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The Honorable William R. King, President of the Senate, pro tempore, resumed the chair.

Vr. Seward presented the credentials of the Honorable Hamilton Fish, electedla Senator by the Legislature of the State of New York, for the term of six years from the fourth day of March, 1851; which were read, and the oath prescribed by law was administered to Mr. Fish, and he took his seat in the Senate.

Mr. Chase presented the credentials of the Honorable Benjamin F. Wale, elected à Senator by the Legislature of the State of Ohio, for the term of six years from and after the third day of March, 1851; which were read, and the oath prescribed by law was administered to Mr. Wade, and he took his seat in the Senate.

Mr. Miller presented the credentials of the Honorable Robert F. Stockton, appointed a Senator by the Legislature of the State of New Jersey, for the term of six years from and after the fourth day of March, 1851; which were read.

Mr. Clarke presented the credentials of the Honorable Charles Tillinghast James, elected a Senator by the Legislature of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, for six years from and after the fourth day of March, 1851; which were read, and the oath prescribed by law was administered to Mr. James, and he took his seat in the Senate.

Mr. Atchison presented the credentials of the Honorable Henry S.

Geyer, chosen a Senator by the Legislature of the State of Missouri, for the term of six years from the fourth day of March, 1851 ; which were read, and the oath prescribed by law was administered to Mr. Geyer, and he took his seat in the Senate.

Mr. Cass presented the credentials of the Honorable Charles Sumner, elected a Senator by the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for the term of six years commencing the fourth day of March, 1851; which were read, and the oath prescribed by law was administered to Mr. Sumner, and he took his seat in the Senate.

Mr. Morton presented the credentials of the Honorable Stephen R.. Mallory, elected a Senator by the General Assembly of the State of Florida for the term of six years from the fourth day of March, A. D. 1851; which were read.

Mr. Morton also presented a certified “extract from the Journal of the proceedings of the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the State of Florida, at its fifth session, begun and held at the Capitol, in the city of Tallahasse, on Monday, 25th November, 1850;" which was read.

On motion by Mr. Clay, The oath prescribed by law was administered to Mr. Mallory, and he took his seat in the Senate.

On motion by Mr. Bright, Ordered, That the letter from the Honorable D. L.. Yulee, presented to the Senate the 8th of March, 1851, stating the reasons which will induce him to contest the seat of the Honorable Stephen R. Mallory, together with the extract from the Journal of the proceedings of the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the State of Florida, this day presented to the Senate, be referred to a committee consisting of five members.

On motion by Mr. Gwin, Ordered, That the appointment of the committee be postponed until tomorrow at one o'clock.

On motion by Mr. Dodge, of Iowa, Ordered, That the Secretary acquaint the House of Representatives that a quorum of the Senate has assembled, and that the Senate is ready to proceed to business.

On motion by Mr. Clemens, Ordered, That the daily hour of meeting of the Senate be twelve o'clock until otherwise ordered.

Mr. Hamlin submitted the following resolution, which was considered by ananimous consent, and agreed to.

Resolved, That instead of the number of copies heretofore ordered to be printed, the usual number of copies of the legislative journal, reports of committees, executive and miscellaneous documents, to be printed, shall be fourteen hundred copies, until the further order of the Senate.

Mr. Foote gave notice of his intention to introduce a joint resolution in relation to the reception and entertainment of Louis Kossuth, Governor of Hungary, in the United States.

Mr. Jones, of Iowa, presented a memorial of Henry M. Rice, in favor of making a grant of public land for the construction of a railroad from the head of navigation on the St. Louis river, in the State of Wisconsin, to Dubuque, in the State of Iowa. Ordered, That it lie on the table.

On motion by Mr. Morton, The Senate adjourned.

TUESDAY, December 2, 1851.

The Hon. Robert M. T. Hunter, from the State of Virginia, attended.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Forney, their clerk:

Mr. President: I am directed to inform the Senate that a quorum of the House of Representatives has assembled; that Linn Boyd, one of the Representatives from the State of Kentucky, has been chosen Speaker, and John W. Forney, of Pennsylvania, Clerk; and that the House is ready to proceed to business.

