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Spruance, Sturgeon, Turney, Underwood, Upham, Wales, Walker, Webster, Westcott, Yulee.

On the question to agree to the amendment proposed by Mr. Walker, modified as follows:

“Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the constitution of the United States, in so far as the provisions of the same be applicable to the condition of a territory of the United States, and all anda singular the several acts of Congress respecting the registering, recording, enrolling, or licensing ships or vessels, and the entry and clearance thereof, and the foreign and coasting trade and fisheries, and all the acts respecting the imposing and collecting of duties on imports, and all acts respecting trade and intercourse with the Indian tribes, and all acts respecting the public lands, or the survey or sale thereof, and all and singular the other acts of Congress of a public and general character, and the provisions whereof are suitable and proper to be applied to the territory west of the Rio Del Norte, acquired from Mexico by the treaty of the second day of February, eighteen hundred and forty-eight, be, and the same are hereby, extended over, and given full force and efficacy in all said territory; and the President of the United States is hereby authorized to prescribe and establish all proper and needful rules and regulations, (in conformity with the constitution of the United States,) for the enforcement of the provisions of the constitution hereinbefore referred to, of said laws in said territory, and for the preservation of order and tranquility, and the establishment of justice therein, and from time to time to modify or change the said rules and regulations in such manner as may seem to him discreet and proper; and to establish, temporarily, such divisions, districts, ports, offices, and all arrangements proper for the execution of said laws, and appoint and commission such officers as may be necessary to administer such laws in said territories, for such term or terms as he may prescribe, whose authority shall continue until otherwise provided by Congress: said officers to receive such compensation as the President may prescribe, not exceeding double the compensation heretofore paid to similar officers of the United States or its territories, for like services; and to enable the same to be done, the sum of two hundred thousand dollars be appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.”

29 Nays..

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

Messrs. Atchison, Bell, Berrien, Borland, Butler, Davis, of Mississippi, Dickinson, Dodge, of Iowa, Douglass, Downs, Fitzgerald, Fitzpatrick, Foote, Hannegan, Houston, Hunter, Johnson, of Louisiana, Johnson, of Georgia, King, Mangum, Mason, Rusk, Sebastian, Sturgeon, Turney, Underwood, Walker, Westcott, Yulee.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Allen, Atherton, Badger, Baldwin, Bradbury, Bright, Cameron, Clarké, Corwin, Davis, of Massachusetts, Dayton, Dix,

It was determined in the affirmative, Mays:

It was determined in the affirmative, Mays

Dodge, of Wisconsin, Felch, Greené, Hale, Hamlin, Johnson, of Maryland, Jones, Miller, Niles, Pearce, Phelps, Spruance, Upham, Wales, Webster.

So the said amendment was agreed to.

On motion by Mr. Mangum, to amend the bill by adding after line 863 the following: ." For outfit for a minister to the government of Chili, nine thousand dollars;" “ For salary of said minister, nine thousand dollars."

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

Messrs. Atchison, Badger, Baldwin, Berrien, Borland, Butler, Cameron, Clarke, Corwin, Davis, of Massachusetts, Dayton, Downs, Greene, Hale, Hannegan, Houston, Hunter, Johnson, of Maryland, Johnson, of Louisiana, Mangum, Miller, Pearce, Phelps, Rusk, Sebastian, Spruance, Upham, Wales, Webster, Westcott.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Allen, Atherton, Bell, Bradbury, Bright, Davis, of Mississippi, Dickinson, Dix, Dodge, of Iowa, Felch, Fitzgerald, Fitzpátrick, Foote, Hamlin, Johnson, of Georgia, Jones, King, Mason, Niles, Sturgeon, Turney, Underwood, Walker, Yulee.

On motion by Mr. Berrien, The Senate adjourned.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1849. Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, presented a memorial of merchants, manufacturers, and others, citizens of Baltimore, Maryland, prayving the establishment of a reciprocal free trade, in agricultural products, between the United States and Canada:

Ordered, That it lie on the table. Mr. Davis, of Mississippi, presented a memorial of John M. Hepburn, and others, clerks in the office of the adjutant general of the army, praying compensation for extra services performed in that office; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Hale presented a petition of citizens of Ogle county, Illinois, praying the adoption of measures for annexing Canada to the United States:

Ordered, That it lie on the table.

Mr. Hale presented a petition of citizens of Bowdoinham, Maine, 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.

Mr. Hale presented a petition of Joseph Treat, a citizen of Ohio, and two petitions of citizens and female in habitants of the State of Pennsylvania, praying the adoption of measures for the immediate dissolution of the Union:

Ordered, That they lie on the table.

Mr. Cameron presented a petition of citizens of Pennsylvania, praying the adoption of measures for abolisbing slavery throughout the United States; a petition of citizens of said State, praying the abolition of slavery and the slave trade in the District of Columbia, and the prohibition of slavery in any territory belonging to the United States; and a petition of female inhabitants of Pennsylvania, praying the abolition of slavery and the slave trade in the District of Columbia.

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

Mr. Cameron presented the petition of John Dougherty, proposing to transport the United States mails from the Mississippi river to San Francisco in California, and praying the construction of a post road for that purpose; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Cameron presented two petitions of citizens of Pennsylvania, praying the erection of piers and harbors in the Delaware river and bay; which were referred to the Committee on Commérče.

