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CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES.

THE FIRST SESSION OF THE TWENTY-NINTH CONGRESS commenced this day conformably to the Constitution of the United States; and the Senate assembled, at the city of Washington,

MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1845.

PRESENT:

From the State of New Hampshire,
The Honorable Charles G. Atherton,

Benning W. Jenness.

From the State of Massachusetts,
The Honorable John Davis,

From the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,

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The Honorable George M. Dallas, Vice President of the United States, and President of the Senate, resumed the chair.

Mr. Sevier presented the credentials of the Hon. Hopkins L. Turney, elected a Senator by the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee for six years, commencing on the 4th day of March, 1845, and ending on the 4th day of March, 1851; which were read; and the oath prescribed by law was adıninistered to Mr. Turney, and he took his seat in the Senate.

Mr. Speight presented the credentials of the Hon. Joseph W. Chalmers, appointed a Senator by the governor of the State of Mississippi, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of the Hon. Robert J. Walker; which were read; and the oath prescribed by law was administered to Mr. Chalmers, and he took his seat in the Senate.

Mr. Crittenden presented the credentials of the Hon. John Davis, elected a Senator by the legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of the Hon. Isaac C. Bates; which were read; and the oath prescribed by law was administered to Mr.. Davis, and he took his seat in the Senate.

Dir. Atherton presented the credentials of the Hon. Benning W. Jen

ness, eppointed a Senator by the governor of the State of New Hampshire, to supply the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of the Hon. Levi Woodbury; which were read; and the oath prescribed by law was administered to Mr. Jenness, and he took his seat in the Senate.

The Vice President laid before the Senate the credentials of the Hon. David Levy and the Hon. James D. Westcott, jr., elected Senators by the legislature of the State of Florida for the constitutional term. The credentials were read; and the oath prescribed by law was administered to Mr. Levy and Mr. Westcott, and they took their seats in the Senate.

Mr. Sevier submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That the Senate proceed to ascertain the classes in which the Senators from the State of Florida shall be inserted, in conformity to the resolution of the 14th of May, 1789, and as the constitution requires; that the Secretary put into the ballot-box two papers of equal size, one of which shall be numbered two, and the other shall be numbered three, and each Senator shall draw out one paper; that the Senator who shall draw the paper numbered two, shall be inserted in the class of Senators whose term of service will expire the 3d day of March, 1849; and the Senator who shall draw the paper numbered three, shall be inserted in the class of Senators whose tern of service will expire the 3d day of March, 1851.

On motion by Mr. Allen, Crdered, That the Secretary acquaint the House of Representatives that a quorum of the Senate has assembled, and that the Senate is ready to proceed to business,

On motion by Mr. Atherton, Ordered, That the daily hour of meeting of the Senate be 12 o'clock meridian until otherwise ordered.

Mr. Cameron submitted the following resolution; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and considered as in committee of the whole; and, having been amended on the motion of Mr. Niles, it was read a third time by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Resolved, That each Senator be supplied during the present session with newspapers as heretofore, not exceeding the cost of three daily papers. Mr. Speight submitted the following resolution for consideration: .

Resolved, That a committee be appointed, jointly with such committee as may be appointed by the House of Representatives, to wait on the President of the United States, and inform him that quorums of the two houses have assembled, and that Congress are ready to receive any communication he may be pleased to make.

On motion by Mr. Allen, The Senate adjourned.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1845.

The Hon. Spencer Jarnagin, from the State of Tennessee; the Hon. James A. Pearce, from the State of Maryland; and the Hon. William Woodbridge, from the State of Michigan, severally attended.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted yesterday by Mr. Speight, for the appointment of a joint committee to wait on the President of the United States, and inform him that quorums of the two houses have assembled; and the resolution was agreed to.

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