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disposed, further proceedings in the call were dispensed with.

The question was then taken on agreeing to the resolution, and it was determined in the negative; ayes 10, noes, 12.

And the ayes and noes having been called for by Mr. Gray,
Those who voted in the affirmative, are,

Messrs. Barber, Burt, Eastman, Ellis, Giddings, Gray, Mills, Parmielee, Shepard, and Tripp.-10.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Batchelder, Bond, Brown, Darling, Hackett, Jenkins, Ogden, Parkison, Ray, Rockwell, Sutherland, and Newland, speaker. -12.

On motion of Mr. Brown, The House resolved itself into the committee of the whole House, Mr. Barber in the chair, having under consideration resolutions No. 5, entitled “ Resolutions relative to the removal of the Indians.”

After some time spent therein, the committee rose and reported that they had made some progress in the résolutions, and asked leave to sit again thereon.

Ordered, that leave be granted.
And then the House adjourned.

Saturday, December 25, 1841.

Mr. Sutherland presented the certificate of the Clerk of the county Commissioners of Green county, relative to the number of votes given in said county at the late election, for and against adoptiog an "act for the government of the several towns in this Territory, and for the revision of county government;” which was ordered to lie on the table.

On motion of Mr. Darling, Resolved, (if the Council concur,) that a joint committee of two from each House, be appointed to examine the returns of the clerks

of the several boards of county commissioners and report what counties in this Territory, have adopted "an act for the government of the several towns in this Territory, and for the revision of county government."

Mr. Darling and Mr. Gray were appointed to compose the said committee on the part of this House.

Ordered, That the Council be requested to appoint a similar committee.

A message from the Council, by their Secretary :

" Mr. Speaker: The Council have passed a resolution, No. 4, entitled “ Resolution providing for a recess of the Legislative Assembly,' in which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House.”

On motion of Mr. Brunson, Resolved, That the Secretary of the Territory be, and hereby is requested, to furnish this House with any and all information in his possession, from the abstract of votes returned to his office, relative to the vote of the several counties of this Territory, for and against the adoption of “an act for the government of the several towns in this Territory, and for the revision of county government.”

Ordered, That the clerk furnish the Secretary of the Territory with a copy of said resolution.

Mr. Rockwell offered the following resolution :

Resolved, That the chief clerk be requested to furnish this House with the necessary stationery during the present session.

Mr. Darling offered the following amendment to the resolution :

Strike out all after the words resolved, and insert the following words, to wit:

“ That Wm. T. Sterling, late librarian, be requested to report to this House, whether he has purchased any stationery for the use, and upon the credit of this Territory, for this session ; and if SO,

how much and at what expense; also, how much has been delivered to any officer of the Legislature, and what quantity now remains in his hands."

Mr. Gray moved that the resolution and amendment do lie on the table; and the question being put, it passed in the negative.

The question was then taken, on agreeing to the amendment, and it was decided in the affirmative.

The question then recurred on adopting the resolution as amended, and it was agreed to; ayes 19, noes 5. And the

ayes and noes being called for, Those who voted in the affirmative; are,

Messrs. Batchelder, Bond, Brown, Darling, Eastman, Ellis, Giddings, Hackett, Jenkins, Mills, Ogden, Parkison, Parmelee, Ray, Rockwell, Sutherland, Tripp, Whiton,and Newland, (speaker.)-19.

Those who voted in the negative, are,
Messrs. Barber, Brunson, Burt, Gray, and Shepard.-5.

Ordered, That the clerk transmit a copy of the said resolution to the late librarian.

Bill No. 6, from the Council, entitled “a bill to incorporate the trustees of the Platteville Academy," was read the first and second times,

The following resolution, received from the Council, was then considered. to wit:

Resolved, (if the House of Representatives concur herein,) that the two Houses will take a recess, from Monday, the 27th day of December, until Friday, the 7th day of January next.

