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Resolved, (if the Assembly concur,) That our Senators and Representatives be, and they are hereby requested to urge upon Congress the vital importance of a speedy appropriation of the sums necessary to carry out the plans so recommended by the Board of Engineers, for the improvement of the harbor of Buffalo, and that his Excellency the Governor be, and he is hereby requested to transmit a copy of this resolution to our Senators and Representatives in Congress.

Ordered, That said resolution be laid on the table.

The Senate then resolved itself into a committee of the whole, and proceeded to the consideration of general orders, being the bills entitled as follows:

"An act to provide for the completion of the Wallabout improvement of the city of Brooklyn."

"An act relative to the collection of taxes in the town of Potsdam, in the county of St. Lawrence.”

"An act relative to the collection of taxes in the town of Canton, in the county of St. Lawrence."

After some time spent therein, the President resumed the chair, and Mr. Thayer, from said committee, reported in favor of the passage of the first named bill, with amendments, which report was agreed to and said bill ordered engrossed for a third reading.

Mr. Thayer, from the same committee, reported progress on the two last named bills, and asked and obtained leave to sit again.

The Senate again resolved itself into a committee of the whole, and proceeded to the consideration of general orders, being the bills entitled as follows:

"An act to declare the belief that all repair contracts of the canals of this State, and work repairs and dredging of the Albany basin, for which proposals were received by the Canal Contracting Board, December 28th, 1866, on which proposals contracts were afterward let and entered into, are fraudulent and void, and to provide for legal proceedings to establish the fact thereof, and to declare the same void, and to recover all sums of money paid on said contracts beyond a reasonable compensation for the work done thereunder."

"An act in relation to Wallkill Valley Railroad Company."

"An act to provide for the rebuilding of a bridge across the outlet, made by the State, of the Onondaga lake.”

After some time spent therein, the President resumed the chair, and Mr. Van Petten, from said committee, reported that they have made some amendments to the first named bill, and amended the title so as to read "An act to authorize the Attorney-General to institute suits for the purpose of annulling certain contracts entered into by the State for the repairs of the canals,” and as amended, recommend its passage; which report was agreed to and said bill ordered engrossed for a third reading.

Mr. Van Petten, from the same committee, reported in favor of the passage of the second named bill, without amendment, which report was agreed to and said bill ordered engrossed for a third reading.

Mr. Van Petten, from the same committee, reported progress on the last named bill, and asked leave to sit again.

Mr. Parker moved that said bill be referred to the committee on finance.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion to refer, and it was decided in the negative, as follows:

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Creamer
Folger

Van Petten

FOR THE AFFIRMATIVE.

O'Donnell Tweed
Parker

Humphrey
Murphy

8

20

FOR THE NEGATIVE.
Banks
Chapman Hubbard

Morris

Palmer
Beach
Crowley
Kennedy
Nichols

Pierce
Bradley
Edwards Mattoon

Nicks

Thayer
Cauldwell Genet

Morgan
Norton

Tweed The President then put the question whetber the Senate would agree to the report of the committee of the whole, granting leave to sit again, and it was decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Folger presented a communication from 0. B. Latham, one of the Commissioners of the New Capitol Building, together with criticisms upon the plan for a new capitol, submitted by him to the Governor, which memorial and criticisms were ordered printed and referred to the committee on finance.

. (See Doc. No. 27.) Mr. Folger moved to reconsider the vote had upon the final passage of the bill entitled “An act authorizing any life insurance company, or loan or trust company, or savings bank, to invest their funds in bonds issued by any county, town or village of this State, pursuant to any law of this State," and that said motion be laid upon the table.

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

The Assembly returned the following entitled bill, with a message that they had passed the same, without amendment:

"An act to provide for the election of an additional justice of the pcace in the city of Syracuse."

Ordered, Tbat the Clerk deliver said bill to the Governor.

Mr. Mattoon called for the consideration of the resolution in the words following:

Resolved, (if the Assembly concur,) That when the Legislature adjourn on Friday, the 14th instant, it adjourn to meet on Tuesday, the 25th, at 11 o'clock A. M.

