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mittee on Military Affairs, and the latter to the committee of Ways and Means.

Mr. Robertson, of Louisiana, from the committee on the Public Lands, to which was referred, on the 14th ultimo, the petition of sundry inhabitants of the territory of Illinois, made a report thereon, which was read; when,

Mr. Robertson reported a bill confirming certain claims to land in the Illinois territory, which was read the first and second time, and committed to a committee of the whole, to-morrow.

Mr. Wilson, of Pennsylvania. from the joint committee for Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined an enrolled bill, entitled “An act for the relief of major general Arthur St. Clair," and had found the same to be truly enrolled; when,

The Speaker signed the said bill.
Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

Mr. Bassett, from the committee to whom was referred tho message from the President of the United States, in relation to the claim of the heir and representative of the late Caron de Beaumarchais, made a detailed report upon the said claim, which was read; when, by leave of the House,

Mr. Bassett reported a bill. relative to the claim of the heir of Caron de Beaumarchais, which was read the first and second time and committed to a commitee of the whole, to-morrow.

A message, in writing, was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Joseph Jones Monroe, his Secretary, as follows:

To the House of Representatives of the United States:

Conformably with a resolution of the House of Representatives of the 12th instant, I lay before that House, a report wliich I have received from the Departnent of State, with a copy of the letter communicated with it.

JAMES MONROE. Washington, February 18, 1818.

The said message and accompanying documents were read, and referred to the committee of the whole, on the bill relative to the heir of Caron de Beaumarchais.

Mr. Claggett, from the select committee, to whom was referred the petition of John Fairfield, as also the petition of Mehitabel Cole, made a report on the said petitions, which was read; when, by leave of the House,

Mr. Claggett reported a bill, granting to Mehitabel Cole, the land therein mentioned, which was read the first and second time and committed to a committee of the whole, to-morrow.

Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, from the committee on Military Affairs, reported a bill respecting invalids; which was read the first

and second time, and committed to a committee of the whole, on Monday next.

Mr. Johnson also reported a bill for the admission of cadets into the military academy; which was read the first and second time, and committed to a committee of the whole, on Monday next.

Mr. Johnson also reported a bill for the relief of William B. Lewis, which was read the first and second time, and committed to a committee of the whole, on Monday next.

Mr. Johnson also reported a bill concerning widows of the militia, which was read the first and second time, and committed to a committee of the whole, on Monday next.

Mr. Moseley, from the select committee to whom was referred the petition of Andrew Law, by leave of the House, l'eported a bill authorizing the renewal of a patent heretofore granted to Andrew Law, which was read the first and second time, and committed to a committee of the whole, on Monday next.

On motion of Mr. Taylor. Resolved, That after the present week, the daily hour to which this House shall stand adjourned, be eleven o'clock in the fore

noon.

The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting two statements respecting the importation of sundry species of Iron, in obedience to a resolution of the House of the 13th instant, which was read and ordered to lie on the table,

On motion of Mr. Huntington, Resolved, That the Secretary of War be directed to lay before this House a copy of all contracts, made for furnishing rations to the troops within the state of Georgia, for the years 1817, and 1818; that he also inform this House, whether any demands for rations in advance hath been made during said term, and if so, whether said demand has not been complied with; specifying the time when, and by whom the said demand was made, and the place at which said rations in advance were directed to be deposited: And also give information whether any advances in money have been made by the War Department to enable the contractor to comply with said demand for rations in advance, and the amount of money advanced, and the time when; and give such further information, if within his knowledge, as will enable the House to judge correctly, respecting the failures which have taken place by the contractors, during the aforementioned period.

On motion of Mr. Forsyth, Resolved, That the President of the United States be, and he is hereby requested, if in his opinion it is not inconsitent with the public interest, to lay hefore this House, so much of the correspondence with the government of Spain, as will enable Congress to judge what ground there is for expecting an amicable, and speedy adjustment of the differences, between that government and the United States.

Mr. Forsyth, and Mr. Williams, of Connecticut, were appointed a committee to present the foregoing resolution to the President of the United States.

Ordered, That the letter from the Secretary of War', received on the 20th instant, transmitting sundry statements and other documents, in relation to the execution of the act for the payment for property lost in the late war, be referred to the committee of Claims.

Engrossed bills of the following titles, viz:

An act making appropriations for the support of the navy of the United States, for the year 1818; and,

An act altering the time for holding the district court for the district of Virginia; were severally read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That the titles be as aforesaid, and that the Clerk carthe said bills to the Senate, and ask their concurrence therein.

The House again resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the bill to establish an uniform system of bankruptcy throughout the United States; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Livermore reported that the committee had made further 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.

