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the purpose, shall attend to receive and take away in conformity to the resolve of the Senate of May the dead body, at the time of the execution of such the 14th, 1789; and two lots, Nos. 2 and 3, being offender.”

by the Secretary rolled up and put into a box, Mr. It passed in the affirmative.

Johnston drew lot No. 2, whose seat in the SenResolved, That this bill do pass as amended ; ate shall accordingly be vacated at the expiration that the title be "An act for the punishment of of the fourth year. certain crimes against the United States;" that

And Mr. HAWKINS drew lot No. 3, whose seat it be engrossed, and sent to the House of Repre in the Senate shall accordingly be vacated at the sentatives for concurrence.

expiration of the sixth year. The following Message from the PRESIDENT OF The United States, by his Secretary, was read:

Monday, February 1. Gentlemen of the Senate

Mr. JOHNSTON and Mr. HAWKINS laid before and House of Representatives :

the Senate an exemplified copy of the act of the I have directed my Secretary to lay before you the Legislature of North Carolina, entitled “An act copy of an act of the Legislature of Rhode Island and for the purpose of ceding to the United States of Providence Plantations, entitled “ An act for calling a America certain Western lands therein described;" convention to take into consideration the Constitution proposed for the United States, passed on the 17th day which, being read, was ordered to lie for conside

ration. of September, A. D. 1787, by the General Convention held at Philadelphia,” together with the copy of a letter

Mr. Hawkins, on behalf of the committee apaccompanying said act, from his Excellency John Col- pointed the 28th of January, upon the bill for lins, Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Provi- giving effect to the several acis therein mendence Plantations, to the President of the United States. tioned, in respect to the State of North Caro

The originals of the foregoing act and letter will be lina, reported sundry amendments, which were deposited in the office of the Secretary of State.

accepted. GEO. WASHINGTON. Ordered, That the rules be so far dispensed UNITED STATES, January 28, 1790.

with, as that this bill be now read the third time. Ordered, That the Message, together with the bill, with thirteen amendments

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Resolved, That the Senate do concur in this papers accompanying it, lie for consideration. The Senate proceeded to the second reading of Representatives for concurrence in the amend.

Ordered, That the bill be carried to the House of the bill, giving effect to the several acts therein mentioned, in respect to the State of North Carolina.

The following Message from the PRESIDENT OF Ordered, That this bill be referred to a special

The United States, by his Secretary, was read: committee, to consist of Messrs. Hawkins, Ells- Gentlemen of the Senate WORTA, and Burler.

and House of Representatives : On motion, it was

I have received from his Excellency Alexander Maro Ordered, That the letter from the Governor of tin, Governor of the State of North Carolina, an act of Rhode Island, of the 18th of January instant, to the General Assembly of that State, entitled “ An act the President of the United States, requesting a for the purpose of ceding to the United States of Amer. further suspension of the acts of Congress sub-ica, certain Western lands therein described,” and have jecting the citizens of the State of Rhode Island directed my Secretary to lay a copy of the same before to the payment of foreign tonnage and foreign you, together with a copy of a letter accompanying said duties, during the pleasure of Congress, and com-act, from his Excellency Governor Martin to the Presimunicated with the President's Message this day,

dent of the United States. be referred to the same committee.

GEO. WASHINGTON. The originals of the foregoing act and letter will be

deposited in the office of the Secretary of State. Friday, January 29.

UNITED STATES, February 1, 1790. Samuel Johnston, from North Carolina, ap- Senators from the State of North Carolina, co

Ordered, That the communication made by the peared, produced his credentials, and took his seat gether with the President's Message of this dar in the Senate. The Vice PRESIDENT administered the oath to

be committed to Messrs. Henry, Izard, ELLS Mr. JOHNSTON.

WORTH, Bassett, and Few. The engrossed bill for the punishment of certain crimes against the United States was car

Tuesday, February 2. ried to the House of Representatives for con- The following message from the House of Rep currence. A letter from Samuel Meredith, Treasurer of in the House of Representatives of the United State

resentatives was read, as follows: the United States, to the Vice President, with his accounts to the first of January, 1790, was read.

