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JANUARY, 1796.]

Flag of France.

[H. OPR.

You were the first defenders of the rights of man in France, at that time, by the form of its Government, another hemisphere. Strengthened by your example, assimilated to, or rather identified with, free people, and endowed with an invincible energy, the French saw in them only friends and brothers. Long accuspeople have vanquished that Tyranny, which, during tomed to regard the American people as her most faithso many centuries of ignorance, superstition, and base- ful allies, she has sought to draw closer the ties already ness, had enchained a generous nation.

formed in the fields of America, under the auspices of Soon did the people of the United States perceive victory, over the ruins of tyranny. that every victory of ours strengthened their independ The National Convention, the organ of the will of ence and happiness. They were deeply affected at our the French nation, have more than once expressed momentary misfortunes, occasioned by treasons pur-their sentiments to the American people; but above all, chased by English gold. They have celebrated with these burst forth on that august day, when the Minisrapture the successes of our brave armies.

ter of the United States presented to the National None of these sympathetic emotions have escaped Representation the Colors of his country, Desiring the sensibility of the French nation. They have all never to lose recollections as dear to Frenchmen as served to cement the most intimate and solid union they must be to Americans, the Convention ordered that has ever existed between two nations.

that these Colors should be placed in the hall of their The citizen ADET, who will reside near your Govern- sittings. They had experienced sensations too agreeament in quality of Minister Plenipotentiary of the ble not to cause them to be partaken of by their allies, French Republic, is specially instructed to tighten these and decreed that, to them, the National Colors should bands of fraternity and mutual benevolence. We hope be presented. that he may fulfil this principal object of his mission, Mr. President, I do not doubt their expectations will by a conduct worthy of the confidence of both nations, be fulfilled; and I am convinced that every citizen will and of the reputation which his patriotism and virtues receive, with a pleasing emotion, this flag, elsewhere have acquired him.

the terror of the enemies of liberty, here the certain An analogy of political principles; the natural rela- pledge of faithful friendship; especially when they retions of commerce and industry; the efforts and im- collect that it guides to combat, men who have shared mense sacrifices of both nations in the defence of lib- their toils, and who were prepared for liberty by aiding erty and equality; the blood which they have spilled them to acquire their own. together; their avowed hatred for despots; the modera

P. A. ADET. tion of their political views; the disinterestedness of their councils; and especially, the success of the vows The Answer of the President of the United States to which they have made in presence of the Supreme the Address of the Minister Plenipotentiary of the Being, to be free or die; all combine to render inde

French Republic, on his presenting the Colors of structible the connexions which they have formed. France to the United States :

Doubt it not, citizens, we shall finally destroy the combination of tyrants. You, by the picture of pros- its value ; having engaged in a perilous conflict to de

Born, sir, in a land of liberty; having early learned perity, which, in your vast countries, has succeeded to fend it; having, in a word, devoted the best years of a bloody struggle of eight years; we, by the enthusiasm which glows in the breast of every Frenchman my life to secure its permanent establishment in my Astonished. nations, too long the dupes of perfidious own country; my anxious recollections, my, sympaKings, Nobles, and Priests, will eventually recover thetic feelings, and my best wishes, are irresistibly extheir rights, and the human race will owe to the Ameri- cited, whensoever, in any country, I see an oppressed can and French nations their regeneration and a last-nation unfurl the banner of freedom. But, above all, ing peace.

the events of the French Revolution have produced Paris, 30th Vindemaire, 3d year of the French Re- tion. To call your nation brave, were to pronounce

the deepest solicitude, as well as the highest admirapublic, one and indivisible. The Members of the Committee of Public Safety.

but common praise. Wonderful people! Ages to J. S. B. DELMAS,

come will read with astonishment the history of your MERLIN (of Douai) &c.

brilijant exploits ! I rejoice that the period of your OCTOBER 21, 1794.

toils and of your immense sacrifices is approaching. I rejoice that the interesting revolutionary movements

of so many years have issued in the formation of a [TRANSLATION.]

