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ports of the overseer, of the live oak plantations near the Navy yard at Pensacola ; and that he be further directed to communicate to this House copies of all correspondence, contracts, deeds, or other papers, connected with the purchase of live oak lands in Florida, in the possession of, or within the control of the Navy Department; the quantity purchased, the names of the persons from whom the purchases were made; the prices given; to whom paid, when paid, and on what authority; together with all other information tending to show the value of such lands at the time of the purchase, as well as the quality and value of the live oak timber on each tract fit for gaval purposes, and all other information in the power of the Department to give, relative to a production, preservation, and providing a supply of live oak, and the measures taken respecting the growing thereof, and the expenses of such measures. As thus modified, the said resolution was adopted by the House.
On motion of Mr. Hubbard, Resolved, that the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a post road from Northumberland, through Piercy Winlow's location, Dummer, Berlin, to Milan, in New Hampshire.
Mr. Richardson moved the following resolution:
Resolved, That a select Committee on Education be appointed, to take into consideration all measures and propositions relative thereto which shall be referred to them, and to report by bill or otherwise.
The said resolution being read,
86. The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present, Those who voted in the affirmative, are,
Messrs. Mark Alexander, Robert Allen, Willis Alston, William G. Angel, William S. Archer, John S. Barbour, Robert W. Barnwell, Daniel L. Barringer, John Bell, James Blair, Abraham Bockee, Ratliff Boon, Peter I. Borst, Elias Brown, James Buchanan, Churchill
C. Cambreleng, John Campbell, Nathaniel H. Claiborne, Clement C. Clay, Richard Coke, jr., Henry W. Conner, Henry B. Cowles, Robert Craig, David Crockett, Jacob Crocheron, Heory Daniel, Thomas Davenport, Warren R. Davis, Robert Desha, Charles G. De Witt, Joseph Draper, William Drayton, Edward B. Dudley, Jonas Earll, jr., James Ford, Thomas F. Foster, Nathan Gaither, William F. Gordon, Innis Green, Henry H. Gurley, Thomas H. Hall, Jehiel H. Halsey, Charles E. Haynes, Thomas Hinds, Michael Hoffman, Benjamin C Howard, Thomas Irwin, William W Irvin, Leonard Jarvis, Cave Johnson, Perkins King, Adam King, Henry G. Lamar, Pryor Lea, Joseph Lecompte, James Lent, Dixon H. Lewis, George Loyall, Wilson Lumpkin, Chittenden Lyon, John Magee, Alem Marr, Thomas Maxwell, Lewis Maxwell, William McCoy, George McDuffie, Rufus McIntire, Robert Monell, Ebenezer F. Norton, William T. Nuckolls, John Mercer Patton, Spencer Pettis
, James K. Polk, Robert Potter, Gershom Powers, Abram Rencher, John Roane, Robert S. Rose, William Russel, Augustine H Shepperd, James Shields, Jesse Speight, Michael C. Sprigg, James Standefer, John B. Sterigere, Philander Stephens, Wiley Thompson, Starling Tucker, Gulian C. Verplaack, James M. Wayne, Campbell P. White, Charles A. Wickliffe, Lewis Williams, and Joel Yancey.-94.
Those who voted in the negative, are,
Messrs. John Anderson, William Armstrong, Benedict Arnold, John Bailey, Mordecai Bartley, Isaac C. Bates, Robert E. B. Bavlor, John Broadhead, Samuel Butman, William Cahoon, Thomas Chandler, Thomas Chilton, Nicholas D. Coleman, Lewis Condict, Richard M. Cooper, Richard Coulter, Joseph H. Crane, l'homas H. Crawford, William Creighton, jr., Benjamin W. Crowninshield, Harmar Denny, John D. Dickinson, Philip Doddridge, Joseph Duncan, Henry W. Dwight, Samuel W. Eager, William W. Ellsworth, George Evans, Joshua Evans, Horace Everett, James Findlay, Isaac Finch, Chauncey Forward, Joseph Fry, John Gilmore, George Grennell, jr., Joseph Hawkins, Joseph Hemphill, James L. Hodges, Cornelius Holland, Henry Hubbard, Thomas : 1. Hughes, Jonathan Hunt, Jabez W. Huntington, Peter Ihrie, jr., Ralph I. Ingersoll, Richard M. Johnson, Joseph G. Kendall, William Kennon, John Kincaid, Humphrey H. Leavitt, Robert P. Letcher, Rollin C. Mallary, Henry C. Martindale, William McCreery, Daniel H. Miller, George E. Mitchell, Henry A. Muhlenberg, Dutee J. Pearce, Isaac Pierson, William Ramsey, James F. Randolph, John Reed, Joseph Richardson, Jonah Sanford, John Scott, Thomas H. Sill, Samuel A. Smith, Ambrose Spencer, Henry R. Storrs, William L. Storrs, James Strong, Joei B. Sutherland, Samuel Swan, Benjamin Swift, John W. Taylor, John Thomson, Phineas L. Tracy, Joseph Vance, John Varnum, Samuel F. Vinton, George C. Washington, John W. Weeks, Elisha Whittlesey, Edward D. White, and Ephraim K. Wilson.--86.
