Saturday, December 31, 1825.

Mr. Hallett from the committee on accounts to whom was referred the petition of Wm. Kelly, esq. praying compensation for professional services rendered as counsel in behalf of this state in the supreme court of the U. S. in relation to the several cases of African slaves, imported in the schooners Constitution, Merino and Louisa, reported that by an act passed at the last session of the general assembly, the Governor is authorized to allow such counsel as may have been employed in the cases aforesaid, such compensation as may be just and reasonable, payable out of the proceeds of the slaves condemned, and ask leave to be discharged from the further consideration of the same; which was agreed to.

Mr. Hallett from the committee on accounts to whom was referred the account of Thomas Murray, esq. claiming compensation for services rendered as counsel in the United States district court at Mobile, in relation to the several cases of A-


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frican slaves, imported in the schooners Constitution, Merino and Louisa, reported that the Governor is authorized by the act of the last session of the general assembly, to pay the said account, or so much thereof as he may deem just and reasonable, payable out of the funds of the slaves condemned, and ask leave to be discharged from the further consideration of the same, which was agreed to.

Mr. Hallett from the committee on accounts to whom was referred so much of the Governor's message as relates to the unsettled accounts between this state and the state of Mississippi, reported a joint resolution authorizing the Governor to appoint commissioners to adjust the unsettled accounts between this state and the state of Mississippi, which was read a first time and ordered to be read a 2d time

Mr. Hallett from the committee on accounts to whom was referred the account of John Thompson of Lauderdale county, and Pallas Neelly of Franklin county, reported that the said accounts ought not to be paid out of the state treasury, in which report the House concurred.

Mr. Greening from the military committee to whom was referred a resolution instructing them to inquire into the propriety of changing the manner of electing brigadier generals, ask leave to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject, which was agreed to.

Mr. Greening from the military committee to whom was referred sundry resolutions of this House reported a bill to be entitled an act to provide for the trial of officers in the militia of this state, and for other purposes, which was read a first time and ordered to be read a 2d time.

Mr. Baylor from the committee on roads, bridges and ferries to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of Marion county, reported a bill to be entitled an act to authorize Wm. H. Ragsdale and his associates to turnpike a road therein specified which was read a first time and ordered to be read a 2d time.

Mr. Baylor, from the committee on roads, bridges, and ferries, to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of Mobile and Baldwin counties, reported that they ask leave to be discharged from the further consideration of the same, which was agreed to.

Mr. Baylor obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled an act to regulate proceedings in the trial of criminal cases, which was read a first time and the question being put, shall this bill be read a second time, it was determined in the negative.

A message was received from his excellency the governor, by James I. Thornton, secretary of state:   Mr. Speaker I am instructed by the governor to inform your honorable body, that he did this day approve and sign an act to authorize the appointment of a clerk of the supreme court, and for other purposes,  which originated in this House. And then he withdrew.

Engrossed bills of the folowing titles, to wit:   An act to regulate the navigation of certain rivers in this state by steam boats; An act to legalize the several official acts of the coroner of Decatur county of this state; An act to incorporate the town of Pickens, in Pickens county; An act to authorize the raising by lottery a sum of money for the purposes therein specified; were severally read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading. A bill to be entitled an act to provide for the removal of the bank of the state of Alabama, was laid on the table.

Mr. Barton of Tus. from the select committee, to whom was referred a bill to be entitled an act to suppress vice and immorality, reported in lieu thereof a bill to be entitled an act the more effectually to secure the free and impartial exercise of the elective franchise. Mr. Coalter moved that the further consideration thereof be postponed till the first day of June next, which was lost. Yeas 20, nays 40.


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

Mr. Armbrister

Coalter

Inge

Neill

Tindall

       Baxter

Creagh

Lyon

Oliver

Vaughan

       Bridges

Crenshaw

Mardis

Pickens

Warren

       Brown

Heard

Moore

Lewis

Williams

            Those who voted in the negative, are

Mr. Speaker

Coleman

Fluker

Martin of La.

Tate

       Bailey of La.

Cook

Greening

Martin of Fr.

Thornton

       Barton of Mo.

Conner

Hallett

Mead

Vining

       Barton of T.

Coopwood

Hickman

McLemore

Walthall

       Baylor

Davis

Jones

Morton

Watson

       Benson

Dupuy

King

Peyton

Weissinger

       Brandon

Edmondson

Lambert

Saffold

White

       Broadnax

Fitzpatrick

Lewis

Shotwell

Said bill was then read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading. The House adjourned for one hour.

