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An act for the relief of Lois Mattison, of the county of Jefferson, State of New York.
An act for the relief of Captain John Patton.
An act for the relief of Solomon Russell, of the county of Somerset, in the State of Maine.
An act for the relief of James Gee.
An act for the relief of Charles W. Bingley, of Charleston, South Carolina.
An act for the relief of William Moss.
An act for the relief of John Carr, John Batty, and Samuel Stevenson, seamen on board the whaleship Margaret.
An act for the relief of John McAllister.
An act for the relief of the heirs and legal representatives of Richard C. Allen, deceased.
An act for the relief of Patrick Masterson.
An act for the relief of Mary Phelps, of the county of Genesee, State of New York.
An act for the relief of Surranus Cobb.
An act for the relief of Mary Segar, of Jefferson county, State of New. York.
An act for the relief of Justin Jacobs.
Joint resolution in relation to the issuing of grants of certain lands in Louisiana.
Joint resolution for the relief of Putney and Riddle.
Joint resolution declaratory of the act passed 23 August, 1842, entitled "An act for the relief of Charles F. Sibbald.”
Joint resolution for the relief of Lewis G. De Russey, late a paymaster of the army of the United States.
Joint resolution to correct a clerical error in the act approved June 6,
1846, “ for the relief of the legal representatives of George Duval, a Cherokee Indian."
Joint resolution for the relief of Sheldon B. Hayes.
Joint resolution to authorize the Secretary of War to adjudicate the claims of the Su-quah-natch-ah and other clans of Choctaw Indians whose cases were left undetermined by the commissioners, for the want of the township maps.
Joint resolution for the relief of Seth M. Leavenworth.
THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES,
OM WHICH The injunction of secrecy has been removed during the 1st session 29th
Message and documents relating to a convention with Russia.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 1846. Mr. Haywood submitted the following resolution, which was considerI by unanimous consent, and agreed to:
Resolved, That the injunction of secrecy be removed from the message f the President of the United States of the 13th December, 1824, comTunicating to the Senate the convention between the United States of merica and Russia, concluded at St. Petersburg the 5th (17th) April, 1824, gether with the documents* appertaining to the negotiation of the same, Thich accompanied the said message.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1824. The following written message was received from the President of the Inited States, by Mr. Mosher, his secretary:
To the President of the Senate of the United States, pro tempore:
I transmit to the Senate the convention signed by the plenipotentiaries f the United States and of H. I. M. the Emperor of Russia, at St. Petersurg, on the 5th (17th) of April last, referred to in my message to both louses of Congress, together with the documents appertaining to the negoiation of the same, for the constitutional consideration of the Senate, with egard to its ratification.
JAMES MONROE. WASHINGTON, December 13, 1824.
Proceedings in relation to the treaty with the Cherokee Indians of the 29th
December, 1835, from which the injunction of secrecy has been removed.
MONDAY, MARCH 2, 1835. Mr. White, from the Committee on Indian Affairs, to which was refered that part of the President's message relating to Indian affairs, and also
* Note.-Only such parts of the matter from which the injunction of secrecy may have been emoved, as may be found in the Executive Journal, are inserted in this appendix; the documents re therefore excluded.
the memorials of John Ross and others, and John Ridge and others, submitted the following report:
The subject of the relations between the United States and the Cherokee Indians, and the actual condition in which those Indians are now placed, gives rise to many painful reflections, and is one full of difficulties. The committee has thought it would more promote the public interest by devising some plan which would furnish a reasonable prospect of putting an end to these difficulties, than by discussing questions of doubt, and cal. culated to excite feelings unfriendly to the interests of both parties. The committee has good reasons to believe, that if the President of the United States will continue a negotiation with them in a spirit of just liberality, it will in a short time terminate in a cession of the whole country now claimed by them east of the Mississippi, and be the means of removing them from where they now live, and thus put an end to a dispute which threatens serious conflicts not only between citizens of the United States and the Indians, but between the Indians themselves.
Your committee believes that the Senate can encourage and aid the Pres. ident in such a negotiation, by offering its advice as to the terms upon which a treaty ought to be concluded.
When your committee come to fix, in their own minds, the sum which ought to be offered for the country now occupied and claimed by the Cherokees, it is believed the condition in which these people are placed ought to be considered, their great reluctance to dispose of the country, the inconvenience to which a removal will necessarily subject them, as well as the intrinsic value of the country itself; and that the United States owe it to their own character to offer no sum which will not be an adequate consideration.
With this short view of this important subject, the committee offer for the adoption of the Senate the following resolution:
Resolved, That the President of the United States be, and he hereby is, advised and requested, as soon as conveniently may be, to negotiate with the Cherokee Indians for a cession of all the lands now occupied and claimed by them east of the river Mississippi; and that he agree to pay them, in consideration therefor, any sum which, in his opinion, is just, not exceeding the sum of . dollars.
The report was read.
TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 1835.
The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution reported by the Committee on Indian Affairs, the 2d instant, in relation to the Cherokee Indians.
On motion by Mr. Knight,
The resolution was amended by striking out all after the word resolved, and inserting, That, in the opinion of the Senate, a sum, not exceeding
millions of dollars, should be paid to the Cherokee Indians for all their lands and possessions east of the Mississippi river.
The blank in the resolution having been filled with the word “five," On the question to agree to the resolution thus amended,
.. It was determined in the affirmative,
( Yeas, . . . . . . 32
s Nays, . . . . . . . 11
On motion by Mr. Poindexter, The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present, Those who voted in the affirmative, are, Messrs. Bell, Bibb, Brown, Buchanan, Clay, Clayton, Cuthbert, Frelinghuysen, Goldsborough, Grundy, Hendricks, Kane, Kent, King, of Alabama, King, of Georgia, Knight, Linn, Moore, Naudain, Porter, Prentiss, Robbins, Shepley, Silsbee, Smith, Southard, Swift, Tallmadge, Tipton, Tyler, White, Wright.
Those who voted in the negative, are, Messrs. Benton, Black, Calhoun, Ewing, Hill, Leigh, Mangum, Morris, Poindexter, Robinson, Waggaman.
So it was
Resolved, That, in the opinion of the Senate, a sum, not exceeding five millions of dollars, should be paid to the Cherokee Indians for all their lands and possessions east of the Mississippi river.
MONDAY, MARCH 7, 1836.
The following message was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Donelson, his secretary: To the Senate:
I submit to the Senate, for their advice and consent, as to the ratification of the same, the treaty, and the supplement to it, recently concluded with the Cherokee Indians.
The papers referred to in the accompanying communication from the Secretary of War, as necessary to a full view of the whole subject, are also herewith submitted.
Ordered, That the treaty with the Cherokee Indians, and the accompanying documents, be referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs, and printed in confidence for the use of the Senate.
FRIDAY, March 11, 1836.
Mr. Clay presented a memorial and protest of the Cherokee nation; also a memorial of a large number of individuals of the Cherokee nation; severally in opposition to the ratification of the Indian treaty communicated to the Senate the 7th instant.
The memorials were severally read, referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs, and, with the accompanying papers, ordered to be printed in con. fidence for the use of the Senate.
· MONDAY, MARCH 21, 1836.
On motion by Mr. Clay,