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On motion of Mr. Woods, leave was given to James Burnside to withdraw a petition which he presented to Council in December,
1786, for an appointment as Commissioner of public accounts. * The petition of Samuel Shannon, convicted in June last of larceny, in the county of Philadelphia, was read and the same dismissed.
The Comptroller and Register General's reports upon the account of John Lukens, Esquire, Surveyor General, for fees received in his office from the first of February to the thirtieth of April, 1789, was read and approved, except as to the charge for office rent.
The Council met.
PHILADELPHIA, Saturday, August 22nd, 1789.
Samuel Miles, George Woods,
a Esquires. 1
Frederick Watt, The oath to support the Constitution of the United States was this day administered by the President to Mr. Dennison, member of Council, who was not present when that oath was administered to the other members.
The Council met.
Samuel Miles, Nathan Dennison,
Resolved, That the moiety, or half part of the forfeiture of a quantity of liquors which belongs to the Commonwealth, late the
property of the petitioner, be remitted, the Excise officer having represented that in his opinion the forfeiture was incurred through misinformation.
The President, at the request of the Speaker of the General Assembly, attended in the Chamber of the Assembly, and administered to the Speaker the oath to the Government of the United States, the House being in session.
General Broadhead and Colonel Piper, a committee from the General Assembly attended iu Council, and informed the Board that the House was pow.met and ready to receive any business which Council might have to lay before The committee were informed that Council would lay some business before them tomorrow.
The Council met..
PHILADELPHIA, Tuesday, August 25th, 1789.
Samuel Miles, Richard Willing,
John Cannon, i An order was drawn upon the Treasurer in favor of the Hon. orable James Read, Esquire, for thirty-one pounds ten shillings in full, for his attendance in Covncil from the fourteenth day of July until the twenty-fifth of August, 1789, the last day included.
William George Wilson, Esquire, was appointed and commissionated à Justice of the Peace and of the Court of Common Pleas, in and for the county of Fayette, upon a return made according to law from the district of Springhill, in the said county.
On application of Miles Mervin, leave was given him to withdraw a petition which he presented to Council, praying to be recommended to the General Assembly as a proper person to methodize the laws of the State for publication.
James Morris, Esqạire, President of the several Courts in Montgomery county, appeared in Council and took the oath to support the Constitution of the United States required by act of Congress of the first of Jane last, which was administered to him by the President.
A draft of a message to the General Assembly was prepared and laid before the Board, wbich being read, was agreed to as follows, vizt:
A message from the President and Supreme Executive Council
to the General Assembly. GENTLEMEN :-We herewith transmit letters from His Excellency the President of the United States, of the eighth of Jupe, pinth, twenty-third and thirtieth of July, and of the fourth, tenth and eleventh of August, 1789, with their enclosures, vizt :
Ist. An Act to regulate the time and manner of administering certain passed the first day of June.
2nd. An Act for laying a duty on certain goods, wares and mor. chandizes imported into the United States, passed the fourth of July.
3rd. An Act imposing duties on tonnage, passed the twentieth of July.
4th. An Act for establishing an Executive department, to be denominated the department of Foreign Affairs, passed the twentyseventh of July.
5. An Act to regulate the collection of the duties imposed by law on the tonnage of ships or vessels, and on goods, wares and merchandizes imported into the United States, passed the thirtyfirst day of July.
6. An Act for settling the accounts between the United States and individual States, passed the fifth of August.
7th. An Act to provide for the government of the Territory north-west of the river Ohio, passed the seventh of August.
8th. An Act for the establishing and support of light houses, beacons, buoys and public piers, passed the seventh of August; and
9th. An Act to 'establish an Executive department; to be denominated the department of war, passed the seventh of August.
We likewise transmit a letter from His Excellency Governor Clinton, of the fifth of May last, with a resolution of the Senate and Assembly of New York of the fifth of February, on the subjoct of amendments to the Constitution of the United States.
