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DECEMBER, 1806.

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place within the jurisdiction of the United States, Mr. WORTHINGTON submitted the following from and after the first day of January, one thou-l motion, which was read, and ordered to lie for sand eight hundred and eight.

consideration :

Resolved, That a committee be appointed to examTHURSDAY, December 4.

ine if any, and, if any, what alterations or amendments

are necessary in the laws of the United States for the JAMES Hillhouse, from the State of Connecti

sale of the public lands; and that they have leave to cut attended.

report by bill or otherwise. The following motion was made by Mr. Mit

A message from the House of Representatives CHILL, read, and ordered to lie for consideration :

informed the Senate that the House have apResolved, That so much of the President's Message,

resident's Message, pointed the Rev. Mr. Elliott a Chaplain to of 22 December, as relates to the fortification and de

Congress, on their part, during the present session. fence of our seaport towns, harbors, and waters, be referred to a select committee, with leave to report by bill or otherwise.

Monday, December 8. Mr. MITCHILL also submitted the following motion, which was read and ordered to lie for

The President laid before the Senate the reconsideration :

| port of the Secretary for the Department of the Resolved, That so much of the President's Message

Treasury, in obedience to the act, entitled "An as relates to binding to the observance of the peace,

act to establish the Treasury Department;" and and good behaviour. persons meditating enterprises the report was read, and ordered to lie for consid. against foreign nations in amity with the United

eration, and the usual number be printed for the States, be referred to a select committee, with leave to use of the Senate. report by bill or otherwise.

A message from the House of Representatives A motion was made by Mr. Tracy, as follows:

informed the Senate that the House have passed Resolved, That the President of the United States

a bill, entitled "An act to suspend the operation be, and he is hereby, requested to cause to be laid be

of an act, entitled 'An aci to prohibit the importfore the Senate such information, documents, papers,

ation of certain goods, wares, and merchandise." and correspondence, as may be in his power, and

and to remit the penalties incurred under the which he may think proper to communicate, respect- same;" in which bill they desire the concurrence ing the subject of his Message of the third of Decem-, of the Senate. ber instant, in which a suspension of the non-importa The bill was read, and ordered to the second tion act is recommended.

reading. The motion was read, and ordered to lie for The Senate resumed the consideration of the consideration.

motion made on the fourth instant, to refer that Ordered, That Messrs. Adams. Gilman, and part of the Message of the President of the UniSMITH, of Vermont, be a committee agreeably to

ted States to a select committee, which relates to the twenty-second rule for conducting business in

| binding to the observance of the peace, persons the Senate.

meditating enterprises against foreign nations, and having amended the motion, it was adopted, as

follows: Friday, December 5.

Resolved, That so much of the Message of the Pres. James TURNER, from the State of North Caro

ident of the United States as relates to the laws relina attended.

specting insurrections and violations of the public The Senate took into consideration the motion

peace, or the authority, as well as the laws respecting made yesterday: “ That so much of the Message the conspiracy or enterprise of private individuals of the President of the United States, of Decem-against foreign nations in amity with the United States, ber the 2d, as relates to the fortification and de- be referred to a select committee, with leave to report sence of our seaport towns, harbors, and waters, by bill or otherwise. be referred to a select committee;" and the mo- Ordered, That Messrs. Giles, MirchiLL, TRAtion was agreed to; and Messrs. Mirchill, SMITH, CY, STONE, and Adams, be the committee. of Maryland, Giles, Baldwin, and GILMAN, were The motion made on the fourth instant, for furappointed the committee.

ther information on that part of the Message of The motion made yesterday, " That so much of the President of the United States, of the third of the Message of the President of the United States December, relative to the suspension of the nonas relates to binding to the peace, and to good be- importation act, was resumed; and it was agreed haviour, persons meditating enterprises against to amend the motion, as follows: foreign nations in amity with the United States, Resolved, That the President of the United States be referred to a select committee, with leave to be, and he is hereby, requested to cause to be laid bereport by bill or otherwise," was considered, and fore the Senate such information, documents, papers, postponed.

and correspondence, as may be in his power, and The motion made yesterday, requesting the which he may think, under all circumstances, proper President of the United States to lay before the to communicate, respecting the subject of his Message Senate such information as may be in his power, of the third of December instant, in which a temporary and which he may think proper to communicate, suspension of the act of the last session prohibiting correspecting the suspension of the non-importation | lain importations, is recommended. act, was considered, and postponed.

And on the question to adopt this resolution, it

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passed in the negative-yeas 5, Days 18, as fol- ment, together with the bill, to a select commitlows:

tee; and Messrs. Giles, MITCHILL, and BALDWIN, YEA5-Messrs. Bradley, Hillhouse, Pickering, Tra- were appointed the committee. cy, and White.

