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SENATE.

Proceedings.

MARch, 1812.

the amendment reported thereto by the select committee; and, having agreed to the amendment, 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 affirmative. - The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled “An act for the relief of the Board of Commissioners west of Pearl river;” and it was ordered to a third reading.

The following Message was received from the

PREsident of the UNITED STATEs: To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States: At the request of the Convention assembled in the Territory of Orleans on the 22d day of November last, I transmit to Congress the proceedings of that body, in pursuance of the act, entitled “An act to enable the people of the Territory of Orleans to form a constitution and State government, and for the admission of the said State into the Union on an equal footing with the original States, and for other purposes. JAMES MADISON. MAnch 3, 1812. *

The Message and documents, therein referred to were read, and ordered to be printed for the use of the Senate. Mr. BRADLEY, from the committee appointed on the subject. reported a bill to authorize the President of the United States to ascertain and designate certain boundaries; and the bill was read, and passed to a second reading.

THURSDAY, March 5.

On motion, by Mr. Lloyd, the memorial o John Parker, of Boston, presented the 2d instant, together with the accompanying papers, was referred to the Secretary for the Department of State, to consider and report thereon. The bill to authorize the President of the United States to ascertain and designate certain boundaries, was read the second time. The bill, entitled “An act for the relief of the Board of Commissioners west of Pearl river.” was read the third time, and passed. The bill, entitled “An act giving further time for registering claims to land in the western district of the Territory of Orleans,” was read the third time, and passed. Mr. Gilman, from the committee, reported the amendments to the bill, entitled “An act to alter the time of holding the circuit courts of the United States at Knoxville, in the district of East Tennessee, in the State of Tennessee,” correctly engrossed, and the bill was read the third time, as amended, and passed. Mr. GilmAN, from the committee, also reported the amendment to the bill, entitled “An act making a further appropriation for the defence of our maritime frontier,” correctly engrossed, and the o was read the third time, as amended, and passe Mr. ANDERson, from the committee appointed

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The bill for improving the navigation of the river Potomac was read the second time. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill, entitled". An act for the relief of the officers and soldiers who served in the late campaign on the Wabash,” together with the amendments reported thereto by the select committee; and, after debate, on motion by Mr. Pops, the bill was recommitted to a select committee, further to consider and report thereon; and Messrs. Pope, GREgg, and SMITH, of Maryland, were appointed the committee. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled “An act concerning the Naval Establishment;" and, on the question to add a new section to the bill, proposed by Mr. Lloyd, in the following words: “And be it further enacted, That the President of the United States be, and he hereby is, authorized and empowered, as speedily as may be, to cause to be built, on the most approved model, frigates, of a rate not exceeding thirty-six guns each, and that a sum not exceeding — dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated for building the said frigates, out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated:"

It was determined in the negative-yeas 13, nays 19, as follows:

YEAs—Messrs. Bayard, Bibb, Brent, Dana, German, Giles, Gilman, Goodrich, Howell, Hunter, Lloyd, Reed, and Smith, of Maryland. - a.

NArs—Messrs. Anderson, Bradley, Campbell, of Ohio, Campbell, of Tennessee, Condit, Crawford, Cutts, Franklin, Gaillard, Gregg, Lambert, Leib, Pope, Robinson, Smith of New York, Tait, Taylor, Turner, and Warnum.

The bill was further amended by reducing the appropriations for repairs from four hundred and eighty thousand to three hundred thousand dol. lars, and confining its application to the repair of the frigates Chesapeake, Constellation, and Adams. The timber, to be annually purchased for three years, is to be such as is “suitable for rebuilding the frigates Philadelphia, General Greene, New York, and Boston.”

A new section was also added, requiring the advice and consent of the Senate to all nominations to the office of purser in the Navy, and precluding any one from acting in that capacity after a certain time who shall not have been thus first nominated and appointed; they are also to give bond, in an amount not yet fixed, for the faithful performance of the duties of purser, &c.

The bill was, as amended, ordered to a third reading. .

MARch, 1812.

Proceedings.

SENATE

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 an additional military force,” in which they request the concurrence of the Senate. he bill last mentioned was read, and passed to the second reading. o

Monday, March 9.

