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[JUNE, 1794. On motion, it was agreed to strike out the word trict Judges certain lists in the cases of Invalid “ Delaware” from the second section, also the fol- Pensioners," was read. lowing words in the same section, and in Dela- Resolved, That this resolution pass with amendware on the third Monday in June." Also to add, at the end of the section,

A message from the House of Representatives “ And that the Circuit Court of the District of De- informed the Senate, that the House have passed laware hereafter commence on the second Monday in the bill, entitled " An act to authorize the settleJune, instead of the 27th day of April; any law to the ment of the claims of Griffith Jones, Samuel Priocontrary notwithstanding."

leau, and John R. Livingston, against the United Also, to amend the 3d and 4th sections of the bill. States," and a bill, entitled “ An act declaring the Resolved, That this bill pass with amendments. consent of Congress to an act of the State of Ma

The bill, sent from the House of Representa- ryland, passed the twenty-eighth of December, tives for concurrence, entitled " An act for the one thousand seven hundred and ninety-three, for relief of Nicholas Reib,” was read; and, by unani- the appointment of a health officer;" in which mous consent, the rule was dispensed with, and the several bills they desire the concurrence of the bill was read a second and third time, and passed. Senate.

The bill, sent from the House of Representa- The bill last mentioned was read, and the rule tives for concurrence, entitled "An act to continue was, by unanimous consent, dispensed with, and in force, for a limited time, the act entitled " An the bill was read the second time, and referred to act to ascertain the fees in Admiralty proceedings Messrs. Potts, MORRIS, and GUNN, to consider and in the District Courts of the United States, and report thereon to the Senate. for other purposes," was read.

The bill, sent from the House of RepresentaOn the question, Shall this bill be read a second tives for concurrence, entitled " An act to authortime? it passed in the negative.

ize the settlement of the claims of Griffith Jones, Ordered, That the Secretary acquaint the House Samuel Prioleau, and John R. Livingston, against of Representatives that the Senate do not concur the United States,” was read. in this bill.

Resolved, That the further consideration of this The bill, sent from the House of Representa- bill be postponed until the next session of Congress. tives for concurrence, entitled " An act to continue The petition of George Nixon and others, clerks in force for a limited time, “ The act supplementary, in the Auditor's office, praying an increase of comto the act for the establishment and support of pensation, was read, and referred to Messrs. Ellslight-houses, beacons, buoys, and public piers," was WORTH, LIVERMORE, and MORRIS, to consider and read; and, by unanimous consent, the rule was dis- report thereon to the Senate. pensed with, and it was agreed that the bill have The bill, sent from the House of Representaat this time a second and third reading.

tives for concurrence, entitled "An act laying duResolved, That this bill pass.

ties on property sold at auction," was read the The bill, sent from the House of Representa- third time. tives for concurrence, entitled “ An act supple- Resolved, That this bill pass with amendments. mentary to the act, entitled 'An act to promote the progress of Useful Arts," was read the third time. Resolved, That this bill pass with amendments.

SATURDAY, June 7. The bill, sent from the House of Representa- A message from the House of Representatives tives for concurrence, entitled “ An act to amend informed the Senatė, that the House have passed the act, entitled 'An act to enable the officers and a bill, entitled " An act making appropriations for soldiers of the Virginia line, on Continental Esta- certain purposes therein expressed;" in which they blishment to obtain titles to certain lands lying desire the concurrence of the Senate. Northwest of the river Ohio, between the Little Mr. Potts, from the committee to whom was Miami and Sciota,” was read the third time. referred the bill, entitled "An act declaring the

Resolved, That this bill pass with amendments. consent of Congress to an act of the State of Ma

Mr. King, from the committee, to whom was ryland, passed the twenty-eighth day of Decemreferred the bill, entitled “ An act providing for ber, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-three, the payment of a certain sum of money due to the for the appointment of a health officer," reported French Republic," reported that the bill do not pass. amendments, which were read and adopted; and

Ordered, That the report lie for consideration, it was agreed, by unanimous consent, to dispense and that in the mean time it be printed for the use with the rule, and that this bill be now read the of the Senate.

third time. The bill, sent from the House of Representa- Resolved, That this bill pass, with amendments, tives for concurrence, entitled, “ An act concern- A message from the House of Representatives ing Invalids," was read the second time; and it informed the Senate, that the House disagree to was agreed, by unanimous consent, to dispense the amendments of the Senate to the bill, entitled with the rule, and that this bill be now read the "An act for the more effectual protection of the third time.

