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also of the mode in which payments should here- Mr. HOUSTON. I do not like to have my the reporter; but he was understood to inquire if after be made.
time taken up
I suppose it is General Green's the Government of Mexico would not prefer to Mr. HOUSTON. We not only indicate the circular to which the gentleman reters.
have the money paid here, or deposited in some manner in which we desire the pryment to be Mr. MEADE. No; it is contained in the cor- bank in New York, rather than to have it paid in made, but we require it, if this amendment shall respondence submitted to us yesterday.
the city of Mexico ? be agreed to, to be made in a mode different from Mr. HOUSTON. In the correspondence sub- Mr. HOUSTON. I will reply to the question, the one adopted by the President. I feel sure, as mitted to us yesterday, the Mexican Minister says and I will do it frankly. I presume I am in his I said before, that one of the inducements for the he conversed with Mr. Webster about the bilis condition upon that point, wholly without proof. adoption of that amendment is, that it shall reflect which he said his Government wanted this Gov
I can guess, as he can guess; that is all either of sipon the Secretary of State; for, if we transfer the ernment to accept. Mr. Webster substantially, us can do. There is no evidence before Congress, payment of this installment to the Secretary of the if not in words, denies the statement, There is nor has there been this session, showing the presTreasury, the gentleman from Virginia (Mr. an issue; and upon that issue what can we do? ent wish of Mexico. But then, even admitting BAYLY) says the Secretary of the Treasury assured Is the proof sufficiently conclusive lo establish the that the correspondence just received shows that him he would adopt the arrangment of the Secre- fact; and if the fact be proven, is that enough to at the last Congress Mexico desired the payment tary of State; then what do we accomplish, except
merit a censure in the absence of any previous in- to be made by the acceptance of her bills, that it may be to take an unncessary responsibility, dication by Congress that Mexico should be con- while that proposition was never presented in form where no good can and some harm may result sulted and permitted to change the mode and place to this Government, the very correspondence itself from our action. Both Departments are under of paymeni if she desired? Admit, however, that also shows that even if it had been, it has been long the control and supervision of the President of the at the last Congress it would have been better to since entirely withdrawn, and is not now before United States.
change the mode of paying this installment, still If that is again brought about, it is to be done Mr. MEADE. The gentleman is mistaken. I the argument can avail nothing here, for circum
anew, and we could not safely act in the absence will put him right upon this point. The question stances have materially changed. Then we had of proper authority from Mexico. And while I am now is upon the adoption of the amendment of the quite twelve months in which to operate, now we unwilling now to discuss the question of the power gentleman from California, (Mr. MARSHALL.] have less than four months, and we must yield to of Congress over treaties, I am free to repeai what That amendment does not require the Secretary
the circumstances in which we are placed-we are : I have before said, that we cannot alter this treaty of the Treasury to do anything.
controlled by the circumstances that surround as to the mode and place of payment, by any auMr. HOUSTON. What does it do then? us—and in ihe discharge of our duly we must thority short of the Supreme Government of MexMr. MEADE. It requires the President to so make the best of what we have.
ico-I mean that the Congress of Mexico must cause the payment to be made in the manner that There is another fact which I wish to notice, and legislate, and give authority to do the act. I might shall be the most satisfactory to the Mexican it is the action of Congress heretofore in relation be willing to risk a discharge under that authority, Government.
to these installments. I believe this bill ought to but I would certainly accept nothing short of that; Mr. HOUSTON. Then I understand the gen- pass, and I believe it ought to pass as it is, with- and if we pay this money in any other mode than teman from Virginia not to be in favor of the out amendment. I believe it, from the fact that we that pointed out in the treaty itself, without such amendment of the gentleman from Tennessee, (Mr. owe the money to Mexico, and have pledged our authority, I fear we would not discharge our liaJohnson,) and to be willing that the Secretary of faith to pay it on the 30th of May next. There bility. There are other remarks I would like to State shall continue to discharge this duty, and are other circumstances coming in to corroborate submit, but for fear my time may be exhausted make the payments.
that belief. This subject was acted upon in the before I get through, I wish to call the attention of Mr. MEADE. I have no objection.
Thirtieth Congress, and at the last session of that the committee to the facts connected with the payMr. HOUSTON. The gentleman has no ob- Congress, with almost entire unanimity, a bill ments which have heretofore been made. The jection to the Secretary of State continuing, but he passed into a law providing for the payment of honorable gentleman from Virginia, (Mr. Bayly,] desires that the payment shall be made according iwo installments: the one falling due in May, who is now at the head of the Committee on Forto the wishes of the Mexican Government. Now, 1849, and the other one falling due in May, 1850. | eign Relations, was inaccurate, to some extent, in I ask the honorable member, if he did not, in an- That bill passed with only eight dissenting voles. his statements in regard to the payment of some other part of his speech, admit that we had not This bill contains precisely the same provisions of of the installments which have already been made. now time to make any change in the order of that one, leaving the money to be paid by the I find, from an examination of the books and rethings connected with the payment of the install- Executive. A bill upon the same subject, and cords in the Departments, that the first paymentmeat soon to fall due?
with precisely similar provisions, also passed the a payment made in cash after the treaty-was made Mr. MEADE. I will reply to the gentleman, first session of the Thirty-first Congress with but by the President of the United States, Mr. Polk, by saying that I made no such admission. I dis- few negative votes. So the provisions of this bill not through the Rothschilds, as the gentleman tinctly stated, that I believed that if we would have received the sanction of the Thirtieth and the stated, but it was, to a large extent, made through signify to Mexico that we were willing to pay this Thirty-first Congresses-voted for by all parties the War Department. It was arranged by the Secinstallment in the manner which she should deem and very nearly by all the members. All we ask retary of War, all except about eight hundred most advisable, that a contract might be made in now is, that we shall pass this bill as it is, with thousand dollars. I have some extracts here thirty days.
out amendment. My anxiety to defeat all amend- from official documents, which I will read. Eight Mr. HOUSTON. The gentleman, as I under- ments to the bill grows out of my view of the best hundred thousand dollars of the cash payment stood him at the time, spoke of the propriety of a mode of advancing the public interest, and not for the was made by the purchase here from A. Belmont change in the treaty. But there certainly is not purpose of shielding any individual, either in public of bills upon Lionel Davidson, of the city of time now for the two Governments to make a or private life; nor do I agree that Congress must Mexico. 'Those bills, it is true, as the gentlechange so as to allow the payment to be made dif- under all circumstances appropriate the money man stated, were purchased by Mr. Walker, and ferently-according to the wishes of Mexicomand and leave it under the control of the President; not paid for in Treasury notes, dollar for dollar. I present it to this committee: is there sufficient at all.
