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in Alabama, with an amendment, in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

The Senate proceeded to consider the amendment of the House of Representatives to the bill last mentioned; and,

Resolved, That they concur therein.

Ordered, That the Secretary notify the House of Representatives accordingly.

Mr. Dix presented resolutions of the Legislature of the State of New York, instructing the Senators and requesting the Representatives of that State in Congress to use their best efforts to procure the enactment of laws for the establishment of governments for the territory acquired by the late treaty of peace with Mexico, and that, by such laws, in voluntary servitude, except for crime, be excluded from such territory; to use their best efforts to preserve the territory thus acquired as common property, protect it from the claims of Texas, and prohibit the extension over it of the laws of Texas, or the institution therein of domestic slavery; and to use their strenuous efforts to procure the passing of a law to protect slaves from unjust imprisonment, and put an end to the slave trade in the Distriet of Columbia; which were read. On motion by Mr. Dix, that they be printed,

Yeas.

45

6 On motion by Mr. Dickinson, The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present, Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Allen, Atchison, Atherton, Badger, Baldwin, Bell, Benton, Berrien, Bradbury, Breese, Butler, Cameron, Clarke, Clayton; Corwin, Davis, of Massachusetts, Dayton, Dickinson, Dix, Dodge, of Iowa, Douglas, Felch, Fitzgerald, Foote, Green, Hamlin, Houston, Hunter, Johnson, of Maryland, Johnson, of Louisiana, Johnson, of Georgia, Jones, King, Mason, Metcalfe, Miller, Niles, Pearce, Phelps, Rusk, Sebastian, Spruance, Turney, Underwood, Upham. Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Borland, Davis, of Mississippi, Downs, Fitzpatrick, Han

negan, Yulee.

On motion,
The Senate adjourned.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 1849. The Vice President laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of War, made agreeably to law, showing the contracts, under the authority of the department, during the year 1848; which was read, and ordered to be printed.

The Vice President laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of the Treasury, showing the results of an examination made by T. 0. Edwards at the ports of Boston, New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, of the practical operation of the act of 26th June, 1848, to prevent the importation of adulterated drugs and medicines; which was read.

Ordered, That it be printed.

Mr. Corwin presented the petition of Timothy Cavan, praying to be allowed a pension in consideration of an injury received while in the military service of the United States; which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Dickinson presented the memorial of Hartwell Carver and his associates, praying a grant of land and a charter of incorporation for constructing a railroad from Lake Michigan to the Pacific ocean; which was referred to the Committee on Roads and Canals.

Mr. Dickinson presented a memorial of Henry O’Rielly, in behalf of himself and others, remonstrating against the passing of the bill (H. R. 102) now pending before Congress in addition to an amendment of the several acts to promote the progress of the useful arts; which was referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

Mr. Fitzpatrick presented the memorial of George Whirman, a sutler in the army during the war with Mexico, praying compensation for goods forcibly taken and used by troops of the United States; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Dix presented a petition of merchants, ship-owners, and shipmasters, of the city of New York, praying that facilities may be afforded for testing the accuracy of Lieutenant Maury's wind and current charts; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Dix presented the memorial of the State Agricultural Society of the State of New York, praying the establishment of an agricultural bureau, and the adoption of measures for collecting agricultural statistics in taking the next census; which was referred to the select committee on the subject of the census, and ordered to be printed.

Ńr. Dix presented the petition of Catharine Oliphant, widow of a deceased revolutionary soldier, praying a pension; which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Clarke presented a petition of citizens of Providence, Rhode Island, praying that the rates of postage may be reduced and the franking privilege abolished; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Metcalfe presented the petition of William R. Campbell, a volunteer in the war with Mexico, praying to be allowed bounty land and extra pay; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Breese presented a resolution passed by the Legislature of the State of Illinois, in favor of reducing the postage to a uniform rate and abolishing the system of prepayment on newspapers; wbich was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Felch presented the petition of Charity Chatfield, widow of a revolutionary soldier, praying to be allowed a pension; which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Felch presented a petition of the registers and receivers of

land offices in the State of Michigan, praying to be allowed a commission on all entries of bounty land warrants.

Ordered, That it lie on the table.

Mr. Hamlin presented a petition of Joseph Wyer, and other citizens of the United States, praying that the public domain may be granted, in farms and lots, to actual settlers, not possessed of other lands, free of cost; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Mr. Dickinson presented the memorial of Willian Henry Bush a citizen of the United States, praying redress for illegal arrest and imprisonment by the Spanish authorities at'Havana, in the island of Cuba, while serving on board of an American vessel then lying in that port; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Fitzgerald presented the memorial of Daniel V. Quenaudon, praying a grant of land in the Territory of Oregon, for the purpose of establishing a colony in that Territory; which was referred to the Committee on Territories.