And the resolution having been read, Mr. Ray moved to amend the same, by striking out “ Friday, the 7th," and inserting Monday, the 3d ;” and pending that question,

Mr. Ellis moved to amend the amendment by striking out “ Monday, the 3d," and inserting “ the 15th,” in lieu thereof;

Which was disagreed to; ayes 5, noes 19.
And the ayes and noes being called for,
Those who voted in the affirmative, are,
Messrs. Brown, Brunson, Eastman, Ellis, and Giddings.-5.
Those who voted in the negative, are,

Messrs. Barber, Batchelder, Bond, Burt, Darling, Gray, Hackett, Jenkins, Mills, Ogden, Parkison, Parmelee, Ray, Rockwell, Shepard, Sutherland, Tripp, Whiton, and Newland, (speaker.)-19.

The question was then put on agreeing to the amendment offered by Mr. Ray, and passed in the negative.

And the ayes and noes being called for,
Those who voted in the affirmative, are,

Messrs. Batchelder, Bond, Brown, Giddings, Parmélee, Ray, Shepard, and Newland, (speaker.)-8.

Those who voted in the negative, are,

Messrs. Barber, Brunson, Burt, Darling, Eastman, Ellis, Gray, Hackett, Jenkins, Mills, Ogden, Parkison, Rockwell, Sutherland, Tripp, and Whiton.-16.

Mr. Burt moved that the resolution do lie the table.

And the question being put, it was decided in the negative ; ayes 11, noes 13.

And the ayes and noes being called for,
Those who voted in the affirmative, are,

Messrs. Batchelder, Brown, Brunson, Burt, Darling, Eastman, Ellis, Giddings, Ogden, Shepard, and Newland.-11.

Those who voted in the negative, are,

Messrs. Barber, Bond, Gray, Hackett, Jenkins, Mills, Parkison, Parmelee, Ray, Rockwell, Sutherland, Tripp, and Whiton.--13.

The question then recurred on the passage of the resolution, and it was decided in the negative; ayes 7, noes 17.

And the ayes and noes being called for,
Those who voted in the affirmative, are,

Messrs. Batchelder, Brown, Hackett, Mills, Parmelee, Tripp, and Whiton.-7.

Those who voted in the negative, are,

Messrs. Barber, Bond, Brunson, Burt, Darling, Eastman, Ellis, Giddings, Gray, Jenkins, Ogden, Parkison, Ray, Rockwell, Shepard, Sutherland, and Newland, (speaker.)-17.

So the resolution was negatived.
Ordered, That the Council be made acquainted therewith.

Mr. Whiton, by leave, presented the petition of John Rhinehart and 252 others, praying for an act of incorporation for the construction of a bridge across Rock river at Janesville, in the county of Rock; which was referred to the committee on corporations.

And then the House adjourned.

Monday, December 27, 1841.

Mr. Darling, from the committee on Corporations, by leave, reported bill No. 3, entitled “a bill to incorporate the Janesville Bridge Company;"

Which was read the first and second times.

Mr. Brunson, from the committee on Schools, submitted the following report:

The Committee on Schools to which was referred so much of the Governor's message as relates to Common Schools, beg leave to Report:

That the most serious difficulty which impedes the efficient operation of the system for the encouragement and support of common schools now in operation in this Territory, that they have been able to discover, arises from the diversity of opinion, existing as to the legality of exercising any control, under our laws, over sections numbered sixteen, commonly called the School Lands.

A large and respectable portion of the people, among whom are able counsellors at law, believe that Congress has never given the Legislature of this Territory, any control over those lands; and as a consequence, no act of guardianship exercised by School Commissioners over them, under the provisions of our statutes, could be valid or of any force; but that on the contrary, they must lie waste and be subject to all kinds of trespass and depredation, which persons regardless of the public rights and interests, might see fit, or feel disposed to commit until some new act of Congress is passed. From the prevalence of these opinions, sanctioned as they are by the names of respectable and influential persons, the School Commissioners in several towns have been deterred from the discharge of the duties imposed on them by law; and the school lands placed under their control, have suffered great loss from trespasses committed on them with impunity. To ascertain the truth in this case, and to be able to lay before the House and the people the law of the land in the matter, your committee have bestowed considerable attention and re

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