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Records that pertain to American Slavery and the International Slave Trade

I. Congressional Records


The following is information found in the records of the National Archives and Records Administration. It identifies the record group and series, with brief descriptions and locations. It does not provide actual documents. Some of the records are microfilmed, and have been noted.

For further insight, see Walter B. Hill Jr.'s Prologue article on this topic.





RG 360 Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention

Publication : Index--Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789 Complied by John Butler, 1978

The First Continental Congress met September 5, 1774, in Philadelphia and adjourned October 26, 1774. Representatives from the 13 colonies attended except Georgia. The Congress convened for the purpose of discussing and addressing grievances to the British Crown and Parliament. The Second Continental Congress met May 10, 1776 and finished its work some 6 years later.

The records are arranged by type, such as journals, committee reports, correspondence, memorials, and petitions, and subsequently chronologically and alphabetically. They include the numbered Items and the indexes to them arranged in a numerical sequence of 196 series referred to as "item number." The Index of the PCC, is arranged alphabetically by name and subject. Each entry gives the date of the document, the type of document or a brief abstract, the "Item number", and the volume and page numbers.

Among records are documents that relate to:
  1. Foreign Affairs;
  2. Fiscal Affairs;
  3. Military Affairs;
  4. Naval Affairs;
  5. Postal System.
The following entries refer to Negroes and slavery; however these subject can appear in other entries not so specified.

Entries include:

Negroes168 documents
Slaves 104 documents
Slave Trade12 documents
Slavery 29 documents
Slave Ships 2 documents

Check State entries for the subjects listed under "1a".

Publication : Microfilm Publication Number M247, Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789, Descriptive Pamphlet (DP); Microfilm Publication Number M332, Miscellaneous Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789, Descriptive Pamphlet.

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Sessional Indexes to the Annals of the Congress, 1789-1813 Volume 1, 1st Congress through the 12th Congress

1st Congress, March 3, 1789 - March 3, 1791
. House 1st Session:
  • Importation of certain person to the United States, p366
  • Bill deferred, p903
  • James Madison, slave trade p1185, p1189, p1203
House 2nd Session
  • Page of Virginia, slave trade, p1190, p1203
  • Parker of Virginia, slave trade, p1184
  • Philadelphia Quakers petition opposing slave trade, p1182, p1197
  • Scott of Pennsylvania, slave trade, p1199
  • Sedgwick of Mass, slave trade, p1187
  • Slave Trade:
    • Petition form Philadelphia/New York Society of Friends, p1182
    • Debate on motion to refer to petition, p1184
    • Laid on table, p1191
    • Benjamin Franklin, petition from Pennsylvania Abolition Society, p1197
    • Debate concerning petition, p1198
    • Referred, p1205
    • Report on the petitions, p1413
    • Taken up and discussed, p1414
    • Discussion resumed, p1450, p1466, p1472
    • Entered into journal, p1472, p1473
    • Smith of Maryland, slave trade, p1184, 1188, 1201,1204, 1416, 1453
    • Stone of Maryland, slave trade, p1185, p1190
    • Sylvester, New York, slave trade, p1201
    • Tucker, South Carolina, p1190, p1198
    • White, Virginia, slave trade, p1189, p1451
2nd Congress, October 24, 1791 - March 2, 1793

House, 1st Session
  • Slave Trade:
    • Petition from Warner Mifflin, p728
    • Debate on petition, p730
    • Clerk ordered to return petition, p731
3rd Congress, Dec. 2, 1793 - March 3, 1795
Senate, 1st Session
  • Quakers, memorial to abolish slave trade, p36
Slave Trade:
  • Quaker petition to suppress trade laid on table, p36
  • Petition from abolition societies presented, p38
  • Bill to prohibit trade form the U.S. to foreign countries, p64
  • Motion to postpone the bill to next session, p70
  • Ordered to a third reading, p71
  • Read third time and passed, p72
House, 1st Session
  • Memorial from Abolition Societies, p319
  • Reported on, ordered to be committed to the Committee of the Whole, p448
  • Resolution reported and agreed to, p455
  • French Emigrants from St. Domingo, debate on the subject of relief, p169, p349
    • committee to bring bill for the support, p352
    • bill reported, p411
    • passed, p422
  • Remarks of Mr. Madison on proposed relief to French emigrants from St.Domingo, p170
  • Quakers, memorial relative to slave trade, p249
  • Slave trade, petition to abolish, referred to committee, p349
    • Report of the committee read and committed to Committee of the Whole, p448
    • committee appointed to bring in a bill for suppression of trade, 455
    • bill presented, read twice, and committed, p469
    • bill passed, p483
4th Congress, December 7, 1795 - March 3, 1797

House 1st Session
  • Madison, Mr., On the resolution for caring the Treaty with Great Britain into effect, p975
  • Negroes, resolution respecting the kidnapping of, resented, and agreed to, p1025
  • Northwestern Territory, petitions relative to certain lots, and praying permission to import slaves into the Territory, read and referred, p1171
  • Slaves, adverse report on slave importation petition, p1349
Senate 2nd Session
  • Fugitives, a committee appointed to report on the measures necessary respecting fugitives from justice, and persons escaping from service, p1528
House 2nd Session
  • Kidnapping negroes, consideration of a report made last session on a memorial from Delaware, on the subject of, p1730
  • Committee of the Whole discharged from the further consideration of he report, and a motion made to recommit it, p1735
    • further consideration of the report postponed, p1737
    • report recommitted, p1767
    • another report made, p1895
  • Manumitted slaves, petition of certain, praying a redress of grievances, p2015
    • debate on the question of receiving the petition, p2018
    • petition rejected, p2024
  • Refugees, report concerning certain, received, and referred to Committee of the Whole, p1601
    • motion to go into consideration of subject, lost consideration of subject, p1683, p1727
    • committee appointed to bring in a bill, p1730
    • the bill reported, read twice, and committed, p1943
  • Slaves, debate on the resolution for laying a tax on, p1933
    • resolution agreed to, p1941
    • a petition from sundry manumitted slaves, p2015
    • debate on the question of resolving the petition, p2018
    • House refuse to receive it, p2024
5th Congress May 15, 1791 - March 3, 1799

Senate, 2nd Session
  • Quakers, memorial and address from Society of Friends, requesting the attention of the Congress to the oppressed condition of the African race, p475
    • Withdrawn, p475
  • Lands and dwelling houses, a bill to provide for the valuation of, and for the Numeration of slaves in the United States, received p579
    • committed, p580
    • reported, p585
    • recommended, p587
    • reported, p588
    • considered, p594
    • ordered to third reading, p595
    • further considered, p596
    • passed with amendments, p597
    • the amendment concurred in, p598
House, 2nd Session
  • Quakers, a memorial on the condition of the African brethren p656
    • debate on second reading p658
    • referred to a select committee p670
    • report of the committee made p945
    • committed p946
    • debated p1032
    • concurred in p1033
  • Slaves, a bill to provide for the enumeration of, reported p1869
  • Taxes, a report recommending a direct tax upon houses, lands, and slaves p1563
    • recommitted p1566
    • reported p1567
    • a bill for the assessment p1683
    • debated p1837
    • third reading p2061
    • passed p2066
    • amended by the Senate p2139
    • amendment laid on table p2171
    • taken up and debated p2172
  • Appendix-Public Acts, 2nd Session, act to enumerate slaves, p37
6th Congress, December 2, 1799 - March 3, 1801

Senate, 1st Session
  • Slave trade, motion to revise law prohibiting trade p15
    • bill for that purpose reported p159
    • passed p164
    • amendments received p173
    • amended p175
House, 1st Session
  • Free Blacks, petition of, presented p229
    • part of it referred p238
    • other action in reference thereto p240, 245
  • Randolph, Mr., remarks of, on the petition of free blacks p221
  • Slaves, a bill to permit the brining of, into the Mississippi territory, p700
    • reported and passed p709
  • Slave trade, a bill to amend the act prohibiting, reported p668
    • a bill from the Senate for that purpose, received p676
    • considered p686,688
    • amended p697
    • passed p699
  • Thatcher, Mr., remarks of, on the petition of the free blacks p232, 240, 244
  • Appendix-Public Documents and Acts. Slave Trade bill p1511
7th Congress, December 1801 - March 3, 1803

House, 1st Session
  • Fugitives, a bill respecting, reported p336
    • debated p423
    • rejected p425
Senate, 2nd Session
  • Importation of certain persons, a bill to prevent the, received and reported p100
    • referred and reported p101
    • passes p207
8th Congress, October 17, 1803 - March 3, 1805

Senate 1st Session
  • Abolition of slavery. A petition of the American Convention presented and read p 238
House, 1st Session
  • Mr. Bedinger, of Kentucky, remarks of, on a resolution in regards to slaves p993, p997
  • Mr. Elmer, of New Jersey, on slaves p1034
  • Mr. Eppes, of Virginia, on slaves p1028
  • Mr. Findley, of Pennsylvania, on slaves p999
  • Mr. Holland, of North Carolina, on slaves p1007
  • Mr. Huger, of South Carolina, on slaves p1004, 1016
  • Importation of slaves, resolution respecting the,
    • Offered p820
    • Debated p991, 1012
    • Adopted p1020
    • Bill in pursuance presented p1021
    • Postponed p1036
  • Mr. Jackson, of Virginia, on slaves p1031
  • Mr. Lowndes, of South Carolina, on a resolution respecting slaves, p991,1024
  • Mr. Lucas, of Pennsylvania, remarks of, on a resolution in relation to slaves p1008
  • Messages, one respecting slaves imported into New Orleans p1123
  • Mr. Moore, of Tennessee, remarks of, on a resolution respecting slaves p1003
  • Mr. Rodney, of Delaware, remarks on the importation of slaves, p1132
  • Mr. Stanton, of Rhode Island, on a resolution respecting slaves, p1026
  • Yeas and Nays, on the bill respecting slaves, p1036
Senate, 2nd Session
  • Quakers, a petition from the people called, relating to the African race, received and read by the yeas and nays, p39
House, 2nd Session
  • Slaves, resolution offered to impose a tax on the importation of, p1189
  • Letter presented from the Government of Massachusetts relative to the importation of, p1222
  • a memorial on the subject of importation of, p1596
9th Congress, December 2, 1805 - March 3, 1807 Senate, 1st Session
  • Mr. Adams, objections of, to the proposition to suspend commercial intercourse with St. Domingo, p29
  • Bonaparte, proclamation of, to the inhabitants of St. Domingo
  • Craft, Gershom, petition of, praying the abolition of slavery, read, p92
  • Mr. Hillhouse, speech of, suspending trade with St. Domingo, p35
  • Le Clerc, Captain General, proclamation of, to the inhabitants of St. Domingo, p122
  • Mr. Logan, remarks of, on asking leave to bring in a bill to suspend commercial intercourse with St. Domingo, p26
  • Mr. Mitchell, speech of, on the St. Domingo bill, p31
  • St. Domingo, notice of a bill to suspend commercial intercourse with, p20
  • Slavery, a memorial respecting the abolition of, read, p92
  • Slaves, leave ask for a bill to prohibit the importation of, after January 1, 1808, p20
  • Question of the leave ask, taken by yeas and nays, and granted, p21
  • Bill in pursuance thereof, presented and read, p21
  • Read a second time, and indefinitely postponed, p21
  • A resolution, to amend the Constitution on the same subject, postponed to the next session, p232
  • Mr. White, speech of, on the St. Domingo bill, p117
  • Yeas and Nays, on the amendments to the bill suspending commercial intercourse with St. Domingo, p83
  • On amendments to the bill suspending trade with St. Domingo, p114
House, 1st Session
  • Abolition Convention, memorial of the American, read, and referred to a select committee p445
  • Alston, Mr., remarks of, on the taxing the importation of slaves p349, 360
  • Bidwell, Mr., remarks on the bill to tax the importation of slaves p435
  • Bedinger, Mr., on the resolution to tax the importation of slaves p371
  • Broom, Mr., speech of, on the taxing the importation of slaves p365, 373
  • Clark, Mr., remarks on the resolution to tax the importation of slaves p347, 358
  • Clay, Joseph, remarks on the bill imposing a tax on the importation of slaves p438
  • Crownshield, Mr., remarks of on the bill to prohibit intercourse with St. Domingo p510
  • Dana, Mr., remarks of, on the resolution to tax the importation of slaves p349, 359, 363, 373
    • on the bill imposing a tax on the importation of slaves p439
    • on the bill to prohibit intercourse with St. Domingo p512
  • Dawson, Mr., remarks on the resolution to tax the importation of slaves(with a motion to postpone) p372
  • Early, Mr., on the St.Domingo bill p514
  • Elmer, Mr., on the St.Domingo bill p514
  • Ely, Mr., on the St.Domingo bill p515
  • Eppes, Mr., remarks on the St.Domingo bill p515
  • Fisk, Mr., remarks of, on the resolution to tax the importation of slaves p351
  • France, documents showing the complaints made by, against our commerce with St.Domingo p1216
  • Jackson, Mr., remarks on the bill to tax the importation of slaves p443
  • Macon, Mr., on the resolution to tax the importation of slaves p360
  • Marion, Mr., on the resolution to lay a tax on the importation of slaves p347
  • Moore, Mr., T.,remarks of, on the resolution to tax the importation of slaves p374
  • Nelson, Roger, Mr., remarks of, on the resolution to tax the importation of slaves p361
  • Nicholson, Mr., on the bill to prohibit intercourse with St. Domingo p510
  • Ogden, Samuel G., a resolution on the subject of said memorial offered by Mr. Early p1090
  • Quincy, Mr., remarks on, to prohibit intercourse with St. Domingo p513
  • St.Domingo, a bill from the Senate to suspend trade with, referred p485
    • Debated and postponed p499, 510
    • Passed p515
    • The act as approved p1228
  • Slaves, a resolution to tax the importation of, laid on the table p273
    • Called up, and postponed p274
    • Resolution debated p346
    • Progress reported, and leave granted to sit again p351, 372
    • The resolution agreed to, and a bill ordered p375
    • A bill reported, read twice, and committed p397
    • The bill debated, and ordered to a third reading p434,442
    • Read a third time, and recommitted to a select committee p444
    • Said committee report a new bill, and a motion to reject lost p533
    • Resolutions of the General Assembly of Vermont, proposing such an amendment of the Constitution as to prevent the importation of, read and laid on the table p344
    • A committee appointed to inquire what additional provisions by law are
    • necessary to prevent the importation of p445
    • A report from said committee p472
    • The report referred to the Committee of the Whole p473
    • A resolution reported, twice read, and agreed to, a committee appointed,
    • and a bill ordered p522
    • A bill to prevent the introduction of, into the Mississippi and Orleans
    • Territories, read twice and committed p878
    • Sundry petitions, praying that the introduction of, may be permitted into the territories of Indiana p393,848
  • Sloan, Mr., remarks on his resolution to tax the importation of slaves p346,358
  • Smilie, Mr., remarks of, on the resolution to tax he importation of slaves p350
  • Smith, John C., remarks on the resolution to tax the importation of slaves p373, 443
  • Southard, Mr., remarks of, on the resolution to tax the importation of slaves p348, 362
  • Williams, Mr. D.R., argument of, for the postponing the resolution to tax the Importation of slaves p274
  • Yeas and Nays, on granting leave to the Committee of the Whole to sit again on the resolution to tax the importation of slaves p351
Senate, 2nd Session
  • Slaves, notice of a bill to prohibit the importation of, after 1st January, 1808 p16
    • leave granted, a bill presented, and read p19
    • read a second time, and referred p19
    • reported with sundry amendments, and postponed p33,36
    • ordered to a third reading, with the amendments p45
    • read a third time, and passed p47
    • returned from the House of Representatives with amendments, and referred p68
    • amendment reported, agreed to, except the proviso disagreed to p69
    • the House of Representatives insist, and ask a conference p70
    • the conference agreed to, and the managers appointed p71
    • the managers make a report, of certain modifications p79
    • which report is concurred in p88
    • the House of Representatives agree to the modification of the conferees p93
House, 2nd Session
  • Alston, Mr., remarks of, on the bill to suspend the non-importation act p118 - 124
    • on Mr. Bidwell's motion to amend the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p169, 178
  • Barker, Mr., remarks of, on Mr. Sloan's motion to amend bill to prohibit importation of slaves p171
    • on Mr. Bidwell's amendment to the same bill p224
    • on the amendment to the same p243
  • Bedinger, Mr., remarks of, on the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p177, 178
  • Bidwell, Mr., remarks of, on the bill to suspend non-importation act, p121
    • on the Senate amendments to the bill suspending the non-importation act p155, 157
    • on Mr. Sloan's amendments to the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p171
    • on Mr. Bedinger's amendment to the same p181
    • Clay, Joseph, remarks of, on the bill to suspend the non-importation act p116, 118
    • on Mr. Randolph's motion to refer to the Senate's amendments to the bill to suspend the non-importation act p150
    • on the amendments mentioned p154
    • on Mr. Sloan's amendment to the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p175
  • Cook, Mr., remarks of, on the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p177, 226
  • Crowninshield, Mr., remarks of, on the bill to suspend the non-importation act p122
    • on the Senate amendment to suspend the non-importation act p154
  • Dawson, Mr., offered a proviso to the second reading of the bill to suspend the non-importation act p117
  • Dwight, Theodore, remarks of, on the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p240
  • Elliot, Mr., remarks of, on the bill to suspend the non-importation act p120
  • Early, Mr., introductory of a motion to amend the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p477
  • Elmer, Mr., remarks of, on the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p235
  • Ely, Mr., remarks of, on the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p179, 232, 239
  • Fisk, Mr., remarks of, on Mr. Bidwell's amendment to the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p224
  • Goldsborough, Mr., remarks of, on the modifications reported by the conferees on the slave bill p626
  • Hastings, Mr., remarks of, on the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p227
  • Holland, Mr., remarks of, on the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p239
  • Kelly, Mr., remarks of, on the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p184
  • Lloyd, Edward, remarks of, on the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p236
  • Macon,Mr., remarks on, on the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p172, 176,178, 225
  • Marion, Mr., remarks of, on the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves 478
  • Mosely, Mr., remarks of, on the bill to prevent the importation of slaves p233
  • Olin, Mr., remarks of, on the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p237
  • Pitkin, Mr., remarks of, on the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p185
  • Quiney, Mr., remarks of, on the bill to prevent the importation of slaves p176, 183, 297
  • Randolph, John, against receding from the ninth amendment to the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p528
  • Slaves, a bill presented to prohibit the importation of, read twice and committed p151
    • debate on the bill p167, 180
    • recommitted to a select committee p189
    • said committee reported an amendatory bill which was read twice, and committed p190
    • debate on the same p200, 220
    • the question taken on Mr. Bidwell's amendment, and lost p228
    • several amendments were made and reported to the House p228
    • debate on the amendments p 231
    • several amendments agreed to p244
    • Mr. Sloan moves another amendment, which is lost p254
    • Mr.Early moved an amendment, which was agreed to p264
    • Mr. Bidwell offered a proviso, which was negatived p266
    • Mr. Pitkin's amendment adopted, and the bill ordered to a third reading p267
    • read a third time, and a motion to recommit to a select committee p270
    • the bill recommitted, as move p273
    • said committee reported another amendatory bill, which was twice read, and committed to the Committee of the Whole p373
    • Mr. Early moved an amendment p477
    • A bill from the Senate on the same subject, read and committed p427
    • All the bills considered, and the Senate bill reported with amendments p481
    • the amendments agreed to, and the bill further amended p484
    • ordered to a third reading p485
    • read a third time, and passed as amended p486
    • returned from the Senate with disagreement to the ninth amendment p502
    • the House insist, and the conference agreed upon p528
    • the Senate agreed to the modifications reported by the committee of conference p621
    • those modification debated p626
    • and agreed to p627
    • Mr. Randolph presented an explanatory bill on the subject, which was twice read, and committed to the Committee of the Whole p637
  • Slave Trade, a memorial on the subject of the p992
  • Sloan, Mr., on the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p169, 175, 184,226, 231, 478
  • Smilie, Mr., on the Senate's amendment to the bill to prevent the importation of slaves p232, 634
  • Southard, Mr., remarks of, on the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p226
  • Stanton, Mr., remarks of, on the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p240
  • Tallmadge, Mr., remarks of, on the bill to prohibit the slave trade p232
  • Varnum, Mr., remarks of, on the bill to prohibit the importation of slaves p243
  • Yeas and Nays - on Mr. Bidwell's amendment to the slave importation bill p264
  • Public Act - An Act to prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States, from and after the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eight p1266
10th Congress, October 26, 1807 - March 3, 1809

