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water from a spring or stream of water called the Vandine Kill, into the town of Milford in the county of Pike.'
'An act authorizing the purchase of a certain number of copies of the work of Samuel Roberts on the British statutes now in force in Pennsylvania.
An act to authorize Andrew Flemming, to erect and maintain a toll bridge over Oil creek in the county of Venango.' Whereupon,
The Speaker signed said bills.
Agreeably to order,
The Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, Mr. Rogers in the chair, on the bill from the House of Representatives, entitled
'An act for the relief of sundry old soldiers, and other persons.'
And after some time,
The committee rose and reported said bill with amend
On motion of Mr. Lowrie and Mr. Reed,
The resolution from the House of Representatives, directing the Secretary of the Commonwealth to forward to each member of the present legislature, one copy of the pamphlet laws, one copy of the journals and one copy of Roberts' edition of the British statues, read yesterday, was again read, and
The same being under consideration,
A motion was made by Mr. Frailey and Mr. Murray,
To amend said resolution by striking therefrom all that relates to Roberts' edition of the British statutes, and
On the question,
Will Senate agree so to amend ?
The yeas and nays were required by Mr. Frailey and Mr. Murray, and are as follow, to wit.
On the question,
Will Senate agree to said resolution?.
The yeas and nays were required by Mr. Morgan and Mr. Murray, and are as follow, to wit.
'So it was determined in the affirmative.
Ordered, That the clerk return said resolution to the House of Representatives, with information that Senate have adopted the same with an amendment.
Adjourned until 9 o'clock to-morrow morning.
SATURDAY, March 16, 1816.
Mr. Rogers from the committee to whom was referred on the 29th February, a petition from sundry militia officers, made report, which was read as follows, to wit.
That they have carefully and deliberately examined the subject referred to them, and that it appears to your committee, that during the summer and fall of 1814, the enemy appeared in force in the waters of the Chesapeake, and it was doubtful whether the place of attack would be Baltimore or Philadelphia, or both. That the Governor with the utmost alacrity, ordered into the service of the United States, under a requisition from the President, through the secretary of war, certain portions of the militia of Pennsylvania for the protection of both of those places. That numerous corps of volunteers, and a great portion of the militia aforesaid, with a promptitute and zeal which reflected honor on themselves and credit on the state, left their homes and firesides,
at the call of their country, to endure the privations of the tented field. That those who remained at home and refused to march in defence of the violated rights of their country, either from a disposition to withhold that aid which was so essentially necessary at that period, from disaffection, or from other causes unknown to your committee, were tried by a court martial regularly organized for that purpose. That the members of the court martial aforesaid were ordered into service, in obedience to general orders of the Governor to the brigade inspectors, dated the 22d December 1814, to summon courts martial for the trial of delinquents and deserters ordered into the sereice of the United States, by any general orders predicated on a requisition of the President. That the members composing said court martial, in consequence of there being upward of four hundred delinquencies and desertions, remained on duty thirty-one days. That it is not the province of your committee to enquire whether the courts martial were legally or illegally organized. Those officers performed the duty required of them, and it is the opinon of your committee that they ought to be promptly paid for their services. Your committee beg leave further to remark, that most of those officers, who were detailed on the court martial aforesaid, had, to the manifest injury of their pecuniary affairs, performed a tour of three months duty in the service and defence of their country. That love of country, and a desire to render themselves useful, prompted them to march in defence of its rights. That they had just returned to the bosom of their families, when they were again called upon to sit in judgment on those who refused to march in the hour of danger. When called upon so to do by the constituted authorities of their country, that they again most cheerfully performed the duties assigned them, and they now ask remuneration for their services.
Your committee taking into consideration the many privations which they endured whilst in service, and the losses sustained in attending the court martial after their return, are of opinion that provision ought to be made to pay them for their services. as it is near the close of the session, and relying on the liberality of the general government, for a speedy payment of those who served faithfully during the late war, are of opinion that nothing can be done at this time:
They therefore submit the following resolution, viz.
