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British Intrigues.

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me the memorial, a copy of which I herewith trans-country, but he utters a libel against all parties mit, and to whom the accompanying letter from Mr. and against the Government itself. He states . Peel was written by my direction.

That in the extra session of Congress in May, In compliance with his request, I now fulfil the as- 1809, 1 here were sixty-one voles against Mr. Madisurance which I have given of stating to you my opin- son, in consequence of his arrangement with Mr. ion of the ability and judgment which Mr. Henry has Erskine; when we all know that the vote on the manifested on the occasions mentioned in his memo- resolution approving of the President's conduct rial, and of the benefit the public service might derive from his active employment in any public situation in while, therefore, gentlemen will not, as I pre

in that affair was no criterion by which to judge. which you should think proper to place him., I am, sir, your most obedient, humble servant,

sume they will noi, place any confidence in the LIVERPOOL.

statements made by this man agaiost themselves, To Sir GEORGE Provost, Baronet, &c.

and against those whom he styles Democrats, I trust ihey will be equally incredulous as 10 any

statements he has made against those he has [The following is the report of the Secretary of State, called Federalists, with respect to their co-opera

communicated to the Senate by the Message of the lion with the British Government in dividing tho 12th March, 1812.)

Union. More especially as they come from one, DEPARTMENT OF Statı, March 12, 1812. who, disappointed at not receiving the promised The Secretary of State, to whom was referred the reward from bis Government, has turned traitor resolution of the Senate of the 10th instant, has the to his employers. honor to report: That this department is not in pos If, sir, ihere is any individual in this country, session of any names of persons in the United States be be of whatever party he may, who has given who have, in any way or manner whatever, entered countenance 10 this man as a British ageni, and into, or 'countenanced the project or the views for the has joined him in a scheme of dividing the Union, execution or attainment of which John Henry was, in under the auspices and with the aid of the Brit. the year 1809, employed by Sir James Craig; the said ish Government, I wish he may be known, and I John Henry having named no person or persons as sincerely hope that the House will institute an being concerned in the said or views referred

inquiry on this subject, and let every such man to in the documents laid before Congress on the 9th be held, as he oughi to be, in contempt by all

. I instant. Which is respectfully submitted,


found it impossible, sir, io remain silent under

the imputations thrown, or attempted to be throwa The Message and documents having been read, upon inat section of the United States from Mr. Rhea made a motion to print them.

which I came, by the papers just read. I will Mr. Pitkin said, that he had no objection to repeat my wishes ibat ibe whole business may the pa pers being printed, but that he rose io pro- be fully and promptly developed. test against the sentiments attributed in these Mr. Bibb said he agreed with the gentleman pa pers to the Federal party, being considered as who just sat down on one point, that a full invesihose of the citizens of the State which he had ligation ought to be had. It was due to the Conthe honor to represent. He trusted it would not gress, to our connexions with Great Britain, that be believed that they had any knowledge of any an inquiry should be made into the transaction mission of this kind from Canada, or from any now exposed to view; and, in addition to the other quarter.

motion for printing, he should move a reference It was the first time that he had heard that the of the Message to the Commisiee of Foreign opposition to the embargo in the States of Ver Relations. mont or Massachusetts had any connexion with Mr. Widgery said it was an old saying among the British Government, or wish any project of gunners, that you may know the wounded pigeous a separation of the Union in any manner, much by their fuitering. He would not underiake, as less under the agency of a British spy. So far as the gentleman from Connecticut had done, to he could understand the papers from the first exonerate bis constituents in a body from any reading, Mr. P. said they did not intimate that implication in this business. One thing, he said, any disclosure bad been made to any individual he knew, that the relation given in these docuof the United States by Mr. Henry of the object menis so exactly coincided with the conduct of of his mission, or that his scheme had been advo. some gentlemen in the quarter in which he lived, caled or supported by any one. And I trust no that he was led to believe in their truih. It by gentleman will take the character of the parties no means followed, because this man had been a in any section of this country, from a man who spy, that he could not tell the truth. When we it seems has proved a traitor to tis own Govern look back to the times at which his letters were ment. So far as the statements made in these written, we must believe in their substantial papers may be considered as involving the party truth. He called upon gentlemen to say, if the in concert with the Federal party, in any scheme conduct of certain characters in those days did of co-operation with the British Government in oot warrant all that was stated of their designs. dividing the Union, it is one of the grossest libels Let the papers be printed, Mr. W. said, and every that ever was utiered. Nor do I feel willing to one will be able :o judge for themselves. Are we . take the character of the people of this country to shut our proceedings from the public view in from the mouth of this man. He does not stop this way, by refusing to publish these things ? It at debasing the character of the people of this l is one of ihe most important communications

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British Intrigues.