If Congress should believe the money But those Treasury notes were not at a premium time between now and the 30th May next for open- would, for corrupt purposes or otherwise, be mis- at that time, or if at a premium, it was small. ing a negotiation with Mexico, for a change in the applied, it would not only be competent for Con- | These bills were purchased in March, 1848, and terms of the treaty? I do not understand the gen- gress to control it, but it would be its duty to do before this Government knew certainly whether tleman from Virginia as saying that the Executive
the treaty would be ratified in due form by the Government of Mexico can make any change in The gentleman from New York (Mr. Brooks) | treaty-making power of Mexico. I will read an the time or place or manner of receiving the says that the last Congress, by passing the bill extract from a letter of the Secretary of War to money to be paid to her under the twelfth article when these facts were before the country, adopted Major General Butler, throwing light upon this of the treaty of the 20 February, 1848, but, on the the arrangement that was pursued by the Presi- || subject: contrary, that he agrees that there can be no sub- dent; and if we pass this bill now, we thereby
"WAR DEPARTMENT, stantial change made in the treaty, unless it be approve the course the Secretary has pursued and
“WASHINGTON, March 30, 1848.
« SIR: Should the treaty sent out by our commissioner be done by a higher authority than the Executive proposes to pursue. I take issue with the gentle
ratified, it will be necessary for the United States to make Government of that Republic. You must have the man there. I intend to vote for this bill as it is.
inmediate payment to Mexico of $3,000,000. To meet this action of the treaty-making powers, before any But then I repudiate entirely, for myself and for payınent, you have been invested with authority to draw material change can be made in any treaty. In all these gentlemen around me, the idea that by so for that amount on the Treasury of the United States. Apthis case, and in my view of it, we are bound to doing I indorse or approve what Mr. Webster has
prehensions are here entertained, that by a combination
among those who would be able to purchase such drafts, or have at least the action of the Supreme Government done or what he may do in this matter. If from some other cause, you might not be able to raise so large of Mexico in favor of the change. Even that might charges of fraud, corruption, or mismanagement a sum of money on them without a discount, perhaps an exnot do--and anything short of it would surely avail be presented against Mr. Webster, then will be orbitant one. It has, therefore, been thought advisable to
make arrangements here, providing for a considerable part us nothing. But I undertake to say that, accurd - the proper time to examine into his course, and
of the amount which may be wanted.” ing to my information, there is no evidence before to investigate the conduct of the Executive. Then the House, and there has been none since the meet- will I be prepared to go into that investigation, I Then follow the instructions to pay the proing of this Congress—there was none before the hope, with fairness to all concerned, but with an ceeds to that installment. So if there was a preCommittee of Ways and Means-going to show unflinching determination to discharge my entire mium on Treasury notes at that time, that adthat Mexico desires to draw upon this Government || duty.
vantage was not lost, because, in the arrangement for this installment. Such evidence may have Mr. Chairman, I wish to repeat, what I a few wlrich was made by Secretary Walker in the purbeen before the last Congress; that is, however, moments since stated, that, by the adoption of chase of those bills, this Government was not to pay denied
this bill in its present form, we only do that which interest upon the amount until the bills were disMr. MEADE. There is evidence before the we have done heretofore, and that which we usu- posed of by our commissioner in Mexico, and the House now.
ally do in regard to all other bills of like character proceeds applied to our debt there. So that it Mr. HOUSTON. I should like to know what || -appropriate the money to enable the President enabled this Government to hold itself in readievidence?
to carry out the treaty; and we by no means in- ness to pay, whenever the treaty would be ratiMr. MEADE. I will read it, if the gentleman dorse the plan he may choose to adopt.
fied. And that was a contingency beyond our desires, and will give me time.
Mr. MEADE here made a remark inaudible to knowledge, and one which might not happen for
several months. We could not tell when it would for light-house purposes in the year 1851, includ- California, instructing the Senators and requesting be ratified. The bills were purchased in that way. | ing those previously made but not received in the representatives to use their influence and efforts These bills were purchased in March, but the pro- time to be included in the last report of the Fifth to obtain an appropriation from Congress for the ceeds were realized in June. Upon the return of | Auditor; which was read and referred to the Com- relief of J.J. Petrié, Captain William Waldo, and the bills in July, the Treasury notes were issued, mittee on Commerce.
Charles W. Hall, for money expended in affordbut to bear interest from June, the time the money
ing relief to the destitute overland immigrants,
PETITIONS. was realized, so that the Government lost no premium, or if it did, it was made up in interest. Mr. SHIELDS presented three petitions of res- acting under the direction of the Sacramento Relief
Company; which was referred to the Committee idents of Illinois, praying the right of way and a Then, again, the sum of $1,151,874 16 of that
on Finance, and ordered to be printed. donation of land for the construction of a railroad cash payment was made through bills drawn by from Shawneetown to the Mississippi river, oppo
Also, the petition of Jonas Å. Levy, proposing Major General Butler upon the Treasury here in fa
to open a communication from Vera Cruz and site to Saint Louis; which was referred to the vor of Nathan Clifford, then the Commissioner of
Alvarado, on the Gulf of Mexico, to Huatulco, on the United States in Mexico. Those drafis were Committee on Public Lands.
the Pacific, and to convey the mail between New negotiated by Mr. Clifford, with Hargous & Co.,
Also, the petition of residents of Hancock coun
York and New Orleans, and San Francisco, in who paid a premium upon them of $41,107 662 | ty; Illinois, praying a grant of land to the State to
twenty days; which was referred to the Commitaid in the construction of the Warsaw and Peoria The balance of that cash payment was made by
tee on Naval Affairs. and Warsaw and Rockford railroads; which was the use of money in the military chest-military
Mr. MASON presented the memorial of a comcontributions—and by turning over property of referred to the Committee on Public Lands.
mittee of the Corporation of Georgetown, praying the army to the Government of Mexico.
Also, the memorial of the Rector and Vestry of
an appropriation to remove obstructions in the St. John's Church, Washington city, praying navigation of the Potomac river below said town, [Here the Chairman's hammer fell.]. Mr. HOUSTON. I think my time has not ex
that a sum of money paid by that Church to the caused by the construction of the bridge connectpired. I believe I bave some six minutes yet.
Commissioner of Public Buildings for a square of ing the city of Washington with the shores of The CHAIRMAN. The gentleman's time has ll ground, which President Monroe authorized the Virginia; which was referred to the Committee for fully expired, and the question is upon the amendChurch
the District of Columbia. ment of the gentleman from Tennessee, [Mr. || funded, and that the said Commissioner may be Johnson.) authorized to give the Church a deed for the land; | Nathaniel Mothershead, praying a pension for
Mr. ATCHISON presented the petition of Mr. DÚNCAN. I have an annendment I wish
which was referred to the Committee for the Dis-services rendered during the last war with Great
trict of Columbia. to offer.
