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IN HOUSE.

1868, December 14.—Mr. Broomall moved that the rules be suspended, so as to enable him to submit the following preamble and resolution:

Whereas the President of the United States, in his annual message to the Fortieth Congress, at its third session, says: “It may be assumed that the holders of our securities have already received upon their bonds a larger amount than their original investment, measured by a gold standard. Upon this statement of facts it would seem but just and equitable that the six per cent. interest now paid by the Government should be applied to the reduction of the princi. pal in semi-annual installments, which in sixteen years and eight months would liquidate the entire national debt. Six per cent in gold would at present rates be equal to nine per cent. in currency, and equivalent to the payment of the debt one and a half time in a fraction less than seventeen years. This, in connection with all the other advantages derived from their investment, would afford to the public creditors a fair and liberal compensation for the use of their capital, and with this they should be satisfied. The lessons of the past admonish the lender that it is not well to be over anxious in exacting from the borrower rigid compliance with the letter of the bond;" and whereas such sentiments, if permitted to go to the world without immediate protest, may # understood to be the sentiments of the people of the United States and their Representatives in Congress: therefore,

I'esolved, That all forms and degrees of repudiation of national indebtedness are odious to the American £ And that under no circumstances will their Representatives consent to offer the public creditor, as full compensation, a less amount of money than that which the Government contracted to pay him.

The rules were suspended—yeas 135, nays 29.

A division of the question was called, the first division to include the preamble and the first sentence of the resolution. The previous question was called and seconded, and the main question ordered. A motion to reconsider the vote ordering the main question was tabled, yeas 134, nays 37. The question recurring on the first division of the question, a motion to table the preamble was lost—yeas 37, nays 133.

The first division of the question—being the preamble and the first sentence of the resolution -was then agreed to, yeas 155, nays 6, not voting 60, as follow:

YEAs—Messrs. Allison, Ames, Arnell, James M. Ashley, Actell, Bailey, Baker, Baldwin, Banks, Barnum, Beaman, Beatty, Benjamin, Benton, Bingham, Blair, Boutwell, Bowen, Boyden, Boyer, Broomall, Buckley, Roderick R. Butler, Callis, Cary, Chanler, Churchill, Reader W. Clarke, Sidney Clarke, Coburn, Cook, Corley, Covode, Cullom, Dawes, Deweese, Dickey, Dixon, Donnelly, Driggs, Eckley, Edwards, # Ela, Thomas D.Eliot, Farnsworth, Ferriss, Ferry, Fields, French, Garfield, Getz, Glossbrenner, Goss, Gove, Griswold, Haughey, Hawkins, Higby, '' Hopkins, Hotchkiss, Chester D. Hubbard, Richard . Hubbard, Hulburd, Hunter, Inersoll, Jenckes, Alexander H. Jones, Judd, Julian, izeiey, # Kelsey, Ketcham, Kitchen, Koontz, Lash, George V. Lawrence, Wm. Lawrence, Lincoln, Loan, Loughridge, Lynch, Mallory, Marvin, McCarth Mckee, Mercur, Miller, Moore, Moorhead, Morrell, Morrissey, Mullins, Myers, Newsham, Norris, O'Neill, Orth, Paine, Perham, Peters, Pettis, Phelps, Pike, Pile, Plants, Po

land, Polsley, Price, Prince, Pruyn, Randall, Raum, Robertson, Robinson, Schenck, Scofield, tshanks, Sitgreaves, Smith, Spalding, Starkweather, Stevens, Stewart, Stokes, Stover, Sypher, Taber, Tafie, TaylorThomas, Tift, Trowbridge, Twichell, Upson, Van Aer, nam, Burt Van Horn, Van Wyck, Ward, Cadwalader C. Washburn, Ellihu B. Washburne. Henry I). Washburn, Wm. B. Washburn, Welker, Whittemore, William Williams, James F. Wilson, John T. Wilson, Stephen F. Wilson, Windom, Wood, Woodbridge, Woodward—155. NAYs-Messrs. Adams, Archer, Grover, Thomas L. Jones, Mungen, Lawrence S. Trimble—6. Not VoriNG-Messrs. Anderson, Delos R. Ashley, Barnes, Beck, Blackburn, Blaine, Boles, Bromwell, Brooks, Buckland, Burr, Benjamin F. Butler, Cake, Clift, Cobb, Cornell, Delano, Dockery, Dodge, Eldridge, For, Golladay, Gravely. Haight, Halsey, Hamilton, Harding, Heaton, Hill, Holman, Asahel W. Hubbard, Humphrey, Johnson, Re: r, Knott, Laflin, Logan, Marshall, '' McCormick, McCullough, Newcomb, Niblack, Nicholson, Nunn, Pierce, Pomeroy, Roots, Ross, Sawyer, Selye, Shellabarger, Stone, John Trimble, Van Auken, Robert T. Van Horn, Van Trump, Vidal, Thomas Williams, Young-G0.

