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Mr. Hawley introduced a resolution referring the various portions of the Governor's annual message to the different committees, which was read, and

On motion of Mr. Ingersoll,

Referred to the committee of the whole, and placed on the general order.

On motion of Mr. Parkhurst,

The petition of officers of school district number two, in the township of Pontiac, was taken from the table, and referred to the committee on ways and means.

Mr. Ingersoll, pursuant to previous notice, asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill to incorporate the Native copper company, which was read twice and referred to the committee on banks and incorporations.

The House having arrived at the general order, resolved itself into a committee of the whole thereon, Mr. J. W. Turner in the chair.

After spending a short time thereon, the committee rose, and by their chairman reported back to the House, without amendment, the resolution referring the Governor's annual message, and asked to be discharged from its further consideration, which report was accepted and the committee discharged.

The resolution was then adopted in the following form:

Resolved, That so much of the Governor's message as relates to finance and taxes, be referred to the committee of

ways

and means. That so much as relates to public lands be referred to the committee on public lands.

That so much as relates to an asylum for the deaf, dumb, blind, and insane, to the committee on state affairs.

That so much as relates to common schools, be referred to the committee education.

That so much as relates to the militia, to the committee on the militia.

That so much as relates to the state prison, to the committee on the state prison.

That so much as relates to messengers, carrying votes for electors of president and vice president, and the compensation of electors of president and vice president, to the committee on the judiciary.

That so much as relates to a convention to revise the state constitution, to a select committee.

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That so much as relates to slavery, to the committee on federal relations.

That so much as relates to banks and banking, to the committee on banks and incorporations.

That so much as relates to the Southern railroad, to the committee on ways and means.

The following communication was received from the Auditor General.

AUDITOR GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Lansing, January 4th, 1849. Hon. L. CHAPMAN,

Speaker of the House of Representatives: Sir:-I have the honor herewith to transmit a copy of the annual report from this office, for the fiscal year ending Nov. 30th ult., prepared and printed for the use of the present legislature, as required by law.

Yours, respectfully,

JOHN J. ADAM,

Auditor General. On motion of Mr. G. B. Turner,

The annual report of the Auditor General, was referred to the committee on ways and means.

The following communication was received from the Secretary of State:

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE, ?

Lansing, January 4th, 1849. Hon. LEANDER CHAPMAN,

Speaker of the House of Representatives: Sir:-I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of the annual report on the condition of the state library, for the year 1848, prepared and printed for the use of the legislature, pursuant to law,

Respectfully yours,

GEO. W. PECK,

Secretary of State. On motion of Mr. Hawley,

The document accompanying the foregoing communication was referred to the committee on the state library.

The following communication was received from the State Treas

lirer:

STATE TREASURER'S OFFICE,

Lansing, January 4th, 1849.5 Hon. LEANDER CHAPMAN,

Speaker of the House of Representatives: I enclose herewith a copy of the annual report of this office for the fiscal year 1848, ending the 30th of Nov. last.

Yours respectfully,
GEO. B. COOPER,

State Treasurer. On motion of Mr. Ingersoll,

The annual report of the State Treasurer was referred to the committee on ways and means.

On motion of Mr. Hawley,

The documents accompanying the Governor's annual messaye were taken from the table and referred to the committee on federal relations.

Mr. Ingersoll moved the suspension of the rule prescribing the order of business,

Which motion was not agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Hawley,
The House adjourned.

Friday, January 5, 1849. The House met pursuant to adjournment and was called to order by the Speaker.

Prayer by the Chaplain.
The roll was called, and Mr. Ferguson was absent without leave.

Mr. Lockwood asked and obtained leave of absence for Mr. Ferguson for an indefinite period.

The journal of yesterday was read and approved.

PETITIONS PRESENTED.

By Mr. Tilden, of the township board of the township of Ida, for a law authorizing the assessment of a certain tax, which was referred to the committee on ways

and means. By Mr. Tuttle, of the heirs of Betsey Kingsley, for the passage of a law authorizing Ira M. Hough to convey certain real estate, which was referred to the committee on the judiciary.

By Mr. Cady, of John Lee, relative to certain school lands in the county of Macomb; referred to the committee on public lands.

By Mr. Pennoyer, of P. J. G. Hodenpyl and others, of Ottawa county, for an appropriation of internal improvement lands for the purpose of improving a certain road in the counties of Kent and Ottawa.

Mr. Hawley moved that the petition be referred to the committee on ways and means, which motion was lost, and it was,

On motion of Mr. Pennoyer,
Referred to the committee on public lands.

Mr. Andrews presented certain papers of Evert B. Dyckman, claiming a seat in this House as a Representative from the county of Kalamazoo; referred to the committee on elections.

By Mr. Haight, of inhabitants of the township of Saline, and vicinity, for the granting of pre-emption to Lyman Philips, to certain saline lands in said township; referred to the committee on public lands.

By Mr. Curtis, the memorial of the board of supervisors of the county of Macomb, asking certain amendments of the poor laws; referred to the committee on the judiciary.

By Mr. Moffatt, of John Stewart and sixty-seven others, for an appropriation to aid in the construction of a line of Morse's telegraph from Jackson to Lansing; referred to the committee on ways and means.

By Mr. Chamberlain, of Isaac 0. Adams and others, of New Buffalo, Berrien county, for the incorporation of a company to construct a plank road from New Buffalo to the northern line of the state of Indiana; referred to the committee on banks and incorporations.

By Mr. Parkhurst, of David Paddock, for the setting off of certain lands from the corporate limits of the village of Pontiac; referred to the committee on banks and incorporations.

By Mr. Andrews, of eighty citizens of Van Buren county, for the appropriation of certain non-resident highway taxes on the road leading from Paw Paw, via Lawrence, to Breedsville, in said county; referred to the committee on roads and bridges.

Mr. Pennoyer, from the committee on ways and means, made the following report, which was accepted and the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subject,

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The committee of ways and means, to whom was referred the report of the Auditor General, beg leave to report that they have had the same under consideration, and are unanimously of the opinion that it cannot be too widely distributed. It should be in the hands of every county clerk, county treasurer, supervisor and township clerk, through the entire state, as well as all the tax-paying readers. For the purpose therefore, of giving that document circulation to the extent it should have, your committee would most respectfully ask this House to order at least one thousand copies printed for the purpose of distribution by the members of this House.

All of which is respectfully submitted.

Mr. Allen gave notice that on some future day he will ask leave to introduce a bill to extend the time for the collection of taxes in the county of Clinton.

Mr. J. W. Turner, gave notice that on some future day he will ask leave to introduce a bill to amend certain provisions of chapter ninetythree of the revised statutes;

A bill to amend chapter ninety-four of the revised statutes; and

A bill to repeal an act entitled an act to prohibit the circulation of foreign notes, approved April 3, 1848.

On motion of Mr. J. W. Turner,

Resolved, That all bills reported from standing committees be referred to the committee of the whole, placed on the general order, and ordered to be printed, unless otherwise directed.

Mr. J. W. Turner sent up to the Chair the following concurrent resolution:

Resolved, the Senate concurring) That this legislature will meet in joint convention, on Tuesday, the ninth instant, for the purpose of electing a United States Senator, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Hon. Lewis Cass.

Mr. Ingersoll moved that the action of the fifteenth rule be suspended, which motion prevailed by a two-third vote, and the concurrent resolution was adopted.

On motion of Mr. Fox,

Resolved, That the committee on the judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency of amending the act exempting a homestead from forced sale in certain cases, so that the exemption may include righty, instead of forty acres; and also to inquire into the expediency

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