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[JUNE, 1797. interest of the United States in relation to their com- Ordered, That they be printed for the use of merce. That country is so remote as to render it im- the Senate. practicable for the Consul to ask and receive instruc- Mr. Tracy, from the committee to whom was tions in sudden emergencies. He may sometimes find referred the bill to prevent the arming of private it necessary to make instant engagements for money, ships, except in certain cases, and under certain or its equivalent, to prevent greater expenses or more regulations, reported sundry amendments; which serious evils. We can hardly hope to escape occasions

were read. of discontent proceeding from the Regency, or arising from the misconduct, or even the misfortunes, of our

Ordered, That they be printed for the use of the

Senate. commercial vessels navigating in the Mediterranean sea; and unless the causes of discontent are speedily removed, the resentment of the Regency may be ex

MONDAY, June 26. erted with precipitation on our defenceless citizens, and The bill to authorize the President of the their property, and thus occasion a tenfold expense to United States to lay, regulate, and revoke embarthe United States. For these reasons it appears to me

goes, was read the second time. to be expedient to vest the Consul at Algiers with a

On motion to expunge the first section of the degree of discretionary power, which can be requisite bill

, as follows: in no other situation. And to encourage a person deserving the public confidence to accept so expensive

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repreand responsible a situation, it appears indispensable to sentatives of the United States of America in Con. allow him a handsome salary. I should confer on such gress assembled, That the President of the United a Consul a superintending power over the Consulates States be, and he hereby is, authorized and empowered, for the States of Tunis and Tripoli, especially in re

whenever in his opinion the public safety shall so respect to pecuniary, engagements, which should not be quire, to lay an embargo on all ships and vessels in the made without his approbation

ports of the United States; or upon the ships and vesWhile the present salary of two thousand dollars a

sels of the United States, or the ships and vessels of year appears adequate to the Consulates of Tunis and any foreign nation; or upon ships and vessels of the Tripoli, twice that sum probably will be requisite for United States, or of any foreign nation, destined to any Algiers.

particular foreign ports or places, under such regulations JOHN ADAMS.

as the circumstances of the case may require, and to UNITED STATES, June 23, 1797.

continue or revoke the same whenever he shall think

proper. And the President is hereby fully authorized Ordered, That it lie for consideration.

to give all such orders to the officers of the United Agreeably to notice given yesterday, Mr. Read States as may be necessary to carry the same into full obtained permission to introduce a bill to autho- effect: Provided, The authority aforesaid shall not be rize the President of the United States to lay, exercised while the Congress of the United States shall regulate, and revoke embargoes; which was read, be in session ; and any embargo which may be laid by and ordered to the second reading.

the President as aforesaid shall cease and determine in The Senate proceeded to consider the amend- fifteen days from the actual meeting of Congress next ments reported by the committee to the bill, sent after laying the same.” from the House of Representatives for concur- It was determined in the negative-yeas 12, rence, entitled “ An act directing the appoint- nays 15, as follows: ment of agents, in relation to the sixth article of

YeasMessrs. Bloodworth, Blount, Bradford, Brown, the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation, Cocke, Henry, Langdon, Livermore, Martin, Mason, between the United States and Great Britain ;" Tattnall and Tazewell. which were in part adopted.

Nays-Messrs. Bingham, Foster, Goodhue, Hill. Ordered, That this bill pass to the third read house, Howard, Hunter, Latimer, Marshall, Paine, ing as amended.

Read, Ross, Rutherfurd, Sedgwick, Stockton, and Tracy. A message from the House of Representatives Ordered, That this bill pass to a third reading. informed the Senate that the House ask a confer- Agreeably to notice given on the 24th instant, ence on the act passed the last session of Con- Mr. Tracy had leave to introduce a bill to ascergress, entitled "An act to alter the time of the tain the time for the next meeting of Congress; next meeting of Congress;" and have appointed which was read, and ordered to a second reading. a committee for the purpose on their part.

