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Jir. Adams thereupon moved to amend the motion made by Mr. Mann, of New York, by adding thereto, the following:

And that the said committee be instructed to report the following as one of the standing Rules for conducting business in this House, to follow immediately after the 57th Rule. “58. At every session of Congress commencing on the first Monday of December, it shall be the duty of the Committee of Ways and Means, within thirty days after their appointment, to report the general annual appropriation bills, for the civil and diplomatic expenses of Government, for the army, the navy, and for the Indian Department, and Indian annuities; or in failure thereof, the reasons of such failure."

* And general appropriation bills shall be in order in preference to any other bills of a public nature, unless otherwise ordered by a majority of the House."

Mr. Mercer moved to amend the motion proposed by Mr. Adams, so as to make the instructions read, " That the said committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of adopting the following as one of the standing Rules, &c." This motion was disagreed to by the House.

And the question recurred on the motion made by Mr. Adams; and the same being divided,

The question was put, that the House do agree to the first member of the instructions, viz:

At every session of Congress, commencing on the first Monday of December, it shall be the duty of the Committee of Ways and Means, within thirty days after their appointment, to report the general annual appropriation bills, for the civil and diplomatic expenses of Government, for the army, the navy, and for the Indian Department and Indian annuities; or in failure thereof, the reasons of such failure.

And passed in the affirmative. The question was then put on the second member of the instructions, viz:

And general appropriation bills shall be in order, in preference to any other bills of a public nature, unless otherwise ordered by a majority of the House,

And passed in the affirmative.

A motion was then made by Mr. Thomas, that the said committee be turther instructed to report an amendment of the 13th Rule, by inserting therein the words and District Attorneys,” after the word “ Judges.”

This motion was disagreed to by the House.

A motion was made by Mr. Chambers, of Pennsylvania, that the said committee be further instructed to consider the expediency of amending the 35th Rule of the last Congress, by inserting after the same, the words, "as well as of pending amendments, and the question shall be taken on the amendments in order if amendments be pending; and then on the main question."

And on the question that the House do agree to this motion,
It passed in the affirmative.

A motion was made by Mr. Parker, that the said committee be further instructed to inquire into the expediency of adopting the following as one of the Rules of the House, viz:

While the House is in session, the members shall sit uncovered, unless Otherwise specially permitted by the Speaker.

A motion was made by Mr. Parks, that the said motion be amended by striking out the amendment proposed to be inserted in the Rules, and inserting the following:

All propositions relating to the Rules and Orders, which shall be handed them by any member of this House.

And on the question that the House do agree to this amendment,
It passed in the affirmative.

The motion of Mr. Parker, as thus amended on motion of Mr. Parks, was then agreed to by the House.

The question was then recurred, that the House do agree to the motion made by Mr. Mann, of New York, that the rules of the House of Representatives of the 23d Congress be referred to a select committee, to consider and report thereon generally; and with the special instructions as herein set forth and adopted. And further, that the rules of the House of Representatives of the 23d Congress, with the amendment this day adopted on motion of Mr. Gillet, providing for the appointment of a standing committee on the militia, be adopted for the government of the House, until the said committee shall have made its report, and the report shall have been definitely acted upon.

And the said question being put,
It passed in the affirmative.

Messrs. Mann of New York, Adams, Thomas, Williams of North Carolina, Cambreleng, Everet, Parks, Parker, and Chambers of Pennsylvania, were then appointed the said committee.

On motion of Mr. Whittlesey, it was then Ordered, That the several standing committees be now appointed, according to the standing rules and orders of the House.

And thereupon,

A Committee of Elections was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Claiborne, Griffin, Hawkins, Hard, Burns, Kilgore, Buchanan, Maury, and Boyd.

A Committee of Ways and Means was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Cambreleng, McKim, Loyall, Corwin, Johnson of Tennessee, Smith of Maine, Lawrence of Massachusetts, Ingersoll, and Owens.

A Committee of Claims was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Whittlesey, Forester, Banks, Bynum, Grennell, Davis, Taliaferro, Philo C. Fuller, and Chambers of Kentucky.

