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introduction of slavery within any of the territories of the United States now or hereafter to be acquired; which were read:

Ordered, That they be printed. Mr. Breese presented a petition of citizens of Franklin county, Illinois, praying a reduction of the postage on newspapers.

Ordered, That it lie on the table.

Mr. Mason, by unanimous consent, asked and obtained leave te bring in a resolution (S. R. 56) authorizing the Secretary of War to furnish arms and ammunition to persons emigrating to Oregon, California, and New Mexico; which was read the first and second times by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

The Vice President laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of the Treasury, made in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, showing the number of persons holding stock in the several loans of the United States who have expressed the desire to have their dividends of interest made payable at the city of New York; which was read, and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Cameron presented a petition of George G. West, Charles S. Riché, and others, praying that the navy yard at Philadelphia may be enlarged; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Butler presented the memorial of William Byrd Page, a clerk in the Treasury Department, praying that certain arrears of compensation which he claims to be due him may be paid, which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion by Mr. Borland, Ordered, That the petition of Adam D. Steuart, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee of Claims.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives concur in the resolution of the Senate for the appointment of a committee 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; and have appointed Mr. Hunt, Mr. Barrow, Mr. McClelland, Mr. Truman Smith, and Mr. Harmanson, the committee on their part.

The President of the United States approved and signed, the 1st instant, the following acts:

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

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

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

S. 359. An act for the relief of William Plummer, executor of Starkey Armistead, deceased.

S. 406. An act for the relief of Timothy Cavan.

On motion by Mr. Hamlin, To reconsider the vote on passing to a third reading the bill (H. R. 85) for the relief of William De Buys,

Ordered, That the further consideration of the motion be postponed until to-morrow.

On motion by Mr. Cameron, that the Secretary request of the House of Representatives the return of the resolution (S. 55) extending the time for receiving proposals for the printing of Congress,

Yeas..

31 It was determined in the affirınative,

Nays..

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

Messrs. Allen, Atchison, Atherton, Benton, Borland, Bradbury, Breese, Bright, Butler, Cameron, Clarke, Davis, of Mississippi, Dickinson, Dix, Dodge, of 'Iowa, Douglas, Felch, Fitzpatrick, Foote, Hale, Hamlin, Houston, Hunter, Johnson, of Georgia, Jones, King, Niles, Sturgeon, Turney, Walker, Westcott.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Badger, Baldwin, Bell, Berrien, Clayton, Corwin, Davis, of Massachusetts, Dayton, Fitzgerald, Greene, Johnson, of Louisiana, Mangum, Mason, Metcalfe, Miller, Pearce, Phelps, Spruance, Underwood, Upham.

So it was

Ordered, That the Secretary ask of the House of Representatives the return of the said resolution.

Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, from the Committee on Pensions, reported a bill (S. 416) to regulate the pensions of officers, soldiers, seamen, and marines, who have been, or may hereafter be, disabled while in the service of the United States; which was read and passe ed to the second reading.

Mr. Mason, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was recommitted the bill (S. 272) for the relief of Manuel X. Harmony, reported it with an amendment.

Mr. Fitzpatrick, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 357) for the relief of Isaac Shepard, reported it without amendment.

The Senate proceeded to consider, as in Committee of the whole, the bill (H. R. 520) to grant the right of way through the public laods in Indiana and Illinois, to the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad Company.

An amendment having been proposed by Mr. Benton,

Ordered, That the further consideration of the bill be postponed until to-morrow, and that the amendment be printed.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the whole, the consideration of the bill (S. 168) to provide for the unpaid claims of the officers and soldiers of the Virginia State and continental line of the revolution; and, :

On motion by Mr. Underwood, Ordered, That the further consideration of the bill be postponed until to-morrow, and be the special order of the day.

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

Mr. President: I am directed by the House of Representatives to return to the Senate, agreeably to their request, the resolution (S. R. 55) extending the time for receiving proposals for the printing of Congress.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives having signed two enrolled bills, I am directed to bring them to the Senate for the signature of their President.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill (S. 289) to reduce the rates of postage, and for other purposes. And after debate,

On motion by Mr. Pearce, Ordered, That the further consideration of the bill be postponed until to-morrow.

On motion by Mr. Cameron, Ordered, That the vote on passing the resolution (S. R. 55) extending the time for receiving proposals for the printing, be reconsidered.

On motion by Mr. Cameron, Ordered, That the vote on the engrossment of the said resolution be reconsidered.

