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much of the Message of the President of the Voi fairs be instructed to inquire into the stale of ted States as relates to military affairs, and agreed preparations for the defence of the City of Washtherelo; and Messrs. Giles, Brown, TURNER, ) ingion, and whether any further provisions by BIBB, and GERMAN, were appointed the com- law be necessary for that object, with leave io miltee.
report by bill or otherwise. On motion, by Mr. BLEDSOE,
On motion, by Mr. Tarr, so much of the Mes. Resolted. That each member of the Senate be sage of the President of the United States as refurnished with a copy of the last printed register lates to naval affairs, was referred to a select comof the officers of the Army of the United States; mittee, with leave to report by bill or otherwise ; and also with a copy of the last printed register and Messrs. Tait, HOWELL, DAGgeTT, FROMENof the officers of the Navy.
Tin, and MORROW, were appointed the committee. Mr. Giles submitted the following motion for Mr. Giles submitted the following motion : consideration :
Resolved, That the President of the United States Resolved, That a committee be appointed to inquire be requested to cause to be laid before the Senate into the state of preparations for the defence of the such information, in his possession, respecting the oiCity of Washington, and whether any further pro isting state of the relations between the United States visions by law be necessary for that object, with leave and the Continental Powers of Europe, as he may deem to report by bill or otherwise.
not improper to be communicated.
The Senate adjourned 10 Monday next.
MONDAY, September 26. cut, took bis seat in the Senate.
John Taylor, from the State of South CaroMr. BRENT presented the memorial of the Presi- lina, took his seat in the Senate. dent and Directors of the Washington Bridge Mr. ROBERTS presented the resolutions of the Company, praying compensation for the injury burgesses and inhabitants of the borough of Landone the bridge on the 24th August last, by a casier, in the State of Pennsylvania, pledging military force of the United States, for reasons themselves that suitable accommodations shall be stared at large in the memorial ; which was read, provided for the President and both Houses of and referred to a select committee, to coosider Congress and for the other public offices, in case and report thereon by bill or otherwise; and a removal to that borough should be deemed ex. Messrs. BRENT, Giles, and Tait, were appointed pedient; and the resolutions were read. the committee.
The Senate resumed the consideration of the Mr.Brent presented tbe memorial of the Presi- report of the committee appointed to revise the dent and Directors of the Eastern Branch Bridge standing rules of the Senate ; and on motion, by Company, praying reimbursement to the com- Mr. WORTHINGTON, the consideration thereof was pany for the loss of the bridge, which was de- further postponed to Wednesday next. stroyed, on the 241h August last, by a military The Senate proceeded to consider the motion, force of the United States, for reasons therein submitted the 23d instant, requesting information stated; and the memorial was read, and referred respecting the state of the relations between the to the committee last mentioned, 10 consider and United Stales and the continental Powers of Eureport thereon by bill or otherwise.
rope; and agreed thereto. Mr. FROMENTIŅ submitted the following mo. Mr. GOLDSBOROUGH sụbmitted the following tion :
motion for consideration; which was read. Resolved, That, in furtherance of the resolution Resolved, That a committee of three members be agreed to by the Senate on the 18th of April last, there appointed, who, with three members of the House of be printed in future as many copies of the documents Representatives, to be appointed by that House, shall ordered to be printed by the Senate as there are printed have the direction of the money appropriated to the copies of the Journal of the Senate.
purchase of books and maps for the use of the two Oo motion, by Mr. Giles, it was referred to a Houses of Congress, select committee, lo consider and report thereon ; Ordered, That it pass to a second reading. and Messrs. FROMENTIN, WORTHINGTON, and On motion, by Mr. GOLDSBOROUGH, it was read Giles, were appointed the committee.