Southwestern frontier settlers." Resolved, That this bill pass.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution The resolution sent from the House of Repre- of the House of Representatives on the amendsentatives for concurrence, " directing the Secre- ments to the said bill, and tary at War to make out and return to the Dis- Resolved, That they insist on their amendments

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[SENATE. to said bill, and that a conference be desired on the sidered in paragraphs, it passed in the negativedisagreeing votes of the two Houses, and that yeas 7, nays 12, as follows: Messrs. King, ELLSWORTH, and Potts, be mana- Yeas.-Messrs. Brown, Burr, Hawkins, Henry, Jackgers at the same on the part of the Senate. son, Martin, and Ross.

A message from the House of Representatives NATS.-Messrs. Bradford, Cabot, Ellsworth, Foster, informed the Senate, that the House agree to the Frelinghuysen, Gunn, King, Livermore, Morris, Potts, proposed conference, on the disagreeing votes of Rutherfurd, and Vining. the two Houses, on the bill, entitled “ Ån act for And so the bill was rejected. the more effectual protection of the Southwestern A message from the House of Representatives frontier settlers," and have appointed managers at informed the Senate, that the House have passed the same on their part.

a “ resolve directing the respective Clerks of the The bill, sent from the House of Representa- District Courts of the United States to return tives for concurrence, entitled “ An act making copies of the tables of fees payable in the Supreme appropriations for certain purposes therein ex- or Superior Court of the State in which he repressed," was read; and it was agreed to dispense sides, to the Attorney General;" in which they with the rule, and that this bill be now read the desire the concurrence of the Senate. second time.

The resolve last brought from the House of ReOrdered, That this bill be referred to Messrs. presentatives for concurrence was read. CABOT, Ross, and Ellsworth, to consider and Resolved, That the Senate concur therein. report thereon to the Senate.

A message from the House of Representatives The report of the committee to whom was re- informed the Senate, that the House of Repreferred the bill, entitled “ An act providing for the sentatives have passed a bill, entitled "An act payment of a certain sum of money due to the making an extra allowance to certain clerks in the French Republic,” was read, as follows: public offices, and to the widows and families of

"It appears, by a statement of the account between certain deceased clerks." They have appointed the United States and France, reported to the House of a committee to join such committee as shall be Representatives, that, according to the view which is appointed on the part of the Senate, to wait on the entertained at the Treasury of that account, the United PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, and notify States, on the first day of January, 1794, were in ad- him of the proposed recess of Congress

. vance to France the sum of two millions one hundred The Senate proceeded to the consideration of eleven thousand and eighty-six livres tournois and five the resolution last mentioned ; and, deniers (being $383,162 11) beyond the instalments of Resolved, That they do concur therein, and that principal and all interest which had accrued to that period. Messrs. Vining and King be the commitiee on the

" It further appears, upon inquiry at the Treasury, part of the Senate. that, since that period, there has been advanced on ac- The bill sent from the House of Representacount of our Debt to France the further sum of seventy: tives for concurrence, entitled "An act making an one thousand two hundred and forty-two dollars and extra allowance to certain clerks in the public ofeighty-one cents.

fices, and to the widows and families of certain " And it appears, likewise, from the papers referred deceased clerks,” was read; and it was agreed, by to the committee, that the President has promised fur- unanimous consent, to dispense with the rule, and ther payment upon the same account of 1,500,000 livres that the bill be now read the second time. on the third of September next, and of 1,000,000 of livres on the 5th of November next, making together 453,750 Rose, BRADFORD, and Morris, to consider and

Ordered, That this bill be referred to Messrs. dollars, which payments, it is understood, may be anticipated at the Bank of the United States, in the

report thereon to the Senate.

proportions and at_the epochs which are desired by the

Mr. Ross, from the committee last mentioned, Minister of the French Republic.

reported that the consideration of this bill be postThese sums embrace all the parts of principal which, poned until the next session of Congress ; and the by contract, would become payable to France during report was adopted. Whereupon, the year 1794; beyond which, were there no anticipa- Resolved, That this bill do not pass. tions, nothing would be demandable during the present Mr. ELLSWORTH, from the committee to whom year but the interest on the balance of the entire Debt, was referred the petition of George Nixon and which balance, on the first day of January, 1794, is others, clerks in the Auditor's office, reported a computed at the Treasury at $2,611,587 88; whence bill, which was read, and the rule was dispensed it results that the payments which have been made, and with by unanimous consent, and the bill was read engaged to be made, exceed those which by the terms the second time. of contract could be demanded.

On motion to amend the bill, it passed in the : “This being the case, and the Loan in question have negative, and the bill being read by paragraphs, it ing been in its origin specifically appropriated to the was ordered to a third reading. purpose of the Sinking Fund; "It is the opinion of the committee, that it is not ad, informed the Senate, that the House of Repre

A message from the House of Representatives visable to divert it from its destination, as is proposed sentatives agree to some amendments, agree to by the bill referred to them; and consequently, that the bíll should not pass.”

some amendments with amendments, and disagree

to other amendments, of the Senate on the bill, On motion, it was agreed to adopt the report of entitled "An act making certain alterations in the the committee.

act for establishing the Judicial Courts, and alterOn motion, that the bill last reported on be con- ling the time and place of holding certain Courts.”

Senate.]

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(JUNE, 1794.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolu- “And be it further enacted, That all persons who tion of the House of Representatives on the bill shall be assembled or embodied in arms, upon any land last mentioned; and,

belonging to Indians, out of the ordinary jurisdiction of Resolved, that they agree to the amendments any State, or of the said Territory South of the Ohio, of the House of Representatives to their amend- for the purpose of warring against the Indians, or of ments, and recede from their own amendments to committing depredations upon any Indian town, or perthe fourth section of the said bill.

sons or property, shall thereby become liable and subMr. Vining reported, from the joint committee, ject to the Rules and Articles of War which are, or shall that they had waited on the President of the be established for the government of the troops of the

United States," UNITED STATEs, and acquainted him with the intended recess of Congress on the 9th instant. For the purpose of substituting the following: Mr. King, from the managers at the conference

And be it further enacted, That any militia officer on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the of the United States, or either of the States, conducting, bill, entitled "An act for the more effectual pro- authorizing, or attending, any expedition over the pretection of the Southwestern frontier settlers,” re- sent boundary line between the respective States and ported that they could come to no agreement with any Indian tribe or nation, except in the pursuit of par. the managers on the part of the House of Repre- ties of Indians who may commit depredations on the sentatives.

persons or property of the citizens of the United States, A message from the House of Representatives for the purpose of attacking their Indian towns, or de informed the Senate, that the House adhere to stroying their persons, or to commit other depredations their disagreement to the amendments of the Se on their rights, shall, in addition to the pains or penalnate to the bill, entitled "An act for the more ef- ties the law of the United States now subjects him to, fectual protection of the Southwestern frontier be liable to a trial by a General Court-martial, to be orsettlers."

dered by the Executive of the State or Territory to Resolved, That the Senate adhere to their which such officer shall belong, and whose duty it is amendments to the bill Jast mentioned.

is hereby declared to be, to order such Court-martial, So the bill was lost.

and shall, if found guilty thereof, be cashiered, and be Mr. Cabot, from the committee to whom wassion in the militia of the United States, or of either of

forever thereafter disqualified from holding any commisreferred the bill, entitled "An act making appro, the States ?” priations for certain purposes therein expressed,” reported that the bill pass without amendment; It passed in the negative-yeas 8, nays 11, as which report was adopted : and, the bill being read follows: in paragraphs, it was ordered to a third reading. YEAS.Messrs. Brown, Burr, Frelinghuysen, Gunn,

Henry, Jackson, Martin, and Ross.
MONDAY, June 9.