Mr. White presented the memorial of John Nays-Messrs. Adams, Baldwin, Condit, Gaillard, Hays, and others, citizens of the State of Delaware, Giles, Gilman, Howland, Kitchel, Logan, Maclay, Mit- representing that the variety of weights and meachill, Plumer, Smith of Tennessee, Smith of Ver-sures, at present in use in the United States, is mont, Stone, Thruston, Turner, and Worthington. productive of much uncertainty and difficulty, and

The Senate resumed the motion made on the praying that Congress would take effective mea5th instant, that a committee be appointed to ex-sures for the establishment of a uniform and more amine if any, and what, alterations or amendments beneficial system ; and

the memorial was read, are necessary in the laws of the United States for and referred to Messrs. WAITE, Adams, Baldwin, the sale of the public lands; and that they have Logan, and Mirchill, to consider and report leave to report by bill or otherwise; and the mo- thereon. tion was agreed to; and Messrs. WORTHINGTON, Tracy, and Baldwin, were appointed the com. mittee.

THURSDAY, December 11. Agreeably to notice given on the 3d instant,

John MILLEDGE, appointed a Senator by the Mr. Bradley asked and obtained leave to bring Legislature of the State of Georgia, in the place in a bill to prohibit the importation of slaves into of James Jackson, deceased, took his seat, and his any port or place within the jurisdiction of the credentials were read, and the President adminisUnited States, from and after the first day of Jan- tered the oath to him as the law prescribes. uary, 1808; and the bill was read, and ordered to

Mr. Giles, from the committee to whom was the second reading.

yesterday referred the bill, entitled "An act to suspend the operation of an act, entitled 'An act

to prohibit the importation of certain goods, wares, Tuesday, December 9.

and merchandise, and to remit the penalties inANDREW Moore, from the State of Virginia, curred under the same,” together with a proposed attended.

amendment, reported sundry amendments, which The bill, entitled "An act to suspend the opera- were read, and ordered to lie for consideration. tion of an act, entitled 'An act to prohibit the importation of certain goods, wares, and merchandise,' and to remit the penalties incurred under

Friday, December 12. the same," was read the second time, and referred The Senate took into consideration the bill, to Messrs

. Giles, Baldwin, and MITCHILL, to entitled "An act to suspend the operation of an consider and report thereon.

act, entitled 'An act to prohibit the importation The bill to prohibit the importation of slaves of certain goods, wares, and merchandise,' and to into any port or place within the jurisdiction of remit the penalties incurred under the same." the United States, from and after the first day of When the following amendments were agreed January, 1808, was read the second time, and re- to without a division, viz. strike out at the end of ferred to Messrs. BRADLEY, STONE, Giles, Gail- the 2d sec. the following words : "T

act shall LARD, and Baldwin, to consider and report there- take effect from and after the passing thereof."

Add to the end of the bill the following section: Mr. Giles, from the committee to whom was And be it further enacted, That the President of the referred the bill, entitled "An act to suspend the United States be, and he hereby, authorized further operation of an act, entitled 'An act to prohibit to suspend the operation of the aforesaid act, if in his the importation of certain goods, wares, and mer- judgment the public service should require it: Provichandise, and to remit the penalties incurred ded, That such suspension shall not extend beyond the under the same," reported the bill without amend second Monday in December next. ment.

The bill, so amended, was read a third time, and Ordered, That this bill pass to a third reading. passed, without a division.

on.

WEDNESDAY,

December 10.

Monday, December 15. Ordered, That Mr. Turner be the Committee John SMITH, from the State of New York, atfor Eorolled Bills, on the part of the Senate. tended.

The bill, entitled "An act to suspend the opera- The following Message was received from the tion of an act, entitled 'An act to prohibit the im. PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED States: portation of certain goods, wares, and merchan- To the Senate of the United States : dise,' and to remit the penalties incurred under I lay before Congress a report of the Surveyor of the the same," was read the third time.

Public Buildings, stating the progress made on them On motion, by Mr. MITCHILL, to amend the bill, during the last season, and what is proposed for the by adding a third section therelo, empowering the ensuing one. President of the United States further to suspend

TH. JEFFERSON. the operation of the act to the twenty-first Decem

DECEMBER 15, 1806. ber next, if circumstances should render it expe- The Messageand report therein mentioned were dient, it was agreed to refer the proposed amend-read, and ordered to lie for consideration.

DECEMBER, 1806.
Defence of Ports and Harbors.

