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in a bill to establish a ferry across the Mississippi river at Casville.

On motion of Mr. Engle, The house adjourned.

Friday, December 8, 1837.

Mr. Quigley presented a memorial of sundry inhabitants of the territory of Wisconsin, relating to the half breed lands. Referred to the judiciary committee.

On motion of Mr. Parkinson, Resolved, By the Council and House of Representatives of the territory of Wisconsin, That the public interest requires that a land office be established at Madison, in the county of Dane, in the territory of Wisconsin, and that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Hon. G. W. Jones, our delegate in Congress.

On motion of Mr. Parkinson,
The following preamble and resolution were adopted :

Whereas, the importance of removing the obstructions and opening the navigation of the Pecatonica river is a subject of vital interest to this territory, the vast mineral region in which it has its source, the fertility of the country known as the Pecatonica, ihe fast settling of a substantial agricultural population, in conjunction with a numerous and persevering class of miners, all of whom are interested in the improvement of said river, as an outlet to commercial intercourse:

And whereas, in the opinion of the legislative assembly, this important avenue of trade, by a small appropriation by Congress, would open an internal communication through the most interesting portion of the mineral region:

And whereas, the improvement of that part of the river which is most required, lying within the lands owned by the government, the additional value of which would be increased more than equivalent to the amount required for the purpose of removing the obstructions in the navigation of said river; Therefore,

Resolved, By the Council and House of Representatives, Thai our delegate in Congress be requested to ask of the Congress of the United States, an appropriation of twenty thousand dollars for the removing of obstructions in said river. Ordered, that the Council be requested to concur therein.

On motion of Mr. Nowlin, The house resolved itself into a committee of the whole, Mr. Sheldon in the chair, having bill No. 16 under consideration, entitled “A bill providing for taking the second census or enumeration of the inhabitants of the territory of Wisconsin."

After some time the committee rose, and reported said bill with amendments.

The amendments were agreed to by the house.
The bill was then ordered to be engrossed for a third reading.

On motion of Mr. Smith, The house resolved itself into a committee of the whole on bill No. 4, entitled “A bill relating to the militia and public defence of the territory of Wisconsin,” Mr. M-Williams in the chair.

The secretary of the Council being announced, the speaker took the chair, and the following message was received:

“Mr. Speaker— The Council have passed the following resolution:

"Resolved, By the Council and House of Representatives of the territory of Wisconsin, That the president of the Council is hereby authorized and required to draw his warrant on the secretary of the territory, for the sum of fourteen hundred and thirteen dollars and forty-four cents, the arount of the account of Jeremiah Smith, for furniture, &c., furnished for the use of the territory, up to the 25th day of November, 1837:'

“ In which I am directed to ask the concurrence of the House of Representatives.”

And then he withdrew.

The committee resumed its session, and after some time rose and reported the bill by their chairman, with amendments.

The house agreed to the amendments of the committee, and ordered the bill to be engrossed for a third reading.

Mr. Shanley, agreeably to notice, introduced bill No. 49, entitled “A bill to establish a ferry across the Mississippi river, at Cassville :"

Which was read the first time, and laid on the table.

On motion of Mr. Cox, the rule requiring all bills to be printed, on being read a first time, was suspended in reference to bill No. 19, Council file; and,

On motion of Mr. Nowlin, The house resolved itself into committee of the whole on bill No. 19, entitled “A bill to enforce the payment of certain moneys into the several county treasuries;” Mr. Quigley in the chair.

And after a short time, the committee rose and reported by their chairman the bill without amendment.

The report of the committee was agreed to, and the said bill was ordered to be engrossed for a third reading.

On motion of Mr. Boyls, the sixteenth rule was suspended, and the said bill was read a third time, passed, the title thereof agreed to, and Ordered, that the Council be informed.

On motion of Mr. Engle, Bill No. 46, entitled " A bill to establish the boundary lines of the counties of Dubuque, Clayton, Jackson, Benton, Linn, Jones, Clinton, Johnson, Scott, Delaware, Buchanan, Cedar, Fayette, and Keokuck, and to provide for the location of the seats of justice in said counties, and for other purposes," was read the third time, passed, the title agreed to, and Ordered to be sent to the Council for concurrence.

Mr. Smith moved to adjourn. Mr. Teas moved to amend, by adding, “till 3 o'clock, P. M."

The question on the amendment and motion were severally put and lost.

On motion of Mr. Nowlin, The house resolved itself into committee of the whole, on

bill No. 10, entitled “ A bill respecting constables,” Mr. Childs in the chair.

And after some time, the committee rose, and, by their chairman, reported the bill with amendments.

The report of the committee was agreed to, and the said bill was ordered to be engrossed for a third reading.

Mr. Jenkins moved to reconsider the vote on the resolution offered yesterday, relative to printing the Journal.

Laid on the table. Mr. Teas gave notice, that at some future day he would introduce a bill concerning divorce and alimony.

On motion of Mr. Teas, The house adjourned.

Saturday, December 9, 1837.

Mr. Quigley presented the petition of inhabitants of Davenport, for the exclusive right of a ferry across the Mississippi river at that place.

Referred to the same select committee, to which were referred previous petitions on the same subject.

Mr. Cornwall presented the petitions of inhabitants of Walworth county, praying for the location of the county seat of said county, and the petition of inhabitants of Milwaukee county, praying for the organization of a new township to be called Salem.

Referred to the select committee, to which were referred previous petitions of inhabitants of said counties, and

Mr. Childs was appointed an additional member of the said committee.

On motion of Mr. Sholes, The house proceeded to elect a sergeant-at-arms pro tem.

· W. N. Seymore was declared to be duly elected, and was sworn into office.

Mr. Sheldon presented a petition of inhabitants of Milwaukee county, praying for the location of a territorial road from Milwaukee, via Fox river ferry and mouth of Catfish, to the state line of Illinois, near Galena.-Referred to the following select committee:-Messrs. Sheldon, Cornwall, and Boyls.

The house then took up the resolution received from the Council yesterday, relative to the account of Jeremiah Smith, and referred the same to the committee on expenses.

Bill No. 10 was then taken up.

On motion of Mr. Quigley, the bill was recommitted to a committee of the whole, and,

On motion of Mr. Quigley, The house resolved itself into committee of the whole, Mr. Childs in the chair, having bill No. 10 under consideration, entitled “ A bill respecting constables.” After some time the committee rose, and by their chairman reported the bill with amendments.

The house agreed to the amendments of the committee, and Ordered the bill to be engrossed for a third reading.

Mr. M•Williams, from the committee on enrolments, informed the house, that on yesterday he presented to the executive for his approval, “ An act to divorce Mary M·Arthur from her husband, John M·Arthur,” and “ A memorial in favour of John Hood.”

Bill No. 16, entitled “ A bill providing for the taking the second census, or enumeration of the inhabitants of the territory of Wisconsin,” was then announced by the speaker ready for a third reading

Mr. Cox moved that the said bill be laid on the table, and made the order of the day for Wednesday next.

The motion was lost.
The following message was received from the executive:

'“ Territory of Wisconsin, Executive,

Department, Burlington, Dec. 8, 1837. S To the Hon. the Speaker of the House of Representatives :

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