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JUNE, 1797.]

Proceedings.

[SENATE.

THURSDAY, June 1.

The bill for raising and organizing an addiMr. LIVERMORE, from the committee appointed tional corps of artillerists and engineers was read for the purpose, reported a bill to prevent citizens the second time, and ordered to the third reading. of the United States privateering against nations

Mr. Tracy, from the committee to whom was in amity, or against citizens of the United States; referred so much of the President's Speech as which was read the first time, and ordered to the relates to providing means of additional defence, second reading.

by an augmentation of the regular artillery and

cavalry, and making arrangements for forming a Friday, June 2.

provisional army, reported a bill ; which was read

ihe first time, and ordered to the second reading. Mr. Read, from the committee to whom was Mr. GOODHUE, from the committee to whom referred the bill prohibiting for a limited time, was referred so much of the President's Speech as the exportation of arms and ammunition, reported relates to the establishment of a permanent syssundry amendments; which were read and tem of naval defence, and authorizing the armadopted.

ing of vessels the property of individuals, reOrdered, That this bill pass to the third read- ported a bill; which was read the first time, and ing, as amended.

ordered to the second reading. The bill to prevent citizens of the United States privateering against nations in amity, or against citizens of the United States, was read

WEDNESDAY, June 7. the second time, and ordered to the third reading. The bill providing for the protection of the

The Vice President laid before the Senate a trade of the United States was read the second communication from the Treasurer of the United | time; and, after debate, States, accompanying his specie account for the Ordered, That the further consideration therequarter ending the 31st of March last, together of be postponed until 10-morrow. with his account of receipts and expenditures in The bill for raising and organizing an addithe War Department, for the same period; which tional corps of artillerists aud engineers was read were read, and ordered to lie on the table. the third time; and being further amended, on

the final passage of the bill, it was determined in Monday, June 5.

the affirmative-yeas 18, nays 8, as follows: The bill prohibiting, for a limited time, the ex

Yeas-Messrs. Bingham, Bloodworth, Goodhue, portation of arms and ammunition, and for en

Hillhouse, Howard, Latimer, Lawrence, Livermore, couraging the importation thereof, was read the Marshall

, Paine, Read, Ross, Rutherfurd, Sedgwick, third time; and, being further amended,

Stockton, Tichenor, Tracy, and Vining. Resolved. That this bill pass; that it be en- Martin, Mason, Tazewell, and Tattnall.

Nays-Messrs. Blount, Bradford, Cocke, Langdon, grossed ; and that the title thereof be, "An act prohibiting, for a limited time, the exportation of

So it was Resolved, That this bill pass; that it arms and ammunition, and for encouraging the be engrossed; and that the title thereof be “An importation thereof."

act for raising and organizing an additional corps The bill 10 prevent citizens of the United of artillerists and engineers.” States privateering against nations in amity with, or against citizens of, the United States, was read

THURSDAY, June 8. the third time. Resolred. That this bill pass; that it be en- l informed the Senate that the House have passed

A message from the House of Representatives grossed; and that the title thereof be “ An act to the bill, sent from the Senate for concurrence, enprevent citizens of the United States privateer- titled "An act prohibiting, for a limited time, the ing against nations in amity with, or against citizens of, the United States."

exportation of arms and ammunition, and for enMr. TRACY, from the committee to whom was

couraging the importation thereof,” with amendreferred so much of the President's Speech as

ments; in which they desire the concurrence of

the Senate. relates to providing means of additional defence, by an augmentation of the regular artillery and bill providing for the protection of the trade of

The Senate resumed the second reading of the cavalry, and making arrangements for forming a

the United Siates. provisional army, reported a bill; which was read the first time, and ordered to the second reading. following words:

On motion, to strike out of the first section the

I “And also to procure, by purchase or otherwise, and Tuesday, June 6.

cause to be fitted out, manned, and employed, a numMr. Langdon presented to the Senate the peti- ' ber of vessels, not exceeding nine, to carry not exceedtion of Samuel Cutts and others, merchants, of ing twenty guns each," the State of New Hampshire, praying compensa

It was determined in the negative-yeas 11, tion for certain spoliations committed on their nays 8, as follows: property, in the prosecution of fair and legal com- YEAS-Messrs. Bloodworth, Blount, Brown, Cocke, merce, by the armed vessels of foreign nations; Hunter, Langdon, Livermore, Martin, Mason, Tazewhich petition was read.

well, and Tattnall. Ordered, That it lie on the table.

