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Ordered, That the bill pass to the third read- The bill to enable the President of the United ing as amended.

States to purchase or lease one or more foundries The bill last brought from the House of Rep- was read the third time; and, being amended, on resentatives for concurrence was read, and order the final passage of this bill, it was determined in ed to the second reading.

the affirmative-yeas 24, nays 3, as follows: Conformable to notice given yesterday, Mr. LAURANCE obtained leave to bring in a bill sup- man, Clayton, Foster, Goodhue, Greene, Hillhouse,

YEAS—Messrs. Bingham, Bloodworth, Brown, Chipplementary to the act, entitled “ An act to estab: Hobart, Hunter, Langdon, Latimer, Laurance, Lloyd, fish the Judicial Courts of the United States;" Marshall, Martin, Paine, Read, Ross, Sedgwick, Stockwhich was read, and ordered to the second ton, Tattnall, and Tracy. reading

Nays—Messrs. Anderson, Jackson, and Tazewell. The Vice President laid before the Senate a

So it was Resolved, That this bill pass; that it letter from Samuel Meredith, Treasurer of the be engrossed ; and that the title thereof be “An United States, with his account of receipts and act to enable the President of the United States expenditures in the Treasury Department, for the to purchase or take on lease one or more founquarter ending the 30th of December last; which dries." were read.

The Senate proceeded to consider the report of Ordered, That they lie on the table.

the committee to whom was referred the petition

of Jonathan Davenport, an invalid, that the Thursday, March 22.

prayer of the petitioner is not reasonable ;" and The bill, sent from the House of Representa ihe report was agreed to. tives for concurrence, entitled "An act to con- Ordered, That the petitioner have leave to tinue in force the act, entitled “An act prohibit- withdraw his petition. ing for a limited time the exportation of arms and ammunition, and for encouraging the importation thereof," was read the second time, and

Friday, March 23. referred to Messrs. SEDGWICK, Paine, and TAZE- The bill, sent from the House of RepresentaWELL, to consider and report thereon to the Se tives for concurrence, entitled “ An act to revive nate.

and continue in force the act respecting the comThe bill supplementary to the act, entitled "An pensation of clerks, and for other purposes," was act to establish the Judicial Courts of the United read the second time, and referred to Messrs. States was read the second time, and referred to BLOODWORTH, Bingham, and Tracy, to consider Messrs. LAURANCE, STOCKTON, and Ross, to con- and report thereon to the Senate. sider and report thereon to the Senate.

Mr. Sedgwick, from the committee to whom The bill, sent from the House of Representa- was referred the bill, sent from the House of Retives for concurrence, entitled "An act to con- presentatives for concurrence, entitled " An act to tinue in force for a limited time an act, entitled continue in force the act, entitled . An act pro"An act declaring the consent of Congress to hibiting for a limited time the exportation of arms an act of the State of Maryland, passed the and ammunition, and for encouraging the imtwenty-eighth of December, one thousand seven portation thereof,' reported an amendment; which hundred and ninety-three, for the appointment of was adopted, and the bill was ordered to the third a health officer," was read the third time; and the reading, as amended. title thereof having been amended,

The bill, sent from the House of RepresentaResolved, That this bill pass with amendments. tives for concurrence, entitled "An aci to conThe Senate resumed the second reading of the tinue in force the fifth section of an act, entitled bill for the relief of the legal representative of An act in addition to the act, entitled 'An act to Samuel Lapsley, deceased; and, having agreed to establish the Post Office and post roads within the an amendment, it was ordered to the third reading. United States," was read the second time, and or

A message from the House of Representatives dered to the third reading. informed the Senate that the House have passed The bill, sent from the House of Representaa bill, entitled " An act to alter the time for mak- tives for concurrence, entitled "An act to coning entry of stills, and for other purposes;" a bill, tinue in force for a limited time a part of an act, entitled " An act to revive and continue in force entitled 'An act making further provision for securthe act respecting the compensation of clerks, and ing and collecting the duties on foreign and for other purposes ;" a bill, entitled " An act to domestic distilled spirits, stills, wines, and teas,” continue in force for a limited time a part of an act, was read the second time, and referred to Messrs. entitled 'Anactmaking further provision for secur- PainE, MARSHALL, and Ross, to consider and reing and collecting the duties on foreign and domes- port thereon to the Senate. tic distilled spirits, stills, wines, and teas;" and a The bill, sent from the House of Representabill, entitled "An act to continue in force the fifth tives for concurrence, entitled "An act to alter section of an act, entitled ' An act in addition to the time of making entry of stills, and for other the act, entitled. An act to establish the Post Office purposes,” was read the second time, and referred and post roads within the United States ;" in to the committee last named, to consider and which they desire the concurrence of the Senate. report thereon to the Senate.

The bills were read, and ordered that they se- A message from the House of Representatives verally pass to the second reading.

informed the Senate that they have passed a bill,

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entitled “ An act making an appropriation for the compared with that of other officers in the Treasury Depayment of a balance found due to the legal repre-partment, is as high as relative justice will permit ; espesentatives of William Carmichael, deceased," in cially when compared with the salary of the Secretary which they desire the concurrence of the Senate. of the Treasury, which has not been increased since its

The bill was read and ordered to the second first establishment in 1789. reading

The committee further find, that additional duties have The bill for the relief of the legal representa- been imposed on this petitioner, and likewise on all the tive of Samuel Lapsley, deceased, was read the other officers in the Treasury Department; but they are third time and passed.

not convinced that the additional duties imposed on the Mr. Goodave, from the committee appointed" Register, when compared with those imposed on other on the 29th of November last

, on that part of the officers, are such as in equity to entitle the petitioner to Speech of the President of the United States

a separate increase of compensation. They are, therewhich respects the protection of commerce; and fore, of opinion that the first request in the petition, to to whom was also referred the Message of the wit, that for an increase of salary, ought not to be granted.

On the second request, to wit, that for his expenses in President of the United States of the 19th instant, removing from Philadelphia to avoid the epidemic fever, reported, so far as to bring in a bill to provide an

the committee find Mr. Nourse was obliged to incur conadditional armament for the further protection of siderable expense in removing his family from this city the trade of the United States, and for other pur- in 1793 and 1797, to avoid the fever, which at those poses; which bill was read, and ordered to the periods was prevalent, and that he attended to the duties second reading

of his office under disadvantages and extra expense. Mr. Tracy, from the committee to whom was This part of the petitioner's request the committee are recommitted the petition of Joseph Nourse, Regis- of opinion is reasonable, and therefore present for the ter of the Treasury, made report, which was read, consideration of the Senate the following resolution, to amended, and adopted, as follows:

wit : That the petitioner asks an increase of compensation

Resolved, That a committee be appointed to bring in and an allowance for expenses he has been obliged to

a bill, allowing Joseph Nourse, Register of the Treasury,

the sum of incur, in the years 1793 and 1797, by removing out of

dollars, out of any unappropriated money Philadelphia when it was visited with the epidemic he incurred in removing his family from Philadelphia in

in the Treasury, to indemnify him for the extra expense fever.

the The committee find Mr. Nourse has served the United and the extra expense incurred by him in attending to

years 1793 and 1797, to avoid the epidemic fever, States many years, with faithfulness and ability, and, on the business of his office during the same period. the score of merit, claims every attention from Government which justice and policy can dictate.

Ordered, That the report be recommitted, with They further find, that, on the 11th September, 1789, instructions to the committee to bring in a bill the officers in the Treasury Department were by law accordingly. placed on the following establishment, viz : Secretary of the Treasury - $3,500 per ann.

Monday, March 26. Comptroller

2,000 do.

The Vice President laid before the Senate a Treasurer

2,000 do. Auditor

1,500 do.

letter, with a return from Charles Burrall, AssistRegister

1,250 do.

ant Postmaster General, conformable to "An act On the 8th of May, 1792, an additional compensation the Post Office and post roads within the United

in addition to the act, entitled 'An act to establish was made to certain of those officers, as follows, viz :

States ;" which were read. Comptroller

$400 per ann. Ordered. That they lie for consideration. Auditor

400 do.

Mr. Paine, from the committee to whom was Treasurer

400
do.

referred the bill, sent from the House of RepreRegister

500 do. And, on the 2d of March, 1793, the following addi- continue in force, for a limited time, a part of an

sentatives for concurrence, entitled “An act to tions, viz :

act, entitled ' An act making further provision for Comptroller

$250 per ann. securing and collecting the duties on foreign and Auditor

500 do. domestic distilled spirits, stills, wines, and teas," Register

250 do.

reported the bill without amendment. Which establishes the salaries now received by the Ordered, That this bill pass to a third reading. officers in the Treasury Department, as follows, viz • The bill, sent from the House of Representa

Secretary of the Treasury - $3,500 per ann. tives for concurrence, entitled “An act making Comptroller

2,650 do. an appropriation for the payment of a balance Auditor

2,400 do. found due to the legal representatives of William Treasurer

2,400
do.