SENATE. Mr. Logan presented the petition of William them in the best manner that the situation of the Levis and Hugh Maxwell, stating, that they have ground admits. on hand a number of the Journals of Congress, Preparations are also making for the protection of under the Confederation, of Folwell's edition, New Orleans, and the mouth of the Mississippi

, and which they will dispose ot for the use of Congress, evince a similar attention to the public interests in that at the price heretofore stipulated by Government;

quarter. and the petition was read, and referred to Messrs.

The committee, however, has not judged it necessary Logan, Bradley, and Baldwin, to consider and to particularize the specific sums which it may be need

ful to apply to each of these important objects. There report thereon.

would be considerable difficulty in this, for want of cir. DEFENCE OF PORTS AND HARBORS.

cumstantial and minute information. They therefore

believe it will be sufficient to recommend an ample apMr. Mirchill from the committee appointed propriation in gross, for the repair of existing fortificaon the 5th instant to take into consideration that tions, and the erection of such new ones as may be repart of the

Message of the President of the United quired; and to leave the expenditure of the same, where States of December 2d, 1806 which relates to the the general safety or local welfare shall demand it, to protection of the sea ports, harbors, and waters of the ample information and sound discretion of the Exthe United States, made a report, as follows:

exutive.

Under these considerations the committee ask leave It appears from the communication of the Secretary to report a bill, making further appropriations for forat War, made to Congress on the 13th February, 1806, tifying the ports and harbors of the United States, and that several of the public works erected in different for building gunboats. parts of the nation, for the purposes of defence, stand in need of finishing or repairs. The condition of the

The bill was read and ordered to a second readfortifications of Fort Sumner, in Maine, Fort Constitu- ing. tion, in New Hampshire, Fort Independence, in Massachusetts, Forts Adams and Wolcot in Rhode Island, Fort

Tuesday, December 16.
Trumbull, in Connecticut, Fort Jay, in New York, Fort
Mifflin in Pennsylvania, Fort McHenry, in Maryland,

A message from the House of Representatives Fort Nelson, in Virginia, Fort Johnson, in North Caro- informed the Senate that the House agree to the lina, Forts Moultrie, Pinckney, and Johnson, in South amendments of the Senate to the bill, entitled Carolina, Fort Green, in Georgia, and of Forts St. Louis, "An act to suspend the operation of an 'act, entiSt. Charles, and St. Philip, in Orleans, and of the va

tled 'An act to prohibit the importation of certain rious other forts and military stations, is well known goods, wares, and merchandise,' and to remit the to the War Department, and only requires appropria penalties incurred under the same," with amendtions of money from year to year, to enable the needful ments; in which they desire the concurrence of additions to be made.

the Senate. It is therefore deemed unnecessary to enter into a The Senate took into consideration the amenddetailed enumeration of their respective wants. But ments of the House of Representatives to their the committee cannot forbear to make mention of amendments to the bill last mentioned; and conNew York, Charleston, and New Orleans.

curred therein. They are fully sensible of the great and growing im

The bill making further appropriations for forportance of New York; its exposed situation is a sub- tifying the ports and harbors of the United States, ject of public and general concern. It is agreed that and for building gunboats, was read the second the national power ought to be employed in its protec- time, and referred to Messrs. MITCHILL, GILES, tion. The attention of the Executive was therefore and Baldwin, to consider and report thereon: turned to that object during the summer and autumn of 1805; and upwards of $25,000 were expended in

A motion was made, by Mr. BRADLEY, that it be repairing and enlarging in the most substantial man

Resolved, That a committee be appointed to inquire ner the works on Governor's Island. These are pro- whether any, and, if any, what further proceeding is gressing with all convenient speed; and though at this necessary to carry into effect the provisions of an act, moment suspended on account of the rigor of the sea- entitled "An act to authorize the State of Tennessee to son, the committee has had the satisfaction to learn issue grants and perfect titles to certain lands therein that the labor will be resumed with the cessation of the described, and to settle the claims to the vacant and cold, and be steadily continued until both the city and unappropriated lands within the same," and to report harbor shall be put into a respectable state of defence. thereon; and the motion was read, and ordered to lie By the fortifications which it is intended to construct for consideration. upon the different favorable positions which the land affords both above and below Governor's Island, skilful

WEDNESDAY, December 17. engineers conceive that so much will be done as to repel every ordinary assault of ships, and of all other

On motion, by Mr. Tracy, it was force less than an invading army. The intended sub

Resolved, That'a committee of three members stitution of permanent structures of solid masonry, in- of the Senate be appointed, who, with three memstead of wood and sand, will indeed require more time bers of the House of Representatives, to be apfor their completion ; but an ample compensation for pointed by the said House, are to have the directhis will be found eventually in their greater strength tion of the money appropriated to purchase books and durability.

