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Mr. Tucker, s. C. Mr. Walker, N.C. Mr. Williams, N. Y.
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Williams, Con. Williams, N. C. 55
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Ordered, That the said bill be read a third time to-day.
The said bill was accordingly read a third time and passed.
Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the report of the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims, on the petition of James Burseil; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Smith, of Maryland, reported the agreement of the committee to the resolution submitted in the said report.

The question was then taken to concur with the committee of the whole in their agreement to the said resolution, which is as follows, to wit:

Resolved, That the petitioner have leave to withdrar his petition and documents.

And passed in the affirmative.

Ordered, That 1400 copies of the message from the President of the United States, of the 14th instant, upon the subject of our relations with Spain, together with the documents accompanying the same, be printed for the use of the members of this House, in addition to the usual number heretofore ordered.

And then the House adjourned.

TUESDAY, March 17, 1818.

Mr. Hale presented a petition of Jonathan Holton, praying for an increase of the pension heretofore granted to him.

Mr. Moore presented a petition of James Morrow, praying for a pension.

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

Mr. Mason presented a petition of Thomas Appleton, consul of the United States at Leghorn, in Italy, praying to be allowed and paid the interest on the money expended by him in prosecuting a suit on behalf of the United States, at Naples, against Frederick Degen & Co. partners of the late house of Degen, Purviance & Co. of Leghorn, under directions from the minister of the United States, in France, and from the Secretary of the Treasury.

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

On motion of Mr. Spencer, Ordered, That the several petitions from the inhabitants of the Niagara frontier, and of the town of Buffalo, in the state of NewYork, presented at the last session, for indemnity for losses sustained by the invasion of that frontier by the British forces during the late war, be referred to the committee of Claims.

Mr. Huntington presented a petition of the New London and Wyndham county society, for the promotion of American manufactures, praying that further measures may be adopted for the security and encouragement of American manufactures.

Mr. Huntington also presented a petition of sundry paper manufacturers in the state of Connecticut, praying that additional duties may be imposed on paper imported into the United States.

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

Mr. Smith, of North Carolina, presented a petition of Mercer. and its vicinity, in the state of North Carolina, 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. Blount presented a petition of the general assembly of the state of Tennessee, praying permission to withdraw the locations of certain lands in that state, heretofore appropriated by the general government, for the use of colleges and academies, and to be

permitted to cause other lands to be located and laid off, in the same tract of country for the use of the said colleges and academies, with power to sell the same. As also, that they may be authorized to grant or sell any vacant land which may be left within the limits of the country described in the first section of the act of April, 1806, “ authorizing the said state to issue grants and perfect titles to certain lands therein described, and to settle the claims to the vacant and unappropriated lands within the same," at such price, and upon such terms, as the general assembly of the said state may deem proper.

Mr. Marr presented another petition of the general assembly of the said state of Tennessee, relating to the subject of land titles in that state, derived from the state of North Carolina, and praying that they may be authorized to proceed to perfect titles west of the Elk river line, upon all unsatisfied claims which exist against North Carolina, and which are good and valid.

Mr. Hitchcock presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of the state of Ohio, praying that further time may be given to certain purchasers of public lands within the said state, to complete the payments therefor.

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

Mr. Hendricks presented a petition of Albert Tison, 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. M.Lane, from the committee of Commerce and Manufactures, made a report on the petition of Eleazer Nickerson, which was

read, and the resolution therein contained was concurred in by the House, as follows:

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

Mr. Wilson, of Pennsylvania, from the joint committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee did, yesterday, present to the President of tho United States, the enrolled bills and resolution, the examination of which was reported on the same day.

Mr. Poindexter, from the committee on Private Land Claims, reported a bill for the relief of general Moses Porter, which was read the first and second time, and ordered to be engrossed and read a third time, to-morrow.

Ordered, That Mr. Tallmadge, and Mr. Mills, be appointed of the committee on Foreign Relations, in the places of Mr. Goodwin, deceased, and Mr. Orr, who is absent on leave.

The resolution from the Senate, “ directing the publication and distribution of the journal and proceedings of the convention which formed the present Constitution of the United States," was read the third time and passed, as amended.

Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.
A message from the Senate, by Mr. Cutts, their Secretary:

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed bills of the following titles, to wit: “ An act to vest, in trust, certain sections of land in the legislature of the state of Ohio;” and “ An act allowing additional salary and clerk hire to the surveyor for the Illinois and Missouri territories, and for other purposes;" in which they ask the concurrence of this House.

And then he withdrew.

The said bills were, respectively, read the first and second time, and referred to the committee on the Public Lands.

The bill authorizing the election of a delegate from the Michigan territory to the Congress of the United States, and extending the right of suffrage to the citizens of said territory, was read the second time and ordered to be engrossed and read a third time, tomorrow.

On motion of Mr. Forsyth, Resolved, That the committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency of altering so much of the laws now in force for regulating the territorial governments of the United States, as requires a freehold property in the territories, respecttively, as a qualification for office.

On motion of Mr. Desha, Resolved, That the report of the committee on the public expenditures on the memorial and accounts of colonel James Thomas, quartermaster general, made February 5, 1817, and laid upon the table, be referred to the attorney general of the United States.

On motion of Mr. Merrill,

Resolved, That the committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of increasing the compensation of the postmaster at Bennington, in Vermont.

The House proceeded to consider the amendment proposed on the 10th instant, by Mr. Taylor, to the standing rules and orders of the House, and the same being read, was amended and agreed to, as follows:

After six days from the commencement of a second or subsequent session of any Congress, all bills, resolutions, and reports, which originated in this House, and at the close of the next preceding session remained undetermined, shall be resumed and acted on in the same manner, as if an adjournment had not taken place.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill for the relief of Purley Keyes, and Jason Fairbanks; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Hugh Nelson reported the same without amendment.

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

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill for the relief of Abraham Byington; and after some time spent therein Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Desha reported the same without amendment.

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

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill to provide for the erection of a courthouse, jail, and public of fices, within the county of Alexandria, in the District of Columbia; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Bassett reported the same without amendment.

The said bill was then amended, and ordered to be engrossed and read a third time, to-morrow.

The House again resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill to provide for the due execution of the laws of the United States, within the state of Mississippi; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Smith of Maryland, reported the same with sundry amendments, which were read and concurred in by the House.

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

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill to authorize the payment of certain certificates; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Pitkin reported the same with amendments, which were read and concurred in by the House.

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

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the hill in addition to the act, for the punishment of certain crimes against the United States, and to repeal the acts therein mentioned; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Desha 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 bil).

The Speaker laid before the House, a letter from the Secretary of the Navy, transmitting his report on the petition of John Kilgore, which was read and ordered to lie on the table.

And then the House adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, March 18, 1818.

Ordered, That Mr. Bryan have leave of absence from the ser vice of this House, from this day for the balance of the session.

Mr. Irving, of New York, presented a petition of Thomas Vermilya, representing his claim against the government of France, on account of the illegal seizure, and condemnation of his ship, the Ganges, by the officers of that government, in the Isle of France, in the year 1798; and praying, that in the adjustment of the claim of the heirs of the late Caron de Beaumarchais, his case may be taken into consideration, and the amount of his deinand paid out of the sum which may be awarded to the said heirs.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Taylor presented a petition of Richard Pray & Co. praying to be allowed to purchase a tract of land in the state of Ohio, on an extended credit.

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

Mr. Harrison presented a petition of Nathaniel Champe, on behalf of himself, and the widow and other children of John Champe, deceased, sergeant major of lieutenant colonel Henry Lee's squadron of dragoons, in the revolutionary army, praying that some provision may be made for the support of his mother, and that a grant of land may be made to himself and her other children, in consideration of the secret, but eminent, and highly important services, rendered by their father, under the orders and directions of the late general Washington.

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

Mr. Scott presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of the tera ritory of Missouri, praying that their respective titles to lands in said territory may be confirmed.

Mr. Scott also presented a petition of Amable Partenay, praying that her title to a tract of land in the territory of Missoytis nay also be confirmed,

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