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The chair announced the following communication:

To the President of the Senate:

HOUSE OE REPRESENTATIVES,

January 7, 1845.

SIR-I am instructed by the House of Representatives to transmit to the Senate a joint resolution to meet the House in joint convention to canvass the votes given for the amendment to the constitution, which the House have passed, and respectfully ask the concurrence of the Senate therein.

EZRA WILLIAMS,

Clerk of the House of Representatives.

The joint resolution was concurred in.

Mr. Richmond moved to reconsider the vete adopting the joint resolution relative to a Manual, which motion prevailed, and the resolu tion was laid upon the table.

A committee from the House of Representatives consisting of Messrs. Eastman and Vickery, was announced, who informed the Senate that the House were ready to receive the Senate in joint convention, pursuant to the resolution for that purpose.

Mr. Richmond moved the appointment of a committee of two to inform the House that the Senate were ready to meet the House in joint convention forthwith, which motion prevailed.

And the President appointed as said committee, Senators Richmond and Littlejohn, who shortly afterwards reported a discharge of the duty assigned them.

The Senate then proceeded to the hall of the House of Representatives.

Upon their return to the Senate chamber, the President announced that the two houses in joint convention, had declared that the amendment to the constitution, submitted to the people at the last general election had been adopted.

Mr. Thurber asked and obtained leave of absence for Senator Howell, for an indefinite period.

The Senate then adjourned.

Wednesday, January 8, 1845.

The Senate was called to order by the President.
The journal of yesterday was read and approved.

The President announced the appointment of Isaac Alden and John Johnson as messengers.

The President appointed as the committee to make arrangements with the Post Master relative to the postage of members and officers of the Senate, Senators Smith and Hart.

Mr. Pratt presented the petition of David Ripley and others, for a dissolution of the marriage contract, which was referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Mr. Thurber presented the petition of Lewis E. Baily, for com pensation for a horse lost in the service of the state.

Mr. Mason moved its reference to the committee on claims.

Mr. Richmond moved to refer it to a select committee, which motion prevailed.

And the President appointed as such committee, Senators Richmond Thurber and Cust.

Mr. Hale presented the memorial of the Misses Clark, for the incorporation of the female seminary at Ann Arbor, which was referred to the committee on incorporations.

Mr. Richmond presented the petition of Arad Melvin and John Scales, to be allowed to construct a mill dam on Flat River, which was referred to the committee on Roads and Bridges.

Mr. Pratt gave notice that he would, on some future day, ask leave to bring in a bill to amend an act entitled " an act to abolish imprisonment for debt and punish fraudulent debtors."

Also, that he would on some future day, ask leave to bring in a bill, to amend the tax laws, so that dogs shall be hereafter taxed as property.

And also, that he would, on some future day, ask leave to bring in a bill for regulating prosecutions and proceedings in criminal causes and for other purposes.

Mr. Patterson offered a "joint resolution, instructing our Senators and requesting our Representatives in Congress to use their influence in favor of a reduction of postage ;" which, under the rule, was laid on the table for one day.

Mr. Littlejohn offered the following resolution:

Resolved, That the Senate invite the Rev. Clergy of the christian denominations in Detroit, to officiate alternately at the opening of the morning sessions by prayer, and also, that, as a pecuniary compensation therefor, they receive the same per diem pay as permanent officers of the Senate.

Mr. Mason offered the following substitute, which was adopted:

Resolved, That the Senate forthwith designate by vote, some clergyman to be invited by the Secretary to open each day's session with prayer; and that said clergyman be allowed for such service, two dollars per day, to be paid from the Treasury of the State.

Mr. Cust moved that the roll be called, and that the Senators designate by name, the person whom they might wish invited to officiate under the resolution; which motion prevailed; and the vote was as follows: Senator Williams being excused from voting:

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Mr. Smith moved to reconsider the vote adopting the resolution, which motion did not prevail.

Mr. Turner offered a joint resolution relative to journals and documents, which was read twice, and the rule being suspended, read a third time and adopted.

Mr. Videto offered a joint resolution relative to the appointment of a committee, which was read twice, and the rule being suspended, read the third time and adopted.

Mr. Videto offered a joint resolution relative to the claim of Jacob

Rhines, which was read twice and referred to the committee on Inter

nal Improvement.

On motion of Mr. Hart,

The joint resolution relative to a manual, was taken from the table.

Mr. Smith moved to amend by inserting in the fourth line between the words "the" and "rules" the word joint, which motion prevailed. Mr. Cust moved to strike out the word “one” in the resolution, and insert the word "two," which motion prevailed.

Mr. Smith offered the following resolution, which was not adopted: Resolved, That a select committee of three be appointed to revise the rules of the Serate.

Mr. Hale asked and obtained leave to introduce a "bill to incorporate the female seminary at Ann Arbor," and the President appointed Senators Hale and Richmond a committee to bring in the bill.

The President called Senator Thurber to the chair.

Mr. Littlejohn moved to reconsider the vote adopting "the joint resolution relative to a manual," which motion prevailed.

Mr. Pratt offered the following amendment, which was adopted: Insert between the word "by" in seventh line, and the word "the" in the 8th line, the words "the standing rules of the Senate and House of Representatives."

The resolution as amended, was then adopted.

Mr. Cust offered the following resolution, which was adopted: Resolved, That the President of the Senate be authorized and requested to issue his certificate to James E. Platt for twenty dollars for services as Secretary, pro tem of the Senate, at the present session.

Mr. Richmond offered the following resolution, which was adopted:

Resolved, That a committee of two be appointed to revise the rules of the Senate, and that the same when adopted by the Senate, be contained in the Manual ordered printed, under the joint resolution of the Senate and House of Representatives in relation to the publication of a Manual.

Mr. Richmond offered a preamble and joint resolution relating to Salt Spring lands, which was laid on the table one day under the rule.

Mr. Allen offered the following resolution, which was adopted: Resolved, That the committee on the judiciary be instructed to enquire into, and report to the Senate, the expediency of providing by law, for the publication of the laws, now being revised, in one or more newspapers in the State, previous to their being reported to the next Legislature.

The President returned to his seat and announced the following communication:

OFFICE OF SUPT. OF PUBLIC INST.,

January 8, 1845.

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To the President of the Senate:

SIR-1 have the honor herewith to transmit to the Senate my Annual Report. as Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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The Senate was called to order by the President.

The journal of yesterday was read, corrected, and approved. Mr. Pratt presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of the counties of Ionia, Eaton and Calhoun, praying for the passage of a law for the improvement of a certain state road, by the application of certain non-resident taxes, which was referred to the committee on roads and bridges.

Mr. Chipman presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of the county of Cass, asking a grant of land to Jeremiah Silver, for monies forfeited on primary school lands, which was referred to the committee on Public Instruction.

Mr. Thurber presented the petition of citizens of the town of Ash, relative to the tax laws, which was referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Littlejohn, from the committee on the Judiciary, made the following report, which was accepted:

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