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cheated to the State, which was referred to the committee on the judiciary. Mr. Carroll presented the petition of forwarders and others upon the Champlain canal for a law requiring all railroads between the cities of Troy and Schenectady and the village of Whitehall to pay tolls on the transportation of freight, which was referred to the committee on finance. Mr. Robinson presented the resolutions of the board of supervisors of Albany co. for the sale of lands returned for taxes in the counties where such lands are situated, which were referred to the committee on the judiciary. Mr. Owen presented resolutions of the board of supervisors of Chautauque co. for the completion and termination of the N. Y. and Erie railroad on the original route, which was referred to the committee on railroads. Mr. Skinner presented the petition of Norris M. Woodruff and Samuel Stocking for a law authorising them to cut away certain rocks in the bed of Indian river for the purpose draining marsh lands, which was referred to the committee on the internal affairs of towns and counties. Mr. Stone presented the petition of Marquis Long for a law authorising the Commissioners of the Land Office to convey to him a certain island in the Chittenango creek now belonging to the State, which was referred to the committee on the judiciary. Mr. Beekman, from the committee on literature, to which was referred a petition for that purpose, reported a bill entitled, “An act to incorporate the Jonesville Academy,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and committed to the committee of the whole. Mr. Beekman, from the committee on literature, to which was referred a petition for that purpose, reported a bill entitled, “An act to amend an act establishing free schools throughout the State, passed March 26, 1849,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read a second time, and committed to a committee of the whole. Mr. Dimmick, from the committee on the internal affairs of towns and counties, to which was referred the bill entitled, “An act declaring the official bond of Calvin Converse, a superintendent of the poor of Cattaraugus county, valid,” with instructions to report a general law on that subject, reported a bill entitled, “An act to extend the time for county superintendents of the poor to take the oath of office and execute and file their official bond,” which was read the first time, and by unanimons consent was also read the second time, and committed to the committee of the whole. By unanimous consent, Mr. Snyder asked for and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled, “An act to incorporate the Hudson Savings Institute,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on banks and insurance companies.

On motion of Mr. Geddes, Resolved, That the resolutions reported by the select committee upon so much of the Governor's message as relates to the extension of slavery over territory now free, be made the special order for Wednesday next at 12 o'clock, M. On motion of Mr. Dart, Resolved, That the papers on file in the Senate relating to the bridge-crossing of the northern railroad, be taken from the files and referred to the committee or railroads. On motion of Mr. Dimmick, Resolved, That the resolutions of the board of supervisors of Allegany county be taken from the committee on the judiciary, and that the same be referred to the committee on the internal affairs of towns and counties. Mr. Cross offered for the consideration of the Senate, a resolution in the words following, to wit: Resolved, That it be referred to the judiciary committee to inquire and report into the expediency of so amending the law in relation to general and special elections, as to provide that there shall be but one form of ballot necessary to be used at any such election, and of such changes or modifications of such law as will prevent the uncertainty, inconvenience and confusion of separate ballots and endorsements. Mr. Schoonmaker moved to amend said resolution by striking out “judiciary committee,” and inserting the words “committee on privileges and elections. The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to the said amendment, and it was decided in the affirmative. The President then put the question whether the Senate would agree to the said resolution as amended, and it was decided in the affirmative. On motion of Mr. Schoonmaker, Resolved, That the committee on claims be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of the heirs of James Lumbard, and that the same be referred to the standing committee on the judiciary. On motion of Mr. Schoonmaker, Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate furnish the President of the Senate with a copy of the debates of the constitutional convention, and that he pay for the same, and those already ordered, out of the contingent fund of the Senate. Mr. Owen offered for the consideration of the Senate, a resolution in the words following, to wit: Resolved, (if the Assembly concur,) That the Secretary of State be directed to furnish to each of the members and officers of the constitutional convention of 1846, a copy of the debates in that body, and that the expense thereof be paid out of any moneys in the hands of the Treasurer not otherwise appropriated. Ordered, That said resolution be laid upon the table. The Senate then resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill entitled, “An act to regulate the salary of the district attorney of the county of Saratoga,” and after some time spent thereon, Mr. Mann, from said committee, reported in favor of the passage of the same without amendment, which report was agreed, to and said bill ordered to a third reading.

The Senate then resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill entitled, “An act for the relief of suitors in the supreme court in certain cases,” and after some time spent thereon, Mr. Cross, from said committee, reported in favor of the passage of the same without amendment, which report was agreed to and said bill ordered to a third reading.

On motion of Mr. Carroll, The Senate then adjourned until eleven o'clock Monday morn

ing.

MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 1850.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Clark. The journal of Saturday was read and approved. Mr. Geddes presented the petition of Oliver Barker, praying for a law directing a reappraisal of damages sustained by him by reason of the raising of the waters of the Geddes level on the Erie canal, which was referred to the committee on claims. Mr. Geddes presented the resolutions of the board of supervisors of Onondaga county, in favor of repealing the law in relation to births, marriages and deaths, which was read and referred to the committee on the internal affairs of towns and counties. Mr. Tuttle presented the petition of Thomas Marvin of Delaware county, praying for the passage of a law compensating him for the loss of a horse employed in the service of that county during the year 1845, which was referred to the committee on claims. Mr. Geddes presented the resolutions of the common council of the city of Syracuse, in relation to salt lands, which was referred to the committee on the manufacture of salt. Mr. Brown presented to petition of Gilbert Hopkins, of Ravenswood, Queens co., praying for privilege to build piers and docks in the East river in front of his lands, which was referred to the committee on commerce and navigation. Mr. Robinson presented the resolutions and petition of the board of supervisors of Allegany county, praying for a law conferring on assessors the power to examine upon oath all persons assessed in re

lation to their personal property, and also to examine witnesses in relation thereto, which were leferred to the committee on the intermal affairs of towns and counties. Mr. Carroll, from the committee on engrossed bills, reported as correctly engrossed the following bills: “An act to regulate the salary of the district attorney of the county of Saratoga; “An act for the relief of suitors in the supreme court in certain cases. Ordered, That said bills do have their third reading. Mr. Curtis, from the committee on grievances, to which was referred the petition for that purpose, reported a bill entitled, “An act for the relief of Joseph Ogden,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and committed to the committee of the whole. Mr. Mann, from the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred 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 surrogate and other duties,” reported in favor of the passage of the same with amendments, and the title altered so as to read “An act to authorise the election of a special county judge in the county of Ulster,” which was committed to the committee of the whole.

sTATE OF NEW-YORK, Executive DEPARTMENT, .Albany, January 12, 1850. : To the Senate : In compliance with the resolution of the Senate, adopted on the 9th inst., and requesting the Governor, in his discretion, to communicate for the information of the Senate, any facts, papers or documents that may be in his possession relating to convictions upon the charge of vagrancy, and with regard to the present mode of empannelling jurors in criminal cases, I have the honor to transmit here with certain papers and letters which have been addressed to me on the subjects referred to in the resolution of the Senate. A schedule of the accompanying papers is subjoined.

HAMILTON FISH.

Ordered, That the said communication be referred to the committee on the judiciary.

The President laid before the Senate a communication from the Comptroller enclosing an abstract of returns made by cities and incorporated villages, under resolution of the Senate of April 2, 1849, which was referred to the committee on the incorporation of cities and villages.

The President laid before the Senate the report of the Albany City Bank in relation to unclaimed dividends and deposits, which was referred to the committee on banks and insurance companies.

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In pursuance of previous notice, Mr. Stanton asked for and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled, “An act further to abolish imprisonment for debt when the pool. of the State are a party,” which was read the first time, and y unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary. Mir. Cook offered for the consideration of the Senate, a resolution in the words following, to wit: Resolved, That in the judgment of the Senate the objects to be attained by savings banks or corporations, cannot be secured to the community by a general law for that purpose. Mr. Cook moved that said resolution 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. By unanimous consent, Mr. Crolius gave notice that he would, at some future day, introduce a bill to make the offices of health officer and deputy health officer of the port of New-York salary offices. Mr. Babcock offered for the consideration of the Senate, the following concurrent resolutions, to wit: Resolved, (if the Assembly concur,) That it be recommended to the Senators and Representatives of the State of New-York in Congress of the United States, to use their best efforts to procure the passage of a law during the present session of Congress which shall reduce the postage chargeable on all letters, not exceeding half an ounce in weight, carried in the United States mail, for all distances within the United States and the territories thereof, to five cents, and for any additional weight, to five cents for each half ounce, or for any fraction less than half an ounce; and in case of prepayment at the post-office where such letters are deposited, such postage to be further reduced to two cents for each half ounce in weight, and to two cents additional for each additional half ounce and fraction less than half an ounce. Resolved, (if the Assembly concur,) That it is unjust and inexpedient that the expenses of unproductive mail routes, of free letters and documents, of dead letters, and the excess of the cost of transporting in the mails, newspapers and pamphlets beyond the postage charged on them, should be borne solely by those who send and receive letters; that such service is for the benefit of the whole people, and its expense should be defrayed from the common treasury, if the revenues of the post-office department under a reduced rate of postage, should prove insufficient; and that said Senators and Representatives be requested to use their best efforts for an early removal of this oppressive and unequal tax upon the business and social relations of the people. Resolved, (if the Assembly concur.) That the Governor be requested to transmit copies of these resolutions to said Senators and Representatives. Ordered, That the said resolutions be laid upon the table. Mr. Babcock moved that said resolutions be printed.

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