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TUESDAY, May 26, 1846.

Mr. Dix presented a petition of A. B. Durand and others, praying that Samuel F. B. Morse may be employed by the government to execute a painting for one of the vacant panels in the rotundo of the Capitol: which was referred to the Committee on the Library.

Mr. Lewis presented the petition of Hughes, Brothers, and Company, merchants of the city of New York, praying the repayment of duties alleged to have been illegally exacted by the collector of that port: which was referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, presented the memoriał of Oscar F. Pitman, praying compensation for his services in transporting the mail: which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion by Mr. Benton, Ordered, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit to the Secretary of War the original despatches of General Taylor, which accompanied the message of the President of the 11th instant.

On motion by Mr. Lewis, Ordered, That Jacob B. Clarke have leave to withdraw his petition and papers.

Mr. Pearce 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 providing by law for distributing among the officers and soldiers of the army the value of any public property captured by them from the enemy.

On motion by Mr. Hannegan, Ordered, That Samuel and James Smith have leave to withdraw their petition and papers.

Mr. Bright reported from the committee that they had examined and found duly enrolled the joint resolution (S. R. 17) for the relief of Peter Gorman.

Mr. Pennybacker, agreeably to notice, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 192) to authorize the clerks of the circuit and district courts of the United States for the western district of Virginia to appoint deputies, and for other purposes: which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Bagby, agreeably to notice, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 193) to relinquish to the State of Alabama the public land remaining unsold in that State on the first day of January, 1847: which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent.

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

Mr. Berrien, from the Committee on the Judiciary, who were instructed, by a resolution of the Senate, to inquire whether any, and what legislation by Congress is necessary to give effect to the 11th article of the treaty of San Lorenzo el Real, of the 27th October, 1795, between the United States and Spain, submitted a report, accompanied by a bill (S. 194) supplementary to, and to amend an act entitled “An act to continue in force an act to protect the commerce of the United States, and also to make further provision for punishing the crime of piracy,” approved 18th May, 1820.

The bill was read, and passed to the second reading. Ordered, That the report be printed. Mr. Ashley, from the Committee on Public Lands, to whom was referred a petition of citizens of Arkansas, reported a bill (S. 195) to increase the compensation of deputy surveyors in Arkansas: which was read, and passed to the second reading. I

Mr. Ashley, from the Committee on the Judiciary, who were instructed to inquire into the subject, reported a joint resolution (S. R. 25) respecting the maps and charts of the surveys of the boundary lines of the United States of America with foreign States: which was read, and passed to the second reading.

Mr. Ashley, from the Committee on the Judiciary, reported a bill (S. 196) in relation to the July term of the circuit and district courts in the district of Ohio: which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and considered as in Cornmittee of the Whole: and no amendment being made, it was reported to the Senate.

Ordered, That this bill be engrossed, and read a third time.
The said bill was read a third time, by unanimous consent.
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 resolution (S. R. 14) for the relief of Putney and Riddle, having been reported by the committee correctly engrossed, was read a third time. :

Resolved, That this resolution pass, and that its title be as aforesaid.

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

The Senate resumed the consideration of the bill (S. 88) to amend the act approved June 17, 1844, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment of land claims within the States of Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana, and in those parts of the States of Mississippi and Alabama south of the thirtyfirst degree of north latitude, and between the Mississippi and Perdido rivers, with the amendments made in Committee of the Whole.

On the question to concur in the following amendment:
Insert the following section:

“Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That so much of the said several acts as render it necessary that the claimant or claimants should have resided in Louisiana at the time of the cession of the province, or at the time when the grant, concession, order of survey, or settlement was made, in order to enable them to bring suit, and in order to bar their claim forever if they neglect to do so, be repealed:

It was determined in the negative.
On the question to concur in the following amendment:
Insert the following amended section:

“ Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That all the provisions of this act, and of those to which it is supplementary, be, and they are hereby, extended to the Territory of Iowa:'' It was determined in the negative, Yeas, · · ·.:.:.: : 17

Nays, . . . . . . . 22 On motion by Mr. Mangum," The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present, Those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs. Atchison, Barrow, Benton, Breese, Chalmers, John M. Clayton, Colquitt, Corwin, Hannegan, Houston, Jarnagin, Johnson, of Maryland, Miller, Pearce, Rusk, Sevier, Yulee.

Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Allen, Archer, Ashley, Atherton, Bagby, Berrien, Bright, Calhoun, Thomas Clayton, Dickinson, Fairfield, Jenness, Lewis, Mangum, Morehead, Niles, Pennybacker, Semple, Sturgeon, Turney, Upham, Webster.

So the amendment was disagreed to

The residue of the amendments made in Committee of the Whole being concurred in:

Ordered, That this bill be engrossed, and read a third time.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill (S. 185) supplemental to an act providing for the prosecution of the existing war between the United States and the republic of Mexico: and,

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

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 1846.

Mr. Ashley presented a petition of citizens of Arkansas, praying the establishment of a mail route from Clarendon to Surrounded Hill, in that State: which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, presented the memorial of Thomas Bryant, heir of William Bryant, deceased, an officer in the naval service during the revolutionary war, praying compensation for the services of his ancestor: which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

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

Resolved, That the sergeant-at-arms be authorized to employ the necessary force to work the ventilator on the dome of the Senate chamber; and that the same be paid for out of the contingent fund of the Senate.

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

Mr. President: The Speaker of the House of Representatives having signed an enrolled resolution, I am directed to bring it to the Senate for the signature of their President.

The Vice President signed the enrolled resolution (S. R. 17) last reported to have been examined, and it was delivered to the committee to be presented to the President of the United States.

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

The bill (S. 88) to amend the act approved June 17, 1844, entitled - An act to provide for the adjustment of land claims within the States of Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana, and in those parts of the States of Mississippi and Alabama south of the thirty-first degree of north latitude, and between the Mississippi and Perdido rivers,” 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 in this bill.

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Mr. Dickinson presented a petition of citizens of Oswego county, New York, remonstrating against the renewal of a patent granted to Jethro Wood for an improvement in the plough.

Ordered, That it lie on the table. Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, presented a resolution passed by the legislature of the State of Louisiana, in favor of an appropriation for removing obstructions to the navigation of the Sabine river: which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, presented resolutions passed by the legislature of the State of Louisiana, requesting the Senators and Representatives of that State in Congress to use their exertions to procure the reimbursement of the money advanced by the State of Louisiana for the public service in Texas, and to urge on Congress the expediency of establishing a naval station at New Orleans, and constructing additional naval steamers: which were referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, presented a resolution passed by the legislature of the State of Louisiana, in favor of the erection of light-houses at the mouth of the bayou Bonfouca, and the mouth of the river Tanchipaho: which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. Semple presented the memorial of Peter Von Schmidt, praying that the government may purchase his improvement in the rotary steam engine and submerged propeller, for the use of the navy: which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Naval Affairs be instructed to inquire whether the improvements made by Peter Von Schmidt in the rotary steam engine and submerged propeller can be advantageously introduced into the service of the United States; and what suim will be required to test their value.

Mr. Hannegan submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, (with the concurrence of the House of Representatives,) That the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives close the present session of Congress by an adjournment of their respective houses on Monday, the 20th day of July next.

Mr. Lewis, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred the memorial of Henry Simpson, submitted an adverse report: which was read.

Mr. Lewis, from the Committee on Finance, to whom were referred the documents relating to the claim of E. A. Ware, submitted an adverse report: which was ordered to be printed.

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. 196) in relation to the July term of the circuit and district courts in the district of Ohio.

They have also passed the bill from the Senate (S. 148) establishing certain post routes, and for other purposes, with an amendment: in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

The Senate proceeded to consider the amendment of the House of Representatives to the bill last mentioned: and

Resolved, That they concur therein.

Ordered, That the Secretary notify the House of Representatives aecordingly.

Mr. Houston, by unanimous consent, asked and obtained leave to bring in a joint resolution (S. R. 26) presenting the thanks of Congress to Brigadier General Taylor, and for other purposes: which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent.

On motion by Mr. Sevier, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until tomorrow, and that it be printed.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill (S. 68) to provide for the ascertainment of claims of American citizens for spoliations prior to the 31st day of July, 1801: and,

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

The bill (S. 166) for the relief of Asenath Canney, 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.

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

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

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 transmit a copy of a note, under date the 26th instant, from the envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of her Britannic Majesty to the Secretary of State, communicating a despatch, under date the 4th instant,

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