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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 incrrow.

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,

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s Yeas. It was determined in the affirmative,{

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 passed 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 Separd, 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.

Qur.dered, That the Secretary notify the House of Representatives accordingly.

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 isold 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 peace between the United States and that republic; also, the correspondence and explanations, if any, which said ministers had with, or gave to, the republic of Mexico, or any ministers thereof, touching the effect or meaning of amendments made by the Senate of the United States to the original treaty, as concluded at Gaudalupe Hidalgo, on the 2d of February, 1848, whether such correspondence or explanations were before the ratification thereof by the Mexican government, or after such ratification, and before or contemporaneous with the exchange of ratifications, and particularly as respects amendments respecting the ninth, tenth, and twelfth articles; also, any protocol or other paper signed by said Sevier and Clifford, and any minister of the Mexican republic, if any such there be, explaining or affecting, or attempting to explain or affect the treaty as ratified by the Senate of the United States; and also, all communications had with the Mexican government, or any minister or ministers thereof, on the part of our ministers, as well as all communications between our ministers and the government of the United States, touching the effect of the amendments proposed by the Senate of the United States in the aforesaid original treaty.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a marine hospital on Rock island, in the State of Illinois, and of appropriating the buildings thereon, and the lands of the United States there situate, for such purpose.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of an appropriation to be made by Congress for the purpose of enabling the President to make compensation for secret services rendered during the late war with Mexico.

Mr. Clayton, from the joint committee appointed on the subject of counting the votes for Presirient and Vice President of the United States, and notifying the persons elected of their election, reported in part the following resolution:

Resolved, That the two Houses will assemble in the chamber of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, the fourteenth instant, at twelve o'clock, and the President of the Senate shall be the presiding officer; that one person be appointed a teller on the part of the Senate and two on the part of the House of Representatives, to make a list of the votes as they shall be declared; that the result shall be delivered to the President of the Senate, who shall annonnce the state of the vote and the persons elected to the two Houses assembled as aforesaid, which shall be deemed a decla. tion of the persons elected President and Vice President of the United States, and, together with a list of votes, be entered on the Journals of the two Houses.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution by unanimous consent; and the resolution was agreed to.

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