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DECEMBER, 1797.]
Proceedings.

[SENATE. Thursday, December 7.

The following Message was received from the The President laid before the Senate a letter PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: from S. Meredith, Treasurer of the United States, Gentlemen of the Senate, and with his account of receipts and expenditures, in Gentlemen of the House of Representatives : the Treasury Department, for the quarter ending I lay before you the copy of a letter from the Judges the 30th of June, as also those in the War Depart of the Supreme Court of the United States, representment, ending the 30th June and 30th of Septem- ing the inconvenience arising from altering the time ber last, the same having passed the offices ; of holding the Circuit Court for the State of Delaware, which were read, and ordered to lie for considera from April to June; and desiring that the existing tion.

Jaw may be altered, by restoring the Spring session of Mr. BLOODWORTH gave notice, that he should the Circuit Court in Delaware to the twenty-seventh to-morrow ask leave to bring in a bill to declare of April. the consent of Congress to certain acts of the State

JOHN ADAMS. of North Carolina, establishing a health office and UNITED States, December 13, 1797. harbor-master for the port of Wilmington.

The Message was read, and ordered to lie for

consideration. Friday, December 8.

Ordered. That Mr. GREENE be appointed a Conformably to notice given yesterday, Mr. Committee for Enrolled Bills, on the part of the BLOODworth had leave to bring in a bill to de- Senate, jointly with such committee as may be clare the consent of Congress to certain acts of appointed, for that purpose, on the part of the the State of North Carolina, providing for a House of Representatives. health officer and harbor-master in the port of Wilmingtou in that State ; which bill was read the first time, and ordered to a second reading:

THURSDAY, December 14. Ordered, That the petition and memorial of the

The bill, sent from the House of RepresentaLegislature of the State of Tennessee be printed tives for concurrence, entitled “ An act to postfor the use of the Senate.

pone, for a limited time, the commencement of

the duties imposed by the act, entitled 'An act Monday, December 11.

laying duties on stamped vellum, parchment, and THEODORE SEDGWICK, from the State of Mas- paper," was read the ihird time. sachusetts, attended.

Resolved, That this bill

pass. The bill to declare the consent of Congress, to

On motion, that this resolution be reconsidered, certain acts of the State of North Carolina, pro

it passed in the negative. viding for a health officer and harbor-master in

A message from the House of Representatives the port of Wilmington, in that State, was read informed the Senate that the House have passed the second time.

a bill, entitled "An act for the relief of the reOrdered, That it be referred to Messrs. Lau- presentatives of William Carmichael, deceased," RANCE, BINGHAM, and Paine, to consider and report in which they desire the concurrence of the thereon to the Senate.

Senate.

The bill was read, and it was, by unanimous Tuesday, December 12.

consent, read the second time. Mr. Hunter presented the memorial of the Langdon, and Greene, to consider and report

Ordered, That it be referred to Messrs. TRACY, owners and lessees of wharves in the city of thereon to the Senate. Charleston and State of South Carolina, stating the injurious operation of the revenue laws, in the mode of weighing goods on which duties are col

FRIDAY, December 15. lected under the authority of the United States, and praying relief; and the petition was read, and

On motion, that a committee be appointed to ordered to lie on the tabl

revise the Judiciary system of the United States,

and to report whether any, and what, alterations WEDNESDAY,

or amendments are necessary in the same; it was December 13.

agreed that the consideration of this motion be Thomas JEFFERSON, Vice President of the postponed until Monday next. United States and President of the Senate, attended. A message from the House of Representatives

Monday, December 18. informed the Senate that the House have passed

The Vice President communicated the report a bill, entitled “ An act to postpone, for a limited of the Secretary for the Department of the Treatime, the commencement of the duties imposed by sury, on the petition of William Imlay; which the act, entitled "An act laying duties on stamp- was read. ed vellum, parchment, and paper," in which they Ordered, That the report and petition be redesire the concurrence of the Senate.

ferred to Messrs. TRACY, Hillhouse, and MarThe bill was read, and, by unanimous consent, tin, to consider and report thereon to the Senate, it was read a second time.

by bill or otherwise. Ordered, That this bill pass to a third reading. Ordered, That the consideration of the motion Senate.]

Proceedings.

[DECEMBER, 1797. made on the 15th instant, to revise the Judiciary AUE, HUNTER, and BINGHAM, to consider and resystem, be postponed.

port thereon to the Senate.

Tuesday, December 19.

