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a statement showing the amount of money expended, or contracted to be expended, by the superintendents of the national road in the State of Indiana, the amount of labor done, or contracted to be done; and generally, the state of the funds appropriated to that object; and whether another appropriation will will not be necessary and proper, in order to the continuation of the work.

On motion of Mr. White, of Florida, Resolved, That the Committee on Naval Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making an appropriation to pay for certain pre-emption claims in West Florida, purchased by H. M. Brackenridge under instructions from the Secretary of the Navy, dated December 6, 1828.

On motion of Mr. Biddle, Resolved, That the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing for the erection of light-houses at or near the confluence of the St. Joseph's river with lake Michigan, and on the outer Thunder bay island in lake Huron, and for placing a floating light in the strait connecting those lakes; and, also, for placing buoys on the fats at the head of lake St. Clair.

Resolved, That the said committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making provision for a survey of the mouths of the rivers Clinton and St. Joseph's, and the strait of St. Clair; and that all memorials and other documents relating to the subject before mentioned, which have heretofore been referred to said committee, and are now on the files of the House, be again referred to the same.

Mr. Drayton moved the following resolution; which was read, and laid on the table:

Resolved, That the Secretary of War be directed to inform this House whether any, and if any, what additions are deemed necessary to be made to the corps of military topographical engineers, exclusively for military purposes.

The House proceeded to the consideration of the bill (No. 517) to authorize the extension, construction, and use of a lateral branch of the Baltimore and Ohio rail road. into and within the District of Columbia: when it was,

On motion of Mr. Doddridge, Ordered, That the said bill be committed to the Committee for the District of Columbia.

The bill from the Senate, (No. 25,) entitled “ An act to amend an act, entitled • An act to provide for paying to the State of Illinois three per cent. of the nett proceeds arising from the sale of the public lands within the same," » was read the third time, and passed.

Ordered, That the clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

The House proceeded to the consideration of the bill (No. 80) for the relief of Nathaniel Patten: when it was

Ordered, That the further consideration of the said bill be postponed until to-morrow.

The House proceeded to the consideration of the bill (No. 145) to amend and consolidate the acts respecting copy-rights; and,

On motion of Mr. Ellsworth, The said bill was amended: when

A motion was made by Mr. Hoffman further to amend the same, by striking out the words “ twenty-eight years," being the period proposed in said bill for the duration of a copy-right, and inserting the words“fourteen years;":

And the question being put,
It was decided in the negative,

Ordered, That the said bill be engrossed, and read a third time to-morrow. And then the House adjourned until to-morrow, 12 o'clock meridian.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 1830. Mr. Drayton, from the Committee on Military Affairs, made an unfavorable report on the case of John Shaw; which was read, and laid on the table.

Mr. Drayton, from the same committee, also made an unfavorable report on the petition of William Hobby; which was read, and laid on the table.

Mr. Drayton, from the same committee, which was instructed “to inquire into the propriety of paying to the heirs of William Dudley Digges a fair valuation for the land taken and occupied by the officers of the United States for the site of fort Washington,” made a report, accompanied by a bill (No. 542) to authorize the Secretary of War to purchase an additional quantity of land for the fortifications at fort Washington, upon the river Potomac; which bill was read the first and second time, and ordered to be engrossed, and read a third time to-morrow.

Mr. Sterigere, from the Committee on Private Land Claims, made an unfavorable report on the petition of the heirs of Colonel Selby Harney; which was read, and laid on the table.

Mr. McCoy, from the Committee of Claims, made an unfavorable report on the petition of Walter Loomis and Abel Gray; which was read, and laid on the table.

Mr. McCreery, from the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, made an unfavorable report on the petition of George King, junior; which was read, and laid on the table.

Mr. Brown, from the Committee on Revolutionary Claims, made an unfavorable report on the petition of William Renason; which was read, and laid on the table.

Mr. Dickinson, from the Committee on Revolutionary Claims, made a report on the petition of John H. Wendell, a captain in the revolutionary war, accompanied by a bill (No. 543) for his reliet; which bill was read the first and second time, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.

