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DECEMBER, 1820. the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred to the inhabitants of the counties of Attakapas, Opethe memorial of Eliza Dill, Jane Jervis, and Lou- lousas, and Avoyelles, in the State of Louisiana, their isa St. Clair Robb, daughters of the late General claim to the common use of all cypress and cypress Arthur St. Clair; and in conformity therewith swamps within the limits of those counties. resolved, that the prayer of the petitioners ought
Resolved, That the Committee on the Public Lands not to be granted.
be instructed to inquire into the causes which have The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the occasioned the delay in surveying the public lands and Whole, the consideration of the bill to incorporate private claims within the State of Louisiana, and into the Columbia Society for literary purposes, to the expediency of modifying existing laws on that gether with the amendment last reported thereto
subject, so as to facilitate the surveying of those lands. by the Committee on the District of Columbia; the expediency of making, by law, such provision as
Resolved, That the same Committee inquire into and the consideration thereof was further postponed
may be deemed essential, to cause patents to be issued until to-morrow.
for all private land claims within the State of LouisThe Senate proceeded to consider, as in Com- iana, which have been legally confirmed ; and into the mittee of the Whole, the bill, entitled "An act for expediency of making further provision for compenthe relief of Elias Parks,” together with the amend- sating the principal deputy surveyors of Louisiana, ment reported thereto by the Committee of Claims; for the services required of them. and, having agreed to the amendment, the Presi- Mr. Thomas, from the Committee on Public dent reported it to the House amended according- Lands, to whom was referred the bill for the relief ly; and the amendment being concurred in, it was of the legal representatives of Gabriel Berzat, deordered to be engrossed, and the bill read a third ceased, reported it without amendment. time as amended. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the informed the Senate that the House have passed
A message from the House of Representatives Whole, the consideration of the bill, entitled "An the bill, entitled “An act for the relief of Margaret act to amend the act, entitled 'An act to alter the Perry," and the bill, entitled "An act for the retimes of the session of the circuit and district lief of William McIntosh ;" in which bills they courts in the District of Columbia ;” and the con- request the concurrence of the Senate. sideration thereof was postponed to Wesdnesday The two bills last brought up for concurrence
were read, and severally passed to a second reading. A message from the House of Representatives The amendment to the bill entitled "An act for announced to the Senate the death of Nathaniel the relief of Elias Parks," having been engrossed, Hazard, late a member of the House of Repre- the bill was read the third time as amended, and sentatives from the State of Rhode Island and
passed. Providence Plantations, and that his funeral will take place this day at two o'clock.
CONGRESSIONAL COMPENSATION. On motion of Mr. HUNTER, it was
The Senate, agreeably to the order of the day, Resolved, unanimously, That the Senate will at- proceeded to the consideration of the following tend the funeral of Nathaniel Hazard, late a member resolution, introduced by Mr. BURRILL, of Rhode of the House of Representatives from the State of Island, on the 16th ultimo: Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, this day at
Resolved, That the act entitled “An act allowing two o'clock; and as a testimony of respect for the compensation to the members of the Senate, members memory of the deceased, they will go into mourning, of the House of Representatives of the United States, and wear a black crape round the left arm for thirty and to the delegates of the Territories, and repealing days.
all other laws on the subject," passed at the first session of the fifteenth Congress, ought to be so altered
and amended that the compensation to the meinbers Tuesday, December 19.
and delegates aforesaid shall hereafter be six dollars Mr. Wilson presented the petition of Elisha for each day's attendance, and six dollars for every Gordon, of New Jersey, legal representative of twenty miles' travel, instead of the compensation now Patience Gordon, deceased, praying payment of allowed by said act; and that it be referred to a coma loan office certificate issued to the said 'Patience mittee, to prepare and report a bill for altering and in her life time, by the loan officer of New Jersey, amending said act accordingly. and which is now lost; and the petition was read, Upon the merits of the proposition, and of the and referred to the Committee of Claims.
several motions made in the course of its considerMr. Wilson, from the Committee of Claims, ation, a spirited, good tempered, and interesting to whom was referred the petition of Thomas L. debate took place, occupying more than three hours. Ogden, in behalf of himself and others, reported The following embraces a statement simply of the a bill for the relief of Thomas L. Ogden and proceedings and of the names of those gentlemen others;
which was read, and passed to a second who took part therein: reading.
