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[H. OF R. The bill provided that it should be one hundred | ledge, jun., Samuel Sewall, James Sheafe, John feet square at the base, and of a proportionate Smith, Samuel Smith, Richard Dobbs Spaight, height.
George Thatcher, John C. Thomas, Richard Thomas, Mr. EGGLESTON wished to hear the estimated
Abram Trigg, Pbilip Van Cortlandt, Peleg Wadsprice.
worth, Robert Waln, Lemuel Williams, and Henry Mr. HARPER said he had an estimate from Mr.
Nays.-Theodorus Bailey, Robert Brown, Matthew Latrobe, of Philadelphia, who was the architect
Clay, John Condit, John Davenport, George Jackson, employed on the Pennsylvania Bank, the esti
Aaron Kitchell, Michael Leib, James Linn, Nathanmate of which had rather been over the actualiel Macon, Anthony New. John Nicholas, John Ranexpense; the estimate was that a pyramid of dolph, William Shepard, John Smilie, Thomas Sumone hundred feet at the bottom, with nineteen ter, John Thompson, John Trigg, and Joseph B. steps, having a chamber thirty feet square, made
Varnum. of granite, to be taken from the Potomac, with a marble sarcophagus in the centre, and four mar
Next Meeting of Congress. ble pillars on the outside, besides other propor The bill from the Senate appointing the time tionate ornaments, would amount to $62,500. and directing the place of the next meeting of He hoped no objection would be made to the Congress, was read a third time; when price, since it could not occur on any future oc- Mr. BAYARD moved that it be recommitted to casion, as another WASHINGTON would never die. a Committee of the whole House, for the pur
Mr. Nicholas thought every sense of respect pose of altering the time of commencing the would be as well signified by a building of less session. After some debate, the motion was dimensions, and it would be considerable less negatived. expense; he moved to strike out one hundred The question was then put, shall the bill pass ? and insert sixty. After some debate, this was | and resolved in the affirmative-yeas 41, nays negatived.
85. The next meeting of Congress will of The bill was then ordered to be engrossed for course take place on the third Monday in Noits third reading.
vember next. Meeting of Congress.
Imprisonment for Debt. A bill was received from the Senate appoint- The bill making further provision for the ing the time and directing the place of the next relief of persons imprisoned for debts due the meeting of Congress, which provided that the United States, was taken up in committee, two Houses should meet at the city of Washing- agreed to, and upon the question shall the bili ton on the third Monday in November next. be engrossed for a third reading, it passed in the
The House went into committee thereupon, affirmative-yeas 36, nays 25. The bill was which was reported. On the question for its subsequently read the third time and passedthird reading, it was carried-yeas 32, nays 32. / yeas 39, nays 27. The SPEAKER voted in the affirmative, and it [By this bill no person indebted to the United was ordered to a third reading to-morrow. States can be discharged from prison, unless he
shall have suffered two years imprisonment.]
SATURDAY, May 10.
Elections of President.
A message was received from the Senate inThe bill for erecting a mausoleum for GEORGE forming the House that the Senate adhere to WASHINGTON, in the city of Washington, was
their disagreement to the amendments to the read a third time; and upon the question, shall
bill prescribing the mode of deciding disputed the bill pass ?
elections of President and Vice President of Mr. KITCHELL called the yeas and nays upon
the United States, made by this House, and it, and proceeded to give his reasons why he
subsequently insisted on, Whereupon, would vote against the bill. He was followed
Mr. HARPER moved that this House do also by Mr. HARPER in favor of it, and Mr. Ran-adhere to their disagreement to recede; which DOLPH against it; when the question was taken,
was carried, and the bill, consequently, is lost. and the bill passed-yeas 54, nays 19, as follows: YEAS.-Willis Alston, Bailey Bartlett, James A.
