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he shall deem reasonable and proper, so as the said allowances, together with the incidental expenses of collecting the duties on spirits distilled within the United States, shall not exceed seven and a half per centum of the total product of the duties on distilled spirits, for the period to which the said allowances shall relate; computing from the time that the act repealing, after the last day of June next, &c. took effect.*

Ordered, That a bill or bills be brought in pursuant to the said resolutions; and that Mr. Fitzsimons, Mr. Parker, and Mr. Macon, 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 bill authorizing a grant and conveyance of certain lands to John Cleves Symmes and his associates; 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 an amendment thereto; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same was twice read, and agreed to by the House.

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

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 this House, entitled - An act to indemnify the estate of the late Major General Nathaniel Greene for a certain bond entered into by him, during the late war."

Ordered, That a committee be appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills to confirm an award or report of referees between the United States and Comfort Sands, and others; and that Mr. Benson, Mr. Smith, of New Hampshire, and Mr. Griffin, be the said committee.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill for registering ships or vessels, and for regulating those em. ployed in the coasting trade and fisheries; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Boudinot reported that the committee had, accord ing 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 on the said bill.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill for reducing the rates of postage on newspapers; 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 an amendment thereto; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same was twice read, and agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the said bill, with the amendment, 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 ten o'clock.

FRIDAY, APRIL 27. The bill sent from the Senate, entitled “An act regulating processes in the courts of the United States, and providing compensations for the officers of the said courts, and for jurors and witnesses,” with the amendments, was read the third time ; and, on a motion made and seconded, ordered to be recommitted to a Committee of the whole House immediately.

The House accordingly again resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the said bill; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Muhlenburg reported that the committee had, according to order, again had the said bill under consideration, and made a farther amendment thereto ; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same was twice read, and agreed to.

The said bill, together with the amendments thereto, was then again read; and on the question that the same do pass,

It was resolved in the affirmative.
Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith.

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 indemnify the estate of the late Major General Nathaniel Greene for a certain bond entered into by him, during the late war."

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

An engrossed bill authorizing a grant and conveyance of certain lands to John Cleves Symmes and his associates was read the third time.

Resolved, That the said bill do pass, and that the title be, “An act authorizing a grant and conveyance of certain lands to John Cleves Symmes and his associates."

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

An engrossed bill for reducing the rates of postage on newspapers was read the third time.

Resolved, that the said bill do pass, and that the title be, “ An act for reducing the rates of postage on newspapers.".

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

Mr. Benson, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill to confirm an award of referees between the United States and certain contractors for furnishing supplies of provision to the Army, during the late war ; 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.

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

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed the bill, entitled “ An act to provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions :" They also recede from their amendments, disagreed to by this House, and insisted on 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 they have passed the bill, entitled “ An act for raising a farther sum of money for the protection of the frontiers, and for other purposes therein mentioned," with several amendments; to which they desire the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew.

Mr. Fitzsimons, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill concerning the duties on spirits distilled within the United States; 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-day.

The House proceeded to consider the amendments proposed by the Senate to the bill “ for raising a farther sum of money for the protection of the frontiers, and for other purposes therein mentioned;" and the same being read, were amended and agreed to. Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith.

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 relief of persons imprisoned for debt;” and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Muhlenburg reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and made no amendment thereto.

The several orders of the day were further postponed until to-morrow.
And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning ten o’elock.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28. Mr. Ames, from the committee to whom was referred the report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the subject of marine hospitals, 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 concerning the duties on spirits distilled within the United States; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Bourne, of Rhode Island, reported that the committee hail, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and made several amendments thereto; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table.

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

Mr. Speaker: The Senate agree to the amendment proposed by this House to their amendments to the bill, entitled “An act for raising a farther sum of money for the protection of the frontiers, and for other purposes therein mentioned:” They have also resolved that the bill, entitled “An act for reducing the rates of postage on newspapers," do not pass to a second reading. And then he withdrew.

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

MONDAY, APRIL 30. The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, accompanying his reports on two petitions of Richard Blackledge; also, on the petition of Joseph Henderson and Alexander Contee Hanson; which were read, and ordered to Lie on the table.

Mr. Bourne, of Massachusetts, from the Joint Committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined three enrolled bills, which originated in this House; one entitled “An act more effectually to provide for the national defence, by establishing an uniform militia throughout the United States;" another entitled "An act to provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;" and the other entitled “An act for raising a farther sum of money for the protection of the frontiers, and for other purposes therein mentioned;" 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, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill relative to the compensations to certain officers employed in the collection of the duties of impost and tonnage; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Boudinot 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. Ordered, That the said bill, together with the amendments, do lie on the table.

The House proceeded to consider the amendments reported by the Committee of the Whole House on Saturday last, to the bill concerning the duties on spirits distilled within the United States; and the same being read, some were agreed to, and others disagreed to.

