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THE INDIANA STATE SENTINEL.
Ii.l.l V M J. BROWN, Editor
AUSTIN II. BROWN. Publisher
5 WEEKLY, Per Ann
INDIANAPOLIS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1851.
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INDIANA STATE SENTINEL.
K7"Tbe Editor of the Lafayette Courier, alluding to
the policy pursued by the Democratic party in Ohio,
' Such a bold declaration of free. Democratic senti
ment in Indiana, would be followed by like results as the
election in Ohio. A different policy may place us by
tbe side of Wisconsin in an inglorious defeat."
In Wisconsin the Democratic party endorsed the com
promise measures. The Whins and Freesoilers united
and 'iected a Whig Freetoilcr for Governor. We are for
union, which is success, and in relation to the compro
raise measures we are willing to yield our opinions so
far as to adopt the declaration of Gen. L ine as the plat
form of the party, which is that "the compromise meas
ures are all right, and that the fugitive slavu law is the
best one among them " The Courier has the name of
Gen. Lane at the head of its columns, as a candidate for
the Presidency, and we presume would be willing to make
the opinions of the General the basis of our platform in In
diana, on which we can all unite. The compromise men
are willing to come to this, nd the amies, such as the
Courier man, we are sure carnot object. If the Gcner-1
al's language is too strong, we are willing further to ;
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Jrci" "uurfc luc piauwiiu uywn uy uov. rijjiu,
which we copy entire:
"Indiana holds him an enemy to the well-being of this
Republic, wfcn parsae aav -rse tending to widen the
the breach between cbe North and the South. Minor
questions emk'inta insignifieance compared to the great
paramount tinty of eveiy American citizen, the preser
vation of the integrity of the American Union.
"Each and all of the laws constituting that compromise
which has been as oil cast upon the troubl.d waters, are
assented to, and have been earned out, o far as they
äpptv to 09, in word and letter, according to the strict
est judicial construction, by the citizens of our Slate.
This has been done cordially and with as near an ap
proach to hearty unanimity, as any measure enacted to
reconcile similar sectional differences, can ever be ex
pected to receive.
" Indiana desires to see the compromises made under
the Constitution, and expressly framed to cairy into ef
fect its provisions, remain undisturbed. She says to the
South, as well as to the North, that these measures must
stand that this sectional controversy m-ist not again be
opened up that time, as an element which enters into
everything that is valuable, must test their wisdom and
efficacy that from whatever quarter of the Union eff rts
shall lx- mde to revive this sectional agit .tion, Indiana
is against it.
" She favors nor, nor will she by her votes countenance
thoe who favor the opening af esh. in any manner, un
d 'T any pretence, the questions so recently and so hap
p ly disputed of. let n hope, forever. Our duty is plain,
jitiide 0' the past. sustain the measures faithfully, ceate
a it at tan , a id trust for the future to the intelligence and
patriot. of the people, under the guidance of Provi
dence." . .till 11 j i I
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our intention to adhere to the Compromise measures
and to oppose the repeal of the Fugitive Slave Law.
We declared our fixed and determined purpose to oppose
every candidate for office whose object was the further
agitation of the vexed and exciting question of Slavery.
We were char zed by the Ellises. the Elders, and others,
with attempting to interpolate the Democratic creed
with our peculiar notions. Wc now propose, for the
sake of union and harmony, to yield our own views and
adopt the opinions of Gen. Lane and Gov. Wright on
these questions. We ask the February Convention to
pass no stronger resolutions. Having yielded this mnch,
we hope we will be met with a similar spirit by those
who have heretofore differed with us ; and let no man
hereafter charge us with attempting to M interpolate the
The Richmond and Logansport Rail Road.
Some time since we publis! ed an article from the Rail
Road Journal, commenting on the decision of the Tipton
Circuit Court in relation to granting a perpetual injunc
tion against the Logansport road crossing the Peru road.
At the time, we stated that we published itas an item of
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news, without intending to endorse the views of the Ed-
itor, or a Judicial question pending before the Supreme
Court of Indiana. This act the Logan-port Journal
construes into evidence of our hostility to that road.
That Editor does us great injustice, when he supposes
our views anil opinions are confined to the narrow limits
of the city of Indianapolis. We have never examined
the charter of the Peru road. The rights of the com
pany under that charter should be maintained, and if by its
provisions, it has a vested right to prevent another road
frrun ArnA.iniT the f rnclf tlut riTht should and most certain-
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ly will be fully sustained by the Court. We have no hesi-
tation however, in saying that we are opposed to all sucn
nrnv.ainna. It is uniust and anti-Democratic. The lands
r :. - m.. k tlren for the ennst ruction
of a road, and we would not grant to any corporation
immunities and privileges not enjoyed by the humblest
citizen in the State. Free trade and individual rights is
our motto. No monopolies no special or exclusive
privileges. Let all the roads be constructed. Tbey will
benefit the country. If the stock is unproductive it is
the misfortune of the holder. It is however useless to
argue the question. The decision of the Supreme Court
will be final and conclusive. It is too late for legisla
tive or side bar opmio s to avail any thing.
The Democracy of Wayne county held their Connty
Convention at Centreville on last Saturday, to nominate
delegate to attend the State Convention. Quite a nam-
ktev of delegates were appointed, who were instructed
to snnnort Gov. Wright for re-nomination. A series of
resolutions were adopted. Among the rest is one in op-
to " new) party tests " Notwithstanding this,
we are eoafident the Democracy of Wayne connty will
be willing to adopt the platform laid down by Gov.
