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On motion by Mr. Jenness,
Ordered, That David Little have leave to withdraw his petition.

On motion by Mr. Barrow, Ordered, That John L. Delee and Andrew C. Armstrong have leave to withdraw their petitions and papers.

Mr. Westcott submitted the following resolution; which was considered, by unanimous consent, and agreed to: *Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire and report whether any legislation by Congress is necessary with respect to the proceedings of the superior courts of Florida, sitting as federal courts since the 3d of March, 1845. Mr. Sevier submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That the Committee on Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of granting five years' pay to Mrs. Mary Jane West, widow of Lieutenant James West, who died in the public service in 1834.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of an appropriation for the purpose of constructing a canal from the Mississippi river at New Orleans to lake Pontchartrain, so as to afford a direct communication to steamboats from the western country to the fort proposed to be erected on Ship island, with a view to the military and naval defence of the southern frontier of the United States. Mr. Westcott submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That the President of the United States be requested to cause to be communicated to the Senate copies of the correspondence between the Attorney General and the Solicitor of the Treasury, and the judicial officers of the Territory of Florida, in relation to the authority of the territorial judges as federal judges since the 3d of March, 1845. Mr. Bagby submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing for the more adequate defence of the port and harbor of Mobile. Mr. Haywood submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That the Committee on Commerce inquire into the expediency of establishing the warehouse system for the storage of imported goods, in connexion with the revenue system of the United States; and that said committee shall have leave to report by bill or otherwise.

Resolved, That so much of the report of the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States as refers to the commerce of the United States, be referred to the Committee on Commerce.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire whether, with a view to the defence of the country, it is not expedient, by subscription to its stock, or otherwise, and upon such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon by the United States and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, to assist in the completion of the road of that company from its present western terminus to some suitable point on the Ohio river.

On motion by Mr. Speight, Ordered, That the Committee on Military Affairs be discharged from

the further consideration of the petition of Mrs. Clara H. Pike, and that it be referred to the Committee on Pensions.

On motion by Mr. Bagby, Ordered, That the Committee on the Judiciary be discharged from the further consideration of the memorial of Walter Jones and others, and that it be referred to the Committee on the District of Columbia.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 28) providing for the adjustment of all suspended pre-emption land claims in the several States and Territories: which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent; and, with the report of the Secretary of the Treasury, of the 9th instant, in relation to suspended pre-emption land claims in Louisiana, referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

On motion by Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, Ordered, That the report of the Secretary of the Treasury, relating to suspended land claims in Louisiana, be printed.

Mr. Benton, from the Committee on Military Affairs, who were instructed to inquire into the subject, reported a bill (S. 29) to provide for raising a regiment of mounted riflemen: which was read, and passed to the second reading.

Mr. Dix, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (S. 25) for the settlement of the claims of New Hampshire against the United States, reported it without amendment. · Mr. Ashley, from the Committee on Public Lands, to whom was referred the bill (S. 24) to establish a permanent general pre-emption system in favor of actual settlers on the public lands, reported it without amendment.

A message from the President of the United States, by Mr. Walker, his secretary:

Mr. President: The President of the United States approved and signed, the 29th instant, the enrolled bill entitled “ An act to extend the laws of the United States over the State of Texas, and for 'other purposes."

Ordered, That the Secretary notify the House of Representatives accordingly.

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. 27) to establish a collection district in the State of Texas, and for other purposes.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Cass the 29th instant, relative to the construction of a ship canal around the falls of Ste. Marie: and the resolution was agreed to.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Cass the 29th instant, in relation to the active service of officers of the army: and the resolution was agreed to.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolutions submitted yesterday by Mr. Hannegan, relating to the boundaries of the Oregon Territory, and the claim of the United States thereto.

On motion by Mr. Calhoun, to amend the resolutions by striking out all after the word “Resolved," where it first occurs, and inserting:

" That the President of the United States has the power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided twothirds of the Senate present concur."

Resolved, That the power of making treaties embraces that of settling and fixing boundaries between the territories and possessions of the United States and those of other powers, in cases of conflicting claims between them in reference to the same.”

"Resolved, That however clear their claim may be, in their opinion, to the country included within the parallels of forty-two degrees and fifty degrees forty minutes north latitude, and extending from the Rocky mountains to the Pacific ocean, known as the Territory of Oregon,' there now exist, and have long existed, conflicting claims to the possession of the same, between them and Great Britain, the adjustment of which has been frequently the subject of negotiation between their respective governments.”

"Resolved, therefore, That the President of the United States has rightfully the power, under the constitution, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, provided two-thirds of the members present concur, to adjust by treaty the claims of the two countries to the said territory, by fixing a boundary between their respective possessions.”

