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MONDAY, December 7. tia of the United States," having been reported Tuomas Poser, appointed a Senator, by the by the committee correctly engrossed, the bill Governor of the State of Louisiana, in place of was read a third time, and passed.

John Destrahan, resigned, produced his credenOn motion, by Mr. CAMPBELL, of Tennessee, tials, was qualified, and then took his seat in the it was agreed to amend the title.

Senate. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the

Mr. Giles, from the committee appointed on Whole, the consideration of the bill to increase the subject, reported a bill directing the Secrethe Navy of the United States; and Mr. BRAD tary of the Treasury to remit fines, forfeitures, LEY was requested to take the Chair; and, after and penalties, in certain cases; and the bill was debate, the President resumed the Chair ; aad, on read, and passed to the second reading. motion, it was agreed that the further considera

The President laid before the Senate the retion of the bill be postponed to Monday next.

port of the Secretary for the Department of the The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Treasury, prepared in obedience to the act, entiWhole, the consideration of the bill, entitled "Antled "An act to establish the Treasury Departact in addition to the act concerning letters of

ment;" which, together with the accompanying marque, prizes, and prize goods," together with documents, was read, and ordered to be printed the amendments reported thereto by the select for the use of the Senate. committee; and Mr. FRANKLIN was requested to

The bill, entitled "An act altering the time take the Chair; and, after debate, the President and place for holding the circuit and district resumed the Chair, and Mr. FRANKLIN reported courts in Vermont," was read the second time, that the Committee of the Whole had agreed to and referred to a select committee, to consider amend the bill; and, on motion by Mr. ANDER- and report thereon ; and Messrs. Bradley, GERSON, the bill, together with the amendments agreed to, were recommitted to a select commit: , and Goodrich, were appointed the com

mittee. tee, to consist of five members, further to consider

The bill, entitled "An act concerning the disand report thereon; and Messrs. ANDERSON, trict and territorial judges of the United States," Smith, of Maryland, LLOYD, CAMPBELL, of Ten- was read the second time. nessee, and Taylor, were appointed the com

The bill, entitled "An act to incorporate a fire mittee. Ordered, That the Message of the President in the District of Columbia," was read the sec

insurance company in the town of Alexandria, of the United States, transmitting, copies of a ond time. letter from the Consul General of the United

On motion, by Mr. Smith, of Maryland, the States to Algiers, stating the circumstances pre-consideration of the bill to increase the Navy of ceding and attending his departure from that the United States was further postponed. Regency, be referred to the committee who have under consideration "so much of the Message of tion for consideration :

Mr. MAGRUDER submitted the following mothe President of the United States, of the 4th November, as concerns our relations with foreign if any, and what, compensation should be allowed to

Resolved, That a committee be appointed to inquire Powers," to consider and report thereon.

Lewis Chacherie, for his services as translator of the

French and Spanish languages to the Board of Land Friday, December 4.

Commissioners, for the western land district in the

State of Louisiana; and that they have leave to reA message from the House of Representatives port by bill or otherwise. informed the Senate that the House have passed a bill, entitled "An act concerning the district and territorial judges of the United States;" a

Tuesday, December 8. bill, entitled "An act to incorporate a fire insu- The bill directing the Secretary of the Treasrance.company in the town of Alexandria, in ury to remit fines, forfeitures, and penalties, in the District of Columbia ;” also, a bill, entitled certain cases, was read the second time, and "An act altering the time and place for holding made the order of the day for to-morrow. the circuit and district courts in Vermont;" in The motion made yesterday on the subject was which bills they request the concurrence of the resumed and amended. Whereupon, Senate. They agree to the amendments of the Resolted, That the committee appointed on Senate to the bill, entitled "An act concerning public lands inquire if any, and what, compensathe pay of non-commissioned officers, musicians, tion should be made to Louis Chacherie for his privates, and others, of the Army, and for other services as translator of the French and Spanish purposes," with amendments to their amend languages, to the western board of land commisments; in which they request the concurrence of sioners, in the State of Louisiana ; and that they the Senate.

have leave to report by bill or otherwise. On motion, the Senate proceeded to consider The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the the amendments of the House of Representa- Whole, the bill to increase the Navy of the Unitives to their amendments to the bill last men- ted States; and, on motion, it was agreed that tioned ; and concurred therein.

the consideration thereof be further postponed. The three bills last brought up for concurrence The bill, entitled "An act concerning the dise were read, and passed to the second reading. trict and territorial judges of the United States,

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was resumed; and, on motion, by Mr. Campbell, BRADLEY was requested to take the Chair; and, of Tennessee, referred to a select committee, to after debate, the President resumed the Chair; consider and report thereon; and Messrs. Camp- and, on motion, by Mr. BiBB, the further consid. BELL, of Tennessee, FRANKLIN, and HORSEY, eration of the bill was postponed until 10-morrow. were appointed the committee.

Mr. Smith, of Maryland, gave notice that 10The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the morrow he should ask leave to bring in a bill to Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled "An provide for organizing, arming, and discipliniug, act to incorporate a fire insurance company in ihe militia of the United States. the town of Alexandria, in the District of Colum- Mr. Posey presented the petition of the widow bia;” and Mr. BRADLEY was requested to take and heirs of Leonard Marbury, deceased, stating the Chair, and no amendments having been re- that the said Marbury was appointed and comported, the President resumed the Chair; and, missioned, in the year 1776, to the command of a on motion, by Mr. Giles, the bill was referred to regiment of cavalry, in the service of the United a select committee, to consider and report there- States; and praying remuneration for advances on; and Messrs. Giles, BRENT, and ANDERSON, made by him, in support of his said command, and were appointed the committee.

for pay due to him for his own services. And

the petition was read, and referred to a select WEDNESDAY, December 9.

committee, to consider and report thereon, by bill The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the or otherwise ; and Messrs. Posey, BRADLEY, and Whole, the consideration of the bill directing the Tait, were appointed the commiitee. Secretary of the Treasury to remit fines, forfeitures, and penalties, in certain cases; and Mr.

Friday, December 11. BRADLEY was requested to take the Chair; and

Samuel W. Dana, from the State of Connecno amendments having been proposed, the President resumed the Chair ; and, on motion, by Mr.

ticut, attended. Giles, the further consideration of the bill was w. Crowninshield and others, inhabitants of the

Mr. VARNUM presented the memorial of B. postponed to, and made the order of the day for, town of Salem, in the State of Massachusetts, to-morrow. On motion, by Mr. Giles.

owners of private armed vessels, praying a revi

sion of the Act concerning letters of marque, Resolved, That a committee be appointed to inquire into the expediency of offering encouro of: and the memorial was read and referred to the

prizes, and prize goods,” and a modification thereagements at this time to all mariners and seamencommittee who have under consideration the bill, to bring within any of the ports of the United entitled "An act in addition to the act concernStates British public and private arıned ships, as ing letters of marque, prizes, and prize goods,” to well as merchant ships or vessels, belonging to

consider and report thereon. the subjects of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland; and that the committee have of the Legislative Council and the House of Rep

The PRESIDENT communicated the memorial leave to report by bill or otherwise. Messrs. Giles, LLOYD, Smith, of Maryland,

resentatives of the Mississippi Territory, praying Tart, and Taylor, were appointed the commit- an extension of the time of payment for public

lands, in the said Territory, and the memorial tee. On motion, by Mr. MAGRUDER,

was read, and referred to the committee, appointed Resolved, "That the Commiitee on Public 20 December, on the subject of public lands, to Lands inquire if any, and what, compensation

consider and report thereon. should be allowed to John Thompson, for his ser

On motion, by Mr. GREGG, vices as clerk of the Board of Commissioners for

Resolved, That the report of the Commissionthe western land district, in the State of Louis-ers appointed to ascertain and selile the exterior iana ; and that they have leave to report by bill line of the public land at West Point, with the or otherwise.

adjoining proprietor, be referred to a select comMr. Howell presented the memorial of James mittee, to consider and report thereon, by bill or

otherwise. D'Wolf, and others, citizens of the State of Rhode Ísland, and owners of private armed ves

Ordered, That Messrs. GREGG, GERMAN, and

ANDERSON, be the committee. sels, complaining of grievances under the present regulations, and praying relief; and the memo

Mr. CAMPBELL, of Tennessee, from the commitrial was read, and referred to the committee to tee to whom was referred the bill, entitled "An whom was recommitted the bill, entitled "An act of the United States," reported it without amend

act concerning the district and territorial judges in addition to the act concerning letters of marque, prizes, and prize-goods,” to consider and report thereon.

The following Message was received from the
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:

To the Senate and House of
THURSDAY, December 10.

Representatives of the United States : The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the I transmit to Congress copies of a letter to the SecWhole, the consideration of the bill directing retary of the Navy, from Captain Decatur, of the frigthe Secretary of the Treasury to remit fines, for- ate United States, reporting his combat and capture of feitures, and penalties, in certain cases: and Mr. I the British frigate Macedonian. Too much praise can.

