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Resolved, That the proceeds of all subscriptions of stock, by the United States, for purposes of internal improvement, should be equally divided among the several states, according to their popu lation, to be applied by said states to purposes of education, or of state improvement.
ferable to it from the other departments,
much importance, which would produce, perhaps a good deal of debate; and another was, that the provisions of the bill were etz tirely silent upon the subject of these rules and could not, there fore, affect the question hereafter, and contained, as it regarded the execution laws of the state he had the honor in part to represent, a very good regulation, and nothing objectionable. He was not disposed to refuse what was offered. at this late period of the session, because he could not get all that was desirable. He should not, therefore, throw any obstacles in the way of the passage of the bill, but should hold himself prepared to press the subject of those rules at the next session.
The bill was then ordered to be engrossed for a third reading,
After other business
Mr. Cocke moved to postpone the orders of the day, for the purpose of again considering two bills authorResolved, That a new department ought to be established, to be izing the holding of treaties with the Indians in In called "the home department," to superintend the works of inter-diana and Mississippi-(on this motion, repeated atnal improvement, and such other subjects as may be properly re. tempts were made to obtain a quorum-during the course of which Mr. Mitchell, of Ten. Mr. Hayden, and Mr. Lathrop, successively moved a call of the house; but the motions were negatived;- -a quorum Mr. Livingston called for the consideration of sun-at length having voted,) the motion was carried-and dry resolutions, offered some days since by him, di- the bills were taken up.
Mr Williams moyed the question of consideration of these resolutions, and the house refused to consider them.
recting the appointment of a committee, (to have Messrs. Forsyth, Bartlett, Sprague, and Allen, oppos leave to sit during the recess), to prepare and reported, and Messrs. Cocke, Webster, Mitchell, of Ten. Jenat the next session, a bill consolidating into one act,nings, Floyd, and Wood, advocated the bills. The deall the parts of the existing laws relating to the col-bate continued till near 4 o'clock. lection of the duties on impost and tonnage, and allowance of drawback and tonnage, which, in their opinion, are proper to be retained; adding thereto such provisions as they may deem necessary.
The house refused to consider them at this time. Several other resolutions were offered which the house refused to consider a number of bills were ordered to a third reading, and others passed.
The amendment of the senate to the bill "for the relief of James Monroe" being taken up, and the question being on concurring with the amendment of the senate, which goes to increase the amount of appropriation from $15,533 to $29,513, Mr. Whittlesey demanded the yeas and nays, which were ordered by the house and are as follows:
YEAS-Messrs. Anderson, Bailey, Barbour, of Va. Barney, Brent, Cambreleng, Carter, Condici, Conner, Dwight, Edwards, Pa. Everett, Findlay, of Penn. Fosdick, Garnsey, Gurley, Hamilton, Harris, Hemphill, Hines, Hugunin, Ingersoll, Ingham, Francis Johnson, Kidder, Little, Livingston, Locke, Markel, Mattocks McDuffie, McLean, of Ohio, McManus, Mercer, Merwin, of Con. Miller, of 'Pa. Miner, Mitchell, of Md. Newton, Owen, Pearce, Peter, Plumer, Powell, Reed, Rose, Ross, Sands, Scott, Strong, Swan, Taliaferro, Tomlinson, Triable. Van Horne, Verplanck, Weems, Whittemore, Wickliffe, Wolf, Wood, of N. Y. Worthing
NAYS-Messrs. Alexander, of Virginia, Alexander, of Tenn. Allen, of Tenn.' Alston, Archer, Armstrong, Ashley, Bartlett, Barber, of Conu. Baylies, Beecher, Boon, Bryan, Cary, Claiborne, Cocke, Davenport, Deitz, Dorsey, Drayton, Eastman, Findlay, of Ohio, Floyd, Forsyth, Garrison, Harvey, Haynes, Healy, Henry, Houston, Isacks, Johnson, of N. Y. Kellogg, Kremer, Lathrop, Lawrence, Lecompte, Lincoln, Marable, Martiudale, Marvin, of N. Y. McCoy, McKee, Metcalfe, James S. Mitchell, Mitchell, of Tenn. O'Brien, Phelps, Polk, Sloane, Sprague, Tattnail, Tay. lor, of Va. Test, Thompson, of Ohio. Trezvaot, Tucker, of S. C. Varoum, Viuton, Ward Webster, Whipple, Whittlesey, Williams, Wilson, of S. C. Wright-56.
