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Secretary of the Land office.
Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas and Clerk of the Court of Quarter Sessions
Clerks of the Mayor's Court and of the Corporation.
Register of German Passengers and Collector of Excise in the city and county.
Assistant Secretary of the Council.
His Excellency the President and Honorable the Vice Presi. dent.
Members of the Council two and two.
Council returned to their Chamber, and His Excellency the President and the Honorable the Vice President took the oaths required by the Constitution, as a qualification for the exercise of their respective offices.
The oath to support the Constitution of the United States, required by act of Congress of the first day of June last, was also duly administered to the President and Vice President.
The Council met.
James Read, William Wilson,
} Esquires. Richard Willing, Frederick Watt, and
Zebulun Potts, Amos Gregg,
In favor of his Excellency Thomas Mifflin, Esquire, for the sum of three hundred and seventy-five pounds, being one quarter's salaIy as President of the State, for which he is to account.
In favor of Robert Leslie, for nine pounds, amount of his account for cleaning and repairing the State House clock, according to the Comptroller and Register General's report of the second instant.
In favor of John Pearson, for the sum of ninety-nine pounds five sbillings and cight pence in State money, of the emission of April the 7th, 1781, payable out of the fund appropriated by resolution of Assembly of the eighth of April, 1782, being a ballance due upon bis certificate for five cattle furnished by him in the year 1780, for the use of the late Continental army. • James Martin, Councillor elect for the county of Bedford, appeared, and being qualified as the Constitution of the United States and of this State directs, was admitted to his sat at the Board.
Upon the second reading of the report of the committee to whom was referred the several petitions against Colonel George Woods, late member of Council for Bedford county ; it was
Resolved, 'To recommit the said report and petitions, and Mr. Edie was named as one of the committee in the room of the Vice President, who is absent.
The Council met.
PHILADELPHIA, Friday, November 13th, 1789.
Abraham Smith, Samuel Edie,
Lord Butler, The Comptroller and Register General's report upon the following accounts, were read and approved, vizt:
Of Alexander M’Keechen, Esquire, agent for the sale of for. feited estates in Cumberland county, for his commissiops upon two hundred and eighty pounds ten shillings, being the amount of the sale of a tract of land in Middletown township in said county, late of Andrew Elliott, attainted of high treason, two pounds sixteen shillings and one penny, and for the expences of said sale, amount. ing to one pound five shillings, for which last mentioned sun an order was drawn upon the Treasurer.
Of James Biddle, Esquire, Prothonotary for the county of Philadelpbia, for the tax upon writs from the fifteenth day of No. vember, 1788, untill the fifteenth day of May, 1789, amounting to two hundeed and seventy-nine pounds fifteen shillings.
Upon motion, Resolved, That Colonel Miles, Colonel Smith and Colonel Wil. son, be a committee to confer with a committee of the General Assembly, (should the House think proper to appoint a committee for the purpose) on the distressed situation of wounded and disabled soldiers of the Pennsylvania line, whose pensions under the laws of the State bave ceased, and who will be deprived of support untill the fifth of March next, the time fixed by Congress for the payment of their pensions at the Treasurer of the United States.
The committee to whom was referred the letter from the Secretary of the 'Treasury of the United States with the enclosures, delivered in a report which was read, and on motion, and by special order the same was read the second time and adopted, as follows, vizt:
That on taking the said letter and resolution enclosed into consideration, they find that by the first part of the resolution, the Executives of the several States are called upon for a statement of the several engagements and public debts of the particular States respectively, and of the fund provided or appropriated for the payment of the whole or part of the principal and interest thereof, and that the last part of the resolution calls for a statement of the amount of Loan office certificates, or other public securities of the United States in the Treasury respectively.
That in the opinion of your committee, the first requisition in the resolution embraces every debt and engagement of the State, but they cannot think it necessary for the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States to have, por expedient at this time for the Executive of this Commonwealth to transmit a statement of those debts which have never been authorized by Congress, and with which the United States can never be charged, such as the civil list, the debt due by the States to the late proprietors, the various kinds of paper money issued under the authority of the State, the debt due by traitors whose estates bave been confiscated, for demands and engagements for claims and improvements, or any other particular debt properly belonging to this State, or the funds appropriated for the payment of the same.
