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iiiul States respeetitg the condition of |
the public armories, arsenals, their cost
&c. See was taken up,
Mr. Fioyd observed that this was an
imuortant subiect, with the nature and
extent ofwnich. neither himself, nor, he
believed he might add, the house, was
well acquainted. From the year 1816
about 200,000 had been annually appro
priated for our armories, but how it was
applied or whether and how far the mi
litia had been armed in consequence of
it, he was not prepared to say, aud wish
ed to be informed.
The largest army on earth,he observed
of men, women, and children, and sut
lers, might have been armed from the
appropriations that had been made lor
this object.
Mr. Smith of Md, made some expla
nation of the subject, in which he ex
pressed his entire conviction tnat the ar
mories of the United States had been
managed woth fidelity, ability, and e
coQomv Vet, for the satisfaction of
gentlemen, he had no objection to the
Mr. Floyd observed, in reply, that he
liad no objecton to the arms They
were the best in point of skill, and
strength, and workmanship, he ever
eaw; but he thought it expedient and ne
cessary to obtain farther information on
this important subject.
The resolution laid upon the table
yesterday by Mr. Fuller, calling for in
formation from the President of the U
uited States in relation to a letter from
Jonathan Russell, Esq la e a commis
sioner to conclude the treaty of Ghent,
referred to in a late message from the
President, was then taken up.
After some conversation between Mr.
JFloyd, Mr. Fuller, and Mr. Cocke, as to
the propriety of again asking of the Ex
ecutive a paper which he had already
declined furnishing.
The question on adopting Mr. Ful
ler’s n»oti»n was finally agreed to with
out a division.
Mr. Sawyer again moved to take up
the joint resolution proposing an earlier
day for the commencement of the next
session of Congress, but the House re
fused to consider the same.
Mr. C ocke then moved that the house
now proceed to the consideration of the
resolution proposing the appointment
of a committee to sit during the reef-ss
of Congress; to examine into the differ
ent departments of the government but
the House refused to co isider the same.
Mr Cook laid upon the table the fol
Resolved, That the Secretary of the
Treasury be directed *o prepare and lay
berore thit House as early in the next
session as may be practicable, a state
ment, shewing the amount of money
which appears to have stood to the ere
dit of the United States, or its Treasu
rer, in every Bank in which the public
money has been deposited, at the end of
each quarter since the 1st dav ot Jan
uary lbl7, distinguishing between spe
cial and general deposits; a particular
and minute account ot each transier of
the public money from one bank to ano
ther, which has been made within the a
Joresaid period, and the reasons and mo
tives for making the same; a detailed
account of the special deposits that have
been made in any of the banks; 'he time
when made, the description of the notes
so deposited, and the reason for making
the same, together with any contract or
contracts uncW which these deposits
were made,
Tne precise amount, and exact de
scription of the unavailable funds of the
Treasury; what part thereof was una
vailable at the time of deposit; how long
any part thereof remained on deposit,
before it became unavailable, and why
it became so; shewing the respectii e ac
counts and relations of the United Spates
with each bank, together with all cor
respondence in possession of the De
partment with each of these banks, in
relation to any of the foregoing subjects
On motion of Mr. Smith, of Md. a
resolution was passed, instructing the
clerk of the House to pay an assistant,
("Mr. Fletcher,) employed in his office,
and to continue his services.
Mr. Newton, of Ya, submitted reso
lutions for making certain allowances
to the messengers of this house fur ex
tra services, and also the youths em
ployed in ‘ he service of tne House, on
tl e lioor of the House; which, after
sum* conversation, and amendment,
ivere agreed to.
Mr- Reid of Md called for the con
sideration of the res* lutions submitted
fov him some days a^o, callii»g on the
Secretaries of the Departments, and
the Postmaster General, for an account
of the situaiion of their respective offi
ces, to he reported at ttie nex’ ses
sion of Congress: but the House refused
to consioer the same.
>1 r. F Johnson called for the consid*
©ration of the resolutions some time ago
submitted by him;aiid tie House agreed
t© consider the »mue—60 to 44,
The first resolution was read in the
following words.
