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The Senate proceeded to consider their amendments disagreed to by the House of Representatives to the bill last mentioned ; and,

On motion by Mr. Hunter, Resolved, That the Senate insist on their amendments disagreed to by the House, and ask a conference on the disagreeing votes of the two houses.

On motion by Mr. Hunter, Ordered, That the committee of conference be appointed by the President pro tempore ; and,

Mr. Mallory, Mr. Pearce and Mr. Toucey were appointed the committee. A

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives insist on their disagreement to the amendments of the Senate to the bill (H. R. 220) making appropriations for the support of the army for the year ending the 30th June, 1853; agree to the conference asked by the Senate on the disagreeing votes of the two houses ; and have appointed Mr. Houston, Mr. Stanly and Mr. Gorman managers at the same on their part.

They agree to the conference asked by the Senate, on the disagreeing votes of the two houses on the bill (H. R. 241) making appropriations for the service of the Post Office Department during the fiscal year ending the 30th June, 1853, and have appointed Mr. Brooks, Mr. Penn and Mr. Ficklin a committee of conference on their part.

They have passed a bill from the Senate (S. 321) for the relief of Z. F. Johnson.

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

Mr. President : The President of the United States this day approved and signed an act (S. 223) to amend and extend the provisions of an act entitled “ An act to provide for the better security of the lives of passergers on board of vessels propelled in whole or in part by steam," and for other purposes.

On motion by Mr. Cooper, that the Senate proceed to the consideration of the bill (H. Ř. 76) making a grant of public land to the several States and Territories of the Union, for the benefit of indigent insane persons :

Yeas --

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

Messrs. Badger, Bell, Borland, Brooke, Chase, Clarke, Cooper, Dawson, De Saussure, Downs, Fish, Foot, Geyer, Ilale, Ilamlin, Houston, Jones of Iowa, Mallory, Mangum, Miller, Morton, Pearce, Pratt, Seward, Shields, Smith, Spruance, Stockton, Sumner, Underwood, Upham, Wade. Weller.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Adams, Bayard, Bright, Brodhead, Butler, Cass, Clemens, Dodge of Iowa, Douglas, Felch, Gwin, IIunter, King, Mason, Meriwether, Norris, Rusk, Walker.

So the Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration of the said bill.

On motion by Mr. Weller, that the bill lie on the table,

Yeas

15 It was determined in the negative, Nays-}

26. On motion by Mr. Seward, The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth

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

Messrs. Adams, Butler, Cass, Charlton, De Saussure, Dodge of Iowa, Douglas, Downs, Houston, Hunter, King, Meriwether, Toucey, Walker, Weller.

Those who voted in the negative are,
Messrs. Badger, Bell

, Brooke, Chase, Clarke, Cooper, Davis, Dawson,
Foot, Geyer, Hale, Hamlin, James, Jones of Iowa, Mallory, Mangum,
Morton, Norris, Pearce, Seward, Shields, Spruance, Sumner, Underwood,
Upham, Wade.
On motion by Mr. Gwin, that the bill lie on the table,

Yeas..

21

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

Messrs. Adams, Bayard, Bright, Brodhead, Butler, Cass, Charlton, De Saussure, Dodge of Iowa, Douglas, Felch, Gwin, Hunter, King, Mason, Meriwether, Norris, Pratt, Rusk, Toucey, Walker.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Badger, Bell, Borland, Brooke, Chase, Clarke, Cooper, Davis, Dawson, Downs, Fish, Foot, Geyer, Hale, Hamlin, Houston, Jones of Iowa, Mangum, Miller, Morton, Pearce, Seward, Shields, Smith, Spruance, Stockton, Sumner, Underwood, Upham, Wade, Weller.

An amendment having been proposed by Mr. Douglas, and an amendment to the same having been proposed by Mr. Borland ;

After debate,
On motion by Mr. Clarke, that the bill lie on the table.

Yeas...

24 It was determined in the affirmative,

21 On motion by Mr. Seward, The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the senators present, Those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs. Adams, Bayard, Bright, Brodhead, Cass, Charlton, Clarke, Clemens, De Saussure, Dodge of Iowa, Douglas, Downs, Felch, Fish, Gwin, Houston, Hunter, James, King, Mason, Meriwether, Pratt, Walker, Weller.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Bell, Chase, Cooper, Davis, Dawson, Geyer, Hale, Ilamlin, Jones of Iowa, Mallory, Mangum, Miller, Morton, Seward, Shields, Soulé, Spruance, Sumner, Underwood, Upham, Wade.

So it was

Clerk:

Ordered, That the bill lie on the table. A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Forney, their Mr. President: The House of Representatives agree to the conference asked by the Senate on the disagreeing votes of the two houses on the bill (H. R. 240) making appropriations for the naval service for the year end

ing the 30th June, 1853, and have appointed Mr. Phelps, Mr. F. B. Stanton and Mr. T. Stevens a committee of conference on their part.

They agree to the conference asked by the Senate on the disagreeing votes of the two houses on the bill (II. R. 314) to establish certain post roads; and have appointed Mr. Clark, Mr. Iall and Mr. Haven a committee of conference on their part.

Mr. Miller, from the Committee of Conference on the part of the Senate on the disagreeing votes of the two houses on the bill (H. R. 241) making appropriations for the post office department during the fiscal year ending the 30th June, 1853, reported" that they had met the conferees on the part of the House; and, after full and free conference, have agreed to recommend and do recommend to their respective houses as follows, to wit: That the House recede from their disagreement to the amendments of the Senate numbered 1, 2, 4 and 5."

Mr. Charlton reported from the committee that they had examined and found duly enrolled the bill (S. 321) for the relief of Z. F. Johnson.

