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north wall. We have also about 1,500 yards sand on the ground ready for use.

Through the entire season, till the ground became so frozen as to render it impracticable, there have been worked in the quarry from eight to ten convicts. These men, under a superintendent, have worked well, and accomplished a large amount of la bor. For about three months from 15 to 20 convicts have been employed, and are now at work excavating and grading for the north wall and yard. The large amount of earth moved has been used in filling the low marshy land, bordering upon the river, making that much needed portion of the State land, (here. tofore worthless,) now valuable. About 12 convicts have been through the season employed in cutting stone for the cells, 3 in the blacksmith shop, making the iron work for cells, 10 at work in the construction of the cells ; and while building the workshops above described, the necessary number of carpenters, joiners, and brick-layers, making the whole number of days of convict labor 7,434 in this department, this season.

Statements have been made to you of the financial matters of this department, in which the items of receipts and expenditures were particularly set forth. The following is an abstract of those statements, exhibiting the full amount of money received and expended by me, from March 5th, 1860, up to and including Nov. 30, 1860 :

1860. March 5. Rec'd from State Treasury for Inspectors' certificate,

$3,000 00 May 5. Rec'd from State Treasury for Inspectors' catificate,...

3,000 00 June 8. Rec'd from State Treasury for Inspectors' certificate,

3,000 00 July 14. Rec'd for property sold, 1 span horses,... 300 00 Sept. 7.

old iron,....

7 47 Oct. 22. Rec'd for Inspectors' certificate from State Treasury,...

1,000 00

Total cash received,..

$10,307 45


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For free labor and team work,

$2,238 67 forage for team,

21 66 stone,

300 00 brick,...

1,820 80 hardware, nails, glass, &c.,

198 31 lumber, timber, shingles, and sash, ... 1,176 11 paints and oil,......

16 90 iron and castings,....

1,485 91 freight on lumber, iron, &c.,........ 94 88 sand, ..

798 43 lime, water lime, and calcined plaster, 574 29 roofing,

391 95 horse,

110 00 coal,

14 50


$9,242 41 Paid W. L. Seaton, Agent, for amount ad

vanced by Agent to Commissioner, Dec.
25, 1858, by order of the Inspectors,... 1,000 00

$10,242 41 Dec. 1, 1860. Balance cash on hand, .... 65 04

$10,307 45

From the large increase of convicts in this Prison for the last few years, it appears evident that more Prison room will be needed, as soon as it can be prepared with the ordinary process of building

By your direction, I have made estimates for the following additions and improvements : Building an L to the west wing, running north one hundred and ten feet,.....

$5,280 00 Building 200 cells in said L,....

9,800 00 L to west wing, running north 80 feet,....

4,100 00 120 cells in this L,...

7,200 00 400 feet of shops,..

10,400 00

Por removing and rebuilding the east wall, 617 feet,

and for building 711 feet new wall, all 27 feet high including foundation,........

$10,000 00

$47,380 00

The work performed this season has been done with prudence and economy, and with an eye to the best interest of the State, and all in the most substantial and best manner; and for this quality of work, no greater amount could have been expected with the same ontlay of money.

Your obedient servant,


Building Commissioner. State Prison Oflice, Jackson, Dec. 1, 1860,


No, 9.


REPORT of the State Librarian.



Lansing, Dec. 27, 1860. To the Legislature of the State of Michigan :

Pursuant to the requirements of law, I have the honor to submit the following as my official report:

There are at present, belonging to the State Library, 13,676 books of all kinds, including pamphlets and duplicates. Of this number, 287 are pamphlets, and 5,720 duplicates. In this latter class are included reports of the Supreme Court of this State, of the State Agricultural Society, Superintendent of Public Instrnction, and public documents and laws of Michigan and several other States. The duplicates of our own State are being constantly withdrawn from the Library for the purpose of supplying the wants of the several counties, and for exchanges with other States.

The Secretary of State has supplied the several States and Territories with our publications, and they have been generally liberal and prompt in returning exchanges. Over one thousand volumes including all descriptions have been received during my term of office. A list of the books thus received is append. ed hereto, and a full description of them may be found in the annual catalogue.

As exchanges are necessarially received and recepted by the Librarian, I would suggest that all works printed for exchange or distribution by the State be placed under his charge for these purposes, and for the better preservation of those not thus required.

My predecessor near the close of his official term, purchased at a cost of $177 56 the following books, to wit:

Supreme Court reports of Pennsylvania, 23 vols. ; of NewHampshire, 15 vols. ; of Tennessee, 6 vols.

In compliance with a Joint Resolution of the Legislature, approved February 15, 1859, and under the direction of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, I have caused to be bound several books, including 50 vols. of the United States Statutes at large. The accounts for the same have been duly adjusted and allowed by the board of State Auditors, and paid from the Library fund.

In pursuance of an Act, approved Feb. 15, 1859, I have deposited in the Library of the Michigan Agricultural College, 177 volumes, taking from the President and Secretary of said College, the proper official receipts for the same, providing for their due return to the State Library whenever required by law, or by joint order of the State Librarian and Secretary of State.

Although the capacity of the Library rooms is quite limited, still space might be afforded, (by the modest retirement of several books, that are now on the shelves,) for the accommodation of several important and valuable works, imperatively needed by the State. Among others might be named, 150 volumes of the Supreme Court reports of the different States, to supply the deficiency of the broken sets that we have on hand ; 167 volumes of the Supreme Court reports of the different States, forming a series that never has been supplied to this Library. We are unable to obtain these reports by the system of ex

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