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Willows, partly manufactured or prepared for making wicker baskets, formerly admitted free as unenumerated articles, to pay twenty per centum ad valorem under the act of 11th September, 1841.

Respectfully,

J. N. BARKER,
Acting Comptroller.

The Grogan Outrage.

Copy of a letter from Governor Jenison to the Acting Governor of Canada.

SHOREHAM, VT. Sept. 29, 1841. Sir-Depositions of respectable citizens of this State have been placed in my hands, showing that a gross outrage was committed in the town of Alburgh, in this State, on the morning of the 20th instant, by a party of armed men, supposed to be volunteers or soldiers in Her Majesty's service -a part of Capt. Jones' Light Dragoons then stationed at Missisquoi Bay. It appears that between two and three o'clock on the morning aforesaid, from twelve to twenty persons, a part of them, at least, in the uniform of said corps, forcibly entered the dwelling house of one William Brown of said Alburgh, about three miles from the Province line, rushed into the room where said Brown and his wife were in bed, presented a musket at Brown and threatened to shoot him if he did not remain quiet-others of the party entered an adjoining room, and seizing one James W. Grogan, severely wounding him, dragged him into the street with no clothes on but his shirt, thrust him into a wagon, and forcibly conveyed him, naked as he was, to Clarenceville in the Province of Canada.

Circumstances leave not a doubt but that this brutal attack upon defenceless individuals, and unprovoked aggression upon the sovereignty of a neighboring government, was winked at, if not planned and directed, by an officer in Her Majesty's service.

Immediately on receiving intelligence of this transaction, and long before your Excellency's despatch reached me, I had directed an inquiry to be instituted to ascertain

1st-Whether the arrest of Grogan had been made within the territory of the United States.

2d-Whether it was made as stated by persons in Her Majesty's service or by British subjects.

And in order to avoid delay I at the same time directed the Law Officer of the Crown at Montreal, if it should be shown that Grogan had been illegally arrested, at once to take the necessary legal steps for setting him at liberty. I have not yet received a report in answer to these instructions, but I have every reason to expect that no delay will take place. In the meantime your Excellency may be assured that if the transaction be as represented, I shall take effectual means to mark my disapprobation of the conduct of those concerned in it—and more especially to visit with the utmost rigor any officer or soldiers in Her Majesty's service to whom a participation in such an outrage may be brought home.

I beg your Excellency to believe that it is the desire of the British authorities to avoid all proceedings inconsistent with the relations subsisting between Great Britain and the United States, and the duties which as countries in amity they owe to each other. The events of the last few years have produced an irritation on both sides of the frontier which it is not always possible to control; but it will be our endeavor to repress and restrain that irritation as much as possible, and in the execution of this task I feel sure that I shall receive from your Excellency and the other authorities of the United States, that co-operation without which my efforts could not be successful.

I have the honor to be, sir,
Your Excy's most ob't serv't,

His Excellency, S. H. JENISON.

Governor Jenison.

R. JACKSON.

Respect for the authorities of the government of Canada Copy of a letter from the Acting Governor of Canada to forbids the belief that they will justify this high handed and atrocious act of a subordinate officer, and I trust that Grogan, who is said to be by birth an American citizen, if not immediately released, will at least receive humane treat

ment.

I make this communication under the expectation, that, whatever may be the character of Grogan or of his offences against the Government of Canada, all proceedings against him will be suspended, in consideration of the unjustifiable manner of his arrest.

I forbear to comment on the consequences which will be likely to result from repeated aggressions of this character, and remark, in conclusion, that the facts will be communicated to the General Government at Washington, that such measures may be taken as the rights and honor of our respective governments demand.

I am, sir, with great respect,
Your Excellency's ob't serv't,

Sir R. JACKSON,

S. H. JENISON, Gov. Vermont.

Acting Gov. of the Canadas.

Copy of a letter from the Acting Governor of Canada,

to Governor Jenison.

GOVERNMENT HOUSE, Kingston,
6th October, 1841.

Sir-I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt last night of your Excellency's despatch of the 29th ultimo, relative to an alleged violation of the territory of the State of Vermont, by the arrest within it by some of Her Majesty's subjects of one Grogan, accused of having committed certain crimes within the Canadian frontier.

