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more than ordinary share of natural advantages, is now rapidly settling. It comprehends within its limits, sufficient extent of country for the establislıment of twenty-five counties, to ten of which boundaries have already been assigned by the present Council, preparatory to their organisation for county government. Its insola. ted position from any principal chain of water communication ; its remoteness from an overland market for its produce; and the interruption of an access to Lake Michigan by obstructions in its only avenue of approach, the River St. Joseph, reader the improvement of the pavigaiion of that river a subject of natural interest to your memorialisis, and as they conceive, a proper object for which to solicit the aid of government.
Your memorialists therefore respectfully pray, that a sum of money may be appropriated, to be applied under the direction of the proper authoriiy, to the erection of a light-house and pier, at or near the confluence of the River St. Joseph with Lake Michigan, and to the improvement of the navigation of that river. Your memorialisis are of opinion, that the sum of five thousand dollars, judiciously expended, would open a line of communication with the inland country of sixty or eighty miles extent, navigable by steamboats, and admitting the passage of ordinary freight boats, a distance of at least two huadred miles into the interior.
The importance of a secure harbor at the mouth of this river, is rendered obvious by the fact, that it constitutes the only channel of water communication accessible to that portion of ihe country, and that notwithstanding the embarrrassing disadvantages under which it labors, it is now equal, in point of commercial aciivity, to any port on the Upper Lakes.
Believing, as your memorialists do, that these improvements would be attended with the happiest results is that section of the couutry, and that while they coutributed so largely to its general, prosperity, they would also, at no distant period, amply indemnity the Treasury for its aid by the increased rapidity of sales upon the river and its tributaries, to an active and enterprising population ; they respecifully pray, that a suin of money may be appropriated by ynur honorable body, adequate to the purposes contemplaied in this petition.
And your memorialisis will ever, &c.
Resoired, That the Governor of the Territory be and he is hereby roquested to transmit a copy of the foregoing to the President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Delegate from this Territory, at the next session of Congress.
Mr. M'Donell, from the committee on Territorial Affairs, reporled,
A bill to prescribe the tenure of office of Auctioneers, and to levy a duty upou sales at auction in certain cases ; wirich was read the first tiine-and, on motiou of Mr. M'Donell, siid b.il was then read the second time by its title and land on the table.
Mr. Drake, from the committee of Enrolment, reported as correctly enrolled, a bill entitled “ an act to amend an act, entitled • an act to prevent Justices of the Peace from keeping taverns, and for other purposes ;" and the President signed the same.
Nir. M Donell moved that the bill to amend an act, entitled “an act concerning the Treasurer of the Territory of Michigan," be recommitted to the committee on Territorial Alairs; and the nice tion was agreed to.
The bill to provide for laying out and establishing a certain Territorial Road, was taken up and read the second time.
Mr. Drake moved that the bill be amended by striking ont the name of “ Iliram Wil.nar.li," in the first line of the 2d section, and inscr:ing the name of “ Daniel Le Roy” in lieu thereof; and the motion was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Drake, said bill was then ordered to be ene grossed and read the third time on Friday next.
A message on Executive business was received by the hands of Mr. E. A. Brush.
The bill to amend the several acts now in force for the regulation of the White-Fisdiery in the sirait of Detroit and the River St. Clair ; was taken up and read the second time--and, op motion, said bill was laid on the table for further consideration.
The bill authorising the guardian of Imri Fish to remove the said Imri from the jail of the county of Oakland to any safe place out of the Territory, was taken up aud read the third time.
Mr. M'Donell then moved that the bill be amended by adding at the close thereof, the following proviso :-“ Prorided, that the removal of said Imri shall not cause any expense to the Territorial Treasury.”
On motion of Mr. Lawrence, said bill and amendment were laid on the table.
The bill to provide for laying out a certain Territorial Road, was taken up and read the third iime ; and,
On motion of Mr. Rumsey, said bill was ordered to be engrossed and read the third time on Nonday next.
Mr. M Donell moved that a member be added to tlie committee of Enrolment, and also that a member be added to the committee on Claims. The motion was decided in the affirmative ; and,
Mr. Durocher was appointed to the committee of Eurolment; and,
Mr. Lawrence was appointed to the committee on Claims. Mr. MI Donell, from ihe committee on Territorial Affairs, io whom had been recomniiied “ a bill to amend an act, entitled 'an aci concerning the f.easurer of the Territory of Michigan," reported the same wiih amendments, and with the following title, viz: A bill defining the duties of she Treasurer of the Territory of Michigan ; and said bill and amendments rerc laid on the table.
The will to provide for die termination vi the present session of the Legislative Council, and for the annual commencement of fulure sessions of the Council, was taken up and read the third time.
