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of Michigan, That the practice of paying out of the Treasury of the State, the postage of communications sent to, or forwarded by members of either House, is improper-of pernicious tendency, and should be totally abolished.

Resolved, That the joint committee heretofore in charge of this business, be instructed to rescind the arrangement made with the Post Master in Detroit, and when so rescinded, to report the fact to both Houses.

Mr. Denton moved the suspension of the rule, so that the preamble and joint resolution might be immediately considered, which motion did not prevail, and the preamble and joint resolution were laid on the table one day under the rule.

The Senate then went into committee of the whole on the general order, Senator Hart in the chair.

When the committee rose, they, through their chairman, reported that they had had under consideration, the report of the committee appointed to revise the rules of the Senate, which they reported back with certain amendments, and asked to be discharged.

The amendments made in committee of the whole were concurred in.

Mr. Mason moved to strike out all after the word "moved," in rule 16, which motion prevailed; and,

On motion of Senator Howell, the rules as amended, were adopted as the permanent rules of the Senate.

The President appointed as the select committee to whom that portion of the Governor's Message relating to geological and topographical surveys was referred, Senators Richmond, Chipman, and Allen.

And as the select committee to whom that portion of the Governor's message relating to the sale of intoxicating drinks to the Indians was referred, Senators Littlejohn, Hart, and Thurber.

The Senate then adjourned.

Thursday, January 16, 1845.

The Senate was called to order by the President.

Prayer by Bishop McCoskry.

The journal of yesterday was read, corrected and approved.

Mr. Mason presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of the township of Lexington, county of St. Clair, praying that the laws relating to the assessment and collection of taxes may be amended, which was referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Mr. Richmond presented the petition of Edward Bosworth and others, for the laying of a state road in Ottawa county, which was referred to the committee on roads and bridges.

Mr. Niles presented the petition of thirty-two inhabitants of the counties of Oakland and Macomb, in relation to the license 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 and the committee discharged:

The committee on the judiciary, to whom was referred the petition of Calvin Marvin, Jerusha Oliver, and of Franklin Oliver, for the passage of a law authorizing administrators to cancel a deed, mortgage and bond, &c., have, according to order, had the same under consideration, and have directed a report, that the relief sought, could be readily obtained by an application to the Court of Chancery; that the custom of granting relief by special legislation, in cases clearly cognizable and relievable in our courts of law or equity, will generally be found, alike dangerous as a precedent and pernicious in practice. The committee therefore report adverse to the prayer of the petitioners, and ask to be discharged, &c.

Mr. Denton, pursuant to notice, asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill to amend an act entitled an act relative to common or primary schools, approved 8th March, 1843, and Senators Denton, and Turner were appointed a committee to bring in the bill.

Mr. Smith gave notice, that on some future day, he should ask leave to introduce a bill to amend an act, entitled an "act to repeal the charters of certain banks, and for other purposes," approved February 16, 1842.

Mr. Cust gave notice, that at some future day, he should ask leave to bring in a "bill to repeal an act to provide for the draining of swamps, marshes, and other low lands," approved April 18, 1839.

Mr. Chipman, pursuant to notice, asked and obtained leave to in troduce a "bill to vacate a part of the corporate limits of the village of Niles," and Senators Chipman and Williams were appointed a committee to bring in the bill.

Mr. Denton, from the committee appointed for that purpose, reported a "bill to amend an act, entitled an 'act relative to common, or priinary or school lands," " approved March 8th, 1843, which was read twice and referred to the committee on public instruction.

Mr. Mason moved the reconsideration of the vote referring the bill to the committee on public instruction, which motion was lost. The President called Senator Littlejohn to the chair.

On motion of Mr. Pratt,

The Senate went into committee of the whole, on the general order, Mr. Thurber in the chair.

When the committee rose, they, through their chairman, reported back a "bill to provide for repairing the jail, in the county of Wayne," without amendment, and asked to be discharged.

The committee were discharged.

The question being on ordering the bill to be engrossed for a third reading,

Mr. Mason moved to amend by striking out the word "three," in the third line of section two and inserting the word "two."

The question being first taken on striking out, the motion did not prevail.

The bill was then ordered to be engrossed for a third reading.

On motion of Mr. Pratt, the "joint resolution granting to D. C. Vantine and others, the right to construct a mill race or canal across certain university lands" was taken from the table.

Mr. Cust moved that the committee of the whole be discharged from the consideration of the joint resolution, which motion prevailed and it was taken up for consideration.

Mr. Turner moved to add the following at the end of the resolution which motion prevailed:

Provided the said commissioner shall be convinced that the university fund will not be injured thereby.

The joint resolution was then ordered to a third reading, and the title being so amended as to read, "joint resolution authorizing the

commissioner of the land office to lease to D. C. Vantine and others the right to construct a mill race or canal across certain University lands," read the third time and adopted.

On motion of Mr. Mason, the "preamble and joint resolutions relative to postage" were taken up.

Mr. Pratt moved to lay the preamble and joint resolutions on the table, which motion did not prevail by the following vote :

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Mr. Richmond moved to strike out the words, "the practice of," in the second line, and words "sent to" in the third line of the first resolution.

Mr. Videto moved the indefinite postponement of the preamble and joint resolutions, which motion did not prevail by the following vote :

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The question recurring on the motion of Mr. Richmond, to strike

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Mr. Richmond moved to strike out the second resolution and insert

the following:

Resolved, That a committee of two be appointed, who shall have authority to rescind or alter the contract heretofore made with the Post Master of Detroit, in relation to the postage of members of the Senate, so as to restrict the payment of postage for letters and other mail matter addressed to and received by members of the Senate, and not upon communications sent by Senators, and report to the Senate as soon as practicable.

The motion did not prevail by the following vote:

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Mr. Cust moved an adjournment, which did not prevail by the fol

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Mr. Niles offered the following amendment to stand as an additional resolution, which was adopted:

Resolved, That the committee be further instructed to enquire of the postmaster whether the amount of postage thus far charged to the state exceeds the daily pay of members of the Senate, and also, the amount of the postage of both houses up to this time.

On motion of Mr. Cust,

The whole subject was laid on the table.

The Senate thereupon adjourned.

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