The resolution of the House of RepresentaA message from the House of Representatives tives of the 24th instant, asking a conference on informed the Senate that the House concur in the act, entitled “ An act to alter the time for the the bill, sent from the Senate, entitled - An act next meeting of Congress," was considered. providing for the protection of the trade of the Resolved, That the Senate do not agree to the United States," with amendments; in which proposed conference. they desire the concurrence of the Senate.

The Senate proceeded to consider the amendAgreeably to notice given yesterday, Mr. ments of the House of Representatives to the bill Tracy obtained permission to introduce a bill entitled “ An act providing for the protection of ascertaining the time for the next meeting of the trade of the United States." Congress.

Resolved. That they agree to the amendments The amendments of the House of Representa- to the 2d, 4ih, and 5th sections, and disagree to all tives to the bill, entitled “ An act providing for the other amendments to the said bill. the protection of the trade of the United States," The bill, sent from the House of Representawere read.

tives for concurrence, entitled "An act directing JUNE, 1797.]

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the appointment of agents in relation to the sixth Resolved, That they do agree to the proposed article of the Treaty of Arity, Commerce, and conference, and that Messrs. TAZEWELL and GoodNavigation, between the United States and Great nue be managers at the same on the part of the Britain," was read the third time; and, being fur- Senate. ther amended,

Mr. HUNTER presented the petition of Stephen Resolred, That this bill pass with amendments. Drayton, late a deputy quarterınaster general in

the American Army, praying for liquidation and TUESDAY, June 27.

payment of certain demands against the United

States, therein mentioned; which was read. The bill to ascertain the time for the next meet- Ordered, That it be referred to the Secretary ing of Congress was read the second time.

for the Department of War, to consider and reOn motion, to insert “ December," in place of port thereon to the Senate at the next session of "November," in the first enacting clause; it passed Congress. in the affirmative-yeas 16, nays 12, as follows: The bill to authorize the President of the Uni

YEAS-Messrs. Bingham, Bradford, Brown, Henry, ted States to lay, regulate, and revoke embargoes, Howard, Hunter, Latimer, Mason, Read, Ross, Ruth- was read the third time. erfurd, Sedgwick, Stockton, Tattnall, Tazewell,, and On the final passage of the bill, it was deterVining.

mined in the negative-yeas 12, nays 15, as folNays-Messrs. Bloodworth, Cocke, Foster, Goodhue, lows: Hillhouse, Langdon, Livermore, Marshall, Martin,

YEAS—Messrs. Foster, Goodhue, Hillhouse, HowPaine, Tichenor, and Tracy.

ard, Hunter, Latimer, Read, Ross, Rutherfurd, Sedg. And the bill being further amended,

wick, Stockton, and Tracy. Ordered, That it pass to a third reading. Nays-Messrs. Bloodworth, Blount, Bradford, Brown,

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolu- Cocke, Henry, Langdon, Livermore, Marshall, Martin, tion of the House of Representatives for an ad-! Mason, Paine, Tattnall, Tazewell, and Tichenor. journment of Congress on the 28th instant, and it So it was Resolved, That this bill do not pass. was agreed to amend the resolution, by inserting " the 3d of July" for the time of adjournment. On motion, to agree to the resolution as amend

WEDNESDAY, June 28. ed, it passed in the negative.

