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and took into consideration the bill authorizing A message from the President of the United the President of the United States to cause the Ştate, informing the House that he had received debt due to foreign officers to be paid and disdocuments expressing the consent of the Legis. charged. The bill being gone through with, the latures of New York and of the Territory of committee rose, and reported the same without Vermont, that the said Territory be admitted any amendment. The bill was agreed to by as a distinct member of the Union.

the House, and ordered to be engrossed for a Ordered, That this message, and the docu

third reading.

LAND OFFICES. ments accompanying it, be referred to Messrs. LAWRENCE, Boudinot, and CARROLL.

The House again resolved itself into a Com-, PROCESS IN COURTS.

mittee of the whole, Mr. Boudinot in the chair,

and took into consideration the bill establishing Mr. SEDGWICK, from the committee appoint-offices for granting lands within the territory of ed for that purpose, reported a bill to continue in the United States. The committee agreed to force, for a limited time, the act regulating pro- sundry amendments-then rose, reported processes in the Federal Courts; which was twice gress, and asked leave to sit again. read and committed.

Mr. Smity, from the committee appointed for BANK OF THE UNITED STATES. that purpose, reported a bill supplementary to On motion of Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, an act for incorporating the subscribers to the a committee of three was appointed to prepare Bank of the United States; which was read and bring in a bill supplementary to an act for twice and committed. incorporating the subscribers to the Bank of the United States.

FRIDAY, February 11. Messrs. Smith, of South Carolina, WILLIAM

SUNDRY BILLS PASSED. son, and Stone, are the said committee.

The engrossed bill, to continue in force, for a TREASURY DEPARTMENT.

limited time, an act to regulate process in the Mr. Boudinot gave notice, that to-morrow Courts of the United States; he should move, that a committee be appointed The bill authorizing the President of the to bring in a bill supplementary to an act for United States to cause the debt due to foreign establishing the Treasury Department.

officers to be paid and discharged: And

The bill to alter the time of the meeting of the Thursday, February 10.

next session of Congress (to meet on the first NEXT MEETING OF CONGRESS.

day of November next) were severally read the The bill to fix the time of meeting for the next

third time, and passed. Congress was read the third time, and, on mo

COMPENSATION TO CLERKS, &c. tion, laid on the table.

Mr. SEDGWICK, from the committee appointENCOURAGEMENT OF LEARNING. ed for that purpose, presented a bill providing The bill to increase the penalties contained compensation for Clerks, Marshals, and Jurors; in an act, entitled “ An act for the encourage

which was twice read and committed. ment of learning,” was read a second time, and

WAR DEPARTMENT. referred to a Committee of the whole House on On motion, Messrs. FITZSIMONS, PARKER, and Monday next.

GILMAN, were appointed a committee to report PROCESS IN COURTS.

whether any, and what, further provision is The bill to continue the act, regulating pro- necessary to secure the due accounting of the cesses in the Courts of the United States, was moneys expended in the Department of War. read a second time, and ordered to be engross

LAND OFFICES. ed for a third reading.

The House again resolved itself into ComMr. Boudinot's motion of yesterday was mittee of the whole on the bill to establish oftaken up, and a committee consisting of Messrs. fices for the purpose of granting lands within BOUDINOT, FitzSimons, and Ames, was ap- the Territories of the United States, Mr. Boupointed to prepare and bring in a bill, supple- DINOT in the chair. After some time, the commentary to the act, establishing the Treasury mittee rose, and reported several amendments Department.

to the House, which were read, and ordered to On motion, a committee, consisting of Messrs. lie on the table. BOURNE, SHERMAN, and "THATCHER, was ap- Business of a private nature occurring, the pointed to consider and report what alteration galleries were cleared and closed. may be proper in the act, imposing duties on imports and tonnage, in respect to the Rix-dol

SATURDAY, February 12. Jar of Denmark, rated therein at one hundred cents.

Sundry petitions were presented, and refer

red. DEBT DUE TO FOREIGN OFFICERS.

Mr. SHERMAN, from the committee to whom The House then resolved itself into Commit- was referred the memorial of the public credi. tee of the whole, Mr. Boudinot in the chair, I tors holding loan office certificates for money

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Proceedings.

(FEB. 15, 1791.

