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No. 51. An act to amend an act entitled “ An act to provide for paying to the States of Missouri, Mississippi, and Alabama, three per centum of the nett proceeds arising from the sale of the public lands within the same.'
Mr. Shields, from the same committee, also reported that the committee had examined an enrolled bill (No. 480) entitled “ An act for closing certain accounts, and making appropriations for arrearages, in the Indian Department,” and found the same to be truly enrolled: when The Speaker signed the said bill.
On motion of Mr. Trezvant, Ordered, That the Committee on Military Pensions be discharged from the further consideration of the cases of Archibald Jackson, Beverly Roy, William A. Tennille, and Simeon Griswold; and that the said cases do lie on the table.
Mr. Letcher, from the Committee on Internal Improvements, to which the subject was referred on the 10th instant, reported a bill_(No. 571) to authorize an appropriation to turnpike the mail road between Rockville and the Monocacy bridge, in the State of Maryland; which bill was read the first and second time, and committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
The House resumed the consideration of the resolution moved by Mr. Wickliffe yesterday;
And the question being put to agree to the said resolution,
The resolution moved by Mr. Potter yesterday, and laid on the table, was read, considered, and agreed to by the House.
On motion of Mr. White, of Florida, Resolved, That the Committee on the Public Lands be instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing, by law, for the manner of issuing patents on confirmed land claims in Florida.
On motion of Mr. McCreery, Resolved, that the Committee on Revolutionary Claims be instructed to inquire into the expediency of granting to Thomas McClelland, of Washington county, in the State of Pennsylvania, compensation for a horse, saddle, saddle-bags, and blanket, which were taken from him by the enemy during the revolutionary war.
On motion of Mr. Crockett, Resolved, That the Committee on Military Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of placing the name of James Crawford, of Tipton county, in the State of Tennessee, a soldier of the revolutionary war, on the pension list; and that the papers herewith transmitted be referred to said committee.
Mr. Leiper moved the following resolution; which was read, and laid on the table, viz:
Resolved, That the Postmaster General be requested to communicate to this House the causes of the irregularity in the arrival of the eastern mail; to what the failure is attributable, and what remedy can be provided to prevent this delay.
A message from the Senate, by Mr. Lowrie, their Secretary:
Mr. Spenker: The Senate have passed the bill of this House, (No. 514,) entitled * An act to alter the time of holding the district court of the United States for the district of Alabama," with an amendment; in which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew.
The House resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House, and preceeded to the Senate chamber, to attend the trial, by the Senate, of the impeachment of James H. Peck, Judge of the district court of the United States for the district of Missouri; and, after some time spent therein, the committee returned into the chamber of the House; and the Speaker having resumed the chair,
Mr. Martin, from the said committee, reported that the committee had, according to order, attended the trial, by the Senate, of the said impeachment; that further progress had been made therein; and that the Court of Impeachment had adjourned to meet again to-morrow at 12 o'clock meridian. And then the House adjourned.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 1831. Mr. Whittlesey, from the Committee of Claims, made an unfavorable report on the petition of John Underwood, referred on the 29th of Decem ber; which report was laid on the table.
Mr. Whittlesey, from the same committee, made an unfavorable report on the petition of James Templeton; which was read, and laid on the table
. Mr McIntire, from the Committee of Claims, made an unfavorable report on the petition of Thomas Armstrong and Elizabeth Armstrong; which was read, and laid on the table.
The resolution moved by Mr. Leiper yesterday, and laid on the table, was read, considered, and agreed to by the House.
Mr. Drayton moved the foliowing resolution; which was read, and laid on the table, viz:
Resolved, That the Secretary of War be directed to report to this House the nuniber and rank of field and company officers now upon duty with their regiments or companies, or exercising appointments in the staff, or any other appointments, which detach them from their regiments or companies; and, also, the number of officers who are upon furlough, distinguishing their grades, and the length of time for which their furloughs have been, respectively, granted.
The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting “a dig, sted manual, containing the best practical information on the cultivation of sugar cane, and the fabrication and refinement of sugar, including the most modern improvements,” prepared in obedience to the order of the House of the 25th January, 1830; which letter and manual were laid on the table.
