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The first

Fellow Citizens of the Senate, and

House of Representatives : Representing the Executive Chair, it becomes my duty, under the constitation, to communicate to the General Assembly, the condition of the affairs of the State, as administered in its several departments, and to recommend such measures, as to me shall seem expedient for your action.

The period that has elapsed since your last biennial session, has been one of great disturbing causes and anxious solicitnde to all classes of our citizens.


of this period was visited with heavy and continuous rains, which reduced the measure of our


below one halt the usual products, whilst the financial revulsion which commenced upon the Atlantic, in the fall of 257, did not reach its olimax for evil in our borders, until the year just past.

You need not be informed of the disasterous effects produced by these two causes, upon the hopes and condition of our people. Overtaken suddenly and unexpectedly in this misfortuve, with heavy individual liabilities, with no facilities for obtaining money, their

property reduced to a nominal value, and no demand for it at any price, thousands there are who feel that their homes and their fortunes are in great peril; and that this is so, would be worse than idle to disguise. In this aspect of affairs, you may reasonably expect that strong appeals will be made to you for remedial legislation; and I doubt not that their expostulations will receivo your very considerate attention, and prompt you to put forth, in your sovereign capacity, such powers as you possess, to secure to

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