmative -  yeas 41- nays 18.

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Those who voted in the affirmative, are

Mr. Speaker

Brown

Greening

Martin of Fr.

Thornton

      Armbrister

Coalter   Coe

Hallett

Martin of La.

Tindall

      Bailey of Mt.

Cook

Heard

Martin of Li.

Vining

      Barton of Mo.

Conner

Hickman

Neill

Walthall

      Barton of Tus

Davis

Inge King

Oliver

Warren

      Baylor

Dupuy

Lambert

Peyton

White

      Baxter

Edmondson

Lewis

Sims

Williams-41

      Brandon

Fitzpatrick

Lyon

Tate

            Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. Benson

Creagh

Jones

Pickens

Watson

      Bridges

Crenshaw

Mardis

Saffold

Weissinger 18

      Coleman

Dellett

McLemore

Shotwell

      Coopwood

Fluker

Moore

Vaughan

 Ordered, that the title be changed from that of a bill to that of an act.  Ordered, that the same be sent to the senate for their concurrence.

Mr. Dellett obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to provide for the removal of the bank of the state of Alabama; which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time.

Mr. Saffold presented the petition of sundry citizens owning to the lots in the town of Cahawba, praying the passage of a law extending relief to said purchasers;  which was read and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Saffold, Dellett, Creagh, Vining, and Baylor, to consider and report thereon.

Engrossed bill to be entitled an act, to emancipate certain slaves therein mentioned, was read a third time and passed.  Ordered, that the title be changed from that of a bill to that of an act.  Ordered, that the same be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.

Mr. Davis obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled an act to repeal the 28th section of an act, to repeal in part and amend an act entitled an act to regulate the proceedings in the courts of aw and equity in this state, was read a first time; and the question being put shall this bill be read a second time? it was decided in the negative.

Mr. Armbrister obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled an act to legalize the several official acts of the coroner of Decatur county in this state; which was read a first time & ordered to be read a 2d time.

Mr. Coleman obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled an act to extend the criminal jurisdiction of St. Clair county, into the creek nation;  which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a 2d time.

A bill to be entitled an act to repeal an act, entitled an act the more effectually to ensure the testimony of absent witnesses by interrogatories; was referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Hallett, Oliver and Thornton, to consider and report thereon.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorize Abel Davis, administrator of Daniel Davis, deceased, to sell real estate, was read a second time Mr. Barton of Tuskaloosa, moved that the further consideration of said bill be indefinitely postponed; which was carried.

A bill to be entitled an act to authorize the administrators of the estate of John Bell, deceased, late of the county of Conecuh, to convey certain real estate therein named, was read a second time.

Mr. Barton of Tusk. moved that the further consideration thereof be indefinitely postponed; which was lost.  Ordered, that the same be engrossed for a third reading.


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A message from the Senate, by Mr. Lyon their secretary:   Mr. Speaker -The Senate have read three times and passed bills which originated in their House, entitled an act to incorporate the town of Blountsville, in the county of Blount; An act to provide for the removal of certain public offices to the town of Tuskaloosa; in which they desire your concurrence. They have also read three times, a joint resolution in relation to a grant of land by Congress to the corporation of the city of Mobile, which originated in this House; and then he withdrew.

A bill to be entitled an act, to authorize the administrators of James Gilleland, deceased, to sell real estate, was read a second time; and the question being put, shall this bill be engrossed and read a third time ? it was determined in the negative.

Mr. Oliver moved that the House reconsider a vote given yesterday on a bill to be entitled, an act to alter the mode of appointing assessors and tax collectors.

The House adjourned till Monday morning 10 o'clock.