The bill, sent from the House of RepresentaA message from the House of Representatives tives for concurrence, entitled " An act to coninformed the Senate that the House disagree to tinue in force, for a limited time, the act, and secthe amendments of the Senate to the bill entitled tions of acts, therein mentioned,” was read the " An act directing the appointment of agents in second time, and referred to Messrs. Tracy, Henrelation to the sixth article of the Treaty of Amity, Ry, and BLOODWORTH, to consider and report Commerce, and Navigation, between the United thereon to the Senate. States and Great Britain';"

Mr. Tazewell reported from the committee They have passed a bill entitled, “ An act lay- appointed on the part of the Senate, to confer on ing duties on licenses for selling foreign wines and the amendments to the bill, entitled “ An act proforeign distilled spirituous liquors by retail," and viding for the protection of the trade of the Unia bill entitled " An act to continue in force, for a ted States,” that the committee could not agree limited time, the act, and sections of acts, therein to a report. Whereupon, mentioned ;" in which bills they desire the con- Resolved, that the Senate adhere to their discurrence of the Senate;

agreement to the amendment to the first amendThey insist on their amendments to the bill, en- ment. titled " An act providing for the protection of the On motion, to recede from their disagreement trade of the United States," ask a conference to the amendment for adding three additional thereon, and have appointed managers on their sections to the end of the bill, it was determined part.

in the affirmative. The bills last brought from the House of Rep- On motion, to amend the said amendment, a resentatives were read and ordered to a second question of order was by the Vice President reading.

submitted to the Senate, to wit: The Senate proceeded to the consideration of Is it in order, in the present case, for the Senthe resolution of the House of Representatives on ate to recede from their disagreement to an their amendments to the bill entitled " An act di- amendment of the House of Representatives, and recting the appointment of agents in relation to agree to the same with an amendment? And it the sixth article of the Treaty of Amity, Com- was determined in the affirmative. merce, and Navigation, between the United States And on the question to agree to the said amendand Great Britain." Whereupon,

ment to the amendment of the House of RepreResolved, That they do recede from their said sentatives, it passed in the negative. amendments.

Resolved, That the Senate recede from their The Senate proceeded to consider the resolu- disagreement to all the amendments to the said tion of the House of Representatives asking a bill, except the first. conference on the disagreeing votes of the two The bill

, sent from the House of RepresentaHouses on the bill entitled “ An act providing for tives for concurrence, entitled “ An act laying the protection of the trade of the United States.” | duties on licenses for selling foreign wines and

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foreign distilled spirituous liquors by retail," was The Senate proceeded to consider the amendread the second time, and referred to Messrs. ments of the House of Representatives to the bill Paine, Ross, and Goodhue, to consider and re-entitled "An act to ascertain the time for the next port thereon to the Senate.

meeting of Congress;" and, The bill to ascertain the time for the next meet- Resolved, That they do concur therein. ing of Congress was read the third time, and Mr. Read, from the committee to whoin was amended.

referred the letter from the Comptroller of the Ordered, That this bill pass; that it be en- Treasury to the Secretary of the Senate, reported grossed; and that the title thereof be " An act to a bill for allowing full mileage to the members of ascertain the time for the next meeting of Con- the Senate and House of Representatives of the gress."

United States; which was read twice by unaniThe Senate proceeded to consider the report of mous consent, and ordered to the third reading. the committee, to whom was referred the bill to Mr. Tracy, from the committee to whom was prevent the arming of private ships, except in referred the Message of the President of the certain cases, and under certain regulations; and, United States, of the 12th instant, reported a after debate, the further consideration thereof was bill for confirming the titles to certain holders of postponed until to-morrow.

lands in the southwestern part of the United

States; which was read and ordered to the second THURSDAY, June 29.

reading. Mr. Tracy, from the committee to whom was

Mr. Tracy further reported, from the commitreferred the bill, sent from the House of Repre- which recommends the expediency of erecting a

tee last mentioned, on that part of the Message sentatives for concurrence, entitled "An act to continue in force, for a limited time, the act, and government in the district of the Natchez, similar sections of acts, therein mentioned,” reported that the river Ohio, that the committee could come to

to that established for the territory northwest of it pass without amendment. Ordered, That this bill pass to the third reading.

no resolution. A message from the House of Representatives informed the Senate that they recede from their

SATURDAY, July 1. first amendment disagreed to by the Senate to the bill entitled "An act providing for the protection

James Gunn, from the State of Georgia, atof the trade of the United States."