So the amendment of the senate was disagreed to. The amendments of the committee on the judiciary, to the bill "regulating process in the courts of the U. States," were agreed to.
The mode of holding Indian treaties, was again brought up, and fully discussed-the relation which the government holds to the Indians-the comparative justice and humanity of this and other governments, in their mode of acquiring the lands of savage tribes, the inherent difficulties of the case the natural and uncontrolable progress of society-the moral aspect of the subject, and the question of policy, were all argued.
Mr. Lathrop, moved to strike out $15,000, and insert $5,000; the motion was negatived-and the bills were ordered to a third reading this day.-They were then read a third time and passed.
Saturday, May 20. Mr. Cocke, from the committee on Indian affairs, made a report on the state and condition of the Indian tribes, generally, and on the measures best calculated for their comfort, preservation, government, and trade, which was ordered to lie upon the table, and 3,000 copies of the report and accompanying documents to be printed.
Mr. Hamillon, from the committee on military affairs, made a report on the proceedings of the court martial, in the case of col. Talbot Chambers; which was ordered to lie upon the table.
Mr. Stewart, from the committee on roads and canals, made a report on the memorial of sundry inhabitants of the states of Pennsylvania and Delaware, in relation to the Chesapeake and Ohio canal; which Was ordered to lie on the table.
The following resolution, offered by Mr. Little, was taken up:
Resolved, That the president of the United States be requested. to cause to be laid before this house any information in bis possession, touching the impressment of seamen from on board Ames rican vessels on the high seas, or elsewhere, by the commanders of British or other foreign vessels or ships of war, since the 18th of February. 1815."
Mr. Forsyth moved to amend the resolution, by inserting the following words:
"Together with any correspondence on the subject, with any foreign government"
Mr. F. Johnson, of Kentucky, said that the committee on the judiciary, to whom had been referred the subject of the rules of the federal court in Kentucky, had made a report, together with a bill, neither of which met his views. The senate had sent us bill on the same subject, and the committee had recommended The bill they had reported as a substitute for the senate's bill. It from Georgia. Mr. E. had not the slightest objection to the object Mr. Everett rose to make a single suggestion to the gentleman had been adopted, and the one now before us is precisely the bill which that gentleman had in view. Whenever a proper time for reported by the committee of this house. He said he had intend such a disclosure should arrive, he wished the whole proceedings 4d to offer an amendment to that bill when it came up, to con- of the government on this subject, to come before the house. But form its provisions to his view that he did not believe the fede- although the resolution of the gentleman from Maryland was ral court possessed the powers they had exercised in adopting those couched in general terms, the house doubtless understood it to rules, and he could not sanction the authority they had assumed. refer to recent events, of which intelligence had been scarcely He thought the principle a dangerous one and ought to be prompt two weeks in the country. Short as the time was, Mr. E. bad no ly checked. He had been, he said, and still was anxious to bring doubt, (although he had no particular information on the point) the subject fully before the house; that he believed it to be a sub that the subject had received due attention from the executive goject of great importance, and called for the consideration of convernment. But as it was not possible, that, after the lapse of so gress, and he could not, even now, suffer the bill to pass without an short a period, an answer could have been received from any fo effort to amend it, but for two considerations: one was, that he reign government, to any remonstrance made by our own, Mr. E -did not believe the house would-indeed, it was obvious it would submitted to the gentleman from Georgia whether it might not be Not at this late hour of the session, enter upon a subject of sul premature to press his amendment.
