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Resolved, That the Secretary of War communicate to this House such information as he may have in relation to a survey of the northwestern channel of the falls of the Ohio river, and what appropriation may be necessary to remove the obstructions to the descending commerce of the same.

On motion of Mr. Boone, Resolved, That the Committee on Internal Improvements be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making an appropriation, in land or money, for the purpose of improving the United States' post road from Louisville, in the State of Kentucky, through the States of Indiana and Illinois, to St. Louis, in the State of Missouri; and that the memorial of the General Assembly of the State of Indiana, in reference to that subject, which was presented to this House at the last session of Congress, be again referred to the Committee on Internal Improvements.

On motion of Mr. Pettis, Resolved, that the Committee on the Public Lands be instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing by law for permitting each settler on such of the public lands as have been officially returned as not fit for cultivation, or not worth surveying, to locate a quantity of said land, not exceeding one hundred and sixty acres, under such regulations, and at such a price, as the said committee may deem reasonable.

On motion of Mr. White, of Florida, Resolved, that the Committee on Internal Improvements be instructed to inquire into the expediency of approving an act of the Governor and Legislative Council of the Territory of Florida, authorizing the opening of a canal between Chipola river and St. Andrew's bay, in West Florida.

On motion of Mr. McIntire, Resolved, That the Committee on Military Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of granting pensions to Ralph Farnham, Charles Ġ. Clark, Ichabod Smith, Edward Morrison, Mark Prime, and Moses Foy, soldiers of the revolutionary army.

On motion of Mr. Gorham, Resolved, That the Committee of Ways and Means be instructed to inquire into the expediency of allowing to be admitted into the United States free of duty all such philosophical and astronomical instruments as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, or its agents, have ordered, or may order, to be imported, for the purpose of being used in making a survey of the territory of that State.

On motion of Mr. Richardson, Ordered, That the letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting a copy of the report of the survey of North river, in the State of Massachusetts, laid before the House on the 26th of February, 1830, be referred to the Committee on Commerce.

The resolution moved by Mr. Pearce on the 22d instant, and laid on the table, was read, considered, and agreed to by the House.

On motion of Mr. Strong, Resolved, That the Committee on Military Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of allowing Archibald Jackson his pension from 1818 to 1828, when his name was again placed on the pension roll.

On motion of Mr. Finch, Resolved, That the Committee on Military Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making provision for the relief of that class of revolutionary soldiers which, 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 State, and who have resided within the limits of the United States for the term of two years last past.

On motion of Mr Hawkins, Resolved, That the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making an appropriation for building a light-house on or near Horse island, near Sackett's Harbor, in the State of New York, and that the petition and documents presented to this House at the last session of Congress be referred to that committee.

On motion of Mr. Storrs, of New York, Resolved, that the Committee on Military Pensions be instructed to inquire into the propriety of granting a pension to Zenas Gibbs, for his services in the revolutionary war.

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

Resolved, that the Secretary of the Treasury be instructed to report to this House such alterations in the fees of District Attorneys, and cther officers of the United States' courts, as may, in his opinion, be expedient to produce uniformity in the fee bill, and diminish the expense of suits against debtors of the United States,

On motion of Mr. Gilmore, Resolved, That the Committee on Military Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of placing John Myers, a soldier of the revolutionary war, on the pension roll.

On motion of Mr. Forward, Resolved, That the Committee on Military Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of placing the name of Daniel McClelland, a captain in the revolution, on the pension roll.

On motion of Mr. McCoy, Ordered, That when this House shall adjourn this day, it will adjourn to meet again on Monday next, the 3d of January, 1831.

On notion of Mr. Doddridge, Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency of increasing the salary of the Judge of the western district of Virginia, and, also, of changing the time of holding the court in the said district.

On motion of Mr. White, of Louisiana, Resolved, That the Committee on Internal Improvements be instructed to inquire into the expediency of having an examination and report made of the dike or levee of Bonnet-Carre Point, in the State of Louisiana.

On motion of Mr. Blair, of Tennessee, Ordered, That the Committee of the Whole House to which is committed 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, be discharged.

On motion of Mr. Vinton, Ordered, That the Committee of the Whole House to which is commitred the bill (No. 330) for the relief of James Monroe, be discharged, and that the said bill be committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

Engrossed bills of the following titles, viz:

No. 210. An act to establish a land office in the Territory of Michigan, and for other purposes;

No. 481. An act to provide, hereafter, for the payment of six thousand dollars, annually, to the Seneca Indians, and for other purposes;

No. 526. An act for the relief of Matthias Roll; were severally read the third time, and passed.

Ordered, That the Clerk request the concurrence of the Senate in said bills.

The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, communicating such information as the records of the Treasury Department affords in relation to the quantity of sugar imported, annually, into the United States, from September 30, 1815, and the amount of duty collect. ed upon the same, the quantity of each species of sugar imported in each year, and the amount of drawback paid upon the same, respectively; called for by the House on the 14th instant; which letter was read, and laid upon the table.

The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting a report of the quantity of public lands which have been sold in the several States and Territories within the last twelve months, and the amount paid for the same, and the average price per acre in each State and Territory; called for by the House on the 23d instant; which letter and report were laid on the table.

The House resolved itself 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. Martin 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 3d January, 1831, at 11 o'clock, A. M.

MONDAY, JANUARY 3, 1831.

Another member, viz:

From the State of Massachusetts John Davis, appeared, and took his seat.

