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

Mr. Williams, of North Carolina, from the committee of Claims, made a report on the petition of Samuel F. Hooker, which was read; when,

Mr. Williams reported a bill for the relief of the said Samuel F. Hooker, which was read the first and second time and committed to a committee of the whole, to-morrow.

Mr. Williams also made a report on the petition of Samuel H. Garrow, which was read and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Herbert from the committee for the District of Columbia, reported a bill to incorporate the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, which was read the first and second time and committed to a committee of the whole, on Monday next.

Mr. Hugh Nelson, from the committee on the Judiciary, to which was referred the resolution from the Senate, o directing the distribution of the laws of the 14th Congress, among the members of the 15th Congress," reported the same with an amendment, which was read and concurred in.

Ordered, That the said amendment be engrossed, and the resolution read a third time, to-morrow.

Mr. Thomas M. Nelson, from the committee on Military Affairs, made a report on the petition of John Robertson, 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.

Ordered, That the committee on Military Affairs be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of James Hardie, and that he have leave to withdraw the same.

Ordered, That the committee on Naval Affairs be discharged from a further consideration of the petition of James Warren, and that he have leave to withdraw the same.

On motion of Mr. Hitchcock, Resolved, That the committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a post road from Columbus, by Mount Vernon, Loudonville, Wooster, and Harrisville, to Granger, in the state of Ohio.

Ordered, That James Hicks have leave to withdraw his petition.

Engrossed bills of the following titles, to wit:
An act for the relief of general Moses Porter;

An act arıthorizing the election of a delegate from the Michigan territory, to the Congress of the United States, and extending the right of suffrage to the citizens of said territory;

An act for the relief of Abraham Byington;

An act to provide for the erection of a courthouse, jail, and pu. blic offices, within the county of Alexandria, in the District of Columbia;

An act to provide for the due execution of the laws of the United States, within the state of Mississippi; and,

An act to authorize the payment of certain certificates; were severally read the third time and passed.

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

An engrossed bill, entitled an act for the relief of Purley Keyes and Jason Fairbanks, was read the third time, and on the question, shall it pass?

It was determined in the negative.
And so the said bill was rejected.

The House resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the report of the committee of Elections, on the petition of C. Hammond, contesting the election and return of Samuel Herrick, one of the members for the state of Ohio; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Pleasants 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 report.

The House again resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the bill in addition to the “ Act for the punishment of certain crimes against the United States," and to repeal the acts therein mentioned; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Desha 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.

And then the House adjourned.

THURSDAY, March 19, 1818.

Mr. Irving presented a petition of William G. Jones, stating that he is confined in prison, in the city of New York, on executions against him at the suit of the United States; that the Secretary of the Treasury has ordered his discharge upon payments of costs, which he states he is utterly unable to do, and praying to be released without the payment of the said costs.

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

Mr. Spencer presented a petition of Erastus Spalding, praying compensation for damages committed on his property by troops of the United States, in the late war with Great Britain.

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

Mr. Sergeant presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of the state of Pennsylvania, praying that additional duties may be im. posed on iron imported into the United States.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee of the whole, on the bill to increase the duties on iron in bars and bolts, iron in pigs, castings, nails, and alum, and to disallow the drawback of duties on the re-exportation of gunpowder.

Mr. Sergeant presented a petition of William Lancaster Whitfield, and William Thomas Barnes, British subjects and merchants, residing in Kingston, in the island of Jamaica, stating, that in the year 1813, while their vessel, called the Louisa, with a valuable cargo, belonging to them, was proceeding to a British port, her crew mutinied, and carried her into the port of Castine, where the vessel and cargo were libelled, condemned, and sold, one half of the proceeds of which were paid into the Treasury of the United States; and praying the restitution thereof.

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

Mr. Walker, of Kentucky, presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of Logan county, in the state of Kentucky, praying that a post office may be established at Mount Gilead, in said county.

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

Mr. Williams, of North Carolina, from the committee of Claims, made a report on the petition of Lemuel H. Osgood, which was read, and the resolution therein contained was concurred in by the House, as follows, to wit:

Resolyed, That the prayer of the petitioner be rejected.

Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, from the committee on Military Affairs, reported a bill for the relief of Frederick Brown, which was read the first and second time, and committed to the committee of the whole, to which is committed the bill for the relief of Benjamin Birdsall, and William F. Forster.

