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S. 505. An act to incorporate the National Association for the Relief of Destitute Colored Women and Children; in which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this house.

Mr. Dawes having called up, the House proceeded to the consideration of the report of the Committee of Elections upon the credentials of Messrs. Flanders and Hahn, claiming seats in the House as representatives from the State of Louisiana.

After debate,

On motion of Mr. Lovejoy, at 4 o'clock and 45 minutes p. m., the House adjourned.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1863.

The following petitions and papers were laid upon the Clerk's table, under the rule: By Mr. Leary: The petition of merchant tailors of Baltimore, Maryland, for certain amendments to the internal revenue laws; which was referred to the Committee of Ways and Means. By Mr. Fenton: The petition of citizens of New York, asking that the name of Archibald Brown be placed upon the pension roll as a reward for military services in the war of 1812; which was referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions. By Mr. Maynard: The petition of D. C. Trowhill, assistant adjutant general, asking for an appropriation of money to pay the staff of Brigadier General J. R. Spears. By Mr. Menzies: The petition of J. J. Temple. Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. By Mr. McPherson: Additional papers in relation to the claim of the administrator of Major William W. Russell, deceased; which were referred to the Committee of Claims. By Mr. Franchot: The petition of J. J. Speed, for privileges to the Independent Telegraph Company; which was referred to the Committee for the District of Columbia. The Speaker, by unanimous consent, laid before the House executive communications as follows, viz: I. A letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, in answer to a resolution of the House of the 29th ultimo, as to the amount of money received by the custom-house officers at New York, under the fifth section of the act of May 20, 1862; which was laid on the table and ordered to be printed. II. A letter from the Secretary of the Interior, in answer to a resolution of the House of the 12th ultimo, calling for information as to the present situation of the Stockbridge and Munsee Indians in Wisconsin; which was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs and ordered to be printed. III. A letter from the Secretary of the Interior, recommending an appropriation to pay the balance due A. H. Jones and H. M. C. Brown for running and marking boundary lines between certain Indian tribes; which was referred to the Committee of Ways and Means and ordered to be printed. Mr. Arnold, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to, viz: Resolved, That the Committee on Manufactures be, and they are hereby, instructed to inquire and report to this house the practical operation of the present excise law as it may bear on the interests of manufactures and mechanics of limited means. Mr. Lovejoy, by unanimous consent, from the Committee on Agriculture, reported a bill (H.R. 734) to amend an act entitled “An act to establish a department of agriculture;” which was read a first and second time, recommitted to the said committee, and ordered to be printed. Mr. Conway, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 735) to provide for the appointment of an agent for the Ottawas, the Chippewas of Swan creek and Black river, and the Christian Indians in Kansas; which was read a first and second time, and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs. Mr. Granger, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee did, on the 9th instant, present to the President of the United States bills of the following titles, viz: H. R. 265. An act to authorize the Court of Claims of the United States to hear and determine the claim of the heirs of Stephen Johnston, deceased; H. R. 610. An act making appropriations for the support of the army for the year ending the 30th of June, 1864, and for a deficiency for the signal service for the year ending June 30, 1863; H. R. 636. An act concerning the district courts of the Territory of Washington; H. R. 658. An act to promote the efficiency of the commissary department; H. R. 665. An act making appropriations for the service of the Post Office Department during the fiscal year ending the 30th of June, 1864; and H. R. 720. An act to make the State of Wisconsin a part of the ninth judicial circuit. The Speaker having announced as the regular order of business the report of the Committee of Elections, in the case of Messrs. Flanders and Hahn, claiming seats in this house from the State of Louisiana, which was pending when the House adjourned yesterday, On motion of Mr. Dawes, Ordered, That its further consideration be postponed for one hour. A message was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Nicolay, his private secretary, notifying the House that he did, on the 9th instant, approve and sign bills of the following titles, W1z: H. R. 265. An act to authorize the Court of Claims of the United States to hear and determine the claim of the heirs of Stephen Johnston, deceased.

