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Revision of the Revenue Laws.
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ther consideration of the several petitions which Laysel Bancroft, passed through a Committee of have been presented to this House, during the the Whole, and, after being amended, was orpresent session, and referred to them, from sundry dered to be engrossed for a third reading. inhabitants of the States of Massachusetts, Con- The bill for the relief of Arthur Tappan, John necticut, and New York, who are non-resident Frothingham, and Ithamar Eaton, passed through proprietors of land and houses in the State of a Committee of the Whole, and, after an unsucOhio; and the said petitions were laid on the cessful motion by Mr. Eppes to postpone the same table.
indefinitely, was ordered to be engrossed for a Mr. Fish, of New York, from the select com- third reading. mittee appointed to inquire into the manner of A message from the Senate informed the House making contracts for suppiying the Army of the that the Senat insist on their amendment to the United States, and to what extent general officers bill " declaring the assent of Congress to an act of have interfered in such contracts prejudicial to the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, the public interest, and to rights of individuals, therein mentioned," and ask a conference on the made a report; which was read, and ordered to subject matter of the said amendment. The Senlie on the iable.
ate have concurred in the resolution sent from this The SPEAKER laid before the House a letter House, to fix the time for the adjournment of the from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting present session of Congress, with amendments. a letter from the Comptroller of the Treasury, The Senate have passed a bill "fixing the salary accompanied with sundry statements prepared of the Paymaster of the Army of the United States, in obedience to an act establishing a Mini and and allowing a sum for the employment of addiregulating the coins of the United States ; which tional clerks in his office, for the year 1814, and were ordered to lie on the table.
providing for the appointment of assistant district The bill from the Senate, "authorizing the paymasters ;” in which bill and amendments they appointment of certain officers for the flotilla ser- ask the concurrence of this House. vice," was read twice, and referred to the Com- The House spent some time in Committee of mittee on Naval Affairs.
the Whole, on the bill for the relief of Thomas The bill from the Senate, " to incorporate a Cults, which excited much debate, on account of company for the purpose of supplying George the principle involved in it. And the Committown with water," was read twice, and ordered tee having risen without deciding on it, the reto be read the third time on Monday next. port was, on motion of Mr. SeyBERT, recommit
The House resumed the consideration of the ied to the Committee of Claims. amendment of the Senate, to the bill " declaring The House took up the message from the Senthe assent of Congress to an act of the General ate announcing their agreement to adjourn on Assembly of the State of Tennessee, therein men- Monday the 18th instant. tioned;" and the said amendment being again Mr. Gholson, of Virginia, moved to substitute read, was disagreed to by the House.
the 14th for the 18th instant, which motion was An engrossed bill to extend relief to certain negatived. purchasers of public lands in the Mississippi Ter- And the decision of the Senate in this respect ritory was read the third time, and passed. was concurred in. An engrossed bill to authorize the subdivision
REVISION OF THE REVENUE LAWS. of the quarter sections of the lands of the United States, was read the third time, and passed.
Mr. McKim presented a petition of sundry The resolution for making an allowance to the manufacturers in the city and neighborhood of person employed to superintend the post office of Baltimore, praying that the revenue laws may ihis House, was again taken up; and two dollars be amended so as to ascertain, with greater cerper day having been fixed upon as the compensa- taiaty, the amount of duties payable on imporiion, the resolution was agreed to.
tations of goods; and, that the importation of The House resumed the consideration of the cotton goods, from ports beyond the Cape of unfinished business of yesterday, viz: the bill pre Good Hope, may be prohibited. scribing the mode of commencing and prosecuting
The petition is as follows: and deciding controversies between two or more To the honorable, the Senate and House of RepreStates; and Mr. HUMPHREYS, of Tennessee, hav
sentatives of the United States of America in Coning withdrawn his motion to postpone the further
gress assembled, your petitioners, manufacturers of consideration thereof indefinitely, the question
the city and neighborhood of Baltimore, and others, was taken for the House to resolve itself into a
who feel interested in the promotion of domestic Committee of the Whole on the said bill, and de
manufactures, respectfully represent : cided in the negative.