NAYS.Messrs. Bradford, Cabot, Ellsworth, Foster, On motion, the rule was, by unanimous consent, Hawkins, King, Livermore, Morris, Potts, Rutherfurd, dispensed with, and Mr. King obtained permission

and Vining. to introduce a bill for the more effectual protec

On motion that this bill be now read a third tion of the Southwestern frontiers; and the bill time by unanimous consent, it was not agreed to. had its first and second reading.

The bill for the further compensation of clerks On the question to agree to the first section of in the Auditor's office, was read the third time, the bill, which is as follows:

and passed. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre

The bill sent from the House of Representasentatives of the United States of America, in Congress tives for concurrence, entitled “An act making apassembled, "That, unless it shall be the opinion of the propriations for certain purposes therein exPresident of the United States, that a regiment of the pressed,” was read the third time, and passed. troops beretofore authorized to be raised, may, consist

On motion to rescind the resolution of both ently with the good of the public service, be employed Houses, that Congress adjourn on this day, and to for the protection of the Southwestern frontier, he be, agree to adjourn on Wednesday next, it passed in and hereby is, authorized to cause to be raised for three the negative. years, unless sooner discharged, within the States of The PRESIDENT laid before the Senate a Letter Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, the Territory from the Treasurer of the United States, with his South of the Ohio, and the State of Virginia, an addi- specie account for the quarter ending the 31st of tional regiment of infantry, consisting of one thousand March last; which were read, and ordered to lie one hundred and forty non-commissioned officers, mu- for consideration. sicians, and privates, and solely to appoint the commissioned officers thereof, and to organize the same accord- informed the Senate, that the House, having finished

A message from the House of Representatives ing to the present Military Establishment:"

the business of the session, are about to adjourn. It passed in the affirmative-yeas 15, nays 4, as Ordered, That the Secretary notify the House follows:

of Representatives, that the Senate likewise, having YEAS.-Messrs. Bradford, Cabot, Ellsworth, Foster, finished the business of the session, are about to Frelinghuysen, Gunn, Hawkins, Henry, Jackson, King, adjourn; and, he having reported that he had deLivermore, Morris, Potts, Rutherfurd, and Vining.

livered the message, the PRESIDENT of the Senate, Nars.--Messrs. Brown, Burr, Martin, and Ross.

conformably to the resolution of the 5th instant, On motion by Mr. Jackson, to postpone the adjourned the Senate to the day appointed by law last section of the bill, which is as follows: for the next meeting of Congress.

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PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES

OF THE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES,

AT THE FIRST SESSION OF THE THIRD CONGRESS, BEGUN AND HELD AT THE CITY

OF PHILADELPHIA, DECEMBER 2, 1793,

Monday, December 2, 1793.

whereupon, he was conducted to the Chair, and This being the day appointed by the Consti- made his acknowledgments to the House. tution for the meeting of the present Congress, the

The House then proceeded, in the same manfollowing members appeared and took their seats : ner, to the appointment of a Clerk, when John

BECKLEY was appointed. From New Hampshire.-Nicholas Gilman,

The usual oath was then administered to the John S. SHERBURNE, JEREMIAH Smith, and Paine

members. W INGATE. From Massachusetts.—SHEARJASHUB BOURNE, Houses, announcing their formation and readiness

Messages were interchanged between the two David COBB, HENRY DEARBORN, BENJAMIN Good

to proceed to business. HUE, Samuel Holten, William Lyman, Theo

Joseph Wheaton was appointed Sergeant-atDORE SEDGWICK, GEORGE THATCHER, and ARTE

Arms, Gifford Dally as Doorkeeper, and Thomas MAS WARD.

