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or law authorizing the Commissioner of the General Land Office to subject the land above recited, and all other lands now held as military o reserves in this State, to public -sale, excepting so much territory as may be absolutely necessary for military defence, and as is usually held : by forts similarly situated.

Resolved, That a copy of this preamble and resolution, properly attested by the Governor, be transmitted to each of our Sendtore and Representatives in Congress, and to the President of the United States, the Secretary of War, and to the Commissioner of the General Land Office...

Approved February 2, 1855.

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[ No. 8. ] JOINT RESOLUTION relative to the distribution of the session

laws, journals and documents of the Legislature for the year eighteen hundred and fifty-five.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the members and officers of the presse Legislature be and they are hereby entitled to one copy of the session laws passed in the year eighteen hundred and fifty-five; also, the journals and documents of the Legislature of said year; and the Secretary of State be and he is hereby authorized and cirected to forward one copy of each to the several members and officers of this Legislature, by forwarding the same to the county clerk of the several counties of this state in which the members or officers reside, so soon as the same are priote.com bound, and ready for delivery.

Approved February 7, 1855.

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[ No. 9.] JOINT JOINT RESOLUTION relative to certain appropriations of palle

lands, made by the Legislature in the year 1948.,., Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the Attorney General be and is bereby instructed to make inquiry into the manner, which certain are appropriated

under acts numbers 284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 293, 294, and 295, “ approved April 3d, 1848," "have been applied;

and if it shall appear to him that there has been mịs-applications of any or all of the lands so appropriated, and that the interests of the State shall be promoted thereby, that he commence suits against parties entrusted with said lands.

Approved February 10, 1855.

[ No. 10.]

JOINT RESOLUTION relative to the claim of John Van Fossen,

against the State of Michigan. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the Board of State Auditors be instructed to audit the claim of John Van Fossen, against the State, for materials furnished by him for the Michigan Central Railroad, and that they be instructed to allow and pay to said Van Fossen such amount as they shall deem just and equitable.

This joint resolution shall take effect immediately.
Approved February 10, 1855.

[No. 11. ] JOINT RESOLUTION relative to the claim of the State against ins

Peter Holmes, and others. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the Board of State Auditors be and they are hereby authorized and empowered to adjust and cancel, upon such terms as they shall deem just and equitable, the claim of the State against Peter Holmes, Charles D. Holmes, and Patterson P. Holmes, founded upon a judgment rendered against them in the circuit court for the county of Calhoun, on or about the 15th day of November, A. D. 1845.

This joint resolution shall take effect immediately.
Approved February 10, 1855.

[ No. 12.] JOINT RESOLUTION relative to the construction of a Ship Canal

around the Falls of Niagara. Whereas, The Congress of the United States has, by numerous grants of land, aided the construction of various works of internal improvements, and thus assisted in the development of the varied resources of our common country; And whereas, The appropriation wisely granted to this State for the construction of a Canal around the Falls of St. Mary, and within the territory of Michigan, is of that munificent character which will open to the commercial world a trade, far exceeding in mineral wealth that of any other nation, besides forming a link in the frontier defences of our country, which, in a true military point of view, and in the event of hostilities between the United States and Great Britain, would allow the concentration of lake armaments, and give celerity to the movements of forces and munitions of war from Lake to lake; And whereas, The Falls of Niagara now form the only remaining barrier to the uninterrupted navigation of the great chain of our inland seas and rivers, upon which borders nearly one-fourth of the States of our confederacy, and in which the trade and commerce of nearly one-half of the United States are directly or indirectly interested, and none more so than the State of Michigan, which has fifteen hundred miles of lake coast, and whose varied products now employ more vessel tonnage through the Welland Canal than any other State, thus paying tribute to a foreign power, besides subjecting our marine craft, by the want of capacity of that work, to ruinous detentions and delays already experienced, and which are increasing from year to year; And whereas, We conceive the immediate construction of a Ship Canal around the Falls of Niagara, in the State of New York, second to none in importance yet secured, and completing the only link wanting in connecting the navigation of our lakes with the ports of the eastern world, as well as perfecting a naval defence on the northern boundary of the pation; therefore, be it

Resoli ed by the Senate and House of Representotives of the State of Michigan, That our Senators in Congress be instructed, and our Reprasentatives be requested, to vote for the passage of a law granting lands to the State of New York, or assigns, for the construction of a

Ship Canal around the Falls of Niagara, in said State of New York, and to use all honorable means to secure the passage of the same.

Resolved, That the Governor of this State be requested to forward copies of the foregoing preamble and resolution to the Governors of the several States of the Union, to the President of the United States, President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and to our Senators and Representatives in Congress.

Approved February 10, 1855.

[ No. 13. ] JOINT RESOLUTION relative to an exchange of lots with the First

Baptist Church and Society of Lansing. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the Governor of this State be and he is hereby authorized and directed to issue to the trustees of the First Baptist Church and Society of Lansing, a patent for the conveyance of lot number one, in block number ninety-five, in the village of Lansing, for the purpose of a church lot: Provided, That the said trustees do execute in the first place, a proper conveyance of lot number one, in block number one hundred and twenty-six, in the said village of Lansing, to the people of the State of Michigan, and deliver the same to the said Governor; and the said trustees are hereby authorized and empowered to execute said conveyance.

This resolution shall take effect immediately.
Approved February 10, 1855.

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[ No. 14. ] JOINT RESOLUTION relative to an exchange of lots with the First

Presbyterian Society of Lansing. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the Governor be and he is hereby authorized and directed to issue & patent to the trustees of the First Presbyterian Society of Lansing, for lots number one and two, of block eighty-two, in the village of Lansing: Provided. That the said trustees do execute, in

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the first place, a proper conveyance of lót number one, in block pum-
ber one hundred and twenty-seven, in the said " village of Lansing, to
the people of the State of Michigan, and deliver the same to the said
Governor; and the said trustees are hereby authorized and empowered
to execute said conveyance.

This resolution ordered to take effect immediately.
Approved February 10, 1855.

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[ No. 15. ] JOINT RESOLUTION authorizing the settlement of the claim of

Morse K. Taylor, growing out of the raising, subsisting and mustering into service the Michigan volunteer regiment for the war with Mexico. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the state of Michigan, That the Board of State Auditors be and they are hereby authorized and required to make a just and equitable settlement of the claim of Morse K. Taylor, growing out of the raising, subsisting and mustering into service of the Michigan volunteer regiment, called to serve in the late war with Mexico, and they may certify any, amount due him to the Auditor General, who shall draw his warrant for the same upon the State Treasurer

, who shall

pay

such warrant out of any money in the general fund, not otherwise appropriated: Provided, That the said claimant shall furnish to the State a good and sufficient bond, to be approved by the Board, conditioned that the settlement shall be final, and that he will at no time hereafter apply to the Legislature of Michigan for relief, predicated upon euch claim.

Approved February 12, 1855.

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[ N. 16.] JOINT RESOLUTION relative to a claim of the State of Michigan

against Chippewa county for State tax. Recorded by the Senate and House of Representatives of tim Sae Michigan, That the 'Auditor General be and he is hereby regguired

10 credit on the proper books of his office, to the county of Chippewa the sum of three thousand three hundred and seventy-sečer dollars

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