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man thought that he had coinmitted such an act, Mr. Dawson observed that an estimate had been he invited him then to bring forward the charge. made. He had been told that the manner in which the Mr. Bacon inquired what sum it was contemaffair had been stated was this: that the disclo- plated to appropriate. sure was made in a letter which he had written to Mr. Brent said an estimate had been made by one of his constituents in North Carolina ; and an eminent architect of the sum that would be that the imputation rested on a letter in the hands required for putting the part of the Capitol, in of his colleague (Mr. HENDERSON.) That letter which the House sat, in such a situation as to accould be produced; and if any gentleman gave commodate them. The estimate, he understood, @redit to the charge, he wished it to be produced was $40,000. immediately, that he might not go home under Mr. Morris asked if it was not intended to reany such imputation. He had not indeed expect- pair the other parts of the Capitol and the Presied that any such imputation, founded on a dispo- dent's House, the roofs of which were, he undersition to disclose the confidential proceedings of stood, so leaky as to threaten both edifices with the House, would have been laid to one of the ruin? majority. He did suppose if there should be any Mr. Dawson's motion was then agreed todisclosure, it would come from another quarter. ayes 42. He however, solicited any gentleman to bring for- Mr. Brent moved to fill the blank with $50,000. ward the charge who professed to believe it. This carried-ayes 40. was a debt of justice due to him

and to the House : On motion of Mr. Eustis the above appropriaand if were not done, he would not consider the tion was made to embrace the keeping in repair gentleman who had made it as believing it himself. of the highway between the Capitol and the Pres

Mr. Griswold said it ought to be known to the ident's House. House, that the colleague of the gentleman (Mr. The Committee then rose and reported the bill HENDERSON) had been and still was confined by with amendments; to which the House agreed, sickness. He regretted under those circumstances and ordered the bill to be engrossed for a third that the gentleman had not waited until his col- reading today. league attended in his place. Mr. Holland said he meant not to cast any

TENNESSEE LANDS. imputation on his colleague; he had not subjected The House went into a Committee of the himself to the least obloquy. If he was in pos. Whole on the bill for settling sundry claims to session of the letter it was in the power of gentle- public lands of the United States south of the men to obtain it.

State of Tennessee.

The bill consists of eleven sections; the first CITY OF WASHINGTON.

three of which follow: Mr. Randolph, from the Committee of Ways and Means, reported a bill concerning the City of resentatives of the United States of America, in Con

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep. Washington, which was referred to a Committee gress assembled, That every grant, deed, conveyance, of the Whole.

or other written evidence of any claim or claims to any The bill allows an annual salary of $1,200 to of the lands lying to the north of the thirty-first degree the superintendent, three dollars per day to the of north latitude, south of the State of Tennessee, east surveyor, and provides for clerk-hire and contin- of the river Mississippi, and west of the western boundgent expenses in these offices.

ary of the State of Georgia, as the said boundary is Mr. Randolph suggested to the gentleman from between the United States and that State, derived, or

described by the articles of agreement and cession New York the propriety of introducing into this bill such provisions as he thought proper, and had pretended to be derived, from an act of the State of

Georgia, passed on the seventh day of January, 1795, some time since alluded to, respecting the neces.

entitled "An act supplementary to an act for approprisary repairs to the public buildings.

ating a part of the unlocated territory of this Siate, for Mr. Mirchill made a few remarks on the ne

the payment of the State troops, and for other purposes cessity of making provision for the accommoda- therein mentioned, and declaring the right of this State tion of the next Congress, in consequence of its to the unappropriated territory thereof, for the protection augmented numbers, and for repairing several and support of the frontiers of this state, and for other parts of the buildings now in a state of ruin and purposes therein mentioned,” shall be exhibited to the dilapidation; and conluded by saying he would Secretary of State within twelve months after the passprepare a new section to that effect.

ing of this act, and there recorded in a book or books Mr. Dawson said he had prepared a new section to be kept for that purpose, at the expense of the party of this nature, which he offered to the Chair, ap- exhibiting the same, who shall pay to the person empropriating dollars, to be applied under the ployed by the Secretary of State for recording the same, direction of the President to the repair of the Capi- at the rate of twelve and a half cents for every hundred tol, for the future accommodation of Congress.