Resolved, That the practice which
has obtained in the public offices in this
city, (of not attending to business until
9 or 10 o’clock in the morning, and clo
sing the offices at 3 o’clock in the even
ing,) is inconvenient to those who have
business to transact, is not such rea
sonable attention to the public service
a» should be given, nor such attention
as the salaries allowed by law- arc enti
tled to command, and hat the said
practice oughtftto be abolished. ,
The question on this resolution was
taken without debate, and decided in
the affirmative by a majority of 20 or 30
votes. j
The second resolution was read in
the following words.
Resolved, fttat the President of the
United States be requested to cause the
respective secretaries of State, of the
Treasury, of War, and of the Navy, &
the Postmaster General, to report to
this house, on the second day of the
next session of Congress the number
of active and well qualilied Clerks, and
Accountants, that will be necessary to
perform the duties of their respective
offices and departments, by requiring a
reasonably constant, and diligent atten
tention to business.
'Phis resolution was agreed to by a
bout the same majority as the first.
The third and fourth resolutions
were modi tied by the mover so as to
read as follows:
Resolved, Phat the number of offi
cers an i seamen of the Navy of the
Uni ed States ought to be limited by
Resolved That the President of the
United Stales be requested to cause to
be laid before this House, on the second
day of the uext session of Congress, a
plan for a Peace Establishment of the
I Navv of the United States,and also ot
the Marine Corps.
These resolves were also agreed to
by about the same majority. j
I Mr. P ucker of Virginia, called for I
the consideration ef the resolutions
heretofore submitted by him: 1st. for j
an increase of the number of the com- ’
i mittee on the military expenditures;
| and 2d. to direct the Judiciary commit
I tee to inquire into the expediency of
enlarging the powers of the Attorney
General, but the House refused to con
sider the same.
Mr. Taylor submitted tfra following
order, which was adopted:
Ordered, That the Clerk of this
Ii >u»e cause lo be prepared and prin
ted, for the use of the members, a List
of all business remaining undetermined
which, by the existing rule, is to be
resumed and acted upon at the
next session of Congress, designating
bills, reports and resolutions, commit
ted, from those laid upoD the table.
Mr. Chambers called for the con
sideration of a bill from the Senate to
authorize the selection of a suitable site
for a National Armory, on the western
waters but the house refused to con
sider the same.
Mr. Kent called for the consideration
of ft bill from the Senate authorizing
the corporation of the City of Wash
ington to drain the low grounds in the
vicinity of the Capitol, and to orna
ment the said city; and the house a
greed to take it up - and the question
being put or its third reading—
Thereupon arose a debate of an |
hour’s length, the results of which only
are stated, it being intended to report j
the deba e at large hereatter.
The bill was supported with consid
erable animation bv Taylor, Neale
Woodcock Kent, Whipple, Stewart,
and Little, and opposed by Messrs.
Smith of Md and A/allary.
Mr Mallary moved to amend the
bill by striking out the four last sec
| tions, which provide for determining in
chancery the equity of the claim.or pre
tended claim, o' any of the original
proprietors to the lots proposed to be
I laid out. and in lieu thereof requiring
a relinquishment, prior to the execu
tion of the work, of all claim to the lots
on the part of ttie original proprietors
The debate W’as ended, and this pro
posed amendment put aside, by the pre
vious question, moved by Mr, Cook.
| (who was favorable to thejbill.jand sus
tained by the house.
The main question on ordering the
bill to a third reading, wa9then taken,
and decided in the affirmative by a con
siderable majority,
A bill from the Senate fer the col
lection of duties on imports and tonnage
in the territory of Florida and for oth
er purposes, was read a third tirn ; hut
j before the question was taken.it was
suggested by Mr. Campbell, of Ohio,
that there was not a quotum present in
in the House
Alter a short time, Mr. mute moved for
a call of the House, hut the call was neg
ate ed; and, a quorum appearing, the t ill
was passed,
A bill to relieve the people of the terri
tory ot Florida from the operatic*!) of cer
tain ordinances, was read a third time and
A bid to authorize the corporation of
the city of Washington to drain the low
grounds in the vicinity ot the capitol, and l
to ornament certain parts ol.tbe said city,
&c. was read a third tune, trul on the
question ot its i assage—
Mr. Nelson of i»1d. moved to recommit'
the bill, with instructions so to amend it,
as to obtain the a-sent of tbe tfTiginal pro- j
prietors, or their legal representatives, and
all persons claiming under them.
