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Nothing in this act contained shall be construed to

MONDAY, February 19. admit an obligation on the part of the United States to extinguish, for the benefit of any State or individual

Joshua Clayton, appointed a Senator by the citizen, Indian claims to any lands lying within the Legislature of the State of Delaware, in the place territory of the United States;"

of John Vining, resigned, produced his creden

tials, which were read, and, the oath required by It passed in the affirmative-yeas 16, nays 11, law being administered, he took his seat in the as follows:

Senate. YEA5-Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Foster, Good The bill, sent from the House of Representahue, Greene, Hillhouse, Howard, Langdon, Livermore, tives for concurrence, entitled, “ An act for the reLloyd, Paine, Read, Ross, Sedgwick, Stockton, and lief of William Alexander," was read, and orderTracy.

ed to the second reading. Nays-Messrs. Anderson, Bloodworth, Brown,Gunn, Hunter, Jackson, Marshall, Martin, Mason, Tattnall, be referred to the Secretary for the Department of

Ordered, That the petition of Philip Wilson and Tazewell.

State, to consider and report thereon to the Senate. Ordered, That this bill pass to the third read

The Senate resumed the consideration of the ing, as amended.

report of the committee to whom was referred the The bill, sent from the House of Representa- bill regulating certain proceedings in cases of imtives for concurrence, entitled “ An act granting peachment. the right of sending and receiving letters and On motion, by Mr. Tazewell, to amend the packets by post, free of postage, to the Attorney amendment reported to the third section, by inGeneral of ihe United States, and the officer com- serting " and a jury shall be summoned for the manding the troops of the United States," was trial thereof, in the manner and under the direcread the first time, and ordered to the second tions hereinafter prescribed,” it passed in the nereading.

gative-yeas 3, nays 26, as follows:

Yeas-Messrs. Jackson, Mason, and Tazewell. Friday, February 16.

Nays-Messrs. Anderson, Bingham, Bloodworth, The bill, sent from the House of Representa- Gunn, 'Hillhouse, Hobart, Howard, Hunter, Langdon,

Brown, Chipman, Clayton, Foster, Goodhue, Greene, tives for concurrence, entitled " An act making Livermore, Lloyd, Marshall, Martin, Paine, Read, Ross, appropriations for the support of Government for Sedgwick, Stockton, Tattnall

, and Tracy. the year one thousand seven hundred and ninetyeight, and for other purposes," was read the second time, and referred to Messrs. Ross, Hillhouse,

Tuesday, February 20. and GOODHUE, to consider and report thereon to The bill, sent from the House of Representathe Senate.

tives for concurrence, entitled " An act for the reThe bill, sent from the House of Representa- lief of William Alexander," was read the second tives for concurrence, entitled “ An act granting time, and referred to Messrs. Ross, Tracy, and the right of sending and receiving letters and Clayton, to consider and report thereon to the packets by post, free of postage, to the Attorney | Senate. General of ihe United States, and the officer com Mr. Ross laid before the Senate the petition of manding the troops of the United States," was Ralph Matson and others; also, the petition of read the second time, and referred to Messrs. Benjamin Reed, inhabitants of Vincennes, in the Tazewell, LIVERMORE, and LLOYD, to consider Territory northwest of the river Ohio, praying the subject of franking letters generally, and re-confirmation of certain grants of land therein menport thereon to the Senate.

tioned; which petitions were severally read. The bill, sent from the House of Representa Ordered, That they be severally referred to tives for concurrence, entitled " An act appropria- the committee appointed on the 12th instant, to ting a certain sum of money to defray the expense whom was referred the petition of John Edgar of holding a treaty with the Indians claiming and William Morrison, to consider and report lands in the State of Tennessee or North Caroli- thereon to the Senate. na," was read the third time.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the On motion, it was agreed to amend the bill, to report of the committee to whom was referred the be read as follows: “An act appropriating a cer- bill regulating certain proceedings in cases of imtain sum of money to defray the expense of hold- peachment. ing a treaty or treaties with the Indians."

