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[JUNE, 1798. be engrossed; and that the title thereof be “An YEAS—Messrs. Brown, Langdon, Martin, Mason, act to punish frauds committed on the Bank of and Tazewell. the United States."

Nays-Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Foster, GoodThe Senate took into consideration the amend hue, Hillhouse, Howard, Laurance, Lloyd, North, ments reported by the committee to whom was Paine, Read, Sedgwick, and Tracy. referred the bill, sent from the House of Repre On the passage of the bill to the third reading, sentatives for concurrence, entitled “ An act to the question was determined in the affirmative provide for the valuation of lands and dwelling- yeas 13, nays 5, as follows: houses, and the enumeration of slaves, within the United States;" which were agreed to.

YEAs-Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Foster, Good

hue, Hillhouse, Howard, Laurance, Lloyd, North, Resolved, That this bill be recommitted to the Paine, Read, Sedgwick, and Tracy. committee who reported the amendments.

Nays—Messrs. Brown, Langdon, Martin, Mason, A message from the House of Representatives and Tazewell. informed the Senate that the House agree to the amendments of the Senate to the bill, entitled an

So it was Resolved, That this bill be read the

third time. Act to authorize the defence of the merchant

Mr. Lloyd notified the Senate that he should, vessels of the United States against French depredations," with amendments; in which they define more particularly the crime of treason,

on Monday next, ask leave to bring in a bill to

and desire the concurrence of the Senate.

to define and punish the crime of sedition.

Saturday, June 23.
The Senate took into consideration the amend-

Monday, June 25. ments of the House of Representatives to the

The bill to declare the treaties between the amendments of the Senate to the bill, entitled United States and the Republic of France void “ An act to authorize the defence of the merchant and of no effect, was read the third time; and the vessels of the United States against French depre- final passage of the bill was determined in the dations."

affirmative-yeas 14, nays 5, as follows: Resolved, That they do concur therein.

YEAs—Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Foster, GoodA message from the House of Representatives hue, Hillhouse, Howard, Laurance, Livermore, Lloyd, informed the Senate that they have passed a reso- North, Paine, Read, Sedgwick, and Tracy. lution authorizing the President of the Senate

Nays-Messrs. Brown, Langdon, Martin, Mason, and Speaker of the House of Representatives to and Tazewell. adjourn their respective Houses on the 9th day of Resolved, That this bill pass; that it be enJuly next: in which they desire the concurrence grossed ; and that the title thereof be, “ An act to of the Senate.

declare the treaties between the United States and The Senate resumed the second reading of the the Republic of France void and of no effect.” bill to declare the treaties between the United Mr. TRACY, from the committee to whom was States and the Republic of France void and of no referred the bill, sent from the House of Represeneffect.

tatives for concurrence, entitled “ An act making On motion to agree to the enacting clause, in an appropriation for the expenses incident to the the words following:

new regiment of artillerists and engineers during “Sec. 1. Be it therefore enacted, by the Senate and the year one thousand seven hundred and ninetyHouse of Representatives of the United States of eight,” reported the bill amended ; which was read America in Congress assembled, That the Treaty of and adopted. Amity and Commerce, and the Treaty of Alliance, be Resolved, That this bill pass to the third reading, tween the United States and the French Government, as amended. concluded on the 6th day of February, one thousand Mr. READ, from the committee to whom was seven hundred and seventy-eight, and the Consular recommitted the bill, sent from the House of RepConvention between the same parties, concluded on resentatives for concurrence, entitled “ An act to the fourteenth of November, one thousand seven hun provide for the valuation of lands and dwelling. dred and eighty-eight, under existing circumstances, houses, and the enumeration of slaves, within the ought to be, and are hereby declared, void and of no United States," reported that the bill pass without effect, and shall no longer be binding on the Govern

any

additional amendments. ment and citizens of the United States :" It was determined in the affirmative-yeas 16, informed the Senate that the House have passed

