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Mr. Knight reported, from the committee, that they had examined and found duly enrolled the bill, entitled “ An act for the relief of Samuel Clarkson and Alexander Elmslie.”

The President communicated a letter from the Postmaster General, transmitting a statement shewing the names and salaries of the clerks employed in his office during the year 1821; and the letter and statement were read.

Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, submitted the following motion for consideration:

Resolved, That the Committee on Roads and Canals be instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing, by law, for the repairing and preservation of the national military road, beginning at Madisonville, in the state of Louisiana, and terminating at Florence, on the Tennessee river.

Mr. Lanman, from the committee, reported the bill for the relief of John Coffee correctly engrossed; and the bill was read a third time.

Resolved, That this bill pass, and that the title thereof be “ An act for the relief of John Coffee."

Ordered, That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House of Representatives in this bill.

Mr. Noble presented the memorial of William Conner and others, praying that the right of pre-emption to a certain section of land may be granted to the said William Conner; the petition was read; and,

On his motion, Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Public Lands, to consider and report thereon.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the motion of the 7th instant, that 500 copies of the calculations founded upon the returns of the last census be printed for the use of the Senate; and agreed thereto. . Mr. Morril presented the petition of Ebenezer Williams, of New Hampshire, a soldier in the Revolutionary army, praying a pension; the petition was read; and,

On his motion, Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Pensions, to consider and report thereon.

On motion, by Mr. Lanman, It was agreed to reconsider the vote postponing the bill granting to the Governor of the state of Louisiana for the time being, and his successors in osice, two tracts of land in the county of Point Coupee, until Monday the 21st instant; and,

On motion, by Mr. Dickerson, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until Tuesday next. After the consideration of Executive business, The Senate adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 1822.

The President communicated a letter from the Secretary of the Navy, transmitting a report of the Commissioners of the Navy Pen, sion Fund, made in obedience to the act for the better government of the navy of the United States; and the letter and report were read.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Dougherty, their Clerk:

Mr. President: The Speaker of the House of Representatives having signed an enrolled bill, I am directed to bring it to the Senate for the signature of their President.

The House of Representatives concur in the resolution from the Senate proposing the appointment of a joint committee to revise the joint rules of proceeding between the two Houses; and have, conformably with the provisions thereof, appointed a committee on their part. And he withdrew.

The President signed the enrolled bill last reported to have been examined, and it was delivered to the committee, to be laid before the President of the United States.

Mr. Mills presented the petition of James Conant of Oakham, Massachusetts, praying a pension; the petition was read; and,

On his motion, Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Pensions, to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Van Dyke presented the memorial of Thomas Robinson, in behalf of himself and others, children of the late General Thomas Robinson, of Delaware, who was one of the sureties of Sharp Delany, collector of the customs for the port of Philadelphia, praying relief in the final settlement of those accounts; the memorial was read; and,

On his motion, Resolved, That it be referred to a select committee, to consist of five members, to consider and report thereon by bill or otherwise.

Ordered, That Mr. Van Dyke, Mr. Macon, Mr. Lowrie, Mr. Mills, and Mr. Dickerson, be the committee.

• Mr. Thomas presented the memorial of John Caldwell and others, purchasers of certain lots in Shawneetown, which they presented to the county of Gallatin, for the purpose of erecting a court house and jail, praying that the balance of the purchase money due may be remitted; the memorial was read; and,

On his motion, Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Public Lands, to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Dickerson gave notice that to-morrow he should ask leave to introduce a bill prescribing the mode of commencing, prosecuting, and deciding controversies between states,

The following written message was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Governeur, his Secretary: To the Senate of the United States:

In pursuance of a joint resolution of the two houses of Congress, of the 3d of March, 1821, authorizing the President to cause such number of astronomical observations to be made, by methods which might, in his judgment, be best adapted to ensure a correct determi. nation of the longitude of the Capitol, in the city of Washington, from Greenwich, or some other known meridian in Europe, and that he cause the data, with accurate calculations, on statements founded thereon, to be laid before them at their present session, I herewith transmit to Congress the report made by William Lam. bert, who was selected by me, on the 10th of April Jast, to perform the service required by that resolution.