Mr. M'Donell then moved that the will be amended by striking out the words, “first Monday of January,” in the 2d section, and inserting in lieu thereof the words,“ second Monday of May;" and,
Mr. Drake requiring the ayes and pays on said motion to amend, tlicy were taken as follows:
Ayes-Messrs. Brown, M'Doncil, Voble, Stockton, Trowbridge 5. Nays---Messrs. Drake, Durocher, Edwards, Lawrence, Rumsey j. So tlie motion was lost.
Mr. Lawrence then moved that the bill be amended by striking out the word “ January," in the second section, and inserting in lieu thereof the word “ February ;" and the motion was decided in the negative by the following vote, the ayes and nays being required by Mr. Lawrence :
Ayes-Messrs. Edwards, Lawrence, M'Donell --3.
Nays-Messrs. Brown, Drake, Durocher, Noble, Rumsey, Stockton, Trowbridge-7.
Mr. Drake then moved iliat the bill be engrossed and read a third time on Monday next; and the alotion was agreed to by the following voie, the ayes and nays being required by Nr. Lawrence :
Ayes-Messrs. Brown, Durochor, Drake, Edwards, Lawrence, Ramsey-6.
Najs--Messrs. M'Donell, Suble, Stockton, Trowlridge--4.
The bill to provide for the payment of certain claims from the Territorial Treasury, was taken up; and,
On motion of Mr. M'Donell, said bill was committed to the commit!ce on Claims.
On motion of Mr. Drake,
Resolve:l, That the committee on the Judiciary be required to inquire into the expediency of providing some means for the allowance of writs and other process in each of the Circuiis during the vacation of Courts.
Resolved, That the committee on the Judiciary be ins!rucied to inquire into the expediency of providing by law for the further recording of certain proceedings herejpfore had in the Probate Court of the county of Okland.
On motion of Jir. Rumses',
Resolved, That ihe committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency of amending the oth and 141h sections of ihe act relative to the duties ard privileges of townships, and to provide by law for the filling of vacancies, occasioned by death or otherwise, of township officers.
The bill to amend an act, entitled "an art lo aw:horise the LegisLutive Council to punish for contempt, and to privilege to Meme bers of the Council from arrest,” was taken up and considered as in committee of the whole ; and, on motion, said bill was ordered to be engrossed and read the third time on Friday nest,
On motion of Mr. Drake, the Council went into the consideration of Executive business, and having disposed of the same,
The following messages, received this day from the Governor of the Territory, by the hands of Mr. E. A. Brush, were severally read and referred to the committee on Territorial Affairs : To the Legislative Council:
At the last session of Congress an act was passed, extending to the citizens of Florida and Arkansas the privilege of electing almost all the officers, holding their offices under the Territerial laws, and authorising the local Legislature to appoint the few, not rendered eligible by the people. I see no reason why the principles of this act should not be extended to this Territory, and I submit for your consideration the expediency of an application to Congress for that purpose. I believe it will be found, that appoiotments thus made will be more satisfactory than when they are made upon the nomination of a single individual. The people in their respective couu. ties are better acquainted with the qualifications of candidates for the offices of Sheriffs, Clerks, Justices of the Peace, and for other county offices, than any Executive magistrate can be, and more competent to determine upon them. This measure would give to the people a direct and proper influence in the management of their affairs. An influence, which at all times ought to be exerted in a Republican government, and which will be more fully exerted in that change of our political condition, to which we are rapidly approaching.
LEW. CASS. Detroit, Oct. 27, 1829. To the Legislative Council:
I transmit to the Council a statement, prepared by the Treasurer of the Detroit Fund, containing the information called for by their resolution respecting the state of that fund.
LEW. CASS. Oct. 28, 1829. To the Hon. the Legislative Council :
It the request of his Excellency Gov. Cass, I herewith subjoia a statement of the situation of ile Detroit Fund, exhibiting the debts due said fund, together willi, as I conceive, a fair valuation of 14 City Lots remaining unsold, and the Council-House and Lot; also, the amount of clainis due individuals by the said fund, as pear as can ascertain from the documents and papers in my possession, and the claimants or their agenis. All which is respectially submitted.
Treasurer of the Detroit Fund Detroit, Oct. 27, 1829.
On motion of Mr. Noble, the report made yesterday from the committee on the Judiciary, relative to petitioning the Congress of the United States to increase the compensation of the present Judges of the Supreme Court of the Territory, was recommitted to the same committee.
On motion of Mr. M'Donell, the memorial to the Congress of the United States, relative to an additional body to the Legislature of the Territory, was recommitted to the committee on Territorial Affairs.
On motion of Mr. Drake, the Council then adjourned.
THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 1829.
The President laid before the Council the claim of James Abbott, Post-Master, for postage on account of the Legislative Council. Referred to the committee on Expenditures.
Mr. M'Donell presented the memorial of P. J. Desnoyers, and others, inhabitants of the county of Wayne, remonstrating against the passage of any act by the Council to increase the taxes of said