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(FEBRUARY 1, 1790.
Ordered, That this bill have the first reading
On motion it was at this time.
Ordered, That the letter from the Governor Ordered, That this bill have the second read- of Rhode Island of the 18th of January instant, ing to-morrow.
to the President of the United States, request
ing a further suspension of the acts of Congress THURSDAY, January 28.
subjecting the citizens of the State of Rhode
Island to the payment of foreign tonnage and defining the crimes and offences that shall be foreign duties, during the pleasure of Congress, cognizable under the authority of the United sage this day, be referred to the same committee. States, and their punishment; and it was read a second time. Ordered, That the rules be so far dispensed
Friday, January 29. with, as that this bill have the third reading at
SAMUEL JOHNsron, from North Carolina, apthis time.
peared, produced his credentials, and took his On motion that the fourth section be amended seat in the Senate. to read as follows:
The Vice President administered the oath to
Mr. JOHNSTON. “ That the court before whom any person shall be convicted of the crime of murder, for which he or tain crimes against the United States was car
The engrossed bill for the punishment of cer. she shall be sentenced to suffer death, may, at their discretion, add to the judgment, that the body of such ried to the House of Representatives for conoffender shall be delivered to a surgeon for dissec
currence. tion; and the marshal who is to cause such sentence
A letter from Samuel Meredith, Treasurer of to be executed, shall
, accordingly, deliver the body the United States, to the Vice President; with of such offender, after execution done, to such sur. his accounts to the first of Jan. 1790, were read. geon as the court shall direct, for the purpose afore- Ordered, That the said letters and papers lie said: Provided, that such surgeon, or some other for consideration, person by him
appointed for the purpose, shall attend On motion, the Senators from the State of to receive and take away the dead body, at the time North Carolina proceeded to draw lots for their of the execution of such offender.”
classes, in conformity to the resolve of the Sen. It passed in the affirmative.
are of May the 14th, 1789; and two lots, Nos. ?
anıl 3, being by the Secretary rolled up and put Resolved, That this bill do pass as amended; that into box, Mr. Johnston drew lot No. 2, whose the title be “An act for the punishment of certain seat in the Senate shall accordingly be vacated crimes against the United States;" that it be engross. at the expiration of the fourth year. ed, and sent to the House of the Representatives And Mr. Hawkins drew lot No. 3, whose for concurrence.
seat in the Senate shall accordingly be vacated The following message from the President of at the expiration of the sixth year. the United States, by his Secretary, was read: Gentlemen of the Senate,
Monday, February 1. and House of Representatives:
Mr. Johnston and Mr. HAWKINS laid beI have directed my Secretary to lay before you the fore the Senate an exemplified copy of the act copy of an act of the Legislature of Rhode Island and of the Legislature of North Carolina, entitledi Providence Plantations, entitled “An act for calling “An act for the purpose of ceding to the Unia Convention to take into consideration the Constitu- ted States of America certain western lands tion proposed for the United States, passed on the therein described," which, being read, was or17th day of September, A. D. 1787, by the Gen- dered to lie for consideration. eral Convention held at Philadelphia,” together with Mr. Hawkins, on behalf of the committee the copy of a letter accompanying said act, from his appointed the 28th of January, upon the bill for Excellency John Collins, Governor of the State of giving effect to the several acts therein menRhode Island and Providence Plantations, to the Pre- tioned, in respect to the State of North Caro. sident of the United States.
lina, reported sundry amendments, which were The originals of the foregoing act and letter will accepted. be deposited in the office of the Secretary of State. Ordered, That the rules be so far dispensed GEO. WASHINGTON.
with, as that this bill be now read the third time, UNITED STATES, January 28, 1790.
Resolved, that the Senate do concur in this bill, Ordered, That the message, together with with thirteen amendments. the papers accompanying it, lie for considera- Ordered, That the bill be carried to the House tion.
of Representatives for concurrence in the The Senate proceeded to the second reading amendments. of the bill, giving effect to the several acts there. The following message from the President of in mentioned, in respect to the State of North the United States, by his Secretary, was read: Carolina.
Gentlemen of the Senate, Ordered, That this bill be referred to a spe- und House of Representatives: cial committee, to consist of Messrs. HAWKINS, I have received from his Excellency Alexander ELLSWORTH, and BUTLER.
