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(Cries of "Leave!” “Leave!” “Go on!” “Go Mr. PENNIMAN submitted joint resolutions Mr. WALSH moved that the rules be suson !")

of the Legislature of Michigan, relative to moneys | pended, and the House resolve itself into ComMr. CHANDLER. I will be well content to advanced by said State to the United States, and mittee of the Whole on the state of the Union, occupy this

place, but I object to the hyperborean for the amount paid by the State for expenses in- for the pursose of taking up and considering the vinds that blow in upon my back, and I ask some curred while a Territory in maintaining the terri- | resolution relating to the workmen upon the Capremedy for that. I do not like this attack in the torial boundary; which was referred to the Com- | itol, and upon that motion called for the yeas and rear. 'I beseech the House, therefore, to allow mittee of Claims.

nays, which call was subsequently withdrawn, me the privilege of presenting resolutions which Mr. BISSELL asked leave to introduce a bill and the motion rejected. sok towards a remedy. We are, day by day, making a grant of public lands to the several Mr. SMART moved that the House adjourn. attempting to pass laws here for putting money into States of the Union, for the benefit of the indigent The yeas and nays were called for, but not orthis man's and that man's pocket, to the comfort insane.

dered. and convenience of the people; but salis populi Objection being made, leave was not granted. [A message was received from the Senate, inrema est les-the great law of the land is

Mr. OLDS, from the Committee on the Post forming the House that that body had passed the. the health and comfort of the legislators, [Laughi || Office and Post Roads, reported a joint

resolution bill entitled “* An act to provide compensation to ter.) I hope, therefore, that it will be heard, and authorizing the Postmaster General to legalize cer

such persons as may be designated by the Secreapproved, and passed. (!" "!] tain contracts for the transportation of the mail in

tary of the Treasury to receive and keep the pubMr.CHANDLER. It seems to be an interior || California and Oregon; which was read a first and 1. 6th May, 1846, under the additional security re

lic 15th of the act of

time by title. gentleman whe objects. Is the first resolution objected to ?”

Mr. O. said: As I intend to ask the House to quired by said act;" also, “An act for the relief (Cries_“Yo!" "No!").

put the resolution upon its passage, I will say a of Margaret L. Worth."] Mr. JONES, of Tennessee. Read the first

Mr. SEYMOUR, of New York, requested to few words in explanation. It will be recolresolution.

lected by the members of the last House that this be permitted to suggest to the mover to withdraw The first resolution was then read as above. bill passed the Senate, and was lost in this body, his motion for adjournment until the President's Mr. SCURRY. I would inquire of the gen

at the moment of the adjournment, under a call message was referred. There were important

for the previous question and the yeas and nays. mittees of the House. tleman from Pennsylvania, what he means by the || It authorized the Postmaster General to make pro

matters in that document to be referred to comM. STEPHENS, of Georgia. I submit to the posals for carrying the mail in California and Ore: adjourn, and agreed to-ayes 88, noes - 4.

The question was then taken on the motion to Chair, whether it is not a question of privilege?

The House then adjourned until Monday. Mr. CHANDLER. It is a question of privi- San Francisco. Objection was then made, in conlege entirely, whether the House vote it down or sequence of the belief of some members that it would establish a sub-department of the Post Office


By Mr. FAULKNER: A bill to provide for the settleMr. STEPHENS, of Georgia, It was decided | in California. The Postmaster General, acting by the Speaker of the last Congress, that the elecupon the supposition that the law would pass, had

ment of claims against the United States.

By Mr. PORTER: A bill to relinquish to the State of the advertisements made in California and Oregon, ton of a Doorkeeper, which touched the organiza

Missouri the two per cent. of the net proceeds of the pubtion of the House, was a question of privilege.

and ordered the contracts to be opened in San lic lands sold in said State since the 6th day of March, The SPEAKER. That is very true; but the Francisco; but the bill having failed in this House

1820, and which have been heretofore withheld from said there was not time for readvertisement. The proelection of Doorkeeper is provided for by the rules

Also, a bill to grant to the State of Missouri the right of the Hause.

posals consequently were opened at San Francisco, way and a portion of the public lands, to aid in the con"Mr. STEPHENS. A proposition touching the

and adopted, with the reservation indorsed upon struction of a railroad from the city of St. Charles, on the health and comfort of the members is a privileged Department at any time it saw proper. The Post appropriation for the improvement of the Missouri rivers

Missouri river, to the northern limits of said Siate. the contracts that they conld be abrogated by the

By Mr. MILLER: An act entitled An act making an Question and, of course, overrides all others. The SPEAKER. The Chair overrules the

master General states in his report, that these conorder raised by the gentleman from

tracts have been made upon advantageous terms- the satisfaction of Virginia military land warrants. much lower than those made previously. He does

PETITIONS, &c. MASCURRY. I have no doubt there are not ask that there shall be a sub-department there,

but merely that these contracts thus entered into The following petitions, memorials, &c., were presented many here-Whigs, and Democrats—who would be desirous of getting friends to administer to their shall be legalized and continued until 1854, the under the rule, and referred to the appropriate committees: ricmfort; bot I would like to know what comfortern and Southwestern division of the mail contracts same period as other contracts in the Northwest- By Mr. FAULKNER: The petition of Isaac Fouke. ad

ministrator of Eli H. Carrell, of Harper's Ferry, Virginia, they would provide.

praying relief on account of loss sustained by the purchase M. CHANDLER. Let me have only a word for the United States are to exist. The resolution of a building at said place. upon the second resolution.

Also, the petition of the heirs of James Greer, deceased, does away with all the objections urged before the

last House, and the legalization of these contracts praying compensation for the use of a patent machine for Objetion was made. saves the necessity of readvertisement and re

boring gun-barrels at the national armory at Harper's Ferry. Mr.C. then withdrew the resolution,

Also, the petition of Thomas Russell, a disabled mechanic leiting. The question was then taken on the first reso

at the National Armory at Harper's Ferry, praying to be Intion, and it was adopted. The joint resolution was then ordered to be en- placed on the pension roll.

