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Ayes--Messrs. Connor, M'Donell, Noble, Rumsey, Stocktop-3
Nuys- Messrs. Brown, Drake, Duiocher, Edwards, Lawrence, Schoulcraft, Trowbridge-7.
On motion of Mr. Lawrence, the Council then adjourncd.
FRIDAY, June 27, 1828.
Prayer by the Rev. mr. Wells.
The President presented the petition of Sheldon & Wells, bookGellers and stationers, praying ihai provisiou may be made by diw, to allow them to keep aud sell, tree from a l'erritorial tax, such articles ds are usually kept by stationers zu the cry of New-Yorb; and that the Territorial iax paid by thein in 1827, may be remitted, &c. Read and referied to the committee on Territorial Affairs.
Mr. Schoolcraft presented a private communication from James M'Closkey, relative iv his claim, heretvione presented, as Qu. M, Gen'l of the Michigan Militia, and moved thuisi be reierred to the commitiee on Clainis. The notion Wiis agreed iu.
Mr. M'Donell, from the committee on i enitorial Affairs, to whom, was referred the perition of T. S. Sinh vi vihers, for the orgánia Saion of a county in the country of the tiver St. Josephi, made a report adverse to the prayer ot the petitioners; which was laid on the table. Dir. Irwin, from the committee on Territorial Affairs, reported,
A bill to districi the 'i erritory of Michigan), and 10 provide for the election of Members of the Legislauve Council,” which was rerid the first time; and on motion, said bill was read the second time, and made the order of the day for Munday next.
Mr. Irwin, from the committee on Clams, reported,
“A bill making certain appropriations, iu be paid out of the Territorial Treasury," which received a first and second reading and Was laid on the table.
Mir, Rumsey, from the committee on Territorial Affairs, reported,
“A bill to improve the navigation of the lurou River ot Lake Erie," which was read a first and second time, and laid on the table.
wir. M’Dunell, from the committee on Territorial Affairs, reported,
" A bill amendatory of “ an act to provide for laying out certaio Territorial Roads, and for other purposes," which was read a first and second ume and laid on the table.
Mr. M'Donell, from the same committee, also reported,
“A bill for ihe relief of Laurent Durocher," which received a first and second reading, and was laid on the table.
Mr. Schoolcraft moved that the committee on Expenditures, to whom was referred the petition of T. S. Smith, for compensation for transporting copies of the Laws of the Territory to the township of St. Josephs, be discharged from the consideration of saia petition, and that the same be referred to the Committee on Claims. The motion was agreed 10.
Mr. Drake, from the committee of Enrolment, reported as correctly enrolled, bills with the following uitles, viz :-** An act in additiou to, and amendatory of “an act for the relief of Insolvent Debtors," “ an act concerning the Supreme Court of the Territory of Michigan," “ an act to revive and conunue in force “ an acı cove cerning appeals and writs of error, certiorari and habeas corpus," and • an act relative to mill-Ponds ;” and ihe President signed the same.
Mr. Irwin, from the committee on Territorial Affairs, to whons the subject was referred, made ihe following report:
REPORT. The Territorial committee to whom was referred the resolution of the Council of the 27th May last, insirucung them to examine the situation of the Capiwl, and to report if any and what provisions are necessary in order to preserve ihe building froni decy, and particularly that part of it called the basemeni story-would now report: that they have, in conjunction with one of the Architects of this City, examined the same, and would recommend the following addnions and repairs to be made to the building, with a view to its pieservailou from the eliects I the weather, &c.:
A drain leading from the southwest corner, of equal depth with the bottom of basement story.
Parui:ou walls, continued to the side walls of basement story, with a view of aduing s.rengih to the same, and to serve as addia tional supports to the floors of the building.
Quiside doors, Icading to basement story, to be enclosed and paimed.
Earth and gravel to be deposited around the base of the building, as high as the lower edge of the cut stones, and extending ouitvards at least six feet in a descending position, the whole to be covered with green sward.