Britain; which was referred to the Committee on The CHAIRMAN. It is not in order now,
Also, the memorial of Daniel Bread and other
Pensions. there being an amendment to an amendment pend- Oneida Chiefs, praying compensation for the cap
Mr. BORLAND presented the memorial of ture of three British gun-boats during the war of James D. Johnson, asking to be allowed the difing. Mr. DUNCAN. Can I offer an amendment to 1812; which was referred to the Committee on
ference of pay between that of a master and a the original bill? Military Affairs.
lieutenant in the Navy during the time he per. The CHAIRMAN. The two amendments
Also, the petition of F. E. Hunt and other offi
formed the duty of a lieutenant while a master on pending are to the original bill.
cers of the Army, stationed at Fort Leavenworth, | board the United States storeship “Relief;" which Mr. HARRIS, of Tennessee. I move that the || Missouri, praying that certain recommendations
was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs. committee do now rise. of the Secretary of War in relation to rank and
Mr. DOWNS presented the petition of the heirs The question was then taken, and on a division
command in the Army, submitted to Congress, of Thomas C. Lewis, praying the relinquishment there were-ayes 91, noes not counted. may not receive the sanction of that body; which
in their favor of the title of the United States to The committee accordingly rose, and the Speakwas referred to the Commitee on Military Affairs.
certain lands claimed by them in the Bastrop Grant; er having resumed the chair, the Chairman of the
Mr. WADE presented a petition of citizens of which was referred to the Committee on Private committee (Mr. Jones) reported that the ComAshtabula, Ohio, praying the establishment of a
Land Claims. mittee of the Whole upon the state of the Union || telegraphic communication between Fort Inde
Mr. CASS presented the petition of Johnson had had the state of the Union generally under pendence and the Pacific ocean; which was re
Lykins, stating that he is the discoverer of certain ferred to the Committee on the Post Office and consideration, and especially House bill No. 46,
tin mines, and praying the passage of an act giving Post Roads. providing for the payment of the Mexican idemnity, and had come to no conclusion thereon.
Also, the proceedings of a meeting of citizens of time; which was referred to the Committee on
him the privilege of working them for a limited On motion of Mr. RICHARDSON, the House
Canton, Ohio, recommending the interposition of Public Lands.
the Government of the United States in behalf of then adjourned to meet on Monday next.
Also, the memorial of the widow of John Scol. the people of Hungary; which was referred to the || lay, praying a pension for the services of her hus
Committee on Foreign Relations.
band during the revolutionary war; which was re
Mr. HALE presented the petition of Samuel ferred to the Committee on Pensions. The following petitions, memorials, &c., were presented | Knox, praying bounty land for services during the under the rule, and referred to the appropriate committees:
Also, the petition of the widow of Ebenezer revolutionary war; which was referred to the Com- Brown, praying a pension for the services of her By Mr. KUHNS: The petition of citizens of WestmoreJand county, Pennsylvania, praying for the retablishment mittee on Revolutionary Claims.
husband during the revolutionary war; which of a direct mail route from Greensburg to West Newton,
Also, a petition of citizens of Millsborough, was referred to the Committee on Pensions. in said county: Pennsylvania, praying the repeal of the late law
Mr. UNDERWOOD. I have the petition of By Mr. MCNAIR: 'Two petitions of citizens of Marcus for the delivery of fugitives from service or labor; Joel Hickman and some forty or fifty others. Hook, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, asking for an ap. propriation of $20,000 for the improveinent of the piers at
and a petition of citizens of Millsborough, Penn- They are Kentuckians, and they pray for an obthat place.
sylvania, praying the abolition of slavery in the ject which meets my cordial approbation. It is By Mr. IIART: A petition from W. H. Seabring and District of Columbia. others, residing in the city of New York, asking an appro
ihat the Congress and Government of the United priation of a sum of money to assist in detraying expenses
Ordered, That they lie on the table.
States may take such steps in their relations and incurred by exhibitors at the World's Fair.
Mr. DAVIS presented the petition of the ad- intercourse with foreign nations as will tend to By Mr. ROBBINS: The petition (with map or chart al- ministrator of William Johonnot, deceased, pray- establish a tribunal by which questions which tached) of Captain Jonas P. Levy, a resident of New York city, asking Congress to grant to him the right of carrying
ing to be allowed interest on commutation pay; have heretofore involved nations in war may be the mail, on conditions therein set forth, froin New York which was referred to the Committee on Revolu- peacefully settled by arbitration, so as to prevent and New Orleans, by way of Vera Cruz, the head waters tionary Claims.
ihe evils resulting from war. I hope that it may of the Alvarado and Tonto, thence to the port of liuatuleo, Mr. DAVIS. I present, also, the petition of be received and referred, without reading, to the and thence to San Francisco. The whole time from New York in San Francisco will take but twenty days.
Albert Tyler and others, who represent ihemselves Committee on Foreign Relations. By THOMAS M. HOWE: The petitiou of William
The motion was agreed to. Ragaly & Co., Lyon Shorb & Co., and others, praying Con.
of gress to authorize ihe purchase of the remaining interest of private stockholders in the Louisville and Portland Canal,
their opinion the construction of some artificial liam C. Daniell, against the projected improve. and for the construction of such additional work as shall be
mode of navigation around the Sault Sie. Marie ments of the General Government in relation to capable of passing boats of the largest class around the and the Falls of Niagara would be national works, certain obstructions in the Savannah river, and Fails of the Ohio river.
and of great public utility; that the country has recommending the construction of a ship chaynel reached in its progress a march of improvement across Hutchison's Island, as the most effective
which justifies the taking up that subject now. method of overcoming the obstructions known as IN SENATE.
They believe it to be necessary, and pray that it - The Wrecks" in the Savannah river;which was MONDAY, January 26, 1852.
may come under the consideration of Congress. referred to the Committee on Commerce. Prayer by the Chaplain, Rev. C. M. Butler. I do not know that it is pertinent, but I will ven- Also, the petition of John J. Sykes, praying
ture to suggest that inasmuch as this is a very compensation for services rendered under an apEXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS.
grave work it would be worth while to appropri- pointment from the special agent of the Post Of A message was received from the President of ate some of the public lands to accomplish the fice Department for California; which was referred the United States, made in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 13th of March, 1851,
great public object of getting round the Falls of to the Committee on the Post Office and Post
Niagara. I move that the petition be referred to Roads. transmitting a report of the Secretary of War, to the Committee on Commerce.
Mr. WADE presented the petition of Ira Reycontaining information in regard to the claims of The petition was so referred.
nolds, complaining of the rejection by the officers the citizens of California for services rendered Mr. GWIN presented a petition of the working of the Patent Office, of his application for letters and for money and property furnished in the years men employed at the Washington navy-yard, patent for certain improvements in the plough and 1846 and 1847, in the conquest of that country; || praying ihat pensions may be allowed for long and seed drills, and praying Congress to investigate which was read and ordered to lie on the table. faithful services, and for disability incurred in the the matter, and direct the issue of patents for so
The PRESIDENT pro tempore laid before the discharge of their duiy; which was referred to the much of his improvements as may be found to be Senate a communication from the Treasury De- Committee on Naval Affairs.
new and useful inventions; which was referred to partment, transmitting a list of the contracts made Also, a joint resolution of the Legislature of the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.
