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sage of the President of the United States, of the Yeas—Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Clayton, Foster, 3d instant, together with despatches from the En- Goodhue, Greene, Hillhouse, Hobart, Howard, Hunter, roys to the French Republic, accompanying the Laurance, Lloyd, Martin, Paine, Read, Ross, Sedgwick, same, be published for the use of the Senate. Stockton, Tattnall, and Tracy.

On motion, by Mr. LLOYD, that the instructions Nars—Messrs. Anderson, Bloodworth, Brown, Jackto the Envoys Extraordinary to the French Re-son, Langdon, Livermore, and Tazewell. public, be also printed; it was agreed that this So it was Resolved, That this bill pass; that motion be postponed.

it be engrossed; and that the title thereof be " An

act to provide an additional armament for the furSATURDAY, April 7.

ther protection of the trade of the United States,

and for other purposes." No business of importance was transacted in

Mr. Tracy, from the committee appointed for the Senate to-day.

the purpose, reported a bill for the relief of Joseph Nourse; which was read, and ordered to the se

cond reading. MONDAY, April 9.

The bill, sent from the House of RepresentaThe Senate resumed the second reading of the lives for concurrence, entitled "An act authorizbill, sent from the House of Representatives for ing an expenditure, and making an appropriation concurrence, entitled “ An act making an appro- Consuls of the United States, in certain cases,"

for the reimbursement of moneys advanced by the priation for completing the buildings requisite for the accommodation of the Government of the

was read the second time. United States at the city of Washington;" which,

Ordered, That this bill pass to a third reading. having amended,

Mr. Bingham presented the petition of John On the question to agree to the third reading of Vaughan, merchant, praying allowance for loss the bill as amended, it was determined in the sustained by the deposit of certain quantities of affirınative-yeas 18, nays 9, as follows:

bullion in the Mint of the United States, in conYEAS–Messrs. Bloodworth, Brown, Chipman, Fos- tion was read.

sequence of intervening regulations; which petiter, Greene, Hillhouse, Howard, Hunter, Jackson,

Ordered, That it lie on the table. Langdon, Lloyd, Marshall, Martin, Paine, Read, Tatt

The galleries being cleared, a motion was made nall, Tazewell, and Tracy.

by Mr. LLOYD: Nars-Messrs. Bingham, Clayton, Goodhue, Ho

“ That the instructions to the Envoys Extraordinary bart, Laurance, Livermore, Ross, Sedgwick, and

to the French Republic, referred to in the Message of Stockton.

the President of the United States of the 3d instant, be A message from the House of Representatives printed for the use of the Senate.” informed the Senate that the House have passed Whereupon, Mr. Hunter moved the previous a bill, entitled “ An act to authorize certain offi- question, to wit: Shall the main question be now cers and other persons to administer oaths;" also, put? And it was determined in the affirmativea bill, entitled "An act declaring the consent of yeas 15, nays 11, as follows: Congress to two acts of the State of North Carolina, therein mentioned;" in which they desire hue, Greene, Hillhouse, Hobart, Jackson, Langdon,

Yeas–Messrs. Bloodworth, Chipman, Clayton, Goodthe concurrence of the Senate. They desire a Laurance, Lloyd, Ross, Sedgwick, Stockton, and Tracy. conference on the proceedings of the Senate of

Nays-Messrs. Anderson, Bingham, Brown, Howthe 1st March Jast, relative to the impeachment ard, Hunter, Livermore, Martin, Paine, Read, Tattnall, of William Blount, and have appointed mana- and Tazewell. gers at the same on their part. The bills last mentioned were read, and ordered in the affirmative-yeas 16, nays 10, as follows:

And, on the main question, it was determined that they severally pass to the second reading. The Senate took into consideration the resolu

Yeas-Messrs. Anderson, Bloodworth, Chipman, tion of the House of Representatives, desiring a

Clayton, Goodhue, Greene, Hillhouse, Hobart, Jackson, conference on the proceedings of the Senate of ist Langdon, Laurance, Lloyd, Ross, Sedgwick, Stockton, March last, respecting the impeachment of Wil

and Tracy: LIAM Blount. Whereupon,

Nays—Messrs. Bingham, Brown, Howard, Hunter, Resolved, That they do agree to the proposed

Livermore, Martin, Paine, Read, Tattnall, and Taze

well. conference, and that Messrs. Ross and LiVERMORE So it was Resolved, That five hundred copies be managers at the same on the part of the of the instructions to the Envoys Extraordinary Senate.

