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committee of the Senate, who were appointed on Nays-Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Foster, Goodthe 8th instant, for the purpose of a like inquiry, hue, Hillhouse, Latimer, Laurance, Livermore, Martin, be managers of the said conference on the part of Paine, Read, Stockton, and Tracy. the Senate.

And the bill being further amended, the ques. The Senate resumed the consideration of the tion on the final passage thereof was determined report of the committee to whom was referred in the affirmative-yeas 13, nays 8, as follows: the bill to amend an act, entitled " An act provid Yeas—Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Foster, Gooding for the sale of the lands of the United States hue, Hillhouse, Latimer, Laurance, Livermore, Martin, in the territory northwest of the river Ohio, and Paine, Read, Stockton, and Tracy, above the mouth of Kentucky river;" and the re Nars-Messrs. Anderson, Bloodworth, Brown, Marport being disagreed to,

shall, Mason, North, Tattnall, and Tazewell. Resolved, that this bill pass to a third reading. The Senate took into consideration the report amendments.

So it was Resolved, That this bill pass with of the committee to whom was referred the mo

Mr. LAURANCE, from the committee to whom tion to amend the rules for conducting business in the Senate.

was referred the bill to punish frauds committed

on the Bank of the United States, reported the Resolved, That the consideration thereof be bill with amendments; which were read. postponed.

Ordered, That they lie for consideration.

A motion was made, by Mr. Hillhouse, “ that Tuesday, June 12.

a committee be appointed to consider whether Mr. Goodhue, from the committee to whom any and what addition ought to be made to the was referred the bill authorizing the President of compensation allowed by law to the officers of the United States to accept of any armed vessel Government, whose official duties require them to offered for the use of the United States, reported reside at the seat of Government;" and the motion an amendment, which was read.

was read. Ordered, That it lie for consideration.

Ordered, That it lie for consideration. The Senate resumed the second reading of the

The bill to amend an act entitled " An act probill, sent from the House of Representatives for viding for the sale of the lands of the United concurrence, entitled " An act allowing an addi- States in the territory northwest of the river tional compensation to the Accountant of the War Ohio, and above the mouth of Kentucky river," Department for the year one thousand seven hun was considered, and, on motion by Mr. FOSTER, dred and ninety-eight.” And,

it was agreed that the further consideration Resolved, that the further consideration there thereof be postponed until Monday next. of be postponed until the next session of Congress.

WEDNESDAY, June 13. The bill, sent from the House of Representa Mr. Mason, from the committee to whom was tives for concurrence, entitled “ An act supple- referred the bill, sent from the House of Reprementary to and to amend the act, entitled. An sentatives for concurrence, entitled "An act proviact to establish an uniform rule of naturalization, ding compensation for the marshals, clerks, attorand to repeal the act heretofore passed on that neys, jurors, and witnesses, in the courts of the subject," was read the third time.

United States, and to repeal certain parts of the On motion, by Mr. ANDERSON, to reduce the acts therein mentioned, and for other purposes," term of residence necessary to qualify an alien to reported the bill with amendments. become a citizen, by striking out fourteen years” | 'Ordered, That they lie for consideration. and inserting in the place thereof " seven years," The Senate took into consideration the report it was agreed that the motion should be divided, of the committee to whom was referred the bill and that the question should be taken on striking authorizing the President of the United States to out; and this part of the motion was determined accept of any armed vessels offered for the use in the negative-yeas 10, nays 11, as follows: of the United States.

YEAs-Messrs. Anderson, Bloodworth, Brown, Fos On motion, by Mr. Anderson, to add at the ter, Marshall, Martin, Mason, North, Tattnall, and end of the second section reported by the comTazewell.

