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FEBRUARY, 1812.

Proceedings.

SENATE.

of justice, and returning reason would insure to the long violated immunities of the persons and property of their citizens an exemption from the war committed upon them. France has paused in her career of hostility, and thereby afforded to her rival, England, an opportunity of performing her solemn promises without a compromitment of her pride; and it was expected by the Government and people of the United States that the proofs of this pause, presented in an unquestionable shape to the British Ministry, would have been promptly followed by a repeal of the Orders in Council; but fatal experience has produced the painful conviction that, in this just expectation, they have been mistaken. And, regardless of all principle, the bold avowsi has been made by Great Britain, that the permitted admission of her fabrics into the continent of Europe, through neutral vessels, was an indispensable preliminary to the termination of her aggressions; a condition willich the United States have no right to demand in relation to the produce of their own soil or manufactures, and which their honor forbids them to demand at the instance and for the benefit of another. With a knowledge of this avowal, and the daily evidence that Great Britain executes her orders in their living spirit, which is war upon us, of the most aggravated species, a further indulgence of hope is allied with disgrace, and forbearance becomes criminal; and although this Assembly confide in the patriotism of the Congress and Executive of the United States to assert the rights of the nation, in the manner its honor requires; and, as regards themselves, this expression of their opinion may be superfluous, yet, influenced by the examples of preceding Legislatures, at times less momentous than the present, and apprehensive that their silence will be misconstrued into indifference or distrust, more especially as the Minister Plenipotentiary of Great Britain, in his correspondence with the Government of the United States, recently published, has opposed, to the act of the Executive, and the evidence on which it was predicated, a presumed disagreement, as to the fact upon which he decided, and the justice of the measure that he had adopted by “all the legal authorities in the United States;” and because we believe the measures of hostility, pursued by the British Government against us, are persisted in, in the belief that we are a divided people, this Assembly declare their conviction to be, that not only “all the legal authorities of this State,” but the people also, from whom the former derive their powers, concur in the sentiment of confidence in the Government of the Union, and a firm resolution to support it in the redemption of its plighted faith, “to maintain the rights, honor, and independence of the United States; and, actuated by a sacred regard for the Constitution

and liberties of United America, sanctioned by the wis-

dom of their fathers, and consecrated with their blood, they will not withhold the testimony of their confidence, and the solemn assurance of their co-operation to meet the crisis with the firmness of men, and the

determination of freemen: Therefore, Resolved, That this Assembly, speaking, as they believe they do, the voice of the people of this Commonwealth, have viewed, with approbation, the uniform zeal with which just remonstrances have been made by the General Government, for the purpose of obtaining from Great Britain, by honorable negotiation, a redress of the many wrongs inflicted upon us by her Orders in Council, and other measures equally hostile to the interests of the United States. - - o

Resolved, as the opinion of this Assembly, That, however highly we value the blessings of peace, and however we deprecate the evils of war, the period has now arrived when peace, as we now have it, is disgraceful, and war is honorable.

Resolved, That this Assembly will support the General Government in all Constitutional and legitimate measures, which may be adopted in vindication of the rights and interest of the people of the United States, and in support of the character and dignity of the Government thereof; and, for these purposes, we pledge “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

Resolved, That the Executive of this State be requested to transmit the foregoing preamble and resolutions to the Executive and Legislative departments of the General Government.

Tuesday, February 4.

Mr. SM1th, of Maryland. from the committee to whom was referred the bill, entitled “An act for the establishment of a quartermaster's department,” together with the amendments of the House of Representatives thereto, reported that the further consideration of the bill be postponed to the first Monday in August next. He also read, in his place, the draught of a bill in addi: tion to the Military Establishment of the United States; and which was ordered to be printed. Mr. WoathingtoN, from the committee to whom was referred the bill, entitled “An act for the revision of former confirmations, and for confirming certain claims to land in the district of Kaskaskia,” reported it without amendment. Mr. Leib, from the committee appointed on the petition of John Bioren and others, reported a bill authorizing a subscription for the laws of the United States; and the bill was read, and passed to the second reading. - Mr. Reed, from the committee appointed on the subject, reported a bill in addition to, and for repealing certain parts of an act, entitled “An act for establishing rules and articles for the govern: ment of the armies of the United States;” and the bill was read, and passed to the second reading: The bill, entitled “An act to alter the times of holding the district courts within and for the district of Connecticut,” was read the second time; and, by unanimous consent, it was read the third time, and passed. - Tie bils, entitled “An act making appropriations for the support of Government for the year 1812,” was read the second time, and referred to a select committee to consider and report thereon; and Messrs. TAir, FRANKLIN, and Goodrich, were appointed the committee. Mr. Gilman, from the committee, reported the bill to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing, for a limited time, to inventors, the exclusive right to their respective discoveries, correctly engrossed; and the bill was read the third time, and passed. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill to incorporate Moses Austin, John Rice Jones, Henry Austin, and others, into o company, by the name of the Louisiana Lead