The Senate resumed the third reading of the to the French Republic, referred to in the Mesbill to provide an additional armament for the sage of the President of the United States of the further protection of the trade of the United 3d instant, be printed for the use of the Senate. States, and for other purposes; and Mr. BingHAM having withdrawn bis motion, made the 3d

Tuesday, April 10. instant, to amend the bill, by adding a new section to the end thereof-on the question to agree The bill, sent from the House of Representato the final passage of the bill, it was determined tives for concurrence, entitled “An act declaring in the affirmative-yeas 20, nays 7, as follows: the consent of Congress to two acts of the State

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of North Carolina therein mentioned,” was read Livermore, Lloyd, Martin, Paine, Read, Tattnall, Tazethe second time, and referred to Messrs. Martin, well, and Tracy. Bingham, and TazeweLL, to consider and report

Nars-Messrs. Bingham, Clayton, Goodhue, Lauthereon to the Senate.

rance, Sedgwick, and Stockton. The bill, sent from the House of Representa- Resolred, That this bill pass with amendments. tives for concurrence, entitled “ An act to authur- The bill to establish an Executive department, ize certain officers and other persons to administer to be denominated the Department of the Navy, oaths,” was read the second time, and referred 10 was read the second time. Messrs. SEDGWICK, ANDERSON, and Read, to con- Ordered, That the further consideration theresider and report thereon to the Senate.

of be postponed. The bill for the relief of Joseph Nourse was 4 A message from the House of Representatives read the second time, and the blank filled up. informed the Senate that the House have passed

Ordered, That this bill pass to a third reading. a bill, entitled “ An act supplementary to the act

The bill, sent from the House of Representa- providing for the further defence of the ports and tives for concurrence, entitled "An act making an harbors of the United States;" and a bill, entitled appropriation for completing the buildings requi- " An act for the relief of sick and disabled seasite for the accommodation of the Government of men;" in which they desire the concurrence of the United States at the city of Washington,” was the Senate. read the third time, and, after debate,

The bill first mentioned was read, and it was, Ordered, That it be recommitted to Messrs. by unanimous consent, read the second time. LLOYD, Róss, and MARSHALL, to consider and Ordered, That it be referred to the committee report thereon to the Senate.

appointed the 29th of November last, on that part The bill, sent from the House of Representa of the Speech of the President of the United tives for concurrence, entitled “ An act authoriz- States, which respects measures for the security ing an expenditure, and making an appropriation and protection of the commerce of the United for the reimbursement of moneys advanced by the States, to consider and report thereon to the Consuls of the United States, in certain cases,"

5," Senate. was read the third time and passed.

The bill last mentioned in the Message was

read, and ordered to the second reading. WEDNESDAY, April 11. The bill for the relief of Joseph Nourse was

FRIDAY, April 13. read the third time and passed.

The bill, sent from the House of RepresentaMr. LLOYD, from the committee to whom was tives for concurrence, entitled “An act for the recommitted the bill, sent from the House of Re- relief of sick and disabled seamen," was read the presentatives for concurrence, entitled "An act second time, and referred to Messrs. GOODHUE, making an appropriation for completing the build-LANGDON, and Read, to consider and report thereings requisite for the accommodation of the Gov- on to the Senate. ernment of the United States at the city of Wash- The Senate resumed the second reading of the ington,” reported the bill further amended; which bill to to establish an Executive department, to was read.

be denominated the Department of the Navy; Ordered, That it lie for consideration. and, having agreed to sundry amendments,

Mr. BINGHAM, from the committee to whom Ordered, That it pass to a third reading. was referred the expediency of constituting the Mr. Martin, from the committee to whom was Executive Department for superintending and referred the bill, sent from the House of Repreregulating the various objects connected with the sentatives for concurrence, entitled “ An act deNaval Establishment, obtained leave to report by claring the consent of Congress to two acts of bill; which bill was read, and ordered to the se- the State of North Carolina therein mentioned," cond reading

reported an amendment; which was read.

