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SENATE.

Proceedings.

OCTOBER, 1814.

Mr. MORROW, from the committee to whom Porter, Gaines, and Macomb," in which they rewas referred the bill, entitled "An act further to quest ihe concurrence of the Senate. extend the right of suffrage, and to increase the The resolutions last mentioned were read, and number of members of the Legislative Council in passed to the second reading. the Mississippi Territory," reported it without On motion, by Mr. Mason, the Secretary of amendment.

the Senate was required to purchase, for the use

of the Senate, four copies of ihe laws of the Uni. Thursday, October 13.

ted States, and two copies of Graydon's Digest of

said laws. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled "An act furiher to extend the right of suffrage, and to

Monday, October 17. increase the number of members of the Legislative

The resolutions expressive of the sense of ConCouncil of the Mississippi Territory; and, on gress of the gallaniry and good conduct with motion, by Mr. Giles, the further consideration which the reputation of the arms of the United thereof was postponed to Monday next.

States has been sustained by Major General
Brown, Major General Scott, and Brigadiers Rip-

ley, Miller, Porter, Gaines, and Macomb,” were Friday, October 14.

read the second time, and referred to the CommitMr. GOLDSBOROUGH presented the memorial of tee on Military Affairs, to consider and report Washington Bowie, and others, owners of the thereon. ship Allegany, praying to be reimbursed the The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the value of said vessel, which was seized and con- Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled "An demned at Gibraltar by the enemy, whilst em

act furiher to extend the right of suffrage, and to ployed in the service of the United States, for increase the number of members of the Legislareasons stated at large in the memorial; which tive Council, in the Mississippi Territory;" and, was read, and referred to a select committee, lo

on motion of Mr. BLEDBOE, the consideration consider and report thereon, by bill or otherwise; thereof was further postponed to Wednesday next. and Messrs. GOLDSBOROUGH, GORE, and CHACE, Mr. Morrow presented the petition of Edward were appointed the commitiee.

Bland and others, inhabitanis of the City of The following Message was received from the Washington, lately employed at ilfe navy yard, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:

praying indemnification for the loss of a quantity

of tools, which, with the public buildings, were To the Senate and House of

consumed by order of the Secretary of the Navy, Representatives of the United States :

as is stated in the petition; which was read, and I now transmit to Congress copies of the instruc- referred to the Secretary for the Department of tions to the Plenipotentiaries of the United States, Navy, to consider and report thereoo to the Sencharged with negotiating a peace with Great Britain, ate. as referred to in my Message of the 10th instant.

Mr. Taylor presented the petition of Jeremiah JAMES MADISON. WASHINGTON October 13, 1814.

Searcy, formerly a citizen of South Carolina, now

a citizen of Madison county, in the State of KenThe Message and documents therein referred tucky, an old Revolutionary soldier, praying, reto, not confidentially commuoicated, were read, lief, for reasons slated at large in the petition; and ordered to be printed for the use of the which was read. Senate.

Mr. Tait, from the Naval Committee, reported, On motion by Mr. BiBB,

in part, a resolution expressive of the sense of Resolved, That the Message and documents, Congress relative to the capture of the British together with several communications of the sloop Reindeer by the American sloop Wasp;" President of the United States to the Senate, and ihe resolution was read, and passed to the secsince the commencement of the present session, ond reading. relating to our foreign affairs, be referred 10 a se Mr. Tait communicated a letter from the Seclect committee.

relary for the Department of Navy, with copies Ordered, That Messrs. BiBB, Taylor, King, of the documents relative to the capture and deBrown, and Chacė, be the committee. On motion, by Mr. ANDERSON, the galleries by the American sloop of war Wasp, commanded

struction of the enemy's sloop of war Reindeer, were cleared and the doors of the Senate Cham- by Captain Johoston Blakely; and the letter and ber closed.

documents therein referred to were read, and

ordered to be printed for the use of the Senate. SATURDAY, October 15. A message from the House of Representatives

TUESDAY, October 18. informed the Senate that the House have passed Mr. MORROW, from the committee to whom resolutions expressive of the sense of Congress of the subject was referred, reported a bill further the gallantry and good conduct with which the extending the time for locating Virginia military reputation of the arms of the United States has land warrants, and for returning the surveys been sustained by Major General Brown, Major thereon to the General Land Office; and the bill General Scott, and Brigadiers Ripley, Miller, I was read, and passed to the second reading.

