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viding for the library of Congress, together with the amendments, reported thereto by the select committee. Mr. Varnum was requested to take the chair, and the bill having been amended, the President resumed the chair, and Mr. Varnum reported the bill accordingly.

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

It was determined in the affimative. A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Dougherty, their Clerk :

Mr. President- The President of the United States on the 5th instant, approved and signed “ An act, to continue in force the act entitled . An act, for imposing additional duties

upon wares, and merchandise, imported from any foreign port or place, and for other purposes," and on the 6th instant, “ An act, for the relief of Jonathan White," " An act, for the relief Martin Cole, John Pollock, George Westner, and Abraham Welty," and 6 An act, for the relief of Charles Markin."

The House of Representative have passed the bill which originated in the Senate, entitled “ An act, concerning the convention to regulate the commerce between the territories of the United States, and his Britannic majesty,” with amendments; in which they request the concurrence of the Senate. And he withdrew.

The Senate proceeded to consider the amendments of the House of Representatives, to the bill last mentioned

On motion by Mr. Bibb, Ordered, That they be referred to the committee on foreign relations, to consider and report thereon.

Mr. Goldsborough submitted the following mo tion for consideration :

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Navy be instructed to lay before the Senate, copies of all correspondence he may have had with the prize agent, the navy agent at New-York, and other persons, relative to the ship Cyane, captured by the United States' frigate Constitution; and that he furnish copies of certificates of the valuation of the different prizes brought into the United States, by the ships of war, and taken into the service of the United States; with a statement of their actual force when captured.

The President communicated a report of the commissioners of the sinking fund, stating that the measures which have been authorized by the board, subsequent to their last report of the 6th of February, 1815, so far as the same have been completed, are fully detailed in the report of the Secretary of the Treasury to this board, dated the 6th day of the present month, and in the statements therein referred to, which are herewith transmitted, and prayed to be received as a part of this report; which was read.

Mr. Lacock presented the petition of Walter Jones, jun. and others, inhabitants of the District of Columbia, praying the passage of a law, relating

to slaves held by persons residing therein; and the petition was read.

On motion by Mr. Lacock, Resolved, That it be referred to a select committee, to consider and report thereon, by bill or otherwise.

Ordered, That Mr. Lacock, Mr. Barbour, and Mr. Goldsborough, be the committee.

Mr. Chace, called up the petition of Henry Dishbrop and James Chittenden, of the Michigan Territory, presented the 12th of January, 1812, praying compensation for property taken and destroyed by the Indians and British, as stated in the petition, which was read.

On motion by Mr. Chace, Ordered, That it be referred to the committee on military affairs; to consider and report thereon, by bill or otherwise.

On motion, The Senate adjourned to 11 o'clock to-morrow morning.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8th, 1816.

The President communicated a letter from the commissioners of the navy pension fund, transmitting their annual statement respecting the operation of their trust; showing the amount of the fund, the number of the pensioners, and the amount of disbursements; which were read.

On motion by Mr. Fromentin, Ordered, That they be referred to the commit

tee on naval affairs, to consider and report thereon, by bill or otherwise.

The bill for the relief of Richard Mitchell, was read the second time.

The bill authorizing a subscription for the printing of a second edition of the public documents, was read the second time, and considered as in committee of the whole; and

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

It was determined in the affirmative. The Senate resumed the consideration of the motion made the 7th instant, for directing the Secretary of the Navy, to lay before the Senate, cer. tain information relative to the ship Cyane, and other prizes brought into the United States, and taken into the service thereof, and agreed thereto.

The bill further providing for the library of Congress, having been reported by the committee correctly engrossed, was read the third time, and the blank filled with one thousand."

Resolved, That this bill pass, and that the title thereof be “ An act, providing for the settlement of certain accounts against the library of Congress, and for establishing the salary of the Librarian.”

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

The bill concerning certain courts of the United States, in the State of New York, having been reported by the committee correctly engrossed, was read a third time.

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Resolved, That this bill pass, and that the title thereof be, “ An act, concerning certain courts of the United States, in the State of New-York."

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

On motion by Mr. Sanford, Resolved, That the committee on naval affairs, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing by law for the appointment of one or more judge advocates in the navy.

On motion by Mr. Varnum, Resolved, That the committee to whom was referred, that part of the message of the President of the United States, which relates to finance and an uniform national currency, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of confining the payment of all taxes, and other moneys due the United States, to specie, treasury notes, and the notes of such banks as are in the practice of redeeming their notes with specie.

On motion by Mr. Horsey, Ordered, That the committee to whom was referred the petition of James Tilton, late phya sician and surgeon-general of the army of the United States, be discharged from the further consideration thereof, and that it be referred to the Secretary for the Department of War; to consider and report thereon to the Senate.

The Senate resumed, as in committee of the whole, the consideration of the bill entitled “ An act, to authorize the payment for property lost,

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