On motion of Mr. Pearce, Resolved, That the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the expediency of placing a spindle on the rock between the islands of Rhode Island and Conanicut, called “the Halfway Rock.”
On motion of Mr. Hodges, Resolved, That the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the expediency of reducing or abolishing, by law, certain fees now exacted for passports and the clearance of vessels of citizens of the United States.
On motion of Mr. Beekman, Resolved, That the Committee on Military Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of placing the name of Joseph H. Carey, a soldier of the Revolution, on the pension list.
On motion of Mr. Norton, Resolved, That the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making an appropriation to improve the harbor of Portland harbor, so called, in the county of Chatauque, and State of New York.
On motion of Mr. Taylor, Resolved, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of repealing the limitation on the period allowed for the transmission of documents free of postage, and of reviving the act on that subject, approved December 19, 1821.
On motion of Mr. De Witt, Resolved, That the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the expediency of erecting a light-house at the junction of Rondout creek and Hudson river in the State of New York, and that the papers relating to the subject be again referred to said committee.
On motion of Mr. Finch,
Resolved, That the Committee on Military Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making provision for disabled artificers who served in that corps during the late war, and who are not provided for by any existing law.
On motion of Mr. Perkins King, Resolved, that the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making an appropriation for building a light-house at Esopus Meadows, on the Hudson river, in the State of New York.
On motion of Mr. Randolph, Resolved, that the Committee on Military Pensions be instructed to inquire into the propriety of placing the names of Thomas Lee and Thomas Bloomfield, of New Jersey, on the pension roll of revolutionary pensioners.
On motion of Mr. Ihrie, Resolved, That the Committee on Military Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of granting a pension to Philip Fry, a soldier of the Revolution.
On motion of Mr. Stephens, Resolved, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a post route from Montrose, in Susquehannah county, Pennsylvania, to Black Walnut bottom, in Luzerne county.
Mr. Hemphill moved the following resolution; which was read, and laid on the table, viz:
Resolved, That the President of the United States be requested to transmit to Congress a statement of the expenditures heretofore made for internal improvements, specifying the several works, and the expenditure upon cach; also, a statement of the estimated expense of the works of internal improvement for which surveys have been made, together with a like statement of the estimated expense of other works projected and partially surveyed.
On motion of Mr. Sprigg, Resolved, That the Committee on Internal Improvements be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making an appropriation for the complete repair of the Cumberland road, and of adopting some effectual mode for its permanent preservation,
Mr. Crockett moved the following resolution; which was read, and laid on the table, viz:
Resolved, That the Postmaster General communicate to this House the amount of money agreed to be paid by him under the late contract for carrying the mail from the city of Washington to the city of Baltimore; also, the amount of money heretofore paid by his predecessor for the like services.
On motion of Mr. Bell, Resolved, That the Committee on Revolutionary Claims inquire into the expediency of extending the benefit of the act for the relief of certain surviving officers and soldiers of the army of the Revolution, passed on the 15th day of May, 1828, to John Warren, a soldier of the Revolution.
On motion of Mr. Blair, of Tennessee, Resolved, That the resolutions of the Legislatures of Alabama and Tennessee, in relation to the canal or rail road to connect the waters of Tennessee and Coosa rivers, referred to the ommittee on Internal Improvemente at the last session, be again referred to the said committee.