The Speaker laid before the House a report from the Secretary of War, upon the subject of a reduction in the number of officers in the Army of the United States, prepared in obedience to an order of the House of the 26th April, 1930; which report was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
The Speaker laid before the House a report from the Secretary of War, made in obedience to so much of the order of the House of the 7th instant, as relates to an increase of topographical engineers; which report was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
An engrossed bill (No 568) entitled “An act to establish a uniform mode of computing mileage of members of Congress and delegates from Territories,” was read the third time; And on the question, shall the said bill pass?
129, It passed in the affirmative, 3 Yeas, The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present,
Those who voted in the affirmative, are,
Messrs. Mark Alexander, Robert Allen, Willis Alston, John Anderson, William G. Angel, William Armstrong, Benedict Arnold, John S. Barbour, Robert E. B. Baylor, John Bell, James Blair, John Blair, Abraham Bockee, Railift Boon, Peter I. Borst, Thomas T. Bouldin, John Broadhead, William Cahoon, Churchill C. Cambreleng, John Campbell, Thomas Chandler, Thomas Chilton, Nathaniel H. Claiborne, Clement C. Clay, Richard Coke, jr., Richard M. Cooper, Thomas H. Crawford, William Creighton, jr., Jacob Crocheron, Henry Daniel, Thomas Davenport, John Davis, Edmund Deberry, Harmar Denny, Robert Desha, Charles G. De Witt, Philip Doddridge, Clement Dorsey, Joseph Draper, Willam Drayton, Joseph Duncan, Henry W. Dwight, Samuel W. Eager, Jonas Earll, jr., Horace Everett, James Findlay, James Ford, Thomas F. Foster, Joseph Fry, Nathan Gaither, John Gilmore, William F. Gordon, Innis Green, Thomas H. Hall, Jehiel H. Halsey, James L. Hodges, Cornelius Holland, Michael Hoffman, Benjamin C. Howard, Peter Ihrie, jr., Ralph I. Ingersoll, Thomas Irwin, Leonard Jarvis, Kensey Johns, jr., Cave Johnson, John Kincaid, Henry G. Lamar, Pryor Lea, Humphrey H. Leavitt, Joseph Lecompte, James Lent, Robert P. Leteher, Dixon H. Lewis, George Loyal!. Wilson Lumpkin, Chittenden Lyon, John Magee, Rollin C. Mallary, William D. Martin, Thomas Maxwell, Lewis Maxwell, William McCreery, William McCoy, Charles F. Mercer, Daniel H. Miller, George E. Mitchell, Robert Monell, Henry A. Muhlenberg, William T. Nuckolls, Walter H. Overton, John Mercer Patton, Dutee J. Pearce, James K. Polk, Robert Potter, William Ramsey, Abram Rencher, Joseph Richardson, John Roane, William Rus sel, Jonah Sanford, John Scott, William B. Shepard, Augustine H. Shepperd, James Shields, Benedict I. Semmes, Samuel A. Smith, Jesse Speight, Richard Spencer, Michael C. Sprigg, Joel B. Sutherland, Samuel Swan, Benjamin Swift, John W. Taylor, John Test, Wiley Thompson, John Thomson, Phineas L. Tracy, James Trezvant, Starling Tucker, Gulian C. Verplanck, George C. lashingion, James M. Wayne, John W. Weeks, Campbell P. White, Richard H. Wilde, Lewis Williams, Joseph F. Wingate, Joel Yanccy, and Ebenezer Young: -129.
Those who voted in the negative, are,
Messrs. John Bailey, Robert W. Barnwell, Joseph H. Crane, Benjamin W. Crowninshield, John D. Dickinson, William W. Ellsworth, George Evans, Edward Everett, Isaac Finch, George Grennell, jr., Charles E. Haynes, Thomas H. Hughes, Jabez. W. Huntington, Jonathan Jennings, Joseph G. Kendall, William Kennon, Perkins King. George G. Leiper, Henry C. Martindale, Rufus McIntire, Ebenczer F. Norton, Spencer Pettis, Isaac Pierson, Robert S. Rose, Henry R. Siorrs, William L. Storrs, James Strong, Joseph Vance, Samuel F. 'Vinton, Elisha Whittlesey, and Ephraim K. Wilson.-31.
Ordered, That the Clerk request the concurrence of the Senate in the said bill.
The amendments of the Senate to the bill (No. 514) entitled “ An act to alter the time of holding the district court of the United States for the district of Alabama,” were read, and concurred in by the House.
Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.
The amendments of the Senate to the bill (No. 210) entitled “ An act to establish a land office in the Territory of Michigan, and for other purposes,” were read, and referred to the Committee on the Public Lands.