House, 1st Session
  • District of Columbia, a petition relating to the removal of slaves from country to another in the, was referred to the same committee p1840
  • Public Act - An Act making an appropriation to supply a deficiency in an appropriation for the support of the Government during the present, year, and making an appropriation for defraying the expenses incident to the valuation of homes, lands, and the enumeration of slaves within the United States.
House, 2nd Session
  • Clarkson's History of Slavery, presented for deposit in the Library of Congress p 1451
  • Indiana Territory, a letter from the President of the Legislative Council of, protesting against the admission of slavery in, and other papers, read p 501
11th Congress, May 22, 1809 - March 3, 1811

Senate 1st and 2nd Sessions
  • District of Columbia, a bill to authorize the removal of slaves from one part to another of the, read first and second time, and referred to a select committee p531
  • Free Negroes, Mr. Brent gave notice of a bill to prevent the future emigration of, to the District of Columbia p595
    • Penalties and forfeitures, a bill to remit certain, read, etc. p36
    • Read a second time, amended, and ordered to a third reading p37
    • Read a third time, and postponed p38
    • Referred to a select committee p39
    • Reported with amendments p41
    • Agreed to, read a third time, and passes as amended p43
    • Returned from the House of Representatives with amendments p48
    • Which were concurred in p49
    • Mr. Lloyd gave notice of a bill to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury in certain cases to remit the, on vessels arriving from France, etc. p43
  • Slaves, the importation of, on motion of Mr. Giles a committee was appointed to inquire into the expediency of providing for the remission of penalties, etc., for violation of the act to prohibit p34
  • Yeas and Nays, on amending the bill to authorize the removal of slaves from one part of the District of Columbia to another part p585
House 1st and 2nd Session
  • District of Columbia, a bill to authorize the removal of slaves from one part to another of the, read twice, and committed p783
    • Reported without amendment, and ordered to a third reading p1215
    • Read a third time and passed p1218
  • Lindsey, Thomas, the petition of, praying restitution of his vessel, condemned for bringing a French family with their slaves from the island of Cuba, etc. p322
  • Penalties and Forfeitures, a bill from the Senate for the remission of certain p380
    • Read twice, discussed, read a third time, and passed p465
    • So much of the Message as relates to, involuntarily incurred by infractions of the non-intercourse act, referred to the Committee of Commerce and Manufactures p688
    • On motion of Mr. Montgomery, the said committee was instructed to inquire into the expediency of extending the benefits of the act for the remission of, to cases of expulsion from the Island of Cuba p706
    • A report from said committee on several individual cases, by name p2209
Senate 3rd Session

House 3rd Session
  • Importation, Mr. Cheves laid before the House two letters suggesting amendments to the act to prohibit the, of slaves, referred to the Committee on Commerce and Manufactures p431
  • Slave trade, so much of the President's Message as relates to the laws interdicting the, was referred to the Committee of Commerce and Manufactures p387
12th Congress November 4, 1811 - March 3, 1813

Senate 1st Session

House 1st Session

Senate 2nd Session
  • Abolition of Slavery, Mr. Bradley presented the memorial of the Pennsylvania Society for the, read p87
House 2nd Session
  • Abolition of Slavery, Mr. Milnor presented a memorial of the Pennsylvania Society for the, etc., referred to a select committee p1074
  • Report of said committee p1090

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Sessional Indexes to the Annals of the Congress, 1813-1844 Vol. 2, 13th Congress through the 18th Congress 1st Session

13th Congress May 24, 1813 – March 3, 1815

Senate 1st Session

House 1st Session

Senate 2nd Session
  • Cuffee, Paul, Mr. Gore presented the petition of, referred p569
  • A bill allowing, to depart with vessel and cargo for Sierra Leone, read p570
  • Read a second time p572
  • Ordered to a third reading p601
  • Read a third time and passed p602
  • Yeas and nays, on the bill to permit the final departure of Paul Cuffee, etc. p601
House 2nd Session
  • Cuffee, Paul (a colored man,) Mr. Wheaton presented the petition of, which was read, and referred to the Committee of Commerce and Manufactures p861
  • A bill from the Senate to provide for the departure of, with vessel, etc., to
  • Sierra Leone p1150
  • Read twice, and referred p1195
  • Report of the committee thereon ordered to be printed p1265
  • The third reading of the bill negatived p1881
  • Property captured or destroyed, etc., a bill authorizing payment for, read twice, etc. p806
  • Reported without amendment, and recommitted p2008
  • Ordered to lie on the table p2025
  • Taken up, and amended p2028
  • Laid over by general consent p2029
  • Property Impressed, etc., the Committee of Claims were instructed to inquire into the expediency of allowing full value to the owners of p806
  • A bill to provide for paying for, read twice p1696
  • Ordered to a third reading p1933
  • Read a third time, and passed p1934
Senate 3rd Session
  • Ghent, the President transmitted communications from the Commissioners at p118
  • Negroes, traffic in, by the enemy, on motion of Mr. Goldsborough, the President of the United States was requested to lay before the Senate the proof, if any, of a, alluded to in the instructions to the Plenipotentiaries p31
  • Negroes Captured, A Message from the President, in relation to the sale of, by the enemy, read and ordered to be printed p288
  • Documents accompanying the said Message p289
  • Property Lost or Destroyed, a bill from the House of Representatives to authorize payment for, read p202
  • Read a second time p207
  • Referred to a committee p214
  • Reported with amendments p281
  • Read a third time, and passed as amended p292
  • The House of Representatives agree and disagree p298
  • Bill indefinitely postponed p299
House 3rd Session
  • Ghent Commissioners, the President transmitted the last communication received from the, ordered to be printed, and referred p701
  • The President also transmitted copies of the instructions given to the, as to the basis of a Treaty of Peace p1285
  • Instructions to Plenipotentiaries, the President communicated copies of the, which were ordered, with certain exceptions, to be printed p393
  • Payment for Property lost, etc., a bill authorizing, twice read p1111
  • Private Property lost, etc., on motion of Mr. Hall, the Committee of Claims was instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing for payment of p326
  • Treaty of Peace, copy of the, as finally agreed upon and signed p1409

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14th Congress December 4, 1815 - March 3, 1817

Senate 1st Session
  • Abolition of Slavery, Mr. Roberts presented the memorial of the American Convention for promoting the, read and referred to a select committee p147
  • The committee discharged from consideration of the subject p326 Property lost, etc., a bill from the House of Representatives, to authorize payment for, read p32
    • Read a third time, and referred p34
    • Reported with amendments p95
    • Amendments read, and recommitted p103
    • Reported, with other amendments p124
    • Discussed, and further amended p205
    • Ordered to a third reading p207
    • Read a third time, and passed as amended p210
    • The House of representatives agreed with amendments, which were concurred in p257
House 1st Session
  • Abolition of Slavery, Mr. Sergeant presented the American Convention for the, referred p1068
  • Kentucky Abolition Society, Mr. Clark presented the petition of the, referred p451
    • Adverse report concurred in p691
  • Loss of property during the War, on motion of Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, the Committee of Claims were instructed to inquire into the expediency of liquidating the claims of citizens for the p382
  • Property lost, captured, or destroyed by the enemy, a bill to authorize payment for, twice read, and committed p389
    • Reported with amendments p401
    • Ordered to a third reading p407
    • Read a third time, and passed p409
    • Returned from the Senate with amendments p1224
    • Referred to the Committee of Claims p1238
    • Reported with amendments p1289
    • Considered, and concurred in p1300
  • Removal of Slaves into the District of Columbia, on motion of Mr. Lewis, the Committee on the District of Columbia were instructed to inquire into the expediency of equalizing the laws respecting the, from Virginia and Maryland p736
  • Traffic in Slaves, in the District of Columbia, on motion of Mr. Randolph a committee was appointed to inquire into the existence of a p1117
    • Mr. Randolph asked and obtained leave for the committee to send for persons and papers p1127
    • Report of said committee laid on the table p1465
  • Wright, Mr., of Maryland, remarks of, on the traffic in slaves in the District p1117
Public Acts and Resolutions
  • Property lost, etc., an act to authorize payment for p1806

