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into the expediency of increasing the compensation of chaplains in the luvy of the United States.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be directed to consider the expediency of providing by law for the appointment of a commissioner to revise the public statutes of the United States, to simplify their language, to correct their incongruities, to supply their deficiency, to arrange them in order, to reduce them to one connected text, and to report them thus improved to Congress for its final action, to the end that the public statutes, which all are presumed to know, may be in such form as to be more within the apprehension of all.

Mr. Cooper submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That the Committee on the Library be, and it is hereby, instructed to inquire into the expediency of employing Mr. Leutze to repaint for Congress his painting representing “Washington crossing the Delaware,” together with a fellow to it representing Washington rallying the American troops at the battle of Monmouth;" also, of employing Mr. Healy to paint two pictures, one representing " The throwing overboard of the tea in Boston harbor;" the other, “The battle of Bunker IIill."

The President pro tempore laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of War, in answer to a resolution of the Senate calling for information in felation to contracts made with officers of the army tu furnish supplies to the government; which was read.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and printed.

Mr. Felch, from the Committee on Public Lands, to whom was referred the petition of the register and receiver of the land office at St. Augustine, reported a bill (S. 354) to compensate the registers and receivers of the land offices in Florida, for services in the entry of certain lands; which was real, and passed to the second reading.

Mr. Felch also submitted a report on the subject (No. 174); which was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Walker, from the Coinmittee on Revolutionary Claims, to whom was referred the memorial of the representatives of William Russwurm, submitted an adverse report (No. 175); which was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Douglas, by unanimous consent, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 355) to amend certain acts for the establishment of territorial governments in Oregon and Minnesota; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Territories.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Brooke asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 356) to provide for the cession of certain lands to the States within which they lie; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Borland, the 31st of March, in relation to the naval expedition to the Indian On motion by Mr. Gwin that it lie on the table;

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20 Ou motion by Mr. Borland,

ocean.

The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the senators present, Those who roted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Adams, Banger, Bell, Brooke, Cooper, Davis, Dawson, Fishi, Geyer, Gwin, Hale, Mangum, Viller, Morton, Sewaril, Smith, Spruane:. Underwood, L'plam, Weller.

Those who voted in the pegative are,

Messrs. Atchison, Borland, Brodhead. Cass, Chase, Dodge of Wiscons, Dodge of lowa, Douglas, Downs, Felch, Hunter, King, Mallory, Norris, Rusk, Sebastian, Shields, Sumner, Wade, Walker.

On motion by Mr. Gwin. Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until thmorrow.

A message from the IIouse of Representatives, by Mr. Forney, their Clerk:

Mr. President: The Speaker of the House of Representatives having signed an enrolled bill, I am directed to bring it to the Senate for the sig. nature of their President.

The President pro tempore signed the enrolled bill (S. 54) yesterday reported to have been examined, and it was delivered to the Committee to be presented to the President of the United States.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the bill (S. 281) supplementary to an act providing for the taking of the seventh and subsequent censuses of the United States, and to fix the number of members of the House of Representatives, and provide for their future apportionment among the several States, approved May 23, 1850).

The following amendment having been proposed by Mr. Bradbury:
Add to the bill the following section:

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the State of California shall h entitled to the number of representatives to Congress prescribed by the art admitting said State into the Union; and that for this purpose the act of May 23, 1850, providing for the apportionment of representatives amor the several States, be so amended that the whole number shall be two hundred vend thirty-four, instead of two hundred and thirty-three, until an apportionment under a new census :

A motion was inade by Mr. Chase to amend the amendment by strikins out the following:

“And that for this purpose, the act of May 23, 1850, providing for the apportionment of representatives among the several States, be so amended that the wlrole number shall be two hundred and thirty-four, instead of two hundred and thirty-three, until an apportionment under a new census;" and

Yeas....

14 It was determined in the negative,

On inotion, The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the senators present, Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Atchison, Brodhead, Chase, Davis, Dawson, Downs, llunter, Mason, Miller, Morton, Sunith, Spruance, Underwood, Upham.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Bariger, Bell, Borland, Bradbury, Cass, Cooper, Dodge of Wisconsin, Dodge of Iowa, Douglas, Felch, Fish, Geyer, Gwin, King, Mal. lory, Mangum, Rhett, Rusk, Seward, Shields, Sumner, Wade, Walker, Weller. On the question to agree to the amendment proposed by Mr. Bradbury:

23 It was determined in the affirmative,

15 On motion by Mr. Bradbury, The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the senators present, Those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs. Badger, Bell, Borland, Bradbury, Cass, Chase, Cooper, Dodge of Wisconsin, Dodge of Iowa, Douglas, Feleli, Fish, Geyer, Gwin, Mallory, Rhett, Rusk, Seware, Shields, Sumner, Wade, Walker, Weller.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Mesers. Atchison, Brodhead, Davis, Dawson, Downs, llunter, King, Mangum, Mason, Miller, Morton, Smith, Spruance, Underwool, Upham.

So the amendment was agreed to.

The bill having been further amendedl, on motion by Mr. Gwin, it was reported to the Senate, and the amendments were concurred in.

On motion by Mr. Weller, the vote concurring in the amenilments was reconsidered; and An amendment being proposed by Mr. Downs,

On motion,
The Senate adjourned.

FRIDAY, April 9, 1852.

On motion by Mr. Hunter, Ordered, That the execution of the order assigning every Friday to the consideration of private bills be suspended for one hour.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the amendment of the House of Representatives to the resolution (S. R. 17) to authorize the continuance of the work upon the two wings of the Capitol.

