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The Senate then resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the special order for the day, being the bill entitled, “An act for the relief of tenants holding lands under perpetual leases in this State,” and after some time spent thereon, Mr. Cross, from said committee, reported progress, and asked for and obtained leave to sit agaln. *. Senate then resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill entitled, “An act to enable turnpike companies in certain cases to sell their road-way rights and other property,” and after some time spent thereon, soil. from said committee, reported in favor of the passage of the same with amendments, and with the title thereof altered so as to read as follows: “An act to enable the Kingston and Middletown turnpike road company to sell their roadway rights and other }. The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the said report, and it was decided in the affirmative. Ordered, That said bill be engrossed for a third reading. The Senate then resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill entitled, “An act to revise and consolidate the laws in relation to the village of Whitehall,” and after some time spent thereon, Mr. Noyes, from said committee, reported progress, and asked leave to sit again. Mr. Cook moved that the committee of the whole be discharged from the further consideration of said bill, and that it be referred to a select committee to report complete, The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative. Ordered, That Messrs. Cook, Cross and Snyder, be such committee. - The Senate then resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill entitled, “An act to release to the relatives of Emma Hughes, late of London in England, deceased, the interest of the people of the State of New-York in certain personal property,” and after some time spent thereon, Mr. Crolius, from said committee, reported in favor of the passage of the same with amendments. Mr. Cook moved that the report of the committee of the whole be laid upon the table. to The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative. The Senate then resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the following bills: “An act relative to the State Library and the Regents of the University.” “An act for the payment to Asa Baxter of the amount of his damages appraised by commissioners appointed under an act for the appraisement of his damages, passed December 14, 1847.” And after some time spent on said first mentioned bill, Mr. Curtis, from said committee, reported progress, and asked for and obtained leave to sit again.

(SENATE Journal.] 28

Mr. Curtis, from the same committee, reported in favor of the passage of said second mentioned bill with amendments, which report was agreed to, and said bill ordered engrossed for a third reading.

A message from the Governor was received and read, in the words following, to wit:

STATE OF NEW-YORK,
ExEcutive DEPARTMENT,
JAlbany, February 15, 1850. }

To the Senate :

I have this day approved and signed the o entitled bill: “An act to authorise the commissioners of the Ogdensburgh and Canton road to borrow money and to convert the road into a plank

road.” HAMILTON FISH.

On motion of Mr. Geddes and by unanimous consent, Resolved, That the bill from the Assembly entitled, “An act to amend the act to incorporate the city of Syracuse, passed December 14, 1847, and the act passed April 5, 1849," be printed for the use of the Senate. The Senate then resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill entitled, “An act to amend ‘An act relating to the redemption of bank notes,” passed May 14, 4840," and after some time spent thereon, Mr. Crook, from said committee, reported progress, and asked and obtained leave to sit again. The Senate then resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill entitled, “An act to make the offices of health officer and deputy health officer of the port of New-York salary officer,” and after some time spent thereon, Mr. Geddes, from said committee, “o progress, and asked for and obtained leave to sit again. r. Beach moved that the committee of the whole be discharged from the further consideration of said bill, and that it be referred to the committee on the judiciary. The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative. o On motion of Mr. Cook, The Senate then adjourned until 10 o'clock to-morrow morning. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1850.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Miles. The journal of yesterday was read and approved. Messrs. Cook and Crook presented three several remonstrances of inhabitants of Washington and Clinton counties against bridging lake champlain at Rouse's point, which was referred to the com. mittee on railroads. Mr. Johnson presented the petition of inhabitants of Schenectad for the par redemption of bank notes in the city of New-York, whic was referred to the committee of the whole having in charge the bill on that subject. Mr. Crook presented the memorial of A. C. Platt and others for a law to punish the putting up of dry goods with short measure, which was referred to the committee on manufactures. Mr. Stanton presented the petition of inhabitants of Tompkins county for the repeal of the free school law, which was referred to the committee of the whole having in charge the bill on that subject. Mr. Stanton presented the petition of inhabitants of Syracuse praying that Gerrit Smith may be heard before the Senate and Assembly on the subject of slavery, which was referred to a select committee. Mr. Curtis presented the petition of citizens of Sullivan county for the incorporation of the Barry Wille and Shehota Delaware bridge company, which was referred to the committee on roads and bridges. §. Carroll presented the petition of citizens of Washington county for a law to stay the collection of rents until the determination of certain suits under manorial titles, which was referred to the committee of the whole having in charge the bill on that subject. Mr. Cross presented the petition of inhabitants of Kings county for provision for the education of neglected and destitute children of this State, which was referred to the committee on charitable and religious societies. Mr. Dart presented the petition of the trustees of the village of Ogdensburgh for an amendment of the charter of said village, which was referred to the committee on the incorporation of cities and villages. . Morgan, from the committee on finance, to which was referred the bill from the Assembly entitled, “An act making appropriations in part for the expenses of government for the fiscal year commencing October 1, 1849 and for other purposes,” reported in favor of the passage of the same without amendment, which was committed to the committee of the whole. Mr. Colt, from the committee on the internal affairs of towns and