Nays-Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Goodhue, Hillhouse, Latimer, Laurance, Livermore, Paine, Read, shall be accepted at a higher rate of interest (where

"And provided, also, That no vessel offered on loan, Stockton, and Tracy.

interest shall be demanded) than six per cent. per anOn motion, by Mr. ANDERSON, to strike outnum upon the principal, which shall be reimbursed at these words, section 1st, line 3d: "the United the pleasure of the Government of the United States ;” States or of any State.” and insert in lieu thereof, It passed in the negative-yeas 10, nays 12, as * any one of the United States;" it was agreed thai follows: the motion should be divided, and that the ques

YEAS—Messrs. Anderson, Brown, Howard, Lang. tion should be taken on striking out; and this part don, Marshall, Martin, Mason, North, Paine, and of the motion was determined in the negative, Tattnall. yeas 8, pays 13, as follows:

Nays-Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Foster, Good. YEAS— Messrs. Anderson, Bloodworth, Brown, Mar- hue, Hillhouse, Latimer, Laurance, Livermore, Lloyd, shall, Mason, North, Tattnall, and Tazewell.

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On motion, by Mr. Mason, to add to the end Yeas-Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Foster, Goodof the second section, nor of greater force than hue, Hillhouse, Howard, Latimer, Laurance, Liver

guns to each ;" it passed in the negative- more, Lloyd, Martin, North, Paine, Read, Stockton, yeas 8, nays 15, as follows:

and Tracy

Nars—Messrs. Anderson, Brown, Langdon, Mar. Yeas-Messrs. Anderson, Bloodworth, Brown, Lang- shall, Mason, Tattnall, and Tazewell. don, Marshall, Martin, Mason, and Tattnall. Nays—Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Foster, Good

So it was Resolved, That this bill pass ; that it hue, Hillhouse, Howard, Latiiner, Laurance, Liver- be engrossed; and that the title thereof be · An more, Lloyd, North, Paine, Read, Stockton, and Tracy. act authorizing the President of the United States On the question to agree to the second section be armed, for the use of the United States, in ad

to accept and receive vessels armed, or suitable to of the bill reported by the committee, amended as dition to ihuse heretofore provided.” follows:

Mr. Goodhue, from the committee appointed “Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall be on the 29th of November last, on that part of the lawful for the President, and he is hereby authorized, Speech of the President of the United States to receive, for the use of the United States, any vessel, which respects measures for the security and proarmed or suitable to be armed, that may hereafter be tection of the commerce of the United States, rebuilt within the United States, and owned by any citi- ported a bill in addition to the act more effectually zen or citizens of the United States, which may be offered to him, on such terms as he may deem beneficial

to protect the commerce and coasts of the United to the public interest ; which vessels shall be in addi- States; which was read, and ordered to a second tion to those heretofore provided by any law of the Uni- reading

The Senate took into consideration the report ted States : Provided, That the vessels to be received by virtue of this section shall not exceed twelve in num- of the committee to whom was referred the bill

, ber, nor be of less force than twenty guns, nine pound sent from the House of Representatives for coners, each vessel ;"

currence, entitled " An act providing compensa

tion for the marshals, clerks. attorneys, jurors, and It passed in the affirmative-yeas 16, nays 7, as

witnesses, in the courts of the United States, and follows:

to repeal certain parts of the acts therein menYEAs-Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Foster, Good- tioned, and for other purposes ;” and, after debate, hue, Hillhouse, Howard, Latimer, Laurance, Liver Resolved, That the further consideration theremore, Lloyd, Martin, North, Paine, Read, Stockton, of be postponed. and Tracy.

Mr. Tracy, from the joint commitlee apNays-Messrs. Anderson, Bloodworth, Brown, pointed to inquire whether, and when, it may be Langdon, Marshall, Mason, and Tattnall.

proper to close the present session of Congress; And other amendments, reported by the com- and, also, into the propriety of altering the time mitiee, being agreed to, the bill was amended ac for the next annual meeting of Congress, made cordingly.

report; which was read. Resolved, That this bill pass to a third reading Ordered, That it lie for consideration. as amended.