Water conductors at the corners, to be continued to the surface of the ground, with dripping stones, to receive the water in iis fall.
Venetian blinds for seventeen windows in the second story.
The second section of the cupola has been found to leak, te remedy which it is recommended to wedge the cuiling out to the boards covering the exterior angles, tirst filling the joints with a preparation of oil and white lead.
It has also been discovered, that water penetrates the seams of the deck around the base of the columns in the upper section of the oupola, to obviate which it is suggested that the seams be filled in the same manner as above, with whme lead aud oil.
And finally as a further security to the building generally, we vould advise that the lot on which ibe Capitul stands be ench sed.
I he committee have been at considerable pains to ascertain the probable expense that will be incurred in ihe exe ution of ihe above mentioned repairs, and from the besi information hey have been able to collect, it will require an appropriatiun vi about 150 dollars.
On motion of Mr. Irwin, the report was accepted by the Coupeil, «nd the committee discharged from further consideration of the sulijeci.
Mr. Schoolcrafı presented the account of M. Chapin. Referred to the committee on Expenditures.
The “bill to exonerate the several townships in the Territory from certain penalties,” wis taken up and read a third time.
Mr. Drake then moved ihat the bill be amended by striking out all af er the enacting clause, and inserting in lieu of the part stricken oui, certain other provisions; and the motion was agreed to.
Ou motion, the bill then passed.
The bill authorising administrators de bonis non to prosecute suits conmenced by the Executor or Administrator of an estate," was taken up in committee of the whole; the question being on the amendments reporied to said bill by the committee on the Judiciary.
On motiup the amendments, being the 3d, 4ih, 5ıb, and Guh seco tions of the bill, were agreed to.
The buil, as amended, was then reported to the Council, and the amendmenis having been concurred in, it was, on motion, ordered to be engrossed and read a ihird time tv-morrow.
The bill to preven the vacation of ofūces in certain cases," was i uken up in committee of the whole; and having been reported to the Council without amendment,
Nli. Drake moved that the bill be now read a third time ; and the motion was agreed to.
The bill was then read a third time, and, on motion, passed.
The bill to authorise and enable ihe Superintendant appointed by the President of the United Staies, to remove all obstructions upuri, and to complete the United States' Road, leading trom the City of Detroit to the foot of the Rapids of the Miamu of Luke Erie;" was taken up in commitee of ihe whole.
On motion of Mr. M’Dunell, the bill was amended by inserting the word " constructing," after the word “for," in the 3d line of the 1st sectiva, and the words, " or that part of the same with the boundaries of the Territory of Michigan,” after the word Erie," in the 4th line of said section.
Un min, the bill was further amendeti, by striking out the wo. d • erect," in the 4ih line of the 1st section, and inserting the wo.d ** cins.ruct," and the word “erecied,” in said loe, was strick en oui, in the word “constructed” was inseried; also, the word
erecting was stricken out wherever it occurred in the bill, and the word
constructing" was inserted in lieu thereof. is norico of Mr. M'Donell, the bill was further amended, by insering afier the word “ Court," in the 7th Ime of the 2d section, the fuli wing, viz: " in the county where such river or stream is situated;" and after the word " nights,” in the 21st line of said section the 101: Winy, viz: ó the said dumages, chai such ckinant or claims ants muy sustain, if any, to be estimated accordog to the very right and equity of the case, as near as the said freehulders can ascertain, to the best of their knowledge and belief;" and before the word “shall” in said line, the word " who ;” and after the word “ departmeni," in the 23d line of said section, the following, viz: “ Il caso he is authorised so to do.”
On motion of Mr. Drake, the bill was further amended by striking out the word “three,” in the 7th line of the 2d section, and inserting in lieu thereof the word “ twelve."
Mr. Drake then moved that the bill be further amended by adding thereto the following, so stand as the 3d section thereof, viz:
“ Sec. 3. That this act shall not be construed to affeci, in any wise, the rights of any incorporated company or companies, heretofore established."
Mr. Noble moved that the Council do now adjourn, and the mo. tion was decided in the negative.
The question was then taken on the amendment, and the ayes and nays being required by Mr. Drake, they were taken as follows:
Ayes-Messrs. Drake, Edwards, Irwin, Noble, Rumsey, Schoolcraft-6.
Nays-Messrs. Brown, Connor, Durocher, Lawrence, M'Dov nell-5.
So the amendment was accepted;
The resolution submitted by Mr. Irwin on the 13th inst, relative to the arms and ordnance received by the Territory from the United States' Government, was taken up and adopted.
The memorial to Congress and resolunion, reported yesterday, from the committee on Territorial Affairs, were taken up and adopted.
On motion of Mr. Irwin, the Council then adjourned.
SATURDAY, June 28, 1828. Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Wells.
Mr. Lawrence presented the memorial of the Mayor and Aldern men of the City of Detroit, remonstrating agajust certain provisions contained in a bill now before the Council, and enuitled, “ a bill amendatory to an act relative to the City of Detroit," and to the act entitled “ an act to amend an act relative to the City of Detroit." Read and referred to the select committee to whom was referred the petition of sundry citizens of Detroit, praying for alterations in the charter of said Ciy.
Mr. Drake, from the committee of Enrolment, reported as correctly corolled, bills with the following tiiles, viz: “ An act amendatory to certain acts relative to the duties and privileges of iowa, ships, and for other purposes," and “ an act to prevent the vacation of offices in certain cases ;" and the Presideni signed the same
Mr. Donell, from the commile on l'erritorial Affairs, to whom tras referred the petition of Sheldon & Wells, reported,
66 A bill for the relief of Sheldon & Wells,” which received a first and second reading, and was laid on the table.
Mr. Schoolcraft moved that the committee on Expenditures be discharged from the further consideration of the account of the Bank of Michigan, which had been referred to said committee; and the motion was agreed to.
Mr. Drake, from the committee on the Judiciary, reported,
" A bill relating to the duties of the Secretary of the Territory of dlichigan," which was read a first and second time and laid on the table.
The 6 bill to authorise and enable the Superintendant appointed by the President of the United States, to remove all obstrucions upon, and to complete the United States' Road, leading from he City of Detroit to the foot of the Rapids of the Miami of Lake Erie," was taken up as in committee of the whole.
Mr. Rumsey moved to reconsider the question taken yesterday on the mendment which was agreed to as the 3d section of ihe bill; and the ayes and nays upon the motion being required by Mr. Dröke, they were taken as follows:
Ayes— Messrs. Brown, Connor, Durocher, Edwards, Lavrence, DI'Donell, Rumsey-7.
Nays-Messrs. Drake, Noble, Schoolcraft-3.
Mr. Drake tben moved that the bill be laid on the table ; and the motion was decided in the negative.
The bill was then reported to the Council, and Mr. M'Donell moved that it be engrossed and read a third time 10-day; and the motion was decided in ihe negative, by the following vote; the ayes and nays being required by Mr. M'Donell:
Ayes--Messrs. Drake, N'Donell_2.
Narys-Messrs. Brown, Connor, Durocher, Edwards, Lawrence, Noble, Rumsey, Schoolcraft—8.
On motion of Mr. M'Donell, the bill was then ordered to be engressed and read a third time on Monday next.
Mr. Voble submitted the following resolution, which was read a Grst and second time and laid on the table :
Resoleod, by the Legislatire Council of the Territory of Michigan, 'That the assessors of taxes in the several townships of this Territory, report 10 the Varshall of the United States for his Territory on or before the first day of October next, the number of free taxable inhabitants," who are not freeholders," in the respective townships.
The resolution submitted by Mr. Ni'Donell on the 26th inst. relative to a District Judge of the United States, for the Territory of Michigan, was taken up and adopted.
The“ bill to amend an act, entitled “ an act concerning the Supreme, Circuit, and County Courts of the Territory of ifichig ng defining their jurisdiction and powers, and directing the pleadings ani' nifire therein in certain cases," was taken op, the question being on the passage of the bill.