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H. of R.
The Louisiana Treaty.

ОстоBER, 1803. tions of the treaty aforesaid, and after Louisiana shall the annual interest and charges accruing on the stock be taken possession of in the name of the Government created by virtue of this act, and the several instalments of the United States ; and credit or credits to the pro- or parts of principal of the said stock, as the same shall prietors thereof, shall thereupon be entered and given become due and may be discharged, in conformity to on the books of the Treasury, in like manner as for the the terms of the convention aforesaid, and of this act. present domestic funded debt, which said credits or

Mr. R. GRISWOLD proposed to amend the fifth stock shall thereafter be transferable only on the books section by introducing near the end thereof, after of the Treasury of the United States, by the proprietor the word" conformity,” the following words: “10 or proprietors of such stock, his, her, or their attorney : the provisions of the said act, entitled 'An act maAnd the faith of the United States is hereby pledged for king provision for the redemption of the whole the payment of the interest, and for the reimbursement of the principal of the stock, in conformity with the of the public debt of the United States."

Mr. Randolph and Mr. NICHOLSON considered provisions of the said convention : Provided, however, That the Secretary of the Treasury may, with the ap- the amendment as altogether useless. After some probation of the President of the United States, and consideration, it was lost without a division. with the assent of the proprietors of the said stock vary

Mr. Eustis moved to substitute in the first secthe terms and instalments fixed by convention for tion, the word “ Louisiana” in room of New" Orits reimbursement: And provided also, That every pro- leans," making the payment of interest on the prietor of the said stock may, until otherwise directed stock commence at the period when possession of by law, on surrendering his certificate of such stock, Louisiana, instead of New Orleans, shall have receive another to the same amount, and bearing an been obtained. Agreed to without a division. interest of six per cent. per annum, payable quarter- The Committee then rose and reported the bill yearly at the Treasury of the United States.

with this amendment, and the House immediately Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the annual | took up the report and concurred therein; when interest accruing on the said stock, which may, in con- the bill was ordered, without a division, to be enformity with the convention aforesaid, be payable in grossed for a third reading to-morrow. Europe, shall be paid at the rate of four shillings and sixpence sterling for each dollar if payable in London, and at the rate of two guilders and one half a guilder,

SATURDAY, October 29. current money of Holland, for each dollar if payable in

Two other members, to wit: from New York, Amsterdam.

Killian K. VAN RENSSELAER, and from South Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That a sum equal Carolina, Thomas Lowndes, appeared, produced to what will be necessary to pay the interest which may their credentials, were qualified, and took their accrue on the said stock to the end of the present year, seats in the House. be, and the same is hereby appropriated for that pur- On motion of Mr. Randolph the House went pose, to be paid out of any moneys in the Treasury not into Committee of the Whole on the bill making otherwise appropriated. Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That, from and the United States on the Government of France,

provision for the payment of claims of citizens of after the end of the present year (in addition to the an, the payment of which has been assumed by the nual sum of seven millions three hundred thousand Government of the United States, by virtue of the dollars, yearly appropriated to the sinking tund by vir- convention with the French Government of the tue of the act, entitled “An act making provision for

thirtieth of April. the redemption of the whole of the public debt of the United States,") a further annual sum of seven hun

The bill appropriates $3,750,000, inclusive of dred thousand dollars, to be paid out of the duties on

$2,000,000 appropriated the last session, and aumerchandise and tonnage, be, and the same bereby is, thorizes the President to borrow, at a rate of six appropriated to the said fund, making in the whole an per cent., $1,750,000. annual sum of eight millions of dollars, which shall be Mr. RANDOLPH moved an additional section vested in the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund in the appropriating $20,000 for compensation to comsame manner, shall be applied by them for the same missioners, secretary, and agent for investigating purposes, and shall be, and continue appropriated until claims, and for contingencies. This sum was afthe whole of the present debt of the United States, in- terwards reduced, at the instance of Mr. R., to clusively of the stock created by virtue of this act, shall $18,750. be reimbursed and redeemed, under the same limita- The Committee agreed to the amendment, and tions as have been provided by the first section of the reported the bill so amended. The House imabove-mentioned act respecting the annual appropria mediately took up the report of the Committee, tion of seven millions three hundred thousand dollars, and agreed thereio, when the bill was ordered to made by the same.