Wright and Gen. Lane on tbe Compromise measures.
Come, friend Elder, give us your hand. Don't ask us
to yield anything more.
tT We are requested to state that William F- Pid
g eon, Esq., will be a candidate for Clerk of the Supreme
Court if nominated by tbe Democratic State convention,
which assembles on the 24th February. Mr Pidgeon
resides at Columbus, in Bartholomew county. He is a
gentleman of good character, standing and qualifications.
Tpisday Morninc, Dec. 2, 1851.
The President laid before the Senate a communication
from the Evansyille Branch Bank, which was laid upon
Mr. Teegarden, from a joint committee, reported that
Rev. Mr. Wilson would attend at half past nine to open
the session with prayer.
Mr. Mickle, from a joint committee, reported that the
Governor would deliver his annual message immediately
after prayer by Rev. Mr. Wilson.
Mr. Turm tu offered a resolution instructing the door
keeper to subscribe for one copy of each of the papers
published in the city for each member and officer of the
Senate, whieh was adopted ayes 25, noes 21.
A message was received from the House inviting the
Senate to attend in the Hall instanter for the purpose of
opening the session with prayer, which was reciproca
ted. The Senate then proceeded to the House, when, after
an eloquent and appropriate prayer by Rev. Mr. Wilson,
the Governor proceeded to ret d his annual message, af
ter which the Senate returned to its Chamber.
The President laid before the Senate a communication
from the Superinteudant of Common Schools. Laid on
Also the Report of I he Treasurer of State. Laid npon
the table and 500 copies ordered to be printed.
Mr. Turm an. moved that 5000 copies of the Governor's
message be printed.
Mr. Millikin. moved to amend by striking out 5000
and inserting 2000. After some discussion, the whole
motion was laid upon the table.
On motion of Mr. Dawson, a committee of five was
appoimeu io inquire wnat standing committees are
necessary under the new Constitution.
Messrs. Dawson, McCarty, Berry, Secrest, and Hol
yti. Turman offered a resolution instructing the Door
keeper to make arrangements with the Postmaster for
lorwarding documents, papers, etc. Passed.
Mr. yilliken offered a revolution instructing the Door
keeper to contract with the publishers of the Daily Sen
tine. Daily Journal, Locomotive, and Statesman, for
two copies of each piper, enveloped, for each Senator.
On motion of Mr. Dunn, three copies were substituted
for two. and the resolution passed.
1 ne President laid belore the Senate the report of the
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copies entered to he printed.
Wso, the report of the State Librarian. Laid on the
table, and two hundred and fifty copies ordered to be
On motion of Mr. MlHiken. the resolution for printing
i five thousand copies of the Governor's Message was ta
' ken from the table.
Mr. Reid moved to amend by printing two thousand
: in English, and five hundred in G-rman i and also Wash
ington's .Address in English and German. Carried.
The resolution was then adopted.
Mr. Slecth offered a resolution, that the Senate will,
the House concurring, go into the election of Agent of
i State, on to-morrow, at two o'clock. Adopted.
Mr. Eddy moved a reconsideration of the vote adopt
ing the resolution. Lost.
A message was received from the House, announcing
the passage of a resolution by that body, to go into the
election of Agent of State on Thursday. Laid on the
Mr. Emerson offered a resolution instructing the Door
keeper to procure for each member a copy of the Revi
sed Statutes of 1843, and the Local and General Laws
of the last Legislature.
Mr. Emerson offered a resolution that a committee of
three ba appointed to inquire into the expense of en
rolling the acts of the last General Assembly.
.OUSE OF REPRESEXT.VTIVES.
Tuesday, Dec. 2.
The House met pursuant to adjournment.
On motion of Mr. English, the reading of that portion
1 of the Journals relating to tne election of officers, was
i dispensed with.
n''nr ni an v. 01 .nation couniv, uimeareu, was quail-
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fied anij took his seat.
The select committee appointed to wait upon the Rev.
Mr. Wilson, reported that he would comply with the re
. quest of the House
Mr. Buskirk, from the select committee appointed to
ascertaiu whether any additional s'anding committees
j would be required under the new Constitution, reported
that two additional committees would ne required one
to be called the committee on the "Rights and privileges
of the inhabitants ol the Mate, ami a committee on
the organization of the Courts of Justice." Also to
substitute a committee ''on Banks," in lieu of the com
mittee 'on the State Bank of Indiana."
On motion, the Ser ,te was invited to meet in the Hall
of the House immediately.
The Senators appearing and taking their seats, after
prayer by the Rev. Mr. Wilson, the Governor delivered
his annual message.
On motion of Mr. Buskirk, the message was referred
to the committee of the whole House, and made the or
der of the day for Monday next.
Mr. Hanna moved to print 10,000 copies of the Gov
ernor's message for the use of the members of the House
Mr. Owen moved to add, and 500 copies for the use of
the Executive, which addition was accepted.
Mr. Smith of Marion, moved to amend by adding, snd
4,000 copins in the German language, which we.s agreed
to. The motion as amended was then adopted.