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The PREsident communicated the report of the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, stating that the measures which have been authorized by the Board, subsequent to their last report of the 2d of February, 1811, so far as the same have been completed, are fully detailed in the report of the Secretary of the Treasury to the Board, dated the first day of the present month, and in the statements therein referred to, which are herewith transmitted, and prayed to be received as part of this report; and the report was read. The bill in addition to, and for repealing certain parts of an act, entitled “An act for establishing rules and articles for the government of the armies of the United States,” was read the second time. . - - * The bill authorizing a subscription for the laws of the United States was read the second time. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill to incorporate Moses Austin, John Rice Jones, Henry Austin, and others, into a company, by the name of the Louisiana Lead Company. On motion, by Mr. Leib, that the further consideration thereof be postponed until the first Monday in December next, it was determined in the negative-years 11, nays 13, as follows: YEAs—Messrs. Bayard, Bibb, Franklin, Gaillard, Horsey, Lambert, Leib, Lloyd, Smith of Maryland, Turner, and Warnum. - NAxs—Messrs. Anderson, Bradley, Condit, Crawford, Cutts, German, Goodrich, Gregg, Howell, Hunter, Smith of New York, Tait, and Taylor.

On motion, by Mr. Leib, that the further consideration of the bill be postponed until the first Monday in April next, it was determined in the no.

n motion, by Mr. GREgg, it was agreed that

the further consideration thereof be postponed until the first Monday in March next.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled “An act for the revision of former confirmations, and for confirming certain claims to land in the district of Kaskaskia;” and it was ordered to the third reading.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the bill supplementary to the act, entitled “An act to regulate the collection of duties on imports and tonnage,” together with the amendment reported thereto by the select committee; and, on motion,

by Mr. BAYARD, it was agreed that the further consideration thereof be postponed until the first Monday in March next. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill respecting the enrolling and licensing steamboats; and on the question, Shall this bill be engrossed and read a third time? it was determined in the affirmative. A message from the House of Representatives informed the Senate that the House have passed a bill, entitled “An act supplementary to ‘An act to raise, for a limited time, an additional military

force,” passed on the 12th day of April, 1808; in which t | request the concurrence of the Senate. "The bill last brought up for concurrence was

read and passed to the second reading. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the

Whole, the bill establishing a Land Office; and

after agreeing to sundry amendments, the further consideration thereof was postponed to, and made

the order of the day for, to-morrow.

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Thursday, February 6.

The bill, entitled “An act supplementary to ‘An act to raise, for a limited time, an additional military force,” passed on the 12th day of April, 1808, was read the second time, and referred to a select committee, to consider and report thereon ; and Messrs. Reed, ANDERson, and BRADLEY, were appointed the committee. Mr. CAMpbell, of Ohio, submitted the following motion for consideration: “That a committee be appointed to inquire into the expediency of ascertaining, surveying, and establishing, the Northern and Western boundary lines of the State of Ohio; and that the committee have leave to report by bill or otherwise.” On motion, by Mr. SMITH of Maryland, the bill, entitled “An act for the establishment of a quartermaster's department,” together with the amendments of the House of Representatives thereto, was postponed until the first Monday in December next, agreeably to the report of the committee. , The bill in addition to the Military Establishment of the United States, reported as a substitute for the bill last mentioned, was read, and passed to the second reading. The bill, entitled “An act for the revision of former confirmations, and for confirming certain claims to land in the District of Kaskaskia,” was

read the third time, and passed.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill establishing a land office; and, after debate, on motion, by Mr. BAYARD, it was recommitted to a select committee, further to consider and report thereon; and Messrs. BAYARD, WorthingtoN, and GREgg, were appointed the committee.

Mr. Gil MAN, from the committee, reported the bill respecting the enrolling and licensing of steamboats correctly engrossed; and the bill was read the third time, and passed.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the FEBRUARY, 1812.