a second time by unanimous consent, and considThe Senate resumed the report of the selectered as in Committee of the Whole, and, no amendcommittee appointed to revise ihe standing rules ment having been proposed, the President reof the Sepaie; and on motion, by Mr. Bledsoe, ported it to the House accordingly. The resolu; the report was amended; and on motion, by Mr. liion was then ordered to be engrossed and read ANDERSON, the further consideration thereof was the third time; and it was read ihe third time by postponed to Monday Dext.
unanimous consent, and passed. Messrs. GoldsThe Senate resumed the motion made yester- BOROUGH, FROMENTIN, and Tait, were appointed day for the appointment of a committee to in the committee on the part of the Senate. quire into the state of the preparations for the de- The PRESIDENT communicated a letter from feace of the City of Washington; and on motion, the President of the Washington Library, with a by Mr. WORTHINGTON, the motion was amended resolution of the directors, offeriog the use of the aod agreed to, as follows:
library to the members of Congress; which was Resolded, That the Committee on Military Af- I read.
OCTOBER. 1814. Mr. Fromentin, from the committee to whom On request, Mr. Brent, was excused from the was referred the motion, submitted the 23d in committee to whom were referred the memorials stant, directing an additional number of copies to of the President and Directors of the Washington be printed of the public documents, reported it and Eastern Branch Bridge companies; and Mr. without amendment.
BLEDSOE was appointed in place of Mr. BRENT. A message from the House of Representatives informed the Senate that the House of Repre
FRIDAY, September 30. sentatives concur in the resolution of the Senate,
The PRESIDENT communicated a letter from of the 21st instant, for the appointment of Chap. Richards and Mallory, booksellers of Georgetown, lains; and have appointed ihe Reverend OBA- offering the use of their books to the members of DIAH B. Brown Chaplain on their part. The President communicated a report of the read.
the Senate during the present session which was Secretary for the Department of Treasury, pre- Mr. BLEDSOE called up the memorial and resopared in obedience to the "Act supplementary to lutions of the Legislature of the State of Kenthe act, entitled 'An act to establish the Trea- tucky, relative to the division line between that sury Department;" and the report was read.
State and the State of Tennessee, presented on The following Message was received from the the 15th February last; and, on his motion, they PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED States:
were referred to a select committee, to consist of To the Senate and House of
five members, to consider and report thereon by Representatives of the United States : I transmit to Congress, for their information, copies Daggett, Giles, and Brown, were appointed
bill or otherwise. Messrs. BLEDSOE, ANDERSON, of a letter from Admiral Cochrane, commanding His
the committee. Britannic Majesty's naval force on the American station, to the secretary of State, with his answer, and m.
Clarkson and others, citizens of New York,
Mr. German presented the petition of David of a reply from Admiral Cochrane.
JAMES MADISON. praying the establishment of a National Bank, SEPTEMBER 26, 1814.
fur reasons therein stated; and the petition was The Message and documents were read.
Mr. Bledsoe submitted the following motion Tuesday, September 27.
for consideration : The Senate resumed the motion, submitted the
Resolved, That the Senate will, on - next, pro23d instant, directing an additional number of the ceed to the election of a Secretary of the Senate. public documents to be printed, and agreed thereto. The Senate proceeded to the appointment of a
SATURDAY, October 1. Chaplain on their part; and, on the ballots having The Senate resumed the motion submitted yesbeen counted, it appeared that the Reverend Jesse terday, respecting the election of a Secretary of LEE had a majority, and was elected.
the Senate; and the further consideration thereof On motion, by Mr. Giles, the galleries were was postponed to Thursday next. cleared, and the doors of the Senate Chamber closed.
Monday, October 3.
William Hill Wells, from the State of DelaWEDNESDAY, September 28.
ware, took his seat in the Senate. The Senate resumed the consideration of the Mr. TAYLOR presented the petition of the citi. report of the select committee appointed to revise zens of the districts of Chesterfield, Kershaw, and the standing rules of the Senate; and the con- Lancaster, of the State of South Carolina, and sideration thereof was further postponed to Tues of the county of Anson, in the State of North day next.