Monday, May 12. Bayard, Jonathan Brace, John Brown, Gabriel Chris- ! On motion of Mr. NICHOLAS, the House re. tie, William C. C. Claiborne, William Craik, Samuel scinded a resolution to adjourn the two Houses W. Dana, Franklin Davenport, Thomas T. Davis, l this de
Avis, this day, and a resolution was adopted that John Dawson, George Dent, Joseph Dickson, Thomas
the President of the Senate and the Speaker Evans, Abiel Foster, Albert Gallatin, Henry Glenn, Chauncey Goodrich, Elizur Goodrich, Edwin Gray,
of the House should adjourn both Houses toRoger Griswold, John A. Hanna, Róbert Goodloe morrow. The Senate amended it by proposing Harper, David Holmes, Benjamin Huger, James H. Wednesday. On the question of concurrence, it Imlay, James Jones, John Wilkes Kittera, Henry was carried, 40 to 24. Lee, Silas Lee, Edward Livingston, Lewis R. Morris, A message from the Senate, informed tho Peter Muhlenberg, Abraham Nott, Robert Page, House that the Senate agree to the resolution Jonas Platt, Leven Powell, John Read, John Rut- for postponing the time of adjournment of the
H. OF R.]
[MAY, 1800 two Houses, with an amendment; to which | House that they adhered to the amendment; they desire the concurrence of this House. whereupon,
The House proceeded to consider the amend- Mr. GALLATIN Moved that the further considment proposed by the Senate to the resolution eration of the bill be postponed till the third for postponing the time of adjournment: Where- Monday in November next, which was carried. upon,
After receiving several messages from the * Resolved, that this House doth agree to the PRESIDENT, notifying the signing of various bills, said amendment.
there appearing no further business before the
House, on motion of Mr. O. GOODRICH a resoluWEDNESDAY, May 14.
tion for the appointment of a joint committee
to wait on the PRESIDENT, and inform him of Canadian Refugees.
the proposed recess, was adopted, and was conA message from the Senate informed the curred in by the Senate. House that the Senate have passed a bill regu-l Mr. O. GOODRICH, from the Joint Committee, lating the grants of land to the Canada and reported that they had performed that service, Nova Scotia refugees, with amendments. and that the PRESIDENT informed them he had
The amendments were taken into considera- no other communication to make, except his tion, and opposed by Mr. GALLATIN, who said good wishes for their health and happiness, and the object of the Senate was to give the refu- that he wished them a pleasant journey to their gees land worth ten cents an acre, instead of respective homes. good land worth one dollar per acre, as proposed A message having been sent to the Senate to by this House; rather than do this, he would | inform them this House was ready to adjourn. give them nothing.
after a few minutes a motion was made for that Mr. LIVINGSTON was of the same opinion, and purpose, and carried; when. hoped the House would not concur. These peo- The SPEAKER, after taking an affectionate ple had waited eighteen years, and he thought it farewell of the members, and expressing his wish extremely hard they should now be put off in for their safe return and happiness, during the this manner.
recess, adjourned the House till the third MonThe amendments were unanimously rejected. day in November next, to meet in the city of A message from the Senate informed the Washington, in the District of Columbia.
SIXTH CONGRESS.-SECOND SESSION.
BEGUN AT THE CITY OF WASHINGTON, NOVEMBER 17, 1800.
PROCEEDINGS IN THE SENATE.
MONDAY, November 17, 1800.
The credentials of DWIGHT FOSTER, appointed
a Senator by the State of Massachusetts, in In porsuance of the law of the last session, place of Samuel Dexter, resigned, were read, the second session of the sixth Congress com- and he took his seat in the Senate. menced this day, at the city of Washington, The VICE PRESIDENT being absent, the Senate and the Senate assembled, in their Chamber, at proceeded to the election of a President, pro the Capitol.
tempore, as the constitution provides, and JOHN PRESENT :
E. HOWARD was chosen.
The PRESIDENT administered the oath preJOIN LANGDON and SAMUEL LIVERMORE, from
scribed by law to Mr. FOSTER. New Hampshire.
Ordered, that the Secretary wait on the DWIGHT FOSTER, from Massachusetts.