They have passed a resolution for the appointment of a committee, jointly with such committee as may be appointed on the part of the Senate, to wait on the President of the United States and inform him that a quorum of each House is assembled, and that Congress is ready to receive any communication he may be pleased to make; and have appointed Mr. Bayly, of Virginia, Mr. Harlem, of New York, and Mr. Jonos, of Tennessee, the committee on their part.

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

Resolved, That a committee be appointed, jointly with the committee appointed on the part of the House of Representatives, to wait on the President of the United States, and inform him that a quorum of each House has assembled, and that Congress are ready to receive any communication he may be pleased to make.

On motion by Mr. Whitcomb, Ordered, That the committee be appointed by the President pro tempore; and,

Mr. Bright and Mr. Miller were appointed.

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

Resolved, That the Senate will proceed to the election of a Chaplain to-morrow, at one o'clock.

Mr. Dodge, of Iowa, presented the memorial of a Convention of Delegates from the States of Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri, and the Territory of Minnesota, assembled at Burlington, Iowa, praying the removal of obstructions to the navigation of the Mississippi river, at the Des Moines rapids.

Ordered, That it lie on the table and be printed.

Mr. Jones, of Iowa, presented a petition of the late and present officers of the Land Office at Dubuque, Iowa, praying additional compensation for services in locating military bounty land warrants.

Ordered, That it lie on the table.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Jones, of Iowa, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 1) granting the right of way, and making a grant of

land to the State of Iowa, in aid of the construction of a railroad in said State; which was read and passed to a second reading.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Chase asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 2) to grant to the State of Ohio, the unsold and unappropriated public lands remaining in that State ; which was read and passed to a second reading

The Senate, agreeably to order, proceeded to the appointment of the committee to whom were referred the letter of the Hon. D. L. Yulee, of the 8th March, 1851, stating the reasons which will induce him to contest the seat of the Hon. Stephen R. Mallory, together with an extract from the proceedings of the General Assembly of Florida on the election of a United States Senator; and,

Mr. Berrien, Mr. Bright, Mr. Davis, Mr. Mason, and Mr. Pearce were appointed.

Mr. Bright, from the committee appointed on the part of the Senate, jointly with the committee appointed on the part of the House of Representatives, to wait on the President of the United States and notify him that a quorum of each House has assembled, and that Congress are ready to receive any communication he may be pleased to make, reported that they had performed the duty assigned them, and that the President replied that he would immediately make a communication to the two Houses of Congress.

The following message was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. M. P. Fillmore, his secretary.

Fellow-citizens of the Senate and of the House of Representatives :

I congratulate you and our common constituency upon the favorable auspices under which you meet for your first session. Our country is at peace with all the world. The agitation which, for a time, threatened to disturb the fraternal relations which make us one people, is fast subsiding, and a year of general prosperity and health has crowned the nation with unusual blessings. None can look back to the dangers which are passed, or forward to the bright prospect before us, without feeling a thrill of gratification, at the same time that he must be impressed with a grateful sense of our profound obligations to a beneficent Providence, whose paternal care is so manifest in the happiness of this highly-favored land.

Since the close of the last Congress, certain Cubans, and other foreigners resident in the United States, who were more or less concerned in the previous invasion of Cuba, instead of being discouraged by its failure, have again abused the hospitality of this country, by making it the scene of the equipment of another military expedition against that possession of her Catholic majesty, in which they were countenanced, aided, and joined by citizens of the United States. On receiving intelligence that such designs were entertained, I lost no time in issuing such instructions to the proper officers of the United States, as seemed to be called for by the occasion. By the proclamation, a copy of which is herewith submitted, I also warned those who might be in danger of being inveigled into this scheme, of its unlawful character, and of the penalties which they would incur. For some time there was reason to hope that these measures had sufficed to prevent any such attempt. This hope, however, proved to be delusive. Very early in the morning of the third of August, a steamer called the Pampero

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