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peachment 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.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 1831. A message from the Senate, by Mr. Lowrie, their Secretary: Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed bills of the following titles, viz: No. 82. An act for the relief of William B. Matthews, trustee; No. 86. An act for the relief of Ebenezer Lobdell;

No. 44. An act to provide for the legal adjudication and settlement of the claims to land therein mentioned; in which bills I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew.

Bills from the Senate of the following titles, viz:

No. 44. An act to provide for the legal adjudication and settlement of the claims to land therein mentioned;

No. 49. An act for the relief of Jacob N. Cardoza;
No. 76. An act for the relief of John Daly, late of Canada;

No. 77. An act for the relief of Antoine Dequindre, and the legal repre-sentatives of Louis Dequindre, deceased;

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;

No. 82. An act for the relief of William B. Matthews, trustee;

No. 86. An act for the relief of Ebenezer Lobdell;
were, severally, read the first and second time, and referred-
No. 44

To the Committee on the Judiciary;
No. 78. S
No. 49.

To the Committee of Ways and Means;
No. 82. S
No. 76.

To the Committee of Claims;
No. 86.
No. 77. To the Committee on Commerce.

Two messages, in writing, were received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Donelson, his private Secretary, as follows:

FIRST MESSAGE.

January 25, 1831. To the House of Representatives:

I beg leave to call the attention of Congress to the enclosed communication from the Secretary of the Navy, in relation to the pay and other allow. ances of the officers of the marine corps; and to recommend the adoption of the legislative provisions suggested in it.

ANDREW JACKSON. The said message was read, and referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

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SECOND MESSAGE.

January 25, 1831. To the House of Representatives:

I beg leave to call the attention of Congress to the annual report of the Inspectors of the Penitentiary in the District of Columbia, herewith transmitted.

ANDREW JACKSON. The said message was read, and referred to the Committee for the District of Columbia.

Mr. Wickliffe, from the Committee on the Public Lands, to which was referred the bill from the Senate, (No. 64,) entitled "An act supplemental to the act granting the right of pre-emption to settlers on the public lands, approved the 29th day of May, 1830,” reported the same with an amendment; which was read, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House this day.

Mr. Wickliffe, from the same committee, to which was referred the bill from the Senate, (No. 17,) entitled “An act authorizing the sale of a tract of land therein named,” reported the same without amendment.

Mr. Gorham, from the Committee on Commerce, to which was referred the bill from the Senate, (No. 75,) entitled “ An act for the relief of Peters and Pond,” reported the same without amendment.

Ordered, That the said bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House.to-morrow.

Mr. Daniel, from the Committee on the Judiciary, made a report on the petition of Joseph W. Torrey, accompanied by a bill (No. 574) for his relief; which bill was read the first and second time, and committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

Mr. Everett, of Massachusetts, from the Committee on Foreign Affairs, made a report on the petition of Captain John Burnham, accompanied by a bill (No. 575) for his relief; which bill was read the first and second time, and cominitted to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.

Mr. Wayne, from the Committee on the Library, made a report on the memorial of Duff Green, accompanied by a joint resolution, directing a subscription by the Secretary of State for the stereotype edition of the laws of the United States, proposed to be published by said Green; which resolution was read the first and second time, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.

Mr. Trezvant, from the Committee on Military Pensions, made an unfavorable report on the petition of Peter Tutile; which was read, and laid on the table.

Ordered, That the Committee on Military Pensions be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of Jonathan Green, and that it lie on the table.

Mr. Hemphill, from the Committee on Internal Improvements, to which was referred the bill from the Senate, (No. 74,) entitled “ An act to authorize the Territory of Florida to open a canal through the public lands between Chipola river and St. Andrew's bay, in West Florida,” reported the same with an amendment.

Ordered, That the said bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House to morrow.

Mr. McIntire, from the Committee of Claims, made an unfavorable report on the petition of William McClellan; which was read, and laid on the table. Ordered, That the Committee on Commerce, which was instructed, on the 10th of December last, to inquire into the expediency of making an appropriation to repair and finish the breakwater near the mouth of Merrimack river, in the State of Massachusetts; and to which was referred, on the 10th of December last, a petition of inhabitants of the town of Newburyport, in the State of Massachusetts, upon the subject of the said breakwater, be discharged from the consideration thereof; and that the subject be referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.

Ordered, That the Committee on Commerce, to which was referred, on the 10th instant, a letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting communications from the local engineer in relation to the progress which has been made in removing obstructions near the Ocracock bar, be discharged from the consideration thereof; and that the subject be referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.

The House resumed the consideration of the bill (No. 573) to repeal the 25th section of an act entitled “ An act to establish the judicial system of the United States," passed 4th day of September, 1789; when

Mr. Doddridge withdrew his opposition thereto; and

A motion was then made by Mr. Buchanan, that the question on ordering the said bill to be read a second time be postponed until Tuesday next, the Ist of February; whereupon, the hour allotted for the consideration of reports and motions having expired,

By leave of the House, Mr. Speight moved the following resolution; which was read, and laid on the table:

Resolved, That the Secretary of War inform this House whether or not it is expedient to erect fortifications at or near Ocracock inlet, with a view to the more permanent security of that section of North Carolina in case of invasion.

