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JANUARY, 1796.)
Proceedings.

[SENATE. sales, that all the buildings required for the accommo- tofore granted to defray the contingent charges of the dation of the Government of the United States may Government. be completed in season, without aid from the Federal

G. WASHINGTON. Treasury. The subject is therefore recommended to UNITED States, January 13, 1796. the consideration of Congress, and the result will determine the measures which I shall cause to be pursued dered to lie for consideration.

The Message and statement were read, and orwith respect to the property remaining unsold.

G. WASHINGTON.

Ordered, That Messrs. READ, ELLSWORTH, UNITED STATES, January 8, 1796.

Ross, STRONG and LIVERMORE, be a committee The Message and memorial therein referred to States, and to report what alterations or amend

to revise the Judiciary system of the United were read, and ordered to lie for consideration. The Senate resumed the second reading of the

ments may be necessary in the same. bill to regulate proceedings in cases of outlawry, and, after progress, the further consideration

THURSDAY, January 14. thereof was postponed.

The bill to amend an act, entitled "An act to The PRESIDENT laid before the Senate a Letter promote the progress of Useful Arts, and to refrom Samuel Meredith, Treasurer of the United peal the act heretofore made for that purpose,” States, together with his specie account for the was read the second time, and the further conquarter ending the 30th December, 1795; which sideration thereof postponed until to-morrow. were read, and orderd to lie on the table.

FRIDAY, January 15.
MONDAY, January 11.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the RICHARD Potts, from Maryland, attended. bill to amend the act, entitled "An act to pro

The Vice PRESIDENT laid before the Senate a mote the progress of Useful Arts, and to repeal communication from the Secretary for the Depart- the act heretofore made for that purpose." ment of Treasury, in consequence of the order of Ordered, That the further consideration therethe 23d of December last, with a return (marked of be postponed to Monday next. A) of the exports of the United States, supplemental to that transmitted on the 26th of Februa

Monday, January 18. ry, 1795, which completes the returns of exports to the 30th of September, 1794:

The Senate resumed the second reading of the A statement (marked B) showing the specific bill to amend the

act. entitled " An act to promote articles imported into the United States in each the progress of Useful Arts, and to repeal the

act calendar year, commencing with the establish- heretofore made for that purpose," and having ment of the revenue, and ending on the 30th of agreed to the first paragraph thereof, the bill was December, 1794; and

ordered to a third reading. An abstract (marked C) containing a list of the

The VICE PRESIDENT laid before the Senate a articles of merchandise enumerated in the laws Report of the Secretary for the Department of of the United States, as being subject to ad valo- War, on the state of the fortifications, which was rem rates of duty, prior to the year 1795; which

read and ordered to lie for consideration. papers were read. Ordered, That they lie for consideration.

Tuesday, January 19. The Senate resumed the second reading of the The bill to amend the act, entitled "An act to bill to regulate proceedings in cases of outlawry, promote the progress of Useful Arts, and to reand, after agreeing to sundry amendments, the peal the act heretofore made for that purpose,” bill was ordered to a third reading.

was read the third time.

On motion to amend the bill, by subjoining the TUESDAY, January 12.

following proviso: The bill to regulate proceedings in cases of out “ That such alien or aliens before he, she, or they, lawry, was read the third time, and passed.

shall obtain such letters patent, shall take an oath, before the Secretary of State, that such invention has not

been published and used, so far as his, her, or their WEDNESDAY, January 13.

knowledge extends, in any foreign country; and that Mr. Butler, from the committee instructed to he, she, or they, have not obtained letters patent for that purpose, reported a bill to amend an act, en- the same from any foreign Power :" titled “ An act to promote the progress of Useful It passed in the negative. Arts, and to repeal the act heretofore made for On the question to agree to the bill, it passed in that purpose; which was read and ordered to a the affirmative--yeas 12, nays 11, as follows: second reading. The following Message was received from the Frelinghuysen, Langdon, Marshall, Martin, Potts,

Yeas-Messrs. Bloodworth, Burr, Butler, Ellsworth, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:

Read, Robinson, and Rutherfurd. Gentlemen of the Senate, and

Nárs-Messrs. Bingham, Bradford, Brown, Cabot, of the House of Representatives :

Henry, Latimer, Livermore, Paine, Strong, Trumbull, I lay before you an official statement of the expendi and Walton. ture to the end of the year 1795, from the sums here So the bill was passed.

SENATE.]

