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On motion, The Senate adjourned to 11 o'clock on Monday morning
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5th, 1816.
The honourable Robert G. Harper, appointed a Senator by the Legislature of the State of Maryland, from the 29th of January, 1816, to the 3d of March, 1821, produced his credentials which were read; and the oath prescribed by law was administered to him, and he took his seat in the Senate.
The President communicated a report of the Secretary of the Treasury, made in obedience to the resolution of the Senate of the 26th of January, 1816, exhibiting the amount of duties received on imported salt, from the commencement of the present government, to the 31st of December, 1814, and the bounty paid on the exportation of pickled fish and salted provisions; and the report was read.
Mr. Tait, from the committee on naval affairs, to whom was referred the report of the Seeretary of the Navy, on the petition of William Garratt, reported the following resolution; which was read.
Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner is unreasonable, and ought not to be granted.
Mr. Sanford presented the petition of Lathrop Thompson and others, of Southold, in the State of
New-York, remonstrating against the transportation and opening the mail on the Sabbath; and the petition was read.
On motion by Mr. Sanford, Ordered, That it be referred to the committee to whom were referred on the 22d of December, the petitions of sundry inhabitants of Beaver county, in the State of Pennsylvania, on the same subject; to consider and report thereon, by bill or otherwise.
Mr. Condit presented the petition of a number of widows, orphans, and females, of New-Manchester, in the State of New-Jersey, praying the encouragement of domestic manufactures, for reasons stated in the petition; which was read.
On motion by Mr. Condit, Ordered, That it beferred to the committee on manufactures, to consider and report thereon, by bill or otherwise.
Mr. Sanford gave notice, that to-morrow he should ask leave to bring in a bill, concerning certain courts of the United States, in the State of New-York.
Mr. Roberts reported from the committee, that they had examined and found duly enrolled the bill, entitled An act, for the relief of Jonathan White;" the bill entitled “ An act, for the relief of Charles Markin;" the bill entitled “ An act, for the relief of Martin Cole, John Pollock, George Westner, and Abraham Welty;" also the resolution directing a copy of the documents printed by a resolve of Congress, of the 27th of December 1813, to be transmitted to each of the judges of the supreme court.
Mr. Lacock, communicated a resolution of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, instructing the Senators, and requesting the Representatives of that State, in Congress, to use their endeavours to procure the passage of a law, dividing the State of Pennsylvania into two districts, and establishing a district and circuit court of the United States, at Pittsburg, in the county of Alleghany
On motion by Mr. Lacock, Resolved, That a committee be appointed to inquire into the expediency of dividing the State of Pennsylvania into two districts, and establishing a district and circuit court of the United States at Pittsburg, in the county of Alleghany.
Ordered, That Mr. Lacock, Mr. Roberts, and Mr. Chace, be the committee.
The resolution for purchasing five hundred copies of the state papers and public documents, proposed to be printed by T. B. Wait and Sons, was amended and read.
Ordered, That it pass to the second. reading.
The Senate resumed, as in committee of the whole, the consideration of the bill, to reward the officers and crew of the late United States' brig Argus.
On motion by Mr. Tait, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until to-morrow.
Agreeably to the order of the day, the Senate resumed, as in committee of the whole, the consideration of the resolution for a proposed amendment to the Constitution of the United States, that the Senators of the United States shall be chosen for three
On motion by Mr. Bibb, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until Monday next.
A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Dougherty their Clerk :
Mr. President—The Speaker of the House of Representatives having signed several enrolled bills, and an enrolled resolution, I am directed to bring them to the Senate, for the signature of
The President of the United States on the 21st of December, 1815, approved and signed
66 An act, making additional appropriations to defray
of the army and militia during the late war with Great Britain ;" and on the 1st instant “ An act, continuing in force certain acts, laying duties on bank notes, refined
and purposes;” “ An act, for the relief of John G. Camp;" also“ An act, to repeal so much of an act, passed on the 23d day of December,
imposes additional duties on postage." The House of Representatives have passed a
bill, entitled “ An act, to repeal the duties on certain articles manufactured within the United States ;" in which bill, they request the concurrence of the Senate. And he withdrew.
The bill last mentioned was read.
The President signed the three enrolled bills, and the enrolled resolution last reported to have been examined, and they were delivered to the committee, to be laid before the President of the United States.
The Senate resumed, as in committee of the whole, the consideration of the bill, further providing for the library of Congress, together with the amendments proposed thereto.
On motion by Mr. Taylor, Resolved, That the bill be referred to a select committee, further to consider and report there
Ordered, That Mr. Fromentin, Mr. Taylor, and Mr. Goldsborough, be the committee.
The Senate resumed, as in committee of the whole, the consideration the bill, entitled “ An act to continue in force an act entitled An act, laying a duty on imported salt, granting a bounty on pickled fish exported, and allowances to certain vessels employed in the fisheries.”
On motion by Mr. Daggett, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until to-morrow.
After the consideration of executive business,