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MONDAY, AUGUST 3.

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

Mr. Speaker : The Senate have passed the bill, entitled “An act for the establish. ment and support of light-houses, beacons, and buoys,” with several amendments, to which they desire the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew.

An engrossed bill for registering and clearing vessels, and regulating the coasting trade, was read the third time, and, on a motion made, ordered to be recommitted to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.

A bill for establishing a Land Office in and for the Western Territory was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Thursday next.

A bill to provide for the safe-keeping of the acts, records, and seal, of the United States; for the due publication of the acts of Congress ; for the authentication of the copies of records ; for making out and recording commissions, and prescribing their forin ; and for establishing the fees of office to be taken for making such commissions ; and for copies of records and papers; was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Friday next.

On motion, Resolved, That this House will, on Wednesday se’nnight, resolve itself into a Com. mittee of the Whole House to take into consideration the report from the committee of eleven, to whom it was referred to take the subject of amendments to the Constitution of the United States, generally, into their consideration, and to report thereupon.

Ordered, That Mr. Sherman have leave to be absent from the service of this House until to-morrow se'nnight.

The House proceeded to consider the amendments proposed by the Senate to the bill, entitled “An act to establish the Treasury Department," and, having made some progress therein, postponed the further consideration thereof until to-morrow.

The House proceeded to consider the amendments of the Senate to the bill, entitled “An act for the establishment and support of light-houses, beacons, and buoys ;" and, the same being read, were agreed to.

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

The House proceeded to consider the amendments reported by the Committee of the Whole House the 24th ultimo, to the bill for allowing a compensation to the President and Vice President of the United States; and the same being severally twice read at the Clerk's table, were agreed to.

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

The orders of the day for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House on the bill sent from the Senate, entitled “An act to establish the Judicial Courts of the United States ;” and on the bill to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries; were read, and postponed until to-morrow.

And then the House adjourned until tomorrow morning ten o'clock.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4. A petition of sundry freeholders of the county of Cumberland, in the State of Pennsylvania, whose names are thereunto subscribed, was presented to the House, and read, praying that the district and circuit judicial courts of the United States, to be established in the said State, may be fixed at some central place therein, convenient to the citizens thereof at large.

Also, a petition of Dudley Tyler, of the State of Massachusetts, praying that he may receive compensation for certain artearages of pay due to him, as an officer in the late army of the United States, which have been unjustly detained from him.

Also, a petition of Christopher Colles, of the city of New York, praying that an exclusive privilege may be granted him in the benefits of an invention which he has re. duced to practice, for counting, with the utmost precision, the number of revolutions or vibrations of any wheel or other part of any mechanical engine or machine.

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

An engrossed bill for making compensation to the President and Vice President of the United States was read the third time.

Rezolved, that the said bill do pass, and that the title be, “ An act for making compensation to the President and Vice President of the United States."

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

Mr. White, from the Committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined the enrolled bill, entitled “An act for settling the accounts between the United States and individual States," and found the same to be truly enrolled: Where. upon, Mr. Speaker signed the said enrolled bill.

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith. Mr. Burke, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill for allowing compensations to the members of the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, and to the officers of both Houses; which was received, and read the first time.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill for registering and clearing vessels, and regulating the coasting trade. Mr. Speaker left the chair. Mr. Boudinot took the chair of the committee.

Mr. Speaker resuined the chair, and Mr. Boudinot reported that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and gone through the same, and made several amendments thereto; which he delivered in at the Clerk's

table, where the same were 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.

On motion, Resolved, That a committee be appointed to join with a committee of the Senate, to be appointed for that purpose, to consider of and report when it will be convenient and proper that an adjournment of the present session of Congress should take place, and to consider and report such business now before Congress, necessary to be finished before the adjournment, and such as may be conveniently postponed to the next sessions; and also to consider and report such matters not now before Congress, but which it will be necessary should be considered and determined by Congress before an adjournment. And a committee was appointed, of Mr. Wadsworth, Mr. Carroll, and Mr. Hartley.

Ordered, That Mr. Baldwin be added to the committee appointed to prepare and report an estimate of the nett produce of the impost.

