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The bill having been read the first time;
On motion of Mr. Schoolcraft, the 19th rule was suspended, and the bill passed to its second reading.
Mr. Schoolcraft, from the committee on Expenditures, to whom had been referred the report of the Fiscal Agent of the Council, reported, that the committee recommended to the Council, to place that report upon their Journal,
The report of the committee being concurred in, the report of the Fiscal Agent is as follows: To the Hon. the Legislative Council of the Territory of Michigan.
In obedience to the resolution of the 25th inst. the undersigned, Fiscal Agent of your honorable body, reports
That agreeably to the statement presented at the last session, the sum of $9,300 was appropriated by Congress, $1,635 in pari payment of the arrearages, and the balance, being $7,665, for the service of the year 1829.
It was supposed that this sum of $7,665, was sufficient for the payment of the remaining balance of arrearages, being $2,415 24, for which vouchers had been transmitted to the Treasury, and $530, previously appropriated for books and periodicils, she vouchers for which had not been sent to that department, and also for the expenses of the session of 1829, and an act was accordingly passed, authorising the Agent to receive from the Treasury, che two sums last mentioned.
At the close of the session, it being taken for granted, that this act of the Council had been approved at the Treasury department, and the necessary amount remitted for the objects specified there in, it was found that the expenses of the session amounted to nearly $900 more than the sum remaining in the Treasury, and it became necessary to issue certificates to the claimants for the deficiency. But the Ist Auditor of the Treasury, decided that as the act of Congress was specific, the Council could not appropriate the funds for the service of the year 1829, to the payment of claims of a precoding year--and in accordance with this decision, the full aipount of the accounts for 1829, was paid to me, leaving in the Treasury $1.738 36.
Through the exertions of his Excellency the Giwerner, aod the Hon. Mr. Biddle, this balance in the Treasury has been procured by special order of the Secretary of what Department, and has been divided among the several holders of certifieries.
The sum remaining due on account «f arre?rages, is $676 88, besides interest ; and for the purpose of paying this sum and furthe service of the current year, eight thousand dollars have been appropriated.
It may be proper to mention here, that three several apropriations have been mueby the Council, for the purchase of books
and periodicals--that the sum of $308 79, has been expended for this object, and that if it should be deeme, expedievi in acu in ihe Library of įhe Council, it would be necessity, accordinio sbe decision of the Treasury departmeni, that the expenditure bewu:horised by a new act of appropriation, is íunds cannot be uruwo under any one
those heret: fore pissed. All of which is respectfully submitieri.
C. C. TROWBRIDGE, Fiscal Agent.
On motion of Mr. Irwin,
A bill in addition to, and for the amendment of, the act concerning judgments and executions.
The bill having been read the first time;
On motion of Mr. Le lluy, the 19th rule was suspended, and the bill passed to its second reading.
On motion of Mr. Le Roy, Ordered, That the bill lie on the table. A message was received from ihe Governor, by the hands of Mr. Trowbridge, advising the Council, that he returned without his signature, the “act concerning townships”—which message is as follows: To the Legislative Council :
I return without my signature, the bill entitled “ an act concerning townships."
The practice of giving the same name to different places in the United States, has been long found a serious inconvenience. An eminent French traveller, alluding to this subject, more than thiriy years ago, said: “and thus has America becoine a kind of serond, though as yet, by no means, an improved edition of Europe, especially of England and Germany." Since that time, the evil has gone on increasing, and the reproach is more just now, than then. The repetition of the same pames has proceeded so far, as to call for some check It iends to introduce confusion into the geography of the country, and to occasion the misdirection and loss of letters, entrusted to the mail. The act entiiled "an act concerning two plats,” and which is proposed to be repealed by the bill now returned, applied a simple but efficient remedy to this state of things, and a remedy which was coextensive with the evil. It provided, that no town plat should be admitted to record, if the name proposed to be given to it, was contained in the general list of pos:
offices in the United States. And as the selling of lots in any town before the plat is recorded in the proper uffice, is rendered penal, the proprietor is necessarily led to the introduction of a
And I see no reason for the repeal of this provision, nou for the limitation of the principle, as proposed in this bill, 10 names already given in the Territory. The wish to transfer to a new country, Dames familiar to us in an old one, is perhaps connected with a natural association. But when the wish cannot be indulged without practical inconvenience, it is surely better to abandon, than to gratify it. Names are arbitrary, and only useful as they designate the objects. By continued multiplication, the very end sought to be attained by them, is lost. Whatever name is given to a place, use soon renders familiar, and by adhering to the principle that bas been laid down in this Terrory, we shall escape ihe inconvenience, which has been elsewhere esperienced, and present an original list of names, instead of an English or Geri mim edition.
LEW. CASS. July 27, 1830. Ordered, That the message lie on the table.
The bill in addition to ibe several Probate laws in this Territory, was taken up for a second reading.
Dr. M'Donell moved to postpone the further consideration of the bill unul the next session of the Council.
A message was received from the Governor on Executive business, by the hands of Mr. Trowbridge.
The question on Mr. M'Donell's motion, being taken, it was determined in the negative.
The bill was read a second time and considered as in committee of ihe whole.