By Mr. DAWSON: The petition of Edmund Rine, or petitosa of citizens of Carbondale, Pennsylvania, | read the third time and passed. Mr. FULLER, of Pennsylvania, presented a grossed, and read a third time.

the second regiment of Pennsylvania volunteers in Mexico, Subsequently, having been engrossed, it was

praying for bounty land. inaying Congress to make suitable provision for

Also, the petition of John R. Edie, heir of John Edie, the erection of a line of telegraphs from Fort In- resolution was passed be reconsidered, and to lay Mr. OLDS moved that the vote by which the || praying for commutation pay and interest.

By Mr. APPLETON, of Massachusetts : The petition of dependence to some eligible point on the Pacific | the motion to reconsider upon the table; which

the Boston Marine Society, for restoration of the light on coast, which was referred to the Committee on

the Minot Ledge, in Massachusetts bay, Commerce.

latter motion was agreed to. Mr. JONES, of New York, presented the petiMr. GORMAN, from the Joint Committee on

IN SENATE. tion of the supervisors and others of the towns in Printing, reported a resolution providing for the the county of Onondaga, New York, asking that printing of one hundred copies of the Journal and

Friday, December 19, 1851. baunty land may be granted to the oficers, musi- | documents of the House of Representatives in ad- Prayer by the Chaplain, Rev. C. M. Butler. Lions, and privates of the twenty-seventh brigade | dition to the number now printed, to be deposited

Mr. HUNTER presented the credentials of the of New York militia, who were ordered into the with the Secretary of State for distribution accord- || Hon. John I. McRae, appointed a Senator by the service October 25, 1814, and discharged on the ing to law. Sith November, at Sackett's Harbor, one hundred Mr. G. said he would make simply this re-Governor of the State of Mississippi, to fill the miles from home; which was referred to the Commark, that the Secretary of State addressed a letter Jefferson Davis; which was read; and the oath

vacancy occasioned by the resignation of the Hon. mittee on Public Lands, with instructions to in

to the Clerk of this House, informing him that the prescribed by law having been administered to quire and report by bill or otherwise upon grant

usual number of copies was insufficient, and would Mr. McRae, he took his seat in the Senate. ing bounty lands to the persons serving in the || not supply the officers of our four Territories with brigade mentioned in the petition, and to all who the public documents.

PETITIONS. Tendered service under similar circumstances.

The joint resolution was then read a first and Mr. MASON presented the petition of Thomas Mr. HASCALL gave notice that he will

, to- second time, and ordered to be engrossed and read J. Page, praying compensation for services renmorrow, or at some subsequent time, ask leave to

a third time; and subsequently, having been en- dered as purser on board the brig Dolphin, in the introduce a bill to be entitled “An act to amend | grossed, was read a third time and passed. years 1849 and 1851; which was referred to the An act entitled · An act to reduce and modify the The SPEAKER stated that the next business Committee on Naval Affairs. "rates of postage in the United States, and for | in order was the unfinished business of yesterday;

Mr. FISH presented the petition of D. S. Edother purposes,' " approved March 3, 1851. which was the resolution offered by the gentle- || wards, Richard McSherry, and Elisha R. Kane,

Mr. FULLER, of Maine, presented the peti- | man from South Carolina, (Mr. AIKEN,) providing medical officers in the Navy, praying to be placed tion of Samuel Adams and others, with an ac- bounty land to certain volunteers in the Florida on the same footing as to pay and allowance with companying "paper of Castine Hancock to himself, war. The question immediately pending was upon the medical officers of the Army, during the time praying for the erection of a light-house on the the demand for the previous question.

they served on shore with the army in Mexico; kland of Au-Haute, in Penobscot bay; which Mr. ORR rose to a privileged question. He' which was referred to the Committee on Naval tas referred to the Committee on Commerce. moved that when this House adjourns to-day, it : Affairs.

Also, the petition of Hiram R. Nason, and other adjourn to meet on Monday next; which motion Also, a memorial of the assistant marshals for citizens of Crawford, Washington county, Maine, was agreed to.

taking the Seventh Census in King's county, New praying for the establishment of a post road Mr. MARSHALL, of Kentucky, moved that ! York, praying additional compensation for their through said town; which was referred to the the House do now adjourn; which motion was services; which was referred to the Committee on Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads. rejected.

the Judiciary.




Mr. MALLORY presented the petition of Jas. copies thereof be furnished to the Smithsonian

P. Lightbourn, praying compensation for property
Institution for distribution, and two hundred

SATURDAY, December 20, 1851. destroyed while in she occupation of the troops of copies to Messrs. Foster and Whitney," reported

Prayer by the Chaplain, Rev. C. M. Betler. the United States during the Florida war; which that the same be printed; and the report was conwas referred to the Committee of Claims. curred in.

PETITIONS. Mr. DAWSON submitted additional documents

Mr. SEWARD. Mr. President, I present the

BILLS INTRODUCED. relative to the memorial of Jane Irwin; which

petition of the Industrial Congress of the city of

Mr. SEWARD, agreeably to previous notice, New York, praying for the adoption by the Gov. were referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

asked and obtained leave to bring in a joint resolu- erment of the United States of a policy in its diMr. CASS presented the petition of Squire

tion, to establish certain mail routes in the State of plomatic relations with foreign Powers which shall

New York; which was read a first and second favor all struggles for freedom worthy the genius Moon, praying to be allowed arrears of pension;

time by its title, and referred to the Committee on of a democratic people. which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

the Post Office and Post Roads. Mr. NORRIS submitted additional documents

The memorial, which is as follows, was referred

Mr. ATCHISON, agreeably to previous no- to the Committee on Foreign Relations:
in relation to the claim of Israel Ketcham; which,
with his petition on the files of the Senate, were

tice, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill for
the relief of the heirs and legal representatives of

To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United referred to the Committee of Claims.

