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So the bill was passed.

Mr. Sherman moved that the vote last taken be reconsidered, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

Ordered, That the Clerk request the concurrence of the Senate in the said bill.

The House then proceeded to the consideration of the amendments of the Senate to the bill of the House (H. R. 499) to supply deficiencies in the appropriations for the service of the fiscal year ending the 30th June, 1860, reported yesterday from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union, upon which the main question was ordered to be put.

The 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 9th amendments were severally read and agreed to; and the amendments numbered 4 and 8 were severally read and disagreed to.

The amendments reported to the 2d and 3d amendments of the Senate having been severally agreed to,

The said amendments as amended were then severally agreed to.

Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate with the action of the House upon their amendments to the said bill.

The Speaker having announced as the business next in order the bill of the House (H. R. 114) further to provide for the safety of passengers on vessels propelled in whole or in part by steam,

On motion of Mr. Ellihu B. Washburne, Ordered, That its further consideration be postponed until to-morrow.

Mr. Sherman moved that the House resolve itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

Pending which,
Mr. Sherman submitted the following resolution, viz:

Resolved, That all debate in the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union on the amendments of the Senate to the bill of the House (H. R. 4) making appropriations for the consular and diplomatic expenses of the government for the year ending June 30, 1861, shall cease in five minutes after their consideration is resumed; and the committee shall then proceed to vote on such amendments as may be pending or offered to the same, and shall then report them to the House with such amendments as may have been agreed to by the committee.

Pending which,

Mr. William Smith moved, at 4 o'clock and 20 minutes p. m., that the House adjourn; which motion was disagreed to.

The question then recurred on the resolution submitted by Mr. Sherman.

And being put, it was decided in the affirmative.

The question then recurred on the motion of Mr. Sherman that the House resolve itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

And being put, it was decided in the affirmative.

The House accordingly resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union; and after some time spent therein, the Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. John Cochrane reported that the committee having, according to order, had the state of the Union generally under consideration, and particularly the amendments of the Senate to the bill of the House (H. R. 4) making appropriations for the consular and diplomatic expenses of the government for the year ending June 30, 1861, and the bill of the House (H. R. 339) making appropriations for the legislative, executive, and judicial expenses of the government for the year ending June 30, 1861, had directed him to report the said amendments, recommending concurrence in some, and non-concurrence in others of the same, and that the committee had come to no resolution on the said bill of the House No. 339.

Pending the question on agreeing to the said amendments of the Senate,

Mr. Florence moved the previous question; which was seconded, and the main question ordered to be put.

On motion of Mr. Gartrell, at 5 o'clock and 50 minutes p. m., the House adjourned.

FRIDAY, MAY 18, 1860.

The following petitions and memorials were laid upon the Clerk's table, under the 24th rule of the House, to wit:

By Mr. Curtis: The memorial of A. L. Henry, widow of Major W. S. Henry-heretofore referred January 26, 1854; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Also, two petitions of citizens of the State of Iowa, praying for a law ratifying the sales of lands certified by the government officers and sold by the State to private persons who have entered upon and improved them; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

By Mr. Lovejoy: The petition of Aaron Parkhurst, praying for relief; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

By Mr. Riggs: The petition of citizens of the State of New Jersey, in behalf of revolutionary soldiers or their heirs; which was referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

By Mr. Barr: The petition of citizens of the State of New York, praying for a law allowing persons to return pennies to the United States mint and receive gold and silver therefor; which was referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.

By Mr. Maclay: The petition of Catharine T. McGann, widow of James McGann, praying for a pension; which was referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Woodson: The memorial of Barrow, Porter & Crenshaw, praying for relief; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

By Mr. Singleton: The petition of James Harris, heir of Cyrus Harris, praying for relief; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

By Mr. Parrott: The memorial of the occupants of the town site of Tecumseh, Kansas, praying for the confirmation of said location; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

By Mr. Hughes: The memorial of William A. Bradley, offering to sell Analostan island to the United States as a site for a new penitentiary and jail for the District of Columbia; which was referred to the Committee for the District of Columbia.

By Mr. Edwards: The petition of Quindaro Nancy Guthrie, praying for relief; which was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Mr. Hickman, by unanimous consent, from the Committee on the Judiciary, reported the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to, viz:

Resolved, That a minority of the Committee on the Judiciary be, and are hereby, authorized to take the testimony of all witnesses in the matter of the petitions heretofore referred to said committee praying the impeachment of Hon. John C. Watrous, a judge of the United States for the eastern district of Texas.

Mr. Reynolds, by unanimous consent, from the same committee, reported a bill (H. R. 719) to repeal an act entitled "An act to establish a court for the investigation of claims against the United States," approved February 24, 1855, and the several acts amendatory thereof and relative thereto, and to provide for the determination of claims against the United States in the district and circuit courts of the United States, accompanied by a report in writing thereon; which bill was read a first and second time, recommitted to the said committee, and the bill and report ordered to be printed.

Mr. Reynolds also, by unanimous consent, from the same committee, to whom were referred bills of the following titles, viz:

S. 53. An act to amend “An act to establish a court for the investigation of claims against the United States," approved February 24, 1855;

H. R. 25. A bill to amend "An act to establish a court for the investigation of claims against the United States," so as to permit creditors of the government to sue in the district courts of the United States;

H. R. 98. A bill to amend "An act to establish a court for the investigation of claims against the United States," approved February 24, 1855; and

H. R. 46. A bill to repeal the act establishing a Court of Claims; reported the same severally with a recommendation that they do not pass.

Ordered, That the said bills be printed and recommitted to the Committee on the Judiciary.

On motion of Mr. Reynolds, by unanimous consent, Ordered, That the Committee on the Judiciary be discharged from the further consideration of the remonstrance of members of the Philadelphia bar against certain proposed amendments to the act establishing the Court of Claims, and that the same be laid on the table.

The House having resumed as the regular order of business the consideration of the amendments of the Senate to the bill of the House (H. R. 4) making appropriations for the consular and diplomatic expenses of the government for the year ending the 30th of June, 1861, reported yesterday from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union, and upon which the main question was ordered to be put

The 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th, 8th, and 12th amendments were severally read and disagreed to; and the 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, and 11th amendments were severally read and agreed to.

Mr. Israel Washburn, jr., moved that the several votes upon the said amendments be reconsidered, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate with the action of the House upon the said amendments.

Mr. Olin, from the select committee under the resolution of the House of the 5th of March last, reported the following resolution; which was read, considered, and, under the operation of the previous question, agreed to, viz:

Resolved, That the select committee under resolutions of this House of March 5, 1860, be authorized to employ a stenographer, at the same rate of compensation as that received by the Globe reporters; also, that said committee have leave, from time to time, during the progress of their investigation, to have the testimony taken before them printed.

Mr. Olin moved that the vote last taken be reconsidered, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

The Speaker having announced as the business next in order the bill of the House (H. R. 114) further to provide for the safety of passengers on vessels propelled in whole or in part by steam, the consideration of which was postponed until this day

Mr. Tappan moved that its consideration be further postponed until Tuesday next.

Pending which,
After debate,

Mr. Tappan moved the previous question; which was seconded and the main question ordered, and under the operation thereof the motion to postpone was disagreed to.

The House thereupon resumed the consideration of the said bill, (H. R. 114,) the pending question being on the motion of Mr. Crawford to recommit the same to the Committee on Commerce.

After debate,

Mr. Ellihu B. Washburne moved the previous question; which was seconded and the main question ordered to be put.

The question was first put, Shall the said bill be recommitted ? And it was decided in the negative, { Nays:

Yeas...

55

97 The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present, Those who voted in the affirmative are

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