A message from the House of Representatives nays 3, as follows:

a bill, entitled " An act providing for the enumeraYeas-Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Foster, Good- tion of the inhabitants of the United States ;" and hue, Hillhouse, Howard, Latimer, Laurance, Liver- a bill, entitled "An act supplementary to the act more, Lloyd, Martin, North, Paine, Read, Sedgwick, entitled 'An act to provide an additional armaand Tracy.

ment for the further protection of the trade of the Nars-Messrs. Brown, Langdon, and Mason. United States, and for other purposes;

which On motion, by Mr. Martin, that the further bills they desire the concurrence of the Senate. consideration of this bill be postponed to the next They have passed the bill, sent from the Senate for session of Congress, it passed in the negative-concurrence, entitled “ An act in addition to the yeas 5, nays 13, as follows:

act more effectually to protect the commerce and

JUNE, 1798.)
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[Senate. coasts of the United States," with amendments; On motion, by Mr. LIVERMORE, to refer this in which they desire the concurrence of the motion to a committee, it was determined in the Senate.

negative-yeas 4, nays 17, as follows: The bills last brought up from the House of

Yeas-Massrs. Bingham, Langdon, Livermore, and Representatives for concurrence were read, and Lloyd. ordered to the second reading.

Nays-Messrs. Anderson, Brown, Chipman, Foster, The amendments of the House of Representa- Goodhue, Hillhouse, Howard, Latimer, Laurance, Martives to the bill, entitled “ An act in addition to tin, Mason, Paine, Read, Sedgwick, Stockton, Tazethe act more effectually to protect the commerce well, and Tracy. and coasts of the United States," were read.

On the question for leave to bring in the bill, it Resolved, That they be referred to the commit

was determined in the affirmative-yeas 14, nays tee who originally brought in the bill, to consider

8, as follows: and report thereon to the Senate. Mr. Read presented the resolutions of the in

YEAS—Messrs. Chipman, Foster, Goodhue, Hillhabitants of Georgetown, in the State of South house, Howard, Latimer, Laurance, Lloyd, North, Carolina, declarative of their confidence in, and Paine, Read, Sedgwick, Stockton, and Tracy. approbation of, the measures of Government, and

Nays— Messrs. Anderson, Bingham, Brown, Langpledging their lives and fortunes in the defence of don, Livermore, Martin, Mason, and Tazewell. the rights of their country; and the resolutions So the bill was brought in, and read the first were read.

time. The Senate took into consideration the resolu On the question to agree to the second reading tion of the House of Representatives of the 23d of the bill, it was determined in the affirmativeinstant, authorizing an adjournment of Congress. yeas 14, nays 8, as follows:

Resolred, That the further consideration thereof YEAS—Messrs. Chipman, Foster, Goodhue, Hillbe postponed until Tuesday the 3d of July next. house, Howard, Latimer, Laurance, Lloyd, North,

T'he Senate took into consideration the report Paine, Read, Sedgwick, Stockton, and Tracy. of the committee to whom was referred the mo Nays—Messrs. Anderson, Bingham, Brown, Langtion to amend the rules for conducting business in don, Livermore, Martin, Mason, and Tazewell. the Senate, which was agreed to. Whereupon,

So it was Resolved, That this bill pass to the Resolved, That the following be added to the second reading. 19th rule: “ And in case a less number than a quorum of the informed the Senate that the House have passed a

A message from the House of Representatives Senate shall convene, they are hereby authorized to bill. entitled " An act respecting alien enemies ;" send the Sergeant-at-Arms, or any other person or per- and a bill, entitled " An act to enable the President sons, by them authorized, for any or all absent members, as the majority of such members present shall of the United States to borrow money for the pubagree, at the expense of such absent members respec

lic service;" in which bills they desire the contively, unless such excuse for non-attendance shall be

currence of the Senate. made, as the Senate, when a quorum is convened, shall The bills last mentioned were read, and ordered judge sufficient; and in that case the expense shall be to the second reading. paid out of the contingent fund. And this rule shall The bill, sent from the House of Representatives, apply as well to the first convention of Senate, at the entitled "An act making an appropriation for the legal time of meeting, as to each day of the session, expenses incident to the new regiment of artilleafter the hour has arrived to which the Senate stood risis and engineers, during the year one thousand adjourned."

