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LIST OF THE MEMBERS.
niel, Nathan Gaither, Albert G. Hawes, R. M. Johnson From MAINE--John And on, James Bates, George Thomas A. Marshall, Christopher Tompkins, Charles i i
Joseph Lecompte, Chittenden Lyon, Robert P. Letcher Evans, Cornelius Holland, Leonard Jarvis, Edward Kaya.
Wickliffe. nagh, Rufus McIntire.
'I'ENNESSEF--Thomas D. Arnold, John Bell, Jo) NEW IIAMPSHIRE -John Brodhead, Thomas Chand. ler, Joseph Hammons, Henry Hubbard, Joseph 11. Har. Blair, William Fitzgerald, William Hall, Jacob C. Isac!
Care Johnson, James K. Polk, James Standiser, per, John W. Weeks. MASSACHUSETTS-John Quincy Adams, Nathan
OHO--Joseph il. Crane, Eleutheros Cooke, Willi I Appleton, Isaac C: Bates, George N. Briggs, Rufus Choate, w. Irvin, William Kennon, Humphrey_II. Leavitt,
Creighton, jun., Thomas Corwin, James Findlay, Will Henry A. S. Dearborn, Jolin Dariç, Edward Everett, lain Russel, William Stanberry, John Thomson, Jos. Dl George Grennell, jun., James L. Hodges, Joseplı G. Kendall, John Reed, (one vacancy.)
Vance, Samuel F. Vinton, Elisha Whittlesey, RHODE ISLAND--'Tristam Burges, Dutee.. Pearce. ward D. White.
LOUISIANA-H. A. Bulard, Philemon Thomas, CONNECTICUT--Noyes Barber, William W. Ells
INDIANA-Ratliff Boon, John Carr, Jonatlian McC: worth, Jabez W. Huntington, Ralph I. Ingersoll, William
MISSISSIPPI--Franklin E. Plummer.
ILLINOIS— Joseph Duncan.
ALABAMA-Clement C. Clay, Dixon H. Lewis,
muel W. Mardis. NEW YORK-William G. Angel, Gideon II. Barstow, Joseph Bouck, William Babcock, Jolin T. Bergen, jolm
MISSOLRI--William II. Ashley. C. Brodhead, Samuel Beardsley, John A. Collier, Bates
DELEGATES. Cooke, C. C. Cambreleng, Jolin Dickson, Charles Dayan,
ICHIGAN-Austin E. WING. Ulysses F. Doubleday, William Hogar, Michael Hoff.
ARKANSAS--Ambrose H. Sevier. 11:21), Freeborn G. Jewett, John King, Gerrit Y. Lansing, ames Lent, Job Pierson, Nathaniel Pitcher, Edmund II.
FLORIDA--Joseph M. White. Pendleton, Edward C, Reed, Erastus Root, Nathan Scole,
Moxday, DECEMBER 5, 1831. John W. Taylor, Phineas L. Tracy, Gulan C. Verplanck, Frederick Whittlesey, Samuel J. Wilkin. Grattan I. This being the day appointed by the constitution fo Wheeler, Campbell P. White, Aaron Ward, Daniel meeting of Congress, at 12 o'clock the Clerk called Wardwell.
House to order, and having called the roll of the is NEW JERSEY--Lewis Condict, Silas Condict, Richard bers by States, to ascertain if a quorum was present. 11. Cooper, Thomas H. Hugbes, James Fitz Randolph, hundred and two members answered to their names Isana Southard.
quorum being present, PENNSYLVANIA--Robert Allison, Jolin}anks, George The flouse proceeded to the election of a Speaker, Burd, John C. Bucher, Thomas 11. Crawford, Richard on counting the ballots, the following result was anno: Coulter, Harmar Denny, Lewis Dewart, Joshua Evans, ed, viz. The whole number of votes given in, 195; ne James Ford, John Gilmore, William Heister, Henry Hori', sary to a choice, 98. Peter Ihrie, jun., Adam King, Henry King, Joel K. Mann, For AndOW STEVENSON, of Virginia, 98. Robert McCoy, Henry A. Muhlenberg, T. M. Mickennan, For Jorn. B. SUTHERLANT), of Pennsylvania, 54. David Potis, jun., Andrew Stewart, Samuel A. Smith, For C. A. WICKLIFFE, of Kentucky, 15. Philander Stephens, Joel B. Sutherland, John G. Wat For join: W. TAYLOR, of New York, 18. mough.
