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Mr. Dix presented'the petition of Charles M. Keller and others, in behalf of a convention of inventors, praying that certain defects in the patent laws may be remedied; which was referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

Mr. Rusk presented the petition of Samuel Colt, praying that he may be authorized by law to furnish repeating fire-arms for the use of the government; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, presented the petition of Joseph Reynes, praying the confirmation of his title to a certain tract of land; which was referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

On motion by Mr. Upham, Ordered, That the petition of Azel Spalding, and the documents relating to the claim of Caroline Mack, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Pensions.

On motion by Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, Ordered, That the petition of Erskine and Eichelberger, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion by Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, Ordered, That the petition of John McColgan,, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Commerce.

On motion by Mr. Dix, Ordered, That the petition of the heirs of Joseph Watson, deceased, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion by Mr. Dix, Ordered, That the memorial of Horace Southmayd and Son, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Finance.

On motion by Mr. Dix, Ordered, That the petitions of Sarah Crandall and James Wormsby, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Pensions.

On motion by Mr. Dix, Ordered, That the heirs of Samuel Beach have leave to withdraw their petition.

On motion by Mr. Dickinson, Ordered, That Asa Andrews have leave to withdraw his petition and papers.

Mr. Breese submitted the following resolution, which was con• sidered by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a post route from Kane, in Greene county, in the State of Illinois, to Witt's mill, or Jalapa, in the same county.

Mr. Dickinson 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 expediency of providing for the advertising of mail lettings by contract, affording full and fair opportunity for competition.

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

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury communicate to the Senate such information as he may have relative to the expediency of repealing or modifying the act of June 30, 1834, concerning tonnage duty on Spanish vessels.

Mr. Niles submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, that the Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses of the Senate be instructed to inquire into the construction and effect of the resolution of the Senate, adopted at the last session, in relation to reporting and publishing the debates of the Senate, and whether any modification thereof is required; and that said committee also ascertain the expense which has been in·curred under said resolution since its adoption.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the resolution, submitted by Mr. Westcott the 19th of April last, concerning tonnage duty on Spanish vessels; and the resolution having been modified on the motion of Mr. Westcott, was agreed to, as follows:

Resolved, That the Committee on Finance be instructed to inquire into the expediency of repealing "an act concerning tonnage duty on Spanish vessels,” passed June 30, 1834, or modifying the said act so as to allow Spanish vessels from Cuba to trade between that island and any port of the United States upon the same footing, as to tonnage duties, as vessels of other foreign countries are allowed to trade between the ports of their country and the ports of the United States.

The Senate proceeded to consider the report of the select committee, made the 1st of August last, on the expediency of publishing the results of Colonel Frémont's exploring expedition to California; and,

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

The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Revolutionary Claims on the memorial of Haym M. Salomon; and,

On motion by Mr. Dix, Ordered, That it be recommitted to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee of Claims on the memorial of E. P. Calkins and Company; and,

On motion by Mr. Rusk, Ordered, That it be recommitted to the Committee of Claims.

The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee of Claims on the petition of Amos Holton; and, in concurrence therewith,

Ordered, That the committee be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Nayal Affairs on the petition of Abel Gregg; and, in concurrence therewith,

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Ordered, That the committee be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.

The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Pensions on the claim of Joseph Barclay; and, in concur'rence therewith,

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner be not granted. The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Pensions on the petition of Hector St. John Beetley; and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner be not granted. The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Pensions on the petition of Jedediah Gray; and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner be not granted. The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Pensions on the petition of Isaac Davenport; and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner be not granted.

The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Pensions on the petition of Mary M. Foot; and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner be not granted.

The Senate proceeded to consider the report of the Committee of Claims on the memorial of Littleton D. Teackle; and, in concurrence therewith,

Ordered, That the committee be discharged from the further consideration of the memorial.

The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Pensions on the petition of Nancy Jillson; and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner be na granted. The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Pensions on the petition of John Stanert; and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner be not granted. The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee of Claims on the memorial of Thomas F. Gordon; and, in concurrence therewith,

Ordered, That the committee be discharged from the further consideration of the memorial.

