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canal; to the aggregate 22. miles porches, the
tAiinated cog. Whereof la "270,681 32. The whole
extent of new works partially put undo. contract
under the last mentioned act_is_idthe ng gregatek
bout 267 miles, which added to 426 Briley of canal
already finished will, when the whole shall be
completed, form en exiont of improventent by Ca
nals & Rail Roads of 693 miles.
• Thb whole estimated cost of the works contrac
ted for in virtue of the provisions of the act last
mentioned is $5,750,05 71. For the details in re
ference to hoW far the funds arising from the loan
negotiated under, the act of2lst March last, will
be available, end what sum will be required to be
borrowed for. the further prosecution of the several
works to completion, I beg leave to refer the Gene
ral Assembly to the Report of the Board of Canal
Of the works recently put under mitrect and
whish have just bean enuineratcd,llie Columbia
and - Philadelphia Rail Road, the Allegheny Por
tage Rail Road and the Frankstown or Juniata
fine of Cinat and slack water navigation, are im-
portant connecting links of the line of improve
ments between Philadelphia and Pittsburg, with
out which the several detached lines or divisions
which they are intended to connect, would remain
comparatively unproductive. The works contrac
ted for on the North and West. -branch - divisions
on the Susqnehanna aro extensions into the Coal
regions of these several districts which will, it is
expected, add largely to the active business of
, those several lines of Canal, give vigor arid en
ergy to the industry of those sections of the State,
&by affording the means of conveying a valuable
• and now almost indispensable mineral to market
will greatly increase the comforts of th,i citizens
of this and of other States and render the main
branches of" hich they are extensions highly use
ful and profitable. The improvements from the
Allegheny river at the mouth of French creek,
and up that. creek to the French creek feeder; as
alsethat from the Ohio River at theAnouth of the
Big Beaver creek, and up that creek to the town
of New Castle,will afford great accommodations
lo a and textile district of country, and by
• opening safe communications by water to the Al
legheny and Ohio rivers,-will stimulate the forth
er enterprise of its many enterprising citizens,
and facilitate the conveyance of their numerous,
diversified and valuable productions to the several
ivioula beg leave here to suggest the propriety of
making an appropriation at this session, sufficient
to connect the French creek , feeder with the
French creek and the Conneaut lake, according
to the original design, as without such connection
it must always rennin a most useless and Immo
. ductive work, but if so connected, it may become
useful and conduce greatly to increase the busi
ness upon the French creek improvement, and to
render that a profitable navigation. ft is anxiously
loped that the -means for finis tug as severe
works now under contract aunt in active progress
will be liberally furnished, and that nothing will
be omitted that may have a tendency to facilitate
their completion, and to render them productive,
in order that the State may soon realize the abun
dant harvest from them which their extent and
the magnificent scale on which they are construe
_ ted, give so much reason to anticipate. The whole
. amount of Money which has Wen paid to the
Treasurer of the board of Canal Commissioners,
i.pto the 23d of Nov. was $12;334,488 62, of this
num, 0,092,702 37 have been received by him
since the date of the last report of the board of Ca.
nil Clinkrnissioners, out of which the sum of $l,-
20,266 07 was paid out for repairs and damages
connected with and.on account of the contracts
entered into prior to the year 1830, in which year
but 3i miles of canal was authorised to be con
strutted. This sum of 02,334,488. 62, with the
additions that will be required to finish the save.
rat works, may seem large-to most of my fellow
eitiaensrand to constitute a debt that neither wo
nor our posterity will he able to discharge. lam
not one of those who believe a public debt to be a
public blessing, nor would I willingly lend my
ail as a public functionary to involve the coin
- rnonwealth in a visionary scheme of imaginary
improvement, the success or practicability of
which would be entirely of doubtful experiment,
' and the utility orpublic advantage of which would
be altogether problematical or uncertain. Neith
er of these is in my opinion tho case with the plan
of improvements now prosecuting in this State;
but if it were otherwise, there has been no period
within the last two years when the progress of the
system could have been arrested without produ
cing cionsequenCes not only involving inextricable
ruin and destruction of individual contractors and
others, largely engaged in the construction of the
works,but the State itself in difficulties of the most
'disastrous character, from.which it could not have
been extricated without incurring the imputation
of pursuing a.vacillating course of policy, and 'of a
want of good-faith in its transactions with indi.
