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son Goodwyn, Isaiah L. Green, John Heister, William Mr. Van Horn laid upon the table the followHelms, William Hoge, James Holland, David Holmes, ing resolution, which had been rendered necessary, Benjamin Howard, Reuben Humphreys, Daniel Ilsley, in his view, from the debate which had taken place John G. Jackson, Robert Jenkins, Richard M. John

on the contract bill: son, Walter Jones, Thomas Kenan, Philip B. Key, William Kirkpatrick, Nehemiah Knight, John Lam

Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representobert, Joseph Lewis, jr., Edward Lloyd, John Love, tives of the United States of America, in Congress asNathaniel Macon, Robert Marion, Josiah Masters, sembled, two-thirds of both Houses concurring therein, William McCreery, Daniel Montgomery, jr., John That the following amendment to the Constitution of Montgomery, Nicholas R. Moore, Jeremiah Morrow, the several States ; which, when ratified by the Legis

the United States be proposed to the Legislatures of John Morrow, Gurdon S. Mumford, Roger Nelson, Thomas Newbold, Thomas Newton, Wilson C. Nich- latures of three-fourths of the said States, shall be valid olas, John Pugh, John Rea of Pennsylvania, John to all intents and purposes as part of the said Consti

tution: Rhea of Tennessee, Jacob Richards, Matthias Richards, Samuel Riker, Lemuel Sawyer, Ebenezer Seaver, Jas.

No person shall be eligible as Senator or RepresentSloan, Dennis Smelt, John Smilie, Jedediah K. Smith, ative in Congress who shall hold any office under, or Samuel Smith, John Smith, Henry Southard, Richard be bound by any contract entered into with, the GovStanford, Clement Storer, Peter Swart, John Taylor, officer or agent thereof

, at the time the election shall

ernment of the United States, or any department or John Thompson, Abram Trigg, George M. Troup, James I. Van Allen, Archibald Van Horn, Daniel take place. Nor shall any Senator or Representative C. Verplanck, Jesse Wharton, Robert Whitehill, Isaac in Congress, if he shall qualify as such, hold any civil Wilbour, David R. Williams, Marmaduke Williams, office or appointment under the Government of the UniAlexander Wilson, Rich. Winn, and James Witherell

. ted States, or make any contract with any department Nars-Epaphroditus Champion, Martin Chitten: or officer thereof, during the time for which he shall be

elected. den, John Culpepper, Samuel W. Dana, John Daven. port, junior, James Elliot, William Ely, Barent Gar.

The resolution was ordered to lie on the table. denier, Charles Goldsborough, John Harris, Edward

ADDITIONAL ARMY. St. Loe Livermore, Matthew Lyon, Timothy Pitkin, jr., Josiah Quincy, John Rowan, William Stedman, Lewis the whole, on the bill authorizing the President

The House resolved itself into a Committee of B. Sturges, Samuel Taggart, Jabez Upham, Nicholas of the United States to raise an additional miliVan Dyke and Killian K. Van Rensselaer.

tary force.-[The bill is reported in conformity to

the letter of the Secretary of War on this subject, Tuesday, March 1.

with a few variations in detail. The bill coniemMr. Van RENSSELAER, from the committee ap- plates the appointment of two major generals, conpointed on the twenty-third ultimo, presented a irary to the recommendation of the Secretary of bill to continue in force "An act to extend juris- War.] diction, in certain cases, to State Judges and State On motion of Mr. TallMADGE, all that part reCourts;" which was read twice and committed lating to major generals was stricken out-ayes 74. to a Committee of the whole House to-morrow. Several amendments were made to the details

Mr. Dawson, from the committee appointed on of the various sections, not affecting the general so much of the Message from the President of the object of the bill. United States, of the twenty-seventh of October Mr. Blount wished every person entering into last, as relates to the Military and Naval Estab- the service of the United Siaies to know on what lishments, presented a bill authorizing the sale of conditions they entered. To save a repetition of public arms; which was read twice and commit- the trouble occasioned by former applications, on ted to a Committee of the Whole to-morrow. the same subject, he moved to add the following

Mr. TallMaDGE, from the committee appointed amendment to the end of the seventh section : on the lwenty-fifth of January last, presented a bill No commissioned officer, non-commissioned officer, authorizing a detachment from the militia of the musician, or private, shall