For LEW's Condicr, of New Jersey, 4. DELAWARE--John J. Milligan.
Scattering, 6. MARYLAND--Benjamin C. Howard, Daniel Jenifer, Mr. Cookt, of Ohio, offered his ballot to the tellers, John L. Kerr, George E. Mitchell, Benedict I. Semines, after they had conimenced counting the votes, (he having, John S. Spence, Francis Thomas, George C. Washington, been accidentally without the Hall while the ballot boxes J. T. II. Worthington.
wereliunded round;) but some hesitation being manifesteri VIRGINIA--Mark Alexander, Robert Allen, William by the teliers as to ihe regularity of receiving the vote of S. Archer, William Armstrong, John S. Barbour, Thomas ir. C. at that period of the proceeding, he waived press T. Bouldin, Nathaniel H. Claiborne, Robert Craig, Joseph ing it.) W. Chinn, Richard Coke, jun., Thomas Davenport, 'The Hon. ANDREW STEVENSON, of Virginia, having rePhilip Doddridge, Wm. F. Gordon, Charles C. Johnston, ceived 98 voics, (the exact number necessary for a choice, John Y. Mason, Lewis Maxwell, Charles F. Mercer, Wilwas declared to be duly elected Speaker of the House of liam McCoy, Thomas Newton, John M. Patton, John J. Representatives: whereupon, being conducted to the Roane, Andrew Stevenson.
chair by the Hon. THOMAS Newton, of Virginia, the NORTH CAROLINA—Daniel L. Barringer, Laughlin Speaker addressed the House as follows: kethune, John Branch, Samuel P. Carson, Henry W. " GENTLEMEN: In accepting, a third time, this exalted Conner, Thomas H. Hall, Micajah T. Hawkins, James J. station, I cannot adequately express the deep sense I enMcKay, Abraham Rencher, William B. Shepard, Augus- tertain of the honor you have been pleased again to contine II. Shepperd, Jesse Speight, Lewis Williams. fer upon me, or my warm feelings of gratitude for this
SOUTH CAROLINA--Robert W. Barnwell, James distinguished proof of your continued confidence and
ferred in a manner, and under circumstances peculiarly GEORGIA- Thomas F. Foster, Henry G. Lamar, Da- calculated to gratisy and flatter me; and I shall eve: niel
Newman, Wiley Thompson, Richard H. Wilde, James rish it as the most valuable reward for my past ser M. Wayne, (one vacancy.)
The office of Speaker of this House has, at no period KENTUCKY--John Adair, Chilton Allan, Henry Da- history, been without its embarrassments and trial
Dec. 5, 6, 7, 1831.)
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if, in times of profound tranquillity and repose, its duties of, for each member, not to exceed the price of three daily have justly been regarded by the most eminent of the papers. distinguished individuals who have filled the chair, as ar. Adjourned. duous and responsible, how greatly must its labors and
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6. responsibilities be enhanced in times of high political and
On motion of Mr. TAYLOR, it was party divisions! "I certainly am not vain enough to suppose that it will
Rezolved, That two Chaplains, of different denominabe in my power to discharge the duties of this high office tions, be elected by Congress, one hy each House, to serve in a manner suitable to its dignity and importance, or as
the present session, who shall interchange weekly. I could myself wish; indeed, there is no mar, I am very terday to wait on the President of the United States, and
Mr. WARD, from the joint committee appointed yes. confident, be he whom he may, who could at such a time assume its responsibilities, without distrusting greatly his inform him that Congress is assembled, and ready to reown abilities.' I shall not, however, despair. Actuated ceive any communication he may be pleased to make, reby an honest and manly zeal, I shall endeavor at least to ported that the committee had performed the duties of its justify the choice of my friends, and merit the confidence appointment, and that the President angwered that he and the respect of the House.
would make a communication to the two Houses of Con“Whoever shall fill this chair to his own honor or the gress to-lay at 12 o'clock, M. sadvantage of the nation, must possess not only this confi
Immediately after, a communication in writing was redence of the House, but the esteem and respect of the ceived from the President of the United States, by Mr. honorable and high minded men over whom he presides. Donelson, his private Secretary; which was read.' [Sce Neither station nor power can coerce esteem or respect.