The second division of the question—being the remaining portion of the preamble and resolution—was agreed to without a division.

Vote on Minority Representation.

IN HOUSE.

1869, January 19–Pending a bill (H. P. # to preserve the purity of elections in the severa Territories, Mr. Phelps moved this as an additional section:

“That the legislatures of the Territories hereinbefore named shall, at their first session after the passage of this act, provide by law for a reapportionment of the members of the several

legislatures as nearly equal as may be .mong

council and legislative districts, entitled each to elect three members of council and three representatives; and that the outlying districts, if any, to which it may be necessary that a less number than three shall be apportioned, shall be located in the least populous portions of said Territories; and that at the next legislative elections thereafter in said Territories every qualified voter shall be entitled to three votes for member of council, and three votes for member of the house of representatives, with the privilege of cumulating said votes upon any one or two of the candidates for either house respectively, it being the intent and meaning of this act to secure an equitable and just representation to minorities in said Territories in all cases where minority parties exceed in number two fifths of the electoral body.” Which was disagreed to—yeas 49, nays 116, as follow, (not voting, 57): YEAs–Messrs. Anderson, Archer, Axtell, Baker, Barnes, Barnum, Beck. Benjamin, Boyden, Boyer, Roderick R. Butler, Chanler, Cook, Deweese, Getz, Glossbrenner, Golladay, Gove, Grover, Hawkins, Heaton, Holman, Hotchkiss, Humphrey, Jenckes, Alexander H. Jones, Thomas L. Jones, Kerr, Knott, Lash, George V. Lawrence, Mallory, Marshall, McCormick, McCullough, Munen, Newsham, Nicholson, Phelps, Ross, Spalding. Stone, aber, Taffe, Van Trump, Ellihu B. Washburne, Stephen F. Wilson, Woodward, Young–49. NAYs—Messrs. Allison, James M. Ashley, Bailey, Baldwin, Banks, Beaman, £: Benton, Blaine, Blair, Boutwell, Bowen, Broomall, Buckland, Buckley, Callis, Cary, Reader W. Clarke, Sidney Clarke. Clift Cobb, Coburn, Corley, Cornell, Covode, Cullom, Dawes, Dickey, Dodge, Eggleston, Ela, Thomas D. Eliot, James Elliott, Farnsworth, Ferriss, Fields, French, Goss, Gravely, Harding, Haughey, Higby, Hill, Hopkins,

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Hunter, Ingersoll, Johnson, Judd, Julian, Kellogg, Kelsey, Kitchen, Koontz, William Lawrence, Lincoln, Loughridge, Marvin, Maynard, McCarthy, McKee, Mercur, Miller, Moore, Moorhead, Mullins, Myers, Newcomb, Nihlack, Norris, O'Neill, Orth, Paine, Perham, Pettis. Pierce, Pike, Pile, Plants, Poland, Polsley, Price. Prince, Randall, Raum, Robinson, Roots, Sawyer, Schenck, Scofield, Shanks, Shellabarger, Sitreaves, Smith, Starkweather, Stevens, Stokes, Stover, Thomas, Tift, John Trimble, Lawrence S. Trimble, Upson, Van Aernam, Van Auken, Burt Van Horn, Vidal, Ward, Henry D. Washburn, William B. Washburn, Welker, Whittemore, Thomas Williams, William Williams, James F. Wilson, John T. Wilson, windom -116.

Removal of Disabilities.

IN SENATE.

1868 December 9–Pending the bill to relieve from disabilities Franklin J. Moses, of South Carolina— Mr. GARRETT DAVIS moved to add the words, “and all other citizens of the State of South Carolina.” Which was disagreed to—yeas 9, nays 44, as follow : YEAs—Messrs. Bayard, Davis, Dixon, Doolittle, Ferry, McCreery, Norton, Patterson of Tennessee, Saulsbury–9. NAYs–Messrs. Anthony, Cameron, Cattell. Chandler, Cole, Conkling, Conness, Corbett, Cragin, Drake, Edmunds, Fessenden, Fowler, Frelinghuysen, Grimes, Harlan, Harris, Howe, Kellogg, Morgan, Morrill of Maine, Morrill of Vermont, Nye, Osborn, Patterson of New Hampshire, Pomeroy, Ramsey, Rice, Robertson, Sherman, Spencer, Stewart, Sumner, Thayer, Tipton, Trumbull, Van Winkle, Wade, Warner, Welch, Willey, Williams, Wilson, Yates—14. [No general disability bill was passed at either the third session of the Fortieth Congress or the first session of the Forty-First.]

