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Mr. William Montgomery
Mr. James M. Quarles
John H. Reagan
Mr. William N. H. Smith
James A. Stallworth
Those who voted in the negative are
Mr Charles F. Adams
Mr. Ezra B. French
Daniel W. Gooch
Mr. John F. Potter
Emory B. Pottle
So the said amendment was disagreed to.
Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate with the action of the House on their amendments to the said bill.
Two messages in writing were received from the President of the United States, by J. Buchanan, his private secretary; which were handed in at the Speaker's table.
A message from the Senate, by Mr. Hickey, their Chief Clerk:
Mr. Speaker: The Senate insist upon their amendments disagreed to by this House 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; ask a conference on the disagreeing votes of the two houses thereon, and have appointed Mr. Pearce, Mr. Fessenden, and Mr. Gwin the managers at the said conference on their part.
The Senate agree to the amendments of this House to the 2d and 3d amendments of the Senate, and recede from their 4th and 8th amendments to the bill of the House (H. R. 499) to supply deficiencies
in the appropriations for the service of the fiscal year ending June 30, 1860.
On motion of Mr. Sherman, by unanimous consent, Ordered, That the House insist upon its disagreement to the amend. ments insisted upon by 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 agree to the conference asked by the Senate on the disagreeing votes of the two houses thereon.
The Speaker appointed Mr. Sherman, Mr. Millson, and Mr. E. Joy Morris the managers at the said conference on the part of the House.
Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.
The Speaker, by unanimous consent, laid before the House the following messages, just received from the President of the United States, viz: To the Senate and House of Representatives :
I transmit herewith the copy of a letter, dated yesterday, from the Secretary of the Interior, communicating the copy of a letter addressed to him on the 13th instant by Fernando J. Moreno, marshal of the southern district of Florida. From this it appears that Lieutenant Stanley, of the United States steamer Wyandotte, captured the bark William, with about five hundred and fifty African negroes on board, on the south side of Cuba, near the Isle of Pines, and brought her into Key West on the 12th instant. These negroes have doubtless been delivered to the marshal, and, with those captured on board the Wildfire, will make the number in his custody about one thousand. More may be daily expected at Key West, which, both on account of a deficiency of water and provisions and its exposure to yellow fever, is one of the worst spots for an African negro depot which could be found on the coast of the United States.
JAMES BUCHANAN. WASHINGTON, May 22, 1860.
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Ordered, That the said message and accompanying documents be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and printed.
To the House of Representatives :
In answer to the resolution passed on the 26th of March last, calling for a detailed statement of the expenditures from the “appropriations made during the first session of the thirty-fourth Congress and the first and second sessions of the thirty-fifth Congress for legal assistance and other necessary expenditures in the disposal of private land claims in California, and for the service of special counsel and other extraordinary expenses of such land claims, amounting in all to $114,000," I have the honor to transmit to the House of Representatives a report of the Attorney General, which, with the accompanying documents, contains the information required.
JAMES BUCHANAN. WASHINGTON, May 22, 1860,
Ordered, That the said message and accompanying documents be laid on the table, and printed.
Mr. Sherman submitted the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to, viz:
Resolved, That all debate in the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union on 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, shall cease in five minutes after its 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 it to the House with such amendments as may have been agreed to by the committee.
