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Por printing the Journal in the German language. Benjamin Grimler asks $ 17 50 per sheet, according to a resolu
tion of March 13, 1815. Or, as it has hitherto been printed, $ 15 00
sheet. Christian Jacob & Charles L. Hatter ask $ 16 50 per sheet, as
prescribed by law, including figure work. John Herman asks 8 16 00 per sheet, each page to contain 1000 m's. John Ritter & Co. ask 8 18 00 per sheet on Long primer type. Henry Miller asks 17 00 per sheet on Long primer, as altered
last session. Jacob Schnee asks 8 13 00 per sheet, including figure work, the usual number of copies.
For printing the Bills.
On motion, Ordered, That the usual number of copies of said proposals be printed for the use of the members.
On motion, Mr. Beale and Mr. Ewing were appointed a committee to inform the House of Representatives that Senate is duly organized and ready to proceed to business.
And after some time, The committee reported that they had performed that service. On motion of Mr. I. Weaver and Mr. M-Farland,
Ordered, That all the rules of the late Senate be adopted by the present.
The Speaker laid before Senate a letter from William Wilson, late sergeant-at-arms, declining a re-election to that office.
The clerk of the House of Representatives being introduced, presented an extract from the journal of that house, which was read as follows, to wit.
In the House of Representatives,
a December 6, 1815. Resolved, That Messts. M-Euen and Herrington be a committee in conjunction with a committee from Senate, (if Senate shall appoint such committee,) to 'wait upon the Governor and inform him that the General Assembly is organized and ready to receive any communications he may be pleased to make.?
Whereupon, On motion, Mr. Smith and Mr. Murray were appointed a com
mittee in conjunction with the foregoing committee, to wait upon the Governor and inform him that the General Assembly is duly organized.
And after some time, The committee reported that they had performed that service, and that the Governor informed them that he would make his communication to both houses by message, on Friday next at 12 o'clock.
A motion was made by Mr. I. Weaver and Mr. MFarland, 'and read, as follows, to wit.
Resolved, That the following committees be appointed, viz. 1. On the subject of unfinished business. 2. On accounts. 3. On the subject of laws about to expire.
4. To unite with a committee of the House of Representatives to compare bills and present them to the Governor.
5. On claims.
Ordered, To lie on the table.
relative to the annexation of part of Columbia and Luzerne counties to the county of Schuylkill, be referred to a committee, and
Ordered, That Mr. Frailey, Mr. Ross and Mr. Shannon be the committee.
A motion was made by Mr. Bailey and Mr. M Farland, and read as follows, to wit.
Resolved, That each member and each clerk, the sergeant-atarms and door-keeper of the Senate, be furnished during the present session with two daily newspapers, or as many weekly papers as shall not exceed the price of two daily papers.
2. On motion, Said resolution was again read, considered and adopted.
The Speaker laid Senate a letter from Joseph A. M-Jimsey, soliciting a re-appointment to the clerkship of Senate, and the same was read and laid on the table.
On motion of Mr. I. Weaver and Mr. Bailey,
Ordered, That the choice of clerk be the order of the day for to-morrow.
The Secretary of the Commonwealth being introduced, pregented 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. The bill, entitled “ An act for the regulation of the militia," was presented for my approbation but a few days preceding the adjournment of the last legislature. The multiplicity and pressure of my official duties at that period, particularly from
bills previously and subsequently presented, and many of them requiring prompt attention, precluded the possibility of my then devoting the time necessary to understand the principles, much less the details, of so important a bill. I have since examined with care all its principles and provisions, and I am impressed with a conviction, that the interest of the community will be promoted and the militia system rendered more perfect by submitting the bill to the consideration of the present legislature. I therefore return it to the Senate, in which it originated, with the following objections.
FIRST-Because the bill was predicated upon, and has various references to the war, which existed at the time the bill was draughted, and during a great part of the time it was under consideration; and the amendments which in some places were adopted to make the phraseology of the bill conform to the peace which had been concluded, have made the sense and intention of the legislature less obvious than is desirable, and less clear and definite than they would have been, had not the relations of the nation changed so materially, from the time the bill was drawn to the time when it finally passed the legislature.
SECOND--Because a law which imposes extensive and important duties and heavy penalties for their non-performance, ought to be clear of ambiguity, simple, and easily understood; whereas the bill under consideration, from circumstances just alluded to, does not carry with it these essential characteristics.
On motion of Mr. M Sherry and Mr. Graham,
Ordered, That the usual number of copies of the Governor's objections to the above bill be printed for the use of the members.
