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The Speaker laid before the Senate a Ictter from the prothonotary of Indiana county forwarding a certified copy of the official return of the election of John Reed, as a representative in Senate from the district composed of the counties of Westmoreland, Indiana and Jefferson; and Said letter and copy were read, and laid on the table.
Adjournéd until 10 o'clock to morrow morning.
WEDNESDAY, January 3, 1816.
Mr. Forster presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Dauphin county, praying for a revision of the law for the suppression of vice and immorality, so far as relates to the breach of the Lord's day; which was read, and
Ordered, To lie on the table. Mr. Biddle presented a petition from the president and managers of the Pennsylvania Hospital, praying that a law may be passed to exonerate from taxation the Hospital buildings, the lot on which they are erected and the vacant lots in the neighborhood thereof; and
Said petition was read and referred to Mr. Biddle, Mr. Lowrie, Mr. Erwin, Mr. Lane, Mr. Shearer, Mr. Beale and Mr. Murray.
Mr. Biddle also presented a petition from sundry inhabitants of the city and county of Philadelphia, praying for the passage of a law to exempt from taxation the property of the Pennsylvania Hospital.
Which was read and referred to the last named committee.
Mr. Barnitz presented four petitions of similar tenor with the documents therein referred to, from sundry inhabitants of the borough and county of York, praying that a law may be passed authorizing the governor to incorporate a company to be called
The York Water Company,' for the purpose of introducing water into the said borough; and
Said petitions were read and referred to Mr. Barnitz, Mr. Mó. Sherry and Mr. Poe, with leave to report by bill or otherwise.
Mr. Power presented the petition of the president and managers of the company for erecting a bridge over Big Beaver creek at or near Wolf Lane, praying that a law may be passed to ratify the scite where the bridge is now erected, and that they may be authorised to erect a toll house on the public land on the west bank of said creek; and
The same was read and referred to Mr. Power, Mr. M Farland and Mr. Ewing.
The Speaker laid before the Senate an abstract of the accounts of the Germantown and Perkiomen turnpike road company, transmitted by Benjamin Chew president of said company; which was read and laid on the table.
Mr. I. Weaver from the committee on claims, to whom was referred on the 19th of December, the petition of Andrew Haslet, asking the balance of pay due him for twenty one months service in captain Shades rifle company, in the revolutionary war: Reported,
That the proof in support of the claim is Andrew Haslet's own deposition on the back of an account stating a balance due him of twenty pounds; and the deposition of William Griffith proving that he had seen in the hands of said Haslet, a discharge from under some colonel's hand, without being able to recollect
Under every view of the subject, the committe have no hesitation in offering for the consideration of Senate, the following resolution, viz.
Resolved, That the claim be dismissed, and the petitioner have leave to withdraw his documents.
Ordered, To lie on the table. Mr. Forster from the committee appointed for the purpose on the 19th December, reported a bill, entitled
A further supplement to the act, entitled, an act to enable the governor to incorporate a company for making a turnpike road from Middletown to Harrisburg, passed the 1ğth March, 1810; which was read the first time.
Adjourned until 10 o'clock to-morrow morning
THURSDAY, January 4, 1816.
Mr. Poe presented two petitions of similar tenor, from sundry inhabitants of Franklin and Adams counties, praying that a law may le passed authorizing the incorporation of a company to make a turnpike road from the Maryland line near Emmetsburg, by the way of Mensors Gap to intersect the western turnpike at or near Loudontown in Franklin county; and the same were read, and
Ordered, To lie on the table. Mr. Poe also presented a petition from sundry inhabitants of Franklin and Bedford counties, praying that a law may be passed authorizing
the incorporation of a company to make a turnpike road from the Maryland line near Emmetsburg through Waynesburg, Greencastle and Mercersburg, to intersect the Chambersburg and Bedford turnpike road at or near M-Connelsburg; and Said petition was read, and
Ordered, To lie on the table. Mr. Murray presented two petitions of similar tenor, from sundry inhabitants of Cattawissa and Mifflin townships in county of Columbia, remonstrating against the annexation of any part of said townships to the county of Schuylkill; and the same were read, and
Ordered, To lie on the table. Mr. Ewing presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of the counties of Chester and Delaware, setting forth the evils that have been produced by the great increase of banking institutions and bank paper in this state, and praying that the legislature will adopt such measures as shall have a tendency to give to the circulating medium a more general confidence throughout the commonwealth ; and Said petition was read, and
Ordered, To lie on the table. Mr. Frailey presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of the townships of Brunswick, Manheim, Norwegion and part of Schuylkill, in Schuylkill county, praying that a law may be passed authorizing the electors residing within the said townships to hold their annual elections at the court house in the borough of Orwigsburg; and
Said petition was read, and referred to the committee on election dictricts.
