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[SENATE. Mr. RUTHERFURD, from the committee to whom On motion, to strike out, from section 1st, line was referred the bill, entitled "An act laying du- 26th, these words: “And upon every other two ties on carriages for the conveyance of persons, wheel carriage;" it passed in the negative. and repealing the former act for that purpose," On motion, to insert in section ist, line 28th, reported amendments; which were in part adopt-after the words, “two dollars," the following ed; and the bill was amended accordingly. words: “for and upon every other two wheel

Ordered. That this bill pass to the third reading. carriage, the yearly sum of one dollar and a

Mr. King, from the committee instructed for half:" it passed in the negative. that purpose, reported a bill laying out into one On motion, it was agreed to amend the first State the territory ceded by the State of North section, line 14th, by inserting, after the words Carolina to the United States, and providing for a top carriage,” the following words: "and upon an enumeration of the inhabitants thereof; which every two wheel carriage hanging or resting upon bill was read, and ordered to a second reading. steel or iron springs; and, also, to insert in the

Mr. Cabot, from the committee to whom was same section, line 15th, after the word " carriage," referred the bill to regulate the Mint of the Unit- in the first place, the following words, “ the yearly ed States, and to punish frauds by counterfeiting sum of two dollars.". the coins thereof, or otherwise, reported a new Resolved, That this bill pass with the amendbill; which was read and ordered to a second ments. reading.

Mr. TATTNALL, from the committee to whom A message from the House of Representatives was referred the bill, entitled “ An act for the reinformed the Senate that the House have passed lief of Moses Myers,” reported that the bill pass a resolution that the President of the Senate without amendment. and SPEAKER of the House of Representatives be Ordered, That the consideration of the report authorized to close the present session, by adjourn- be postponed. ing their respective Houses on Wednesday, the Mr. Gunn, from the committee to whom was 25th instant; also, a bill, entitled “An act in ad-recommitted the amendments to the bill, entitled dition to an act, entitled ' An act to establish the "An act to ascertain and fix the Military EstabPost Office and Post Roads within the United lishment of the United States," reported further States;" in which bill and resolution they desire amendments, which were adopted, and the bill the concurrence of the Senate.

was amended accordingly. The resolution last brought from the House of Ordered, That this bill pass to the third readRepresentatives for concurrence, was read, and ing as amended; and that the amendments be ordered to lie for consideration.

printed for the use of the Senate. The bill last brought from the House of Repre A message from the House of Representatives sentatives for concurrence, was read twice, and informed the Senate that the House had passed its consideration postponed to the next session of the bill

, sent from the Senate for concurrence, enCongress.

titled "An act for the relief of persons imprisoned The Senate resumed the third reading of the fot debt," with amendments; in which they debill sent from the House of Representatives for sire the concurrence of the Senate. Also, that concurrence, entitled "An act in addition to an the House had passed a bill, entitled “ An act act, entitled ' An act supplementary to the act, making further provision for the expenses attendentitled ' An act to provide more effectually for ing the intercourse of the United States with the collection of the duties on goods, wares, and foreign nations, and to continue in force the act, merchandise, imported into the United States, and entitled 'An act providing the means of interon the tonnage of ships or vessels.”

course between the United States and foreign naOn motion, it was agreed to insert the follow- tions ;" also, a bill

, entitled " An act directing ing words after " vessels,” in section four, line certain experiments to be made to ascertain unifour, "and, also, all provisions by law relative to form standards of Weights and Measures for the exports and drawbacks."

United States," in which bills they desire the On motion to add the following to the end of concurrence of the Senate. the fourth section :

The bills last brought from the House of Repreu Provided always, That spirits distilled from domes- sentatives for concurrence were read, and ordered tic materials, exported by way of the Mississippi, shall to a second reading. be entitled to a drawback, although exported in vessels of less than thirty tons burden :" It passed in the negative.

FRIDAY, May 20. Resolved, That this bill pass as amended.