Nays-Messrs. Bradford, Foster, Goodhue, Henry,

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Proceedings.

[JUNE, 1797.
Hillhouse, Howard, Latimer, Laurance, Marshall, Resolved, That the Senate do concur in the said
Paine, Read, Ross, Rutherfurd, Sedgwick, Stockton, amendments.
Tichenor, Tracy, and Vining.

Ordered, That Mr. TICHENOR be appointed a committee for enrolled bills, on the part of the

Senate, jointly with such committee as may be Friday, June 9.

appointed for that purpose on the part of the The Senate proceeded to consider the amend- House of Representatives. ments of the House of Representatives to the bill, sent from the Senate for concurrence, entitled

Monday, June 12. "An act prohibiting, for a limited time, the exportation of arms and ammunition, and for en- of Representatives to the bill, entitled “ An act to

Ordered, That the amendments of the House couraging the importation thereof."

Ordered, That the amendments be referred to prevent citizens of the United States privateering Messrs. Ross, Read, and Brown, to consider and against nations in amity with, or against citizens report thereon to the Senate.

of, the United States,” be referred to the commitA message from the House of Representatives tee who originally reported the bill, to consider informed the Senate that the House have passed

and report thereon to the Senate. the bill, sent from the Senate for concurrence, whom was referred the bill providing for the pro

Mr. Goodhue reported, from the committee to entitled "An act to prevent citizens of the United States privateering against nations in

tection of the trade of the United States, and the

amity with, or against citizens of, the United States,"

19 report was read. with amendments, in which they desire the con

Ordered, That it be printed for the use of the

Senate. currence of the Senate. The Senate resumed the second reading of the

The bill for raising an additional corps of light bill providing for the protection of the trade of dragoons was read the second time. the United States, and it was agreed to amend

Ordered, That the further consideration therethe third section to read as follows:

of be postponed until to-morrow. Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the Presi- informed the Senate that the House concur in the

A message from the House of Representatives, dent of the United States may employ the said frigates, resolution of the Senate, appointing a joint comand the said vessels, to protect the ships and cargoes mittee on enrolled bills, and have appointed a belonging solely to the citizens of the United States, and also the harbors and seacoast of the United States,

committee on their part. in such manner, and under such regulations, as shall in no ways contravene either the laws of nations or

Tuesday, June 13. any existing treaties between the United States and foreign nations.”

Mr. LIVERMORE, from the committee to whom

was referred the amendments of the House of On motion, further to amend the section, by Representatives to the bill, entitled “ An act to striking out the words and also,” and, in lieu prevent citizens of the United States privateering thereof, inserting “within," and in the following against nations in amity with, or against citizens line, before the word “seacoast,” to insert the of the United States." reported that the same be words "on the," it was determined in the nega adopted. tive-yeas 13, nays 15, as follows:

Resolved, That the Senate do concur in the said YEAS—Messrs. Bloodworth, Blount, Cocke, Foster, amendments. Hillhouse, Hunter, Langdon, Livermore, Martin, Mar- The Senate proceeded to consider the report of shall, Mason, Tazewell, and Tattnall.

the committee to whom was referred the bill proNays—Messrs. Bingham, Bradford, Brown, Good- viding for the protection of the trade of the United hue, Henry, Latimer, Laurance, Paine, Read, Ross, States. Rutherfurd, Sedgwick, Stockton, Tichenor, and Tracy. On motion, to strike out the eighth section, as