Mr. Cameron presented a memorial of citizens of Pennsylvania; praying such alterations of the patent laws as will secure the patentees the benefits of their inventions; which was referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

Mr. Cameron presented two petitions of citizens of Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, praying the enactment of a law to abolish capital punishment; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Cameron presented a resolution passed by the legislature of the State of Pennsylvania, in favor of the enactment of a law setting apart a portion of the northwestern territory as a permanent home for the various Indian tribes inhabiting the United States; which was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Mr. Borland presented two memorials of citizens of Arkansas, praying the construction of a railroad from the Mississippi river to the Pacific ocean:

Ordered, That they lie on the table.

Mr. Hale presented five petitions of citizens of Pennsylvania, praying the abolition of slavery and the slave trade in the District of Columbia, and the prohibition of slavery in any territory belonging to the United States; a petition of citizens of Eliat, Maine, praying the abolition of the slave trade in the District of Columbia, a petition of female inhabitants of Pennsylvania, praying the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia; and a petition of citizens and female inhabitants of said State, praying the abolition of slavery throughout the United States.

Mr. Hale also presented thirty-four petitions of female inhabitants of the State of New York, twelve petitions of female inhabitants of the State of Vermont, eight petitions of female inhabitants of the State of New Hampshire, eight petitions of female inhabitants of the State of Maine, eight petitions of female inhabitants of the State of Connecticut, three petitions of female inhabitants of the

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State of Massachusetts, four petitions of female inhabitants of the State of Michigan, four petitions of female inhabitants of the State of Illinois, two petitions of female inhabitants of the State of New Jersey, a petition of female inhabitants of Racine, Wisconsin, two petitions of female inhabitants of the State of Pennsylvania, and twenty petitions of female inhabitants of the United States, praying the adoption of measures to prevent the further extension of American slavery, to discountenance the American slave trade, and to abolish slavery in those places over which Congress possesses jurisdiction.

The motion to receive the petitions being objected to,
Ordered, That the motion lie on the table.
Mr. Douglas submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That the Secretary of War be requested to transmit to the Senate a report made to Major General P. F. Smith, when civil and military governor of the city of Mexico, by Lieutenant Smith, of the corps of topographical engineers, on the drainage and improvement of the valley of Mexico.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the practicability and expediency of expediting the transmission of the mails between New York and New Orleans.

Mr. Davis, of Mississippi, submitted the following report:

The committee appointed on the part of the Senate jointly with the committee appointed on the part of the House of Representatives to wait on Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore, and notify them of their election as President and Vice President of the United States, report: That they have performed the duty assigned them; and that the President elect, in signifying his acceptance of the office to which he had been chosen by the people, avowed emotions of the profoundest gratitude, and declared his distrust of his ability to fulfil the expectations upon which their confidence was based, but gave assurance of a fixed purpose to administer the government for the benefit and advantage of the whole country.

In alluding to the fact to which his attention had been drawn, that the chairman of the committee represented a public body, a majority of whom were opposed in political opinion to the President elect, and accorded with that majority, he recognized in it the deference to the popular will constitutionally expressed, on which rests the strength and hope of the republic; and he said that it was to have been expected of the Senate of the United States.

He expressed an ardent wish that he might be able in any degree to assuage the fierceness of party or temper with moderation the conflicts of those who are only divided as to the means of securing the public welfare.

He said, having been reminded that he was about to occup the chair once filled by Washington, he could hope to emulate him only in the singleness of the aims which guided the conduct of the

man who had no parallel in history, and could have no rival in the hearts of his countrymen.

In conclusion, he announced his readiness to take the oath of office on the 5th of March proximo, at such hour and place as might be designated.

And the committee further report: That the Vice President elect, in signifying his acceptance of the office to which he had been chosen by the people, expressed the profound sensibility with which he received the announcement of his election, and said, that deeply impressed with the obligations which it imposed and the distinguished honor it conferred, he should do injustice to his feelings if he failed to express his grateful thanks for this manifestation of confidence; that he should accept the office, conscious of his want of experience and distrustful of his ability to discharge its duties, but with an anxious desire to meet the expectations of those who had so generously conferred it upon him.

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

Resolved, that there be appointed a committee of the Senate to make the necessary arrangements for the reception of the President elect on the fifth of March, and to apprise him of the same.

Ordered, That the committee consist of three members, to be appointed by the Vice President; and

Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, Mr. Davis, of Mississippi, and Mr. Davis, of Massachusetts, were appointed accordingly.

On motion of Mr. Westcott, Ordered, That the report from the Secretary of the Navy, communicating a report made by Lieutenant William F. Lynch,,of the navy, of an examination of the Dead sea, be referred to the Coinmittee on Commerce and printed.

Mr. Atchison, from the Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 232) for the relief of the legal representatives of Abraham Hogeboom, deceased, reported it without amendment.

Mr. Atchison, from the Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 426) for the relief of Israel Johnson, reported it without amendment.

Mr. Bright, from the Committee on Revolutionary Claims, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 306) for the relief of the legal representatives of Captain Samuel Jones, deceased, reported it without amendment.

Mr. Bright also submitted a report on the subject; which was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Atherton, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 754) making appropriations for the service of the Post Office Department for the year ending the 30th of June, 1850, reported it without amendment.

Mr. Fitzpatrick, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 248) for the relief of the legal representatives. of Bernard Todd, deceased, reported it without amendment.

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