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, and acquaint JAMES HILLHOUSE and URIAL TRAOY, from
him that a quorum of the Senate is assembled, Connecticut.
and that, in the absence of the Vice President, THEODORE FOSTER, from Rhode Island.
they have elected John E. HOWARD, President NATHANIEL CHIPMAN, from Vermont.
of the Senate, pro tempore. JAMES SCHUREMAN, from New Jersey.
Ordered, That the Secretary acquaint tho WILLIAM HILL WELLS, from Delaware.
House of Representatives that a quorum of JOHN E. HOWARD, from Maryland.
the Senate is assembled and ready to proceed STEPHENS THOMPSON Mason, from Virginia.
to business; and that, in the absence of tho JOHN Brown, from Kentucky.
Vice President, they have elected John E. JOSEPH ANDERSON and WILLIAM COOKE, from
HOWARD President of the Senate, pro tempore, Tennessee.
A message from the House of RepresentaABRAHAM BALDWIN, from Georgia.
tives informed the Senate that a quorum of the The number of members present not being
House is asscmbled, and they have appointed a sufficient to constitute a quorum, the Senate
committee on their part, together with such adjourned to 11 o'clock to-morrow morning.
committee as the Senate may appoint, to wait
on the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, and TUESDAY, November 18.
notify him that a quorum of the two Houses is The number of members present not being assembled, and ready to receive any communisufficient to constitute a quorum, the Senate | cations that he may be pleased to make them. adjourned.
Resoloed, That the Senate concur in the reso
lution last recited, and that Messrs. WELLS and WEDNESDAY, November 19.
TRAOY be the committee on the part of the
Senate. There being no quorum, the Senate adjourned.
Mr. WELLS reported, from the joint com
mittee last mentioned, that they had waited on THURSDAY, November 20.
the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES; and that There being no quorum present, the Senate
be acquainted the committee that he would
meet the two Houses of Congress, at 12 o'clock adjourned.
to-morrow, in the Senate Chamber. FRIDAY, November 21. TIMOTHY BLOODWORTH, from the State of
SATURDAY, November 22. North Carolina; HUMPHREY MARSHALL, from Ordered, That the Secretary notify the House the State of Kentucky; and GOUVERNEUR MOR- of Representatives, that the Senate are ready RIS, from the State of New York, severally attended.
* The First Meeting of Congress at Washington City.. VOL. II.-31
[NOVEMBER, 1800. to meet them in their Chamber, for the purpose | been suggested by experience be more beneficially of receiving the communications from the applied. PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
A Treaty of Amity and Commerce with the King The House of Representatives having accord- of Prussia has been concluded and ratified. The ingly taken the seats assigned them, the Presi- ratifications have been exchanged, and I have diDENT OF THE UNITED STATES came into the red
came into the rected the treaty to be promulgated by proclama Senate Chamber, and addressed both Houses of
The difficulties which suspended the execution of Congress as follows:
the sixth article of our Treaty of Amity, Commerce, Gentlemen of the Senate, and
and Navigation, with Great Britain, have not yet Gentlemen of the House of Representatives: been removed. The negotiation on this subject is Immediately after the adjournment of Congress at still pending. As it must be for the interest and their last session in Philadelphia, I gave directions, honor of both nations to adjust this difference with in compliance with the laws, for the removal of the good faith, I indulge confidently the expectation that public offices, records, and property. These direc the sincere endeavors of the Government of the tions have been executed, and the public officers have United States to bring it to an amicable termination since resided and conducted the ordinary business of will not be disappointed. the Government in this place.