That they have long understood, it is the opinion The bill authorizing the Secretary of State, du- eign manufactured merchandise, that the mode at
of many merchants engaged in the importation of forring the continuance of the present war, to make present used to ascertain the duties thereon is, in an additional allowance to the owners and mas many respects, very defective, not calculated either to ters of vesels sor bringing back to the United protect the interests of the United States in a full receipt States destitute and distressed American seamen, of revenue, or the honest importer from the practices passed through a Committee of the Whole, and of the fraudulent one, and that some amendment to was ordered to be engrossed for a third reading. the present collection law is absolutely necessary.
The bill for the reliefof Augustus McKinney and I They are now under the impression, that a law will
soon be passed, which will have the effect to produce sembly of the State of Tennessee, therein menan entire change in the usual manner of introducing tioned :" Whereupon, such manufactures, at least those which are of British Resolved. That ihis House do agree to the conorigin, through the medium of neutrals, and, therefore, ference asked by the Senate, and that Mr. GRUNDY, it is more desirable than ever, that such an amend. Mr. Eppes, and Mr. TelFair, be the managers at ment should be made without delay, because, if this the same on their part. law should pass, an immense importation of goods
On motion of Mr. Wright, a committee was will no doubt take place in the course of a few weeks, appointed to inquire into the expediency of raisshould not be made previous thereto, the United States ing the floor and completing the House of Repwill no doubt suffer a great loss of revenue, and an health of the members. Mr. Wright, Mr. Suef
resentatives' Chamber for the accommodation and injury proportional thereto will be done to domestic manufactures. It is of little moment to the importer rex, Mr. Pitkin, Mr. Forsyty, and Mr. SHARP, what is the rate of duty which he has to pay, because were appointed the committee. he always calculates on its reimbursement; but it is
The House resumed the consideration of the of vital importance to him, and to the security of the bill "authorizing the payment for property caprevenue, that the same duty is paid on the same kind tured or destroyed whilst in the public service and quality of goods by every importer in the United by the enemy of the United States ;" and the States. To endeavor to obtain such an amendment bill was, on motion of Mr. Fisk, of New York, to the present collection law as will have this effect, is recommitted to a Committee of the whole House. the principal object of this petition, and your petition- The engrossed bill for the relief of Augustus ers are the more solicitous for it from a full belief, that McKinney and Laysel Bancroft, and the engroswhile it will protect the interests of the fair trader, sed bill, "authorizing the Secretary of State, duand increase the revenue, it will also support the man. ring the present war, to make an additional alufactories already established in the United States and
lowance to the owners and masters of vessels for forward and encourage the erection of many others bringing back to the United States destitute and now in contemplation.
distressed American seamen,” were each read a Your petitioners further represent, that they believe
third time, and passed. a prohibtion of the importation of cotton goods the
The bill from the Senate "lo incorporate a manufacture of countries beyond the Cape of Good Hope, would very materially tend to benefit the agri- company for the purpose of supplying Georgecultural interest of the country, by creating a constant town with water" was read three times, slightly and steady demand for raw cotton, and that, while it amended, and finally passed. would encourage the manufacture of coarse cotton The bill authorizing the President of the Unifabrics, it would serve as an important check to the ted States to cause certain parts of the coast of exportation of specie.
the United States to be surveyed, passed through Your petitioners therefore pray that an act or acts may a Committee of the Whole, was amended, and be passed for the purposes stated, or that such other ordered to be engrossed for a third reading. relief may be granted in the premises as to both Houses The bill "granting pensions to officers and seaof Congress may appear to be right, and your peti- men serving on board of revenue cutters in certioners, as in duty bound, shall ever pray, &c. tain cases,” was passed through a Committee of
Signed by the subscribers, a committee appointed the whole House, and ordered io be engrossed for for this purpose, at a meeting held at the Merchants'
a third reading Coffee House, in Baltimore, the 6th day of April, 1814.
