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MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1796. Two other members, to wit: from New York, John Hathorn ; and from Georgia. John Milledge ; appeared, and took their seats in the House.

The Speaker laid before the House a certificate and return from the Governor of Rhode Island, of the election of Elisha R. Potter, to serve as a member of this House, in the room of Benjamin Bourne, who has resigned his seat ; which was read : Whereupon,

The said Elisha R. Potter appeared ; and the oath to support the Constitution of the United States being first administered to him by Mr. Speaker, according to law, he took his seat in the House.

A petition of Stephen Moylan, Commissioner of Loans for the State of Pennsylvania, was presented to the House and read, stating the insufficienty of the compensation allowed him by law; and praying that the same may be increased, and rendered more adequate to his services.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee appointed to inquire whether any, and what, alterations are necessary to be made in the compensations granted by law to the officers of the United States.

Ordered, That Mr. Gallatin have leave to be absent from the service of this House for ten days.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Otis, their Secretary : Mr. Speaker : The Senate have appointed Mr. Stockton, on their part, of the Committee for Enrolled Bills. And then he withdrew.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill to provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia of the United States; 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 some progress therein.

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

Resolved, That a committee be appointed to inquire whether any, and what, alterations are necessary in the penal laws of the United States ; and that they report by bill or otherwise.

Ordered, That Mr. Livingston, Mr. Bradbury, and Mr. Isaac Smith, be appointed a committee pursuant to the said resolution.

Mr. Abiel Foster, from the Joint Committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined an enrolled bill, entitled “ An act to amend the act, entitled An an act for the more general promulgation of the laws of the United States," 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 several orders of the day were further postponed until to-morrow.
And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1796. Another member, to wit: Samuel Jordan Cabell, from Virginia, appeared, and took his seat in the House.

A petition of Gilbert Dench was presented to the House and read, praying to be reimbursed the amount of sundry sums of money, which he has been compelled to pay on account of the United States, for the transportation of military stores during the late war.

Also, a petition of James Ore, of the County of Granger, in the State of Tennes see, praying compensation for five horses, the property of the petitioner, which were stolen by a party of Cherokee Indians, subsequent to the treaty of Holston. Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion, Resolved, that the Committee of Claims be instructed to inquire into, and report, the expediency or inexpediency of designating certain claims against the United States, to be excepted from the operation of the acts of limitation.

The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of State, enclosing a report of the Director of the Mint, suggesting the expediency of some alterations in its establishment, to render it less expensive to the public, and more accommodating to depositors ; which were read, and ordered to be referred to Mr. Page, Mr. Havers and Mr. Goodrich; that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

Ordered, That the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the petition of William Howe, presented the ninth of April last, be discharged from the consideration thereof; and that the said petition be referred to the Committee of the Whole House to whom are committed the reports of committees on the petitions of sundry refu. gees from Canada and Nova Scotia.

The House, according to the order of the day, again resolved itself into a Como mittee of the Whole House on the bill to provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia of the United States; 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 thereof; and that the said bill be re-committed to Mr. Dearborn, Mr. Sherburne, Mr. Williams, Mr. Thomson, Mr. Hartley, Mr. Patten, Mr. Cabell, Mr. Locke, and Mr. Greenup.

Resolve!, That a committee be appointed to inquire into the operation of the act for the relief and protection of American seamen, and to report what amendments are necessary to be made thereto.

Ordered, That Mr. Livingston, Mr. Swanwick, and Mr. Grove, be appointed a committee pursuant to the said resolution.

Mr. Abiel Foster, 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, entitled “An act to amend the act, entitled ' An act for the more general promulgation of the laws of the United States."

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

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1796. A petition of Jeremiah Cissel, and others, Pilots within the Bay of Chesapeake, was presented to the House and read, praying that such regulations relative to Pilots, may be made by law as will produce greater uniformity than exists under the respective State provisions.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Committee of Commerce and Manufactures.

A petition of Adam Reider, of the County of Berkely, in the State of Virginia, was presented to the House and read, praying relief, in consideration of wounds received at the battle of the Cowpens, and at Guilford Court House, whilst a soldier in the Army. of the United States, during the late war.

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

A petition of Samuel Freeman, deputy Post Master, at Portland, in the State of Mas. sachusetts, was presented to the House and read, stating the insufficiency of the compensation allowed him by law; and praying that the same may be increased, and rendered more adequate to his services.