counties, to which was referred the bill entitled, “An act to incorporate the New York hotel company,” reported in favor of the passage of the same with amendment, which was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Guinnip from the committee on militia and public defence, to which was referred the bill entitled, “An act to authorise the sale of certain arsenals and other property, and to provide for the safe keeping of the arms and property belonging to the State,” reported in favor of the passage of the same without amendment, which was committed to the committee the of whole.

Mr. Babcock, from the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred the petition of Mr. McCracken for a law to authorise him to hold and convey real estate, reported in writing adverse to the prayer of the petitioner, and offered the following resolution, to wit:

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner ought not to be granted.

(See Doc. No. 62.)

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the said report, and it was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Miller, from the committee on roads and bridges, to which was referred the petition for that purpose, reported a bill entitled, “An act to extend the charter of the Schoharie central bridge company,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read a second time, and committed to the committee of the whole. Mr. Noyes, from the committee on engrossed bills, reported as correctly engrossed the bills entitled as follows: “An act for the payment to Asa Baxter of the amount of his damages appraised by commissioners appointed under an act for the appraisement of his damage passed December 14, 1847.” “An act to enable the Kingston and Middletown turnpike road company to sell their roadway rights and other property.” Ordered, That said bills do have their third reading. Mr. Carroll, from the committee on literature, to which was referred the resolutions on the subject of the reduction of postage, reported in writing and offered the following resolutions: Resolved, (if the assembly concur,) That our Senators in Congress are hereby instructed, and our representatives requested, to use their best efforts to secure the passage of an act establishing a uniform rate of postage throughout the United States of two cents on all letters weighing half an ounce, if pre-paid, or four cents for each half ounce if not pre-paid : Also, (for the purpose of more satisfactorily testing the practicability of such a reduction of the postage rates,) to use their best efforts to secure by further enactment, the keeping of a distinct account of all matter allowed to pass through the mails free of postage, and to make the same, except such as shall relate to the business of the post office department, a charge, at the rates of other mail matter, upon the treasury of the United States: Also, to use their best exertions, by further enactment, to provide for the conveyance by mail, postage free, of all regular newspapers in the United States, within the counties in which they are printed and published. Resolved, (if the assembly, concur.) That the governor be requested to forward copies of the foregoing resolution, to each of our senators and representatives in congress.

(See Doc. No. 55.)

Mr. Babcock moved that the said report be laid on the table.

The President put the question, whether the Senate would agree to the said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Crook moved that five times the usual number of the said report be printed for the legislature and 500 for the use of the committee.

Ordered, That said report shall be referred to the committee on public printing.

Mr. Upham, from the minority of the committee on banks and insurance companies, to which was referred so much of the Governor's message as relates to banking and currency, reported in writing and offered the following resolution :

Resolved, That the committee on finance be instructed to report a bill which shall provide for the effectual enforcement of the laws, for the assessment and collection of taxes agains all individual bankers and banking associations.

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Ordered, That said report be referred to the committee of the whole having in charge the bill on that subject.

Mr. Geddes moved that five times the usual number of the said report be printed for the use of the Legislature.

Ordered, That said motion be referred to the committee on public printing.

Mr. Schoonmaker, from the committee on claims, to which was referred the petition of John Stewart & Co. for pay for damages sustained by him in the Erie canal enlargement, reported in writing adverse to the prayer of the petitioners, and offered the following resolution, to wit:

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioners ought not to be granted.

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The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said report, and it was decided in the affirmative.

A message from the Governor was received and read in the words following, to wit:

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