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766) granting five years' half-pay to certain widows and orphans of officers, non-commissioned officers, musicians, and privates, both regulars and volunteers.

They have passed the following bills from the Senate:
S. 259. An act for the relief of Nehemiah Brush;

S. 386. An act continuing the pension granted to Patrick Walker.

I am directed to return to the Senate, in compliance with their request, the bill (S. 415) to grant the right of way across the public lands, and to dispose of said land in aid of the several States in the construction of railroads and canals.

The Senate proceeded to consider, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill (S. 346) for the relief of Samuel F. Butterworth; and

On motion of Mr. Foote, Ordered, That it be recommitted to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Foote presented additional papers relating to the claim of Samuel F. Butterworth; which were referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

The Senate proceeded to consider, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill (S. 457) for the relief of Mary B. Dix; and On motion that it lie on the table,

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

Messrs. Atchison, Bell, Berrien, Bradbury, Bright, Butler, Calhoun, Cameron, Corwin, Davis, of Massachusetts, Dayton, Fitzpatrick, Hale, Hunter, King, Mason, Metcalfe, Pearce, Spruance, Turney, Underwood, Úpham, Walker, Yulee.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Badger, Baldwin, Benton, Borland, Davis, of Mississippi, Dickinson, Dodge, of lowa, Downs, Felch, Foote, Greene, Hannegan, Houston, Johnson, of Louisiana, Jones, Miller, Phelps, Sturgeon, Webster, Westcott.

So it was
Ordered, That the bill lie on the table.

On motion by Mr. Badger, To reconsider the vote on passing the bill (S. 415) to grant the right of way across the public lands, and to dispose of said land in aid of the several States in the construction of railroads and canals;

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

The Senate proceeded to consider the amendments of the House of Representatives to the bill (S. 251) for the relief of the personal representative of William A. Slacum, deceased, which amendments had been insisted upon by the House of Representatives; and

On motion by Mr. Hannegan, Resolved, That the Senate insist on their disagreement to the

said amendments, and ask a conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses.

On motion, Ordered, That the committee of conference be appointed by the Vice President; and

Mr. Hannegan, Mr. Corwin, and Mr. Downs were appointed the committee.

The bill (S. 221) authorizing the renewal of a patent for the benefit of the widow and heirs at law of Timothy P. Anderson; was read the second time and considered as in Committee of the Whole; and,

On motion by Mr. Badger, Ordered, That it lie on the table.

The Senate resumed, as-in Committee of the Whole, the bill (S. 131) for the relief of the heirs and legal representatives of Colonel William Grayson; and,

On motion,
Ordered, That it lie on the table.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill (S. 139) for the relief of John P. Baldwin, owner of the Spanish brig Gil Blas; and,

On motion,
Ordered, That it lie on the table.

The joint resolution (S. R. 19) for the relief of John A. Bryan, was read the second time, and considered as in Committee of the Whole; and,

On motion,
Ordered, That it lie on the table.

The Senate proceeded to consider, as in Committee of the Whole, the following bills and joint resolutions:

H. R. 24. An act for the relief of George Newton;
H. R. 61. An act for the relief of Nancy Tompkins;
H. R. 62. An act for the relief of James Glynn and others;
H. R. 71. An act for the relief of Jesse Young;

H. R. 6. Joint resolution for the relief of J. Melville Gilliss and others;

H. Å. 14. Joint resolution concerning the settlement of the accounts of William Speiden, purser in the navy of the United States;

H. R. 18. Joint resolution for the relief of H. M. Barney; and no amendment being made, they were reported to the Senate.

Ordered, That they pass to a third reading.
The said bills and resolutions were read a third time.
Resolved, That they pass.

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

On motion by Mr. Badger, Ordered, That a member be appointed by the Vice President on the joint committee to wait upon the President and Vice President elect and inform them that they have been duly elected; and

Mr. Davis, of Mississippi, was appointed.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed the bill of the Senate (366) in addition to the act entitled "An act to incorporate the Washington, Alexandria, and Georgetown Steam Packet Company," with an amendment; in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

On motion,
The Senate adjourned.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1849. The Vice President laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of the Navy, communicating in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 8th instant, certain despatches of Commo. dore Robert F. Stockton, relating to the naval and military operations in California, not heretofore communicated to Congress and published; which was read.

On motion by Mr. Westcott, Ordered, That it be printed and that five hundred additional copies be furnished for the use of the Senate.

Mr. Breese presented a petition of citizens of Winchester, Scott county, Illinois, praying that military escorts may be placed on the route between the valley of the Mississippi and California, and a permanent military post established at some point in that territory convenient to the gold region; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Douglas 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 the gold region; which were referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Douglas presented the petition of citizens of the State of Illinois, praying the erection of a marine hospital on Rock island, in the Mississippi river; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. Miller presented a petition of citizens of New Jersey, praying the adoption of measures for abolishing slavery throughout the United States, and a petition of citizens of New Jersey, praying the immediate abolition of slavery and the slave trade in the District of Columbia.

