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Ordered, That the Clerk of this House cause the Members to be furnished, during the present Session, with three newspapers, such as the Members, respectively, shall choose, to be delivered at their lodgings.

Ordered, That a standing Committee of Elections be appointed: and a committee was appointed, of Mr. Livermore, Mr. Boudinot, Mr. Giles, Mr. Gerry, Mr. Bourne, of Rhode Island, Mr. Hillhouse, and Mr. Steele. And then the House adjourned until Monday morning eleven o'clock.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27. The several petitions of Charles Gardener, John Taylor, Abraham Watson, Thomas Hunt, and Richard Moore, were presented to the House and read, respectively praying compensation for services rendered, supplies furnished, or injuries sustained, in the service of the United States, during the late war. Also,

A petition of Elizabeth M'Clary, widow of the late Major Andrew M'Clary, praying that a half-pay of the commission possessed by her said husband, who was slain in the service of the United States, at the battle of Bunker's Hill, may be extended to her. Also,

A petition of Jacob Smith, in behalf of Jacob Motte and William Motte, minors, and sons of the late Major Charles Motte, deceased, to the same effect. Also,

A petition of Cleland Kinloch, in behalf of his sister, Elizabeth Huger, widow of the late Major Benjamin Huger, deceased, to the same effect. Also,

. A petition of Thomas Shubrick, in behalf of Mary and Susanna Shubrick, daughters of the late Captain Richard Shubrick, deceased, to the same effect. Also,

A petition of Joseph Ball, in behalf of his wife, Jane Ann Ball, only daughter and child of the late Major Samuel Wise, deceased, to the same effect. Also,

A petition of John Younglove, of the State of New York, praying the continuation of a pension heretofore granted him by Congress; and that the petition of sundry inhabitants of the counties of Albany and Washington, in the said State of New York, in opposition thereto, which was presented to Congress the last session, may be rejected. Also,

A petition of sundry inhabitants of the counties of Albany, Washington, Rensselaer, and Saratoga, in the said State of New York, praying a farther inquiry into the circumstances of the pension heretofore granted by Congress to John Younglove.

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.

Mr. Madison, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, an ad. dress to the President of the United States, in answer to his speech to both Houses of Congress; which was read, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the whole House immediately.

The House accordingly resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the said address; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair, and Mr. Muhlenburg reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said address under consideration, and made no amendment thereto.

Resolved, unanimously, That this House doth agree to the said address, in the words following :

Srr : In receiving your address, at the opening of the present session, the House of Representatives have taken an ample share in the feelings inspired by the actual prosperity and flattering prospects of our country : And whilst, with becoining gratitude to Heaven, we ascribe this happiness to the true source from which it flows, we behold with an animating pleasure, the degree in which the Constitution and Laws of the United States, have been instrumental in dispensing it.

It yields us particular satisfaction to learn the success with which the different important measures of the Government have proceeded; as well those specially provided for at the last session, as those of preceding date. The safety of our Western Frontier, in which the lives and repose of so many of our fellow-citizens are involved, being pecuculiarly interesting, your communications on that subject are proportionally grateful to us. The gallantry and good conduct of the militia, whose services were called for, is an honorable confirmation of the efficacy of that precious resource of a free State. And we anxiously wish that the consequences of their successful enterprizes, and of the other proceedings to which you have referred, may leave the United States free to pursue the most benevolent policy towards the unhappy and deluded race of People in our neighborhood.

The amount of the population of the United States, determined by the returns of the census, is a source of the most pleasing reflections, whether it be viewed in relation to our national safety and respectability, or as a proof of that felicity in the situation of our country, which favors so unexampled a rapidity in its growth. Nor ought any to be insensible to the additional motive suggested by this important fact, to perpetuate the free government established with a wise administration of it, to a portion of the earth which promises such an increase of the number which is to enjoy those blessings within the limits of the United States..

We shall proceed with all the respect due to your patriotic recommendations, and with a deep sense of the trust committed to us by our fellow-citizens, to take into consi. deration the various and important matters falling within the present session. And, in discussing and deciding each, we shall feel every disposition, whilst we are pursuing the public welfare, which must be the supreme object with all our constituents, to ac. commodate, as far as possible, the means of attaining it to the sentiments and wishes of every part of them.

Resolved, That Mr. Speaker, attended by the House, do present the said address: and that Mr. Madison, Mr. Laurance, and Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, be a committee to wait on the President, to know when and where it will be convenient for him to receive the same.

