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taxation is much greater and destroys the whole system of mutual insurance, which depends upon each individual insurance through the whole state for its success. There are still other objections: that is, the expenses incurred to the state from the continual applications to the legislature for these special monopolies, the time of the members occupied, the expenses of printing incurred, the laws passed, and after their passage they remain a dead letter upon the statute book, their existence only known by a reference to it, except perhaps a committee of the legislature is appointed to inquire into the frauds and abuses committed upon the public by means of its chartered privileges.

It is by a system of indiscriminate legislation that these acts are suffered to remain inoperative. It creates a want of confidence in the minds of those who wish to be insured, and the very natural inquiry arises in reference to the ability of the corporation to meet the losses sustained when it is insured in a county mutual insurance office; whereas, if insured by the state mutual insurance company through an agency, it is bringing the whole people of the whole state into one general compact to assist and protect one another. Such then, your committee believe, ought to be the object and policy of the legislature ; in all cases, not to grant any acts of incorporation where the same ends can be obtained without it, unless the necessity of the case demands it, which a majority of your committee cannot conceive to be the present application, believing as they do, that in granting the act itself, it would be wholly inadequate to the objects sought for, and have instructed me, as their chairman, to offer the following resolution :

Resolved, That the committee on incorporations report this bill back without amendment, and recommend that the same should not be passed.

(No. 16.) Report in part of the Committee on Unfinished Busi

ness.

The committtee on unfinished business ask leave to report in part,

That among the various subjects, which at different times engaged the attention of the Senate during the last session, but which from want of time or other cause, did not receive the final action of the legislature, those, a list of which is hereto subjoined, from their intrinsic importance, merit the early consideration of the Senate.

Your committee ask leave to present them row, to the attention of the Senate, reserving the power to make further report, as from time to time their researches may enable them to discover the condition of other important, but unfinished business of the last session.

And first in the list, your committee would present for the renewed consideration of the Senate,

1st. The report of the committee on finance, upon certain resolutions, introduced in the Senate March 31, 1838, relative to a reduction of salaries and compensations, and a more strict accountability on the part of public officers, &c. which report, (Documeni No. 51,) was on the sixth April, 1838, ordered to be entered on the journal of the Senate. (See Senate Journal, 342, 375, 423.)

2d. A certain resolution and preamble concerning the competency of certain officers under the authority of this state, to be voted for and received as members of the legislature of Michigan, which resolution does not seem to have received the deliberate attention of the Senate. (See Senate Journal, 392, 393.)

3d. A bill relative to the state library. (Sce Senate Journal, 386.)

4th. A bill further to regulate the practice of courts of record in this state. (See Senate Journal, 378.)

5th. A bill to create a board of commissioners of loans. (See Senate Journal, 389, 391.)

6th. A joint resolution to require annual reports from the several clerks of the courts of record in this state, concerning the number of suits pending therein, &c. (See Senate Journal, 236.)

7th. A resolution and report thereon concerning drains and ditches, through flat, marshy and low grounds. (See Senate Journal, 128, 179.)

(No. 17.) Communication from the Board of Internal Improve

ment, exhibiting the amount of money paid to members thereof.

OFFICE OF INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT,

Detroit, February 21, 1839. To the President of the Senate :

Sir : In obedience to a resolution of the Senate passed on the 20th instant, I herewith transmit to the honorable the Senate, a certified statement, shewing the amount paid to each of the mem

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bers of the board of internal improvement, from the first organization of said board to the 20th of February, 1839, as appears from the books of this office.

I am,

With much respect,
Your obt serv't,

E. H. LOTHROP,
President of the Board of In't Imp.

as

Statement shewing the amount paid to the Members of the Board

of Commissioners of Internal Improvement, from the organization of said board to the 20th of February, 1839.

Justus Burdick.
1837.
May 19. For 20 days' services as

commissioner, at 83
per diem,

$60 00
290 miles travel,

42 75

$102 75 Sept. 7.

15 days services
commissioner, at $3

$45 00
290 miles travel,

42 75

87 75 1838. June 6. 47 days' services as com

missioner,$3 per diem,$141 00 840 miles travel,

126 00

207 00 Apr. 7. 97 days' services as com

missioner,$3 per dicm,$291 00
200 miles travel,

30 00
321 00

$778 50

per diem,

John M. Barbour.

1837.
May 19. For 19 days' services as

commissioner, $3 per
diem,

$57 00 360 miles travel,

54 00

$111 00

Carried forward,

Brought forward,
Sept. 7. For 14 days' services as

commissioner, $3 per
diem,

$42 00
360 miles travel,

54 00

96 00

1838. Jan'y 6. 46 days' services as com

missioner,83 per diem,8138 00 980 miles travel,

147 00

285 00

Apr. 7. 97 days' services as com

missioner, $3 per diem,$291 00 240 miles travel,

36 00

327 00

$819 00 June 26. For balance due him for services

as auditor of board, $1,250 per
annum,

431 00

1,250 00

David C. McKinstry. 1837. May 19. For 19 days' services as

commissioner, at $3 per

diem,
1338.
Jan'y 6. 51 days' services as com-

missioner, at $3 per
diem,

$153 00
760 miles travel,

114 00

$57 00

267 00

Apr. 7. 31 days' services as com

missioner, at $3 per
diem,

93 00

$417 00
1839.
Feb. 19. For services as acting commis-

sioner, from May 20, to Oct.
20, 1837, at $1,250 per an-
num,

520 84

937 84

Carried forward,

$

per diem,

Brought forward,

Hart L. Stewart. 1837. May 19. For 19 daysservices as commissioner, at $3

$57 00 400 miles travel, 60 00

$117 00 Sept. 7. 15 days services as

commissioner, at $3
per diem

$45 00
400 miles travel, 60 00

105 00 1838. Jan'y 6. 51 days' services as commissioner, at $3

$153 00 1,040 miles travel, 156 00

309 00 April 7. 97 days' services as commissioner, at $3

291 00 260 miles travel.

39 00

330 00

per diem,

per diem,

861 00

1838. Jan'y 23.

Services as agent in

procuring releases on
the central railroad,
80 days, at three dol-
lars per diem,

$240 00
Expenses of self and

horse during that
time,

$215 17
Use of horse 80 days, at

50 cts. per diem, 40 00 Recording deeds, 3 00

$258 17

498 17

$1,359 17

Gardner D. Williams. 1837. Sept. 7. For 15 days services as

commissioner, at $3

Carried forward,

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