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The President presented a petition from Thomas Huston and others, of the county of Cass; praying to be separated from that, and organized into an independent county.

And a petition from B. and M. Finch, for the establishment of a ferry at the village of Niles, county of Berrien, and authority to keep it.

Said petitions were severally read and referred to the committee on Territorial Affairs.

Mr. Kingsley submitted the following resolution:

Resolved, That the committee on Territorial Affairs, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of amending the several acts regulating the assessment and collection of Territorial taxes.

A message was received from the Governor, by Mr. Rowland, which was read and is as follows: To the Legislative Council :

“Gentlemen-I have received and deposited in the office of the Secretary of the Territory, the resignation of Robert Irwin, Jr. late a member of the Legislative Council, from the district composed of the counties of Chippewa, Michilimackinac, Brown, Crawford and lowa, dated Sept. 12, 1830.

“I regret for the sake of his constituents, and the Territory generally, that the Council will be deprived of the valuable services of Mr. Irwin. During a period of some years in which he was a member, he enjoyed, and deservedly, the attachment of his colleagues and the confidence of the public.

“There is no existing provision of our laws by which accidental vacancies in the Council can be supplied. Independent of the injury which may be experienced by the immediate constituents of a member, whose seat is vacated before the expiration of his regular term of service, by the loss of their representation in the legislature, circumstances might occur which would reduce the number of the members of the Council below the number fixed by law as a quorum ; and thus great confusion would be introduced into the affairs of the Territory.

LEW. CASS.
January 6, 1831."
Ordered, That the message lie on the table.

Mr. Drake called up the resolution offered by him yesterday relative to amending the laws for the collection of Territorial taxes.

The resolution having been read,

Mr. Drake moved the adoption thereof, together with the resolution above offered by Mr. Kingsley.

The question being taken, the resolutions were adopted. On motion of Mr. Drake,

Resolved, That the committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency of altering by law, the time of holding the county courts in the county of Wayne.

Mr. Schoolcraft called up the resolution submitted by him yesterday, relative to the administration of the laws of the Territory in the upper judicial district. The resolution having been read,

On motion of Mr. Schoolcraft, it was adopted.
On motion of Mr. Le Roy,

Resolved, That the committee on the Judiciary be instructed to report a bill to provide for the distribution of the laws of the Territory of Michigan.

On motion of Mr. Schoolcraft,

Ordered, That six hundred copies of the Governor's message of January 5th, inst., together with the accompanying documents, be printed in English, in pamphlet form.

On motion of Mr. M'Donell,

Resolved, That the Auditor of the Territory be requested to furnish the Council with a statement of the amount of the Territorial taxes, assessed for the year 1830—also, showing the occupation and names of the several persons taxed, and the amount of the tax upon each person assessed under the existing laws of the Territory.

On motion of Mr. Kingsley,

Resolved, That the committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency of legalizing certain acts of the commissioners of common schools in the township of

Panama, in Washtenaw county. Mr. M'Donell offered 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 raising a sum of money by lottery, for the purpose of making a free communication by land between the city of Detroit and the village of Monroe, and to repeal all laws heretofore passed upon that subject.

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

Resolved, That the committee on the Judiciary be in

structed to inquire if any amendment be necessary in the law prohibiting forgery, or the uttering any counterfeit bills or notes.

Mr. Le Roy moved that the Council adjourn to Monday next, at two o'clock, P. M.

The question being taken, it was determined in the negative.

On motion of Mr. Lawrence,

The Council adjourned to to-morrow, at eleven o'clock A. M.

Friday, January 7, 1831. At eleven o'clock this day, the hour for the meeting of the Council having arrived, and a quorum not appearing, the President directed a callof the Council ; whereupon,

The following members appeared and answered to their names.

Messrs. Bartow, Brown, Durocher, Kingsley, M'Donell, Stockton, Edwards:

And there not being a quorum, the President announced that the Council would stand adjourned until Monday next, at eleven o'clock, A. M.

