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to, and the blanks filled, the bill was reported to the Senate, and the amendment was concurred in.

Ordered, That this bill be engrossed, and read a third time.

The Senate proceeded to fill the vacancy in the committee to whom was referred the communication of the Hon. D. L. Yulee, contesting the seat of the Hon. Stephen R. Mallory; and,

Mr. Badger was appointed.

The bill (S. 154) to enforce discipline and promote good conduct in the naval service of the United States was read the second time, and considered as in Committee of the Whole; and having been amended, on the motion of Mr. Badger, the bill was reported to the Senate, and the amendment was concurred in.

On motion by Mr. Hale further to amend the bill by adding thereto the following section :

SEC. — And be it further enacted, That all commissions in the nary of the Unitol States, hereafter, shall be for the term of ten years, which shall be expressed in said commissions :

Yeas

7 It was determined in the negative, | Nays---

30 On motion by Mr. Hale, The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the senators present, Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Chase, Dodge of Wisconsin, Dodge of Iowa, Hale, Jones of Iowa, Sumner, Walker.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Atchison, Badger, Borland, Brodhead, Butler. Cooper, Davis, Dawson, Douglas, Downs, Feleh, Fish, Foot, Geyer, Gwin, Houston, Hunter, King, Mallory, Mangum, Miller, Morton, Norris, Pearce, Pratt, Smith, Soulé, Spruance, Stockton, Wave.

No further amendment being proposerl,
Ordered, That this bill be engrossed, and read a third time.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Underwood asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 182) to extend the time for selling the lands granted to the Kentucky Asylum for Teaching the Deaf and Dumb; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the resolution submitted the 4th December, in relation to the adjustment of the questions growing out of the institution of domestic slavery; and,

On motion by Mr. Badger, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed to, andi be the order of the day for Tuesday, the 10th instant..

The Senate proceeded to consider, as in Committee of the Whole, the following bills :

S. 78. A bill amendatory of the act entitled "An act to provide for holding the courts of the United States in cases of the sickness or other disability of the judges of the district courts,” approved July 29, 1850;

S. 17. A bill to change the times for holling the district courts of the United States for the western district of Virginia, and for other purposes ;

And no amendment being made, they were reported to the Senate.
Ordered, That they be engrossed, and read a third time.

The following engrossed bills were severally read the third time:
S. 125. An act for the relief of Vary W. Thompson.
S. 130. An act for the relief of John T. Sullivan.
S. 131. An act for the relief of Joseph Gideon.
S. 132. An act for the relief of John 0. Means.

S. 136. An act concerning the sessions of the courts of the United States in the district of Delaware.

S. 138. An act for the relief of George Poindexter.
S. 114. An act for the relief of William Miller.
S. 145. An act for the relief of Ezra Williams.

S. 170. An act making an appropriation, in part, for the erection of the light-house on Sand Key, Florida.

Resolved, That the said bills pass, and that their respective titles be as aforesaid.

Ordered, That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House of Representatives therein.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill (S. 1) granting the right of way and making a grant of land to the State of Iowa in aid of the construction of certain railroads in said State ; and, After debate,

On motion by Mr. Atchison, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until to

morrow.

On motion by Mr. Miller, The Senate adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1852.

Mr. Jones, of Iowa, presented the petition of Candace Porter, widow of a soldier in the war of the Revolution, praying a pension; which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Jones, of Iowa, presented the proceedings of a meeting of the citizens of Dubuque, Iowa, in favor of a grant of land for the construction of a railroad from Dubuque to Minnesota Territory; which were referred to the Committee on Territories.

Mr. Morton presented a memorial of assistant marshals for taking the seventh census in Florida, praying additional compensation, which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Stockton presented two petitions of citizens of New Jersey, praying that the law abolishing flogging in the navy may not be repealed; which were referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Stockton presented a petition of P. Dickerson and others, recommending the proposition submitted by Ambrose W. Thompson for the transportation of the mails between New York and some port on the western coast of Ireland; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Stockton presented a memorial of Charles Wilkes, a commander in the navy, praying that an appropriation may be made to institute a search for Sir John Franklin; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairg.

tary Affairs.

Mr. Shields presented a memorial of certain non-commissioned officers of the regiment of mounted riflemen, in the United States army, praying to be discharged; which was referred to the Committee on Military A#airs.

Mr. Shields presented a petition of the members of the company of sappers, miners, and pontoniers, enlisted in the army of the United States, praying to be discharged; which was referred to the Committee on Mili

Mr. Mangum presented the memorial of W. P. J. Sanger, praying compensation for performing the duties of engineer at the Gosport navy-yard; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Cooper presented the memorial of Cornelius McCaullay, praying compensation for certain variegated embossed morocco leather furnished for covering the chairs in the Senate Chamber; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Cooper presented the memorial of Frederick Vincent, administrator of James Lecaze, deceased, late partner in the firm of Lecaze and Mallet, praying the payment of a balance due for advances made by that firm during the revolutionary war; which was referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

Mr. Cooper presented a petition of David A. Melhorn, praying to be indemnified for loss on a contract entered into by him for building a culvert in the city of Washington; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Cooper presented a memorial of inhabitants of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, praying that the transportation of the mails on Sunday may be prohibited by law; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Underwood presented three petitions of merchants and others, of Philadelphia, praying an enlargement of the Louisville and Portland canal; which were referred to the Committee on Roads and Canals.

