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that I make is the legitimate and proper one, and to render the willful and malicious burning of an
In || house," are used to designate a particular class I hope that it will be adopted by the House. outhouse in which there are no goods, subject to of buildings, and none other. If this is so, and
Mr. RICHARDSON. As this matter is going the same penalty as the law attaches to the burn- if the committee intend to embrace the class of
The previous question was seconded, and the there is no objection to the bill, and I move, there- more comprehensive term should be used.
Mr. MARSHALL, of Kentucky. I do not The SPEAKER stated that the question would Mr. SACKETT.' Would it not be better to wish to detain the House with useless discussion first be taken upon the motion to refer the bill to insert, after the word "outhouse,” the words upon this subject. The Committee on the Judithe Committee of the Whole on the state of the “ or building?" The phraseology, as it now ciary think that every building that should be Union.
stands, would not include carpenters' shops. protected will be protected by the term “house Mr. COBB asked for the reading of the bill. Mr. MARSHALL, of Kentucky. I should or outhouse."
The bill, as originally introduced Several MEMBERS Objected.
suppose “building” would be embraced in the by the gentleman from Maryland, Mr. Evans,] The question was then taken, and there were- term “ house or outhouse?”
was drafted by a lawyer of high standing in this ayes 62, noes 48-no quorum voting.
Mr. SACKETT. I doubt very much whether city. The committee have enlarged the bill, and Mr. MARSHALL, of Kentucky, demanded that embraces every kind of outhouse. I move have made no other alteration than to enlarge it tellers; which were ordered, and Messrs. Penn to insert after the word “outhouse," the words by the addition of the words "or outhouse;" and and WALLACE appointed. "' or building.'
they supposed that the class of buildings referred The question being again taken, it was decided Mr. MARSHALL. I suppose “ house or out- 10 by the gentleman from New York (Mr. Sackin the negative-ayes 39, noes 19.
house" would cover every sort of building. Ett) would certainly be embraced by the term
after the word
be embraced by that term. The law does not The question recurring on the motion to refer Mr. McLANAHAN. The gentleman from provide a penalty for burning a detached shop, if the bill io the Committee of the Whole House, it New York (Mr. Sackett) wishes to introduce it is not connected with a house. The bill which was taken and agreed to.
into this bill a term so indefinite in its meaning, the committee reported expressly provides a penSo the bill was referred to the Committee of the and so comprehensive in its application that it can alty for the burning of that class of buildings. Whole House, made the order of the day for to- scarcely find a place in any law or even civil act, The conclusion which the gentleman from New morrow, and ordered to be printed.
The term “ building” relates to so many kinds York expresses upon this subject, I do not think Mr. McLANAHAN, from the Committee on
of buildings, and is so perfectly indefinite in its is one which the authorities will bear out. For the Judiciary, reported back, with an amend
character, that a man might be indicted by it for the purpose of terminating this discussion, howment, the bill “ to change the time for holding the
burning anything in the shape of a building-any- ever, I call the previous question. district courts of the United States in the western
thing that has been constructed, from a hen-coop Mr. STUART. I hope the gentleman will district of Virginia, and for other purposes;”
up. The words "house,” and “outhouse,” are withdraw that call for a moment. which was referred to the Committee of the
those which have a legal signification, long known Mr. MARSHALL. I cannot withdraw it. Whole on the state of the Union, and ordered to
in the common as well as the statute laws, as in- Mr. WALSH. I hope the gentleman will withbe printed.
terpreted by the decisions of the judges of various draw his call for the previous question. We had
States. But, as I have said, the term " building" better follow the laws of Maryland upon this subMr. MEADE, from the Committee on the Ju
is so perfectly indefinite in its meaning and so sect. I have just procured a copy of those laws diciary, reported the following resolution; which comprehensive in its character that it would be from the Librarywas considered and agreed to, viz:
impossible not to indict a man for the burning of The SPEAKÉR. Debate is not in order." Resolred, That the Committee on the Judiciary inquire any building, however petty in its character. I Mr. THOMPSON, of Virginia. I move to into the expediency of providing by law for a revision and
hope, therefore, the House will not allow the lay the bill upon the table, in order that it may be compilation of the laws of the United States of a general nanire, and for imbodying in a separate volume the laws
amendment offered by the gentleman from New taken up at some future time, when we may exrelating to the District of Columbia. York (Mr. SacketT) to be adopted.
amine ii more fully, Mr. HARRIS, of Tennessee, from the Com
Mr. SACKETT. I have no desire to alter the Mr. T. subsequently withdrew the motion. mittee on the Judiciary, reported back House bill | bill so as to extend it in any way beyond the in- The question now being upon seconding the deNo. 16, “ to regulate the publication of the laws
tention of the committee who reported it. I was mand for the previous question, of the United States, and of the public advertise
aware of the defect in the existing laws of the Mr. GIDDINGS demanded tellers; which were ments," with a recommendation that it do not
District of Columbia, in relation to the burning of ordered, and Messrs. Walsh, and Tuompson of pass.
certain unoccupied buildings, and that it was ne- Virginia, were appointed. Mr. STUART. That bill was introduced by
cessary to amend those laws by extending them The question was then taken, and the tellera a gentleman from Maine, who is confined to his
so as to cover this class of buildings that are not reported—ayes 80-noes not counted. room by indisposition. I hope that no action will
now embraced within it. But the bill as reported So the previous question received a second. be taken on it until he is able to be in his seat.
to this House, in my opinion, will not entirely re- The main question was then ordered to be put, There being no objection, the bill was laid upon
move the difficulty. I think it does not cover such which main question was upon the adoption of the the Speaker's table. buildings as unoccupied mechanics' shops.
amendment to the amendment. Mr. HARRIS, of Tennessee, from the Com
Mr. McLANAHAN. I would ask the gentle- The question was then taken, and the amendmittee on the Judiciary, reported back House bill
man if a mechanic's shop is not embraced in the ment of Mr. SACKETT, to insert after the words No. 17, to prohibit the prosecution of claims
word “house?" His shop is a house, and if a “or outhouse” the words “or building," and it against the Government by the Heads of Depart
man were found guilty of setting it on fire he was disagreed to.
would be convicted. ments, and Senators and Representatives in Con
The question then recurred upon the adoption
Mr. SACKETT. I do not know what the of the amendment reported by the committee, and, gress during the terms of their respective offices, with an amendment as a substitute for the bill.
gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. McLANAHAN) | being taken, it was agreed to. Mr. H. moved that the bill be referred to the
may think, or what construction his legal learning The question now being, "Shall the bill be enCommittee of the Whole on the state of the
may put upon the word “house," but I doubt grossed and read a third time?" Union, and that the bill and amendment be printed; || shop is comprehended in that term. I do not be
very much whether an unoccupied mechanic's Mr. MEADE moved to refer it to the Commitwhich motion was agreed to.
tee of the Whole on the state of the Union. lieve it at all; and if it is intended to frame a bill The SPEAKER said that, under the operation Mr. MARSHALL, of Kentucky, from the Committee on the Judiciary, made an adverse
here which shall cover that character of building of the previous question—which extended to orreport on the petition of Mrs. Susan T. Randall,
at all, and sufficiently general in its terms to meet dering ihe bill to be engrossed and read a third widow of the late district judge of Pennsylvania,
the wants of the community for whom it is to be lime-a motion to refer would not be in order.
framed, it must contain terms such as shall cover The bill was then ordered to be engrossed and asking for remuneration for certain services of her husband, which was ordered to lie on the table
every class of building that it is necessary to pro- read a third time; and, having been engrossed, it tect.
was read a third time. and be printed.
Now I deny that the term “house” is thus suf- Mr. STUART asked if it would be in order to Mr. MARSHALL, of Kentucky, from the ficiently comprehensive to embrace every class move to reconsider the vote just taken, by which Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was re- which should be protected. It does not embrace the the bill was ordered to be engrossed and read a ferred the bill to amend an act entitled "An act for class to which I have before alluded that of un- third time? the punishment of crime in the District of Colum- occupied mechanics' shops—and I think such a The SPEAKER said it would be in order. bia,' reported back the same with an amendment
building ought to be protected. I am not tena- Mr. STUART. Then I submit that motion; and a recommendation that it do pass.
cious as to the particular word to be inserted. If and upon it I wish to offer a word or two. Before The bill was read.
the word “shop,” or any other which any gen- | doing so, however, I ask that the bill as amended Mr. MARSHALL. The amendment proposed tleman will name, which will be sufficiently com
may be read.
Mr. STUART. I do not rise for the purpose the law of this District now stands, there is no I am not aware of the legal signification given of discussing the merits of this bill, nor the propenalty attached to the burning of an outhouse, to the term “ house" which the gentleman from priety of the amendment which has been introunless there is merchandise, grain, or hay in it, Pennsylvania (Mr. McLanahan) gives it. I am duced by the Committee on the Judiciary; for at the time it is consumed. For instance, if & not aware, especially, that in criminal jurispru- unless it be printed or placed in our hands, no painter's shop is burned in the District of Colum- | dence, laws are so construed as to embrace within | profitable discussion in relation to it can be carried bia, with whatever intention, the offence is not particular terms objects other than those which on without great difficulty. But, I rise for the punishable under the existing law.
are particularly included in those terms. I am not || purpose of answering the argument of members of The amendment of the law proposed by this aware of any such construction in criminal law. that committee. My object in moving this reconbill, is merely intended to embrace that case, and || Upon the other hand, particular terms, such as sideration, is to have this bill referred to the Com
mittee of the Whole on the state of the Union, and bill, so comparatively, unimportant, a direction The bill was then referred to a Committee of the to have it printed, that gentlemen may examine it different from that which they have unanimously Whole House, made the order of the day for to, and be able to reach this very difficulty which these agreed to recommend. But for myself, I will say morrow, and, with the report accompanying, oramendments are designed to reach. Now, if the that I haye no sort of difficulty in supporting by dered to be printed. construction of this term "outhouse" is such as my vote the proposed action of the Committee on Mr. TUCK, from the Committee on Revolu. is ordinarily given it, certainly no gentleman will the Judiciary: 1 shall vote against the motion to tionary Pensions, to whom was referred the pretend that it reaches the difficulty presented in reconsider. 'I now move to lay the motion to | petition of Peter Winifred Ashby, deceased, praythe original bill. The term “outhouse" is settled reconsider upon the table.
ing for arrears of pension, made an adverse report by authority. As I understand the term, “out- Mr. PARKER, of Pennsylvania. I hope the thereon; which was ordered to lie on the table, house" reaches only to such buildings as are per- | gentleman will withdraw that motion.
and be printed. tinent to the main building-which are in the cur- Mr. TUCK. I would be glad to accommodate
Mr. T. also, from the same committee, reported tilage. It is not an independent building. An the gentleman, but I cannot withdraw it. independent building, occupied for a different pur
Mr. STEVENS, of Pennsylvania. I appeal to | which was read a first and second time by its title,
a bill for the relief of the heirs of John Jackson; pose, does not, as I understand it, come within the gentleman to withdraw. that class of buildings known as outhouses. Now Mr. PARKER, I am in favor of this new di- and made the order of the day for to-morrow,
and referred to a Committee of the Whole House, our judicial construction upon acts of this kind, rectionare necessarily very close. The crime of arson is Mr. TUCK. The gentleman misunderstood me.
and, with the report accompanying, ordered to be one of the very highest known to our laws, and I declined to withdraw the motion to lay on the
printed. the most rigid rule of construction is therefore table.
Mr. BOCOCK, from the Committee on Naval always given to acts of this character. But “out- The SPEAKER. Then no further debate can
Affairs, reported two several bills for the relief of house" or "house" being terms well known to be entertained.
Gustavus A. De Russy, and James McCormick, criminal law, have necessarily received a settled The question was then taken, and the motion to assignee of Robert A. Parker; which were severand definite construction; and they do not, I repeat, reconsider was laid upon the table.
ally read a first and second time by their titles, reach such independent buildings as a shop, office, Mr. MARSHALL, of Kentucky, called for the
referred to a Committee of the Whole House, store, or any building of that character. I am not previous question upon the passage of the bill; made the special order of the day for to-morrow, by any means prepared to say that this bill does and, upon a division, there were-ayes 64, noes and, with the report accompanying, ordered to be not reach any difficulty which it was intended to 36-no quorum voting,
printed. cover; but I am prepared to say, and from my Mr. M. demanded tellers; which were ordered, Mr. HARRIS, of Tennessee, from the Comknowledge of law I do say, though with deference || and Messrs. Harris, of Tennessee, and Venable | mittee on Invalid Pensions, made adverse reports to every other gentleman upon this floor, that the were appointed.
in the following cases; which were ordered to lie construction that is sought to be given here to the The question was then taken, and the tellers re- || upon the table, viz: term “outhouse," will be found not to be sus- || ported-ayes 84, noes not counted.
