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been killed in the Service, and to extend the Provisions of the same.
CHAPTER VI. An Act to make good certain Monies issued and advanced by His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor, in pursuance of several Addresses during the last Session (15761. Os. 8d. granted for clerks and contingencies last Session of Parliament, &c.).
CHAPTER VII. An Act to repeal Part of, and alter and amend an Act passed in the 33.1 Year of His Majesty's Reign, entituled, “ An Act to provide for the Nomination and Appointment of Parish and Town Officers.”
CHAPTER VIII. An Act further to continue an Act passed in the 46th Year of His Majesty's Reign, entituled, “An Act to make Provision for certain Sheriffs in this Province, and also to extend the Provisions of the said Act” (to continue four years, &c.).
CHAPTER IX. An Act to enable the Commissioners of Gaol Delivery and Oyer and Terminer to proceed, although the Court of King's Bench be sitting in the Home District, for which they are commissioned.
The following extract from the Kingston Gazette gives an account of the termination of this session.
On the 7th of April, 1817, the provincial parliament of Upper Canada was prorogued.
“ This sudden and unexpected step was taken in consequence of the Commons House of Assembly, having on Thursday, the 3d of April, after fifteen days notice, resolved itself into a committee of the whole, to take into consideration the present state of the province. The subjects proposed to be discussed, were,
“ 1st. The propriety and expediency of preventing emigration from the United States.
“ 2d. The post office establishment.
“ 4th. The granting of lands to the volunteer Aank companies, and the incorporated militia who served during the late war.
“ On that day (Thursday), it was unanimously resolved, as a parliamentary step towards obtaining the necessary information, that an humble address be presented to his Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor, requesting him to inform this House whether any orders have been received from his Majesty's government at home, making an allotment of lands to the volunteer and incorporated militia who served during the late war.
“ After which Mr. Nichol proposed the following resolutions on the first and third subjects, and No. I was adopted. The Committee then rose, reported their resolutions, and asked leave to sit again on Saturday. On that day the investigation of the subject was resumed, and after a great deal of debate, Nos. 2 and 3 were adopted.
“ When the 4th was proposed, several members who had voted for the adoption of the other two, stated that they could not in justice to themselves support this resolution, without first examining and being convinced that the acts 13th George II. and 30th George III. were still in force, as therein stated, and particularly so, as several members seemed to doubt that fact.
“ The question being put, was lost by the casting vote of the chairman, Mr. Cameron.
“ The Committee then rose, reported the two resolutions adopted, and asked leave to sit again on Monday. The Speaker resumed the chair, and on the question for receiving the report, the House divided, and the yeas and nays were as follows.
“ Yeas. M.Donnell, M.Martin, Cameron, Jones, Howard, Casey, Robinson, Nellis, Secord, Nichol, Burwell, M'Cormic, Cornwall-13.
Nays. Van Coughnet, Chrystler, Fraser, Cotter, M Nabb, Swayze, and Clench—7.
“ Carried by a majority of six.
“ On Monday, 7th April, at 11 o'clock, A. M. before the minutes of the former day were read, and without any previous notice, the Commons, to the great surprise of all the members, were summoned to the bar of the Legislative Council, when his Excellency having assented in his Majesty's vame to several bills, and reserved for his Majesty's pleasure the Bank Bill, and another, to enable creditors to sue joint debtors separately, put an end to the session by the following
“ Honourable Gentlemen of the Legislative Council,
and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly. “ The session of the provincial legislature having been protracted by an unusual interruption of business at its commencement, your longer absence from your respective avocations, must be too great a sacrifice for the objects which may remain to occupy your attention.
“ I have therefore come to close the session, and permit you to return to your homes.
“ In accepting in the name of his Majesty the supply for defraying the deficiency of the funds which have hitherto served to meet the charges of the administration of justice, and support of the civil government of this province, I have great satisfaction in acknowledging the readiness manifested to meet this exigence.”
York, April 7, 1817.”
“ RESOLUTIONS adopted, and those proposed to the Commons House of Assembly for adoption, on Thursday, 3d April
Resolved, 1st. That an act was passed in the 13th year of George the Second, for naturalizing such foreign Protestants and others therein mentioned, as were then or should thereafter be settled in any of his Majesty's colonies in North America.—(Adopted.)
“ Resolved, 2d.—That an act was passed in the 30th year of his Majesty's reign, entituled, an act for encouraging new settlers in his Majesty's colonies in America.-(Adopted.)
“ Resolved, 3d.---That the said acts were enacted for the express purpose of facilitating and encouraging the settlements of his Majesty's American dominions. (Adopted.)
“ Resolved, 4th.--That the said acts are still in force, and that subjects of the United States may lawfully come into, and settle in this province, hold land, and be entitled to all the privileges and immunities of natural born subjects therein, on complying with the several formalities required by the said acts and the existing laws of this province.
• Resolved, 5th.—That during the late war with the United States, from the want of population, the operations of the king's armies were frequently delayed and defeated;
the country itself much injured by the frequent calls upon the people for militia service and for transport; and an enormous expense occasioned to the mother country, from the insufficiency of transport and supplies.
“ Resolved, 6th.- That the province contains immense tracts of uncultivated land of the very best quality, which if occupied by an industrious population, would in a short time furnish ample supplies. of provisions and lumber for his Majesty's West India colonies, increase the carrying trade of our mother country; and add considerably to the general wealth and prosperity of the British empire.
“ Resolved, 7th. That at the present moment, from the discouragement given to settlers from the United States, very many respectable and valuable settlers have been prevented from emigrating to this province.
“ Resolved, 81h.—That an humble address be presented to his Excellency the Lieutenant-governor, stating the injury that has been sustained by the province, and the check given to its population and prosperity by the preventing emigrants from the United States from taking the oath of allegiance to his Majesty, and praying that he will direct any orders that may have been made, prohibiting the admission of persons from the United States to take the oath of allegiance, be rescinded.
Resolved, 9th.—That the large tracts of crown and clergy reserves throughout the province, are insurinountable obstacles to the forming well connected settlements, which is an object of no small importance in a country where the opening and keeping roads in repair is attended with great expense and labour. But in a political point of view, the measure is still more objectionable, from its holding out great inducements to future wars with the United States, by affording the means of partially indemnifying themselves, or rewarding their followers in the event of conquest. Resolved, 10th.—That the sale of the crown reserves,