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On motion by Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, Ordered, That the petition of the inhabitants of the parishes of Ascension and Iberville, in Louisiana, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

On motion by Mr. Mangum, Ordered, That the petition of the heirs of David Noble, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

On motion by Mr. Breese, Ordered, That the petition of Pierre Menard and others, sureties of Felix St. Vrain, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion by Mr. Breese, Ordered, That the documents on the files of the Senate, relating to the claim of William Elliott, jr., be referred to the Committee on Public Lands.'

On motion by Mr. Phelps, Ordered, That the petition of John P. Skinner and the legal represent- . atives of Isaac Green, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

On motion by Mr. Bagby, Ordered, That the petition of William C. Easton, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Crittenden, Ordered, That John F. Wilmott, executor of Robert Wilmott, deceased, have leave to withdraw his memorial.

On motion by Mr. Simmons, Ordered, That Robert Purkis have leave to withdraw his petition and papers.

On motion by Mr. Crittenden, Ordered, That the petition of Joshua Shaw, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Dix, Ordered, That the petitions and memorials heretofore presented, praying the payment of claims for French spoliations prior to 1800, be referred to the select committee appointed on the subject.

On motion by Mr. Davis, Ordered, That Gideon Batchelder and others have leave to withdraw their petition and papers. Mr. Atchison submitted the following resolutions for consideration:

1. Resolved, That the Committee on Territories be instructed to inquire into the expediency of organizing a government for the Territory of Oregon.

2. Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing block-house and stockade forts and military posts from the frontiers of Missouri to Frémont's pass, in the Rocky mountains; and from thence through the Oregon Territory to the mouth of the Columbia river; and, also, to inquire into the expediency of raising and organizing a corps of mounted riflemen for the purpose of escorting emigrants to, and protecting American citizens in, the Oregon Territory.

3. Resolved, That the Committee on Public Lands be instructed to inquire into the expediency of granting lands to actual settlers in the Territory of Oregon.

4. Resolved, That the Committee on the Militia be instructed to inquire into the expediency of organizing, arming, and equipping the militia of Oregon Territory.

5. Resolved, That the Committee on Indian Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing Indian agencies and sub-agencies in the Oregon Territory; and the extension of the laws of the United States regulating intercourse with the Indians over said Territory as far as they may be applicable.

6. Resolved, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a mail route from the frontiers of Missouri to the city of Oregon, in the Oregon Territory.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making an appropriation for the erection of a custom-house in the city of New Orleans; and into the expediency of making an appropriation to improve the harbor at Port Pontchartrain, in the State of Louisiana.

On motion by Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, Ordered, That the report of the Secretary of the Treasury, communicating estimates of the cost of those works, made to the Senate February 4, 1845, be referred to the Committee on Commerce. Mr. Phelps submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of repealing so much of the fourth section of the act, approved August 23, 1842, as abolishes the office of one Inspector General, and of restoring the said office and the officer, the same as though the said act had never been passed.

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

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate cause to be printed upon the type now standing, a sufficient additional number of Frémont's report, to supply the members of the Senate who have taken their seats since the 4th of March last, the same number of copies that have been, or may be, distributed to the Senators who were elected prior to that time.

Mr. Upham having been excused, on his motion, from serving on the Committee on Pensions:

On motion by Mr. Ashley, Ordered, That a member be appointed by the President of the Senate to fill the vacancy; and

Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, was appointed.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Allen asked and obtained leave to bring in a joint 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: which was read, and passed to the second reading.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Evans asked and obtained leave to bring in a joint resolution (S. R. 2) in favor of David Shaw and Solomon T. Corser: which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Bagby asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 16) to authorize the settlement of the account of Joseph Nourse: which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate be directed to pay to the widow of Edward Dyer, deceased, late sergeant-at-arms of the Senate, the same amount that was paid to the widow of Stephen Haight, former sergeant-at-arms, under the resolution of the Senate of the 13th of January, 1841, on account of funeral expenses in the city of Washington and of salary, until his successor was appointed.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Hannegan the 4th instant, relating to the pay of an assistant messenger of the Senate; which was amended on the motion of Mr. Hannegan, and agreed to, as follows:

Resolved, That the assistant messenger of the Senate, authorized by resolution of the 25th February, 1845, receive pay for the time he was so employed at the Executive session of the Senate in March last.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolutions submitted by Mr. John M. Clayton the 10th instant, respecting the erection of fortifications for the defence of the Breakwater harbor and on Pea Patch island; and the resolutions were agreed to.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Levy the 10th instant, relating to the expenditures for the preservation of live. eak timber; which was amended on the motion of Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, and agreed to, as follows:

Resolved, That the President of the United States be requested to inform the Senate what number of agents are now employed for the preservation of timber, the amount of salary paid for such service, the authority of law under which they are employed, and the fund from which they are paid; also, the amount of allowances of every description made within the last twenty years in the settlement of the accounts of said agents, or otherwise, connected with this branch of the service; the number of suits or prosecutions instituted within the same period for trespasses upon the public lands, the result of such suits or prosecutions, and the costs and expense incurred by the United States therein, including the amount of damages paid by the United States within the same period for illegal interference by the aforesaid agents with private rights; also, that he inform the Senate of the amount of all expenditures on account of live-oak plantations, and -the present condition of said plantations.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. John M. Clayton the 10th instant, relating to the erection of a light in the river Delaware; and the resolution was agreed to.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. John M. Clayton the 10th instant, for the reduction of the prices allowed for the printing to be executed for the Senate; and,

On motion by Mr. John M. Clayton, Ordered, That the resolution be referred to the Committee to audit and control the contingent expenses of the Senate.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. John

M. Clayton the 10th instant, respecting the improvement of certain harbors in the State of Delaware; and the resolution was agreed to.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Barrow the 10th instant, respecting the removal of the raft in Red river; and the resolution was agreed to.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Speight the 15th instant, respecting the establishment of a mail between Mobile, Alabama, and Jackson, Mississippi; and the resolution was agreed to.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Speight the 15th instant, to grant certain inundated lands to the States in which they lie; and the resolution was agreed to.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Ashley the 15th instant, respecting an additional court for the district of Arkansas; and the resolution was agreed to.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Miller the 16th instant, for the establishment of a port of entry at Jersey city; and the resolution was agreed to.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, the 16th instant, in relation to the compensation of the district attorney of the United States for the district of Louisiana, and the resolution was agreed to.

The bill (S. 1) for the purchase of the stock of the Louisville and Portland Canal Company, was read the second time.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Roads and Canals.

The bill (S. 2) to provide for the improvement of the navigation of the rivers Ohio, Mississippi, Missouri, and Arkansas, was read the second

time.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Roads and Canals.

The bill (S. 5) to establish the collection district of Chicago, was read the second time.

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

The bill (S. 6) for the relief of the legal representatives of Pierre Menard, Antoine Peltier, and of Joseph Placy, was read the second time.

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

The bill (S. 7) for the relief of the legal representatives of Pierre Menard, Josiah T. Betts, Jacob Feaman, and Edmund Roberts, of the State of Illinois, sureties of Felix St. Vrain, late Indian agent, deceased, was read the second time. · Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of Claims.

The bill (S. 8) for the relief of William Elliott, jr., of Fulton county, State of Illinois, was read the second time. Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

On motion by Mr. Allen,
Ordered, That so much of the message of the President of the United
States as relates to foreign affairs, be referred to the Committee on Foreign
Relations.

On motion by Mr. Mangum,
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourn, it be to Monday next.
After the consideration of Executive business,
The Senate adjourned.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1845.

Mr. Lewis presented the credentials of the Hon. John C. Calhoun, elected a Senator by the senate and house of representatives of the State of South Carolina to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of the Hon. Daniel S. Huger.

Mr. Calhoun attended; and the oath prescribed by law was administered to him, and he took his seat in the Senate.

Mr. Webster presented three petitions of citizens of Massachusetts, and two petitions of citizens of Pennsylvania, remonstrating against the admission of Texas into the Union with a constitution tolerating slavery.

A motion was made that the petitions be received, and being objected to, Ordered, That the motion lie on the table. Mr. Dickinson presented the memorial of Stephen May, praying the reimbursement of the costs and expenses of a suit instituted against him by the United States, as surety of a delinquent postmaster: which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Dickinson presented a petition of citizens of Pennsylvania, 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. Miller presented a resolution passed by the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey, recommending an appropriation for removing obstructions to the navigation of the Passaic river, in that State: which was referred to the Committee on Commerce, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Miller presented a petition of citizens of Pennsylvania, 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. Evans submitted documents relating to the claim of John Clark, a soldier in the last war with Great Britain, to a pension: which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Davis presented two petitions of citizens of the State of New York, remonstrating against the admission of Texas into the Union with a constitution tolerating slavery.

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

Mr. Breese presented the memorial of Ann Mix, widow of Mervine P. Mix, deceased, late an officer in the navy, praying the purchase by the government of a patent right taken out by her late husband for an invention of a manger stopper for chain cables: which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Breese presented the memorial of, James McIntosh, an officer in the navy, praying compensation for the performance of duties appertaining to a higher grade in the service than that to which he belonged: which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Dickinson presented three petitions of citizens of the State of New York, remonstrating against the admission of Texas into the Union with a constitution tolerating slavery.

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

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