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NAys—Messrs. Bradley, Dana, German, Giles, Gilman, Goodrich, Horsey, Hunter, Lambert, Lloyd, Reed, and Smith of Maryland.

Monday, April 13.

On motion, by Mr. CAMPBell, of Tennessee, the galleries were cleared, and the doors of the Senate Chamber closed. The amendment to the confidential bill, entitled “An act to prohibit the exportation of specie, goods, wares, and merchandise, for a limited time,” having been reported by the committee correctly engrossed, the bill was read the third time. o On motion, by Mr. BRADLEY, to recommit the bill, for the purpose of amending the second section, it was determined in the negative-yeas 11, nays 17, as follows: . - *. YEAs—Messrs. Bradley, Dana, Giles, Gilman, Goodaich, Horsey, Hunter, Lambert, Lloyd, Reed, and Smith of Maryland. - NArs–Messrs. Anderson, Bibb, Brent, Campbell of Tennessee, Condit, Crawford, Cutts, Gaillard, Gregg, Howell Leib, Robinson, Smith of New York, Tait, Taylor, Turner, and Warnum. On the question, Shall this bill pass as amended ? it was determined in the affirmative-yeas 17, nays 11, as follows: * * ** YEAs—Messrs. Anderson, Bibb, Brent, Campbell of Tennessee, Condit, Crawford, Cutts, Gaillard, Gregg, Howell, Leib, Robinson, Smith of New York, Tait, Taylor, Turner, and Warnum. NAxs—Messrs. Bradley, Dana, Giles, Gilman, Goodrich, Horsey, Hunter, Lambert, Lloyd, Reed, and Smith of Maryland. - * So it was resolved that this bill pass with an amendment. Ordered, That Messrs. WARNUM, and ANDERson be a committee to carry the said bill to the House of Representatives, and request their concurrence in the amendment. A message from the House of Representatives, . Messrs. Calhoun and Pires; Mr. Calhoun chairman : Mr. President: The House of Representatives concur in the amendment to the bill, entitled “An act to prohibit the exportation of specie, goods, wares, and merchandise, for a limited time.”

Tuesday, April 14. . . Mr. WARNUM, from the committee, reported that they had examined and found duly enrolled the bill, entitled “An act to prohibit the exportation of specie, goods, wares, and merchandise, for a limited time.” A message from the House of Representatives, by their committee for enrolled bills; Mr. CRAwFord chairman: Mr. President: The Speaker of the House of Representatives having signed an enrolled bill, the committee are directed to bring it to the Sen. ate for the signature of thetr President. Tbe PREsident signed the enrolled bill last reported to have been examined, and it was deliv

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ered to the committee to be laid before the President of the United States. Mr. VARNUM, from the committee, reported that they had laid the enrolled bill, last mentioned, before the President of the United States. ' [End of confidential proceedings.] Mr. GREGG, from the committee to whom was yesterday referred the bill, entitled “An act for the relief of Aaron Greely,” reported it without amendment. - Ordered, That it pass to a third reading. Mr. German, from the committee to whom was referred on the 14th instant, the bill authorizing the appointment of an additional judge of the district court of the district of New York, reported it amended. - Mr. GREGG, from the committee to whom was referred the bill, entitled “An act to continue in force ‘An act to provide for persons who were

“disabled by known wounds received in the Revo

lutionary war, and for other purposes,” reported it amended.' He also reported, from the committee to whom the subject was referred, the bill, entitled “An act for ascertaining the titles and claims to lands in that part of Louisiana..which lies east of the river Mississippi and island of New Orleans,” without amendment. The bill, entitled ‘An act further to amend the charter of the City of Washington.” was read the second time, and referred to a select committee, to consider and report thereon, and Messrs. BRENT, DANA, and HUNTER, were appointed the committee. - The bill for the relief of Reuben Saunders and his securities, was read the second time. Mr. Smith, of New York, from the committee to whom was referred the bill, entitled “An act to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to urchase or lease the old city hall, in the city of R. York,” reported it amended. Mr. WorthingtoN, from the committee to whom the Message of the President of the United States, of the 3d March, respecting the proceedings. under the act to regulate the laying out and making a road from Cumberland, in Maryland, to the State of Ohio, was referred, reported a bill in addition to the act to regulate the laying out and making a road from Cumberland, in the State of Maryland, to the State of Ohio; and the bill was read, and passed to the second reading. The bill, entitled “An act to continue in force for a limited time, an act, entitled ‘An act continuing, for a limited time, the salaries of the of ficers of Government, therein mentioned,” was read the second time. .