And having agreed to so much of the amendResolved, That this bill pass with amendments. ment reported by the committee as proposed to

A message from the House of Representatives strike out the 4th section of the bill, and proceedinformed the Senate that the House have passed ing to the question for inserting, agreeably to the a bill, entitled " An act for the relief of William residue of the said amendment. The following Alexander;" in which they desire the concurrence words, to wit: of the Senate.

“ Sec. 4. After the word “enacted,' in the first line, The Senate resumed the consideration of the strike out the rest of the section, and insert that report of the committee to whom was referred the when the Senate shall have received an impeachment, bill regulating certain proceedings in cases of im- a day shall be assigned for trial, and a fit person appeachment; and, after debate, the Senate ad- pointed by the Senate to execute its process when journed.

ordered. And it shall be the duty of the Secretary of

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the Senate to make out a summons for the party im- Gentlemen of the Senate and peached to appear on the day of trial; which summons Gentlemen of the House of Representatives : shall contain a transcript of the impeachment, with its In obedience to the law of the United States of the appendages, and which, being approved by the Senate, 3d March, 1797, entitled “ An act authorizing an exshall be signed by the President thereof; the Secretary penditure, and making an appropriation, for the prose, shall also make out subpenas for the witnesses whose cution of the claims of certain citizens of the United attendance shall be required, which, being approved by States for property captured by the belligerent Powers, the Senate, shall be signed by the President; those for I submit to Congress the account exhibited to me by the witnesses against the party impeached shall be deliver- Secretary of State, with his report of the 17th of this ed to the managers, those for witnesses in favor of the month.

JOHN ADAMS. impeached party to himself or agent when demanded ;

United States, February 20, 1798. and all process from the Senate shall be executed by its own officers, or by the marshal of the district within

The Message and papers therein referred to which the execution is to be done, and in the manner were read, and ordered to lie on the table. specified in such process ; which shall be by leaving a

The Senate proceeded to consider the motion copy with the party subpænaed, or at his or her last made on the 15th instant by Mr. LIVERMORE. place of residence; which execution shall be shown in Whereupon, Ordered, That Messrs. LIVERMORE, the return of the process: The Senate may, neverthe- Ross, and STOCKTON, be a committee to consider less, for cause to them appearing, order, by proclama- and report what measures ought to be adopted by tion, the party impeached to appear on the day of trial, the Senate, relative to the articles of impeachment and after process executed, or proclamation made, exhibited by the House of Representatives against should the party fail to appear, the Senate may not-William Blount. withstanding proceed to trial and judgment :" It was determined in the negative-yeas 6, nays

WEDNESDAY, February 21. 18. as follows: YBAS—Messrs. Anderson, Bloodworth, Langdon,

Mr. Ross, from the committee to whom was Marshall, Martin, and Mason.

referred the bill sent from the House of RepreNays—Messrs. Bingham, Brown, Chipman, Clay- sentatives for concurrence, entitled "An act for ton, Foster, Goodhue, Greene, Gunn, Hillhouse, Ho- the relief of William Alexander," reported the bill bart, Howard, Hunter, Livermore, Read, Ross, Sedge without amendment; and the report was adopted. wick, Stockton, and Tracy.

Ordered, That this bill pass to a third reading. The Senate having agreed to so much of the The Senate proceeded to consider the motion amendment reported by the committee, as propos- made on the 14th instant, by Mr. READ, respect. ed to strike out the sixth section of the bill, and ing the impeachment of a Senator of the United proceeding to the question for inserting, agreeably States. Whereuponto the residue of the said amendment, the follow On motion by Mr. SEDGWICK, ing words to wit:

Ordered, That the said motion be referred to “Sec. 6. After the word “ enacted,' in the first line, the committee appointed on the 20th instant, to strike out the rest of the section, and insert that, on report the measures proper to be adopted relative the day fixed for trial of an impeachment, and before to the articles of impeachment against William the same be taken up for hearing, the Secretary of the Blount, with instruction to take the same into Senate shall administer to the President of the Senate, consideration, and report their opinion as to any and to each Senator present, and afterwards to such amendment thereof, (in point of form only,) and others as shall come in, the following oath or affirma. at what time it will be proper to consider the subtion, to wit: 'I, A B, do solemnly swear, (or affirm, as ject thereof. the case may be,) that, in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of C D, I will do impartial justice, according to law, and my best judgment. The

