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as amended ? it was determined in the affirm- The two bills last mentioned were severally ative.
twice read by unanimous consent. A message from the House of Representatives Ordered, That the bill, entitled "An act proinformed the Senate that the House have passed hibiting the exportation of certain articles therethe resolution requesting the President of the in specified, in foreign ships or vessels," be reUnited States to cause to be prepared and laid ferred to the Committee on Foreign Relations, before Congress a system of military discipline, to consider and report thereon. with amendments, in which they request the Mr. Campbell, of Tennessee, from the comconcurrence of the Senate. They have also mittee to whom was referred the last mentioned passed the bill, entitled "An act for the better bill, reported it without amendment. organization of the general staff of the Army of On motion, the bill, entitled "An act concernthe United States," with an amendment, in which ing invalid pensioners," was referred to a select they request the concurrence of the Senate. committee, io consider and report thereon; and
The Senate took into consideration the amend- Messrs. FRANKLIN, Giles, and Howell, were ment of the House of Representatives to the bill appointed the committee. last mentioned; and concurred therein.'
Mr. FRANKLIN, from the committee to whom The Senate proceeded to consider the amend- was referred the last mentioned bill, reported it ments of the House of Representatives to the without amendinent. resolution requesting the President of the United The amendment to the bill, entitled "An act States to cause to be prepared and laid before making appropriations for the support of the Congress a system of 'military discipline; and Navy for the year 1813,” was reported by the concurred therein.
committee correctly engrossed, and the bill was Mr. Gaillard, from the committee to whom read a third time as amended. was referred the bill, entitled "An act making Resolved, That this bill pass with amendappropriations for alterations and repairs to the ments. Capitol," reported it with amendmeni.
The President communicated a report of the Mr. CAMPBELL, of Tennessee, from the com- Secretary for the Department of War, made conmittee to whom was referred the bill, entitled formably to a resolution of the Senate, of the "An act to prohibit the use of licenses or passes 27th of February last, in relation to the provisunder the authority of any foreign Government," ions of the "Aci for arming and equipping the reported it with amendments.
whole body of the militia of the United States ;"" The Senate proceeded to consider their last and the report was read. amendment to the bill, entitled "An act giving. The resolution submitted the 1st instant was further time to purchasers of public lands to read a third time and passed, as follows: complete their payments,” disagreed to by the Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate be House of Representatives; and receded ihere- directed to pay to Robert Tweedy, Benjamin from.
Bowen, and Tobias Simpson, fifty dollars each; The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the and to Charles Tims, twenty-five dollars, as an Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled "An additional compensation for their services during act giving further time for delivering the evi- the present session. dence in support of claims to land in the Terri- On motion, by Mr. Campbell, of Tennessee, tory of Missouri, and for regulating the donation to suspend so much of the twelfth rule for congrants therein."
ducting business in the Senate, as provides that Ordered, That it pass to a third reading.
the three readings of a bill be on three separate The following Message was received from the days, it was determined in the affirmative-yeas PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:
17, pays 11, as follows: To the Senate and House of
YEAs—Messrs. Bibb, Brent, Brown, Campbell of Representatives of the United States :
Tennessee, Crawford, Cutts, Franklin, Gaillard, HowI lay before Congress a report of the Secretary of ell, Magruder, Robinson, Smith of New York, Tait, the Treasury, containing a statement of proceedings Taylor, Turner, Varnum, and Worthington. under the "Act to regulate the laying out and making
Nays-Messrs. Bayard, Campbell of Ohio, German, a road from Cumberland, in the State of Maryland, to Giles, Gilman, Goodrich, Leib, Lloyd, Pope, Reed, the State of Ohio."
and Smith of Maryland. JAMES MADISON. The bill, entitled "An act making appropriaMÁRCH 1, 1813.
tions for the support of the Military EstablishThe Message and report were read.
ment, and the volunteer militia in the actual service of the United States, for the year 1813,"
was read a third time, and passed. WEDNESDAY, March 3.
On motion, the bill for the relief of Joseph A message from the House of Representatives Brevard, also the bill to alter the times and places informed the Senate that the House have passed of holding the circuit courts for the sixth circuit a bill, entitled "An act concerning invalid pen- of the United States, were severally postponed sioners;" also, a bill, entitled "An act prohibiting to the fourth Monday in May next. the exportation of certain articles therein speci- On motion, the bill, entitled "An act for the fied, in foreign ships or vessels;" in which they relief of Samuel Ellis ;” the bill, entitled "An request the concurrence of the Senate.
act establishing an elementary exercise for the
infantry of the militia and army of the United NAIS-Messrs. Bibb, Brent, Crawford, Franklin, States;" also, the bill, entitled "An act regula-Gaillard, Howell, Robinson, Tait, Taylor, and Turner. ting foreign coins, and for other purposes;" were The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the severally postponed to the fourth' Monday in Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled May next.
"An act to prohibit the use of licenses or passes The President communicated the memorial issued under the authority of any foreign Gov. of the Legislature of the Indiana Territory, sta- ernment;" and Mr. Franklin was requested to ting that, in consequence of the exposed situation take the Chair; and, after debate, on motion, the of the inhabitants, and the disordered state of Senate adjourned to six o'clock in the evening. the Territory, the late purchasers of public lands in said Territory have been prevented from cul
Six o'clock in the evening. tivating their farms, and thereby rendered unable to pay the future instalments on their purchases informed the Senate that they have passed a bill,
A message from the House of Representatives to Government, and praying such relief as Con, entitled "An act to authorize the Secretary of gress may in their justice extend to them; and the Treasury to provide new certificates of enthe memorial was read. A message from the House of Representatives y;" in which they request the concurrence of
the Senate. informed the Senate that the House have passed
The bill last mentioned was read three times the bill, entitled "An act for the relief of Nathanjel G. Ingraham, Alexander Phænix, and Wil- by unanimous consent, and passed. liam Nexsen, junior, with amendment; in which informed the Senate that the House have passed
A message from the House of Representatives they request the concurrence of the Senate.
The Senate took into consideration the amend- a resolution for the appointment of a joint comment of the House of Representatives to the bill mittee to wait on the President of the United last mentioned, and concurred therein.
States and notify him of the intended recess, and The engrossed bill authorizing the payment
have appointed a committee on their part, and for wagons and teams captured or destroyed by request the concurrence of the Senate in' said the enemy was read a third time, and passed. The bill, entitled “An act altering the time for whole, the bill, entitled "An act concerning in
The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the holding the district court in the district of valid pensioners ;" and the bill was amended. Maine," was read a third time, and passed. The amendments to the bill, entitled “An act time as amended ? it was determined in the af
On the question, Shall this bill be read a third to alter the times of holding ihe district court
firmative. in the respective districts of New York and Vir
The amendment to the bill last mentioned was ginia, and to authorize the district judges to ap- reported by the committee correctly engrossed, point commissioners to take affidavits and bail in and the bill was read a third time as amended. certain cases," having been reported by the comInittee correctly engrossed, the bill was read a
Resolved, That this bill pass with amend. third time as amended.
ment. Resolved, That this bill pass with amend. Whole
, the bill to provide for the accommoda
The Senate resuined, as in Committee of the ments. The amendments to the bill, entitled "An act
tion of the President of the United States; and, supplementary to the act for increasing the read a third time ? it was determined in the af
on the question, Shall this bill be engrossed, and Navy,” were reported by the committee correct
firmative. ly engrossed; and the bill was read the third time as amended.
The bill last mentioned having been examined, Resolved, That this bill pass with amend was read a third time, and passed.
The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the ments.
The bill, entitled "An act allowing further Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled "An time for delivering the evidence in support of act making appropriation for alterations and reclaims to land in the Territory of Missouri, and pairs in the Capitol;", and no amendment having for regulating the donation grants therein," was
been agreed to, the bill was read a third time, and read a third time, and passed.
passed. The Seoate resumed, as in Committee of the tion from the House of Representatives, for the
The Senate proceeded to consider the resoluWhole, the bill, entitled "An act to release the appointment of a joint committee to wait on the clainis' of the United States in certain goods, President of the United States, and notify bim of wares, and merchandise, captured by private the intended recess, and concurred therein ; and armed vessels.”
Messrs. VARNUM and GAILLARD' were appointed. On motion, to postpone the further considera- the committee on the part of the Senate. tion of the bill to the fourth Monday in May The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the next, it was determined in the affirmative-yeas Whole, the bill, entitled "An act supplementary 14, nays 10, as follows:
to the acts heretofore passed on the subject of an YEA8—Messrs. Bayard, Brown, Cutts, Dana, Ger- uniform rule of naturalization," and the bill man, Giles, Gilman, Goodrich, Leib, Lloyd, Reed, having been amended, on the question, Shall this Smith of New York, Varnum, and Worthington.
bill be read a third time as amended ? it was de
President's Inaugural Speech.
termined unanimously in the affirmative-yeas prominent a feature in our situation, is stamped 22, as follows:
with that justice, which invites the smiles of Messrs. Bayard, Bibb, Brent, Campbell of Tennes- Heaven on the means of conducting it 10 a sucsee, Crawford, Cutts, Dana, Franklin, Gaillard, Giles, cessful termioation. Goodrich, Howell, Leib, Lloyd, Magruder, Pope, Reed, May we 'not cherish this sentiment, without Smith of Maryland, Smith of New York, Taylor, presump!ion, when we reflect on the characters Turner, and Varnum.
by which this war is distinguished ? And the bill was read a third time as amended.