Senate 2nd Session
  • Abolition of Slavery, Mr. Roberts presented a petition of the Pennsylvania Society for the, referred p96
  • Property lost, etc., a Message from the President, recommending a revision of the act to authorize payments for, etc., p20
  • A bill from the House of Representatives to amend the aforesaid act, read p65
    • Read a second time, and referred p67
    • Reported with amendments p78
    • Recommitted p89
    • Reported with further amendments p96
    • Ordered to a third reading, as amended p106
    • A motion, by Mr. Lacock, to reconsider the order to a third reading, prevailed p112
    • Mr. Lacock then moved to reconsider the vote on the motion to strike out the first section of the bill p113
    • Which motion also prevailed, and, the first section being struck out, the bill was referred to a select committee, with instructions p120
    • Reported with amendments, as instructed p122
    • Ordered to a third reading p147
    • Read a third time, and passed as amended p150
    • The House of Representatives concurred with an amendment, which was agreed to p196
  • Restitution of Slaves, Mr. Troup submitted a resolution, requesting of the President such information as he may possess touching the execution of so much of the Treaty with Great Britain as relates to p84
    • Agreed to, and committee appointed, etc. p86
    • A Message, transmitting the report of the Secretary of State in reply p104
  • Slave Trade, so much of the annual Message as relates to, referred to a select committee p33
    • Mr. Holdsborough presented the petition of the yearly meeting of Friends in Baltimore, on the subject of the, referred to said committee p36
    • Mr. Roberts presented a similar petition from several States p57
    • Mr. Horsey, the same p65
  • Transportation of Persons of Color, a bill respecting the, read p87
    • Read a second time p90
    • Ordered to a third reading p123
    • Read a third time, and passed p132
  • Yeas and Nays on agreeing to reconsider the vote on the property bill p119
    • On striking out the first section of said bill p120
  • Yeas and Nays on indefinite postponement of the fugitive slave bill p123
    • On amending the same p124
  • Yeas and Nays on postponing for a week the bill relating to persons escaping, etc. p134
House 2nd Session
  • Abolition Society, of Kentucky, a report on the petition of the p266
    • Mr. Hopkinson presented the petition of the Pennsylvania p842
  • African Slave Trade, appointment of a select committee on the p234
    • Report of said committee p939
  • Atherton, Mr., remarks of, on his motion to amend the bill concerning property lost, etc. p461
  • Betts, Samuel R., of New York, remarks of, on the bill to amend the act concerning property lost, etc. p369
  • Calhoun, John C., remarks of, on the motion to suspend the execution of the act authorizing payment for property lost, etc. p291
    • Speech of, on the bill to amend the act concerning property lost, etc. p390
    • In reply to Mr. Clay on that subject p428
  • Clay, Henry, Speaker, speech of, on the bill to amend the act authorizing payment for property lost, etc. p382, 426
  • Colonization Society, Mr. Randolph presented the petition of the, read p481
    • Referred to the Committee on the African Slave Trade p639
    • Mr. Yancey presented the petition of Friends in favor of the p508
    • Mr. Pickering's report on the subject of p939
  • Commissioner of Claims, a bill to amend the act authorizing payment of claims for property lost, etc. p298
  • Comstock, Oliver C., of New York, speech of, on the bill to amend the act concerning property lost, etc. pp424, 440
  • Deportation of Slaves, papers transmitted by the President, on the subject of, by the British ships-of-war p1085
  • Fletcher, Thomas, of Kentucky, on the bill to amend the act concerning property lost, etc. p444
  • Forsyth, Mr., remarks of, on his motion to request the President to suspend the execution of the act authorizing payment for property lost, etc. pp279, 291
    • In reply to Mr. Grosvenor p295
    • On the bill to amend the act concerning property lost, etc. pp424, 439
  • Grosvenor, Mr., remarks of, on Mr. Forsyth's motion to suspend the execution of the act authorizing payment for property lost, etc. pp280, 287, 290
    • In reply to Mr. Forsyth p295
    • On the bill to amend the act concerning property lost, etc. pp388, 430
  • Hardin, Mr., remarks on the motion to suspend the act concerning property lost, etc. p277
  • Harrison, William Henry, of Ohio, on the motion to suspend the act concerning property lost, etc. p293
  • Hopkinson, Mr., remarks of, on the motion to suspend the act concerning property, etc. p290
  • Hulbert, Mr., remarks of, on the motion to suspend the act concerning property, etc. pp286, 291
    • On the bill to amend the act for payment for property, etc. p440
  • Johnson, Richard M., speech of, on the motion to suspend the act paying for property, etc. pp283, 294
    • On the bill to amend the said act pp372, 375, 425, 438
  • Manumission Society of Tennessee, the Speaker presented the petition of the, referred p769
  • Persons of Color, a bill from the Senate concerning the transportation of p996
    • Read twice, and referred p1019
    • Reported without amendment p1021
  • Pitkin, Timothy, of Connecticut, remarks of, on the motion to suspend the act for payment for property, etc. p285
  • Property Lost, etc., a Message from the President, recommending a revision of the act authorizing payment for, referred p245
    • Report, together with a bill to amend th act referred to, twice read, etc. p299
    • Read a third time, and passed p462
    • Returned from the Senate with amendments p1028
    • Referred to the Committee of Claims p1035
    • Said committee recommended agreement p1040
    • To which the House consented p1051
    • Papers communicated in relation to p1211
  • Randolph, John, of Virginia, speech of, on the motion to suspend the act concerning lost property pp289, 292
    • On the bill to amend the act paying for property lost, etc. p386
  • Robertson, Mr., of Louisiana, remarks of on the motion to suspend the act paying for property lost, etc. p282
  • Ross, John, of Pennsylvania, remarks of, on the motion to suspend the property act p288
    • On the bill to amend the property act
  • Sheffey, Daniel, of Virginia, speech of, on the bill to amend the property act p381
  • Taul, Mr., of Kentuchy, remarks of, on the motion to suspend the property act p282
  • Traffic in Negro Slaves, Mr. Pickering presented the petition of the Society of Friends on the subject of, referred p312
    • Mr. Hopkinson also presented similar petitions from several societies p442
  • Wilde, Mr., remarks of, on the bill to amend the property act p439
  • Wright, Mr., speech of, on the motion to suspend the property act p286
  • Yancey, Mr., remarks of, on the provisions of the act paying for property lost, etc. p278
    • On the motion to suspend the said act p280
  • Yeas and Nays, on amending the bill to amend the property act p441, 445
Public Acts and Resolutions
  • Property lost, etc., an act to amend the act authorizing payment for 1345

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15th Congress December 1, 1817 - March 3, 1819