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lent to the United States, between September,

LAND OFFICES. 1777, and March 1778, made a Report, which The House resumed the consideration of the was laid on the table.

amendments proposed by the Committee of the VERMONT.

whole, in the bill to establish land offices in the A message from the Senate informed the Territories of the United States, which they House that they had passed a bill for the ad- got through, and made some additional amendmission of the State of Vermont into the Union; ments; but adjourned before the bill was comalso, a bill regulating the number of Represen

pleted tatives to be chosen by the States of Kentucky and Vermont. Both these bills were read

TUESDAY, February 15. twice and committed.

Thomas Sumter, from South Carolina, apLAND OFFICES.

peared and took his seat. The House took up for consideration the Re- Sundry Reports from the Secretary of War, port of the Committee of the whole on the bill on petitions referred to him, were read, and for establishing land offices; but the House ad - laid on the table. journed before it got through them.

The Report in favor of Joshua Barney, was

agreed to; and Messrs. FITZSIMONS, SMITH, of Monday, February 14.

Maryland, TRUMBULL, Goodhue, and CAD

WALADER, were appointed to bring in a bill to COURT OF LONDON.

carry the Report into effect. The following message was received from the A Report was received from the Secretary of President of the United States:

the Treasury recommending a temporary al

lowance to the Commissioners of Loan-offices United States, February 14, 1791. for extra services, which was ordered to lie on Gentlemen of the Senate

the table. and House of Representatives:

NEW REVENUE BILL. Soon after I was called to the administration of the

On motion, Government, I found it important to come to an understanding with the Court of London, on several

Resolved, That the amendments proposed by the points interesting to the United States; and particu- Senate to the bill repealing, after the last day of larly to know whether they were disposed to enter into June next, the duties heretofore laid upon distilled arrangements, by mutual consent, which might fix the spirits imported from abroad, and laying others in commerce between the two nations on principles of their stead; and also upon spirits distilled within the reciprocal advantage. For this purpose, I authorized United States, and for appropriating the same, togeinformal conferences with their Ministers; and from ther with the said bill, be committed to a Committee

of the whole House. these, I do not infer any disposition, on their part, to enter into any arrangements merely commercial. I

LAND OFFICES. have thought it proper to give you this information, The House resumed the consideration of the as it might, at some time, have influence on matters bill to establish land offices for the purpose of under your consideration.

granting lands within the Territories of the GEO. WASHINGTON.

Ünited States. The bill being gone through, Ordered, That the said message do lie on the a motion was made to add to the end of the setable, but afterwards referred to Messrs. Good cond section the following proviso: HUE, Madison, FITZSIMONS, Bourne, Law- Provided always, That any purchaser of lands, RENCE, VINing, and Smith, of South Carolina. when the payment thereof shall be due, may proffer

On motion, Messrs. Madison, WADSWORTH, in payment any of the certificates of the funded debt and LEONARD, were appointed a committee to of the United States, at the same rate as the Treabring in a bill to explain so much of the act surer shall have allowed for such certificates, re. making further provision for the payment of the spectively, in the last purchase which he shall have debts of the United States as imposes a duty made thereof, prior to such payment. on imported lead and calicoes. Also,

Which was carried 34 votes to 21. Messrs. SedgwICK, Benson, and STURGES, The yeas and nays were as follows: were named a committee to bring in a bill tó

YEAS.---Messrs. Ames, Ashe, Baldwin, Blood. give effect to the laws of the United States worth, Boudinot, Bourne, Burke, Cadwalader, Carwithin the State of Vermont.

roll, Fitzsimons, Gale, Gerry, Gilman, Goodhue, NEW REVENUE BILL.

Griffin, Giles, Hathorn, Heister, Jackson, Lee, LiverA message from the Senate informed the Sinnickson, Smith, of Maryland, Sumter, Thatcher,

more, Madison, Matthews, Moore, Sevier, Sherman, House that the Senate had passed the new re- Tucker, White, Williamson, and Wynkoop.--34. venue bill, with several amendments, to which Nays.--Messrs. Benson, Brown, Clymer, Contee, they request the concurrence of this House; Floyd, Foster, Hartley, Huntington, Lawrence, and that they have also passed the bill to con- Leonard, P. Muhlenberg, Partridge, Rensselaer, tinue in force, for a limited time, the act to re- Scott, Sedgwick, Seney, Sylvester, Smith, of South gulate processes in the Courts of the United - Carolina, Stone, Trumbull, and Vining—21. States.

