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Senate Journal 1824 (30-318503-P145A.pdf)


unexpended after defraying every charge incident to the entire completion of that establishment, it is not expected that there will be any considerable demands on the Treasury the ensuing year except such as may arise from the ordinary operations of the Government. This will, however, depend upon the Legislature. If additional grants be made they will require a corresponding attention to ways and means. In any event, I trust we shall not have recourse to loans. It cannot be good policy for a government to expend beyond its revenue, or to pledge its future means for the discharge of its present necessities.

A proper attention to economy is expected from those who hold the public purses. While the people contribute willingly to meet all the necessary exigencies of the Government, they require a judicious application of the revenue for useful and proper purposes, and a trict[strict] accountability in all who are entrusted with its disbursements.

The resourses[resources] of this State are considerable in its lands, but greater, incomparably greater, in the enterprise, industry and frugal habits of its population. That this resource may never fail, how vastly important it is that the rising generation should be trained so similar habits; above all, that they should be guarded from those vices which strike at the foundation of man's usefulness in this life and his hopes of the future, and over which, when once rooted, neither example nor law, nor public opinion seem to have even a perceptible influence.

I shall communicate with you, by special message, upon several other subjects that may require Legislative consideration; and, at all times, afford every assistance in my

Description: The journal of the Senate documents the proceedings in the chamber, including actions taken on bills, petitions and reports from committees read, and votes taken. The journals are not transcripts and therefore do not include floor speeches that are found in the modern Legislative Records.

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Language: English

Date: 1824

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