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fords additional and conclusive evidence of the determi- The bills last brought up for concurrence were nation of Great Britain to continue to violate her most read, and passed to the secood reading. sacred pledges, to trifle with the American nation, and Mr. FRANKLIN presented the resolutions of the to persevere in a course of unjust and hostile measures General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, towards the commerce, the Government, and the honor approving the sentiments contained in the Mes. of the United States. That the late Message of the President of the United States to both Houses of Con- sage of the President of the United Staies to Con. gress breathes the true spirit and feelings of the Ameri: gress at the opening of the present session, and

resolving, 'unanimously, that they will cheerfully can people. That we will support the Administration of the General Government, in its efforts to obtain jus- co-operate with the General Government in the tice from offending nations, with our lives and fortunes, prompt and effectual execution of such measures and for which we pledge our sacred honors.

as may be deemed best calculated to promote the Resolved, That the President of the Council and interest and secure the union, liberty, and inde: Speaker of the House of Representatives be requested pendence of the United States; and the resoluto cause four copies of these resolutions to be made out, tions were read, one of which shall be transmitted to the President of Mr. Gilman, from the committee, reported the the United States, one to the President of the Senate, bill extending the time of certain patents granted one to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, of to Robert Fulton correctly engrossed ; and the the United States, and one to our delegate in Congress. bill was read the third time. COWLES MEAD,

On the question, Shall this bill pass ? it was Speaker of the House of Reps. determined in the affirmative-yeas 21, nays 4, A. MONTGOMERY,

as follows: President Legislative Council.

Yras— Messrs. Anderson, Bibb, Bradley, Brent,

Campbell of Tennessee, Condit, Cutts, Gaillard, Gil. Tuesday, December 31.

man, Gregg, Howell, Hunter, Lambert, Leib, RobinOn motion of Mr. Leib, one of the majority, it son, Smith of Maryland, Smith of New York, Tait, was agreed to reconsider the bill, entitled "An act Taylor, Varnum, and Worthington. for the relief of John Burnham ;" and, on motion,

Nars-Messrs. Dana, Franklin, German, and Lloyd." by Mr. Gregg, the further consideration thereof The bill, entitled " An act to continue in force was postponed to Thursday next.

for a further time the first section of the act enMr. BRADLEY called up ihe motion made yes- titled 'An act further to protect the commerce terday on the subject; and, on his motion, it was and seamen of the United States against the Baramended and agreed to as follows:

bary Powers," was read the second time, and reResolved, That the members of this House will ferred to a select committee to consider and rewear crape on the left arm for one toonth, in tes- port thereon; and Messrs. BRADLEY, LLOYD, and timony of the condolence and sorrow of the Sen. Dana, were appointed the committee. ate for the calamitous event by which the Chief * The bill, entitled "An act directing the terms Magistrate of the State of Virginia, and so many on which lands sold at public sale, and that reof her citizens, perished by fire, in the city of vert for failure of payment, shall again be sold,” Richmond, on the night of the 26th of the pres- was read the second time, and referred to the ent monin.

committee appointed the 14th November, to in. The President communicated the memorial of quire if any, and, if any, what, further provisthe House of Representatives of the Indiana Ter- ions or alterations are necessary for the disposiritory, approving the conduct and praying the tion of the public lands of the United States, to reappointment of Governor Harrison. And the consider and report thereon. memorial was read.

The Senate resumed the bill for the establishThe President also communicated their me-ment of a quartermaster's department, and morial, praying Congress to admit the Territory, Resolved, That this bill pass, and that the title as a free and independent Siate, into the Union: thereof be" An act for the establishment of a also, their memorial

, praying the office of sherift quartermaster's department.”. may be elective, for reasons therein stated at large; The Senate resumed the bill, entitled "An act and the memorials were read, and severally re- to authorize the laying out and opening a public ferred to a select committee, to consist of five road from the line established by the Treaty of members, to consider and report thereon by bill Greenville, to the North Bend, in the State of or otherwise ; aod Messrs. WORTHINGTON, GREGG, Ohio;" and the bill was ordered to the third LEIB, FRANKLIN, and CAMPBELL, of Tennessee, reading. were appointed the committee.