Evening Session - Bills of the following titles, to wit: An act to locate permanently the seat of justice in the county of Shelby; An act for the relief of the Mobile and Tombeckbe banks against certain penalties, heretofore incurred; An act supplementary to the several acts regulating taverns and to restrain tippling houses; An act to amend an act to appoint commissioners to lay out two roads leading from the ford of Line creek;  the one to Coffeeville, the other to Tuscaloosa, passed Dec. 31, 1822; An act to incorporate Milton academy, in the town of Montgomery, and to empower the trustees thereof to raise a sum of money by lottery; An act for the settlement and relief of free negro children; An act declaring Pine Barren creek in Wilcox county, a public highway; were severally read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading.

Engrossed bill from the Senate to be entitled an act to authorize Joseph Price to erect a mill damn across the Mulberry Fork of the Tuscaloosa river, was read a third time and passed. Ordered, that the clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.  Engrossed bill from the Senate to be entitled an act to alter and amend the several laws now in force in this state, to suppress the evil practice of duelling was laid on the table. Engrossed bills of the following titles, to wit:   an act to authorize clerks and magistrates to collect costs, in certain cases; an act to prevent sheriffs, coroners and constables from purchasing property at their own sales, and for other purposes an act to authorize the judge of the county court of Washington county and commissioners of revenue and roads to levy a special tax for the purpose therein mentioned, and for other purposes; and an act establishing schools in the county of Mobile -  were severally read a 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 their concurrence. Engrossed bill, to be entitled an act to repeal in part and amend an act entitled an act to fix the permanent seat of justice and levy a tax to build a court house and jail in Washington county, passed December 23, 1815, 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. Engrossed bill, to be entitled an act to authorize Green Collier to erect a dam across Flint river, in Madison county,-   Mr. Vining moved to amend the same, by adding to the title on the bill "and for other purposes," -  was read a third time and pass-


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ed. 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. Martin of F. obtained leave to introduce a bill to be entitled an act to incorporate the trustees of Tuscumbia academy in Franklin county, which was read a first time and ordered to be read a 2d time.

Engrossed bill from the Senate to be entitled an act providing for the removal of certain public offices to the town of Tuscaloosa, was read a 2d time and ordered to be read a 3d time.

Mr. Moore obtained leave to introduce a joint resolution proposing commissioners to be appointed to report an eligible situation for the location of the University of the state of Alabama, which was read a first time and ordered to be read a 2d time.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Lyon, their secretary:   Mr. Speaker the Senate concur in the amendments made by your honorable body to the bill entitled an act the better to organize the militia of the counties of Covington and Dale:   They have read three times and passed a bill which originated in their House, entitled an act to alter the times of holding company courts martial, in which they desire your concurrence. They concur in the amendment made by your honorable body to the bill entitled an act to amend the charter of the Bank of the state of Alabama. And then he withdrew.

Engrossed bill to be entitled an act to divorce Deborah Dixon from her husband Samuel Dixon, was read a  third time and the question being put Shall this bill pass? it was decided in the affirmative, there being a constitutional majority voting in favor of its passage.

Those who voted in the affirmative, are

Mr. Speaker

Broadnax

Fitzpatrick

Mardis

Sims

      Armbrister

Brown

Greening

Martin of Fr.

Thornton

      Bailey of La.

Coalter

Hallett

Martin of La.

Tindall

      Barton of Mo.

Coe

Hickman

Mead

Vining

      Barton of T.

Cook

Inge

McNeill

Walthall

      Baylor

Conner

King

Neill

Warren

      Baxter

Davis

Lambert

Oliver

Weissinger

      Benson

Dupuy

Lewis

Peyton

White

      Brandon

Edmondson

Lyon

Saffold

Williams- 45

Those who voted in the negative, are Mr. Crenshaw, Shotwell and Watson- 3.

Mr. Heard from the committee on enrolled bills, reported that they had examined and found correctly enrolled a bill of the following title, to wit:   An act for the relief of Hiram  Shortridge.

Engrossed bill from the Senate to be entitled an act to alter the times of holding company courts martial, was read a first time and ordered to be read a 2d time.

Bills of the following titles, to wit:   An act to provide for and remedy defects in proceedings before justices of the peace:   and An act better to secure the rights of the citizens of this state, were severally read a 2d time and referred to the judiciary committee.

The House adjourned till Monday morning 10 o'clock.