Senate 1st Session
  • African Slave Trade, Mr. Burrill submitted a resolution on the subject of p71
    • Agreed to, and resolution referred p108
  • Burrill, Mr., remarks of, on his resolution concerning the African slave trade pp74, 76
    • Speech of, in support of the same p95
  • Campbell, George W., of Tennessee, remarks of, on the resolution respecting the African slave trade p76
  • Introduction of Slaves, a bill in addition to the act to prohibit the, read p307
    • Read a second time p312
    • Ordered to a third reading p351
    • Read a third time, and passed p358
    • Returned from the House of Representatives with amendments p378
    • Read, and concurred in p379
  • King, Mr. Speech of, on the resolution respecting the African slave trade p75, 87
    • On the motion to strike out the latter clause of the same p105
  • Lacock, Mr., speech of, on the resolution respecting the African slave trade p107
  • Morril, Mr., speech of, on the resolution concerning the African slave trade p102
    • On the fugitive slave bill p242
  • Slaves, Mr. Roberts submitted a resolution respecting the introduction of, into the United States p266
    • Agreed to, and referred to a select committee p267
  • Smith, Mr., speech of, on the Fugitive Slave bill p231
  • Traffic in Negroes, Mr. Goldsborough presented a memorial of the Society of Friends on the subject of, referred p61
  • Transportation of Persons of Color, a bill respecting the, read p172
    • Read a second time p174
    • Ordered to a third reading p261
    • Read a third time, and passed p263
  • Troup, George M., of Georgia, remarks of, on Mr. Burrill's resolution relating to the African slave trade pp74, 75
  • Yeas and Nays, on striking out part of the resolution on the African slave trade p108
  • Yeas and Nays on amending the Fugitive Slave bill pp225, 259
  • Yeas and Nays, on indefinite postponement of the Fugitive Slave bill p258
    • On the final passage of the same p262
House 1st Session
  • Abolition Society of Kentucky, Mr. Trimble presented the petition of the, referred p517
    • Mr. Sergeant presented a similar petition from Pennsylvania, also referred p829
  • Adams, Mr., of Massachusetts, remarks of, on the Fugitive Slave bill p837
  • African Colonization, Mr. Mercer's report on the subject of p1771
  • American Colonization Society, on motion of Mr. Mercer, the committee on the memorial of the, were instructed to inquire into the expediency of more effectual provision for prohibiting the African slave trade p528
  • Baldwin, Henry, of Pennsylvania, remarks of, on the Fugitive Slave bill p828
  • Clagett, Mr., of New Hampshire, speech of, on the Fugitive Slave bill p825
  • Clay, Henry, remarks of, on the Fugitive Slave bill p828
  • Cobb, Mr., of Georgia, speech of, on the Fugitive Slave bill p828
  • Fugitive Slaves, on motion of Mr. Pindall, a committee was appointed to inquire into the expediency of making further provision on the subject of p446
    • A bill to amend the act for the recovery of read twice, and referred p513
    • Reported, with amendments p829
    • Ordered to a third reading p831
    • Read a third time, and passed p840
    • Returned from the Senate, with amendments p1339
    • Read, and ordered to lie on the table p1393
  • Holmes, Mr., remarks of, on the Fugitive Slave bill pp828, 838
  • Livermore, Mr., remarks of, on the fugitive Slave bill pp830, 837
  • Maclay, William P., remarks of, on the Fugitive Slave bill p830
  • Manumission an Colonization Society of North Carolina, Mr. Settle presented the petition of the, referred p533
    • Mr. Blount presented the petition of a similar society of Tennessee, referred p799
  • Mason, Mr., of Massachusetts, remarks of, on the Fugitive Slave bill p838
  • Mercer, Chas. F., of Virginia, remarks of, on his resolution respecting African slave trade p518
  • Persons of Color, Mr. Mercer presented the petition of a Society of Friends, concerning p488
  • Pindall, Mr., speech of, on the Fugitive Slave bill pp827, 834
  • Rhea, Mr., remarks of, on the Fugitive Slave bill pp834, 838
  • Sergeant, John, of Pennsylvania, speech of, on the Fugitive Slave bill p830
  • Slavery, Mr. Livermore submitted an amendment to the Constitution on the subject of p1675
    • Read, and the question of consideration negatived p1676
  • Slaves, a bill from the Senate to prohibit the importation of p1715
    • Read twice p1718
    • Ordered to a third reading p1749
    • Amended, read the third time, and passed p1744
    • A bill prohibiting the introduction of, into the United States, twice read p650
    • Mr. Middleton offered a substitute, which was agreed to, and ordred to be printed, and referred p1662
    • Reported with amendments p1720
  • Smith, Samuel, of Maryland, remarks of, on the Fugitive Slave bill p830
  • Storrs, Mr., of New York remarks of, on the Fugitive Slave bill pp828, 839
  • Whitman, Mr., remarks of, on the Fugitive Slave bill p839
  • Williams, Mr., of Connecticut, remarks of, on the Fugitive Slave bill p839
  • Yeas and Nays, on the third reading of the Fugitive Slave bill p831
  • Yeas and Nays, on considering the Senate's amendments to the Fugitive Slave bill p1716
Senate 2nd Session
  • Abolition of Slavery, Mr. Roberts presented the memorial of the American Convention for the promotion of the , referred p85
  • Columbian United Abolition Society, Mr. Noble presented the petition of the p161
  • Importation of Slaves, Mr. Eaton submitted a resolution concerning the p68
    • Agreed to, and a committee appointed p69
    • Mr. Lacock presented a petition of a number of citizens on New York and Pennsylvania, praying a revision of the act relating to the, referred p77
    • Mr. Lacock also presented a similar petition from Carlisle, referred p88
    • Mr. Lacock presented another petition on the same subject, referred p90
    • Mr. Hunter, the same from inhabitants of Newport, referred p97
    • Mr. Daggett, the same from Connecticut, referred pp113, 197
    • Mr. Burrill, the same from Massachusetts, referred p162
    • Mr. Dickerson, the same from New Jersey, referred p167
    • Mr. Roberts also presented a similar petition, referred pp173, 189
    • Mr. Wilson, the same from New Jersey, referred p176
    • A bill supplemental to the act to prohibit the, read p213
    • Read a second time p224
    • The bill amended p269
  • Manumission of Slaves, Mr. Sanford presented the memorial of New York Society for the, referred p83
  • Restitution of Slaves, Mr. Fromentin submitted a resolution requesting information of President of the United States, touching the execution of the first article of the treaty with Great Britain, in relation to the p21
    • Agreed to, and committee appointed to wait on the President p23
    • A Message from the President in reply p36
  • Runaways, on motion of Mr. Forsyth, the Committee on the District of Columbia were instructed to inquire into the expediency of annulling the laws regulating the seizure of persons of color suspected to be p208
    • Said committee discharged p278
  • Slave Trade, a bill from the House of Representatives in addition to the act to prohibit the, read p279
    • Read a second time, and referred p280
    • Reported without amendment; read the third time, and passed p280
  • Slaves impressed into the public Service, Mr. Macon submitted a resolution concerning p174
    • Agreed to, and referred to a committee p177
    • The committee discharged p278
  • Transportation of persons of color, etc., a bill respecting the, read p58
  • Wilson, James J., of New Jersey, attended remarks of, on a resolution to instruct the committee on the slave trade p75
  • Yeas and Nays, on indefinite postponement of the bill respecting the transportation of persons of color p252
House 2nd Session
  • Abolition of Slavery, Mr. Sergeant presented the memorial of the American convention for the, referred p430
  • American Colonization Society, the Speaker presented a letter from a committee of the, referred p721
  • Colston, Edward, of Virginia, remarks of, on Mr. Linn's relosutions concerning the migration of slaves p337
  • Fugitive Slaves, on motion of Mr. Pindall, a committee was appointed to inquire into the expediency of providing, by law, for the delivering up of, etc. p546
    • A bill to that effect read twice p551
  • Importation of Slaves, on motion of Mr. Middleton, the bill of last session supplementary to the act to prohibit the, was referred p320
    • Mr. Hostetter, of Pennsylvania, presented a petition, on the subject of the, was referred p320
  • Linn, John, remarks of, on his resolution concerning the migration of slaves p336
  • Manumission of Slaves, Mr. Irving presented the memorial of the New York Society for promoting the, referred p430
    • Referred to the Committee of Foreign Affairs p540
    • That committee discharged, and subject referred to Committee of the Whole p551
  • Mercer, Charles F., of Virginia, attended remarks of, on his resolution relative to the slave trade p442
  • Poindexter, George, of Mississippi, remarks of, on the resolution concerning the migration of slaves p336
  • Slaves, appointment of a select committee, on the unlawful introduction of p293
  • Slave Trade, two resolutions by Mr. Mercer relative to the, agreed to p442
    • A letter from the Secretary of the Navy transmitting copies of all instructions to commanders, on the subject of the p515
    • Ditto from the Secretary of the Treasury, with a statement of vessels seized and condemned under the laws prohibiting the p662
    • A bill in addition to the act to prohibit the, read twice p540
    • Ordered to a third reading p1431
    • Read the third time, and passed p1433
    • Returned from the Senate with amendments, and concurred in p1435
  • Transportation of Persons of Color, a bill from the Senate respecting the p1393
    • Read twice, and referred p1402
    • Reported without amendment p1415
  • Transportation of Slaves, Mr. Linn, of New Jersey, submitted a resolution relative to p336
    • Considered and negatived p337
Public Acts and Resolutions
  • Slave Trade, an act in addition to the acts prohibiting the p2544

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16th Congress December 6, 1819 - March 3, 1821

Senate 1st Session
  • Abolition of Slavery, Mr. Roberts presented the memorial of the American Convention for promoting the, read p24
  • American Colonization Society, Mr. Pinckney presented the memorial of thep360
    • Referred to a select committee p460
  • Barbour, James, President pro tem., on the amendment restricting slavery p314
  • Burrill, James, of Rhode Island, on the resolutions respecting the slave trade p697
  • Edwards, Ninian, of Illinois, speech of, on the motion of Mr. Roberts to exclude slavery, etc. p187
  • Elliot, John, of Georgia, speedch of, on Mr. Roberts's slavery resolution p129
  • Lowrie, Walter, of Pennsylvania, speech of, on the restriction of slavery in Missouri p201
  • Maine and Missouri, Mr. Thomas offered an amendment to the Missouri branch of the bill, prohibiting slavery north of latitude 36' 30'' excepting within the limits of said proposed State p424
    • Mr. T. withdrew said amendment and moved a new section, to the bill p427
    • Which new section was adopted p428
    • The bill thus amended, and further amended in its title, was read the third time, and passed p430
    • The House of Representatives refused to receive the amendment of the Senate p444
    • The Senate refused to recede from the Missouri amendment p457
    • The House of Representatives insist, and a conference is agreed upon p459
    • Report of disagreement in the conference, and a further conference agreed upon p471
    • The second report of the conference agreed to, and the Secretary ordered to notify the same to the House of Representatives p472
  • Missouri Territory, Mr. Roberts moved to insert a clause restricting slavery p85
    • The question on the motion taken, and negatived p359
  • Morril, David L., of New Hampshire, on Mr. Roberts's motion respecting slavery p135
  • Restitution of Slaves, Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, submitted a resolution requesting of the President information in relation to the President information in relation to the execution of the treaty with Great Britain as it concerns the p312
    • Agreed to, and a committee appointed to present the resolution p314
  • Slavery, Mr. Dana presented the proceedings and resolution of a town meeting of New Haven, expressing their opinion that Congress have a right to prohibit the introduction of, into any State or Territory hereafter to be formed, etc., read p69
    • Mr. Roberts presented resolutions of the same tenor from the Legislature of the State of Pennsylvania, read p70
    • Mr. Sanford also presented similar ones from Schenectady p75
    • Mr. Mellen presented similar from Massachusetts p75
    • Mr. Burrill similar from Rhode Island p76
    • Mr. Hunter, similar from Newport p82
    • Mr. Dana, another from Hartford p157
    • Mr. Lanman, another from Hartford p333
    • Mr. Van Dyke presented resolutions of the Legislature of Delaware on the same subject p276
    • Mr. Sanford, similar from the Legislature of New York p311
    • Mr. Ruggles, similar from the Legislature of Ohio p361
    • A bill to prohibit the introduction of, north and west of the contemplated State of Missouri, read p157
    • Read a second time p159
    • Referred to a select committee p232
    • Mr. Wilson submitted the proceedings, etc., of the Legislature of New Jersey on the subject of, read p234
  • Slave Trade, a Message from the President of the United States on the subject of the p30
    • A joint resolution from the House of Representatives, authorizing the President of the United States on the means of effecting an entire abolition of the, read p696
    • Resolution lost by refusal to suspend the rule p700
  • Smith, William, of South Carolina, speech of, on the amendment touching slavery p259
  • Walker, Freeman, appointed a Senator by the Legislature of georgia, speech of, on Mr. Roberts's amendment to the Missouri bill p159
  • Yeas and Nays, on Mr. Roberts's amendment to the Missouri bill p359
  • Yeas and Nays, on M. Barbour's amendment to the Missouri bill from th House of Representatives p468
House 1st Session
  • American Colonization Society, Mr. Randolph presented the memorial of, read p1047
    • Report of the committee appointed to consider the memorial p2207
    • A bill to incorporate the, read twice, and committed p2215
    • Postponed to next session of Congress p2236
  • Fugitive Slaves, a resolution submitted by Mr. Pindall concerning, was referred to the Secretary of the Treasury p1717
  • Illicit Introduction of Slaves, on motion of Mr. Whitman, the Secretary of the Navy was directed to report such information as he may possess in relation to the p845
    • A letter from the Secretary of the Navy in reply p881
    • Another letter from the same, with sundry papers p904
  • Introduction of Slaves, Mr. Taylor, of New York, submitted a resolution for a committee to inquire into the expediency of prohibiting by law the, into the Territories west of the Mississippi p732
    • Agreed to, and a committee appointed p735
    • Mr. Sergeant presented the petition of the American Convention on the subject of the, referred to the same p737
    • Mr. Folger presented a similar petition from the Friends of New England p739
    • Mr. Sergeant presented another from Pennsylvania p740
    • Mr. Hazard, of Rhode Island, and Mr. Rogers, of Pennsylvania, presented similar petitions p800
    • The committee not being able to agree, were, on motion of Mr. Taylor, discharged, and he then offered a resolution to appoint a committee, with instructions to report a bill of the same tenor p802
    • Mr. Cocke presented the memorial of the Manumission Society of Tennessee p829
    • A report from the Secretary of the Navy on the subject of p881
  • Slavery, Mr. Meigs submitted a preamble and resolutions concerning p1113
    • Mr. Foot offered resolutions on the subject of, in the Territories p1171
    • Proceedings and memorial of the people of Newport p2452
    • Proceedings and memorial of the people of Hartford p2457
  • Slave Trade, a Message from the President of the United States in relation to the, referred p741
    • Mr. Cuthbert submitted a resolution concerning the p925
    • Agreed to, and referred to a committee p926
    • A joint resolution authorizing the President to negotiate with foreign Powers on the means of abolishing the African, read twice p2216
    • Read the third time, and passed p2236
  • Suppression of the Slave Trade, appointment of a select committee on the p707
  • Paylor, John W., of New York, remarks of, on his second resolution restricting slavery p802
  • Yeas and Nays, on laying on the table the resolution respecting the slave trade p2236
Senate 2nd Session
  • African Slave Trade, a list of vessels that imported slaves into Charleston from 1804 to 1807, inclusive p73
  • Introduction of Slaves, a resolution was adopted reequesting the President of the United States to communicate what proceedings have been had in relation to officers of Government, charged with being concerned in the p380
  • Restriction of Slavery, Mr. Sanford presented a resolution of the Legislature of New York concerning the, read p23
    • Mr. Tichenor presented a similar resolution of the Legislature of Vermont, read p78
House 2nd Session
  • African Slave Trade, Mr. Mercer submitted a resolution on the subject of the p476
    • Agreed to, and a committee appointed to present it to the President p476
    • A Message, transmitting the report of the Secretary of State, in reply p743
    • Another Message, with documents omitted in the first pp865, 1469
    • Report of the select committee on the p1164
    • The resolution reported by that committee p1071
    • Mr. Meigs submitted a resolution on the subject of the p1170
  • Fugitive Slaves, Mr. Brown presented a resolution of the legislature of Kentucky on the subject of, which, being decided by the Speaker to be informal, was withdrawn p941
  • Slave Trade, appointment of a select committee on the p441
  • Suppression of the Slave Trade, documents relating to the negotiations of the Government for the pp1313, 1469

