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Mr. Washington presented a memorial of the President and Directors of the Alexandria Canal Company, praying Congress to authorize a subscription to the capital stock of said company, on behalf of the Government of the United States; which memorial was referred to the Committee on Internal Improvements.
Mr. William B. Shepard presented a petition of David Lindsey, of the State of South Carolina, praying for a pension; which petition was referred to the Committee on Military Pensions.
Mr. Russel presented a petition of inhabitants of the State of Ohio, praying that a national road may be constructed from Zanesville, in Ohio, to Florence, in Alabama; which petition was referred to the Committee on Internal Improvements.
The Speaker presented a second petition of Salvator Pinistri, theoretical and practical Italian architect, praying to be employed to make such alterations in the hall of the House as he alleges will remedy the supposed defect in the distinct transmission of sounds within the same; which petition was committed to the Committee of the Whole House to which is committed the bill (No. 470) making appropriations for the public buildings.
Mr. Whittlesey, from the Committee of Claims, made an unfavorable report on the petition of Albert P. Rusco; which was read, and laid on the table.
Mr. Foster, from the Committee on the Judiciary, made a report on the petition of Eleanor Worthington, executrix, and James T. Worthington, executor, of Thomas Worthington, deceased, accompanied by a bill (No. 536) for their relief; which bill was read the first and second time, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.
Mr. Dudley, from the Committee on Private Land Claims, made a report on the petition of Hopkins Rice, accompanied by a bill (No. 537) for his relief; which bill was read the first and second time, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.
Mr. Verplanck, from the Committee of Ways and Means, reported a bill (No. 538) making appropriations for revolutionary and invalid pensioners; which was read the first and second time, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
Mr. Sterigere, from the Committee on Private Land Claims, made an unfavorable report on the petition of Peter Williams; which was read, and laid on the table.
Mr. Sterigere, from the same committee, made an unfavorable report on the petition of James Caulfield; which was read, and laid on the table.
Ordered, That the Committee on Military Pensions be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of John Taylor, of New Hampshire, and that it lie on the table.
A message from the Senate, by Mr. Lowrie, their Secretary:
Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed the "joint resolution in relation to the transmission of public documents printed by either House of Con
The Senate have passed bills of the following titles, viz: No. 4 An act to authorize the mounting and equipment of a part of the army of the United States;
No. 51. An act to amend an act entitled “An act to provide for paying to the States of Missouri, Missisippi, and Alabama, three per centum of the nett proceeds arising from the sales of public lands within the same;"!
No. 54. An act 10 repeal the charges imposed on passports and clearances, and the duties on spices;
No. 55. An act for the relief of William Christy;
No. 56. An act supplementary to the several laws for the sale of the public lands; in which bills I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House.
And then he withdrew.
Mr. Speight moved the following resolution; which was read, and laid on the table, viz:
Resolved, that the Secretary of War be directed to communicate to this House what progress has been made towards removing the obstructions at the Swash near Ocracock bar, in the State of North Carolina; the amount of expenditures heretofore made, and whether or not a further appropriation will be required.
Mr. Tucker moved the following resolutions as amendments to the resolution reported by Mr. McDuffie, from a select committee, on the 22d of December ultimo, to amend the constitution of the United States:
Resolved, That no person who shall hereafter be elected President of the United States, and who shall accept the same, or exercise the powers thereof, shall be again eligible to the said office.
Resolved, That any person who shall be elected President of the United States after the 4th day of March, 1833, shall hold his office for the term of
Mr. Trezvant moved the following resolution; which was read, and laid on the table, viz:
Resolved, That a committee shall be added to the standing committees to be appointed at the commencement of each session, which shall be called the Committee on Invalid Pensions, and whose duty it shall be to take into consideration all such matters respecting invalid pensions as shall be referred to them by the House.
Resolved, That the Committee on Military Pensions, at the end of the present session, shall be abolished, and a committee shall be appointed at the commencement of each session, which shall be called the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions; and that it shall be the duty of said committee to take into consideration all such matters respecting pensions for services in the revolutionary war, other than invalid pensions, as shall be referred to them by the House.
