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Mr. Wendover presented a petition of the merchants and traders in the city of New York, praying that a duty of not less than 10 per centum may be imposed on sales at auction, of foreign merchandise; and that additional provisions may be enacted to secure the payment thereof, as well as of the import duties, to prevent frauds, and to secure the petitioners and other honest and fair dealers a due participation of the benefits arising out of the foreign commerce of the United States.!

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

Mr. Ingham presented a petition of Allan M.Lane, an officer of the revolutionary army, praying that a settlement of his accounts for services rendered in the capacity aforesaid, may be authorized, and that such sum as may be found due may be paid him.

Mr. Barbour, of Virginia, presented a petition of Mary Sullivan, praying compensation for property taken from her, for public use, during the revolutionary war.

Mr. Thomas M. Nelson presented a petition of Daniel Fisher, praying for a pension.

Mr. Johnson, of Virginia, presented a petition of Thomas Bailey, also praying for a pension.

Mr. Tucker, of Virginia, presented a petition of Dennis Offerrals, praying for an increase of pension heretofore granted to him.

Mr. Tucker, of Virginia, also presented a petition of Nathaniel Henry, praying for arrearages of pension. .

Mr. Tucker, of South Carolina, presented a petition of Benjamin Buckhannan, praying for a pension.

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

Mr. Darlington presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of West Chester, in the state of Pennsylvania. . . . ..1

Mr. Tarr presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of Pittsburg, and the neighboring towns, in the state of Pennsylvania. ?

Mr. Tucker, of Virginia, presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of the counties of Shenandoah, Culpepper, aud Fauquier, in the state of Virginia.

Mr. Pleasants presented petitions from sundry inhabitants of the counties of Powhatan, Cumberland and Goochland, in the state of Virginia; which petitions respectively pray for the establishment of post routes.

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

. i Mr. Robertson, of Louisiana, presented a letter addressed to him as Chairman of the committee on the Public Lands, respecting islands in the various rivers flowing through the public lands; which letter was referred to the committee on the Public Lands.. .!!

On motion of Mr. Robertson, of Louisiana." Ordered, That the petiticn of sundry inhabitants of the western land district, in the state of Louisiana, presented on the 21st of February, 1817, be referred to the committee on Private Land Claims.

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Mr. Scott presented a petition of John Dougherty, a petition of Joseph Smith and John Weaver, for themselves and the heirs of John M.Culloch, deceased, and a petition from John Shephard, respectively praying for confirmation of their titles to lands lying in the territory of Missouri.

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

Ordered, That Aaron Bellamy have leave to withdraw his petition and documents, presented at the last session.

Mr. Lowndes, from the committee of Ways and Means, made a report on the petitions of John M.Connell and Luke Hoff; which was read, and the resolution therein contained was concurred in as follows:

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

Mr. Rhea, from the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims, made reports on the petitions of Daniel Evans and Richard G. Morris; which were read and ordered to lie on the table.

Ordered, That the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims, be discharged from the farther consideration of the petitions of William Guilliam, Francis Marcell, and John Hadley, and that they be referred to the Secretary of War.

Mr. Williams, from the committee of Claims, made a report on the petition of Winslow and Henry Lewis, which was read; when

Mr. Williams reported a bill for the relief of the said Winslow and Henry Lewis; which was read the first and second time, and committed to a committee of the whole to-morrow.

Mr. Tucker, of Virginia, from the committee appointed on so much of the President's message as relates to roads, canals, and seminaries of learning, made a report, in part, which was read and committed to a committee of the whole House on Friday next.

On motion of Mr. Comstock, Resolved, That the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims, be instructed to inquire into the propriety of providing by law for the payment to Sylvanus Townsend, of two loan office certificates, issued by virtue of a resolution of Congress, passed on the 3d of February, 1779.

On motion of Mr. Robertson, of Louisiana, Resolved, That a committee be appointed, to inquire into the expediency of providing by law, for the exercise of the right of expatriation; and that they have leave to report by bill, or otherwise; and,

Mr. Robertson, of Louisiana, Mr. Mason, of Massachusetts, Mr. Poindexter, Mr. Ross, and Mr. Floyd, were appointed the said committee. ... On motion of Mr. Pindall,

i Resolved, That a committee be appointed to inquire into the exrediency of providing, more effectually, by law, for reclaiming ser, vants and slaves, escaping from one state into another; and that the said committee have leave to report by bill, or otherwise; and,

Mr. Pindall, Mr. Beecher, and Mr. Anderson, of Kentucky, were appointed the said committee.

On motion of Mr. Harrison, Resolved, That the committee on Military Affairs bo, and they are hereby, instructed to inquire into the expediency of continuing the pensions which now are, or have been heretofore, allowed to the widows aud orphans of the officers and soldiers, who were killed or who died in the service in the late war, for a term of five years beyond the periods at which they shall respectively cease under the existing laws.