seven hundred and ninety-eight," was read the A message from the House of Representatives third time. informed the Senate that the House agree to all Resolved, That this bill pass with an amendthe amendments of the Senate to the bill, entitled ** An act to alter the time of making entry of stills,

Mr. Goodhue, from the committee to whom and for other purposes,” except to the last, to

was referred the amendments of the House of which they disagree. The Senate resumed the consideration of the addition to the act more effectually to protect the

Representatives to the bill entitled “An act in report of the committee to whom was recommitted

commerce and coasts of the United States," rethe bill, sent from the House of Representatives, entitled "An act to provide for the valuation of ported that the amendments be adopted. lands and dwelling-houses, and the enumeration amendments to the bill last mentioned.

Resolved, that the Senate do concur in the of slaves, within the United States;" and, after

The bill, sent from the House of Representatives, progress, Ördered, That the further consideration thereof iled "An act to provide an additional armament

entitled “An act supplementary to the act entibe postponed.

for the further protection of the trade of the

United States, and for other purposes,'” was read Tuesday, June 26.

the second time. Agreeably to notice yesterday, Mr. Lloyd moved Ordered, That it be referred to the committee for leave to bring in a bill to define, more particu- appointed the 29th of November last, on that part larly, the crime of treason, and to define and pun- of the Specch of the President of the United ish the crime of sedition.

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protection of the commerce of the United States, to define more particularly the crime of treason, to consider and report thereon to the Senate. and to define and punish the crime of sedition, to

Mr. North, from the committee 10 whom was consider and report thereon to the Senate. referred the bill, sent from the House of Repre The Senate resumed the consideration of the sentatives, entitled "An act providing arms for report of the committee to whom was referred the militia throughout the United States," re- the bill, sent from the House of Representatives ported the bill without amendment.

for concurrence, entitled “ An act to provide for The bill, sent from the House of Representatives, the valuation of lands and dwelling-houses, and entitled "An act providing for the enumeration the enumeration of slaves, within the United of the inhabitants of the United States," was read States;" and, after progress, the second time, and referred to Messrs. READ, Ordered, That the further consideration thereot LAURANCE, PAINE, TRACY, and Bingham, to con- be postponed. sider and report thereon to the Senate.

The following Message was received from the On request, the Vice PRESIDENT was excused PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: from attendance in Senate for the remainder of Gentlemen of the Senate, and the session.

Gentlemen of the House of Representatives :

I have received a letter from his Excellency Thomas WEDNESDAY, June 27.

Mifflin, Governor of Pennsylvania, enclosing some

documents, which I judge it my duty to lay before The Vice President being absent, the Senate Congress without loss of time. proceeded to the choice of a President pro

tem

As my opinion coincides entirely with that of his pore, as the Constitution provides, and Theodore Excellency the Governor, I recommend the subject to SEDGWICK was duly elected.

the consideration of both Houses of Congress, whose The bill to define more particularly the crime authority alone appears to me adequate to the occasion. of treason, and to define and punish the crime of

JOHN ADAMS. sedition, was read the second time.

UNITED STATES, June 27, 1798. On motion, that this bill be committed, it passed The Message and papers therein referred to in the affirmative-yeas 15, nays 6, as follows:

were read. YEAs—Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Foster, Good Ordered, That they be committed to Messrs. hue, Hillhouse, Howard, Latimer, Laurance, Lloyd, Bingham, STOCKTON, and READ, to report thereon North, Paine, Read, Sedgwick, Stockton, and Tracy. by bill or otherwise.

Nays-Messrs. Anderson, Brown, Langdon, Livermore, Martin, and Mason. Ordered, That this bill be referred to Messrs.

Thursday, June 28. LLOYD, TRACY, STOCKTON, CHIPMAN, and Read,

The bill, sent from the House of Representato consider and report thereon to the Senate. tives for concurrence, entitled "An aci author

A message from the House of Representatives izing the grant and conveyance of a certain lot of informed the Senate that the House have passed ground to Elie Williams," was read the second a bill entitled “ An act authorizing the grant and time, and referred to Messrs. Brown, Paine, and conveyance of a certain lot of ground to Elie Tracy, to consider and report thereon to the Williams;" in which they desire the concurrence Senate. of the Senate.

