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Monday, November 4,................1 Motion by Mr. Howell, to defray the ex.

Elias Boudinot chosen president - Let-

pense of temporary corps employed for

the United States - By the same, relative

ters from Gen. Washington, Mr. Carmi.

to the communication of intelligence with

chael, at St. Ildefonso, and Mr. Laurens,

at Nantz.

foreign ministers.

TUESDAY, November 5,...... .1 FRIDAY, November 22, .. .......6

Resolution authorizing Gen. Washington

Motion for the ratification of the exchange

to obtain the exchange of two foreign offi- of Lord Cornwallis for Mr. Laurens

cers, passed without due consideration, Reasons for and against it.

reconsidered - Remarks of Mr. Madison.

MONDAY, November 25,.


THURSDAY, November 7,......

Letter from the governor of Rhode Island,

The resolution referred to above repealed containing evidence of intrigues of the

Motion by Mr. Osgood to fill the va.

enemy in Vermont - Motion for the rati-

cancy in the Court of Appeals - Opposed

fication of the exchange of Lord Cornwal.

by Mr. Duane on the ground of economy

lis resumed.

Arguments for and against the motion TUESDAY, November 26,......

- Debate on the report of the committee

on the case of Capt. Asgill — Debate on

Report from the superintendent of finance,

the question of making a demand on Gen. respecting credits to the states of New

Carleton, to fulfil his engagement to pur-

Hampshire and Massachusetts Motion

sue the authors of Capt. Huddy's murder. by Mr. Osgood on the subject - The mat-

ter debated.

Friday, November 8, .................3

Second vote on the preceding question

WEDNESDAY, November 27, ...........8

- Motion by Mr. Rutledge directing retal. The letter from the governor of Rhode

iation for acts of cruelty - Reasons for Island about Vermont considered and de.

and against it - Letter from Gen. Carle- bated.


THURSDAY, November 28,..


TUESDAY, November 12,......

Resignation of Mr. Livingston, secretary

Mr. Jefferson reappointed minister pleni. for foreign affairs - Mr. Jefferson and Mr.

potentiary for negotiating peace - Motion Jay spoken of

by Mr. Rutledge relative to business in

Monday, December 2,.


the departments.

Resignation of the secretary for foreign

THURSDAY, November 14,.............4


Proceedings on the report of the commit-

tee relative to Vermont.

TUESDAY, December 3,....... .9

Resolution relative to Mr. Livingston -

WEDNESDAY, November 20,...........5

Report of the committee in the case of

The report on memorials from the legisla- Vermont.

ture of Pennsylvania, to provide for debts


to her own citizens considered - Motion by WEDNESDAY, December 4,.....

Mr. Rutledge for the committee to report Motion respecting Paul Jones - Promo-

the best mode of liquidating the domes- tion by districts - Committee to confer

tic debts, and of obtaining a valuation of with a committee of the legislature of

land within the several states - Commit- Pennsylvania, relative to the memorials

tee appointed to report a scheme for a val. from that state-Minutes of the confer.


Caursday, November 21, .............5 Thursday, December 5, ....... .11

Report on the salaries of foreign ministers Election of judges of appeals - Resolu-
- Reasons for and against reduction - tions respecting Vermont considered.


for peace

Friday, December 6,........


Congress — Remarks thereon - Letter of

Ordinance extending the franking privilege

Mr. Pendleton to Mr. Madison, stating the
to the heads of departments discussed

repeal, by the legislature of Virginia, of
Motion relative to statements by a mem-

her law for the impost — The departure
ber in a Boston newspaper - Motions of

of the deputation to Rhode Island sus-
Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Rutledge, requiring

pended until the further order of Congress

compliance with the requisitions of Con.

Motion by Mr. Rutledge against salvage

gress, for funds to pay the interest of the

for recaptures on land - Passed by com-
domestic debt, and defraying the expenses

promise as reported by the committee
of the ensuing year-Objections – Depu-

Report of the grand committee with re-

tation to Rhode Island.

spect to the old paper money.

Saturday, December 7, ..... .14 Monday, December 30,............ .18

Meeting of the grand committee on the Mr. Clark's motion to exempt ministers
old paper emissions - Plan reported by

from control of France in negotiations
the sub-committee agreed to - Discussion

- Reasons for and against –
on the rate of depreciation - Opposition

Postponed - Letter of Dr. Franklin on
to the rates by the southern delegates.

commercial reciprocity referred - Con-

tract of Gen. Wayne with British individ.
TUESDAY, December 10,...... .....14 uals, confirmed with great reluctance.

Motion directing the secretary of war to Tuesday, December 31,.....
deliver the resolutions relative to Vermont

Reasons for and against - Motion for Report on Mr. Madison's motion, instruct-
determining finally the affair of Vermont. ing the ministers plenipotentiary to obtain

commercial reciprocity and trade with the
WEDNESDAY, December 11,..........15 West Indies — Passed unanimously.
Secretary of war authorized to permit the

WEDNESDAY, January 1,..... .......19

British prisoners to hire themselves out -

The transmission of the resolutions con- Decision of the controversy between Con-

cerning Vermont.

necticut and Pennsylvania reported -Vote

of thanks to Count Rochambeau.