On motion, to agree to the section as amended. reported by the committee, as follows: it was determined in the affirmative-yeas 15, “Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That the Presinays 13, as follows:

dent of the United States be, and he is hereby, authorYEA5-Messrs. Bingham, Bradford, Goodhue, Henry, ized and empowered, should he deem it expedient, to Hillhouse, Latimer, Laurance, Paine, Read, Ross, Ruth- cause to be procured, by purchase or otherwise, and to erfurd, Sedgwick, Stockton, Tichenor, and Tracy.

be fitted out, manned, and employed, a number of vesNars--Messrs. Bloodworth, Blount, Brown, Cocke, sels, not exceeding nine, to carry not exceeding twenty Foster, Hunter, Langdon, Livermore, Martin, Marshall, guns each:” Mason, Tazewell, and Tattnall.

It was determined in the negative-yeas 12, Ordered, That the bill be recommitted. nays 15, as follows:

Mr. Ross, from the committee to whom was YEAS—Messrs. Bloodworth, Blount, Brown, Cocke, referred the amendments of the House of Repre- Foster, Hunter, Langdon, Livermore, Martin, Mason, sentatives to the bill, entitled " An act prohibiting, Tattnall, and Tazewell. for a limited time, the exportation of arms and Nays-Messrs. Bingham, Bradford, Goodhue, Henry, ammunition, and for encouraging the importation Hillhouse, Latimer, Laurance, Marshall

, Paine, Read, thereof,” reported, that the same be adopted, which Rutherfurd, Stockton, Tichenor, Tracy, and Vining. report was read.

And the report, being amended, was adopted.

JUNE, 1797.]
Proceedings.

[SENATE On motion, it was agreed to expunge the second northwest of the river Ohio, but with certain modificasection of the original bill; and the other sections tions, relative to titles or claims of land, whether of inof the original bill being amended, it was order- dividuals or companies, or to claims of jurisdiction of ed that it pass to the third reading as amended. any individual State. The Senate resumed the second reading of the

JOHN ADAMS. bill for raising an additional corps of light dra

United States, June 12, 1797. goons; and, after progress, the further considera- The Message and papers were read, and ordered tion thereof was postponed.

to lie for consideration. The following Message was received from the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:

Wednesday, June 14. Gentlemen of the Senate and

Ordered, That the Message of the President of

the United States, of the 12th instant, with the Gentlemen of the House of Representatives : I have received information from the Commissioner, Tracy, Brown, and Ross, to consider and report

papers accompanying it, be referred to Messrs. appointed on the part of the United States, pursuant thereon to the Senate. to the third article of our treaty with Spain, that the running and marking of the boundary line, between bill for raising an additional corps of light dra

The Senate resumed the second reading of the the colonies of East and West Florida, and the territory of the United States, have been delayed by the goons; which was amended, and on the question officers of His Catholic Majesty; and that they have to agree to the third reading of the bill, it was dedeclared their intention to maintain his jurisdiction, termined in the negative-yeas 13, nays 15, as and to suspend the withdrawing his troops from the follows: military posts they occupy within the territory of the Yeas—Messrs. Bingham, Goodhue, Latimer, LauUnited States, until the two Governments shall, by ne- rance, Livermore, Marshall, Paine, Read, Rutherfurd, gotiation, have settled the meaning of the second arti- Sedgwick, Stockton, Tichenor, and Tracy, cle, respecting the withdrawing of the troops, garrisons, NAYS–Messrs. Bloodworth, Blount, Bradford, Brown, or settlements, of either party, in the territory of the Cocke, Foster, Henry, Hillhouse, Hunter, Langdon, other; that is, whether, when the Spanish garrisons Martin, Mason, Ross, Tattnall, and Tazewell. withdraw, they are to leave the works standing, or to

So it was Resolved, That this bill do not pass. demolish them; and, until, by an additional article to the treaty, the real property of the inhabitants shall be secured; and, likewise, until the Spanish officers are

