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July, 1797.]
Adjournment.

[SENATE To which the PRESIDENT made the following and as he has advanced the price of our peace with reply:

Tripoli, and become pledged for that of Tunis, the

United States seem to be under peculiar obligations Mr. Vice President,

to provide this accommodation; and I trust that Conand Gentlemen of the Senate :

gress will authorize the advance of money necessary It would be an affectation in me to dissemble the for that purpose. pleasure I feel on receiving this kind Address.

JOHN ADAMS. My long experience of the wisdom, fortitude, and UNITED STATES, June 23, 1797. patriotism of the Senate of the United States, enhances in my estimation the value of those obliging Ordered, That it lie for consideration. expressions of your approbation of my conduct, which are a generous reward for the past, and an affecting encouragement to constancy and perseverance in fu

SATURDAY, July 1. ture.

JAMES Gunn, from the State of Georgia, atOur sentiments appear to be so entirely in unison, tended. that I cannot but believe them to be the rational resalt of the understandings and the natural feelings of the hearts of Americans in general, on contemplating

WEDNESDAY, July 5. the present state of the nation.

The VICE PRESIDENT obtained leave of absence While such principles and affections prevail, they for the remainder of the session. will form an indissoluble bond of union, and a sure pledge that our country has no essential injury to apprebend from any portentous appearances abroad.

THURSDAY, July 6. İn a humble reliance on Divine Providence, we may The VICE PRESIDENT being absent, the Senate rest assured, that, while we reiterate with sincerity proceeded to the choice of a President pro temour endeavors to accommodate all our differences pore, as the constitution provides, and the Hon. with France, the independence of our country cannot | WILLIAM BRADFORD was duly elected. be diminished, its dignity degraded, or its glory tarnished, by any nation or combination of nations, whether friends or enemies.

FRIDAY, July 7.
JOHN ADAMS.

A message from the House of Representatives The Senate returned to their own Chamber, informed the Senate that the House have passed and adjourned.

a resolution, that the President of the Senate,

and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, FRIDAY, May 26.

be authorized to close the present session, by

adjourning their respective Houses on Monday, HUMPHREY MARSHALL, from the State of Ken

the 10th day of this month; in which they detucky, attended.

sire the concurrence of the Senate. Monday, May 29.

MONDAY, July 10. JAMES Ross, from the State of Pennsylvania,

Ordered, That Mr. TRAOY and Mr. Read be a attended.

joint committee on the part of the Senate, with

such as the House of Representatives may apSATURDAY, June 24.

point on their part, to wait on the PRESIDENT OF The following confidential Message was re- THE UNITED STATEs, and notify him that, unless ceived from the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED he may have any further communications to STATES :

| make to the two Houses of Congress, they are Gentlemen of the Senate, and

ready to adjourn. of the House of Representatives :

A message from the House of Representatives The Dey of Algiers has manifested a predilection informed the Senate that the House have apfor American built vessels, and, in consequence, has pointed a joint committee on their part to wait desired that two vessels might be constructed and on the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, and equipped, as cruisers, according to the choice and notify him that, unless he may have any further taste of Captain O'Brien. The cost of two such ves- communications to make to the two Houses of sels, built with live oak and cedar, and coppered, with Congress, they are ready to adjourn. guns and all other equipments complete, is estimated

Mr. TRAOY reported from the joint committee, at forty-five thousand dollars. The expense of navi

that they had waited on the PRESIDENT OF THE gating them to Algiers may, perhaps, be compensated

UNITED STATES, agreeably to order, who replied, by the freight of the stores with which they may be kaded on account of our stipulations by treaty with

that he had no further communication to make the Dey.

to Congress, except a respectful and affectionate A compliance with the Dey's request appears to me

farewell. to be of serious importance. He will repay the whole

| The PRESIDENT then adjourned the Senate expense of building and equipping the two vessels ; 1 without day.

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In pursuance of the authority given by the Congress, the following members of the House constitution, the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED of Representatives appeared, produced their STATES, on the 25th day of March last, caused credentials, and took their seats, to wit: to be issued the Proclamation which follows: From New Hampshire.—ABIEL FOSTER and

JONATHAN FREEMAN. BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF From Massachusetts.—THEOPHILUS BRADBURY, AMERICA :

DWIGHT FOSTER, NATHANIEL FREEMAN, Jr., SAMA PROCLAMATION.

