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DECEMBER, 1802.
Proceedings.

H. OF R.
DOLPH, Jr. and John Taliaferro, Jr.; and from bled, and ready to receive any communications he
South Carolina, William BUTLER'; appeared and may be pleased to make to them,
took their seats in the House.

The House proceeded to consider the said mesA petition of William Murray and others, prac- sage of the Senate: Whereupon, titioners of law in the Mississippi Territory, was Resolved, That this House do agree to the same; presented to the House and read, stating that ex- and that Messrs. Dawson, Lowndes, and Van traordinary pains have been taken to circulate a Ness, be appointed a committee, on the part of petition in the said Territory expressive of a this House, for the purpose expressed therein. number of requests, and among others" that the The House proceeded to consider the motion of offices of Territorial judges of that government the ninth instant, for the appoiotment of Chapbe abolished;" and praying that the said offices lains; and the motion was again read, in the may not be discontinued, and that the present words following, to wit: judges may hold the same during good behaviour. Resolved, That two Chaplains of different denomi

Also, the petitions of sundry citizens of the nations, be appointed to Congress, for the present sesMississippi Territory were presented to the House sion, one by each House, to interchange weekly. and read, respectively praying that the land office The question was taken that the House do to be opened for the said Territory may be held agree to the same, and resolved in the affirmative. within the bounds of the same, and that the ac- On motion, it was tual settlers on the vacant lands of the United Resolved, That a committee be appointed to States may have a pre-emption right secured to inquire whether any, and what, amendments are them; that the right of suffrage may be extended necessary to be made in the acts establishing a to every male person of full age, being a citizen post office and post roads within the United States; of the United States, and who has had his resi- and that the said committee have power to report dence within the said Territory for the last six by bill, or otherwise. months preceding the election; that all officers of Ordered, That Messrs. SOUTHARD, CLOPTON, the Territorial government be appointed by the BOUDE, Fóster, Hastings, MERIWETHER, and Governor of the Territory, by and with the ad- HENDERSON, be appointed a committee pursuant vice and consent of the Council; that the offices to the said resolution. of the Territorial judges be abolished; and that Resolved, That the committee appointed on the the appointment of all judicial officers of the said subject of post offices and post roads, be instructed Territory be made by the Governor, by and with to inquire into the expediency of making provisthe advice and consent of the Council; and that ion by law to prevent postmasters becoming conthey shall be removable only by impeachment; tractors for carrying the mail. and also, that the members of the Legislative Mr. Dawson, from the committee appointed on Council 'be henceforth chosen at the same time, the part of this House, jointly, with the commitin the same manner, and for the same term, as tee on the part of the Senate, to wait on the Presthe members of the House of Representatives of ident of the United States, and notify him that a the said Territory.

quorum of the two Houses is assembled, and Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to ready to receive any communications he may be the committee appointed on the eleventh instant, pleased to make to them, reported that the comto whom was referred the petition of James Do. mittee had performed that service; and that the hertie and others, citizens of the Mississippi Ter- President signified to them, that he would make ritory ; that they do examine the matter thereof a communication to this House to-morrow, by and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, way of message. to the House; and that Messrs. Lowndes and Ordered, That a committee of Ways and Means Dickson be added to the said committee.

be appointed, pursuant to the standing rules and Ordered, That a bill for the relief of Henry orders of the House. Messonier, the memorial of the said Henry Messo- And a committee was appointed, of Messrs. nier, with the vouchers accompanying the same, RANDOLPH, Griswold, Smilie, Read, Nicholpresented the third day of February, and a report son, Van RensSELAER, and HOLLAND. of the Committee of Commerce and Manufactures thereon, made the eighth of March last, be referred to the Committee of Commerce and

WedxESDAY, December 15. Manufactures.