Carolina, praying for the establishment of certain
post routes and post offices, for reasons therein THURSDAY, September 29.
stated ; and the petition was read. The PRESIDENT communicated a letter from
Mr. Lacock submitted the following motion : Thomas Leiper, President of the Common Coun. Resolved, That a committee be appointed to inquire cil of the city of Philadelphia, and Liberty Browne, and report to the Senate the extent of the injury done President of the Select Council, enclosing resolu- the Capitol and other public buildings of the United tions of those bodies, "That in case Congress States, by the enemy; the best means of preserving should deem a removal from the City of Wash- from further damage, by the weather, the remains of ington necessary, under existing circumstances,
those edifices, and the expediency of an appropriation they will provide suitable places for their accom
for repairing the same. modation, as well as that of the other Depart
FOREIGN RELATIONS. ments of the Government, and the offices attached The following Message was received from the to them."
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The letter and resolutions were read, and laid To the Senate of the United States : on the table.
I transmit to the Senate a report from the DepartOrdered, That the President and Directors of ment of State complying with their resolution of the the Union Bank of Alexandria have leave to 26th ultimo. withdraw their memorial presented at the last
JAMES MADISON. session.
OCTOBER 3, 1814.
Viclory on Lake Champlain.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Oct. I, 1814.
VICTORY ON LAKE CHAMPLAIN. The undersigned, acting as Secretary of State, to Mr Tait, from the Committee on Naval Af. whom was referred the resolution of the Senate, re- fairs, reported, in part, the following resolutions, questing the President to cause to be laid before the which were read, and passed to the second readSenate such information in his possession, respecting ing: the existing state of the relations between the United Resolutions expressive of of the sense of Congress of States and the Continental Powers of Europe, as he may deem not improper to be communicated, has the
the gallant conduct of Captain Thomas Macdonough,
the officers, seamen, marines, and infantry serving honor to report: That the relations of the United States with the
as marines, on board the United States' squadron on
Lake Champlain. Continental Powers of Europe continue to be those of peace and amity; nor is there, so far as is known to
Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representathis Department, reason to believe that an unfavorable tives of the United States of America in Congress aschange is likely to take place.
sembled, That the thanks of Congress be and the same Measures have been taken to continue our diploma- are hereby presented to Captain Thomas Macdonough, tic relations with France under the existing Govern- and, through him, to the officers, petty officers, seament, and to renew those with Spain, which have men, marines, and infantry serving as marines, attachbeen for a time interrupted by the peculiar circum- ed to the squadron under his command, for the decisive stances of that country. Diplomatic relations are also and splendid victory gained on Lake Champlain, on renewed with the United Provinces of the Low Coun the 11th of September, in the year
one thousand eight tries. The new Government has sent an Envoy Ex. hundred and fourteen, over a British squadron of traordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the United superior force. States, who has been received.
Resolved, That the President of the United States With the other Powers of the Continent of Europe, be requested to cause gold medals to be struck, emour relations have undergone no change since the last blematical of the action between the two squadrons, session of Congress.
and to present them to Captain Macdonough and CapAll which is respectfully submitted.
tain Robert Henly, and also to Lieutenant Stephen JAMES MONROE.
Cassin, in such manner as may be most honorable to The PRESIDENT of the U. S.
them; and that the President be further requested to present a silver medal, with suitable emblems and de
vices, to each of the commissioned officers of the Navy Tuesday, October 4.
and Army serving on board; and a sword to each of JEREMIAH Mason, from the State of New the Midshipmen and Sailingmasters, who so nobly disHampshire, took his seat in the Senate.
