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ors can be now taken for the use of the government, and whether it would be the interest of the government to take them and pay for them at this time.

Resolved, That the Postmaster General be requested to communicate also the amount received from postages by said line of steamers.

Mr. Jones, of Iowa, reported from the conmittee that they presented to the President of the United States, the 3d instant, the enrolled bill (S. 139) to provide for the appointment of a superintendent of Indian affairs in California.

Mr. Gwin, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (S. 189) to establish a navy-yard and depot near the city of New Orleans, reported it without amendment.

Mr. Fish, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom was referred the memorial of Daniel S. Anderson, reported a bill (S. 265) for the relief of the captors of the frigate Philadelphia ; which was read, and passed to the second reading.

Mr. Walker, from the Committee on Revolutionary Claims, to whom was referred the memorial of Frederick Vincent, administrator of Le Caze and Mallet, submitted a report, (No. 103) accompanied by a bill (S. 266) for the relief of Frederick Vincent, administrator of James Le Caze, surviving partner of Le Caze and Mallet.

The bill was read, and passed to the second reading. Ordered, That the report be printed. Mr. Underwood, agreeably to notice, asked and obtained leave to bring a in a bill (S. 267) for the relief of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad Company; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and considered as in Committee of the Whole.

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

morrow,

Mr. Morton, a grecally to notice, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 268) granting the right of way to the Pensacola and Navy-yard Plank-road Company; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Mr. Gwin, agrecably to notice, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 269) to authorize the payment by the surveyor general of California for the surveys which may be executed of any claims which have been or may be presented to the board of land commissioners for adjudication under the act of Congress approved 3d Iarch, 1851, “ to ascertain and settle the private land claims in the State of California ;" which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

Mr. Fish, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, reported a joint resolution (S. R. 23) to provide for straightening the eastern boundary line of the naval hospital lands at New York; which was read, and passed to the second reading.

The resolution (S. R. 18) concerning the publication of a compendiun of the several censuses of the United States, was read the first and second times, and considered as in Committee of the Whole; and,

On motion by Mr. Seward, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until toThe engrossed bill (S. 260) to amend an act entitled “ An act to regulate the carriage of passengers in merchant vessels," approved February 22, 1847, also to amend an act entitled “ An act to provide for the ventilation of passenger vessels," approved May 17, 1848, was read a third time.

morrow.

Resolved, That this bill pass, and that the title thereof be as aforesaid.

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

The Senate proceeded to consider, as in Committee of the Whole, 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. Underwood, The Senate adjourned.

FRIDAY, March 5, 1852.

On motion by Mr. Hunter, Ordered, That the execution of the order assigning every Friday to the consideration of private claims, be postponed to 1 o'clock this day.

The following message was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. M. P. Fillmore, his secretary: To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States :

In compliance with the provisions of the act of Congress of the 11th August, 1818, I transmit to that body the copy of a despatch from the commissioner ad interim of the United States at Canton, together with the copy of certain rules and regulations for masters, officers and seamen of vessels of the United States of America at the free ports of China, which accompanied said despatch, and which are submitted for the revision of Congress.

MILLARD FILLMORE. WASHINGTOX, March 1, 1852. The message was read. Ordered, That it lie on the table, and be printed.

The President pro tempore laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of the Navy, communicating, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, copies of contracts for the construction of dry-docks, basins and railways, at Kittery, Philadelphia and Pensacola, and for the construction of a floating sectional dock on the bay of San Francisco.

On motion by Mr. Borland, that it be printed,
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Printing.

Mr. Pratt presented a memorial of ship-owners, merchants and others, of Baltimore, praying that further aid may be extended to Collins's line of steamships; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Sumner presented a memorial of ship-owners, merchants and others, of Salem, Massachusetts, praying that further aid may be extended to Collins's line of steamships; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Fish presented the memorial of Alexander J. Atocha, praying indemnity for damages sustained in consequence of his expulsion from Mexico, and a review of the decision of the late board of commissioners on his claims against that republic; which was referred to the Select Committee appointed on the subject.

Mr. Fish presented a memorial of ship-owners, merchants and others, of New York, praying that further aid may be extended to Collins's line of steamships ; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Jones, of Iowa, presented the proceedings of a meeting of citizens of lowa, held in Bremer county, in that State, in favor of the establishment of a land office at Cedar Falls; which were referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Mr. Jones, of Iowa, presented the proceedings of a railroad meeting held at Quasqueton, Iowa, in favor of the construction of the Dubuque and North Red River railroad; which were referred to the Committee on Territories.

Mr. Stockton presented the memorial of John Duff, for himself and his late partner, Joseph Gonder, jr., praying that a suit brought against him by the United States, for an alleged violation of a contract to furnish stone for the dry-dock at Brooklyn, may be discontinued; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Stockton presented a memorial of citizens of Philadelphia, praying a modification of the bounty land law; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Mr. Stockton presented a petition of Hugh N. Page and others, officers in the navy, praying additional pay for the time they served in California.

Ordered, That it lie on the table.

