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MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 1849. The honorable Albert C. Greene, from the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, attended.

The Vice President laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of the Senate, made agreeably to law, showing the names of the persons employed in his office during the year 1848, and the sums paid to each; which was read.

Ordered, That it be printed.

The Vice President laid before the Senate a letter of the Secretary of State of Iowa, communicating a copy of a memorial of the General Assembly of that State, praying that Isaac W. Griffith, a soldier in the war with Mexico, may be allowed an increase of pension; which was read.

Ordered, That it be printed.

Mr. Davis, of Massachusetts, presented a petition of publishers. of periodicals in the city of Boston, praying that they may be allowed to make exchanges of their publicatioús by mail free of postage; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Calhoun presented the memorial of Isaac S. K. Reeves, an officer in the army, discharging the duties of adjutant of the military academy at West Point, praying to be allowed the pay and emoluments of an adjutant of dragoons; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Clarke presented a petition of citizens of Providence, Rhode Island, praying that the rates of postage may be reduced and the franking privilege abolished; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post.Roads.

Mr. Jones presented a resolution passed by the Legislature of the State of Iowa, in favor of a grant of public land to aid in the construction of a railroad from Dubuque to Keokuk, in that Sate; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Jones presented a memorial of the Legislature of the State of Iowa, praying a grant of public land for the construction of a canal from Iowa city to the mouth of the Iowa river; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Jones presented a memorial of the Legislature of the State of Iowa, praying that Isaac W. Griffith, a soldier in the war with Mexico, may be allowed an increase of pension; which was referred to the Committee on Pensions, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Jones presented a memorial of the Legislature of the State of Iowa, praying the erection of a marine hospital on Rock island, in the Mississippi river; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Underwood presented the memorial of Henry O'Reilly, in relation to the arbitrary conduct of the United States district judge in Kentucky, in a matter to which he was a party, and the evils of hasty legislation on subjects affecting the judiciary of the country,

and the proper execution of the patent laws; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Dickinson presented a memorial of citizens of Buffalo, New York, praying the construction of a national railroad from the Missouri river to the Pacific ocean; which was referred to the Committee on Roads and Canals.

Mr. Benton presented the memorial of Peter Parker, praying payment of a balance due him for services as interpreter and translator to United States agents in China; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Sturgeon presented four petitions of citizens of Pennsylvania, praying an increase of the duties on foreign manufactures; which were referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Borland presented a memorial of the Legislature of the State of Arkansas, in favor of granting bounty lands to all officers and soldiers who have been at any time engaged in actual service, and who have not received the same; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Borland presented a memorial of the Legislature of the State of Arkansas, praying a donation of land to the Clarksville Institute, in that State, for the education of the blind; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Mr. Clayton presented the petition of the widow and children of John Robertson, deceased, a soldier in the last war, with Great Britain, praying that a bounty land warrant may be issued to them in lieu of one which was lost or destroyed; which was referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

Mr. Sebastian presented the petition of Hiram Smith, register of the land office at Champagnole, in Arkansas, praying to be allowed, in the settlement of his accounts, certain charges for clerk-hire, and commissions on disbursements; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Sebastian presented the petition of Henry M. Rector, praying the confirmation of his title to certain lands in the State of Arkansas; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

On motion by Mr. Atherton, Ordered, That the Committee on Finance be discharged from the further consideration of the memorials of the president and fellows of Harvard College, and that they lie on the table.

Mr. Davis, of Massachusetts, from the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office, to whom was referred the memorial of John B. Emerson, reported the following resolution, which was considered by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Resolved, That the petition and papers of John B. Emerson be referred to the President of the United States, and that he be requested to cause a report thereon to be made to the Senate, wherein the public officer making such report shall state in what cases, if any, the United States have used or employed the invention of said Emerson contrary to law; and, further, whether any compensation therefor is justly due to said Emerson, and if so, to what amount in each case.

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

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Navy be directed to inform the Senate whether any contract has been entered into for the supply of the American navy with water-rotted hemp, under the resolution passed during the last session of Congress and approved May 9, 1848, and if so, with whom and upon what terms; and if no such contract has been made, whether any permanent arrangement for obtaining supplies of that article has been made, and if so, with whom, and the nature of the arrangement, and whether 'the United States hemp agent, Mr. Lewis Sanders, has been instructed to suspend purchases.

On motion by Mr. Yulee, Ordered, That the Committee on Naval Affairs be discharged from the further consideration of the memorials, petitions, or other papers referred to that committee under the resolution of the 5th instant.

On motion by Mr. Phelps, Ordered, That the Committee on Finance be discharged from the further consideration of the bill (S. 92) for the relief of the Red River Railroad Company.