The following Message was received from the PREsident of the United STATEs:* To the Senate and House of

Representatives of the United States:

I lay before Congress copies of certain documents which remain in the Department of State. They prove that, at a recent period, whilst the United States, notwithstanding the wrongs sustained by them, ceased not to observe the laws of peace and neutrality-towards Great Britain, and in the midst of amicable professions and negotiations on the part of the British Government, through its public Minister here, a secret agent of that Government was employed in certain States, more especially at the seat of Government in Massachusetts, in fomenting disaffection to the constituted authorities of the nation, and in intrigues with the disaffected, for the purpose of bringing about resistance to the laws, and eventually, in concert with a British force, of destroying the Union, and forming the eastern part thereof into a political connexion with Great Britain.

In addition to the effect which the discovery of such a procedure ought to have on the public, councils, it will not fail to render more dear to the hearts of all good citizens that happy Union of these States, which, under Divine Providence, is the gurranty of their liberties, their safety, their tranquillity, and their prosperity.

JAMES MADISON. MAnch 9, 1812.

The Message and documents therein referred to were read, and one thousand copies of the Message and documents ordered to be printed for the use of the Senate; and on motion of Mr. CAMPbell, of Tennessee, a committee was appointed to examine the documents above referred to, and designate such as may be necessary to be printed. essrs. CAMPBell, of Tennessee, BRENT, and BAYARD, were appointed the committee. Mr. Lloyd submitted the following motion for consideration: ** Resolved, That the Secretary of State be directed to lay before the Senate the names of any and all persons in the United States, and especially in the State of Massachusetts, who have in any way or manner whatever entered into, or most remotely countenanced, the project or the views, for the execution or attainment of which John Henry was, in the year 1809, employed by Sir James Craig, then Governor General of the British provinces in North America, and which have this day been communicated to the Senate of the United States. Mr. GilmAN, from the committee, reported the amendments to the bill, entitled “An act concerning the Naval Establishment,” correctly engrossed; and the billo was read the third time as amended, and the blanks were filled, On motion, by Mr. Bibb, to recommit the bill

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for further amendment, it was determined in the negative. o On motion, by Mr. BRADLEY, the bill was amended, by unanimous consent, and passed with amendments. Mr. Giles, from the committee to whom was referred so much of the Message of the President of the United States, of the 5th of November, as concerns the relations between the United States and France and Great Britain, further reported, in part, a bill to provide for the designating, surveying, and granting, the military bounty lands; and the bill was passed to a second reading. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill, entitled “An act authorizing a loan for a sum not exceeding eleven millions of dollars,” together with the amendment, reported thereto by the select committee; and, having agreed to the amendment, 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 affirmative. The billentitled “An act supplementary to “An

act to raise an additional military force,” was read

the second time, and referred to a select commit

tee to consider and report thereon; and Messrs.

CAMPBell of Ohio, CRAwford, and Leib, were appointed the committee.

Tuesday, March 10.

The PResident communicated a report of the Secretary of the Treasury, made in conformity with the resolution of the Senate of the 2d instant, in relation to the exports to France, &c.; and the report was read. A message feom the House of Representatives informed the Senate that they have passed a bill, entitled “An act for the relief of Arthur St. Clair.” a bill, entitled “An act for the relief of Thomas Wilson;” a bill, entitled “An act for the relief of Thomas Qrr,” and a bill, entitled “An act providing for the removal of causes depending in the respective district courts of the United States, in the case of the disability of the judges thereof;” in which bills they request the concurrence of the Senate. The Senate resumed the consideration of the motion made yesterday, by Mr. Lloyd; and, on motion, by Mr. Giles, the motion was amended, and agreed to as follows: Resolved, That the President of the United States be requested to cause to be laid before the Senate any information which may be in his possession, and which, in his judgment, may be communicated without injury to the public interests, respecting the names of any and all persons in the United States who have, in any way or manner

..whatever, entered into, or most remotely counte

nanced, the project or the views, for the execution or attainment of which John Henry was, in the year 1809, employed by Sir James Craig, then Governor General of the British provinces in North America, and which have this day been communicated to the Senate of the United States.

