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Committee of Enrolment.

Committee on Territorial Affairs.

Committee on Schools.

Committee on Expenditures.

On motion of Mr. M'Donell, the Council adjourned until tomorrow, at 11 o'clock, A. M.

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 1829.

Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Wells.

Mr. Trowbridge asked, and obtained leave, to withdraw the resolution submitted by him yesterday, relative to the appointment of standing committees.

The President announced that the standing committees of the Council, and the regulations for the daily transaction of business, would remain for the present session, the same as they were at the last. Mr. Rumsey presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of the township of Ann Arbor, in the county of Washtenaw, praying that a portion of said township be set off and organised into a township by the name of "Saline;" which was read and referred to the committee on Territorial Affairs.

The President presented the following report from the Fiscal Agent of the Council, which was read and referred to the committee on Expenditures, viz:

REPORT.

To the Honorable the Legislative Council of the Territory of
Michigan.

In compliance with the provisions of the 4th section of the act of your honorable body, passed at the last session of the Council, and entitled "an act in addition to an act making certain appropriations to be paid out of the contingent fund of the Legislative Council for the year eighteen hundred and twenty-eight, and for other purposes," the undersigned, Fiscal Agent of your honorable body, has the honor to report:

That the appropriation by Congress for the expenses of the Coun-
cil of 1828, was
$7,135 00
Of which sum $1,420 14, were applied to the payment
of arrearages, (in part and so far as the same had
been advanced by the Bank of Michigan,) existing at
the close of the session of 1827,

$1,420 14
2,742 00

1,915 06 6,077 20

1,057 80

The sum paid to the Members for 1828,
And for contingencies,

The sum appropriated for the purchase of a Library and
for Periodicals, and directed to be retained in Bank
for that purpose, was

550 00

Leaving, applicable to payment of the sums appropriated by the 2d bill, this sum,

$507 80

The amount appropriated by the 2d bill was $5,108 04. Immediately after the adjournment of the Council, the undersigned proceeded to pay to the claimants under the additional act of appropriation, ten per cent. on the amount of their several claims, being a little more in the aggregate than the sum left in his hands, and to issue certificates for the balances due, conformably to the provisions of the act aforesaid, forwarding at the same time to the Treasury Department the vouchers in full for the sums appropriated.

At the last session of Congress, $9,300 was appropriated for the expenses of the Council for the year, to include the sum of $1,635, for arrearages, as is stated in the act of appropriation. Immediately after the passage of this act, the undersigned addressed a letter to the Comptroller of the Treasury, requesting the transmission of a sufficient sum out of this appropriation to cover the balance unpaid, of the old claims, which balance after the adjustment of the accounts at the Treasury had been passed to the credit of the Agent. The Comptroller in reply stated that but $1,635, was appropriated for the payment of arrearages, and that no more could be sent. That sum was received with his letter. On the receipt of this sum, which was something more than 35 per centum on the balance due, the claimants were notified of the fact, and most of them have received as a second payment, one third of the balances due (it being more easy to pay that proportion than the 35 per centum.) Some of the claimants, whose demands were very small, have preferred waiting until provision is made by the Council for the payment of the whole sum due, and others who have purchased certificates and reside without the Territory, are probably waiting until the present session, in the belief that an earlier application to the Agent for the money would be fruitless. Deducting the balance left on hand in 1828, $5,07 80 And the amount received this year,

1,635 00 2,142 80

From the amount of appropriations in the 2d bill, being 5,108 04, there would be still due, the sum of $2,965 24, for which the claimants are very desirous that the Council should make provision, by investing the Agent with such authority as to them may seem necessary to enable him to obtain from the Treasury this sum.

The whole appropriation being $9,300 00 and the sums of $1,635 and $2,965 24 being deducted, 4,600 24

$4,699 76

would leave for the expenses of the present Council, All of which is very respectfully submitted. Detroit, September 7, 1829.

C. C. TROWBRIDGE, Agent of the L. Council. Mr. M'Donell submitted the following resolution, which was laid on the table:

Resolved, That the committee on Territorial Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of amending the act, entitled "an act to improve the navigation of the Huron River of Lake Erie," so that the owners or occupants of mill-dams thereon be not required to construct or build locks by the 10th day of October next, as is contemplated by the provisions of said law.

Mr. Schoolcraft submitted the following resolution, which was laid on the table:

Resolved, That there be added to the number of standing committees, a committee of two members, to be called the committee on the Library.

On motion of Mr. Irwin,

Resolved, That three hundred additional copies of the Governor's Message, yesterday communicated to the Legislative Council, be printed in the English language, for the use of the members of the Council.

Mr. Lawrence moved that the "bill to declare certain Rivers and their branches navigable for certain purposes," which bill was among the unfinished business of the last session, be committed to the committee on Territorial Affairs; and the motion was agreed to. Mr. Trowbridge submitted the following resolution, which was laid on the table:

Resolved, That the committee on Expenditures inquire into the expediency of providing for the payment of claims due, agreeably to an act of appropriation of the last session of the Legislative Council.