, after being discharged, be United States; which was read twice and com- allowed to set up any claim for half-pay, commutation, mitted 10 a Committee of the whole House to- or pension, except he shall have been disabled by known morrow

wounds received in actual service. The SPEAKER laid before the House a letter This amendment was supported by Mr. Blount, from the Secretary of State, transmitting an ab- and

opposed by Messrs. Dawson, GARDNER, Rhea stract of the number of seamen registered in the of Tennessee, TallMadGE, DURELL, Smilie, and several collection districts of the United States, Taylor. The principal objection to this, was, for the years one thousand eight hundred and six, that the eighth section of the bill goes to the same and one thousand eight hundred and seven, in object. It was negatived by a large majority. pursuance of a resolution of this House of 'the Mr. Helms offered an additional section, fixing ninth of January last; which was read, and re- the price of undrawn rations at twenty-five cents ferred to the Committee of the Whole on a reso- each. lution proposed by Mr. Dana, on the said ninth After a representation from Mr. Dawson, that of January, for the encouragement and security this object was already before a committee, and of seamen of the United States.

that, though favorable to the object, he must vote Mr. Bassett moved for the order of the day, against it here, Mr. Helms withdrew his amendon the bill concerning public contracts; which ment. motion was negatived-47 to 39.

Mr.Blount said, if there should be war, it would

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MARCH, 1808. be necessary to draw out so many militia as that The report and documents were ordered to be a major general of militia might be included in printed. the militia, who would take command of the reg

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. ular forces in preference to regular brigadier generals. To avert this evil, he moved a new section,

The House went into Committee, 48 to 37, on authorizing the President, when actual war with the billconcerning public contracts ; Mr. Quincy's any nation shall exist, to appoint two major gen- motion to strike out the proviso to the first secerals.-Negatived, ayes 22.

tion being still under consideration. This proviso Mr. Rhea, of Tennessee, moved to strike out permits members of Congress to make a contract the limitation to pay off the Army for any longer where an immediate delivery of the article contime than while in actual service.- Negatived, tracted for is made. ayes 4.

After some obserrations from Mr. Quincy, the On motion of Mr. Dawson, the Committee rose, motion was adopted-ayes 40, noes 37. and reported the bill as amended. Mr. D. stated

Mr. Kelly moved to amend the bill, so as to that he did not intend at this time to call up the preclude members of Congress from making a report, and it lies on the table of course.

contract, which shall be directed by the Congress

of which he is himself a member. He conceived EXPORTS.

it might be proper to extend the provisions of the The Speaker laid before the House a commu- bill so far; but he was opposed to a farther exnication from the Secretary of the Treasury, en- tension of the principle. closiug the following report :

The motion was opposed by Messrs. BASSETT TREASURY DEPARTMENT, Feb. 27, 1808. and Key, and supported by Mr. Kelly. SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith a state- Mr. Rowan spoke at length, and with superior ment of goods, wares, and merchandise, exported from ability, against the principle of the bill. He thought the United States during one year prior to the first day it imposed an unconstitutional, needless, and inof October, 1807, and amounting to $108,343,150. effectual restraint on the liberty of the citizen. The goods, wares, and merchandise, of domestic growth

Mr. Troup replied. He observed that in the or manufacture, included in this statement, are esti- event of war, a majority of this House

ght be mated at


composed of contractors under Executive influ. And those of foreign growth or manufac

ence, whose interest it might be to perpetuate the ture, at


war, and the evils of whose conduct might not be Total


corrected without a resort to first principles. The

people of Georgia once thought iheir Legislature The foreign goods may be divided into three classes, could never be corrupted, but they found they viz:

were mistaken; their representatives were cor1. Articles on the importation of which no duty had rupted by a land speculation. been collected, they being free of duty by law, Mr. J. Rhea did not intend to have spoken

$2,080,114 again, as he had heretofore said much on this bill; 2. Articles liable to duty, and which were,

but as new arguments or something like arguon re-exportation thereof, entitled to

ments had since been offered, he was under a nedrawback

48,205,943 cessity of replying. Because the Legislature of 3. Articles liable to duty, but which were

Georgia had been corrupted it did not follow that not, on re-exportation thereof, entitled

Congress were liable to corruption. He denied to drawback

9,357,501 the conclusion. Mr. R. spoke at length against

the bill, and insisted that the word " office" in the Total

$59,643,558 Constitution did not include the case of contract. The duties collected on the importation of the arti

