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Mr. Herbert from the committee for the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the amendments proposed by the Senate to the bill, entitled “ An act to incorporate the Columbian Insurance Company of Alexandria,” reported the agreement of that committee to the said amendments.
The said amendments were then read at the Clerk's table, and concurred in by the House.
Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.
Mr. Southard, from the committee appointed on so much of the President's message as relates to Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the bill from the Senate, entitled “ An act directing the manner of appointing Indian agents, and continuing the act for establishing trading houses with the Indian tribes," reported the same without amendment.
Ordered, Tbat the said bill be committed to the committee of the whole, to which is committed the bill of this House for establishing trading bouses with the Indian tribes, and for the organization and encouragement of schools for their instruction.
A motion was made by Mr. Poindexter, to discharge the committee on the Public Lands, from the further consideration of the resolution submittted by him on the 29th December last, respecting an exchange of lands with certain Indian tribes;
And the question being taken thereon;
The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of War, stating that the report to this House from the War Department, dated on the 20th February last, contains all the information to be found in that department, in relation to the claims of the state of Massachusetts for expenses of calling out the militia of that state during the late war, and the reasons why they have not been allowed;" which was read and ordered to lie on the table.
Ordered, That the committee of the whole, to which is committed the bill confirming certain lands in the territory of Missouri, to the legal representatives of Elisha Winter, and the legal representatives of William Winter, be discharged from the consideration thereof, and that the said bill be recommitted to the committee on Private Land Claims.
On motion of Mr. Barbour, of Virginia, Resolved, That the committee of Ways and Means be instruct. ed to inquire into the expediency of authorizing the President to distribute an additional sum amongst the assessors of the United States, for extra services.
On motion of Mr. Hopkinson, Resolved, That the committee of Commerce and Manufactures be instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing for the payment of the expenditures made in laying down and taking up buoys in the river Delaware, in the Lazaretto channel, about twelve miles below the city of Philadelphia; and also, for defraying in future, the
expense of taking up and laying down the said buoys, when required.
On motion of Mr. Forsyth, Resolved, That the President of the United States be requested (if in his opinion not inconsistent with the public interest) to lay before this House, the correspondence with the government of Spain, to which the letter of George W. Erving, the American minister near that court, of the 25th of October, 1816, communicated with his message of the 29th January, 1818, refers; and any subsequent correspondence between the two governments on the same subject.
Mr. Forsyth and Mr. Mosely, were appointed a committee to present the said resolution to the President.
Ordered, That the committee of the whole, to which is committed the report of the committee of Ways and Means on the petition of Mary Graeff, be discharged from the consideration thereof, and that the said report and petition be recommittted to the committee of Ways and Means.
The bill from the Senate, entitled “ An act in addition to an act, entitled An act for the relief of John Thompson,” was read the first and second time, and committed to a committee of the whole, on Monday next.
The bill from the Senate, entitled "An act providing for the sale of certain lands in the district of Marietta, and for the location of claims and sale of certain lands in the district of Vincennes," was read the first and second time, and committed to the committee on the Public Lands.
The bill from the Senate, entitled “ An act, in addition to . An act giving pensions to the widows and orphans of persons slain in the public or private armed vessels of the United States,” was read the first and second time, and referred to the committee on Naval Affairs.
The House took up the message from the Senate, insisting on their first amendment to the bill, entitled “ An act' making appropriations for the military service of the United States, for the year 1818:" Whereupon,
Resolved, That this House insist on their disagreement to the said amendment, and ask a conference with the Senate upon the disagreeing votes of the two houses on the said amendment; and,
Mr. Lowndes, Mr. Smith, of Maryland, and Mr. Pitkin, were appointed managers at the said conference on the part of this House.
Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.
An engrossed bill, entitled "An act for the relief of major general Arthur St. Clair," was read the third time and passed.
Ordered, That the title be as aforesaid, and that the Clerk carry the said bill to the Senate and ask their concurrence therein.
A message in writing, was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Joseph Jones Monroe, his Secretary, as follows:
To the House of Representatives of the United States:
I transmit to the House of Representatives, a report of the Secretary of State, in compliance with the resolution of the said House, requesting information respecting the ratification of the thirteenth article of the amendments to the Constitution of the United States.
JAMES MONROE. Washington, February 6, 1818.
The said message was read, and ordered to lie on the table.
The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the resolutions submitted by Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, and Mr. Walker, of North Carolina, on the 9th of December last, and on the bill concerning half pay pensions, invalid pensioners, and for other pur. poses; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Terry reported that the committee had made some 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 resolutions and bill.
On motion of Mr. Storrs, Resolved, That the Secretary of War, be requested to communicate to this House, a statement of the balances now due, respectively, from such persons now, or heretofore acting in the quartermaster and paymaster's departments, whose accounts bave not been settled for the period of more than one year previous to the 27th day of December last.
Ordered, That when the House adjourns, it will adjourn to meet again on Monday next.
And then the House adjourned.
