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FEBRUARY, 1803. an acre without such appropriation ? Indubita- propriated for military services, and for the Socibly it is. The same reasoning will hold good for ety of the United Brethren for propagating the giving the people of Ohio the salt springs, and for Gospel among the Heathen," was read the third appropriating a portion of the proceeds of the time: Whereupon, lands to laying out roads as an equivalent for the A motion was made and seconded that the exemption of the lands of the United States from House do, by unanimous consent, amend the first taxation. Genilemen who are not operated upon section of the said bill, by striking out therefrom by this principle, and a desire to establish a libéral|the words and from thence to the end of the next provision for schools, will vote against the bill. session of Congress thereafter:” These reasons were entirely satisfactory to the And the question being taken thereupon, it was committee.
unanimously resolved in the affirmative. Mr. R. said he was at a loss to reconcile the The said bill, being so amended at the Clerk's practice of gentlemen with their theory. When table, was then brought in engrossed, and again a proposition was made in Philadelphia to accept read; and on the question thereupon, the jurisdiction in Connecticut, which, though Resolved, That the said bill do pass, and that pompously called an act, (Mr. R. here quoted the the title be, " An act to revive and continue ia title,) was in fact a cession of the soil; ihe gentle force an act in addition to an act, entitled 'An act man from Pennsylvania (Mr. GREGG) voied in in addition to an act regulating the grants of land the affirmative, while I, said Mr. R., was in the appropriated for military services, and for the Sonegative. I am at a loss to reconcile his vote ciety of the United Brethren, for propagating the then with his present arguments. The genıle- Gospel among the Heathen; and for other purman, who thinks all the lands of the United States poses.". a general fund for public purposes, was for giving [This bill contains an honorable donation of up three millions of acres, to the value of six mil- land, equal to the quantity allowed to an officer lions of dollars, without receiving any valuable of the same grade, to General Lafayette.] consideration; and now he is a verse to an appro- A memorial of James Strawbridge, in behalf of priation which gives up nothing, but which will himself, and as trustee for the Tennessee Companecessarily enhance the value of public property. ny, was presented to the House and read, stating By the law passed the last session, we made cer, his claim as an original proprietor and trustee, as tain propositions to the State of Ohio, subject to aforesaid, to a certain quantity of land situate in the right of that State to accept or reject them. the territory lately ceded to the United States by These propositions that State has agreed to, with the State of Georgia: and submitting to the concertain modifications. To make them binding on sideration of Congress certain terms and conditions, Ohio, it is necessary for us to accept them in loto, therein specified, upon which the memorialist on as modified. If there is but a partial acceptance, his part, and in behalf of the said Tennessee Comthat State is not bound to exempt the public land pany, is willing to relinquish to the United States from taxation. But if they are agreed to in toro, ihe title to the said land, in fee simple. the compact is final and binding. I have only to Ordered, That the said memorial be referred to add that this is a desirable object, as the exemption the Committee of the Whole House to whom was will be more than an equivalent for that which is committed, on the nineteenth instant, the bill for surrendered on our part, and to observe that how settling sundry claims to public lands of the United ever plain and easy it may be to settle the abstract States south of the State of Tennessee. principles, in cases where States are litigants,
Mr. Nicholson called for the order of the day ihere must be some immediate umpire.
on the bill to regulate the grants of land south of Mr. Gregg wished to say one word in reply to Tennessee. the gentleman from Virginia who had just sat
Mr. Bayard called for a resolution on making down. The gentleman had charged him with an indemnification for French spoliations. inconsistency, because he opposed the present bill,
Mr. Thompson called for the bill for the gor. although he had voted for the act assuming the ju- ernment of Columbia. risdiction of the Connecticut Reserve. The cases The House agreed to Mr. Nicholson's motion, were by no means analogous. Connecticut had and went into a Committee of the Whole on the a claim. She herself, at least, considered it such, i bill for regulating the grants of land south of and in virtue thereof had issued grants, and taken Tennessee. possession of the land. In the present instance The bill corresponds in its leading features, with ihere is no claim. None is pretended. It is an the report of the commissioners. absolute grant of a common property to the ex,
Mr. Israel Smith moved an amendment to the clusive benefit of a few. Such granis he should first section, reinstating the claimants under the always consider it his duty to oppose.
company of military adventurers in lands held by After a few words from Mr. Bacon, in favor of them under Great Britain. the bill, it passed in the affirmative.
