July 17


The Congress took into consideration the Report of the Committee on the Rules and Orders for the government of the House;

Whereupon, Resolved, That the following Rules be observed:

1. So soon as nine States are present, the Congress proceed to business.

2. No Member shall depart from the service of the House, without permission of the Congress, or order from his constituents.

3. No Member shall read any printed paper in the House, during the sitting thereof, without leave of the Congress.

4. When the House is sitting, no Member shall speak to another, so as to interrupt any Member who may be speaking in the debate.

5. Every Member, when he speaks, shall rise from his seat, and address himself to the Chair, and when he has finished, shall sit down again.

6. No Member shall speak more than twice in any one debate, without leave of the House.

7. When two Members rise together, the President shall name the person to speak.

8. No motion shall be debated, until the same be seconded.

9. When a motion shall be made, and seconded, it shall be reduced to writing, if desired by the President or any Member, delivered in at the table, and read by the President, before the same shall be allowed to be debated.

10. When a motion is made and seconded, the matter of the motion shall receive a determination by the question, or be laid aside, by general consent, or postponed by the previous question, before any other motion be received.

11. If a question in a debate contain more parts than one, any Member may have the same divided into as many questions as parts.

12. No person shall be appointed to any office of profit, unless he shall have the consent of seven States, nor shall any ballots be counted, unless the person for whom the ballots shall be given be first named to the House before the balloting be gone into.

Adjourned to nine o' clock, to-morrow.