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From the State of
Henry P. Alexander,
From the State of — DELAWARE
..John W. Houston. . [ Richard I. Bowie,
Isaac E. Holmes.
From the State of
Joseph M. Root,
John L. Taylor,
James L. Johnson,
John C. Mason,
George W. Jones,
Willis A. Gorman,
Andrew J. Harlan,
John A. McClernand,
James B. Bowlin,
James S. Green,
John S. Phelps.
..Robert W. Johnson.
S Kinsley S. Bingham, MICHIGAN.
Alexander W. Buel,
William Sprague. FLORIDA
E. Carrington Cabell. CALIFORNIA...
Edward Gilbert. Two new members appeared, were sworn to support the constitution of the United States, and took their seats, viz:
From the State of New Hampshire—George W. Morrison, in the place of James Wilson, resigned.
From the State of Pennsylvania, Joel B. Danner, in the place of Henry Nes, deceased.
Samuel R. Thurston, a delegate from the Territory of Oregon, and Henry H. Sibley, a delegate from the Territory of Minnesota, also appeared and took their seats.
A message from the Senate, by Mr. Dickins, their Secretary:
Mr. Speaker: I am directed to inform the House of Representatives that a quorum of the Senate is assembled, and ready to proceed to business.
On motion of Mr. Jones, Ordered, That a message be sent to the Senate informing that body that a quorum of the House of Representatives is assembled, and ready to proceed to business; and that the Clerk go with the said message.
On motion of Mr. Hilliard, Resolved, That a committee be appointed on the part of the House to join such committee as may be appointed on the part of the Senate to wait on the President of the United States and to inform him that a quorum of the two houses is now in session, and that Congress is ready to receive any communication he may be pleased to inake.
Mr. Hilliard, Mr. McDowell, and Mr. Duer were appointed of said committee on the part of the House.
A message from the Senate, by Mr. Dickins, their Secretary: Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed a resolution for the appointment of a committee, jointly with such committee as may be appointed by the House of Representatives, to wait on the President of the United States and inform him that quorums of the two houses of Congress have as. sembled, and that they are ready to receive any communication he may be pleased to make; and have appointed Mr. Berrien and Mr. Dickinson of said committee on the part of the Senate.
Mr. Tuck presented the memorial of Jared Perkins, contesting the right of George W. Morrison to his seat in the House of Representatives from the third congressional district in the State of New Hampshire.
Ordered, That the said memorial be referred to the Committee of Elec. tions.
Mr. Robert W. Johnson submitted the following resolution; which was read, viz:
Resolved, That the Clerk of this House, immediately after the passage of this resolution, place in a box the name of each member and delegate of the House of Representatives, upon a separate piece of paper; that he then proceed, in the presence of the House, to draw from said box, one at a time, said pieces of paper, and, as each is drawn, he shall announce the name of the member upon it, who shall then choose his seat for the present session: Provided, That, before said drawing shall commence, the Speaker shall cause every seat to be vacated, and shall see that each seat continues vacant until it is selected under this order.
Mr. Alexander H. Stephens moved an amendment thereto; which he subsequently modified, as follows, viz:
Insert, before the word " provided," the words and that one of the colleagues of Mr. Owen, of Georgia, who is now in the city and sick, be allowed to select a seat for him."
Mr. Alexander Evans moved to amend the said amendment by adding thereto the following, viz:
" And that the same privilege be extended to such members as are ab. sent from the city by reason of sickness."
Mr. Robert W. Johnson moved the previous question; which was seconded, and the main question ordered and put, viz: Will the House agree to the said amendment to the amendirent? And it was decided in the negative.
The question then being put upon the amendment submitted by Mr. Alexander H. Stephens, it was agreed to.
Under the further operation of the previous question, the said resolution, as amended, was agreed to; and the Clerk proceeded to execute the
Mr. Willard P. Hall gave notice, under the rule, of his intention to move for leave to introduce a bill “ granting to the State of Missouri the right of way and a portion of the public domain to aid in the construction of a railroad from Hannibal to Saint Joseph, in said State.”
Mr. Peaslee gave notice, under the rule, of his intention to move for leave to introduce a bill “ for the settlement and payment of the claims of the State of New Hampshire for the services of her militia, and for dis. bursements for military purposes, during the last war with Great Britain.”
Mr. Hilliard, from the joint committee appointed to wait on the Presi. dent, reported that the committee had discharged the duties of its appointment, and that the President had answered that he would make a communication in writing to the two houses immediately.
A message in writing was received from the President of the United States, hy Millard P. Fillinore, his private secretary; which was read, and is as follows: Fellow-citizens of the Senate and of the House of Representatives:
Being suddenly called, in the midst of the last session of Congress, by a painful dispensation of Divine Providence, to the responsible station which I now hold, I contented myself with such communications to the legislature as the exigency of the moment seemed to require. The country was shrouded in mourning for the loss of its venerated Chief Magistrate, and all hearts were penetrated with grief. Neither the time nor the occasion appeared to require or to justify, on my part, any general expression of political opinions, or any announcement of the principles which would govern me in the discharge of the duties to the performance of which I had been so unexpectedly called. I trust, therefore, that it may not be deemed inappropriate, if I avail myself of this opportuntity of the reassembling of Congress to make known my sentiments, in a general manner, in regard to the policy which ouglit to be pursued by the government, both in its intercourse with foreign nations and its man. agement and administration of internal affairs.
Nations, like individuals in a state of nature, are equal and independent, possessing certain rights, and owing certain duties to each other, arising from their necessary and unavoidable relations; which rights and duties there is no common human authority to protect and enforce. Still, they are rights and duties, binding in morals, in conscience, and in honor, although there is no tribunal to'which an injured party can appeal but the disinterested judgment of mankind, and ultimately the arbitrament of the sword.