Mr. Spencer offered a resolution that the Clerk be au-
le 'o emp.oy auumonn. .., "u-
Mr. Graham oflered a resolution that the Door-keeper
autnorized to enipoy (U(ih additional aid as he should
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O.i motion, the House adjourned.
Mr. Barker offered a resolution to go into an election
of State Agent to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock, which
was laid on the table.
Mr. William? offered a resolution authorizing the Door
keeper to employ five assistants at $2 per day, which,
on motion, was laid on the table.
Mr. Beach offered a resolution to authorize the Door
keener to employ three assistants, which was adopted.
Mr. Manson offered the following resolution, which
Retoloed, That the House will, the Senate concurring,
go into an election for State Agent on Thursday next,
'h ln9t 3 P M . . . .
Mr. Smith, of Marion, asked and obtained leave to in
troduce " an act ta provide for the election of Commis
sioners to revise, simplify, and abridge the rules and
practice and forms of Justice, and defining their duties,"
tic., which was read the first time.
Mr. English, from the select committee, to whom was
referred tee resolution about contracting for city papers,
made a report, accompanied by the following resolution,
which was adopted.
Resolved, That the Principal Clerk be authorized and
directed to contract fo the following newspapers, for
the use of the member . of this House and their const it-
i . as . a a a
uents, provided tne sar can De procurreu on tne terms
hereinafter stated, viz:
Three copies to each member of the Daily State Sen
tinel at three cents each thr?i copies to each member,
of the Dailv State Journal, at three cents each three
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copies oi the vveeaiy Diatesman. to eacn oi tne mem
brs. at five cents each three copies to each member of
the Weekly Volksblatt, at five oents each and three
copies of the Locomotive at three cents each. A wrap-
P" aiid postage stamp to accompany each paper without
any additional charge to the State.
Wednesday, Dec. 3.
The bill to allow Joseph A. Messick compensation for
fitting up the Senate Chamber, was read the third time
and passed. Ayes 2$ Noes 14.
Messrs. Dann and Eddy expressed doubts of the con
stitutionality of the bill, and voted against it.
Mr. Dawson, from a special committee on Standing
Committees, recommended the appointment of twenty.
two standing committees; whieh was concurred in.
The President laid before the Senate the report of the
Agent of State. Laid on the table, and five hundred
copies ordered to be printed.
On motion of Mr. Milliken, one hundred copies of tbe
order of business, was ordered to be printed.
The President, in pursuance of a resolution adopted
yesterday, appointed Messrs. Emerson, James and
Know I tn, the con. mit tee to inquire into the expense of
enrolling the acts of the last General Assembly.
On motion of Mr. Turman, the Secretary proceeded
to read the President's message.
The reading of the Message was interrupted by a
message from the House, announcing that the resolution
of the Senate, to go into the election of Agent of State
to-day, at two o'clock, was reciprocated.
The reading of the Message being dispensed with,
Mr. Emerson moved that a standing committee on Fed
eral Relations be appointed. Carried. Ayes 31 Noes
A message was received from the Honse inviting the
Senate to attend in the Hall of the House, instanter,
to proceed to the election of Agent of State, which was
reciprocated, and the Senate proceeded to the Hall,
when Allen May was re-elected, having received 123
votes ont of 141.
Mr. Mickle offered a resolution to appoint a commit
tee of eleven to district the State; adopted.
The vote on the passage of the resolution ordering the
printing of the Report of the Agent of State was, on
motion of Mr. Secrest, reconsidered, and the resolution
was laid on the table.
On motion of Mr. Hicks, the vote on ordering the
print inn of 500 copies of the Report of the Commission
ers of the Insane Asylum, was reconsidered, and the re
solution laid on the table.
The President laid before the Senate the Auditor's An
nual Report. Laid on the table, and 2,000 copies or
dered to be printed.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
Wednesday, Deo. 3.
The House met Pursuant to adjournment.
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The Speaker then announced the following Standing i
On Elections Messrs. Donaldson, Bulla, Struble,
Marrs. Donham, Crim and Bean
On Ways and Means Messrs. Buskirk, Hunt, Nel
son, Lewis, Torbett, Geddes, and Lindsey of Howard.
On the Judiciarri Messrs. Holman, Gibson, Stanfield ,
Stuart, Gookins, Beach and Behm.
On Education Messrs. Owen, Bryant, Mudgett,
King, Davis of Franklin, Chowning and Glazebrook.
On Banks Messrs. Spencer, English, Helmer, Car
penter, Litchfield, Hudson and M'Connell.
On Military Affairs Messrs. Schoonover, Hanna,
Smith of Spencer, Manson. Stevens, Cromwell and Wil
son. On Canals aid Internal Improvements Messrs. Mil
ler, Williams, Suit, Laveity, Doughty, Sweet and Rey-
On Agriculture Messrs. M'Allister. Thompson, Nel
son, Ray, Bulla, Wells, and Hays of White.
On Corporations Messrs. Leviston, Kent, Summer,
Stover, M'Dowell. Stanfield and Helmer.
On Enrolled Bills Messrs. Smith of Marion, Rey
nolds, Harrison, HoIIiday of Blackford, Huey, Behm
On Engrossed Bills Messrs. Suit, Dyce, Davis of
Franklin, Morris, Cockrum, Scudder and Wilson.
On Public Expenditures Messrs. Humphreys, HoIIi
day of Parke, Staten. Graham, Cowgill and Mudgett.
On Benevolent and Scientific Institutions Messrs.
