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ganization of a new county out of parts of the counties of Lenawee and Hillsdale, reported adverse to the prayer of the petitions; which report was accepted and the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subject. The following communication was announced : ExecutIve Office, ) Lansing, March 6, 1849.) To the House of Representatives; F have this day approved, signed and deposited in the office of the Secretary of State, An act to amend section thirteen of chapter sixty-six of the revised statutes; o An act to amend the revised statutes of one thousand eight hundred and forty-six; An act to provide for laying out and establishing a state road from Richland, in Kalamazoo county, to Hastings, in Barry county; and Also a joint resolution requiring reports from certain special commissioners, EPAPHRO. RANSOM. The following communication was received from the Auditor General : AUDItoR GENERAL's OFFICE, ) Lansing, March 6, 1849. ) Hon. LEANDER CHAPMAN, Speaker of the House of Representatives: SIR-As the number of applications for statements or certificates from this office, in regard to lands sold for taxes, and on which the time of redemption is expired, is of late largely increasing, and as the answering of them occupies, in some instances, much time of some of the clerks in the office, without there being any regular office charges established by law, to meet the expense, I would respectfully call the attention of the legislature to the subject. And I would take the liberty of asking the reference of this communication to some appropriate committee of the House, in order that some resolution, or an amendment to some bill now pending before the legislature, may be introduced, authorizing proper office charges in such cases. Yours, most respectfully, JOHN J. ADAM, Auditor General.

On motion of Mr. Deming,

The foregoing communication was referred to the committee on ways and means.

The following message was received from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER, Lansing, March 7, 1849.

To the Speaker of the House of Representatives: SIR:—I am instructed to transmit to you the following entitled bills, which the Senate have passed, and in which the concurrence of the House is respectfully asked, viz: A bill to regulate the carrying of baggage by railroad companies; A bill to incorporate the Battle Creek and Hastings plank road company; and A bill to incorporate the Jackson and Mason plank road company. I am further instructed to return herewith the following entitled bills, and to respectfully inform you that the Senate have concurred therein, viz: A bill to require the supervisors of Berrien county to construct and maintain certain bridges in said county; and A bill to amend section four, chapter eighty-eight of the revised statutes of 1846. Respectfully, &c., W. L. BANCROFT, Secretary of the Senate. The bill to require the supervisors of Berrien county to construct and maintain certain bridges in said county; and The bill to amend section four of chapter eighty-eight of the revised statutes of 1846, Were ordered to be enrolled. The following entitled Senate bills were severally read twice and referred to the committee on banks and incorporations, viz: A bill to regulate the carrying of baggage by railroad companies; A bill to incorporate the Jackson and Mason plank road company; and A bill to incorporate the Battle Creek and Hastings plank road company. Mr. J. W. Turner offered the following resolution: Resolved, That each bill reported against by any standing committee shall be taken from the files, whether upon the general order

or otherwise, by the Clerk, who shall keep the same separate from other bills; and that none of the said bills so separated shall be considered hereafter, unless by the consent of at least two-thirds of the House. Mr. G. B. Turner moved that the resolution be amended by inserting the word “hereafter” before “reported” in the first line, which motion was lost. Mr. Hawley offered the following as a substitute for the resolution, which was not adopted, viz: Resolved, That the bills on the general order be referred to a committee of twelve, to be appointed by the Speaker, who shall report upon the propriety of further action by this House upon such bills, and that they report the several bills according to their order on the general order, as fast as the committee have passed upon them. The original resolution was then adopted. Mr. Belding gave notice that on some future day he would ask leave to introduce a bill to repeal an act to authorize the erection of a toll gate, and for keeping in repair the Detroit and Saginaw road, and for other purposes, approved March 8, 1843. Mr. Hawley, by unanimous, consent, previous notice not having been given, introduced a bill to provide for draining certain low lands in the city of Detroit, which was read twice and referred to the committee on public lands. Mr. Lockwood, pursuant to previous notice, asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill appropriating certain non-resident highway taxes for the improvement of the road running from Hillman's Grove House, in the county of Livingston, to the village of Pontiac, in the county of Oakland, which was read twice and referred to the committee on roads and bridges.

