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Since the purchase, sundry improvements under the direction of the Board have been made upon the farm, in clearing and draining the same; the west wing of the college buildings and the boarding house on the premises, are nearly completed; some of the requisite outbuildings are in a state of forwardness, and will be finished as soon as the weather will permit; and thus far the Board have endeavored to do all in their power to have the college opened for the reception of students as early as the first Wednesday of April next.
In addition to the sum paid for the farm, being $10,500 or thereabouts, the Board of Education have expended the further sum of $34,774 19, in improvements upon the farm, in buildings, and in sundry incidental expenses. Other expenditures must be made before the buildings now erected are furnished for the reception of students, and fully prepared for the proper working of the different departments of the college. On the opening of spring the farm must be fenced, implements and teams for agricultural work must be provided, and the whole system within doors and out of doors must be put in motion, and adequately sustained.
During the approaching summer and ensuing fall, the east wing of the college, and dwelling houses for the accommodation of the professors of the Institution and their families, should be erected, the grounds around the college buildings properly and tastefully laid out, and permanent improvements made in fitting and fencing the grounds, as well upon the farm proper as around the college buildings. It will at once be seen that to do all this properly and thoroughly, a sum of money will be required fully equal to the sum already expended.
In this paper it is our intention to bring the whole subject of the Agricultural College to the notice and attention of the Legislature. Its importance demands an earnest but enlightened consideration. The Agricultural College is an experiment. If properly aided, sustained and directed, it may be made eminently useful; otherwise it must be a failure. But in order to make it answer the expectation of its friends, and promote the educational interests of the State, as connected with agriculture, prudence, deliberation, and determined support are all necessary. The development of the system has been undertaken by this State, and other States are now looking to Michigan with intense interest, to see the final result.
While the undersigned are unwilling to assume the attitude of memorialists to your Honorable Bodies, we would distinctly intimate our readiness faithfully to apply any additional appropriation you may be pleased to make, to the fullest possible realization of the yet to be developed idea of an Agricultural College.
H. L. MILLER,
| No. 9.] PETITION of Olney Hawkins and 300 others, citizens of Ann Ar
bor, in the county of Washtenaw, praying that the Constitution may be altered so as to admit colored men to the privileges of the Elective
Franchise. To the Hon. the Senate and the House of Representatives of the State
of Michigan. Your petitioners, inhabitants of the county of Washtenaw, and town of Ann Arbor, and State of Michigan, would respectfully represent unto your honorable body, that, under the present Constitution of the State of Michigan, a large number of the citizens of said State are excluded from the inestimable privilege of the Elective Franchise, that as a large portion of those individuals so deprived are tax-paying citizens, and are compelled to share pecuniarily the burdens of said State, while they are excluded from some of its sacred privileges
Your petitioners would, therefore, respectfully say, that they deem the prohibition virtually wrong, unjust and oppressive, and therefore petition your honorable body to propose such amendments to the Constitution as will remove the disabilities complained of, and afford equal civil rights to all classes of citizens. 0. Hawkins,
A. M. Mosher,
John C. Mundy,
D. T. McCollum,
Fred. Hall, Lon. Rise, Daniel Jones, Oran Smith, Franklin T. Lucas, H. P. Lucas, M. H. Cowles, Charles Treadwell, D. H. Vandercook, A. M. Doty, E. Treadwell, Samuel Ruthramul James Gibson, Sylvester D. Noble, Thomas Storic, John Bear isley, R. Newton, H. 0. Hobart, J. W. Wait, N. J. Smith, David Camp, Daniel F. Allmendinger, Samuel Foster, T. W. Wilkinson, C.B. Cook, R. Carpenter, George Allen, John Jewett, G, T. Sperry, J. Vandawarker, E. James, J. W. Drummond, R. J. Speechly, Chauncey H. Millen, W. C. Voorhies, C.B. Porter, John W. Maynard,
C. Clark, M. Clark, D. M. Tyler, Jas. F. Royce, C. Bliss, C. D. Bliss, J.M. Scott, J. G. Novaturn, G. Grenville, J. D. North, S. N. Hemon, W. Derdny, W.J. Baker, Fred Wilkinson, B. C. Haskins, John Carrington, Harvey Carpenter, A. A. Jenuy, C. Wheelock, Lloses M. Boylon, J. A. Freoman, Erastus Root, James Wecks, John Brown, George Theterley, Stephen Jacobs, Thomas Boyer, Alexander Boyer, R. W. Specchly, James Peach, John Peach, George D. Hill, Geo. West, P. Donovan, H. L. Bousall, Roger Matthews, Philip H. Hanglin,