Lewis, Hay of Clark. Kent, Bccson, Morris, Hunt and
Ob Manufactures and Commerce Messrs. M'Donald,
Barker, Doughty, Mayficld, Foster, M'Dowell, and
Lindsey of Howard.
On ihe Affairs of State's Prison. Messrs. Gibson,
Lindsey of Fayette, Goudy, Gunn, Ray, Hays of White,
On the Affairs of the City of Indianapolis Messrs.
Brady, Graham, Douthit, Eccles, Porter, Scudder and
On Claims Messrs. Dobson, Cockrum, Henry, Cow
gill, Crawford, Mayfield and Hart.
On Roads Messrs. Huffstetter, Watson, Foster, Law
rence, Withers, Hicks and Huey.
On the Rights and Privileges of the Inhabitants of the
State Messrs. Bryant, Owen, Glazebrook, Taggart.
English, Shanklin and Lawrence.
On the Organization of the Courts of Justice Messrs.
Stuart. Beach, Gookins, Spencer, Gunn, Henry and
JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES.
On Public Buildings Messrs. Huffstetter, Goudy and
On the Canal Fund Messrs. Carpenter, Hanna and
On tht State Library Messrs. Harrison, King, and
Smith of Marion.
On motion, two hundred copies of the standing com
mittees of the House, and its order of business, were
ordered to be printed.
The Speaker laid before the House a communication
from the Clerk, relative to contracting for city papers.
Also, a report from the State Librarian.
Also, a communication from the Banks of the State.
Also, a report fiom the Agent of State.
By Mr. Graham, from Alexander M'Cragg and forty
nine other citizens of Knox county, for a division of said
county for judicial purposes. Referred to a select com
mittee. By Mr. Harrison, from D. Hugart, agent of Porter
county, to authorize the Commissioners of said county
to borrow money. Referred to a select committee.
The resolution of the Senate to go into an election for
State Agent at two o'clock to-day, was concurred in.
Mr. Schoonover moved to reconsider the vote by which
the House limited the Doorkeeper to three assistants;
which was agreed to, and authorized him to employ the
same number of assistants that were employed for the
same purpose during the last session.
Mr. Behm offered a resolution to abolish the office of
Agent of State; which was laid on the table.
The bill for the appointment of three Commissioners
to " revise, simplify and abridge the practice of law,"
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etc., was read the econu time, anu reierrea to tne judi
Mr. Spenoer moved a reconsideration of the vote by
which the House made the Governor's Message the spe
cial order for Monday next; which motion was carried.
Mr. Spencer then moved that the message be made
the special order for Friday next, at 2 o'clock, p. m.
The House adjourned.
The House convened at 2 o'clock.
Mr. Hanna offered for adoption a resolution inviting
the Senate into the House, instanter, for the purpose of
electing an Agent of State. Agreed to.
The two Houses then met in joint Convention and pro-cr-eded
to ballot for Agent of State.
Allen May received 123 votes.
Scattering, 14 votes.
Mr. Allen May having received a majority of all the
votes cast was declared duly elected.
Mr. Gookins presented a bill to authorize the Clerks
of the Circuit Courts to approve the bonds of Sheriffs,
Coroners, and Recorders, which was read the first time.
Mr. Gibson offered a resolution, which was adopted
; requesting the committee on the Judiciary to report a
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bill to provide for the appointment of a Reporter lor
the Supreme Conrt.
Mr. Tolbert asked and obtained leave to introduce n
bill relative fo the repairing and building bridges across
the White Water Valley Canal by the Company.
The Speaker laid before the House the annual report
of th'j Auditor of Statc-
referred to the committee n
Ways and Means.
Mr. Hudson presented a bill to extend the junsdiction
of issuing writs of habeas oorpus to Masters in Chance-
i nr. wim ii was read tne nrst time
j Mr. Owen gave notice that on to-morrow or some sub
seouent day of the session, he would introduce a bill to
' appoint Commissioners to revise and simplify tbe laws of
j the State.
Several resolutions were passed instructing the Com
' mittee on Courts of Justice, to enquire into the expedi
ency of establishing Circuit Courts, Probate Courts, c.
Mr. Spencer offered a resolution requesting the Com
mittee on Roads and Canals to report a bill for a gener
al road law, which was agreed to.
On motion the House adjourned.
TrinnsDAY, Dec. 4.
The President laid before the 8enate the report of the
Commissioners and Superintendent of the Hospital for
the Insane Laid on the table.
Mr. Hollo way presented the petition of Hugh Cull of
Wayne county; which was laid on the table.
Mr. Secrest moved a reconsideration of the vote adopt
ing the resolution instructing the Doorkeeper to make
arrangements with the Postmaster to forward documents,
papers, etc. Carried.
The resolution was then laid on the table.
Mr. Hanna offered a resolution to appoint a commit
tee of one from each Judicial Circuit, to lay of! the State
into five Judicial Districts for the election of five Su
Mr. Berry moved to strike out five and insert three.
After some discussion, on motion of Mr. Hanna, the
resolution and pending amendment were laid upon the
The President announced the following Standing Com
mittees: On Elections Messrs. Logan, Teegarden. Hatfield.
