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PRINTED AT THE TRUE DEMOCRAT OFFICE.
Fellow-citizens of the Senate
and of the House of Representatives. It is a source of gratification to give to you information of the state of the government, and to recommend to your consideraation such measures as are deemed expedient. This pleasure is produced by that kind of confidence with which one who earnestly seeks to render the State service, ever greets and confers with those known to be intelligent and patriotic co-laborers for the public good.
So recently elected by the free suffrages of your constituents, before whom matters of deep interest had been discussed, you are doubtless prepared to reflect their will, and to act with wisdom and promptitude in the discharge of your legislative duties. So that you might not be delayed in your action for the want of official information, the Executive has caused to be printed, and will have laid before you, the various reports, as well as other information connected with matters of public interest, to which he will allude. * To the reports and the other information so adopted, as accompanying documents to this message, you are respectfully referred for intelligence in detail. The reports of the Auditor and Treasurer contain much valuable information relative to the fiscal affairs of the State, and also recommondations worthy of your consideration.
By these reports it will be seen that the State debt, for warrants issued by the Treasurer to defray ordinary expenses of the State, and which amounted to $175,751 74, was all paid during the last two fiscal years, except $371 76, and that on the first day of October, 1854, there remained in the Treasury, subject to be used for ordinary expenses, a balance, in specie, of $29,514 29.
The revenue from the assessment for the year 1854, and which is now being collected, will not be due from the sheriff's until the first day of May, 1855, and payment may be deferred until the fifteenth day of that month. The expenses of the State from the first of October, 1854, to the fifteenth of May, 1855, will be much greater than the balance in the Treasury on the first day of October, 1854; and after the expenditure of the money in the Treasury, treasury warrants will again have to be issued until the sheriffs make settlement.
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With prudence and economy in all the departments of our government, the present revenue laws will bring into the Treasury means amply sufficient, after the fifteenth day of May, 1855, to defray the ordinary expenses of the State in the constitutional currency of gold and silver.
The whole amount of the Internal Improvement Fund distributed to and drawn by the several counties before the first day of October, 1854, was $246,934 82, and on that day a balance of this fund remained in the Treasury, in specie, amounting to $18,886 24.
The entire amount of the Seminary Fund distributed to and drawn by the several counties before the 1st day of October, 1854, was $38,276 08; and on that day, a balance of this fund remained in the Treasury amounting to $7,567 48. The sum of $1,068 97, which arose from the sales of the Saline Lands remained in the Treasury on the 1st of October, 1854.
The Executive has had printed, and will cause to be laid before you, the quarterly reports made to him by the late Auditor, C. C. Danley, as well as a certified transcript of the proceedings in court, to which it was necessary to resort before they could be obtained. It will be discovered that these quarterly reports contain no information whatever of the amount of warrants drawn by the late Auditor upon the Swamp Land Fund.
Section 51, of chapter 23, “Digest of the Statutes of Arkansas," provides that “It shall be the duty of the Auditor to make quarterly reports to the Governor of the amount of moneys in the hands of the Treasurer belonging to the State or any county." The Constitution of this State, in section seven of article five, provides that the Governor “may require any information, in writing, from the officers of the Executive Department, on any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices."
During the great solicitude of many, for the Governor to convene the General Assembly, in extra session, he was anxious to have published, for the information of the people, an official report of the condition of the Treasury, and as the late Auditor had never made to him any report whatever, the Governor, by virtue of the authority vested in him by the Constitution, made upon the late Auditor, at different periods, two written requisitions for the information, in writing, which, both the law and the Constitution required him, as an officer of the Executive Department, to furnish; but he paid no attention whatever to either of these written requisitions, and refused wholly to make any report at all, until compelled, by a peremptory mandamus, granted against him by the court, as will be seen by the proceedings to which reference has been made.
The Executive had supposed that the constitutional provision and the present laws were sufficient to insure to the Governor an official report of the condition of the Treasury at any time, when, in the discharge of his duties, he might need or require such information; but after this case, it is deemed proper and necessary to have additional legislation, imposing heavy penalties on any officer of the Executive Department, who shall hereafter refuse