The bill, sent from the House of Representa

tives for concurrence, entitled "An act altering Tuesday, May 19.

the compensation of the Accountant of the War

Department,” was read the third time, and passed. The bill sent from the House of Representa Mr. Gunn, from the committee to whom was tives for concurrence, entitled " An act laying du- referred the bill, entitled “ An act making an adties on carriages for the conveyance of persons, ditional allowance to certain public officers for and repealing the former act for that purpose," the year one thousand seven hundred and ninetywas read the third time.

six," reported, that the further consideration there

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[MAY, 1796. of be postponed until the next session of Con Resolved, That the Senate agree to the first, gress.

and disagree to all the other amendments to the Ordered, That the consideration of the report said bill. be postponed until to-morrow.

A message from the House of Representatives The Senate resumed the consideration of the informed the Senate that the House have passed report of the committee to whom was referred a bill, entitled " An act concerning the post road the bill, entitled "An act for the relief of Moses from Portland, in Maine, to Savannah, in GeorMyers," and the report was not adopted. gia;" in which they desire the concurrence of the

On motion to agree to the bill, as follows: Senate. They disagree to the first, and agree to Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre-entitled * An act altering the compensation of

the other amendment of the Senate to the bill, sentatives of the United States of America in Congress the Accountant of the War Department. assembled, That the Collector of the Customs for the port of Norfolk and Portsmouth be, and he is hereby,

The bill last brought from the House of Repauthorized to have ascertained the rate of damage sus

resentatives for concurrence was read twice, and tained by Moses Myers, on the goods contained in the referred to Messrs. Ports, GUNN, and Strong, to twenty-three bales, cases, and trunks, of merchandise, consider and report thereon to the Senate. unladen from on board the French ship-of-war, the The Senate proceeded to consider the resoluJean Bart, and which were damaged by the overset- tion of the House of Representatives, disagreeting of the schooner Quantico; and remit to the said ing to their first amendment to the bill, entitled Moses Myers the duties, in proportion to the damage - Ăn act altering the compensation of the Acsustained on the goods damaged as aforesaid :" countant of the War Department;" and,

It passed in the negative-yeas 10, nays 11, as Resolved, That they do recede from their said follows:

first amendment. YEAS.—Messrs. Bloodworth, Brown, Butler, Foster,

The bill respecting the Mint was read the secHenry, Langdon, Martin, Strong, Tattnall, and Taze- ond and third times, and passed. well.

The bill, sent from the House of RepresentaNars.—Messrs. Bradford, Burr, Gunn, King, Lati- tives for concurrence, entitled "An act to ascermer, Livermore, Potts, Read, Ross, Rutherfurd, and tain and fix the Military Establishment of the Trumbull.

United States," was read the third time, and passed. On the question that the bill pass to the third tives for concurrence, entitled " An act directing

The bill, sent from the House of Representareading, it passed in the negative. So it was, Resolved, That the Senate do not form standards of Weights and Measures for the

certain experiments to be made to ascertain uniconcur in this bill. The Senate proceeded to consider the amend- referred to Messrs. RUTHERFORD, Tazewell, and

United States," was read the second time, and ments of the House of Representatives to the Martin, to consider and report thereon to the bill, entitled "An act for the relief of persons Senate. imprisoned for debt," and on motion, it was agreed

The bill, laying out into one State the territory to concur in the first of the proposed amend- ceded by the state of North Carolina to the ments. On the question to agree to the following of the inhabitants thereof, was read the second

United States, and providing for an enumeration amendment, to wit: strike out the second and

time. third sections, and insert the following:

Ordered, That the consideration of this bill be “ And be it further enacted, That persons imprisoned the order of the day for to-morrow. for debt, under process from the Courts of the United Mr. Burr, from the committee to whom was States, shall have the same benefit of the laws of their referred the Report of the Attorney General, of respective States, for the relief of persons imprisoned the 28th of April last, respecting the lands situated for debt, and the same right of discharge from con- in the Southwestern parts of the United States, finement, which they would have if imprisoned under together with the papers therein referred to, reprocess of their respective States: And that the Judges ported, as follows: of the District Courts in the States, respectively, shall be, and are hereby, authorized to commission such per