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17th Congress December 3, 1821 - March 3, 1823

Senate 1st Session
  • Abolition of Slavery and the Slave Trade, Mr. Lowrie presented the memorial of the Pennsylvania Society for promoting the, read and referred p137
  • American Colonization Society, Mr. Pinckney presented the memorial of the, read p178
House 1st Session
  • Abolition of Slavery, Mr. Rhea presented a petition for the, in the District of Columbia, referred p709
  • American Colonization Society, memorial of the, presented by Mr. Colden and referred p922
  • Colden, C., remarks of, on the bill for the rendition of fugitive slaves pp1379, 1380
  • Fairfax and Loudon Counties, Virginia, Mr. Mercer presented a memorial from, on the suppression of the slave trade, referred p824
  • La Pensee, French slave ship, Mr. Gorham submitted a resolution calling on the President for a copy of proceedings in the case of the p1612
    • Adopted p1617
    • Message, etc., in reply p1743
  • Slave Trade, so much of the President's annual Message as relates to the, referred to a select committee p527
    • Mr. Sergeant presented the memorial of the Pennsylvania Society for suppression of the, referred p747
    • Mr. Colden presented a similar petition from New York, referred p1150 A report from the committee on the p1535
  • Slaves, Mr. Wright presented a resolution of the General Assembly of Maryland, complaining of the protection afforded by citizens of Pennsylvania to absconding p553
    • Mr. Wright submitted a resolution for appointing a committee to inquire into the expediency of making provisions for the reclamation of, agreed to p557
    • A bill to provide for the reclamation of, reported, read twice, and committed p710
    • Debate on the bill p1379
    • Bill recommitted to a select committee p1415
    • Reported with amendments and laid on the table p1444
Senate 2nd Session

House 2nd Session
  • Manumission Society of Tennessee, Mr. Rhea presented the memorial of the eighth convention of the, respecting the situation of colored persons in the United States, referred p642
  • Mercer, Charles F., of Virginia, speech of, on his resolution relative to the slave trade p1147
  • Slave Trade, Mr. Taylor moved to refer so much of the President's Message as relates to the suppression of the, to a select committee p331
    • Debate thereon p332
    • Agreed to p333
    • Appointment of the committee p333
    • Mr. Mercer submitted a resolution requesting the President to enter into negotiations with the several maritime Powers for the abolition of the African p928
    • Called up, and debated p1147
    • Agreed to p1155
  • Wright, Robert, of Maryland, speech of, on the suppression of the slave trade p1153
Public Documents, Acts, etc.
  • American Vessels, a memorial of the masters of certain, respecting colored seamen p1305

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18th Congress 1st Session December 1, 1823 - May 27, 1824

Senate 1st Session
  • Rawle, W., Mr. Lowrie presented the petition of, praying the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia, read, and laid on the table p375
House 1st Session
  • Amendment to the Constitution, Mr. Abbot submitted a resolution for, in relation to persons of color, read twice p1399
  • Florida, Mr. Call presented a petition from the inhabitants of East, in relation to a right claimed by Indians to certain Negroes, referred p1756
    • The committee discharged, and the petition referred to the Secretary of War p1792
  • Slavery, Mr. Breck presented a petition from the "Pennsylvavia Society" praying the abolition of, referred p1756
    • The committee discharged p1792
    • The petition laid on the table p1792
  • Slave Trade, so much of the President's Message as relates to the African, referred to a select committee p800
    • Mr. Mercer submitted a resolution calling for information respecting negotiations with foreign governments in relation to the p1204
    • A message in reply, received p1870
    • Referred p2090
    • A resolution from the Legislature of Ohio respecting the abolition of the, referred p1428
    • The committee discharged and the resolution laid on the table p1460
    • The committee on the suppression of the, instructed to inquire into the expediency of amending the existing laws for the abolition of the trade p1808
    • A bill respecting the, reported and read twice p2397
    • A copy of the bill p2397
Public Documents, Acts, etc.
  • Slave Trade sundry documents in relation to the African p3001
    • Articles of a convention for the suppression of the African p3022

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Sessional Indexes to the Register of Debates in the U.S. Congress, 1824 - 1837 Vol. 3, 18th Congress 2nd Session through the 25th Congress 1st Session

18th Congress 2nd Session December 6, 1824 - March 4, 1825

Senate 2nd Session
  • Public Lands, resolution appropriating them as a fund for the emancipation of slaves; laid on the table, p625
    • Counter Resolution pp696, 697
  • Slave Trade, resolution for printing the report of the committee on the, p625
    • Debate thereon, pp625-628
    • Adopted p628
    • Resolution recommending negotiations for the abolition of the, p697
    • Rejected p736
    • On the same subject, deprecating the exposure of our vessels to be searched p739
    • Index to the Appendix
  • Act, (British,) for the Suppression of the Slave Trade pp18, 19
  • Convention for the Suppression of the Slave Trade. See Slave Trade. Message of the President of the United States transmitting additional documents on the Slave Trade p18
  • Reports of committee of the H. of R. on the Slave Trade, pp20-21, 73-75
  • Slave Trade, convention between the United States and Great Britain for the suppression of the, pp12-14
    • British counter projet pp14-16
    • Proceedings of the Senate thereon pp17, 19, 21, 22
    • Messages relative to the p18, 19, 20
    • British act for the suppression of the pp18-19
    • Reports of committees of the H. of R. on the, pp20-21, 73-75
  • Yeas and Nays in the Senate on the convention for suppressing the Slave Trade pp21-22

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19th Congress December 5, 1825-March 4, 1827