Davis, Knowlton, Kinnard, Allen, Goodman, and Dcle
van. On Finance Messrs. Winstandley, Walker, Dough
erty, Hester, Marshall, Cravens, Emerson, Niblack,and
On the Judiciary Messrs. Hanna, Marshall, Slack,
Dunn, Reid, Logan, Sleeth, Dawson, and Niblack.
On Corporations Messrs. Eddy. Winstandley, Milli
ken, M'Carty, Mickle, Niblack, Slecth, Dafrees, and
On Education Messrs. Athon, Woods, Mickle, Hicks,
Dawson, Secrest, Turman, Winstandley , and Milliken.
On Roads Messrs. Woods, Miller, Brugh, Davis,
Delevan, Hatfield, Kendall, Hcnton, and Hickman.
On Me Benevolent Institutions of the State Messrs.
Sleeth, Woods, Athon, Teegardcn, Crawford, Hunt,
Hicks, Davis, and Witherow.
On Agriculture Messrs. Holloway, Milliken, Hen
ton, Odell, Delevan, Kendall, Goodman, Miller, and
On Banks Messrs. Dawson Marshall, Dunn, Berry,
James. Walker, Alexander, Defrees, and Washburn.
On Manufactures Messrs. Niblack, Emerson, Hick- '
man, Mickle, and Saffer.
On Printing Messrs. Holloway, Turman, Berry,
Emers n, Hanna, Hester, Defrees. Cravens, and Milli
ken. On Public Buildings Messrs. Allen, Brugh, Hunt,
OJell, Saner, Washburn, M'Carty. Hatfield, and Dele
van. On the S'ate Prison Messrs. Athon, Cravens. Knowl
ton, Marshall, Goodman, Hentor, Hickman, and Spann.
On Canals and Internal Improvements Messrs. Cra
vens, Spann, Crawford, Davis, Goodman, Knowlton.
Miller, Hickman, Holloway, Hunt, Hicks, Hester, Dunn.
Witherow, Odell, Kinnard, Kendall, Defrees, Slack, and
On the State Lxbr-rry Messrs. Turman, Berry, Saf
fer, Witherow, and Walker.
On the Town of Indianapolis MeSBf. M'Carty, Hat
field, Hunt. Washburn, Henton, Kendall, Longshore,
Odell, and Dougherty.
On Claims Messrs. James, Logan, Crawford, Dunn.
Longshore, Witherow, Marshall, Washburn, and Mil
ler. On Military Affairs Messrs. Spann. Kinnard, Alex
ander, Knowlton. Hcnton, Goodman. Delevan, Brugh,
On the Phraseology and Arrangement of Bills Messrs.
Reid, Holloway. Dunn, Defrees, Turman, Eddy , Secrest,
Marshall, and Emerson.
On the Organization of Courts Messrs. Secrest,
Dougherty. Hicks, Emerson, Hester, Defrees, Witherow,
Slack, and Sleeth.
On Enrolled Bills Messrs. Alexander, Slack, and
On Federal Relations Messrs. Berry, Milliken, Mickle,
M'Carty, Crawford, Winstardley, Secrest, James, and
On Public Buildings Messrs. Teegarden, Spann,
Alexander, Brugh, Kinnard, Longshore, and M'Carty.
On the Canal Fund Messrs. Walker, Milliken, and
On the State Library Messrs. Emerson, Mickle, and
On Districting the State Messrs. Mickle, James,
Athon, Logan, Holloway, Sleeth. Niblack, Davis, Al
len, Eddy, and Brugh.
The President laid before the Senate reports from se
veral Branches of the State Bank j which were referred
to the Committee on Banks.
Mr. Athon offered a resolution directing the Door
keeper to procure a number of stamps for distribution
amonp the Senators.
Mr. Emerson moved to amend by adding " at the ex
pense of the members."
The resolution and amendment were laid on the ta
ble. Mr. Reid offerc. a resolution instructing the commit
tee on Printing to carefully examine every document
laid before them; and that Senators be authorised toa
mail, at the expense of the State, all documents ordered
to be printed.
Mr. Emerson moved to amend by striking out so much
of the resolution as provides for pre-paying postage at
the expense of the State. Not adopted Ayes 20, Noes
After considerable discussion, on motion of Mr. Cra
vens, the resolution was laid on the table.
Mr. Emerson offered a resolution instructing the com
mittee on Benevolent Institutions to report a bill to
amend Sections 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16, of the act for !
t l.o government of the Indiana Hospital for the Insane.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
Thuesday, December 4.
The Honse met.
Mr. Gibson offered a resolution instmct ing the judi
ciary committee to report a bill defining crimes and
misdemeanors, and providing for the punishment there
Mr. Nelson offered a resolution instructing the judi
ciary committee to enquire into the expediency of so
amending the probate law as to do away with any ad
ministration on all estates where the property does not
amount to over $300, which amount shall be the proper
ty of the family, free from all debts? Of providing for
a homestead exemption; of providing for the collection
of all debts without appraisement; of preventing claim
ants from swearing to their own accounts, and that ad
ministrators are to receive no compensation for their
Mr. Glazebrook offered a resolution requiring the
Speaker to appoint a standing committee on swamp
Mr. Brady offered a resolution instructing the com
mittee on roads to so revise the toad law as to make the
local and special laws, general; passed.
Mr. Mudget reported a resolution, that a select com
mittee be appointed to divide the State into Congres
sional districts; passed.
Mr. Barker offered a resolution to instruct the judi
cirrry committee to enquire into the expediency of abol
ishing the present grsnd jury system.