Mr. Wayne moved the following resolution; which was read, and laid on the table, viz:
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury be directed to furnish this House with an abstract and copies of all accounts of expenditures of the appropriation of fifty thousand dollars for clearing out obstructions in Savannah river, below the city of Savannah, with copies of all contracts made, and estimates handed in, to remove obstructions in the river, or to deepen the same, with the estimate of William C. Daniel, and
Gill, Esqs. for constructing a dam of oyster shells between Fig and Hutchinson's islands; the expenditures on account of the same, with a copy of the report of the United States' Commissioners made in July, 1830, as to the increased depth of water which had been obtained, with the evidence which accompanied the same, and copies of all correspondence relating to the past or future expenditure of said appropriation, or agency for disbursing the same, which may not have been already published.
Mr. Chilton moved the following resolution:
to inquire into the expediency of adopting some regulation by which members of each branch of the national legislature shall receive the allowance of eight dollars per day only for the number of days of each session on which they shall have been in actual attendance upon the service of the House to which they may belong, unless absent by reason of sickness, or by leave of the House upon the business of the House, or when the same shall not be in session.
The said resolution being read,
21. The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present, Those who voted in the affirmative, are,
Messrs. Mark Alexander, John Anderson, William G. Angel, William Armstrong, Benedict Arnold, John Bailey, Noyes Barber, Robert W. Barnwell, Daniel L. Barringer, Mordecai Bartley, Robert E. B. Baylor, John Bell, James Blair, John Blair, Abraham Bockee, Ratliff Boon, John Broadhead, Elias Brown, Samuel Butman, William Cahoon, Churchill C. Cambreleng, John Campbell, Thomas Chandler, Thomas Chilton, Nathaniel H. Claiborne, Clement C. Clay, James Clark, Richard Coke, jr., Henry W. Conner, Richard M. Cooper, Henry B. Cowles, Joseph H. Crane, Thomas H. Crawford, David Crockett, William Creighton, jr., Jacob Crocheron, Benjamin W. Crowninshield, Henry Daniel, Thomas Davenport, John Davis, Warren R. Davis, Harmar Denny, Robert Desha, Charles G. De Witt, John D. Dickinson, Clement Dorsey, Joseph Draper, William Drayton, Joseph Duncan, Henry W. Dwight, Samuel w. Eager, Jonas Earll, jr., William W. Ellsworth, Joshua Evans, Horace Everett, James Findlay, Isaac Finch, James Ford, Chauncey Forward, Thomas F Foster, Nathan Gaither, John Gilmore, William F. Gordon, Innis Green, Thomas H. Hall, Jehiel H. Halsey, Joseph Hammons, Jonathan Harvey, Joseph Hawkins, Charles E. Haynes, Cornelius Holland, Michael Hoffman, Henry Hubbard, Jonathan Hunt, Jabez W. Huntington, Peter Ihrie, jr., Ralph I. Ingersoll, Thomas Irwin, Leonard Jarvis, Kensey Johns, jr., Richard M. Johnson, Cave Johnson, Joseph G. Kendall, William Kennon, John Kincaid, Perkins King, Henry G. Lamar, Joseph Lecompte, George G. Leiper, James Lent, Robert P. Letcher, Dixon H. Lewis
, George Loyall, Wilson Lumpkin, John Magee, Alem Marr, Henry C. Martindale, William D. Martin, Thomas Maxwell, Lewis Maxwell, William McCreery, William McCoy, Rufus McIntire, Charles F. Mercer, Robert Monell, Henry A. Muhlenberg, William T. Nuckolls, John Mercer Patton, Dutee J. Pearce, Spencer Pettis, James K. Polk, Robert Potter, Gershom Powers, William Ramsey, James F. Randolph, John Reed, Abram Rencher, Joseph Richardson, John Roane, William Russel, Jonah Sanford, John Scott, William B. Shepard, Augustine H. Shepperd, James Shields, Benedict I. Semmes, Thomas H. Sill, Samuel A. Smith, Jesse Speight, Richard Spencer, Michael C. Sprigg, James Standefer, John B. Sterigere, William L. Storrs, Samuel Swan, Benjamin Swift, John Taliaferro, John W. Taylor, John Test, Wiley Thompson, John Thomson, Phineas L. Tracy, James Trezvant, Starling Tucker, Joseph Vance, John Varnum, Gulian C. Verplanck, George C. Washington, James M. Wave, John W. Weeks, Elisha Whittlesey, Campbell P. White, Lewis Williams, Ephraim K. Wilson, Joseph F. Wingate, Joel Yancey, Ebenezer Young.-157.
