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Mr. Mallory presented the memorial of the administrator of Joshua B. Smith, deceased, praying compensation for the use of a vessel employed under a contract with a Government officer, in transporting troops during the Florida war; which was referred to the Comunittee of Claims.

Mr. Mallory presented the petition of John II. Patterson, praying compensation for his services as a lieutenant in the Florida war; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Mallory presented the petition of C. H. Blood, praying compensation for supplies furnished to a company of Florida volunteers, in the Seminole war; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Mallory presented the petition of Sarah Flinn, praying compensation for supplies furnished the troops of the United States, in the Florida war; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Mallory presented the petition of David Osburn, praying compensation for corn and focuer furnished the troops of the United States in the Florida war; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Mallory presented the petition of John W. W. Jackson, praying compensation for a horse killed in the service of the United States, which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Mallory presented the petition of Jose Bayi, praying compensation for a horse lost in the military service of the United States; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion by Mr. Wade, Ordered, That the memorial of Cadwalladler Wallace, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

On motion by Mr. Halin, Ordered, That the memorial of merchants, ship owners, and others, inhabitants of Portland, Maine, on the files of the Senate, relating to the establishment of a marine hospital at that place, be referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. Felch submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That five thousand five hundred additional copies of the report of Messrs. Foster and Whitney, in relation to the iron region of Lake Superior, Michigan, which was ordered to be printed by the resolution of the Senate of the 13th of March last, be printed for the use of the Senate

, and that three hundred copies thereof be furnished to the Smithsonian Institution for distribution, and two hundred copies to Messrs. Foster and Whitney.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution by unanimous consent; and,

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Printing.

Mr. Gwin, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom was referred the memorial of Eliza C. Bache, submitted a report, accompanied by a bill (S. 70) for the relief of the widows and relatives of certain officers and seamen of the United States brig Washington, who were lost overboard in a hurricane.

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

Mr. Hamlin, from the Committee on Commerce, to whom the subject was referred, reported in bill (S. 71) anthorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to issue a register to the briy Adla; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and considered as in Committee of the Whole; and no amendment being maile, it was reported to the Senate.

Ordered, That it be engrossell, and read a third time. Jr. Fcote, agreeably to notice, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 72) granting to the State of Mississippi the right of way and a donation of public land for the purpose of locating and constructing a railroad from Brandon to the eastern border of said State, in the direction of Montgomery, Alabama ; which was read the first and second times, hy 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 eligrossed, and read a third time. Mr. Gwin, agreeably to notice, asked and obtained leave to bring in bill (S. 73) granting the right of way for, and to aid in the construction of a line of telegraph from the Mississippi river to the Pacific ocean; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Felch, agrecably to notice, asked and obtaineil leave to bring in the following bills:

S. 74. A bill to authorize the State of Illinois to select the residue of the lands to which she is entitled under the act of March ... 1827, granting land to aid that State in opening i çanal to connect the waters of the Illinois river with those of Lake Michigan.

S. 75. A bill to revive and continue in force, for a limited time, the provisions of an act relative to suspended entries of public lands.

The said bills were read the first and second times, by unanimous CO2sent, and referred to the Committee on Public Lanıls.

Mr. Mangum, agreeably to notice, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 76) for the relief of the personal representative of William A. Slacum, deceased; which was read the first and second times, by manimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

The following engrossed bills were severally reasi a third time:
S. 32. Bill for the relief of Margaret L. Worth.

S. 59. Bill to provide compensation to such persons as may be design nated by the Secretary of the Treasury to receive and keep the public money, under the fifteenth section of the act of August 11, 1846, for the additional services required under that act.

Resolved, That the said bills pass; iend that the titles thereof be as aforesaid.

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

The Senate proceeded to consiiler, as in ('ommittee of the Whole, the resolution (S. R. 6) in relation to printing the returns of the seventh census; and,

On motion by Mr. Bright, Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponcil to Moth clav, the 22 instant, and be the orier of the day.

A message from the House of Representatives, bg Vr. Robis, Chief Clerk:

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed the following joint resolutions :

II. R. 5. Joint resolution providing for the binding of certain documents,

H. R. 6. Joint resolution to authorize the Postmaster-General to legalize certain contracts for the transportation of the mail in California and Oregon.

H. R. 7. Joint resolution providing for the printing of additional copies of the journals and public documents, in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the resolution submitted by Mr. Foote, the 4th instant, in relation to the adjustment of the questions growing out of the institution of domestic slavery; and, having been been amended, on the motion of Mr. Badger : After debate,

On motion by Mr. Mangum, The Senate adjourned.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1851.

