Transcribe Page

Senate Journal 1828 (30-318507-P118A.pdf)

It is due all the officers with whom I have been immediately associated to acknowledge a high respect for their efforts to promote the public good.

Regarding more particularly the objects of the administration of the past year, the prescriptions to the executive by your immediate predecessors stand conspicuous .The wisdom displayed will not only command a grateful recollection hereafter but is evidently approved at present, as is attested by the presence of so large a portion of the members of the last Legislature. The proof of zeal and fidelity in the execution of what that distinguished body prescribed is to be foud if at all in these documents now respectively submitted to your examination. These will be found among them the proper reports relating to two objects of internal improvement the Kennebec and Houlton roads which are of primary consequence, and not only demanded by existing wants but which must gradually grow in importance and utility. They are adverted to now because all that has been done, has been simply in the way of preparation and much is still required for the effectuation of the object. As a responsible representative of the people having no other opportunity of advancing the opinions I entertain. I must beg leave to refer this consideration, connected with the proposed location of the seat of Government to your serious deliberation. It relates only to the method of accomplishing the purposes which eventually will require of the people that exertion of liberality which seems to be imposed on those who are founding great establishment, more for the benefit of their descendants that themselves. Debtsmith individuals on States too comonly result in the evils of insolvency, and however plausible the argument may be that future generations ought to have imposed on them in part, the burdens of the public contributions we may think for their benefit, the human character is such that an entailment of a debt, public or private, is commonly honored at first only by its increase, which is followed by the refusal to pay it and afterwards by disgraceful contentions.

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.

Link to document in Digital Maine

Language: English

Date: 1828

Image 234 of 298