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quarter, and lot number three, of section twenty, town thirty-six north, range three west, containing fifty-eight and eighty one-hundredth acres, and relying upon his ability to purchase the title of said lands of the government at one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre when the government should put the said lands in market, said Heaphy settled upon and improved said lands by clearing and cultivating the same, having at this time about twenty acres under improvement;

AND WHEREAS, The government never put said lands on the market for sale, but instead transferred them to the State as State swamp lands, and they never came into market, so that said Heaphy could purchase them until the fifteenth day of November, eighteen hundred and seventy-six when, under the provisions of a State law governing the sale of State swamp lands, they were held at eight dollars per acre ;

AND WHEREAS, Without the improvements made upon said lands by said Heaphy they would not be worth more than the minimum price of government lands, and it would be a manifest injustice to said Heaphy to compel him to pay the State the increased value of the lands caused by improvements he himself has made upon said lands;

AND WHEREAS, Said Heaphy settled upon said lands and improved the same in good faith, as above set forth; therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the Commissioner of the State Land Office be and he is hereby authorized to issue certificate of purchase to John Heaphy, his heirs or assigns, for the northeast quarter of the southwest quarter, and lot three of section twenty, town thirty-six north, of range three west, containing fifty-eight and eighty one-hundredths acres, upon the payment of one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre.

This resolution shall take immediate effect.
Approved April 17, 1877.

[ No. 19.] JOINT RESOLUTION requesting the Commissioner of Insurance to confer

with Commissioners of Insurance in other States, and prepare and present to the next Legislature in January, eighteen hundred and seventy-nine, a form of law to govern life insurance companies doing business in this State.

WHEREAS, The people of the State of Michigan are largely interested in the matter of life insurance, and the contracts in the majority of cases not terminating until the death of the insured, the interests of the people demand a simpler form of contract than is now attainable, one in which their rights in case of their inability to meet their future payments should be clearly and distinctly stated; also, in cases of death by suicide, the use of ardent spirits or narcotics; also, the question of the absolute incontestability of policies after they shall have been in force for a certain number of years ;

AND WHEREAS, To successfully inaugurate these and other reforms demanded, the coöperation of other States is desirable, for the reason that the greater por

tion of the insurance on the lives of residents of this State is in companies of other States;

AND WHEREAS, The Commissioners of Insurance of the several States hold annual conventions for the purpose of discussing matters touching the improvement of the statutes relating to insurance and other subjects pertaining to State supervision, and that body having now under advisement a bill to improve the statutes in respect to life insurance, with a view to secure its passage, when perfected, by the Legislatures of the several States, thus securing desired cquality (equity] and uniformity; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the Commissioner of Insurance of this State be requested to confer with the Commissioners of other States upon the subject (subjects] alluded to in the preamble of this resolution, touching surrender values, and the forfeiture of policies, and report, in January, eighteen hundred and seventy-nine, to the Legislature of this State a form of law governing life insurance companies doing business herein for its consideration.

Approved April 21, 1877.

[ No. 20. ] JOINT RESOLUTION authorizing the Commissioner of the State Land

Office to issue a certificate of sale of certain primary school land to George Dayton.

WHEREAS, It appears that the southeast quarter of the northwest quarter of section sixteen, in township nine north, of range nine west, is now owned by the State of Michigan by reason of forfeiture for non-payment of interest;

AND WHEREAS, The State has added to the purchasing price of said land the value of all improvements, amounting to the sum of three hundred and fifty dollars;

AND WHEREAS, It appears by the petition of George Dayton he claims that he has an equitable interest in said land, and that he furnished the money to improve said land;

AND WHEREAS, It further appears that said George Dayton is the owner of all the interest in the certificate issued by said State for said land, and that he was prevented from redeeming said land, or from paying the State the amount due upon said certificate by misrepresentation and fraud on the part of his grantor; therefore, be it

Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the Commissioner of the State Land Office be and he is hereby authorized to execute and deliver to George Dayton, his heirs, or assigns, a certificate of purchase of the southeast quarter of the northwest quarter of section sixteen, township nine north, of range nine west, providing therein for the payment to the State thereon of the minimum price of four dollars per acre with interest, together with any unpaid taxes.

Approved April 24, 1877.

[No. 21. ] JOINT RESOLUTION for the dating of pensions allowed by the United

States Government. Resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Michigan (the Senate concurring), That our Senators and Representatives in Congress be respectfully requested to use their influence for the passage of House bill number two thousand eight hundred and three, and in accordance with Senate bill number two thousand four hundred and fifty-four, both favorably reported from the respective committees of pensions in Congress : Allowing pensions to date from discharge in case of the soldier, and from the death of the husband in the case of widows.

Resolved, That his Excellency the Governor be requested to transmit copies of the foregoing resolution to each of our Senators in Congress.

