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March, 1798.]
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[SENATE.' Resolved, That the petition of sundry inhabitants of Galliopolis, therein named; which was read, of Post Vincennes, the petition of J. Edgar and Wil- and ordered to a second reading. liam Morrison, on behalf of the inhabitants of the

The Senate resumed the consideration of the Illinois, and the petition of Benjamin Reed, be referred report of the committee to whom was referred a to the Governor of the Territory northwest of the river deed of cession of the jurisdiction of certain terriOhio, who is hereby requested to report to the Senate, on the first Monday in December next, a correct and tory from the State of Connecticut; and, after full statement of what has been done in pursuance of

debate, the resolves of Congress of the 20th June, and 29th

Ordered, That the further consideration thereof August, 1788; and of the act of Congress of the 3d be postponed. of March, 1791, entitled • An act for granting lands to A message from the House of Representatives the inhabitants and settlers at Vincennes and the Mi- informed the Senate that the House disagree to nois country, in the Territory northwest of the Ohio, the amendment of the Senate to the bill entitled and for confirming them in their possessions,' and "An act to provide for the widows and orphans of whether any of the ancient rights, settlements, or im- certain deceased officers.” They have passed a provements, of the inhabitants, are included within the bill entitled " An act to amend the act entitled . An tracts allotted for satisfying bounties allowed to the act laying duties on stamped vellum, parchment, old settlers."

and paper,” in which they desire the concurrence The report, having been read, was adopted.

of the Senate. Mr. Tracy laid before the Senate the memo- The bill last mentioned was read, and ordered rials of Joseph Ball and others, holders of bills of to a second reading. credit

, emitted in pursuance of a resolution of The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution Congress of the 18th of March, 1780, praying that of the House of Representatives, disagreeing to the subject may be taken into consideration; the amendment of the Senate to the bill entitled which memorials were read.

"An act to provide for the widows and orphans of Ordered, That they severally lie on the table. certain deceased officers.”

The Senate resumed the consideration of the A motion was made, by Mr. Bloodworth, that report of the committee to whom was referred the the Senate recede from their amendment to the bill, sent from the House of Representatives for bill; and, after debate, it was agreed that the furconcurrence, entitled “ An act for the erection of ther consideration thereof be postponed. a light-house, and placing buoys at the several places therein mentioned," and agreed to amend the bill accordingly; and, the bill being further :

THURSDAY, March 8. amended, it was agreed, by unanimous consent,

The bill, sent from the House of Representathat the bill be now read the third time. Resolred, That this bill pass with amendments. ties on stamped vellum, parchment, and paper,"

tives for concurrence, entitled "An act laying duA motion was made, by Mr. Mason, that it be

was read a second time, and referred to Messrs. Resolved, That a committee be appointed to con- Bingham, GOODHUE, and Martin, to consider and sider and report upon the expediency of erecting a

report thereon to the Senate. light-house upon Old Point Comfort, in Virginia, and of erecting a beacon on Tybee ísland, in the State of

On motion, by Mr. READ, Georgia, and fixing buoys at the mouth of Savannah 26th December last, to revise the Judiciary system

Ordered, That the committee appointed the river; and that they be authorized to report by bill or otherwise."

of the United States, be instructed to report by bill. Ordered, That this motion lie for consideration. , informed the Senate that the House bave passed

A message from the House of Representatives On motion, it was agreed that the committee a bill entitled "An act to continue in force, for a to whom was referred the bill providing for the limited time, an act entitled 'An act declaring the erection of a light-house on Eaton's Neck, in the consent of Congress to an act of the State of MaState of New York, be discharged.

ryland, passed ihe twenty-eighth day of Decem

ber, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-three, Wednesday, March 7.

for the appointment of a health officer;” in which

they desire the concurrence of the Senate. The bill, sent from the House of Representatives The Senate resumed the consideration of the for concurrence, entitled " An act providing the motion made yesterday to recede from their amendmeans of intercourse between the United States ment disagreed to by the House of Representaand foreign nations,” was read a second time. tives to the bill entitled "An act to provide for

