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and Virginia, praying that additional duties may be imposed on bar iron, pig iron, and castings, imported into the United States.
Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the committee of Commerce and Manufactures.
Mr. Huntington presented a petition of sundry surviving officers of the revolutionary army, a copy of that presented by him, from sundry other officers of the said army, on the 24th instant.
Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee on so much of the President's message, as relates to the surviving officers and soldiers of the army aforesaid.
Mr. Huntington presented a petition of Oliver Champlin, surveyor of the port of New London, praying for an increase of his compensation.
Mr. Irving, of New York, presented a petition of Tucker & Lauries, of the city of New York, merchants, on behalf of Alexander Dalrymple of Scotland, praying that certain duties paid by said Dalrymple, on the importation of a quantity of foreign merchandise, may be refunded, for reasons stated in the petition.
Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the committee of Ways and Means.
On motion of Mr. Hopkinson, Ordered, That the petition of sundry umbrella manufacturers in Philadelphia, presented on the 9th January, 1817, be referred to the same committee.
The petition of Morton & Sneed, presented on the 8th Febrų. ary, 1817, was again presented by the Speaker, and on motion of Mr. Williams, of North Carolina, referred to the last mentioned committee.
Mr. Jones presented a petition of John Cowan, captain of a company of volunteer mounted gun men, in the service of the United States in the late war, praying that himself and the individuals composing his said company, may be remunerated for expenses incurred by them in shoeing their horses, as also, for other expenditures, which they were unavoidably compelled to incur.
Mr. Rich presented a petition of Israel Smith, late a licutenant in, and paymaster to, the 30th regiment of infantry, praying that the proper officer of the War Department, may be directed to place the sum of four hundred dollars to his credit, as that sum has been erroneously charged to him, at the direction of the colonel of said regiment, to whom alone it was properly chargeable.
Mr. Spencer presented a petition of William Beagle, stating that a judgment has been rendered against him, for selling spirituous liquor's without a license, and without an opportunity of being heard in his defence; that he was ignorant of the act requiring him to take out a license; that he is in indigent circumstances, and has a family of ten children to maintain, and praying that the said judgment may be remitted,
Ordered, That tbe said petitions be referred to the committee of Claims.
On motion of Mr. Spencer, Ordered, That the petition of Calvin Barnes, presented on the 12th of February, 1817, be referred to the said committee.
On motion of Mr. Hopkinson, Ordered, That the petition of Thorpe, Siddall & Thorpe, presented on the 13th January, 1817, be also referred to the said committee.
Mr. Spencer presented a petition of Elizabeth Moyer, mother and gurdian of Joseph Wilcox, stating that he is the son of colonel Joseph Wilcox, deceased, who commanded the corps of Canadian volunteers during the late war, and who rendered eminent services to this country, and praying for such grant of land to his son, as shall be commensurate with the rank and services of his father.
Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee on the Public Lands.
Mr. Whiteside presented a petition of Daniel Livermore, stating that he has discovered a method, by which he can breed fish, in waters in which they have never been known to exist, and pray. ing that the benefits of his discovery may be secured to him and his associates, upon his breeding and propagating fish, in any waters in the United States.
Mr. Moore presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of the borough of Erie, in the state of Pennsylvania, praying that an appropriation may be made for opening the channel from lake Erie, into the harbor of Presque Isle.
Ordered, That the said petitions be referred te the committee on so much of the President's message, as relates to Roads, Canals and Seminaries of Learning.
On motion of Mr. Mercer, Ordered, That the petition of the American Society, for colonizing the free people of color, presented on the 14th January, 1817, be referred to the committee appointed on the petition of the representatives of the annual meeting of the society of Friends in the city of Baltimore.
On motion of Mr. Baldwin, Ordered, That the petition of James Gibson, presented on the 6th December 1816, be referred to the committee on Private Land Claims.
Mr. Scott presented a petition of Joaquim de Lisa, a petition of Madame Honore, and her son Louis Telson Honore, a petition of Manuel Lisa, a petition of Thomas S. Rodney, and a petition of Antoine Soulard and James Mackay, on behalf of the executors of the will of John Watkins, deceased, respectively praying for a confirmation of their titles, to lands in the territory of Missouri.
Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the committee on Private Land Claims.
Ordered, That the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims, be discharged from a further consideration of the application of William Samuel, to be placed on the pension list, and that the said application be referred to the Secretary of War.
Mr. Rhea, from the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims, made a report on the petition of James Bursiel, which was read and committed to a committee of the whole on Monday next.
Mr. Williams, of North Carolina, from the committee of Claims, made reports on the petitions of Rosewell Woodworth and James Prince, which were read and the resolutions therein contained, were concurred in by the House as follows:
Resolved, That the prayer of the petition of Rosewell Woodworth ought not to be granted..
Resolved, That the prayer of the petition of James Prince ought not to be granted.
Mr. Williams also made a report on the petition of Jacob Greer, which was read and ordered to lie on the table.
