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Thursday, Jan. II , 1844.
The Senate was engaged chiefly in the
discussion of the folloWing joint resolu
tion, offered by Mr. Stewart:
Resolved, That Wm. M. Meredith and
Geo. M. Dallas, Esqrs, be employed as
counsel for the Commonwealth in the
case of the Commonwealth vs. Thomas
Weaver and Frederick Fritz, now pend
ing in the District Court of the city and
county of Philadelphia, with instructions
to bring the same to a speedy temination.
After being amended by striking out
the name of Win. M. Meredith the reso•
lution was passed.
Several private bills were reported,
when the Senate Adjourned.
Ater the presentation of petitions,
memorials, &c. this morning, the House
proceeded to nominate candidates for
A large number of gentlemen were
The bill for the removal of the Seat of
Justice of Columbia county from Danville
to Bloon►sburg, passed through committee
by a vote of 72 to 52.
Several resolutions were-submitted and
A message was received from the Gov
ernor transmitting the report of the Com
missioners appointed for the sale of the
Delaware Division of the Canal. The re
port was ordered to be printed.
On motion of Mr. M'Caslin, the reso.
lotions of instruction to our Senators and
Members in Congress in relation to the
Oregon territory, were taken up, which
were under discussion when the House
Mr. Dars;e submitted the following:
WHEREAS, it appears Iron` the journals
of 0349, page 1167, that John B. Bratton
rendered an account for printing . the En
glish journal of the said session, in which
there appears an item of $917 3711 for an
alleged balance due him for printing for
the House of Representatives at the ses
sion of 1840; And whereas, it appears
that said item was allowed by the commit
tee on accounts, and passed by the Senate
without detection ; Therefore,
Resolved, That the State Treasurer be
requested to demand forthwith from John
11. Bratton. the repayment of the said
sum of $917 37i, thus improperly drawn
tro►n the Treasury, and that he report the
result to the Senate.
A lengthy discussion ensued on this res
cind" in the course of which the pro
of investigating all the accounts of
the printers since 1835-36 was urged,
and a motion to this effect was made by
Air. liecktnan. The motion was lost,
and the resolution was finally referred to
the committee on accounts, by a vote of
]7 to 12.
The Speaker laid before the Senate a
communication from the Secretary of the
Commonwealth informing the Senate that
lie hail appointed Thomas L. Wilson, to
be Deputy Secratary of the Common
wealth, and that the appointment had
been approved by the Governor.
A large number of petitions, dm. were
presented. . . . . .
Mr. Rounifort submitted the following
resolution which was considered and
Booked, That the State Treasurer be
requested to report to this House, the va
rious Acts of Assembly of this Common
wealth, under which the disbursements of
last fiscal year have been made.
The bill to Jiutlwrize the removal of the
leatof Justice of Columbia county from
Danville to Bloomsburg, was read a
third time and passed, yeas 65, nays 28.
The resolution relative to the Oregon
Territory came up in order, when it was
read a second and third time and passed.
The resolution offered by Mr. Roumfort
for the amendment of the Corstitution so
as to prevent the Legislature from legal
izing a suspension of specie payment; and
making provision for levying a tax for the
payment of interest on all loan bills that
may hereafter be passed by the Legisla•
lure, were taken up and passed through
committee of the whole.
It was taken up on second reading, and
alter a long discussion, was referred to
the Judiciary Committee
The following extraordinary Message
was received from the Governor:
To Me House of Ilepresentatites of the
Commonwealth of Penns Omuta.
GENTLNMEN :-1 have the honor to ac
knowledge the receipt of the resolution of
the House of Representatives of the 11th
instant, requesting me to transmit to that
body the annual reports of the Auditor
General, State Treasurer and Canal Com
It will, at all times, give me pleasure to
comply with the request of the House of
Representatives, when I can do so con
sistently with my sense of public duty;
but in this instance, a compliance on my
part, with the resolution of that body,
would be a manifest violation of public
duty tor which 1 would be liable to be
held amenable' to the proper authorities.
