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DOCUMENTS



OF THE



TWENTY-NINTH SESSION OF



THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY



OF THE



STATE OF INDIANA,



BEGUN AND HELD AT



THE TOWN OF INDIANAPOLIS,



DECEMBER 2, 1844.



PART L



BY AUTHORITY,



INDIANAPOLIS:

J. P. CHAPMAN, STATE PRINTER.

1845.



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TABLE OF CONTENTS.



PART I.

Annual report of Auditor of State,
Annual report of Treasurer of State, -
Report of Superintendent of Common Schools,
Annual report of Secretary of State, -
Report of the Agent of State, - - -
Governor's Message, - - - . -
Report of President of State Bank,
Report of Commissioners of Sinking Fund, -
Annual report of Trustees of Indiana Asylum,
Report of Committee of Ways and Means, -
Reports of Branches of State Bank,



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- 77

- 81

- 83

- 93

- 109

- 121

- 134

- 143
. 163



PART II.



Report of President of State Bank, - - ^ - - 1
Memorials of Bondholders, - - - -5

Report of Superintendent of Wabash and Erie Canal, - - 13

Report of Auditor of State, 25

Report and Bill of Mr. Defrees, 27

Quarter-Master General's report, - - - - - - 35

Adjutant General's report, - - - -43

Report of Superintendent of State Prison, - - - - 51

Report of Visiters of State Prison, 59

Report of Examiners of New State prison, - - - - 61

Report of Superintendent of Wabash and Erie Canal, - - 69

Message and Executive Correspondence, - - - - 79

Report of Superintendent of Wabash and Erie Canal, - - 89

Report of the Agent of State, - - - 97

Report of Superintendent of Wabash and Erie Canal, - - 105
Message from the Governor and Communications from Bond-
holders, 113

Reports of the Majority and Minority of the Committee on

Canals and Internal Improvements, - - - 121
Reports of the Majority and Minority of the Committee on

Elections, - - - - 133



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ANNUAL REPORT



OF THE



AUDITOR OF STATE



OF THE



STATE OF INDIANA,



'FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING



OCTOBER 31, 1844.



INDIANAPOLIS:

J. P. CHAPMAN, STATE PRINTER.

1844.



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REPORT.



Auditor of State's Office, }
Indianapolis, Lid., November 4, 1844. \

To His Excellency, the Governor:

In compliance with the law devolving that duty upon me, I
have the honor to submit the f llowing, as the report of this depart-
ment for the fiscal year, - nencing November 1st, 1843, and
ending October 31st, 18'^i

The different funds, of .•<\-^ accounts are kept in this office, and
which constitute sourc(" ^i i;:'venue to the State, either in absolute
right or in a fiduciary cajfecity, will be found arranged in such form
and with such minuteness of detail, and accompaiiied with such
explanations, ^s, it is hoped, will furnish all desirable information, as
to the receipts and disbursements of the public moneys. In connec-
tion with the different exhibits, such suggestions have been submitted,
as, it is humbly trusted, will lead to such modifications of existing
laws, or such original provisions in reference to the public revenue,
as will secure its more prompt collection and beneficial expenditure.

GENERAL REVENUE.

The amount of revenue remaining in the Treasury on
the 1st day of November, 1843, provided all war-
rants audited prior to that date were paid, was $370,145 94

The amount received on account of revenue of 1844, 391 78

The amount collected and paid in on account of the

assessment on property and polls for 1843, - - 208,015 86

The amount paid by the State Bank on account of

tax for 1843, 4,182 84

The amount paid by the State Bank on account of tax

for 1841, 3,291 55

The amount paid bv the State Bank on account of tax

for 1842, - ■' 218 31

From arrears of revenue for 1842, - - - - 25,071 09

From arrears of revenue for 1841, - - - - 7,362 41



From arrears of revenue for 1840, - - . -
From arrears of revenue for 1839, - - . -
From arrears of revenue for 1837, - - - -
From arrears of revenue for 1832, - - . -

From sales of Indianapolis lots, (principal,)

From sales of Indianapolis lots, (interest,)

Amount of loan from the State Bank under the act of

January 15, 1844,

Amount paid by Administrators of estates without

known heirs, - .....
Loans of Bank Tax Fund refunded, ...