Constitution designed to give permanency to the great Mr. President: I come to acquit myself of a duty object for which you have contended. I rejoice that very dear to my heart; I come to deposite in your hands liberty, which you have so long embraced with enthuand in the midst of a people justly renowned for their siasm ; liberty, of which you have been the invincible courage and their love of liberty, the symbol of the defenders, now finds an asylum in the bosom of a regutriumphs and of the enfranchisement of my nation. larly organized Government; a Government, which,

When she broke her chains; when she proclaimed being formed to secure the happiness of the French the imprescriptible rights of man; when, in a terrible people, corresponds with the ardent wishes of my heart, war, she sealed with her blood the covenant she had while it gratifies the pride of every citizen of the made with Liberty, her own happiness was not alone United States by its resemblance to their own. On the object of her glorious efforts ; her views extended these glorious events, accept, sir, my sincere congratualso to all free people. She saw their interests blended lations. with her own, and doubly rejoiced in her victories, In delivering to you these sentiments, I express not which, in assuring to her the enjoyment of her rights, my own feelings only, but those of my fellow-citizens, became to them new guarantees of their independence. in relation to the commencement, the progress, and the

These sentiments, which animated the French na- issue of the French Revolution: and they will cortion from the dawn of their revolution, have acquired dially join with ine in purest wishes to the Supreme new strength since the foundation of the Republic. Being, that the citizens of our sister Republic, ou

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Case of Randall and Whitney.

[JANUARY, 1796.

magnanimous allies, may soon enjoy, in peace, that Mr. SHERBURNE observed, that the difference of liberty which they have purchased at so great a price, opinion respecting the branch of Government to and all the happiness which liberty can bestow. which the answer of the House should be address

I receive, sir, with lively sensibility, the symbol of ed, furnished an additional reason for postponethe triumphs and of the enfranchisement of your na- ment. He highly respected the author of the motion—the Colors of France—which you have now pre- tion, and believed his own feelings on the present sented to the United States. The transaction will be occasion as fervent as those of any member. And announced to Congress, and the Colors will be deposited with those archives of the United States, which though the feelings of the House might not be as are at once the evidences and the memorials of their ardent on the morrow as at this moment, yet he freedom and independence. May these be perpetual, presumed that the sentiment would be the same. and may the friendship of the two Republics be com- He conceived that it would be more satisfactory mensurate with their existence.

to the Republic, and more consistent with the digGEORGE WASHINGTON. nity of the House, that their answer should be the · UNITED STATES, January 1, 1796.

result of cool deliberation, than a sudden impulse

of enthusiasm, which the present occasion was When the reading of the Message and papers calculated to inspire. He would therefore move had been concluded

that the further consideration of the resolution on Mr. Giles informed the House that, having the table be postponed until to-morrow. been aware that the Flag would be presented to Mr. Swanwick thought a postponement in this the House this day, considering it as an additional case, as in any others, would only be a waste of testimony of the affection of France, and it hav- time. The motion was negatived. ing been the practice on analogous occasions for Mr. W. Smith's amendment was then taken up, the House to express their sentiments independ-and, after some conversation, was also negatived. ent of the other branch, he had prepared a reso Mr. PARKER moved an amendment as follows: lution expressive of what he conceived would be " That this House has received with the most sintheir sense on the occasion. It was nearly in the cere and lively sensibility," &c. The amendment words following:

was for inserting the two words in italics, to which Resolved, That the President of the United the House consented. The message was then voted States be requested to make known to the Represent- unanimously, and a thousand copies of the comatives of the French people, that this House has re-munications and resolution were ordered to be ceived, with the most lively sensibility, the communi-printed. A committee of two members was apcation of the Committee of Public Safety, of the 21st pointed to wait on the PRESIDENT, and inform him of October, 1794, accompanied with the Colors of the of the resolution agreed to by the House. French Republic, and to assure them that the presentation of the Colors of France to the Congress of the

CASE OF RANDALL AND WHITNEY. United States is deemed a most honorable testimony of Pursuant to the proceedings of the House on the existing sympathy and affections of the two Re- Friday last, Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, Mr. publics, founded upon their solid and reciprocal inte. Murray, of Maryland, Mr. Giles, of Virginia, rests; that the House rejoices in the opportunity of and Mr. Buck, of Vermont, delivered in at the congratulating the French Republic on the brilliant Clerk's table their several informations in writing, and glorious achievements accomplished under it during subscribed with their names, respectively, in the the present afflictive war, and that they hope those achievements will be attended with a perfect attain cases of Robert Randall and Charles Whitney; ment of their object, the permanent establishment of which are as follow: the liberty and happiness of that great and magnani WILLIAM SMITH, one of the Representatives of the mous people.”

