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lands on a certain road; referred to the committee on internal improvement. Mr. Lovell presented the petition of twenty-three inhabitants of the township of Orleans, in Ionia county, relative to the construction and completion of a canal and locks around the rapids of Grand river; referred .o the committee on internal improvement. Mr. Lovell presented the petition of twenty-three inhabitants of the township of Orleans, in Ionia county, relative to the construction and completion of a canal and locks around the rapids of Grand River; referred to the committee on internal improvement. Mr. Coman presented the petition of John Mickle and others, for the passage of a law legalizing certain acts of the townships of Reading and Allen, in Hillsdale county; referred to the committee on the judiciary. Mr. Andrews presented the memorial of N. Buel Eldredge and others, asking the incorporation of the medical association of the state of Michigan; referred to the committee on banks and incorporations. Mr. Deming presented the petition of the commissioners under the act for the draining of swamps, marshes and other low lands; referred to the committee on state affairs. Mr. G. B. Turner, from the committee on claims, to whom were referred sundry claims accruing by the death of Mr. Noble, reported the same back, recommended their allowance, and that they be referred to the committee on ways and means with instructions to em. body the amounts in the general appropriation bill, which report was accepted, the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subject, and the claims referred to the committee on ways and means, with the instructions. Mr. G. B. Turner, from the same committee, to whom was referred the joint resolution relative to the claim of Rueben E. Bird, and the joint resolution relative to the claim of Henry Lindenbower, reported the same back without amendment, and recommended that they do not pass, which report was accepted, the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subjects, and The joint resolutions were referred to the committee of the whole, placed on the general order, and ordered to be printed. Mr. Hawley, from the select committee on the subject of a convention for revising the constitution, to whom was referred the joint resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution relative to certain public officers, reported the same back without amendment, and recommended its passage, which report was accepted, the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subject, and The joint resolution was referred to the committee of the whole, placed on the general order, and ordered to be printed. Mr. Kilborn, from the committee on public lands, made the following report, which was accepted, and the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subject, viz: The committee on public lands, to whom was referred the petition of P. J. G. Hodenpyl and others, citizens of the county of Ottawa, praying for an appropriation of land for the purpose of improving a certain state road, have had the same under consideration, and instruct me to report adversely, as from a recent report of the Auditor General it appears there are no internal improvement lands unappropriated or liable to be reappropriated. Mr. J. W. Turner, from the committee on banks and incorporations, reported a bill to incorporate the Phoenix copper company, which was read twice, referred to the committee of the whole, placed on the general order, and ordered to be printed. Mr. Parkhurst, from the committee on engrossment and enrollment, reported that the bill to change the name of Henry Mann, was correctly enrolled, and was this day presented to the Governor for his approval. Mr. Parkhurst, from the same committee, also reported that the bill to amend an act entitled an act to incorporate the Monroe and Saline plank road company was correctly engrossed. Mr. Morton, from the committtee on state affairs, made the following report, which was accepted, and the committee discharged from the further consideration of the subject. The committee on state affairs, to which was referred the petition of the board of supervisors of the county of Calhoun, have had the same under consideration, and respectfully report: That section twenty, chapter eighty-theee of the revised statutes, provides for the redemption of lands sold for taxes within one year from the time of sale, with interest at twenty-five per cent, twenty per cent of which goes to the purchaser, and five per cent to the state, to the credit of the general fund. The petition sets forth that the county treasurer performs a portion of the duty for the payment of which the five per cent is paid into the state treasury, and therefore claims a proportion of the five per cent for the county treasurer, to pay that officer for making out redemption receipts for such lands as are redeemed in the county. The committee, however, are of the opinion that the privilege of redeeming in the county is of no essential benefit to the state, but is solely for the accommodation of the people residing in such county; and that the remuneration for such services, if any is required, over and above the salary paid such officer, should come from the county by a vote of the board of supervisors. But in most, if not in all cases, the committee believe the salaries to be high enough to pay for all the duties performed by the several county treasurers. If the prayer of the petitioners should be granted, every other county treasurer would of course claim the same remuneration for such services, and a large amount would thus be drawn from the state treasury, to be made up by just so much additional tax upon the people. For these reasons, and believing that the board of supervisors of the several counties should fix the salaries for their county treasurers, the committee report adversely to the prayer of the petitioners, recommend no action upon the subject, and ask to be discharged from any further consideration of the same. Mr. Morton, from the same committee, to whom was referred the Senate bill to amend an act entitled an act authorizing any person to construct lines of electric telegraph in the state of Michigan, reported the same back without amendment and recommended its passage, which report was accepted, 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. Campbell, from the committee on internal improvement, to whom was referred the Senate bill to amend an act entitled an act to provide for laying out and establishing a state road from Albion to Eaton Rapids, and to make an appropriation for opening and improving the same, reported the same back without amendment and recommended its passage, which report was accepted, 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. Coe, from the committee on the judiciary, reported a bill to amend section two of chapter seventy-eight of the revised statutes of 1846, which was read twice, referred to the committee of the whole, placed on the general order, and ordered to be printed. Mr. Ferguson, from the committee on the judiciary, to whom was referred the bill to amend chapter fifty-five of the revised statutes of 1846, in relation to religious societies, reported the same back with amendments, and asked to be discharged from its further consideration, which report was accepted, the committee discharged, and The bill as amended, 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 petition of James S. Pitts, of Ross, Kalamazoo county, a minor, asking the passage of a law authorizing him to convey real estate, reported adverse to the prayer of the petition, and asked to be discharged from its further consideration, which report was accepted and the committee discharged. Mr. Davis, from the committee on roads and bridges, reported a bill authorizing Isaac N. Swain to erect and maintain a dam across Paw Paw river, in Berrien county, which was read twice, ordered to be printed, referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order. Mr. Davis, from the same committee, to whom was referred the bill to authorize the construction of a free bridge across the St. Joseph river at or near the mouth of McCoy's creek, reported the same back without amendment and recommended its passage, which report was accepted, the committee discharged, and The bill was ordered to be printed, referred to the committee of the whole, and placed on the general order. Mr. Davis, from the same committee, to whom was referred the petition of Isaac Otis and others, for the establishment of a state road from Richland, in Kalamazoo county, to Hastings, in Barry county, and asking an appropriation therefor, reported the same back without action, and asked to be discharged from its further consideration, which report was accepted and the committee discharged. Mr. Davis, from the same committee, to whom was referred the bill to amend the revised siatutes in relation to the assessment of highway taxes, reported the same back with an amendment and recommended its passage, which report was accepted, the committee discharged, and The bill was ordered to be printed, referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general order. The following message was received from the Senate:

