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DEBATES OF CONGRESS,
FROM 1789 TO 1856.
FROM GALES AND SEATON'S ANNALS OF CONGRESS; FROM THEIR
REGISTER OF DEBATES; AND FROM THE OFFICIAL
REPORTED DEBATES, BY JOHN C. RIVES.
THE AUTHOR OF THE THIRTY YEARS' VIEW.
ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year 1856, by
D. APPLETON AND COMPANY, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.
FIFTEENTH CONGRESS. FIRST SESSION.
BEGUN AT THE CITY OF WASHINGTON, DECEMBER 1, 1817.
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, JAMES MONROE.
PROCEEDINGS IN THE SENATE.*
MONDAY, December 1, 1817.
JOHN GAILLARD, President pro tempore, reThe first session of the Fifteenth Congress, sumed the Chair. conformably to the Constitution of the United - CLEMENT STORER, appointed a Senator by the States commenced this day at the city of Wash / Legislature of the State of New Hampshire, to ington; and the Senate assembled in their supply the vacancy occasioned by the resigna
tion of Jeremiah Mason; JAMES FISK, appointed Chamber.
a Senator by the Legislature of the State of PRESENT.
Vermont, to supply the vacancy occasioned by DAVID L. MORRILL and CLEMENT STORER, the resignation of Dudley Chace; John J. from the State of New Hampshire.
CRITTENDEN, appointed a Senator by the LegisJAMES BURRILL, jr., from Rhode Island and lature of the State of Kentucky, for the terın Providence Plantations.
of six years, commencing on the fourth day of Isaac TICHENOR and JAMES FISK, from Ver- / March last; JOHN WILLIAMS, appointed a Senmont.
ator by the Legislature of the State of Tennes· DAVID DAGGETT, from Connecticut.
see, for the term of six years, commencing on RUFUS King and NATHAN SANFORD, from the fourth day of March last, respectively, proNew York.
duced their credentials, which were read; and JAMES J. WILSON and MAHLON DIOKERSON, the oath prescribed by law was administered to from New Jersey.
them, and they took their seats in the Senate. ABNER LACOCK and JONATHAN ROBERTS, from John W. EPPES, appointed a Senator by the Pennsylvania.
Legislature of the State of Virginia, for the JAMES BARBOUR and JOHN W. EPPES, from term of six years, commencing on the fourth Virginia.
day of March last, stated that he had received NATHANIEL Macon, from North Carolina his credentials, but had neglected bringing them
JOHN GAILLARD and WILLIAM SMITH, from with him, expecting that the Executive of VirSouth Carolina.
ginia would forward a duplicate thereof to the CHARLES Tait, from Georgia.
Senate, and which he still supposed would JOHN J. CRITTENDEN, from Kentucky. speedily be done: whereupon, the oath preJOHN WILLIAMS, from Tennessee.
scribed by law was administered to him, and BENJAMIN RUGGLES, from Ohio.
he took his seat in the Senate. JAMES NOBLE and WALLER TAYLOR, from In- On motion by Mr. Macon, the Secretary was diana.
ordered to acquaint the House of Representa
• LIST OF MEMBERS OF THE SENATE.
Maryland.- Robert H. Goldsborough, Robert Goodloo
Virginia. James Barbour, John W. Eppes.
Louisiana.-Elegius Fromentin, Henry Johnson.