vidnals ; besides being justly chargeable with a
want of that bold and magnanimous , spirit 1.-;' en
wealth - .and prosperity she enjoys in such profu-.
-indulger-the-toe_-froin ten-to twelve millions of
anilthe - abatidonment to ruin and entire
destruction of worket.which •when finished would
tie considered prow montlifilitTaTorniiififylifii: -
nia's wisdom and greatness; but if abandoned,
mist and. inevitably _Would bo considered the de
grading MOMlMailt3 - tir Ifeilliibb - ollity — tirTii - Roily;
would, I should suppose, satisfy the most scepti
eal of the disgrace and ignomy to which such a
courstrOf policy must necessarily have subjected
her besides, without in that case possessing a sin
gle work of valuable improvement within the
State;-her dobt, with all the interest accumulating
thereon,would,without any aid to be derived from
- euy,other, source, be drawnfrom the pockets of
the people by a heavy and burdensome taxation.
, If we may judge from the operations of the Now.
York Canalswhich, in that groat State, have in
the course ofa few years, caused cities to"spring
• *RID the midst of a howling wilderness, and the
A . iddonzeas itself to bo converted into fruitful
„SWF ',ad to become the resort of the industrious
: 1 4041.
,Opferprizing from all sections of the country,
which from their almost incredible produe
fiVe,,poo room :leave no roofor doubt that in the course
of a vary few yearn they _„will not only pour into
the Treasury of the State the millions which their
`construction cost, but will produce a revenue
thereafter permanent and - ample for 'all the pur
poses to which the State may desire to apply it;
we can smugly permit ouraillveir to entertain a
doubt that a similar state of prosperity and sue
,Fess awaits us and will . iii a short time manifest
• - siseltin the operations. uporieur own public work;
*kW means of giving full employment to our Ca
w& acsk Rail Roods, when they shall have been
finished t being at least equal to if not greater than
there of therState of New York. The abundance
ofour coal and Won, of the formor of which . they
• ' moose none, and of -the' latter comparatively bilt
mail quantities,. will give our works , advantazel
in reference to theii active business which theirs
de uot'popleos; in all other respects, toe thn•quati
• . VI . or our agricultural and other p i rodUctions
. . w hich will require transportation to market, and
!willow/4 that., by the canals and rail roads; will
Walkout etiuskin theirs. May we not then in-
Aatile the vary,raasonable hope that, if their pub
. lip ssorkalkili in a 14w years pay for themselves by
. the Roviaose they produce, ours swill do so like.
• wipreirfwil wall only exesoise sufficient patience to
- , sole diowd,oishod and *nod i4e. condition 'to at.
*.solaplieb.sesitionrabie, but at Me same time so
."\ a mitt t. • . , .
7 \ . ,oikaiiip ,thet unusually ptot ranted . aid) ,
.. = . amilbe Oontluued nude of humidity
~ • 1 INKNOUie PrCKIIIC# ill'•• • CoiriellteMeo 91 r it
. .. . ~
Tittle t public work§, which had beenfinish
ted in the Ell of the last and early in the
spring of the present year, were not so
productive as had been. anticipated._ The
works being new, the frequent heavy rains
affected the banks of the canals which had
not become snfficiently settled rind firm,
and produced repeated breaches, in conse
quence of which the navig l titm was often in
terrupted and rendered precarious and un
,regard - to the - delays which were ne
cessarily by that means occasioned, which
begat a ; Want of confidence in the i,:ecurity
against the hindrance and want of expedi
tion to which the transportation of produce
to market or for return lading upon the ca
nals would- thus necessarily he exposed.
The heavy freshets too which swelk4l the.
,Kiskeminetas rivers to an
extraordinary height, caused great injury
and destruction to the public ..works along
the western division of the canal: and the
dam at Leechburg, or a large proportion of
it having been carried on; it became, neces
sary to construct a new one; this work be
ing an extensive one, required considerable
time for its accomplishment, and caused
operations on that division of the canal to
he protracted from early in the mouth of
July, uatil the present time, but it is rapid
ly approaching a state when the water will
again he introduced, and the navigation re
stored to its former prosperous and usefid
condition. The several divisions of the Penn.
canal which. have recently been in a condii
tion fo4: safe and active navigation, and Which
give great prom* of realizing all the solid
future, which the friends of the system have
not ceased to anticipate from thorn, are the
Eastern division from Middletown to Dun
can's Island, 24 miles in length, part of the
Susquehanna division from the out-let lock
at Duncan's Island to th - ewrimierreetarnrof
the Juniata division, one mile and fifty-eight
hundredths long: the Juniata division extend
ing from Duncan's-Island to section No. 184; •
of a mile above the.. town of Huntingdon
in Huntingdon county, ly3ing , fo 5-100 miles
in length. The Susquehanna division ex
tending also from Duncan's IS4nd to the
south end of the towing path bride at Nor
thumberland, being 39 - miles in length, in
cluding one 58-100 mile above mentioned;
the Worth Branch division extending from :
its intersection with.. the West Branch, in•
the basin at the town of Northumberland
to 'the feeder dam at Nanticoke falls, being
5511 miles in length,.and the Western divi
sion above mentioned, extending from Johns
town,• in the county of Cambria, to the out
let lock into the Monongahela at Pittsburg,
being 104 miles and 33-100 of a mile, to
which may be added the Delaware diVision
from Bristol to Easton, being in length 59-
miles, and into which throughout its whole
length, it is understood the water has been
very recently admitted.
The amount.of tolls received upon the
several divisions of the canal (owing to the
causes I have mentioned) up to the 31st
October last, was 836,241 20. It is estima
ted that the receipts into the treasury from
that scource, will in the whole of the next
season amount to the sum of 0150,000.
For the state of the pnblic'works now un
der contract and the time of their probable
completion you are respectfully referred to
the report of the canal commissioners
which will contain, in detail, all the
necessary information in reference to the
various subjects connected with the internal
improvement of the State.
It is a fact; that redounds greatly to the
honor of this State, and the recollection of
it must always be gratifying to its citizens,
that Pennslyvania was the first State in the
,Union to commence' and prosecute with
success the improvement of her interal con
dition. The first turnpike road ever con
structed in the United States is indebted thr
its commencement and completion to the
State - of . Pennsylvania, - tind although-avarice
and prejudice had well nigh. demolished
that proud monument, the Philadelphia and
Lancaster turnpike- road, ' reared by the
spirit of improvement_ that manifested itself,
aiseearly p_ericitLbyafiej•ce and yiolent
opposition to it in all its stages; still perse:
verance overcattoopposition; the highly
useful and valgahl* ente rp rise was eventual
ly completotk*Abe distance between
Philadelphilit'and : 'Lancaster, which-before
its cotistrution required nearly as much
time to travel it as now occupies the mail
stage to perform'the journey between Phil
adelphia and Pittsburg, is now travelled in
leas than a single day. . The success of this
substantial and highly useful memorial of
the determined perseverance of its pro.
jector, , caused the. spirit, of irepreyemen(to
spread throughout every portion of the state
and although the spirit of opposition contin
ued, those of . improVement and of patriotism
triumphed, ..and we have now within ,this
happy, commonwealth, more than 2,500
miles of turnpike- roads, and notwithstand
ing the uniform oppomtion that-has always
manifested itself Eigaiiiii• every attempt to
enter upon a new project of improvement,
Pennsylvania• has now within her limits in
ternal improveinents, consisting of turnpike
roads, canals, railways and bridges, all of
them constructed since the year 1791, for
which there has been .disbursed from the
publiestreasurit of the State; and by corpo
rations, a sum exceeding $37,000,000; and
yet, after all-these large` disbursements, Pa.
has not been 'impoYerished, nor is she less
prosperous now than she was before the im
provements were constructed, arst the dis
bursements made :" on the cont*y, her
prosperity has been greatly . enlarkedoind
the wealth, the counsortis and the lilippiness
of her pee* have most astonliOrgly in
creased. - Whet wnuld have hepn the cerldjw
Wail et eennsylyartia, if her turnpike rondos
.had never beericonstriicted and her bridges
had not beet:l'll4o In tbat case instead' of
l'omie.Tt.ing,7nelextensiviii..lerritery of fertile
~. . . ,
and - luxuriant• .soils.-iininently improved, J these worts shlir be Commended and prove
studded with aumerotissplendid and, highly ,t cuted with a` vieW to their final completion.
cultivated farms, embellished with heauti. I 7 The act of incorporation, long sought for
ful and ‘z.• übstannai dwelling houses and barns i by the i eitizens of York conntv, granting
exhibiting one continued scene of abundance : thenil.he Privilege of constructijig a rail read
wealth, and continually increasing prosper- to the Maryland line, might, it seems to me,
ity and comfort; the consequences
of . the be: extended fo that enterprizind people,.
encottragement giving, by the opening. oli without the, danger of compromising the in
those numerous avenue to market, to indus. 1 terests of the State of Pennsvlvania—w hen
try and enterprise, andthe strong induce- i all are to bear their proportion Of the public
meat, to increase production thus excited; burthens, it is hut reasonable that all should
wo should present an immense unimproved participate in the publicbvielits..
surface, with here and there a hut, a sloven.. I have received, during the recess of the
ly, careless, indillerent state of agriculture, legislature, from the GoveriZs ofthe States
which the want of eecourageinent by open. ufConnecticut, New-Hampshire, and Maine,
ing the necessary avenues and convenien- communications enclosing Resolutions of
ces to market, will always produce, and a their respective State Lee,islatures, copies
state of squallid poverty and wretchedness of which will be laid before you.
that would contrast badly with the richness . All the ditties enjoined upon the executive
of our soil, and the numerous advantages by the I —or by resolutions of the legiski,
wit deli the God of nature has favored ture, aVe been promptly discharged.
us,, and which he designed we should im- ith the-assurance of a most cordial co.
prove with •a view to an increase of our cum- operation with you-in all such ceilstitutional
forts and happiness. Measures as you shall in vein• wisfloin deem-
The northern and western regions of
Pennsylvania present strong claims fur le,
irislative attention to their several interests,
and their respective wants. Possessing
throughout a rich and exuberantly produc-
tivc soil, a healthy climate and a capacity to
admit ola numerous and dense population,
and eminently calculated to confer on that
population i the blessings of health and abun
dance, which in connexion with tile cheap
ness of the soil, camautfail to hold Mit strong.
inducements to the emigrant, and especially
to the young, the industrious and the'enter
prising -to seek for the comforts an&advan.
tans in those sections of the. State which are
denied to them elsewhere.