The Bth section of the act of the Gen
eral Assembly, of the 24th March, 1843,
entitled "An Act to create permanently
ti e o tiv c e if State Printer," directs the
Governor to deliver these reports to the
printers elected under the provisions of
that act. The reasons which preclude a
performance of that duty are stated in my
an nual message.
The resolution of the House, therefore,
asks me to disregard a positive injunction
\V hilst the House asks for the reports I
as delivered to me by the proper officers,
I have this morning received a resolution
of the Senate, requesting me to furnish
that body with these very reports. It is
thus manifest, that if 1 were even to con
sent to violate the law, it would be impracti
e able to grant the requests of both Houses.
The documents are voluminous, & it is
wholly impracticable for the Executive
self to furnish copies of them—there be
ing no clerk allowed him by law.
Allow me to reiterate my earnest desire
to comply with the requests of the Le
gislature, when the same are at all corn.
patible with law ; but it must be apparent
for the reasons stated, that I cannot com
ply, in this instance, with the resolution
of the House of Representatives.
DAVID R. PORTER.
January 12, 1844.
Mr. .Macroanus moved that the Mes
sage be referred to the committee on
Mr. Snowden (Speaker) and Mr. Coop
er, spoke in reference to the Message
which they regarded as a most singular
and extraordinary document.
The Speaker in the course of his re
marks, urged the propriety of taking the
approval of the bonds of the printers out
of the Governor's hands and assigning the
duty to the Speakers of the two Houses.
Mr. Cooper said, it was altogether a
most strange document. This house had
made a call on the Executive, to transmit
to it, for its own information, certain pa
pers to enable it to legislate properly ; and
the Executive sends fur answer that he
will not transmit them, because the law
of the last session requires that he shall
furnish these documents to the State
Printer. Now, sir, it will be recollected
that he has refused, before this time, to
acknowledge the existence of any such
officer as the State Printer. He refuses.
in the first place, to recognize such
an officer as the State Printer- —withholds
from that functionary the documents that
ought to have been delivered to him, and
when the House calls upon the Governor
for the information that it ought to havere
ceived through the State Printer, he re
fuses to transmit it. Sir, is this not a most
extraordinary state of things ? and in
what terms shall we characterize such a
course of conduct as the Executive has
pursued in regard to this matter ? What
are our duties here ? To legislate for
the benefit of the people of this Common•
wealth. Well, in order to do so, it is ne
cessary that we should have such facts as
are necessarily communicated by the
various officers of the Commonwealth to
the Executive. We cannot legislate in
• telligently unless we are put in possession
of facts, and lie declined to furnish them
upon the frivolous pretext that he himself
has heretofore refused to perform his
He went on to review the facts in re
lation to the electing of State Printer,
and commented with just severity upon
the opinion of the learned and intelligent
When Mr. C. closed. Mr. Macmanus
withdrew his motion, and Mr. Roumlort
submitted a joint resolution declaring the
bonds of the State Printers, now on file
in the Secretary's office, approved pro
vided the sureties agree to the same in a
communication to the Legislature.
Mr. R. moved to proceed to the con•
sideration of this resolution but the House
refused, yeas 44, nays 48.
Mr. Luring then submitted a resolution
requiring the speaker to approve the
A number of petitions, 4-c. were pre
sented,antl several private bills passed,
On motion of Mr. Sullivan, the Senate
took up the bill entitled an Act to contin
ue the act graduating lands on which
the purchase money is due and unpaid to
the Commonwealth, which after some dis
cussion passed committee second reading
and consideration and Vali finally adopted.
Mr. M'Lanahan moved that the com
munication of the Governor, read in the
Senate yebterilay, relative to his inability
to furnish them with the annual reports
of the various departments of the Gov
ernment, in compliance with a resolution
of the Senate, be referred to the commit
tee on printing. Mr. M'L. accompanied
his motion with some remarks relative to
Mr..Cliainpneys moved to amend by re
ferring to a select committee, and after
considerable debate between Messrs.
Champneys Sterigere, M'Lanahan and
Sullivan, the amandment was disagreed
to and the original motion prevailed.
