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if the memorialists rely for the success of their applica- dian invasion, made a report, together with the tion on the bravery, gallantry, and good conduct of following resolution: Captain Reed, his officers, and crew, in the defence of

Resolved, That a committee be appointed to draught the vessel, then the committee are sensible that a and report a bill appropriating $109,130 65, for the stronger case of the kind could not present itself. The payment of the said claim to the State of Georgia. stubborn bravery, the cool intrepidity, and presence of mind displayed by Captain Reed and his associates

The report and resolution were read. in the defence of the ship, were perhaps never equalled, motion of the 16th instant, for information rela

The Senate resumed the consideration of the certainly never surpassed, by any private armed vessel in the annals of naval warfare. "It has excited the ad- tive to the Military Establishment, which, havmiration of the nation, and cannot fail to immortalize ing been amended, was agreed to as follows: those concerned. If actions like this are to be re- Resolted, That the Secretary at War be diwarded with money, too much could not be given. But rected to lay before the Senate a statement at Government is but the trustee of the nation, and is what posts the present Army of the United States bound deliberately to examine into the principle on are stationed, and the actual number at each post which the treasure of the nation is bestowed, and the respectively. extent of the precedent which is set in bestowing it. The Senate resumed the consideration of the It is unknown to the committee that Congress, as yet, report of the Committee on the Public Lands, has ever dispensed its bounty, or in any way bestowed who were instructed “lo inquire into the expea gratuity for any achievement, except to its own. pe- diency of authorizing: by, law, an exchange of culiar force, nor in any case except there was victory. territory with any of the Indian tribes." The committee are of opinion that it would be inex. pedient to do so. It would open the Treasury to a mined in the affirmative-yeas 19, days 17, as

On the question to agree thereto, it was deterclass of cases arising out of the last war which would

follows: be extensive and onerous. The effects of such a mea. sure must be counted on, for they would be felt in all Howell, Macon, Mason of New Hampshire, Morrow,

YEA8—Messrs. Barbour, Campbell, Condit, Hardin, future wars.

The case of the Essex, attacked also in a neutral | Noble, Roberts, Ruggles, Sanford, Smith, Stokes, Tait, situation, was a strong one. The defence there, too.

Talbot, Taylor, Troup, and Williams.

Nars-Messrs. Ashmun, Brown, Chace, Daggett, was valiant, persevering, and highly honorable to all on board, as well as to the nation ; yet Congress has Dana, Fromentin, Gaillard, Goldsborough, Horsey, done nothing, for the essential quality of victory was

Hunter, King, Mason of Virginia, Thompson, Tiche. wanting to the transaction. The committee, there nor, Varnum, Wells, and Wilson. fore, in whatever aspect they view the application of

So it was the memorialists, are of opinion that it would be un- Resolved, That an appropriation be made, by safe and inexpedient to grant it, and recommend the law, to enable the President of the United States following resolution :

to negotiate treaties with the lodian tribes; Resolved, That the Committee on Naval Affairs be wbicb treaties shall have for their object an exdischarged from the further consideration of the merchange of territory owned by any tribe residing morial of Frederick Jenkins and Rensselaer Haveus. east of the Mississippi, for land west of that river.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the On motion by Mr. MORROW, Whole, the consideration of the resolution 10 Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee authorize the President of the United States 10 of Finance, with instructions to bring in a bill employ John Trumbull to compose and execute accordingly. a painting commemorative of the Declaration of Mr. ROBERTS, from the Committee of Claims, Independence, together with the ameodment re- to whom was referred the bill, entitled "Aa act ported thereto by the select committee. On this to amend the act authorizing the payment for bill there was a debate, Mr. BARBOUR beiog its property lost, captured, or destroyed by the enemy principal supporter. The resolve was so amended while in the military service of the United States, as to authorize the execution of four pictures of and for other purposes," passed the 9th of April, the principal events of the Revolutionary history; 1816, reported it with amendments, which were and, thus amended, was ordered to be engrossed read. and read a third time.

Mr. King presented the memorial of the ship owners, and others, interested in foreign com

merce in the city of New York, representing that TUESDAY, January 21.

the operation of the several commercial and coloMr. Roberts, from the Committee of Claims, nial regulations adopted by foreiga nations for to whom the subject was reserred, reported a bill the proiection and promotion of their own trade authorizing the settlement of the accounts of has depressed that of the United States, and prayFlavil Sabin, deceased; and the bill was read, ing ibat all restrictions be removed or rendered and passed to the second reading.

equal by the adoption of correspondent regulaMr. Roberts, from the Committee of Claims, lions on the part of the United States; and the who were instructed to inquire into the expedi- memorial was read, and referred to the Commitency of authorizing, by law, the payment to the tee on Foreign Relations, to consider and report State of Georgia of certain claims for the ser- thereon by bill or otherwise. vices of the militia, called out under the authority The resolution to authorize the President of of the United States, during the years 1792 and the United States to employ John Trumbull to 1793, for the defence of the said State against In- compose and execute certain paintings, was read

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a third time; and on the question, “Shall this proposed thereto, together with the memorial and resolution pass ?” it was determined in the affirm. representation of the Legislature of the State of ative--yeas 25, nays 7, as follows:

North Carolina, respecting the lands reserved by YEAs-Messrs. Ashmun, Barbour, Brown, Daggett, said State, by her cession act, for the relief of her Dana, Fromentin, Gaillard, Goldsborough, Hardin, officers and soldiers, and other claimants within Horsey, Hunter, King, Mason of New Hampshire, the territory of the State of Tennessee, be referMason of Virginia, Sanford, Smith, Stokes, Taii, Tal. red to the Committee on the Public Lands, furbot, Taylor, Thompson, Tichenor, Varnum, Wells, iher to consider and report thereon. and Williams.

The bill authorizing the settlement of the acNars—Messrs. Condit, Macon, Morrow, Noble, counts of Flavil Sabin, deceased, was read the Roberts, Ruggles, and Wilson.

second time. So it was

A message from the House of Representatives Resolved by the Senate and House of Rep- informed the Senate that the House have passed resentatives of the United States of America, in a bill, entitled "An act to amend an act, entitled Congress assembled, That the President of the An act authorizing the payment of a sum of United States be, and he is hereby, authorized to money to Joseph Stewart and others;" in which employ Joho Trumbull

, of Connecticut, to com.bill they request the concurrence of the Senate. pose and execute four paintings commemorative The bill last mentioned was read, and passed of the most important events of the American to a second reading. Revolution; to be placed, when finished, in the On motion, by Mr. BARBOUR, Capitol of the United States.

Resolved, That five hundred copies be printed The bill entitled "An act making a partial ap- of the report of Mr. Jefferson, then Secretary of propriation for the subsistence of the Army, dur. State, dated December 16, 1793, on the privileges ing the year 1817," was read a third time, and and restrictions of the commerce of the United passed.

States in foreign countries, pursuant to the resolution of the House of Representatives of Febru.

ary 23, 1791. WEDNESDAY, January 22.

On motion by Mr. MASON, of Virginia, The Senate resumed the consideration of the Ordered, Tbat the Committee of Claims, to report of the Committee on Naval Affairs, on the whom was referred the memorial of Thomas memorial of Frederick Jenkins and Rensselaer Ewell, be discharged from the further consideraHavens; and the further consideration thereof tion thereof; and that the memorialist have leave was postponed until Monday next.

to withdraw his memorial. The Senate resumed the consideration of the The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the report of the Committee of Claims, who were Whole, the consideration of the bill to provide for instructed to inquire into the expediency of au- the due execution of the laws of the United States thorizing by law the payment io the State of within the State of Indiana; and the further Georgia of certain claims for the services of the consideration thereof was postponed until Tuesmilitia, called out under the authority of the Uni- day next. ted States, during the years 1792 and 1793, for The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the the defence of the said State against Indian in- Whole, the consideration of the bill respecting vasion.

