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And then,

On motion of Mr. Thomas, at 4 o'clock p. m., the House adjourned.

TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 1860.

The following petitions and memorials were laid upon the Clerk's table, under the 24th rule of the House, to wit:

By Mr. Morse: The petition of Vassal D. Pinkham, praying to have his contract with the Post Office Department annulled.

By Mr. Parrott: The petition of citizens of the Territory of Kansas, for a mail-route from Lawrence to Salina.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

By Mr. Vance: The memorial of John P. Milton, praying compensation for extra services rendered as clerk to the commandant of the late navy yard at Memphis, Tennessee; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

By Mr. Parrott: The memorial of certain citizens of Kansas, relative to a portion of the Delaware Indian reserve; which was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

By Mr. Woodruff: The petition of M. M. Camp and other citizens of the State of Connecticut, asking Congress to adopt and use “Camp's decked propeller life-boat” at the several life-saving stations; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

By Mr. Royce: The petition of Horace Gates-heretofore referred March 12, 1858; which was referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

The Speaker, by unanimous consent, laid before the House the following messages heretofore received from the President of the United States, viz: To the House of Representatives:

I transmit herewith a report of the Secretary of the Navy, to whom was referred the resolution of the House of Representatives of April 10, 1860, requesting the President to communicate to the House, in addition to the information asked in the resolution adopted in reference to the African slave trade, “the number of officers and men in the service of the United States belonging to the African squadron who have died in that service since the date of the Ashburton treaty up to the present time.”

JAMES BUCHANAN. WASHINGTON, April 20, 1860. Ordered, That the said message be laid on the table, and printed.

To the House of Representatives :

In answer to the resolution of the House of Representatives "that the President be requested to communicate to the House, if not incompatible with the public service, all such information as he may

possess in relation to the existence” of the Territory of Minnesota, he has to state that he possesses no information upon the subject except what has been derived from the acts of Congress and the proceedings of the House itself. Since the date of the act of the 11th of May, 1858, admitting a portion of the Territory of Minnesota as a State into the Union, no act has been performed by the Executive either affirming or denying the existence of such Territory. The question in regard to that portion of the Territory without the limits of the existing State remains for the decision of Congress, and is in the same condition it was when the State was admitted into the Union.

JAMES BUCHANAN. WASHINGTON, April 20, 1860.

Ordered, That the said message be referred to the Committee of Elections, and printed.

The Speaker also, by unanimous consent, laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, in answer to a resolution of the House of the 16th of February last, directing him to communicate the amount required to complete, furnish, &c., the Saint Louis custom-house and post office; which was referred to the Committee of Ways and Means, and ordered to be printed.

On motion of Mr. Israel Washburn, jr., the House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union; and after some time spent therein, the Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Buffinton reported that the committee having, according to order, had the state of the Union generally under consideration, and particularly the bill of the House (H. R. 338) to provide for the payment of outstanding treasury notes, to authorize a loan, to regulate and fix the duties on imports, and for other purposes, had come to no resolution thereon.

Mr. Aldrich gave notice, under the rule, of his intention to move for leave to introduce a bill for the relief of Alfred C. Murphy and Hiram Burlingham.

And then,
On motion of Mr. Florence, at 5 o'clock p. m., the House adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 1860. The following petitions, memorials, and other papers, were laid upon the Clerk's table, under the 24th rule of the House, to wit:

By Mr. Somes: The petition of John Gordon-heretofore referred February 23, 1858;

Also, the petition of George Whitten-heretofore referred February 26, 1858;

Also, the petition of Samuel Boynton-heretofore referred April 21, 1856;

Also, the petition of Edmund Dresser-heretofore referred Febru. ary 19, 1856.

By Mr. Briggs: The petition of Susan Dryburgh, widow of James Dryburgh, praying a pension for the services of her husband in the war of 1812.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Parrott: The petitions of citizens of the Territory of Kansas, for a mail-route from Humboldt to Newton Falls; also, for a mailroute from Lawrence to Salina; also, for a mail-route from Mapleton to Humboldt; which were referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

By Mr. Wells: The petition of Ignatius Lucas, Samuel James, and Charles Tilley, praying compensation for extra services as watchmen of the Navy Department; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

By Mr. Hughes: The memorial of Elizabeth Cole, widow of Levi Cole, praying for a pension under the act of February, 1853.

By Mr. Somes : The petition of Amazias Goodwin-heretofore referred February 10, 1858.

Ordered, That the said memorial and petition be referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions.

By Mr. Parrott: Joint resolutions of the legislature of the Territory of Kansas, asking an appropriation for the payment of certain losses sustained by citizens of said Territory; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

By Mr. Leake: The petition of the children of Elizabeth Williamson, praying for the pension due their mother under the act of July 7, 1838.

