Monday, December 26, 1825.

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 provide for the appointment of an overseer in the town of St. Stephens, Rodney and Franklin; an act to repeal in part an act entitled an act to establish certain counties therein named, and for other purposes, passed, December 17, 1821, and for other purposes; an act to repeal in part an act, approved, December 15, 1824, declaring Flint river, in Morgan county, a public highway; an act to provide for an extra term of the circuit court in Mobile and Baldwin counties;


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an act authorizing the county court of Morgan county to make a certain allowance therein mentioned; joint resolution in relation to a grant of land, by Congress, to the corporation of the city of Mobile.

Mr. Crenshaw presented the petition of Samuel G. Norris and William W. Gary, praying to be released from the payment of a part of their bond, in relation to the public ferry across the Alabama, at Cahawba; which was read and referred to the committee on accounts.

Mr. Mardis, from the select committee, to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of Shelby county, reported a bill to be entitled an act to locate, permanently, the seat of justice in the county of Shelby; which was read a 1st time and ordered to be read a 2d time.

Mr. Cook obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to establish and improve a certain road therein named; which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time.

Mr. Broadnax obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to alter and amend an act entitled an act to establish the seat of justice in the county of Autauga, passed Nov. 22, 1819; which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time.

Mr. Coalter from the select committee to whom was referred a bill to be entitled an act to establish a 7th judicial circuit, reported the same with sundry amendments; which was ordered to lie on the table.

Engrossed bills of the following titles, to wit:   An act declaring Paint Rock river a public highway; An act to provide for the payment of petit jurors in the counties of Blount, Montgomery, Mobile and Baldwin. Mr. Mead moved to amend the title by adding the words and for other purposes, which was carried- were severally read the third time and passed. Ordered, that the titles be changed from that of bills to that of acts. Ordered, that the same be sent to the Senate for concurrence.

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 for the relief of the tax collector of Mobile county; and, an act to repeal an act entitled an act to amend an act to establish a turnpike road leading from Lawrence county to intersect the military road at Pikesville in Marion county, passed Dec. 24, 1823, and to revise so much of the act as the above recited act repeals and for other purposes; in which they desire your concurrence. They have also read three times and passed a bill which originated in your honorable body, entitled an act granting relief to parties in the supreme court in certain cases, and have amended the same by adding a proviso to the end of the first section thereof:   in which amendment they desire your concurrence. And then he withdrew.

Ordered, that the House concur in the amendments made by the Senate to a bill to be entitled an act granting relief to parties in the supreme court in certain cases, by adding a proviso to the end of the first section thereof.

Engrossed bills from the Senate of the following titles, to wit:   An act to repeal an act, entitled an act to amend an act to establish a turnpike road leading from Lawrence county, to intersect the military road at Pikesville, in Marion county, passed Dec. 24, 1823, and to revive so much of the act repealed, and for other purposes; An act for the relief of the tax collector of Mobile county, were severally read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time.

Engrossed bills of the following titles, to wit:   An act to authorize Wm. R. Parker to emancipate a certain slave therein named; An act concerning taxes in Mobile county, were severally read a third time and passed. Ordered, that the title be changed from that of bills to that of acts. Ordered, that the same be sent to the Senate for their concurrence.


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Engrossed bill from the Senate to be entitled an act to authorize Joseph Price to erect a mill dam across the Mulberry fork of the Tuscaloosa river, was laid on the table.

A bill to be entitled an act to amend an act, entitled an act to alter and amend the charter of incorporation of the city of Mobile, was read a second time, and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Hallett, Lambert, and Lyon. Engrossed bill to be entitled an act, to divorce Asa Gough from his wife Sally Gaugh, was read a third time, and the question being put, shall this bill pass? and there not being a constitutional majority in favor of its passage, it was determined in the negative. Yeas 34, nays 22.

The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Mr. Speaker, Ambrister, Bailey, Barton of T. Benson, Brandon, Broadnax, Brown, Cook, Davis, Dupuy, Edmondson, Fitzpatrick, Greening, Hallett, Heard, King, Lambert, Lewis, Martin of F. Martin of La. Mead, McNeill, Neill, Oliver, Peyton, Sims, Tate, Thornton, Tindall, Vining, Warren, White, Williams- 34.

Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. Bailey of La. Barton of Mob. Baxter, Coleman, Conner, Coopwood, Creagh, Crenshaw, Dellett, Fluker, Inge, Jones, Mardis, Martin of Li. McLemore, Moore, Pickens, Saffold, Shotwell, Vaughan, Watson, Weissinger- 22.

Engrossed bill to be entitled an act to divorce William Roundtree from Sally Roundtree his wife, was read a third 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 37, nays 14. Those who voted in the affirmative, are Mr. Speaker, Armbrister, Bailey of Mt. Barton of Mo. Barton of Tus. Baxter, Benson, Brandon, Bridges, Broadnax, Brown, Coe, Coleman, Cook, Davis, Dupuy, Fitzpatrick, Greening, Hallett, Heard, Hickman, King, Lambert, Lewis, Martin of Fr. Martin of La. McNeill, Neill, Oliver, Peyton, Sims, Thornton, Tindall, Vining, Warren, White, Williams- 37. Those who voted in the negative, are Mr. Bailey of La. Coopwood, Creagh, Crenshaw, Edmondson, Jones, McLemore, Moore, Pickens, Saffold, Shotwell, Tate, Vaughan, Weissinger 14

Bills of the following titles, to wit:   An act for the relief of Edmund King and others; Joint resolution memorializing Congress in relation to certain public works therein named; An act to divorce Wm. Bryant from Rodah Bryant; An act to provide for the appointment of a public weigher in the town of Blakeley; An act to repeal the act abolishing the June term of the supreme court; An act to compel the owners of hired slaves to pay Physician's fees; An act to establish and incorporate the town of Sommerville, in the county of Morgan; An act for the relief of the inhabitants of the first township, range 7, east of the basis meridian of Huntsville; An act to alter the manner of electing majors and brigadier-generals; An act to extend the corporate limits of the town of Moulton and for other purposes; An act to authorize certain persons therein named to raise by lottery a certain sum of money for purposes therein mentioned, were severally read a 2d time and ordered to be engrossed for a 3d reading.

Engrossed bill from the Senate, to be entitled an act to alter the lines of Jackson and Madison counties, was read a second time and ordered to be read a third time. A bill to be entitled an act for the better securing the payment of rents and to regulate the practice of suing out writs of replevin, within the corporate limits of the city of Mobile, was read a second time and referred to the judiciary committee.  A bill to be entitled an act regulating the mode of emancipating slaves. Mr. Dellett moved to amend the same by striking out the word "will," where it occurs in said bill; which was carried.

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section, and provided also that no right, title or interest of a feme covert in any of such slaves, as may be hereafter emancipated, shall pass from her without a previous acknowledgment made by her on private examination, apart from he husband, before the officer authorized to take and receive relinquishment of dower, which was carried. Mr. Martin of F. moved to strike out all of the bill after the word provided in the 1st section, which was lost. Mr. Thornton moved to strike out the word slave in the 2d section and insert in lieu thereof the words free persons which was carried. Mr. Barton of T. moved to amend the 4th section by inserting the words creditor or, which was carried. Mr. Coopwood moved to amend the same by way of proviso, at the end of the 1st section, and provided also that any person wishing to manumit under the provisions of this act, shall enter into bond with good security for the good behavior of the slave so manumitted, during the time they are allowed to remain in this state, which was carried. Mr. McLemore moved to amend the amendment by inserting the words in the sum of one hundred dollars, which was carried. Mr. Warren moved to amend the same by adding thereto an additional section, which was lost. The said bill was then read a 2d time as amended, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading.

A bill to be entitled an act to restrain the taking excessive usury, was read a second time and referred to the judiciary committee.