Saturday, December 23. Ordered, That the consideration of the motion

The Senate assembled, but transacted no bumade on the 15th instant, to revise the Judiciary siness. system, be further postponed.

MONDAY, December 25.
WEDNESDAY, December 20.

No business was done in the Senate to-day. Mr. Tracy, from the committee to whom was referred the report of the Secretary for the De

Tuesday, December 26. partment of the Treasury, on the petition of Conformably to the order of the day, the Senate William Imlay, together with the said petition, proceeded to consider the motion made the 15th reported a bill for his relief ; which was read, and instant, respecting the Judiciary system. ordered to the second reading.

Ordered, That it be referred to Messrs. READ, On motion, to take into consideration the mo- LAURANCE, LIVERMORE, SEDGWICK, and Tracy, tion, made on the 15th instant, respecting the to consider and report thereon to the Senate. Judiciary system, it was agreed that the consideration thereof be postponed until Tuesday next.

WEDNESDAY, December 27.

The Senate spent the day in the consideration THURSDAY, December 21.

of Executive business. The bill for the relief of William Imlay was read the second time, and ordered to the third

THURSDAY, December 28. reading.

John Brown, from the State of Kentucky, atThe Vice President communicated a letter tended. from Samuel Meredith, Treasurer of the United

Mr. GOODHUE, from the committee to whom States, with his accounts of receipts and expendi- was referred the bill, sent from the House of Retures in the Treasury Department, for the quar- presentatives for concurrence, entitled “ An act ter ending the 30th of April last; which were for the relief of North and Vésey, of Charleston, read.

South Carolina,” reported an amendment; which Ordered, That they lie for consideration.

was read and adopted; and, the bill being further A message from the House of Representatives amended, informed the Senate, that the House have passed Ordered, That it pass to the third reading, as a bill, entitled "An act suspending, for a limited amended. time, the second section of an act, entitled 'An Mr. Read presented the memorial of the meract regulating foreign coins, and for other pur- chants of the city of Charleston, in the State of poses; and a bill, entitled "An act for the relief South Carolina, stating the injurious operation of of North and Vesey, of Charleston, South Caro- the revenue laws, in the mode of weighing goods lina;" in which bills they desire the concurrence on which duties are collected, under the authority of the Senate.

of the United States, and praying relief; and the The bills last mentioned were severally read, memorial was read, and ordered to lie on the and ordered to the second reading.

table.

Friday, December 22.

Friday, December 29. John E. HOWARD, from the State of Maryland, STEPHENS THOMPSON Mason, from the State attended.

of Virginia, attended. The bill for the relief of William Imlay was The bill, sent from the House of Representatives read the third time, and passed.

for concurrence, entitled “ An act for the relief of The bill, sent from the House of Representatives North and Vesey, of Charleston, South Carolina," for concurrence, entitled "An act suspending, for was read the third time, and passed. a limited time, the second section of an act enti- On motion, that it be tled 'An act regulating foreign coins, and for

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate be, and other purposes was read the second time.

he is hereby, authorized and directed to make an equal Ordered, That it be referred to Messrs. SEDG- compensation to James Mathers, the Doorkeeper of WICK, Anderson, and Tracy, to consider and the Senate, and Cornelius Maxwell, his assistant, to report thereon to the Senate.

that which has been allowed to the Doorkeeper of the The bill, sent from the House of Representatives House of Representatives, and his assistant, by a resofor concurrence, entitled "An act for the relief of lution of the said House, of July the 10th, 1797, and North and Vesey, of Charleston, South Carolina," to defray the same out of any moneys appropriated by . was read the second time.

law to pay the contingent expenses of the Senate :" Ordered, That it be referred to Messrs. Good- It was agreed that this motion lie on the table.

JANUARY, 1798.]

Proceedings.

[SENATE.

MONDAY, January 1, 1798.

morrow ask leave to bring in a bill to extend to The following Message was received from the the district of Tennessee the exception contained PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:

in the seventieth section of the act entitled " An Gentlemen of the Senate, and

act to provide more effectually for the collection Gentlemen of the House of Representatives :

of the duties imposed by law, on goods, wares, In compliance with the desire of the two Houses of and on the tonnage of ships and vessels."

and merchandise, iinported into the United States, Congress, expressed in their resolution of the 2d of March, 1797, that some speedy and effectual means might be adopted of obtaining information from the

THURSDAY, January 4. States of Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and South Doorkeeper of the Senate and his assistant, for

