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"An act for the relief of Agnes Hurst formerly the wife of Robert M-Kellop, a revolutionary soldier, deceased.
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. Rogers and Mr. Lowrie,
The following resolution was twice read, considered and adopted, to wit.
Whereas, in consequence of a representation made to the gov. ernor by the officers commanding the volunteers and militia in the service of the United States, in the autumn of 1814, that many of their men were destitute of blankets and clothing necessary to protect them from the inclemency of the season, and in circumstances too indigent to purchase them, the governor directed the adjutant general to purchase a sufficient number of blankets, and a quantity of clothing offered for sale by the commissary general of the United States, and caused them to be distributed among the most necessitous, upon the condition that the price thereof should be deducted out of their pay. The adjutant general accordingly made the purchase, and the blankets and clothing were received upon those conditions. And whereas, all who received those blankets and clothes were the poor
and the indigent, and many of whom had families depending on their earnings alone for support, and none of whom had any thing to defend but their personal liberty, it would be but humanity if not justice, to exonerate those men from the condition on which they received those indispensable articles. Therefore,
Resolved, That a committee be appointed to bring in a bill te exonerate those non-commissioned officers, musicians and privates belonging to the volunteers and militia who received blankets and clothing from the state, while in the service of the United States, under general orders of the 27th August, 13th and 16th September 1814, from the payment of the price thereof.
Ordered, That Mr. Rogers, Mr. Biddle and Mr. Ross be a committee for the purpose aforesaid.
The Secretary of the Commonwealth being introduced, presented a message from the Governor, which was read as follows, to wit.
To the Senate and House of Representatives of the Common
wealth of Pennsylvania. I have this day approved and signed the following acts of the General Assembly, and directed the Secretary of the Commonwealth to return them to the houses in which they respectively originated, viz.
1. An act enabling the Governor to incorporate a company for making an artificial road from the state line, near the town of Emmetsburg, in the state of Maryland, through Waynesburg, Greencastle and Mercersburg, to intersect the Chambersburg
and Bedford turnpike road, at or near the east end of M.Connels. burg.'
2. An act incorporating the Whitestown Manufacturing Company:
3. An act to incorporate the town of Waynesburg in the county of Greene.
4. An act to incorporate the Orphan Society of Philadelphia.
5. An act to authorize Henry Jarrett, of Northampton County, to build a permanent toll bridge across the river Lehigh.
6. An act to prohibit the holding of fairs in the boroughs of York, Lancaster and Harrisburg.
7. An act for the relief of Isaac Thompson, an old soldier. 8. An act to authorize the purchase and distribution of certain copies of the new edition of the laws of the United States. 9, An act for the relief of Thomas Curtis,
TUESDAY, January 30, 1816.
Mr. Beale presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Fermanagh township in Mifflin county, praying that they may be authorized to hold their elections in the school room of the stone or Presbytsrian meeting house in Mifflintown; and
The same was read and referred to the committee on election districts.
Mr. Lowrie presented a petition from sundry inhabitants of Allegheny county, and of the town of Pittsburg, praying that a law may be passed providing for the erection of a poor house in said county; and also a petition from sundryowners of lots in the town of Allegheny, praying for the erection of said house, and that a portion of the common in the reserved tract west of the town of Allegheny may be appropriated for the erection of said building; and
Said petitions were read and referred to Mr. Lowrie, Mr. Power and Mr. Reed.
Mr. M Sherry presented a petition from the members of the Presbyterian congregation of Great Conowago in Adams county, praying that a law may be passed to authorize the trustees of said congregation to sell certain real estate, and vest the proceeds thereof in bank stock or other productive funds; and
Said petition was read and referred to Mr. M Sherry, Mr. Graham and Mr. Maghee.
The clerk of the House of Representatives being introduced, presented for concurrence, the bills, entitled as follow, viz.
• An act establishing an academy in the borough of Lebanon, in the county of Lebanon.'
• An act to enable the representatives of Thomas Allibone, late of the city of Philadelphia, deceased, who are of full age, and the guardian of those who are minors, to convey and assure a lot of ground in the Northern Liberties of the city of Philadelphia.'
An act authorizing and empowering John Moore, to execute a title to George Forney for a certain real estate therein mentioned.'
• An act releasing the right of this commonwealth in certain escheated estate, late the property of Dennis Dunn, deceased, to Joseph A. Wigmore, Francis Wigmore and Ann Wigmore.'
• An act authorizing the Governor to incorporate the Northampton Water Company.'
"A further supplement to an act, entitled, an act to incorporate a company for making an artificial road from Harrisburg through Lewistown and Huntingdon to Pittsburg.'
• An act for the better accommodation of the diseased poor in the city of Philadelphia, the district of Southwark, and the township of the Northern Liberties.'
He returned, the bill entitled • An act authorizing the Governor to incorporate the York Water Company.'
