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United States as relates to finance and an uniform national currency, to whom was referred the bill entitled " An act supplementary to the act to provide additional revenues for defraying the expenses of government and maintaining the public credit, by laying a direct tax upon the United States, and to provide for assessing and collecting the same,"? reported it with amendments, which were read.
A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Dougherty, their Clerk:
Mr. President—The House of Representatives have passed a resolution requesting the honourable Nathan Sanford, a member of the Senate, may be permitted to attend before the committee of the House of Representatives, appointed to inquire into the official conduct of judge Tallmadge, to be examined touching the subjects contained in a report relating to the alleged misconduct of judge Tallmadge, in his office, as one of the judges of the district court for the State of New York.
They have passed a bill entitled “ An act to regulate the duties on imports and tonnage;" in which they request the concurrence of the Senate. And he withdrew.
The bill last brought up for concurrence was read.
Ordered, That it pass to the second reading.
The President communicated a report of the Secretary for the Department of War, made in obedience to the resolution of the Senate of the 3d instant, directing hiin to lay before the Senate a statement of the sums expended in the purchase or manufacture of arms and military equipments for the militia, in pursuance of the act of the 23d of April, 1808, entitled “ An act making provision for arming and equipping the whole body of the militia of the United States;" and also a statement of the arms and military equipments, which have been so provided, and of the distribution thereof. And the report was read.
Mr. Tichenor submitted the following motion for consideration :
Resolved, That the Secretary of the War Department be directed to lay before the Senate, with as little delay as possible, a statement of the military establishment of the United States for the year 1788, therein distinguishing the general staff, with the expense of such staff the whole year; and a like statement for the years 1791, 1794, 1798, , 1803, 1809, 1813, and 1815, respectively.
The Senate resumed, as in committee of the whole, the consideration of the bill for the relief of Isaac Briggs.
On motion by Mr. Talbot, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until Monday next.
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.
TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 1816.
Mr. Roberts reported from the committee that they had, on the 8th instant, laid before the President of the United States the four enrolled bills last reported to have been examined, and that they had examined and found duly enrolled the bill entitled “ An act to incorporate the subscribers to the bank of the United States."
Mr. Barbour, from the committee on military affairs, to whom the subject was referred, reported a bill for the relief of the legal representatives of Ignace Chalmet Delino, deceased; and the bill was read.
Ordered, That it pass to the second reading.
Mr. Varnum, from the joint committee of the Senate and House of Representatives, appointed to inquire into the expediency of making certain alterations in the mode of transacting the business of Congress, recommend the following resolutions,
Resolved, That on the adjournment of any Congress, the unfinished business, to wit, bills, resolutions, and reports of committees, shall remain at the next session of the same Congress in the same situation they were at the time of the adjournment.
Resolved, That it shall be the duty of the Clerks of the respective Houses to keep a docket of the business in the order in which it is presented; and to preserve all the documents and papers in relation to it; and it shall be the duty of the proper officers to preserve for the use of the Houses, and left upon the tables of the members, so that they may be ready for re-delivery and use at the ensuing session of the same Congress.
The bill entitled " An act to regulate the duties on imports and tonnage,” was read the second time.
On motion by Mr. Mason, of N. H. Ordered, That it be referred to the committee appointed on so much of the message of the President of the United States as relates to finance and an uniform national currency; to consider and report thereon.
The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution of the House of Representatives requesting the attendance of the honourable Nathan Sanford, a member of the Senate, before the committee of that House, for the purpose of giving his testimony in the matter under examination of the said committee, concerning the alleged misconduct of Matthias B. Tallmadge, one of the judges of the district court for the State of NewYork.
Whereupon, Mr. King submitted the following motion for consideration :
Resolved, That the Senate, in compliance with the resolution of the House of Representatives of yesterday, do allow the attendance of the honourable Nathan Sanford, a member of this House,
before the committee of the House of Representatives, for the purpose of giving his testimony in the matter under examination of the said committee concerning the alleged misconduct of Matthias B. Tallmadge, one of the judges of the district court for the State of New-York.
Mr. Lacock, from the committee to whom the subject was referred, reported a bill relative to the transportation and opening of the mail, in certain cases ; and the bill was read ; and
On the question—“Shall this bill be read the second time?" It was
termined in the negative. The amendments to the bill entitled " An act for the relief of the heirs of George Nebinger," having been reported by the committee correctly engrossed, the bill was read a third time as amended.
Resolved, That this bill pass with amendments.
The title was amended by adding thereto, “and of Landon Carter."
Ordered, That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House of Representatives in the amendments.
The Senate resumed, as in committee of the whole, the consideration of the bill entitled “ An act making appropriations for the support of government for the year 1816,” together with the amendments reported thereto by the select committee ; and the amendments having been agreed to, with amendments, the President reported the