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not be bestowed on that officer and his companions on bate, the President resumed the Chair ; and Mr. board, for the consummate skill and conspicuous valor Taylor moved to strike out all the provisions of by which this trophy has been added to the naval arms the bill for the building and equipment of 74-gun of the United States.

ships; and, on motion, by Mr. ANDERSON, the I transmit, also, a letter from Captain Jones, who furiher consideration of the bill was postponed to commanded the sloop of war Wasp, reporting his cap- Monday next. ture of the British sloop of war Frolic, after a close

Mr. ANDERSON, from the committee to whom action, in which other brilliant titles will be seen to

was recommitted the bill, entitled “An Act in the public admiration and praise.

A nation, feeling what it owes to itself and to its addition to an act concerning letters of marque, citizens, could never abandon to arbitrary violence, on

prizes, and prize goods," reported it with amendthe ocean, a class of them which give such examples of capacity and courage, in defending their rights on that element; examples which ought to impress on

Monday, December 14. the enemy, however brave and powerful, preference of The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the justice and peace, to hostility against a country, whose Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled "An prosperous career may be accelerated, but cannot be act concerning the district and territorial judges prevented by the assaults made on it.

of the United States ;" and the bill was passed JAMES MADISON.

to the third reading. WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 1812.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the The Message and papers were read, and re- Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled "An ferred to the committee appointed 9th November act, in addition to the act, concerning letters of last

, to consider that part of the Message of the marque, prizes, and prize goods," together with President of the United States, which relates to the amendments reported thereto by the select the Naval Establishment.

committee. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the

Mr. FRANKLIN was requested to take the Chair; Whole, the consideration of the bill directing the and, after debate, the President resumed the Chair; Secretary of the Treasury to remit fines, forfeit- and on motion, by Mr. ANDERSON, the further ures, and penalties, 'in certain cases; and Mr. consideration thereof was postponed until toBRADLEY was requested to take the Chair; and,

morrow. after debate, and agreeing to amend the bill, the

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the President resumed the Chair; and, on motion, Whole, the consideration of the bill to increase the further consideration of the bill was post- the Navy of the United States; and the motion poned until to-morrow.

made on the twelfth instant, to strike out all the

provisions for the building and equipment of ships SATURDAY, December 12.

of seventy-four guns, was determined in the negThe President communicated the memorial ative-yeas 7, nays 23, as follows: of the Legislative Council and House of Repre

Yeas-Messrs. Crawford, Franklin, Lambert, Robthe Indian title to the lands on the porth of Ten- of Tennessee, Cutts, Dana, Gaillard, German, Giles, sentatives of the Mississippi Territory, praying inson, Smith of New York, Taylor, and Turner.

Nárs_Messrs. Anderson, Bibb, Brent, Campbell nessee river, which lie within that Territory, may Gilman, Goodrich, Gregg, Horsey, Howell

, Hunter, be extinguished, or that places of deposite may be Leib, Lloyd, Magruder, Pope, Posey, Smith of Mary. established on the Tennessee and Tombigbee land, Tait, and Varnum. rivers ; and the memorial was read.

On motion, by Mr. Tait, the bill was amended, The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the by inserting the words " not less than," before Whole, the consideration of the bill directing the the words • seventy-four," section 1, line 4. Secretary of the Treasury to remit fines, forfeit

On the question, Shall this bill be engrossed ures, and penalties, in certain cases; and Mr. and read a third time as amended ? it was deterBRADLEY was requested to take the Chair; and, mined in the affirmative-yeas 28, nays 2, as after debate, the President resumed the Chair, and

follows: Mr. BRADLEY reported the bill amended; and, on

YEAS— Messrs. Anderson, Bibb, Brent, Campbell of the question, Shall this bill be engrossed and read Tennessee, Cutts, Dana, Franklin, Gaillard, German, a third time as amended ? it was determined in Giles, Gilman, Goodrich, Gregg, Horsey, Howell

, the affirmative-yeas 27, Days 3, as follows: Hunter, Lambert, Leib, Lloyd, Magruder, Pope,

Yeas-Messrs. Anderson, Bibb, Bradley, Brent, Posey, Smith of Maryland, Smith of New York, Tait, Campbell of Ohio, Cutts, Gaillard, German, Giles, Taylor, Varnum, and Worthington. Gilman, Goodrich, Gregg, Horsey, Howell, Hunter, Nars-Messrs. Crawford, and Turner. Lambert, Lloyd, Magruder, Pope, Posey, Robinson, The bill directing the Secretary of the TreaSmith of Maryland, Smith of New York, Tait, Taylor, sury to remit fines, forfeitures, and penalties, in Turner, and Varnum.

certain cases, was read a third time; and, on Nats-Messrs. Crawford, Franklin, and Worth motion, by Mr. Giles, the blanks were filled, first, ington.