be engrossed for a third reading this day. Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the Secre- The bill was afterwards read the third time and tary of the Treasury shall cause the said further sum passed without a division. of seven hundred thousand dollars to be paid to the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, in the same man

LOUISIANA TREATY. ner as was directed by the above-mentioned act, re

An engrossed bill for carrying into effect the specting the annual appropriation of seven millions convention of the thirtieth of April, one thouthree hundred thousand dollars; and it shall be the sand eight hundred and three, between the United duty of the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund to cause States of America and the French Republic, was to be applied and paid out of the said fund, yearly and read the third time, and on the question that the every year, at the Treasury of the United States, such same do pass, it was resolved in the affirmativesum and sums as may be actually wanted to discharge yeas 85, nays 7, as follows:

OCTOBER, 1803.
Lost Certificates.

H. OF R. Yeas-Willis Alston, jr., Nathaniel Alexander, Isaac He alluded to the case of Philip Bush, on which Anderson, John Archer, David Bard, George Michael the Commissioners had never made a report. The Bedinger, Wm. Blackledge, John Boyle, Robert Brown, Committee of Claims, he said, declined proceedWilliam Butler, George W. Campbell

, John Campbell

, ing until the Senate determined upon the subject, Levi Casey, Martin Chittenden, Thomas Claiborne, and the Senate decided in favor of those who held Joseph Clay, Matthew Clay, John Clopton, Frederick lost certificates. The House of Representatives Conrad, Jacob Crowninshield, Richard Cutts, John refused to concur, and the matter rests. He thereDawson, William Dickson, John Earle, Peter Early, fore moved that the case of Philip Bush be referJohn W. Eppes, William Findley, Peterson Goodwyn, red to a select committee. He said, that he did Edwin Gray, Andrew Gregg, Wade Hampton, John A. Hanna, Josiah Hasbrouck, Daniel Heister, Joseph not wish to interfere with the Committee of Claims, Heister, William Hoge, James Holland, David Holmes, and whether a select committee should determine Benjamin Huger, Samuel Hunt, John G. Jackson, for or against the petition, it would gain the opinWalter Jones, William Kennedy, Nehemiah Knight, ion of the House. Michael Leib, Andrew McCord, William McCreery,

Mr. Leis said that, if he recollected right, the David Meriwether, Samuel L. Mitchill, Nicholas R. petition of Philip Bush had been long before the Moore, Thomas Moore, Jeremiah Morrow, Anthony House, and he had hoped there had been an end New, Joseph H. Nicholson, Gideon Olin, Beriah Pal to it; but he was willing that it should go to a mer, John Patterson, Samuel D. Purviance, John Ran-Committee of Claims in order to preserve unidolph, jun., Thomas M. Randolph, John Rea of Penn-formity. sylvania, John Rhea of Tennessee, Cæsar A. Rodney, Mr. Smilie asserted that it was a rule of the Erastus Root, Thomas Sammons, Thomas Sandford, House, that, when once a petition had been deEbenezer Seaver, John Smilie, John Smith of New cided upon, it could not again be taken up. He York, John Smith of Virginia, Joseph Stanton, David thought it a good rule; if it was not so, there Thomas, Philip R. Thompson, Abram Trigs, John would be no end to applications; they would en. Trigg, Philip Van Cortlandi, Isaac Van Horne, Joseph B. Varnum, Daniel C. Verplanck, Matthew Walton, gross the whole time of the House.' He knew John Whitehill, Marmaduke Williams, Richard Winn, not, he said, what the petition was; but if it conJoseph Winston, and Thomas Wynns.

tained anything material to be brought before the Nays-Manasseh Cutler, Thomas Griffin, David House, a new petition could be presented; but he Hough, Joseph Lewis, jr., James Stephenson, Peleg did not wish to deviate from established rules. Wadsworth, and Lemuel Williams.