The bill for quieting and adjusting claims to JOHN HILLEN,
lands in the Mississippi Territory, passed though WM. PATTERSON, a Committee of the Whole, was amended, and SAMUEL HARDEN,
then, on motion of Mr. McCoy, of Virginia, the
The bill concerning certificates of claims to
lands in the State of Louisiana, passed through The petition was referred to the Committee of a Committee of the Whole, and was ordered to Commerce and Manufactures.
be engrossed for a third reading, and the House
adjourned. MONDAY, April 11. The bill from the Senate, “fixing the salary of
TUESDAY, April 12. the Paymaster of the Army of the United States, Mr. MURFREE, of North Carolina, from the and allowing a sum for the employment of addi Committee of Commerce and Manufactures, retional clerks in his office, for the year 1814, and ported a bill to revive and continue in force an providing for the appointment of assistant district act declaring the assent of Congress to an act of paymasters," was read twice, and referred to the the State of Georgia passed on the 12th day of Committee on Military Affairs.
December, 1804, establishing the fees of the har. The House proceeded to consider the message bor master and health officer of the ports of Safrom the Senate, asking a conference upon the vannah and St. Mary's in Georgia. -Twice read subject-matter of the amendments depending be- and committed. tween the two Houses to the bill “declaring the Mr. LOWNDES, from the Committee on Naval assent of Congress to an act of the General As-/ Affairs, reported the bill from the Senate, “au.
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thorizing an augmentation of the marine corps, to take up by the following vote: For taking it and for other purposes," without amendinent; up 42, against it 52. and the bill was committed to a Committee of The bill from the Senate for the relief of the whole House to-morrow.
David Porter, officers, and crew, (for seizing and Mr. Lowndes also reported the bill from the prosecuting, at his own cost and risk, certain vesSenate "authorizing the appointment of certain sels, smugglers or pirates, at New Orleans, some officers for the flotilla service;" and the bill was years ago,) was called up by Mr. ROBERTSON, of committed to the Committee of the whole House Louisiana, passed through a Committee of the last mentioned.
Whole, and ordered to a third reading, and was Mr. Lowndes also reported a bill authorizing accordingly read a third time, and finally passed. the purchase of the vessels captured on Lake The bill authorizing two loiteries in GeorgeErie; which was read twice, and committed to town, in the District of Columbia, having been the Committee of the Whole last mentioned. called up by Mr. Lewis, the House refused to
Mr. Troup, from the Committee on Military take it up. The Committee of the Whole were Affairs, reported the bill from the Senate "fixing then discharged from the furi her consideration the salary of the Paymaster of the Army of the of the bill, which is now immediately before the United States, and allowing a sum for the em- House. ployment of additional clerks in his office, for The House, on motion of Mr. McKim, resolved ihe year 1814, and providing for the appointment itself into a Committee of the Whole, on the bill of assistant district paymasters," without amend to continue in force an act declaring the assent of ment.
Congress to two acts of the Legislatures of GeorMr. GRUNDY, from the managers appointed by gia and Maryland. [These acts, to which the this House, to confer with the managers ap- assent of Congress is proposed to be renewed, pointed by the Senate, on the subject-matter of impose certain port duties on tonnage, applicable the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the to the improvement of ports in said States.] bill " declariog the assent of Congress to an act To this bill considerable opposition was made of the General Assembly of the State of Ten- by Mr. Davenport and Mr. TallMADGE, of Connessee, therein mentioned," made a report there necticut, and Mr. Reed and Mr. King, of Mason; which was read, and ordered to lie on the sachusetts, to which Messrs. McKim and Wright, table.
of Maryland, and Troup, CUTHBERT, and Hall, An engrossed bill authorizing the President of of Georgia, replied. The bill was ordered to be the United States to cause certain parts of the read a third time to-morrow, by the following coast of the United States to be surveyed was vote: For the bill 56, against it 44. read the third time, and passed.
The bill for the relief of Archibald McCall An engrossed bill granting pensions to officers (on motion of Mr. SEYBERT, of Pennsylvania,) and seamen serving on board of revenue cutters, passed through a Committee of the whole, and in certain cases, was read the third time, and was ordered to be engrossed for a third reading passed.
to-morrow. An engrossed bill concerning certificates of On motion of Mr. CHAPPELL, of South Caroconfirmation of claims to lands in the State of lina, the bill for the relief of Joseph Brevard Louisiana was read the third time, and passed. passed through a Committee of the Whole, and
On motion of Mr. McKim, the order of the day was ordered to be read a third time, and was acon the bill authorizing the President of the Uni-cordingly read a third time, and finally passed. ted States, during the continuance of the present On motion of Mr. Fisk, of Vermoni, the bill embargo, to allow the transportation, by water, to fix the compensation of the clerks in the office of lime from Thomastown and Hampden, in the of the Secretary of the Senate and Clerk of the District of Maine, to Portsmouth, in New Hamp- House of Representatives, passed through a Comshire, was postponed indefinitely.