Mr. UPHAM presented a resolution of the Le- || Pensions, to which was referred the petition of
NOTICE OF A BILL. gislature of Vermont, requesting the Senators and Francis P. Gardiner, submitted a report, accom- Mr. CLEMENS gave notice that he should ask Representatives of that State in Congress to use panied by a bill for her relief.
leave to introduce a bill to extend the benefit of the all proper exertions to procure the effectual sup- The bill was read and passed to the second read- act to regulate intercourse with the Indian tribes, perssion of the slave trade. ing.
and to preserve peace on the frontiers, approved Ordered, That it lie on the table and be printed.
Ordered, That the report be printed.
the 3d of June, 1834, to the people of the Suate of Mr. PEARCE presented a memorial of under
Mr. BORLAND, from the Committee on Texas, and others. writers and merchants of Baltimore, Maryland, || Printing, to which was referred, on the 22d inpraying that the salary of the district judge of the stant, a motion by Mr. Hale, “ that two thou
BILL INTRODUCED. United States at Key West may be increased; sand additional copies of the charges and specifi- Mr. WHITCOMB, agreeably to previous 10w hich was referred to the Committee on the Judi- cations before a court of inquiry against William tice, asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill ci ary.
K. Latimer, a Captain in the Navy of the United granting the right of way and making a grant of He also presented a memorial of John F. Gil-States, and the accompanying papers," which were land to the States of Indiana, Illinois, and lowa, pin and oiher creditors of the late Republic of ordered to be printed for the use of the Senate, in aid of the construction of a railroad from the Texas, praying the enactment of such a law as reported thereon.
Wabash to the Missouri river; which was read vill enable ihem to obtain payment of their claims
The Senate proceeded to consider the motion; and passed to a second reading. against that Republic at the Treasury of the United and,
BRIGADIER GENERAL TALCOTT. States; which was referred to the Committee on
On motion by Mr. ATCHISON, it was Finance.
Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be post
Mr. SHIELDS submitted the following resoluponed until 10-morrow.
tion for consideration; which was agreed to: Mr. GWIN presented a resolution of the Legislature of California, in favor of an appropria- | dian Affairs, to which was referred the bill for the
Mr. ATCHISON, from the Committee on In- Resolved, That the Secretary of War be requested to
transmit to the Senate a copy of a letter from Brigadier Gention for compensating Nathaniel McMenafee for
eral Talcott to ('olonel B. Huger, dated November 1, 1850, the relief extended by him to the destitute overrelief of William A. Richmond, reported it with
the purport of which was stated in the proceedings, but the an amendment. land emigrants to that State; which was referred
orignal letter was not found until afterwards and forto the Committee on Finance and ordered to be
Mr. BRADBURY, from the Committee on the warded to the War Departinent by Colonel Huger. printed. Judiciary, to which was referred the bill concern
MISSION TO EASTERN ASIA. Mr. MASON presented the petition of Bancroft
ing the sessions of the courts of the United States Mr. CLARKE submitted the following resoluWoodcock, praying an extension of his patent for
in the district of Delaware, reported it without tion for consideration; which was agreed to: an improvement in the construction of the plough; amendment.
Resolved, that the President of the United States be re
Mr. JAMES, from the Committee on Patents which was referred to the Committee on Patents
quested to communicate to the Senate, if not incompatible and the Patent Office, to which was referred the with the public interest, the report of Mr. Ballastier, late and the Patent Office. petition of Zebulon Parker, reported a bill for his
Consul at Singapore, upon his mission to Eastern Asia, PAPERS WITHDRAWN AND REFERRED. relief; which was read and passed to the second
together with such of his correspondence and reports, inclu
ding his negotiations with the Sultan of Borneo, as may be On motion by Mr. McRAE, it was reading.
deemed of public interest. Ordered, That the memorial of The West Feliciana Rail- Mr. WHITCOMB, from the Committee of road Company, on the files of the Senate, be referred to
LAND CLAIMS IN CALIFORNIA. Claims, to which was referred the petition of the Committee on Finance. Mary B. Renher, submitted a report, accompanied
Mr. GWIN submitted the following resolution On motion by Mr. NORRIS, it by a bill for the relief of John F. Callan, admin
for consideration; which was agreed to: Ordered, That the documents on the files of the Senate istrator of Daniel Renner, deceased.
Resolved That the Secretary of the Interior be directed relating to the claims of the legatees of Thomas D. Ander
The bill was read, and passed to the second
to communicate to the Senate a copy of such instructions pon, be referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
as may have been given by the Department to the commisreading On motion by Mr. PEARCE, it was
sioners appointed pursuant to the act of Congress approved Ordered, That the report be printed.
3d Marcii, 1851, entitled " An act to ascertain and settle the Ordered, That John McColgan have leave to withdraw his petition and papers.
Mr. DOWNS, from the Committee on Private | private land clainis in the State of California," with a copy Land Claims, to which was referred the petition | Surveyor General of California in connection with the sub
of such instructions as may have been transmitted to the On motion by Mr. SOULE, it was of T. H. McManus, reported a bill to authorize
ject. Ordered, That the petition of N. Paillet, on the files of
T. H. McManus to enter by preëmption certain the Senate, be referred to the Committee or Claims. lands on the Greensbury land district, Louisiana;
MARY W. THOMPSON. On motion by Mr. SHIELDS, it was
which was read and passed to the second read- The Senate proceeded to consider, as in ComOrdered, That the memorial of George Talcott, presented ing.
mittee of the whole, the bill for the relief of the 11th December last, be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. BADGER, from the Committee on Naval Mary W. Thompson; and,
On motion by Mr. JONES, of lowa, it was Mr. FOOT, from the Committee on Pensions, | United States; which was read and passed to the
Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postpromote good conduct in the naval service of the
poned to Friday next. to which was referred the petition of Hugh W. second reading.
NON-INTERVENTION. Dobbin, submitted an adverse report; which was read.
ADDITIONAL COMMITTEE CLERK.
The Senate proceeded to consider, as in ComHe also, from the same committee, to which
The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution mittee of the Whole, the resolution some time was referred the petition of Brinton Paine, sub- reported by Mr. Walker the 22d instant, to
since offered by Mr. CLARKE, reaffirming the docmitted an adverse report; which was read.
authorize the Committee on Revolutionary Claims || trine of non-intervention; and, He also, from the same committee, to which
to employ a clerk. vere referred the documents in support of the claim
Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be post
poned to Wednesday, the 4th of February next, and that it of Samuel Crapin, submitted an adverse report; / ported that resolution in accordance with the unanwhich was read.
imous instruction of the Committee on Revolu- be made the special order for that day. Mr. WADE, from the Committee of Claims, to tionary Claims. To that committee a clerk is
MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE. which was referred the memorial of the heirs and absolutely necessary, in consequence of the in
A message from the House of Representatives, executors of Samuel Prioleau, submitted an ad
crease of the matter that comes before them. They by Mr. Forney, its Clerk, was read:
have much correspondence to attend to, and there verse report; which was read.
