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2d. A Secretary of War, who shall have the power of appointing all officers, both civil and military, belonging to the Department of War.

3d. A Secretary of the Navy, who shall have the power to appoint all officers, both civil and military, belonging to the Department of the Navy.

4th. A Post Master General, who shall have the power to appoint all officers belonging to Post Office Department.

IV. Vacancies occasioned by death, resignation, or removal from office, in the Judiciary, or of the heads of departments shall be amenable to Congress for all appointments made by them; and to prevent improper recommendations to office, whenever any person in office shall be convicted of any crime, misdemeanor, or be dismised from office, for neglect of duty, the name of the person so convicted, or dismissed, with the name or names of those who recommended, him to office, shall be advertised for six months in some newspapers, in every state and territory of the United States in which there shall be a printing office.

V. No member of Congress shall be appointed to any office, either civil or military, under the government of the United States, during the term for which he was elected, and for twelve months thereafter.

In pursuance of the notice given yesterday, Mr. Scott asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill to suspend the sales of certain lands in the state of Louisiana and territory of Missouri; and Mr. Scott, Mr. Robertson, of Louisiana, and Mr. Poindexter, were appointed a committee to prepare and bring in the same, with leave to sit during the session of the House,

The bill from the Senate, entitled “ An act in addition to an act to prohibit the introduction of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States, from and after the first day of January, in the year of our Lord, 1809," and to repeal certain parts of the same, was read the third time and passed as amended,

Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

An engrossed bill, entitled “ An act to continue in force from and after the 30th of June, 1819, until the soth June, 1826, the fourth paragraph of the 1st section of the act. entitled, "An act to regulate the duties ou imports and tonnage,” was read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That the title be, “ An act to continue in force from and after the 30th June, 1819, until the 30th June, 182, the fourth paragraph of the 1st section of the act, entitled . An act to regulate the duties on imports and tonnage, and for other purposes, and that the Clerk carry the said bill to the Senate and ask their concurrence therein.

A message was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Joseph Jones Monroe, his Secretary, notifying, that

the President did, this day, approve and sign, “ An act for the relief of the legal representatives of George Pearson."

Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill for the relief of Cornelia Mason; also, on the bill concerning invalid pensioners; and on the bill from the Senate, entitled “ An act for the relief of the heirs of Landon Carter; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Hugh Nelson reported the bill concerning invalid pensioners, with sundry amendments, and asked leave for the committee to sit again on the remaining bills.

Ordered, That the committee of the whole, have leave to sit again on the said remaining bills.

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

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have received official information that the President of the United States did, this day, approve and sign,

An act directing the manner of appointing Indian agents and continuing the act for establishing trading houses with the Indian tribes.

An act for the relief of Michael Jones.

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; and,

An act regulating the pay and emoluments of brevet officers.

The Senate have rejected the bill, entitled “ An act for the relief of Joseph Thorn;" and they have passed bills, entitled “ An act to provide for erecting additional buildings for the accommodation of the several executive departments;" and " An act for the relief of the houses of Thomas and John Clifford, Elisha Fisher and Company, Thomas Clifford and Son, and Thomas Clifford, of Philadelphia, and Charles Wirgman, of Baltimore," with amendments to the latter; in which they ask the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew.

And then the House adjourned.

FRIDAY, April 17, 1818. Ordered, That leave be given to withdraw the petitions and papers of Francis Halsey, Septa Fillmore, and Philip Bryant.

Mr. Smith, of Maryland, presented a petition of John Gooding and James Williams, owners of the private armed schooner Midas, on behalf of themselves, the officers and crew of said schooner, praying to be allowed the bouuty granted by the act of the 19th of March, 1814, on a crew of black prisoners of war, which was captured and brought into port by the said private armed vessel.

Ordered, That the said petition lie on the table.

Ordered, That the committee of Commerce and Manufactures be discharged from the consideration of the resolution submitted yesterday by Mr. Poindexter, upon the subject of an act of the gee neral assembly of the state of Mississippi.

Mr. Seybert, from the cominittee of Commerce and Manufactures, to which was referred the bill from the Senate, entitled - An act concerning tonnage and discriminating duties in certain cases,” l'eported the same without amendment.

Ordered, That the said bill do lie upon the table.

Mr. Willianis, of North Carolina, from the committee of Claims, to which was referred the bill from the Senate, entitled “ An act for the relief of Samuel F. Hooker,” reported the same without amendment.

Ordered, That the said bill be committed to the committee of the whole, to which is committed the bill for the relief of B. and P. Jourdan, Brothers.

Mr. Southard, from the committee on that part of the President's message which relates to Indian affairs, to which was relerred the bill from the Senate, entitled “ An act fixing the compensation of Indian agents and factors,” reported the same witho:it amendment.

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

Ordereil, That the committee on Military Affairs be discharged from the further consideration of the petitions of John 11. Piatt and Camillus Griffith, and that they lie on the table.

