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was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read a second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary. On motion of Mr. Miller, Ordered, TEat said bill be printed. By unanimous consent, Mr. Babcock, from the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred the bill entitled, “An act for the relief of suitors in the supreme court in certain cases,” reported in favor of the passage of the same without amendment, which was committed to the committee of the whole. On motion of Mr. Carroll, Resolved, That the judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the propriety of so amending section 292 of the code of procedure, passed April 10, 1849, as to restrain any proceeding under that section against judgment and execution creditors, where the sum due upon judgment and execution shall be less than fifty dollars, and to report upon the same at the earliest day practicable. The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative. The President laid before the Senate the report of the Bank of America in relation to unclaimed dividends and deposits, which was referred to the committee on banks and insurance companies. On motion of Mir Dart. The Senate then adjourned until 11 o’clock to-morrow morning.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 1850.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Beecher. The journal of yesterday was read and approved. Mr. Owen presented resolutions of the board of supervisors of Chautauque county for a repeal or modification of the law requiring the registry of births, deaths and marriages, which was referred to the committee on the judiciary. Mr. Owen presented the resolutions of the board of supervisors of Chautauque co. for a law to reduce the fees of the clerk of said county, which was referred to the committee on the internal affairs of towns and counties. Mr. Skinner presented the petition of inhabitants of Jefferson co. for a law authorising Norris M. Woodruff and Samuel Stocking to cut down certain falls on Indian river for the purpose of draining

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marsh lands, which was referred to the committee on the internal affairs of towns and counties.

Mr. Noyes, from the committee on the internal affairs of towns and counties, to which was referred the bill entitled, “An act to amend the Revised Statutes in relation to assessors reviewing assessment rolls and fixing the time and place of their meeting,” reported in favor of the passage of the same without amendment, which was committed to the committee of the whole.

The President laid before the Senate a communication from the Regents of the University, which was read in the words following, to wit:

Jilbany, January 11, 1850. To the Hon. GEORGE W. PATTERson, President of the Senate:

SIR,-In am instructed by the Regents of the University, to state to the Legislature that a vacancy has occurred in their board, in consequence of the death of Dr. Wendell, and further, that they have chosen Garret Y. Lansing, Chancellor of the University, in the room of the deceased.

I remain, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
T. ROMEYN BECK,
Secretary of the Regents.

The President laid before the Senate the report of the Farmers’ Bank of Troy, in relation to unclaimed dividends and deposites, which was referred to the committee on banks and insurance comanies. p The President laid before the Senate the annual report of the Regents of the University, on the condition of the State Cabinet of Natural History, and Historical and Antiquarian collection annexed thereto, which was referred to the committee on literature. Mr. Upham moved that 1000 copies of said report be printed for the use of the Regents, which was referred to the committee on public printing. A message was received from the Assembly, requesting the Senate to transmit to that House the petitions and papers of Jonas Ingraham, relating to his contract for the enlargement of section three of the Erie canal enlargement at Black Rock. In pursuance of previous notice, Mr. Geddes asked for and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled, “An act to amend an act entitled, ‘An act to extend the exemption of hosehold furniture and working tools from distress for rent and sale under execution,’ passed April 11, 1842,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary. By unanimous consent, Mr. Johnson asked for and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled, “An act for the relief of persons holding lands under perpetual leases in this State,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time.

