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The Council met.
PHILADELPHIA, Monday, March 8tb, 1790.
James Read, William Wilson,
Henry Taylor, Zebulun Potts, The Committee to whom was referred the memorial of Lewis Farmer, in behalf of the corporation of ministers, trustees, elders, deacons of Germin Reformed congregation in the city of Philadel. pbia, delivered in a report, which was read and adopted as follows, vizt:
That having considered the memorial they are of opinion that the request of the memorialists to have the warrants which have been issued for five thousand acres of land, within the last pur. chase of the Indians cancelled, and others to issue generally agreeably to the Act of Assembly, may without any impropriety be complied with, and therefore offer the following resolution :
Resolved, That on the corporation of the ministers, trustees, elders and deacons of the German Reformed congregation in the city of Philadelphia, transferring to the Commonwealth the warrants which they have obtained for five thousand acres of land, : within the last purchase of the Indians, the Secretary of the Land office be and he is hereby directed and authorized to issue warrants to the said corporation for five thousand acres of land to be located, set out and surveyed within the unappropriated lands of this State, agreeably to the directions of an Act of Assembly, entituled An Act to grant to the corporation of the ministers, trustees, elders and deacons of the German Reformed congregation in the city of Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania, certain lands therein mentioned for endowing the free school for the use of the poor of the said congregation : Provided, nevertheless, That all charges and expences attending such transfers, and the issuing or granting of new warrants be paid by the congregation above mentioned.
Upon the report of the Committee to whom was referred the petition and recommendation in favor of John Manderfield, for remission of a forfeiture of one hundred and fifty pounds to the use of the Commonwealth, which he has incurred by reason of the nonappearance of Elisha Brewer, Adam Rice and Thomas Bailey, in the City Court, to answer to an indictment for a cheat, they have
ing absconded before trial, and for whose appearance the petitioner became bound by recognizance; it was
Resolved, That the sum of one hundred and twenty pounds of the said forfeiture of one hundred and fifty pounds, be remitted.
A letter from Thomas Ryerson, Esquire, member of Assembly, relative to the defence of the western frontiers against the incursions of the Indians, was received and read; whereupon, it was
Resolved, That to morrow be assigned for taking into consideration the several papers now before Council on the subject of a frontier. defence.
The Council met.
PAILADELPHIA, Tuesday, March 9th, 1790.
James Read, William Wilson,
Henry Taylor, Zebulun Fotts, Benjamin Lodge, Esquire, appointed and approved as a Deputy Surveyor on Tuesday last, having transmitted a bond executed by himself and by Christopher Hays and Nehemiah Stokely, as his sureties, it was agreed to accept them as such, and that Mr. Findley, and Mr. Baird, who were accepted as sureties for Mr. Lodge, discharged therefrom.
The bond being dated prior to the appointment of Mr. Lodge; it was
Ordered, That a new one be executed..
A petition from John Rankin, who was attainted of high treason against this Commonwealth, by a Proclamation of Council issued in pursuance of an Act of the General Assembly passed the sixth day of March, 1778, for the attainder of divers traitors, &ca., stating that he is desirous of returning to this State, and praying that Council would be pleased to grant him a pardon that he may be restored to the rights of a citizen of this State, was read the second time; and thereupon,
Resolved, That the said John Rankin be pardoned. .
The Council met.
James Read, James Martin,
Resolved, That the said fine be remitted.
George Finley, Esquire, was appointed and commissionated a Justice of the Peace and of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the county of Westmoreland, upon a return made according to law from the district of the township of Wheatfield, in the said county.
