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Christopher Greenup,

Cornelius C. Schoonmaker,
Andrew Gregg,

Israel Smith,
Samuel Griffin,

John Steele,
Williar. Barry Grove,

Jonathan Sturges,
Philip Key,

Thomas Sumpter,
Aaron Kitchell,

Thomas Tredwell,
Richard Bland Lee,

Thomas Tudor Tucker,
James Madison,

Abraham Venable,
John Milledge,

Alexander White,
Andrew Moore,

Hugh Williamson, and
Nathaniel Niles,

Francis Willis.
Josiah Parker,
Those who voted in the negative, are,
Jonathan Trumbull, Speaker,

James Hillhouse,
Fisher Ames,

Daniel Huger,
Robert Barnwell,

Israel Jacobs,
Egbert Benson,

John Wilkes Kittera,
Elias Boudinot,

Amasa Learned,
Shearjashub Bourne,

George Leonard,
Benjamin Bourne,

Samuel Livermore,
Jonathan Dayton,

William Vans Murray,
Thomas Fitzsimons

Theodore Sedgwick,
Elbridge Gerry,

Peter Silvester,
Nicholas Gilman,

William Smith,
Benjamin Goodhue,

George Thatcher, and
James Gordon,

Jeremiah Wadsworth.
Thomas Hartley,
And so the said question was lost.

Another motion was then made and seconded to amend the said bill, by striking out, in the seventh line of the said first section, the words “not exceeding," and inserting in lieu thereof, the words, “which, including the expense, shall not exceed;" and the question being put thereupon,

It was resolved in the affirmative.

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.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27. Ordered, that the petition of Hugh Morrison, James Morrison, in behalf of himself and James Semple, executors of the last will and testament of Hans Morrison, deceased, which lay on the table, be referred to the consideration of the Committee of the whole House to whom is referred the report of the Secretary of the Treasury respecting lost or destroyed certificates.

A bill to provide for the allowance of interest on the sum ordered to be paid by the resolve of Congress, of the twenty-eighth of September, one thousand seven hun. dred and eighty-five, as an indemnity to the persons therein named, was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House to morrow.

On motion, Resolved, that the President of the United States be requested to cause this House to be furnished with a particular account of the several sums borrowed under bis authority, by the United States; the terms on which each loan has been obtained ; the applications to which any of the moneys have been made, agreeable to appropriations ; and the balances, if any, which remain unapplied. In this statement it is requested that it may be specified at what times interest commenced on the several sums obtained, and at what times it was stopt, by the several payments made.

Ordered, That the said resolution be transmitted to the President of the United States, by the Speaker.

A petition of William Ellery, Collector of the District of Newport, in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, was presented to the House and read, praying that the compensation allowed him by law may be increased, and rendered more adequate to his services.

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.

On a motion made and seconded that the House do now, according to order, proceed to the farther consideration of the bill providing for the reimbursement of a loan made of the Bank of the United States,

In passed in the negative.

Mr. White, from the committee to whom was re-committed the bill to regulate trade and intercourse with the Indian tribes, reported an amendatory bill; which was re ceived, 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 immediately.

The House, accordingly, resolved itself into the said committee; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Dayton 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, where the same were read, and partly considered.

Ordered, That the farther consideration of the said amendments be put off until to morrow.

Mr. Moore, from the Joint Committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the commit. ree did, this day, wait on the President of the United States, and present, for his approbation, an enrolled bill, entitled “ An act concerning the registering and recording of ships or vessels.”

The House, according to the order of the day, again resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill to ascertain the fees demandable on Admiralty proceedings in the District Courts of the United States, and to amend, in part, the act, entitled “An act for the government and regulation of seamen in the merchants' service;" and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Dayton 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. Ordered, That the said bill, with the amendments, do lie on the table. 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, DECEMBER 28. A petition of Amasa Keyes, and Elnathan Keyes, joint executors of the last will and testament of Stephen Keyes, deceased, was presented to the House and read, praying the renewal of a certain Continental Loan Office certificate, which was burnt, or other. wise destroyed, some time in the month of April, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the consideration of the Committee of the Whole House to whom is referred the report of the Secretary of the Treasury respecting lost or destroyed certificates.

A memorial of the officers and soldiers of the late New Hampshire line of the Continental Army was presented to the House and read, praying that the depreciation, which accrued on the certificates of debt granted them, in reward for their military services, during the late war, may be made good to them, or such other relief afforded them, as the present circumstances of the United States will admit : Also, A petition of Patrick

Sullivan, late a Sergeant Major of the eleventh Pennsylvania regiment, and Deputy Commissary of Clothing and Military Stores, on the Westem expedition, praying that the pay and other emoluments, allowed by Congress to other Officers of the same rank, may be extended to him : Also,

A petition of James Duggan, in behalf of the widow and children of Colonel Jeremiah Duggan, deceased, late a citizen and inhabitant of the province of Canada, praying compensation for services rendered, and for losses and injuries sustained by the de ceased, in adhering to the 'American cause, during the late war.

Ordered, That the said memorial and petitions do lie on the table. The House proceeded to consider the amendments reported yesterday, by the COILmittee of the Whole House, to the bill to ascertain the fees demandable on Admiralty proceedings in the District Courts of the United States, and to amend, in part, the act, entitled " An act for the government and regulation of seamen in the merchants' service ;” and the said amendments being severally twice read, were, on the question put thereupon, agreed to by the House.

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 on Monday next.

On a motion made and seconded that the House do come to the following resolution:

Resolved, That a committee be appointed to prepare and bring in a bill to reduce the military establishment of the United States to regiments or corps, consisting each of non-commissioned officers, privates, and musicians, with such proportion of commissioned officers as the President may think proper to continue in service; and to repeal so much of an act, passed the fifth of March, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two, entitled “ An act for making farther and more effectual provision for the protection of the frontiers of the United States," as may contravene this intention:"

Ordered, That the said motion be referred to the consideration of a Committee of the Whole House on Wednesday next.

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

MONDAY, DECEMBER 31. A petition of the Corporation of Rhode Island College was presented to the House and read, praying compensation for rent and damages done to the said College, which was taken as an hospital and barracks for the American and French troops, during the late war. Also,

A petition of Isaiah Thomas, of Worcester, in the State of Massachusetts, praying that printing types, of foreign manufacture, imported into the United States, may be exempted from the duty imposed on them by law; and that certain bonds, to a considerable amount, given by him to the Collector of the District of Boston, for the payment of the duties on printing types already imported, may be cancelled.

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 memorial of the officers of the late Massachusetts line of the Continental Army, in behalf of themselves, and the soldiers of the said line, was presented to the House and read, praying that the depreciation which accrued on the certificates of debt, granted them for military services during the late war, may be made good to them, or such other relief afforded them, as the present circumstances of the United States will admit.

Ordered, That the said memorial do lie on the table. An engrossed bill to ascertain the fees demandable on Admiralty proceedings in the District Courts of the United States, and to amend, in part, the act, entitled * An act for the government and regulation of seamen in the merchants' service,” 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 to ascertain the fees in Admiralty proceedings in the District Courts of the United States, and for other purposes.”

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

Mr. Williamson, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill to amend an act, entitled “ An act establishing a Mint, and regulating the coins of the United States," so far as respects the coinage of copper; 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.

The House proceeded to consider the report of the committee to whom was referred the petition of a number of the inhabitants of St. Vincennes, on the Wabash, together with a letter from the Governor of the Territory of the United States Northwest of the river Ohio, accompanying the same: Whereupon,

Resolved, That the survey, directed by the resolve of the late Congress, of the twenty-ninth of August, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight, of the lands ceded by the State of Virginia to the United States in the Territory Northwest of the river Ohio, and confirmed to the French and Canadian inhabitants, and other settlers of the Kaskaskias, St. Vincennes, and the neighboring villages, who, on or before the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty-three, had settled there, and had professed themselves citizens of Virginia, be made at the expense of the United States.

Ordered, That a bill or bills be brought in, pursuant to the said resolution, and that Mr. Livermore, Mr. Muhlenberg, and Mr. Leonard, do prepare and bring in the same.

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Mr. Goodluc, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill relative to claims against the United States, not barred by any act of limitation, and which have not been already adjusted; 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 Thursday next.

Ordered, That a committee be appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills to explain the act, entitled “ An act to establish the Judicial Courts of the United States," in respect to the taking bail in criminal cases, and that Mr. White, Mr. William Smith, and Mr. Israel Smith, be the said commitee.

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 concerning the registering and recording of ships or vessels."

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 making appropriations for the support of Government for the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-three; and, atter some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Sedgwick reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and made some progress therein.

On motion, Ordered, That the Committee of the Whole House be discharged from the farther consideration of the said bill, and that it be re-committed to Mr. Laurance, Mr. Baldwin, Mr. Jeremiah Smith, Mr. Steele, and Mr. Giles..