In the case of the memorial of Daniel Guertained by judicial authority. But inasmuch as I So the previous question received a second, and rant, praying compensation for injuries received am at all times very much averse to occupying the the main question was ordered to be put; which in the military service of the United States; and time of this House, and efpecially so at this time main question was upon the passage of the bill. In the case of the memorial of Tamza Smith, when other committees desire to report, I hope The question was put and the bill was passed for relief for expenses incurred in supporting the House will agree to reconsider the order for Mr. MARSHALL, of Kentucky, moved to Amos F. Stillson, an officer and soldier in the engrossing this bill, and refer it to the Committee reconsider the vote by which the bill was passed, || Army of the United States. of the whole on the state of the Union, and have and to lay the motion to reconsider upon the table; Mr. MARTIN, from the Committee on Invalid it printed, so that we may all read and understand which latter motion was agreed to.
an adverse report on the petition it, and that we may be enabled to do justice not Mr. BRAGG, from the Committee on the Judi- of Charles H. Pointer, praying compensation as only to this District, but to the whole community, ciary, reported the following bills, which were sev- || an invalid on account of disability by sickness by so perfecting the law that it will reach every erally read a first and second time by their titles, | while in the service of the United States; which offence within its contemplation.
referred to a Committee of the Whole House, / was ordered to lie on the table and be printed. Mr. MARSHALL, of Kentucky. My object, || and made the order of the day for to-morrow; and, Mr. M. also, from the same committee, reand, of course, the object of every member of the with the reports accompanying, ordered to be ported a bill for the relief of Cornelius Hughes, Committee on the Judiciary, is to cover by law, | printed:
of Tennessee; which was read a first and second and by penal law, all classes of offences of which A bill for the relief of the executors and heirs | time by its title, referred to a Committee of the complaint has been made. It is of very little avail of John Fletcher; and
Whole House, made the order of the day for toto carry on this discussion about the term “out- A bill for the relief of James Lewis. house." My opinion is that every building de- Mr. GIDDINGS. I wish to ask if the morning | dered to be printed.
morrow, and, with the report accompanying, ortached from the main building, whether it is in the hour has not expired?
Mr. JONES, of New York, from the Commitcurtilage or not, is embraced by the term "out- The SPEAKER. It has. house. I have had my attention drawn particu
tee on Invalid Pensions, made adverse reports in
Mr. GIDDINGS. I move, then, that we pro- the following cases; which were ordered to lie larly to the matter, but I have no pride of opinion | ceed to the orders of the day.
upon the table and be printed, viz: about it. . I understand that if we reconsider the The question was then taken, and it was not vote by which this bill was ordered to be en- || agreed to.
The petition of Thomas Whinney, praying for
compensation on occount of disability from exgrossed and read a third time, that it will then be in a condition for amendment, and I suppose the still in order.
The SPEAKER. Reports of committees are posure and fatigue in the military service of the insertion of the word “shop," would settle the
United States during the war of 1812; and
On motion by Mr. STANTON, of Tennessee, Upon the petition of Elijah Close, praying Conmatter, and probably cover every species of building which would not be covered by the term
gress to grant him a pension for disability occa
Ordered, That the Committee on Naval Affairs be dis"house or outhouse.'
sioned by exposure in the war of 1812. charged from the further consideration of the petition of Mr.J. also, from the same committee, reported Mr. THOMPSON, of Virginia. Would it John G. Wilkinson, praying compensation for his services cover a printing office as Navy Pension Agent for the years 1836, 1837, and part of
the following bills; which were severally read a Mr. MARSHALL. I suppose so. I suppose
the year 1838 ; and also of the petition of Charles Reeder, first and second time by their titles, referred to a the term “house, outhouse, or shop" would
praying compensation for services
as a member of the Board Committee of the Whole House, and made the or
of Examiners, to make experimental trials of inventions and der of the day for to-morrow, and, with the reports cover a printing office. I trust, however, that plans to prevent the explosion of steam-boilers; and that inasmuch as this discussion has arisen, that the they do lie upon the table.
accompanying, ordered to be printed, viz: House will take the matter under its own charge.
Mr. S. remarked, that the two several petitions
A bill for the relief of Francis Tribeau;
A bill for the relief of James Wright, jr.; and I hope the reconsideration asked for will be given, || above referred to had been heretofore favorably
A bill for the relief of John Kerbaugh. and if offences go unpunished while the Commit- reported upon by different committees to which tee of the Whole on the state of the Union is they had been referred, but that the House had Mr. EASTMAN, from the Committee on Inreaching it, that the House will be ready to take decided against them; and that the Committee on valid Pensions, reported a bill for the relief of the responsibility of it. Naval Affairs were not disposed to revive the dis
Ichabod Weymouth; which was read a first and Mr. TUCK. '1 rise for the purpose of moving cussion of these matters, and therefore had in second time by its title, referred to a Committee of the previous question. But before doing so I wish structed him to ask to be discharged from their the Whole House, and made the order of the day to say that it seems to be admitted that some ad- further consideration.
for to-morrow, and, with the report accompanying, ditional legislation is necessary for this District, in Mr. S., from the same committee, also reported ordered to be printed. order to provide the means for bringing criminals a bill for the relief of J. G. Pendergrast, a com
Mr. EASTMAN asked the unanimous consent to punishment. The proposition has been referred mander in the United States Navy, which was of the House to introduce a bill, of which previous to the Committee on the Judiciary, and they have read a first and second time by its title, referred to notice had been given; but objection being made, given it their consideration. They have made a a Committee of the Whole House, and made the it was not introduced. report, which was unanimously agreed in, and order of the day for tomorrow, and, with the re- Mr. JOHNSON, of Ohio, from the Committee which was satisfactory to that committee. They port accompanying, ordered to be printed. on Invalid Pensions, reported a bill for the relief propose in a certain manner, and by a certain Mr. GOODENOW, from the Committee on of John McIntosh; which was read a first and secmethod, to meet the exigency of the case; and Naval Affairs, reported a bill for the relief of Han- ond time by its title, referred to a Committee of they call for certain action by this House. Now, | nah Sampson which was read a first and second the Whole House, and made the special order of gentlemen rise here upon the spur of the moment time by its title.
the day for to-morrow, and, with the report accomand propose a different course. With all due Mr. G. If the House will consent, I desire that panying, ordered to be printed. respect to the gentlemen who have spoken upon the bill may now be put upon its passage.
Mr. J. also, from the same committee, made this subject, I will not say that it does not com- Mr. FICKLIN.. Let it be committed.
adverse reports in the following cases; which were port with my notions of a proper respect to the The SPEAKER. Objection is made, and it severally ordered to lie upon the table and be Committee on the Judiciary, to give to this little cannot be put upon its passage.
The petition of Susan M. Sweeny, the widow
sage of said act, or shall hereafter die without having ob- warrants, that the register and receiver for the
tained a warrant for the same, leaving a widow, the warof Thomas Sweeny, praying to be placed upon rant shall issue to such widow; if no widow, then such
location of a warrant receive each fifty cents. That the pension rolls, in consequence of the death of warrant shall issue to his minor heirs, if any shall survive is the fee which they are now entitled to for locating her husband by disease contracted while in the him; and if the warrant shall bave issued before his
death, | forty acres of land at one per.cent. upon the money military service during the Mexican war;
then such warrant shall pass to and be vested m his widow, || received by each officer. They now receive, the The petition of Ephraim Sharp, of Dryden, || heirs, if any. if he shall leave one; and if no widow, then to his minor
register one per cent. and the receiver one per cent., Tompkins county, New York, praying for a pen- Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the warrants
which would make for the location of forty acres sion;
which have been, or may herea ter be issued, in pursuance to each officer fifty cents. I submit to the House The petition of Jacob Shy, praying for a back of said act, or of this act, may be located upon any lands of that there is no more trouble in the location of one
the United States subject to private entry at the time of pension on aceount of services in the war of 1812; such location.
hundred and sixty acres than there is in locating The petition of Samuel Butler, praying for a Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That the proviso to forty acres of land. We, therefore, ought not to pension on account of disability incurred in the the second section of the act of which this act is explana- | pay any more in the one case than in the other. military service of the United States in the war oftory, be and the same is hereby repealed.
The committee could not conceive why there 1812; and also
Mr. DUNHAM. Mr. Speaker, I have been should be a distinction. The distinction is a reaThe petition of Eliza Merrill, of Bangor,
Maine, I directed to report the amendment that has just sonable one, if the officer has to take charge of praying for arrears of pension due James Merrill. been read by the majority of the committee. The the funds. He there incurs a responsibility, and
Mr. STANTON, of Kentucky. I am author- minority, however, will probably offer another that responsibility increases with the amount of ized by the Committee on Public Buildings to amendment to the bill. The bill will stand, if money received. This cannot apply where lands state, that there is a bill from the Senate now lying amended as we propose, so as to make certificates are located by means of warrants. In this respect upon the Speaker's table, appropriating the sum assignable by an assignment upon the warrant in the committee have changed the original bill. of twelve hundred dollars for the purpose of fitting the same manner and under the same restrictions They make the fee payable in all cases by the up two rooms to be occupied as a library, and for that deeds are required to be executed in the re- person who makes the location, whether he be containing the books which shall be purchased spective States where the warrants are assigned the original grantee or not. The original bill prowith the money which was appropriated for
that The object of the committee in making this pro- vides, if the land is entered by the assignee, that purpose by a bill passed yesterday. The Com- vision was this: they supposed with such a pro- | the fee should be paid by him, and I apprehend mittee on Public Buildings are desirous that the vision the officers and citizens of the different no gentleman will doubt if the land warrant is bill should be passed immediately, and I am au
States would more readily understand what they to be sold and transferred, the transferee has to thorized by them to ask the unanimous consent of had to do in making valid assignments of certifi- || puy this additional price for locating the warrant. the House that it may be taken up and acted upon of a State understands, or can readily ascertain, warrant. There can be no propriety in making a
cates than in any other way. Every public officer || That enters into consideration when he buys the now. Mr. DUNHAM. I object.
what steps he has to take to execute a valid deed; || distinction in the payment of the fee, when it is The SPEAKER. Objection being made the bill and, consequently, he can take the same steps for located by the original grantee, or by his assignee. cannot now be taken up.
the assignment of a land warrant. I apprehend || If it is located by the assignee, he should be made On motion by Mr. RICHARDSON, the Com- there will be no difficulty in the Department's ascer- to pay the fee. I submit to every member of the mittee on Territories was discharged from the
taining what are the laws in the different States | House whether every business man will not take further consideration of the preamble and resolu
upon the subject. There can be no difficulty upon that into consideration when he buys the warrant tion of the Legislative Assembly of the State of
that score. They can easily inform themselves of from the original grantee, and whether there is any
the laws of the several States for the proper exelowa, on the subject of compensation to the sol
reason in principle or practice why there should diers and others, while that State was a Territory,
cution of a deed. No difficulty will arise in the be a distinction between the payment of the fee by for defending the southern boundary of said Ter
application of these laws to the assignment of the person to whom the warrant has been granted
warrants. ritory; and it was referred to the Committee on
or his assignee. Military Affairs.
Mr. TUCK. I rise to a point of order. I am The next section provides for that class of men
not aware what is the motion before the House. who are called out for the suppression or preMr. NEWTON. I ask the consent of the
The SPEAKER. It is upon an amendment || vention of Indian hostilities under the authority House to withdraw certain papers from the files of proposed by the committee to the original bill re- || of the States, but whose services were recognized the House, for the purpose of returning them to ferred to them. their owners.
and paid for by the United States out of the public
Mr. TUCK. I submit whether it is in order to Treasury. We thought that this was no more Mr. STEPHENS, of Georgia. I object. do that, unless there is a motion submitted that the than fair; no more than justice demanded. If for Mr. DUNHAM. Are reports from select com- bill be put upon
its passage ?
these services they have been paid out of the mittees in order now?
