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The Council met.
Samuel Miles, John Smilie,
Abraham Smith, David Redick, An order was drawn upon the Treasurer in favor of the Honor-, able James R. Read, Esquire, for one hundred and twenty-three pounds fifteen shillings, being the ballance due upon his account for his pay as a Delegate from this State to Congress, according to the Comptroller General's report.
An order was drawn upon the Treasurer in favor of John Scull, for twenty shillings, in full of his account for inserting in the Pittsburgh Gazette, an advertisement of the time of opening the donation Land Office, agreeably to the Comptroller General's report.
Agreeably to the Comptroller General's report and the minute of Council of the tenth instant, an order was drawn upon the Treasurer in favor of James Dunwidde, for the sum of ten pounds seventeen shillings and one pence, in full for his pay as an express sent to the Western countries to collect the returns of electors.
Upon consideration of the report of the committee to whom was referred the petition and recommendation in favor of William Stewart, Aaron Lytle, James Ross, James McClellan, John Donat, Josias Gamble, Samuel Agnew, Robert Ralston, William Campbell, Joseph Wells, Samuel Hanna, and John Rankin, for remission of the fines which have been imposed upon them by the last Court of Oyer and Terminer held in the county of Washington, upon their being convicted severally of a riot in said county,
Resolved, That the several fines due to the Commonwealth im. posed upon the petitioners as aforesaid, be remitted.
On motion, Resolved, That the commanding officer of the Artillery be authorized to provide such articles as are wanted to compleat the ordinance stores of the Artillery battalion, to any amount not exceeding the sum of fitty pounds, in paper money of the emission of 1785.
On motion, Resolved, That the Vice President, Samuel Miles, Richard Wil. ling, Abraham Smith, and John Smilie, be a committee to consider
of and report to Council the most respectfull mode or manner of receiving General Washington, and if necessary, an estimate of the probable expence thereof.
The Council met. '.
PHILADELPHIA, Friday, March 13th, 1789.
Samuel Miles, Zebulun Potts,
John Smilie, A letter from the Honorable the Judges of the Supreme Court informing Council that having re-considered the verdict of the jury against Charles Read, now under sentence of death, and also the cases cited by his Counsel, they are still of opinion that the facts proved on the trial, support the verdict for murder, was received and read.
A petition from Samuel Allinson, of the State of New Jersey, guardian of the said Charles Read, praying a further reprieve for the prisoner, was also received and read; and it being represented to Council that the mother of the said Charles Read has been taken ill of a fever, and it is apprehended that she cannot survive the execution of her son should it take place to-morrow; thereupon,
Resolved, That a further reprieve be granted to the said Charles Read, untill Saturday the twenty-first day of the present month, on which day the sentence of the Court is certainly to be executed upon him.
The committee appointed on the twelfth instant to consider of and report the most respectfull mode of receiving the President General, &ca., reported verbally as follows, vizt : That an address be prepared by the President of the State to be presented to his Excellency on his arrival, by Council.
That an estimate produced by the President, of the expence of an escort of militia, amounting to the sum of one hundred and ninety-nine pounds seven shillings and six pence, be laid before the General Assembly, accompanied by a letter from the President.
That it be recommended to the citizens of Philadelphia not to illuminate their windows on the evening of the President General's arrival; whereupon, it was
Resolved, To adopt the said report, and a letter was accordingly written to the Speaker of the General Assembly in the following words, vizt:
In Council, Philadelphia, March 13th, 1789. SIR:- I have the honor of enclosing to you an estimate of the expences of an escort of militia which Council wish may be provided for his Excellency the President of the United States through this State. They bope that the Honorable the General Assembly will concur with them in opinion, that the escort proposed will be highly proper, and that it will be necessary to appropriate by law the sum of one hundred and ninety-nine pounds seven shillings and six perce specie, for that purpose.
I have the honor to be, with great respect, your most obedient and very humble servant,
THOMAS MIFFLIN, Pre't. Honorable RICHARD PETERS, Esquire, Speaker of the General
Assembly. · Agreeably to the Comptroller General's report an order was drawn upon the Treasurer in favor of the Honorable Francis Hopkinson, Esquire, for seventy-five pounds, being one quarter's salary due to him on this day as Judge of the Court of Admiralty, and in the Admiralty Sessions of this State.
The Council met.
Samuel Miles, John Smilie,
. SEsquires. Frederick Watt, Zebulun Potts,
David Redick, George Woods, On motion, Resolved, That Ephraim Douglass, Esquire, be appointed an Agent for the sale of such estates as have become forfeited to the use of the Commonwealth in the county of Fayette, by the attainder of divers traitors, under act of Assembly of March the sixth, 1778.
Upon the second reading of the report of the committee to whom it was referred to consider of and report to Council the names of suitable persons “to view and mark out a road between Bedford
and Pittsburgh, by the nearest courses and most practicable ground," agreeably to resolution of Assembly of the twenty-first day of November; 1788,
Resolved, That Alexander McLean, James Guthrie and Jobn Skinner, be and they are hereby appointed to view and mark out a road as before mentioned, and make report of their proceedings to Council.
Resolved, That the Vice President, Mr. Woods, Mr. Redick and Mr. Smilie, and Mr. Smith, be a committee to confer with a committee of the General Assembly, on the subject of the resolution of the House of the twenty-first of November last, relative to the said road, and to report to Council.
Resolved, That Tuesday next be assigned for the consideration of the report of the committee to whom was referred the memorial of Richard Wells, relative to the Comptroller General and Naval Officer.
The Council met.
PHILADELPHIA, Monday, March 16th, 1789.
George Woods, Esquires.
Nathan Dennison, Amos Gregg, • On motion,
Resolved, That a new warrant, under the lesser seal, be now issued, authorizing and commanding the Sheriff of the city and county of Philadelphia to execute the sentence of the Court of Oger and Terminer, held in January last in and for the county of Philadelphia, upon Charles Read, on Saturday the twenty-first day of the present month, for the crime of which he was convicted.
The Council met.
PHILADELPHIA, Tuesday, March 17th, 1789.
Zebulun Potts, On motion, Resolved, That the consideration of the report of the committee to whom was referred the petition of Richard Wells, relative to the Comptroller General and Naval Officer be postponed.
Upon the second reading of the letter from the Surveyor General, relative to bis appointment of Thomas Clark to be Deputy Sur. veyor of Burn and Brunswick townships, in the county of Berks, as well as of a district in Dauphine county,
Resolved, That no order be taken by Council thereon, the Board being of opinion that the business lies within the powers of the Surveyor General.
On motion, Resolved, That Thursday next be assigned for the consideration of the reports from the several Prothonotarys and Recorders, relative to the sureties of public officers in the appointment of Council.
Upon consideration of a letter from the Comptroller General, respecting two city lots, the property of the Commonwealth, now in possession of Joseph Kenzey.
Ordered, That the said lots be disposed of at public sale according to law, and that the Receiver General of the Land Office be directed to take order thereon.