MONDAY, January 10, 1831. Mr. Schoolcraft offered the following, to stand as a substitute for rule forty-third, of the Standing Rules of the Council.

RULE 43. Every Resolution read by the Secretary, by direction of the President, or of a member, shall be considered as being before the Council. And the question to adopt or reject may immediately be put upon such Resolution, unless upon request of a member that the same may lie on the table.

The question on adopting the substitute being taken, it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Schoolcraft presented an account of E. A. Brush, which was referred, without reading, to the committee on Expenditures.

Mr. M'Donell presented a petition of Luson Tousey, praying a divorce. Referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

On motion of Mr. Kingsley,

Resolved, That the committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire if any alteration be necessary in the Judiciary system of this Territory, and especially if it be necessary to restore the civil jurisdiction to the several county courts in the Territory, or to form new courts in their stead, with jurisdiction in both civil and criminal causes.

On motion of Mr. Kingsley,

Resolved, That the committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire if there be any law of this Territory, prohibiting the coining the current coin of the U. States, and the passing of the same: and if there be no law on the subject, to report such a bill in relation to it as shall be thought necessary.

On motion of Mr. Kingsley,

Resolved, That the committee on roads be instructed to inquire if it be necessary to take any measures to keep in repair the several United States' roads in this Territory, and if so, what measures, and report accordingly.

On motion of Mr. Stockton,

Resolved, That so much of the Governor's message as relates to the boundaries of this Territory, be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary;

That part relative to the roads made by the General Government, to the committee on Roads;

That part relative to the Judicial system, to the committee on the Judiciary;

That part relative to criminal justice, to the committee on the Judiciary.

On motion of Mr. Durocher, the Council adjourned to to-morrow, at eleven o'clock, A. M.

TUESDAY, January 11, 1831, The following papers were presented, and severally referred:

By the President,

An application of Thos. Simpson, to print the laws or journal of the present session of the Council. Referred to the committee on Printing.

By Mr. Lawrence,
A petition of Ebenezer and Sally Stone, praying a di-

Referred to the committee on the Judiciary.
By Mr. Drake,

An account of Thos. Simpson for printing the laws of the First Session of the Fourth Council

And an account for printing covers to the laws, publishing the laws in the Oakland Chronicle, &c. Referred to the committee on Expenditures.

vorce.

And also an account for inserting the proclamation for Thanksgiving in the Oakland Chronicle. Referred to the committee on Claims.

By Mr. M'Donell,

An account of Allen Farquhar, for services as a commis. sioner in receiving from the State of Ohio and conveying to the Territory, certain fugitives from justice. Referred to the committee on Claims.

Mr. Drake, from the committee on the Judiciary, reported

A bill to adjourn the January term of the county court, for the county of Wayne, in the year 1831.

Said bill was read the first time, and laid on the table. Mr. M'Donell presented an account of John Farrar, and others, for expenses incurred in repairing the cupola and foundation of the Capitol. Referred to the committee on Expenditures.

A message was received from the Governor, by the hands of Mr. Rowland, on Executive business.

On motion of Mr. Drake, the nineteenth rule of the standing rules of the Council was suspended, and the " bill to adjourn the January term of the county court for the county of Wayne in the year 1831,” was read a second time by its title.

On motion of Mr. Drake,

Ordered, That the bill be engrossed and read a third time to-morrow.

On motion of Mr. Drake,

Resolved, that the daily hour of adjournment, shall be eleven o'clock, A. M. until otherwise ordered.

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

Resolved, That the committee on Expenditures be instructed to inquire into the expediency of fixing, by law, the pay of the Secretary, clerks, sergeant-at-arms, and other officers of the Council, and the services which shall be performed by each.

On motion of Mr. Schoolcraft,

Resolved, That the committee on Territorial Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of organizing into counties all that portion of the peninsula, embraced in the Indian purchase of Saginaw, Chicago and St. Joseph, which still remains unorganized; and that the Governor of the Territory be authorized to appoint commissioners for fixing

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