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best and nearest route from the west end of the borough of York to the borough of Gettysburg, in the county of Adams, 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 Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, Mr. Graham in the chair, on the bill, entitled
• A supplement to an act, entitled, an act establishing a fee bill.'
And after some time, The committee rose and reported the same with one amendment.
On motion, Said bill was read the second time, considered by section and agreed to, and Ordered, That it be transcribed for a third reading.
The clerk of the House of Representatives being introduced, presented for concurrence, the bill, entitled
• An act to provide for the erection of two arsenals.' He presented for signature, the bills, entitled as follow, viz.
• An act directing the sale of certain lots in the towns of Beaver and Allegheny."
6A supplement to the act, entitled, an act to incorporate the city of Philadelphia., Also, a
* Resolution relative to the capture of two British ships of war by captain Charles Stewart of the United States frigate Constitution.'
The bill presented for concurrence was read the first time.
The Speaker signed the bills and resolution presented for sig. nature.
Agreeably to order, The Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, Mr. Jarrett in the chair, on the bill, entitled
• A supplement to the act, entitled, an act directing the secretary of the land office to issue patents to the assignees of John Nicholson, for certain lands therein mentioned.'
And after some time, The committee rose and reported said bill with amendments.
The Speaker laid before the Senate a letter from the Auditor General and State Treasurer, with the document therein mentioned, which were read as follow, to wit.
February 29, 1816. SIR-Agreeably to the Sd section of the act of the 13th March, 1815, entitled “ An act 'making appropriation to defray certain
expences of government therein mentioned,' we respectfully submit the enclosed statement to the honorable the Senate.
With high respect, sir,
GEO. BRYAN, Aud. General.
WM, FINDLAY, Treasurer. The hon. Speaker of the Senate
of Pennsylvania. Statement of expenditures in pursuance of the 3d section of the
act of 13th March, 1815, entitled “ An act making appropriation to defray certain expences of government therein mentioned."
1815. April 14. George Whitehill, a balance due for paint fur
nished the commissioners of the public offices
at Harrisburg, for the use of said buildings 2 45 May 4. Wm. Findlay,
expences incurred by him in and
balance of account of expenditures by him in
25 55 Sept. 15. George Bryan, so much expended by him in re
moving the pump, cleaning the well, procu-
*53 52 16. N. B. Boileau, so much expended by him in
repairing the damages done on the public
27 15 Oct. 17. George Brayan, so much paid by him additional in relation to the well
*16 72 Dec. 6. George Caruthers, conveying to the city of
Washington a trunk containing the accounts
$ 359 34 GEO. BRYAN, Aud. General.
Wm. FINDLAY, Treasurer.
Treasury Department, Feb. 29, 1816. * In these items are included 859 feet of boards which had been purchased with an intention of erecting a shed over and around the well, but not having been so used, were delivered over to the Secretary of the Commonwealth to make boxes to pack the laws and journals, &c. which are annually sent to the several counties, amounting to 8 13 74.
Ordered, To lie on the table. The Speaker laid before Senate a letter from the Auditor
General, with the document* therein referred to, which was read as follows, to wit.
Auditor General's Office, Feb. 29, 1816. SIR-Agreeably to law, I respectfully submit to the honorable the Senate, a statement of the contingent expenses of this office for the
The annual appropriation for contingent expenses for the public offices being made about the close of each session of the legislature, the accounting officers have uniformly deemed the year as commencing on the 1st of April; but as a report of the actual disbursements could not be made to the legislature for a year thus calculated (the legislature having for many years past risen before the 1st of April,) the practice has been to exhibit the expenditures from the 1st of Jan. to and including the 31st of Dec.
The act of the 30th March 1811, entitled 6 An act to amend and consolidate the several acts relating to the settlement of the public accounts and the payment of the public moñies, and for other purposes,' appropriates the sum of $400 per annum for the contingent expences of this office—by the act of last session, entitled An act making appropriations to defray certain ex pences of government therein mentioned,' $ 100 dollars is added thereto for
the purpose of procuring some new books. . The very great increase in the item of postage, in
consequence of the returns, &c. under the provisions of the militia act, will render an increase of appropriation for the contingent expences of this office necessary; not only to supply what may
be deficient on the 1st of April next, say about $ 60, but to aid the permanent appropriation made by the act of March 1811, $ 150 I conceive will be sufficient for that purpose.
I will take the present opportunity to state to the Senate, that in consequence of the increase of business in this office arising from the present militia act, equal almost to all the other business previously transacted therein, I am under the necessity of asking an appropriation of $ 800 dollars for the ensuing year, in addition to the standing appropriation of 1000 per annum by the act of March 1811. At the last session of the legislature an appropriation was made to enable me to employ two additional clerks, to assist in preparing the accounts of the disbursements by Pennsylvania in relation to the late war—these accounts have been for the most part prepared and forwarded to the proper office at Washington city—there remains, however, many accounts in this office, and some not yet furnished, which are to be adjusted and prepared as charges against the United States.
I am, sir, with high respect,
* See appendix.
Agreeably to order, The Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, Mr. Hopkins in the chair, on the bill, entitled
"An act preventing the introduction and propagation of the
And after some time, The committee rose and reported the first section of the bill negatived.
On the question,
The yeas and nays were required by Mr. Baily and Mr. Trailey, and are as follow, to wit.
14. So it was determined in the affirmative, and the bill lost.
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 Commonikealth to return them to the houses in which they respectively originated, viz.
1. 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.
2. An act making further provision for the support of the board of wardens for the port of Philadelphia.
3. An act to provide for the better preservation and increase of the library of this commonwealth.
1.4. An act to authorize the Governor to incorporate a company to erect a bridge over the river Schuylkill, at or near Lewis' ferry in the county of Berks.
5. A supplement to the act, entitled, an act to enable the Govérnor to incorporate a company for the purpose of making an artificial 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.
That a committee be appointed for the purposes expressed in the act, entitled
An act for the better preservation and increase of the library of this commonwealth.'
To postpone the further consideration of said question for the present, which was agreed to.
On motion, The resolution from the House of Representatives read on the 26th inst. relative to the distribution of Smiths' edition of the laws, was again read, and the same being under consideration,
On motion of Mr. Frailey and Mr. Lowrie,
The further consideration of the said resolution was postponed for the present.
Adjourned until 9 o'clock to-morrow morning.
FRIDAY, March 1, 1816.
Mr. I. Weaver from the committee to whom was referred on the 16th December, so much of the Governor's message of the 14th of December last, as relates to the letter of William C. C. Claiborne, Governor of the state of Louisiana, enclosing an act of the legislature of that state, passed March 7, 1814, on the subject of a state subscription, in aid of the establishment of the Charity Hospital at the city of New Orleans, made report, which was read as follow, viz.
That they have taken into view the subject referred, connected with the trade of the western counties of this state, under the