A message from the House of Representatives informed the Senate that the House have passed

THURSDAY, January 2, 1812. a bill, entitled "An act for the revision of former The President communicated the report of the confirmations, and for confirming certain claims Secretary of the Navy on the expenditures and to land in the district of Kaskaskia ; also, a bill, application of moneys drawn from the Treasury, entitled “Ao act providing for the more conveni-, from the 1st of October, 1810, to the 30th Sepent taking of affidavits and bail in civil causes de-tember, 1811, inclusive; made in obedience to pending in the courts of the United States;" in the firsi section of the act, passed 3d March, 1809, which bills they desire the concurrence of the entitled "An act further to amend the several Senate.

acts for the establishment and regulation of the

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Treasury, War, and Navy Departmenis." And is denominated the second grade of Territorial the report was read.

government, for reasons stated at large in the The bill, entitled "An act for the revision of petition ; which was read. former confirmations, and for confirming certain Mr. WORTHINGTON communicated a resolution claims to lands in the district of Kaskaskia," was of the Legislature of the State of Ohio, requestread the second time, and referred to the coming their Senators and Representatives in Conmittee appointed on the 14th November, to in-gress to use their exertions in favor of a law quire if any, and, if any, what, further provisions providing for running and designating the northor alterations are necessary for the disposition of ern and western boundary lines of that State ; the public lands of the United States, to consider also, their resolution approving the vigilance and and report ihereon.

promptitude of their Representatives in Congress The bill, entitled "An act providing for the in their seasonable application to the United more convenient taking of affidavits and bail in States for a supply of arms for the use of the civil causes depending in the courts of the Uni-militia of that State ; and, if the object is not ted States," was read the second time.

yet obtained, requesting them to continue their On molion, by Mr. Gregg, it was agreed that exertions to, procure the same; and the resoluthe further consideration of the bill appropriating tions were read. a sum of money for procuring munitions of war Mr. LLOYD- presented the petition of Henry be postponed until Monday next.

Hubbard, of the city of New York, merchani, The bill, entitled "An act. 10 authorize ihe lay- stating that he has a very large sum of money ing out and opening a public road from the line due to him from a planter in the British colony established by the Treaty of Greenville to the of Demarara, arising from debts contracted prior North Bend, in the State of Ohio," was read the to the year 1807. Thaç in the year 1810, for the third time, and passed.

purpose of securing the amount of his claims, he went to Demarara; and, in order to attain that

object, agreed to receive payment by shipments Friday, January 3.

to this country of the produce of that colony. The President communicated the report of the That, by the present laws of the United States

, Secretary for the Department of War, made in prohibiting importations from British colonies, he obedience to the first section of the act, entitled is prevented from receiving payment as specified "An act further to amend the several acts for the above, and praying 'relief; and the petition was establishment of the Treasury, War, and Navy read, and referred to the committee to whom was Departments," passed the third day of March, referred, on the 12th of November, the petition 1809; and the report was read.

of J. and E. Phillips and, others, to consider and The bill, entitled "An act providing for the report thereon by bill or otherwise. more convenient taking of affidavits and bail in Mr. Bibs presented the petition of Thomas civil causes depending in the courts of the United Streshly and Williain Streshly, formerly collectStates," was referred. 10'a' select committee, to ors of the excise in the State of Kentucky, prayconsider and report thereon; and Messrs. Brading Commissioners may be appointed to settle LEY, GOODRICH, and HUNTER, were appointed the their accounts with the United States, on 'equitacommittee.

ble principles, or that they may be allowed certain credits exhibited by them, for reasons stated

at large in the petition, which was read and reMONDAY, January 6.

