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Mr. Blair, of Tennessee, presented a petition of Benjamin Sherfey, of the State of Tennessee, praying that the sum of ninety-six dollars, improperly and illegally collected of him as a fine for non-performance of militia duty, when called into the service of the United States, may be refunded.

Mr. Clay presented a petition of John Baird, of the State of Alabama, praying payment of a number of claims arising out of the late war with the Seminole Indians, purchased by him for a valuable consideration. Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion of Mr. Haynes, Ordered, That the petition of Lewis Anderson, presented December 21, 1829, be referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion of Mr. Lewis, Ordered, That the petition of Haynes Crabtree, presented December 29, 1829, be referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Sutherland presented a memorial of Joshua Shaw, of the State of Pennsylvania, setting forth that he is the inventor of a new method of discharging cannon, by means of a lock acting on a primer of percussion fulminating powder, for which he has obtained letters patent, and praying that the right of using his invention may be purchased of him for the benefit of the United States; which memorial was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Young presented a petition of Matthew Mofit, of the State of Connecticut, praying to be paid the bounty of eighty dollars to which he says he was entitled as a soldier of the revolutionary army;

Mr. Coulter presented a petition of Jane Finley, widow of Andrew Finley, deceased, an officer in the army of the Revolution, praying that all such compensation and emoluments to which her late husband would be entitled if he were now alive, may be granted and paid to her.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

On motion of Mr. Taliaferro, Ordered, That the petition of William Wedderburn, presented December 9, 1805, be referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

Mr. Verplanck presented a petition of Cary Dunn, jr., Cornelius Roosa, Zadock Hidden, and Robert Hunter, on behalf of themselves and others, officers and soldiers of the army of the Revolution, who served prior to the 1st March, 1780, and who have received no gratuity or compensation either in land or money, praying that their claims may be equitably adjusted, and that they may be paid a reasonable and fair compensation for their services; which petition was referred to a select committee; and

Mr. Verplanck, Mr. Forwaril, Mr. Deberry, Mr. Campbell, Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Cooper, and Mr. Everett, were appointed the said committee.

Mr. Cambreleng presented a representation and memorial of the New York Chamber of Commerce upon the state of the trade between the United States and China, and praying Congress to reduce the duties on silks imported from places beyond the cape of Good Hope, so as to equalise them with like articles imported from oiher countries.

Mr. Cambreleng presented a petition of John Haines, of the city of New York, merchant, stating that, long previous to the passage of the tariff of 1828, of duties on imports, he ordered goods from England, which arrived in the United States subscquent to the period at which the said tariff took effect; and praying that the excess of duties imposed by said tariff may be refunded to him.

Ordered, That the said memorial and petitions be referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.

Mr. Norton presented a petition of ship owners, masters of vessels, commission merchants, and others interested in the security of navigation upon lake Erie, and the rivers and lakes connected therewith, praying that provision may be made for a survey of the coasts of lakes Erie, Huron, and Michigan, and that charts of the same may be made and published for the security of the commerce and navigation thereon; which petition was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

On motion of Mr. Dudley, Ordered, That the petition of inhabitants of the town of Wilmington, in the State of North Carolina, upon the subject of a marine hospital, presented January 18, 1830, be referred to the Committee on Commerce.

On motion of Mr. Sill, Ordered, That the petition of James Moses, presented February 8, 1830, be referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

On motion of Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, Ordered, That the petition of Samuel Lewis, jr., presented January 3, 1926, be referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Doddridge presented a petition of inhabitants of the western district of Virginia, praying that the sessions of the district court of the United States for the western district of Virginia may be removed from Louisburg to Charleston; which petition was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Taliaferro presented a petition of William P. Bailey, of the city of Alexandria, in the District of Columbia, praying to be divorced from his wife Rebecca, for reasons set forth in his petition.