Mr. Hunter presented the credentials of the Honorable John J. McRae, appointed a Senator by the Governor of the State of Mississippi, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of the Honorable Jefferson Davis; which were read, and the oath prescribed by law having been administered to Mr. McRae, he took his seat in the Senate.

Mr. Mason presented the petition of Thomas J. Page, praying compenNation for services rendered as purser on board the brig Dolphin, in the years 1849 and 1851; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Fish presented the petition of D. S. Edwards, Richard McSherry, and Elisha Ř. Kane, medical officers in the navy, praying to be placed on the same footing as to pay and allowances with the medical officers of the army, during the time they served on shore with the army in Mexico; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

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

Mr. Mallory presented the petition of James P. Lightbourn, praying compensation for property destroyed while in the occupation of the troops of the United States, during the Florida war; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Dawson submitted additional documents relating to the memorial of Jane Irwin; which were referred to the Committee on Revolution:ry Claims.

Mr. Cass presented the petition of Squire Moon, praying to be allowed arrears of pension; which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Norris submitted additional documents in relation to the claim of Israel Ketcham ; which, with his petition on the files of the Senate, were referred to the Committee of Claims.

On motion by Mr. Foote, of Mississippi, Ordered, That the memorial of Clements, Bryan and Company, on the fles of the Senate, be referred to the Committee of Claime.

On motion by Mr. Hamlin,

Ordered, That the petition of Noah Miller, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Comunittee on Cominerce.

On motion by Mr. Clemens, Ordered, That the petition of William R. IIallett, administrator of Joshua Kennedy, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee va Military Affairs.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Printing be authorized to employ % clerk during the present session of Congress, to whom the usual per diem compensation shall be paid out of the contingent fund of the Senate.

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

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Navy be requested to furnish the Senate with any letters from officers of the navy, on the subject of corporal punishment in the navy, and any code or codes of law, or regulations which he may have prepared for the better government of the navy.

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

Resolved, That the President be requested to furnish to the Senate, the original record of examinations of witnesses, prepared by a “ Board of Examiners," composed of General Churchill, United States army, and other officers, relative to sundry claims of citizens of Florida ; and also, the record of examinations of witnesses prepared by Major Thomas, United States army, and other officers on the same subject; which records were prepared by order of the War Department, and are now on file in said Department.

Mr. Borland, from the Committee on Printing, to whom was referrell the resolution submitted by Mr. Felch, the 18th instant, to print five tholisand fire hundred additional copies of the report of Messrs. Foster and Waitrey, in relation to the iron region of Lake Superior, Michigan, reported thereon.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution; and, The resolution was agreed to. Agreeably to notice, Mr. Seward asked and obtained leave to bring in a paint resolution (S. R. 9) to establish certain mail routes ; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Atchison asked and obtained leave to bring in Lill (S. 77) for the relief of the heirs and legal representatives of Colonel Alexander G. Morgan ; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. Fish asked and obtained leave to bring in i. Pill (S. 78) amendatory of the act entitled “An act to provide for holding the courts of the United States, in case of the sickness or other disability of the julges of the district courts,” approved July 29, 1850; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and with the accoinpanying papers, referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Un motion by Mr. Chase, Ordered, That Bryan Callaghan have leave to withdraw his petition and papers.

On motion by Mr. Hunter, Orilered, That so much of the message of the President of the United States as relates to the finances, be referred to the Committee on Finance; that so much thereof as relates to naval affairs, be referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs; and that so much thereof as relates to military affairs, be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Felch, Ordered, That so much of the message of the President of the United States as relates to the public lands, be referred to the Committee ou Public Lands.

On motion by Mr. Mason, Ordered, That so much of the message of the President of the United States as relates to foreign relations, be referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

On motion by Mr. Hamlin, Ordered, That so much of the message of the President of the United States as relates to improving the lakes and harbors of the United States, be referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Tie joint resolution (H. R. 5) providling for the binding of certain documents, was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Printing.

The joint resolution (H. R. 6) to authorize the Postmaster General to legalize certain contracts for the transportation of the mail in California and Oregon, was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

The joint resolution (H. R. 7) providing for the printing of additional copies of the journals and public documents, 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 pass to a third reading.
The following engrossed bills were severally read a third time:

S. 71. A bill authorising the Secretary of the Treasury to issue a register to the brig Ada.

S. 72. A bill granting to the State of Mississippi the right of way, and a donation of public land, for the purpose of locating and constructing a railroad from Brandon to the eastern border of said State, in the direction of Montgomery, Alabama.

Resolved, That the said bills pass, and that the titles thereof be as aforesaid.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the resolution submitted by Mr. Foote, the 4th instant, in relation to the adjustment of the questions growing out of the institution of domestic slavery; and, After debate,

On motion by Mr. Hunter, The Senate adjourned.

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