GOVERNMENT HOUSE, Kingston, 2 6th October, 1841. S

Sir-Since I addressed to your Excellency my despatch of this morning, I have received from the Law Officer of the Crown at Montreal, a report, from which it appears that the evidence which they had obtained on the subject proved that Grogan's arrest took place, as was alleged, within the territory of the United States. In conformity, therefore, with their instructions they had taken steps for setting Grogan at liberty, and conveying him to the frontier in the neighborhood of which he was arrested. I am informed that Grogan left Montreal accordingly on the 4th inst.

I beg to assure your Excellency that I shall nevertheless continue the investigation which I have directed, and if the information conveyed to your Excellency that officers or soldiers in Her Majesty's service were implicated in this affair, should prove correct, I shall not fail to visit the offence with the utmost rigor.

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The largest Red Oak Tree in North America, says a correspondent of the Natchitoches Herald, can be seen on the plantation of W. Smith, Esq, eighteen miles from Natchitoches, on the road leading to Opelousas. The majestic Cak stands in the midst of a rich and heavy bottom, on the Bayou St. Barb. Two feet from the ground it measures forty-four feet in circumference; and at six feet, thirty-two feet. The trunk appears sound and healthy, and its height, to the branches, is from fifty to sixty feet.

Public Meeting-Frigate Raritan.

At a large and respectable meeting of the citizens of Philadelphia, without distinction of party, held pursuant to public notice, at the County Court House, at the corner of Sixth and Chesnut streets, in the city of Philadelphia, on the evening of Wednesday, the 10th inst. Gen. A. M. Prevost, was appointed President, and Thomas D. Grover and James Gregory, Vice Presidents for the First District; Col. John Swift and J. W. Tyson, for the Second District; and Morton McMichael and John Naglee, for the Third District; and William D. Kelley, Joel Cook, and S. H. Gillingham, Esqs., Secretaries.

The meeting being organized, on motion of Col. James Page, a committee of five were appointed to draft a preamble and resolutions expressive of the sense of the meeting. The committee, consisting of the following gentlemen-Col. James Page, Josiah Randall, Col. J. J. McCahen, William A. Crabbe, and William English, after a short absence, reported the following, at the hand of their Chairman, who prefaced them with a series of remarks.

Whereas, It is the true policy of all governments "in time of peace to prepare for war;"

And Whereas, the present aspect of our foreign affairs is such as imperiously calls upon our constituted authorities at once to place the country in an attitude of defence;

And Whereas, the Navy has always been regarded by the American people with pride and pleasure, and is justly considered the right arm of the nation; Therefore, be it,

Resolved, That the recent measures of the government, having for their object the increase of our naval strength with a view to the defence of the seaboard, meet with our decided approbation.

Resolved, That while we rejoice in perceiving that orders have been given for the finishing and launching of ships of war now on the stocks at other Naval Stations, we regret to find that nothing has been done with regard to the frigate Raritan, under cover at our Navy Yard, where she has been doomed ingloriously to rest for a space of 21 years, while vessels of her class begun at the same time, and many commenced since, have been permitted to glide into their destined element, to add to the glory of the "Stripes and Stars." Resolved, That it would seem to be true economy to direct the finishing and launching of this noble ship, whose model is said to be a perfect one; as in a few weeks the mechanics now employed at the yard will be without work for the winter, and at a time when the material necessary to complete the frigate is on hand, the more especially as her frame has suffered so greatly from decay, that in the opinion of competent judges the mere replacing of the rotten timber would give employment to a number of men.

Resolved, That the order to build two small steam frigates will furnish no immediate employment to the numerous hands now engaged at the yard, as the materials out of which they are to be built are yet to be delivered, and a period of six months and probably more must elapse before the keel of either can be laid.

Resolved, That while the ship builders of Philadelphia are second in point of reputation to those of no other port in the Union, as has been established beyond dispute by the specimens of naval architecture which they have built and set afloat; and the station itself presents the advantages of convenience, safety and economy, we respectfully call upon the Navy Department for such a share of its patronage as these claims justify us in demanding, and trust that it will not be denied.

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Finances of New Jersey-Treasurer's Report. To the Honorable the Legislative Council and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey. By a law passed in 1838, it is made the duty of the Treasurer immediately after his accounts shall be audited by the committee appointed for that purpose, to submit to the Legislature a balance sheet exhibiting the general amount of expenditure, the amount of receipts, and the sources whence they have been received; and the indebtedness of the State, how and where; the amount of the school fund, and how invested; the amount of bank tax; and the sum applied to common schools, and how disposed, &c. In obedience to that act I have the honor to present the accompanying state

ments.

