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man who had no parallel in history, and could have no rival in the hearts of his countrymen.

In conclusion, he announced his readiness to take the oath of office on the 5th of March proximo, at such hour and place as might be designated.

And the committee further report: That the Vice President elect, in signifying his acceptance of the office to which he had been chosen by the people; expressed the profound sensibility with which he received the announcement of his election, and said, that deeply impressed with the obligations which it imposed and the distinguished honor it conferred, he should do injustice to his feelings if he failed to express his grateful thanks for this manifestation of confidence; that he should accept the office, conscious of his want of experience and distrustful of his ability to discharge its duties, but with an anxious desire to meet the expectations of those who had so generously conferred it upon him.

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

Resolved, That there be appointed a committee of the Senate to make the necessary arrangements for the reception of the President elect on the fifth of March, and to apprise him of the same.

Ordered, That the committee consist of three members, to be appointed by the Vice President; and

Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, Mr. Davis, of Mississippi, and Mr. Davis, of Massachusetts, were appointed accordingly.

On motion of Mr. Westcott, Ordered, That the report from the Secretary of the Navy, communicating a report made by Lieutenant William F. Lynch, of the navy, of an examination of the Dead sea, be referred to the Committee on Commerce and printed.

Mr. Atchison, from the Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 232) for the relief of the legal representatives of Abraham Hogeboom, deceased, reported it without amendment.

Mr. Atchison, from the Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 426) for the relief of Israel Johnson, reported it without amendment.

Mr. Bright, from the Committee on Revolutionary Claims, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 306) for the relief of the legal representatives of Capiain Samuel Jones, deceased, reported it without amendment.

Mr. Bright also submitted a report on the subject; which was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Atherton, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 754) making appropriations for the service of the Post Office Department for the year ending the 30th of June, 1850, reported it without amendment.

Mr. Fitzpatrick, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 248) for the relief of the legal representatives. of Bernard Todd, deceased, reported it without amendment.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Dickinson asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 484) to amend an act entitled “An act for authenticating certain récords,” approved February 22, 1849; 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.
Resolved, That it pass, and that the title be as aforesaid.

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

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed a resolution, that the following be added to the joint rules of the two Houses:

" 23. Private bills from the Senate in Committee of the whole House in the House of Representatives, and private bills from the House of Representatives in the Senate, shall be placed first in order on the calendar of the two Houses, and those bills to which there shall be no objection shall be first considered;" in which they request the concurrence of the Senate."

The House of Representatives have passed the following bills: H. R. 685. An act to establish the territorial government of upper California;

H. R. 795. An act for the relief of Solomon Davis;

H. R. 797. An act in relation to the Fox and Wisconsin river reservation in the State of Wisconsin; in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

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 26th instant, the following acts, which originated in the Senate:

S. 366. An act in addition to the act entitled "An act to incorporate the Washington, Alexandria, and Georgetown Steam Packet Company."

S. 470. An act to extend the provisions of an act approved the 3d of March, 1847, for carrying into effect the existing compacts with the States of Alabama and Mississippi with regard to the five per cent. fund and school reservations.

On motion by Mr. Bright, The Senate proceeded to consider, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill (H. R. 509) to provide for applications for the renewal of patent rights in certain cases; and,

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

The bill (S. 416) to regulate the pensions of officers, soldiers, seamen, and marines, who have been or may hereafter be disabled while in the service of the United States, was read a second time, and considered as in Committee of the Whole;

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

The Senate proceeded to consider, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill (H. R. 574) granting a half section of land for the use of schools within fractional township 19, south of range. 18 west, county of Lownds, State of Mississippi; 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 accordingly.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill (H. R. 692) making appropriations for the civil and diplomatic expenses of government, for the year ending the 30th of June, 1850, and for other purposes.

On motion by Mr. Johnson, of Georgia, to amend the bill by adding thereto the following:

“Sec. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is hereby, authorized and required to pay to the State of Georgia, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, the several sums of money allowed by the agents appointed under the second section of the act of March the third, eighteen hundred and thirty-seven, to inquire what depredations were committed by the Seminole and Creek Indians, on the property of citizens of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, to' Henry W. Jernigan & Co.,! • Jernigan, Gatchet & Co.,'Hill, Jernigan & Co.,' Asaph R. Hill, and Henry W. Jernigan,” the same being designated in a report made by said agents on the twentyeighth day of November, eighteen hundred and thirty-seven, in " list A, third class,' by the numbers eight bundred and five,'

eight hundred and fifty-four, eight hundred and fifty-five,? eight hundred and fifty-six," and eight hundred and sixty-four,' the same having been assigned to said State."