The rapid increase of pop e elation in that
region of the west, which lies between Pitts
_ Imre aruLLake..Erie,..,and th_ospirit of enter
prise and improvement which is every where
visible, the active industry and intelligence
of its population, its mineral productions and
its entire adaptation to t kvery species of pro
dnetion known to agriculture, or to the most
enlarged_ state of proficiency to which hus
bandry has attained 7. °lye it strong claims to
a participation in the aUVantages of the pub
lic- improvement pow constructing by the
State, by openings iViie of communication
from Pittsburg to_ Erie Harbour by such
route as shall be deemed to possess the great
est possiille advantages.,; The great superi
ority whieli U line of improvement, connect
ing the 'great eastern and western waters
with Lake2Erie; would have over the Erie
canal, in the' State of New York, by present
ing an opthi and safe navigation from four to
six weelo earlier in the spring, and from two
to four weeks later in the fall than that af
forded by the great New York improvement,
would not fail to draw int&this State, a large
proportion of the trriefrom the territory of
Michigan,4nd also f that o f the State of
Olio. The rapid settlement, and,
mense advantages that would immediately
result from "sucti,an improvement, would not
only tend-to increase the prosperity of an
immense 'fertile territory, but would add
largely to the general wealth, and eminently '
increase the power, the strength and re
sources of the State.
The same observations which have been
made with regard to the great western re
gion, will - apply with all their force to that
of the north, and to its valuable, enterprising
and industrious population. The people on
the North Branch of the Susquehanna, pre
sent, it is believed, as strong claims to legis
attention, with regard to a distribution
of its scheme of improvements and an ex
tension of them into that region from the end
of the canal now constructing on the North
Branch, to the line dividing this State from
t hat-of Ne,w- York, as-can be presented from
any quarter. A canal or slack water navi
gation to the State ling, would, by a canal
for a distance-orsixteen miles from thence to
theLtown :oftlatirtoll4o7Stthi2f N,Yerlc,_
give a . oonnection-thVt - gh-the-Chernung &
Seneca eanalS, aid , 1 - Sengtr . and Cayuga
canale T with-the:_: :7, !:., ,ad Erie ca
nal, and thus epen a , (~ " ter communication
with 'all the interior - to ! , Y.- :State of N. York.
An examination`. ancrwrvey - - of -- ilve — tatte --
from the waters of theliSuSqUehanna to the
Sene s ce lake was deemed sufficiently impor
tant by the legislature to . have authorized
and caused it to be made timing the admin
istration of the late Governor Snyder. It
is believed that the advantages resulting
from such an improvitmentwould be meal'
culable—it would pot4ess nil the advantages
in common with a cornmunication with lake.
Erie above referred tet, in regard to a more„
early and late navigation in the Spring and
Fall than any, of the New York canals.
would atiiird. Mich dfthe produce-of that
great and productive sate wouktfind vent i
to the eastern and Belem marls is by the
Pennsylvania canal, an the sett and plaister
that would be brought into.thr4 State from
the State of New Ye“, arson the coal and:
iron that would..be takM f r irOm Pennsylvania
into that Stay:in return NVOuld it is'believed
abundantly justify the terprize.
The improvement el l e navigation of the
Monongahela by men . of a slack water
navigatiod from, near ttsburg to Browns
ville in the county oft' ette, and the final
extension of the canal f in Easton to. Car
Point on the Re ware, are subjects,
it is believed, too bilk taut to escape the
attention of the. legiSlat e.
, . •
Having pointed out 1 1
tages which would resul
inents contemplated in
West and of the N rth
propriety of improvi 11
lg ontinOhela Nal of 1
canal from Enstonalon 4
aware to : Carpeet4 , ls
you ; to:WhOui the ieve..
Wealth,hioie been Ctinm
• i .
they can . a.one ho app
wheai in what muuvr,
On Naval Affairs—llottrian, Carson, White of
N. Y., Anderson, Branch, Milligan, Nif atmough.
On Foreign Affairs—Archer, Everett of Mass.
Taylor, Polk, Crawford, Barnwell, Way no.
On the Territories—Kerr of Md., Creighton,
\Yin. B. Shepard, Williams of N.C., Huntington,
Allen of ICy., Roane.