H. R. 658. An act to promote the efficiency of the commissary department. H. R. 610. An act making appropriations for the support of the army for the year ending the 30th of June, 1864, and for a deficiency for the signal service for the year ending June 30, 1863. H. R. 636. An act concerning the district courts of the Territory of Washington. H. R. 665. An act making appropriations for the service of the Post Office Department during the fiscal year ending the 30th of June, 1864. H. R. 720. An act to make the State of Wisconsin a part of the ninth judicial circuit. The Speaker having announced as the business next in order the joint resolution of the House (H.Res. 141) authorizing the Secretary of the Navy to adjust the equitable claims of contractors for naval supplies and regulating contracts with the Navy Department—heretofore reported from the Committee on Naval Affairs, The House proceeded to its consideration. Pending the question on its engrossment, After debate, Mr. Wickliffe submitted an amendment thereto. Pending which, On motion of Mr. Sedgwick, Ordered, That the said joint resolution be recommitted to the Committee on Naval Affairs. The House then resumed the consideration of the Louisiana election case, the pending question being on the following resolutions reported from the Committee of Elections, viz: Resolved, That Benjamin F. Flanders is entitled to a seat in this house as a representative from the first congressional district in Louisiana. Resolved, That Michael Hahn is entitled to a seat in this house as a representative from the second district in Louisiana. After debate, Mr. Washburne, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H.R. 736) to prevent and punish frauds upon the revenue, to provide for the more certain and speedy collection of claims in favor of the United States, and for other purposes; which was read a first and second time, and, together with a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury on the subject of the said bill, referred to the Committee on Commerce and ordered to be printed. Mr. Granger, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee did this day present to the President of the United States joint resolutions and a bill of the following titles, viz: S. Res. 118. Joint resolution to confirm the adverse decision of the Court of Claims in the case of R. A. Clements, administrator of James N. Mullican; S. Res. 120. Joint resolution to confirm the adverse decison of the Court of Claims in the case of David D. Mitchell; S. Res. 121. Joint resolution to confirm the adverse decision of the Court of Claims in the case of John Hicks, executor of Isaac Hicks; S. Res. 122. Joint resolution to confirm the adverse decision of the Court of Claims in the case of Alexander D. Anderson, administrator of John Anderson; and S. 127. An act for the relief of Isaac Vanderpoel. Mr. William Kellogg moved, at 4 o'clock and 50 minutes p. m., that the House adjourn; which motion was disagreed to. After further debate on the report of the Committee of Elections, On motion of Mr. Wickliffe, at 5 o'clock p.m., the House adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1863.

The following petitions and memorial were laid upon the Clerk's table, under the rule. By Mr. Colfax: The petition of Grenville M. Weeks, for reimbursement for losses at the sinking of the Monitor; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs. By Mr. Wright: The petition of citizens of Pennsylvania, for a mail-route from Milton to Limestoneville. By Mr. McIndoe: The memorial of the legislature of Wisconsin, for daily mail service on mail-route No. 13133. Ordered, That the said petition and memorial be referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads. By Mr. Ely: The petition of Warren Pierpoint—heretofore presented April 23, 1858; which was referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions. By Mr. Wickliffe: The petition of citizens of Kentucky, for the adjustment of claims for losses sustained by them; which was referred to the Committee of Claims. By Mr. Chilton A. White: The petition of citizens of Ohio, asking for a repeal of the tax on wine; which was referred to the Committee of Ways and Means. The Speaker, by unanimous consent, laid before the House executive communications, as follows, viz: I. A letter from the Secretary of State, transmitting a report on the commercial relations of the United States with foreign nations 'for 1862; which was laid on the table, and ordered to be printed. Mr. Eliot, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution; which was read, and referred to the Committee on Printing, viz: Resolved, That 4,000 extra copies of the report on the commercial relations of the United States with foreign nations for the year ending September 30, 1862, be printed for the use of the present House, and 1,000 copies for the use of the State Department. II. A letter from the Treasurer of the United States, transmitting copies of his accounts of the receipts and disbursements for the service of the Post Office Department during the last fiscal year; which was laid on the table, and ordered to be printed. The Speaker also, by unanimous consent, laid before the House copies of the journals of the legislative assembly of Colorado Territory; which were referred to the Committee on the Territories. Mr. Washburne, by unanimous consent, from the Committee on Commerce, to whom was referred the petition of George W. Kendall and others, of New York, reported a bill (H. R. 737) to issue an American register to the steamship “Karnack;" which was read a first and second time.

Ordered, That the bill be engrossed and read a third time. Being engrossed, it was accordingly read the third time and passed. Mr. Washburne 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.

Ordered, That the Clerk request the concurrence of the Senate in the said bill.

The Speaker having announced as the regular order of business the business relating to the District of Columbia, the same having been made a special order for this day

On motion of Mr. Dawes, Ordered, That the same be postponed until after the expiration of the morning hour.

The Speaker then announced as the business in order the report of the Committee of Elections in the Louisiana election case.

On motion of Mr. Fenton, Ordered, That its further consideration be postponed until after the expiration of the morning hour.

The Speaker having announced as the business next in order the joint resolution of the House (H. Res. 115) authorizing the Secretary of the Navy to release certain penalties, heretofore reported from the Committee on Naval Affairs

On motion of Mr. Washburne, Ordered, That its further consideration be postponed until Wed. nesday next, the 18th instant.

Mr. Granger, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined and found truly enrolled a bill of the following title, viz:

H. R. 617. An act to supply deficiencies in the appropriations for the service of the fiscal year ending June 30, 1863.

When The Speaker signed the same. Mr. Crittenden, from the Committee on Foreign Affairs, reported a joint resolution (H. Res. 148) to facilitate a proper representation of the industrial interests of the United States at the "international agricultural exhibition" of Hamburg; which was read a first and second time, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union, and ordered to be printed.

On motion of Mr. Cox, Ordered, That the Committee on Foreign Affairs be discharged from the further consideration of the "propriety of discontinuing the recognition of General Heran as minister of New Granada, and of opening commercial relations with the United States of Colombia," and that the same be laid on the table.

Mr. Lovejoy, from the Committee on the Territories, to whom was referred the bill of the Senate (S. 311) to amend an act entitled "An

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