words contained in each document thus recorded; nor On the suggestion of Mr. Alston, the motion idence of any claim derived, or pretended to be derived,

shall any grant, deed, conveyance, or other written evwas varied so as to embrace the public buildings from the said act of the State of Georgia, unless it shall generally

have been exhibited and recorded in the manner and Mr. MERIwether thought the Committee were within the time above specified, ever after be admitted acting without proper information.

or considered as evidence in any of the courts of the

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United States, against any other grant from the State this act contained shall be construed to recognise, imof Georgia, or from the United States.

pair, or affect the claims of any person or persons to Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That so much of any of the lands above mentioned. the five millions of acres reserved by the articles of

Carried without a division. agreement and cession between the United States and

The Committee rose, and the House immedithe State of Georgia, as shall not, during the presentately concurred in their amendments. session of Congress, have been appropriated for satisfy

Mr. Huger renewed the motion which he had ing claims other than those described in the preceding inade in Committee, on which a debate ensued in section, to any of the lands above mentioned, or so

which Messrs. Huger and Bayard supported, and much of the net proceedings thereof as may be necessary for that purpose, shall be, and the same is hereby, Messrs. Nicholson and MERIWETHER opposed it. appropriated for the purpose of indemnifying for, and

Mr. Davis moved the recommitment of the bill extinguishing the claims or pretended claims to any of to the Committee of the Whole. the lands above mentioned, which are derived, or pre- Mr. Nicholson opposed the motion; which tended to be derived, from the above mentioned act of was lost-ayes 15. the State of Georgia.

The question was then taken on Mr. Huger's Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the several amendment, and decided in the affirmative-ayes companies, or persons claiming under them, designated 36-poes 21. in the said act of the State of Georgia, by the names of The bill was then ordered to be engrossed for a “Georgia Company," "Georgia Mississippi Company," third reading to-day-ayes 49. “ Tennessee Company,” and “Upper Mississippi Company,” shall, upon making such a release of the whole of their respective claim or claims, in favor of the Uni

Tuesday, March 1. ted States, as shall be approved of by the Attorney

A message from the Senate informed the House General for the time being, entitled to receive grants that the Senate have passed a bill, entitled "An for the amount of land appropriated by the next pre- act directing a detachment from the militia of the ceding section of this act: Provided, however, That the United States, and for erecting certain arsenals ;" same grant shall be located with the approbation of the 10 which they desire the concurrence of this Secretary of the Treasury for the time being, on lands House. The Senate have also passsd the bill, ento which the Indian title has not yet been extinguished, titled "An act for the relief of insolvent debtors in no more than six tracts; that is to say, three tracts within the District of Columbia," with several for the persons claiming under the Georgia Company, amendments; to which they desire the concurand one tract for each of the other companies, or the

rence of this House. persons claiming under them respectively, each of which tracts shall extend the whole length or breadth of the ington was read the third time and passed.

An engrossed bill concerning the City of Washterritory claimed by the respective companies, and shall

The House proceeded to consider the amendnot have a greater proportionate tract on the rivers

ments proposed by the Senate to the bill, entitled than the territory thus claimed.

"An act for the relief of insolvent debtors within Mr. Huger moved an amendment, the object the District of Columbia :" Whereupon, of which was to place the South Carolina Yazoo Ordered, That the said amendments, together Company on the same footing with the other with the bill, be committed to Mr. Nicholson, Mr. claiman ts.

TALIAFERRO, and Mr. Hunt. This motion was supported by Messrs. Huger

The following Message was received from the and BaYard, and opposed by Messrs. NichOLSON PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: and ME RIWETHER; and was lost-ayes 18.

Gentlemen of the House of Representatives : Mr. MERIWETHER then moved a new section in lieu of the third section ; directing the Secretary December 20th, I communicated to you such returns

According to the request stated in your resolution of of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the of the militia of the different States as had then been Attorney General, to receive such propositions as received. Since that date, returns have been received may be made by the claimants, and to make report from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, at the next session of Congress.

New York, North Carolina, Georgia, and Kentucky, Mr. Nicholson supported this motion.

which are now transmitted to you. Mr. Eustis moved an amendment authorizing MARCH 1, 1803.

