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as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, for the good and pious purposes expressed in the said Proclamation. Given in Council under the hand of His Excellency Thomas Miffin,
Esquire, President, and the seal of the State, at Philadelphia, this thirtieth day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine, and of the Commonwealth the fourteenth.
THOMAS MIFFLIN. Attest :-CHARLES BIDDLE, Sec’ry.
A return of the general elections of a Councillor and of Sheriffs and Coroners, beld in the county of Allegany, and a return of the general election of a Councillor held in the county of Luzerne, were received and read, by which it appears that John Wilkins, Junior, was duly elected Councillor for the county of Allegany, and James Morrison and Samuel Evalt, Sheriffs, and David Watson and John McDowell, Coroners of the said county; and that Lord Butler, Esquire, was duly elected Councillor for the county of Luzerne.
On motion, Resolved, That James Morrison be appointed and commissionated Sheriff of the county of Allegany, and Jacob Bousman and Samuel Sample of said county, be accepted as sure ties for his faithfull performance of the duties of his office according to law.
Resolved, That David Watson be appointed and commissionated Coroner of the said county of Allegany.
Lord Butler, Esquire, Councillor elect for the county of Luzerne, attended and was admitted to a seat at the Board, he having previously taken the oaths required by the Constitution of this State, and also the oath to support the Constitution of the United States, required by act of Congress, passed the first of June last.
On motion, Resolved, That Tuesday next be appointed for the election of a Measurer of wheat and other corn, and salt, in the room of John Biddle, Esquire, deceased.
Upon the recommendation of Chief Justice McKean, Judge Shippen, the petit jury, and many other respectable citizens, in favor of a certain Henry Gregemier, who was convicted at the last Court of Oyer and Terminer, held in the county of Philadelphia, of a robbery, and sentenced to undergo a servitude of five years at hard labour, &ca.
Resolved, That the said Henry Gregemier be pardoned, on condition of restoring the goods stolen or the value thereof.
PHILADELPHIA, Saturday, Oct'r 31st, 1789.
Sannuel Miles, Christopher Kucher, 7
'The Council met.
Pailadelphia, Monday, November 2nd, 1789.
James Read, Jonas Hartzell,
The Council met.
PHILADELPHIA, Tuesday, November 3rd, 1789.
Samuel Miles, William Wilson, ?
Zebulun Potts, Mr. Lutz, Mr. Neville and Mr. Lilly, a committee from the Gen. eral Assembly attending, were introduced, and informed Council
that the house was now met and ready to receive any business which Council might have to lay before them.
The committee were informed that a nessage was preparing, and would be laid before the House this day, together with several public papers which have been received since the last adjournment of the Assembly. • A draft of a message from Council to the General Assembly was laid before Council, read and approved, as follows, vizt: A Message from the President and the Supreme Executive Coun
cil to the General Assembly : GENTLEMEN :- We herewith transmit letters from his Excellency the President of the United States, of the second and third days of October, 1789, with several acts and resolves of the Congress of the United States, which have been received since the last adjournment of the Legislature, vizt:
An Act to establish the Judicial Courts of the United States.
An Act to regulate the process in the Courts of the United States.
An Act to explain and amend an act for registering and clearing vessels, regulating the coasting trade, and for other purposes.
An Act to recognize and adopt to the Constitution of the United States, the establishment of troops raised under the resolves of the United States in Congress assembled, and for other purposes therein mentioned.
An Act providing for the payment of the Invalid pensioners of the United States.
An Act making appropriations for the present year.
An Act to allow the Baron de Glaubeck the pay of Captain ia the army of the United States. .
An Act to alter the time for the next meeting of Congress, and a resolution for continuing John White, John Wright and Joshua Dawson in office untill the fourth day of February, 1790 ; also a letter from Alexander Hamilton, Esquire, Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, dated September the twenty-sixth, 1789, inclosing two resolutions of the House of Representatives of the United States, dated the twenty-first of the same month, respecting the public debts.
A copy of the amendments proposed to be added to the Consti. tution of the United States.
Two letters from Henry Knox, Esquire, Secretary at War, of the sixth and nineteenth of October, 1789, inclosing an extract of an act of Congress, dated the twenty-pinth day of September, wbich authorizes the President of the United States to call into service from time to time, such parts of the militia as he may judge peces. sary for the protection of the inhabitants of the frontiers of the United States, from the hostile incursions of the Indians, and requesting a list of persons entitled to pensions by the laws of this State.