This motion was supported by Messrs. ISRAEL
Smith, GriswoLD, DANA, and Bacon; and opposWEDNESDAY, February 23.
ed by Messrs. Nicholson, R. Williams, MERI
WETHER, and S. Smith. An engrossed bill to revive and continue in force The amendment was lost-yeas 14. an act in addition to an act, entitled "An act in Several amendments were then made in the addition to an act regulating the grants of land ap- details of the bill.
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two; which were read, and ordered to lie on the Mr. RANDOLPH, from the Committee of Ways
table. and Means, reported a bill authorizing the transfer
The Message, received yesterday from the Presof the duties of the supervisor to any other office. ident of the United States, transmitting a report Referred to a Committee of the Whole to day.
of the Secretary of State on the case of the DanThe House went immediately into a Committee ish brigantine Hendrick, was read and, together of the Whole on the bill.
with the documents transmitted therewith, referMr. R. explained the object of the bill, by stating red to a Committee of the Whole House to-morthat it had been introduced in consequence of an row. application from the Treasury Department. It
The Speaker laid before the House a letter from was considered, that in those districts where the the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting an accollection of the internal taxes was nearly com- count of the receipts and expenditures of the Unipleted, and where the supervisor may, from the ted States for the year one thousand eight hundred smallness of the commission, be unwilling to dis- and one; also, a letter to him from the Register charge the duties of the office, they might be trans
of the Treasury, in relation thereto ; which were ferred to some other officer of the United States read, and ordered to lie on the table. who might be willing to undertake to discharge An engrossed bill authorizing the transfer of them. In cases where the compensation will be the duties of Supervisor to any other office was
extremely small, it is proposed io allow a salary read the third time and passed. · not exceeding two hundred and fifty dollars.
A memorial of Thomas Young, in behalf of Mr. Dana suggested the propriety of limiting himself and others, was presented to the House the transfer of duties to officers employed in the and read, stating his claim as a proprietor in a comcollection of the customs.
pany, entiiled, by purchase, to a quantity of land Mr. GRISWOLD moved to limit the power of the situated in the territory lately ceded to the United President to the appointment of revenue officers. States by the State of Georgia, to which the InOn this motion a short conversation ensued.
dian title has not been extinguished, and submitThose in favor of the motion thought it proper ing to the consideration of Congress, certain terms for the Legislature to designate as closely as practi- and conditions therein specified, upon which the cable the description of officers from which the memorialist
, on his part, and in behall of those President should be empowered to vominate those whom he represents, will agree to relinquish to 10 whom the duties of supervisor should be trans- the United States a right to the said land, in fee ferred; while those against the motion remarked simple. that authority to appoint any officer would be safe
Ordered, That the said memorial be referred to ly vested in the President in a business of so trifling the Committee of the whole House to whom was a nature, and that convenience would result from committed. on the nineteenth instant, the bill for not abridging the field of choice.
settling sundry claims to public lands of the UniThe amendment was lost without a division.
ted States south of the Siate of Tennessee, The committee rose, and reported the bill; and
The House resolved itself into a Committee of the House immediately took it into consideration. the Whole on the bill to make Beaufort and Pas
The Speaker put the question on engrossing samaquoddy, ports of entry and delivery; to make the bill.
