On motion of Mr. Kooken,
The senate took up the resolution sent up for concurrence, appoint¬ ing a joint committee to examine the state ot the penitentiary, &c, which being read was agreed to; and Messrs. Kooken, Croube, D* Sioane and Shelbj were appointed a committee on the part ot the senate.
Ordered, that the house of representatives be informed thereof.
A message from tht; h u e of representatives. Mn Speaker—
The house have referred to a committee the petition of sundry min- Tsters ofthe gospel, &c. of the menonist order, praying for the privilege of paying muster fines by working on the roads, titc»
They nave appointed a standing committee on roads—also—they have referred to a committee the petition of sundry citizens of Mus¬ kingum county praying that means may be devised to raise funds to pay township officers, &c. — ^_^
A message froW^the house of representatives.
The house have agreed to the resolution sent down for concurr tence, appointing a joint committee of claims; and have appointed ft committee of two members on their part.
On motion, ordered that Me^isrs Kirker and Laird be appointed a committee on the part of the senate. ^
On motion of Mr Fithi&bn-^
Ordered, that a committee of two members be appointed to exam^ ine and correct the journals of the senate from day to day; and messrs. Wheeler and Creed were appointed accordingly. .
A message was received from his Excellency the Goveraori which was taken up and read as follows, to wit:
Mellow citizens of ihe Senate,
and ofthe house of Representatives^^
It would have been matter ot congratulation, to give to the general assembly information of tne state of the governmeit, which is io its general concerns, prosperous, had we not to advert to circumstances m the past season impressive and peculiarly afflictive. In the wise dispensation of Providence, an epidemic widely extended in its range and unusually virulent in its attacks has visited a large portion of our state. We have to condole with you on the loss ol many vaiua* ble citizens taken by death, during the ravages of the disease, from public stations of honor ble distinccions and usofulncsa. This calami- ty, so serious in its effects, was not of long duration. It pleased a kind providence to arrest its progress—to command the mt^ssengcr death to stay his hand, and to restore the blessing of ^uod neaith again to our country. The season has not as usual been propitious to the labors of agriculture and the partial failure ofthe crops has ta- km place in that porticm of the st^ te where tbe autumnal fevers wero