The Representation of Georgia.

IN House.

1869, January 28–Mr. Paine, from the Committee on Reconstruction, reported the following preamble and resolution: Whereas it is provided by the reconstruction act, passed March 2 1867, that until the people of the lately rebellious States shall be by law admitted to representation in Congress, any civil £ which may exist therein shall be eemed provisional only, and that no persons shall be eligible to office in such provisional gov. ernments who are disqualified for office by the fourteenth amendment of the Constitution of the United States; and whereas it is reported that the legislature of Georgia has expelled the col. ored members thereof, and admitted to their seats white men who received minorities of votes at the polls, and that members of said legislature who had been elected thereto by the votes of colored men joined in such action, and that twenty-seven disqualified white men hold seats in said legislature in violation of the fourteenth amendment of the Constitution and of the recon. struction acts of Congress; and whereas Senators from Georgia have not yet been admitted to the Senate of the United States: therefore, Resolved. That the Committee on Reconstruction be ordered to inquire and report whether any, and if any, what, further action ought to be taken during the Fortieth Congress respecting the representation of Georgia in this House. Under the operation of the previous question,

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1869, February 6—Mr. Edmunds submitted this concurrent resolution:

Whereas the question whether the State of Georgia has become and is entitled to representation in the two houses of Congress is now pending and undetermined; and whereas by the joint resolution of Congress passed July 20, 1868, entitled “A resolution excluding from the electoral college votes of States lately in rebellion which shall not have been reorganized,” it was provided that no electoral votes from any of the States lately in rebellion should be received or counted for President or Vice President of the United States until, among other things, such State should have become entitled to representation in Congress, pursuant to acts of Congress in that behalf: therefore,

Resolved by the Senate, (the House of Representatives concurring ) That on the assembling of the two houses on the second Wednesday of February, 1869, for the counting of the electoral votes for President and Vice President, as provided by law and the joint rules, if the counting or omitting to count the electoral votes, if any, which may be presented, as of the State of Georgia, shall not essentially change the result, in that case they shall be reported by the President of the Senate in the following manner: “Were the votes presented as of the State of Georgia to be counted, the result would be for * for President of the United States, votes; if not counted, for , for I'resident of the United States, votes; but in either case — is elected President of the United £: and in the same manner for Vice Presi

ent.

February 8–It was adopted—yeas 34, nays

11, as follow:

YEAs—Messrs. Abbott, Anthony, Cameron, Cattell, Cole, Conkling, Corbett, Cragin, Drake, Edmunds Frelinghuysen, Howard, McDonald, Morgan, Morrill of Maine, Morrill of Vermont, Morton, Nye, Pool, Ramsey, Rice, Robertson, Ross, Sherman, Stewart. Sumner, Thayer, Tipton, Warner, Welch, Willey, Williams, Wilson, Yates—34.

NAYs–Messrs. Buckalew, Davis, Fowler, Hendricks, McCrcery, Norton, Patterson of Tennessee, Saulsbury, Trumbull, Vickers, Whyte-11.

IN House. February 8–The rules were suspended-yeas 97, nays 18, not voting 107—so as to enable the House to take up this resolution. The vote was as follows:

YEAs—Messrs. Allison, Ames, Banks, Beaman, Beatty, Benjamin, Benton, Blaine, lilair, Boles, Bowen, Broomall, Buckland, Benjamin F. Butler, toderick R. Butler, Churchill, Clift, Cobb, Coburn, Corley, Cullom. Dawes, Delano, Deweese, Dickey, Dixon, Dodge, Eckley, Ela, Ferriss, Ferry, Garfield, Halsey, Harding, Heaton, Higby, Hill, Hooper, Hopkins, Chester D. Hubbard, Hulburd, Jenckes, Julian, Kelley, Kellogg, Ixelsey, Koontz, Laflin, W.lliam Lawrence, Loan, Lorran, Loughridge, Marvin, Maynard, McCarthy, McKee, Miller. Moore, Mcorhead, Mullins, Norris, Paine, Perham, Peters, Pierce, Pile, Plants. Price, Prince, Raum, Roots, Sawyer Schenck, Scofield Shanks. Shellabarger, Starkweather, Stevens, Stewart. Stokes, Stover, Sypher, '' Thomas, Trowbridge, Twichell, Upson, Robert T. Van Horn, Vidal, Henry D. Washburn. William B. Washburn Welker, Whittemore, William Williams, James F. Wilson, John T. Wilson, Windom-97.

NAYs–Messrs. Baker, Boyden, Boyer, Farnsworth, Getz, Holman, Hotchkiss, Johnson, Thomas L. Jones, Niblack, Phelps, Randall, Ross, Taber, Van Auken, Van Trump, Woodward, Young—18.

The resolution was then taken up, and concurred in.

PROCEEDINGS UNDER THIS RESOLUTION.

On Wednesday, February 10, the two houses met in the Hall of the House for the purpose of opening and counting the votes for President and Vice President.

The President of the Senate then proceeded to open the certificates of the electors of the several States, authorized to be represented in the electoral college * for President and Vice President. Upon the certificate of the electors of Louisiana being read– Mr. Mullins objected to the counting of the vote of Louisiana, upon the ground that no valid election of electors had been held in said State.

The SENATE withdrew, and voted

That the votes of the electors of the State of £" be counted—yeas 51, nays 7, as folOW :

YEAs–Messrs. Abbott, Anthony, Buckalew, Cameron, Cattell, Cole, Conkling, Conness, Corbett, Cragin, Davis, Dixon Doolittle, Drake, Edmunds, Ferry, Fessenden, Fowler, Frelinghuysen, Grimes, Harlan, Harris, Hendricks. Howe, Kellogg, McCreery, McDonald, Morgan, Morrill of Vermont. Osborn, Patterson of New Hampshire. Patterson of Tennessee, Pool, Ramsey, Rice, Ross, Saulsbury. Sawyer, Sherman, Spencer, Sprague, Stewart, Tipton, Trumbull, Van Winkle, Vickers, Warner, Whyte, Willey, Williams, Yates–51.

NAYs–Messrs. Chandler, Howard, Nye, Robertson, Sumner, Thayer, Wilson–7.

The lloUs E voted to count the vote of Louisiana—yeas 137 nays 63, not voting 22, as follow:

YEAs—Messrs. Allison, Ames, Axtell, Baker, Barnes, Barnum, Beaman, Beatty, Beck, £ Bingham, Blaine, Blair, Boyden, Boyer, Bromwell, Brooks, Broomall, Buckland, Burr, Roderick R. Butler, Cary, Chanler, Churchill, Coburn, Cullom, Delano, Deweese, Dickey, Dixon, 10ockery, 10odge, Eggleston, Eldridge, Farnsworth, Ferriss, Ferry, Garfield, Getz, Glossbrenner, Golladay, Gove, Gravely, Grover, Haight, Halsey, Hawkins, Heaton, Higby, Hill, Holman, Hooper, Hopkins, Hotchkiss, Asahel W. Hubbard, Humphrey, Ingersoll, Jenckes, Johnson, Alexander H. Jones, Thomas L. Jones, Judd, Kelley, Kellogg, Kerr, Ketcham, Kitchen, Knott, Koontz, Laflin, lash. George V. wrence, William Lawrence, Lincoln, Logan, Loughridge, Mallory, Marshall, Marvin, McCarthy, McCormick, £ Miller, Moore, Moorhead, Mungen, Newcomb, Niblack, Nicholson, Norris, Nunn, Peters, Phelps, Pike, Pile, Plants, Poland, Polsley, Price, Pruyn, Randall, Raum, Robertson, Ross, Sawyer, Schenck, Scofield, Selye, Shellabarter, Sitgreaves, Smith, Spalding, Starkweather. Stewart, £ es. Stone, Taber, Taffe, Taylor, Thomas, Tift, John Trimble, Trowbridge, Twichell, Van Auken, Burt Van Horn, Van Trump, Ellihu B. Washburne, William B. Washburn, Welker, James F. Wilson, John T. Wilson, Windom, Wood, Woodbridge, Woodward, Young-137.

NAYs–Messrs. Delos R. Ashley, James M. Ashley,

* For law governing this point, see Political Manual for 1868, p. 119, or Haud Book of Politics for 1868, p. 397.