The House resumed the consideration of the amendments proposed by the Senate to the bill

, entitled “An act to establish the Treasury Department:" Whereupon, Resolved, That this House doth agree to so much of the eighth amendment, as proposes to strike out the following words in the seventh clause of the bill, to wit : « The assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury shall be appointed by the President, and,” and doth disagree to such other part of the said amendment, as proposes to strike out the residue of the clause.

Ordered, That the farther consideration of the said amendments be postponed until to-morrow.

The orders of the day for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House on the bill sent from the Senate, entitled “An act to establish the Judicial Courts of the United States;” and on the bill to promote the progress of science and tuseful arts, by securing to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries, were read, and postponed until to-morrow. And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning ten o'clock.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5. Ordered, That Mr. Contee have further leave of absence from the service of this House, until this day three weeks.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Otis, their Secretary: Mr. Speaker : The Senate have passed the bill, entitled “An act to establish an Executive Department, to be denominated the Department of War,” with several amendments, to which they desire the concurrence of this House. The Senate have also passed the bill, entitled “An act to provide for the government of the territory Northwest of the river Ohio," with several amendments, to which they desire the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew.

The House proceeded to consider the amendments to the said bills, and the same being severally twice read at the Clerk's table, were agreed to.

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

Mr. White, from the Committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the Committee did, yesterday, present to the President of the United States, for his approbation, the enrolled bill, entitled “ An act for settling the accounts between the United States and individual States."

The House resumed the farther consideration of the amendments proposed by the Senate to the bill, entitled “An act to establish the Treasury Department:" Whereupon,

Resolved, that this House doth agree to the ninth and tenth amendments to the said bill.

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

Resolved, That a committee be appointed to bring in a bill to establish the salaries of the Executive officers of Government, with their assistants and clerks.

And a Committee was appointed, of Mr. Fitzsimons, Mr. Lawrance, and Mr. Griffin.

A bill for allowing compensation to the members of the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, and to the officers of both Houses, was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House to-day.

An engrossed bill for registering and clearing vessels, and regulating the coasting trade, 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 for registering and clearing vessels, regulating the coasting trade, and for other purposes."

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

A message was received from the President of the United States, notifying that the President approves of the act, entitled “ An act for settling the accounts between the United States and individual States," and has this day affixed his signature thereto: And the messenger delivered in the said act, and then withdrew.

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

The House, according to order, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill for allowing compensation to the members of the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, and to the officers of both Houses.

Mr. Speaker left the chair.
Mr. Boudinot took the chair of the committee.

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Boudinot 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 orders of the day for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill sent from the Senate, entitled “An act to establish the Judicial Courts of the United States;” and on the bill to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries; were read, and postponed until to-morrow.

And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 6. Mr. White, from the Committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined the following enrolled bills, to wit:

A bill, entitled “An act to establish an Executive Department, to be denominated the Department of War;"

A bill, entitled “An act to provide for the Government of the territory Northwest of the river Ohio." Also,

A bill, entitled "An act for the establishment and support of light-houses, beacons, buoys, and public piers;"

And had found the same to be truly enrolled: Whereupon,
Mr. Speaker signed the said enrolled bills.
A message from the Senate, by Mr. Otis, their Secretary:

Mr. Speaker : The Senate have appointed a committee on their part, jointly, with the committee of this House, to consider of and report when it will be convenient and proper that an adjournment of the present session of Congress should take place, agreeably to the resolution of this House on Tuesday last; and the Senate do insist on taeir

eighth amendment to the bill, entitled “An act to establish the Treasury Department,” disagreed to in part by this House. And then he withdrew.

Ordered, That Mr. White have leave to be absent from the service of this House for the remainder of the session.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill for allowing compensation to the members of the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, and to the officers of both Houses.

Mr. Speaker left the chair.
Mr. Boudinot took the chair of the committee.

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Boudinot reported, that the committee had, sccording to order, had the said bill under consideration, and gone through the same, and made several amendments thereto; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same were read, and some agreed to, and others disagreed to.

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

On motion, The order of the day for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House on the bill to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries, was farther postponed until Thursday next.

The order of the day for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House on the bill sent from the Senate, entitled “An act to establish the Judicial Courts of the United States;" also, on the bill for establishing a land-office, in and for the Western territory, were read, and postponed until to-morrow.