Thursday, June 15. sure the Indians will be pacific. The two first ques- The bill providing for the protection of the tions, if to be determined by negotiation, might be made trade of the United States was read the third subjects of discussion for years, and as no limitation of time; and, on the final passage of the bill, as time can be prescribed to the other, a certainty in the amended, it was determined in the affirmative, opinion of the Spanish officers that the Indians will be pacific, it will be impossible to suffer it to remain an

yeas 16, nays 13, as follows: obstacle to the fulfilment of the treaty on the part of

YEAS—Messrs. Bingham, Bradford, Goodhue, Hen. Spain.

ry, Hillhouse, Latimer, Laurance, Paine, Read, Ross, To remove the first difficulty, I have determined to Rutherfurd, Sedgwick, Stockton, Tichenor, Tracy, and leave it to the discretion of the officers of His Catholic Vining. Majesty, when they withdraw his troops from the forts

Nays-Messrs. Bloodworth, Blount, Brown, Cocke, within the territory of the United States, either to leave Foster, Hunter, Langdon, Livermore, Marshall, Martin, the works standing, or to demolish them ; and to re

Mason, Tattnall, and Tazewell. more the second, I shall cause an assurance to be pub- So it was Resolved, That this bill pass; that it lished, and to be particularly communicated to the Min. be engrossed, and that the title thereof be An ister of His Catholic Majesty, and to the Governor of act providing for the protection of the trade of Louisiana, that the settlers or occupants of the lands in the United States." question, shall not be disturbed in their possessions by Mr. Goodhue notified the Senate that he should, the troops of the United States; but, on the contrary, to-morrow, ask leave to introduce a bill to prevent that they shall be protected in all their lawful claims; the arming of private ships, except in certain and to prevent or remove every doubt on this point, it merits the consideration of Congress, whether it will cases, and under certain regulations. not be expedient, immediately, to pass a law, giving positive assurances to those inhabitants, who, by fair

Friday, June 16. and regular grants, or by occupancy, have obtained

Agreeably to notice given yesterday, Mr. Goodlegal titles or equitable claims to lands in that country, prior to the final ratification of the treaty between the the arming of private ships, except in certain

Hue obtained leave to introduce a bill to prevent United States and Spain, on the twenty-fifth of April, 1796.

cases, and under certain regulations; which was This country is rendered peculiarly valuable by its read the first time, and ordered to the second inhabitants, who are represented to amount to nearly reading. four thousand, generally well affected, and much at

A message from the House of Representatives tached to the United States, and zealous for the estab- informed the Senate that the House have passed lishment of a government under their authority. a bill entitled “ An act to provide for the further

I, therefore, recommend to your consideration the defence of the ports and harbors of the United expediency of erecting a government in the district of States ;" in which they desire the concurrence of the Natchez, similar to that established for the territory the Senate.

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SENATE.]
Proceedings.

[JUNE, 1797. The bill was read the first and second time, and to Messrs. TazeweLL, HENRY, and Brown, to referred 10 Messrs. LAURANCE, Henry, and Read, consider and report thereon to the Senate. to consider and report thereon to the Senate. The bill, sent from the House of Representa

tives for concurrence, entitled "An act to provide

for the further defence of the ports and harbors of SATURDAY, June 17.

the United States," was read ihe third time. The bill to prevent the arming of private ships, On motion, to strike out the third section of the except in certain cases, and under certain regula- bill, as follows: tions, was read the second time; and, after debate,

“ Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the PresiOrdered, That the further consideration thereof dent of the United States be, and he is hereby, empow, be postponed until Monday next.

ered to authorize any of the States, which were found indebted to the United States in a settlement of ac.

counts between them and the respective States, to ex. Monday, June 19.

pend, under his direction, the sums respectively due Mr. LAURANCE, from the committee to whom from them, in fortifying their ports and harbors, and was referred the bill entitled "An act to provide the sums, which may be so expended, shall be passed to. for the further defence of the ports and harbors of the credit of the said States, on account of the balances the United States," reported that the bill pass found and reported by the commissioners for settling without amendment.