Mr. W. Alston thought if gentlemen so solicles of the third class, and which, not being paid by citous on this subject, and who say so much about consumers within the United States, are derived di- fraud and corruption, would only lay aside pasrectly from the carrying trade, amount to $1,393,877, sion and carefully examine the provisions of the exclusive of the additional duties designated by the name first section, they could not swallow their own of “Mediterranean fund."

bill. If the bill passes, a member of Congress has The articles of domestic growth or manufacture, ex- only to get a contract in the name of a third perported during the period aforesaid, may be arranged son, and the law is nugatory. If gentlemen will under the following heads, viz :

lay aside their phrenzy in purifying the House as Produce of the sea

$2,804,000 they call it, they must see that the bill can answer Produce of the forest

5,476,000 no 'purpose. He wished gentlemen would give Produce of agriculture


up this parade about purifying the House-ihis Produce of manufactures

2,409,000 noise about fraud and corruption. The House Uncertain

179,000 had never been before so plagued and harassed Total

as with this bill. Everybody is tired of the dis$48,700,000

cussion, and yet day after day the subject is pressed I have the honor to be, sir, with great respect, your and had not words to express his detestation of it.

upon us. He thought the bill a horrible thiog, obedient servant,


Mr. Sloan said it was late in the evening. The of the House of Representatives.

powers of language were scarcely sufficient to exMARCH, 1808.

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press his sentiments. He hoped the Committee adhere to their enemies, and to give them aid and comwould rise, and in the morning he would attempt fort, he or they shall be deemed guilty of a conspiracy to give his sentiments on the bill. Mr. S. moved to commit treason against the United States; and, on that the Committee rise.

conviction of such crime before any court of the United Mr. M. Clay said the House had yet an hour States having jurisdiction thereof, shall be punisbed by to spare. He hoped the gentleman' from New a fine not exceeding dollars, nor less than Jersey, (Mr. Sloan) would go on. He would dollars, and by imprisonment not exceeding - years, hear him with a great deal of pleasure.

nor less than at the discretion of the court. Mr. Sloan's motion was lost-ayes 45, noes 51.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the person Mr. J. Clay conceived that a contractor was recognisance, with one or more sufficient suréties, for

or persons so convicted as aforesaid, shall enter into an officer under the Constitution of the United his or their good behaviour, States, and therefore excluded from a seat in Con- time, as the court, before whom he or they may be tried,

such sum, and for such gress. But as this exposition had not been recog- shall order and direct. nised he would purge the House of Executive influence by positive law, otherwise, they might see Document accompanying the bill to punish conspirathe time when contracts would be offered to mem

cies, to commit treason against the United States. bers to destroy their independence and engage them in the indiscriminate support of a corrupt

DECEMBER 2, 1807. Administration.

Sir: The questions proposed in your letter of the The bill was further supported by Mr. Smilie 24th ultimo, embrace an important and delicate subject. and Mr. Key, and opposed by Mr. Rowan, when I have given them that consideration they justly merit, the Committee rose, reported progress, and ob- and respectfully submit the result of my reflections. tained leave to sit again.

The sentiment expressed by an able and enlightened writer, that every punishment, which is not absolutely

necessary for the peace or safety of society, is unjust, I WEDNESDAY, March 2.

believe to be perfectly correct. When revising any Mr. Fisk presented to the House a memorial part of the penal code, for the purpose of discovering of James Jay, of the State of New York, praying its defects, and of enlarging the sphere of criminality, the liquidation and settlement of a claim against we should proceed with caution and prudence; and we the United States, for moneys advanced, and ser- should not add to the catalogue of offences unless on vices rendered, of an important and secret nature,

sufficient grounds. during the Revolutionary war with Great Britain.

Feeling the just influence of these remarks, and reOrdered, That the said memorial, together with luctant as I am to increase the list of crimes

, I think a former petition presented to this' House on the experience has evinced the necessity of some further same subject, and the reports of the Secretary of provisions, to preserve the peace of the United States State and of a select committee thereon, be re

against the enterprises of designing and ambitious ferred to Mr. Fisk, Mr. KELLY, Mr. Swart, Mr. The next question imposes a task more difficult; the Howard, and Mr. Lemuel J. ALSTON, to examine mode in which the deficiency may be effectually remeand report the same, with their opinion thereupon, died. This subject opens a wide field for discussion, to the House.