Resolved, That in case the government of the United States, whose especial duty it is to pay the members composing said courts martial, do not make provision to pay them during the recess of the legislature, the case of these officers be earnestly recommend, ed to the early attention of the next legislature,
Said report was again read, and the resolution thereto attached considered and adopted.
Mr. M'Sherry, from the committee appointed for that purpose, made report in part, which was read as follows, to wit.
That in conjunction with a similar committee from the House
of Representatives, they have compared and on the 15th instant, presented to the Governor for his approbation, the bills entitled as follow:
An act authorizing the purchase of a certain number of copies of the work of Samuel Roberts on the British statutes now in force in Pennsylvania.'
An act to authorize Andrew Flemming, to erect and main tain a toll bridge over Oil creek in the county of Venango.'
A supplement to the act, entitled, an act to authorize James Barton and George Biddis, their heirs and assigns, to convey water from a spring or stream of water called the Vandine Kill, into the town of Milford in the county of Pike.'
An act authorizing the Governor to incorporate four companies for making an artificial road from the town of Washington in this state, to intersect the Harrisburg and Pittsburg turnpike road, at or near the town of Bedford.'
An act to incorporate the city of Pittsburg.'
An act to authorize the Governor to incorporate a company for erecting a parmanent bridge over the river Delaware at Stock port in Wayne county.'
A supplement to an act, entitled, an act establishing a fee
A further supplement to an act, entitled, an act for the prevention of vice and immorality and of unlawful gaming, and restraining disorderly sports and dissipation.'
An act providing for the erection of a state capitol.'
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.'
'An act authorizing the trustees of the Methodist Episcopal church in the borough of Chambersburg to sell a certain lot of ground.'
'An act authorizing Joseph Budd and Joshua Budd to build a toll bridge across the Youghiogeny river in Westmoreland county, and for extending the time for building a bridge over the river Juniata at Millerstown, in Cumberland county.'
An act providing for the redemption of certain certificates." A supplement to the act for the relief of insolvent debtors.' An act for the relief Benjamin Jennings, an old revolutionary soldier.'
An act to review part of the state road from the mouth of Beaver creek, to the top of the hill north-west of Greersburg.' The bill from the House of Representatives, entitled
An act making appropriation to defray certain expences of government therein mentioned,' was read the third time, and Resolved, That this bill pass.
Ordered, That the clerk return said bill to the House of Re: presentatives, with information that Senate have passed the same with one amendment, in which the concurrence of that house is requested.
The amendment to said bill was to add the following new section, to wit.
And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That a sum not exceeding six hundred dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated, to enable the Secretary of the Commonwealth to employ a competent person under his direction to enter of records: The original charter of the province to William Penn; the original agreements between the lord Baltimore and the late proprietors of the province; the unrecorded deeds for the lands and territories purchased of the Indians, now remaining in the said Secretary's office and in the office of the Secretary of the Land Office; and such other public papers as the said Secretary of the Commonwealth may deem necessary to preserve from decay and loss; and the said Secretary is hereby enjoined, to have such charters, agreements, deeds and papers, to be faithfully entered of record, which record shall be kept in his office, and the said Secretary shall transmit to the respective houses at their next session, a list of all the charters, deeds and papers so recorded, with an account of the expence incurred therein.'
The bill from the House of Representatives, entitled
An act for the relief of sundry old soldiers, and others per sons,' was read the second time as reported by a committee of the whole yesterday.
Sections 1. to 15. were severally considered and agreed to. Section 16. relative to the claim of Jacob Dewitt, having been considered.
On the question,
Will Senate agree to said section ?
The yeas and nays were required by Mr. Ewing and Mr. Morgan, and are as follow, to wit.
NAYS-Ewing, Morgan and Shoemaker.-3.
So it was determined in the affirmative.
The remaining sections were severally considered and agreed
Title being under consideration',
A motion was made by Mr. Graham and Mr. M'Sherry,
To postpone the further consideration thereof for the presents