Whole, the bill authorizing a subscription for the laws of the United States, and further consideration thereof was postponed until the first Monday in March next. A message from the House of Representatives informed the Senate that the House have passed a bill, entitled “An act making appropriations for the support of the Military Establishment of the United States for the year 1812;” a bill, entitled “An act, making appropriations for the support of the Navy of the United States for the year. 1812; a bill, entitled “An act making a further appropriation for the defence of our maritime frontier;” a bill, entitled “An act making appropriations for the support of an additional military force;” also, a bill, entitled “An act making an appropriation for the expenses incident to the six companies of mounted rangers during the year 1812;” in which bills they request the concurrence of the Senate. The five bills last mentioned were read and passed to the second reading. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill in addition to, and for repealing certain parts of, an act, entitled “An act for establishing rules and articles for the government of the armies of the United States;” and on motion, by Mr. BRADLEY, the further consideration thereof was postponed to, and made the order of the day for, to-morrow.

FRIDAY, February 7.

The PResident communicated a letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting the report of the commissioners appointed conformably to “An act to authorize the Secretary of War to ascertain and settle, by the appointment of commissioners, the exterior line of the public land at West Point with the adjoining proprietor;” and the letter and report were read. The bill, entitled “An act making appropriations for the support of the Military Establishment of the United States for the year 1811,” was read the second time, and referred to a select committee, to consider and report thereon; and Messrs. FRANKLIN, TAIT, and GoodRich, were appointed the committee. he bill, entitled “An act making a further appropriation for the defence of our maritime frontier,” was read the second time. The bill, entitled “An act making appropriations for the support of an additional military force,” was read o: second time, and referred to a select committee, to consider and report thereon; and Messrs. CAMPBell of Tennessee, BRENT, and DANA, were appointed the committee. The bill, entitled “An act making an appropriation for the expenses incident to the six com: panies of mounted rangers during the year 1812.” was read the second time, and referred to the committee last mentioned, to consider and report thereon. - -" The bill, entitled “An act making appropria: tions for the support of the Navy of the United States for the year 1812,” was read the second

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SENATE. time, and referred to a select committee, to consider and report thereon; and Messrs. BRApley, BRENT, and DANA, were appointed the committee. . A message from the House of Representatives informed the Senate that the House have passed a bill, entitled “An act authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to locate the lands reserved for the use of Jefferson College, in the Mississippi Territory,” in which they request the concurrence of the Senate. *The bill last mentioned was read, and passed to the second reading. Mr. Pope presented the petition of the Synod of Kentucky, sitting in Lexington, praying that the public mail may not be permitted to be carried on the Sabbath days, except on extraordinary occasions, for reasons therein stated; and the petition was read. The Senate resumed the consideration of the motion made yesterday by Mr. CAMPBell, of Ohio; and, on motion, by Mr. BRApley, it was amended and agreed to, as follows: Resolved, That a committee be appointed to inquire into the expediency of ascertaining, surveying, and establishing, the Northern and Western boundary lines of the State of Ohio, and the Northern line of the State of Vermont; and that the committee have leave to report by bill or otherwise. - Messrs. BRApley, CAMPBell of Ohio, Cutts, Howell, and DANA, were appointed the committee. The bill in addition to the Military Establishment of the United States was read the second time, and considered as in Committee of the Whole, and the further consideration thereof postponed until Monday next. Mr. BRADLEY, from the committee to whom was referred the bill, entitled “An act to provide for the more convenient taking of affidavits and bail in civil causes depending in the courts of the United States,” reported the bill as amended.

Monday, February 10.

Mr. CAMpbell, of Tennessee, from the committee to whom was referred the bill, entitled “An act making appropriations for the support of an additional military force,” reported it without amendment. He also reported, from the same committee, the bill, entitled “An act making an appropriation for the expenses incident to the six companies of mounted rangers during the year 1812,” without amendment.

The bill, entitled “An act authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to locate the lands reserved for the use of Jefferson College, in the Mississippi Territory,” was read the second time.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled “An act providing for the more convenient taking of affidavits and bail in civil causes depending in the courts of the United States,” together with the amendment reported thereto by the select committee, which was agreed to ; and the PBesident reported the bill to the House accordingly.