Interest received on account of loans of Bank Tax

Fund,

Amount received on account of costs of advertising

sales of lands mortgaged to Bank Tax Fund,
Amount of Bank Tax Fund received from the State

Bank under 15th section of Bank charter.
Amount of dividend on Bank Tax Fund |ivested in

bank stock, (Evansville branch,) - . . -
Amount of Congressional Township Fimd in the

Treasury at the date of the transfer of tfc books of

that fund to the Auditor's Office, (Jan. lstp.844,) -
Loans of Congressional Township FuHd rinded,
Interest received on account of loans of Congressional

Township Fund, -. - _.

Loans of Treasury Fund refunded, - - - .
Interest received on account of loans of Treasury

Fund, - ■ - - - •■ - - - 67 45

Amount of three per cent, fund in the Treasury at

the date of the transfer of the books of that fund to

the Auditor's Office, (January 1st, 1844,)
Amount received on account of sales of Michigan road

lands, -. - . - -
Amount received on account of sales of Dillon's His-
tory of Indiana, ._.-_-
Amount received on account of sales of Revised Sta-
tutes of 1843, _ -

Amount paid on account of incidental receipts,
Amount received from Commissioner of University

Township in Monroe,

Amount received from Commissioner of University

Township in Gibson, _-. - -
Amount received from Commissioners of Saline lands

in Washington and Orange, as principal.
Amount received from Commissioners of Saline lands

in Washington and Orange, as interest,
Loans of University Fund refunded, - . -



51


57


332


64


2


82




20


126


14


8


19


56,000 00


189


66


490 00


584


81


3


50


2,600 00


19


80


71


35


90 44


32


56


690


00



8,819


09


149


62


12


00


226

28


09
37


2,701


96


300


16


1,584 35


727
3,068


19
13



Interest received on account of loans of University
Fnnd, _ - 3,180 24

Amount received on account of costs of advertising

sales of lands mortgaged to University Fund, - 22 75

Loans of Saline Fund refunded, .... 2,583 78

Interest received on account of loans of Saline Fund, 2,079 18

Amount received on account of costs of advertising

sales of lands mortgaged to Saline Fund, - - 10 50

Amount of Surplus Revenue Fund in the Treasury at
the date of the transfer of the books of that fund
to Auditor's Office, (January 1st, 1844,)

Interest received on account of loans of Surplus Re-
venue Fund, - - - -

Amount received on account of costs of advertising
sales of lands mortgaged to Surplus Revenue Fund,

Amount of Bank Tax Fund in the Treasury at the
date of the transfer of the books of that fund to
the Auditor's Office, (January 1st, 1844,) - . -

Amount received on acco-jut of Common School Fund
derived from bank dividends, - - - -

Amount received on accou.vit of damages on sales of
lands mortgaged to UuivLrsity Fund, - - -

Amount received on accouiit of premium on eastern
drafts, (being 2 per cent, deducted from warrants
paid at the Treasury,) 635 33



138 35


282 25


23 38


946 25


77,062 51


83 25



Total receipts from General Revenue, - - 784,705 64



RECEIPTS ON ACCOUNT OF INTERNAL IM-
PROVEMENT FUND.

