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report presents the moral condition of the convicts in a light which leave! no doubt of the salutary and benign influence of religious instruction even in the gloomy walls of a penitentiary. I cannot but hope, the Leg islature will think proper to direct that some more appropriate place fo. holding meetings on the Sabbath, shall be speedily prepared.
On the termination of the contract with I. W. Hubbard, in March last. the labor of the prisoners again reverted to the State, and it became my duty to furnish the supplies necessary for supporting them, and to provide the means of keeping them in employment.
As the Legislature had not anticipated this state of things, I found myself unexpectedly and suddenly called on, to adopt some method, by which the labor of the convicts might be made available for their support, and the payment of incidental expenses.
Having no funds on hand, with which to commence operations on a scale equal to the employment of such a number of men, I thought proper to contract the labor of the convicts to such suitable and responsible persons as might be disposed to hire them, at a per diem allowance.
Accordingly, after having received and considered several propositions, I closed a contract with Messrs. N. Kendall & Co., and Messrs. Damon & Hubbard, for the labor of not less than sixty-five convicts, for a term of nine or twelve months. The remaining convicts, except necessary waiters, loafers, and invalids, have been profitably employed in a carriage shop, under the control and on account of the Superintendent, for the benefit of the State.
It is not my design, nor is it necessary, in this communication, to go into a statement in detail, of the income and disbursements on account of the prison. This is fully shown by the accounts exhibited to the Treasurer. It will be sufficient to state, that the business operations of the prison, since the expiration of the contract in March last, have been highly favorable, showing an excess of income over the ordinary expenses, of $1130 44, and a gain to the State of $499 99, after paying all expenses on account of the prison, including the sum of $568 94 on repairs' account, nearly all of which is for permanent improvements in the buildings, and new erections.
I would respectfully suggest the propriety of calling the attention of the Legislature to the subject of further improvements in the prison buildings, and especially to the report of the committee of last year, who were appointed in 1838, for the express purpose of making an examination of this subject. That report was not definitely acted upon at the last session. The experience of another year convinces me, that the opinions heretofore suggested upon this subject are correct, and fully confirms the necessity of adopting the plan recommended by the committee, or some substitute, which shall promote, as speedily as possible, the completion of the desired improvement. All which is respectfully submitted, by
MILTON BROWN, Sup'i Vt. State Prison. October 1st, 1840.
LIST OF CONVICTS DISCHARGED FROM THE STATE PRISON, AT WINDSOR, FOR THE YEAR ENDING
SEPTEMBER 30th, 1840.
REPORT OF THE BANK COMMISSIONER,
To Silas H. Jenison, Governor of Vermont :
The undersigned, Bank Commissioner, respectfully reports, that he has examined the several Banks in the State subject to the provisions of the act regulating the chartering of banks, and finds the condition of the same to be as follows:
BANK OF BRATTLEBORO'.
i $75,000 00 Bills in circulation is
"67,981 00 Deposites :
i 38,988 95 Due other banks
NESOURCES. Bills discounted
$122,370 93 Deposites in Boston, New York, &c. . 44,655 88 Bank stock
. 3,711 10 Bills, checks and drafts of other banks 3,993 73 Specie
. Banking house
$185,402 74 BANK OF BELLOWS FALLS.
LIABILITIES. Stock Bills in circulation . . . $50,000 00
. 75,474 00 Deposites and unpaid dividends
$112,542 45 BANK OF ORLEANS.
LIABILITIES. . Stock
$30,000 00 Bills in circulation . . . . . 26,514 00
$147,443 10 Bills discounted
$118,383 18 Due on book ..
277 68 Deposites in N. York, Troy, Montreal, &c. 23,814 15 Bills of other banks
. 1,476 17 Specie • • . .
3,848 73 Real estate . . . .. 1,400 00
$149,199 91 FARMERS AND MECHANIC'S BANK.
$163,538 99 BANK OF MIDDLEBURY.
LIABILITIES. Stock Bills in circulation . • . $60,000 00
• 35,594 00 Deposits and unpaid dividends Due other banks
4,538 80 2,169 43