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On motion by Mr. Westcott, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until to morrow.

The Senate proceeded to consider, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill (H. R. 166) for the relief of Colonel Robert Wallace, aidde-camp to General William Hull; and,

On motion by Mr. Underwood, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until to-morrow.

The following bills were severally read the second time, and considered as in Committee of the Whole:

S. 197. A bill to provide for the sale of lands purchased by the
United States from the Saginaw tribe of Chippewa Indians, in the
State of Michigan.
S. 198. A bill for the relief of Henry D. Garrison; and,

On motion,
Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed
until to morrow.

The bill (S. 199) for the relief of Frederick Vincent, administrator of the estate of James Le Caze, was read the second time, and considered as in Committee of the Whole; and, no amendment being made, it was reported to the Senate.

On the question," Shail this bill be engrossed, and read a third time?"

It was determined in the negative.
So the bill was rejected.

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

H. R. 129. An act for the relief of Archibald Bull and 'Lemuel
S. Finch.

H. R. 101. An act for the relief of Esther Russell.
H. R. 125. An act for the relief of Zilpha White.

H. R. 208. An act for the relief of the heirs of William Evans; 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; and

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

The Senate proceeded to consider, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill (H. R: 162) for the relief of Charles Waldron; and,

On motion,
The Senate adjourned.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1848. Mr. Dickinson presented the memorial of Ephraim F. Gilbert, praying the settlement of his claims against the government for iosses sustained in executing a contract for delivering stone for the construction of Fort Niagara in the year 1917; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Hamlin presented the petition of Nathan Weston, junior, late a paymaster in the army, praying to be allowed the three months' extra pay granted to the officers and soldiers who served in the war with Mexico; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Underwood presented the memorial of Charles J. Burgess, praying to be allowed bounty land and extra pay for services in the war with Mexico; which was referred to the Committee on Mili

tary Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Phelps, Ordered, That the petition of Thomas Fillebrown, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

On motion by Mr. Underwood, Ordered, That the petition of Archibald Williams and Charles Griffin, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee of Claims.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on the District of Columbia be instructed to inquire into the expediency and propriety of the retrocession of the said District to the State of Maryland.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Foreign Relations be instructed to inquire whether any alteration is necessary in our consular system in the Chinese and Turkish empires; and, also, whether any consul of the United States, or the commercial house with which he is connected, has been or is engaged in any trade in violation of the laws of either of said empires, with power to send for persons and papers; and report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Breese 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 establishing a mail route from Hennepin, in Putnam county, Illinois, to Magnolia, in the same county and State.

On motion by Mr: Westcott, Ordered, That the Secretary of the Senate cause each of the newspapers that have contracted to publish the debates of the Senate to be furnished with a copy of the documents printed for the use of the Senate.

Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That the President of the United States be requested to furnish the Senate with a copy of an official despatch from Mr. Wharton to the Secretary of State, dated Berlin, the 17th December, 1845, concerning a communication between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and the Mediterranean seas, with such map or maps as accompanied the same.

On motion by Mr. Metcalfe,

Ordered, That Sally Ross, widow of William Ross, have leave to withdraw her petition and papers.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 363) granting to the State of Louisiana land for internal improvements; which was read the first and second times by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the bill (S. 44) for the relief of Cadwalader Wallace; and,

On motion by Mr. Corwin, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed to and made the order of the day for Friday next.

The Senate proceeded to consider, as in Committee' of the Whole, the bill (H. R. 162) for the relief of Charles Waldron; and no amendment being made, it was reported to the Senate.

Ordered, That it pass to a third reading.
The said bill was read a third time.
Resolved, That this bill pass.

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

Mr. Underwood, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 328) for the relief of John B. Smith and Simeon Darden, reported it with an amendment.

The Senate proceeded to consider the said bill as in Committee of the Whole; and having been amended, it 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 amendment.

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

A message from the President of the United States, by Mr. Walker, his secretary:

Mr. President: The President of the United States approved and signed, the 21st instant, the bill (S. 147) for the relief of the heirs of Jean F. Perry, Josiah Bleakley, Nicholas Jarrott, and Robert Morrison.

