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On motion by Mr. Rusk, Ordered, That the memorial of Henry Smith, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

On motion of Mr. Rusk, Ordered, That the memorial of Mary W. Thompson, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Pensions.

On motion by Mr. Norris, Ordered, That the petition of Isaac Adams, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

On motion by Mr. Morton, Ordered, That the memorial of A. II. Cole, the memorial of Isaac Varnes, Sr., and the petition of Allen G. Johnson, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion by Mr. Morton, Ordered, That the documents on the files of the Senate, relating to the claim of Captain George E. McClelland's company of Florida volunteers, be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

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

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Department of War communicate to the Senate, any reports which have been received in reference to the inundations of the Mississippi, and to state whether any further appropriation is required to complete the surveys and investigations heretofore directed.

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

Resolved, That the President of the United States be requested to lay before the Senate, if not incompatible with the public interests, all the information in his possession touching the imprisonment of Mr. John S. Thrasher, in the dungeons of the Punta Castle, in the city of Havana and island of Cuba.

Mr. Cass submitted the following resolution for consideration :

Resolved, That the President of the United States be requested to communicate to the Senate, if not inconsistent with the public interest, any information the Executive inay have received, respecting the firing into and seizure of the American steamship Prometheus by a British vessel-of-war in November last, near Grey Town, on the Mosquito coast; and also what measures have been taken by the Executive to ascertain the state of the facts, and to vindicate the honor of the country.

Mr. Bright submitted the following resolution for consideration :

Resolved, That the following shall be one of the standing rules of the Senate, to wit:

52. The Secretary of the Senate, the Sergeant-at-arms and Doorkeeper and the assistant Doorkeeper, shall be chosen on the third Monday of the present (first session of the thirty-second Congress) and on the second Monday of the first session of every succeeding Congress.

On motion by Mr. Underwood, Ordered, That the memorials and petitions on file presented at this session, praying that the office of chaplain in the public service may be abolished, be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

On motion by Mr. Davis, Ordered, That all memorials, petitions and documents, on the files of the

Senate, relating to the subject of amending the law of July 7, 1838, for the better security of the lives of passengers on board of vessels propelled in whole or in part by steam, be referred to the Committee on Commerce.

On motion by Mr. Clarke, Ordered, That the memorial of William Wilkinson and others, officers and soldiers of the Rhode Island brigade in the revolutionary war, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

On motion by Mr. Morton, Ordered, That the memorial of John M. McIntosh, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion by Mr. Rusk, Ordered, That the memorial of Preston Starritt, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Gwin asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 16) to amend the act entitled “ An act to provide for the extending the laws and judicial system of the United States to the State of California,” passed the 28th of September, 1850; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Hunter asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 17) to change the times for holding the district courts of the United States in the western district of Virginia, and for other purposes; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Morton asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 18) for the relief of Mrs. A. M. Dade, widow of the late Major F. L. Dade, United States army; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Walker asked and obtained leave to bring in the following bills :

S. 19. A bill to extend the time for selecting lands granted to the State of Wisconsin for saline purposes.

S. 20. A bill granting the right of way and making a donation of land to the States of Wisconsin and Michigan, in aid of the construction of a road from Green Bay to Lake Superior.

The said bills were read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Seward asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 21) to establish a mint of the United States in the city of New York; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Hale asked and obtained leave to bring in a joint resolution (S. R. 7) requesting the President of the United States to interpose the friendly offices of this Government with the President of the Republic of France in behalf of the liberation of Abdel Kadir; which was read, and passed to a second reading.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Rhett asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 22) to indemnify the State of South Carolina for money expended for the United States in the war in Florida with the Seminole Indians ; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Downs asked and obtained leave to bring in s bill (S. 23) to aid the State of Louisiana in reclaiming the overflowed lands therein, and for other purposes; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Borland asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 24) allowing exchanges of, and granting additional school lands in the several States which contain public lands, and for other purposes ; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Agrecably to notice, Mr. Borland asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 25) to establish a port of entry and delivery at Little Rock, in Arkansas; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Berrien asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 26) to regulate the compensation of the district judge of the United States for the district of Massachusetts; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, together with the papers on file, relating to the subject.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Berrien asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 27) to authorize notaries public to take and certify oaths, affirmations and acknowledgments in certain cases; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Felch asked and obtained leave to bring in the following bills:

S. 28. A bill granting to the State of Michigan the right of way and a donation of public land for the construction of a ship canal around the Falls of St. Mary's, in said State.

