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to the House and read, respectively praying the settlement of a claim against the United States. Also,

A petition of Samuel Asop, praying the renewal of a final settlement certificate, the property of the petitioner, of which he was unfortunately robbed.

Also, a petition of Evan Evans, administrator of Jane Evans, deceased, praying the renewal of certain Loan Office certificates, late the property of the deceased, which were lost by accident.

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 Cornelius Cooper, manufacturer of trunks and brushes, in the city of New York, was presented to the House and read, praying the patronage and encouragement of the General Government, either by laying an additional duty on all imported trunks and brushes, or in such other mode as the wisdom of Congress shall deem most proper.

Ordered that the said petition be referred to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

A petition of John Zapp was presented to the House and read, praying compensation for his services in the Ariny of the United States, during the late war. Also,

A petition of John Macpherson, setting forth that he has discovered an infallible me. thod of ascertaining the longitude, to a degree of precision far beyond any former discovery ; and praying that Congress will enable him to prove his theory by experiments in a voyage to France.

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

A message was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Lear, his Secretary, notifying that the President did, this day, approve and sign an act, entitled “ An act declaring the consent of Congress to a certain act of the State of Maryland, and to continue, for a longer time,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."

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House, do acquaint the Senate therewith. A message from the Senate, by Mr. Otis, their Secretary : Mr. Speaker : The Senate agree to the conference proposed by this House, on the subject-inatter of the amendments disagreed to by this House to the bill, entitled " An act 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 thereon, to compose the House of Representatives, after the third day of March, one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven," and have appointed managers at the said conference, on their part. The Senate recede from some, and insist on other of their amendments disagreed to by this House, to the bill, entitled “ An act for the relief of certain widows, orphans, invalids, and other persons.” The Senate have also passed a bill, entitled "An act to erect a light-house on Montok Point, in the State of New York,” to which they desire the concurrence of this House.

And then he withdrew.

Mr. Bourne, of Massachusetts, from the Joint Committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined an enrolled bill, entitled “ An act to provide for the settlement of the claims of widows and orphans, barred by the limitations heretofore established, and to regulate the claims to invalid pensions," 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.
A message from the Senate, by Mr. Otis, their Secretary :
Mr. Speaker : The Senate have passed the bill

, entitled "An act providing for the settlement of the claims of persons under particular circumstances barred by the limitations heretofore established,” with several amendments ; to which they desire the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew.

The House then, according to the order of the day, resumed the consideration of a farther decision on the contested election, in the case of the petition of James Jackson, complaining of an undue election and return of Anthony Wayne, one of the members returned to serve in this House for the State of Georgia ; and a motion being made and seconded that the House do come to the following resolution : Resolved, that the

petitioner, James Jackson, is entitled to a seat in this House, as a member for the lower District of the State of Georgia ; and that the right of petition. ing against the election of the said James Jackson, be reserved to all persons, at any time during the term for which he was elected ; debate thereon ensued, when an adjournment being called for,

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

TUESDAY, MARCH 20.

Mr. Bourne, of Massachusetts, from the Joint Committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the committeed d, yester lay, wait on the President of the United States, and present for his approbation an enrolled bill, entitled “An act to provide for the settlement of the claims of widows and orphans, barred by the limitations heretofore established, and to regulate the claims to invalid pensions."

A bill sent from the Senate, entitled “ An act to erect a light-house on Montok Point, in the State of New York,” was 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 to-morrow.

The House proceeded to consider the amendments proposed by the Senate to the bill, entitled "An act providing for the settlement of the claims of persons under particular circumstances barred by the limitations heretofore established,” and the same being read, were agreed to.

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith. The House proceeded to re-consider the amendments proposed by the Senate to the bill, entitled“ An act for the relief of certain widows, orphans, invalids, and other persons,” which were disagreed to by this House and insisted on by the Senate: Whereupon,

Resolved, That this House doth recede from their disagreement to the said amendments, and doth agree to the same.

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

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

UNITED STATES, March 20th, 1792. Gentlemen of the Senate and of the House of Representatives :

The several acts which have been passed relatively to the Military Establishment of the United States, and the protection of the Frontiers, do not appear to have made provision for more than one Brigadier General. It is incumbent on me to observe, that with a view merely to the organization of the troops designated by these acts, a greater number of officers of that grade, would in my opinion be conducive to the good of the public service. But an increase of the number becomes still more desirable, in reference to a different organization, which is contemplated, pursuant to the authority vested in me for that purpose, and which, besides other advantages expected from it, is recommended by considerations of economy.

