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Ordered, That the Secretary notify the House of Representatives accordingly.

On motion,

The Senate adjourned to eleven o'clock on Monday morning.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1816.

The honourable Isham Talbot, from the State of Kentucky, arrived on the 6th inst. and the honourable George W. Campbell, from the State of Tennessee, arrived on the 7th, and severally attended this day.

The President communicated a report made in obedience to a resolution of the Senate of the 20th of April last, requiring the Secretaries of the Departments to report jointly to the Senate in the first week of the next session of Congress, a plan to ensure the annual settlement of the public accounts, and a more certain accountability of the public expenditure in their respective Departments; and

The report was read.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the motion for amending the rules of the Senate so as to appoint at each session certain standing committees: and

On motion by Mr. Barbour,

It having been amended,

On the question-"Shall this resolution be engrossed and read a third time?"

It was determined in the affirmative.

On motion by Mr. Sanford,

Ordered, That the consideration of the motions, of the 4th inst. for referring the Message of the President of the United States to select committees, be further postponed until to-morrow.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the inotion of the 2d inst. relative to the repeal of the compensation law.

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On motion by Mr. Tait,

To amend the same by striking out from the word That," in the 1st line, the remainder of the resolution, and inserting in lieu thereof, “a committee be appointed to inquire into the expediency of repealing or modifying the law passed the last session of Congress, entitled "An act to change the mode of compensation to the members of the Senate and House of Representatives, and the Delegates from Territories," with leave to report by bill or otherwise.

It was determined in the affirmative, yeas 24, nays 5.

On motion by Mr. Varnum,

The yeas and nays being desired by one fifth of the Senators present, those who voted in the affirmative, are

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Ordered, That Mr. Daggett, Mr. Fromentin, aud Mr. Ruggles be the committee.

On motion by Mr. Varnum,

That the Message from the President of the United States, of the 6th instant, relative to the act to authorize the payment for property lost, captured, or destroyed by the enemy, while in the military service of the United States, and for other purposes," be referred to a select committee to consider and report thereon.

On motion by Mr Lacock,

Ordered, That the further consideration thercof be postponed until Wednesday next.

Mr. Barbour gave notice that to-morrow he should ask Iave to bring in a resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United

States, relative to the compensation for the services

of the senators and

On motion,

representatives.

The Senate adjourned to eleven o'clock to-morrow morning.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10th, 1816.

On motion by Mr. Daggett,

Ordered, That Robert Sewall have leave to withdraw his memorial and

papers.

Mr. Williams called up the petition of Alfred M. Carter, of Tennessee, on behalf of himself and the other heirs of his deceased father, Landon Car ter, praying payment for an unliquidated loanoffice certificate for five hundred dollars, as stated in the petition, which was read.

The resolution for the appointment of standing committees having been reported by the committee correctly engrossed, was read a third time, and passed as follows:

Resolved, That it shall be one of the rules of the Senate that the following standing committees be appointed at each Session.

A Committee on Foreign Relations.

A Committee on Finance.

A Committee on Commerce and Manufactures.

A Committee on Military Affairs.

A Committee on the Militia.
A Committee on Naval Affairs.

A Committee on Public Lands.

A Committee of Claims.

A Committee on the Judiciary.

A Committee on the Post-Office and PostRoads, and

A Committee on Pensions.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Barbour asked and obtained leave to bring in the following resolution, which was read,

Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, That the following amendment to the Constitution of the United States be proposed to the legislatures of the several States, which, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the States, shall be valid, to all intents and purposes, as a part of the said Constitution: No law varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Reprcsentatives shall take effect until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

Ordered, That it pass to the second reading. A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Dougherty, their Clerk:

Mr. President-The House of Representatives concur in the resolutions for admitting the State of Indiana into the Union. And he withdrew.

Mr. Ruggles reported from the committee that they had examined, and found duly enrolled, the resolution for admitting the State of Indiana into the Union.

After the consideration of Executive business,

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