Amount received on account of sales of Wabash and

Erie canal lands east of Tippecanoe, (interest,) 95 04

Amount received on account of sales of Wabash and

Erie canal lands west of Tippecanoe, - - - 141,070 87

Amount received on account of tolls and water rents

on Wabash and Erie canal east of Tippecanoe, - 31,754 86

Amount received of water rents on northern division

of Central canal, 688 17

Amount received from tolls on the Madison and Indi-
anapolis Rail Road, 689 16

Amount received on account of tolls on New Albany

and Vincennes Turnpike, 5,951 23

Amount received on account of tolls on White Water

Canal, - - 5 00

Amount received on account of Lawrenceburgh and

Indianapolis Rail Road Company, - - - 102,529 99



Amount of scrip issued on account of Wabash and

Erie Canal east of Tippecanoe, - - - . 95,000 00
Amount of scrip issued on account of Wabash and

Erie Canal west of Tippecanoe, - - . . 170,000 00
Amount received on account of State Bonds, - - 4,161 25

Amount received on account of compromise property, 69,231 36
Amount paid on account of incidental receipts of Fund

Commissioner, - - - - 908 01

Amount received from sales of bank stock derived

from 4th instalment of Surplus Revenue, - - 437,450 00



Total receipts on account of Internal Improvement, - 1,059,534 94
Add receipts from General Revenue, - - - 784,705 64

Total receipts from Nov. 1st, 1843, to Oct. 31st, 1844,

both days included, $1,844,240 58



GENERAL DISBURSEMENTS.

Amount audited on account of salaries of Executive

Officers, 3,102 04

Amount audited on account of salaries of Supreme

and Circuit Judges and Sheriff of Supreme Court, 17,883 40

Amount audited on account of salaries of Prosecuting

Attorneys, - - -_. 1,693 40

Amount audited on account of salaries of Adjutant

and Quarter Master C4enerals, - . - - 227 12

Amount audited on account of public printing and

distributing laws, -.-.-_ 15,834 13

Amount audited on account of stationery and fuel for

Legislature and public offices, - - . . 12,959 15
Amount audited on account of Legislature, - - 25,112 62
Amount audited on account of Probate Judges, - 4,004 00

Amount audited on account of specific appropriations, 7,279 38

Amount audited on account of State Library, - 382 56

Amount audited on account of State House, - - 1,447 89

Amount audited on account of State Prison, (convey-
ing convicts,) - - - - 1,417 88

Amount audited on account of new State" Prison, - 3,500 00
Amount audited on account of revenue of 1839, re-
funded, 50

Amount audited on account of revenue of 1840, re-
funded, 127 81

Amount audited on account of revenue of 1841, re-
funded, 278 43

Amount audited on account of revenue of 1842, re-
funded, 818 65



32

289


73

68


4,462


50


1,085


00


8,359


93


2,765


00


34 50


13 50


5


25


5


25



Amount audited on account of revenue of 1843, re-
funded, 78 79

Amount audited on account of revenue of 1844, re-
funded, .. - -_ -

Amount audited on account of three per cent, fund, -

Amount audited on account of salaries of professors
in State University, - - -

Amount audited on account of loans made of Univer-
sity Fund, - - - -

Amount audited on account of loans made of Saline
Fund,

Amount audited on account of loans made of Bank
Tax Fund,

Amount audited on account of costs of advertising
sales of land mortgaged to University Fund,

Amount audited on account of costs of advertising
sales of land mortgaged to Saline Fund,

Amount audited on account of costs of advertising
sales of land mortgaged to Bank Tax Fund,

Amount audited on account of costs of advertising
sales of land mortgaged to Surplus Revenue Fund,

Amount audited on account of costs of advertising
sales of lands mortgaged to Congressional Town-
ship Fund, - 75

Lands mortgaged to UnivRrsity Fund unsold for want
of bidders, (charged on the books before their trans-
fer to Auditor's Office,) . . . - .