Claxton as Assistant Doorkeeper. From Connecticut.-Amasa LEARNED, URIAH TRACEY, Jonathan TRUMBULL, and JEREMIAH Houses to wait on the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED

A joint committee was appointed by the two WADSWORTH.

States, to inform him that a quorum of the two From Vermont.-ISRAEL SMITH.

Houses is assembled, and ready to receive any From New York.-THEODORUS BAILEY, Eze

communication that he may think proper to make KIEL GILBERT, HENRY GLENN, JAMES GORDON,

to them. SILAS Talbot, John E. VAN ALLEN, Philip VAN CORTLANDT, Peter Van GAASBeck, and JOHN

Resolved, That two Chaplains, of different de

nominations, be appointed, one by each House, to WATTS.

interchange weekly. From New Jersey.-John BEATTY, Elias BouDINOT, LAMBERT CADWALADER, ABRAHAM CLARK, tions be appointed; also a committee to report

Resolved, That a standing Committee of Elecand JONATHAN Dayton.

From Pennsylvania.--JAMES ARMSTRONG, Wil- rules and orders of proceeding.
LIAM Findley, Thomas FitzsimONS, ANDREW
GREGG, THOMAS HARTLEY, WILLIAM IRVINE, JOHN

Tuesday, December 3.
WILKES KITTERA, FREDERICK Augustus Muh-

Joseph McDowell and BENJAMIN Williams, LENBERG, PETER MUHLENBERG, Thomas Scott, from North Carolina, appeared and took their seats. and John SMILIE. From Maryland.-George Dent and SAMUEL readiness to receive the communication from the

A message from the Senate announced their SMITH.

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. The SPEAKFrom Virginia.-William B. GILES, CARTER

ER and members withdrew to the Senate ChamB. HARRISON, John HEATH, RICHARD BLAND LEE, ber, where the President attended and delivered JAMES Madison, ANDREW MOORE, ANTHONY his Speech to the two Houses, which will be found New, Joan Nicholas, Francis PRESTON, Ro- in the proceedings of the Senate, page 10. BERT RUTHERFORD, ABRAHAM VENABLE, and FRAN

On the return of the members, the Speech was CIS WALKER.

committed to a Committee of the Whole. From Kentucky.--ChristOPHER GREENUP.

A Message was received from the PRESIDENT, From North Carolina.-Thomas BLOUNT, WIL- with a copy of his Proclamation and of the Rules LIAM Johnson Dawson, Matthew Locke, NA- | prescribed by him for the government of the ExTHANIEL Macon, and ALEXANDER MEBANE.

ecutive Officers in executing the Treaties between From South Carolina.-William SMITH. From Georgia.-ABRAHAM BALDwin and Tho- to in the PRESIDENT'S Speech. (For copies of

the United States and Foreign Powers, referred MAS P. Carnes.

these papers, see the Appendix.] A quorum of the members being present, the The Senate informed the House that they had House proceeded to ballot for a Speaker, when it appointed the Right Reverend Bishop WHITE appeared that FREDERICK A. MUHLENBERG, one of Chaplain. the members from Pennsylvania, was elected; And the House proceeded to elect their Chap

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[DECEMBER, 1793.

lain. The Reverend ASABEL GREen was their present of $10,000, if the hostile tribes should agree choice.

to terms. They were instructed to prevent, if

possible, a confederacy of the Indians; to secure WEDNESDAY, December 4.

and explain the nature of our right of pre-emption

to their lands, and to admit no British agents to PELEG Coffin, Jr., from Massachusetts; Wil- the treaty as mediators; they might, however, LIAM MONTGOMERY, from Pennsylvania; and Wil-attend the treaty as spectators, as the United States, LIAM Vans MURRAY, from Maryland, appeared, wishing to deal'fairly with the Indian tribes, and produced their credentials, and took their seats in secure an honorable peace, did not care who wito the House; the oath to support the Constitution nessed the transaction. of the United States being first administered to Some objections were started to reading the them by the SPEAKER, according to law. Journal with open galleries until the nature of it