FEBRUARY 1, 1790. Ordered, That the said letter and papers lie for proposed by the Senate to the bill, entitled ' An acte

“The House proceeded to consider the amendments consideration. On motion, the Senators from the State of North respect to the State of North Carolina ;' whereupon.

giving effect to the several acts therein mentioned in Carolina proceeded to draw lots for their classes, Resolved, That this House doth agree to all the said

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amendments, with an amendment to the last amend

TUESDAY, February 9. ment, as follows: “Strike out the word second to the end of the informed the Senate that they have passed a bill

A message from the House of Representatives amendment, and in lieu thereof, insert section of the providing for the actual enumeration of the inact entitled “An act to suspend part of act, entitled habitants of the United States, to which they re• An act to regulate the collection of duties imposed by law on the tonnage of ships or vessels, and on goods, quest the concurrence of the Senate. wares, and merchandises, imported into the United

This bill received its first reading, and was States, and for other purposes, passed the sixteenth day ordered to have its second reading on Friday of September last, shall, with respect to the inhabitants next. and citizens of the State of Rhode Island, and Provi. The Senate then entered on Executive busidenee Plantations;" and also, that the fourth section ness. of the said aet shall continue in force until the first day The following Messages from the President of April next, and no longer.'”

OF THE UNITED STATES were read:
Mr. Morris presented the petition of Francis Gentlemen of the Senate :
Bailey, upon his new invented method of making
types, which was read.

You will perceive, from the papers herewith delivered, Ordered, That the petition be committed to difference subsists between Great Britain and the United

and which are enumerated in the annexed list, that a Messrs. MORRIS, IZARD, and LANGDON. The Senate proceeded to consider the message ern boundary and their territories. A plan for deciding

States, relative to the boundary line between our Eastfrom the House of Representatives of this day, this difference was laid before the late Congress; and and

whether that, or some other plan of a like kind, would Resolved, That they agree to the amendment not now be eligible, is submitted to your consideration. proposed to the amendment of the Senate, with

In my opinion, it is desirable that all questions bean amendment, by striking out what follows the tween this and other nations be speedily and amicably word “Plantations, and inserting these words: settled ; and in this instance I think it advisable to "be revived; and also, that the fourth section of postpone any negotiations on the subject, until I shall the said act shall be revived, and both continue in be informed of the result of your deliberations, and reforce until the first day of April next, and no ceive your advice as to the propositions most proper to longer."

be offered on the part of the United States. Ordered, That a message be sent to the House

As I am taking measures for learning the intentions

of Great Britain respecting the further detention of our of Representatives accordingly.

posts, &c., I am the more solicitous that the business

now submitted to you may be prepared for negotiation WEDNESDAY, February 3.

as soon as the other important affairs which engage

your attention will permit. A message from the House of Representatives

G. WASHINGTON. informed the Senate that they have appointed UNITED STATES, February 9, 1790. Messrs. GILMAN and White a Committee on Enrolled Bills, on the part of the House of Repre- Gentlemen of the Senate : sentatives, agreeably to the joint rules of the two I nominate, as Collectors, Naval Officers, and SurHouses.

veyors, for the ports of the several districts in the State The Senate proceeded to consider the message of North Carolina, the persons whose names are respectfrom the House of Representatives of this day, ively annexed to the offices in the following list : and

Wilmington District.-- Wilmington, James Read, Ordered, That Mr. Wingate be a committee Collector ; John Walker, Naval Officer, Thomas Cal

lender, Surveyor. on their part for the purposes therein mentioned.

Newbern District.-Newbern, John Daves, Collector;

Beaufort, John Easton, Surveyor.
THURSDAY, February 4.

Washington District.-Washington, Nathan Keais,

Collector. No material business was done to-day.

Edenton District.–Edenton, Thomas Benbury, Col

lector; Hartford, Joshua Skinner, Jun., son of William, FRIDAY, February 5.

Surveyor; Murfreesbourgh, Hardy Murfree, Surveyor ;

Plymouth, Levi Blouut, Surveyor; Skewarke, Henry No material business done to-day.

Hunter, Surveyor; Winton, Williams Wynne, Surveyor; Bennit’s Creek, John Baker, Surveyor.

Camden District, Planksbridge, on Sawyer's Creek, Monday, February 8.