Thursday, February 22. Senate shall then proceed on the trial according to such The bill, sent from the House of Representarules as they may have established for such occasion ; tives for concurrence, entitled "An act for the but may adjourn the trial from time to time, for cause relief of William Alexander," was read the third to them appearing. The party impeached, after trial, time and passed. shall be acquitted or convicted; and, upon conviction, the Senate shall pronounce judgment according to informed the Senate that they agree to all the

A message from the House of Representatives law:"

amendments of the Senate to the bill, entitled It was determined in the negative-yeas 7, nays" An act appropriating a certain sum of money to 18, as follows:

defray the expense of holding a treaty with the Yuas—Messrs. Anderson, Bloodworth, Brown, Fos- Indians claiming lands in the State of Tennessee ter, Langdon, Marshall, and Mason.

or North Carolina," with an amendment to their Nars-Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Clayton, Good- fifth amendment, in which they desire the concurhue, Greene, Gunn, Hillhouse, Howard, Hobart, Hun-rence of the Senate. ter, Latimer, Livermore, Martin, Read, Ross, Sedgwick, The Senate took into consideration the amendStockton, and Tracy.

ment in the bill last mentioned, and resolved that On the question to agree to the third reading of they do concur therein. the bill, it passed in the negative.

Ordered, That the consideration of the report The following Message was received from the ot' the committee to whom was referred the conPRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES :

sideration of a deed of cession of the jurisdiction

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of a certain territory, from the State of Connecti

MONDAY, February 26. cut, be the order of the day for Monday next. The bill, sent from the House of Representa

Mr. LIVERMORE, from the committee to whom tives for concurrence, entitled "An act to provide it was referred to report the proper measures to be for the widows and orphans of certain deceased adopted relative to the articles of impeachment officers," was read the second time. against William Blount; and to whom was

Ordered, That it be referred to Messrs. LIVERalso referred the resolution relative to the impeach, MORE, Paine, and Tracy, to consider and report ment of a Senator of the United States, reported thereon to the Senate. in part; and the report was read, and ordered to The bill for an amicable settlement of limits with lie for consideration.

Georgia. and authorizing the establishment of a
Government in the Mississippi Territory, was read

the second time.
FRIDAY, February 23.

Ordered, That the consideration of this bill be Mr. Ross, from the committee to whom it was

the order of the day for Wednesday next. referred to inquire whether any, and what, terri

The Senate resumed the second reading of the tory, lying to the southward and westward of the bill, sent from the House of Representatives for State of Georgia belongs to the United States; of sending and receiving letters and packets by

concurrence, entitled "An act granting the right and to whom was also referred the petition and remonstrance of the Legislature of the State of post, free of postage, to the Attorney General of Georgia, reported a bill; which was read and the United States and the officer commanding the ordered to a second reading.

troops of the United States," and ordered that it The Senate proceded to consider the report of pass to a third reading. the committee appointed to consider the proper

The Senate then went into the consideration

of Executive business. measures to be adopted relative to the articles of impeachment against William Blount; and to whom was also referred the resolution relative to

Tuesday, February 27, the impeachment of a Senator of the United States; which report was read and amended, and

The bill, sent from the House of Representaordered to be recommitted.

tives for concurrence, entitled "An act granting The following Message was received from the

the right of sending and receiving letters and packPRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:

ets by post. free of postage, to the Attorney Gen

eral of the Uoited States and the officer commandGentlemen of the Senate, and

ing the troops of the United States," was read the Gentlemen of the House of Representatives : third time; and, on the question of agreeing to its The enclosed memorial from the Commissioners

it was determined in the negative.

