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Treasurer in favor of Edward Stiles, for the sum of nine hundred and sixty-seven pounds sixteen shillings and eleven pence, payable out of the fund appropriated for claims and improvements, being in full satisfaction of his claims against this Commonwealth, as stated in his petition.
Two orders were drawn upon the Treasurer in favor of Joseph Perkins, the one for one hundred and nineteen pounds pineteen shillings, and the other for one hundred and fifty pounds seventeen shillings, payable out of the fund appropriated for claims and inprotements, the same being granted him in pursuance of an act of the General Assembly dated the twenty-ninth of September last, in! lieu of two orders of Council which be received for his services in repairing public arms belonging to the city and county of Philadelphia, but not being paid, were this day delivered up and cancelled.
A petition from William Coats, Esquire, and Joseph Potts, in behalf of themselves and Robert Shannon, stating that an action is now depending in the Supreme Court, wherein the testimony of John Clark, formerly an inhabitant of Philadelphia, but now of Charlestown, in the State of South Carolina, who was attainted of high treason agaiust this State, is material, which if not obtained will prove very injurious to them, and praying Council to grant bim a pardon, that he may be enabled to attend and give evidence in their behalf, was read, and thereupon it was
Ordered, That the said John Clark be pardoned, and a pardon under the great seal was accordingly issued..
On motion, Resolved, That the Master of the Rolls be directed to furnish Council with three certified copies of the late act of Assembly, to appropriate the sum of five thousand pounds for improving the navigation of the rivers Delaware Schuylkill and Susquehanna, for the use of the Commissioners appointed by Council in pursuance of the said act.
Ageeeably to the minute of Council of the twenty-ninth of last month, the Escheator General (to whom were referred the letter from John Torbett, and a memorial from Doctor William M'll. vaine and Samuel Kinsey, Administrators of the estate of Daniel Kennedy, Esquire, late of Bucks, deceased,) made a report in writing, as follows, vizt:
“I beg leave to report that in the case referred to, the informant will not be entitled to any part of the said estate if escheated, that an inquisition must be held before the property can pass into the State Treasurer as an escheat, both for the security of the State and beirs, if any should appear to claim in due time, and that as the Administrators are shortly to settle their accounts, it will be best to suspend any proceedings untill the time fixed be passed, when the ballance escheated will be more perfectly known.
“JOHN NICHOLSON." October the 1st, 1789.
And on motion, it was Resolved, To adopt the said report of the Escheater General, and to postpone the further consideration of the claim of John Torbett, in the premises.
On motion, Resolved, That Mr. Robert Leslie be appointed to have the care of the State House clock, in the room and stead of Griffith Owen, who has the care of it at present.
On motion, Resolved, That the Secretary have leave of absence on urgent business to Baltimore.
Upon the second reading of the petition of John Griffith, Collector of State taxes in Sadsbury township, Lancaster county, praying Council to order a stay of the execution against his estate, for satisfaction of a ballance of taxes received and due from him to the Commonwealth,
Resolved, That the petitioner have leave to withdraw his petition.
The Council met.
PHILADELPHIA, Monday, October 5th, 1789.
George Woods, and
Amos Gregg. An order was drawn upon the 'Treasurer in favor of Frederick Schneider, for sixteen pounds two shillings and four pence, amount of his account for his wages as Door-keeper to Council for the month of September, and cash paid for repairing two locks and keys, sweeping two chimneys and washing the Council room.
On motion, Resolved, That Friday next be assigned for going into the appointment of a Collector of Excise, in and for the county of Delaware.
The Council met.
PHILADELPHIA, Tuesday, October 6th, 1789.
Zebulun Potts, On motion, Resolved, That the Comptroller General be furnished with the minute of Council of the twenty-seventh of November, 1787, respecting the public arms which have been delivered from time to time to the Lieutenants of the several counties in this State.
