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

The House, according to the order of the day, proceeded by ballot to the appointment of a Sergeant-at-Arins; and, upon examining the ballots, a inajority of the votes of the whole House was found in favor of Mr. Joseph Wheaton.

Mr. Trumbull, from the committee appointed to confer with any committee from the Senate, respecting the future disposition of the papers in the office of the late Secretary of the United States, made a report; which was read, and ordered to 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 laying a duty on goods, wares, and merchandises, im. ported into the United States.

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

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Page reported that the committee had, according to order, again had the said bill 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 bill.

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

Mr. Speaker : The Senate have appointed a committee to confer with the committee appointed by this House, on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses, on the subject of titles. And then he withdrew.

The order of the day for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill for collecting duties on goods, wares, and merchandises, imported into the United States, was read, and postponed until to-morrow. And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

WEDNESD:Y. MAY 13. A petition of the merchants and traders of the town of Portland, in the State of Massachusetts, was presented to the House, and read, stating that the proposed diity on molasses will operate injuriously upon all the New-England States, and be attended with pernicious consequences to manufactures; and praying that that article may remain entirely free from all imposts and duties whatever.

Ordered, That the said petition 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 laying a duty on goods, wares, and merchandises, imported into the United States.

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

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Page reported that the committee had, ac cording to order, again had the said bill under consideration, and made a farther progress therein.

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

A petition of John Fitch, of the State of Pennsylvania, was presented to the House, and read, stating, that he is the original discoverer of the principle of applying the power of steam to the purposes of navigation, and has obtained an exclusive right therein, for a term of years, in the States of Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, and praying that his rights may be secured to him by law, and in such manner, upon the true principles of priority of invention, as will prechide subsequent improvers upon his principle from participating therein until the expiration of the term of his exclusive grants.

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

The order of the day for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole
House on the bill for collecting duties on goods, wares, and merchandises, imported
into the United States, was read, and postponed until to'morrow.
And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

THURSDAY, MAY 14.
A message from the Senate, by Mr. Otis, their Secretary:

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have appointed a committee to confer with any committee to be appointed on the part of this House, and report what newspapers the members of Congress shall be furnished with, at the public expense. And then he withdrew,

A petition of Archibald M'Lean, of the city of New York, printer, was presented to the House, and read, praying to be employed to execute any part of the printing busiBess of the United States, which Congress in their wisdom may think proper to allot him.

Also, a petition of the distillers, in and near the city of Philadelphia, suggesting an opinion that a greater difference in the duties on the articles of rum and molasses imported, than what is now proposed, would be of advantage to the interests of the United States, and submitting their reasons for that opinion to the consideration of Congress.

Ordered, That the said petitions do lie on the table. Ordered, That the petition of Jedidiah Morse, which lay on the table, be referred to Mr. Huntington, Mr. Cadwalader, and Mr. Contee; that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

Ordered, That the petition of the citizens of New Jersey, which lay on the table, be referred to the Committee of Elections ; that they do examine the matter thereof, and Report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

A petition of Englehart Cruse, was presented to the House, and read, praying that an exclusive privilege may be granted him, for a term of years, to construct and vend, within the United States, an improved steam engine, which he has invented, for raising of water for the prirposes of manufactories, grist-mills, or the like.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to Mr. Huntington, Mr. Cadwalader, and Pr. Contee ; that they do exanine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill for laying a duty on goods, wares, and merchandises, imported into the United States.

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

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Page reported that the committee had, ac. cording 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 twice read, and agreed to by the llouse.

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

The order of the day for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill for collecting duties on goods, wares, and merchandises, imported into the United States, was read, and postponed until to-morrow.

And then the House adjourned until tomorrow morning cleven o'clock.

FRIDAY, MAY 15. Mr. Bland, from the committee appointed to confer with a committee of the Senate, in preparing proper rules to be established between the two Houses, for the enrolment, attestation, publication, and preservation, of the acts of Congress, and to regulate the mode of presenting addresses, and other acts, to the President of the United States, made a report ; which was read.

On motion, Ordered, That the said report be referred to a Committee of the Whole House, on Monday next.