Approved April 25, 1877.

[No. 22.] JOINT RESOLUTION authorizing the Board of State Auditors to make an

equitable settlement with Thomas Robinson. WHEREAS, On the fourth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight, Thomas Robinson had a balance due him in the State Land Office on a certain order for State swamp land scrip of thirty-seven dollars and eighty-six cents; therefore

Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the Board of State Auditors be and they are hereby authorized and instructed to make a just and equitable settlement with the said Thomas Robinson, and upon said settlement to grant unto the said Robinson his proper credit.

This resolution shall take immediate effect.
Approved April 25, 1877.

[No. 23. ] JOINT RESOLUTION authorizing the Board of State Auditors to dispose of

the surplus copies of the session laws, journals and documents of the State.

WHEREAS, A large number of session laws, journals and documents belonging to the State have accumulated since the organization of the State, and cannot be disposed of under existing laws; therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State (f Michigan, That the Board of State Auditors be and they are hereby authorized, in their discretion, to dispose of all such session laws, journals and documents,

now on hand, as in their judgment cannot be sold or disposed of under existing laws, and that they pay the money received therefor into the State treasury.

This resolution shall take immediate effect.
Approved April 25, 1877.

[No. 24.1 JOINT RESOLUTION authorizing the Auditor General to correct certain

certificates of tax sales issued to Merritt H. Waterman, and the records thereof, and of such sales.

WHEREAS, On the fifth day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-four, at a public sale of lands situated in the county of Wayne and State of Michigan, made under the direction of the Auditor General, and held in the city of Detroit, for delinquent State and county taxes for the year eighteen hundred and seventy-three, Merritt H. Waterbury, of Greenbush, in the State of New York, became and was the purchaser of the west half of the southeast quarter and the east half of the southwest quarter of section ten (10), township four (4), south of range nine (9) east, in said county;

AND WHEREAS, The certificates of said purchases which were afterwards delivered to said Merritt H. Waterbury, viz. : certificates numbered sixty-eight and sixty-nine, the name Merritt H. Waterman was erroneously inserted as purchaser instead of the name Merritt H. Waterbury, and the said name, Merritt H. Waterman, appears upon the books in the office of the county treasurer of the county of Wayne, and upon the records in the office of the Auditor General as the purchaser at said sale ;

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the Auditor General of the State of Michigan is hereby directed, upon presentation of said certificates numbered as aforesaid, to cause the name of Merritt H. Waterbury to be inserted therein, instead and in place of the name Merritt H. Waterman, wherever the same appears in said certificates, and to cause the records of such certificates and sales in his office to be corrected so as to correspond with said certificates after the same shall have been changed as aforesaid, and to notify the treasurer of the county of Wayne of such changes and corrections.

This resolution shall take immediate effect.
Approved April 25, 1877.

[ No. 25.] JOINT RESOLUTION extending the time for the completion of the Mar

quette, Houghton, and Ontonagon Railroad. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, That the time limited for the completion of the Marquette, Houghton, and Ontonagon Railroad be and the same is hereby extended to January one, eighteen hundred and eighty: Provided, That the Board of Control of Railroads may, any time after July one, eighteen hundred and seventy-eight, direct the immediate commencement of work at the village of Ontonagon, continuing southerly, striking the mineral range at or near the village of Rockland.

This resolution passed the House and Senate by a two-thirds vote, and ordered to take immediate effect.

Approved April 25, 1877.

[No. 26.] JOINT RESOLUTION confirming the sale of certain primary school lands,

and authorizing a patent to be issued for the same to Henry Moses. WHEREAS, It appears that on the tweuty-third day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five, certificate number six thousand and fifty-two, was issued to David Cahoon, for primary school land and that the whole amount of principal and interest and taxes, interest and charges on said certificate has been paid according to law;

AND WHEREAS, Said certificate has been several times assigned, and one of said assignments being irregular; therefore

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Michgan, That the several assignments and sales of said certificate be, and the same are hereby confirmed, and that the Governor of the State of Michigan, or other proper officer, be, and he is hereby authorized and empowered to issue a patent in due form, to said Henry Moses, for the land mentioned in said certificate, conveying all the interest of the State on the receipt of all payments and claims against said land.

This resolution shall take immediate effect.
Approved April 27, 1877.

[ No. 27. ] JOINT RESOLUTION for extension of time for applications for pensions,

and for dating of pensions from muster-out or discharge. Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That our Senators and Representatives in Congress be respectfully requested to use their influence for the passage of a bill extending the time for ex-officers and soldiers of volunteers to apply for pension until January, eighteen hundred and eighty, and paying such pensions from the date of muster-out or discharge.

Resolved, That his Excellency, the Governor, be requested to transmit copies of [the] foregoing resolution to each of our Senators and Representatives in Congress.

Approved April 28, 1877.

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