Lands mortgaged to Saline Fund unsold for want of
bidders, (charged as preceding item,) - - -

Amount audited on account of damages on sales of
lands mortgaged to University Fund, -

Amount audited on account of damages on sales of
lands mortgaged to Saline Fund, - . -

Amount audited on account of Deaf and Dumb Asylum,

Amount audited on account of hypothecation of Trea-
sury notes for bank loan under act of January 15,
1844,

Amount audited on account of interest paid in ad-
vance on bank loan, - - -

Amount audited on account of exchange on loan from
the Michigan City Branch, - - . - -

Amount audited on account of wolf scalps,

Amount audited on account of Governor's House,

Amount audited on account of contingent fund,

Amount audited on account of expenses of State Uni-
versity, - - - -

Amount audited on account of expenses of Saline
Fund,



1,473 60


457


69


435


05


58 75
1,168 75


67,868


74


6,720 00


690

2

638

1,386


00
00
62
54


339


10


388


72



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Amount audited on account of Surplus Revenue in-
terest, (paid to Lake County,) . . . . 75 00

Amount audited on account of proceeds of Revised

Statutes of 1843, refunded, .... 35 00

Ainount audited on account of Michigan Road, - 116 66



Total disbursements on account of general objects of

expenditure, $195,056 06



DISBURSEMENTS ON ACCOUNT OF INTER-
NAL IMPROVEMENT FUND.

Amount audited on account of construction of Wa-
bash and Erie canal west of Tippecanoe, - - 215,959 03

Amount audited on account of repairs on Wabash

and Erie canal west of Tippecanoe, . - - 9,450 00

Amount audited on account of incidental expenses of

Wabash and Erie canal west of Tippecanoe, - 7,399 68

Amount audited on account of incidental expenses of

Wabash and Erie canal east of Tippecanoe, - 2,378 73

Amount audited on account of construction of New

Albany and Vincennes Road, .... 1,599 96

Amount audited on account of repairs on New Alba-
ny and Vincennes Road, - - - ' - - 4,012 81

Amount audited on account of incidental expenses of

New Albany and Vincennes Road, ... 338 46

Amount audited on account of incidental expenses of

Cross Cut Canal, 101 50

Amount audited on account of construction of north-
ern division of Central Canal, .... 25 00

Amount audited on account of repairs on northern

division of Central Canal, 156 32

Amount audited on account of incidental expenses of

northern division of Central Canal, ... 323 40

Amount audited on account of incidental expenses of

Lafayette and Indianapolis road, ... 1 20

Amount audited on account of contingencies a^^ca-

ble to the whole system of internal improvement, 19 75

Amount audited on account of five per cent, bank scrip

redeemed and cancelled, - ... - 91,990 00

Amount audited on account of interest on five per

cent, bank scrip redeemed, 3,823 52

Amount audited on account of Wabash and Erie ca-
nal scrip east of Tippecanoe, redeemed and can-
celled, 44,017 76

Amount audited on account of Wabash and Erie ca-
nal scrip east of Tippecanoe, redeemed, - - 3,887 82



Amount audited on account of Wabash and Erie ca-
nal scrip west of Tippecanoe, redeemed and can-
celled, 135,275 00

Amount audited on account of Treasury notes, re-
deemed and cancelled, 200,525 00

Amount audited on account of interest on Treasury

notes, redeemed, - "^ - - - - - 28,358 00

Amount audited on account of State bonds, redeemed

and cancelled, 262,079 55

Amount audited on account of interest on State bonds,

redeemed and cancelled, _ . - - . 4,903 53

Amount audited on account of State bonds, redeemed

by State Agent, ... . - - 47,000 00

Amount audited on account of incidental expenses of

Madison and Indianapolis .Rail Road, - . - 266 12

Amount audited on account of incidental expenses of

State Agent, 4,436 87

Amount audited on account of Jersey City property, 600 00

Amount audited on account of incidental expenses of

Lawrenceburgh and Indianapolis Rail Road, - 35 81

Amount audited on account of bonds of the Law-
renceburgh and Indianapolis Rail Road Company,
redeemed and cancelled, . - - . .

Amount audited on account of incidental expenses of
Treasury notes, .-..-.-

Amount audited on account of compromise property,

Amount audited on account of Morris Canal and
Banking Company,

Amount audited on account of bank of Western New
York, (taxes on Georgia lands,) . . . -

Amount audited on account of payments by State
Agent under joint resolutions, ....

