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[Jan. 3, 1791. coins, weights, and measures, and report what they had passed a bill to provide for the unlad. is proper to be done thereon.

ing of ships and vessels in cases of obstruction Mr. Hawkins, from the committee appointed by ice, in which they desire the concurrence to take into consideration the bill to continue of the Senate; also, the report and confidential an act, entitled “ An act declaring the assent communication from the Secretary of State reof Congress to certain acts of the States of Ma specting the trade of the United States in the ryland, Georgia, and Rhode Island and Provi- Mediterranean. dence Plantations,”: reported an amendment; The above mentioned bill was read the first which Report was agreed to.

time. Ordered, That this bill be recommitted for Ordered, That this bill pass to the second further amendments, and that Messrs. MORRIS reading. and SCHƯYLER be added to the committee. The report of the Secretary of State respect

ing the trade of the Mediterranean, was read; WEDNESDAY, December 29.

and The memorial of the College of Physicians Ordered, That it lie for consideration. of the city of Philadelphia, praying that such The petition of Colonel Henry Laurens, that heavy duties may be imposed upon all distilled compensation may be allowed him for a quanspirits as shall be effectual to restrain their intity of rice supplied the troops of the United temperate use in our country;" was presented States; also, that interest may be allowed on by Mr. MORRIS, and read.

the compensation granted to his son, the late Ordered, That this memorial lie on the table. Colonel Henry Laurens, deceased, were seve

rally taken into consideration; and, THURSDAY, December 30.

Ordered, That they lie on the table. The following message was received from the A message was received from the President President of the United States:

of the United States, with a copy of an act of

the Legislature of New Jersey, vesting in the Gentlemen of the Senate, and House of Representatives:

United States the jurisdiction of a lot of land

at Sandy Hook, on which a light-house and I lay before you a Report of the Secretary of State, other buildings are erected. on the subject of the citizens of the United States in Ordered to lie on the table. captivity at Algiers, that you may provide on their

Mr. Strong, from the committee appointed behalf what to you shall seem most expedient!

to consider the report of the Secretary of the GEO. WASHINGTON.

Treasury upon the plan of a National Bank, UNITED STATES, December 30, 1790.

reported a bill, which was read the first time. The message and papers communicated were Ordered, That this bill pass to the second read; and

reading, and that one hundred and fifty copies Ordered, That they be referred to the com- thereof be printed. Inittee, appointed on the 15th instant, to consider that part of the President's speech which ed on that part of the speech of the President

Mr. SCHUYLER, from the committee appointrelates to the commerce of the Mediterranean. I of the United States which referred to the dis

trict of Kentucky, reported, Friday, December 31. Ordered,That Messrs. STRONG, ELLSWORTH; ral Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia did,

That it appears to the committee that the Gene. and Maclay be a committee to take into con: sideration the message of the President of the (upon the application of the inhabitants residing in United States, of the 23d instant, respecting wealth of Virginia, to be separated therefrom, to

the District of Kentucky, part of the Common. cases of grants of lands in the Western Terri- the intent that the said District might become an tory northwest of the river Ohio, with the pa. independent State, and a member of the Union of per's therein referred to, and report what is the United States of America,) by an act of the Leproper to be done thereon. The petition of Col. Henry Laurens was, ber, 1789, entitled " An act concerning the erec.

gislature, passed on the eighteenth day of Decemby Mr. Butler, presented and read, praying tion of the District of Kentucky into an independent compensation for ten thousand bushels of rough State," assent to the independence of the said Dis. rice, supplied the late Continental army, as set trict on certain conditions stipulated and contained forth in his petition.

in the said act, a printed copy whereof is herewith Also, the petition of Colonel Henry Laurens, submitted. praying that interest may be allowed on the

That it appears from the papers referred to the coinpensation granted to his son, the late Colo consideration of the committee that a convention of nel Henry Laurens, deceased, whilst acting as deputies from the several counties in the said Dis. special Minister at the court of France. trict was held, in conformity to the said act, which,

Ordered, That these petitions lie on the table in the name, and in behalf of the people whom they until Monday next.

represented, declared it as the will of the said peo

ple to be erected into an independent State, on the Monday, January 3.

terms and conditions specified in the said act of the A message was received from the House of Commonwealth of Virginia. Représentatives, informing the Senate, that That by the memorial of the said Convention to

JAN. 7, 1791.]