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[JANUARY, 1796. WEDNESDAY, January 20.

Letter from the Secretary for the Department of No business was transacted in the Senate to- Treasury, with a statement from the Commisday.

sioner of the Revenue, of the exports of the

United States, to the 30th of September, 1795, Thursday, January 21.

which were read, and ordered to lie for considera

tion. Mr. King attended to-day.

Ordered, That Messrs. ELLSWORTH, Brown, and BRADFORD, be a committee to inquire what

TUESDAY, January 26. laws will expire before the next session of Con The bill, sent from the House of Representagress, and report thereon to the Senate.

tives for concurrence, entitled " An act making Mr. Ellsworth reported, from the committee appropriations for the support of Government, for appointed to consider the bill making provision the year one thousand seven hundred and ninetyfor the purposes of trade with the Indians, that six," was read the second time, and referred to the bill pass without amendment.

Messrs. RUTHERFURD, ELLSWORTH, and CABOT, Ordered, That this bill lie on the table.

to consider and report thereon to the Senate. FRIDAY, January 22.

WEDNESDAY, January 27. Mr. ELLSWORTH, from the committee appointed

On motion, yesterday, to inquire what laws will expire before the next meeting of Congress, reported the folate with an accurate return of the imports and exports

“ That the proper officer be directed to furnish Senlowing:

The “ Act for allowing compensation to the into and from the United States, from the period to members of the Senate and House of Representa

which the last returns were made, and, in a similar tives of the United States and to the officers of manner, to the latest period to which returns are made both Houses;" passed September 22d, 1789. The “ Act declaring the consent of Congress

It was agreed that this motion should lie until to a certain act of the State of Maryland, and to to-morrow for consideration. continue, for a longer time, an act declaring the assent of Congress to certain acts of the States of

THURSDAY, January 28. Maryland, Georgia, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, so far as the same respects the

Mr. RUTHERFURD, from the committee apStates of Georgia, and Rhode Island and Provi- pointed to take into consideration the bill, sent dence Plantations,” passed March 19th, 1792.

from the House of Representatives for concurThe “ Act to regulate trade and intercourse rence, entitled "An act making appropriations with the Indian tribes ;" passed March 1, 1793.

for the support of Government, for the year one The “Act making further provision for the thousand seven hundred and ninety-six," reported expenses attending the intercourse of the United amendments, which were in part adopted; and States with foreign nations; and further to con- the consideration of that part of the bill which tinue in force the act, entitled 'An act providing respects the appropriations for the Mint was postthe means of intercourse between the United poned until to-morrow. States and foreign nations;" passed March 20th, motion made yesterday, for a return of the ex

The Senate resumed the consideration of the 1794.

The “Act directing a detachment from the ports and imports of the United States, which militia of the United States;” passed May 9th, Treasury," in lieu of “ proper officer."

was amended, by inserting “ Secretary of the 1794. And the "Act to continue in force for a limited

Ordered, That the further consideration of this time the acts therein mentioned ;" passed March motion be postponed until Monday next. 2, 1795. The provisions of the "Act to regulate the

FRIDAY, January 29. compensation of clerks," extended only to the

The Senate resumed the second reading of the 31st of December last; passed March 3, 1795.

bill, sent from the House of Representatives for The report was read. and ordered to lie for con- concurrence, entitled “ An act making appropriasideration.

tions for the support of Government, for the year

one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six," and, Monday, January 25.

having agreed to the amendments reported by the A message from the House of Representatives committee, the bill was ordered to a third reading. informed the Senate, that the House had passed a The following Messages were received from the bill, entitled “ An act making appropriations for the President of the United States : support of Government for the year one thousand Gentlemen of the Senate, and seven hundred and ninety-six;" in which they de of the House of Representatives : sire the concurrence of the Senate.

In pursuance of the authority vested in the President of The bill was read, and ordered to a second the United States, by an act of Congress passed the third reading.

of March last, to reduce the weight of the copper coin of The Vice PRESIDENT laid before the Senate a the United States, whenever he should think it for the

FEBRUARY, 1796.)