It was not declared on the part of the United Resolved, That this bill pass with amend-Slates, until it had been loog made on them, in ments. On motion, the further consideration of the and expostulations had been exhausted; until a
reality, though not in name; until arguinents bill, entitled "Anact prohibiting the exportation of positive declaration had been received, that the certain articles therein specified in foreign ships wrongs provoking it would not be discontinued; or vessels," was postponed to the fourth Monday nor until this last appeal could no longer be dein May next.
layed without breaking down the spirit of the On motion, the furt consideration of the nation, destroying all confidence in itself and in bill, entitled "An act to prohibit the use of li- its polítical institutions, and either perpetuating censes or passes, issued under the authority of a state of disgraceful suffering; or regaining, by any foreign Government, was postponed to the more costly sacrifices and more severe struggles, fourth Monday in May next.
our lost rank and respect among independent Mr. VARNUM reported, from_the committee, Powers. that they had waited on the President of the On the issue of the war are slaked our national United States, who informed them that he bad sovereignty on the high seas, and the security of no further communications to make to the two an important class of citizens, whose occupations Houses of Congress. Whereupon, the President give the proper value to those of every other adjourned the Senate to meet on the fourth Mon- class. Not to contend for such a stake, is to surday in May next.
render our equality with other Powers on the element common to all, and to violate the sacred
litle which every member of the society has to INAUGURAL SPEECH.
its protection. I need not call into view the un
lawfulness of the practice by which our mariFrom the National Intelligencer of March 5, 1813. ners are forced, at the will of every cruising offi
Yesterday being the day on which commenced cer, from their own vessels into foreign ones, nor the second term of Mr. Madison's re-election to paint the outrages inseparable from it. The the Presidency, he took the oath to support the proofs are in the records of each successive adConstitution of the United States, administered ministration of our Government; and the cruel to him by Chief Justice Marshall
, in the pres- sufferings of that portion of the American peoence of many members of Congress, the Judges ple have found their way, to every bosom not of the Supreme Court
, the foreign Ministers, and dead to the sympathies of human nature. a great concourse of ladies and gentlemen. The
As the war was just in its origin, and necesPresident was escorted to the Capitol by the cav-sary and noble in its objects, we can reflect with alry of the District, and received, on his approach
a proud satisfaction, that, in carrying it on, no to it, by the several volunteer corps of this city, principle of justice or honor, no usage of civilGeorgetown, and Alexandria, drawn up in line ized nations, no precept of courtesy or humanity for the purpose. Previous to taking the oath in have been infringed. "The war has been waged the Chamber of the House of Representatives, obligations, and in a spirit of liberality which
on our part with scrupulous regard to all these the President delivered the following
was never surpassed. SPEECH:
How little has been the effect of this example About to add the solemnity of an oath to the on the conduct of the enemy! obligations imposed by a second call to the sta- They have retained as prisoners of war citi. tion, in which my country heretofore placed me, zens of the United States, not liable to be so conI find, in the presence of this respectable assem- sidered under the usages of war. bly, an opportunity of publicly repeating my pro. They have refused to consider as prisoners of found sense of so distinguished a confidence, and war, and threatened to punish as traitors and deof the responsibility united with it. The impres serters, persons emigrating, without restraint, to sious on me are strengthened by such an evi- the United States; incorporated, by naturalizadence, that my faithful endeavors to discharge tion into our political family, and fighting under my arduous duties have been favorably estimated; the authority of their adopted country, in open and by a consideration of the momentous period and honorable war, for the maintenance of its at which the trust has been renewed. From the rights and safety. Such is the avowed purpose weight and magnitude now belonging to it, I of a Government which is in the practice of paishould be compelled to shrink, if I had less reli- uralizing, by thousands, citizens of other counance on the support of an enlightened and gener- tries, and not only of permitting, but compelling, ous people, and felt less deeply a conviction, that them to fight its baitles against their native the war with a powerful nation, which forms so I country.
