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SENATE. their wants, administer to their comforts, and gradual- | Mr. Dickerson submitted the following motion ly, as the game retires, draw them to us. By main- for consideration : taining posts far in the interior, we acquire a more thorough and direct control over them; without which it appointed, who, with three members of the House of
Resolved, That a committee of three members be is confidently believed that a complete change in their Representatives, to be appointed by that House, shall manners can never be accomplished. By such posts, have the direction of the money appropriated to the aided by a proper regulation of our trade with them, purchase of books and maps for the use of the two and a judicious civil administration over them, to be Houses of Congress. provided for by law, we shall it is presumed be enabled not only to protect our own settlements from their
On motion, by Mr. ROBERTS, savage incursions, and preserve peace among the sev
Resolved, That the Senate will, on Monday next, eral tribes, but accomplish also the great purpose of at twelve o'clock, proceed to the appointment of the their civilization.
Standing Committees. Considerable progress has also been made in the construction of ships of war, some of which have been launched in the course of the present year.
Friday, November 17. ur peace with the Powers on the coast of Barbary James Lanman, from the State of Connecticut, has been preserved, but we owe it altogether to the arrived yesterday, and attended this day. presence of our squadron in the Mediterranean. It
Mr. SANFORD submitted the following motions has been found equally necessary to employ some of for consideration: our vessels for the protection of our commerce in the Indian sea, the Pacific, and along the Atlantic coast.
Resolved, That so much of the Message of the
President of the United States as concerns our relaThe interests which we have depending in those quarations with Spain and with France, be referred to the ters, which have been much improved of late, are of great extent, and of high importance to the nation, as
Committee of Foreign Relations. well as to the parties concerned, and would undoubt-ident of the United States as relates to Finance, be
Resolved, That so much of the Message of the Pres. edly suffer if such protection was not extended to them. In execution of the law of the last session, for referred to the Committee of Finance. the suppression of the slave trade, some of our public ident of the United States as relates to the debt due
Resolved, That so much of the Message of the Presships have also been employed on the coast of Africa, for the sale of public lands, be referred to the Com. where several captures have already been made of ves
mittee on Public Lands. sels engaged in that disgraceful traffic.
Resolved, That so much of the Message of the
President of the United States as relates to the Indian Washington, November 14, 1820.
tribes, be referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs. The Message was read, and three thousand copies thereof ordered to be printed for the use of the tained leave to bring in a bill to alter the terms of
Mr. Walker, of Alabama, asked and and obSenate.
the district court in Alabama, and the bill was
twice read by unanimous consent, and referred to THURSDAY, November 16.
a select committee to consider and report thereon ; Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, submitted the fol- and Messrs. WALKER, of Alabama, Burkill, and lowing motion for consideration :
King, of Alabama, were appointed the committee.
The Senate resumed the consideration of the Resolved, That it is expedient to make provision, by motion of the 16th instant, respecting the comlaw, to authorize any person who has purchased public lands, and not made full payment for the same, to re
pensation of the members and delegates of Conlinquish to the United States so much thereof as may gress, and the further consideration thereof was not be paid for, and retain such portion of the original postponed until next Monday week. purchase as may amount to the sums of money actu
The Senate resumed the consideration of the ally paid, at the price for which the land was purchased. resolution for the appointment of a joint commitMr. Walker, of Alabama, gave notice that, to
tee on the arrangements for the Library of Conmorrow, he should ask leave to bring in a bill to gress, and having agreed thereto, Messrs. DICKERprovide for altering the times of holding the dis- SON, DANA, and Hunter, were appointed the
committee. trict courts in the State of Alabama. Mr. Burrill submitted the following motion informed the Senate that the House concur in the
A message from the House of Representatives for consideration:
resolution of the Senate for the appointment of Resolved, That the act, entitled "An act allowing Chaplains, and have appointed the Rev. J. N. compensation to the members of the Senate, members Campbell, Chaplain on their part. of the House of Representatives of the United States, and to the delegates of the Territories, and repealing ceeded to the election of a Chaplain on their part;
On motion by Mr. Wilson, the Senate proall other laws on the subject,” passed at the first session of the fifteenth Congress, ought to be so altered and, on counting the ballots, ii appeared that the and amended that the compensation to the members Rev. WILLIAM RYLAND was duly elected. and delegates aforesaid, shall hereafter be six dollars
The PRESIDENT communicated a letter from the for each day's attendance, and six dollars for every Commissioner of the General Land Office, transtwenty miles travel, instead of the compensation now mitting copies of the reports of the Land Commisallowed by said act, and that it be referred to a com- sioners at Jackson Courthouse, and a copy of a mittee to prepare and report a bill for altering and letter, dated 17th August, 1820, which accompaamending said act accordingly.
