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A petition of Francis Mentges, late a Lieutenant Colonel in the Pennsylvania line, praying compensation for certain extra military services rendered during the late war.

Ordered, íhat 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 finally adjusting and satisfying the Claims of Frederick William de Steuben.

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

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Livermore reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and made no amendment thereto.

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

Mr. Stone, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill making provision for the Debt of the United States ; which was received and read the first time.

On motion, The said bill was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Wednesday next.

The orders of the day were read, and postponed until tomorrow.
And then the House adjourned until tomorrow morning eleven o'clock.

FRIDAY, MAY 7. The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill sent from the Senate, entitled " An act for giving effect to the act therein mentioned, in respect to the State of North Carolina, and to amend the said act."

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

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

Ordered, That the said bill, with the amendments, be read the third time on Monday next.

On a motion made and seconded that the House do come to the following resolution, to wit :

Resolved, that the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, directed to cause accurate lists to be forthwith published in the newspapers of the States of Virginia and North Carolina, of all the officers and soldiers who are entitled to receive certain artears of pay due to the lines of the Army of the said States, for which money was granted and appropriated by Congress at their last session ; and that payment be made to the said officers and soldiers, or where dead, to their legal representatives, under the same regulations as have been adopted for the payment of invalid pensioners, in pursuance of an act passed at the last session of Congress, entitled ' An act providing for the Payment of the Invalid Pensioners of the United States,' and that no claim of any assignee, under any transfer or power to receive the same, be admitted as valid to entitle any person to receive any part of the said arrears of pay due to the officers or soldiers of the said lines, except as aforesaid :"

Ordered, That the said motion be committed to Mr. Bland, Mr. Williamson, and Mr. Burke.

The House proceeded to consider the bil for finally adjusting and satisfying the claims of Frederick William de Steuben, which lay on the table : Whereupon,

A motion being made and seconded to amend the first section, by striking out from the word "assembled,in the second line, to the end thereof, as followeth :

That, for the final adjustment and satisfaction of the claims of Frederick William de Steuben, and as well to indemnify him for his sacrifices and expenses in coming to the United States, as to compensate him for his services to them during the late war, (pur suant to the conference between him and a committee of Congress in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy-eight, set forth in the documents accompanying his memorial,) there be allowed to the said Frederick William de Steuben,

The pay and other emoluments of Major General and Inspector General, specified in the several acts of Congress relating to him, from the tenth day of March, in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy-eight, to the fifteenth day of April, in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty-four :

An annuity for life of two thousand seven hundred and six dollars, to commence on the first day of October, in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven :

And – thousand acres of land in the Western Territory of the United States, to be located in such manner as shall be hereafter prescribed by law : Provided, That the foregoing allowances shall not be construed to include either half-pay, or the coinmutation for half-pay :

.28, It was resolved in the affirmative,

S Ayes ....
Noes.

..21.
The ayes and noes being demanded by one-fifth of the members present,
Those who voted in the affirmative, are,
John Babtiste Ashe,

Jeremiah Van Rensselaer,
Abraham Baldwin,

James Schureman,
Timothy Bloodworth,

Joshua Seney,
Elias Boudinot,

Roger Sherman,
John Brown,

Peter Silvester,
Benjamin Contee,

Thomas Sinnickson,
William Floyd,

William Smith, of Maryland,
Abiel Foster,

John Steele,
Nicholas Gilman,

Michael Jenifer Stone,
Benjamin Goodhue,

Jonathan Sturges,
Jonathan Grout,

George Thatcher,
Samuel Livermore,

Thomas Tudor Tucker,
Andrew Moore,

Alexander White, and
Peter Muhlenberg,

Hugh Williamson.
Those who voted in the negative, are,
Fisher Ames,

Daniel Huger,
Egbert Benson,

Benjamin IIuntington,
Theodorick Bland,

John Lawrance,
Edanus Burke,

Richard Bland Lee,
Lambert Cadwalader,

James Madison, Jr.
Daniel Carroll,

John Page,
George Clymer,

Thomas Scott,
Thomas Fitzsimons,

William Smith, of S. Carolina.
George Gale,

John Vining, and
Samuel Griffin,

Henry Wynkoop.
Daniel Heister,
A motion was then made and seconded, to insert, in lieu of the said words so stricken
out, the following clause, to wit:

That, in order to make full and adequate compensation to Frederick William de Steuben, as well for the sacrifices and eminent services made and rendered to the United States during the late war, as for the commutation or half pay, promised by the resolutions of Congress, there be paid to the said Frederick William de Steuben the sum of seven thousand dollars, in addition to the moneys already received by him, and also an annuity of — dollars during life, to commence on the first of January last, to be paid in quarterly payments, at the Treasury of the United States; which several sums shall be considered in full discharge of all claims and demands whatever of the said Frederick William de Steuben against the United States.