And then the House adjourncd until tomorrow morning eleven o'clock.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 7. A petition of John White, late a Commissioner for settling the accounts between the United States and the States of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland, was presented to the House, and read, praying that he may receive compensation for services in that character, which, from public considerations, he was induced to render beyond the time hmited by an ordinance of the late Congress.

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

Mr. White, from the Committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee did, yesterday, jointly with the committee of the Senate, wait on the President of the United States, and present him with the following enrolled bills for his approbation, to wit:

A bill, entitled “An act to establish an Executive Department to be denominated the Department of War."

A bill, entitled " An act to provide for the government of the territory Northwest of the river Ohio." Also,

A bill, entitled "An act for the establishment and support of light-houses, beacons buoys, and public piers.

On motion, Ordered, That a committee be appointed to bring in a bill, or bills, for the further encouragement of the commerce and navigation of the United States. i And a committee was appointed, of Mr. Gerry, Mr. Trumbull, and Mr. Burke.

A message, in writing, was received from the President of the United States, by General Knox, who delivered, therewith, sundry statements and papers relating to the saine; and then withdrew.

The said message was then read, and is as followeth, Gentlemen of the House of Representatives:

The business which has been under the consideration of Congress, has been of so much importance, that I was unwilling to draw their attention from it to any other subject; but the disputes which exist between some of the United States, and several pow. erful tribes of Indians, within the limits of the Union; and the hostilities which have, in several instances, been committed on the frontiers, seem to require the immediate interposition of the General Goverament.

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I have therefore directed the several statements and papers, which have been submitted to me on this subject by General Knox, to be laid before you for your information.

While the measures of Government ought to be calculated to protect its citizens from all injury and violence, a due regard should be extended to those Indian tribes, whose happiness, in the course of events, so materially depends on the national justice and humanity of the United States.

If it should be the judgment of Congress, that it would be most expedient to termi. nate all differences in the Southern district, and to lay the foundation for future confidence, by an amicable treaty with the Indian tribes in that quarter, I think

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to suggest the consideration of the expedieney of instituting a temporary commission for that purpose, to consist of three persons, whose authority should expire with the occasion.

How far such a measure, unassisted by posts, would be competent to the establishment and preservation of peace and tranquillity on the frontiers, is also a matter which merits your serious consideration.

Along with this object, I am induced to suggest another, with the national importance and necessity of which I am deeply impressed; I mean some uniform and effective system for the militia of the United States. It is unnecessary to offer arguments in recommendation of a measure, on which the honor, safety, and well-being of our country so evidently, and so essentially depend.

But it may not be amiss to observe, that I am particularly anxious it should receive as early attention as circumstances will admit; because it is now in our power to avail ourselves of the military knowledge disseminated throughout the several States, by means of the many well-instructed officers and soldiers of the late army—a resource which is daily diminishing by deaths and other causes.

To suffer this peculiar advantage to pass away unimproved, would be to neglect an opportunity which will never again occur, unless unfortunately we should again be involved in a long and arduous war.

GEORGE WASHINGTON. New York, August 7, 1789.

On motion, Ordered, That the said message, with the statement and papers accompanying the same, bé committed to the consideration of a Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

Another message was received from the President of the United States, notifying that the President approves of the following acts, to wit:

An act, entitled “An act to establish an Executive Department, to be denominated the Department of War;"

An act, entitled “ An act to provide for the government of the territory Northwest of the river Ohio;" Also,

An act, entitled “An act for the establishment and support of light-houses, beacons, buoys, and public piers;"

And has this day affixed his signature to the same: And the messenger delivered in the said acts, and then withdrew.

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith. An engrossed bill for allowing compensation to the members of the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, and to the officers of both Houses, was read the third time, and ordered to be re-committed to a Committee of the Whole House immediately.

The House accordingly resolved itself into the said committee.
Mr. Speaker left the chair.
Mr. Boudinot took the chair of the committee.

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Boudinot reported that the commitree had, accoriling to order, had the said bill under consideration, and gone through the same, 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 again engrossed, and read the thiril time on Monday next.

A petition of David Greenleaf, was presented to the House, and read, praying that an exclusive privilege may be granted him, to construct and build mills, within the United States, upon the principles of an invention which he has discovered, for turning them by the help of a weight that is appended.

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