Mr. Dayton, from the Committee on Patents to whom was referred the petition of William Green, junior, reported a bill (S. 391) authorizing a patent to be issued to William Green, junior; which was read, and passed to a second reading.

Mr. Downs submitted the views of a minority of the Committee on the Judiciary on the subject of the bill (S. 350) for the admission of California into the Union as a State: Ordered, That the same be printed for the use of the Senate.

On motion by Mr. Hunter, Ordered, That ten thousand copies of the report of the Committee on the Judiciary, together with the views of the minority of the committee, on the subject of the bill (S. 350) for the admission of California into the Union as a State, be printed for the use of the Senate.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of 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; And, after debate,

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

On motion by Mr. Breese, The Senate adjourned.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 1849. The Vice President laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of War, made agreeably to law, showing the names of the clerks and other persons employed in the War Department during the year 1848; which was read and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Underwood presented a petition of citizens of Glasgow and Barren counties, in the State of Kentucky, praying that the rates of postage may be reduced and the franking privilege abolished; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr Davis, of Mississippi, presented the memorial of J. G. Barnard, an officer in the engineer corps of the army, praying the restoration of certain allowances to officers of that corps while engaged on special duty; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Šturgeon presented the petition of J. Murray Rush, praying compensation for services as counsel of the United States in a prosecution for felony; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Dodge, of Iowa, presented a resolution passed by the legislature of the State of Iowa, in favor of an appropriation for defraying the expenses of running and marking the northern and western boundary lines of that State; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Mr. Dodge, of Iowa, presented a resolution passed by the legislature of the State of Iowa, in favor of an appropriation for the construction of a bridge across the Des Moines river; which was referred to the Committee on Roads and Canals.

Mr. Dickinson presented a memorial of merchants of the city of New York, and a memorial of the Chamber of Commerce of New York, praying the remission of duties on certain goods destroyed by fire in that city in July, 1815; which were referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Niles presented. a petition of citizens of Deep River, Connecticut, praying that the rates of postage may be reduced and the franking privilege abolished; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Yulee presented the memorial of P. B. Dumas, clerk of the circuit court of the United States for St. John's county, Florida, praying that a law may pass to authorize the transfer of exemplifications of the records of that court to the State courts; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Westcott presented the petition of William Emmons, administrator of Uri Emmons, deceased, praying the extension of his patent for a planing machine; which was referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

Mr. King presented the petition of Thomas Snodgrass, praying the reimbursement of expenses incurred in aiding in the removal of the Cherokee Indians west of the Mississippi in the year 1838; which was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Mr. Clayton presented a memorial of owners and masters of vessels, and pilots navigating the Delaware bay and river, praying the erection of a light-house on the Delaware breakwater; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

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

Resolvéd, That the Committee on Naval Affairs be instructed to

inquire into the expediency of establishing a navy yard and naval depot at the island of Key West, in the State of Florida, or at some other proper place contiguous thereto.

Mr. Jones 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 triweekly mail route, (the mail to be carried in four-horse post coaches) from the city of Dubuque via Iowa city, the seat of government, and Fairfield, to Keokuk, in said State.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of loaning to the Norwich University, in the State of Vermont, the use of two weil mounted field pieces; good security being given for the safe-keeping, preservation, and return of the sarne.

Mr. Butler submitted additional documents relating to the claim of E P. Guion and Benjamin L. McLaughlin; which were referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Westcott, from the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office, to whom was referred the petition of James Harley, submitted a report; which was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Downs, from the Committee on Private Land Claims, to whom was referred the bill (S. 383) for the relief of the legal representatives of John Rice Jones, deceased, reported the same with amendments, and submitted a report on the subject; which was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, from the Committee on Pensions, to whom was referred the petition of B. 0. Payne, reported a bill (S. 392) for his relief; which was read, and passed to the second reading

Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, also submitted a report on the subject; which was ordered to be printed.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Borland asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S 393) to repeal a portion of the third section of the act of July 19, 1818, in relation to the medical staff of the army of the United States, and for other purposes; which was read the first and second times by unanimous consent, and referred to the Commitee on Military Affairs.

The bill (S. 272) for the relief of Manuel X. Harmony was read the second time, and considered as in: Committee of the Whole:

On motion by Mr. Westcott,
Ordered, That it be recommited to the Committee of Claims.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the bill, on its third reading, (H. R. 662,) in addition to an act entitled "An act in relation to military land warrants,” approved August 14, 1848; and,

On motion by Mr. Westcott, Ordered, That it be recommitted to the Committee on Public Lands.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill (S. 336) for ascertaining claims and titles to land

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