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The resolutions were adopted unanimously, and so der which you have placed our country. But the relaentered on record. The Committee of Invitation was tions in which you have ever stood to the United States, appointed, to consist of 24 members, on suggestion of interesting and important as they have been, do not conMr. STEVENSON.
stitute the only motive of the respect and admiration
which this House entertains for you. Your consistency IN SENATE—THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1824. of character, your uniform devotion to regulated liberty, Mr. BARBOUR, from the committee appointed to
in all the vicissitudes of a long and arduous life, also com. perform that duty, reported that they had waited on mand its highest admiration. During all the recent General LAFAYETTE, with the invitation of the Senate, convulsions of Europe, amidst, as after, the dispersion of and that he had informed them he would wait on the
every political storm, the people of the United States Senate this day at one o'clock.
bave ever beheld you 'true to your old principles, firm At one o'clock, General LAFAYETTE entered the
and erect, cheering and animating with your well-known Chamber of the Senate, accompanied by the Committee
voice, the votaries of Liberty, its faithful and fearless of that body. On entering the bar, Mr. BARBOUR,
champion, ready to shed the last drop of that blood chairman of the committee, announced the presence of
which, here, you so freely and nobly spilt in the same the General, in the following words: “We introduce
holy cause. General LAFAYETTE to the Senate of the United States;"
"The vain wish has been sometimes indulged, that whereupon, the President of the Senate and the Sena
Providence would allow the Patriot, after death, to retors rose from their seats, and the General, advancing |
a the General, advancing turn to bis country, and to contemplate the intermediate towards the Chair of the Senate, was invited by the Pre
changes which had taken place to view the forests sident to take a seat, prepared for him on the right of
ed for him on the right of felled, the cities built, the mountains levelled, the canals the Chair.
cut, the highways constructed, the progress of the arts, Soon after the General was seated,
the advancement of learning, and the increase of populaMr. BARBOUR moved that the Senate adjourn.
tion. General, your present visit to the United States is Mr. LLOYD, of Mass. concurred in the wish for the
the realization of the consoling object of that wish. Senate to adjourn, to afford the members an opportunity
You are in the midst of posterity! Every where you of paying their individual respects to Gen. LAFAYETTE.
must have been struck with the great changes, physical The Senate then adjourned, and the Senators, indivi
and moral, which have occurred since you left us. Even dually, beginning with the President of the Senate, ten
this very city, bearing a venerated name, alike endeardered him their respects, which were cordially and feel
ed to you and to us, has since emerged from the forest ingly reciprocated."
which :hen covered its site. In one respect, you behold
us unaltered, and that is in the sentiment of continued HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.—Dec. 10, 1824.
devotion to liberty, and of ardent affection and profound
gratitude to your departed friend, the Father of his CounMr. CONDICT, of New Jersey, moved that a messen
try, and to your illustrious associates in the fi ld and in ger be sent to the Senate of the United States, inviting
the Cabinet, for the multiplied blessings which surround that body to attend in the Chamber of Representatives,
us, and for the very privilege of addressing you, which at one o'clock, to day, on the reception of General La
I now exercise. This sentiment, now fondly cherished FAYETTE.
by more than ten millions of people, will be transmitted, It was objected to the adoption of this motion, that with unabated vigor, down the tide of time, through the the Senate had, yesterday, adjourned over to Monday. I countless millions who are destined to inhabit this con. The question, however, was taken, and the motion pass- tinent, to their latest posterity.” ed in the affirmative-ayes 90, noes 69.
To which address, General LAFAYETTE replied, in Seats were accordingly ordered for the members of a tone in which energy of character and sensibility of ! the Senate, who shortly after entered, and took the feeling were most interestingly blended, to the following places assigned them.
effect: At one o'clock, according to previous arrangement, General LAFAYETTE appeared, attended by the Commit
“Mr. Speaker, and tee of twenty-four members of the House of Represen
Gentlemen of the House of Representatives: tatives, and was introduced to the House by Mr. MIT “While the People of the United States and their ho. CHELL, chairman of the committee.
norable Representatives in Congress bave deigned to On the General's entry, the members and persons ad- make choice of me, one of the American veterans, to sigmitted on the floor of the House, rose, and remained nify in his person their esteem for our joint services, and standing, uncovered.
their attachment to the principles for which we have had Mr. SPEAKER then rose, and, in behalf of the House, the honor to fight and bleed, I am proud and happy to addressed the Nation's Guest, in the following eloquent share those extraordinary favors with my dear Revolustrain, adorned by those graces of oratory for which he tionary companions. Yet, it would be, on my part, unis distinguished:
candid and ungrateful not to acknowledge my personal “ GENERAL: The House of Representatives of the share in those testimonies of kindness, as they excite in United States, impelled alike by its own feelings, and my breast emotions which no adequate words could exby those of the whole American People, could not have press. assigned to me a more gratifying duty than that of being "My obligations to the United States, sir, far exceed its organ to present to you cordial congratulations upon any merit I might claim. They date from the time when the occasion of your recent arrival in the United States, I have had the happiness to be adopted as a young sol. in compliance with the wishes of Congress, and to assure dier, a favored son of America. They have been conyou of the very high satisfaction which your presence tinued to me during almost half a century of constant afaffords on this early theatre of your glory and renown. fection and confidence; and now, sir, thanks to your Although but few of the members who compose this bo.most gratiiving invitation, I find myself greeted by a sedy, shared with you in the war of our Revolution, all ries of welcomes, one hour of which would more than have a knowledige, from impartial history, or from faith- compensate for the public exertions and sufferings of a ful tradition, of the perils, the sufferings, and the sacri- whole life. fices, which you voluntarily encountered, and the signal “The approbation of the American People, and their services in America and in Europe, which you perform- Representatives, for my conduct during the vicissitudes ed, for an infant, a distant, and an alien people, and all of the European Revolution, is the highest reward I feel and own the very great extent of the obligations un. I could receive. Well may I stand “firm and erect,"
when, in their names, and by you, Mt. Speaker, I am the bill was then PASSED nem. con. and sent to the declared to have, in every instance, been faithful to Senate for concurrence. those American principles of liberty, equality, and true. An engrossed bill, also of the last session, "authoriza social order, the devotion to which, as it has been from ing repayment for land erroneously sold by the United my earliest youth, so it shall continue to be to my latest States," was read a third time, PASSED, and sent to the breath.
Senate for concurrence. “You have been pleased, Mr. Speaker, to allude to On proceeding to call over the roll of bills reported at the peculiar felicity of my situation, when, after so long the last session, and laid overan absence, I am called to witness the immense improve. Mr. FULLER, of Massachusetts, moved that the House ments, the admirable communications, the prodigious go into committee of the whole on that bill which pro. creations, of which we find an example in this City, poses to authorize the building of ten additional sloops whose name itself is a venerated Palladium ; in a word, of war. The motion was negatived-ayes 72, noes 79. all the grandeur and prosperity of these happy United The llouse then went into committee of the whole, States, which, at the same time they nobly secure the Mr. LATHROP in the Chair, on the bill more effectually complete assertion of American Independence, reflect to provide for the punishment of certain crimes against on every part of the world the light of a far superior po. the United States, and for other purposes. The bill litical civilization.
having been read in part, Mr. BARBOUR, expressing “ What better pledge can be given of a persevering an opinion that its provisions were inadequate io cover national love of liberty, when those blessings were evi. all cases necessary to be provided for, and that it would
e result of a virtuous resistance to oppression, I probably require additional provisions, moved that the and of institutions founded on the rights of man and the committee rise and report progress. The committee Republican principle of self-government? No, Mr. rose accordingly, and had leave to sit again. Speaker, posterity has not begun for me-since, in the sons of my companions and friends, I find the same pub.
IN SENATE_TUESDAY, Dec. 14, 1824. lic feelings, and permit me to add, the same feelings in On motion of Mr. BARBOUR, my behalf, which I have had the happiness to experience Resolved, That so much of the President's message as in their fathers.
relates to Foreign Affairs, be referred to the Committee “Sir, I have been allowed, forty years ago, before a on Foreign Relations. Committee of a Congress of thirteen States, to express (The motion of Mr. BARBOUR, it was understood, the fond wishes of an American heart. On this day I comprehended, besides others, that portion of the Meshave the honor, and enjoy the delight, to congratulate sage which relates to arrangements for the suppression the Representatives of the Union, so vastly enlarged, on of piracy and of pirates on the Island of Cuba, &c as well the realization of those wishes, even beyond every hu. as on the water. The question of reference gave rise to ican expectation, and upon the almost infinite prospects some conversation on the part of Mr. BARBOUR, Mr. we can with certainty anticipate.
HAYNE, and Mr LLOYD, of Mass. which was interest“Permit me, Mr. Speaker, and gentlemen of the ing, as it indicated a strong desire and determination in House of Representatives, to join, to the expression of the Senate to leave no effort unemployed to effectually those sentiments, a tribute of iny lively gratitude, affec-protect our commerce from piracy in the West Indian tionate devotion, and profound respect."
seas, and to extirpate the freebooters who now, by the After the GENERAL and the Members had resumed facilities of concealment afforded to them in the Island their seats, and a short pause occurred,
of Cuba, &c prey on our commerce, and commit such Mr. MITCHELL, the organ of the Committee of re- atrocities on those who fall into their hands. In the ception, moved an adjournment.
course of the conversation, Mr. HAYNE and Mr. LLOYD The motion was agreed to, and the House was ad. both intimated an intention they had respectively form. journed to Monday.
ed, to bring the subject fully before the Senate, by spe. The SPEAKEŘ then descended from the Chair, and cial inquiries.) most affectionately saluted the General. His example. Mr. BENTON presented the petition of sundry inhawas followed by the Members of the House, individually, bitants of the state of Missouri, on the subject of a trade and some time was spent in this agreeable manner be and intercourse between that state and the internal Profore the GENERAL retired.
vinces of Mexico.
| [This petition recited, that a beneficial trade had been HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES-Dec. 13, 1824 carried on for some years between the inhabitanis of the
The engrossed bill (lying over from last session) “to two countries, in which domestic cottons and other authorize the state of Ohio to sell and convey certain articles had been carried out from the United States, tracts of land granted to said state for the use of the and gold, silver, furs, and mules, brought back in, repeople thereof," was read a third time.
| turn; that the intervening tribes of Indians presented Mr. VINTON, of Ohio, rose, and explained the object the only obstacle to the successful prosecution of the of this bill, and the considerations which recommended trade upon a large scale ; that the inerchandise bad to its passage. The grant of these lands, on account of the be carried through a tract of country inhabited by differsalt springs upon then, to the state of Ohio, was subject ent tribes, to enter whose territory, without a licence, to the condition that the state should not sell them, nor was penal under the laws of the United States, and danlease them for a longer term than ten years. The ob- gerous, unless the consent of the tribes u as previously ject of this reservation was, to prevent a monopoly of obtained ; that some outrages to persons, and repeated This indispensable article of subsistence. Since this depredations on property, had already been committed ; grant, however, it had been ascertained that there was and that a total interruption to the commercial and soin the state an abundance of resources for the manufac. cial intercourse, so happily began in that quarter beture of salt; and springs had been discovered and work.
and springe had been discovered and work.tween the citizens of the two Republics, might be ap. ed, so superior in the quantity and quality of the salt, as prehended, unless the Government of the United Sta'es entirely to supersede the use of those on the reserved interposed for its protectioli. The petition, therefore, lands. These lands were, consequently, in their present prayedcondition, of no value to the state, and the state, there. I 1. That the right of an unmolested passage, for perfore, wished to be allowed to dispose of them. The sons and property, upon a designated roue, between state alone was interested in this question, the United the frontiers of Missouri and the internal provinces of States having neither title to, norinterest in, these lands, Mexico), might be obtained by treaty stipulations from having ceded both to the state of Ohio.“
the India is referred to.
2. That a military post and an Indian agency might be sioners; in 1809, some of their head men were in Washestablished on the Arkansas river, at the point of the ington to make arrangements for going to the West, and intersection of that river by the proposed route. ) had much intercourse with the government; in March,
The petition, upon the motion of Mr. BENTON, was 1816, two Treaties were concluded with them, by Mr. referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.
George Graham, then Acting Secretary of War; in Sep
tember, 1816, a Treaty was concluded with them by ITOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES-SAME DAY. Messrs. Jacksoli, Meriwether, and Franklin, CommisMr. WRIGHT, of Ohio, offered the following resolusioners; in 1817, a Treaty was concluded with them at tion:
the Cherokee Agency, by General Jackson; in 1819, Resolved. That the Committee on the Judiciary be in another by Mr. Caihoun, Secretary of War, at Washstructed to inquire into the propriety of providing, by ington. In every one of these cases, Mr. F. said, Cololaw, that any judicial or other civil officer of the Govern- nel R. J. Meigs, well known to have been for many ment of the United States, who shall hereafter engage in years agent of the United States in that nation, was either fighting a duel, or in challenging, assisting, or encou commissioner or witness to the treaty. That gentleman taging, any other person so to engage, shall forfeit the died on the 28th January, 1823; and during his life this office by him so held, and be ever afterwards rendered treaty of 1804 was not ratified. But, the winter Sucincapable of holding the like or other office wider the ceeding his death, in May, 1824, the 'ratification was Government.
claimed by the Cherokees, who came here for the purMr. TUCKER, of Virginia, called for the previous pose, and it was ratified. This House was, at the last question of consideration, which was put, and the House session, invited to make an appropriation for carrying it agreed to consider the resolution.
into effect, but at so late a period of the session, that it Mr. POINSETT, of South Carolira, then moved to was not acted upon. As they would be doubtless ex. lay the resolution on the table; which motion was nega. /pected to make an appropriation to redeem the faith of tived, and the resolution was aciopted without a division the United States, pledged by this treaty, it was proper, heing called for, though not without a considerable ne
before voting away the sum of $20,000 for this purpose, gative vote.
the House should have information of the causes which had for twenty years suspended the ratification of this
treaty. IN SENATE, WEDNESDAY, L'Ec. 15, 1824
Mr. MALLARY, of Vermont, objected to a part of the The resolution offered yesterday by Mr. BROWN, to resolution, which proposes to inquire into "the motives appoint a Committee on Roads and Canals, was taken up. I of the ratification of the treaty at the last session," and
'Mr. CHANDLER observed, that he was one of those moved to amend the resolve by striking out that part of who believed that this was a subject on which Congress it. He had no objection to every fact being obtaird had no right to legislate ; that he believed it to be un- / which had a bearing on the case-it was proper they constitutional, and that, for his part, he was determined should be called for --but he did not know that it would to raise his voice, and vote against the resolution. be relevant or perfectly decorous to ask of the Executive
Mr. RUGGLES said, it would be impossible to pro- an explanation of the motives for its conduct. ceed regularly without a committee on this subject; that Mr. FORSYTH, not feeling tenacious of the language it was the practice of the Senate, and a very necessary of the resolution, consented to receive the amendment one, to have such a committee.
as a part of his resolution; and, thus amended, Mir. NOBLE said he was sorry to find the gentleman The resolve was agreed to, nem. con. from Maine opposed to the appointment of a committee 'The SPEAKER laid before the House a communica on this subject. He thought the gentleman's scruples tion from the Department of the Treasury, accompanied would have time enough to operate on his mind here- by a report from the First Comptruller of the Treasury, after. He adverted to the circumstance of the Presi' with enclosures on the subject of the collection of tondent's calling the attention of Congress to the subject of nage duties on Canal boats internal improvements; and observed, in relation to the Mr. STORRS moved that these papers be referred to message, that, though he had not the greatest confidence the Committee on Commerce, with the following instrucin every part of it, yet he was very well satisfied with tions, viz: the opinion of the Executive on this important subject. “That the communication and accompanying papers He would vote for the resolution with an eye directed to be referred to the Committee on Commerce, with in. the promotion of the general prosperity of the country.
structions to inquire into the expediency of so amending The question was put and carriedmayes 18.
the acts of Congress regulating the commerce of the
United States, and imposing duties on tonnage, that they HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES-SAME DAY.
shall not be construed to extend to boats employed ex. The resolution yesterday offered by Mr. FORSYTH, clusively in transportation on the interior canals of the calling for information relative to the treaty of 1804 with respective states." the Cherokee Indians, the causes for the delay in its ra- Mr. NEWTON, (Chairman of the Committee on Comtification, &c. was taken up, and the question being on merce) suggested that it would be better to leave the agreeing thereto
committee at large, under the assurance, that they would Mr. PORSYTH rose, and said, that, upon a call for in- do justice to all parties in the case referred to." formation of this description from the Executive, there Mr. STORRS explained that the object of his motion might be a propriety in stating the grounds of it. It was merely to present to the consideration of the com: would be found, upon examination of the records of the mittee the expediency of the measure referred to. government, here referred to, that, since the date of the Mr. TRACY doubted whether, by adopting the lanTreaty of 1804, with the Cherokees, which was ratified guage of the instruction, it would not be conceding 100 at the last session of Congress, there had been several much-inasmuch as he did not believe that the laws were treaties concluded and ratified with the same nation of susceptible of being so construed as to include the caindians. Mr. F. enumerated those treaties as follows:- nal boats, which the instruction seemed to take for In 1805, two treaties were concluded with them, by D. granted. Smith and R. J. Meigs, Commissioners ; in January,1806, Mr. STORRS said he had taken particular care so lo another was concluded with them at Washington, by frame his motion as to avoid any such admission, as Gen. Dearborn, then Secretary of War; in September, would be seen by referring to the expression " the acts 1807, another treaty was concluded with them,elucidating shall not be construed to extend to boats," &c. the preceding, by Mr. Robertson and Mr. Meigs, Commis! The motion of Mr. STORRS was then agreed to.
On motion of Mr. STORRS, the communication receiv- verted to the introduction of a bill in 1818 to provide ed some days since, from the Governor of New York, funds for paying the amount of the losses reported by a on this subject, was referred to the same committee. Commissioner appointed for that purpose under the
On motion of Mr. CAMBRELENG, the House then former act, its failure, and the ill success which had vent into committee of the whole, Mr. TOMLINSON since attended, in Congress, individual claims for indemin the Chair, on the bill “to authorize the Secretary of nification, by his constituents, although other claims, of the Treasury to adopt a new Hydrometer, &c.”
a similar nature, had succeeded. Under these circumMr. CAMBRELENG, of New York explained to the stances, the present bill had been prepared, with a view committee the objects of the bill, which, he said, was as to cover the whole mass of these claims, and bring their simple as its form. As early, he believed, as 1791, the justice fairly before the House. Mr. T. went on to obgovernment had, by law, adopted Dycas' Hydrometer serve, that the greatest obstacle which had hitherto for ascertaining the proof of spirits ;, that, since then, the operated against this allowance was a doubt, or denial, ingenuity of our own countrymen had furnished us with that the loss of the property concerned was produced many hydrometers, which had been found more accurate, expressly by its use or occupation by the United States. and which were managed with more simple apparatus ; The present bill only contemplated to provide for such that the bill merely proposed to leave it at the discretion cases as had been already decided upon favorably by the of the Treasury, with the sanction of the President, to Commissioner, which cases it proposed to refer to one adopt such hydrometer as might be proved, by experi- of the Auditors of the Treasury, limiting the allowance ment and comparison, most accurate, and best adapted for losses to one-half the amount of personal property to the purpose, &c. &c.
destroyed, but allowing the whole of the amount of real The bill was then reported, and ordered to be engros. property which shall be reported by that officer to have sed for a third reading.
been actually lost, &c.
Mr. WRIGHT rose in explanation, and in support of IN SENATE—THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1824. the amendment he had proposed. He adverted to the Agreeably to notice, Mr. TALBOT asked leave to in.
provisions of the previous acts, and compared them with troduce a bill further to regulate the jurisdiction of the
those of the present bill, of which he complained as beSupreme Court of the United States,
ing too wide and unguarded. He thought that it was a · Mr. MILLS suggested to the gentleman from Kentuc.
correct principle, that compensation should be allowed ty, that, since the subject had been referred, generally, to
for property destroyed during war, in those cases only the Committee on the Judiciary, it had better be left to
in which the destruction of property had actually been that Committee to consider and report on it. There was,
caused by its having been used in the service of the he said, no doubt that the subject had become one of
United States. . so great importance that it was the duty of the Legisla
The debate was about to proceed farther-when, on ture to act upon it. But he thought it would be more in
motion of Mr. DWIGHT, the committee rose, reported order to leave it with the Committee on the Judiciary. /progress, and had leave to sit again. who, he had no doubt, would turn their whole attention to a subject of such moment.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES-Dec. 17, 1824. Mr. TALBOT said, that he did not perceive the force Mr. TRACY moved to take up the bill authorizing of the gentleman's remarks. This subject was before payment for property lost or destroyed by the enethe Senate at the last session, and the bill he proposed my during the late war; which was carried-Ayes 91, would bring the whole subiect before them at once.
noes 42. Mr. JOHNSON, of Kentucky, sairl, he understood the The House accordingly went into committee of the usual course, after introducing a bill, whether of vital whole on that bill, Mr. CAMPBELL, of Ohio, in the importance or no, was to refer it to the proper Commit- chair. tee. He presumed his colleague would have no objec- Mr. WILLIAMS, of North Carolina, said, that he contions to so referring it, provided the subject, in wbich sidered the question presented by tbis bill to be of nearly the State of Kentucky has so deep a stake, should re- as great importance as any that would occur during the ceive the early attention of the Committee.
present session of Congress; as proposing to revive the Mr. TALBOT made some remarks in reply, when the famous act of March, 1816, which had been the calise of question was taken, and leave being granted to intro- greater crain from the Treasury of the United States duce the bill, he introduced it accordingly, and it receive than had ever bcen made, upon the same principle, from ed its first reading.
the Treasury of any civilized government on earth ; for
no government ever had a standing law of the nature of HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.-SAME DAY. that. The bill now before the House, in effect proposed
On motion of Mr. TRACY, the House went into com a renewel of the most impartant section (the 9th) of that mittee of the whole on the bill "authorizing payment law. At this moment, Mr. W. said he felt himself en. for property lost or destroyed by the enemy during the tirely unprepared to go into such an examination of this late war;" which was read.
question as it might require. He, therefore, hoped the Mr. WRIGHT offered as an amendment a proviso, that / House would indulge him, and others similarly situated, the injuries sustained, for which indemnity is to be pro- with further time for consideration of the subject. His vided), shall have been caused by the occupation ur use object was not unnecessarily to delay the consideration of the property by the United States.
of the subject; but he thought it important to have beMr. 'TRACY went at some length into an explanation fore the House, and in possession of every member, the of the circumstances of the sufferers for whom this bill correspondence which took place between Admiral proposes relief, more especially those on the Niagara CocRRAXE and the Secretary of State relative to the fruntier (whom he had the honor to represent); the burning of property on the Niagara frontier. There relief proposed to be given to them by the act of 1816; was another document, also, wbich he wished the House the interruption of that relief by a suspension of the to be in possession of a document originally brought power of the Commissioner of Claims; the proceedings bere to carry these claims through the House, but which, of Congress thereon ; the passage of a second law, in since the year 1818, he had never been able to lay his April, 1817, which altered and relaxed in some degree hands upon. When these claims first appeared before the restrictions before imposed. He quoted and com- the flouse, the claimants never pretended to rest them Dented on the words of this law, and stated the pro. upon the ground that the buildings were occupied by ceedings which were had under its authority. He ad. the military authority at the time of their destrucion.
They then maintained that all these burnings took place. After some further conversation between Messrs. on the ground of retaliation by the enemy; and believing LOWRIE, NOBLE, and CHANDLER, the motion to that ground sufficient to sustain their claims, they pro- print the documents was lost, and the letter of the Se. duced all the proof of it that they could. But as the cretary of War alone was ordered to be printed. SubseHouse had refused to allow the claims on that ground, quently, they have now changed their position, and placed their On motion of Mr. MACON, the document was referred claims on a different one. Mr. W. wished, for his part, to the Committee on Pensions, with instructions to into examine fully the pretext upon which a re-enactment quire into the expediency of printing it. of the pernicious law of 1816 was claimed; and with these views he wished the committee to rise, in order to
GENERAL LAFAYETTE. have the papers printed.
Mr. HAYNE, from the committee to whom was referMr CAMBRELENG, of New York, said, he hoped red he subject of making provision for Gen. Lafayette, that no delay would be interposed in bringing this sub. reported the following bill: ject before the House-but that they should be called “A BILL making provision for Gen. Lafayette. to act upon it immediately; being persuaded that they! “Be it enacted, &c. That the sum of Two Hundred were as fully prepared to do so now, as they would be Thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby, granted to at any future time. He expressed his astonishment that, Major General Lafayette, in compensation for his im. of all the members of the House, the Chairman of the portant services and expenditures during the American Commitee of Claims should profess any want of infor- 1 Revolution, and that, for this purpose, a stock to that mation on this subject-since, from his official situation, amount be issued in his favor, dated the 4th of July, 1824, as well as the able and conspicuous share he had bad in bearing an annual interest of six per cent. payable former discussions on this matter, he should have sup. quarter yearly, and redeemable on the 31st December, posed him to be better informed of every circumstance 1834. relating to it, than any other person. If permitted to “Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That one complete proceed, Mr. C. said that he should contend that, on the and entire Township of Land be, and the same is hereby, ground first taken by the claimants, viz. that the injury granted to the said Major General Lafayette, and that their property had sustained was inflicted by the enemy the President of the United States be authorized to cause as a measure of retaliation, their claim was just, inas. the said Township to be located on any of the Public much as it was in retaliation of injuries first inflicted on Lands which remain unsold, and that patents be issued the enemy by the express order of this government, to General Lafayette for the same.” through the late Secretary of War, in the burning of the The bill was twice read, by general consent, and Mr. village of Newark. On this ground, the claim was per-HAYNE gave notice that he should move its third read. feciiy sustainable ; as, also, it would be on the other ing to-morrow. ground assumed, viz. that the injuries were sustained in consequence of the occupation or use of the property HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. - SAME DAY. by the United States. If either ground were established, Mr. A. STEVENSON, of Virginia, rose to ask the these claims ought to be allowed.
attention of the House to a subject which was interesting Mr. WILLIAMS renewed his motion that the commit- to Virginia, and merited an early consideration. It re. tee rise: but once more suspended it, at the particular lated to the unsatisfied claims of that state, for advances request of Mr. TRACY, who made some explanation in of money made by her for the use of the General Governreply to what Mr. W. had said, as to the disappearance
ment, during the late war. The subject, Mr. S. said, had of the document he had referred to. No public paper
been presented to Congress by the President, in a very on the subject had been withdrawn, buc, on the contrary,
strong message, at the last session; but, owing to cir all the papers connected with the general subject, had
cumstances unnecessay to mention, had not been acted been printed with the report of the committee.
on. He wished it taken up, and finally disposed of. It The committee then rose, reported progress, and had was proper, however, that he should state to the House leave to sit again, and on motion of Mr. WILLIAMS, that Virginia would press the payment only of that part the papers referred to whilst in committee of the whole, l of the claim which related to interest actually paid by her were ordered to be printed.
on moneys borrowed for the use of the General Govern.
ment, and disbursed in its service. He stated this fact, to IN SENATE-Monday, Dec, 20.
prevent any misunderstanding as to the character of the A letter was received from the Secretary of War, trans claim, and the principles which it involved. Of its me. mitting a report, made in obedience to a resolution of rits, Mr. S. said, he would not now speak. At a proper the Senate at the last session, of the names of the pen time, he would endeavor to shew to the House that the sioners at present on the list, the several amounts paid claim asserted by Virginia was founded in justice and to each, together with the state to which each belongs; authority, and ought to be paid. This, however, be also, a list of applicants for pension rejected; a list of would say, that, whatever the conduct of other States in the names of the widow's and children of the several pen- the Union might have been during the late war, there sioners, with the amount paid to them, &c.
was not one who had been more steadfast and disinte. Mr. NOBLE made a motion that the report and ac- rested in her services than Virginia, or more loyal in the companying documents de printed.
devotion of her resources to the general defence. She Mr. LOWRIE said that, in the year 1820, a report si- now only asked that her claims should be speedily ad. milar to the present was made, and ordered to be print. justed upon fair and just principles. This was due as ed, the expense of which was very considerable, and a well to this Government as to Virginia, and with that more useless expense lie had never seen. He suggest- view he begged leave to submit the following resolu. ed to the chairman of the Committee oi Pensions whether tion: it would not be better to refer it to that committee. “Resolved, that the Committee on Military Affairs be
Mr. NOBLF, said, that the object of the resolution instructed to inquire into the propriety of providing by adopted at the last session, was to have merely a list of law for the reimbursement of the amount of interest paid the names of the pensioners furnished to the Senate; by the State of Virginia upon loans of money negotiated but the object of the present motion was to have the vo. oy her for the use of the General Government, during lume, no matter how large, laid on the table of each the late war between Great Britain and the United member, that it might serve as a looking-glass in which States.". to view our follies, but that a list of the names merely Mr. HAMILTON, Chairman of the Committee on Mi. could be of no use whatever to the Senatc.
| litary Affairs, suggested that, as this was a purely legal