On Revolutionary Pensions—Bubbard, 'sacks,
Mitchell of S. C., Donny, Pendleton, Doubleday,
On Invalid Pensions—Burgess, Ford, Evans of
Mr Ise, Reed ofN. Y, Appleton, - Lansing,Southard..
Revisal and Unfinished BusinosP—Retid of
frlass.. Kinnon, Soule. _
Of Accounts—Allen of Va., Bard, Bergen:
On Expenditures in the Department of State.—
Lent, Evans of Pa., McKay. ' - .
On Expenditures in the Departmentofthe Tree
.au ry--S te pile ris, lie . ard w al/iiViitzg e r all'.
-, On Expenditlires,.in thiii•Department of War--
Aug. H. Sheppard, Mann, Felder.
On Expenditures in the Department of the Na
vy Maxwell, Hall of Tenn., Harper.
On E.ipendittires in the Department of the Post
Office—Hawes, Bates of Maine, Broadhead of N.Y.
On I.4peeditiii ea on flit Public Bthldings—
Young, Splncer, Tracy. .
,ffeuse, afterwards, - on motion of
Mr. Wayne, went into a Connnittee - of the
Whole ou the state of the Union, Mr. Adair
in the Chair.. A series of resolutions ap
portioning the subjects discussed in the
President's Message among the respective
committees to which their nature refers,
was introduced by. Mr. Wayne. A short
but animated discussion arose on a proposi
tion ei that gentleman to refer the subject
of the. Bank of the United States til a Select
corainittee. Mr.' McDuftie pro d_inkti,-'
raelidnrent . which. fipallyprevaoreferfaig
it tn'the Standing Committee eCnit#,. and
Meatis. - -„ •The resolutions werelOpted,With
various modifications tuad additions, the mnst
important of 'Whicl) *Qt 'e. resolutions iii . r . tfief
appointment', pr ; seleo,-ouri*itute..ttee:
114b.jecl i nf. Ow pcitiint Ihw4i.ati4 acir,pp4oo.-
a eminent qdven
' from the improve
e tegions of the
and sirgge*d "the
o navigation of the .
• extension Rif the
he line of-the Del
`'at, it remains for
—of the eornmon
• • Ei,." HO by vi i htup .
I , liatea .. to 0494
!icl tok.wiiat.Oxclent -
NC' r si •
it expedient to adopt lot the public good, 1
commend von to the dinection and guidance
of Him who alone can lead von, in the course
of your deliborations, to wise and hallo: re
sults: GEORGE 11'OL . F.,
llarrisburg, Dec'. 7,
C 0.1 RE, BS.
Twenty-Siponci. Congre9B'n..lPirut SeKnion:
In the Senate, yesterday, the Hon. John
C. Calhoun, Vice President ofthe U. States
took his seat as presiding officer of the Sen
ate. Messrs. Tazewell of Virginia, Bibb
of Kentucky, Forsyth of Gi:, , orgin, Brown - of
North Carolina and Buckner of Missouri,
also appeared and took their seats. Petitions
.were presented• ky Messrs. Prentiss, Rug
gles, Grundy, Smith, Kane, Wilkins and
Dudley; and resolutions were submitted by
Messrs. Marcy, llayne and Chambers. The
election of the .officers of the Senate was,
on motion of Mr. Chambers, postponed to
Monday next. After the consideration of
Executive business the Senate adjourned.
Numerous petitions and memorials were
presented in - the - House of Representatives
yesterday, the second Monday of the ses
sion being the first petition day. Among
them were 15 from citizens of the society
of Friends in Pennsylvania, - prtiying for the
consideration of the question of slavery,
with a view to its abolition, and for the abo
lition of the traffic in slaVes within the Did,:
trict of ColuMbia. ThB petitions were pre
sented by Mr. John Quincy Adams, and
were refered to the Committee on the Dis
trict. The Speaker laid before the House
a, communication from the Secretary of the
Treasury, transmitting the antual estimates
f0r.1834, together with sever other public
documents, which were dispo dof in the
.ordinary manner. The usual Sta ding Corn-
InittOCS Were aranninwnel !ICI 111111.11.VR:
A Committee of Election was appointed, con
sisting of 9lesrti..4 - 7fiiifiCiril'e,'"ltandolph, Holland,
Griffin, BetbuilcCollier, Arnold.
