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37 (C. F.) entitled "a bill to amend and define the act entitled an act to provide for the government of the several towns in this Territory, and for the revision of county government, approved Feb. 18, 1841. Also, that the Council have appointed Messrs. Upham and Strong a committee of conference on their part to meet a similar committee to be appointed by this House in reference to the disagreement of the two Houses on bill No. 31, (C. F.) entitled “a bill to repeal the several acts providing for aiding in the construction of the Milwaukee and Rock River Canal, and to provide for the temporary management and control of the canal lands.
A conference is requested.”
The House took up for consideration the message from the Council, when Messrs. Whiton and Brown were appointed of the committee of conference on the part of this House, to act in conjunction with the committee appointed by the Council, to which is referred the disagreement of the two houses on bill No. 31 (C. F.) entitled “A bill to repeal the several acts providing for aiding in the construction of the Milwaukee and Rock River Canal, and to provide for the temporary management and control of the canal lands.”
Ordered, That the Council be acquainted therewith. Resolution, No. 1, (H. of R. file) entitled " resolution to provide an office for the Auditor and Treasurer,” returned from the Council with amendments thereto, was ordered to lie on the table.
And then the House adjourned.
Thursday, February 17, 1842.
On motion of Mr. Rockwell, The reading of yesterday's journal was dispensed with. Mr. Batchelder offered the following resolution, : Resolved, That C. Latham Sholes, publisher of the “ Southport Telegraph,” be employed to print the Journal of this House the present session.
Which, on motion of Mr. Batchelder, was ordered to lie on the on the table.
On motion of Mr. Hackett, Resolved, That whereas the certificate issued to J. C. Mills, for mileage, as a member of this House for the present session was destroyed by the burning of the house of David Hyer, Therefore, the Speaker and Clerk are hereby directed to issue another to the same individual.
Mr. Ellis from the committee on territorial affairs, reported thefollowing resolutions:
Resolved, by the House of Representatives of the Territory of Wisconsin, That the state of the currency in the western country generally, and especially in this Territory, is such as to induce the deepest concern:
That the notes of suspended banks which now constitute the chief circulating medium, are at a discount for specie or specie funds, at from 12 to 20 per cent and rapidly declining:
That we look with alarm soon to see this medium further decline, till it ceases to circulate entirely, by which immense losses will fall on our citizens:
That the notes of the state Bank of Illinois are of the kind abovealluded to, and constitute a large proportion of our circulation;
That we have good reason to fear that these notes will in a very short time cease to circulate at all:—therefore be it further
Resolved, That it be recommended to the citizens of this Territo ry to refuse hereafter to receive, as money, the notes of any suspended Bank, for more than the specie value of such notes in market.
Resolved, That a rigid adherence to this rule by the inhabitants of Wisconsin, would in a few weeks give us a sound circulation, and would be the most effective remedy that could be applied to the evil of a bad currency.
On the question of adopting the said resolution,
Messrs. Barber, Bond, Brazelton, Brown, Darling, Ellis, Hackett, Jenkins, La Chappelle, Ogden, Parkison, Ray, Rockwell, Shepard, Sutherland, Tripp, and Newland, speaker, 17.
Those who voted in the negative, are Messrs. Burt, Eastman, Gray, Mills, and Whiton, 5. So the resolution was adopted. Mr. Hackett from the committee on enrolled bills reported the following to be correctly enrolled, to wit;
“An act to authorize the Adjutant General to draw on the Treasurer for money to meet certain expenses."
“An act to incorporate the trustees of the Delavan School.”
“An act to change the corporate limits and powers of the town of Milwaukee."
“An act to divide the town of Summit and organize the town of Warren.”
“An act to incorporate the Fox river Improvement Company."
“Resolution relative to the disposition of certain lands granted by Congress to aid in the construction of the Milwaukee and Rock River Canal.”
“An act to authorize James H. Rogers and others to construct at their own expense a free floating bridge across the Milwaukee river,”
“An act to revive and amend an act to incorporate the Western Mutual Fire Insurance Company at Prairie du Chien, and the Howard Fire Insurance Company of Brown county.”
The Speaker signed the foregoing bills and resolutions, and they were ordered to be presented to the President of the Council for his signature,
Mr. Whiton, by leave, offered the following resolution which was read and ordered to lie on the table. [No. 18. Resolution concerning the election of canal commissioners.]
Resolved, (if the Council concur) That the two Houses of the Legislative Assembly will meet in the hall of the House of Representatives, on Friday the 18th of February, 1842, at twelve o'clock, meridian, to choose canal commissioners.
On motion of Mr. Shepard,
The House resumed its session in the committee of the whole House, Mr. Ellis in the chair, having the following under consideration, to wit:
No. 32. A bill concerning legitimacy.
No. 48. A bill to provide for the payment of certain Territorial expenses therein named.
No. 5. Memorial asking Congress to grant 500,000 acres of land, to be applied to certain works of internal improvements.
No. 15. Resolution relative to distributing copies of the journals of the Legislative Assembly.
And after some time spent therein, the committee rose and by their chairman reported bills 32 and 46, memorial No. 5, and resolution No. 15 without amendment, and asked leave to sit again on bill No. 48.
The House refused to grant leave to the committee to sit again on the said bill, and the question was taken separately on agreeing to the amendments made thereto, when the first, second, third amendments were agreed to.
On the question of agreeing to a part of the third amendment which appropriated to Thomas L. Ogden for services as engineer on the Milwaukee and Rock river canal, from October 13, 1841, (to be paid out of the canal funds,) $300 00,
The ayes and noes were called for and were as follows:
Ayes—Messrs. Batchelder, Bond, Brazelton, Brown, Burt, Darling, Dewey, Eastman, Ellis, Giddings, Hackett, Jenkins, La Chappelle, Mills, Ogden, Ray, Rockwell, Shepard, Sutherland, Tripp, and Newland, speaker.—21.
Noes-Messrs. Gray and Parkison.—2.
On motion of Mr. Brown, Memorial No. 5, (H. of R. file,) entitled memorial asking Congress to grant 500,000 acres of land, to be applied to certain works of internal improvements;” and
Bill No. 32, (H. of R. file,) entitled “ A bill concerning legitimacy,”
Were indefinitely postponed.
Ordered, That resolution No. 15, (H. of R. file,) entitled “Resolution relative to distributing copies of the journals of the Legislative Assembly," be engrossed for the third reading.
Mr. Gray moved that bill No. 46, (H. of R. file,) entitled "A bill to repeal certain acts of incorporation therein named,” do lie on the table, which was disagreed to.
The question was then taken on ordering the said bill to be engrossed for a third reading, and determined in the affirmative.
And the ayes and noes being called for,
Those who voted in the negative, are,
On motion of Mr. Shepard, Bill No. 48, (H. of R. file,) entitled “A bill to provide for the payment of certain Territorial expenses therein named,” was taken up for consideration.
Mr. Shepard offered the following amendment to the said bill, which was adopted, to wit:
To W. W. Wyman, for advertising in the Madison Express, the Milwaukee and Rock river canal lands for sale; seventy-two dollars, (to be paid out of the canal funds.)
Ordered, That said bill be engrossed for the third reading. A messege from the Council by their Secretary: " Mr. Speaker-I am directed to present for the concurrence of this House, the following bills, to wit:
“ No. 32. A bill to provide for the taking the census of the inhabitants of the Territory of Wisconsin, and to authorize the Governor to apportion the members of the Council and House of Representatives.”
“No. 43. A bill to provide for the appointment of a Superintendant of Territorial property and for other purposes."
“No. 45. A bill to provide for submitting to the people of the