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£ebruary 5, 1831.
Of the committee on the erection and division of towns and counties, on the petition of inhabitants of the town of Groton, Tompkins county.
Mr. Remer, from the committee on the erection and division of towns and counties, to whom was referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of the town of Groton, in the county of Tompkins,
The committee have had said petition and remonstrance under consideration, and find that said town at present is ten miles long, and five miles wide, and contained a population in 1825 of 3,458: that in case said town is divided as prayed for in said petition, it would leave the present territory and population in two nearly equal parts. That said town, as stated in said petition, is broken into ranges of hills and valleys, running north and south, which in connection with the length of the town, must, in the opinion of the committee, subject many of the inhabitants thereof to serious inconvenience in the transaction of their town business.
The committee, on examination, find that the number of persons remonstrating, are about equal to the number of petitioners; but it is stated that a large portion of those who signed the remonstrance, live in and about the centre of the town.
The committee are therefore of the opinion that the prayer of the petitioners ought to be granted. They have prepared a bill, and di, rected their chairman to ask leave to introduce the same.
Of the committee on grievances, on the petition of Gustavus A. Farwell and Eldridge Farwell.
Mr. Birdsall, from the committee on grievances, to whom was referred the petition of Gustavus A. Farwell and Eldridge Farwell, praying to have the damages of a certain judgment recovered against them as special bail by the people of the State of New-York, released,
The petitioners represent that the judgment from which they ask to be relieved, was recovered against them as special bail for one Isaac Farwell, in an action or a recognizance for his appearance as a witness at the Ontario general sessions. That at the return of the capias, the petitioners were unable to surrender the defendant, on account of extreme sickness under which he then labored. That judgment was accordingly rendered against them, and an execution recently issued upon it, under which all their personal property, amounting to about seventy dollars in value, has been seized. That the petitioners are in low circumstances, and that one of them has a family, consisting of a wife and six small children, dependant on him sor support; and they pray to be relieved from the judgment, on paying all costs that have accrued.
When representations are evidenced by the affidavit of the petitioners and some other documents, your committee have no reason to question their truth. They have moreover taken the precaution
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