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H. OF R.
District of Columbia.

FEBRUARY, 1803.
chibald Henderson, William H. Hill, David Holmes, petuate the memory of a number of American
Benjamin Huger, Samuel Hunt, George Jackson, citizens who perished on board of the British
William Jones, Ebenezer Mattoon, David Meriwether, prison ships, or who were slain in defence of their
Samuel L. Mitchill, Thomas Moore, Lewis R. Morris, country, during the Revolutionary war; the bones
Thomas Morris, Anthony New, Thomas Newton, jun., and other remains of whom have been, and still
Joseph H. Nicholson, Elias Perkins, Thomas Plater,
Nathan Read, John Rutledge, William Shepard, Israei are, daily seen at and near the site of the present
Smith, John Cotton Smith, John Smith, of Virginia, the said city, scarce earthed in the falling banks,

navy yard of the United States, in the vicinity of Samuel Smith, Henry Southard, John Stanley, John Stewart, John Taliaferro, jr., Samuel Tenney, Samuel

or exposed on the naked shores. Thatcher, Thomas Tillinghast, Philip R. Thompson,

Ordered, That the said memorial be referred to Abram Trigg, John Trigg, George B. Upham, Killian the Committee of the whole House to whom was K. Van Rensselaer, Peleg Wadsworth, Lemuel Wil- committed, on the twenty-fourth ultimo, the bill liams, Richard Wynn, and Thomas Wynns.

sent from the Senate, entitled "An act to carry Nars-Willis Alston, John Archer, John Bacon, into effect several resolutions of Congress for Phanuel Bishop, William Butler, Samuel J. Cabell, erecting monuments to the memories of Generals Thomas Claiborne, Matthew Clay, Richard Cutts, John Wooster, Harkemer, Davidson, and Scriven," toDawson, Lucas Elmendorf, Ebenezer Elmer, John Fow- gether with the report of a select committee, proler, William Hoge, James Holland, Michael Leib, James posing amendments thereto. Mott, John Randolph, jr., John Smilie, John Smith, of On motion it was New York, Josiah Smith, Richard Stanford, David Resolved That the Commissioners, appointed Thomas, Joseph B. Varnum, Isaac Van Horne, and under "An act for the amicable settlement of lim. Robert Williams.

its with the State of Georgia, and authorizing the The second and last resolution to which the establishment of a Government in the Mississippi Committee of the Whole reported their disagree- Territory," be, and they are hereby, authorized to ment, being twice read, in the words following, to cause to be printed their report respecting the wit:

claims of settlers, or other persons, together with Resolved, That it is expedient for Congress to recede such documents as may accompany the same; to the State of Maryland, the jurisdiction of that part and that the expense thereof be defrayed out of of the Territory of Columbia, which was ceded to the the contingent fund of this House. United States by the said State of Maryland, by an act On motion, it was passed the nineteenth day of December, in the year one Ordered, That so much of a letter, dated the thousand seven hundred and ninety-one, entitled “An thirteenth últiino, from the Secretary of the Treaact concerning the Territory of Columbia and the City sury to the Chairman of the Committee to whom of Washington:", provided the said State of Maryland were referred the letters of Edward Tiffin, Presishall consent and agree thereto :

dent of the Convention of Ohio, and Thomas The question was taken that the House do con- Worthington, special agent of the said State, tocur with the Committee of the Whole in their gether with a copy of the constitution thereof, disagreement to the same, and resolved in the af- and sundry propositions in addition to, and in firmative.

modification of, those contained in an act passed at the last session of Congress, as relates to the

sale of lands, the property of the United States, THURSDAY, February 10.

within the said State of Ohio, be referred to the An engrossed bill to provide an additional ar- committee appointed the seventeenth of Decemmament for the protection of the seamen and ber last, on that part of the Message from the Precommerce of the United States was read the third sident of the United States, of the fifteenth of the time, and passed.