On motion of Mr. Spackinan, the San
ate took up the bill entitled An act author
izing the President and Managers of the
Philadelphia hisuraoce Company to wind
up their affairs and distribute the assets
among the stockholders, which passed
committee second reading and considera
tion, when its further consideration was
The Speaker presented the first annual
report of the Engineer on the Erie Canal
Mr. Lung presented a joint resolution
calling upon the Governor for the original
copies of the reports of the State Treas
urer, Auditor General and Canal Cum•
missioners, which was immediately taken
up in committee.
Mr. Roumfort opposed the motion, and
entered into a lengthy review of the
whole contest in regard to the printing,
and the extraordinary course of the Gov
ernor on the subject. He regarded it as
disgraceful to the legislature to make any
further appeals to the Executive for the
Mr. Bright moved to strike out the
Bth section of the State Printer law, and
request the Governor to transmit the doc-
uments to the House.
Mr. Laning moved to amend, to as•
sign the duty of approving the bonds to
On motion of Mr. Toland the commit
tee rose, and the subject was taken up on
Mr. Edson then moved that the Speak
ers he authorized to contract for giving
out the printiing to the lowest bidder.
Mr. Bally moved to amend that the
State Treasurer be authorized to approve
An animated debate arose on this mo
tion, in which Messrs Brady, Cooper and
11 , hitman participated. Mr. Cooper
made an able speech in defence of the
printers. He assumed the position that
the State had made a solemn contract
with the printers, which could not be
violated, and sustained it by an array of
The Senate was chiefly engaged in the
discussion of a joint resolution offered
by Mr. Sterigere, for a repeal of that
part of the State Printer law which re
quires the reports of the Heads of De
partments, In be made to the Governor,
and requiring the Governor to
furnish the reports for the present session
to the Legislature. The question was
finally postponed till Thursday next.
In the House a number of petitions and
resolutions were offered.
ELECTION OF STATE TREASURER.
At 12 o'clock the Speaker and mem•
bers of the Senate were introduced, and
the Convention proceeded to the election
of a State Treasurer. Messrs Black of
the Senate and Tustin of the House act
ing as tellers.
Job Man received 105 votes—Robert
Smith 17—John Gilmore 2 and Edward
JOB MANN was accordingly declared
duly elected State Treasurer for the en
The Senators then withdrew, and the
Mr. CRABB, from the committee on
corporations, to whom was referred A
supplement to an act to incorporate the
Mount Carbon and Port Carbon Railroad,
reported the same without amendment.
Mr. Hill A supplemen tto an act rel
ative to the incorporation of a certain
Turnpike Company in Montgomery co. ;
also an act to incorporate the York Coun
ty Mutual Insurance Company, reported
the same without amendment.
Mr. Champneys, from the committee on
printing, made a report in reference to
the refusal of the Governor to appear be
fore the committee, whereupon
Mr. Stewart offered a preamble and res
olution, to the effect that the investigation
be suspended and the committee dischar
On this resolution a debate sprung up,
which consumed the entire morning. A
motion was made to amend by directing
the committee to proceed with the exami
nation of witnesses, which was pending
when the Senate Adjourned.
The bill authorizing the mayor and cit-
izens of Pittsburg to rebuild or repair the
Aqueduct across the Allegheny at that
city was taken up and passed committee
and second and hnal reading.
A message was received from the Gov
ernor declaring his determination not to
appear before the committee of Investi
gation in the case of the printers, which
was read and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Hinchman submitted a joint reso
lution instructing the joint committee of
Investigation on the printing to proceed
to examine first the witnesses sent to the
committe by the Governor.
Mr. Roumfort opposed the resolution
warmly, and Messrs Hinchman and But
ler sustained the resolution. Before the
question was taken the House adjourned.
Mr. Sterigere, from the select commit
tee, reported against the memorial of cer.
tam citizens of Bucks county, contesting
the seat of Henry Chapman. Postponed
for the psesent.
The resolution to discharge the com.
mittee appointed to investigate the charges
of fraud against the State Printers, came
up in order ; the motion to instruct the
committee to proceed to examine witnes
A debate again arose on the resolution
and occupied the Senate till adjournment.
A large number of peiitions were pre •
The bill to change the time of holding
the courts in Union county passed finally.