Ordered, That it lie for consideration.
THURSDAY, April 12.

Mr. Goodhue, from the committee appointed

the 29th of November last, on that part of the The Senate resumed the consideration of the Speech of the President of the United States report of the committee to whom was referred which respects measures for the security and prothe bill, sent from the House of Representatives tection of the commerce of the United States, refor concurrence, entited“ An act making an ap- ported, in part, a bill authorizing the President of propriation for completing the buildings requis- the United States to raise a provisional army; ite for the accommodation of the Government of which was read, and ordered to the second readthe United States at the city of Washington;" | ing. which report, having been amended, was adopted, Mr. Greene laid before the Senate a memoriand the bill was amended accordingly:

al of the merchants and others, of the town of On the question to agree to the final passage of Providence, in the State of Rhode Island, praying the bill as amended, it was determined in the an extension of the Providence district, as it reaffirmative-yeas 17, pays 6, as follows:

lates to the entry and clearance of vessels, which YEAS—Messrs. Anderson, Bloodworth, Brown, Chip was read. man, Greene, Hillhouse, Howard, Jackson, Langdon, Ordered, That it be referred to the Secretary APRIL, 1798.]

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for the Department of the Treasury, to consider Nays-Messrs. Bloodworth, Brown, Langdon, Marand report thereon to the Senate.

shall, Mason, and Tazewell.

So it was Resolved. That this bill pass; that it Monday, April 16.

be engrossed; and that the title thereof be “An The Vice PRESIDENT communicated a letter denominated the Department of the Navy."

act to establish an Executive department, to be from John Sloss HOBART, resigning his seat in

The Senate took into consideration the amendthe Senate, in consequence of his appointment to be Judge of the New York district; which letter ferred the bill, sent from the House of Representa

ment reported by the committee to whom was rewas read. Ordered, That the Vice President be request the consent of Congress to two acts of the State

lives for concurrence, entitled “An act declaring ed to notify the Executive of the State of New of North Carolina, therein mentioned; and, having York that 'John Sloss Hobart hath accepted amended the report, the appointment of Judge of the New York district, and that his seal in the Senale is of course determined in the negative.

On the question to adopt it, as amended, it was vacated. Mr. Ross, from the managers appointed to con- the bill, it passed in the negative.

On the question to agree to the third reading of fer with those appointed by the House of Repre. sentatives, on the proceedings of the Senate of

TUESDAY, April 17. the 1st of March last, respecting the impeachment of William Blount, made repori; which was read; States to raise a provisional army was read the

The bill authorizing the President of the United whereupon, Resolved, That it is not, at this time, expedient

second time. to alter the return day of the summons directed

Ordered, That it be recommitted to the comto be issued to William Blount, so as to make it mittee who brought in the bill. returnable in the present session of Congress as

A motion was made, by Mr. BROWN, as follows: requested by the managers of the House of Rep- “ Resolved, That a committee be appointed to inresentatives, there being no certainty that it will quire whether any, and what, amendments are necescontinue long enough to afford reasonable time sary to an act entitled • An act providing for the sale for a proper service and return of this process.

of the lands of the United States in the territory northMr. STOCKTON presented the address of the in- west of the river Ohio, and above the mouth of Kenbabitants of the town of Newark, in the State of tucky river,' and to report by bill or otherwise;" New Jersey, stating their apprehension of great

Which was read and adopted; and, evils that may result from the arming of private