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On the question, Shall this bill be read a third time as amended ? it was determined in the affirmative. - * The Senate resumed the consideration of the motion made by Mr. Reed, on the 21st January, as amended; and, on motion by Mr. BRApley, that it be referred to a select committee, to consider and report thereupon, it was determined in the negative-yeas 11, nays 14, as follows: YEAs—Messrs. Anderson, Bradley, Campbell of Ohio, Condit, Crawford, Cutts, Howell, Smith of New York, Tait, Taylor, and Turner. o NAxs—Messrs. Bayard, Franklin, Gaillard, German, Gilman, Goodrich, Horsey, Hunter, Lambert, Leib, Reed, Smith of Maryland, Varnum, and Worthington. On motion by Mr. ANDERson, that the further consideration thereof be postponed until the first Monday in March next, it was determined in the affirmative—yeas 20, nays 11, as follows: YEAs—Messrs. Anderson, Bibb, Bradley, Campbell of Ohio, Campbell of Tennessee, Condit, Crawford, Cutts, Franklin, Gaillard, Gregg, Howell, Leib, Pope, Smith of New York, Tait, Taylor, Turner, Varnum, and Worthington. NAxs—Messrs. Bayard, Dana, German, Gilman, Goodrich, Horsey, Hunter, Lambert, Lloyd, Reed, and Smith of Maryland. - - The PREsident communicated a letter from the Governor of the State of Georgia, transmitting a copy of the resolution passed by the General Assembly of that State, ratifying and confirming an amendment proposed by Congress to the Constitution of the United States, relative to titles of nobility. And the letter and resolution were read. - On motion by Mr. BRADLEY, Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senat transmit to the Secretary of the Department of State the resolution of the Legislature of the State of Georgia, ratifying and confirming an amendment proposed by Congress to the Constitution of the United States, respecting titles of nobility; together with the resolutions of the Legislatures of such other States as have ratified the same. A message from the House of Representatives informed the Senate that the House have passed a bill, entitled “An act to authorize a detachment from the militia of the United States;” a bill, entitled “An act to establish a land district in the Illinois Territory, east of the district of Kaskaskia, and to attach certain public lands to the district of Jeffersonville;” also, a bill, entitled “An act for the relief of Captain Selah Benton;” in which bills they request the concurrence of the Senate.

The three bills last mentioned were read, and

passed to a second reading.

Tuesday, February 11.

Mr. GilmAN, from the committee, reported the amendment to the bill, entitled “An act providing for the more convenient taking of affidavits and bail in civil causes depending in the courts of the United States,” correctly engrossed; and the bill was read the third time as amended, and passed.

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The bill, entitled “An act to establish a land district in the Illinois Territory, east of the district of Kaskaskia, and to attach certain public lands to the district of Jeffersonville,” was read the second time, and referred to the committee appointed the 14th November last, on the resolution respecting public lands, to consider and report thereon, , . . . The bill, entitled “An act for the relief of Captain Selah Benton,” was read the second time, and referred to a select committee, to consider and report thereon ; and Messrs. Bibb, Leib, and REED, were appointed the committee. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill in addition to, and for repealing certain parts of, an act, entitled “An act for establishing rules and articles for the government of the Armies of the United States;” and, on motion by Mr. DANA, the surther consideration thereof was postponed to, and made the order of the day for, to-morrow. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled “An act, making appropriations for the support of an additional military force;” and the bill was amended, and the PResident reported it to the House accordingly. On the question, time as amended ? ative. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled “An act authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to locate the lands reserved for the use of Jefferson College, in the Mississippi Territory. On the question, Shall this bill be read a third time? it was determined in the affirmative. A message from the House of Representatives informed the Senate that the House have passed a bill, entitled “An act to ascertain and establish the western boundary of the tract reserved for satisfying the military bounties allowed to the officers and soldiers of the Virginia line on Continental Establishment,” in which bill they desire the concurrence of the Senate. The bill last mentioned, was read, and passed to the second reading. On motion by Mr. Taylor, the bill, entitled “An act making a further appropriation for the defence of our maritime frontier,” was referred to a select committee, to consider and report thereon; and Messrs. TAylor, Lloyd, and SMITH of Maryland, were appointed the committee. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled “An

shall the bill be read a third it was determined in the affirm

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act making an appropriation for the expenses incident to the six companies of mounted rangers during the year 1812; and it was ordered to the third reading.

On motion of Mr. CAMPBell, of Tennessee, that it be now read a third time, it was objected to, as against the rule.

Wen Nesday, February 12.

