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of the United States, and conveyed by a private vessel or ship, whether owned by citizens of the United States, or citizens of a foreign country, and not employed in transporting a public mail, shall be charged with five cents postage the half ounce, in manner aforesaid, to be prepaid; and all letters conveyed in such private vessel or ship, from a foreign country to the United States, and posted at any place in the United States, shall be charged with the Iike postage of five cents the half ounce; and no additional charge shall be made for inland postage. And all newspapers conveyed from the United States to any foreign country, or to the Pacific coast of the United States, or from any foreign country, or the Pacific coast, to the United States, in any packet, or steam ship, transporting a public mail, shall be charged with two cents postage for each newspaper, no addition being made for inland postage. And all pamphlets, magazines, or books, conveyed in the mail as aforesaid, from the United States to any foreign country, or the Pacific coast of the United States, or from any foreign country, or the Pacific coast, to any place in the United States, and not weighing more than two ounces, shall pay two cents postage, and two cents for every additional ounce, or fractional part thereof, no addition being charged for inland postage.

6Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the sum of seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated from any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the service of the Post Office Department, for the year ending on the thirtieth day of June, eighteen hundred and fifty, should the ordinary revenues of the department be insufficient to sustain the service now authorized, or which may hereafter be authorized by law.

“ Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the Postmaster General be authorized to prepare postage stamps, which, when attached to any letter, shalį be evidence of payment of the postage chargeable on such letter, which said stamps the Postmaster General may deliver to any deputy postmaster who may apply for the same, the deputy postmaster paying or becoming responsible for the stamps so received by him; and if any of said stamps shall not be used, tut be returned to the General Post Office, the amount so returned shall be credited to such deputy postmaster; and such deputy postmaster may sell or dispose of any stamps so received by him to any person who may wish to use the same; but it shall not be lawful for any deputy postmaster to prepare, use, or dispose of any stamps not authorized by or received from the Postmaster General; and any person who shall falsely and fraudulently make, utter, or forge any postage stamp, or shall falsely and fraudulently attach to a letter any stamp which has once been used in payment of postage, knowing that such stamp had so been used, and with the intent tó defraud the Post Office Department, such person, on conviction, shall, for every such offence, be fined not exceeding three hundred dollars, or imprisoned not exceeding six months, or both, accord. ing to the circumstances and aggravations of the offence.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That, should the commissions of postmasters decline under the operation of this act, it shall be the duty of the Postmaster General to allow them, in addition to what they are entitled to by existing laws, a sum sufficient to make their whole compensation equal to what it was in the year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and forty-eight.

“ Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That all acts or parts of acts inconsistnnt with the provisions of this act be, and the same are hereby, repealed: Provided, That this act shall not be construed to repeal the several acts or parts of acts relating to the franking privilege."

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20 It was determined in the negative,

Nays......

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

Messrs. Baldwin, Cameron, Clarke, Corwin, Davis, of Massachusetts, Dix, Dodge, of Iowa, Felch, Fitzgerald, Greene, Hale, Hamlin, Jones, Miller, Niles, Rusk, Underwood, Upham, Wales, Yulee.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Atchison, Atherton, Badger, Bell, Benton, Berrien, Borland, Bradbury, Breese, Bright, Butler, Davis, of Mississippi, Douglas, Downs, Fitzpatrick, Foote, Houston, Hunter, Johnson, of Maryland, Johnson, of Louisiana, Johnson, of Georgia, King, Mason, Pearce, Sebastian, Spruance, Turney.

The bill having been amended, was reported to the Senate; and the amendment was concurred in.

Ordered, That the amendment be engrossed, and the bill read a third time.

The said bill was read a third time as amended.
Resolved, That this bill pass with an amendment.

Ordered, That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House of Representatives in the amendment.

Mr. Dodge, of Iowa, reported from the committee that they had presented to the President of the United States, this day, the following acts:

H. Ř. 525. An act to establish an additional land office in the State of Missouri.

H. R. 684. An act to provide for carrying into execution, in part, the 12th article of the treaty with Mexico, concluded at Guadalupe Hidalgo.

H. R. 698. An act making appropriations for the payment of navy pensions, for the year ending the 30th of June, 1850.

H. R. 15. An act for the settlement of the claims of New Hampshire against the United States.

H. R. 497. An act for the relief of E. B. Cogswell.

H. R. 797. An act in relation to the Fox and Wisconsin reservation in the State of Wisconsin.

S. 393. An act to provide for an increase of the medical staff; and for an additional number of chaplains in the army of the United States.

H. R. 232. An act for the relief of Lizur B. Canfield.

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H. R. 401. An act for the relief of Joshua Barney, United States agent.

H. R. 725. An act for the relief of P. O. Payne, of Albany, New York.

H. R. 802. An act for the relief of the citizens of Cedar. Bluff, in the State of Alabama, and for other purposes.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives bave passed the bill from the Senate (S. 405) to grant to the Atlantic and Gulf Railroad Company the right of way through the public lands of the United States.

