Excerpt from Report of the Committee on Claims, on the Alterations and Repairs Upon the State House, 1869: Together With a Phonographic Report of the Testimony Taken Before Said Committee
It may be thought that your Committee have dwelt at too great length upon a subject not now of practical importance. The work has been done, and in the opinion of your Commit tee, well and economically done. The State has received the benefit of it; has substantially paid the bills for it, and has condoned any error of the Commissioners, by the passage of the Resolve, chapter 67 of 1868, [see Exhibit by which in addition to the was appropriated for the payment of the debts already contracted for labor and ma terials in the improvement and repairs of the State House. Our only excuse is, that in our Opinion any departure from law, though with the most honest intentions, should not be over looked, particularly in the expenditure of the public money, lest it be drawn into a most dangerous precedent.
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