The House resolved itself into a Committee of was known. After a short conversation upon the the Whole House on the Speech of the President propriety of reading it privately, a motion to adOF THE UNITED States to both Houses of Con-journ was made and carried. gress; and, after some time spent therein, the Chairman reported that the Committee had had the said Speech under consideration, and come to a

THURSDAY, December 5. resolution thereupon; which was twice read, and Fisher Ames and Dwight Foster, from Mas. agreed to by the House, as follows:

sachusetts; and NATHANIEL Niles, from Vermont, Resolved, that it is the opinion of this Com- appeared, produced their credentials, and took mittee that a respectful Address ought to be pre- their seats. sented by the House of Representatives to the The House resumed the reading of the papers PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, in answer to communicated by the Secretary of War, yesterhis Speech to both Houses of Congress, at the day, and went through the same. commencement of this session, containing assur- Ordered, That the said papers be committed to ances that this House will take into consideration the Committee of the Whole House on the state the various and important matters recommended of the Union. to their attention.

The following Message was received from the Ordered, That Messrs. Madison, SEDGWICK, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED States: WATTs, Hartley, and Samuel Smith, be ap- Gentlemen of the Senate, and pointed a committee to prepare an Address pursuant to the said resolution.

of the House of Representatives : Resolved, That this House will, to-morrow,

As the present situation of the several Nations of again resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole Europe, and especially of those with which the United House on the said Speech.

States have important relations, cannot but render the A petition of Henry Latimer, of the State of state of things, between them and us, matter of inte. Delaware, was presented to the House and read, resting inquiry to the Legislature, and may, indeed, complaining of an undue election and return

of give rise to deliberations to which they alone are comJohn Patton, to serve as a member of this House them certain correspondences which have taken place.

petent, I have thought it my duty to communicate to for the said State.

The Representative and Executive bodies of France Ordered, That the said petition do lie on the have manifested, generally, a friendly attachment to this table.

country; have given advantages to our commerce and TREATY WITH THE INDIANS.

navigation, and have made overtures for placing these

advantages on permanent ground; a decree, however, of A communication was received from the War the National Assembly, subjecting vessels laden with Department, consisting of a copy of the instruc- provisions to be carried into their ports, and making tions given to the Commissioners for treating with enemy-goods lawful prize, in the vessel of a friend, conthe Indians North of the Ohio; the Journal of trary to our treaty, though revoked at one time, as to those Commissioners, and a list of the officers in the United States, has been since extended to their vesthe service of the United States.

sels also, as has been recently stated to us. RepresentSome objection was at first made to reading the ations on this subject will be immediately given in charge two first communications, but was afterwards to our Minister there, and the result shall be communiwaived.

cated to the Legislature. The instructions were then read. They pre

It is with extreme concern I have to inform you, that mise, that it appears a great majority of the peo- the proceedings of the person whom they have unfortuple of the United States are averse to the Indian nately appointed their Minister Plenipotentiary here, war, and wish for peace with the savages if it can tion which sent him; their tendency, on the contrary,

have breathed nothing of the friendly spirit of the Nabe obtained on just and honorable terms. They has been to involve us in war abroad, and discord contemplate the treaty at Fort Harmar as valid, and anarchy at home. So far as his acts, or those and the sales made there, good. They propose of his agents, have threatened our immediate comoffering the hostile Indians, if they should come to mitment in the war, or flagrant insult to the authority terms of accommodation, the guarantee of the of the laws, their effect has been counteracted by the United States against any impositions of her citi- ordinary cognizance of the laws, and by an exertion of

The Commissioners were empowered to the powers confided to me. Where their danger was promise $50,000 worth of goods, and an annual not imminent, they have been borne with, from senti

zens.

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