tended. The Senate resumed the consideration of the The bill for confirming the titles to certain report of the committee to whom was referred holders of lands in the southwestern part of the the bill to prevent the arming of private ships, United States, was read the second time; and, except in certain cases, and under certain regula

after debate, ,

Ordered, That the further consideration thereof

postponed . the amendment thereto, to Messrs. MARSHALL, Ross, and Read, to consider and report thereon informed the Senate that the House gree to to the Senate.

some, and agree to other, amendments of the Sen

ate, with an amendment to, the bill, entitled "An FRIDAY, June 30.

act to continue in force, for a limited time, the

act and sections of acts therein mentioned;" The Vice PRESIDENT laid before the Senate a They have passed a bill, entitled “ An act for letter from the Comptroller of the Treasury to reviving and continuing suits and process in the the Secretary of the Senate, with the copy of a Circuit Court for the district of North Carolina," letter in answer to one from the Speaker of the in which they desire the concurrence of the House of Representatives, on the law providing Senate. compensation to the members of Congress; which Mr. Hillhouse notified the Senate that he was read.

should, on Monday, ask leave to introduce a bill Ordered, That they be referred to Messrs. further to authorize the transfer of stock standing READ, STOCKTON, and LIVERMORE, to consider to the credit of certain States. and report thereon to the Senate, by bill or other- Mr. Paine, from the committee to whom was wise.

referred the bill, sent from the House of RepreA message from the House of Representatives sentatives for concurrence. entitled "An act laying informed the Senate that the House concur in the duties on licenses for selling foreign wines and bill, sent from the Senate, entitled "An act to foreign distilled spirituous liquors by retail,” reascertain the time for the next meeting of Con- ported sundry amendments, which were read. gress," with amendments, in which they desire Ordered, That they be printed for the use of the concurrence of the Senate.

the Senate. The bill, sent from the House of Representa, The bill for allowing full mileage to the memtives for concurrence, entitled "An act to continue bers of the Senate and House of Representatives in force, for a limited time, the act and sections of the United States, was read the third time. of acts therein mentioned,” was read the third Resolved, That this bill pass; that it be entime; and, being further amended,

grossed ; and that the title thereof be "An act for Resolved, That this bill pass with amendments. I allowing full mileage to the members of the Sen

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(SENATE. ate and House of Representatives of the United the officers of the United States, civil and military, upon States."

the frontiers, all conspire to show, in a very strong The bill, sent from the House of Representatives light, the critical situation of our country. That Confor concurrence, entitled " An act for reviving and gress might be enabled to form a more perfect judgment continuing suits and process in the Circuit Court of it, and of the measures necessary to be taken, I have for the district of North Carolina," was read the directed the proper officers to prepare such collections first time, and, by unanimous consent, the bill was

of extracts from the public correspondence as might read the second and third times.

afford the clearest information. The reports made to Resolved, That this bill pass.

me, from the Secretary of State and the Secretary of The Senate proceeded to consider the resolu- War, with a collection of documents from each of them, tion of the House of Representatives on the have desired that the Message, reports, and documents,

are now communicated to both Houses of Congress. I amendments of the Senate to the bill, entitled may be considered as confidential, merely that the mem" An act to continue in force, for a limited time, bers of both Houses of Congress may be apprized of the act and sections of acts therein mentioned.”

their contents before they should be made public. As Resolved, That they do recede from their soon as the two Houses shall have heard them, I shall amendments disagreed to by the House of Rep- submit to their discretion the publication of the whole or resentatives, and agree to their amendment to the any such parts of them as they shall judge necessary or amendment.

expedient for the public good. Mr. Tracy, from the committee to whom was

JOHN ADAMS. referred the confidential Message of the Presi- UNITED STATES, July 3, 1797. dent of the United States, of the 23d of June last, reported a bill, in addition to the law of the

The Message and papers were read. United States, concerning Consuls and Vice Con, with the Message was again read, in the hearing