After a tew remarks by Mr. Hardin j
and Mr. Neale—
The motion to recommit was lost, and
the bill was read a ’bird time and passed.
Mr. Butler, Irom the select committee,
to whom was referred the resolution in re
lation to the Kip Kap contract, made a re
port thereon, concluding with the follow'
ing resolve:
Resolved, That the further appropria
tions to be expended under the contract
made by the Engineer Department with
Elijah Mix, ought not to be made.
J he rej ort, with the documents, was
ordered to be laid on the table and prin
A message was received fro& the Piesi
dent of the United States in relation t* the
ead mines of Missouri, which, on motion
of Mr. Scott, was ordered to be laid on the
table and printed.
The following bills passed through a
committee of the whole (Mr. Alexa. Sinytl
in the chair,) viz* .
A bill for the relief of Matthew MeNair,
i and
A bill for the relief of Samuel Walker.
The House then went into a committee
of the whole (Mr. Baldwin in the chair)
on a bill from the Senate to try the tbe.va
lidity of the title of tne Marquis de Maison
Rouge i . rl , .
A bill for the relief ol Josiah Hook, Jun.
and a bill for the relief of John Holmes.
Some discussion ensued upon the first
mentioned bill, in which Mr. Cocke
moved to strike out (be enacting clause,
on the ground that the House was thin
and the claim important, and ol such a
description as ought not to he hurried thro
at this late period ot the session. Alter
some discussion in which Messrs. Rankin,
Cocke, J. S. .Johnson, and Sergeant, took
part, the motion was withdrawn; and the
committee rose and reported the bills to
the House. The report of the committee
of the whole in the case of John Holmes
was concurred in> and that for the relief
of Josiah Hook, Jun. on motion ot Mr.
Rich, was ordered to be laid on the table.
A further discussion ensued upon the pas
sage ol the bill to authorize a mode of try
ing the validity of the title of the Marquis
de Maison Rouge. The bill was opposed
by Mr. Hardin, and supported by Mr. F.
Jones, when Mr. Cocke moved that the
bill belaid on the table, which was agreed
to—ayes 60. noes 39
The following bills were read a third
time and passed:
A bill for the relief of John Holme«;
A bill for the relief ol Samuel ^Falser;
A bill for the reliel of Matthew McNair.
The following bills passed thiough a
committee of the whole (Air. Cushman in
the chair) viz a bill granting a right ot
pre-emption to Noble Osborne and Wil
liam Doake; a bill lor the relief of the
President, and Directors of the Plan
ters1 Bank ol New Orleans; and a bill
authorizing the payment ot a sum of mo
ney to John Gooding and James Wil
liams, which were ordered to be engross
ed for a third reading*
The followm g bills passed through a
commift» e of the whole, (Mr. McCoy in
the chair,) viz—
A bill lor the relief ot Jacob nabbit.
A bill lor the relief of James H. Clark.
A bill forthe relief ot Samuel H. Wal
ley and Henry D Foster; and
A bill for the relief of Andrew Mitchell;
all which were reported to the House.
The bill lor the relief ol Samuel H.
> Walley and Henry D Foster was ordered
to be laid on the table; and that lor the re
lief of James H.Clark was concu red in for
a third reading* The question of concur
rence in the case ot Andrew Mitchel be
ing under consideration Mr. McSherry
moved that the house again go into com
mittee of the whole theret o, for the pur
1 pose ol granting similar relief to Natha
niel White. The motion prevailed, and
in committee of the whole, f Mr Cook in
the chair,) Mr. McSherry proposed the
«aid amendin' nt, but it was negatived, and
the coirmittee rose and again sported the
bill forthe reliefofthe original petitioners
only. On the question of ordering the said
bill to a third leading, some debate ensu
ed in which Mr McCoy, AJr. Sergeant,
Air, Williamsof N C. Mr A*Smitb,took
part; but before any decision theieon the
house, on motion of Mr. Woodcock, order
ed a recesss until 6 o’clock.
