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commissioner to take testimony relative to the claims of the sufferers on the Niagara frontier, in the state of New York, in the late war with Great Britain.

Mr. Hemphill presented a petition of Levina Hughes, of the city of Philadelphia, praying that she may be allowed and paid the amount of arrears due her for boarding, and for clothing, furnished sundry seamen, attached to the U. S. brig. Vixen, in the year 1813.

Mr. Hemphill presented a similar petition of Elizabeth Plummer, of the city of Philadelphia.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee of Claims.

The undermentioned petitions, heretofore presented, were again presented, and referred to the Committee of Claims, viz:

By Mr. Cady, the petition of John Berry, presented on the 2d February, 1819.

By Mr. Van Wyck, the petition of John P. Cox, presented on the 30th December, 1822.

By Mr. Thompson, of Georgia, the petition of Lemuel Wootten, presented on the 6th March, 1820.

By Mr. Ross, the petition of John R. Moore, presented on the 11th January, 1819.

By Mr. Prince, the petition of the trustees of the society called Shakers, residing at West Union, in the state of Indiana, presented on the 5th December, 1822.

Mr. Cady presented documents in relation to a claim of Andrew Young, and James Bennett, for payment for arms and accoutrements lost in the public service, in the late war with Great Britain.

Mr. Marvin presented a petition of William Shattuck, of the state of New York, praying to be released from his liability as the surety of a certain Timothy Stewart, as paymaster to a regiment of New York state militia, in the service of the United States in the late war, for reasons set forth in his petition.

Mr. Moore, of Kentucky, presented a petition of Edward B. Gaither, of the state of Kentucky, praying compensation for a horse lost in the military service of the United States.

Mr. Moore, of Kentucky, presented a similar petition of Landie, Richardson, of that State.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

On motion of Mr. Wickliffe, Ordered, That the petition of Stephen Ormsby, heretofore presented on the 3d February, 1819, be referred to the same committee.

Mr. Holcombe presented a petition of David Hay, of the state of New Jersey, praying compensation for a number of Hats furnished for the use of the army of the Revolution.

Mr. Ellis presented a petition of Michael Sechler, of the state of Pennsylvania, praying compensation for services rendered, as an artificer, in the army of the Revolution.

Mr. Ingham presented a petition of Michael Longaback, of the state of Pennsylvania, a soldier of the army of the Revolution, poor, and in distress, praying relief, generally,

Mr. Randolph presented a petition of Charles Woodson, executor, and son, of Tarleton Woodson, dec'd, praying compensation for the services of his father, as a major in the regiment commanded by Col. Hazen, in the Revolutionary war.

Mr. James Stephenson presented a petition of Michael M'Kewan, of the state of Virginia, praying compensation for a slave lost in the public service, in the Revolutionary war; also, for compensation for the services of a wagon and team in the Revolutionary army.

Mr. Scott presented a petition of John Rush, and Samuel Conway, of the state of Missouri, praying for a grant of land, respectively, for their services as soldiers in the army of the Revolution.

Mr. Miller presented a petition of Catharine Robertson, late widow of Jacob Ritter, praying that her petition, formerly presented to the Congress, may be taken up, and the prayer thereof granted.

Mr. Andrew Stevenson presented a petition of John M. Gregory, heir, and representative of John Gregory, and William Gregory, dec'd, officers of the army of the Revolution, praying for a grant of the land due for the services of his ancestors, in the capacity aforesaid.

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

Mr. Farrelly presented a petition of Johanna Collins, of the District of Columbia, wife of Jolin Collins, praying to be divorced from her said husband, on the grounds of personal abuse, and ill usage, and having abandoned her without making any provision for her maintenance.

Mr. Kent presented a memorial of the President and Directors of the Provident Association of Clerks, in the city of Washington, praying for certain alterations and modifications, therein mentioned, in the act incorporating the said association.

Mr. Wright presented certain resolutions, adopted by the General Assembly of the state of Ohio, praying Congress to adopt measures for the gradual abolition of slavery, within the United States.

Ordered. That the said petitions be referred to the Committee or the District of Columbia.

Mr. Cocke presented a memorial of the inhabitants of Blount county, in the district of country south of French Broad, and Holston, and between the rivers Tennessee and Big Pidgeon, in the state of Tennessee, in relation to land claims in said district, and praying that an act may be passed declaratory of the intention of Congress, in forming the compact of 1806, in relation to said lands; which memorial was referred to a select committee; and,

Mr. Cocke, Mr. Isacks, Mr. Mangum, Mr. Williams, of N. C. and Mr. Henry, were appointed said committee.

Mr. Standefer presented a petition of John McClanahan, of the state of Tennessee, stating that he purchased an improvement on lands, the Indian title to which was not extinguished; wbich improvements were sold under a treaty with the Cherokee Indians, and by authority of the Secretary of War, of which improvements he was subsequently dispossessed, by order of said Secretary, by which he lost

a valuable growing crop, and other property, and praying indemnification; which petition was referred to the Committee on Indian Af. fairs.

Mr. Letcher presented a remonstrance of the General Assembly of the state of Kentucky, against the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, on the occupying claimant laws of the state of Kentucky: which remonstrance was committed to the committee of the whole House on the state of the Union.

The Speaker presented a memorial of Doctor James Smith, late agent of Vaccination of the United States, calling the attention of Congress to the alarining increase of the Small Pox within the United States, and praying that measures may be adopted for the distribution of genuine vaccine matter throughout the United States, by the appointment of a central vaccine agent, or such other means as may be deemed most conducive to the public welfare; which memorial was referred to a select committee. And, * Mr. Gazley, Mr. Condict, Mr. Floyd, Mr. Abbott, and Mr. Eaton, were appointed said committee.