By Mr. Somes: The petition of Molly Wedgwood Hobbs—heretofore referred May 26, 1856.

Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions.

Mr. Colfax, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 681) relative to postage on newspapers in packages, on letters to and from the Pacific coast, and for other purposes; which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, and, together with a communication from the Acting Postmaster General explanatory of said bill, ordered to be printed.

Mr. Colfax moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the said bill was referred; which motion was passed over for the present.

Mr. Hoard, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. 682) to provide for serving process in certain cases; which was read a first and second time, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

On motion of Mr. Hatton, the House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union; and after some time spent therein, the Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Buffinton reported that the committee having, according to order, had the state of the Union generally under consideration, and particularly the bill of the House (H. R. 338) to provide for the payment of outstanding treasury notes, to authorize a loan, to regulate and fix the duties on imports, and for other purposes, had come to no resolution thereon.

A message in writing was received from the President of the United States, by J. Buchanan, jr., his private secretary; which was handed in at the Speaker's table.

On motion of Mr. Holman, by unanimous consent, Ordered, That a bill “ for the relief of the widows and children of certain officers and soldiers of the war of the revolution," proposed to be reported by him from the Committee on Revolutionary Claims, be printed.

And then,

On motion of Mr. Florence, at 3 o'clock and 45 minutes p. m., the House adjourned.

THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 1860.

The following petitions and memorials were laid upon the Clerk's table, under the 24th rule of the House, to wit:

By Mr. Florence: The memorial of citizens of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, praying for the immediate passage of a tariff bill; which was referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.

By Mr. Hamilton: The petition of Thomas B. King, praying pay. ment for services as a pilot at the harbor of Brazos Santiago; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

By Mr. Corwin: The memorial of Richard S. Coxe, trustee of the Union Land Company, praying for relief; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

By Mr. Briggs: The petition of Nancy King, daughter of Benjamin Montanye, praying compensation for services during the revolutionary war; which was referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

By Mr. Bouligny: The petition of Louis A. Latil, attorney for the heirs of Pierre Clermont-heretofore referred February 5, 1849; which was referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

By Mr. Hutchins: The petition of B. F. Hoffman and others, citizens of Ohio, praying for the passage of a uniform bankrupt law; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Reagan, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to, viz:

Resolved, That the Secretary of War be requested to communicate to this House all documents received in his office in relation to the troubles on the Texas frontier since his last communication to the House on this subject.

Mr. Curry, by unanimous consent, presented the memorial of the general assembly of the State of Alabama, asking the allowance of interest on the two and three per cent. funds, the payment of which was withheld by the government; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands, and ordered to be printed.

The Speaker, by unanimous consent, laid before the House the following message received yesterday from the President of the United States, viz: To the House of Representatives :

In compliance with the resolutions of the House of Representatives of the 2d March, 1859, and of the 26th ultimo, requesting in. formation relative to discriminations in Switzerland against citizens of the United States of the Hebrew persuasion, I transmit a report of the Secretary of State, with the documents by which it was accompanied.

JAMES BUCHANAN. WASHINGTON, April 24, 1860.

Ordered, That the said message be laid on the table, and printed.

The Speaker also, by unanimous consent, laid before the House a letter from the Secretary of State, transmitting, in compliance with a resolution of the House of the 6th instant, a copy of the report of Henry R. Crosbie, esq., relative to the occupation of the island of San Juan; which was laid on the table, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Love gave notice, under the rule, of his intention to move for leave to introduce a bill for the relief of John F. McRae.

On motion of Mr. Gartrell, the House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union; and after some time spent therein, the Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Buffinton reported that the committee having, according to order, had the state of the Union generally under consideration, and particularly the bill of the IIouse (H. R. 338) to provide for the payment of outstanding treasury notes, to authorize a loan, to regulate and fix the duties on imports, and for other purposes, had come to no resolution thereon.

And then,

On motion of Mr. Bingham, at 4 o'clock and 10 minutes p. m., the House adjourned.

FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 1860.

The following petitions and memorials were laid upon the Clerk's : table, under the 24th rule of the House, to wit:

By Mr. Dunn: The petition of John Ketcham-heretofore referred July 17, 1856; which was referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Corwin: The memorial of H. G. Rogers, late chargé d'affaires to Sardinia, praying for relief; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

By Mr. Curtis: The petition of citizens of the State of Iowa, for a mail-route from Montezuma to Oscaloosa; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

By Mr. Brabson: The memorial of J. Vaughn-heretofore referred February 20, 1850; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Holman gave notice, under the rule, of his intention to move for leave to introduce a bill to extend the provisions of "An act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the revolutionary war,'' approved March 18, 1818, to the officers and soldiers of the army, and the officers, mariners, and marines of the navy of the United States during the war of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain.

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