The Envoys Extraordinary and Ministers PleniI congratulate the people of the United States on potentiary from the United States to France were the assembling of Congress at the permanent seat of received by the First Consul with the respect due to their Government; and I congratulate you, gentle- their character; and three persons with equal powers men, on the prospect of a residence not to be changed. were appointed to treat with them.* Although, st Although there is cause to apprehend that accom the date of the last official intelligence, the negotiamodations are not now so complete as might be tion had not terminated, yet it is to be hoped that wished, yet there is great reason to believe that this our efforts to effect an accommodation will at length inconvenience will cease with the present session. meet with a success proportioned to the sincerity
It would be unbecoming the Representatives of with which they have been so often repeated. this nation to assemble, for the first time, in this While our best endeavors for the preservation of solemn temple, without looking up to the Supreme harmony with all nations will continue to be used, Ruler of the Universe, and imploring his blessing. the experience of the world, our own experience, ad
May this Territory be the residence of virtue and monish us of the insecurity of trusting too confidently happiness! In this city may that piety and virtue, to their success. We cannot, without committing a that wisdom and magnanimity, that constancy and dangerous imprudence, abandon those measures of self-government which adorned the great character self-protection which are adapted to our situation, whose name it bears, be for ever held in veneration and to which, notwithstanding our pacific policy, the Here, and throughout our country, may simple man- violence and injustice of others inay again compel 125 ners, pure morals, and true religion flourish for ever! to resort. While our vast extent of sea-coast, the
It is with you, gentlemen, to consider whether the commercial and agricultural habits of our people, the local powers over the District of Columbia, vested by great capital they will continue to trust on the ocean, the constitution in the Congress of the United States, suggest the system of defence which will be most shall be immediately exercised. If, in your opinion, beneficial to ourselves, our distance from Europe, this important trust ought now to be executed, you and our resources for maritime strength, will enable cannot fail, while performing it, to take into view / us to employ it with effect. Seasonable and systhe future probable situation of the Territory for tematic arrangements, so far as our resources will the happiness of which you are about to provide. justify, for a navy, adapted to defensive war, and You will consider it as the Capital of a great nation, which may, in case of necessity, be quickly brought advancing, with unexampled rapidity, in arts, in into use, seem to be as much recommended by a commerce, in wealth, and in population; and possessing, within itself, those energies and resources
* Citizen Talleyrand, retained under the Consulate as Minwhich, if not thrown away, or lamentably misdi-ister of Exterior Relations, was the organ of our Ministers' sented' will secure to it a long course of prosperity communications with the First Consul, and his language and and self-government.
deportment on their arrival present a fine contrast to what In compliance with a law of the last session of they were in the time of the Directory, and of the X., Y., Congress, the officers and soldiers of the temporary Z. subaltern intriguers. Thus, arriving in Paris on the army have been discharged. It affords real pleasure of March, they notify the Citizen Minister of that fact on the to recollect the honorable testimony they gave of 8d, and the same day receive this answer: "The information the patriotic motives which brought them into the which you have just communicated of your arrival at Paris, service of their country, by the readiness and regu has given me real satisfaction. If you will take the trouble larity with which they returned to the station of to call upon me at half-past twelve to-morrow, I will be er. private citizens.
ceedingly glad to have the honor of receiving you." They It is, in every point of view, of such primary im called as requested, and were treated with all courtesy; and, portance to carry the laws into prompt and faithful |
having expressed a desire to be presented to the First Con execution, and to render that part of the adminis sul, they received the next day the evidence that he had tration of justice which the constitution and laws de attended to their request and accomplished it, and giving volve on the federal courts, as convenient to the the hour they were to be “so obliging" as to attend in the people as may consist with their present circum Hall of the Ambassadors, in the Palace of the Tuileries. And stances, that I cannot omit once more to recommend in notifying them that a commission was appointed to treat to your serious consideration the . judiciary system with them, he expressed himself with amiable politeness, of the United States. No subject is more inter- "to remove a misunderstanding which comports as little esting than this to the public happiness, and to with the interests as with the sentiments of the two Gor Done can those improvements which may have ernments."
[SENATE. wise and true economy as by a just regard for our The PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES having futare tranquillity, for the safety of our shores, and retired, the two Houses separated. for the protection of our property committed to the Ordered, That Messrs. TraoY, MORRIS, and ocean,
BALDWIN, be a committee to report the draft The present Navy of the United States, called of an Adůress to the PPRAIDEN
of an Address to the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED suddenly into existence by a great national exigency,
States, in answer to his Speech this day to both has raised us in our own esteem; and, by the pro
Houses. tection afforded to our commerce, has effected, to
It was further ordered that the Speech be the extent of our expectations, the objects for which it was created.