Mr. Nicholson.—The gentleman who spoke Resolved, That the title be, “ An act authori- last is perfectly right, provided the fact was as he zing the creation of a stock to the amount of eleven conceives; bui the petition of Philip Bush was million two hundred and fifty thousand dollars, never decided upon. The House refused to confor the purpose of carrying into effect the con- cur with the report of the Committee of Claims. vention of the thirtieth of April, one thousand He had, he said, looked into the records of the eight hundred and three, between the United Journals, but the leaves were either misplaced or States of America and the French Republic, and it was not noticed; he therefore thought a new making provision for the payment of the same.”

petition would be best

, for he should feel great A message from the Senate informed the House pleasure in hearing the question discussed. There that the Senate disagree to the amendments pro- had been many great sufferers by lost certificates, posed by this House to the bill sent from the Sen- and it was high time to make them satisfaction. ate, entitled "An act to enable the President of

Mr. J. RANDOLPH.-The Committee of Claims the United States to take possession of the terri- made a general report in the year 1800; but I tories ceded by France to the United States by know not whether the petition in question was the treaty concluded at Paris. on the thirtieth of rejected or not. April last, and for the temporary governinent there

Mr. R. then proceeded to search the Journals; of," and desire a conference with this House, on which taking up considerable timethe subject-matter of the said amendments; to

Mr. Eustis asked, whether any business was which conference they have appointed managers

before the House? on their part.

The Speaker replied, that the Journals were The House proceeded to consider the said mes being examined. sage: Whereupon,

Mr. Smilie said, until it could be ascertained, it Resolved, That 'this House doth insist on their had best be deferred. said amendments, disagreed to by the Senate, and

Mr. Randolph replied that, to oblige his friend, doth agree to the conference desired by the Sen- he would for the present withdraw the motion, ate on the subject matter thereof; and that Mr. though he thought that there was sufficient proof Randolph, jr., Mr. Lowndes, and Mr. Sandford, before the House that the petition had not been be appointed managers at the same on the part

decided upon.

of this House.

A letter from the Secretary of the Treasury

was then read, which stated in answer to an apLOST CERTIFICATES.

plication made to him; that there were several Mr. J. Randolph called the attention of the Journals of the House in his office; but not more House to the subject of lost certificates. He said than were necessary for the despaich of business that he was not prepared to move a general ques- of the department.

but he would offer a specific case, which Referred to a select committee. might bring the whole matter before the House. Mr. Mitchell then moved, that a committee

tion ;

H. OF R.
Mourning for Edmund Pendleton.

OCTOBER, 1803. be appointed to consider on the expediency of re- the amendments insisted on by this House to the printing the Journals of the House.

bill, sent to the Senate, entitled "An act to enable Mr. Huger observed, that he wished the word the President of the United States to take pos“ documents” to be added to the motion. He session of the Territories ceded by France to the wished the documents from the first time of the United States, by the treaty concluded at Paris on sitting of Congress to be reprinted. He observed, the thirtieth of April last, and for the temporary that only two copies of those valuable records government thereof." were in the possession of the House, and in the On a motion made and seconded, that the House first volume there was most important business. do come to the following resolution:

After some observations on the words of the Resolved, That provision ought to be made by law motion, it was agreed to.

for the relief of the owners of the Danish brigantine MOURNING FOR EDMUND PENDLETON.

Henrick, taken by a French privateer in 1799, retaken

by an armed vessel of the United States, carried into a Mr. Eustis rose and observed that within a neutral island, and there adjudged to be neutral, but few days past the House were called upon to take under allowance of such salvage and costs as absorbed notice of an event which perhaps would be more nearly the whole amount of sales of the vessel and interesting to posterity than to the present gene- cargo. ration; the death of one of those illustrious patri

Ordered, That the said motion, together with ots who, by a life devoted to his country, bad be

a report of the Secretary of State, communiqueathed a name and an example to posterity cated by a message to this House, from the Prewhich he would not attempt to describe. He had sident of the United States, on the twenty-third information that another of these sages, EDMUND of February last, and the accompanying docuPendleton, of Virginia, had paid the last tribute ments, be referred to the Committee of Claims; to nature.

