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Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed bills of the following titles, viz:
No. 2. An act to provide for the further compensation of the Marshal of the district of Rhode Island;
No. 20. An act for the relief of Ebenezer Rollins;
No. 35. An act to authorize the transportation of merchandise by land or by water, with the benefit of debenture;
No. 43. An act supplemental to an act, passed on the 31st March, 1830, entitled "An act for the relief of purchasers of public lands, and for the suppression of fraudulent practices at the public sales of lands of the United States."
No 47. An act to amend the “Act to quiet the titles of certain purchasers of lands between the lines of Ludlow and Roberts in the State of Ohio," approved 26th May, 1830;
No. 50. An act to authorize the Secretary of the Navy to make compensation to the heirs of Taliaferro Livingston and Francis W. Armstrong for the maintenance of fifteen Africans illegally imported into the United States! in which bills I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew.
The said bill swere severally read the first and second time, and referred-
To the Committee on the Judiciary;
Two messages, in writing, were receired from the President of the United States, by Mr. Donelson, his private Secretary, as follows:
} To the Committee on the Public Lands;
To the House of Representatives of the United States:
I transmit herewith to Congress a copy of a correspondence which lately passed between Major General Von Scholten, his Danish Majesty's Governor General of his West India possessions, and special Minister to the United States, and Mr. Van Buren, Secretary of State, concerning the regulation of the commercial intercourse between those possessions and the United States; which comprehends the propositions that General Von Scholten made to this Government, in behalf of his sovereign, upon that subject, and the answers of the Secretary of State to the same; the last showing the grounds upon which this Government declined acceding to the overtures of the Danish Envoy.
This correspondence is now submitted to the two Houses of Congress in compliance with the wish and request of General Von Scholten himself, and under the full persuasion, upon my part, that it will receive all the attention and consideration to which the very friendly relations than have so long subsisted between the United States and the King of Denmark especially entitle it in the councils of this Union.
ANDREW JACKSON. WASHINGTON, 31st December, 1830.
Ordered, That the said message be referred to the Committee on Commerce.
To the House of Representatives of the United States:
I communicate to Congress the papers relating to the recent arrangement with Great Britain with respect to the trade between her colonial possessions and the United States, to which reference was made in my message at the opening of the present session.
It will appear from those documents that, owing to the omission in the act of the 29th of May last of a clause expressly restricting importations into the British colonies in American vessels to the productions of the United States; to the amendment engrafted upon that act in the House of Representatives, providing that, when the trade with the West India colonies should be opened, the commercial intercourse of the United States with all other parts of the British dominions or possessions should be left on a footing not less favorable to the United States than it now is; and to the act not specifying the terms upon which British vessel coming from the northern colonies should be admitted to entry into the ports of the United States, an apprehension was entertained by the Government of Great Britain, that, under the contemplated engagement, claims might be set up on our part inconsistent with the propositions submitted by our Minister, and with the terms to which she was willing to agree; and
that this circumstance led to explanations between Mr. McLane and the Earl of Aberdeen, respecting the intentions of Congress, and the true construction to be given to the act referred to.
To the interpretation given by them to that act, I did not hesitate to agree. It was quite clear that, in adopting the amendment referred to, Congress could not have intended to preclude future alterations in the existing intercourse between the United States and other parts of the British dominions; and the supposition that the omission to restrict, in terms, the importations to the productions of the country to which the vessels belong, was intentional, was precluded by the propositions previously made by this Government to that of Great Britian, and which were before Congress at the time of the passage of the act; by the principies which govern the maritime legislation of the two countries, and by the provisions of the existing commercial treaty between them.
Actuated by this view of the subject, and convinced that it was in accordance with the real intentions of Congress, I felt it my duty to give effect to the arrangement, by issuing the required proclamation, of which a copy is likewise herewith communicated.
ANDREW JACKSON. WASHINGTON, 3d January, 1831.
Ordered, That the said message and accompanying documents be referred to the Committee on Commerce; and that six thousand copies thereof be printed for the use of the members of this House.
The House proceeded to the consideration of the engrossed bill, (No. 501) entitled "An act for the relief of Bernard Kelley."
The question was stated, Shall the bill pass?
And after debate thereon, the previous question was called for by Mr. Pearce; and being demanded by a majority of the members present,
The said previous question was put, viz: Shall the main question be now put?