A message from the House of Representatives informed the Senate that they have passed a bill,

Friday, June 15. entitled “ An act to provide for the valuation of The bill, sent from the House of Representalands and dwelling houses, and the enumeration tives for concurrence, entitled " An act to amend of slaves, within the United States ;” a bill, enti- the act, entitled ' An act providing a Naval Artled " An act to amend the act entitled 'An act mament,” and the act, entitled "An act to authorproviding a naval armament;'" and the act enti-ize the President of the United States to cause to iled " An act to authorize the Presideni of the be purchased, or built, a number of small vessels, United States to cause to be purchased or built a to be equipped as galleys, or otherwise;" was number of small vessels, to be equipped as gal- read the second time. leys or otherwise ;” and a bill entitled " An act to Ordered, That it be referred to the committee authorize the defence of the merchant vessels of appointed on the 29th of November last, on that the United States against French depredations;" | part of the Speech of the President of the United in which bills they desire the concurrence of the States which relates to measures for the security Senate.

and protection of the commerce of the United
States, to consider and report he reon to the

Senate.
THURSDAY, June 14.

The bill, sent from the House of RepresentaThe bills yesterday brought from the House of tives for concurrence, entitled " An act to authorRepresentatives for concurrence, were read, and ize the defence of the merchant vessels of the ordered to a second reading.

United States against French depredations," was The bill authorizing the President of the Uni- read the second time, and referred to the last ted States io accept of any armed vessels offered mentioned committee, to consider and re port for the use of the United States, was read a third thereon to the Senate. time; and the question on the final passage of this The bill, sent from the House of Representabill was determined in the affirmative-yeas 16, tives for concurrence, entitled

An act to pro pays 7, as follows:

vide for the valuation of lands and dwelling

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houses, and the enunteration of slaves within the The bill last brought from the House of RepreUnited States," was read the second time, and sentatives for concurrence was read, and ordered referred to Messrs. Read, Paine, Stockton, to the second reading. LATIMER, and HillHOUSE, 10 consider and report Mr. Bingham presented the address of a numethereon to the Senate.

rous meeting of the inhabitants of the borough A message from the House of Representatives and county of Bedford, in the State of Pennsylinformed the Senate that the House disagree to vania, signed Hugh Barclay, chairman; and the first, and concur in the other amendment of Mr. Howard presented the address of a respectthe Senate, with an amendment to the bill, enti- able meeting of the inhabitants of the upper part tled " An act providing for the more effectual of Montgomery county, in the State of Maryland, collection of certain internal revenues of the signed Aneas Campbell, chairman, stating, reUnited States;" they have passed a bill, entitled spectively, their approbation of the conduct of the “ An act providing arms for the militia through- Executive and Legislative branches of Governout the United States;" in which they desire ihe ment, and pledging their support; and the adconcurrence of the Senate.

dresses were severally read. The bill, in addition to the act more effectually The bill, in addition to the act more effectually to protect the commerce and coasts of the United to protect the commerce and coasts of the United States, was read the second time.

States, was read the third time. Resolved, That this bill pass to a third reading. The final passage of the bill, as amended, was

The bill last brought from the House of Re-determined in the affirmative-yeas 15, nays 3, presentatives for concurrence was read, and or as follows: dered to the second reading. Mr. Lloyd notified the Senate that he should, hue, Hillhouse, Howard, Laurance, Livermore, Lloyd,

YEAS—Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Foster, Goodto-morrow, ask leave to bring in a bill to allow to Marshall, Martin, North, Paine, Read, and Tracy. the Secretary of the Navy the privilege of frank

Nays-Messrs. Langdon, Tattnall, and Tazewell. ing letters. Mr. BINGHAM, from the committee to whom

So it was Resolved. That this bill pass; that it was referred the bill

, sent from the House of Re- be engrossed; and that the title thereof be “An presentatives for concurrence, entitled “ An act

act in addition to the act more effectually to profor the relief of John Vaughan," reported the bill tect the commerce and coasts of the United

States." without amendment. Resolved, that the consideration thereof be

The bill, sent from the House of Representapostponed.

