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Also-The claim of John Kerby, for services as a Commissioner to lay out a Territorial Road from Detroit to Monroe ;
Also-The claim of Wm. Little, for contingent expenses while laying out a Territorial Road from Detroit to Clinton River;
And said claims were severally referred to the committee on Claims.
Mr. Trowbridge, from the committee on Internal Improvement, to whom the subject had been referred, reported a memorial to the Congress of the United States, asking further appropriations for the U. States' Roads in this Territory; which was read and laid on the table.
Mr. Drake, from the committee of Enrolment, reported as correctly enrolled, bills with the following titles, viz: "an act to amend an act, entitled an act to improve the navigation of Huron River of Lake Erie," and, " an act to organise the township of Saline, in the county of Washtenaw ;" and the President signed the same.
The bill to dissolve the marriage contract between John Lawrence, late of the county of Monroe, and Lucy Lawrence, his wife; was taken up and read the second time; and said bill having been considered in committee of the whole, was, on motion of Mr. Lawrence, ordered to be engrossed and read the third time on Monday next.
The bill to amend an act, entitled "an act to provide for the election of a Delegate in the Congress of the United States," was taken up the question being on the passage of the bill, whereupon,
Mr Irwin moved that the bill be amended by striking out the words, or naturalised," in the 6th line of the 2d section, by inserting, after the word "States," in the 7th line of said section, the following, viz:—“ or a naturalised citizen of the United States, as the case may be"-and by inserting, after the word "tax," in the 10th line of said section, the words, as the case may be"-and also, that the closing sentence of said section shall read as follows, viz: "he shall not be permitted to vote at said election ;" and the motion to amend was agreed to.
And the bill as amended, on motion of Mr. Irwin, was then passed. A message by Mr. E. Á. Brush :
Mr. President-The Governor of the Territory has this day approved and signed, "an act to set off and organise the township of Saline, in the county of Washtenaw," and, "an act to amend an act, entitled' an act to improve the navigation of the Huron River of Lake Erie."
A message on Executive business was also received by the hands of Mr. E. A. Brush.
The bill to authorise the settlement of certain accounts by the Supervisors of the county of Crawford, was taken up, read the third time, and passed.
The bill to amend the several acts to organise the Militia, heretofore reported as a part of the unfinished business of the last
session of the Council was, on motion, taken up and read the first time.
Mr. Stockton then moved that said bill be committed to the committee on the Militia; and the motion was agreed to.
Mr. Drake moved for leave to bring in a bill to abolish imprisonment for debt; the motion was agreed to, and,
Messrs. Drake, Stockton and Lawrence were appointed a committee to prepare said bill.
Mr. Drake 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 propriety of providing by law, for the payment, out of the Treasury of the Territory, of the expense of keeping Imri Fish, an insane prisoner, now confined in the jail of the county of Oakland, with leave to report by bill or otherwise.
The resolution relative to compensating Justices of County Courts for services as canvassers of elections of county officers, submitted on the 29th ult. by Mr. Stockton, was taken up and adopted.
Mr. Irwin, on motion, had leave to withdraw certain claims of the Sheriff and others of the county of Crawford, heretofore presented by him.
Mr. Schoolcraft submitted the following resolutions, which were read and laid on the table:
Resolved, That a committee of two members be appointed, whose duty it shall be to report, for the use of the Council, a list of names for the townships designated by number and range, in the map of surveys of the new counties proposed to be set off in the bill now before the Council, or which may hereafter be proposed to be set off, so far as the object can be accomplished without contravening the statute prohibiting the repetition of the names of post towns in the United States; and that they be directed to report such names on the following basis, viz:
1. The aboriginal names, so far as they are suitable, or can be anglicised.
2. The indigenous animals, trees, and other natural productions. 3. The English, French, Spanish, and American discoverers, adventurers, or travellers, so far as their names are suitable, and have not heretofore been applied.
4. The officers who were massacred at the River Raisin.
5. The officers who fell, or served with reputation in the campaigns of Harmer, St. Clair, and Wayne.
6. The most distinguished individuals who served and fell in Pontiac's war.
7. The signers of the Declaration of Independence.
8. The names of the British vessels captured on the high seas during the late war.
9. The members of the Senate and House of Representatives of he United States, who voted for war on the 12th of June, 1812.
10. The first thirteen emigrants or settlers who came into Michigan, after the surrender of the posts in 1796, and who continue to reside, or have left posterity therein.
Resolved, That such of the names reported in conformity with these principles, as the Council shall approve, be inserted, under the direction of the Council, on the most recent map of the surveys, and remain the names of such townships after their organisation, unless the Legislative authority for the time being shall otherwise specially direct.
Mr. M'Doneil submitted the following resolution, which was read and laid on the table:
Resolved, That the committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency of directing the Attorney General of this Territory to issue process against the several Toll-Bridges that impede and interrupt the communication on the United States' or Government Road from the city of Detroit to the Ohio line, by information in the nature of a writ of quo warranto, or otherwise, to try the validity of said toll-bridge charters, granted by the Governor and Judges; and to report by bill or otherwise.
