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HARVARD COLLEGE SEP 12 1934 LIBRARY

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PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES

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THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES,

AT THE FIRST SESSION OF THE ELEVENTH CONGRESS, BEGUN AT THE CITY OF

WASHINGTON, MONDAY, MAY 22, 1809.

PRESENT :

Monday, May 22, 1809.

choose, provided that the same be furnished at the Conformably to the act passed at the last ses usual rate for the annual charge of such papers: sion, entitled "An act to alter the time for the and, provided, also, that if any Senator shall choose next meeting of Congress," the first session of the to take any pewspapers other than daily papers, eleventh Congress commenced this day, and the he shall be supplied with as many such papers as Senate assembled in their Chamber, ai the City shall not exceed the price of three daily papers. of Washington.

Resolved, That James Mathers, Sergeant-atArms and Doorkeeper to the Senate, be, and he

is hereby, authorized to employ one assistant and GEORGE Clinton, Vice President of the United two horses, for the purpose of performing such States, and President of the Senate.

services as are usually required by the Doorkeeper Nicholas Gilman and Nahum PARKER, from to the Senate; and that the sum of twenty-eight New Hampshire.

dollars be allowed him weekly for that purpose, Timothy PICKERING, from Massachusetts. 10 commence with, and remain during the session,

James Hillhouse and CHAUNCEY GOODRICH, and for twenty days after. from Connecticut.

Messrs. Anderson and Gilman were appointed Elisha Mathewson and FRANCIS MALBONE, a committee on the part of the Senate, together from Rhode Island.

with such committee as may be appointed by the JONATHAN ROBINSON, from Vermont.

House of Representatives on their part, lo wait John LAMBERT, from New Jersey.

on the President of the United States and notify ANDREW GREgg and MICHAEL LEIB, from him that a quorum of the two Houses is assembled Pennsylvania.

and ready to receive any communications that Samuel White, from Delaware.

he may be pleased to make to them. SAMUEL Smith, from Maryland.

A message from the House of Representatives William B. Giles, from Virginia.

informed the Senate that a quorum of the House JESSE FRANKLIN and JAMES TURNER, from is assembled, and that the House have elected North Carolina.

JOSEPH B. Varnum, Esq. one of the RepresentaJohn Gaillard, from South Carolina. tives for the State of Massachusetts, their Speaker, BUCKNER THRuston, from Kentucky. and are ready to proceed to business. The House RETURN JONATHAN Meigs, jun., from Ohio. of Representatives have appointed a committee

Joseph ANDERSON, appointed a Senator by the on their part, jointly, with the committee on the Legislature of the State of Tennessee, for the part of the Senate, to wait on the President of term of six years, commencing on the fourth day, ihe United States and notify him that a quorum of March last; and Obadiah GERMAN, appointed of the two Houses is assembed and ready to receive a Senator by the Legislature of the State of New any communications that he may be pleased to York, for the term of six years, commencing on make to them. the fourth day of March last, severally produced their credentials, which were read; and the oath prescribed by law having been administered to

TUESDAY, May 23. ihem, they took their seats in the Senate.

Mr. Anderson reported, from the joint commitOrdered, That the Secretary acquaint the tee, that they had waited on the President of the House of Representatives that a quorum of the United States, and that the President of the UniSenate is assembled and ready to proceed to bu- ted States informed the committee that he would siness.

make a communication to the two Houses at 12 Resolved, That each Senator be supplied, du- o'clock this day. ring the present session, with three such news- James Lloyd, jr., appointed a Senator by the papers, printed in any of the States, as he may Legislature of the State of Massachusetts, for six

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PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES

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THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES,

AT THE FIRST SESSION OF THE ELEVENTH CONGRESS, BEGUN AT THE CITY OF

WASHINGTON, MONDAY, MAY 22, 1809.