States in Congress assembled:
Colonel Alexander G. Morgan; which was read a

The Industrial Congress of the city of New York, deeply first and second time by its title, and referred to sensible of the benefits

and blessings flowing from free instiOn motion by Mr. FOOTE, of Mississippi, it the Committee on Military Affairs.

tutions and republican government-the happy possession Mr. FISH, agreeably to previous notice, asked

of the American people-are anxious that these blessings Ordered, That the memorial of Clements, Bryan & Comand obtained leave to bring in a bill amendatory

should extend to, and be enjoyed by, the entire family of pany, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Commit

of the act entitled " An act to provide for holding The last few years have witnessed many manful efforts tee of Claims. On motion by Mr. HAMLIN, it was the courts of the United States, in case of the and heroic struggles on the part of the people of the Old

World, to cast off the yokes of despotism and monarchical Ordered, That the petition of Noah Miller, on the files of sickness or other disability of the judges of the

government, and erect in their stead forms of government the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Commerce, districts courts," approved July 29, 1850; which

more in consonance with the principles of democratic libOn motion by Mr. CLEMENS, it

was read a first and second time by its title, and, erty. Ordered, That the petition of William R. Hallet, admin

with the accompanying papers, referred to the These struggles have not yet ceased. The fire of liberty istrator of Joshua Kennedy, on the files of the Senate, be Committee on the Judiciary.

has not yet been quenched, but is burning with an intensity

in the bosoms of our European brethren equaled only by that referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.


which pervaded our fathers in America's earlier career. On motion by Mr. CHASE, it was

The Industrial Congress esteem it the religious daty of a Ordered, That Bryan Callaghan have leave to withdraw | of certain documents, was read a first and second

The joint resolution, providing for the binding people so fortunately situated as are the people of the Uni

ted States, to manifest their sympathy and extend their aid his petition and papers.

in behalf of the depressed of other lands. It therefore re REFERENCE OF PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE. time by its title, and referred to the Committee on

spectfully memorializes your honorable bodies so to modify Printing. On motion by Mr. HUNTER, it was

the foreign policy of the

Government of the United States The joint resolution to authorize the Postmaster

as to admit of a practical expression of sympathy and erOrdered, That so much of the President's annual message General to legalize certain contracts for the trans- tension of aid, on the part of our people, in behalf of such as relates to the finances be referred to the Committee on

victims of European despotism as may hereafter desire and Finance ; that so much thereof as relates to naval affairs || portation of the mail in California and Oregon, was

require it. be referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs; and that so read a first and second time by its title, and re- In thus memorializing the Congress of the United States, much thereof as relates to military affairs be referred to the ferred to the Committee on the Post Office and the Industrial Congress would not be understood as seeking Committee on Military Affairs. Post Roads.

to involve our Government in foreign war, to infringe upra On motion by Mr. FELCH, it was The joint resolution providing for the printing |tional

law. On the contrary, we simply ask that in cur

our treaties with other nations, nor to disturb our interns Ordered, That so much of the President's annual mes- of additional copies of the Journals and Public Doc- diplomatic relations with foreign Powers, a position shall sage as relates to the public lands be referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

uments, was read a first and second time by its be assumed and maintained in bebalf of all starts for On motion by Mr. MASON, it was

title, and considered as in Committee of the Whole; freedom, worthy of a just, generous, and democracrople, and no amendment being made, it was reported to

knowing that the assumption of such a position the part Ordered, That so much of the President's annual més

of Government will be followed by a ready sage as relates to the foreign relations of the country be rethe Senate.

sponse from the citizens of the United States; and that this ferred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Ordered, That it pass to a third reading.

combination of sympathy for the oppressed cannot arbe

instrumental in hastening the day when the entire human NOTICES OF BILLS.


race shall be delivered from the thraldom of monarchy and Mr. MANGUM gave notice of his intention to

despotism ask leave to introduce a bill for the relief of John

The following engrossed bills were severally In behalf of the Industrial Congress : B. Bryan, administrator of Isaac Garretson, deread a third time and passed:

H. A. GUILD, Secretary. ceased, late a purser in the United States Navy,

A bill authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury Mr. DAWSON presented the petition of W: Mr. MILLER gave notice of his intention to to issue a register to the brig Ada; and

R. Nevins, praying an extension of his patent for ask leave to introduce a bill for making appropri

A bill granting to the State of Mississippi the

a machine for rolling and cutting crackers and bisations for the improvement of certain harbors and

right of way, and a donation of public land, for cuits; which was referred to the Committee on rivers.

the purpose of locating and constructing a railroad Patents and the Patent Office. FLOGGING IN THE NAVY.

from Brandon to the eastern border of said State, Mr. MORTON presented the petition of Daniel

in the direction of Montgomery, in the State of || Brister and others, praying compensation for propMr. GWIN submitted the following resolution; Alabama. which was considered by unanimous consent, and

erty taken and destroyed by the Camanches and agreed to:

THE COMPROMISE MEASURES. other Indian tribes; which was referred to the Resolved, That the Secretary of the Navy be requested

The Senate proceeded to the consideration of Committee on Indian Affairs. to furnish the Senate with any letters from officers of the

the special order, viz: the resolution submitted by Mr. SMITH presented the memorial of Charles Navy on the subject of corporal punishment in the Navy,

Mr. Foote, and amended on the motion of Mr. || Massey, jr., and other citizens of Philadelphia, and any code or codes of law or regulations which he may Badger, as follows:

praying indemnity for French spoliations prior to have had prepared for the better government of the Navy. CLERK TO THE COMMITTEE ON PRINTING. A Resolution declaring the Measures of Adjustment to be a

1800; which was referred to the select committee definitive settlement of the question growing out of do- on French Spoliations. Mr. BORLAND submitted the following res

Mr. HAMLIN presented a petition of citizens olution; which was considered by unanimous conBe it enacted, That the series of measures embraced in of Maine, praying an appropriation for the

erecsent, and agreed to: the establishment of her Northern and Western boundaries,

tion of a breakwater in Owl's Head harbor, in that Resolved, That the Committee on Printing be authorized the relinquishment, by the said State, of all territory claimed State; which was referred to the Committee on to employ a clerk during the present Congress, to whom the by her exterior to said boundaries, and of all her claims upon Commerce. usual per diem compensation shall be paid out of the con- the United States, and to establish a territorial government tingeni fund of the Senate. for New Mexico," approved September 9, 1850; "An act

Mr. GWIN presented the petition of Z. F. FLORIDA CLAIMS.

for the admission of the State of California into the Union," Johnston, an officer in the Navy, praying the reMr. MALLORY submitted the following reso

approved September 9, 1850; “ An act to establish a terri- imbursement of certain expenses to which he was

torial government for Utah," approved September 9, 1850 ; lution; which was considered by unanimous con

subjected in obeying an order of the Secretary of "An act to amend and supplementary to an act entitled 'An sent, and agreed to: act respecting fugitives from justice, and persons escaping

the Navy, and to be allowed the pay of a Captain from the service of their masters,' approved February 12, Resolved, That the President be requested to furnish to

in the Navy during the time he discharged the duthe Senate the original record of examinations of witnesses

1793,” approved September 18, 1850; and "An act to sup- ties of that office; which was referred to the Conprepared by a "Board of Examiners," composed of General

press the slave trade in the District of Columbia," approved Churchill, United States Army, and other officers, relative September 20, 1850, commonly known as the " Compromise

mittee on Naval Affairs. to sundry claims of citizens of Florida, and also the record

Acts,'' are, in the judgment of this body, a settlement in of exauninations of witnesses prepared by Major Thomas, principle and substance-a final settlement of the dangerous

PAPERS WITHDRAWN AND REFERRED. United States Army, and other officers, on the same subject,

and exciting subjects which they embraced, and ought to be On motion by Mr. CLEMENS, it was which records were prepared by order of the War Departadhered to by Congress until time and experience shall

Ordered, That the petition of Thomas Rhodes, on the ment, and are now on file in said department.

demonstrate the necessity of further legislation to guard files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on the

against evasion or abuse. IRON REGION OF LAKE SUPERIOR.

Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. FOOTE, of Mississippi, who was entitled Mr. BORLAND, from the Committee on Print

On motion by DODGE, of lowa, it was to the floor, resumed and concluded the speech ing, to whom was referred the resolution of Mr. commenced yesterday; the report of which is with his

petition and papers.

Ordered, That John C. Sheldon have leave to withdraw FELCH, of the 18th instant, "that five thousandheld, at his request, for revision. (It will be pubfive hundred additional copies of the report of lished in the APPENDIX.]

On motion by Mr. MASON, it was
Messrs. Foster and Whitney, in relation to the
Mr. HOUSTON next obtained the floor, but he petition and papers.

Ordered, That Albert Fitz have leave to withdraw his • iron region of Lake Superior, Michigan, which gave way to was ordered to be printed by the resolution of Mr. RHETT, who desired to make a brief re

On motion by Mr. UNDERWOOD, it was the Senate of the 13th March last, be printed | ply. He, however, also yielded to the request of

Ordered, That the petition of Mira M. Alexander, on the files of the Senate,

be referred to the Committee on Pen • for the use of the Senate, and that three hundred Il Senators. And the Senate adjourned.



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door-I will not say to fraud, for I make no such some extenuating circumstances in relation to this Mr. SEWARD gave notice of his intention to charge against any parties—but at all events, we matter, to the benefit of which these contractors ak leave to introduce a bill for the relief of Thos.opened such a door as let in upon us, if not in- are entitled. The large editions of documents H. Leggett,

vited, culpable disregard of the terms and condi- , which are published go to the binders in a state Mr. SEBASTIAN gave notice of his intention i tions of ihe contract. The binding was greatly | which precludes and absolutely prevents the bindwask leave to introduce a joint resolution author- || inferior to the kind stipulated for, and it proved || ing of the documents in that manner in which they izing the Secretary of the Interior to commute the impracticable to hold the contractors to their con- would be bound if the sheets were dry and in a payment of certain Choctaw annuities.

different state of preparation when they go to be REPORT PROM STANDING COMMITTEES.

In justification of myself, I feel bound to state a bound. If a document is bound while the sheets

fact in this connection. Under that contract, which Mr. MANGUM, from the Committee on For

are yet moist, it will after binding shrink, and it canseemed as stringent as it was possible to make it, not be so well bound as it can be if it be allowed to eign Relations, to whom was referred the bill for

so far at least as words and obligations could go, | lie till the sheets are dry. Hence the distinction bethe relief of the personal representatives of William I, as chairman of the Committee on Printing, had tween this and ordinary binding. But if Senators A. Slacum, deceased, reported it without amend

to examine and pass upon these documents when will look at the documents which have been bound,

they were brought in by the contractor. The ! and particularly that mass to which allusion has BINDING OF DOCUMENTS.

work at first was nearly up to the contract, and been made, I think they will be found to be of a good Mr. BORLAND. I am directed by the Com- the committee agreed to receive it notwithstanding quality. It should be borne in mind that the sum mittee on Printing, to whom was referred a joint it was a little below the quality stipulated for. which we pay for the binding of all these docuresolution of the House providing for the binding But the next batch of documents was so badly ments is but twelve and a half cents per volume. of certain documents, to report the resolution with printed, and especially so badly bound, that, as It is a matter in which, individually, I feel no pargat amendment, and to recommend its adoption by chairman of the committee, I considered it my ticular interest; but still I am decidedly of opinion the Senate. I ask that the resolution may be read, duty to reject them. The committee at first sus- | that while we publish large editions of the various as then I have a remark or two to make upon it. tained me in the course I pursued; but notwith- works to which I have alluded, it is desirable that

The PRESIDENT. The resolution has not standing this decision, those having the work to we should put them into a state in which they may come up for action.

do, persevered in doing it in the manner I have be preserved, and for that reason I shall vote for Mr. BORLAND. Then I move that the reso- mentioned. Documents were piled up in the docu- the resolution. lution be taken up now.

ment rooms, appeals were made to the members Mr. MANGUM. I move that the further conThe PRESIDENT. It requires unanimous of the committee, and others of the Senate and sideration of the resolution be postponed until consent. If there be no objection the resolution House, and my rejection, at first sustained, was Monday next. It is interfering with and cutting will be taken up.

overruled, and thus we were imposed upon by this off the morning business. The joint resolution was then read a second | inferior work. Under the joint resolution under Mr. BORLAND. I have no objection to the time, and considered by the Senate as in Commit- || which the committee was formed, and the subse- | postponement of it. I would be glad to have it ice of the Whole.

quent resolution for binding, made it my duty to postponed indefinitely. It provides that all the Executive documents of make this examination, &c., of these documents, Mr. HAMLIN. 'Let it go over until Monday. which additional copies have been ordered to be i and the binding. That I performed that duty Mr. BORLAND. I hope that will not be done, ponted, which shall not contain less than two hun- || faithfully, I believe no one will question; and yet, for I shall not be here on Monday next, and I dred and fifty pages, shall be bound, under the di- || under the operation of the persuasion of the con- should like to be present when the resolution is rection of the Joint Committee on Printing, pro- | tractor, my decisions were overruled and the con- again considered. vided the cost thereof shall not exceed 12 cents tract was thus trampled under foot. I believe, sir, Mr. MANGUM. Well, then, say Monday per volume.