Of Ways and Mlians—MeDuffie, Verplancic,
Ingersoll, Gilmore, Aleiander, Wilde, Gaither.
Of Claims—Whittlesey, Barber of Con., Mcln
tire, Patton, I brie, Hogan, Bendier.
land, Lamar, Newton, Davis of Mass., Jarvis.
On the Public Lansy r --Wicklitfe, Duncan, Ir
vine, Hunt, Clay, Boon, Tnunimer.
On the Post Office and Post Roads—Johnston,
of Ken., Conner,_Rtissell, Pearce, Jewett, John
stun ofVa., Newnan.
On the District ofeolumbia—Doddridg, Wash
ington, Semmes, Armstrong, Thomas of Md. Mc-
Coy of Pa., Chinn.
On the Judiciary—Davis of S.C., Ellawerth,
Daniel, White of Lou., Foster, Gordon, Beardsley.
On Revolutionary Claims—Muldentirg, Nue-
Bouldin, Crane, Bates of Mass., Hainwons,
On Public Expenditnres—llall of 1\1,C., Daven
port, Lyon, Thomson of Ohio, Cuulter, Pierson,
IlenrY, H. King.
On Privato Land Clai.ns—Johnson of Ten, Coke,
Stifnherry, Mardis, Marshall i -Carr-bflinl,liullard„
-Horn, Dayun, Worthington, -Bat hour of Va.
On AgricultuTe—Root, McCoy of Va., Smith of
Pa., ( dler; -- Junifer;WftreletToin-plint
On Indian Affairs—Bell, Lewis, Thompson of
Geo., Angel, Storrs, Mason, Lecompte.
On Military Ailairs—Dray ton, Vance, Blair of
S. "MitcIaTWALITSptVif;ATITiK - Wirrt -- 7 --- - -
TuEsmtv, Dec. 13.
&tent for debt; and, at 3 o'clock, the House
adjourned. . - , • •
• WEDNEpDAY, Dec. 14.
In the Senate, yesterday, petitions were
Presented by Messrs. 'Silsbee, Tyler, Nati . 7
Hain, Tomlinson, King, Moore, Seymour,
Robinson,- Wilkins, and Bibb. The resolu
tion submitted by Mr. Marcy, authorizing a
subscription to the Register of Debates,'
published hy*Gales & Seaton, and as amend
ed, to the Debates in Convention - on the
adoption of the Constitution, published by
Jonathan Elliot, Was considered and agreed
to. Mr. Poindexter, on leave, introduced a
bill authorizing appeals, writs of error and
supersedeas' to the Sepreme Court in certain
cases, which was twice read and referrred
to the Committee on the Judiciary.
In the House of Representatives, yester
day, petitions and inemorials were continued
to he pre:;ented. Upon one ofthem, a me
morial presented by Mr. Ellsworth, a long
discwsion took place. It was oh the sub
ject of the French spoilations on American
commerce prior to 1E411: Mr. Ellsworth
moved its reference to a select committee;
but it w,-,as ultimately disposed of by a refer
ence to the'CoMniittce on Foreign Atfairs.
Thellouse . proceeded to the election of a
chaplain, acid on the first ballot, the Rev.
Reuben Postll;as elected, (there being flair
candidates) having received 87 out of 103
votes. Some discussion arose upon a reso
lution pposed by Mr. Mercer lbr tile ap
pointment hereafter, at the' commencement
of every session, of a standing committee of
Roads and Canals; The proposition was
opposed by Mr. Mitchell, of S.. C.; but be
forelt was decided on, the House, at three
In the Senate, yesterday, two messages
,were received from the President of the U.
