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In support of his averment, Mr. Wyman presented an affidavit. signed by the inspectors of elections for the township of Tecumseh, and setting forth unequivocally that 301 votes were cast in that township for Henry Wyman, and that no vote was given for Henry A. Wyman.

The committee further examined Messieurs Blair and Eastman, representatives of the county of Lenawee, in relation to the manner in which the error occurred.

Mr. Kealy did not attempt to controvert the facts in the case, but relied upon the following points. 1st. The legislature cannot go back of the certificate of the county canvassers in determining the election of its members: and, 2d. That the affidavit presented by Mr. Wyman was not sufficiently authenticated, being without seal. From all the facts, the committee were unanimously of opinion that the 301 votes of the township of Tecumseh were actually cast for Henry Wyman, and should be added to the 2005 given to him in other townships, which would give the said Wyman a clear majority of ninety-five votes over Mr. Kealy.

The committee are further of opinion that no question can arise in relation to the right of a legislature to go back of any certificate. On this point the constitution of the State is express and unequivocal : "Each House shall judge of the qualifications, elections, and returns of its own members."—Art. iv, Sec. 11.

In relation to the want of a proper authentication of the affidavit of the inspectors of election, your committee were fully satisfied by the evidence of Messieurs Blair and Eastman.

They therefore respectfully and unanimously recommend to the House, that Henry Wyman shall be deemed duly elected, and be forthwith admitted to his seat in this House.

The Report was accepted, and Mr. Wyman thereupon appeared, was qualified, and took his seat.


Mr. Pratt gave notice that he should at some future day ask for leave to introduce a bill to provide for the sale of the Southern and Central Rail Roads, and for liquidation of the state indebtedness.

On motion of Mr. Bancroft,

Resolved, That the Clerk be requested to furnish members with

Claims-Messrs. Pratt, Packer, Pease, Vickery, Hill.

Printing-Messrs. Bancroft, Fowler, Pullen, Mason, Cook. Education-Messrs. Harvie, MacLeod, Ransom, Ecklee, Magoon. Elections-Messrs. Blair, Fowler, Davis, Wood, Rose.

Public Lands-Messrs. Groves, A. S. Johnson, Davis, Richman, Magoon.

Federal Relations-Messrs. Pitcher, Barbeau, Williams, Steevens, Wyman.


State Library-Messrs. Thompson, Munger, Arnold.

Supplies and Expenditures-Messrs. Power, Roof, Richman.
Militia-Messrs. Schwarz, Williams, Galloway.

Agriculture and Manufactures-Messrs. A. S. Johnson, Shaw, Tay

Towns and Counties-Messrs, Stillson, Munger, Bowman.
State Prison-Messrs. D. Johnson, Murray, Jones.

Roads and Bridges-Messrs. Galloway, Hamphrey, Schwarz. Engrossment and Enrollment-Messrs. Eastman, Anerews, Jones, Bancroft, Menzie.


By Mr. MacLeod-Of M. J. Lightfoot and 126 other inhabitants of the State of Michigan, that the word "white" be expunged from the first clause of article 2d, of the Constitution of this State.

Referred to committee on judiciary.

By Mr. Magoon-Of Samuel Doty and 19 other citizens of Mancheste., in the county of Washtenaw, praying that the time limited for the collection of the tax assessed for the building of a school house in school district No. 6, in that town, be extended to the first day of September next. Referred to a select committee, consisting of Messrs. Magoon, MacLeod, Stone, Harvie, and Roof.

By Mr. MacLeod-Of J. V. Ruehle, and 57 others, praying that the translation of the Governor's Message into the German language may be conferred on Dr. A. Kaminsky. Referred to committee on printing.

By Mr. Wyman-Of H. Willey, for the allowance of interest on a certain claim. Referred to committee on claims.


Mr. McLeod, from the select committee on the revision of the rules of the House, reported, that

The select committee on the rules of the House of Representatives, respectfully report, that they examined with care and deliberation, the code of rules, which, for several years, has served for the governance of the House, and with such exceptions as are herewith submitted, would advise that the same be retained.

Which report was ccepted and referred to a committee of the whole.


Mr. Schwarz gave notice that he would on some future day, ask leave to introduce a bill to revise and amend an act, entitled "an act to extend Fort street, in the city of Detroit, until it intersects the road leading from the Detroit river to Dearbonville;" approved March 27th, 1837.


A bill to incorporate a number of citizens to construct and erect, in lieu of a common or turnpike road, a plank road in said Fort street, leading from the city of Detroit to, and past the U. S. fort, now erecting in the township of Springwells, and on the Detroit river, until it intersects the road from Dearbonville, with certain privileges and restriction; so that said road may be opened and constructed without expense to the State or county.

Mr. MacLeod offered the following resolution, which was adopted: Resolved, That the Senate be respectfully requested to appoint a committee of two to meet with a like committee on the part of the House to consult and advise on the practice of both houses in relation to joint resolutions.

Mr. A. S. Johnson moved a reconsideration of the resolution adopted yesterday, referring the translation of the Governor's message into the French and German languages to the committee on printing. Lost.

The Speaker announced the appointment of Justus Ingersoll and Robert Hutton, as Messengers to the House.

Mr. Mac Leod moved that the Speaker be authorized to employ an additional Messenger.

Mr. Hays moved to amend by limiting the compensation of Messengers to one dollar per day, which was carried, and the motion thus amended prevailed.

The Speaker thereupon appointed Marcus Chase such additional Messenger.

Mr. Ilays moved a reconsideration of the resolution offered by Mr. Steevens, and adopted yesterday, inviting the clergy of the city to of ficiate at the opening of the House daily during the session.

On this motion the yeas and nays were demanded, and the motion prevailed by the following vote:

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Mr. Mac Leod moved to strike out of the resolution all after the

word "resolved," and insert" that the House do now proceed to the election of a chaplain to the House," when,

On motion of Mr. Pratt,

The resolution and amendment were laid on the table.

On motion of Mr. Pratt,

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole, upon the general order, Mr. Mac Leod in the chair.

And after some time spent thereon, the committee rose, and reported that they had had under consideration the Rules of the House of Representatives, to which they had made sundry amendments, and asked the concurrence of the House therein.

On motion of Mr. Pratt,

The amendments passed in committee of the whole were concurred in by the House.

Mr. Bancroft offered the following resolution, which, on his motion, was laid upon the table:

Resolved, That so much of the Governor's message as relates to the sale of the public works, be referred to a select committee.

On motion of Mr. Bancroft,

Resolved, That 300 copies of the daily (printed) journal be furnished for the use of the members of this House.

The Speaker announced the following communication from the Superintendent of Public Instruction, covering his annual report, which was laid upon the table and ordered to be printed :

January 8th, 1845.

Tol he Speaker of the House of Representatives:


SIR-I have the honor herewith to transmit to the House of Representatives, my annual report, as Superintendent of Public InstrucVery respectfully,


Your ob't servant,


Sup't. Pub. Int.

On motion of Mr. Wyman,

Resolved, That the committee of ways and means be requested to report a bill, providing for the customary compensation to Thomas Kealy, while in attendance on this House preferring his claim to a seat as member from the county of Lenawee.

On motion of Mr. Stone,

Leave of absence for one day, was granted to the Hon. Wales Adams.

On motion of Mr. Magoon,

Leave of absence for an indefinite time, was granted to the Hon. Henry Compton.

The Speaker announced the following message from the Senate:

January 8, 1845.

To the Speaker of the House of Representatives :


SIR: I am instructed by the Senate to transmit to the House of Representatives a joint resolution relative to journals and documents. and a joint a resolution relative to the appointment of a committee,

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