Bills of the following titles, to wit:   An act to authorize John Snoddy to emancipate a certain slave therein named; an act authorizing Benjamin Lock to emancipate a certain slave therein named, were laid on the table. A bill to be entitled an act to authorize the county courts of Henry and Dale counties to levy a tax on said counties for certain purposes herein named, was read a second time and referred to a select committee consisting of Messrs. Watson, Cook and Fitzpatrick. A bill to be entitled an act to abolish the county courts and to establish courts of ordinary in each county in this state, was read a 2d time. Mr. Weissinger moved that the further consideration thereof be indefinitely postponed, which was carried. A bill to be entitled an act to authorize copies of official bonds to be given in evidence in the several courts of law and equity in this state, was read a second time and referred to the judiciary committee. A bill to be entitled an act to amend an act concerning executions and sales by sheriffs, and for other purposes, passed Dec. 20, 1820, was read a second time -  Mr. Mardis moved that the further consideration thereof be indefinitely postponed, which was carried. A bill to be entitled an act to regulate elections, was read a second time and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Mead, Baylor, and Lewis.   A bill to be entitled an act to allow merchants, physicians, shopkeeper, mechanics and others to prove their accounts, was read a second time -  Mr. Mead moved that the further consideration thereof be indefinitely postponed,  which was lost- Yeas 17, nays 43.

The yeas and nays being called for, those who voted in the affirmative, are Mr. Barton of Mo. Baylor, Baxter, Brandon, Coalter, Edmondson, Fitzpatrick, Heard, Jones, King, Mead, Oliver, Tate, Thornton, Tindall, Vining, White- 17.

Those who voted in the negative, are Mr. Speaker, Bailey of Mont. Bailey of La. Barton of Tus. Benson, Broadnax, Bridges, Brown, Coe, Coleman, Cook, Conner, Coopwood, Creagh, Crenshaw, Davis, Dellett, Dupuy, Fluker, Greening, Hallett, Hickman, Inge, Lambert, Lewis, Mardis, Martin of Fr., Martin of Li. Martin of La., McNeill, McLemore, Morton, Neill, Peyton, Pickens, Saffold, Shotwell, Sims, Vaughan, Warren, Watson, Weissinger, and Williams- 43.

The bill was then referred to the judiciary committee.

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The House resumed the consideration of Mr. Coalter's motion to reconsider a vote given on a bill to be entitled an act to establish a supreme court and a court of chancery, which was lost.

A bill to be entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act prescribing the duties of certain public officers, passed Dec. 17, 1819, was read a second time. Mr. Coalter moved that the further consideration thereof be indefinitely postponed, which was carried.

A bill to be entitled an act to extend the criminal jurisdiction of St. Clair county into the Cherokee Nation, was read a second time and referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Mead, Coleman, Mardis and Davis.

Engrossed bill from the Senate, entitled an act for the establishment of certain election precincts and for other purposes, and a bill to be entitled an act to establish certain election precincts therein named, were severally referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Mead, Martin of La. Lyon, McLemore and King. Engrossed bill from the Senate, to be entitled an act the better to organize the militia of the counties of Covington and Dale, was read a second time and referred to the military committee. A bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the Trustees of La Fayette Academy in the village of La Grange, was read a second time. Mr. Benson moved to strike out the words "ten thousand" where they occur in the second section. Mr. Martin of Fr. moved to fill the blank with the words "six thousand five hundred dollars ;" which was carried. Ordered, that the same be engrossed for a third reading. Resolution proposing amendments to the constitution of the state of Alabama, was laid on the table.  A bill to be entitled an act to locate, permanently, the University of the state of Alabama, was laid on the table.

Mr. Tate from the committee on inland navigation, to whom was referred the memorial of sundry merchants, ship masters and other concerned in the trade of Mobile, praying the establishment of buoys and other land marks at the entrance of Mobile bay and on Dog river bar in said bay, and praying the enactment of a law for the preservation of such buoys and land marks, reported, that the exclusive power of regulating commerce and laying and collecting duties on commerce for the benefit of the national treasury, having been delegated to the United States, by the constitution, your committee are of opinion, that the corresponding obligation of enacting and supporting an establishment connected with, or dependent upon, exterior commerce, belongs to the general government, and that so much of the said memorial as relates to the establishment of buoys, &c. should have been addressed to the Congress of the United States. In respect to that part of the memorial, which prays the passage of an act for the preservation of such buoys, &c. as may be established reported a bill to be entitled an act respecting buoys and other land marks in Mobile bay; which was read a first time and ordered to be read a second time.

The House adjourned till to-morrow morning 10 o'clock.