On motion of Mr. Johnson, Resolved, That said bill be referred to a select committee. Ordered, That Messrs. Johnson, Upham and Carroll, be said comimittee. In pursuance of previous notice, Mr. Beach asked for and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled, “An act to change the times and places of holding the general terms of the supreme court in the seventh judicial district,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to committee on the judiciary. Mr. Snyder gave notice that he would ask leave, on some future day, to introduce a bill conferring upon the justices’ of the peace of the county of Dutchess the powers of a county judge, as conferred upon said judges under chapter 2, title 9, of the code of procedure, entitled “Proceedings supplementary to the execution,” in all cases where the judgment upon which the proceedings are to be taken shall have been rendered by a justice of the peace of said county. On motion of Mr. Crolius, Resolved, That the remonstrances against the repeal of certain acts for the benefit of Francis Englishbee, be taken from the files and referred to the judiciary committee. On motion of Mr. Geddes, Resolved, That the petition and papers on file in reference to the claim of William S. Gere for canal damages, be taken from the files and referred to the committee on claims. On motion of Mr. Geddes, Resolved, That a respectful message be transmitted to the Assembly, requesting that honorable body to transmit to the Senate the petition and papers on file with them in relation to the claim of James and Amos King, and that the same be referred to the committee on claims. On motion of Mr. Cross, Resolved, That a respectful message be sent to the honorable the Assembly, requesting the papers relating to the claim of Cyrus P. Dunham there on file, be taken from said files and transmitted to the Senate, and that when so transmitted they be referred to the committee on claims. On motion of Mr. Mann, Resolved, That the petition of the heirs of James Lumbard for a distribution of the estate of Amasa Kelson, be taken from the files of the Senate and referred to the committee on claims. By unanimous consent, Mr. Beekman, from the joint library committee, to which was referred the communication of the speaker of the Provincial Parliament of Canada relating to the destruction of the library attached to said Parliament, reported, and offered the following concurrent resolution: Resolved, (if the Assembly concur,) That the Regents of the University and the Secretary of State be directed to furnish the Provincial Parliament of Canada, a copy of the Laws, Journals and Documents of the State of New-York, including the Natural History, and any other volumes which can be spared from his department, as a contribution from the State of New-York towards the replacement of the library of the Canadian Parliament, which was destroyed by fire on the 25th April, 1849. The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative. On motion of Mr. Mann, Resolved, That the Secretary of State be requested to transmit to each of the judges of the court of appeals and of the supreme court, a copy of the report of the commissioners on practice and pleadin CoS. g On motion of Mr. Schoonmaker, Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate furnish the members of the Senate each with a copy of the debates in the constitutional convention of 1846. On motion of Mr. Snyder, The Senate proceeded to the consideration of the resolution heretofore offered by him, in the words following, to wit: Resolved, That the report of the commissioners on practice and pleadings be referred to the standing committee on the judiciary. Mr. Stanton moved to amend the resolution by striking out al? after the word “Resolved,” and insert the following: “(If the Assembly concur,) That the report of the Commissioners on Practice and Pleadings, be referred to a joint select committee to revise the same and report thereon, and that they be empow. ered and directed to invite said commissioners to appear before them during such revision.” Debate was had thereon, when Mr. Cook moved to amend the amendment of Mr. Stanton, by inserting after the words “select committee,” the words “consisting of the judiciary committees and two members of each House to be added thereto.” Pending the question thereon, The hour of 12 o'clock having arrived, the Senate went into Executive session. After some time spent in executive session the doors were opened, and the Senate again proceeded to legislative business. And the Senate then again resumed the consideration of the resolution referring the report of the Commissioners on Practice and Pleadings. Debate was had thereon, when Mr. Cook moved that said resolution be laid upon the table. The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the said motion, and it was decided in the affirmative. The Senate then resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill entitled, “An act to authorise the election of a local officer in the county of Ulster to discharge the duties of judge and surrogates and other dutie,” and after some time spent thereon, Mr. Guinnip, from said committee, reported progress, and asked leave to sit again. Mr. Mann moved that the committee of the whole be discharged from the further consideration of said bill, and that the same be recommitted 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. The Senate then resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill entitled, “An act declaring the official bond of Calvin Converse, a superintendent of the poor of the county of Cattaraugus, valid,” and after some time spent thereon, Mr. Williams, from said committee, reported progress, and asked leave to sit again. Mr. Johnson moved that the committee of the whole be discharged from the further consideration of said bill, and that the same be recommitted to the committee on the internal affairs of towns and counties, with instruction to report a general law on that subject. Mr. Curtis moved to lay the said motion of Mr. Johnson on the table. The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the said motion, and it was decided in the negative. And the question recurring on the motion of Mr. Johnson, Mr. Curtis moved to amend the same by instructing the said committee to enquire and report as to the expediency of a general law on that subject, which amendment was accepted by Mr. Johnson. The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the said motion as amended, and it was decided in the affirmative. On motion of Mr. Babcock, The Senate then adjourned until 11 o'clock to-morrow morning.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 1850.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Howard. The journal of yesterday was read and approved. Mr. Cook presented the petition of inhabitants of the city of Albany for the incorporation of a bank for savings, which was referred to the committee on banks and insurance companies. Mr. Snyder presented the petition of citizens of Hudson for the incorporation of a savings bank, which was referred to the committee on banks and insurance companies. Mr. Beekman presented the petition of Henry T. Peters and Richard Hughes for a confirmation of their title to certain lands es

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