On the question that the House do agree to the amendment proposed by the Committee of the Whole House for filling up the blank for the amount of duty ** on every gallon of spirits of the first class of proof, distilled within the United States from materials of the growth or produce of the United States," with eight cents:

s Yeas .... ..26, It passed in the negative,

Nays.. ..27.
The yeas and nays being demanded by one-fifth of the members present,
Those who voted in the affirmative, are,
Fisher Ames,

Aaron Kitehell,
Robert Barnwell,

John Laurance,
Egbert Benson,

Amasa Learned,
Elias Boudinot,

Richard Bland Lee.
Shearjashub Bourne,

Jeremiah Smith,
Benjamin Bournc,

William Smith,
Abraham Clarke,

Samuel Sterrett,
Thomas Fitzsimons,

Jonathan Sturges,
Elbridge Gerry,

Peter Silvester,
Nicholas Gilman,

George Thatcher,
Benjamin Goodhue,

Thomas Tredwell,
James Gordon,

Jeremiah Wadsworth, and
James Hillhouse,

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

Israel Jacobs,
Abraham Baldwin,

Philip Key,
John Brown,

Samuel Livermore,
William Findley,

Nathaniel Macon,
Andrew Gregg,

James Madison,
William Barry Grove,

Andrew Moore,
Daniel Heister,

Williain Vans Murray
Daniel Huger,

Nathaniel Niles,

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John Page,

Thomas Sumpter,
Josiah Parker,

Thomas Tudor Tucker,
Joshua Seney,

Alexander White,
Upton Sheridine,

Hugh Williamson, and
Israel Smith,

Francis Willis.
John Steele,
Resolved, that the said blank be filled up with the words “seven cents.
Ordered, That the farther consideration of the said bill be postponed until to-morrow.

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 three enrolled bills, which originated in this House; one entitled “An act more effectually to provide for the national defence, by establishing an uniform militia throughout the United States;” another entitled "An act to provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions;" and the other entitled “ An act for raising a farther sum of money for the protection of the frontiers, and for other purposes therein mentioned."

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

TUESDAY, MAY 1.

The House proceeded to consider the amendments reported by the Committee of the Whole House yesterday to the bill relative to the compensations to certain officers employed in the collection of the duties of impost and tonnage; and the same being read, were agreed tu; and then the said bill being further amended at the Clerk's table, was, together with the amendments, ordered to be engrossed, and read the third time to-morrow.

On motion, Ordered, That the several committees, who have not reported, be instructed to report on Thursday next.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill to authorize the remission of certain duties; 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 no amendment thereto. Ordered, That the said bill be engrossed, and read the third time to-day.

On a motion made and seconded, Resolved, That a joint committee of both Houses be directed to wait on the President of the United States, to request that he would recommend to the People of the United States a day of public humiliation and prayer to be observed, by supplicating Almighty God for the safety, peace, and welfare, of these States.

Ordered, That Mr. Boudinot, Mr. Page, and Mr. Silvester, be appointed of the said joint committee, on the part of this House.

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

The House proceeded to consider the bill sent from the Senate, entitled “ An act for the relief of persons imprisoned for debt;” and the same being amended at the Clerk's table, was, together with the amendments, ordered to be now read the third time.

The said bill, with the amendments, was accordingly read the third time; and, on the question that the same do pass,

It was resolved in the affirmative.
Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith.

The House proceeded to the farther consideration of the bill concerning the duties on spirits distilled within the United States, and the same being further amended at the Clerk's table, was, together with the said amendments, ordered to be engrossed, and read the third time to-morrow.

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

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed the bill, entitled “An act to alter the time for the next annual meeting of Congress.” And then he withdrew.

An engrossed bill to authorize the remission of certain duties was read the third time.

Resolved, that the said bill do pass, and that the title be, "An act to authorize the remission of certain duties."

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

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill to confirm an award of referees between the United States and certain contractors for furnishing supplies of provisions to the Army, during the late war: 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 an amendment thereto; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same was twice read, and agreed to by the House.

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

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 report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the petitions of the Commissioners of Loans of New Hampshire and Rhode Island; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, reported that the committee had, accord. ing 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.

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

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2. An engrossed bill concerning the duties on spirits distilled within 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 concerning the duties on spirits distilled within the United States.”

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

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

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have appointed a committee, jointly, with such committee as this House shall appoint; to wait on the President of the United States, and notify him of the proposed recess of Congress. And then he withdrew.

An engrossed bill to confirm an award of referees between the United States and certain contractors for furnishing supplies of provisions to the Army, during the late war, was read the third time; and on the question, that the said bill do pass, It passed in the negative,

S Yeas

.... 25,

2 Nays .. .. 27.
The yeas and nays being demanded by one-fifth of the members present,
'Those who voted in the affirmative, are,
Fisher Ames,

Cornelius C. Schoonmaker,
Robert Barnwell,

Jeremiah Smith,
Egbert Benson,

Israel Smith,
Shearjashub Bourne,

William Smith,
Benjamin Bourne,

Samuel Sterrett,
Thomas Fitzsimons,

Jonathan Sturges,
Benjamin Goodhue,

Peter Silvester,
James Gordon,

George Thatcher,
James JLillhouse,

Thomas Tudor Tucker,
John Laurance,

John Vining,
Amasa Learned,

Jeremiah Wadsworth, and
Samuel Livermore,

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

Andrew Gregg,
Abraham Baldwin,

William Barry Grove,
John Brown,

Daniel Heister,
Abraham Clarke,

Philip Key,
Jonathan Dayton,

Aaron Kitchell,
William B. Giles,

Richard Bland Lee,
Nicholas Gilman,

Nathaniel Macon,

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