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mittee on. Revolutionary Claims; that the bills numbered 165, 242, and 248, be referred to the Committee of Claims; that the bill numbered 368 be referred to the Committee on Commerce; that the bill numbered 313 and the resolution numbered 20 be referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs; and that the bill numbered 181 be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

The President pro tempore laid before the Senate a report of the Postmaster General, communicating, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, a report made by S. R. Hobbie, Assistant Postmaster General.

Ordered, That the report and accompanying document be referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, and printed.

Mr: Bell, by unanimous consent, asked and obtained leave to bring in a resolution (S. R. 46) authorizing the Secretary of War to pay John C. Mullay five hundred and fifty dollars for certain services performed, and expenses incurred for taking the census of the Cherokee Indians residing in North Carolina; which was read the first and second times by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Mr. Davis, of Mississippi, agreeably to notice, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 364) granting to the State of Mississippi the right of way and a donation of public land for the purpose of locating and constructing a railroad from Brandon to the eastern border of said State, in the direction of Montgomery, Alabama; which was read the first and second times by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Public Land's.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill (S. 197) to provide for the sale of lands purchased by the United States from the Saginaw tribe of Chippewa Indians in the State of Michigan; 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.

Resolved, That this bill pass, and that the title thereof be as aforesaid.

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

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill (H. R. 166) for the relief of Colonel Robert Wallace, aid-de-camp to General William Hull; and no amendment being made, it was reported to the Senate.

On the question “Shall this bill pass to a third reading ?".
It was determined in the affirmative, Nays.............

s Yeas.

10 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. Atchison, Badger, Baldwin, Bell, Clarke, Clayton, Corwin, Dodge, of, Wisconsin, Douglas, Downs, Felch, Fitzgerald, Hale, Houston, Johnson, of Louisiana, 'Metcalfe, Niles, Phelps,

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Rusk, Sebastian, Sturgeon, Turney, Underwood, Upham, Walker, Westcott.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Allen, Atherton, Breese, Davis, of Mississippi, Dickin-son, Dix, Fitzpatrick, Hamlin, Johnson, of Georgia, King.

So it was
Ordered, That this bill 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.

After the consideration of executive business,
The Senate adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, December 27, 1848. Mr. Allen presented the petition of John P. Brown, praying compensation for his services as chargé d'affaires of the United States at the Sublime Porte during the absence of the minister resident; which was referred to the Committee, on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Allen presented the petition of citizens of Guernsey county, Ohio, praying that newspapers may be transmitted by mail free of postage for the distance of thirty miles from their place of publication; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Benton presented the petition of Sashel Woods, praying to be allowed certain mining privileges in California and New Mexico; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, presented the petition of the heirs of William Flanigan and William Parsons, deceased, praying indemnity for losses sustained in the execution of a contract for building a frigate in the year 1813; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Corwin submitted additional documents relating to the bill (S. 302) to enable the proper officers of the treasury to settle the accounts of the legal representatives of Moses Shepard, deceased.

On motion by Mr. Bright, Ordered, That the documents, on the files of the Senate, relating to the claim of the executors of Henry King, be referred to the Committeee on Revolutionary Claims.

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

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury communicate to the Senate the expenditures for the survey of the coast from the time of its commencement, in 1807, to the period when the work was discontinued, and the results obtained; the expenditures from the period when the work was resumed, in 1834, to 1844, and the results obtained; the expenditures and results since 1844 up to the present time under the present superintendent.

On motion by Mr. Badger, Ordered, That the petition of Guier and McLaughlin, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Westcott presented the petition of John P. Duval, praying compensation for services as acting governor of the Territory of Florida; which was referred to the Committee on Territories.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Benton asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (s. 365) to establish an additional land office in the State of Missouri; which was read the first and second times by unanimous consent.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Mr. Benton, by unanimous consent, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 366) in addition to the act entitled “An act to incorporate the Washington, Alexandria, and Georgetown Steam Packet Company;" 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 the further consideration thereof be postponed until to-morrow.

