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Senate Journal 1836 (30-318513-P254A.pdf)

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may develop, to recompense a hundred fold the expense of it, the incidental information relative to the topographical features of the State, which must accrue [?] from the work, would be of lasting importance to the prosecution of subsequent works of internal improvements, particularly in the location of railroads and canals. Already several States have executed similar surveys, within their respective limits, and in no instance it is believed, to the regret of any portion of their citizens. With the foresight and liberality becoming a great nation possessed of a vast domain of uncertain value, the Federal Government has given as an example of this nature, which cannot fail sooner or later, to be followed by every State in the Union, It is by the enlistment of science in this manner, with the means that government possesses, that the conveniences and wealth, which would otherwise be left to be disclosed to posterity by accident, can be secured and enjoyed by the present generation. In view of the wide and inviting field before us, which the territory of this State presents, and the known anxiety that prevails for information of this character lying beyond the reach of individual enterprise. I cannot conceive the policy of the measure suggested, to be at this day in any degree doubtful. It expediency, however involves a question, which is appropriately within your exclusive province to decide, and I invite your attention to it, under the full conviction, that you will duly appreciate its importance. The means already in operation for the general diffusion of knowledge in the State, are both creditable and efficient. There is however at all times more to be apprehended from neglect in relation to this important subject by legislators, than from excess of encouragement. In this connection I know of no measure more urgent or better calculated to secure permanent advantage to our common Schools those that which I have heretofore had occasion to present for the consideration of the Legislature. I allude to the making of additional provision for

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: 1836

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