Mr. Kilborn, pursuant to previous notice, asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill to provide for improving Grand river, in the township of Lansing, as a public highway, which was read twice, and referred to the committee on internal improvement.

Mr. O'Malley gave notice that on some future day he would ask

leave to introduce a bill to provide for binding the illustrated dramatic works of Shakspeare, now in the state library, and for other pur

poses.
On motion of Mr. G. B. Turner,

The bill to provide for the sale of certain state tax lands and lands, withheld for taxes, and for other purposes, was taken from the table, and The question being on the amendment yesterday offered by Mr. Coe, Mr. G. B. Turner moved that the bill be committed to the committee on state affairs, with instructions to insert Senate bill number. twenty-four, immediately after the printed bill, and in lieu of pending amendments, which motion prevailed. Mr. Deming moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the following resolution was yesterday adopted, viz.: Resolved, That the committee on enrolled bills be, and they are hereby instructed to employ G. G. Deshon assistant Engrossing and Enrolling Clerk of this House, and that they be empowered to employ any further assistance should it become necessary. Mr. J. W. Turner moved to lay the motion on the table, which did not prevail, and The question then being on the motion to reconsider, it was decided, in the affirmative, by the following vote:

YEAS: , Mr. Allen, Mr. David, Mr. Moffatt, Andrews, Dayton, O'Malley, Belding, Deming, Parkhurst, Bowne, Haight, Salyer, Buck, Harger, St. Clair, Chamberlain, Hobart, Stevens, Coe, Holmes, Wilkinson, Coman, McNair, Wright, H. H. Comstock, McNeil, Speaker, 27 NAYS. Mr. Bacon, Mr. Hammond, , Mr. Pennoyer, Burk, Hartsuff, Smith, Cady, Kilborn, Stoddard, Campbell. Lockwood, . G. B. Turner, Curtis, Lovell, J. W. Turner, Flower, Matthews, Turrill, Fox, 19

Mr. Kilborn moved a call of the House, which motion was notor. dered, and

The question recurring on the adoption of the resolution, it was lost, by the following vote :

YEAS. Mr. Bacon, Mr. Hartsuff, Mr. Pennoyer, Burk, Kilborn, Smith, Cady, Lockwood, Stoddard, O. C. Comstock, Lovell, G: B. Turner, Curtis, Matthews, J. W. Turner, Flower, Morton, Tuttle, Hammond, - Mulhollen, 20 - NAYS. Mr. Allen, Mr. Dayton, Mr. O'Malley, Andrews, Deming, Salyer, Belding, Fox, St. Clair, Bowne, Haight, Stevens, Buck, Harger, Waite, Campbell, Hebart, Wilkinson, Coman, Holmes, Wright, H. H. Comstock, Moffatt, Speaker, David, 25

On motion of Mr. David, Resolved, That the committee on engrossment and enrollment be, and they are hereby authorized to employ a suitable person as an assistant Enrolling and Engrossing Clerk, at any time when they shall deem it necessary, and that they have power at any time to discharge said assistant. The bill for the relief of the township of Waterloo, in the county of Jackson, was read the third time and passed. The bill to amend the revised statutes in relation to the printing of the annual reports of the state officers, was read the third time, and On motion of Mr. Coe, Laid on the table. The bill to authorize Jacob Barns, guardian of Cornelius Barns, to sell certain real estate, was read the third time and passed. The bill to amend section thirty-four of chapter one hundred and thirty-four of the revised statutes of 1846, was read the third time, and On motion of Mr. Coe, Laid on the table. The bill relative to costs of proceedings in criminal cases, was read the third time, when Mr. Chamberlain moved that it be recommitted to the committee on the judiciary with instructions to strike out section one and to make such other amendments as they might deem advisable, which motion was lost, and

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