UEL LYMAN, HARRISON GRAY OTIS, JOHN READ, Whereas the Constitution of the United States of SAMUEL SEWALL, WILLIAM SHEPARD, GEORGE America provides that the President may, on extraor THATCHER, JOSEPH BRADLEY VARNTM, and dinary occasions, convene both Houses of Congress ; (PELEG W ADSWORTH. and whereas an extraordinary occasion exists for con-! From Rhode Island.--CHRISTOPHER G. CHAMPvening Congress, and divers weighty matters claim LIN and ELISHA R. POTTER. their consideration, I have therefore thought it neces- From Connecticut.—JOSHUA COIT, SAMUEL W. sary to convene, and I do by these presents convene DANA, JAMES DAVENPORT, CHAUNOEY GOODBIOH, the Congress of the United States of America, at the ROGER GRISWOLD, and NATHANIEL SMITH. City of Philadelphia, in the Commonwealth of Penn- From Vermont.-MATTHEW LYON. sylvania, on Monday the fifteenth day of May next, From Nero York.-DAVID BROOKS. JAMES hereby requiring the Senators and Representatives in COCHRAN. LUCAS ELMENDORPH. HENRY GLENN. the Congress of the United States of America, and

JONATHAN N. HAVENS, HEZEKIAH L. HOSMER, every of them, that, laying aside all other matters and cares, they then and there meet and assemble

EDWARD LIVINGSTON, JOHN E. VAN ALLEN, in Congress, in order to consult and determine on

PHILIP VAN CORTLANDT, and JOHN WILLIAMS. such measures as in their wisdom shall be deemed

il From New Jersey.-JONATHAN Dayton, JAMES meet for the safety and welfare of the said United H. IMLAY, and MARK THOMPSON. States.

From Pennsylvania.- DAVID BARD, John In testimony whereof, I have caused the seal of CHAPMAN, GEORGE EGE, ALBERT GALLATIN,

the United States or America to be affixed JOHN ANDRE HANNA, Thomas HARTLEY, JOHN to these presents, and signed the same with WILKES KITTERA, BLAIR MOLENAOHAN, SAMUEL

my hand. Done at the City of Philadel-SITGREAVES, JOHN SWANWIOK, and RICHARD L s.] phia the twenty-fifth day of March, in the THOMAS.

year of our Lord one thousand seven hun-| From Maryland.-GEORGE BAER, Jr., WILLIAM dred and ninety-seven, and of the Inde- CRAIK, JOHN DENNIS, GEORGE DENT, WILLIAM pendence of the United States of America | HINDMAN, WILLIAM MATTHEWS, and RICHARD the twenty-first.

JOHN ADAMS.

SPRIGG, Jr. By the President :

From Virginia.-SAMUEL JORDAN CABELL, TIMOTHY PICKERING,

THOMAS CLAIBORNE, MATTHEW CLAY, JOHN
Secretary of State.

CLOPTON, John Dawson, THOMAS Evans, WIL-
LIAM B. GILES, CARTER B. HARRISON, DAVID

HOLMES, WALTER JONES, JAMES MACHIR, DANIEL
MONDAY, May 15, 1797.

MORGAN, ANTHONY NEW, JOHN NICHOLAS, This being the day appointed by the Procla- ABRAM TRIGG, and ABRAHAM VENABLE. mation of the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, From North Carolina, – THOMAS BLOUNT, of the 25th of March last, for the meeting of NATHAN BEYAN, JAMES GILLESPIE, WILLIAM

of this House.

May, 1797.]
Documents Accompanying the President's Speech.

(H. OF R. BARRY GEOVE, MATTHEW LOCKE, NATHANIEL | ter which, on motion, it was ordered to be comMacon, RICHARD STANFORD, and ROBERT WIL- mitted to a Committee of the Whole to-morrow. LLAMS.

From South Carolina. - ROBERT GOODLOE HAPPER, JOHN RUTLEDGE, Jr., and WILLIAM

WEDNESDAY, May 17. SMITI, (of Charleston District.)

Several other members, to wit: from New From Georgia.-ABRAHAM BALDWIN and JOHN | Hampshire, WILLIAM GORDON and JEREMIAH MILLEDGE.

SMITH; from Pennsylvania, ANDREW GREGG ; And a quorum, consisting of a majority of appeared, produced their credentials, were quathe whole number, being present,

| lified, and took their seats. The House proceeded, by ballot, to the choice

The President's Speech. of a SPEAKER; and, upon examining the ballots,

The House then went into a Committee of the a majority of the votes of the whole House was

Whole, Mr. DENT in the chair, on the Presifound in favor of JONATHAN DAYTON, one of the Representatives for the State of New Jersey:1

1. dent's Speech. It was read by the Clerk.

