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I No. 49.
THE LEGISLATURE OF NEW YORK,
For the improvement of the Harlem River.
JANUARY 25, 1875.-Referred to the Committee on Commerce and ordered to be
STATE OF NEW YORK.
Albany, January 15, 1875. On motion of Mr. Smith :
Whereas the commercial interests of the whole country, and especially of the city and State of New York, demand the early improvement of Harlem River and Spuyten Duyvil Creek, from the North River to the East River, tbrough the Harlem Kills, so as to afford a safe and convenient channel for vessels of all classes navigating the North River, and bound for ports on the East River, Long Island Sound, and in the Eastern States, thus shortening the distance of the travel between the North River and the waters of the Sound, and of a large portion of the city of Brooklyn lying in the East River, and between the North River and the Eastern States by more than twenty miles around the Battery, of the tedious, expensive, and unsafe navigation of the waters that skirt the city, and thus avoiding the dangerous passage through HellGate: Therefore,
Resolved. (if the senate concur) That our Senators and Representatives in Congress be requested to use their influence for an early appropriation of the amount necessary and requisite for such improvements. By order.
IN SENATE, January 18, 1875.
Concurred in without amendment.
HENRY A. GLIDDEN,
RECIPROCITY WITH CANADA.
THE LEGISLATURE OF VERMONT,
IN REGARD TO
JANTARY 25, 1875.-Referred to the Committee on Commerce and ordered to be printed.
Resolred by the senate and house of representatives, That, having an intelligent regard for the best interests of Vermont, as well as the whole country, it is the duty of our Senators and Representatives in Congress to use their influence against the consummation of any treaty relating to reciprocity in trade with the Dominion of Canada; and to insist that the subject of trade and commercial intercourse with Canada, as well as with all other foreign countries, is not a proper matter of treaty stipulation, but belongs to Congress, and should be wisely regulated by judicious legislation.
Resolved, That, in common with the Canadian people, we earnestly desire and hope for the early completion of the ship-canal connecting the waters of the Saint Lawrence and Hudson Rivers with Lake Champlain, as forming an important line of communication between the great cities on the Atlantic seaboard and the grain and lumber regions of Canada and the Northwest, and in this work we invite the co-operation respectively of the Governments of the Dominion of Canada and the United States.
Resolved, That the guvernor of this State bu and is hereby requested to transmit a copy of these joint resolutions to each of our Senators and Representatives in Congress; also a copy each to the President of the United States and the Governor-General of the Dominion of Canada.
LYMAN G. HINCKLEY,
President of the Senate. H. HENRY POWERS, Speaker of House of Representatives.
STATE OF VERMONT,
OFFICE OF SECRETARY OF STATE. I, George Nichols, secretary of state of the State of Vermont, hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of joint resolutions adopted by the general assembly, at its biennial session, A. D, 1874.
In testimony whereof, I hereunto set my hand and affix the seal of this office, at Montpelier, this 1st day of January, A. D. 1875. (SEAL.]
Secretary of State.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF SOUTH CAROLINA,
The deepening of Charleston Harbor, and asking aid for the same.
ANUARY 25, 1875.--Referred to the Committee on Commerce and ordered to be printed.
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION relative to the deepening of Charleston Harbor, and
memorializing Congress in relation to the same.
Whereas the interests of the people of South Carolina are identified with the commercial importance of the city of Charleston as the chief city on the South Atlantic coast; and
Whereas the commercial statistics of the past few years conclusively show a constant and rapid increase in every element of commercial prosperity; and
Whereas her situation on the high way of nations as the nearest and most available outlet to the growing wealth of the West, her proximity to the trade of the West Indies and South America, makes her the natural emporium of this vast commerce ; and
Whereas the increasing value of her market stands approved in the fact that, in 1867, her receipts of cotton, the great southern staple, were 165,000 bales, while in 1874 they had increased to 437,000 bales; her receipts in rice in 1867 were 15,000 tierces, while in 1874 they had increased to 43,000 tierces; her receipts in naval stores had increased in the same time from 54,000 barrels to 221,000 barrels, and her lumbertrade froin 8,000,000 feet to 20,000,000 feet; showing conclusively that the trade of the city of Charleston in the past eight years has been nearly trebled in all the important elements of southern prosperity; and
Whereas, notwithstanding these facts, and that Charleston, as the commercial center of the South Atlantic coast, throbs with the life and energies of the entire South, and is peculiarly blessed with a most genial climate and a safe and unequaled harbor, yet the National Congress has almost ignored our State in its appropriations to derelop the material interests of the South, giving to Georgia over $321,000, to North Carolina over $740,000, and to South Carolina about $88,000, a disparity for which there is, apparently, no just reason ; and