On motion of Mr. Sherman, the House 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 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 found itself without a quorum, and that he had caused the roll to be called, when it appeared that the following named members were absent, viz:
Green Adams, Garnett B. Adrain, William Allen, John B. Alley, Thomas L. Anderson, William C. Anderson, James M. Ashley, John D. Ashmore, William T. Avery, Elijah Babbitt, William Barksdale, Charles L. Beale, John A. Bingham, Alexander R. Boteler, John E. Bouligny, George Briggs, John Y. Brown, John C. Burch, Anson Burlingame, Silas M. Burroughs, James H. Campbell, Charles Case, Horace F. Clark, Sberrard Clemens, Williamson R. W. Cobb, Clark B. Cochrane, Thomas Corwin, Samuel R. Curtis, Thomas G. Davidson, Reuben Davis, Charles Delano, William H. Dimmick, W. McKee Dunn, Henry A. Edmundson, Alfred Ely, William H. English, Emerson Etheridge, John F. Farnsworth, Philip B. Fouke, Augustus Frank, Muscoe R. H. Garnett, John A. Gurley, James T. Hale, Chapin Hall, Andrew J. Hamilton, J. Morrison Harris, George S. Hawkins, William Helmick, Thomas C. Hindman, William Irvine, Albert G. Jenkins, John J. Jones, William Kellogg, William S. Kenyon, David Kilgore, Jacob M. Kunkel, John M. Landrum, Charles H. Larrabee, Shelton F. Leake, John A. Logan, Robert Mallory. Charles D. Martin, Elbert S. Martin, John A. McClernand, James B. McKean, W. Porcher Miles, John S. Millson, William Millward, William E. Niblack, John W. Noell, Abraham B. Olin, George W. Palmer, James L. Pugh, John H. Reynolds, Albert Rust, Charles L. Scott, George W. Scranton, John Sherman, Daniel E. Sickles, William Smith, Daniel E. Somes, Elbridge G. Spaulding, James A. Stallworth, Benjamin Stanton, Thaddeus Stevens, John W. Stevenson, Miles Taylor, Clement L. Vallandigham, Charles H. Van Wyck, Cadwalader C. Washburn, William G. Whiteley, James Wilson, John Wood.
A quorum having appeared,
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The House again 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 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 come to no resolution thereon.
Mr. Edwards moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the bill of the House (H. R. 765) to amend "An act to regulate the consular and diplomatic systems of the United States” was committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
On motion of Mr. Florence, at 6 o'clock and 10 minutes p. m., the House adjourned.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 1860.
The following petitions, memorials, and other papers, were laid upon the Clerk's table, under the 24th rule of the House, to wit:
By Mr. Maynard: The petition of Henry Taylor, praying for a pension for services rendered in the war of 1812;
Also, the petition of James Still, praying for a pension for services rendered during the war of 1812.
By Mr. Brabson: The papers in the case of John McClure, pray. ing for an invalid pension.
Ordered. That the said petitions and papers be referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.
By Mr. Somes: The memorial of George M. Weston, in behalf of the State of Maine, relative to interest upon moneys advanced to the United States during the war of 1812–15; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.
By Mr. Woodson: The petition of John Goodell, H. G. Thorp, H. E. Byington, and Thomas J. Connolly, asking permission to withdraw from the Sac and Fox nation of Indians; which was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.
By Mr. Maclay: The memorial of the captain and other officers of the “Harriet Lane," praying for additional pay while attached to the navy in the Paraguay expedition; which was referred to the Com: mittee on Naval Affairs.
By Mr. Pottle: The petition and papers of Joseph Bull, praying for bounty land for services in the war of 1812; which were referred to the Committee on Public Lands.
By Mr. Barrett: The petition of D. S. Harris and others engaged in the steamboat trade on the upper Mississippi river, asking for a further appropriation for the improvement of the Des Moines rapids; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.
By Mr. Boteler: The petition of McKnight, Brent, and Woodheretofore referred January 13, 1848.
By Mr. Delano: The petition of Cyrus Buckland-heretofore refered March 4, 1856.
Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
By Mr. Phelps: the petition of citizens of the city of Washington, remonstrating against the passage of any law authorizing an increase of the debt of the city; which was referred to the Committee for the District of Columbia.
On motion of Mr. Hoard, by unanimous consent, Ordered, That the Committee of Claims be discharged from the further consideration of the report of the Court of Claims in the case of Logan Hunton, and that the same be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Mr. Davidson, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined and found truly enrolled a bill and resolutions of the following titles, viz:
H. R. 499. An act to supply deficiencies in the appropriations for the service of the fiscal year ending June 30, 1860;
S. Res. 6. A resolution authorizing the enlargement of and construction of a branch to the Louisville and Portland canal;
S. Res. 28. A resolution for the relief of A. M. Fridley, late agent for the Winnebago Indians.
The House then resumed, as the regular order of business, the consideration of the bill of the Senate (S. 84) to facilitate communication between the Atlantic and Pacific States by electric telegraph; the pending question being on the amendments of Mr. Burnett to the amendment of Mr. Colfax.
( Yeas ................... 80 It was decided in the negative, Nays................... 91 The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present, Those who voted in the affirmative are
Mr. William Allen
Thomas L. Anderson
Mr. David Clopton
Williamson R. W. Cobb
Mr. John T. Harris
John B. Haskin