That in the opinion of your committee, it would be proper at this time to transmit to the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States an authentic statement of all such public debts of this State, which were contracted by the authority of the United States, or with which the United States are justly chargeable, whether they have been redeemed by the Stat, or are yet unredeemed, together with the funds provided by the different laws of this State, for the payment of the principal or interest thereof.
That in the opinion of your committee it would be proper, agreeably to the last part of the said resolution, that the amount of the Loan Office certificates and other public securities of the United States in the Treasury of this State, should be transmitted to the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. Your committee therefore recommend the following resolutions:
Resolved, That the Comptroller General be directed to make out and furnish Council, as soon as can be done with convenience, a statement of the whole amount of the depreciation certificates granted to the officers and soldiers of the army and military hospi. tal, by the several laws of this Commonwealth; also the amount of such certificates as were granted in pursuance of the laws of this Commonwealth, whether for supplies furnished for the pay of the companies of rangers, volunteers or eighteen_mouths' men, or militia ; and also all such expenditures, since the commencement of the late war, as are chargeable to the United States, together with the funds appropriated, either in whole or in part, to pay the principal or interest thereof.
Resolved, That the Comptroller General be also directed to furnish Council with the amount of all such Loan Office certificates and other public securities of the United States, as are in the State Treasury, and are the property of this State; and also the amount of the interest paid by this Commonwealth, from time to time, on the Loan Office certificates and other evidences of the public debts of the United States.
The Council met.
PHILADELPHIA, Saturday, November 14th, 1789.
Frederick Watt, Richard Willing, ) A letter from Lewis Farmer, Esquire, inclosing a list of one hundred and fourteen German passengers, who have arrived at Philadelphia from the tenth of January to the first of October, 1789, was received and read, and ordered to be filed.
The Comptroller & Register General's report upon the account of James Searle, for his services and expences as an Agent for this State to borrow money in Holland, in the year 1780, and for his pay as a Delegate from this State to Congress, previous to his said agency, by which a balance of five hundred and eight pounds five shillings and two pence appears to he due to the said James Searle, was read and approved.
Agrétably to the Comptroller General and Register General's report, the following orders were drawn upon the Treasurer, vizt:
In favor of Hugh Barclay, Esquire, for seventy-six pounds thirteen shillings and two pence, being due to him upon his account as Lieutenant of the county of Bedford, as settled by the Comptroller General on the thirteenth instant, the said sum to be paid out of the monies arising from militia fines in the said county.
In favor of Lucinda Piper, for one hundred and twenty-five pounds fifteen shillings, in full of her pension until the first of September last, agreeably to act of Assembly passed the first of October, 1781; and in favor of Alexander Caul, for two pounds ten shillings and six pence, being his pension until the first of April last, according to act of Assembly dated the twenty-second of September, 1785.
The Couptroller and Register General's report upon the account of John Forsyth, Esquire, collector of Excise in the county of York, for excise collected and outstanding between the twenty-fifth of September, 1788, to the first of October, 1789, amounting to one thousand five hundred and forty-seven pounds two shillings and one penny, whereof six hundred and fifty pounds one shilling and two pence appears to hare been paid into the Treasury, was read and approved.
Upon further consideration of a letter from the Attorney General of the twelfth of August last, relative to certain bills of exchange drawn in the year 1775, by Messieurs Stocker and Wbarton, mer. chants, for the payment of the amount of which to the State of Pennsylvania they became liable, proposing payment by the execu. tors of said Stocker and Wharton, deceased, of the balance due to the Commonwealth, by a discount of interest due to the company on certain certificates in the possession of the said executors,
Resolved, unanimously, Tbat the said proposal be accepted, and that the Attorney General be instructed to discharge the suit, on payment being made by the said executors accordingly and on their satisfying the costs of suit.
The Council met.