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A petition of James Read was presented to the House and read, praying for the settlement of a claim against the United States.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Secretary of the Treasury, with instruction to examine the same, and report his opinion thereupon to the House.

Ordered, That a bill or bills be brought in to authorize the issuing certificates to a cer. tain description of invalid officers ; and that Mr. Burke, Mr. Contee, and Mr. Coles, do prepare and bring in the same.

Ordered, That a bill or bills be brought in for the government and regulation of sea. men in the merchants' service ; and that Mr. Fitzsimons, Mr. Smith, (of Maryland,) and Mr. Sturges, do prepare and bring in the same.

Ordered, That a committee be appointed to consider and report whether any, and what, additional rules are necessary for regulating the proceedings of this House ; and that the said committee do confer with any committee to be appointed on the part of the Senate, to consider and report, whether any, and what further regulations are necessary for conducting the business between the two Houses ; and a committee was appointed of Mr. Sherman, Mr. Smith, (of South Carolina,) and Mr. Vining.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill supplemental to the act for establishing the salaries of the Executive Officers of Government, with their Assistants and Clerks.

Mr. Speaker left the chair.
Mr. Seney took the chair of the committee.

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Seney reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and made several amendments thereto ; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same were severally twice read, and agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the said bill, with the amendments, be engrossed, and read the third time to-morrow.

The House proceeded to consider the amendments reported yesterday from the Committee of the Whole House to the bill providing the means of Intercourse between the Uuited States and foreign nations, and the same being read, were agreed to.

Ordered, That the said bill, with the amendments, be engrossed, and read the third time to-morrow.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, books, and other writings to the Author's and Proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned.

Mr. Speaker left the chair.
Mr. Seney took the chair of the committee.

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Seney reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and made several amendments thereto; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same were se verally twice read, and agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the said bill, with the amendments, be engrossed, and read the third time to-morrow.

The orders of the day were read, and postponed until to-morrow.
And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

FRIDAY, APRIL 30.

An engrossed bill, “supplemental to the act for establishing the Salaries of the Executive Officers of Government, with their Assistants and Clerks," was read the third time.

Resolved, That the said bill do pass, and that the title be, “An act supplemental to the act for establishing the Salaries of the Executive Officers of Government, with their Assistants and Clerks."

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do carry the said bill to the Senate, and desire their concurrence.

An engrossed bill providing the means of Intercourse between the United States and foreign nations, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the said bill do pass, and that the title be, “ An act providing the means of Intercourse between the United States and foreign nations."

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do carry the said bill to the Senate, and desire their concurrence.

An engrossed bill for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, books, and other writings, to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, was read the third time, and the blanks therein filled up.

Resolved, That the said bill do pass, and that the title be, “An act for the encou. ragement of Learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, books, and other writings, to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned."

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do carry the said bill to the Senate, and desire their concurrence.

A petition of Joseph Hardison, on behalf of Benjamin Hardison, of Lebanon, in the State of Massachusetts, was presented to the House and read, praying compensation for military services rendered, and injuries sustained by the said Benjamin, during the late war.

Also, a petition of John Wilson, praying to be placed on the list of invalids, as a wounded soldier in the service of the United States during the late war.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Secretary of War, with instruction to examine the same, and report his opinion thereupon to the House.

A petition of sundry inhabitants of Morris county, in the State of New Jersey, was presented to the House and read, praying that additional duties may be imposed on the importation of copperas, vitriol, Spanish brown, Venetian red, and yellow ochre paints.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to Mr. Fitzsimons, Mr. Huntington, Mr. Jackson, Mr. Contee, and Mr. Bloodworth, to whom it was referred to prepare and bring in a bill or bills imposing additional duties.

The petitions of sundry inhabitants of Gloucester county, in the State of New Jersey, were presented to the House and read, praying that a port of entry and delivery may be established at the mouth of Great Eggharbor River, in said county.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to Mr. Goodhue, Mr. Lawrance, Mr. Boudinot, Mr. Fitzsimmon, and Mr. Lee, to whom was referred the report of the Secretary of the Treasury of the twenty-third instant.

A message was received from the President of the United States, notifying that the President has approved of the act, entitled "An act for regulating the Military Establishment of the United States," and affixed his signature thereto this day:

The Speaker laid before the House a letter and report of the Commissioners for Settling Accounts between the United States and individual States, made pursuant to an order of the House of the twenty-third instant, which were read, and ordered to lie on the table.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a bill or bills to alter one of the places of holding District Courts in the State of Pennsylvania ; and that Mr. Boudinot, Mr. Scott, and Mr. Seney, do prepare and bring in the same.

Mr. Burke, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill to authorize the issuing of Certificates to a certain description of Invalid Officers, which was received, and read the first time.

