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A committee on the Expenditures in the Treasury Department was appointed, consisting of Mr. Lowndes, Mr. Allen, (ỹt.) and Mr. Marchand.

A committee on the Expenditures in the War Department was appointed, consisting of Mr. Johnson, (Ky.) Mr. Tucker, (S. C.). and Mr. Herkimer.

A committee on the Expenditures in the Navy Department was appointed, consisting of Mr. Pleasants, Mr. Storrs, and Mr. Sampson. A committee on the Expenditures in the Post Office, was ap

thul barat, antices wastan: pointed, consisting of Mr. Ingham, Mr. Hubbard, and Mr. Huntington.

A committee on the Expenditures on the Public Buildings was appointed, consisting of Mr. Tucker, (Vir.) Mr. Drake and Mr. Orr.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the state of the Union, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Smith, (Md.) reported that the committee had, according to order, had the state of the Union under consideration and come to several resolutions thereon, which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where they were again read and severally concurred in by the House, and are as follows:

1. Resolved, That so much of the message of the President of the United States as relates to the subject of foreign affairs, and to our commercial intercourse with British colonial ports, be referred to a select committee: And, that the said committee be instructed to inquire whether any, and if any, what provisions of law are necessary to insure to the American colonies of Spain; a just observance, of the duties incident to the neutral relation, in which the United States stand, in the existing war between them and Spain.

2. Resolved, That so much of the President's message as relates to military affairs, be referred to a select committee.

3. Resolved, That so much of the President's message as ro lates to an improvement in the organization and discipline of the militia, be referred to a select committee.

4. Resolved, That so much of the President's message as relates to naval affairs, be referred to a select committee.

5. Resolved, That so much of the President's message as relates to manufactures, be referred to the committee of Commerce and Mannfactures.

6. Resolved. That so much of the President's message as relates to the improvement of the Indian tribes in the arts of a civilized life, be referred to a select committee.

1. Resolved, That so much of the President's message as relates to roads, canals, and seminaries of learning, be referred to a select committee.

8. Resolved, That so much of the President's message as relates to the illicit introduction of Slaves from Amelia Island into the United States, be referred to a select committee.

9. Resolved, That so much of the President's message as relates to the public buildings, and to the erection of new edifices for the accommodation of the heads of departments and the attorney general, be referred to a select committee.

10. Resolved, That so much of the President's message as relates to the surviving officers and soldiers of the revolutionary army be referred to a select committe.

11. Resolved, That so much of the President's message as relates to the subject of revenue and a repeal of the internal taxes be referred to the committee of Ways and Means..

12. Resolved, That so much of the President's message as re· lates to purchases of lands from the Indian tribes, be referred to the committee on the Public Lands.

13. Resolved, That the said select committees have leave to report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Forsyth, Mr. Holmes, (Mass.) Mr. Barbour, (Vir.) Mr. Robertson, (Lou.) Mr. Porter, Mr. Orr, and Mr. Goodwyn, were appointed a committee pursuant to the first resolution.

Mr. Johnson, (Ky.) Mr. Bloomfield, Mr. Reed, Mr. Thomas M. Nelson, Mr. Nesbitt, Mr. Forney, and Mr. Gage, were appointed a committee pursuant to the second resolution.

Mr. Harrison, Mr. Alexander Smyth, Mr. Quarles, Mr. Wil. liams, (Con.) Mr. Jones, Mr. Lynn, and Mr. Morton, were appointed a committee pursuant to the third resolution.

Mr. Pleasants, Mr. Silsbee, Mr. Wendover, Mr. Parrott, Mr. Ringgold, Mr. Sawyer, and Mr. Schuyler, were appointed a committee pursuant to the fourth resolution.

Mr. Southard, Mr. Williams, (N. Y.) Mr. Murray, Mr. Slocumb, Mr. Butler, Mr. Richards, and Mr. Tarr, were appointed a committee pursuant to the sixth resolution.

Mr. Tucker, (Vir.) Mr. Tallmadge, Mr. Ingham, Mr. Storrs, Mr. Clagett, Mr. Robertson, (Ky.) and Mr. Lewis, were appointed a committee pursuant to the seventh resolution.

Mr. Middleton, Mr. James S. Smith, Mr. Upham, Mr. Lawyer, Mr. Ball, Mr. Mumford, and Mr. Cook, were appointed a committee pursuant to the eighth resolution.

Mr. Parris, Mr. Bassett, Mr. Bellinger, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Forsyth, Mr. Crafts, and Mr. Folger, were appointed a committee pursuant to the ninth resolution.

Mr. Bloomfield, Mr. Reed, Mr. Stuart, Mr. Rhea, Mr. Smith, (Md.) Mr. Wallace, and Mr. Hall, (N. C.) were appointed a committee pursuant to the tenth resolution.

And then the House adjourned.

THURSDAY, December 4, 1817.

Three other members, to wit: from Pennsylvania, Henry Baldwin, from Maryland, Thomas Bayley, and from Virginia, James Johnson, appeared produced their credentials, and took their seats: the oath to support the constitution of the United States, being first administered to them, by Mr. Speaker.

On motion of Mr. Parris, Ordered, That the petition of Noah Miller, presented on the ist of April, 1816, be referred to a select committee; and Mr. Parris, Mr. Adams, Mr. Bayley, Mr. Richards, and Mr. Orr, were appointed the said committee.

Mr. Holmes, of Massachusetts, presented a petition of sundry inhabitants, of the county of York, in the district of Maine, praying for the establishment of a post route.

