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of Maryland, merchants, was presented to the House and read, praying that the excess of duties, which, by mistake, they have paid into the Trius iry of the United States on account of a cargo of wines consign d to the memorialists, beyond the amount of the legal duties thereon, may be refunded to them.

Ordered, That the said memorial be. referred to the Committee of Commerce and Manufactures; that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

Mr. Duvall, from the committee to whom was recommitted the bill sent from the Se. nate, entitled “ An act to amend an act, entitled 'An act to promote the progress of use. ful arts, and to repeal the act heretofore inade for that purpose," 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 authoriz.ng a loan for the use of the City of Washington, in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes therein mentioned ; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Muhlenberg reported that the committee bad, according to orcier, 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 llouse 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.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 23, 1796. A memorial of Stephen Hopkins and Robert S. Burrough, Weighmasters of the Port of Providence, in the State of Rhode Island, was presented to the House and read, stating the insufficiency of the fees and other emoluments allowed them by law; and praying that the same may be increased, and rendered more adequate to their services.

Ordered, That the said memorial be referred to the Committee of Commerce and Manufactures ; that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

A petition of John Burroughs Hopkins, of the Town of Providence, in the State of Rhode Island, was presented to the House and read, praying relief in consideration of a wound received whilst an officer in the Navy of the United States, during the late war, which has rendered him incapable of obtaining his livelihood by labor.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Committee of Claims.
A message from the Senate, by Mr. Otis, their Secretary:

Mr. Speaker : The Senate have passed the bill, entitled “An act for the relief of Benjamín Strother.” And then he withdrew.

The House, according to the order of the day, again resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House on the bill authorizing a loan for the use of the City of Washington, in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes therein mentioned; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Muhlenberg reported that the committee had, according to order, again had the said bill under consideration, and made a farther progress therein.

Resolved, that this House will, to-morrow, again resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the said bill.

Mr. William Smith, from the Committee of Ways and Means, to whom it was referred to report the provisions requisite for improving the internal revenues of the United States, and for more effectually securing the collection of the same, made a report; which was read, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Thursday next.

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

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24. 1796.
Another member, to wit : Alexander D. Orr, from Kentucky, appeared, produced his
credentials, and took his seat in the House ; the oath to support the Constitution of the
United States being first administered to him by Mr. Speaker, according to law.

Representations and petitions from sundry citizens and inhabitants of the State of Georgia, whose nanies are thereunto subscribed, to the same effect with others from the States of Vermont, New York, Virginia, and Georgia, respecting the late treaty negotiated with Great Britain, and in opposition théreto, were presented to the House and read.

Ordered, That the said representations and petitions be referred to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union. A memorial of Antonia Carmichael, widow and relict of William Carmichael, deceased,

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was presented to the House and read, praying that an act may be passed recognizing the said William Carmichael as Chargé des Affaires of the United States at the Court of Spain, from the twentieth of May, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-two, to the twentieth of April, one thousand seven hundred and ninety, and fixing the principles on which the settlement of his accounts, during that period, shall be made; and also allow. ing him such privileges and emoluments under his commission of Chargé des Affaires, dated the twentieth of April, one thousand seven hundred and ninety, as were granted to others holding similar appointments from the United States.

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

A petition of Richard Treasure, a soldier in the Delaware line, during the late war, was presented to the House and read, praying relief in the case of a certificate of public debt granted for his military services, which was fraudulently received by a certain Matthew Hilford, who represented the petitioner to be dead, and obtained letters of administration on his estate.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Hillhouse, from the committee to whom was recommitted the bill to regulate trade and intercourse with the Indian tribes, and to preserve peace on the frontiers, reported an amendatory bill; 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 Commit. tee of the Whole House on Monday next.

Mr. New, from the Joint Committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined an enrolled bill

, entitled "An act for the relief of Benjamin Strother," · and had found the same to be truly enrolled : Whereupon,

Mr. Speaker signed the said enrolled bill.
Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith.

