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Agreeably to order,

The Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, Mr. M‘Sherry in the chair, on the bill, entitled

An act vesting in certain commissioners the authority to raise by way of lottery a sum of money for the relief of the German Lutheran congregation in the borough of Harrisburg.'

And after some time, The committee rose and reported the first section of the bill negatived.

On the question,
Will Senate agree to said report?

The yeas and nays were required by Mr. Frailey and Mr. Ev. ing, and are as follow, to wit.

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Messrs. Barnitz,

Messrs. Lane,
Beale,

M-Farland,
Biddle,

M-Sherry,
Erwin,

Poe,
Forster,

Rogers,
Jarrett,

Shoemaker,

19. So it was determined in the affirmative.

The clerk of the House of Representatives being introduced, presented for concurrence the bill, entitled

An act to incorporate the Orphan Society of Philadelphia.'

And informed, That the House of Representatives have concurred in the amendments to the bill, entitled

• An act to extend the act, entitled, an act to improve the breed of sheep in certain counties in this commonwealth to the county of Erie.' He presented for signature, the bills, entitled as follow, viz.

An act authorizing Elizabeth Deal and Charles Albrecht, executors of the last will and testament of Jacob Deal, deceased, to sell and convey the estate therein mentioned.

• An act confirming the proceedings of the commissioners of the county of Pike.'

An act to extend the boundaries of Columbia county:'.

A supplement to an act, entitled, an act authorizing the gover: nor to appoint commissioners to view and lay out a state road from Carlisle in Cumberland county, to Littleton in Bedford county.

The bill presented for concurrence was read the first time.
The Speaker signed the bills presented for siguature.

Agreeably to order,
The Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, Mr.
Morgan in the chair, on the bill, entitled

• An act authorizing Peter Ent, Christian Brobst and William Brewer to improve and occupy a certain sand bar or island in the north east branch of the river Susquehanna.'

And after some time, The committee rose and reported the first and only section of the bill negatived.

On the question, Will Senate agree to said report? It was determined in the affirmative, and the bill consequently lost.

Agreeably to order, The Senate again resolved itself into a committee of the whole, Mr. Jarrett in the chair, on the bill from the House of Representatives, entitled • An act to incorporate the Bridgeport manufacturing company.'

And after some time, The committee rose and reported said bill with amendments, which were read.

Agreeably to order,

The Senate again resolved itself into a committee of the whole, Mr. Murray in the chair, on the bill from the House of Repre. sentatives, entitled

• An act for the erection of a transcribing office for the House of Representatives.'

And after some time, The committee rose and reported the first and only section of the bill negatived.

On the question,
Will Senate agree to said report?
It was determined in the affirmative, and the bill lost.
Adjourned until 10 o'clock to-morrow morning.

FRIDAY, January 19, 1816.

Mr. Hopkins presented the petition of Hugh Thompson and Isaac Eabý, administrators of the estate of John Burnside, late of Chester county, deceased, stating that the said Burnside was an alien and died seized of certain real estate without having been naturalized, and praying that they may be authorized to

sell and convey said real estate, and apply the proceeds to the payment of his debts and the benefit of his children; and

Said petition was read and referred to Mr. Hopkins, Mr. Reed and Mr. Shoemaker, with leave to report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Power from the committee to whom was referred on the 3d inst, the petition of the president and managers of a company for erecting a bridge over Big Beaver creek, on leave given, reported a bill, entitled

• A supplement to the act, entitled, an act to authorize the Governor to incorporate a company to erect a toll bridge over Big Beaver creek, at or near Wolf lane in the county of Beaver, which was read the first time.

Mr. M«Sherry from the committee appointed for the purpose, made further report in part, which was read as follows, to wit.

That in conjunction with a similar committee of the House of Representatives, they have compared and this day presented to the Governor for his approbation, the bills, entitled as follow:

“A supplement to the act, entitled, an act authorizing the Governor to appoint 'commissioners to view and lay out a state road from Carlisle in Cumberland county, to Littleton in Bedford county.'

"An act, to extend the boundaries of Columbia county...

• An act confirming the proceedings of the commissioners of the county of Pike,

• An act authorizing Elizabeth Deal and Charles Albrecht executors of the last will and testament of Jacob Deal, deceased, to sell and convey the estate therein mentioned.'

The bill, entitled

An act to regulate the payment of costs in certain cases of trespass therein mentioned,' was read the third time, and

Resolved, That this bill pass.