On motion, Ordered, That Mr. Silvester, Mr. Winkoop, and Mr. Smith, (of South Carolina,) be a committee to confer with the committee appointed by the Senate, to report what newspapers the members of Congress shall be furnished with, at the public expense; and that it be an instruction to the said committee, on the part of this House, to receive proposals for printing the acts and other proceedings of Congress, and to report thereupon.

The several petitions of Francis Childs and John Swaine, and of Samuel Loudon and Son, praying to be employed in the printing business of Congress, were presented to the House, and, together with the petition of Archibald M‘Lean, presented yesterday, to the same effect, ordered to be referred to the committee last appointed.

Several other petitions of the citizens of New Jersey, praying that the election of Representatives from that State may be declared valid, were presented to the House, and ordered to be referred to the Committee of Elections.

A petition of Baron de Glaubeeck, praying the consideration of Congress for certain losses and military services, during the late war; also, a petition of Barlett Hinds, a wounded officer in the Massachusetts line of the late continental army, in behalf of

himself and the continental pensioners in that State, praying relief against certain injuries which they have sustained under the operation of the acts of the late Congress, were prese ced to the House, and ordered to lie on the table.

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

The order of the day for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House on the bill for collecting duties on goods, wares, and merchandises, imported into the United States, was read, and postponed until to-morrow.

Mr. White, one of the Representatives from Virginia, presented to the House a resolve of the Legislature of that State, of the 27th of December, 1788, offering to the acceptance of the Federal Government, ten miles square of territory, or any lesser quantity, in any part of that State which Congress may choose, to be occupied and possessed by the United States, as the Seat of the Federal Government; which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

An engrossed bill for laying a duty on goods, wares, and merchandises, imported into the United States, was read the third time, and, on a inotion made, ordered to be recommitted to a Committee of the Whole House immediately.

The House accordingly resolved itself into the said committee.
Mr. Speaker left the chair.
Mr. Page took the chair of the committee.

Mr. Speaker resume the chair, and Mr. Page 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 twice read," and agreed to by the House.

A motion was then made and seconded, farther to amend the said bill, by adding to the end thereof, a clause for limiting the time of its continuance; and, the said motion being under debate, The House adjourned until tomorrow morning eleven o'clock.

SATURDAY, MAY 16. Mr. Seney, one of the Representatives from Maryland, presented to the House an act of the Legislature of that State, offering to the acceptance of Congress, ten miles squire of territory, in any part of the said State, for the Seat of the Federal Government; which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

A petition of Duncan Campbell, of the city of New York, was presented to the House, and read, praying that compensation may be made him for sundry advances which he made during the late war, for the service of the United States.

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

A petition of John Fenno was presented to the House, and read, praying to be employed in the printing service of the United States.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee, appointed yesterday, for receiving proposals for printing the acts and other proceedings of Congress.

The House resumed the consideration of the amendment proposed yesterday to the bill for laying a duty on goods, wares, and merchandises, imported into the United States; and the said amendment being amended to read as followeth : “And be it far“ther enacted by the authority aforesaid, that this act shall continue and be in force “ until the day of — , and from thence until the end of the next succeed“ ing session of Congress, which shall happen thereafter :"

The previous question was demanded by five members, Shall the main question be now put ? And, on the question, Shall the main question be now put ?

It was resolved in the affirmative.

And then, the main question being put, that the House do agree to the amendment ed to the said bill,

SAyes............41,
It was resolved in the affirmative, 3

maure, Noes............ 8.
The ayes and noes being called for by one-fifth of the members present,
Those who voted in the affirmative, are,
Abraham Baldwin,

Benjamin Contee,
Egbert Benson,

Thomas Fitzsimons,
Theodorick Bland,

William Floyd,
Edanus Burke,

George Gale,
Daniel Carroll,

Elbridge Gerry,
Isaac Colcs,

Nicholas Gilman,

Benjamin Goodhue,

George Partridge,
Samuel Griffin,

Jeremiah Van Rensselaer,
Jonathan Grout,

Joshua Seney,
John Hathorn,

Thomas Scott,
Daniel Heister,

William Smith, (of Maryland,)
Benjamin Huntington,

William Smith, (of South Carolina,)
James Jackson,

Jonathan Sturges,
Richard Bland Lee,

Peter Silvester,
George Leonard,

Jonathan Trumbull,
Samuel Livermore,

Thomas Tudor Tucker,
James Madison, Junior,

John Vining,
Andrew Moore,

Jeremiah Wadsworth,
Peter Muhlenberg,

Alexander White, and
John Page,

Henry Wynkoop.
Josiah Parker,
Those who voted in the negative, are,
Fisher Ames,

John Lawrance,
Elias Boudinot,

Roger Sherman,
Lambert Cadwalader,

Thomas Sinnickson, and
George Clymer,

George Thatcher. Ordered, That the said bill, with the amendments, be engrossed, aud read the third time to-day.