the accounts between the United States and the indiOrdered, That this bill pass to a third reading. vidual States, to be due from the said States to the

A message from the House of Representatives United States : Provided, The said States shall and do informed the Senate that the House have passed cede to the United States the lands or places on which a bill entitled " An act directing the appointment the lands are the property of such States :"

such fortifications shall be so erected, in cases where of agents, in relation to the sixth article of the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation, be

It was determined in the negative-yeas 9, pays tween the United States and Great Britain," and 18, as follows: a bill entitled “ An act in addition to an ací enti- YEAS—Messrs. Bloodworth, Blount, Brown, Cocke, tled ' An act concerning the registering and re- Langdon, Marshall, Martin, Mason, and Tazewell. cording of ships and vessels;'” in which they de. Nays-Messrs. Bingham, Bradford, Foster, Goodsire the concurrence of the Senate.

hue, Henry, Hillhouse, Hunter, Latimer, Laurance, The bill last mentioned was read twice; and Livermore, Paine, Read, Ross, Rutherfurd, Sedgwick, referred to Messrs. Goodhue, Bingham, and Stockton, Tattnall

, and Tracy. LANGDON, to consider and report thereon to the Resolved, That this bill pass. Senate.

A message from the House of Representatives The bill first mentioned in the message was informed the Senate that the House do not conread, and ordered to the second reading.

cur in the bill, sent from the Senate, entitled "An The Senate resumed the second reading of the act for raising and organizing an additional corps bill to prevent the arming of private ships, except of artillerists and engineers.” in certain cases, and under certain regulations; A motion was made, to add, after the 14th rule, and, after debate,

a new one, as follows: Ordered, That the further consideration thereof “ And when a motion shall be made for striking out be postponed.

any period, section, or clause, in a report, resolution, or Mr. Tracy, from the committee to whom was bill, it shall always be in order to move any amendreferred so much of the President's Speech as

ment or amendments of such period, section, or clause, relates to providing means of additional defence, and such amendment, or amendments, shall always be by an augmentation of the regular artillery and decided before the question on striking out is put.” cavalry, and making arrangements for forming a

And, aster debate, provisional army, reported a bill, which was read Ordered, That the further consideration thereof the first time, and ordered to the second reading. be postponed.

Tuesday, June 20.

WEDNESDAY, June 21. A message from the House of Representatives Mr. LAURANCE, from the committee to whom informed the Senate that the House have passed was referred the bill, sent from the House of Rea bill entitled " Au act directing a detachment presentatives for concurrence, entitled " An act from the militia of the United States;” in which directing a detachment from the militia of the they desire the concurrence of the Senate. United States," reported that the bill pass without

The bill was read twice, and referred to Messrs. amendment. LAURANCE, Tazewell, and Bradford, to con- Ordered, That this bill pass to a third reading. sider and report thereon to the Senate.

Mr. Goodhue, from the committee to whom The bill, sent from the House of Representa- was referred the bill, sent from the House of Retives for concurrence, entitled " An act directing presentatives for concurrence, entitled “ An act the appointment of agents, in relation to the sixth in addition to an act entitled 'An act concerning article of the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and the registering and recording of ships and vesNavigation, between the United States and Great sels,” reported sundry amendments; which were Britain," was read the second time, and referred i read and adopted.

June, 1797.]
Proceedings.

[SENATE. Ordered, That this bill pass to the third read

Friday, June 23. ing as amended.

A message from the House of Representatives The Senate resumed the second reading of the informed the Senate that the House agree to the bill to prevent the arming of private ships, except amendments of the Senate to the bill, entitled in certain cases, and under certain regulations. į "An act in addition to an act, entitled 'An act

Ordered, That it be referred to Messrs. Tracy, concerning the registering and recording of ships Tazewell. GOODHUE, LIVERMORE, and Bingham, and vessels." to consider and report thereon to the Senate. Mr. Tazewell, from the committee to whom

The bill to enable the President of the United was referred the bill, entitled “. An act directing States, under certain restrictions, to raise a pro- the appointment of agents in relation to the sixth visional army, was read the second time; and, article of the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and after debate,

Navigation, between the United States and Great Ordered, That the further consideration thereof Britain," reported sundry amendments; which be postponed until to-morrow.

were read.