Mr. Dodge, of Iowa, from the Committee on the Contingent Expenses of the Senate, to whom was referred, the 25th instant, the resolution making allowances to the persons therein named, reported the same with an amendment.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution as in Committee of the Whole.

On motion by Mr. Walker, to amend the resolution by adding thereto, Resolved, That there be paid, under the direction of the Committee to Audit and Control the contingent Expenses of the Senate, to each member of the respective corps of reporters to the Senate, three hundred dollars :

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

Nays--

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

Messrs. Bayard, Brodhead, Brooke, Charlton, Clarke, Cooper, Davis, De Saussure, Downs, Fish, Foot, Gwin, Hale, Hamlin, Houston, James, Jones of Iowa, Mason, Morton, Pratt, Seward, Shields, Soulé, Sumner, Upham, Wade, Walker, Weller. Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Adams, Cass, Chase, Clemens, Dodge of Iowa, Felch, Geyer, King, Mangum, Meriwether, Miller, Norris, Spruance, Underwood.

The resolution having been further amended was reported to the Senate. On motion by Mr. Chase, that the resolution lie on the table,

Yeas

12

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

Messrs. Adams, Bright, Brodhead, Chase, Clemens, Downs, Hunter, Mason, Meriwether, Norris, Spruance, Underwood.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Bayard, Bell, Borland, Brooke, Cass, Charlton, Clarke, Cooper, Davis, De Saussure, Dodge of Iowa, Fish, Foot, Geyer, Gwin, Houston,

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James, Jones of Iowa, Mangum, Miller, Morton, Rusk, Seward, Shields, Smith, Soulé, Wade, Walker, Weller.

The said resolution was read a third time and passed, as follows:

Resolved, 1st, That there be allowed and paid, under the direction of the Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses of the Senate, to the persons in its employ, the sums respectively which were allowed at the last session, and to Harry Dodson, John Brown and Robert Carter the sum of fifty dollars each.

Resolved, 2d, That the sergeant-at-arms, under the direction of the same committee, be authorized to employ the messengers, pages and folders, during the recess, in folding documents, and that the same price be paid therefor as was paid at the last session; and that he be authorized, under the same authority, to employ the necessary force of men and wagens to convey the documents to the city post office.

Resolved, 3d, That there be paid, under the direction of the Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses of the Senate, to each member of the respective corps of reporters to the Senate, three hundred dollars.

Resolved, 4th, That the Secretary of the Senate be authorized to employ an additional clerk, who shall be allowed the same compensation as the engrossing clerks.

Resolved, 5th, That the Secretary of the Senate cause to be published and laid on the tables of senators at the commencement of the next session the sums paid under these resolutions to the several persons entitled and the amount paid to each.

Resolved, 6th, That William Hickey, the principal executive clerk, be allowed and paid the same amount of compensation as is allowed to the principal legislative clerk, commencing with the present session of Congress.

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

The President of the United States has this day approved and signed the following acts :

H. R. 43. An act making appropriations for the current and contingent expenses of the Indian Department, and for fulfilling treaty stipulations with various Indian tribes for the year ending June 30th, 1853.

H. R. 144. An act to amend the act entitled " An act to reduce and modify the rates of postage in the United States, and for other purposes,” passed March 3, 1851.

H. R. 242. An act making appropriations for the transportation of the United States mail by ocean steamers and otherwise, during the fiscal year ending 30th June, 1853.

H. R. 282. An act making appropriations for the improvement of certain harbors and rivers.

H. R. 322. An act in addition to an act to promote the progress of the useful arts.

The House of Representatives have passed a bill from the Senate (S. 486) to constitute Alton, in the State of Illinois, a port of entry, with an amendment, in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

The Senate proceeded to consider the amendment of the llouse of Representatives to the bill (S. 486) last mentioned; and,

Resolved, That they concur therein.

Ordered, That the Secretary notify the House of Representatives thereof.
After the consideration of executive business,
The Senate adjourned.

TUESDAY, August 31, 1852.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution reported by Mr. Hunter, from the Committee on Finance, the 17th instant, in relation to the classification and appointment of clerks in the executive department of the gov. ernment; and,

The resolution was agreed to.

Mr. Hunter, from the Committee on Finance, reported the following resolution; which was considered by unanimous consent and agreed to:

Resolved, That the clerk to the Committee on Finance, authorized by the resolution of the Senate of 220 December last, to be employed during the present session, be continued until the commencement of the next session, under the direction of said committee, at the rate of compensation which he now receives.

Mr. Hamlin, from the Committee on Printing, to whom was referred the motion to print the report of the Postmaster General relative to the printing, binding and advertising executed for or by oriler of that department, reported that the same be not printed ; and, The report was concurred in.

Mr. Ilamlin, from the Committee on Printing, to whom was referred the motion to print a memorial of a committee of the corporation of Washington, presented the 25th instant, reported that the same be not printed : and,

The report was concurred in. The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted yesterday by Mr. James, for the appointment of a select committee to investigate frauds on the revenue, and having been amended to read as follows:

Resolved, That a select committee, to consist of five members, be appointed, who shall be empowered to sit during the recess, at such times and places as they may deem necessary, and to examine, under oath, such persons as may be required, and generally to investigate the mode and manner of importations of merchandise into the United States, with a view of ascertaining whether any and what frauds have been committed or

practised against the revenue laws of the United States, and that said • committee make report of their proceedings during the next session of Congress ; On the question to agree thereto,

Yeas

26 It was determined in the affirmative,

| Nays---

14 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. Badger, Bayard, Bell, Borland, Brodhead, Brooke, Clarke, Clemens, Cooper, Davis, Dodge of Iowa, Geyer, Houston, James, Jones of Iowa, Mallory, Mangum, Meriwether, Miller, Norris, Smith, Spruance, Stockton, Wade, Walker, Weller.

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