State of South Carolina in the Congress of the United

States, declares Mr. SEDGWICK wished that a thousand copies That, on Tuesday last, the twenty-second instant, a of the communications might be printed, and the

person who called himself Randall, and who is further consideration of the Message deferred till said to be from the State of Maryland, applied to him at to-morrow.

his lodgings, in the city of Philadelphia, and requested Mr. W. Smith also recommended a delay. In a private and confidential conversation of an hour, the sentiments of the resolution they all agreed. which the informant agreed to; and at the time apPerhaps the wording might be somewhat altered. pointed, which was the same evening, the said Randall

Mr. HARPER rose and moved that, for various being alone with the informant, communicated to him reasons, which he stated, the resolution should be a proposal for procuring from the Legislature of the immediately taken up and acted upor,

United States a grant of about eighteen or twenty millions Mr. SWANWICK was against postponing the con- of acres in the Northwestern Territory, between Lakes sideration of the Message, and observed that the Michigan, Huron, and Erie. That the said Randall obConvention, on receiving a similar present from served, that the grant he proposed would be of great this country, had proceeded instantly to a vote service to the United States, from the persons who respecting it.

would be interested therein, (to wit: certain Canada Mr. W. Smith, recommended to alter the word- merchants at or near Detroit

, whose names he did not ing of the resolution, by inserting the Executive mention.) having great influence over the Indians, who of France, instead of the Representatives of the General Wayne; and that the said persons would ex

were not pacified by the late Treaty concluded with French people, to whom the message in reply was tinguish the Indian claims at their own expense; and o be directed.

after setting forth the saving of expense, by the cessa

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Case of Randall and Whitney.

[H. OF R. tion of the Indian war, and other reasons to induce and advise with him upon proper measures for the dea belief that the proposed grant would be of public tecting of the full extent of the scheme, and crushing utility, he proceeded to inform the informant, that the it: That he had no opportunity of talking to Mr. Henry intention was to divide the land into about forty shares, on that day; but early on the morning of the twentytwenty-four of which would be allowed to, or distributed fourth instant, communicated the intelligence to Mr. among, such persons (meaning, as this informant un- Henry, who recommended that Mr. Smith should imderstood him, from the whole purport of his conversa-mediately inform the President: that on the said day, tion, members of Congress) as would favor the measure: Mr. Randall, of Maryland, was introduced to him, the that of these twenty-four shares, he had the management informant, and requested a confidential interview at his, or distribution of twelve for the Southern part, (meaning, the informant's lodgings, which the informant readily as the informant understood, the Southern members of promised him, to be at five, for the purpose of developCongress,) and another person, whose name he did not ing his scheme. That Randall came at or near five, mention, had the disposition of the other twelve, for the that day last named, to wit: on Thursday, and comEastern part, (still, as the informant understood and municated to Mr. Henry and himself, in general terms, believes, meaning as aforesaid.) That he, the said Ran the outline of a plan by which he, Randall

, and his dall, proposed subdividing the said shares into so many Canada friends, would extinguish the Indian title to all portions, as to have a sufficiency to obtain a majority, the lands between lakes Erie, Huron, and Michigan, as (meaning, as the informant understood him, a majority marked on a map which Randall then showed, containof Congress,) and that gentlemen, after the session was ing from eighteen to twenty millions of acres. That over, or when they returned to private life, might then he, the informant, then asked Randall into his aparthave such parts of shares, as the said twenty-four shares ment, where they were alone. That Randall expatiated would be reserved for such of them as would favor the at first upon the public utility of his scheme, which was, business, on the same terms as the original associators. that Congress should grant to him and his company, That the view of him, the said Randall, and of those all the land aforesaid mentioned, for five hundred thouconcerned with him, was to present a memorial on the sand, or, at most one million of dollars; and that he following Monday, to Congress, to obtain the said grant would undertake, in four months, that the harmony of for a small price, mentioning half a million of dollars; the Indians should be secured to the Union: or, if Conand that he supposed the land was worth more than gress thought proper, that the Indian tribes now on two shillings an acre. On taking leave, he pressed the said land should be removed, to the British side, or down informant for an early and decisive answer to the fore- lake Michigan, reserving to some aged chiefs a few going proposals ; to which the informant replied, that miles square ; that his company and himself had deterhe would not wish to see him again before Friday mined to divide the lands aforesaid into forty (or fortymorning, and requested him to call on him at Congress, one) shares. That of these shares twenty-four were to and not at his lodgings; but the House did not sit on be reserved for the disposal of himself and his partner, Friday, and the informant has not seen him since. The now in town, for such members of Congress as assisted informant further says, that the foregoing is the sub- them, by their abilities and votes, in obtaining the grant stance and purport of the communication to him made aforesaid : That of these twenty-four shares, his partner by the said Randall, on the subject above set forth; and had twelve under his management for the Eastern memthat the impression clearly made on the mind of the in-bers of Congress, and that he, Randall, had the other formant, by the overtures, was, that, under a pretext of twelve shares under his management for the Southern public utility, the object of the application was, to secure members of Congress. That these shares were to be so the informant's influence, as a member of Congress, by divided as to accomplish the object by securing a majoa temptation of great personal advantage. That the in- rity of Congress. That the informant started an objecformant, the next morning, communicated the sub- tion to land speculation as troublesome, and that he, stance of the foregoing to Mr. Murray, one of the mem- Randall, said, if you (meaning the informant) do not bers from Maryland, and consulted him on the most choose to accept your share of the land, you shall have proper mode of proceeding on so delicate an occasion; cash in hand for your share. That the informant apthat Mr. Murray advised a consultation with Mr. Henry, pointed Randall to meet him in the lobby of the House of the Senate; and that, in consequence of such con on Monday, the twenty-eighth instant. That Randall sultation with Mr. Murray and Mr. Henry, on the fol- told him a memorial was to be handed in upon this sublowing day (Thursday) it was resolved, that the inform-ject on said Monday; but refused to inform the inant should immediately communicate the whole trans- formant what member was to present it: That Randall action to the President of the United States; which he told him, that he, Randall