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[SENATE.

benefit of the United States, provided that the reduction The Senate resumed the consideration of the should not exceed two pennyweights in each cent, and motion made on the 27th of January last, that the in the like proportion in a half cent, I have caused the Secretary of the Treasury make a return of imsame to be reduced, since the twenty-seventh of last ports and exports; and, on motion, permission was December; to wit, one pennyweight and sixteen grains given to withdraw the motion, for the purpose of in each cent, and in the like proportion in a half cent. substituting the following: and I have given notice thereof by proclamation. By the Letter of the Judges of the Circuit Court of

" That the Secretary of the Treasury be directed to the United States held at Boston in June last, and the furnish, for the use of the Senate, a statement of the enclosed application of the under-keeper of the jail at imports into the United States, from the 30th of Septhat place-of which copies are herewith transmitted—tember, 1791, to the latest period to which he may have Congress will perceive the necessity of making a suit- received returns from the different districts ; specifying able provision for the maintenance of prisoners commit- therein, as particularly as the returns admit of, the

artited to the jails of the several States, under the authority cles imported; the cost thereof, and the countries from of the United States.

which they have been imported; together with the tonG. WASHINGTON.

nage employed in the import trade, and the Kingdoms UNITED STATES, January 29, 1796.

or States to which the vessels belong." Gentlemen of the Senate, and

On motion, it was agreed that this motion should of the House of Representatives :

be referred to Messrs. King, BUTLER, ELLSWORTH,

Cabot, and Langdon, to consider and report thereI send herewith, for the information of Congress 1. An Act of the Legislature of the State of Rhode

on to the Senate. Island, ratifying an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, to prevent suits in certain cases

TUESDAY, February 2. against a State.

A message from the House of Representatives 2. An Act of the State of North Carolina, making informed the Senate that the House have passed the like ratification.

a bill, entitled " An act for establishing trading 3. An Act of the State of North Carolina, assenting houses with the Indian tribes,” in which they deto the purchase, by the United States, of a sufficient sire the concurrence of the Senate. quantity of land on Shell Castle Island, for the purpose The bill last mentioned was read, and ordered to of erecting a beacon thereon, and ceding the jurisdiction a second reading. thereof to the United States.

The VICE PRESIDENT laid before the Senate a 4. A copy from the journal of proceedings of the Go- Letter from the Secretary of the Department of vernor, in his Executive Department, of the Territory War, in reference to the order of Senate of the of the United States Northwest of the river Ohio, from 220 December last, respecting the expenditures on July 1, to December 31, 1794. 3. À copy from the records of the Executive proceed- Western counties of Pennsylvania.

the expedition against the insurgents in the four ings of the same Governor, from January 1, to July 30, 1795; and

Ordered, That it lie for consideration. 6 and 7. A copy of the journal of the proceedings of

The following Message was received from the the Governor, in his Executive Department, of the Ter- PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: ritory of the United States South of the river Ohio, Gentlemen of the Senate, and from September 1, 1794, to September 1, 1795.

of the House of Representatives : • 8. The Acts of the 1st and 2d sessions of the General I transmit herewith the copy of a Letter, dated the Assembly of the same Territory.

19th of December last, from Governor Blount to the G. WASHINGTON.

Secretary of War, stating the avowed and daring deUNITED STATES, January 29, 1796.

signs of certain persons to take possession of lands beOrdered, That the last recited Messages of the longing to the Cherokees, and which the United States PRESIDENT OF THE United States, with the pa- have, by treaty, solemnly guaranteed to that nation. pers therein mentioned, be severally referred to The injustice of such intrusions, and the mischievous Messrs. LIVERMORE, Wálton, and Marshall, to consequences which must necessarily result therefrom, consider and report thereon to the Senate.

demand that effectual provision be made to prevent Mr. Cabot presented the petition of Jose Roiz

them.

G. WASHINGTON. Silva, praying that the officers of the revenue for the State of New York may be authorized to re

UNITED STATES, February 2, 1796. fand him two thousand five hundred and twenty

The Message and Letter were read, and ordered one dollars, overrated duties, on a cargo of Graci- to lie for consideration. osa wines, imported in the brigantine Mary, in June, 1793.

WEDNESDAY, February 3. The petition was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

The bill, sent from the House of Representatives for concurrrence, entitled " An act for establishing

trading houses with the Indian tribes," was read Monday, February 1.

the second time; and, after consideration, the bill The bill, sent from the House of Representatives was postponed until to-morrow. for concurrence, entitled “ An act making appropriations for the support of Government, for the

THURSDAY, February 4. year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six," The Senate resumed the second reading, and was read the third time and passed.

consideration in paragraphs, of the bill, sent from 4th Con.-3

SENATE.]

