The Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, 1789-1791

Monday, 24 August 1789

Gazette of the United States,

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The committee appointed to arrange the amendments agreed to by the house, and to prepare a resolution as a preamble to the same, made report: The resolution is the same brought in yesterday— which was accepted. The amendments as arranged were then read.
The order of the day on the report of the joint committee on an adjournment was moved for.
Mr. VINING was opposed to taking up this report: He observed, that it appeared absurd to go into a discussion of the question at this moment— it would necessarily involve a great deal of debate and loss of time, and would counteract the object of gentlemen entirely, while so many important subjects were yet undecided, which must be attended to and finished, previous to a recess: He moved for a postponement, in order to take up the Treasury Bill.
Mr. HARTLEY observed, that the gentleman's remarks furnished the best argument for coming to a determination upon the adjournment at the present time, as it was the best way to confine the attention of the house to the essentials, which claimed their immediate notice and decision.
Mr. SEDGWICK advocated taking up the report immediately: He contended that it would expedite the public business, and (he observed) his observation was founded on experience; when the time is once fixed, and gentlemen are fully impressed with the importance of dispatching business in a given time, he had known as much transacted in the assembly of Massachusetts in one week, and as well done as had been before in three. He further observed that many gentlemen were anxious to go home; that the sickly season was approaching, and that if an adjournment does not take place, the members will be thinned off so that in all probability a much less number than the present will be left to do the business.
Mr. VINING's motion was withdrawn.
Mr. MADISON proposed the following resolution, viz. Resolved, That when this house does adjourn on the of Sept. next, they will adjourn to the first Monday in December next.
Mr. SCOTT objected to this: He said it was too short a period— it would not admit of the members who lived at the extreme parts of the Union going home and returning again by the time mentioned.
Mr. LIVERMORE also objected to it; and proposed to adjourn on the First day of September.
Mr. GOODHUE said, that he believed, that gentlemen who talked of adjourning the first of September, did not wish for any adjournment at all: He contended for a short adjournment
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