Mr. Brady moved to amend, so as to read, modify or
abolish the present grand jury system.
Mr. Gookins offered a resolution, that the judiciary
committee be required to report a law appointing three
commissioners to revise, simplify and abridge the laws
of the State. Laid on the table.
Mr. Stover offered a resolution instructing the com
mittee on the organization of courts of justice, to in
quire into the expediency of so changing the present
system of probate courts, that there shall be one pro
bat justice in each eouoty, who shall be hisown clrrk,
the court to be open at all times for tbe settlement of es
Mr. Hicks effered a resolution, authorizi-g the Speak
er to appoint a committee of seven to take charge of
all matters pertaining to public printing; adopted.
Mr. Doughty oflered a resolution instructing the com
mittee on ways and means to inquire into the expedien
cy of changing the interest law so as to make 10 per
cent, lawful on contracts.
On motion, the judiciary committee, and the commit
tees on ways and means, and on the organization of
courts of justice, were authorised to employ a clerk.
Mr. Behm offered a resolution instructing the com
mittee on ways and means to inquire into the expedien
cy of abolishing the poll tax; lost.
Mr. Smith of Marion offered a resolution, instructing
the committee on manufactures and commejce to in
quire into the expediency of taking a geological survey
of the State; passed.
Mr. King gsve notice, that on to-morrow or some
subsequent dny of the session, he would introduce a re
solution relative to Kossuth, and hoped that some gen
tleman would be prepared to make a big speech.
Mr. Bryant offered a resolution instructing the com
mittee on the organization of courts, to report a bill
proviuing lor tne examination ol lunatics who may de-
sire admission into the asylum.
Bills on their second reading.
An act to authorize the clerks of circuit courts to ap
prove the bonds of sheriffs, coroners and county record
ers; referred to judiciaiy committee.
An act to proceed against the White Water Valley
Canal Company for failing to repair or build bridges ;
referred to judiciary committee.
An act to extend the jurisdiction of writs of habeas
corpus to masters in chancery; referred to judiciary
An act to allow J. A. Messick compensation for fit
tinir up Senate Chamber.
The Speaker laid before the House a communication
from the Indiana Hospital for the Insane laid on the
The House adjourned until to-morrow morning at 9
Friday, December 5.
Mr. Milliken, from the committee on rules, made a
report recommending several amendments to the rules
of the last session.
After some discussion and further amendments, the
report was concurred in.
Mr. Millikin offered a resolution instructing the com
mittee on finance to inquire whether any amendments to
the assessment law are required to equalize the assess
ment of property; which was adopted.
A message was received from the Honse announcing
the appointment, on the part of the House, of a com
mittee to revise the joint rules for the government of the
two Houses, and requesting the appointment of a similar
committee on the part of the Senate; which was recip
rocated, and Messrs. Mickle, Emerson and Dunn, ap
pointed. Mr. Emerson introduced a resolution instructing the
judiciary committee to inquire whether the terms of of
lice of Circuit Judges, appointed by the Governor since
the adjournment of the last General Assembly to fill va
cancies occurred since that time, extend beyond the final
adjournment of the present General Assembly ; and
whether it is not incumbent upon the present General
Assembly to fill the vacancies bv an election.
Mr. Holloway offered a resolution instructing the com
mittee on finance to inquire into the expediency of ap
pointing a State Board of Equalization.
Mr. Berry introduced a bill to provide for the sale of
County Seminary Lands and apparatus.
Mr. Brugh introduced a bill to amend the charter of
the Fort Wayne and Southern Railroad Company.
The President laid before the Senate reports from se
veral Branch Hanks; which were referred to the com
mittee on banks.
Also, the report of the Trustees and Supcrintendant
of the Blind Asylum ; which was laid on the table.
On motion of Mr. Mickle, the Doorkeeper was in
structed to furnish each Senator with a copy of the sta
tistical tables of the Seventh Census of Indiana, if thev
shall he in the State Library and not otherwise appro
priated. The Senate resolved itself into committee of the whole
on the Governor's message, which was referred to dif
ferent and appropriate committees; when the committee
rose, reorted progress, and was discharged.
Mr. Millikin moved that the Doorkeeper be instructed
to contract with the publisher of tkc Yolk&blatt for three
copies of that paper for each Senator.
The resolution was modified so as to provide for two
papers for each Senator, enveloped and stamped.
Mr. Emerson moved to strike out " stamped." Lost.
Mr. Dawson moved to amend by confining the copies
to th se Senators who desire to receive them. Laid on
The resolution as amended was then adopted.
Mr. Mickle, from the joint select committee on joint
rules, reported several amendments to the joint rules of
the last session.
The report was concurred in, and the rules as amend
ed were adopted.
Mr. Reid introduced a bill for the organization ot a
county court of the nature of a court of common pleas,
for each connty in the State.
A message was received from the House announcing
the passage of a resolution by that body to go into the
election of a director cf the State Bank on Monday next
at two o'clock, which was concurred in.
Mr. Emerson oflered a resolution instructing the judi
cinry committee to inquire whether the new Constitution
repealed tha local laws upon the subjects upon which
local legislation is prohibited by the Constitution, and if
repealed, whether tho general laws of the State on those
subjects are in force.
Mr. Niblack offered a resolution that so mnch of the
Governor's message as refers io the pardoning power, be
referred io the jndiciar ommittce. Adopted.
