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Ordered, That the farther consideration of the said bill be postponed until tomorrow.

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

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31. The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of War, covering his report on the petitions of James Swaine, Abraham Springer, Timothy Mountford, sundry seamen, Samuel Wail, for himself and servant, John Carnaghan, James Shields, lienry Skinner, and William Loring; which were read, and ordered to lie on the table.

The several petitions of James Carson, Noah Cooke, Thomas Dupee, Moses Fitch, Job Lane, Alexander Stewart, and John Stoner, by Gideon Merkel, his attorney, in fact, were presented to the House and read, respectively praying compensation or relief for services rendered, wounds received, or injuries sustained, in the Army or Nary of the United States, during the late war. Also,

A petition of Temperance Holmes, relict of David Holmes, late a Physician and Surgeon in the Connecticut line, praying that the allowance granted to the widows of those who died in the service, may be extended to her. Also,

A petition of Margaret Ricker, widow of the late Captain Abraham Ricker, to the same effect. Also,

A petition of Zebulon Jones, agent for Bennet Garrison and Elizabeth, his wife, late the widow of Daniel Miller, a soldier who died in the service of the United States, to the same effect.

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.

The petitions of William Graham, Junior, and John Polhemis were presented to the House and read, respectively praying the renewal of certain Continental Loan-Office or final settlement certificates, the property of the petitioners, which have been destroyed by accident. Also,

A petition of William Gardner, praying to be allowed a farther compensation for his services as Commissioner of Loans in the State of New Hampshire.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to t'ie Secretary of the Treasury, with instruction to examine the same, and report his opinion thereupon to the House.

The House resumed the consideration of the bill for making farther and more effectual provision for the protection of the frontiers of the United States; and the same being further amended at the Clerk's table, was, together with the amendments, ordered to be engrossed, and read the third time tomorrow.

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

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1. Mr. Page, from the committee to whom was referred the petition of John Churchman, made a report; which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

An engrossed bill for making farther and more effectual provision for the protection of the frontiers of the United States, was read the third time, and the blanks therein filled up; and, on the question that the said bill do pass, It was resolved in the affirmative, Nays ...

Yeas

29,

. 19.
The yeas and nays being demanded by one-fifth of the members presen',
Those who voted in the affirmative, are,
Fisher Ames,

Daniel Huger,
Abraham Baldwin,

Aaron Kitchell,
Robert Barnwell,

John W. Kittera,
Egbert Benson,

Amasa Learned,
John Brown,

James Madison,
Abraham Clarke,

Andrew Moore,
Jonathan Dayton,

Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg,
William Findlay,

William Vans Murray,
Thomas Fitzsimons,

John Page,
William B. Giles,

Joshua Seny,
Thomas Hartley,

William Smith,

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Samuel Sterrett,

Jeremiah Wadsworth,
Peter Silvester,

Anthony Wayne, and
Thomas Tredwell,

Alexander White.
Thomas Tudor Tucker,
Those who voted in the negative, are,
John Baptist Ashe,

Nathaniel Niles,
Shearjashub Bourne,

Josiah Parker,
Benjamin Bourne,

Jeremiah Smith,
Nicholas Gilman,

Israel Sinith,
Benjamin Goodhue,

John Steele,
James Gordon,

Thomas Sumpter,
William Barry Grove,

George Thatcher,
James Hillhouse,

Artemas Ward, and
Israel Jacobs,

Francis Willis.
Nathaniel Macon,
Resolved, That the title of the said bill be, “ An act for making farther and more ef-
fectual provision for the protection of the frontiers of the United States."

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

The several orders of the day were further postponed until tomorrow.
And then the House adjourned until tomorrow morning eleven o'clock.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2. A petition of Udney Hay was presented to the House and read, praying to receive payment of a claim against the United States, for an advance of money to two American officers, prisoners in Canada, during the late war.

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

The House proceeded to consider the amendments proposed by the Senate to the bill, entitled "An act to establish the Post Office and Post Roads within the United States;" and the same being read, some were agreed to, one amended and agreed to, and others disagreed to.

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith.
The several orders of the day were further postponed until to-morrow.
And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3.
Mr. Muhlenberg, from the committee to whom was referred the petition of Ebenezer
Cowell, made a report; which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

A petition of Joseph Bruton was presented to the House and read, praying to receive certain arrears of pay due him for his services as a Captain in the late Pennsylvania line; and, also, that he may be placed on the pension list, in consideration of three wounds received at Fort Washington, which have rendered hiin unable to obtain a lirelhood by labor. Also,

A petition of Thomas Mʻllam and Ester his wife, representatives of Philip Treglohan, deceased, praying compensation for the services of the said Philip, as a pilot in the Navy of the United States, 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 llouse.

A petition of Thomas Donnellan, of the town of Baltimore, was presented to the House and read, praying the renewal of a certificate, issued in his favor by the late Quartermaster General, and which has been since destroyed by fire. Also,

A petition of William Delany, of the City of Philadelphia, praying to be allowed certain arrears of pay and depreciation thereon for his services as an assistant apothecary in the Military Hospital, during the late war. Also,

A petition of Hugh Ferguson, praying that certain sums of money, which he advanced for the purchase of provisions for the Army, during the late war, may be liquidated, and certificates granted for the amount thereof, in like manner as for money loaned.

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

A petition of Andrew Graydon, Chief Clerk in the Office of the Treasury of the United States, was presented to the House and read, praying an augmentation of the salary allowed him by law.

Ordered, That the said petition do lie on the table.
A message from the Senate, by Mr. Otis, their Secretary:

Mr. Speaker: The Senate recede from their amendments, disagreed to by this House, to the bill to establish the post office and post roads within the

United States, and do agree to the amendments proposed by this House to their amendment to the said bill. And then he withdrew.

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 the encouragement of the Bank and other cod-fisheries, and for the regulation and government of the fishermen employed therein ;” and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and made some progress therein.

Resolved, That this House will, on Monday next, again resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the said bill.

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

MONDAY, FERBUARY 6. A member from Maryland, to wit: John Francis Mercer, returned to serve in the room of William Pinckney, resigned, appeared, and took his seat in the House ; the oath to support the Constitution of the United States being administered to him by Mr. Speaker, according to law.

A petition of James Jackson was presented to the House and read, praying that the trial of the contested election of Anthony Wayne, one of the members returned to serve in this House for the State of Georgia, which was assigned for this day, may be postponed for twenty days, in conformity to the tenor of an agreement entered into between the attorneys of the said Anthony Wayne and the petitioner : Whereupon,

On motion, Resolved, That the prayer of the said petition be granted, and that Monday, the twenty-seventh instant, be assigned for the trial of the said contested election, in the manner prescribed by the resolutions of this House of the twenty-fifth of November last.

The House proceeded to consider the report of the committee to whom was referred the petition of Gifford Dalley: Whereupon,

Resolved, That the said Gifford Dalley be allowed one dollar and a half per day, for his services as Doorkeeper during the recess of Congress, from the fourth of March to the twenty-fourth of October last, to be paid by the Clerk out of the money appropriated for the contingent expenses of this House.

A petition of John Loehman was presented to the House and read, praying relief in consideration of injuries sustained in his health while a surgeon in the general hospital 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.

A petition of the tanners of the town of Newark, in the State of New Jersey, was presented to the House and read, stating the inconveniences they suffer from the erection of mills for the purpose of grinding tanners' bark for exportation, and praying that Congress will adopt such measures for their relief as may appear just and right.

Ordered, That the said petition do 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 bill sent from the Senate, entitled “An act for the encouragement of the Bank and other cod-fisheries, and for the regulation and government of the fishermen employed therein;" and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, reported that the committee bad, according to order, again had the said bill under consideration, and made a farther pro

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

The several orders of the day were further postponed until tomorrow.
And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7. A petition of John Sincler was presented to the House and read, praying compensation for his services as a wagoner in the service of the United States, during the late war.

gress therein.

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.

A petition of Roger M'Lean was presented to the House and read, praying compensation for his services and expenses in removing artillery, during the late war. Also,

A petition of Jonathan Sturgis, John Sturgis, Joseph Sturgis, and Elizabeth Sturgis, children of Jonathan Sturgis, late of the county of Montgomery, and State of Pennsylvania, deceased, praying compensation for sundry supplies furnished by their deceased father to the American Army during the late war.

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

Ordered, That the petitions of the tanners of the town of Newark, in the State of New Jersey, which was presented yesterday, be referred to Mr. Boudinot, Mr. White, Mr. Thatcher, Mr. Bourne, of Rhode Island, and Mr. Niles ; that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

Mr. Benson, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill for an apportionment of Representatives among the several States, according to the first enumeration, and making provision for another enumeration, and apportionment of Representatives thereon, to compose the House of Representatives after the third day of March, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven ; which was received, and read the first time.