And passed in the affirmative.
The said main question was then put, viz: Shall the bill pass?
115. The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present, Those who voted in the affirmative, are,
Messrs. John Blair, Ratliff Boon, Elias Brown, Clement C. Clay, Philip Doddridge, Clement Dorsey, Horace Everett, James Findlay, Isaac Finch, Chauncey Forward, Thomas F. Foster, Charles E. Haynes, James L. Hodges, Benjamin C. Howard, Kensey Johns, jr., Richard M. Johnson, Adam King, Henry G. Lamar, Joseph Lecompte, James Lent, Wilson Lumpkin, Chittenden Lyon, William McCreery, Charles F. Mercer, Dutee J. Pearce, Spencer Pettis, James K. Polk, William Russel, Augustine H. Shepperd, Thomas H. Sill, Jesse Speight, Ambrose Spencer, James Stan. defer, Wiley Thompson, John Thomson, James M. Wayne, Edward D. White, Richard H. Wilde, and Joel Yancey.--39.
Those who voted in the negative, are,
Messrs. Mark Alexander, Robert Allen, Willis Alston, John Anderson, William G. Angel, William Armstrong, Benedict Arnold, John Bailey, Noyes Barber, Robert W. Barnwell, Isaac C. Bates, Robert E. B. Baylor, Thomas Beekman, James Blair, Abraham Bockee, John Broadhead, James Buchanan, Samuel Butman, John Campbell, Thomas Chandler, Thomas Chilton, Nathaniel H. Claiborne, James Clark, Richard Coke, jr , Nicholas D. Coleman, Henry W. Conner, Richard M. Cooper, Richard Coulter, Henry B. Cowles, Robert Craig, Joseph H. Crane, Thomas H. Crawford, David Crockett, William Creighton, jr., Jacob Crocheron, Benjamin W. Crowninshield, Henry Daniel, Thomas Davenport, John Davis, Edmund Deberry, Harmar Denny, Robert Desha, Job D. Dickinson, Joseph Draper, William Drayton, Edward B. Dudley, Henry W. Dwight, Samuel W. Eager, Jonas Earll, jr., William W. Ellsworth, George Evans, James Ford, Nathan Gaither, John Gilmore, William F. Gordon, George Grennell, jr., Thomas H. Hall, Jehiel H. Halsey, Jonathan Harvey, Thomas Hinds, Cornelius Holland, Michael Hoffman, Jabez W. Huntington, Peter Ihrie, jr., Jacob C. Isacks, Jonathan Jennings, Cave Johnson, John Kincaiil, Perkins King, Pryor Lea, Humphrey H. Leavitt, George G. Leiper, Robert P. Letcher, George Loyall, Henry C. Martindale, William D. Martin, Thomas Maxwell, Lewis Maxwell, William McCoy, George McDuffie, Rufus McIntire, Henry A. Muhlenberg, William T. Nuckolls, John Mercer Patton. Isaac Pier son, Robert Potter, John Reed, Abraham Rencher, Joseph Richardson, John Roane, Jonah Sanford, John Scott, William B. Shepard, James Shields, Benedict I. Semmes, Michael C. Sprigg, William Stanberry, John B. Sterigere, William L. Storrs, Samuel Swan, Benjamin Swift, John Taliaferro, John W. Taylor, Phineas L. Tracy, James Trezvant, Starling Tucker, Joseph Vance, John Varnum, Gulian C. Verplanck, Samuel F. Vinton, John W. Weeks, Elisha Whittlesey, Campbell P. White, Lewis Williams, Ephraim K. Wilson.—115.
And then the House adjourned until to-morrow, 12 o'clock meridian.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 1831.
Another member, viz:
From the State of Virginia- Thomas T. Bouldin, appeared, and took his seat.
Mr. Anderson presented a memorial of the Marine Society of the State of Maine, remonstrating against the establishment of any additional lighthouses in the vicinity of the harbor of Portland, in said State; which memorial was referred io the Committee on Commerce.
Mr. Storrs, of New York, presented a petition of Asa Hamlin, of the State of New York, praying to be restored to the roll of revolutionary pensioners.
Mr. Swan presented a petition of John Van Kirk, of the State of New Jersey, praying to be placed on the pension list.
Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on Military Pensions.
Mr. Pearce presented a petition of Nancy Thompkins, of the State of Rhode Island, mother of John Place, a seaman, who was killed in the action between the United States' sloop of war Hornet and the British ship of war Peacock, in the late war, praying to be placed on the list of naval pensioners.
Mr. Williams presented a memorial of the Midshipmen in the Navy of the United States, praying that the grade of Sub-Lieutenant in the Navy may be established, with the pay and emoluments of a Lieutenancy.
Ordered, That the said petition and memorial be referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.
Mr. White, of New York, presented a memorial of officers of the army of the United States in the late war between the United States and Great Britain, praying that land may be granted to officers of that army, in consideration of their services.
Mr. Lewis presented a petition of William Matherson, of the State of Alabama, praying that the right of pre-emption in the purchase of a certain tract of public land may be granted to him, upon which land he has erected a grist and saw mill.
Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Committee on the Public Lands.
On motion of Mr. Finch, Ordered, That the petition of James Danley, presented December 5, 1828, be referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.
On motion of Mr. Armstrong, Ordered, That the petition of Henry Bedinger, presented February 22, 1830, be referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.
Mr. Cambreleng presented a memorial of John Hone, Myndert Van Schaick, Isaac S. Hone, and Henry Hone, of the eity of New York, merchants, praying to be indemnified in the damage they have sustained by reason of sundry suits instituted against them in behalf of the United States, to recover certain teas imported by Edward Thomson, of Philadelphia, in which suits the United States failed to recover judgment for any part or portion of the matter in controversy; which memorial was referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.
Mr. Denny presented a petition of inhabitants of Beaver county, in the State of Pennsylvania, praying that the transportation of the mails on the Sabbath day may be prohibited; which petition was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.
Mr. Whittlesey presented a memorial of inhabitants of the town of Aurora, in the county of Portage, in the State of Ohio, praying that the Indians in the southern section of the Union may be protected in all their rights, and allowed to remain in peaceable possession of their lands.
Mr. Lewis presented a memorial of the head men and warriors of that part of the Creek nation of Indians desirous of emigrating to the west of the river Mississippi, praying that measures may be adopted for their speedy removal, upon the terms heretofore held out to them, or that they may be indemnified for the injuries and damage they have sustained by a compliance on their part with the offers and proposals of the Government of the United States.
Ordered, That the said memorials be referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.
Mr. Sevier presented a document in relation to a claim of Stephen Vauguine, on account of depredations committed by Indians; which document was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.
On motion of Mr. Creighton, Ordered, That the petition of James Sharp, presented January 30, 1830, be referred to the Committee on Internal Improvements.
Mr. Lewis presented a memorial of inhabitants of the State of Alabama, praying that the transportation of the mails on the Sabbath day may be prohibited; which memorial was referred to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
Mr. Duncan presented a petition of inhabitants of the county of Schuyler, in the State of Illinois, praying for the establishment of a post route; which petition was laid on the table.
Mr. White, of Florida, presented a petition of John Underwood, of the Territory of Florida, praying to be indemnified for losses sustained by acts of the agent of the United States in that Territory, in the year 1812; which petition was referred to the Committee of Claims.
Mr. Doddridge presented a memorial of the Directors of the Columbia Turnpike Road Company in the District of Columbia, praying that said company may be indemnified in any damage it may sustain by reason of the construction of a branch of the Ohio and Baltimore rail road into and within the District of Columbia; which memorial was laid on the table.
On motion of Mr. Borst, Ordered, That the petition of Reuben Finch, presented January 11, 1830, be referred to the Committee on Military Pensions.
Mr. Cambreleng, from the Committee on Commerce, to which was referred the bill from the Senate, (No. 20) entitled “ An act for the relief of Ebenezer Rollins," reported the said bill without amendment.
Ordered, That the said bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House to-morrow.
Mr. Buchanan, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to which was referred the bill from the Senate, (No. 2.) entitled "An act to provide for the further compensation of the Marshal of the district of Rhode Island,” reported the same without amendment.
Ordered, That the said bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House to-morrow.
Ordered, That the Committee on the Judiciary be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of Gideon Davis, also from the further consideration of the petition of the practitioners of law in the courts of Virginia west of the Alleghany mountains, and that the said petitions do lie on the table.
Mr. Chilton, from the Committee on Military Pensions, to which was referred the bill from Senate, (No. 42) entitled “An act for the relief of Jonathan Crocker,” reported the same without amendment.