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To William R. Smith, for two days' services as assistant secretary of the council, the sum of six dollars.

To William R. Smith, for writing done 'fon legislative asa sembly at the present session, one hundred and sixty five dollars.

To William Dutcher, for writing done for the legislative assembly, one hundred and forty-four dollars.

To Richard M. Smith, for writing done [for] legislative as. sembly, fifty-six dollars.

To Lyman Cowdrey, for writing for legislative assembly, forty dollars.

To Horatio Tuttle, for services as assistant fireman during the present session of the legislative assembly, one hundred and eight dollars.

To B. H. Britton, for services as messenger pro tem., two day's during the present session of the legislative assembly, six dollars.

To David Holt, jr., for postage of the present session of the legislative assembly, seven hundred and ninety dollars and ninety cents.

To William W. Wyman, for newspapers furnished the legislative assembly, at the present session, one hundred and thirty-seven dollars and sixty cents.

To William W. Wyman, for incidental printing for the house during the present session of the legislative assembly, as per bill rendered, twelve hundred and ninety-four dollars and ninety seven cents.

To Henry G. Abby, for extra writing done for the legislative assembly at the present session, seventy.two dollars.

To William T. Bonnivill, the sum of sixty-two dollars for extra writing done for the present session of the legislative assembly.

To D. N. Powers, for services as sergeant-at-arms pro tem., of the house, two days, six dollars.

To Beriah Brown, for printing journal of house of October 26, 1847, eight dollars and thirty-one cents.

To La Fayette Kellogg, chief clerk of the house, for extra writing, seventy-two dollars.

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To Thomas McHugh, secretary of the council, for extra 'writing, seventy-two dollars.

Seç. 2.' That for any appropriation herein made, which shall remain unpaid by the secretary of the territory, or be disallowed by the treasury department, and also for any balances which may remain unpaid, of the legisla. live expenses required to be certified and paid without a special appropriation out of the appropriation made by congress, to defray the expenses of the legislative assembly for the year 1848, ihe same shall be paid out of the territorial treasúry upon the non-payment of the same being certified u by the said secretary, to the auditor of the territory, who is hereby authorized to issue warrants for the amount of the same upon the treasurer,

Speaker of the House of Representatives.


President of the Council APPROVED, March 13, 1548.


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Of the council and house of representatives of

the territory of Wisconsin, to the senate of the United States, upon the subject of a treaty with the Menomonee tribe of Indians, for the lands north of the Fox river.

The memorial of the Council and House of Representatives of the Territory of Wisconsin, to the Senate of the United States, respectfully sheweth:

That a large and interesting portion of our territory lying north of the Fox, and between the Wolf and Wisconsin rive ers, in close proximity to densely settled counties, is still held and occupied by the Menomonee tribe of Indians.

Various considerations of interest to this territory, imperi.. ously demand !he earliest possible extinguishment of the Indian title to those lands. On the 8th day of August, 1616, congress passed an act appropriating to the state of Wisconsin a certain quantity of land, equal to one-half of three sections in width, on each side of the Fox river, and the. lakes through which it passes, for the purpose of improving the Fox and Wisconsin rivers and constructing a canal to connect the same, which lands are to be selected by the gove error of the state of Wisconsin.

Previous to the passage of this act much of the valuable. land then in markel' upon the said river and lakes had already been purchased, and passed from the possession of the

government, consequently the selection of the necessary quantity of land to complete the said work, the location of which will be required immediately upon the organization of our state government the ensuing season, cannot be made in good lands from that part of the reservation now in market.

Hence will be seen the imperious necessity of the early extinguishment of this Indian title, in order that the state may avail itself of the benefits of this important grant of congress. But this interest is not the only important interest to the state of Wisconsin that would be injuriously affected by a delay of the extinguishment of the Indian ti le to those lands.

At the present rate of purchase and location by militar: land warrants, another year will nearly complete the sales of the desirable portion of agricultural lands lying south of the Fox river reservation, consequently these lands will be wan ed for immediate settlement.

Your memorialists are also informed, and believe that this tract of country, in addition to large quantities of valuable agricultural lands embraces some of the best pine lands to be found in Wisconsin, and directly connected with a large and extensive agricultural district on the south lotally destitute of this valuable kind of timber. Hence another important consideration for the speedy sale of the lands alladed to.

In presenting these considerations for an early treatr ita the Menomonees for these valuable lands, your memorialists are aware that however desirable would be the accomplishment of this important object, they are constrained to be. lieve that under the restrictions imposed by the following clause of a resolution of the honorable senate adopted on the third day of March, A. D. 1942, viz: "that in future nec. tiations of Indian treaties no reserration of land should be made in favor of any person, nor the payment of any det:provided for,” it will be in vain to attempi to treat with this cribe of Indians.

Your memorialists are satisfied and beliere that these in dians are honestly and honorably indebted to certain Indi za

traders, who are allied to them by intermarriage, and who have resided long on their torders, and who in seasons of want and distress, by sickness and by famine, have contributed liberally 10 Their necessities, by supplies of provisions and goods, and that no considerations can be offered to induce these Indians to treat for their lands except upon condition of payment by money or grants of land, to the creditors and friends who hare thus aided them in distress. Indeed, with the fulles: conviction that proper credits have been given them, your memorialists believe that any altempt to urge them to make sale of their lands without a provision for such payment would be urging them io dishonor and violate a legal and moral obligation as binding as any in civilized life.

In view of all the premises, your memorialists most respectfully ask your honorable body a reconsideration of the restrictions imposed by the resolution alluded to, that the appropriation since made by congress for defraying the expenses of a treaty with that iribe of Indians may be made arailable, and all the benefits depending upon an early surrey and sale of those valuable lands be realized to the people of Wisconsin. And as in duty bound will ever pray:

Speaker of the House of Representatires.


I'resident of the Council. Arrcover February 26, 1918.


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