The House, according to the order of the day, again resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill authorizing a loan for the use of the City of Washington, in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes therein mentioned; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Muhlenberg reported that the committee had, according to order, again had the said bill under consideration, and made a farther 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 tomorrow.
And then the House adjourned until to-moitow morning eleven o'clock.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1796. Memorials of sundry citizens and electors of the Second Middle District, in the State of Massachusetts, whose names are thereunto subscribed, were presented to the Jlouse and read, complaining of an undue election of Joseph Bradley Varnum, returned to serve in this House as one of the members for the said State, and praying, for certain reasons stated in the memorials, that the seat of the said Joseph Bradley Varnum may be cleclared vacant.

Ordered, That the said memorials be referred to the Committee of Elections; that they clo examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

Ordered, That the petitions of John London and Elizabeth London, presented the twenty-ninth of April, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-four, and of William Whiucck, returned by the Secretary of the Treasury, the fifth of January, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-five, be referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Livingston, from the committee appointed to inquire and report whether any, and what, legislative provision is necessary for the relief of such American seamen as may have been impressed into the service of any foreign Power; and, also, to report a mode of furnishing American seamen with such evidence of their citizenship as may protect them from foreign impressment in future, made a report ; which was read, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Monday next.

Mr. New, from the Joint Committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee did, this day, wat on the President of the United States, and present for his approbation an enrolled bill, entitled “ An act for the relief of Benjamin Strother.”

The House, according to the order of the day, again resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill authorizing a loan for the use of the City of Washington, in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes therein mentioned ; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Muhlenberg reported that

the committee had, according to order, again had the said bill under consideration, and made a farther 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 recommitted to Mr. Jeremiah Smith, Mr. Thatcher, Mr. Findley, Mr. Tatom, Mr. Hillhouse, Mr. Havens, Mr. Dearborn, Mr. Sitgreaves, and Mr. Nicholas.

Řesolved, that the committee last appointed be instructed to inquire whether any, and what, alterations ought to be made in the plans of the buildings intended for public use, at the permanent seat of Government of the United States, and to report the same to this House.

Resolved, That it be a further instruction to the same committee to inquire into the state of the public buildings at the permanent seat of Government of the United States; the expenses already incurred in erecting, and the probable expenses of completing the same.

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

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

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1796. A memorial of Aaron Stratton, administrator of Samuel Gilbert, the elder, deceased, and guardian to Samuel Gilbert, a minor, was presented to the House and read, pray. ing the liquidation and settlement of a claim for one year's pay, and other emoluments, due to the deceased, as a deranged officer in the Massachuseits Line of the Continental Army, during the late war.

Also, a petition of William Smith, of the city of Philadelphia, praying relief, in consideration of injuries received whilst a sergeant in the Fourth Pennsylvania Regiment of the Army of the United States, during the late war, which have rendered him incapable of obtaining his livelihood by labor.

Also, a petition of Eli Parsons, praying to be allowed the depreciation of pay for his services as a Commissary of Issues, in the Army of the United States, during the late war;

Ordered, That the said memorial and petitions, together with the petitions of Andrew Ohe, presented the fourth of February, one thousand seven hundred and ninety. one; of Mordecai Sheftall, presented the twenty-ninth of March, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two, and the report of the Secretary of the Treasury thereon, be referred to the Committee of Claims.

A petition of sundry manufacturers of hats, in the city of New York, whose names are thereunto subscribed, was presented to the House and read, praying that such further and additional duties may be laid upon the importation of hats from foreign countries, as will encourage and protect the manufacture of the said article, within the United States.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Committee of Commerce and Manufactures; that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

A memorial of Henry Green, of Portland, in the State of Massachusetts, by W. Symmes, his attorney, was presented to the House and read, praying that an act may be passed for remitting the forfeiture of six barrels of molasses, three barrels of sugar, and one bag of cotton, which was seized and libelled by the Collector of the District of Portland and Falmouth, in the said State, for not having been inserted in the clearance from Baltimore; and also for directing that the bond which has been given for the said articles, may be cancelled.

Ordered, That the said memorial 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 sundry citizens and electors of the Second Middle District, in the State of Massachusetts, whose names are thereunto subscribed, to the same effect with others, presented yesterday, against the election of Joseph Bradley Varnum, was presented to the House and read.

urdered, That the said memorial be referred to the Committee of Elections; that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

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 repeal the last section of the act, entitled “An act to provide a naval armament:”

Ordered, That the said motion be referred to the Committee of the Whole House to whom is committed the report of the committee appointed to inquire into the actual state of the Naval equipment, ordered by a former law of the United States, and to report whether any, and what, further provision is necessary to be made on that subject.