The Speaker laid before the Senate a letter from N. B. Boileau, secretary of the commonwealth, accompanied with the reports of the prothonotaries of courts in several counties of this common- ; wealth, of the proceedings had under the act regulating arbitra
} tions; and the same was read, and with the reports,
Ordered, To lie on the table. Mr. Lowrie from the committee to whom was referred on the 2d instant, an item of unfinised business relative to the petition of William B. Forster, on leave given, reported a bill, entitled
6 An act to cede to the United States the jurisdiction over a piece of land near Pittsburg;' which was read the first time.
Mr. Lowrie read a bill in his place, and on leave given, presented the same to the chair, entitled
• 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 authorise the governor to subscribe for a certain number of shares to the stock of the same ;' which was read the first time.
Agreeably to order, The Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, Mr. ... Murray in the chair, on the bill, entitled
* An additional supplement to an act, entitled, an act directing the made of selecting and returning jurors.?
And after some time, The committee rose and reported said bill with amendments, which were read.
On motion of Mr. Poe and Mr. M-Sherry,
The Senate proceeded to the consideration of the bill from the House of Representatives, entitled
. 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:
That said bill be committed to a special committee, which was agreed to, and
Ordered, That Mr. M Sherry, Mr. Graham, Mr. Forster, Mr. 1. Weaver and Mr. Shannon be the committee.
On motion, Ordered, That the petitions presented this morning relating to the above bill, be referred to the last named committee.
Adjourned until 10 o'clock to-morrow morning.
Mr. Poe presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Franklin and Bedford counties, praying that a law may be passed to authorize the governor to incorporate a company to make a turnpike road from the Maryland' line near Émmetsburg through Waynesburg, Greencastle and Mercersburg, to intersect the Chambersburg and Bedford turnpike road at or near M-Connelsburg; and
The same was read, and referred to the committee to whom was yesterday referred a petition on the same subject.
Mr. Reed presented the petition of John Wells and Moses Wells, holders of unsatisfied land warrants, praying that provision may be made by law for the fair adjustment and discharge of their claims; and the same was read, and
Ordered, To lie on the table. The clerk of the House of Representatives being introduced, presented for concurrence the bills entitled as follow, viz.
• An act confirming the proceedings of the commisioners of the county of Pike.
A supplement to an act, entitled, an act authorizing the governor to appoint commissioners to view and lay out a state road. from Carlisle in Cumberland county, to Fort Littleton in Bedford county.'
He also presented for signature six bills entitled as follow.
• An act releasing to Christopher Hassinger and Elizabeth Hess the right of this commonwealth, to a certain escheated estate."
• An act, vesting the title of a certain piece of land, in Somerset township, and county of Washington, in certain trustees and their successors, for the use of the German Lutheran and Calvinist Congregations, in said township.'
A supplement to an act, entitled, an act to erect the town of Hanover in the county of York, into a borough.'
An act to vest in Sarah Vernon the estate of her natural son Emmor Vernon, late of Delaware county, deceased,
6 An act authorizing Mary M'Creary, one of the guardians of the persons and estates of the minor children of Thomas M'Creary, deceased, to execute and receive certain releases therein mentioned, and to repeal an act heretofore passed relating thereto.'
A further supplement to an act, entitled, an act to enable the governor of this commonwealth, to incorporate a company for making an artificial road, from the intersection of Front street and the Germantown road, in the Northern Liberties of the city of Philadelphia, through Frankford and Bristol to the ferry at Morrisville on the river Delaware,
He informed, that the House of Representatives have adopted the resolution from Senate, relative to the transmission and rcception of bills and resolutions between the two Houses, within the four last days of the present session.
He also presented an extract from the journal of that Housė, which was read as follows, to wit.
" in the House of Representatives,
January 4, 1816. "On motion, Ordered, That Mr. J. Bucher be appointed teller on the part of this House, to officiate at the election of state treasurer on Tuesday next.
The bills presented for concurrence, were read the first time. The Speaker signed the bills presented for signature. Mr. Baily presented two petitions of similar tenor, from sundry inhabitants of Chester, Lancaster and York counties, setting forth that an act of Assembly was passed the 12th day of March, 1813, authorizing the governor to appoint commissioners to lay out a road from the borough of West Chester to M'Call's ferry, that the governor did appoint three commissioners who performed the duties assigned to them, and that at a subsequent session of the legislature the act was repealed; the petitioners therefore pray that a law may be passed authorizing the governor to appoint commissioners to review the said route, and to extend the road from M'Call's ferry to the town of Flanover in the county of York; and
Said petitions were read and referred to Mr. Baily, Mr. Rogers and Mr. M Farland.
Mr. Shoemaker presented a petition from the commissioners of the county of Berks, stating that a bridge is now erected across the river Schuylkill at the borough of Reading according to an act of Assembly passed for that purpose, and praying that they may be authorized to collect toll from foot passengers passing over the same, and also for a modification of the first proviso in the third section of said act; and
Said petition was read and referred to Mr. Shoemaker, Mr. Barnitz and Mr. Murray, with leave to report by bill or otherwise: