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ter of so much solemnity, he said, he was opposed Mr. Smith, of Maryland submitted to the gen- | to acting with precipitation. tleman from Kentucky, whether it would not be The question was then taken on dischargiog better to progress with the unfinished business the Committee of the Whole from the considerabefore the House, and get through with that before tion of the retrenchment bills, and decided in the they undertook any other. He was niuch afraid, affirmative-yeas 105, nays 38. if a different course was pursued, the House would The three bills being thus before the House, not get through with the appropriation bill this On motion of Mr. Hardin, that for reducing session. Notwithstanding his friend from North the compensation of Senators and Representatives Carolina supposed there would be no discussion in Congress was first read. on the compensation bill, Mr. S. said he would [This bill provides that the daily pay of the find that this would give rise to a great deal of members of the Senate, from and after the present discussion, and that amendment after amendment session of Congress, shall be six dollars, and the would proposed to the bill. It was but fair to like allowance shall be made for every twenty the Committee of Ways and Means to go on and miles travel to and from Congress. The bill confinish their bill first.

tains like provisions as to the members of the Mr. CAMBRELENG was in favor of taking up House of Representatives ; and also proposes conthese bills, and discussing them and he was in favor siderably to reduce the compensation of the officers of passing the bill for reducing the pay of the of both Houses.] members of Congress, which had been particu Mr. McCoy moved to lay these bills on the talarly referred to. When the pay was raised, five ble, in order to take up the bill, in the discussion or six years ago, scarcely any reason was assigned of which the House had been engaged for several for it, or could be; and he was in favor of resto days. The motion was negatived. ring the practice of the Government for twenty or Mr. McLane made a motion to amend the bill thirty years preceding.

so as to make it take effect from and after the preMr. Wright denied that the pay of members sent session, instead of from and after the passage had been raised without reason, and made a num- of this law. But, after some conversation on the ber of remarks against taking up this subject now. amendment, between Messrs. WALWORTH, McIf gentlemen thought their services were not worth LANE, SMITH, of Maryland, and Tracy, Mr. Mceight dollars, let them give place to others, or dis- Lane withdrew his motion for amendment. play their philanthropy by bestowing on charitable Mr. Edwards, of North Carolina, moved to objects what they received beyond their merits. strike out, from the part of the bill which relates The gentleman from New York could see no rea- to the pay of the Senate, that part which provides son for the late increase of the pay of members; that "no daily allowance shall ever be made, in but, Mr. W. said, he could give him twenty rea case of inability to attend, except when the Sensons for it. Do the people now ask Congress to ate shall be in session.” This proviso he considreduce their own compensation? Why disturb ered unreasonable and disrespectful to the Senate. the nation at this moment on this subjeci? How Mr. MaLLaRY here renewed the motion for the ridiculous was it for the members to say their ser- previous question. vices are not worth eight dollars per day, at the The House did not sustain the motion. same time that compensation at the rate of twenty Mr. Hardin then replied to the objections of Mr. or thirty dollars per day was given 10 our judges. Edwards to the particular clause of the bill referThe efforts, or pretended efforts, to diminish the red to, and stated the object of this proviso to be expenses of the Government, Mr. W.said, all had to prevent members from hanging on here after an eye to popularity. (For this remark Mr. W. the end of the session, on the plea of sickness, and was called to order.] He said he had done no claiming and receiving pay therefor. Another thing more than state conclusions, which patu- proviso in the bill was intended to prevent memrally flowed from the premises. For himself, he bers remaining at home, and pleading sickness, said he lost a fortune by becoming a member of and receiving daily pay while at home; which he Congress, being at the time he was first elected understood had been done in more than one inengaged in a practice worth two thousand pounds stance. per year. He briefly reviewed his public life, the Mr. EDWARDS said, that he and the gentleman former compensation law, the clamor against it, did not in the least differ, it appeared, as to what and the manner in which he had met it, by quoting the bill ought to be, but he thought the phraseolthe pay of the judges, who performed duties much ogy went further than that. less laborious, and much less inomentous than After some further conversation, as to the proper those of a member of Congress. Mr. W.conclud- phraseology of the amendmented by saying, that those who were for reducing Mr. Cook said he was opposed to the amendtheir own pay, must follow very literally the scrip- ment in any shape. He could not consent to vote tural injunction, to humble themselves that they for any proposition avowedly placed on so humilimay be exalted.