Carmichael, deceased," was read the second time, Register

2,000 do. and referred to Messrs. TracY, LANGDON, and The committee are of opinion that the salaries of these BLOODWORTH, to consider and report thereon to and many other officers of the United States are small, the Senate. when considered in reference to their services and neces- The bill to provide an additional armament for sary expenditures ; but, as their commission will not au. the further protection of the trade of the United thorize them to report on the subject of salaries generally, States, and for other purposes, was read the second they are of opinion Mr. Nourse's compensation, when time.

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[MARCH, 1798. Ordered, That the further consideration thereof YEAS—Messrs. Anderson, Bloodworth, Jackson, Marbe postponed until to morrow.

shall, and Tazewell. The bill, sent from the House of Representa

Nays-Messrs. Bingham, Brown, Chipman, Claytives for concurrence, entitled “ An act to conti- ton, Foster, Goodhue, Greene, Hillhouse, Hobart, Hun. nue in force the fifth section of an act, entitled ter, Langdon, Latimer, Laurance, Lloyd, Martin, 'An act in addition to the act, entitled . An act to Paine, Read, Ross, Sedgwick, Stockton, Tattnall, and establish the Post Office and post roads within

Tracy. the United States," was read the third time and The other resolutions contained in the motion passed.

were postponed. The bill, sent from the House of Representatives A message from the House of Representatives for concurrence, entitled “ An act to continue in informed the Senate that the House have passed force the act entitled “An act prohibiting, for a a bill, sent from the Senate for concurrence, enlimited time, the exportation of arms and ammu- titled " An act for an amicable settlement of limits nition, and for encouraging the importation there with the State of Georgia, and authorizing the of,” was read the third time.

establishment of a government in the Mississippi Resolved, That this bill pass with amendments. territory," with amendments; in which they de

The bill to alter and amend the act entitled sire the concurrence of the Senate. "An act to establish the Judicial Courts of the United States," was read the second time; and, after debate,

WEDNESDAY, March 28. Ordered, That the further consideration thereof

Mr. LAURAŃCE, from the committee to whom be postponed until to-morrow.

was referred the bill supplementary to an act enA motion was made, by Mr. Marshall, that titled " An act 10 establish the Judicial Courts of the Senate enter into the following resolutions:

the United States," reported an amendment;

which was read and ordered to lie for consideResolved, That it is expedient to lay an embargo,

ration. for a limited time, on all ships and vessels owned wholly or in part by citizens of the United States, other bill to provide an additional armament for the

The Senate resumed the second reading of the than ships or vessels employed solely in the fisheries or coasting trade; and that these be regulated in their further protection of the trade of the United respective voyages consistent with their safety and a

States, and for other purposes; and, after progress, state of neutrality.

Ordered, That the further consideration thereof Resolved, That it is expedient to complete the for- be postponed. tifications of the ports and Barbors of the United States, Mr. SEDGWICK reported from the managers at and effectually to garrison the same.

the conference on the bill entitled “ An act for the Resolved, That it is expedient to raise a provisional relief of the refugees from the British provinces army, to be employed, when necessary, for internal se- of Canada and Nova Scotia;" and the report was curity and defence.

read, and ordered to lie for consideration. Resolved, That it is expedient to provide for sup- Mr. LLOYD, from the committee to whom was plying any deficiency existing or arising in the arms referred the bill, sent from the House of Repreand military stores of the United States; and

sentatives for concurrence, entitled "An act Resolved, that the foregoing resolutions be re- making an appropriation for completing the ferred to the committee to whom was referred the Pre- buildings requisite for the accommodation of the sident's Message of the 19th instant, as instructions to Government of the United States, at the city of the said committee to prepare and report bills corresponding with the said resolutions, and in the same

Washington," reported the bill without amendorder in which they stand.”

Ordered, That it lie for consideration.
The resolutions were read, and ordered to lie
for consideration.

THURSDAY, March 29.
TUESDAY, March 27.

The Senate proceeded to consider the report of

the managers appointed to confer on the amendThe Senate proceeded to consider the motion ments to the bill entitled " An act for the relief of made yesterday, by Mr. Marshall, that sundry the refugees from the British provinces of Canada resolutions be adopted, relative to an embargo and Nova Scotia ;" which report was adopted. and other subjects therein mentioned; and Whereupon,

