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the Solicitor of the Treasury, accompanied by the decision of the arbitrator, to whom was submitted the claim of the Catholic society of St. Augustine to the military barracks at that place; which was read, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Ordered, That it be printed; and that one hundred additional copies be printed for the use of the Senate.

The Vice President laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of the Navy, made in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, in relation to any contract for the supply of water-rotted hemp; which was read, and referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Atchison, Ordered, That the Committee on Indian Affairs be discharged from the further consideration of the memorial presented on the subject of the civilization and preservation of the Indians.

On motion by Mr. Atchison, Ordered, That the Committee on Indian Affairs be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of chiefs and heads of families of the Kickapoo Indians.

On motion by Mr. Atchison, Ordered, That the Committee on Indian Affairs be discharged from the further consideration of the memorial of the Legislature of Wisconsin on the subject of a treaty with the Menomonie Indians.

On motion by Mr. Atchison, Ordered, That the Committee on Indian Affairs be discharged from the further consideration of the resolution of the Legislature of Texas, presented the 17th April; and that so much of the said resolution as relates to a chain of military posts in advance of the settlements between Red river and the Rio Grande, be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Breese, from the Committee on Public Lands, reported a bill (S. 411) to change the location of the land office in the Chippewa land district; which was read, and passed to the second reading.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Badger the 25th instant, in relation to the contract for publishing the debates and proceedings of the Senate; and the resolution was amended and agreed to, as follows:

Resolved, That the committee to audit and control the contingent expenses of the Senate inquire into the expediency of discontinuing or modifying the contract made at the last session for publishing reports of the debates and proceedings of the Senate.

The bill (S. 239) to provide for the more effectual execution of the third clause of the second section of the fourth article of the constitution of the United States, was read the second time, and considered as in Comunittee of the Whole; and,

On motion by Mr. Butler, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed to, and made the order of the day for Monday, the 5th of February,

The three bills received from the House of Representatives for concurrence, the 26th instant, were read the first and second times by unanimous consent.

Ordered, That the bill numbered 742 be referred to the Committee on the District of Columbia; that the bill numbered 744 be referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads; and that bill numbered 695 be referred to the Committee on Finance.

The sixty-two bills yesterday received from the House of Representatives for concurrence, were severally read the first and second times by unanimous consent.

Ordered, That the bill numbered 517 be referred to the Committee on Public Lands; that the bills numbered 570, 571, be referred to the Committee on Commerce; that the bills numbered 495, 496, 536, 538, and 540, be referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims; that the bills numbered 436, 438,441, and 563, be referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs; that the bills numbered 232, 426, 497, 498, 510, and 541, be referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs; that the bills numbered 389, 399, 481, 512, 513, 514, 527, 528, 530,531, 566, 567, 568, 569, 583, and 584, be referred to the Committee of Claims; and that the bills numbered 202, 230, 445, 446, 447, 449, 450, 453, 454, 455, 457,501, 545, 546, 547,548, 549, 550, 551, 552, 554, 555, 557, 558, 559, 560, and 561, be referred to the Committee on Pensions; and that the bill numbered 542, be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Campbell, their Clerk:

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed bills of the following titles:

H. R. 696. An act making appropriations for the support of the military academy for the year ending the 30th June, 1850;

H. R. 697. An act making appropriations for the payment of revolutionary and other pensions of the United States for the year ending the 30th of June, 1850;

H. R. 698. An act making appropriations for the payment of navy pensions for the year ending the 30th of June, 1850; in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

The three bills last brought from the House of Representatives for concurrence, were read the first and second times by unanimous consent.

Ordered, That they be referred to the Committee on Finance. The Senate proceeded to consider the amendment of the House of Representatives to the bill (S. 106) to provide for the settlement of the claim of Henry Washington, late a deputy surveyor of the public lands in Florida; and

Resolved, That they concur therein.

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

The Senate proceeded to consider the amendment of the House of Representatives to the bill (S. 81) for the relief of the forward officers of the late exploring expedition; and

Resolved, That they concur therein.

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

Mr. Rusk reported from the committee that they had examined and found duly enrolled the following bills:

S. 11. An act for the relief of John M. Moore.
S. 69. An act for the relief of Creed Taylor.
S. 83. An act for the relief of J. F. Caldwell.

S. 94. An act for the relief of Thomas Douglas, late United States attorney for East Florida.

H. R. 113. An act for the relief of the owners of the Spanish brig Restaurador.

H. R. 270. An act for the relief of Captain John Percival.

H. R. 723. An act for the relief of Salsy Darby, of Randolph county, and State of Georgia.

H. R. 724. An act for the relief of Charles Wilson.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill (S. 352) to make compensation for the transportation of troops and supplies for a limited time over the isthmus of Panama. And after debate,

On motion by Mr. Badger, The Senate adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 1849. Mr. Clayton presented the petition of William H. Topping, praying compensation for his services as secretary to the commissioners appointed'to investigate the affairs of the New York custom-house in 1841; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Clayton presented the petition of Samuel S. Rind, praying compensation for services rendered in the office of the Third Auditor; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Clayton presented the petition of William C. Anderson, praying to be released from a judgment against him in favor of the United States as security for John S. Lambden, late postmaster at Smyrna, in Delaware; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Clayton presented a petition of citizens of Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, praying such an increase of the duties on foreign imports as will yield protection to domestic industry; which was referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Corwin presented the memorial of James B. Moore and Company, praying the aid of government in the establishment of a line of mail steamers from California to China and the East Indies; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Dix presented twenty-eight petitions of citizens of the United States, praying the enactment of a law to prohibit the use of intoxicating liquors in the navy, except for medicinal purposes; which were referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Dix presented fifty-five petitions of citizens of the United States, praying the enactment of a law to prohibit corporeal pun

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ishment in the military and naval service; which were referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Dix presented a petition of citizens of Buffalo, New York, praying that the rates of postage may be reduced and the franking privilege abolished.

Ordered, That it lie on the table.

Mr. Douglas presented a resolution, passed by the Legislature of the State of Illinois, in favor of the enactment of a law for the improvement of the navigation of the Mississippi, Ohio, and Illinois rivers, and for the improvement and protection of the harbors on the northern lakes:

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 the enactment of a law to protect the pre-em; tion rights of settlers on public lands that may have been granted to that State for purposes of internal improvement:

Ordered, That it lie on the table and be printed.

Mr. Douglas presented two petitions of citizens of Illinois, praying a grant of public land 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.

Mr. Upham presented the petition of John Mitchell, praying to be allowed an increase of his pension; which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Sturgeon presented a petition of citizens of Mifflin county, Pennsylvania, praying such an increase of the duties on foreign imports as will afford protection to the domestic industry of the country; which was referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Sturgeon submitted a document showing the names of officers and soldiers of the Pennsylvania line of the revolutionary army entitled to donation lands; which was referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

Mr. Bright presented the petition of Francis Ann Eson, widow of James Eson, a volunteer in the Mexican war, praying to be allowed a pension; which was 'referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Dodge, of Iowa, presented a resolution, passed by the Legislature of the State of Iowa, in favor of the establishment of a land office at Fort Des Moines:

Ordered, That it lie on the table and printed.

Mr. Westcott presented resolutions, passed by the Legislature of the State of Florida, in favor of the adoption of measures by the government for confining the Indian tribes in that State within their prescribed limits, and for their speedy removal west of the Mississippi; which were referred to the Committee on Military Affairs and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Clayton presented two petitions of citizens of the county of Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania, praying an increase of the duties on foreign manufactures; which were referred to the Committee on Finance.

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

Resolved, That a committee be appointed, to join such committee as may be appointed by the House of Representatives, to ascertain and report a mode of examining the votes for President and Vice President of the United States, and of notifying the persons elected of their election.

On motion, Ordered, That' the Committee be appointed by the Vice President; and

Mr. Clayton, Mr. Davis, of Mississippi, and Mr. Davis, of Massachusetts, were appointed the committee.

Ordered, That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House of Representatives in the resolution.

Mr. Metcalfe submitted the following resolution; which was co'nsidered by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee on Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of allowing a pension to Joseph M. Far

Mr. Jones, by unanimous consent, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 412) making an appropriation for the construction of a road from the falls of St. Louis river of Lake Superior to point Douglass, on the Mississippi river; which was read the first and second times by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Roads and Canals.

Mr. Jones, by unanimous consent, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 413) declaratory of the act for the admission of the State of Iowa into the Union; which was read the first and second times by unanimous consent, and considered as in Committee of the Whole; and no amendment being made, it was reported to the Senate.

Ordered, That it be engrossed, and read a third time.
The said bill was read a third time by unanimous consent.

Resolved, That this bill pass, and that the title thereof be as aforesaid.

Ordered, That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House of Representatives therein.

Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, from the Committee on Pensions, to whom were referred the petition of Nathaniel Webb; the petition of James H. Duffer; and the petition of the heirs and legal representatives of Joseph Spencer, submitted an adverse report in each case; which reports were ordered to be printed.

On motion by Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, Ordered, That the Committee on Pensions be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of John W. Skiles.

Mr. Davis, of Mississippi, from the Committee on Military Affairs,' to whom was referred a memorial of the Legislature of Arkansas on the subject of a national road from Fort Smith to California, submitted a report, accompanied by a joint resolution (S. R. 54) to provide for topographical surveys and reports of routes from the valley of the Mississippi to the Pacific ocean.

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