Mr. PRESIDENT: The Speaker of the House of Repre. On motion by Mr. WALKER, it was is necessarily some traveling, in which they re
sentatives having signed two enrolled bills, I am directed to quire the assistance asked for, if it is contemplated bring them to the Senate for the signature of its President. Ordered, That the Committee on Revolutionary Claims that they shall get through their business. be discharged from the further consideration of the petition
The PRESIDENT pro tem. signed the two enof Martha Gray, and that it be referred to the Committee on
Mr. HALE. I want to suggest whether it rolled bills this day reported to have been examPublic Lands.
would not be advisable, as a matter of economy, ined, and they were delivered to the committee to Mr. BORLAND, from the Committee on Print- | for the Senate to adopt the suggestion of Dr. Frank- be presented to the President of the United States. ing, to which was referred, the 29th December, a lin as to the barrel of pork, and say the blessing
They are as follows: resolution in relation to printing a geological report over the whole barrel at once. Would it not be
An act for the relief of Edward Everett, late a of Dr. D. D. Owen, reported the same with an better to introduce a general resolution?
sergeant in the United States Army; and amendment.
Mr. WALKER. I may make a statement by An act for the relief of the Virginia Woolen The Senate proceeded to consider the amend- the authority of the committee. There are mat
Company. ment; and in concurrence therewith,
ters now before the Committee on Revolutionary Resolved, That five thousand five hundred copies of the Claims, involving about four millions and a quar
ENGROSSED BILLS PASSED. report of Dr. D. D. Owen on the Geology of Iowa, Wiscon
ter of dollars. Every case before that committee The following engrossed bills and joint resolusin and Minnesota, be printed, in accordance with the reso- would, perhaps, if submitted to a court of justice, tions were severally read a third time and passed: Jution of the Senate at its last session, requiring the same be an intricate and litigated lawsuit. We have A bill for the compensation of James W. Low to be printed under the direction of the Commissioner of the General Land Office; and that five hundred copies of
to examine these matters; they involve in many and others for the capture of the British private the same be for the use of the General Land Office; two
instances an examination into the most minute armed schooner “ Ann,” during the late war with hundred copies to be given to Dr. Owen, and three hun- portions of the history of the Revolution. To get Great Britain; dred copies to the Smithsonian Institution for distribution.
papers from the departments, and have them prop- A bill for the relief of the children of Captain Mr. BADGER, from the Committee on Naval | erly certified, involves an amount of labor which Erastus A. Capron; Affairs, to which was referred a bill for the relief | I am inclined to think few committees in this body A bill granting a pension to Elizabeth Monroe; of M. K. Warrington and C. W. J. Chubb, ex- are called upon to perform. If these claims are to A bill to provide for the final settlement of the acecutors of Captain Lewis Warrington, reported be reported upon in proper time, and in a proper counts of Jonathan Kearsley, late receiver of pubthe same without amendment, and submitted a manner, it is necessary that the committee should lic moneys at Detroit, und of John Biddle, late report on the subject, which was ordered to be have a clerk. These are the considerations which register of the land office at that place; printed. have influenced the committee.
A bill for the relief of James Dunning; Mr. JONES, of Iowa, from the Committee on The resolution was adopted.
A bill for the relief of Julia Aiken;
ME WALKER. I will simply state that I re- l or emotion by Mr.CLARK, it was
A bill for the relief of the heirs and legal repre
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. fication of the resolution, and not to debate. Afsentatives of Colonel Alexander G. Morgan;
Monday, January 26, 1852,
ter I make the suggestion, if the gentleman does A bill for the relief of A. H. Cole;
The House met at twelve o'clock, m. Prayer
mot acquiesce in it, I will renew the call for the A bill for the relief of Charles A. Kellett;
previous question. A bill for the relief of Enoch Baldwin and by the Rev. Mr. BUTLER.
Mr. FULLER. I will hear the suggestion. others;
The Journal of Saturday was read and approved. Mr. BAYLY. The suggestion is, that the A bill for the relief of Theodore Offutt; and a CLAIMS PAID BY THE EXECUTIVE DEPART- practice we are getting into of calling upon the Joint resolution for the relief of Alexander P.
heads of Departments for reports to this House, Field, late secretary of Wisconsin Territory, and The SPEAKER stated that the first business
and thus treating, to a large extent, as independsureties. in order was the unfinished business of Monday
ent branches of the Executive, is a very bad praeDEBATES OF THE SENATE. last, being a motion made by the gentleman from
tice. The Executive is an unit; the President is The resolution to authorize the Secretary of the Maine (Mr. Fuller) to suspend the rules of the
the responsible man, and when we undertake to Senate to audit and settle the accounts of J. C. House to enable him to introduce the following
make these independent calls upon the heads of Rives, for reporting the debates and proceedings resolution:
the Departments, we are giving them a conseof the Senate, came up on its third reading.
Resolved, That the Secretary of State, the Secretary of
quence which the Constitution does not contemMr. GWIN. I hope that resolution will lie
the Treasury, the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary plate. In the early days of this Republic, they over until to-morrow.
of the Navy, the Secretary of War, and the Postmaster were treated as nothing but head elerks. They
General, be, and hereby are, instructed to cause to be reMr. BADGER. Why not pass it now? ported to this House, as soon as may be practicable, full
are now growing into a consequence, which i Mr. GWIN. I wish to move an amendment. and complete lists of all claims, if any, (including principal
think is inconsistent with the spirit of the ConstiThere will be no opposition to the resolution.
and interest, and designating each separately,) allowed and tution. That consequence arises, to a great ex
paid, by the respective Departments, or any bureaus there The motion to postpone was agreed to.
tent, out of the manner in which Congress treats
been previously presented, suspended, or disallowed, in
Mr. FULLER. I concur in the main with the The Senate, as in Committee of the Whole, re- claims; and also, that they cause to be reported the names remarks made by the gentleman from Virginia, sumed the consideration of the bill granting the
of all persons who at any time acted as the agents or soli- (Mr. Bayly;] but I do not wish, for reasons best
citors for said claims, and the persons who received any right of way and making a grant of land to the portion thereof, or were interested therein.
known to myself, to concur in the proposed State of Iowa, in aid of the construction of certain
amendment in this case.
Mr. CAMPBELL, of Ohio. I desire to inrailroads in said State.
The question being upon seconding the demand The pending question is on the substitute re- | will not so modify his resolution as to make it go quire of the gentleman from Maine, whether he
for the previous question, ported from the Committee on Public Lands.
Mr. HARRIS, of Tenneesse, called for tellers; Mr. UNDERWOOD addressed the Senate on back to the 4th of March, 1845? I hope he will do
which were ordered; and Messrs. Harris, of Tenthis bill through the remainder of the day's
as I would be glad to have the information. His speech will be found in the Appendix. Be
Mr. FULLER. If the gentleman desires, he nessee, and CHANDLER were appointed. can introduce another resolution to that effect.
