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Westmoreland Bank of Pennsylvania, Jan 25, 1816. I do hereby certify, that in the statement of this bank made on the first Monday of November last, the item of cash on hand' consisted of the following particulars: Silver
$ 29,182 53 Gold
3,550 91 Foreiga notes
Debts due by other banks
$93,874 00 W. B. ALEXANDER, President.
Farmers Bank of Reading, Jan. 29, 1816. GEO. BRYAN, Esq.
SIR-Having seen in the papers a resolution offered by a member of the legislature, to compel a number of banks to make a more full return of the state of their funds--and as this institution is one, I, in anticipation of its passing, send you inclosed, a more full statement, not blending the specie with the paper of other banks; which please to lay before the legislature if you think proper. My predecessor made his statement in the same way last year, but be assured, we had no motive, having a reasonable quantity of specie on hand. Yours respectfully,
LEWIS REESE, President. FARMERS BANK OF READING-Nov. 6, 1816. Amount of stock paid
299,440 Notes issued and in circulation
339,561 Dividends remaining unpaid
15,909 78 Amount of deposits
$ 693,011 78
Amount of bills discounted
592,851 31 Balance due from other banks
1,258 49 House and other expenses
15,451 40 Foreign gold
$ 7,899 49 American gold
42,142 58 Philadelphia notes
19,174 Notes of other banks 22,134
$ 693,011 78 Ordered, To lie on the table.
Agreeably to order, The Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, Mr. Hopkins in the chair, on the bill, entitled
• An act providing for the sale of the State House and the ground attached thereto, in Philadelphia.'
And after some time, The committee rose and reported said bill with amendments, which were read.
The clerk of the House of Representatives being introduced, presented for concurrence, the bills, entitled as follow, viz.
• An act granting a sum of money to aid in removing obstructions out of Sheerman's creek.' • An act for holding special courts of common pleas.'
He informed, That the House of Representatives have concurred in the amendments by Senate, to the bills, entitled as follow, viz.
• An act authorizing the election of a constable in the borough of Greensburg.'
• A supplement to the act authorizing Andrew Bozorth and Doctor Phineas Jenks, executors of the last will and testament of Hannah Dyer, deceased, to sell and convey a certain tract of land therein mentioned.'
• An act for the relief of Michael Wheeland, an old soldier.? The bills presented for concurrence were read the first time. On motion of Mr. I. Weaver and Mr. Lowrie,
Ordered, That the reading of amendments made to bills or resolutions in the nature of bills, and reported to Senate by a committee of the whole, be dispensed with in all future cases, unless read by special direction of Senate.
Agreeably to order, The Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, Mr. Lowrie in the chair, on the bill, entitled
• An act to authorize the Governor to appoint commissioners to lay out a road from the west end of Brighton bridge to the state line, in a direction to Poland in the state of Ohio.'
And after some time, The committee rose and reported said bill with one amendment.
Agreeably to order, The Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, Mr. Maghee in the chair, on the bill from the House of Representatives, entitled
An act for the improvement of a road beginning at the point where the Coshecton and Great Bend turnpike passes through the Moosic mountain, in a western direction to the west line of the state.'
And after some time, The committee rose and reported said bill with amendments. Adjourned until 10 o'clock to-morrow morning.
SATURDAY, February 3, 1816.
Mr. Reed presented a petition from sundry inhabitants of the borough of Greensburg, praying to be authorized to raise by way of lottery a certain sum of money to aid in the completion of two churches in said borough; and
Said petition was read and referred to the committee to whom was referred on the 31st January a similar petition.
Mr. Barnitz from the committee to whom was referred on the 31st January the petition of John Kroh, on leave given, reported a bill, entitled
• An act providing for the redemption of a certain certificate,' which was read the first time.
Mr. Biddle from the committee appointed to examine in conjunction with a committee of the House of Representatives, i whether
and what measures are necessary for the better preservation and increase of the library belonging to the two houses, made report, which was read as follows, to wit.
That the library contains a number of rare and valuable works, which from the want of sufficient care are exposed to injury and loss; and that the practice of purchasing books by each house without any previous concert between them, multiplies unnecessarily the number of copies of the same work, and occasions useless expense.
The committee are of opinion that the best method of remedying these inconveniences would be to consolidate the libraries of the two houses to employ some person to take charge of them, and to appoint a joint committee of the two houses under whose directions a certain sum should be annually appropriated for the purchase of books. But as the expenses to be incurred by this plan could not perhaps be constitutionally provided for in the form of a joint resolution, the committee abstain from entering into further details, but offer the following resolution :
Resolved, That a committee be appointed to bring in a bill in conformity to the principles contained in the above report.
On motion, Said report was again read, and the resolution thereto attached, considered and adopted.
Ordered, That Mr. Biddle, Mr, Lowrie and Mr. Smith be said committee.
Mr. Biddle from the committee to whom was referred on the 26th January, a resolution relative to the purchase of certain booķs, reported said resolution with one amendment, which was read.
The bill, entitled • An act establishing an academy in the borough of Lebanon, in the county of Lebanon,' 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 with amendments, in which the concurrence of that house is requested.
The amendments were, To require the trustees of said academy to submit their accounts annually to the auditors of the county; and other verbad amendments.
The bill, entitled • An act to authorize the Governor to appoint commissioners to lay out a road from the west end of Brighton bridge to the state line, in a direction to Poland in the state of Ohio, 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 transcribed for a third reading, 'The bill from the House of Representatives, entitled
An act for the improvement of a road beginning at the point where the Coshecton and Great Bend turnpike passes through the Moosic mountain in a western direction to the west line of the state,' was read the second time as reported by a committee of the whole yesterday.
The several sections were considered and agreed to.
To postpone the further consideration thereof for the present, for the purpose of introducing a new section to be called section 6, in the words following, to wit,
* And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the sum of seven hundred dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated to be paid to the commissioners of Luzerne county, to be by them expended in improving a part of the state road from Harrisburg to Wilkesbarre, commencing at the line of Rush township in the line of Luzerne county,'
On the question,
On the question,
To introduce another new section to be called section 7. in the words following, to wit.
6 And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the sum of five hundred dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated to be paid to the commissioners of Schuylkill county, to be by them expended in opening and improving that part of the state road from Harrisburg to Wilkesbarre, as far as it passes through the township of Rush in Schuylkill county.'
On the question,
To introduce another new section to be called section 8. in the words following, to wit.
And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall be the duty of the county commissioners to whom the sums hereby appropriated, are to be paid in the manner as hereinbefore directed, to advertise that proposals will be received at a certain time and place, to be by them fixed for making the improvements, and shall contract with such person or persons as will in their judgment secure the most advantageous expenditure of the sums appropriated in the two preceding sections, and they shall furnish to the auditors of their counties, a detailed statement of the manner in which the said monies shall have been expended; and the auditors shall have the same power, and shal settle the accounts in the same manner as the accounts of the county commissioners are by law directed to be settled, adjusted and published.'
On the question,
to said section?
On motion, It was amended by adding to the end thereof the words and for other purposes,' and agreed to as amended.
Ordered, That said bill be prepared for a third reading.