Amount audited on account of interest on Wabash

and Erie canal lands, refunded, ... - 44 07

Amount audited on account of Wabash and Erie ca-
nal scrip east of Tippecanoe, refunded, - - 100 00

Total disbursements on account of Internal Improve-
ment, - $1,277,438 08

Add general disbursements as above, - - 195,056 06
Total amount audited from the 1st day of November,
1843, to 31st day of October, 1844, both days in-
cluded, 1,472,494 14

Total receipts as above, 1,844,240 58

Total expenditures as above, .... 1,472,494 14

Balance in the Treasury on the 1st day of Novem-
ber, 1844, provided all warrants audited prior to

that date were paid, 371,746 44

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182,975 00


256 68
300 89


100 00


1,012 85


23,683 77



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From an examination of the registers of warrants at
the Treasurer's Office, it appears that there are
now outstanding regular treasury warrants to the
amount of 3,581 50

Internal improvement warrants outstanding, (same as

reported last year,) - - - - - - 94,341 96



Total, 97,923 46

Add excess of receipts as above, - - - . 371,746 44



True amount in the Treasury at the close of the fiscal

year, ending Oct. 31st, 1844, .... $469,669 90

The balance in the Treasury consists principally cf treasury notes,
paid in as revenue for 1843, and Wabash and Erie Canal land scrip,
east and west of Tippecanoe, issued for the construction of that canal,
and received for tolls, water-rents and sales of lands. But a very
small portion of it will be available in defraying the ordinary expen-
ses of the government.

A loan from the bank, under the law of last session, has enabled
the treasury to meet the demands upon it, during the year just termi-
nated, and thus prevented the losses or inconveniences to which the
public creditors must otherwise have been subjected. It is confident-
ly anticipated that the severe embarrassments of the treasury, which
seemed, last year, to justify a resort to a loan from the bank, as the
least evil that presented itself, will cease to exist, as soon as the pres-
ent year's revenue shall become available. Since the issue of our
treasury notes, and especially after their heavy depreciation in 1842,
the revenue has been paid almost exclusively in that currency. It is
believed, however, in consequence of the appreciation which has re-
cently taken place, in the value of these notes, that a considerable
portion of the present year's revenue will be paid in current funds. —
The act of last winter, requiring county treasurers to keep detailed
statements of the kind of funds received, will also, probably, contrib-
ute to relieve the treasury from the embarrassments flowing from
an exclusive receipt of treasury notes. While I would express it as
my opinion that the present year's revenue may be relied upon to meet
the regular demands upon the treasury, it w'ould be a matter of pru-
dence, on the part of the Legislature, to authorize a resort to some
other mode of raising money, in the event that the anticipation of suf-
ficient receipts from the revenue should not be realized.

As the legislative expenses fall due before the revenue becomes re-
ceivable, some mode of payment will have to be provided, in the event,
which may be relied upon with certainty, that the current funds on
hand will not be suflicient to meet them and other demands becoming
due, at the close of the present quarter. A provision similar to that
in the act of last session, (General Laws, Chapter 89,) authorising



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county treasurers to redeem such warrants as may be issued, would, it
is confidently believed, insure their prompt payment.

As the amounts audited on account of revenue refunded may seem
to be unusually large, I would remark in explanation, that at the set-
tlements with the Treasurers of Carroll, Daviess and Dearborn, for
revenue of 1842, the entire sums paid by those Treasurers were .cred-
ited to revenue of that year, when $592 S3 should have been credited
to delinquencies of 1840 and 1841. In consequence of this, the reve-
nue of 1842, due from those counties, appeared to have been overpaid
to that amount. As it was deemed important that each. year should
be credited with the amount of revenue received for such year, v/ar-
rants and receipts to the amount of $592 83 were interchanged be-
tween this office and that of the Treasurer, as the only mode by which
the necessary correction could be made. The amount actually refund-
ed has not, therefore, been as large as the expenditures on this ac-
count for the preceding year.

