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

Mr. Van Horn presented a petition of the city council of Washington, praying for an extension of the powers vested in them by the act of incorporation. Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Committee for the District of Columbia.

On motion of Mr. Dawson,

Ordered, That when the House adjourns it will adjourn to meet again on Monday next.

And then the House adjourned until Monday morning, eleven o'clock.

MONDAY, December 17, 1810.

Another member, to wit: From New York, John Nicholson, appeared and took his seat in the House.

Ordered, That Mr. Key have leave to be absent from the service of this House for ten days from this day.

Mr. Poydras presented a petition of the legislature of the territory of Orleans, praying to have the said territory erected into an independent state, to enjoy the same privileges and immunities enjoyed by the other states of the union.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to Mr. Macon, Mr. Clay, Mr. Heister, Mr. Nicholson, Mr. Barry, Mr. Bigelow and Mr. Winn, and that they have leave to report by bill or otherwise.

The Speaker laid before the House two reports of the Secretary of the Navy, one of monies transferred, during the last recess of Congress, from certain branches of expenditure in the Navy Department to other branches of expenditure in the same department; the other a view of the state and disposition at this time of the Navy of the United States, which were read and referred to the committee on the naval establishment.

The Speaker also laid before the House the annual report of the Secretary of the Treasury, of the amount

of duties and drawbacks on goods imported into and exported from the United States during the years one thousand eight hundred and seven, one thousand eight hundred and eight and one thousand eight hundred and nine, which was read and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Eppes, from the Committee of Ways and Means, presented a bill to fix the compensation of the additional assistant post-mester general, 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 to-morrow.

Mr. Sawyer presented a petition of John Daniel, of North Carolina, praying compensation for damages sustained in consequence of having his vessel seized by the collector of Ocracoke, for a pretended violation of the laws enforcing an embargo, and converted into an armed vessel for the use of the revenue department.

On motion of Mr. Morrow,

Resolved, That the Committee on the Public Lands be directed to consider and report on the expediency of making provision by law, for laying out and making the two roads provided for by a treaty concluded at Brown's-Town, on the twenty-fifth day of November, one thousand eight hundred and eight, and for the disposal of the public lands, the Indian title to which was extinguished by the said treaty; and that the committee have leave to report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. Pitkin,

Ordered, That the petition of John Kent Wells, of Montreal, in Canada, presented the fifteenth of Janua ry, one thousand eight hundred and seven, and of William McCarty, presented the third of December, one thousand eight hundred and seven, be referred to the Secretary of War.

On motion of Mr. Bassett,

Ordered, That the report of the committee on the naval establishment, on the subject of naval hospitals, made at the last session, and a letter from the Secretary of the Navy to the committec on that subject, be referred to the Committee on the Naval Establishment

Mr. Garland, from the joint committee for enrolled bills, reported, that the committee did, on Friday last, present to the President of the United States, for his approbation, an enrolled bill, entitled "An act authorizing the transportation of certain documents free of postage.

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On motion of Mr. Troup,

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Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury be directed to lay before this House, any information he may have touching any settlement, contrary to law, on the lands of the United States in the Mississippi territory, by whom, to what extent, and what measures have been taken for their removal.

A message was received from the President of the United States, by Mr Edward Coles, his secretary, notifying that the President did this day approve and sign"An act to authorize the transportation of certain documents free of postage."

The House resumed the consideration of the bill for the apportionment of representatives among the several states, according to the third enumeration, together with the report of the committee of the whole thereon: when

A motion was made by Mr. Sturges and seconded, that the said bill and report be postponed indefinitely; And the question being taken,

It was determined in the negative,

S Yeas 55.

Nays 62.

The yeas and nys being demanded by one fifth of

the members present,

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John Love,

Aaron Lyle,
Samuel McKee,
Alexander M.Kim,
Pleasant M. Miller,
Samuel L. Mitchill,
John Montgomery,
Gurdon S. Mumford,
Thomas Newton,
John Nicholson,
John Porter,

Peter B. Porter,

John Rhea, (Tennessee)

Matthias Richards,
John Roane,

Erastus Root,

A motion was then made

Ebenezer Sage,

Thomas Sammons,

Ebenezer Seaver,

Samuel Shaw,

John Similie,
George Smith,
John Smith,
Samuel Smith,
Richard Stanford,
John Thompson,
Uri Tracy,

George M. Troup,
Charles Turner, junior,
Robert Weakley,

Robert Whitehill,

Richard Winn.

by Mr Pitkin, that the

said bill be postponed until the second Monday in

February next.

And on the question so to postpone,

It was resolved in the affirmative,

Yeas 66.

Nays 51.

The yeas and nays being demanded by one fifth of

the members present,

Those who voted in the affirmative, are

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Thomas R. Gold,

Edwin Gray,

Jonathan H. Hubbard,

Jacob Hufty,

Ebenezer Huntington,
Richard Jackson, junior,
Robert Jenkins,

Thomas Kenan,

Herman Knickerbacker,
Joseph Lewis, junior,
Robert Le Roy Livingston,
Nathaniel Macon,
Vincent Matthews,
Archibald M. Bryde,
Pleasant M. Miller,
William Milnor,
John Montgomery,
Nicholas R. Moore.
Thomas Moore,

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