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Стр. 10 - Within three years the permanent State appropriation to this object has been increased from $75,000 annually to |400,000. Nor will this large outlay have been without its fruits. Instead of seven hundred and sixty-two common schools in operation at the end of the year 1835, and about seventeen- academies (the latter in a state of almost doubtful existence), with no female seminaries fostered by the State, she has now five thousand common schools, thirtyeight academies, and seven female seminaries...
Стр. 10 - The number -.-\ accepting districts goes on steadily increasing, and the usefulness and economy of the system, where fairly tested, are becoming every day more apparent. All that now seems requisite to the complete success of the system is, that some immediate and efficient means be adopted for the preparation of common school teachers.
Стр. 10 - Nor will this large outlay have been without its fruits. Instead of seven hundred and sixty-two common schools In operation at the end of the year 1835, and about seventeen academies, (the latter in a state of almost doubtful existence,) with no female seminaries fostered by the State, she has now five thousand common schools, thirty-eight academies, and seven female academies in active and permanent operation, disseminating the principles of literature, science, and virtue over the land.
Стр. 3 - I feel compelled by every motive of official duty as chief magistrate, and of patriotism as a citizen, to preface it with a brief detail of the facts connected with the recent outrage, and to call upon you, as you love order and your rights and venerate the institutions of your country, to adopt every possible means to prevent the recurrence of similar disorders. On the day appointed by the constitution for the meeting of the legislature, the members of the House of Representatives attempted to organize...
Стр. 9 - Mauch Chunk and Easton, with anthracite, add new interest to this subject. So perfectly satisfactory have they proved, that large furnaces, in which anthracite coal alone is to be used as fuel, are now in progress of construction, at several points in the state. The successful union of stonecoal and iron ore, in the arts, is an event of decidedly greater moment to the prosperity of our state, than any that has occurred since the application of steam in aid of human labor. The trade in coal and iron...
Стр. 10 - ... office can, with great ease, be filled by the same person, and may be consolidated into a general Land Office Department. "The condition of the means provided by the State for general education is so flourishing, that little is required to be done by the present legislature. Within three years the permanent State appropriation to this object has been increased from $75,000 annually to $400,000; for the latter sum will be required next year to meet the increase of taxable citizens from 308,919...
Стр. 13 - Executive, during the first six months of his term, generally exhausts the fund before the first of April, on which day the year commences. The fund of the present year will be quite insufficient. This is caused by the large number of circular letters sent out (including the statistical tables before alluded to), in accordance with the directions of the Legislature, and in performance of the duties of the office. It will be necessary to make some provision to meet the demands now existing, and those...
Стр. 10 - ... opening, widening and deepening every channel, and the policy of retaining the great leading avenues and outlets in the immediate ownership and control of the commonwealth, become evident. Hence, the early enlargement of the Union canal to the size and capacity of those of the state, is a project of much interest to the public. Hence, also, the ultimate possession of the canal from Columbia to the Maryland line, should never be lost sight of as a measure indispensable to the perfection of the...
Стр. 16 - America, 35,000 Bank of Northern Liberties, . .. 15,000 Manufacturers' and Mechanics' Bank, 25,000 Schuylkill Bank, 40,000 Commercial Bank, 35,000 Kensington Bank 15,000 Bank of Pennsylvania 100,000 Bank of Penn Township, 10,000 Western Bank of Philadelphia 7,500 Mechanics' Bank, 17,500 $600,000 Though the state may delay repaying these loans till the expiration of one year from the time when they were made, which was at different periods between the 18th of June and the loth of October, 1838, yet...
Стр. 4 - During the occurrence of these disgraceful events neither branch of the legislature could hold a regular session, the Executive Chamber and State Department were closed, and confusion and alarm pervaded the seat of government. In this fearful state of affairs I felt it my duty to issue a proclamation, calling on all the civil authorities to exert themselves for the restoration of law and order, and on the militia to keep themselves in instant readiness to march to the seat of government to suppress...

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