On motion of Mr. Rumsey,
Resolved, That the committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency of amending the act regulating civil process, so that after a summons is returned served by copy, the plaintiff may take a warrant without oath, in continuation of the same suit-also, to repeal the act which provides that township meetings shall not be held at taverns-and report by bill or otherwise.
On motion of Mr. Drake, the Council went into the consideration of Executive business; and having disposed of the same,
Mr. Noble 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 so amending the law regulating the assessment and collection of county taxes, as to define the duties of the several township collectors, and particularly the time and manner when and how the several warrants for collection shall be returned.
On motion of Mr. Lawrence, the Council then adjourned.
FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 1829.
Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Wells.
Mr. Irwin presented the memorial and petition of John P. Arndt, and others, citizens of the county of Brown, praying that said Arndɩ and his associates may be incorporated under the name and style of the "Portage Canal and Road Company" for the objects stated in said petition. Read and, on motion of Mr. Schoolcraft, refe, red to the committee on Internal Improvement.
Mr. Irwin, from the committee on Territorial Affairs, to whom the subject was referred, made the following report, which was read and laid on the table:
The Territorial committee, to whom was referred that part of the Governor's message, which has allusion to a census, have had the same under consideration, and would report:
That they fully concur in the favorable anticipations, which has been expressed in the message; that the period is not far distant when an application for admission into the Union, will not only be justified by our amount of population, but your committee would add, by a feeling which is perfectly natural to every individual who is the least conversant with our national institutions: with these considerations pressing themselves upon our attention, we cannot be unmindful of the duty which devolves upon the Council, of taking proper steps for obtaining accurate information with regard to our increasing numbers. This information can only be derived from a census; and in order to render that a correct criterion by which to judge of our physical strength, it ought to be frequent, which will be apparent, when we reflect that our population cannot be stationary for any considerable length of time. The tide of emigration sets too strong to our Territory, to render the census of one year a fair indication of that which succeeds. This conclusion will be obvious to those who have continued to reside within our borders since the last enumeration; we have abundant evidence of the amazing increase of population since that period; but to what extent few are prepared to offer any satisfactory estimate. Regarding the subject in this light, we are well persuaded, that was there no other mode by which the information could be obtained which is intimated in the message as desirable, we should not hesitate to recommend that the Council make provision by law for procuring it; but inasmuch as the United States will take a census of the inhabitants of this Territory early in the ensuing year, we deem the interposition of the local Legislature at this time unnecessary.
Mr. M'Donell, from the committee on Territorial Affairs, reported,
A bill amendatory to the act, entitled "an act to regulate the assessment and collection of Territorial taxes ;" which was read the first time, and,
On motion of Mr. M'Donell, said bill was then read the second time by its title and laid on the table.
Mr. Irwin, from the committee on Internal Improvement, to whom the subject was referred, reported the following memorial and resolution; which were read and laid on the table:
To the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, in Congress assembled:
The memorial of the Legislative Council of the Territory of Michigan, respectfully sheweth
That much inconvenience is felt, and great risk encountered, by the commercial community in this Territory, in the navigation of the Upper Lakes, in consequence of the want of light-houses and safe harbors for their shipping, particularly in the Straits of Michilimackinac. This Strait is interspersed with numerous islands, and dangerous shoals, which renders the navigations hazardous at the most favorable season, and utterly impracticable in boisterous weather and dark nights. That part of the Strait which has presented the greatest difficulty to navigators, is usually known by the appellation of the Wau-goo-shas Shoals, situated twenty-five miles west from Mackinaw; they extend entirely across the Strait, and are from one to four miles in breadth, with a depth of water varying from four feet to five fathoms. To those unacquainted with the formation of this Shoal, five fathoms would seem to indicate a depth of water sufficient to admit the passage of vessels, with security; but this is by no means the case, as the inequalities in the surface, and the several channels, occur alternately throughout the whole extent of the Shoal-and vessels passing up and down the Strait are compelled to traverse it, at or near the center, which is never attempted, except in cases of emergency, or when the weather is perfectly clear.
Therefore, in order to lessen the risk which must be continually encountered by ship owners, and others, whose business carry them into Lake Michigan, an appropriation is respectfully solicited from Congress adequate to the construction of a floating light, to be located at the most eligible point on said Shoal. In asking this aid of the General Government, on behalf of a large and respectable class of our fellow citizens, we consider we are advancing the interests of commerce generally. It will be recollected that the Strait alluded to above is the only avenue into Lake Michigan, the borders of which are rapidly increasing in population. Already does the mouths of the Grand St. Josephs and Chicago Rivers on the east and south sides of this Lake, and the Fox River at the southern extremity of Green Bay, exhibit active scenes of maratime commerce, and warrants the conclusion that in a very few years the settlements in their vicinity will hold a conspicuous rank among the towns situated on the margins of our inland seas.
Resolved, That his Excellency the Governor of the Territory, be requested to transmit copies of the foregoing memorial, to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Delegate from this Territory, at the next session of Congress.
Mr. Drake, from the committee of Enrolment, reported as correctly enrolled bills with the following titles, viz: "an act to amend an act, entitled an act to provide for the election of a Delegate in the Congress of the United Statess," and, "an act to authorise the