The resolution instructing the commit
tee on the investigation of the printing to
proceed with the examination of .witnes.
ses, qss taken up and passed.
Statement showing the aggregate value of the real and personal property within each township in
the county of Huntingdon, taxable for County and State purposes, as returned by the several Assessors
for the year 1844.
• Not return,
Is hereby given that the Board of Revision, composed of the County Commissioners and Associate
Judges will meet at the Commissioners' Office in the Borough of Huntingdon, on Monday the 51% day
of February, at 10 o'clock A. M., to revise, correct and equalize the valuation of all property taxable by
law, and for finally determning whether any of the valuations of the assessors have been made below a
just rate according to the meaning and intention of the act of 27th July 1842, entitled "An act to pro-
vide for the ordinary expenses of the Government, payment of interest upon the State debt, receiving of
proposals for the sale of the public works. and for other purposes." They will receive and consider the
written communication of any taxable inhabitant of the county, relative to any property which lie shall
believe to have been reduced too low, or if too high, reduce the same; and any taxable inhabitant has
the right to examine the returns in the Commissioners' Office previous to the day of meeting.
ALEXANDE I? KNOX, Jr.
JOHN F. MILLER, Commissioners.
W. S. AFRICA, Clerk.
Ua (U:1 .I.W.
The subscriber offers for sale that valua
ble property situate in Laurelsville, Sinking
valley, Huntingdon county, consisting of
about 20 acres of land with the following
buildings thereon erected,
One Dwelling House,
with a large store room attached, one dwel
ling house with a large wagon maker shop,
and a tinner shop. Also, two lots with a
dwelling house and stabling adjoining.
T here is also the necessary stabling belong
ing to) the other buildings. All the prop
city is under rent Om* the house and land
occupied by the subscriber. Any person
desirous of purchasing will please call as
soon as possible and judge for themselves,
the subscriber is desirous of selling.
GEORGE S. SHARER.
Jan. 17. 1844.—pd 3t.
Estate of William Falls, late of
The Borough of Huntingdon, dreamed.
Tik ETTERS of administration on the said
estate have been granted to the under
signed. All persons indebted to said estate
are requested to make immediate payment,
and those having claims against it will pre
sent theth properly authenticated for settle
thent without delay, to
THEO. H. CREMER, Adm'r.
Jan. 17, 1844. Huntingdon.
The creditors of John Dopp Jr., late of
Hopewell, township, Huntingdon county,
eec'd, will take notice that the undersigned,
appointed to distribute the assets remaining
in the hands of Jacob Dopp, his administra
tor, will attend for that purpose, at his office
in the borough of Huntingdon, on Saturday
the 27th day of January inst., at 10 o'clock,
P. M., when and where all persons interest
ed are requested to present their claims or
be debarred from coining in for a share of
GEO. TAYLOR, Auditor.
Jan. :7, 1844.—pd.
Estate of Alexander Templeton'
late of Tyrone tp. Huntingdon
OTICE is hereby given that letters of
administration upon the said estate
have been granted to the undersigned. All
persons having claims or demands against
the same are requested to make them known
without delay, and all persons indebted to
make immediate payment to
DAVID 1 EMPLETON,, Adm'r.
Jan 17, 1844.—pd. Tyrone tp.
Second. Philadelphia semi- annual Sale of
Boots 4. Shoes—Feb. 1844
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 6 and,7
The subscriber will sell at auction, at his'
store, No. 208 Market street, for cash,
200 CASES OF BOOTS SHOES, BROGANS,
comprising a general and complete assort
ment of fresh and seasonable goods, now
LIST OT LETTERS
being received from the Manufacturers.
Purchasers are assured that every case Remaining in the post office at Hunting
offered will be sold to the highest bidder; don, January Ist 1844. If not called for
and the catalogue will embrace the largest Previous to the Ist of April next, will be
and,best assorted stock ever offered in this sent to the General Post Office as dead letters
ity. , Barton Thomas
Bowers Samuel M'Murtrie David 5
c the subscriber's arrangements with the
'Bell Robert M'Div it Miss Jane
manufacturers are such, that regular semi-
monthly sales will continue to be held, as Barrick Henry
Farrell John Reichart John Jr.
they have been the past year; and on the Smith Thomas
first Tuesday in February and August of Fee John
each year, a great semi-annual sale. , Johnston James R. Swoope Peter H.
