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Received December 30, 1880, examined and returned to the Secretary of State to be filed and preserved in his office and published as ordered by the Commissioners of Public Printing and Binding.
SAMUEL R. DOWNEY,
Secretary." Filed in my office January 3, 1881.
J. G. SHANKLIN,
Secretary of State.
To His Excellency, Isaac P. GRAY,
Governor of Indiana : Sir—The law requires the Secretary of State to present a report of the business of his office, annually, to the Governor.
The official year ends October 31, and, of course, the record can not be fully made up until after that day. A careful compilation requires time so that it is always several weeks after the close of the official year before the report can be placed in the hands of the Governor. During the preparation of this Report the death of Governor Williams occurred, and I now present it to you as his successor, Trusting that it may be satisfactory to Your Excellency, to the Legislature about to convene, and to the people of Indiana, I have the honor to be,
Secrelary of State.