A motion was then made by Mr. Edwards, to discharge the committee of the whole from the further consideration of the said bill, and that the same be postponed indefinitely; when,

The House adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, February 25, 1818.

Ordered, That Mr. Storrs have leave of absence from the service of this House for the remainder of the session.

Mr. Hale presented a petition of sundry inbabitants of the state New Hampshire, praying for the establishment of a post route.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee on the Post Ofice and Post Roads.

Mr. Hubbard presented a petition of Neil M•Koy, praying compensation for his services, as a soldier in the revolutionary army.

Mr. Tucker, of Virginia, presented a petition of Peter Helphenstine and others, heirs and representatives of the late Peter Helphenstine, deceased, praying to be allowed and paid for the services of *the deceased, as a major in the revolutionary army, and for a grant of the land to which he was entitled for said services.

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

Mr. Spencer presented a petition of David Beard, praying compensation for a quantity of gunpowder deposited by him in the public store at Detroit, in obedience to the directions of the officers of the United States, and which fell into the hands of the British, upon the surrender of general Hull; as also, that he may be paid for certain merchandise, seized and sold by the custom house officers, which merchandise he was compelled to bring into the United States, to prevent its confiscation by the British government of Canada.

Mr. Sergeant presented a petition of sundry manufacturers of paper hangings, in the city of Philadelphia, praying that a duty of fifty cents on each piece of paper, and one dollar on each piece of border, may be imposed on all paper hangings imported into the United States.

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

Mr. Tallmadge presented a petition of Archibald W. Hamilton, stating that he was born in the state of New York, and was an officer in the British army, that upon being ordered with the regiment to which he belonged, to serve against the United States in the late war with Great Britain, he refused to perform duty against his native country, in consequence of which he suffered hardships and indignities, which his devotion to his country alone could have enabled him to support; that upon leaving the British service, his pay to a large amount was withheld, and that he is desirous of obtaining a commission in the American army; and praying such relief as Congress may think it meet and proper to grant him.

Mr. Terrill presented a petition of James Pelot, praying for an additional compensation for fris services as an assistant assessor in the state of Georgia, as also for compensation for a number of negrocs taken by the British, subsequent to the ratification of the late treaty of peace with that nation.

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

Mr. Hopkinson presented a petition of a committee on behalf of the surviving officers of the revolutionary army, praying that an equitable settlement of the half pay for life, as promised by the resolves of Congress, may now be made.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee appointed on that part of the President's message which 'relates to the surviving officers and soldiers of the revolutionary army.

Mr. Baldwin presented a petition of Brintnel Robins, praying to be allowed an additional compensation for a number of boats furnished the United States on lake Erie, during the late war with Great Britain, and for pay for certain boats which were driven by a storrn into the said lake and lo$t; as alsu, for some compensation for certain other boats which were condemned by the inspectors.

Mr. Baldwin also presented a petition of Thomas Wilson, praying to be allowed an additional price for rations furnished by him to the troops of the United States, in the years 1803, and 1804, within the then territory of Louisiana.

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

Mr. Herbert presented a petition of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, praying for the passage of an act of incorporation, upon the same terms, and with similar powers, as that of the medical and chirurgical faculty of the state of Maryland.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee for the District of Columbia.

Mr. Little presented sundry resolutions of the general assembly of the state of Maryland, upon the subject of the defence of the maritime frontier of that state, and offering to cede to the United States, free of expense, any portion of their territory upon which it may be determined to establish a naval depot.

Ordered, That the said resolutions lie on the tablo.

Ordered, That the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims, be discharged from a further consideration of the petition of Isaac Ackerman, and that it be referred to the Secretary of

War.

Ordered, That the committee on Private Land Claims, be discharged from a further consideration of the petition of Samuel Mims, presented on the 15th January, 1810, and that he have leave to withdraw the same.

Mr. Hugh Nelson, from the committee on the Judiciary, reported a bill more effectually to provide for the punishment of certain crimes against the United States, and for other purposes, which was read the first and second time and committed to a committee of the whole, to-morrow.

Mr. Robertson, of Louisiana, from the committee on the Public Lands, to which was referred the bill from the Senate, entitled " An act providing for the sale of certain lands in the district of Marietta, and for the location of claims, and sale of certain lands in the district of Vincennes,” reported the same without amendment.

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

Mr. Robertson, from the same committee, also made a report on the petition of sundry inhabitants of the Prairie du Chien, which was read; when,

Mr. Robertson reported a bill for the relief of the inhabitants of Prairie du Chien, which was was read the first and second time, and committed to a committee of the whole, to-morrow.

Mr. Robertson also made an unfavoroble report on the petitions of the Irish Emigrant Society, of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Pittsburg, which was read and ordered to lie on the table.

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