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tlements upon the Little Miami, in the Northwestern Territory of the United States, was presented to the House and read, praying to be quieted in their respective locations and settlements, to which they suppose themselves entitled, under the purchase made by John Cleves Symmes, and his associates, of the United States.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to Mr. Findley, Mr. Benson, Mr. Madison, Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, and Mr. Baldwin; that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

Ordered, That the petition of Joseph Ceracchi, which was presented on the thirty. first of October last, be referred to Mr. Gerry, Mr. Benson, Mr. Lee, Mr. Murray, and Mr. Tucker; that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

A petition of the merchants of the city of New York was presented to the House and read, praying that no additional duties may be laid on goods, wares, and merchandise, imported into the United States; and that farther time may be granted for the payment of those already imposed. Also,

A petition of Thomas Fielder, praying a loan of money to enable him to complete an apparatus for facilitating navigation, for which he has obtained an exclusive privilege.

Also,

A petition of Ephraim Kimberty, praying that he may be permitted to locate & war rant, received from the Board of War, for three hundred acres of Western land, on the range of Indian Short Creek, on the bank of the River Ohio.

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

An engrossed bill to indemnify the estate of the late Major General Nathaniel Greene for a certain bond entered into by him for the public service, during the late war, was read the third time; and the question being put that the same do pass, It was resolved in the affirmative,

. S Yeas ................ 33,

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" Nays ................ 24.
The yeas and nays being demanded by one-fifth of the members present,
Those who voted in the affirmative, are,
Fisher Amnes,

Amasa Learned,
Abraham Baldwin,

Richard Bland Lee,
Robert Barnwell,

Samuel Livermore,
Egbert Benson,

James Madison,
Shearjashub Bourne,

John Francis Mercer,
Benjamin Bourne,

Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg,
William Findley,

William Vans Murray,
Thomas Fitzsimons,

John Page,
Elbridge Gerry,

Josiah Parker,
William B. Giles,

William Smith,
Andrew Gregg,

Samuel Sterrett,
Samuel Griffin,

George Thatcher,
Thomas Hartley,

Abraham Venable,
Daniel Heister,

John Vining,
Philip Key,

Jeremiah Wadsworth, and
John W. Kittera,

Francis Willis.
John Laurance,
Those who voted in the negative, are,
John Baptist Ashe,

Nathaniel Niles,
Elias Boudinot,

Cornelius C. Schoonmaker,
John Brown,

Joshua Seney,
Abraham Clarke,

Jeremiah Smith,
Benjamin Goodhue,

Israel Smith,
James Gordon,

John Steele,
William Barry Grove,

Jonathan Sturges
James Hillhouse,

Thomas Sumpter,
Israel Jacobs,

Thomas Tredwell,
Aaron Kitchell,

Artemas Ward,
Nathaniel Macon,

Alexander White, and
Andrew Moore,

Hugh Williamson.
Resolved, That the title of the bill be, "An act to indemnify the estate of the late
Major General Nathaniel Groene for a certain bond entered into by him, during the late

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

Mr. Bourne, (of Massachusetts,) from the Joint Committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined two enrolled bills, to wit: one, which origi. nated in the Senate, entitled “An act for altering the times of holding the circuit courts in certain districts of the United States, and for other purposes;" and the other, which originated in this House, entitled “ An act for apportioning Representatives among the several States, according to the first enumeration:" Whereupon,.

Mr. Speaker signed the said enrolled bills. Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith. Mr. Fitzsimons, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill for raising a farther sum of money for the protection of the frontiers; which was receiv. ed, 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 Friday next.

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

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed the bill, entitled “An act to compensate the corporation of trustees of the public grammar school and academy of Wilmington, in the State of Deleaware, for the occupation of, and damages done to, the said school, during the late war.” And then he withdrew.

The House resumed the consideration of the amendments proposed by the Senate to the bill, entitled “An act more effectually to provide for the national defence, by ega tablishing an uniform Militia throughout the United States:" And having made fur. ther progress therein, an adjournment was called for: Whereupon,

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, APRIL 12. A petition of John Gibbons, Treasurer of the State of Georgia, was presented to the House and read, praying that separate certificates may be issued for the pay of the officers of the late Georgia line, agreeably to a general certificate of the list of balances due them, signed by the late Commissioner of Ariny Accounts, and lodged in the Treasury thereof.

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 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 which originated in this House, entitled “An act to ascertain the bounds of a tract of land purchased by John Cleves Symmes."

