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funds of the state, entrusted to their care, was not a subject of enquiry.
The committee offer no reasons in favor of their right to en. quire, nor any apology for having discharged their duty. An an: swer to their) enquiry was obtained, its competency is referred without comment to their constituents.
The same questions were proposed to the officers of the Bank of Philadelphia. They unhesitatingly answered in the negative, and exhibited the minutes of their proceedings on that subject, from which the following is extracted:
“Philadelphia Bank, May 8, 1815. " The following preamble and resolution was laid before the board and taken into consideration, viz.
“Whereas frequent applications have of late been made at this bank to exchange other specie for Spanish milled dollars, no doubt with the view of exporting the same, and it appearing to this board that it is their duty, and particularly at this time, to avoid every measure which might have a tendency to weaken public confidence in banking institutions, Therefore,
“Resolved, that the cashier be, and he' hereby is instructed to withhold the exchange of Spanish milled dollars.
“On the question being taken on the above resolution, it was unanimously agreed to.”
To the same questions proposed to the officers of the Farmer's and Mechanic's Bank, they answered in the negative.
The committee further state, that there is an account opened in the books of the Pennsylvania Bank, under the head of commissions received for transacting the business of the United States, under which a credit is entered in favor of the bank for upwards of 4000 dollars.
The committee have given the state of the respective banks at various periods, from the time of the suspension of specie pay ménts, which was about the 30th of Aug. 1814) to the present time, with a view of exhibiting the influence of that circumstance on their operations.
vi An which is respectfully submitted. January, 11, 1816.
Ordered, To lie on the table.
Ordered, That S00 copies of the foregoing report be printed for the use of the members.
Mr. Morgan from the committee to whom was referred on the 220 December, the petition of sundry inhabitants of Wayne county, on leave given, reported a bill, entitled
6 An act to authorize the Governor to incorporate a company for erecting a permanent bridge over the river Delaware at Stockport in Wayne county;' which was read the first time.
A motion was made by Mr, I. Weaver and Mr. Shearer, and read as follows, viz.
Resolved, That Senate will proceed to the election of directors of the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Banks, on the part of the Senate on Tuesday the 23d instant, and that it be the order for that day.
Ordered, To lie on the table. Mr. Smith asked and obtained leave of absence for a few days from to-morrow.
The bill, entitled
Aa act to authorize Henry Jarrett, of Northampton county, to build a permanent toll bridge across the river Lehigh, 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.
On motion of Mr. Welles and Mr. Shoemaker, Ordered, that an item of unfinished business relatiug to the widow and heirs of Wiliam Ellis, be refered to a committee ; and
Ordered, That Mr. Welles, Mr. Erwin and Mr. Shoemaker be the committee.
The bill, entitled
Ordered, That said bill be transcribed for a third reading.
The Senate proceeded to the consideration of the report of the committee of the whole negativing yesterday, the bill from the House of Representatives, entitled
An act to extend the boundaries of Columbia county,' and
appear.. NAYS. Messrs. Hopkins,
I. Weaver, lasa
Tod, speaker 16.
Whereupon, On motion, the Senate proceeded to the second reading and consideration of said bill.
Section 1. being under consideration,
To amend the same by striking out from line 8, the word • Strawbridges, and inserting · Hewits,' and by striking from line 9, these words : by said road to where the road from Wilson's mills to Danville intersects said road, thence to the bridge over Chillesquaque creek at James Murray’s,' and by inserting in lieu thereof, the following words : 6 in a straight line to William Dale's and’.
On the question,
To strike out of line 10, the words thence to the bridge over Chillesquaque creek at James Murray's,' which was disagreed to, and
On the question, Will Senate agree to said section ? The yeas and nays were required by Mr. Frailey and Mr. Baily, and are as follow, to wit.
Tod, speaker. 16.
G. Weaver, siri
The remaining sections and title being agreed to,
Agreeably to order,
An act concerning the patenting of lands."
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, On motion of Mr. Baily and Mr. Beale, 'The Senate adjourned until 3 o'clock this afternoon.
ŠAME DAY-IN THE AFTERNOON. ?
* Agreeably to order,
The Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, Mr. Beale in the chair, on the bill from the House of Representatives, entitled
* An act to authorize the purchase of certain copies of Smith's edition of the laws of Pennsylvania.' *****
And after some time, The committee rose, reportetl progress and asked leave to sit again; leave was granted, and Ordered, That the committee of the whole sit again tomorrow." On motion of Mr. Jarrett and Mr. Beale,
The rule for going into committee of the whole being in this case dispensed with the bill from the House of Representatives, entitled
* An'act confirming the proceedings of the commissioners of the county of Pike,' was read the second time, considered by section and agreed to
Ordered, That said bill be prepared for a third reading.
The Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, Mr. Biddle in the chair, on the bill from the House of Representatives, entitled
An act authorizing Elizabeth Deal and Charles Albrecht, exa ecutors of the last will and testament of Jacob Deal, deceased, to sell and convey the estate therein mentioned.
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-Morrot. Adjourned until 10 o'clock to-mprrow morning. 1
SATURDAY, January 13, 1816.
Mr. Ross presented the petition of sundry inhabitannts of Luzerne county, praying that a law may be passed to authorize the Governor to incorporate a company for tae purpose of improving the navigation of Lackawanna creek; and
The same was read and referred to Mr. Ross, Mr. Rogers and Mr. Shannon.
Mr. Graham presented a petition from sundry inhabitants of Greenwood and Buffaloe townships in the county of Cumberland, praying that they may not be annexed to a new county to be erected from part of Mifflin county; and
The same was read and laid on the table.
Mr. Baily presented the petition of John Thompson of Chester county, stating that a certain Richard R. Williams was arrested on a charge of having stolen from the petitioner the sum of 294 dollars in bank notes, that the said Williams and Joseph Jackson severally entered into recognizances for the sum of 300 dollars each, for the appearance of the said Williams at the next court of quarter sessions; that he did not appear, and that the recognizances of the said Williams and Joseph Jackson were accordingly forfeited to the commonwealth. The petitioner therefore prays that the legislature will grant him relief; and
Said petition was read and referred to Mr. Baily, Mr. Power and Mr. Welles.
The Speaker laid before Senate a letter from the Auditor General, transmitting a report,* submitted in pursuance of the Act regulating Banks, which was read, and with the report,
Ordered, To lie on the table.
Ordered, That 300 copies of said report be printed for the use of the members.
Mr. M«Sherry from the committee to whom was referred on the 4th inst. 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 Emmetsbury, in the state of Maryland, through Waynesburg, Greencastle
and Mercersburg, to intersect the Chambersburg and Bedford turnpike road, at or near the east end of M-Connelsburg, reported said bill as committed; which was read the first time.
Mr. M“Sherry from the committee to whom was referred on the 4th inst. the petition of sundry inhabitants of Franklin county, on leave given, reported a bill, entitled
* An act enabling the Governor to incorporate a company for making an artificial road from the state line near the town of Em
* For said report see appendis.'