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Resolved, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing, by law, a post route from the Short Pump, in Henrico county, state of Virginia, to Dentonville, in the county of Hanover.

The resolution submitted yesterday by Mr. Cocke, was taken up, read, and agreed to by the House.

The House took up, and proceeded to consider, the bill to authorize the issuing a register to the brig William, of New York, and the said bill having been read and debated, was again laid on the table.

The House again resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill to provide the necessary plans, estimates, and surveys, upon the subject of Roads and Canals; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Foot, of Connecticut, reported that the committee had, according to order, again had the said bill under consideration, and made further progress therein, and directed him to ask leave to sit again.

Ordered, That the committee of the whole House have leave to sit again on the said bill. And then the House adjourned.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1824.

Mr. Whittlesey, from the Committee of Claims, made an unfavorable report on the petition of Henry Lee; which was laid on the table.

Mr. Little, from the Committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims, made an unfavorable report on the petition of John Barberick; which was laid on the table.

On motion of Mr. Philip P. Barbour, Resolved, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the propriety of allowing an additional compensation to William F. Gray, Postmaster at Fredericksburg, in Virginia.

The House again resolved into a committee of the whole on the bill to procure the necessary plans, estimates, and surveys, upon the subject of roads and canals; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair, and Mr. Foot, of Connecticut, reported that the committee had, according to order, again had the said bill under consideration, and had made further progress therein, and directed him to ask leave to sit again.

Ordered, That the committee of the whole have leave to sit again on the said bill.

A message, in writing, was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Everett, his Secretary, as follows: To the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the U. S.

I transmit to the House of Representatives a report from the Secretary of State, agreeably to a resolution of that House of the 11th of December last, with the papers which accompanied that report.

JAMES MONROE. Washington, February 2d, 1824.

The said message was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Everett also notified the House that the President did, on the 31st ult. approve and sign “An act for the relief of Garret Fountain;" and, “ An act to authorize the surveying and making a road from a point opposite to Memphis, in the state of Tennessee, to Little Rock, in the territory of Arkansas;" and, on the 4th instant, “ An act for the relief of Samuel Wharton," and a Resolution in relation to an intended visit of the Marquis de Lafayette to the United States.

Ordered, That the Clerk do acquaint the Senate therewith.
And then the House adjourned.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1824.

Mr. Forward, from the Committee on Manufactures, to which was

rred sundry memorials upon the subject, reported a bill laying duties on sales of merchandise at auction, and for other purposes; which was read the first and second time, and committed to the committee of the whole House on the state of the Union.

Mr. Francis Johnson, from the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, made a report on the petition of Elliot Rucker, accompanied by a bill for his relief; which bill was read the first and second time, and committed to a committee of the whole House to-morrow.

Mr. Abbot offered the following resolution: viz.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress aseembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, That the following amendment to the constitution of the United States be proposed to the Legislatures of the several states, viz.

“ That no part of the constitution of the United States ought to be construed, or shall be construed to authorize the importation or ingress of any person of color into any one of the United States, contrary to the laws of such state."

The said resolution was read the first and second time, and committed to the committee of the whole House on the state of the Union.

On motion of Mr. John S. Barbour, Resolved, That the Committee of Claims be instructed to inquire into the expediency of allowing compensation to George Brooke, of Culpeper county, in the state of Virginia, for certain buildings destroyed by the enemy during the late war, in consequence of their occupation as a place of military depot by the militia of Virginia, when in service of the United States.

Mr. Cocke laid the following resolution on the table for consideration on to-morrow, viz.

Resolved, That the President of the United States be requested to lay before this House a copy of the report of the Register of the Land Office in the Eastern District of the state of Louisiana, bearing date the 6th day of January, 1821, together with all information from said Register to the Treasury Department, touching said report, more especially copies of all information relative to any lands entered in the

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name of R. Martin, or his assignee: also, a copy of the Secretary of the Treasury's communication laying said report before Congress.

Ordered, That leave be given to withdraw the petition and documents of Jacob Greer:

That the report of the Committee of Claims on the petition of John King, be recommitted to that committee:

That the report of the Committee of Claims on the petition of Daniel Fielding, be committed to a committee of the whole House tomorrow:

That, when this House adjourns, it will adjourn to meet again on Monday next.

The House again resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill to procure the necessary plans, estimates, and surveys, upon the subject of roads and canals; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Foot, of Connecticut, re

ported that the committee had, according to order, again had the said bill under consideration, and had made further progress therein, and directed him to ask leave to sit again.

Ordered, That the committee of the whole House have leave to sit again on the said bill.

The Speaker laid before the House the report of the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, giving a detail of the measures adopted by them subsequent to their report of the 6th of February, 1823; which report was laid on the table.

Ordered, That the message received yesterday from the President of the United States, in relation to spoliations committed on the commerce of the United States, be referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

And then the House adjourned.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1824.

Mr. Herrick presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of Camden, in the county of Lincoln, in the state of Maine, praying that a drawback of duty may be allowed on salt used in the mackerel fishery.

