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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.

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

An act authorizing the Governor to incorporate the Northampton Water Company.'

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

Agreeably to order,

The Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, Mr, Shoemaker in the chair, on the bill from the House of Represen, tatives, entitled

A supplement to the act, entitled, an act to enable the Goy, ernor to incorporate a company for the purpose of making an ar. tificial road from the Philadelphia and Lancaster turnpike road between the twenty-three mile stone and the Admiral' Warren tavern, to the point where the Reading road intersects the Morgantown road to the west of Jones's tavern in Berks county!

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

On motion, The further consideration of said report was postponed for the present.

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

• Resolution relative to the establishment of a permanent and uniform system of weights and measures.?

He informed, That the House of Representatives have concurred in the amendments by Senate, to the bill, entitled

• An act to enable Joseph Crawford and William Hamill, exe, cutors of the last will and testament of William Clennal an alien, late of Montgomery county, deceased, to convey certain real estate.

Agreeably to order, The Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, Mr. Smith in the chair, on the 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.'

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. The clerk of the House of Representatives being introduced,

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informed, that that house have concurred in all the amendments by Senate, to the bill, 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, with one amendment thereto, viz.

Sect. 8. between the words • two preceding' insert the word • last.'

On motion,
Said amendment was again read, considered and concurred in.

Ordered, That the clerk inform the House of Representatives accordingly.

Mr. Barnitz obtained leave of absence for a few days.
Adjourned until 10 o'clock to-morrow morning.

TUESDAY, February 6, 1816.

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Mr. Reed presented a petition from sundry inhabitants of Indiana, Westmoreland and Allegheny counties, praying that commissioners may be appointed to review that part of the state road leading from the town of Indiana to Pittsburg, from where it crosses Kiskaminitas river to the town of Pittsburg; and

Said petition was read and referred to the committee to whom was referred on the 26th January a similar petition.

Mr. Shearer presented the petition and documents of Joshua Comly, Samuel Swift, John Worthington and James Paul, jun. guardians of the minor children of Edward Swift, deceased, praying that they may be authorized to make sale of certain real estate devised to the said minors by their grandfather John Swift; and

Said petition was read and referred to Mr. Shearer, Mr. Morgan and Mr. Shoemaker, with leave to ort by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Welles presented two petitions of similar tenor from sundry inhabitants of the counties of Lycoming, Potter and M.Kean, praying that a company may be incorporated to make an artificial road from Jersey Shore to Coudersport, and thence to Cerestown in M.Kean county, and that the Governor may be authorized to subscribe on behalf of this commonwealth towards the stock of said company; and

Said petitions were read and laid on the table. Mr Reed presented the petition and documents of Mathew Stevenson and William Gibson, guardians of the person and estate of John Gibson of Westmoreland county, a lunatic, praying that they may be authorized to sell and convey certain real estate for the payment of the debts of said lunatic; and

The same was read and referred to Mr. Reed, Mr. Maghee and Mr. Jarrett.

Mr. Morgan presented a petition from sundry officers in the late regiment of Pennsylvania volunteer artillery in the service of the United States, praying certain alterations and amendments in the militia law, so far as it relates to that description of troops; and

Said petition was read and laid on the table.

Mr. Morgan presented a petition from the select and common councils of the city of Philadelphia, praying that they may be authorized to sell a certain lot of ground situate on the south side of Lombard street, and between Ninth and Tenth streets in said city; and

Said petition was read and laid on the table.

Mr. Morgan presented a petition from sundry ship owners and merchants of the city of Philadelphia, remonstrating against the passage of a law to increase the rates of pilotage on vessels arriving at, and departing from the port of Philadelphia; and

Said petition was read and laid on the table.

Mr. Morgan presented a petition from the president and managers of the company for building a permanent bridge over the river Schuylkill at the Upper Ferry in the county of Philadelphia, praying that they may be authorized to raise by way of lottery a sum of money sufficient to enable them to discharge their debts, or that the legislature will grant them such other relief as may to them seem most

proper; and Said petition was read and referred to Mr. Morgan, Mr. G. Weaver, Mr. Rogers, Mr. Baily and Mr. Shannon.

Mr. Biddle from the committee appointed for the purpose on the 3d inst. reported a bill, entitled

An act to provide for the better accommodation and increase of the library of this commonwealth,' which was read the first time.

Mr. Graham from the committee to whom was referred on the 2d inst. the petition of the president and trustees of Dickinson college, on leave given, reported a bill, entitled

6 An act for the relief of Dickinson college, which was read the first time.

The bill, entitled • 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,' 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

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, 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 one amendment, in which the concurrence of that house is requested.

The bill, entitled

An act providing for the sale of the State House and the lot of ground attached thereto, in Philadelphia,' was read the second time, as reported by a committee of the whole on the 2d inst.

Sect. 1. being under consideration,
A motion was made by Mr. Morgan and Mr. Maghee,

To postpone the further consideration of said section for the present, for the purpose of proceeding to the consideration of section 8, which was disagreed to, and

On the question,
Will Senate agree to said section ?

The yeas and nays were required by Mr. Morgan and Mr. Reed, and are as follow, to wit.

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Messrs. Baily,

Messrs. Maghee,
Erwin,

M-Sherry,
Ewing,

Morgan,
Hopkins,

Shoemaker,
Jarrett,

Smith,
Lane,

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So it was determined in the affirmative.
Section 2. was considered and agreed to.
Section 3. being under consideration,
A motion was made by Mr. Frailey and Mr. Rogers,

To amend the same by striking from line 4 the word "two, and inserting in place thereofone,' which was agreed to, and the section as amended agreed to,

Sections 4, 5 and 6. were severally considered and agreed to.
Section 7. being under consideration,
A motion was made by Mr. I. Weaver and Mr. Reed,

To amend the same in line 6, by striking therefrom $70,000, and inserting $ 125,000 in lieu thereof.

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Whereupon,
A division of the question was called for to end with striking

On the question,
Will Senate agree to strike out $70,000 ?
It was determined in the negative.
A motion was then made by Mr. Frailey and Mr. Morgan,

To amend said section by striking therefrom all that follows the word • simple to the end of the section, and inserting in lieu thereof the following, viz.

• Provided always nevertheless, and it is hereby declared to be the true intent and meaning hereof, that no part of said ground lying to the southward of the State House within the wall, as it is now built, be made use of for erecting any sort of buildings thereon, but that the same shall be and remain a public green and walk forever;' which was agreed to.

motion was then made by Mr. Morgan and Mr. Maghee, Further to amend the section by striking therefrom these words with provision that the said square shall remain a public lot for the use of the citizens of said city and vicinity forever.'

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

To postpone the further consideration of said amendment, to-' gether with the section and bill for the present, which was agreed to.

The clerk of the House of Representatives being introduced, presented for concurrence two bills, entitled as follow, viz.

An act to revive and extend certain acts therein mentioned, relative to the building of bridges over the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers opposite Pittsburg, and to authorize the Governor to subscribe for a certain number of shares to the stock of the same.'

An act authorizing James Wilson of York county, to convey the right to a tract of land of Mary Wilson a lunatic, and for other purposes.

He returned the bills, entitled as follow, viz.

An additional supplement to an act, entitled, an act directing the mode of selecting and returning jurors.

An act concerning the sale of a tract of land of which John Burnside died possessed.'

And informed, That the House of Representatives have passed said bills with amendments, in which the concurrence of Senate is requested.

He presented for signature, the bills, entitled as follow, viz.

• 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 establishing an academy in the borough of Lebanon in the county of Lebanon.'

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