Ordereil, That the committee on Naval Affairs be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of the surgeons in the Navy of the United States, as also from the resolution adoptoit on the 11th of December last, respecting the rank and emoluments of navy surgeons, and that they lie on the table.

Mr. Burwell, from the committee to whom was referred thre petition of Jonathan Elliot, and the report of the Secretary of State thereon, reported a bill authorizing a subscription to an edition of Domestic State Papers, which was read the first and second time, and committed to a coinmittee of the whole to-morrow.

Mr. Scott, from the committee appointed for the purpose, ICported a bill to suspend the sales of certain lands in the state of Louisiana and territory of Missouri, which was read the tirst and second time, and ordered to be engrossed and read a third time to

morrow.

On motion of Mr. Pleasants, Resolved, That the Secretary of the Navy be instructed to lay before this House, at an early period of the next session of Con. gress, a statement of the different places in the United States in which provision is made for the accommodation of seamen under the several laws relating to the navy and marine bospitals, the number of persons, as nearly as it can be ascertained, annually accommodated at cach, and the expense attending the same; also, an estimate of the costs which will attend the erection of a naval hospital at this place, sufficiently large for the number of persons annually provided for.

Mr. Trimble submitted the following resolutions, viz.

1. Resolved, That the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby instructed to report to this House, at an early period of the next session of Congress, whether any, and, if any, what reduction may be made in the military peace establishment of the United States with safety to the public service.

2. Resolved, That the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby instructed to report to this House, at an early period of the next session of Congress, whether any, and, if any, what change ought to be made in the ration established by law; and also report a system for the establishment of a commissariat for the army.

The said resolutions were read; when,

Mr. Smith, of Maryland, moved to amend the first by inserting after the word reduction, the words, of the expenses.

Mr. Miller then moved to strike out the first resolution; which motion was rejected.

The question was then taken on the amendment proposed by Mr. Smith, of Maryland,

And passed in the affirmative.
The resolutions were then agreed to as amended.

On motion of Mr. Floyd, Resolved, Tbat the Clerk be authorized to procure a proper person to translate the papers forwarded to this House, pursuant to a resolution adopted on the 10th of March last, which are in foreign languages, and appear to be the originals taken from the office of the Secretary of State; and to dispense with the printing of the papers marked A, B, C, and D, relating to the affairs of Choteau and Deinun.

Ordered, That the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims be discharged from a further consideration of the several petitions and other matters referred to them, and upon which they have not reported, and that they be laid upon the table.

An engrossed bill to authorize the recovery of public moneys, was read the third time and ordered to lie on the table.

The amendments proposed by the Senate, to the bill, entitled " An act for the relief of the houses of Thomas and John Clifford, Elisha Fisher and Company, Thomas Clifford and Son, and Thomas Clifford, of Philadelphia, and Charles Wirgman, of Baltimore," were read and concurred in by the House.

Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

The House took up and proceeded to consider the amendments proposed by the Senate to the bill, entitled “ An act in addition to the act for the punishment of certain crimes against the United States, and to repeal the acts therein mentioned:" whereupon,

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Resolved, That this House concur in the said amendments, except that in the 4th line of the 4th section of the said bill.

Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

The House took up and proceeded to consider the amendments reported by the committee of the whole to the bill concerning invalid pensioners; and the same being amended, were concurred in by the House.

Mr. Folger moved further to amend by adding to the end of the 1st section, the following, viz.

« Job Bunker, at the rate of eight dollars per month, to commence on the 30th day of September, 1817.

Mr. Livermore moved further to amend the said bill by adding to the 1st section, the following, viz.

“ Robert Ramsay, at the rate of six dollars per month, to commence from and after the 30th day of December, Anno Domini, 1817."

Mr. Butler moved further to amend the said bill by adding to the 1st section, the following, viz.

“John Taylor, at the rate of six dollars per month, to commence on the 1st day of February, 1808.”

And Mr. Baldwin moved further to amend the said bill by adding to the 1st section, the following, viz.

“ Gabriel Peterson, at the rate of twenty dollars a month, to commence on the 10th of October, 1809;" which said several motions were rejected by the House.

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

Ordered, That the committees of the whole, to which are committed the bill supplementary to the several acts relative to the dil'ect tax and internal duties, and the bill for changing the compensations of receivers and registers of land offices, be discharged.

The House then proceeded to consider the bill supplementary to the several acts relative to direct tax and internal duties; and the same having been amended, was ordered to be engrossed and read a third time to-morrow,

The House took up the bill for changing the compensation of receivers and registers of land offices; and the same being amended, was ordered to be engrossed and read a third time to-morrow.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill supplementary to the several acts making appropriations for the year 1818; also, on the bill to regulate and fix the compensation of clerks in the different offices; and on the amendments proposed by the Senate to the bill, entitled “ An act fixing the compensation of the Secretary of the Senate and Clerk of the House of Representatives, and of the clerks employed in their offices; and alter some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Desha reported the said bills with amendments to each, and their agreement to the amendments proposed by the Senate to the last mentioned bill.

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