, mentioned his plan to some accordingly did.

members in the general way only--meaning thereby,

WILLIAM SMITH. as he understood him, a view of the sounder part of the DECEMBER 28, 1795.

plan, as being conducive to public utility. That, in the Mr. MURRAY declares, that, on Wednesday last, the Randall said, that the members of Congress who would

early part of the confidential and secret conversation, twenty-third instant, Mr. Smith, member of Congress, behave handsomely, should come into their shares on of South Carolina, informed him that a man of the name the same terms upon which the company obtained the of Randall, of Maryland, had, the evening before, at- grant; but soon after, made proposals more openly setempted to bribe him in Western lands, on condition of ductive and corrupt; closing them with the offer of his supporting an application which Randall told him cash in hand as aforesaid. That the informant, on that he should soon make to Congress; the object of which evening, when Randall went away, told Mr. Henry of application was, a grant from Congress of from eighteen the whole of Randall's offers aforesaid ; then called on to twenty millions of acres of land, between Erie, Hu- the Secretary of State, and communicated the same to ron, and Michigan. That Mr. Smith was extremely him; and the next morning, early, informed the Presisolicitous that some other gentleman should immedi- dent of the transaction. W. V. MURRAY. ately be informed of the infamous proposal, and that he said he would mention it to Mr. Henry, of the Senate,

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Case of Randall and Whitney.

[JANUARY, 1796. WILLIAM B. Giles, a member of the House of Re-Congress from New York, entered the room, and the presentatives in the Congress of the United States, de- said Randall left it, without further observation, as well clares

as this informant recollects. This informant immediThat in the evening of Thursday, the seventeenth of ately communicated the contents of this conversation to December, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-five, Mr. Livingston, and declared that he considered the as well as this informant recollects, a person called upon proffer of the unappropriated shares to the members of this informant at his lodgings, under the name of Ro-Congress, as a direct attempt at corruption. bert Randall, with an introductory note from Mr. Ga This informant, on the same day, communicated the briel Christie, in the usual form, dated the fifteenth of substance of the conversation to the Speaker of the the said month.

House of Representatives of the United States, to Messrs. That the said Robert Randall informed this inform- Blount, and Macon, of North Carolina, and to Messrs. ant, that he had some business of importance to com- Madison, and Venable, of Virginia. It was deemed admunicate to this informant, which would probably visable by all these gentlemen, as well as by this income before Congress : That it respected the fur trade formant, to permit the plan to be brougnt before Conat present carried on by the British traders with the In- gress in the usual way, by memorial, and to cause a dedians, through the lakes. He observed that it would be tection, by means of a committee, to whom the said important to change the course of that trade into some memorial should be referred : and in the mean time, if channel through the United States: That he believed the said Randall should again call on this informant, he he could put Congress upon some plan for effecting that should proceed to make further discovery of the real object : That the plan was of a secret nature: That he state and nature of the transaction. was not then prepared to disclose it, and requested a That on the next day the said Randall did again call private interview with this informant for that purpose, on this informant, and informed him, that he, the said at some other time. Upon which request, this inform- Randall, then proposed to disclose his plan more partiant appointed the next Saturday, at twelve o'clock, (be- cularly, and after some general remarks upon the pubing the nineteenth of December,) to receive the com- lic utility, as well as individual benefit of the plan, he munication.

