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Continued from No. 33.
On motion of Mr. JONES of Virginia, the rules were suspended, and the House again resolved itself into Committee of the Whole on the state of the Union, (Mr. DROMGOOLE in the chair )
Mr. EVANS moved that the committee proceed to the consideration of the bill to provide for the expensesof making an exploration and survey of the Nort eastern boundary.
(Mr. E. under leave, said the bill would not occupy five minutes.)
Mr. JONES of Virginia moved that the commit. tee proceed to the consideration of the bill making appropriations for the current expenses of the Indean Department, and for carrying into effect the trealy stipulations wiih certain indian vibes.
The question was first taken on the motion of Mr. Evans, and, by ayes 72, noes 73, it was rejected.
The commit:ee then took up the bill cominonly known as the lodian Appropriation bill; which was read by sections.
The chairman of the Committee of Ways and means (Mr. JONES) introduced a number of incidental amendments from that committee; which were agreed to without debate.
Mr. CUSHING moved an amendment appropri. aling $5,000 for the purpose of holding treaties with the Lake and other Nor hwestern tribes of Indiaas to procure the cessation of subsidies annually paid to said Indians.
Alter some remarks from Messrs. CUSHING an] VANDERPOEL,
Mr. JONES of Virginia raised the question that the proposition was not in order-not being to carry out any existing treaty or law.
The point of order was not pressed; and, the question being taken, the ameniment was jected.
Mr. WICK offered an amendment (based, he said, on an estimate furnished individually to him by the War Department appropriating $3,000 10 pay the expense of holding a council with the Miami tribe of Indians, with a view to the extinction of the great Miami Reservation in Indiana-the amount to be expended or not according to the discretion of the President.
Some remarks were made by Messrs. WICK, PROFFIT, RARIDEN, and others, when the amendment was rejected.
Mr. JONES also moved an amendment, to come in at the end of the bill, appropriating $45,000 10 defray the expenses of removing the Winnebago Indians from Wiskonsin over the Mississippi, and for the erection of a gristmill, &c.
This amendment was debated by Messrs. JONES, EVANS, and BELL, the latter of whom, at 8 o'clock, not being willing to address the few members who had not left the hall, moved that the committee rise; which motion prevailed, and the committee rose.
Mr. CAMPBELL, the chairman of the Committee of Elections, asked leave to present the report of the committee on the New Jersey contested election case, with a view of having it printed.
Messrs. PROFFIT, STANLY, BELL, WISE, and others, objected; ani afier several ineffectual attempts by Mr. CAMPBELL to explain that the reception of the report would not occupy more tban two minutes, he moved 10 suspend the rules.
Mr. WISE moved to adjouro; which motion was negatived-yeas 38, nays 61.
After an ineffectual motion for a call of the House,
Mr.WISE appealed to the chairman of the Committee of Elections as to the propriety of postponing the presentation of the report until to. morrow.
Mr, CAMPBELL replied that he could not consent; and at the same time expressed his surprise at the opposition to the reception of the report, as in one-twentieth part of the time wasted on motions to
adjourn, e c. it might have been received and ordered to be printed.
Mr. LEWIS WILLIAMS then renewed the motion to adjourn; and it was negatived.
Mr. STANLY moved a call of the House, which was not ord, red.
The motion to adjourn was then renewed, but without success.
Mr. WISE said, as the House persis'ed in its relusal to adjouru, he would renew the motion for a call of the House. It was evident that Miss Fanny Elssler was far more popular with the majority than ihe business of the country; and if the call were ordered, he would suggest that the Sergeantal-Arms be directed to go to the theatre, where, no doubt, the delinquents would be found.
The question on ordering the call was then taken by tellers, and resulted-ayes 40, noes 46.
So the call was pot ordered.
Several members then simultaneously moved an adjournment, which motion prevailed; and at 9 o'clock, The House adjourned.
THURSDAY, July 16, 1840. Mr. NICHOLAS presented reso'utions of ihe council of the third municipality of the city of New Orleans, against the ex'ension of the limits of the pori of New Orleans, which was laid on the table and ordered to be printed.
On motion by Mr. LINN, the Committee on Private Land Claims,
On motion by Mr. DAVIS, the Committee on Commerce,
On motion by Mr. LUMPKIN, the Committee on Manulaciures,
On motion by Mr. PIERCE, the Committee on Military Affairs, and
On motion by Mr. BUCHANAN; the Committee on Foreign Rela'ions, were severally discharged from the further consideration of the various subjects heretofore referied to and not acted on by said committees.
Mr. DAVIS, from the Committee on Commerce, to which was referred, on the 24h December last, a reporı from the Secretary of the Treasury, on the the daily employment of the persoas connected with ihe collection of the customs, iepried the letter of ihe Secreiary, and an abstract of the amount of tonnage enterei in each dis'rict, with a raquest that they might be prin: which was ordered.
[The report was made in compliance with the following resolutions, submitted by Mr. Davis, and passed by the Senate April 19, 1838:
Resolved, Thai the Secretary of the Treasury be instructed to cause, for the term of one year, each officer employed in the collection of the customs, to keep a daily account in writing of the time he is actually employed in the public service, each and every day, and what his employment each day is, stating the same so much in detail as 10 exhibit a clear and intelligible account of all his services from day to day.
Resolved, That such memoranda as is made hy each and every officer shall be quarterly sworn to, as a full, just, and complee account of the services actuaily rendered, and the time actually spent by him in public employment.
Resolver, That the memoranda of each district be embodied together for the use of Congress, and that the Secretary add 10 it the amount of tonna e
each, printed. In manuscript they will fill six boxes, containing on an average six to eight cubic feel each."
The resolution to print the report of the geologica! and mineralogical survey of the mineral region of lowa an t Wiskonsin was taken up, and
Mr TAPPAN spoke in favor of the printing.
Mr. DAVIS said that, although he had not examined the subject thoroughly, he had looked at it enough to know that the printing would be a pretty heavy jab. Tne report itself was voluminous, and litnographing the drawings would be very nearly, if noi quie, as expensive as engraving. The whole expense, Mr. D. had been told, would probably be $15,000 or $20,000. And within the last iwo days ibere had been a proposition to supply the Treasury with $4,000,000, in addition to Treasury notes already granted. Under all these circumstances, he hoped the Senator from Missouri wouli consent that this shouid lie over till the next session, especially as many more important objects must so lie, from the siale of ihe Treasury.
Mr. LINN admitted that here was much force in the statements of the member from Massachuselts, (Mr. Davis,] but the estimate he made of the sum of money necessary to have this work publisheid, was certainly much too high. Instead of its costing fifteen or twenty thousand dollars, he did not think it would require as many hundreds. But even if it did, and much more, it would be the cause of bringiug into the Treasury hunlreds of Thousands of dollars, from the knowledge it would give to the world of the great mineral wealth of These public lands, and the consequent enhancement of their value. Mr. L. said that he had an opportuntly of conversing orien with gentlemen engaged in mining operations, both in this country and in Europe, who said, with greai emphasis, "prove to us that the geological structure and mineralogical , afinisies of your mineral country are the same, or similar to the great lead region of England, and we will have the greatest confidence in its resources, and without fear invest capital in your mines,” li
a little remarkable ihat Mr. Owen's report proves conclusively this resemblance; and with permission of the Senaie, he read the vutlines of ihe report, as given by Mr. Owen himself.
1. An inspection of the chapter on the "geological characier" and on the "lead mines" of the surveyed district, will show its close resemblance, both in the character of its rocks and in iis geological position, to the celebrated mining district of the norih of England, the most productive lead region in the known world.
2. The chapter on the "Statistics of the lead mines” affords proof that even under the numerous disa ivantages to which this American lead region has hitherio been subjected, it probably produces, at this moment, nearly as much lead as the whole of Europe, with the exception of Great Britain alone; and that it has indisputable capabilities of producing as much lead as all Europe, Great Britain included.
3. The chapter on copper ore, and the appended analysis, prove that the copper ore of Wiskonsin is richer and more valuable than the copper ore of Cornwall, the greatest copper district in Europe or the world; exceeding that ore in its yield, by from one fifienth to one-third; and hat ihis ore is found in abundance and can be raised with the same expense as lead one.
4. That zinc is also abundant, and the zinc orts of excellent quality.
Thus, that the malerials for the manufacture of brass exist in profusion over the district.
5. That iron ore, equal in quality to the Ten. nes see ores, is found throughout the district in such quantity that iron works to any desirable extent might profiiably be established there.
And, upon the whole, that the district surveyed is one of ihe richest mineral regions (compared 10 Ils textent) yet known in the worid.
The chapter ou soils also shows that, unlike most other mineral regions, it is fertile, and capable of
the amount of revenue collected therein, and the expense of collecting the same, showing what each officer receives for all such services.
Resolved, That where any officer dis. harges, or claims to discharge, the duly of more than one office, his services in each shall be distinguished as well as his compensation.
In regaru to the report, the Secretary says: “It comprises at l.ası twenty thousand pages toolscap written maller. Is is estimated they would fill 10,000 clave pages, or 20 volumes of 500 pages
yielding to the farmer a liberal reward for his labor.
This report of Mr. Owen, was made in pursuance 10 a resolution of the House of Representatives passed on the 6th of February of the last session, and is in the following words:
Resolvedt, That the President of the United Slates be requested to cause to be prepared and presented to the next Congress at an early day, a plan for the disposal of the public mineral lands, having refe. rence as well to the amount of revenue to be derived from them and their value as public property, as to the equitable claims of individuals upon them; and that he at the same time communicate to Con. gress all the information in possession of the Treasury Department relative to their location, value, productiveness and occupancy: and that he cause such furiher information to be collected, and surveys to be made, as may be necessary for these purposc3.
In pursuing the wishes of House, considerable expense had already been incurred, which would be lost unless this document was given to the world. Mr. Owen had pursued the subject with ardor, zeal, and with a critical and scientific eye. He wilh much care collec!ed, arranged, and marked specimens of the various ores found on the public lands surveyed by him. So that a person desirous of commencing mining operations can call on the Commissioner of the Land Office and find the quarjer section marked on the ores; this will greally facilitate him in him in his researches, made with a view to a perminent location. The publication of this report will unfold one leaf of the vast volume of wealth the God of heaven bad bestowed upon the magnificent valley of the Mississippi, and pay back to Europe a small portion of the great literary debt we owed that continent. It would be republished there, and sought for by the scientific inquiring and emigrating portion of the community. He said he was aware of the embarrassed state of the Treasury, and was admonished by it of the necessity of economy in the public expenditures.
But the printing this document, he believed most sincerely, would have the effect of replenishing, instead of exhausting it. He hoped, therefore, the S-nate would order its publication, and give the superintendence of it to the Commissioner of the General Land Office, as he was very desirous 10 have it made public for the benefit of the country and national domain.
Mr. HUNTINGTON said he had great confidence in the views and opinions of the Senator from Missouri. But there appeared to be no certainty of the extent of the expenditure. One Senator set it down at $15,000 or $20,000; another at so many hundreds; and a third at not more than considerable. Under these circumstances, and considering that the Government was compelled to resort to paper money of its own, Mr. H. expressed the hope that the resolution would lie over till the next session.
Mr. ALLEN spoke in favor of now adopting the resolution, and insisted that the wants of the Treasury was a strong argument in favor of it, for it would bring money into the Treasury.
Mr. LINN read ihe resolution of the House of Representatives, by which this survey was ordered, The Commissioner of the Land Office, he said, was uften called on for this kind of information, and it was important that he should be able to present it in a ready and convenient form.
Mr. WALKER said he had examined the document with some care, and he had risen from its perusal with feelings of pride, astonishment, and de. light. No document could be more useful, and it would be published and republished throughout Europe. It was due to the West that it should be published.
Mr. DAVIS again urged that the delay till the next session would be short, and that, considering the state of the Treasury, it ought to lie over. He moved its postponement till the next session.
Mr. CALHOUN also spoke in favor of pozl. poning il, and of rigid economy in every department.
Mr. KNIGHT said: Having had some experience in the examination of the cost of engraving maps and drawings, I have come to a different con.
clusion as to the amount of the cost of engraving than that expressed by the Senator from Missouri. I am of Ibe opinion that it will cost nearly as many Thousand dollars as the Senator supposes it will cost hundreds. But if it is to be printed, we should leave it with the Secretary of the Senate to make a contract for the engraving on such terms as he shall deem best. By so doing we shall save a large sum that otherwise will be expended.
I should like to have a greater number of copies printed for tbe use of the Senaie than the resolu. tion proposes, so as four or five copies might be distribuied to each Senator for the purpose of diffusing the information it contains more generally among the people. If the document contains the valuable information represented, we ought not to hide it under a bushel, but publish it for the use of our citizens. As to the want of money in the Treasury that has been suggested, I conceive it to be of liitle consideration. We can issue a few more Treasury notes, and print it now as well as at the next session.
Mr. LINN admitted that the privilege of printing had probably been abused, and he would aid in correcting it at the next session, by reducing the printing of memorials, reports, &c. many of which ought not to be printed. But he thought this work ought to be published.
Mr. Davis's motion to postpone the subject till the next session was negatived as follows:
YEAS-Messrs. Brown, Buchanan, Calhoun, Clayton, Davis, Huntington, King, Lumpkin, Merrick, Nicholas, Phelps, Prentiss, Roane, Rug. gles, Smith of Indiana, Strange, Tallmadge, and White-18.
NAYS_Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Benton, Clay of Alabama, Cuihbert, Fulton, Grundy, Hubbard, Knight, Linn, Mouton, Norvell, Robinson, Smiih of Connecticut, Sturgeon, Tappan, Walker, and Wall-18.
Mr. DAVIS moved to amend the resolution by requiring that the work should be done under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate, (as usual,) and on the most favorable terms.
This amendment, after a few remarks from Messrs. TAPPAN, DAVIS, and LINN, was rejected as follows:
YEAS_Messrs. Clayton, Davis, Dixon, Hun. ting!on, King, Knight, Lumpkin, Merrick, Phelps, Porter, Prentiss, Ruggles, Smith of Indiana, Tallmadge, White-15.
NAYS-Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Benton, Brown, Buchanan, Calhoun, Clay of Alabama, Cuihbert, Fulton, Grundy, Habbard, Linn, Mouton, Nicholas, Norvell, Roane, Robinson, Smith of Connecticut, S!range, Sturgeon, Tappan, Walker, Wall, Wrigh-24.
Mr. DAVIS now moved to lay the resolution on the table, and it was so ordered as follows:
YEAS_Messrs. Brown, Buchanan, Calhoun, Clayton, Davis, Dixon, Huntington, King, Knight, Lumpkin, Merrick, Nicholas, Phelps, Porter, Prentiss, Roane, Ruggles, Tallmadge, White-19.
NAYS-Messrs. Allen, Anderson, Benton, Clay of Alabama, Culhbert, Fallon, Grundy, Hubbard, Lion, Mouton, Norvell, Robinson, Smith of Conneclicnt, Sturgeon, Tappan, Walker, Wall-17. RETROCESSION OF GEORGETOWN AND
ALEXANDRIA. Mr. MERRICK, from the Committee for the District of Columbia, reported a bill making provi. sion for ascertaining the wishes and will of all the people of the District of Columbia, not within the limits of the city of Washington, in regard their being retroceded to the States of Maryland and Virginia respectively: read, and ordered to a second reading.
BUSINESS OF CONGRESS. Mr. LINN, by consent, introduced a joint resolurion (and obtained its immediate consideration) providing thal, after six days in the second session of any Congress, now and hereafter, the bills, &c. acied on and decided by either Heuse, and remaining untouched or unfinished on the table of the Other House, should be deemed so far valid, and should be acted on precisely as if there had been no adjournment.
This resolution was opposed by Messrs. BEN.
TON, CALHOUN, and GEUNDY, and advocaled by Messrs. LINN and HUBBARD; and laid on the table.
FLORIDA WAR. On motion of Mr. BENTON, the bill providing for enlisting 2,500 volunteers to serve for two years in the Florida war, was considered, and or. dered to be engrossed.
EXCHANGE OF FOREIGN BOOKS. Oa motion of Mr. TAPPAN, the joint resolution providing for the exchange of extra copies of books in the Congress Library, and of public documents, for those of foreign countries, was taken up and considered.
Mi. RUGGLES, from the Committee on Commerce, moved to amend the resolution by an appro. priation of $500 10 effect an exchange of certain weights and measures with England, France, Russia, and Holland. Negalived by ayes 9, noes not counted.
The resolution itself was then rejected by ayes 9, noes not counted.
DISTRICT BANKS. The Senate again proceeded to consider the bill to continue the corporate existence of certain banks in the District of Columbia, the question being on Mr. Preston's motion to reconsider the vote by which the bill was rejected.
Mr. BUCHANAN addressed the Senate at length in favor of the mution, and was replied to by Mr. MERRICK.
After some further remarks by Messrs. PHELPS, GRUNDY, MERRICK, WALKER, HUNTINGTON, and DAVIS, the question was taken on reconsidering the vote, and it was negatived-ayes 18, noes 21, as follows:
YEAS-Messrs. Anderson, Brown, Buchanan, Clay of Alabama, Cuthbert, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, King, Nicholas, Roine, Strange, Sturgeon, Tallmadge, White, Williams, Wright, and Young-18.
NAYS–Messrs. Allen, Benton, Clayton, Davis, Dixon, Hubbard, Huntington, Koight, Linn, Lumpkin, Merrick, Norvell, Porter, Phelps, Robinson, Ruggles, Smith of Connecticut, Smith of Indiana, Tappan, Walker, and Wall-21.
Mr. WRIGHT, from the Committee on Finance, reported the bill making appropriations for the army sor 1840, with sundry amendments; wbich were ordered to be printed.
The bill providing for the enlistmento! 2,500 volunteers to serve in Florida, was read a third time, and passed.
Mr. MERRICK presented a remonstrance of citizens of Washingion 10 the passage of the bill for the renewal of the charter of the city of Washington; which was ordered to be printed.
Mr. WHITE moved 10 reconsider the vote by which the joint resolution for the exchange of documents was defeated.
And the Senate adjourned.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
THURSDAY, July 16, 1840. Mr. CAMPBELL of South Carolina asked the consent of the House to make a report from the Committee of Elections in relation to the New Jer. sey contested election.
Mr. LEWIS WILLIAMS objected lo the recep. tion of the report.
Mr. CAMPBELL moved a suspension of the rules; and on that motion demanded the yeas and nays.
The CHAIR informed the gentleman from South Carolina (Mr. CAMPBELL) and the House, that the question pending when the House adjourned on yesterday evening, was the motion lo suspend the rules for the recep'ion of the report,
Mr. EVEREIT inquired of ihe Chair what was the regular business in order during the morning hour.
The AIR replied that reports would be in order.
Mr. BELL said he had not the slightext objection to the reception of the report in its order; but he did object as proposed.
Mr. PETRIKIN said it was the object of gen. tlemen to suppress the report in the hands of the committee; and it was with that view they opposed
the reception. If the rules were not suspended, some other report would be interposed, and a deba'e would be gotten up for the purpose ot staving off the reception of this report, and thereby to de. feat any action upon it this session. That was the real intention of gentlemen of the Opposition, whatever might be their professions.
Mr. RIVES said he hoped the gentleman from Tennessee, (Mr. BELL,) and the gentleman from Vermont, (Mr. Everett,] would withdraw their objection, as it was merely the wish of the committee that the reports should be received and ordered to be printed, and made the special order for a future day.
Mr. PETRIKIN rose to a point of order. He contended that the report should be received as a matter of right. It was a privileged question: one involving the right of members to seals, and the rights of a sovereign State to be represented on this floor. It was therefore in order to report at
The SPEAKER was of the opinion that it was not a privileged question. It was a regular report of a Committee on Elections, and could not be received out of its order, except by a suspension of the rules.
Mr. CAMPBELL of South Carolina said he differed with the SPEAKER, and coincided with the opinion expressed by the gentleman froin Pennsylvania, (Mr. PETRIKIN;] and, notwithstanding he bad moved a suspension of the rules for its recep. tion, and wished that motion to be decided, he did not wish to be understood as yielding th: opinion of his right to make the report as a question of privilege; and should the House refuse to suspend the rules, he would then insist on the question of privilege.
The SPEAKER said the question would be taken on the motion to suspend the rules.
Mr. CRAIG demanded the yeas and nays on that motion; which were ordered.
Mr. L. WILLIAMS moved a call of the House, and on that motion he asked the yeas and nays, which were ordered; and, being taken, were, yeas 53, nays 87.
So the House refused the call.
The question then recurred and was taken on the motion to suspend the rule, and resulted as fo!lows: yeas 115, nays 64.
(The Whig party vote against the suspension of ihe rules for the reception of the report; or, in other words, to suppress the report, and thereby evade the vote on the question this session.]
So (there not being iwo-thirds voting in the affir. mative) the rules were not suspended.
Mr. DROMGOOLE then obtained the floor, but yielded it to
Mr. CAMPBELL of South Carolina, who said that he had two reports from the Committee of Elections, involving the rights of members to seats on this foor, and he submitted that the question was one of privilege, and that, as such, it was enti: tled to precedence over all other business.
The SPEAKER decided that a report from the Comcsittee of Elections was not a question of privilege; and supported his opinion by reference to the case of coplesied election from the State of Mississippi, which occurred at a former Congress, by which it would be seen that the House could not have so considered it a privileged question, as it was determined that it required a voie of twothirds to make that case the special order for a particular day.
From this decision Mr. CAMPBELL of South Carolina took an appeal.
Mr. STANLY made some remarks in opposj. tion to the reception of the reporia report of a description which nobody, he said, cared any thing about.
Mr. McKAY hoped the gentleman would with draw the appeal, and a majority of the House could refuse to go into committee; and if the gentlemen of the Opposition did not interpose ques. tions which would give rise to debate, the report would be reached in the course of the day.
Mr. CAMPBELL said his duty to the country and a respect for the rights of the claimants, would not permit him to take any course which might delay or defeat action on the subject.
The appeal was spoken to briefly by Messrs. CAMPBELL, STANLY, MCKAY, and CUSHING.
When Mr. TURNEY moved the previous ques. tion, which was seconded.
Mr. PROFFIT asked the yeas and nays on ordering the main question, which were ordered; and, being taken, were-yeas 124, nays 66.
[The Whigs voted against ordering the question to be put; and thus slaving off the question.]
So the main question was ordered to be now taken.
Mr. STANLY raised the question of order, whether certain members from New Jersey, whose names he had heard read, (Messrs. DICKERSON, &c ) had a right to vote. In the early part of the session it was decided that members from New Jersey could not vote in their own case.
The CHAIR was understood to reply that they had the right to yote on the appeal.
The question then recurring "Shall the decision of the CHAIR stand as the judgment of the House?"
Mr. PROFFIT a ked the yeas and nays, which were ordered.
And the Clerk having called that portion of the roll which includes the names of members commencing with C
Mr. STANLY again rose, and inquired whether certain members from New Jersey had a right to vote.
The SPEAKER said the proper time to raise the question would be when the call of the roll was completed.
The roll having been called ihrough
Mr. STANLY raised the question of order, whether Messrs. DICKERSON and Co. were entitled to voie?
The SPEAKER said that this was a more preliminary question of order as to precedence of business, and not a question affecting the personal rights of the members alluded 10.
Mr. STANLY. Does not this question of order affect their rights?
The SPEAKER said that the interest which the New Jersey members had was, whether they were entitled to seats or not. The question now before the House was a mere question of precedence of business; and the Chair, not seeing that they had more interest in that than any oher, was of opinion that the gentlemen were entitled to vote.
Mr. STANLY appealed from the decision, and submitted to the Chair ibat the House had already decided this question.
The SPEAKER asked the gentleman to specify when.
Mr. STANLY said he did not exactly know.
Mr. ADAMS. There was such a decision. The question was raised during the lime that I was in The chair. I decided then that the members from New Jersey had a right to vote, the question of interest, as I expressly stated at the time, being, not their individual interest, but the interest of their constituents. The House reversed my decision, and the gentlemen were not permited 10 vote; and now, whether this be a preliminary question or not, when I am called upon to vote, I shall vole according to the principles I then assumed, and not according to the decision of the House.
Mr. BRIGGS inquired of the Chair whether the result of the vote would be changed by the admission or rejection of the votes of these gentlemen?
The SPEAKER replied in the negative.
Some delay took place in lookiag for the record of the decision, during which,
Mr. STANLY expressed himself willing to waive his right to the floor, if the chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means would consent to go into Committee of the Whole on the stale of the Union. Mr. JONES (though the question was
one of great importance, involving the rights of a sovereign State, and rights of members to seats, and did not wish to procrastinate action) did not yield to the suggestion.
After a few moments
Mr. ADAMS said that there must be a record of the decision.
The SPEAKER said that the Clerk staled he could not find such a decision as the gentleman had reference to. It was probably before the organization of the House, when it was decided that neither party were entitled to vote.
Mr. ADAMS. I am not responsible for the making up of the journal at that time, or any other. I state the fact, however, that such a decision was made.
Mr. STANLY inquired whether, if he waived the question now, with a view to go to the regular business of the country, he could bring it up tomorrow.
Tne SPEAKER replied that it would be too late.
Mr. STANLY then said he must insist on the decision of the appeal at this time. After a few remarks, in which Mr. S. expressed his own opinion to be that these gentleinen ought to vole, but said that he was desirous that the House should abide by its own decisions, he asked the yeas and Days on his appeal; which were ordered.
Mr. VANDERPOEL demanded the previots question; and there was a second.
And the main question was ordered to be now taken.
And the main question, “Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judgment of the House?" was then put.
Previous to the announcement of the vote,
Mr. DAVIS of Kentucky rose and said that he had at first voted in the affirmative--but that he would change his vote on the ground that these gentlemen were no more entit to seats in this House than any other person. If he could consider them so entitled, he would sustain the decis sion of the Chair. As it was, however, he could not do so.
Mr. MONROE rose and said that for the same reason he would chan; e his vole.
And the votes of both gentlemen were recorded accordingly.
The SPEAKER then announced the vote to be: yea: 125, nays 38.
So the Hunse sustained the decision of the Chair, by which it was declared that Messrs. DICKERSON and Co. were entitled to vote.
The SPEAKER Then announced the vote on the original appeal taken by Mr. CAMPBELL of S. C. to be: yeas 88, pays 95.
So the House reversed the decision of the Chair. And it was thus declared that the question of a report from the Committee of Elections was a ques. tion of privilege, and entitled to take procedence over all other business.
Mr. CAMPBELL of South Carolina then made a report in the case of the New Jersey contested election-moved the printing of the report, evidence, &c. and that it made the the special order of the day for Saturday next. And Mr. C. demanded the previous question.
The report of the minority of the committee concluded as follows:
“Thus it app ars the result of this investigation has been to increase the majority of the five claimants who received the greatest number of voles from the whole Stale, and the committee recommend the adoption of the following resolution:
Resolved, That PETER D. VROOM, PHILEMON DICKERSON, William R. COOPER, Dan.el B. Ry. ALL, and Joseph Kılls, are entitled to occupy, as members of the House of Representatives, the five contested seats from the State of New Jersey.
Mr. SMITH of Connecticut, on leave, presented a report from the minority of the said committee, and moved the printing.
[The minority report was of great length. The minority believe that three of the Whig contestants were (from testimony which they produce in their report, and which the majority of the committee did not believe competent testimony) entitled to seals, though they conclude their report without recommending by resolution any action on the conclusions to wbich they came ]
Mr. PROFFIT inquired of the chairman of the Committee of Elections (Mr. CAMPBELL) whether the evidence was a part of the report.
Mr. CAMPBELL was understood to say of course it was so.
Mr. PROFFIT. Then I call for the reading of
the majority and minority reports, and all the testimony. [It would have taken the Clerk three days to read all the testimony which the committee had acted on, and which formed the basis of the conclusions in the report, and which was already printed, under the direction of the committee, by authority of the House.]
Mr. CAMPBELL submitted, as a question of order, to the CHAIR, that the gentleman had no right to have these papers read on a question of printing.
The SPEAKER said he would decide that point after having ascertained whether there was a second to the demand for the previous question,
Mr. FILLMORE suggested to Mr. CAMPBELL to include in his motion to print, the journal of the committee
The suggestion having been acquiesced in, (though Mr. CAMPBELL remarked that the journal had already been printed,).
The SPEAKER put the question on the demand for the previous question. And there was a second.
And the main question was ordered to be taken.
Several members of the Opposition here objected to making the resolutions accompanying the report the special order for any day, when
Mr. FILLMORE asked that the question might be taken separately-first on that part of the motion which proposed to print the two reports-and, secondly, on that part of it which proposed to make the subject the special order sur Saturday And the division was ordered accordingly.
Mr. DROMGOOLE also asked for a separate question on the motion to print the journal; which was also ordered.
Mr PROFITT then inquired of the Chair if it was in order now lo cali for the reading of the pa.
pared to act upon the question, if indeed they are not sufficiently informed from what has been already read.
Mr. STANLY made some reply of an offensive character.
The reading proceeded for some time longer.
Mr. HAWES appealed to the gentleman from Indiana to withdraw his demand for the reading of the volume, and let it be printed; but the appeal was in vain.
Ai fitteen minutes past two o'clock, Mr. FILLMORE rose and appealed to the gentleman fro'u Indiana (Mr. Própfit) to dispense with the further reading. This was no time to go into this matter.
Mr. PROFFIT said he had noi forced this question upon the House; the House had done so by iis own decision. He wished the reading to proceed.
Mr. MEDILL, in the course of the reading of the report of the minority, was surprised at its extraordinary character; said it had never been submitted or read to the majority in committee, and that it contained falsehoods.
ThefCLERK proceeded in the reading of the reporis until 24 o'clock, at which time the House took a recess.
EVENING SESSION. After the recess,
The CLERK resumed and concluded the reading of the majority and minority reports of the Com. mittee of Elections in relation to the New Jersey contested election; when
Mr. CAMPBELL, the chairman of the commit
question had been ordered, and was negatived by yeas and nays, as follows: yeas 65, nays 80.
The question then recurring on the modified motion of Mr. CAMPBELL to print the majority report and journal,
Mr. DAVIS of Kentucky, in a very violent maoner, was proceeding to give his reasons why he wished to be excused from voling, and denounced the modification of the motion, etc. as fraud and chicanery; when he was loudly called to order by the SPEAKER, and by members from various parts of the hall,
The CHAIR said the gentleman's language was an imputation upon the House, which was out of order.
Mr. CAMPBELL desired the member from Kentucky to know that such language would not be permitted out of the House, neither would it be suffered in the House. The character of the report of the minority was not known when he consented to include it in his motion to print.
(Much confusion here arose, and it was sometime before order could be restored.)
Mr. HOLMES appealed to the House, in the name of fifteen millions of freemen, to know whether such proceedings should be suffered.
Mr. RICE GARLAND said Mr. Holmes did not represent fifteen millions of freemen.
Mr. HOLMES rejoined, that he was sure, in condemning such disorderly proceedings, he was speaking the sentiments of every lover of decoram in the country.
The question then being taken on the first branch
The SPEAKER said that it was.
Mr. PROFFIT. Then I calı for the reading of every word, syllable, and letter. I am ready to take the responsibility of the motion. But I first make the offer to the chairman of th: Commitee of Ways and Means lo waive the matter for the present if he is willing to go into comm t ee to resume the cons.deration of the appropriation bill; or take up any other public business which the chairman might prefer.