On the question to agree to the first resolu- Resolved, That the Senate do adhere to their tion, viz:

ninth, tenth, and eleventh amendments to the said * Resolved, That it is expedient to lay an embargo, bill. for a limited time, on all ships and vessels owned Resolved, That they do recede from their wholly or in part by citizens of the United States, other twelfth amendment, so far as respects striking out than ships and vessels employed solely in the fisheries the words agreed by the report io be struck out, or coasting trade; and that these be regulated in and insist on so much of their twelfth amendtheir respective voyages consistent with their safety ment as contains the first proviso to the eighth and a state of neutrality :"

section, to wit: “ Provided, That, in considering, It passed in the negative-yeas 5, nays 22, as what compensation ought to be made by virtue of follows:

this act, all grants which may have been made by

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ibe United States or individual States, shall be the British provinces of Canada and Nova Scoconsidered either in whole or in part, as the case tia ;" and also recede from their disagreement to may be, a satisfaction to those who may have the twelfth amendment to the said bill, so far as to received the same..

agree to the first proviso to the ninth section, Mr. BLOODWORTH, from the committee to whom amended as follows: "Provided, That, in considwas referred the bill, sent from the House of ering what compensation oughé to be made by Representatives for concurrence, entitled "An act virtue of this act, all grants, except military to revive and continue in force the act respecting grants, which may have been made by the United the compensation of clerks, and for other purpo- States or individual Slates, shall be considered at ses.” reported amendments, which were read. the just value thereof, at the time the same were

Ordered, That the report lie for consideration. made respectively, either in whole or in part, as

The Senate proceeded to consider the amend the case may be, a satisfaction to those who may ments of the House of Representatives to the bill have received the same.” entitled "An act for an amicable settlement of li- The Senate proceeded to consider the resolumits with the State of Georgia, and authorizing tions of the House of Representatives, receding the establishment of a government in the Missis- from their disagreement to sundry amendments to sippi territory;" and,

the bill, entitled "An act for the relief of the refuResolved, That they concur in the amendments. gees from the British provinces of Canada and The Senate resumed the second reading of the Nova Scotia.". Whereupon, bill to provide an additional armament for the fur- Resolved, That the Senate recede from their ther protection of the trade of the United States, twelfth amendment to the said bill, so far as to and for other purposes ; and, after progress, the agree to the first proviso in the ninth section, Senate adjourned.

amended agreeably to the report of the conferees thereon.

The Senate proceeded to consider the report of FRIDAY, March 30.

the committee to whom was referred the bill, sent The Senate resumed the second reading of the

from the House of Representatives for concurbill to provide an additional armament for the fur-rence, entitled "An act to revive and continue in ther protection of the trade of the United States, clerks, and for other purpores;" and the report be

force the act respecting the compensation of and for other purposes.

On motion, by Mr. Tazewell, to amend the ing agreed to, and the bill amended accordingly, sixth section, which now stands

Ordered, That it pass to a third reading as

amended. “ And be it further enacted, That all commissioned armed vessels of the United States, sailing as convoys, shall be governed in their conduct towards foreign

Monday, April 2. armed ships, by the provisions and stipulations of treaties respectively subsisting with such foreign nations, the committee to whom was referred the bill, sent

The Senate proceeded to consider the report of and where none such exist, by the principles of the from the House of Representatives for concurgeneral law of nations :"

rence, entitled "An act making an appropriation By adding these words, “ as applicable to a state for completing the buildings requisite for the acof neutrality."

commodation of the Government of the United It was determined in the negative-yeas 10, States at the city of Washington." nays 16, as follows:

Ordered. That the consideration thereof be YEAs—Messrs. Anderson, Bloodworth, Brown, Hun- postponed until Wednesday next. ter, Jackson, Langdon, Marshall, Martin, Tattnall, and The Senate took into consideration the report Tazewell.

of the committee to whom was referred the bill, Nars Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Clayton, Foster, supplementary to the act entitled "An act to esGoodhue, Greene, Hillhouse, Hobart, Latimer

, Lau- tablish the Judicial Courts of the United States;" rance, Livermore, Paine, Read, Ross, Sedgwick, and and, after debate, Tracy.

Ordered, That the further consideration thereof And the bill having been amended, it was or

be postponed. dered to a third reading.

The bill to provide an additional armament for The bill, sent from the House of Representa- the further protection of the trade of the United tives for concurrence, entitled " An act to con- States, and for other purposes, was taken into continue in force, for a limited time, a part of an act

sideration. entitled 'An act making further provision for se

Ordered, That the third reading of this bill be curing and collecting the duties on foreign and postponed. domestic distilled spirits, stills, wines, and teas,"

The bill, sent from the House of Representawas read a third time.

tives for concurrence, entitled "An act to revive Resolved, That this bill pass.

and continue in force the act respecting the comA message from the House of Representatives pensation of clerks, and for other purposes," was informed the Senate that the House recede from read a third time. their disagreement to the ninth, tenth, and eleventh Resolved, That this bill pass with amendments. amendments, adhered to by the Senate, to the bill On motion, by Mr. Bingham, entitled " An act for the relief of the refugees from “ That a committee be appointed to take into considSenate.]