the heirs and legatees of Thomas Turner, deOa motion, by Mr. ROBERTS,

ceased; and, on the question, "Shall this bill be Ordered, That the further consideration there. engrossed and read a third time ?" it was deterof be postponed until Monday next; and that mined in the negative. the report of the Secretary for the Department of The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the War, of the 3d of February, 1803, in relation Whole, the consideration of the bill to enable the thereto, be printed for the use of the Senate. people of the western part of the Mississippi Ter

Mr.CHAce presented the petition of Reuben Att- ritory to form a constitution and State governwater, late Secretary of the Michigan Territory, meni, and for the admission of such Siate into praying compensation for the destruction of his the Union on an equal footing with the original property by the British, at the surrender of De- States; and, on motion by Mr. Tart, the further iroit by General Hull, as stated in the petition; consideration thereof was postponed io, and made which was read, aod referred to the Committee the order of the day for, Monday next. of Claims, to consider and report thereon by bill The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the or otherwise,

Whole, tbe consideration of the bill to establish The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the a separate territorial government for the eastern Whole, the consideration of the bill to authorize part of the Mississippi Territory ; and, on motion the State of Tenoessee to issue grants and perfect by Mr. Tait, the further consideration thereof titles on certain locations of lands therein de- was postponed to, and made the order of the day scribed, together with the amendments reported for, Tuesday next. thereto by the Committee on the Public Lands. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the

Mr. Campbell having proposed a further Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled "An amendment:

act to amend the act, `authorizing the payment On motion, by Mr. STOKES,

for property 'lost, captured, or destroyed by the Ordered, That the bill, with the amendments / enemy, while in the military service of the Uni

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ted States, passed the 9th of April, 1816,” toge

FRIDAY, January 24. ther with the amendments reported thereto by the Committee of Claims; and, on motion by of Claims, to whom was referred the petition of

On motion by Mr. ROBERTS, the Committee Mr. Talbot, the further consideration thereof John Kingsbury, were discharged from the furwas postponed until Friday next.

ther consideration thereof.

Mr. Roberts, from the Committee of Claims, THURSDAY, January 23.

to whom the subject was referred, reported a bill The following Message was received from the establishing the salaries of the messengers in the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:

Executive Departments; and the bill was read, To the Senate of the United States :

and passed to the second reading. I transmit to the Senate a report of the Acting Sec

Mr. ROBERTS, from the Committee of Claims, retary of War, in compliance with their resolution of to whom the subject was referred, also reported the 8th instant.

JAMES MADISON.

a bill for the relief of Jobo Haslet; and the bill JANUARY 23, 1817.

was read, and passed to the second reading. The Message and report were read,

Mr. GOLDSBOROUGH, from the Committee of The President communicated a report of the Claims, to whom was referred the bill entitled, ting Secretary of War, in compliance with the

an act to amend an act, entitled 'an act auresolution of the Senate of the 21st instant, show- thorizing the payment of a sum of money to ing the posts at which the present Army of the Joseph Stewari and others,” reported it without United States is stationed; and the actual num

amendment. ber at each post, respectively. And the report diciary, who were instructed to inquire into the

Mr. Chase, from the Committee on the Juwas read.

Mr. Talbot presented the petition of Richard expediency of amending the law, regulating the Taylor, senior, a naval officer of the Revolution intercourse with the Indian tribes, reported å bill ary war, praying a pension, or other relief, in : provide for the punishment of crimes and ofconsideration of a severe wound, received while fences committed within the Indian boundaries; engaged in the service of his country, as stated and the bill was read, and passed to the second in the petition; which was read, and referred to

reading the Committee on Pensions, to consider and re

Mr. FROMENTIN submitted the following motion port thereon by bill or otherwise.

for consideration : Mr. CAMPBELL, from the Committee on Fi- Resolved, That every member of the Senate, and Dance, to whom the subject was referred, report- every member of the House of Representatives, and ed a bill making an appropriation to enable the every delegate of Territories, be supplied at the beginPresident of the United States to hold treaties ning of every session of Congress with a copy of the acts with the Indian tribes therein mentioned ; and of Congress passed at the preceding session. ibe bill was read, and passed to a second reading.

Resolved further, That every member of the present On motion, by Mr, King, the memorial of the Congress be supplied with a copy of the acts passed ship owners engaged in foreign commerce in the at the first session of the Fourteenth Congress. city of New York, presented the 21st instant, was Mr. MORROW, from the Committee on the Pubordered to be printed for the use of the Senate. lic Lands, to whom the subject was referred, re

On motion by Mr. FROMENTIN, the memorial ported a bill providing for the division of certain of Frederick Jenkins and Rensselaer Havens, in quarter sections in future sales of the public lands; behalf of the owners, officers, and crew, of the and the bill was read, and passed to the second late private armed brig General Armstrong, was reading. ordered to be printed for the use of the Senate. On motion by Mr. Talbor, the Committee on

Oa motion by Mr. Tait, the committee on the Pensions, to whom was referred the petition of Post Office and Post Roads were instructed to Richard Taylor, sen., were discharged from the inquire into the expediency of establishing a post further consideration thereof; and it was reroute from Milledgeville, in Georgia, to Carnes- ferred to a select committee, to consider and reville, by Washington, Elberton and Danielville.

port thereon, by bill or otherwise ; and Messrs. The bill entitled, "an act to amend an act, en. Talbot, Asumon, and WILLIAMS, were appointed titled 'an act authorizing the payment of a sum the committee. of money to Joseph Stewart, and others,

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the read the second time, and referred to the Com- Whole, the consideration of the bill authorizing mittee of Claims, to consider and report thereon, the settlement of the accounts of Flavil Sabio, de

Mr. Roberts, from the Committee of Claims, ceased; the bill was ordered to be engrossed and to whom the subject was referred, reported a bill, read a third time. directing the discharge of William Smith from The Senate resumed the consideration of the imprisonment; and the bill was read, and passed report of the Committee on Military Affairs, who to ibe second reading.

were instructed to inquire into the expediency The Senate resumed the consideration of the of authorizing the appointment of additional bill to establish a new Executive Department, agents for the payment of persons placed on the and for other purposes; and on motion by Mr. pension list;" and on motion, by Mr. Lacock, the CAMPBELL, the furiber consideration thereof was further consideration thereof was postponed until postponed until Monday next.

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The bill directiog the discharge of William Rachael Dobrman, widow of Arnold Henry Dohrman, Smith from imprisonment, was read a second during such time as she may remain a widow, payatime.

ble quarterly; and dollars annually to each of The bill making an appropriation to enable the the minor children of said Dohrman, until they shall President of the United Siates to hold treaties respectively arrive at the age of twenty-one years, with the Indian tribes, for the purpose therein which benefits shall be ceived and applied under the mentioned, was read the second time.

superintendence of the Orpban's Court of the proper The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the county. Whole, the consideration of the bill to provide The report and resolution were read. for the prompt settlement of public accounts, 10

Mr. Tait, from the Committee on Naval Afgether with ihe amendments proposed thereto; fairs, asked and obtained leave to report a bill" in and the bill having been amended, the Presi: addition to an act for the relief of George T. DENT reported it to the House accordingly; and Ross and Daniel T. Patterson, and the officers the amendments, made as in Committee of the and men lately under their command," and the Whole, having been agreed to with further amend- bill was read, and passed to a second reading. meots, on motion by Mr. Talbot, the further Mr. Tait, from the same committee, also asked consideration of the bill was posiponed until and obtained leave to report a bill to repeal the Tuesday next; and the bill was ordered 10 be second section of an act, entitled "An act conprinted as amended, for the use of the Senate. cerning the pay of the officers, seamen, and ma

A message from the House of Representatives rines in the Navy of the United States," and the informed the Senate that the House have passed bill was read, and passed to a second reading. a bill, entitled "An act to repeal, after the close Mr. Troup submitted the following motion for of the present session of Congress, the act enti- consideration : tled, 'An act to change the mode of compensa. Resolved, That the President of the United States tion to the members of the Senate and House of be requested to cause to be laid before the Senate such Representatives, and the delegates from the Ter information as he may pussess touching the execution ritories, passed the nineteenth of March, one of so much of the first article of the late treaty of thousand eight hundred and sixteen," in which peace and amity, between His Britannic Majesty and bill they request the concurrence of the Senate.

the United States of America, as relates to the resti

tution of slaves. The bill last mentioned was read, and passed to the second reading.