On motion by Mr. Brodhead to amend the amendment by striking out all after the word " That," where it first occurs, and, in lieu thereof, inserting: to enable the architect appointed by the President of the United

States, in pursuance of an act of Congress approved September 30, 1850, to remove the walls designed for the extension of the Capitol, restore the grounds, and pay the laborers up to the present time who have been out of employment in consequence of the suspension of the work, the sum of twenty thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, be and the same is hereby appropriated and directed to be paid to sail architect out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated; the accounts of the suid architect to be settled by the accounting officers of the treasury as accounts are now by law audited and settled: Provided, That the said architect skall pay all the laborers who have been out of employment in consequence of the suspension of the work the same amounts which they could have earned had the work not been suspended, or the appropriation exhausted : s

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30 On motion by Mr. Brodhead, The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the senators present,

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Adams, Borland, Bradbury, Brodhead, Chase, Dodge of Iowa, Morton, Norris, Wade, Walker, Weller.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Bell, Berrien, Brooke, Cass, Clemens, Cooper, Dawson, Dodge of Wisconsin, Douglas, Felch, Fish, Geyer, Ilale, Hamlin, Hunter, King, Mallory, Mungum, Miller, Pratt, Rusk, Sebastian, Seward, Shields, Smith, Spruance, Stockton, Sumner, Underwood, Upham.

On motion by Mr. Dodge, of Iowa, to amend the amendment, line ten, by striking out "five” and inserting three,

16 | Yeas-It was determined in the negative,

Nays--On motion hy Mr. Dodge, of Iowa, "The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the senators present, "l'hose who voted in the affirmative are,

Niessrs. Adams, Atchison, Borland, Bradbury, Brodhead, Chase, Dodge of Wisconsin, Dodge of Iowa, Douglas, Downs, Kiny, Norris, Rusk, Wade, Walker, Weller.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Bell, Berrien, Brooke, Clemens, Cooper, Dawson, Fish, Geyer, Hale, Hamlin, Hunter, Mallory, Mangum, Miller, Morton, Pratt, Seward, Shields, Smith, Spruance, Stockton, Sumner, Underwood, Upham.

On motion by Mr. Borland to amend the amendment hy striking out all after the word “That,” where it first occurs, and inserting: to enable the proper officers of the government to pay the laborers who have been employed in the extension of the Capitol, the same amount of wages which they would have received had they been employed up to the present time, and one month's wages in addition:

7 It was determined in the negative,

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

Messrs. Adams, Borland, Brodhead, Chase, Dodge of lowa, Walker, Weller.

l'hose who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Atchison, Bell, Berrien, Bradbury, Brooke, Cass, Clemens, Cooper, Dodge of Wisconsin, Douglas, Downs, Felch, Fish, Geyer, Hale, Hamliu, Hunter, King, Mallory, Mangum, Miller, Morton, Pratt, Rusk, Seward, Shields, Sunith, Spruance, Stockton, Sumner, Underwood, Upham, Wade.

On notion by Mr. Borland to amend the amendment, by inserting at the end thereof the following:

Provided nothing herein contained shall be 80 construed as to authorize any officer or agent of the United States to bind the United States by contract beyond the amount appropriated by Congress, or to sanction any such contracts heretofore made:

| YeasIt was determined in the affirmative,

Nays-

17 On motion by Mr. Borland,

The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the senators present, Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Mossrs. Adams, Atchison, Borland, Bradbury, Brodhead, Cass, Chase, Davis, Dodge of Wisconsin, Dodge of Iowa, Downs, Felch, Gwin, Hamlin, Hunter, King, Mallory; Norris, Rusk, Shields, Stockton, Sumner, Walker, Woller.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Berrien, Clemens, Cooper, Dawson, Fish, Geyer, Hale, Mangum, Miller, Morton, Pratt, Seward, Smith, Spruance, Underwood, Upham, Wade.

Ou motion by Mr. Hale to amend the amendment by adding thereto the following: and that the laborers employed upon the Capitol shall be entitled to, and receive pay for the time during which the work was suspended, according to the regular prices at which they were originally engaged : Provided, That they shall not be entitled to such pay unless they remained unemployed at the seat of government, and waiting the appropriation:

The same was inodified, on the motion of Mr. Shields, as follows: Sec. 2. And be it further resolved, That the architect appointed by the President of the United States to superintend the work in the construction of the additions to the Capitol be, and he is hereby, authorized to examine the claims of the workmen to indemnity for the loss of their time during the suspension of the work upon the said additions for the want of an appropriation; and that the said architect allow to such of said workmen, respectively, as were suspended from labor during the pendency of this joint resolution making such appropriation, with the encouragement and under an authorized assurance that, upon the said appropriation being made, their labor would again be required by the government, and whw, intermediately, had no opportunity of obtaining employment in the city of Washington, such reasonable indemnity for the loss of wages for labor, during the suspension of the work, as, under the circumstances of their respective cases, justice and equity may require, not exceeding, however, in any case, the average rate of the earnings of said workmen in the employmont of the government for a like preceding period of time. On the question to agree thereto,

| Yeas..... It was determined in the affirmative,

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15 On motion by Mo Ilale, The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the senators present, Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Adams, Badger, Borland, Brodhead, Brooke, Cass, Chose, Cooper, Davis, Dodge of Wisconsin, Dodge of Iowa, Douglas, Felch, Fish, Geyer, Hale, Mangum, Miller, Norris, Rusk, Seward, Shields, Stockton, Sumner, Underwood, Upham, Wade, Walker, Weller.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Atchison, Berrien, Bradbury, Dawson, Downs, Gwin, Hamlin, Hunter, King, Mallory, Morton, Pratt, Sebastian, Smith, Spruance.

On motion by Mr. Adams to amend the amendment by inserting after the Proviso the following: and that if any person or persons shall violate the provisions of this proviso, he or they shall be liable to indictment in any court having jurisdiction of criminal offences, and upon conviction sholl be

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