Mr. JONES returned no answer, and several Administration members objected. They were op. posed to suppressing the printing of the report, and opposed to the allempt to get rid of the question hy indirection. The reading progressed for about half an hour, when
Mr. BOTTS said if the reading of the testimony was persisted in, no other business could be done this session.
Mr. DAWSON of Georgia proposed to go into commiliee on the Indian appropriation bill.
Mr. PROFFIT assented. But a number of Administration members, again objecting, said that they were opposed to sacrificing the rights of a sove. reiga Siale, and to suppressing the truth.
Mr. STANLY rose to inquire who objected, in order that the country might know which party was responsible for the delay of public business.
Mr. BEATTY of Pennsylvania rose and said he objected; and, speaking in an angry tone, said The gentleman could turn his notice to him. He wished the people of the country to notice which party wished to smother the truth; which party it was that called for the reading of a mass of prinied testimony for the purpose of consuming the time of the House, and thereby defeat the mouion to print the reports to which this testimony was appended, the reading of which was called for by a Whig, and the reading of which was insisted on by a Whig, unless the Administration party would so far forget right and justice as to agree that it should noi be printed, and that no action should be had upon it this session. If the gentleman wished to save the lime of the House, why did he not agree to the motion of the chairman of the Commitee of Elections, to lay the reports on the table for the present, for the purpose of having them printed, and to make the subject the special order of the day for Saturday, when the members will then have read the report and testimony, and be beller pre
could not modify his original motion, so as to print only the majority report and the journal. He had, in the morning, at the request of a member, included the minority report in his motion to print; but after hearing it read, he could not sanction the printing of such a document with his name. It contained things which were not matters of faciwere untrue.
The SPEAKER said that the gentleman had the right, provided the gentleman from Indiana, (Mr. Proffit,) on whose motion the reading was ordered, yielded the floor.
After some debate of a conversational character, Mr. Proffit yielded the floor.
Mr. CAMPBELL then modified his motion as above, not being willing to sanction the printing of such a document as the minority report, by his name; and the question being on the printing, on which the previous question had been ordered,
Mr. ANDREWS wished to know-
Mr. ANDREWS in a very loud voice exclaimed, "I am in order."
(Cries of hurra, well done ANDREWS)
Mr. CLARK of New York made some remarks, in which he complained that the chairman of the Committee of Elections had first entrapped the House into ordering the previous question, under a motion to print both reports, and having secured the previous question, he now wished to leave out the minority report.
Mr. MEDILL, with much yehemence of gesture, rose and repelled the charge that the House had been "entrapped” in any way. The House had not been en trapped, and the charge was a vile slander upon the House and the majority of the committee,
Mr. ANDREWS moved to reconsider the vote by which the previous question had been seconded; which motion was rejected.
Mr. PROFFIT having withdrawn the motion to read the volumes of testimony accompanying the reports,
The question then being on the motion to print The majority report and the journal of the committee,
Messrs. RICE GARLAND and FILLMORE made each speech on what they termed tyranny on the part of the Chair in applying the question of reconsideration on the second 10 the previous question, instead of the previous question itself. Il subsequently appeared, however, that the Chair had been misunderstood.
The question was then taken on a motion of Mr. G. to reconsider the motion by which the previous
The majority report, it was agreed to, as follows yeas 172, nay 1.
The question then being taken on agreeing to the second branch, viz: the printing of the journal of the committee, it was decided in the affirmativeyeas 154, nays 18.
Mr. FILLMORE then moved the printing of the minorily report.
Mr. RAMSEY demanded the previous question, which was seconded, and the main questisn was ordered.
The question was then taken on the motion 10 print the minority report, and decided by yeas and nays, as follows--yeas 102, pays 68.
So the minority report was ordered to be printed.
Mr. JAMESON then moved the adoption of the resolution accompanying the majority report, as follows: see preceding column:
Mr. J. then moved the previous question.
Mr. FILLMORE wished to inquire whether, when the House was acting in its judicial capacity, the operation of the previous question would be to prevent the contestants from speaking at the bar of the House on their case.
The SPEAKER was understood to say that the operation of the previous question would be the same in this as in all oiher cases.
Mr. BRIGGS moved a call of the Hoase, and on that molion made some brief remarks in favor of allowing the contestants an opportunity of being heard at the bar of the House.
After some vehement vociferation on the part of Mr. MONROE, which set the House in a roar of laughter,
The question was taken on the motion of Mr. BRIGGS for a call of the House, and it was negatived-yeas 68, nays 75.
Mr. BOTTS wished to know if it would be in order to submit a resolution permitting the claimants to appear at the bar of the House.
The CHAIR replied in the negative, as such a resolution could noi be entertained until it should be ascertained whether there was a second to the demand for the previous question.
Mr. CAMPBELL of Souih Carolina wished the gentleman from Missouri would withdraw the mo. tion for the previous question, and let the report be made the special order for Saturday or Monday,
Cries of No, no, from many; the question has been discussed for months; every one understands it The interest of the people requires that the House should act without delay. If the subject were discussed for months, no gentleman could come to a more correct conclusion than he has already arrived at. There is no time for delay. The
of the two commillees have been read to the House. The committee have been for months examining the testimony and determining upon the same. Their report is right.
Mr. JAMESON would not withdraw the motion for the previous question.
The previous question was then seconded, and the main question ordered to be put-yeas 101, Days 85, as follows:
YEA8—Messrs. Judson Allen, Hugh J. Anderson, Atherton, Banks, Beatty, Beirne, Black, Blackwell, Boy!, Aaron V. Brown, Albert G. Brown, Burke, Sampson H. Butler, kynum, Carr, Carroll, Casey, Chapman, Clifford, Coles, Connor, Craig, Crary, Dana, Davee, John Davis, John W. Duvis, Doan, Dong, Dromgoole, Duncan, Earl, Eastman, Ely, Fisher, Floyd, For. nance, Galbraith, Hammond, Hand, John Ilastings, Ilawkins, Hill of North Carolina, Hillen, Hook, Hublara, Jacheon, Jameson, Joseph Johnson, Cave Johnson, Nathaniel Jones, John W. Jones, Keim, Kemble, Leadh tter, Leer, Leonard, Lucas, McClellan, McCulloh, McKay, Marchand, Medill, Mil ler, Montanya, Montgomery, Samuel W. Morris, Newhard, Parrish, Parris, Paynter, Petrikin, Pickens, Prentiss, Ramsey, Reynolds, Rives, Edward Rogers, Samuels, Shaw, Shepard, Albert Smith, John Smith, Thomas Smith, Stark weather, Steenrod, Strong, Sumter, Swoaringen, Swenoy, Taylor, Poilip F. Thomas, Jacob Thompson, Turney, Vanderpoel, David D. Wagener, Watterson, Wick, Jared W. Williams, Henry Williams, and Worthington--- 101.
