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Mr. Bradbury, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the petition of John J. Simpson, submitted a report, which was ordered to be printed; and, in pursuance thereof,
Ordered, That the committee be discharged from the further consideration of the petition.
Agreeably to notice, Mr. Davis, of Mississippi, asked and ob-. tained leave to bring in a bill (S. 457) for the relief of Mary B. Dix; which was read the first and second times by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Pensions.
On motion by Mr. Hale, that when the Senate adjourn it be to Monday next.
It was determined in the negative,
On motion by Mr. Downs,
The yeas and nays being desired by one fifth of the Senators present, Those who voted in the affirmative are,
Messrs. Allen, Atchison, Badger, Berrien, Bright, Butler, Calhoun, Dayton, Hale, King, Mangum, Miller, Phelps, Sebastian, Turney, Upham, Yulee.
Those who voted in the negative are,
Messrs. Atherton, Baldwin, Bell, Benton, Borland, Bradbury, Breese, Clarke Corwin, Davis, of Massachusetts, Davis, of Mississippi, Dickinson, Dix, Dodge, of Iowa, Douglas, Downs, Felch, Fitzpatrick, Foote, Greene, Hamlin, Hannegan, Houston, Hunter, Johnson, of Louisiana, Johnson, of Georgia, Jones, Mason, Metcalfe, Niles, Rusk, Spruance, Sturgeon, Underwood, Walker, Webster, Westcott.
The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr Benton, the 7th instant, to repeal the 49th rule of the Senate, providing for the election of certain officers of the Senate on the second Monday of the first session of every Congress; and the resolution was agreed to.
The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution reported by the Committee of Pensions the 7th of February, respecting the printing of laws relating to pensions and bounty lands; and, having been amended, the resolution was agreed to, as follows:
Resolved, That such of the acts of Congress relative to pensions and the executive regulations touching the subject, as have been deemed necessary by the Committee on Pensions to be published, as well as the laws relating to bounty land, containing about ninety-four pages, be printed, and that six thousand additional copies. be printed for the use of the Senate, and one thousand for the use of the Commissioner of Pensions.
The Senate resumed the consideration of the bill (S. 340) to promote the efficiency of the military and naval establishments; and, On motion by Mr. Yulee,
Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until Tuesday next, February 13, and be the order of the day. The bill (S. 409) to provide for the investigation of claims against the United States, was read the second time, and considered as in Committee of the Whole; and,
On motion by Mr. Bradbury,
Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until to-morrow, and be the order of the day.
The bill (S. 328) making a grant of public lands to the several States of the Union for certain purposes, was read the second time, and considered as in Committee of the Whole; and,
On motion by Mr. Dix,
Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until to-morrow, and be the order of the day.
After the consideration of executive business,
SATURDAY, FEBRUary 10, 1849.
A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Campbell, their Clerk:
Mr. President: The Speaker of the House of Representatives having signed seven enrolled bills, I am directed to bring them to the Senate for the signature of their President.
The following message was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Walker, his secretary:
To the Senate of the United States:
In compliance with the resolution of the Senate of the 6th instant, requesting the President to cause to be laid before that body. 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," and certain correspondence and other papers specified in the said resolution, I communicate herewith a report from the Secretary of State, together with copies of the documents called for.
Having, on the 8th instant, in compliance with a resolution of the House of Representatives, in its terms more comprehensive than that of the Senate, communicated these, and all other papers appertaining to the same subject, with a message to that House, this communication is made to the Senate in " open," and not in " ecutive" session.
WASHINGTON, February 9, 1849.
The was read.
JAMES K., POLK.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Foreign Re
On motion by Mr. Foote, that it be printed, with the accompanying documents, and that 20,000 copies thereof, in addition to the usual number, be printed for the use of the Senate,
A debate ensued; and,
On motion by Mr. Hale,
The Senate adjourned.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1849. noitom no
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The Vice President laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary who were parties to the of War, made in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, in relation to the Cherokees s treaty of especially against that portion of the naAugust 6, 1 tion called Old settlers," or "Western Cherokees," which was
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs and printed..
The Vice President laid before the Senate at laid before the Senate a communication from the Secretary of War, accompanied by sixty copies of the official Army Register for 1849; which was read.
The Vice President laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of the Treasury, made agreeably to law, accompanied by exhibits of to sury Department, during the Contracts made by Treasury years 1847 and 1848; which was read.
The Vice President signed the seven enrolled bills last reported to have been examined, and they were delivered to the committee to be presented to the President of the United States.
Mr. Rusk For from the committee that and found duly enrolled the following bills;
they had examined,
S. 360. An act to authorize the Secretary of War to make repar ration for the killing of a Caddo boy by volunteer troops in Texas; S. 163 An act to relinquish the reversionary interest of the United States es in a certai Indian reservation in the State of Alabama.
Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, presented a pétition of citizens of New Orleans, Louisiana, 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.niferaltet Mr. Baldwin presented the petition of the president and professors of Yale college, praying that the number of copies of the works of the late exploring expedition, now authorized to be printed, may be increased; which was referred to the Committee on the Library. Aliw 9008
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. iw pas cue sang gaf ar 28 3:5.99 Ordered, That it lie on the table: sa o bem al aortsdinamas Mr. compensation for the use of a scaffold, in which he claims to be the invento
compensaerald presented the petition of John McDuell, praying
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Mr. Dix presented a memorial of citizens of New York; praying such modifications of women at hell secure to patentees the benefits of their inventions; which was referred to the Com mittee on Patents and the Patent Office?100 yd notem O 3.MP. Cameron presented four petitions of citizens of SchuylkilF county, Pennsylvania, praying such an increase of the duties o imports as afford protection to
country; which were referred to the Comestic industry of the
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Mr. Sebastian presented the memorial of William Pelham and others, praying the adoption of the necessary measures for constructing a railroad from Memphis, or some other point on the river to the Pacific ocean. 11 9.5 to 100A That it at nitq as Mr. Rusk presented the memorial of Robert B. Kingsbury, praying to be indemnified against loss by the refusal of the Mexican authorities to allow him to dispose of a quantity of tobacco imported into the port of Matamoras while in possession of the United States forces, as by the nineteenth article of the treaty be tween the United States and Mexico he had a right to do, which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. II
Mr. Benton presented two memorials of citizens of the United States, residing in the valley of the Mississippi, praying that military escorts may be placed on the route between that valley and California, and a permanent military post established at some point convenient to t to the gold region in that territory, for the protection of emigrants. 19070
Ordered, That they be printed. 1o Mr. Dix presented the petition of the widow and heirs of Henry law for teased, praying an extension of the time allowed by
faw for the occupation and settlement of a township of land granted to the said Henry Perrine, for the cultivation of tropical plats; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.
Mr. Westcott, submitted additional documents relands."
to the petition of the widow and heirs of Henry Perrine, deceased; which were referred to the Committee on Public Lands.
Mr. Dayton presented the petition of Mary Sanders, a revolutionary soldier, praying to be allowed an of pension; which was referred to the Committee on Pensions, molly Mr. "Davis, of Massachusetts, submitted the following resolution; which was agreed to! Resolved, That the
considered by unanimous Military Affairs be instructed
others engaged in thes
to inquire whether the laws granting bounty lands to soldiers and war with Mexico, require amendment in order to do justice to all persons engaged in that service. The following message was received from the President of the United States by Mr. Walker, his secretary: 1813309951
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the to the resolution of of December 28, 1848, "to be informed out of what they of of the number of vessels annually employed in the coast Survey and the annual cost thereof, 0 f, and fund were paid; also, the number of persons annually employed in said survey were not of the army and navy of the United States; also, the amount of money received by the United States for maps and charts made under such survey and sold under the act of 1844." mod feuɛfik Yullila no 9917immo SID JAMES K. POLK. WASHINGTON, February 12, 1849.
The n essage was read.
The Vice President laid before the Senate a report of the First Auditor of the Treasury Department and the Auditor of the Post Office Department, in the case of Jennings, Roddey, and Carter, made in compliance with a resolution of the Senate; which was read.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Claims.
Mr. Mason, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 399) for the relief of the legal representatives of Oliver Lee, deceased, reported it without amendment.
Mr. Mason, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 514) for the relief of William Snavely, of Indiana, reported it without amendment.
Mr. Borland, from the Committee on Public Lands, to whom was referred the bill (S. 349) granting to the States of Alabama and Florida the right of way and a donation of public lands to aid in the construction of a railroad from Montgomery, in the State of Alabama, Pensacola, in the State of Florida, and from thence to the waters of the Tensaw river, or Mobile bay, in said State of Alabama, reported it without amendment.
Mr. Downs, from the Committee on Private Land Claims, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 678) for the relief of Amelia Couvillion, of Louisiana, reported it without amendment.
On motion by Mr. Downs,
Ordered, That the Committee on Private Land Claims be discharged from the further consideration of the bill (H. R. 709) granting the right of pre-emption to Joshua Holden.
Mr. Downs, from the Committee on Private Land Claims, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 677) for the relief of Sidney Flower, of Louisiana, and for other purposes, reported it without amendment.
Mr. Davis, of Massachusetts, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was referred a memorial of the General Assembly of the State of Arkansas, presented the 15th January, in relation to bounty land to all the volunteers, submitted a report, accompanied by the following resolution:
Resolved, That it is, in the opinion of the Senate, inexpedient to comply with the prayer of the memorialists.
The Senate, by unanimous consent, proceeded to consider the resolution, and it was agreed to.
Ordered, That the report be printed.
Mr. Davis, of Mississippi, from the Committee on Military Affairs, reported a bill (S. 458) to provide for the classification of the clerks in the military bureaus, and for other purposes; which was read, and passed to the second reading.
Mr. Rusk, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was referred the memorial of Samuel Colt, submitted a report; which was ordered to be printed.
M. Metcalfe, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom