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and of certain other persons ;" another, intituled, “ An act for the relief of the persons therein mentioned or described ;". another, intituled, “ An act declaring the affent of Congress to certain a&s of the states of Maryland, Geor. gia, and Rhode-Inand and Providence Plantations ;” and another, intituled, « An act to alter the time of holding the circuit courts of the United States in the states of South Carolina and Georgia, and providing that the distri& court of Penniylvania shall, in future, be held in the city of Philadelphia only,” and found them to be truly inrolled : Whereupon,

Mr. Speaker signed the said inrolled bills.
A message from the Senate by Mr. Otis their Secretary.

Mr. Speaker-The Senate have come to a resolution that the resolution of the fixth instant, authorizing the Speaker of the House of Representatives and Presidert of the Senate to close the present session, by adjourning their respective Houses on this day, be repealed, and that instead thereof they be authorized to adjourn their respective Houses on the twelfth instant, to meet again on the first Monday in December next; to which they desire the concurrence of this House. And then he withdrew

The House proceeded to consider the said resolution, and the same being read, was agreed to.

Ordcrcd, That the clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith.

Mr. Gilman, from the joint committee for inrolled bills, reported, that the committee did, this day, wait on the President of the United States, and pre. sent for his approbation four inrolled bills, to wit ; one, intituled, “ An act for the relief of disabled soldiers and scamen, lately in the service of the United States, and of certain other persons ;” another, intituled, “ An act declaring the aslent of Congress to certain acts of the states of Maryland, Georgia, and Rhode-Inand and Providence Plantations ;” another, intituled, “ An ad for the relief of the persons therein mentioned or described ; and another, intituled, “ An act to alter the tiines of holdir.g the circuit courts of the United States in the states of South Carolina and Georgia, and providing that the distri& court of Pennsylvania shall in future be held in the city of Philadelphia only."

The several orders of the day were farther postponed until to-morrow.
And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning ten o'clock.

WEDNESDAY, August 11.
A message from the Senate by Mr. Otis their Secretary.

Mr. Speaker-The Senate hare appointed a committce on their part, jointly with the committee appointed by this House to wait on the President of the United States, and notify him of the proposed recess of Congress. The Senate have also passed the bill, intituled, “ An act making provision for the reduction of the public debt,” with several amendments, to which they desire the concurrence of this House : And then he withdrew.

The House proceeded to consider the said amendments; and the same being read, were agreed to.

Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith. A message from the Senate by Mr. Otis their Secretary.

Mr. Speaker—I am directed to inform this House, that the President of the United States did this day approve and sign an act which originated in the Senate, intituled, “An act to alter the times for holding the circuit courts of the United States, in the states of South Carolina and Georgia, and provi. ding that the distri& court of Pennsylvania Ihall in future be held in the city of Philadelphia only :" And then he withdrew,

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On motion,

Resolved, unanimously, That the thanks of this House be given to the Cor. poration of the City of New York, for the elegant and convenient accommodations provided for Congress ; and that Mr. Speaker be desired to communicate this resolve to the Mayor of the said City, and to signify to him that it is the wish of the House, that the Corporation will permit such articles of fur. niture, &c. now in the City-Hall, as have been provided by Congress, to remain for the use of that building.

Mr. Gilman, from the joint committee appointed to notify the President of the United States of the proposed recess of Congress, reported, that the committee had, according to order, performed that service.

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

Mr. Speaker-The Senate have passed the bill, intituled, “ An a& making certain appropriations therein mentioned,” with several amendments, to which they desire the concurrence of this House: And then he withdrew.

The House proceeded to consider the said amendments; and the fame being read, were agreed to.

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

Mr. Gilman, from the joint committee for inrolled bills, reported, that the committee had examined two inrolled bills; one intituled, “ An a& making provision for the reduction of the public debt;" the other intituled, “ An að making certain appropriations therein mentioned ;” also, an inrolled resolve respecting the completion of certain surveys directed by a resolution of the late Congress, and had found the same to be truly inrolled: Whereupon,

Mr. Speaker signed the said inrolled bills and resolve.
Ordered, That the Clerk of this House do acquaint the Senate therewith.
The several orders of the day were farther postponed until to-morrow.
And then the House adjourned until to-morrow morning nine o'clock.

THURSDAY, August 12.
Mr. Gilman, from the joint committee for inrolled bills, reported, that
the committee did, yesterday, wait on the President of the United States, and
present for his approbation two inrolled bills ; one intituled, “ An a& making
certain appropriations therein mentioned;" the other intituled, “ An ad
making provision for the reduction of the public debt;" also, an inrolled re-
solve respecting the coinpletion of certain surveys, dire&ed by a resolution of
the late Congress.

A message was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Lear his Secretary, notifying that the President did, on the eleventh instant, approve and sign three acts; one intituled, “ An ad declaring the assent of Congress to certain acts of the states of Maryland, Georgia, and Rhole-Iland and Providence Plantations ;” another intituled, “ An að for the relief of difabled soldiers and seamen lately in the service of the United States, and of certain other persons ;” and another intituled, “ An a& for the relief of the persons therein mentioned or described;" also, that the President did this day approve and sign two acts; one intituled, “ An a& making certain appropriations therein mentioned;" the other intituled, “ An ad making provision for the reduction of the public debt;" allo, an inrolled resolve respecting the completion of certain surveys, dire&ted by a resolution of the late Congres

Ordered, That a message be sent to the Senate, to inform them that this House having completed the butiness before them, are now about to proceed to close the present fellion by an adjournment on their part, agreeably to the order of the tenth instant ; and that the Clerk of this House do go with the said message. The Clerk accordingly went with the said message; and being returned, A nessage was received from the Senate by Mr. Otis their Secretary.

Mr. Speaker-I am directed to inform this House, that the Senate having completed the legislative business before them, are now ready to close the present session by an adjournment on their part: And then he withdrew.

Mr. Speaker then a journed the Housc unul the first Monday in December Bext

END OF THE SECOND SESSION.

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Ratification of the Constitution of the United States by

the State of North-Carolina.

UNITED STATES, January 11, 1790. Gentlemen of the House of Representatives,

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of the adoption and ratification of the Constitution of the United States by the state of North-Carolina, together with a copy of a letter from his Excel. lency Samuel Johnston, President of the Convention of said State, to the Pres sident of the United States. The originals

of the papers which are herewith transmitted to you will be lodged in the office of the Secretary of State.

G. WASHINGTON.

FAYETTE-VILLE, State of North-Carclina, Deccmiber 4, 1789.
SIR,
BY order of the Convention of the people of this State, I have the honor
to transmit to you the ratification and adoption of the Constitution of the
United States by the said Convention, in behalf of the people.

With sentiments of the highest consideration and respect, I have the honor to be

Sir, your most faithful and obedieni servant,

(Signed) SAMUEL JOHNSTON, President of the Convention. To the PRESIDENT of the United States.

I DO certify the above to be a true copy from the original.

TOBIAS LEAR, Secrctary to the President of the United States.

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A Copy of the Adoption and Ratification of the Constitution of

the United States by the State of North-Carolina.
STATE NORTH CAROLINA

CON VENTION.
HEREAS the General Convention which met in Philadelphia in pur.

suance of a recommendation of Congress, did recommend to the citi. zens of the United States, a constitution or form of government in the following words, viz.

We the People, &c.
(Here follows the Constitution of the United States, verbatim.]
Resolwed, That this Convention, in behalf of the freemen, citizens and in.
habitants of the State of North-Carolina, do adopt and ratify the said Consti.
tution and form of

government.
Done in Convention this 21st day of November, 1789.

(Signed) SAMUEL JOHNSTON, President of the Convention J. Hunt, JAMES TAYLOR, Secretaries.

BY the direction of the President of the United States, I have examined and compared the foregoing with the adoption and ratification of the Consti. tution of the United States by the State of North Carolina, which was trans. mitted to the President of the United States by Samuel Jobnfton, President of the Convention of said State-as well as the transcript of the Constitution of the United States recited in the said ratification, which I certify to be a true copy.

Tobias LEAR, Secretary to the President of the United States.

Ratification of the Constitution of the United States by

the State of Rbode-Island and Providence Plantations.

UNITED STATES, June 16th, 1790. • Gentlemen of the Senate and House of Representatives, THE ratification of the Constitution of the United States of America, by the state of Rhode-Inand and Providence Plantations, was received by me last night, together with a letter to the President of the United States, from the President of the Convention. I have directed my Secretary to lay before you a copy of cach.

G. WASHINGTON.

RHODE ISLAND.
SIR,

NEWPORT, June 9th, 1790. I HAD, on the twenty-ninth ultimo, the fatisfaction of addressing you, after the ratification of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Convention of this State. I have now the honor of inclosing the Ratification as then agreed upon by the Convention of the people of this State. The Legislature is now in session in this town; an appointment of Senators will undoubtedly take place in the present week, and from what appears to be the sense of the legislature, it may be expected that the gentlemen who may be appointed, will immediately proceed to take their seats in the Senate of the United States.

I have the honor to be, with great respe&,

Sir, your obedient humble servant,

(Signed.) DANIEL OWEN, President. President of the United States.

[The Constitution of the United States of America precedes the following

Ratification.]
Ratification of the Constitution by the Convention of the State of

Rhode-Inand and Providence Plantations.
E, the delegates of the people of the state of Rhode Idand and Pro-

vidence Plantations, duly elected and met in Convention, baving maturely considered the Constitution for the United States of America, agreed to, on the seventeenth day of September, in the year one thousand seven hun. dred and eighty-seven, by the Convention then assembled at Philadelphia, in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, (a copy whereof precedes these presents) and having also seriously and deliberately considered the present ftuation of this State, do declare and make known,

First. That there are certain natural rights, of which men, when they form a social campa&, cannot deprive or divest their posterity, among which are the

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