appointed under an act of the United States, entitled

Mr. Brown, from the committee appointed on * An act for establishing the temporary and permanent the 3d instant to consider the petition of Stephen seat of the Government of the United States,” repre- Monot and others, inhabitants of Galliopolis, resenting the situation and circumstances of the city of ported the following resolution: Washington, I take this opportunity to present to both Resolved, That the said petitioners, who, by unaHouses of the Legislature, and recommend to their con- voidable absence, or other cause, have been prevented sideration. Alexander White, Esq., one of those Com- from obtaining their proportion of the land appropriated missioners, is now in this city, and will be able to give to for the relief of the inhabitants of Galliopolis, by act of Congress, or any of their committees, any explanation Congress passed on the 31 March, 1795, be allowed or further information which the subject may require. each acres of land, to be laid out in the territory

JOHN ADAMS.

northwest of the river Ohio, adjoining to the lands de. UNITED STATES, February 23, 1798.

scribed and set apart in the said act.” The Message and memorial therein referred to And the resolution was agreed to. were read, and ordered to lie for consideration. Ordered, That it be referred to the committee

A message from the House of Representatives who made the report, with instructions to bring in informed the Senate that they have passed a bill, a bill accordingly. entitled An act to provide for the widows and Mr. LIVERMORE, from the committee appointed orphans of certain deceased officers, in which they to consider the proper measures to be adopted reladesire the concurrence of the Senate.

tive to the articles of impeachment againt WilThe bill was read, and ordered to the second liam Blount; and to whom was also referred the reading.

resolution relative to the impeachment of a SenaMr. Tazewell, from the committee to whom tor of the United States, reported in part, and the was referred the bill, sent from the House of Re- report was read and amended; and, after debate, presentatives for concurrence, entitled "An act it was ordered that the further consideration thereof granting the right of sending and receiving letters be postponed. and packets by post, free of postage, to the Attorney General of the United States and the officer commanding the troops of the United States,"

Wednesday, February 28. reported that the bill pass without annendment. A message from the House of Representatives

Ordered, That the consideration thereof be informed the Senate that they have passed a bill, postponed

entitled "An act to repeal the act, entitled 'An

final passage,

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act laying duties on stain ped vellum, parchment, the State of Pennsylvania, on the third Monday of Deand paper;" and a bill entitled “An act for the cember next, at the hour of eleven of that day, then and erection of a light-house, and placing buoys at the there to answer the said articles of impeachment, and several places therein mentioned ;" in which they then and there to abide by, obey, and perform, such desire the concurrence of the Senate.

orders and judgments as the Senate of the United The bill for an amicable settlement of limits States shall make in the premises, according to the with Georgia, and authorizing the establishment Constitution and laws of the said United States. And of a Government in the Mississippi Territory, was

hereof you are in nowise to fail. Witness, the Honorread the second time; and, after debate, it was ted States of America, and President of the Senate

able Thomas Jefferson, Esq., Vice President of the Uniordered that the further consideration thereof be thereof, at the city of Philadelphia, the first day of March, postponed. The bill last mentioned in the message of this of the United States the twenty-second.”

in the year of our Lord 1798, and of the independence day was read, and ordered to the second reading.

“ Which summons shall be signed by the Secretary The bill, sent from the House of Representa of the Senate. tives for concurrence, entitled "An act to repeal “ That the said summons shall be served on the said the act, entitled · An act laying duties on stamped William Blount by the Sergeant-at-Arms of this House, vellum, parchment, and paper," was read; and, on or a special messenger, who shall leave a true copy of the question to agree tu ihe second reading of ihis the writ and the articles annexed with the said Wilbill, it passed in the negative.

liam Blount, if he can be found, showing him the original; or at the usual place of residence of the said

William Blount, if he cannot be found. Which mesTHURSDAY, March 1.

senger shall make return of the writ of summons, and The bill, sent from the House of Representa- of his proceedings in virtue thereof, to the Senate, on tives for concurrence, entitled “ An aci for the the appearance-day therein mentioned. erection of a light-house, and placirg buoys at the

“ And that a message be sent to the House of Reseveral places therein mentioned," was read the presentatives, giving information that the Senate have second time.

directed the said writ to be issued, and of the day menOrdered, That it be referred to the committee toned therein for the appearance of the said William

Blount." appointed on the 13th February last, to whom was referred the bill providing for the erection of a On motion to agree to the report of the commitlight-house on Eaton's Neck, in the State of New tee, as amended, it was determined in the affirmaYork, to consider and report thereon to the Se- tive-yeas 22, nays 5, as follows: nate.

