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GENTLEMEN, I RECEIVE with pleasure the assurances you give me, that you will dili. gen:ly and anxiously pursue such measures as fhall appear to you conducive to the interest of your constituents; and that an early and serious consideration will be given to the various and weighty matters recommended by me to your attention.

I have full confidence, that your deliberations will continue to be directed by an enlightened and virtuous zeal for the happiness of our country.

G. WASHINGTUN.

Mr. Speaker and the members being returned into the House,

The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of the Trea. sury, accompanied with his report relative to a provision for the support of the public credit, made pursuant to the order of this House of Saturday lalt; and the said report, with the papers therein referred to, being read,

Resolved, That this House will, on this day fortnight, resolve itself into a committee of the whole House, to take into consideration the said report and papers.

Ordcred, That three hundred copies of the said report and papers be forthwith struck for the use of the members of both Houses. And then the House adjourned until to

morrow morning elcven o'clock.

FRIDAY, January 150 Another membet, to wit, James Jackson, from Georgia, appeared and took his feat.

A memorial of John Cochran, late receiver of continental taxes in the state of New-York, and commissioner of the loan-office for the same, was presented to the House and read, praying that a further allowance may be made him for his services and expences in the said two offices, the salary allowed by the late Congress having been very inadequate thereto. Also,

A petition of William Montgomery and Abraham Owen, praying that any exclusive privilege which Congress shall judge proper to grant to James Rumsey, as the author of certain devices and inventions, may be restricted to the plans or specifications thereof deposited by the said Rumsey in the files of Congress, in such manner that the petitioners or others may not be precluded from making or using any machinery not comprised in the said plans or specifications.

Ordercd, That the said memorial and petitión do lie on the table.

The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary at War, accompanied by his reports on the several petitions of James Gibbon and Alex. ander M‘Alister, Dudley Tyler, Charles Markley, John Hurt, Patrick Bennet, Henry Malcolm, and John M'Garragh, which were referred to him to examine and report upon by an order of this House of the twenty-fifth of September last.

The said letter and reports were read, and ordered to lie on the table.

The House then, according to the standing order of the day, resolved itself into a committee of the whole House on the Itate of the Union

Mr. Speaker left the chair.
Mr. Baldwin took the chair of the committee.

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Baldwin reported, that the com. mittee had, according to order, had the state of the Union under conGderation, and had come to a resolution thereupon, which he delivered in at the Clerk's table, where the same was read, and is as followeth :

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Resolved, That it is the opinion of this committee, that the several matters recoinmended by the President of the United States, in his speech to both Houses of Congress, relating to a provision for the national defence ; to the promotion of manufactories, for esential, particularly for military supplies; to a compensation to the persons employed in the intercourse between the United States and foreign nations; to the establishing a uniform rule of naturalization; to the establishment of uniformity in the currency, weights and mea. sures; to the advancement of the agriculture, commerce and manufactures of the United States; to the encouragement of useful inventions; to the establishment of post-offices and post-roads; and to the promotion of science and literature, ought, severally, to be referred to select committces to be appointed by the House, to prepare and bring in a bill or bills, providing for each par. ricular purpose.

The said resolution bcing again read,

Ordered, That a committee be appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills, providing for the national defence; and that Mr. Gilinan, Mr. Peter Muhlenberg, Mr. Heister, Mr. Mathews, and Mr. Floyd, be of the said committee.

Ordered, That a committee be appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills, for making compensation to persons employed in the intercourse between the United States and foreign nations; and that Mr. Scdgwick, Mr. Huntington, and Mr. Lee, be of the said committee.

Ordered, That a committee be appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills, for establishing a uniform rule of naturalization; and that Mr. Ilartley, Mr. Tucker, and Mr. Moore, be of the said comınittee.

Ordercd, That it be referred to the Secretary of the Trcasury to prepare and report to this House, a proper plan or plans, conformably to the recommendation of the President of the United States, in his speech to both Houses of Congress, for the encouragement and promotion of such manufactories as will tend to render the United States independent of other nations, for esential, particularly for military supplies.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Secretary of State to prepare and report to this House, in like manner, a proper plan or plans for establishing uniformity in the currency, weights and measures of the United States.

On motion,

Ordered, That a committee be appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills, to make such alteration in the laws of the United States, as are necelsary to conform the same to the present circumstances of the state of NorthCarolina ; and that Mr. Benson, Mr. Trumbull, and Mr. Cadwalader, do prepare and bring in the same.

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

Monday, January 18. Two other members, to wit, from New- Jersey, Thomas Sinnickson; and from Maryland, Michael Jenifer Stone, appeared and took their seats.

A petition of Jaines Hubbs, of the state of New- Jersey, mariner, was presented to the House and read, praying to be relieved from a prosecution.commenced against him at the suit of the United States, for the sum of four hun. dred dollars, being the penalty fixed by law for transporting goods from one district to another of the fame State, without a manifelt, of which law, at the time of committing the offence, he was wholly ignorant.

Ordered, That the said petition, together with the memorial of John Cochran, presented on Friday last, be referred to the Secretary of the Treasury, with instruction to examine the same, and report his opinion thereupon to the House

A petition of Hannibal William Dobbyn, of the kingdom of Ireland, was presented to the House and read, setting forth that he is delirous of becoming a citizen of the United States, and of making a considerable purchase of the public lands; and praying that the Secretary of the Treasury may be authorised io contract with him for that purpose.

Ordered, That the said petition be referred to Mr. Page, Mr. Scott, and Mr. Partridge, that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same with their opinion thereupon to the House.

The Speaker laid before the House a letter from Gerard Bancker, treasurer of the state of New York, accompanied with a copy of the laws of the said State, transmitted for the use of this House, pursuant to concurrent resolutions, of the Senate and Assembly of the said State.

Ordered, That the said letter do lie on the table.

Mr. Foster, from the committee appointed, presented, according to order, a bill providing for the actual enumeration of the inhabitants of ihe United States, which was received and read the first time.

And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

TUESDAY, January 19. A petition of Benjamin Bird, of Waltham in the state of Massachusetts, was presented to the House and rcad, praying that there may be granted to him, under such restrictions or bonds, as Congress shall require, duplicates of eight continental loan-office certificates, amounting to three thousand four hundred dollars, the property of the petitioner, and which he casually lost some time in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy-eight. Also,

The several petitions of Nathan Fuller, of the same State, and of Salmon Burr, Lemuel Cravath, John Holbrook, Jeremiah Ryan, Ezra Smith, and Ruth Roberts, reli&t of Lemuel Roberts, deceased, of the state of Connecticut, praying that their respective claims for losses or injuries sustained in the service of the United States, during the late war, may be liquidated and satisfied.

Ordered, That the said petitions do lie on the table.

A bill providing for the actual enumeration of the inhabitants of the United States, was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole House on Friday next.

On motion,

Ordered, That it be an instruction to the committee appointed to prepare and bring in a bill or bills, for making compensation to persons employed in the intercourse between the United States and foreign nations, to include therein a compensation to persons who inay be employed in such intercourse.

Mr. Page, from the committee to whom was referred the petition of Han. nibal William Dobbyn, made a report, which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, enclosing his report on the petition of Christopher Saddler, which was read, and ordered to be referred to Mr. Ames, Mr. Sturges, Mr. Stone, Mr. Griffin, and Mr. Wynkoop.

On motion,

Ordered, That the Secretary of the Treasury be directed to report to this House, such information as he may have obtained, respecting any difficulties which may have occurred in the execution of the several laws for colleating duties on goods, wares and merchandizes, and on tonnage, and for regulating the coasting trade, together with his opinion thereupon.

And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning cleven o'clock.

WEDNESDAY, January 20Two other members, to wit, James Madison, junior, and Josiah Parker, froin Virginia, appeared and took their seats.

Ordered, That the several petitions of Ruth Roberts, Jeremiah Ryan, Ezra Smith, and Salmon Dars, which were presented yesterday, be referred to the Secretary at War, with instruction that he do examine the same, and report his opinion thereupon to the House.

A petition of sundry inhabitants of the county of Westchester, in the late of New-York, was presented to the House and read, praying to be compen sated for considerable quantities of wheat, rye, corn, oais and hay, cauile, Theep and hogs, which werc taken from thein during the late war, for ibs use of the army.

Ordered, That the faid petition do lie on the table.