OCTOBER, 1814.

Proceedings.

SENATE.

The PRESIDENT communicated a letter from Gaillard, German, Goldsborough, Lacock, Morrow, RobPeter Landais, together with a representation of erts, Robinson, Turner, Varnum, Walker, Wharton, his claim against the United States; which were and Worthington. read, and referred to a select committee, to consider

Nays-Messrs. Bibb, Daggett, Fromentin, Giles, and report thereon by bill or otherwise ; and Horsey, Hunter, King, Maso fait, Taylor, ThompMessrs. Fromentin, WALKER, and Brown, were son, and Wells. appointed the coin millee. The resolution expressive of the sense of Con.

THURSDAY, October 20. gress relative to the capture of the British sloop Samuel Smith, from the State of Maryland, Reindeer by the American sloop Wasp, was read book bis seat in the Senate. the second iime, and considered as in Committee The Senate proceeded to consider the amendof the Whole; and no amendment having been ment of the House of Representatives to the resoproposed, the President reported it to the House lution empowering the joint Library Committee accordingly; and the resolution was ordered to of Congress to contract for the purchase of Mr. be engrossed and read a third time.

Jefferson's library.

On motion, by Mr. Mason, that the further Wednesday, October 19.

consideration thereof be postponed to the first The bill further extending the time for locating negative-yeas 7, nays 21, as follows:

Monday in April next, it was determined in the Virginia military land warrants, and for returning the surveys thereon to the General Land Of

Yeas—Messrs. Daggett, German, Gore, Horsey, fice, was read the second time.

King, Mason, and Thompson. Mr. Fromentin, from the committee, reported Chace, Condit, Fromentin, Gaillard, Giles, Goldsbor

Nars-Messrs. Anderson, Bibb, Bledsoe, Brown, the resolution expressive

of the sense of Congress ough, Lacock, Morrow, Roberts, Robinson, Tait, 'Tayrelative to the capture of the British sloop Rein- lor, Turner, Varnum, Walker, Wharton, and Worth. deer by the American sloop Wasp, correctly en

ington. grossed; which was read the third time, and passed unanimously.

Whereupon, Resolved, that they concurtherein. Mr. Giles from the Committee on Military

The bill, entitled "An act further to extend the Affairs, to whom were referred the resolution's right of suffrage, and to increase the number of expressive of the sense of Congress of the gallant- members of the Legislative Council in the Misry and good conduct with which the reputation sissippi Territory," was read the third time, and of the arms of the United States has been sustained

passed. by Major General Brown, Major General Scoli,

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the and Brigadiers Ripley, Miller, Porter, Gaines, and Whole, the consideration of the bill further exMacomb, reported them with amendments; which tending the time for locating Virginia military were read and considered as in Committee of the land warrants, and for returning the surveys Whole, and agreed to; and on motion, by Mr. thereon to the General Land Office; and, no ROBINSON, the resolutions were further amended,

amendment having been proposed, the President and the President reported them to the House ac- ordered to be engrossed and read a third time.

reported it to the House accordingly; and it was cordingly.

On the question, Shall these resolutions be read a third time as amended ? it was determined in

Friday, October 21. the affirmative.

The bill further extending the time for locating The resolutions were then read a third time as Virginia military land warrants, and for returning amended, by unanimous consent, and passed unan- the surveys thereon to the General Land Office, mously with amendmenis.

was read a third time; and on motion, by Mr. On motion, by Mr, FROMentin, it was agreed FROMENTIN, the bill was amended by unanimous that the title thereof be amended.

consent; and on motion by Mr. MORROW, the A message from the House of Representatives blanks were filled, first, with three," second, with informed the Senate that the House have passed "five." the resolution which originated in the Senate em.