States by 111. n. Done!son,- his Srretarr - the
one conveying the information called for by
the resolutions of the Bth instant, relative to
the capture, abduction, and imprisonment of
American citizens by the British authorities.
of New Brunswick; the other recommending
that cOmpensation and indemnity be-made
to the Master and crew of a Spanish brig for
their risk and losses in humanely rescuing_
the - crew of an American vessel from fire
and shipwreck. Several petitions and me
morials were presented, and the resolutions
Offered on Tuesday by Messrs. King, Moore
and Grundy, were considered and adopted.
The Senate adjourned at an early hour.
In the House of Representatives, Mr. Me
thane, from the CoMmittee WaVs and
Means, reported bilis for the relief otHenry
R. Tucker; of Robertson and narnewell,
and of William J. Quincy, and Charles E.
Quincy, They were severally, read twice,
conimfeted to a Committee of the Whole
teNnd made the order of the day for
toy. The'onsideration of Mr. Mercer's
resolution for the appoiutmeht of a standing
conarrii*ealida and canals was resumed,
and the subject was discussed until the close
of tt,e - 3untr . allotted to resolutions. Mr.
Speight, Mr. Doublebay, and Mr. Mitchell,
of' South Carolina, opposed the proposition
which was supported by Mr. Mercer. A
message was received frem the President
recounnending to the consideration of Con
(Tress the captain. and crew of the Spanish
brig, by whose generous and heroic conduct
upwards of sixty American citizens were'
recently rescued from the . ship .Minerva,
when that • vessel was destroyed by fire at.
sea. The ceinnamication and accompanyt
ing documents on the subject were read, and,
on nibtion of Mr. Cambreleng, referred-to
the Committee of ComMerce., The Speak
er presented a.itomemnictitien from Peter
Duponceatill*Ziffhiladelphia v on the sub
ject of the.eetture of silk, together with va
rious specimens of A merican growth.
They were referred! to the Committee on
Agriculture; and the House; at 2 o'clock,
FRIDAY Dec. 10. 1
In the Senate, yesterday,. but littlelegis . .. -
latiye business was transacted. The cre
dentints.ofthe Hon. Geo'. M. Dallas, elected
a Senator by the Legislature of the State of ,
Pennsylvania, to supply the vacancy - occa- 1,
D.- Barnard, were
...communicated by thoh
chair -and read. 'Mr., Cham hers gave' notice it
that he would,, to-morrow, ask leave to bring
in a bill to provide for the payment, to cer
tain of the States, of interest on advances _
made by them to the United States during
the late war; and Mr. Wilkins gave notice
that he would, on the same day, ask leave to —,
bring in a bill providing indemnity to Ame- .
rican citizens for b poi lat ions on their corn. ..
coerce, committed by the French prior to.
the year 1800. 4.fter a short time spent in
the consideration of Executive business, the 7'
Senate adjourned over to Monday next...—.
Mr. Webster was yesent 'and took his seat..
In the House of Reitresentatives,.yester. - -
day, the usual time .was taken up in the pre. ll,'
.sentation of petitions and memorials; :after '. 7
wnich.a More than ordinarynumber of res- .% .„
olutions were introduced. Mr. Drayton,. v
from the Committee on Military Affairs, re-
Ported a„. ball %'--. ,j,,, adjustment and settle-
merit oF4llit,.:! . 'l', '''.. orSouth Carolina upon
the Government 61 the United States which
was read twice and committed to a Commit
tee of the Whole; and at Mr.. Drayton's- in- .
stance, made the special order of theday tor.
Wednesday the .28th Decembet. .. . . ,
The House4hen again -took Etr Mr. Mel.- .1
.cer's --resolution for the appointment of - a. . !
:landing committee, on Roads and Canals; ,
which was, after considerable de - balei,.:deni-
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