Ördered, That Mr. Hathorn have leave to be absent from the service of this House for two weeks, and Mr. Murray until Monday se'nnight.

Mr. Venable, from the standing Committee of Elections, reportetl that the committee had, according to order, examined several other certificates and credentials of the members returned to serve in this House, and had agreed upon a report; which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same was read, as followeth :

It appears to your committee, that the credentials of the following members are sufficient to entitle them to take their seat in the House, to wit:

From Massachusetts, Fisher Ames.
From South Carolina, Lemuel Benton and Richard Winn.
Ordered, That the said report do lie on the table.

A message was received from the President of the Umted States, by Mr. Dandridge, his Secretary, notifying that the President did, this day, approve and sign an act, which originated in this House, entitled “ An act for the relief of Benjamin Strother."

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 providing relief, for a limited time, in certain cases of invalid registers; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Muhlenberg reported that the committee bad, 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 on Monday next.

The House proceeded to consider the report of the committee to whom was referred the amendments proposed by the Senate, to the bill, entitled “ An act for establishing trading houses with the Indian tribes," which lay on the table, and made some progress therein.

Ordered, That the farther consideration of the said report and amendments be postuntil Wednesday next.

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 certain officers of both Houses ;" and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Muhlenberg 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 severally twice read, and agreed to by the House.

Ordered, That the said bill, with the amendments, be engrossed, and read the third time on Monday next.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill for the relief of Israel Loring;” and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Muhlenberg 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 on Monday next.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill for the relief of Joze Roiz Silva; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Muhlenberg 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 on Monday next.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the report of the Committee of Ways and Means, to wbom it was referred to report the provisions requisite for improving the internal rerenues of the United States, and for more effectually securing the collection of the same; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and, Mr. Muhlenberg reported that the coinmittee had, according to order, had the said report under consideration, and made some progress therein.

Resolved, That this House will, on Monday next, again resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the said report.

On motion, Resolved, that the Secretary of the Treasury be directed to furnish this House with such statement of the internal revenue of the United States, as can be prepared, in pursuance of a resolution of the second of March, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-five.

The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Treasurer of the United States, accompanying his account of the receipts and expenditures of public moneys, from the first of October to the thirty-first of December, one thousand seven hundred and ninetyfive, inclusive ; which was real, 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 report of the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the petition of Benjamin Titcomb ; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Muhlenberg reported that the Committee had, according to order, had the said report under consideration, and made some progress therein.

Resolved, that this House will, on Monday next, again resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the said report.

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

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 1796. An engrossed bill for allowing compensation to the members of the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, and to certain officers of both Houses, was read the third time.

Resolved, that the said bill do pass, and that the title be, “ An act for allowing compensation to the members of the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, and to certain officers of both Houses."

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

An engrossed bill providing relief, for a limited time, in certain cases of invalid registers, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the said bill do pass, and that the title be “An act providing relief, for a limited time, in certain cases of invalid registers.”

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

An engrossed bill for the relief of Israel Loring was read the third time.

Resolved, That the said bill do pass, and that the title be “ An act for the relief of Israel Loring.”

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do carry the said bill to the Senate, and desire their concurrence. An engrossed bill for the relief of Joze Roiz Silva was read the third time.

Resolved, that the said bill do pass, and that the title be, “ An act for the relief of Joze Roiz Silva.”

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

Petitions of sundry manufacturers of hats, in the States of Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, whose names are thereunto subscribed, were presented to the House and read, respectively praying that such further and additional duties may be laid upon the importation of hats from foreign countries, as will encourage and protect the manufacture of the said article within the United States.

Also, a memorial of the Marine Society of Salem, in the State of Massachusetts, praying that a liglıthouse may be erected on the Northern end of Baker's Island, in the said State.

Also, a petition of sundry merchants and inhabitants of Marblehead, in the State of Massachusetts, to the same effect.

Ordered, That the said petitions and memorial be referred to the Committee of Commerce and Manufactures ; that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their 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 report of the committee appointed to inquire and report whether any, and what, legislative provision is necessary for the relief of such American

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