Ordered, That it be referred to the committee, the widows and orphans of certain deceased appointed the 16th of February, to consider the officers.” bill entitled " An act making appropriations for On motion, by Mr. Paine, that the considerathe support of Government for the year one thou- tion thereof be postponed until the second Monsand seven hundred and ninety-eight, and for day in December next, it passed in the negaother purposes,” to report thereon to the Senate. tive-yeas 14, nays 15, as follows:

Mr. Brown, from the committee to whom was YEAS—Messrs. Chipman, Clayton, Foster, Goodhue, referred the petition of sundry inhabitants of Greene, Hillhouse, Langdon, Latimer, Livermore, Lloyd, Galliopolis, reported a bill to authorize a grant of Marshall, Paine, Sedgwick, and Tracy. lands to Stephen Monot and others, inhabitants Nars—Messrs. Anderson, Bingham, Bloodworth, SENATE.]

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Brown, Gunn, Hobart, Hunter, Jackson, Laurance, Senate to the bill entitled " An act for the relief Martin, Mason, Read, Ross, Tattnall, and Tazewell. of the refugees from the British provinces of

On the question to agree to the original motion, Canada and Nova Scotia." it was determined in the affirmative-yeas 16,

Resolved, That the Senate do insist on their nays 13, as follows:

amendments, disagreed to by the House of RepYłasMessrs. Anderson, Bingham, Bloodworth,

resentatives, to the bill above mentioned. Brown, Gunn, Hobart, Hunter, Jackson, Langdon,

A message from the House of Representatives Laurance, Martin, Mason, Read, Ross, Tattnall, and informed the Senate that the House have passed Tazewell.

a bill, entitled "An act limiting the time within Nars-Messrs. Chipman, Clayton, Foster, Goodhue, which claims against the United States, for credits Greene, Hillhouse, Latimer, Livermore, Lloyd, Mar- on the books of the Treasury, may be presented for shall, Paine, Sedgwick, and Tracy.

allowance;" a bill, entitled " An act declaring the So it was Resolved, That the Senate recede consent of Congress to an act of the Commonfrom the amendment disagreed to by the House of wealth of Massachusetts;" and a bill, entitled “An Representatives to this bill.

act for the relief of Sylvanus Crowell;" in which On motion, by Mr. Mason,

they desire the concurrence of the Senate. Resolved, that the Secretary of the Treasury read, and ordered to the second reading.

The three bills last mentioned were severally be requested to report to the Senate as to the necessity of erecting, a light-house on Old Point for concurrence, entitled “ An act to continue in

The bill, sent from the House of Representatives Comfort, in Virginia, and establishing a beacon on Tybee Island, in the State of Georgia, and fixing declaring the consent of Congress to an act of the

force, for a limited time, an act, entitled 'An act buoys at the mouth of Savannah river; with an estimate of the expense respectively attending the State of Maryland, passed 28ih day of December,

one thousand seven hundred and ninety-three, for Mr. Ross, from the committee to whom was

the appointment of a health officer," was read the

second time. referred the bill, sent from the House of Representatives for concurrence, entitled “

Ordered, That the further consideration thereof

"An act making appropriations for the support of Govern

be postponed. ment, for the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-eight, and for other purposes,” reported

Monday, March 12. that the bill pass without amendment. The bill, last sent up from the House of Repre- tives for concurrence, entitled

The bill, sent from the House of Representa

An act declaring sentatives, was read, and ordered to a second the consent of Congress to an act of the Comreading The bill to authorize a grant of lands to Stephen time, and referred to Messrs. Goodhue, Tracy,

monwealth of Massachusetts," was read the second Monot and others, inhabitants of Galliopolis, therein and BloodWORTH, to consider and report thereon named, was read a second time; and, after debate.

to the Senate. on motion, it was agreed that the further consideration thereof be postponed.