same month, which "relates to our concerns with Mr. Green, the Delegate in this House from the Indian tribes, and the establishment of a new the Mississippi Territory of the United States, settlement." presented to the House certain resolutions of the The House resolved itself into a Committee of General Assembly of the said Territory, and a the Whole on the bill for the relief of Moses memorial thereto annexed, from the said 'Assem- White; and, after some time spent therein the bill bly, addressed to the President, Senate, and House was reported without amendment, and ordered to of, Representatives of the United States, represent- be engrossed, and read the third time to-morrow. ing the inconveniences to which they have been Mr. Early, from the committee to whom were and are now subjected, in consequence of shutting referred, on the fourth instant, a letter and report the port of New Orleans, in virtue of a proclama- from the Secretary of War, accompanied with tion of the Spanish Intendant of the said port, sundry documents, respecting claims against the without having a place of deposit on the Missis- United States, for services of the militia of the sippi river assigned to them in lieu thereof. State of Georgia, made a report thereon; which

The said resolutions and memorial were read, was read, and ordered to be committed to a Comand ordered to be referred to the Committee of the mittee of the Whole House on Monday next. Whole on the state of the Union.

Mr. Hill, from the committee to whom was A memorial of sundry citizens of the United recommitted, on the seventh instant, an engrossed States, and inhabitants of the city and State of bill to prevent the importation of certain persons, New York, was presented to the House and read, whose admission is prohibited by certain laws of praying that a monument may be erected to per-| the State Governments, reported an amendatory

FEBRUARY, 1803.

Ohio School Fund, Indian Tribes.

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bill to prevent the importation of certain persons will supply the same, be made, for the support of schools into certain States, where, by the laws ihereof, in the district contained between the Scioto and Little their admission is prohibited; which was read Miami rivers., twice and committed to a Committee of the whole 4. Resolved, That a like provision, for the use of House on Monday next.

schools, be made, out of of any lands which may hereThe House resolved itself into a Committee of after be acquired from the Indian tribes. the Whole on the report of the Secretary of State,

5. Resolved, That the lands which now are, or hereof the twenty-fifth ultimo, on the memorial of after may be, appropriated to the use of schools within Tobias Lear; and, after some time spent therein, the State of Ohio, be vested in the Legislature thereof, the Committee rose and were refused leave to sit in trust for that object.

6. Resolved, That not less than three-fifths of the again. Ordered, That the Committee of the whole

sum offered to be appropriated by Congress, for the House be discharged from the farther considera- opening of roads, from the Western to the Atlantic tion thereof; and that the said report and memorial, State of Ohio, for the laying out of roads within that

waters, shall be appropriated, under the direction of the together with the documents accompanying the State. same, be recommitted to a Committee of Claims.

7. Resolved, That, in lieu of the township proposed Mr. Thompson, from the committee appointed, to be granted for the use of an academy, by the act on the memorial of the City of Washington, and passed the fifth day of May, one thousand seven hunAlexandria, reported a bill for establishing the dred and ninety-two, there be granted to the State of Government of Columbia.

Ohio, for the purposes described in that act, one other This bill establishes a Legislature, composed of entire township, within the district of Cincinnati; proa House of Representatives to be chosen annually, vided that the State of Ohio shall relinquish to the and a Senate to be chosen biennially, by the free- United States, all their claims, under the act aforesaid, men who have resided in the Territory twelve against the said John C. Symmes, months and paid taxes. No person to be eligible

8. Resolved, That these propositions shall depend on as a member of the House of Representatives un- the compliance, by the State of Ohio, with the proless resident in the Territory for three years, and visions of the third proposition, and second section of possessed of a freehold for the same time; and no

the aforesaid act, entitled "An act to enable the people person to be eligible as a member of the Senate of the eastern division of the Territory Northwest of unless possessed of property in value amounting ernment, and for the admission of such State into the

the river Ohio to form a constitution and State gov. to five hundred dollars.-Referred to a Comınittee Union, on an equal footing with the original States, of the Whole on Monday next.

and for other purposes," passed the thirtieth day of OHIO SCHOOL FUND.