Appendix.) They can only be acquired by integrity, impartiality, and
On motion of Mr. JOHNSON, of Kentucky, the said independence here. These alone can shed'honor or lus- message was committed to the Committee of the whole tre on this station, and make it, both as it regards the house on the state of the Union; and ten thousand copies House and the nation, whiat it should be.
thereof, with the documents accompanying the same, were "I unfeignedly assure you, gentlemen, that I shall need ordered to be printed for the use of the inembers of this and espect your cordial and kind co-operation in preserv.
House. ng order and dignity in our deliberations, and sustaining
Adjourned. he authority of the Chair; and I earnestly hope so to discharge its duties as to ensure to its decisions not merely a
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7. eluctant support, but a steady and checrsul acquiescence
FIFTH CENSUS. in their justice and propriety. "I tender you gentlemen, my coiclial co-operation in of the United Siates, by Mr. Donelson, his private Secre.
The following message was received from the President he discharge of your high duties, and ardently pray that we may, by our conduct and deliberations, render this House worthy of the high name and character of our be.
WASHINGTOX, December 7, 1891 loved country.”
I tronsmit lierewith, for the information of Congress, The oath to support the constitution of the United States, two letters from the Secretary of State, accompanied by. As prescribed by the act, entitled “ An act to regulate the statements from that department, showing the progress time and manner of administering certain oaths, was then which has been made in taking the fifth census of the inadministered to the Speaker, by Mr. Newton, one of the habitants of the United States. And also, by & printed Representatives from the State of Virginia, and the same copy of the revision of the statements heretofore transmitoath (or affirmation) was thereupon administered by the ted to Congress, of all former enumerations of the popuSPEAKER to all the other members present.
lation of the United States, and their Territories. On motion of Mr. SPEIGHT, it was
ANDREW JACKSON. Resolved, unanimously, That M. St. C. Clarks, Clerk
The message being read, was laid on the table, and orto the late blouse of Representatives, be appointed Clerk dered to be printed. this House.
The following is the recapitulationi, On motion of Mir. TAYLOR, it was
Exhibiting the general aggregate amount of each description Resolved, That the rules and orders established by the of persons in the United States, by classes. ite House of Representatives be deemed and taken to
the rules and orders of proceeding to be observed in Mialeg-under 5 years of age, 972,194 his House, unul a revision or alteration shall have taken
of 5 and under 10, 782,637 blace.
15, 671,688 On motion of Mr. POLK, it was
20, 575,614 Ordered, That a message be sent to the Senate to inform
30, 952,902 hat body that a quorum of this Ilouse has assembled; that
40, 592,596 ANDREW STEYENson bas been elected Speaker thereof;
50, 369,370 that this House is now ready to proceed to business; and
60, 230,500 that ihe Clerk do go with said message.
70, 134,910 On motion of Mr. WARD, it was
80, 58,136 Resolved, That a committee be appointed, on the part
90, 15,945 pf this House, to join such committee as may be appointed
100, 1,993 on the part of the Senate, to wait on the President of the
of 100 and upwards, 2745,358,759 United States, and inform him that Congress is assembled, Femules under 5 years of age, 920,104 ind ready to receive any communication he may be pleased
of 5 and under 10, 751,649 to make
15, 639,063 | Mr. WARD, of New York, and Mr. Bell, of Tennessee,
20, 597,713 were appointed the committee on the part of this House.
30, 915,662 On motion of Mr. JOHNSON, of Kentucky, it was
40, 555,565 Resolved, That the Clerk cause the members of this
50, 355,425 louse to be furnished, during the present session, with
60, 225,928 uch newspapers as they may direct, the expense where
ERER WHITE PERSOXS.