MARCA, 1812.

made to Congress at the present session, and why such an idea as that of a dissolution of the Union should not the people see it? Let them see and to any individual. No, sir; and I dare to say that judge. I will make no comments. sir, on this he never did mention such a thing to any distin. business; but I will say, that it is well known guished individual. As far as I koow the seatithat at the time alluded to in those documents, ments of gentlemen in that quarter, they hold an opposition to the laws and Government was this Union dear, and look upon such a connexion organized. Mr. W. said he had full confidence as is supposed in these papers with as much ab. in the truth of these documents, and he had borrence as any man, however attached be may therefore no disposition to keep them from his be to the administration of the Goveromeni. constituents. The House was in duty bound to Whenever a dismemberment of the Union has gire full publicity lo these papers by printing been talked of, it has been with awe, and with a them.

fear that the present course of publie measures Mr. Pitkin disavowed any intention to oppose would lead to such an event, and not with a view the printing of these papers.

to bring it about, Sir, I know that other ideas Mr. Gholson said, it was a source of gratifica- have been spread over the country for the purtion to him, that, so far as the papers communi- | pose of serving party views. But here, in this cated by the President could be considered evi-iemple of our liberties, let us reason with one dence at all, they were certainly highly honora- another according to the evidence before us. I ble testimony in favor of the Eastern section of rejoice that the subject has been brought forward, the Union. An emissary of great talents had and that an agent so peculiarly adapted to the been employed by the British in a nefarious business in which he was employed has not been seeme to dismember the United States, and 10 able to furnish any evidence of even the condiengender treason in the very bosom of our coun- vance of any individual at his mission. try: and yet, Mr. G. said, it does not seem that Mr. Raga said, at the time he had made the this spy has been able to connect with himself motion for printing, he had not the least idea any citizen of the United States. If he had held that any opposition would be made to it. He did correspondence with any persons of distinction, not say whether these papers were true or not the presumption is, their names would have been true; whether they attacked any people or not. disclosed in the papers that have been read. Mr. He hoped, therefore, the discussion of these points G. was happy in cherishing the belief that the would cease. It was no reason against the pubJiberties of this country would always find a sui- lication of these documents that they had been ficient guarantee against machinations of this disclosed by a British agent. [The SPEAKER sort, in the patriotism of every portion of the observed that no objection had been made by any Union. This communication, for which the gentleman to the printing.] All the transactions House was indebted to the President, was highly respectiog Andre and Arnold had been printed, interesting and important in one point of view. so far as the Congress could lay their hands oa It demoustrated, as matter of fact, what had here-them; and why not these? If this man be a tofore remained only speculation and conjecture, British spy or traitor, as he has been called, and that the British Government has long meditated what he states is not true, one thing is admitted: the separation of these States; and what is more, that the British are capable of employing persons that they bave actually attempted the execution of infamous character, by fabrications like these, of this wicked design, and have endeavored to to throw an odium on particular sections of the convert our own citizens into traitors! He would country. So that, on any view, this affair should say no more.