April, one thousand eight hundred and two. The House resolved itself into a Committee of Ordered, That a bill or bills be brought in, purthe Whole on the report of the committee of the suant to the said resolutions; and that Mr. Ransecond instant, to whom were referred, on the DOLPH, Mr. ELMENDORF, Mr. GODDARD, Mr. Hentwenty-third of December last, a letter from Ed- DERSON, and Mr. Archer, do prepare and bring ward Tiffin, President of the Convention of Ohio, in the same. and a letter' from Thomas Worthington, special

INDIAN TRIBES. agent of the said State, enclosing a copy of the The House resolved itself into a Committee of constitution thereof, together with sundry propo- the Whole on the report of the committee of the sitions in addition to, and in modification of, those thirty-first_ultimo, on so much of the Message contained in an act passed at the last session of from the President of the United States, of the Congress; and after some time spent therein, the fifteenth ultimo, “ as relates to our concerns with Committee rose and reported to the House their the Indian tribes, and the establishment of a new agreement to the resolutions contained therein, settlement;" and, after some time spent therein, with two amendments, which being severally read, the Committee rose and reported to the House the first amendment was, on the question put their agreement to the resolutions contained therethereupon, agreed to, and the other disagreed to in; which were severally, twice read, and agreed by the House.

to by the House, as follows: The said resolvtions, as amended, were again severally read, at the Clerk’s table, and agreed to day of April, one thousand seven hundred and ninety

1. Resolved, That the law passed on the eighteenth by the House, as follows:

six, entitled “An act for establishing trading-houses 1. Resolved, That a donation, equal to one thirty- with the Indian tribes, and which was revived and consixth part of the amount of the lands in the United tinued by another law, passed on the thirtieth day of States Military Tract, within the State of Ohio, be April, one thousand eight hundred and two, ought to made, for the support of schools within that tract. be farther continued, with the appropriations therefor,

2. Resolved, That a donation equal to one thirty- for the term of two years, from the fourth day of March sixth part of the County of Trumbull, be made, out of next; and from thence until the end of the next sesthe lands within the United States' Military Tract, for sion of Congress. the support of schools within the said County of Trum 2. Resolved, That an additional sum of ten thousand bull.

dollars ought to be appropriated, to enable the Execu:: 3. Resolved, That a donation equal to one thirty- tive to embrace any favorable opportunity of obtaining sixth part of the Virginia reservation, so far as the un- farther cessions of land from the Indians. located lands, within that reservation, after the war 3. Resolved, That the sum of two thousand dollars rants issued by that State shall have been first satisfied,) | ought to be appropriated, for the purpose of procuring

same.

H. OF R.
Revolutionary Pensioners.

FEBRUARY, 1803. articles necessary to the establishment of salt-works on ted their report on the petition of Samuel Corp; the Wabash river; and that the Executive ought to be and, after some time spent therein, the Committee authorized to lease the same for a term not exceeding rose and reported to the House their agreement to

years, to one or more persons, as shall appear the resolution contained therein ; which was twice most advantageous to the public, and on conditions read, and agreed to by the House, as follows: which shall insure the working of them. 4. Resolved, That an office ought to be opened for York be, and he is hereby, authorized io pay Sam

Resolved, That the Collector of the port of New the sale of land, within the Mississippi Territory, to uel Corp the amount of three debentures, payable which the Indian title has been, or shall be extinguished, in April, June, and August, one thousand eight on conditions which shall guard against monopoly; hundred, which were issued to him on account of and encourage the actual settlement of the same ; and that prompt measures ought to be taken for the adjust-goods exported by him to New Orleans on board ment of all existing rights and claims within the said the ship Chesapeake, Captain Tombs, in the month Territory.

of August, one thousand seven hundred and ninety Ordered, That a bill or bills be brought in, pur- law, for the obtaining such drawbacks, shall have

nine;

provided that every requisite, agreeably to suant to the said resolutions; and that Mr. DawSON, Mr. Thomas Morris, Mr. Hastings, and

been complied with. Mr. Meriwether, do prepare and bring in the

Ordered, That a bill or bills be brought in, pursuant to the said resolution; and that the Com

mittee of Commerce and Manufactures do prePRESERVATION OF TIMBER.

pare and bring in the

same. On the call of Mr. Newton, the House went

A petition, in the French language, of sundry into a Committee of the Whole on the bill mak- inhabitants of Post Saint Vincennes, inihe Indiana ing an appropriation of $50,000, for the preserya- Territory of the United States, whose names are tion of timber on navy yards and for the improve thereunto subscribed, was presented to the House ment thereof.