A Committee of Commerce was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Sutherland, Pinckney, Pearce, of Rhode Island, Gillet, Phillips, Johnson of Louisiana, Ingham, Cushman, and McKeon.

A Committee on the Public Lands was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Boon, Slade, Williams of North Carolina, Lincoln, Casey, Kennon, Dunlap, Chapman, and Harrison of Missouri.

A Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Connor, Briggs, Laporte, Hall of Vermont, Mann of New York, Cleveland, French, Shields, and Hopkins.

A Committe for the District of Columbia was appointed, consisting of Messrs. William B. Shepard, Hiester, Vanderpoel, Bouldin, Washington, Lane, Rogers, Fairfield, and Townes.

A Committee on the Judiciary was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Beardsley, Thomas, Hardin, Pierce of New Hampshire, Robertson, Peyton, Toucey, Jones of Virginia, and Martin.

A Committee on Revolutionary Claims was appointed, consisting of

Messrs. Muhlenberg, Crane, Standefer, Turrill, Kinnard, Beaumont, Craig, Chapin, and Underwood.

A Committee on Public Expenditures was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Page, Clark of Pennsylvania, McLene, Mason of Maine, Deberry, Leonard, Haley, White, and Weeks.

A Committee on Private Land Claims was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Carr, Galbraith, Patterson, Chambers of Pennsylvania, May, Garland of Virginia, Hammond, Huntsman, and Lawler.

A Committee on Manufactures was appointed, consisting of Messrs. John Quincy Adams, Denny, Dickerson, McComas, Webster, Gideon Lee, Judson, Holsey, and Granger.

A Committee on Agriculture was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Bockee, Ban. Roane, Shinn, Deberry, Bailey, Logan, Phelps, and Efner.

1 Committee on Indian Affairs was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Bell, JcCarty, Everett, Graham, Ashley, Haynes, Lyon, Hawes, and Chaney.

A Committee on Military Affairs was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Johnson of Kentucky, Speight, Ward, Thomson of Ohio, Coffee, Bunch, Mckay, Anthony, and Dromgoole.

A Committee on the Militia was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Glascock, Henderson, William K. Fuller, Wagener, Calhoun of Massachusetts, Joshua Lee, Carter, Coles, and Williams of Kentucky.

A Committee on Naval Affairs was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Jarvis, Billigan, Lansing, Reed, Grayson, Parker, Wise, Ash, and Grantland.

A Committee on Foreign Affairs was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Mason of Virginia, Howard, Campbell, Cramer, Hamer, Allan of Kentucky. Parks, Cushing, and Jackson of Georgia.

A Committee on the Territories was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Paiton, Potts, Brown, Fowler, Pickens, Sprague, Pearce of Maryland, Borden, and Montgomery.

A Committee on Revolutionary Pensions was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Wardwell, Lea of Tennessee, Lay, Janes, Storer, Morgan, Klingensmith, Bond, and Fry.

A Committee on Invalid Pensions was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Miller, Beale, Evans, Schenck, Taylor, Harrison of Pennsylvania, Doubleday, Hoar, and Howell.

A Committee on Roads and Canals was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Mercer, Vinton, Rencher, Lucas, Reynolds of Illinois, Hannegan, Steele, Jarkson of Massachusetts, and Calhoon of Kentucky.

A Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Huntington, Mann of Pennsylvania, Mason of Ohio, Harlan, and Farlin.

A Committee of Accounts was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Lee of New Jersey, Darlington, Hall of Maine, Johnson of Virginia, and Turner,

A Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Augustine H. Shepperd, Calhoun of Massachusetts, Hunt, Morris, and Sickles.

A Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Allen of Vermont, Harper, Spangler, Russell, and Barton.

A Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Jones of Ohio, Bovee, Johnson of Virginia, Love, and Hubley.

A Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Hall of Maine, Sloane, Seymour, Pettigrew, and Mason of New York,

A Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Post Office was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Hawes, Burns, Childs, Bailey, and Reynolds of New York.

A Committee on Expenditures on the Public Buildings was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Darlington, Hazeltine, Pearce of Rhode Island, Galbraith, and Beale.

On motion of Mr. Williams of North Carolina, Resolved, That the use of the Hall of the House of Representatives, be granted to the American Colonization Society, for its annual meeting on Tuesday evening next.