On motion, by Mr. Tait, the report of the The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Secretary of the Navy Department communicaWhole, the consideration of the bill enlilled "An ted the 20th instant, made in obedience to the act to amend the act authorizing the payment resolutions of the Senate of the 21st of Decemfor properly lost, captured, or destroyed by the ber, 1815, and the 8th of January instant, was enemy, while in the military service of the Uni-ordered to be printed for the use of the Senate. ted Siales,' passed the 9th of April, 1816," 10.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the gether with the amendments reported' lbereio by report of the Committee on Military Affairs, The Commillee of Claims; and, on motion by who were instructed to inquire ioto the expedie Mr. Talbot, the further consideration thereof ency of authorizing the appointment of addiwas postponed until Wednesday next.

tional agents for the payment of persons placed The Senale adjourned to Monday.

on the pension list- That it is inexpedient to
extend ihe provisions of the law on thai subjeci."

Whereupon, on motion, by Mr. Lacock, it was
Monday, January 27.

amended. And,
The PRESIDENT communicated the report of Resolved, That it is expedient to extend the
the Secretary of the Treasury, made in obedi- provisions of the law on that subject.
ence to the "Act of March 3, 1809, further to Ordered, That it be recommitted to the Com-
amend the several acts for the establishment and mittee on Military Affairs, to bring in a bill ac-
regulation of the Treasury, War, and Navy De-cordingly.
parimenis,"containing the statements therein re- The Senate resumed the report of the Com-
quired ; and the report was read.

miltee on Naval Affairs, to whom was referred Mr. Tait, from ihe Committee on Naval Af the memorial of Frederick Jenkios and Renssefairs, to whom the subject was referred, reported laer Havens, in behalf of the owners, officers, and a bill authorizing the appointment of hospital crew of the lale private armed brig General Armsurgeons, and bospital surgeons' males, in the strong; which was amended and agreed to as Navy of the United States, aod the bill was read, follows: and passed to a second reading.

Resolved, That the Committee on Naval Af. Mr. Tait also communicated sundry docu- fairs be discharged from the further consideraments in relation thereto, which were read. lion of the memorial of Frederick Jenkins and

Mr. ROBERTS, from the Commillee of Claims, Reosseluar Havens, and that the same be referred to whom was referred the petition of Rachael to the Secretary for the Department of Slale. Duhrman, made a report, together with the fol- Tbe Senate resumed the consideration of the lowing resolution :

report of the Committee of Claims, who were Resolved, That a committee be appointed to draught instructed to inquire into the expediency of auand report a bill allowing dollars annually to iborizing, by law, the payment of certain claims

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of the State of Georgia, for militia services du- 2. The united tribes of Ottawas, Chippewas, and ring the years 1792 and 1793. Whereupon,

Potawotomies, residing on the Illinois and Melwakee Resolved. That a committee be appointed to rivers and their waters, and on the southwestern parts draught and report a bill appropriating one hun. of Lake Michigan ; dred and pine thousand dollars and sixty-five

3. That portion of the Winnebago tribe or nation cents for the payment of the said claim to the residing on the Ouisconsin river;

4. The Sacs of Rock river and the adjacent country; State of Georgia. On motion, by Mr. ROBERTS, the said resolu. tribes called the Siouxs of the Leaf, the Siouxs of the

5. Eight bands of the Siouxs, composing the three tion was recommitted to the Committee of Broad Leaf, and the Siouxs who shot in the pine tops ; Claims.