Mr. Hicks offered a re. ilulion instructing the commit
tee on Benevolent Institutions to inquire into the expe
diency of condensing into one act all laws for the gov.
ernment of the several benevolent institutions of the
Senate adjourned till Monday morning.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
Friday, Dec. 5, 1S51.
Pursuant to adjournment, the House met at 9 o'clock
The Speaaer announced the following additional com
mittees: On Swamp Lands Messrs. Miller, Williams, Sweet,
McDonald, Marrs, Hicks and Crawford.
On Public Printing Messrs. Beach, Hay of Clarke,
Harrison, Beeson, Torbet, Struble and Geddes.
On Dividing the State into Congressional Districts
Messrs. Mudget, HoIIiday of Parke, Barker, Stevens,
Schoonover, Hart. Doughty, Smith of Marion, Donald
son, Humphreys and Stover.
By Mr. Leviston. from B. Dorson and fifteen others of
Union county, asking the passage of a special act for the
support of a widow.
By Mr. Sweet, from Jno. Thompson and eight others,
a special act for the transfer of laud, the owner being an
By Mr. Davis of Franklin, from citizens of said coun
ty, for the sale of School Lands.
Mr. Gookins, from tbe Judiciary Committee, reported
a bill to allow Masters in Chancery to issue writs of ha
beas corpus, tic-, which was passed to a second reading.
Mr. Buskirk, from the select committee to revise the
Standing Rules of the House, made a report, changing
somewhat the rules of last session, accompanied by the
Resolved, That a committee of three on the part ol
the House, be appointed to act with a similar committee
on the part of tho Senate, to revise the joint rules, and
the Senate be requested to reciprocate.
The report and resolution was adopted.
Mr. Brady moved to print 500 copies of said rules,
which was agreed to.
Mr. Gibson oflered a preamble and resolution request
ing the Supreme Court to furnish the House with infor
mation relative to the number of cases on the docket.
Mr. Nelson offered a resolution requesting the Gover
nor to report any information he may have relative to
the Swamp Lands. Adopted.
Mr. Stanfield oflered a resolution reqesting the Com
mittee on Roads to enquire into the expediency of re
porting an act of a general nature for the government of
Plank Roads; passed.
Mr. Glazebrook offend a resolution requesting the
Committee on Ways and Means to report a bill for a
uniform modo of assessing property by townships; pass
ed. Mr. Buskirk offered a resolution instructing the Com
mittee on Ways and Means to report a bill for tbe elec
tion of Connty Assessors; passed.
Mr. English oflered the following resolution, which
was adopted i
Resolved, That tbe Committee on Ways and Means
be directed to report to this House at as early a period
as convenient, a bill so modifying the present revenue
system as to authorize the Boards doing business in the
several counties in this State in which there may be a
Railroad, Plank road or Canal, to assess a tax, for coun
ty purposes, againat any such road or canal, (or upon the
capital stock of sny such rotid or canal,) in proportion
to tbe length or value thereof, in each county, in the
same manner as other property now subject to taxation.
Mr. Hav of Clark, offered a resolution that the com
tr.it tee on "Benevolent and Scientific Institutions be re
quested to report a bill to allow applicants to enter the
Lunatic Asylumn; passed.
Mr. Hanns offered a resolution requesting the Commit
tee on Military Affairs to adont
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! the strength ol the militia of the State may be acertain-
I ed ; passed .
Mr. Gunn offered a resolution that a committee of five
be appointed, to be called the Committee on Temper
ance, to which may be referred petitions, fcc., on tbe
subject of temperance; passed.
The Speaker laid before the Honse a communication
Trora the Governor, enclosing a report from W. II. Sikee
relative to cutting timber on Swamp Lands. Referred
to the Committee on Swamp lands.
Also a communication from the Governor, enclosing f
letter from an individual who had been persecuted by the
Mr. Buskirk moved to reconsider the vote bv which
the House adopted tbe resolution offered by Mr. English
Mr. Holman offered a resolution instructing the Com
mittee on Ways and Means to report a bill to organize a
Board of equalization. Adopted.
Mr. Torbet offered a resolution, which was adopted,
instructing the committee on ways and means to report
a bill for the re-appraisement of the real estate in 183.
Mr. Owen introduced a bill to provide for tbe appoint'
ment of Commissioners to revise, simplify and abridge,
and reduce into a systematic code the statute laws of the
State, which was passed to a second reading.
Mr. Holman, from the judiciary committee, reported
back House bill authorizing the Clerks of the Circuit
Courts to approve the bonds of sheriffs, coroners, and
Mr. Doltson moved to amend by adding the words
the auditors and treasurers, or a majority of tbem,"
after the word " clerks;" w iich was agreed to.
Mr. Stuart moved to amend by striking out the words
" clerks, auditors, and treasurers, or a majority of
them," and insert " board of commissioners."
The amendment, after some debate, was agreed to,
and the bill passed ayes 90, noes 1.
The Speaker laid before the House a commnnieatioa
fiom the State Bank.
Also, a communication from the Institution fof the
Mr. Brady offered a resolution to go into the election
of a Director for the Stale Bank on Monday at 2 o'clock,
which was adopted.
Mr. Beach offered a resolntion making it the duty of
assessors to appraise the real estate of their counties.
The House adjourned.
