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Ordered, That the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims, be discharged from the further consideration of the peti. tions of Ebenezer Smith and Charles Stockton, and that they be referred to the Secretary of War.

Mr. Robertson, of Louisiana, from the committee on the Public Lands, made reports on the petitions of Charles Jenks, of Charles Humphreys, and John Perrin, administrators on the estate of John Haniilton, deceased, which were read, and the resolutions therein contained were concurred in by the House, as follows:

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioners respectively, ought not to be granted, and that they have leave to withdraw their petitions.

Mr. Williams, of North Carolina, from the committee of Claims, made reports on the petitions of John M.Gehee, of Robert Hays, of Antoine Bondie, of John Free, and of William Gamble, which were read, and the resolutions therein contained, were concurred in by the House, as follows, viz:

Resolved, That the prayer of the respective petitions of Antoine Bondie, of John Free, and of William Gamble, ought not to be granted.

Resolved, That John M.Gehee and Robert Hays, have leave to withdraw their respective petitions and documents.

Mr. Williams also made an unfavorable supplementary report on the case of John Ireland, which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Williams also made a report on the petition of B. & P.. Jourdan, which was read; when,

Mr. Williams reported a bill for the relief of B. & P. Jourdan, brothers, which was read the first and second time, and committed · to a committee of the whole, to-morrow.

Mr. Williams also made a report on the petition of Madame : Poidevin, which was read; when,

Mr. Williams reported a bill for the relief of Madame Poidevin, which was read the first and second time, and committed to a committee of the whole, to-morrow.

Mr. Williams also reported the bill from the Senate, entitled . 6 An act for the relief of Richard M. Johnson," without amendment.

Ordered, That the said bill be committed to a committee of the whole, to-morrow.

Mr. Lowndes, from the committee of Ways and Means, reported a bill, fixing the compensation of the Secretary of the Senate, and Clerk of the House of Representatives, and of the Clerks employed in their offices, which was read the first time.

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

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have receded from their first amend. ment to the bill, entitled “ An act making appropriations for the military service of the United States, for the year 1818.!'.

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An engrossed resolution “ directing the judges of the supreme court to be furnished with Wait's state papers," was read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That the Clerk carry the said resolution to the Se. nate, and ask their concurrence therein.

On motion of Mr. Tyler, Resolved, That the committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the propriety of altering the time of holding the United States court for the district of Virginia, directed by law to be holden in the city of Richmond, from the 12th, to the second day of April, in each year.

On motion of Mr. Williams, of New York, Resolved, That the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of placing John Miller upon the pension list, from the 20th of October, 1812.

On motion of Mr. Bloomfield, Resolved, That the committee on Foreign Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing the residence of a consul at Mogadore, in the empire of Morocco.

On motion of Mr. Blount, Resolved, That the committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a post route from Greenville, by Newport, Dandridge, and Hill's, to Knoxville, Tennessee.

On motion of Mr. Tarr, Resolved, That the committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of allowing a tract of one hundred and sixty acres of land to each surviving soldier of the late revolutionary army, who enlisted for three years, and who faithfully served the full term of their enlistment.

The House again resolved itself into a committee of the whole. on the bill to establish an uniform system of bankruptcy throughout the United States; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Bloomfield reported that the committee 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.

And then the House adjourned.

TUESDAY, February 17, 1818.

. Mr. Wilson, of Massachusetts, presented a petition of John Carlton the 2d, praying for a pension.

Mr. Holmes, of Massachusetts, presented a petition of William Frost, praying to be allowed and paid the commutation of his half pay, as an officer in the revolutionary army, as also, for a grant of the land, to which he is entitled for said services.

Mr. Desha presented a petition of Nathaniel G. Morris, pray, ing for a pension.

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

Mr. Nelson, of Massachusetts, presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of Newburyport, in the state of Massachusetts, praying for the establishment of an uniform system of bankruptcy.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee of the whole, on the bill for that purpose.

Mr. Mason, of Massachusetts, presented a petition of sundry merchants of Boston, praying that the credits allowed by law, for the duties on goods imported from places beyond the Cape of Good Hope, may be extended in point of time, and modified as to the terms of payment.

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

Mr. Lawyer presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of the state of New York, praying for the establishment of a post route.

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

Mr. Williams, of North Carolina, from the committee of Claims, made reports on the cases of William Eadus and Richard Mansfield, transmitted to this House by the Commissioner of Claims, which were read and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Herbert, from the committee for the District of Columbia, reported a bill, explanatory of the act authorizing the sale of cer. tain grounds belonging to the United States, in the city of Washing. ton, which was read the first and second time, and committed to a committee of the whole, on Monday next.

