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MONDAY, January 13, 1817.
Mr. Law, presented a petition of Justin Lyman, praying to be relieved from the penaltics incurred by him, in the importation of a cargo of British produce, subsequent to the passage of the act to prohibit commercial intercourse with Great Briiain, which importation was the act of the captain of his vessel, and contrary to his orders.
Mr. Law, also presented a petition of Augustus Perkins, praying to be relieved from the payment of the duties on his distillery, during the time be was unable to work the same, because of accidents by fire.
"Mr. Breckenridge, presented a petition of sundry inhabitants of the State of Virginia, residing in the Valley north-west of the Blue Ridge moun. tain, praying that the act imposing duties on distilleries may be repealed.
Mr. Forsyth, presented a representation of David B. Mitchell, governor of the State of Georgia, on the behalf of that Slate, representing that in consequence of an informality in notifying the Treasury Departajent of the United States, of the assumption by the legislature of the said State, of its quota of the direct tax, the discount of the 15 per cent. has been refused upon the payment of the said quota, and requesting the interference of Congress on the premises, so as to allow and pay to the State the i5 per centum on the amount assumed and paid.
Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the counmittce of Ways and Means.
Mr. Pitkin, presented a petition of inhabitants of Connecticut, iu opposition to the practice of transporting and opening the mails on the Sabo
d on a sim Massachusettsetition of Jobert
bath, which was referred to the committee ape pointed on a similar petition from inbabitants of Southampton in Massachusetts.
Mr. Comstock, presented a petition of Jobo St. John, praying for an increase of the pension beretofore granted to bim.
Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims.
Mir. Condict, presented a petition of the Manufacturers of bar iron, in New-Jersey, and
Mr. Darlington, puescnted a petition from the manufacturers of the same article in Pennsylvania, praying that the duties on the importation of foreign iron may be increased.
Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee of Commerce and Manufactures.
Mr. Hopkinson, presented a petition of Jonathan S. Smith, of the city of Philadelphia, praying to be paid for a quantity of coffee, which he was compelled to abandun in Algiers, upon the breaking out of the late war with that regency, in violation of the treaty theretofore existing between the United States, and the said regency.
Mr. Hopkinson, also presented a petition of Issachar l'horpe, Joseph Siddall, and James Thorpe, merchants in Philadelphia, praying to be paid the amount of an order drawn in their favour by a contractor for supplying clothing for the army, on the commissary-genereal of purchases, which order remains unpaid without satisfactory reasons being assigned therefor.
Mr. Harrison, prescpted a petition of William Oliver, praying compensation for his houses and oher improvements in thic neighbourhood of fort Wayne. Thich was destroyed hy erder of the
the commitia That the said to the beseonsequence of
commanding officer of said fort, in consequence of their affording a shelter to the beseiging enemy.
Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the committee of Claims.
Ms. Hopkinson, also presented a petition of the Chamber of Commerce in Philadelphia, praying that an uniform system of bankruptcy may be established, which was referred to the committee of the whole House, on the bill for that purpose.
Mr. Clayton, presented a memorial of sundry citizens and inhabitants of the United States, to the same effcct with the petiticn of the representatives of the society of Friends, presented on the 9th instant, which was referred to the coolmittee upon the subject of the African slave trade.
Mr. Bassett, presented a petition of Arthur Sinclair, a captain in the nary of the United States, and late commander of the Daval forces on lakes Erie, and Superior, praying that himself and his crew, may be allowed prize money for the destruction of a valuable store ship belonging to the enemy, during the late war with Great Britain.
Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee on Naval Affairs.
On motion of Mr. Caldwell, Ordered, That the petition of sundry inhabitants of Steubenville, in the State of Ohio, presented on the 11th of April, 1816, be referred to the committee on Roads and Canals.
Mr. Robertson, presented a petition of Anna Wade, praying that her title to a tract of land on Red river, in the State of Louisiana, may be confirmed.
Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the committee on Private Land Claims.
Mr. Yancey, from the committee of Claims, made a report on the petition Laurent Bazadone,
which was read, and the resolution therein contained was concurred in by the House, as follows:
Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner ought not to be granted."
Mr. Yancey, also made an unfavourable report on the petition of Joseph Wescott, which was read and ordered to lie on the table.
Mr. Nelson, from the committee on the Judiciary, reported a bill to amend and explain the act for designating, surveying, and. granting military bounty lands, passed the 6th of May, 1812, which was read the first and sccond time, and compitted to a committee of the whole House tomorrow.
Mr. Nelson also reported a bill to explain the act “ to authorize certain officers and other persons to administer oaths," approved May 3d, 1798, which was read the first and second time, and ordered to be engrossed and read a third time to morrow.
Mr. Chappell, from the committe on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims, made a report on the petition of John Ingles, which was read, and the resolution therein contained was concurred in by the House, as follows:
Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner ought not to be granted.
Mr. Chappell, also made a report on the petition of John Paulding, which was read, and the question was stated to concur in the resolution therein recommended, to wit:
Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner is unreasonable, and ought not to be granted.
A motion was made by Mr. Wright, to recom. mit the said report to the same comunitice, with instruction to report a bill to increase the pension of the petitioner,
And, the question being taken thereon,
It was determined in the negative. Mr. Little, then moved to postpone the consideration of this report until Monday next, which motion was also rejected by the House.
The question was then taken on the adoption of the resolution recommended by the committee.
And passed in the affirmative. Mr. Chappell, from the committee aforesaid, also reported a bill in addition to an act entitled, “ An act for the relief of John Thompson," which was r.ad the first and second time, and committed to a committee of the whole House to-morrow.
Ordered, That the committee on Naval Affairs, be discharged from a further consideration of the petition of Thomas Murray, and that he have leave to withdraw his petition and documents.
Mr. Jobuson, from the committee on Military Affairs, reported a bill authorizing the establishment of a vational armoury; which was read the first and second time, and committed to the commiitee of the whole House, to which is committed the bill for the relief of infirm, disabled, and superapnuated officers and soldiers.
Ordered, That the committee on Foreign Affairs, be discharged from a further consideration of the petition of Jacob Scheiffelin and Son, and that it be referred to the Secretary of State, as also from the petition of Daniel Oakey, and that it be referred to the committee of Ways and Meads.
Mr. Wright, submitted the following resolution, which was read and ordered to lie for one day.
Resolved, That gentlemen elected members of eitiier branch of the National Legislature, shall to: admitted within the hall of the House of Representatives
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