Mr. Williams also made a report on the petition of Abraham Byington, which was read, concluding with the following resolution, viz.
Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner ought not to be granted.
A motion was made by Mr. Rich to amend the said resolution, so as to make it read as follows:
Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner ought to be granted, so as to discharge him from such part of the debt recovered against him, as partakes of the nature of a penalty, for the neglect of his principal.
And on the question to agree to the said amendment;
Ordered, That a bill be brought in pursuant thereto, and that the committee of Claims prepare and bring in the same.
Mr. Pindall, from the committee appointed on the subject, reported a bill to amend an act, entitled . An act respecting fugitives from justice, and persons escaping from the service of their masters;" which was read the first and second time, and committed to a committee of the whole on Wednesday next.
A message in writing, was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Joseph Joncs Monroc, bis secretary, as follows:
To the House of Representatires of the United States:
In compliance with a resolution of the House of Representatives, of the 12th of this month, requesting to be informed whether any, and which of the Representatives, in a list thereto annexed, baie held offices, since the 4th of March last, designating the offices, the times of appointment and acceptance, and whether they were at that time so held, or when they had been resigned. I now transmit a report from the Secretary of State, which contains the information desired.
JAMES MONROE. December 29, 1817.
The said message was read anıl referred to the committee of Elections.
The Speaker laid before the House, a lotter from the Secretary of War, transmitting a list of the officers who held brevet rank in the army of the United States at the close of the late war, and a list of all the officers of the present army who now hold brevets, higher than their lineal rank, which were ordered to lie on the table.
The Speaker laid before the House, a letter from Richard Bland Lee, Commissioner of Claims, under the act of the 9th of April, 1816, containing “ reports of the facts,” in the cases of Richard Mansfield, of William B. Holmes, of Mary Sears, and of Samuel Hughes, all of the state of Maryland, which was referred to the committee of Claims.
The Speaker also laid before the House, a letter from William Allen, offering, for the acceptance of the House, a copy of the first message of the present President of the United States, printed on silvered leather; which letter was read, and ordered to lie on the ta. ble.
On motion of Mr. Pitkin, Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury be directed to lay before the House, a statement of American and Foreign tonnage, employed in the foreign trade of the United States, in the years 1815 and 1816, and as far as practicable, in the year 1817, distinguishing the nations to whom the foreign tonnage belonged; also, a statement of American and British tonnage, employed in the trade, between the United States and the British dominions in Europe, for each of the said years; distinguishing the amount employed between the United States and the united kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and the other British European dominions.
That the Secretary of the Treasury be, also directed to lay before the House, a statement showing the amount of British tonnage, in the trade between the United States, and the British West Indies, and between the United States and the British North American colonies, in 1815, 1816 and 1817, containing the amount entered in, and cleared from the American ports, in each of said years.
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury be directed to lay before the House, a statement showing the quantity of sugar, coffee, rum, molasses and cocoa imported into, and exported from the United States, in each of the years, 1815, 1816 and 1817, together with the countries and places from whence the same were imported, and the quantity imported from each country and place.
Mr. Poindexter submitted the following resolution, which was read, viz:
Resolved, That a committee be appointed to inquire into the expediency of authorizing the President of the United States, to exchange with the Choctaw, Creek, Cherokee and IChickasaw tribes of Indians, or either of them, lands belonging to the United States, west of the Mississippi, for lands now in the possession and occupancy of said tribes of Indians, or either of them.
On motion of Mr. Taylor, The said resolution was amended, by striking out “ a committee be appointed,” and inserting in liew thereof, the committee on the Public Lands be instructed.”
The question was then taken to agree to the said resolution as amended:
And passed in the affirmative.
Ordered, That the committee on Private Land Claims be discharged from a further consideration of the petition of Moses Porter, and that it be referred to the Secretary of War.
The House then took up the proposition to amend the rules and orders of proceeding, submitted by Mr. Wendover on the 19th instant; and the same being amended, was agreed to by the House as follows:
Resolved, That the standing rules of this House, be so amended, that not more than three bills, originating in this House, shall be committed to the same committee of the whole House, and that such bills shall be analogous in their nature, which analogy shall be determined by the Speaker.
Mr. Taylor submitted the following joint resolution, which was read twice and ordered to be engrossed, and read a third time to-morrow.
Resolved, By the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress Assembled, That the Commissioner of the General Land Office, cause to be engraved, a plate of the Surveyor General's official map of the military bounty lands, in the territory of Illinois, and cause to be printed six hundred copies thereof, subject to the future disposition of Congress.
Engrossed bills of the following titles, to wit:
An act making provision, for the establishment of additional land offices, in the territory of Missouri, 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.
A message from the Senate, by Mr. Cutts, their Secretary:
Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed the bill, entitled “ An act supplementary to the act establishing the Mint, and the act concerning the Mint," with amendments, in which they ask the con