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THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 1816. Agreeably to notice, Mr. Daggett asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill further extending the time for issuing and locating military land warrants, and for other purposes; and the bill was read.
Ordered, That it pass to the second reading. The President communicated a report of the
Post-Master General, of unproductive post routes, for the year 1815, which was read.
Mr. Sanford submitted the following resolution; which was read and passed to a second reading:
Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, That the following article be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States; which, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, shall be valid as part of the said Constitution, to wit:
The judges of all the courts of the United States shall - be subject to removal from office, by the President and both houses of Congress, when, in their opinion, the public good will be promoted by removal; but, in such cases, two thirds of both houses shall concur with the President in the removal.
The Senate resumed, as in committee of the whole, the consideration of the bill in addition to an act entitled “ An act in relation to the navy pension fund ;" and the bill having been amended, the President reported it to the House accordingly.
On the question-“Shall this bill be engrossed and read a third time?"
It was determined in the affirmative.
A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Dougherty, their Clerk:
Mr. President—The House of Representatives have concurred in the amendments of the Senate to the bill entitled “ An act making appropriations for ordnance and ordnance stores for the year 1816.”
The President of the United States, on the 6th instant, approved and signed “ 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
government and maintaining the public credit, by laying a direct tax 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 ;" also, “An act granting bounties in land and extra pay to certain Canadian volunteers.”
The House of Representatives have passed a bill entitled “ An act in addition to an act to regulate the post-office establishment,” also, a bill entitled “ An act authorizing and requiring the Secretary of State to issue letters patent to Andrew Kurtz ;” in which bills they request the concurrence of the Senate. And he withdrew.
The two bills last mentioned were read.
Ordered, That they severally pass to the second reading
The Senate resumed the consideration of the motion made the 6th instant, for the appointment of a committee to inquire into the propriety of making further provison concerning the application of moneys appropriated for arming and equipping the body of the militia ; and having agreed thereto,
Ordered, That Mr. Dana, Mr. Varnum, and Mr. Macon, be the committee.
The Senate resumed, as in committee of the whole, the consideration of the bill for the benefit of the widow and children of Robert Fulton, deceased.
On motion by Mr. King, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until Monday next.
The bill relating to settlers on the lands of the United States, having been reported by the committee correctly engrossed, was read a third time.
Resolved, That this bill pass, and that the title thereof be “ An act relating to settlers on the lands of the United States."
Ordered, That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House of Representatives in this bill.
The Senate resumed, as in committee of the whole, the consideration of the bill concerning certain advances made for the public service, by the city of New-York.
On motion by Mr. Barry, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until Thursday next.
On motion by Mr. Lacock, Ordered, That the memorial of the mayor, aldermen, and common council of the city of NewYork, praying the reimbursement of certain sums advanced and expended in the defence of the third military district, together with the accompanying documents, be referred to the Secretary for the Department of War, to consider and report thereon to the Senate.
Mr. Bibb, from the committee on foreign affairs, made a report on the subject of a system of navigation for the United States, and the report was read.
Mr. Bibb, from the same committee, reported a bill to establish a system of navigation for the United States; and the bill was read.
Ordered, That it pass to the second reading.
The President communicated a letter from the Secretary for the Department of War, transmitting the information called for by the resolution of the Senate of the 30th of January last ; and the letter and accompanying papers were read.
After the consideration of executive business, the Senate adjourned to 11 o'clock to-morrow morning; to which time the several orders of the day were postponed.