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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1845.

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The Vice President laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of the Treasury, accompanied by a report of the superintendent of the coast survey, showing the progress made during the past year in the survey of the coast of the United States; which was read.

On motion by Mr. Huntington, Ordered, That it be printed; and that five hundred copies, in addition to the usual number, be printed, two hundred and fifty copies thereof for the use of the office of the superintendent of the coast survey.

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 herewith transmit a report from the Secretary of State, containing the information called for by the resolution of the Senate of the 8th of Janu- · ary last, in relation to the claim of the owners of the brig General Armstrong against the government of Portugal.

JAMES K. POLK. WASHINGTON, December 16, 1845.

The message was read.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations, and printed.

The Vice President laid before the Senate a letter from F. Jefferson and others, accompanied by a memorial, proposing to execute the printing of the Senate at a reduced rate.

Ordered, That the letter and memorial lie on the table. Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, presented the petition of Caleb Green, late clerk of the United States district court for the western district of Louisiana, praying to be allowed his expenses for office rent: which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Cameron presented the memorial of the Philadelphia board of trade, praying a survey of the Ohio river with a view to its improvement: which was referred to the Committee on Roads and Canals.

Mr. Cameron presented a memorial of citizens of western Pennsylvania and Ohio, praying the construction of a steamboat canal around the falls of St. Mary: which was referred to the Committee on Roads and Canals.

Mr. Cameron presented the petition of William W. Hubbell, praying that experiments may be made to test the utility of an explosive concussion shell, of which he is the inventor: which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Sturgeon presented the memorial of Mary Reeside, executrix of the last will and testament of James Reeside, deceased, praying the payment of the amount found to be due to her late husband by the verdict of a jury, in a suit instituted against him by the United States: which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Barrow presented the memorial of Villeneuve Le Blanc, praying the confirination of his title to a tract of land in the State of Louisiana; which was referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

Mr. Jarnagin presented the memorial of the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, praying a relinquishment to that State of the lands

south and west of the congressional reservation line, and a grant of land to the West Tennessee College, at Jackson, in said State: which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Upham presented a petition of citizens of the State of Vermont, remonstrating against the admission of Texas into the Union as a slave State.

A motion was made that the petition be received, and being objected to, Ordered, That the motion lie on the table.

Mr. Dix presented a petition of citizens of Wilna, Jefferson county, New York, remonstrating against the admission of Texas into the Union with a constitution tolerating slavery.

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

Ordered, That the motion lie on the table. Mr. Huntington presented a petition of citizens of Connecticut, remonstrating against the admission of Texas into the Union with a constitution tolerating slavery.

A motion was made that the petition be received, and being objected to, Ordered, That the motion lie on the table. Mr. Benton presented a petition of captains of steamboats navigating the western rivers, praying the construction of a canal around the falls of the Ohio river: which was referred to the Committee on Roads and Canals.

On motion by Mr. Bagby, Ordered, That the documents on the files of the Senate relating to the claim of Thomas Rhodes, be referred to the Committee on the Post Of. fice and Post Roads.

On motion by Mr. Ashley, Ordered, That the petition of James Erwin, for himself and the heirs of Daniel Greathouse, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Levy, Ordered, That the memorial of William Fuller and Orlando Saltmarsh, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

On motion by Mr. Levy, Ordered, That the petition of J. M. Gilliss, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Bagby, Ordered, That Joseph Ratcliff have leave to withdraw his petition and papers.

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

On motion by Mr. Crittenden, Ordered, That the heirs of Christopher Miller have leave to withdraw their petition and papers.

On motion by Mr. Jenness, Ordered, That Pearson Cogswell have leave to withdraw his petition and papers.

Mr. Miller submitted the following resolution for consideration: Resolved, That the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire

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into the expediency of establishing a port of entry at Jersey city, in the State of New Jersey. Mr. Breese submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That the remaining copies of brevet Captain Frémont's reports of his expeditions to the Rocky mountains and Territory of Oregon, and heretofore ordered, with the maps and engravings, to be printed for the use of the Senate, be bound in good muslin binding, under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate; proposals therefor to be advertised by him in two newspapers of general circulation, and the price thereof not to exceed fifty cents per copy.

Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency of increasing the compensation of the United States district attorney for the district of Louisiana, in consequence of the duties imposed upon him by an act 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," approved June 17, 1844, and by the repeal of an act entitled “An act to repeal,- An act for the better organization of the district court of the United States within the State of Louisiana, and for other purposes,'” approved February 13, 1845.

Mr. Dix presented a memorial of the pilots of the port of New York, praying the repeal or modification of the act of March 2, 1837, concerning pilots: which was referred to the Committee on Commerce, and ordered to be printed.

On motion by Mr. Jarnagin, Ordered, That Alexander King, executor of Henry King, have leave to withdraw his petition and papers.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Speight asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 13) appropriating alternate sections of the public lands for the improvement of Pearl river: which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Jarnagin asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 14) for the relief of John S. Russwurm, heir and legal representative of William Russwurm, deceased: which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Woodbridge asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 15) to amend an act confirming certain land claims in the State of Michigan: which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Levy the 10th instant, in relation to a map of Florida; and the resolution was agreed to.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the resolutions submitted by Mr. Cass the 9th instant, in relation to the militia and the military and naval defences of the country; and,

After debate,
On the question to agree thereto,
It was determined in the affirmative: Yeas, . .