The committee to whom was referred the petition of John Bryce, with the letter from John Nicholson, Esquire, made à report, which was read and adopted, as follows, vizt:
“ That John Bryce became the purchaser of an undivided moiety of a tract of land in Sadsbury township, in the county of Chester, forfeited by Francis and William Armstrong, attainders of high treason; that said Bryce has paid the Commonwealth for the same, and since conveyed his title to John Nicholson, Esquire; that it appears by the last will and testament of the late fatber of the said Francis and William Armstrong, that their mother, the widow of the testator, has an annuity of ten pounds as a dower, out of the said estate, and that it appears by a certificate of one of the agents for the sale of forfeited estates in Chester county, that said moiety was not sold subject to any such annuity or incumbrance whatever. 1 " The committee are, therefore, of opinion, that it is out of the power of Council to refund the money that has been paid, or give any relief against the annuity, as the cstate was sold without any reserve, or mention made of such incumbrauce, and that the title
of the purchaser ought not to be affected thereby. They therefore, offer the following resolution:
" Resolved, That a deed be made in the usual form to John Nicholson, Esquire, for one moiety of a tract of land in Sadsbury township, Chester county, forfeited by the attainder of Francis and William Armstrong, and sold by the Commissioners for the sale of confiscated estates to John Bryce, who conveyed his right to the said John Nicholson,"
The Comptroller and Register General's reports upon the account of George Weimer, for five pounds six shillings and six pence, and of John Hilligas for nineteen pounds three shillings and eight, being balances due by the Commonwealth to them upon their several certificates for supplies furnished for the use of the Continental army in the year 1780, were read and approved.
Upon the report of the Committee to whom was referred the petition of Galbraith Logan, now confined in the jail of this city at bard labour, for barbouring and maintaining persons convicted of capital offences and made their escape, knowing them to have been so convicted, it was
Resolved, That the said Galbraith Logan be pardoned.
The Attorney General and Anthony Cuthbert attended, agreeably to the order of Council of the third instant. Mr. Cuthbert then produced sundry papers in support of his claim to a city lot near the Centre square, in right of Reese Price, from which it appeared that the heirs of Reese Price were entitled to the lot in question, but Mr. Cuthbert's right under them not being established to the satisfaction of the Board, it was, therefore, agreed to postpone the further consideration of the business, and that Mr. Cuthbert be required to furnish such other evidence of his title under Reese Price being compleat, as the Attorney General shall judge sufficient.
The Council met.
PHILADELPHIA, Thursday, March 11th, 1790.
Samel Miles, Nathaniel Breading,
Zebulun Potts, Frederick Watts, and .. Henry Taylor, Richard Willing, · The Comptroller General's reports upon the account of John Donaldson, Esquire, Register General, for cash advanced by him to pay his Clerk, amounting to one hundred and eleven pounds ten shillings and two pence, was read and approved.
A letter from Anthony Butler, agent for John Penn, junior, and John Pend, Esquires, requesting Council to issue an order for paying to the said Messieurs Penns the sixth installment of one hun. dred and thirty thousand pounds sterling, which was granted by act of Assembly passed the twenty-seventh day of November, 1779, to the late Proprietaries, was read and referred to the Comptroller General to report thereon.
A transcript from the Journals of the Assembly, containing a report of a Committee upon the memorial of a number of the inhabitants of Westmoreland county, relative to the excise, and a resolution of the House of the ninth instant, "requesting Council to take the most effectual means in their power to compell all delinquent Excise officers to pay into the State Treasury all monies due for excise, whether in the hands of said officers or of individuals," was received and read, and to-inorrow assigned for the consideration thereof.
The Council met.
PHILADELPHIA, Friday, March 12th, 1790.
Samuel Miles, Nathaniel Breading,
Zebulun Potts, and Henry Taylor, Richard Willing, .J A greeably to the minutes' of yesterday, Council proceeded to the consideration of the resolution of the General Assembly of the ninth instant, relative to the delinquent Excise officers; whereupon, it was
Resolved, That the Comptroller General be and he hereby is re. quired to take the most speedy and effectual measures for obtain. ing settlements of the accounts of all Excise officers of this State who have neglected to account with him agreeably to law, and in all cases where balances may be found due from such officers to the State, the said Comptroller is instructed to inforce immediate payment of such ballances.
Resolved, That the Comptroller General lay before Council a list of all Collectors of Excise who have neglected to settle with him according to law.