The question was taken, and there were-ayes fore resuming his seat, he sui mitted the follow
83, noes 69. ing amendment as an addition to the substitute:
The yeas and nays were demanded and ordered.
So the previous question was seconded. Be it further enacted, Sc., That there shall be granted to
The question now being, Shall the main questhe States named in this section, for purposes of education
The question was then taken, and decided in
tion be now put? and of internal improvement, so much of the public domain the affirmative-yeas 134, nays 36; as follows: Mr. MILLER demanded the yeas and nays. as is specified for each, that is to say: To the State of Maine, YEAS-Messrs. Charles Allen, Ashe, Averett, Thos. H. 583,040 acres; to the State of New Hampshire, 317,760
Mr. MILLSON. I wish merely to inquire if Bayly, Bartlett, Beale, Bissell, Bragg, Breckenridge, Brenacres; to the State of Vermont, 313,920 acres; to the State ton, Brooks, A. G. Brown, Geo. H. Brown, Bueil, Busby,
the House should determine that the main questi of Massachusetts, 994,240 acres; to the State of Rhode Lewis D. Campbell, Thompson Campbell, Cartter, Clark, tion shall not be now put, whether the question Island, 147,520 acres; to the State of Connecticut, 370,560 || Clingman, Cobb, Colcock, Daniel, John G. Davis, Dawson, acres ; to the State of New York, 3,097,280 acres; to the
must not go over to some other day? Dean, Dimmick, Disney, Dockery, Dpty, Dunham, EastState of New Jersey, 489,280 acres; to the State of Penn- man, Edgerton, Faulkner, Ficklin, Fitch, Florence, Fow
The SPEAKER. It will go over until Monday sylvania, 2,311,680 acres; to the State of Delaware, 90,560 ler, Freeman, Henry M. Fuller, Thomas J. D. Fuller,
next. acres; to the State of Maryland, 546,880 acres; to the Gamble, Gaylord, Gentry, Giddings, Gilmore, Good- The question was then taken, and there were State of Virginia, 1,231,680 acres ; to the State of North
rich, Gorman, Green, Grow, Hall, Hamilton, Isham G. Carolina, 753,280 acres; to the State of South Carolina, Harris, Hart, Haven, Hebard, Hendricks, Henn, Hibbard,
yeas 125, nays 63; as follows: 514,240 acres; to the State of Georgia, 753,280 acres; to the Hillyer, Holladay, Houston, Howard, Thoms Y. How, Ives,
YEAS–Messrs. Abercrombie, Aiken, Charles Ale State of Tennessee, 906,560 acres, and to the State of Ken- Jackson, Jenkins, John Johnson, Daniel T. Jones, George
Willis Allen, Andrews, John Appleton, Ashe, Aperett
, tucky, 897,920 acres; which land, so granted, shall be lo- W. Jones, J. Glancy Jones, Kurtz, Letcher, Lockhart,
Babcock, Thomas H. Bayly, Bartlett, Beale, Bissell, Becated in parcels conformably to sectional divisions and subMace, Mann, Mason, McCorkle, McDonald, McMullin,
cock, Bragg, Brenton, Albert G. Brown, Buell, Busby, divisions, of not less than 320 acres in any one location, McNair, Meade, Miller, Millson, Molony, Morrison, Mur- Thompson Campbell, Carter, Churchwert, Clark, Cobby if so much can be bad, on any public land except such to phy, Murray, Nabers, Newton, Olds, Orr, Andrew Parker,
Coleock, Curtis, Daniel, John G. Davis, Dawson, Dean, which a right of preemption may have attached, or such as Samuel W. Parker, Peaslee, Penn, Phelps, Polk, Porter,
Dimmick, Disney, Doty, Dunham, Durkee, Eastman, is or may be reserved from sale by any law of Congress, or Price, Richardson, Riddle, Robbins, Russell, Scurry, David
Edgerton, Edmundson, Faulkner, Ficklin, Fitch, Florence, proclamation of the President of the United States; which L. Seymour, Origen S. Seymour, Skelton, Smart, Smith,
Henry M. Fuller, Thomas J. D. Fuller, Gamble, Gaysaid locations may be made at any time after the lands Snow, Stanly, Benjamin Stanton, Frederick P. Stanton,
lord, Gentry, Giddings, Gilmore, Gorman, Green, Grow, shall have been surveyed according to existing laws. And Richard H. Stanton, Abraham P. Stevens, Stone, Stratton,
Hall, Hamilton, Isham G. Harris, Sampson W. Harris, it shall be lawful for the Governors of said States, respect- Stuart, Sweetser, Benjamin Thompson, George W. Thomp
Hart, Hendricks, Henn, Hibbard, Hillyer, Holladas, ively, to appoint one or more agents to locate the lands son, Thurston, Venable, Wallace, Walsh, Washburn,
Houston, Howard, Thomas Y. How, Ingersoll, Ivet, granted as aforesaid for the State of which he is the GovWatkins, Addison White, Alexander White, Wilcox,
Jackson, Jenkins, Andrew Johnson, John Johnson, Dan ernor. Such agents, in making their locations, shall be Woodward, and Yates-134.
iel T. Jones George W. Jones, J. Glancy Jones, Kurta, governed by such rules and regulations as the Secretary of NAYS–Messrs. Abercrombie, Allison, Barrere, Bibig- Letcher, Lockhart, Mace, Mann, Edward C. Marshall, the Interior may from time to time prescribe, and when the haus, Briggs, Burrows, Caldwell,
Chandler, Cullom, Evans,
Mason, McCorkle, McDonald, ÚcLanahan, MeMullin, lands for each State have been located and selected, patents Grey, Harper, Haws, Hascall, Horsford, John W. Howe,
McNair, Meade, Millson,
Morrison, Murphy, Murray, Na therefor shall be issued to the State entitled to the same. Thomas M. Howe, James Johnson, George G. King, Kuhns,
bers, oíds, Orr, Andrew Parker, Peaslee, Penn, Phelps; And be it further enacted, That the lands granted to the States according to the preceding section, shall be disposed
Humphrey Marshall, Martin, Morehead, Outlaw, Penni- Polk, Price, Richardson, Riddle, Robbins, Robinson, Rusman, Schermerhorn, Schoolcraft, Schoonmaker, Seudder,
sell, Scurry, David L. Seymour,'Origen & Seymour, Skelof by said States, respectively, in such manner as their re- Alexander H. Stephens, Taylor, Tuck, Walbridge, Ward,
ton, Smart, Smith, Snow, Frederick P. Stanton, Richard speciive Legislatures may direct: Provided, however, That Welch, and Williams--36.
