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Resolved, That this House do now proceed to elect a Speaker pro tem., during the absence of Hon. Leander Chapman. Accordingly, the House proceeded to the election of a Speaker pro tem., with the following result: FOR. OLIVER, C. COMSTOCK:

Mr. Andrews, Mr. David, Mr. McNeil,
Bacon, Deming, Moran,
Belding, Ferguson, Parkhurst,
Bowne, Fox, Smith,
Burk, Harger, Stevens,
Cady, Hatch, Stoddard,
Campbell, Hawley, Tilden,
Chamberlain, Ingersoll, Tuttle,
Coman, Lockwood, Wright,
Curtis, McNair, 29
FOR GEORGE A. COE:
Mr. Buck, Mr. M. S. Gillett, Mr. Moffat,
Earl, Haight, Turrill,
Giddings, Holmes, Waite,
A. Gillet, Lovell, | 1
FOR CYRUS LOVELL:
Mr. Coe, - !
- FOR JOIIN W. TURNER:
Mr. H. H. Comstock, Mr. Matthews, 2
FOR SEELEY HARGER."
Mr. Salyer, 1
FOR. H. H. COMSTOCK:
Mr. J. W. Turner, i
FOR FENNER FERGUSON:
Mr. Wilkinson, - 1
RECAPITULATION OF THE WOTE FOR SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE.
Oliver C. Comstock received 29 votes.
George A. Coe & 4 11. “
John W. Turner - - - 2 “
Horace H. Comstock “ 1 “
Fenner Ferguson & 4 1 “
Cyrus Lovell * - 1 “
And Seeley Harger - « 1 “.

Mr. Oliver C. Comstock having received a majority of all the votes. was declared duly elected Speaker pro tempore.

On motion of Mr. Bowne,

The rule requiring the reading of the journal, was suspended.

Mr. Tilden presented the petition of Sylvester R. Hathaway and forty-nine others, voters of the township of Whiteford, asking certain alterations in the charter of the Cottonwood swamp turnpike company, and to authorize the said township to subscribe for stock in said company; referred to the committee on banks and incorporations. Mr. Bacon presented the petition of C. H. Nicholson and forty-eight others, for the passage of a law to prohibit the sale of wine or spirituous liquors; referred to the committee on state affairs. Mr. H. H. Comstock presented the petition of Elisha Belcher and sixty-four others, for an appropriation to improve the navigation of the Kalamazoo river; referred to the committee on internal improvement. Mr. Wilkinson presented the claim of Captain Daniel Hicks; referred to the committee on claims. Mr. Hawley presented the petition of Lucius Lyon and others, against the re-enactment of the law providing for capital punishment; referred to the committee on the judiciary. Mr. Hawley also presented the memorial of Minot T. Lane and others, on the same subject, which he read, when Mr. Chamberlain moved that the memorial be laid on the table and printed. Mr. H. H. Comstock moved that the motion be amended by inserting after “memorial” the words “and the memorial of the grand jury of Wayne county on the same subject.” Mr. Fox moved the previous question, which was demanded by a majority, and The main question was ordered to be now put. The question then being on the amendment moved by Mr. H. H. Comstock, It was rejected. The question then recurring on the motion to lay the memorial on the table and print it,

A division was called for, and it was first taken on laying on the table, and decided in the negative.

The question, on ordering the memorial to be printed, was taken and decided in the negative, by the following vote;

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YEAS. Mr. Belding, Mr. Earl, Mr. Lockwood, Buck, Harger, Lovell, Burk, Hatch, Moran, Chamberlain, Hawley, Parkhurst, Coe, Ingersoll, Waite, 15 - NAYS, Mr. Andrews, Mr. Fox, Mr. Salyer, Bacon, Ferguson, Smith, Bowne, . Giddings, Stevens, Cady, - M. S. Gillett, Stoddard, Campbell, Haight, - Tilden, Coman, Holmes, J. W. Turner, Curtis, Matthews, Turrill, H. H. Comstock, McNair, Tuttle, David, McNeil, . Wilkinson, Dayton, Moffatt, Wright, Deming, Mulhollen, . Speaker, protein.33