After some further remarks from Mr. Condict and effect the treaty concluded between the United States and the Creek nation of Indians, was taken up: Mr. Forsyth
"Both of which sums shall be paid to the chiefs of • Mr. Little said he had too objects in view in offering this resotation-first, to establish the fact: for we have it only as news the Creek nation, to be divided among the chiefs and paper information, and because I believe it true that impressments have been made; and secondly, to evince to the world that this go- warriors of the said nation; and that the same be vernment does not look on such sets with indifference. The reso done under the direction of the secretary of war, in Jution is general-on this subject the American people view all go vernments and nations alike. It was my lot, about fourteen a full council of the nation, convened upon notice for that purpose years ago in this hall, to introduce a similar resolution of inquiry. On this subject, a debate of great extent and animpressments had then constituted a principal item among the other causes, which led to the war in which we were last engaged.imation arose, which occupied the house several I will only add, I do not see how it is possible that we can submit to the practice, either as an independent nation, or as living hours. The speakers were Messrs. Forsyth, Dwight, Wickunder an efficient government. To allow the practice would defeat its primary end, which I consider to be for the mutual pro-liffe, Cook, Burges, Cuthbert, Boon, Tattnall, Mercer, tection of our personal liberty and protection in the pursuit of happiness. No, sir, the people of this country will not submit to Bartlett, Thompson, of Geo. Hoffman, and Williams, of the incarceration of their fellow citizens in foreign ships of war, perhaps to fight against their country and friends; so let not the world mistake their character. I am sure I do not, this house
will not. On this point there can be no question of doub-I accept the modification offered, if I am perinitted to do so.
Mr. Everett spoke again. He approved of the object of the gentleman but suggested the usual proviso, as far as the communication of the same is consistent with the public service," and in this form the resolution was agreed to.
On motion the house proceeded to the consideration of the message from the senate, proposing to defer the adjournment of the present session till Thursday next.
After debate-the proposition of the senate was rejected, by yeas and nays
YEAS-Messrs. Adams, N. York, Allen, Tenn. Bailey, Badger, Bartlett, Barbour, Va. Beecher, BradJey, Brent, Burges, Cambreleng, Campbell, Cary, Cook, Crowninshield, Cuthbert, Davenport, Dorsey, Eastman, Everett, Findlay, of Penn. Findlay, of Ohio, Floyd, Garnsey, Garrison, Harris, Hayden, Hemphill, Henry, Houston, Hugunin, Isacks, Jennings, of Ind. Kidder, Lincoln, Livingston, Locke, Marable, Markell, Markley, Martindale, Marvin, of N. Y. McLean, Ohio, Mercer, Miller, of Pa. James S. Mitchell, Mitchell, of Md. Moore, Ken. Newton, Orr, Pearce, Peter, Plumer, Porter, Sands, Sawyer, Sill, Sloane, Stewart, Strong, Taliaferro, Taylor, of Va. Test, Thompson, of Pa. Varnum, Vinton, Wales, Weems, Wittemore, Whittlesey, Williams, Wood, of N. Y. Woods, of Ohio, Worthington, Wright, Wurts-77.
NAYS-Messrs. Addams of Pa. Alexander, of Va. Alexander, of Ten. Allen, of Mass. Alston, Anderson, Angel, Archer, Armstrong, Ashley, Baldwin, Barber, of Conn. Bassett, Baylies, Blair, Boon, Brown, Bryan, Burleigh, Carson, Carter, Cassedy, Claiborne, Cocke, Condict, Conner, Crump, Davis, Deitz, Drayton, Dwight, Edwards, of Pa. Forsyth, Fosdick, GurJey, Hamilton, Harvey, Hasbrouck, Haynes, Healy, Herrick, Hobart, Hoffman, Ingersoll, Ingham, John son, of N. Y. James Johnson, Kellogg, Kremer, Lathrop, Lawrence, Lecompte, Letcher, Little, Long, Martin, Mattocks, McCoy, McDuffie, McKee, McManus, McNeill, Metcalfe, Miner, Mitchell, of Ten. O,Brien, Phelps, Polk, Powell, Reed, Rose, Ross, Sprague, Stevenson, of Penn. Swan, Tattnall, Thompson, of Geo. Thompson, of Ohio, Tomlinson, Trezvant, Trimble, Tucker, of S. C. Van Horne, Verplanck, Whipple, Wickliffe, Wilson, of S. Carolina,
Mr. Cook, of Illinois, offered the following: Resolved, That the 18th rule of the joint rules of the two bouses be suspended until after the adjournment of the present session of congress.
This rule is in the following words:
"No bill or resolution that shall have passed the bouse of representatives and the senate, shall be presented to the president of the United States, for bis approbation, on the last day of the session.
This resolution was agreed to, on the part of the
Mr. Boon, of Indiana, moved a reconsideration of their vote by which the house refused to agree to the senate's alteration of the time of adjournment; and on this question the yeas and nays were asked by Mr. B. and ordered. They were yeas 66, hays 77.
Mr. Stevenson, of Pa. asked of the speaker, whether the rule which allows a member voting in the majority, the right to move a reconsideration of a vote, was not founded on the supposition that the member making such a motion, had himself changed his opinion, and whether a member declaring he had not changed his opinion, had a right to occupy the time of the house, in formally ascertaining, by yeas and nays, whether other members had changed theirs. Mr. S. said he asked this for a proper understanding of the intention of rule.
The speaker decided that a member avowing he had not changed, had a right to make the motion to reconsider."
The amendments of the senate to the bill for the
survey of certain harbors, and in relation to the
The senate's amendments to the bill "for the relief of James Monroe," as insisted on by that body, having been read, (allowing interest, which, with the principal, amounts to $29,000.)—
Mr. Ingham moved that the house recede from its disagreement to that amendment.
The motion was opposed by Mr. Williams. Mr. Metcalfe moved that the house adhere to its disagreement.
On the question of receding, Mr. Williams demanded the yeas and nays. They were ordered by the house, and being taken, are as follows:
YEAS.-Messrs. Anderson, Bailey, Brent, Burleigh, Cambreleng, Carter, Cassedy, Condict, Conner, Cook, Crowninshield, Cuthbert, Dorsey, Dwight, Everett, Findlay, of Pa. Fosdick, Gurley, Harris, Hasbrouck, Hayden, Herrick, Hines, Hoffman, Ingersoll, Ingham, Little, Livingston, Markell, McDuthie, McLean, of Ohio, Mercer, Miller, of Pa. Miner, Mitchell, Md. Newton, Pearce, Peter, Plumer, Powell, Rose, Ross, Scott, Stewart, Strong, Swan, Taliaferro, Thomson, of Pa. Tomlinson, Trimble, Van Horne, Verplanck, Whittemore, Wickliffe, Wolf, Worthington-56.
NAYS.-Messrs. Adams, N. Y. Addams, Pa. Alex
ander, of Ten. Allen, of Mass. Archer, Ashley, Badger, Baldwin, Bartlett, Baylies, Beecher, Brown, Bry an, Campbell, Cary, Claiborne, Cocke, Davis, Deitz, Drayton, Eastman, Findlay, of Ohio, Forsyth, Garrison, Harvey, Haynes, Healy, Henry, Hobart, Isacks, Jennings, of Ind. Johnson, of N. Y Kellogg, Kremer, Lathrop, Lawrence, Lecompte, Martindale, Marvin, of N Y. McCoy, McManus, Metcalfe, James S. Mitchell, Moore, of Ky. O'Brien, Orr, Polk, Porter, Reed, Sloane, Sprague, Stevenson, of Pa. Taylor of Va. Trezvant, Varnum, Vinton, Wales, Ward, Whittlesey, Williams, Wright-63.
So the house refused to recede.
Mr. Powell then moved that the bill be laid on the
The following modification to the amendment of the senate, reported by the committee of conference, to the bill making appropriation for carrying into table,
The motion was withdrawn; but, being renewed by Mr. Kremer, it was negatived.
The house then resolved to insist on its disagree ment; and a committee of conference was ordered, to consist of three members.
A message was received from the senate, that the senate dissented from the proposal to suspend the 18th joint rule of order.
The house disagreed to the amendments of the senate to the bill for the relier of the Florida Indians.' Some bills were passed. At length it was ascertained that a quorum was not present, and the house took a recess till 6 o'clock.
Evening session. It being half past six o'clock, and Do quorum being present,
Mr. Williams, of North Carolina, moved a call of
The motion prevailed; and the clerk commenced to call the roll of the members, and, having gone through it, the absent members were, in part, called; when, on motion of Mr. Powell, the farther prosecution of the call was dispensed with.
Mr. Newton moved the following resolution:
Resolved, That the secretary of the navy be directed to report to this house, whether docks, for the preservation, repairs, and prompt and speedy use of the navy, whenever any emergency
may require the same, bave not become absolutely necessary; and abo, whether docks, in repairing ships, whenever repairs are ne cessary, are not preferable, in every point of view, to the present mode, and the most economical that can be adopted.
The resolution was agreed to.
Mr. Trimble moved to postpone the orders of the day, in order to entertain a motion made by him, that when the house adjourn, it adjourn to meet at half past 5 o'clock on Monday morning.
The votes were-ayes 56, noes 45.
Mr. Ingham, from the committee of conference on the bill "for the relief of James Monroe," made a report that they had been unable to come to any agreement with the committee on the part of the se
The house then proceeded to the consideration of the subject, ayes 65, noes 41.
Mr. Dwight, of Massachusetts, moved that the house do recede from its disagreement to the senate's
On this question, Mr. Sawyer called for the yeas
NAYS. Messrs. Addams, of Pa. Alexander, of Va. Alexander, of Ten. Allen, of Mass. Allen, of Ten. Armstrong, Ashley, Bartlett, Baylies, Beecher, Blair, Boone, Campbell, Cary, Claiborne, Davis, Davenport, Drayton, Findlay, of O. Lloyd, Forsyth, Garnsey, Garrison, Harvey, Healy, Henry, Houston, Kellogg, Kremer, Lathrop, Lawrence, Lecompte, Lincoln, Markley, Martindale, Marvin, of N. Y. McCoy, Metcalfe, Jas. S. Muchell, Mitchell, of Ten. O'Brien, Polk, Sawyer, Sprague, Stevenson, of Pa. Tattnall, Taylor, of Va. Test, Thompson, of Ohio, Trezvant, Varnum, Ward, Whittlesey, Williams, Wright-57.
So the motion prevailed, and the house agreed to recede from its disagrement, (the effect of which is to pass the bill as amended.)
The house adhered to its disagreement to the amendment of the senate to the bill "for the relief of the Florida Indians."
Other bills were passed, or laid on the table. At half past 11 o'clock a motion to adjourn was negatived. Soon after Mr. Cary moved a call of the house; and at half past 12, the clerk proceeded to call the names of the members
The roll being gone through with, and the names of the absentees being again called, at twenty minutes before one o'clock, the doors were closed.
Excuses were offered by those present on behalf of absent members, on each of which the house voted accepting or rejecting the excuse in each case. names of those members whose excuses had not been accepted, were then given to the sergeant at arms, and he was directed to take them into custody. sergeant at arms commenced his duty, and those at the door being admitted, he arrested them as they appeared, and they successively offered to the house excuses for their absence. After the excuses of several members had been heard and passed upon,
The farther prosecution of the call was dispensed with, and the doors were then thrown open.
The house agreed to the first amendment of the senate, to the bill making appropriation for the public buildings, (which was to increase the salary of the commissioner of public buildings to $2000.)
On the second amendment, (which proposed an appropriation for repairing the Cumberland road), the ayes were 54.
A quorum not having voted, Mr. Livingston moved that when the house adjourn, it adjourn to meet this morning, at 10 o'clock.
The motion was negatived. Mr. Cambreleng moved a call of the house. Mr. Bartlett moved that the house adjourn; the motion was negatived.
The question being again put on agreeing to the se◄ cond amendment, the votes were 55 to 50.
A quorum not having voted, Mr. Cumbreleng insisted on his motion for a call, but withdrew it, and moved that the question be taken by yeas and nays. The motion was sustained, and the yeas and nays were ordered. A debate now commenced. The amendment was opposed by Messrs. McDuffie, Mercer, and Wood, of N. Y. and advocated by Messrs. Cambreieng, Powell, and Trimble.
Mr. Newton called for the previous question.
The call was sustained; and the main question being put, the yeas and nays were taken as follows:
YEAS-Messrs. Barbour, of Va. Beecher, Bryan, Cambreleng
NAYS-Messrs. Addams, of Penn. Alexander, of Va. Alexander,
Mr. Everett, of Mass. offered the following: Resolved, That the 18th joint rule be suspended, so far as the same relates to bills and resolutions, which shall have this day passed the two houses of congress.
On this resolution, the vote was 71 to 22.
The question was again put, and the ayes were 69,
Mr. Houston, of Tennessee, moved an adjournment.
The motion was negatived-ayes 34, noes 61,
Mr. Polk, of Tenn. moved that when the house adjourn, it adjourn to meet at C o'clock on Monday morning.
Mr. Williams asked if a quorum were not necessary to pass any vote of this kind.
The speaker replied that a quorum was necessary. Mr. Cook called for the yeas and nays. Mr. Sawyer, of North Carolina, moved an adjourn ment. The mution was negatived.
Mr. Barbour, of Va. called for the yeas and on Mr. Polk's motion. The call was sustained. And the yeas and nays being taken, were-yeas 34, nays 70.
A quorum not having voted, considerable discussion ensued on the subject of adjournment.
When a quorum now being present
Mr. Everett called for the consideration of the resolution offered a short time since, and which could not be acted on for want of a quorum.
The resolution was taken up and agreed to-ayes 71, noes 40.
Mr. Miner moved, that when the house adjourn, it adjourn to meet at 8 o'clock on Monday.
Before the question was taken
Mr. Houston asked if there was a quorum present? The speaker having counted the members, 101 were found to be present.
The speaker being about to sign the bill making appropriation for the public buildings, Mr. Houston protested, alleging that a quorum was not present The objection was sustained by Mr. Whipple, of New Hampshire.
Monday, May 22. Mr. Floyd presented a resolution for suspending the 18th rule, so as to allow the house to act to-day on all such bills from the senate as have passed through a committee of the whole. He dwelt with much emphasis and truth on the hardship and even cruelty of sending home, a thousand miles into the interior, with claims unsatisfied, persons who had been attending here the whole session, to whose
claims there was not, any where, the slightest objec
The house agreed to consider the resolution, 61 to 48, and after a modification by Mr. Scott, which restricts the resolution to two particular bills, (which see below), it was agreed to, and was subsequently concurred in by the senate.
The speaker proceeding to sign the enrolled bill "making appropriations for completing the public buildings," (which could not be signed, on Saturday night for want of a quorum)
Mr. Whipple, of N. H. expressed his wish that some measure should be taken to ascertain whether there was a constitutional quorum present.
The speaker. "There is a quorum present." [The speaker then signed the bill.]
Mr. Livingston, from the select committee to whom was referred so much of the message of the president as relates to the organization of the executive departments, made a report, accompanied by a bill proposing certain measures relative thereto. [This report, and the bill accompanying it, will, of course, be hereafter published.]
Mr. Mercer, from the select committee, on the supMr. Polk protested against any further legislative pression of the slave trade, made a report, accompa Resolved, That the committee on the suppression of the slave proceedings, as it was an infringement of the Sab-nied by the following resolution: The motion was trade, be discharged from the further consideration of the several bath, and moved an adjournment. documents referred to them in relation to the slave vessels Manegatived-ayes 41.
After some remarks on the resolution, by Messrs. Forsyth, Mercer and Cocke, it was adopted, 81 in favor of it, and the report ordered to be printed.
president of the United States. Mr. McDuffie said, that he rose more for the pur-riano, Louisa and Constitution, and that they be referred to the pose of inducing the gentleman from Tennessee, (Mr. Houston), to withdraw his objection to the signing of the bill, than of satisfying the chair of his powMr. Stewart, from the committee on roads and caer to sign it, whether there be a quorum present, or not, since the act of signing the bill was a mere mat-nals, made a report on the memorial of sundry inhater of form, and only went as an attest that the house bitants of Franklin county, state of New York, praying an appropriation for making a canal from Ogdens had passed it. burg, in said state, to lake Champlain; which was ordered to lie on the table.