By these it will appear that the receipts into the Treasury, during the past year, amount to the sum of one hundred and sixteen thousand three hundred seventy-six dollars and ninehave been applied to the payment of temporary loans; twentyty-four cents. Of this sum twenty-seven thousand dollars two thousand four hundred sixteen dollars have been paid

on account of the State Prison-viz: seven thousand for salaries of the officers, ten thousand five hundred for repairs and improvements in the buildings, heating apparatus, &c., and five thousand for transportation and costs on convictions. (This last item it will be recollected, was formerly paid by the several counties in which the convictions were had, and dollars have been applied to the ordinary expenditures of an increased burthen upon the treasury.) Sixty thousand the State Government; leaving a balance in the treasury on deposit, of about seven thousand dollars.

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The necessity of making temporary loans to meet the current expenses of the Government, it will be recollected, arose from the omission to raise a tax during the year 1837-a matter much to be regretted, on account of the embarrassment occasioned to the treasury, and the consequent necessity of having recourse to such loans to meet the necessary expenditures of the year until the taxes are paid.

Should, however, the balance remaining in the treasury, together with the tax of thirty thousand dollars which will be paid during the ensuing months of December and January, be applied to the payment of temporary loans, (the purpose for which the tax was ordered to be raised,) the difference between the receipts into the treasury during the year and the expenditures, will be about four thousand dollars, including interest on loan due school fund, which remains unpaid.

It will also be observed, that the balance of State funda after paying all claims, will be a little over eight hundred and ninety-two thousand dollars, seven hundred and seventysix thousand of which amount is unproductive to the State, being loaned to the several counties, the interest annually ari-ing therefrom to be applied to their own use and benefit.

The proceeds of the school fund for the present year will amount to about thirty seven thousand dollars, thirty thousand of which has been distributed among the several counties of the State, in conformity with the apportionment made by the trustees of that fund. Two hundred and eighty-one dollars have been paid on account of incidental expenses; leaving the total balance of the school fund at about three hundred and thirty-six thousand dollars, including about six thousand dollars of taxes due from banks, that may be considered as doubtful, and also eleven thousand on deposit in banks.

Resolved, That a committee of five including the Chairman, be appointed, with instructions to forward a copy of these resolutions to the President of the United States, the Secretary of the Navy, and the Board of Navy Commissioners, and to hold such correspondence with the proper authori It is a subject of congratulation in the present embarrassties as may be necessary in their opinion to place this sub-ed condition of the monetary affairs of the country, that we ject in its true light, and to secure for this station the consideration to which it is justly entitled.

are free from a public debt; and that instead of imposing heavy taxes upon the people to meet the interest upon large public debts, and the annual support of our State GovernMr. Wm. H. Knowles moved that the committee on ment, as many of the other States are compelled to do; we

The resolutions were unanimously adopted.

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On Saturday night, Oct. 2d, it commenced blowing very heavily from E. N. E. With a head wind the boilers make any desired quantity of steam; we carried 12 lbs., made 10 revolutions, and went 5 knots dead to windward.

Sunday morning, Oct. 3d-Gale increasing. Sunday night carried away side houses forward of wheels-still going 3 knots to windward.

Monday Morning Oct. 4th-wind suddenly ceased, leaving us with a heavy sea, which tried the engines more than the blow.

Tuesday morning, Oct. 5th-At 9 A. M. commenced blowing harder than ever-increasing all day, at 8 P. M. it was blowing a hurricane. At that time I was working the engines with 14 lbs. of steam, making 9 revolutions.

Captain Von Shantz thought it best not to risk the engines with so great a strain, and at midnight the ship was laid to, placing canvass bags in the rigging, and reducing the speed of the engines to 6 revolutions.

In this manner we rode out the blow, which lasted until the next day. During all this time we never shipped a sea, or lost any thing but our houses on the guards.

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Commenced blowing very heavy, gale from north. Made the Lizard at 8 P. M.-lay to for a pilot off Plymouth. We came through the channel this day, blowing fresh-we made 14 revolutions and passed every steamer we saw.

We have had but one day of fine weather since we left New York, and have never had a smooth sea after the first 12 hours.

By the above memoranda from our log book, you will see that the speed of the ship, either under steam or sails, will equal all that was expected of her. Of her machinery I can only say, that it is just as perfect as when it left New York. At no time have the engines complained-nothing has broken, nothing is strained.

I had intended to send you for publication some memoranda, as to the performance of these engines, in the particulars wherein they differ from those of English construction; but as my letter has reached so great a length, I shall defer it until after my arrival at St. Petersburgh. Very truly, yours' &c.

