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UNDER the sanction of Congress, this new edition of Madison's Debates of the Federal Convention, held in 1787, has been prepared, , revised, and the matter remodelled agreeably to the consecutive order of the subject. Thus, by a new arrangement of the Debates, greater convenience, more ready reference, with increased utility, have been obtained ; and the whole subject of the Confederation, Debates, and Correspondence, (confined to the Constitution on the latter head,) is thus brought together within the compass of a single volume, presented, it will be seen, in a bold and conspicuous type, uniform in the size of the page with the four volumes of the new edition of Elliot's Debates, which, by the compilation of a fifth (the present volume) completes the entire series on our constitutional history.



MONDAT, November 4,...............l Motion by Mr. Howell, to defray the ex

Elias Boudinot chosen president - Let-

pense of temporary corps employed for

ters from Gen. Washington, Mr. Carmi.

the United Stales — By the same, relative

chael, at St. Ildefonso, and Mr. Laurens,

to the communication of intelligence with

at Nantz.

foreign ministers.

TUESDAY, November 5,.

...1 | FRIDAY, November 22, .......

Resolution authorizing Gen. Washington

Motion for the ratification of the exchango

to obtain the exchange of two foreign offi- of Lord Cornwallis for Mr. Laurens -

cers, passed without due consideration, Reasons for and against it

reconsidered - Remarks of Mr. Madison.

Monday, November 25,..


THURSDAY, November 7, ..............2

Letter from the governor of Rhode Island,

The resolution referred to above repealed

containing evidence of intrigues of the

Motion by Mr. Osgood to fill the va- enemy in Vermont - Motion for the rati.

cancy in the Court of Appeals - Opposed fication of the exchange of Lord Cornwale

by Mr. Duane on the ground of economy

lis resumed.

Arguments for and against the motion Tuesday, November 26,........

- Debate on the report of the committee

on the case of Capt. Asgill — Debate on Report from the superintendent of finance,

the question of making a demand on Gen. respecting credits to the states of New

Carleton, to fulfil his engagement to pur.

Hampshire and Massachusetts Motion

sue the authors of Capt. Huddy's murder. by Mr. Osgood on the subject - The mat.

ter debated.

FRIDAY, November 8,........... 3

Second vote on the preceding question WednesdAY, November 27,...........8

Motion by Mr. Rutledge directing retal- The letter from the governor of Rhode

iation for acts of cruelty - Reasons for Island about Vermont considered and de

and against it - Letter from Gen. Carle. bated.

THURSDAY, November 28,..


TUESDAY, November 12,...........

Resignation of Mr. Livingston, secretary

Mr. Jefferson reappointed minister pleni. for foreign affairs - - Mr. Jefferson and Mn

potentiary for negotiating peace - Motion Jay spoken of.

by Mr. Rutledge relative to business in Monday, December 2,.......

the departments.


THURSDAY, November 14,.....

Resignation of the secretary for foreign


Proceedings on the report of the commit-

tee relative to Vermont.

TUESDAY, December 3, ....... .......9

WEDNESDAY, November 20,...........5

Resolution relative to Mr. Livingston -

Report of the committee in the case of

The report on memorials from the legisla- Vermont.

ture of Pennsylvania, to provide for debts

lo her own citizens considered - Motion by WEDNESDAY, December 4,...........10

Mr. Rutledge for the committee to report Motion respecting Paul Jones - Promo.

the best mode of liquidating the domes- tion by districts — Committee to confer

tic debts, and of obtaining a valuation of with a committee of the legislature of

land within the several states - Commit- Pennsylvania, relative to the memoriale

tee appointed to report a scheme for a val- from that state - - Minutes of the confer.


PHURSDAY, November 21,.............5 Thursday, December 5,....... .I)

Report on the salaries of foreign ministers Election of judges of appeals - Resolu-
- Reasons for and against reduction - tions respecting Vermont considered:


Friday, December 6,...

