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On motion of Mr. Gardner, Ordered, That the petition of Stephen Ryder, pre. sented the twenty-fourth vi January last, be referred to the Committec of Cominerce and Manufactures.

Mr. Seybert presented a petition of the members of the Chamber of Commerce in the city of Philadelphia, praying the renewal of the charter of incorporation of the Bank of the United Siates.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee appointed on the eighteenth instant, on the petition of the stockholders of the said bank.

Mr. Morrow, from the Committee on the Public Lands, made a report on the several petitions of tlic officers and soldiers, and thc heirs of officers and soldiers, who strved in the British army in Imerica in the war between Great Britain and France, which was read, and the resolution thercin contained con. curred ir b: the House, as follows:

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioners ought not to be granted.

An engrossed bill making an additional appropriation to suppis a deficiency in the ai propriation for the relief and protection of distressed Anerican seamen, during the year one thousand cight hundred and ten, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the same do pass, ard that the title be “ An act making an additional appropriation to supply a deficiency in the app:opriation for tise relief and pro:ection of distressed American stamen, during the year one thousand tig!: hundred and ten.”

Ancther engrossed bill to continue in force for a further time the first section of the act, entiiled “ An act further to protect the commerce and seamen of the United States against the Barbary powers,” was read the third time.

Resolved, That the same do pass, and that the title be “ An act to continue i.) force for a further time the first section of the act, entitled " An act further

to protect the commerce and seamen of the United States against the Barbary powers.”

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do carry the said bills to the Senate and desire their concurrence.

The House, according to the order of the day, re. solved itself into a committee of the whole House, on the bill to authorize the Secretary of War to ascertain and settle, by the appointment of commissioners, the exterior line of the public land at West Point, with the adjoining proprietor ; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Pitkin reported, that the committee had, accord. ing to order, had the said bill under consideration and made amendments thereto, which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same were read and concurred in by the House.

Ordered, "That the said bill be engrossed and read the third time on Thursd s next.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a committee of the whole House, on the bill providing for the final adjustment of claims to lands, and for the sale of the public lands in the terri. tories of Orleans and Louisiana ; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Pitkin reported, that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration and made amendments thereto, which he delivered in at the Cierk's table, where the same were read and con. curred in by the House.

A motion was then made by Mr. Poindexter, further to amend the bill by adding a new section thereto : when,

On motion of Mr. Pitkin, it was Ordered, That the said bill and amendment do lic on the table.

On a motion made and leave given by the House, Mr. Holland, from the committee appointed on the petition of Return J. Meigs and others, presented a

bill giving a further compensation to the witnesses who attended the trial of Aaron Burr, before the cir. cuit court of the United States for the district of Vir. ginia,

which was received and read the first time.

On motion, The said bill was read the second time, and committed to a committee of the whole House on Thursday next.

On motion of Mr. Newton, Ordered, That the report made by the Secretary of the Treasury to the Senate, on the thirteer.th of January, one thousand eight hundred and eight, on the subject of drawbacks, be referred to the committee of the whole House on the bill to authorize the issuing of debentures in certain cases.

On motion of Mr. Sheffey, Ordered, That the several memorials and petitions of the cfficers of the late revolutionary army, present. ed in December, one thousand eight hundred and eight, and January, one thousand eight hundred and nine, be referred to a select committee.

Mr. Shiffer, Mr. Hale, Mr. Shaw, Mr. Tracy, and Mr Willis Alston, were then appointed the said committee.

On motion of Mr. Poindexter, Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury be directed to lay before this House, such information as he may possess relative to the claim of the board of commissioners west of Pearl river, in the Mississippi territory, to additional compensation for their ser. vices, together with his opinion as to the equity of said clainn.

Mr. Mitchill presented a petition of the brass found. ers of the city of New York, praying for a repeal of the duties on imported zinck or spelter.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Committee of Commerce and Manufac:ures.

Mr. Seybert presented a petition of Catharine Robertson, late the widow of Jacob Ritter, deceased, praying for an adjustment and final settlement of the

accounts of the said Jacob Ritter, for services rendered during the revolutionary war.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion of Mr. Milnor, Ordered, That the petition of Thomas Campbell, presented the twenty-seventh of January last, be referred to a select committce.

Mr. Milnor, Mr. Clopton, Mr. Pickman, Mr. Newbold, and Mr. Stanford, were then appointed the said committee.

Mr. Helms presented a petition of Eden Burrowes, of the state of New Jersey, praying additional compensation for services rendered as a lieutenant in the revolutionary army.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee this day appointed, on the memorials and petitions of the officers of the late revolutionary army.

The Speaker presented a letter and memorial of Peter Landais, praying to be allowed and paid his share of prize money in three vessels captured by him in the revolutionary war, while commander of the United States' frigate Alliance.

A motion was made by Mr. Montgomery and seconded, that the said letter and memorial be referred to the Committee of Claims;

And the question being taken thereon, it passed in the negative.

The Speaker laid before the House a report of the Secretary of the Treasury, prepared in obedience to the act regulating the currency of foreign coins in the United States, which was read and referred to the committee appointed the fourteenth instant, on the bill from the Senate further to suspend in part the act, entitled “ An act regulating foreign coins, and for other purposes.”

Mr. W. Alston presented a petition of Claudius Bougaud, of the territory of Orleans, praying to be confirmed in his titles to two tracts of land lying in

the Mississippi territory, grants for which were obtained from the Spanish government.

On motion of Mr. Bacon, Resolved, That a committee be appointed to inquire into the expediency of providing for the for. mation and printing of a complete general index to the several volumes of the laws of the United States, as now published, including those which may be passed at the present session of Congress, and that they have leave to report by bill or otherwise.

And a committee was appointed of Mr. Bacon, Mr. Matthews and Mr. Jones.

On motion of Mr. l'eakley, Ordered, That the petition of Joseph Brown, presented on the twenty-first of February last, be referred to the committee of the whole House on the report of a select committee on the petition of Alexander Scott.

On motion of Mr. Swoope,

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Navy be directed to explain to this House, the cause wherefore the several bills of exchange, amounting to two hundred and fifty-six thousand dollars, and of various dates, from May tenth, one thousand eight hundred and five, to February twenty-first, one thousand eight hundred and seven, were charged in account number two of Degen, Purviance, and company, navy agents at Leghorn, as settled at the Navy Department on the sevenicenth of March, one thousand eight hundred and nine, and for what reasons the same were not included in the account of the said Degen, and company, which was settled at the Navy Department on the thirtieth of June, one thousand eight hundred and eight, and also to inform this House, whether the said bills were purchased by the then Secretary of the Navy, or by a navy agent, and if by the latter, that a copy of the said navy agent's account, embracing the period of purchase, also accompany the information required.

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