Mr. Richard M. Johnson, submitted the following resolution, which was read and laid on the table, viz.

Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Representatives cause to be furnished to the Secretary of War, for the use of his office, five copies, and to the General-in-chief of the army, Adjutant General, Quartermaster General, Commissary General of Subsistence, Commissary General of Purchases, Surgeon General, Officer in charge of the Clothing Bureau, Chief Engineer, Inspector of the Military Academy, (for the use of that institution,) Chief of the Topographical Corps, Colonel of Ordnance, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Commissioner of Pensions, and officer in charge of the Bounty Land office, for the use of their respective offices, each, two copies of all bills, resolutions, documents, and other papers printed for the use of this House, at the present and succeeding sessions thereof; of which, two copies of those for the Secretary of War, and one copy of those for each of the other officers, shall be retained by the printer to the House until the end of each session, and then delivered bound.

The several messages received this day from the President of the United States were read, viz;

FIRST MESSAGE.

To the House of Representatives :

I transmit herewith a report from the Secretary of the Treasury exhibiting certain transfers of appropriations that have been made in that Department, in pursuance of the power vested in the President by the act of Congress of the 3d of March, 1809, entitled "An act further to amend the several acts for the establishment and regulation of the Treasury, War and Navy Departments."

ANDREW JACKSON. WASHINGTON City, December 9, 1835.

Ordered, That the said message do lie on the table.

SECOND MESSAGE.

To the Senate and House of Representatives :

GENTLEMEN: I herewith communicate, for the information of Congress, a report of the Secretary of War with accompanying documents, showing

the progress made during the present year in the astronomical observations made under the act of the 14th of July, 1832, relative to the northern boundary of the State of Ohio.

The controversy otween the authorities of the State of Ohio and those of the Territory of Michigan, in respect to this boundary, assumed about the time of the termination of the last session of Congress, a very threatening uspeci, and much care and exertion were necessary to preserve the jurisdicion of the Territorial Government under the acts of Congress, and to prevent a forcible collision between the parties.

The nature and course of the dispute, and the means taken by the Executire for the purpose of composing it, will fully appear in the accompayning report from the Secretary of State, and the documents therein referred to.

The formation of a State Government by the inhabitants of the Territory of Michigan, and their application now pending to be admitted into the Union, give additional force to the many important reasons which call for the settlement of this question by Congress at their present session.

ANDREW JACKSON. WASHINGTON, December 9, 1835. Ordered, That the said message be referred to a Select Committee. Mr. John Quincy Adams, Mr. Hardin, Mr. Patton, Mr. Pierce of New Hampshire, Mr. Haynes, Mr. Dickinson, Mr. McKay, Mr. Grayson and Mr. Judson, were appointed said committee.

THIRD MESSAGE.

To the Senate and House of Representatives :

GENTLEMEN: By the act of the 11th January, 1805, all that part of the Indiana Territory lying north of a line drawn due “east from the southerly bend or extreme of lake Michigan until it shall intersect Lake Erie, and east of a line drawn from the said southerly bend through the middle of said lake to its northern extremity, and thence due north to the northern boundary of the United States,” was erected into a separate Territory, by the name of Michigan.

The Territory comprised within these limits being part of the district of country described in the ordinance of the 13th of July, 1787, which provides, that, whenever any of the States into which the same should be divided, should have sixty thousand free inhabitants, such State should be admitted by its delegates into the Congress of the United States, on an equal footing with the original States in all respects whatever, and shall be at liberty to form a permanent constitution and State Government, provided, the constitution and State Government so to be formed, shall be republican, and in conformity to the principles contained in these articles, &c." The inhabitants thereof have, during the present year, in pursuance of the right secured by the ordinance, formed a constitution and State Government. That instrument, together with various other documents connected therewith, has been transmitted to me for the purpose of being laid before Congress, to whom the power and duty of admitting new States into the Union exclusively appertains; and the whole are herewith communicated for your early decision.

ANDREW JACKSON. W

ASHINGTON, December 9, 1835. A motion was made by Mr. Mason, of Virginia, that the said message be referred to a select committee: when,

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