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that the introduction of convicts, felons, and paupers into the United States inay be prohibited by law; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Dawson presented a petition of citizens of Bibb county, Georgia, remonstrating against the further extension of Woodworth's patent for a planing-machine; which was referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

Mr. Jones, of Iowa, presented a memorial of the legislature of Iowa, praying a grant of land to aid in the construction of the Burlington and Fort Des Moines railroad; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

On motion by Mr. Shields, Ordered, That the petition of J. R. Creecy, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Hamlin, Ordered, That the petition of merchants, ship-masters, and others, of Kennebunk, Maine, on the files of the Senate, relating to the completion of the stone pier in that harbor, be referred to the Committee on Com

merce.

On motion by Mr. Bell, Ordered, That the petition of Henry R. Schoolcraft, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Borland, Ordered, That the petition of John B. Johnson and Thomas Johnson, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed the bill (S. 139) to provide for the appointment of a superintendent of Indian affairs in California, with an amendment; in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

Mr. Brodhead, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 88) for the relief of William Greer, reported it without amendment.

Mr. Borland, from the Committee on Public Lands, to whom was referred the bill (S. 13) granting to the State of Wisconsin the right of way, and a donation of the public land, for the purpose of locating and constructing a railroad from Fond du Lac to Janesville, reported it with an amendment.

Mr. Butler, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill (S. 242) to regulate the terms of the district court of the United States for the district of Iowa, reported it without amendment.

Mr. Brodhead, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the petition of Daniel Winslow, submitted a report (No. 101) accompanied by a bill (S. 258) for the relief of the sureties of Daniel Winslow.

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

Mr. James, from the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office, to whom was referred the petition of Bancroft Woodcock, submitted a report (No. 102) accompanied by a bill (S. 259) for his relief.

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

Mr. Brodhead, from the Committee of Claims, to whom was referred the petition of Tobias Purrington, submitted an adverse report.

On motion by Mr. Hamlin, Ordered, That the Committee on Commerce be discharged from the further consideration of the memorial of citizens of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, and the memorial of the inhabitants of St. Lawrence county, New York, on the subject of a ship canal around the falls of St. Marie.

On motion by Mr. Atchison, Ordered, That the Committee on Indian Affairs be discharged from the further consideration of the memorial of Preston Starrit and others.

Mr. Dawson, from the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office, to whom was referred the petition of Cyrus H. McCormick, reported a bill (S. 261) for his relief; which was read and passed to the second reading.

Mr. Davis, from the Commitece on Commerce, reported a bill (S. 260) to amend an act entitled “An act to regulate the carriage of passengers in merchant vessels,” approved February 22, 1847; also, to amend an act to provide for the ventilation of passenger vessels, approved May 17, 1848; which was read and passed to the second reading.

The said bill (S. 260) was read the second time, 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.

Mr. Seward, agreeably to notice, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 262) for the relief of James McGregor; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

Mr. Seward, agreeably to notice, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 263) to provide for the safety and the health of emigrant passengers, in merchant vessels; which was read the first and second times, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. Atchison, agreeably to notice, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill (S. 264) explanatory of an act entitled “An act in addition to an act therein mentioned,” passed May 9, 1852; 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 amendinent of the House of Representatives to the bill (S. 146) to make land warrants assignable, and for other purposes; and,

Resolved, That they disagree thereto.

Ordered, That the Secretary notify the House of Representatives accordingly.

The Senate proceeded to consider the amendment of the Ilouse of Representatives to the bill (S. 189) to provide for the appointment of a superintendent of Indian affairs in California ; and,

Resolved, That they concur therein.

Ordered, That the Secretary notify the House of Representatives accordingly.

Mr. Badger reported from the committee that they had examined and found truly enrolled the bill (S. 139) entitled “An act to provide for the appointment of a superintendent of Indian affairs in California.”

A message from the House 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 signature of their President.

The President pro tempore signed the enrolled bill (S. 139) last 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. 1) granting the right of way and making a grant of land to the State of Iowa, in aid of the construction of certain railroads in said State; and, After debate,

On motion,
The Senate adjourned.

THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 1852.

The President pro tempore laid before the Senate a resolution of the legislature of Pennsylvania, relative to the proposed removal of the United States mint from Philadelphia to New York.

Ordered, That it be printed.

Mr. Shields presented a representation of the grand jury of Washington county, in the District of Columbia, respecting the City Hall and the want of proper accommodations for the circuit and criminal courts of that district; which was referred to the Committee on the District of Columbia.

Mr. Shields presented a petition of William McCormick and others, praying that the Postmaster General may be authorized to contract with Ambrose W. Thompson for the transportation of the United States mails in steamers between New York and Galway, in Ireland; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Rusk presented a petition of nierchants of San Antonio, Texas, praying that San Antonio may be made a port of entry, and that a drawback may

be allowed on merchandise entered at that port and exported in the original packages to Mexico; also praying an appropriation for a national road from San Antonio to El Paso; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Rusk presented the petition of Simeon C. Watson, praying additional compensation for carrying the mail between San Augustine and Marshall, in Texas; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. Wade presented resolutions of the legislature of Ohio, in favor of the construction of a ship canal around the falls of the Ste. Marie.

Ordered, That they lie on the table, and be printed.

Mr. Rusk presented a petition of citizens of San Antonio, Texas, praying the improvement of the San Antonio river; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Hamlin presented a petition of citizens of Penobscot county, Haine, praying that pensions may be allowed to the widows of all revolutionary soldiers whose names were on the pension rolls; which was referrel to the Committee on Pensions.

Mr. Gwin presented resolutions adopted by the Settlers' and Viners' State Convention, held at Sacramento City, in California, urging the imme liate construction of a railroad from the valley of the Vississippi to the Pacific; which were referred to the Committee on Roads and Canals.

Mr. Gwin presented the memorial of John Plume, in behalf of the settlers and miners of the city and county of Sacramento, California, remonstrating against the adoption of Asa Whitney's scheme for the construction of a railroad to the Pacific; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Hir. Gwin presented the memorial of a committee of the California Settlers' and Miners' State Convention, praying the enactment of such laws in reference to the public domain in California as will secure to cach settler a reasonable portion thereof; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Mr. Gwin presented the petition of George R. Goldsborough, praying to be allowed the difference between the pay of a captain's clerk and a chaplain in the navy during the time he discharged the duties of the latter on board the United States ship Plymouth ; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Davis presented a memorial of merchants, ship-owners, and others, of Boston, praying that no additional lines of mail steamers may be established by the aid of government; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Davis presented a petition of Seth Bannister and others, praying a grant of land to the surviving officers and soldiers of the Revolution, and to the widows and children of those deceased; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Mr. Davis presented the petition of Charles Fletcher, praying the right of way and a donation of land to the Nebraska Railroad Association, for the construction of a railroad from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Kearny; which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Vr. Bradbury presented a memorial of assistant marshals for taking the seventh census in Kennebunk county, Maine, praying additional compensation; which was referred to the Committee of Claims.

Mr. Chase presented a memorial of R. W. Booth and others, residing in the valley of the Mississippi, praying the construction of a new canal around the falls of the Ohio river; which was referred to the Committee on Roads and Canals.

Mr. Chase submitted a document in relation to a floating breakwater or anchorage proposed by John H. Sherburne, as a means of saving life and property on the lakes; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. Jones, of Tennessee, presented a petition of citizens of Hamilton county, Tennessee, remonstrating against the further extension of Woodworth's patent for a planing machine; which was referred to the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office,

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

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury be requested to communicate to the Senate any report made to the Treasury Department by any person or persons employed by him in the geological exploration of California.

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

Resolved, that the President of the United States be requested to furnish to the Senate, if not in his opinion inconsistent with the interests of the government, copies of all communications relative to the empire of Japan that may be on file in either of the executive departments; particularly the instructions under which Commodore Biddle visited Japan in 1846; his official report of that visit; the communication made by him to the local authorities in Jeldo bay, and a copy of a translation of a communication made to him on that occasion, together with so much of a commuinication to the State Department from Alexander A. Everett, then commissioner to China, it relate to that Japanese cloruinent; also copies of any other communication received, either directly or indirectly, from the Japanese authorities, and such other information that will serve to illustrate the existing relations between the United States and Japan.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be authorized to employ a clerk during the remainder of the present session, at the usual rate of compensation.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted by Mr. Clemens, the 7th February last, in relation to contracts for mail service between New York and California ; and having been amended, it was agreed to, as follows:

Resolned, That the Secretary of the Navy and Postmaster General be requested to furnish Congress with copies of all contracts originally made, and at present existing, for the transportation of the mails between New York and California, by steamships on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, an: all information they possess in regard thereto; what mount has been paid, and to whom; what amount is now paill

, and to whom, for the transit of the mails across the Isthmus of Panama in connexion with said steamshi service; the gross amount of money that has been paid under each service; when such contracts commenced ; in what sums and at what periods of time paid, and to whom each payment has been made; whether at such periods as expressed under the terms of said contracts or otherwise; the amount of service rendered, and by what vesseis; how often they arrive and depart; what time has been and is now occupied in the carriage of the mails between said ports; whether all the vessels stipulated uneler said contracts to be built have been so built, or what portion of them; whether if two or threa of the five ships contracted to be built under said contracts were not s.) built, but other vessels engarrel in independent lines united with the vessels of the government contractors, thus forming one line-each of the parties, however, owning their own vessels, and in that manner answering the terms of the contract to build said five ships; whether other facilities exist for performing the same or a similar service, and if other propositions have been made, and upon what terras, to perform said service, and within what periods of time; and whether the ships built or used by the contract

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