be disclosed, if it were only to produce a firm Mr. Quincy said, he was 'much obliged to the union among the people. We all remember the gentleman last up for the view which he had publications of the period to which these papers taken of the subject. It had struck him pre- refer, and the declarations then made; bui all viously with much force, and he meant to have these would not induce me, at this moment, to taken the floor to have expressed it. If ever there say that all Mr. Henry says is true. This will had existed in the British Government, or any be better understood when the committee shall other Government, an idea that there was a party make their report. in this country who would associate with it to Mr. Seybert moved to increase the number of dissolve this Union, he thanked God that the copies proposed to be prioted to 5,000. project was exposed. If it was true, as these Mr. WRIGHT said, that such'an extraordinary papers stated, ihat this man had been so em communication as that just received from the ployed, he thanked God that the mission had President, reflecting so much on various sections been detected. The Administration, in bringing and parties of the Union, required serious conthe subject before the House, had done worthily. sideration before they consented to publish such and the subject ought to be inquired into. What gross abuse of every portion of our people. Genis the fact, admitting all that this person has said ilemen should reflect that this very disclosure to be true? Why, that an agent from the British might be one of the means used by this miscreant Government, under circumstances peculiarly aus. to divide this country. If he wished to promote picious and suitable to his purpose, goes to the division, how could he better attain his object spot which he represents as the hotbed of opposi- than by denouncing the people of a particular tion, to stir up disunion, and his papers do not section? Who is this inan, and where is he? is contain an intimation that he dared to mention / au inquiry that ought to be made. I am not one







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Page. Adjournment–continued.

Additional Duties, a bill from the House of Rep-

appointment of a joint committee to wait on
resentatives, imposing, read, &c.

202 the President of the United States to in-
read a second time, and referred

form him of the same

reported with amendments

306 Affidavits and Bail, a bill from the House of
amendments of the Committee not agreed

Representatives providing for the more
to, and bill read a third time, and passed 309 convenient taking of, read

Additional Military Force, a bill to raise for a

read a second time, and referred
Jimited time an, read, &c.
29 reported amended

read a second time
30 read a third time, as amended

ordered to a third reading -

84 Aggressions of Belligerents, papers in relation to 2043
read a third time, and passed

85 Alien Enemies, a bill from the House of Repre-
returned from the House of Representatives

sentatives supplemental to the act con-
with amendments, which were read, and

cerning, read twice, and referred

ordered to be printed

95 reported amended, and so ordered to a third
some amendments agreed to, and others dis-


agreed to

96 read a third time, and passed as amended 316
the House of Representatives agree with the American Manufactures, Mr. Giles submitted a
Senate except in one amendment on

resolution to refer to a select committee
which they insist, and the Senate receded

so much of the President's Message as re-
from their disagreement


lates to, which was agreed to, and a com-
a bill from the House of Representatives

mittee appointed

supplementary to the act of 1808 to raise Anderson, Mr., speech of, on the bill to raise an
an, read twice, and referred

additional military force -

reported without amendment

123 remarks of, on joint resolution for a recess 213
ordered to a third reading →

124 Appointment of Officers, &c., a Message from
read a third time, and passed


the President of the United States in re-
a bill from the House of Representatives

lation to, referred -

making appropriations for support of the, Apportionment of Representatives, a bill from the
read twice, and referred

117 House of Representatives for the, read
reported without amendment


amended, and ordered to a third reading 120 amended, and ordered to a third reading 26
read a third time, and passed as amended 121 read a third time, and passed as amended 27
a bill from the House of Representatives

the House of Representatives disagree to the
supplementary to the act to raise an, read 165 amendment, and ask a conference, which
read a second time, and referred

is granted

reported with amendments

167 report of the managers that they could not
ordered to a third reading as amended 168

agree, and the Senate resolve to insist 31
read a third time as amended, and passed

. 169
the House of Representatives receded

a bill from the House of Representatives in Appropriations and Expenditures, Mr. Smith, of

addition to the act to raise an, read twice 191 Maryland, submitted a resolution direct-
read a third time, and passed

193 ing the Secretary of the Treasury to lay
Adjournment, Mr. Leib presented a joint resolu-

before the Senate a view of the, &c. 172
tion concerning, read

agreed to

agreed to, and a committee on the subject

report of the Secretary, in obedience to the
302 resolution, ordered to be printed

the House of Representatives concur in the Armies of the United States, a bill concerning


the rules and articles for the government
resolution reported, fixing the 6th July for,

of the, read -

313 read a second time

a joint resolution from the House of Repre-

amended, and third reading refused

sentatives to the same effect, read

313 Armstrong, John, a bill from the House of Rep-
read a second time


resentatives to authorize the Secretary of
ordered to a third reading -


the Treasury to suspend the payment of
read a third time, and concurred in

315 certain bills drawn by, read twice - 318
12th Con. Ist SESS.A

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Senate Proceedings and Debates.