Ordered, That a committee be appointed to report a catalogue of books necessary for the use of Congress, together with an estimate of the expense thereof; and that Mr. Gerry, Mr. Burke, and Mr. White, be of the said committee.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole on the bill to prescribe the mode in which the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings, in each State, shall be authenticated, so as to take effect in every other State.

Mr. Speaker left the chair.
Mr. Seney took the chair of the committee.

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Seney reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and made an amendment thereto ; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same was twice read, and agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the said bill, with the amendment, be engrossed, and read the third time on Monday next.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill to allow compensation to John Ely for his attendance as a physician and surgeon on the prisoners of the United States.

Mr. Speaker left the chair.
Mr. Seney took the chair of the committee.

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Seney reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and made no amendment thereto.

Ordered, That the said bill be engrossed, and read the third time on Monday next.

Mr. Gerry, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill for finally adjusting and satisfying the claims of Frederick William de Steuben ; which was received, and read the first time.

Resolved, That a committee of this House be appointed, to join with a committee to be appointed by the Senate, to consider and report their opinion on the question, when, according to the Constitution, the terms for which the President, Vice President, Senators, and Representatives have been respectively chosen, shall be deemed to have commenced? And also, to consider of, and report their opinion on, such other matters as they shall conceive have relation to this question.

And a committee was appointed, of Mr. Benson, Mr. Clymer, Mr. Huntington, Mr. Moore, and Mr. Carroll.

On motion, Ordered, That the report of the committee appointed to examine into the measures taken by Congress, and the State of Virginia, respecting the lands reserved for the use of the officers and soldiers of the said State, on Continental and State Establishments, in the cession made by the said State to the United States, of the Territory Northwest of the River Ohio, be committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

Ordered, That Mr. Mathews have leave to be absent from the service of this House until Wednesday next.

The order of the day was read, and postponed until to-morrow.
And then the House adjourned until Monday morning eleven o'clock.

MONDAY, MAY 3. An engrossed bill to prescribe the mode in which “ the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings, in each State, shall be authenticated, so as to take effect in every other State,” was read the third time.

Resolved, That the said bill do pass, and that the title be, “An act to prescribe the mode in which the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings, in each State, shall be authenticated, so as to take effect in every other State.

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do carry the said bill to the Senate, and desire their concurrence.

An engrossed bill to allow compensation to John Ely for his attendance as a phy. sician and surgeon on the prisoners of the United States," was read the third time."

Resolved, that the said bill do pass, and that the title he “An act to allow compensation to John Ely for his attendance as a physician and surgeon on the prisoners of the United States.

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do carry the said bill to the Senate, and desire their concurrence.

A bill to authorize the issuing of Certificates to a certain description of Invalid Officers, was read the second time, and ordered to be engrossed, and read the third time tomorrow.

A bill for finally adjusting and satisfying the claims of Frederick William de Steuben, was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the whole House to-morrow.

A petition of Joel Knap was presented to the House and read, praying to be placed on the list of pensioners as a wounded soldier in the service of the United States during the late war.

Also, a petition of Thomas M'Fall to the same effect.

Also, a petition of Joseph Ransom, praying that the pension heretofore granted him, in consideration of wounds received in the service of the United States, may be continued, and that certain artearages thereof, now due, may be made good to him.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Secretary of War, with instruction to examine the same, and report his opinion thereupon to the House.

A petition of the coachmakers of the City of Philadelphia was presented to the House and read, praying the patronage of Congress to that manufacture, and that a tax on carriages manufactured in America, may not be imposed.

Ordered, That the said petition do lie on the table. A petition of the merchants, mechanics, and others, of the town of Alexandria, was presented to the House and read, praying a repeal of so much of the act, entitled “ An act to regulate the Collection of the Duties imposed by law on the Tonnage of ships or vessels, and on Goods, Wares, and Merchandises, imported into the United States,"

as obliges ships or vessels bound up the river Potomac, to come to, and deposite mani. fests of their cargoes at St. Mary's, or Yeocomico, before they proceed to their port of delivery.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to Mr. Goodhue, Mr. Lawrance, Mr. Boudinot, Mr. Fitzsimons, and Mr. Lee, to whom was referred the report of the Secretary of the Treasury of the twenty-third ultimo.

Mr. Fitzsimons, from the commitee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill for the Government and Regulation of Seamen in the Merchants' Service ; which was received, and read the first time.

On motion, The said bill was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House on this day week.

Ordered, That the report of the committee to whom was referred so much of the petition of the merchants and traders of Portsmouth, in New Hampshire, as prays that Congress will adopt measures to prevent foreigners from carrying the commodities of this continent to any port or place where the citizens of the United States are prohibited from carrying them, be committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Friday next.