.12 Congress - Remarks thereon - Letter of

Ordinance extending the franking privilege

Mr. Pendleton to Mr. Madison, stating the
to the heads of departments discussed -

repeal, by the legislature of Virginia, of
Motion relative to statements by a mem-

her law for the impost - The departure
ber in a Boston newspaper - Motions of

of the deputation to Rhode Island sus.
Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Rutledge, requiring

pended until the further order of Congress
compliance with the requisitions of Con-

- Motion by Mr. Rutledge against salvage
gress, for funds to pay the interest of the for recaptures on land — Passed by com-
domestic debt, and defraying the expenses

promise as reported by the committee -
of the ensuing year - Objections - Depu-

Report of the grand committee with re-

tation to Rhode Island.

spect to the old paper money.

SATURDAY, December 7,.............14 Monday, December 30,....... .....18

Meeting of the grand committee on the Mr. Clark's motion to exempt ministers
old paper emissions Plan reported by

from control of France in negotiations

the sub-committee agreed to - Discussion

for peace

- Reasons for and against

on the rate of depreciation - Opposition

Postponed - Letter of Dr. Franklin on
to the rates by the southern delegates.

commercial reciprocity referred - Con.

tract of Gen. Wayne with British individ.
Tuesday, December 10,.............14 uais, confirmed with great reluciance.

Motion directing the secretary of war to Tuesday, December 31,.......
deliver the resolutions relative to Vermont

- Reasons for and against - Motion for Report on Mr. Madison's motion, instruct.
determining finally the affair of Vermont. ing the ministers plenipotentiary to obtain

commercial reciprocity and trade with the

WEDNESDAY, December 11,..........15 West Indies - Passed unanimously.

Secretary of war authorized to permit the WEDNESDAY, January 1,....... JS

British prisoners to hire themselves out -

The transmission of the resolutions con-

Decision of the controversy between Con

cerning Vermont.

necticut and Pennsylvania reported - Vote

of thanks to Count Rochambeau.

THURSDAY, December 12, .... ..15

Report by the committee touching the Friday, January 3, ....... .....20

publication in the Boston paper.

Vote of thanks to the minister of France

Friday, December 13,...............15

repealed by_his desire - Answer to the

note of the French minister passed unan.

Mr. Howell's acknowledgment of the imously — Proceedings of the court in the

authorship of the letter in the Providence

dispute between Connecticut and Penn.


sylvania, entered on the Journals.

Monday, December 16,..............15 Monday, January 6, .....


Passage of the answer to the objections

by Rhode Island as to the impost.

Memorial from the army laid before Con-

gress - Debate on the plan of a consular

TUESDAY, December 17,.. ..... 15

convention with France - Subject post-

poned - Conference of the grand com.

The affair of Mr. Howell.

mittee with the superintendent of fi.

WEDNESDAY, December 18,..........15

Discussion on the case of Mr. Howell Tuesday, January 7,.....


Character of his protest, and the indigna.
tion excited thereby.

Conference of the grand committee with

Mr. Morr

FRIDAY, December 20,...



Debate on Mr. Hamilton's motion for re-

vising the requisitions of the preceding

uary 9, and Friday, January 10,....21

and present years

Mode of transmitting

Debate on the report for valuation of land

to the executive of Rhode Island the sev. Letter from the superintendent of fi.

eral acts of Congress, with a state of for- nance, and special committee appointed

eign loans.

to confer and report — Conference of the

committee - Mr. Peters's report relative

SATURDAY, December 21,.... .....16

to secrecy of proceedings - Discussion

Report of the committee to confer with on the report on the mode of valuation of

Mr. Livingston to prevail with him to serve land, continued.

till the spring.

Monday, January 13,.......

Monday, December 23, ...... ...16

Report on the valuation of land, referred

Letters from Dr. Franklin, Mr, Jay, and to a grand committee - Discussion on the

the Marquis de la Fnyette

Embarkation motion to make further loans — Audience

of the French troops for the West In- by the grand committee to the deputies of

the army - Sub-committee appointed

TUESDAY, December 24,..... ...17 Tuesday, January 14,........... ..24

Letter of Mr. Jay, with a copy of the in- Meeting and discussion of the grand coin

tercepted letter from Marbois laid before mittee on the valuation of land


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