Mr. Houston said that he was not satisfied, but as he did not oppose it from captiousness, but from conscientious scruples, he would, with great pleasure, leave the hall while the bill was signing.
Before the bill was signed
A message was received from the senate, that they had agreed to the resolution of Mr. Everell, directing a partial suspension of the 18th rule.
Mr. Thompson moved a call of the house. Mr. Carson moved an adjournment. The motion was negatived-ayes 41, noes 60. Mr. McDuffie called the attention of the house to the rules of order, and went into an argument to prove that the speaker's signature might be attached to a bill, though no quorum was in attendance.
The speaker turned to the joint rules, and decided
The question recurring on the motion of Mr. Thompson, for a call of the house
It was decided in the affirmative-ayes 54, noes
The roll being about to be called
Mr. Mercer moved to dispense with all further proceedings in the call, and that the house do now adjourn.
The motion prevailed.
And the house then adjourned, (at half past four o'clock), to meet on Monday morning at 10 o'clock; the bill making appropriations for the public buildings at Washington, having not been signed, for want of a quorum; deemed necessary by the speaker, to give validity to the signature.
Mr. Badger laid on the table the following:
Resolved, That it is viewed with extreme regret by this house that any member should think himself justified in leaving congress for home, without leave of absence, previous to adjournment without day, which practice results in a great detriment to the public business.
Resolved, also, That, for the future, the sergeant-at-arms shall not finally settle, with reference to the last day of session, the account of any member of this house for his pay, until after the adjournment of congress without day.
Resolved, further, That each and every member for the present congress, who departed from this house for home before adjourn ment, aud without leave of absence, ought to refund any pay res ceived by them from the time of absence to the final adjournment, The house refused to consider the resolutions. Mr. Wright, of Ohio, offered the following:
Resolved, That a committee be appointed, on the part of this
house, to join such committee as may be appointed on the part of
the senate, to wait on the president of the United States, and notify him that, unless he may have other communications to make to the two houses of congress, they are ready to adjourn.
The chair suggested that it was incompatible with the joint resolution just agreed to, and Mr. Wright withdrew it for the present.
Mr. Miller, of Penn. offered the following:
Resolved, That the clerk te directed to make a statement of the several appropriations, and the amount thereof, authorized by congress during the present session, stating particularly the objects to which they are severalty to be applied; aud that he forward to each member a printed copy thereof.
The resolution was agreed to.
Mr Scott, of Missouri, offered the following: Resolved, That the several committees of this house be dis charged from the further consideration of all subjects referred to them, and on which they have not finally acted, and that any petitioner, on the application of any member of this house to the Clerk, shall have leave to withdraw his petition and documents.
The motion was amended by Mr. McCoy, by striking out all after the words "finally acted;" and in this shape it was adopted.
The bill from the senate to compensate registers
and receivers of the several land offices of the Unit
ed States, for the extra services rendered under the provisions of the act of 2d March, 1821; was read a Third time and passed.
The bill to compensate receivers of public money for transporting and depositing the same, came up. Mr. Trimble moved to lay the bill on the table. The motion was negatived, and the bill was then read a third time and passed.
Mr. Wright called for the consideration of the re-
Mr. Forsyth, of Geo. offered the following:
On this resolution a conversation arose. between, Messrs. Johnson, of Ky. Mercer, Mitchell, of Ten. Hines,
List of Acts
Passed at the first session of the nineteenth congress. An act to make compensation to Hugh McClung,
for a tract of land.
military land warrants, and returning surveys thereon An act to extend the time for locating Virginia to the general land office.
An act to authorize the payment of interest due to the city of Baltimore.
An act granting certain grounds to the corporation of Detroit.
An act allowing fees to the district attorney of Missouri.
An act authorizing the payment of interest to the state of New York.
An act appropriating a sum of money for the repair of the post road from the Chatahoochy to Line Creek, in Alabama.
the state of Delaware. An act authorizing the payment of interest due to
An act for altering the time of holding the district court in the northern district of New York.