Mr. Rhea gave notice, that at 10 o’clock
tomorrow, he would move lor a call ol the
The question before the house at ibe
time of the recess was upon laying the
bill for the relief ot Andrew Mitchell on
the table*
A quorum having appeared, the motion
to lay it on the able was pul and negatived,
and the question then recurred upon or
dering the said bill to be engrossed for a
bud rearing; which was advocated by
Messrs, Fatrelly, Woodcock. Cannon and
S. Smith, and opposed by Messrs. W il
liams of N. C. Wijght, Mallary, McCoy,
Cocke. Rhea and Hill, who moved that
the bill I e laid on the table, which was
carried — ayes 61, noe- 40
The remainder ot the evening was em
ployed in finishing off business, ot which
if any thing shall be material, an account
shall be given in our next.
It is said that the Active frigate, captain
Andrew King, is to proceed to Copenha
hen, with the Order ot the Garter, tor the
Kit:g of Denmark*
A Agen were circulated bulletins of the
vii tones gamed ly General iterthoD, at
ttie head of 20 OCO men, and the fabrica
ted documents also state that discontent is
universal, and that Paris is full of revolu
We learn from Chalona-sur-Mame, that
se< itious songs have been industriously
circulated amongst the youths of the
School of Aits.
I he disturbances, outrages and murders
continue in Ireland. Executions *>t the
discontented were constantly taking place
under the protection ot a powerful milita
ry escort The discontented appear to be
well supplied with arms and ammuni
In the county of Sussex, England, the
system of burning in the night, corn stacks
and destroying oiner ps. duce. was extend
ing itself
The English private bankers have been
making great profits by discounting at 4
per cent while the bank of England lias
asked the old rate of 5 per cent. The
Courier expresses its belief, that the Bank
of England would also shortly discount at
4 per ceut.
London. April 2.
The statement in some of the morning
papers relative to Lords Stangtord’s inter
view with the Keis Effendi is wholly in
correct. It is not true that his Lordship’s
representations were received with cold
ness, or that the hopes of an amicable ad
justment have become fainter. On the
contrary, we understand that his Lordship
whose conduct during the whole oegocn
tioii cannGt fce too highly praised, lias suc
ceeded In removing many of the principal
difficulties, and that there are now confi
dent hopes of a speedy a*d tavorabje is
sue to the negotiation; LCoumr.
London, April 3
We have received Paris papers of Fn
day Saturday and Sunday. The foreigu
news in these papers is of little interest.
The pacific termination of thenegociations
between Russia and Turkey was confident
ly believed at Vienna on the 19tb ult.—
Indeed, there can be little doubt upon the
subject. „
We had but little doing in the wheat
trade to-day, having scarcely any demand
for the middling and inferior qualities,
which have only a nominal value; but
prime samples, although heavy sale, sup
port Monday’s prices.
St. Petersburg, March 9.
We expect that the new tariff will soon
be published, by which it is probable that
trade will be rendered more brisk, an ex
traordinary stagnation having arisen from
the incredibly great importation and
the want of sale, caused by the difficulty
of communication with the interior from
the mildness of the winter.
London, April 5.
The quarier’s revenue is generally made
up on toe 5th of April, but the 5th tall
ing upon Good Friday, the quarter was
made up last night, and we are happy to
I say, that there is an increase of upwards
! ot lour hundred thousand pounds, upon a
compari-on with the corresponding Quar
ter of la-f year.
The contents of the French papers re
ceived this morning, as might be expected
are ot a most warlike character; and it
can be no longer doubted, we apprehend,
that the pacific hopes which were so
strongly entertained a week ago, are now,
it not at an end, at least considerably di
minished The cause ot this sudden change
in the temper of the Turkish Government
has not transpired; and in the absence ot
positive fact, conjecture, as usual, is very
active Some say that the Divan have
been all along cajoling the European Mi
nisters at Constantinople, in order to gain
time; others, that the fate ot Ali Pacha
has inspired this fatal energy;while a third
class of reasoners maintain, that the dread
ot provoking the Janissaries has induced
the Sultan to abandon hi? pacific policy.