Catalogues will be prepared, and the goods Koller Henry Strong Benjamin
opened for examination on the day previ- M'Nalley Thomas Whittaker Daniel
ous to the sale. Witherow John
GEO. W. LORD, Auctioneer. DAVID SNARE, P. M.
208 Market Street. Huntingdon, Jan. 10, 1844.
Philad. Jan. 17, 1844.
CZ Ps: MIIM4 Job Printing.
eITTORXEr JT .L. 111". NEATLY EXECUTE!)
HVNTINSDON, PA, air THIS OFFICE:
m o o
r u g
° .l t ,-
oz - HARDY &
TiMolesale healers in
Foreign & Domestic Dry Goods,
No. 46 North second Street,
(A few doors South of Arch,)
'WOULD respectfully invite the atten
tion of country buyers to their large
assortment of goods suited to the season.
They have on hand a large stock of For
eign and Domestic goods, laid in at lower
prices than they can now be had, and arc
prepared to offer inducements to the trade.
We solicit a call from buyers before pur
purchasing elsewhere, as we are s,ttisfied
that the prices at which we can offer our
goods cannot fail to give satisfaction.
Philad. Jan. 17,1844.-3 m.
All persons are hereby cautioned against
meddling with, selling, distm Bing or remov
ing the following property which we purcha
sed at a constuble'ssale as the property of Pat
rick Laughery, and left in his possession till
we see proper to remove it, viz:—
. 2 bay horses, 1 waggon, 1 cart, 8 acres,
more or less, of grain in the ground, 1 heif
er, 2 scups of bees, 1 sled, 5 sets of gears,
1 shear and 1 shovel plow, 1 sleigh and 1
FISHER & M'MURTRIE
Jan. 3, 1844.
Six cents and one old Mule
Tp4, UN away from the subscri
.A4l ber, residing at Hurting
don Furnace, on the 4th inst.,
an indented apprentice to the
Blacksmithing business, named
JOSHUA B. MEADVELL.
He had on when he left the
subscriber, a velvit cord roundabout, snuff
colored casimere pants and a new black
wool hat. He is bet seen eighteen and nine
teen years of age, six feet one inch high.—
He is much given to unnecessary conversa
tion, generally attended with a good deal of
impudence. All persons are cautioned
against harboring the said apprentice. Any
person who will bring back said apprentice,
shall have the above reward, but no charges
paid. DAVID KINCH,
Huntingdon Furnace, Jan. 10, 1844.
ESTATE OF JAMES TEMPLETOIV
Late of Tyrone township,
Huntingdon county, deceased.
wO - 1 ICE is hereby given, that letters
all testamentary upon the said estate have
beeqgranted to the undersigned. All per
, sons indebted to said estate are requested to
make immediate payment, and those having
claims or demands against the same are re
quested to present them duly authenticated
for settlement, to
JAMES RUSSELL, 5 Ex'rs.
Tyrone tp., Jan. 3,1844.
The members of the Democratic Harrison party
of Pennsylvania—those who unite with them as
allies in the achievement of that glorious political
victory in 1940, the result of which was the elec
tion of that pure, venerated and much lamented
patriot, GENEHA I, WI WAX 11a9 nr HARRISON.
to the Presiderital Chair—those who have hitherto
consistently battled for " the Supremacy of the
Laws," who are opposed to all mysteriee, whether
• of the Government or otherwise, which are mecca:
,3ible to the public eye—those who are opposed to
favored classes and monopolies either of office or
power—those who are tired of experiments upon
• the Commerce. Manufactures and currency of the
country, and all others who are convinced of the
necessity of so reforming the abuses of the State
and National Government as to secure their prompt,
economical and energetic administration,
With a strict accountability to the people, on the
part of those by whom they are administered, are
requested icy the State Central Committee of the
Democatic Harrison party, to meet in their several
Counties and Districts, and in conformity with
former usages, to elect Delegates in proportion to
the number of Senators and Representatives in the
State Legislature from such Counties and Districts
to a STATE CONVE NTION to be held at Harrisburg
on MONDAY, the 4th clay of MARCH next. at
12 o'clock, M., to nominate a suitable candidate
or Governor, to he supported by the friends of coo 4
order at their next General Election, and to do su,•li
other acts and things us may he deemed necestl,
The several County Committees will be carettd
to give the proper notices in their respective countic,
GEORGE FORD, Lattermfe,
HENRY MONTGOMERY, Dauphin.
