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the collection, safe-keeping, transfer, and disbursement of the public revenue, reported it with amendments.

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. 136. An act for the relief of the heirs of Doctor John Gray, deceased;

H. R. 146. An act for the relief of John Stockton, late a lieutenant in the army of the United States;

H. R. 157. An act granting a pension to Orris Crosby; "
H. R. 158. An açt granting a pension to Elijah C. Babbit;
H. R. 162. An act for the relief of Isaiah Parker;

H. R. 165. An act for the relief of Samuel D. Enochs: in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

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

Ordered, That the bill numbered 146 be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs; that the bills numbered 136 and 165 be referred to the Committee of Claims; and that the bills numbered 157, 158, and 162, be referred to the Committee on Pensions.

The Senate proceeded to consider the amendments of the House of Representatives to the bill (S. 185) supplemental to an act entitled “ An act providing for the prosecution of the existing war between the United States and the republic of Mexico, and for other purposes:" and, • On motion by Mr. Hannegan,

Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until tomorrow.

A message from the President of the United States, by Mr. N. P. Trist:

Mr. President : The President of the United States approved and signed the 6th instant the bill (S. 40) entitled “An act for the relief of the legal representatives of George Duval, a Cherokee Indian.”

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

The following message was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. N. P. Trist: To the Senate of the United States :

I communicate herewith a report from the Secretary of War, transmitting the correspondence, called for by the resolution of the Senate of the 5th instant, with General Edmund P. Gaines and General Winfield Scott, of the army of the United States.

The report of the Secretary of War, and the accompanying correspondence with General Gaines, contain all the information in my possession in relation to calls for 6 volunteers or militia into the service of the United States," " by any officer of the army," without legal “authority therefor," and of the measures which have been adopted" “in relation to such officer or troops so called into service.”

In addition to the information contained in the report of the Secretary of War, and the accompanying correspondence with “ Major General Scott, of the United States army, upon the subject of his taking the command of

the army of occupation on the frontier of Texas," I state, that on the same day on which I approved and signed the act of the 13th of May, 1846, entitled “An act providing for the prosecution of the existing war between the United States and the republic of Mexico," I communicated to General Scott, through the Secretary of War, and also in a personal interview with that officer, my desire that he should take command of the army on the Rio Grande, and of the volunteer forces which I informed him it was my intention forth with to call out to march to that frontier, to be employed in the prosecution of the war against Mexico. The tender of the command to General Scott was voluntary on my part, and was made without any request or intimation on the subject from him. It was made in consideration of his rank as commander-in-chief of the army. My communications with General Scott, assigning him the command, were verbal; first through the Secretary of War, and afterwards in person. No written order was deemed to be necessary. General Scott assented to assume the command; and on the following day I had another interview with him and the Secretary of War, in relation to the number, and apportionment among the several States, of the volunteer forces to be called out for immediate service; the forces which were to be organized and held in readiness, subject to a future call should it become necessary; and other military preparations and movements to be made with a view to the vigorous prosecution of the war. It was distinctly settled, and was well understood by General Scott, that he was to command the army in the war against Mexico, and so continued to be settled and understood, without any other intention on my part, until the Secretary of War submitted to me the letter of General Scott, addressed to him under date of the 21st of May, 1846, a copy of which is herewith communicated. The character of that letter made it proper, in my judgment, to change my determination in regard to the command of the army, and the Secretary of War, by my direction, in his letter of the 25th of May, 1846, a copy of which is also herewith communicated, for the reasons therein assigned, informed General Scott that he was relieved from the command of the army destined to prosecute the war against Mexico, and that he would remain in the discharge of his duties at Washington. The command of the army on the frontier of Mexico has since been assigned to General Taylor, with his brevet rank of major general, recently conferred upon him.

WASHINGTON, June 8, 1846.

JAMES K. POLK.

The message was read.

On motion by Mr. Sevier, Ordered, That it lie on the table, and with the accompanying documents be printed, with the exception of explanatory notes from Colonel A. Butler.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the resolution submitted by Mr. Hannegan the 28th May, fixing a day for the adjournment of Congress.

On motion by Mr. Lewis, that the further consideration thereof be postponed to Monday next: It was determined in the affirmative S Yeas, . . . . . . . 27

Nays, . . . . . . . 21 On motion by Mr. Huntington, The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present, Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Allen, Archer, Ashley, Atherton, Bagby, Benton, Breese, Calhoun, Chalmers, John M. Clayton, Colquitt, Dickinson, Dix, Fairfield, Haywood, Houston, Jenness, Johnson, of Maryland, Lewis, McDuffie, Mangum, Pennybacker, Rusk, Sevier, Speight, Turney, Yulee.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Atchison, Barrow, Berrien, Thomas Clayton, Corwin, Crittenden, Davis, Dayton, Greene, Hannegan, Huntington, Johnson, of Louisiana, Miller, Morehead, Niles, Pearce, Šemple, Šimmons, Upham, Webster, Woodbridge. So it was

Ordered, That the further consideration of the resolution be postponed to Monday next.

The bill (S. 68) to provide for the ascertainment of claims of American citizens for spoliations prior to the 31st day of July, 1801, having been reported by the committee correctly engrossed, was read a third time. On the question, “ Shall this bill pass ?

I S Yeas,' . . It was determined in the affirmative,

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" Nays, . . . . . . . 23 On motion by Mr. Hannegan, The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present, Those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs. Archer, Ashley, Bagby, Barrow, Berrien, Thomas Clayton, John M. Clayton, Corwin, Crittenden, Davis, Dayton, Greene, Houston, Huntington, Jarnagin, Johnson, of Maryland, Johnson, of Louisiana, Miller, Morehead, Niles, Pearce, Sevier, Simmons, Upham, Webster, Westcott, Woodbridge.