The resolution was supported by Messrs. BurMr. Dickerson, from the Joint Library Com- Rill and Roberts, and was opposed by Messrs. mittee, made a report; which was read.
Johnson, of Kentucky, and DANA; and Mr. J. Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, submitted the fol- concluded his remarks by moving to postpone the lowing motions for consideration :
resolution to the second Monday of January next. Resolved, That the Committee on Public Lands be The postponement was supported by the mover, instructed to inquire into the expediency of confirming and was opposed by Messrs. Macon, Dana, and DECEMBER, 1820.
Burrill; and negatived by yeas and nays: For consequence of there being no land office in the the postponement 16; against it 20.
District of Columbia for that purpose, he is unable Mr. MORRIL moved to postpone the resolution to obtain a right to certain vacant lands discovto Monday next, for reasons which
he stated ; and ered by him within said District in the year 1799, it was opposed by Mr. Wilson. The motion was and praying relief; and the petition was read, and negatived, without a division.
referred to the Committee on the Judiciary: Mr. Dana moved to amend the resolution by Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, presented the mestriking out all after the word Resolved, and inseri- morial of Thomas Shields, a purser in the Navy, ing the following substitute :
praying remuneration for certain losses sustained That a committee be appointed to inquire into by him whilst in the New Orleans station, in the the propriety of reducing the allowances authorized by Winter of 1814 and 1815; and the memorial was the act entitled . An act allowing compensation to the read, and referred to the Committee on Naval members of the Senate, the members of the House of Affairs. Representatives of the United States and to the dele- Mr. Noble presented four memorials, signed by gates of the Territories, and repealing all other laws a number of individuals, concerned directly or inon the subject,' with the allowances to the officers of directly as purchasers of public lands prior to the the respective Houses of Congress; and also reducing law " making provision for the sale of the public the allowances made by law to the principal and other lands,” stating that said law operates injuriously officers in each of the Executive Departments; and that the committee have leave to report by bill or other- upon them, and praying that they may be permitwise."
ted to apply the payments already made, to such Mr. Roberts required a division of the question ; portions of their entries as such payments will and it being accordingly first taken on striking out, cover at two dollars per acre, and that the residue it was determined in the affirmative-ayes 23.
may revert to the United States; and the memoConsiderable debate followed on the relative rials were read, and referred to the Committee on
Public Lands. merits of this amendment and the original resolution, in which the amendment was advocated by
The PRESIDENT communicated a report of the Messrs. Dana, Johnson, of Kentucky, and Chand Secretary of War, made in obedience to a resoluLER, and was opposed by Messrs. 'Burrill and tion of the Senate of the 30th of November, on ROBERTS; in the course of which
the petition of Eleanor Lawrence; which was Mr. Burrill moved to strike out of the amend- read, and referred to the Committee on Military ment so much as relates to the salaries of the ex
Affairs. ecutive officers, wishing to encumber, and there
Mr. Roberts, from the Committee of Claims, fore endanger, the main object as little as possible. Kemper, made a report
, accompanied by the fol
to whom was referred the petition of Presley The motion, after considerable discussion, was decided in the negative, as follows:
lowing resolution : Yxas-Messrs. Burrill, Dickerson, Eaton, Hunter,
Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner ought Johnson of Louisiana, King of New York, Lowrie,
not to be granted. Roberts, Ruggles, Sanford, Smith, Thomas, and Wil.
The report and resolution were read. son-14.
Mr. Holmes, of Mississippi, from the CommitNars-Messrs. Chandler, Dana, Edwards, Elliott, tee on Indian Affairs, to whom the subject was Gaillard, Holmes of Maine, Holmes of Mississippi, referred, reported a bill for the better regulation of Johnson of Kentucky, King of Alabama, Macon, Mor the trade with the Indian tribes; and the bill was ril, Noble, Palmer, Parrott, Pleasants, Talbot, Taylor, read, and passed to a second reading. Tichenor, Trimble, Walker of Alabama, Walker of Mr. Trimble, from the Committee on Roads Georgia, and Williams of Tennessee-22.
and Canals, to whom was referred the bill to auThe question being taken on the amendment of thorize the appointment of commissioners to lay Mr. Dana, it was agreed to; and the resolution, out a canal in the State of Ohio, reported it withas amended, was then agreed to by the following out amendment. vote :
Mr. HOLMES, of Maine, submitted the following YEAS—Messrs. Burrill, Chandler, Dana, Dickerson, motion for consideration: Edwards, Elliott, Gaillard, Holmes of Maine, Holmes
Resolved, That the Committee of Finance be inof Mississippi, Hunter, Johnson of Kentucky, Johnson structed to inquire what diminutions and alterations of Louisiana, Lowrie, Macon, Morril, Noble, Palmer, may be made in the compensations to officers of the Parrott, Pleasants, Roberts, Ruggles, Sanford, Smith, Talbot, Taylor, Thomas, Tichenor, Trimble, Walker of Alabama, Walker of Georgia, and Williams of
Mr. Williams, of Tennessee, from the ComTennessee-32.
mittee on Military Affairs, made an unfavorable Nars—Messrs. Eaton, King of Alabama, King of report on the petition of Horatio Stark, late an New York, and Mills-4.
officer in the Army, praying to be allowed to enMessrs. Dana, BurriLL, JOHNson, of Kentucky, ler one thousand acres of public land at the miniRoberts, and Smith were appointed the com- mum price, in consideration of his military sermittee; and the Senate adjourned.
vices from 1801 to 1815, when he was disbanded
without receiving more advance than officers of Wednesday, December 20.
The Senate took up the bill to amend the act Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, presented the peti- for the relief of the legal representatives of Henry tion of William Pancoast, representing that, in Willis.
Bank of the United States.
Mr. King, of Alabama, offered some amend- Carolina, this day at three o'clock; and, as a testiments, intended to secure more completely the res- mony of respect for the memory of the deceased, they ervations made by the United States of public will go into mourning, and wear a black crape round lands, from the location intended by the act to be the left arm for thirty days. allowed to the persons concerned; when, on motion of Mr. EATON, the bill was recommitted to
Friday, December 22. the Committee on the Public Lands.
Mr. PLEASANTS presented the memorial of the BANK OF THE UNITED STATES. Roanoke Agricultural Society, praying that no Mr. Sanford, from the Committee on Finance, additional duties may be imposed on imported to which was referred the petition of the Presidení goods; and the memorial was read, and referred and Directors of the Bank of the United States, to the Committee on Commerce and Manufacreported the following bill, which received the first tures. reading:
Mr. ChandleR presented the petition of Nathan Be it enacted, &c., That it shall be lawful for the McWarren, praying to be allowed pay for the Directors of the Bank of the United States to appoint time he was detained as a prisoner by the enemy an agent and a register; and that all bills and notes in the late war; and the petition was read, and of the said corporation, issued after the first appoine- referred to the Committee of Claims. ment of such agent and register, shall be signed by the Mr. WILLIAMS, of Tennessee, from the Comagent, and countersigned by the register; that such mittee on Military Affairs, to whom was referred bills and notes shall have the like force and effect as the petition of Eleanor Lawrence, and the report the bills and notes of the said corporation which are of the Secretary of War thereon, reported the folnow signed by the president, and countersigned by the lowing resolution: cashier, thereof; and that, as often as an agent or a register of the said corporation shall be appointed, no be liquidated and paid by the War Department, and
Resolved, That the claim of the petitioner ought to note or bill, signed by an agent, or countersigned by a for that purpose no act of Congress is necessary. register, shall be issued, until public notice of the appointment of such agent or register shall have been
The resolution was read, and concurred in. previously given, for ten days, in two gazettes printed
Mr. MORRIL submitted the following motion for at the City of Washington.
consideration : Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That if any pre- Resolved, That the Committee of Pensions be disident, director, cashier, or other officer or servant of rected to inquire into the expediency of so amending the Bank of the United States, or of any of its offices, the law regulating pensions, that the heirs of nonshall fraudulently convert to his own use any money, commissioned officers and soldiers in the Army of the bill, note, security for money, evidence of debt, or other United States, who have deceased while in actual sereffects whatever, belonging to the said bank, such per-vice, since the close of the last war, or who may hereson shall, upon due conviction, be punished by im- after decease while in actual service, shall be entitled prisonment, not exceeding three years, and by stand- to receive five years half pay, under such regulations ing in a pillory not more than three times in open day, as the Secretary of War may prescribe. in some public place, during one hour at a time; which Mr. Lowrie, from the Committee on Public standing in a pillory, when inflicted more than once, Lands, to whom was referred the petition of Daniel shall be on different days.
W. Coxe, made a report, accompanied by a bill
confirming the title of the Marquis de Maison THURSDAY, December 21.
Rouge; and the report and bill were read, and the
bill passed to a second reading. MONTFORT Stokes, from the State of North The Senate proceeded to consider the report of Carolina, attended.
the Committee of Claims, on the petition of George Mr. Eaton, from the Committee on Public Love, and, in concurrence therewith, resolved Lands, to whom was recommitted the bill, entitled that the prayer of the petitioner ought not to be “An act to amend the act entitled 'An act for the granted. relief of the legal representatives of Henry Willis," The Senate proceeded to consider the report of reported the same with amendments, which were the Committee on Pensions, on the petition of read, and laken up as in Committee of the Whole; Park Avery; and, in concurrence therewith, re and having been agreed to, the bill was reported solved, that the prayer of the petitioner ought not to the House, amended accordingly; and the to be granted. amendments having been concurred in, they were The Senate proceeded to consider the report of ordered to be engrossed, and the bill be read a third the Committee on Military Affairs, on the petition time as amended.
of Horatio Stark; and, in concurrence therewith, A message from the House of Representatives resolved, that the prayer of the petitioner ought announced to the Senate the death of Jesse Slo- not to be granted. CUMB, late a member of the House of Representa- The Senate proceeded to consider the report of tives from the State of North Carolina, and that the Committee of Claims on the petition of Presly his funeral will take place this day at 3 o'clock. Kemper; and the further consideration thereof On motion, by Mr. Macon, it was
was postponed to Tuesday next. Resolved, unanimously, That the Senate will attend The Senate proceeded to consider the motion of the funeral of Jesse Slocumb, late a member of the the 19th instant, instructing the Committee on House of Representatives from the State of North Public Lands to inquire into the expediency of
SENATE. confirming to certain inhabitants of Louisiana the requiring an unanimous consent to a third reading use of the cypress and the cypress swamps; and to-day. agreed thereto.
A motion was made to adjourn to Tuesday, but The Senate proceeded to consider the motion of it was negatived, (with the view, it was underthe 19th instant, instructing the Committee on stood, of meeting. io-morrow, for the purpose of Public Lands to inquire into the causes of the passing the bill just under consideration;) and delay in surveying the public and private land then the Senate adjourned until to-morrow. claims, and into the expediency of modifying the existing laws on that subject, so as to facilitate the
SATURDAY, December 23. surveying of those lands in Louisiana ; and the
Mr. Williams, of 'Tennessee presented the meconsideration thereof was postponed until to-morial of the Senate and House of Representamorrow.