Another member, to wit: Edwin Gray, from A message from the Senate informed the House Virginia, appeared, and took his seat in the House. that a quorum of the Senate is assembled, and A message from the Senate informed the ready to proceed to business ; and that, in the ab- House that the Senate have agreed to the resolusence of the Vice President of the United States, tion of this House for the appointment of Chapthe Senate have elected the honorable Stephen lains to Congress for the present session; and R. BRADLEY their President pro tempore.

have appointed the Rev. Dr. Gants, on their part. A message from the Senate informed the House The House proceeded, by ballot, to the appointthat the Senate have appointed a committee on

ment of a Chaplain to Congress, on the part of their part, jointly, with such committee as may this House; and, upon examining the ballots, a be appointed on the part of this House, to wait majority of the votes of the whole House was on the President of the United States, and notify found in favor of the Reverend William PARKhim that a quorum of the two Houses is assem

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H. OF R.

Proceedings.

DECEMBER, 1802. A Message was received from the PRESIDENT so much of the Message of the President of the United OF THE UNITED States, by Mr. Lewis, his Sec- States, as relates to our concerns with the Indian tribes, retary, as follows:

and the establishment of a new settlement, ought to be Mr. Speaker : I am directed by the President of the referred to a Select Committee. United States to hand you a communication, in writing,

4. Resolved, as the opinion of this committee, That from the President to the two Houses of Congress.

so much of the Message of the President of the United

States, as relates to our Navy Yards, and the building And he delivered in the same, together with of docks, ought to be referred to a Select Commitee. the accompanying documents.

The said como

5. Resolved, as the opinion of this committee, That munication was read. [For which, see proceed- so much of the President's Message as relates to pro. ings in the Senate of this date.]

viding for the return of American seamen discharged Ordered, That the said communication, with in foreign ports, and left abroad, be referred to a Select the accompanying documents, be referred to the Committee. Committee of the whole House on the state of 6. Resolved, as the opinion of this committee, That the Union.

so much of the President's Message as refers to the

warfare with Tripoli, and to the relation with the other Thursday, December 16.

Barbary Powers, be referred to a Select Committee.

7. Resolved, That so much of the President's MesTwo other members, to wit: Lucas ELMENDORF, sage as relates to the Militia Institution of the United from New York, and Daniel Heister, from States, be referred to a Select Committee. Maryland, appeared, and took their seats in the 8. Resolved, as the opinion of this committee, That House.

so much of the President's Message as relates to the The SPEAKER laid before the House a letter and fostering of the fisheries of the United States, be referreport from the Secretary of the Treasury, ac- red to a Select Committee. companied with estimates of the sums necessary The House proceeded to consider the said resoto be appropriated for the service of the year one lutions at the Clerk's table; and the same being thousand eight hundred and three; also, a state again read, were agreed to by the House. ment of the receipts and expenditures at the Trea- Ordered, That Mr. Dawson, Mr. THOMAS sury of the United States, for one year, preceding Morris, Mr. Hoge. Mr. Hastings, and Mr. Merithe first day of October, one thousand eight hun- Wether, be appointed a committee, pursuant to dred and two; which were read, and ordered to the third resolution. be referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.

Ordered, That Mr. MitchILL, Mr. RutLEDGE, Ordered, That the petition of Memucan Hunt, Mr. Hanna, Mr. Wadsworth, and Mr. Mort, and others, addressed to the General Assembly of be appointed a committee, pursuånt to the fourth the State of North Carolina ; also, sundry reso- resolution. lutions of the said Assembly, respecting a claim of the petitioners for the value of certain lands in DARD, Mr. Josiah Smith, Mr. Woods, and Mr.

Ordered, That Mr. SAMUEL SMITA, Mr. Godthe State of Tennessee, held under grants from Gray, be appointed a committee, pursuant to the the State of North Carolina, prior to the cession fifth resolution. of the said lands to the United States, presented to the House on the nineteenth of January; toge- ELMENDORF, Mr. Tillinghast, and Mr. Talia

Ordered, That Mr. Eustis, Mr. Perkins, Mr. ther with the report of a select committee there- FERRO. be appointed a committee, pursuant to the on, made the twenty-fourth of March last; be re-sixth resolution. ferred to a Committee of the whole House on the

Ordered. That Mr. Varnum, Mr. Upham, Mr. first Monday of January next.