The motion to receive the petitions being objected to,
Ordered, That it lie on the table.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Indian Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediencey of increasing the amount appropriated annually for the civilization of Indians, by an act of Congress, approved March 3, 1819, to fifty thousand dollars instead of ten thousand, as provided by said act.

On motion by Mr. Atchison, Ordered, That the order of the 12th instant to print the report of the Secretary of War, made in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, in relation to Cherokee affairs, be so modified as to exclude therefrom printed document No. 298, of the first session, twenty-ninth Congress.

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

Ordered, That it lie on the table.

Mr. Davis, of Massachusetts, presented a report of a committee of the American Acadamy of Arts and Sciences, of Boston, approving the manner in which the operations of the coast survey have been conducted under the present superintendent, and in favor of the continuation of the work on the system now pursued.

Ordered, That it lie on the table.

Mr. Atchison presented a memorial of the Legislature of the State of Missouri, praying that the inundated public lands in the southeastern portion of that State and northeastern portion of Arkansas, may be ceded to the State of Missouri on condition that they shall be reclaimed by that State. Ordered, That it lie on the table and be printed.

On motion by Mr. Hunter. Ordered, That the the executor of George Evans, deceased, have leave to withdraw his petition and papers.

Mr. Hale submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That on Thursday next, when the Senate take up the calendar of private bills, those bills to the passage of which no objection shall then be made, shall be first considered and disposed of.

Mr. Johnson, of Georgia, presented the memorial of Johnson K. Rogers, for himself and other Cherokee Indians, praying that an investigation may be instituted by Congress on the subject of certain wrongs alleged to have been suffered by those Indians through the agency of certain officers of the government.

On motion by. Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Ordered, That the memorial be referred to a select committee consisting of five members, to be appointed by the Vice President; and

Mr. Johnson, of Georgia, Mr. Bell, Mr. Breese, Mr. Phelps, and Mr. Atchison were appointed the Committee.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed a joint resolution (H. R. 47) for the purchase of copies of the General Navy Register and Laws; and they have passed the bill (H. R. 764) to establish the Home Department, and to provide for the Treasury Department an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and a Commissioner of the Customs; in which joint resolution and bill they request the concurrence of the Senate,

Mr. Baldwin, from the Committee on Pensions, to whom was referred the documents in relation to the claim of Joseph M. Farrow, submitted an adverse report; which was ordered to be printed.

Mr! Mason, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the petition of E. P. Guion and B. McLaughlin, submitted a report accompanied by a bill (S. 465) for the relief of Guion and McLaughlin.

The bill was read and passed to the second reading.
Ordered, That the report be printed.

Mr. Borland, from the Committee on Public Lands, to whom was referred the resolution of the Legislature of Arkansas, in relation to the salt springs in that State, submitted a report, accompanied by a bill (S. 466) granting to the State of Arkansas one salt spring and six sections of land adjoining.

The bill was read and passed to the second reading.
Ordered, That the report be printed.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Walker asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 467) making an appropriation of money for the improvement of the harbor at Port Washington, on Lake Michigan; which was read the first and second times by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Commerce.

By unanimous consent, Mr. Underwood asked and obtained leave to bring in a joint resolution (S. 61) to secure a burying ground in Mexico for the use of the citizens of the United States; wbich was read and passed to the second reading.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed a bill (H. R. 216) for the relief of the legal representatives of Colonel Francis Vigo; in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

On motion by Mr. Downs, that the previous orders be postponed, for the purpose of considering the motion submitted the 7th instant, to change the hour of the meeting of the Senate,

27 It was determined in the affirmative, Veas...

24 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. Atherton, Bell, Breese, Clarke, Davis, of Massachusetts, Dodge, of Iowa, Douglas, Downs, Felch, Fitzgerald, Fitzpatrick, Foote, Greene, Hannegan, Houston, Johnson, of Louisiana, Jones, King, Metcalfe, Niles, Rusk, Sebastián, Spruance, Sturgeon, Underwood, Walker, Westcott.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Allen, Atchison, Badger, Baldwin, Berrien, Borland, Bradbury, Bright, Butler, Calhoun, Corwin, Davis, of Mississippi, Dickinson, Hale, Hamlin, Hunter, Johnson, of Georgia, Mangum, Mason, Miller, Phelps, Turney, Upham, Yulee.

The said motion being modified on the motion of Mr. Badger, to read as follows:

Ordered, That after the next week, the hour of meeting of the Senate shall be 11 o'clock, a. m.,

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