for the use of Congress, pursuant to the act makThe fortifications at Charleston, South Carolina, hav- ing a further appropriation for the support of a ing been almost totally ruined by the severe hurricane library, passed on the 21st of February, 1806; and of 1804, measures have been already adopted to rebuild that the Secretary of the Senate notify the House

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of Representatives of the passage of this resolution: in conformity with the several acts making proand, Messrs. ADAMS, BALDWIN, and MiTCHILL, vision for the disposal of the public lands in the were appointed the committee on the part of the Indiana Territory, made by the Commissioners Senate.

appointed to examine the claims to land in the The Senate took into consideration the motion district of Vincennes; which was read, and the made yesterday, “That a committee be appointed report and certain papers accompanying it were to inquire what further proceeding is necessary to referred to Messrs. WORTHINGTON, Giles, and carry into effect the provisions of an act, entiiled Baldwin, to consider and report thereon. "An act to authorize the State of Tennessee to issue grants and perfect titles to certain lands

WEDNESDAY, December 24. therein described, and to settle the claims to the

Mr. BRADLEY presented the petition of Seth vacant and unappropriated lands within the same;" and having agreed thereto, Messrs. BRAD

Harding, commander of a ship in the service of LEY, Tracy, and Giles, were appointed the com

the United States during the Revolutionary war,

in which service he received extreme bodily injumittee to consider and report thereon. A message from the House of Representatives

ry, as is stated at large in his petition, and prayinformed the Senate that the House bave passed a

ing such pecuniary relief as may to Congress bill, entitled "An act authorizing the erection of a seem reasonable for a person debilitated by public bridge over the river Potomac, within the District service; and the petition was read, and referred of Columbia," in which they desire the concur

to Messrs. BRADLEY, Smith of Maryland, and rence of the Senate.

Giles, to consider and report thereon, by bill or The bill was read, and ordered to the second | otherwise.

On motion of Mr. WORTHINGTON, it was reading

Resolved, That a committee be appointed to

inquire whether the several Territorial governTuursday, December 18.

ments within the United States have, in pursuThe bill sent from the House of Representa-lance to the ordinance and laws of the United tives, entitled "An act authorizing the erection of States, returned copies of the laws which such a bridge over the river Potomac, within the Dis- Territories have adopted or enacted to Congress, trict of Columbia," was read the second time, and and if any Territory has not made the proper rereferred to Messrs. Smith of Vermont, WHITE,turns, the committee are directed to inquire into and Gaillard, to consider and report thereon. the causes of such omission and make report;

and Messrs. WORTHINGTON, Baldwin, and Friday, December 19.

MOORE, were appointed the committee. The credentials of Stephen R. Bradley, appointed a Senator by the Legislature of the State

Friday, December 26. of Vermont, for the term of six years, from and Mr. Waite, presented the petition of a number after the third day of March next, were presented of the inhabitants of Alexandria, in favor of a and read; also, the credentials of John MILLEDGE, bridge over the river Potomac, on the principles appointed a Senator by the Legislature of the State of a bill passed the House of Representatives durof Georgia, for the term of six years, from and ing the present session, and stating that every efafter the third day of March next.

fort in their power will be made for a speedy exeOrdered, That they lie on file.

cution of the same, should their prayer be granted. On motion, it was

And the petition was read, and referred to the Ordered, That Mr. TURNER be of the commit

committee appointed the 18th instant, to consider tee to whom was referred, on the 9th instant, the the bill sent from the House of Representatives on bill to prohibit the importation of slaves into any I the subject. port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States, from and after the first day of January, 1808, in place of Mr. STONE, who is absent.

Monday, December 29.
On motion of Mr. Tracy, it was

The PRESIDENT communicated a letter from Resolved, That a committee be appointed to in- ROBERT Wright, stating that he had resigned quire into the circumstances of the coinage at the his seat in the Senate. Mint of the United States, with leave to report by Philip REED, appointed a Senator by the Lebill or otherwise, respecting the same; and gislature of the Siate of Maryland, in place of

Ordered, That Messrs. TRACY, Giles, and Robert Wright, resigned, produced his credentials MITChill, be the committee.

and took his seat in the Senate.

HENRY CLAY, appointed a Senator by the LeMONDAY, December 22.

gislature of the State of Kentucky, in place of The Senate spent the day in the consideration

on John Adair, resigned, produced his credentials and of Executive business.

took his seat in the Senate.

