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On motion of Mr. Findley, An order was drawn upon the Treasurer in favor of Alexander McLene, Esquire, for the sum of thirty pounds, payable according to a resolution of the General Assembly passed the 21st day of November, 1788, payable out of any unappropriated monies in the Treasury, being on account of his services as a Coromissioner for reviewing the road from Bedford to Pittsburgh, under an appoint. ment from Council dated the 14th of March, 1789.
The consideration of the motion for a general pardon of persons who have been attainted of treason in the late war, was postponed.
A transcript of the record of the conviction of Joseph Edward Jones, in the county of Northumberland, for the murder of Dennis Leary, was read; and on motion, it was
Resolved, That Thursday next be assigned for the consideration thereof.
On motion of Doctor Gregg, and on considering the report of the officers of the Land office upon the application of Thomas Paul, as attorney in fact for the heirs of Thomas Harding, for an equivalent in value for a lot of ground in the city of Philadelphia, granted to the said Thomas Harding, by Patent from Williain Penn, Esquire, dated the 7th of the 4th month, 1681, containing in breadth fifty feet, and in length or depth three hundred and six feet, bounded southward by Mulberry street, and eastward by the Twelfth street from the river Delaware, wbich lot has been sold by the Commonwealth to James Budden.
Resolved, That Council are of opinion the claim of the petitioner in behalf of the beirs of the said Thomas Harding, deceased, is well founded, and that he is entitled to an equivalent for the lot above described, in the mode prescribed in and by the Act of Assembly passed on the 10th day of April, 1781.
The Council met.
· PHILADELPHIA, Wednesday, December 8th, 1790. ·
Jobn Wilkios, &
William Findley. Resolved, That it is the opinion of Council that the Comptroller General ought, and he is hereby directed forth with to furnish the Reg. ister General with all such accounts, transcripts and documents as the said Register General is authorized by law to require, and particu larly with those which are referred to in the letter from the Register General to Council, dated the 23d day of November last, as being essential to enable him to discharge his official duties.
Resolved, That if the Comptroller General, by reason of his other duties, shall be unable personally to attend to the object of the preceeding resolution, it is the opinion of Council that he ought and he is hereby directed to employ a clerk or clerks in preparing the said accounts, transcrips or documents, so that as little delay as possible may attend a compliance with the preceeding order of this Board.
Resolved, That the Register General be, and he is hereby directed to lay before the Board a general statement of the finances of the Commonwealth as soon as conveniently may be.
Resolved, That in the opinion of Council it is incumbent upon the Register General and the Comptroller General as well from a sence of duty, as to prevent the injury which must otherwise affect the public interests, to manifest a sincere disposition to comply with the spirit and meaning of the several acts of Assembly touching their respective offices; and that a due regard to the public service demands an active co-operation in the plans and proceedings of departments so intimately connected with each other in the objects of their institution.
Resolved, That the orders and directious given in the preceeding resolutions shall by virtue of the Act of Assembly in such case made and provided, indemnify and save harmless the said Comptroller General and Register General in paying obedience thereto.
The further consideration of the claim of Richard Peters, Esquire, to a second lot in right of Adrian Vroesen's original purchase of 5000 acres of land from William Penn, Esquire, was postponed until Friday next.
The Comptroller and Register General's reports upon the following accounts, were read and approved, vizt :
Of John Patton, Esquire, for a lot of ground in the city of Philadelphia, situate on the west side of Front street, adjoining the river Schuylkill, and between Walnut and George streets, containing about four acres, three-quarters and thirty perches of land sold to the Commonwealth for the purpose of erecting a gunpowder magazine thereon, for the sum of £565 in specie, which at a discount of 15 per cent. amounts to the sum of £664 14 1 in paper money.
Of William Semple, Esquire, for an order of Council dated the twenty-third day of November last, returned to be cancelled, and a certificate to issue in lieu thereof for the sum of £63 1 5, being due to him for 588 days services as Sub-Lieutenant of City and Liberties of Philadelphia, between the 10th day of June, 1777, the time of bis appointment, and the 20th of December, 1779, the time of his resignation.
Of Felix Mellon, for his services in taking care of, and issuing powder and lead to the militia of the county of Bedford, while em. ployed in the defence of the frontiers of said county at sundry
times between the 16th of May, 1782, and the 5th of June, 1783, amounting to £37 10 0.
Of Benjamen McKuvan, for his services in raising two brigades of waggons in the year 1779 and 1780, for the public service, by order of Andrew Boyd, Waggon Master General of Chester coun. ty, in pursuance of a resolution of Council of the 28th of Septem. ber, 1781, amounting to £8 14 6.
Of Arthur Drinnen, for 18 months pay as a private in Cap'n Thomas Campbell's company of the 4th regiment of the Pennsyl. vania Line in the late Continental army, amounting to £45 0 0.
