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as relates to the assessment and collection of taxes, reported in writing, and introduced a bill entitled, “An act to amend the law for the assessment and collection of taxes,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read a second time, and committed to the committee of the whole.

(See Doc. No 19.)

Mr. Carroll, from the committee on engrossed bills, reported as correctly engrossed the following bill: “An act to authorise the election of a special county judge in the county of Ulster.” Ordered, That said bill do have its third reading. A message was receved from the Assembly, informing that they had concurred in the amendments of the Senate to the bill entitled, “An act authorising the Governor to designate a justice or justices of the supreme court to hold the circuit court and the courts of oyer and terminer in certain cases.” Ordered, That the Clerk return said bill to the Assembly. The President laid before the Senate a communication from the Comptroller in answer to a resolution of the Senate of January 10, relative to the expense of printing the reports of the commissioners on practice and pleadings, which was laid on the table. Mr. Cook gave notice that he would, at an early day, ask leave to introduce a bill to amend the act relating to the redemption of bank notes, passed May 4, 1840. Mr. Guinnip gave notice that he would, at an early day, ask leave to introduce a bill to repeal an act entitled, “An act to incorporate the Hector and Catherine turnpike road and bridge company,” passed April 15, 1823.” Mr. Babcock gave notice that he would, at some future day, ask leave to bring in a bill to amend the act entitled, “An act to provide for the construction of a railroad from Attica to Hornellsville,” passed May 14, 1845. In pursuance of previous notice, Mr. Crolius asked for and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled, “An act to make the offices of health officer and deputy health officer of the port of New-York salary offices,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on commerce and navigation. In pursuance of previous notice, Mr. Schoonmaker asked for and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled, “An act to enable the Kingston and Middletown turnpike road company to sell their road, wayrights, and other property,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on roads and bridges. Mr. Morgan gave notice that he would, at a future day, ask leave to introduce a bill to revise and amend the existing laws relative to the assessment of taxes in the city of New-York.

Mr. Miller offered for the consideration of the Senate, the fol. lowing concurrent resolution, to wit: Resolved, (if the Assembly concur,) That the Legislature of the State of New-York earnestly request the Senators and Representatives from this State in Congress, to use their utmost influence to procure the establishment, by law, of a Bureau of Agricultur n the Department of the Interior of our National Government, whose duty it shall be to aid in promoting the general interests of agriculture throughout the Commonwealth. Ordered, That said resolution be laid upon the table. Mr. Brandreth offered for the consideration of the Senate, a resolution in the words following, to wit: Resolved, That all the safety fund banks, and other banking institutions of this State, be required to report to the Senate yearly, a statement, verified by the proper officers, of all the unclaimed dividends and unclaimed deposits, since their commencement of business, including the aggregate amount on hand on the 1st January, 1850, and stating what disposition, if any have been made, of such funds. Mr. Mann moved that said resolution be referred to the committee on banks and insurance companies. The President put the question whether the Senate would agree the said resolution, and it was decided in the affirmative. The bill entitled, “An act to authorise the election of a special county judge in the county of Ulster,” was read the third time and passed, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate voting in favor thereof, and three-fifths of said members being present on the final passage thereof, as follows:

FOR THE AFFIRMATIVE.

Mr. Babcock Mr. Cross Mr. Noyes

Mr. Beach Mr. Curtis Mr. Owen
Mr. Beekman Mr. Dart Mr. Robinson
Mr. Brandreth Mr. Dimmick Mr. Schoonmaker
Mr. Brown Mr. Fox Mr. Skinner
Mr. Carroll Mr. Guinnip Mr. Snyder

Mr. Colt Mr. Johnson Mr. Stanton
Mr. Cook Mr. Mann Mr. Stone
Mr. Crolius Mr. Miller Mr. Tuttle

Mr. Crook Mr. Morgan Mr. Williams 30

Ordered, That the Clerk deliver said bill to the Assembly, and request their concurrence therein.

The Senate then resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill entitled, “An act to amend the charter of the village of Astoria in Queens county,” and after some time spent thereon, Mr. Babcock, from said committee, reported in favor of the passage of the same with amendments, which report was agreed to and said bill ordered engrossed for a third reading.