HARMAR DENNY, Alleclantr
WILLIAM M. WATTS, Eric.
JOHN 0. MILES, Huntingdon.
JOHN TAGGART, Ninlhumbtrland..
WILLLAM HUGHES, Phil'a county.
JOHN RICHARDS, Birks.
JACOB WE YG A NT, Northampton.
Lancaster, December 8, 18.13;
January 24, 1544,
MAS removed to Huntingdon, with the
intention of making it the place of his fature
residence, and will attend to such legal busi
ness as may be entrusted to him.
Dec. 20, 1843.
No. 200 MARKET STREPT,
(Ab.vc 6th Street)
Pitiia ei pitica.
BOARDING $l,OO PER D.V.
lIE subscriber, thankful for the libel al
1 / 4 11,1, support of his friends and the public
generally, rebpectfully informs them that he
still continues at the old established house.
where he will be pleased to accomini.,liq,
all those who favor him with their patron:4m..
Dec. 14, 1847;—tf,
ST.IT E COAPE.i . TM* .•
List of Letters
Remaining in the Post Office at Alexandria;
Pa., on the Ist of January, 1344, which if
not t:lien out within three months, will be
sent to the General Post Office as dead
Bro, ke Davis, Irvin James,
Biben John, Johnston Thomas;
Butts John R. 2 Kaufman Reuben B:
Baker John, Kaode Henry,
Uresswell Nicholas, Kinports Gideon,
Dewalt Peter, Miller Mister,
Davis Patric k, Miller Samuel 1).
Deen John P. M'Donald Joke,
Drenkle Henry S. M'Chire Andrew,
Davis Nefflsaac M.
Furll John, Neff Julia A.
Gardner James. Porter J. ho,
Green Miles S. Stitzer
Houselmlder Mirk el,Walker John Esq.
Hamel' Samuel, Wristar \V illiam.
Herrencane Jamb, l'‘aing Gen. B.
JOHN GENIIMILL, P. M.
Alexandria JAIL 1, 1344.
At the store in Allegheny Sir(fi, nettrly
opposite the " Washington Hotel." in
the ()trough of liithttngdon.
The subscriber has received in addition
to his former stock, a splendid assortment
of New and Seasonable Merchandize, con
sisting of every variety of
GROCERIES, i f - Al
CQ , CD au .csQ,PoaLpc.9a
The selection has been made with great
care, and wil! be sold on the most reasonable
terms, for cash or country produce,
The public are respectfully invited to call
and examine his stock, fueling confident
that his goods cannot fail to please both as
to quantity and prices.
Thankful to his friends and customers for
past favors, he respectfully solicits a contin
uance of public patronage.
NO persons indebted to the
subscriber for a longer period than six
months, are hereby notified that if their ac
counts are tint paid forthwith they will be
lett in the hands of the proper officer for
coll,ction. Attention to this will save costs.
In this step the subscriber is prompted by
a desire to pay his
w .sr EwAß't
Huntingdon, Jan. 10, 1841.—1 t.
Estate of JOHN FLASHER, Zr,
Late of Croniu,ll township, Huntingdon'
Notice is hereby given that letters - or adz
minstration upon the said estate haVe been
granted to the undersigned. All persons
having claims or demands against the same
are requested to make them known without
delay, and all persona Indebted to imke im
mediate payment to
17 - 10. E. ORBISON, Cromwell tp
January 10. 1844.—pd
The dwelling and store house now occu
pied by Mr. David Hayrick, in the village
of Manor llill, Huntingdon co. , l'a,
For terms enquire of the subscriber re
siding in the obuve named village.
Jan. 3, 1843
ATTORNEY AT LAW