Mr. Gordon presented a paper signed by inhabitants of the county of Albemarle, in the State of Virginia, urging the settlement of the claims of James Monroe against the Government of the United States; which was committed to the Committee of the Whole House to which is committed the bill for the relief of Mr. Monroe.

On motion of Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, Ordered, That the petition of Jonas Fauche, of Georgia, presented 15th January, 1827, be referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Mr. Polk presented a petition of Joseph Brown, of the State of Tennessee, praying to be paid for property of which he was plundered by the Cherokee Índians, in the year 1788; which petition was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Mr. Blair, of Tennessee, presented a memorial of David Shaver, sen., Thomas Majors, George R. Corvan, James S. May, and David Shaver, jr., of the State of Tennessee, setting forth their claims to certain lands lying in the State of Mississippi, derived from the State of Georgia; and proposing to commute their said claims for such sum as may be deemed reasonable and just.

Mr. Baylor presented a petition of Hopkins Rice, of the State of Alabama, praying permission to correct an error in entering a tract of land purchased of the United States.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

On motion of Mr. Biddle, O dered, T a. the petition of George McDougall, presented December 24, 1829, be referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

On motion of Mr. Overton, Ordered, That the petition of the heirs of Theophilus Collins, presented February 15, 1830, be referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

Ön motion of Mr. Condict, Ordered, That the petitions of widows of certain officers of the army of the Revolution, presented February 16, 1829, be referred to the select committee appointed this day on the petition of sundry officers of said army, who served prior to the 1st March, 1780.

Mr. Whittlesey, from the Committee of Claims, made a report on the petition of Jotham Lincoln, administrator of Samuel B. Lincoln, deceased, accompanied by a bill (No. 500) for his relief; which bill was read the first and second time, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House to

morrow

Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, from the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, made a report on the petition of Barnard Kelley, accompanied by a bill (No. 501) for his relief; which bill was read the first and second time, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House to-day.

Mr. Buchanan, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to which the subject was reserred on the 14th instant, reported a bill (No. 502) to change the time of holding the rule term of the circuit court for the district of West Tennessee; which bill was read the first and second time, and ordered to be engrossed, and read a third time on Monday next.

Mr. Ellsworth, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to which was recomunitted the bill (No. 145) to amend and consolidate the acts respecting copy rights, reported an amended bill, accompanied by a report in writing; which hill was committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

Ordered, That the Committee on Private Land Claims be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of Williarn Sturgeon, and that it be referred to the Secretary of War, with instruction to report thereon to this House.

The resolution moved by Mr. Hemphill on the 16th instant, and laid on the table, was read, considered, and agreed to by the House.

The resolution moved by Mr. Crockett on the 16th instant, and laid on the table, was read and considered; And the question being put thereon, was disagreed to by the House.

On motion of Mr. Duncan, Resolved, that the Committee on Internal Improvements be instructed to inquire into the expediency of extending the national road from the seat of Government of Illinois to the Mississippi river, and of making an appropriation for that purpose.

On motion of Mr. Clay, Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency of changing the times of holding the district courts of the United States for the northern district of Alabama, from those now established by law, to the second Mondays of April and October.

On motion of Mr. Pettis, Resolved, That the Committee on the Territories be instructed to inquire into the expediency of running and marking the northern boundary line of the State of Missouri, and that part of the western boundary line which is north of the Missouri river; and that said committee inquire into the expediency of so altering the said northern boundary line as to cause it to run due east from the point where it now strikes the Des Moines river to the middle of the Mississippi river; and, also, into the propriety of comprehending within the limits of the State the small tract of country lying between the present western boundary line, north of the Missouri river, and the Missouri and Nodaway rivers.

On motion of Mr. Biddle, Resolved, that the Committee on the Public Lands be instructed to inquire into the expediency of extending the confirmations of the inhabitants of Prairie du Chien, in the Territory of Michigan, in such manner as to embrace a portion of wood land; and that a document, now on the files of the House, relating to the subject, be referred to the said committee.

On motion of Mr. Sevier, Resolved, That the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making an appropriation to improve the navigation of the Arkansas river.

On motion of Mr. White, of Florida, Resolved, That the Committee on the Public Lands be instructed to inquire into the expediency of granting all the lands that have been returned by the Surveyors as swamp and inundated, in Florida, to the Territory of Florida; the proceeds of the sales of which to be applied to the improvement of the navigation of the rivers of said Territory.

On motion of Mr. Pearce, Resolved, That the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the expediency of giving to the Collector of the Customs for the district of Newport a salary, or an increase of his compensation in some other mode.

On motion of Mr. Swift, Resolved, That the Committee on Military Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of restoring the name of John Austin, of Swanton, in the State of Vermont, to the list of military pensioners.

On motion of Mr. Strong, Resolved, That the Committee of Claims inquire into the expediency of allowing the claim of James Lucius Sawyer, for services rendered by him in the last war.

Mr. Condict moved the following resolution:

Resolved, That the Committee on the Public Buildings be instructed to inquire into the propriety of graduating, improving, and ornamenting the public ground commonly called the “President's square.” This resolution was read, and laid on the table.

On motion of Mr. Gilmore, Resolved, That the Committee on Military Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of placing William Spear, Daniel Ferguson, John Slaytor, Andrew Alsworth, and Daniel Malasky, soldiers of the Revolution, on the pension roll.

On motion of Mr. McCreery, Resolved, That the Committee on Military Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of placing the name of John Ferguson, a soldier of the Revolution, on the pension roll.

On motion of Mr. Ford, Resolved, That the Corimittee on Military Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of putting the name of Samuel Harding, a soldier of the Revolution, on the pension roll of the United States.

On motion of Mr. Rencher, Resolved, That the Committee on Military Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of extending the provisions of the pension laws so as to embrace the militia in the service of any of the States during the revolutionary war.

On motion of Mr. Davis, of South Carolina, Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency of continuing in force for one year from the first day of July next, the act of Congress authorizirg the Supreme Court of Arkansas to re-adjudicate Spanish confirmations to land in said Territory.

On motion of Mr. Haynes, Resolved, That the report made to this House by the Secretary of War on the 17th day of January last, communicating the correspondence between the Department and the Executive of Georgia, within the three previous years, relative to the depredations of the Creek Indians upon the frontier inhabitants of that State, be referred, with the accompanying documents, to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

On motion of Mr. Foster, Resolved, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be directed to inquire into the expediency of extending the mail route contemplated from Forsyth to Fayetteville, in the State of Georgia, so as that said route may be continued from Fayetteville, by Campbellton, to the gold region in Carroll county, in said State.

On motion of Mr. Wayne, Resolved, That the Committee on Military Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of placing John P. Arnaud on the pension roll.

On motion of Mr. Wickliffe, Resolved, That the Committee on the Public Lands be instructed to inquire into the expediency of continuing in force for one year from the 26th day of May next, the act of Congress in relation to donation claims in the Territory of Arkansas.

On motion of Mr. Coleman, Resolved, That the Committee on Naval Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of amending an act, passed 27th day of March, 1801, entitled “An act supplementary to an act entitled "An act providing for a naval peace establishment, and for other purposes,'” by repealing so much thereof as requires the Captain of the Navy yard in the city of Washington to perform the duties of agent to the Navy Department.

Mr. Overton moved the following resolution, viz:

Resolved, That the Committee on Military A fairs, with the view to the permanent defence of the western and northwestern frontier of the United States, as well as to economise in the public expenditures, inquire into the policy and expediency of setting apart a portion of the public lands, to be embraced within parallel lines, the exterior line of the States and Territories to form one, and not to exceed twenty miles in width; which tract, when designated, may be settled by able bodied men, who shall be entitled to one hundred acres of the same: Provided, They keep a horse and gun fit for use, and hold themselves ready to do military service when called on by the

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