Bills from the Senate of the following titles, viz:
No. 74. An act to authorize the Territory of Florida to open a canal through the public lands between Chipola river and St. Andrew's bay, io West Florida;
No. 75. An act for the relief of Peters and Pond;
No. 11. To the Committee of Claims;
Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed the bill from this House, (No. 538,) entitled “ An act making appropriations for the payment of revolutionary and invalid pensioners." The Senate have also passed bills of the following titles, viz:
No. 76. An act for the relief of John Daley, late of Canada;
No. 78. An act making provision for the compensation of witnesses, and payment of other expenses attending the trial of the impeachment of James H. Peck; in which bills I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew.
An engrossed joint resolution relative to the pay of members of Congress, was read the third time, and the question was stated, Shall the said resolution pass?
And, after debate thereon, (the hour of 12 o'clock having arrived,)
The House resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House, and proceeded to the Senate chamber to attend the trial by the Senate of the impeachment of James H. Peck, district judge of the United States for the district of Missouri; and, after some time spent therein, the committee returned into the chamber of the House; and the Speaker having resumed the chair,
Mr. Martin, from the said committee, reported that the committee had, according to order, attended the trial by the Senate of the said impeachment, that further progress had been made therein, and that the court of impeachment had adjourned to meet again to morrow at 12 o'clock meridian. And then the House adjourned until to-morrow at 11 o'clock A. M.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 1831. The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting, in pursuance to the order of the House of the 20th instant, the monthly statements of the Bank of the United States for the year 1830; which letter was read, and laid on the table.
The Speaker laid before the House the following proceedings of the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, transmitted to him by the Governor of that State, viz:
IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY, January 4, 1831. WHEREAS, by the Constitution of the United States, the subjects of commerce and of national defence are committed to this regulation of the General Government: and whereas, in the opinion of the General Assembly, it is important to the commerce of the country, and to national defence, that the old Roanoke inlet, recently filled up, should be re-opened by the arm of the General Government; Therefore,
Resolved, That our Senators and Representatives in Congress be requested to use their best endeavors to induce the General Government to undertake the re-opening of the communication at or near Naggs Head, between the Albemarle sound and the Atlantic ocean.
CHARLES FISHER, S. H. C.
D. F. CALDWELL, S. S. Ordered, That the said resolution be referred to the Committee on Commerce.
The Speaker presented a petition of inhabitants of the city of Chillicothe, in the State of Ohio, growers of hemp, stating that the duties imposed on foreign hemp by the act of 1828 are so high as to exclude the regular importation of that article, the consequence of which has been that the article is smuggled into the country in such quantities as to destroy the prospects of the home grower, and praying Congress to devise and adopt such measures as shall remedy the evils of which they complain; which petition was relerred to the Committee on Manufactures.
On motion of Nir. Sill, Resolved, that the Committee on Commerce be directed to inquire into the expediency of making an appropriation for erecting a beacon light on the north pier at the entrance of the harbor of Presque Isle; also, into the expediency of making an appropriation for the survey of the mouth of Elk creek, and the harbor of Freeport at the mouth of Sixteen Mile creek, on lake Erie, with a view to the construction of harbors at each of those places.
On motion of Mr. Gilmore, Resolved, That the Committee on Military Pensions be directed to inquire into the expediency of placing John Marran and Joshua Napp, revolutionary soldiers, on the pension roll.
On motion of Mr. Doddridge, Resolved, That the Committee on Internal Improvements be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making an appropriation for improving the mail stage road from Uniontown, in Pennsylvania, through Morgantown and Clarksburg, to the Ohio river, in Wood county, in the State of Virginia.
Mr. Hodges moved the following resolutions; which were read, and laid on the table, viz:
Resolved, That the Secretary of State be requested to inform this House what measures have been taken by the Executive in relation to the capture, on the 4th of July, 1820, of the ship Gallatea, late of the port of New Bedford, by a Portuguese naval squadron, then blockading the island of Terceira; and, also, in relation to the imprisonment and robbery of the crew of said ship, and to the capture of other American vessels under the same order of blockade. Resolved, That the Secretary be requested to lay before this House
any correspondence that may have been had, touching this matter, within the knowledge or possession of the Secretary.
Mr Biddle moved the following resolution; which was read, and laid o the table, viz:
Resolved, That the Secretary of State be requested to lay before th House a copy of the plan of Detroit, transmitted to him by the Goverr