Mr. ORAIK then moved a resolution, which, he whereupon, Mr. DAYTON was conducted to the chair,

obserred, was merely a matter of form, as there from whence he made his acknowledgments to

had been one to the same effect, on every similar the House, as follows:

occasion. It was, “that it is the opinion of this

committee, that a respectful Address should be “Accept, gentlemen, my acknowledgments for the

presented to the President in answer to his very flattering mark of approbation and confidence exhibited in this second call to the chair, by a vote

Speech to both Houses of Congress, containing

assurances, that this House will take into con" Permit me, most earnestly, to request of you a

sideration the various and important matters recontinuance of that assistance and support, which commended to their consideration." The comFere, upon all occasions, during the two preceding mittee agreed to the resolution. They rose, and sessions, very liberally afforded to me; and, without it immediately passed the House in the common wbich, all my exertions to maintain the order, and form, expedite the business of the House, must be, in a On motion, it was Ordered, That a committee great degree, unsuccessful."

be appointed to prepare an Answer to the Speech.

Mr. VENABLE, Mr. KITTERA, Mr. FREEMAN, TUESDAY, May 16.

| Mr. RUTLEDGE, and Mr. GRISWOLD, were nomiSeveral other members, to wit: from New nated to report the Answer. Jersey, JAMES SCHUREMAN and THOMAS SINNICKsox; from Virginia, JOIN TRIGG; and from

FRIDAY, May 19. South Carolina, THOMAS SUMPTER, appeared, produced their credentials, were qualified, and

RICHARD Brent, from Virginia, appeared, took their seats in the House.

produced his credentials, was qualified, and took

his seat. President's Speech.

Documents Referred to in the President's It being near twelve o'clock, the SPEAKER

Speech. observed that it had been usual on similar oc- The SPEAKER informed the House that he casions to the present, to send a message to the had received a communication from the DeSenate, to inform them that the House is now partment of State, containing sundry documents ready to attend them in receiving the commu- referred to by the President in his Speech to nication of the PRESIDENT, agreeably to his ap- both Houses, numbered from 1 to 18. He propointment: such a message was agreed to, and ceeded to read No. 1, viz: sent accordingly.

1. A letter from General Pinckney to the SeSoon after, the members of be Senate enter- cretary of State, dated Paris, December 20, ed, and took the seats assigned them; and a 1796, giving an account of his arrival at Borlittle after twelve, the PPESIDENT OF THE UNIT- | deaux; of his journey from thence to Paris, in ED STATES entered, and took the chair of the which, from the badness of the roads, he broke SPEAKER, (which he vacated on the entrance of three wheels of his carriage; of the ill treatthe Senate, the President and Clerk of the Sen- ment he received from M. Delacroix, &c. He ate being placed on the right hand of the chair, remarks, that it is not surprising that the French and the Speaker of the House of Representa- | Republic have refused to receive him, since they tives and the Clerk on the left.) After sitting have dismissed no less than thirteen foreign a moment, he rose and delivered the following Ministers; and since they have been led to beSpeech. (See Senate proceedings, ante.] lieve by a late emigrant, that the United States

Having concluded his Speech, after presenting was of no greater consequence to them than a copy of it to the President of the Senate, and the Republics of Genoa or Geneva. He also another to the Speaker of the House of Repre-mentions, that it seemed to be the opinion in sentatives, the President retired, as did also the France, that much depended on the election of members of the Senate; and the Speaker hav- the President, as one of the candidates was coning resumed his chair, he read the Speech: af- | sidered the friend of England, the other as do

H. OF R.]
Documents Accompanying the President's Speech.

(May, 1797. voted to France. The people of France, he ob- | American citizens who fit out privateers to serves, have been greatly deceived, with re-cruise against the trade of this country. spect to the United States, by misrepresentation, 6. Extract of a letter from Major General being led to believe that the people and Gov- Mountflorence to General Pinckney, dated Paris, ernment have different views; but, adds he, February 14, mentioning the capture of a vesany attempt to divide the people from the Gov- sel from Boston, and another from Baltimore, ernment, ought to be to the people of the United by an American citizen on board a privateer: States, the signal for rallying. Gen. Pinckney adding, that American citizens of this class are several times mentions Mr. Monroe in this let- continually wishing for more rigorons laws ter with great respect; and says that before his against American commerce. arrival the Directory had been very cool to- 7. Extract of a letter from the same to the wards him, but, since that time, they had re- same, dated Paris, February 21, giving an acnewed their civilities to him.