Martin, Governor of the State of North Carolina, an
FEBRUARY 9, 1790.]
[SENATE. act of the General Assembly of that State, entitled presentatives, agreeable to the joint rules of the "An act for the purpose of ceding to the United two Houses. States of America, certain Western Lands therein
The Senate proceeded to consider the mesdescribed,” and have directed my Secretary to lay sage from the House of Representatives of this a copy of the same before you, together with a copy day, and of a letter accompanying said act, from his Excellency Governor Martin to the President of the United on their part for the purposes therein men
Ordered, That Mr. WINGATE be a committee States. GEORGE WASHINGTON.
tioned. The originals of the foregoing act and letter will be deposited in the office of the Secretary of State. UNITED STATES, February 1, 1790.
THURSDAY, February 4. Ordered, That the communication made by
No material business was done to-day. the Senators from the State of North Carolina, together with the President's message of this
Friday, February 5. day, be committed to Messrs. Henry, IZARD, No material business done to-day. ELLSWORTH, BASSETT, and Few.
MONDAY, February 8.
A memorial was read from ROBERT Morris, The following message from the House of late Superintendent of the Finances of the Representatives was read, as follows:
United States, in relation to the settlement of In the House of Representatives of the United States,
his accounts (a copy of which will be found in FEBRUARY 1, 1790.
the appendix at the end of this volume). The
inemorial was referred to a committee, consist"The House proceeded to consider the amend, ing of Messrs. IZARD, Henry, and Ellsworth. ments proposed by the Senate to the bill, entitled “An act for giving effect to the several acts therein
TUESDAY, February 9. mentioned in respect to the State of North Carolina;" whereupon,
A message from the House of Representa“Resolved, That th's House doth agree to all the tives inforined the Senate, that they have passed said amendments, with an amendment to the last a bill providing for the actual enumeration of amendment, as follows:"
the inhabitants of the United States, to which «cStrike out the word 'second to the end of the they request the concurrence of the Senate. amendment, and, in lieu thereof, insert 'section of the This bill received its first reading, and was act entitled "An act to suspend part of act, entitled ordered to have its second reading on Friday "An act to regulate the collection of duties imposed next. by law on the tonnage of ships or vessels, and on The Senate then entered on Executive busigoods, wares, and merchandises, imported into the United States, and for other purposes,' passed the The following messages from the President sixteenth day of September last, shall, with respect of the United States were read: to the inhabitants and citizens of the State of Rhode
United States, February 9, 1790. Island and Providence Plantations;” and also, that Gentlemen of the Senate: the fourth section of the said act shall continue in
You will perceive, from the papers herewith deliforce until the first day of April next, and no longer.”vered, and which are enumerated in the annexed
Mr. Morris presented the petition of Fran- list, that a difference subsists between Great Britain cis Bailey, upon his new invented method of and the United States, relative to the boundary line making types, which was read.
between our Eastern boundary and their territories. Ordered, That the petition be committed to A plan for deciding this difference was laid before Messrs. MORRIS, Izard, and Langdon.
the late Congress; and whether that, or some other The Senate proceeded to consider the mes- plan of a like kind, would not now be eligible, is
submitted to sage from the House of Representatives of this
your In my opinion it is desirable that all questions be
tween this and other nations be speedily and amica. Resolved, That they agree to the amendment pro. bly settled; and in this instance I think it adviseable posed to the amendment of the Senate, with an to postpone any negotiations on the subject until I amendment, by striking out what follows the word shall be informed of the result of your deliberations, «Plantations,' and inserting these words: "be revived; and receive your advice as to the propositions most and also, that the fourth section of the said act shall proper to be offered on the part of the United States. be revived, and both continue in force until the first
As I am taking measures for learning the inten. day of April next, and no longer."
tions of Great Britain respecting the further dleten. Ordered, That a message be sent to the tion of our posts, &c., I am the more solicitous that House of Representatives accordingly.
the business now submitted to you may be prepared for regotiation as soon as the other important af.
fairs which engage your attention will permit. WEDNESDAY, February 3,
G. WASHINGTON. A message from the House of Representatives
UNITED STATES, February 9, 1790. informed the Senate, that they have appointed Gentlemen of the Senate: Mesers. GILMAN 'and WHITE a Committec on I nominate, as Collectors, Naval Officers, and Enrolled Bills, on the part of the House of Re- I Surveyors for the ports of the several districts in the
(FEBRUARY 10, 1790.
State of North Carolina, the persons whose names constitution, by temporary appointments, which you are respectively annexed to the offices in the follow. will find mentioned in the second column of the list. ing list:
These appointments will expire with your present Wilmington District. - Wilmington, James Read, session, and indeed ought not to endure longer than Collector; John Walker, Naval Officer; Thomas Cal- until others can be regularly made. For that purlender, Surveyor.
pose, I now nominate to you the persons named in Newbern District.--Newbern, John Daves, Col- the third column of the list, as being, in my opinion, lector; Beaufort, John Easton, Surveyor.
qualified to fill the offices opposite to their names in Washington District. --Washington, Nathan Keais, the first. Collector.
G. WASHINGTON. Edenton District.–Edenton, Thomas Benbury, Collector; Hartford, Joshua Skinner, Jun., son of
Ordered, That the consideration of the mesWilliam, Surveyor; Murfreesbourgh; Tardy Mur: in respect to the difference that subsists be
sage from the President of the United States, Skewarke, Henry Hunter, Surveyor; Winton, Wil tween Great Britain and the United States, liam Wynne, Surveyor; Bennit's Creek, John Baker, relative to the Eastern boundary,” be postSurveyor.
poned for consideration. Camden District, Planksbridge on Sawyer's Creek,
Ordered, That the consideration of the mes. Isanc Gregory, Collector; Nixonton, Hugh Knox, sage from the President of the United States, Surveyor; Indiantown, Thomas Williams, Surveyor; relative to “ certain persons who decline the Pasquotank River Bridge, Edmund Sawyer, Sur-acceptance of offices, and to certain temporary veyor; Newbiggen Creek, Elias Albertson, Surveyor. appointments during the recess,” be postponed
í likewise nominate Samuel Shaw to fill the office till to-morrow, of Consul of the United States of America, at Can. The nominations of Collectors, &c. for North ton, in China.
Carolina were confirmed.
WEDNESDAY, February 10.
The Senate then entered upon Esecutive business, and proceeded to consider the nominations inade by the President of the United States in his messages of the 9th instant, and,
On the question to advise and consent to the appointment of Samuel Shaw, to fill the office of Consul of the United States of America, at Canton, in China, it passed in the affirmative.
On the question to advise and consent to the appointment of James Iredell, to be one of the Associate Judges of the Supreme Court, it passed in the affirmative.
On the question to advise and consent to the appointment of William Paca, to be District Judge of Maryland, it passed in the affirmative.
On the question to advise and consent to the appointment of Cyrus Griffin, to be District Judge of Virginia, it passed in the affirmative.
On the question to advise and consent to the appointment of William Nelson, Jun. to be Attorney for the District of Virginia, it passed in the affirmative.
On the question to advise and consent to the appointment of William Drayton, to be District Judge of Scuth Carolina, it passed in the affirmalive.
On the question to advise and consent to the appointment of Christopher Hillary, to be Col
lector of the port of Brunswick, in Georgia, it UNITED States, February 9, 1790. passed in the affirmative. Gentlemen of the Senale:
On the question to advise and consent to the Among the persons appointed, during the last ses appointment of Richard Taylor, to be Collector sion, to offices under the National Government, there of the port of Louisville, in Kentucky, it passwere some who declined serving. Their names and ed in the affirmative. offices are specified in the first column of the forego. On the question to advise and consent to the ing list. I supplied these vacancies, agreeably to the appointinent of Comfort Sage to be Surveyor of
S James Iredell, of
Judges of the Supreme Court,
Brunswick in Georgia,
Louisville in Kentucky,
dletown in Connecticut,
FEBRUARY 18, 1790.]
the port of Middletown, in Connecticut, it pass-tants of the United States; reported sundry ed in the affirmative.
amendments, which were accepted, and, The Senate proposed to consider the message Ordered, That the sixth section be recomfrom the President of the United States, of the mitted. 9th instant, in respect to the difference that subsists between Great Britain and the United
WEDNESDAY, February 17. States, relative to the Eastern boundary;" and Mr. PATERSON, un behalf of the committee to
Ordered, That the message, with the papers whom was referred the sixth section of the bill accompanying
the same, be committed to providing for the actual enumeration of the inMessrs. STRONG, Butler, PATTERSON, Haw- habitants of the United States, reported, that KINS, and JOHNSTON, to report what is proper to no alteration is necessary; be done thereon.
And the report was accepted.
Ordered, That the bill have the third reading THURSDAY, February 11.
to-morrow. The Senate proceeded to consider the report Mr. HENRY, on behalf of the committee apof the Committee upon the memorial of the pointed February 1st, to whom was referred the Hon. ROBERT Morris; and, upon the question communication by the Senators froin the State to accept the report-It passed' in the affirma- of North Carolina, of the act of their Legislative: whereupon,
ture, entitled "An act for the purpose of cedResolved, by the Senate and House of Representa. ing to the United States of America certain tives, that three commissioners be appointed by the Western Lands, therein described;" together President of the United States, to inquire into the with the message from the President of the Unireceipts and expenditures of public moneys during ted States, of February 1st, on that subject, rethe administration of the late Superintendent of Fi-ported. nance; and to examine and adjust the accounts of the Ordered, That to-morrow be assigned for the United States with that Department, during his ad- consideration of the report. ministration; and to report a state thereof to the President; and that five dollars per diem be allowed to
THURSDAY, February 18. each of the said commissioners, while they shall be The Senate proceeded to the third reading of employed in that service.
the bill providing for the actual enumeration of Ordered, That this resolve be sent to the the inhabitants of the United States. House of Representatives for concurrence. Resolved, that this bill do pass with twenty-nine
Ordered, 'That Messrs. MORRIS, LANGDON, amendments. BUTLER, DALTON, and ELLSWORTH, be a Com- Ordered, That the bill be carried to the House mittee, to report, if they think it expedient, a of Representatives for concurrence in the plan for the regulation of the trade of the Uni- amendments. ted States with the countries and settlements of On motion, Ordered, That the consideration the European powers in America.
of the report of the comınittee to whom was re
ferred the communication by the Senators of Friday, February 12.
the State of North Carolina, of the act of the The Senate proceeded, agreeably to the order Legislature of that State, entitled "An act for of the day, to the second reading of the bill, the purpose of ceding to the United States of providing for the actual enumeration of the in America, certain Western Lands, therein de
Ordered, That the bill be committed to President of the United States, of February 1st, Messrs. PATERSON, Ellsworth, Hawkins, on that subject, be postponed until Monday next. STRONG, and Johnson.
The Senate then entered upon Executive business. The following message from the Pre
sident of the United States was read: Monday, February 15. A letter from BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Esquire, Gentlemen of the Senate:
United States, February 18, 1790. to the Vice President, enclosing the copy of a By the mail of last evening I received a letter from letter from James Pemberton, with a memoria!, his Excellency John Hancock, Governor of the Comsigned Benjamin Franklin, in behalf of a suci- monwealth of Massachusetts, enclosing a resolve of ety of which he is President; and an address, the Senate and House of Representatives of that Comsigned Nicholas Waln, in behalf of the yearly monwealth, and sundry documents relative to the Easmeeting, of which he is Clerk; together with antern boundary of the United States. address signed George Bowne, in hehalf of the I have directed a copy of the letter and resolve to representatives of a society, of which he is clerk, be laid before you. The documents which accomwere severally read.
panied them, being but copies of some of the papers
which were delivered to you with my communication TUESDAY, February 16.
the 9th of this month, I have thought it unnecessary to
lay them before you at this time. They will be deMr. PATERSON, on behalf of the committee posited in the office of the Secretary of State, toappointed the 12th February, on the bill provi-gether with the originals of the above mention ding for the actual enumeration of the inhabi- | ters and resolve. GEO, WASHINGTON.