tives of the State of Missouri, in behalf of the The Senate proceeded to consider the motion of purchasers of public lands in Missouri
, praying that the 19th instant, instructing the Committee on a law may pass authorizing all persons who have Public Lands to inquire what provisions are ne- purchased a quarter section or more of land to apcessary to cause patents to be issued for all con- ply the payments made to any one or more secfirmed private land claims, and what further pro- tions, quarter or balf-quarter sections, so as to vision is necessary for compensating the principal complete the payments for said sections or parts deputy surveyors in Louisiana, and agreed thereto. of sections, and to release the purchasers from the
The Senate proceeded to consider the motion of remainder; and the memorial was read, and referthe 20th instant, instructing the Committee on red to the Committee on Public Lands: Finance to inquire what diminutions or alterations Mr. SANFORD presented the petition of Jacob may be made in the compensation to officers of the Barker, of the city of New York, praying that the customs; and agreed thereto.
existing differences with the Treasury Department, The bill to amend the act, entitled "An act to in relation to his contract for a portion of the loan incorporate the subscribers to the Bank of the Uni- of 1814, may be referred to the Supreme Court; ted States," was read the second time and referred and the petition was read, and referred to the to the Committee on Finances.
Committee of Claims. The bill for the relief of Thomas L. Ogden and Mr. JOHNSON, of Louisiana, gave notice that, on others was read the second time.
Tuesday next, he should ask leave to bring in a The bill, entitled "An act for the relief of Mar- bill for ihe relief of John Hoffman. garet Perry," was read the second time, and re- The Senate resumed the consideration of the ferred to the Committee on Public Lands. motion of the 19th instant instructing the Com
The bill, entitled "An act for the relief of Wilmittee on Public Lands to inquire into the causes liam McIntosh,” was read the second time, and of the delay in surveying the public and private referred to the Committee on Public Lands. land claims, and into the expediency of modifying
The bill for the better regulation of the trade the existing laws on that subject, so as to facilitate with the Indian tribes was read the second time. the surveying of those lands in Louisiana, and it The amendments to the bill, entitled "An act
was amended and agree to follows: to amend the act, entitled 'An act for the relief
Resolved, That the Committee on Public Lands of the legal representatives of Henry Willis," be instructed to inquire into the expediency of having been reported by the committee correctly modifying the existing laws in relation to the surengrossed, the bill was read the third time as veying of the public lands and private claims amended, and passed.
within the State of Louisiana, so as to facilitate The bill from the other House, to amend the act the surveying of those lands. to alter the terms of the circuit court of Wash
The bill, entitled "An act to amend the act, enington county, in the District of Columbia, (to in- titled 'An act to alter the times of the session of termit the December term thereof, in consequence the circuit and district courts in the District of of the new arrangement of the terms,) was taken Columbia," was read the third time and passed. up.
The Senate adjourned to Tuesday next.
Tuesday, December 26.
DEATH OF MR. BURRILL. Otis, HOLMES, and Dana favored the bill. After The Journal of Saturday having been read an unsuccessful motion by Mr. ROBERTS, to post- Mr. HUNTER, of Rhode Island, rose, and, with pone the bill indefinitely, it was ordered to a ihird much emotion, said, he had to perform a melanreading by a large majority.
choly, and, to him, truly distressing duty. His Mr. LANMAN moved that the bill be read a third friend and worthy colleague, the Honorable James time to-day, inasmuch as the term to be suspend- BURRILL, Jr., bad departed this life about ten ed would commence on Monday next, and the o'clock last night, and it devolved upon him to bill therefore would be ineffectual unless passed announce the painful event to the Senate. promptly.
Mr. Dana, of Connecticut, said, the serious loss Mr. ROBERTS objected to this motion, and it which had just been announced must be extremely was therefore negatived, the rules of the Senate felt by the Senate, and he could not doubt its dis
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position to manifest every regard for the memory object as the preceding ; which was read, and re-
morial of Paul Lapusse, and F. Bailly Blanchard, Resolved, That a committee be appointed to take merchants of the city of New Orleans, praying order for superintending the funeral of the Honorable that a law may pass granting to them the benefit James Burrill, Jr., and that the Senate will attend the of drawback on certain merchandise exported by same; and that notice of the event be given to the them in 1819, which is withheld from them in House of Representatives.'
consequence of their having neglected to take the The resolution was unanimously adopted, and export oath,” within the prescribed time; and Messrs. Macon, Dana, CHANDLER, HOLMES, of the memorial was read, and referred to the ComMaine, and PARROTT, were appointed the com- mittee on Finance. mittee accordingly.
