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currence of this House. And then he withdrew. The said amendments were read and concurred in by the House.

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 Winslow and Henry Lewis; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Bassett 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 report of the committee of Claims, on the petition of Alexander Worster; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Hugh Nelson reported the agreement of the committee of the whole, to the resolution submitted by the committee of Claims, amended to read as follows:

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner ought to be granted.

The question was statee!, to concur in the amendment of the committee of the whole: when

The said resolution was ordered to lie on the table.
And the House adjourned.

TUESDAY, December 30th, 1817.
On motion of Mr. Clagett,
Ordered, That the petition of John Fairfield, presented on the
19th January, 1816, be referred to a select committee; and,

Mr. Clagett, Mr. Livermore, and Mr. Terry, were appointed the said committee.

Mr. Clagett presented a petition of Mehitable Cole, stating that she is the mother of Jack Fairfield, deceased, who was a soldier in the army of the United States in the late war, and was killed in battle, and praying that the bounty in land, to which the deceased was entitled, may be granted to her, which she is at present unable to obtain, in consequence of the said Jack Fairfield being born out of wedlock.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee last appointed.

Mr. Holmes, of Massachusetts, presented a petition of Dean Weymouth, praying for an increase of the pension heretofore granted him,

Mr. Huntington presented a petition of George Smith, praying to be allowed the arrearages of pay and rations, due for his services as an officer in the revolutionary army,

Mr. Hall, of Delaware, presented a petition of John Corse, praying for a pension and for a grant of land, in consideration of wounds received whilst an officer in the revolutionary army.

Mr. Herbert presented a petition of Young Wilkinson, praying to be allowed the pay due for his services as an officer in the revolutionary army,

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

On motion of Mr. Huntington, Ordered, That the petition of John Fanning, presented on the 27th December, 1816, be referred to the same committee.

Mr. Moseley presented a petition of George Wolcott, surveyor and inspector of the revenue, for the port of Saybrook, in the state of Connecticut, praying for an increase of his compensation,

Mr. Savage presented a petition of Abraham Smith, praying for a remission of the duties secured by him to be paid on his distillery, for the reasons set forth in his petition,

Mr. Irving, of New York, presented a petition of Andrew Ogden, and Thomas C. Butler, of the city of New York, merchants, owners of the ship Koran, stating that certain smugglers in conjunction with the keeper of said ship, clandestinely conveyed on board the same, a quantity of coffee, in consequence of which she has been seized, libelled and condemned in the district court of New York; and, inasmuch as the fraud was committed wholly without the consent or knowledge of the petitioners they pray for such relief in the premises, as to Congress may seem just and proper,

Mr. Robertson, of Louisiana, presented a petition of Robert Burnside, praying to be allowed the interest on the sum paid him, in virtue of an act for his relief, passed at the last session of Congress,

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

Mr. Hopkinson presented a petition of John Clifford, of Philadelphia, merchant, praying that certain duties paid by him on a quantity of copper may be refunded, as the supreme court have since decided, that copper of the description imported by him, was not at the time of importation, subject to duty.

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

Mr. Anderson, of Pennsylvania, presented a petition of Samuel Walker, praying compensation for damages committed on his property by the troops of the United States, during the late war.

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

The following petitions, heretofore presented, were again presented, and referred to the committee of Claims, viz:

By Mr. Baldwin, those of Samuel Perry, and Pentland, Hogins, and Steele, presented on the 4th March, 1816, and 6th December, 1816;

By Mr. Garnett, that of Thomas B. Farrish, presented on the 15th December, 1814.

Mr. Ballard Smith presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of Buckingham county, in the state of Virginia, praying that a communication may be opened between the waters of James River, and the waters falling into the Obio river.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee of whole, to which is committed the report, in part, of the committee ay pointed on that part of the President's message, which relates to Roads, Canals, and Seminaries of Learning.

Mr. Lowndes presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of the counties of Clarke, Monroe, Washington, Mobile, and Baldwin, in the territory of Alabama, praying that no part of the said territory may be attached to the state of Mississippi.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee ap. pointed on the 17th instant, on the petition of the convention of Delegates, appointed to form a constitution and state government, for the late territory of Mississippi.

Mr. Rhea presented a petition of John Taylor, praying for a pension; having been wounded while on board a revenue cutter in the service of the United States.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Trimble presented a petition of the Abolition society of Kentucky, praying that the plan at present before the national legis. lature, for colonizing the free people of color may be carried into effect.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee appointed on the petition of the representatives of the annual meeting of the society of Friends, in Baltimore.

