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Gabriel Moore, George W. Owen, (John McKee.
Several new members, viz. from New York, Thomas Taber, the 20, in the place of Thomas J, Oakley, resigned ; from New Jersey, James F. Randolph, in the place of George Holcombe, deceased, and Thomas Sinnickson, in the place of Hedge Thompson, deceased ; and from Kentucky, John Chambers, in the place of Thomas Metcalfe, resigned, also appeared, were qualified, and took their seats. Delegates from the Territories also appeared, and took their seats, viz;
From MICHIGAN, Austin E. Wing,
From FLORIDA, Josepb M. White. And a quorum, consisting of a majority of the whole number of members of the House, being present, it was
Ordered, that a message be sent to the Senate, to inform that body that a quorum of this house has assembled, and is now ready to proceed to business ; and that the Clerk do go with said message. i
A message from the Senate, by Mr. Lowrie, their Secretary : Mr. Speaker : I am directed to inform the House of Representatives that a quorum of the Senate is assembled, and ready to proceed to busi- . ness.
On motion of Mr. Van Rensselaer, Resolved, That a comunittee be appointed, to be joined by a committee on the part of the Senate, to wait on the President of the United States, and inform him that quorums of the two Houses have assembled, and that they are now ready to receive any communication he may be pleased to make to them.
And Mr. Van Rensselaer and Mr. Gorham were appointed the said committee on the part of this House. Ordered, That the Clerk do acquaint the Senate therewith..
On motion of Mr. Ward, Ordered, That the Clerk be directed to cause the members of this House to be furnished with such newspapers as they respectively may elect; the expense of each member not to exceed the price of three daily papers.
On motion of Mr. Van Rensselaer, Resolved, That two Chaplains, of different denominations, be elected by Congress, to serve the present session, one by each House, who shall interchange weekly.
Ordered, That the Clerk request the concurrence of the Senate in this resolution.
On motion of Mr. Taylor, Ordered, That a schedule of the business remaining unfinished on the orders of the day at the close of the last session, and continued by the fifteenth rule of this House, be printed under the direction of the Clerk, for the use of the members of this House.
On motion of Mr. Ramsey, Ordered, That the daily hour to which this House shall stand adjourned, be twelve o'clock, meridian, until otherwise ordered.
And then the House adjourned.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1828.
Several other Members, viz :
s Chauncey Forward,
| Thomas Newton,
John H. Bryan, From NORTH CAROLINA,
Gabriel Holmes. r John Carter,
William Drayton, From SOUTH CAROLINA,
William D. Martin, (George McDuffie,
John Floyd, From GEORGIA, .
1 Charles E. Haynes,
S Mordecai Bartley, From OHIO,
John Sloane, appeared and took their seats.
Mr. Van Rensselaer, from the joint committee appointed yesterday to wait on the President of the United States, and inform him that quorums of the two Houses have asseinbled, and that they are ready to receive any communication he may be pleased to make to them, reported that the committee had performed the duty assigned them, and that the President answered that he would make a communication to the two Houses of Congress to-day, at twelve o'clock, ineridian.
A communication, in writing, was then received from the President of the United States, by Mr. John Adams, his Private Secretary, which was read, and is as follows :
To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States. FELLOW.CITIZENS OF THE SENATE,
AND OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES : If the enjoyment in profusion of the bounties of Providence forms a suitable subject of mutual gratulation and grateful acknowledgment, we are admonished at this return of the season, when the Representatives of the nation are assembled to deliberate upon their concerns, to offer up the tribute of fervent and grateful hearts, for the never-failing mercies of Him who ruleth over all. He has again favored us with healthful seasons and abundant harvests. He has sustained us in peace with foreign countries, and in tranquillity within our borders. He has preserved us in the quiet and undisturbed possession of civil and religious liberty. He has crowned the year with his goodness, imposing on us no other conditious than of improving, for our own happiness, the blessings bestowed by his hands; and in the fruition of all his favors. of devoting the faculties with which we have been endowed by him to his glory, and to our own temporal and eternal welfare.
In the relations of our Federal Union with our brethren of the human race, the changes which have occurred since the close of your last session have generally tended to the preservation of peace, and to the cultivation of harmony. Before your last separation, a war had unhappily been kindled between the Empire of Russia, one of those with which our intercourse has been no other than a constant exchange of good offices, and that of the Ottoman Porte, a nation from which geographical distance, religious opinions, and maxims of government, on their part, little suited to the formation of those bonds of mutual benevolence which result from the benefits of commerce, had kept us in a state, perhaps too much prolonged, of coldness and alienation. The extensive, fertile, and populous dominions of the Sultan belong rather to the Asiatic, than the European division of the human family. They enter but partially into the system of Europe ; nor have their wars with Russia and Austria, the European States upon which they border, for more than a century past, disturbed the pacific relations of those States with the other great Powers of Europe. Neither France, nor Prussia, nor Great Britain has ever taken part in them ; nor is it to be expected that they will at this time. The declaration of war by Russia has received the approbation or acquiescence of her allies, and we may indulge the hope that its progress and termination will be signalized by the moderation and forbearance, no less than by the energy of the Emperor Nicholas; and that it will afford the opportunity for such collateral agency in behalf of the suffering Greeks, as will secure to them ultimately the trigmph of humanity and of freedom.
The state of our particular relations with France has scarcely varied in the course of the present year. The commercial intercourse between the two countries has continued to increase, for the mutual benefit of both. The claims of indemnity to numbers of our fellow-citizens for depredations upon their property, heretofore committed, during the Revolutionary Governments, remain unadjusted, and still form the subject of earnest representation and remonstrance. Recent advices from the Minister of the United States at Paris encourage the expectation that the appeal to the justice of the French Government will ere long receive a favorable consi. deration.
The last friendly expedient has been resorted to for the decision of the controversy with Great Britain, relating to the Northeastern Boundary of the United States. By an agreement with the British Government, carrying into effect the provisions of the fifth article of the Treaty of Ghent, and the Convention of 29th September, 1827, his Majesty the King of the Netherlands has, by common consent, been selected as the umpire between the parties. The proposal to bim to accept the designation for the performance of this friendly office will be made at an early day; and the United States, relying upon the justice of their cause, will cheerfully coinmit the arbitrament of it to a Prince equally distinguished for the independence of his spirit, his indefatigable assiduity to the duties of his station, and his inflexible personal probity.
Our commercial relations with Great Britain will deserve the serious consideration of Congress, and the exercise of a conciliatory and forbear