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discontinued, the affairs that merely Regarded Trade, recommended to the care of the Colonies, and the allowance for my department limited to a Certain sum, which, after deducting the Sallaries of necessary officers, and other Incidental Expences would by no means admit of any of those Largesses which they had.formerly experienced from the various wants of so many Nations as are within the Northern Department. The Deputy agent was still retained at Fort Pitt to receive their Speeches, and to treat with them from time to time, as he should be directed, and occasionally furnished them with necessary Presents; and this office has not been discontinued, but & proper officer is now at the Ohio to hear them whenever they have any Business, so that this Application to you is only from a few People, who want more favors than they deserve, or than Government inclines to bestow, not only without the Knowledge, but Contrary to the Inclination of the Five Nations, whose names (as they are a busy people) they but too often make use of, because that they are Connected with some Emigrants from the Senecas, and some others of the Five Nations who have removed from under the Influence of their Chiefs to the Ohio. It is certainly to be wished that all the Colonies Concerned may unite in regulating the Trade, and appointing Proper Persons to Inspect it. This has been long Promised, and is expected by all the Indians. But all other matters are by His Majesty's Express Orders, Solely confined to one Channel, namely: that of my department, for the conducting of which the same Officers are kept Up as formerly, and in the same places, except those regarding Trade, which I have already menrioned, have been struck off by bis Majesty's Command. You will from hence easily perceive the motives which Occasioned the Application of these two Tribes to you, the answer to which is obvious, as they cannot complain of the want of any Officers but those for the Regulation of Indian Trade, which no longer depends on the Crown. “I am, with much Esteem, Sir,

“ Your most obedient,
“And very humble Servant,

“W. JOHNSON.

At a Council held at Philadelphia, on Wednesday 12th February, 1772.

PRESENT :

The Honourable RICHARD PENN, Esquire, Lieutenant Gov

erbor, &c.

James Tilghman, } Esquires.

Benjamin Chew,
William Hicks,

The Board resumed the Consideration of the Bills entituled “AD Act for the Sale of Goods distrained for Rent, and to secure such

Goods to the Persons Distraining the same, for the better security of Rents, and for other purposes therein mentioned,” and “ An Act to prevent Frauds & Abuses in the Manufacturing of Leather," which were read, and a few small amendments being made to the first mentioned Bill, and the following amendments to the Last, they were both ordered to be returned to the House with the same:

Amendment 1. Page 13. Dele from the word [and] inclusive, in line 3, to the word [allowed] inclusive, in the last line.

2. Page 27, Line 2. Dele the words (the Assembly appoint an. other), and insert the words (another shall be appointed by Act of General Assembly).

3. page 28, line 11. Dele from the word [that] in line 11, to and instead thereof insert as follows, the end of the Bill, to wit:

That so much of an Act of Assembly of this Province, made in the 7th year of his Majesty George the 1st, entituled “ An Act for the well Tanning and currying of Leather, and regulating of Cordwainers, and other artificers, using and Occupying Leather in this Province, “as relates to the Tanning & Currying of Leather, to the Prices of Leather, and Shoes, and Boots, and such other parts of the said Act as by this act is altered, amended, or supplyed, shall be, and is hereby Repealed.”

At a Council held at Philadelphia, on Monday 17th Febr. 1772.

PRESENT :

The Honourable RICHARD PENN, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor, &c William Logan,

, Lynford Lardner,

William Hicks, The Governor laid before the Board four Bills sent up to him by the House of Assembly for his Honor's Concurrence, entituled as follows, Viz" :

"An Act to regulate Chimney sweepers within the City of Philada, the district of Southwark, and the Townships of the Northern Liberties."

An Act for Opening, and better amending and keeping in Repair the Public Roads and Highways within this Province.

“ An Act for the safe keeping and preserving the Records and other Public Papers of the County of Bucks.”

“An Act for vesting a Certain Tract of 450 acres of Land, situate in Frederick Township, in the County of Philadelphia, commonly called the Perkiomen Copper Mine Tract, in Trustees, to be sold, and for other Purposes therein mentioned.” Which being sev. erally read and considered, were Ordered to be returned by the Secretary to the House with an Amendment made to each of the two first mentioned Bills, and a Verbal Message, that his Honour could not agree to Enact the third Bill into a Law, and that he gave his assent to the last mentioned Bill.

The Bill for preventing Frauds and abuses in the Manufacturing of Leather, was again sent up to the Governor with the following answer from the Assembly to the Governor's Amendments, Viz :

[Here follows half page in Council book blank.] Which being considered, the Governor by the advice of the Board, returned the said Bill to the House, with a reply to their answer that he declined their Proposal, and adhered to his Second amendment.

At a Council held at Philadelphia, on Monday the 24th February, 1772.

PRESENT : The Honourable RICHARD PENN, Esquire, Lieutenant Gover

nor, &ca.