The bill for allowing a compensation to the Carolina, whether they have ratified the amendment their services during the late extraordinary sesproposed by Congress to the Constitution, concerning sion of Congress, was read the third time, and it the suability of States, and, if they have, to obtain proper evidences; measures have been taken, and infor

was amended by striking out the word “extraormation and evidences obtained, the particulars of which

dinary.” will appear in the report from the Secretary of State,

Resolved, That this bill pass. made by my direction, on the 28th day of this month,

Mr. Tracy presented the petition of Joseph and now presented to the two Houses for their con- Nourse, Register of the Treasury, praying addisideration.

tional compensation for his services; which was

JOHN ADAMS. read and ordered to lie. United States, December 30, 1797.

Conformable to notice given yesterday, Mr. The Message and papers therein referred to Jackson had leave to bring in a bill to extend to were read, and ordered to lie for consideration.

the district of Tennessee the exception contained Ordered, That the motion, made on the 29th in the seventieth section of the act entitled " An instant, respecting an additional compensation to act to provide more effectually for the collection the Doorkeeper avd Assistant Doorkeeper of the of the duties imposed by law, on goods, wares, Senate, be withdrawn.

and merchandise, imported into the United States, Mr. GOODHUE notified the Senate that he and on the tonnage of ships and vessels ;" which should, to-morrow, move for leave to bring in a

bill was read, and ordered to the second reading. bill providing for further compensation to the Doorkeeper and Assistant Doorkeeper of the

FRIDAY, January 5. Senate.

The bill to extend to the district of Tennessee

the exception contained in the seventieth section TUESDAY, January 2.

of the act entitled " An act to provide more effecMr. Sedgwick, from the committee to whom tually for the collection of the duties imposed by was referred the bill, sent from the House of Re- law, on goods, wares, and merchandise, iinported

into the United States, and on the tonpage of ships presentatives for concurrence, entitled “ An act suspending, for a limited time, the second section and vessels," was read the second time, and reof an act entitled "An act regulating foreign

ferred to Messrs. Jackson, Goodhue, and Paine, coins, and for other purposes,"" reported amend- to consider and report thereon to the Senate. ments; which were read, and ordered to lie for

Ordered, That the petition of Joseph Nourse, consideration.

Register of the Treasury, praying additional comAgreeably to notice given yesterday, Mr. Good- pensation for his services, be referred to Messrs. HUE had liberty to bring in a bill for allowing a

Tracy, BLOODWORTH, and HUNTER, to consider

thereon to the Senate. compensation to the Doorkeeper of the Senate and his assistant, for their services during the late ex- PRESIDENT of the United States :

The following Message was received from the traordinary session of Congress; and the bill was read, and ordered to the second reading.

Gentlemen of the Senate, and

Gentlemen of the Horise of Representatives : WEDNESDAY, January 3.

The Secretary for the Department of War, on the

thirtieth day of December last, made a representation Mr. STOCKTON presented the petition of George to me of the situation of affairs in his office, which I Turner, stating that he has purchased a tract of now transmit to the Senate and House of Representaland of John Cleves Symmes, and praying con- tives, and recommend to their consideration and decifirmation of his title; and the petition was read. sion.

JOHN ADAMS. Ordered, That it be referred io Messrs. Stock- United States, January 5, 1798. TON, Brown, and LANGDON, to consider and re

The Message and representation were read, and port thereon to the Senate.

ordered to lie for consideration. The bill for allowing a compensation to the Doorkeeper of the Senate and his assistant, for their services during the late extraordinary ses

MONDAY, January 8. sion of Congress, was read the second time, and JAMES Ross, from the State of Pennsylvania, ordered to the third reading.

attended. Mr. JACKSON gave notice that he should to- A message from the House of Representatives

5th Con.--16

and report

SENATE.]

Proceedings.