THOS, JEFFERSON. the commissioners to make a final settlement of

The said Message was read, and, together with the claims.

the statement transmitted therewith, ordered to Mr. Nicholson opposed the amendment.

lie on the table. Mr. Gregg was opposed not only to the amend

The SPEAKER laid before the House a letter ment but to the bill itself.

from the Secretary of the Treasury, accompanyMr. Meriwether spoke against the amendment. ing his report on the state of the direct tax, to

Mr. Eustis's amendment was lost without a division.

gether with a letter to him, from the CommisThe new section offered by Mr. Meriwether suance of a resolution of this House of the 24th of

sioner of the Revenue, relative thereto, in purwas then adopted-ayes 42.

January last; which were read, and ordered to Mr. MERIWETHER moved to strike out all the lie on the table. remaining sections, except the eleventh, which is The House resolved itself into a Committee of as follows:

the whole House on the bill to allow a drawback Sec. 11. And be it further enacted, That nothing in l of duty on sugar refined within the United States;

7th Con. 2d Ses.-20

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The Mint- Danish Brig Henrick.

March, 1803. and, after some time spent therein, the Com- Hastings, Griswold, Bacon, Dana, and Godmittee reported the bill with several amendments DARD, against the bill. thereto; which were severally twice read, and Mr. Lets moved a postponement of the bill to agreed to by the House.

the first Monday in December. Ordered, That the said bill, with the amend- On which motion the yeas and nays were taken, ments, be engrossed, and read the third time and were-yeas 39, nays 39. The SPEAKER deto-morrow.

clared himself against the postponement. The House proceeded to the farther considera- | The question was then taken by yeas and pays tion of an engrossed bill for settling sundry claims on the passage of the bill, and carried-yeas 41, to public lands of the United Staies south of the nays 38, as follows: State of Tennessee, which was yesterday read the YEAS—Willis Alston, John Archer, Theodorus Baithird time: Whereupon, the question being taken ley, Walter Bowie, Richard Brent, Samuel J. Cabell, that the said bill do pass, it was resolved in the John Campbell, Thomas Claiborne, Matthew Clay, John affirmative-yeas 58, nays 12, as follows: Clopton, Richard Cutts, John Dawson, Peter Early, Lu

YEAS—Willis Alston, John Archer, John Bacon, cas Elmendorf, Ebenezer Elmer, Andrew Gregg, John
Theodorus Bailey, James A. Bayard, Phanuel Bishop, A. Hanna, Daniel Heister, David Holmes, George Jack-
Walter Bowie, Richard Brent, Robert Brown, Williamson, David Meriwether, Samuel L. Mitchill, Anthony
Butler, Thomas Claiborne, John Clopton, John Con- New, Thomas Newton, jr., Joseph H. Nicholson, John
dit, Manasseh Cutler, John Davenport, John Dawson, Randolph, jun., John Smilie, Israel Smith, John Cotton
William Dickson, Lucas Elmendorf, Ebenezer Elmer, Smith, John Smith, of New York, Samuel Smith, Richard
William Eustis, Calvin Goddard, Edwin Gray, John Stanford, John Taliaferro, jun., David Thomas, Philip
A. Hanna, Seth Hastings, William Helms, Benjamin R. Thompson, Abram Trigg, George B. Upham Philip
Huger, Samuel Hunt, David Meriwether, Samuel Mit- Van Cortlandt, Isaac Van Horne, Henry Woods, and
chill, Thomas Morris, James Mott, Anthony New, Thomas Wynns.
Thomas Newton, jun., Joseph H. Nicholson, Thomas

Nays—John Bacon, James A. Bayard, Phanuel Plater, Nathan Read, William Shepard, John Smilie, Bishop, Thomas Boude, Robert Brown, William ButIsrael Smith, John Cotton Smith, John Smith, of New ler, John Condit, Manasseh Cutler, Samuel W. Dana, York, Josiah Smith, Samuel Smith, Henry Southard, John Davenport, Thomas T. Davis, William Dickson, Joseph Stanton, John Stewart, Samuel Tenney, David William Eustis, Calvin Goddard, Edwin Gray, Roger Thomas, Thomas Tillinghast, Philip R. Thompson, Griswold, William Barry Grove, Seth Hastings, Joseph John Trigg, George B. Upham, Philip Van Cortlandt, Heister, William Hoge, Benjamin Huger, Michael Isaac Van Horne, Peleg Wadsworth, Richard Winn, Leib, Thomas Morris, James Mott, Thomas Plater, Henry Woods, and Thomas Wynns.