The SPEAKER. The question is upon the Treasury, the presumption is that they were valThe SPEAKER. They are.
amendment proposed by the committee. There | uable to the General Government. There is no Mr. DUNHAM. Then, sir, I propose to make being no motion to commit the bill, that is the reason why, the Government having considered a report from the select committee to which was question before the House.
these services of so much advantage as to require referred the joint resolution explanatory of the act Mr. TUCK. Is it m order to move to commit at their hands remuneration, they should not be of September 28, 1850, entitled "An act granting the bill to the Committee of the Whole on the put upon the same footing with persons legitibounty lands to certain officers and soldiers who state of the Union?
mately called into the service of the United States. were engaged in the military service of the United Mr. DUNHAM. Not until the gentleman gets In this respect we have not departed to any extent States," and the subject of amending and extend- || the floor.
from the original bill. ing the bounty land bill. The report is to strike The SPEAKER. The gentleman from Indiana The fourth section provides that the time of serout the original bill that was referred to the com- has the floor.
vice shall not be computed, as is now done, at the mittee, and to insert the following as a substitute Mr. DUNHAM. The second section is in Department, but that in computing the term of therefor, viz:
reference to the payment of registers and receivers || service of the officers and soldiers, of militia, volSec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre- || for the location of bounty land warrants. The || unteers, and rangers, for the purposes of this act, sentatives of the United States of America in Congress as- | .committee have striken out this section in the ori- | or the act of which this act is explanatory, such sembled, That all certificates or warrants for military bounty | ginal bill, and propose to provide for the payment term shall be computed from the time they were any law of the United States, and all certificates of valid
of these officers for locating land warrants here- || mustered into the service and paid by the United locations of the same which have been or may hereafter be after. It may be possible that in some of the States to the time they were actually discharged made, are hereby declared to be assigpable by indorsement offices labor has been done for which their fees therefrom. The object is to cover all that class of thereon, and such assignment shall be executed and ac
and salary have not been an adequate compensaknowledged, or proved, in the same manner and with the
cases. I will give you an instance: In the Black same formalities that deeds for the conveyance of land are
tion; but it was impossible at this time for the Hawk war rangers were called out for twelve Executed and acknowledged, or proved, in the State or Ter
committee to inquire into the receipts by registers months service. The war closed after they had been ritory where such assignment shall be made.
and receivers throughout the United States to as- in service only thirty days, some sixty and some See. 2. And be it further enacted, That from and after certain which had and which had not been suffi- || ninety days; but those troops were kept in active the passage of this act, the registers and receivers of the United States land offices shall each be entitled to receive ciently paid for the services they rendered. We service upon the Indian frontier for the purpose of fifty cents for his services in locating each bounty land considered it was better to leave those officers in- | intimidating the tribes and to keep them in order, warrant by him located, to be paid by the person or persons dividually to prefer their claims to the Govern- for the whole term for which they were enlistedlocating the same; but this act shall not be so construed as to allow any register or receiver to receive any greater
ment. If their case is meritorious, undoubtedly twelve months. Yet the Department, because the maximum of salary and fees than by law he is now enti
the Congress of the United States will be disposed Black Hawk war ceased within thirty, sixty, or
to grant relief. But in many of these offices they ninety days after their enlistment, say they shall Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the act of which are not entitled to this privilege. They have in this aet is explanatory, sball be so construed as to include
only receive a warrant for the time they served in all commissioned and non-commissioned officers, musi
many instances received almost the maximum the the war. cians, and privates of militia, volunteers and rangers who
law allows them to receive, without any payment The fifth section provides for those cases where were mustered into the service of the United States for the whatever for the location of land warrants. In || application is upon file in the Department, and suppression or prevention of Indian hostilities, or whose other places they have not received near that where no warrant has issued, that if any person Services of that character were recognized and paid by the United States prior to the passage of said act, and who
amount. It would be a long and tedious investi- || entitled to bounty land under this act, or under the served the length of time required by said act:
gation to examine into every case to find out act of which this act is explanatory, has died, or Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That in computing whether the officer has received an adequate com- || hereafter shall die, the warrant shall issue to the the term of service of the officers and soldiers of militia, pensation for his services or not. We did not widow in the first instance upon her application; the act of which this act is explanatory, such term shall be
consider it proper to load down a bill of a general if no widow, then to the minor heirs, in the same computed from the time they were mustered into the ser- character, as this is, with these individual claims manner as if he had died after obtaining the warvice of and paid by the United States to the time they were for services rendered--for some of which there rant. It alsodischarged therefrom. Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That if any officer or
was no right of payment. They are left in the Mr. FICKLIN. With the consent of my soldier entitled to bounty land under this act or under the
same situation as private claims. We provide friend from Indiana, I wish to make an inquiry. set of which this act is explanatory, has died since the pas. l for the future claims of officers for locating these ll The chairman of the select committee to whom
this bill was referred, understands that this fifth that in my State, under this provision, would not Mr. DUNHAM. In reference to the first insection changes the mode of descent and transfers be a good one, because if the assignment was to quiry by the gentleman, I wilt frankly state I did this warrannt to the widow, and if there is no wid- be certified and proved in the manner deeds are in not, as an individual, sąnction that 'section as it ow to the minor heirs. The widow possesses it my State, it would be necessary for the certified now stands; but I believe, excepting myself, the entirely, and no benefit accrues at all to the minor officer therema justice of the peace, to recite the committee were unanimous for that provision. heirs unless there is no widow.
deed, and in this case to recite the assignment. Experience has shown—at least so the officers of Mr. DUNHAM. In that respect we follow Now the object for which this law was passed the Department tell me that the mode of assignprecisely the original act. la case the soldier died would, in the case of my people, be entirely de- | ing warrants which has been practised in reference before his warrant has issued, we give the warrant feated, or to a great extent. This is one objection to the Mexican bounty land warrants, has resulted when it does issue, in the same manner as if he to the proposed mode of certifying assignments. I in very great fraud. If this matter had been left had not made his application, to his widow; and if think the mode is now understood through the to the Department, they would have undoubtedly there is no widow, to his minor heirs. If he has country; and as they usually attach the form to imposed such restrictions as would have prevented made application which has been acted upon, and every warrant issued, it is a better mode of as- fraud. We ought now to provide a mode that a warrant issued but not located, and shall there- signing than that proposed by this bill.
will prevent fraud in assignments of warrants. If after die, the bill provides that the warrant shall Another objection ihat suggests itself to me is, || you permit assignments in blank you open the first descend to his widow, and then to his minor that it does not provide for cases that may happen. door to a great many abuses in the assignment heirs. If the intention was originally, as the act Mr. BISSELL. I should like to know which of these bounty land warrants. For instance, indicates, to give it first to the soldier, and in case of the gentlemen has the floor.