An act concerning the transportation of the maik between Vincennes and St. Louis.
An act to revive and continue in force the act fix
Cook, McCoy, and Whipple, who moved to lay the re-ing the compensations of the secretary of the senate,
solution on the table.
The motion was negatived.
The resolution was then agreed to.
The house proceeded to consider the disagreement
of the senate to the second amendment to the bill to
compensate receivers of public moneys for transporting and depositing the same.
Mr. Scott moved that the house recede from its amendment.
Mr. Whipple stated the reasons by which the committee on public lands were actuated in reporting the amendment, and opposed the motion to recede. Mr. Martin advocated, and Mr. Floyd opposed the receding.
And the question being taken, the house agreed to recede.
Mr. Mercer offered the following:
Resolved, That six hundred copies of the expected report of the board of engineers to the president of the United States, re specting the Chesapeake and Obio caual, along with the maps ac companying the same, and an analysis of the estimated cost of the said canal, be printed, under the direction of the secretary of war, and that the clerk be instructed to forward one copy thereof to each member of the present congress, and to reserve another, to be laid on the table of each member at the commencement of the ensuing session.
The house refused to consider the resolution. Mr. Newton, of Va. offered the following. Resolved, That the secretary of the treasury be directed to report to the house, at the next session of congress, whether the laws now in operation for the collection of the revenue on the northern frontier of the United States, require any modification, or alteration, and, if any, what?
Mr. Campbell moved to lay the resolution on the
On the question of consideration, the ayes were 69. There being no quorum, the resolution could not pass.
On motion of Mr. Tomlinson, it was Ordered, That a message be sent to the senate to inform them that this house, baving completed the business before them, are ready to close the present session by an adjournment on their part; and that the clerk do, go with the said message.
Mr. Mitchell, of Ten. moved that the house take up the resolution offered by Mr. Wright, of Ohio.
The motion prevailed, and the résolution was agreed to.
Mr. Mercer and Mr. Tomlinson were appointed a committee on the part of the house.
Mr. Mercer, from the above named committee, reported that they had waited ou the president, and informed him that the two houses were ready to adjourn, and that he had informed them that he had no further communication to make to either house.
When on motion of Mr. Bussett, the house adjourned, to meet on the first Monday in December next.
and clerk of the house of representatives, of the clerks employed in the offices, and of the librarian.
of the supreme court of the United States, and of the An act for altering the time of holding the session sessions of the circuit court of the United States for the districts of Georgia and South Carolina.
An act for the sale of a house and lot at New Or eans, and a store house at the quarantine ground in Louisiana.
An act for the survey of a route for a canal between the Atlantic and the gulf of Mexico.
An act to annul an act, concerning wreckers and wrecked property, passed by the governor and legislative council of the territory of Florida.
An act to authorize the legislature of Mississippi to appropriate the amount of the three per cent. funds arising from the sales of public lands.
An act appropriating a sum of money for the repair of the post road between Jackson and Columbus, in Misssissippi.
An act to confirm the supplementary report of the commissioners of the western district of Louisiana. An act for altering the time of holding one term of the district court for the western district of Pennsyl vania.
An act to exempt the professors, tutors, stewards, and students, of the different seminaries of learning in the District of Columbia, from militia duty.
An act to authorize the state of Pennsylvania to lay out and make a canal through the United States public ground, near the city of Pittsburgh.
An act to enable the president of the United States to hold a treaty with the Choctaw and Chickasaw nation of Indians.
An act to authorize a subscription of stock, on the part of the United States, in the Louisville and Portland canal company.
An act concerning the seat of justice in Gallatin county, in the state of Illinois.
An act authorizing the payment of interest due to the state of Maryland.
An act to confirm certain claims to land in the district of Opelousas, in Louisiana.
An act to authorize the president of the United States to run and mark the line dividing the territory of Florida, from the state of Georgia.
An act to alter the time of holding the circuit courts of the United States, for the district of New York, and the April term of the circuit court for the district of Connecticut.