ferred to a select committee, to consider and reThe PRESIDENT communicated the report of the port thereon by bill or otherwise; and Messrs. Secretary for the Department of War on the ex: BIBB, BAYARD, and Horsey, were appointed the penditure of the moneys appropriated for the committee. contingent expenses of the Military Establishmest for the year 1811, exhibited in pursuance of the fifth seciion of the act of the 3d of March,

TUESDAY, January 7. 1809, entitled "An act to amend the several acts Mr. Smith, of Maryland, from the committee for the establishment and regulation of the Trea- to whom was referred so much of the Message of sury, War, and Navy Departments;" and the the President of the United States as relates to the report was read.

evasions and infractions of the commercial laws The PRESIDENT also communicated the report thereof, reported, in part, a bill in addition to the of the Secretary for the Department of the Trea- act, entitled "An acé supplementary to the act; sury, made in conformity with the sixth section entitled 'An'act concerning the commercial interof the act passed on the 1st of May, 1810, enti- course between the United States and Great iled "An act fixing - the compensation of public Britain and France, and their dependencies, and Ministers and Cousuls residing on the coast of for other purposes;" and the bill was read, and Barbary, and for other purposes;" and the report passed to ihe second reading, was read,

Mr. VARNUM presented the petition of John Mr. Smith, of New York, presented the peti-Cutts and others, inhabitants of the towns of Kit. tion of William Sullivan and others, inhabitants tery, Elliot, and Berwick, in the State of Massaof the Territory of Louisiaoa, praying the pas- chusetts, praying the bill to annex the towns of sage of a law which will admit them into what | Kittery, Elliot, and Berwick, to the district of

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, entitled "An act to raise an additional milipass, for reasons stated at large in the petition ;, tary force:" and, on the question to agree io the which was read, and referred to the committee amendment to the first section, in the following appointed the 9th of December last, to consider words: the bill mentioned in the petition, and report Provided, however, That commissioned officers for thereon.

six only of the said regiments shall be appointed, unA message from the House of Representatives til three-fourths of the privates requisite to complete informed the Senate that the House bave passed such six regiments have been enlisted, when the comthe bill, entitled "An act to raise an additional missioned officers for the remaining seven regiments military force," with amendments, in which they

shall be appointed :" desire che concurrence of the Senate.

It was determined in the negative-yeas 3, The amendments of the House of Representa- nays 24, as tollows: tives to the bill, entitled' "Ad act to raise an ad- YEAS-Messrs. Bradley, Lambert, and Smith, of ditional military force," were read, and ordered New York, to be printed for the use of the Senate and be

NAIS-Messrs. Anderson, Bayard, Bibb, Campbell made the order of the day for to-morrow.

of Tennessee, Cutts, Dana, Franklin, Gaillard, Ger. The Senate resumed the bill, entitled "An act man, Giles, Gilman, Goodrich, Horsey, Howell, Hunfor the relief of John Burnham ; and resolved ter, Leib, Lloyd, Pope, Robinson, Smith of Maryland, that the bill pass.

Tait, Taylor, Varnum; and Worthingtori.
The following Message was received from the On the question to agree to the amendment,
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:

by adding the twenty-fifth section, in the follow- To the Senate and House of

ing words: Representatives of the United States :

“Sec. 25. And be it further enacted, That the offi. 5: I lay before Congress, for their information, a report respectively continue in commission during such term

cers who may be appointed in virtue of this act shall of the Director of the Mint.