MONDAY, February 9, 1818.
Another member, to wit: from the state of South Carolina, Eldred Simkins appeared, produced his credentials and took his seat; the oath to support the Constitution of the United States, being first administered to him by Mr. Speaker.
Mr. Fuller presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of Massachusetts, praying that additional duties may be imposed on bar, pig, and cast iron, imported into the United States.
Mr. Sergeant presented a petition of the Philadelphia Society for the promotion of American Manufactures, praying that further measures may be adopted for the security, protection, and encouragement of the manufacturing interest of the United States.
Mr. Sergeant also presented a petition of sundry cork cutters, in the city of Philadelphia, praying that additional duties may be imposed on foreign manufactured cork, imported into the United States.
Mr. Sergeant also presented a petition of the journeymen tailors in the city of Philadelphia, praying that additional duties may be imposed on ready made clothes imported into the United States.
Mr. Seybert presented a petition of the society of paper manufacturers of the states of Pennsylvania and Delaware, praying that a specific duty of 15 cents per pound weight may be imposed on all paper and blank books, imported into the United States.
Mr. Baldwin presented a petition of James Keller, stocking weaver, a native of Switzerland, in Europe, and at present residing in the city of Washington, praying that additional duties may be imposed on imported stockings.
Ordered, "That the said petitions be referred to the committee of Commerce and Manufactures.
Mr. Mason, of Massachusetts, presented a petition of sundry merchants and underwriters, of Boston, Salem, and Newburyport, in Massachusetts, and of Portsmouth, in New Hampshire, praying to the same effect with the petition of sundry merchants and underwriters, in the city of Philadelphia, presented on the 7th ultimo.
Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee to whom was referred the petition of the said merchants and underwriters of Philadelphia.
Mr. Holmes, of Massachusetts, presented a petition of Ebenezer Knox, late an officer in the army of the United States, stating, that he was struck from the roll of officers, whithout any known or just cause; that he applied for a trial by a court martial, agreeably to law, which has not been ordered; and praying that he may be allowed his pay and emoluments up to the present time.
Mr. Comstock presented a petition of James Van Horn, praying compensation for a mill and other property, destroyed by the enemy, during the late war with Great Britain, in consequence of his having frequently furnished the army with flour from said mill.
Mr. Marr presented a petition of John M Gehe, praying compensation for property of which he was robbed by a party of hostilo Indians during the late war with Great Britain.
Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, presented a petition of Antoine Bondie, also praying compensation for property destroyed by the Indians, in the late war with Great Britain.
Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the committee of Claims.
On motion of Mr. Allen, of Vermont, Ordered, That the petition of Sylvester Phelps, and Charles Landon, presented on the 21st December, 1815; and,
On motion of Mr. Claiborne, Ordered, That the petition of colonel Robert Hays, presente: on the 4th of January, 1816, be also referred to the committee of Claims.
Mr. Morton presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of Foxborough, in Massachusetts; and,
Mr. Ogle presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of Pennsylvania, respectively praying for the establishment of post routes.
Mr. Barbour presented a petition of Joseph Timberlake, postmaster in Fredericksburgh, in the state of Virginia, praying for additional compensation.
Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.
Mr. Wendover presented a petition of Eliza Webb, widow of Orange Webb, deceased, praying for a renewal of a patent granted to her late husband, for an improvement in suspenders.
Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee on the Judiciary.
Mr. Tyler presented a petition of Charles Russell and others, heirs of Charles Russell, deceased, a captain in the revolutionary army, praying for a grant of the land, as also of pay and emoluments, and commutation of half pay, to which their ancestor was entitled for his services in the capacity aforesaid.
Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims.
Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, presented sundry documents in relation to applications of captain Henry Gist, and captain Benjamin Johnson, for credits at the War Department, which they are unable to obtain, in consequence of the loss of their vouchers; which were referred to the committee on Military Affairs.
On motion of Mr. Pindall, Ordered, That the petitions of Samuel Brooke Bealle, presented on the 22d of March, 1796, and 7th March, 1802, be referred to the committee of the whole, on the bill to authorize the payment of certain certificates.
Ordered, That the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Clains, be discharged from the further consideration of the petitions of William M.Farland, Jeremiah Botts, and Jeptha Brown; and that they be referred to the Secretary of War.
Mr. Rhea, from the committee on Pensions, and Revolutionary Claims, made unfavorable reports on the petitions of Mary Sullivan and Thomas Mills, which were read, and ordered to lie on the table.
Mr. Rhea also made reports on the petitions of Elijah M-Clain and John Simpson, which were reall, and the resolutions therein contained, were concurred in by the House, as follows:
Resolved, That the petitioners respectively, have leave to withdraw their petitions and documents.
Mr. Newton, from the cominittee of Commerce and Manufactures, reported a bill to continue in force, from and after the soth June, 1819, until the 30th June, 1826, the fourth paragraph of the firsth section of the act, entitled "An act to regulate the duties on