a warrant has been issued to myself; I assign of his death, to his widow, or if there is no widow, The SPEAKER. The gentleman from Indi- || it in blank to A B, and make the acknowledg. to his minor heirs, is there any reason why we ana (Mr. Dunham) is entitled to the floor. ment that he has the warrant in his possession, · should make a distinction between the soldiers who Mr. MEADE. Tam only suggesting the amend- | with this blank assignment. He loses it, or it is die after the application and before the warrant ments the gentleman may make to save the time stolen from him, or in any other way may get out has issued, and those who die after the warrant of the House. I have to notice but one other de- of his hand. C, who may get hold of it, may fill has been issued? We all know very well in the fect I perceive in this bill. It is this: it provides, | up the blank assignment and may make the locaWestern country, that when you come to divide a that if the warrant shall have issued before the tion, and you have no remedy. If the bill oppose land warrant amongst a half-a-dozen heirs in that death of the warrantee, then such warrant shall | obstruction to that kind of assignment, I think it way, it amounts to nothing. The original inten- pass to, and be invested, in his widow, if he shall | will have accomplished a good end. If it is stolen, tion was to provide for the widow, and then for leave one; if no widow, then to his minor heirs. || the thief might indorse his name upon it at once, the minor children, to help her to support and edu- Now suppose a man dies after obtaining his war- and the mere indorsement transfers it from hand cate them until they arrived at maturity, and able rant, and leaves no widow and no minor heir, it to hand. If the blanks were left open to be filled, to take care of themselves.
would seem this bill intends to deprive his general | all these guards we have studied to throw around The sixth section of the act provides that the heirs of the warrant in that case.
them, and which the Department has endeavored warrants which have been or may hereafter be Mr. STEPHENS, of Georgia. That is the in- to throw around them, would be good for nothissued under these acts, may be located upon any tention of the bill.
ing. I think experience will show the gentleman lands of the United States subject to private entry. Mr. MEADE. I hardly suppose the gentleman is mistaken in another thing. I understand the In other words, this section repeals a proviso which from Georgia (Mr. Stephens) understands me. construction which the Department has given to we recollect was forced upon Congress with our The warrant has been issued; it is in the posses- the law as it now stands is, that if a soldier dies eyes open, requiring these warrants to be located sion of the claimant; he keeps it for twelve before he locates his land warrant, it does not pass upon lands then in market. I allude to the proviso months, or five years, and dies without having as- to his heirs, but the warrant has to be surrendered which was moved to the civil and diplomatic ap- signed it, leaving no widow or infant children—is up. If he leaves a widow, however, it goes to propriation bill, by a gentleman from Ohio, [Mr. it intended by this bill that this warrant shall go her; and if no widow, to his minor children. If Vinton,] not now a member of this House. back to the Government, thus cutting off the gen- he has no widow, he then has no right under the
Mr. LOCKHART. I wish to ask the gentleman eral heirs? In that case, by inference, this bill law. That is the construction put upon it, and whether this sixth section does not violate one of would seem to involve such a result, for it says, if the committee did not feel authorized from the the general land laws—whether it does not permit the warrant shall have issued before his death, action of this House, to change that construction these warrants to be located upon alternate sections then such warrant shall pass to, and be invested, by positive enactment. That is the answer I have reserved at a double price where lands have been in his widow; if no widow, then to his minor to make. Now, in reference to the sixth section, granted to railways and other public improvements? || heirs. In a majority of cases, they have no widow I hope that by unanimous consent the amendment
Mr. DUNHAM. I take it the fair construction and minor heirs. Many of these soldiers are so may be made limiting the locations upon land of this law would not interfere with that class of old that all of their children have grown up. In which may be in market at the time of the localands. They are not embraced in the term “to such a case as that, warrants would be dead prop- tion, at the minimum price. If there is no objecbe subject to private entry." I apprehend when erty, and pass to nobody; but it would appear || tion, I submit an amendment, to come in at the we speak of lands open to private entry, the fair such a warrant was in existence, and so much end of this section in these words: “At the miniinterpretation would be, lands open to private entry land had passed out of th hands of the Govern- mum price." at the minimum price. That was the intention of
It would involve great abuses.
Mr. BISSELL. I would like to inquire of the the committee; and if gentlemen think the bill is Mr. STANTON, of Tennessee. I hope the honorable chairman of this select committee what not sufficiently guarded in that respect, they can gentleman from Virginia will allow me to ask him motion he intends to make in reference to this amend it.
a question in reference to this matter. This lan- | bill? The seventh section repeals the proviso to the guage seems to apply to warrants now in exist- Mr. DUNHAM. I intend to move its reference original bill, which prevents members of Congress, ence, and to cases in which the holder may have to the Committee of the Whole on the state of the who are entitled to bounty land under the late law, died, or may hereafter die. I ask the gentleman, !| Union. I will state, that my object in doing that and under the Mexican bounty land law, from whether it is possible for the Government of the is, because it will be impossible to dispose of the receiving it. I have given this brief explanation, United Siates to control the descent of that prop- bill to-day, and unless such a motion is made the that the House may be aware of the reasons that erty–whether it is not controlled by the laws bill will go upon the Speaker's table, and, conseled to the adoption of this bill. of the State?
quently, will not come up to-morrow. I make Mr. MEADE. If the gentleman will allow Mr. MEADE. I will reply to the gentleman that motion with the expectation of withdrawing
from Tennessee [Mr. Stanton) by saying that it it at the proper time. Mr. DUNHAM yielded.
is my opinion that it is not competent for this bill Mr. BISSELL. I understand now, and I am Mr. MEADE. To bills of this character, when to change rights already vested, and therefore it glad to hear it, that the honorable chairman of this before the House, it is very inconvenient, if pos- could not apply to warrants heretofore issued. I select committee designs to have this bill referred sible, to get amendments in deemed to be essential. will state another thing to the House. I have re- to the Committee of the Whole on the state of the I will suggest to the gentleman from Indiana (Mr. ceived letters from the Department, in which they i Union. Dunham) some of the defects I consider attached have given this construction to the law of 1850: if Mr. DUNHAM. I supposed the gentleman to this bill. In the first place, he has altered a man makes application in his lifetime for his from Illinois (Mr. Bissell) at the time merely the mode by which assignments shall be made warrant, and dies before that warrant issues, that rose to make an inquiry. I intended to submit and proved, by abrogating the forms recognized it cannot issue unless he has a widow and infant that motion. by the Department, and requiring these assign- children. And in one case particularly in my dis- Mr. JOHNSON, of Arkansas. I rise to a privments to be authenticated in the same way deeds trict, a widow made application for the land to ileged question, that will entitie me to the floor, so are authenticated in the State where the holder of which her deceased husband would have been enti- far as that question is concerned. It is to move to the warrant lives. Now, I think it is very likely tled, but before the warrant issued in her case, she take up the business on the Speaker's table. This that in many of the States of this Union, as in my also died, and the Department decided she was not bill will stand as the first business in order in the own, it would prevent the sale of the warrants, entitled to it, nor her heirs. Now it seems to me, || morning. or at least incumber them with so many difficul- by the words of that bill, if a man be living at the The SPEAKER. · The morning hour having ties, that the object of this amendment, explana- time of the date of that bill, and died previous to expired, the gentleman from Arkansas, (Mr.JOHNtory to the act passed by Congress, would be en- his obtaining his warrant from the office, that it is son) has a right to arrest proceedings for the purtirely defeated. We all know that the mode by a vested right, descendable to his heirs generally, pose of submitting the motion he has made. which warrants are now assignable is by assign- and they cannot be divested of it by any construc- Mr. JOHNSON. I will ask if this bill does ment in blank, and they are certified in the usual tion given to that law by the Department. I think, not come up the first business in the morning, if way by a notary or magistrate, with the certificate if the House agree with me that if a man be living we proceed with the business upon the Speaker's and seal of the clerk of the county in which the at the date of the last bill, and entitled to his war- table? party resides. They are passed off
' into the hand rant, he has a vested and indefeasible right to it, The SPEAKER, The Chair thinks it will. of some attorney, or member of Congress, to sell that such a declaration ought to be contained in Mr. JOHNSON. I will make the motion to for the claimant, and when he sells he inserts the this bill; for I copsider the construction given to refer it to the Committee of the Whole; and that name of the assignee. Such an assignment as the act by the officers is entirely unwarrantable. will bring it up as the first business in order.
