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ary to the several laws for the sale of the public lands, approved April 5, 1832, and for other purposes," was read the second time, 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 bill (H. R. 47) making appropriations for certain fortifications of the United States for the year ending the 30th of June, 1847, was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Finance.

The bill (H. R. 192) to enlarge the powers of the several orphans' courts held in and for the District of Columbia, was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on the District of Columbia. 6. The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the resolution (S. R. 1) advising the President of the United States to give notice to the government of Great Britain that the government of the United States will, in virtue of the second article of the convention of the 6th of August, 1827, between the two governments, relative to the Oregon Territory, annul and abrogate that convention: and, After debate,

On motion by Mr. John M. Clayton, The Senate adjourned. di

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1846.

The Vice President laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of the Navy, communicating, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, an estimate of the cost of constructing a dry dock at Pensacola: which was read, referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs, and ordered to be printed. pl

Mr. Dix presented a petition of citizens of Genesee county, New York, praying the abrogation of the treaties of December, 1838, and May, 1842, with the Seneca Indians: which was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.. .

Mr. Archer presented the petition of Ann Kelly, widow of a deceased naval seaman, praying a pension: which was referred to the Committee on Pensions. • Mr. Dickinson submitted documents relating to the claim of Sarah Overbagh, widow of a deceased revolutionary soldier, praying a pension: which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Dickinson presented the petition of Hezekiah Wingate, a soldier in the last war with Great Britain, praying a pension: which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Dickinson presented a petition of citizens of Orleans county, New York, praying the abrogation of the treaties of December, 1838, and May, 1842, with the Seneca Indians: which was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Mr. Atchison presented a . petition of citizens of Missouri, praying the establishment of a mail route from Kingston to Maysville, and from Gallatin to St. Joseph's, in that State: which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.. i

Mr. Westcott submitted additional documents in relation to the petition of Edward Belon: which were referred to the Committee of Claims."

Mr. Westcott submitted documents relative to the appointment of commissioners by the States of Florida and Georgia for running and marking the boundary line between those States: which were referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and ordered to be printed.

On motion by Mr. Dix, Ordered, That John Frazee have leave to withdraw his petition and papers.

On motion by Mr. Sevier, Ordered, That when the Senate adjourn, it be to Monday next. Mr. Lewis, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 180) making an appropriation to enable the President of the United States to receive from the State of Texas the cession of certain property, reported it with an amendment.

Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, from the Committee on Pensions, to whom the documents relating to the claim of Mary J. West were referred, submitted an adverse report: which was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Bagby, agrecably to notice, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 82) 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_'7; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Finance.

The bill (S. 40) for the relief of the legal representatives of George Duval, a Cherokee Indian, was read the second time, 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 Senate proceeded to consider, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill (S. 18) for the relief of the legal representatives of William D. Cheever, deceased: and no amendment being made, it was reported to the Senate.

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

The bill (S. 10) authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to make an arrangement or compromise with Mangle M. Quackenboss and his co-obligors, or any of them, for claims on bonds given by them as sureties to the United States, having been reported by the committee correctly en. grossed, 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 therein.

The bill (S. 42) to repeal a part of the act entitled “An act supplementary to the several laws for the sale of the public lands, approved April 5, 1832, and for other purposes," having been reported by the committee correctly engrossed, was read a third time.

On motion by Mr. Crittenden, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until to. morrow. · The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the resolution (S. R. 1) advising the President of the United States to give notice to the government of Great Britain that the government of the United States will, in virtue of the second article of the convention of the 6th

of August, Anno Domini 1827, between the two governments, relative to the Oregon Territory, annul and abrogate that convention.

An amendment to the reported amendment being proposed by Mr. Crit. tenden:

A further debate ensued: and,
After the consideration of Executive business,
The Senate adjourned.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1846.

The Vice President laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of War, accompanied by a statement, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, of the measures which have been taken for the construction of fortifications at Key West and the straits of Florida, and an estimate of the sum which may this year be expended on the same.

The report was read, and referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

The Vice President presented to the Senate a petition of citizens of Pennsylvania, praying an alteration of the constitution so as to abolish slavery in the United States.

A motion was made that the petition be received: and being objected to,

Ordered, That the motion lie on the table.