most decidedly, that such a system of contracting week. Mr. BORLAND. Before proceeding with the as that of which we have already had experience, Mr. BORLAND. , Yes; Monday week. That remarks which I have to offer, I desire to submit will result in nothing better than putting money will do. sa smendment, which is necessary, in order to give into the hands of speculators; that inferior work The question was then taken on the motion of the effect intended, to the resolution as it came will be done, and that the Senate and the country Mr. MANGUm to postpone the further consideration from the House. The amendment is to insert the will thus be imposed upon. Money will be taken of the joint resolution until Monday week; and it word “of," after the word "that” in the first line. out of the Treasury which will not go to subserve was decided in the affirmative. The question was taken on the amendment, and the public interest, and the pockets of speculators

MONARCHICAL versus CONSTITUTIONAL will be filled with it. Sir, I am opposed to such a Mr. BORLAND. I am opposed to the resolu- system. We may not, perhaps, get clear of the

GOVERNMENT. tion, and I will briefly state the reasons of my op

whole of the evil, because we must have printing Mr. WALKER. I desire to take up the resoposition . This resolution proposes to adopt the done; but here, I think, is a door

which has been lutions which I had the honor of introducing the same course with regard to binding public docu- | opened to imposition, and which I think may now

other day, with the view of moving that they be hents, that was adopted last session. And I ask be effectually closed, and with great advantage to

printed.' I refer to the resolutions of inquiry adthe attention of Senators to this matter, because it the public. At any rate I, for one, cannot agree dressed to the Committee on Foreign Relations, is dhe especially affecting their convenience, as well to a proposition of this sort, because I feel fully in reference to our foreign policy. I make this as the interests of the country, so far as the print- convinced that we will not get the work done with motion, because I discover that there is some mising and binding of the documents are concerned. out great delay and greater imposition. As chair- || apprehension existing, not only in the minds of At the last session a resolution was adopted by man of the committee I am unwilling to perform | Senators, but also in the public mind, in reference which it was agreed to bind all the public docu- || this duty, because I know quite well in advance to what these resolutions are. In one of the paDents of a certain size. At that time it was sup- what will be the consequences. I know that I

pers published in this city, the Union--towards pized that this course would greatly increase the will not be sustained in my duty; and so far as

which I entertain the most cordial feeling, as well value of the documents by enabling us to keep the committee is concerned it will avail nothing to

as towards the publishers of that paper, and I am then in better preservation. The practical work- || protect the Treasury and the public.

very confident that they do not feel otherwise toing of that resolution, however, was the very re- Mr. HAMLIN.' I concur in many of the sug- | wards myself—I find this statement: verse of what was intended by the adoption of it. I gestions which have fallen from the chairman of policy of the United States to intervene against interven

“Mr. Walker introduced a resolution declaring it the true So far from facilitating the work, and so far from the Committee on Printing; yet as to the propriety

tion' in the cause of Hungary." rendering the documents more valuable by placing of adopting the resolution which the House has them in a better condition for preservation, the

I have also been inquired of by Senators, and sent to us, I do not agree at all with him. I am reverse of this was the case. And one of the prin- inclined to think, while we print extraordinary indeed by several others, whether my resolutions cipal causes of the long delay which we expe- | numbers of the President's message, and the Pat

were absolute, and declaratory of the policy of the

United States, or whether they were merely resorienced in obtaining these documents was, that the ent Office reports, and various other reports from binding required considerable additional time. As different Departments of the Government, contain- || having relation to a very important subject, and

lutions of inquiry. The resolutions themselves a consequence of this, we have not yet received all ing valuable and useful information to the country, || finding this misapprehension prevailing regarding the documents which were ordered last session of that it is desirable to preserve them, and put them them, I desire that they may be printed, in order Congress.

in a state of preservation for distribution through- || that there may no longer be any misapprehension There is another ground of opposition, to which out the country. It is very true, I believe, that in I desire to refer. This proposition for binding the but few if any instances where contracts have been

about them, and that their phraseology may be sub

mitted to the most careful examination and scrutiny. documents opened another door for additional im- made by Congress, have the contractors been made position upon the Senate and the country by pro

The motion to take up the resolutions was agreed iding another case of failure to comply with the I know of none that have been literally complied to, and they were then ordered to lie on the table

and be printed. terms of the contract. We all well know the infe- with. I think, however, if Senators will take the rior character of the work which was done under | trouble to examine the matter, they will find that

BOUNTY LANDS. contract during the last two or three years in the these binders have better complied with their con- The PRESIDENT. There is a joint resoluway of printing. That was bad enough. We had tract than almost any other contractors with Con- tion upon the table in relation to the act granting submitted to imposition enough, and difficulty | gress. I know of no contractors who have fulfilled || bounty lands to soldiers who have been engaged enough, in getting the documents printed; and their contracts so faithfully as these binders have in the service of the United States. It will now when we agreed to have them bound we opened a done. And, sir, let me say further, that there are be read a second time.

Tas adopted.


The resolution was accordingly read.


PAPERS WITHDRAWN AND REFERRED. Mr. BORLAND. Is the resolution open to The joint resolution requesting the President of On motion by Mr. PRATT, it was amendment?

the United States to interpose the friendly offices Ordered, That the petition of the heirs of John Ireland, The PRESIDENT. It is open to amendment, of this Government with the President of the Re- on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee of unless it be referred.

public of France in behalf of the liberation of | Claims. Mr. UNDERWOOD. This whole subject is Abd el Kader, came up its order, was read the

STEAMSHIP PROMETHEUS.. now under the consideration of the Commit- second time, and was then passed over.