Mr. Robertson, of Louisiana, from the committee on the Public Lands, made an unfavorable report on the petition of Bernhard Steiner, which was read and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Lowndes, from the committee of Ways and Means, reported a bill making appropriations for the support of government, for the year 1818, which was read the first and second time, and committed to a committee of the whole, to-morrow.

Mr. Wilson, of Pennsylvania, from the joint committee for Enrolled Bills, reported, that the committee had examined an enrolled bill, entitled - An act making appropriations for the military ser. vice of the United States, for the year 1818," and had found the same to be truly enrolled; when,

The Speaker signed the said bill.
Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

Mr. Wilson also reported, that the committee did, on the 14th instant, present to the President of the United States, enrolled bills of the following titles, viz:

« An act to incorporate the Columbian Insurance Company of Alexandria."

“ An act making provision for the establishment of additional land offices in the territory of Missouri;” and,

"An act making provision for the payment of the arrearages which have been incurred for the support of the military establishment, previous to the 1st January, 1817.

The Speaker laid before the House, a letter from the Secretary of the Navy, transmitting sundry papers in relation to the contracts with colonel Samuel Hughes, for manufacturing cannon and shot for the use of the United States, in obedience to a resolution of this House of the 12th instant, which was read and ordered to lie on the table.

Ordered, That Mr. Simkins be appointed of the committee on that part of the President's message which relates to the Public Buildings, and to the erection of additional public offices, in the place of Mr. Parris, resigned.

On motion of Mr. Comstock, Resolved, That the committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making further provision by law, for the maintenance and support of Catharine Low, who, since the commencement of the late war, has lost her husband, two sons, and a son in law, in the military service of the United States, and is in indigent circumstances.

On motion of Mr. Sawyer, Resolved, That the committee of Commerce and Manufactures be instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing by law, for staking the channel of Currituck sound, from the inlet to Powell's point.

The bill fixing the compensation of the Secretary of the Senate, and Cl rk of the House of Representatives, and of the Clerks employed in their offices, was read the second time, amended, and ordered to be engrossed and read a third time to-morrow.

A message was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Joseph Jones Monroe, his Secretary, notifying, that the President did, on the 16th instant, approve and sign enrolled bills of the following titles, viz:

An act to incorporate the Columbian Insurance Company of Alexandria; and,

An act making appropriations for the payment of the arrearages which have been incurred for the support of the military establishment, previous to the 1st of January, 1817.

And on this day;

An act making provision for the establishment of additional land offices in the territory of Missouri.

Ordered, That the Clerk acquint the Senate therewith.

Mr. J.J. Monroe also delivered in at the Speaker's table, two messages, in writing, from the President of the United States...

The first of the said messages is as follows:

To the House of Representatives of the United States:

Conformably with a resolution of the House of Representatives, of the 6th of this month, I now lay before that House a report, received from the Secretary of State, with the copy of the correspondence referred to, and requested by that resolution.

JAMES MONROE. Washington, February 12, 1818.

The said message was read, and ordered to lie on the table.
The second of the said messages is as follows:

To the Senate and House of Representatives: • I lay before the House of Representatives, copies of two communications received at the Department of State from the minister of Great Britain, and submit to their consideration, the propriety of making such legislative provisions as may be necessary, for a compliance with the representations contained in them.

By the express terms of that compact, it was, when ratified by the two governments, to be in force for the term of four years, from the day of its signature. The revocation of all the discriminating duties, became, therefore, the obligation of both governments from that day, and it is conceived that every individual who has been required to pay, and who has paid, any of the extra duties revoked by the convention, has a just and lawful claim upon the respective governments for its return. From various accidents it has happened. that both here and in Great Britain, the cessation of the extra duties has been fixed to commence at different times. It is desirable that Congress should pass an act, providing for the return of all the extra duties, incompatible with the terms of the convention, which have been levied upon British vessels or merchandise, after the 3d of July, 1815. The British parliament have already set the example of fixing that day for the cessation of the extra duties of export, by their act of 30th of June last, and the minister of the United States, in London, is instructed to require the extension of the same principle, to all the extra duties levied on vessels and merchandise of the United States, in the ports of Great Britain, since that day. It is not doubted that the British government will comply with this requisition, and that the act suggested, may be passed by Congress, with full confidence that the reciprocal measure will receive the sanction of the British Parliament.

JAMES MONROE. Washington, February 12, 1818.

The said message was read, and referred to the committee of Ways and Means,

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