Mr. Folger moved to amend said resolution by striking out the word “ fourteenth” and inserting "twenty-first;" and also by striking out the words “Tuesday, the 25th, at 11 o'clock A, M.," and inserting "Monday, the 24th, at 73 o'clock P. M."

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion to amend, and it was decided in the affirmative, as follows:

12

FOR THE AFFIRMATIVE.
Banks
Crowley Kennedy Nichols

Pierce
Bradley
Folger
Morgan
Nicks

Thayer
Campbell Graham

Morris
Palmer

Williams
Chapman Humphrey Murphy

18 FOR THE NEGATIVE. Beach Edwards Mattoon

Parker

Tweed Cauldwell Genet

O'Donnell

Stanford Van Petten Creamer Hubbard

Mr. Murphy moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and that that motion be laid upon the table.

The President put the question whether the Senate would agree to said motion to lay on the table, and it was decided in the negative, as follows:

FOR THE AFFIRMATIVE.
Beach
Edwards Mattoon

Parker

Tweed
Cauldwell Genet
O'Donnell Stanford

Van Petten
Creamer
Hubbard

12

FOR THE NEGATIVE.
Banks
Crowley Kennedy Nichols

Pierce
Bradley
Folger
Morgan
Nicks

Thayer
Campbell Graham

Morris
Norton

Williams
Chapman Humphrey Murphy

Palmer

19 The President then put the question whether the Sen te would agree to said motion to reconsider, and it was decided in the affirmative.

The question being upon the amendment of Mr. Folger,

Mr. Creamer moved to further amend said resolution by striking out "Friday, the 14th," and inserting “Thursday, the 20th; and also by striking out “11 o'clock A. M.,” and inserting “74 o'clock P. M."

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

Pending the question upon the amendment of Mr. Folger,
Mr. Folger moved that the Senate adjourn.

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

FOR THE AFFIRMATIVE.
Banks
Chapman Genet

Nichols

Stanford
Bradley Crowley

Graham
Nicks

Thayer
Campbell Edwards Kennedy Pierce

Williams
Cauldwell Folger
Morris

18
FOR THE NEGATIVE.
Beach
Humphrey Murphy Palmer

Tweed
Creamer
Mattoon
O'Donnell Parker

Van Petten
Hubbard Morgan

12 Whereupon the Senate adjourned.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1868.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.
Prayer by Rev. Dr. Sheldon.
The journal of yesterday was read and approved.

Mr. Williams presented a petition relative to draining Cayuga marshes, which was read and referred to the committee on canals.

Mr. Tweed presented a petition of John H. Anthon, of New York, for return of moneys paid by him for auction fees, which was read and referred to the committee on finance.

Mr. Nicks presented a remonstrance of eighty-seven citizens of Bath, against repeal of section 1 of the act to amend the charter of the village of Bath, which was read and referred to the committee on municipal affairs.

Mr. Banks presented a petition of inhabitants and tax payers of Greenbush, Rensselaer county, for the repeal of the Capital Police law, so far as the same applies to Greenbush, which was read and referred to the committee on internal affairs of towns and counties.

Mr. Hale presented six petitions of citizens of Clinton county, for State aid to the Whitehall and Plattsburgh railroad, which were read and referred to the committee on finance.

Mr Edwards presented a petition of inhabitants of the town of Brookhaven, in relation to the election of town officers, which was read and referred to the committee on internal affairs of towns and counties.

Mr. Graham presented a petition of citizens of Sullivan county, for the repeal of the act authorizing the assessment of highway labor upon the Jeffersonville and Monticello turnpike road, passed March 20th, 1867, which was read and referred to the committee on roads and bridges.

Mr. Tweed presented a memorial of the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York, relative to the obstruction to navigation at Rouse's Point, which was read and referred to the committee on commerce and navigation.

Mr. Morris presented a petition relative to rights and status of the issue of marriages of Seneca Indians with white women, which was read and referred to the committee on the judiciary.

Mr. Tweed presented a petition of Aaron Lovett, a soldier of the war of 1812, for an appropriation to pay certificate held by him, which was read and referred to the committee on finance.