And on the question put thereupon,
It was resolved in the affirmative.

And then the said bill, being further amended at the Clerk's table, was, together with the amendments, ordered to be engrossed, and read the third time on Monday next.

Mr. Ames, from the committee to whom were referred the petitions of James Price and John M'Cord, made a report; which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

Ordered, That the memorial of Nathaniel Twining, which lay on the table, be re. ferred to Mr. Burke, Mr. Lee, and Mr. Vining, with instruction to examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

The orders of the day were read, and postponed until Monday next.
And then the House adjourned until Monday morning eleven o'clock.

MONDAY, MAY 10,

Mr. Gilman, from the Joint Committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined the following enrolled bills, to wit:

“An act to provide for the mitigation or remission of forfeitures and penalties accruing under the revenue laws, in certain cases therein mentioned.”

An act to prescribe the mode in which the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings in each State shall be authenticated, so as to take effect in every other State.'

An act to continue in force an act passed at the last session of Congress, entitled " An act to regulate processes in the Courts of the United States.”

“ An act for the government of the territory of the United States South of the river Ohio;” and had found the same to be truly enrolled : Whereupon,

Mr. Speaker signed the said enrolled bills.
Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith.

The bill sent from the Senate, entitled “An act for giving effect to the act therein mentioned in respect to the State of North Carolina, and to amend the said act," with the amendments, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the said bill, with the amendments, do pass.

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith, and desire their concurrence to the said amendments.

An engrossed bill “for finally adjusting and satisfying the claims of Frederick William de Steuben against the United States," was read the third time.

A motion was made, and the question being put to fill up the blank in the said bill for granting an annuity during life to the said Frederick William de Steuben, with the sum of two thousand seven hundred and six dollars, It passed in the negative,

ŞAyes... ....25,

2 Noes... ......30.
The ayes and noes being demanded by one-fifth of the members present,
Those who voted in the affirmative, are,
Fisher Ames,

John Lawrance,
Egbert Benson,

Richard Bland Lee,
Theodorick Bland,

James Madison, junior,
Lambert Cadwalader,

Peter Muhlenberg,
Daniel Carroll,

John Page,
Isaac Coles,

Thomas Scott,
Thomas Fitzsimons,

William Smith, of South Carolina,
George Gale,

Jonathan Trumbull,
Elbridge Gerry,

Thomas Tudor Tucker.
Thomas Hartley,

John Vining,
Daniel Heister,

Jeremiah Wadsworth, and
Daniel Huger,

Henry Wynkoop.
Benjamin Huntington,
Those who voted in the negative, are,
John Baptiste Ashe,

Andrew Moore,
Abraham Baldwin,

Josiah Parker,
Timothy Bloodworth,

George Partridge,
Elias Boudinot,

Jeremiah Van Rensselaer,
John Brown,

James Schureman,
Benjamin Contee,

Joshua Seney,
William Floyd,

Roger Sherman,
Abiel Foster,

Peter Silvester,
Nicholas Gilman,

Thomas Sinnickson,
Benjamin Goodhue,

William Smith, of Maryland,
Samuel Griffin,

John Steele,
Jonathan Grout,

Michael Jenifer Stone,
John Hathorn,

Jonathan Sturges,
Samuel Livermore,

Alexander White, and
George Mathews,

Hugh Williamson A motion was then made, and the question being put to fill up the said blank with the sum of two thousand dollars,

It was resolved in the affirmative.

And then the main question being put, that the said bill do pass,

| Ayes ..

34, It was resolved in the affirmative,

Noes

21.
The ayes and noes being demanded by one-fifth of the members present,
Those who voted in the affirmative, are,
Fisher Ames,