ating a ground as that a man, chosen by the freeMr. Walker, of North Carolina, considered the men of the country to represent them, would desubject now proposed to be acted upon, to be of base himself so far as to remain in this city after such importance that it ought not to be acted upon the adjournment of Congress, for the purpose of out of the usual course of things, which was to drawing daily pay during his stay, and getting

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then a certificate from some quack or other, in tem of retrenchment of expenses, which he sinorder to get his account passed. There might be cerely believed to be necessary, objected to the cases of persons taken sick while attending here, proposed reduction of the mileage. Those who and who could not get home. In such cases, Mr. travelled far on horseback could not perform a C. contended, reason and justice required that their long journey at the rate of forty miles à day, unexpenses should be defrayed by the public. less happily blessed with the constitution and vigor

Mr. Wright also opposed the amendment on of the gentleman from Maryland. For those who nearly the same grounds, and because, if any man had nothing to do but to throw themselves on was mean enough to counterfeit sickness to get board a steamboat and go to sleep, to be sure, the pay, he would, after this amendment was adopted, proposed allowance might be sufficient, but it was have only to go some thirty or forty miles from very different in regard to those who travel by the city, and thus appear to be taken sick on the hard journeys from the interior. road. But he did not believe that any such cases Mr. Smith, of Maryland, said he always had had occurred as those which the genileman from thought the mileage too high; and proposed to Kentucky had alluded to.

his colleague to move thirty instead of forty miles, Mr. HARDIN replied. If the House was dis- as he had proposed, for six dollars. posed to allow to a man daily pay after a session This modification was accepted by Mr. Wright. was ended, whether sick or pretending to be sick, Mr. Hardin said it was not the object of the the gentlemen were right, and the bill and amends Committee of Retrenchment to pull down the ment were wrong. In reply to the gentleman from established order of things, but to reduce them, in Illinois, who would not vote for the amendment consequence of the straitened finances of the counbecause it supposed the possibility of corruption in try, to what they were eight or ten years ago. this House, Mr. H. said the gentleman had altered He was therefore opposed to this motion; and he his language since the first part of this session. called upon gentlemen not to be led away by the Then, we were to act from time to time by whole motion of the gentleman from Maryland, who sale, not by retail, as now proposed, to prevent cor- was, as far as he could collect his views, opposed ruption from getting into the House. Whilst he to the whole system of retrenchment. He did did not believe that the House was composed of | verily believe, he said, that nothing could save the corruptible men, he thought they were much like' nation from direct taxation but a retrenchment of the rest of mankind; in regard to whom it had the public expenses, and that the members of the been always thought best not to place them in the House ought, in setting about it, to begin with way of temptation.

themselves. He was therefore opposed to any Mr. Milnor was opposed as well to the proviso amendment which might, like this, have a tenas to the amendment. It went upon a principle dency to defeat the bill. new to our laws, which now recognise the prin Mr. Nelson, of Virginia, said that, though the ciple that those who are taken sick whilst in the House had refused to sanction the previous quespublic employ should be supported as though in tion, it seemed that it was to be imposed in effect health. It was hard enough, he said, for a man by the course which he had indicated. No amendwho is in the service of the country to be taken ment was to be allowed to the bill, and no objecsick, and suffer the pains of sickness, without be- tion was to be heard to it, because gentlemen were ing obliged to pay the cost of it out of his private opposed to it in principle. Now, Mr. N. said, to purse. Mr. M. said, that, when formerly in Con- show that he was as friendly to retrenchment as gress, he had been a member of the Committee of the gentleman from Kentucky, he now gave noAccounts, before whom all the accounts of the tice that he should move an amendment to the members pass in review. He never had known, bill, which he was surprised the gentleman himduring the years he served in that capacity, a sin- self had not incorporated in it, to make this bill gle instance of any man demanding pay for any take effect from the commencement of this Conportion of time that he had been confined at home gress. by sickness; and he never heard of such a thing Mr. Baldwin wished distinctly to know on until it was suggested this morning by the gentle- what principles the present bill was presented to man from Kentucky. He could not believe that the House." It was said by the gentleman from such a case ever did exist. Sure he was, that, Kentucky to be a part of the system of retrenchduring the time he was a member of the Commit- ment called for by the state of the finances of the tee of Accounts, no such thing did occur. country, as presented by his committee. Mr. B.

