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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, and 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. Člarke.

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

A Committee on Indian Affairs, consisting of Mr. Atchison, chairman, Mr. Phelps, Mr. Houston, Mr. Bell, and Mr. Foote.

A Committee of Claims, consisting of Mr. Mason, chairman, Mr. Westcott, Mr. Underwood, Mr. Bradbury, and Mr. Baldwin.

A Committee on Revolutionary Claims, consisting of Mr. Bright, chairman, Mr. Bradbury, Mr. Upham, Mr. Rusk, and Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana.

A Committee on the Judiciary, consisting of Mr. Butler, chairman, Mr. Berrien, Mr. Westcott, Mr. Dayton, and Mr. Downs.

A Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, consisting of Mr. Niles, chairman, Mr. Sturgeon, Mr. Pearce, Mr: Rusk, and Mr. Corwin.

A Committee on Roads and Canals, consisting of Mr. Hannegan, chairman, Mr. Foote, Mr. Clarke, Mr. Walker, and Mr. Spruance.

A Committee on Pensions, consisting of Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, chairman, Mr. Felch, Mr. Phelps, Mr. Dodge, and Mr. Baldwin.

A Committee on the District of Columbia, consisting of Mr. Johnson, of Georgia, chairman, Mr. Fitzgerald, Mr. Miller, Mr. Foote, and Mr. Greene.

A Committee on Patents and the Patent Office, consisting of Mr. Westcott, chairman, Mr. Turney, Mr. Davis, of Massachusetts, Mr. Dayton, and Mr. Sebastian.

A Committee on Retrenchment, consisting of Mr. Turney, chairman, Mr. Douglas, Mr. Mangum, Mr. Niles, and Mr. Clarke.

A Committee on Territories, consisting of Mr. Douglas, chairman, Mr. Bright, Mr. Clayton, Mr. Butler, and Mr. Davis, of Massachusetts.

A Committee on Public Buildings, consisting' of Mr. Hunter, chairman, Mr. Yulee, and Mr. Spruance.

A Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses of the Senate, consisting of Mr. Walker, chairman, Mr. Niles, and Mr. Pearce.

A Committe on Printing, consisting of Mr. Cameron, chairman, Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, and Mr. Fitzpatrick.

A Committee on Engrossed Bills, consisting of Mr. Rusk, chairman, Mr. Mason, and Mr. Baldwin.

A Committee on the Library, consisting of Mr. Pearce, chairman, Mr. Davis, of Mississippi, and Mr. Mason.

A Committee on Enrolled Bills, consisting of Mr. Rusk, chair

man.

The Senate procceded to consider the resolutions submitted by Mr. Bag by the 18th of January, relative to the powers of the general government on the subject of internal improvement; and

On motion by Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, Ordered, That they lie on the table. The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Westcott the 26th of June last, in relation to the bill for the relief of Jones and Boker; and

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

On motion by Mr. Douglas, Ordered, That the memorial of William H. Aspinwall and others, presented the 11th of December, be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

The Senate proceeded to consider the bill (H. R. 170) making appropriations for the preservation and repair upon certain harbors and rivers, and for the survey of certain harbors; and

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

On motion by Mr. Yulee, Ordered; That the bill (S. 340) to promote the efficiency of the military and naval establishment be the special order of the day for Tuesday next.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted yesterday by Mr. Bradbury, to set apart every Thursday for the consideration of private bills; and the resolution was agreed to.

After the consideration of executive business,
The Senate adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1848. The Vice President laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of State, made agreeably to law, showing the number and designation of passengers who arrived in each collection district of the United States during the year ending September 30, 1848; which was read.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed a bill (H. R. 211) providing for the punishment of false swearing in certain cases; in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives having signed an enrolled resolution, (S. R. 41,) I am directed to bring it to the Senate for the signature of their President.

Mr. Rusk reported from the committee that they had examined, and found duly enrolled, the resolution (S. R. 41) for the appointment of regents in the Smithsonian Institution.

The Vice President signed the enrolled resolution (S. R. 41) last reported to have been examined; and it was delivered to the committee, to be presented to the President of the United States.

On motion by Mr. Allen, Ordered, That William Tracy have leave to withdraw his petition.

