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of the united bands of Chippewa, Ottowa, and Pottawatomie Indians, praying that provision may be made, in the treaties which may hereafter be formed, for securing to them the fee simple in their reservations: which was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Mr. Atchison presented the petition of W. H. Hildreth, praying compensation for provisions furnished for the use of the Sac and Fox Indians west of the Missouri river: which was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Mr. Upham presented the petition of Hannah Branch, widow of a deceased revolutionary soldier, praying a pension: which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Jenness presented a petition of citizens of Durham, New Hampshire, praying the adoption of measures for the amicable adjustment of all international difficulties: which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Atherton presented the petition of Reuben Mills, a revolutionary soldier, praying a pension: which was referred to the Committee on Pensions. · Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, presented the petition of Elizabeth Sailor, widow of a deceased revolutionary soldier, praying a pension: which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, presented the memorial of Erskine and Eichelberger, praying the payment of a balance due on certain advances made by them to John Gunter, a Cherokee Indian, for which the United States became bound by the treaty with the Cherokee Indians of 1835–6: which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. McDuffie presented the memorial of the chamber of commerce of the city of Charleston, praying the establishment in that city of a branch of the United States mint: which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. McDuffie presented a memorial of citizens of Charleston, South Carolina, praying the establishment in that city of a branch of the mint of the United States: which was referred to the Committee on Finance. · Mr. McDuffie presented the memorial of John Carter, of Georgetown, District of Columbia, praying that he may be authorized by law to bring one of his slaves into the District of Columbia from his former residence in South Carolina: which was referred to the Committee on the District

of Columbia. • Mr. Dix presented the memorial of Smith, Thurgar, & Co., merchants in New York, praying the repayment of certain duties alleged to have been illegally exacted by the collector of that port: which was referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Ashley submitted documents relating to the claim of Richard Elliott, a revolutionary soldier, to a pension: which, with the petition and papers on file, were referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Bagby presented the memorial of Walter Jones and other members of the bar, in the city of Washington, praying the repeal of the law requiring one of the judges of the circuit court for the District of Columbia to reside in the county of Alexandria: which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Ashley presented a resolution passed by the legislature of the State of Arkansas, instructing the Senators, and requesting the Representative

of that State in Congress, to endeavor to procure the enactment of a law authorizing the public land to be sold in half quarter sections running east and west, whenever the same may suit the convenience of purchasers, and that the same may be entered only for actual cultivation; or, when contiguous to the homestead, by the actual settler: which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Ashley presented a resolution passed by the legislature of the State of Arkansas, instructing the Senators, and requesting the Representative of that State in Congress, to use their exertions to obtain the assent of the United States to the application of certain lands, heretofore granted to the State of Arkansas for the erection of a seminary, to the support of common schools: which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, presented the memorial of James McIntosh, a commander in the navy, praying compensation for services performed as an officer of higher grade: which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Fairfield, Ordered, That the petition of Robert Ramsay, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Pensions.

On motion by Mr. Fairfield, Ordered, That the petition of Jesse D. Elliott, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Atherton, Ordered, That the petition of David Currier, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Pensions.

On motion by Mr. Speight, Ordered, That Abner L. Duncan have leave to withdraw his memorial.

On motion by Mr. Cass, Ordered, That the members of the Stockbridge nation of Indians have leave to withdraw their memorial and papers.

On motion by Mr. Bright, Ordered, That Seth M. Leavenworth have leave to withdraw his petition and papers.

Mr. Cass submitted the following resolutions for consideration:

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of constructing a ship canal round the falls at the Sault Ste. Marie, in the State of Michigan, with a view to the military and naval defence of the northwestern frontier of the United States.

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of fixing a period of age beyond which no officer in the army shall be called into active service during war; and if they consider such a measure expedient, then to consider, also, the regulations proper to be adopted to effect the object. Mr. Hannegan submitted the following resolutions for consideration:

1. Resolved, That the country included within the parallels of fortytwo degrees and fifty-four degrees forty minutes north latitude, and extending from the Rocky mountains to the Pacific ocean, known as the Territory of Oregon, is the property and part and parcel of the territories of the United States.

2. Resolved, That there exists no power in this government to transfer

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its, soil, and the allegiance of its citizens, to the dominion, authority, control, and subjection of any foreign prince, state, or sovereignty.

3. Resolved, That the abandonment or surrender of any portion of the Territory of Oregon would be an abandonment of the honor, the character, and the best interests of the American people.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. French, their Clerk:

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed the bill from the Senate (S. 11) to extend the laws of the United States over the State of Texas, and for other purposes.

Mr. Bright reported from the committee that they had examined and found duly enrolled the resolution (H. R. 2) for the admission of the State of Texas into the Union.

Mr. Lewis having been excused, on his motion, from serving on the Committee on Roads and Canals:

On motion by Mr. Speight, Ordered, That a member be appointed by the Vice President to fill the vacancy: and Mr. Turney was appointed.

On motion by Mr. Ashley, Ordered, That an additional member be added to the Committee on Enrolled Bills, to be appointed by the Vice President: and

Mr. Greene was appointed.

Mr. Greene reported from the committee that they had examined and found duly enrolled the bill (S. 11) to extend the laws of the United States over the State of Texas, and for other purposes.