On motion of Mr. Brandreth, Resolved, That the committee on banks and insurance companies enquire as to the propriety of reporting a bill requiring all the banks of this State, once in five years, to transfer to the Common School Fund all unclaimed dividends and deposits which shall be subject to recovery by the owner at any time within five years thereafter. On motion of Mr. Babcock, Resolved, That the standing committee on banks and insurance companies be instructed to inquire and report upon the expediency of allowing any bank, banking association or individual banker, having an authorised capital of at least $200,000, to establish at any point within this State one or more offices of discount and deposit, at which any portion of the authorised capital of such bank, banking association or individual banker, not exceeding one half, may be used in the ordinary business of banking. On motion of Mr. Mann, The Senate proceeded to the consideration of the resolution heretofore received from the Assembly, in the words following, to wit: Resolved, (if the Senate concur,) That the Governor be requested and authorised to procure a suitable block or blocks of stone from some quarry or quarries in the State of New-York, and to have the same properly prepared, and the name and coat of arms engraved thereon, and forwarded, at the expense of the State, to be placed in and constitute a portion of the Washington monument now in progress of erection in the city of Washington, the amount of such expenditure not to exceed the sum of two thousand dollars. Mr. Mann moved to refer said resolution to the committee on finance, with instructions to report a bill on that subject. The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion, and it was determined in the affirmative. The President laid before the Senate the following communication: To the Hon. G. W. PATTERson, President of the Senate:

The following is an extract from the minutes of the New-York State Institution of Civil Engineers of January 16, 1850:

Resolved, That the thanks of this institution be tendered to the Senate for the use of the Senate Chamber for the purposes of this

meeting.
E. W. SERRELL.
JActing Pres’t.
WILLIAM Pitt, JActuary.

On motion of Mr. Schoonmaker, The Senate teen adjourned until 11 o’clock to-morrow morning.

[SENATE Journal.] 12

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 1850.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Clark. The journal of yesterday was read and approved. Mr. Brandreth presented the petition of inhabitants of Yorktown, Westchester county, for the repeal of the act passed May 18, 1836, to straighten and improve the road from Peekskill to the store of James Towner in the town of Patterson, which was referred to the committee on roads and bridges. Mr. Mann presented the petition of Henry Neejer and others for damages sustained by him in consequence of the diversion of the waters of the Black river, which was referred to the committee on claims. Mr. Mann presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Ontario co. praying that property may be carried on railroads free of toll, which was referred to the committee on finance. Mr. Upham presented the petition of Ann Arnold, of Stafford, Genesee co., for a law confirming her title to certain real estate of which James Thomas died seised, which was reserred to the committee on the judiciary. Mr. Upham presented the petition of the directors and stockholders of the Exchange Bank of Genesee for a law authorising a change of their place of business, which was referred to the committee on banks. Mr. Upham presented the petition of Mary Thomas, of Stafford, Genesee co., sor a law confirming her title to certain real estate of which James Thomas, an alien, died seised, which was referred to the committee on the judiciary. Mr. Morgan presented the memorial of the board of supervisors of New-York for an act to revise and amend the existing laws relative to the assessment of taxes in the city of New-York and to reduce them into one act, which was referred to a select committee composed of Senators from New-York. Mr. Morgan presented the memorial of Moses H. Grinnell and 221 others for a revision of the assessment laws relating to the city of New-York, which was referred to a select committee composed of Senators from New-York. Mr. Babcock, from the committee on the judiciary, to which was ferred a petition for that purpose, reported in writing, and introduced a 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,” which was read the first time, and by unanimons consent was also read the second time, and committed to the committee of the whole.

(See Doc. No. 18.)

Mr. Dart, from the committee on railroads, to which was referred the petition for that purpose, reported a bill entitled, “An act to amend the charter of the Canandaigua and Corning railroad company,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and committed to a committee of the whole. A message was received from the Assembly, informing that they do non-concur in the resolution of the Senate in relation to the reference of the report of commissioners on practice and pleadings. The President laid before the Senate the annual report of the Seamen’s Bank for Savings in the city of New-York, which was referred to the committee on banks and insurance companies. In pursuance of previous notice, Mr. Cook asked for and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled, “An act to amend ‘An act relating to the redemption of bank notes,’ passed May 4, 1840," 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. In pursuance of previous notice, Mr. Williams asked for and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled, “An act to revise and condense into one, the several acts relating to the harbor masters of the port of New-York,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on commerce and navigation. In pursuance of previous notice, Mr. Babcock asked for and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled, “An act to amend the charter of the Attica and Hornelsville railroad company,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read the second time, and referred to the committee on railroads. In pursuance of previous notice, Mr. Morgan asked for and obtained leave to introduce a bill entitled, “An act to allow contracts of loan and forbearance on personal security for short periods,” which was read the first time, and by unanimous consent was also read a second time, and referred to the committee on the judiciary. Mr. Owen gave notice that he would, at an early day, introduce a bill in relation to the location and construction of the New-York and Erie railroad through the counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauque. On motion of Mr. Fox, Resolved, That a respectful message be sent to the Assembly, requesting that honorable body to transmit to the Senate the petitions and papers relative to the claim of James Folts and others, and that the same when received be referred to the committee on claims. Mir. Snyder offered for the consideration of the Senate, a resolution in the words following, to wit: Resolved, That the report of the commissioners on practice and

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