Mr. Barbour, of Virginia, presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of the counties of Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Louisa, and Fluvanna, in the state of Virginia, also praying for the establishment of a post route.

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

Mr. Allen, of Massachusetts, presented a petition of William Lawrence, praying compensation for losses he sustained, by removing from the British province of Nova Scotia, to the United States in the revolutionary war.

Mr. Holmes, of Massachusetts, presented a petition of Daniel, Sedgley, praying for a pension.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims.

On motion of Mr. Taylor, Ordered, That the petition of John St. John, presented on the 13th January, 1817, be referred to the saine committee.

. On motion of Mr. Bassett,

Ordered, That the petition of Richard G. Morris, presented on the 21st December, be also referred to the same committee.

On motion of Mr. Forsyth, Ordered, That the petitions of Daniel Evans and John Dent, . presented on the 28th February, 1816, and the eth December, 1816, be also referred to the said committee.

Mr. Holmes, of Massachusetts, presented a petition of Alexander Worster, late an officer in the army, praying to be indemnified the amount of a judgment, obtained against him, for enlisting a minor as a soldier, in the army during the late war, together with costs of; suit.

Mr. Storrs presented a petition of Loring Austin, a major by brevet, in the army of the United States, praying to be indemnified the amount of a judgment, obtained against him for acts done in the execution of his duty, in virtue of an order directed to him, by, the late general Pikc, dated the 25th of March, 1813, together with costs of suit, and his expenditures in defending the said suit.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the committee. of Claims.

On motion of Mr. Bassett,

Orderedl, That the petition of Edward Barry and George Hodge, presented on the 9th December, 1816, be referred to the same committee.

On motion of Mr. Strong, Ordered, That the petition of James Babbitt, presented on the 11th of December, 1816, be referred to the committee on Military Affairs,

Mr. Sergeant presented a petition of the managers of the Pennsylvania Hospital, praying the remission of the duties, charged on the importation of a painting of “ Christ healing in the temple," which has been presented by Benjamin West of London, to the said Hospital.

Mr. Desha presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of Croghansville and its vicinity on Sandusky river in the state of Ohio, praying that the tovn of Croghansville, aforesaid, may be established as a port of entry.

Ordered. Thatthe said petitions be referred to the committee of Commerce and Manufactures.

Mr. Whiteside presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of Pennsylvania, praying for a repeal of the acts imposing internal duties.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the committee of Ways and Means.

On motion of Mr. Smith, of Maryland, Ordered, That the petition of James H. M.Cullock, presented on the 10th of January, 1816, be referred to the same committee.

Mr. Forsyth presented a petition of George Pearson, praying that the benefits of the act of the 31st of March, 1814, for the indemnification of certain claimants, of public lands in the Mississippi territory, may be extended to him for the reasons stated in the petition.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committec on the Public Lands.

On motion of Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, Ordered, That the petition of John Bate, presented on the 3d of January, 1817, be referred to a select conimittee; and Mr. Johnson of Kentucky, Mr. Hendricks, Mr. Anderson, of Kentucky, Mr. Jones, and Mr. Patterson, were appointed the said committee.

On motion of Mr. Comstock, Resolved, That the committee on Military Affairs, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making provision by law, for the commutation into money, of the military bounty lands, granted by Congress.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Cutts, their Secretary:

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed a resolution « for the admission of the state of Mississippi, into the Union.” They have also passed a resolution for the appointment of a joint committee, to consist of three members of each house, who shall have the direction of the money, appropriated for the purchase of books and

maps for the use of the two Houses of Congress," and have appointed the committee on their part. And they have also passed a resolution, for the appointment of two chaplains to Congress, during the present session, one by each House, who shall interchange weekly; in which said resolutions, they ask the concurrence of this House.

The resolution for the admission of the state of Mississippi into the Union, was read the first and second time, and committed to a committee of the whole to-morrow. .

The resolution for the appointment of a committee, to have the direction of the money for the purchase of books, &c. was read and concurred in by the Ilouse, and Mr. Seybert, Mr. Whitman, and Mr. Middleton, were appointed of the said committee, on the part of this House..

Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

The resolution for the appointment of chaplains, was read, and also concurred in by the House. Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

On motion of Mr. Southard, Resolved, That this House will to-morrow, at 12 o'clock, proceed to the election of a chaplain, on their part.

And the House adjourned.

FRIDAY, December 5, 1817.

Two other members, to wit: from Pennsylvania, William Maclay, and from Virginia, Ballard Smith, appeared, produced their credentials and took their seats; the oath to support the Constitution of the United States, being first administered to them by Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Clagett presented petitions from James Burnsiel and James Spaulding.

Mr. Silsbee presented a petition from Daniel Simonds and James Bott.

Mr. Folger presented a petition of Robert Cottle.
Mr. Huntington presented a petition of Nathaniel Stowell,

Mr. Williams, of New York, presented a petition of Joseph Westcoot.

Mr. Barber, of Ohio, presented a petition of George Shrieve.

Mr. Bloomfild presented petitions from John Nutter, and Sa muel Hendrey.

Mr. Peter presented a petition of Bennett Mudd, respectively praying for pensions.

Mr. Orr presented a petition of Matthew B. White.

Mr. Merrill presented petitions from Daniel Boynton, Nathaniel Thompson, and Jonathan Bowers, respectively praying for an increase of the pensions heretofore granted to them. ;.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims.

On motion of Mr. Ringgold,

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