Mr. Bingham, from the committee to whom The bill last brought up from the House of was referred the bill sent from the House of RepRepresentatives was read, and ordered to the resentatives, entitled “An act limiting the time second reading.

within which claims against the United States Mr. GOODuue, from the committee to whom for credits on the books of the Treasury, may be was referred the bill, sent from the House of Re- presented for allowance," reported the bill withpresentatives for concurrence, entitled "An act out amendment. supplementary to the act entitled · An act to

pro

The bill, sent from the House of Representavide an additional armament for the further pro- tives for concurrence, entitled “ An act suppletection of the trade of the United States, and for mentary to the act, entitled 'An act to provide other purposes," reported the bill without amend- an additional armament for the further protecment; which was agreed to.

tion of the trade of the United States, and for Resolved, That this bill pass to a third reading. other purposes,” was read the third time, and

The bill, sent from the House of Representatives amended. for concurrence, entitled "An act io enable the On the question to agree to the final passage of President of the United States to borrow money the bill as amended, it was determined in the affor the public service,” was read the second time, firmative-yeas 17, nays 4, as follows: and referred to Messrs. STOCKTON, TRACY, and YEAS—Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Foster, GoodBingham, to consider and report thereon to the hue, Hillhouse, Howard, Latimer, Laurance, LiverSenate.

more, Lloyd, Martin, North, Paine, Read, Sedgwick, The bill, sent from the House of Representatives Stockton, and Tracy: for concurrence, entitled " An act respecting alien

Nays--Messrs. Anderson, Langdon, Mason, and enemies," was read the second time.

Tazewell. Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. LLOYD, Resolved, That this bill pass with amendments. and others, the committee appointed on the bill Mr. BINGHAM, from the committee to whom

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“ An act to

was referred the Message of the President of the And the bill being further amended, by striking United States, of the 27th instant, and the papers out the remainder of the preamble, accompanying the same, reported a bill to author Resolved, That the consideration of this bill be ize the President to prevent and regulate the land- postponed until to-morrow. ing of French passengers and other persons, who may arrive within the ports of the United States,

SATURDAY, June 30. from foreign places; which bill was read, and, by unanimous consent, it was read the second time.

The Senate resumed the third reading of the Resolved, That this bill pass to a third reading. bill to authorize the President to prevent or regu

late the landing of French passengers, and other

persons, who may arrive within the ports of the FRIDAY, June 29.

United States from foreign places. The Senate took into consideration the report

On motion, by Mr. MARTIN, one of the majority of the committee to whom was referred the bill, in favor of the exception yesterday agreed to, sent from the House of Representatives for con- namely, "except children under the age of twelve currence, entitled “ An act providing arms for the years, and women, in cases especially authorized militia throughout the United States ;” and, hav- by the President," that it be reconsidered, it was ing adopted the report,

determined in the negative-yeas 6, nays 15, as Resolved, That ihis bill pass to a third reading.

follows: The bill to authorize the President to prevent YEAS—Messrs. Hillhouse, Howard, Lloyd, Martin, and regulate the landing of French passengers, and Read. and other persons, who may arrive within the

Nays-Messrs. Bingham, Brown, Chipman, Foster, United States frona foreign places, was read the Goodhue, Langdon, Latimer, Laurance, Livermore, third time.