THURSDAY, December 12, ............15

Report by the committee touching the Friday, January 3, .......


publication in the Boston paper.

Vote of thanks to the minister of France

Friday, December 13,...............15

repealed by his desire - Answer to the

note of the French minister passed unan-

Mr. Howell's acknowledgment of the imously - Proceedings of the court in the

authorship of the letter in the Providence dispute between Connecticut and Penn-


sylvania, entered on the Journals.

Monday, December 16, ..............15 Monday, January 6, ....... ......20

Passage of the answer to the objections

Memorial from the army laid before Con.

by Rhode Island as to the impost.

gress - Debate on the plan of a consular

Tuesday, December 17,.............15

convention with France - Subject post-

poned - Conference of the grand com-

The affair of Mr. Howell.

mittee with the superintendent of fi.

WEDNESDAY, December 18,..........15

Discussion on the case of Mr. Howell Tuesday, January 7,........ ......21

Character of his protest, and the indigna-

tion excited thereby.

Conference of the grand committee with

Mr. Morris.

Friday, December 20,....... .16


Debate on Mr. Hamilton's motion for re-

vising the requisitions of the preceding

uary 9, and Friday, January 10,....21

and present years — Mode of transmitting Debate on the report for valuation of land

to the executive of Rhode Island the sev- - Letter from the superintendent of fi.

eral acts of Congress, with a state of for- nance, and special committee appointed

eign loans.

to confer and report - Conference of the

committee - Mr. Peters's report relative

Saturday, December 21,...... .16

to secrecy of proceedings - Discussion

Report of the committee to confer with on the report on the mode of valuation of

Mr. Livingston to prevail with him to serve land, continued.

till the spring.

Monday, January 13,........ .22

Monday, December 23,...... ...16

Report on the valuation of land, referred

Letters from Dr. Franklin, Mr. Jay, and to a grand committee - Discussion on the
the Marquis de la Fayette — Embarkation motion to make further loans — Audience
of the French troops for the West In- by the grand committee to the deputies of

the army - Sub-committee appointed
TUESDAY, December 24,.............17 | TUESDAY, January 14,....... .... ..24

Letter of Mr. Jay, with a copy of the in- Meeting and discussion of the grand coin
tercepted letter from Marbois, laid before mittee on the valuation of land


WEDNESDAY, January 15,......... 25 | MONDAY, February 10,......


Evacuation of Charleston.

Report on Virginia resolutions relative to

tobacco exported.

FRIDAY, January 17, ....


Misrepresentations in South Carolina of Tuesday, February 11,........ .....48

European negotiation - Report of the Discussion on the valuation of land - Re-

committee on foreign loans - Vote of ferred to a special committee.

thanks to Gen. Greene - Mr. Webster

and Mr. Judd.

WEDNESDAY, February 12, ...........49

From Friday, 17, to TUESDAY, Janu-

General revenue - Discussion continued


- Impost

Letters from Mr. Adams, relative to siege THURSDAY, February 13,....... .49

of Gibraltar, and the treaty of commerce

with Holland.

Impost — Violation of passport by seizure

of goods for prisoners of war- - Speech of

THURSDAY, January 23,..

.27 the king of Great Britain.

Report of committee on treaty, with Hol: Friday, February 14, .....


land - Purchase of books for the use of

Congress discussed.

Mr. Jefferson's mission suspended.

FRIDAY, January 24,

....27 Monday, February 17, ........ 50

Violation of passports by citizens of Penn- Report on the valuation lost - Revived -

sylvania - Committee confer with the gov. Adopted.

ernor - Letter from the superintendent of

finance - Discussion thereon - Memorial Tuesday, February 18,...... ....51

from the army.

Committee of the whole on general rev.

Letter from Mr. William Lee, at

SATURDAY, January 25, ..............30


Ratification of the contract with France
- Discussion of the army memorial re-

WEDNESDAY, February 19, ..... .52


Impost, and debate thereon.

Monday, January 27,.... ...31 Thursday, February 20,....


Death of Lord Stirling - Vermont- Ar- Motion for limiting the impost to twenty;
my memorial — Resolution in favor of

five years — Decision - The goods seized
adequate revenue discussed Resolution


passport - Resolution relative to.

of Virginia repealing impost.

Friday, February 21, ....... ....55

Tuesday, January 23,.....


Revival of the discussion on general rev-
Subject of permanent revenue resumed.

Wednesday, January 29,............38 TUESDAY, February 25,..

Treaty with Holland, and its inaccura.

Discussion on the motion to refer the

cies - Permanent revenue- Debate there-

officers for half-pay to their respective


THURSDAY, January 30,..............42 WEDNESDAY, February 26, .......


Decision on memorials from the legisla- Refugees in the state of Delaware - Con-

ture of Pennsylvania.

tinued debate on the valuation of land-

Letter from Mr. Morris relative to bis

Friday, January 31,......


purpose of resigning.