said that it was in substance as follows; That about the time appointed, the said Robert Ran

The tract of country before described was to be didall called on this informant, and after some general vided into forty-one shares, five of which were to.be reconversation, informed this informant, that an associa- served to the Indian traders at Detroit ; the other thirtytion had been formed by himself and others, with some six were to be divided into two departments; eighteen of the most influential traders at Detroit, for the purpose to the Eastern and eighteen to the Southern departof purchasing all the lands contained in the Peninsula ment. That six out of the eighteen shares were to formed by lakes Erie, Huron, and Michigan, and the be reserved to his Eastern partner and associates, and waters connecting those lakes, amounting in the whole six out of the remaining eighteen, to himself and his to twenty or thirty millions of acres, if the consent of associates. That the remaining twenty-four shares Congress could be obtained for the extinguishment of were to be left unappropriated, for the use of such memthe Indian claims thereto. The said Randall then pro-bers of Congress as should support the measure. That duced a map of the Peninsula and Lakes.

the names of those members were not to be made That this tract of country was to be divided into known until after the law for the extinguishment of the shares, and that a number of shares was to be left un- Indian claims had passed; and then requested this inappropriated, until the necessary law of Congress should formant to prepare some writing which would compel pass, authorizing the extinguishment of the Indian the ostensible persons to surrender the unappropriated claims; and might then be filled up by those

who might shares to the real supporters of the measure, after it think proper to concur in the plan, and should give should be effected. That one million of dollars were their aid for procuring the passage of such law. Upon spoken of as the price of the lands; but that he deemed this intimation, this informant observed, that he hoped that sum by far too much ; and as Congress would have the said Randall did not intend to address the informa- to fix the price, they might make the terms such as to intion of the unappropriated shares particularly to this in- sure considerable emoluments to the purchasers. That formant.

a majority of the Senate had consented to give the plan To which the said Randall replied that he did not; their support, and within three of a majority of the that he only meant it as general information; but he House of Representatives. After much further convercould see no impropriety in the members of Congress sation on the subject, which this informant thinks unbeing concerned in the scheme, if the public good was necessary to particularise, the said Randall promised to to be promoted by it; and that thirty or forty members wait again on this informant, at his lodgings, on Tueswere already engaged in its support; or words to that day evening, at seven o'clock, and introduce to this ineffect.

formant his Eastern associate. After some further conversation of a general nature, The said Randall did not call at the appointed hour, respecting the present state of the fur trade, the value of and this informant did not see him again until Friday, the lands contained in the peninsula, and the probable the twenty-fifth of December, when the said Randali effect of the late Treaty upon that trade and country, again called on this informant, and, after making an the said Randall inquired of this informant " whether apology for not calling at the appointed hour of the he deemed his plan advisable, and whether it would preceding Tuesday, informed him at the door of his meet with the support of this informant in Congress." apartment, that his memorial to Congress would be

To which this informant replied, that if the said Ran- ready to be presented on the next Monday ; but as sevedall should bring his proposals before Congress, this in- ral gentlemen were in this informant's room at that formant would give them the consideration which his time, the said Randall did not enter, and no further conduty required, and should give such vote as he deemed versation was then had; since which time this informright; or words to that effect. Very shortly after this ant has not seen the said Randall, until he was brought conversation, Mr. Edward Livingston, a member of to the bar of the House of Representatives, in custody.

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Case of Randall and Whitney.

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This informant further saith, that he communicated being concerned in the business, as I should thereby the substance of every material conversation with the only connect my private interest with the public good; said Randall, to the Speaker of the House of Represen- and while I was advancing the greatest interest of my tatives, and to the several gentlemen before mentioned. country, might put two or three thousand dollars into

WILLIAM B. GILES. my own pocket. " Upon my suggesting, that, by a late JANUARY 1, 1796.