Adjourned until 11 o'clock to-morrow morning.
THURSDAY, December 17, 1815.
Mr. G. Weaver presented the petition of the president and managers of the Springhouse, Northampton town and Bethlehem turnpike company, praying that they may be enabled to raise the toll on said turnpike, and that the Governor may be authorized to subscribe for
shares of stock in the said road; and The said petition was read and referred to Mr. G. Weaver, Mr. Poe and Mr. Ross, with leave to report by bill or otherwise.
Mr. M-Farland presented the petition and documents of Thomas Logan, late of Washington county, deceased, praying to be enabled by law to convey a certain tract of land to David Post; and
Said petition was read and referred to Mr. M-Farland, Mr. Smith and Mr. Shoemaker.
Mr. Morgan presented the petition of the president, managers and company of the Frankford and Bristol turnpike road, praying that they may be empowered to increase the tolls of their bridge erected over Neshaminy creek, so as to afford a dividend of six per centum, or to increase the tolls on the road and bridge so as to produce a dividend of six per centum; and
Said petition was read and referred to Mr. Morgan, Mr. Rogers and Mr. Ross.
The Speaker laid before Senate a letter from Samuel Power, stating that he received from the return judges of the district composed of the counties of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Armstrong, a certificate of his election as Senator for said district, and praying Senate to decide whether or not he is entitled to take his seat. Said letter was read and laid on the table.
Whereupon, A motion was made by Mr. Beale and Mr. Jarrett, and read as follows, to wit.
Whereas it appears by the certificate of all the return judges of the senatorial district composed of the counties of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Armstrong, that Samuel Power is duly elected to represent that district in the Senate of Pennsylvania.
Therefore, Resolved, That the said Samuel Power be permitted to take his seat.
And on the question,
And the same being under consideration.
To postpone the further consideration of said question, together with the resolution until Saturday next, which was agreed to.
Agreeably to order, The Senate proceeded to the election of clerk, (Mr. M.Sherry and Mr. Ross having first been appointed tellers,) and upon counting the votes it appeared that Joseph A. M-Jimsey was unanimously re-elected; to whom the requisite caths were administered by the Speaker.
Whereupon, The clerk nominated Samuel Conrad as his assistant, which nomination was approved by the Senate.
Agreeably to order, The Senate proceeded to the election of sergeant-at-arras, (the
clerks being first appointed tellers,) and upon ascertaining the votes it appeared that neither of the candidates had a majority of the whole number.
Whereupon, The Senate proceeded to a second vote, and upon ascertaining the same it appeared that John L. Wallis was duly elected, to whom the requisite oaths were administered by the Speaker.
Agreeably to order, The Senate proceeded to the election of door-keeper, (the clerks being first appointed tellers,) and upon ascertaining the votes it appeared that William Shannon was unanimously re-elected, te whom the requisite oaths were administered by the Speaker.
On motion of Mr. Baily and Mr. I. Weaver, Ordered, That the election of printers be the order of the day for to-morrow.
Adjourned until 11 o'clock to-morrow morning
FRIDAY, December 8, 1815.
Mr. G. Weaver presented the petition and documents of Jacob. Croll and Michael Croll heirs and representatives of Christian Croll, late of Montgomery county, deceased, praying to be compensated for certain lands valued and certified to Connecticut claimants; and
Said petition was read and referred to Mr. G. Weaver, Mr. Morgan and Mr. Ross, with leave to report by bill or otherwise.
Mr. Barnitz presented two petitions of similar tenor from sundry inhabitants of the borough of York, praying a repeal of all those parts of the acts of Assembly which authorize the holding of fairs in the said borough; and
Said petitions were read and referred to Mr. Barnitz, Mr. Frailey and Mr. Shearer, with leave to report by bill or otherwise.
Mr Morgan presented the petition of Jared Ingersoll and others, holders of unsatisfied land warrants, praying the legislature to make provision by law, for the fair adjustment and discharge of their claims, which was read; and
Ordered, To lie on the table. Mr. Frailey presented the petition of Henry Jarrett, praying to be authorized to erect a toll bridge over the river Lehigh, at or near the place known by the name of Currie's ferry; and
Said petition was read and referred to Mr. Frailey, Mr. Rogers and Mr. Biddle.
Mr. Morgan from the committee to whom was referred yesterday the petition of the president, managers and company of the Frankford and Bristol turnpike road, on leave given, reported a bill, entitled