Mr. Drake submitted the following resolution, which was laid on the table:

Resolved, That the committee on Schools be required to inquire into the expediency of amending the law regulating Common Schools; particularly that part which provides for districting the several townships-also, for erecting a school-house in each district.

On motion of Mr. Lawrence,

Resolved, That the daily hour to which the Council shall stand adjourned, shall be cleven o'clock in the forenoon, until otherwise ordered.

On motion of Mr. Irwin, the Council then adjourned.

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 1829.

Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Wells.

Mr. M'Donell presented the petition of Robert Abbott, Ellis Doty and Thomas Rowland, praying that provision be made by law to secure to Justices of the Peace and Constables their fees for services in criminal prosecutions, &c. which was read and referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Brown presented the petition of Elias Vreeland and others, inhabitants of the county of Monroe, living in fractional township

B

5 S. R. 10 E. praying that said township may be annexed to the township of Brown, in the county of Wayne. Read and referred to the committee on Territorial Affairs.

Mr. Trowbridge presented the petition of Lewis Greaves, of Oakland county, praying that a law may be passed divorcing him from his wife Cynthia; which petition was read, whereupon,

Mr. Trowbridge moved that said petition be referred to a select committee of three members. Said motion was agreed to, and, Messrs. Trowbridge, Irwin and Noble were appointed said committee.

Mr. M'Donell asked, and, on motion, had leave to bring in a "bill to raise a sum of money by Lottery, for the purpose of estab lishing a free communication by land between the city of Detroit and the village of Monroe, and to amend an act entitled "an act to prevent Private Lotteries;"

And Messrs. M'Donell, Stockton and Drake, were appointed a committee to prepare said bill.

Mr. Brown submitted the following resolution, which was read and laid on the table:

Resolved, That the Governor of the Territory be requested to furnish the Council, as soon as practicable, such information as may be interesting to the public, relative to the operation of the act entitled " an act for the relief of Thomas Palmer and David C. M'Kinstry, passed at the last session of the Council; and also to inform the Council of the probable amount of script, if any, and the interest thereon, for which the Territory is made responsible by said act; and the quantity of lands, and their probable value, which are at the disposal of the Governor and Judges of the Territory for the redemption of said script.

Mr. Stockton submitted the following resolution, which was read and laid on the table:

Resolved, That a committee of five members be appointed to draft a memorial to Congress, embracing the following subjects, viz: The unsettled question relative to the Southern boundary of the Territory;

The improvement of the navigation at the mouth of the Clinton River of Lake St. Clair, and at the outlet of the River St. Clair, at what is generally termed the Flats.

Mr. Rumsey submitted the following resolution, which was read and laid on the table:

Resolved, That the committee on the Militia be instructed to inquire into the expediency of repealing so much of the "act to amend an act, entitled an act to organise the Militia," as requires persons to take notice, at their peril, of the days fixed by statute for the muster of said militia, and to provide for the warning of each person subject to military duty, of the time and place of meeting; and to report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Irwin submitted the following resolution, which was read and laid on the table:

Resolved, That the committee on Territorial Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of petitioning Congress for the appropriation of a sum of money, for the construction of a floating light on the shoals opposite Point Wabishas, in the straits of Michilimackinac; and for the improvement of the harbor of Mackinaw.

Mr. M'Donell submitted the following resolutions, which were read and laid on the table:

Resolved, That the committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inqu re into the expediency of petitioning Congress for an addi-, tional Judge, to be appointed for the Territory of Michigan, who shall have exclusive jurisdiction of all matters, civil and criminal, which are cognisable by a District Court of the United States.

Resolved, That the same committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of petitioning Congress, that the present Judges of the Supreme Court for the Territory of Michigan be allowed the same pay and compensation for their services, as is paid to the United States' Judges appointed for the Territory of Florida.

Resolved, That the same committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of abolishing the several County Courts in this Territory, and of limiting by law the term for which the several courts of record shall be held; and also, to provide for the payment of Grand and Petit Jurors.

Mr. Schoolcraft submitted the following resolutions, which were read and laid on the table:

Resolved, That so much of the Governor's Message as relates to "inexpedient and conflicting provisions" in our present system of laws, be referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

Resolved, That so much of said message as relates to the initia-tory steps for a change from Territorial to State government, by taking a new census, be referred to the committee on Territorial

Affairs.

The resolution relative to amending the act entitled "an act to improve the navigation of the Huron River of Lake Erie," submitted yesterday by Mr. M'Donell, was taken up and adopted.

The following resolution, submitted yesterday by Mr. Schoolcraft, was taken up and adopted, viz:

Resolved, That there be added to the number of standing committees, a committee of two members, to be called the committee on the Library:

And Messrs. Schoolcraft and Irwin were appointed said commit

tee.

The resolution relative to "claims due, agreeably to an act of appropriation of the last session of the Legislative Council," submitted yesterday by Mr. Trowbridge, was taken up and adopted.

The resolution relative to "the law regulating Common Schools," submitted yesterday by Mr. Drake, was taken up and adopted. On motion of Mr. M'Donell, the Council then adjourned.

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