The SPEAKER. The gentleman cannot have her Majesty's Secretary of State, suggesting measures to rior, transmitting estimates of appropriations nethe floor to submit that motion. be adopted for the encouragement of emigration to the
cessary to meet deficiencies in the service of this West Indies from the United States. Mr. JONES, of Tennessee. I wish to inquire
“GOVERNMENT HOUSE, ANTIGUA, November 18, 1850. Department for the fiscal year ending 30th June, if the House now pass to the business upon the
1852, amounting to some $700,000.
(CIRCULAR.) Speaker's table-a motion having been made to
On motion by Mr. HOUSTON, it was re
“ DOWNING STREET, October 16, 1850. refer this bill to the Committee of the Whole upon «SIR: I have to acquaint you that it has been suggested
ferred to the Committee of Ways and Means, the state of the Union-if this bill will not go to me that a desirable class of emigrants for the West In- and ordered to be printed. to the Speaker's table and come up as the unfindiant Colomies might be induced to come to them from
Mr. JONES, of Tennessee. I would ask the ished business? among the black and colored population of the United
chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means States, whose arrival and location, if they choose to come, The SPEAKER. That is the course the bill
would, I have no doubt, be advantageous both to thein- if it would not be better to send that communicawill take. selves and the colonies.
tion back to the Department of the Interior and Mr. DUNHAM. Then I move to refer this “ I am not aware of anything which can be done by the
ask them to submit their estimates according to bill to the Committee of the Whole upon the state | yond showing a readiness to pass acts giving the privilege Colonial Governments to encourage such immigration be
the laws, and what has heretofore been the pracof the Union.
tice. It has always been the practice, and I beMr. JOHNSON, of Arkansas. I call for the settle there, and providing that a bounty should be payable lieve the law requires it, that they shall submit business upon the Speaker's table.
on such inmigrants, under such arrangements as may be their estimates to the Secretary of the Treasury,
thought desirable. BRITISH WEST INDIA COLONIES.
“I could also suggest, as deserving of consideration, and he shall send them in here. Some days ago The SPEAKER then laid before the House a
whether laws mighi not be passed rendering binding, on we had an estimate from the Navy Department,
certain conditions, engagements to pay sums of money communication from the President of the United which may have been agreed on by immigrants, although
and now we have one from the Department of the States; which was read as follows, viz: such engagements may have been contracted in America
Interior. I suppose in a short time the War De-
partment will present one, too; and after a while To the House of Representatives :
"I have, &c.,
GREY." the Secretary of the Treasury will also submit In answer to the resolution of the House of Representa
Mr. Lawrence to Mr. Owens.
one. In my opinion, they should all be sent back, tives of the 5th instant, 1 berewith transmit to it a report
LONDON, November 8, 1851. and made in accordance with the law and custom. and accompanying papers from the Secretary of State.
MY DEAR SIR : I have just received a reply to my note I move, therefore, that this communication be MILLARD FILLMORE.
to Lord Palmerston, accompanied by Lord Grey's explaua- returned to the Secretary of the Interior, and that DEPARTMENT OF STATE, tion of the dispatch to which I called his attention. I am
he be directed to submit it according to law. WASHINGTON, January 10, 1852.
assured that he never intended to sanction or suggest enterTo the President of the United States : ing into any arrangement with regard to slaves not first
Mr. STANLY. If the Secretary of the InteThe Secretary of State, to whom has been referred the
known to and approved by the masters; and that so far rior has been guilty of any neglect or duy, he has resolution which was adopted by the House of Represent
from supposing that any American would or could complain not done so certainly with any intention. I hope Blives of the United States on ihe 5th instant, requesting
of the proposed arrangement, it was believed the slavehold my friend from Tennessee [Mr. Jones) will not the President to conmunicate to that House, if not incom
ers would receive it with satisfaction, and join in carrying resort to this mode of proceeding. After the com
it into effect. patible with the public interest, any information he may possess, respecting a circular which was issued by the Sec
It appears that Lord Grey has been aware for some time mittee have had this paper under examination, retary of State for the British Colonial Department, on the
that the West India Colonies are suffering for the want of they can report such resolution and send it back; 16th of October, 1850, relative to the employment in her
an adequate supply of labor. A gentleman from these colBritannic Majesty's West India Colonies, or free blacks and onies directed his attention to the fact that there were in
but to throw it back now in the face of the Seereliberated slaves from the United States, and particularly
some of the slaveholding States a large number of free tary, is certainly not becoming ourselves or him. what action the Legislative Assemblies of the British West
blacks whom the whites would be glad to have removed, I hope my friend from Tennessee will not insist India Islands have taken in pursuance of the suggestions and who would meet to a certain extent the wants of the
upon his motion, for I think it is a little uncourcontained” in said circular, has the honor to report to the colonies. Knowing it to be the policy of the slave States
teous. President the accompanying copy of papers, which embrace
to rid themselves of such a population, he thought a measall the information possessed by this Department on the ure contemplating such a result would be favorably re
Mr. JONES. The manner in which they make subject of the said resolution. Respectfully submitted. ceived by them.
their reports to Congress looks a little uncourteous,
to say the least of it.