nied them; which were read.
Resolved, That it is expedient to permit such purannually appropriated, and paid, since the Declar- chasers of the public lands' as may elect that mode, to ation of Independence, for purchasing from the extinguish their debt, complete their titles, and deIndians, surveying, and selling the public lands, mand and receive patents, by paying, within the peshowing, as near as may be, the quantities of land riod of one year from and after the - day of which have been purchased, the number of acres the original price at which their lands were purchased,
next, into their respective land offices, five-eighths of which have been surveyed, the number sold, and including interest, and computing the moneys already the number which remain unsold; the amount of paid as part of the said final payment of five-eighths. sales, the amount of forfeitures, the sums paid by
Resolved, That it is expedient, in addition to the purchasers, and the sums due from purchasers and privilege contemplated in the preceding resolution, to from receivers in each land district ;" and the re-l permit such purchasers of the public lands as may port was read.
elect that mode, at any time within the said period of The President also communicated a report of one year from and after the day of — next, to the Secretary of the Treasury, made in obedience forfeit and abandon to the United States such fracto a resolution of the Senate, directing him to tions, quarter sections, and half quarter sections, as “cause to be prepared, and laid before the Senate, they may deem fit; and to transfer and apply the at the commencement of the next session of moneys already paid on the tract or tracts so forfeited Congress, a statement of the money which has to the payment for such other fraction, quarter secbeen annually appropriated and paid, since the tion, or half quarter section as they may choose to reyear seventeen hundred and seventy-five, for sur- tain ; and in cases where the purchaser has bought veying the seacoast, bays, inlets, harbors, and only one quarter section, he shall be permitted to dishoals, and for erecting, and keeping in repair
, vide it, and make his election between its halves lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and for the purchase such division being made by a north and south line of ground for lighthouses, distinguishing the places according to law. where they have been erected, and the sums an- The PRESIDENT communicated a letter from the nually expended for keeping and supplying the Secretary of State of the United States, requestsame;" and the report was read.
ing an additional supply of documents, printed by Adjourned to Monday.
order of the Senate; and the letter was read, and
referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. Monday, November 20.
The Senate resumed the consideration of Mr. John Elliott, and also, FREEMAN WALKER, ring to various committees the Message of the
Sanford's motions of the 17th instant, for referfrom the State of Georgia, severally arrived, on President of the United States ; and agreed thereto. the 17th instant, and attended this day. Mr. WALKER, of Alaban from the committee
STANDING COMMITTEES. to whom was referred the bill to alter the terms of the district court in Alabama, reported the same
The Senate then, pursuant to the order of the without amendment, and it was considered as in day, proceeded to the appointment, by ballot, of Committee of the Whole, and no amendment
the standing committees, which resulted in the having been proposed thereto, it was reported to distribution of the members, as follows: the House; and ordered to be engrossed and read
On the Committee of Foreign Relations-Messrs. a third time.