It may be that at! these various motives
are among the ingredients of that resolu
tion which appears to have been decisive
ly taken at last; but, on the other hand, it
is just as likely that mere barbarian cap
rice is the solitary cause. The (political
consequences to which a war vrill lead,
we shall not even glance at, till the tact
that war will ensue is more certain.
Paris* .April 2.
The intelligence which we have receiv
ed From Franktort gives consistency to
the rumors which have been in circulation
on’Change since Saturday last, and which
relate to some movements of the Russian
armies, which, it would appear, are pre
paratory to the commencement of hostili
ties. It is said that advices to that effect
have been received by the Ambassador of
a great Power. All these reports produc
ed an intense sensation on ’Changeyester
day; the decline in the Funds became
more sensible because considerable sales,
it i6 thought, were made on the account of
German bankers. It is almost needless to
say, that a rise in the Funds announces
peace, and that a decline excites fears of
war Constitutionel.
We yesterday gave the prices of Mon
day’s Funds, as contained in these Jour
Frankjort, .March 28.
Yesterday’s advices put an end to
doubts, cf which our speculators had beeu
the prey during several days previously*
Several of the principal commercial hous
es of this town has received estaiettes from
Vienna, with the important intelligence
that the Porte has refused to accede to the
demands ot Russia, and that all the ne
gociatioRS at Constantinople are broken
Vienna, March 22.
The negociations with Turkey appear
to experience, on the part ot thi3 Power,
obstacles which diminish the hope that has
been so long entertained of the mainten
ance of peace. This state of things has
caused a material decline in our funds.
Paris, April 1.
Letters received in Paris from Constan
tinople, dated the end of February, an
nounce that on the 25lh of the same month
the Porte held a Grand Council, at which
were present ibe commandants ot the Jail
nissaries, and theChiets of the Corpora
tion of the Metropolis. On the following
day some tumults were raised which ivere
only appeased by the rigorous orders of
the Government. It is affirmed, that af
ter the suppression of these commotions,
the Reis Effendi delivered to *he Ambas
sadors ot the Allied Courts a note, which
is not so satisfactory as fnd been hoped,
and which does not justi y all the hopes
which had been excited by preceding com

1 Philadelphia, May 7,
By the brig Joseph Eastburn,capt. Earl,
arrived at this port last evening, in 13 days
from St. Bartholowews, we learn, that on
the !9th April last, the decree by the court
of St. Bartholomews, was passed on five
men and a boy, that had wantonly attack
ed an American schr. called the “Ameri
can,” for the purpose ot robbing and mur
dering the captain, crew, and a passenger,
and had succeeded in getting alongside,
and shooting one of the crew, when by
some fortunate means, their boat sheared
off, which caused the escape of those per
sons from a horrid and untimely fate.—It
was well known that the passenger had on
board a few thousand dollars in cash* The
pirates were sentenced, with the excep
tion of the boy, to death; the boy being a
minor, is to receive fifteen pair of rods, and
banishment for life. The indefatigable
zeal of the governor and bis officers, on
this occasion, is worthy of the highest
praise; especially the town Major, Mr. Ha
sum, who went in pursuit of them; but the
superior sailing and management of their
boat, favored their escape from him* it is
to be regretted that the leader of this band
was mortally wounded, as it has deprived
the government from tracing this blacks
of crimes to its extent, be having eiprfec, ,l
in his fast moments, that he could in^r
cate many more it he wished! He recS
bis wound from the musket of one olT
sailors ou board Mr. Marcails" schr fe
“Model.” Mr. M. having intelligent
their being out, went immediately in n„
suit, and apprehended them, An acti
so readily undertaken as this was by to*
M. merits the highest praise. It is, bo*
ever, of such a nature as ought to call il
attention of every good citizen, as a dJ!S
incumbent ou them to aid a goveroaj
and island to whom they ought to be *ei
*#* Many articles, together with tom com*,
nications are omitted for want of room. j
It will not, it is presumed, be considered i*
trusive, or derogating from the credit due to
Commodore Rodgers* invention, to state that
the plan of hauling up vessels on an lnclmi
Plane, for the purpose of coppering, sheath
ing, caulking, &c.—although new in the (J.
