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'JaWJE OF BZPRESESTTATinS
; On notion ot Mr. Thomas it wasjfcsved!
that the Secretary of State be directed to lay
before the House a list of those person who
haye obtained patents for new invemiohs or"
improvements in the arts and sciences with,
general description of the patent right and,
the4ate tf the grant of the sarae ;.; ., -K V
A letter-received from the : SecffaYy. fl
State -Was read,; giving a statement .fhe I
American seamen impressed byJthe :bBlef??
et nations'.' The doc iinettaccoTflpany$ngl html
:jrere voluminous, ana -comameti toe names II
W fifteen hundred
inipreisea since me eoTOmewcement or, the:
present ' war hl'Enropii " I wa inovqd tb '
frint the doatmentv with thfJ letter from the
Secretary of State , but' the motion was with
Jrawn on the suggestion of a-'gtntleman that .,
it would be very expensive .( :;. : ; s- ; -
"Mr. Huger tailed wp the unfinished busi
ness of yesterday relative; to; calling on the
Secretary of the Treasury for a, return ,rif
" foreign shipping paying additional duties, an4
ine procroce oi ioe, pioncy pam imo uve
treasury.'-. Agreed to. J' s. , " -:f ; ......
' A message from thei $enate (by ,.Mr. 0s
their secretary informing that they had pas
sed thfl hill for completing the south wing, of
the' capital and other purposes with -an a
mendment, which on tnotiohof Mr. Tb'omp-.
son Was concurred n by' the house. Thii'a
mendment was t strike out the words far
the accommodation of the house of represen
tatives." The bill; is consequently passed,
and appropriates 1 36,000 fldHars.. A1so biII
for carrying into more complete effect the
10th article of the treaty with Spain, with an
amendment, which, was on .motion of. Mr.
Crowninshicld,' referred, to th comm'utee of
commerce and manufactures. . And the b
making an appropriation for the navy, of the
United States, during the year l8Q5Kwith. an
AYnmdment which received the unanimous
ebnenrrence of the'h'oose.""'
.Mr. Crowninshield observed, that .he was
nofin his place at the time the' letter rof .the
Secretary of State was read ; but he' under
ttood the report contained he names of more
thatfUOO'seinnen, impressed chiefly bf the
British. He hoped the honse woula not re-'
gard the expence of priating. . The United
States mght to know that a great number of
its citizens were detained by a foreign go-
vernment, and he had almost said in a state
ofsfaverv. certain!? contrarv to their inclina-'
tlon. We wantrdthe servics r, this useful
body of men. No foreign government had a'
ripht to authorise the seizure of American
citizfcirs. ' Ve know, that many outrages had
been committed on .their personal rights, and
he wished Ciingrcsato'petnt out a reniedy a
dequate to correct the evil.' The expence
of printing the list va no consideration with
hiro nd hi trusted the hot.se would agree
to it. ' ,
. . Mr. Jacfcyin- supported the propriety of
printing the whole doe uments, and the house
accordingly agreed to it by a large majority.
. Mn. Crowninshield said the house would
recollect, teat a list af impressed seamen
wsfamislred thie morning from the depart
rmit of state, which exceeded n number a
py tMng he bad expected. Ke thought these
iTpretMnnt OMght to 1m prevenUd, and that
ttfe nhjeot demanded Investigation. He hod
drafted' reotuUoii which he would ribmit
to the house having in view to 'connect this
with another very important subject. Many
grntiewian most have observed that some
Je peocUmatioHS had beer. Issued by theiro-
Jernorsof the several British Vestlndja Is
nd4 "interdicting "thAraencahlrare afftr
tUf nexU The proclamations bore date in
Ottober or Jfortsntor, and were to take ef
fect in six months. It appeared to him that
the British government wefe' determined to
exclude as from their islands i upon the' ex
pectation that their awn vessels would be
competent te carry the necessary supplies.
C said we ha a right to carry the pro
deftlonsoftht United-Slates in American
Utms, and he hopel we should never per
mit foreign ships te come to or porta and
carryon a exclusive trade with any country
whatever where our vesls were not allow
c I ttwsame privilege. Ills Intention was to
prevent the AmerUsn carrying trade to the
West-Indies frons Calling into the hands of o
tb'cr nitlons. He would at exclude fereign
Vfsiclt from, our orti 1 hut It ss lesirabls
fiat ir nirw export trada should not he me
npA!Wrd hr f'rtigners. The lubject was
,lT,!r Jmpottsnt ta this emintry. Will the
tVited'Htatee temtljr submit ta see some
of its best citisens torn from their families
and friends, without attempting something for
tltvirrtl'ttft Stall s'twthnr'cotmtry
pirsuirg mewn hosiik te our commercial
ri'fhHendtwslten sirvrttoeorrect themls
ehief 1 The WeiUadi Wnds dptwlrd en
the UnHrd States for thetr ordinary supplies,
. an.dor tcWUhaduswallf taitled! a larje
proportion of their carfoea a American aoi
COTt; but it appeared now that we. werif to'
be shut out troro this trade, and it was in fu-
L ture to be carried iai, lllptfeign vessels-, fal
- effectual reniedy woulf he ta prohibit the ex?
portation of ourprpdlutiona u foreign hot-;
.tomato alLports pf Jdgnds -vrith which wei
r.iWetenot peiinaUte.to'biaje: ifortiourse,. andf
.' in .prden that; the;ebjet taight?, QjidergQ, an
examination which .importance denjianded,i
le offered the following reaolu.Vion;, .Re-f
. solved, That thei committee, of Coniroercef
and ManuTacturea hWracted'to enqnire if:
pny, and what further provision be necessary i
Ajfor the protection; ofr b tflmprQe and . sea
.Mneii of the Unit.! isjl.ii!nd la enquire:
whether anv for,eigi)4oBivnha PPyl
-late rtgula;ionawtha;vw tp monopolie! a-4
,;ny brapch ofhe Aflupcw carrying trade, to!
f the exclwivebeaelfii'LajkPh oreign.ipu,ntjy, :
v to the agrkultaraj iossettare"aC;
the United S?s And ''J50 to enquire injto"
. the" expediency- of- prohibiting -the expoiai
tion from the, United Sutes, .of all goods and ,
, xnerchandiBe whatever, In foreign ships bound
to any portiWtth which the vessels ofhe .U
nited States-are npt allowed qomnunicaiion, .
or where a free unrestrained, .trade;, is not per
nlitttct in the. productions of the Uf States ; ,
.--imd that the committee be authovied to re
port by bill. or otherwise." ., : ,
i Mr., Randolph wished the resolution to lie
for consideration- a few days. . He would
mention Monday ; the gentleman had. said
it was an important subject, and if he had no
' objection it wonld be as well to allow the re-
Solution to, remain unacted upon lor a I'Uie.
timei :It might beprintwlfor the considera
tion of the house, -and -be. rather supposed
some alteration ; would be necessary in the
form of the resolution. :, . . j
.'MrCrowuinirshioid ,rei)lied,.that he was
perfectly willing the resolution should remain I
for consideration agreeable to the wire ot i
the gentleman; from. Virginia," hhd he' would
consent to any reasonable delay ; but he;
would not-consent to its remaining unacted
upon till a period so late as to preclude any
measures frombeing adopted this season be
cause the proclaraulioas would take' elitct in
the month of May. lie was not tenacious of
forms, it was the substance of things he look
ed to, and be would with great pleasure agree
to modify the resolution to any shape which
the gentleman fron. Virginia might suggest.
.Amotion was made to refer the resolution
to a committee, of the whole ' for Monday
next, which was agreed to, and the resolution
ordered to be printed.
On motion of.IV'r. Nicholson, the house
went into a committee of the whole on the
bill for preserving aeace in the ports and har
bours of tbe Unites" States and in the waters
under, their jurisdiction Mr. Gregg in the
chairMr. Nichclson introduced two a
mendments, one to supply the place of the 2d
section of tbe bill, and the other as a substi
tute for the 5th section ; they being lengthy
and important dames, he wished them to be
printed before tbey were discussed for which
reason he wished the committee to rise, re
port progress, and v-V leave to sit again.