“Whereas, from documents laid before Congress, sóns as they may think proper, and give them the pursuant to a resolution of the third day of March, one powers necessary for executing the provisions of the thousand seven hundred and ninety-five, questions apsaid laws of their respective States: Provided, That pear to arise as to a claim of the United States, as well nothing herein contained shall prevent the suing out of property as jurisdiction, of certain lands within the process against the estate of a debtor, at any time after bounds following, to wit: north by the cession of South his discharge; any thing in the laws of the respective Carolina, west by the Mississippi, south by the thirtyStates to the contrary notwithstanding;"

first degree of latitude, and east by the river ChatahouIt passed in the negative-yeas 7, nays 14, as chee and a line from the head thereof due north to the follows:

South Carolina cession; the jurisdiction of which ter

ritory is also claimed by the State of Georgia, and the YEAS-Messrs. Bloodworth, Brown, Burr, Marshall, property thereof, or of certain parts thereof, as well by Martin, Robinson, and Tazewell.

the State of Georgia, as by certain individuals claiming Nars.-Messrs. Bingham, Bradford, Foster, Gunn, under the said State ; and whereas it is highly expeHenry, Latimer, Livermore, Potts, Read, Ross, Ruther- dient that the rights of the parties, as well to property furd, Strong, Tattnall, and Trumbull.

as to jurisdiction, should be ascertained and declared,

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[SENATE. and that the minds of those claiming or holding should votes of the two Houses, on the bill, entitled be quieted, and that provision should be made for the "An act for the relief and protection of American temporary Government of the inhabitants of the terri- seamen," reported certain modifications to the tory aforesaid; it is therefore

bill, as agreed to by the joint committee of conResolved, That the President of the United States ference. be authorized to treat and conclude (subject to the rati A message from the House of Representatives fication or dissent of Congress) with the State of Geor- informed the Senate that the House have passed the gia, for the cession of the claim of said State to juris- bill sent from the Senate for concurrence, entitled diction in and over the said territory, and to adopt such “An act to regulate the compensation of clerks;" measures as to him shall seem expedient (subject to the with an amendment, in which they desire the future approbation of Congress) for ascertaining, declaring, confirming, by an agreement to be entered into concurrence of the Senate. They agree to the between the parties aforesaid, their respective claims to " An act laying duties

on carriages for the con

amendments of the Senate to the bill, entiiled the territory aforesaid.

Secondly. That, as soon as the ratifications of the veyance of persons, and repealing the former act Treaty lately concluded with His Catholic Majesty shall for that purpose;" with an amendment to the be exchanged, the President of the United States be seventh amendment, in which they desire the authorized to establish a temporary Government in and concurrence of the Senate. They agree to the over the inhabitants of all that tract of country lying report of the joint committee of conference, rewithin the territory aforesaid, and bounded as follows, specting the amendments proposed by the Senate to wit: west by the Mississippi, north by a line to be to the bill, entitled "An act for the relief and drawn due east from the mouth of the Yazoo to the protection of American seamen." They insist Chatahouchee, east by the Chatahouchee, and south by on their amendments, disagreed to by the Senate, the thirty-first degree of latitude, conformably with the to the bill, entitled "An act for the relief of perordinance of Congress of the thirteenth day of July, sons imprisoned for debt;" ask a conference thereone thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven; such on, and have appointed managers at the same on temporary Government to continue until the end of the their part. They agree to some, and disagree to next session of Congress, without prejudice to the right other, amendments of the Senate to the bill, entiof any State or individual whatsoever."

tled "An act to ascertain and fix the Military Ordered, That the report be printed for the Establishment of the United States." They have use of the Senate.

