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MONDAY, JANUARY 25, A petition of James Price was presented to the House and read, praying that his claim for supplies furnished to the American army in Canada, during the late war, may be liquidated and satisfied,

Also, a petition of Gabriel Allen, of the State of New Jersey, praying that duplicates may be granted him of certain Continental Loan Office certificates, of which he was possessed, aud casually lost some time in the year 1778.

Ordered, That the said petitions do lie on the table.

A message, in writing, was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Lear, his Secretary ; who delivered in the same, together with the papers therein referred to. And then withdrew. The said message and papers were read, and are as follow:

UNITED STATES, January 25, 1790. Gentlemen of the Senate and House of Representatives :

I have received from his Excellency John E. Howard, Governor of the State of Maryland, an act of the Legislature of Maryland, to ratify certain Articles in addition to, and amendment of, the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress to the Legislatures of the several States; and have directed my Secretary to lay a copy of the same before you, together with the copy of a letter accompanying the abore act, from his Excellency the Governor of Maryland to the President of the United States. The originals will be deposited in the office of the Secretary of State.

G. WASHINGTON.

"ANNAPOLIS, Junuary 15, 1790. SIR: I have the honor to enclose a copy of an act of the Legislature of Maryland, to ntify certain Articles in addition to, and amendment of, the Constitution of the Inited States of America, proposed by Congress to the Legislatures of the several States. I have the honor to be, with the highest respect, sir, your most obedient servant,

J. E. HOWARD. His Excellency the PRESIDENT of the United States.

I do certify the foregoing to be a true copy from the original letter from John E. Howard, Governor of the State of Maryland, to the President of the United States.

TOBIAS LEAR, Secretary to the

President of the United States. in ad to ratify certain Articles in addition to, and amendment of, the Constitution of the

U. States of America, proposed by Congress to the Legislatures of the several States. Whereas it is provided, by the fifth article of the Constitution of the United States of America, that Congress, whenever two-thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to the said Constitution, or, on the application of the Legis latures of two-thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the said Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three-fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three-fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress. And whereas, at a session of the United States, begun and held at the city of New York, on Wednesday, the fourth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine, it was resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the said United States in Congress assembled, two-thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which articles, when ratified by three-fourths of the said Legislatures, tó be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the said Constitution, viz : [Here follow the several articles of amendment, in the words agreed to by Congress. ]

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Be it enacted, by the General Assembly of Maryland, That the aforesaid articles, and each of them, be, and they are hereby, confirined and ratified. By the House of Delegates, December 17, 1789. Read and assented to.

By order, W.HARWOOD, Clerk By the Senate, December 19, 1789. Read and assented to.

By order, H. RIDGELY, Clerk.

J. E. HOWARD. (Seal appendant.) I hereby certify, that the above is a true copy from the original engrossed act, as passed by the Legislature of the State of Maryland.

T. JOHNSON, Jun. Clerk Council. MARYLAND, Ss.

In testimony that Thomas Johnson, jun. is Clerk of the Executive Council of the State of Maryland, I have hereunto affixed the great seal of the said State. Witness my hand, this fifteenth day of January, Anno Domini 1790.

SAMUEL HARVEY HOWARD, Reg. Cur. Can. I certify the foregoing to be a true copy of the act transmitted to the President of the United States, by J. E. Howard, Governor of the State of Maryland.

TOBIAS LEAR, Secretary to the President of tke United States."
Ordered, That the said message and papers do lie on the table.
The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the
Whole House on the bill providing for the Actual Enumeration of the Inhabitantsof the
United States.

Mr. Speaker left the chair.
Mr. Baldwin took the chair of the committee.

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Baldwin reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and made some progress therein.

Resolved, That this House will, to-morrow, again resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the said bill.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Otis, their Secretary:

Mr. Speaker : The Senate have agreed to a resolution, that the business unfinished between the two Houses, at the late adjournment, ought to be regarded as if it had not been passed upon by either; to which they desire the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew.

The House proceeded to consider the said resolution ; and the same being twice read at the Clerk's table, was, on the question put thereupon, agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith.

Mr. Benson, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill for giving effect to the several acts therein mentioned, in respect to the State of North Carolina; which was received, and read the first time.

Mr. Hartley, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill establishing an uniform rule of naturalization ; which was received, and read the first time.