tives for concurrence, entitled " An act providing arms for the militia throughout the United

States," was read the second time, and referred Monday, June 18.

to Messrs. NORTH, CHIPMAN, and HOWARD, to Mr. LANGDON presented the memorial of the consider and report thereon to the Senate. inhabitants of the town of Portsmouth, in the Mr. GOODAUE, from the committee to whom Staie of New Hampshire, signed by Daniel

was referred the bill, sent from the House of ReRindge and others, stating the exposed situa- presentatives for concurrence, entitled. An act to tion of their port, and praying that measures may i amend the act, entitled · An act providing a Nabe taken for its immediate defence; and the peti- val Armament;" and the act, entitled "An act to tion was read.

authorize the President of the United States to Ordered, That it he referred to the Secretary cause to be purchased, or built, a number of small for the Department of War, to consider and re- vessels, to be equipped as galleys, or otherwise;" port thereon to the Senate.

reported the bill without amendment. A message from the House of Representatives

Resolved, That this bill pass to a third reading. informed the Senate that the House have passed a bill, entitled “ An act supplementary to, and to

Mr. Goodhue, from the committee to whom amend the act, entitled “An act authorizing the

was referred the bill, sent from the House of RePresident of the States to raise a provisional presentatives for concurrence, entitled “An act army;" in which they desire the concurrence of to authorize the defence of the merchant vessels the Senate.

of the United States against French depredaThe following Message was received from the tions,” reported the bill amended ; and the amendPRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:

ments were read.

Ordered, That they lie for consideration. Gentlemen of the Senate and

The Senate took into consideration the resoluGentlemen of the House of Representatives : tions of the House of Representatives on the I now transmit to Congress the despatch No. 8, amendment of the Senate to the bill, entitled “ An from our Envoys Extraordinary to the French Repub- act providing for the more effectual collection of lic, which was received at the Secretary of State's certain internal revenues of the United States." office on Thursday, the fourteenth day of this month. Resol red, That they insist on their first amend

JOHN ADAMS. ment disagreed to by the House of RepresentaUnited STATES, June 18, 1798.

tives, and disagree to ihe other amendments of the The Message and despatch were read. House of Representatives to the amendments of

Ordered, That five hundred copies thereof be the Senate, ask a conference on the disagreeing printed for the use of the Senate.

votes of the two Houses, and that Messrs. Hill

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[JUNE. 1798. House and Paine be managers at the conference The bill to extend the privilege of franking leton the part of the Senate.

ters and packets to the Secretary of the Navy was Conformably to notice given on the 15th instant, read a second time. Mr. Lloyd had leave to bring in a bill to allow to Resolved, That this bill pass to a third reading. the Secretary of the Navy the privilege of franking letters; which bill was read, and ordered to the second reading.

Wednesday, June 20.
The bill, sent from the House of Representa-

tives for concurrence, entitled “ An act suppleTuesday, June 19.

mentary to, and to amend the act, entitled 'An Mr. GOODHUE, from the committee to whom act authorizing the President of the United States was referred the bill, sent from the House of Re- to raise a provisional army,” was read a third time; presentatives for concurrence, entitled “ An act and, on motion, the amendment made yesterday for the relief of sick and disabled seamen, reported to the bill was considered; and the final passage the bill amended; and the amendments were read. of the bill was determined in the affirmative

Ordered, That they lie for consideration. yeas 16, nays 5, as follows:

The bill, sent from the House of Representa YEAS—Messrs. Chipman, Foster, Goodhue, Hilltives for concurrence, entitled “ An act to amend house, Howard, Latimer, Laurance, Livermore, Lloyd, the act, entitled ' An act providing a Naval Arma- Marshall