On motion by Mr. CASS, it was tee on Public Lands. I have been instructed to


Ordered, That the message of the President of the United hold a conference with the Commissioner of Public Lands, and expect to report on Monday or | ditional copies of the Journal and public documents,

The resolution providing for the printing of ad

States, communicating, in compliance with a resolution of

the Senate, information in relation to the firing into and Tuesday next. I think, therefore, it would be bet

seizure of the American steamship Prometheus, by a British ter to let this resolution lie over until the commitwas read a third time and passed.

vessel of war, transmitted to the Senate the 17th instant, be tee who have this bill under consideration make


referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. their report; and when it is made it will most prob- Mr. UNDERWOOD. I have a matter to bring || MESŚRS. FOSTER AND WHITNEY'S. REPORT. ably be matured in such a way as to make the before the Senate for which I have a precedent in On motion by Mr. FELCH, it was whole matter satisfactory. I therefore think it ad- | the casee of Mrs. Worth. Mrs. Alexander, of Ordered. That of the additional number of copies of the visable to postpone the subject for the present. Kentucky, is the only daughter of George Madi

report of Messrs. Foster and Whitney, ordered to be printed Mr. BORLAND. I quite agree with the Sena- late Governor of Kentucky. She represents by the resolution of the Senate of the 19th instant, five

hundred be furnished to the Commissioner of the General tor from Kentucky; but I have an amendment that her father, being captured and taken prisoner Land Office. which I wish to propose to the bill when it comes and being carried to Quebec, never received comup for consideration, and which I wish to be re- pensation, and no provision was made for his fam

CLERK TO THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE, ferred to the committee with the other papers. ily. I move that the papers be withdrawn from

Mr. HUNTER submitted the following resoluThe amendment was read, as follows:

the files of the Senate, and referred to the Com- tion; which was considered by unanimous consent, Be it further resolved, That in all cases where the militia, mitte on Pensions, so that this lady may be put and agreed to: or volunteers, or State troops, were called out under the upon the same footing as other ladies, being the

Resolved, That the Committee on Finance he authorized requisition of the Secretary of War, or of any officer of the representative of a distinguished man, who, it is ceive the usual compensation.

to employ a clerk during the present session, who shall re United States Army duly authorized, and whose services have been recognized and paid by the United States, shall

said, lost his life by disease contracted in the serbe considered as having been in the service of the United vice of his country.

BILLS INTRODUCED. States, and shall be entitled to the benefit of the act of The PRESIDENT. Has any report been made

Mr. SEWARD, according to previous notice, which'these resolutions are explanatory. in this case?

asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill for the Mr. SHIELDS. I wish to say a single word Mr. UNDERWOOD. I believe that a favor-relief of Thomas H. Leggett; which was read a in reply to the Senator from Kentucky, (Mr. | able report has been made, but I am not quite first and second time by its title, and referred to Underwood,) and that is, that this bill passed the certain.

*the Committee on Commerce. Committee on Public Lands in both branches of Leave was given to withdraw the papers, and

Mr. DODGE, of Wisconsin, by unanimous. Congress last session, but by some means or other they were referred to the Committee on Pensions. consent, asked and obtained leave to bring in a it failed between the two Houses. I believe it has


joint resolution for the relief

of Alexander P. Field, also passed the Committee on Public Lands this The Senate then resumed the consideration of which was read a first and second time by its title,

late Secretary of Wisconsin Territory, and sureties

; session.

The PRESIDENT. No, it was introduced on || by Mr. Foote, declaring the compromise measures and referred to the Committee on Finance. leave.

a definitive settlement of the questions growing out | asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill for the Mr.SHIELDS. Well, it is the same bill which of the subject of slavery: passed the committees of both Houses last session,

A debate ensued, to which Mr. Rhett and Mr. relief of John R. Bryan, administrator of Isaac but failed by some means which I cannot explain. Foote were the parties, which occupied the Senate | Garretson, deceased, late a purser in the United Mr. UNDERWOOD. I rise to state to my until near the usual hour of adjournment. And

States Navy, which was read a first and second friend from Illinois that the Committee on Public || for which see Appendix.

time by unanimous consent, and, with the papers Lands have an amendment under consideration, Mr. HOUSTON then rose and said, that as the

on the files of the Senate, referred to the Commitwhich it is of some consequence to be matured, and day was so far advanced he should prefer to take

tee on Naval Affairs. which will probably be done next week. That an earlier portion of the day on Monday, if it met REPORTS FROM STANDING COMMITTEES. amendment is to make the locations which have with the approval of the Senate.

Mr. SHIELDS, from the Committee on Public taken place on land warrants assignable as well as The suggestion was assented to, and on motion Lands, to whom was referred the bill to authorize the warrants themselves. There are, also, some the Senate proceeded to the consideration of Ex- | the State of Illinois to select the residue of the other amendments in contemplation; and I have ecutive business; and after some time spent therein lands to which she is entitled under the act of 24 some information, derived from the Commissioner | the doors were reopened, and, of Public Lands, which I propose laying before

March, 1827, granting land to aid that State in

The Senate adjourned. the Committee. Now, although this resolution in

opening a canal to connect the waters of the Illi

nois river with those of Lake Michigan, reported substance passed during the last session of Con


it without amendment. gress, it did not make provision on this new subject I have mentioned, and therefore I think it

Monday, December 22, 1851.

Mr. DODGE, of Iowa, from the Committee on would be better to refer this resolution to the Com- Mr. JONES, of lowa, presented the proceedingsing the right of way and making a grant of land

Public Lands, to whom was referred a bill grantmittee on Public Lands, that have the subject and a memorial of the Railroad Convention of the under consideration, and let that committee review State of lowa, in favor of the enactment of a law

to the State of Iowa, in aid of the construction of the whole subject and report early upon it, granting the right of way and making a grant of ment.

a railroad in said State, reported it with an amendMr. SHIELDS. Certainly I have no objec- land to that State, in aid of the construction of a

Mr. JONES, of lowa, from the Committee on tion.

railroad from Dubuque to Keokuck, and from Dav- Pensions, to whom was referred the petition of The PRESIDENT. Does the Senator from enport to the Missouri river, at or near Council Kentucky make that motion? Bluffs, in Iowa; which were referred to the Com- | by a bill for her relief.

Elizabeth Arnold, submitted a report, accompanied Mr. UNDERWOOD. With the consent of mittee on Public Lands. the Senator from Illinois I will move its reference Also, the memorial of Mary Robb, widow of ing.

The bill was read, and passed to a second readto the Committee on Public Lands.