and read, complaining of intrusion of the citizens Mr. Randolph considered this bill entirely un- of the United States, on lands which the petitionnecessary, as it made a partial appropriation that ers claim, under a title from certain Indian tribes, would be fully embraced in the general naval and of other grievances therein specified, to which appropriations.

they have been, and now are, subjected; and prayMr. S. Smith moved an amendment desiring ing the interposition of Congress to redress the the appropriation of $50,000, by prescribing that same ; also, that a small portion of wood-land on $10,000 should be appropriated to each of the each side of the Oubache river, adjoining the lands yards of Charlestown, New York, Philadelphia, which they now possess, may be granted for the and Norfolk, and $5,000 to Washington, and a common use and benefit of the petitioners. like sum to Portsmouth.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to A debate ensued, in which Messrs. S. Smith, the committee appointed the eighth instant, on a GRISWOLD, Mircuill, Newton, and Mort, sup- letter from William Henry Harrison, President ported, and Messrs. RANDOLPH, Macon, Smilie, of the Convention, and a memorial of the inhabitand Eustis, opposed the bill; when Mr. Smilie ants of the Indiana Territory of the United States. observed that as the only difference of opinion re Mr Jones, from the committee to whom was lated to the sum, he should move that the Com- referred, on ihe 28th ultimo, a letter from Damittee should rise; when risen, he should move vid Humphreys, relative to the disposition of a postponement of the bill until the general ap- certain presents which he received from the Dey propriation bill should be taken up:

of Algiers and the King of Spain, whilst in the caThe question on the rising of ihe Committee, pacities of Minister Resident of the United States, was carried-yeas 46, nays 33. The Committee at the Court of Lisbon, and Minister Plenipotenrose, when leave was refused them to sit again, tiary at the Court of Madrid, made a report thereand the bill referred to the Committee of Ways and on; which was read, and ordered to lie on the Means.

table.

REVOLUTIONARY PENSIONERS.
Friday, February 11.

On motion of Mr. Helms, the House went into An engrossed bill for the relief of Moses White Committee of the Whole, Mr. J. C. Smith in the was read the time and passed.

Chair, on the following bill: The Speaker laid before the House a report A Bill to make provision for persons that have been from the Secretary of State on the petition of disabled by known wounds received in the actual serWilliam Wilson, John Potts, and David Easton, vice of the United States, during the Revolutionary referred to him by order of the House on the seventeenth ultimo; which was read, and, together with the said petition and the documents accompany resentatives of the United States of America in Con

Be it enacted, dc., by the Senate and House of Reping the same, ordered to be committed to the Com

gress assembled, That any commissioned officer, nonmittee of Claims.

commissioned officer, soldier, or seaman, disabled in the The House resolved itself into the Committee of actual service of the United States, by wounds received the Whole on the supplementary report of the during the Revolutionary war, and who did not desert Committee of Commerce and Manufactures, of the said service, shall be entitled to be placed on the the twenty-sixth ultimo, to whom was recommit- pension list of the United States during life : Provided,

war.

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Revolutionary Pensioners.

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That in substantiating the claims thereto, the rules and Mr. ELMER moved to strike out the sixth rule regulations following, shall be complied with.

in the first section. First. All evidence shall be taken on oath or affirma Mr. GRISWOLD said the effect of this motion tion, before the judge of the district in which such invalid being adopted would be to open the door to all resides, or before some person specially authorized by claims whatever, though they had been fully excommission from the said judge.

amined and rejected. He was therefore against it, Secondly. The evidence relative to any claimant must prove decisive disability to have been the effect of known rejected, had been rejected because sufficient tes

Mr. ELMER replied that almost all the claims wounds received while in the actual line of his duty, in timony had not been produced before the expiration the service of the United States, during the Revolutionary war; that this evidence must be the affidavits of the of the last law, and not from an inability in the commanding officer or surgeon of the ship, regiment, applicants to produce satisfactory testimony in corps, or company, in which such claimant served, or

case they had been indulged with time. two other credible witnesses to the same effect, setting

The amendment was lost-yeas 20. forth the time and place of such known wound.