Mir. Fletcher moved to amend, by striking out all after ihe word 6 administration,” in the 9th line of the 1st section.
Mi siockion moved to an end the amendment, by striking out all weer 'he word “ Probate,” in the 7th line of that section.
Mr M'Donell moved to aneud the amendment offi red by Mr. Stochron, by sir king out all afier the word “ writings,” in the oth live ifihat section,
The question being taken on the amendment last offered, it was decided in the affirmative.
Aves. 9 ; Navs, 4.
Messrs. Bartow, Drabe, Irwin, Kingsley, Le Roy, M'Doneli, Schoolcraft, Stockton, Edwards—9.
Thise in the negative, are,
Mr E posiey moved to stike oui, in the 4th line of the 1st section, the words, “ administer Ouths.”'
The motion was lost.
Ou miion of Mr. Irwin, the bill was further amended, by inserling, afier the word - oaths,” in the 5th line of the 1st section, the words_uuder the direction of the Judge of Probate and to”.
The will having been reporied as amended ; the question on agreeing wu the amendments was taken, and decided in the aflirmative.
Mr. Stockton moved to recommit the bill to the Judiciary comminee.
Mr. Lawrence moved to postpone the further consideration of the bill indefinitely.
The question being taken on the motion last made, it was determined in the aegative.
The questiou recurring on the motion made by Mr. Stockton, the bi l was recommitted. The Council took a recess until 3 o'clock, P. M.
3 o'clock, P. M. The President presented a proposal froia Joho Farmer, io furnish 70 copies of his Map, for the use of the county and town cle:ks, at a certaiu price. Referred to the committee on Territorial Affairs.
Mr. Drake, from the committee on Schools, to whom had been referred mne petition of the inhabitants of the township of La. Grange, made the following report:
The committee on Schools, to whom was referred the petition of the citizens of the township of L+ Grange, having deliberatelyconsidered the same, have to repri
That the Legislative authority of the Territory is not vested with such powers as are necessary, to carry the prayer of the petitiouers into effect. The only authority which the Legislative Council has over the lands reserved in the rerritory for the support of Schools, was vested, by an act of Congress, authorising the le sing of the said lauds for any time not exceeding four years, and the protecting thein frum wisie. By an act of the Council of A. D 1828, the right of choosing Trusiees, lo protect and lease the said lands, was given to the several surveyed towoships, baving a certain number of inhabitants in them. In townships where a less pumber of inhabitants reside, they are required by the act of 1828, to elect Trustees. It is believed, that the lands reserved for the use of Schools would not rent for any
considerable sum. By the 30th section of the act passed 1829, to provide for the. support of Commou Schools, the Governor is vested with full powor to appoint a person, whose duty it would be to protect all School lands from wasie, in such townships as had not elected Trustees under the act of 1828.
The committee recommend the carrying of the act of 1829 into effect.
Ordored, That the report lie on the table.
The bill to amend an act, entitled an act to provide for and regulate Comipon Schools, approved November 3, 1029, which was read a third ume on the 19th insi, was laken up and cunsidered.
Mr. Lawrence moved to amend the bill, by adding the fullosta ing, tu siand as the 6ih, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10ih, 11th, 12ih, 13ih aud 14th sections there if:
“ SEC. 6. That any school district may be altered at any annual township meeling, by the vote of a majoriy of the qualified foters present at such meeiing.
7. That the direciors of any school district, shall, by a vote of a majority of the taxable inhabitants of such districi, seleci sume convesiput and suitable site for a school-house for the use of suco district.
8. That the estinate for the expenses of building a school-bs-use for any school dis rici, shall be approved by a majority of the rajable inhabitants of such district, at a meeting called for that purpose.
9 That every tax, to be assessed upon the inhabstants of any school district, shall be levied by the vote of a majory of the lasable inhabiranis of such district, called for that purpose.
10. That the collector of any district, shall withio susiy days after having received such warrani, proceed to colleci the lajes therein men joned.
11. Thailands and tepements shall pot be sold for taxes, io less than woe year afier posting up polices of such sale, in three of the musi public places in such district.
12. That such collecior shall, within sixty days from the time he receives such warrani, pay the amount collecied, agreeably to the 12 h section of the act to which his is an amendment.
13. inulihe 41st and 45ih secuons of the act to which this is an aniendrueni, be and the same are hereby repealed.
14. That it shall be the duty of the colleciur, whenever he shall make sale of any lands and tenements by viriue of this acı, ... ihe act of which this is an amendment, to make and .eliver, in his iificial capacity, tv the purchaser or purchasers, a certificate describing by meies and bounds, ihe lands and tenemenis sold, in whici certificate ihe collector shall state the amount of the tax and costs for which the same was suld."
I be foregoing sections were taken up and considered respectively; and the question, on agreeing to the section proposeu as the sixth, being taken, the amendmevi was rejected.
The question being then taken, on agreeing to the 7th section to s:and as the 6th, the amendment was received.
i he question being then taken, va agreeing to the sih section to stand as the 7ih, the amendment was received.
i he question, "agrering to the yih section to stand as the sih, being taken, ihe amendment was rejecied.
Aves, 3 ; Nays, 7.