Ordered, That Messrs. Brown, Ross, and merchant ships; and, also, from the establishment Stockton, be the committee. of a public naval force; and the address was read. On motion, by Mr. Ross, The bill to establish an Executive department,

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury to be denominated the Department of the Navy be requested to report to the Senate what prowas read the third time.

gress has been made by the Surveyor General in A motion, by Mr. Marshall, to amend the bill, laying off, and preparing for sale, the lands diby adding the following section:

rected to be surveyed and sold by an act of Con“ And be it enacted, That this act shall continue in gress, passed the 18th of May, 1796, entitled " An force for one year, and from thence to the end of the act providing for the sale of lands of the United next session of Congress thereafter;"

States in the territory northwest of the Ohio, and And, on motion by Mr. Paine, it was agreed to whether any, and what, progress has been made

above the mouth of Kentucky river:” And also amend the motion, as follows:

by the Surveyor General in surveying the lands “ And be it enacted, That this act shall continue in allotted for the satisfaction of military bounties, force for four years, and from thence to the end of the by the act of Congress, passed the first of June, next session of Congress thereafter.”

1796, and entitled “ An act regulating the grants And, on the question to agree to the motion, as of lands appropriated for military services, and amended, it was determined in the negative for the Society of United Brethren for propagating yeas 10, nays 15, as follows:

the Gospel among the Heathen." Yeas-Messrs. Bloodworth, Brown, Hunter, Lang- A message from the House of Representatives don, Marshall, Martin, Mason, Paine, Tattnall, and informed the Senate that the House have passed Tazewell.

a bill entitled “An act to provide an additional Nars—Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Foster, Good-regiment of artillerists and engineers," in which hue, Greene, Hillhouse, Howard, Laurance, Livermore, they desire the concurrence of the Senate. Lloyd, Read, Ross, Sedgwick, Stockton, and Tracy. The bill was read, and ordered to the second

And, on the final passage of the bill, it was de- reading. termined in the affirmative-yeas 19, nays 6, as follows:

WEDNESDAY, April 18. Yxas-Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Foster, Good- The bill, sent from the House of Representatives hue, Greene, Hillhouse, Howard, Hunter, Laurance, for concurrence, entitled “An act to provide an Livermore, Lloyd, Martin, Paine, Read, Ross, Sedg- additional regiment of artillerists and engineers," wick, Stockton, Tattnall, and Tracy.

was read the second timne.

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[APRIL, 1798. Ordered, That it be referred to the committee X The Senate took into consideration the amendappointed on the 29th of November last, on that ments reported by the committee to whom was part of the Speech of the President of the United referred ihe bill authorizing the President of the States, which respects measures for the security United States to raise a provisional army; and, and protection of the commerce of the United on the question to agree to the third reading of States, to consider and report thereon to the the bill, it was determined in the affirmativeSenate.

yeas 16, nays 7, as follows: Mr. READ laid before the Senate the memorial YEAS—Messrs. Anderson, Bingham, Foster, Goodof Laurance Manning, stating that a certain John hue, Greene, Hillhouse, Howard, Latimer, Laurance, Herd, without power or authority from him, drew Livermore, Marshall, Read, Ross, Sedgwick, Stockton, a military commutation certificate froin Mr. and Tracy. Howell's office, the property of the memorialist; Nays—Messrs. Bloodworth, Brown, Langdon, Marand praying relief.

tin, Mason, Tattnall, and Tazewell. Ordered, That it lie on the table.

The bill, sent from the House of RepresentaA message from the House of Representatives tives for concurrence, entitled "An aci making informed the Senate that the House have passed an appropriation for the payment of a balance a bill entitled “ An act to enable the President of found due to the legal representatives of William the United States to procure cannon, arms, and Carmichael, deceased,” was read the third time. ammunition, and for other purposes;" and a bill Resolved, That this bill

pass. entitled "An act for erecting light-houses, and placing buoys and stakes, at the places therein mentioned,” in which they desire the concurrence

FRIDAY, April 20. of the Senate.