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Armstrong, bill for relief of-continued. Page.

read a third time, and passed

321 Beall, Colonel William Dent, a bill from the
correspondence in relation to the suspension

House of Representatives for relief of,
of payment of bills drawn by -


Army, a bill from the House of Representatives

read a second time

making further provision for the
226 referred to a committee

read twice and referred

227 reported without amendment, and ordered
reported amended, and ordered to the third

to a third reading

reading -

read a third time, and passed

read a third time, and passed as amended 238 Benton, Captain Selah, a bill from the House of
returned from the House of Representatives

Representatives for relief of

with agreement to the amendments with

read a second time, and referred

an amendment, which was concurred in - 317 reported without amendment

a bill from the House of Representatives

ordered to a third reading -


for the more perfect organization of the • 303

read a third time, and passed
a bill from the House of Representatives

Berlin and Milan Decrees, Mr. Reed submitted
making further provision for the, read 318

a resolution in relation to the -

referred and reported without amendment 319 amended, and agreed to

read a second and third time, and passed 320 report of the Secretary of the Treasury in
Arsenals and Magazines, a report from the Sec-


retary of War on the subject of

126 Bibb, George M., appointed Senator by the Le-
Artificers, a bill from the House of Representa-

gislature of Kentucky, was qualified and
tives for organizing a corps of


took his seat -
read twice, and referred

179 speech of, on the resolution for a recess of
reported amended


ordered to a third reading as amended 194 Bioren, John, and others, Mr. Leib presented a
read a third time, and passed as amended . 194

memorial of, referred
the House of Representatives agree with

a bill authorizing a subscription to an edi-
amendments, which were concurred in 201

tion of the laws by, read

Arts and Manufactures, a joint resolution from

read a second time

the House of Representatives relating to,

indefinitely postponed
read twice, and referred

129 Blankets and Clothing, Mr. Lloyd submitted a
reportod amended, and ordered to a third

resolution of the Legislature of Massa-


chusetts, offering to contract with the
read a third time, and passed as amended · 172

Government for the supply of, &c. - 161
Associations for Maritime Security, a bill respect-

Boardman and Pope, and others, Mr. Llog d pre-
ing, read


sented a petition of, referred to a commit-
read a second time

ordered to a third reading

committee discharged

read a third time, and passed


Bond, Lewis, and others, Mr. Worthington pre-
Austin, Moses, and John R. Jones, on motion of

sented a petition of, referred -

Mr. Bradley the petition of, presented at

Books of the Library, a joint resolution from the
last session, was referred to a committee - 24

House of Representatives. granting to the
Judges of the Supreme Court the use of

the, read three times, by consent, and
Bank of the United States, a bill from the House

concurred in -

of Representatives to repeal the tenth sec- Boston, Mr. Lloyd presented the petition of five
tion of the act to incorporate the, read

hundred merchants of, referred, and ore


dered to be printed
amended, and ordered to a third reading 173 report of inexpediency to grant
read a third time, and passed

175 subject postponed indefinitely
Bank of Washington, Mr. Brent presented the Boundaries, a bill to authorize the President to
petition of the, praying an enlargement

ascertain several, read twice »

of capital, referred .
185 amended, and ordered to a third reading

bill authorizing the increase of capital, read 240 read a third time, and passed

read a second time

241 returned from the House with amendments,
Barbary Powers, a bill from the House of Repre-

and committed

sentatives to continue in force for a fur- Bradley, Mr., remarks of, on the resolution for a
ther time the first section of the act to

protect commerce and seamen against the, Breckenridge, Rev. John, election of, as Chaplain 19

89 Brent, Richard, of Virginia, attended, and took
read a second time, and referred


his seat
reported without amendment, and ordered British American Continental Powers, a joint
to a third reading


resolution from the House of Represent-
read a third time, and passed


atives, authorizing the President of the
Bayard, James A., of Delaware, attended, and

United States to issue a proclamation to
took his seat

the inhabitants of the

speech of, on his motion to postpone the dec. Brown, Thomas, Mr. Cuits presented the peti-
laration of war


tion of, referred to the Secretary of State 926
Bayly, Mountjoy, election of, as Doorkeeper 11 report of that officer read.