, Martin, North, Paine, Read, Stockton, and memt;" and the act, entitled " An act to authorize Tracy. the President of the United States to cause to be NĂys—Messrs. Bloodworth, Brown, Langdon, Mapurchased or built a number of small vessels, to son, and Tatınall. be equipped as galleys, or otherwise,” was read the So it was resolved that this bill pass. third time; and the final passage of the bill was The bill, sent from the House of Representadetermined in the affirmative-yeas 20, nays 2, as tives for concuerence, entitled "An act to authorfollows:

ize the defence of the nerchant vessels of the YEAs—Messrs. Brown, Chipman, Foster, Goodhue, United States against French depredations," was Hillhouse, Howard, Langdon, Latimer, Laurance, Liv- read a third time; and the final passage of the bill, ermore, Lloyd, Marshall, Martin, Mason, North, Paine, as amended, was determined in the affirmativeRead, Stockton, Tattnall, and Tracy.

yeas 16, nays 3, as follows: NAYS—Messrs. Bloodworth and Tazewell.

YEAS—Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Foster, GoodResolved, That this bill pass.

hue, Hillhouse, Howard, Latimer, Laurance, LiverThe bill, sent from the House of Representa- more, Lloyd, Martin, North, Paine, Read, Stockton, tives for concurrence, entitled “An aci supple- and Tracy, mentary to, and to amend the act entitled "An Nays-Messrs. Brown, Langdon, and Mason. act authorizing the President of the United States So it was resolved that this bill pass, as amended. to raise a provisional army," was read the second The bill to extend the privilege of franking lettime, and amended.

ters and packets to the Secretary of the Navy was Resolved, That this bill pass to a third reading, read a third time. as amended.

Resolved. That this bill pass; that it be engrossed; A message from the House of Representatives and that the title thereof be, “ An act to extend informed the Senate that they insist on their the privilege of franking letters and packets to the amendments to the amendments of the Senate to Secretary of the Navy." the bill, entitled “An act providing for the more The Senate took into consideration the amendeffectual collection of certain internal revenues of ments reported by the committee to whom was the United States," and agree to the proposed con- referred the bill, sent from the House of Represenference thereon, and have appointed managers at latives for concurrence, entitled “ An act for the the same on their part. They have passed a “Re- relief of sick and disabled seamen;" and, after solution authorizing the printing and distributing, debate, throughout the United Siates, a certain number of Resolved, That the further consideration thereof copies of the instructions to, and despatches from, be postponed. the Envoys Extraordinary and Ministers Plenipo The Senate resumed the second reading of the tentiary to the French Republic;" in which they bill, sent from the House of Representatives for desire ihe concurrence of the Senate.

concurrence, entitled “ An act for the relief of John The resolution was read.

Vaughan,” and, after debate, Resolved. That the consideration thereof be Ordered. That it be recommitted, and that the postponed.

committee be instructed to report a state of facts. The amendments reported by the committee to The resolution, yesterday sent from the House whom was referred the bill, sent from the House of Representatives for concurrence, providing that of Representatives for concurrence, entitled “An the instructions to, and despatches from, the Enact to authorize the defence of the merchant ves voys to the French Republic, be printed, was consels of the United States against French depreda- sidered; and tions,” were agreed to; and the bill was amended Resolved. That the Senate do concur therein. accordingly.

Mr. Bingham presented the memorial of Thos. Resolved, That this bill pass to a third reading M'Kean and others. praying that measures may as amended.

be taken to encourage the printing of the Journals

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[SENATE. of Congress; and the memorial was read, and or assurances that he will be received, respected, and dered to lie on the table.

honored, as the representative of a great, free, powerThe Senate resumed the consideration of the ful, and independent nation. bill, sent from the House of Representatives for

JOHN ADAMS. concurrence, entitled " An act providing compen

UNITED STATES, June 21, 1798. sation for the marshals, clerks, attorneys, jurors, The Message and documents were read. and witnesses, in the Courts of the United States, Resolved, That five hundred copies thereof be and to repeal certain parts of the acts therein men- printed for the use of the Senate. tioned, and for other purposes;" and, after debate, A message from the House of Representatives

Resolved, That the further consideration of this informed the Senate that the House have passed bill be postponed until the next session of Con- a bill, entitled “ An act making an appropriation gress.