BARBOUR, Macon, Brown, Hunter, and King Mr. Walker, of Alabama, submitted the fol- of New York. lowing motions for consideration :
On Finance-Messrs. SANFORD, Macon, Dana, Resolved, That it is expedient to provide for the re
Eaton, and Holmes of Maine. lief of purchasers of the public lands, by dividing the On Commerce and Manufactures--Messrs. DICKsums now severally unpaid, exclusive of interest, into ERSON, RUGGLES, BURRILL, HORSEY, and San
equal instalments ; each instalment bearing in- FORD. terest only froin the time at which it shall be made On Military Affairs-Messrs. Williams of Tenpayable.
nessee, TRIMBLE, Taylor, Elliott, and JohnResolved, That it is expedient to permit such pur- SON of Kentucky. chasers of the public lands as may elect that mode, to On the Militia-Messrs. Noble, TICHENOR, surrender, within months from and after the
Stokes, LANMAN, and ChandleR. day of — next, their certificates, which shall be can.
On Naval Affairs-Messrs. PLEASANTS, PARcelled, and the lands shall be taken to have reverted and become forfeited to the United States, and shall ROTT, WILLIAMS of Mississippi, Walker of Ala
bama, and WALKER of Georgia. in the same manner as public lands. They shall not be sold for less than one LOWRIE, Eaton, and Van Dyke. dollar and twenty-five cents per acre, which sum shall On Indian Affairs—Messrs. Holmes of Missisgo to the use of the United States, in addition to the sippi, JOHNSON of Kentucky, JOHNSON of Louissums already paid; but if said lands should be so re-iana, King of Alabama, and LOWRIE.
be advertised, and sold for cash at public of the operation On thPublic Lands –Messrs. Thomas, Taylor,
On Claims-Messrs. Wilson, Roberts, MOR- President of the United States, and members of RIL, RUGGLES, and Van Dyke.
the House of Representatives, (which was introOn the Judiciory-Messrs. Smith, BURRILL, PINK- duced by Mr. D., and passed the Senate at the NEY, WALKER of Georgia, and Holmes of Maine. last session ; and was introduced yesterday in the
On the Post Office and Post Roads---Messrs. House of Representatives by Mr. SMITH, of North
WEDNESDAY, November 22.
Mr. Noble presented the petition of sundry citiLANMAN, LLOYD, BARBOUR, and HUNTER.
zens of the Western States, purchasers of public On Accounts—Messrs. Roberts, BURRILL, and lands, praying that a law may be passed enabling LANMAN.
them to apply the payments already made, to such On Roads and Canals-Messrs. King of New portions of their entries as those payments will York, Trimble, LOWRIE, Macon, and Dana.
cover, at two dollars an acre, agreeably to the law under which the entries were made, relinquishing
the residue to the United States. And also allowTuesday, November 21.
ing those purchasers who have purchased but one Mr. Williams, of Tennessee, presented the me-tract, the privilege of retaining it entire, with a morial of William Kelly, on behalf of himself and reasonable extension of credit without interest, or divers others, claimants of land in the Territory of otherwise relinquishing a part of it; and the Arkansas, under Elisha and William Winter, de petition was read, and referred to the Committee ceased; and the memorial was read, and referred on Public Lands. to the Committee on Public Lands.
Mr. Thomas presented two memorials of the Mr. Holmes, of Maine, presented the memorial Legislature of the State of Missouri, praying of of the delegates from the commercial and agricul- Congress some legislative provisions for the relief tural sections of the State of Maine, met in con- of indigent actual settlers on the public lands, parvention at Portland, protesting against the pro- ticularly widows and orphans; and the memorials posed tariff; and the memorial was read, and were severally read, and respectively referred to referred to the Committee on Commerce and the same committee. Manufactures.