They concur in some and disagree to other amendments of the Senate to the bill (H. R. 692) making appropriations for the civil and diplomatic expenses of government, for the year ending June 30, 1850.

The Senate proceeded to consider their amendments, disagreed to by the House of Representatives, to the bill last mentioned, (H. Ř. 692;) and,

On motion by Mr. Atherton, Resolved, That they insist on their amendments, disagreed to by the House of Representatives, and ask a conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses.

Ordered, That Mr. Atherton, Mr. Dickinson, and Mr. Berrien, be the committee of conference on the part of the Senate.

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

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

Resolved, That the 16th joint rule of the two Houses be suspended for the remainder of the session.

Ordered, That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House of Representatives therein.

Mr. Dodge reported from the committee that they had examined and found duly enrolled the bill (s. 405) entitled "An act to grant to the Atlantic and Gulf Railroad Company the right of way through the public lands of the United States.)

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

Mr. President: 'The House of Representatives concur in the amendments of the Senate to the bill (H. R. 659) to continue in force the acts for the payment of horses and other property lost in the military service of the United States.

They disagree to the amendment of the Senate to the bill (H. R. 686) making appropriations for certain fortifications of the United States, for the year ending the 30th of June, 1850.

They agree to the 3d, 4th, 6th, 7th, and 12th amendments of the Senate to the bill' (H. R. 695) making appropriations for the support of the army, for the year ending the 30th of June, 1850; they disagree to the 1st, 2d, 5th, 8th, 9th, and 11th amendments of the Senate; and concur in the 10th' amendment of the Senate to the

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said bill with an amendment, in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

They concur in the amendment of the Senate to the bill (H. R. 700) to amend the act entitled “An act supplemental to an act for the admission of the States of Iowa and Wisconsin into the Union," with an amendment, in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

They have passed the bill (S. 398) to grant the right of way to the Mobile and Ohio Railroad Company, with an amendment, in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

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

Mr. Fitzgerald reported from the committee that they had examined and found duly enrolled the following bills and joint resolution:

H. R. 341. An act for the relief of Joel Thacker.

H. R. 344. An act to transfer the towns of Vinal Haven, North Haven, and Islesboro', from the collection district of Penobscot to that of Belfast, in the State of Maine.

H. R. 791. An act declaring Fort Covington, in the State of New York, to be a port of delivery, and for other purposes.

H. R. 804. An act concerning the selection of jurors in certain courts of the United States.

H. R. 805. An act to authorize the judge of the courts of the United States of the fifth circuit to hold the circuit court for the district of Kentucky.

H. R. 58. Joint resolution authorizing the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Representatives to subscribe for a thousand copies of a further publication of the debates and proceedings of Congress, and for other purposes.

The President pro tempore sigoed the six enrolled bills (H. R. 344, 791, 805, 804, 341, S. 405) and the enrolled resolution (H. R. 58,) last reported to have been examined; and they were delivered to the committee to be presented to the President of the United States.

The Senate proceeded to consider the amendinent of the House of Representatives to the bill (S. 398) to grant the right of way to the Mobile and Ohio Railroad Company; and,

Resolved, Tbat they concur therein.

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

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Mangum, the 28th February, making an allowance to the officers and others of the Senate; and having be«n.amended,

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on the Contingent Expenses of the Senate.

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

H. R. 773. An act for the relief of Major Charles Larrabee; H. R. 621. An act for the relief of Alexander McEwen;

H. R. 76. An act for the relief of David Thomas, of Philadelphia; and, no amendment being made, they were reported to the Senate.

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

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

On motion,
The Senate adjourned.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 1849. Mr. Atherton presented the credentials of the honorable Moses Norris, junior, elected a Senator by the Legislature of the State of New Hampshire, for the term of six years, from and after the third day of March, 1849; which were read.

The President pro tempore laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of the Treasury, made in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 12th December, 1848, communicating information relative to the expediency of repealing or modifying the act of June 30, 1834, concerning tonnage duty on Spanish vessels; which was read.

Ordered, That it be printed. Mr. Bright presented the credentials of the honorable James Whitcomb, chosen a Senator by the Legislature of the State of Indiana, for six years, from and after the fourth day of March next; inclusive; which were read.

Mr. Sturgeon presented a petition of citizens of Pennsylvania, and a petition of citizens and female inhabitants of said State, 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. Clarke presented a petition of female inhabitants of the State of Rhode Island, praying the abolition of slavery and the slave trade in the United Siates, and the adoption of measures for preventing the extension of slavery into the territories of the United States.

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

The President pro tempore laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of the Treasury, communicating, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 24th February last, information in relation to additional rooms required for the use of the War and Navy Departments, and the expediency of purchasing a building erected by Mr. Winder, in the vicinity. of the public offices; which was read, and ordered to be printed.

The President pro tempore laid before the Senate a report of the presiding officer of the Senate, and Secretary of the Senate, prepared in pursuance of the joint resolution of August 3, 1846, in

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