JAMES MADISON.

only as the President shall judge requisite for the JANUARY 7, 1812.

public service; and that it shall be lawful for the

President to discharge the whole or any part of the And the Message and report were read.

troops which may be raised under the authority of this - Mr. Smith, of Maryland, from the committee act, whenever he shall judge the measure consistent to whom was referred so much of the Message with the public welfare :" of the President of the United States as relates

It was determined in the negative--yeas 1,
10 the evasions and infractions of the commercial nays 25, as follows:
laws thereof, reported, in part, a bill supplemen- YEAMr. Lambert.
tary to the act, entitled "An act to regulate the Nays-Messrs. Anderson, Bayard, Bibb, Bradley,
collection of duties on imports and tonnage ;" and Cutts, Dana, Franklin, Gaillard, German, Giles, Gil-
the bill was read, and passed to a second reading man, Goodrich, Horsey, Howell, Hunter, Leib, Lloyd,

Pope, Robinson, Smith of Maryland, Smith of New
WEDNESDAY, January 8,

York, Tait, Taylor, Varnum, and Worthington. :
The bill in addition to the act, entitled "An to all the amendments to the said bill except to

Whereupon, Resolved, That the Senate agree act supplementary to the act, entitled An act the proviso in the first section, and to the three concerning the commercial intercourse between additional sections; to which they disagree. the United States and Great Britain and France, and their dependencies, and for other purposes," the Secretary for the Department of the Navy,

The President communicated, the report of was read the second time. The bill supplementary to the act, entitled “An to regulate and fix the compensation of clerks,

in compliance with the fifth section of the "Act act to regulate the collection of duties on imports passed the 21st of April, 1806;" also, his report

, and tonnage,” was read the second tiine. Mr. WORTHINGTON, from the committee to partinent during the year 1811; prepared in obe

comprehending contracts made by the Navy Dewhom was referred the bill

, entitled "An act dience to the act, entitled " An act further to directing the terms on which-lands sold at public amend the several acts for the establishment and sale, and that revert for failure in payınent, shall regulation of the Treasury, War, and Navy Deagain be sold.” reported it without amendment... pariments.” And the reports were read.

A message from the House of Representatives informed the Senate that the House bave passed 'a bill, entitled "An act authorizing the purchase

THURSDAY, January 9. of ordnance and ordnance stores, camp equipage, 'The bill, entitled " An act authorizing the pur- , and other quartermaster's stores and small arms;" chase of ordnance and ordnance stores, camp also, a till, entitled "An act to empower the Sec- equipage, and other quartermaster's stores and retary of the Treasury to decide on the case of small arms," was read the second time, and rethe ship Eliza Ann, belonging to Ezekiel Hub- ferred to the commitlee to whom was referred, bel;" in which bills they desire ihe concurrence the 8th of November, 'so much of the Message of of ibe Senate. The bills. last mentioned were the President of the United States as concerns read, and passed to the secopd reading.

the relations between the United States and The Senate proceeded to consider the amend- France and Great Britain, to consider and report ments of the House of Representatives to the I thereon.

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The bill, entitled “ An act to empower the The bill, entitled " An act directing the terms Secretary of the Treasury to decide on the case on which lands sold at public sale, and that revert of the ship Eliza Ann, belonging to Ezekiel for failure in payment, shall again be sold," was Hubbel," was read the second time, and referred read the third time, and passed. 10 a select committee, to consider and report On motion. by Mr. FRANKLIN, thereon; and Messrs. GOODRICH, LLOYD, and Ordered, That the bill for appropriating a sum ANDERSON, were appointed the committee. of money for procuring munitions of war, be re

Mr. Smith, of Maryland, from the committee committed to ihe committee who brought in the to whom was referred so much of the Message bill, and who have under consideration the bill of the President of the United States as relates from the House of Representatives on the same 10 the evasions and infractions of the commer- subject, further to consider and report thereon. cial laws thereof, reported, in part, a bill to prohibit the importation of rum, taffia, or other spirituous liquor, distilled from sugar cane, sugar, or

MONDAY, January 13. molasses, during the continuance of the act, en

Mr. Giles, from the committee to whom was titled " An act concerning the commercial inter- referred the bill

, entitled " An act authorizing the course between the United States and Great Brit- purchase of ordnance and ordnance stores, campo ain and France, and their dependencies, and for equipage, and other quartermaster's stores and other purposes.” And the bill was read, and small arms," reported it without amendment. passed to the second reading.