North, Paine, Sedgwick, Stockton, Tazewell, and On motion, to amend the proviso to the fourth

Tracy. section to read as follows:

Resolved, That this bill pass; that it be en* Provided That nothing in this act shall be con- grossed; and that the title thereof strued to prohibit the migration or importation of such authorize the President to prevent or regulate the persons as any State may think proper by law to admit, landing of French passengers, and other persons, nor to such persons whose admission may be prohibited who may arrive within the ports of the United by the respective States :"

States from foreigo places.” It was determined in the negative-yeas 3, nays

The Senate resumed the second reading of the 17, as follows:

bill, sent from the House of Representatives, enYeas-Messrs. Anderson, Mason, and Tazewell.

titled “An act to provide for the valuation of Nars-Messrs. Bingham, Foster, Goodhue, Hill- lands and dwelling-houses, and the enumeration house, Howard, Langdon, Latimer, Laurance, Liver- of slaves, within the United States." more, Lloyd, Martin, North, Paine, Read, Sedgwick, On motion, by Mr. Paine, to agree to the folStockton, and Tracy.

lowing amendment to the proviso in the eighth On motion, by Mr. Mason, to strike out these section, “ And all uncultivated lands, except such words from the preamble:

as make part or parcel of a farm, and except “The peculiar circumstances of the United States,

wood lots, used or reserved for the purposes of in relation to the Republic of France, and the citizen's fuel, fencing, lumber, or building:

It was determined in the negative-yeas 10, thereof, require that, whilst the United States have afforded hospitality and protection to Frenchmen who have nays 11, as follows: sought an asylum in this country,they should, on the other Yras-Messrs. Bingham, Brown, Chipman, Goodhand, guard against the arrival and admission ofsuch evil hue, Latimer, Laurance, Livermore, Paine, Sedgwick, disposed persons as, by their machinations, may endan- and Stockton. ger the internal safety and tranquillity of the country;"

Nays-Messrs. Foster, Hillhouse, Howard, Lang. in order to insert the following words: “It is repre- don, Lloyd, Martin, Mason, North, Read, Tazewell, sented that, on the evacuation of Port au Prince by the and Tracy. British troops, a number of French white men and ne On motion, by one of the majority, to recongroes were put on board of vessels bound to the United sider and restore the following words, struck out States, some of which have arrived, and others may be from the end of the proviso to the eighth secshortly expected, and it is deemed dangerous to admit tion: “or which, at the time of making the said indiscriminately such persons into the United States :" valuation or enumeration, shall not have been

It was agreed to divide the motion, and that the assessed for, nor be then held liable to, taxation words should be struck out; and, on the question under the laws of the State wherein the same is, to agree to the substitute, it was determined in or may be, situated or possessed, shall be exempted the negative-yeas 10, pays 10, as follows: from the aforesaid valuation and enumeration :"

Yeas— Messrs. Anderson, Bingham, Langdon, Lau It was determined in the negative-yeas 6, rance, Livermore, Martin, Mason, North, Read, and nays 14, as follows: Tazewell.

YEAs—Messrs. Bingham, Foster, Howard, Latimer, Nays-Messrs. Foster, Goodhue, Hillhouse, How- Laurance, and North. ard, Latimer, Lloyd, Paine, Sedgwick, Stockton, and Nays-Messrs. Brown, Chipman, Goodhue, Hill. Tracy.

house, Langdon, Livermore, Lloyd, Martin, Mason, So the amendment was lost.

Paine, Read, Sedgwick, Tazewell, and Tracy.

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[JULY, 1798.

On motion, by Mr. Mason, to add the follow- their first amendment, and insist on their disagreeing words to the end of the eighth section: "ex- ment to the amendments of the House of Reprecept such as, from fixed infirmity or bodily disa- sentatives to the second amendment of the Senate. bility, may be incapable of labor"

Mr. Lloyd, from the committee to whom was It was determined in the affirmative-yeas 11, referred the bill, sent from the House of Reprenays 8, as follows:

sentatives, entitled “An act respecting alien eneYEAS—Messrs. Howard, Langdon, Latimer, Liver- mies," reported the bill with amendments, which more, Lloyd, Martin, Mason, Paine, Read, Sedgwick, were adopted, and the bill was amended accordand Tazewell.

ingly. Nays-Messrs. Bingham, Brown, Foster, Goodhue, Resolved, That this bill pass to the third readHillhouse, Laurance, North, and Tracy.