The question on Mr. Edwards's motion was wished to know from other gentlemen whether then determined in the affirmative.

they had any other system of revenue to present, Mr. Wright moved to amend the bill so as to that the House might, by a comparison of different reduce the mileage from six dollars for every views, know whether this retrenchment was netwenty miles travelling to six dollars for every cessary. (The SPEAKER required Mr. B. to conforty miles; and made a number of observations fine himself to the amendment.] Mr. B. then in support of the motion.

asked, further, whether it was the intention of Mr. Van Wyck again required the previous gentlemen to establish, for the first time, a distincquestion, to prevent unnecessary consumption of tion between the mileage and daily pay of the time; but the House refused to sustain the call. members. Was the mileage predicated upon the

Mr. Floyd, after expressing his general views actual expenses incurred on the road ? Were favorable to this bill, as the foundation of a sys- eight dollars per day now allowed because mem

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bers were supposed to expend that much ? Not dollars for every thirty miles' travelling, was then so, but on the principle of allowing for time con- taken and decided as follows, in the affirmative sumed as well as for expenses incurred. Mr. B. yeas 83, nays 74. compared this allowance with what was made to YEAS—Messrs. Allen of Massachusetts, Archer, officers of the Army, &c., to show that it ought Barber o Connecticut, Bateman, Bayly, Borland, not to be reduced as proposed.

Brown, Buchanan, Burrows, Cambreleng, Campbell Mr. MONTGOMERY said he intended to vote for of New York, Cassedy, Condict, Conner, Cook, Cush. this bill, because he did not choose to be on one man, Darlington, Denison, Durfee, Eddy, Edwards of side of any question, respecting which the people Connecticut, Edwards of Pennsylvania, Eustis, Findwere on the other side ; and he should vote for ibe lay, Fuller, Gross, Hawks, Hemphill, Hooks, Hubthirty miles being allowed for a day's travel, be- bard, F. Johnson, Kent, Keyes, Lathrop, Litchfield, cause he thought it was a pretty fáir allowance. McCarty, McSherry, Matlack, Mattocks, Mercer, MilHis views upon the subject of retrenchment, how-nor, Mitchell of Pennsylvania, Mitchell of South Carever, did not exactly square with those of the gen- Virginia, Morgan, 'Murray, Neale, Nelson of Mary.

olina, Montgomery, Moore of Pennsylvania, Moore of tlemen who generally supported this bill

, and on land, Nelson of Virginia, Patterson of Pennsylvania, a proper occasion he should show in what they Phillips, Pierson, Pitcher, Rich, Rochester, Rogers, differed. Mr. Wright spoke at some length in support of Smith, Sterling of Connecticut, Sterling of New York,

Ruggles, Russ, Russell, Sanders, Sawyer, Sloan, S. his amendment. The principal argument he urged Stoddard, Swan, Taylor, Tod, Tomlinson, Upham, in favor of his motion was, that the expense and Van Rensselaer, Van Wyck, Walworth, Warfield

, difficulty of travelling had been lessened in a much White, Williams of Virginia, Wood, Woodcock, Worgreater degree than it was now proposed to reduce man, and Wright. the allowance for mileage, and that, as it now Nays-Messrs. Alexander, Baldwin, Ball, Bassett, stood, members residing at a distance drew a much Baylies, Blackledge, Blair, Breckenridge, Butler

, greater sum of money for their attendance on Campbell of Ohio, Cannon, Chambers, Cocke, Crafts

, Congress than any others.

Crudup, Cuthbert, Dane, Dickinson, Dwight, EdMr. Smith, of Maryland, was in favor of this wards of North Carolina, Farrelly, Floyd, Garnett, reduction, that the compensation to members Gebhard, Gilmer, Gorham, Hall, Hardin, Harvey, might, in some degree, be equalized. Under the Hendricks, Hill, Hobart, Holcombe, Jackson, J. T. present system, the gentleman from Kentucky Johnson, Kirkland, Leftwich, Long, Lowndes, McCoy, (Mr. Hardin) got, in a session of ninety days, McLane, Mallary, Matson, Metcalfe, Moore of Alafor his pay and mileage, $400 more, at six dollars bama, New, Newton, Overstreet, Plumer of New per day, than he (Mr. $) would receive at eight Hampshire, Plumer of Pennsylvania, Poinsett, Randollars per day.

kin, Rhea, Ross, Scott, Sergeant, Arthur Smith, W. Mr. SERGEANT assigned the reason why he was Smith, Alexander Smyth, J. S. Smith, Stevenson, opposed to the amendment. He went upon the Stewart

, Tatnall

, Thompson, Tracy, Tucker of South ground that the original principle, upon which Carolina, Tucker of Virginia, Vance, Walker, Whipihe pay and mileage were fixed at the same

ple, Whitman, Williams of North Carolina, William

son, and Woodson. was, that the allowance for mileage should bear the same relation to the expenses of travelling

So the amendment was agreed to. that the daily pay did to the expenses of living

Mr. Floyd then moved to amend the bill so as here. In speaking to this point, Mr. S. said it was to postpone its operation to the first day of July one which in no manner concerned him personally; but he wished it to be settled on just prin On this motion a desultory debate took place, ciples.

occasionally verging on the main principle of the Mr. Tracy declared himself in favor of this bill

, and incidentally involving the question whebill as a part of a system of retrenchment, in' re-ther or not the proposed reduction was a violation gard to which the House would find its course of the contract under which the members have much more clear and easy after passing this bill. attended; in which Messrs. Smith, of Maryland, With regard to the particular amendment now GORHAM, Wright, WARFIELD, SMYTH, Overproposed, he said he would vote for it, being fa- STREET, WHIPPLE, Woodson, Mitchell, of South vorable to it on principle, if he did not believe the Carolina, and Baldwin, took part. adoption of it would defeat the bill. He begged, On motion of Mr. Baldwin, the yeas and nays therefore, of gentlemen who were really favorable were ordered. to the bill, not to vote for such amendments to it Mr. Nelson, ot Virginia, moved to amend the as were calculated to make it obnoxious.

amendment so as to provide that the reduction Mr. Woodcock could not understand why his should take effect froni the first day of July last. colleague should so far distrust the House as to Mr. MITCHELL, of South Carolina, called for refuse to do what was right lest the House should the yeas and nays, which were thereupon ordered, hereafter do what was wrong. He had never dis- and the motion was supported by Mr. Nelson, of covered such a perversity of disposition in the Virginia, and opposed by Mr. EDWARDS, of North House; and he should vote on this proposition Carolina, Mr. Rhea, Mr. Floyd, and Mr. WRIGHT, with reference to its real merits, as it appeared to but, before any question was taken thereonhim other gentlemen ought also to do.

Mr. BUTLER moved to recommit the bill to the The question on amending the bill so as to re- committee that reported it, with instructions to duce the allowance to members for mileage to six ) report at the next session of Congress whether

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there are any officers in the Government whose Johnson, Kent, Kirkland, Lathrop, Leftwich, Litchservices can be dispensed with without injury to field, Long, McCoy, McDuffie, McLane, McNeill, the public service, and also whether there are any McSherry, Mallary, Mercer, Metcalfe, Milnor, Mitchell officers in the Government whose salaries may be of Pennsylvania, Montgomery, Moore of Pennsylvareduced.

nia, Moore of Virginia, Moore of Alabama, Morgan, Mr. BUTLER supported his motion at considera- Murray, Neale, Newton, Overstreet, Patterson of ble length, and Mr. Ross opposed it.

Pennsylvania, Phillips, Plumer of New Hampshire, Mr. Tracy called for the yeas and nays, which Rogers, Ruggles, Sanders, Scott, Sergeant, Sloan,

Plumer of Pennsylvania, Poinsett, Rankin, Rhea, were taken as follows:

S. Smith, Arthur Smith, W. Smith, Alexander Smyth, Y as–Messrs. Ball, Barstow, Bayly, Blackledge, J. $. Smith, Stevenson, Stewart, Tatnall, Thompson, Butler, Cannon, Cushman, Faller, Gist, Gorham, Tod, Tomlinson, Tracy, Tucker of South Carolina, Hooks, Lathrop, Long, McCarty, McNeill, Milnor, Tucker of Virginia, Upham, Vance, Van Rensselaer, Newton, Rankin, Scott, Williamson, and Wilson-21. Van Wyck, Walker, Whipple, White, Whitman,

Nats-Messrs. Alexander, Archer, Baldwin, Bar-Williams of North Carolina, Williams of Virginia, ber of Connecticut, Barber of Ohio, Bassett, Bate- | Wilson, Wood, Woodson, Worman, and Wright. man, Baylies, Bigelow, Blair, Borland, Breckenridge, Brown, Buchanan, Burrows, Burton, Cambreleng,

The original motion to amend by Mr. FLOYD, Campbell of New York, Campbell of Ohio, Cassedy; debate, by yeas and nays, as follows:

was next in order, and was taken, without further Chambers, Cocke, Condict, Conner, Cook, Crafts, Crudup, Cuthbert, Dane, Darlington, Denison, Durfee, YEA8—Messrs. Alexander, Allen of Massachusetts, Dwight, Eddy, Edwards of Connecticut, Edwards of Archer, Baldwin, Ball, Barber of Ohio, Barstow, North Carolina, Eustis, Farrelly, Findlay, Floyd, Bassett, Bateman, Baylies, Bayly, Bigelow, BlackGarnett, Gebhard, Gross, Hall, Hardin, Hawks, Hen- ledge, Blair, Breckenridge, Brown, Burton, Cambredricks, Hill, Hobart, Holcombe, Hubbard, Jackson, leng, Campbell of Ohio, Cannon, Chambers, Cocke, F. Johnson, J. T. Johnson, Kent, Keyes, Kirkland, Cook, Crafts, Crudup, Cushman, Cuthbert, Dane, Leftwich, Litchfield, McCoy, McDuffie, McLane, Darlington, Durfee, Dwight, Edwards of North Car. MeSherry, Mallary, Matlack, Matson, Mattocks, Mer: olina, Eustis, Farrelly, Findlay, Floyd, Fuller, Gar. cer, Metcalfe, Mitchell of Pennsylvania, Mitchell of nett, Gist, Gorham, Hall, Hardin, Hemphill, Hill, South Carolina, Moore of Pennsylvania, Moore of Hobart, Holcombe, Jackson, J. T. Johnson, Kent, Virginia, Moore of Alabama, Morgan, Murray, Neale, Kirkland, Lathrop, Leftwich, Litchfield, Long, McNelson of Maryland, Nelson of Virginia, New, Over- Coy, McDuffie, McLane, McNeill, Mallary, Mercer, street, Patterson of Pennsylvania, Phillips, Pierson, Metcalfe, Milnor, Mitchell of Pennsylvania, MontPitcher, Plumer of New Hampshire, Plumer of Penn- gomery, Moore of Pennsylvania, Moore of Alabama, sylvania, Poinsett, Rhea, Rich, Rochester, Rogers, Morgan, Neale, Newton, Overstreet, Patterson of Ross, Ruggles, Russ, Russell, Sanders, Sawyer, Ser: Pennsylvania, Plumer of Pennsylvania, Poinsett, geant, Sloan, S. Smith, Arthur Smith, W. Smith, Rankin, Rhea, Rogers, Ruggles, Russ, Sanders, Scott, Alexander Smyth, J. S. Smith, Sterling of Connec- Sloan, Arthur Smith, W. Smith, Alex. Smyth, J. S. ticut, Stevenson, Stewart, Stoddard, Swan, Tatnall, Smith, Stevenson, Stewart, Tatnall, Thompson, Tod, Taylor, Thompson, Tod, Tomlinson, Tracy, Tucker Tucker of South Carolina, Upham, Vance, Van Rensof South Carolina, Tucker of Virginia, Upham, Vance, selaer, Van Wyck, Walker, White, Whitman, WilVan Rensselaer, Van Wyck, Walker, Walworth, liams of North Carolina, Williams of Virginia, Wil. Warfield, Whipple, Whitman, Williams of North liamson, Wilson, Wood, Woodson, and Wright-105. Carolina, Williams of Virginia, Wood, Woodcock,

Nars-Messrs. Barber of Connecticut, Borland, Woodson, Worman, and Wright-134.

Buchanan, Burrows, Butler, Campbell of New York, amendment proposed by Mr. Nelson, of Virginia, Gilmer, Gross, Harvey, Hawks, Hendricks, Hooks,

The question was then put on agreeing to the Cassedy, Condict, Conner, Denison, Eddy, Edwards and was also decided in the negative-yeas 35, Hubbard, F. Johnson, Keyes, McCarty, McSherry, nays 121, as follows:

Matlack, Mattocks, Mitchell of South Carolina, Moore YEAS-Messrs. Barber of Connecticut, Buchanan, of Virginia, Murray, Nelson of Maryland, Nelson of Burrows, Butler, Campbell of New York, Cassedy, Virginia, Phillips, Pierson, Pitcher, Plumer of New Conner, Eddy, Eustis, Gebhard, Hawks, Hooks, Hub. Hampshire, Rich, Rochester, Ross, Russell, Sawyer, bard, Keyes, McCarty, Matlack, Mattocks, Mitchell of Sergeant, S. Smith, Sterling of Connecticut, StodSouth Carolina, Nelson of Maryland, Nelson of Vir- dard, Swan, Taylor, Tomlinson, Tracy, Tucker of Virginia, Pierson, Pitcher, Rich, Rochester, Ross, Russ, ginia, Walworth, Warfield, Whipple, Woodcock, and Russell, Sterling of Connecticut, Stoddard, Swan, Worman-55. Taylor, Walworth, Warfield, Williamson, and Wood

So the amendment was agreed, to and the House cock. Nars--Messrs. Alexander, Archer, Baldwin, Ball,

then adjourned.
Barber of Ohio, Barstow, Bassett, Bateman, Baylies,
Bayly, Bigelow, Blair, Borland, Breckenridge, Brown,

THURSDAY, April 25.
Burton, Cambreleng, Campbell of Ohio, Cannon,
Chambers, Cocke, Condict, Cook, Crafts, Crudup,

Mr. Rankin, from the Committee on the Public Cushman, Cuthbert, Dane, Darlington, Denison, Dur: Lands, to which was referred the bill from the fee, Dwight, Edwards of Connecticut, Edwards of Senate, entitled "An act for the relief of the repPennsylvania, Edwards of North Carolina, Farrelly, resentatives of John Donnelson, Thomas Carr, Findlay, Floyd, Fuller, Garnett, Gilmer, Gist, Gors and others," reported the same without amendment, ham, Gross, Hall, Hardin, Harvey, Hemphill, Hen- and it was committed to a Committee of the dricks, Hill, Holcombe, Jackson, F. Johnson, J. T. Whole.

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Mr. Rankin, from the committee of conference Mr. Cocke moved to discharge the Committee appointed on the part of this House, to attend a on Revolutionary Pensions from the further conconference with the conferees appointed on the sideration of the several petitions referred to them. part of the Senate upon the subject-matter of the That committee, he said, had reported a general disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amend- bill upon the subject, which passed this House

, ment proposed by this House to the amendments but has been rejected in the Senate. It was imof the Senate to the bill of this House entitled possible for the committee to act specially upon "An act to provide for paying to the State of all the petitions at this session, and it was his obMissouri three per cent. on the net proceeds arising ject that they should be laid on the table till the from the sale of the public lands within the same, next session. made a report, which was ordered to lie on the The motion was agreed to. table.