On motion, the copy of a letter communicated suls; which was read, and ordered to the second of Mr. Blount, who was absent when it was read reading

the first time: and who, on being requested to de

clare whether he was the author of this letter or Monday, July 3.

not, observed, that he wrote a letter to Carey, but Agreeably to notice given on the first instant, was unable to say whether the copy was a correct Mr. Hillhouse obtained leave to introduce a bill one or not, without recurrence to his papers; and further to authorize the transfer of the stock desired that he might have until to-morrow to standing to the credit of certain States; which reply. was read, and by unanimous consent the bill was Ordered, That the Message and papers lie for read the second time, and referred to Messrs. consideration. Hillhouse, LAURANCE, and Tracy, to consider The Senate proceeded to consider the report of and report thereon to the Senate.

the committee on the bill entitled “ An act laying The bill in addition to the law of the United duties on licenses for selling foreign wines and States concerning Consuls and Vice Consuls, was foreign distilled spirituous liquors by retail;" and, read the second time, and by unanimous consent after debate, it was read the third time.

Ordered, That the further consideration thereOn motion that the compensation provided be of be postponed. three thousand, instead of four thousand dollars, it passed in the negative. Resolved, That this bill pass; that it be en

Tuesday, July 4. grossed; and that the title thereof be “ An act, in addition to the law of the United States concern of the President of the United States, of the third

The Senate proceeded to consider the Message ing Consuls and Vice Consuls." informed the Senate that the House have passed ed to him, signed William Blount, purporting, A message from the House of Representatives instant, with the papers therein referred to.

Mr.Cocke laid before the Senate a letter addressa bill entitled “ An act laying duties on stamped that it was necessary for him, the said WILLIAM vellum, parchment, and paper," in which they Blount, to have further time for recurrence to desire the concurrence of ihe Senate. The bill last brought from the House of Rep

his papers and other evidence to remove suspicion. resentatives for concurrence, was read, and by the President of the United States, of the third

Resolved, That so much of the Message from unanimous consent the bill was read the second instant, and the papers accompanying the same, as time, and referred to Messrs. Ross, Tracy, and relates to a letter purporting io have been written Bingham, to consider and report thereon to the by William Blount, a Senator from the State Senate. The following Message was received from the to consider and report what, in their opinion, it is

of Tennessee, be referred to a select committee, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES :

proper for the Senate to do thereon; and that Gentlemen of the Senate,

ihe said committee have power to send for perand House of Representatives :

sons, papers, and records, relating to the subject The whole of the intelligence which has for some committed to them, and that Messrs. Ross, time past been received from abroad, the correspon- STOCKTON, Henry, SEDGWICK, and Read, be the dence between this Government and the Ministers of the committee. belligerent Powers residing here, and the advices from Ordered, That the Senate be, for the present,

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under an injunction of secrecy on the papers re- the 3d instant, made report; and the report was ferred to in the above mentioned Message. read.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the Ordered, That the VICE PRESIDENT notify amendments reported by the committee on the William BLOUNT, Senator from the State of Tenbill entitled " An act laying duties on licenses for ressee, by letter, to attend the Senate. selling foreign wines and foreign distilled spiritu- The Vice PRESIDENT accordingly addressed to ous liquors by retail;" which were adopted, and him the following letter, by the Doorkeeper: the bill was ordered to the third reading.

SENATE CHAMBER, July 5, 1797. A message from the House of Representatives informed the Senate that they have passed a bill in your place, without delay.

Sir: You are hereby required to attend the Senate, entitled " An act making additional appropriations By order of the Senate; for the support of Government for the year one

TH. JEFFERSON. thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven," in

President of the Senate. which they desire the concurrence of the Senate.

William Blount, Esq., The bill was read, and, by unanimous consent,

Senator from the State of Tennessee. read the second time, and referred to Messrs. TRACY, GOODHUE, and LIVERMORE, to consider and report

On motion that it be thereon to the Senate.

