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university lands now unsold or which may be hereafter forfeited 10 the state : Provided, The said Commissioner shall be convinced that the university fund will not be injured thereby.

Approved January 23, 1845.

No. 3.
PREAMBLE AND JOINT RESOLUTION relating to Salt

Spring Lands.
Whereas, The grant by Congress of certain lands to the state of
Michigan for Saline purposes, is so construed as to restrict the state
from the sale and conveyance of said lands, thus rendering the saine
unavailable and unproductive for the object intended by said grant;
therefore,

Resol red, By the Senate and House of Representatires of the State Instrucilona

of Michigan, That our Senators in Congress be, and they are here. by instructed, and our Representatives reques!eci, to procure the ear. ly passage of u law giving to the state the right to sell and convey said lands so that they may be made available for the purposes of the grant.

Resolved, That the Governor be and he is hereby requested to for. ward copies of the foregoing preamble and resolution to each of our Senators and Represetatives in Congress.

Approved January 23, 1945.

No. 4.
Joint RESOLUTIOX relative to the annexation of Texas.

Resolved, By the Senate and House of Representatires of the Instruction Stale of Michigan, That our Senators in Congress be instructed and

our Representatives be and are hereby requested to use all proper exertions for the annexation of Texas to these United States at the. earliest practical period.

Approved February 3, 1945.

No. 5.
Joint RESOLUT!ox instructing our Senators and re-

questing our Representatives in Congress to use their
influence in favor of a reduction of postage.

Whereas, The present unequal and exhorbitant charges for post, age falls peculiarly heavy upon our citizens, rendering their correspondence with the Atlantic states, a burdensome and oppressive tax, compelling them constanily to seek other avenues than those provided by government for the transmission of letters, and believing a reduetion of the rates of postage would, by encouraging correspondence lend to increase the revenue of the Post Office Department, and be satisfactory to the people.

Tierefore resolved, By the Senate anıl House of Represetnatives of the State of Michigan, That our Sevators in Congress be instructed and our Representatives requested to use their influence 10 obtain a liberal reduction of the present char es for postage, particularly on letters, and to abol sh or modify the franking privilege, so that it shall no longer remain an unjust tax upon the general correspondence of the country: Provided, That the present inail facilities enjoyed by the new states be not thereby abridged.

Resolved, That the Governor be and he is hereby requested to transmit a copy of the foregoing to each of our Senators and Representatives in Congress.

Approved February 6, 1945.

Roduction of poi lige

No. 6.
Joint RESOLUTION relative to tariff on Wood.

Whereas, The construction given to the revenue Invs of the United Sintes, permits steanboats navigating the i:lland waters of the United States bordering on foreign territory to procure their supply of wood and fuel in Canadian ports free of duty.

And whereas, The privelege thus conferred and used, has become sunject of very just complaint, and prejudicial to the interests of a por tion of the poople of this stale; iherefore,

Resolved, By the Senate and House of Representatives of the State

Instructions of Michigan, That our Senators in Congress be instructed, and out

Representatives requested 10 use their best efforts to obtain the pas. sage

of an act for the beiter enforcement of the revenue laws, whereby steamboats and other vessels navigating the iuland waters of the United States shall be prohibited froin smuggling wood under the pretence of supplies.

Resolved, That the Governor be requested to forward a copy of the above resolution to each of our Senators and Representatives in Congress.

Approved February 15, 1845.

No. 7.
JOINT RESOLUTION relative to Steamboats on the lakes

in connection with the Railroads of this State.

Board of

Resolved, Ey the Senate and House of Representatives of the Internal im- Slale of Michigan, That the Loard of Internal Improvement be and provement,

they are hereby auihorized to enter into such arrangements with a line of steamboats on Lake Erie, running in connection with the Central and Southern Railroads, and with stage lines west of the Western termination of said roads, and with one or more steamboats on Lake Michigan, from St. Joseph to Chicago and Milwaukie, as they may deem best for the interest of the state, and most productive of revenue on said Railroads : Provided, That such arrangements can be made without involving the state in any expendituras,

Approved February 15, 1845.

No.8.
JOINT RESOLUTION relative to the claim of Joel

Clemens.
Resolved, By the Senale and House of Representatives, of, the
Jool Clem- State of Michigan, That tise claim of Joel Clemens be, and the same

is hereby referred to the Board of State Auditors, who are hereby authorized to investigate said claim, to hear testimony for and a gains, it, and to make such final decision in the matter as to them shall seem

just and equitable, and.is they shall award any sum to the claimant, to make duplicate certificates thereof and file one with the Auditor General, and deliver the other 10 said claimant upon his executing the proper release to the state. And the Auditor General is hereby authorized and direcied, upon the presentation to him of said claimants certificate, to draw his land scrip for the amount, not bearing interest, and the same shall be payable out of any internal improvement, lands in this state not otherwise appropriated.

Approved February 15, 1845.

No. 9.
Joint RESOLUTION authorizing the Secretary of Staie

to furnish certain Documents to the Agent of the State Prison. Resolved, By the Senate and House of Representatives of the Slate of Michigan, That the Secretary of State be and he is hereby authorized and directed to preserve annually for the use of the State and session Prison, and subject to the order of the Agent or Clerk thereof, one bound copy of each of the journals, documents and session laws hereafter published at the expense of the state, and one hundred copies of the annual reports of the Agent and Inspectors of said Prison.

Approved February 20, 1845.

Documents

laws.

No. 10

JOINT RESOLUTION relative to the Territory of Oregon.

Resolued, By the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That our Senators in Congress be instructed, and our Instructions Representatives be requested to use all honorable means to extend the jurisdiction and protection of the government and laws of the United States, in and over the 'Territory of Oregon, to induce the speedy settlement of the country by American citizens; and to terminate the joint occupancy thereof with the British government.

Resolved, That his Excellency the Governor be requested to trans

mit a copy of the foregoing to each of our Senators and Representatives in Congress.

Approved February 20, 1845.

No. 11.
Joint RESOLUTION authorizing the Acting Commis.

sioner of Internal Improvement to let the contracts
upon the Palmyra and Jacksonburgh Railroad and
to complete the Central Railroadbetween Marshall
and Kalamazoo,

Resolved, By the Senate and House of Representativesof the State of Michigan, That for the purpose of renewing the superstructure of the Palmyra and Jacksonburgh Railroad, as contemplated in the act approved February 22:1, 1845, and for completing the Central Railroad between Marshall and Kalam:1200, the Acting Commissioner of Internal Improvement, be and he is hereby authorized and required

to ndvertise for the letting of the contracts for the purposes aloresaid' Leuing of contracts. for the period of fifteen days only, and at the expiration of the fil

teen days notice, that the said Acting Commissioner be and he is hereby authorized and directed to let said contracts pursuant to law, any act heretofore passed to the contrary notwithstanding.

Approved March 30, 1845.

KOG

No. 12.
JOIÂT RESOLUTION authorizing a settlement with John

Monroe.
Resolved, By the Senate and House of Representatives of the State
John Mon- of Michigan, That the Board of State Auditors, the Acting Commis

sioner of Internal Improvement, and Auditor General are hereby authorized and required to make a final settlement with John Munroe, on just and equitable terms, for any transaction between said John Monroe and ihe state, connected with the Cenral Rail-road, and in case they shall award the said Monroe any sum, the Auditor General shall draw his warrant for the amount so awarded on the internal improvement fund, and the State Treasurer is hereby authorized to pay

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