Ordered, That the said bill, with the amend. FEB. 19, 1791.]

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ments, be engrossed, and read the third time A motion was made, and the question being to-morrow.

put, to amend the said amendment, by striking The SPEAKER having informed the House, out the whole of the sixty-first section, in the that he had some private communications to words following, to wit: make, the galleries were cleared.

And be it further enacted, That the prosecution for

all fines, penalties, and forfeitures, incurred by force WEDNESDAY, February 16.

of this act, and for all duties payable in virtue thereMr. Madison, from the committee appointed of, and which shall not be duly paid, shall and may to inquire into the administration of the late be had before any Justice of the Peace, or Court of superintendence of finance, made a Report, any State, of competent jurisdiction, or Court of the which was ordered to lie on the table.

United States, of the District in which the cause of Mr. FitzSimons, from the committee ap

action shall arise, with an appeal as in other cases: pointed for that purpose, presented a bill to Provided, That where the cause of action shall excompensate Joshua Barney for expenses incur nizable before a Justice of the Peace only:

ceed in value fifty dollars, the same shall not be cogred 'in effecting his escape from captivity; which was twice read and committed.

It was resolved in the affirmative.

And then the main question being put, “That LAND OFFICES.

the House do agree to the said amendment of The engrossed bill for establishing offices the Senate, as now amended?” for the purpose of granting lands within the It was resolved in the affirmative, 35 votes Territories of the United States, was read the to 21. third time, and passed. The principal blank, The yeas and nays being taken, were as folthe price of the land, was filled with twenty-lows: five cents hard money, per acre.

Ares.--Messrs. Ames, Baldwin, Benson, Bourne,

Cadwalader, Carroll, Clymer, Contee, Fitzsimons, THURSDAY, February 17.

Foster, Gale, Gerry, Gilman, Goodhue, Griffin, Giles, Mr. SEDGWICK, from the committee appoint- Huntington, Lawrence, Lee, Leonard, Madison, ed for that purpose, presented a bill giving

Schureman, Sedgwick, Seney, Sevier, Sherman, effect to the laws of the United States within Sylvester, Sinnickson, Smith, of Maryland, Smith, of the State of Vermont; which was twice read South Carolina, Sturges, Sumter, Trumbull, Wadsand committed.

worth, and Wynkoop:-35.

Nays.—Messrs. Ashe, Bloodworth, Boudinot, NEW REVENUE BILL,

Burke, Floyd, Hartley, Hathorn, Heister, LiverOn motion, the Committee of the whole to more, Matthews, Moore, Muhlenberg, Parker, Par whom had been committed the proposed tridge, Rensselaer, Scott, Steele, Thatcher, Tucker, amendments of the Senate to the new revenue White, and Williamson.--21. bill, were discharged from the consideration of And then the House having proceeded furthem.

ther in the consideration of the Senate's amendThe House proceeded to consider the said ments, an adjournment was called for and amendments, some of which were agreed to, carried. others amended and agreed to, and others disagreed to. The further consideration of the

SATURDAY, February 19. subject was postponed till to-morrow.

VERMONT.

The House resolved itself into a Committee Friday, February 18.

of the whole on the bill for giving effect to the A message was received from the President laws of the United States within the State of of the United States informing the House, that Vermont, Mr. Boudinot in the chair. The he had received from the Secretary of State an the bill to the House with an amendment, which

committee, after some time, rose and reported account of the Proceedings of the Governor of the Western Territory, respecting certain set- being

agreed to, the bill was ordered to be entlements on the lands in that country.

grossed for a third reading. The papers accompanying this message were

KENTUCKY AND VERMONT. read, and laid on the table.

The House then went into a Committee of Sundry petitions were read and referred. the whole on the bill regulating the number of NEW REVENUE BILL.

Representatives to be chosen by the States of The House resumed the consideration of the chair. The committee reporting the bill to

Kentucky and Vermont, Mr. Boudinot in the amendments proposed by the Senate to the new the House without amendment, on motion, it revenue bill. The amendment to the sixty-first section, for

passed its third reading. striking out the words "any Justice of the

NEW REVENUE BILL. Peace, or Court of any State, of competent ju- The House resumed the consideration of the risdiction;" and also the proviso, and to substi- proposed amendments of the Senate to the new tute the word “the,” in lieu of the words first revenue bill. A motion was made, and the stricken out, being read,

question being put, to amend the section proH. OF R.]