J. Watson Webb, Esq.

war.

GEORGE L. SCHUYLER.

New York Courier & Enquirer.

Old Times.

One of the oldest mansions in this city now standing is No 1 Broadway, occupied by F. Prime, Esq. It was built by Captain Kennedy, son of the Earl of Cassilis, on a lot purchased of the Watts family long before the revolutionary When this city was taken possession of by the British army, Sir William Howe made it his head quarters, and it was here that many deep laid plans were arranged for the destruction of the American army and the capture of General Washington. Subsequently during the war this mansion was occupied by General Sir Henry Clinton and Sir Guy Carleton.

At the evacuation of the city, Captain Kennedy resumed the possession. He lived in it some years when he delivered it up to Mrs. Loring. Some years afterward Abijah Hammond, Esq., bought it. It was during a series of years occupied by Mrs. Bradish, and was some twenty years since That you may not suppose that my inexperience has ex-sold to Mr. Prime, who enlarged and modernized it. The aggerated the violence of the wind and sea, I will give you house is still in the possession of the Prime family. an example of its force. Commercial Advertiser.

The seas were so high that our trysails were becalmed between them, and when the roof of our side house on the after guard was blown off, it lodged twenty feet from the deck in the mizen shrouds. It required many hands to get it down, and it blew about on the deck very much like a large sheet of paper on the ground in a gusty day. The quarter boat, on the windward side, had its bottom pressed in by the force of the wind, and the iron davits to which it was suspended were bent inboard.

The wind continued to blow gales, from nearly every quarter for the next four days.

October 10th-Heavy gale from W. N. W. As it was now impossible to make a short voyage, or to avoid stopping in England for coals, as we wished to carry out some of our Anthracite to Russia, Captain Von Shantz determined to carry sail without steam for several days, that he might make a full report upon his arrival, of her general capacities as a war steamer, of which her speed and working under sail are important items. Accordingly, from the 11th to the 14th, the ship was tried under sail in every possible waybefore the wind, close hauled, &c.; time of connecting and disconnecting engines was noted, altering buckets, &c. &c. To show you her sailing qualities-from 12 o'clock October 12th to 12 o'clock October 13th, 197 miles: next day at 12, 176 miles-fair wind both days. We had no sails bent but fore and maintopsail and fore and main topgal

Important Decision.

In the New Orleans Bulletin of the 28th ult., we find the following decision, which was given in the United States Court in that city, by Judge Buchanan, a few days since:

William Wallis vs. The State.-A seaman composing one of the crew of a French private vessel in the port of New Orleans.

This case came up on a position for a writ of habeas corpus, praying a release from confinement.

An application was made by the captain of the vessel to the Hon. Gallien Preval, an Associate Judge, to commit to prison the said seaman, who was charged with having deserted said vessel on the 9th ult. Upon these proceedings, the seaman applied to the Hon. A. M. Buchanan, the Judge of the 1st Judicial District, for a writ of habeas corpus which was made returnable on the 25th instant. Judge Buchanan, with his usual ability, and profound knowledge of the maritime laws, decided that it is necessary by the treaty of France and the United States, that the application to arrest a deserter from any vessel of the former, should be made by the Consul, or in his absence, the Vice Consul, before any warrant should be issued to arrest a deserter. The Consul being the representative of the nation, is the only proper person authorized to claim the interposition of our tribunals in causing an arrest of their deserting seamen,

Schools in Massachusetts.

We have received the report of the Secretary of the Board of Education, (Horace Mann, Esq,) it is a document of 328 pages and furnishes in detail reports of the condition of the public schools in each county. Below is an aggregate of the whole State,

No. of towns which have made returns.
Population, (U. S. Census, 1840.)....
Valuation, (State, 1849,)
No. of public schools..

...

No. of scholars of all ages in all the schools,

Do do do

in summer

in winter.

Average attendance in the schools,

304 734,258 $299,057,534 31 3,103 131,761 155,041

96,892 116,308

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Bank of Kentucky.

At a meeting of the Stockholders of the Bank of Ken

tucky, held in the Chamber of the Board of Trade, in the city of Philadelphia, Wednesday the 10th of November, 1841. Thomas P. Cope was appointed Chairman, and William Boyd, Secretary.

Col. Wm. Drayton offered the following resolutions, which were read, considered and adopted:

1st. Resolved, That the Schuylkill Bank of Philadelphia, in its transfers of stock of the Bank of Kentucky was the agent of that corporation, and is therefore legally bound to pay to it all the moneys which were received on account of such transfers.

