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ten miles square, on both sides of the river Potomac, The Senate on Executive business. Mr. Morso as to comprehend Georgetown, in Maryland, and RIS, from the committee appointed to take into extend to the Eastern Branch.

consideration the message of the President of I have not, by this first act, given to the said terri- the United States of the 19th inst., made a retory the whole extent of which it is susceptible in the port, which was ordered to lie for consideration. direction of the river; because I thought it important. The following message was received from the that Congress should have an opportunity of consid- President of the United States: ering whether by an amendatory law they would au- Gentlemen of the Senate. thorize the location of the residue, at the lower end

and House of Representatives: of the present, so as to comprehend the Eastern Branch itself, and some of the country on its lower

In order that you may be fully.informed of the sit, side, in the State of Maryland, and the town of Alex

uation of the frontiers, and the prospects of hostility andria, in Virginia. If, however, they are of opinion

in that quarter, I lay before you the intelligence of that the Federal Territory should be bounded by the

some recent depredations, received since my message water edge of the Eastern Branch, the location of the

to you upon this subject of the 24th instant.

GEO. WASHINGTON. residue will be to be made at the upper end of what is now directed.

UNITED STATES, January 27, 1791. I have thought best to await a survey of the terri- The message and papers therein referred to tory, before it is decided on what particular spot on were read; and, the northeastern side of the river, the public build- Ordered, That the Secretary communicate ings shall be erected.

then to the House of Representatives.
GEO. WASHINGTON.
UNITED STATES, January 24, 1791.
Ordered, That this message lie for considera- |

Friday, January 28. tion.

The petition of a number of the inbabitants of

the county of Lancaster was read, praying that TUESDAY, January 25.

the bill laying an excise on spirituous liquors, Mr. STRONG reported, from the joint commit

pending before Congress, may not pass, for rea

sons therein expressed. tee appointed on the 21st inst., “ to consider and report what time will be proper for the com

1 Ordered, That the petition lie on the table.

L A message from the House of Representatives mencement of the next Congress."

informed the Senate that they have passed a Ordered, That the report lie for consideration.

bill repealing, after the last day of June next, the duties heretofore laid upon distilled spirits

imported from abroad, and laying others in their · WEDNESDAY, January 26.

stead; and also upon spirits distilled within the The following message was received from the United States, and for appropriating the same; President of the United States:

in which they desire the concurrence of the Gentlemen of the Senate,

Senate. and House of Representatives:

Ordered, That this bill have the first reading I lay before you the copy of a letter from the Pre- at this time. sident of the National Assembly of France to the Pre- Ordered, That this bill pass to the second sident of the United States; and of a decree of that reading. Assembly, which was transmitted with the above. Another message from the House of Reprementioned letter. GEO. WASHINGTON

sentatives informed the Senate that they have UNITED STATES, January 26, 1791.

passed the bill declaring the consent of Congress The message and papers were read.

that a new State be formed within the jurisdicMr. ElLSWORTH, from the committee to whom tion of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and adwas referred the bill 6 concerning Consuls and mitted into this Union, by the name of the State Vice Consuls," reported amendments; which of Kentucky. report was agreed to; whereupon,

The Senate, on Executive business, took into The Senate proceeded in the second reading consideration the report of Mr. Morris, made of the bill: which was annended couformably to yesterday; but, after debate, the further consithe report, and

deration thereof was postponed. Ordered, That this bill pass to the third read

MONDAY, January 31.

A message was received from the House of Thursday, January 27.

Representatives, informing the Senate that they Agreeably to the order of the day, the Senate

had passed a bill declaring the consent of Conproceeded to the third reading of the bill “con gress to a certain act of the State of Maryland, cerning Consuls and Vice Consuls;' and, in which they desire the concurrence of the Se

Resolved, That this bill do pass, and that the Sec nate; and that they had agreed to the report of retary carry it to the House of Representatives, and the committee appointed on their part to confer desire concurrence therein.

with the committee on the part of the Senate,

respecting the time for the commencement of . • A copy of which is given in the Appendix to this the next session of Congress. volume.

The resolution of the House of Representa

ing.

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[Feb. 4, 1791. tives, agreeing to the report of the committee forty thousand dollars; and, also, that measures be appointed to confer with the committee of the taken to confirm the treaty now existing between the Senate, on the time for the commencement of United States and the Emperor of Morocco. the next session of Congress, was read, and the Ordered, That the Secretary communicate consideration thereof was postponed.

this resolution to the President of the United The bill declaring the consent of Congress to

States. a certain act of the State of Maryland, was read Mr. LANGDON, from the committee appointed the first time; aud,

the 15th of December, 1790, as recorded on the Ordered, That this bill pass to the second | Legislative Journal of that date, reported Janreading.

|uary the 6th, 1791, on the same subject: The Senate proceeded to the second reading “That the trade of the United States to the Meds of the bill repealing, after the last day of June iterranean cannot be protected but by a naval force, next, the duties heretofore laid upon distilled and that it will be proper to resort to the same as soon spirits imported from abroad, and saying others as the state of the public finances will admil." in their stead; and, also, upon spirits distilled! On motion, within the United States, and for appropriating

Ordered, That this report be re-committed, the same.

with an instruction to the committee to considOrdered, That the further consideration here-er the subject, and report generally thereon. of be postponed until Wednesday next. Ordered, That Messrs. MONROE, SCHUYLER,

WEDNESDAY,February 2. and READ, be a committee to take into consid-1 eration the extract of a letter from Governor

A message from the House of RepresentaRandolph, of Virginia, communicated by mes

tives was received, informing the Senate that

they had passed the bill making appropriations sage from the President of the United States;

for the support of Government during the year together with the resolutions of the Commons

| one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one, wealth of Virginia, relative to the bounty lands

1 and for other purposes. to the officers and soldiers of the Virginia line on continental establishment; and to report

The bill from the House of Representatives

was read the first time. what is proper to be done thereon. Mr. LANGDON, from the committee to whom

Ordered, That this bill pass to the second was referred that part of the message of the Pre

reading. sident of the United States which relates to the

The Senate proceeded to the third reading of cominerce of the Mediterranean; together with

the bill declaring the consent of Congress to a the message of the President of the United

certain act of the State of Maryland; and, States, of 30th December, made report.

Resolved, that this bill do pass, and that the Sec.

retary acquaint the House of Representatives with :: Ordered, That this report lie for considera

the concurrence of the Senate therein. tion.

| The Senate proceeded in the second reading The Senate on Executive business, resumed

of the bill repealing, after the last day of June the consideration of the report of the committee, I next, the duties heretofore laid upon distilled made the 27th inst.; which, after debate, was

spirits imported from abroad, and saying others further postponed.

in their stead; and also upon spirits distilled

within the United States, and for appropriating Tuesday, February 1.

the same; and, after debate, The bill declaring the consent of Congress to Ordered. That this bill be committed to a certain act of the State of Maryland, was

| Messrs. MORRIS, ELLSWORTH, LANGDON, SCHUYread the second time; and,

LER, and STRONG. Ordered, That this bill pass to the third read-1 The Senate on Executive business. A letter ing..

ve The Senate, on Executive business. Mr.

from the Secretary of State, enclosing an exLANGDON, from the committee appointed as per | Affaires at the Court of France, was read. Both Legislative Journal, Dec. 15, 1790, made a re- I the letter and port on that part of the speech of the Presidenttion

re- the letter and its enclosure lie for consideraof the United States, which relates to the commerce of the Mediterranean, together with his message recorded; also, on the Legislative Jour

Thursday, February 3. nal of the 30th of December, 1790, and on the The Senate proceeded in the second reading letter of the 20th of January, from the Secreta-, of the bill making appropriations for the support ry of State, respecting the American prisoners of Government during the year one thousand in captivity at Algiers, with the papers accom- seven hundred and ninety-one, and for other panying the same; and the following resolution purposes. was entered into:

* Ordered, That it be committed to Messrs. Resolved, That the Senate advise and consent that DALTON, CARROLL, and BASSETT. the President of the United States take such measures as he may think necessary for the redemption

FRIDAY, February 4. of the citizens of the United States now in captivity! A message from the House of Representatives at Algiers, provided the expense shall not exceed brought to the Senate a report of the Secretary FEB. 10, 1791. ]

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ing.

of State made to that House, in relation to the And, having made progress in the consideraCod and Whale fisheries.

tion of the report,
The report and papers therein referred to The Senate adjourned.
were read; and,
Ordered, To be printed.

WEDNESDAY, February 9.
SATURDAY, February 5.

A message from the House of Representatives Mr. Daltoy, from the committee appointed informed the Senate that they had passed the to consider and report on the bill sent from the bill sent from the Senate, to incorporate the House of Representatives, making appropria- subscribers to the Bank of the United States. tions for the support of Government during the ! The Senate proceeded to consider the report year one thousand seven hundred and ninety- / of the committee on the bill repealing, after the one, and for other purposes, reported sundry last day of June next, the duties heretofore laid amendments.

upon distilled spirits imported from abroad, and Ordered, That this report lie until Monday laying others in their stead; and, also, upon next for consideration.

spirits distilled within the United States, and for appropriating the same; to which report hay

ing agreed, and that the bill be amended conMonday, February 7.

formably, The Senate proceeded to consider the amend Ordered, That the bill pass to the third readments reported by the committee on the bill Jing. making appropriations for the support of Gov. The following message was received from the ernment during the year one thousand seven President of the United States: hundred and ninety-one, and for other purpos

Gentlemen of the Senate, es; to which amendments the Senate did not

and House of Representatives: agree; whereupon, Ordered, That this bill pass to the third read. I have received from the Governor of Vermont,

authentic documents expressing the consent of the A message from the House of Representatives Legislatures of New York and of the Territory of informed the Senate that they had ordered that I Vermont, that the said Territory shall be admitted to the report of the Secretary of the Treasury, re

be a distinct member of our Union; and a memorial of lative to the establishment of a mint, be sent to

Nathaniel Chipman and Lewis R. Morris, commissionthe Senate for their information.

ers from the said Territory, praying the consent of

Congress to that admission, by the name and style of Ordered, That the report of the Secretary of the Treasury relative to the establishment of a

the State of Vermont; copies of which I now lay be.

fore Congress, with whom the Constitution has vested mint be referred to Messrs. MORRIS, IZARD, the object of these proceedings. KING, MONROE, and SCHUYLER, to consider and

GEO. WASHINGTON. report what is proper to be done thereon.

UNITED States, February 9, 1791. Mr. MORRIS, from the committee appointed to consider and report on the bill repealing, af Ordered, That the message from the Presiter the last day of June next, the duties hereto-dent of the United States of this date, with the fore laid upon distilled spirits imported from papers accompanying it, bo referred to Messrs. abroad, and laying others in their stead; and, KiNG, MONROE, ELLSWORTH, LANGDON, and also, upon spirits distilled within the United HAWKINS, to consider and report what is proStates, and for appropriating the same, reported per to be done thereon. the bill amended. The amendments were read; and,

THURSDAY, February 10. Ordered, That they be printed for the use of the Senate.

Mr. King, from the committee to whom was referred the message from the President of the

United States of the 9th instant, relative to the Tuesday, February 8.

State of Vermont, with the papers therein conThe Senate proceeded to the third reading of tained, reported a bill for the admission of the the bill making appropriations for the support State of Vermont into this Union. of Government during the year one thousand This bill was read the first time. seven hundred and ninety-one, and for other Ordered. That this bill pass to the second purposes.

reading. Resolved, that this bill do pass.

The Senate proceeded to the third reading of The Senate proceeded to consider the amend the bill repealing, after the last day of June ments reported by the committee on the bill next, the duties heretofore laid upon distilled repealing, after the last day of June next, the spirits imported from abroad, and laying others duties heretofore laid upon distilled spirits im- in their stead; and, also, upon spirits distilled ported from abroad, and laying others in their within the United States, and for appropriating stead; and, also, upon spirits distilled within the same; but, after some debate, and attempt the United States, and for appropriating the at amendment, the Senate adjourned without same.

I getting through the bill.

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Proceedings.

[FEB. 14, 1791.

: Friday, February 11.