The bill, entitled “An act to ascertain and es

tablish the western boundary of the tract reserved for satisfying the military bounties allowed to the officers and soldiers of the Virginia line on Continental Establishment,” was read the second time, and referred to a select committee, to consider and report thereon; and Messrs. WorthingtoN, GREGG, and Pope, were appointed the committee. Mr. Tait, from the committee to whom was referred the bill, entitled “An act making appropriations for the support of Government for the year 1812,” reported it with amendments. ..Mr. GILMAN, from the committee, reported the bill in addition to the Military Establishment of the United States, correctly engrossed; and the bill was read the third time. , On motion by Mr. Lloyd, it was recommitted to a select committee, further to consider and report thereon ; and Messrs. Lloyd, SM1th of Maryland, and CRAwford, were appointed the committee. - - - - Mr. Gil MAN, from the committee, also reported the amendment to the bill, entitled “An act making appropriations for the support of an additional military force,” correctly engrossed; and the bill was read the third time as amended, and passed. The bill, entitled “An act making an appropriation for the expenses incident to the six companies of mounted rangers during the year 1812.” was read the third time, and passed. o The bill, entitled “An act authorizing the Sec. retary of the Treasury to locate the lands reserved for the use of Jefferson College, in the Mississippi Territory,” was read the third time, and passed. - message from the House of Representatives informed the Senate that the House have passed a bill, entitled “An act for the relief of the Board of Commissioners west of Pearl river;” also a bill, entitled “An act for the benefit of Christopher Miller;” in which bills they request the concurrence of the Senate, . . The bills last brought up for concurrence were read, and passed to the second reading. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill in addition to, and for repealing certain certain parts of, an act, entitled “An act for establishing rules and articles for he government of the Armies of the United States;” and the bill was amended, and the PREsident reported it to the House accordingly. On the question, Shall this bill be engrossed and read a third time as amended ? it was

determined in the negative-yeas 10, nays 15, as |

follows: Yeas—Messrs. Anderson, Bibb, Campbell of Ohio, German, Howell, Leib, Pope, Reed, Taylor, Varnum.

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NAxs—Messrs. Bayard, Bradley, Condit, Crawford, Cutts, Gaillard, Gilman, Goodrich, Gregg, Lambert, Smith of Maryland, Smith of New York, Tait, Turner, and Worthington.

Mr. Pope presented the memorial and petition of John Lisle and Margaret his wife, late Margaret Lapsley, widow and administratrix of Samuel Lapsley, deceased, and Miss Lapsley, daughter and sole heir of the said Samuel, stating that the said. Samuel Lapsley served as an officer in the late Revolutionary war, and after the peace he received two certificates, commonly called commutation or final settlement certificates, which, in the year 1786, he placed in the hands of Mr. Greenlee, for the purpose of obtaining the indents of interest thereon, and which were lost by Mr. Greenlee, and have never since been found, and have never been funded; and 'praying relief, for reasons stated at large in the memorial; which was read, and referred to a select committee, to consider and report thereon by bill or otherwise ; and Messrs. Pope, BRAdley, and GREgg, were appointed the committee.

Thursday, February 13.

Mr.Worth INgtoN, from the committee to whom was referred the bill, entitled “An act to estab

lish a land district in the Illinois Territory, east

of the district of Kaskaskia, and to attach certain public lands to the district of Jeffersonville,” reported it without amendment. The PREsident communicated the general account of the Treasurer of the United States, from October 1, 1810, to October 1, 1811; as also the accounts of the War and Navy Departments for the same period; together with the reports of the accounting officers j. Treasury thereon; which were read. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled “An act making appropriations for the support of Government for the year 1812,” together with the amendments reported thereto by the select committee; and, on motion by Mr. TAIt the further consideration thereof was postponed to, and made the order of the day for, to-morrow. The bill, entitled “An act for the relief of the Board of Commissioners west of Pearl river.” was read the second time. w * * . FRIDAY, February 14. Mr. BRADLEY, from the committee to whom was referred the bill, entitled “An act making appropriations for the support of the Navy of the United States for the year 1812,” reported it without amendment. Mr. TArt, from the committee to whom was referred the bill, entitled “An act making approriations for the support of the Military Estab|. of the United States for the year 1812,” reported it without amendment. r. Bibb, from the committee to whom was referred the bill, entitled “An act for the relief of Captain Selah Benton,” reported it without amendment. . .

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