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

The order of the day for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House on the bill for collecting duties on goods, wares, and merchandises, imported into the United States, was read, and postponed until Monday next.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Otis, their Secretary: Mr. Speaker : The Senate have instructed their committee, appointed to confer with committee of this House, and report what newspapers the members of Congress shall be furnished with, at the public expense, to receive proposals for printing the acts and other proceedings of Congress. And then he withdrew.

An engrossed bill for laying a duty on goods, wares, and merchandises, imported into the United States, was read the third time, and the blanks therein filled up.

Resolved, That the said bill do pass, and that the title be, “An act for laying a duty on goods, wares, and merchandises, imported into the United States."

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do carry the said bill to the Senate, and desire their concurrence. And then the House adjourned until Monday morning eleven o'clock.

MONDAY, MAY 18. A petition of John Bryce, of the City of New York, was presented to the House, and read, praying to be employed as stationer and bookbinder to Congress.

Also, the several petitions of Edward Evelith Powers, and Thomas Greenleaf, printers, praying to be employed in the printing service of Congress.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the committee appointed to receive proposals for printing the acts and other proceedings of Congress.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill for collecting duties on goods, wares, and merchandises, imported into the United States.

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

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

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

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in a bill concerning the importation of certain persons into the United States, prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight, and that Mr. Parker, Mr. Sinnickson, and Mr. Muhlenberg, do prepare and bring in the same.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the report of the committee appointed to confer with a compittee of the Senate, in preparing joint rules to be established between the two Houses, for the enrolment, attestation, publication, and preservation, of the acts of Congress, and to regulate the mode of presenting addresses, and other acts, to the President of the United States.

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

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Page 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.

On motion, Ordered, That a committee be appointed to prepare and bring in a bill, providing for the actual enumeration of the inhabitants of the United States, in conformity to the Constitution, and for the purposes therein mentioned, and that Mr. Goodhue, Mr. Heister, and Mr. Seney, be of the said committee. And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

TUESDAY, MAY 19. 1 A message from the Senate, by Mr. Otis, their Secretary:

Mr. Speaker : The Senate have appointed a committee, to join a committee on the part of this House, to present to the President of the United States, the bill, entitled « An act to regulate the time and manner of administering certain oaths," after the same shall be duly engrossed, examined, and signed by the Speaker of this House, and the President of the Senate. And then he withdrew.

Ordered, That Mr. Partridge and Mr. Floyd be appointed a committee on the part of this House, for the purpose expressed in the message from the Senate.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

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

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Trumbull reported, that the committee bad, according to order, had the state of the Union under consideration, but had come to no resolution thereupon.

Mr. Silvester, from the committee appointed to confer with a committee of the Senate, to consider and report what newspapers the members of Congress shall be furnished with at the public expense, and to receive proposals for printing the acts and other proceedings of Congress, made a report ; which was read, and ordered to lie on the

table.

The order of the day for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the report of the committee appointed to confer with a committee of the Senate, in preparing proper rules to be established between the two Houses, for the enrolment, attestation, publication, and preservation, of the acts of Congress, and to regulate the mode of presenting addresses, and other acts, to the President of the United States, was read, and postponed until to-morrow. And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20.
The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the
Whole House on the state of the Union.

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

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Trumbull reported that the committee had, according to order, had the state of the Union under consideration, and had come to a resolution thereupon ; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same was read.

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

The order of the day for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House on the report of the committee appointed to confer with a committee of the Senate, in preparing proper rules to be established between the two Houses, for the enrolment, attestation, publication, and preservation, of the acts of Congress, and to regulate the mode of presenting addresses, and other acts, to the President of the United States, was read, and postponed until to-morrow.

And then the House adjourned until tomorrow morning eleven o'clock.

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