Nathan Read, William Shepard, John Smith, of VirNars—Thomas Boude, Samuel J. Cabell, Andrew ginia, Josiah Smith, Henry Southard, Joseph Stanton, Gregg, William Barry Grove, Joseph Heister, William John Trigg, Joseph B. Varnum, Peleg Wadsworth,

John Stewart, Samuel Tenney, Thomas Tillinghast, Hoge, David Holmes, Michael Leib, John Randolph, jr., John Smith, of Virginia, Richard Stanford, and John

and Richard Winn. Taliaferro, jun.

The House adjourned until five o'clock, post THE MINT.

meridian. The House went into a Committee of the Whole

Five o'clock, P. M. on the bill to prolong the continuance of the Mint at Philadelphia.

An engrossed bill to prolong the continuance The bill provides for the continuance of the of the Mint at Philadelphia was read the third

time, and passed. Mint for five years, and appropriates $500 beyond

The bill sent from the Senate, entitled "An act the usual appropriation for the establishment. The appropriation was, on motion of Mr. Var- United States, and for erecting certain arsenals,"

directing a detachment from the militia of the NUM, struck out, without a division. The Committee then reported the bill.

was read twice and committed to a Committee

of the whole House to-morrow. The House concurred in the report. Mr. Alston observed that if it were not so late that the Senate have passed the bill, entitled "An

A message from the Senate, informed the House in the session he would move to strike out the act to make provision for persons that have been first section, by which the Mint would be abol, disabled by known wounds received in the actual ished; but as it was too late to take this step, with service of the United States during the Revoluany probability of success, he should content him- tionary war," with several amendments; to which self with moving to strike out five, and insert one, they desire the concurrence of this House.” by which the institution would be continued for

The House resolved itself into a Committee one year only. Lóst-ayes 25, nays 31.

of the Whole on the bill sent from the Senate, The bill was ihen ordered to be engrossed for a

entitled "An act to alter the time for the next third reading

meeting of Congress.” The Committee reported

the bill without amendment. DANISH BRIG HENRICK.

A motion was then made, and the question beAn engrossed bill to enable the President to ing put, that the farther consideration thereof be make restitution to the owners of the Danish brig postponed until to-morrow, it passed in the neg. Henrick, was read a third time.

ative. And then the main question being taken Messrs. Dawson, J. C. Smith, Gregg, and s. that said bill do pass, it was resolved in the affirmSmith, spoke in favor of, and Messrs. BAYARD, lative-yeas 42, nays 30, as follows:

March, 1803.

Sinking Fund.

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YEAS—John Archer, Theodorus Bailey, Walter

SINKING FUND. Bowie, Richard Brent, Robert Brown, William But

Mr. Griswold rose, and addressed the Chair as ler, Samuel J. Cabell, Thomas Claiborne, Matthew

follows: Clay, John Clopton, Manasseh Cutler, Thomas T. Davis, John Dawson, William Dickson, Peter Early, which I attempted yesterday to submit to the

Mr. Speaker: I hold in my hand a resolution Lucas Elmendorf, John A. Hanna, Joseph Heister, consideration of the House, but was then preDavid Holmes, George Jackson, Michael Leib, David Meriwether, Samuel L. Mitchill, Thomas Moore, An- vented by a preference which it was thought prothony New, Thomas Newton, jun., Joseph H. Nichol. per to give to other business. To this resolution son, John Randolph, jun., John Smilie, John Smith, of I beg, leave, at this time, to call your attention, New York, John Smith, of Virginia, Samuel Smith, and I trust the importance of the subject which Richard Stanford, Joseph Stanton, John Stewart, John it involves, will induce gentlemen to give it a Taliaferro, jun., David Thomas, John Trigg, Philip consideration. As I mentioned yesterday, the Van Cortlandt, Isaac Van Horne, Peleg Wadsworth, resolution proposes an investigation of the report and Thomas Wynns.