tinguished themselves in that memorable conflict. The Senate resumed the consideration of the
Resolved, That the President of the United States report of the select committee appointed to revise be requested to present a silver medal, with like emthe standing rules of the Senate; and, on the blems and devices, to the nearest male relative of question to agree thereto, it was determined in Stansbury, and to communicate to them the deep re
Lieutenant Peter Gamble, and of Lieutenant John the negative. The Senate proceeded to consider the motion, men, whose names ought to live in the recollection and
gret which Congress feel for the loss of those gallant submitted yesterday, for the appointment of a affection of a grateful country. committee to inquire into the extent of injury Resolved, That months' pay be allowed, exdone the Capitol, and other public edifices, by clusively of the common allowance, to all the petty the enemy, and the best means of preserving them officers, seamen, marines, and infantry serving as from further damage, by the weaiher; and agreed marines, who so gloriously supported the honor of the thereto, and Messrs. Lacock, TAYLOR, VARNUM, American flag on that memorable day. ANDERSON, and Bibs, were appointed the coin- Mr. Tait also communicated a letter from the mittee.
Secretary of the Navy, together with copies of
documents in relation to the victory obtained by WEDNESDAY, October 5.
the United States' squadron, under ihe command The Senate spent the day in the consideration the enemy, on Lake Champlain; which was read,
of Captain Thomas Macdonough, over that of of Executive business.
and ordered to be printed for the use of the
Friday, October 7. chusetts; William HUNTER, from the State of The resolutions expressive of the sense of CooRhode Island and Providence Plantations; and gress of the gallant conduct of Captain Thomas Rorus King, from the State of New York, sev- Macdonough, the officers, seamen, and marines, erally allended.
and infantry serving as marines, on board the The Senate resumed the consideration of the United States' squadron on Lake Champlain, motion submitted by Mr. BLEDBOE, the 30th Sep were read the second time, and considered as in tember; and, the blank having been filled, the Committee of the Whole; and no amendment motion was agreed to, as follows:
having been proposed, the President reported them Resolved, That the Senate will, on Thursday to the House accordingly; and the resolutions next, proceed to the election of a Secretary of the were ordered to be engrossed and read the third Senate.
The resolutions were then read the third time, | Territory to inquire into the expediency of exby unanimous consent, and passed unanimously tending ihe time for locating Virginia military
Mr. WORTHINGTON submitted the following land warrants; and agreed thereto. motion :
Mr. Tait, from the Committee on Naval AfResolved, That the committee to whom was referred fairs, reported, in part, a resolution expressive of the memorial of the Legislature of the Indiana Terri- the sense of Congress relative to the victory of tory, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of the Peacock over the Epervier; and the resoluextending the time for locating Virginia military land tion was read, and passed to the second reading. warrants; and that they have leave to report by bill or Mr. Tait communicaled a letter from the Secotherwise.
retary for the Department of the Navy, with copies On motion, by Mr. Gore.
of the official account and other
papers, relacive Resolved, unanimously, That the Senate, from to the capture of the enemy's sloop of war Epera sincere desire of testifying their respect for the vier, by the United States' sloop of war Pealong and faithful services of their late Secretary, cock, commanded by Captain Warrington; and SAMUEL A. Otis, Esq., who performed the duties the letter and documents therein referred to were of that office with punctuality and exactness, from read; and ordered to be printed for the use of the the commencement of this Government until the Senate. close of the last session of Congress, will go into A message from the House of Representatives mourning for one month, in the usual meihod of informed the Senate that the House have passed wearing crape round the left arm.
a bill. entitled "An act further to extend the right MR. JEFFERSON'S LIBRARY.
of suffrage, and to iocrease the number of memMr. GOLDBBOROUGH, from the joint committee bers of the Legislative Council in the Mississippi on the Library of Congress, reported a joint reso
Territory," in which they request the concurrence
of the Senate. lation empowering the committee to contract for the purchase of the library of Mr. Jefferson, late
The bill last brought up for concurrence was President of the United States, for the use of 'Con read, and passed to the second reading. gress; and the resolution was read, and passed to The following Message was received from the the second reading.
