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The question was then put, Will the House agree to the said resolution as moved by Mr. Giles?
And decided in the affirmative.
Resolved, That of the twenty thousand copies of the President's message, now ordered to be printed, five thousand copies thereof, with the documents relating to “ Texas and Me.rico," be printed as soon as possible for the use of this House; and also, that the usual number extra (ten thousand) of copies of the report of the Secretary of the Treasury, and accompanying documents, be printed.
The following petitions and memorials were laid on the Clerk's table this day, under the 21th rule of the House, viz:
By Mr. Moseley: The petition of Richard Hargrave Lee, of the State of New York-heretofore presented January 6, 1834.
By Mr. Owen: A memorial of citizens of the State of Delaware, remonstrating against the appointment of chaplains to Congress.
Ordered, That the said petition and memorial be referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.
By Mr. De Mott: The petition of Nathan Beard-heretofore presented December 18, 1843: which was referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.
By Mr. Moseley: The petition of William A. Duer-heretofore presented January 8, 1845;
Also, the petition of Patrick Smith-heretofore presented March 14, 1912.
By Mr. McClelland: The petition of John R. Williams-heretofore presented December 13, 1844.
By Mr. Charles J. Ingersoll: A petition of Mary Bower, administratrix of Samuel Bower, late of the county of Philadelphia, State of Pennsylvania, deceased, praying compensation for timber furnished by her said husband in 1799, and used in the construction of the frigate Philadelphia; ·
Also, a memorial of Joseph Nock, of the city of Philadelphia, praying for the payment of damages arising from the annulment of his contract for supplying the Post Office Department with mail locks and keys.
Ordered, That the said petitions and memorial be referred to the Committee of Claims.
By Mr. Dodge: A petition of Richard Chaney, of Johnson county, in the Territory of Iowa, praying a right of pre-emption to certain lands in said Territory, on a part of which is now situated the town of Fort Madison, in said Territory: which was referred to the Committee on Public Lands.
By Mr. Charles J. Ingersoll: A petition of merchants of the city of Philadelphia, praying compensation for spoliations committed by the French government prior to the year 1800: which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
By Mr. Wood: A petition of members of the court and bar of the city of Albany, New York, praying that a tenth volume of the laws of the United States may be compiled by the Clerk of the House of Representatives, and the usual number distributed.
By Mr. Gordon: A menorial of import similar to the above from members of the court and bar of Delaware county, New York.
Ordered, That the said petition and meinorial be referred to the Comimittee on the Judiciary.
By Mr. Rathbun: The petition of Enoch Perkins-heretofore presented December 20, 1843, with additional evidence;
Also, a petition of Elizabeth Ellis, daughter of Rachel Brown, praying Congress to grant to her the pension due her mother, now deceased, as the widow of a revolutionary soldier;
Also, the petition of Margaret Corwin-heretofore presented January 4, 1845.
By Mr. Severance: A petition of the heirs of Judith Worthen, late of Palermo, in the State of Maine, praying for arrears of pension due her for services of her husband in the revolutionary war.
By Mr. Tibbatts: The petition of Margaret Gwinnup—heretofore presented May 27, 1844.
Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on Revo. lutionary Pensions.
By Mr. Moseley: The petition of Elijah C. Babbitt --heretofore presented December 22, 1843;
Also, a petition of Elisha Foster, of Fredonia, in the State of New York, praying for a pension in consideration of injuries received in the service of the United States during the war of 1912 with Great Britain;
Also, a petition of Stacy Lampbere, of Black Rock, in the State of New York, a pensioner of the United States, praying for arrears of pension.
By Mr. Severance: A petition of Samuel Cony, of the State of Maine, praying for a pension in consideration of injuries received in the service of the United States in the war of 1812 with Great Britain.
By Mr. De Mott: The petition of Dennis Dygert, of German Flats, Herkimer county, and State of New York—heretofore presented January 16, 1811.
By Mr. Gordon: A petition of Jehiel Tuttle, of Windham, in the State of New York, praying for a pension in consideration of disability incurred in the service of the United States in the war of 1812 with Great Britain.
Or lered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.
By Mr. Wentworth: A petition of members of the court and bar of the city of Chicago, in the State of Illinois, praying that a tenth volume of the laws of the United States may be compiled by the Clerk of the House of Representatives, and distributed as former volumes of the laws have been: which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary:
The Speaker laid before the House sundry commiunications, viz:
I. A letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting a report of the Register of the Treasury, made in pursuance of a resolution of the House of the 3d of February, 1845, exhibiting the duties which accrued on merchandise imported during the year ending 31st December, 1944: which letter and report were referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.
II. A letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting, in obedience to the 27th section of the tariff act of August 30, 1842, a report from the Register of the Treasury, exhibiting the articles imported during the year ending the 30th June, 1845, the duty on which exceeded thirty-five per cent. on the wholesale market value of such articles: which letter and report were referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.
III. A letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting an estimate of the appropriations proposed to be made for the service of the United States for the fiscal year ending the 30th June, 1847:- which letter and estimate were referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.
IV. A letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting a report, in answer to a resolution of the House of the 3d of March last, directing him to institute an investigation into the investment of the Chickasaw fund, arising under the treaties of 1832 and 1834: which letter was referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.