Mr. R. Clriswold bad also prepared an a -mendmcnt
in the place of the 2d urclion, he
wished it also to be rt cd tnd pi intcd ; it was
accordingly received, and the committee ha
ving risen and reported the amendments,
they were all ordered to be printed.
' Mr. Kiutis called up the following rcsolu.
tion.o.Tered by him'on the 'i2d imi.
Rcsolrrd.That it is expedient to provide by
law, for defraying the espence incidtn. to fit
ting and preparing one of the navy-yards be
longing to the U. State, pud lyin; mcr the
margin ol the oceon, lor the reception and
repairing of such ships cf war as are now
at sea on their retnrn to port, and such other
r ships or vend of -war-as mny hereafter-re
turn Irora their cruises or stations.
This motion occasioned considerable dis
cussion, and was referred to a committee, of
the whole fo; Monday next.
.... Mr. Clark moved that the Secretary of the
Treasury be directed to make a circumstan
tial rcpoit of all the claims standing upon the
bofiksof the treasury against the U. States,
which are barred by the acts of limitation,
upon what authority the settlements ami li
quidations were made, and the persons with
whom they are made, and to whom they are
new due, and the different circumstances
which may wist in respect to tbe several
classes of claims.
This motion after being some time under
consideration, was postponed oo motion of
Mr. Thomas till Tuesday next.
Mr. Turriancc laid on the table a resolution
for referring to the Secretary of State, the
Secretary of the Treasury andlhe Attorney
General, the consideration of tbe constitution
ality and expediency of granting to the Inha
bitants oi the dtatrct of Columbia afogisl
ture chosen by Uvem vires, with iastrucuona,
in case they dee mit constitutional and expe
dient, ta report system t6 tbe next session
A message froei the President of the Uni
ted Suus was Ktrivedionuinlngtbt report
..... j . ,
of the director of the fint, of the opralioas
f that; institution for , the .last yeari , ;
Mr. Leibffromi the committee appointed on
that syhjet; 4 reporte4 abilimakjpg an appro
priation for the completionof the Arsenal be
SchuyHalljjto the amount of 890 dollatss
' .';i'jt 'v' ... ..... .)- '
Mr. Crownwshtcld moved thalthe.commktee
of wajslVrnaTfabe,diretedheet wht aK
ratiqns afeiflecessajry iathe lws.fijdjng the
aalarieiand,emohimenU;OiiU cUetors of
diUieson iBptt; and omiaeer, which eotk)!n
was earned inihe afirmive ; -r "sA ,-.; '
On aDDlication of Mr. Nelson., he was e.
cused fi-fjnj, serving as a roanager pn; Judge
: -fiiu 4.,4ianqUjplK reported, iWwi the com
;.roitiee pointed on the, pAion of a number
. oj tj(i'e, pJantRi'K, ,vmeVchapt$,' nd others ol
Iifisianaa, rejwjrt of onsidsjrlle- length"
ioncloW a.reic(utiQn that nrovi&ieh ou lit
u nuyiMaiiin wic i)5ov oi pia, gqj ennnerflrt
Tbe report wa reierredjto aammfttef the
:.hqie1,;,,: :;.-, ;y.
- Mr". ). CUj presented a,bill?ii?p the cocn i
mniee on tna part ot tne i;residen.t's message
relating to our intercourse , with the luliatt
tribes, which being read was committed.
The, house on motion of Mr, J. Randolplv
ballotted for a manager instead of Mr.
Nelaon excused ; on counting the b;J!ots, a
mouhfing in the whole to 95, Mr. Clarke bat
52 y'ote,, Mr. Claike.was declared duty'tir
. elected.;-;..,. . , ' '' .-'!
' Mr. J. Claymoved that a committee beep
pointexhto enquire whether .any, and if any
what alterations were necessary to the act to
prescribe the mode ef taking evidence in the
case of contested elections of niehibeis iu the
Ilouse-of Representativeaof-lhe U Suttesi
?uo compel the attendance of witnesses, and
that the committee report by bill or other
wisei ; t'- . - .- - . . , -J,,.,
Oil motion of Mr. J. Randolph the house
went into a committee of the, whole on the
Louisiana memorial. -
The following resolution, which concludes
the report of the select committee, was agreed
to without a division.