Mr. Johnson, from the same committee, to which was referred the bill from the Senate, entitled “ An act extending the time for obtaining military land warrants, and for other purposes," reported the same without amendment.

Ordered, That the said bill be read a third time, to-day.
The said bill was, accordingly, read a third time, and passed,
Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

On motion of Mr. Scott, Resolved, That the committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, be instrncted to inquire into the expediency of establishing a post road in the territory of Missouri, from Franklin, in Howard county, to Chariton, in the same county.

Mr. Taylor presented the following joint resolution:

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the mentbers of Congress, the delegates from territories, the Secretary of the Senate, and the Clerk of the House of Representatives, be, and they are, hereby authorized to transmit, free of postage, the message of the President of the United States, of the 14th day of March, 1818, and the documents accompanying the same, printed by order of the Senate, and by order of the House of Representatives, to any post office within the United States, and the territories thereof.

The said resolution was read the first and second time, and ordered to be engrossed and read a third time, to-day.

The said resolution being engrossed, was, accordingly read the third time, and passed.

Ordered, That the title be,“ A resolution authorizing the transportation of certain docuinents free of postage," and that the Clerk carry the same to the Senate and ask their concurrence therein.

Mr. Spencer submitted the following resolution which was read and ordered to lie on the table.

Resolved, That unless otherwise specially directed by the House, six hundred copics shall be struck of all such matter as may be directed to be printed, except bills and amendments:

That the said six hundred copies shall be disposed of, and dis-tributed in the following manner, to wit:

Two hundred copies shall be retained in the Printing Ofce, and at the close of each session be disposed of and distributed, conformably with the provisions of the resolution of the 27th of December, 1813.

200 The remaining four hundred copies shall be deposited by the Printer in the post office of the Housc, from time to time, as the work may be executed, pursuant to his contract, and shall be promptly distributed by the doorkcepçr of the House, as follows, to wit:

On the desk of each member and delegate, one copy, 187
On the Speaker's table,

2 On the Clerk's table,

2 In the Clerk's office,

4 To the President of the Senate, for the use of the Senate, To the President of the United States,

5 To the Secretary of State,

25 of the Treasury,

6 of War,

5 of the Navy,

5 To the Attorney General,

5 To the Commissioners of the Navy Board,

5 To the Auditors of the Treasury, five copies each,

25 To the Comptroller of the Treasury,

5 To the Register of the Treasury,

5 To the Postmast General,

5 To the Commissioner of the General Land Office,

5 of the Revenue,

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To the Commissioner of Claims for property lost, &c.

of the Public Buildings
To such foreign ministers as reside at the Seat of Go-
vernment, or consuls, in case of no resident ministers, two
each, supposed to amount to nine,

To the Public Printer,
To the Librarian,

The residue to be bound up, at the end of the session to be deposited in the Clerk's office, as heretofore,

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600 On motion of Mr. Spencer, Resolved, That the Secretary of State be directed to inform this House, whether a distribution has been made of the journals and documents, published under the order of the Senate and House of Representatives, respectively, pursuant to the joint resolution of the 27th of December, 1813, and what further provision is necessary to ensure the transmission of the said journals and documents according to the said resolution.

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

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have received official information that the President of the United States did, on the 18th instant, approve and sign an enrolled bill, 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." They have passed the bill from this House, entitled “ An act for altering the term of holding the district court, for the district of Virginia;” and they have passed bills of the following titles, to wit:

1. An act to adjust the claims to lots in the town of Vincennes, and for the sale of the land appropriated as a common for use of the inhabitants of the said town.

2. An act for the relief of John Small.

3. An act respecting the surveying and sale of the public tands in the Alabama territory.

4. An act to defray the expenses of the militia, when marching to places of rendezvous.

5. An act for the relief of Ashael Clark.

6. An act to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to repay or renit certain alien duties therein described; in which bills they ask the concurrence of this House.

And then he withdrew.

The first and third mentioned of the said bills were, respectively, read the first and second time, and referred to the committee on the Public Lands.

The second mentioned of the said bills, was read the first and second time, and referred to the committee on Private Land Claims.

The fourth mentioned of the said bills, was read the first and second time and committed to a committee of the whole, to-morrow.

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