They have not, it is true, taken into their own them. Already have the gallant exploits of our hands the hatchet and the knife, devoted to indis- naval heroes proved to the world our inherent criminale massacre; but they have let loose the capacity to maintain our rights on one element. savages, armed with these cruel instruments ; If the reputation of our arms has been thrown have allured them into their service, and carried under clouds on the other, presaging flashes of them to battle by their sides, eager to glut their heroic enterprise assure us that nothing is wantsavage thirst with the blood of the vanquished, ing to correspondent triumphs there also, but the and to finish the work of torture and death on discipline and habits which are in daily progress. maimed and defenceless captives: and, what was never before seen, British commanders have extorted victory over the unconquerable valor of our troops, by presenting to the sympathy of CONFIDENTIAL PROCEEDINGS OF THE their chief awaiting massacre from their savage
SENATE. associates. And now we find them, in further contempt of
At the Second Session of the Twelfth Congress. the modes of honorable warfare, supplying the place of a conquering force, by attempts to disor
SATURDAY, July 31, 1813. ganize our political society, to dismember our On motion, by Mr. ANDERSON, confederated Republic. Happily, like others, these Ordered, That the confidential proceedings of will recoil on the authors; but they mark the de: the Senate at their last session, in relation to East generate counsels from which they emanate: and Florida, be made public. if they did not belong to a series of unexampled inconsistencies, might excite the greater wonder, as proceeding from a Government which founded
Thursday, December 10, 1812. the very war in which it bas been so long en- Mr. ANDERSON submitted the following motion gaged, on a charge against the disorganizing and for consideration, which was read: insurrectional policy of its adversary.
Resolved, That a committee be appointed to conTo render the justice of the war on our part sider whether it be expedient to authorize the Presithe more conspicuous, the reluctance to com- dent of the United States to occupy and hold the whole mence it was followed by the earliest and strong. or any part of East Florida, including Amelia Island, est manifestations of a disposition to arrest its and also those parts of West Florida which are not progress. The sword was scarcely out of the now in the possession and under the jurisdiction of scabbard, before the enemy was apprized of the the United States, with leave to report by bill or other. reasonable terms on which it would be resheathed.
wise. Still more precise advances were repeated, and have been received in a spirit forbidding every
Tuesday, December 15. reliance not placed on the military resources of The Senate proceeded to consider the motion the nation.
submitted the 10th instant, respecting the Flor• These resources are amply sufficient to bring idas; and, after debate, the further consideration the war to an honorable issue. Our pation is, in thereof was postponed to Monday next. number, more than half that of the British isles. It is composed of a brave, a free, a virtuous, and an intelligent people. Our country abounds in
WEDNESDAY, December 16. the necessaries, the arts, and the comforts of life.
Mr. Leis submitted the following motion for A general prosperity is visible in the public coun
consideration : tenance. The means employed by the British Resolved, That the President of the United States Cabinet to undermine it, have recoiled on them- be requested to cause to be laid before the Senate any selves; have given to our national faculties a information which he may have of the intention of the more rapid development; and draining or divert- enemy to take possession of East Florida, and of the ing the precious metals from British Circulation disposition of the people of that Territory to be reand British vaults, have poured them into those ceived under the protection of the Government of the of the United States. It is a propitious consid- United States; the amount of the American force in eration, that an unavoidable war should have eral Wilkinson; and the quantum of Spanish or other
that neighborhood, and under the command of Genfound this seasonable facility for the contribuo force in St. Augustine, Pensacola, and Mobile. tions required to support it. When the public voice called for war, all knew and still know, that without them it could not be carried on
Friday, December 18. through the period which it might last; and the The Senate proceeded to consider the motion patriotism, the good sense, and the manly spirit submitted the 16th instant, calling upon the Pres. of our fellow-citizens, are pledges for the cheer-ident of the United States for information refulness with which they will bear each his share specting East Florida; and, on motion by Mr. of the common burden. To render the war | Goodrich, to amend the motion, so as to read as short, and its success sure, animated, and syste- , follows: matic exertions alone are necessary; and the Resolved, That the President of the United States success of our arms now may long preserve our be requested to cause to be laid before the Senate any country from the necessity of another resort to information which he may have of the intention of the
enemy to take possession of East Florida, and of Resolved, That the motion be agreed to as the disposition of the people of that Territory to be amended. received under the protection of the Government of Ordered, That the Secretary lay this resoluthe United States; the amount of the American force tion before the President of the United States. in that neighborhood, and under the command of General Wilkinson ; and the quantum of the Spanish or other force in St. Augustine, Pensacola, and Mobile ;
THURSDAY, January 14, 1813. and respecting any negotiation that may have been The following confidential Message was receivhad for the settlement of differences and claims exis- ed from the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: ting between the United States and Spain, not here. To the Senate of the United States : tofore laid before the Senate ; respecting any proposal or negotiation that may have been made, or had, by State, complying with their resolution of the 22d De
I transmit to the Senate a report of the Secretary of or with any person or persons exercising the powers cember.
