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Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith. 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 relative to the election of a President and Vice President of the United States, and declaring the offi. cer who shall act as President, in case of vacancies in the offices both of President and Vice President; 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 a farther progress therein.

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

A memorial of the tanners and curriers of the city of New York was presented to the House and reac, stating the inconveniences they suffer from the erection of mills for the purpose of grinding tanner's 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 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. Bourne, of Massachusetts, from the Joint Committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined an enrolled bill, entitled “An act to establish the Post Office and Post Roads within the United States," and found the same to be truly enrolled: Whereupon,

Mr. Speaker signed the said enrolled bill.
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 10. A petition of Adrien Proveaux, of Charleston, South Carolina, was presented to the House and read, praying compensation for services rendered and expenses incurred in the American cause, during the late war. Also,

A petition of Samuel Mackins, praying relief in consideration of a wound received 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 House.

A petition of William M'Gilton was presented to the House and read, praying compensation for his services as Assistant Commissary of Issues, 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.

A petition of the tanners and curriers of the city of Philadelphia 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 such exportation may be prohibited, or other measures adopted for their relief as shall appear just and right.

Ordered, That the said petition 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.

Ordered, That the petition of Christopher Marshal, junior, and Charles Marshal, which lay on the table, be committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the subject of manufactures.

On a motion made and seconded, Resolved, That the Secretary of State lay before this House copies of such laws as have been adopted and published by the Governor and Judges of the Territory Northwest of the Ohio.

Ordered, That the Clerk be directed to furnish the sitting member, and the petitioner, James Jackson, at the request of either party, with copies of all such documents, evidences, and testimony, as are in his possession, or that may come to the hands of the Speaker, previous to the time of trying the validity of the election of a member to represent the Lower District of the State of Georgia, in Congress of the United States.

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 relative to the clection of President and Vice President of the United States, and declaring the Offi. cer who shall act as President, in case of vacancies in the offices both of President and

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Vice President; 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 read, and are as follow :

Strike out the ninth section, in the words following:

And be it further enacted, That, in case of removal, death, resignation, or inability, both of the President and Vice President of the United States, the President of the Senate pro tempore, and in case there shall be no President of the Senate, then the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the time being, shall act as President of the United States, until the disability be removed, or a President shall be elected."

In lieu of the said ninth section, insert,

And be it further enacted, That, in case of removal, death, resignation, or inability, both of the President and Vice President of the United States, the Secretary of State, for the time being, shall act as President of the United States, until the disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.”

Whereupon, the said first amendment being again read, and the question put ta strike out the said ninth section, in the words following:

And be it further enacted, That, in case of removal, death, resignation, or inability, both of the President and Vice President of the United States, the President of the Senate pro tempore, and in case there shall be no President of the Senate, then the Speaker of the House of Representatives, for the time being, shall act as President of the United States, until the disability be removed, or a President shall be elected."

.32, It was resolved in the affirmative, {Nays

..22.
The yeas and nays being demanded by one-fifth of the members present,
Those who voted in the affirmative, are,
John Baptist Ashe,

John Page,
Abraham Baldwin,

Josiah Parker,
John Brown,

Joshua Seney,
Thomas Fitzsimons,

Jeremiah Smith,
William B. Giles,

John Steele,
Nicholas Gilman,

Samuel Sterrett,
Andrew Gregg,

Jonathan Sturges,
William Barry Grove,

Thomas Sumpter,
Israel Jacobs,

George Thatcher,
Philip Key,

Thomas Tredwell,
Nathaniel Macon,

Abraham Venable,
James Madison,

John Vining,
John Francis Mercer,

Anthony Wayne,
Andrew Moore,

Alexander White,
Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg, Hugh Williamson, and
William Vans Murray,

Francis Willis.
Those who voted in the negative, are,
Fisher Ames,

Daniel Huger,
Robert Barnwell,

Aaron Kitchell,
Egbert Benson,

John W. Kittera,
Elias Boudinot,

Amasa Learned,
Shearjashub Bourne,

Samuel Livermore,
Benjamin Bourne,

Nathaniel Niles,
Abraham Clarke,

Cornelius C. Schoonmaker,
Elbridge Gerry,

William Smith,
Benjamin Goodhue,

Peter Silvester,
Daniel Heister,

Thomas Tudor Tucker, and
James Hillhouse,

Jeremiah Wadsworth. The second amendment being again read, and the question put to insert in lieu of the said ninth section, the words following :

And be it further enacted, That, in case of removal, death, resignation, or inability, both of the President and Vice President of the United States, the Secretary of State, for the time being, shall act as President of the United States, until the disability be removed, or a President shall be elected"

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It was resolved in the affirmative.