States, is in full operation, at present, on th*
river Clyde, in Scotland.
The inventor, an inhabitant of Glasgow, hu
obtained a patent from the British government I
and has formed a company to carry through
his invention. A canal, or slip, has been dug
on the margin of the Clyde, about half a mile
below Glasgow, where the writer of this artj I
cle saw the plan carried into effect, in February
The ways are formed of cast iron, with steps
if the expression may be used, at regulai and
short distances, to arrest and retain the vessels
after their gradual elevation by the force of the
powerful windlass by which they are hauled
There is also an “Inclined Plane" upon,
larger scale at Dumbarton, on the Clyde. for
vessels of greater burthen. The plan has not
been vet attempted with vessels of a frigate ton*
nage; but the principle being known, it is of
course capable ol further extension.
It is calculated that the expense of copperin? |
and repairing vessels, bv this mode, will be di
minished at least, one half.
The master of a New-York Brig examined,
with the writer, the principle of this invention,
then just commencing, near Glasgow, in Sept,
last; he was much struck with it, and said ho
should explain it on his return to New-York.
The same invention may have taken place
co-temporaneouslv in both hemispheres; and
it is only to prevent a controversy for the merit
of it, that this article is written. And as this i
writer, when in London, in 1812, saw a cad
from the Earl of Stanhope, to the tuea
American Consul, claiming for his conntrv,
the invention of the application of steam to ves
sels, and denying it to Fulton; the like claim
may be set up by the inventor of the “lnavul
Plane' in Europe, when Commodore Rodgers
. may have an equal merit. A.
Alex. 13th May, 1822.
Sales of United States’ Bank Stock were
made at New York or the 7th ins' at as
high a rate as 1064—but on Wednesday
morning the price retired down to 1044.
We note the prices occasionally for the io*
formation of our interior readers, Someof
our editorial brethren, we find, unders'ood
us as predicting, about a week ago. as a
matter that would certainly happen, that
the stock would be at 110 in a month, and
in iwo months at 120. As we do not wish
to be considered as prophets, particularly
in what relates to money* we beg leave to
say, that we inferred what would be, only
from what has been. A month ago, the
stock was at ll5. There can be no doubt
when the purchasers from other quarters
come into the New York market, the stock
will rise nearly as high as it was before the
late panic—say to 110. If the next divi
dend of the Bank is such as to authorize a
belief it will be able to make dividends
hereafter at the rate of six per centum per
annum, which dividend we have supposed
will be made, there is no doubt thai the
stock will rise to 125, It was from these
premises that we drew our conjectures; k
a short time will shew whether or not they
will be realized. The Stock got trom M
io 106 in one week, which shews weavers
right at least so far, as that the depression
of the stock was the effect of momentary
causes; among which, we now understano,
was the inability ot the New York Branch
of the Bank of the United States to contin
ue loans made to stockholders in that city
It is said, too, that observations and Pr0‘
positions made in Congress had the eM
to depress the Stock. This is the most ex
traordinary of all the causes of its depres
sion. For, whatever may have been
thrown cut by one or two persons on the
floor of Congress to the contrary, it is cer‘
tain that nothing like hostility to the oan*
was shewn by any measure of either House
of Congress. There never has been a mo
ment, since its establishment, in which *0
little jealousy of that Institution has been
shown in Congress, as during the^ last ses
sion. A ’at. M
Charleston, May 1
By the sthr. Jane, capt M* V' illiam, ®
5 days from Havana, we have received ou
papers to the 29th ult- and letters to the J
inst- || ,
The frigate Macedonian arrived at Ha
vana on the 28th April, from Boston*
In the “Noticioso” of the 27th Apr1'*
we read the following letter received by*
respectable inhabitant of Havana, fro®
friend in Mexico. It is dated the 3d o**
pril, and furnishes a late and
account of the actual political slate oi
Spain. Iturbide seems to be playing
treacherous game*
“This evening, a little before pr?f«r5>

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