Ordered, That the report and statements from the Treasury Department, of the receipts and expenditures of the public moneys from the establishment of the said Department to the thirty-first day of December last, which were laid before the House on the twenty-ninth of January, be annexed to, and published with, the Journal of this House for the present session.

Ordered, That the petitions of Thomas Coles, Nathan Fuller, and William Hassal, which lay on the table, be referred to the Secretary of War, with instruction to examine the same, and report his opinion thereupon to the House.

The order of the day was read, and postponed until to-morrow.
And then the House adjourned until to-moirow morning eleven o'clock.

TUESDAY, MAY 4.
An engrossed bill to authorize the issuing of Certificates to a certain description of
Invalid Officers, was read the third time, and the blanks therein filled up.

Resolved, that the said bill do pass, and that the title be “ An act to authorize the issuing of Certificates to a certain description of Invalid Officers.”

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do carry the said bill to the Senate, and desire their concurrence.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Otis, their Secretary:

Mr. Speaker : I am directed by the Senate to inform this House that the President of the United States did, on the thirtieth of last month, affix his signature to the act, entitled “An act for the Punishment of certain Crimes aga nst the United States."' The Senate have appointed committees on their part, to confer with committees appointed by this House, pursuant to resolutions of Friday last. The Senate have also passed a bill, entitled “ An act for giving effect to the act therein mentioned, in respect to the State of North Carolina, and to amend the said act;" to which they desire the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew.

The said bill was read the first time.

A petition of Stephen Moore, of the State of North Carolina, was presented to the House and read, praying to receive compensation for the use and value of a certain tract of land at West Point, in the State of New York, on which are erected the fortifications and arsenals of the United States.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Secretary of the Treasury, with instructions to examine the same, and report his opinion thereupon to the House.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill for finally adjusting and satisfying the claims of Frederick William de Steuben.

Mr. Speaker left the chair.
Mr. Livermore took the chair of the committee.

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Livermore reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and made some progress therein.

Resolved, That this House will, to-morrow, again resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the said bill.

message from the Senate, by Mr. Otis, their Secretary : Mr. Speaker : The Senate disagree to the amendments proposed by this House to the

bill, entitled "An act for the Government of the Territory of the United States South of the River Ohio." The Senate have also passed the bill

, entitled "An act to provide for mitigating or remitting the Forfeitures and Penalties accruing under the Revenue Laws in certain cases therein mentioned ;" with several amendments, to which they desire the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew.

The order of the day was read, and postponed until to-morrow.
And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5. The bill sent from the Senate, entitled “An act for giving effect to the act therein mentioned in respect to the State of North Carolina, and to amend the said act,” was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House to. morrow.

The House proceeded to reconsider their amendments to the bill sent from the Senate, entitled “ An act for the Government of the Territory of the United States South of the River Ohio ;" which were read : Whereupon,

Resolved, That this House do recede from their amendments to the said bill. Ordered, that the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith. The House proceeded to consider the amendments proposed by the Senate to the bill, entitled “An act to provide for mitigating or remitting the Forfeitures and Penalties accruing under the Revenue Laws, in certain cases therein mentioned :" Where. upon, Resolved, That this House do agree to the said amendments.

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith. A petition of Benjamin Kuffee was presented to the House and read, praying to receive compensation for military services rendered to the United States during the late war.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Secretary of War, with instruction to examine the same, and report his opinion thereupon to the House.

Mr. Fitzsimons, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill for repealing, after the last day of next, the Duties heretofore laid upon Distilled Spirits imported from Abroad, and laying others in their stead ; and, also, upon Spirits Distilled within the United States, as well to discourage the excessive use of those spirits, and promote Agriculture, as to provide for the Support of the Public Credit, and for the Common Defence and General Welfare; which was received and read the first time.

On motion, The said bill was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Tuesday next.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Otis, their Secretary : Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed the bill, entitled "An act to prescribe the mode in which the Public Acts, Records, and Judicial Proceedings, in each State, shall be authenticated, so as to take effect in every other State. And then he withdrew.

The House, according to the order of the day, again resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill for adjusting and satisfying the Claims of Frederick William de Steuben.

Mr. Speaker left the chair.
Mr. Livermore took the chair of the committee.

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Livermore reported that the committee had, according to order, again had the said bill under consideration, and made a farther progress therein.

Resolved, That this House will, to-morrow, again resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the said bill.

Ordered, That the Secretary of the Treasury report to the House the amount of tonnage duties paid in each of the States from the first of September to the first of January last, distinguishing the foreign from the domestic tonnage.

The order of the day was read, and postponed until to-morrow.
And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

THURSDAY, MAY 6. A memorial of Nathaniel Twining was presented to the House and read, praying relief for certain losses and injuries which he has sustained in consequence of a contract entered into with the late Postmaster General for the conveyance of the mail. Also,

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