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

A petition of Jonas Fauche, in behalf of himself and the officers and soldiers of a troop of militia dragoons, formerly under his command, was presented to the House and read, praying that they may receive the balance of pay and other emoluments, due for their services on an expedition against the Creek and Cherokee Indians, from the twenty-third of April, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-three, to the twentyninth of February, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six, by order of the Governor of Georgia

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

Ordered, That the Committee of Claims, to whom were referred the petitions of Charles Fierer and David S. Franks, be discharged from the consideration of the same.

Ordered, That the memorial of John Sears, presented the thirtieth of January, one thousand scven hundred and ninety-five, be referred to the Committee of Clains, with instruction to report by bill or otherwise.

On motion, Resolved, 'That the Committee of Ways and Means be instructed to inquire and re:

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port whether any, or what, alterations are necessary in the laws to enforce the payment of moneys due from the various Revenue Officers of the United States.

Resolved, That a committee be appointed to inquire into, and report their opinion of, the equity and expediency of extending to the representatives of officers and scldiers of the late army of the United States, who died in service, the benefits given by the resolution of Congress, of the sixteenth of September, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-six, to the representatives of officers and soldiers slain by the enemy

(rdered, That Mr. Coit, Mr. Blount, and Mr. Hathorn, be appointed a committee pursuant to the said resolution.

Mr. Dwight Foster, from the Committee of Claims, to whom were referred the pe titions of Absaloin Baird, Oliver Barnett, Jacob Beltzhuwer, and Daniel Byrne, made a report ; which was read: Whereupon,

Ordere'i, That the consideration of so much of the said report as relates to the petition of Oliver Barnett, be postponed until Monday next.

Ordered, That Absalom Baird, Jacob Beltzhuwer, amd Daniel Byrne, severally have leave to withdraw their petitions.

Ordered, That the report of the Committee of Commerce and Manufactures, respecting the kidnapping of negroes and mulattoes, made the fifth of May last, be committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Monday next.

On motion, Resolved, That'the Committee of Ways and Means be directed to report whether any, and, if any, what, further measures ought to be taken relative to the balances which, by the report of Commissioners for settling accounts between the United States and indvidual States, were found due from certain States to the United States.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House to whom were referred the reports of committees on the petitions of sundry refugees from Canada and Nova Scotia ; 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 reports under consideration, and made some progress therein.

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

Mr. Vadison, from the committee to whom was referred the memorial of the Conti missioners appointed under the act "for establishing the temporary and permanent seat of the Government of the United States ;” and to whom was also referred of the speech of the President of the United States to both Houses of Congress, as re; lates to the establishment of a National University, made a report; which was read

, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Monday next.

A message was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Craik, bis Secretary, notifying that the President did, this day, approve and sign an act which originated in this House, entitled “An act to amend the act, entitled An act for the more general promulgation of the laws of the United States."

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 report of the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the pe; tition of Reuben Colborn ; 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.

On motion, Ordered, "That the Committee of the Whole House be discharged from the farther consideration thereof'; and that the said report be re-committed to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Gilman, from the Committee of Revisal and Unfinished Business, to whom it was referred to report such laws of the United States as have expired, or are near espiring, made a farther report; which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

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

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1796. Another member, to wit: Francis Preston, from Virginia, appeared, and took his seat in the House.

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A petition of Fanny Forsyth, widow and administratrit of Robert Forsyth, deceased, was presented to the House and read, praying that a law may be passed to release to the petitioner and her children the title of the United States to a certain lot of land in the town of Fredericksburg, in the State of Virginia, on which a mortgage was executed by the deceased, in his life time, to the late Major General Greene, and since assigned, by the executors of the said Greene, to the Comptroller of the Treasury of the United States.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Attorney General, with instruction to examine the same, and report his opinion thereupon to the House.

A petition of John Rearden was presented to the House and read, praying to be reinstated on the list of pensioners, from which he has been discontinued without cause ; and also, that he may receive the arrears of his pension from the first of January, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six.

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

Ordered, That the report of the Committee of Claims on the petition of John Gib. bons, made the twenty-ninth of April last, be committed to a Committee of the whole House on Wednesday next.

Ordered, That Mr. Patten have leave to be absent from the service of this House for ten days.

Ordered, That the report of the Attorney General relative to the contract entered into between the United States and John Cleves Symmes, made the fifth of May last, be committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Tuesday 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 26, 1796. Another member, to wit: John Wilkes Kittera, from Pennsylvania, appeared, and took his seat in the House.