H. Stanton, Abraham P. Stevens, Stone, St. Martin, Strat no portion ot said lands shall be sold at less than $1 25 per
ton, Stuart, Sweetser, George W. Thompson, Thurston, acre, until otherwise authorized by a law of the United
Mr. HAMILTON, pending the announcement Wallace, Wilcox, and Woodward-125 States; and the net proceeds of the sales of said lands shall of the vote, stated that his colleague, Mr. HAM NAYS-Messrs. Allison, Barrere, Bell, Bibighaus, Bowie, be faithfully applied to objects of internal improvement, or MOND, was detained from the House by the severe
Bowne, Briggs, Brooks, George H. Brown, Burrows, Caldto purposes of education, or to both, as the Legislatures of
well, Lewis D. Campbell, Chandler, Clingman, Cullom, the States, respectively, owning the lands granted may di- indisposition of his family. rect: Provided, further, That all roads, railways, bridges,
So the rules were suspended,
Dockery, Duncan, Evans, Fowler, Goodrich, Grey, Harper,
Haws, fascall, Haven, Hebard, Horsford, John W. Howe, canals, and water courses, which shall be exclusively built, Mr. FULLER, of Maine, demanded the pre- Thomas M. Howe, James Johnson, Geo.'G. King, Kubins, constructed, or improved, by the funds arising from the disposition of said lands, shall be free for the transportation vious question upon the adoption of the resolu
Miller, Miner, Morehead, Newton, Outlaw, Suntion. of the United States mail, and munitions of war, and for the
uel W. Parker, Penniman, Perkins, Porter, Sackett,
Scherpassage of their troops, without the payment of any toll
Mr. CAMPBELL, of Ohio. I appeal to the
merhorn, Schoolcraft, Schoonmaker, Scudder, Stanly
Benjamin Stanton, Alexander H. Stephens, Strother, Tak whatever.
gentleman from Maine to withdraw the call for lor, Benjamin Thompson, Walbridge, Walsh, Ward, WashAnd be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful for the agents aforesaid, or any one of them, in selecting lands and the previous question, that I may move to amend
burn, Watkins, Welch, Wells, Addison White, Alexander
White, Williams, and Yates--63. making locations for his State, to select and locate any of
the resolution so as to embrace the time since the the alternate sections, or any part thereof, which may have
4th of March, 1835. I desire that this investiga- So it was ordered that the main question be now been or may hereafter be reserved from sale by any act of tion shall be thorough. I promise to renew the
put. Congress granting lands in aid of the construction of any call for the previous question, if the gentleman railroad or canal whatever: Provided, however, That in
Mr. MEADE. I understand that the mover of locating any such section, or part of section, the State for
will withdraw it. whose benefit it may be selected or located shall be charged
Mr. FULLER. I suggest to the gentleman
the resolution is willing to accept the modification with, and the quantity of land granted to such State shall from Ohio that he will fully accomplish his object
suggested by my colleague, (Mr. Bafly,) and give be diminished by double the quantity of aeres contained in
the resolution a different direction, that is, instead the reserved section, or part of section, thus selected and
by a separate resolution. located. Nothing in the three last sections contained shall
Mr. "CAMPBELL. The mode I desire will
of having it directed to the heads of the Departauthorize the location of any lands granted by them, or
ments respectively, to direct it to the President of save a good deal of time, and I wish to avoid the either of them, within the limits of the State of California, necessity of consuming so much time as a separate
the United States. I ask the unanimous consent or the Territories of New Mexico, Utah, and Oregon.
of the House to allow of the modification. resolution will require. If the gentleman is afraid Mr. BADGER. I hope that by the unanimous of the investigation, he can persist in his refusal.
Mr. STANTON, of Ohio, objected. consent of the Senate, an order will be made for The SPEAKER. Discussion is out of or
The question was then taken, and the resolution printing the amendment of my friend from Ken- der.
was adopted. tucky, and that then the Senate will adjourn. Mr. BAYLY, of Virginia. I rise to request
Mr. FULLER, of Maine, moved to reconsider The amendment was ordered to be printed; and my friend from Maine to withdraw the call for
the vote by which the resolution was passed, and to the Senate adjourned. the previous question. I wish to suggest a modi
lay the motion to reconsider upon the table; which latter motion was agreed to.
ASSIGNABILITY OF LAND WARRANTS. quested to furnish this House, if not incompatible with the has been unable to get this printing forward. The Mr. HARRIS, of Tennessee. I ask the unan
public interest, all the correspondence tween Captain. Superintendent is also exceedingly solicitous for imous consent of the House to consider now the Kossuth, growing out of an alleged difficulty or misunder- action upon this subject. I apprehend that at first mmotion pending, to refer the report of the select standing between the said Captain Long and the said Kos- blush, gentlemen would be under the impression committee, and also the bill from the Senale
suth; and, also, the collateral correspondence, including the that this printing belonged to the public contractor;
letterx ot and to Commodore Morgan and Consul lodge, making bounty land warrants assignable, to the arising upon the said misunderstanding and connected there?
but by a reference to the acts of Congress of 1851, Comunitee of the Whole on the state of the
it will be seen that it was therein prescribed that Union, and that they be made the special order for Mr. BELL inquired if this was not resolution
the preparatory and preliminary printing, such as Wednesday vext, and from day to day until dis- day.
the forms and so forth, should be prepared and posed of.
The SPEAKER replied that it was, but that it | printed under the direction of the Census Board, Mr. CARTTER objected. was also competent to suspend the rules of the
and all the other printing connected with the cen. Mr. HARRIS. I move that the rules be sus- House.
sus, as Congress may direct. So that question is pended for the purpose.
Mr. GIDDINGS objected to the resolution, and
not even debatable. There was not one single Mr. JONES, of Tennessee. I request my col- called for the regular order of business.
member of the committee, of either party, who I eague (Mr. HARRIS) to make it Thursday. The Mr. SMITH moved to suspend the rules, to
was not clearly of the opinion that this printing Mexican indemnity bill, and the bill to pay the enable him to introduce the resolution.
does not come within the contract with the public expenses of bringing back the American citizens The motion was agreed to, and the rules were
printer. who have been liberated in Spam are yet undis- suspended.
This joint resolution is offered for the considposed of. It is important thai these bills should The question now being upon the adoption of eration of the House, for the purpose of expedibe acted upon without delay. the resolution,
ting the printing of the census. It has been before Mr. HARRIS. I will adopt the suggestion of Mr, SMITH demanded the previous question.
the Senate, but has been postponed by that body my colleague to make it the special order for Thurs- Mr. CARTTER. I wish the gentleman would
for a week or ten days, for the reason that certain day next. alter his resolution so as to embrace the corre
statistical and historical accounts of the several The question was then taken, and the rules were spondence of the other officers of the Mississippi. States were being given which some of the Senasuspended. I do not think it now embraces that correspondence.
tors conceived to be in violation of the original The question then recurred on the proposition Mr. SMITH. Yes; it embraces the whole. census law. Now, after a full investigation of the to refer, and make the bills the special order for The previous question was then seconded, and subject, I am thoroughly satisfied that the express Thursday next.
the main question ordered on the adoption of the language and letter of the law authorizes the SecMr. JÉNKINS. Will a division of the ques- resolution.
retary of the Interior to do precisely what he has tion be in order?