and admits of great diversity of opinion. The House resolved itself into a Committee of It is with no personal satisfaction that I propose to the Whole on the bill in farther addition to an the consideration of the committee, the propriety of act, entitled "An act to amend the Judicial system punishing combinations and conspiracies for the purof the United States; and, after some time spent pose of committing treason against the United States. therein, the bill was reported without amendment, The Constitution has wisely defined the crime of treaand ordered to be engrossed, and read the third son; but it must be obvious that, before this crime time to-morrow.

is consummated by an overt act of levying war, the TREASON AND OTHER CRIMES.

public peace may be disturbed and the public safety

endangered, by the previous preparations for such an Mr. Randolph, from the committee to whom event. Though, in various parts of the Union conwas referred so much of the Message from the spirators who intend the destruction of our GovernPresident of the United States, of the iwenty-sev- ment are preparing the means to accomplish their obeath of October last, as relates to enterprises against jert, by providing arms, ammunition, and warlike the public peace, and the means of preventing the stores, they are subject to no punishment by the existsame, and punishing the authors, presented å billing laws, unless war has been actually levied by them to punish conspiracies to commit treason against against the United States. It would seem, therefore, the United States; which was read twice and essential to the preservation of the public peace, that a committed to a Committee of the whole on Mon- conspiracy to commit treason against the United States day next.

should be punished in such manner as will be most The bill is as follows:

likely to reform the criminal, and to deter others from

the commission of the same offence. Perhaps a proper A Bill to punish conspiracies to commit treason part of the judgment would be, to render offenders inagainst the United States.

capable of holding any office of honor, profit, or trust, Be it enacted, by the Senate and House of Repre- under that Government which they conspired to desentatives of the United States of America, in Con- stroy. gress assembled, That, from and after the passage of The law relative to enterprises, began or set on foot this act, if any persons shall combine, confederate, or within the bosom of our own country, against a nation conspire to levy war against the United States, or to with whom we are at peace, merits revision, and will


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require some amendments. The object of this law is a The amendment was opposed by Messrs. Bursalutary one ; but its language, not defining, with suf- well and HOLLAND, on the ground that it would ficient accuracy and certainty the offences, has given be an useless expense to provide for the publicabirth to much dispute as to its legal and proper con- tion of the annual account of these officers, formstruction. Enterprises against nations at peace with ing a volume of documents of no importance or us, have been too frequently projected, not to call the interest to the nation; that there would be no difserious attention of the Legislature to this interesting ficulty on application in obtaining information in subject.

relation to any particular member suspected of Let me also recommend “the employment of means for the benevolent purpose of preventing crimes,” to

being a contractor.

The amendment was adopted, ayes 55. use the language of Judge Wilson. The only law of the United States on this subject,

The Committee then rose and reported the bill. will be found in the fourth volume of the Acts of Con

The House proceeded to consider the said gress, page 231. This is conceived in very general amendments: Whereupon, the first amendment terms, and authorizes security of the peace, or for good be- being twice read, to strike out the proviso in the haviour, to be taken in cases arising under the Consti- first section of the bill. containing the words foltution and laws of the United States, in the same man- ring, to wit: ner as under the laws of the several States. In some Provided, That this restriction shall not be conrespects the provision may, in practice, be incompatible strued to extend to the purchase, where immediate dewith the Constitution of the United States. By one of livery is had, and immediate payment is made of any the amendments, which now form a part of that instru- property, which, at the time of such purchase, was bona ment, no person can be arrested or committed, unless | fide the property of, and belonging to, any such memupon oath. In some of the States, whose Constitu-ber, or members, in his or their right, or as assignee tions have not a similar provision, and where the com- in law, or fact, not purchased or procured in consemon law is in force, an oath may not be considered as quence of any previous arrangement with, or promise absolutely necessary.

from, any public officer, or any agent of such public An act of Congress specifically providing in all cases officer. where it should be made appear on oath, that there were just grounds and probable cause to believe, that with the Committee of the Whole in their agree

And on the question that the House do concur any person was about to commit a crime against the United States, he should be compelled to give security ment to the said amendment, it passed in the neof the peace, or for his good behaviour, would be a pru- gative-yeas 19, nays 73, as follows: dent measure, calculated to secure the public tranquil

YEAS—Lemuel J. Alston, Joseph Barker, John Blake, lity. The law might be so guarded as to prevent its jr., Joseph Calhoun, Richard Cutts, William Ely, Franbeing used to the oppression of individuals.

cis Gardner, Isaiah L. Green, William Helms, James I have the honor to be, yours, very respectfully,

Holland, James Kelly, John Lambert, Edward St. Loe

C. A. RODNEY. Livermore, John Montgomery, John Rhea of TennesHon. Joan RANDOLPU.

see, Clement Storer, Peter Swart, Samuel Taggart, and

Isaac Wibour.