NAYS–Messi8. Adams, Alford, John W. Allen, Andrews, Baker, Bell, Bond, Bolts, Briggs, Brockway, Calhoun, John Campbell, W. B. Campbell, Carter, Chinn, Chittenden, Clark, J. Cooper, Mark A. Cooper, Crabb, Cranston, Crockett, Curtis, Cushin, Garret Davis, Dawson, Deberry, Dennis, Dellet, Ed. warıls, Evans, Evereti, Fillmore, Rice Garland, Gates, Gentry, Giddings, Goggio, Goode, Graham, Green, Grinnell, William 6. Hastings, llawes, Hill of Virginia, Hopkins, Hunt, Kempshall, Lincoln, McCarty, Marvin, Mason, Mitchell, Monroe, Morgan, Calvary Morris, Naylor, Nisbel, Osborne, Palen, Pope, Proffit, Randall, Rariden Rayner, Ridgway, Russell
, Salton stall, Sergeant, Simonton, Blade, Truman Smith, Stanly, Stuart, Taliaferro, Tillinghast
, Toland, Triplett, Trumbull, Under woou, John White, Thomas W. Williams, Lewis Williams, Joseph L. Williams, and C. H. Williams—83.
The question now recurring on the adoption of the resolution appended to the report of the majority,
Mr. ANDREWS, for reasons assigned by him, asked permission to be excused from voting; and the question being on granting leave, it was de. cided in the affirmative.
Mr. EVERE IT asked to be excused, for reasons which were read 10 the Hous; and on that motion he asked the yeas and nays; which having been ordered, were-yeas 70, nays 100.
So the House relused to excuse him. Messrs. BRIGGS, ADAMS, LINCOLN, L. WILLIAMS, DAWSON, MONROE, WADDY THOMPSON, POPE, CAMPBELL of Tennessee, BOND, SERGEANT, CUSHING, POFFIT, CALHOUN of Massachusetts, BELL, SALTONSTALL, SLADE, DAVIS of Kentucky, STANLY, EVANS, ALFORD, BOTTS, HILL of Virgivia, RARI DEN, OGLE, JOHNSON of Maryland,j and FILLMORE, successively rose, and esked to be excused, or sad that they would refuse to vote for various reasons, such as that they had not heard the volume of testimony read; that the parties had not been heard at ihe bar of the House; and that they could not sufficiently understand the merits of the question from the reading of the reports of the minority and majority of the committee. The House refused those who made such a request, and did not comsel those who said (regardless of the rol-s) that they would not voie. Tne excuses are of too great length for this day's paper.
Mr. CAMPBELL of South Carolina aid, as the burden of the excuse seemed to be thai the gentlemen did not sufficiently understand the subject conscientivusly 10 vote, he would, 10 afford gentlemen an opportunity to read the reports which bad been read at the table, and ordered to be printed, move that the House adjourn.
Mr. PROFFIT and inany of the Wnigs objected, and Mr. P. deinandel the yeas and navs; which were ordered, and were-yeas 34, nays 107, as fol. lows:
YEAB_Messrs. Boyd, A V. Brown, William O. Butler. By. num, Calhoun, John Campbell, Chapman, Coles, Curtis, Dana, Davee, Davies, Dawson, Edwaida, Fornance, Galbraithi, John Hastings, tlook, Hopkins, Lewis, McKay, Marvin, Alontanya, Petrikin, Stark weather, Stuart Sumpter. Taylor, Francis Thomas, Jacub Thompson, Underwood, David D. Wagener, Warren, and Christopher H. Williams-34.
NAYS-Messrs. Alford, H. J. Anderson, Atherton, Banks, Beauty, Beirne, Bell, Blackwell, Bond, Betts, Briggs, Albert G. Brown, Burke, Carr, Casey, Chint, Chiltenden, Clark, Clifford, Connor, Craig, Cranston, John Davis, John W. Davis, G. Davis Dentis, Dellei, Doan, Dromgoole, Duncan, Earl, Easiman, Ely, Evans, Fillmore, Fisher, Floyd, hice Garland, Gates, Goggin, Graham, Green, Gringell, Hammond, Hand, William s. llastings Hawes, Hawkins, Hill of Virginia, Hubbard, Hunt, Jackson, James, Jam-son, Joseph Johnson, William Cosi Johnson, Naihaniel Jones, John W. Jones, Kemble, Kemp.
shall, Leet, Lucas. McClellan, McCulloch, Mallory, Marchand, Mason, Medill, Morgan. Newhard, Ogle, Osborne. Parrish, Par. menter, Parris, Payoter, Pope, Prentiss, Proffi!. Ramsey, Rari. den, Reynolds, Ridgway, Rives, Edward Rogers, Russell, Samuels, Sergeant, Simonton, Slade, Truman Smith, Stanly, Steenrod, Swearingen, Sweney. Philip_F. Thomas, Toland, Tripleti, Trumbull, Turney, Edward D. White, Wick, Jared W. Williams, Thomas W. Williams, Henry Williams, Lewis Williams, and Worthington-107.
[ll will be perceived, by reference to the yras and nays above, that, although the Whigs com. plained that they could not vote, because they had not been afforded an opportunity to read the leslimony, (which was printed, and ready to be laid on the table,) they voted against the adjournment. That is, all those who voted for the adjourpment, (which would have afforded an opportunity to read the testimony,) with the exception of len, were Democrats. The motion to adjourn compelled the Hoose to vole immediately on the adoption of the resolution.]
Mr. HAWES and Mr. TRIPLETT asked to be excused, but the House refused to excuse them.