MISSISSIPPI TERRITORY.

Mr. TAylor, from the committee to was referred, on the 17th of March, the bill, entitled “An act to enable the people of the Mississippi Territory to form a constitution and State government, and for the admission of such State into the Union on an equal footing with the original States;” and on the 6th instant, the bill to carry into effect the provisions of the eighth section of April, 1812.

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the act regulating the grants of land, and providing for the disposal of the lands of the United States south of the State of Tennessee, reported that the said bills be severally postponed to the first Monday in December next. The report is as follows:

That in considering the subject referred to them, they could not avoid being struck with the immense size of the Territory proposed to be erected into a State, a size disproportionate to the size of any of the largest States which now compose our confederation. It embraces, in its present form, and without any extension, to the Gulf of Mexico, (as is proposed in the bill referred to us,) nearly six and a half degrees of geographical longitude, and four entire degrees of latitude, and affords an area of twice the surface of the State of Pennsylvania. Your committee are strongly impressed with the propriety and expediency of dividing the said Territory, so as to form of the same two States, whenever the population, within the limits of each section, shall render it just and proper; and they respectfully submit to the Senate the following divisional line, between the western and eastern sections of the said Territory, viz.: up the Mobile river, to the point nearest its source, which falls on the eleventh degree of west longitude from the City of Washington; thence a course due north until the line intersects the waters of Bear creek; thence down the said creek to its confluence with the Tennessee river; thence down the said river to the northern boundary line of the said Territory. By a view of the map of this country it will appear that the above divisional line will divide the Territory into nearly two equal parts, and it has, for the most part, a delineation by nature. By the 5th section of the 1st article of the treaty of cession from the State of Georgia the United States

are bound to erect the said Territory into one State.

It has, however, been suggested that the State of Georgia would not, upon a proper representation, withhold her consent to the proposed division.

To the end, therefore, that an opportunity may be afforded to the State of Georgia to express this consent, by a legislative act of the said State, as they shall think proper, your committee recommend that the said bill shall be postponed to the first Monday in Decembe next. ~

The committee further recommend that the bill “to carry into effect the provisions of the eighth section of the act regulating the grants of land, and providing for the disposal of the lands of the United States south of the State of Tennessee,” which was also referred to said committee, be postponed to the first Monday in December next.

Monday, April 20.

A Message from the House of Representatives informed the Senate that the "House have passed a bill, entitled “An act to alter and establish certain post roads;” also, a bill, entitled “An act authorizing the departure of ships and vessels from the ports and harbors of the United States, in certain cases;” in which bills they request the concurrence of the Senate.

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The PREsident addressed the Senate as follows:

“GentleMen: Upon me devolves the painful duty of anouncing to the Senate the death of our venerable fellow-citizen, GEong E CLINTox, Vice . President of the United States. “By this afflictive dispensation of Divine Providence the Senate is deprived of a President rendered dear to each of its members by the dignity and impartiality with which he has so long presided over their deliberations; and the nation bereaved of one of the brightest lumnaries of its glorious Revolution.” The Senate being informed of the decease of their distinguished fellow-citizen, George CLiNtoN, Vice President of the United States, do Resolve, That a committee be appointed, jointly, with such as may be appointed on the part of the House of Representatives, to consider and report measures proper to manifest the public respect for the memory of the deceased, and expressive of the deep regret of the Congress of the United States on the loss of a citizen so highly re'spected and revered. o Ordered, That Messrs. SM1th of New York, Smith of Maryland, GERMAN, GilmAN, and BRADLEY, be the committee. o Ordered, That the Secretary carry this resolution to the House of Representatives. A message from the House of Representatives informed the Senate that the House concur in the resolution of the Senate for the appointment of a joint committee “to consider and report measures proper to manifest the public respect for the memory of the Vice President of the United States,” deceased, and have appointed a committee on their part.

Tuesday, April 21. On motion of Mr. SMITH, of New York, Resolved unanimously, That, from an unfeigned respect to the late George CLINToN, Vice President of the United States, and President of the Senate, the Chair of the President of the Senate be shrouded with black during the present session; and, as a further testimony of respect for the memory of the deceased, the members of the Senate will go into mourning and wear a black crape round the left arm for thirty days.