2d. Resolved, That the bona fide purchasers or holders of the stock of the Bank of Kentucky, which was transferred as aforesaid by the Schuylkill Bank, have a just and legal claim upon the Bank of Kentucky for the stock thus transferred.

3d. Resolved, That the interests of the Stockholders in 7,823 the Kentucky and in the Schuylkill Banks would obviously be advanced by a speedy settlement of the controversy ex9,032 isting between them, either by a suit at law or in equity, or by a submission of their differences to arbitration, or by an amicable adjustment or compromise between the parties.

7 16

2,491
4,112

$33 80
$12 81

$8 62
$5 85

$25 18
$6 96

$191,015 23

$37,743 34

80

7751 3,825

4th. Resolved, That this meeting do authorize the committee of "five" to constitute an agent or agents with full power to represent and promote its interests at the next session of the Legislature of the State of Kentucky, according to the spirit and meaning of the foregoing resolutions, and that such agent or agents be instructed to consult and cooperate with any agency which may be appointed for the furtherance of similar objects by the Stockholders in the Bank of Kentucky residing in New York or any other State. 5th. Resolved, That the Stockholders in the Bank of Kentucky who are present, or whose interests are intended to be promoted by the prosecution of the objects of this meeting, do pay into the hands of a committee of two, now to be appointed, the sum of 12 cents upon each of their shares, and that the amount thus collected be delivered to the committee of "five" to be by them appropriated to the expenses of the mission to the Legislature of the State of Kentucky, and to any other expenses which may be incurred in attending to the interests of the abovementioned Stockholders.

The following gentlemen were appointed a committee $56,538 89 agreeably to the 5th resolution-Caleb Cope and Edmund Wilcox.

1,388

8,5404

31,794

$259,123 87

$325,852 02
$15,306 20
$9,529 48

On Wednesday, November, 10, a splendid meteoric fireball was seen by several persons in this city. It was superior in brilliancy to the planet Venus, and as it sailed across the sky, resembled a glowing mass of burning metal. It appeared, to one observer, to present a distinct nucleus, three or four minutes in diameter. The time of its flight was between two and three seconds. When first noticed it was near the Pleiades, and about a half degree below; it moved in a path nearly parallel to the horizon, somewhat inclined downwards, and suddenly disappeared, when midway between the stars beta and theta Ceti. During its whole track it threw out brilliant scintillations, of a beautiful blue color, with a slight tinge of red. Most of this train of sparks expired in a few seconds, but a portion of it, about ten degrees long, near the head of the Whale, remained visible, with but little change of place, during the time not less than two and a half minutes, carefully noted. No report was heard by any of the observers.-New Haven Herald.

Signed,

THOMAS P. COPE, Chairman.

WILLIAM BOYD, Secretary.

It has been ascertained, from an average of many years, that the number of merchantmen wrecked annually, on the coast of England, amounts to upwards of five hundred; and the value of property lost, amounts to three millions sterling!

Death of Bishop Moore.

The Richmond Inquirer announces the death of Bishop Moore of Virginia, at Lynchburg on Friday the 12th inst.

The UNITED STATES COMMERCIAL AND 3TATISTICAL REGISTER, is published every Wednesday, at No. 76 Dock street. The price to subscribers is Five Dollars per annum, payable on the 1st of January of each year. No subscription received for less than a year.— Subscribers out of the principal cities to pay in advance.

PRINTED BY WILLIAM F. GEDDES,

No. 112 CHESNUT STREET,
Where, and at 76 Dock St., Subscriptions will be received.

COMMERCIAL AND STATISTICAL

REGISTER.

EDITED BY SAMUEL HAZARD.

VOL. V. PHILADELPHIA, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1841. No. 21.

MESSAGE

OF GOVERNOR BAG BY OF ALABAMA.

Gentlemen of the Senate

and of the House of Representatives: Nothing is better calculated to illustrate the excellence and beauty of our representative system, than the recurrence of the seasons, and of events, by which the chosen representatives of a free people annually assemble, at the capitol of the State, for the purpose of making suitable returns for the confidence reposed in them, by the enactment of wise and salutary laws, and throwing additional safeguards around the essential rights of life, liberty and property. It is for these high purposes you are now assembled and no doubt is entertained, that the elevated character and importance of the trust confided to your patriotism, intelligence and virtue, will sufficiently admonish you of the solemn obligation you are under to perform the duties arising from that trust, with perfect fidelity. Tendering you the most cordial and respectful salutations, and repeating the assurance heretofore given, of my perfect readiness heartily to co-operate with you in all measures having a tendency to promote the public good-let us unite in supplicating the Divine Goodness to overrule and direct all our proceedings in such a manner as to promote the best interests of the people of Alabama, and furnish an example worthy the imitation of after tines.