The bill, sent from the House of RepresentaA message from the House of Representatives lief of Sylvanus Crowell,” was read the second

tives for concurrence, entitled "An act for the reinformed the Senate that the House agree to some, time, and referred to Messrs. GREENE, GOODRUE, and disagree to other, amendments of the Senate and I'racy, to consider and report thereon to the to the bill entitled "An act for the relief of the

Senate. refugees from the British provinces of Canada and Nova Scotia."

The bill, sent from the House of Representatives for concurrence, entitled "An act limiting

the time within which claims against the United Friday, March 9.

States, for credits on the books of the Treasury, The Senate proceeded to consider the report of may be presented for allowance," was read the the committee to whom was referred the bill, sent second time, and referred to Messrs. BINGHAM, from the House of Representatives for concur- Tracy, and SEDGWICK, to consider and report rence, entitled "An act making appropriations for thereon to the Senate. the support of Government, for the year one thou- The Senate proceeded to consider the report sand seven hundred and ninety-eight, and for other of the committee to whom was referred the bill, purposes ;" and, the report being adopted, sent from the House of Representatives for con

Ordered, That this bill pass to a third reading. currence, entitled “ An act providing the means of

Mr. Ross, from the committee to whom was intercourse beiween the United States and foreign referred the bill, sent from the House of Repre-nations;" which was adopted. sentatives for concurrence, entitled

Ordered, That this bill pass to a third reading. viding the means of intercourse between the Uni

The bill, entitled “An act making appropriated States and foreign nations," reported the bill tions for the support of Government, for the year without amendment; and it was agreed that the one thousand seven hundred and ninety-eight, and consideration thereof be postponed.

for other purposes," was read the third time. The Senate proceeded to consider the resolu- On motion, by Mr. ANDERSON, that the followtion of the House of Representatives, agreeing to ing clause be struck out from the bill, to wit: some, and disagreeing to other, amendments of the " For the expense incurred by the committee of the

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House of Representatives on the impeachment of Wil- The Senate resumed the second reading of the liam Blount, for the compensation of the members, and bill to authorize a grant of lands to Stephen Mofor incidental charges, as estimated by the chairman of not and others, inhabitants of Galliopolis, therein the committee, two thousand six hundred and twenty-named. six dollars.”

Ordered, That this bill pass to a third reading. It was determined in the negative-yeas 7, nays 18, as follows: Yuas-Messrs. Anderson, Bloodworth, Brown, Hill

WEDNESDAY, March 14. house, Jackson, Marshall, and Tracy. Nars—Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Foster, Good

Mr. GREENE, from the committee to whom was hue, Greene, Hobart, Hunter, Langdon, Laurance, referred the bill, sent from the House of RepresenLivermore, Lloyd, Martin, Paine, Read, Ross, Sedg- tatives for concurrence, entitled "An act for the wick, Stockton, and Tazewell.

relief of Sylvanus Crowell,” reported the bill without amendment, and it was ordered to the

third reading. TUESDAY, March 13.

Ordered, That the memorials of Joseph Ball

and others, holders of bills of credit emitted in Mr. Bingham, from the committee to whom pursuance of a resolution of Congress of the 18th was referred the bill, sent from the House of Rep- of March, 1780, be referred to Messrs. Tracy, resentatives for concurrence, entitled “ An act to GREENE, and Ross, to consider and report thereon amend the act, entitled “An act laying duties on to the Senate. stamped vellum, parchment, and paper," " reported

Mr. Goodhue, from the committee to whom an amendment; which was read and disagreed to. was referred the bill

, sent from the House of RepAnd, after agreeing to an amendment, the bill resentatives for concurrence, entitled “ An act dewas ordered to the third reading:

claring the consent of Congress to an act of the A message from the House of Representatives Commonwealth of Massachusetts," reported the informed the Senate that the House insist on their bill without amendment. disagreement to sundry amendments of the Sen

Ordered, That this bill pass to a third reading. ate to the bill, entitled "An act for the relief of

Mr. MARSHALL laid before the Senate the methe refugees from the British provinces of Canada morial of Margaret Lapsley, praying the renewal and Nova Scotia,” desire a conference on the sub- of lost certificates therein mentioned; and the peject matter thereof, and have appointed managers lition was read, and referred to Messrs Marshall, at the same on their part.