passed a bill, entitled "An act to suspend, in part,

the act, entitled 'An act to alter and amend the SATURDAY, May 21.

act, entitled - An act laying certain duties upon The bill, sent from the House of Representa- snuff and refined sugar;" and a bill entitled An tives for concurrence, entitled An act making act limiting the time for the allowance of drawfurther provision for the expenses attending the back on the exportation of domestic distilled spiintercourse of the United States with foreign na- rits, and allowing a drawback upon such spirits tions; and to continue in force the act, entitled exported in vessels of less than thirty tons, by the "An act providing the means of intercourse be- Mississippi ;” in which bills they desire the contween the United States and foreign nations,

99 currence of the Senate. was read the second time, and referred to Messrs.

The Senate took into consideration the resoluBINGHAM, TAZEWELL, and STRONG, to consider tion of the House of Representatives adopting the and report thereon to the Senate.

report of the joint committee of conterence, on On motion, to take into consideration the reso- the bill

, entitled “ An act for the relief and proteclution of the House of Representatives, to ad- tion of American seamen;" and, journ on the 25th instant; it was agreed that it

Resolved, That the consideration thereof be postshould be postponed.

poned until to-morrow. The Senate resumed the second reading of the

The Senate took into consideration the resolubill, laying out into one State the territory ceded tion of the House of Representatives, insisting on by the State of North Carolina to the United their amendments, disagreed to by the Senate, to States, and providing for an enumeration of the the bill, entitled " An act for the relief of persons inhabitants thereof.

imprisoned for debt;" and asking a conference A letter, signed William Cocke, purporting that thereon, he is appointed a Senator for the State of Ten

Resolved, That they do agree to the proposed nessee, and claiming a seat in the Senate, was be managers at the same on the part of the Se

conference, and that Messrs. STRONG and Ports presented and read.

nate. Ordered, That it lie on the table.

The bills last brought from the House of Repre

sentatives for concurrence were severally read, Monday, May 23.

and ordered to a second reading. Mr. BRADFORD, from the committee to whom The Senate proceeded to consider the amendwas referred the bill, entitled "An act altering ment of the House of Representatives to the bill, the sessions of the Circuit Courts in the Districts entitled “ An act to regulate the compensation of of Vermont and Rhode Island, and for other pur- clerks; and, poses," reported amendments, which were read. Resolved, That they do disagree thereto.

Mr. Burr, from the managers at the conference The Senate proceeded to consider the amendon the part of the Senate, on the disagreeing ment of the House of Representatives to their

row.

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[MAY, 1796. seventh amendment to the bill, entitled “ An act Nays-Messrs. Bingham, Bradford, Gunn, Latimer, laying duties on carriages for the conveyance of Livermore, Marshall, Read, Ross, Rutherfurd, Strong, persons, and repealing the former act for that pur- and Trumbull. pose;" and,

After debate, the further consideration of the Resolved, that the Senate concur in the said bill last mentioned was postponed until to-moramendment.

The Senate proceeded to consider the amend A letter from Rurus King was read, stating ments disagreed to by the House of Representa- that he had accepted the appointment of Minister tives to the bill, entitled “ An act to ascertain and Plenipotentiary at the Court of London, and refix the Military Establishment of the United signing his seat in the Senate. States;" and,

Mr. Potts, from the committee to whom was Resolved, That the Senate insist on their amend-referred the bill

, entitled " An act concerning the ments disagreed to.

post road from Portland. in Maine, to Savannah, The Senate proceeded to consider the report of in Georgia,” reported that the bill pass without the committee to whom was referred the bill, en- amendment. titled “ An act making an additional allowance to certain public officers for the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six;" which was adopt

TUESDAY, May 24. ed, and the bill was accordingly postponed to the next session of Congress.