And informed, That the House of Representatives have passed said bill with one amendment, in which the concurrence of Senate is requested.
He also informed, That the House of Representatives have concurred in the amendments by Senate, to the bill, entitled
• An act to incorporate the Bridgeport Manufacturing Company."
The bills presented for concurrence were severally read the first time.
The amendment by the House of Representatives, to the bill, entitled
• An act authorizing the Governor to incorporate the York Water Company,' was read as follows, viz..
Introduce a new section to be called section 10. as follows, * And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, 'That if after the year 1830, the corporation of the said borough should be disposed to purchase out the interest of the said company, they shall be permitted to do so, paying therefor such a sum, as seven disinterested men appointed by the judges of the court of common pleas of York county, shall under oath or affirmation declare to be the full and just value of the same.' Number the remaining sections accordingly.
On motion, Said amendment was again read, considered and non-concurred.
Ordered, That the clerk inform the House of Representatives accordingly.
Mr. Biddle presented the petition of the select and common councils of the city of Philadelphia, the board of commissioners of the incorporated part of the Northern Liberties, the board of commissioners of the district of Southwark, the board of commissioners of the district of Spring Garden, and the board of commissioners of the township of Moyamensing in the county of Philadelphia, praying that a law may be passed granting power to the different incorporated legislative bodies within the city and county of Philadelphia, to regulate taverns and suppress tippling houses; and Said petition was read, and
Ordered, To lie on the table. Mr. Biddle presented the petition of the guardians of the poor of the city and county of Philadelphia, the district of Southwark and township of the Northern Liberties, stating that the small pox is at present existing in the city of Philadelphia and its suburbs, and praying that the persons afflicted with said disease may
be placed under the care of the board of health, who have direction of the city hospital, in which persons with other contagious disorders are placed; and Said petition was read, and
Ordered, To lie on the table. Mr. Morgan presented the petition of the president and managers of the Susquehanna and Tioga turnpike road.company, praying certain alterations in their act of incorporation, und that an additional appropriation of 8 10,000 may be made to aid them in the construction of said road; and Said petition was read, and
Ordered, To lie on the table. Mr. I. Weaver from the committee to whom was referred on the 23d inst. a letter from the state treasurer, on leave given, reported a bill, entitled
6 An act relating to the sale of a tract of land by the sheriff of Greene county, to William T. Hays, in trust for the use of the commonwealth, which was read the first time.
Mr. Ewing from the committee to whom was referred the petitions from sundry persons interested in the sale of wheat, rye and Indian corn in the port of Philadelphia, praying that a law may be passed whereby the said grain sold now by the bushel shall be regulated by weight. Reported,
That they have taken the said petitions into consideration, and are of opinion that it would be inexpedient to pass a law agreeably to the prayer of the petitioners.
Ordered, To lie on the table. Mr. Beale from the committee to whom was referred on the 6th inst. sundry petitions relative to a bridge at Clark's ferry, on leave given, reported a bill, entitled
• An act to authorize the Governor to incorporate a company for erecting a permanent bridge over the river Susquehanna, at or near Clark's ferry in the county of Cumberland, which was read the first time.
The bill, entitled • An act concerning the sale of a tract of land of which John Burnside died possessed,' was read the third time, and
Resolved, That this bill pass.
Ordered, That the clerk present said bill to the House of Representatives for concurrence.
The bill from the House of Representatives, entitled
• A further supplement to an act, entitled, an act to erect the town of Somerset in Somerset county, into a borough,' was read the third time, and
Resolved, That this bill pass.
Ordered, That the clerk return said bill to the House of Representatives, with information that Senate have passed the same without amendment.
On motion of Mr. Biddle and Mr. Morgan,
The rule which prevents bills from being read twice on the same day, and the rule for going into committee of the whole being in this case dispensed with, the bill from the House of Representatives, entitled
• An act for the better accommodation of the diseased poor in the city of Philadelphia, the district of Southwark, and the township of the Northern Liberties,' was read the second time, con. sidered by section and agreed to.
Whereupon, On motion and by unanimous consent, said bill was read the third time, and
Resolved, That this bill pass.
Ordered, That the clerk return said bill to the House of Representatives, with information that Senate have passed the same without amendment,
Agreeably to order, The Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, Mr. Ewing in the chair, on the bill, entitled • An act for the relief of James Moore of Beaver county.'
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. Forster in the chair, on the bill from the House of Representatives, entitled
• A supplement to the act authorizing Andrew Bozorth and Doctor Phineas Jenky, executors of the last will and testament of Hannah Dyer, deceased, to sell and convey a certain tract of land therein mentioned.'
And after some time, The committee rose and reported said bill with one amendment, which was read.
The clerk of the House of Representatives being introduced, presented for concurrence the bills, entitled as follow, viz.
6 An act to enable Joseph Crawford and William Hamill, exe