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Mr. Snith, of Md. presented a petition of Camillus Gilith, lale cunt:ac:or (or supplying the troops of the Unised States, wiihin the Siates of Maryland and Delaware, and the District of Columbia, praying to be allowed in the settlement of his accounts an addition to his contract price for rations, as in consequence of the great number of troups unexpectedly calied into service in his d strict, ho was compelled to purchase provisions at esorbitant prices.
Mr Caldwell presented a petition of Charles Williams, praying to be paid for a wagon and team lost in the military service of the United States.
. Ordere:), That the said petitions be referred to the committee of Claims.
Mr Ciawford, from the joint committee for Enrolled Bil!s, reported that the commit:ee had erawined enrolled bills of the following rilles, to wit:
An act to extend the provisions of the act to authorize certain officers and other persons to administer oaths, approved Mlay the 30, 1798;
An act to amend the act entitled, 6. Act authorizing the payment of a sum of money to Joseph Stewart and others; and
Au acı for the clier of Henry Malcolm;
Mr. Yancey, from the committee of Claims, made a report on the petition of Archibald M.Ilvain, which was read and the resolution theroin contained was concurred in by the House as follows:
Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner: ought not to be granted.
Mr. Yancey, froin the same committee, ibade a report on the petition of Park Holland, which was read: When,
Mr. Yanvey reported a bill for the relief of Park Holland, which was read the first and second time and ordered to be engrossed and read a third time to-morrow,
Mr. Yancey also made a report on the petition of George Buckmaster, which was read: When,
Mr. Yancey reported a bill for the relief of George Buckmaster, which was read the first and second tinc and commilied to the committee of the whole House on the bill for the relief of Caze and Richaud.
Mr. Yancey also made a report on the petition of Paul Robinson, which wis read, and the resolution therein contained is in the following words:
Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner ought not to be granted.
À motion was made by Mr. Lyon, to lay the said report on the table. And the question being taken thereon,
It was determined in the negative. Another motion was made by Mr. Lyon, to amend the said resolition by striking out the word not.
And the question being taken on striking out this word,
It passed in the affirmative. A notion was then made by Mr. Yancey, that the said report lie on the table, which motion was rejected.
The question was then stated to agree to the resolution as amended : Wheo it was
Ordered, That the said report be committed to a committee of the whole House 10-morrow.
Ordered, That the commillee of Claims be discharged from a further consideration of the petition of Fletcher and Taylor.
Mr. Lowndes, from the committee of Ways and Means, to which have been referred the pelvijon of Thomas Cook, collector of the district of Ed. gartown; the petition of Joseph Stohrer, collector of the district of kenne bunk; the perition ul Alexander Wo!cott, collector of the district of Middle. town, and the petition of Levi Fagan, collector of the district of Plymouth, in Norih-Carolina ; nade a report on the said petitions, which was read: When,
Mr. Lowndes, reported a bill respecting the compensation of the collectors therein mentioned, which was read the first and second tinie and cum. mitted to a committee of the whole House 10-mor. low.
Mr. Lowndes also reported a bill making ad. ditional appropriations to deliay the expuruses of the army and militia during the late war with Great Britain, which was read the first and second time and committed to the committee of the whole House on the bill making appropriations fiir the support of the government during the year 1817.
Mr. Lowndes also reported a bill niaking a propriations for the support of the miliars e-talojishident of the United States, for the year i817, which was read the first and second tinie and committed to the comunittee of the whole Fouse last micntioned. .
Mr. Taylor, of N. Y. from the committee of Elections, made the following report:
That they have examined ihe certificate of election of Zadock Cook, who is returned as a representative for the State of Georgia, to supply the vacancy occasioncd by the re-ination of lied Cuthbert, and find the same sufficient to cutiile him to a seat in this House.
Salso report during allations (ir pule
Mr. Chappell, from the committee on Pensions and Revolut:onary Ciaims, made an unfavourable report on the petition of John Minor, administrator of Rouben Minor, which was read and ordered to lie on the table.
Mr. Chappell also made a report on the petition of Allan M.Lane, which was read and ordered to lie on the table.
Mr. Nelson, from the committee on the Judiciary, to which was recommitted the bill authorizing the appointment of circuit judges, and for other purposes, reported the saine with an amendment, which was read, and together with the biil com. mitted to a committee of the wliolc House to-inorrou
Mr. Johnson, from the committee on Military Affairs, who were instructed to inquire into this expediency of paying the general stail of governor Flwards, reporied a bill for the relief of certain offiers, which was read the first and second linie, and cuminitted to the committee of the whole House on the bill for the relics of the infirm, disabled and superannuated officers and soldiers.
Mr. Lowndes, from the committee to which was refi:rred the bill froin the Senate entitled, “ An act to provide for the pronpt settlement of public accounis," reported the same with sundry amend. ments, which were read, and together with the bill committed to the committee of the whole House on the bill for the redemption of the public debt.
Oidered, That the sc:lect commiltee to which was referred the petition of Wiiliam Thorn, - be discharged from a further consideration thereof, an:) that it be referred to the comunittee of Claims.
The Speaker laid before the House the annual report of the commissioners of the sinking lund, detailing their operations subsequent to their re.
port of the 7th of February, 1816, so far as the saine have been completed, which were ordered to lie on the table
The message received yesterday from the President of the United States was read, and is as follows:
To the Senate and House of Represen:atires,
of the United States :. On comparing the 4th section of the act of Congri's passed March 31, 1811, providing for the indemnification of certain claimants of pul:lic lands in the Missis-ippi Territory, with the article of agreenient and cession between the United States, and Siaie of Georgia, liearin:: catc April 30, 1802, it af pears that the engagements cutered into with the clainiants interscre willi tlie rights and interests secured to that State ; I recommend to Congress that provision be maile by law for payments to the State of Georgia, egual 10 llie aniont of Mississippi stork which shall be paid into the Treasury, until the stipulated sum of 1,250,000 doilars shall be completed.
JAJIES MADISON. February 6, 1817.
Orilered, That the said message be referred to Mr. Ifall, Mr. Thomas, Sir. Wilde, Mr. Williams, and :Ir. Atherton.
On motion of Mr. Hahn, Resolved, 'That the Secretary of War be in. structed to ri port to this House, the reasons why the militia fines incurred by delinquents, under the late call of the miilia into thic service of the United States, are not linally collected.
Tlie bill from thic Serialc entilied, " An act directing the dirchaise of boswis Olusted from