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Rio de Janiero, in reference to the service and general conduct of Commodore G. W. Storer, commander-in-chief of the United States naval forces on the coast of Brazil."
JAMES K. POLK. WASHINGTON, January 29, 1849.
The message was read.
A message from the President of the United States by Mr. Walker, his secretary:
Mr. President: The President of the United States approved and signed, the 26th instant, the bill (S. 351) authorizing the payment of interest upon the advances made by the State of Alabama, for the use of the United States government, in the suppression of the Creek Indian hostilities of 1836 and 1837 in Alabama.
Ordered, That the Secretary notify the House of Representatives accordingly.
The Senate proceeded to consider, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill (S. 352) to make compensation for the transportation of troops and supplies, for a limited time, over the isthmus of Panama; and an amendment having been proposed by Mr. Douglas,
Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until to-morrow.
The Senate resumed, as in Commitree of the Whole, the consideration of the bill (S. 297) to set apart and sell to Asa Whitney, of New York, a portion of the public lands to enable him to con- , struct a railroad from Lake Michigan to the Pacific ocean; and an amendment having been proposed by Mr. Foote,
Ordered, That the further consideration of the bill be postponed to, and made the special order of the day for Monday next, the 5th February
A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Campbell, their Clerk:
Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed the following bills from the Senate:
S. 11. An act to compensate John M. Moore.
S. 94. An act for the relief of Thomas Douglas, late United States attorney for East Florida.
The House of Representatives have passed the following bills, with an amendment to each:
S. 81. An act for the relief of the forward officers of the late exploring expedition;
S. 106. An act to provide for the settlement of the claim of Henry Washington, late a deputy surveyor of the public lands in Florida; in which amendments they request the concurrence of the Senate.
The House of Representatives have passed the following bills:
H. R. 517. An act to confirm the title to section 16 and the west half of section 12 in township 3 north, range 16 east, in Seneca county, Ohio;
H. Ř. 436. An act for the relief of the legal owners of the ship James Mitchell;
H. R. 438. An act for the relief of Edward Myers;
H. R. 570. An act for the relief of Lewis H. Bates and William Lacon;
H. R. 571. An act for the relief of William Milford;
H. R. 495. An act for the relief of the heirs of Lieutenant Bartlett Hinds;
H. R. 496. An act for the relief of the heirs of Captain Nehemiah Stokely, deceased;
H. R. 536. An act for the relief of the heirs and legal representatives of Captain Presley Thornton, deceased;
H. R. 538. An act to provide for seven years half pay due to Sarah Ann Dye, who was the widow of Lieutenant Jonathan Dye, an officer in the army of the United States, and who was killed in the battle of Brandywine;
H. R. 540. An act for the relief of Abigail Stafford;
H. R. 389. An act for the relief of A. Baudouin and A. D. Robert;
H. R. 399. An act for the relief of the legal representatives of Oliver Lee, deceased;
H. R. 481. An act for the relief of William P. Yonge;
H. R. 512. An act for the relief of the legal representatives of Darius Garrason;
H. R. 513. An act for the relief of Staunton W. Gaar;
H. R. 569. An act for the relief of the president and directors of the Union Bank of Florida;
H. R. 583. An act for the relief of Thomas H. Noble;
H. R. 230. An act to increase the pension of Henry Click, of Cocke county, Tennessee;
H. R. 232. An act for the relief of the legal representatives of Abraham Hogeboom, deceased;
H. R. 445.. An act for the relief of Elizabeth Williamson;
H. R. 545. An act for the relief of Polly Dameron, widow of Charles Dameron, deceased;
H. R. 546. An act for the relief of Elizabeth Kinney;
H. R. 561. Au act for the relief of David Murphy; in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.
The resolution (H. R. 48) authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to cancel certain bonds for duties on goods destroyed by fire while in public store at Norfolk, Virginia, was read the first and second times by unanimous consent:
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Finance.
The Senate proceeded to consider, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill (H. R. 691) making appropriations for the current and contingent expenses of the Indian department, and for fulfilling treaty stipulations with the various Indian tribes, for the year ending June 30, 1850, and having been amended on the motion of Mr. Atherton, it was reported to the Senate; and the amendments were concurred in.