Easton, Nanjemoy, and Tiverton, ports of delivery; Mr. Griswold observed that in all instances to change the name of the district of Nanjemoy to where moneys of the United States were received, that of Saint Mary's; to authorize the establishbonds had been required. In this bill there was ment of a new collection district on Lake Ontario, no such provision. He was against such an in- and the appointment of a surveyor at Nanjemoy; novation, and must therefore vote against the bill. and, after some time spent therein, the bili was re
Mr. Randolph replied that marshals, and other ported to the House with two amendments thereto; officers, on whom those duties might be devolved, which were severally twice read, and, on the quesdid give security for the faithful performance of tion put thereupon, agreed to by the House. duty. The duties of supervisor, when transferred
The said bill then being further annended at the to them, would be their duties.
Clerk's table, was, together with the amendmenis, This was contested by Messrs. Griswold, and ordered to be engrossed, and read the third time -Mr. Nicholson moved an amendment requir
The House resumed the consideration of ihe bill ing bonds to be given, which was carried without in addition to an act, entitled "An act to amend a division; when the bill was ordered to be en- the judicial system of the United States," to which grossed for a third reading to-morrow.
the Commitiee of the whole House reported an amendment on the sixteenth instant: Whereupon,
a motion was made, and the question being put, THURSDAY, February 24.
that the farther consideration thereof be postponed The Speaker laid before the House a letter until the first Monday in November next, it passed from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting in the negative. a letter to him from the Comptroller of the Trea- The said bill was then further amended at the sury, dated the twenty-third instant; also a state- Clerk's table, and together with the amendments, ment of the emoluments of the officers of the cus-ordered to be engrossed, and read the third time toms, for the year one thousand eight hundred and 10-morrow.
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The House resolved itself into a Committee of also, by inserting after the word “did,” in the the Whole on the bill concerning the salt springs fourth line of the same section, the words followon the waters of the Wabash river; and, after ing, to wit: some time spent therein, the Committee rose and
“With the consent of the British Government of reported two amendments thereto; which were
West Florida, on or before the day when the British severally twice read, and agreed to by the House. possessions of West Florida were conquered of Spain,
Ordered, That the said bill, with the amend- actually inhabit and cultivate a tract of land in the Misments, be engrossed, and read the third time to- sissippi Territory, not claimed by virtue of the precemorrow.
ding section, or of any British grant, or of the articles The House resolved itself into Committee of the of agreement and cession between the United States Whole on the bill for erecting a light-house at the and the State of Georgia, and was driven therefrom by entrance of Penobscot bay, or any other place in the events of the war between the United States and its vicinity that may be deemed preferable by the Great Britain; and to every person, or the legal repreSecretary of the Treasury; and, after some time sentative of every person, who, being either the head spent therein, the Committee rose and reported of a famlly, or of twenty-one years of age, did" two amendments thereto; which were severally And the question being taken thereupon, it passtwice read, and, on the question put thereupon, ed in the negative-yeas 17, pays 44, as follows: agreed to by the House.
YEAS–James A. Bayard, John Condit, John DavenOrdered, That the said bill, with the amend-port, Ebenezer Elmer, Calvin Goddard, John A. Hanna, ments, be engrossed, and read the third time to- Daniel Heister, Benjamin Huger, James Mott, Thomas
Plater, William Shepard, Israel Smith, John Cotton A letter was received from the Secretary of the Smith, Samuel Thatcher, Joseph B. Varnum, Peleg Treasury, enclosing a report of the emoluments of Wadsworth, and Lemuel Williams. the officers employed in the customs.
Nars—John Archer, John Bacon, Thomas Boude, Also from the same departinent, an account of Robert Brown, William Butler, Samuel J. Cabell, the receipts and expenditures of the United States Thomas Claiborne, Matthew Clay, John Clopton, John for 1801.