Nars-Ezekiel Bacon, Burwell Bassett, William W. The House then resolved itself into a Commit- Bibb, William Blackledge, Thomas Blount, John Boyle, tee of the Whole, on the bill concerning public Robert Brown, William A. Burwell, William Butler, contracts, 51 to 24.

George W. Campbell, John Campbell, Epaphroditus A motion made to strike out of the bill that Champion, Martin Chittenden, Joseph Clay, Matthew part which excepts contracts for lands, was nega- Clay, Howell Cobb, John Culpepper, Samuel W. Dana, tived, 50 to 36.

John Davenport, jr., John Dawson, Josiah Deane, JoMr. BlackLEDGE moved a section to direct the seph Desha, Daniel M. Durell, James Elliot, John W. Secretaries of the Treasury, War, and Navy, and Eppes, William Findley, Peterson Goodwyn, John Harthe Postmaster General, to make annual reports iel Hsley, Robert Jenkins, Richard M. Johnson, Thomas

ris, John Heister, William Hoge, David Holmes, Danof every contract made by them the year prece- Kenan, Philip B. Key, Nehemiah Knight, Joseph Lewding, and every particular respecting them. This amendment was supported by Messrs. Robert Marion, Daniel Montgomery, jr., Nicholas R.

is, jr., Edward Lloyd, John Love, Nathaniel Macon, BlackLEDGE, Taylor, and Stanford, on the Moore, Jeremiah Morrow, John Morrow, Gurdon 8. ground that this would furnish the House with Mumford, Thomas Newbold, Thomas Newton, Timoevidence, without the pain of calling for informa- thy Pitkin, jr., Jacob Richards, Matthias Richards, Lemlion from the Departments respecting any parti- uel Sawyer, Ebenezer Seaver, James Sloan, Dennis cular member; that it would besides exhibit par- Smelt, Jedediah K. Smith, Samúel Smith, Henry Southticulars which ought to appear; it would be a ard, Richard Stanford, William Stedman, Lewis B. means of information to the people of the price Sturges, Benj. Tallmadge, John Taylor, John Thompof contracts, and might produce a reduction in son, Abram Trigg, Daniel C. Verplanck, Jesse Whar. the price of articles purchased for the United ton, David R. Williams, Alexander Wilson, Richard States; that many articles which now cost the Winn, and James Witherell. United States twenty dollars a barrel, may, if it The other amendments reported from the Com. were known to the people, be had for twelve or mittee of the Whole being twice read, were, on the fifteen; that this had been evinced by the publi- question severally put thereupon, agreed to by the cation respecting contracts for carrying the mail, House. by which the service had been done at a much A motion was then made by Mr. BLACKLEDGE, lower rate.

farther to amend the said bill by striking out the

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following words in the first section, to wit: "and An engrossed bill in farther addition to an act, every such contract, bargain, or agreement, shall entitled "An act to amend the Judicial System of be deemed and taken to be absolutely void, and of the United States," was read the third time, and no effect, whether such contract, bargain, or agree- passed. meot be openly or covertly, in the whole, or in A message from the Senate communicated to part, for the use of any such member, as afore- the House certain resolutions of the General Assaid:" and the question being taken thereupon, it sembly of the State of Kentucky, expressive of passed in the negative.

their confidence in the present Administration of Ordered, That the said bill, with the amend the Government of the United States, and of their ments agreed to, be engrossed, and read the third determination to support such measures as may time to-morrow.

be adopted to vindicate the national honor and SALE OF ARMS.

safety against the belligerent Powers of Europe.”

The said resolutions were ordered to lie on the The House resolved itself into a Committee of

table. the Whole, on the bill authorizing the sale of certain arms. The Committee having gone through

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. the bill reported it to the House.

The engrossed bill concerning contracts being Mr. Bacon moved to add a new section to the read for the third time; and after a debate in bill, requiring the purchase money for arms to be which Messrs. HOLLAND, SLOAN, and Cook, oppaid into the Treasury of the United States, be- posed the bill, it was passed by yeas and naysfore delivery.-Carried, 42 to 35.