of the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, who Nays—Willis Alston, John Bacon, James A. Bay- received, in the course of the last year, more than ard, Phanuel Bishop, Thomas Boude, John Campbell, ten millions of the public money to be applied to John Condit, Samuel W. Dana, John Davenport, Ebe- the discharge of the principal and interest of the nezer Elmer

, William Eustis, Calvin Goddard, Edwin public debt, but whose accounts have been renGray, Andrew Gregg," Roger Griswold, William Barry dered with so much uncertainty as to leave it Grove, Seth Hastings, William Helms, William Hoge, doubtful whether the money has been applied or Benjamin Huger, Samuel Hunt, Thos. Morris, James the law regarded. For the purpose of ascertainMott, Thomas Plater, Nathan Read, John Cotton ing whether this has been done, I propose to inSmith, Josiah Smith, Samuel Tenney, Samuel That-struct the Committee of Ways and Means to excher, and Joseph B. Varnum.

amine the report of the Commissioners, and to

report to the House; and although I regret that WEDNESDAY, March 2.

so short a time will be allowed for examination,

yet, when it is recollected that the report has alAn engrossed bill to allow a drawback of duty ready been several weeks before that committee, on sugar refined within the United States was and no apparent progress has been made by them, read a third time and passed-yeas 36, nays 29. I trust it will not be thought extraordinary, that

The bill was supported by Messrs. Mirchill, I should endeavor, even at this late period of the and S. Smith; and opposed by Mr. Mott. session, to stimulate their investigation by new

Mr. RANDOLPH, from the committee to whom instructions. was referred a letter from William Henry Harri- It may be proper further to observe, that the son, President of the Convention held at Vincen- chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means nes, in the Indiana Territory, relative to the suspen- (Mr. Randolph) has been long apprized of the sion of the sixth article of compact between the objections which have been made to the report United States and the people of that Territory, of the Commissioners, and, probably, has long (which prohibits slavery); also, a memorial and since consulted with the acting officer of the petition of the inhabitants of the Territory; made board, and will be prepared to make a report. à report, which was referred to a Committee of The Journals of the House will show that the the Whole, and ordered to be printed.

Commissioners made their report on the seventh Mr. Nicholson, from the committee to whom day of February, and it will be recollected that as were referred the amendments of the Senate to soon as it was printed and laid on our tables, upon an act for the relief of insolvent debtors within a motion which I had the honor, at that time, of the District of Columbia, reported their agreement submitting, the House referred the report to the thereto; in which report the House concurred. Committee of Ways and Means; and the chair

The House took into consideration the amend- man of that committee will recollect that, on the ments of the Senate to the act to make provision same or the succeeding day, I stated to him the for persons that have been disabled, by known objections which appeared against the report. wounds received in the late service of the United Under these circumstances, we may expect a States, during the Revolutionary war.

report from the committee before the close of the A motion was made to postpone the considera- session; but, even if this should not take place, it tion of the bill to the first Monday of November, may be useful to call the particular attention of which was supported by Mr. John C. Smith, and the members of the House io a subject which can opposed by Mr. Helms. Lost-yeas 24, pays 38. be fully elucidated by calculations in the closet,

Mr. Griswold moved the reference of the and gentlemen will then be induced, at their leisamendments to a select committee. Carried-yeas ure, to make the investigation for themselves. 35, nays 23; and referred to Messrs. Helms, But, before I read the resolution in my place or GRISWOLD, and Eustis.

offer it to the House, I will take the liberty of exA message from the Senate informed the House plaining the objects to which I think the attenthat the Senate have passed the bill, entitled "Antion of the committee ought to be particularly act in addition to an act, entitled 'An act to directed, and will point out some of the objections amend the Judicial System of the United States," which arise, to the proceedings of the Commissionwith an amendment; to which they desire the ers and to their accounts. concurrence of this House.