Those who voted in the negative are,
Messrs. Allen, Atchison, Atherton, Benton, Breese, Calhoun, Cass,
Chalmers, Colquitt, Dickinson, Dix, Hannegan, Haywood, Jenness,
Lewis, McDuffie, Mangum, Pennybacker, Rusk, Semple, Speight, Tur-
ney, Yulee.

So it was
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.

On motion,
The Senate adjourned.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 1846.

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

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Navy be requested to furnish the Senate with a copy of such portion of a letter from Commodore Lawrence Kearney, United States navy, dated on or about the 31st ultimo, as relates to a dock at the navy yard, Pensacola.

Mr. Turney submitted the following resolution for consideration:..

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of exempting from arrest and seizure the per

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sons and property of volunteers for debt, during their continuance in the military service of the United States.

Mr. Yulee submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be directed to inquire into the best means of establishing a régular communication, by mail, between St. Augustine and Key West, and between Key West and Pensacola; and particularly, whether the steamers connected with the revenue service can be employed in such purpose, without injury to the public service.

Mr. Crittenden 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 such appropriations as may be necessary to carry into effect a contract made on the part of the government with J. Bte. Ferribault and Pelagie Ferribault, for the purchase of the island at the confluence of the rivers St. Peter's and Mississippi.

Mr. Crittenden submitted documents relating to the contract with J. B. Ferribault and Pelagie Ferribault for the purchase of Pike's island, at the junction of the St. Peter's and Mississippi rivers: which were referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

The Senate proceeded to consider the motion made by Mr. Cass, to print five thousand additional copies of the message of the President of the United States of the 6th instant, with the accompanying correspondence:

Ordered, That the motion be referred to the Committee on Printing. Mr. Ashley, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill (S. 197) relative to and increasing the duties of the Attorney General, reported it without amendment.

Mr. Dickinson, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 181) for the relief of Langtry and Jenkins, reported it without amendment.

Mr. Dickinson, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the memorial of Jonathan Tyner, submitted an adverse report: which was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Miller, from the Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the resolution (H. R. 6) authorizing the erection, on the public grounds in the city of Washington, of a monument to George Washington, reported it without amendment.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted yesterday by Mr. Houston; which having been modified as follows: - Resolved, That hereafter the Senate will meet at 11 o'clock, a. m..

On motion by Mr. Webster, that the further consideration of the resolution be postponed to Monday next:

nomined in the emotion S Yeas, . .'. . . . 26 It was determined in the affirmative,

waren Nays, . . . . . . . 24 On motion by Mr. Lewis, The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present, Those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs. Archer, Benton, Berrien, Calhoun, Thomas Clayton, John M. Clayton, Corwin, Crittenden, Davis, Dayton, Greene, Haywood, Huntington, Johnson, of Maryland, Johnson, of Louisiana, Mangum, Miller, Morehead, Pearce, Phelps, Simmons, Upham, Webster, Westcott, Woodbridge, Yulee.

Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Allen, Ashley, Atchison, Atherton, Bagby, Breese, Cass, Chalmers, Colquitt, Dickinson, Dix, Fairfield, Hannegan, Houston, Jarnagin, Jenness, Lewis, McDuffie, Niles, Pennybacker, Rusk, Sevier, Speight, Turney.

So it was

Ordered, That the further consideration of the resolution be postponed to Monday next.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted the 5th instant by Mr. Yulee, respecting the grant of alternate sections of the public - lands along the line of public improvements, and of rivers requiring improvement: and, On the question to agree thereto, It was determined in the negative.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Benton the 8th instant, respecting the report of an expedition under Lieutenant Abert, on the upper Arkansas; and the resolution was agreed to.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted the 8th instant by Mr. Woodbridge, respecting the removal of the Chippewa Indians from the mineral lands of lake Superior: and the resolution was agreed to.

The Senate proceeded to consider the report of the Committee on Foreign
Relations on the claim of the owners of the brig General Arnıstrong.
An amendment having been proposed by Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana:

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

The Senate proceeded to consider, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill (S. 12) to reduce and graduate the price of the public lands, and for other purposes: and,

On motion by Mr. Breese, Ordered, That the further consideration of the bill be postponed to, and made the order of the day for Monday, the 15th instant.

On motion by Mr. Mángum, that the Senate resume the consideration of the resolution submitted by Mr. Sevier the 230 April, relating to a compilation of treasury instructions in relation to revenue laws: It was determined in the negative, Yeas, ... ·..· · · 20

Nays,. . . . . . . . 28 . On motion by Mr. Hannegan,

The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present, s Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Allen, Archer, Berrien, Cass, Chalmers, John M. Clayton, Corwin, Crittenden, Hannegan, Jarnagin, Johnson, of Maryland, Johnson, of Louisiana, Mangum, Morehead, Pearce, Rusk, Sevier, Simmons, Webster, Woodbridge.

Those who voted in the negative are, a Messrs. Ashley, Atchison, Atherton, Bagby, Benton, Breese, Calhoun, Thomas Clayton, Colquitt, Davis, Dayton, Dickinson, Dix, Fairfield, Haywood, Houston, Huntington, Jenness, Lewis, McDuffie, Miller, Niles, Pennybacker, Phelps, Speight, Turney, Upham, Westcott.is

So the motion was not agreed to.

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