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gation of the Savannah river: which was referred to the Committee on Commerce, and ordered to be printed. .

Mr. Breese presented the petition of the representatives of John Rice Jones, deceased, praying the confirmation of their title to a tract of land: which was referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

Mr. Atherton presented a petition of citizens of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, praying the adoption of measures for the amicable adjustment of international difficulties, without a recourse to war: which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Huntington presented the petition of Sarah Little, widow of a deceased revolutionary soldier, praying a pension: which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

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

Ordered, That they lie on the table. Mr. Dix presented eight petitions of citizens of New York, and a petition of citizens of New Hampshire, remonstrating against the admission of Texas into the Union with a constitution tolerating slavery.

Ordered, That they lie on the table.

Mr. Bright presented a petition of citizens of Jeffersonville, Indiana, praying the construction of a canal around the falls of the Ohio river: which was referred to the Committee on Roads and Canals.

Mr. Westcott presented the petition of David L. White, praying compensation for his services as collector of the port of Appalachicola, in Florida: which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Lewis presented the memorial of James Bogardus, praying an extension of his patent for an improvement in grist mills: which was referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

On motion by Mr. Bagby, Ordered, That the petition of Stephen Steele and James Daniel, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

On motion by Mr. Fairfield, 1 Ordered, That the petition of William Miller, and the petition of Comfort Drew, widow of Noah Smith, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Pensions.

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

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 31st December, 1845, “An act to establish a collection district in the State of Texas, and for other purposes."

Ordered, That the Secretary notify the House of Representatives accord-, ingly.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Breese asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 31) to direct the President of the United States to sell the reserved mineral lands in the State of Illinois and Territories of Wisconsin and Iowa, supposed to contain lead ore: which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Dickinson asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 32) to improve the navigation of Hudson river: which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Roads and Canals.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed a joint resolution (H. R. 4) “ relative to the printing and distribution of the annual es timates;" also,

An act (H. R. 6) to establish the collection district of Chicago: in which resolution and bill they request the concurrence of the Senate.

The resolution (H. R. 4) relative to the printing and distribution of the annual estimates 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 read a third time.
The said resolution was read a third time, by unanimous consent.
Resolved, That it pass.

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

The bill (H. R. 6) to establish the collection district of Chicago was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent.

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

The bill (S. 8) for the relief of William Elliott, junior, of Fulton county, State of Illinois, 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.

After the consideration of Executive business,
The Senate adjourned.

MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 1846.

Mr. Evans submitted a document in relation to the claim of Smith Cram, a revolutionary soldier, to a pension: which, with his petition on the files of the Senate, was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Bagby presented the petition of David Little, praying compensation for his extra services as a messenger in the Patent Office: which was referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

- Mr. Atherton presented the petition of Hannah Atwood, widow of Francis A. Drew, a deceased revolutionary soldier, praying a pension: which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Upham presented a petition of citizens of Vermont, remonstrating against the admission of Texas into the Union with a constitution toleraiing slavery: which was ordered to lie on the table.

On motion by Mr. Lewis, Ordered, That the petition of Charles G. Page, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

On motion by Mr. Evans, Ordered, That the petition of Thomas Smith, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Commerce.

On motion by Mr. Barrow, : Ordered, That the heirs of Robert Moore have leave to withdraw their

petition and papers.
. On motion by Mr. Barrow,

Ordered, That Benjamin Ballard have leave to withdraw his petition

and people. That his claim Archer and pro

On motion by Mr. Upham, · Ordered, That Nathaniel Stafford have leave to withdraw the documents relating to his claim on the files of the Senate.

On motion by Mr. Archer, Ordered, That the president and professors of William and Mary College have leave to withdraw their petition.

On motion by Mr. Archer, : Ordered, That the administrator of Isaac Garretson have leare to withdraw his memorial.

Mr. Upham submitted the following resolutions; which were considered, by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to in. quire into the expediency of so amending the act entitled "An act to regulate the pay of the army when on fatigue duty,” approved March 2, 1819, as to allow the non-commissioned officers, musicians, and privates of the army employed on constant labor at work on fortifications, cutting roads, &c., eighteen cents per day, in lieu of fifteen cents and an extra gill of spirits, now allowed by said act.

Resolved, That said committee be further instructed to inquire into the expediency of authorizing the commanding officer of a permanent fort or garrison to administer the oath required by law to a recruit on his enlisting, or a soldier on re-enlisting, into the service of the United States.

