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Also, a memorial of the merchants and other inhabitants of the towns of Alexandria and Dumfries, in the State of Virginia, praying that so much of the act of Congress to regulate the collection of duties, as restricts ships or vessels bound up the river Potomac to stop at Saint Mary's or Yeocomico, and there obtain a certified manifest of their cargoes before entry made, be repealed, or that the like regulation be made general throughout the United States.'

Ordered, That the said petition and memorial do lie on the table.

The several 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;" also, on the bill for establishing a Land Office in and for the Western Territory; and on the 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 cominissions, and prescribing their form; and for establishing the fees of office to be taken for making such commissions; and for copies of records and papers; were read, and postponed until Monday next. And then the House adjourned until Monday morning 11 o'clock.

MONDAY, AUGUST 24. A memorial of the merchants and other inhabitants of Georgetown, Bladensburg, and Piscataway, in the State of Maryland, was presented to the House and read, praying that so much of the act of Congress to regulate the collection of duties, as restricts ships or vessels bound up the river Potomac to stop at Saint Mary's or Yeocomico, and there obtain a manifest of their cargoes before entry made, be repealed, or that the like regu. Lation may be made general throughout the United States.

Ordered, That the said memorial, together with the memorial of the merchants of Alexandria and Dumfries, presented on Saturday last, be referred to Mr. Goodhue, Mr. Carroll, and Mr. Lee; that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

A petition of John Hurt, late a chaplain in the Continental Army, was presented to the House and read, praying that his claims for services in several military stations may be liquidated and satisfied.

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

Mr. Fitzsimons, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill establishing the salaries of the Executive Officers of Government, with their Asistants and Clerks; which was received, and read the first time.

Mr. Benson, from the committee appointed, reported, according to order, an arrangement of the articles of amendment to the Constitution of the United States as agreed to by the House on Friday last; also, a resolution proper to be prefixed to the same ; which resolution he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same was twice read, and agreed to by the House, as followeth:

* Plesolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, two-thirds of both Houses deeming it necessary, That the following articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all or any of which articles, when ratified by three-fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid, to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution.”

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do carry to the Senate a fair engrossed copy of the said proposed articles of amendment, and desire their concurrence.

On motion, Resolved, that the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives do adjourn their respective Houses on the twenty-second day of September next, to meet again on the first Monday in December next.

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

Mr. Madison, from the managers appointed on the part of this House, to attend the conference with the Senate, on the subject matter of the amendment depending between the two Houses, to the bill, entitled "An act to establish the Treasury Departsent, ” made a report : Whereupon,

Resolved, That this House doth adhere to their disagreement to so much of the eighth mendment proposed by the Senate to the said bill,'as was disagreed to by this House, and insisted on by the Senate. Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith.

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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 to establish the Judicial Courts of the United States.

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.

Ordered, That Mr. Stone have leave to be absent from the service of this House from the first day of September next, for the remainder of the present session, and Mr. Silyester until this day three weeks.

The orders of the day for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House on the bill for establishing a land office in and for the Western Territory; also, on the 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 form, and for establishing the fees of office to be taken for making such commissions, and for copies of records and papers; were read, and postponed until to-morrow.

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25. A bill for establishing the salaries of the Executive Officers of Government, with their Assitants and Clerks, 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, resolved itself into a committee of the Whole House on the 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 form ; and for establishing the fees of office to be taken for making such commissions, and for copies of records and papers.

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.

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

Mr. Speaker : The Senate recede from so much of their eighth amendment to the bill, entitled “ An act to establish the Treasury Department,” as was disagreed to by this House, and insisted on by the Senate.

The Senate have also agreed to the resolution of this House, of the twenty-fourth instant, appointing the time for an adjournment of both Houses of Congress. And then he withdrew.

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;” 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 adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26. The several petitions of James M' Lean, James Read, and Prudent La Jeunesse, were presented to the House and read, praying that their several claims for military services, rendered during the late war, may be liquidated and satisfied.