The credentials of Mr. Clay and Mr. RBED

were severally read, and the oath was administerTuesday, December 23.

ed to them as the law prescribes. The President laid before the Senate a report Mr. Reed also produced the credentials of his of the Secretary for the Department of Treasury, appointment to be a Senator of the United States

JANUARY, 1807.

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from the State of Maryland, from the third day of the Armies of the United States, was resumed of March next, until the 4th day of March, 1813, and adopted ; and Messrs. Smith of Maryland, and they were read, and ordered to lie on file. Adams, and BRADLEY, were appointed the com

James FENNER, from the State of Rhode Island, mittee to consider and report thereon. attended.

The bill for the relief of Seth Harding, late a A message from the House informed the Senate Captain in the Navy of the United States, was that the House bave passed the bill, entitled "An read the second time, and the further consideraact making appropriations for the support of the tion thereof postponed until 10-morrow. Navy of the United States during the year one thousand eight hundred and seven,” in which they desire the concurrence of the Senate.

Wednesday, December 31. The bill was read, and ordered to the second Thomas SUMTER, from the State of South Carreading.

olina, attended. Mr. Smith, of Maryland, submitted the follow- Mr. Mirchill, from the committee to whom ing motion for consideration :

was referred the bill

, entitled "An act making apResolved, That a committee be appointed to inquire propriations for the support of the Navy of the whether any, and, if any, what, amendments are ne- United States during the year one thousand eight cessary to the act for establishing rules and articles for hundred and seven," reported it without amendthe government of the Armies of the United States. ment.

Mr. WORTHINGTON, from the committee ap- On motion, it was agreed, by unanimous conpointed on the subject, reported that, on inquiry, sent, that this bill be now read ihe third time. they find some of the laws adopted and enacted The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the by the Territories of the United States have been Whole, the second reading of the bill for the relief returned to the office of the Secretary of State of Seth Harding, late a Captain in the Navy of and are assured by that officer that such as have the United States, and the bill having been been returned shall be laid before Congress in a amended, was reported to the House, and agreed few days, and that he has taken measures to obtain to. such as have not been returned.

Ordered, That this bill pass to the third reading Mr. BRADLEY, from the committee appointed on as amended. the subject, reported a bill for the relief of Seth A message from the House informed the Senate Harding, late a Captain in the Navy of the United that the House have passed a bill, entitled "An States; which was read, and ordered to the second act making appropriations for the support of the reading.

Military Establishment of the United States, for the year one thousand eight hundred and seven,"

in which they desire the concurrence of the Tuesday, December 30.

Senate. Mr. WORTHINGTON presented the petition of a The bill was read, and it was agreed, by unaninumber of the inhabitants of the county of Co-mous consent, to dispense with the rule, and that lumbia, in the State of Ohio, praying for a reduc- this bill be now read the second time. tion of the price of the reserved sections, Nos. 15, Ordered, That it be referred to Messrs. SMITH 21, and 22, in the original surveyed townships in of Maryland, Bradley, and Mirchill, to consider the said county, for reasons stated in the petition; and report thereon. which was read, and referred to the committee The Senate adjourned to Friday. appointed on the eighth instant, to examine what alterations are necessary in the laws for the sale of the public lands, to consider and report thereon.

Friday, January 2, 1807. The bill, entitled "An act making appropria

The PRESIDENT communicated a report of the tions for the support of the Navy of the United Secretary for the Department of Treasury, in Statės during the year one thousand eight hun-conformity with the several acts making provisdred and seven," was read the second time, and ion for the disposal of the public lands in the Terreferred to Messrs. MITCHILL, Smith of Maryland, ritories of Indiana and Michigan, enclosing the and Clay, to consider and report thereon. transcript of decisions made by the Commission

Mr. Smits of Vermont, from the committee to ers in favor of claimants to land in the district of whom was referred the bill, entitled "An act au- Detroit. thorizing the erection of a bridge over the river And the report and papers were read, and orPotomac, within the District of Columbia," re- dered to lie on the table. ported it without amendment. He also presented The bill for the relief of Seth Harding, late a a petition, sigaed John Mason and others, citizens Captain in the Navy of the United States, was of Georgetown, stating the reasons why the bill read the third time, and the further consideration should not pass; and the petition was read, and of the bill postponed. the consideration of the bill, as in Committee of On motion of Mr. Smith of Tennessee, the Whole, made the order of the day for Monday Resolved, That a committee be appointed to next.

inquire whether any, and, if any, what provisions The motion made yesterday to inquire what ought to be made by law to prevent unauthorized amendments, if any, are necessary to the act for entries or settlements of lands ceded to the United establishing rules and articles for ihe government States, by foreign nations, by any particular State,

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