Mr. DICKERSON obtained leave to introduce a The PRESIDENT communicated the memorial resolution, proposing an amendment to the Conof Matthew Lyon, of Eddyville, Kentucky, pray- stitution of the United States, as it respects the ing compensation for certain losses and sufferings election of Representatives in Congress, and the under the act commonly called the Sedition law; choice of Electors of President and Vice President and the memorial was read, and referred to a se- of the United States; and the resolution was read, lect committee; and Messrs. BARBOUR, Johnson and passed to the second reading. of Kentucky, and BURRill, were appointed the
Mr. EATON obtained leave to introduce a bill committee.
for the relief of Robert Purdy; and the bill was Mr. Pleasants presented the memorial of the read, and passed to the second reading. merchants and other inhabitants of the town of The Senate resumed the consideration of the Petersburg, in the State of Virginia, in opposition motions of Mr. Walker of the 20th instant, in to the proposed tariff; and the memorial was read, relation to purchasers of the public lands; and and referred to the Committee on Commerce and they were referred to the Committee on Public Manufactures.
Lands. Mr. Holmes, of Mississippi, presented the peti
The Senate resumed the consideration of the tion of Clarissa Scott, widow of the late Colonel motion of Mr. Johnson of the 16th instant, in reWilliam Scott, of the State of Mississippi, pray- lation to the same subject; and it was referred to ing the confirmation of her title to a certain tract the same committee. of land, as stated in the petition; which was read, and referred to the Committee on Public Lands.
THURSDAY, November 23. Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, presented the petition of Rufus Easton, for himself and heirs of
Mr. Noble submitted the following motion for
consideration : James Bruff, praying the confirmation of their title to a certain tract of land, as stated in the petition; instructed to inquire into the expediency of permitting
Resolved, That the Committee on Public Lands be which was read, and referred to the same com such purchasers of the public lands, prior to the 1st of mittee.
July, 1820, to demand and receive patents, who have The bill to alter the terms of the district court paid into their respective land offices the first, second, in Alabama was read a third time, and passed. and third instalments, on each tract purchased.
Mr. DICKERSON, after a few remarks reiterating his desire for the passage of the measure, and his for consideration :
Mr. Thomas submitted the following motion continued confidence in its importance and utility,
Resolved, That the Committee on Public Lands be gave notice that he should, on to-morrow, ask instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing, leave to introduce a joint resolution proposing an by law, for granting to actual settlers on the public amendment to the Constitution, in relation to the lands the right of pre-emption in becoming the purappointment of Electors of President and Vice chasers of lands, including their improvements.
NOVEMBER, 1820. The resolution proposing an amendment to the orable the Assembly, in their said resolutions and reConstitution of the United States, as it respects citals. the election of Representatives in Congress, and Ordered, That the clerk deliver a copy of said resothe choice of Electors of President and Vice Pres- lution of concurrence to the honorable the Assembly. ident of the United States, was read the second
JOHN TAYLER, President. time, and referred to a select committee, to consist Attest-Joan F. Bacon, of five members, to consider and report there
Clerk of the Senate. on; and Messrs. DICKERSON, BARBOUR, Macon, Holmes, of Mississippi, and Holmes, of Maine, were appointed the committee.
Friday, November 24. The bill for the relief of Robert Purdy was read Mr. Wilson presented the memorial of James the second time, and referred to the Committee on Leander Cathcart, praying the passage of a law Military Affairs.
directing the accounting officers of the Treasury Mr. King, of New York, presented the memo- to allow his claim upon the Government, in the rial of Ebenezer Stevens and others, praying that settlement of his accounts, as stated in the memoCongress would afford them relief, on account of rial; which was read, and referred to the Coma demand against the United States, arising out of mittee of Claims. certain contracts entered into with Robert Morris, Mr. Walker, of Alabama, submitted the folEsq., for the supply of provisions to the Army of lowing motion for consideration: the United States during the Revolutionary war; Resolved, That the Committee on the Public Lands and the memorial was read, and referred to the be instructed to inquire into the expediency of securing Committee of Claims.
to actual settlers, in all cases where the lands they RESTRICTION OF SLAVERY.