Also, a petition of Joseph Wheaton, Sergeant-at-Arms to this House, praying that an inquiry may be made into certain charges exhibited against him in an anonymous letter addressed to the Speaker.

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

Mr. Goodhue, from the committee to whom were referred the memorials of the mer. chants and other inhabitants of the towns of Alexandria and Dumfries, in the State of

Virginia, and of Georgetown, Bladensburg, and Pisctataway, in the State of Mary. land, made a report; which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Partridge, 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 enrolled resolve for executing the survey directed by an act of the late Congress of June the sixth, one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight, for his approbation.

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 safe-keeping of the acts, records, and seal, of the United States, for the due publication of the acts of Congress; for the authentiation of the copies of records ; for making out and recording commissions and prescribing their form, and for establishing the fees of office to be taken for making such commissions, and for copies of records and papers.

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 gone through the same, and made several amendments thereto; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same were read, amended, and agreed to by the House.

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

A message was received from the President of the United States, notifying that the President approves of the resolves for executing the survey directed by an act of the late Congress, of June sixth, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight, and has this day affixed his signature thereto. And the messenger delivered in the said resolve, and then withdrew.

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 for registering and clearing vessels, regulating the coasting trade, and for other purposes," with several amendments, to which they desire the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew.

The House proceeded to consider the amendments proposed by the Senate to the said bill; and having made some progress therein,

Ordered, That the farther consideration of the said amendments be put off 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;" 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 adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27. Mr. Partridge reported, from the Committee for Enrolled Bills, that the committee had examined the enrolled bill, entitled “An act to establish the Treasury Depart. ment,” and had found the same to be truly enrolled : Whereupon,

Mr. Speaker signed the said enrolled bill.

An engrossed 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 form; and for establishing the fees of office to be taken for making such commis. sions; and for copies of records and papers; was read the third time.

Resolved, That the said bill do pass, and that the title be, “An act to provide for the safe-keeping of the acts, records, and seal, 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.

Ordered, That Mr. Brown be added to the Committee for Enrolled BiHs.

The House resumed the consideration of the amendments proposed by the Senate to the bill, entitled “ An act for registering and clearing vessels, regulating the coasting trade, and for other purposes:" Whereupon,

Resolved, That this House doth agree to all the said amendments, with amendments to the third and fifty-seventh amendments, as follow:

Third amendment. In lieu of the words proposed to be stricken out by the Senate, Bsert the words, “ shall be in the form following, viz.”

Fifty-seventh amendment. After the word “sworn,” in the clauses proposed to be inserted by the Senate, insert the words " or affirmed.”

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

Mr. Gerry, from the committee appointed to prepare and report an estimate of the supplies requisite for the present year, made a further report; which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill providing for the establishment of hospitals for the relief of sick and disabled seamen, and prescribing regulations for the harbors of the United States; which was received, and read the first time.

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

“ That a permanent residence ought to be fixed for the General Government of the United States, at some convenient place, as near the centre of wealth, population, and extent of territory, as may be consistent with convenience to the navigation of the Atlantic Ocean, and having due regard to the particular situation of the Western country:"

Resolved, That this House will, on Thursday next, proceed to consider the said motion

The House proceeded to consider the report of the committee to whom was referred a letter from the Postmaster General, which lay on the table: Whereupon,

Ordered, That the said report be re-committed to Mr. Boudinot, Mr. Goodhue, and Mr. Lee.

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;" 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 adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28. A memorial of the public creditors in the State of Pennsylvania, was presented to the House, and read, praying the aid and interposition of Congress on behalf of the public creditors, by a permanent appropriation of adequate funds for the punctual payment of the interest of the public debt, or by the adoption of such other means as, in the wisdom of Congress, shall be best calculated to promote the public welfare, and render justice to the individuals who are interested.

Also, a petition of the commanders of packets plying between Providence and Newport, in the State of Rhode Island, and the city of New York, praying that so much of a late act of Congress as subjects ships or vessels of that State to the same tonnage as is imposed on foreign ships or vessels, may be suspended, so far as relates to the petitioncrs, until the first day of December next.

