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The bill was referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order. Mr. Ferguson, from the same committee, submitted the following reports, which were accepted, and the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subjects, viz: The committee on the judiciary to whom was referred the petition of Minor Y. Beckwith, praying for authority to sell certain real estate, have had the same under consideration, and instruct me as their chairman to report that in the opinion of the committee, the legislature have not the power to grant the prayer of the petition, inasmuch as it appears from the petition that the wife of the petitioner died seized of the land in question, leaving children which still survive, and who have an estate in said lands as heirs of their mother. The committee therefore report adverse to the prayer of the petitioner, and asked to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject. The committee on the judiciary, to whom was referred the petition of G. S. Wilson and five others, praying for a repeal of the usury laws, have had the same under consideration, and instruct me as their chairman, to report adverse to the prayer of the petition, and ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject. Mr. Ferguson, from the same committee, reported a bill to amend section thirteen of chapter sixty-six of the revised statutes, which was read twice, ordered to be printed; referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order.

Mr. Ferguson, from the same committee, to whom was referred the Senate bill repealing section eight, and amending section one of chapter one hundred and fourteen of the revised statutes, reported the same back without amendment, and recommended that it do not pass, which report was accepted, and the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subject, and

The bill was referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order.

Mr. Ferguson, from the same committee, to whom were referred the following entitled bills, reported the same back without amend. ment and reported adverse to their passage, which report was accep

ted and the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subject, viz:

A bill to amend section twenty-three of chapter forty-one of the revised statutes of 1846; A bill to amend chapter twenty-four of the revised statutes of 1846; and A bill to authorize James S. Pitts to convey real estate. Which bills were ordered to be printed, referred to the committee, of the whole and placed on the general order. Mr. Parkhurst, from the committee on engrossment and enrollment, reported that the following bill was correctly enrolled and was this day presented to the Governor for his approval, viz: A bill to authorize Wilkes W. Durkee, of the county of Oakland, to sell certain real estate. Mr. Parkhurst, from the same committee, also reported as correct. ly engrossed, A bill to authorize Norman A. Harrington, of the county of Ingham, to convey certain real estate. Mr. Deming, from the committee on roads and bridges, reported the following bills, which were severally read twice, ordered to be printed, referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order, viz: A bill to improve the Grand river state road; and A bill to provide for laying out a state road from Ceresco mills, in the township of Marshall, in the county of Calhoun, to Bellevue, in Eaton county. Mr. Deming, from the same committee, to whom were referred the Senate bill to authorize a re-location of the Northern wagon road between the villages of Flint and Corunna, and The Senate bill to authorize Townsend North to build a dam across Grand river,

Reported the same back without amendment and recommended their passage, which report was accepted and the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subjects, and

The bills were referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order.

Mr. Deming, from the same committee, to whom was referred the bill to provide for laying out and establishing a state road from Richland, in Kalamazoo county, to Hastings, in the county of Barry, and

The bill for laying out and establishing a certain state road in the counties of Oakland and Genesee, Reported the same back without amendment and recommended their passage, which report was accepted and the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subjects, and The bills were referred to the committee of the whole, placed on the general order and ordered to be printed. Mr. Coe, from the committee on the judiciary, reported a bill to repeal an act entitled an act to provide for the draining of swamps, marshes and other low lands, approved March 17, 1847, and for other purposes, which was read twice and ordered to be printed, referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order. Mr. J. W. Turner, from the committee on banks and incorporations, to whom had been recommitted the bill to continue for a limited time the charter of the Farmers' and Mechanics’ bank, reported the same back with sundry amendments, and asked to be discharged from its further consideration, which report was accepted, and The bill was ordered to be printed, referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order. Mr. Campbell, from the committee on internal improvement, to whom were referred sundry petitions of citizens of Ionia county, in relation to the construction of the canal and locks around the rapids of Grand river, reported the same back and reported adverse to the prayer of the petitions, which report was accepted and the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subject. Mr. Ingersoll, from the select committee, to whom was referred a communication from the Auditor General, transmitting copies of cer. tain vouchers on which warrants were drawn by Charles G. Hammond, while Auditor General, in favor of said Hammond, submitted a written report, accompanied by a joint resolution, which report was read, accepted, and the committee discharged.

