Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives, That the Joint Rules for the government of both Houses of the General Assembly at the last session, be adapted for the government of both Houses during the present session; and that the usual number of copies of the same, be printed for the use of the members.
Ordered, That the House of Representatives be informed thereof.
Mr Healon, from the select committee appointed to draft Rules for the government of the Seuatc, made report; which was read, and committed to a committee of the whole Senate, and made the order of the day, for to-morrow.
A Message was received from His Excellency the Governor; which was taken up and read as follows, to wit:
Fellow- Citizens of the Senate^ ami
of the House of Rep-esentatives :
You have been called to the performance of the legiRlativc duties of the State, at a period of unusual and cheering interest. Whether we confine our views to the condition of our own immediate constituents, or extend them over our whole Union; or, still further, over that part of the world for which we are chiefly solicitous, the prospect is of a roost gratifying character. At home, we have been blefised with unu¬ sual health; a genial season, and its consequent productiveness. All the means of individual prosperity have been spread before us in abun¬ dance. Our public works have progressed \vitl\ activity; the credit of the state continues to rise wfth her increasing means; the public dues have been promptly paid; population rapidly increases; and the opera¬ tions of the government are felt only in (lieir kindly and protecting in¬ fluences. Our fellow-citizens throughoiii the United States, have ge¬ nerally enjoyed similar blessings, and are in the same happy and pros¬ perous condition. In the Old World, the flame of liberty has been rekindled, not to rage with destructive and desolating fury, but to warm and animate its votaries, and shed on all its enlightening radiance. Its first consequences have been encouraging and salutary The bhackles of despotism have been broken, and those who imposed them left unin¬ jured. Men have asserted the rights of nature, and invested them¬ selves with freedom; assuming almost instantly a ne^v character, and acting their part with intuitive energy and manly moderation. Whilst we hope much from this state of things, for the amelioration and im¬ provement of the condition of our fellow men, it is our especial duty not to forget to whom both they and we are indebted for these bles¬ sings. Let us, with hearts full of gratitude, bow before the Omnipo¬ tent and Beneficent "Giver of every good and perfect gift;" and pour out oar thanks and praises for the innumerable benefits he has be- stewed upon us, mingled with earnest prayers that his favors may be continued to us and to all the family of man.
The administration of justice by means of the Judicial^, is amongst the most important functions of Government. Its failure is always sen- ttbly felt, mi only by parties litigant, but by society at large. Some