Mr. GREENE, from the committee to whom was The bills were read, and ordered to the second referred the bill, sent from the House of Reprereading

sentatives for concurrence, entitled "An act for The Senate resumed the second reading of the erecting light-houses, and placing buoys and bill to alter and amend the act entitled - An act stakes, at the places therein mentioned," reported to establish the Judicial Courts of the United the bill without amendment. States;" and, after debate,

Ordered, That this bill pass to a third reading. Ordered, That the further consideration thereof Mr. SEDGWICK, from the committee to whom be postponed until to-morrow.

was referred the bill sent from the House of RepMr. Goodhue, from the committee to whom resentatives for concurrence, entitled " An act to was referred the bill authorizing the President of authorize certain officers and other persons to adthe United States to raise a provisional army, re- minister oaths,” reported the bill with an amendported amendments; which were read.

ment; and the report was adopted, and the bill Ordered, That they lie for consideration. was amended accordingly.

Mr. Tracy, from the committee to whom was Ordered, That this bill pass to the third readreferred the bill, sent from the House of Repre-ing as amended. sentatives for concurrence, entitled “An act mak- The bill authorizing the President of the Uniing an appropriation for the payment of a balance ted States to raise a provisional army, was read found due to the legal representatives of William the third time. Carmichael, deceased," reported the bill without On motion, by Mr. MARSHALL, that the bill be amendment.

recommitted generally ; it was agreed that the Ordered, That this bill pass to a third reading. final question on the passage of this bill be post

poned until Monday next. THURSDAY, April 19.

Mr. GOODHUE, from the committee to whom

was referred the bill sent from the House of RepThe bill, sent from the House of Representa- resentatives for concurrence, entitled " An act to tives for concurrence, entitled "An act to enable provide an additional regiment of artillerists and the President of the United States to procure can-engineers," reported the bill without amendment. non, arms, and ammunition, and for other purpo- Ordered, That this bill pass to a third reading. ses,” was read the second time.

Mr. Ross, from the committee to whom was Ordered, That it be referred to the committee referred the bill, sent from the House of Repreappointed the 29th November last, on that part of sentatives for concurrence, entitled "An aci to the Speech of the President of the United States alter the time of making entry of stills, and for which respects measures for the security and pro- other purposes,” reported amendments; which tection of the commerce of the United States, to were read, and ordered to lie for consideration. consider and report thereon to the Senate.

Ordered, That Messrs. MARSHALL, SEDGWICK, The bill, sent from the House of Representa- and LIVERMORE, be a committee to inquire into tives for concurrence, entitled “ An act for erect- the expediency of altering the terms for holding ing light-houses, and placing buoys and stakes, at the Courts of the United States in the districts of the places therein mentioned," was read the sec- Kentucky, Tennessee, and Maine; also, of making ond time.

provision in cases where the Judges of the said Ordered, That it be referred to Messrs. GREENE, Courts have been counsel, or shall be interested in LIVERmore, and Goodaus, to consider and repori any case depending before them; also, of authorizthereon to the Senate.

ing appeals from judgments rendered in the said

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Courts, holden for the districts aforesaid; and, also, tion, the votes being equal, the Vice President of making alterations necessary to the administra- determined the question in the negative. tion of justice, in the said District Courts, in rela- On motion, by Mr. STOCKTON, tion to the State laws or Courts; and to report by Ordered, That the further consideration of the bill or otherwise.

amendments be postponed until to-morrow. The Senate resumed the consideration of the The Senate resumed the third reading of the report of the committee to whom was referred the bill authorizing the President of the United States bill supplementary to the act, entitled “ An act to raise a provisional army. to establish the Judicial Courts of the United On motion, to fill the blank in the tenth section, States."

so as that the proviso be read as follows: Resolved, That the further consideration of this

" And provided, also, That no enlistment shall take bill be postponed until the next session of Con- place by virtue of this act after three years from the gress.

