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DEBATES IN CONGRESS,
COMPRISIKO TAB LEADING DEBATES AND INCIDENTS
OF THE FIRST SESSION OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CONGRESS:
IMPORTANT STATE PAPERS AND PUBLIC DOCUMENTS,
THE LAWS ENACTED DURING THE SESSION
WITH A COPIOUS INDEX TO THE WHOLE.
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY GALES AND SEATON.
GALES & SEATON'S
Register of Debates in Congress.
TWENTY FIRST CONGRESS...FIRST SESSION:
FROM DECEMBER 7, 1829, To MAY 31, 1830.
DEBATES IN THE SENATE.
Monday, DECEMBER 7, 1829.
of this body, from the State of Mississippi, will go into At noon, the Honorable SAMUEL SMITH, of Mary- mourning for one month by wearing crape on the left arm. land, President pro tempore of the Senate, took the chair. Resolved, That, as an additional evidence of respect to The roll of Senators having been called over by WALTER the memory of the Honorable Thomas B. Reed, the Senate LOWRIE, Esq. Secretary of the Senate, it appeared that do now adjourn. thirty-five members were present. The usual message was sent to the House of Repre
(From the 10th to the 22d of December, inclusive, there sentatives, notifying that a quorum of the Senate had as
was no business transacted to give rise to debate. The sembled.
Senate was principally occupied in receiving and referring Mr. WHITE and Mr. SANFORD were then appointed petitions, and disposing of motions for inquiry, &c.] a committee to join the committee of the House of Representatives, to inform the President of the United States
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1829. that quorums of the two Houses had assembled, &c.
INTEREST DUE TO CERTAIN STATES.
The bill providing for the allowance of interest to cerTUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1829.
tain States therein mentioned, on such advances made by Mr. WHITE reported from the Joint Committee, that them to the United States, during the late war, as have they had, according to order, waited on the President of been or may hereafter be refunded to them, with the the United States, who replied that he would, to-day, at amendments of the Committee on the Judiciary to the bill, 12 o'clock, make a communication to each House of were taken up in Committee of he Whole. The amendCongress.
ments, viz: To provide for the payment of interest due Soon after which, a written message (which will be to the States of Rhode Island and New Hampshire, were found in the Appendix) was received from the President agreed to; and, on motion of Mr. IREDELL, the bill was of the United States, by Mr. Donelsox, his Secretary:
further amended by inserting the State of North CaroThe message was read, and, on motion by Mr. ROWAN, lina; and the question being on ordering the bill to be
engrossed for a third readingOrdered, That four thousand five hundred copies of the Mr. BENTON expressed some repugnance at voting message, with one thousand five hundred copies of the for the bill, until he was better informed of the consedocuments accompanying it, be printed for the use of the quences which might attend that vote, and how far the Senate.
accounting officers of the Government might be authoriz
ed to go under the bill. Formerly great rigor and exactWEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1829.
ness were observed in the investigation of claims on the The Senate, this day, elected its several standing com- Government before Congress ordered their allowance. mittees: and on motion of Mr. SANFORD, it was
It was a good practice, and he should be sorry to see a Resolved, That a select committee be appointed to con- different and looser mode introduced. For himself, he sider the state of the current coins, and to report such did not know that the United States owed a debt to a sinamendments of the existing laws concerning coins, as may gle State, and if the bill proposed to authorize the account. be deemed expedient.
ing officers to ascertain the fact of the existence of debt
to the States, and allow interest thereon, without other HONORS TO THE DEAD.
examination, he could not consent to it. He should himMr. ELLIS having announced the death of his colleague, self like to see the accounts, whether for advances made the Honorable Thomas B. Reen, of Mississippi, submit- in money, or for services rendered, and know whether ted the following resolutions, which were unanimously they were rendered by order or against order, and judge agreed to:
of their validity. At present he was in the dark as to the Resolved, That the members of the Senate, from a de-whole subject of the bill; he had seen no report on it, sire of showing every mark of respect to the memory of and knew not if there was any. He desired further inthe Honorable Thomas B. REED, deceased, late a Senator ) formation.