On motion of Mr. Smith of Maryland, Mr. The amendment proposed by the Senate to the Rhea, and Mr. CAMPBELL of Ohio, the Commitbill, entitled "An act restoring to the ship Diana tee of Ways and Means, the Committee on Penthe privileges of a sea-letter vessel,” was read, and sions and Revolutionary Claims, and the Comconcurred in by the House.

mittee on Private Land Claims, were respectively The engrossed bill for the relief of Alzira Dibrel discharged, also, from the petitions referred to and Sophia Hancock was read a third time and them. passed.

Mr. Hemphill rose and said, that so much of The following bills from the Senate were twice the money of the nation had been expended on read and referred to their appropriate committees, the Cumberland road, it would not be prudent or viz: A bill for the better organization of the district provident to suffer it now to go to decay, for want court of the United States within the State of of repairs. He therefore moved to discharge the Louisiana; a bill for the relief of Clarence Mul- | Committee of the Whole from the further considford; a bill for the benefit of Thomas Pendergrass ; eration of the bill providing for the erection of a bill for the relief of John Baptist Belfort and turnpike gates on the Cumberland road, and that others; and a bill for the relief of David Cooper. the same be laid on the table, that he might have

A Message was received from the President an opportunity of asking the House to act on it at OF THE UNITED STATES, as follows:

a future day. To the House of Representatives :

The motion was agreed to. In compliance with a resolution of the House of nication from the Secretary of War, stating that

The Speaker laid before the House a commuRepresentatives of the 29th January last, requesting the information which the President of the United the President of the United States to cause to be communicated to that House certain information relative States is requested to furnish by a resolution of tu the claim made by Jonathan Carver to certain lands the House, adopted on the 8th of January last, within the United States near the falls of St. Anthony, cannot be prepared in time to be laid before the I now transmit a report of the Secretary of the Trea- House before the next session of Congress; which sury, which, with the accompanying documents, con was read, and ordered to lie on the table. tain all the information on this subject, in the posses Mr. BUCHANAN, from the select committee, sion of the Executive.

lo whom that subject was referred, made a report

JAMES MONROE. respecting certain fines imposed on the militia of Washington, April 23, 1822.

the State of Pennsylvania, concluding with the The Message and report were referred to the

following resolution, which was ordered to lie on

the table: Committee on the Public Lands.

Resolved, That the uncollected militia fines due Mr. Sawyer gave notice that he should, on tomorrow, move for the consideration of a resolu- from delinquents in the State of Pennsylvania, which tion, heretofore submitted by him, convoking the collected by the late or present marshals of Pennsyl

have been assessed by courts martial, and all fines next Congress on the first Monday of November vania, or their deputies, which have not been paid into next. Mr. A. Smyth moved a resolution, the object of payment of expenses of courts martial, be transferred

the Treasury of ihe United States, or applied to the which was, that, from and after the commence to the State of Pennsylvania, with full power to colment of the next week, aster sitting from ten until lect the same. ten minutes after four o'clock, there should be a

PUBLIC BUILDINGS. recess of the House, on each day, from four until half past five o'clock; and that a motion to ad A message was received from the Senate, rejourn should not then be in order until seven turning the bill which originated in the House of o'clock.

Representatives, making appropriations for the Mr. Hardin remarked that, as far as his ob- public buildings, with an amendment to add $1,250 servation extended, the members were not likely, to graduate and improve the public grounds around about the hour designated for reassembling, to be the Capitol. in the best possible condition for doing business. Mr. Cocke moved that the House disagree 10

The previous question of consideration being the amendment of the Senate. The motion was required, was taken, and decided in the negative supported by Mr. Van Wyck and the mover, and by a large majority. So the House refused to con- opposed by Mr. Taylor. sider the resolution.

Mr. BLACKLEDGE remarked, that the sum which

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