A letter from Abraham Cable, Esquire, informing Council that at the last General Election held in the county of Bedford, he was elected to represent that county in the General Assembly, and requested that Council would be pleased to accept his resignation of
his taking a seat in the House of Representatives, was read; whereupon, it was
Resolved, To accept the said resignation.
The Council met.
PHILADELPHIA, Thursday, December 9th, 1790.
His Excellency THOMAS MIFFLIN, Esquire, President.
John Wilkins, and
William Findlay. Zebulun Potts, An invitation from the Honorable Judge Wilson, to the Presi. dent and Council, to attend his introductory lecture on the 15th inst., was received and read, and it was agreed to attend.
The Comptroller General and Register General reports upon the following, were read and approved, vizt:
Of Captain Spatts, for the pay of his company of the militia of Berks county, for militia services in the year 1781, upon which a ballance of £130 17 2, appears to be due to the said company.
Of Captain George Rheim, for the pay of his company of Berks County militia, for militia services in the year 1781, upon which a ballance of £217 15 7, appears to be due to the said company.
The consideration of the case of Joseph Edward Jones, now under sentence of death in the county of Northumberland, for the murder of Dennis Leary, was postponed until to-morrow.
A letter from the Comptroller General of this day in answer to the letter from the Secretary, with the resolutions of Council of yesterday, was read, and a copy thereof directed to be sent to the Register General.
Upon application of Joseph Nicholson, Interpreter to the Cornplanter and his companions, now in this city, an order was drawn upon the Treasurer in his favor for the sum of fifteen pounds, to. wards defraying the expences which have been incurred in conducting the Indians to this city, for which he is to aceount.
The Council met.
PHILADELPHIA, Friday, December 10th, 1790.
John Wilkins, and > Esq'rs.
William Wilson, Zebulun Potts, Agreeable to the Comptroller and Register General's reports, the following orders were drawn upon the Treasurer, vizt :
In favor of the Honorable Edward Shippen, Esquire, for the sum of £59 0 0, for 59 days' attendance in the High Court of Errors and Appeals of this Commonwealth, between the 22d of September, 1781, and the third of October, 1785, as a Judge in the said Court, according to Act of Assembly passed the 28th of February, 1780.
In favor of David Evans, for the sum of £8 4 8, being the amount of his account for making a new Venetian blind, and repairing and painting an old one, and also fixing a cord, tossel, and pins thereto, in the State Senate Chamber.
In favor of Joseph Thomas, for the sum of £20 12 6, being the amount of his account for his experces in defending the title of the Commonwealth to an estate in Bucks county, which was for. feited by Joseph Dean's attainder of high treason.
The further consideration of the claim of Richard Peters, Esq'r, to a second city lot, in right of Adrian Vroesen's original purchase of 5000 acres of land from William Penn, Esquire, was postponed until Tuesday next.
The Comptroller and Register General's reports upon the accounts of Captain George Rheim, for the pay of three men of his
company of Berks County militia, for militia services in the year 1781, amounting to £9 5 6, was read and approved.
Agreeably to the minute of yesterday, Council proceeded to the consideration of the case of Joseph Edward Jones, now under sentence of death in the jail of Sunbury, in the county of Northumberland, for the murder of a certain Dennis Learey, and the transcript of the record of his conviction being read, it was
Resolved, That a warrant under the less seal of the State be is. sued to Martin Withington, Esquire, Sheriff of the said county of Northumberland, authorizing and commanding him to execute the sentence of the Court upon the said Joseph Edward Jones, on Monday, the twentieth day of the present month, at the usual place of execution in the said county.
The Council met.
Richard Willing, Lord Butler,
a Esquires. Henry Taylor, The Comptroller and Register General's reports upon the following accounts were read and approved, vizt :
Of Benjamin Watson, for 18 months' pay due to him as a private in Captains Campbell and Zeigler's companies of the second regiment in the late Pennsylvania line, amounting to £45 0 0.
Of Daniel Ludwig, for 14 days' hire of a waygon, in August, 1776, for transporting militia baggage from Berks county to Amboy, amounting to £14 0 0.
Of Jacob Burgardt, for a rifle gun and blanket, which were lost on Long Island on the 28th day of August, 1775, when he was taken prisoner while doing duty in Captain Graul's company of militia, valued at £6 10 0.
Of John Myers, for a ballance of twelve shillings, which is due to him upon his certificate for supplies furnished for the use of the army in the year 1780.
Of the estate of John Wright, deceased, for a rifle gun lost at Fort Washington in the year 1776, valued at £5 10 0.
Of Colonel John Ewing, for a musquet furnished by him for the public service in the year 1776, which was not returned, and for which he received no compensation, Valued at £1 0 0.