SENATE.

Proceedings.

MARCH, 1812.

The yeas and nays having been required on the resolution by one-fifth of the Senators present, those who voted in the affirmative, are, Messrs. Bayard, Bradley, Campbell of Ohio, Campbell of Tennessee, Cutts, Dana, German, Giles, Gilman, Goodrich, Gregg, Horsey, Howell, Hunter, Lamhcrt, Leib, Lloyd, Pope, Smith of Maryland, Smith of New York, Tait, Taylor, Turner, and Varnum. Those who voted in the negative, are, Messrs. Anderson, Bibb, Brent, Condit, Crawford, Franklin, Gaillard, Robinson, and Worthington. Mr. GilmAN, from the committee, reported the amendment to the bill, entitled “An act authorizing a loan for a sum not exceeding eleven millions of dollars,” correctly engrossed; and the bill was read the third time as amended, and passed with an amendment.

Wednesday, March 11.

The four bills brought up yesterday for concurrence were read, and passed to the second reading. Mr. GAillard presented the petition of Nathaniel Russell and others, of Charleston, South Carolina, praying the remission of interest on certain custom-house bonds, for reasons therein stated at large; and the petition was read, and referred to the Secretary of the Treasury to consider and report thereon. On motion, by Mr. BAYARD, Resolved, That the Message of the President

of the United States, of the 3d instant, together ||

with the result of the proceedings of the convention assembled in the Territory of Orleans on the 22d of November last, there with transmitted, be referred to a select-committee, to consist of five members, to consider and report thereon by bill, or otherwise. - Messrs. BAYARD, CRAwford, Bibb, Lloyd, and Campbell, of Tennessee, were appointed the committee. The bill to provide for the designating, surveying, and granting the military bounty lands, was read the second time. Mr. CAMPBell, of Ohio, from the committee to whom was referred the bill, entitled “An act supplementary to ‘An act to raise an additional military force,” reported it amended.

Thursday, March 12. The President communicated a report of the Secretary for the Department of Treasury, with a statement of the emoluments of the officers employed in the collection of the customs for the year 1811; which were read. Mr. Horsey, from the committee to whom was referred the bill, entitled “An act to incor§. the trustees of the Georgetown Lancaster chool Society,” reported it without amendment. The bill, entitled “An act for the relief of Arthur St. Čiai.” was read the second time, and referred to a select committee, to consider and report thereon; and Messrs. Crawford, Bayard, and Bradley, were appointed the committee.

The bill, entitled “An act for the relief of Thomas Wilson.” was read the second time, and referred to the committee last appointed, to consider and report thereon. The bill, entitled “An act for the relief of Thomas Orr,” was read the second time, and referred to a select committee, to consider and report thereon; and Messrs. WorthingtoN, HoRsey, and Condit, were appointed the committee. The bill, entitled “An act providing for the removal of causes depending in the respective district courts of the United States, in case of the disability of the judges thereof.” was read the second time, and referred to a select committee, to consider and report thereon; and Messrs. CRAwford, BAYARD, and CAMPBell, of Tennessee, were appointed the committee. Mr. BRadley, from the committee to whom was recommitted the bill to incorporate Moses

Austin, John Rice Jones, Henry Austin, and

others, into a company, by the name of the Louisiana Lead Company, reported it amended.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled “An act supplementary to the act to raise an additional military force,” together with the amendments reported thereto by the select committee; and having agreed to the amendment, 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 affirmative.

Friday, March 13. Mr. WorthingtoN presented the memorial of

Eligius Fromentin and Allan B. Magruder, dele

gates from the Convention of the Territory of Orleans, praying a law may pass, giving further time for the entry of land claims in the eastern district of the Territory of Orleans, for reasons therein stated at large; and the memorial was read, and referred to a select committee, to consider and report thereon by bill or otherwise; and Messrs. WoRTHINGTon, CoNDIt, and CRAwFord, were appointed the committee. Mr. Giles submitted the following motion for consideration: Resolved, That a committee be appointed to revise and amend the act, entitled “An act for dividing the Indiana Territory into two separate governments,” approved the 3d of February, 1809; and that the committee have leave to report by bill or otherwise. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill making further provision for the sale of public lands; and, after debate, Mr. SMITH, of '. moved that the further consideration of this bill be postponed to the first Monday in December next; and it was agreed that this motion for postponement be the order of the day for Monday next. A message from the House of Representatives informed the Senate that the House have passed a bill, entitled “An act repealing the tenth section of the act to incorporate the subscribers to the Bank of the United States;” also, a bill, en

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MARch, 1812.