Resolved, That this bill pass. powering the joint Library Committee of Congress Mr. German submitted following motion : io contract for the purchase of Mr. Jefferson's li

Resolved, That the committee to whom was referred brary, with an amendment, in which they request that part of the President's Message which relates to the concurrence of the Senate.

the classification of the militia, be instructed to inquire The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the into the expediency of adopting the following plan, Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled "An viz: That the whole militia of the United States be act further to extend the right of suffrage, and divided into classes of ten men ; that it be obligatory to increase the number of members of the Legis- on each class to furnish, on the requisitjon of the Preslative Council in the Mississippi Territory; and ident of the United States, on the first Monday of the President having reported it to the House April, annually, one able-bodied man, who shall serve without amendment, on the question, Shall this for the term of one year, in a corps of local militia, to bill be read a third time? it was determined in be organized in each state for the defence thereof. the affirmative-yeas 16, nays 12, as follows: Mr. Fromentin submitted the following motion :

Yuas— Messrs. Anderson, Bledsoe, Chace, Condit, Re solved, That there be printed, for the use of the

SENATE.
Memorial of Stephen Girard.

OCTOBER, 1814. Senate, a list of all the bills which have been laid be- reported, in part, a bill authorizing the President fore the Senate at any former session, and which have of the United States to cause to be built or purbeen rejected by the Senate, or by the House of Rep- chased the vessels therein described ; and the bill resentatives; and that a similar list be thus printed at was read, and passed to the second reading. the beginning of every session of Congress.

A message from the House of Representatives The Senate adjourned to Monday.

informed the Senate that the House insist on their disagreement to the amendments of the Senate,

to the resolutions "expressive of the sense of Monday, October 24. John LAMBERT, from the State of New Jersey, which the reputation of the arms of the United

Congress of the gallantry and good conduct with took his seat in the Sepate.

States has been sustained by Major General A message from the House of Representatives Brown, Major General Scott, and Brigadiers Ripinformed the Senate that the House disagree to ley, Miller, Porter, Gaines, and Macomb." They the amendments of the Senate to the resolutions agree to the conference proposed on the subject, expressive of the sense of Congress of the gallantry and have appointed managers on their part. and good conduct with which the reputation of

The Senate resumed the motion made on the the arms of the United States has been sustained 21st instant, by Mr. GERMAN, respecting the classby Major General Brown, Major General Scott

, ification of ihe militia ; and agreed thereto. and Brigadiers Ripley, Miller, Porter, Gaines, and Macomb.

MEMORIAL OF STEPHEN GIRARD. The Senate proceeded to consider the amend.

Mr. Roberts presented the memorial of Stements disagreed to by the House of Representa- phen Girard, of the city of Philadelphia, stating lives to the resolutions last mentioned.

ihat he has established a bank upon his own forOn motion, by Mr. Giles,

tune and credit, and for his own exclusive emol. Resolved. That they insist on their amend-ument, and ihat, by the construction given to the ments, and ask a conference on the disagreeing bankers, &c., he is excluded from the privileges

act of Congress laying duties on notes of banks, votes of the two Houses; and,

Ordered, That Messrs. Giles, Smith, and VAR. enjoyed by other banking companies, and praying nom, be the managers at the said conference

on relief, for reasons stated at large in the memorial; the part of the Senate.

which was read, and referred to a select commitThe Senate resumed the motion made the 21st tee, to consider and report thereon by bill or otherinstant, by Mr. German, respecting the classifi-wise; and Messrs ROBERTS, Smith, and DAGcation of the militia ; and the further considera- GETT, were appoioted the committee. tion thereof was postponed until to-morrow.