Senate 1st Session
  • Negro Slavery in South America, call for information on p113
    • Motion to postpone p115
    • Debate thereon, pp115-132
    • Resolution laid on the table p132
House 1st Session
  • Appropriation, debate on agency for captured Africans, pp1346-1348
    • Amendment, and debate thereon, pp1347, 1348, 1352-1354
    • Adopted p1354
  • Slaves in Florida, debate on call for information on Spanish claims to certain, pp2008, 2009
  • Slave Trade, debate on authorizing committee to send for persons and papers pp1491, 1492
    • Committee reports p2688
    • Debate on resolution, pp2689, 2690
    • Amendment p2689
    • Negatived p2690
    • Resolution adopted p2690
    • Index to the Appendix
  • Message (annual) of the President U.S. on the suppression of the slave trade p38
  • Report on suppressing the slave trade p38
  • Slave Trade, message and documents relative to the convention for suppressing the, pp38, 39
Senate 2nd Session
  • Colonization Society, debate on presenting memorial of the, pp289-296
    • Papers withdrawn p296
    • Debate on referring memorial pp318-334
    • Laid on the table p334
House 2nd Session
  • Deported slaves, bill reported for adjusting claims for p836
    • Preamble and resolution p878
    • Debate thereon, pp878-881
    • Amendments pp879, 881
    • Debate continued pp894, 895
    • Resolution laid on the table p895
  • Free people of color, resolution concerning an appropriation for the transportation of p635
    • House refuses to consider it p636
  • Slave Convention. See Deported Slaves.
  • Slavery in the District of Columbia, debate on printing a memorial concerning, pp1099-1101
    • Negatived p1101

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20th Congress December 3, 1827-March 4, 1829

Senate 1st Session
  • Claims of South Carolina for slaves, the bill supplementary to an act of 1827, for the adjustment of claims of persons entitled to indemnification under the Treaty of Ghent, was taken up p406
    • Ordered to be engrossed p411
    • Bill returned from the house with an amendment, which was concurred with p787
    • Debate commences p406
  • Slave Trade, the bill making appropriations for the suppression of the Slave Trade, taken up, and laid on the table p806
    • Again taken up p808
    • A motion to strike out the first section, providing $30, 000 to restore Negroes to the coast of Africa, negatived, and the bill ordered to a third reading p809 Debate commences p806
  • Slaves, deported, a supplementary bill introduced for the adjustment of claims to indemnification, under the treaty of Ghent, 406
    • Ordered to be engrossed p411
    • The bill returned from the house with an amendment, laid on the table p728
    • Amendment of the House concurred with p787
    • Debate commences p406
  • Slaves, captured, a bill passed, cancelling a bond in relation to them p30
  • Yeas and Nays on engrossing the bill for adjusting claims for slaves under the treaty of Ghent p411
House 1st Session
  • Captured Africans, a bill from the Senate to authorize the cancelling of a bond therein mentioned, was twice read p915
    • Ordered to lie on the table p916
    • Bill again taken up p955
    • Recommitted, with instructions that the facts of the case be reported p968
    • The Judiciary Committee make their Report p998
    • The bill from the Senate on the same subject referred to the same Committee of the Whole, with the bill of this House p1005
    • Debate commences p955
  • D'Auterive Marigny, amendment proposed providing a compensation for the lost time of the petitioner's slave, and the expenses of medical treatment p900
    • After discussion of this amendment for several days in committee of the whole, on the committee's rising, the House refused leave to sit again p1029
    • A motion was made to discharge the committee of the whole from the further consideration of the bill, a division of the question being called for, and the question for discharging the committee passed in the affirmative p1029
    • A motion was then made to recommit the bill and report to the Committee of Claims p1029
    • An amendment proposing an additional section allowing $234 for the injury done to the slave p1048
    • Adopted, and the bill ordered to be engrossed p1122
    • On its third reading, a motion to recommit the bill carried p1486
    • Debate commences p899
  • Slaves, a resolution introduced, instructing the Committee of Ways and Means to enquire into the expediency of repealing so much of the 16th section of an act to prohibit the importation of slaves, etc. as requires that the owner or captain intending to transport a slave coastwise, shall previously deliver to the collector a manifest, etc. p897
    • Adopted p898
    • Deported, a resolution instructing the committee to whom the bill from the Senate on this subject is or may be referred p1811
    • Agreed to p1835
    • A bill to extend the time of the sitting of the Ghent commissioners on this subject - a motion to dischnarge the committee from the further conscideration of it p2314
    • The Committee of the Whole discharged form the further consideration of the bill, and the bill passed p2576
  • Slave Trade, a bill to abolish the U. States agency on the Coast of Africa, and to provide otherwise for suppressing the slave trade, taken up p2744
    • Bill passed p2576
Index to Speakers' Names in the Senate
  • Berrien, Mr. on a supplementary bill for adjusting claims for deported Slaves pp406, 407
  • Chambers, Mr. on the suppression of the Slave Trade pp806, 809
  • Chandler, Mr. on suppression of the slave trade p808
  • Hayne, Mr. on adjusting claims for deported slaves p410
    • On South Carolina Claims pp418, 419, 421
    • On suppression of the slave trade pp806, 808
  • Johnston, Mr. Louisiana on adjusting claims for deported slaves pp408, 786
  • King, Mr. on the suppression of the Slave Trade pp806, 808
  • Macon, Mr. on the suppression of the slave trade pp806, 809
  • M'lane, Mr. on the suppression of the slave trade p806
  • Smith, Mr. of Maryland on the claims of South Carolina p420
  • Tazewell, Mr. on adjusting claims for deported slaves pp407, 408, 786
  • Webster, Mr. on the suppression of the slave trade p806
  • White, Mr. on adjusting claims for deported slaves p410
Index to the Speakers' Names in the House
  • Archer, Mr. on deported slaves p2332
  • Barbour, Mr. P.P. on the case of captured Africans pp915, 955, 956
    • On deported slaves p2315
  • Bartlett, Mr. on the bill in relation to captured Africans pp955, 963
  • Carson, Mr. on deported slaves p1834
  • Everett, Mr. on deported slaves p1812
  • Floyd, Mr. on deported slaves p2314
  • Gilmer, Mr. on deported slaves pp1832, 1835, 2316, 2352, 2356
  • Haynes, Mr. on deported slaves p1834
  • Marvin, Mr. on deported slaves p1834
  • Mercer, Mr. on captured Africans p958
  • Miner, Mr. on captured Africans pp962, 963, 966
  • Mitchell, Mr. S.C. on transporting slaves coastwise p897
  • Moore, Mr. of Alabama, on deported slaves pp1832, 1834, 1835
  • Owen, Mr. on deported slaves pp1812, 1831
  • Rives, Mr. on deported Slaves p2475
  • Taylor, Mr. on the bill in relation to captured Africans p956
  • Ward, Mr. on deported slaves p1832
  • Weems, Mr. on the bill in relation to captured slaves p1832
  • Wickliffe, Mr. on the bill in relation to captured Africans p959
    • On deported slaves pp2314, 2333
  • Wilde, Mr. on deported slaves pp1832, 2333

Senate 2nd Session

House 2nd Session

  • Slavery in the District of Columbia, preamble and resolutions submitted to take into consideration the laws in relation to, and to provide for the gradual abolition of p167
    • Question of consideration moved p167
    • Agreed to p167
    • Motion to strike out the preamble pp168, 175
    • To lay the preamble and resolutions on the table, negatived p191
    • Motion to suspend the rule limiting the consideration of resolutions to an hour, negatived p191
    • Preamble modified p191
    • Previous question moved and sustained p191
    • Divided, and taken first on the preamble p192
    • Preamble rejected, and the resolutions agree to p192
  • Yeas and Nays on laying on the table preamble and resolutios in relation to slavery in the District of Columbia p191
    • On agreeing to same p192

Index to the Speakers' Names in the Senate

Index to the Speakers' Names in the House

  • Bartlett, Mr. on resolutions relative to slavery in the District of Columbia p191
  • Culpeper, Mr. on resolutions relative to slavery in the District of Columbia p168
  • Miner, Mr. on resolutions relating to slavery in the District of Columbia pp168, 175
  • Weems, Mr. on resolutions relating to slavery in the District of Columbia pp168, 181, 191
  • Wickliffe, Mr. on resolutions relating to slavery in the District of Columbia pp168, 191
  • Wright, Mr. of Ohio on resolutions relative to slavery in the District of Columbia p191

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21st Congress December 7, 1829-March 4, 1831

Senate 1st Session

Index to the Speakers' Names in the Senate

House 1st Session

Index to the Speakers' Names in the House

Senate 2nd Session

  • Africans, resolution to inquire into the expediency of making further provision for the support of captured, introduced, and agreed to p40

Index to the Speakers' Names in the Senate

  • Livingston, Mr. on making further provision for the support of captured Africans p40

House 2nd Session

  • Colonization Society, memorial of inhabitants of Virginia, praying aid from Congress for the, presented pp619, 626
  • Hall of the House, use of granted to a member of the Society of Friends, and to the Colonization Society p519
  • Slave Trade, motion to suspend rule of the House, to introduce resolution in relation to, negative p725
    • Again moved, and agreed to p850
    • Resolution requesting the President of the United States to prosecute negotiations with maritime Powers of Europe and America, for the effectual abolition of the, introduced and agreed to p850
  • Yeas and Nays on adopting resolution in relation to the abolition of the African slave trade by the maritime Powers of Europe and America p850

Index to the Speakers' Names in the House

  • Bouldin, Mr. on petition praying aid to Colonization Society pp619, 626
  • Mercer, Mr. on granting Hall to Colonization Society p519
    • On suppression of slave trade p850

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22nd Congress December 5, 1831-March 4, 1833

Senate 1st Session

  • Colonization Society. A memorial from citizens of Kentucky was presented, inviting the attention of Congress to the subject, which, after some discussion, was laid on the table p641

Index to the Names in the Senate

  • Clay, Mr. on Colonization Society p641
  • Hayne, Mr. on Colonization Society pp642, 646

House 1st Session

  • Census, aggregate amount of each description of persons p1422
  • Colonization of free negroes, a resolution proposing a committee to inquire into the expediency of making an appropriation for the purpose of removing them to Africa p1537
    • Postponed p1538
    • Referred to the committee to whom was referred the New Jersey memorial p1676
    • A memorial from the New Jersey Society praying for an appropriation in favor of colonization p1673
    • Memorials from Kentucky, and one from persons in England, in favor of colonization p2332
    • Copy of the English memorial p2350
  • Slavery in the District of Columbia, a petition presented, praying for the abolition of p1425
    • Report on the petition, in which the committee ask to be discharged from its further consideration p1442

Index to Speakers' Names in the House

  • Archer, Mr. on colonizing free negroes pp1538, 1663, 1664, 1676
  • Coke, Mr. on colonizing the free negroes p1628
  • Craig, Mr. on colonizing free persons of color p1674
  • Jenifer, Mr. on colonizing free Negroes pp1537, 1538, 1626
  • Mason, Mr. on colonizing free persons of color p1675
  • Mercer, Mr. on colonization of free Negroes p1663
  • Speight, Mr. on colonizing free Negroes p1537
  • Thompson, Mr. on colonizing free Negroes p1662
  • Ward, Mr. on claims of South Carolina p1457
  • Wayne, Mr. on South Carolina claims p1465

Index to the Appendix

Senate 2nd Session

Index to the Speakers' Names in the Senate

House 2nd Session

  • Slavery in the District of Columbia, a memorial from Pennsylvania for its abolishment therein p1584
    • Referred 1585

Index to the Speakers' Names in the House

  • Adams, Mr., from Massachusetts, on abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia p1585
  • Craig, Mr. from Kentucky, on abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia p1585
  • Heister, Mr., from Pennsylvania, on abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia p1584
  • Jenifer, Mr., from Maryland, on abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia p1535
  • Mason, Mr., from Virginia, on abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia p1585

Index to the Appendix

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23rd Congress December 2, 1833-March 4, 1835

Senate 1st Session

  • Muskingum county (Ohio) memorial, praying for the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia p1260
  • Slavery in the District of Columbia, petitions presented against it pp198, 1260

Index to the Speakers' Names in the Senate

  • Chambers, Mr., on slavery in the District p198
  • Preston, Mr., on slavery in the District of Columbia pp198, 199
  • Shepley, Mr., on slavery in the District of Columbia p198
  • Sprague, Mr., on slavery in District of Columbia p198

House 1st Session

  • Slavery in the District of Columbia, memorials from Connecticut on this subject p2539

Index to the Speakers' Names in the House

  • Ellsworth, Mr., (Connecticut) on slavery in the District p2539

Index to the Appendix

Senate 2nd Session

Index to the Speakers' Names in the Senate

House 2nd Session

  • Slavery in the District of Columbia, on the reference of sundry petitions on the subject of p1131
  • Yeas and nays on reference of petitions for the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia p1141

Index to the Speakers' Names in the House

  • Boon, Mr., Indiana, printing a petition in favor of abolition p1394
  • Bouldin, Mr., Virginia, on printing an abolition petition pp1394, 1400
  • Chinn, Mr., Virginia, on slavery in the District of Columbia pp1140, 1394
  • Denny, Mr., Pennsylvania, on slavery in the District of Columbia p1141
  • Dickson, Mr., New York, on slavery in the District of Columbia p1131
    • Abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia pp1393, 1394
  • Evans, Mr. Maine on the memorial for the abolition of slavery p1392
  • Fillmore, Mr., New York, on printing an abolition petition p1395
  • Gholson, Mr., New York, on printing an abolition pitition p1398
  • Jackson, Mr., Massachusetts, petition praying for the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia p1464
  • McKinley, Mr., Massachusetts, on memorial for abolition of slavery p1392
  • Slade, Mr., Vermont on petition from Addison county for the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia p1463
  • White, Mr. New York, on printing an abolition petition p1398
  • Wise, Mr., Virginia, on printing an abolition petition pp1398, 1400

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RG 233, Records of the United States House of Representatives

Committee Papers and Reports
Arranged by the number of the Congress and there under by name of Committee.
  • 9th Congress, 1805-07; select committee: Northwest Ordinance of 1787 introduction of slaves - 9A-C5
  • 14th Congress, 1815-17; select committee: slave trade in District of Columbia - 14A-C17.4
  • 17th Congress, 1821-23; select com: suppression of the slave trade -17A- C27.4
  • 19th Congress, 1825-27; select com: suppression of the slave trade -19A- D23.11; com on the District of Columbia: sale of free blacks into slavery- 19A-D5.3
  • 20th Congress, 1827-29; select committee: colonization and related subjects - 20A-D25.3
  • 32nd Congress, 1851-53; com on Ways and Means : colonization of free Negroes in Liberia - 32A-G24.6
  • 36th Congress, 1859-61; com on the Judiciary: slavery in the Territory of New Mexico - 36A-D13.9
  • 37th Congress, 1861-63; com on Military Affairs: former slaves employed as servants in the Army of Kentucky - 37A-E10.4; com on Ways and Means: suppression of the African Slave Trade - 37A-E20.17
  • 38th Congress, 1863-65; com on Ways and Means: Emancipation - 38A-E23.2
  • 39th Congress, 1865-67; Committee on Freedmen Affairs: funds received by the Bureau of Freedmen, Refugees, and Abandoned Lands - 39A-F10-2
Petitions and Memorials
Arranged by the number of the Congress and thereunder by name of committee.
  • 6th Congress, 1799-1801; select committee: fugitive slave laws-impact on freedmen - 6A-F4.2
  • 8th Congress, 1803-05; select com: slavery in territories - 8A-F5.5
  • 11th Congress, 1809-11, com on Commerce and Manufactures: violation of act prohibiting slaves in the United States - 11A-F2.2
  • 14th Congress, 1815-17; select com: slave trade - 14A-F16.6
  • 15th Congress, 1817-19; select com: protection and colonization for free people;15A-G17.1; com of the Whole House: slave trade -15A-G18.1
  • 16th Congress, 1819-21; select com: slavery - 16A-G21.1
  • 17th Congress, 1821-23; select com: suppression of the slave trade -17A- F18.3
  • 19th Congress, 1825-27; protection and colonization of free people -19A- G22.2; com on the District of Columbia: slavery in the District -19A-G4.2
  • 20th Congress, 1827-29; com on the District of Columbia: slavery in the District - 20A-G5.1; select com: colonization of free people - 20A-G22.1; com on the Whole House: slavery in the District of Columbia - 20A-G23-3
  • 22nd Congress, 1831-33; com on the District of Columbia: slavery -22A-G5.2
  • 23rd Congress, 1833-35; select com: abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia - 23A-G21.6; com on the District of Columbia: slavery - 23A- G4.3
  • 24th Congress, 1835-37; select com: slavery in the District of Columbia - 24A- G22.4
  • 28th Congress, 1843-45; com on the Judiciary: abolition of slavery - 28A- G10.2; repeal of the fugitive slave law - 28A-G10.12
  • 29th Congress, 1845-47; com on the District of Columbia: slavery and the slave trade in the District - 29A-G3.3; com on the Judiciary: slavery and the slave trade - 29A-G8.9; com on the Whole House: abolition of slavery - 29A-G24.1
  • 30th Congress, 1847-49; com on the District of Columbia: slavery - 30A-G5.1; com on the Judiciary: slavery - 30A-G9.2; com on the Territories: slavery - 30A-G23.1
  • 31st Congress, 1849-51; com on the District of Columbia: slavery - 31A-G4.1; com on the Judiciary: slavery - 31A-G9.5
  • 32nd Congress, 1851-53; com on the Judiciary: abolition of slavery -32A- G10.3;repeal of the fugitive slave law -32A-G10.6; com on Ways and Means: colonization of free Negroes in Liberia - 32A-G24.6
  • 33rd Congress, 1853-55; com on the District of Columbia: abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia - 33A-G5.1; com on the Judiciary: abolition of the interstate slave trade - 33A-G10.1, protection of free colored citizens within the jurisdiction of the several slave states - 33A-G10.8, repeal of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 - 33A-G10.10, sale of a slave for debts due to the United States - 33A-G10.11; com on the Territories: exclusion of slavery and slave trade from the territories and the District of Columbia - 33A-G24.1;com of the Whole House: exclusion of the slave trade and slavery from the territories - 33A-G26.1, advocacy for the repeal of the fugitive slave law - 331-G26.4
  • 34th Congress, 1855-57; com on the District of Columbia: slavery in the District - 34A-G4.5; com on the Judiciary: slavery - 34A-G9.8, com on the Territories: slavery in the territories - 34A-G21.2
  • 36th Congress, 1859-61; com on Foreign Affairs: slave trade - 36A-G7.2, com on the Judiciary: Crittenden Compromise - 36A-G10.3, fugitive slave law - 36A- G10.4, abolition of slavery - 36A-G10.5; slavery in the District of Columbia - 36A-G10.6, slaves, freeing by purchase - 36A-G10.7, slave trade - 36A-G10.8
  • 37th Congress, 1861-63; com on the Judiciary: abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia 37A-G7.1, abolition of slavery in the United States - 37A-G7.2, advise to the Congress to drop the Negro question and attend to the business of the country 37A-G7.3; repeal of the Fugitive Slave Act - 37A-G7.4, 37A- G7.11; confiscation of property and liberation of the slaves of persons supporting the rebellion - 37A-G7.13; colonization of ex-slaves in territories from the states of Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida - 37A-G7.15; com on Military Affairs: enactment of a law calling upon all persons bond and free to aid the Government in suppressing the rebellion - 37A-G8.12, abolition of slavery - 37A-G8.13; com on Ways and Means: Drop the Negro Question - 37A-G20.1; Select com: Emancipation - 37A-G21.4
  • 38th Congress, 1863-65; com on the Judiciary: amendment to abolish slavery - 38A-G10.1, slavery - 38A-G10.4; com on Military Affairs: colored troops 38A- G12.6; select com: Emancipation - 38A-G25.1
  • 39th Congress, 1865-67; com on Freedmen Affairs; 39A-H11.1

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