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Dec. 8, 12, 1831. Females- of 70 and under 80, 58,034
A second balloting became necessary; but, before going of 80 90, 17,572
The House adjourned.
Thursday, DECEMBER 8.
On motion of Mr. TAYLOR, an order was passed for of 10 and under 24, 313,676
the appointment of the several standing committees, pur-
suant to the rules and orders of the House.
The House resumed the balloting for an Assistant Door-
keeper, which was suspended yesterday by the adjournof 100 and upwards, 718-1,014,345 ment. Four ballotings took place, of each of which the Femalem under 10 years of age, 347,566
following statement shows the result: of 10 and under 24, 308,793
20 ballot. 3d ballot. 4th ballot.
22 withdrawn. of 100 and upwards, 668— 996,284 Franklin S. Meyer, 17
3 John B. Dade,
12 withdrawn. Total number of slaves, 2,010,629 William B. Randolph, 8
2 FREE COLORED PERSO8. William J. McCormick, 6
4 Malcs--under 10 years of age, 48,737
1 of 10 and under 24, 43,126
Jour W. Husten, of Georgia, having, on the fourth of 100 and upwards, 266-- 153,495 ballot, a majority of the votes, was declared duly elected, Percules--under 10 years of age, 47,347
Whereupon, the SPEAKER administered to the several of 10 and under 24, 48,125
officers elected, the cath prescribed by law.
The House then adjourned to Monday.
55, 24, 266
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12.
The following gentlemen were announced as having Total number of free colored persons,
been appointed by the Chair, since the last sitting of the 319,467
House, to compose the several
Committee of Elections.--Messrs. Claiborne, Randolph, port of the Secretary of the Treasury on the state of the finances, (see Appenelis,) which was laid on the lable, and,
Committee of Ways and Means.--Messrs. McDuffie, On motion of Mr. POLK, ten thousand copies thereof Verplanck, Ingersoll, Gilmore, Alexander, Wilde, and
Gaither. were ordered to be printed. The rule requiring a motion to print an extra number of copies of any document, to lie
Committee on Commerce.--Messrs. Cambreleng, Flowone day for consideration, being dispensed with by'umani. ard, Sutherland, Lamar, Newton, Davis of Massachusetts,
and Jarvis. mous consent of the blouse.
Committee of Claims.--Messrs. Whittlesey of Ohio, Bar, OFFICERS OF THE IIOUSE.
ber of Connecticut, McIntire, Patton, Ihrie, llogan, and The House then proceeded to the clection of its re- Rencher. maining officers.
Committee on Foreign Affairs.-Messrs. Archer, Eve. For Sergeant-at-Arms, there were two ballotings, as rett of Massachusetts, l'aylur, Pulk, Crawford, Barnwell, follows:
and Wayne. 1st ballot. 20 ballot.
Committee on Military Affairs.—Messrs. Drayton, Vance, John 0. Dunn,
89 95--elected. Blair of South Carolina, Mitchell of Maryland, Speight, William A. Gordon,
Aclair, and Ward.
Committee on Naval Afairs.--Messrs. Hoffman, Carson, William B. Robinson,
White, of New York, Anderson, Branch, Milligan, and Ovintox Carr was elected Doorkeeper-receiving Watmough. 110 votes out of 176, on the first ballot.
Committee on Indian Affairs.-Messrs. Bell, Lewis, The following was the result of the first ballot for As. Thompson of Georgia, Angel, Storrs, Mason, and Lesistant Doorkeeper:
compte. Moses Poor had
35 votes. Committee on Manufactures.--Messrs. Adlams, Lewis Chester Griswold,
25 Condict, Findlay, liorn, Dayan, Worthington, and BarJohn W. Hunter,
25 bour, of Virginia. John B. Dacle,
Committee on Agriculture.--Messrs. Root, McCoy, of Franklin S. Meyer,
14 Virginia, Smith, of Pennsylvania, Chandler, Jenifer, W. J. McCormick,
12 Wheeler, and Tompkins. William B. Randolph,
Committee on the Judiciary -- Messrs. Davis, of South Daniel Palmer,
11 Carolina, Ellsworth, Daniel, White, of Louisiana, Foster, Francis Barnes,
Gordon, and Beardsley. John Kemper,
Committee for the District of Columbia.--Messrs. DodGeorge Price,
dridge, Washington, Semmes, Armstrong, Thomas, of Ceorge W. Ilowell,
Maryland, McCoy, of Pennsylvania, and Chinn.