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[FEBRUARY, 1796. the House of Representatives for concurrence, “ That the petitioner prays for a law to be passed entitled " An acı for establishing trading houses relative to the support of prisoners in jail, committed with the Indian tribes;" and, having amended the under the authority of the United States, in order to insame, the bill was ordered to a third reading.

demnify the sheriff or keeper of the jail for their cost Mr. Butler presented the petition of John and expenses in such support. The committee have Howell, commander of the revenue cutter of the considered the subject, and examined the laws relative United States for the port of Savannah, and the thereto, and are of opinion that the existing laws are coasts of the State aforesaid, which was read, sufficient for the purpose aforesaid ; and, therefore, that praying that he, and the other commanders of the memorialist have leave to withdraw his memorial.” the revenue cutters, may be placed on the full And the report was adopted. Naval Establishment. Ordered, That it be referred to Messrs. But

Tuesday, February 9. LER, LANGDON, and Walton, to consider and report thereon to the Senate.

Mr. Ross presented the memorial of Thomas Leiper & Co., and others, manufacturers of snuff

, stating the discouragements they meet with in Friday, February 5.

the prosecution of the business, and praying an The bill, sent from the House of Representatives entire repeal of the existing excise upon that artifor concurrence, entitled “ An act for establishing cle; which was read, and ordered to lie on the trading houses with the Indian tribes," was read table. the third time; and on motion, it was agreed to expunge the 5th section, which'is as follows:

WEDNESDAY, February 10. “And be it further enacted, That six thousand dollars be appropriated, under the direction of the Presi

Ordered, That the memorial of Thomas Leident of the United States, for the purpose of paying the per & Co.

, and others, manufacturers of snuff, be agents and clerks; which agents shall be allowed to referred to Messrs. Read, BLOODworth, and Livdraw out of the public supplies two rations each, and ERMORE, to consider and report thereon to the each clerk, one ration per day."

Senate. On motion, it was agreed to amend the last sec

A message from the House of Representatives tion, by adding, after the word "years," the words, informed the Senate that the House have passed "and to the end of the next session of Congress for receiving on Loan the Domestic Debt of the

a bill, entitled " An act further extending the time thereafter."

On motion, to add, after the word "aforemen- United States;” in which they desire the concurtioned,” section 6, these words, and to defray all rence of the Senate. salaries, commissions, and charges, attending the

This bill was read, and ordered to a second same,” it passed in the negative. On motion, to amend the proviso, in the 7th sec-ed the first of February, on the motion that the

Mr.King reported, from the committee appointtion, by adding, after the word “reside,” these words," or be found,” it passed in the negative.

Secretary of the Treasury make return of imports On motion, it was agreed to commit the bill to and exports; and the report was adopted. WhereMessrs. Ross, King, and Mason, to consider

upon, rally, and report thereon to the Senate.

Resolved, that the Secretary of the Treasury Ordered, That the Message of the PRESIDENT the Senate in the month

of January in each year;

do cause to be annually prepared, and reported to OF THE UNITED STATES, of the 29th of January, with a copy of a Letter from the Judges of the vessels employed in the trade of the United States

A statement of the tonnage of the ships and gether with the application from the under-keeper for one year, ending the first of October preceding of the jail there, be referred to the committee ap- domestic tonnage, and the quantity belonging to pointed to consider the petition of Jeremiah Allen.

The Vice President laid before the Senate a each foreign nation; distinguishing, also, the doLetter from the Treasurer of the United States, that engaged in the coasting trade and fisheries ;

mestic tonnage employed in foreign trade, from with his account of receipts and expenditures in the War Department, for the quarter ending the value of the exports of the United States, for the

Also, a statement of the quantity and estimated 31st of December last.

The Letter was read, and ordered to lie on the like term of one year, showing the amount extable.

ported to each foreign nation; The Vice President laid before the Senate

, chandise
, imported into the United States

, for the

Also, a statement of the goods, wares, and merfrom the Secretary for the Department of War, a like term of one year, distinguishing, in classes, return of invalid pensioners. Ordered, That it ļie on the table.

those which pay an ad valorem duty from those denominated enumerated articles, showing the

value of the former, and the quantity of the latter; MONDAY, February 8.

and showing, also, the amount of each imported Mr. LIVERMORE, from the committee to whom from each foreign nation. was referred the memorial of Jeremiah Allen, Mr. Ross, from the committee to whom was Sheriff of the County of Suffolk, in the State of referred the bill, entitled " An act for establishing Massachusetts, reported;

trading houses with the Indian tribes," reported

gene

FEBRUARY, 1796.)
Proceedings.