that they do examine the matter thereof, and reOn this occasion he begged leave to offer to the

port the same, with their opinion thereupon, to House the following resolution:

the House. Resolved, That this House, impressed with a lively The House resolved itself into a Committee of sense of the important services rendered to his country the Whole on the report of the committee appointby Edmund Pendleton, deceased, will wear a badge ed on the seventeeth instant, to prepare and report of mourning for thirty days, as an emblem of their ven- such standing rules and orders of proceeding as eration for his illustrious character, and of their regret are proper to be observed in this House; and, that another star is fallen from the splendid constella- after some time spent therein, the Committee rose tion of virtue and talents which guided the people of and reported to the House their agreement to the the United States in their struggle for Independence. The resolution was immediately taken up, and

Ordered, That the consideration of the said agreed to-ayes 77.

report be postponed until 10-morrow.

Resolved, That the order of the day for the

House to resolve itself into a Committee of the Monday, October 31.

whole House on a motion of the twenty-eighth Another member, to wit: Tompson J. Skin- instant, for the appointment of a commiitee" to NER, from Massachusetts, appeared produced his inquire into the expediency of extinguishing the credentials, was qualified, and took his seat in the claims of the United States for certain balances House.

reported to be due from several of the States to Ordered, That the select committee of seven- the United States, by the Commissioners appointteen members, appointed on the twentieth instant, ed to settle the accounts of the individual States to whom were referred two motions for an amend with the United States, with power to report by ment to the Constitution of the United States, bill, or otherwise," be postponed until the first respecting the election of President and Vice Pre- Monday in December next. sident, be discharged from the further considera

Ordered, That the Committee of Ways and tion of the same.

Means have leave to bring in a bill or bills making Mr. John RANDOLPH, jr., from the managers an appropriation for carrying into effect the sevappointed on the part of this House to attend a enth article of the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, conference with the Senate, on the subject-matter and Navigation, between the United States and of the amendments depending between the two His Britannic Majesty. Houses to the bill, entitled "An act to enable the

Mr. John RANDOLPH, jr., from the committee President of the United States to take possession last mentioned, presented a bill making an approof the Terri:ories ceded by France to the United priation for carrying into effect the seventh article States, by the treaty concluded at Paris on the of the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigathirteenth of April last, and for the temporary tion, between the United States and His Britannic government thereof." reported that the conferees, Majesty; which was read twice, and committed on the part of this House, did meet the conferees to a Committee of the whole House to-morrow. on the part of the Senate, who agreed to report to their House certain modifications of the said amendments.

Tuesday, November 1. A message from the Senate inforraed the House The House proceeded to consider the report of that the Senate recede from their disagreement to the committee appointed on the seventeenih ulti

same.

NOVEMBER, 1803.

Proceedings.

H. OF R.

nays 32.

mo to prepare and report such standing rules and Mr. R. Griswold observed, that the seventh orders of proceeding as are proper to be observed section provides that the Commissioners shall in this House, to which the Committee of the examine claims, and award thereon. The article whole House, yesterday; reported their agreement; in the present bill says, that interest of six per and the resolution contained therein, being twice cent.shall be allowed upon the claim. He thought read at the Clerk's table, was, on the question put this improper; he wished the interest to take thereupon, agreed to by the House, as follows: place upon the award being made, and he should

Resolved, That the Rules and Orders estab- therefore move to strike out the word " claim," lished and observed by the late House of Repre- and insert " award.". sentatives, be adopted by this House.

Mr. Early said, he did not rise to oppose the Mr. Jackson moved the following resolution : amendment, but to observe that he thought it im

Resolved, That provision be made by law for the ap- proper to proceed upon the business in the absence plication of one-twentieth part of the net proceeds of of the gentleman who moved it, (Mr. J. RANthe land lying within the State of Ohio, sold or to be dolph,) he therefore moved the posiponement sold by Congress, from and after the thirtieth of June, until to-morrow; upon which a division took one thousand eight hundred and two, to the laying out place-yeas 60, and making public roads, leading from the navigable