Mr. Edwards presented a petition of inhabitants of Mattituck, in Suffolk county, in favor of the Metropolitan Excise law, which was read and referred to the committee on internal affairs of towns and counties.

Mr. O'Donnell presented a remonstrance of citizens of New York, against the repeal of the Metropolitan Excise law, which was read and referred to the committee on internal affairs of towns and counties.

Mr. Van Petten presented a petition in favor of the Metropolitan Excise law, which was read and referred to the committee on internal affairs of towns and counties.

Mr. Stanford, from a majority of the committee on canals, to which was referred the bill entitled "An act to repeal the act entitled 'An act to enlarge the powers and define the duties of the Contracting Board,' passed March 14, 1857; and to repeal the act entitled 'An act to amend the act entitled An act to enlarge the powers and define the duties of the Contracting Board,' passed March 14, 1857; passed April 23, 1867; and to define the method in which the repairs of the canals shall be hereafter conducted," reported in favor of the passage of the same, with amendments, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Nichols dissented, and stated his intention to make a minority report at an early day.

Mr. Palmer, from the committee on charitable and religious societies, to wbich was referred the bili entitled “An act to incorporate the trustees of the Minard Fund, for the benefit of widows and orphans of deceased preachers of the Genesee Annual Conference," reported in favor of the passage of the same, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Palmer, from the committee on charitable and religious societies, to which was referred the bill entitled "An act in relation to the Second Particular Baptist Church and Society of the city of Troy,' reported in favor of the passage of the same, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Folger, from the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred the bill entitled "An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to authorize the sale of lands for non-payment of taxes, and for the collection of unpaid taxes in the county of Westchester,' passed April 16, 1860, and the act amendatory thereof, passed March 26, 1861; and the act amendatory thereof, passed May 5, 1863," reported in favor of the passage of the same, with amendments, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Folger, from the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred the bill entitled "An act to provide for the consolidation of the Richfield

Springs and Herkimer, and the Richfield Springs and Cooperstown Telegraph Companies," reported in favor of the passage of the same, with amendments, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Folger, from a majority of the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred the bill entitled “An act to authorize the Mariposa Company to issue a first preferred stock,” reported in favor of the passage of the same, with amendments, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Folger, from the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred the petition of Mary Watt for a release to ber of the interest of the State in certain lands in Brooklyn, reported by bill entitled "Au act to release the interest of the people of New York State, in and to certain lands in the city of Brooklyn, to Mary Watt,” 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. Folger, from the coinmittee on the judiciary, to which was referred the petition of Peter Gowans for confirmation of the title to certain real estate in the city of Buffalo, reported by bill entitled “An act to release the interest of the people of the State of New York in and to certain lands in the city of Buffalo, to Peter Gowans," 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. Folger, from the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred the bill entitled “An act for the relief of Catharine Chadwick," reported that they have made some amendments thereto, and amended the title so as to read “An act to release to Catharine Chadwick the interest of the State in certain moneys arising on a sale of real estate now held by the surrogate of Oneida county," and as amended, recommend its passage; said bill was committed to the committee of the wbole.

Mr. Folger, from the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred the bill entitled “An act for the relief of the widow and heirs of William C. Northrup," reported adversely thereto.

Mr. Hubbard moved to lay said report upon the table.

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

Mr. Folger, from the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred the bill entitled “An act to authorize the town of Hastings, Oswego county, to elect one additional justice of the peace,” reported adversely thereto.

Mr. Mattoon moved to lay said report upon the table.

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

Mr. Chapman, from the committee on literature, to which was referred the Assembly bill entitled "An act authorizing the trustees of the board of education of Union Free School district No. 2, of the town of West Farms, Westchester county, to raise money to build an addition to their school house,” reported in favor of the passage of the same, and said bill was committed to the committee of the whole.

Mr. Chapman, fruin the committee on literature, to wbich was referred the bill entitled "An act to authorize school district No. 10, of the town of Binghamton, to borrow money to build a school house," reported in favor of the passage of the saine, and said bill was committed to the comunittee of the whole.

Mr. Folger, from the committee on the judiciary, to which was referred the bill entitled "An act to legalize the official acts of Joshua S. Bliss, a justice of the peace," reported in favor of the passage of the same, with

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