Mr. Bourne, (of Massachusetts,) from the Joint Committee for Enrolled Bills, re. ported that the committee had examined two enrolled bills; one, which originated in the Senate, entitled “ An act concerning consuls and vice-consuls;” and another, which originated in this House, entitled “ An act to compensate the corporation of trustees of the public grammar school and academy of Wilmington, in the State of Dela ware, for the occupation of, and damages done to, the said school, during the late war," 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.

The House resumed the consideration of the amendments proposed by the Senate to the bill, entitled “An act more effectually to provide for the national defence, by establishing an uniform Militia throughout the United States;" and the two last amendments being read, for adding to the end of the bill the following sections, to wit:

" And be it further enacted, That the President of the United States is hereby authorized to call out the Militia, or such part thereof, as the exigence may, in his opinion, require, to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions. And when Militia are employed in the service of thc United States, they shall receive the same pay and allowances as are now made to the troops in service.

" And be it further enacted, That, if any officer or private soldier of the Militia, being ordered into the service of the United States, pursuant to the powers herein given, shall retuse obedience to such orders, he shall forfeit to the use of the United States a sum not exceeding the amount of one year's pay of such officer or soldier respectively, as herein established. And the Militia, while in the service of the United States, shall be subject to the rules and articles of war. Provided, that the courts martial by whom they shall be subject to be tried, shall be composed entirely of Militia officers of the same State with the offenders:

A motion was made, and the question being put, to amend the first of the said amendments, by adding thereto the following proviso:

« Provided, always, That the powers herein given to the President of the United States for calling the Militia into service, be and continue in force until the end of the next session of Congress, and no longer:" It was resolved in the affirmative. Yeas ................37,

Nays .............

...20.
The yeas and nays being demanded by one-fifth of the members present,
Those who voted in the affirmative, are, .
Fisher Ames,

Amasa Learned,
Robert Barnwell,

Richard Bland Lee,
Egbert Benson,

James Madison,
Elias Boudinot,

Andrew Moore,
Shearjashub Bourne,

Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg,
Benjamin Bourne,

William Vans Murray,
Abraham Clarke,

Nathaniel Niles,
Thomas Fitzsimons,

Joshua Seney,
Nicholas Gilman,

Upton Sheridine,
Benjamin Goodhue,

Jeremiah Smith,
Andrew Gregg,

Samuel Sterrett,
Samuel Griffin,

Peter Silvester,
Thomas Hartley,

George Thatcher,
Daniel Heister,

Thomas Tredwell,
James Hillhouse,

Thomas Tudor Tucker,
Daniel Huger,

John Vining,
Aaron Kitchell,

Jeremiah Wadsworth, and
John W. Kittera,

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

Josiah Parker,
Abraham Baldwin,

Cornelius C. Schoonmaker,
Elbridge Gerry,

Israel Smith,
William B. Giles,

William Smith,
William Barry Grove,

John Steele,
Philip Key,

Jonathan Sturges,
Samuel Livermore,

Thomas Sumpter,
Nathaniel Macon,

Abraham Venable,
John Francis Mercer,

Alexander White, and
John Page,

Francis Willis. And then the main question being put, that this House doth agree to the said amenument, as amended,

... SYeas ............... 24, It passsed in the negative,

Butre, Nays ................ 37.
The yeas and nays being demanded by one-fifth of the members present,
Those who voted in the affirmative, are,
Fisher Ames,

James Hillhouse,
Robert Barnwell,

John W. Kittera,
Egbert Benson,

John Laurance,
Sheerjashub Bourne,

Amasa Learned,
Benjamin Bourne,

Jeremiah Smith,
William Findley,

William Smith,
Thomas Fitzsimons,

Samuel Sterrett,
Nicholas Gilman,

Peter Silvester,
Benjamin Goodhue,

George Thatcher,
James Gordon,

John Vining,
Andrew Gregg,

Jeremiah Wadsworth, anul
Thomas Hartley,

Artemas Ward.

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Those who voted in the negative, are,
John Baptist Ashe,

Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg. -
Abraham Baldwin,

William Vans Murray,
Elias Boudinot,

Nathaniel Niles,
John Brown,

John Page,
Abraham Clarke,

Josiah Parker,
Elbridge Gerry,

Cornelius C. Schoonmaker,
William B. Giles,

Joshua Seney,
Samuel Griffin,

Upton Sheridine,
William Barry Grove,

Israel Smith,
Daniel Heister,

John Stecl,
Daniel Huger,

Jonathan Sturges,
Philip Key,

Thomas Sumpter,
Aaron Kitchell,

Thomas Tredwell,
Richard Bland Lee,

Thomas Tudor Tucker,
Samuel Livermore,

Abinham Venable,
Nathaniel Macon,

Alexander White,
James Madison,

Hugh Williamson and
John Francis Mercer,

Francis Willis.
Andrew Moore,
Resolved, That this House doth disagree to the said amendment.