William Logan,

James Tilghman, Benjamin Chew,

Andrew Allen, Esquires. Edward Shippen. Jun"

The Governor laid before the Board two Bills sent up by the Assembly for bis Honour's Concurrence, entituled “ An Act for the support of the Government of this Province, making the Excise on Wine, Rum, Brandy, and other spirits more equal, and preventing Frauds in the Collecting and paying the said Excise,” And

“ An Act for Granting to his Majesty the sum of Four thousand Pounds for the purposes therein mentioned.”

Which were read and Referred to further Consideration.

At a Council held at Philadelphia, on Saturday 29th February, 1772.

PRESENT : The Honourable RICHARD PENN, Esquire, Lieutenant Gover

nor, &ca

William Logan,

Benjamin-Chew, Richard Peters,

Edward Shippen, jun" ŞEsquires. Lynford Lardner,

William Hicks, The Board resumed the Consideration of the Excise Bill, and having spent some time therein, it was referred, to be more fully considered on Monday next.

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At a Council held at Philadelphia, on Monday 2d March 1772.

PRESENT : The Honourable RICHARD PENN, Esquire, Lieutenant Go

vernor, &c

Edward Shippen, Junior, } Esquires.

Benjamin Chew,
James Tilghman,

William Hicks, The Excise Bill being again Considered, the following amend. ments were made thereto, and the Secretary was ordered to carry them to the Assembly with the Bill, and at the same time to acquaint the House that the Governor requested them to furnish him with a list of such Draughts and Certificates as are intended to be discharged by the Bill.

Amendment 1st, Page 25. Antepenult line-after the word [Act] add the words [and during the space of ten years next fol. Towing.]

2d. Page 36. Antepenult line-Dele the word [shall.] 3d. Page 37, line 3.- Dele the word [so.] 4th. Page 37, line 5. After the word [forfeiting) insert the words (the value of.]

5th. Page 37, line 5. After the word [aforesaid]-Dele the words [with the value thereof for every such offence.]

6. Page 37, line ult. After the word [time]-Dele the words (and if necessity requires to break open any Door of any House, Store, Shop, Cellar Vault or other Room of such Offender, to search for, discover and seize the Liquors so forfeited] and insert the words into any House, Store, Shop, Cellar, Vault or other Room of such offender, the doors of which he shall find open, to search for, discover, Gauge and examine the Liquors aforesaid, and on the said Jollector's request, to enter into any House, Store, Shop, Cellar, Vault, or other Room in the Possession of the Offender, the Doors of which he shall find Locked, bolted or otherwise fastened. If the said offender shall refuse or neglect to open such Doors, or to permit the Officer having such Warrant to search for, gauge and examine the Contents of any Casks or Vessels of Liquor in any such House, Store, Shop, Cellar, Vault or other Room, every such Person, for every such offence, shall forfeit and pay the sum of Twenty pounds.

7th. Page 40, line penult. After the first word [and] insert the word [by.]

8. Page 41, line 5. Instead of (always] say (also.]

9. Page 56, line 3.—Dele the words [repealed, null and void, ] and instead thereof insert the words (and is hereby repealed, made pull and void.]

Tuesday the 3d March, 1772, P. M.

Two Members of Assembly again brought up the Excise Bill to the Governor, with a verbal Messuage that the house adhered to the Bill, and at the same time delivered to his Honour an Estimate of the Public Debts referred to therein.

Eodem Die. P. M.

The Governor by the Secretary, returned the Excise Bill to the Assembly, with a verbal Messuage that he adhered to his proposed amendments.

At a Council held at Philadelphia, on Friday 6th February, 1772.

PRESENT :

The Honourable RICHARD PENN, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor, &c. Richard Peters,

Andrew Allen, James Tilghman, Edward Shippen, Junior, Esquires. William Hicks,

The Governor laid before the Board several Bills sent up by the House of Assembly for his Honour's concurrence, entituled as fol. lows, to wit:

“An Act to dissolve the Marriage of George Kehmle of the City of Philadelphia, Barber, with Elizabeth, his wife, late Elizabeth Miller, and to enable him to Marry again."

"An Act to enable William Kembell, of the City of Philadel. phia, Taylor, to hold lands, and to invest him with the Priviledges of a Natural Born Subject of this Province.”

A Supplement to the Act entituled · An Act for the advancement of Justice, and more Certain administration thereof.'”

"An Aet to enable the owners and Possessors of a Certain Tract of Meadow land situate in the Borough of Chester, in the County of Chester, to keep their Dams, Banks, Sluices and Flood Gates in Repair.”

An Act to enable the Commissioners therein named to Settle the Accounts of the Managers of a certain Lottery set up and drawn at New Town in the County of Bucks.”

“An Act for explaining and better ascertaining the Boundary Lines of the County of Bedford.”

An Act to enable the owners of the lands called the Pidgeon Swamp, in the Township of Bristol, in the County of Bucks, to dig, maintain and keep open a Ditch through the said Swamp, and to raise money to defray the Expence thereof."

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