Agreeably to the minute of Council of the second instant, letters of instruction were written to the Commissioners appointed to view the rivers Delaware, Schuylkill, Susquehanna and Juniata, and the various streams running into them, in pursuance of an act of the General Assembly passed the twenty-eighth of September last, as follows, vizt:
In Council, Philadelphia, October 6th, 1789. GENTLEMEN :-In conformity to an act of the General Assembly of this Commonwealth, passed the twenty-eighth day of September last, entituled “An Act to appropriate the sum of five thousand pounds annually for the purposes therein mentioned,” Council have appointed you to view the rivers Susquehanna and Juniata.
You will without delay, proceed to examine the said rivers, and the various streams running into them, and wbich are capable of being made navigable, you will carefully mark such places where in your opinion locks or canals are necessary. You will note all falls, obstructions and all matters and things necessary to form estimates, to be laid before the General Assembly, of the expences of clearing and removing such obstructions to the navigation of the said rivers. When you have compleated this business, you will make report to the Supreme Executive Council of your procceedings, together with such estimate of the probable expence that may in your opinion be necessary to carry this law into execution.
The Supreme Executive Council request you will use every exertion in your power to forward and effect this important design. An exemplified copy of the law from the Rolls office is herewith transmitted; you will be allowed seventeen shillings and six pence, each per day, as a compensation for your services, subsistence and horse hire, whilst you are actually engaged. I am Gentlemen, with great respect, Your most obedient and very humble servant,
GEORGE ROSS, V. P. Timothy Matlack, Reading Howell and William Dean, Commissioners for viewing the river Delaware.
John Sellers and Joba Adlum, Commissioners for viewing the the river Schuylkill, and
To Samuel Boyd, Bartram Galbraith and Thomas Huling, Com. missioners appointed to view the rivers Susquehanna and Juniata.
The Council met.
On motion, Resolved, That the Comptroller General be directed to report to Council wbat sums are due for pensions to the widows and children of James Henry and Richard Delap and Henry Taptlinger respectively, late of the militia of Bedford county, deceased, agreeably to the several orders of Orphans' Court, of Bedford county, on their several claims in order that warrants may issue for payment.
The Council met.
Zebulun Potts, An order was drawn upon the Treasurer in favor of the Honorable Nathan Dennison, Esquire, for eighteen pounds, in full for his attendance in Council until the ninth instant, inclusive.
A representation from the Commissioners appointed to view the river Delaware, requesting Council to furnish them with a number of articles, a list whereof they have sent in, and also the sum of ninety pounds, was read the second time and the further consideration thereof postponed untill to-morrow.
The Council met.
PAILADELPHIA, Friday, October 9th, 1789.
Zebulun Potts, Richard Willing, Agreeably to the order of the day, Council proceeded to the appointment of a Collector of Excise for the county of Delaware, a Lieutenant of the same county, and also a Lieutenant of the county of Mifflin. And the ballots being taken for the several candidates for the office of Collector of Excise, it appeared that Pbilip Sheaff, Esquire, was duly elected to that office by a majority of votes.
On motion, Luke Morris, Jun'r, Esquire, was unanimously appointed Lieutenant of the county of Delaware, and Samuel Bryson, Esquire, was unanimously appointed Lieutenant of the county of Mifflin.
The Comptroller and Register General's reports upon the account of John Hubley Esquire, Protbopotary of the county of Lancaster, for fees received for tavern and marriage licences, and for the tax upon writs, between the twentieth of March and sixth of October, 1789, amounting to five hundred and fifty-eight pounds seventeen shillings, was read and approved.
Agreeably to the minute of the first of September last, the Seco retary, Receiver General, and Surveyor General of the Land Office made a report on the memorial of Charles Stewart, in behalf of the child of Robert Wilson, deceased, in the following words, vizt:
In obedience to an order of Council of the first of September instant, requiring us, on the part of this State, to consult with the other owners or proprietors of the lands in question, or their legal representatives, and, with them, to make out such division or partition of the same as shall appear just and equitable, we beg leave to report, that we have examined the deeds produced to us, and