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the passage of the bill (S. 86) for the relief of Joseph Chaires and others; and praying that the same may not become a law: which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Dickinson presented the petition of Haym M. Salomon, praying the reimbursement of advances made by his father during the revolutionary war: which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Yulee presented the memorial of Jonathan Tyner, praying to be indemnified for the destruction of his property by order of a United States officer during the Florida war: which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Dix presented a petition of citizens of New York, praying an increase of the duty on coarse wool: which was referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Dix presented a petition of members of the Lyceum of Natural History, in New York, praying the publication by Congress of an increased number of the scientific works of the exploring expedition: which was referred to the Committee on the Library.

Mr. Dix presented the petition of James Buchanan, late British consul at the port of New York, praying the reimbursement of expenses incident to a prosecution instituted against a vessel captured and brought into that port by a British officer, for having been engaged in the slave trade; and also attending the custody of the cargo: which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Dix presented a petition of citizens of Tioga 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. Benton, from the Committee on Military Affairs, submitted a communication from the Secretary of War relative to the expediency of increasing the military defences of the country: which was ordered to be printed. .

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

Resolved, That the Committees on Military and Naval Affairs, respectively, lay before the Senate the estimates communicated to them by the respective Secretaries of War and the Navy, for the increase of the military and naval means of the defence of the country.

Mr. Yulee submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That the Committee on Finance inquire into the right of the State of Florida to a ratable share of the surplus revenue distributed to the States under the act of Congress of June 23, 1836.

Mr. Ashley submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of directing that in all cases where a petition is presented to the Senate for the establishment of a post route, and in the same petition the establishment of post offices or the appointment of postmasters is prayed for, it shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Senate to transmit to the Postmaster General such petition, provided the post route therein prayed for shall have been established by law.

Mr. Fairfield, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom was referred the petition of George W. Billings, reported a bill (S. 132) to authorize the Secretary of the Navy to contract for the purchase of American

water-rotted hemp for the use of the navy: which was read, and passed to the second reading.

The said bill 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.

Mr. Cameron, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom was referred the petition of certain mechanics and laborers employed in the navy yard at Washington, submitted an adverse report: which was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Thomas Clayton, from the Committee on Revolutionary Claims, to whom was referred the petition of the heirs of Willis Wilson, submitted an adverse report: which was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Breese, from the Committee to audit and control the contingent expenses of the Senate, to whom was referred a resolution instructing them to inquire into the expediency of making certain alterations in the Senate chamber, submitted a report, accompanied by the following resolution:

Resolved, That the Committee to audit and control the contingent expenses of the Senate take prompt order for the construction of an additional gallery over the marble gallery, the arrangement of the reporters' seats as proposed by them, the improvement of the lantern light, and the furnishing and preparing the marble gallery in appropriate style for the use of the ladies: Provided, That the expense attending the same shall not exceed four thousand dollars.

Ordered, That the report be printed.

Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, from the Committee on Pensions, to whom was referred the bill (S. 66) for the relief of Sally Rockwood, reported it without amendment.

Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, submitted an adverse report on the subject: which was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Berrien, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the petition of John P. Skinner and the legal representatives of Isaac Green, submitted a report, accompanied by a bill (S. 131) for the relief of John P. Skinner and the legal representatives of Isaac Green.

The bill was read, and passed to a second reading.
Ordered, That the report be printed.

Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, from the Committee on Pensions, to whom was referred the petition of Samuel Knight, junior, submitted an adverse report: which was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Ashley, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the memorial of Charles Stearns, reported the following resolution: .

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner ought not to be granted.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, the 17th instant, in relation to furnishing reporters with copies of additional documents printed by the Senate; and agreed thereto.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Niles the 23d instant, in relation to the appointment of a messenger to the Senate: and

Ordered, That the resolution be referred to the Committee to audit and control the contingent expenses of the Senate.

Mr. Bright reported from the committee that they presented to the President of the United States the 24th instant, the enrolled bill (H. R. 260) to repeal the act requiring one of the judges of the circuit court for the District of Columbia hereafter to reside in Alexandria.

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

Mr. President : The President of the United States approved and signed the 24th instant, the bill (H. R. 260) entitled 6. An act to repeal the act requiring one of the judges of the circuit court for the District of Columbia hereafter to reside in Alexandria.”

T'he House of Representatives have passed a bill (H. R. 38) to authorize an increase in the rank and file of the army of the United States: in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill from the House of Representatives fast mentioned was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill (S. 3) to establish courts of the United States, and provide for the due execution of the laws of the United States, in the State of Florida.

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

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, A. D. 1827, between the two governments, relative to the Oregon Territory, annul and abrogate that convention: and, After debate,

On motion by Mr. Miller, The Senate adjourned.