Banks. Benton, Blackburn, Boles, Bontwell, Bowen, Buckley, Benjamin F. Butler, Cake, Callii, Reader W. Clarke, Sidney Clarke, Clift, Cobb, Corley, Covode, Dawes, Donnelly, Driggs, Eckley, Edwards, Ela, Thomas D. Eliot, James T. El'iott. Fields, French, Hamilton, Harding, Haughey, Chester D. Hubbard, Hulburd, Hunter. Julian, Kelsey, Loan, Maynard, McKee, Morrell, Mullins, Newsham, O'Neill, Orth, Paine, Perham. Pettis, Pierce, Prince, Roots, Shanks, Stevens, Stover, Upson, Van Aernam, R. T. Van Horn, Van Wyck, Vidal, Ward, Henry D. Washburn, Whittemore, Thomas Williams, William Williams-C3. The SENATE returned, and the vote of Louisiana was then counted. The certificates of all the States except Georgia having been read, and that of Georgia having been read, Mr. Benjamin F. Butler submitted the following objection to counting the vote of Georgia; First. I object, under the joint rule, that the vote of the State of Georgia for President and Vice President ought not to be counted, and object to the counting thereof because, among other things, the vote of the electors in the electoral college was not given on the first Wednesday of December, as required by law, and no excuse or justification for the omission of such legal duty is set forth in the certificate of the action of the electors. Second Because, at the date of the election of said electors, the State of Georgia had not been admitted to representation as a State in Congress since the rebellion of her people, or become entitled thereto. Third. That at said date said State of Georgia had not fulfilled, in due form, all the requirements of the Constitution and laws of the United States known as the “reconstruction acts," so as to entitle said State of Georgia to be represented as a State in the Union in the electoral vote of the several States in the choice of President and Vice-President. - Fourth. That the election pretended to have been held in the State of Georgia, on the first Tuesday of November last past, was not a free, just equal, and fair election, but the people of the State were deprived of their just rights therein by force and fraud. The SENATE withdrew; and voted That, under the special order of the two Houses respecting the electoral votes from the State of Georgia, the objections made to the counting of the electors for the State of Georgia are not in order—yeas 31, nays 26, as follow : YEAs–Messrs. Abbott, Anthony, Buckalew, Cattell, Conness, Corbett, Cragin, Davis, Diron, Doolittle, Edmunds, Fowler, Frelinghuysen, Grimes, Hendricks, Kellogg, McCreery, Morrill of Maine, Morrill of Vermont, Morton, Patterson of New Hampshire, Patterson of Tennessee. Ross, Saulsbury, Sawyer...Sherman, Sprague, Stewart, Tipton, Vickers, Whyte, Williams-31. NAys—Messrs. Cameron, Chandler, Cole, Conkling, Drake, Ferry, Fessenden, Harlan, Harris, Howe, McDonald, Morgan, Nye, Pool, '' Rice, Robertson, Spencer. Sumner, Thayer, Trumbull, Van Winkle, ade, Warner, Willey, Yates—26. Mr. Howard offered this resolution : Resolved, That the electoral vote of Georgia ought not to be counted. Which, being entertained as in order, was disagreed to—yeas 25, nays 34, as follow: YEAs–Messrs. Abbott, Cameron, Chandler, Cole, Conkling, Drake, Harlan, Harris. Howard. Howe, Kellogg, McDonald, Nye, Osborn, Ramsey, Rice, Robertson, Sawyer, Spencer, Stewart, Sumner, Thayer, Wade, Wilson, Yates—25. NAYs—Buckalew, Conness, Corbett, Cragin, Davis, IDixon, Doolittle, Edmunds, Ferry, Fessenden, Fowler, Frelinghuysen, Grimes, Hendricks, McCreery, Morgan, £ of Maine. Morrill of Vermont, Morton, Pat. terson of New Hampshire, Patterson of Tennessee, Pool, Ross, Saulsbury, Sherman, Sprague, Tipton, Trumbull, Van Winkle, Vickers, Warner, Whyte, Willey, Williams—34.

The House voted on the vote of Georgia be counted ? (not votiug 31.) as follow:

YEAs–Messrs Artell, Baker, Barnes, Barnum. Beck, Boyer, Brooks, Burr, Cary, Chanter, Eldridge, Farnsworth, Getz, Glossbrenner, Golladay, Grover, Haight, Hawkins, Holman, Hotchkiss, Humphrey. Johnson T. L. Jones. Kerr, Knott. Marshall, McCormick, Munge". Nicholson, Phelps, Pruyn, Randall, Ross. Sitgreaves, Taber, Tift, Wan Auken, Van Trump, Wood, Woodward. Young–41.

NAys—Messrs. Allison, D. R. Ashley, J. M. Ashley, Baldwin, Banks, Beaman, Beatty, Benjamin. Benton, Bingham, Blaine, Blair, Boles, Boutwell, Bowen, Boyden, Bromwell, Broomall, Buckland, Buckley, #. F. Butler, Roderick R. Butler, Cake, Callis, Churchill, Reader W. Clarke. Sidney Clarke, Clift, Cobb, Coburn, Corley, Covode, Cullom, Dawes, Deweese, Dickey, Dixon, Rodge, Donnelly, Driggs, Eckley, Edwards, Eggleston, Ela, Thomas D. Eliot, James T. Elliott, Ferriss, Ferry, Fields, French, Garfield, Goss, Gove, Gravely, Halsey, Hamilton, £ # Heaton, Higby, Hill, Hooper. Hopkins, Chester D. Hubbard. Hulburd, Hunter, Ingersoll, Jenckes, Alexander H. Jones, Judd, Julian, Kelley, Kellogg, Kelsey, Ketcham, Kitchen, Koontz, Laflin, Lash, George W. Lawrence, W.lliam Lawrence, Lincoln, Loan, Logan, Loughridge, Mallory, Marvin, Maynard, McCarthy, McKee, Miller, Moore, Moorhead. Morrell, Mulli is, Newcomb, Newsham, Norris, O'Neill, Orth, Paine. Perham, Peters. Pettis, Pierce, Pike, Pile, Plants, Poland, Polsley, Price, Prince, Raum, Robertson, Roots, Sawyer, Schenck, Scofield, Selye, Shanks, Shellabarger, Starkweather, Stevens, Stewart, Sokes, Stover, Sypher, Taffe, Taylor, Thomas, Trimble, Trowbridge, Twichell, Upson, Van Aernam, Burt Van Horn, Robert T. Van Horn, Van Wyck, Vidal, Ward, Ellihn B. Washburne, Henry D ashburn, William B. Washburn, Welker, Whittemore, Thomas Williams, James F. Wilson, John T. Wilson, Stephen F. Wilson, Windom-150.

The SENATE returned, and the vote of Georgia was counted in the manner provided by the concurrent resolution, and Ulysses S. Grant was declared duly elected President, and Schuyler Colfax Vice-President of the United States for four years, commencing on the 4th day of March, 1869.

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March 16—The House passed it—y eas 111, nays 46, (not voting 39) as follow:

YEAS–Messrs. Ambler, Armstrong, Arnell, Asper, Bailey. Banks, Beaman, Beatty, Benjamin, Benton, Bingham, Blair, Boles, Boyd, Buffinton, Burdett, Benjamin F Butler. Roderick R. Butler, Cessna Churchill, Clarke. Amasa Cobb, Clinton L. Cobb, Conger, Cullom, Davis, Dawes, Deweese, Dockery, Donley, Duval, Dyer, Ela, Ferriss, Ferry, Finkelnburg, Fisher, Fitch, Garfield. Giltillan, Hale, Heaton, Hoar. Hooper, Hopkins, Hotchkiss, Ingersoll, Jenckes, Alexander H. Jones, Judd. Julian. Kelley, Kelsey, Ketcham Knapp, Laflin, Lash, Lawrence, Loughridge, Maynard McCarthy, McCrary, McGrew, Mercur, Eliakim H. Moore, Jesse H. Moore, William Moore, Morrell. Morrill, Negley, O'Neill. Orth. Packard, Paine, Palmer, Peters, Phelps, Poland, Pomeroy, Prosser, Roots, Sanford. Sargent, Sawyer, Schenck, Scofield, Shanks, John A. Smith, William J. Smith. William Smyth, Stevenson, Stokes, Stoughton. Strickland, Taffe, Tanner. Tillman Townsend, Twichell. Tyner. Upson, Van Horn, Cadwalader C. Washburn, William B. Washburn, Welker. Wheeler. Whittemore, Wilkinson, Willard, Williams. Winans–111.

NAYs—Messrs. Archer, Axtell, Beck. Biggs, Bird, Brooks, Burr, Calkin, Crebs, Dickinson, Eldridge, Getz, Golladay, Haight, Haldeman, Hamill, Holman, Johnson, Thomas L. Jones, Knott, Marshall, Mattham, McCormick, McNeely, Moffet. Morgan, Mangen, Niblack, Potter, Reading, Reeves, Rice, Slocum, Joseph S. Smith, Stone, Strader, Swann, Swcency. Trimble, Van Auken, Van Trump, Wells, Eugene M. Wilson, Winchester, Witcher, Wood—46.

The bill was approved by President Grant, March 18, 1869.

BILL TO STRENGTHEN THE PUBLIC CREDIT.

Fortieth Congress. IN House. 1869, February 24–This bill passed:

AN ACT to strengthen the public credit, and relating to contracts for the payment of coin Be it enacted, &c., That in order to remove any doubt as to the purpose of the Government to discharge all just obligations to the public creditors, and to settle conflicting questions and interpretations of the laws by virtue of which such obligations have been contracted, it is hereby provided and declared, that the faith of the United States is solemnly pledged to the payment in coin, or its equivalent, of all the interest-bearing obligations of the United States: except in cases where the law authorizing the issue of any such obligation has expressly provided that the same may be paid in lawful money or other currency than gold and silver: Provided, however, That before any of said interest bearing obligations not already due shall mature, or be paid before maturity, the obligations not bearing interest, known as United States notes. shail be made convertible into coin at the option of the holder. SEC 2. That any contract hereafter made specifically payable in coin, and the consideration of which may be a loan of coin, or a sale of pro perty, or the rendering of labor or service of any kind, the price of which, as carried into the contract, may have been adjusted on the basis of the coin value thereof at the time of such sale or the rendering of such service or labor, shall be legal and valid, and may be enforced accord. ing to its terms; and on the trial of a suit brought for the enforcement of any such contract, proof of the real consideration may be lVen. g Yeas 121, nays 60, (not voting 41.) as follow:

YEAs–Messrs. Allison, Ames, Anderson, Arnell, Delos R. Ashley, James M. Ashley, Axtell, Baldwin, isanks, Barnum, Beaman, Benjamin, Benton, Blackburn, Blaine, Blair, Boyden, Boyer, Brooks, Broomall, Buckley, Callis, Chanter, Churchill, Reader W. Clarke, Sidney Clarke, Clift, Corley, Cornell, Cullom. Dawes, Delano, Dixon, Dodge, Driggs, Eckley, Thomas D. Eliot, James T. Elliott, Ferriss, Ferry, Fields, Garfield, Getz, Glossbrenner, Gove, Griswold, Halsey, Harding, Heaton Higby, Hill, Hooper, Hotchkiss, Chester D. Hubbard, Richard D. IHubbard. Hulburd, Jenckes, Alexander H. Jones, Judd, Julian, Kellogg, Kelsey, Ketcham, Kitchen, Koontz, Laflin, Lash, George V. Lawrence Lynch, Marvin, Maynard, Me Ree, Mercur, Miller, Moore, Moorhead, Morrell, Mullins, Myers, Newcomb, Newsham, Norris, O'Neill, Paine, Perham, Peters, Pettis, Phelps, Plants, Poland, Pomeroy, Price, Raum, Robertson, Robinson, Roots. Sawyer, Schenck, Scofield, Shellabarger, Smith, Spalding Stark weather, Stewart, Stover, Taber, Taylor, T rowbridge, Twichell, Upson, Van Aernam, Burt Van Horn, Robert T. Van Horn, Ward, Cadwalader C. Washburn, William B. Washburn, Welker, Whittemore, Thomas Williams, James F. Wilson, Windom-121. NAYS-Messrs. Archer, Baker, Beatty, Beck, Bowen, Bromwell, Burr. Benjamin F. Butler, Roderick R. Butler, Cake, Cobb, Coburn, Cook, Covode. Deweese, Donnelly, Eggleston, Ela. Eldridge, Farnsworth, For, French, Golladay, Goss Grover, Haight, Hawkins, Holman, Ho kins, IIumphrey, Hunter, lingersoll, Johnson, Thomas L. Jones, Kelley, Kerr. Knott, William Lawrence, Loughridge, Marsaall, McCormick, Mungen, Niblack, Nunn, Orth, Pike, Ross, Shanks, Stevens. Stokes, Stone, Taffe, Thomas, Tift. Van Trump Henry D. Washburn, William Williams, John T. Wilson, Wood, Young—60.

Pending the passage, Mr. Niblack inoved to strike out the first section, which was lost—yeas 54, nays 130, (not voting 38.) as follow : YEAs–Messrs. Archer, Baker. Barnes, Beatty, Beck, Bowen, Burr, Roderick R. Butler, Cobb, Coburn, Deweese, Donnelly, Eggleston, Ela, Eldridge, Farnsworth, For, Getz, Golladay, Goss, Gravely, Grover, Haight, Hawkins, Holman, £ Humphrey, IIunter, Ingersoll, Johnson, Thomas L. Jones. Herr, Knott. Loan, Marshall, McCormick, Mungen, Niblack, Orth, Pike, Pruyn, Ross. Shanks, Stevens. Stokes. Stone, Taffe. Tift, Van Auken. Van Trump, Henry D. Washburn, John T. Wilson, Wood. Young–54. NAYs–Messrs. Allison, Ames, Anderson, Arnell, Delos R. Ashley, James M. Ashley, Axtell, Baldwin, Banks, Barnum, Beaman, Benjamin, Benton, Bingham, Blackburn, Blaine, Blair, Boutwell, Boyden. Boter, Bromwell, Brooks, 13toom all, Buckley, Cake. Chanler. Churchill, Reader W. Clarke, Sidney Clarke, Clift, Corley, Cornell, Covode, Cullom, Delano, Dickey, Dixon, Dockery, Dodge, Diggs, Eckley, Thomas D. Eliot, James T. Elliott, Ferriss, Ferry, Fields, Glossbrenner. Gove, Griswold, Halsey, Harding, Heaton, Higby, Hill, Hooper, Hotchkiss, Chester D. Hubbard, Richard D. Hubbard, Hulburd, Jenckes, Alexander H. Jones, Judd, Julian, Kelley. Kellogg, Kelsey, Ketcham, Kitchen, Koontz. Laflin, Lash, George V. Lawrence, William Lawrence, Logan, Lynch, Mallory, Marvin, Maynard, McKee, Mercur, Millór, Moore, Moorhead, Mullins, Myers, Newsham, Norris, O'Neill, Paine, Perham, Peters, Pettis, Phelps, Pierce, Pile, Plants, Poland, Pomeroy, Price, Prince, Raum, Robertson, Roots, Sawyer, Schenck, Scofield, Shellabarger, Smith, Spalding, Starkweather, Stewart, Stover, Taber, Taylor, Thomas, Trimble, Trowbridge. Twichell, Upson, Van Aernam, Burt Van Horn Ward, Cadwalader C. Washburn. William B. Washburn, Welker. Whittemore, Thomas Williams, William Williams, James F. Wilson, Windom-130.