PRESENT :

MONDAY, May 22, 1809.

choose, provided that the same be furnished at the Conformably to the act passed at the last ses usual rate for the annual charge of such papers: sion, entitled "An act to alter the time for the and, provided, also, that if any Senator shall choose next meeting of Congress,” the first session of the to take any newspapers other than daily papers, eleventh Congress commenced this day, and the he shall be supplied with as many such papers as Senate assembled in their Chamber, at the City shall not exceed the price of three daily papers. of Washington.

Resolved, That James Mathers, Sergeant-atArms and Doorkeeper to the Senate, be, and he

is hereby, authorized to employ one assistant and GEORGE Clinton, Vice President of the United two horses, for the purpose of performing such States, and President of the Senate.

services as are usually required by the Doorkeeper Nicholas Gilman and Nahum Parker, from to the Senate ; and that ihe sum of twenty-eight New Hampshire.

dollars be allowed him weekly for that purpose, Timothy PICKERING, from Massachusetts. 10 commence with, and remain during the session,

JAMES Hillhouse and CHAUNCEY GOODRICH, and for twenty days after. from Connecticut.

Messrs. ANDERSON and GILMAN were appointed Elisha Mathewson and FRANCIS MALBONE, a committee on the part of the Senate, together from Rhode Island.

with such committee as may be appointed by the JONATHAN ROBINSON, from Vermont.

House of Representatives on their part, to wait John LAMBERT, from New Jersey.

on the President of the United States and notify ANDREW GREGG and Michael LEIB, from him that a quorum of the two Houses is assembled Pennsylvania.

and ready to receive any communications that SAMUEL White, from Delaware.

he may be pleased to make to them. SAMUEL Smith, from Maryland.

A message from the House of Representatives William B. Giles, from Virginia.

informed the Senate that a quorum of the House Jesse Franklin and JAMES TURNER, from is assembled, and that the House have elected North Carolina.

Joseph B. VARNUM, Esq. one of the RepresentaJoan GAILLARD, from South Carolina. tives for the State of Massachusetts, their Speaker, BUCKNER THRUSTON, from Kentucky.

and are ready to proceed to business. The House RETURN JONATHAN Meigs, jun., from Ohio. of Representatives have appointed a committee

JOSEPH ANDERSON, appointed a Senator by the on their part, jointly, with the committee on the Legislature of the State of Tennessee, for the part of the Senate, to wait on the President of term of six years, com mmencing on the fourth day, ihe United States and notify him that a quorum of March last; and Obadiah GERMAN, appointed of the two Houses is assembed and ready to receive a Senator by the Legislature of the State of New any communications that he may be pleased to York, for the term of six years, commencing on make to them. the fourth day of March last, severally produced their credentials, which were read; and the oath prescribed by law having been administered to

Tuesday, May 23. them, they took their seats in the Senate.

Mr. ANDERSON reported, from the joint commitOrdered, That the Secretary acquaint the tee, that they had waited on the President of the House of Representatives that a quorum of the United States, and that the President of the UniSenate is assembled and ready to proceed to bu- ted States informed the committee that he would siness.

make a communication to the two Houses at 12 Resolved, That each Senator be supplied, du- o'clock this day. ring the present session, with three such news- James Lloyd, jr., appointed a Senator by the papers, printed in any of the States, as he may Legislature of the State of Massachusetts, for six

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SENATE.
President's Message.

May, 1809. years, commencing on the fourth day of March British Orders, have substituted the amicable course last, attended and produced his credentials; which which has issued thus happily, I cannot do less than were read.

refer to the proposal heretofore made on the part of the On motion, by Mr. FRANKLIN,

United States, embracing a like restoration of the susOrdered, That General Arthur St. Clair have pended commerce, as a proof of the spirit of accommoleave to withdraw his petition presented the last dation which has at no time been intermitted, and to session, together with the papers therein referred the result which now calls for our congratulations, as

corroborating the principles by which the public CounMr. Leis presented the petition of Edward cils have been guided during a period of the most trying

embarrassments. Pennington and others, sugar refiners in the city of Philadelphia, praying that a law may be passed spect the United States, having been thus arranged, a