[JANUARY, 1798.

informed the Senate that the House had passed prior to the first day of October, 1796, exhibiting a bill entitled "An act making certain partial ap- the quantities or value of the said goods, wares, propriations for the year one thousand seven hun- or merchandise, and the foreign countries from dred and ninety-eight;" a bill entitled * An act which imported. Also a statement of the ton. authorizing the payment of certain sums of mo. nage of vessels entered in the ports of the United ney to the daughters of the late Count de Grasse;" States during the period aforesaid; which was a bill entitled "An act providing for the payment read. of the interest on a certificate due to General Kos- Ordered, That the report lie for consideration. ciusko ;” and a bill entitled “ An act to amend The Senate resumed the consideration of the the several acts for laying duties on spirits dis- report of the committee to whom was referred tilled within the United States, and on stills;"' in the bill, sent from the House of Representatives which bills they desire the concurrence of the for concurrence, entitled " An act supending, for Senate.

a limited time, the second section of an act entiThe bills last mentioned were severally read, tled 'An act regulating foreign coins, and for other and ordered to the second reading.

purposes. And, by unanimous consent, the first bill men- On motion to postpone the further considerationed was read the second time, and referred to tion of this bill until this day month, it was negaMessrs. Goodhue, Brown, and Mason, to consi- tived, and, after debate, it was ordered that the der and report thereon to the Senate.

bill be recommitted. By unanimous consent, the bill second men- A motion was made to amend the 19th rule for tioned was read the second time, and referred to doing business in the Senate, by subjoiningMessrs. LIVERMORE, Hillhouse, and Tracy, to consider and report ihereon to the Senate.

“And, on motion of any member, there shall be a call By unanimous consent, the third bill mentioned of the Senate at the expiration of one hour after that to was read the second time, and referred to Messrs. which the House stood adjourned, whether there be a SEDGWICK, ANDERSON, and Howard, to consider quorum or not ; and, in case there is not a quorum on

such call, the members present may, if they think proand report thereon to the Senate.

per, request the attendance of absentees who are in the And, hy unanimous consent, the bill last mentioned was read the second time, and referred to And, on the next day, if a quorum shall not be pres

town or neighborhood where the Senate are convened. Messrs. Ross, Goodhue, and Hunter, to consi-ent, the members present shall have authority to send der and report thereon to the Senate.

for any absent member, whether he be in the town where The Senate proceeded to consider the report of the Senate have convened, or not, by any person by the committee to whom was referred the bill, sent them authorized, requesting his attendance, at the ex. from the House of Representatives for concur- pense of such member, unless he shall make such exrence, entitled “ An act suspending, for a limited cuse for non-attendance as shall, by the Senate, be time, the second section of an act entitled 'An judged sufficient.” act regulating foreign coins, and for other purposes;'" and, after debate.

And it was agreed that the consideration of this Ordered, That the further consideration there- motion be referred to Messrs. Tracy, ANDERSON,

LIVERMORE. Goodhue, and Paine. to report thereon of be postponed until to-morrow.

to the Senate.
The following Message was received from the
PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES:
Gentlemen of the Senate, and

WEDNESDAY, January 10.
Gentlemen of the House of Representatives :

Mr. Goodhue, from the committee to whom I have now an opportunity of transmitting to Con. was referred the bill, sent from the House of Regress a report of the Secretary of State, with a copy presentatives for concurrence, entitled “ An act of an Act of the Legislature of the State of Kentuc- making certain partial appropriations for the year ky, consenting to the ratification of the amendment of the Constitution of the United States, proposed by

one thousand seven hundred and ninety-eight," Congress in their resolution of the second day of De reported the bill without amendment; which recember, 1793, relative to the suability of States. This port was adopted. amendment having been adopted by three-fourths of

Ordered, That this bill pass to a third reading. the several States, may now be declared to be a part of

Mr. Sedgwick, from the committee to whom the Constitution of the United States.

was referred the bill, sent from the House of Re

JOHN ADAMS. presentatives for concurrence, entitled " An act United States, January 8, 1798.

providing for the payment of the interest on a cerThe Message and papers were read and order- bill without amendment.

iificate due to General Kosciusko," reported the ed to lie on file.

Ordered, That this bill pass to a third reading.

Mr. Tracy, from the committee to whom was

referred the bill, sent from the House of RepreTuesday, January 9.

sentatives for concurrence, entitled “ An act for The Vice PRESIDent laid before the Senate a the relief of the representatives of William Carreport from the Secretary of the Department of michael, deceased," reported the bill without Treasury, of the goods, wares, and merchandise, amendment; which report was adopted, and the imported into the United States during the year bill was ordered to a third reading.

JANUARY, 1798.]

Proceedings.

[SENATE.