Ordered, That the petition of Jeremiah Allen, which was presented to the House yesterday, be referred to Mr. Gerry, Mr. Learned, and Mr. Sterrett; that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

A petition of Susannah Fowle, widow of Ebenezer Smith Fowle, late a Lieutenant in the company of artillery commanded by Captain Joseph Savage, and who died in the service of the United States, in September, one thousand seven hundred and ninety, was presented to the House and read, praying that, as no provision is made for widows of her description, she may be allowed such relief as may appear reasonable.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to Mr. Gerry, Mr. Wadsworth, and Mr. Ward; that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

The petitions of Francis Choate and Isaac Choate, were presented to the House and read, respectively praying compensation for losses and injuries sustained in their persons and property, by reason of their being taken prisoners by the Indians, in the Muskingum Settlement.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to Mr. Ward, Mr. White, and Mr. Smith, of New Hampshire; that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

A petition of Reuben Weed, of the State of New York, was presented to the House and read, praying payment for a quantity of corn and oats furnished for the use of the Continental Army, during the late war. Also,

A petition of sundry persons residing in the Western Territory of the United States, between Fort Washington and the Little Miami, praying that the titles to their lands, which they derive from the proprietors of the Miami Purchase, may be confirmed and quieted on equitable principles, notwithstanding any definition which the limits of that purchase may hereafter receive.

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

A petition of sundry creditors of the United States, who loaned money, between September, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven, and March, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-eight, was presented to the House and read, praying that an appropriation may be made for the payment of the arrears of interest due, and the annual interest accruing on the amount of their respective claims.

Ordered, That the said petition do lie on the table.

A message, in writing, was received from the President of the United States, by the Secretary of War, as followeth: Gentlemen of the Senate and House of Representatives:

I have directed the Secretary of War to lay before you, for your information, the reports of Brigadier General Scott and Lieutenant Colonel Commandant Wilkinson, the officers who commanded the two expeditions against the Wabash Indians, in the months of June and August last, together with the instructions by virtue of which the said expeditions were undertaken. When the operations now depending shall be terminated, the reports relative thereto shall also be laid before you.

GEORGE WASHINGTON. UNITED STATES, 27th October, 1791.

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Ordered, That the information referred to in the said message, do lie on the table.

A petition of Charles Hateley, of South Carolina, was presented to the House and read, praying that a reasonable time may be granted him to finish the exhibit of a ma. chine which he is now constructing for cleansing or whitening rice.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Secretary of State, for the information of the Commissioners appointed by the act, entitled “ An act to promote the progress of useful arts.”

Mr. Madison, from the committee appointed to wait on the President of the United States, to know when and where it will be convenient for him to receive the address of this House, in answer to his speech to both Houses of Congress, reported that the committee had, according to order, waited on the President, who signified to them that it would be convenient to him to receive the said address at twelve o'clock to-morrow, at his own House.

And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28. The several petitions of Jacob Heller, Samuel Farrar, Thomas Lilly, Ebenezer Leamed, Benjamin Warren, Abraham Springer, and Jacob Hall, were presented to the House and read, respectively praying compensation for services rendered, wounds received, or injuries sustained, in the Army 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.

Ordered, That a committee be appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills for registering ships or vessels, and for regulating those employed in the coasting trade and fisheries; and that Mr. Goodhue, Mr. Fitzsimons, and Mr. Learned, be of the said committee.

The Speaker, attended by the House, then withdrew to the house of the President of the United States, and there presented to him the address of this House, in answer to his Speech to both Houses of Congress; to which the President made the following reply: Gentlemen:

The pleasure I derive from an assurance of your attention to the objects I have recommended to you, is doubled by your concurrence in the testimony I have borne to the prosperous condition of our public affairs. Relying on the sanctions of your enlightened judgment, and on your patriotic aid

, I shall be the more encouraged in all my endeavors for the public weal; and particularly in those which may be required on my part for executing the salutary measures I anticipate from your present deliberations.

G. WASHINGTON. A message, in writing, was received from the President of the United States, by Mr Lear, his Secretary, as followeth:

UNITED STATES, October 27th, 1791. Gentlemen of the Senate and of the House of Representatives:

I lay before you a copy of a letter and of sundry documents which I have received from the Governor of Pennsylvania, respecting certain persons who are said to have fled from justice, out of the State of Pennsylvania, into that of Virginia; together with a report of the Attorney General of the United States, upon the same subject.

I have received from the Governor of North Carolina, a copy of an act of the General Assembly of that State, authorizing them to convey to the United States the right and jurisdiction of the said State over one acre of land in Occacock Island, and ten acres on the Cape Island within the said State, for the purpose of erecting lighthouses thereon, together with the deed of the Governor in pursuance thereof, and the original conveyances made to the State by the individual proprietors; which original conveyances contain conditions that the lighthouse on Occacock shall be built before the first day of January, one thousand eight hundred and one; and that on the Cape Island

before the eighth day of October, one thousand eight hundred; and I have caused the several papers to be deposited in the office of the Secretary of State.

A statement of the returns of the enumeration of the inhabitants of the United States. which have been received, will at this time be laid before you.