Hugh Robb, a soldier in the last war with Great The question being taken on the motion to refer,

Ordered, That the report be printed. Britain, praying to be allowed a pension; which it was agreed to. was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

RIVER AND HARBOR IMPROVEMENTS. Mr. BORLAND. I now move that my amend- Also, the petition of S. Hempstead and others, Mr. MILLER. Pursuant to a notice which I ment be printed.

praying that a pension may be granted to David The motion to print the amendment was agreed L. Davis, in consideration of an injury received || bill making appropriation for improvements in

gave on Saturday last, I ask leave to introduce s to.

while in the service of the United States as an ag- certain rivers and harbors. Mr. WALKER. There is an amendment which sistant surveyor of public lands; which was re- In presenting this bill to the Senate, I desire I wish to offer. It is a proviso to the first resolu- ferred to the Committee on Pensions.

merely'to say, that it is the same bill as that which tion; and as the amendment offered by the Senator Mr. HAMLIN submitted additional documents passed the House at the last session of Congress from Arkansas has been ordered to be printed, I in relation to the petition of Nathan Weston, jr.; but which was defeated in this body on the last move that my amendment be printed also. which, with his petition on the files of the Senate, night of the session, for want of time to bring it The amendment is as follows:

were referred to the Committee on Military Af- to a final vote. Provided, That not more than two land warrants, of one fairs.

It has been the habit of both branches of Conhundred and sixty acres each, or their equivalent in war

Mr. DOWNS presented the petition of Thomas gress to delay action upon measures of this kind rants of loss denominations, shall be located by or in the name Mullett, praying compensation for his services as until towards the close of the session, when it is of the same individual upon any of the public lands. a deputy surveyor of public lands in Louisiana; impossible to give to them that attention which

The motion to print the amendment was agreed which was referred to the Committee of Claims. their importance demands. to.

Also, the petition of W.C. Templeton, propos- My object in introducing this important measure THE EXILED IRISH PATRIOTS.

ing to establish a line of mail steamers from New to the attention of the Senate at so early a day, is Orleans, via Tampico, to Vera Cruz, and praying to give

ample time for its consideration, and there The joint resolution expressive of the sympathy that the Postmaster General may be directed to by save it from the catastrophe which defeated it of Congress for the exiled Irish patriots, Smith enter into contract with him for the transportation at the last session. I hope that the subject mox O'Brien, Thomas F. Meagher, and their asso- | of the mail between those places; which was re- receive the early attention of the Committee on ciates, came up in its order, and was read the sec- ferred to the Committee on the Post Office and Commerce, to which I move its reference, ond time, and then passed over. Post Roads.

Leave being granted to introduce the bill, it was read a first and second time, and referred to the of this body, unless their action is to receive some beg to say that I did not make any such assertion Committee on Commerce.

attention on the part of the Senate. Let me ask as that. Not at all. I merely wished that a disFLOGGING IN THE NAVY.

why this committee is to be engaged session after crimination should be made here between a certain

session in investigating private claims, if gentlemen class of bills known as private bills, and a certain Mr. HALE. I move to take up a resolution are to express the hope no doubt expecting that by other class called public bills. That was all I inwhich was laid upon the table some days ago, the mere expression of the hope it will be realized) tended. calling upon the Secretary of the Navy for some that such a resolution as that will not pass ?. Mr. PRATT. The Senator from Massachuinformation in regard to the practice of flogging Mr. President, unless the Senate agree to fix | setts does not make in terms, the assertion or the in the Navy. The motion to take up the resolution was agreed eration of these claims, they will not be considered he does so. What is it that he asks? He says

some particular day in each week for the consid- argument which I attributed to him; but in reality Mr. HALE. I now move to amend the resor | Congress shows this to be true. It is clear that fixed for the .consideration of private claims, but

at all. The experience of the whole of the last that he has no objection that some days should be lution, by striking out all after the word "resolved,” || you are doing injustice to this committee of the he wants such days fixed as will not interfere with and inserting what I now send to the Chair. The amendment was read, as follows:

Senate by imposing upon them this labor without public business. Although, therefore, in so many

considering what they have done. Mr. President, || words the Senator does not assert what I stated, Resolved, that the Secretary of the Navy be directed to I repeat that I am instructed by this committee to yet in substance he certainly did so. All these incorm the Senate whether any charges were preferred | ask for the passage of

this resolution by the Senate; claims are to be superseded if there be anything against William K. Latimer, while commanding said frigated and it may be as well to say, that if the Senate for the consideration of the Senate which is called on ber recent cruise, for illegal punishment and disobedi- will not consent to give some little attention to “public business." I apprehend that there is not enee of orders; and also, whether any court of inquiry was

what we do, we do not intend to do anything more a single claim which has been passed upon by that bolden on the conduct of said Latimer, and if so, what was the finding or recommendation of said court of inquiry;

but to ask the Senate to abolish the committee. committee which was not investigated most rigidly and if any such charges have been made against said Lati- Mr. DAVIS. It is very true, Mr. President, || and patiently; and I am satisfied that none of them mer, or it any such court of inquiry bas been holden, that that I did express a hope that this resolution | were favorably reported upon which ought not at be furnish the same to the Senate; and that he also inform

would not pass, and I did so because I believe that once to have passed. On the contrary, I know, the Senate what proceeding the Secretary of the Navy has taken in the premises, both as regards said Latimer and the

by adopting it, we are not going either to save | both as a member of this body and as a member cicer who preferred said charges.

the time of the Senate or to facilitate the dispatch of that committee, that not one of these claims has Mr. DAWSON. I would suggest to the Sena- of business. I do not know how it should hap- || been passed upon by the Senate. Where the Gov. for from New Hampshire, whether it would not pen in the course of a session of three months, ernment is indebted to citizens it is the duty of be better to alter his amendment so as to call upon when every bill goes upon the calendar, private as Congress, which I believe the Senator from Magthe President for this information. I believe it is well as public, that we should not reach these pri- sachusetts will not in the abstract deny, to pay Bot usual to call upon the Heads of Departments vate bills. But then I take it as the result of 'an- those citizens, rather than to attend to resolutions directly for any information, but through the me- other disorderly practice which we have adopted and discussions which the gentleman may consider dium of the President. I'move to amend the here—and I trust

the Senate will excuse the use of || as public business, especially such business as we amendment by striking out the words "Secretary that word, for I do not use it disrespectfully-I have been engaged in since the commencement of of the Navy" and inserting the words the “Presi- | refer to the system of making special assignments | this session. I hold that we should have been dent of the United States," I believe this is the || time, and from hour to hour. Now, to say the cussing the abstract propositions which have thus

much more profitably engaged if, instead of disasual course.