Mr. Stockton presented a memorial of ship-masters, pilots and others, of Philadelphia, praying the construction of piers and harbors in the Delaware river and bay; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. Stockton presented two petitions of citizens of Bridgeton, New Jersey, praying an increase of the duties on iron and glass; which were referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Seward presented resolutions of the corporate authorities of the city of New York, in favor of the adoption of measures to obtain from the British government the release of William Smith O'Brien, and certain other natives of Ireland, now suffering imprisonment in Van Dieman's Land.

Ordered, That they lie on the table.
On motion by Mr. Seward, that they be printed,
Ordered, That they be referred to the Committee on Printing.

Mr. Stockton presented a petition of citizens of Essex county, New Jersey, remonstrating against the further extension of Woodworth's patent for a planing machine; which was referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

Mr. Stockton presented a petition of citizens of New Jersey, remonstrating against the renewal of Parker's patent for improvements in the water-wheel; which was referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

Mr. Seward presented a memorial of citizens of Germantown, Pennsylvania, praying a modification of the bounty land law; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Mr. James presented a petition of citizens of Providence Rhode Island, remonstrating against the further extension of Woodworth's patent for a planing machine; which was referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

Mr. Davis presented the memorial of Charles Gordon, praying compensation for services as draughtsman to the Committee on Public Lands ; which was referred to the Comunittee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses of the Senate.

Mr. Davis presented a memorial of merchants, ship-owners and others, of Boston, praying that further aid may be extended to Collins's line of steamships; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Badger presented a petition of P. K. Dickinson and Co., praying that Woodwortli's patent for a planing machine may not be renewed ; which was referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

Mr. Shields presented the petition of Joseph II. Marsh, only child of Samuel Marsh, deceased, late a soldier in the Mexican war, praying an increase of pension ; which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Shields presented a memorial of citizens of Washington, District of Columbia, praying certain amendments to the charter of that city; which was referred to the Comunittee on the District of Columbia.

Mr. Uphamn presented the petition of Jonah Brooks, assistant marshal for taking the seventh census in Essex county, Vermont, praying additional compensation; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Seward presented a petition of citizens of the State of New York, praying that pensions may be granted to the widows or children of officers and soldiers of the revolutionary war, who have never received pensions ; which was referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

Mr. Dodge, of Wisconsin, presented a petition of residents on the Menomonee Purchase, praying the removal of the Indians therefrom ; which was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Downs, Ordered, That the memorial of Maria Taylor, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims,

On motion by Mr. Pratt, Ordered, That the Committee of Claims be discharged from the further consideration of the memorial of Jose Maria Jarrero, the memorial of Thomas Powell, and the memorial of Nathan C. Folger, and that they

be referred to the Select Committee appointed on the subject of claims against Mexico.

A message from the President of the United States, by Mr. M. P. Fillmore, his secretary:

Mr. President : The President of the United States approved and signed, the 3d March, an act (S. 139) to provide for the appointment of a superintendent of Indian affairs in California.

Ordered, That the Secretary notify the House of Representatives thereof.

On motion by Mr. Stockton,
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourn, it be to Monday next.

Mr. Stockton presented a petition of citizens of Erie, Pennsylvania, praying the establishment of a navy-yard and dry-dock at some suitable point on the lakes; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs. A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Forney, their Clerk:

Mr. President: The House of Representatives insist on their amendment to the bill (S. 146) to make land warrants assignable, disagreed to by the Senate, ask a conference on the disagreeing votes of the two houses, and have appointed managers at the same on their part.

The Senate proceeded to consider the amendment of the House of Representatives to the bill (S. 146) last mentioned, insisted on by that House; and,

Resolved, That they insist on their disagreement to the said amendment, and agree to the conference asked by the House of Representatives, on the disagreeing votes of the two houses.

Ordered, That the Committee of Conference, on the part of the Senate, consist of three members, to be appointed by the President of the Senate pro tempore; and,

Mr. Shields, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Felch were appointed accordingly.

Ordered, That the Secretary notify the House of Representatives thereof.

Mr. Mangum, from the Committee on Foreign Relations, to whom was referred the petition of Ann Robinson, reported a bill (S. 270) for her relief; which was read, and passed to the second reading.

The Senate proceeded to consider the report of the Committee on Pensions on the petition of Adam Hays; and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, That the prayer of the petition be rejected.

The Senate proceeded to consider the report of the Committee on Military Affairs on the petition of George W. Sevier; and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioner is unreasonable, and ought not to be granted.

The Senate proceeded to consider the report of the Committee of Claims on the memorial of William A. Duer; and,

On motion by Mr. Seward, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed to Friday

next.

The Senate proceeded to consider the report of the Committee on Pensions on the petition of David L. Davis; and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, That the petition be rejected.

The Senate proceeded to consider the report of the Committee on Pensions on the petition of Samuel Spalding; and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolvert, That the prayer of the petitioner ought not to be granted.

The Senate procecded to consider the report of the Committee on Military Affairs on the memorial of the officers of the first regiment of Louisiana volunteers; and, in concurrence therewith,

Resolved, That it is not expedient to grant the prayer of the memoralists.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill (S. 80) for the relief of Thomas H. Leggett; and,

On motion, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed to Friday

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