SATURDAY, February 12. A message from the House of Representatives The Senate proceeded to the third reading of informed the Senate that they had passed a bill the bill for the admission of the State of Verauthorizing the President of the United States mont into this Union. . to cause the debt due to foreign officers to be! Resolved, That this bill do pass, and that the Secpaid and discharged.

retary carry it to the House of Representatives, and Also, the bill to continue in force, for a limit- desire their concurrence therein. ed time, an act passed at the first session of Con- The Senate proceeded to the third reading of gress, entitled An act to regulate processes in the bill regulating the number of representatives the Courts of the United States;' in which they to be chosen by the States of Kentucky and desire the concurrence of the Senate.

Vermont. The Senate proceeded to the first reading of Resolved, That this bill do pass. the bill sent from the House of Representatives The Senate proceeded to the consideration of for concurrence, to continue in force, for a lim-) the report of the joint committee appointed to itell time, an act passed at the first session of confer on and report what time will be proper Congress, erititled An act to regulate processes for the commencement of the next session of in the Courts of the United States;' and the bill I Congress; and, anthorizing the President of the United States Ordered, That the further consideration hereto cause the debt due to foreign officers to be of be postponed to this day se'nnight. paid and discharged.

The resolution of the House of Representa The Senate proceeded to give the first billits tives of the 28th January, on the report of the first reading, and to order it to be read a second joint committee on this subject, was read. time.

Ordered, That the consideration thereof be The bill authorizing the President to cause | postponed to the same time. the debt due to foreign officers to be discharged, A message from the House of Representatives was read a first time, and ordered to be read a informed the Senate that they had passed a bill second time.

• for raising and adding another regiment to the A message from the House of Representatives military establishment of the United States, and informed the Senate that they have passed the for making further provision for the protection bill to alter the time of the next meeting of Con- / of the frontiers. gress; in which they desire the concurrence of The bill was read the first time. the Senate.

Ordered, That this bill pass to the second This bill was read a first time and ordered to reading. be read a second time.

The bill for the admission of the State of Vermont into this Union was read the second time;

Monday, February 14. and,

A message from the House of Representatives On motion, it was agreed that the second sec- informed the Senate that they have passed the tion should be expunged.

bill sent from the Senate, for the admission of Ordered. That this bill pass to the third read - | the State of Vermont into this Union. ing.'

The Senate, on motion, ordered, that the reOn motion, it was agreed by unanimous con- / solutions of the Assembly of Virginia, upon the sent, to dispense with the rule, so far as to per-claims of sundry individuals, with the papers mit Mr. King at this time to bring in a bill re-accompanying them, be referred to the commitgulating the number of representatives to be tee appointed the 31st of January, to take into chosen by the States of Kentucky and Vermont; consideration the extract of a letter from Gov- . which bill was read the first time.

ernor Randolph, relative to the bounty lands to It was agreed, by unanimous consent, that the the officers and soldiers of the Virginia line, on rule be so far dispensed with, as that this bill Continental establishment. be now read the second time.

The Senate proceeded to the third reading of

the bill sent from the House of Representatives Ordered, That this bill pass to the third read

for concurrence, to continue in force for a liming. Mr. MORRIS reported, from the committee

ited time, an act passed at the first session of instructed to consider the fourth section of the

Congress, entitled 'An act to regulate processbill repealing, after the last day of June next,

es in the Courts of the United States.' the duties heretofore laid upon distilled spirits

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Resolved, that this bill pass. imported from abroad, and laying others in their The Senate proceeded to the second reading stead; and, also, upon spirits distilled within of the bill sent from the House of Representa the United States, and for appropriating the tives, for raising and adding another regiment same, a further amendment; and the report was to the military establishment of the United adopted.

States, and for making further provision for the Ordered, That the report and the bill be re- protection of the frontiers. committed, and that the committee be instruct. The Senate on Executive business. The foled to conform the bill to the several, amend - lowing message from the President of the Uniments agreed on.

ted States was under consideration:

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Feb. 18, 1791.]