Tracy, and ANDERSON, to consider and report The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution thereon to the Senate. of the House of Representatives, asking a confer

The bill, sent from the House of Representatives ence on the amendments to the bill last mention for concurrence, entitled “ An act to amend the ed; and,

act, entitled · An act laying duties on stamped Resolved, That they do agree to the proposed vellum, parchment, and paper,” was read the conference, and that Messrs. SEDGWICK and Trace third time. be managers at the same, on the part of the

Resolved, That this bill pass with an amendSenate.

ment. The bill, sent from the House of Representa

The bill to authorize a grant of lands to Stetives for concurrence, entitled “ An act providing phen Monot and others, inhabitants of Galliopolis, the means of intercourse between the United therein named, was read the third time. States and foreign nations,” was read the third

On the final passage of the bill, it was detertime.

mined in the affirmative-yeas 17, nays 9, as folOn motion, by Mr. TAZEWELL, to expunge the lows: third section of the bill, as follows:

Yeas-Messrs. Anderson, Bingham, Bloodworth, “ And be it further enacted, That, for defraying the Brown, Chipman, Foster, Hunter, Jackson, Langdon, expenses of intercourse between the United States and Laurance, Livermore, Marshall, Martin, Read, Sedgforeign nations, during the year one thousand seven wick, 'Tattnall, and Tazewell. hundred and ninety-eight, there be further appropria- Nars-Messrs. Greene, Hillhouse, Hobart, Latimer, ted, in addition to the aforesaid sum of forty thousand Lloyd, Paine, Ross, Stockton, and Tracy. dollars, and out of any moneys in the Treasury of the United States not otherwise appropriated, the sum of

So it was Resolved, That this bill pass, that twenty-eight thousand six hundred and fifty dollars."

it be engrossed, and that the title thereof be" An It was determined in the negative-yeas 5, nays not and others, inhabitants of Galliopolis, therein

act to authorize a grant of lands to Stephen Mo22, as follows:

named." YEAS—Messrs. Anderson, Brown, Jackson, Langdon,

The Senate then went into the consideration and Tazewell.

of Executive business.
Nars-Messrs. Bingham, Bloodworth, Chipman, Fos-
ter, Goodhue, Greene, Hillhouse, Hobart, Hunter, Lati-
mer, Laurance, Livermore, Lloyd, Marshall, Martin,

Thursday, March 15.
Paine, Read, Ross, Sedgwick, Stockton, Tattnall, and
Tracy.

The bill, sent from the House of RepresentaSo it was Resolved, That this bill pass. tives for concurrence, entitled “ An act declaring

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the consent of Congress to an act of the Common- made, and to exhort you to adopt, with promptitude, wealth of Massachusetts,” was read the third decision, and unanimity, such measures as the ample time.

resources of the country afford, for the protection of Ordered, That the further consideration there our seafaring and commercial citizens; for the defence of be postponed until Monday next.

of any exposed portions of our territory; for replenishThe bill, sent from the House of Representa- ing our arsenals

, establishing foundries and military tives for concurrence, entitled " An act for the re- manufactures; and to provide such efficient revenue, lief of Sylvanus Crowell,” was read the third time, and supply the deficiencies which may be occasioned

as will be necessary to defray extraordinary expenses, and passed. Mr. Tracy, from the committee to whom was

by depredations on our commerce. referred the hill, sent from the House of Repre- from that in which instructions were given to the col

The present state of things is so essentially different sentatives for concurrence, entitled “An act for lectors to restrain vessels of the United States from the relief of the legal representatives of Thomas sailing in an armed condition, that the principle on Clark, deceased,” reported the bill without amend- which those orders were issued has ceased to exist

. I ment; and, after debate,

therefore deem it proper to inform Congress, that I no Ordered, That the further consideration there- longer conceive myself justifiable in continuing them, of be postponed.

unless in particular cases, where there may be reasonable ground of suspicion that such vessels are intended

to be employed contrary to law. Friday, March 16.