Ordered, That the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims be discharged from a further consideration of the petitions of Mary Tucker, and Joshua Foss, and that the former be referred to the committee on Military Affairs, and the latter to the Secretary of War.

Mr. Newton, from the committee on Commerce and Manufactures, made a report on the petition of Allen Clarke, which was read and the resolution therein contained, was concurred in by the House as follows, viz.

Resolved, That the petitioner have leave to withdraw his petition.

Mr. Hugh Nelson, from the committee on the Judiciary, reported a vill to provide for the due execution of the laws of the United States within the state of Mississippi, which was read the first and second time and committed to a committee of the whole tomorrow.

Mr. Williams, of North Carolina, from the committee of Claims, reported a bill for the relief of John Anderson, which was read the first and second time, and committed to a committee of the whole tomorrow.

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

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have appointed Mr. Wilson, of the Joint committee for Enrolled Bills, in the place of Mr. Noble, excused; and they have passed a bill entitled “ An act to extend the time for locating Virginia military land warrants, and returning surveys

thereon to the general land office; and for designating the western boundary line of the Virginia military line,” in which they ask the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew.

The said bill was read the first and second time and referred to the committee appointed on the 17th instant, on the same subject.

Mr. Herrick, from the committee on Private Land Claims, made a report on the petition of Gabriel Winter, which was read: when,

Mr. Herrick reported a bill confirming certain land claims, in the Missouri territory, to the legal representatives of Elisha Winter, and the legal representatives of William Winter, which was read the first and second time, and together, with the report abovementioned, committed to a commitee of the whole to-morrow.

The following resolution was submitted by Mr. Miller, and was read and ordered to lie on the table.

Resolved, That the committee on Foreign Affairs be instruct. ed to inquire into the expediency of so amending the 4th section of an act, passed on the 3d day of March, 1817, entitled “ An act more effectually to preserve the neutral relations of the United States," as to embrace within the provisions thereof, the armed vessels of a government at peace with the United States, and at war with any colony, district, or people with whom the United States are, or may

be at peace.

Op motion of Mr. Mercer, Resolved, That the committee to whom was referred the memorial of the American Colonization Society be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making such further alterations in the laws, prohibiting the citizens of the United States, from engaging in the African slave trade, as may more effectually cause their intended operation; and that the said committee have leave to report by bill or otherwise.

An engrossed resolution directing the engraving of the map of the military bounty land, in the territory of Ullinois, was read the third time; and on the question, “ Shall the resolution pass?"

It was determined in the negative; and so the said resolution was rejected.

An engrossed bill, entitled “ An act for the relief of Winslow and Henry Lewis," was read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That the title be as aforesaid, and that the Clerk carry the said bill to the Senate and ask their concurrence therein.

The Speaker laid before the House, a report of the Secretary of the Treasury, of the amount of receipts into the Treasury of the United States, from imports, internal, and direct taxes, and other sources of revenue within the District of Columbia, since the year 1801; together with a statement of registered tonnage within said district, made in obedience to a resolution of the 19th instant; which was read and ordered to lie on the table.

Ordered, That Joseph Forrest have leave to withdraw his petition and documents.

The House proceeded to consider the amendments reported by the committee of the whole, to the bill authorizing the commutation of soldiers' bounty lands; when an amendment was moved to the said amendments, by Mr. Robertson, of Louisiana: whereupon, it was

Ordered, That the said bill and amendments lie on the table.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill to incorporate the Columbian Insurance Company of Alexandria; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Tucker, of Virginia, reported the same without amenda ment.

Ordered, That the said bill be engrossed and read a third time on Monday next.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill authorizing the payment of certain militia claims of the state of Georgia; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Pitkin 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 bill.

And then the House adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, December 31, 1817.

Another member, to wit: from South Carolina, James Ervin, appeared, produced his credentials and took his seat; the oath to support the constitution of the United States, being first administered to bim by Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Parrott presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of Portsmouth, in the state of New Hampshire, who are engaged in the fisheries, praying that the duties on salt may not be repealed.

Mr. Parris presented a petition of Jonathan S. Stevens, Jor seph Bryant and others, of Castine, in the District of Maine, praying that certain duties on goods entered by them at the said port of Castine, while the same was occupied by the British forces, which they were compelled to pay to the collector on the part of the United States, after the evacuation of that place by the British authorities, may be remitted.

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

Mr. Parris, also presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of the District of Maine, praying for the exablishment of a post route.

Mr. Tarr presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of Fayette county, Pennsylvania, also, praying for the establishment of a post route.

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

Mr. Rich presented a petition of Joel Chase, praying compen

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