Mr. Smith presented the petition of William On the further motion of Mr. Dana, it was- Smith, junior, of Charleston, praying to be reResolved, unanimously, That the members of the leased from the payment of the interest accrued on Senate, from a sincere desire of showing every mark
a debt due the United States by N. Ingraham and of respect due to the memory of the Honorable James Son, late navy agents at Charleston, and for Burrill
, Jr., deceased, late a member thereof, will go which he is responsible as one of their sureties; into mourning for him one month, by the usual mode and the petition was read, and referred to the of wearing crape round the left arm.
Committee on Finance. On motion of Mr. Dana, it was
Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, presented a petition Resolved, unanimously, That, as an additional sigped by certain inhabitants of Kentucky, holders mark of respect for the memory of the Hon. James of land warrants to be located in the Virginia Burrill, Jr., the Senate do now adjourn.
military district in the State of Ohio, praying an And the Senate adjourned accordingly, to one and the petition was read, and laid on the table.
extension of the time for locating said warrants; o'clock to-morrow.
Mr. WALKER, of Alabama, presented the peti
tion of Thomas H. Boyles, praying that a law WEDNESDAY, December 27.
may be passed directing a patent to be issued to On motion, by Mr. HUNTER
him for certain lands; and the petition was read, Resolved, that the President of the Senate be re- and referred to the Committee on Public Lands. quested to notify the Executive of the State of Rhode Mr. Holmes, of Mississippi, presented the petiIsland and Providence Plantations, of the death of tion of William Doak, keeper of a public house James Burrill, Jr., late a Senator of the United States on the road through the Indian nations between from that State.
Natchez and the State of Tennessee, praying that
for a tract of land of one mile square so as to in-
clude his improvements; and the petition was Mr. SANFORD presented the memorial of the read, and referred to the Committee on Public Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the city Lands. of New York, praying that the land ceded by Mr. WALKER, of Alabama, presented the methem in the year 1808, to the United States, for morial of the Mayor and Aldermen of the city of the purpose of erecting military works thereon, Mobile, praying the grant of certain public grounds may revert to the Corporation, and that the said therein for the use of the Corporation, and the works may be removed at the expense of the memorial was read and referred to the Committee United States; and the memorial was read, and on Public Lands. referred to the Secretary of War.
Mr. PLEASANTS, from the Committee on Naval Mr. Williams, of Tennessee, presented the pe- Affairs, to whom 'was referred the memorial of tition of John W. McGirk, of Missouri, praying Thomas Shields, made a report, accompanied by to be allowed the right of pre-emption to certain a bill authorizing the payment of a sum of money public lands; and the petition was ead, and re- to Thomas Shields; and the report and bill were ferred to the Committee on Public Lands: read, and the bill passed to a second reading.
Mr. Ruggles presented two memorials signed Mr. JOHNSON, of Louisiana, obtained leave to by a number of individuals concerned directly or bring in a bill for the relief of John Hoffman ; indirectly as purchasers of public lands prior to which was read, and passed to a second reading. the law " making further provision for the sale of Mr. Walker, of Alabama, gave notice, that, the public lands, stating that said law operates to-morrow, he should ask leave to bring in a bill injuriously on them, and praying that they may for the relief of John Coffee. be permitted to apply the payments already made to such portions of their entries as such payments lowing motion for consideration:
Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, submitted the folwill cover at two dollars per acre, and that the residue may revert to the United States; and the instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing
Resolved, That the Committee on Public Lands be memorials were read, and referred to the Com- by law a map to be annexed to the patent of each solmittee on Public Lands.
dier, designating the survey in which his portion is Mr. Thomas presented a memorial signed by a located, provided the same shall not cost the Governnumber of individuals, of the same import and ment more than twenty-five cenis per map.