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in the state of New York, praying the remission of the duties they have secured to be paid on the impertation of twenty-five salt pans.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Committee of Commerce and Manufactures.

The House, accor ling to the order of the day, resolved itself into a committee of the whole House, on the bill for the apportionment of representatives among the several states according to the third enumeration; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Bassett reported, that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and made some progress therein.

Resolved, That this House will, to-morrow, again resolve itself into a committee of the whole House on the said bill.

Mr. Lewis presented a petition of the pilots ravi. gating the Chesapeake Bay and rivers falling into the same, praying to be authorized to collect pilotage on vessels coming through the said bay or rivers to the District of Columbia.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Committee of Commerce and Manufactures.

On motion of Mr. Mumford,

Ordered, That the petition of Isaac Clason, of New-York, presented the fifth of January, one thousand eight hundred and seven, be referred to the same committee.

On motion of Mr. Seybert,

Ordered, That the petition of Archibald M'Call, of Philadelphia, presented the twelfth of November, one thousand eight hundred and seven, be referred to the same committee.

Mr. Sammons presented a petition from sundry officers and soldiers, and heirs of officers and soldiers, who now reside in Montgomery county, state of New-York, to the same effect with the petition pre

sented on the eleventh instant, which was referred to the Committee on the Public Lands.

Mr. Sammons also presented a petition of Rebecca Putnam, of Massachusetts, on behalf of herself and her four children, praying compensation for the services of her late husband, David Putnam, deceased, as a soldier in the revolutionary war.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion of Mr. Sammons,

Ordered, That the petition of Freegift Patchin, of the state of New-York, presented the fourteenth of March last, be referred to the same committee.

The House, according to the order of the day, resolved itself into a committee of the whole House on the bill from the Senate, entitled "An act to suspend the second section of the act, entitled "An act regulating foreign coins, and for other purposes;" and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Bassett reported, that the committee had, according to order, had the said bill under consideration, and made no amendment thereto.

The House proceeded to consider the said bill, when it was, on motion of Mr. Bacon,

Ordered to lie on the table.

The House then adjourned until to-morrow morning, eleven o'clock.

FRIDAY, December 14, 1810.

Another new member, to wit: From Massachusetts, Abijah Bigelow, elected to supply the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of William Stedman, appeared and took his seat; the oath to support the constitution of the United States being first administered to him by Mr. Speaker, according to law.

Mr. Southard, from the Committee of Revisal and Unfinished Business, made a report, in part, which was read and ordered to lie on the table.

On a motion made and leave given by the House, Mr. Newton, from the Committee of Commerce and Manufactures, to whom was referred the petitions of Isaac Clason and Archibald M'Call, presented a bill authorizing the issuing of debentures in certain cases, which was received and read the first time.

On motion,

The said bill was read the second time and committed to a committee of the whole House on Wed. nesday next.

Mr. Taggart presented a petition, to the like effect with the petition presented on the eleventh instant, from sundry officers and soldiers, and the heirs of officers and soldiers, who served in the British army in America, in the war between France and Great Britain, between the years one thousand seven hundred and fifty-four, and one thousand seven hundred and sixty-three, which was referred to the Committee on the Public Lands.

On motion of Mr. Newton,

Resolved, That the Committee of Commerce and Manufactures, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making Iberié on the river Teché in the Orleans territory a port of entry, and that they have leave to report by bill or otherwise.

A message from the Senate by Mr. Otis, their Secretary.

Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed the bill, entitled "An act to authorize the transportation of certain documents free of postage." And then he

withdrew.

On motion of Mr. Gold,

Resolved, That a committee be appointed to inquire into the expediency of providing by law for ascertaining and settling the controverted boundary of the public land, at West Point in the state of New York, and that they have leave to report by bil! or otherwise.

Mr. Gold, Mr. Gray, Mr. Winn, Mr. Allen and Mr. Franklin, were appointed a committee pursuant to the said resolution.

On motion of Mr. P. B. Porter,

Resolved, That the Committee of Commerce and Manufactures, be instructed to inquire into the expediency of removing the office of collector of the customs for the district of Buffaloe, in the state of New York, from the village of Buffaloe to Black-rock. On motion of Mr. McBride,

Ordered, That the petition of James Campbell, of the state of North Carolina, presented on the eleventh of February, one thousand eight hundred and seven, be referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion of Mr. Witherspoon,

Ordered, That the petition of Alexander Scott, of South Carolina, presented on the second of January, one thousand eight hundred and five, be referred. to a select committee.

Mr. Witherspoon, Mr. Sammons, and Mr. Jenkins, were then appointed the said committee.

The House resumed the consideration of the bill from the Senate, entitled "An act further to suspend, in part, the act, entitled "An act regulating foreign coins, and for other purposes."

The question having recurred upon the third reading of the bill, it was,

tee.

On motion of Mr. Quincy,

Ordered, To be recommitted to a select commit

Mr. Quincy, Mr. Mitchell, Mr. Newton, Mr. Seybert and Mr. Pitkin, were then appointed the said committee.

Mr. Garland, from the joint committee for enrolled bills, reported, that the committee had examined an enrolled bill, entitled "An act authorizing the transportation of certain documents free of postage," and had found the same to be truly enrolled: when Mr. Speaker signed the said bill.

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith.

The House, according to the order of the day, again resolved itself into a committee of the whole House, on the bill for the apportionment of representatives among the several states, according to the third enumeration; and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Bassett reported, that the committee had, according to order, again had the said bill under consideration, and made an amendment thereto, which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same was read, and,

On motion of Mr. Quincy,

Ordered, That the farther consideration of the bill, as reported by the committee of the whole House, be postponed until Monday next.

Mr. Dawson presented a petition of Fontaine Maury, merchant of New York, praying to be allow. ed the amount of drawback on a quantity of coffee intended for exportation, but through the ignorance of the captain of the vessel was landed without a permit from the collector.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Committee of Commerce and Manufactures.

On motion of Mr. Helms,

Ordered, That the petition of Jared Shattuck, presented on the twenty-eighth of March, one thousand eight hundred and six, be referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Sheffey presented a petition of Simeon Knight, a lieutenant in the army, and district paymaster for the Mississippi and Orleans territories, praying Congress to authorize the accountant of the War Department to credit him with a sum of money paid by him to General James Wilkinson, on account of his subsistence as commander in chief of the army, and on the authority of instructions for that purpose from the late Secretary of War to the said General Wilkinson.

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