Proceedings,

SENATE.

titled “An act, giving further time to the purchasers of public lands northwest of the river Ohio to complete their payments;” in which bills they request the concurrence of the Senate. The two bills last mentioned were read, and passed to the second reading. . The following Message was received from the PREside NT 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 10th instant. -- JAMES MADISON. DEPARTMENT or STATE, March 12, 1812. The Secretary of State, to whom was referred the

resolution of the Senate of the 10th instant, has the

honor to report, that this department is not in possession of any names of persons in the United States, who have, in any way or manner whatever, entered into or countenanced the project or the views, for the execution or attainment of which, John Henry was, in the year 1809, employed by Sir James Craig; the said John Henry having named no persons, or person as being concerned in the said project or views referred to in the documents laid before Congress on the 9th instant. Which is respectfully submitted. JAMES MONROE.

The Message and report were read, and one thousand copies thereof ordered to be printed for the use of the Senate. Mr. BRENT, from the committee to whom the subject was referred, reported a bill to incorporate a bank in the town of Alexandria, by the name and style of the Mechanics' Bank of Alexandria; and the bill was read, and passed to the second reading. On motion, by Mr. BRENT, the Message of the President of the United States of the 9th instant, together with the accompanying documents, also the Message and report of the 12th instant, was referred to the committee to whom was referred, on the 8th of November last, so much of the Message of the President of the United States as concerns the relations between the United States and France and Great Britain, to consider and report thereon. Mr. Lloyd, from the committee to whom was referred the bill to alter the times of holding the circuit courts of the first circuit, reported it amended. Mr. ANDERson presented the petition of Richard Mitchill, of the county of Hawkins, in the State of Tennessee, praying remission of certain judgments obtained against him by the United States, in the circuit court at Knoxville, in the State of Tennessee, for reasons therein stated at large; and the petition was read. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill to authorize the President of the United States to ascertain and designate certain boundaries; and, after debate, the further consideration thereof was postponed. Mr. Bibb, from the committee, reported the amendments to the bill, entitled “An act supplementary to an act to raise an additional military force,” correctly engrossed; and the bill was read the third time, and passed with amendments.

Monday, March 16. The bill, entitled “An act repealing the 10th section of the act to incorporate the subscribers to the Bank of the United States,” was read the second time. The bill, entitled “An act giving further time to the purchasers of public land northwest of the river Ohio to complete their payments,” was read the second time. The Senate resumed the consideration of the motion made the 14th inst. on the subject; and, Resolved, That a committee be appointed to revise and amend the act, entitled “An act for dividing the Indiana Territory into two separate governments,” approved the 3d day of February, 1809; and that the committee have leave to report by bill or otherwise. Messrs. Giles, BAYARD, and Pope, were appointed the committee. The bill to incorporate a bank in the town of Alexandria, by the name and style of the Mechanics' Bank of Alexandria, was read the second time. The Senate resumed the consideration of the motion to postpone the bill making further provision for the sale of public lands to the first Monday in December next: and on motion, by Mr. SMITH of Maryland, it was agreed that the further consideration thereof be postponed to, and be made the order of the day for, Wednesday next. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill to alter the times of holding the circuit courts of the first circuit, together with the amendments reported thereto by the select committee; and havin agreed to the amendments, the President reporte the bill to the House accordingly. On the question, Shall this bill be engrossed and read a third time as amended? it was determined in the affirmative. .