* * Wednesday, April 22. The bill in addition to the “Act to regulate the laying dit and opening a road from Cumberland, in the State of Maryland, to the State of Ohio,” was read the second time. Mr. SMITH, of Maryland, presented the memorial of Peter Hoffman, junior, and others, merchants, of the city of Baltimore, stating that their ship William, on the last day of March last, received a clearance for a voyage to Cadiz, and on the day following sailed from the port of Baltimore, previous to the Message of the President of the United States recommending an embargo; that the vessel proceeded on her voyage, and, while on the high seas, was met by a revenue cutter, and brought back io the port of Baltimore; and praying permission for the said vessel to de

part and pursue her contemplated voyage; and

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the memorial was read, and referred to a select committee, to consider and report thereon by bill or otherwise; and Messrs. SMITH, of Maryland, BIBB, and CAMPBell, of Tennessee, were appointed the committee. The two bills brought up on the 20th inst. for concurrence were read, and passed to the second reading, ** The Senate resumed the consideration of the report of the committee to whom was referred the bill, entitled “An act to enable the people of the Mississippi Territory to form a constitution and State government, and for the admission of such State into the Union on an equal footing with the original States; also, the bill to carry into effect the provisions of the eighth section of the act regulating the grants of land, and providing lor the disposal of the lands of the United States south of the State of Tennessee; and, in conformity thereto, , - " . Resolved, That the first-mentioned bill be postponed to the first Monday in December next. Resolved, also, That the bill to carry into effect the provisions of the eighth section of the act regulating the grants of land, and providing for the disposal of the lands of the United States south. of the State of Tennessee, be postponed to the first Monday in December next. . The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled “An act to continue in force ‘An act to provide for persons who were disabled by known wounds received in the Revolutionary war, and for other purposes,” together with the amendments reported thereto by the select committee; and, having agreed to the amendments, the President reported the bill to the House accordingly. On the question, Shall this bill be read a third

time as amended ? it was determined in the af-l | Selden and others, citizens of the State of New

firmative. - * * The bill, entitled “An act for the relief of Aaron Greely,” was read a third time, and passed. - The Senate resumed the consideration of the joint resolution o up from the House of Representatives, on the subject of a recess. On motion, by Mr. WoRTHINGTon, to strike. out a part of the resolution for the purpose of amendment, a division was called for; and, on the question to strike out, the votes being equal, the President determined it in the negative. Resolved, That the Senate concur in the joint resolution. * Ordered, That Messrs. BRADLEY, Reed, WorThingtoN, GoodRich, and Lloyd, be the committee. Mr. Lloyd presented the petition of Ezra Weston and Son, of Duxbury, in the State of Massachusetts, praying indemnification for a vessel and cargo, fitted out in reliance on the proclamation of the President of the United States, of 2d November, 1810, that the decrees of France, violating neutral commerce, were revoked, and which vessel and cargo were captured on the 23d January last, in the prosecution of a voyage from Boston to Oporto, in Portugal, by two. French

frigates, and burnt by the orders of their commanding officer ; which frigates, they were informed by one of the officers, were fitted out for the express purpose of destroying all American vessels bound to any part of Spain or Portugal in the possession of the enemies of France ; and the petition was read, and referred to the Secretary for the Department of State, to consider and report thereon. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled “An act for ascertaining the titles and claims to lands. in that part of Louisiana which lies east of the river Mississippi and island, of New Orleans;” and it was ordered to the third reading. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of th Whole, the consideration of the bill authorizing the, appointment of an additional judge of the district court of the distriet of New York, together with the amendments reported thereto by the select committee; and, having agreed to the amendments, the President reported the bill to the House accordingly. On the question, Shall this bill be engrossed, and read a third time as amended ? it was deter. mined in the affirmative. . The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill for the relief of Reuben Saunders. and his securities; and, on the question, Shall this bill be engrossed, and read a third time? it was determined in the affirmative. . The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled “An act to continue in force, for a limited time, an

act, entitled ‘An act continuing, for a limited

time, the salaries of the officers of Government.

therein mentioned ;” and the bill was ordered to

a third reading. * * Mr. GERMAN presented the memorial of Charles.