65 to 44, as follows: Mr. Bibb said as there was a thin House, he Yeas—Lemuel J. Alston, Ezekiel Bacon, David Bard, hoped gentlemen would not take advantage of the Burwell Bassett, William W. Bibb, William Blackcircumstance, and push the bill on to a third read. ledge, John Blake jr., Thos. Blount, John Boyle, George ing in its present shape. Had there been a full W. Campbell, John Campbell, Joseph Clay, Matthew House, he was convinced the amendment would Clay,John Clopton, Howell Cobb, John Dawson, Joseph not have passed. He therefore moved that the Desha, John W. Eppes, William Findley, Peterson bill lie on the table.–Agreed to, 39 to 35. Goodwyn, Edwin Gray, John Harris, William Hoge,

There being considerable difficulty in transact- David Holmes, John G. Jackson, Richard M. Johnson, ing business, and in retaining a quorum within Walter Jones, Thomas Kenan, Philip B. Key, Nehethe bar, the House adjourned at two o'clock.

miah Knight, Joseph Lewis, jr., Edward Lloyd, John Love, Nathaniel Macon, Robert Marion, William Mc

Creery, Daniel Montgomery, jr., John Montgomery, THURSDAY, March 3.

Nicholas R. Moore, Jeremiah Morrow, John Morrow, The Speaker laid before the House a letter Wilson C. Nicholas, Sohn Porter, John Randolph, John

Gurdon 8. Mumford, Roger Nelson, Thomas Newton, from the Secretary of War, accompanying his re- Rea of Pennsylvania, Jacob Richards, Samuel Riker, port on the petition of Gassa way Watkins, of the Ebenezer Seaver, Dennis Smelt, John Smilie, Samuel State of Maryland, referred to him by order of the Smith, John Smith, Richard Stanford, Abram Trigg, House, of the twenty-fourth ultimo; which were George M. Troup, Archibald Van Horn, Daniel C. Verread, and laid on the table.

planck, Jesse Wharton, Robert Whitehill, Isaac WilOn motion of Mr. JEREMIAH Morrow, bour, David R. Williams, and Marmaduke Williams.

Resolved, That the Committee of Commerce Nars-Willis Alston, jr., Joseph Barker, William and Manufactures be instructed to inquire into the Butler, Joseph Calhoun, Epaphroditus Champion, Marexpediency of extending to the revenue districts tin Chittenden, Orchard Cook, John Culpepper, Richon Lake Erie, and within the State of Ohio, the ard Cutts, John Davenport, jr., Josiah Deane, Daniel M., provisions of an act entitled "An act to extend Durell, James Elliot, William Ely, Francis Gardner, jurisdiction, in certain cases, to State Judges and Isaiah L. Green, John Heister, William Helms, James State Courts:" and that they report by bill, or Holland, Daniel Ilsley, Robert Jenkins, James Kelly, otherwise.

John Lambert, Edward St. Loe Livermore, William On motion of Mr. JEREMIAH MORROW,

Milnor, Jonathan 0. Mosely, Thomas Newbold, TimoOrdered, That the Committee of the whole Matthias Richards, John Rowan, James Sloan, Jedediah

thy Pitkin, jr., John Pugh, John Rhea of Tennessee, House to whom was committed, on the first in- K. Smith, William Stedman, Clement Storer, Lewis B. stant, the bill to continue in force "An act to ex. Sturges, Peter Swart, Samuel Taggart, Benjamin Talltend 'jurisdiction, in certain cases, to State Judges madge, John Thompson, Alexander Wilson, Richard and State Courts," be discharged from the con. Winn, and James Witherell. sideration thereof; and that the said bill be committed to the Committee of Commerce and Manu


The House resolved itself into a Committee of Mr. Cook, from the committee appointed, the the Whole, 50 to 43, on the bill concerning Courts twenty-ninth of October last, on so much of the Martial and Courts of Inquiry. Message of the President of the United States, of The first section of the bill having been read, as the twenty-seventh of the same month, as relates follows: to our intercourse with the Indian tribes, presented “That in every case where the attendance of any a bill for establishing trading houses with the In- person not in the military or naval service of the Unitdian tribes; which was read iwice and committed ed States, shall be necessary as a witness before a milto a Committee of the Whole on Tuesday next. itary or naval court martial, a summons may be issued

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