Mr. Benton presented a petition of the people of New Mexico, assembled in convention, praying the establishment of a territorial government, with certain provisions in the law providing for the same; which was read. On motion by Mr. Benton, that it be printed,

2 Yeas....

33 It was determined in the afirmative,

} Nays..

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

Messrs. Allen, Atchison, Atherton, Badger, Baldwin, Benion, Bradbury, Breese, Butler, Cameron, Clarke, Clayton, Corwin, Dayton, Dickinson, Dix, Dodge, Douglas, Felch, Fitzgerald, Hale, Hamlin, Johnson, of Maryland, Johnson, of Louisiana, Metcalfe, Miller, Niles, Pearce, Spruance, Sturgeon, Underwood, Upham, . Walker.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Berrien, Borland, Calhoun, Davis, of Mississippi, Downs, Fitzpatrick, Foote, Houston, Hunter, King, Rusk, Turney, Westcott, Yulee.

So it was
Ordered, That the petition be printed.

On motion by Mr. Benton, Ordered, That the petition be referred to the Committee on Ter. ritories.

Mr. Benton also presented a document relating to the subject; which was referred to the Committee on Territories.

Mr. Dickinson presented the petition of the Stockbridge tribe of Indians, praying compensation for certain lands in which they held an interest, purchased by the United States from the Delaware tribe of Indians; which was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Mr. Dix presented the memorial of John B. Emerson, praying compensation for the use by the United States of an improvement in steam engines, of which he is the inventor; which was referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

Mr. Sturgeon presented the petition of Ward, Marston and others, late officers in the marine corps, praying to be restored to the appointments which they held previous to the reduction of the corps in consequence of the termination of the war with Mexico; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Dix presented the memorial of James G. King and others, citizens of New York, praying the removal of the obstructions to the navigation of the Hurl Gate channel and the harbor of New York; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce. · Mr. Benton presented the petition of R. L. Baker, an officer in the army, praying to be allowed brevet pay and emoluments; which, with the papers on file relating to the claim, was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Atchison presented the petition of the heirs and legal representatives of Joseph Crockett, deceased, late marshal of the district of Kentucky, and collector of direct taxes and internal revenue, praying an equitable settlement of his accounts; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

The Vice President laid before the Senate a memorial of the Legislature of the State of Wisconsin, praying a grant of the public réservation at Fort Winnebago, for the erection of a penitentiary.

A memorial of the Legislature of the State of Wisconsin, pray

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ing the construction of a road from Nerah to Manitowoc, in that State.

A memorial of the.Legislature of the State of Wisconsin, praying a grant of a quarter section of land to the widow and heirs of John Hood, late a citizen of that State, for the reasons therein mentioned; and

A memorial of the Legislature of the State of Wisconsin, praying the construction of a road from Green Bay to Fort Wilkins, in that State.

On motion by Mr. Rusk, Ordered, That the memorial of Marvin W. Fisher be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, that the memorial of J. S. Skioner, on the files of the Senate, praying the establishment of an agricultural department of the government, be referred to a select committee,

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

Messrs. Badger, Baldwin, Berrien, Cameron, Clarke, Clayton, Corwin, Davis, of Massachusetts, Houston, Johnson, of Maryland, Johnson, of Louisiana, Miller, Pearce, Rusk, Spruance, Sturgeon, Turney, Upham, Walker, Westcott.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Allen, Atchison, Atherton, Borland, Bradbury, Butler, Calhoun, Davis, of Mississippi, Dayton, Dickinson, Dix, Dodge, Downs, Felch, Foote, Hamlin, Hunter, King, Niles, Underwood, Yulee.

On motion, Ordered, That the memorial be referred to the Committee on Agriculture.

Agreeably to.notice, Mr. King asked and obtained leave to bring 'in a bill (S. 351) authorizing the payment of interest upon the advances made by the State of Alabama for the use of the United States government, in the suppression of the Creek Indian hostilities of 1836 an-l 1837, in Alabama; which was read the first and second times by unanimous consent, and considered as in Committee of the Whole; and no amendment being made, it was reported to the Senate.

Ordered, That it be engrossed, and read a third time.
The said bill was read a third time by unanimous consent.
Resolved, That it pass, and that the title thereof be as aforesaid.

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

The Vice President laid before the Senate a report of the Treasurer of the United States, made agreeably to law, accompanied by copies of his account of receipts and disbursements of the Post Office Department for the year ending the 30th of June, 1818; which was read.

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