Mv. Wright presented a resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the state of Ohio, in relation to the three per cent. fund, reserved from the amount of sales of public lands in that state.

Mr. Moore, of Alabama, presented a petition of Hardy Doyal, and George Caperton, of the state of Alabama, praying for the right of pre-emption in the purchase of a tract of public land, on which they have erected a mill.

Ordered, That the said resolution and petition be referred to the Committee on the Public Lands.

Mr. Gazlay presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of the city of Cincinnati, in the state of Ohio, praying that a duty of ten per cent. may be imposed on sales at auction, except of the effects of bankrupts, of deceased persons, and of real estate; which petition was referred to the committee of the whole House to which is committed the bill imposing duties on sales at auction,

Mr. Campbell, of Ohio, presented a memorial of the Columbian Institute, praying that a piece of public ground, in the city of Washington, therein described, may be granted to them, to be attached to, and made part of, their botanic garden; which was referred to a sclect committee.

Mr. Campbell, of Ohio, Mr. Breck, Mr. Holcombe, Mr. Kent, and Mr. Poinsett, were appointed said committee.

Mr. Francis Johnson, from the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, reported a bill to reduce into one the several acts establishing the Post Office Department; which was read the first and second time, and committed to a committee of the whole House to-morrow.

Mr. M'Lane, of Delaware, from the Committee of Ways and Means, to which was referred the bill from the Senate, entitled " An act for the relief of the President, Directors, and Company, of the Merchants' Bank, in Newport, Rhode Island," reported that, in the opinion of the committee, the said bill ought not to pass.

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

Mr. Little, from the Committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims, made an unfavorable report on the petition of James McGuire; which was laid on the table.

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

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed the bill of this House, entitled “ An act, to extend the time limited for the settlement of private land claims, in the territory of Florida," with amendments. They have also passed a bill, entitled “An act to revive, and continue in force, an act, entitled An act fixing the compensations of the Secretary of the Senate, and Clerk of the House of Representatives; of the Clerks employed in their offices,and of the Librarian;" in which amend. nients and bill, they ask the concurrence of this House: and then he withdrew.

The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of State, transmitting a statement containing an abstract of the returns of American seamen, in the several districts of the United States, made in pursuance of the provisions of the act of the 2d of March, 1799; which was laid on the table.

The resolution laid on the table by Mr. Cocke, on Friday, was taken up, read, and agreed to, by the House.

Ordered, That the report of the Committee of Claims, on the petition of Henry Lee, be recommitted to the Committee of Claims.

Ordered, That leave be given to withdraw the petition and docu. ments of Natbaniel Moffatt.

On motion of Mr. Crafts, Resolved, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a post road from St. Alban's, through Sheldon, to Berkshire, in the state of Vermont.

On motion of Mr. Vinton, Resolved, That the Comunittee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a post route from Gallipolis, by Vernon Northup's, to Burlington, the county seat of the county of Lawrence, in the state of Ohio.

On motion of Mr. Miller, Resolved, That the memorial of Warder and brothers, attorneys in fact for the trustees of Fry and Spalding, formerly of the city of Philadelphia, which memorial is now on the files of this House, be, together with the accompanying documents, referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.

On motion of Mr. Mangum, Resolved, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads inquire into the expediency of establishing a post route from Raleigh, North Carolina, to Haywood, in the county of Chatham.

On motion of Mr. Mangum, Resolved, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads inquire into the expediency of establishing a post route from Raleigh,

North Carolina, by the way of the Fish Dam, Neuse, and Mount Tirza, to Roxborough.

On motion of Mr. Van Rensselaer, Resolved, That the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the expediency of erecting a light-house, on Verplanck's point, in the Haverstraw bay, New York.

The House again resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill to procure the necessary plans, estimates, and surveys, upon the subject of Roads and Canals; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Foot, of Connecticut, re. ported the same without amendment.

And then the House adjourned.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1824.

Mr. Campbell, of Ohio, from the Committee on Private Land Claims, to which was referred the bill from the Senate, entitled “. An act for the relief of Celestin Moreau, of Louisiana," reported the same without amendment.

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

Mr. Campbell, froin the same committee, to which was also referred the bill from the Senate, entitled "An act confirming the heirs of Nicholas Baudin, and the heirs of Joseph Chastang, to certain tracts of land," reported, as the opinion of the committee, that the said bill ought not to pass.

Ordered, "That the said bill be laid on the table.

Ordered, That the Committee on the Judiciary be discharged from the consideration of the petition of Abraham Lindley, administrator on the estate of Jonathan Burdge, deceased, and that it be referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.

Ordered, That the Committee on Military Affairs be discharged from the consideration of the petition of John Wilcox and Aaron Whittlesey, and that it be laid on the table: Also, from the petition of certain ollicers and militiamen of the state of New York, who lost their arms and accoutrements in the late war with Great Britain, and from the petition of Luther Dixon, and that they be referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Cook, from the Committee on the Public Lands, reported a bill to define the boundary line between the Edwardsville and Springfield land districts, in the state of Illinois; which was read the first and second time, and ordered to be engrossed and read a third time to-morrow.

Mr. Kent, from the Committee for the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the petition of Johanna Collins, for a divorce, reported that, in the opinion of the committee, the prayer of the petitioner ought not to be granted; which report was concurred in by the House,

Ordered, That the Committee for the District of Columbia be discharged from the consideration of the resolution of the General As

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