The Senate considered the report of the comA message from the House of Representatives mittee to whom was referred the bill, entitled " An informed the Senate that the House insist on act concerning the post road from Portland, in their amendment to the bill, entitled “ An act to Maine, to Savannah, in Georgia ;" and the report regulate the compensation of clerks.” They in- was not agreed to. sist on their disagreement to the amendments of On motion that this bill pass to the third readthe Senate to the bill, entitled "An act to ascer- ing, it was determined in the negative. So the tain and fix the Military Establishment of the bill was rejected. United States," ask a conference thereon, and The bill sent from the House of Representatives, have appointed managers at the same on their entitled " An act to suspend, in part

, the act, enpart. They agree to the first, and disagree to all titled ' An act to alter and amend the act, entitled the other amendments of the Senate to the bill

, en-* An act laying certain duties upon snuff and retitled " An act in addition to an act, entitled 'Anaetfined sugar," was read a second time, and referred supplementary to the act, entitled ' An act to pro- to Messrs. Bingham, STRONG, and Henry, to convide more effectually for the collection of the du- sider and report thereon to the Senate. ties on goods, wares, and merchandise imported The bill, sent from the House of Representatives into the United States

, and on the tonnage of ships for concurrence, entitled “ An act limiting the or vessels." They have passed the bill, sent from time for the allowance of drawback on the exportthe Senate for concurrence, entitled “An act re-ation of domestic distilled spirits, and allowing a specting the Mint," with an amendment; in which drawback upon such spirits, exported in vessels of they desire the concurrence of the Senate. less than thirty tons, by the Mississippi,” was read

The Senate resumed the consideration, in para- the second time, and referred to the committee graphs, of the bill laying out into one State the last mentioned, to consider and report thereon to territory ceded by the State of North Carolina to the Senate. the United States, and providing for an enumera Mr. Strong reported, from the managers at the tion of the inhabitants thereof.

conference on the bill, entitled " An act for the reA letter, signed William Blount and William lief of persons imprisoned for debt," that they had Cocke, was read, stating that they have been duly agreed to sundry amendments. and legally elected Senators to represent the State Mr. RUTHERFURD, from the committee to whom of Tennessee in the Senate.

was referred the bill, sent from the House of ReOn motion,

presentatives for concurrence, entitled "An act “ That Mr. Blount and Mr. Cocke, who claim to be relative to quarantine,” reported, that the bill be Senators of the United States, be received as spectators, amended, by inserting after the word " that," if unand that chairs be provided for that purpose until the til general regulations relative to quarantine are final decision of the Senate shall be given on the bill made by law.” And, on the question to agree to proposing to admit the Southwestern Territory into the the report, it was determined in the negative. Union :"

Ordered, That the bill pass to the third reading: A motion was made to refer the consideration

The Senate proceeded to consider the report of thereof to a committee; and it passed in the ne- the managers at the conference on the disagreeing gative.

votes of the two Houses, on the bill, entitled " An On motion to agree to the original motion, it act for the relief and protectiou of American seapassed in the affirmative-yeas 12, nays 11, as follows:

On motion, to postpone the further considera

tion of this bíll to the next session of Congress, it YEAS.--Messrs. Bloodworth, Brown, Burr, Butler, passed in the negative. Foster, Henry, Langdon, Martin, Potts, Robinson., Tatt On motion, to modify the report of the confernall, and Tazewell.

ees, so as that the surveyor, instead of the collect

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or, be the certifying officer, it was ruled not to be tween the United States and foreign nations," rein order. Whereupon,

ported that the bill pass without amendment; and Resolved, that the Senate agree to the report the report being read, was adopted. of the joint committee of conference on the said Ordered, That this bill pass to the third reading. bill, and that the bill be amended accordingly. On motion, by Mr. BURR,

The Senate proceeded to consider the amend Ordered, that the PRESIDENT be requested to ment of the House of Representatives to the bill, notify the Executive of the State of New York entitled " An act respecting the Mint.”

that Rufus KING hath accepted the appointment Resolved, That they do concur therein. of Minister Plenipotentiary from the United States