The purchase of the Lake Erie tract of country from the Indians hath necessarily exceeded the estimate of Council, and the sums appropriated by Act of Assembly. That excess has arisen principally from the length of time the Commissioners were obliged to wait for the Indians. We recommend to the General Assembly to provide by law for the payment of the money which remains due on that purchase, and for the expence of one hundred and thirteen pounds and six pence, ipcurred by Council in receiving his Excellency the President of the United States in this city, on the seventeenth day of April pext.
The accounts of the purchase of the Lake Erie tract, and of the expence of receiving His Excellency the President of the United States, accompany this message.
Council have not had it in their power to procure a lot proper for a powder magazine out of the city limits, as the resolve of Assembly directs. Several city lots near the River Schuylkill, and sufficiently remote front the buildings of the town may be purchased at reasonable prices.
The principal part of the money intended to have been raised by Lottery, and directed by Act of Assembly to be applied to the repairing of that part of the Lancaster road called Jones's lane, and towards improving the navigation of the River Schuylkill, bath been reported to Council by the managers to be outstanding. By the Act of the fifteenth day of March, 1784, the managers were instructed to lay before the Comptrolier General from time to time when thereunto required, a true state of the Lottery, and when the drawing of the same should be compleated, and the prizes and incidertal charges paid to render their accounts to the Committee of Accounts of Assembly for final settlement. A general statement of the product of the Lottery and of the money which remains to be collected is sent herewith. :
Annuities to the widows and children of deceased officers of the Army, Flying Camp, State Regiments and State Navy, have heretofore been paid by virtue of the Act of Assembly dated the first day of March, 1780, out of any monies in the hands of County Treasurers, upon orders drawn by the Orphans' Courts of the respectives counties. But all public monies being by subsequent acts appropriated to other purposes, there remaios no provision for the „payment of those annuities which amount to eighteen hundred and fifty pounds.
The expence of repairing the banks of Mud island since the first day of March last, according to the Comptroller General's report to Council, hath been four hundred and fifty-seren pounds ten shillings. · The exportation of Pot Ashes from the port of Philadelphia merits the attention of the General Assembly. We are of opinion the pot and pearl ashes should be made subject by law to inspection.
The Act of Assembly intituled An Act for allowing a further time to distribute the donation lands promised to the troops of this Commonwealth, will expire on the thirteenth day of September next.
We lay before the General Assembly a copy of the instructions of Council to the Comptroller General, relative to the exchange of certificates. '
A representation from the Wardens of the port of Philadelphia, and a letter from John Dunlap, the purchaser of certain public lots in Southwark, whose case we recommend to the Legislature.
THOMAS MIFFLIN, Pres't. Council Chamber, Philad'a, August 25th, 1789.
Ordered, That the Secretary present the.same to the General As. sembly, together with the several papers therein mentioned.
The Council met.
Samuel Miles, George Woods,
John Smilie, ŞEsquires.
John Cannon, Frederick Watt, ) is A transcript of the record of the conviction of Francis Wilson, Thomas Wilson and Wiliam Elder, of the county of York for an assault and battery upon a certain William Jordan, was laid before the Board and read, by which it appears that they have been sen. tenced by the Court of General Quarter Sessions of the Peace and Jail Delivery of the said county, to pay to the use of the Common: . wealth the following fines, vizt: Francis Wilson, twenty-two. pounds ten shillings; Thomas Wilson, nine pounds, and William Elder, seven pounds ten shillings.
Council taking into consideration the said record, and also a recommendation from some of the members of Assembly for the county of York, and from a number of respectable inhabitants of said county in their behalf for remission of the fines aforesaid.
Resolved, That the said several fines be and the same are hereby remitted.
A letter from the President of the United States of the twenty- : fourth of this month, inclosing an Act of Congress passed the twentieth, intituled “An Act providing for the expences which may attend negociations or treaties with the Indian Tribes, and the appointment of Commissioners for managing the same,” was received and read, and the same transmitted to the General Assembly.