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Senate Journal 1830 (30-318509-P164B.pdf)

Message of the Governor Gentlemen of the Senate and of the House of Representatives. XVI [ See Journal of the Senate Page 85-]

The new and responsible relation in which I stand to you and to the People, cannot but bring with it the associations which have accompanies the performance of the duties of another, in the Executive department of the Government for the political year which has just expired. The sudden removal by death of my Predecessor, in the first Executive office of the State, from the service and honors of the Public, has excited the deepest sensibilities of his immediate associates, and should impress upon us, not only a recollection of the transient and evanescent tenure of public and official station, but of life itself; and that the results and consequences of our Councils and our Acts as Public Agents, will, in all probability, in a greater or less degree, affect the public interest, when we shall also have passed from the scenes of the present life. No selfish views aside from the Public good, can properly enter into the administration of a Government instituted, maintained and preserved to aid and promote the true happiness of the whole society for which that Government has been ordained. The legitimate ends to be obtained by Government are few and simple, and are presented by the common Ruler of human affairs, to the perception of all minds, in a form too tangible and plain to be misunderstood, or to escape the powers of comprehension common to all Men, and might be readily anticipated, even without the benefit of experience. The very nature of Man is adapted to the social condition, and the end of Government must be the correction of natural and moral evil incident to that nature and to that condition. Although the end of Government is theirs simple and plain, the means of producing it, amidst the various, complicated and multiplied circumstances of human condition and of human pailties, has rendered the knowledge of Government, proverbially, the most difficult of all sciences. To render it

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: 1830

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