"| printed for the use of the Senate. In connection with a navy ought to be contemplated the fortification of some of our principal sea
Monday, November 24 ports and harbors. A variety of considerations, which will readily suggest themselves, urge an at
| JONATHAN Dayton, from the State of New tention to this measure of precaution. To give se- | Jersey, attended. curity to our principal ports, considerable sums have Mr. TRACY, from the committee appointed to already been expended, but the works remain incom- draft an Address in answer to the Speech of plete. It is for Congress to determine whether the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES to both additional appropriations shall be made, in order to Houses of Congress, at the opening of the sesrender competent to the intended purposes the forti-sion, made a report, which was read, and orfications which have been commenced.
dered to lie for consideration. The manufacture of arms within the United States still invites the attention of the national Legislature. At a considerable expense to the public this manu
TUESDAY, November 25. facture has been brought to such a state of maturity
WILSON Cary NIQHolas, from the State of as, with continued encouragement, will supersede the necessity of future importations from foreign
Virginia, attended. countries.
The Senate took into consideration the report
of the committee of the draft of an Address Gentlemen of the House of Representatives :
in answer to the Speech of the PRESIDENT OF I shall direct the estimates of the appropriations THE UNITED STATES to both Houses of Congress, necessary for the ensuing year, together with an ac- at the opening of the session: which, being read count of the public revenue and expenditure, to a;
in paragraphs, and amended, was adopted, as late period, to be laid before you. I observe, with
follows: much satisfaction, the product of the revenue during the present year has been more considerable than | To the President of the United States : during any former equal period. This result affords SIR : Impressed with the important truth that the conclusive evidence of the great resources of this hearts of rulers and people are in the hand of the country, and of the wisdom and efficiency of the Almighty, the Senate of the United States most cormeasures which have been adopted by Congress for dially join in your invocations for appropriate blessthe protection of commerce and preservation of pub- ings upon the Government and people of this Union. lic credit.
We meet you, sir, and the other branch of the
national Legislature in the city which is honored by Gentlemen of the Senate, and
the name of our late hero and sage, the illustrious Gentlemen of the House of Representatives :
WASHINGTON, with sensations and emotions which As one of the grand community of nations, our exceed our power of description. attention is irresistibly drawn to the important scenes While we congratulate ourselves on the convention which surround us. If they have exhibited an un- of the Legislature at the permanent seat of Governcommon portion of calamity, it is the province of ment, and ardently hope that permanence and stahumanity to deplore, and of wisdom to avoid, the bility may be communicated as well to the Governcauses which may have produced it. If, turning our ment itself as to its seat, our minds are irresistibly eyes homeward, we find reason to rejoice at the pros- led to deplore the death of him who bore so honorapect which presents itself; if we perceive the interior ble and efficient a part in the establishment of both. of our country prosperous, free, and happy; if all Great indeed would have been our gratification if enjoy in safety, under the protection of laws em- his sum of earthly happiness had been completed by anating only from the general will, the fruits of their seeing the Government thus peaceably convened at own labor, we ought to fortify and cling to those in this place; but we derive consolation from a belief stitutions which have been the source of such real that the moment in which we were destined to exfelicity; and resist, with unabating perseverance, the perience the loss we deplore, was fixed by that Being progress of those dangerous innovations which may whose counsels cannot err; and from a hope that, diminish their influence.
since in this seat of Government, which bears his To your patriotism, gentlemen, has been confided name, his carthly remains will be deposited, the the honorable duty of guarding the public interests; members of Congress, and all who inhabit the city, and, while the past is to your country a sure pledge with these memorials before them, will retain his that it will be faithfully discharged, permit me to virtues in lively recollection, and make his patriotism, assure you that your labors to promote the general
s to promote the general morals, and piety, models for imitation. And perhappiness will receive from me the most zealous mit us to add, sir, that it is not among the least of co-operation.
our consolations that you, who have been his comJOHN ADAMS.
panion and friend from the dawning of our national UNITED STATES, Nov. 22, 1800.
existence, and trained in the same school of exer| tion to effect our independence, are still preserved