V. A letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting the annual report of commerce and navigation of the United States for the last quarter of the year 1844, and the two first quarters of the year 1845, accompanied by statements respecting the tonnage of the United States for the same period: which letter and report were referred to the Committee on Commerce.
Ordered, That ten thousand copies extra thereof be printed.
VI. A letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting, pursuant to the resolution of the House of Representatives of December 3, 1791, an account, prepared in the office of the Register of the Treasury, of the receipts and expenditures of the government for the year ending June 30, 1845: which letter, &c., were laid upon the table.
On motion of Mr. Preston King,
VII. A letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting the annual report of the Commissioner of the General Land Office: which letter and report were referred to the Committee on Public Lands.
Thirteen maps accompanying this report were referred to the Committee on Engraving by the Clerk:
VIII. A letter from the Secretary of State, transmitting, in obedience to the 20th section of the act of 26th August, 1842, and the 2d section of the act making appropriations for the civil and diplomatic expenses of government for the year 1836, the annual statements of the contingent expenses of the Department of State, and of foreign missions: which letter and statements were referred to the Committee on Expenditures in the State Department.
On motion of Mr. Brodhead, Resolved, (the Senate concurring) That a joint committee of three members of each House be appointed to direct and superintend the expenditure of all moneys appropriated for the purchase of books for the library of Congress, and all such other matters pertaining to the said library not otherwise provided for by law.
Mr. Brodhead, Mr. Edmund W. Hubard, and Mr. William W. Campbell, were appointed the said committee on the part of the House.
Mr. Hunter presented a memorial of William H. Brockenbrough, of the State of Florida, setting forth that he was elected a member of the House of Representatives in the twenty-ninth Congress from said State by a majority of the legally qualified voters in said State, and praying to be admitted to the scat now occupied by Edward C. Cabell.
Mr. Hunter moved that the said memorial be referred to the Committee of Elections, with instructions to report, first, whether the petitioner was not entitled to have been returned and commissioned as a member of the House of Representatives in the twenty-ninth Congress from the State of Florida, at the time when Edward C. Cabell received the commission; and, as soon thereafter as they have examined the question, to report whether the said petitioner was not elected by a majority of the legally
qualified voters of the State of Florida a member of the Ilouse of Representatives in the twenty-ninth Congress, according to the laws of the State which provide for that purpose.
And, after debate,
A division of the question was called for by Mr. Stephens, so as to take the question first on referring to the committee, and second on the instructions, and it was divided accordingly.
The previous question was moved by Mr. Boyd, and seconded; and the main question was ordered and put, first, Shall the said memorial be referred to the Committee of Elections ?
And decided in the affirmative.
The question was then put, viz: Will the House agree to the said instuetions moved by Mr. Hunter?
85 Ş Yeas, And decided in the negative, Nays,
102 The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present,
Those who voted in the affirmative are
Mr. John H. Harmonson Mr. William W. Payne
Augustus L. Perrill
David S. Reid
James H. Relfe
Alexander D. Sims
Leonard H. Simms
Richard F. Simpson
Frederick P. Stanton
Henry St. John
Allen G. Thurman
William W. Wick
Bradford R. Wood
Joseph A. Woodward
William W. Wood worth
William L. Yancey
Mr. William W. Campbell Mr. James Dixon
Robert P. Dunlap
Samuel S. Ellsworth
John H. Ewing
Meredith P. Gentry
Joshua R. Giddings
James G. Hampton
Mr. Richard P. Herrick Mr. Edward W. McGanghey Mr. Caleb B. Smith
Alexander H. Stephens
Bannon G. Thibodeaux
William P. Thomasson
John W. Tibbatis
Daniel R. Tilden
Robert C. Winthrop
Thomas M. Woodruff
Bryan R. Young
Jacob S. Yost.
Resolved, That the Committee of Elections be instructed to inquire whether, in any case in which a State is entitled to more than one Representative, any persons who have been admitted to take seats in this House as Representatives elect in the present Congress have been elected by general ticket in their respective States, and not in conformity with the provisions of the 2d section of the “Act for the apportionment of Representatives among the several States according to the sixth census," approved June 25, 1842; and that if such election has been made in any case, then that the committee inquire and report as soon as practicable whether the persons so elected are entitled and qualified to hold seats as members of this body.
The said resolution was read; when
And then, on motion of Mr. Cobb, the House, at five minutes after 3 o'clock, p. m., adjourned until to-morrow at 12 o'clock meridian.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1845. Mr. Vance, at his request, was excused from serving on the Committee of Claims, and Mr. McDowell was appointed in his place.
Mr. McClelland gave notice of a motion for leave to introduce a bill making an appropriation for the construction of a canal around the Falls of St. Mary, at the outlet of Lake Superior.
Mr. Wentworth gave notice of a motion for leave to introduce a bill to repeal the joint resolution of March 3, 1845, under which the Secretary of the Treasury has felt himself authorized to withhold the payment of the school fund of the State of Illinois.
The House resumed the consideration of the resolution moved by Mr. Schenck, and pending when the House adjourned yesterday;
The question being, Will the House agree to the motion made yesterday, by Mr. Boyd, that the said resolution be laid upon the table: And the question being put,
113 It was decided in the affirmative, Yeas, Nays,
72 The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present,