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spirits, to the end that their civilization may be more speedily and certainly effected; and also, that no person may be appointed an agent to reside among the Indians, but men of sobriety, integrity, and of unblemished moral character.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee of the whole, to which is committed the bill to establish trading houses among the Indian tribes, and for the organization and ena couragement of schools for their instruction and civilization.

Mr. Newton, from the committee of Commerce and Manufactures, to which was committed the bill from the Senate, entitled “ An act concerning the district of Brunswick, in the state of Georgia," reported the same without amendment.

Ordered, That the said bill be read a third time, to-day.

Mr. Wilson, of Pennsylvania, from the joint committee for Enrolled Bills, reported, that the committee did, yesterday, present to the President of the United States, the enrolled bill, entitled - An act making appropriations for the military service of the United States, for the year 1818."

Mr. Lowndes, from the committee of Ways and Means, to whom was recommitted their report on the petition of Mary Graeff, made a supplementary report thereon, which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Williams, of North Carolina, from the committee of Claims, made a report on the case of Mary Frazier, transmitted to this House by Richard Bland Lee, commissioner of claims, which was read and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Rhea, from the coinmittee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims, made a report on the petition of Eli Parsons, which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

Ordered, That the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims be discharged from a further consideration of the petition of William Ellicott, and that it be referred to the Secretary of War.

The Speaker laid before the House, a letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting statements of the expenditure, and application of the fund, appropriated for the contingent expenses of the military establishment for the year 1817, which was ordered to lie on the table.

The Speaker also laid before the House, a letter from the Se. cretary of the Treasury, transmitting a statement of the moneys paid for defraying the expenses of the commissioners, under the fourth, sixth, and seventh articles of the treaty of Ghent, which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

Ordered, That the committee of Ways and Means be discharged from a further consideration of the petition of Noah Brown, and others, and that it be referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

Bills from the Senate of the following titles, viz:

An act concerning the district of Brunswick, in the state of Georgia,

An act supplementary to the act, entitled “ An act further extending the time for issuing and locating military land warrants, and for other purposes;" and,

An act to authorize certain purchasers of public lands to withdraw their entries, and transfer the moneys paid thereon, were severally read the third time and passed.

Ordered. That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

A message was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. J. J. Monroe, his Secretary, notifying that the President did, this day, approve and sign an enrolled bill, entitled “ An act making appropriations for the military service of the United States, for the year 1818.” Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

On motion of Mr. Huntington, Resolved, That the committee of Ways and Means be instructed to examine an act, entitled - An act regulating the currency within the United States, of the gold coins of Great Britain, France, Portugal, and Spain, and the crowns of France, and five franc pieces," passed in the first session of the 14th Congress, and ascertain whether the same does not require legislative interposition. The said act, in the first word of the 10th line of the 1st section, reads seventy, when it is obvious from the rest of the section, it should read twenty. .

The following resolution was submitted by Mr. Butler, viz: : Resolved, That after this day, the House meet at the hour of eleven in the forenoon, and adjourn at three of the clock in the afternoon.

The question was then taken, that the House do now proceed to consider this resolution; And passed in the negative.

On motion of Mr. Trimble, Resolved, That the committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a post road from Flemingsburg, in the county of Fleming, to Carlisle, in the county of Nicholas, and from thence to Millersburg, in the state of Kentucky.

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. Livermore 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.

FRIDAY, February 20, 1818.

On motion of Mr. Tompkins, Ordered, That the petition of Samuel Tompkins, presented on the 3d January, 1817, be referred to the committee of Claims.

On motion of Mr. Scott, Ordered, That the petition of Kenzie and Forsyth, presented on the 11th February, 1813, and the petition of sundry inhabitants of the village of Peoria, in the territory of Illinois, presented on the 5th February, 1814, be also referred to the committee of Claims.

Mr. Sergeant presented a petition of Stephen Singleton, of the city of Philadelphia, shipmaster', praying that a part of the duties paid by him, on a quantity of merchandise which he imported from Cadiz, in Spain, in the year 1812, may be refunded, as the said goods were found, upon examination, to be so injured, that he was compelled to sell them at a price, little more than one half of their cost in Spain, and upon which the duties amounted to more than fortyfive per centum.