The last amendment was then again read, and, on the question put thereupon, dise agreed to by the House.

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

Ordered, That a committee be appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills for calling forth the Militia, when necessary, to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions; and that Mr. White, Mr. Gerry, and Mr. Murray, be the said committee.

Ordered, That 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," together with the amendments thereto which were reported by a committee on the fourth instant, be committed to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.

Ordered, That Mr. Findley be appointed, in the room of Mr. Gerty, on the committee to whom it was referred to inquire into the causes of the failure of the late expedition under Major General St. Clair.

Mr. Smith, of Vermont, 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 four enrolled bills, to wit: two which originated in the Senate; one entitled “ An act for altering the times for holding the Circuit Courts in certain Districts of the United States, and for other purposes," the other, entitled “An act concerning Consuls and Vice Consuls;" and two which originated in this House; one, entitled "An act for apportioning Representatives among the several States according to the first enumeration;" the other, entitled "An act to compensate the Corporation of Trustees of the Public Grammar School and Academy of Wilmington, in the State of Delaware, for the occupation of, and damages done to, the said school, during the late war."

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill to direct the settlement of a certain claim of the State of Maryland; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Bourne, of Rhode Island, 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 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 to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13.

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

Mr. Speaker: I am directed to inform this House that the President of the United States did, yesterday, approve and sign three acts which originated in the Senate, to wit: one, entitled "An act supplementary to the act for the establishment and support of light-houses, beacons, buoys, and public piers; another, entitled "An act for fixing

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the compensations of the doorkeepers of the Senate and House of Representatives in Congress;" and the other, entitled "An act to erect a lighthouse on Montok Point, in the State of New York.” And then he withdrew.

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 respecting the act, entitled “ An act repealing, after the last day of June next, the duties heretofore laid upon distilled spirits, and laying others in their stead, and also upon spirits distilled within the United States, and for appropriating the same;" 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 agreed to several resolutions thereupon; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same were read, and ordered to 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, which originated in this House, entitled “ An act to compensate the Corporation of Trustees of the Public Grammar School and Academy of Wilmington, in the State of Delaware, for the occupation of, and damages done to, the said school, during the late war."

The said Secretary also delivered in a written message from the President, as followeth: Gentlemen of the Senate and House of Representatives :

I have thought it proper to lay before you a communication of the eleventh instant. from the Minister Plenipotentiary of Great Britain, to the Secretary of State, relative to the commerce of the two countries; together with their explanatory correspondence, and the Secretary of State's letter to me on the subject. April 13, 1792.

G. WASHINGTON. 'The communication and letters referred to in the said written message were read, and ordered tu lie on the table.

A petition of William Haburn was presented to the House and read, stating that he is an invalid, wounded in the service of the United States during the late war, and made application to the Circuit Court of the United States, now sitting in this City, to be esamined, pursuant to the directions of an act of the present Session of Congress, which application was rejected by the Court; and praying relief.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to Mr. Boudinot, Mr. Madison, Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, Mr. Murray, and Mr. Hillhouse, with instruction to inquire into the allegations thereof, and report a state of the facts arising thereon to the House.

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

MONDAY, APRIL 16.

A petition of Isaac Bolster was presented to the House and read, praying the renew. al of two continental loan office certificates, the property of the petitioner, which were destroyed by fire. Also,

A petition of John Wereat, of the State of Georgia, praying to be allowed depreciation on a sum of money which he advanced for the support of the American troops in the said State, during the late war. Also,

A petition of Eliphalet Ladd, praying a remission of the duties on a small quantity of roods saved from the wreck of a ship, the property of the petitioner, which was lost ou the coast of Massachusetts in March last.

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 Jacob Reed, one of the Oneida tribe of Indians, was presented to the House and read, praying compensation for services rendered and injuries sustained in the Army 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 memorial of the Trustees of the Presbyterian Congregation of Elizabethtown, in the State of New Jersey, was presented to the House and read, praying compensation for an Academy in the said town which was destroyed by the British troops while occupied as an arsenal for the use of the United States, during the late war.

Ordered, That the said petition do lie on the table. Mr. Clarke, from the committee to whom was referred the petition of the inhabitants of the town of Newark, praying compensation for an Academy which was destroyed hs

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