John Smith, of Virginia, Mr. Helms, Mr. BROWN,

Mr. Butler, Mr. Daniel Heister, Mr. STANTON, Friday, December 17.

and Mr. STANFORD, be appointed a committee, Two other members, to wit: from South Caro- pursuant to the seventh resolution. lina, BENJAMIN Huger, and John RUTLEDGE, ap- Joseph Heister, Mr. John Trigg, and Mr. VAN

Ordered, That Mr. Huger, Mr. Bishop, Mr. peared, and took their seats in the House. The House resolved itself into a Committee of

Ness, be appointed a committee, pursuant to the the whole House on the state of the Union; and,

eighth resolution. after some time spent therein, the Committee rose do come to the following resolution:

On a motion made and seconded that the House and reported several resolutions thereupon, which were read, as follows:

Resolved, That so much of the acts, the one enti1. Resolved, as the opinion of this committee, That tled “An act establishing a Mint, and regulating the so much of the Message of the President of the United coins of the United States;" the other entitled "An States as relates to the discriminating and countervail- act supplementary to the “Act establishing a Mint, and ing duties, and the act of the British Parliament on that regulating the coins of the United States," as relates subject, ought to be referred to the Committee of Com- to the establishment of a Mint, ought to be repealed. merce and Manufactures.

Ordered, That the said motion be referred to 2. Resolved, as the opinion of this committee, That a Committee of the Whole on Monday next. so much of the Message of the President of the United Mr. RANDOLPH observed that there had been a States as relates to our finances, ought to be referred recent occurrence, in which every member of the to the Committee of Ways and Means.

House was interested, though every member might 3. Resolved, as the opinion of this committee, That not, perhaps, possess competent information re

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DECEMBER, 1802.
Petition of Samuel Corp.

H. of R. specting it. He said it would be useless in him to mittee appointed on so much of the President's impress the magnitude of a subject that related to Message, of the fifteenth instant, as relates to the the free navigation of the Mississippi, which mate- militia institution of the United States. rially affected a district of country growing every Resolved, That the President of the United day in wealth and importance, and which it be- States be requested to direct the proper officer to hooved the whole United States to cherish and pro- | lay before this House a statement of the militia, tect. He moved, therefore, the following resolu- according to the returns last received from the tion :

respective States. Resolved, That the President of the United States

Ordered, That Mr. Mattoon and Mr. Jackson be requested to cause to be laid before this House such be appointed a committee to present the foregoing papers as are in the possession of the Department of resolution to the President of the United States. State, as relate to the violation on the part of Spain, PETITION OF SAMUEL CORP. of the Treaty of Friendship, Limits, and Navigation,

The House resolved itself into a Committee of between the United States of America and the King the whole, Mr. Varnum in the Chair, on the reof Spain.”

port on the petition of Samuel Corp. This resolution was agreed to unanimously, and Messrs. RANDOLPH and Huger appointed the of Commerce and Manufactures:

The following is the report of the Committee committee. Mr. Randolph moved the following resolution :

“ That it appears to the committee that the petitioner

was interested in a ship which sailed for London, early “ Resolved, That the Committee of Ways and Means in the year 1799, for the purpose of purchasing a cargo be instructed to inquire whether any and what altera- proper for the New Orleans market. That the ship tions are necessary in the laws imposing duties on ton- arrived in the month of August following at New York, nage, and on goods, wares, and merchandise, imported having on board a cargo agreeably to order, none of into the United States.

which was intended to be landed within the United Ordered to lie on the table.