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Cengress, bearing date the 28th of July, 1790, pray- the obstructions in the river Savannah, and in that ing to be received into the Federal Union, by the leading to the town of Providence in the State of name of the State of Kentucky, it is declared that Rhode Island and Providence Plantations; the prothe people of the said District "are as warmly de gress that has been made in their removal, together voted to the American Union, and as firmly attached with a state of facts relative to the objects for which to the present happy establishment of the Federal the said acts were passed by the respective States Government as any of the citizens of the United previous to the adoption of the present Constitution States."

of the United States, and by which a duty of tonnage That from such information as the committee have is laid on ships and vessets navigating the said rivers. been able to procure, the inhabitants resident in the It passed in the negative. said District are sufficiently numerous for all the The Senate proceeded in the second reading purposes of an independent State.

of the bill, and agreed thereto, with the followThat from these facts the committee have con- ing amendments reported by the committee, to cluded that it would be proper for Congress to con- limit the operation thereof to the States of sent that the said District should become an inde. Georgia and Rhode Island, by inserting these pendent State, and be admitted as a member of the words, line 5th, after the word force: United States of America, and that a bill should be

“ So far as the same respects the States of Georprepared for that purpose.

gia and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations." And this report was accepted; whereupon,

To limit the duration of the act to one year, Ordered, That the committee which made by striking out in the same line “five,” and the report

' be instructed to prepare a bill ac- inserting "one;" and to make the word “years," cordingly.

in the same line, singular. The Senate, on Executive business, received To insert in the title of the bill, after the from the President the nomination of Abraham word “ Plantations." Ogden to be attorney for the United States in “ So far as the same respects the States of Georthe district of New Jersey, in the place of gia and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations." Richard Stockton, resigned.

Ordered, That this bill, as amended, pass to Ordered to lie on the table.

the third reading.

THURSDAY, January 6.
Tuesday, January 4,

Mr. STRONG, from the committee appointed The bill to provide for the unlading of ships to take into consideration the message of the or vessels in case of obstructions by ice was President of the United States, of the 23d Deread the second time, and ordered to pass to a cember last, respecting cases for grants of lands third reading

in the Western Territory north west of the The committee to whom was referred that Ohio, reported that a bill be brought in for the part of the speech of the President which re- purposes mentioned in the report; whereupon, lates to Kentucky, reported a bill which was read the first time, and ordered to pass to a structed to prepare and report a bill accordingly.

Ordered, That the same committee be insecond reading.

Agreeably to the order of the day, the Senate A letter was received from the Treasurer of proceeded to the third reading of the bill to the United States, with his accounts, which continue an act, entitled “ An act declaring were ordered to lie on the table.

the assent of Congress to certain acts of the The Senate entered on Executive business, States of Maryland, Georgia, and Rhode Isand confirmed the nomination made yesterday. land and Providence Plantations;" and,

Resolved, That this bill do pass with the amendWEDNESDAY, January 5.

ments. The Senate proceeded to the second reading

The bill to incorporate the subscribers to the of the bill, providing that the District of Ken Bank of was read the second time, and tucky should become an independent State, the consideration thereof was postponed to and be admitted as a member of the United Monday next. States of America; and

Mr. Langdon, from the committee to whom Ordered, That the further consideration here was referred that part of the President's speech of be postponed, and that in the meantime the which relates to the trade of the Mediterranean, ill be printed for the consideration of Congress. together with the President's message of the

Mr. Hawkins, from the committee appointed 30th of December, and the papers accompanyto take into consideration the bill to continue ing the same, made report. an act, entitled “An act declaring the assent

Ordered, That the consideration of the report of Congress to certain acts of the States of be postponed until to-morrow. Maryland, Georgia, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,” reported amendments.

FRIDAY, January 7. On motion to postpone the consideration of Agreeably to the order of the day, the Senate the amendments, to take up the following reso-proceeded to the consideration of the Report of lution reported by the committee, to wit: the committee to whom was referred that part

Resolved, That the President of the United States of the speech of the President of the United be requested to direct an inquiry as to the extent of States which relates to the trade of the Medi

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(JAN. 14, 1791.

terranean; together with the President's mes- proceeded in the second reading of the bill to sage of the 30th of December, and the papers incorporate the subscribers to the Bank of —; accompanying the same; and,

and, on motion, it was agreed to postpone the Ordereil, That the report lie on the table. further consideration thereof until to-morrow.