The question now being on the adoption of the resolution reported by the majority of the commitlee, (declaring those who were now holding seals as Representatives from New Jersey, were entitled to said seats)
Mr. EVANS demanded the yeas and nays; which, having been ordered, were-yeas 101, nays 22; just a quorum, as follows:
YEAS--Messrs. Judson Allen, Hugh J. Anderson, Atherton, Banks, Beatry, Beirne, Blackwell, Boyd, Aaron V. Brown, Albert G. Brown, Burke, William 0. Butler, Bynum, John Campbell, Carr, Casey, Chapman, Clifford, Coles, Connor, Craig, Crary, Dana, Davee, John_Davis, John W. Davis, Doan, Doig, Dromgoole, Duncan, Earl, Eastman, Ely, Fine, Fisher, Floyd, Fornance, Galbraith, Hammond, lland, John Hastings, Hawkins, Hill of North Carolina, Pillen, Kolleman, Holmes, Hopkins, Hubbard, Jackson, Jameson, Joseph John. son, Cave Johnson, Nathaniel Jones, John W. Jones, Keim, Kemble, Leadbelter, Leonard, Lucas, McCulloh, McKay, Mallory, Marchand, Medill, Miller, Montanya, Montgomery, Samuel W. Morris, Newhard, Parrish, Pa menter, Parris, Paynter. Petrikin. Pickens, Prentiss, Ramsey, Reynolds, Rhett, Rives, Elward Rngers, Samuels, Thomas smith, Stark. weather, Steenrod, Strong, Sumter, Swearingen, Sweney, Tay. lor, Francis Thomas, Philip_F. Thomas, Jaceb Thompson, Turney, Van derpoel, David D. Wagerer, Watterson, Wick, Jared 'W. Williains, Henry Williams, and Worthington-101.
NAYS–Messrs. Boits. Briggs, Carter, Chinn, Chittenden, Mark A. Cooper, Cranston, Fillmore, Goggin, Green, Hawes, James, Mason Morgan, Ogle, Osborne, Pope, Ridgway, Truman Smith, Thomas W. Williams, and Joseph L. Williams-22.
So the resolution was adopled.
Mr. McCLELLAN of Tennessee said he had, a few minutes before the vole was taken, stepped out of ihe House, and did not return until after his name was passed. He asked permission of the House to allow him lo vole. He wished to vote for the adoption of the resolution. Several members objected, and Mr. M. was not allowed to vote.
[It would be proper to state that when the roll was first callel, se eral of the Wnigs only voted, and finding that the Democra ic vute was not sufficient to constilule a quorum, some of those who said that they could not vote for or against Ihe reso. 1. tion, without doing injustice to one set of claim. ants or t e other, or doing violen' e to their conscience, recanted for the purpose of making a quoru a, and voted against the resolution, viz: Messrs.' POPE, OGLE, HAWES, FILLMORE, BOTTS, and BRIGGS.]
On motion, the House, at a quarter past nine o'clock, p. m. adjourned.
certain banks in the District of Columbia and to prevent the circulation of the notes of unincorporated associacions within the said District," appro. ved March 3, 1817. This law takes away the rights of the whole to give privileges to a few to found a monopoly. This monopoly has fallen by the expiring of the law. This abridgment of ihe rights of the whole, can no longer aid the defunct banks. They can no longer discount as a chartered company. Why then should individuals be prohibited within the fen miles square, from doing what individuals every where else may do? Why should they be deprived of using their money or tunds as they may see proper in discounting notes, or other securities for ihe payment of money? In my opinion, the prohibition should fall with the monopoly. It was designed for the benefit of the banks, and rights were taken from natural persons, to vest them in artificial persons. The artificial persons are now dead, so far as relates to the exclusive privilege of discounting. Is it not just and proper that those rights, thus taken for a purpose which no longer can be reached, should be restored to those from whom they were laken? I therefore ask the unanimous consent of the Senate to introduce a bill to repeal ibis extraordinary abridgment of the rights of the natural being, for the benefit of the artificial being. The bill which I have the honor to submit to the Senate merely repeals this odious, extraordinary and injudicious prohibition. I think the subject demands immediate action.
By upanimous consent the bill was introduced; and, having been read,
Mr. WALL asked that it might have its second reading at that time.
Mr. SMITH of Indiana asked if the secon reading was required merely for reference.
Mr. WALL said ihat the provisions of the bill was so simple there could be no necessity for resea rence. He Therefore desired that the Senate would read it a second time now for the purpose of consideration.
Mr. SMITH of Indiana objected to this, and the bill was read a second time, and referred to the Commitiee on the Judiciary.
NORTHEASTERN BOUNDARY. Mr. WILLIAMS, on leave, introduced a bill authorizing the President, and appropriating $25,000 to explore and survey the Northeastern boundary between Maine, New Hampshire, and the British Provinces. Read twice by consent, and ordered to be engrossed: subsequently read a third time and passed.
Mr. SMITH of Indiana offered the following:
Resolved, That the Committee on Finance be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making an appropriation to enable the President of the Unie ted States to hold a council with the Miami Indians for the purpose of treating for the purchase of the reserves held by them in the State of India ana, should be deem it expedient to hold such conocil.
Mr. S. said he would make a word of explanalion. It was desirable that a treaty should be held as contemplated in the resolution; and as the Se. pate had decided that an appropriation by law lo hold the same should precede ihe convention of the council, he had brought the matter to the conside ration of the Senate in the proper manner. H@ desired the question to be submitted to the Committee on Finance, for the purpose of enabling that cominillee to make an amendment to the bill from the House on the subject of Indian appropriations, which would shortly be before it. He hoped the resolution would be acted upon now. The committee, he had no doubt, would give the subject its consideration at the proper time.
The resolution was agreed to, and the accompanying papers referred.
On motion of Mr. MOUTON, the Committee on Private Land Claims was discharged from the further consideration of sundry memorials, heretofore referred to the Commillee on Agriculture, and not acted on by then.
The adverse reports of the Committee of Claims on the memorials of citizens of Jackson county, Alabama, and of other citizens of Alabama, were laken up and agreed to.
Ou molion of Mr. DAVIS, the Committee on
Friday, July 17, 1840. Mr. WALL asked the unanimous consent of the Senate to in'roduce a bill, entitled "An act to remove restrictions upon discounting notes, and other securities in she the District of Columbia.”
Perhaps it was not generally known to the public, or even to Congress, that there exists a probibition in the laws of Congress, against any unchar tered lanking company, or any association, partnership, or company of individuals, within ihe District of Co. lumbia, discounting any notes, or other securities, for the payment of money, under a penalty of not less than $100, and not more than $500; and all such, discounted contrary to the provisions of the said act, are declared utierly void. This extraordinary annihilation of the rights of the many for the benefit of the rew, is to be found in the 29 and 31st sections of “An act to incorporate the subscribers to