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[Feb. 22, 1791.

posed by the Senate to be inserted, by way of reported the bill with an amendment to the amendment, after the sixty-first section, by House. striking out the following words: “five per A motion to fill up the blank with $896 was cent. of the said product computed throughout negatived; and the motion to engross the bill the United States; and such allowance shall for a third reading was negatived. So the bill continue to be paid until altered by law;" and was rejected. inserting in lieu thereof the words,

seven per

Some business occurring which required secent. of the whole product of the duties arising crecy, the galleries were cleared. from the spirits distilled within the United States; and such allowances shall continue to

Tuesday, February 22. be paid for the space of two years, unless sooner

The engrossed bill to explain and amend the altered by law:' It was resolved in the affirmative—34 votes the debts of the United States, was read the

act making further provision for the payment of to 20.

third time, and passed. The yeas and nays being taken, were as follows:

DUTY ON TEAS. YEAS.-Messrs. Ashe, Baldwin, Bloodworth,

Mr. SEDGWICK, from the committee appointBoudinot, Bourne, Brown, Burke, Carroll, Contee, ed for that purpose, presented a bill making Floyd, Gilman, Griffin, Grout, Giles, Hartley, Ha- further provision for the collection of the duties thorn, Heister, Jackson, Lee, Livermore, Matthews, imposed on teas, which was twice read and Moore, P. Muhlenberg, Parker, Rensselaer, Scott, committed. Seney, Sevier, Sylvester, Smith, of Maryland, Sum

TREASURY DEPARTMENT. ter, Tucker, Vining, and White.--34. Nars.--Messrs. Ames, Benson, Cadwalader, Cly

Mr. Boudinot, from the committee appointmer, Fitzsimons, Foster, Gerry, Goodhue, Hunting-ed for that purpose, presented a bill suppleton, Lawrence, Leonard, Partridge, Schureman, mentary to the act establishing the Treasury Sherman, Sinnickson, Smith, of South Carolina, Stur: Departinent, which was twice read and comges, Thatcher, Trumbull, and Wynkoop.--20.

mitted.

Mr. FITZSIMONS, from the committee apAnd the main question being put on the pointed to report whether any further provision amendment as amended, it was agreed to. And be necessary to secure the due accounting for the House agreeing to all the other amendments the moneys expended in the Department of proposed, the Clerk was directed to inform the War, made a Report, in which he recommendSenate therewith.

ed the appointment of a Paymaster.

Ordered, To lie on the table.
MONDAY, February 21.

BANK OF THE UNITED STATES. The engrossed bill giving effect to the laws The House resolved itself into a Committee of the United States within the State of Ver- of the whole on the bill supplementary to the mont was read the third time, and passed. act to incorporate the Bank of the United

Mr. GOODHUE, from the committee to whom States, Mr. Boudinot in the chair. The comwas referred the message from the President of mittee made several amendments to the bill, the United States of the 14th instant, made a which were reported and agreed to by the Report, which was read, and ordered to lie on House. The bill was then ordered to be enthe table.

grossed for a third reading. The amendments COMPENSATION TO JUDICIAL OFFICERS.

were as follows:

Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, moved that The House went into a Committee of the the first section of the bill should be expunged; whole on the bill providing compensation for and proposed the following in substance, as a Clerks, Marshals, and Jurors, Mr. BOUDINOT substitute, viz: that subscriptions for the Bank in the chair. The committee having made an should not be opened till the first Monday in amendment to the bill, reported it to the House; July next, and that the first payment in the six when, on motion, the bill, with the proposed per cents of the United States may be deferred amendment, was recommitted to Messrs. SHER- till the first Monday in January next. This MAN, Benson, Seney, White, and LiveR- was agreed to.

A clause to prohibit any person or body poliPUBLIC DEBT.

tic, except on behalf of the United States, from Mr. Madison, from the committee appointed subscribing within three months from the said for that purpose, presented a bill making fur first day of July, more than shares in ther provision for the payment of the debts of one day, was agreed to. the United States; which was twice read, and A clause proposed by Mr. Fitzsimons, enordered to be engrossed for a third reading. joining the payment of the specie proportion of

the subscription at the time of subscribing, and JOSHUA BARNEY.

subjecting the subscribers to a forfeiture of the The House went into a Committee of the said first payment, in case the subsequent pay. whole on the bill to compensate Joshua Barney, ments are not made, was also agreed to. Mr. Boudinot in the chair. The committee Mr. Madison proposed a clause, in sub

MORE.