Resolved, that provision ought to he mode
' by lav, for extending to the inhabitants of
Lonisiana the right of self government.",
The committee mse, and, the Houaeimtne
diately concurred without a, division in their
rtpfcU ani.inv.ructc!, the. same committee
"that brought m the upoit 'to' bt if g in the
Mr. J. Clay mojed thafa committee be ap
pointed to enquire'mto the expediency of pro
vidingby law for themoie effectual preven
tion of fraud and forgery on the l,aiik of the U.
States. The motion was carried, and refer
red to a committee of three.
The house went into a commitce of the
whole on Dr. Ir'utt.U's motion for fitting out
and preparing one of the navy.yards on the
margin of the reran for the reception nnd re
pair of one vessels of war on their return to
the U.' States. A lengthy discussion look
place on this motion, and several attempts
were made to alter it J all of which having fail
ed, the committee agreed to the original re
solution and reported it to the house. Tle
votes were 3 in its favour, and SI against it.
January 2 J
Tbe motion of Dr. T.ustis for preparing and
fitting upon one of the Nivy-Vards on the
margin of the ocean for the reception end re-
Jiair of the vessel of war now on cruise or
ureign station, being the unfinished business
of yesterday was taken up.
Mr. Nicholson moved to nfcrit to a select
committee. . , , .
On this question, there were 47 ayes, and
63 noes, so it was lost.
Mr. Liutis moved to postpone the const-
deration-of the same till Saturday- ncaU A-
gretu to. .
Mr. Thomas reported from the commit
tee for the purpose, a bill to authorise Joshua
Sands and others to erect a bridge across the
marsh and Wcoicbaughtlo the Navy. Yard on
Long Kland. which was read and committed.
On motion of Mr. I'lliot the House resol
ved itself into a committee of the whole, on
the Yaaoo claims. General Vamum in the
After a short discussion, the committee
rose and reported the resolution in favor of
admitting the claim by way of compromise.
The votes were 61 in tbe affirmative and 50
against it. a
. The house took the report of the commit
tal of the whole into consideration and
Mr. Clark proposed to amend the resolu
tion by adding a proviso. That no part of
tbe 6ve millions of acres reserved to compen
sate certain claims, should be applied to the
benefit of the claimants under the act passed
or pretended to be passed by the legislature
(Georgia in the year
On this question Mr. J. Randolph called
the yeas aad nays, in which he was supported
by the constitutions! numoer.
Mr, i Randolph went into a anromtnt
.shewing the impropriety of the measure;
and tbe sitting terramatrti some tim after tbe
usual hour by aa adjournment.
f .-! W in&tanccr oftbftpfrndid, and; cx
.iravagant.sty.ieH, w4ncJkw aticrof Havii
live, I wjiLg :-def!ripftiW of'
i .tnmenVth:t:n as gjyen. by- trdw- &esanev
tf ommdasr; th. iSih- of, Ftsbnsarv,
?n Aew.dyaopreyiatia toibjeapjomted time
Jnvit prktei; oil fine, incr, wnh itr
border?, of vfhichlhe following. H" trans.
iaioa we4ist,nbMt!ed-Jiv f : . -v
' Tie Cape, February I, 1 804 .
t;. .- Lanf D$vWRS' ''. i ', --' "
Jnvitea.3om)iiii! ."im--; fit & dinner..
, and bay,; whkh;&e rives nre.