230 June last-second, 15th September last. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the On motion, by Mr. Lloyd, it was agreed, by Whole, the consideration of the bill to increase unanimous consent, to amend the bill by the in the Navy of the United States ; and Mr. VARNUM sertion of the word "made,” line 21, prior to the was requested to take the Chair; and, after de-words " after war was known.”

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On the question, Shall this bill pass as amend- The PRESIDENT communicated a letter from ed ? It was determined in the affirmative-yeas the Commissioner of the General Land Office, 25, Days 5, as follows:

together with a report of the Commissioners in Yeas—Messrs. Anderson, Bibb, Cutts, Dana, Gail the Western land district of the Territory of Orlard, German, Giles, Gilman, Goodrich, Gregg, Horsey, leans, (now State of Louisiana,) of such claims Howell, Hunter, Lambert, Lloyd, Magruder, Pope, as have not been confirmed by them; and the Posey, Robinson, Smith of Maryland, Smith of New letter and report were read. York, Tait, Taylor, Turner, and Varnum.

The bill authorizing the admission, under cerNáms-Messrs. Brent, Campbell of Tennessee, tain circumstances, of vessels owned by citizens Crawford, Franklin, and Worthington.

of the United States of America. with iheir carSo it was Resolved, That this bill pass, and goes, from British ports beyond the Cape of Good that the title thereof be “An act directing the Hope, was read the second time. Secretary of the Treasury to remit fines, forfeitures, and penalties, in certain cases."

Friday, December 18.
TUESDAY, December 15.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the The bill to increase the Navy of the United Whole, the consideration of the bill authorizing States, was read a third time, and passed.

the admission, under certain circumstances, of The bill, entitled "An act concerning the dis- vessels owned by citizens of the United States of trict and territorial judges of the United Siates,” | beyond the Cape of Good Hope ; and, on motion

America, with their cargoes, from British ports was read a third time, and passed. Mr. Gregg, from the committee appointed on

of Mr. Lloyd, the bill was amended ; and orderthe subject, reported a bill approving the report

ed to be engrossed, and read a third time.

Mr. ANDERSON, from the committee to whom of the Commissioners, appointed by the Secre. tary of War, to ascertain and settle the exterior

was referred the bill, entitled "An act to enable line of the public land at West Point, in the the people of the Mississippi Territory to form a State of New York. And the bill was read, and admission of such Territory into the Union, on

constitution and State government, and for the passed to the second reading.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the an equal footing with the original States," reWhole, the consideration of the bill, entitled "An ported it with amendments. act in addition to the act concerning letters of marque, prizes, and prize goods.” together with

Monday, December 21. the amendments reported thereto by the select committee.

The bill authorizing the admission, under cerOn motion by Mr. Lloyd, it was recommitted of the United States of America, with their car,

tain circumstances of vessels owned by citizens to a select committee, to consist of five members, further to consider and report thereon ; and goes, from British ports beyond the Cape of Good Messrs. ANDERSON, Taylor, LLOYD, Smith of

Hope, having been reported by the committee corMaryland, and CamPBELL, of Tennessee, were ap- passed.

rectly engrossed, was read a third time, and pointed the committee.

The PRESIDENT communicated a letter from

the Governor of the State of New Hampshire, WEDNESDAY, December 16.

enclosing a copy of the resolutions passed by the The bill approving the report of the Commis- Legislature of that Slate, ratifying and confirmsioners, appointed by the Secretary of War, to ing an amendment proposed to the Constitution ascertain

and settle the exterior line of the public of the United States relative to titles of nobility; land at West Point, in the State of New York, and the letter and resolution were read. was read the second time; and ordered to be en- Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate grossed and read a third time.

transmit them to the Secretary for the DepartMr. LLOYD. from the committee to whom was ment of State. referred, on the 18th November last, the petition On motion, by Mr. FRANKLIN, of Bordman and Pope, reported a bill authorizing Ordered, That the report of the Commissionthe admission, under certain circumstances, of ers in the Western land district, in the Territory vessels owned by citizens of the United States of of Orleans, (now State of Louisiana,) of such America, with their cargoes, from British ports claims as have not been confirmed by them, be beyond ihe Cape of Good Hope ; and the bill referred to the committee appointed 2d'instant on was read, and passed to a second reading. the subject of the public lands, to consider and

report thereon.