Dawson, Lucas Elmendorf, John Fowler, Edwin Gray, The House took up the amendments of the Andrew Gregg, William Barry Grove, Joseph Heister, Senate to the bill amending the act for the Mili- William Helms, William Hoge, David Holmes, Michael
Leib, David Meriwether, Samuel L. Mitchill, Thomas tary Establishment. The amendments are, a new section authorizing Randolph, jr., John Smilie, John Smith, of New York,
Moore, Anthony New, Joseph H. Nicholson, John the employment of one officer and eighteen men
John Smith, of Virginia, Josiah Smith, Samuel Smith, to make practical experiments; and allowing three Richard Stanford, John Stanley, John Stewart, John thousand dollars, instead of two thousand dollars, Taliaferro, jr., Thomas Tillinghast, Philip R. Thompfor clerk hire in certain offices.
son, Abram Trigg, John Trigg, Philip Van Cortlandt, Amendments agreed to-yeas 33, nays 23. Isaac Van Horne, Robert Williams, Richard Winn, Mr. Thompson said there was a long bill for Thomas Wynns. the organization of the militia of Columbia, which had been referred to a Committee of the Whole. ments agreed to, be engrossed, and read the third
Ordered, That the said bill, with the amendFrom its great length he was apprehensive, unless
time tomorrow. some other disposition were made, there would not be time to pass it through both Houses. As it was indispensable that something should be
FRIDAY, February 25. done, he hoped it would be referred to a select An engrossed bill in addition to an act, entitled committee other than that which had reported it, "An act regulating the grants of land appropriated on whose report it might be engrossed for a third for the refugees from the British prorinces of Canreading.
ada and Nova Scotia," was read the third time, Agreed to, and referred to a committee of seven. and passed.
The House took up the amendments reported An engrossed bill in addition to an act, entitled by the Committee of ihe Whole on the bill regu- "An act to amend the Judiciary system of the lating the grants of land, and providing for the United States," was read the third time and passed. disposal of the lands of the United States south An engrossed bill to make Beaufort and Pasof ihe State of Tennessee; and agreed to them. samaquoddy ports of entry and delivery; 10 make
Easton, Nanjemoy, and Tiverton, ports of delivery; CANADIAN REFUGEES.
to change the name of the district of Nanjemoy to Mr. Gregg, from the committee appointed on that of Saint Mary's; to authorize the establishthe twenty-third instant, presented a bill in addi- ment of a new collection district on Lake Ontario; tion to the act, entitled "An act regulating the and the appointment of a Surveyor at Nadjemoy; grants of land appropriated for the refugees from was read the third time, and passed. the British provinces of Canada and Nova Scotia ;" An engrossed bill concerning the salt springs which was read twice and engrossed, and ordered on the waters of the Wabash river was read the to be read the third time to-morrow.
third time and passed. Mr. I. Smith renewed his amendment, rejected Mr. Samuel Smith, from the committee to yesterday, to insert after the word “whó,” in the whom was recommitted, on the twenty-fourth inthird line of the second section, the words “not stant, the bill more effectually to provide for the being enemies of the American Revolution, and;" organization of the militia of the District of Co
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lumbia, reported an amendatory bill; which was “A detailed account of the expenditures and appliread iwice and committed to a Committee of the cation of all public moneys which have passed through whole House to-morrow.
the Quartermaster General's department from the first An engrossed bill for erecting a light-house at day of January, one thousand seven hundred and the entrance of Penobscot bay, or any other place ninety-seven, to the thirty-first day of December, one in its vicinity, ahat may be deemed preferable by thousand eight hundred and one. the Secretary of the Treasury, was read the third
“ A similar account of the expenditure of all public time and passed.
moneys which have passed through the Navy agents. An engrossed bill regulating the grants of land. tion of all moneys drawn out of the Treasury for the
“ A similar account of the expenditure and applicaand providing for the disposal of the lands of the contingencies of the Military and Naval EstablishUnited States south of the State of Tennessee, was read the third time and passed.