States. That the captain's manifest which he presented to the collector, declared his cargo for exportation;

but not having made the same declaration on the copy MONDAY, December 20.

of the manifest which he had delivered to the first Several other members to wit: from Vermont, boarding officer, the owners were compelled to enter Israel Smith; and from Virginia, RICHARD the cargo, and give bond for the duties on the same. Brent, and MATTHEW CLAY; appeared, and took That no part of the cargo was landed except some bird their seats in the House.

shot. It appears also, that the collector granted a The SPEAKER laid before the House a letter clearance for New Orleans, and issued debentures of from the Secretary of the Treasury, accompany- drawback on the cargo ; but on application for pay. ing his report, and sundry documents, marked Á, ment, the petitioner was informed that the law of B, and C, prepared in obedience to the directions March 2d, 1799, precluded him from being paid: The of "An act supplementary to the act, entitled 'An petitioner, therefore, prays relief from Congress. act 10 establish the Treasury Department;" which

“ This case having been fully understood at the last were read, and ordered to be referred to the Com- session, the committee consider it unnecessary to go mittee of Ways and Means.

into any reasoning thereon. They submit the following

resolution : The SPEAKER laid before the House a letter

Resolved, that the prayer of the petitioner ought from the Secretary of the Navy, enclosing a report of the Commissioners of the Fund of Navy and Manufactures be directed to bring in a bill con

to be granted, and that the Committee of Commerce Pensions ; which were read, and ordered to lie on formably thereto.” the table. Resolved, That the Committee of Commerce

Mr. S. Smith advocated the report. and Manufactures be instructed to inquire into

Mr. Griswold, though inclined to allow the the propriety of providing by law for the payment prayer of the petition, thought a general provision of debentures which have been issued for draw- ought to be made for all similar cases. With exported to New Orleans; and to report by bill, and the petition of Samuel Corp, and the report back of duties on goods, wares, and merchandise, this view, it was moved that the Committee rise.

Carried; when the Committee was discharged, or otherwise.

Mr. Nicholson, from the committee to whom thereon, were recommitted to the Committee of were referred, on the eighth instant, the petition of to inquire into the propriety of providing by law

Commerce and Manufactures, with instructions Richard Wilson and of Nathaniel Seager, re- for the payment of debentures that have been is. reported a bill for the relief of insolvent debtors within the District of Columbia ; which was read sued for drawback of duty on goods, wares, and twice, and committed to a Committee of the Whole merchandise, exported to New Orleans. House on Thursday next. Ordered, That a bill supplementary to an act,

Tuesday, December 21. entitled "An act more effectually to provide for Another member, to wit: John Campbell, the national defence, by establishing an uniform from Maryland, appeared, and took his seat in the militia throughout the United States,” passed the House. second day of March, one thousand seven hundred The SPEAKER laid before the House a letter and ninety-nine, which was presented to this from John Beckley, Clerk of this House, stating House at the last session, be referred to the com- " that he has been applied to by several of the

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H. of R.
Newspapers for Members.

DECEMBER, 1802. members, under the order of the House for sup- Orleans, and therein to amend the act, entitled plying them with newspapers, to direct that a "An act to regulate the collection of duties on number of any weekly papers for which they may imports and tonnage;" which was read twice, and subscribe, equivalent to the value and supply of a committed to a Committee of the whole House daily paper, may be furnished to them, in lieu of to-morrow. such daily paper; that he does not know that any Mr. RANDOLPH moved that the House resolve such construction of the order of the House has itself into a Committee of the Whole on the subever been acted upon; and, as it will necessarily ject of the Mint. involve some additional expense to the public, he Mr. Griswold said the House had not yet rehas not thought himself at liberty to incur it, ceived the report of the Director of the Mint. He without the express authority of the House.” thought it beiter to wait till it was received, as

Mr. CLAIBORNE, after passing an eulogium on they would then better understand the state of the the character and conduct of John Beckley, Esq., Mint, and the expenses attending it. The report moved that the order of the House relative to might be sent in within the course of a week. newspapers be read. Agreed to.