The provisions of the law of the last session,

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MARCH, 1803.


entitled "An act to provide for the redemption of composed any part of the fund of seven millions the whole public debt,” cannot, I presume, be for- three hundred ihousand dollars, but, on the congotten by the House. On this law it is necessary trary, have not only sold the bank shares and aponly to observe, that the Commissioners of the plied the proceeds to pay the bank, but have, in Sinking Fund were authorized to receive, in each addition, claimed and received from the Treasury year, from the revenue from impost and tonnage, the whole sum of seven millions three hundred á sum which, when added 10 ihe receipts from thousand dollars, under the law of the last session, certain branches of the Sinking Fund, should and without applying it, as has been already form an aggregate of $7,300,000; and it was stated. made the duty of the Commissioners to apply this It can scarcely be necessary to observe, that the sum " yearly and every year," to the payment of remittances which may have been made to Holthe principal and interest of the public debt. The land to meet the instalments of the Dutch debt duty of the Commissioners has not only been thus for the current year, cannot be considered as a clearly defined, but it is fresh in the recollection payment of debt in the year 1802, or as a legal of every member of the House, that, in the dis-application of any part of the fund of seven milcussion which took place on this floor upon the lions three hundred thousand dollars, for the year passage of the law in question, it was confidently 1802. For, as the law requires that the payment asserted that the Commissioners would faithfully of seven millions three hundred thousand dollars and literally execute the law, and that we might shall be made in each year, a provision to meet be assured that they would apply, in each year, an instalinent falling due in a subsequent year, the fund of $7,300,000 to the principal and inter- can be no payment within the year; and, as the est of the debt. An examination of the report of fund of seven millions three hundred thousand the Commissioners will show how far these prom- dollars was actually received for the year 1802, ises have been executed.

it was clearly their duty to apply it within the By the report, it appears that the Commissioners re

year. ceived, in the year 1802, the appropriation for that quire investigation, and to some of which I re

There are other parts of the report which reyear, amounting, as already observed,

- $7,300,000 00 quest the attention of the House. It will be found But they have applied to the payment of

in page six of the report, that the Commissioners the debt, from the foregoing fund, the

have charged $4,065,738 47, as a payment for the following sums only; that is to say:

interest which accrued on the whole debt, for the For interest on the whole debt for the

year 1802. This charge may be correct, but it $4,065,738 47

does not agree with the Treasury accounts, and For account of a debt

there must be an error somewhere. due to the bank 2,400 00

In the last annual report of the Secretary of the TreaFor instalments of the

sury, the interest of the domestic debt, is stated to Dutch debt, for the


- $3,470,250 75 1,344,000 00

In the report of the Secretary of last For reimbursements of

year, the interest of the Dutch debt, six per cent., and de

for the year 1802, is

476,931 00 ferred stock, estimated 1,117,869 37 Forming an aggregate of

3,940,190 75 6,530,207 84 Leaving a balance in their hands unap

By comparing this aggregate with the charge

of the Commissioners, it will be found, that their plied and unaccounted for, of - 769,992 16

account of interest exceeds the Treasury account

$148,547 79. It appeared to me probable, that I must be permitted again to repeat, that it was the Secretary had made the mistake in stating made expressly the duty of the Commissioners to the interest upon the domestic debt, and had, perapply, within the year, this fund of seven mil- haps, omitted to charge the interest upon the debt lions three hundred thousand dollars to the inter- due to the bank, which, as appears by the report est and principal of the debt, and to observe that of the Commissioners, amounted to $162,025. it has not been done, if credit is to be given to But when this sum is added to the aggregate of their own report; and I hope the committee will, the Treasury account of interest, it will be found in their report, inform the House why the law that the result exceeds the Commissioners' achas not been executed.

count by $43,477 28, so that this conjecture canIf it should be imagined by any gentleman pres not explain the difficulty. The confusion and ent, that the payment made to the bank, from uncertainty which appears in the different acthe sales of bank shares, may be considered as a counts which relate to the interest of the debt is payment from the fund of seven millions three the more unfortunate, because we are not only hundred thousand dollars, it will only be neces- prevented from knowing what the true amount sary for those gentlemen, if any such there be, to of interest on each description of debt is, but are turn to the law, and to the report of the Commis- left in a state of uncertainty in relation to the ag. sioners; and they will be satisfied that the law gregate of interest; and, of course, cannot say whe could not warrant the Commissioners, nor have ther the Commissioners have charged too much they claimed that the proceeds of those sales or too little. The importance of receiving correct

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