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

Mr. Speaker: I am directed by the Senate to bring to this House a letter received and read in the Senate, from a number of the citizens of Toulouse, in France, to the Congress of the United States: And he delivered in the same, and then withdrew.

On motion, Resolved, that the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Secretary of War, be directed to lay before this House lists of the several persons employed in the offices of their respective Departments, with the salaries allowed to each.

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 were referred the petitions of a number of persons, praying to be placed on the list of pensioners of the United States; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. White reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said report under consideration, and made some progress therein.

Rezolved, 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 eleven o'clock.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 1793. A memorial of Nicholas Rieb, late an Artificer in Colonel Benjamin Flower's regiment of artillery, was presented to the House and read, praying compensation for military services rendered during the late war. Also,

A petition of Samuel Lindsay, late a lieutenant in the flying camp, to the same effect.

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

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill to amend an act, entitled “An act establishing a mint, and regulating the coins of the United States," so far as respects the coinage of copper; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Spea resumed the chair, and Mr. White reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under considera. tion, and made several amendments thereto; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same were severally twice read, and agreed to by the House.

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

Mr. White, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill to explain an act, entitled “An act to establish the Judicial Courts of the United States," in respect to taking bail in criminal cases; 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 Friday next.

The House, according to the order of the day, again resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the report of the committee to whom were referred the petitions of a number of persons, praying to be placed on the list of pensioners of the United States; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. White reported that the committee had, according to order, again had the said report under consideration, and made several amendments thereto; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same were severally twice read, and agreed to by the House.

And then the said report being further amended, to read as followeth:

Resolved, That, in order to prevent the admission of improper claims, and to facilitate the allowance of such as are well founded, it is expedient to repeal the second, third, and fourth sections of the act, 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 to provide that, in future, the claims for invalid pensions shall be regulated in the manner following, to wit:

Ist. That all evidence relative to invalids shall be taken upon oath before the Judge of the District in which such invalids reside, or before any three persons, specially authorized by commission from the said Judge.

2d. That the evidence relative to any claimant must prove decisive disability to have been the direct effect of known wounds, received while in the actual line of his duty, in the service of the United States, during the late war. That this evidence must be, the affidavits of the commanding officer, or Surgeon of the ship, regiment, corps, or company in which such claimant served; or two other credible witnesses, to the same effect, setting forth the time and place of such known wound.

3d. That every claimant shall be examined by two physicians upon oath, to be authorized by commission from the said Judge, who shall report in writing their opinion of the nature of the said disability, and in what degree it prevents the claimant from obtaining his livelihood by labor.

4th. That every claimant shall produce evidence of the time of his leaving the service of the United States, and of his being honorably discharged therefrom. He must also produce evidence of three reputable freeholders of the city, town, or county, in which he resided for the two years immediately after he left the service, as aforesaid, of the existence of his disability during that period, and ascertaining of their own knowledge, the mode of life, employment, labor, or means of support, of the claimant.

5th. That the said claimant must produce the evidence of two credible witnesses, of the continuance of his disability, from the expiration of the said two years to the time of his application.

6th. That each claimant should show a good and sufficient cause why he did not apply to the State in which he resided, on or before the eleventh of December, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight, the time limited for applications of this nature.

7th. That the evidence of no claimant should be admitted, whose case had been rejected by any State, prior to the aforesaid eleventh December, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight.

8th. That the reasonable allowance to such Commissioners and physicians aforesaid, for examining the claims of invalids shall be made by the and paid out of such contingent funds, as the President of the United States may direct.

Resobed, That the said Judge of the District shall transmit a list of such claims, accompanied by the evidence herein directed, to the Secretary for the Department of War, who shall examine the muster rolls and other evidences of the late war, in order to prove the services of the said claimants; and the said Secretary shall make a statement of the cases of the said claimants to Congress, with such circumstances and remarks as may be necessary, in order to enable them to take such order thereon, as they may judge proper;" was, on the question put thereupon, agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That a bill or bills be brought in pursuant to the said resolutions, and that Mr. William Smith, Mr. Benjamin Bourne, and Mr. Lee, do prepare and bring in the

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill to provide for the allowance of interest on the sum ordered to be paid by the resolve of Congress, of the twenty-eighth of September, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-five, as an indemnity to the persons therein named; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. White reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and made no amendment thereto.

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