8 Nays.

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

Messrs. Atchison, Berrien, Borland, Breese, Johnson, of Louisiana, Johnson, of Georgia, Mangum, Westcott.

Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Atherton, Baldwin, Bradbury, Bright, Calhoun, Cameron, Clarke, Corwin, Davis, of Mississippi, Dayton, Dickinson, Dix, Dodge, of Iowa, Downs, Felch, Fitzpatrick, Foote, Greene, Hale, Hamlin, Houston, Hunter, Johnson, of Maryland, Jones, King, Mason, Miller, Niles, Pearce, Phelps, Rusk, Spruance, Sturgeon, Turney, Underwood, Upham, Wales, Walker, Yulee.

A further amendment having been proposed, the hour arrived for taking a recess.

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six o'cLOCK, P. M. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the whole, the consideration of the bill (H. R. 692) making appropriations for defraying the civil and diplomatic expenses of government, for the year ending the 30th June, 1850, and for other purposes.

On motion by Mr. King, to amend the bill by adding, after line 882, the following:

For an outfit to the commissioner to the Sandwich Islands, three thousand dollars." It was determined in the negative, Nays..................

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

Messrs. Davis, of Mississippi, Dickinson, Dix, Dodge, of Iowa, Douglas, Downs, Johnson, of Maryland, King, Westcott.

Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Atchison, Atherton, Badger, Baldwin, Bell, Berrien, Borland, Bradbury, Butler, Cameron, Clarke, Corwin, Davis, of Massachusetts, Dayton, Fitzgerald, Fitzpatrick, Foote, Greene', Hale, Hamlin, Houston, Hunter, Johnson, of Georgia, Jones, Mangum, Mason, Miller, Niles, Pearce, Phelps, Rusk, Sebastian, Sturgeon, Turney, Underwood, Upham, Wales, Yulee.

On motion by Mr. Dayton, to amend the bill by inserting, after line 685, the following:

For the purchase of George Catlin's collection of paintings and curiosities, illustrative of the manners and customs of the North American Indians, five thousand dollars: Provided, The Committee on the Library can make a contract (which is hereby authorized) for the purchase thereof, at a price not exceeding fifty thousand dollars, payable in ten annual instalments."

S Yeas

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

Messrs. Badger, Baldwin, Bell, Berrien, Clarke, Corwin, Dayton, Dodge, of Iowa, Douglas, Fitzgerald, Foote, Greene, Hale, Hamlin, Houston, Johnson, of Maryland, King, Mangum, Miller, Rusk, Spruance, Wales, Webster.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Allen, Atherton, Borland, Bradbury, Bright, Butler, Cameron, Davis, of Massachusetts, Davis, of Mississippi, Dickin: son, Dix, Downs, Felch, Fitzpatrick, Hunter, Johnson, of Georgia, Mason, Niles, Phelps, Sebastian, Sturgeon, Turney, 'Underwood, Walker, Yulee.

No further amendment being made, the bill was reported to the Senate.

On motion by Mr. Badger, The Senate adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1849. 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, a report from the Secretary of State, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 3d ultimo, requesting the President to communicate to the Senate a list of all the treaties of commerce and navigation between the United States and foreigo nations, conferring upon the vessels of such nations the right of trading between the United States and the rest of the world in the productions of every country upon the same terms with American vessels, with the date of the proclamation of such treaties; also, a list of the proclamations conferring similar rights upon the vessels of foreign nations issued by the President of the United States, under the provisions of the first section of the act entitled "An act in addition to an act entitled 'an act concerning discriminating duties on tonnage and impost, and to equalize the duties on Prussian vessels and their cargoes, ' approved May 24, 1828.

JAMES K. POLK. WASHINGTON, February 27, 1849.

The message was read.

Ordered, That it be printed, and that two thousand additional copies thereof be printed for the use of the Senate.

Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, submitted documents relating to the claim of Villeneuve Le Blanc to the confirmation of his title to certain lands, which, with his petition on the files of the Senate, were referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

Mr. Dix presented the petition of Smith and Hersey, praying a remission of the duties on a quantity of molasses destroyed by fire while in the public warehouse; which was referred to the Committee on Finance.

On motion by Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, Ordered, That the Committee on Pensions be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of William C. Sterrett and the *petition of Mary Wilkinson, and that they be referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, Ordered, That the Committee on Pensions be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of Mary Hall.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Naval Affairs inquire into the propriety of authorizing an adjustment by the Secretary of the Navy upon principles of justice and equity of the claims of A. S. and A. W. Benson, arising out of contracts made with the Navy Department in the year 1841 for the transportation of naval stores to the Pacific.

Mr. Davis, of Massachusetts, drom the Committee on Commerce,

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