Lansing, January 17, 1849.

To the Speaker of the House of Representatives:

SIR:—I am instructed to transmit herewith a bill to incorporate the Genesee literary institute; and

A bill to amend chapter eighty-nine of the revised statutes of 1846, relative to fixing the terms of the circuit court;

Which the Senate have passed and in which the concurrence of the House is respectfully asked.

SENATE CHAMBER, !

Respectfully, &c., W. L. BANCROFT, Secretary of the Senate. The Senate bill to incorporate the Genesee county literary institute was read twice and referred to the committee on banks and incorporations. The Senate bill to amend chapter eighty-nine of the revised statutes of 1846, relative to fixing the terms of the circuit court, was read twice, when Mr. Ferguson moved a suspension of the rules, so that the bill might be put upon its passage, which motion was lost, and The bill was referred to the committee on the judiciary. The following message was received from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER, Lansing, January 17, 1849.)

To the Speaker of the House of Representatives :

SIR:—I am instructed to return herewith the report of the joint committee of the Senate and House, to whom was referred the revision of the joint rules of the Senate and House of Representatives, and to respectfully inform you that the Senate have adopted the same, and have also adopted the joint rules of the Senate and House of Representatives as printed in the manual of the last legislature.

I am further instructed to transmit herewith a bill to amend an act entitled “an act authorizing the supervisors of the county of Kent to

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