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making appropriations for the support of the navy of the United States, for the year 1818.” And then he withdrew.
On motion of Mr. Poindexter, Resolved, That during the remainder of the session, the hour to which the House shall stand adjourned, shall be ten o'clock in the morning
On motion of Mr. Floyd, Resolved, That the President of the United States, be requested to lay before this House, any information he may possess, which can be communicated without injury to the public good, relative to Augustus Pierre Choteau, Julius Demun, and their company; Robert M.Knight, James Baird, and their company; likewise, J. Farro; captured by the forces of the king of Spain, and confined in the prisons of Santa Fe, and that he communicate any information he may possess relative to the place where captured.
Mr. Floyd, and Mr. Smyth, of Virginia, were appointed a committee to present the said resolution to the President of the Unitod States.
A motion was made by Mr. Walker, of North Carolina, that the House do naw proceed to consider the resolution submitted by him on the 8th January last; which motion was rejected by the House.
Ordered, That the committee of the whole to which is committed the report of the committee of Claims on the petition of Henry Williams, be discharged from the further consideration thereof, and that leave be given to withdraw the said petition.
A motion was made by Mr. Taylor to amend the standing rules and orders of the House, by adding thereto the following:
“ After six days from the commencement of a second, or subsequent session of any Congress, all legislative business, which, at the close of the next preceding session, remained undetermined in the House where it originated, shall be resumed and acted on in the same manner as if an adjournment had not taken place.
The said amendment was read, and ordered to lie on the table.
On motion of Mr. Rhca, Resolved, That the committee on Military Affairs, do inquire into the expediency of placing on the pension list, Sarah Harman, the widow, and James Harman, Washington Harman, and Mary Ann Harman, the children of John Harman, deceased, who belonged to a company of artillerists on board of the United States frigate, Guerrier, and who, being on board of the said frigate, in the service of the United States, was wounded in the engagement with the Algerines, on the 21st July, 1815, and died in consequence of said wounds.
An engrossed bill, entitled “ An act respecting the district courts of the United States, within the state of New York," was read the third time; and the question was stated, that the same do pass; when,
Mr. Cobb, moved that the said bill be committed to a committee of the whole, to-morrow;
Which motion was rejected by the House.
Ordered, That the title be as aforesaid, and that the Clerk carry the said bill to the Senate and ask their concurrence therein.
The House again resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the report of the committee appointed on that part of the President's message which relates to Roads, Canals, and Seminaries of Learning; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Smith, of Maryland, 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 report.
And then the House adjourned.
WEDNESDAY, March 11, 1818.
Mr. Allen, of Massachusetts, presented a petition of Jonathan Cressy, praying compensation for his services as a soldier, in the revolutionary army, and for a grant of the land to which he is entitiled for said services.
Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Orr presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of Thomaston, in the District of Maine, praying for the establishment of a post route.
Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.
Mr. Spencer presented a petition of William M.Gill, praying that James Lloyd and Thaddeus Tuttle may be exonerated from the payment of certain bonds upon which the petitioner is surety, given by them to the United States, upon the restoration of certain goods imported by said Lloyd, from the British province of Canada, which had been seized and libelled for a breach of the acts then in force, prohibiting the importation of British goods; upon which bonds, judgments have been obtained.
Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee of Ways and Means.
The Speaker laid before the House, the memorial of Vincente Pazos, representing himself as the deputed agent of the authorities acting in the name of the republics of Venezuela, New Grenada, and Mexico," representing the views with which the said authorities took possession of, and occupied Amelia Island, in East Florida, complaining of the investment and capture thereof, by the arms of the United States, the loss of property and other injuries sustained, in consequence of the occupation of the island by the United States, and his application to the President of the United States for redress in the premises, and his failure to obtain it; and praying relief from Congress: Which being read;
Mr. Forsyth moved that the said memorial “ be not received."
Mr. Tucker of Virginia, moved to lay the said motion on the table.
And the question being taken thereon;
The question then recurred on Mr. Forsyth's motion, and being taken;
Yeas.....................127, It passed in the affirmative.
Nays..................... 28. The yeas and nays being required by one-fifth of the members present,
Those who voted in the affirmative, are
Mr, Mason, Mass.'
Williams, N. Y.
Wilson, Pen. 127
Tucker, s. c.
Walker, N. C.
Mr. Rhea, from the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims, reported a bill for the relief Henry King, which was read the first and second time, and committed to a committee of the whole, to-morrow.
Mr. Rhea also made a report on the petition of Jabez Parsons, 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, and that he have leave to withdraw the papers accompanying his petition,
Ordered, That the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims, be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of John Hamilton, and that it be referred to the Secretary of War,
Mr, Williams, of North Carolina, from the committee of Claims, who were instructed by resolution of the 2d January last, to inquire into the expediency of providing by law for extending the provisions of an act, entitled “ An act providing for the payment of claims for property lost, captured, or destroyed by the enemy, while in the military service of the United States, and for other purposes,” passed on the 9th April, 1816; made a report therèon, which was read and ordered to lie on the table.
Mr. Tucker, of Virginia, from the committee on that part of the President*s message which relates to Roads, Canals, and Semi
naries of Learning, made a report upon the subject of the Cumber land road, which was read and ordered to lie on the table.
A message was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Joseph Jones Monroe, his Secretary, notifying that the President did, on the 9th instant, approve and sign “ An act for the relief of major general Arthur St. Clair."
Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.
The House again resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the report of the committee on that part of the President's message which relates to Roads, Canals, and Seminaries of Learning; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Alex. Smyth reported that the committee had made further progress therein, snd directed him to ask leave to sit again.
Ordered, That the committee of the whole have leave to sit again on the said report.
A motion was made by Mr. Cobb, that the House do reconsider the vote taken yesterday, adopting the resolution submitted by Mr. Poindexter, fixing the hour of meeting, at 10 o'clock in the morning
And on the question to reconsider as aforesaid;
The question then again recurred on the resolution submitted by Mr. Poindexter; when,
The House adjourned.
THURSDAY, March 12, 1818.
The journal of the proceedings of yesterday being read;
Mr. Poindexter moved to amend the same in the paragraph respecting the memorial of Vicente Pazos, by striking out, after the word “ Mexico," the recital of the substance of the memorial, and inserting in lieu thereof, the following words, viz: “Which being read, and on the question, will the House receive the same it was, on the motion of Mr. Forsyth, determined that the said memorial be not recieved."
And the question being taken on so amending the journal;
Mr. Folger presented a petition of Alexander Black, stating that he has invented an improvement in the erection and warming of lighthouses, and praying for the patronage of the government in carrying his invention into execution.
Mr. Spencer presented a petition of John Wilkin, praying for the remission of a forfeiture mcurred by him in selling spirituous liquors without a license, being ignorant, as he alleges, of the necessity of obtaining a license.
Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the committee of Ways and Means.