Mr. Pratt presented a petition of William G. Ridgely, praying indemnity for tobacco destroyed by the British in the war of 1812; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Hamlin presented a memorial of citizens of Portland, Maine, pray: ing that the spirit ration in the navy may be abolished; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Sumner presented a petition of citizens of Massachusetts, in favor of an appropriation for a ship canal around the falls of St. Mary's river.

Ordered, That it lie on the table.

Mr. Sumner presented a petition of merchants and others of Boston, praying that the act of March 3, 1847, for the reduction of the costs and expenses of proceedings in admiralty against ships and vessels, may not be repealed; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Chase presented two petitions of merchants and others of Cincinnati, Ohio, praying the division of that State into two judicial districts; which were referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Downs presented the memorial of George W. Hathaway, praying the appointinent of a tribunal to review the decisions of the late Board of Commissioners for the settlement of claims of American citizens against Mexico; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Clemens presented resolutions of the legislature of Alabama in favor of the establishment of a bureau of agriculture; which were read.

Mr. Dodge, of Wisconsin, presented the petition of William Lacon, in behalf of himself and his late partner, Lewis H. Bates, praying to be indemnified for losses sustained in consequence of the illegal seizure of :) quantity of iron imported by them; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. Badger presented six memorials of assistant marshals for taking the seventh census in North Carolina, praying additional compensation; which were referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Norris presented the petition of Jacob Gideon, praying indemnification for damages sustained in consequence of a violation of his contract with the Navy Department for binding; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion by Mr. Shields, Ordered, That the memorial of John A. Rogers, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion by Mr. Rusk, Ordered, That the petition of Wade Allen, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

On motion by Mr. Pearce, Ordered, That the petition of Martin Fenwick, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

On motion by Mr. Atchison, Ordered, That the petition of Madison Allen, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

On motion by Mr. Cass, Ordered, That the petition of John Bronson, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion by Mr. Norris, Ordered, That Maria Ostrander and Sarah Overbagh, have leave to withdraw their petitions and papers.

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

Resolved, That the Secretary of War be requested, if not incompatible with the public interest, to communicate to the Senate what amount of money, if any, has been recommended by the board of engineer officers charged with planning the fortifications of San Francisco bay, to be appropriated at the present session of Congress for the immediate commencement of those fortifications.

On motion by Mr. Shields, Ordered, That the memorial of A. R. Woolley, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Wade, from the Committee of Claims, to whom the documents in relation to the claim of William S. Waller were referred, submitted an adverse report ; which was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Pratt, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the memorial of E. Pavenstedt and F. A. Schumacher, submitted a report; which was considered, by unanimous consent; and, in concurrence therewith,

Ordered, That the Committee be discharged from the further consideration of the petition, that it be referred to the Committee on Finance, and that the report be printed.

On motion by Mr. Hamlin, Ordered. That the Committee on Commerce be discharged from the farther consideration of three memorials of citizens of Pittsburg on the subject of a ship canal around the falls of St. Mary's river.

On motion by Mr. Downs, Ordered, That the Committee on the Judiciary be discharged from the further consideration of the memorial of William Newbold, and that it be referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Pratt, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred a memorial of S. H. Duff, submitted an adverse report; which was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Hunter, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred the petition of the Italian Mutual Benevolent Society, reported adversely thereon; and, in concurrence therewith,

Ordered, That the committee be discharged from the further consideration of the petition.

On motion by Mr. Shields to reconsider the vote last mentioned, discharging the committee :

On motion by Mr. Badger,
Ordered, That the motion lie on the table.

On motion by Mr. Hunter, Ordered, That the Committee on Finance be discharged from the further consideration of the bill (S. 105) for the payment of outstanding loan office and final settlement certificates issned for money loaned, for services or for supplies, during the revolutionary war; and that it be referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

Mr. Hunter, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 141) for the benefit of the Carmelite runnery of Baltimore, reported it without amendment, and that it ought not to pass.

Mr. Butler, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill (S. 109) to increase the salary of the district judge of the United States for the southern district of Florida, reported it without amendment.

Mr. Butler, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill (S. 52) increasing the salary of the district judge of the United States for the district of New Hampshire, reported it with an amendment.

Mr. Clemens, from the Committee on Private Lands, to whom was refer-red the petition of Charles G. Gunter, reported a bill (S. 183) to relinquish the reversionary interest of the United States to a certain reservation therein mentioned, and to confirm the title of Charles G. Gunter; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and considered as in Committee of the Whole, and no amendment being made, it was reported to the Senate.

Ordered, That it be engrossed, and read a third time.

Mr. Hunter, from the Committee on Public Buildings, to whom the subject was referred, reported a bill (S. 184) to provide for the repair of the Congressional Library room; which was read and passed to the second rearling.

Mr. Hunter also submitted a report on the subject; which was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Gwin, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred the memorial of the president and directors of the Raleigh ard Gaston Railroad

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