I therefore request that you will be pleased to take this subject into your early consideration, and to adopt such measures thereon as you may judge proper.

G. WASHINGTON. Ordered, That the said message do lie on the table.

The House resumed the consideration of the motion made yesterday on the contested election in the case of the petition of James Jackson, complaining of an undue election and return of Anthony Wayne, one of the members returned to serve in this House for the State of Georgia ; and, farther debate arising thereon, an adjournment was called : Whereupon,

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

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21.

A petition of sundry merchants of the State of Rhode Island, trading to India and China, was presented to the House and read, praying that teas imported from Europe in vessels the property of citizens of the United States, may be subjected to the same duties and regulations as teas imported from India in vessels belonging to citizens of the United States.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

The petitions of John Ingles and Solomon Trow were presented to the House and read, respectively praying the liquidation and settlement of a claim for military services 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.

Ordered, That the report of the Attorney General on the petition of Andrew Jackson, be committed to Mr. Clarke, Mr. Steele, and Mr. Liverinore.

Ordered, That the written message of yesterday, from the President of the United States, bé committed to Mr. White, Mr. Laurance, and Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, with instruction to report thereon by way of bill or bills.

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

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed a bill, entitled " An act for fixing the compensations of the Doorkeepers of the Senate and House of Representatives in Congress ;" to which they desire the concuitence of this House. And then he withdrew.

The House resumed the consideration of the motion on the contested election in the case of the petition of James Jackson, complaining of an undue election and return of Anthony Wayne, one of the members returned to serve in this House for the State of Georgia : Whereupon, the question being taken that this House doth agree to the said motion, amended to read as followeth :

Resolved, That James Jackson is entitled to take a seat in this House, and that the right of petitioning against the election of the said James Jackson, be reserved to all persons, at any time during the term for which he was elected:”

Yeas....29, It passed in the negative, the House being equally divided, to wit:

3 Nays....29. And Mr. Speaker declaring himself with the nays. The yeas and nays, as demanded by one-fifth of the members present, were as follow :

YEAS.
John Baptist Ashe,

Andrew Moore,
Abraham Baldwin,

Nathaniel Niles,
John Brown,

John Page,
Abraham Clarke,

Josiah Parker,
William Findley,

Cornelius C. Schoonmaker,
Elbridge Gerry,

Joshua Seney,
William B. Giles,

Jeremiah Smith,
Andrew Gregg,

Israel Smith,
Samuel Griffin,

Samuel Sterrett,
William Barry Grove,

Jonathan Sturges,
Daniel Heister,

Thomas Sumpter,
Israel Jacobs,

Thomas Tredwell,
Richard Bland Lee,

Abraham Venable, and
Nathaniel Macon,

Francis Willis,
James Madison,

NAYS.
Fisher Ames,

John W. Kittera,
Robert Barnwell,

John Laurance,
Egbert Benson,

Amasa Learned,
Elias Boudinot,

Samuel Livermore,
Shearjashub Bourne,

Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg,
Benjamin Bourne,

Theodore Sedgwick,
Thomas Fitzsimons,

William Smith,
Nicholas Gilman,

John Steele,
Benjamin Goodhue,

Peter Silvester,
James Gordon,

George Thatcher,
Thomas Hartley,

Thomas Tudor Tucker,
James Hillhouse,

Jeremiah Wadsworth,
Daniel Huger,

Artemas Ward, and
Philip Key,

Alexander White.
Aaron Kitchell,
Resolved, That the seat of Anthony Wayne, as a member of this House, is, and the
same is declared to be, vacant.

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Ordered, That the Speaker transmit a copy of the preceding resolution, and of this order, to the Executive of the State of Georgia, to the end that the said Executive may issue writs of election to fill the said vacancy.

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, MARCII 22.

A memorial of sundry public creditors, who loaned money to the United States between September, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven, and March, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-eight, was presented to the House and read, praying that the modification of their claims, suggested in the report of the Secretary of the Treasury, made to the present session on the subject of the public debt, may be adopted.

Ordered, That the said memorial be referred to the Committee of the Whole House on the report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the public debt.