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eration the propriety of instituting a separate Executive erate on the consequences of their publication ; after department, for the purpose of superintending and re- which time I submit them to your wisdom. gulating the various objects connected with the Naval

JOHN ADAMS. Establishment of the United States ;"

United States, April 3, 1798. It was agreed that this motion lie for consid- The galleries being cleared, the Message and eration.

documents were read.

Ordered, That they lie for consideration.

Tuesday, April 3.

WEDNESDAY, April 4. The Senate took into consideration the motion A message from the House of Representatives made on the 20th March, that the President of the informed the Senate that the House have passed United States be requested to lay before the Sen- a bill, entitled “ An act authorizing an expendiate the instructions given to the American Com- ture, and making an appropriation for the reimmissioners at Paris; and, after debate, it was bursement of moneys advanced by the Consuls of agreed that the further consideration thereof be the United States, in certain cases,” in which they postponed.

desire the concurrence of the Senate. The Senate took into consideration the motion The Senate took into consideration the second made yesterday, that a committee be appointed reading of the bill, sent from the House of Reprerelative to the propriety of instituting a separate sentatives for concurrence, entitled "An act Executive department, in respect to the Naval making an appropriation for completing the buildEstablishment; and the motion being amended, ings requisite for the accommodation of the Govwas adopted, and,

eroment of the United States at the city of Ordered, "That Messrs. Bingham, Tazewell, Washington;" and, after debate, and GOODHUE, be a committee to take into con- Ordered, That ihe further consideration theresideration the propriety of instituting an Execu- of be postponed. tive department, for the purpose of superintending A motion was made by Mr. Goodhue, and regulating the various objects connected with

“ That the Message of the President of the United the Naval Establishment of the United States. States, of the 3d instant, together with the papers

The bill to provide an additional armament for therein referred to, be printed for the use of the the further protection of the trade of the United Senate;" States, and for other purposes, was read the third

And, after debate, the Senate adjourned. time. On motion, by Mr. BINGHAM, to amend the bill,

THURSDAY, April 5. by inserting at the end thereof a new section, as follows:

The bill, sent from the House of Representa

tives for concurrence, entitled " An act authoriz“ And be it further enacted, That the President of ing an expenditure, and making an appropriation the United States be, and he is hereby, authorized, if he for the reimbursement of moneys advanced by the should deem it necessary, to cause to be built

, for the Consuls of the United States, in certain cases,” protection of the United States, a number of vessels, was read, and ordered to the second reading. not exceeding ten, to be fitted, manned, armed, and

The Senate resumed the second reading of the equipped as galleys; the officers and men in the service bill, sent from the House of Representatives for of which vessels to be on the same pay, receive the same subsistence and emoluments, and te'appointed in concurrence, entitled " An act making an approvessels shall be stationed in such places, and be employ- United States at the city of Washington;" and, the same manner, as is hereinbefore provided for ; which priation for completing the buildings requisite for

the accommodation of the Government of the ed in such manner as the President of.the United States

after debate, it was agreed that the further con

sideration thereof be postponed. Ordered, That it lie for consideration; and, on

A motion was made, by Mr. PAINE, motion, it was agreed that the further consideration of the bill be postponed.

That a committee be appointed to prepare a respectThe following Message was received from the ful Address, to be presented by the Senate to the Pres

ident of the United States. thanking him for his comPRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES :

munications of the third instant, and expressing the Gentlemen of the Senate, and

high satisfaction the Senate have received from the libGentlemen of the House of Representatives :

eral and fair manner in which he has directed the In compliance with the request of the House of Rep. our Envoys Extraordinary ; and regretting the want of

attempt at negotiation with the French Republic by resentatives, expressed in their resolution of the second success which has hitherto attended his fair and honorof this month, i transmit to both Houses those instruc-able advances toward a reconciliation with that Repubtions to, and despatches from, the Envoys Extraordina lic; declaring, also, the unanimous determination of ry of the United States to the French Republic, which the Senate to repel every attempt of foreign Powers to were mentioned in my Message of the nineteenth of impair the independence of this country;" March last, omitting only some names, and a few expressions descriptive of the persons.

And, it was agreed that the motion lie for conI request that they may be considered in confidence, sideration. until the members of Congress are fully possessed of On motion, by Mr. GOODHUE, their contents, and shall have had opportunity to delib. Ordered, That five hundred copies of the Mes

may direct.

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