Mr. Hobart presented a memorial of the inhabitants of the town of Plymouth, in the state of Massachusetts, signed on their behalf by the town clerk, praying for the aid of the General Government in repairing and preserving a beach, necessary for the security of their harbor.

Mr. Baylies presented a petition of ship owners, masters of vessels, and other inhabitants, of the town of Dartmouth, in the state of Massachusetts; also, a petition of sundry merchants, and other citizens, of New Bedford, in said state, praying, respectively, that a light-house may be erected on a place, called the “ Outer Dumpling Rock."

Mr. Reed presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of the town of Provincetown, in the state of Massachusetts, praying that a new district, for the collection of duties on imports and tonnage, may be formed out of the district of Barnstable,

Mr. Eddy presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of the state of Rhode Island, praying that a light-house may be erected on Dutch Island.

Ordered, That the said petitions and memorial be referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. O'Brien presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of Monroe, in the state of Maine.

Mr. Hayden presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of Scottsville, in the state of New York.

Mr. M.Kean presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of the county of Bradford, in the state of Pennsylvania, praying, respectively, for the establishment of post routes.

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

Mr. Webster presented a memorial of the Mayor, Aldermen, and City Council, of the city of Boston, stating that. of late years, several islands, lying in, and around the harbor of that city, and which constitute the safety and defence of said barbor, have been greatly injured by the action of the waves, and of tempests; by which the existence and utility of the barbor is much endangered, and praying the aid of the National Government in the execution of such works as may be found necessary for the protection of these islands from annual dilapidation from the ocean and from the elements; which memorial was referred to the Committee on Roads and Canals.

Mr. Lathrop presented a petition of Thomas James Douglass, a soldier of the army of the Revolution, praying for a pension, as also, for further compensation for his services.

Mr. Marvin presented a similar petition of James Cowing, of the state of New York, a soldier of the army of the Revolution.

Mr. Tucker, of Virginia, presented a petition of Henry W. Norvell, of the state of Virginia, praying that his name may be restored to the roll of Revolutionary Pensioners, from which he has been stricken, in consequence of the estimated value of his property.

Mr. Clark presented a petition of David Evans, praying for a pension, in consideration of services rendered in the army of the United States, during the Revolutionary war.

Mr. Moore, of Kentucky, presented a similar petition of Hugh Black, of that state.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committce on Revolutionary Pensions.

Mr. Webster presented a remonstrance of Merchants, Manufacturers, Mechanics, and others, of Boston, against the passage of the bill, now pending before this House, “to amend the several acts for imposing duties on imports;" the tariff of duties proposed by said bili, and the principles on which it is avowedly founded; as having a tendency, however different may be the motives of those who recommend them, to diminish the industry, impede the prosperity, and corrupt the morals, of the people.

Mr. Rood presented a memorial of Bartlett Murdock, and others, manufacturers of iron castings, in Plymouth county, in the state of Massachusetts, praying that additional duties may be imposed on hollow ware, and other iron castings which may be imported into the United States.

Mr. Van Rensselaer presented a memorial of sundry inhabitants of the city of Albany, in the state of New York, interested in agricultural pursuits, praying that additional duties may be imposed on certain species of woollen fabrics imported from abroad, so as to afford further encouragement to the growers of wool in the United States.

Mr. Van Rensselaer also presented a petition of James Wilson and Sons, of the city of Albany, manufacturers of globes, praying that such additional duty may be imposed on foreign made globes, as will protect the American manfacturer of that article from ruinous foreign competition.

Mr. Strong presented a memorial of the Columbia County Manufacturing Society, in the state of New York, and of sundry inbabitants of that county, praying that additional duties may be laid on all foreign made cotton and woollen goods, hereafter imported into the United States; as, also, that heavy duties may be laid on the sale of such goods at auction.

Mr. Cambreleng presented a memorial and remonstrance of the Chamber of Commerce of the city of New York, remonstrating against the passage of the bill, now pending before this House, "to amend the several acts imposing duties on imports," as containing principles and details, deeply and injuriously affecting the rights and interests of alınost every class of the people of the United States.

Mr. Cambreleng also presented a similar memorial, from the importers and venders of hardware, in the city of New York, so far as the interest of that branch of the foreign commerce of the United States is concerned.

Mr. Sharpe presented a memorial of sundry merchants, traders, and other citizens, of Watertown, in Jefferson county, state of New York, praying that a duty of ten per centum may be imposed on sales at auction, excepting of the effects of bankrupts, of deceased persons, of goods sold for the benefit of underwriters, shipping, and real estate.

Mr. Van Wyck presented a petition of the inhabitants of the county of Dutchess, in the state of New York, praying that measures may be adopted for the effectual protection of domestic manufactures, generally.

Mr. Craig presented a memorial of farmers and manufacturers, in Orange County, state of New York, praying for a revision of the tariff of duties on foreign imports, so as to afford protection to domestic manufactures; that a duty may be imposed on sales at auction of foreign manufacturers, and that no credit may be given for the duties imposed on the importation thereof.

Mr. Patterson, of Pennsylvania, presented a memorial of "the Washington Society for promoting Agriculture and Domestic Manufactures," praying for the passage of the bill, now pending before this House, "to amend the several acts imposing duties on imports."

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