[SENATE. sundry amendments, which were read; and, after

FRIDAY, February 12. debate, the further consideration thereof was postponed until to-morrow.

Mr. LANGDON presented the petition of Hopley Yeaton, commander of the revenue cutter called

the Scammel, praying an allowance of rations and THURSDAY, February 11.

wages during the time he superintended the buildThe Senate resumed the consideration of the re-ing and fitting out said cutter; which was read. port of the committee to whom was referred the Ordered, That it be referred to the committee bill, sent from the House of Representatives for appointed the 4th instant, on the petition of John concurrence, entitled "An act establishing trading Howell. houses with the Indian tribes;" which was in part Ordered, That Messrs. LANGDON, ELLSWORTH, adopted as follows:

and Gunn, be a committee to report a bill to reSee. 3, line 9, strike out of this act," and insert gulate the compensation of clerks. "aforesaid.” Line 10, after the word "shall," insert Mr. Ross presented the memorial of the clerks "upon conviction thereof." Same line, strike out under the Government of the United States, who the words, “a sum not exceeding.” Line 11, remained in the city of Philadelphia, and attended strike out the words "upon conviction thereof." to the duties of their station, during the prevalence Line 13, after " United States," strike out the re- of the yellow fever; which was read, and referred mainder of the section.

to Messrs. Ross, BRADFORD, and LIVERMORE, to Make a new section, as follows:

consider and report thereon to the Senate. ** Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That offenders against this act may be prosecuted in the Circuit or

MONDAY, February 15. District Courts of thc United States, or in the Supreme or Superior Courts of the Territories of the United The bill, sent from the House of Representatives States, or in any State Court having jurisdiction over for concurrence, entitled "An act further extendlike offences; although the misdemeanor shall not have ing the time for receiving on Loan the Domestic been committed within the bounds of their district or Debt of the United States," was read the second ordinary jurisdiction. And all forfeitures accruing un- time, and ordered to a third reading. der this act shall be one half to the use of the informant, Mr. Langdon; from the committee appointed and the other half to the use of the United States; ex- for the purpose, reported a bill to regulate the cept where the prosecution shall be first instituted by a compensation of clerks; which was read and orpublic prosecutor, on behalf of the United States, in dered to a second reading. which case the whole shall be to their use."

The bill was amended, agreeably to the above recited report.

TUESDAY, February 18. On motion, it was agreed to expunge the 7th The bill to regulate the compensation of clerks section of the bill.

was read the second time, and ordered to a third On motion, it was agreed to add these words to reading the end of the new section reported by the com The bill, sent from the House of Representamittee :

tives for concurrence, entitled "An aci further "And it shall be the duty of the superintendents of extending the time for receiving on Loan the Indian affairs, and their deputies, respectively, to whom Domestic Debt of the United States," was read information of every such offence shall be given, to col- the third time, and passed. leet the requisite evidence, if attainable, and prosecute the offender without delay." On motion, to reduce the appropriation, from

WEDNESDAY, February 17. one hundred and fifty thousand dollars to one hun The bill to regulate the compensation of clerks dred thousand dollars, it passed in the negative. was taken into consideration, and the third read

On motion, to substitute the following in lieu ing of the bill was postponed of the 4th section :

Ordered, That Messrs. STRONG, Ports, and * And be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful Walton, be a committee to consider the exfor the President of the United States to apply, of the pediency of amending "the act for the relief of moneys hereinafter appropriated, such sum as he may persons imprisoned for debt,” and, if they think judge to be necessary, not exceeding the rate of ten proper, to report a bill for that purpose. thousand dollars per annum, for the compensation of the agents, and also of their clerks, where he shall au

THURSDAY, February 18. thorize the employment of clerks; which agents shall be allowed to draw out of the public supplies two rations, After receiving the report of the Committee on and each clerk one ration per day:"

Enrolled Bills, the Senate went into the considerIt passed in the negative.

ation of the Executive business. On motion, it was agreed to expunge, from section 3d, these words: “is provided by this act;".

FRIDAY, February 19. and, in lieu thereof, insert,“ shall be authorized by the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES."

On motion, that the bill to regulate the comWhereupon, Resolved, that this bill pass as pensation of clerks be recommitted, it was agreed amended.

io refer it to a special committee, and Messrs. Ca

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