Isaac Gregory, Collector ; Nixonton, Hugh Knox, SurA memorial was read from Robert Morris, quotank River Bridge, Edmund Sawyer, Surveyor;

veyor; Indiantown, Thomas Williams, Surveyor; Paslate Superintendent of the Finances of the United Newbiggen Creek, Elias Albertson, Surveyor. States, in relation to the settlement of his accounts I likewise nominate Samuel Shaw to fill the office of (a copy of which will be found in the appendix Consul of the United States of America, at Canton, in at the end of this volume.) The memorial was China. referred to a committee, consisting of Messrs.

G. WASHINGTON. IZARD, HENRY, and ELLSWORTA.

UNITED STATES, February 9, 1790.

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Nominations.

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Temporary
Appointments.

W. Drayton,

James Iredell, of

North Carolina.
Cyrus Griffin.
William Drayton.
Christopher Hillary.
Richard Taylor.

Comfort Sage.

G. WASHINGTON.

Cyrus Griffin,
John Marshall, Attorney for the District w. Nelson, Jun. William Nelson, Jun.
Thos. Johnson, District Judge of Mary William Paca, William Paca.
Robert H. Harrison, one of the Associate

Judges of the Supreme Court,
Edmund Pendleton, District Judge of
Thomas Pinckney, District Judge of
George Handley, Collector of the port
Peyton Short, Collector of the port of

of Brunswick, in Georgia,
Asher Miller, Surveyor of the port of

Louisville, in Kentucky
South Carolina,
Middletown in Connecticut,
Virginia,
of Virginia,
land,

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take into consideration the memorial of Robert Morris, made a report, the consideration of which was postponed till to-morrow.

The Senate then entered upon Executive business, and proceeded to consider the nominations made by the President of the United States in his Messages of the 9th instant; and,

On the question to advise and consent to the appointment of Samuel Shaw, to fill the office of Consul of the United States of America, at Canton, in China, it passed in the affirmative.

On the question to advise and consent to the appointment of James Iredell, to be one of the Associate Judges of the Supreme Court, it passed in the affirmative.

On the question to advise and consent to the appointment of William Paca, to be District Judge of Maryland, it passed in the affirmative.

On the question to advise and consent to the appointment of Cyrus Griffin, to be District Judge of Virginia, it passed in the affirmative.

On the question to advise and consent to the appointment of William Nelson, Jun., to be Attorney for the District of Virginia, it passed in the affirmative.

On the question to advise and consent to the appointment of William Drayton, to be District Judge of South Carolina, it passed in the affirmative.

On the question to advise and consent to the appointment of Christopher Hillary, to be Col lector of the port of Brunswick, in Georgia, ir

passed in the affirmative. Gentlemen of the Senate :

On the question to advise and consent to the Among the persons appointed, during the last ses- appointment of Richard Taylor, to be Colector sion, to offices under the National Government, there of the port of Louisville, in Kentucky, it passed were some who declined serving. Their names and in the affirmative. offices are specified in the first column of the foregoing On the question to advise and consent to the list. I supplied these vacancies, agreeably to the Con- appointment of Comfort Sage, to be Surveyor of stitution, by temporary appointments, which you will the port of Middletown, in Connecticut, it passed find mentioned in the second column of the list. These in the affirmative. appointments will expire with your present session, and indeed ought not to endure longer than until from the President of the United States of the

The Senate proposed to consider the Message others can be regularly made. For that purpose, I now 9th instant, in respect to the difference that subnominate to you the persons named in the third co-sists between

Great Britain and the United States lumn of the list, as being, in my opinion, qualified to relative to the Eastern boundary;" and fill the offices opposite to their names in the first. G. WASHINGTON.

Ordered, That the Message, with the papers UNITED STATES, February 9, 1790.

accompanying the same, be committed to Messrs Ordered, That the consideration of the Mes. Johnston, to report what is proper to be done

STRONG, 'Butler, PATERSON, Hawkins, and sage from the President of the United States, in

thereon. respect to the “difference that subsists between Great Britain and the United States, relative to the Eastern boundary," be postponed for consi

THURSDAY, February 11. deration. Ordered, That the consideration of the Mes

The Senate proceeded to consider the report of sage from the President of the United States, the committee upon the memorial of the Hon. relative to “certain persons who decline the ac- | Robert Morris; and, upon the question to a ceptance of offices, and to certain temporary cept the report

, it passed in the affirmative: appointments during the recess," be postponed whereupon, till to-morrow.

Resolved, by the Senate and House of RepresentoThe nominations of Collectors, &c., for North tives

, that three commissioners be appointed by the Carolina were confirmed.