Mr. Bell presented the petition of George Whitman, praying that the duties paid on certain goods imported into Vera Cruz by him while acting as a sutler in the army, may be refunded; which was referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Bell presented the memorial of certain friendly Seminole Indians, who served in the army of the United States during the Florida war, praying payment for their services; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Dodge, of Iowa, presented a resolution passed by the Legislature of the State of Iowa, in favor of compensating the citizens of that State who were called out by the marshal of the United States for the Territory of Iowa to repress an outbreak on the southern boundary of that State; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Dodge, of Iowa, presented a resolution passed by the Legislature of the State of Iowa, in favor of the establishment of a mail route from Iowa city to Keosauque, in that State; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Dodge, of Iowa, presented a resolution passed by the Legislature of the State of Iowa, in favor of the establishment of a mail route from Fort Des Moines to the east or Boon Fork of the Des Moines river; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, presented a memorial of citizens of Rockville, Maryland, praying the enactment of a law to prevent the issue and circulation of certain notes of private individuals in the District of Columbia; which was referred to the Committee on the District of Columbia.

Mr. Upham presented a memorial of members of the boards of aldermen and common council of the city of Washington, praying the enactment of a law to prohibit the importation of slaves into the District of Columbia for the purpose of traffic and sale; which was referred to the Committee on the District of Columbia.

Mr. Pearce presented a petition of citizens of the State of Maryland, praying the establishment of territorial governments in California and New Mexico, and the adoption of the line known as the “Missouri compromise” to the Pacific ocean.

Ordered, That it lie on the table.

Mr. Bradbury presented a petition of merchants and others, citizens of St. George, in the State of Maine, remonstrating against the establishment of a new collection district at Cast Thomaston, in that State; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. Bradbury presented a petition of citizens of St. George, Maine, who have heretofore signed a petition for the establishment of a new collection district at East Thomaston, praying that the present collection district may be retained, and an office established at Thomaston; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. Yulee submitted documents relating to the claim of Captain George E. McClellan's company of Florida volunteers, for services in the Seminole war; which were referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Pearce, Ordered, That the petition of Sarah A. Mackay, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Upham submitted the following resolution, which was considered, by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a post route from Brattleboro', in Townshend, in the State of Vermont, through Jamaica, Winhall, Manchester, and thence to Whitehall, in the State of New York.

Mr. Felch submitted the following resolution, which was considered, by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee on Indian Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of allowing, for pay of the clerk and messenger of the superintendent of Indian affairs, at Detroit, the sum of six hundred dollars per annum, as heretofore allowed.

Mr. Dickinson submitted the following resolution, which was considered, by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Resolved, That the President of the United States be requested to transmit to the Senate, so far as is consistent with the public interests, any correspondence between the Department of State and the Spanish authorities in the island of Cuba relating to the imprisonment, in said island, of William Henry Bush, a citizen of the United States.

Mr. Bell submitted the following resolution, which was considered, by unanimous qonsent, and agreed to:

Résolved, That the Secretary of War be requested to communicate to the Senate, if within his knowledge, what sums of money were advanced to the party of the Cherokees, known as the old settlers or western Cherokees, or to their delegates, signers of the treaty of 1846, immediately after the ratification of the same, by whoin and under what circumstances such advances of money were made, and how, when, and by whom the amounts so advanced have been refunded or repaid.

Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That the Committee on Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of passing an act allowing to all officers, non-commissioned officers, musicians, and privates, in the army of the United States, who are disabled, or who may hereafter become disabled, by the loss of a limb or limbs, an eye or eyes, while in the line of their duty in the public service, a pension at a raté to be fixed according to their disability.

Mr. Dodge of Iowa, submitted the following resolutions for consideration:

Resolved, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a post route from Belleview, via, Andrew, Canton, Edinburg, and Anamosa, to Independence, the county seat of Buchanan county.

Resolved, That the same committee also inquire into the expediency of establishing a mail route from Bloomington, via Tipton, Rome, Anamosa, Delhi, and Garnavello, to Prairie du Chien.

Mr. Yulee submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That tbe Secretary of War be requested to furnish to the Senate any documents or information in his department relative to the claim of Captain George E. McClellan's company of Florida volunteers, for military services in the year 1840.

Mr. Yulee submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That the Committee on Public Lands inquire into the expediency of reducing the present minimum price of the public lands in the State of Florida.

The Vice President signed the nine enrolled bills yesterday reported to have been examined; and they were delivered to the committee to be presented to the President of the United States.

On motion by Mr. Felch, Ordered, That the report of the Secretary of the Treasury, accompanied by a communication from the Commissioner of the General Land Office in relation to the mineral lands in Michigan, be printed in connexion with the annual report on public lands.

Mr. Mason presented the credentials of the Honorable Andrew P. Butler, chosen a Senator by the Legislature of the State of South of South Carolina for the term of six years, commencing the fourth day of March next; which were read.

Mr. Mason, from the Committee of Claims, to whoni was referred the petition of N. B. Hill, administrator of Gilbert Stalker, reported a bill (S. 397) for the relief of the legal representatives of Gilbert Stalker, deceased.

Mr. Mason, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 165) for the relief of Jeremiah Moore, reported it without amendment.

Mr. Mason, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the petition of Thomas Linard, submitted an adverse report; which was ordered to be printed.

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