The House proceeded to consider the report of the committee on the petition of Hannibal William Dobbyn: Whereupon,

Ordcred, That the said report do lie on the table; and that the Secretary of the Treasury be directed to report to this House, a uniform system for the disa position of lands the property of the United States.

On motion,

Ordered, That the state of facts respecting the western territory, reported by a committee of this House, the last seslion, be referred to the Secretary of the Treasury for his information.

Mr. Wadsworth, from the committee to whom was referred the message from the President of the United States, with the statemcnt of the south-western frontier, and of the Indian department, niade a report, which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

A nessage from the Senate by Mr. Otis their Secretary.

Mr. Speaker-The Senate have agreed to a resolution appointing a committee on their part, to confer with such committee as may be appointed on the part of this House, to consider and report whether or not the business begun previous to the late adjournment of Congress, shall now be proceeded in as it no adjournment had taken place; to which they desire the concurrence of this House: And then he withdrew.

The said resolution being twice read at the Clerk's table,

Resolved, That this Houle doth agree to the same, and that Ms. Sherman, Mr. Thatcher, Mr. Hartley, Mr. White, and Mr. Jackson, be a committee on the part of this Houle for the purpose therein mentioned. And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning eleven o'clock.

TUURSDAY, January 21. Several other members, to wit, from Massachusetts, George Leonard; from New-York, Peter Silvester; and from Pennsylvania, Thomas Fitzsimons, apo peared and took their seats.

A petition of Lemuel Miller, of the state of Massachusetts, svas presented to the Housc and read, praying to be allowed the commutation of half pay, for his services five years and five inonths, as a licutenant in the army during the late

Ordered, That the said petition do lie on the table
On motion,

Ordered, That the petition of David Sturges, which was presented at the last session, praying to be allowed a pension in coulideration of a wound in his left hand, which he received in the service of the United States, during the late war, be referred to the Secretary at War, with instruction that he do examine the fame, and report his opinion thereupon to the House,

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A message, in writing, was received from the President of the United States, by the Secretary at War, who delivered in the same, together with the Plaa therein referred to, and then withdrew. The said mellage was then read, and is as followeth :

UNITED STATES, January 21, 1790 Gentlemen of the Senate and House of Representatives, THE Secretary of the department of War, has submitted to me certain prin. ciples to serve as a Plan for the general arrangement of the Militia of the United States.

Conceiving the subje& to be of the greatest importance to the welfare of our country, and liable to be placed in various points of view, I have direded him to lay the Plan before Congress for their information, that they may make such use thereof as they shall judge proper.

G. WASHINGTON. Ordered, That the said message and plan be referred to the committee of the whole House on the state of the Union.

Ordered, That three hundred copies of the said plan be forthwith struck for the use of the members of both Houses.

Mr. Sedgwick, from the committee appointed, presented, according to or. der, a bill providing the means of intercourse between the United States and foreign nations, which was received and read the first time.

On motion, The report of the committee to whom was referred the message from the President of the United States, with the statement of the south-western frontier, and of the Indian department, was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole House immediately.

The House accordingly resolved itself into the said committee.
Mr. Speaker left the

chair.
Mr. Baldwin took the chair of the committee.

Mr. Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Baldwin reported, that the com. mittee had, according to order, had the said report under consideration, and agreed thereto without any amendment.

The House proceeded to consider the said report, and after some time spent therein, The House adjourned until to

morrow morning eleven o'clock.

Friday, January 22. The Speaker laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of the Trea. fury, accompanying a report made to him by the Postmaster-general, respecting the post-office, and suggesting a plan for its future establishment ; which was read, and ordered to be referred to Mr. Fitzsimons, Mr. Gerry, Mr. Sinnickson, Mr. Parker, and Mr. Stone—that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

A bill providing the means of intercourse between the United States and foreign nations, was read the second time, and ordered to be committed to a committee of the whole House on Monday next.

Mr. Sherman, from the committee appointed to confer with the committee appointed by the Senate, to consider and report, whether or not the business begun previous to the late adjournment of Congress, shall now be proceeded in as if no adjournment had taken place, reported, that in the opinion of the committee, the business unfinished between the two Houses at the late adjournment, ought

to be regarded as if it had not been passed upon by either. Ordercd, That the said report do lie on the table.

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