mittee of the Whole, and was reported to the The House resolved itself into a Committee of House. On the question that the bill be read a the Whole on the bill to authorize the President third time, there were for the third reading 38, of the United States to accept the service of against it 43. such volunteers as shall organize themselves for A quorum not having voted on the first count, the public service.
before the second count was had, a motion was Mr. Troup explained the object of the bill, made by Mr. Fisk, of Vermont, to lay the bill on which appears to have been predicated on a let the table, and agreed to. ter from the Secretary of War, suggesting the The bill to incorporate the Columbian Manupropriety of giving such an authority to the facturing Company of the town of Alexandria, Government, in consequence of certain offers of in the District of Columbia, passed through a service made by corps of this description from Committee of the Whole, and was ordered to be more than one section of the country. No ob- engrossed for a third reading. jection being made to the bill, the Committee A message from the Seoate informed the House rose and reported the bill; which was ordered to that the Senate have passed the bill • 10 repeal be engrossed for a third reading,
the act, entitled 'An act laying an embargo on Mr. Nelson, of Virginia, called up the bill for all ships and vessels in the ports and harbors of making good the land promised by Virginia in the United States, and so much of any act or the Revolutionary war, which the House refused acts as prohibit the importation of goods, wares,
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Ercise on Liquors-Exportation of Gold and Silver. APRIL, 1814. and merchandise, of the growth, produce, or man- Tannehill, Thompson, Udree, and Wilson of Pennufacture, of Great Britain or Ireland, or of any sylvania. of the colonies or dependencies thereof, or of any Nars-Messrs. Archer, Barnett, Baylies of Massaplace or country in the actual possession of Great chusetts, Bigelow, Bradley, Champion, Cilley, ComBritain, and for other purposes,” with amend- stock, Cooper, Cox, Cuthbert, Davenport, Ely, Fisk ments; in which they request the concurrence of of Vt., Fisk of N. Y., Forsyth, Gholson, Goodwyn, this House. The Sepaie have so far receded Gourdin, Hale, Hall, Hungerford, Irving, Jackson of from their amendment to the bill " declaring the Rhode Island, Johnson of Va., Kent of Md., King assent of Congress to an act of the General As- of Massachusetts, King of North Carolina, Lowndes, sembly of the State of Tennessee, therein men. Nelson, Oakley, Parker, Potter, John Reed, William
Markell, McKim, Moffitt, Moore, Moseley, Murfree, tioned," as to accept of the modification proposed Reed, Rich, Ridgely, Robertson, Sage, Seybert, Sherby the committee of conference, and they have wood, Smith of New York, Sturges, Taggart, Tallmodified the bill accordingly. The Senate have madge, Taylor, Telfair, Vose, Ward of New Jersey, also passed a bill " for the relief of Israel Thorn- Wheaton, Wilcox, Winter, and Wright. dike;" in which bill they desire the concurrence of this House.
EXPORTATION OF GOLD AND SILVER. The House proceeded to consider the message The order of the day on the bill for prohibit. from the Senate, informing this House of their ing the exportation of gold and silver coin and agreement to the modification proposed by the bullion, having been called up by Mr. Calhoun, joint committee of conference, on the subject of South Carolina, chairman of the Committee matter of the disagreeing votes of the two Houses who reported it, to the bill " declaring the assent of Congress to Mr. William REED, of Massachusetts, moved an act of the General Assembly of the State of to postpone indefinitely the said order of the Tennessee, therein mentioned ;" and the report of day, on which motion the vote was as follows: the same being read: Whereupon,
For the postponement 43, against it 72. Resolved, That this House do so far recede The motion for indefinite postponement being from their disagreement to the amendment of negatived, the House then resolved itself into a the Senate to the said bill as to accept of the Committee of the Whole on sai bill. modification proposed by the joint committee of The bill having been read through conference.