Treaty, a peace was already concluded with the Indians, I, Daniel Buck, inform and say, that about ten days

and that this was a business that might involve in it an

important national question, as, by the Treaty, the right previous to my setting out on my journey to Congress, (which was on the thirtieth day of November last,) a

of purchasing lands of the Indians, was reserved to the

United States, the said Whitney replied and said, that stranger whom I now know to be Charles Whitney, in

the Indians were greatly dissatisfied with the Treaty, custody of the Sergeant-at-Arms, called at my office

and would not keep it; and that another war would be in Norwich, in the State of Vermont, introduced him

the certain consequence, unless other measures were self by the name of Whitney, and informed me that he

adopted. He then renewed the protestation of the puhad some business of importance which he wished to converse with me upon. I asked if he wished to be in

rity of his intentions, and said that he conceived that

they (meaning himself and associates, as I understood private ; he signified that he did, upon which my clerk withdrew; and the said Whitney proceeded to inform

him) should so clearly evince the utility of the plan, as me that the business of which he wished to converse

that there could be no doubt of its propriety in the mind

of any well-wisher to his country; and said, that he was of great importance to the public, as well as to the individuals immediately concerned.

thought it would be hard to suppose that members of

That it would come before Congress, but was so circumstanced as to

Congress were, in consequence of their appointment, to render it necessary to make a previous statement to

be deprived of those advantages to acquire property some of the members, that they might be able to ex

which might be taken by others. The said Whitney plain to others; and the whole thereby be better pre

showed me a plan of the country, and the articles of pared to judge upon the business: he declared he

agreement between the associates, which appear to be wished for nothing improper, and that he did not want

the same as have been read in Congress : he also said that I should favor the plan unless I saw it to be con

much upon the magnitude of the object, in respect to sistent: for he said he wanted nothing but what was

the subscribers and partners; and though I cannot now perfectly just and honorable, and was confident that if

crepeat his expressions, yet I can truly assert, that I the matter could be understood, it would appear to be

then clearly understood him, that if I would subscribe of great public utility. He then stated that he and his

as a partner, my name might be kept secret, and after associates had discovered a large and immensely valu

the grant was obtained, if I chose to relinquish my share able tract of land, between or contiguous to lakes Erie,

in the lands, I might receive money in lieu of it ; Huron, and Michigan, (if I mistake not the names)

though no specified sum was mentioned, other than which he said might be purchased of the Indians at a

has already been stated; and the conversation finally low rate : That this purchase would conciliate the af

broke off, upon my declaring that I would make no fections, and secure the friendship of the hostile tribes :

engagement in the business, until I was better informed That he, the said Whitney, together with Ebenezer

as to the merits of the question.

DANIEL BUCK. Allen, Doctor Randall, and a number of Canadian merchants at Detroit, had formed an association for the

JANUARY 2, 1796. purpose of extinguishing the Indian title, and petition

It was then moved that Robert Randall should be ing Congress for the pre-emption right to those lands; Ihr

brought to the bar of the House. He was brought that if they succeeded, it was their intention immedi

in accordingly. Seats were placed for the Judge ately to make settlement on them: That those merchants had such influence with, and control over the

of the District of Pennsylvania, and the two counIndians, that there would be no difficulty with them ;

sellors for Randall, Mr. Lewis and Mr. Tilghand that such a settlement would be a barrier against

man, jr. The informations given in by Mr. W. the savages, and effectually secure peace to the United

SMITH, Mr. MURRAY, and Mr. Giles, were read States : That those merchants were then employed in

over, and the SPEAKER asked the prisoner, what the business among the Indians; and that his partner,

he had to say in his defence? I am not guilty. Doctor Randall, and his other associates, had such con- | You declare yourself not guilty ? Yes. Have you nexions, that there was a fair prospect of success. That any proof to cite that you are not guilty. No. Are it was not their intention, however, to engross all this you ready to answer. property to themselves; but that it was to be divided | Mr. Lewis then rose. He observed, that these into a number of shares, and that he and the said Ran- declarations had been made in the absence of the dall had the disposal of them. That he, the said Whit prisoner, who, as he conceived, was entitled to have ney, was then directly from Philadelphia, and that it was

been present. His request was, that the informants agreed that Randall should dispose of a part amongst might now be placed in a situation to be examinhis friends, and the influential characters in the South ed by the prisoner and his counsel, and that the ern States; that he, the said Whitney, was to distribute

information may now be given in the prisoner's the other part amongst his, the said Whitney's friends,

liearing. The prisoner and his counsel were'orand the influential characters in the Eastern and North

dered to withdraw. ern States. That they had already got a number engaged, but that the subscription was not full, and

Mr. JEREMIAH Smith made the following mothat I might become an adventurer if I wished for non

tion :. it; and as he conceived that I could make myself ac- “ That the prisoner be informed, that if he has any quainted with the facts, they, the said associates, would questions to propose to the informants, or other mem, be able so clearly to demonstrate the public utility of bers of the House, he is at liberty to put them, [in the the measure, that there could be no impropriety in my mode already prescribed,] and that they be sworn to

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