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: On motion, by Mr. GOLDSBOROUGH, the resolu. To the Senate and House of tion was read the second time by unanimous
Representatives of the United States : consent and considered as in Committee of the
I lay before Congress communications just received Whole; and on motion, by Mr. King, the further from the Plenipotentiaries of the United States, charged consideration thereof was postponed.
with negotiating peace with Great Britain, showing The report is as follows:
the conditions on which alone that Government is wil "That they have received, through Mr. Samuel H. ling to put an end to the war. Smith, an offer from Mr. Jefferson, late President of The instructions to those Plenipotentiaries, disclos. the United States, of the whole of his library for Con- ing the grounds on which they were authorized to negress, on such terms as they consider highly advan- gotiate and conclude a treaty of peace, will be the subtageous to the nation, and worthy the distinguished ject of another communication. gentleman who tenders it. But the means placed at WASHINGTON, October 10, 1814. the disposal of the committee being very limited, and The Message and documents were read, and totally inadequate to the purchase of such a library as
one thousand copies thereof ordered to be printed that now offered, the committee must have recourse for the use of the Senate. to Congress either to extend their powers, or adopt such other as they may think most proper,
MR. JEFFERSON'S LIBRARY. “Should it be the sense of Congress to confide this Mr. GOLDSBOROUGH, chairman of the joint matter to the committee, they respectfully submit the Library Committee of Congress, communicated a following resolution :
letter from Samuel H. Smith, Esq., enclosing one “ Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representa- from Mr. Jefferson, tendering the disposition of tives of the United States of America in Congress as his library to Congress ; which were read. sembled, That the joint library committee of the two Houses of Congress be, and they are hereby, authorized
Mr. Jefferson's letter is as follows: and empowered to contract, on their part, for the pur
MONTICELLO, September 21, 1814. chase of the library of Mr. Jefferson, late President of DEAR SIR: I learn from the newspapers that the the United States, for the use of both Houses of Con- Vandalism of our enemy has triumphed at Washinggrens."
ton, over science as well as the arts, by the destruction
of the public library, with the noble edifice in which it Monday, October 10.
was deposited. Of this transaction, as of that of Co
penhagen, the world will entertain but one sentiment. GEORGE WALKER, appointed a Senator by the They will see a nation suddenly withdraw from a great Executive of the State of Kentucky, in place of war, full armed and full handed, taking advantage of George M. Bibb, resigoed, produced his creden- another whom they had recently forced into it, untials, was qualified, and be took his seat in the armed and unprepared, to indulge themselves in acts Senate.
of barbarism which does not belong to a civilized age. The Senate proceeded to consider the motion When Van Tromp destroyed their shipping at Chatham, submitted the 7ih instant, directing the committee and De Ruyter rode triumphantly up the Thames, on the memorial of the Legislature of the Indiana he might, in like manner, by the acknowledgment of
SENATE. their own historians, have forced all their ships up to not be urged, I must add, that I have not revised the London bridge, and there have burnt them, the Tower, library since I came home to live, so that it is probable and city, had these examples been then set. London, some of the books may be missing, except in the chapwhen thus menaced, was near a thousand years old; ters of law and divinity, which have been revised, and Washington but in its teens.