Mr. STRONG, from the committee to whom The Senate proceeded to the third reading of was referred the message of the President of the bill providing that the District of Kentucky the United States, of the 23d of December ult. should become an independent State, and be reported "a bill for granting lands to the inha- admitted as a member of the United States of bitants and settlers at Vincennes and the Illi- | America; and, nois country, in the Territory Northwest of the Resolved, That this bill do pass; that the title thereOhio, and for confirming them in their posses- of be, “An act declaring the consent of Congress sions;" which bill was read the first time. that a new State be formed within the jurisdiction of

Ordered, That this bill pass to the second the Commonwealth of Virginia, and admitted into the reading.

Union, by the name of the State of Kentucky;" that A message from the House of Representatives the bill be engrossed, and that the Secretary carry informed the Senate, that they have concurred it to the House of Representatives, and desire their in the amendments of the Senate to the bill to concurrence. continue an act, entitled “An act declaring The Senate proceeded in the second reading the assent of Congress to certain acts of the of the bill concerning Consuls and Vice ConStates of Maryland, Georgia, and Rhode Island suls; and, after progress, and Providence Plantations."

Orderei, That it be recommitted to Messrs. Mr. Ellsworth, from the committee appointed Ellsworth, Morris, Schuyler, Hawkins, to take into consideration that part of the speech and King. of the President of the United States which relates to the appointment of Consuls in foreign

THURSDAY, January 13. countries, reported a bill; which was read the Several resolutions, and the memorial of the first time.

Commonwealth of Virginia, calling the attenOrdereil; That this bill pass to the second tion of Congress to an act making provision for reading.

the debt of the United States, were, by Mr. The Senate proceeded in the second reading MONROE, communicated to the Senate; which, of the bill, providing “ that the District of Ken- being read, tucky should become an independent State, ånd Ordereil, That they lie on the table. be admitted as a member of the United States

The Senate proceeded to the second reading of America;” and, after progress, the further of the bill to incorporate the subscribers to the consideration of the bill was postponed until Bank of -; and agreed to fill the title with Tuesday next.

these words: “ The United States of Ame

rica." Monday, January 10.

On motion to limit the term of incorporation JOHN HENRY, from Maryland, attended.

to seven years; The Senate proceeded in the second reading A motion was made to exiend the term of inof the bill to incorporate the subscribers to the corporation to March the 4th, 1815: and on this Bank of -; and, after progress, the further the yeas and nays being required by one-fifth of consideration thereof was postponed.

the Senators present, and were: Agreeably to the order of the day, the Senate Yeas.—Messrs. Bassett, Dickinson, Ellsworth, El. proceeded to the second reading of the bill for mer, Johnson, King, Langdon, Morris, Read, Schuygranting lands to the inhabitants and settlers at | ler, and Strong.--11. Vincennes and the Illinois country, in the Ter- Nays.-Messrs. Butler, Few, Foster, Hawkins, ritory Northwest of the Ohio, and for confirm- Henry, Johnston, Izard, Maclay, Monroe, and Wining them in their possessions; and,

gate.-10. Ordered, That this bill pass to the third

So it passed in the affirmative. reading.

A motion was made to subjoin to the last

clause agreed to, as follows: TUESDAY, January 11.

Provided, nevertheless, That nothing herein conAgreeably to the order of the day, the Senate tained shall be construed to exclude the right of proceeded to the third reading of the bill for amending the same, on giving twelve months' notice, granting lands to the inhabitants and settlers at from and after the first day of January, 1800;” Vincennes and the Illinois country, in the Ter- And, after debate, the further consideration ritory Northwest of the Ohio, and for confirm- hereof was postponed. ing them in their possessions; and Resolved, that this bill do pass, and that it be sent

FRIDAY, January 14. to the house of Representatives for their .concur.

The Senate proceeded in the second reading of the bill to incorporate the subscribers to the

Bank of -; and the question being taken WEDNESDAY, January 12.

on the motion made yesterday and postponed, Agreeably to the order of the day, the Senate to wit:

rence.