On motion of Mr. Nicholson, it was waters emptying into the Atlantic, to the Ohio river, Resolved, that a committee be appointed to inand to the said State of Ohio, in conformity with the quire and report, by bill or otherwise, whether act of Congress, entitled "An act to enable the people any additional provisions are necessary to be made of the western division of the Territory Northwest of to the act, entitled "An act to prescribe the mode the river Ohio to form a constitution and State gov- in which the public acts, records, and judicial proernment, and for the admission of such State into the ceedings in each State shall be authenticated, so Union, on an equal footing with the original States, as to take effect in every other State.” and for other purposes ;” passed upon the thirtieth Ordered, That Messrs. Nicholson, Griffin, of April, one thousand eight hundred and two, as well and Holland, be appointed a committee, pursuas the act passed the third of March, one thousand ant to the said resolution. eight hundred and three, in addition to, and in modification of the propositions contained in the act afore- ted two resolutions respecting post roads, which

Mr. Dawson said he had, last session, submitsaid, and the ordinance of the Convention of the State had not been acted upon; he iherefore renewed of Ohio, bearing date the twenty-ninth day of November, one thousand eight hundred and two.

them, in substance, as follows: Ordered, That the said motion be referred to a

1. Resolved, That provision ought to be made by Committee of the whole House to-morrow.

law for the establishment of post roads throughout the

United States. The motion for excluding strangers from the

2. Resolved, That whatever money received from the floor of the House was resumed.

Post Office shall remain, after defraying the expenses of Mr. CLAIBORNE spoke against the motion. He the same, be appropriated to the fixing and improvedid not think that a certain part of the citizens ment of the post roads. (females) should be excluded from their right of hearing the debates. They had a curiosity to be

Referred to a Committee of the Whole, and gratified, and they were interested in the proceed- made the order for Monday. ings of the House. It would be inferred that they claims, to whom was referred, on the eighteenth

Mr. John C. SMITH, from the Committee of had transgressed, by being debarred at this time. He had ever observed that they have conducted ultimo, the petition of Amey Dardin, presented themselves in a manner that gave no interruption

on the third of February last, made a report to the business pending in the House. He should thereupon ; which was read, and ordered to be retherefore vote against the resolution.

ferred to a Committee of the whole House on Mr. Early replied, that he had but one single

Friday next. observation to add, which was, that it was not ihe particular class of citizens referred to who caused

WEDNESDAY, November 2. the interruption, but the members themselves, A remonstrance and memorial of Zachariah when they were present. They would remain Cox, a citizen of the United States, was presented peaceable, if gentlemen who attended them did to the House and read, stating certain injuries not occasion the complaint.

which he sustained in his person and property, Mr. Claiborne wished members so offending some time in the year 1798, in the Mississippi to be reprimanded, by name, from the Chair. The motion was rejected.

Territory, and at Nashville, in the State of TenMr. Varnum moved the order of the day on army, commanded by officers in the service of the

nessee, by a body of armed men, belonging to the making provision for carrying into effect the sev

United States, and by the proceedings of the enth article of the British 'Treaty, and the House Judge of a Federal Court; and praying that such went into a Committee-Mr. J. C. Smith in the redress may be afforded in the premises, as to Chair.

the wisdom and justice of Congress shall seem The bill was read and agreed to, without a division.

Ordered, That the said remonstrance and meThe SPEAKER having resumed the Chair, was morial be referred to Messrs. Early, Thomas M. proceeding to read the bill—when

RandolpH, PURVIANCE, SKINNER, and LEWIS;

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meet.

H. OF R.

Proceedings.

NOVEMBER, 1803.

that they do examine the matter thereof, and re- An engrossed bill making an appropriation for port the same, with their opinion thereupon, to carrying into effect the seventh article of the the House.

Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation, beMr. Nicholson, from the committee appoint-tween the United States and His Britannic Maed yesterday, presented a bill supplementary to jesty, was read the third time, and passed. the act, entitled "An act to prescribe the mode Mr. Dawson laid on the table a motion for conin which the public acts, records, and judicial linuing for years the act of April, 1799, for proceedings, in each State, shall be authenticated, augmenting the salaries of certain officers. so as to take effect in every oiher State;" which Mr. Jackson observed that when he submitted was read iwice, and committed to a Committee a resolution for the application of one-twentieth of the whole House to-morrow.

part of the net proceeds of land sold in Ohio, he The House took up the report of the Commit- did not expect there would exist that diversity of tee of the Whole on the bill making an appro- opinion, which he had since learned did exist, in priation for carrying into effect the 7th article of relation to the construction of the ordinance for ihe British Treaty.

the government of the Northwestern Territory. An amendment, not affecting the principle of In order to give time for such a full investigation the bill, being made at the instance of Mr. R. Gris- of the subject, as might, in its issue, be satisfacwold, and Mr. J. RANDOLPH, the bill was ordered tory to the State of Ohio, he moved a postponeto a third reading to-morrow.

ment of the consideration of the resolution, until Mr. Mirchill called the attention of the House the third Monday in November.— Agreed to. to a subject of considerable importance, growing out of our possessions on the Mississppi. He stated

FRIDAY, November 4. that the mail to the Natchez was at present transported by a route circuitous and difficult of per- of the United States, transmitting information of

A Message was received from the President formance. The Cherokee country, which constituted a part of it, was so destitute of water and an act of hostility committed on å merchant vesarticles of subsistence, as to render it necessary for sel of the United States by an armed ship of the the conveyor of the mail to carry whatever himself Emperor of Morocco. or his horse required. Even the water used was

The said Message, and letter transmitted therecarried in goai skins. A great portion of the with. were read, and

referred to Mr. Eustis, Mr. country was likewise infested with robbers. The

Joseph Clay, Mr. Sands, Mr. M'CREERY, and measure he proposed was to inquire by what Mr. Dana, to examine and report upon the same. means the carriage of the mail to the Natchez that the Senate have passed the bill, entitled "An

A message from the Senate informed the House and New Orleans could be facilitated, so as to abridge the time now consumed, and lessen the of eleven millions two hundred and fifty thousand

act authorizing thecreation of a stock to the amount dangers and difficulties attending the transportation. Mr. M. believed a route might be pursued dollars, for the purpose of carrying into effect the whereby four hundred miles could be saved in the Convention of the thirtieth of April, one thoupresent distance to the Natchez. Mr. M. desired sand eight hundred and three, between the United such an inquiry to be made into the means of ac- States and the French Republic; and making complishing this important object, as should, while provision for the payment of the same," with an it tended to promote the great political and

com

amendment; to which they desire the concurrence

of this House. mercial interests of the country, convince the Indian tribes that our object was not to invade

The House proceeded to consider the said mestheir rights. He further observed that the usual sage: Whereupon, voyage to New Orleans was about thirty days. If

Ordered, That the amendment of the Senate, the route by land should be improved, that place together with the bill, be referred to the Committee might be probably reached in ten days. He there

of Ways and Means. fore offered the following resolution:

Ordered, That the Committee of the Whole Resolved, That the Committee on Post Offices and a report of the Committee of Claims on the peti

House to whom was referred, on the first instant, Post Roads be directed to inquire by what means the tion of Amey Dardin, be discharged from the conmail may be conveyed with greater facility and dis- sideration thereof; and that the said petition patch, than it is at present, between the City of Wash- and report be recommitted to the Committee of ington, and the Natchez and New Orleans.

Claims. Agreed to without a division.

Mr. Lyon moved the following resolution : THURSDAY, November 3.

Resolved, That provision ought to be made, by law, Ordered, That the memorial of sundry inhabi- the United States on all articles the growth, produce,

for suspending the collection of duties in the ports of tants of the two western counties of the Indiana

or manufacture, of the territory ceded to the United Territory of the United States, which was read States by the Treaty of Paris, of the thirtieth of April and ordered to lie on the table, on the twenty- last, as well as for the reimbursement of such duties as sixth ultimo, be referred to Mr. Lucas, Mr. Mor- shall have been paid on such articles since the ratificaROW, Mr. ChittENDEN, Mr. Lyon, and Mr, Clar- tion of the said treaty. GETT; that they do examine the matter ihereof, Ordered, That the said motion be referred to and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, the Committee of Ways and Means. to the House.

Mr. Early, in order to attract the attention of

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