The discontinuance of the British Orders, as they regranting a drawback on refined sugar exported; communication of the event has been forwarded in one equal to the duties paid on the importation of of our public vessels to our Minister Plenipotentiary brown sugar, for reasons mentioned in the petition; at Paris, with instructions to avail himself of the imwhich was read, and ordered to lie for conside- portant addition thereby made to the considerations ration.

which press on the justice of the French Government On motion, by Mr. WHITE,

a revocation of its decrees, or such a modification of Resolved, That two Chaplains, of different de them as that they shall cease to violate the neutral comnominations, be appointed to Congress during the merce of the United States. present session, one by each House, who shall in- The revision of our commercial laws, proper to adapt ierchange weekly.

them to the arrangement which has taken place with Ordered, That the Secretary request the con- Great Britain, will doubtless engage the early attention currence of the House of Representatives in this of Congress. It will be worthy, at the same time, of resolution.

their just and provident care, to make such further alPRESIDENT'S MESSAGE.

terations in the laws as will more especially protect and

foster the several branches of manufacture, which have The following Message was received from the been recently instituted or extended by the laudable PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES :

exertions of our citizens. Fellow-citizens of the Senate

Under the existing aspect of our affairs, I have thought and House of Representatives :

it not inconsistent with a just precaution, to have the On this first occasion of meeting you, it affords me gunboats, with the exception of those at New Orleans, much satisfaction to be able to communicate the com- placed in a situation incurring no expense beyond that mencement of a favorable change in our foreign rela- requisite for their preservation and conveniency for tions, the critical state of which induced a session of future service, and to have the crews of those at New Congress at this early period.

Orleans reduced to the number required for their navIn consequence of the provisions of the act interdict- igation and safety. ing commercial intercourse with Great Britain and

I have thought, also, that our citizens, detached in France, our Ministers at London and Paris were, with quotas of militia, amounting to one hundred thousand, out delay, instructed to let it be understood by the under the act of March, one thousand eight hundred French and British Governments that the authority and eight, might not improperly be relieved from the vested in the Executive to renew commercial inter- state in which they were held' for immediate service. course with their respective nations would be exercised A discharge of them has been accordingly directed. in the case specified by that act.

The progress made in raising and organizing the adSoon after these instructions were dispatched, it was ditional military force, for which provision was made by found that the British Government, anticipating from the act of April

, one thousand eight hundred and eight, early proceedings of Congress, at their last session, the together with the disposition of the troops, will appear state of our laws, which has had the effect of placing by a report which the Secretary of War is preparing, the two belligerent Powers on a footing of equal re

and which will be laid before you. strictions, and, relying on the conciliatory disposition

Of the additional frigates required by an act of the of the United States, had transmitted to their Legation last session to be fitted for actual service, two are in here provisional instructions, not only to offer satisfac- readiness, one nearly so, and the fourth is expected to tion for the attack on the frigate Chesapeake, and to be ready in the month of July. A report which the make known the determination of His Britannic Majesty Secretary of the Navy is preparing on the subject, to to send an Envoy Extraordinary, with powers to con

be laid before Congress, will show, at the same time, clude a treaty on all the points between the two countries; the progress made in officering and manning these but, moreover, to signify his willingness, in the meanships. It will show, also, the degree in which the protime, to withdraw his Orders in Council, in the persua- visions of the act relating to the other public armed sion that the intercourse with Great Britain would be ships have been carried in to execution. renewed on the part of the United States.

It will rest with the judgment of Congress to decide These steps of the British Government led to the how far the change in our external prospects may au. correspondence and the proclamation now laid before thorize any modifications of the laws relating to the you, by virtue of which the commerce between the two Army and Navy Establishments. countries will be renewable after the 10th day of June The works of defence for our seaport towns and har.

bors have proceeded with as much activity as the season Whilst I take pleasure in doing justice to the Coun- of the year and other circumstances would admit. It is cils of His Britannic Majesty, which, no longer adhering necessary, however, to state that the appropriations to the policy which made an abandonment by France hitherto made being found to be deficient, a further of her decrees a prerequisite to a revocation of the provision will claim the early consideration of Congress.

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