On motion by Mr. Bell further to amend the bill, by inserting at the end thereof the following:
“For carrying into effect the treaty of the sixth August, eighteen hundred and forty-six, with the Cherokees, in addition to the sum heretofore appropriated, the further sum of one million two hundred and thirty-one thousand four hundred and twenty-four dollars and seventy-five cents; that is to say: the sum of five hundred and eighty-six thousand three hundred and ninety-eight dollars and forty-six cents, to carry into effect the provisions of the fourth and fifth articles of the treaty of the sixth August, eighteen hundred and forty-six, with the Cherokees; and the sum of six hundred and forty.five thousand twenty-six dollars and twenty-nine cents, to carry into effect the ninth article of the said treaty with the Cherokees."
13 On motion by Mr. Niles, The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present, Those who voted in the affirmative are,
Messrs. Atchison, Badger, Baldwin, Bell, Benton, Berrien, Butler, Corwin, Davis, of Massachusetts, Dayton, Dodge, of Iowa, Fitzgerald, Greene, Hannegan, Houston, Jones, Metcalfe, Miller, Niles, Phelps, Rusk, Sebastian, Spruance, Underwood, Upham.
Those who voted in the negative are,
Messrs. Atherton, Borland, Bradbury, Bright, Davis, of Mississippi, Dickinson, Dix, Fitzpatrick, Johnson, of Georgia, King, Mason, Sturgeon, Westcott.
So the amendment was agreed to.
Ordered, That the amendments be engrossed, and the bill be read a third time.
The said bill was read a third time as amended.
Ordered, That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House of Representatives in the amendments.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 1849. Mr. Allen presented the petition of E, S. Haines, praying to be released from liability as surety for Robert T. Lytle, late surveyor general of the district of Ohio; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.
Mr. Davis, of Massachusetts, presented the petition of Little and Brown, praying the patronage of the government in a publication which they propose to issue, of the writings of John Adams, second President of the United States; which was referred to the Committee on the Library.
Mr. Dickinson submitted documents relating to the claims of certain Seneca Indians to indemnity for the loss of their rations and other property during their emigration to the southwest; which were referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.
Mr. Rusk presented the petition of Emma C. B. Thompson, praying compensation for diplomatic services rendered by her husband, the late Commodore Charles Thompson, while in command of a United States squadron abroad; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.
Mr. Butler presented the petition of Peter Brown, praying compensation for expenses incurred and losses sustained in attending the United States court at Philadelphia, as a witness, under compulsory process; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.
Mr. Metcalfe submitted documents relating to the claim of Joseph M. Farrow, a soldier in the last war with Great Britain, to a pension; which were referred to the Committee on Pensions.
Mr. Calhoun presented proceedings of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, expressive of their gratification at the progress made in the operations of the coast survey under Professor Bache; which were referred to the Committee on Commerce..
Mr. Douglas presented a resolution passed by the Legislature of the State of Illinois, instructing the Senators, and requesting the representatives of that State in Congress to use their exertions to procure donations of land to the State of Illinois, to aid in the completion of certain railroads within the limits of the State.
Ordered, That it lie on the table, and be printed!
Mr. Douglas presented a resolution passed by the Legislature of the State of Illinois, instructing the Senators, and requesting the representatives of that State in Congress, to use all honorable means in their power to procure the enactment of such laws for the government of the territories acquired by the United States under the treaty of 2d February, 1848, with Mexico, as shall expressly declare that there shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in those territories, unless for the punishment of crimes.
Ordered, That it lie on the table, and be printed.
Mr. Douglas presented a resolution passed by the Legislature of the State of Illinois, in favor of a grant of public land to that State, to aid in the construction of the Central and Northern Cross Railroads.
Ordered, That it lie on the table, and be printed.
Mr. Cameron presented twelve petitions of citizens of the State of Pennsylvania, praying an increase of the duties on foreign manufactures; which were referred to the Committee on Finance.
Mr. Cameron presented a memorial of citizens of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, praying the purchase of Mount Vernon by the government; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Butler submitted a document relating to the bill (H. R. 659) further to continue in force the acts for the payment of horses and other property lost in the military service of the United States; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Breese presented two petitions of citizens of Illinois, praying a grant of lands to that State, to aid in the construction of a railroad from the upper and lower Mississippi to Chicago. Ordered, That they lie on the table.
On motion by Mr. Niles, Ordered, That the petition of Ezra Chapman, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.
Mr. Breese submitted the following resolution, which was considered by unanimous consent, and agreed to:
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate be directed to furnish to the Commissioner of the General Land Office five hundred copies of the map which accompanied the Commissioner's report of the 220 November, 1848, as printed with the President's last annual message.
The Vice President laid before the Senate a communication from