Jan. 19, 1791. ]

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Provided, nevertheless, That nothing herein con- ted States in general, and for each of them in parti. tained shall be construed to exclude the right of cular; under their influence, we pray God that he amending the same, on giving twelve months' notice, will keep you, very dear friends and allies, under his from and after the first day of January, 1800.” holy and beneficent protection. It passed in the negative.

Done at Paris, this 11th September, 1790. On motion, it was agreed to reconsider the

Your good friend and ally,

LOUIS, terin of incorporation agreed to yesterday, and limit it to the fourth day of March, 1811; and,

MONTMORIN, (SEAL.]

The United States of North AMERICA. having made further progress in the bill, The Senate adjourned.

Ordered, That the Secretary return this let

ter to the President of the United States. MONDAY, January 17. JAMES Gunn, from Georgia, attended.

TUESDAY, January 18. The Senate proceeded in the second reading

A letter was read from the Secretary of State, of the bill to incorporate the subscribers to the enclosing a Postscript to the Report of meaBank of —-; and, after progress, the fur- sures, weights, and coins, now before the Sether consideration thereof was postponed.

nate; and, The following message from the President of

Ordered, That the letter and enclosure lie the United States was received:

for consideration. Gentlemen of the Senate,

:

The papers referred to in the message of the and House of Representatives:

President of the United States, of the 17th inI lay before you an official statement of the appro- stant; were read, and, priation of ten thousand dollars, granted to defray

Ordered, To lie for consideration. the contingent expenses of Government, by an act of The Senate proceeded in the second reading the 26th of March, 1790.

of the bill to incorporate the subscribers to the A copy of two resolutions of the Legislature of Bank of -; and ordered that it be recomVirginia, and a petition of sundry officers and as- mitted for further amendments. signees of officers and soldiers of the Virginia line on Mr. STRONG, from the committee to whom Continental establishment, on the subject of bounty was referred the last mentionell bill, reported lands allotted to them on the Northwest side of the sundry amendments; which, being agreed to, Ohio; and

The Senate proceeded in the second reading A copy of an act of the Legislature of Mary of the bill, and, having amended the same, the land, to empower the Wardens of the port of Balti- further consideration hereof was postponed. more to levy and collect the duty therein mentioned. GEO. WASHINGTON.

WEDNESDAY, January 19. UNITED STATES, January 17th, 1791. Ordered, That the message lie for considera- of Philadelphia was then communicated to the

A resolution of the Directors of the Library tion. The Senate, on Executive business, received and members of the Senate and House of Re

Senate, and read, providing that the President, the following communication from the President of the United States:

presentatives of the United States, shall have

free use of the books in the Library, in as full UNITED STATES, January 17th, 1791. and ample manner as if they were members of Gentlemen of the Senate:

the company. I lay before you a letter from his Most Christian Ma- The memorial of the Surgeons and Surgeons' jesty, addressed to the President and members of Mates in the Medical Department, during a very Congress of the United States of America.

considerable part of the late war, praying allowGEO. WASHINGTON.

ance for depreciation, was, by Mr. MORRIS, The letter referred to in the message is as communicated to the Senate; which, being follows:

read, was To our very dear friends and allies, the President and

Ordered, To lie on the table. members of the General Congress of the United

The Senate proceeded in the second reading States of North America.

of the bill to incorporate the subscribers to the VERY DEAR GREAT FRIENDS AND Allies:

Bank of

;

On motion to expunge the twelfth section, to We have received the letter by which you inform

wit: us of the new mark of confidence that you have shown to Mr. Jefferson, and which puts a period to shall be established, by any future law of the United

And be it further enacted, That no other bank his appointment of Minister Plenipotentiary at our States, during the continuance of the corporation Court. The manner in which he conducted during his re

hereby created; for which the faith of the United

States is hereby pledged:” sidence with us, has merited our esteem and entire approbation, and it is with pleasure that we now give

It passed in the negative. him this testimony of it.

Ordered, That this bill pass to the third It is with the most sincere pleasure tha we em- reading. brace this opportunity of renewing these assurances The Senate, on Executive business, had beof regard and friendship, which we feel for the Uni-I fore them the message from the President of the

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[Jan. 21,

1791.

United States, accompanied with a Report from Ordereil, That a committee be appointed, to the Secretary of State on a complaint made by join a committee of the Senate, to consider and the French Government in relation to an extra report what time will be proper for the comtonnage on their vessels. This message was mencement of the next Congress; to the end committed to Messrs. Morris, King, Izard, that timely notice may be given to the members Strong, and E.LSWORTH.

who are to serve for the ensuing two years.”'

