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Monday, January 13th, 1840. On motion of Mr. Sholes, A call of the House was made, and the serjeant-at-arms sent after absent members.
The serjeant-at-arms returned after a short time and reported that Messrs. Hoyt, Newman, Shew, Stevens and Sutherland could not be found at their lodgings, and that it was reported that they had left town.
The Speaker laid before the House a list of the acts, inemorials and resolutions originating in the House of Representatives, and which have been approved by the Governor, prepared by the clerk in obedience to the order of the House, which are as follows:
“ An act to establish a Territorial road from Madison to Frankfort in Dodge county."
Approved December 21, 1839.
“ An act to repeal an act entitled, · An act to change the corpo. rate limits and powers of the town of Green Bay.”
“ An act to provide for recording contracts relating to lands, and for other purposes."
“An act to authorize William H. Bruce, and others, to build and maintain a dam on the Manitouwoc river."
" An act to prevent trespass and other injuries being done to the possessions of settlers on public lands, and to define the right of possession on said lands.”
" An act relating to the fiscal agency of Moses M. Strong." Approved January 4, 1840. “ An act to organize the county of St. Croix.”
“ An act to amend an act of the Revised Statutes of 1839, enti. ted, "An act concerning the supreme and district courts."
Approved January 9, 1840.
" An act to amend an act entitled, “An act in addition to An act to establish the seat of government of the Territory of Wis. consin, and to provide for the erection of public buildings,' approved December 3d, 1836, and for other purposes, approved March 8th, 1839.”
“An act to amend' • An act to provide for aiding in the con. struction of the Milwaukee and Rock river canal.'” .
Approved January 11, 1840. " Resolution in relation the half-breed lands on Lake Pepin," " Resolution relative to the extension of the military reserve of Fort Snelling, to the east side of the Mississippi river.”
Approved December 16, 1839. “ Resolution relative to the distribution of the local lews." Approved December 21, 1839. “ Resolution relating to the appointment of Samuel B. Knapp, fiscal agent.”
Approved January 1, 1840. “ A memorial to Congress relative to confirming the titles of lots one, two and three of section thirty-two, town seven, range twenty-two east.”
Approved December 30, 1839. “ Memorial of the Legislative Assembly, in behalf of the settlers on the even sections reserved to the United States by the law granting a quantity of land to aid in the construction of the Mil. waukee and Rock river canal.”
Approved December 28, 1839. Mr. Shackelford, from the joint committee on enrolment, re. ported the following bill to be correctly enrolled, which was signed by the Speaker, viz:
"An act to authorize the building a bridge across the Fox river, in the county of Brown.”
On motion of Mr. Wells, Ordered, That the clerk be instructed to enter upon the journal the names of the members absens without leave, as reported by the serjeant-at-arms.
Messrs. Hoyt, Newman, Shew, Stevens, and Sutherland, were reported to have left town and were not in their seats.”
Mr. Street, from the select committee lo whom the memorial of Messrs. Collier & Pettus of St. Louis, with the accompanying documents were referred, submitted a report which was read.
(See Appendix, document P.).
On motion of Mr. Shackelford,
On molion of Mr. Shew,
A mo!ion was made by Mr. Shackelford that the said report be printed, and the ayes and noes were called for and were as fol. lows:
Ayes--Messrs. Beardsley, Blackstone, Bracken, Brunson, Childs, Conroe, Craig, McGregor, Ray and Shackelford--10.
Noes--Messrs. Baldwin, Billings, Cruson, Dewey, Jenkins, Longstreet, Sholes, Story, Street, Wells and Whiton, speaker-
Message from the Council by their secretary :
“ Mr. Speaker- The Council have receded from their amend. ment to bill No. 35, of this House, entitled, “A bill to amend an act of the Statutes of the Territory of Wisconsin, entitled, An act concerning costs and fees.'"
“ The Governor has informed the Council that he has, on this day, examined and approved the following:
"* An act to organize the towns of Wau-wau-to-sa and Azla. lan.'
6. An act to provide for holding the district court within the county of Brown, and for other purposes.'
“* An act to incorporate and regulate public libraries.'
66 An act limiting the term of office of all officers not now li. mited by law. · ** An act to provide for laying out and establishing Territorial roads therein named.'
««• An act entitled An act to prescribe the mode of proceedings in chancery, and for other purposes.'
** An act to amend an act, entitled, An act concerning the time of commencing actions.'
** An act for the relief of insolvent debtors."
“ • An act to amend an act, entitled, An act to amend an act to incorporate the Portage canal company.
“6 Memorial to Congress for appropriations of lands for manual labor colleges.'
*Memorial to Congress for appropriations for the improvement of the Fox, Wisconsin, and other rivers.'
"• Resolution authorizing the clerk of the supreme court of this Territory to keep his office in the Capitol at Madison.'
•• Resolution relating to the southern boundary, and the admission of Wisconsin into the Union as a State.'"
And then he withdrew.
The Speaker laid before the House a message from the Gover. nor returning the following acts, &c. with his approval, viz:
• An act in relation to mills and mill.dams."
“ An act to provide for the appointment of agents to demand fugitives from justice, and for issuing search warrants.”
“ An act to change the time of holding courts in the second ju. dicial district.”
“ An act in relation to collectors, assessors and supervisors of roads."
“ An act relative to the expenses of the Adjutant-General's office.”
“ An act relating to the duties of the register of deeds of the county of Rock."
“ An act to establish the towns of Pewaukee and Granville in the county of Milwaukee,”
“ An act to provide for the support of common schools, and for other purposes.”
“ An act to provide for laying out a Territorial road from Fort Howard to Knaggs' Ferry, in Brown county."
“An act relating to strays.”
"An act relative to the county officers of Sheboygan coun. ty.”
“ A memorial to Congress to extend the jurisdiction of justices of the peace.”
" Resolution in addition to a resolution, entitled, “Resolution relating to the appointment of Samuel B. Knapp fiscal agent." And,
“ Resolution relating to coun:y seals.”
Mr. Wells, from the judiciary committee, reported a bill which was read the first and second time, of the following title, to wit:
No. 53, “ A bill in relation to suits in the Territory, and for other purposes."
On motion of Mr. Sholes, The said bill was considered as in committee of the whole, and was, by the special order of the House, read the third time, passed and the title amended to read, “ A bill in relation tɔ suits in the Territory ;' the rules having been suspended for that pur. pose.
Ordered, That the clerk request the Council to concur in the said bill.
Mr. Shackelford, from the joint committee on enrolment, res ported the undermentioned bills to be correctly enrolled, which were signed by the Speaker, viz:
" An act concerning actions relating to real property.”
“ Au act to amend an act of the Statutes of the Territory of Wisconsin, entitled, “An act concerning costs and fees.'”.
On motion of Mr. Story, . Bill No. 51, " A bill to provide for the compensation of the offi. cers of the Legislative Assembly, and for other purposes,” was taken up and considered as in committee of the whole, and the 11th amendment, being an addition to the bill, was concurred in, with amendments.
Resolution No. 17, entitled, “ Resolution relative to the settle. ment of the accounts of the late acting commissioner," was taken up and considered, and their non.concurrence in the amendments of the Council was receded from, and the amendments concurred
Bill No. 47, entitled, “ A bill to amend an act to provide for assessing and collecting county revenue,” returned from the