Dac. 12, 1831. ) Slavery in the District of Columbia. ---3ppropriations for 1832.
[H. of R. Committee on the Post Ofice and Post Roads. – Messrs. which he did not know but that it might be a proper sub. Johnson, of Kentucky, Conner, Russel, Pearce, Jewett,ject of legislation by Congress, and he, therefore, moved Johnston, of Virginia, and Newnan.
that the petitions he had had the honor of presenting, Committee on Prirute Land Claims.-Messrs. Johnson, should be referred to the Cominittee on the Affairs of the of Tennessee, Coke, Stanberry, Mardis, Marshall, Carr, District of Columbia, who would dispose of them as they, of Indiana, and Bullard.
upon examination of their purport, should deem proper, Committee on Public Lands. -- Messrs. Wickliffe, Dun- and might report on the expediency of granting so much can, Hunt, Irvin, Clay, Boon, and Plummer.
of the prayer of the petitioners as referred to the abolition Committee on Revolutionary Claims.—Messrs. Muhlen- of the slave trade in the District. berg, Nuckolls, Bouldin, Crane, Bates, of Massachusetts, As to the other prayer of the petitions, the abolition by Hammons, and Standifer.
Congress of slavery in the District of Columbia, it bad oc('ommittee on Revolutionary Pensions.— Messrs. Hub- curred to him that the petitions might have been committed bard, Isacks, Mitchell, of South Carolina, Denny, Pendle-to his charge under an expectation that it would receive his ton, Doubleday, and Kavanagh.
countenance and support. He deemed it, therefore, his duty Committee on Invalid Pensions.—Messrs. Burges, Ford, to declare that it would not. Whatever might be his opiEvans, of Maine, Reed, of New York, Appleton, Lansing, nion of slavery in the abstract, or of slavery in the District and Southard.
of Columbia, it was a subject which he hoped would not Committee on Public Expenditures.— Messrs. Hall, of be discussed in that Ilouse; if it should be, he might perNorth Carolina, Davenport, Lyon, Thomson, of Ohio, haps assign the reasons why he could give it no counteCoulter, Pierson, and Henry King:
nance or support. At present, he would only say to the Committee on the Territories.--Messrs. Kerr, of Maryland, House, and to the worihy citizens who had committed Creighton, W. B. Shepard, Williams, of North Carolina, their petitions to his charge, that the most salutary mediHuntington, Allan, of Kentucky, and Roane.
cines, unduly administered, were the most deadly of poi. Committee of Accounts.-Messrs. Allen, of Virginia, sons. He concluded by moving to refer the petitions to Burd, and Bergen.
the Committee for the District of Columbia. Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business.—Messi's. Reed, of Massachusetts, Kennon, and Soule.
APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1832. Committee on Expenditures in the Treasury Depart
The SPEAKER laid before the House the following inent. -- Messrs. Stephens, Wardwell, and Fitzgerald.
Committee on Expenditures in the War Department.--communication from the Secretary of the Treasury, which Messrs. A. H. Shepperd, Mann, and Felder.
was referred to the Committee of Ways and Means: Committee on Expenditures in the State Department.-
TREASURY DEPARTMENT, December 8, 1831. Messrs. Lent, Evans, of Pennsylvania, and Mckay.
Committee on Expenditures of Public Buildings. ---Messrs. Sir: I have the honor to transmit, for the information of Young, Spence, and Tracy.
the House of Representatives, an estimate of the appropria. Corrmittee on Expenditures in the Post Office.- Messrs. tions proposed to be made for the service of the year 1832, Hawes, Bates, of Maine, and Brodheail, of New York. amounting to
$11,551,154 38 Committee on Expenditures in the Navy Department.- Viz. Messrs. Maxwell, Hall, of Tennessee, and Harper.