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On motion by Mr. Hannegan, 4Phe yeasti nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present,

Thorechovoted in the affirmative are,
Messrs. len, Archer, Ashley, Atchison, Atherton, Bagby, Barrow,
Lektor Berrien, Breese, Cameron, Cass, Chalmers, Thomas Clayton,
John M. Clayton, Colquitt, Corwin, Crittenden, Davis, Dayton, Dickin-
son, Dix, Fairfield, Greene, Hannegan, Haywood, Huntington, Jarnagin,
Jenness, Johnson, of Louisiana, Levy, Lewis, Mangum, Miller, Niles,
Pearce, Pennybacker, Phelps, Semple, Sevier, Simmons, Speight, Stur-
geon, Turney, Upham, Webster, Westcott, Woodbridge.

So the resolutions were agreed to.
A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. French, their Clerk:

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed a joint resolution for the admission of the State of Texas into the Union: in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

The resolution (H. R. 2) for the admission of Texas into the Union was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent. Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

On motion,
The Senate adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1845.

Mr. Webster presented a petition of citizens of Sandwich, New Hampshire, and two petitions of citizens of the State of Pennsylvania, remonstrating against the admission of Texas into the Union while her constitution tolerates slavery.

A motion was made that the petitions be received, and being objected to, Ordered, That the motion lie on the table. Mr. Mangum presented the petition of Simon Summers, an officer in the revolutionary army, praying to be allowed commutation pay: which was referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

Mr. Mangum presented the petition of Lydia Lush, widow of Stephen Lush, deceased, a revolutionary officer, praying a pension: which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

On motion by Mr. Dix, .. Ordered, That the legal representatives of Joshua Kennedy have leave to withdraw their petition and papers.

Mr. Allen having stated that a writ of subpæna had been served upon him to attend as a witness in a cause pending before a court of the United States for the District of Columbia:

On motion by Mr. Webster, · Ordered, That leave be given to Mr. Allen to attend accordingly.

The Senate proceeded to consider the motion submitted by Mr. Sevier the 10th instant, for the arrangement of the members of the Committee on · Finance; and, the motion having been agreed to:

Ordered, That Mr. Lewis, Mr. Evans, Mr. Benton, and Mr. Jenness, be members of the Committee on Finance.

The Senate proceeded to ballot for the remaining members of the Committee on Commerce; and the result having been announced by the Vice President,

On motion by Mr. Sevier, and by unanimous consent, Ordered, That the members of the committee be arranged as follows: Mr. Dix, Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, Mr. Sevier, and Mr. Davis..

On motion by Mr. Speight, and by unanimous consent, Ordered, That the balloting for the remaining members of the Committee on Manufactures and the Committee on Agriculture be dispensed with; and,

On motion by Mr. Speight, and by unanimous consent, Ordered, That Mr. Sturgeon, Mr. Simmons, Mr. Colquitt, and Mr. Miller, be members of the Committee on Manufactures.

On motion by Mr. Speight, and by unanimous consent, Ordered, That Mr. Semple, Mr. Phelps, Mr. Turney, and Mr. Corwin, be members of the Committee on Agriculture.

The Senate proceeded to ballot for the remaining members of the Committee on Military Affairs; and the result having been announced by the Vice President,

On motion by Mr. Sevier, and by unanimous consent, Ordered, That the members of the committee be arranged as follows: Mr. Hannegan, Mr. Crittenden, Mr. Dix, and Mr. Speight.

The Senate proceeded to ballot for the remaining members of the Committee on the Militia; and

Ordered, That Mr. Semple, Mr. Barrow, Mr. Fairfield, and Mr. Westcott, be members of the Committee on the Militia.

The Senate proceeded to ballot for the remaining members of the Committee on Naval Affairs; and the result having been announced by the Vice President,

On motion by Mr. Sevier, and by unanimous consent, Ordered, That the members of the committee be arranged as follows: Mr. Levy, Mr. Mangum, Mr. Cameron, and Mr. Dickinson.

On motion by Mr. Sevier, and by unanimous consent, Ordered, That Mr. Speight, Mr. Woodbridge, Mr. Ashley, and Mr. Morehead, be members of the Committee on Public Lands.

That Mr. Semple, Mr. Jarnagin, Mr. Pennybacker, and Mr. Woodbridge, be members of the Committee on Private Land Claims.

That Mr. Bagby, Mr. Phelps, Mr. Atchison, and Mr. Jarnagin, be members of the Committee on Indian Affairs.

That Mr. Pennybacker, Mr. John M. Clayton, Mr. Turney, and Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, be members of the Committee of Claims.

That Mr. Hannegan, Mr. Thomas Clayton, Mr. Colquitt, and Mr. Greene, be members of the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

That Mr. Breese, Mr. Berrien, Mr. Westcott, and Mr. Webster, be members of the Committee on the Judiciary.

That Mr. Sturgeon, Mr. Simmons, Mr. Semple, and Mr. Dayton, be members of the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

That Mr. Lewis, Mr. Corwin, Mr. Sturgeon, and Mr. Davis, be members of the Committee on Roads and Canals.

That Mr. Ashley, Mr. Pearce, Mr. Atchison, and Mr. Barrow, be members of the Committee on Pensions.

That Mr. Breese, Mr. Miller, Mr. Jenness, and Mr. Johnson, of Mary. land, be members of the Committee on the District of Columbia.

That Mr. Hannegan, Mr. Phelps, Mr. Sturgeon, and Mr. Lewis, bo members of the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

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