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By Mr. John H. Rice: The memorial of William S. Grant, a contractor of Arizona, for relief.
By Mr. William H. Wallace: The memorial of the widow of General Isaac I. Stevens, for compensation for services rendered by her husband in preparing the final report on the Northern Pacific Railroad.
By Mr. Holman: Papers relating to the claim of D. H. Bingham.
Ordered, That the said petition, memorial, and papers, be referred to the Committee of Claims.
By Mr. Olin: The memorial of Abraham Snyder for compensation for the invention of a bullet-machine;
Also, the memorial of Lieutenant H. Turck for relief.
By Mr. Kelley: The petition of John J. Garvin and other officers and men of the transport steamer Union.
By Mr. Calvert: The petition of citizens of Montgomery county, Maryland, in behalf of the people of the United States.
By Mr. Hutchins: The petition of paymasters' clerks of the army of the United States for increase of pay.
Ordered, That the said memorials and petitions be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
By Mr. Samuel C. Fessenden: The petition of the owners of the schoover Mount Vernon for change of name.
By Mr. Biddle: The memorial of the Board of Trade of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in favor of the establishment of a national bureau of statistics in the Department of the Interior.
Ordered, That the said petition and memorial be referred to the Committee on Commerce.
Mr. Calvert gave notice, under the rule, of his intention to move for leave to introduce a bill to incorporate the Washington Theatre Company.
Mr. Law, by unanimous consent, from the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress, to whom was referred the message of the President of the United States relative to a presentation of certain publications to the library of Congress by the trustees of the British museum, made a report in writing thereon; which was laid on the table, and ordered to be printed.
All the committees having been called for reports for commitment,
The Speaker then proceeded to call the States and Territories for resolutions.
Mr. Albert S. White submitted the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to, viz:
Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing for the payment of company and regimental officers from the date of their commission or appointment by the governor of the proper State as mustering officers.
Mr. Colfax submitted the following resolution, viz:
Resolved, That the Committee of Ways and Means be discharged from the further consideration of House bill reducing the rate of duties on imported paper from 35 per cent. to 10 per cent., and that the same be considered in the House now.
The same having been read, Mr. Colfax moved the previous question. Pending which, On motion of Mr. Justin S. Morrill, Ordered, That the resolution be laid on the table. Mr. Stevens moved that the vote last taken be reconsidered, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to. Mr. Holman introduced a bill (H. R. 668) for the relief of Daniel H. Bingham; which was read a first and second time, and referred to the Committee of Claims. o Mr. Julian submitted the following resolution; which was read, considered, and, under the operation of the previous question, agreed to, viz: Resolved, That the Secretary of the Interior Department be, and he is hereby, directed to furnish this house, at the earliest possible day, with the names of all persons employed temporarily or otherwise in the Patent Office bureau or division, from the first day of April, 1861, to this date, designating the duties assigned to and performed by each, their compensation respectively, and from what State appointed; the aggregate amount of the receipts of the office from all sources, including appropriations made by Congress since, and the balance on hand at that date, and how the same has been expended or appropriated, to whom, and for what purposes; also, a detailed statement of the disbursements, from what fund paid, to whom, and for what purposes; together with a comparative table showing the difference, if any, between the expenses of the Patent Office bureau or division at that day and the present time, and the reasons for such difference. Mr. Julian moved that the vote last taken be reconsidered, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to. Mr. Dunn submitted the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to, viz: Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury be directed to report to this house, so soon as in his power, the amount expended from the commencement of the rebellion in the employment and sustenance of slaves in the disloyal States, and also as to the extent such expenses have been compensated for by the services of such slaves. Mr. Dunn moved that the vote last taken be reconsidered, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to. Resolutions were further submitted, read, considered, and agreed to, as follows, viz. By Mr. Lovejoy: Resolved, That the Committee on Agriculture be instructed to inquire into the expediency of additional legislation in relation to the Department of Agriculture. Resolved, That the Committee for the District of Columbia be directed to inquire what amendment, if any, is necessary to an act to incorporate the Washington and Georgetown Railroad Company, in order the more effectually to secure the rights of passengers thereon. By Mr. William Kellogg: Resolved, That the Committee of Ways and Means be directed to inquire into the expediency of reducing the duties now chargeable on rags imported from foreign countries of which paper is made. By Mr. Arnold: Resolved, That the President of the United States be requested to have prepared a report and full statistical statements of the trade and commerce of the great lakes, the western rivers, and the St. Lawrence, to be presented to Congress. By Mr. Noell: Resolved, That the Committee on Naval Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a navy yard at some suitable point in the State of. Missouri, between the mouth of the Ohio river and north of St. Louis, and to report by bill or otherwise. Mr. Noell, on leave, introduced a bill (H. R. 669) for the relief of Lieutenant J. J. Dentlinger; which was read a first and second time, and, together with the accompanying papers, referred to the Committee of Claims. On motion of Mr. Hall. Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency and propriety of paying the militia of Missouri while in active service, and to report by bill or otherwise. On motion of Mr. Wilson: Resolved, That the Committee on Invalid Pensions be instructed to inquire into the propriety of so amending the 6th section of the act to authorize the employment of volunteers to aid in enforcing the laws, &c., approved July 22, 1861, as to give to citizens of the United States and aliens residing within the United States preference over non-resident aliens in the payment of arrearages of pay to the heirs of deceased soldiers, and that the committee have leave to report by bill at any time. Resolved, That the Secretary of the Interior be directed to furnish this house with a detailed statement of all the transactions connected with D. J. Browne's agency for the agricultural division of the Patent Office during his stay in Europe as such agent, together with the amounts of money paid said agent before he left for Europe, whilst there, and since his return, and for what purpose said sums were paid to him; and, further, state what benefit the agricultural and manufacturing interests of the country have derived or are likely to derive from said agency; and also that all communications sent to or received from said agent be laid before the House, together with such other information as has been received or may be received from said agent since his return to the United States. Notices were given under the rule, of motions for leave to introduce bills, as follows, viz: By Mr. Eliot: A bill to establish a Bureau of Emancipation; By Mr. Morris: A bill for the relief of Lieutenant William P. Richner, of company H, 77th regiment Ohio volunteer infantry.
Mr. Wilson introduced a joint resolution (H.Res. 132) to approve, ratify, and confirm the proclamation issued by the President, as commander-in-chief of the army and navy of the United States, dated January 1, 1863; which was read a first and second time. Mr. Wilson moved that it be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and also moved the previous question thereon. Pending which, Mr. Cox moved that the resolution be laid on the table. And the question being put, Yeas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Nays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present, Those who voted in the affirmative are—
It was decided in the negative,
Mr. William Allen Mr. Richard A. Harrison Mr. George H. Pendleton
Joseph Baily William S. Holman Nehemiah Perry
Charles B. Calvert
Those who voted in the negative are—
George K. Shiel
Mr. Cyrus Aldrich Mr. Alfred Ely Mr. John W. Noell
Thomas A. D. Fessenden
James M. Ashley
Timothy G. Phelps
Mr. John W. Wallace Mr. Albert S. White Mr. William Windom Ellihu B. Washburne James F. Wilson Samuel T. Worcester, William A. Wheeler
So the House refused to lay the resolution on the table. The question then recurring on the demand for the previous question, it was seconded and the main question ordered, and under the operation thereof the resolution was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. On motion of Mr. Aldrich, Resolved, That the Committee on Agriculture be, and are hereby, directed to inquire into the propriety of uniting under one head the superintendency of all the public grounds and gardens in this city. Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be, and hereby are, directed to inquire into the expediency and propriety of allowing and authorizing sutlers to furnish to their respective regiments the following articles, in addition to those now allowed by law, viz.: can fruits, can and cured meats, confectioneries, fish, clothing, vegetables, eggs, sugar, tea, coffee, pickles, hay, oats, corn. Mr. Aldrich submitted a resolution; which he subsequently modified to read as follows, viz: Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be, and are hereby, instructed to inquire into the expediency and necessity of granting a bounty land warrant of 160 acres of land to every soldier now serving in our army, or who may hereafter enlist in any of the old regiments, the land warrants to be located on any confiscated rebel plantation which the holder of the warrant may select, as soon as the war is ended and the rebellion crushed, and report by bill or otherwise. Mr. Trimble moved that it be laid on the table; which motion was disagreed to. The question was then put, Will the House agree to the resolution? Yeas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Nays - - - - - - - - - - . . . . 59 The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present, Those who voted in the affirmative are—
And it was decided in the affirmative,
Mr. Cyrus Aldrich Mr. R. Holland Duell Mr. Robert McKnight
Wm. Morris Davis Owen Lovejoy Aaron A. Sargent