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Mr. Shields presented two memorials of citizens of Illinois, praying that the bridges of the Wheeling and Belmont Bridge Company may be established as mail routes; which were referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Underwood presented a petition of merchants and other citizens of Louisville, Kentucky, praying further aid to Collins's line of steamships.

Ordered, That it lie on the table.

Mr. Hunter presented a report and resolutions of the legislature of Virginia, on the subject of the Virginia military land warrants, issued for services in the war of the Revolution; which were referred to the Committeo on Public Lands, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Dawson presented a petition of the officers of the Washington Boone Riflemen, a volunteer company, praying that they may be furnished with arms and equipments; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Dawson presented a petition of the officers of the Washington Yagers, a volunteer company, praying that they may be furnished with arms and equipments; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Dodge, of Wisconsin, presented a petition of residents at or near Darlington, Wisconsin, praying the establishment of a mail route from Mineral Point, by way of Willow Springs, Darlington, and Gratiot, to Warren ; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Smith presented a petition of inhabitants of Stonington, Connecticut, praying that further aid may be extended to Collins's line of mail steamers. Ordered, That it lie on the table.

On motion by Mr. Seward, Ordered, That the petition of Nancy Whiting, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Pensions.

On motion by Mr. Downs, Ordered, That the petition of William Pumphrey, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

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

Resolved, That the Secretary of War communicate to the Senate a copy of the report and survey in reference to the Umpqua and Rogue rivers, of Oregon, made by Lieutenant Williamson, corps of topographical engineers.

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

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury be and he is hereby directed to cause such an investigation as he shall deem necessary, to ascertain if any of the marine hospitals, erected by the United States government, are used for any purpose other than for the relief of sick and disabled seamen, and other persons by law entitled to relief; and if it shall be found that said hospitals are used for any purpose except such as specified by law, that the Secretary be directed to adopt such rules as shall prevent such abuse.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of so amending the second section of an act entitled “An act making appropriations for the payment of revolutionary and other pensions of the United States for the year ending 30th June, 1848," approved 20th February, 1847, as to extend the compensation allowed by said section to pension agents for services rendered since the passage of said act, to all pension agents who have rendered similar services previous to the passage of said act.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency of placing the compensation of the judge of the orphans' court for the county of Washington, in the District of Columbia, upon an equality with that of the judges of the district court for said District.

On motion by Dir. Shields, Ordered, That the memorial of the members of the bar of the District of Columbia, on the files of the Senate, relating to an increase of the salary of the judge of the orphans' court for that District be referred tn the Committee on the Judiciary.

On motion by Mr. Walker, Ordered, That the Committee on Revolutionary Claims be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of Catharine G. Finner.

On motion by Mr. Walker, Ordered, That the Committee on Revolutionary Claims be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of citizens of New York, in relation to pensions-presented the 5th of March.

On motion by Mr. Walker, Ordered, That the Committee on Revolutionary Claims be discharged from the further consideration of documents in support of the claim of William Read-presented the 1st of March.

Mr. Walker, from the Committee on Revolutionary Claims, to whom was recommitted the petition of the children of Brinton Paine, with the report of the Committee on Pensions thercon, reported “that the committee be discharged from the further consideration thereof."

Mr. Jones, of Iowa, from the Committee on Pensions, to whom was referred the memorial of William Butler, submitted an adverse report (No. 189;) which was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Jones, of Iowa, from the Committee on Pensions, to whom was referred the petition of Joseph H. Marsh, submitted an adverse report.

On motion by Mr. Shields, Ordered, That the Committee on Military Affairs be dischargeu irom the further consideration of the petition of Julius A. Pratt.

Mr. Hamlin, from the Committee on Commerce, to whom was referred the memorial of the legislature of Tennessee, in relation to a marine hospital at Memphis, reported adversely.

On motion by Mr. Hamlin, Ordered, That a communication from the Secretary of the Treasury, on the subject, be printed.

Mr. Atchison, from the Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 136) for the relief of the legal representatives of James C. Watson, of Georgia, reported the same without amendment.

Mr. Jones, of Iowa, from the Committee on Pensions, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 185) for the relief of Maurice K. Simons, reported the same without amendment.

Mr. Shields, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 158) for the relief of Sergeant Leonard Skinner, reported the same without amendment.

Mr. Badger, agreeably to notice, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 369) to prohibit public executions in the District of Columbia ; 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.
The said bill was read the third time, by unanimous consent.
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.

Mr. Atchison, from the Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the memorial of Calvin B. Seymour, submitted a report, (No. 185) accompanied by a bill (S. 370) for the relief of Calvin B. Seycour, and Willard Boynton, surviving partner of W. and H. Boynton.

The bill was read, and passed to the second reading.
Ordered, That the report be printed.

Mr. Atchison, from the Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the memorial of John W. Quinney, reported a bill (S. 371) to confer on John W. Quinney, a member of the Stockbridge tribe of Indians, the rights of citizenship of the United States, and for other purposes; which was read, and passed to the second reading.