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United States, February 14th, 1791. ed a bill to establish offices for the purpose of Gentlemen of the Senate:

granting lands within the Territories of the Conceiving that in the possible event of a refusal | United States, in which they desire the concurof justice on the part of Great Britain, we should stand /rence of the Senate. The bill received its first less committed should it be made to a private rather reading than a public person, I employed Mr. Gouverneur Morris, who was on the spot, and without giving him any definite character, to enter informally into the

THURSDAY, February 17. conferences before mentioned. For your more par. The Senate proceeded to the second reading ticular information, I lay before you the instructions I gave him, and those parts of his communications

of the bill to establish offices for the purpose of wherein the British ministers appear either in con

granting lands within the territory of the Unitversation or by letter. These are two letters from eaptates., the Duke of Leeds to Mr. Morris, and three letters of

Ordered, That the further consideration hereMr. Morris, giving an account of two conferences or be postponed. with the Duke of Leeds, and one with bim and Mr. Agreeably to notice given yesterday, leave Pitt. The sum of these is, that they declare, with was requested to bring in a bill to amend an out scruple, they do not mean to fulfil what remains act, entitled “ An act for establishing the temof the Treaty of Peace to be fulfilled on their part, porary and permanent seat of the Government (by which we are to understand the delivery of the of the United States." posts and payment for property carried off) till per- And, on the question, Shall leave be given formance on our part, and compensation where the to bring in the bill moved for? the yeas and delay has rendered the performance now impractica- nays were required by one-fifth of the Senators ble; that on the subject of a treaty of commerce they present: avoided direct answers, so as to satisfy Mr. Morris

Yeas.--Messrs. Butler, Carroll, Dickinson, Elmer, they did not mean to enter into one unless it could be extended to a treaty of alliance offensive and defen

Few, Gunn, Hawkins, Henry, Johnston, Izard, sive, or unless in the event of a rupture with Spain.

Langdon, Lee, Monroe, Morris, Read, Stanton,

Strong.--17. As to the sending a Minister here, they made excu

Nays.--Messrs. Dalton, Ellsworth, Foster, Johnses at the first conference, seem disposed to it in the second, and in the last express an intention of so do

son, King, Maclay, Wingate.--7. ing:

| So it passed in the affirmative. Their views being thus sufficiently ascertained, I And the bill was accordingly brought in and have directed Mr. Morris to discontinue his commu- read the first time. nications with them. GEO. WASHINGTON. I Mr. SCHUYLER, from the committee appointOrdered, That this message lie for consider

ed to take into consideration the bill sent from

the House of Representatives for concurrence, ation.

for raising and adding another regiment to the Tuesday, February 15.

military establishment of the United States, and Riu HeyaY LA from Virginia at for making further provision for the protection tended.

of the frontiers, reported the bill amended. No business of importance before the Senate to-day.

Friday, February 18.

The Senate received the following message WEDNESDAY, February 16.

from the President: Mr. CARROLL gave notice, that to-morrow | Gentlemen of the Senate, he intended to move for leave to bring in a bill and of the House of Representatives: to amend the act entitled " An act for estab- l I have received from the Secretary of State a relishing the temporary and permanent seat of the port on the proceedings of the Governor of the Govern inent of the United States," pursuant Northwestern Territory, at Kaskaskia, Kahokia, and to the plan suggested in the President's message Prairie, under the resolution of Congress of August of the 241h of January last.

29, 1788, which, containing matter proper for your On motion,

consideration, I lay the same before you. Ordered, that the Secretary of the Treasury

GEO. WASHINGTON. cause a statement of the exports of the United | UNITED States, February 18, 1791. States, for one year, to be laid before the Se Ordered, That the message and papers therenate; enumerating therein the articles of export, in referred to lie for consideration. the value thereof, and the countries to which the Agreeably to the order of the day, the Senate same shall have been exported.

proceeded in the second reading of the bill esThe petition of the masters of American ves: 1 tablishing offices for the purpose of granting sels, in the port of Charleston, South Carolina, lands within the territories of the United praying some further regulations for the encour States. agement of the carrying trade to Europe, was! Ordered, That the consideration thereof be read.

postponed., Ordered, That this petition lie on the table. The Senate proceeded to the second reading

A message from the House of Representa of the “bill to amend an act, entitled an act tives informed the Senate that they have pass- I for establishing the temporary and permanent

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