The Vice President presented to the Senate a petition of merchants and others, citizens of Pennsylvania, praying the construction of harbors on the eastern side of Reedy island and at Bomba hook, in the Delaware river: which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. Fairfield presented the petition of Ebenezer Whitten, praying compensation for clothing and other property destroyed by the burning of the United States ship Adams in the year 1914: which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Fairfield presented the petition of William Davis, in behalf of himself and Simon Davis, deceased, praying compensation for clothing and other property destroyed by the burning of the United States ship Adams in the year 1814: which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Fairfield submitted an additional document in relation to the peti. tion of James Low: which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs,

Mr. Fairfield submitted additional documents in relation to the petition of Ebenezer Ballard: which were referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Upham presented the petition of Eli Hinds, a soldier in the last war with Great Britain, praying an increase of pension: which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Dix presented two petitions of citizens of New York, praying the abrogation of the treaties of December, 1838, and May, 1842, with the Seneca Indians: which were referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Mr. Archer presented five memorials of citizens of the United States, praying such an amendment of the naturalization laws as will require a residence of twenty-one years previous to acquiring the right of citizenship: which were referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Dix presented the memorial of John S. Gilbert and others, proposing to construct, at the several naval stations of the United States, iron balance floating dry docks for the use of the navy: which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Dickinson presented a petition of citizens of Cayuga county, New York, praying the abrogation of the treaties of December, 1838, and May, 1842, with the Seneca Indians: which was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Mr. Bright presented a petition of members of the legislature of the State of Indiana, and other citizens of that State, praying the removal of the land office from Winimac to Rochester, in said State: which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Mr. Crittenden presented a memorial of citizens of Henry county, Missouri, praying that an appropriation may be made for improving the navigation of the western rivers: which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

On motion by Mr. Atchison, Ordered, That Reuben E. Gentry and William Head have leave to withdraw their petition and papers.

Mr. Breese, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the petition of Nahum Ward, reported the following resolution; which was read, and ordered to be printed:

Resolved, That the petition of Nahum Ward, with the proceedings of the Continental Congress relative to the matters stated therein, with the testimony heretofore taken, and all the reports made touching the loan office certificates claimed, be referred to the Secretary of the Treasury for further examination in connexion with the books and papers in the Treasury Department, and such further proof as may be taken by the claimant or the said Secretary on reasonable notice being given; and that the said Secretary report such additional proof, whether the same shall be derived from the books and papers in the Treasury Department, or from depositions, to the Senate at the next session, as early as practicable, with his opinion whether the loan office certificates claimed by the said petitioner, Nahum Ward, were used for the benefit of the continental or other service, and should in justice and equity be paid by the United States.

Mr. Ashley, from the Committee on the Judiciary, reported a joint resolution (S. R. 13) in relation to the rendition of judgments against the United States in certain cases: which was read, and passed to the second reading.

On motion by Mr. Ashley, that the Committee on the Judiciary be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of the legal representative of Eleazer W. Ripley, and from the further consideration of the petition of Asa Andrews; and that the same be referred to the Committee of Claims:

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

On motion by Mr. Ashley, Ordered, That the Committee on the Judiciary be discharged from the further consideration of documents relative to the payment of pensions, presented the 14th January, and that it be referred to the Committee on Pensions.

On motion by Mr. Ashley, Ordered, That the Committee on the Judiciary be discharged from the

further consideration of the petition of citizens of Philadelphia in relation to the adjustment of national differences, presented the 4th instant.

Mr. Atchison, from the Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom the documents relating to the claim of David Robb were referred, submitted an adverse report: which was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Atchison, from the Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the memorial of the chiefs and delegates of the Wyandot Indians, submitted a report, accompanied by a bill (S. 83) to pay for improvements on the Wyandot lands in Ohio and Michigan, in accordance with a valuation made in pursuance of the 5th article of the treaty between the United States and the Wyandot Indians, made at Upper Sandusky March 17, 1842. "

The bill was read, and passed to the second reading.

Ordered, That the report, with the memorial of the Wyandot Indians, be printed.

Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the petition of True Putney and Hugh Riddle, reported a resolution (S. R. 14) for their relief: which was read, and passed to the second reading.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed bills of the following titles:

H. R. 16. An act for the relief of Joseph Kemball;
H. R. 19. An act for the relief of Simonton Buffenbarger;

H. R. 30. An act for the relief of James Davidson, of the county of Fentress, in the State of Tennessee;

H. R. 32. An act for the relief of George D. Spencer;

H. R. 215. An act to amend the act approved the 2d of April, 1844, entitled “An act directing the disposition of certain unclaimed goods, wares, or merchandise, seized for being illegally imported into the United States;"

H. R. 217. An act declaratory of the powers, and legalizing certain acts of the chief clerk of the Patent Office: in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

The President of the United States approved and signed the 11th instant, the enrolled bill entitled "An act relative to collectors and other officers of the customs."

The six bills this day brought for concurrence from the House of Representatives were severally read the first and second times, by unanimous consent.

Ordered, That bills numbered 16 and 32 be referred to the Committee of Claims; that bill numbered 19 be referred to the Committee on Public Lands; that bill numbered 30 be referred to the Committee on Pensions; that bill numbered 215 be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary; and that bill numbered 217 be referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

The following bills having been reported by the committee correctly engrossed, were severally read the third time:

S. 18. An act for the relief of the legal representatives of William D. Cheever, deceased.

S. 40. An act for the relief of the legal representatives of George Duval, a Cherokee Indian.

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