Yeas-Messrs. Bingham, Brown, Chipman, Foster, The Senate resumed the consideration of the Goodhue, Greene, Hillhouse, Hobart, Hunter, Langreport of the committee appointed to prepare rules don, Latimer, Livermore, Lloyd, Martin, Paine, Read, of proceeding in the case of the impeachment of | Ross, Sedgwick, Stockton, Tattnall, Tazewell, and William BLOUNT; which, being amended. is as Tracy. follows:

NÁYs—Messrs. Anderson, Bloodworth, Jackson, Mar“ The committee to whom was recommitted the

shall, and Mason. report of the committee appointed to prepare rules of So the report was adopted. proceeding in the case of the impeachment against William Blount, report, in part, that a writ of summons issue the summons herein before directed, and that

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate do issue, directed to the said William Blount, in the form service thereof be made sixty days at the least following:

before the return day mentioned in the said writ United States of America, ss.

of suminons. “ The Senate of the United States of America to Mr. LIVERMORE, from the committee to whom William Blount, late a Senator of the United States for was referred the bill, sent from the House of Rethe State of Tennessee, greeting : Whereas the House presentatives for concurrence, entitled “ An act to of Representatives of the United States of America did, provide for the widows and orphans of certain on the 7th day of July last past, in their own name, deceased officers,” reported the bill without amendand in the name of all the people of the United States,

ment. impeach you, the said William Blount, of high crimes and misdemeanors before the Senate of the United

The Senate resumed the second reading of the States : And whereas the said House of Representatives bill for an amicable settlement of limits with did, on the 7th day of February, of the present year, exhi- Georgia, and authorizing the establishment of a bit to the Senate, their articles of impeachment against Government in the Mississippi Territory. you, the said William Blount, charging you with high

On motion, by Mr. Tarinall, that the first crimes and misdemeanors, therein specially set forth, clause of the third section of the bill, which now (a true copy of which articles of impeachment is an- stands in these words: nexed to this writ,) and did demand that you, the said William Blount, should be put to answer the said crimes try bounded on the west by the Mississippi”

Be it further enacted, That all that tract of counand misdemeanors; and that such proceedings, examinations, trials, and judgments, might be thereupon had,

Be amended to read as follows: are agreeable to law and justice-You, the said Be it further enacted, That, as soon as the conWilliam Blount, are therefore summoned to be and sent of the State of Georgia shall be obtained, by cession appear before the Senate of the United States of Ame or otherwise, all that tract of country bounded on the ricà, at their Chamber, in the city of Philadelphia, in west by the Mississippi”

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[MARCH, 1798. It passed in the negative-yeas 8, nays 20, as and merchandise, included in this statement, are follows:

estimated at about twenty-seven millions of dolYeas—Messrs. Anderson, Bloodworth, Gunn, Jack- lars; and the letter was read. son, Langdon, Mason, Tattnall, and Tazewell.

Ordered, That the letter, together with the Nars—Messrs. Bingham, Brown, Chipman, Foster, return, be printed for the use of the Senate. Goodhue, Greene, Hillhouse, Hobart, Hunter, Latimer, The following Message was received from the Livermore, Lloyd, Marshall, Martin, Paine, Read, Ross, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES : Sedgwick, Stockton, and Tracy.

Gentlemen of the Senate, and

Gentlemen of the House of Representatives : FRIDAY, March 2.