The Committee on the Judiciary, which was instructed, on the 21st of December ultimo, to inquire into the expediency of repealing or modifying the 25th section of an act entitled “An act to establish the judicial courts of the United States," passed the 24th September, 1789, having made a report yesterday, accompanied by a bill to repeal the same,

Mr. Buchanan, from the minority of said committee, differing in opinion from their associates, presented a counter report upon the same subject.

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; and, after some time spent therein, the committee returned into the chamber of the House; and the Speaker haring 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, 11 o'clock A. M.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 1831.
The Speaker laid before the House sundry communications, viz:

1. A letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting lists of contracts made by the officers of the War Department in the year 1830, on public account; which letter was read, and laid on the table.

II. A letter from the Serretary of State, transmitting a plan of the city of Detroit, in the erritory vi äichigan, as laid down by the Governor and Judges of that Territory, vin essies of explanatory papers; prepared and transmitted in pursuance of the act of May 28, 1830; which letter was read, and laid on the table.

III. A memorial of the General Assembly of the State of Alabama, in relation to the public lands within that State; which memorial was referred to the Committee on the Public Lands.

IV. A memorial of Henry Banks, of the State of Kentucky, upon the subject of his claims against the United States; which memorial was referred to the Committee of Claims.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Lowrie, their Secretary:
Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed bills of the following titles, viz:
No. 79. An act for the relief of William Burris, of Mississippi;

No. 84. An act for the relief of the legal representatives of Daniel McIntire, deceased;

No. 90. An act for the relief of George B. Dameron and William Howze, of Mississippi;

No. 91. An act for the relief of Benjamin S. Smoot, of Alabama;
No. 92. An act for the relief of Jabez Sawyer;

No. 93. An act for the relief of Duval and Carnes; in which bills I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew.

The said bills were severally read the first and second time, and referred
No. 79. To the Committee on Private Land Claims;
No. 84.

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No. 92.
No. 90.

To the Committee of Claims; No. 91. No. 93. To the Committee of Ways and Means. The Speaker presented a memorial of citizens of the city and county of Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania, mechanics, employed in various branches of the manufacture of iron, namely, as steam engine makers, anchor and chain smiths, shipsmiths, machinists, founders, hardware manufacturers, edge-tool makers, locksmiths, coach and wagon smiths, farriers, and blacksmiths, praying that such a modification of the existing tariff of duties on iron as therein set forth may be adopted; which memorial was referred to the Committee on Manufactures.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Lowrie, their Secretary:

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed the bill of this House, (No. 526,) entitled "An act for the relief of Matthias Roll,” with an amendment, in which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew.

Mr. McCoy, from the Committee of Claims, made a report on the petition of Minerva Catlett, accompanied by a bill (No. 576) for the relief of the representatives of Doctor Hanson Catlett, deceased; which bill was read the first and second time, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House to-morrow.

Mr. Drayton, from the Committee on Military Affairs, made an unfavorable report on the petition of Thomas Coit; which was read, and laid on the table.

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On motion of Mr. Chilton, Ordered, That the Committee on Military Pensions be discharged from the further consideration of the cases of John Davis, (of Kentucky,) Archibald Henderson, Thomas Taylor, and John Davis, (of Georgia,) and that they do severally lie on the table.

On motion of Mr. Trezvant, Ordered, That the Committee on Military Pensions be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of Benjamin Libbey, and that it lie on the table.

Mr. Trezvant, from the Committee on Military Pensions, to which was referred the bill from the Senate, (No. 73,) entitled “An act for the relief of Hugh Barnes, made a verbal report, recommending that the said bill be rejected.

Ordered, That the said bill do lie on the table.

Mr. Doddridge, from the Committee for the District of Columbia, reported a bill (No. 577) for the more speedy administration of justice within the District of Columbia, and for other purposes; which bill was read the first and second time, and committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

Mr. Whittlesey, from the Committee of Claims, made an unfavorable report on the petition of Ann H. Bard; which was read, and laid on the table.

Ordered, That the Committee on Commerce be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of Alexander Millikin, and that it be referred to the Secretary of the Treasury.

Mr. Thompson, of Georgia, from the Committee on the Militia, reported a bill (No. 578) for the better organization of the militia of the District of Columbia; which bill was read the first and second time, and the further consideration thereof was postponed until Monday next, the 31st instant.

Ordered, That the report of the Committee of Claims on the petition of Timothy Bruin, together with the said petition, be recommitted to the Committee of Claims.

The Speaker presented a petition of John Webber, of the District of Columbia, praying for an increase of his pension; which petition was referred to the Committee on Military Pensions.

On motion of Mr. Spencer, of New York, Ordered, That three thousand additional copies of the report of the Secretary of the Treasury upon the subject of the cultivation of sugar cane and the manufacture of sugar, be printed for the use of the members of this House.

On motion of Mr Doddridge, Ordered, That the petition of Beverly Roy be recommitted to the Committee on Military Pensions.

Mr. Boon moved the following resolution; which was read, and laid on the table, viz:

Resolved, That the Secretary of War be directed to lay before this House any information in his possession relating to a survey of the Wabash river, and the probable cost of removing the obstructions to the navigation of the same, below the termination of the contemplated canal to connect at navigable points the waters of the Wabash river with those of lake Erie.

Mr. Wickliffe presented a communication from Henry M. Shreve upon the subject of an improvement in the navigation of the Ohio river; which was laid on the table.

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