[FEBRUARY 26, 1890. 'Ordered, 'That the message, and papers accom- ring the petition of Francis Bailey to the Secretary panying the same, be committed to the commit of the Treasury, the said Secretary reports: tee appointed the 10th February, to take into That he has received from the said Francis Bailey consideration the President's message of a sim- a communication of the invention to which he alludes ilar nature.
in his petition.
That it appears to him difficult to decide to what FRIDAY, February 19,
extent that invention will afford the security against
counterfeiting which is the object of it; No material business done to-day.
That, nevertheless, he is of opinion, it will be like
ly to add to the difficulty of that pernicious practice Monday, February 22.
in a sufficient degree to merit the countenance of Go. Mr. Morris, in behalf of the committee to vernment, by securing to the petitioner an exclusive whom was referred the petition of Francis Bai- right to the use of the invention;
That, with regard to the employment of the petiley, reported: whereupon, Ordered, "That the said petition be referred to tioner, to print such papers of a public nature, as
may require precaution against counterfeit, this, in the Secretary of the Treasury to report.
the judgment of the Secretary, ought to remain a The Senate proceeded to consider the report matter of discretion, to be regulated by the success of the comınittec appointed February 1st, to of the experiment, and the convenience of the whom was referred the communication by the public. Senators from the State of North Carolina, of All of which is humbly submitted. the act of their Legislature, entitled “An act
ALEXANDER HAMILTON, for the purpose of ceding to the United States
Secretary of the Treasury. of America certain Western Lands, therein
Ordered, That it lie for consideration. described;" together with the message from the
On motion that a committee be appointed to President of the United States, of February 1st, consider what measures may be necessary to be on that subject, to wit:
adopted relative to the inspection of exports "That it will be expedient for Congress, in behalf from the United States, and if they think proof the United States, to accept of the cession propo- per, to prepare a bill on that subject. sed by the said act, lipon the conditions therein con- Ordered, That this motion lie for consider. tained; and that, when a deed shall be executed for ation. the same, they express their acceptance thereof by a legislative act," and
WEDNESDAY, February 24. Resolved, that the Senate do accept the report.
On motion, Ordered, That Messrs. DALTON, Ordered, That it be sent to the House of Re- Morris, Izard, LANGDON, and Johnston, be a presentatives for their concurrence.
committee "to consider what measures may be A message from the House of Representatives necessary to be adopted relative to the inspecinformed the Senate, that they agree to all the tion of exports from the United States; and, if amendments proposed by the Senate to the bill, they think proper, to prepare a bill on that entitled "An act for the actual enumeration of subject.” the inhabitants of the United States,” except Mr. HAWKINS, on behalf of the committee the 22d, 234, 21th, 25th, and 26th; to which appointed to prepare and report a rule, deterthey disagree.
mining in what cases a re-consideration of a vote The Senate proceeded to consider the above of Senate shall be admissible, reported. recited message from the House of Represen- Ordered, 'That the report lie for consideration. tatives, and Resolved, That they do recede from their 220, 23d
THURSDAY, February 25. 24th, 25th, and 26th amendments to the bill therein The Senate proceeded to consider the report mentioned.
of the committee appointed the 230 instant,
"to prepare and report a rule determining in Tuesday, February 23.
what cases a re-consideration of a vote of SenOrdered, That Messrs. Ellsworth, STRONG, ate shall be admissible;" which, being amended, and Izarn, be a committee to bring in a bill was accepted: whereupon, for declaring the acceptance of certain lands Resolved, That, when a question has been once ceded to the United Siates by the Legislature made and carricd in the affirmative or negative, it of North Carolina, as described in their act of shall be in order for any member of the majority to cession, when a deed thereof shall be executed. move for a re-consideration of it.
Ordered, That Messrs. HAWKINS, LANGDON, and Few, be a committee to prepare and report
Friday, February 26. a rule, determining in what cases a re-consid- Ordered, That Messrs. Basset, Few, Hen. eration of a vote of Senate shall be adinissible.
ry, King, PATERSON, and Hawkins, be added The report of the Secretary of the Treasury to the committee appointed the 11th February, upon the petition of Francis Bailey was read, to report (if they think it expedient) a plan as follows:
for the regulation of the trade of the United “Pursuant to the above order of the Senate of the States with the countries and settlements of United States, of the 22d of February instant, refer. I the European powers in America.”.