The House then proceeded to the farther consideration of the said bill at the Clerk's table, and made some progress therein.

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

Mr. Speaker: The Senate agree to all the amendments proposed by this House to the bill, 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 then he withdrew.

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

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, Mr. Bourne, of Massachusetts, from the Joint Committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee did, on Saturday, the eleventh instant, wait on the President of the United States, and present for his approbation an enrolled bill, entitled “ An act to establish the Post Office and Post Roads, within the United States."

Ordered, That a committee be appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills to continue an act, entitled “ An act declaring the assent of Congress to certain acts of the States of Maryland, Georgia, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations ;” and that Mr. Sterrett, Mr. Bourne, of Rhode Island, and Mr. Baldwin, be the said committee.

The House resumed the consideration of the bill sent from the Senate, entitled “An act relative to the election of a President and Vice President of the United States, and declaring the officer who shall act as President, in case of vacancies in the offices both of President and Vice President:" Whereupon,

Resolved, That the said bill, with the amendments, be again re-committed to a Committee of the Whole House to

morrow. The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill for an apportionment of Representatives among the several States, according to the first enumeration, and making provision for another enumeration, and an apportionment of Representatives, after the third day of March, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven ; 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, to-morrow, again resolve itself into a Committea 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 to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14.

The several petitions of Robert Brown, John Gould, and John Thompson, were presented to the House and read, respectively praying compensation or relief for services rendered, wounds received, or injuries sustained, in the Army of the United States, during the late war. Also,

A petition of sundry officers and soldiers of Colonel Watts' regiment of the late Pennsylvania flying camp, who were captured at Fort Washington, praying to be allowed pay from the time of their capture until their releasement.

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 the Commissioned Officers of the levies in the late campaign under General St. Clair, was presented to the House and read, praying that a doubt which has arisen in the construction of the fourteenth section of the act passed the last session, entitled "An act for raising and adding another regiment to the Military Establishment of the United States, and for making farther provision for the protection of the frontiers," may be explained.

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

A petition of Benjamin Vanfossan, administrator of the estate of his father, Peter Vanfossan, deceased, was presented to the House and read, praying compensation for a wagon horse, which was impressed from the intestate, and died in the public service, and also for sundry supplies for the Army, furnished by the said intestate, 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.

Mr. Bourne, of Massachusetts, from the Joint Committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined an enrolled bill, which originated in the Senate, entitled “ An act concerning certain fisheries of the United States, and for the regulation and government of the fishermen employed therein," and found the same to be truly enrolled : Whereupon,

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

Mr. Sterrett, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill declaring the consent of Congress to a certain act of the State of Maryland, and to continue for a longer time, “An act declaring the assent of Congress to certain acts of the States of Maryland, Georgia, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,” so far as the same respects the States of Georgia and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations; 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 Com. mittee 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 aet relative to the elcction of a President and Vice President of the United States, and declaring the officer who shall act as President, in case of vacancies in the offices both of President and Vice President;" and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Muhlenberg reported that the committee had, according to order, again had the said bill under consideration, and made an amendment thereto; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same was read, and is as followeth :

To the end of the first section, add, “Which Electors shall be equal to the number of Senators and Representatives to which the several States may, by law, be entitled, at the time when the President and Vice President, thus to be chosen, should come into office : Provided always, That where no apportionment of Representatives shall have been made, after any enumeration, at the time of choosing Electors, then the number of electors shall be according to the existing apportionment of Senators and Representatives."

