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House Journal 1826 (30-318941-P139B.pdf)

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The state of health within the prison, during the last year, has been equal to that in the village where it is situated, and even a single case of fever has never occurred within the establishment. The product of the labor of the prisoners has been nearly equal to the whole expense of their support and government, including not only provision and clothing, but their removal from the county prisons, the salary of the Warden, the compensation to the Chaplains & Overseers, the sums paid for medical attendance and to the convicts at the time of their discharge. Considering that a considerable number have been in solitary confinement where no labor could be performed, a greater product was not to have been expected. The Inspectors conclude their report by expressing “their satisfaction with the general management of the concerns of the Institution. Under the Resolve of the 21st February 1824, the Attorney General was appointed an Agent to collect the several demands assigned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to Maine; and also to institute any inquiries relative to certain bonds given for the performance of settling duties.

Having nearly completed the adjustment of the demands entrusted to him for collection and settlement, the Agent has given assurance that his report on the subject will be made at an early day of the present session. He has ascertained that no bonds given for the performance of settling duties as described in the Resolve aforesaid, have been enforced or commuted, and none have been paid, since the separation of this State from Massachusetts; and that by a Resolve of the Legislature of that Commonwealth, the time limited for the performance of the conditions expressed in said bonds has been extended to the present year.

I have received from Washington sundry documents showing the present situation of the joint claim of Massachusetts & Maine upon the General Government.

This claim amounting to upwards of eight hundred thousand dollars is for expenses incurred during the late war; and although for a number of years pending before congress, its merits have never yet been the subject of discussion or particular examination by that body. Having been investigated with great labor by

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Description: The journal of the House of Representatives 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: 1826

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