stand exactly as in the catalogue, which will of course I presume it will be among the early objects of Con- be needed, whether the tender be accepted or not. I gress to recommence their collection. This will be do not know that it contains any branch of science difficult while the war continues, and intercourse with which Congress would wish to exclude from their colEurope is attended with so much risk. You know my lection. There is in fact no subject to which a memcollection, its condition and extent. I have been fifty ber of Congress may not have occasion to refer. But years making it, and have spared no paips, opportunity such a wish would not correspond with my views of or expense, to make it what it now is. While residing preventing its dismemberment. My design is either in Paris I devoted every afternoon I was disengaged, to place it in their hands entire, or preserve it so here. for a Summer or two, in examining all the principal I am engaged in making an alphabetical index of the bookstores, turning over every book with my own authors' names, to be annexed to the catalogue, in orhands, and putting by everything which related to der to facilitate the finding their works in the catalogue, America, and, indeed, whatever was rare and valuable which I will forward to you as soon as completed. in every science; besides this, I had standing orders, Any agreement you shall be so good as to take the during the whole time I was in Europe, in its princi- trouble of entering into with the committee, I hereby pal book marts, particularly Amsterdam, Frankfort, confirm. Madrid, and London, for such works relating to Amer- Accept the assurance of my great esteem and respect, ica as could not be found in Paris. So that in that
THOMAS JEFFERSON. department, particularly, such a collection was made as The Senate then resumed, as in Committee of probably can never again be effected; because it is the Whole, the “resolution empowering the joint hardly probable that the same opportunities, the same library committee to contract for the purchase of time, industry, perseverance, and expense, with some Mr. Jefferson's library ;" and, no amendment havknowledge of the bibliography of the subject, woulding been proposed, ihe President reported it to again happen to be in concurrence. During the same the House accordingly; and on the question, period, and after my return to America, I was led to Shall this resolution be engrossed and read a third procure also whatever related to the duties of those in time? it was determined in the affirmative. the highest concerns of the nation ; so that the collection, which I suppose is of between nine and ten thou. I third time by unanimous consent, and passed.
On motion by Mr. FROMENTIN, it was read a sand volumes, while it includes what is chiefly valuable in science and literature generally, extends more par. ticularly to whatever belongs to the American states
Tuesday, October 11. man; in the diplomatic and parliamentary branches,
The bill, entitled "An act further to extend the it is particularly full. It is long since I have been right of suffrage, and to increase the oumber of sensible it ought not to continue private property, and members of the Legislative Council of the Mishad provided that, at my death, Congress should have sissippi Territory," was read the second time; the refusal of it, at their own price; but the loss they and referred to a select committee, to consider have now incurred makes the present the proper mo- and report thereon; and Messrs. MORROW, BLEDment for their accommodation, without regard to the soe, and Chace, were appointed the committee. small remnant of time and the barren use of my enjoy
The resolution "expressive of the sense of Coning it. I ask of your friendship, therefore, to make for gress relative to the victory of the Peacock over me the tender of it to the Library Committee of Con- ihe Epervier," was read the second time, and congress, not knowing myself of whom the committee considered as in Committee of the Whole; and, no sists. I enclose you a catalogue, which will enable amendment having been proposed, the President them to judge of its contents. Nearly the whole are well bound-abundance of them elegantly, and of the reported it to the House accordingly; and the choicest editions. They may be valued by the persons resolution was ordered to be engrossed and read named by themselves, and the payment made conve
a third time. nient to the public; it may be, for instance, in such
Agreeably to the resolution of the 6th instant, annual instalments as the law of Congress has left at the Senate proceeded to the election of a Secretheir disposal, or in stock of any of their late loans or tary, and the whole number of ballots collected any loan they may institute at this session, so as to was thirty-one, of which CHARLES Cotts, had sixspare the present calls of our country, and await its teen, and was accordingly elected in the place of days of peace and prosperity. They may enter, never- Samuel Allyne Otis, deceased. theless, into immediate use of it, as eighteen or twenty wagons would place it in Washington in a single trip
Wednesday, October 12. of a fortnight. I should be willing, indeed, to retain a few of the books to amuse the time I have yet to administered to Charles Corts, Esq., Secretary
The oaths prescribed were, by the President, pass, which might be valued with the rest, but not included in the sum of valuation until they should be
of the Senate. restored at my death, which I would cheerfully provide
Mr. FROMENTIN, from the committee, reported for, so that the whole library, as it stands in the cata- the resolution expressive of the sense of Congress logue at this moment, should be theirs, without any relative to the victory of the Peacock over the garbling. Those I should like to retain would be Epervier, correctly engrossed; and it was read a chiefly classical and mathematical, some few in other third time. branches, and particularly one of the five Encyclope- Resolved, unanimously, That the said resoludias in the catalogue ; but this, if not acceptable, would I tion do pass.