The second section being under consideration, Thirdly. Every claimant shall be examined on oath Mr. Eustis observed that it was extremely disor affirmation, by some respectable physician or surgeon, agreeable to object to a bill whose object was so to be authorized by commission from the said judge, who beneficent, but he was persuaded that it was im- . shall report in writing his opinion, upon oath or affirm- possible for the judges to execute the duties assignation, of the nature of said disability, and in what deed them. Against the exercise of like duties they gree it prevents the claimant from obtaining his liveli- had already protested. The number of persons hood.

having just claims on the Government was exFourthly. Every claimant must produce evidence of tremely small; and this provision will encourage his having continued in the service of the United States, a great mass of fruitless applications; whereby to the conclusion of the war in seventeen hundred and great expense would be incurred by the applicants eighty-three, or being left out of the service in conse- without any remuneration. · He hoped, therefore, quence of his disability, or in consequence of deranger the Secretary of War would be suffered to receive he has since followed, and of the original existence and the applications; and be authorized to institute a continuance of his disability.

proper tribunal for the decision of claims; or to Fifthly. Every claimant must show satisfactory cause

make report to Congress. His objection to imto the said judge of the district, why he did not apply posing the duties on the judges was insurmountafor a pension, in conformity to laws heretofore passed, ble. They could not coolly investigate in one before the expiration of the limitation thereof.

court the merits of each particular case. When an Sixthly. No evidence of any claimant shall be admit- applicant appeared before them, whose very apted whose claim has heretofore been legally examined pearance indicated his wretchedness, there would and rejected.

be too powerful an address to their sensibilities as Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said men to resist his demand; and they would genejudge of the district shall give to each claimant a trans- rously and magnanimously allow him, without cript of the evidence and proceedings had respecting his rigid inquiry, what he claimed. claim; and shall also transmit a list of such claims, ac Mr. S. Smith said he liked the bill as it stood, companied by the evidence herein directed, to the Sec- better than he should if it were altered conformaretary of the Department of War, in order that the same may be compared with the muster rolls and other doce bly to the wishes of the gentleman from Massauments in his office, and if found to accord therewith, would be more liberal than the judges. If he were

chusetts. He was inclined to think military men the applicants are thenceforth to be placed on the pen- in such a situation, he knew he should. And what sion list of the United States : Provided, That in no case a pension shall commence before the first day of was the danger to be apprehended from such a felJanuary, eighteen hundred and three, except so far as

low feeling? to offset the commutation of half pay received by such The greatest danger was that some unfortunate officers, in which case the proper officer is to calculate wretch, who had too much pride to apply for relief the pension from the first day of January, seventeen hun- until his distresses forced him, should obtain the dred and eighty-four.

relief which his country had awarded him for riskSec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the pensions ing his life and his all in defence of his country's allowed by this act shall be estimated in the manner freedom. Suppose that one, two, or three, or that following, that is to say: a pension to a commissioned even one, two or three hundred, of these unfortunate officer shall be considered the one half of his monthly men should get on the pension list, and that in pay, as by law established, and the proportions less than most of the cases in which relief was furnished a full pension, shall be the like proportion of half pay. Government were deceived ? He would give his And a full pension to a non-commisioned officer, private, consent to the provision, if but twenty worthy men soldier, or seaman, shall be five dollars per month, and of the number, that were now excluded, were the proportion less than a full pension shall be the like

brought on the list. proportions of five dollars per month. Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the pensions

The Committee rose, and reported the bill with becoming due in virtue of this act, shall be paid in the

amendments. same manner as invalid pensions are paid, who have heretofore been placed on the pension list of the United States, under such restrictions and regulations, in all re

SATURDAY, February 12. spects, as are prescribed by the laws of the United States, Ordered, That the bill sent from the Senate, in such cases provided.

entitled “An act to provide for the due execution 7th Con, 20 Ses.-17

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Proceedings.

FEBRUARY, 1803. of the laws of the United States within the State The report was ordered to be printed, and reof Ohio," be recommitted to a Committee of the ferred to a Committee of the whole House for whole House to-day.