ing as amended. On motion, by Mr. Brown, to strike out of that

Mr. LLOYD, from the committee to whom was part of the eighih section which respects the enu- referred the bill to define more particularly the meration of slaves these words, “above the age crime of treason, and to define and punish the of twelve, and under the age of fifty. years:”

crime of sedition, reported amendments; which It was determined in the negative-yeas 10,

were read. nays 11, as follows:

Ordered, That they lie for consideration. YEAS—Messrs. Bingham, Brown, Chipman, Good

A message from the House of Representatives hue, Hillhouse, Latimer, Laurance, Lloyd, North, and informed the Senate that they have passed a bill, Sedgwick.

entitled "An act to lay and collect a direct tax Nays—Messrs. Foster, Howard, Langdon, Liver- within the United States,” in which they desire more, Martin, Mason, Paine, Read, Stockton, Tazewell, the concurrence of the Senate. and Tracy.

The bill was read, and it was, by unanimous

consent, read the second time. The report of the committee having been

Ordered, That it be referred to Messrs. Stockagreed to, and the bill amended accordingly,

Ton, LAURANCE, READ, Bingham, and LATIMER, Resolved, That it pass to the third reading as

to consider and report thereon to the Senate. amended.

The bill, sent from the House of RepresentaMr. HillHouse, from the managers on the part of the Senate, appointed to confer with the tion of lands and dwelling-houses, and the enume

tives, entitled "An act to provide for the valuamanagers on the part of the House of Represen- ration of slaves, within the United States," was tatives, on the disagreeing votes of the two read the third time. Houses on the bill, entitled "An act providing for the more effectual collection of certain internal vision for the valuations of 'lands and town lots,

On motion, to restore these words in the prorevenues of the United States," made report, struck out of the eighth section, line 21st, to wit: which was read.

"might be sold for immediate payment,” it was Ordered, That it lie for consideration. Mr. Tracy notified the Senate that he should, follows:

determined in the negative-yeas 8, nays 14, as on Monday next, ask leave to bring in a bill to alter and amend the act making alterations and Laurance, Livermore, North, and Tazewell,

YEAS—Messrs. Bingham, Brown, Howard, Latimer, amendinents in the Treasury and War Departments, and to alter and amend the act entitled house, Langdon, Lloyd, Martin, Mason, Paine, Read,

Nars-Messrs. Chipman, Foster, Goodhue, Hill"An act to establish the office of Purveyor of Rutherfurd, Sedgwick, Stockton, and Tracy. Public Supplies.”

On motion, by Mr. Laurance, to agree to the

following amendment in the proviso to the eighth Monday, July 2.

section : "and all uncultivated lands, except such

as make a part or parcel of a farm, and except John RUTHERFURD, from the State of New wood lots used or reserved for the purposes of Jersey, attended.

fuel, fencing, lumber. or building," it was deterThe Senate took into consideration the resolu- mined in the negative-yeas 10, nays 12, as foltion of the House of Representatives disagreeing lows: to their amendment to the bill, entitled " An act YEAS—Messrs. Bingham, Brown, Chipman, Latito alter the time of making entry of stills, and former, Laurancə, Livermore, Paine, Rutherfurd, Sedgother purposes."

wick, and Stockton. Resolved, That they do insist on their said Nays—Messrs. Foster, Goodhue, Hillhouse, Howamendment, and ask a conference thereon, and ard, Langdon, Lloyd, Martin, Mason, North, Read, that Messrs. Hillhouse and Paine be the mana- Tazewell, and Tracy. gers at the same on the part of the Senate.

On motion, by Mr. Read, the following amendMr. Hillhouse reported, from the managers ment was agreed to: after “same,” in the 7th on the part of the Senate appointed to confer line of second section,“ in default of taking which with the managers on the part of the House of oath or affirmation before entering on the disRepresentatives on the differing votes of the two charge of the duties aforesaid, the party failing Houses on the bill, entitled “ An act providing shall forfeit and pay two hundred dollars for the for the more effectual collection of certain inter- use of the United States, to be recovered in any nal revenues of the United States:" Whereupon, court, having competent jurisdiction, with cost of

Resolved, That the Senate do recede from suit.”

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