Those who voted in the negative, are,
Messrs. Robert Allen, Willis Alston, William S. Archer, John S. Barbour, Thomas Beekman, Thomas T. Bouldin, Samuel P. Carsoni, Richard Coulter, Edward B Dudley, Edward Everett, Benjamin Gorham, Thomas Hinds, James L. Hodges, Benjamin C. Howard, William W. Irvin, Pryor Lea, Ebenezer F. Norton, Isaac Pierson, Samuel F Vinton, Edward D. White, Richard H. Wilde. --21.
Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, moved the following resolution, viz:
Resolved, That the Committee on the Public Lands be instructed to inquire into the expediency of amending the act of Congress, passed at the last session, entitled - An act for the relief of certain officers and soldiers of the Virginia line and navy of the continental army during the revolutionary war, "so as to change and alter the first section as not to require evidence as to the line on which the resolution warrant of Virginia issued; also, to amend the third section so as to embrace cases where warrants have been located and surveys on patents prohibited by'law, by which 1 he land is lost to the locator; also, to cases of surveys or patents, where, by the highest judicial tribunal of the State, or United States, the land has been taken by a prior or better claim; also, to provide for the renewal of lost or destroyed certificates or scrip; also, to change the maximum quantity of land allowed to be appropriated by the said act to supply the claims embraced by said act; lastly, to make such alterations as the said committee may consider just and équitable.
Ordered, That the consideration of the said resolution be postponed until to-morrow.
On motion of Mr. Crockett, Resolved, That the Committee on Military Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of placing the names of Andrew Derry berry, of Perry county, and William Gillespie, of Hardaman county, Tennessee, both revolutionary soldiers, on the pension list, and that the papers herewith transmitted be referred to said committee.
On motion of Mr. Test, Resolved, That the Committee on Internal Improvements be instructed to inquire into the expediency of authorizing the State of Indiana to substitute a rail road in place of a canal, to connect the waters of the Wabash river with those of lake Erie, if she shall deem it proper to do so, and to appropriate the proceeds of the lands granted by Congress for making the canal to that of making a rail road in lieu thereof, not otherwise changing the fundamental principles upon which the grant was made.
On motion of Mr. Ellsworth, Ordered, That the Committee of the Whole House to which is committed the bill (No. 145) to amend and consolidate the acts respecting copy-rights, be discharged from the consideration thereof.
On motion of Mr. Washington, Ordered, That the petition of Gideon Davis be committed to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.
A message, in writing, was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Donelson, his private Secretary, as follows:
January 5, 1831. To the House of Representatives:
In compliance with the resolution of the House of Representatives of the 17th of December last, calling for information on the subject of internal im
provement, I submit herewith a report from the Secretaries of War and Treasury, containing the information required.
The said message was read, and laid on the table.
I. A letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting a report from the Board of Engineers on the improvement of the falls of the Ohio, made in ubedience to an order of the House of the 3d instant; which letter and report were referred to the Committee on Internal Improvements.
II. A letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting a statement showing the expenditure of moneys appropriated for the contingent expenses of the military establishment for the year 1830; which letter was read, and laid on the table.
III. A letter from the Secretary of the Navy, transmitting a statement showing the expenditure of the money appropriated for the contingent expenses of the Navy for the year 1830; which letter was read, and laid on the table.
IV. A letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting a report in part, made in obedience to an order of the House of the 22d ultimo, call. ing for a statement of the payments made by the owners of vessels, since the year. 1816, for papers called “ Mediterranean passports,” and a statement of the fund to which said payments have been applied; which letter and report were laid on the table.
Bills from the Senate of the following titles, viz:
No. 4. An act to authorize the mounting and equipment of a part of the army of the United States;
No. 51. An act to amend an act entitled "An act to provide for paying to the States of Missouri, Mississippi, and Alabama, three per centum of the net proceeds arising from the sale of public lands within the same;"
No. 54. An act to repeal the charges imposed on passports and clearances, and the duties on spices;
No. 55. An act for the relief of William Christy;
No 56. An act supplementary to the several laws for the sale of publie lands; were, severally, read the first and second time, and referred
No. 4. To the Committee on Military Affairs;
}To the Committee on the Public Lands;
The bill from the Senate, (No. 24,) entitled “An act making appropriations for carrying into effect certain Indian treaties,” was read the third time, and passed.
Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.
No. 480. An act for closing certain accounts, and making appropriations for arrearages, in the Indian Department;
No. 512 An act for the relief of the legal representatives of Edward Moore, deceased;
No. 535. An act to amend the act for taking the fifth census; were, severally, read the third time, and passed.