Mr. Bright reported from the committee that they had examined and found duly enrolled the resolution (H. R. 4) relative to the printing and distribution of the annual estimates. " 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 resolution, I am directed to bring it to the Senate for the signature of their President.

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

Mr. Lewis, from the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office, to whom was referred the petition of James Bogardus, reported a bill (S. 33) for his relief: 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.

Mr. Niles, from the Committee on the Contingent Expenses of the Senate, to whom was referred a resolution, submitted by Mr. John M. Clayton, relating to the printing for the Senate, reported a resolution (S. R. 3) regulating the printing of Congress, and establishing the compensation of the same: which was read, and passed to the second reading.

Mr. Niles, from the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, to

whom the subject was referred, reported a bill (S. 34) establishing certain post routes: which was read, and passed to the second reading.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Breese asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 35) authorizing persons to whom reservations of land have been made under Indian treaties, to alienate the same in fee: which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Ashley asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 36) for the relief of David F. Williamson, of Pope county, State of Arkansas: which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Public Lands

On motion,
The Senate adjourned.

Arkansas? Whithe relief of Ashley asked and

TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 1846.

Mr. Johnson, of Louisiana, presented the petition of Francis Summer aner, praying a pension for disabilities contracted in the military service of the United States: which was referred to the Committee on Pensions. ,

Mr. Jarnagin presented the petition of Preston Starritt and others, praying the passage of a law authorizing the appointment of a board of commissioners to adjudicate the claims arising under the Cherokee treaty of 1835'-6: which was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs..

Mr. John M. Clayton 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. Johnson, of Maryland, presented the memorial of John L. Worden, a passed midshipman in the navy, praying compensation for the performance of duties appertaining to officers of a higher grade: which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Archer presented the petition of Jane Heyl, widow of Christopher Heyl, deceased, late a soldier in the army of the United States, praying a pension: which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

On motion by Mr. Jenness, Ordered, That the petition of Pearson Cogswell, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

On motion by Mr. Archer, Ordered, That the petition of Robert Mayo, legal representative of George Mayo, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee of Claims.

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

On motion by Mr. Bright, Ordered, That the petition of the executor of Henry King, deceased, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

On motion by Mr. Davis, Ordered, That the petition of Asa Andrews, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Allen submitted the following resolution for consideration: . Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate cause to be prepared, for the use of the Senate, ten thousand copies of the map of the Oregon Territory, compiled by the United States exploring expedition; provided said maps shall not cost more than ten dollars per hundred.

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

Resolved, That the Secretary of War be directed to communicate to the Senate all the information in his department, relating to the mineral lands in the State of Illinois, south of the base line, and east of the third principal meridian; together with the number of leases or permits to work the same, and the amount of rents, if any, received therefrom.

Mr. Speight 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 erecting light-houses at the following points on the coast of Mississippi: one on St. Joseph's island; one on Merrill's shell bank; one at Mississippi city, opposite John J. McCough's dwellingkouse, and one at or near Beloxi.

Mr. Bagby, from the Committee of Claims, submitted the following resolution; which was considered, by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee of Claims be, and they are hereby, authorized to employ a clerk at a rate of compensation not exceeding four dollars per day.

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

Resolved, That the Secretary of War be directed to communicate to the Senate such information, relating to the mineral regions of lake Superior, as may remain in the Department of War; the nature and extent of the control exercised by the Secretary of War or the department, in relation to the same; the number and character of the permits and leases supposed to have been issued to occupiers of, or applicants for, any of such mineral lands, together with the number of applications for such permits, &c. which have been denied. And that he report also to the Senate a statement of such inconveniences or defects as may have been practically experienced in the management of said lands, together with his opinion of the best mode, by legislation or otherwise, of obviating the defects of the present system.

Mr. Cameron, from the Committee on Public Buildings, reported a resolution (S. R. 4) appropriating a portion of the public ground, in the city of Washington, for the erection of a monument to George Washington: which was read, and passed to the second reading.

Mr. Sevier, from the Committee on Foreign Relations, reported a bill (S. 37) to pay the debt ascertained to be due to Texas, when an independ, ent State, by the United States; which was read, and passed to the second reading.

Mr. Sevier submitted documents relating to the same: which were ordered to be printed.

Mr. Ashley, from the Committee on Public Lands, to whom was referred a bill ($. 36) for the relief of David F. Williamson, of Pope county, State of Arkansas, reported it without amendment, and submitted a report on the subject: which was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Clayton, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the

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