In the history of the past year, nothing has occurred in our public affairs out of the ordinary course of events. Every branch of industry is likely to meet a corresponding reward; and it is a source of peculiar satisfaction to be enabled to remark, that, by a most praiseworthy and commendable system of frugality and industry, the people are rapidly extricating themselves from the pecuniary embarrassments almost necessarily and inseparably incident to a season of apparent prosperity, and of actual exertion, speculation and enterprise, like that through which we, in common with others have recently passed. With annual and increasing exports of upwards of twenty millions of dollars, and with vast resources not yet fully developed, and consequently, unproductive, nothing is wanting but perseverance in the habits of industry so happily begun, and now in successful operation, to enable Alabama to progress rapidly in the onward march to the high rank she is destined to attain among the States of the American Union. To exalt her to that proud station, should be the incessant object of her public servants.

Land Office at Courtland.

Under the act of the 9th of January, 1841, entitled "An act to wind up the land office at Courtland,” I appointed Robert Fenner and R. B. Jones, Esquires, commissioners to make final settlement with the Register and Receiver, and with all other officers connected with said office, whose accounts were unsettled. This duty was promptly performed by the commissioners, and I am happy to be able to say that the business of said office had been conducted with perfect fidelity. The books and papers pertaining to the office, have, according to the provisions of the act for winding up its affairs, been transferred to the office of the Secretary of State. The report of the commissioners will, no doubt, be communicated to you in due time: and as the act under which they were appointed made no provision for their comVOL. V.-41.

pensation, it will become your duty to make a suitable provision upon that subject. The expense of transferring the books and papers from Courtland to the State Department was paid out of the contingent fund.

State Arsenal.

In fulfilment of the duty imposed on the Executive, by the act of the 9th January, 1841, entitled "An act in relation to the public arms," I completed the Board of Commissioners created by the act for the Erection of the State Capitol, by adding to the number John D. Phelan, Dennis Dent and John M. Withers; and the commissioners, after the Board was organized, purchased a building already erected in an eligible part of the city, for a State Arsenal, for three thousand dollars-provided the Legislature should sanction it. Fully satisfied that the commissioners consulted the interest of the State, in purchasing, rather than building, and that the house and lot purchased are richly worth the money agreed to be paid for them, I respectfully recommend that the contract be ratified by the Legislature, and that a further appropriation be made in order to pay for them, (including of course, the portion of the appropriation heretofore made and applied to that object.) A part of the former ap propriation, as will be seen from the Comptroller's report, was reserved by the commissioners, for the purpose of making the necessary repairs and alteration in the building purchased, to adapt it to the use intended to be made of it. Good and' sufficient titles have already been executed to the State, to the property in question.

Camp Equipage.

The act making it my duty to cause the camp equipage, furnished at the expense of the State, to be sold, in those brigades of Militia in which encampment drills have been abolished, has not been complied with. It occurred to me, on reflection, that the attempt to sell these articles would result, almost certainly, in nearly the entire loss of the amount expended in their purchase. I therefore considered that it would be better to have them brought to the seat of Government, and deposited in the public Arsenal, which is suffi ciently capacious to hold them, and where they can be taken care of with very little additional trouble or expense. In order to prevent the further accumulation of expense on this subject, I caused an order to be issued on the 25th day of June, 1841, to prohibit the further purchase of articles of this description, at the expense of the State-and informing Brigadier Generals commanding brigades in which the encampment drills had not been abolished, and which were unfurnished with camp equipage, that they could be supplied from those in which camp equipage had been furnished, and in which the drills were abolished.

Reports of Decisions of Supreme Court.

I have found it impracticable to sell the Reports of the Decisions of the Supreme Court, at the price fixed by the joint resolution of the 15th of December, 1840-nor do I think it at all probable that all of them can ever be sold at that price. The truth is, that the number of some of the volumes now in the Library, greatly exceeds any demand likely to arise for them. I respectfully recommend to the General Assembly such further legislation upon the subject as, in their judgment, may be most likely to reimburse the amount expended in their publication. I have continued to

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