passing thereof;"

It was determined in the affirmative-yeas 13, MONDAY, April 23.

nays 8, as follows: Mr. STOCKTON presented the address of a large YEAS— Messrs. Bingham, Goodhue, Greene, Hilland respectable meeting of citizens, inhabitants of house, Howard, Latimer, Laurance, Marshall, Read, the townships of Windsor and Montgomery, and Ross, Sedgwick, Stockton, and Tracy. the towns of Princeton and Kingston, in the State Nars-Messrs. Anderson, Bloodworth, Brown, Langof New Jersey, signed Enos Kelsey, chairman, don, Martin, Mason, Tattnall, and Tazewell. expressing their unshaken and entire confidence On the question to agree to the final passage of in the wisdom and integrity of the Executive of the bill, it was determined in the affirmativethe United States, and pledging their lives and yeas 13, nays 8, as follows: fortunes, and sacred honor, in support of the Con. stitution, and such measures of defence as the Hillhouse, Howard, Latimer, Laurance, Read, Ross

Yeas—Messrs. Bingham, Clayton, Goodhue, Greene, Government may find expedient to adopt, in this Sedgwick, Stockton, and Tracy. critical and threatening aspect of public affairs ; Nays— Messrs. Anderson, Bloodworth, Brown, Langand the address was read.

don, Martin, Mason, Tattnall, and Tazewell. A message from the House of Representatives informed the Senate that the House have passed be engrossed, and that the title thereof be" An

So it was Resolved, That this bill pass; that it the bill sent from the Senate for concurrence, entitled “ An act to provide an additional armament

act authorizing the President of the United States for the further protection of the trade of the Uni- to raise a provisional army.” ted States, and for other purposes,” with amendments, in which they desire the concurrence of

Tuesday, April 24. the Senate.

The bill, sent from the House of RepresentaThe bill, sent from the House of Representatives for concurrence, entitled “ An act to authortives for concurrence, entitled “An act to provide ize certain officers and other persons to administer an additional regiment of artillerists and engi- oaths,” was read the third time. neers," was read the third time.

Resolved, That this bill pass with an amendOn motion, by Mr. Mason, to amend the bill, by limiting the establishment to three instead of five,

The bill, sent from the House of Representayears: it passed in the negative.

tives for concurrence, entitled “An act for erectResolved, That this bill pass. The Senate took into consideration the amend- the places therein mentioned,” was read the third

ing light-houses, and placing buoys and stakes, at ments of the House of Representatives to the bill, time. entitled “ An act to provide an additional arma

Resolved, That this bill pass. ment for the further protection of the trade of the The Senate resumed the consideration of the United States, and for other purposes."

amendments of the House of Representatives to On motion, by Mr. TazewELL, to postpone the the bill, entitled " An act to provide an additional consideration of the amendments to this bill until armament for the further protection of the trade the next session of Congress: it was determined of the United States, and for other purposes.” in the negative-yeas 5, nays 16, as follows:

On motion, by Mr. Read, it was determined to YEAB— Messrs. Anderson, Bloodworth, Langdon, reconsider the vote of yesterday, by which the Mason, and 'Tazewell.

third amendment was disagreed to. Nays-Messrs. Bingham, Clayton, Goodhue, Greene,

On the question to agree to said third amendHillhouse, Howard, Latimer, Laurance, Marshall, Martin, Read, Ross, Sedgwick, Stockton, Tattnall, and ment, which is to strike out of the bill the follow

ing section: Tracy.

“ Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That no merOn motion, by Mr. Ross, it was agreed to post-chant vessel bound from a port of the United States, pone the consideration of the first, and to consider and destined to any place that is besieged, blockaded, ihe other, amendments; and the second amend or invested, shall be taken under the protection and conment was agreed to.

voy of any public armed vessel ; nor unless satisfactory And, on the question to agree to the third | evidence is produced to the Collector, previous to her amendment, which was to strike out the fifth sec-departure, that the vessel and cargo are bona fide the

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