The House met.
Mr, Buskirk asked and had the rules suspended, td
make a report from the select committee on Joint Rules.
The report was concurred io.
The House then went into committee of the Whole,
Mr. English in tte Chair, having under consideration
the annual message of the Governor, and after soma
time spent therein, the committee rose and repotted sun
dry tesolutions, referring the Governor's message to
standing and select committees.
The Speak. -r announced the following select commit'
tees appointed under resolutions of the House:
Oi Temperance Messrs. Gunn, Bryant, Lindsev of
Favette, Helmer and Wilson.
On Fees and Salaries of Officers. Messrs. McCon
ncl, McAllister, English. Stanfield. Holman, Buskirk,
Hostctter, Dice, Goudy, Morris, Spencer, Major, and
Smith of Spencer.
Mr. Miller offered for adoption the following resolu
tion. Rrnolred, That the Judiciary committee be instructed,
that in framing a bill defining crimes and misdemeanors
and providing for the punishment thereof, they provide
for dispensing with the Grand Jury, and for the public
investigation of all criminal accusations.
Mr. Gibson moved to lay the resolution on the table.
Mr, Kent demanded tbe yeas and noes, which result
ed yens 51, noes 45.
The House adjourned.
Note. In the report of the proceedings of the House
for Thursday, Mr. Nelson is reported as presenting a
resolution, relative to the settlement of estates, against
giving compensation to administrators. Tbe resolution
was, that administrators are to receive no compensation
for their services until after the final settlement of
From the Kusbville Jscksouisn.
We call the careful attention of our readers to the
following important correspondence between Finley
Bigger, Esq., chairman of the Rush county Democratic
Central Committee, and his Excellency Gov. Jos. A.
Rushville, Nov. 17, 1851.
Exct. Jos. A. Wright :
Preliminary to the appointment of delegates to the
State Convention, in order to the nomination of a State
ticket lor the support of the Democrats of this State at
the next general election, though not formally instruct
ed so to do, I take tbe liberty of propounding some in
terrogatories to you, touching a subject, upon which, I
know the Democrats of this county feel a deep interest.
1st. re you in favor of the "compromise meas
ures," so called, which were enacted at the first session
of the last Congress, connected with the institution of
2d. Are you in favor of the passage of resolutions by
the ensuing Democratic State Convention, endorsing
those measures, and particularly tbe fugitive slave
taw by name, as it is the only measure of tbe series-,
upon which there is now any serious division of senti
ment in the free States?
3d. If re-nominated for the Gubernatorial chair, will
you in the succeeding canvass, take open ground in fa
vor of these measures, the finality of the settlement
thereby effected, and against further slavery agitation?
Permit me to assure vour Excellency, that these in
terrogatories are put in no spirit of cautiousness or dis
regard to yourself, personally or politically. They are
in substance the same as propounded to our candidate
for p. Congressional nomination in this District last
spring, and I need oot add, that our nominee took une
quivocally wkat would be regarded as the affirmativ
side of each of tbe above questions. Allow me to hope
that you will favor me wits ss early an answer ss your
convenience will permit.
With sentiments of great esteem and regard,
Your obedient servant,
Chairman Dem. Central Committee.
Indianapolis, Indiana, Nov. 18, 1851.
Dear Sir: I am in receipt of your communication
of the 1 7th inst.
In reply I state explicitly, that I am and have alwsrs
been in favor of the compromise measures passed by the
late Congress. I was in favor of them before tbeir pas
sage. I have been in favor of them ever since. Those
who have examined my address to Governor Crittenden,
in May 1850, and to Dr. Berry, in July 186, and my
annual message in December, 1850, can scarcely need
further evidence on this subject.
I am opposed to the agitation, or opening np, of any
one of these measures; including the Fugitive Slave
Law, not because I endorse its details as perfect, but
because any slight benefit that might, at tins' time, re
sult from its amendment, would be more than eoaater
balanccd by the certain evils of its agitation.
I approve the sentiment so well expressed by the aids
editor of the Jacksonian, of yom place, in a late number
of his paper where he says, " But we do not wish to be
understood, in making our appeals to Democrats to stand
by these measures as a final adjustment of the questions
tbey embrace1, as asking them to say that every word
and letter is just as they would hav made it This is
not the point. It is that the settlement effected of these
questions, at the last Congress, as a whole, Fugitive
Slave Law and all, is, and should be regarded, by all
wro have the welfare of the whole eountry at heart, aa
"a final settlement of the dangerous, and exciting ques
tions it embraces" and that farther agitation of tbe ques
tion shall cease.''
I hold it to be both right and expedient, that oar party,
when assembled in a State or National capacity, shoald
endorse the wisdom and policy of these measures, and
the necessity, for the peace and harmony of the Union,
that they hould be maintained.
I need harJly add, that, entertaining snch views, as a
candidate, I should advocate the adjustment made by
Congress, and deprecate its disturbance in aay manner ,
under anv pretences. Let time, which enters as an ele
ment into all important questions of national policy, test
the efficacy of these measures, eaeh and all of then.
Our plain duty at present, is, to stand by snd rattsin
them. This is the only mode by which agitation, of
which it is impossible to calculate all the evil results,
can be avoided .
Very respectfully, Yours 8tc..
JOSEPH A. WRIGHT.
Fikley Bigger, Esq., Rushvilla, Ind.