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amount of mileage allowed at the present session, is $1,035 80,
In the two estimated items for mileage and pay of members, it will be seen there is an error of 2,660 80. The committee would be happy, out of charity to his excellency, to consider this as unintentional on his part, and the result of ignorance of the simple rules of arithmetic. They might adopt this conclusion had this error occurred but once; but when it occurs a second time, they can attribute it to no other intention or object on the part of his excellency, than a desire to deceive the treasury department as to the real and necessary expenses of the legislative assembly, and again plunge the territory into all the difficulties attending expenditures exceeding the appropriations. The secretary of the treasury is required to estimate the expenses of government for the territory, and being unacquainted with their nature and extent, relies upon the governor for the necessary information, that he may lay the same before congress for its approval. The estimate of the secretary is based upon the information furnished by the governor. For the moderate sums allowed by congress, in the appropriations of December and February last, no blame can attach, either to that body or to the secretary of the treasury. They relied upon an officer of the government, who, from his high station, would naturally be supposed to communicate the information sought by them, in a correct, honest.manner, and not by artifice or dishonesty, attempt to mislead them, or seriously affect the interests of a people whose rights he is bound to protect. The
committee cannot forbear to express their opinion, that the aitempt to mislead the treasury department, and thereby prevent the requisite appropriations by congress, is a part of the scheme devised by his excellency to prevent, as far as possible, the sessions of the legislative assembly, and involve in confusion and difficulty the financial affairs of the territory.
The act of congress organizing the territory, declares “ that there shall be appropriated, annually, a sufficient sum to defray the expenses of the legislative assembly," and the committee believe it has ever been the intention of congress to make liberal appropriations for this object. No appropriation for any one session of the legislative assembly, previous to the appropriation of December last, has ever fallen short of $20,000'; and in five instances, they have exceeded that amount. From a reference to the estimates of the governor, it will be seen that of the sums estimated for the two periods therein referred to, the sum of $10,350 can only be considered as the legitimate expenses of the legislative assembly. The mileage and pay of members, officers, and presiding officers of the two houses, amounts to $12,510; which, deducted from the above sum of $16,350, will only leave the sum of $3,840, for publishing the laws, journals, incidental printing, stationery, candles, fuel, and other incidental expenses ; a sum far short of the actual expenses attending ihose objects.The committee, upon the third subject referred to them, recommend that a memorial be forwarded by the legislative assembly to the treasury department, and to congress, exposing the error of the governor's estimates-containing a proper estimate for the expenses of the legislative assembly, and asking that the same may hereafter be adopted by them in estimating and appropriating for those objects. The committee believe that when the subject is properly explained to that department, and to congress, they will have no hesitation in correcting the error into which they have been led by the duplicity or ignorance of the governor.
The committee would cheerfully avoid the necessity of speaking in terms of condemnation of the governor, in this instance, having so often, in the discharge of their duties as members of the legislature, been called upon to censure his official conduct. It is humiliating to the members of this body, that they are so of.
ten compelled to hold up to the public gaze, the errors and imperfections of the executive of their territory ; yet, it is necessary that they be exposed, that he may be prevented from committing similar offences in future. All of which is respectfully submitted.
H. CROCKER, Chairman.
ESTIMATES OF THE GOVERNOR REFERRED TO IN
THE ANNEXED REPORT.
EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, :
Madison, Wisconsin, Sept. 26, 1842. The Hon. T. L. SMITI,
Register of the Treasury: Sir:-In compliance with the request contained in your letter of the 7th September, I have the honor to submit the following estimate for the half year ending the 30th June, 1843, of appropriations for the support of the government of Wisconsin, to wit: For the salary of the governor, as govern
or and superintendent of Indian affairs, according to the act of April 20, 1836,
$1,250 00 For the salaries of the chief justice and
two associate judges, at one thousand
eight hundred dollars each, annually, 2,700 00 For the salary of the secretary of the territory,
600 00 For contingent expenses of the territory, 175 00
$4,725 00 For compensation of the members of the
legislative assembly, as follows, viz: For pay of members, 75 days each, at $3 per day,
$6,750 00 For mileage,
400 00 For extra pay to the speaker of the house
and president of the council, each $3 per day,
$7,600 00 For the expenses of the legislative as
semblyFor pay of one clerk and one assistant
clerk for each house, and one clerk for the executive office, at $3 each per day, 75 days,
$1,125 00 For a doorkeeper, messenger, and fire
man, for each house, at $3 per day, 1,350 00 For printing for the house, council and executive departments,
3,000 00 For printing the laws, and documents,
and the journals of each house, 2,000 00 For one chaplain for each house, each $100,
200 00 For stationery, fuel and lights,
1,000 00 For furniture for the legislative halls and executive room,
2,000 00 For additions to the library, for the con
tinuation of reports, parliamentary history, &c.,
500 00 For all “other incidental expenses,” 500 00
$24,000 00 And for the year ending 30th June, 1844, I respectfully submit the following estimates: For the salary of the governor, as gov
ernor, and as superintendent of Indian affairs,
: $2,500 00 For the salaries of the chief justice, and
two associate judges, each eighteen hundred dollars,
5,400 00 For the salary of the secretary of the territory,
1,200 00 For the contingent expenses of the terri.
tory, per act of April 20, 1836, 350 00
$9,450 00 For compensation of the members of the
legislative assembly, to wit: in For pay of members, 75 days each, at $3 per day,
$ ,750 00 For mileage,
and president of the council, $3 each
sembly, to wit :
clerk for each house, and one clerk for
the executive office, each $3 per day $1,155 00 For a doorkeeper, messenger, and fire
man, for each house, each $3 per day, 1,350 00
executive department, '
J. D. DOTY.