The Senate proceeded to consider the said resolution; and having been amended,

Ordered, That it be engrossed and read a third time. The said resolution was read a third time. Resolved, That it pass, and that the title thereof be as aforesaid. Ordered, That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House of Representatives therein.

Mr. Borland, agreeably to notice, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (s. 417) for the relief of John Hutchingson; which was read the first and second times by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

The Senate proceeded to consider, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill (H. R. 493) for the relief of Levi H. Corson, and for other purposes; and no amendment being made, it was reported to the Senate.

Ordered, That it pass to a third reading.
The said bill was read'a third time.
Resolved, That this bill pass.

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

On motion by Mr. Bright,
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourn it be to Monday next.

On motion,
The Senate adjourned.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1849.

. The Vice President laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of the Treasury, made in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, showing the construction given to the act of 1846 in respect to duties accruing and collected on importations, on which a bounty is paid by any country at the place of exportation; which was read, and ordered to be printed.

The Vice President laid before the Senate a communication from the Secretary of the Senate and Clerk of the House of Representatives, in relation to the execution of the joint resolution directing the manner of procuring the printing of the two Houses; which was read.

Ordered, That it lie on the table.

The Vice President presented a memorial of W. S. Coodey and John Drew, representatives of that portion of the Cherokee nation known as the sold settlers," praying that provision may be made for paying, out of the moneys appropriated for their benefit, all debts which, on examination, shall be found to be justly due by them; which was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, presented a'resolution passed by the Legislature of the State of Louisiana, in favor of the enactment of a law directing that the practice of the circuit and district courts of the United States shall conform, in all civil cases, to that of the district courts of that State; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, presented a resolution passed by the Legislature of the State of Louisiana, in favor of an act to refund the money expended by that State in completing Raccourci cut-off, in the Mississippi river; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, presented a resolution passed by the Legislature of the State of Louisiana, in favor of the establishment of a foundry and armory at the town of Algiers, in that State; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Hunter presented resolutions passed by the Legislature of the State of Virginia, declaring that Congress has no control, directly or indirectly, over the institution of slavery; that territory acquired by the arms of the United States is the joint and common property of the States of the Union; that the enactment of any law restraining the citizens of any State from emigrating to such territory with their property, of whatever sort or description, would be a violation of the constitution; and that the enactment of any law by Congress abolishing slavery or the slave trade in the District of Columbia, would be a direct attack upon the institutions of the southern States, to be resisted at every hazard.

Ordered, That they be printed.

Mr. Baldwin presented the petition of George G. Bishop and Peter U. Morgan, administrator of John Arnold, deceased, praying an extension of a patent for an improvement in the mode of manufacturing cloth; which was referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office. Mr. Dayton presented a petition of citizens of Princeton,

New

Jersey, 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 erection of a marine hospital on Rock island, in that State; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Rusk presented the memorial of Nathaniel Lewis, praying compensation for forage and subsistence furnished to a company of Texas rangers mustered into the service of the United States; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Dickinson presented a petition of citizens of West Turin, New York, praying the establishment of a mail route from Constableville to the store of S. C. Thompson, in that place; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Breese presented a petition of members of the General Assembly of Illinois, praying that the right of way through the public lands may be granted to a company about to be chartered by that State for the construction of a railroad from the eastern border of the State of Illinois to the Mississippi river, opposite St. Louis, Missouri; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Mr. Borland presented a memorial of the Legislature of the State of Arkansas, praying the establishment of a mail route from Rockroe, in that State, to Boonville, in Missouri, and a mail route from St. Louis, Missouri, to Little Rock, Arkansas; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Borland presented a memorial of the Legislature of the State of Arkansas, praying that one-tenth portion of the public lands may be granted to the States in which they lie, for purposes of education and internal improvement; that the five per cent. fund accruing to that State may be paid in land instead of money; and that the price of the public lands may be reduced; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Borland presented a resolution passed by the Legislature of the State of Arkansas, in favor of the continuance of the office of surveyor' general in that-State, until the business of that office shall have been finally closed; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Dix presented a memorial of inventors and others, citizens of New York, praying such modifications of the patent laws as will secure to inventors the benefits of their inventions; which was referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

Mr. Mangum submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That the President be requested to have laid before the Senate, in executive or open session, in his discretion, any instructions given to Ambrose H. Sevier and Nathan Clifford, commissioned as ministers plenipotentiary on the part of the United States to the government of Mexico, or to either of said ministers, prior to the ratification by the government of Mexico, of the treaty of

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