The order of the House of Representatives THURSDAY, January 20.

was read, and agreed to, and The Senate proceeded to the third reading of

Ordered, That Messis. STRONG, Izard, and the bill to incorporate the subscribers to the Ellswortu, be of the Joint Committee on the Bank of --; and,

part of the Senate; and that the Secretary comOn motion to reconsider the term of incorpo-municate this appointment to the House of Reration, and limit it to the year 1801, instead of presentatives. 1811; the yeas and pays were required by one

The memorial of the merchants of Philadelfifth of the Senators present, and were:

phia, trading to India and China, praying such YEAS.—Messrs, Butler, Few, Gunn, Hawkins, dom Congress shall deem expedient, was, by

encouragement and protection as in their wisIzard, and Monroe.-6. Nays.--Messrs. Bassett, Dalton, Dickinson, Ells

Mr. Morris, presented and read; and

Ordereil, That it lie for consideration. worth, Elmer, Foster, Jolinson, King, Langdon, Mac

The Senate resumed the consideration of the lay, Morris, Read, Schuyler, Stanton, Strong, and Wingate.--16.

motion made yesterday, to wit: So it passed in the negative.

“ That the Secretary furnish any member of the On motion to expunge the twelfth section, to Senate with such extracts from the Executive Jourwit:

nal as he may direct;" And be it further enacted, That no other bank And it was agreed to amend the motion to shall be established, by any future law of the United | read as follows: States, during the continuance of the corporation Resolved, that the Secretary do furnish the hereby created; for which the faith of the United members of the Senate, when required, with extracts States is hereby pledged.”

of such parts of the Executive Journal as are not, by The yeas and nays were required by one-fifth vote of the Senate, considered secret;" of the Senators present, and were:

And it was agreed that the motion be comYeas.--Messrs. Butler, Few, Hawkins, Izard, and mitted to Messrs. EllswORTH, Gunn, and Monroe.--5.

King. Nays.--Messrs. Bassett, Dalton, Dickinson, Ells- Ordered, That the Secretary do furnish Mr. worth, Elmer, Foster, Gunn, Johnson, Johnston, Gunn with an attested copy of sundry extracts King, Langdon, Maclay, Morris, Read, Schuyler, | from the records of the Senate, when acting in Stanton, Strong, and Wingate.--18.

their Executive capacity. And it passed in the negative. Resolved, That this bil} do pass; that the titlc of it

MONDAY, January 24. be “An act to incorporate the subscribers to the

The following messages of the President of Bank of the United States;” that it be engrossed, the United States were received and read: and that the Secretary carry it to the House of Re Gentlemen of the Senate, presentatives for concurrence.

and House of Representatives: A motion was made, " That the Secretary of the United States, which has been submitted to me

I lay before you a statement relative to the frontiers furnish any member of the Senate with such ex. by the Secretary of the Department of War. tracts from the Executive Journal as he inay direct.”

I rely upon your wisdom to make such' arrangeOrdered, That the consideration of this mo. order, and the effectual protection of the frontiers,

ments as may be essential for the preservation of good tion be postponed until to-morrow.

GEO. WASHINGTON.

UNITED STATES, January 24, 1791.
FRIDAY, January 21.

Ordered, That the Secretary communicate Charles Carroll., from the State of Mary- the message and papers accompanying it, to the land, attended.

House of Representatives. A letter from the Secretary of State was communicated, with sundry enclosures, relative to

totive the American prisoners in Algiers; which, be

Gentlemen of the Senate,
and Housc of Representatives :

In execution of the powers with which Congress ing read, Ordered, That they be referred to the com

were pleased to invest me, by their act entitled "An

act for establishing the temporary and permanent seat mittee whó bad under consideration that part of Government of the United States;” and, on mature of the inessage from the President of the United consideration of the advantages and disadvantages of States, which refers to the trade of the Medi- the several positions within the limits prescribed by terranean; and that their report of the sixth of the said act, I have, by a proclamation bearing date January be recommitted.

this day, (a copy of which is herewith transmitted, ) A message from the House of Representatives directed commissioners, appointed in pursuance of informed the Senate, that they have

the act, to survey and limit a part of the territory of

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