As no compensation is authorized by law for the execution of the duties assigned to Mr. Lambert, it is submitted to the discretion of Congress to make the necessary provision for an adequate allowance to him, and to the assistant whom he employed to aid him in his observations.

JAMES MONROE. Washington, January 8th, 1822. . The message, together with the accompanying report, were read.

The following written message was also received from the Presi. dent of the United States, by Mr. Gouverneur, his Secretary: To the Senate of the United States:

I transmit a report of the Secretary of the Navy, together with a survey of the coast of North Carolina, made in pursuance of a resolution of Congress of the 19th January, 1819.

JAMES MONROE. Washington, January 7th, 1822.

The message, together with the accompanying report, were read; and,

On motion, by Mr. Macon, Ordered, That they be referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs, to consider and report thereon.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the report of the Committee of Finance, to whom was referred the memorial of Paul Lanusse and F. Baily Blanchard, merchants, of New Orleans; and,

On motion, by Mr. Lowrie, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until Monday next.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the 'motion of the 8th instant, for instructing the Committee on Roads and Canals to inquire into the expediency of providing, by law, for the repairing and preservation of the national road, beginning at Madisonville, in the state of Louisiana, and terminating at Florence, on the Tennessee river; and agreed thereto. Mr. Otis submitted the following motion for consideration:

Resolved, That the President of the United States be requested to cause to be transmitted to the Senate a return of the nett amount of duties collected annually for the last five years upon the importation of books; distinguishing, so far as it can conveniently be done, the amount accruing upon books printed in foreign languages.

The Senate resumed, as in committee of the whole, the consideration of the bill to establish the district of Blakeley, and no amendment having been made thereto, it was reported to the House; and,

On the question, “Shall this bill be engrossed and read a third time?"

It was determined in the affirmative.

The Senate resumed, as in committee of the whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled “ An act reviving and extending the time allowed for the redemption of land sold for direct taxes in certain cases;" and no amendment having been made thereto, it was reported to the House; and,

Ordered, That it pass to a third reading.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the report of the Com, mittee on Finance, to whom was referred the memorial of the Trustees of the Transylvania University, praying for a repeal of the duties on books imported into the United States; and,

On, motion, by Mr. Pleasants, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until the third Monday in this month.

After the consideration of Executive business, the Senate adjourned

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 1822.

Mr. Lowrie presented the petition of George Simpson, of Philadelphia, praying relief in the settlement of his accounts with the Treasury Department; the memorial was read; and,

. On his motion,

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Finance, to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Gaillard submitted the following motion for consideration:

Amend the 22d rule for conducting business in the Senate, by striking out all after the word “ chair,” and by inserting, in lieu thereof, the following:

- And the Vice President, when indisposed at the seat of government, may name, in writing, a Senator who shall preside in his stead; in which case, an entry thereof shall be made on the Journal of the Senate; but in no case shall any substitution extend beyond, an adjournment.”

The Senate resumed the consideration of the motion of the 9th irstant, requesting the President of the United States to cause to be transmitted to the Senate a return of the nett amount of duties collected annually, for the last five years, upon the importation of books; and agreed thereto.

Mr. Otis presented the memorial of William Phillips and Gardner Greene, of Boston, in the state of Massachusetts, stating that they are proprietors, by purchase, of a certificate of funded debt originally issued to the state of Massachusetts, praying that the same may be made transferable; the memorial was read; and,

On his motion, Ordered, That it be referred to the Secretary of the Treasury, to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Smith, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the petition of Josiah Hook, made a report, accompanied by a bill for the relief of Josiah Hook, junior; and the report and bill were read.

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