Ordered, That they be printed for the use of

the Senate. Thursday, June 22.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resoluThe following Message was received from the tion of the House of Representatives for the PRESIDENT OF THE United States:

adjournment of the two Houses of Congress on

the 28th instant; and, after debate, Gentlemen of the Senate :

Ordered, That the further consideration thereHaving sent the report and documents which accom- of be postponed until Tuesday next. pany this Message to the House of Representatives, in Mr. Read notified the Senate that he should, compliance with their desire, expressed in their reso-to-morrow, request leave to introduce a bill emlution of the tenth of this month, I think it proper to

powering the President of the United States to send duplicates to the Senate for their information.

lay, regulate, and revoke, embargoes, during the JOHN ADAMS.

recess of Congress. UNITED STATES, June 22, 1797.

Mr. TRACY notified the Senate that he should, The Message was read, and ordered to lie on

to-morrow, request leave to introduce a bill the table.

directing the period at which the next session of The bill, sent from the House of Representa- Congress shall commence. tives for concurrence, entitled “ An act directing

The Senate proceeded to consider the motion a detachment from the militia of the United made the 20th instant for an additional rule; and, States," was read the third time.

it was agreed to postpone the consideration ihereResolred, that this bill pass.

of until the next session of Congress. The bill, sent from the House of Representatives for concurrence, entitled "An act in addition to

Saturday, June 24. an act, entitled . An act concerning the registering and recording of ships and vessels,'" was read

The following confidential Message was rethe third time.

ceived from the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED

STATES: Resolred, That this bill pass with amendments.

A message from the House of Representatives Gentlemen of the Senate and informed the Senate that the House have passed

of the House of Representatives : a resolution - That the President of the Senate, The Dey of Algiers has manifested a predilection for and the Speaker of the House of Representa- American built vessels, and, in consequence, has detives, be authorized to close the present session sired that two vessels might be constructed and equipby adjourning their respective Houses on the ped, as cruisers, according to the choice and taste of twenty-eighth day of this month ;' in which they Captain O'Brien. The cost of two such vessels, built desire the concurrence of the Senate.

with live oak and cedar, and coppered, with guns and The resolution was read, and ordered to lie for all other equipments complete, is estimated at forty-five consideration.

thousand dollars. The expense of navigating them to bill to enable the President of the United States of our stipulations by treaty with the Dey. The Senate resumed the second reading of the Algiers may, perhaps, be compensated, by the freight

of the stores with which they may be loaded on account under certain restrictions, to raise a provisional

A compliance with the Dey's request appears to me army; and, after debate,

to be of serious importance. He will repay the whole The question was taken on the third reading of expense of building and equipping the two vessels ; and the bill; and it was determined in the negative, as he has advanced the price of our peace with Tripoli, yeas 9, nays 17, as follows:

and become pledged for that of Tunis, the United YEAs--Messrs. Goodhue, Laurance, Marshall, Read, States seem to be under peculiar obligations to provide Ross, Rutherfurd, Sedgwick, Tichenor, and Tracy.

this accommodation; and I trust that Congress will Nays - Messrs. Bloodworth, Blount, Bradford,

authorize the advance of money necessary for that Brown, Cocke, Foster, Hunter, Hillhouse, Howard,

purpose. Langdon, Latimer, Livermore, Martin, Mason, Paine, giers a person as Consul, in whose integrity and ability

It also appears to be of importance to place at AlTattnall, and Tazewell.

much confidence may be placed, to whom a considerSo the bill was lost.

able latitude of discretion should be allowed, for the

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