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The question has arisen whether, under the present law, the Auditor has the right to investigate and audit any accounts but those in favor of the Territory. Although disagreeing in this respect with some of the higher officers of the Territory, I cannot but give it as my opinion that he has the right, and that it is his duty, as well to audit accounts against the Territory which arise under any general or special law of the Legislature, as those in favor of the Territory. This power, although not given in erpress terms, is one which seems to me inseparable from the office, and also one which is lcearly inferable from the fifth and sixth sections of the act in the revised statute, relative to the office and duties of the auditor. However, to place the matter beyond dispute and the reach of cavil, I would suggest whether it would be advisable to revise the act, and make it more explicit.
Before concluding, I would solicit the Legislature to appropriate, without delay, one of the rooms in the Capitol, as an office for the Auditor. The mere pittance, (860,) which is allowed by law as his salary, will not warrant him in hiring an office, and the consequence is, that many losses of important documents and papers have already occurred, owing to the locomotive and migratory manner in which the office has been kept. For the short space during which I have held the office, I have been under the necessity of changing my place of office no less than three times. A permanent room, such as the Capitol now affords, is called for, no less for the safety of the public records belonging to the office, than for the convenience of the officer. All of which is respectfully submitted.
J. T. CLARK,
Audilor, W. T. Auditor's Office, Dec. 14th, 1841.
COMMUNICATION FROM THE TERRITORIAL LIBRA
Sir; In obedience to a resolution, passed by your Honorable House on the 15th instant, I have the honor to report, that there was delivered to me, by my predecessor, the books named in the catalogue attached (Document H.) to the Journal of the House of Representatives, first session of the third assembly, with the exception of the following named works, viz: Bleyn's Reports,
1 volume. Blakes Chancery,
1 Breese's Reports,
1 Jacob's and Walker's Reports,
1 Laws, &c. relating to Public Lands,
2 Levinz's Reports,
1 Laws of the United States,
1 Munford's Reports,
1 Revised Statutes of Wiskonsan,
98 Of the Council, -1837 and 38,
1 1 2 1
785 vols. Of which 243 are bound, and the residue pamphlets; And 103 copies of Judson's map of Wiskonsan and Iowa.
The following named books, which were not inserted in said catalogue, were also delivered to be me by him, viz: Law Library, (pamphlet,)
15 vols. Journals of Congress,
5 McLeland's Reports,
1 Missouri Reports,
1 Laws of Pennsylvania,
2 " Maine,
1 " Louisiana,
1 Public documents,
7 Senate Journal,
13 Yate's Reports,
5 Quarterly Review,
110 vols. I have also received from Satterlee Clark, Jr. Esq. of Fort Winnebago, ten boxes, containing 165 volumes of Congressional documents, addressed to the late Governor of this Territory, which were received by him in September, 1838, and have been in his possession since that date. The contents of two or three of the boxes were more or less damaged.
I also received from the former Librarian, 60 cords of wood; 13 chairs, 5 of which were so much broken as to be useless; and the curtains belonging to the capitol, in all six pairs; seventeen desks, of which 8 were broken and unfit for use; three stoves and pipe, (43 pieces;) and 111 1-2 yards of carpeting, of which I have sold, under the instructions of His Excellency the Governor, 83 1-2 yards, as follows:-To James Morrisou, 58 yards, at 3 shillings per yard; to Daniel Holt, 4 1-2 yards, at the same price, and to Wm. N. Seymour, 21 yards, at 4 shillings per yard: of the remainder, 24 yards are now in use at the Executive Office, and 28 yards are now in my possession; also 16 brass candle-sticks and 25 spittoons, and one pair of broken fire dogs; also, the manuscript Journals of the Council and House of Representatives, in three volumes each, and a Register of Books loaned, marked - Records." Very respectfully, I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient servant,
ALMON LULL, Librarian.
COMMUNICATION OF THE SECRETARY OF THE TER.
RITORY RELATIVE TO THE DEBT OF THE TERRI-
Madison, Dec. 22nd, 1941.
Sir--In compliance with a resolution of your honorable body, passed on the 20th instant, calling on me for certain information in relation to the amount of the debt of the Territory for Legislative expenses, the amount of bonds issued, under what acts of appropriation, and the balance for which bonds have not issued; I beg leave to state: The exact amount of the debt of the territory, for objects contemplated in the resolution, I have no means of knowing, nor do I believe it can be ascertained until all the claims against the territory are presented for settlement.
No record or entry has been kept that I can find in this office of payments made by my predecessors, on account of appropriations made by the Legislature. I would respectfully submit herewith enclosed a report that I made to the Council, which embraces all the information I can give at this time in relation to the subjects embraced in the resolution of your honorable body above referred to.
I have the honor to be, Sir,
Your obedient servant.
Communication from the Secretary of the Territory, in answer to
certain resolutions of the Council.
Office Madison, December "igth; 16HIRITORY,}
Madison, December 18th, 1841. Hon. the President of the Council:
Sir-In compliance with certain resolutions passed by your honorable body on the 13th instant, calling on me for a statement of the