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

Gazette of the United States

House met agreeably to adjournment, and formed itself into a committee of the whole, upon the bill for establishing the Department of Foreign Affairs. The motion which had been under debate since Tuesday, for striking out the clause which empowers the President to remove officers, still under consideration. Lengthy debates ensued—sketches of which shall appear in our next. The question upon the motion being at length taken, it passed in the negative, 33 being in favor of retaining the clause, and 20 against it.
The committee then proceeded in the discussion of the bill.
Mr. BENSON proposed the following clause for insertion, viz. That the Secretary for the Department of Foreign Affairs immediately after his appointment, be impowered to take into his custody all the books and papers belonging to the late Department of Foreign Affairs established by the United States in Congress assembled: This clause was adopted.
The further discussion of the bill produced some alterations and amendments, which being completed, the committee rose, and the chairman made his report. [Text omitted. -Ed.]***