And, the question being taken, the resolution done. It may seem strange that they should adopt The SPEAKER. It will, in the opinion of the was agreed to.
something like an historical account of each county Chair.
Mr. SMITH moved to reconsider the vote on
in the respective States; yet it is, in my opinion, Mr. JENKINS. I then ask for such devision. the adoption of the resolution, and to lay the mo
highly proper; and I apprehend that the law clearMr. HARRIS, of Tennessee, demanded the tion to reconsider upon the table; which latter mo- ly gives the Secretary of the Interior authority to previous question; which received a second, and tion was agreed to.
adopt such a form as he may prescribe. It gives the main question was ordered to be put.
Mr. BARRERE, from the Committee on En
him a kind of blank authority, and in his annual The SPEAKER. The question will be first rolled Bills, reported back, as correctly enrolled, report he has alluded to this. upon referring the two bills specified to the Coman act for the relief of Edward Everett; and an act
It is unnecessary for me at present to add a mittee of the Whole on the state of the Union. for the relief of the Virginia Woolen Company.
single remark, except that gentlemen need be unMr. CLINGMAN. I understood the motion
BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE.
der no apprehension that, under the law passed by of the gent leman from Tennessee (Mr. HARRIS)
the last Congress, this order of the House, if it was to take up and make them the special order
Mr. HOUSTON. My purpose is to move to passes, will conflict in the slightest degree with for next Thursday: suspend the rules, and that the House resolve
the contract of the public printer. The SPEAKER. That question will recur itself into the Committee of the Whole on the
Mr. ALLISON. I wish to inquire of the chairafter the motion to refer is disposed of.
state of the Union.
man of the Committee on Printing (Mr. GORMAN The titles of the bills were then read as follows: Senate bill entitled “ An act to make land warfor resolutions !'']
swering the inquiry-what has been done in rela
Mr. HOUSTON. I wish to make a suggestion il tion to the printing of the abstract of the Census, rants assignable and for other purposes," and the
in connection with the business of the House for resolution of the House explanatory of an act ap. to-day. It must be very evident to every gentle recollect that a resolution was adopted last Mon
which were ordered last week? Gentlemen will prored September 28th, 1850, entitled " An act granting bounty land to certain officers and sol- | doing we shall accomplish very little. Now, if by contract for the printing of one hundred thousand man here, that if we are to proceed as we are now
day, authorizing the Committee on Printing to diers who have been engaged in the military service of the United States.
general consent, and each member will stand to it, we Mr. ORR. 1 desire to inquire of the Chair if can receive resolutions and bills and petitions, and Census; a report which was published the 1st of
copies of the report of the Superintendent of the the Senate bill has received two readings in this
let them be referred; and all that give rise to debate January in the Globe. I desire to know what has House?
be rejected, I would be willing to go on with that been done in regard to that matter? Mr. HARRIS, of Tennessee. On Saturday, | his drawer. If the States can be called, I am wil. That subject was before the Committee on Print,
sort of business, and let every member clear out Mr. GORMÅN. I will answer the gentleman. the Journal will show, it was read twice, and a motion was made to refer.
ling to have it done; but directly I yield the flooring. I addressed a note to the public printer. I The SPEAKER. By the unanimous consent
for that purpose, some gentleman will rise and called upon Mr. Rives, and I also addressed a note of the House, it was taken up and read twice on
move to suspend the rules, and thus the whole Saturday. It was constructively so. day will be lost. Iam perfectly willing, however, desire to have anything to do with the matter if it
to Donelson & Armstrong: Mr. Rives did not Mr. ORR. I only wanted to have it read twice. if the House will agree to it, that the States shall
came in the leasi in conflict with the contract of be called for resolutions. The question was then taken on the motion
the public printer. Although he had it in type, to refer, and it was agreed to.
PRINTING OF THE CENSUS.
he did not wish to print it, until it was directly So the bills were referred to the Committee of the
Mr. GORMAN, from the Committee on Public ascertained by the Committee on Printing that it Whole on the state of the Union.
Printing, reported the following joint resolution: did not interfere with the contract of the public Mr. HARRIS. Is the previous question exBe it resolved by the Senate and House of Representa- || printer. The reason assigned by him was,
tives of the United States of America in Congress assem- he did not wish to be considered as throwing any
bled, That the joint committee on printing be directed to The SPEAKER. It is not. contract with Messrs. Donelson & Arinstrong for printing
obstacle in the way of the public printer's carryMr. HARRIS. Was there a motion to print and binding the Census on such terms as they may thinking out his contract. He therefore declined for included in this motion ?
reasonable and proper, the work to be executed under the the present, until further action by the committee, The SPEAKER. There was not. direction of the Secretary of the Interior, and to be paid for
Messrs. Donelson & Armstrong also declined to do as it progresses by the head of the Census Bureau, with Mr. HARRIS. I ask the unanimous consent power to abate from the amount stipulated if the work when
the job. I shall this evening, I presume, if the of the House to have them printed.
executed shall prove deficient or below the standard which other members of the committee concur with me, The SPEAKER. The Chair hears no objection, my be agreed upon.
order the printing to be done; and the document will and it will be so ordered.
The joint resolution was read a first and second be furnished to the House in a few days. The question was then taken on the second time by its title.
Mr. EVANS. It is pretty well known in this branch of the proposition, to make these bills the Mr. GORMAN said: Some considerable anx- House of Representatives that there has been no special order for Thnrsday next, and it was agreed iety has been manifested by the Census Board, by single thing in its history, for many years past to.
the Superintendent of the Census, and by the which has been a more fruitful source of corrupSo the bills were referred and made the special | House, upon the subject of this census report. Ition, and a more fruitful source of dissensionorder for Thursday next.
will say to the House, that the Joint Committee | nothing has been so entirely covered up from the Mr. HARRIS, of Tennessee, moved to recon- on Printing this morning unanimously passed a notice of members—nothing has been so wholly sider the vote by which these bills were made the resolution that the public printer had not complied excluded, and yet so badly executed, as this very special order for Thursday next, and to lay the with his contract in regard to the materials. This public printing. It has, I believe, generally been motion to reconsider upon the table; which latter printing is required by almost every member, and taken by both political parties as a prolific job, motion was agreed to.
am from day to day—I will not say annoyed, for for the sake of supporting partisan purposes and CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN MR. KOSSUTH
that would be incorrect, improper, and perhaps | partisan editors in the District of Columbia who
indelicate-but it is insisted upon me that I shall had no circulation and subscription sufficient to AND CAPTAIN LONG.
do something to expedite this printing. In addi- maintain their papers. Why, I ask, are Donelson Mr. SMITH
asked the unanimous consent of tion to the anxiety manifested by the members of & Armstrong named in this resolution? Who are the House to offer the following resolution: the House, the Secretary of the Interior has been Donelson & Armstrong? Why, sir, they are two
Resolved, That the President of the United States bo re- a good deal annoyed by the manner in which he individuals, neither of whom I have ever seen or