Mr. HOUSTON. I made no reply to my friend
to emancipate their slaves, from Tennessee, because I took it for granted that LONDON, November 14, 1851. if they could be assured of their being removed from the the remarks he had made would bring the subject SIR: A few weeks since George W. Owens, 'Esq., of country. Georgia, called upon me to say that he had seen a newspa- He was informed that the laws forbade emancipation,
to the attention of the heads of the Department, per, published in the Island of Antigua, containing a cireu- unless the liberated slaves were also removed, and that the
so that they would hereafter pursue the ordinary lar dispatch from the Colonial Office, recommending the expense of this prevented persons who would otherwise course of communicating through the Secretary of British West India Colonies to enter into contracts with emancipate their slaves from doing so. But it was said a || the Treasury to Congress. I believe, with the genpersons held in slavery in the United States. Soon after the measure would be acceptable which would enable such interview he furnished me with a copy of the dispatch. persoas to remove their slaves from the country when liber
tleman from North Carolina, (Mr. STANLY,] that Mr. Owens seemed greatly annoyed at Lord Grey's dis- ated without expense to themselves.
it would be, probably, too severe a rebuke to send it pateb, although I told him that this Government could not With this view he prepared a plan, which should aim at back. The remarks of the gentleman from Tenbave the intention of meddling with slavery in the United the employment in the West India Colonies of free blacks
nessee have sufficiently presented the subject to States. He, bowever, was anxious for an explanation from the United States; and should also offer to the plantfrom the Government. I did not feel authorized, nor did ers the prospect, not only of a removal of their liberated
the attention of the heads of the Departments; so I think it wise to make an official matter of the subject, as slaves without expense, but of a recovery of a portion of much so, that they will hereafter follow the law I believed I could accomplish the object in a more satisfac- their value also. fle recommended this plan to the colonies, and custom upon that subject. It is certainly tory manner by a personal interview. I accordingly called and wrote the circular in question in the belief that the want | irregular and unusunl to make this sort of comon Lord Palmerston, in the absence of Lord Grey, and re- of labor would be supplied from these two sources, with the ceived from him a verbal explanation, disclaiming any such assent and coöperation of the slaveholders and the govern
munication, but still I agree with the gentleman purpose as Mr. Owens had drawn from the language of the ments of the slaveholding States.
from North Carolina (Mr. STANLY) that it would dispatch. On Lord Grey's return to town, I received from It is to be regretted that, with such an end in view, lan
probably be too decided a step for us to take, at him an informal note to the same effect. I immediately guage should have been employed capable of a different wrote Mr. Owens a note, imbodying the substance of these explanations, and received from him a reply, dated at Livconstruction, but this explanation appears to deprive it of this time, to send it back.
Mr. JONES. It certainly would not be any erpool, expressing dissatisfaction with them. Not know- With great consideration, I remain, dear sir, very faith- stronger expression of the House towards that ing what use he may make in the United States of the cir- fully yours,
ABBOTT LAWRENCE. Department than this course is, upon the part of cular dispatch, I deem it my duty to place you in possession of a copy of my letter to him. I have read this letter to
On motion by Mr. BAYLY, the communication the Department, uncourteous towards the House. Lord Palinerston, and have received from him an assurance was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, The law requires, if I mistake not, that the several that it is entirely in accordance with his own views, with and ordered to be printed.
Departments shall submit their estimates to the the views of Lord Grey, and with those of the Cabinet Min
Congress of the United States through the TreasThe dispatch in question was, as you will see, sent to
ury Department. The Treasury Department is the West Indies some time in the autumn of 1850, and as it
The SPEAKER laid before the Housea commu
required by law to make its report directly to the has never been heard of in the United States, 1 apprehend nication from the Treasury Department, transmit- Congress of the United States. Since I have been it was never acted upon by the Colonial
Legislatures. It ting a statement of additional appropriations re- here it has been the uniform practice, I believe, I believe, of the mixed Commission in Cuba, and an agent
quired for the current fiscal year in the bureaus of when the Secretary of the Treasury submits his of this Government in matters connected with the slave
said Department, amounting to $16,500. Also, || annual estimates of appropriations to accompany trade. He was in Washington about two years since, and for the contingent expenses of the branch Mint at them also with such estimates for deficiencies for while there saw many persons of Maryland, Virginia, and New Orleans, $12,000; and for annuities and drafts the current year as the several Departments may other Southern States, respecting the tree colored people of $750; amounting in the aggregate to $29,250. those States, and communicated the result of his observa
report to him. If gentlemen thinle that the course tions to this Government.
On motion by Mr. HOUSTON, referred to the || I suggested would be too severe a rebuke towards I should not bave thought it necessary to trouble you with Committee of Ways and Means, and ordered to the Secretary, 1 will withdraw the motion I made, this matter, if Mr. Owen had expressed himself satisfied be printed. with my letrer.
and move to lay the communication upon the I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your obedi- The SPEAKER also laid before the House a | table, and there let it rest until it comes to us in a
ABBOTT LAWRENCE. communication from the Treasury Department, proper manner. Hon. Daniel WEBSTER, Secrewry of State, Washing- transmitting statements from the War Department The question was then taken on Mr. Jones's ton.
of additional appropriations necessary for the sup- || motion, and it was agreed to. Eztract from the Antigua Weekly Register; published in which, port of the Army for the present fiscal year; So the communication was laid upon the table.
Mr. JONES, of Tennessee. I rise to a privithe city of St. John's, 26th November, 1850.
On motion by Mr. HOUSTON, was referred to leged question. I understand that there is a simHouse of ASSEMBLY,
THURSDAY, November 21, 1850. the Committee of Ways and Means, and ordered | ilar communication from the Navy Department, When the House was formed, which was not before two to be printed.
which has been referred to the Committee of o'clock, Mr. Speaker informed the House that he had received a message from the Governor-in-Chief, which he DEFICIENCY ESTIMATES-DEPARTMENT
Ways and Means. I move to reconsider the vote read, as follows:
by which it was so referred, in order that it, too,
OF THE INTERIOR. R. J. McIntosh, the Governor-in-Chief, transmits, for
may be laid upon the table until sent in in the the information of the House of Assembly, the accompany
The SPEAKER also laid before the House a regular manner. ng copy of a circular dispatch which he has received
from communication from the Department of the Inte- Mr. HOUSTON. I think the gentleman from