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Speaker, and ordered to be sent to the President of the Council for his signature.

Mr. Durkee, chairman of the committee to which was referred plats and reports of the survey of a canal to connect Lake Ontario to Lake Erie, by leave, made the following report:

The committee to which were referred the plats and reports of the survey of a canal route to connect Lakes Ontario and Erie, beg leave to report:

That in the opinion of your committee the proposed ship canal to connect Lakes Ontario and Erie is a project that is grand and elevated in its views; that while it promises protection to our government in the event of a foreign war with the United States, (which should be a powerful consideration to the General Government,) it opens new channels of trade, and operates as a powerful auxiliary in the protection and rapid increase of our commerce, benefits that are important in their character and essential to the welfare and prosperity of this republic. The well known fact that it will lessen nearly one half of the expense in freighting goods from New York to the Upper Lakes, shortening the canalage by shipping goods by way of Oswego through Lake Ontario instead of the present by way of Buffalo, the legitimate effects of which would be to increase the imports by rapidly enlarging the exports of the West; thereby greatly augmenting the revenue of the United States to such an extent as would soon remunerate the general Government for the expense of constructing said canal.

Your committee have therefore annexed to this report a resolution which they ask to be accepted by the House.

Resolved, That in the opinion of the Council and House of Representatives of the Territory of Wisconsin, the construction of a ship canal by the Congress of the United States, to connect Lake Ontario with Lake Erie, will reflect great credit upon the nation, and highly promote the trade and commerce of the United States.

Which was laid on the table.

The undermentioned bills were introduced by leave, read the first time, and laid on the table.

By Mr. MGregor, (No. 9,) “ A bill to establish a territorial road from the forty mile point, on the Cedar river in Dubuque county to Bloomington on the Mississippi river.”

By Mr. Quigley, (No. 10,) “A bill respecting Constables.”

By Mr. Brunson, (No. 11,) “ A bill to authorize the board of Supervisors of the county of Crawford to levy a series of taxes, &c. for the construction of a bridge across the Marrais of St. Friole in said county.

Bill (No. 7,) entitled “ A bill to prevent forcible entry and detainer," was then read a first time, and laid on the table.

On motion of Mr. Cox, The substitute for a memorial for the construction of a road from Milwaukee, via Madison, Mineral Point, Plattville, to Cassville on the Mississippi, was then read the third time, and passed.

Ordered, that the Council be requested to concur.

Mr. Nowlin gave notice, that he should at some future day ask leave to bring in a bill to suppress gambling.

On motion of Mr. Cox, Resolved, That the chief clerk of this House be requested to superintend the publication of the slips of the journal of this House, and make such correction in the proof sheet as may be found requisite.

On motion of Mr. Shanley, The House adjourned until Monday, at 10 o'clock, A. M. ,

Monday, November 20, 1837.

Mr. Parkinson, from the committee to whom was referred the petition of John Hood, reported a memorial in favour of the said John Hood, which was read the first time.

On motion of Mr. Shanley, The said memorial was read the second time by its title, and

On motion of Mr. Durkee, it was recommitted.

The following message was received from the Council, by the Secretary:

“ Mr. Speaker,-I am directed to inform the House of Representatives that the substitute to the 6th of the joint rules and orders for the government of the two Houses, sent from the House of Representatives on Saturday last, has been disagreed to by the Council.

“ I am directed, also, to inform you, that the Council have disagreed to the resolution on the subject of the publication of the laws in several of the papers of this Territory.

The Council have passed bill No. 6, entitled “ A bill to legalize and make valid the records of deeds and other conveyances of the county of Brown;”.

“ In which the concurrence of the House is requested.” And then he withdrew. .

On motion of Mr. Cox, Resolved, That the committee on roads and highways be instructed to inquire into the expediency of laying out a territorial road from the town of Mississippi, in the county of Grant, to Cassville, via Lafayette, and thence to Burnet's Ferry on the Wisconsin river, to Prairie du Chien.

Mr. Childs gave notice, that on a future day he should, by leave, introduce a bill, entitled “ A bill to incorporate the Wisconsin Fire Insurance company at Green Bay," and also to introduce a memorial to the Congress of the United States to work the United States road from Green Bay to Chicago.

Bill, (No. 8,) entitled, “ A bill to locate and establish a road from Rochester, in the county of Van Buren, to intersect the territorial road leading from Farmington to Burlington, south of Skunk river," was taken up, read a first time, and

On motion of Mr. Chance, was laid on the table until the 4th of July next.

Mr. Quigley, agreeably to previous notice, introduced a bill, (No. 12,) entitled, “ A bill for the partition of the Half Breed

lands, and for other purposes;” which was read the first time,

and

On motion of Mr. Chance,
The bill was made the order of the day on Thursday week.

Bill (No. 9,) entitled “ A bill for an act to establish a territorial road from the forty mile point, on Cedar river in Dubuque, to Bloomington on the Mississippi river,” was then read the first time, and laid on the table.

Mr. M«Williams, from the committee on enrolments, reported the following memorial to be correctly enrolled, viz: “A memorial to Congress on the subject of pre-emption on the public lands,” which was presented to, signed by the Speaker, and ordered to be sent to the President of the Council for his signature.

A “ memorial to Congress for an appropriation for the construction of a harbour at the mouth of Root river on Lake Michigan;" was then read a first, second, and third time, passed, and ordered that the Council be informed.

On motion of Mr. Parkinson,

Bill No. 6, entitled, “ A bill to divorce Armstead W. Floyd from his wife, Eleanor Floyd," was taken up, and read the first, second, and third time, the rule to print having been suspended.

Mr. Chance moved to adjourn.

Mr. Nowlin moved to amend the motion by inserting, “ to three o'clock, P. M.;" and the question being taken on the amendment,

It was disagreed to, and the motion to adjourn was withdrawn.

Mr. Childs gave notice that he should introduce, at a future day, “a memorial to Congress asking an appropriation, either in land or money, for the improvement of Fox river.”

On motion of Mr. Cox, Resolved, That a committee be appointed to take and imbody the information in relation to the Half Breed tract, for the information of this House, the better to enable the House to act advisedly, upon the bill already reported for a division or partition of said lands.

On motion of Mr. Childs, Resolved, By the Council and House of Representatives, that the Secretary of this Territory be instructed to procure a pro- . per seal for the use of the Supreme Court of the Territory of Wisconsin, and likewise to procure proper seals for the use of the several District Courts of the said Territory.

And then the House adjourned.

Tuesday, November 21, 1837.

Mr. Teas presented the petitions of inhabitants of the county of Van Buren, praying that the county seat of said county may be permanently located..

The said petitions were referred to the following committee, viz: Messrs. Teas, Blair, Box, Chance, Jenkins, and Reynolds.

Mr. Blair presented petitions on the same subject, which were referred to the same committee.

Mr. Jenkins presented a petition for a territorial road from Burlington via Columbia, London, Mount Pleasant, and Lock Ridge.

Referred to the committee on roads and highways. Mr. Blair presented the petitions of inhabitants of Van Buren county, praying that the eastern boundary line be removed four or six miles farther east.

Referred to Messrs. Blair, Teas, Box, Chance, Jenkins, and Reynolds.

Mr. Chance presented a remonstrance of inhabitants of Lee county against any portion of said county being attached to Van Buren county.

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