Mr. Calhoun said that in relation to the subThe bill from the Senate “for the relief of ject of this bill he had not much to say, not being Israel Thorndike,” was read twice, and commit- conversant in this matter. Ils objeci, however, ted to the Commiilee of Commerce and Manu- was to protect our moneyed institutions from factures.
drains from abroad. Whether the bill would EXCISE ON LIQUORS.
have this effect or not, he could not say; his The bill to change the tax on domestic dis- opinion must be regulated by that of those who tilled liquors from the capacity of the still to the say he had some doubts of the entire efficacy of
were conversant on it. Candor required him to quantity distilled, having been called up, a mo- this bill, and feared that the facility of exporting tion was made by Mr. Ålston, of North Caro- an article of so small a bulk as specie or bullion lina, in pursuance of a decision of the Commit- would evade the most strenuous efforts of our tee of Ways and Means subsequent to the bill's
custom-house officers. being reported, to postpone the further consider
Mr. McKim, of Maryland, moved to amend ation of this order of the day indefinitely; which the bill by striking out the fourth section, which motion was supported by the mover, Mr. Grun permits, under strict regulations, the exportation DY and Mr. HUMPHREYS, of Tennessee, Mr. of specie coast wise. His idea was that specie Creighton, of Ohio, and Mr. Taylor, of New would never be transported by sea, because of the York, principally on the ground of the lateness risk, unless intended to be conveyed to the eneof the session, and the propriety of ascertaining my; and, therefore, though he feli do great solimore accurately the operation of the present sys: ciiude about this bill, he was desirous, if it passed, tem before it should be changed; and was opposed that this section should be struck oui. by Mr. McKim, of Maryland.
The motion to strike out the section was negaThe question on indefinite postponement was tived by a large majority. decided in the affirmative by the following vote Mr. William REED, of Massachusetts, objectby yeas and nays. For the postponement 61, ed to this bill because likely to be inefficient; against it 59, as follows: YEAs—Messrs. Alexander, Alston, Anderson, Bard, tem, which, if it was to go dowo, he wished to
and as a remaioing feature of the restrictive sysBeall, Bowen, Brown, Butler, Caperton, Calhoun, Chappell
, Clark, Clopton, Condict, Conard, Crawford, go down altogether. The bill would have no Creighton, Crouch, Culpeper, Davis of Pennsylvania, other effect than to put the exportation of specie Desha, Duvall, Findley, Gaston, Geddes, Griffin, Grun into the hands of smugglers instead of honest dy, Hanson, Hawes, Hawkins, Humphreys, Ingersoll, merchants; and would rather increase than diJohnson of Kentucky, Kennedy, Kerr, Kershaw, Kil midish it. bourn, Law, Lefferts, Lewis, Lyle, Macon, McCoy,
Mr. INGERSOLL, of Pennsylvania, moved an McLean, Montgomery, Ormsby, Pearson, Pickering, amendment to the bill, the object of which was Pickens, Pleasants, Rea of Pennsylvania, Rhea of to allow the exportation, in vessels bound to ports Tennessee, Roane, Sevier, Sharp, Sheffey, Stanford, beyond the Cape of Good Hope, of specie in
Repeal of the Embargo.
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sufficient amount to pay the duties on the cargo So the House refused to strike out the first of the vessel on its arrival at its port of destina-section. tion, &c. Without such an amendment, the ef- Mr. INGERSOLL renewed the motion which he fect of the bill would be, he conceived, lo pro had made in Committee of the Whole, which hibit all trade to ports in China or India, as the was again negatived. duties were there required to be paid in specie im- Mr. William Reed then moved to amend the mediately on the arrival of the vessel.
bill so as to strike out that part of the bill which This amendment was opposed by Mr. Cal-limits its duration to two years or the close of Houn, and negatived by a large majority. the present war, and insert "to the end of the
The Committee then rose and reported the bill next session of Congress;" which motion, being to the House.
acceded to by Mr. Calhoun, was agreed to. Mr. Potter, of Rhode Island, moved to strike Mr. Hale moved to lay the bill on the table.out the first section of the bill, and spoke in sup- Negatived. port of his motion. He said you might as ra- Mr. King, of Massachusetts, moved to strike iionally and almost as certainly expect a law to out the fifth section of the bill. Negatived-ayes be effectual to prevent the ebb and flow of the 36. tide, as a law to prevent specie from finding its The bill was then ordered to be engrossed for level.