Civil list, foreign intercourse, and misSLAVERY IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.
Military service, including fortifications, This being the first day of the session for presenting peti- armories, ordnance, Indian affairs, revolutions, a great number were presented. Among others, tionary and military pensions, and interMr. ADAMS, of Massachusetts, (the ex-President of nal improvements,
5,736,470 02 the United States,) presented fifteen petitions, all nume Naval service, including the marine rously subscribed, from sundry inhabitants of Pennsylvania, corps,
3,407,618 71 all of the same purport, praying for the abolition of slavery and the slave trade in the District of Columbia, and moved To the estimates are added statements, that the first of them should be read; and it was read ac- showingcordingly.
1. The appropriations for the service Mr. A. then observed that it bad doubtless been remark- of the year 1832, made by former acts, ed that these petitions came not from Massachusetts, a including public debt, gradual improveportion of whose people he had the honor to represent, ment of the navy arming and equipping but from citizens of the State of Pennsylvania. He had the militia, subscription to canal stocks, received the petitions many months ago, with a request revolutionary claims, and Indian affairs, that they should be presented by him, and, although the amounting to
11,312,945 00 petitioners were not of his immediate constituents, he had 2. The existing appropriations, which not deemed bimself at liberty to decline presenting their will not be required for the service of the petitions, their transmission of which to him manifested a year 1831, and which it is proposed to confidence in him for which he was bound to be grateful. apply in aid of the service of the year From a letter which had accompanied those petitions, he 1832, amounting to
501,102 78 inferred that they came from members of the Society of 3. The existing appropriations, which Friends; a body of men than whom there was no more will be required to complete the service respectable and worthy class of citizens, none who more of 1831, and former years, but which will strictly made their lives a commentary on their professions; be expended in 1831, amounting to 3,423,525 87 a body of men comprising, in his firm opinion, as much of These three last mentioned amounts, together with as human virtue, and as little of human infirmity, as any other much as may remain unexpended of the sum stated in the reequal number of men of any denomination upon the face port on the finances, presented by this department on the of the globe.
7th instant as the estimated expenditure in the fourth quarThe petitions, Mr. A. continued, asked for two things: ter of the present year, and with such sums as may be apthe first was the abolition of slavery; the second, the propriated by Congress for the year 1832, will complete the abolition of the slave trade in the District of Columbia. whole amount subject to the disposition of the Executive There was a traffic in slaves carried on in the District, of Government in that year.
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Dissection of the President's Message.-- Bank of the United States.
[Dec. 12, 1831,
There is also added to the estimates a statement of the manufactures, and a modification of the tariff, be referred several appropriations which will probably be carried to to the Committee on Manufactures. the surplus fund at the close of the present year, either 10. Resolved, That so much of said message as relates because the objects for which they were made are com- to the Indian tribes, and to their removal beyond the limits pleted, or because these sums will not be required for, of the States, be referred to the Committee on Indian or will no longer be applicable to, them, amounting to Affairs. two hundred and fifteen thousand one hundred and ninety 11. Resolved, That so much of said message as relates four dollars and forty-eight cents.
to the public lands, be referred to the Committee on PubI have the honor to be, with great respect, your obedi- lic Lands. ent servant,
12. Resolved, That so much of said message as relates LOUIS McLANE, to the condition of the District of Columbia, be referred
Secretary of the Treasury. to the Committee for the District of Columbia. To the Hon. the Speaker
13. Resolved, That so much of said message as relates of the House of Representatives U. S.
to our system of public accounts, and which recommends DISSECTION OF THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE. the subject to the attention of Congress, “with a view to
a general reform in the system,” be referred to a select 1 On motion of Mr. WAYNE, of Georgia, the House then committee. resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole on the state 14. Resolved, That so much of said message as relates of the Union, Mr. Adair, of Kentucky, in the chair. The to giving the election of President and Vice President to result of the proceedings in Committee of the whole was the people, and limiting the service of the former to a sin. the adoption of the following resolutions; all of which were gle term, and which recommends the disqualification of moved by Mr. Wayne, except that concerning the Patent members of Congress to receive an office from a PresiOffice, which was moved by Mr. Tarlon, of New York; dent in whose election they may have had an official agenthat concerning internal improvements, which was moved cy, be referred to a select committee. by Mr. WICKLIFFE, of Kentucky; and that concerning im 15. Resolved, That so much of said message as relates prisonment for debt, which was moved by Mr. Johnson, to the Bank of the United States, and to the disposal of the of Kentucky.