Feb. 24, 1791.]

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stance making it optional with the subscribers passed the bill giving effect to the laws of the
to pay their subscription either in the three or United States within the State of Vermont,
six per cents, both of the Continental and as- with an amendment, to which they desire their
sumed debt; the three per cents, at two for one concurrence.
of the six per cents. Agreed to.

NEXT MEETING OF CONGRESS.
NEW REVENUE BILL.

Ordered, That Messrs. Smith, of South CaThe amendments to the bill laying a duty on rolina, LAWRENCE, and VAN RENSSELAER, be a distilled spirits, &c. which had been disagreed committee to prepare a bill fixing a time for the to by the Senate, were taken into consideration. next annual meeting of Congress. The first amendment to which the Senate had

NEW REVENUE BILL. disagreed, respected the limitation of the compensation of the officers to two years; they pro- Another message from the Senate informed posed a substitute, by which the provision was the House that they insist on their amendment to continue till altered by law. After some to the new revenue bill, to which this House debate, the question for agreeing to the amend- have disagreed, and propose a conference. The ment of the Senate was negatived--yeas 24, conference was acceded to. nays 36. The House then voted to insist on

COMMERCIAL INTERCOURSE. their amendments.

The House concurred in the other amend- The House then proceeded to consider the ments.

Report of the committee to whom was referred

the message of the President of the United MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE..

States of the 14th instant. Whereupon, it was A message was received from the Senate in- ordered, that said Report be referred to the forming the House, that they have negatived the Secretary of State, and that he be directed to bill determining the time of the next meeting of report to Congress the nature and extent of Congress; also communicating a vote of the Se: the privileges and restrictions of the commernate, in which they request the concurrence of cial'intercourse of the United States with fothis House, for transmitting to the President of reign nations, and such measures as he shall the National Assembly of France, a Resolution think proper to be adopted for the improvement expressive of the sensibility of the Legislature of the commerce and navigation of the United of the United States at the very respectful at- States. tention paid by that free and enlightened As- Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, reported a sembly to the memory of Benjamin Franklin. bill, to determine the day of the next meeting

The Report of the committee on the message of Congress, which, after a first and second of the President of the United States of the 14th reading, was ordered to be engrossed. instant, was read the second time.

A motion to refer this Report to a Committee of the whole was superseded by the call for an

THURSDAY, February 24. adjournment, which took place.

COMPENSATION TO JUDICIAL OFFICERS, WEDNESDAY, February 23.

Mr. SHERMAN, from the committee to whom

was recommitted the bill making compensation BANK OF THE UNITED STATES.

to Clerks, Marshals, and Jurors, presented an The engrossed bill, supplementary to the act aimendatory bill providing compensation for the to incorporate the subscribers to the Bank of officers of the several Courts of Law, and for the United States, was read the third time, jurors and witnesses; which was twice read and and passed.

committed.

RIX-DOLLAR.
LATE DR. FRANKLIN.
The House proceeded to consider the Reso-

Mr. BOURNE, from the committee appointed lution sent from the Senate for their concur much of an act'as establishes the rate of the

for that purpose, presented a bill repealing so rence, yesterday, expressing the sensibility of Congress to the tribute paid to the memory of Rix-dollar of Denmark, which was twice read the late Dr. Franklin by the National Assembly

and committed. of France; and agreed thereto.

COMMISSIONERS OF LOANS.
COMMISSIONERS OF LOANS.

Mr. Williamson, from the committee apThe House took up and concurred with the pointed for that purpose, presented a bill makReport of the Secretary of the Treasury pro-ing compensations to the Commissioners of posing to make certain additional allowances to Loans for extraordinary services and expenses, the Commissioners of Loans; and appointed which was read the first time. Messrs. WILLIAMSON, PARTRIDGE, and White to bring in a bill to effect this object.

NEXT MEETING OF CONGRESS. A message from the Senate informed the The engrossed bill fixing the time for the next House that they decline passing the bill to au- annual meeting of Congress, (the blank being thorize the President to cause the debt due to filled with the fourth Monday in October next,) foreign officers to be paid; and that they have was read the third time, and passed.

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