On motion of Mr. Allen, of Vermont, Resolved, That the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of authorizing the payment to the present holder, of the amount of a loan office certificate, No. 9948, signed by Samuel Hillegas, and countersigned by J. Lawence, and bearing date January 10th, 1780; which cortificate has never been paid.

On motion of Mr. Barber, of Ohio, Resolved, That the committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a post road from Marietta to Lancaster, in the state of Ohio, by the route passing through Oliver's Settlement, on the head waters of Wolf creek.

Resolved, That the same committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a post road from Warren, by Parkman and Burton, to Painesville, in the state of Ohio.

A message, in writing, was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. J. J. Monroe, his Secretary, which was read, and is as follows: To the House of Representatives of the United States

“IN compliance with the resolution of the House of Representa. tives, of the 8th of this month, I transmit, for the information of the House, a report from the Secretary of State, with the documents referred to in it, containing all the information in the possession of the executive, which it is proper to disclose, relative to certain persons who lately took possession of Amelia Island, and Galvezton.

" JAMES MONROE, “ Washington, December 15, 1817."

Ordered, That the said message and documents lie on the table.

Ordered, That the committee of thọ whole, to which is committed the bill for the relief of John Bate, be discharged from a farther consideration of the same, and that the said bill do lie on the table; and that the petition and documents of the said John Bate be referred to the Secretary of the Treasury.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill authorizing the commutation of soldiers' bounty lands; and after

some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Bassett reported, that the committee had made some progress therein, and had 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, December 16, 1817.

Mr. Moseley presented petitions from sundry inhabitants of Connecticut.

Mr. Wendover presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of the state of New York.

Mr. Bloomfield presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of the state of New Jersey.

Mr. William P. Maclay, and Mr. Sergeant, respectively presented petitions of sundry inhabitants of the state of Pennsylvania; which petitions, respectively pray, that additional duties may be imposed on pig iron, castings, and bar iron, imported into the United States.

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

Mr. Whiteside presented a petition of Juliana Thackara, praying for a grant of the bounty land, due for the services of her late husband, as a soldier in the revolutionary army.

Mr. Smith, of North Carolina, presented a petition of Matthew M«Cauley, praying to be paid the amount of a certificate, issued to him by a quarter master in the revolutionary war.

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

On motion of Mr. Herbert, Ordered, That the petition of the levy court of the county of Alexandria, presented on the 31st December, 1816, be referred to the committee for the District of Columbia.

Mr. Scott presented a petition of Joseph Boring, and Jesse Blackwell, and a petition of Parfait Dufour, and Rene La Meineur, respectively, praying for confirmations of their titles to lands in the territory of Missouri.

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

On motion of Mr. Lowndes, Ordered, That the report made on the 1st March, 1817, by the committee on the Expenditures in the War Department, concerning a conti'act entered into with the War Department, for the supply of arms by Elias Earle, be reforred to the said committee.'

On motion of Mr. Harrison, Ordered, That the committee on Militia Affairs be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of Polly Potter, and that the said petition be referred to the committee on l'ensions and Revolutionary. Claims. .

Mr. Hugh Nelson, from the committee on the Judiciary, made an unfavorable report on the petition of Richard Jeffries, which was read and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Williams, from the committee of Claims, made a report on the petition of Joseph Forrest, 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. Herbert, from the committee for the District of Columbia, reported a bill to incorporate the Columbian Insurance Company of Alexandria, which was read the first and second time and committed to a committee of the whole on Friday next.

On motion of Mr. Rhea, Resolved, That the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of suspending for one year, so much of the act, entitled “ An act making further provision for the support of the public credit, and for the redemption of the public debt," passed the third day of March, 1795, as bars from settlement or allowance, certificates, commonly called loan office, and final settlement certificates, and indents of interest.

On motion of Mr. Scott, Resolved, That the committee on the Public Lands, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing by law, for the better regulating the leasing, and working the public lead mines, belonging to the United States, in the Missouri territory, in such a man, ner as to protect the lessees in the quiet enjoyment of their leases, and to enable the government to collect its rents.

Resolved, That the said committee be also instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing by law, for the leasing and working the Salines, belonging to the United States, in the Missouri territory, or such part thereof, as it shall be deemed advisable, to put into operation for public use.

On motion of Mr. Williams, of North Carolina, Resolved, That the committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a post road, from Norfolk in Virginia, by the Great Falls of the Roanoake, in North Carolina, and through the town of Danville in Virginia, to the state of Tennessee.

Mr. Comstock presented documents in support of the claim of Sylvanus Townsend, for payment of a loan office certificate, which were referred to the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims.

On motion of Mr. Whitman, Resolved, That the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims be directed to inquire into the expediency of continuing the pensions, granted to invalids of the army, who served in the late war, in case of their decease before the expiration of the term of five years, from the time of granting the same, to the widow or children of such deceased'invalid, if any he has left, or shall leavc, to the end of the said term.

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