The memorial is as follows: On motion, by Mr. GOLDSBOROUGH,

To the Senate and House of Representatives in ConResolved, that the President of the United gress assembled, the memorial of Stephen Girard, of States be requested to lay before the Senate (pro

the city of Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvided he shall not consider the same improper to

vania, merchant and banker, respectfully showeth: be communicated,) the proof of any traffic carried That your memoralist has established a bank in the on in the West Indies, by the sale of negroes taken city of Philadelphia, upon the foundation of his own from the United States by the British forces since individual fortune and credit, and for his own excluthe present war, which was alluded to in the let. sive emolument, and that he is willing most cheerfully ter of the Secretary of State to the American

to contribute, in common with his fellow-citizens Plenipotentiaries at Gottenburg, of date 28th day throughout the United States, a full proportion of the of January, 1814, and contained in his late Mes taxes which have been imposed for the support of the

National Government according to the profits of his sage to Congress. The Senate resumed the motion made the 21st tion has been given to the acts of Congress laying du

occupation and the value of his estate ; but a construcinstant, to print a list of rejected bills; and, on ties on notes of banks, &c., from which great difficulmotion, by Mr. FROMENTIN, it was amended; ties have occurred and great inequalities daily proand the further consideration thereof postponed. duced to the disadvantage of his bank, that were not,

it is confidently believed, within the contemplation of Tuesr y, October 25.

the Legislature.

That the first section of the act of Congrees of the The Senate resumed the motion made the 21st 20 August, 1813, having imposed a stamp duty on instant, respecting the classification of the militia, notes issued by any banker or bankers, as well as by any and the further consideration thereof was post- banks or companies, either incorporated or not incorponed until to-morrow.

porated, it is provided by the second section of the act, The Senate resumed the motion made the 21st | that in respect to any stamp on any of the notes of instant, to print a list of rejected bills; and on the banks or companies aforesaid, now established, or motion, by Ms. Lacock, it was referred to a select which may hereafter be established within the United committee, to consider and report thereon, and States, it shall be lawful for the Secretary of the TreaMessrs. Fromentin, Lacock, and VARNUM, were sury to agree to an annual composition, in lieu of such appointed the committee.

stamp duty, with any of the said banks or companies, of it per centum on the amount of the annual divi

dend made by such banks to their stockholders respecWEDNESDAY, October 26.

tively ;that your memorialist, in due season, offered to Mr. Tait, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, I enter into the said composition, at the rate of 14 per

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OCTOBER, 1814.
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SENATE.
centum on the amount of the annual profit of this sense of Congress of the gallantry and good con-
bank, deeming the annual profit of an individual bank, duct with which the reputation of the arms of
er equivalent, in language and in law, to the annual the United States has been sustained by Major
dividend of a bank established by a corporation or com- General Brown. Major General Scoti, and Brig-
pany. That it has been officially declared, however, adiers Ripley, Miller, Porter, Gaines, and Ma.
that the second section of the act of Congress does not
authorize a composition with an individual banker

, be- comb," reported that the conferees had agreed to cause it speaks only of banks and companies, (not of certain modifications of the amendments; and banker and bankers,) and because it speaks only of the report was read. dividends (not of profits) made to the stockholders ; and

Resolved, That the Senate concur therein, and that hence an individual banker, acting upon a capital that the resolutions be amended accordingly. ofone million of dollars, and issuing bank notes to the amount of one million of dollars, is subjected to the

Friday, October 28. prompt payment of a duty amounting to $10,000, while an incorporated bank, or even a private company whole, the consideration of the bill authorizing

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the of two or three bankers, acting upon the same amount of capital and issuing the same amount of bank notes, the President of the United States to cause to be will only be liable, periodically, to the payment of a built or purchased the vessels therein described. duty amounting to $1,500, upon the customary annual On motion, by Mr. FROMENTIN, 10 insert, sec. dividend of ten per cent.