for the expenses incident to the new regiment of

artillerists and engineers, during the year one THURSDAY, June 21.

thousand seven hundred and ninety-eight;"> in

which they desire the concurrence of the Senate. Mr. READ, from the committee to whom was The bill was read, and ordered to the second referred the bill, sent from the House of Repre- reading. sentatives for concurrence, entitled “An act to pro Mr. Goodhue, from the committee appointed vide for the valuation of lands and dwelling- the 29th of November last, on that part of the houses, and the enumeration of slaves, within the Speech of the President of the United States, United States," reported amendments, which were which respects the security and protection of comread; and, Ordered, That they lie for consideration.

merce, reported a bill, declaring void the treaties

between the United States and the French ReThe Senate took into consideration the amend- public; which was read, and ordered to the second ment reported by the committee to whom was re- reading. ferred the bill to punish frauds committed on the

A message from the House of Representatives Bank of the United States.

informed the Senate that the House concur in On the question to agree to the report, in the the bill, passed in the Senate, entitled “ An act words following: “ At the end of the bill add, nor concerning aliens,” with amendments; in which more than

years, or shall be imprisoned not they desire concurrence. exceeding years, and fined not exceeding The amendments were read, and ordered to lie

dollars," it was determined in the affirma- for consideration. tive-yeas 19, nays 1, as follows:

YEAs—Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Foster, Goodbue, Hillhouse, Howard, Langdon, Latimer, Laurance,

FRIDAY, June 22. Livermore, Marshall, Martin, Mason, North, Paine, The bill, sent from the House of RepresentaRead, Stockton, Tazewell, and Tracy.

tives for concurrence, entitled " An act making an Nar-Mr. Lloyd.

appropriation for the expenses incident to the new On motion, that this bill pass to the third regiment of artillerists and engineers, during the reading, it was determined in the affirmative-year one thousand seven hundred and ninetyyeas 14, nays 6, as follows:

eight," was read the second time. YEAsMessrs. Bingham, Chipman, Foster, Good

Ordered, That it be referred to Messrs. TRACY, hue, Hillhouse, Howard, Latimer, Laurance, Lloyd, North, and Howard, to consider and report North, Paine, Read, Stockton, and Tracy.

thereon to the Senate. Nars-Messrs. Brown, Langdon, Livermore, Mar

The Senate took into consideration the amendtin, Mason, and Tazewell.

ments of the House of Representatives to the bill, The following Message was received from the sent from the Senate, entitled “An act concernPRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES :

ing aliens.”

Resolved, That they do concur in the amendGentlemen of the Senate, and

ments. Gentlemen of the House of Representatives :

The bill to declare the treaties between the While I congratulate you on the arrival of General United States and the Republic of France void, Marshall, one of our late Envoys Extraordinary to the and of no effect, was read the second time. French Republic, at a place of safety, where he is Resolved, That the further consideration thereof justly held in honor, I think it my duty to communi- be postponed. cate to you a letter received by him from Mr. Gerry, The bill to punish frauds committed on the the only one of the three who has not received his Bank of the United States was read the third time, congé. This letter, together with another, from the and, being amended, the question on the final Minister of Foreign Relations to him, of the third of April, and his answer of the fourth, will show the passage of the bill was determined in the affirmasituation in which he remains; his intentions and

tive-yeas 15, nays 6, as follows: prospects.

YEAS-Messrs. Bingham, Chipman, Foster, GoodI presume that, before this time, he has received hue, Hillhouse, Howard, Latimer, Laurance, Lloyd, fresh instructions, (a copy of which accompanies this Marshall

, North, Paine, Read, Stockton, and Tracy, message,) to consent to no loans, and, therefore, the

Nays—Messrs. Brown, Langdon, Livermore, Marnegotiation may be considered at an end.

tin, Mason, and Tazewell. I will never send another Minister to France without So it was Resolved, That this bill pass; that it

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