Mr. HALE. I am not positively certain what least, I think that this is an erroneous practice; | far engaged our attention, we had been engaged in the practice is; but I understand that it is both that it creates confusion; that it does not hasten doing justice to citizens who have claims against

the progress of business at all; while, on the con- | the Government–if we had been engaged in payThe PRESIDENT. Does the Senator from trary, I believe that if we would permit the busi- ing our honest debts. Yes, sir, this would have Georgia propose to amend in the way he has sug- | the calendar, we should accomplish much more people who have no particular claim upon us.

been much better than devoting our attention to gested?

Mr. DAWSON. I have no particular wish to than we do, and do it more to our satisfaction. I interfere with the amendment of the Senator from have no objection to the assignment of a day or It is due to those claimants that it should be passed, New Hampshire. My only object was to observe days for the consideration of these private claims, and to refuse to pass it is to do injustice. There

conformity to what I believed to be the usual of the honorable Senator and his committee desire are claims here which have been standing for the custom.

it; but instead of selecting certain days of the last ten years, which have been favorably reported The PRESIDENT. Sometimes calls for in-1 week for that purpose, I would select those sea- upon, and which certainly ought to be passed. formation are made upon the Heads of Depart- | sons and times when the public business does not that the Government owes the money there can ments, and at others upon the President. I be- || press upon us; and in such seasons and times I be no doubt. That money has never been paid; here there is no fixed custom upon the subject.

would assign certain days for taking up these bills and I hold it to be the duty of this body to fix Mr. DAWSON. Well, it is immaterial, and I and for the action of the Senate upon them. some day for that purpose. To this end I have will withdraw my amendment.

There is another reason why I would prefer this offered this resolution, so as to see whether we can The question was then taken on the amendment course—a reason in the force of which I think all prevail upon Senators to pay the just claims of diered by Mr. HALE, and it was agreed to.

gentlemen here of any experience will agree-and their fellow-citizens upon the Government, and to The question then recurred on the adoption of that is, that if you assign Fridays and Saturdays attend to the reports of their committee. the resolution as amended, and it was decided in this body. Gentlemen will abandon the Senate. vation I am satisfied that any departure from the

Mr. MANGUM. After a long course of obserthe affirmative.

That is the experience of the past, and if you adopt ancient rules of the Senate in this respect will tend CONSIDERATION OF PRIVATE CLAIMS.

this rule again you will very often find yourselves to obstruct rather than to facilitate the course of The PRESIDENT. The resolution of the in that condition. Those gentleman only who business. If this body will do what it did some Senator from Maryland will now be taken up for happen to feel an interest in private claims, will years ago—pertinaciously adhere to the calendar, certsideration.

come here just for the purpose of having those we shall get through the whole business satisfactoThe resolution provides, that from and after the claims in which they are particularly interested rily and accurately. But, sir, there is a struggle first of January next, Fridays of each week shall brought to an issue. Other gentlemen will say, here towards the close of the session, and very often be set apart for the consideration of private claims, “I have no particular interest in this business; I at the early part of it, to get precedence to take up and that on these days private bills shall have an employ my time in a manner which will be || particular claims in which individual Senators feel priority over all other business.

much more agreeable to me, and I will leave the an interest, to the prejudice of all others. If the Mr. DAVIS, (in his seat.) I hope that resolu- Senate."

Senate will adhere to the ancient rule, and suffer tion will not pass.

If any change is to be made in the mode of doing nothing to be taken up out of its order, unless it Mr. PRATT. I did not suppose that this res-business, I believe it would be better to take the be in a case of great emergency, we shall accomslation would have met with opposition on the business as it stands upon the calendar, and lessen | plish all in due season. I am opposed to the part of any member of this body; but I understood | the number and frequency of special appointments | passage of this resolution. I have seen this thing the Senator from Massachusetts to say, in an--the assignment of particular days for particular attempted at least twenty times, with very indifunder tone of voice, that he hoped this resolution things if you please, and take them in the order ferent effect as to the progress of business, besides would not pass. I was a member of the Commit- | in which they stand on the docket. I by no means the risk of injustice sometimes being done to the tee of Claims during the last session of Congress, wish to throw any obstruction in the way of pri- Treasury by the minority. On the other hand, if and I have the honor of being upon the same vate bills, but desire that they may go through the everything comes up in its due order, everything committee now. During the last session there Senate in the ordinary way. If I differ with the will be done satisfactorily to the country and to were more than a hundred claims favorably re- gentleman, it is merely as to which is the best way this body. I hope, therefore, that this resolution ported upon by the committee, and yet not one of of doing this business, he appearing to suppose I will not pass. I'am perfectly satisfied that all the them was acted upon by the Senate. During the that we can accomplish it best by the adoption of business of the Senate can be done, and well done, isme session, there were more than one hundred one mode, while I think we can do it best by the if the Senate will adhere to its ancient rule and claims which were reported upon unfavorably, and adoption of another.

take up all business in its order. Under such a all of these latter mentioned reports were immedi- Mr. PRATT. I do not know that I precisely || rule, public and private business shares an equal ately sanctioned by the Senate. Anterior to the comprehend the argument of the gentleman from fate. last Congress I believe that two days in each week | Massachusetts; but if I do understand it, it is Mr. ATCHISON. I concur with the Senator were assigned for the consideration of private this : That the claims of the citizens of this coun- from North Carolina in one point of view, if we daims. I have been instructed by the committee try against the Government for money due them do adhere to the calendar all these difficulties will to ask the Senate to pass this resolution. I hope do not come under his category of public busi- be obviated. But the Senator knows as well as it will be adopted; for one thing is certain, and ness;" that it is not a kind of business which de- any gentleman

here that we do not do it—that the that is, that that committee design to ask the Sen- mands the action of Congress

Senate never has done itale to abolish it as one of the standing committees Mr. DAVIS. If the Senator will allow me, I Mr. MANGUM, (in his seat.) Yen it has,

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