A memorial of William Alexander, a Surveyor appointed by 'Thomas Hutchins, late Geographer of the United States, was presented to the House and reacl, praying compensation for his services in that capacity; and also, for certain expenses which he inciuted in the years one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine, and one thousand seven hundred and ninety.

Also, the several petitions of Thomas Livezey, in behalf of Paul and Livezey, of George Lucas, of Philip Tabor, and of Joshua Whitney, by Timothy Winn, his agent, respectively praying relief in consideration of services rendered, and losses or injuries sustained in the Army of the United States, during the late war.

Ordered, That the said memorial and petitions be referred to the Committee of Claims.

A petition of John Juhel, of the city of New York, merchant, was presented to the House and read, praying a remission of the duties accruing on a quantity of goods, the property of the petitioner, which he imported in the barque Amiciza, from Naples, and was consumed by a late fire in the said city.

Ordered, That the said petition he referred to the Committee of Commerce and Manufactures.

A petition of Amos Ailes and others, inhabitants of Redstone Settlement, in the State of Pennsylvania, was presented to the House and read, praying that the grants heretofore obtained by the petitioners, for certain lands at Post St. Vincents, in the Territory of the United States Northwest of the River Ohio, inay be confirmed to them.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to Mr. Griswold, Mr. Reed, Mr. Cooper, Mr. George Jackson, and Mr. Milledge ; that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

A memorial of Joseph Nourse, Register of the Treasury of the United States, was presented to the House and read, stating the insufficiency of the compensation allowed him by law ; and praying that the same may be increased, and rendered more adequate to his services.

Ordered, That the said memorial, together with the petition of Lawrence Muse, Collector for the district of Tappahannock, presented the first of March last, be referred to the committee appointed to inquire whether any, and what, alterations ought to be made in the compensations allowed by law to the officers of the United States.

The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of War, enclosing his report on the petition of Hugh Lawson White ; which were read, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Wednesday next.

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

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Mr. Speaker : The Senate have passed a bill, entitled “ An act for granting an additional allowance to the Clerks in the office of the Secretary of the Senate,” to which they desire the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew.

The said bill was read the first time.

Mr. Dwight Foster, from the Committee of Claims, to whom were referred the petitions of George Crookshank, of Joseph Hull, of John Learned, of Joseph M'Cracken, and of John Minor, made reports ; which were severally read and considered. Where. upon,

Resolved, that the prayer of the petitions of the said George Crooksbank, Joseph Hull, John Learned, Joseph M'Cracken, and John Minor, cannot be granted, and that the petitioners, respectively, have leave to withdraw the same.

Mr. Dwight Foster, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the petition of William Parsons, by Stephen Parsons, his attorney, made a report ; which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Dwight Foster, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the memorial of Robert Harris, made a report, which was read, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.

Mr. William Smith, from the Committee of Ways and Means, to whom it was referred to report whether any, and, if any, what, measures ought to be taken relative to the balances found by Commissioners for settling accounts between the United States and the individual States, to be due from certain States to the United States, made a report; which was read, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Thursday next.

Mr. Dwight Foster, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the memorial of John Sears, made a report ; which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Dwight Poster, from the same committee, presented, according to order, a bill for the relief of John Sears ; 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.

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

Resolved, That the sum of ought to be granted towards the relief of the sufferers by the late fires at Savannah, in the State of Georgia.

Ordered, That the said motion be committed to a Committee of the Whole House tomorrow.

Ordered, That the report of the committee on the memorial of Nicholas J. Roosevelt and Jacob Mark, in behalf of themselves and their associates, which was made the twelfth of February last, be commitied to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.

Ordered, that the bill providing for the more effectual collection of certain internal revenues of the United States, presented the twentieth of May last, be committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Monday next.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole flouse on the report of the committee to whom was referred the memorial and representation of the Commissioners appointed under the act "for establishing the tem. porary and permanent seat of the Government of the United States ;” also, so much of the speech of the President of the United States to both Houses of Congress as relates to the establishment of a National University; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Coit reported that the committee had, according 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.

Ordered, That Mr. Heath have leave to be absent from the service of this House for twenty days.

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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1796. Another member, to wit: Dempsey Barges, from North Carolina, appeared, and took his seat in the House.

The bill sent from the Senate, entitled “ An act for granting an additional allowance to the Clerks in the office of the Secretary of the Senate," was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to the committee appointed to inquire whether any, or what, alterations ought to be made in the compensations allowed by law to the oficers of the United States.

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