Richard Bland Lee,
Egbert Benson,

Samuel Livermore,
Theodorick Bland,

James Madison, junior,
Elias Boudinot,

Andrew Moore,
Lambert Cadwalader,

Peter Muhlenberg,
Daniel Carroll,

John Page,
Isaac Coles,

Josiah Parker,
Benjamin Contee,

Thomas Scott,
Thomas Fitzsimons,

Roger Sherman,
George Gale,

William Smith, of Maryland,
Elbridge Gerry,

William Smith, of South Carolina,
Samuel Griffin,

Jonathan Trumbull,
Thomas Hartley,

Thomas Tudor Tucker,
Daniel Heister,

John Vining,
Daniel Huger,

Jeremiah Wadsworth,
Benjamin Huntington,

Alexander White, and
John Lawrance,

Henry Wynkoop.
Those who voted in the negative, are,
John Babtiste Ashe,

George Partridge,
Abraham Baldwin,

Jeremiah Van Rensselaer,
Timothy Bloodworth,

James Schureman,
John Brown,

Joshua Seney,
William Floyd,

Peter Silvester,
Abiel Foster,

Thomas Sinnickson,
Nicholas Gilman,

John Steele,
Benjamin Goodhue,

Michael Jenifer Stone,
Jonathan Grout,

Jonathan Sturges, and
John Hathorn,

Hugh Williamson
George Mathews,
Resolved, that the title of the said bill be, “ An act for finally adjusting and satisfying
the claims of Frederick William de Steuben against the United States."

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

The petitions of Thomas M'Kinstry, of Joseph Tucker, Thomas Hollis Condy, Robert Williams, and Samuel Armstrong, and Lewis I. Costigin, were presented to the House and read, respectively praying relief in consideration of military services rendered, or for losses or injuries sustained, during the late war.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Secretary of War, with instruction to examine the same, and report his opinion thereupon to the House.

A petition of Thomas Jenkins and Company was presented to the House and read, praying that the payment of the duties on certain goods imported by the petitioners may be remitted for the reasons therein alleged.

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

Ordered, That the report of the Secretary of War, on the petition of Basil Middleton, which lay on the table, be committed to Mr. Parker, Mr. Tucker, and Mr. Bloodworth.

Ordered, That Mr. Boudinot have leave to be absent from the service of this House until this day se'nnight.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the report of the committee to whom was referred so much of the petition of the merchants and traders of the town of Portsmouth, in the State of New Hampshire, as prays that Congress will adopt measures to prevent foreigners from carrying the commodities of the continent to any port or place where the citizens of the United States are prohibited from carrying them.

Mr. Speaker left the chair.

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Mr. Livermore took the chair of the committee.

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Livermore reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said report 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 report.

The orders of the day were read, and postponed until tomorrow.
And then the House adjourned until tomorrow morning eleven o'clock.

TUESDAY, MAY 11. A petition of John Stiller was presented to the House and read, praying to be placed on the list of pensioners, in consideration of wounds received in the service

of the United States during the late war.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Secretary of War, with instruction to examine the same, and report his opinion thereupon to the House.

Mr. Fitzsimons, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill repealing, after the last day of — next, the duties heretofore laid upon wines imported from foreign ports or places, and laying others in their stead; which was received, and read the first time.

The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, covering a report of the tonnage duties received in each of the States, between the first day of September and the first day of January last, made pursuant to an order of the House of the fifth instant; which were read, and ordered to lie on the table.

The House, according to the order of the day, again resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the report of the committee to whom was referred so much of the petition of the merchants and traders of the town of Portsmouth, in the State of New Hampshire, as prays that Congress will adopt measures to prevent foreigners from carrying the commodities of this continent to any port or place where the citizens of the United States are prohibited from carrying them.

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

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Seney reported that the comınittee bad, acccording to order, again had the said report under consideration, and made a farther progress therein.

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

The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of War, covering a report, made pursuant to an order of the House, of the twenty-third ultimo, stating an account of the troops, (including the militia) and also of the ordnance stores, furnished from time to time, by the several States, towards the support of the late war; which were read, and ordered to lie on the table.

The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, cot. ering a report, made pursuant to an order of the House, of the twenty-third ultimo, stating the sums of money, including indents and paper money of every kind, reduced to specie value, which have been received from, or paid to, the several states, by Congress, from the commencement of the Revolution to the present period; which were read, and ordered to lie on the table.

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

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have agreed to some, and disagreed to others, of the amendments proposed by this House to the bill sent from the Senate, entitled “An act for giving effect to the act therein mentioned, in respect to the State of North Caro lina, and to amend the said act." And then he withdrew.

The orders of the day were read, and postponed until to-morrow.
And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 12. A bill repealing, after the last day of — next, the duties heretofore laid upon wines imported from foreign ports or places, and laying others in their stead, was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Monday next.

A petition of Abraham Scribner and Thomas Cable was presented to the House and read, praying payment for the hire and value of a vessel, the property of the petitioners, which was impressed into the transport service of the United States, in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy-six, and taken by the enemy.

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