S. 29. A bill granting to the State of Michigan the right of way and a donation of public lands for the purpose of constructing a road from Saginaw to Montreal river, with a branch from the Grand river into the same.

S. 30. A bill to extend the time for selecting lands granted to the State of Michigan for saline purposes.

The said bills were read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Borland asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 31) for the relief of Mark Bean and Richard H. Bean of Arkansas; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Borland asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 32) for the relief of Margaret L. Worth; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Norris asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 33) for the relief of Mrs. E. A. McNeil, widow of the late General John McNeil; which was read the first and secord times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Dodge, of Iowa, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 34) to improve the navigation of the upper Mississippi ; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and considered as in Committee of the Whole.

On motion by Mr. Dodge, of Iowa, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until Wednesday, the 17th instant, and be the order of the day.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the resolution submitted by Mr. Foote, of Mississippi, respecting the adjustment of questions growing out the institution of domestic slavery; and,

On motion by Mr. Shields, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until two o'clock this day.

The joint resolution (S. R. 4) of welcome to Louis Kossuth was read the second time, and considered as in Committee of the Whole.

An amendment having been proposed by Mr. Berrien,
After debate,

On motion by Mr. Rusk,
The Senate adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10,

1851.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Forney, their clerk :

Mr. President: The House of Representatives concur in the resolution of the Senate for the election of two Chaplains to Congress, one by each House, and have elected the Reverend Littleton F. Morgan, Chaplain, on

their part.

The House of Representatives have appointed, in pursuance of the joint rules of the two Houses, the following committees on their part:

On the Library, Mr. Chandler, of Pennsylvania, Mr. Woodward, of South Carolina, and Mr. Mann, of Massachusetts.

On Enrolled Bills, Mr. Wildrick, of New Jersey, and Mr. Barrere, of Ohio.

Mr. Underwood presented the petition of William L. Meredith, son and heir of William Meredith, deceased, an officer in the revolutionary army, praying to be allowed half-pay for life; which was referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

Mr. Shields presented a petition of the late and present land officers at Dixon, Illinois, praying compensation for services in entries of land under military bounty land warrants; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Mr. Smith presented the petition of Avery Downer, a surgeon's mate in the revolutionary army, praying to be allowed a pension; which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Hamlin presented the petition of Joseph Mitchell, praying to be allowed arrears of

pay

and bounty land for services as a soldier in the last war with Great Britain ; which was referred to the Committee on Publie Lands.

Mr. Geyer presented the petition of the late and present land officers at Palmyra, Missouri, praying compensation for services in the entry of lands under bounty land warrants; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

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Mr. Geyer presented a memorial of the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad Company, praying a grant of public lands to aid in the construction of their railroad; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Mr. Fish presented a memorial of the assistant marshals of Sullivan county, New York, praying additional compensation for services in taking the seventh census; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Dodge, of Iowa, submitted additional documents in relation to the claim of the heirs of Henry King, deceased, which, with their memorial on the files of the Senate, were referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

Mr. Dodge, of Wisconsin, submitted additional documents relating to the claim of John S. Devlin, administrator of Elijah J. Weed, deceased; which, with his petition on the files of the Senate, were referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Berrien presented the memorial of Catharine B. Turner, widow and executrix of Daniel Turner, deceased, late a captain in the navy, praying the reimbursement of expenses incurred by her husband in receiving and entertaining on board the vessels under his command, from 1841 to 1844, certain public functionaries of the United States and foreign countries while on foreign stations; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Pratt presented the memorial of Lavinia Taylor, widow of a private in the army of the United States, praying to be allowed a pension; which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Foote, of Mississippi, presented the petition of Anna De Neufville Evans, heir and legal representative of John De Neufville and Son, praying repayment of advances made by said De Neufville in the revolutionary war; which was referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

Mr. Mallory presented the memorial of the Board of Internal Improvement of the State of Florida, praying a grant of public lands to the Florida, Atlantic and Gulf Central Railroad Company, to aid in the construction of their railroad; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

On motion by Mr. Upham, Ordered, That the memorial of John T. Sullivan on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

On motion by Mr. Clemens, Ordered, That the petition of William C. Easton, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Seward, Ordered, That the memorial of H. Paulding, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Seward, Ordered, That the petition of Horace Southmayd and Son, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Finance.

On motion by Mr. Downs, Ordered, That the memorial of the judges and members of the bar of New Orleans, Louisiana, and a memorial of the New Orleans bar, on the files of the Senate, in relation to the forms of practice in the Circuit and District Courts of the United States in Louisiana, be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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