York, praying a repeal of the act, entitled “An act laying an embargo on all ships and vessels in the ports and harbors of the United States, for a limited time,” passed the 4th of April, 1812, or a modification thereof, for reasons stated at large in the memorial; which was read. Mr. GERMAN also presented the memorial of Conklin and Pierson, and others, merchants, of the city of New York, praying a suspension of

the non-importation act, or a modification thereof,

for reasons stated at large in the memorial; which was read, and referred to the committee to whom was referred, on the 15th instant, the memorial of Alexander Henry, and others, merchants, of Philadelphia, to consider and report thereon by bill or otherwise. - * Mr. Cutts presented the memorial of John Goddard, and others, citizens of Portsmouth, in the State of New Hampshire, and its vicinity, praying a repeal of the act, entitled “An act prohibiting the importation of goods, wares, and merchandise, from Great Britain.” for reasons. stated at large in the memorial; which was read, and referred to the committee last mentioned, to consider and report thereon, by bill or otherwise. Mr. DANA, from the committee appointed on

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the subject reported in part, a bill concerning merchant vessels armed for defence, and the bill was read, and passed to the second reading. The following Message was received from the PREsinent of the United STATEs: To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States : Among the incidents to the unexampled increase and expanding interests of the American nation, under the fostering influence of free constitutions and just laws, has been a corresponding accumulation of duties in the several departments of the Government; and this has been necessarily the greater in consequence of the peculiar state of our foreign relations, and the connexion of these with our internal Administration. The extensive and multiplied preparations into which the United States are at length driven for maintaining their violated orights, have caused this augmentation of business to press on the Department of War particularly, with a weight disproportionate to the powers of any single officer, with no other aids than are authorized by existing laws. With a view to a more adequate arrangement for the essential objects of that department, I recommend to the early consideration of Congress a provision for two subordinate appointments therein, with such compensation annexed as may be reasonably expected by citizens duly qualified for the important functions which may be

properly assigned to them. . JAMES MADISON,

Arail 20, 1812. '

Thursday, April 23. The amendments to the bill, entitled “An act to continue in force ‘An act to provide for persons who were disabled by known wounds received in the Revolutionary war, and for other purposes,” having been reported by the committee correctly engrossed, the bill was read the third time as amended, and passed with amendments. The bill authorizing the appointment of an additional judge of the district court of the district of New York, having been reported by the committee correctly engrossed, was read a third time, and passed. . a The bill for the relief of Reuben Saunders and his securities, having been reported by the committee correctly engrossed, was read a third time, and passed. - * The bill, entitled “An act to alter and establish certain post roads,” was read the second time, and referred to a select committee, to consist of five members, to consider and report thereon; and Messrs. TURNER, WorthingtoN, GREgg, CoNDIT, and LEIB, were appointed the committee. Mr. DANA, from the committee appointed on the subject, further reported a bill respecting associations for maritime security, and the bill was read, and passed to the second reading. The i. entitled “An act authorizing the derture of ships-and vessels from the ports and *... the United States in certain cases,” was read the second time. . The bill, entitled “An act to continue in force for a limited time, an act, entitled ‘An act continuing, for a limited time, the salaries of the offi

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cers of Government therein mentioned,” was read a third time, and passed. The bill, entitled “An act for ascertaining the titles and claims to lands in that part of Louisiana which lies east of the river Mississippi and island of New Orleans,” was read a third time, and passed. Mr. CAMPBell, of Tennessee, from the committee appointed on the subject of Tennessee lands, reported a bill to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to issue grants and perfect titles on certain entries and locations of lands therein described ; 'which was read, and passed to the second reading. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill in addition to the act to regulate the laying out and making a road from Cumberland, in the State of Maryland, to the State of Ohio. On the question, Shall this bill be engrossed and read a third time?, it was determined in the affirmative. - The following Message was received from the PREsident of the UNited States: To the Senate of the United States: I transmit to the Senate a report of the Secretary of State, complying with their resolution of the 4th of March last. " JAMES MADISON, APRIL 23, 1812.

The Message and report therein referrred to were read.

FRIDAY, April 24.

The bill in addition to the act to regulate the laying out and making a road from Cumberland, in the State of Ohio, having been reported by the committee correctly engrossed, was read a third time, and passed. . !. On motion by Mr. WoRTHINGToN, the Message of the President of the United States, of the 22d instant, recommending provision for two subordinate appointments in the War Department, was referred to a select committee, to consider and report thereon by bill or otherwise; and Messrs. SMITH, of Maryland, WorthingtoN and Giles, were appointed the committee.

The bill to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to issue grants and perfect titles on certain entries and locations of land therein described, was read the second time.

The bill respecting associations for maritime

security, was read the second time.

