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Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until Thursday next.
On motion by Mr. Morrow, Resolved, That the memorial of John Holker, together with the report of the Secretary of the Treasury thereon, made the 26th instant, be referred to a select committee, to consider and report thereon by bill or otherwise.
Ordered, That Mr. Morrow, Mr. Macon, and Mr. Horsey, be the committee.
Mr. Mason, of New-Hampshire, presented the petition of Jemima Swett, praying the assistance of government, in consideration of the loss of her son, (who was her only support) on board the United States sloop of war Wasp, as stated in the petition; which was read.
On motion by Mr. Mason, of N. H. Ordered, That it be referred to the committee on naval affairs, to consider and report thereon by bill or otherwise.
Mr. Condit presented the memorial of John Stevens, of New-Jersey, praying the extension of his patent right for improvements in propelling vessels by steam, for reasons stated in the memorial; which was read.
On motion by Mr. Condit, Ordered, That it be referred to the committee to whom was referred on the 26th instant, the
petition of Harriet Fulton, to consider and report thereon by bill or otherwise.
Agreeably to notice given, Mr. Tait asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill to increase the
pension of William Munday; and the bill was read.
Ordered, That it pass to the second reading.
Agreeably to special order, the Senate resumed, as in committee of the whole, the consideration of the bill to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to subscribe in behalf of the United States, for
shares in the capital stock of the Chesapeake and Delaware canal company; and
On motion by Mr. Campbell, Ordered, That the consideration thereof be further postponed to, and made the order of the day for to-morrow.
On motion by Mr. Campbell, The Senate resumed, as in committee of the whole, the consideration of the bill entitled “ An act to reduce the amount of Direct Tax upon the United States and the District of Columbia, for the year 1816; and to repeal in part the act entitled · An act to provide additional revenue for defraying the expenses of government, and maintaining the public credit, by laying a direct tas upon
the United States, and to provide for assessing and collecting the same;' and also the act entitled · An act to provide additional revenue for defraying the expenses of government, and maintaining the public credit by laying a direct tax upon the District of Columbia,” together with the amendments reported thereto, by the committee on finance; and
Mr, Varnum was requested to take the chair.
A division of the question was called for by Mr. Dana; and
It was taken on striking out, and determined in the negative, yeas 12, nays 20.
On motion by Mr. Turner,
and nays being desired by one fifth of the Senators present, those who voted in affirmative, are, Mess. Brown, Mess. Hunter, Chace,
Mason, of N. H.
“Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the direct tax of three millions of dollars be, and the same is hereby laid upon the United States, for the year one thousand eight hundred and sixteen,