occupy shall be sold after the first day of March, in
any year, the right of remaining on the same until Mr. SANFORD communicated the following reso- they shall have gathered their growing crop. lutions, passed by the Legislature of the State of
Mr. Horsey presented the petition of the PresiNew York; which were read.
dent and Directors of the Farmers' Bank of AlexSTATE OF NEW YORK,
andria, in the District of Columbia, praying the In Assembly, November 13, 1820.
extension of their charter for twenty years, from Whereas the Legislature of this State, at the last and after the 1st day of June, 1822; and the petisession, did instruct their Senators and request their tion was read, and 'referred io the Committee on Representatives in Congress to oppose the admission, as the District of Columbia. a State into the Union, of any 'Territory not comprised Mr. Trimble presented the petition of Major within the original boundaries of the United States, Charles Larrabee, of the Army of the United States, without making the prohibition of slavery therein an indispensable condition of admission : And whereas the service of the United States, as stated in the
praying remuneration for losses sustained while in this Legislature is impressed with the correctness of the sentiments so con municated to our Senators and petition ; which was read, and referred to the
Committee of Claims.
The Senate resumed the consideration of the in,) That this Legislature does approve of the princi- motion of the 23d instant, in relation to actual setples contained in the resolutions of the last session ; tlers on the public lands, and agreed thereto. and, further, if the provisions contained in any pro
The Senate also resumed the consideration of posed constitution of a new State deny to any citizens the motion of the 23d instant, in relation to certain of the existing States the privileges and immunities of purchasers of the public lands, and agreed thereto. citizens of such new State, that such proposed consti- The Senate adjourned to Monday. tution should not be accepted or confirmed; the same, in the opinion of this Legislature, being void by the Constitution of the United States. And that our Sen
Monday, November 27. alors be instructed, and our Representatives in Con- HARRISON Gray Oris, from the State of Masgress be requested, to use their utmost exertions to sachusetts, arrived on the 25th instant; and Wilprevent the acceptance and confirmation of
LIAM HUNTER, from the State of Rhode Island constitution.
and Providence Plantations, arrived on the 24th Resolved, (if the honorable the Senate concur herein) That the President of the Senate and the Speaker instant, severally attended this day. of the Assembly do cause copies of these resolutions,
Isham Talbot, appointed a Senator by the duly certified by them, to be transmitted to the Sena- Legislature of Kentucky, to supply the vacancy tors and Representatives in Congress from this State. occasioned by the resignation of William Logan,
Ordered, That the clerk deliver a copy of the pre- produced his credentials, was qualified, and he took ceding resolutions to the honorable the Senate, and his seat in the Senate. request their concurrence to the same.
The PRESIDENT communicated the memorial of PETER SHARPE, Speaker.
a convention of Delegates, representing the mer
chanis and others interested in commerce, assemAttest-DL. VAN DU WEYDER, Clerk of Assembly.
bled at Philadelphia, against the proposed tariff;
and the memorial was read, and referred to the STATE OF NEW YORK,
Committee on Commerce and Manufactures. In Senate, November 15, 1820.
The President also communicated the memoResolved, That the Senate do concur with the hon. I rial of Joseph Wheaton, late deputy quartermaster
Senate. general, and major of cavalry, praying relief in the
Tuesday, November 28. settlement of his accounts against the Government, Mr. Noble submitted the following motion for as stated in the memorial; which was read, and consideration : referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be
The following Message was received from the instructed to inquire into the expediency of authorizPRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:
ing by law so much of the western and northern boun. To the President of the Senate :
daries of the State of Indiana to be surveyed, marked, In conformity with a resolution of the Senate, passed Illinois and Territory of Michigan, agreeably to the
and designated, as divides said State from the State of the 28th of January, 1818, I communicate herewith to boundaries as established by the act, entitled "An act the Senate the report of the Commissioner of Public to enable the people of the Indiana Territory to form Buildings, required by that resolution.
a constitution and State government, and for the ad
JAMES MONROE. mission of such State into the Union on an equal footNOVEMBER 23, 1820.
ing with the original States,” passed April 19, 1816. The Message and report were read.