On motion of Mr. Hawley,
The memorial was referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Mr. Tuttle, from the committee on claims, reported a joint resolu

tion relative to the claim of John M. Van Aikin, which was read twice, ordered to be printed, referred to the committee of the whole, and placed on the general order. Mr. Deming, from the committee on roads and bridges, reported a bill appropriating certain highway taxes for the improvement of a certain road in the counties of Barry and Eaton, Which was read twice, ordered to be printed, referred to the committee of the whole, and placed on the general order. Mr. Andrews, from the committee on state affairs, to whom was referred the joint resolution relative to a donation of lands by the general government for the erection of state asylums for the insane, blind, deaf and dumb, reported the same back with an amendment, and recommended its passage, which report was accepted and the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subject, and The joint resolution was ordered to be printed as amended, referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order. Mr. Coe, from the committee on the judiciary, to whom was referred the bill for the relief of the township of Waterloo, in the county of Jackson, reported the same back, together with a substitute therefor, which report was accepted and the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subject, and

On motion of Mr. Fox, The bill was laid on the table, and the substitute was ordered to be printed, referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order. Mr. Cee, from the committee on the judiciary, to whom was recommitted the bill to authorize proceedings against garnishees, and for other purposes, reported the same back with sundry amendments and asked to be discharged from its further consideration, which report was accepted and the committee discharged, and The bill was ordered to be printed as amended, referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order. The following communications were announced:

ExECUtry E OFFICE, Lansing, February 10, 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 authorize Wilkes W. Durkee, of the county of Oakland, to sell certain real estate; An act to authorize the supervisor of the township of Fairfield, in the county of Lenawee, to renew the warrant for the collection of taxes in said township. Also a joint resolution directing the publication of a statement of lands to be sold in the county of Ionia, in eighteen hundred and for: ty-nine. EPAPHRO. RANSOM. OFFICE of the Attors EY GENERAL.) Lansing, February 12, 1849.) To the Speaker of the House of Representatives: SIR:—I herewith transmit to the House of Representatives my reply to their resolution asking my opinion of the legal construction of section two, article twelve of the constitution. I have the honor to be, Very truly, yours, &c., GEO. W. N. LOTHROP, Attorney General.

On motion of Mr. Ingersoll, The document accompanying the communication from the Attorney General was laid on the table and ordered to be printed.

The following message was received from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER, Lansing, February 12, 1849.

SIR:—I am instructed to transmit herewith a bill to extend the time for the collection of taxes in the township of Burns, in the county of Shiawassee, which the Senate have passed and in which the concurrence of the House is respectfully asked. Respectfully, &c., W. L. BANCROFT, Secretary of the Senate. The Senate bill to extend the time for the collection of taxes in the township of Burns, in the county of Shiawassee, was read twice, when Mr. Coe moved a suspension of the rules, which motion prevailed, and The bill was ordered to be read the third time; was so read and was passed. Mr. Tilden, pursuant to previous notice, asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill to exempt certain personal estate from taxation, which was read twice and referred to the committee on ways and means. Mr. Giddings, pursuant to previous notice, asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill to amend the revised statutes of 1846, relative to university lands, which was read twice and referred to the committee on the judiciary. Mr. Giddings moved a suspension of so much of the rules as was necessary to enable him to ask leave to introduce a joint resolution, previous notice not having been given, which motion was lost, twothirds not voting in the affirmative. Mr. Giddings then gave notice that he would on some future day ask leave to introduce a joint resolution relative to slavery and the slave trade in the District of Columbia. Mr. Mulhollen gave notice that on some future day he would ask leave to introduce a bill to repeal section sixteen of act number two hundred of session laws of 1848. Mr. H. H. Comstock offered the following concurrent resolution, which was laid on the table under the rule, viz: Resolved, (the Senate concurring) That the legislature will adjourn, on Thursday, the fifteenth instant, sine die.

Mr. Tuttle gave notice that on some future day he would ask leave

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