Mr. Smith, of Maryland, reported, from the committee to whom was referred the memorial of Peter Hoffman, and others, owners of the ship William:

That the petitioners state that the said ship was laden with flour, between the 18th and 27th of March, cleared out on the 31st, and actually sailed on the 1st of April, on her intended voyage to Cadiz.: that they had no knowledge of the intention of laying an embargo, either while loading or at the time of the sailing of said ship; that, from contrary winds and weather, she was detained in the Chesapeake until the 10th of April, when, at the distance of four leagues from Cape

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Henry, she was detained by the revenue cutter Jefferson, and ordered back to Baltimore, where she now lies; all which is proved to the satisfaction of the committee. - . ... The committee, however, are of opinion that the case is not such as ought to induce the Senate to grant

the prayer of the petition; they therefore recommend,

that the petitioners have leave to withdraw their memorial. The report was agreed to.. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill. entitled “An act authorizing the departure of ships and vessels from the ports and harbors of the United States in certain cases;” and it was ordered to the third reading. A message informed the Senate that the House have passed the bill, entitled “An act for the establishment of a General Land Office in the Department of the Treasury,” with amendments, in which they request the concurrence of the Senate. The House of Representatives have passed a bill, entitled “An act for the relief of John N. Stout;” in which bill they request the concurrence of the Senate. The Senate proceeded to consider the amendments of the House of Representatives to the bill, entitled “An act for the establishment of a General Land Office in the Department of the Treassury;” and concurred therein. * The bill last brought up for concurrence was read, and passed to the second reading. Mr. BRAdley, from the joint committee of the two Houses appointed on the subject of a recess,

reported the business that demands the immediate |

attention tion: Resolved, # the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, during the present session of Congress, the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives shall, on the 29th day of April instant, adjourn their respective Houses to Monday, the 18th day of May next, then to meet at the same place in which the two Houses are now sitting.

On motion, by Mr. BRADLEY, the resolution was twice read by unanimous consent; and, on motion by Mr. Pope, amended, by striking out the words “eighteenth day of May next.”

On the question, Shall this resolution be en#. and read a third time as amended, it was

etermined in the affirmative–yeas 18, nays 13, as follows: - -

YEAs—Messrs. Bradley, Condit, Crawford, Dana, German, Gilman, Goodrich, Gregg, Horsey, Hunter, Lambert, Leib, Lloyd, Pope, Reed, Smith of New York, Turner, and Worthington. . NArs—Messrs. Anderson, Bibb, Brent, Campbell of Tennessee, Cutts, Gaillard, Giles, Howell, Robinson, Smith, of Maryland, Tait, Taylor, and Varnum.

Mr. BRADLEY presented the petition of Simeon Knight, district paymaster, praying to be allowed one per centum on all moneys disbursed by him and passed to his credit on the settlement of his accounts by the Accountant of the Department

of Congress, and the following resolu

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of War, for reasons stated at large in the petition; which was read, and referred to the Paymaster General of the Army, to consider and report thereon. . Mr. BRENT, from the committee to whom was referred the bill, entitled “An act further to amend the charter of the City of Washington,” reported it with amendments, which were considered as in Committee of the Whole, and agreed to ; and the ontorned the bill to the House accordIngly. . . . . . - On the question, Shall this bill be read a third time as amended ? it was determined in the af.

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- - - - * - Saturday, April 25. ". The amendments to the bill, entitled “An act further to amend the charter of the City of Washington,” having been reported by the committee correctly engrossed, the bill was read a third time as amended, and was further amended by unanimous consent. a Resolved, That this ments. - Mr. Leib presented the petition of Thomas Skelly, of the city of Philadelphia, merchant, stating that he was the owner of the brigantine called the Meteor, and that the said brigantine was captured by a British armed vessel, while on her return to the United States, on the 21st of July, 1811, nnd illegally condemned in the British High Court of Admiralty, and praying relief, for reasons stated at large in the petition; which was read. ' - - - Mr. SMITH, of Maryland, from the committee appointed on the subject, reported a bill supplementary to the act, entitled “An act to establish an Executive Department, to be denominated the Department of War;” and the bill was read, and passed to the second reading. On motion, by Mr. SMITH, of New York, the petition of Nathaniel G. Ingraham and others, toether with the report of the Secretary for the Department of Treasury thereon, was referred to a select committee, to consider and report thereon by bill or otherwise; and Messrs. SMITH of New York, ANDEason, and GREgg, were appointed the committee. The bill, entitled “An act authorizing the departure of ships and vessels from the ports and harbors of the United States, in certain cases,” was read a third time, and passed. The bill, entitled “An act for the relief of John N. Stout,” was read the second time.

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