,A$lM: sren, o'clock, i. thvetung; hc
rO...ih.l he wift d hrr the SHx4! and
t.aitJKeahJCvpur being of the pmyfc : ,
L-H,vItwaa ftlioMven .ViN:isaitAi.4Jiat
i 1.9. CQhtnce.pf -$m jmejtwcwnw Ue
ri wiian;e a ve,inpire,wiv7i? fcj.
ways on Sunday) ouj cpmraenre
aopner than common, that the guests, might
have an reppqrtu1bity of sembling tl,ere,
r 4hf purpiMe of prpceedinor a a Ihw1 tn
the house pffeitiyity, The theatre opened
t unit pa.si nve, ana, wss aitenacd by a Very
rtsptctablt audience, " jnclfudl.hg Ui'e greatest
part of ihe"fwa6'jyi.' .'At. thd'concluaio ve
moved io a large proud aud about 8 o'clock
found ourselves before, the government bouse.
t s grand and spacious buildings wuate
a short, distance-fooia the street, having a
gravel wulk and green HV n frout. of it.
The avenue, from, the gale to the dotr of
the house was. bnlliimtlY iHumihated with
. about one. thousand small lamns. . Wc nas.
I sed through - the entry of tire hoMse into'a
urge, saloon, crectud purposely for this oc
casion. It was about ten vards hroad. mul
. one hundred long, covered and entirely lined
with canvass. Itwas eleganjly ornamented ,
. msice wttU Ilowers, branches of tuees, ilirte
hundred small, lamps of coloured glasa hung
round the room, four, large chandeliers over
the table, twelve great looking glasses, and
a marble statue at each end of the room in
in a recess, The'table contained all the
meats, fruits. Vegetables,, poultry, pastry,
confectionary and liquors that could possibly
be procured..Among these were beef, mi. J.
.ton, turkies, ducks, fowl, oranges, pine
apples, alligator pears, epplci4 pics, pud
dings, jellies, sweetmeats, cakes, and Claret,
'Madeira and Champaign vines. , .
There were 250 guests ar the table, be
sides many more who were obliged to stand.
They consisted of general Chrislonhe at the
centre, Lady Dessalines on his right hand,
and hit wife on the left six or eight black
generals, as many colonels and others of
hii;h rank, besides all the other principal
officers of the government and army then
at the Cape ( the captain and all the officers
of a British, man of wart about 30 Ameri
cans a great tvirober of white French in
habitants of the most respectable cUsi, and
an coormour crxmd of mulatto and Hack
wenches. The table was surrounded by
Soldiers' to keep off tbe rabble, who had
rushedjn in shoals, to see this elegant Bij?ht,
and a grand band of music played the vhole
lime we were eating. This dinner came
nearer to the idea one would foi m of a feast
of the gods of fabulous history, tlun any
thing I hive ever seen pt heard of, ard I
am confident that nothing jn America ever
equalled it for spkndcur, variety or luxury
Gentral Cbaistpphe was dressed in a scar
let coat, embroidered with gold lace, with
two golden epaulets, a large cocked hat with
gold lace border, boots with gold border
and tassel, and an tmbrwdercd rest, and
pantaloons of ctnkcen beautifully woiked in
front.. . ', , ,,
.-The other ofucert at the table were dres
sed in proportion, temg however very little
inferior to their genera). Lady Penalities
wote a plain, drcs, ler hair or rather
was omsmented will) artifiual (lowers, beads
and tombs, her arms will, golden bracelets,
her cars with superb rings and bobs, and her
tugcr with a ring containing a small gold
watch, set ia diamonds, salued 'at sctcrtl
thousand dollars. The other ladies of dis
tinction were also encumbered with trinkets
and beads, but none of them so extravagant
ly as the governor's lad jr. . .
At the conclusion of the fcasl several touts
were given out by Christcphe and drank
with loud expressions of ippU'iie ( among
these ere, ihi Central f lhjt ' (Dcualinct
who was not present) hit Driiantic Mjjmjt
and the JWtiJmt tf thi Uttiti Sieiti The
first was applauded by the negroes, the se
cond by the English, and tbe third by the
Americans. After this the company retired
Inlo various parts ol the house and gsrden,
to keep out of tbe way until the tables should
be removed, and preparations made for the
dance I si hen this wss arranged, the music
struck up, and the wlle room wis in roc-
tioiu As I declined dancing I had nothing
to do but lounge alwet the room and be a
silent spectator,. Their chief dances were
cotillions i nost of them danced waU, and
some of thcra decently In ena flats