On motion of Mr. Leavitt, Resolved, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the experiency of establishing a post route from New Hagerstown, Tuscarawas county, Ohio, through the town of New Cumberland, to Zoar, in said county.
On motion of Mr. Russel, Resolved, That the Committee on the Public Lands be instructed to inquire into the expediency of disposing of the surplus land within the Virginia military district, in the State of Ohio.
A message, in writing, was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Donelson, his private Secretary; which was read, and is as follows: To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States:
GENTLEMEN: From information received at the Department of State, it is ascertained that, owing to unforeseen circumstances, several of the Marshals have been unable to complete the enumeration of the inhabitants of the United States within the time prescribed by the act of the 23d March, 1830, viz: by the first day of the present month.
As the completion of the fifth census, as respects several of the States of the Union, will have been defeated, unless Congress, to whom the case is submitted, should, by an act of the present session, allow further time for making the returns in question, the expediency is suggested of allowing such an act to pass at as early a day as possible.
ANDREW JACKSON. WASHINGTON, 15th December, 1830.
The said message was referred to a select committee, consisting of Mr. Storrs, Mr. Coulter, Mr. Bates, Mr. Gurley, Mr. Martindale, Mr. Grennell, and Mr. Holland.
The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting his annual report on the state of the finances of the United States; which letter and report were referred to the Committee of Ways and Means, and six thousand copies thereof were ordered to be printed for the use of the members of this House.
The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting copies of the reports of H. M. Shreve, and of Captain R. Delafield, on the improvement of the navigation of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, called for by the House on the 14th instant; which reports were'committed to the Committee of the Whole House to which is committed the bill (No.458) to amend the several acts authorizing the registering and granting licenses to steamboats, and to provide for the better security of the lives of passengers on board of vessels propelled in whole or in part by steam.
The Speaker laid before the House a communication from Duff Green, accompanied by a prospectus for the publication of a stereotype edition of the laws and treaties of the United States, and asking a subscription on the part of Congress for such number of copies as the Government may desire; ! which communication was referred to the Committee on the Library. The Speaker also laid before the House the following communication, viz:
WASHINGTON, December 16, 1830. Sir: As the state of my health will not permit me to discharge the duties of Chairman of the Committee for the District of Columbia in such a man. ner as the pressing and vital interests of the people of that District most im
periously demand, I respectfully beg leave to be discharged from serving on said committee.
I have the honor to be,
G. POWERS. The Honorable A. STEVENSON, Speaker, &c.
The said letter being read, it was
Ordered, That Mr. Powers be excused from serving on the Committee for the District of Columbia, and that Mr. Doddridge be appointed of the said committee, to fill the vacancy thereby occasioned.
The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Postmaster General, containing the information called for by the House on the 14th instant, relative to an alteration of the post route from Macon to Columbus, in Georgia; which letter was read, and committed to the Committee of the Whole House to which is committed the bill (No. 420) to alter and establish post roads.
The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the bill (No. 420) to establish certain post roads, and to alter and discontinue others, and for other purposes; and, after some time spent therein, the Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Haynes reported the said bill with amendments.
And then the House adjourned.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1830.
On motion of Mr. Anderson, Ordered, That the petition of Isaac Boynton, presented February 23, 1829, be referred to the Committee on Military Pensions.
Mr. Finch presented a petition of Joel Buck, of the State of New York, praying for the arrearage of pension to which he conceives himself entitled. Mr. Finch presented
a petition of David Ames, of the State of New York; Mr. Sill presented a petition of Benjamin Dickson, of the State of Pennsylvania;
Mr. Swan presented a petition of Robert Liddle, of the State of New Jersey: praying, respectively, to be placed on the pension list of the United States,
Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on Military Pensions.
The undermentioned petitions, heretofore presented, were again presented, and referred to the Committee on Military Pensions, viz:
By Mr. Sill: The petition of William Dougherty, presented January 11, 1830.
By Mr. Sill: The petition of Lyman Jackson, presented December 23, 1829.
By Mr. Sill: The petition of Rhoda Stewart, widow of John Stewart, presented December 23, 1829.
Mr. Everett, of Vermont, presented a petition of Jonathan Ware, of the State of Vermont, praying to be paid for the services of himself and his son, a minor, as volunteers in the military service of the United States in the laté war with Great Britain.