And the said amendment being again read, and a division of the question thereon call. ed for, to wit : That the House do agree to the first part of the said amendment, in the words following :

To the end of the first section, add, “Which Electors shall be equal to the number of Senators and Representatives to which the several States may, by law, be entitled, at the time when the President and Vice President, thus to be chosen, should come into office:" It was resolved in the affirmative,

Yeas

29,
Nays

.. 21.
The yeas and nays being demanded by one-fifth of the members present,
Those who voted in the affirmative, are,
John Baptist Ashe,

William Vans Murray,
Abraham Baldwin,

John Page,
John Brown,

Josiah Parker,
William Findley,

Cornelius C. Schoonmaker,
Elbridge Gerry,

Jeremiah Smith,
Nicholas Gilman,

Israel Smith,
Andrew Gregg,

Samuel Sterrett,
Samuel Griffin,

Thomas Tredwell,
William Barry Grove,

Thomas Tudor Tucker,
Daniel Heister,

Abraham Venable,
Israel Jacobs,

Anthony Wayne,
Richard Bland Lee,

Alexander White,
Nathaniel Macon,

Hugh Williamson, and
John Francis Mercer,

Francis Willis.
Andrew Moore,
Those who voted in the negative, arc,
Elias Boudinot,

Abraham Clarke,
Shearjashub Bourne,

Thomas Fitzsimons,
Benjamin Bourne,

Benjamin Goodhue,

James Gordon,

Samuel Livermore,
Thomas Hartley,

Nathaniel Niles,
James Hillhouse,

William Smith,
Daniel Huger,

Jonathan Sturges,
Aaron Kitchell,

Peter Silvester,
John W. Kittera,

John Vining, and
John Lawrance,

Jeremiah Wadsworth.
Amasa Learned,
And then the question being put to agree to the second part of the amendment by
way of proviso,

It was resolved in the affirmative. Ordered, That the said bill, with the amendments, be read the third time to-morrow. A message from the Senate, by Mr. Otis, their Secretary: Mr. Speaker : The Senate bave passed a bill, entitled '“ An act for regulating processes in the Courts of the United States, and providing compensation for the officers of the said Courts, and for jurors and witnesses, to which they desire the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew.

Ordered, That Mr. Mercer have leave to be absent from the service of this House for three weeks.

Mr. Bourne, of Massachusetts, from the Joint Committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee did, this day, wait on the President of the United States, and present for his approbation an enrolled bill which originated in the Senate, entitled "An act concerning certain fisheries of the United States, and for the regulation and government of the fishermen employed therein.”.

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

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15. The bill sent from the Senate, entitled “An act relative to the election of a President and Vice President of the United States, and declaring the officer who shall act as President, in case of vacancies in the offices both of President and Vice President,” together with the amendments thereto, was read the third time ; and, the question being put that the same do pass, It was resolved in the affirmative. Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith. The bill sent from the Senate, entitled “ An act for regulating processes in the courts of the United States, and providing compensations for the officers of the said courts, and for jurors and witnesses,” was read the first time.

On motion, The said bill was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to Mr. Boudinot, Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, Mr. White, Mr. Benson, and Mr. Smith, of New Hampshire.

A petition of William Jackson, late a Captain in the South Carolina line, and Aid-deCamp to Major General Lincoln, was presented to the House and read, praying that he may receive the additional pay allowed by an act of the former Congress to officers of the line acting as Aids-de-Camp. Also,

à petition of Walter Finney, late a Captain in the Pennsylvania line, praying to be reimbursed certain expenses incurred in the cure of a wound he received in the service of the United States, during the late war. Also,

The petitions of Robert Jones, late a soldier in the Pennsylvania line, and of Nathan Wood, late a Serjeant in Colonel Symond's regiment of Militia, respectively praying relief in consideration of wounds received in the service of the United States, which have rendered them incapable of procuring a livelihood by labor.

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

Ordered, That the petition of the merchants of South Carolina, which was presented the twenty-third of December last, be committed to a Committee of the whole House on the state of the Union.

The House, according to the order of the day, again resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill for an apportionment of Representatives among the several States, according to the first enuncration, and making provision for another enumeration, and an apportionment of Representatives, after the third day of March, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven ; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, reported that the com

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