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolu- to the Court of London, and that his seat in the tion of the House of Representatives, insisting on Senate is vacated. their amendment to the bill, entitled "An act to The Senate proceeded to consider the report of regulate the compensation of clerks;" and, the joint committee of conference on the bill, en

Resolved, That they insist on their disagree-titled " An act for the relief of persons imprisoned ment to the said amendment.

for debt:" whereupon, The Senate considered the resolution of the Resolved, That they concur in the amendments House of Representatives disagreeing to sundry to the bill accordingly. amendments of the Senate to the bill, entitled " An The following Message was received from the aet in addition to an act, entitled "An act supple- PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: mentary to the act, entitled ' An act to provide Gentlemen of the Senate, and more effectually for the collection of the duties on of the House of Representatives : goods, wares, and merchandise imported into the

The measures now in operation for taking possession United States, and on the tonnage of ships and ves of the posts of Detroit and Michilimackinac, render it sels;" and,

proper that provision should be made for extending to Resolved, That they do recede from their said these places, and any others alike circumstanced, the civil amendments.

authority of the Northwestern Territory. To do this The Senate considered the resolution of the will require an expense, to defray which the ordinary House of Representatives, insisting on their disa- salaries of the Governor and Secretary of that Territogreement to the amendments to the bill, entitled ry appear to be incompetent. An act to ascertain and fix the Military Estab The forming of a new county or new counties, and lishment of the United States," and asking a con- the appointment of the various officers, which the just ference thereon; and,

exercise of Government must require, will oblige the Resolved, that they do agree to the proposed Governor and Secretary to visit those places, and to conference, and that Messrs. GUNN and Ross be spend considerable time in making the arrangements managers at the same on the part of the Senate. necessary for introducing and establishing the Govern

The Senate considered the report of the com- ment of the United States. Congress will consider mittee to whom was referred the bill, entitled what provision will in this case be proper.

G. WASHINGTON. "An act altering the sessions of the Circuit Courts

UNITED STATES, May, 1796. in the Districts of Vermont and Rhode Island, and for other purposes," which was adopted; and the The Message was read, and ordered to lie for bill was amended accordingly.

consideration. Ordered, That this bill pass to the third reading. The Senate resumed the second reading of the The Senate resumed the consideration of the bill laying out into one State the territory ceded bilt laying out into one State the territory ceded by the State of North Carolina to the United by the State of North Carolina to the United States, and providing for the enumeration of the States, and providing for the enumeration of the inhabitants thereof. inhabitants thereof; and, after debate, the further On motion to strike out, from the word "inconsideration thereof was postponed until to-mor- habitants," section 1st, line 33d, to the end of the row.

bill, and insert as follows:

“ And whereas satisfactory evidence has been receiv

ed that the said State did, on the 11th January, 1796WEDNESDAY, May 25.

contain a greater number of free inhabitants than 60,000, The bill, sent from the House of Representa- and the people thereof did then proceed to form a pertives for concurrence, entitled " An act relative to manent Constitution and State Government, which in quarantine," was read the third time, and passed. all respects accord with the Articles of the Compact betives for concurrence, entitled “ An act altering shall be, and the same is hereby, received into the Union The bill, sent from the House of Representa- tween the United States and the said inhabitants :

Be it therefore further enacted, That the said State the sessions of the Circuit Courts in the Districts of Vermont and Rhode Island, and for other pur- title of The State of Tennessee,' on an equal footing

as a free and independent State, under the name and poses," was read the third time, and passed. with the original States, in all respects whatever.

Mr. BINGHAM, from the committee to whom “ And be it further enacted, That, until the next was referred the bill, entitled “An act making general census, the said State of Tennessee shall be enfurther provision for the expenses attending the titled to one Representative in the House of Represenintercourse of the United States with foreign na- tatives of the United States, and in all other respects, tions, and to continue in force the act, entitled as far as they may be applicable, the laws of the United ** An act providing the means of intercourse be- States shall extend to, and have force in, the State of

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