a third reading tomorrow. Mr. GROSVENOR, of New York, spoke in favor
REPEAL OF THE EMBARGO. of the motion. His objection was not to the principle of the bill, but to the futility of such a The House took up the message of the Senlaw to accomplish the object in view. Such an ate announcing their passage of the act repealing act, he contended, must be ineffectual, and was the embargo, &c., with amendments (to strike further objectionable in his view as a remaining out the third and fourth sections.) feature of a system for which he felt almost an
Mr. Calhoun moved that the House do agree instinctive abhorrence. The provisions of the to the amendments. bill were of an odious character, and, as the bill This question was decided without debate by could have no effect, he hoped it would not pass. yeas and nays-For the amendments 68, against
Mr. Calhoun said that no gentleman, he be- them 52, as follows: lieved, conceived that this bill, if passed, would
Yeas-Messrs. Alston, Anderson, Baylies of Mas. be completely effectual. The only question was, sachusetts, Bigelow, Bradley, Brigham, Caperton, Cal. would it deaden the current of exportation of houn, Champion, Chappell, Cilley, Clark, Comstock, specie? Some appeared to think it would; and Cooper, Cox, Creighton, Culpeper, Davenport, Duthis was the opinion of many of the banks in vall, Ely, Forney, Forsyth, Gaston, Geddes, Grosvenor, the country. Oihers thought differently, however, Hale, Hanson, Hungerford, Ingersoll
, Jackson of Rhode and, for himself, he had not made up his own mind Island, Kennedy, Kerr, King of Massachusetts, King on ihe subject, though at present inclined to sup- of North Carolina, Law, Lewis, Lovett, Lowndes, Ma
con, Markell, Miller, Moffit, Montgomery, Moseley, Mr. TallMadGE, of Connecticut, spoke in Murfree, Oakley, Pearson, Pleasants, John Reed, Wilfavor of striking out the first section of the bill. liam Reed, Ridgely, Robertson, Seybert, Sheffey, SherIf the measure had not been recommended by wood, Stanford, Sturges, Taggart, Tallmadge, Taylor, the President, it would never have been thought Vose, Ward of Massachusetts, Ward of New Jersey, of by any member of either House. He objecied Wheaton, White, Wilcox, Winter, and Wright. to the details of the bill , which were of the same Beall, Butler, Caldwell, Condict, Conard, Crawford,
Nars-Messrs. Alexander, Archer, Bard, Barnett, odious character as the provisions of the embargo Crouch, Davis of Pennsylvania, Desha, Eppes, Findlaws. He slated several other objections to the ley, Fisk of New York, Franklin, Gholson, Goodwyn, bill; among which were, that it was trifling with Gourdin, Griffin, Grundy, Hall, Harris, Hasbrouck, the solemnity of oaths, and demoralizing the Hawes, Humphreys, Irving, Johnson of Virginia, people of our country, to exact oaths in relation Johnson of Kentucky, Kershaw, Kilbourn, Lefferts, io trivial matters; and that it was a continuation Lyle, McCoy, McLane, Moore, Nelson, Ormsby, Parof the system of arming citizen against citizen, ker, Pickens, Piper, Potter, Rea of Pennsylvania, and seuing neighbors as spies upon each other, Rhea of Tennessee, Ringgold, Roane, Sage, Sharp, &c. Especially he objected to these provisions, Tannehill, Udree, and Wilson of Pennsylvania. when he believed they could not produce any possible beneficial effect. Mr. PoȚTER again spoke in support of his mo
WEDNESDAY, April 13. tion, and
Mr. Eppes, from the Committee of Ways and Mr. Hale, of New Hampshire, also spoke Means, reported a bill making additional appro. against the bill. He said the bill, although it priations for the service of the year 1914 ; which would not prevent the exportation of specie, was read twice and committed to a Committee would have ihe effect to prevent its importation, of the Whole to-day. and thus diminish instead of increasing the spe- Mr. MURFREE, from the Committee of Com. cie capital of the country.
merce and Manufactures, reported the bill from The question on striking out the first section the Senate, “ for the relief of Israel Thorndike,” of the bill was decided as follows: For striking without amendment; and the bill was committed it out 50, agaiost it 59.
to a Committee of the Whole to-day.
port the bill.