The ordinary expenditures on account of the State Government
for the fiscal year ending Oct. 31st, 1844, have been as follows,
to-wit:

Executive Officers, $3,102 04

Judiciary, (Supreme and Circuit Judges, and Sheriff of

Supreme Court,) - , - 17,883 40

Prosecuting Attorneys, 1,693 40

Militia, (Adjutant and Q. M. General's Salaries,) - - 227 12

Public Printing and Distributing Laws, - - . 15,834 13

Stationery and Fuel, 12,959 15

Legislature, 25,112 62

Probate Judges, 4,004 00

Specific Appropriations, 7,279 38

State Library, 382 56

State House, 1,447 89

State Prison (Conveying Convicts,) . . . . 1,417 88

New State Prison, 3,500 00

Deaf and Dumb Asylum, 1,168 75

Governor's House, 638 62

Contingent Fund, 1,386 54



Total, ... % 98,037 48

The only two items, in which the expenditures have, to any con-
siderable extent, exceeded the estimates submitted to the Legislature
at its last session, are the public printing and stationery accounts.
This excess originates from the heavy and alarming demands which
have been made on the Treasury, on account of the Revised Statutes
of 1843. No separate accounts have been kept of expenditures for
those Statutes ; but it appears from the vouchers on file that the sum
of $9,778 36 has been paid, during the last year, on account of print-



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ing alone. What portion of the stationery account should justly be
chargeable to the same object, I have no means of ascertaining defi-
nitely. Nearly $ 10,000 were audited for stationery before I came
into office ; and it is to be regretted that the desirable distinction, be-
tween the different purposes for which it was purchased, had not been
kept, either in the vouchers or on the books of this office. In three
vouchers, I find that stationery to the amount of $5,256 was pur-
chased for the Revised Statutes — how much more than that has been
paid on their account, cannot be stated.



UNEXPENDED BALANCES.

Public Printing and Distributing Laws, - - $ 7,575 35

Legislature, 1,218 71

State Prison, (conveying convicts,) - - - 585 25

Specific Appropriations, 4,344 25

State House, - - - - " - - - 3,952 11

New State Prison, 1,500 00

Contingent Fund, 243 30

Governor's House, - ... - - 200 46

Militia, (Adjutant and Q. M. General's Salaries,) 24 48

Total, - . - - 19,643 91



APPROPRIATIONS OVERDRAWN.

Prosecuting Attorneys, $330 06

Executive Officers, ...... 501 85

Judiciary, (Sup. and Cir. Judges and Sheriff Sup. Ct.,) - 14,826 20

Probate Judges, .-_ - .. 833 00

State Library, 142 70

Stationery and Fuel, 7,360 53



Total, .... 23,994 34

It is estimated that the following appropriations will be required
for ordinary expenditures accruing for the year 1845 alone, to-wit:

Indiana Legislature, $25,000 00

Executive Officers, 4,300 00

Supreme and Circuit Judges and Sheriff of Supreme

Court, 15,300 00

Prosecuting Attorneys, . . . _ 1,850 00

State Prison, (Conveying Convicts,) - - 1,600 00

Specific Appropriations, .... 5,000 00

Contingent Expenses of Governor, - - 1,000 00



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Probate Judges, 3,500 00

Public Printing and Distributing Laws, - 7,000 00

Stationery for Printing and Puljlic Offices, - 2,000 00

Salaries of Adjutant and Quarter Master Generals, 200 00

State Library, (including Librarian's Salary,) - 500 00

Deaf and Dumb Asylum, - . - _ 700 00

Total, - - - - $67,950 00

The foregoing estimates are made upon the supposition that the
act of December 14, 1843, reducing the salaries of the Governor and
other officers, and members of the Legislature, will remain unchang-
ed. Should it be deemed advisable to amend such provisions of that
law as have been found to operate prejudicially upon the public in-
terests, and which, it is supposed, cannot be reconciled with the prin-
ciples of sound economy, a corresponding change will have to be
made in the estimated amounts of appropriation.

No estimates have been made for the New State Prison, the State



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