Mr. Allison moved to strike out the second section, which was lost—yeas 72, nays 100, (not voting 50,) as follow:

YEAs—Messrs. Allison, Baker, Beatty, Beck, Benton, Bowen. Bromwell, Benjamin F. Butler, Cake, Clift, Cobb, Coburn, Cook, Cornell, Cullom, Deweese, Dickey, Donnelly, Eckley, Ela, Eldridge, Farnsworth, Ferriss, Ferly, For, Golladay, Goss, Gravely, Hawkins, Holman, Hooper. Hopkins, Hunter, Ingersoll, Kelley, Kelsey, Anott, Koontz. William Lawrence, Loan, Loughridge, Lynch, Maynard, Miller, Moore. Morrell. Mullins, Mungen, Myers, Niblack, Nunn, O'Neill, Orth, Peters, Robertson. Ross, Sawyer, Shanks, Shellabarger, Smith, Stevens, Stokes, Taffe, Thomas, 'w': Van Trump, Henry D. Washburn, Thomas Williams, Wil. liam Williams, John T. Wilson, Young–72

NAYS-Messrs. Ames, Anderson, Archer. Arnell, Delos R. Ashley, James M. Ashley, Axtell, Baldwin, Banks,

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February 26–The bill was reported back from the Committee on Finance, amended so as to read as follows:

AN ACT relating to the public debt.

Be it enacted, &c., That in order to remove any doubt as to the purpose of the Government to discharge all just obligations to the public creditors, and to settle conflicting questions and interpretations of the laws by virtue of which such obligations have been contracted, it is hereby provided and declared, that the faith of the United States is solemnly pledged to the payment in coin, or its equivalent, of all the £ gaions of the United States, except in cases where the law authorizing the issue of any such obligation has expressly provided that the same may be paid in lawful money or other currency than gold and silver.

SEC 2. That any contract hereafter made specifically payable in coin, and the consideration of which may be a loan of coin, or a sale of property, or the rendering of labor or service of any kind, the price of which, as carried into the contract, may have been adjusted on the basis of the coin value thereof at the time of such sale or the rendering of such service or labor, shall be legal and valid, and may be enforced according to its terms.

February 27–Mr. Henderson moved to amend the first clause of the second section by making it read as follow :

That any contract hereafter made specifically payable in coin shall be legal and valid, and may be enforced according to its terms.

Which was not agreed to—yeas 10, nays 35, as follow :

YEAs-Messrs. Cole, Conkling, Corbett, Dixon, Fes£ Henderson, Pomeroy, Ross, Stewart, Trumull-10. NAYs—Messrs. Abbott, Anthony, Cameron, Cattell, Chandler, Conness, Cragin, Davis, Doolittle. Drake, Edmunds. Ferry, Frelinghuysen, Harlan. Howe, Kellogg, McCreery, McDonald, Morgan, Morrill of Vermon Morton, *: Osborn, Patterson of New Hampshire, Ramsey, Rice, Sawyer. Sherman. Sumner, Thayer, Wade, Welch, Willey, Williams, Wilson—35. Mr. Bavard moved to strike out the second section, which was not agreed to —yeas 7, nays 36, as follow : YEAs—Messrs. Chandler, Cole, Davis, Doolittle, Fowler, Howe. Wade–7. NA, s–Messrs. Abbott, Anthony. Cameron, Cattell, Conkling, Conness, Corbett, Cragin, Dixon. Drake, Edmunds, Ferry, Fessenden, Frelinghuysen, Harlan, Kellogg, McCreery, McDonald, Morgan, Morrill of Ver. mont, Morton, Nye, Osborn, Patterson of New Hampshire, Pomeroy, Ramsey, Ross, Sherman, Stewart W': Thayer, Trumbull, Welch, Willey, Williams, Son-36.

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