Instructions to the Virginia delegates, rel.
ative to tobacco exported under flags - THURSDAY, February 27,.....


Valuation of land - Report to Congress Report of committee on Mr. Morris's let.

taken up.

ter -

- Reconsideration of the subject of

TUESDAY, February 4,....

hall-pay - Addition of specific duties to

the impost proposed Debate thereon.

Remonstrance from Vermont · Report
proposing a commutation for the half- Friday, February 28,................61
pay due the army taken up - Letter from
Mr. Samuel Adams - Valuation of land.

Motion by Mr. Wolcott to refer the halt

pay to the states - Duty on wine.

WEDNESDAY, February 5,............ 45

Rule of voting - Amendments proposed

Monday, March 3,......


to the report on the valuation of land.

Specific duties reported.
TESDAY, February 7,...

.46 TUESDAY, March 4, and WEDNESDAY,

Reconsideration of the report.

March 5,


Abatement of the quotas of certain states

SJ TURDAY, February 8, ...... . 47

Motion to arrange the department of

Discussion on the valuation of land con- finance - Attack on, and defence of, Mr





THURSDAY, March 6, ........ .62 | Monday, March 31, ....


Report of the committee on revenue or-

Letter from the governor of Rhode Island

dered to be printed.

- Mr. Howell - Cessation of hostilities

on account of the signing of the general

Friday, March 7,.......

..62 preliminaries — American cruisers — Gen.

Printed reports delivered to the members Carleton's refusal discussed.

- Resolutions contained in the report. TUESDAY, April 1, ......... ..81

Monday, March 10,.......... .64

Report on general revenue - Discussion

Report on commutation of half-pay.

continued - State conventions - Rate of

slaves agreed to.

TUESDAY, March 11,.......

Impost and specific duties - - Appointment


of collectors.

April 3, Friday, April 4, SATUR-

DAY, April 5,


Wednesday, March 12, THURSDAY, 13,

Grand committee on the report on revenue

Friday, 14, and SATURDAY, 15, ....65

- Committee appointed in consequence

Despatches brought by Capt. Barney read

of the declaration of peace Their du-
- Preliminary articles of peace - Amer-

ican ministers.

Monday, April 7,.......


Monday, March 17,.....


Number allotted by the grand committee

Letter from Gen. Washington, enclosing

to the states-Letter from Gen. Wash-

two inflammatory exhortations to the army

ington on peace.

- Effect of this intelligence.

TUESDAY, April 8,


TUESDAY, March 18,......

Debt of the United States estimated - Re

Amendments of the report on specific du- port on revenue.
ties - Letter from the secretary for foreign WEDNESDAY, April 9,.....
affairs relative to West Florida.


WEDNESDAY, March 19, .............67

Memorial from Gen. Hazen on behalf of

the Canadians - Discussion on a motion

Letter from the superintendent of finance to refer to a select committee the subject

- Dr. Franklin - Count de Vergennes of western lands - Drawback on salt fish.

Conduct of American ministers towards

France discussed.

THURSDAY, April 10,...... .....84

THURSDAY, March 20,....... ....72 Letters from Gen. Carleton and Admiral

Digby - Letters from Dr. Franklin and

Instructions of Virginia relative to confis.

Mr. Adams — Peace - The secretary of

cated property — Resolutions of Pennsyl-

vania relative to British debts - General

foreign affairs reports a proclamation to

Congress - Prisoners of war directed to

be discharged.

Friday, March 21,.


FRIDAY, April 11,.........

Revenue report considered.

Proclamation of the secretary of foreign

SATURDAY, March 22, .....


affairs discussed.

Letter from Gen. Washington - His ad- SATURDAY, April 12,


dress to the convention of officers-Licen-

ses to whalers - Report on the conduct of

Letter received from Mr. Dana - Remarks

American ministers in France - Debate.

thereon Consideration of the report of

the secretary of foreign affairs.

Monday, March 24,......

Monday, April 14,...


Intelligence of peace sent by La Fayette

Letter from. Gen. Carleton received Report of the committee on the ratifica-
through Gen. Washington - Injunction of

tion of the preliminary articles - Consid-
secrecy debated.

erations of the committee for recommend-

ing a postponement of the decision of
WEDNESDAY, March 26,..... ..76 Congress.

Communication by the minister of France, Tuesday, April 15, .
on the finances and negotiations of the


two countries.

Ratification of the articles.

THURSDAY, March 27,....... .77 | WEDNESDAY, April 16, ...


General revenue taken up — Amendments.

Mr. Hamilton's views of the provisional


Friday, March 28,....

Proportion of slaves to freemen - Vote - THURSDAY, April 17,...... ......86
Arguments for various rates -

Mr. Madison's views to the adjustment of


the revenue - Remarks - Vote.

SATURDAY, March 29, ..... ..80 Friday, April 18,......... ......87

Examination of department of finance. Termination of hostilities - Debate

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