The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, accompanying his report stating the amount of the subscriptions to the loans proposed by the act making provision for the public debt, as well in the debts of the respective States, as in the domestic debt of the United States, and of the parts which remain unsubscribed, together with such measures as are, in his opinion, expedient to be taken on the subject, pursuant to an order of this House of the first of November last ; which were read, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Monday next.

'The House, according to the order of the day, again resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill sent from the Senate, entitled “An act for the encouragement of the Bank and other cod-fisheries, and for the regulation and government of the fishermen employed therein ;" and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Smith, of South Caroina, 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.

The several orders of the day were further postponed until to-morrow.
And then the House adjourned until tomorrow morning eleven o'clock.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8. The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of War, accompanying certain communications with the Executive of Virginia relative to the existing temporary defensive protection of the exposed frontiers of that State, pursuant to the orders of the President of the United States; which were read, and ordered to lie on the table.

A inessage, in writing, was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Lear, bis Secretary, as followeth:

UNITED STATES, February the 8th, 1792. Gentlemen of the Senate and of the House of Representatives:

An article of expense having occurred in the Department of Foreign Affairs, for which no provision has been made by law, I lay before you a letter from the Secretary of State explaining the same, in order that you may do thereon what you shall find to be right.

G. WASHINGTON. The said message and letter were read, and ordered to be referred to Mr. Fitzsimons, Mr. Laurance, and Mr. Goodhue.

A bill for an apportionment of Representatives among the several States, according to the first enumeration, and making provision for another enumeration, and apportionment of Representatives thereon, to compose the House of Representatives after the third day of March, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven, was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Monday next.

Mr. White, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bili providing for the settlement of the claims of persons mder particular circuinstances barred by the limitations heretofore established; 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.

Mr. Benson, from the committee to whom was referred the report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the petition of Comfort Sands, and others, made a report ; which was 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 bill sent from the Senate, entitled "An act for the encouragement of the Bank and other cod-fisheries, and for the regulation and government of the fishermen employed therein; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, reported that the committee had, according to order, again had the said bill under consideration, and made several amendments thereto; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same were again twice read, and agreed to by the House. Ordered, That the said bill, with the amendments, be read the third time to-morrow. The several orders of the day were further postponed until to-morrow. And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9. The bill sent from the Senate, entitled “An act for the encouragement of the Bank and other cod-fisheries, and for the regulation and government of the fishermen einployed therein,” together with the amendments thereto, was read the second time ; and, the question being put that the same do pass, It was resolved in the affirmative,

5 Yeas ..

38,
2 Nays .

21.
Thc yeas and nays being demanded by one-fifth of the members present,
Those who voted in the negative, are,
Fisher Ames,

John Laurance,
Robert Barnwell,

Amasa Learned,
Egbert Benson,

Richard Bland Lee,
Elias Boudinot,

Samuel Livermore,
Shearjashub Bourne,

James Madison,
Benjamin Bourne,

Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg,
Ibraham Clarke,

Nathaniel Niles,
Jonathan Dayton,

Cornelius C. Schoonmaker,
Thomas Fitzsimons,

Jeremiah Smith,
Elbridge Gerry,

Israel Smith,
Nicholas Gilman,

William Smith,
Benjamin Goodhue,

Samuel Sterrett,
James Gordon,

Jonathan Sturges,
Andrew Gregg,

Peter Silvester,
Samuel Griffin,

George Thatcher,
Thomas Hartley,

Thomas Tredwell,
James Hillhouse,

John V'ining,
Daniel Huger,

Jeremiah Wadsworth, and
John W. Littera,

Artemas Ward.
Those who voted in the negative, are,
Jobn Baptist Ashe,

John Page,
Abraham Baldwin,

Josiah Parker,
Jolin Brown,

Joshua Seney,
William B. Giles,

John Steele,
William Barry Grove,

Thomas Sumpter,
Daniel Ileister,

Thomas Tudor Tucker,
Philip Key,

Abraham Venable,
Nathaniel Macon,

Alexander White,
John Francis Mercer,

Hugh Williamson, and
Andrew Moore,

Francis Willis. William Vans Murray; Resolved, That the title of the said bill be, “ An act concerning certain fisheries of the United States, and for the regulation and government of the fishermen employed therein."

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