President of the United States, to inquire into the team

ceipts and expenditures of public moneys during the Wednesday, February 10.

administration of the late Superintendent of Finance

and to examine and adjust the accounts of the United Mr. Izard, from the committee appointed to I States with that Department, during his administration;

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and to report a state thereof to the President; and that

THURSDAY, February 18. five dollars per diem be allowed to each of the said

The Senate proceeded to the third reading of commissioners, while they shall be employed in that the bill providing for the actual enumeration of service.

the inhabitants of the United States. Ordered, That this resolve be sent to the House Resolved, That this bill do pass with twentyof Representatives for concurrence.

nine amendments. Ordered, That Messrs. MORRIS, LANGDON, Ordered, That the bill be carried to the House BUTLER, Dálton, and ELLSWORTH, be a commit- of Representatives for concurrence in the amendtee to report, if they think it expedient, a plan for ments. the regulation of the trade of the United States

On motion, Ordered, That the consideration with the countries and settlements of the Euro- of the report of the committee to whom was repean Powers in America.

ferred the communication by the Senators of the

State of North Carolina, of the act of the LegisFRIDAY, February 12.

lature of that State, entitled "An act for the of the day, to the second reading of the bill progether with the Message from the President of The Senate proceeded, agreeably to the order purpose of ceding to the United States of Amer

ica certain Western Lands, therein described,” toviding for the actual enumeration of the inhabi- the United States, of February 1st, on that subtants of the United States. Ordered, That the bill be commitied to

ject, be postponed until Monday next. Messrs. PATERSON, ELLSWORTH, STRONG, Haw

The Senate ihen entered upon Executive busiKINS, and JOHNSON.

The following Message from the Presi-
DENT OF THE UNITED STATES was read:

Gentlemen of the Senate :
Monday, February 15.

By the mail of last evening I received a letter from A letter from BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Esquire, his Excellency John Hancock, Governor of the Com: to the Vice PRESIDENT, enclosing, the copy of a monwealth of Massachusetts, enclosing a resolve of the letter from James Pemberton, with a memorial, Senate and House of Representatives of that Commonsigned Benjamin Franklin, in behalf of a society wealth, and sundry documents relative to the Eastern of which he is President ; and an address, signed boundary of the United States. Nicholas Waln, in behalf of the yearly meeting, I have directed a copy of the letter and resolve to be of which he is Clerk; together with an address laid before you. The documents which accompanied signed George Bowne, in behalf of the represen- them, being but copies of some of the papers which tatives of a society, of which he is Clerk, were were delivered to you with my communication the 9th severally read.

of this month, I have thought it unnecessary to lay them before you at this time. They will be deposited

in the Office of the Secretary of State, together with TUESDAY, February 16.

the originals of the above inentioned letters and reMr. PATERSON, on behalf of the committee

solve.

GEO. WASHINGTON.

appointed the 12th February, on the bill providing

UNITED STATES, February 18, 1790. for the actual enumeration of the inhabitants of Ordered, That the Message, and papers accomthe United States : reported sundry amendments, panying the same, be committed to the committee which were accepted; and,

appointed the 10th February, to take into conOrdered, That the sixth section be recom-sideration the President's Message of a similar mitted,

nature.

WEDNESDAY, February 17.

Friday, February 19. Mr. PATERSON, on behalf of the committee to No material business done to-day. whom was referred the sixth section of the bill providing for the actual enumeration of the inhabitants of the United States, reported that no

MONDAY, February 22. alteration is necessary :

Mr. Morris, in behalf of the committee to And the report was accepted.

whom was referred the petition of Francis Bailey, Ordered, That the bill have the third reading reported: whereupon, to-morrow.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to Mr. Henry, on behalf of the committee ap- the Secretary of the Treasury to report. pointed February 1st, to whom was referred the The Senate proceeded to consider the report communication by the Senators from the State of the committee, appointed February 1st, to of North Carolina, of the act of their Legisla- whom was referred the communication by the ture, entitled " An act for the purpose of ceding Senators from the State of North Carolina, of the to the United States of America certain West- act of their Legislature, entitled "An act for the ern Lands, therein described;" together with the purpose of ceding to the United States of AmeriMessage from the President of the United States, ca certain Western lands, therein described ;". of February 1st, on that subject, reported. together with the Message from the President of

Ordered, That to-morrow be assigned for the the United States, of February 1st, on that subconsideration of the report.

lject, to wit: Ist Con.-31

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[MARCH 1990. “ That it will be expedient for Congress, in behalf of the United States, and if they think proper, to the United States, to accept of the cession proposed prepare a bill on that subject. by the said act, upon the conditions therein contained;

Ordered, That this motion lie for considerand that, when a deed shall be executed for the same, ation. they express their acceptance thereof by a Legislative act:” And, Resolved, That the Senate do accept of

WEDNESDAY, February 24. the report.