“Copies of the contracts made by the Navy DepartOn motion
ment for the purchase of timber and stores, and the Resolved. That the Secretary of War be, and accounts of moneys paid under such contracts.” he is hereby, directed to procure and lay before Congress, at the commencement of their next ses
Mr. Williams stated, that, conformable to this siop. an authentic list of the individuals who, agree order, those accounts had been prepared and transably to the former resolves of Congress, were placed mitted to the House by Message from the Presion ihe list of invalid pensioners in the State of dent on the 23d of December last. He therefore South Carolina, and. by the regulations of that moved that the Message of the President, together State, were entitled to pensions at the commence with the documents accompanying it, be printed. ment of the present Government of the United
After a few words of desultory conversation, the States, but who have not since been paid the same. motion was agreed to by the House. A message from the Senate, informed the House
Mr. Nicholson then rose and said, that he that the Senate have passed a bill, entitled "An wished to make another motion respecting those act to alter the time of' holding the Court of the documents. He said that he had seen estimates United States in Kentucky ;" to which they de- of the expense of printing them, and as business sire the concurrence of this House.
of that kind was usually done, the expense would Mr. Mirchill, from the committee appointed, amount to a sum from eight to ten thousand dolon the fifteenth instant, on the provision which lars; but he had seen proposals from two printers ought to be made by law for the regulation of on the subject, both of whom had stated that they quarantine within the District of Columbia," made would print the documents for a much less sum a report thereon ; which was read, and ordered to than they would ordinarily cost, as they could be be referred to a Committee of the whole House to-printed during the recess of Congress, and they morrow.
had journeymen now employed who would not Mr. Mirchill, from the same committee, also be much engaged during the recess. One of the reported a bill to regulate the quarantine of ships printers, Mr. William "Duane, had offered to and vessels in the port of Alexandria ; which was print them for five thousand five hundred dolread twice and committed to the Committee of lars; the other, Mr. Smith, had offered to do the the whole House last appointed.
work for five thousand two hundred dollars. He The order of the day for the House to resolve therefore moved a resolution, that the sum of five itself into a Committee of the Whole on the bill thousand two hundred dollars be appropriated to for establishing the Government of the Territory this object, and that it should be paid out of the of Columbia, being called for, a motion was made contingent funds of this House, provided the exand seconded that ihe said order of the day be post- pense of printing does not exceed that sum. poned until the first Monday in November next.
While the House were waiting for Mr. N.'s moAnd the question being taken thereupon, it passed tion to be reduced to writing, in the negative.
Mr. Van CORTLAND rose and said, that as he
bad voted for the printing of the document, withPRINTING PUBLIC DOCUMENTS.
out knowing the expense, he would now move to Mr. Robert Williams rose and expressed a reconsider that question. hope that gentlemen who had called for other bu- The SPEAKER observed, that this motion could siness would give way to him for a moment, as he not be received until the one before the House wished only io move for the printing of a docu-was disposed of. ment. The floor was conceded to him, and he Mr. Nicholson's motion being reduced to writthen stated that an order of this House had passed, ing, was read. at the last session of Congress, calling upon the
Mr. Griswold rose and remarked, that he bePresident for certain detailed accounts of the ex- lieved the object which the gentleman from Marypenditure of public money, to which order he re- land (Mr. Nicholson) had in view would not be ferred from the Journals of the last session of accomplished by this resolution. The House had Congress, and which is in the words follow- made a positive order to print the documents-it ing, viz:
would become the duty of the Clerk of this " Resolved, That the President of the United States House to procure it to be done, whatever might be requested to cause the proper officers to prepare and be the expense attending it. The expense, of lay before the House, during the first week of the en- course, like that of any other printing done by suing session of Congress, the following statements: order of the House, would be paid out of the con.
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tingent fund, and an appropriation of money sary hereaster to act upon them further. He could not be made by a resolution of this House. would pursue the same course as was pursued reMoneys could be drawn from the Treasury only specting the census last year. That was a work in consequence of appropriations made by law. very difficult of execution, and cost considerable The resolution, therefore, was both useless and money, and yet the House ordered it printed. improper. If the gentleman wished to limit the Here the "SPEAKER read the resolution of last expense of printing these documents it should session called for by Mr. Griswold. After which, have been done by way of proviso to the order for Mr. BAYARD rose and said, that if the genileprinting, which had just been passed.