Tuesday next. The House resolved itself into a Committee of

Mr. Eustis moved the following resolutions: the Whole on the amendment proposed by the Senate to the bill, entitled "An act for the relief “ Resolved, That provision ought to made, by law, for of the sufferers by fire, in the town of Ports- making such alterations in the Capitol, as may be nemouth ;” and, after some time spent therein, the cessary for the future accommodation of Congress. Committee rose and reported to the House their

Resolved, That the sum of — dollars be approagreement to the same.

priated for the same.” The House then proceeded to consider the said

Resolved, That the said motion be referred to a amendinent at the Clerk's table; and the same Committee of the whole House on Wednesday being twice read, the question was taken, that the next. House do concur with the Committee of the Mr. SOUTHARD, from the committee appointed, whole House in their agreement to the said amend on the twenty-ninth of December last," 10 inquire ment, and resolved in the affirmative.

into the propriety of granting further time to proThe House, resolved into a Committee of the prietors or holders of military land warrants to Whole on the bill sent from the Senate, entitled obtain and locate the same;" who were instructed "An act to provide for the due execution of the by a resolution of this House, of the twenty-sixth laws of the United States, within the State of ultimo, “ to inquire into the expediency of authorOhio ;" and, after some time spent therein, the izing the proprietors or holders of military land bill was reported to the House without amend warrants to locate their respective claims on a less ment.

quantity than four thousand acres;" and to whom The said bill was then read the third time, and were referred, on the fourth instant, two reports passed.

of the Secretary of War: one on the claims to The House resolved itself into a Committee of lands for military services; the other, on claims the Whole on the bill supplementary to the act, for duplicates of warrants issued from the land entitled "An act providing passports for the ships office of Virginia, and plats and certificates of surand vessels of the United States ;” and, after some veys founded on such warrants, suggested to have time spent therein, the bill was reported to the been lost or destroyed; made a report thereon; House with amendments, and ordered to be en- which was read and considered : Whereupon, grossed, and read the third time on Monday next. Resolved, That further time ought to be given to

Mr. Davis, from the committee appointed, on the holders or proprietors of military land warrants to the 25th ultimo, " to inquire into the expediency obtain and locate the same. of concentring the several public offices and other Resolved, That provision ought to be made, by law, public buildings belonging to the United States, to enable persons holding military land warrants, by in the City of Washington,” made a report there - transfer or assignment, to locate them on a less quanwhere the same was read, in the words following, authorizing the Secretary of War to receive from the on; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, tity than four thousand acres.

Resolved, That provision ought to be made, by law, to wit:

twenty separate claimants for military bounty lands, as “ That, in their opinion, no alteration ought to be mentioned in his report, duplicates or certified copies made in the sites of the public offices or other public from the proper offices, of any warrants, plats, or surbuildings belonging to the United States, in the City veys, in lieu of the original, upon satisfactory proof that of Washington.'

the same have been lost or destroyed ; and upon the The House proceeded to consider the said report receipt of copies, as aforesaid, to issue patents to the at the Clerk's table; and the same being again said twenty claimants, upon proof that every other reread, was, on the question put thereupon, agreed to quisite of the law has been complied with; and also, by the House.

to issue warrants to the two hundred and fifty-four Mr. Huger, from the committee to whom was persons whose claims, in the opinion of the Secretary, referred so much of the President's Message as

have been substantiated." relates to the fostering the fisheries of the United Ordered, That a bill or bills be brought in, States, made a report. It concluded with the pursuant to the said resolutions; and that Mr. following resolutions:

SOUTHARD, Mr. Clay, Mr. THATCHER, Mr. Stew1st. Ships and vessels actually employed in the cod Art, and Mr. Israel Smith, do prepare and bring and whale fisheries shall not in future be subject to the in the same. payment of duty on their tonnage.

Mr. Mirchill moved the following resolution: 2d. Fishermen and other persons actually employed in navigating the said vessels, shall not in future be appointed to inquire into the state of the public build

Resolved That a joint committee of both Houses be liable to the payment of hospital money.

3d. The owners of, and persons navigating vessels ings in the City of Washington, and to report what actually employed in the codfisheries, which may be repairs are necessary for their preservation, with the shipwrecked or otherwise lost, whilst so employed, shall

probable expense of such repairs." nevertheless receive such bounty, as they would other Ordered, That the said motion be committed wise have been entitled to under the different acts to a Committee of the Whole House, to whom of Congress, heretofore passed on the subject of the was this day referred a motion relative to a profisheries.

vision for making such alterations in the Capitol

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