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THE CONGRESSIONAL JOURNALS OF THE UNITED STATES

PARTI OF THE
NATIONAL STATE PAPERS OF THE UNITED STATES SERIES,

1789-1817

The Journal of

the House of
Representatives

JAMES MADISON ADMINISTRATION 1809-1817

Volume 11
FOURTEENTH CONGRESS, SECOND SESSION

DECEMBER, 1816-MARCH, 1817

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MICHAEL GLAZIER, INC.

1210 A King Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 77-76813

International Standard Book Numbers
Complete Sei Congressional Journals ............. 0-89453-002-X
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PL'BLISHER'S NOTE
Every effort has been made to locate the best preserved and most
legible copy of the original documents, some of which have suffered
from the ravages of time. The facsimiles faithfully reflect the
condition of the originals. New and precise technology has been
employed in the reproduction process to enhance readability yet
preserve the flavor of the original 10 the best of our ability.

Printed in the l'nited States of America.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

VOLUME 11

NOTE ON THE PRINTER, W. A. Davis ............
JOURNAL OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF

REPRESENTATIVES, Fourteenth Congress,
Second Session...................................1

INDEX .......................................567

NOTE
•For the complete list of the members of the House
of Representatives, together with the Executive,
Legislative and Judicial officers for the Eleventh
through the Fourteenth Congresses, please refer to
Volume 1 of this series.
•The original pagination of the Legislative Journal
has been allowed to stand. For the sake of continuity
new page numbers have been added to the bottom of
the supplementary material, and are marked in this
table with an asterisk.

WILLIAM A. DAVIS
Printer of the original edition

of this volume

William A. Davis was born in New York. He was trained as a printer; and with his brother Matthew founded the printing company of M.L. & W.A. Davis in 1795. The business lasted until 1814. But at various times over those years William printed and published independently, under the imprint of William A. Davis & Co. He had a brief and rather unsuccessful experience in the New York newspaper busi

AccessfuWili ness, printing the Chronicle Express from November 25, 1802 to January 20, 1803 and the Morning Chronicle from October 1, 1802 to January 19, 1803.

In 1815 William A. Davis moved to Washington and opened a printery. Two years later, on May 24, 1817, he joined John Brannan to form the bookselling, publishing and printing firm of Davis & Brannan. The partnership lasted until April 1818, when he and Peter Force (b. 1790) started the printing-publishing concern of Davis & Force. Peter Force was a man of exceptional publishing ability, who is deservedly revered and remembered as the editor and publisher of Tracts and Other Papers, etc. (1836-46) and the monumental, though unfinished, American Archives (1837-53).

Davis & Force prospered and became one of the most successful establishments in the increasingly competitive graphics business in Washington. Unlike his partner, little is known of the personal life of William A. Davis apart from the record that he married Elizabeth Santford on August 18, 1798; and he died in Washington in 1826.

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