Resolved, That the letter said to have been written Mr. Hillhouse, from the committee to whom by William Blount, together with the several notes that was referred the bill further to authorize the trans- passed between the Secretary of State and the British fer of the stock standing to the credit of certain Minister, relative to the said letter, be printed for the States, reported an amendment, which was read

use of the members”— and adopted ; and, by unanimous consent, it was It was agreed that the consideration of this moread the third time.

tion be postponed until to-morrow. Resolved, That this bill pass; and that it be en- Ordered, That the injunction of secrecy regrossed; and that the title thereof be “ An act to specting the Message of the President of the United revive and continue in force, for a limited time, an

States, of the 3d instant, and the papers accompaact entitled " An act authorizing the transfer of nying the same, be taken off.. the stock standing 10 the credit of certain States." The Vice PRESIDENT acquainted the Senate that

The Senate resumed the consideration of the the Doorkeeper had returned his letter addressed report of the committee to whom was referred the agreeably to their order to William BLOUNT, as bill to prevent the arming of private ships, ex. on inquiry he could not be found. cept in certain cases, and under certain regula

Mr. Ross, from the committee to whom was tions.

referred the bill, sent from the House of RepreOn motion, to strike out the first section, report- sentatives for concurrence, entitled " An act layed by the committee, as an amendment, the ing duties on stamped vellum, parchment, and words following:

paper,” reported that the bill pass without amend“Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of ment; and it was agreed, by unanimous consent, Representatives of the United States of America in that this bill pass to the third reading at this time. Congress assembled, That no private ship or vessel, be

On the final passage of the bill, the question was longing to, or registered in the name or names of, a determined in the affirmative--yeas 20, nays 7, citizen or citizens of the United States, which shall be as follows: armed, shall be cleared out, or permitted to depart from YEAS—Messrs. Bingham, Bradford, Foster, Good. the United States: Provided, the foregoing prohibi- hue, Gunn, Hillhouse, Howard, Latimer, Laurance, tion shall not extend to any ship or vessel really and Livermore, Marshall, Paine, Read, Ross, Rutherfurd, truly freighted and employed in the Mediterranean or Sedgwick, Stockton, Tichenor, Tracy, and Vining. African trade, or for a voyage beyond the Cape of Nays-Messrs. Bloodworth, Brown, Cocke, HunGood Hope or Cape Horn, and armed as has been ter, Martin, Tattnall, and Tazewell. usual in those trades or voyages, for defence against

So it was resolved that this bill pass. unlawful violence."

Mr. Tracy, from the committee to whom was It was determined in the affirmative, yeas 16– referred the bill, sent from the House of Reprenays 12, as follows:

sentatives for concurrence, entitled “ An act makYeas—Messrs. Bradford, Foster, Goodhue, Hill- ing additional appropriations for the support of house, Latimer, Laurance, Livermore, Martin, Paine, Government, for the year one thousand seven hunRoss, Rutherfurd, Sedgwick, Stockton, Tichenor, Tra- dred and ninety-seven,” reported an amendment, cy, and Vining.

which was read and adopted; and the bill was Nays-Messrs. Bingham, Bloodworth, Brown, Cocke, ordered to the third reading as amended. Gunn, Henry, Howard, Hunter, Marshall, Read, Tatt- The bill, sent from the House of Representanall, and Tazewell.

tives for concurrence, entitled “An act laying Ordered, That the further consideration of this duties on license: for selling foreign wines and forbill be postponed until the next session of Con- eign distilled spirituous liquors by retail," was read gress.

the third time, and, being further amended, it was

resolved that this bill pass with amendments. WEDNESDAY, July 5.

A message from the House of Represent Mr. Ross, from the committee on part of the lives informed the Senate that they have passed a Message of the President of the United States, of bill, entitled “ An act authorizing a loan of money,"

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