Senate Proceedings and Debates.



Brown, Samuel, Mr. Campbell of Ohio present Clerks, a report from the Treasury Department,
ed a petition of


stating the sums respectively paid to 99
Brownstown, a bill to authorize the surveying

similar report from the Postmaster General 99
and making of certain roads contemplated

similar report from the Department of War 102
in the treaty of, read

21 Clinton, George, Vice President of the United
read a second time, referred, reported with-

States, the death of, announced . . 206
out amendment, and ordered to a third Collection of Customs, a report from the Treas-

21 ury, stating the emoluments of officers
read a third time, and passed

employed in the

Burnham, John, a bill from the House of Repre-

Collectors of Baltimore, Norfolk, &c., a bill for
sentatives for relief of, read

the relief of, read twice

read a second time, and referred
32 third reading refused

the third reading refused

90 Commerce and Coasts, a bill more effectually to
vote reconsidered

protect the, read

third reading resumed, and the bill passed - 95 read a second time, and referred

Business, on motion of Mr. Leib, a committe Commercial Intercourse, a bill in addition to the
was appointed under the 42d rule for con-

supplementary act concerning, read 94

11 read a second time, and ordered to a third
on motion of Mr. Gilman, the same, un.


der the 22d rule for conducting
11 recommitted to a 'select committee

said committee discharged


Mr. Pope submitted a resolution to repeal all
Campbell, George W., appointed a Senator by

acts concerning

the Legislature of Tennessee, was quali-

resolution negatived

fied, and took his seat
9 Confidential Proceedings

speech of, on the bill to raise an additional Congress, a bill to fix the time for the next meet-
military force

ing of, read .

remarks of, on the joint resolution for a re-

a bill from the House of Representatives to
the same effect, read

Campbell, Alexander, of Ohio, attended, and took

read a second time

his seat
18 ordered to a third reading

Capitol, &c., a bill from the House of Represent-

read a third time, and passed

atives, making appropriations to discharge Conklin and Pierson, Mr. German presented a
all outstanding claims for work done on

petition of, referred

the, read

243 Connecticut, a bill from the House of Represent-
read a second time, and referred

245 atives to alter the time of holding the dis-
reported with amendments

trict courts in, read

ordered to a third reading as amended 308 read a second and third time, and passed 112
read a third time, and passed as amended - 311 Contingent Expenses, the President of the United
the House of Representatives agree and dis-

States transmitted an account of

agree, and the Senate recede -

312 Cope, Thomas P., Mr. Gregg preseated the peti-
Captures, Mr. Smith of Maryland submitted a

tion of, referred

resolution in relation to .

161 Corcoran, Thomas, and others; Mr. Anderson
amended, and agreed to

presented a memorial of, referred

a report from the Secretary of State in reply. 210 Crawford, Mr., speech of, on the bill concerning
the said report in full

the Naval Establishment

Carroll, of Carrolton, Mr. Smith of Maryland

election of, as President of the Senate pro
presented a memorial of, and others, dep-


recating war -

262 Cumberland Road, report from the Treasury, on
Census, the President of the United States trans-

the subject of the

mitted a report from the Secretary of

referred to a committee

State, in relation to the -
20 a bill concerning the, read .

on motion of Mr. Leib, the Secretary of the

read a second time

Senate was directed to obtain the number

ordered to a third reading'.

of printed copies apportioned to the Senate 21 read a third time, and passed

Chaplains, Mr. Varnum submitted a resolution
for the appointment of two, of different de.

nominations -

16 Deferred Stocks, a bill from the House of Repre-
resolution agreed to
18 sentatives, respecting

Charleston, Mr. Gaillard presented sundry reso-

read and referred

lutions of the citizens of, approving the

reported without amendment

measures of Government, ordered to be

read a third time, and passed

printed -

258 Departure of Ships and Vessels, a bill from the
Clarke, John, Mr. Gregg presented the petition

House of Representatives authorizing the,
of, referred to a committee

in certain cases

the committee discharged -
299 read a first time

Clay, Henry, a message from the House of Rep-

read a second time

resentatives, announced the election of, as

ordered to a third reading

10 read a third time, and passed


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