On motion of Mr. Smith, of Maryland, the THURSDAY, December 17.

further consideration of the bill. entitled "An act The bill approving the report of the Commis- to enable the people of the Mississippi Territory sioners appointed by the Secretary of War, to to form a constitution and State government, and ascertain and settle the exterior line of the public for the admission of such Territory into the Union land at West Point, in the State of New York, on an equal footing with the original States," was reported by thecommittee correctly engrossed, was postponed 10, and made the order of the day and read a third time, and passed.

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sideration thereof was postponed until Monday Mr. Smity, of Maryland, obtained leave to bring in a bill to provide for organizing, arming, and

The PRESIDENT communicated a letter from disciplining ihe militia of the United States; and William Tatham, on the subject of maritime dethe bill was read, and passed to a second reading fence, referring to sundry documents enclosed;

Mr. ANDERSON, from the committee to whom which were read and laid on the table. was recommitted the bill, entitled “An act in The amendmenis to the bill, entitled "An act addition to the act concerning letters of marque, in addition to the act concerning letters of marque, prizes, and prize goods," reported it with amend prizes, and prize goods, having been reported by ments.

ihe committee correctly engrossed, the bill was read a third time, and the blanks were filled.

Resolved, Thai this bill pass with amendments. WEDNESDAY, December 23.

Mr. BRADLEY presented ihe petition of the Pres. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the ident and Directors of the Bank of Washington, Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled "An praying an enlargement of their capital, for reaact in addition to the act concerning letters of sons therein sta ied; and the petition was read, marque, prizes, and prize goods,” together with and referred to a select committee, to consider the amendmenis reported thereio by the select and report thereon, by bill or otherwise ; and committee; and Mr. FRANKLIN was requested 10 Messrs. BRADLEY, ANDERSON, and Gregg, were take the Chair; and, after debate, the PRESIDENT appointed the committee. resumed the Chair, and Mr. FRANKLIN reported The Senate resumed ibe consideration of the the bill with amendments; and the bill having motion made the 22d instant. Whereupon, been further amended, on the question "Shall Resolved, That the President of the United this bill be read a third time as amended ? it was States be requested to cause to be laid before the determined in the affirmative.

Senate any correspondence that may have laken Mr. Pope submitted the following motion for place between the Secretary of War and the consideration :

Governor of Tennessee, and Mr. Hawkins, agent Resolved, That a committee be appointed to inquire near the Creek nation, relative to the murders what provision is necessary and proper to be made for committed by Indians within the State of Tenthe mounted volunteers, which have been called into nessee. the service of the United States, during the present Ordered, That the Secretary lay this resolution year; and that the committee have leave to report by before the President of the United States. bill or otherwise. ,

Adjourned to 11 o'clock on Monday morning." The following motion, submitted yesterday, by Mr. Smith, of Maryland, was considered and postponed:

Monday, December 28. Resolved, That the President of the United States

The Senate resumed the consideration of the be requested to cause to be laid before the Senate any amendments of the House of Representatives to correspondence that may have taken place between the bill, entitled "An act directing the Secretary the Secretary of War, and the Governor of Tennessee, of the Treasury to remit fines, forfeitures, and and Mr. Hawkins, agent near the Creek nation, rela- penalties in certain cases;" and concurred therein. tive to the murders committed by Indians within the The bill to provide for organizing, arming, and State of Tennessee.

disciplining, the militia of the United States, was

read the second time, and referred to a committee, Thursday, December 24.

appointed the 9th of November, on so much of

the Message of the President of the United States A message from the House of Representatives as relates io the militia laws of the United States, informed the Senate that the House have passed to consider and report thereon. the bill which originated in the Senate, entitled The Senate resumed the motion made the 22d “An act directing the Secretary of the Treasury instant, respecting the mounted volunteers, which to remit fines, forfeitures, and penalties, in certain was amended, and agreed to, as follows: cases," with amendments; in which they request Resolved, That the committee appointed the The concurrence of the Senate. They have also 9th November, on so much of the Message of the passed the bill which originated in ihe Senate, President of the United States as relates to the entitled "An act to increase the Navy of the Uni-militia laws, be instructed to inquire what provisted States," with an amendment; in which they ion is necessary and proper to be made for the request the concurrence of the Senate.

mounted volunteers and others, which have been The Senate proceeded to consider the amend called into the actual service of the United States, ment of the House of Representatives to the bill during the present year. last mentioned, and concurred therein.

The Senate considered the amendments of the House of Representatives to the bill, entitled 'An

Tuesday, December 29. act directing the Secretary of the Treasury to re- A message from the House of Representatives mit fines, forfeitures, and penalties, in certain informed the Senate that the House bave passcases."

ed a joint "resolution relative to the brilliant On motion of Mr. BRADLEY, the further con-I achievements of Captains Hull, Decatur, and

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