Copies of the Journals of the first sessions of the Senate and of the House of Representatives of the United States, also accompanying this message.
By several resolves of the General Assembly, in the year 1775 and 1776, and by act of the twentieth of March, 1777, four hundred thousand pounds were emitted in bills of credit, of which there remained unredeemed by the last report of the Comptroller General, two hundred and twenty-five thousand six hundred and ninety-nine pounds. The holders of such bills are intitled to receive in lieu thereof bills of credit of April, 1781, at the rate of one hundred and seventy-five for one; we are of opinion that a day should be fixed for the final redemption of those bills.
By an act of Assembly of the first day of June, 1780, Council were authorized to appoint agents in the several counties of this State to purchase horses and provisions for the army of the United States, for which articles, certificates bearing an interest of six per cent, were given by the agents; of those certificates there remain unpaid to the amount of four thousand pounds in paper bills of 1781, we recommend to the Gener.ıl Assembly to limit the time for the exchange of all such certificates.
A law should be passed to prevent the receipt of certificates of the United States in the Land office.
The act of Assembly of the eighth day of April, 1785, which established the salaries of the officers of the land office, and required them to account on oath, for all fees received in their respective o.fices, expired on the first day of May last. That law we are of opinion should be revived.
We submit to the Legislature the propriety of a revision of all laws of this State, which interfere with the acts or resolves of the Congress of the United States.
The laws relative to the health office are imperfect. The introduction of infectious diseases into the State is not sufficiently guarded against, nor is the allowance to the officer adequate to the appointment. This subject we recommend to the early attention of the General Assembly.
We recall the attention of the House to the claims of the widows and children of deceased officers of the Pennsylvania line, Flying Camp, State Regiments and State Navy. Orphans' Courts continue to draw orders for the payment of pensions, in conformity with the act of Assembly of the first day of March, 1780, although the funds out of which payment of pen. heretofore been made, have by subsequent acts been appropriated to other purposes.
A limitation of the time for bringing suits against the sureties of Sheriffs, and of the time for exhibiting claims against the State, for supplies and personal services during the late war, we are of opinion will be of public utility.
THOMAS MIFFLIN. Council Chamber, Philad'a, Nopem'r 3rd, 1789.
Mr. Wilson was appointed a member of the Board of Property for the present montb.
Agreeably to the order of the day, Council proceeded to the election of a Surveyor General of this Commonwealth, in the room of John Lukens, Esquire, deceased, and of a measurer of wheat and other grain, and of salt, in the room of John Biddle, deceased; and the ballots being taken for the candidates for the said several offices, it appeared that Daniel Brodhead was duly elected Surveyor General of the said Commonwealth, and that Benjamin Davis, Jun'r, was duly elected measurer of wheat and other grain, and of salt, in and for the said Commonwealth.
A return of the general election of Sheriffs and Coroners held in the city and county of Philadelphia, was laid before Council and read, by which it appears that James Ash and William Will, were duly elected Sheriffs, and John Leacock and Peter Jodon Coroners; whereupon,
Resolved, That James Ash, Esquire, be appointed Sheriff, and John Leacock Coroner, of the said city and county of Philadelphia.
A letter containing additional instructions to the commissioners appointed on the second of October last to view the obstructions to the navigation of the river Susquehanna and Juuiata, was written and agreed to, as follows, vizt :
In Council, Philadelphia, November 3rd, 1789. GENTLEMEN :-Your information received by Council since the date of our letter of instructions to you, we think it proper to give you the following directions for your immediate government, which you are most strictly to observe : You are to confine your. selves to the falls and obstructions of the river Susquehanna, from Wright's Ferry up the said river to include the head of McKee's Half Falls, and from the mouth of the river Juniata up the said river, to include the head of Aughwick Falls. Council are induced to give you these additional instructions from the necessity of having your report of the probable expence of removing the several obstructions, and improving the navigation of the said rivers between those distances, to be laid before the General Assembly in their present sessions.
I am, gentlemen, with great respect,
GEORGE ROSS, V. P. To the Commissioners appointed to view ?
the rivers Susquehanna and Juniata. S