count of two more American vessels being 2. Is a report of Major General Mountflorence brought into L'Orient by the same man, and of to General Pinckney, dated December 18, 1796, another vessel taken by a French privateer. on the subject of American vessels brought 8. Extract of a letter from General Pinckney prizes into the ports of France.

to the Secretary of State, dated Amsterdam, 3. Extract of a letter from Gen. Pinckney to March 8, mentioning the capture of several the Secretary of State, dated Paris, January 6, American vessels; he also speaks of the dis1797, in which he mentions the distressed sit- agreeableness of his situation; and was of opiuation of American citizens, arriving in the nion that the new third of the French Councils ports of France, who were immediately thrown would determine whether this country and into prison, and could not be released, until an France were to remain at peace or go to war. order was got from the American Minister, I Though the former was desirable, he wished countersigned by the French Minister of For the measures of our Government to be firm. eign Affairs; and no Minister being acknow 9. Speech of Barras, President of the French ledged there at present, no relief could be af- Directory, on Mr. Monroe's recall. forded. He, however, applied to M. Delacroix 10. The decree of the Executive Directory of on their behalf, by means of the secretary, Ma- March 2, relative to the seizure of American jor Rutledge, and got them attended to through vessels. the Minister of General Police. General Pinck-! 11. Extract of a letter from John Quincy ney gives a further account of conversations Adams, Esq., Minister Resident of the United which passed between his secretary and M. De- States, near the Batavian Republic, to the Seclacroix, on the subject of his quitting Paris, in retary of State, dated at the Hague, Novemwhich he told him he must do so, or be liable ber 4, 1796, giving an account of the disposition to the operation of the police laws; but refused of the people of that country towards this, to commit his orders to writing. He mentions which he states to be friendly, and this he atBarras's answer to Monroe's address as a cu- tributes to its being their interest to be so. rious production; but says it was not particu- This country, he remarks, is the only quarter larly calculated as an answer to what was said from which they receive regular payments. He by Mr. Monroe, as he had it prepared, and was adds, however, that they have no will in oppounacquainted with what would be said by Mr. sition to the French Government. Monroe.

12. Extract of a letter from the Committee 4. Extract of a letter from Gen. Pinckney to of Foreign Relations of the Batavian Republic, the Secretary of State, dated Amsterdam, Feb-to the above Minister, dated September 27, ruary 18, informing him, that, having had offi- 1796, making it appear very desirable that the cial notice to quit the French Republic, he had United States should join them in their comgone to Amsterdam.

mon cause against Great Britain, reminding him 5. Extract of a letter from General Pinckney of the many services which they had rendered to the Secretary of State, dated Amsterdam, to this country. March 5, in which be observes, that before he 13. Extract of a letter from John Quincy left Paris, it was rumored that the Dutch were Adams in answer to the above, wherein he says determined to treat American vessels in the he shall not omit to forward their letter to this same manner as the French had done. He now country. believes that the French wished them to do so, 14. Extract of a letter from John Quincy as he had lately received intelligence that the Adams to the Secretary of State, dated Hague, Dutch had objected to do this, alleging that it | February 17, 1797, representing the French Rewould be a great injury to them, as they should public as paying as little attention to other nedthen lose their trade with this country, and if tral powers as to the United States. He alludes so, they would be deprived of furnishing that to their conduct towards Hamburg, Bremen, support to the French which they then gave Copenhagen, &c. them. France acquiesced because she saw it 16. Extract of a letter from Rufus King, Esq., was her interest; and having 25,000 troops into the Secretary of State, dated London, March Batavia, it was generally known that they could 12, 1797, to the same effect. do what they pleased with that country. The 16. A letter from the Minister of Spain, resiGeneral adds, with detestation, that there are l dent in Philadelphia, to the Secretary of State,

Mar, 1797.]
Answer to the President's Speech.