Mr. Hannegan, from the Committee on Roads and Canals, to whom was referred a bill (S. 9) for the continuation of the Cumberland road in the States of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, reported it without amendment.

The bill (S. 21) for the organization of a company of sappers, miners, and pontoniers, was read the second time, and considered as in Committee of the Whole: and no amendment being made, it was reported to the Senate.

Ordered, That it be engrossed, and read a third time.

The bill (S. 22) to repeal the act which abolished the office of one of the inspectors general of the army, and to revive and establish said office, was read the second time, and considered as in Committee of the Whole: and no amendment being made, it was reported to the Senate.

Ordered, That it be engrossed, and read a third time. Mr. Haywood, from the Committee on Commerce, reported a bill (S. 27) to establish a collection district in the State of Texas, and for other purposes: which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and considered as in Committee of the Whole: and no amendment being made, it was reported to the Senate.

Ordered, That it be engrossed, and read a third time.

The said bill having been reported by the committee correctly engrossed, was read a third time.

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 therein.

Mr. Greene reported from the committee that they had examined and found duly enrolled the bill (S. 11) to extend the laws of the United States over the State of Texas, and for other purposes.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. French, their Clerk:

Mr. President: The Speaker of the House of Representatives having signed an enrolled bill, (S. 11,) I am directed to bring it to the Senate for the signature of their President.

The Vice President signed the enrolled resolution (H. R. 2) and the enrolled bill, (S.11,) reported to have been examined, and they were delivered to the committee, to be presented to the President of the United States.

Mr. Bright reported from the committee that they had presented to the President of the United States the enrolled resolution (H. R. 2) for the admission of the State of Texas into the Union.

Mr. Greene reported from the committee that they had presented to the President of the United States the enrolled bill (S. 11) to extend the laws of the United States over the State of Texas, and for other purposes.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. French, their Clerk:

Mr. President: The President of the United States this day approved and signed a joint resolution (H. R. 2) for the admission of the State of Texas into the Union.

After the consideration of Executive business,
The Senate adjourned.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1845.

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The Vice President laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of the Treasury, made agreeably to law, exhibiting the contracts made by the Treasury Department, the payments for miscellaneous claims, and the expenditures from the marine hospital fund, for the year ending June 30, 1845: which was read, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Woodbridge presented the petition of Shedrach Gillet and George Clark, praying the right of pre-emption to a tract of land in the State of Michigan: which was referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

Mr. Fairfield presented the petition of Samuel Knight, jr., praying a pension for injuries received while engaged in the service of the United States, in the erection of a monument on Stage island, in the State of Maine: which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Atherton presented the petition of the heirs of Crocher Sampson, deceased, a revolutionary officer, praying the renewal of a bounty land warrant alleged to have been lost or destroyed: which was referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

Mr. Archer presented the petition of Nathaniel Kuykendall, praying compensation for his services in carrying the mail: which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, presented the memorial of Elizabeth Gassaway, widow of a deceased revolutionary officer, praying a pension: which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, presented the petition of Abigail Reeves, widow of a deceased revolutionary soldier, praying a pension: which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Cass presented seven petitions of citizens of Michigan, praying that a duty may be imposed on fuel purchased in Canada for the use of American steamboats: which were referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Jenness presented resolutions passed by the legislature of the State of New Hampshire, instructing the Senators, and requesting the Representatives of that State in Congress, to use their exertions to procure a modification of the rates of passage, so as to authorize the transmission of newspapers free of postage within the limits of the States where they are published.

Ordered, That they lie on the table, and be printed. Mr. Barrow presented the petition of the heirs of Nicholas Barra, deceased, praying the confirmation of their title to a tract of land in Louisiana: which was referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

Mr. Barrow presented a petition of citizens of New Orleans, Louisiana, praying the establishment of a national armory and foundery at Fort Massac, on the Ohio river: which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Levy presented a preamble and resolutions passed by the General Assembly of the State of Florida, recommending measures to ascertain the practicability of reclaiming the everglade lands in that State: which were referred to the Committee on Public Lands, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Ashley presented a memorial of the legislature of the State of Arkansas, praying an appropriation for completing the removal of the raft of Red river: which was referred to the Committee on Commerce, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Ashley presented a memorial of the legislature of the State of Arkansas, praying an appropriation for completing the road between Memphis and Little Rock, and for opening a road from Little Rock to Fort Smith, on the south bank of the Arkansas river: which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Ashley presented a memorial of the legislature of the State of Arkansas, praying an appropriation for constructing levees on the Arkansas and Mississippi rivers, for the purpose of reclaiming the inundated lands adjacent thereto; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Dix presented the petition of Harriet Ward, widow of a deceased naval seaman, praying a pension: which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, presented the petition of Peter Gorman, praying the payment of a balance due him on his contract for grading and gravelling the road leading from the capitol to the navy yard and congressional burial ground, in the city of Washington: which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion by Mr. Atchison, Ordered, That the petition of J. Throckmorton, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion by Mr. Atchison, Ordered, That the documents on the files of the Senate, relating to the claims of Reuben E. Gentry and others, be referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Dix, Ordered, That the petition of Calvin Emmons, and the memorial of the executor of Uri Emmons, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

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