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in their stead; and, also, upon spirits distilled within the United States, and for appro. priating the same." And he delivered in the same, and then withdrew.

Ordered, That the said petition, together with the petition of the distillers of the town of Boston, which lay on the table, be referred to the Secretary of the Treasury, for his information.

Mr. Gerty, from the committee to whom was referred the petition of Susannah Fowle, made a report; which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

The order of the day was further postponed until tomorrow.
And then the House adjourned until tomorrow morning eleven o'clock.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3. Two other Members, to wit: Richard Bland Lee, and John Page, from Virginia, 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.

An engrossed bill granting further time for making return of the enumeration of the inhabitants in the District of South Carolina, 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 granting further time for making return of the enumeration of the inhabitants in the District of South Carolina.”

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

The several petitions of Peter Bellew, Sampson Brown, Henry Crane, Thomas Dit. son, Thurston Hillard, Hannah Holbrooke, late widow of Alexander Boughen, deceased, William Hart, in behalf of the children of Lieutenant John Bush, deceased, Henry Lebo, Patrick Lemman, John Lether, and Deborah Patrick, widow of the late Captain William Patrick, deceased, 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. Also,

Two petitions of John Manley, late a Captain in the Navy of the United States, pray. ing to be allowed compensation for certain arrears of pay, and also his proportion of prize money for sundry captures which he made, 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.

On motion, Ordered, That so much of the message and communication from the President of the United States to both Houses, on the seventeenth of January last, as relates to the bounty lands granted to the late officers and soldiers of the State of Virginia, together with all previous proceedings of Congress, or the Legislature of the State of Virginia, and all papers relative thereto, be referred to the consideration of Mr. Giles, Mr. Clark, and Mr. Livermore, with instruction to examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

Ordered, That a committee be appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills di. recting the mode in which the evidences of the debt of the United States, which have

been lost or destroyed, shall be renewed, and that Mr. Sedgwick, Mr. Giles, and Mr. Dayton, be the said committee.

The petitions of Phineas Ware and Daniel Robbins were presented to the House and read, respectively praying the renewal of certain loan office or final settlement certifi. cates, the property of the petitioners, which were consumed by fire.

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

A petition of William Howe, of Shrewsbury, in the State of Massachusetts, was presented to the House and read, praying that, as he became an American citizen at the commencement of the late war with Great Britain, entered into the service of the United Sates, and has continued to be a citizen thereof since that time, he may be relieved against the operation of certain proceedings of a court of law in Nova Scotia, under the dominion of Great Britain, which has been lately had against him, contrary, as he conceives, to the provisions contained in the fourth article of the treaty of peace between the United States and Great Britain.

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

A petition of Gosuinus Erkelens was presented to the House and read, praying that the report of the Secretary of the Trcasury made to the last Session of Congress, in opposition to a claim exhibited by the petitioner, may be reconsidered, and his said claim allowed.

Also, a petition of Ebenezer Prout, praying to be allowed the balance of his account against the United States, as Clerk to the Assistant Commissary of Prisoners, at Rutland, during the late war.

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 Abraham Hunt was presented to the House and read, praying to be allowed five years' half pay as a Captain in the first Massachusetts regiment, during the late war.

A motion was made, and the question being put, that the said petition be referred to the Secretary of War,

It passed in the negative.

A petition of David Cook, late a Captain in the third regiment of artillery of the State of Massachusetts, was presented to the House and read, praying that the consideration of the report of the Secretary of War, at the last Session, on the claim of the petition. er, may be resumed, and his said claim allowed.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills " for making compensation to widows, orphans, and invalids, in ocrtain cases."

On motion, Ordered, That the Board of Commissioners for settling of the accounts between the United States and the individual States, be directed to report to this House the progress which they have made in such settlement, and their opinion as to the prospect which the present state of the business affords of its speedy and final completion.

Mr. Ward, from the committee to whom were referred the petitions of Francis Choate and Isaac Choate, made a report ; which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

The House, according to the order of the day, again resolved itself into a Commit. tee of the Whole House on the schedule of the 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, again had the said schedule under consideration, and made a farther progress therein.

Resolred, That this House will, to-morrow, again resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House thereupon.

Ordered, That the report of the Attorney General, concerning such matters relative to the administration of justice under the authority of the United States as require to be remedied; together with certain proposition of amendments to the Constitution of the United States, which were offered on the third of March last, and deferred for consi. deration to the present Session, be committed to a Committee of the Whole House to

And then the House adjourned until tomorrow morning eleven o'clock.

morrow.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4. Another Member, to wit: Egbert Benson, from New York, appeared, produced his credentials, and took his seat in the House; the oath to support the Constitution of the United States being administered to him by Mr. Speaker, according to law.

The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of War, accompanying his reports on the several petitions of John Younglove, of sundry inhabitants of the counties of Albany and Washington, in the State of New York, and of John Torrey, ad. ministrator, &c. of the late Major Joseph Torrey; which were read, and ordered to lie on the table.

The several petitions of Charles M'Cormick, Timothy Mountford, Samuel Seely, and Lodwick Thomas, were presented to the House and read, respectively praying com. pensation for wounds received, services rendered, or injuries sustained, in the Army or Navy of the United States, during the late war. Also,

A petition of Christian Coone, senior, of Frederick county, in the State of Maryland, praying compensation for three horses, the property of the petitioner, which were impressed, and died in the service of the United States, during the late war. Also,

A petition of Hannah Richardson, late widow of Lieutenant Wadley Noyes, who died in the service of the United States, and of Joseph Richardson and John Osgood, guardians of the children of the said deceased, praying that the allowance granted to the widows and orphans of those who died in the service of the United States, during the late war, may be extended to them.

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 Dav d Meade Pandolph, Executor of Richard Randolph, deceased, was presented to the House and read, praying to receive payment for a quantity of flour, supplied by the testator for the use of the Army, during the late war.

Order:d, That the said petition be referred to the Secretary of the Treasury, with instruct on to exaurine the same, and report his opin.on thereupon to the House.

The House proceeded to consider the report of the committee to whom was referred the petition of Jeremiah Allen: Whereupon,

Ordered, That the said petition and report be referred to the Committee of the Whole House on the Jid.cary System of the United States.

The House proceeded to consider the report of the committee to whom was referred the petition of Susannah Fowle: Whereupon,

Ordered, That the said petition and report be referred to the Committee of the whole House on the state of the Union.

The House proceeded to consider the report of the committee to whom were referred the petitions of Francis Choate and Isaac Choate: Whereupon, so much of the said report, in the words following, to wit: "that, in the opinion of the committee, the prayer of the said petition cannot be granted,” was, on the question put thereupon, agreed to by the House.

A petition of Charles Colvill, of the city of Philadelphia, was presented to the House and read, praying to be paid the amount of his ransom from slavery among the Algerines, together with his expenses in travelling from Algiers to Scotland, and from thence to America; as, also, that measures may be taken for procuring the ransom, or relief from slavery, of Captains O‘Brian and Stevens, with their respective crews, being citizens of the United States, and now in slavery at Algiers.

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

On motion, The order of the day for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the schedule of enumeration of the inhabitants of the United States, was fur. ther postponed until Thursday next.

Ordered, That Mr. Sterrett have leave to be absent from the service of this House for ten days.

The other order of the day was further postponed until Monday next.
And then the House adjourned until Monday morning eleven o'clock.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7. Several other members, to wit: from Pennsylvania, William Findley; from North Caro. lina, John Baptist Ashe; and from Georgia, Abraham Baldwin; 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 Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, accompanying his report of certain estimates of sums necessary to be appropriated for various objects therein specified, including the service of the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two; which was read, and ordered to be referred to Mr. Laurance, Mr. Baldwin, and Mr. Ashe, with instruction to prepare and bring in a bill or bills pursuant thereto.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Otis, their Secretary: Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed the bill, entitled “ An act granting farther time for making return of the enumeration of the inhabitants in the District of South Caro. lina," with several amendments, to which they desire the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew.

The House proceeded to consider the said amendments; and the same being read, were agreed to. Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith.

On motion, Ordered, That Mr. Bourne, of Massachusetts, and Mr. Smith, of Vermont, be ap. pointed a Committee for Enrolled Bills, on the part of this House, jointly with such committee as shall be appointed for that purpose on the part of the Senate.

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith. The House proceeded to consider the report of the Secretary of War on the petition of John Torrey, Administrator of the late Major Jasopla Torrey, deceased: Whercupon,

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Ordered, That the said petition and report be committed to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.

The House proceeded to consider the report of the Secretary of War on the petitions of John Younglove, and of the inhabitants of the counties of Albany, Washington, and Saratoga, in the State of New York, and made some progress therein.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Otis, their Secretary: Mr. Speaker: The Senate have appointed Mr. Rutherford on their part, of the Committee for Enrolled Bills. And then he withdrew.

The Speaker laid before the House a report from the Commissioners appointed by the act, entitled “ An act making provision for the reduction of the public debt," stating the amount of the purchases which have been made of the public debt, in pursuance of the powers vested in them by the said act; which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

The House proceed to consider the report of the Secretary of War on the petition of Joseph Tucker, Thomas Hollis Condy, Robert Williams, and Samuel Armstrong, made to the second session of the first Congress: Whereupon,

Resolved, That so much of the said report, in the words following, to wit: “ that the casc is so circumstanced that the petitioners cannot obtain any further allowances, unless the Legislature of Massachusetts should think proper to grant the same," be agreed to. The orders of the day were further postponed until to-morrow. And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8. Another member, to wit: Andrew Gregg, from Pennsylvania, appeared, produced his credentials, and took his seat in the House; the oath to support the Constitution of the United States being administered to him by Mr. Speaker, according to law.