Mr. Tarr presented a petition of Matthew M.Coy, praying that the duties paid by him on his distillery may be refunded, as the said distillery, with all its contents, was subsequently destroyed by fire, in consequence of which, he is, with a wife and five children, reduced to extreme proverty.

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

Mr. Moore presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of Washiington county, in the state of Pennsylvania, on behalf of captain Jonathan Morris, an officer in the revolutionary army, praying that the said Morris may be placed on the pension list of the United States.

Mr. Hubbard presented documents in support of the application of Aaron Stafford for a pension.

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

Mr. Sergent presented a petition of Daniel Wheeler and Simon Cock, citizens of London, and subjen s of his Britannic majesty, by John W. Perit, their attorney, stating that they are the patentees, under a patent granteil by the British government for a discovery in the manufacture of malt liquors, and praying that the benefit of their said patent may be extended to them within the United States.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee of Commerce and Manufactures.

Mr. Burwell presented a petition of Jonathan Elliot, stating, that he proposes to publish a complete set of domestic state papers, containtng the most valuable reports of committees of Congress, and of the Heads of Departments, concerning the commerce, manufactures, and internal improvements of the United States; and praying that the patronage of the government may be extended to him in his said publication.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Secretary of State.

Mr. Jones presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of the Alabama territory, praying for a right of pre-emption in the purchase of the lands on which they reside.

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

Mr. Scott presented a petition of Samuel Story, praying that his title to a tract of land in the territory of Missouri, may be confirmed.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee on Private Land Claims.

Mr. Rhea, from the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims, made reports on the petitions of Sarah Weathers, Mehitabel Segar, David Bowers, and John Viol, which were read, and the resolutions therein contained were concurred in by the House, as follows:

Resolved, That the prayer of the respective petitions of Sarah Weathers, Mehitabel Segar, and John Viol, ought not to be granted, and that David Bowers have leave to withdraw his petition.

Mr. Williams, of North Carolina, from the committee of Claims, made reports on the petitions of Zachariah Harwood, Joseph Wel. lington Page, and Martin Dubs, 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.

Mr. Hugh Nelson, from the committee on the Judiciary, to which was referred the bill from the Senate, entitled - An act to die vide the state of Pennsylvania into two judicial districts," reported the same without amendment.

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

Mr. Hugh Nelson, from the same committee, reported a bill to establish a judicial district in Virginia, west of the Allegany mountain, which was read the first and and second time, and committed to a committee of the whole, to-morrow.

Mr. H. Nelson also reported a bill for altering the time for hold. ing the district court, for the district of Virginia, which was read the first and second time, and ordered to be engrossed and read a third time, to-morrow.

Mr. Wilson, of Pennsylvania, from the committee for enrolled bills, reported that the committee had examined enrolled bills and a resolution of the following titles, viz;

An act supplementary to an act, entitled “ An act further ex: tending the time for issuing and locating military land warrants, and for other purposes."

An act concerning the district of Brunswick, in the state of Georgia.

An act to authorize certain purchasers of public land to withdraw their entries and transfer the moneys paid thereon; and,

A resolution relative to the distribution of the late edition of the land laws; and, had found the same to be truly enrolled; when,

The Speaker signed the said bills and resolution.
Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting a return of the arms and military stores furnished to the respective states, under the act of 1808, for arming the militia of the United States, in obedience to a resolution of the 8th ultimo; which was ordered to lie on the table.

On motion of Mr. Forsyth, Resolved, That a committee be appointed to inquire into the expediency of changing the mode by which the army of the United States, is subsisted, with leave to report by bill or otherwise; and,

Mr. Forsyth, Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, Mr. Harrison, Mr. Mercer, and Mr. Peter, were appointed the said committee.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill making appropriations for the support of the navy of the United States, for the year 1818; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Smith of Maryland, reported the said bill without amendment.

Ordered, That the said bill be engrossed and read a third time, to-morrow.

The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting, in obedience to a resolution of the House, of the 11th December last, an account of the sums awarded by the commissioner, under the act of the 9th April, 1816, for the payment for property lost during the late war, and the act of the 3d March, 1817, supplementary thereto, describing the species of property paid for, with sundry documents in relation to the subject embraced by the resolution; which were ordered to lie on the table. "

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. Livermore 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.

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

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed the bill, entitled “ An act for the relief of major general Arthur St. Clair."

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