JAMES MADISON. of the Government of Spain, or claiming to exercise
JANUARY 14, 1813. the powers of said Government, or with their respective agents, for the cession of East Florida to the Uni- The Message and report were read. And on ted States; respecting any proposal to or from the motion, by Mr. Leib, that they be printed conlocal authorities of East Florida, (not heretofore com- fidentially for the use of the Senate, it was agreed municated,) for the cession, surrender, or occupancy that the motion be postponed until to-morrow. thereof, to or by the United States; and also, any information respecting the relations of the United States with Spain or said Territory of East Florida, which
FRIDAY, January 15. the President may deem proper to communicate. The Senate resumed the consideration of the
On motion, by Mr. ANDERSON, the further con- motion made yesterday, " that the Message and sideration of the motion for amendment was post- dentially for the use of the Senate, with the ex;
report respecting East Florida be printed confiponed to Monday next.
ception of the return of the number of troops and
their respective stations, on the Southern and Tuesday, December 22.
Western frontier ;'' and, on the question to agree The Senate resumed the motion made the 10thy thereto, it was determined in the negative-yeas instant to appoint a committee to inquire into 13, nays 18, as follows: the expediency of taking possession of East Flor
Yeas-Messrs. Bayard, German, Gilman, Goodida; and, on motion by Mr. Smith, of. Maryland, rich, Gregg, Horsey, Hunter, Lambert, Leib, Lloyd, to postpone the further consideration thereof to Pope, Reed, and Smith of Maryland. Monday next, it was determined in the negative of Tennessee, Crawford, Cutts, Franklin, Gaillard,
NAIS—Messrs. Anderson, Bibb, Bradley, Campbell -yeas 15, nays 15, as follows: Yxas-Messrs. Bradley, Campbell of Ohio, Dana, York, Tait, Taylor, Turner, Varnum, and Worth
Howell, Magruder, Posey, Robinson, Smith of New German, Gilman, Goodrich, Gregg, Horsey, Howell, ington. Hunter, Lambert, Leib, Lloyd, Pope, and Smith of
On motion, by Mr. ANDERSON, Maryland. Nars-Messrs. Anderson, Bibb, Campbell of Ten-therein referred to be referred to the committee
Ordered, That the Message, and documents nessee, Crawford, Franklin, Gaillard, Magruder,
Posey, Robinson, Smith of New York, Tait, Taylor, Turner, appointed the 220 December on the same subject, Varnum, and Worthington.
to consider and report thereon.
Mr. Bradley submitted the following motion On motion, by Mr. Leib, to strike out the
for consideration : words “ with leave to report by bill or otherwise,” Resolved, That the President of the United States it was determined in the negative.
be requested to cause to be laid before the Senate all On the question to agree to the original motion, letters and communications that have passed between it was determined in the affirmative-yeas 18, the Government of the United States and that of Spain, pays 12, as follows:
or the Ministers thereof, since the 9th day of January, Yxas-Messrs. Anderson, Bibb, Campbell of Ohio, 1804, on the subject of indemnities for spoliations Campbell of Tennessee, Crawford, Franklin, Gaillard, committed on our commerce by her subjects before that Howell, Leib, Magruder, Posey, Robinson, Smith of time; and also, in relation to French seizures and New York, Tait, Taylor, Turner, Varnum, and Worth- condemnation of our vessels in the ports of Spain, duington.
ring the late war with France; together with such Nars-Messrs. Bradley, Dana, German, Gilman, communications between this and the French GovernGoodrich Gregg, Horsey, Hunter, Lambert, Lloyd, ment as relate to the same subjects; with such inPope, and Smith of Maryland.
structions as have been given to the Ministers of the Ordered, That Messrs. ANDERSON, GOODRICH,
United States in relation to the same. And any proSmith, of Maryland, Tair, and Varnum, be the positions or negotiations that have been
had or made
with France or Spain, for ceding East Florida to the committee. The Senate resumed the consideration of the United States, previous to the 15th day of January,
1811, not heretofore communicated. motion made the 16th instant, calling upon the President of the United States for information respecting East Florida, together with the amend.
SATURDAY, January 16. ment proposed thereto on the 18th instant; and, The Senate proceeded to consider the motion having agreed to the amendment,
submitted yesterday by Mr. BRADLEY; and, on