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

Mr. Benton having been, on his motion, excused from serving as chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs,

On motion by Mr. Dix, Ordered, That Mr. Davis, of Mississippi, be appointed chairman of that committee.

The bill (S. 336) for ascertaining claims and titles to land within the territory of California and New Mexico, to grant donation rights, and to provide for the survey of the lands therein, was read the second time, and considered as in Committee of the Whole; and,

On motion by Mr. Breese, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed to and made the order of the day for Thursday next.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill (S. 338) to authorize the draining of the everglades in the State of Florida, by said State, and to grant the same to said State for that purpose;

And, after debate,

Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until tomorrow.

On motion by Mr. Bright, Ordered, That when the Senate adjourn it be to Tuesday next. After the consideration of executive business, The Senate adjourned.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1848. The Vice President being absent, the Senate proceeded to the choice of a President pro tempore, as the constitution provides; and,

On motion by Mr. Allen, Ordered, That the honorable David R. Atchison be appointed President of the Senate pro tempore.

On motion by Mr. Bright, Ordered, That the Secretary wait on the President of the United States, and notify him that the Senate, in the absence of the Vice President, have chosen the honorable David R. Atchison Président of the Senate, pro tempore; and that he make a similar communication to the House of Representatives.

Mr. Davis, of Mississippi, presented the credentials of the honorable Augustus C. Dodge, chosen a Senator by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa; 'which were read: and the oath prescribed by law was administered to Mr. Dodge; and he took his seat in the Senate.

Mr. Dodge, of Wisconsin, presented the credentials of the honorable George W. Jones, chosen a Senator by the General Assembly of the State of lowa; and the oath prescribed by law was administered to Mr. Jones; and he took his seat in the Senate.

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

Resolved, That the Senate proceed to ascertain the classes in which the Senators from the State of Iowa shall be inserted, in conformity with the resolution of the 14th of May, 1789, and as the constitution provides.

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

Resolved, That the Secretary put into the ballot-box two papers of equal size; one of which shall be numbered one, and the other shall be numbered three; and each Senator shall draw out one paper; that the Senator who shall draw. the paper numbered one, shall be inserted in the class of Senators whose term of service will

expire the third day of March, 1849; and the Senator who shall draw the paper numbered three, shall be inserted in the class of Senators whose term of service will expire the third day of March, 1853.

Whereupon,

The papers above mentioned, number one, and number three, were put by the Secretary in the box; and Mr. Dodge drew thé paper number one, and is accordingly in the class of Senators whose term of service will expire the third of March, 1849; and Mr. Jones drew the paper number three, and is accordingly in the class of Senators whose term of service will expire the third day of March, 1853.

The President pro tempore laid before the Senate a communication from the Secretary of the Treasury, accompanied by a letter from the Commissioner of the General Land Office, with the annual report of the surveyor general of Louisiana; which was read.

Ordered, That they be printed.

Mr. Dickinson presented a memorial of Barclay and Livingston, and other merchants in the city of New York, praying that the duties collected on a quantity of foreign merchandise destroyed by fire in that city the 19th of July, 1845, may be refunded; which was referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Badger presented the memorial of William Plummer, executor of Stark Armistead, deceased, praying to be released from a judgment in favor of the United States, which, he alleges, has been satisfied; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Calhoun presented the memorial of Peter Von Schmidt, proposing a plan for rendering the gold mines in California productive to the United States, and praying the adoption of measures for protecting persons engaged in mining operations in that territory; which was referred to the Committee on Territories.

On motion by Mr. Sturgeon, Ordered, That the petition of James Harley, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

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

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Navy be directed to report to the Senate the amount of expenditure, for the freight of provisions, clothing, small stores, and other supplies, for our squadron in the Pacific, on the northwest coast, during the year ending the 30.ch June, 1848; also, during the two first quarters of the present fiscal year; also, the expenditure, if any, for transporting seamen or other persons connected with the naval service on that station; and, also, to inform the Senate of the number of officers, seamen, and marines, who have been employed on said station during the aforesaid period.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Public Lands be instructed to inquire into the expediency of reducing the price of the mineral

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