1, line 4, after the word "purchased," "manned, That the first section of the act of Congress of the equipped, and officered," and to strike out the 22 August, 1813, imposes a stamp duty upon any prom- residue of the section, after the word " each," in issory note, or notes, payable either to bearer or order, the seventh line, as follows: "and to be manned, issued by any banks or companies, or by any banker equipped, and officered, in the manper which he or bankers ; that the eighth section, of the act provided shall judge most expedient :" that no banks or companies, which shall not have The Senate being equally divided, the Presicompounded for the stamp duty, shall issue any bank dent determined the question in the affirmative; bill or promissory note, unless upon paper duly stamped and the bill having been annended, the President and whereon the respective duties shall have been paid; reported it to the House accordingly. and the twelfth section of the act declares, that all the

On the question to agree to the said amendpaper wanted for the purpose of the stamp duty, excepting paper for bank notes, shall be furnished, at the ex- ment, it was determined in the affirmative-yeas pense of the United States, by the Secretary of the 20, nays 7, as follows: Treasury. That, after the rejection of this offer to en.

YEAS—Messrs. Anderson, Brown, Chace, Daggett, ter into a composition for the stamp duty, your memo-Fromentin, Gaillard, German, Giles, Goldsborough, rialist has complied with the directions of the law, and Gore, Horsey, Hunter, Lambert, Mason, Robinson, has transmitted to the Commissioner of the Revenue Smith, Tait, Thompson, Varnum, and Worthington. sheets of bank notes in order to be stamped.

Nays-Messrs. Bibb, Bledsoe, Condit, Lacock, RobThat, independent of the great hazard and delay to erts, Turner, and Wharton. which your memorialist is exposed by these operations, On the question, Shall this bill be engrossed it is obvious, from the texture and quality of bank pa- and read a third time? it was.delerinined in the per, that the stamp, as at present impressed on bank affirmative. The bill as amended is as follows: notes, must disappear in the course of an extensive cir

Be it enacted, &c., That, in addition to the present culation, producing some uncertainty in the revenue, Naval Establishment, the President of the United and probably great injustice to individuals.

States be, and he is hereby authorized to cause to be And your memoralist, having submitted these con built or purchased, manned, equipped, and officered, siderations to the wisdom of Congress, respectfully prays, that the act of Congress may be so amended, as his opinion, the public service may require, to carry

any number of vessels, not exceeding which, in to permit the Secretary of the Treasury to enter into

not less than nor more than a composition for the stamp duty, in the case of private to be manned, equipped, and officered, in the manner

guns each, and bankers as well as in the case of corporations and com- which he shall judge most expedient. panies, or so as to render the duty equal in its opera

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That, for the tions upon every denomination of bankers.

building and purchase and equipping of these vessels, STEPHEN GIRARD.

the sum of dollars be and the same is hereby apPHILADELPHIA, October 24, 1814.

propriated, to be paid out of any money in the Treasury

not otherwise appropriated. THURSDAY, October 27. The bill authorizing the President of the Uni.

MONDAY, October 31. ted States to cause to be built or purchased the On motion, by Mr. Smith, the petition of David vessels iherein described, was read the second M. Clarkson, and others, citizens of New York, time; and, on motion, by Mr. Tait, was consid- praying the establishment of a National Bank, preered as in Committee of the Whole ; and, after senied the 30th ultimo, was referred to the select progress, the further consideration thereof was committee, to consist of five members, to consider postponed until tomorrow.

and report thereon by bill or otherwise; and Mr. Giles, from the managers on the part of Messrs. King, Smith, Taylor, Bibb, and Mason, the Senate, at the conference on the amendments were appointed the committee. of the Senate disagreed to by the House of Rep A message from the House of Representatives resentatives, to the resolutions "expressive of the informed the Senate that the House have passed

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SENATE.

Proceedings.

NOVEMBER, 1814. a bill, entitled "An act to authorize a loan for a A message from the House of Representatives sum not exceeding three millions of dollars," in informed the Senate that the House have passed which bill they request the concurrence of the a bill, entitled “An act for the relief of the petty Senate.

officers and seamen under the command of CapThe bill last mentioned was read, and passed tain Joshua Barney," in which bill they request to the second reading.

the concurrence of the Senate. The bill authorizing the President of the Uni The bill last mentioned was read, and passed ted States to cause to be built or purchased the to the second reading. vessels herein described having been reported by the committee correcily engrossed, was read a

THURSDAY, November 3. third time; and the blanks were filled ; first with

twenty," second, with "eight," third, with "four Mr. Roberts, from the committee, lo whom teen,” fourth, with “six hundred thousand." was referred the petition of Stephen Girard, re

Resolved, That this bill pass, and that the title ported a bill supplementary to an act laying duthereof be "An act authorizing the President of ties on notes of banks, bankers, and certain comthe United States to cause to be built or purchased panies; on potes, bonds, and obligations, discounted the vessels therein described."

by banks, bankers, and certain companies; and on

bills of exchange of certain descriptions; and the TUESDAY, November 1.

bill was read, and passed to the second reading. The bill, entitled "An act to authorize a loan

Mr. Bledsoe submitted the following motion : for a sum pot exceeding three millions of dollars."

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs was read the second time, and referred to a select be instructed to inquire into the expediency of estab. committee to consider and report thereon ; and lishing, by law, an additional number of military acadMessrs. Gore, BIBB, and SMITH, were appointed

emies. the committee.

The bill, entitled "An act for the relief of the A message from the House of Representatives peity officers and seamen under the command of informed the Senate that the House bave passed Captain Joshua Barney," was read the second a resolution requesting the President of the Uni- time, and referred to the Committee on Naval ted States to recommend a day of public humil. Affairs, to consider and report thereon. iation, fasting, and prayer, in which they request

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the the concurrence of the Senate.

Whole, the consideration of the resolution authorThe resolution last mentioned was read, and izing the Committee of Accounts to audit and passed to the second reading.

control the accounts for the funeral expenses of Mr. Lacock submitted the following motion :

Samuel A. Otis, Esquire, late Secretary of the Resolved, That the Committee of Accounts be au

Senate; and, no amendment having been prothorized to audit and control the accounts for the fune posed, the President reported it to the House acral expenses of Samuel A. Otis, Esquire, late Secretary cordingly; and the resolution was ordered to be of the Senate, and for a monument erected to his engrossed, and read a third time. memory; and that the expenses be paid out of the The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the contingent fund of the Senate. And the resolution Whole, the consideration of the resolution rewas read.

questing the President of the United States to Ordered, That it pass to the second reading.

recommend a day of public humiliation, fasting,

and prayer; and, no amendment having been WEDNESDAY. November 2.

proposed, it was ordered to a tbird reading. Samuel W. Dana, from the State of Connec- unanimous consent, and passed.

The resolution was then read a third time by ticut, took his seat in the Senate.

Mr. Gore, from the committee, to whom was Mr. Roberts presented the memorial of Oli- referred the bill, entitled "An act to authorize a ver Evans, praying a general extension of the loan for a sum not exceeding three millions of patent term, or a renewal of his patent for his dollars," reported it without amendment; and improvements in steam engines; for reasons sta. the bill was considered as in Committee of the ted at large in the memorial; which was read, Whole. and referred to a select committee, to consist of

On motion, by Mr. GORE, to strike out, of secfive members, to consider and report thereon by tion 5, after the word " thereof,” in the 20th line, bill or otherwise; and Messrs. Roberts, Smith, to the end of the section, and insert, between secDANA, ANDERSON, and VARNUM, were appointed tions 5 and 6, the following: the committee. The resolution authorizing the Committee of

“Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That, in addiAccounts to audit and control the accounts for tion to the annual sum of eight millions of dollars, the funeral expenses of Samuel A. Otis, Esquire, annual sum, to be provided by permanent funds, and

heretofore appropriated to the Sinking Fund, a further late Secretary of the Senate, was read the second which shall be equal to the interest payable upon the time.

stock created by virtue of this act, together with a sum The resolution requesting the President of the that shall be equal to one per centum upon the whole United States to recommend a day of public hu- principal of said stock, shali, during the present session miliation, fasting, and prayer, was read the second of Congress, be appropriated to the said Sinking Fund, time.

and vested in the commissioners thereof, in trust, to be

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