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The Message and letter therein referred to were read, and ordered to be printed for the use of the Senate; and, on motion, by Mr. GREGG, they were referred to the committee to whom was referred, the 13th instant, the Message of the President of the United States, of the 9th, together with the accompanying documents, also the Message and report of the 12th instant, in relation to the same subject, to consider and report thereon.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled “An act to incorporate the trustees of the Georgetown Lancaster School Society,” and it was ordered to a third reading.

SENATE.

Mr. GREGG, from the committee to whom was referred the joint resolution, respecting the arts and manufactures of the United States, reported an amendment; and the amendment having been considered and agreed to as in Committee of the Whole, the President reported the resolution to the House accordingly. . - * On the question, Shall this resolution be read a third time as amended? it was determined in the affirmative. On motion, by Mr. ANDERson, it was agreed that the consideration of the bill for improving the navigation of the river Potomac be made the order of the day for to-morrow. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill to carry into effect an act of the Legislature of the State of Maryland; and the bill was ordered to be engrossed and read a third time. - - Mr. CRAwford, from the committee to whom was referred the bill, entitled “An act providing for the removal of causes depending in the respective district courts of the United States, in case of the disability of the judges thereof.” reported it with amendments. A message from the House of Representatives informed the Senate that the House agree to the two first of the amendments proposed by the Senate to the bill, entitled “An act concerning the Naval Establishment,” and disagree to the remainder of said amendments. hey have ed a 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, a bill, entitled “An act relinquishing to the Corporation of the city of New Orleans the use and possession of a lot in the said city; in which bills they ask the concurrence of the Senate. The two bills last mentioned were read, and passed to the second reading. Mr. BAYARD, from the committee appointed on the subject, reported a bill for the admission of the state of Louisiana into the Union, and to extend the laws of the United States to the said State; and the bill was read, and passed to the second reading. - * 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, together with the amendments reported thereto by the select committee; and having agreed to sundry amendments, the further consideration thereof was postponed until to-morrow.

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on ; and Messrs. CRAwford, ANDERson, FRANKLIN, GREgg, and Taylor, were appointed the committee. -

The bill, entitled “An act relinquishing to the Corporation of the city of New Orleans the use and possession of a lot in the said city,” was read the second time, and referred to a select committee, to consider and report thereon; and Messrs. GREGG, CoNDIT, and CAMPBELL of Tennessee, were appointed the committee.

Mr. WoRTHINGToN, from the committee to whom was referred the bill, entitled “An act for the relief of Thomas orro reported it without amendment. -* -

Mr. SMITH, of Maryland, submitted the following motion for consideration: . . . . Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury be directed to lay before this House a view of all the appropriations made by the several acts passed during the present session, and to include therewith the interest payable on the Louisiana debt, and the amount payable during the present year, (under the act making provision for the redemption of the whole of the public debt of the United States,) for the interest and reimbursement of the domestic debt of the United States; and, also, a statement of the balance remaining in the Treasury of the United States on the 31st of December last, and of the balances unexpended on the same day in the hands of the Treasurer of the War and Navy Departments. The Senate proceeded to consider the amendments disagreed to by the House of Representatives to the bill, entitled “An act concerning the Naval Establishment;” and, on motion, by Mr. Giles, Fesolved, That they insist on their amendments disagreed to, and ask a conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses, . Ordered, That Messrs. Giles, Lloyd, and CRAwford, be the managers at the said conference on the part of the Senate. -Mr. GILMAN, from the committee, reported the amendment to the joint resolution respecting the arts and manufactures of the United States, correctly engrossed;” and the resolution was read the third time as amended, and passed with an amendment. - Mr. GILMAN, from the committee, reported the bill to carry into effect an act of the Legislature of the State of Maryland, correctly engrossed; and the bill was read the third time, and passed. Mr. GILMAN, from the committee, also reported the bill to alter the times of holding the circuit courts of the first circuit correctly engrossed ; and the bill was read the third time as amended, and passed. The bill, entitled “An act to incorporate the Trustees of the Georgetown Lancaster School Society,” was read the third time, and passed. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill for improving the navigation of the river Potomac.; and a motion was made, by Mr. ANDERson, to amend the bill; and, on his motion, it was agreed that the further consideration thereof be postponed to, and be made the order of the day |. Friday next.

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