Vir. Wade, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the petition of Priscilla C. Simonds, submitted a report, (No. 186) accompanied by a bill (S. 371) for her relief.

The bill was read, and passed to the second reading.
Ordered, That the report be printed.

Mr. Wade, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred a memorial of the heirs and executors of Samuel Prioleau, reported a bill (S. 373) for the relief of the legal representatives of Samuel Prioleau, deceased; which was read, and passed to the second reading.

Mr. Shields, from the Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom sundiy memorials were referred, reported a bill (S. 374) to amend the charter of the city of Washington; which was read, and passed to the second reading

Mr. Upham, from the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, to whom was referred the petition of Samuel F. Butterworth, subunitted a report, (No. 187) accompanied by a bill (S. 375) for his relief.

The bill was read, and passed to the second reading.
Ordered, That the report be printed.

Mr. Dawson, from the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office, to whom was referred the petition of W. R. Nevins, submitted a report, (No. 188) accompanied by a bill (S. 376) for his relief

. The bill was read, and passed to the second reading. Ordered, That the report be printed. Mr. Bradbury, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was refer

red the petitioa of C. E. Greneaux, reported a bill (S. 377) for his relief; which was read, and passed to the second reading.

Mr. Sebastian, from the Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the petition of Jonathan Lewis, reported a joint resolution (S. R. 31) for his relief; which was read, and passed to the second reading.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Gwin asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 378) to provide for a monthly mail from San Francisco, via the Sandwich islands, to Shanghai, in China; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, and ordered to be printed.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Cooper the 2d instant, in relation to the qualities of the several species of coal used by the navy; and

The resolution was agreed to.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Hale, the 16th instant, in relation to payments to naval officers; and

The resolution was agreed to.

The engrossed bill (S. 64) to provide for the ascertainment and satisfaction of claims of American citizens for spoliations committed by the French prior to the 31st day of July, 1801, was read the third time. On the question, Shall this bill pass?

| Yeas....

26 It was determined in the affirmative,

| Nays-

13 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. Badger, Berrien, Borland, Bradbury, Clarke, Cooper, Davia, Dawson, Downs, Fish, Geyer, Hale, Hamlin, James, Mangum, Miller, Pearce, Sebastian, Seward, Shields, Smith, Spruarice, Sumner, Underwood, Upham, Wade.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Adams, Atchison, Brodhead, Cass, Dodge of Wisconsin, Dodge of Iowa, Douglas, Felch, Gwin, Hunter, King, Norris, Walker.

So it was
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 resumed, as in Committee of the whole, the consideration of the bill (H. R. 207) to supply deficiencies in the appropriations for the service of the fiscal year ending June 30, 1852; and, After debate,

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

After the consideration of executive business,
The Senate journed.

TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 1852.

The President pro tempore laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of War, communicating, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, a report by Captain Howard Stansbury of the exploration of the valley of the Great Salt Lake; which was read.

Ordered, That it lie on the table. The President pro tempore laid before the Senate a memorial of P. TE. Watson and E. S. Renwick, praying that an investigation may be made in relation to the charges against the Commissioner of Patents for issuing a patent to E. S. Renwick for an improved railroad chain; which was referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

Mr. Sebastian presented the petition of John S. Gibson and Paul A. Swink, contractors for carrying the mail, praying to be relieved from the

fines imposed upon them by the Post Office Department; which was referired to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Brodhead presented a memorial of the Board of Trade of Philadel. phia, praying the establishment of a light-house board; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. Dodge, of Wisconsin, presented a petition of citizens of Adams county, Wisconsin, praying the establishment of a mail route from New Haven to Necedah; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Pearce presented a memorial of a committee appointed at a meeting of the creditors of Texas, held in the city of Washington on the 14th of April, 1852, praying the payment of such creditors of the late republic of Texas as are comprehended in the act of Congress of September 9, 1850, in the manner proposed by tho Secretary of the Treasury in his report of September 13, 18.31; which was referred to the Committee on Finance, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Fish presented three petitions of citizens of the State of New York, praying the renewal of Uri Emmons's patent for a planing machine; which were referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

Mr. Hale, from the Committee on Private Land Claims, to whom was referred the petition of Catharine Strubing, sulmitted an adverse report, (No: 193;) which was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Hamlin, from the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, to whom was referred the petition of Joseph Nock, submitted a report, (No. 194,) accompanied with the following resolution :

Resolved, that the prayer of Joseph Nock, for remuneration for losses Bistained in consequence of the violation of a contract for supplying the Post Office Department with locks, should not be granted.

Ordered, That the report be printed.

Mr. Geyer, from the Committee on Pensions, to whom was referred tho memorial of Lucie Ann Garner, submitted an adverse report.

Mr. Geyer, from the Committee on Pensions, to whom was referred the petition of William Heumann, submitted an adverse report.

Mr. Brodhead, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the bill (S. 343) to amend and extend the provisions of an act approved July

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