man from New York (Mr. Mitchell) had atMr. Nicholson withdrew his resolution, when tended to the subject, he would have found that the motion for reconsideration was renewed. it was not necessary to incur the expense of print
Mr. GODDARD said he hoped the motion to re- ing these documents out of respeci to the Presiconsider would prevail; noi that he wished to dent. The call for the papers proceeded from this prevent the documents from being printed, but House. The President knew nothing of what because he wished that the gentleman from Mary- they contained, but had acted only in obedience land (Mr. Nicholson) might have an opportu- to the resolution of the House. It was therefore nity to try the sense of the House upon his propo- entirely an affair of our own. Mr. B. said he sition to limit the expense, which could not be wished the gentleman from North Carolina, (Mr. done unless the vote was reconsidered, so as to Williams,) when he moved for printing these bring the subject again before the House. He documents, had been good enough to assign one thought there was another reason for reconsider- solitary reason for so doing. For his part be ing the vote. He observed that the vote that had could perceive no good purpose to be answered by passed in pursuance of the motion of the gentle. it. No gentleman had examined the documents, man from North Carolina, (Mr. R. Williams.) or knew what they contained, and yet we are to was simply to print the documents. without de- incur a large expense for printing this mass of signating io what use they were to be applied papers without knowing what they contained. when printed; nor was any direction given as to Mr. S. Smith expressed himself against the the number of copies to be printed. It was usual printing of the documents. He said no one good in such orders to express the use to which the purpose could be answered by it. Those docudocument directed to be printed is to be applied. ments had already cost the United Slates more
Mr. R. WILLIAMS said he hoped the motion than five thousand dollars in transcribing them would not prevail. He did not wish to have the from the books of the departments-three addiexpense limited by a proviso, which might pre- tional clerks having been constantly employed vent the priuting, if the expense should exceed during the whole recess of Congress for his the limited sum. He wished to have the docu- purpose. ments printed if it should cost ten thousand Jollars. The motion to reconsider was carried.
*Mr. ELMENDORF was against reconsidering the Mr. Nicholson then offered a resolution on this vote. He said that at the time when the docu- subject, which, in consequence of a suggestion ments were transmitied to the House he was the from Mr. Griswold, he consented to vary, and only member of the committee of investigation which is in the words following, viz: who was present. He thought it better, therefore,
“ Resolved, That the Message of the President of to delay the motion for printing until the arrival the 234 of December last, together with the documents of the other members; but he wished the docu. accompanying the same, be printed for the use of the ments printed, let it cost what it would. It would members, provided the expense shall not exceed the be recollected that this embraced the accounts of sum of five thousand two hundred dollars.” the expenditure from the contingent funds of the Mr. R. Williams called for a division of the departments for several years; therefore the ex- question, observing that he wished to vote for pense was great. But such an account ought printing the documents, but not for limiting the every year to be published.
expense. Mr. Nicholson expressed the same sentiment. The SPEAKER declared the question to be di
Mr. GODDARD called for the reading of the reso- visible. lution of last session. He said he believed the
Mr. Bacon hoped the documents would be documents went much farther than the expendi- printed. It would be recollected that the report ture of moneys from the contingent fund; they of the investigating committee, so called, called appeared to him to be a mere transcript of almost forth the talents of a gentleman who had been all the books of the Departments of War and the lately high in office, in an address to the public, Navy for several years.
in which the conduct of the committee had been Mr. Mirchill was in favor of having the docu- strongly condemned, and ihrough that committee ments printed. He said that if the President had the conduct of this House. Another gentleman, thoughi proper to communicate these documents lately high in office, had transmitted a long repreto us, and direct them to be extracted from the sentation to this House, during the present sesbooks of the departments, it must be for some sion, upon which no order had been iaken. He valuable purpose, and he thought we could do no wished the documents published, that they might, less than pay a respectful attentiou to the Presi- if they would do so, justify the conduce of that deni's communication, and order them to be committee and this louse. printed. It might, for aught he knew, be neces- Mr. Elmer declared himself to be against the