Mr. Dickinson, from the same committee, made a report on the petition of Ephraim Whitaker, accompanied by a bill (No. 544) for his relief; which bill was read the first and second time, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.

Mr. Hall, from the Committee on Public Expenditures, which was instructed, on the 30th ultimo, “to inquire into the expediency of adopting some uniform mode of computing the distance for which members of Congress shall be allowed compensation for mileage to and from the seat of Government,” made a report; which was read, and laid upon the table.

Ordered, That the Committee on Revolutionary Claims be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of the heirs of Joseph Falconer and the petition of Elijah Fox, and that the said petitions do lie on the table.

Ordered, That the Committee on Military Pensions be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of Anthony Glean, and that it be referred to the committee appointed on the 17th of December, on the petition officers of the army of the Revolution.

Ordered, That the Committee on the Judiciary be discharged from the further consideration of the bill from the Senate (No. 50) “ 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;" and that the said bill be referred io the Committee of Ways and Means.

Mr. Trezvant, from the Committee on Military Pensions, which was instructed, on the 31st of December, " to inquire into the expediency of making provision for the relief of that class of revolutionary soldiers, who, at the passage of the law of 1818, were not resident citizens of the United States, but who have never become citizens or subjects of any foreign States, and who have resided within the limits of the United States for the term of two years last past," made an adverse report; which was read, and laid on the table.

Ordered, That the Committee on Military Pensions be discharged from the further consideration of the cases of Ebenezer Whitney, Captain Thomas Porter, William Gillespie, and Andrew Derryberry; and that the said cases do lie on the table.

Mr. Verplanck, from the Committee of Ways and Means, reported a bill (No. 545) making appropriations for certain fortifications during the year 1831; which bill was read the first and second time, and committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

Mr. De Witt, from the Committee on Revolutionary Claims, made a report on the petition of Ann Mortimer Barron, accompanied by a bill (No. 546) for her relief; which bill was read the first and second time, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.

Mr. De Witt, from the same committee, made a report in the case of William Treadwell, accompanied by a bill (No. 547) for his relief; which bill was read the first and second time, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.

Mr. Whittlesey, from the Committee of Claims, made an unfavorable report on the petition of Jane Reynolds and Jesse Kane; which was read, and laid on the table.

Mr. Whittlesey, from the same committee, made an unfavorable report on the petition of William B. Whiteside; which was read, and laid on the table.

Mr. Thompson, of Georgia, from the Committee on the Militia, to which was recommitted the bill (No. 168) to organize and establish a uniform militia throughout the United States, and to provide for the discipline thereof, reported an amendatory bill; which was read the first and second time, and committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

Mr. McDuffie, from the Committee of Ways and Means, reported a bill (No. 548) to reduce the bounty on pickled fish exported; which was read the first and second time, and the further consideration thereof was postponed until Monday next, the 10th instant.

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

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed the bill (No. 502) entitled “ An act to change the time of holding the rule term of the circuit court for the district of West Tennessee." The Senate have also passed a bill (No. 46) entitled, “ An act for the relief of John Riddle;" in which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew.

The resolution moved by Mr. Test on the 6th instant, and laid on the table, was read, considered, and agreed to by the House.

The resolution moved by Mr. Drayton on the 6th instant, and laid on table, was read, considered, and agreed to by the House.

On motion of Mr. Whittlesey, Resolved, That the Committee of Claims be instructed to inquire into the

expediency of providing by law for paying John Menary the value of a horse impressed from him by an officer in the service of the United States, during the late war.

On motion of Mr. Irvin, of Ohio, Resolved, That the Committee on Military Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of placing John Akerman on the pension list.

On motion of Mr. Sevier, Resolved, That the Committee on the Public Lands be instructed to inquire into the expediency of authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to settle and adjust the accounts of the agent employed by the Governor of Arkansas, to select the townships of land given by Congress to said Territory for a seminary of learning.

On motion of Mr. Sevier, Resolved, That the Committee on Indian Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making an appropriation to pay the account of Robert Burton, administrator of William Scott, deceased, for depredations commit. ted upon the property of said Scott in his lifetime.

On motion of Mr. Clay, Ordered, That when this House shall adjourn this day, it will adjourn to meet again on Monday next, the 20th instant.

A message, in writing, was received, from the President of the United States, by Mr. Donelson, his private Secretary, as follows:

January 7, 1831. To the House of Representatives:

I beg leave to call the attention of Congress to the accompanying report from the Navy Department, upon the state of the accounts of the Navy in the office of the Fourth Auditor, and to suggest the necessity of correcting the evils complained of by early legislation.

ANDREW JACKSON. The said message was read, and referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

The Speaker laid before the House a report from the Solicitor of the Treasury, made in obedience to the act providing for his appointment, and containing information in relation to causes and actions pending in the courts of the United States, in which the United States were plaintiffs on the 4th of July, 1830; which report was read, and laid on the table.

On motion of Mr. Pettis, Ordered, That the Committee of the Whole House to which is committed the bill (No. 493) providing for the sale of certain town and village lots in the State of Missouri, be discharged, and that the said bill be recommitted to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

The bill from the Senate, (No. 46,) entitled, “An act for the relief of John Riddle,” was read the first and second time, and referred to the Committee on Military Pensions.

On motion of Mr. Thompson, of Georgia, Ordered, That the Committee of the Whole House to which is committed the bill from the Senate, (No. 16,) entitled “An act for the relief of Aaron Fitzgerald,” and the bill from the Senate, (No. 18,) entitled an act for the relief of Edward Fitzgerald,” be discharged; and that the said bills be committed to a Committee of the Whole House on Monday next.

An engrossed bill, (No. 145,) entitled “ An act to amend the several acts respecting copy-rights," was read the third time, and passed.

The House resolved itseif into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union; and, after some time spent therein, the Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Findlay reported that the committee had, according to order, had the state of the Union generally under consideration, particularly the bill (No. 330) for the relief of James Monroe, and had come to no resolution thereupon.

And then the House adjourned until Monday next, the 10th instant, at 12 o'clock meridian.

MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 1831.

Mr. Jarvis presented a petition of inhabitants of the town of Cutler, in the county of Washington, and State of Maine, praying for the establishment of a post route; which petition was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Jarvis presented a petition of Alexander Milliken, keeper of the light-house on Moose Peak island, praying that an out-house may be erected for his accommodation.

Mr. Cambreleng presented a petition of citizens of the United States, interested in the trade between the United States and the island of St. Croix, praying that the duty on St. Croix rum and sugar, imported into the United States, may be reduced.

Mr. Lyon presented a petition of citizens of the United States engaged in the commerce of the western waters, praying that provision may be made for the establishment of a national hospital for sick boatmen at some convenient place on the western waters. Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Committee on Commerce.

On motion of Mr. Howard, Ordered, That the memorial of the Chamber of Commerce of Baltimore, praying for the establishment of light houses at certain points in the Chesapeake, presented March 8, 1830, be referred to the Committee on Commerce.

On motion of Mr. Hawkins, Ordered, That the petition of George J. Knight, presented March 22, 1830, be referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. McIntire presented a petition of Jonathan Noeks, of the State of Maine;

Mr. Wingate presented a petition of Benjamin Woodman, of the State of Maine;

Mr. Hubbard presented a petition of Micah How, of the State of New Hampshire;

Mr. Dwight presented a petition of Daniel Fuller, of the State of Massachusetts;

Mr. Bailey presented a petition of Samuel Capen, of the State of Massachusetts;

Mr. Varnum presented a petition of Thomas Evans, of the State of Massachusetts;

Mr. Hodges presented a petition of John Hunt, of the State of Massachusetts;

Mr. Bates presented a petition of Shubael Wilder, a petition of Levi Rose, a petition of Eleazer Strong, a petition of Timothy Couch, a petition of Solomon Smow, a petition of Asa Smith, a petition of Samuel Thompson, a petition of Benjamin Sherman, a petition of Levi Fay, a petition

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