On motion of Mr. Chamberlain,

The report was laid on the table and ordered to be printed.

The joint resolution instructing the Attorney General to recover of Charles G. Hammond, late Auditor General, a certain sum of money illegally taken from the treasury, was read twice, ordered to be printed, referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order.

The following communication was received from the Executive:

ExEcutive OEFICE, } Lansing, February 9, 1849. , To the House of Representatives: I have this day approved, signed and deposited in the office of the Secretary of State, An act to amend an act entitled an act to incorporate the Monroe and Saline plank road company. * EPAPHRO. RANSOM.

The following message was received from the Senate:
SENATE CHAMBER, )
Lansing, February 8, 1849.)

To the Speaker of the House of Representatives:

SIR:—I am instructed to return herewith a joint resolution directing the publication of a statement of lands to be sold in the county of Ionia, for 1849, and to respectfully inform you that the Senate have cons curred therein.

I am further instructed to transmit the following entitled bills, which the Senate have passed, and in which the concurrence of the House is respectfully asked, viz:

A bill to amend an act entitled an act to incorporate the Detroit and Saline plank road company, and

A bill authorizing the erection of a dam across Flat river.

I am further instructed to inform you that the Senate have receded from their amendment to a bill to provide for laying out a state road from Mason to Dexter; which bill is here with transmitted.

I am further instructed to inform you that the Senate insist upon the disagreement of the two Houses on a bill to amend section one hundred and seven, chapter fifty-eight of the revised statutes, and that Senators Dort, Isbell and McKinney have been appointed a committee of conference on the part of the Senate on the disagreement between the two Houses on said bill.

Respectfully, &c., - W. L. BANCROFT, - Secretary of the Senate.

The bill to provide for laying out a state road from Mason to Dexter, and

The joint resolution directing the publication of a statement of lands to be sold in the county of Ionia, for 1849.

Were ordered to be enrolled.

The Senate bill to amend an act entitled an act to incorporate the Detroit and Saline plank road company, was read twice and referred to the committee on banks and incorporations.

The Senate bill authorizing the erection of a dam across Flat river, was read twice and referred to the committee on roads and bridges

On motion of Mr. Hawley,

The joint resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution relative to certain public officers, was taken from the table, and

The question being on its passage, it was passed by the following vote, two-thirds of all the members elected to the House voting in the affirmative:

YEAS, Mr. Allen, Mr. Earl, Mr. McNeil, Andrews, Ferguson, Moffatt, Bacon, Fox, Mulhollen, Belding, A. Gillet, Parkhurst, Bowne, M. S. Gillett, Salyer, Buck, Haight, Smith, Cady, Harger, Stevens, Campbell, Hartsuff, Stoddard, Chamberlain, Hatch, G. B. Turner, Coe, Hawley, J. W. Turner, Coman, Holmes, Turrill, H. H. Comstock, Kilborn, , Tuttle, O. C. Comstock, Lockwood, Waite, David, Lovell, Wilkinson, Dayton, Matthews, Wright, Deming, McNair, Speaker, 48 NAYS. 0

On motion of Mr. O. C. Comstock, The concurrent resolution authorizing the appointment of a joint committee to visit the state prison, was taken from the table. Mr. G. B. Turner moved that the resolution be amended by striking out the word “two,” in the fifth line, and inserting “three,” which motion was lost. The concurrent resolution was then adopted. Mr. Andrews gave notice that on some future day he will ask leave to introduce a joint resolution. Mr. Belding offered the following resolution, which was not adopted, viz: Resolved, That from and after the passage of this resolution, the vote on the final passage of all bills shall be taken by yeas and nays, and recorded in the journal.

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