A petition of James Muckelroy was presented to the House and read, praying to receive certain arrears of pay, due to him for services as a soldier in the Army of the United States, during the late war.

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

Mr. Bourne, of Massachusetts, from the Joint Committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined an enrolled bill “granting farther time for making return of the enumeration of the inhabitants in the District of South Carolina," and had found the same to be truly enrolled: Whereupon,

Mr. Speaker signed the said enrolled bill.
Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith.

A petition of Josias Clapham was presented to the House and read, praying the renewal of certain Loan Office certificates and indents, the property of the petitioner, which were destroyed by fire.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills directing the mole in which the evidences of the debt of the United States, which have been lost or destroyed, shall be renewed.

A petition of James Sinkler was presented to the House and read, praying to be al. lowed to fund certain certificates of indent, being the duplicates of certain original certificates of indent, the property of the petitioner, which were destroyed by fire.

Ordered, That the said petition do lie on the table. The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the report of the Secretary of War on the petition of John Torrey, Administrator of Major Joseph Torrey, deceased; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Muhlenberg reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said report under consideration, and come to a resolution thereupon; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same was twice read, and agreed to by the House, as followeth:

Resolved, That the report of the Secretary for the Department of War on the petition of the said John Torrey, Administrator of Joseph Torrey, deceased, be agreed to, and, therefore, that the prayer of the said petition cannot be granted.

Mr. Bourne, of Massachusetts, from the Joint Committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the cominittee did, this day, wait on the President of the United States, and present for his approbation, an enrolled bill, entitled “ An act granting farther time for making return of the enumeration of the inhabitants in the District of South Carolina."

A me sage was received from the President of the United States, notifying that the President did, this day, approve and sign an act, entitled “ An act granting farther time for making return of the enumeration of the inhabitants in the District of South Carolina."

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

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9. Two other members, to wit: from Maryland, William Vans Murray; and from South Carolina, Thomas Sumpter; 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 Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Governor of Maryland, enclosing a letter to him from William Pinckney, a member returned to serve in this House, for the said State, containing his resignation of that appointment; also a return of John Francis Mercer, elected a member to serve in this House, in the room of the said William Pinckney; which were read, and ordered to be referred to the Standing Committee of Elections.

The petitions of Joseph Stout and Charles Croxall were presented to the House and read, respectively praying compensation for 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 instruction to examine the same, and report his opinion thereupon to the House.

Mr. Sedgwick, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill directing the mode in which the evidences of the debt of the United States, which have been lost or destroyed, may be renewed; which was received, and read the first time.

On motion, Ordered, That the Committee of the Whole House be discharged from considering certain propositions of amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which were committed to them on Thursday last; and that the said propositions of amendment be referred to Mr. Sedgwick, Mr. Hillhouse, Mr. Benson, Mr. Boudinot, Mr. Madison, Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, and Mr. Steele.

On motion, Resolved, That the Attorney General be directed to report to this House, such farther information as he may be in possession of, relative to the operation of the Judicial System.

On motion, Resolved, That a committee be appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills to establish an uniform system on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States; and that Mr. Vining, Mr. Boudinot, Mr. Giles, Mr. Laurance, and Mr. Gerry, be the said committee.

Ordered, That a committee be appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills to regulate Pilots, and provide for the superintendence of the light-houses, and the beacons, buoys, and public piers, in the bay and river of Delaware, and the bay of Chesapeake, with the rivers emptying into the same; and that Mr. Fitzsimons, Mr. Lee, and Mr. Sheredine, be the said committee.

The House proceeded to consider the report of the Secretary of War on the petition of John Younglove, and of sundry inhabitants of the counties of Albany and Washington, in the State of New York: Whereupon,

Resolved, That the prayer of the said petition of sundry inhabitants of the counties of Albany and Washington, in the State of New York, for a repeal of so much of the act of Congress, entitled ** An act for the relief of disabled soldiers and seamen, lately in the service of the United States, and of certain other persons,” as relates to the pension of the said John Younglove, cannot be granted.

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

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10. A bill directing the mode in which the evidences of the debt of the United States, which have been lost or destroyed, shall be renewed, was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.

The several petitions of John Hepner, Thomas Jenney, Andrew Dover, Elijah Knapp, Joseph Nash, Abraham Pykes, Matthias Sadler, and John Tozar, were presented to the House and read, respectively praying compensation for wounds received, or services rendered, in the Army of the United States, during the late war.

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