Mr. Noble presented the memorial of Eliza Dill, Mr. Walker, of Alabama, presented the petition Jane Jervis, and Louisa St. C. Robb, daughters of of John Holmes, of Alabama, praying compensa- the late General Arthur St. Clair, praying the tion for the loss of a horse, as stated in the peti- payment of the balance stated to be due to their tion; which was read, and referred to the Com- deceased father; and the memorial was read, and mittee of Claims.
referred to the Committee of Claims. Mr. Walker, of Alabama, also presented the Mr. CHANDLER presented the petition of Moses petition of Dr. David Moore, praying relief in the Wing, of Maine, praying an increase of his pensettlement of his account for medical services ren- sion; and the petition was read, and referred to the dered certain sick soldiers, under the command of Committee on Pensions. Colonel John Coffee, engaged in an expedition Mr. Noble presented the petition of Alexander against the Creek Indians in the year 1813; which Irvine, of Indiana, praying an increase of pension; was read, and referred to the same committee. and the petition was read, and referred to ihe same
Mr. JOHNSON, of Louisiana, presented the peti- committee. tion of Presly Kemper, of the State of Ohio, pray- The bill entitled "An act to provide for paying ing compensation for services rendered in the to the State of Illinois three per cent of the net capacity of principal wagonmaster, in the year proceeds arising from the sale of the public lands 1812, under General William Hull; and also pay- within the same," was read the second time, and ment of the balance due for a horse and accoutre- referred to the Committee on Public Lands. ments, taken by the enemy at Detroit; which was Mr. Eaton obtained leave to bring in a bill for read, and referred to the same committee. the relief of the officers and volunteers engaged in
Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, gave notice that the late campaign against the Seminole Indians ; to-morrow he should ask leave to bring in a bill and the bill was read, and passed to the second granting to the people of the county of Point Cou- reading. pee, in the State of Louisiana, for the purposes therein mentioned, two tracts of land. Mr. Eaton gave notice that to-morrow he should
WEDNESDAY, November 29. ask leave to bring in a bill for the relief of the offi- Edward LLOYD, from the State of Maryland, cers and volunteers engaged against the Seminole attended. Indians in the year 1818.
Mr. Smith, from the committee to whom was The Senate resumed the consideration of the referred the constitution, as adopted for the govmotion of the 16th instant, relating to the compen- ernment of the State of Missouri, reported a resosation to the members and delegates to Congress ; lution declaring the admission of the State of and the further consideration thereof was post- Missouri into the Union; and the resolution was poned until Monday next.
read, and passed to the second reading. The Senate resumed the consideration of the
Mr. LANMAN presented the petition of Park motion of the 24th instant, for instructing the Com- Avery, stating that he has been erroneously placed mittee on Public Lands to inquire into the expe- on the pension list as a private soldier, and praydiency of securing to certain actual settlers, when ing the pension, to which by law he is entitled, as the lands they occupy shall be sold, the right of a commissioned officer; and the petition was read, remaining on the same until they shall have gath- and referred to the Committee on Pensions. ered their growing crops; and agreed thereto. Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, gave notice that, to
A message from the House of Representatives morrow, he should ask leave to bring in a bill to informed the Senate that the House have passed a incorporate the Columbian Society for literary bill entitled “An act to provide for paying to the purposes. State of Illinois three per cent. of the net proceeds The Senate resumed the consideration of the arising from the sale of the public lands within the motion of the 28th instant, relating to the western same;" in which bill they request the concurrence and northern boundaries of the State of Indiana, of the Senate.
and agreed thereto. The bill was read, and passed to the second Mr. Wilson, from the Committee of Claims, reading.
to whom the subject was referred, reported a bill And the Senate then adjourned.
for the relief of Ebenezer Stevens and Austin L.