Mr. Dwight presented a petition of Daniel Bush and Andrew Loomis, of the State of Massachusetts;

Mr. McIntire presented a petition of Jeremiah Weare, of the State of Maine;

Mr. Wingate presented a petition of Fobes Turner, of the State of Maine;

Mr. Hubbard presented a petition of Benjamin Clemmons, of the State of New Hampshire;

Mr. Davis, of Massachusetts, presented a petition of Jeduthun Stevens, of the State of Massachusetts;

Mr. Hodges presented a petition of Elkanah French, of the State of Massachusetts;

Mr. Burges presented a petition of Samuel Whitehorn, a petition of Sylvester Johnson, a petition of John Congdon, a petition of Samuel Tillinghast, a petition of Benjamin Jenkins, a petition of James Bates, a petition of Jonathan Congdon, and a petition of Nathan Leonard, all of the State of Rhode Island;

Mr. Noyes Barber presented a petition of Daniel Penhallow, of the State of Connecticut;

Mr. Cahoon presented a petition of Edmund Town, of the State of Vermont;

Mr. Powers presented a petition of Jesse Thompson, of the State of New York;

Mr. Storrs, of New York, presented a petition of Alfred Baldwin, of the State of New York; praying, respectively, to be placed on the pension list of the United States.

Mr. Hubbard presented a petition of James Trowbridge, of the State of New Hampshire, praying for an increase of pension.

Mr. Halsey presented a petition of inhabitants of the county of Ontario, in the State of New York, praying that the bill which passed this House at the last session, extending the provisions of the pension laws of the United States to the officers and soldiers of the militia who served in the revolutionary army, may be revived and passed at this session of Congress.

Mr. Storrs, of New York, presented a petition of the inhabitants of the county of Oneida, in the State of New York, praying that a pension may be granted to Jabez Winchester, of said county:

Mr. Lyon presented a petition of William Baylis, of the State of Kentucky, praying for an increase of pension.

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. Swift-The petition of Joseph House, presented April 5, 1830;

By Mr. Shields—The petition of Isaac Anderson, presented February 22, 1830;

By Mr. Dwight-
The petition of Andrew Andrews, presented December 15, 1829;
The petition of Julius Beach, presented January 25, 1830;
The petition of Lyman Hall, presented Janưáry 12, 1829;
The petition of Josiah Hill, presented March 22, 1830;
The petition of Samuel Pelton, presented February 8, 1850;
The petition of Stephen Stevens, presented December 15, 1829;
The petition of Asher Sedgwick, presented December 8, 1828.

Mr. William L. Storrs presented a petition of inhabitants of East Haddam, in the State of Connecticut;

Mr. Earll presented a petition of inhabitants of the counties of Onondaga and Cortlandt, in the State of New York;

Mr. Fry presented a petition of inhabitants of the counties of Lehigh and Schuylkill, in the State of Pennsylvania;

Mr. Semmes presented a petition of inhabitants of the county of Charles, in the State of Maryland;

Mr. Clay presented a petition of inhabitants of the county of Lauderdale, in the State of Alabama; praying, respectively, for the establishment of post routes.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Cambreleng presented a petition of masters of vessels and steamboats navigating Hudson river, praying that a light-house may be erected on the point of Esopus Meadows.

Mr. Lent presented a petition of inhabitants of the city of New York, and of Long Island, praying Congress to direct a survey of the islet in the town of Southhold, in the county of Suffolk, in the State of New York, with a view of constructing a harbor for the protection of vessels navigating Long Island sound. Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on Commerce.

On motion of Mr. Cambreleng, Ordered, That the petition of James Caze and John Richaud, presented February 1, 1820, be referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Hoffman presented a petition of Joseph Emerson, of the State of New York, stating that in 1796 he rendered certain services to the Government of France, for which he has been unable to obtain compensation, and praying the interference of the Government of the United States in his behalf; which petition was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Cambreleng presented a petition of John Haggerty and David Austing of the city of New York, merchants, praying to be indemnified in the damage they have sustained by reason of sundry suits instituted against them by the United States, on account of teas imported by a certain Edward Thompson, of Philadelphia, in which suits the United States failed to recover judgment for any part or portion of the matter in controversy; which petition was referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.

On motion of Mr. Condict, Ordered, That the petition of John P. Gracia, of the city of New York, merchant, presented January 28, 1830, be referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.

Mr. Norton presented a petition of inhabitants of the county of Erie, in the State of New York, praying that an act may be passed granting assistance to such officers and soldiers of militia as served in the war of the Revolution.

Mr. Lea presented a petition of George Doherty, of the State of Tennessee, praying compensation for arms and other property furnished the United States in the war of the Revolution, as also for compensation for personal services as an officer in said war.

Mr. Edward Everett presented a petition of Thomas Hopping and Joshua P. Frothingham, of the State of Massachusetts, heirs at law of Thomas Frothingham, deceased, praying compensation for property destroyed by the American forces in the war of the Revolution, to prevent the same falling into the possession of the British forces.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on Revo-, lutionary Claims.

Mr. Powers presented a petition of Bar. J. Van Valkenburg, of the State of New York, stating that he was an officer in the army of the Revolution, and that the warrant for his bounty land has been surreptitiously taken from the War Department, and praying that a new warrant may be granted to him; which petition was referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

Mr. Hawkins presented a petition of James H. Henderson, of the State of New York, praying to be permitted to erect a pier or piers on certain shoals adjoining Horse island, in lake Ontario, on the conditions therein specified, which pier or piers are to be used in his business of the white fish fishery.

Mr. White, of Florida, presented a petition of David McCaleb, of the

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