Mr. LEIB presented the memorial of John BioThe Senate resumed, as in Committee of the ren and others, on printing the laws of the Uni. Whole, the bill, entitled " An act directing the ted States, upon conditions therein stated ; and terms on which lands sold at public sale, and that the memorial was read, and referred to a select revert for failure in payment, shall again be sold." committee, to consider and report thereon by bill Ordered, That it pass to the third reading.

or otherwise; and Messrs. Leib, GOODRICH, and The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the HORSEY were appointed the committee. Whole, the bill in addition to the act, entitled Whole

, the bill in addition to the act, entitled

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the * An act supplementary to the act, entitled 'An act concerning the commercial intercourse be- "An act supplementary to the act, entitled 'AG Iween the United States and Great Britain and act concerning the commercial intercourse beFrance, and their dependencies, and for other tween the United States and Great Britain and purposes;" and, on motion by Mr. Smith, of France, and their dependencies, and for other Maryland, it was agreed that it be made the order purposes ;',” and Mr. Smith, of Maryland, proof ihe day for Monday next.

posed an amendment to the bill; which was The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the read; and, on motion, by Mr. LLOYD, it was Whole, the bill to regulate the collection of du agreed that the further consideration of the bill, ties on imports and tonnage; and the bill was together with the amendment, be postponed to, amended; and, on motion, by Mr. Bradley, it and be made the order of the day for, Wedneswas agreed that the further consideration thereof day next. be the order of the day for Monday next.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill to regulate the collection of du

ties on imports and tonnage; and Mr. LLOYD, FRIDAY, January 10.

proposed an amendment to the bill; and, on moA message from the House of Representatives iion, by Mr. BiBB, it was agreed that the further informed the Senate that the House recede from consideration of the bill, together with the amendall their amendments, disagreed to by the Senate, ment, be postponed to, and be the order of the 10 the bill, entitled "An act to raise an additional day for, Wednesday next. military force," except the second of the new The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the sections proposed, on which they insist.

Whole, the bill to prohibit the importation of The Senate proceeded to consider the amend- rum, taffia, or other spirituous liquor distilled from ment to the said bill, insisted on by the House sugar-cane, sugar, or molasses, during the conof Representatives; and, on motion, by Mr. Pope, tinuance of the act, entitled An act concerning the Senate receded from their disagreement to the commercial intercourse between the United the said amendment, and agreed thereto. States and Great Britain and France, and their

The PRESIDENT communicated a report of the dependencies, and for other purposes;" and, on Secretary for the Department of Navy, on the motion, by Mr. LLOYD, the Secretary of the subject of the Navy Pension Fund; and the re- Treasury was directed to lay before the Senate port was read.

a statement of the quantity of rum imported into The bill to prohibit the importation of rum, the United States during the year ending Septaffia, or other spirituous liquor, distilled from tember 30th, 1811; where imported and from sugar-cane, sugar, or molasses, during the contin whence; and it was agreed to postpone the conuance of the act, entitled " An act concerning sideration of the bill until Wednesday next. the commercial intercourse between the United On motion, by Mr. Giles, the bill, entitled "An States and Great Britain and France, and their act authorizing the purchase of ordnance and dependencies, and for other purposes,” was read ordnance stores, camp equipage, and other quarterthe second time.

master's stores and small arms," was read the 12th Con. Ist Sess.-4

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third time by unanimous consent. On the ques- | for the North Carolina district," was read the tion, Shall this bill pass ? it was determined in third time, and passed. the affirmative-yeas 22, as follows:

The following Message was received from the Messrs. Bibb, Campbell of Tennessee, Condit, Dana, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED States: Franklin, Gaillard, German, Giles, Gilman, Goodrich, To the Senate and House of Horsey, Howell, Hunter, Lambert, Leib, Lloyd, Pope, Representatives of the United States : Reed, Smith of Maryland, Tait, Varnum, and Worth I communicate to Congress a letter from the Envoy ington.

Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of Great So it was upanimously resolved that this bill Britain to the Secretary of State, with the answer of

the latter. pass. A message from the House of Representatives

The continued evidence afforded in this correspondinformed the Senate that the House have passed against our national rights, strengthens the considera

ence, of the hostile policy of the British Government a bill, entitled " An act to alter the time of hold tions recommending and urging the preparation of ing the district courts of the United States for adequate means for maintaining them. the North Carolina district;" in which bill they

JAMES MADISON. desire the concurrence of the Senate.

WASHINGTON, January 16, 1812. The bill last mentioned was read, and passed to the second reading.

The Message and documents enclosed were read, and referred to the committee to whom was

referred, on the 8th of November last, so much of TUESDAY, January 14.

the Message of the President of the United States The PRESIDENT communicated a report of the as concerns the relations between the United Secretary for the Department of the Treasury, States and France and Great Britain, to consider exhibiting the sums respectively paid 10 each and report thereon; and five hundred copies clerk in the several offices of that department for thereof ordered to be printed for the use of the services rendered in the year 1811 ; made in obe- Senate. dience to the provisions of the act of April 21,

The following Message was also received from 1806, to regulate and fix the compensation of the President of the United States: clerks; and the report was read.

To the Senate and House of The bill, entitled "An act to alter the time of Representatives of the United States : holding the district courts of the United States I transmit to Congress an account of the contingent for the North Carolina district,” was read the expenses of the Government for the year 1811, incursecond time, and referred to a select committee, red on the occasion of taking possession of the territory to consider and report thereon ; and Messrs. limited eastwardly by the river Perdido, and amountFRANKLIN, HORSEY, and Lloyd, were appointed ing to three thousand three hundred and ninety-six the committee.

.

JAMES MADISON.

Washington, January 15, 1812.
WEDNESDAY, January 15.

The Message and account therein referred to The PRESIDENT communicated the report of were read. the Postmaster General relative to public con The following Message was also received from tracts; also, on the salaries allowed to the clerks the PresIDENT OF THE UNITED States: of that department during the year 1811; and to the Senate of the United States : the reports were severally read.

I transmit to the Senate a report of the Secretary of The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the state complying with their resolution of the 18th of Whole, the bill to prohibit the importation of rum, November.

JAMES MADISON. taffia, or other spirituous liquor distilled from JANUARY 16, 1812. sugar-cane, sugar, or molasses, during the continuance of the act, entitled "An act concerning

DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Jan. 16, 1812. the commercial intercourse between the United States and Great Britain and France, and their resolution of the Senate requesting information on cer

The Secretary of State, to whom was referred the dependencies, and for other purposes,” together tain points respecting the trade of the United States to with the amendment proposed thereto; and, on France, has the honor to report to the President that motion, by Mr. Lloyd, it was agreed that the he has examined the files of this Department, and found further consideration thereot be postponed until no precise information on the subject of the said resoTuesday next.

lution, which has not been heretofore communicated to Mr. FRANKLIN, from the committee, to whom Congress. That, in consequence thereof, he applied was referred the bill, entitled "An act to alter the to the French Minister for the requisite information, time of holding the district courts of the United who, not possessing it, referred the application to the States for the North Carolina district,” reported Consul General of France, from whom, as yet, nothing the bill without amendment, and it was ordered has been received, as will more fully appear by the to the third reading.

accompanying letters, marked A and B.

It may be proper to observe, that it is generally un.

derstood, as well from the letters of Mr. Russell, comTHURSDAY, January 16.

municated to Congress at the commencement of the The bill, entitled "An act to alter the time of present session, as from other sources, that the trade holding the district courts of the United States of the United States to France is subjected to very

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