The first despatches from our Envoys Extraordinary, The Senate resumed the consideration of the since their arrival at Paris, were received at the Secrebill for an amicable settlement of limits with tary of State's office at a late hour the last evening. Georgia, and authorizing the establishment of a They are all in a character which will require some Government in the Mississippi Territory; and, days to be deciphered, except the last, which is dated having agreed to sundry amendments, it was or the 8th of January, 1798. The contents of this letter dered that this bill pass to the third reading.

are of so much importance to be immediately made the committee to whom was referred the bill, sent thought it my duty to communicate them to both

The Senate proceeded to consider the report of known to Congress and to the public, especially to the from the House of Representatives for concur- Houses without loss of time. rence, entitled “ An act io provide for the widows

JOHN ADAMS. and orphans of certain deceased officers; and, after

UEITED STATES, March 5, 1798. debate, it was ordered that this bill pass to a third reading

The Message and paper therein referred to were

read, and ordered to lie for consideration. Monday, March 5.

Tuesday, March 6. Mr. GREEN from the committee to whom was

A message from the House of Representatives referred the bill. sent from the House of Repre-informed the Senate that the House have passed sentatives for concurrence, entitled “ An act for a bill, entitled " An act providing the means of the erection of a light-house, and placing buoys at intercourse between the United States and foreign the several places therein mentioned,” reported nations ;" in which they desire the concurrence of an amendment, which was read, and ordered to the Senate. lie for consideration.

The bill was read, and ordered to the second The bill for an amicable settlement of limits reading. with Georgia, and authorizing the establishment

The Senate resumed the consideration of the of a Government in the Mississippi Territory, was bill, sent from the House of Representatives for read the third time; and, on the question to agree concurrence, entitled " An act to provide for the to the final passage of the bill, it was determined widows and orphans of certain deceased officers." in the affirmative-yeas 20, pays 8, as follows: On motion, by Mr. SEDGWICK, to expunge the

YEAS—Messrs. Bingham, Bloodworth, Brown, Chip- words, “and of the militia,” it was determined in man, Clayton, Foster, Greene, Hobart, Hunter, Lati- the affirmative-yeas 16, nays 12, as follows: mer, Laurance, Livermore, Lloyd, Marshall, Martin, YEAS—Messrs. Anderson, Bingham, Chipman, ClayPaine, Ross, Sedgwiek, Tattnall, and Tracy.

ton, Foster, Goodhue, Greene, Hillhouse, Hobart, LatiNays-Messrs. Anderson, Goodhue, Gunn, Hill

Livermore, Lloyd, Marshall, Paine, Sedgwick, and house, Jackson, Langdon, Mason, and Tazewell.

Tracy. So it was Resolved, That this bill pass; that it NAIS-Messrs. Bloodworth, Brown, Gunn, Hunter, be engrossed ; and that the title thereof be “ An Jackson, Langdon, Laurance, Martin, Mason, Ross, act for an amicable settlement of limits with the Tattnall, and Tazewell. State of Georgia, and authorizing the establish So it was Resolved. That this bill pass with an ment of a Government in the Mississippi Terri- amendment. tory."

Mr. Ross, from the committee to whom was The bill, sent from the House of Representa- referred the petitions of Benjamin Reed and othtives for concurrence, entitled “ An act to pro-ers, inhabitants of Post Vincennes; also, the petivide for the widows and orphans of certain de. tion of J. Edgar and William Morrison, on behalf ceased officers," was read the third time.

of the inhabitants of the Illinois, reported : Ordered, That the question on the final pas

“ That there being no correct statement of the measage of this bill be postponed until to-morrow.

sures taken in consequence of the resolutions and The Vice President laid before the Senate a laws of Congress, confirming titles, and authorizing letter from the Secretary for the Department of the grants of bounties, in lands, to certain settlers at Treasury, transmitting a statement of goods, Post Vincennes, and in the Illinois country, the comwares, and merchandise, exported from the United mittee have not been able to obtain sufficient informaStates during one year, prior to the list of Octo- tion to guide them in reporting either for or against the ber, 1797, prepared in pursuance of the resolution petitions ; but, in order that a fair and full explanation of the Senate, passed on the 5th of February, of these claims may be had, the committee recommend 1796 ; and noting that the foreign goods, wares, to the Senate the following resolution :

mer,

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