[H. OF R. dated May 6, 1797, complaining of the injurious Congress, on Tuesday, the 16th May, 1797, report operation of the British Treaty against Spain, the following: in three respects, viz: as it destroys the doc- To the President of the United States : trine of free ships making free goods; as it Sir: The interesting detail of those events which makes certain articles contraband of war, which have rendered the convention of Congress at this in former treaties were not considered so; and time indispensable, (communicated in your Speech to as it gives to Great Britain a right to navigate both Houses,) has excited in us the strongest en.o. the Mississippi, which that Minister insists be- tions. Whilst we regret the occasion, we cannot longed not to us to give, as it belonged wholly omit to testify our approbation of the measure, and to Spain before it gave the right to the United to pledge ourselves that no considerations of private States, by the late treaty, to navigate that ri-inconvenience shall prevent, on our part, a faithful ver. He concludes his letter with saving, that discharge of the duties to which we are called. the King of Spain is desirous of harmony be

| We have constantly hoped that the nations of Eutween the two countries, and relies upon the

rope, whilst desolated by foreign wars, or convulsed

by intestine divisions, would have left the United equity of his complaints for satisfaction.

States to enjoy that peace and tranquillity to which 17. A letter from the Secretary of State to the impartial conduct of our Government has entitled the Spanish Minister, in answer to the above;

us; and it is now with extreme regret we find the in which he acknowledges that the treaty lately measures of the French Republic tending to endanconcluded between the two countries had prov ger a situation so desirable and interesting to our ed satisfactory to the United States, as it put an country. end to a dispute which had existed for many! Upon this occasion, we feel it our duty to cxpress, years respecting the navigation of the Missis in the most explicit manner, the sensations which the sippi, and also as it afforded satisfaction to our present crisis has excited, and to assure you of our mercantile citizens for the capture of our ships zealous co-operation in those measures which may and cargoes. All these, he allowed. were acts appear necessary for our security or peace. of substantial justice; but all the other stipu

tinna! Although the first and most ardent wish of our lations were wholly voluntary, and perfectly re

hearts is that peace may be maintained with the

French Republic and with all the world, yet we can ciprocal. With respect to the three articles of

never surrender those rights which belong to us as a complaint respecting the british Treaty, he jus nation; and whilst we view with satisfaction the wistified the stipulations as being just and consist- dom, dignity, and moderation, which have marked ent, and such as this country had a right to en- the measures of the Supreme Executive of our coun. ter into.

try, in its attempts to remove, by candid explanations, 18. A letter from General Pinckney to the the complaints and jealousies of France, we feel the Secretary of State, dated Paris, February 1, full force of that indignity which has been offered stating that the day after the arrival of the news our country in the rejection of its Minister. No atof Buonaparte's successes in Italy, he received a tempts to wound our rights as a sovereign State will letter from M. Delacroix, directing him to leave

im to leave escape the notice of our constituents: they will be Paris. General Pinckney concludes this letter | felt with indignation, and repelled with that decision with observing, that the French seem to speak

which shall convince the world that we are not a deof this country as if it were indebted to them

graded people; that we can never submit to the de

mands of a foreign power without examination, and for independence, and not to any exertions of

without discussion. our own. Our treaty with Great Britain is ex

Knowing, as we do, the confidence reposed by the ecrated; they wish ns to have no connection

people of the United States in their Government, we with that country; they wish to destroy the

cannot hesitate in expressing our indignation at the trade of Great Britain, and they look upon as sentiments disclosed by the President of the Execuas her best customer.

tive Directory of France, in his Speech to the MinisThe whole of these documents having been ter of the United States. Such sentiments serve to read, on motion, they were committed to the discover the imperfect knowledge which France posCommittee of the Whole on the state of the sesses of the real opinions of our constituents. “An Union, and 500 copies ordered to be printed. attempt to separate the people of the United States

from their Government, is an attempt to separate

them from themselves; and although foreigners who MONDAY, May 22.

know not the genius of our country may have conJAMES A. BAYARD, from Delaware, appeared, ceived the project, and foreign emissaries may atproduced his credentials, was qualified, and tempt the execution, yet the united efforts of our took his seat.

fellow-citizens will convince the world of its imprac

ticability. Answer to President's Speech.

Happy would it have been, if the transactions disOn motion, the House resolved itself into a

closed in your communication had never taken place,

or that they could have been concealed. Sensibly, Committee of the Whole, Mr. Dent in the

however, as we feel the wound which has been inchair, on the Answer reported to the Presi

esi- ficted, we think with you, that neither the honor dent s speech, which was read by the Clerk, as nor the interest of the United States forbid the repefollows:

tition of advances for preserving peace; and we are The committee to whom it was referred to prepare happy to learn that fresh attempts at negotiation will

an Answer to the Speech of the President of the be commenced ; nor can we too strongly express our United States, communicated to both Houses of " sincere desires that an accommodation may take

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