THURSDAY, March 26, 1846.

Mr. Chalmers presented the credentials of the Hon. Thomas F. Rusk, elected a Senator by the legislature of the State of Texas for the constitutional term. The credentials were read; and the oath prescribed by law was administered to Mr. Rusk, and he took his seat in the Senate.

The Vice President laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of the Treasury, made in compliance with a joint resolution of Congress of the 15th June, 1844, relative to the collection of statistical information: which was read.

Mr. Bagby presented additional documents in relation to the memorial of the representatives of Jacob Housman, deceased: which were referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Dix presented a memorial of the American Shipwreck Society in New York, praying the enactment of a law for the better protection of the lives and property of persons wrecked upon the coast: which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. Dix presented two petitions of citizens of New York, remonstrating against the renewal of a patent heretofore granted to Jethro Wood for an improvement in the plough.

Ordered, That they lie on the table.

Mr. Fairfield presented a petition of citizens of North Yarmouth, Maine, praying that the bounties allowed by law to persons engaged in the codfisheries may not be discontinued.

Ordered, That it lie on the table.

Mr. Atchison presented the petition of citizens of Lincoln and Pike counties, Missouri, praying to be protected in the possession of the lands purchased by them from the United States, which proved to be within the limits of a confirmed Spanish grant.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

On motion by Mr. Dix, that the vote on referring the petition of James Buchanan to the Committee on Foreign Relations be reconsidered: It was determined in the affirmative.

On motion by Mr. McDuffie, Ordered, That Gilbert Stalker and N., B. Hill have leave to withdraw their petition and papers.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Pearce asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 133) for the final adjustment of the accounts of some of the States: which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Dickinson, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the petition of Samuel A. Morse, submitted a report, accompanied by a bill (S. 134) for his relief.

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

The bill (S. 132) to authorize the Secretary of the Navy to contract for the purchase of American water-rotted hemp for the use of the navy, having been reported by the committee correctly engrossed, 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 Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted the 3d instant
by Mr. John M. Clayton, relative to a correspondence on the subject of
Oregon: and,
After debate,

On motion by Mr. Phelps,
Ordered, That it be postponed until to-morrow.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed the bill from the Senate (S. 132) to authorize the Secretary of the Navy to contract for the purchase of American water-rotted hemp for the use of the navy

On motion by Mr. Barrow, that when the Senate adjourn, it be to Monday next:

SYeas, . . . . .

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. It was determined in the affirmative,

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Nays, . . . . . . . 18. On motion by Mr. Sevier, The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present, Those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs. Archer, Barrow, Benton, Berrien, Calhoun, Cameron, Cass, Corwin, Crittenden, Evans, Haywood, Jarnagin, Johnson, of Maryland, Lewis, McDuffie, Miller, Morehead, Pearce, Rusk, Speight, Upham, Westcott.

Those who voted in the negative are,
Messrs. Allen, Ashley, Atchison, Bagby, Breese, Bright, Chalmers, John
M. Clayton, Dickinson, Dix, Fairfield, Hannegan, Jenness, Johnson, of
Louisiana, Niles, Pennybacker, Sevier, Turney.

So it was
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourn, it be to Monday next.

The bill (S. 117) for the relief of George Wentling 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 said bill having been reported by the committee correctly engrossed, was read a third time, by unanimous consent.

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

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

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, A. D. 1827, between the two governments, relative to the Oregon Territory, annul and abrogate that convention: and,

After debate, and the consideration of Executive business,
The Senate adjourned.

MONDAY, March 30, 1846.

Mr. Rusk presented the credentials of the honorable Samuel Houston, elected a Senator by the legislature of the State of Texas for the constitutional term. The credentials were read; and the oath prescribed by law was administered to Mr. Houston, and he took his seat in the Senate.

Mr. Speight 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 Texas shall be inserted, in conformity with the resolution of the 14th May, 1789, and as the constitution requires.

On motion by Mr. Speight, Ordered, That the Secretary put into the ballot-box three papers of equal size, numbered 1, 2, 3; that each Senator from the State of Texas draw out one paper; that number one, if drawn, shall entitle the Senator to be placed in the class whose term of service will expire the third day of March, 1847; number two, in the class whose term will expire the third day of March, 1849; and number three, in the class whose term will expire the third day of March, 1851. Whereupon,

The papers above mentioned were put by the Secretary into the box, and Mr. Houston drew number one, and is accordingly in the class of Senators whose terms of service will expire the third day of March, 1847; and Mr. Rusk drew number three, and is accordingly in the class of Senators whose terms of service will expire the third day of March, 1851.

The Vice President laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of the Treasury, made in compliance with the fifth section of the act of Congress entitled “ An act making appropriations for the civil and diplomatic

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