Motion of Mr. Randolph lost-ayes 25. Mr. GRISWOLD wished to know what had been

IMPORTATION OF FIRE-ARMS. the practice; whatever that was, it should be uni

Mr. RUTLEDGE observed that the State of South form; he had been informed, that it was the prac- Carolina had lately taken measures for a supply tice of last session, and he believed it had been of arms for her milítia. He thought that an obthat of former ones, to receive an equivalent num-ject so great and desirable ought to be encouraged ber of copies, to the price of a daily paper. by the General Government, by exempting arms

The Speaker said that it had been usual, at imported under such circumstances from duty. all former sessions, within his recollection, to He therefore offered a resolution purporting that receive an equivalent to the price of a daily any State, importing pieces of ordnance, fire or paper. He had given that construction to the side arms for their militia, should be exempted rule.

from the payment of duties. The said letter was read, and ordered to lie on Mr. RANDOLPH said the resolution proposed the table. A memorial of the members of the First and tion would affect the revenue in some degree;

contained some important principles. Its adopSecond Branches of the City Council of Wash- and would, in a still greater degree, affect home ington, in the District of Columbia, was presented manufactures, especially those the most essential to the House and read, stating various matters to the good of the community. It did appear to relative to the police and government of the said him, that if any manufacture required the aid city and its inhabitants; and praying that the of protecting duties, it was the manufacture of propositions submitted by the memorialists may arms, in preference to all others. The resolution be adopied by Congress, in addition to, or modifi- embraced not only ordnance, but fire-arms also. cation of, the several regulations prescribed by the He was not prepared to say that a distinction acts heretofore passed on that subject.

ought not to be made between these two descripOrdered, That the said memorial be referred to tions of arms. For these reasons he wished the Mr. Van Ness, Mr. THOMPSON, Mr. PLATER, Mr resulution to lie on the table. CAMPBELL, and Mr. Jackson; that they do ex- Mr. RUTLEDGE said he had no objection to its amine the matter thereof, and report the same, resting for a day or two; when, on motion of with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

Mr. RANDOLPH, it was referred to a Committee A petition of sundry inhabitants of the County of the Whole, and made the order of the day for of Alexandria, in the District of Columbia, was

Monday. presented to the House and read, praying that

NEWSPAPERS FOR MEMBERS. Congress will be pleased to pass a law, placing such persons, within the said County of Alexan- Mr. Mirchill revived the subject of Mr. Beckdria, as may choose to join a society heretofore ley's letter by introducing the following resolution: incorporated by an act of the Legislature of the Resolved, That if any member of this House shall State of Virginia, by the name of “The Mutual choose to take any newspaper published once, twice, or Assurance Society against Fire on Buildings, of thrice a week, instead of a daily paper, he shall be furthe State of Virginia," as well as those who are nished with as many of such papers as shall not exceed now members, on the same footing with citizens the price of a daily paper. of the said State, that the benefits of the Society

Mr. Smilie did not know why so many papers may be extended to such of the petitioners whose were necessary, they were taken for their own buildings are now exposed to destruction by fire, use; why have five or six of the same kind? He without hope of restitution.

did not think it right for the public to pay for paOrdered, That the said petition be referred to pers to send away; he could form no construction Mr. Brent, Mr. Van Horn, and Mr. Tallmadge; of the rule that would warrant it. that they do examine the matter thereof, and re- Mr. Dana had always received an equivalent port the same, with their opinion thereupon, to to three daily papers; it was the construction he the House.

had put upon the rule of the House, and he knew Mr. S. Smith, from the Committee of Com- that other gentlemen had acted upon the same merce and Manufactures, presented a bill to allow principle. a drawback of duties on goods exported to New Mr. Stanley opposed the motion of the gentle

DECEMBER, 1802.
The Mint.

H. OF R. man from New York, (Mr. MitchILL.) He should The said Message, and the pa pers referred to not have thought such an expression of the will therein, were read, and ordered to lie on the table. of the House necessary, had it not been called for On motion, it was. by the letter of the Clerk. Mr. S. said he was one Resolved, That the Committee of Ways and of those alluded to by the gentleman from Con- Means be instructed to inquire whether any, and, necticut, (Mr. Griswold,) who having at the last if any, what, alterations or amendments are necesand present sessions selected, on public account, sary to be made to the act, entitled “An act to pa pers not published daily, received a number amend an act, entitled 'An act to lay and collect a equivalent to a daily paper. He believed this had direct tax within the United States." been the case with every member of the House. Mr. T. MORRIS submitted a resolution, instructIf a different rule had been observed by any gen- ing the Committee of Ways and Means io inquire tleman, he doubted not it would be declared. He whether any and what alterations are necessary was compelled to believe the printers' accounts in the act supplementary to the act laying a direct had been settled, and their charges at the rate of tax. He stated his object to be the postponement daily papers allowed. He could not but express of the time of selling lands for the non-payment the surprise he felt at this application from the of taxes; the necessity of which arose from the Clerk, who now called on the House to express confused manner in which the assessment had their sense of a resolution, to which he (the Clerk) been made in a part of the State (New York) had so long and uniformly given his own con- which he represented. Agreed to. struction. Mr. Rutledge had hoped that, after the expla

THE MINT. nation from the Speaker, the House would have Mr. RANDOLPH rose, in order to renew a motion been saved the trouble of this resolution offered by which he had made yesterday, and on whichthe gentleman from New York, (Mr. Mirchill.) being called to the door when some objections He considered the resolution, to furnish papers, not were urged against it-he was surprised to find made for the sole use of the members; they were himself in a small minority: Understanding that to be sent to their constituents, in order that those the refusal to resolve itself into a Commiitee of who live at a distance from presses may be inform the Whole on his motion for abolishing the Mint, ed of the proceedings in the National Councils. was the effect of a desire on the part of the House I cannot agree with the gentleman on my left

, to receive the report of the Director of that insti(Mr. Smilie.) I think he must be mistaken in tution, for the past year, he would endeavor to the object of that resolution. It has been the show that the House were already in possession of practice in Philadelphia, with respect to the Uni- competent information, and that it could not be versal Gazette, to take as many of the weekly as affected by any communication which the head of were an equivalent to a daily paper. I cannot that department might make. If this were a subconceive the necessity of the Clerk's troubling the ject novel to the House, and of an undigested House, especially as the practice now in use has nature, he should readily acknowledge his motion been sanctioned by himself. He could wish the to have been premature; nor would it, under those gentleman from New York would withdraw his circumstances, have been submitted to the House. motion, as he thought it unnecessary; but if he But, on examination, it would appear that the would not, he should vote for it.

subject had been matured during the last session ; Mr. Elmer was opposed to the motion. that information of the most satisfactory nature

The question was taken on Mr. Mirchill's res had been received from the Director; and a bill olution, and carried, 50 voting in the affirmative actually passed the House. That information, if

it were not in the recollection of every member WEDNESDAY, December 22.

of the House, was accessible to all of ihem. It Another member, to wit: John Archer, from

stated explicitly that the machinery would not Maryland, appeared, and took his seat.

last, without repair, longer than another yearA Message was received from the President this, he presumed, had not renewed itself; that

the horses were so old that it would be necessary, OF THE UNITED STATEs, as follows:

at the end of the year, to replace them by othersGentlemen of the House of Representatives : these had not, he supposed, grown younger; that

I now transmit a report from the Secretary of State, the lot was too circumscribed, and this, he imwith the information requested in your resolutions of agined, had not enlarged its limits; that the exthe seventeenth instant.

pense of the institution could not, by any new In making this communication, I deem it proper to arrangements, be reduced below twenty thousand observe, that I was led by the regard due to the rights dollars. The Director had not only recommended and interests of the United States, and to the just sensi- a change of the site, but of the modus operandi bility of the portion of our fellow-citizens more imme- of the machinery of the Mint, by supplying the diately affected by the irregular proceeding at New Or- labor of horses by steam. Upon this information leans, to lose not a moment in causing every step to be the House had acted last session. No general taken which the occasion claimed from me; being equal election having intervened, he must presume that ly aware of the obligation to maintain, in all rights of the nation, and to employ, for that purpose, therefore, thought he had a right to consider this

no change of sentiment had taken place. He, those just and honorable means which belong to the character of the United States.

subject as perfectly maturel, and there being no Dec. 22, 1802.

TH. JEFFERSON. other business before the House, hoped it would

cases,

the

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