On motion, Ordered. That Messrs. Daltos, Ordered, That it be sent to the House of Rep- Morris, Izard, LANGDON, and Johnston, be a resentatives for their concurrence.

committee to consider what measures may be A message from the House of Representatives necessary to be adopted relative to the inspecinformed the Senate, that they agree to all the tion of exports from the United States ; and, E amendments proposed by the Senate to the bill, they think proper, to prepare a bill on tha: entitled "An act for the actual enumeration of the subject.” inhabitants of the United States,” except the

Mr. Hawkins, on behalf of the committee ap22d, 230, 24th, 25th, and 26th; to which they pointed to prepare and report a rule determining disagree.

in what cases a reconsideration of a vote of Senate The Senate proceeded to consider the above shall be admissible, reported. recited message from the House of Representa- Ordered, That the report lie for consideration. tives, and

Resolved, That they do recede from their 22d, 23d, 24th, 25th, and 26th amendments to the bill

THURSDAY, February 25. therein mentioned.

The Senate proceeded to consider the report of the committee appointed the 23d instant

. ** prepare and report a rule determining in what Tuesday, February 23.

cases a reconsideration of a vote of Senate shal Ordered, That Messrs. Ellsworth, STRONG, | be admissible;" which, being amended, was 2and Izard, be a committee to bring in a bill for cepted : whereupon, declaring the acceptance of certain lands ceded to Resolred, That, when a question has been onde the United States by the Legislature of North made and carried in the affirmative or negative, Carolina, as described in their act of cession, it shall be in order for any member of the mawhen a deed thereof shall be executed.

jority to move for a reconsideration of it. Ordered, That Messrs. Hawkins, LANGDON, and Few, be a committee to prepare and report a rule, determining in what cases a reconsideration

Friday, February 26. of a vote of Senate shall be admissible.

Ordered, That Messrs, Bassett, Few, HENRY The report of the Secretary of the Treasury committee appointed the 11th February to

King, PATERSON, and Hawkins, be added to the upon the petition of Francis Bailey was read, port (if they think it expedient) a plan for the as follows: " Purwant to the above order of the Senate of the the countries and settlements of the European

regulation of the trade of the United States with United States, of the 22d of February instant, refer. Powers in America." ing the petition of Francis Bailey to the Secretary of the

Ordered, That Messrs. Bassett, Few. Hexer That he has received from the said Francis Bailey a the committee appointed the 24th February, te

KING, PATERson, and Ellsworth, be added to communication of the invention to which he alludes in his petition.

consider " what measures may be necessary to be "That it appears to him difficult to decide to what ex- the United States; and, if they think proper, a

adopted relative to the inspection of exports iron tent that invention will afford the security against counterfeiting which is the object of it ;

prepare a bill on that subject. That, nevertheless, he is of opinion it will be likely to add to the difficulty of that pernicious practice in a sufficient degree to merit the countenance of Govern

Monday, March 1. ment, by securing to the petitioner an exclusive right

No material business done to-day. to the use of the invention ;

That, with regard to the employment of the petitioner, to print such papers of a public nature, as may re

Tuesday, March 2. quire precaution against counterfeit, this, in the judg

A message from the House of Representatire ment of the Secretary, ought to remain a matter of informed the Senate, that they have passed at discretion, to be regulated by the success of the ex- to vest in Francis Bailey the exclusive privileg periment, and the convenience of the public.

of making, using, and vending to others, punches All of which is humbly submitted. ALEXANDER HAMILTON,

for stamping the matrices of types, and impression Secretary of the Treasury."

ing marks on plates, or any other substance, a prevent counterfeits

, upon a principle by bien en Ordered, That it lie for consideration. On motion that a committee be appointed to the concurrence of the Senate.

vented, for a term of years; to which they desire

Ordered, That the bill, entitled "An act to

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