"Resolved, That the President of the United States, in renewing the offer, in the spirit of peace and compromise, to establish the forty-ninth degree of north latitude as a line between the possessions of the two countries to the said Territory, did not abandon the honor, the character, or the best interests of the American people,' or exceed the power vested in him by the constitution to make treaties:' and, After debate,

On motion by Mr. Hannegan, Ordered, That the resolutions, with the proposed amendment, lie on the table.

The bill (S. 26) to continue the office of the Commissioner of Pensions 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 following bills having been reported by the committee correctly engrossed, were severally read a third time:

S. 21. A bill for the organization of a company of sappers, miners, and pontoniers.

S. 22. A bill to repeal the act which abolished the office of one of the inspectors general of the army, and to revive and establish said office.

Resolved, That the said bills pass, and that their respective titles be as aforesaid.

Ordered, That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House of Representatives therein.

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, I am directed to bring it to the Senate for the signature of their President.

Mr. Bright reported from the committee that they had examined and found duly enrolled the bill (S. 27) entitled “ An act to establish a collection district in the State of Texas, and for other purposes.”

The Vice President signed the enrolled bill (S. 27) last reported to have been examined, and it was delivered to the committee to be presented to the President of the United States.

On motion,
The Senate adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1845.

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Mr. Benton presented the petition of Caroline E. Sanders, widow of William G. Sanders, deceased, praying a pension in consideration of wounds received by her late husband while commanding a company of volunteers in the war in Florida: which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Benton presented the memorial of Frederick Vincent, administrator of James Lecaze, late of the firm of Lecaze & Mallet, praying the payment of a balance standing on the books of the Treasury to the credit of Lecaze & Mallet, for advances during the revolutionary war: which was referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Benton presented the petition of Edward D. Tippett, praying to be allowed the pay to which he is entitled as a sergcant in the army from the date of his discharge to the end of the period for which he enlisted: which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Cameron presented a memorial of citizens of Pennsylvania, praying the erection of a light-house on the Brandywine shoals, in the Delaware river: which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. Atchison presented a petition of citizens of Missouri, praying the establishment of a mail route from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Warsaw, in Illinois: which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Bagby presented the memorial of Joseph Radcliff, praying compensation for timber lost by the burning of the navy yard at Washington in the year 1814; and for damages sustained in consequence of the abrogation by the government of the contract with him for supplying timber: which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion by Mr. Corwin, Ordered, That the legal representatives of William A. Slacum, deceased, have leave to withdraw their memorial and papers.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, the 30th instant, relative to the construction of a canal from the river Mississippi, at New Orleans, to lake Pontchartrain: and the resolution was agreed to.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, the 30th instant, relating to a subscription by the United States to aid in the completion of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad: and the resolution was agreed to.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Westcott the 30th instant, relating to a correspondence touching the authority of the territorial judges of Florida: and the resolution was agreed to.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Bagby the 30th instant, relating to the defence of the port and harbor of Mobile: and the resolution was agreed to.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Sevier the 30th instant, respecting an allowance of five years' pay to Mary J. West: and the resolution was agreed to.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolutions submitted by Mr. Haywood the 30th instant, relating to the establishment of a warehouse system, and the reference to the Committee on Commerce of so much of the report of the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States as refers to the commerce of the United States; and the resolution was agreed to.

On motion by Mr. Barrow,
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourn, it be to Saturday next.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Davis asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 30) for the relief of Benjamin Adams and Company, and others: which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Finance.

The Senate proceeded to consider, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill (S. 8) for the relief of William Elliott, jr., of Fulton county, State of Illinois; and no amendment being made, it was reported to the Senate.

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

The bill (S. 26) to continue the office of the Commissioner of Pensions having been reported by the committee correctly engrossed, was read a third time.

Resolved, That this bill pass, and that the title thereof be “An act to continue the office of the Commissioner of Pensions."

Ordered, That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House of Representatives therein.

Mr. Bright reported from the committee that they had this day presented to the President of the United States the enrolled bill (S. 27) to establish a collection district in the State of Texas, and for other purposes.

On motion by Mr. Evans, The Senate adjourned.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 1846.

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 transmit to the Senate a report of the Secretary of the Navy, communicating the information called for by their resolution of the 18th of December, 1845, in relation to the number of agents now employed for the preservation of timber, their salaries, the authority of law under which they are paid, and the allowances of every description made within the last twenty years in the settlement of the accounts of said agents.”

JAMES K. POLK. WASHINGTON, January 3, 1846.

The message was read.

The Vice President laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of War, exhibiting, agreeably to law, the balances of appropriations on the 1st of July, 1844; the appropriations for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1845; the repayments and transfers within that year, the amounts applicable to the service of the year, and the unexpended balances on the 1st day of July, 1845: which was read.

Ordered, That it be printed. Mr. Cameron presented two petitions of citizens of Pennsylvania, praying the erection of a light-house on the Brandywine shoals, in the Delaware river: which were referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. Berrien presented a memorial of the Savannah chamber of commerce and citizens of Savannah, praying the removal of obstructions to the navi.

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