In all your proceedings, it will be important to maniThe Senate resumed the second reading of the bill, tional rights, proportioned to the danger with which

fest a zeal, a vigor, and concert, in defence of the nasent from the House of Representatives for concur, they are threatened. rence, entitled " An act for the relief of the legal

JOHN ADAMS. representatives of Thomas Clark, deceased;" and, after debate,

UNITED STATES, March 19, 1798. Ordered, That this bill pass to a third reading. The Message was read, and referred to the

committee appointed on the 29th November last,

who have under consideration that part of the Monday, March 19.

Speech of the President of the United States, at The following Message was received from the the commencement of the session, which relates PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED Srates:

to the protection of commerce, to consider and

report ihereon to the Senate. Gentlemen of the Senate, and

Mr. Tracy, from the committee to whom was Gentlemen of the House of Representatives : referred the petition of Jonathan Davenport, an The despatches from the Envoys Extraordinary of invalid pensioner, made report, and the report the United States to the French Republic, which were

was read. mentioned in my Message to both Houses of Congress, Ordered, That it lie for consideration. of the fifth instant, have been examined and maturely Mr. MARSHALL, from the committee to whom considered.

was referred the petition of Margaret Lapsley, While I feel a satisfaction in informing you that their reported a state of facts, and that it be exertions, for the adjustment of the differences between the two nations, have been sincere and unremitted, it lief of the legal representative of Samuel Laps

Resolved, That a bill be brought in for the reis incumbent on me to declare, that I perceive no ground

ley, deceased, of expectation that the objects of their mission can be

Which report was adopted; and, accomplished, on terms compatible with the safety, the honor, or the essential interests of the nation.

Ordered, That it be recommitted, with an inThis result cannot, with justice, be attributed to any struction to the committee to bring in a bill acwant of moderation on the part of this Government, or

cordingly. to any indisposition to forego secondary interests, for

A message from the House of Representatives the preservation of peace. Knowing it to be my duty, informed the Senate that the House have passed and believing it to be your wish, as well as that of the a bill, entitled "An act for an additional approgreat body of the people, to avoid, by all reasonable priation to provide and support a Naval Armaconcessions, any participation in the contentions of ment,” in which they desire the concurrence of Europe, the powers vested in our Envoys were com- the Senate. mensurate with a liberal and pacific policy, and that The bill was read, and ordered to the second high confidence which might justly be reposed in the reading. abilities, patriotism, and integrity, of the characters to The bill, sent from the House of Representawhom the negotiation was committed. After a careful tives for concurrence, entitled "An act for the review of the whole subject, with the aid of all the in- relief of the legal representatives of Thomas formation I have received, I can discern nothing which Clark, deceased," was read the third time. could have insured or contributed to success, that has been omitted on my part , and nothing further which mined in the negative-yeas 10, nays 14, as fol

On the final passage of ihis bill, it was detercan be attempted, consistently with maxims for which

lows: our country has contended at every hazard, and which constitute the basis of our national sovereignty.

YEAS—Messrs. Anderson, Bloodworth, Greene, HunUnder these circumstances, I cannot forbear to re- ter, Jackson, Langdon, Martin, Read, Tattnall, and iterate the recommendations which have been formerly Tazewell.

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Nars—Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Clayton, Foster, Nars-Messrs. Anderson, Jackson, Langdon, LiverGoodhue, Hillhouse, Laurance, Livermore, Marshall, more, Marshall, Paine, Read, Sedgwick, and Tazewell. Paine, Ross, Sedgwick, Stockton, and Tracy.

So it was Resolved, That this bill pass. So it was Resolved, That this bill do not pass. Mr. LAURANCE notified the Senate that he

Mr. Marshall, from the committee appointed should, to-morrow, ask leave to bring in a bill for the purpose, reported a bill for the relief of supplementary to the act, entitled " An act to the legal representative of Samuel Lapsley, de-establish the Judicial Courts of the United ceased, which was read, and ordered to the second States." reading.

Mr. Read, from the committee appointed to revise the Judiciary system of the United States,

Wednesday, March 21. reported a bill on that subject, which was read, Mr. Goodhue presented the petition of William and ordered to the second reading.

Gray, junior, and others, merchants of Salem, in

the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, stating, Tuesday, March 20.

that they are subject to an unequal payment of

the duties ou certain merchandise imported from Mr. Goodave, from the committee appointed India, arising from the construction of the reve29th November last, on that part of the Speech nue laws by the Collector for the district of Saof the President of the United States which re- lem and Beverly; and praying Congress to take spects the protection of commerce, and to whom their case into consideration; and the petition was also referred the Message of the President of

was read. the United States of the 19ih instant, reported so far as to bring in a bill to enable the President of for the Department of Treasury, to consider and

Ordered, That it be referred to the Secretary the United States to purchase or lease one or report thereon to the Senate. more foundries; which bill was read, and ordered to the second reading.

A message from the House of Representatives

informed the Senate that the House have passed a A morion was made, by Mr. Anderson, as fol- bill

, entitled " An act to continue in force the act, lows:

entitled 'An act prohibiting for a limited time the Resolved, That the President of the United States exportation of arms and ammunition, and for enbe requested to lay before the Senate the instructions couraging the importation thereof;" in which they given to the American Commissioners at Paris; and, desire the concurrence of the Senate. also, all communications which he hath received from The bill to enable the President of the United them relative to the object of their mission.

States to purchase or lease one or more foundries, It was agreed, that this motion lie until to- was read the second time, and ordered to the third morrow for consideration.

reading A message from the House of Representatives The Vice President laid before the Senate a informed the Senate that the House have passed letter from the Secretary for the Department of a bill, entitled " An act making an appropriation Treasury, with the abstract required by the fourth for completing the buildings requisite for the section of the act, entitled " An act relative to the accommodation of the Government of the United compensations of certain officers employed in the States at the city of Washington,” in which they collection of the duties of impost and tonnage,” desire the concurrence of the Senate.

passed February 14, 1795. The bill was read, and ordered to the second The letter was read, and ordered to lie on file. reading

The bill, sent from the House of Representatives The bill, sent from the House of Representa- for concurrence, entitled “An act making an aptives for concurrence, entitled "An act for an propriation for completing the buildings requisite additional appropriation to provide and support a for the accommodation of the Government of the Naval Armament," was read the second time, and United States, at the city of Washington," was ordered to the third reading.

read the second time, and referred to Messrs. The bill

for the relief of the legal representa- LLOYD, TAZEwELL, SEDGWICK, STOckton, and tative of Samuel Lapsley, deceased, was read Goodhue, to consider and report thereon to the the second time; and, after debate,

Senate. Ordered, That the further consideration there- The bill, sent from the House of Representaof be postponed.

tives for concurrence, entitled “ An act for an adThe Senate resumed the third reading of the ditional appropriation to provide and support a bill, sent from the House of Representatives for Naval Armament,” was read the third time and concurrence, entitled "An act declaring the con- passed. sent of Congress to an act of the Commonwealth The Senate resumed the second reading of the of Massachusetts."

bill, sent from the House of Representatives for On the final passage of this bill, it was deter- concurrence, entitled " An act to continue in force mined in the affirmative-yeas 15, nays 9, as for a limited time an act, entitled 'An act defollows:

claring the consent of Congress to an act of the Yeas-Messrs. Bingham, Bloodworth, Chipman, State of Maryland, passed the twenty-eighth of Clayton, Foster, Goodhue, Greene, Hillhouse, Hunter, December, one thousand seven hundred and nineLaurance, Lloyd, Martin, Stockton, Tattnall, and ty-three, for the appointment of a health officer," Tracy.

and having agreed to an amendment,

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