Ordered, That the clerk present the said bill to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

On motion of Mr. Reed and Mr. Frailey,

The Senate proceeded to the second reading and consideration of the resolution from the House of Representatives,

• Relative to the establishment of a district court of the Uni-;' ted States at Pittsburg,' as reported by a committee of the whole yesterday.

The first and second resolutions were considered and adopted.
The preamble being under consideration,
A motion was made by Mr. Reed and Mr. Lowrie,

To postpone the same for the purpose of introducing the following as a substitute, to wit.

Whereas, many important suits against citizens of Pennsylvania residing west of the Allegheny mountains, have for a long time been pending and are yet undeterinined in the supreme court of the United States for the district of Pennsylvania.. And from the increasiny population of that extensive territory, the establishment of ports of entry by the United States at Presque.

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Isle and at Pittsburg, and the growing importance of the naviga tion of the great western rivers and lakes, such suits are daily accumulating. And while parties are compelled to procure the attendance of witnesses at Philadelphia, frequently a distance of four hundred miles, or to proceed to trial upon their depositions, which are often defectively, some times erroneously, and never satisfactorily taken, delay, disappointment and expence will necessarily occur, and a competent remedy cannot be expected until those evils are removed. And whereas, by the progressive influence of these evils, the cultivation of the soil, establishment of manufactories, and the general extension of improvements are greatly impeded, while the enterprizing citizens engaged in their lawful pursuits are harrassed by litigation, conducted in a distant country by strangers, and at an expence generally beyond their means. Such obstacles necessarily dependent on the present state of things, falls but little short of absolute denial of justice. And it being right that the distribution of justice should be equal and administered without denial or delay. Therefore."

And the same being under consideration,
A motion was made by Mr. Reed and Mr. I. Weaver,

To postpone the further consideration thereof, together with the resolutions for the present, which was agreed to.

Mr. Frailey read a bill in his place, and on leave given presented the same to the chair, entitled

• An act providing for the sale of the State House and the lot of ground attached thereto, in Philadelphia,' which was read the first time.

Mr. Murray asked and obtained leave to withdraw from the files of the present session, the petition and documents of Peter Ent and others.

Mr. Morgan read a bill in his place, and on leave given presented the same to the chair, entitled

An act to facilitate the recovery of ground rents,' which was read the first time. The bill from the House of Representatives, entitled

An act to incorporate the Bridgeport Manufacturing Compan ny,' was read the second time as reported by a committee of the whole yesterday, considered by section and agreed to. Ordered, That said bill be prepared for a third reading.

Agreeably to order, The rule for going into a committee of the whole being in this case dispensed with, the bill, entitled

• A further supplement to an act, entitled, an act authorizing the commissioners of Berks county to build a stone bridge over the river Schuylkill near the borough of Reading in the said county,' was read the second time. The first and only section having been considered,

On the question,
Will Senate agree to said section ?

The yeas and nays were required by Mr. G. Wearer and Mr. Frailey, and are as follow, to wit.

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Messrs. Ewing,

Viessrs. Ross,
Grahain,

Shearer,
Lane,

G. Weaver,
Maghee,

I. Weaver,
M-Farland,

Tod, speaker. 10. So it was determined in the affirmative.

The title being amended by striking out the word borough' and inserting town,' was agreed to. Ordered, That said bill be transcribed for a third reading.

Agreeably to order,

The rule for going into a committee of the whole being in this case dispensed with, the bill, entitled

6 An act to authorize the Governor to incorporate a company for erecting a permanent bridge over the river Delaware at Stockport in Wayne county,' was read the second time.

Sections 1 to 8. inclusive, were severally considered and agreed to. Section 9. being under consideration, A motion was made by Mr. Rogers and Mr. Morgan,

To postpone the further consideration of said section, together with the bill for the present, which was agreed to.

Agreeably to order, The Senate again resolved itself into a committee of the whole, Mr. Ewing in the chair, on the bill, entitled

6 An act to provide for the erection of two arsenals, purchasing field ordnance and rilles.'

And after some time, The committee rose, reported progress and asked leave to sit again ; leave was granted, and

Ordered, That the committee of the whole sit again to-morrow. On motion of Mr. Forster and Mr. Lowrie, The following resolution was twice read, considered and adopted, to wit.

Resolved, That the Governor be requested to lay before Senate, the report of the adjutant general furnishing a detailed state

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