THURSDAY, January 11.

lief of John Frank,” was read, and, by unaniJames LLOYD, appointed a Senator by the State mous consent, it was read a second time, and reof Maryland, in the place of John Henry, elected ferred to Messrs. Goodhue, HOWARD, and Tracy, Governor of said State, produced his credentials; to consider and report thereon to the Senate. and, the oath required by law being administered, The bill, sent from the House of Representahe took his seat in the Senate.

tives for concurrence, entitled " An act to preThe bill, sent from the House of Representa- scribe the mode of taking evidence in cases of tives for concurrence, entitled "An act for the re- contested elections for members of the House of lief of the representatives of William Carmichael, Representatives of the United States, and to comdeceased," was read the third time and passed. pel the attendance of witnesses,” was read, and,

The bill, sent from the House of Representa- by unanimous consent, it was read a second time. tives for concurrence, entitled “ An act providing Ordered, That it be referred to Messrs. LIVERfor the payment of the interest on a certificate due MORE, Paint, and Chipman, to consider and reto General Kosciusko,” was read the third time, port thereon to the Senate. and, being amended by striking out the words, The Senate proceeded to consider the report of "eighty-nine," and inserting in lieu thereof, the committee to whom was recommitted the bill, “ninety-three,” near the end of the bill, it was sent from the House of Representatives for con

Resolved, That this bill pass as amended. currence, entitled “ An act suspending, for a lim

The bill, sent from the House of Representa-ited time, the second section of an act, entitled tives for concurrence, entitled "An act making - An act regulating foreign coins, and for other certain partial appropriations for the year one purposes ;” and the report was adopted, and the thousand seven hundred and ninety-eight,” was bill was amended accordingly. read a third time and passed.

On the question to agree to the third reading Mr. Sedgwick, from the committee to whom of the bill, as amended, it passed in the negative. was referred the bill, sent from the House of Re- On motion, by one of the majority, to reconpresentatives for concurrence, entitled "An act sider the last questionsuspending, for a limited time, the second section A motion was made to postpone the question of an act, entitled 'An act regulating foreign coins, of reconsideration to the second Monday in Feband for other purposes,'” reported amendments; ruary, and it was determined in the negative. which were read.

Whereupon it was agreed to reconsider the last Ordered, That they lie for consideration. vote on the bill, and that the bill be considered

A message from the House of Representatives as still in its second reading. informed the Senate that the House have passed A message from the House of Representatives a bill entitled "Anact for the relief of John Frank," informed the Senate that the House disagree to and a bill entitled " An act to prescribe the mode the amendment of the Senate to the bill, entitled of taking evidence in cases of contested elections “ An act providing for the payment of the interest for members of the House of Representatives of on a certificate due to General Kosciusko;" they the United States, and to compel the attendance have passed a bill, entitled “ An act directing the of witnesses ;" in which bills they desire the con- Secretary of War to place certain persons on the currence of the Senate.

pension list;" in which they desire the concurMr. LIVERMORE, from the committee to whom rence of the Senate. was referred the bill, sent from the House of Re- The bill last brought from the House of Reppresentatives for concurrence, entitled “ An act resentatives for concurrence, was read, and orderauthorizing the payment of certain sums of moed to the second reading. ney to the daughters of the late Count de Grasse," On motion, by Mr. Tracy, that a committee be reported the bill without amendment.

appointed to take into consideration the subject of On motion to amend the bill, it passed in the accepting a deed of cession of the jurisdiction of negative.

certain territory from the State of Connecticut, On motion, it was agreed, by unanimous con- and to report by bill or otherwise, it was agreed sent, to dispense with the rule, and that the bill be that this motion should lie for consideration. now read a third time.

On the question to concur with the House of Representatives in this bill, it was determined in

MONDAY, January 15. the affirmative-yeas 20, nays 4, as follows: Mr. LIVERMORE, from the committee to whom

YEAS—Messrs. Anderson, Bingham, Bloodworth, was referred the bill, sent from the House of RepChipman, Foster, Greene, Gunn, Howard, Hunter, resentatives for concurrence, entitled “ An act to Jackson, Langdon, Latimer, Livermore, Lloyd, Martin, prescribe the mode of taking evidence in cases of Mason, Paine, Read, Ross, and Sedgwick.

contested elections for members of the House of Nars-Messrs. Goodhue, Hillhouse, Marshall, and Representatives of the United States, and to comTracy.

pel' the attendance of witnesses,” reported an So it was Resolved, That this bill pass.

amendment, which was adopted.

Ordered, That this bill pass to the third readFRIDAY, January 12.

ing, as amended.

The Vice PRESIDENT laid before the Senate a The bill, sent from the House of Representa- letter from Samuel Meredith, Treasurer of the tives for concurrence, entitled "An act for the re- United States, with his account of receipts and

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