Ordered, That the said memorial and petition do lie on the table.

A bill providing for the establishment of hospitals, for the relief of sick and disabled seamen, and prescribing the regulations for the harbors of the United States, was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to a Committtee of the Whole House on the 15th of September next.

The House proceeded to consider the report of the committee to whom were referred the memorials of the merchants and other inhabitants of Alexandria and Dumfries, in the State of Virginia, and of Georgetown, Bladensburg, and Piscataway, in the State of Maryland; and the same being amended to read as followeth:

" That so much of the act, entitled “ An act to regulate the collection of duties imposed by law on the tonnage of ships or vessels, and on goods, wares, and merchandises imported into the United States," as obliges vessels bound up the Potomac, to stop at St. Mary's or Yeoconico, to report a manifest of their cargoes, ought to be suspended:"

Resolred, That this House doth agree to the said report.

Ordered, That a bill or bills be brought in, pursuant to the said report; and that Mr. Goodhue, Mr. Carroll, and Mr. Lee, 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 for establishing the salaries of the Executive Officers of Government, with their Assistants and Clerks.

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 gone through the same, and made several amendments thereto; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same were twice read, amended, and agreed to by the House.

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

Mr. Goodhue, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill to suspend part of an act, entitled “An act to regulate the collection of the duties imposed by law on the tonnage of ships or vessels, and on goods, wares, and merchandises, imported into the United States;" which was received, and read the first time.

Ordered, That Mr. Sturges have leave to be absent from the service of this House for the remainder of the session; and Mr. Clymer, until this day se'nnight.

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;" also, on the bill for establishing a land office in and for the Western Territory; were read, and postponed until tomorrow.

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

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Ayes............ 27.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29.
A message from the Senate, by Mr. Otis, their Secretary:

M. Speaker: The Senate have agreed to the amendments made by this House to the third and fifty-seventh amendments proposed by the Senate to the bill, entitled “ An act for registering and clearing vessels, regulating the coasting trade, and for other purposes." And then he withdrew.

An engrossed bill for establishing the salaries of the Executive Officers of Government, with their Assistants and Clerks, was read the third time.

And the question being put that the said bill do pass,
It was resolved in the affirmative, 3;

Nes Noes............ 16.
The ayes and noes being demanded by one-fifth of the members present,
Those who voted in the affirmative are,
Fisher Ames,

George Mathews,
Abraham Baldwin,

Andrew Moore,
Egbert Benson,

Thomas Scott,
Elias Boudinot,

Theodore Sedgwick,
John Brown,

Roger Sherman,
Lambert Cadwalader,

Peter Silvester,
George Gale,

William Smith, of Maryland,
Benjamin Goodhue,

William Smith, of South Carolina,
Samuel Griffin,

Jonathan Sturges,
Thomas Hartley,

Jonathan Trumbull,
Daniel Heister,

Thomas Tudor Tucker,
James Jackson,

Jeremiah Wadsworth, and
John Lawrance,

Henry Wynkoop.
Richard Bland Lee,
Those who voted in the negative, are,
Isaac Coles,

George Partridge,
William Floyd,

Jeremiah Van Rensselaer,
Abiel Foster,

James Schureman,
Elbridge Gerry,

Joshua Seney,
Jonathan Grout,

Thomas Sinnickson,
John Hathorn,

Michael Jenifer Stone,
Sainuel Livermore,

Thomas Sumpter, and
Josiah Parker,

George Thatcher.
Resolved, That the title of the said bill be, “An act for establishing the salaries of
the Executive Officers of Government, with their Assistants and Clerks," and that the
Clerk of this House do carry the said bill to the Senate, and desire their concurrence.

A bill to suspend part of the act, entitled “An act to regulate the collection of the duties imposed by law on the tonnage of ships or vessels, and on goods, wares, and merchandises, imported into the United States," was read the second time.

Ordered, That the said bill be engrossed, and read the third time, on Monday next.
A petition of Abraham Westeryelt was presented to the House, and read, praying

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