The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Indian Affairs on the petition of citizens of Rochester, New York, in behalf of the Tonawanda Indians, and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioners ought not to be granted.

The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Pensions on the petition of Reuben M. Gibbs; and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner be not granted.
The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Com-

mittee on Indian Aflairs on the petition of the Seneca, Onondaga, and Cayuga Indians; and in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioners be rejected.

The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Com; mittee on Pensions on the memorial of Mehitable Gibbs; and in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, That the prayer of the memorial ought not to be granted.

The Senate proceeded to consider the report of the Committee on Indian Affairs on the petition of Samuel Rusk and others; and in concurrence therewith,

Besolved, That the petitioners are not entitled to the relief prayed for. ,

The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Pensions on the petition of Mary Coleman; and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner be not granted.

The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Pensions on the petition of Leonard Gray; and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, That The prayer of the petitioner be not granted.

The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Pensions on the petition of Henrietta Bedinger; and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner be not.granted. The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Public Lands on the memorial of Agnes Slacke and the heirs of De Repentigny; and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, that the prayer of the memorialists, be not granted.

The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Naval Affairs on the memorial of John Ericson; and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, That the prayer of the memorial ought not to be granted.

The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Private Land Claims on the petition of certain settlers on a reservation of land in Lee county, Iowa; and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, that the prayer of the petitioners be rejected.

The Senate proceeeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Naval Affairs on the petition of Ann Kelly; and, in concurrence therewith,

Ordered, That the committee be discharged from the further con: sideration of the petition.

The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Pensions on the petition of Joseph Hair; and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, That the prayer of the petition be not granted.

The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Naval Affairs on the memorial of John Baldwin; and, in concurrence therewith,

Ordered, That the committee be discharged from the further consideration of the memorial.

The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Pensions on the petition of Amos Doughty; and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner be not granted. The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Pensions on the petition of Sarah Tyler; and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, That the prayer of the petition be not granted. The Senate proceeded to consider the adverse report of the Committee on Pensions on the petition of Elijah Buchanan; and, in concurrence there with,

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner be not granted.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed the joint resolution from the Senate (S. R. 41) for the appointment of regents in the Smithsonian Institution.

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

Resolved, That the Committees on Military Affairs and Naval Affairs consist of seven members each, for the present session.

On motion by Mr. King, and by unanimous consent,

Ordered, That the 34th rule be suspended so far as relates to the appointment, by ballot, of the standing committees of the Senate, and that the following be the standing committees, respectively:

A Committee on Foreign Relations, consisting of Mr. Hannegan, chairman, Mr. Benton, Mr. Webster, Mr. Mangum, aná Mr. King.

A Committee on Finance, consisting of Mr. Atherton, chairman, Mr. Dickinson, Mr. Clayton, Mr. Hunter, and ·Mr. Phelps.

A Committee on Commerce, consisting of Mr. Dix, chairman, Mr. Breese, Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, Mr. Davis, of Massachusetts, and Mr. Hamlin.

A Committee on Manufactures, consisting of Mr. Dickinson, chairman, Mr. Upham, Mr. Butler, and Mr. Clarke.

A Committee on Agriculture, consisting of Mr. Sturgeon, chairman, Mr. Turney, Mr. Spruance, Mr. Atherton, and Mr. Corwin.

A Committee on Military Affairs, consisting of Mr. Bentan, chairman, Mr. Davis, of Mississippi, Mr. Dix, Mr. Badger, Mr. Rusk, Mr. Borland, and Mr. Metcalfe.

A Committee on the Militia, consisting of Mr. Rusk, chairman, Mr. Atchison, Mr. Greene, Mr. Dodge, and Mr. Underwood.

A Committee on Naval Affairs, consisting of Mr. Yulee, cbairman, Mr. Miller, Mr. Bright, Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, Mr. Cameron, Mr. Badger, and Mr. Dickinson.

A Committee on Public Lands, consisting of Mr. Breese, chairman, Mr. Corwin, Mr. Felch, Mr. Underwood, and Mr. Borland.

A Committee on Private Land Claims, consisting of Mr. Downs, chairman, Mr. Foote, Mr. Johnson, of 'Louisiana, and Mr. Fitzpatrick.

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