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MEDITERRANEAN COMMERCE, ETC.
FIRST CONGRESS, THIRD SESSION.
January 6, 1791. On the President's speech relating to Mediterranean commerce, and the message from the President in regard to citizens of the United States in captivity in Algiers, Mr. Langdon reported as follows:
The committee to whom was referred that part of the President's speech which relates to the trade of the Mediterranean, also the President's message of December 30, with the papers accompanying the same, are of opinion that the trade of the United States to the Mediterranean, can not be protected but by a naval force, and that it will be proper to resort to the same as soon as the state of the public finances will admit.
February 1, 1791. On letter from Secretary of State, with inclosures, relative to American prisoners in Algiers, Mr. Langdon reported as follows:
Resolved, That the Senate advise and consent that the President of the United States take such measures as he may think necessary for the redemption of the citizens of the United States now in captivity at Algiers, provided the expense shall not exceed forty thousand dollars; and also, that measures be taken to confirm the treaty now existing between the United States and the Emperor of Morocco, provided no greater sum than twenty thousand dollars be expended in that business.
Ordered, That the Secretary communicate this resolution to the President of the United States.
March 1, 1791. As to protection of American commerce in Mediterranean and securing recognition of treaty with Morocco, Mr. Langdon reported following bill:
SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, for the purpose of effecting a recognition of the treaty of the United States with the new Emperor of Morocco, there be, and hereby is, appropriated a sum not exceeding twenty thousand dollars, to be paid out of the moneys which, prior to the first day of January next, shall arise from the duties imposed upon spirits distilled within the United States, and from stills, by the act entitled “An act repealing, after the last day of June next, the duties heretofore laid upon distilled spirits imported from abroad, and laying others in their stead; and also upon spirits distilled within the United States, and for appropriating the same;" together with the excess of duties which may arise from the duties imposed by the said act on imported spirits, beyond
First Congress, First Session, to Fifty-sixth Congress, Second Session.