stock held in the same by the Government, be referred to 1. Resolved, That so much of the President's message a select committee. as relates to the political relations of the United States 16. Resolved, That so much of said message as relates with foreign nations, and which recommends a revisal of to internal improvements, be referred to a select comour consular laws, be referred to the Committee on Fo- mittee. reign Affairs.
On these resolutions there was some desultory debate, 2. Resolved, That so much of the said message as relates the only remarkable part of which was what concerned the to the state of the public finances, the public debt, and
BANK OF THE UNITED STATES. revenue, of the Bank of the United States, and which recommends that arrangements be adopted at the present The form of the resolution on that subject, as Mr. WAYNE session of Congress to relieve the people from unneces. first moved it, was, that so much of the message as relates sary taxation after the extinguishment of the public debt, to the subject of the Bank of the United States should be be referred to the Committee of Ways and Means. referred to a select committee.
3. Resolved, That so much of said message as relates to Mr. McDUFFIE moved to amend the resolution so as the commerce of the United States with foreign nations to refer the subject to the Committee of Ways and Means, and their dependencies, and which submits to the consi Mr. WAYNE observed that he must earnestly oppose deration of Congress “occurrences which have lately the amendment citered by the gentleman from South taken place at the Falkland Islands, in which the name of Carolina, and that in doing so he would be obliged to the republic of Buenos Ayres” has been used to cover say more than he wished to do at this early period of the with a show of authority acts injurious to our commerce, session. and to the property and liberty of our fellow-citizens, be Among the resolutions offered by him, referring the difreferred to the Committee on Commerce.
ferent parts of the President's message to the standing and 4. Resolved, That so much of said message as relates to select committees, there was a proposal to refer so much the report of the Secretary of War, and the public inte of the message as related to the Bank of the United States rests entrusted to the War Department, be referred to the to a select committee. He had been induced to make it for Committee on Military Affairs.
many reasons---besides the peculiar attitude in which the 5. Resolved, That so much of said message as relates to subject had been presented to the country, by the differthe report of the Secretary of the Navy and the naval ser-ence of opinion in regard to it between the President of vice, be referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs. the United States and the Secretary of the Treasury. The
6. Resolved, That so much of said message as relates to one told us that his opinions heretofore expressed in relathe operation of the laws respecting patents; to the exten- tion to the Bank of the United States, as at present orsion of the judiciary system of the United States, which ganized, were unchanged; and those opinions had been recommends a more liberal policy towards unfortunate so expressly, distinctly, and positively announced, that no debtors to the Government; the extension of the provi- one doubted what they were. The Secretary's were disions of the act passed for the relief of certain insolvent (rectly the reverse of those of the President, and, Mr. W. debtors in the second session of the twenty-first Congress, thought, had already been improperly used, or had been and which recommends a modification of the lawso“ for affected to be considered as a compromise' by the Presienforcing the payment of debts due either to the public or dent of his original views upon the subject. Indeed, many to individuals suing in the courts of the United States, as said they once thought the bank to have been in danger, to restrict the imprisonment of the person to cases of but now no longer so; because the Secretary's report be fraudulent concealment of property, be referred to the gan with an extended argument in support of the bank, Committee on the Judiciary:
and was concluded with a petitionary recommendation 7. Resolved, That so much of said message as relates to that it might be viewed as one of those subjects of conthe patent laws, be referred to a select committee. cession and compromise which the public gooil required.
8. Resolved, That so much of said message as relates to The disclaimer of the Secretary, that the expression of imprisonment for debt, be referred to a select committee. his own views implied no commitment of any other de
9. Resolved, That so much of sail message as relates to (partment of the Government, is overlooked, or saci to be