6. The Chickasaw tribe of Indians; Mr. Cpace, from the Committee on the Judi.

7. The Cherokee tribe of Indians; ciary, to whom was referred the bill, eplitled 8. The Chactaw tribe of Indians. "An act to explain the act to authorize certain Congress will take into consideration how far Legis. officers and other persons to admioister oaths, ap- lative provisions may be necessary for carrying into proved May 3, 1798,” reported it with amend- effect skipulations contained in the said treaties. menis; which were read.

JAMES MADISON. The resolution for supplying the members with JANUARY 25, 1817. certain acts of Congress, was read and amended, The Message was read. and passed 10 the second reading.

Mr. GOLDSBOROUGA presented the petition of The bill authorizing, the settlement of the ac- William B. Stokes, praying compensation for the counts of Flavil Sabin, deceased, was read a destruction of a house in Havre de Grace by His third time and amended by unanimous coosent, Britaonic Majesty's forces, in consequence of its and passed.

having been occupied by the United States' troops, The bill, entitled "An act to repeal, after the as stated in the petition ; which was read, and close of the present sbssion of Coogress, the act, referred to the Committee of Claims, to consider entitled 'An act to change the mode of compen- and report thereon by bill or otherwise. sation to the members of the Senate and House Mr. TICHENOR presented the petition of Lewis of Representatives, and the delegates from Ter-Olmstead, of Burlington, Vermont, praying to be ritories, passed the 19ıb of March, 1816," was discharged from imprisonment, for reasons stated read tbe second time.

in the petition; which was read, and referred to Mr. SANFORD presented the memorial of suo- the Committee of Claims, to consider and report dry merchants of the city of New York, praying thereon by bill or otherwise. the establishment, by law, of voiform rates of Mr. Roberts, from the Committee of Claims, damages and interest in cases of protests of in- to whom the subject was referred, reported a bill land as well as foreign bills of exchange; aod making appropriations for the payınent of certain tbe memorial was read, and referred to the Com- claims for militia services to the State of Geormittee on Commerce and Manufactures, to con-gia; and the bill was read, and passed to the secsider and report thereon by bill or otherwise. ond reading.

The bill for the relief of John Haslet was read Mr. Williams, from the Committee on Milithe second time.

tary Affairs, who were instructed on the subject, The bill establishing the salaries of the mes reported a bill to appointadditional pension agents; sengers in the Executive Departments, was read and the bill was read, and passed to the second the second time.

reading. The bill providing for the division of certain Mr. Talbot presented the memorial of Harry quarter-sections in future sales of the public lands, Toulmio, praying some modification of the bill was read the second time.

now before ihe Senate, for erecting the western The bill to provide for the punishment of crimes part of the Mississippi Territory into a State; and and offences committed within the lodian bound-ihe memorial was read. aries was read the second time.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the The Seoate resumed, as in Committee of the motion, of the 27th instant, for information touchWhole, the consideration of the bill to enable the ing the execution of so much of the first article people of the western part of the Mississippi Ter- of the late Treaty of Peace Amity between ritory to form a constitution and State govern- His Britanoic Majesty and the United States of medi, and for the admission of such Slate into America as relates to the restitution of slaves, the Union on an equal footing with the original and agreed thereto. States; and, after progress, the Senate adjourned. The Senate resumed the consideration of the

report of the Committee of Claims, lo whom was

referred the petition of Rachael Dorhman; and Tuesday, January 28.

having agreed thereto, on motion by Mr. RobThe following Message was received from the ERTS, it was recommitted to the said committee, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATEs:

to bring in a bill accordingly. To the Senate and House of

The bill authorizing the appointment of hospiRepresentatives of the United States : tal surgeons and hospital surgeons' mates in ihe I lay before Congress copies of ratified treaties be- Navy of the United States was read the second tween the United States and the following lodian tribes: time. 1. The Wea and Kickapoo ;

The bill, in addition to "An act for the relief

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