Agreeably to notice; Mr. Dodge, of Iowa, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill.(S. 367) to cause the nofthern boundary line of the State of Iowa to be run and marked; which was read the first and second times by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Dodge, of Iowa, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 368) for the relief of Elisha Hampton and others, of the State of Iowa; which was read the first and second times by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

The Senate proceded to consider the resolution, submitted by by Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, the 22d instant, respecting a despatch from Mr. Wheaton on the subject of a communication between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans; and,

On motion by Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, Ordered, That it lie on the table.

The following bill and joint résolution were read the second time, and considered as in Committee of the Whole:

S. 301. A bill for the relief of Thomas W. Chinn and others;

S. R. 43. Resolution for the relief of Major R. L. Baker, of the ordnance corps; and no amendment being made, they were reported to the Senate.

Ordered, That they be engrossed, and read a third time.

The said bill and resolution were read a third time by unanimous consent.

Resolved, That they pass, and that their titles be as aforesaid.

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

Mr. Rusk reported from the committee, that they had examined and found duly enrolled the following bills:

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

H. R. 110. An act for the relief of Reuben Perry and Thomas P. Ligon.

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

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

H. R. 162. An act for the relief of Charles Waldron.
H. R. 208. An act for the relief of the heirs of William Evans.
H. R. 378. An act for the relief of Eliza A. Mellon,
H. R. 484. An act for the relief of Philip J. Pontane.

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

Mr. President: The Speaker of the House of Representatives having signed eight enrolled bills, I am directed to bring them to the Senate for the signature of their President.

The President pro tempore signed the eight enrolled bills this day reported to have been examined; and they were delivered to the committee, to be presented to the President of the United States.

The following message was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Walker, his secretary:

To the Senate of the United States:

I communicate herewith, in compliance with the request contained in the resolution of the Senate of the 19th instant, a report of the Secretary of the Treasury, with the accompanying statement, prepared by the Register of the Treasury, wbich exhibits the annual amount appropriated on account of the coast survey from the commencement of said survey.

JAMES K. POLK. WASHINGTON, December 27, 1848. .

The message was read.
Ordered, That it be printed.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill (S. 116) to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury, with the approbation of the Attorney General, to purchase for the United States, the interest of Balie Peyton in the tract of land upon which the light-house stands at the Southwest pass at the mouth of the Mississippi river;

And, after debate,

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

On motion,
The Senate adjourned.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1848. The honorable Edward A. Hannegan, from the State of Indiana, attended.

Mr. Downs presented the memorial of the representative of J. W. Mason, deceased, and others, settlers and occupants on the Maison Rouge grant, in the State of Louisiana, praying the confirmation of their titles; which was referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

Mr. Downs presented the petition of Jacob Willcox, praying the repayment of money which he advanced on the faith of the late republic of Texas.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Claims. Mr. Davis, of Mississippi, presented the petition of N. B. Hill, administrator of Gilbert Stalker, deceased, praying compensation for the use of a steamboat in transporting United States troops during the Seminole war; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Clayton presented the petition of William D. Acken and Julia Acken, representatives of William Yool, deceased, a master's mate in the navy, praying to be allowed a pension; which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

On motion by Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, Ordered, That the petition of, Alexander Murdock, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Finance.

On motion by Johnson, of Maryland, Ordered, That the petition' of Thomas P. McBlair, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Clayton, Ordered, That the memorial of John A. Rogers, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion by Mr. Westcott, Ordered, That the petition of David L. White, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Commerce.

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

Résolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of so amending the act entitled "An act to raise for a limited time an additional military force, and for other purposes," approved February 11, 1847, as to extend the provisions of the ninth section thereof to the devisees of deceased soldiers.

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

Resolved, That the President be requested to cause the Senate to be informed of the number of vesssels annually employed in the coast survey, and the annual cost thereof, and out of what fund they were paid; also, the number of persons annually employed in the said survey who were not of the army or navy of the United States; also, the amount of money received by the United States

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