On motion, The bill for giving effect to the several acts therein mentioned, in respect to the State of North Carolina, was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.

On motion, Ordered, That a committee be appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills, making a general provision for securing to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries; and that Mr. Burke, Mr. Huntington, and Mr. Cadwalader, do prepare and bring in the same.

The order of the day for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House on the bill providing the means of intercourse between the United States and foreign nations, was read and postponed until tomorrow.

And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 26. A petition of Rufus Lincoln, of Taunton, in the State of Massachusetts, was presented to the House and read, praying compensation for his services as a recruiting officer during the late war.

Also, a petition of the merchants and other inhabitants of the town of Portland, in the said State, praying that sundry inconveniences which they suggest have arisen in the execution of the laws of impost, and for regulating the coasting trade, may be remedied, and the said laws amended.

Ordered, That the said petitions do lie on the table.
The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the
Whole House on the bill for giving effect to the several acts therein mentioned, in
respect to the State of North Carolina.

Mr. Speaker left the chair.
Mr. Baldwin took the chair of the committee.

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Baldwin reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and gone through the same, and made several amendments thereto ; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same were twice read, and agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the said bill, with the amendments, be engrossed, and read the third time to-morrow.

A bill establishing an uniform rule of naturalization, was read the second time, and ordered to be comınitted to a Committee of the Whole House on Tuesday next.

Ordered, That the petition of James Price, presented yesterday, be referred to Mr. Ames, Mr. Fitzsimons, and Mr. Boxidinot ; that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

The House, according to the order of the day, again resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill providing for the Actual Enumeration of the Inhabitants of the United States.

Mr. Speaker left the chair.
Mr. Baldwin took the chair of the committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the chair

, and Mr. Baldwin reported that the committee had, according to order, again had the said bill under consideration, and gone through the same, and made several amendments thereto; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same were read: Whereupon,

Ordered, That the said bill, with the amendments, be re-committed to Mr. Foster, Mr. Goodhue, Mr. Sherman, Mr. Lawrence, Mr. Schureman, Mr. Clymer, Mr. Seney, Mr. White, Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, Mr. Baldwin, and Mr. Madison.

Mr. Ames, from the committee to whom was referred the report from the Secretary of the Treasury, on the petition of Chistopher Saddler, made a report; which was twice read, and agreed to by the House, as followeth: That

, in the opinion of the committee, provision ought to be made by law for the remission or mitigation of fines, forfeitures, and penalties, in certain cases.

Ordered, That a bill or bills be brought in, pursuant to the said report; and that Mr. Ames, Mr. Sturges, Mr. Stone, Mr. Griffin, and Mr. Wynkoop, do prepare and bring

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the
Whole House on the bill providing the means of intercourse between the United
States and foreign nations.

Mr. Speaker left the chair.
Mr. Baldwin took the chair of the committee.

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Baldwin reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and made some progress therein.

Resolved, That this House will, to-morrow, again resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the said bill.

Mr. Ames, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill to provide for the remission or mitigation of Fines, Forfeitures, and Penalties, in certain cases; which was received, and read the first time.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Otis, their Secretary: Mr. Speaker: I am directed by the Senate to bring to this House a letter addressed to the Congress of the United States, from Gaetan Drago de Dominico, dated Genoa, the twenty-first of September, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine. And be delivered in the same, and then withdrew.

And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

in the same.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27. An engrossed bill for giving effect to the several acts therein mentioned, in respect to the State of North Carolina, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the said bill do pass, and that the title be“ An act for giving effect to the several acts therein mentioned, in respect to the State of North Carolina.

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do carry the said bill to the Senate, and desire their concurrence.

A bill to provide for the remission or mitigation of fines, forfeitures, and penalties, in certain cases, was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House on this day se’nnight.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill providing the means of intercourse between the United States and foreign nations.

Mr. Speaker left the chair.
Mr. Baldwin took the chair of the committee.

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Baldwin reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and gone through the same, and made several amendments thereto; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same were twice read, and agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the said bill, with the amendments, be engrossed, and read the third time to-morrow.

On motion, Resolved, that the petition of Hannibal William Dobbyn be referred to the Secretary of the Treasury, who was directed to report a general plan for the sale of the lands, the property of the United States, for his information.

A petition of Ezra Stiles, in behalf of the President and Fellows of Yale College, in Connecticut, was presented to the House and read, praying that the impost duties arising on a philosophical apparatus lately purchased and imported from London, for the use of the said College, may be remitted.

Also, a petition of John Wait, praying that his claim for arrearages of pay, due to sundry soldiers of the late Army, transferred to him, and for which he supplied them. with clothing and other necessaries, may be allowed.

Ordered, That the said petitions do lie on the table,
And then the House adjourned until to-

morrow morning eleven o'clock.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28. On motion, The House proceeded to consider the petition of John Wait, presented yesterday: Whereupon, Resolved, That the said petition be rejected.

On motion, Resolved, That the order of the day for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the report of the Secretary of the Treasury relative to a provision for the support of the public credit, be postponed until Monday se’nnight.

A message, in writing, was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Lear, his Secretary, who delivered in the same, together with the papers therein referred to, and then withdrew. The said message was read, and is as followeth:

UNITED STATES, January 28, 1790. Gentlemen of the Senate and House of Representatives:

I have directed my Secretary to lay before you the copy of an act of the Legislature of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, entitled "An act for calling a Convention to take into consideration the Constitution proposed for the United States, passed on the seventeenth day of September, Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven, by the General Convention held at Philadelphia;” together with the copy of a letter accompanying the said act, from his Excellency John Collins, Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, to the President of the United States.

The originals of the foregoing act and letter will be deposited in the office of the 'Secretary of State.

GEORGE WASHINGTON.

Ordered, That the said message, and papers accompanying the same,' be referred to Mr. Benson, Mr. Grout, and Mr. Coles, with instruction that they do prepare and bring in a bill or bills for granting the suspension applied for by the Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, in behalf of the said State.

Mr. Burke, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill for securing the copy right of Books to Authors and Proprietors; which was received, and read the first time.

On motion, Ordered, That it be an instruction to the committee appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills for securing to Authors and Inventors an exclusive right to their respec. tire writing and discoveries, that they do insert a clause or clauses for giving effectual encouragement to the introduction of useful arts from foreign countries.

On motion, Ordered, That a committee be appointed to examine into the measures taken by Congress and the State of Virginia, respecting the lands reserved for the use of the officers and soldiers of the said State, on Continental and State Establishments, in the cession made by the said State to the United States, of the territory Northwest of the river Ohio, and to report the same to this House; and that Mr. White, Mr. Peter Muh. lenberg, and Mr. Seney, be of the said committee.

And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning cleven o'clock.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 29. The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Treasurer of the United States, accompanying a statement of his accounts of the receipts and expenditures of the public money, from the time of his appointment until the thirty-first of December last; which were read, and ordered to be referred to Mr. Smith, of Maryland, Mr. Moore, Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, Mr. Van Rensselaer, and Mr. Clymer.

A bill for securing the copy-right of books to Authors and Proprietors, was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Monday next.

A petition of Aaron Putnam, of Medford, in the State of Massachusetts, was presented to the House and read, praying that an exclusive privilege may be granted him in the use of an improved method of distilling, which he has discovered, whereby the spirit is rendered much more pure, and, with the same expense and time, twice the quantity produced as in the common method.

Also, a petition of Francis Bailey, of the city of Philadelphia, printer, praying that an exclusive privilege may be granted him, in the use of an invention which he has discovered, of forming types for printing devices to surround or make parts of printed papers for any purpose, which cannot be counterfeited.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the committee appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills for securing to Authors and Inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries; that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Otis, their Secretary: Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed a bill, entitled " An act for the punishment of certain Crimes against the United States," to which they desire the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew.

The said bill was read the first time.

A petition of Roger Alden, Deputy Secretary to the late Congress, was presented to the House and read, praying that compensation may be made for his services, those of a clerk which he employed, and the expenses of office incident to the care and custody of the records and papers of the late Congress, the great seal of the Federal Union, and the seal of the admiralty, which were delivered to him on the twenty-fourth of July last, by Charles Thomson, Secretary to the late Congress, pursuant to the order of the President of the United States.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to Mr. Trumbull, Mr. Baldwin, and Mr. Leonard; that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

On motion, Ordered, That 'the petition of the merchants and other inhabitants of the town of Portland, in the State of Massachusetts, which was presented on Tuesday last, be referred to the Secretary of the Treasury, with instructions to examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with his opinion thereupon, to the House.

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