G. WASHINGTON The papers referred to in the said message being read,

Ordered, That the schedule of the enumeration of the inhabitants of the United States de committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Monday next.

Ordered, That the other papers referred to in the said Message do lie on the table. Ordered, That a committee be appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills for establishing the post-office and post-roads of the United States; and that Mr. Liver. more, Mr. Clark, Mr. Steele, Mr. Bourne, of Rhode Island, and Mr. Thatcher, be the said committee.

Mr. Livermore, from the Standing Committee of Elections, reported that the committee had, according to order, in part examined the certificates and other credentials of the members returned to serve in this House, and had agreed upon a report; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same was twice read, and agreed to by the House, as followeth:

It appears to your committee that the credentials of the following members are suf. ficient to entitle them to take their seats in this House, to wit:

Nicholas Gilman,
From New Hampshire, Samuel Livermore,

Jeremiah Smith,
(Fisher Ames,

Shearjashub Bourne,
From Massachusetts,

Benjamin Goodhue,
Theodore Sedgwick,
George Thatcher,
Artemas Ward.
(James Hillhouse,

Amasa Learned,
From Connecticut, Jonathan Sturges,

Jonathan Trumbull,

Jeremiah Wadsworth.
From Rhode Island, Benjamin Bourne.

Egbert Benson,
James Gordon,

John Laurance,
From New York,

Cornelius C. Schoonmaker,
Peter Silvester,
Thomas Tredwell,
Elias Boudinot,

Abraham Clark,
From New Jersey,

Jonathan Dayton,
(Aaron Kitchell,
Thomas Fitzsimons,

Thomas Hartley,
From Pennsylvania, Daniel Heister,

Israel Jacobs,

Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg
From Delaware,

John Vining
Philip Key,
William Vans Murray,

William Pinckney,
°From Maryland,

Joshua Seney,
Upton Sheridine,
Samuel Sterrett.
John Brown,
William B. Giles,
Samuel Griffin,
Richard Bland Lee,

James Madison,
From Virginia,

Andrew Moore,
John Page,
Josiah Parker,

Abraham Venable,
Alexander White.

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Nathaniel Macon,
From North Carolina, John Steele,

Hugh Williamson.

Daniel Huger,
From South Carolina, William Smith,

Thomas Tudor Tucker.
From Georgia,

Francis Willis.
Ordered, That a committee be appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills to
amend the act, entitled "An act to promote the progress of useful arts;” and that
Mr. Williamson, Mr. Sedgwick, and Mr. Hillhouse, be the said committee.
And then the House adjourned until Monday morning eleven o'clock.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 31.

Several other members, to wit: from Vermont, Nathaniel Niles, and Israel Smith; from Maryland, Upton Sheridine; from North Carolina, William Barry Grove; and from South Carolina, Robert Barnwell, appeared, produced their credentials, and took their seats in the House; the oath to support the Constitution of the United States being administered to them by Mr. Speaker, according to law.

The several petitions of James Beers, Leonard Walter, Margaret Flour, Isaac Richards, Jedidiah Brown, William Haburn, John Fox, and Eliphalet Easton, were presented to the House and read, respectively praying compensation for wounds received, injuries sustained, or services rendered, in the Army of the United States, during the late war.

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

A petition of Richard Blackledge was presented to the House and read, praying compensation for a quantity of leather furnished for the service of the United States, during the late war.

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.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the schedule of enumeration of the inhabitants of the United States; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Muhlenberg reported that the committee had, according to order, had the same 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 schedule.

A memorial of Joseph Ceracchi, a Roman sculptor, was presented to the House and read, proposing to execute, on a certain design, and on certain terms, a monument to perpetuate American liberty and independence.

Ordered, That the said memorial do lie on the table.

Ordered, That a committee be appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills providing the means by which persons charged in any state with treason, felony, or other crime, who flee from justice, shall, on the demand of the Executive authority of the State from which they fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having jurisdiction of the crime: also providing the mode by which a person, held to service or labor in one State, under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall be delivered up, on claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be due; and that Mr. Sedg. wick, Mr. Bourne, of Massachusetts, and Mr. White, be the said committee.

Resolved, That a committee be appointed to report a regular and uniform mode of proceeding in cases of contested elections of members of this House; and that Mr. Ames, Mr. Dayton, Mr. Brown, Mr. Fitzsimons, and Mr. Tucker, be the said committee.

Ordered, That a committee be appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills for making compensation to widows, orphans, and invalids, in certain cases; and that Mr. Wadsworth, Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, and Mr. Silvester, be the said committee.

Ordered, That the Committee of the Whole House be discharged from farther proceeding on the speech of the President of the United States, and that to-morrow be assigned for proceeding to the consideration of the same in the House. And then the House adjourned until tomorrow morning eleven o'clock.

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