The bill sent from the Senate, entitled “ An act for fixing the compensations of the Doorkeepers of the Senate and House of Representatives in Congress," was read the first time.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the report of the Secretary of the Treasury, on the subject of the public debt; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Seney 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.

Mr. Smith, of Vermont, from the Joint Committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined two enrolled bills, one entitled "An act providing for the settlement of the claims of persons, under particular circumstances, barred by the limitations heretofore established;" and the other entitled “An act for the relief of certain widows, orphans, invalids, and other persons ;” and 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.

Mr. Williamson, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill for ascertaining the bounds of a tract of land purchased by John Cleves Symmes; 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 to-morrow.

Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, from the committee to whom was referred the petition of Henry Laurens, made a report; which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Livermore, from the committee to whom was referred the petition of George Turner, one of the Judges of the Territory Northwest of the River Ohio, made a report; which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of State, on the subject of a report on the commerce and navigation of the United States with foreign nations; which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

A memorial of Benjamin Stiles, in behalf of himself and his associates, was presented to the House and read, praying that the contract between the United States and John Cleves Symmes may be so far varied, as to include the purchase made by the memorialist and bis associates of the said Symmes, and to quiet them in their title and possession of the same.

Ordered, That the said memorial 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 report of the committee to whom was referred the memorial of the Directors of the Ohio Company of Associates ; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Seney 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.

Mr. Madison, from the managers appointed on the part of this House, to attend a con ference with the Senate on the subject matter of the amendments, depending between the two Houses, to the bill, entitled “An act 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 thereon, to compose the House of Representatives, after the third day of March, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven,” reported that the managers had, according to order, attended that duty, and that, after offering the reasons for disagreement on the part of this House, and hearing those which were offered by the managers on the part of the Senate in answer thereto, several propositions, offered by the managers on the part of this House, for accommodating the said disagreement, not being acceded to by the managers on the part of the Senate, they had mutually determined to separate from the said conference without agreement.

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

Mr. Speaker : The Senate insist on their amendments disagreed to by this House to the bill, entitled "An act 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 thereon, to compose the House of Re presentatives, after the third day of March, one thousand seven hundred and ninetyseven." And then he withdrew.

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, MARCH 23. The bill sent from the Senate, entitled “An act for fixing the compensations of the Doorkeepers of the Senate and House of Representatives in Congress," was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.

The House proceeded to consider the report of the committee to whom was referred the petition of George Turner, one of the Judges of the Territory of the United States Northwest of the River Ohio : Whereupon,

Resolved, that the laws of the Territory Northwest of the Ohio be printed under the inspection of the Secretary of State, and delivered to the Governor and Judges, to be distributed for the information of the inhabitants ;

That the official duties of the Secretary of the said Territory be under the control of the laws of the Territory;

That the Governor and Judges have power to repeal their laws, if found to be inproper ;

That a single Judge, in the absence of the other Judges, be authorized to hold a Cout;

That the Secretary of State provide seals for the said Territory;
That the military power be subordinate to the civil power ;

That the limitation act passed by the Governor and Judges of said Territory the twenty-eighth day of December, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight, ought to be repealed by Congress ;

That certain expenses incurred by two of the Judges in purchasing a boat to carry the Judges and soldiers, as an escort on the Circuit, and also for sending an express, amounting to -, ought to be paid by the United States."

Ordered, That a bill or bills be brought in pursuant to the said resolution; and that Mr. Livermore, Mr. Laurance, Mr. White, Mr. Williamson, and Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, do prepare and bring in the same.

Mr. Smith, of Vermont, from the Committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee did, yesterday, wait on the President of the United States, and present for his approbation two enrolled bills; one entitled “An act providing for the settlement of the claims of persons, under particular circumstances, barred by the limitations beretofore established ," the other entitled “An act for the relief of certain widows, orphans, invalids, and other persons."

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

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed a bill, entitled "An act for altering the times of holding the circuit courts in certain districts of the United States, and for other purposes;" to which they desire the concurrence of this House. And then be withdrew.

The said bill was read the first time.

A petition of Christian George Elholm was presented to the House and read, stating that he has discovered the cause of the motions and variation of the magnetic needle, and praying the patronage of Congress to aid him with the means of making experimental proofs and demonstration of his theory; or that he may now receive compensa

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