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A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

Senate Journal --WEDNESDAY, January 21, 1857.


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Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, 1789-1873
WEDNESDAY, January 21, 1857.

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A message from the House of Representatives by Mr. Cullom, its Clerk:

Mr. Geyer presented the credentials of the honorable James Stephens Green, elected a senator by the legislature of the State of Missouri for the residue of the constitutional term which commenced the fourth of March, 1855.

The credentials were read, and the oath prescribed by law was administered to Mr. Green, and he took his seat in the Senate.

Mr. Seward presented the memorial of the American Geographical and Statistical Society, praying that three dollar coins and three cent coins may not be issued, and that none but decimal coinage may be put into circulation; which was referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Seward, from the Committee on Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (S. 489) making appropriations for the removal of Diamond reef and Coenties reef, in the harbor of New York, reported it without amendment.

Mr. Evans, from the Committee on Revolutionary Claims, to whom were referred the memorial of the heirs and representatives of officers of the "Old Maryland Line;" the memorial of the heirs and representatives of officers of the Virginia continental line; the memorial of the heirs of officers of the Massachusetts line; the memorial of the heirs and representatives of the officers of the Pennsylvania line; the petition of C. H. Gridley; the memorial of Eliza and Abby E. Peck, of Providence, Rhode Island; two petitions of the heirs of Joseph Morrell; petition of the heirs of John S. Budd; petition of Joseph R. Underwood, devisee of Robert Braddock; the petition of Anna Tongue, heir and legal representative of Colonel John Stewart; the petition of the heirs of Samuel Adams; the petition of Robert H. Gray, on behalf of the heirs of Colonel Allen McLane and others; the petition of the heirs of Lemuel B. Mason; the memorial of Mary Fenner, only surviving child of Christopher Greene; the petition of the heirs of Cornelius Russell; the petition of John W. Pray, one of the heirs of


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John Pray; the petition of John Johnson, and other citizens of Georgia; the memorial of Anna Rice, heir and legal representative of Captain John Jones; the petition of Edward Ballard; the petition of Jacob Cooper, son of Apollos Cooper; additional papers relative to the memorial of the heirs of Lieutenant Colonel Uriah Forrest; the petition of John S. Ormsbee, heir of John Spurr; the petition of Lurana Russell; the petition of J. Lawton Pratt; the petition of Elizabeth Penniger, one of the heirs of Thomas Arnold; the petition of the heirs of Captain Samuel Miller; the petition of the heirs of John K. Smith; the petition of Sophia Mason, heir of James Means; the petition of Sarah B. Hobbins, sole heir and lineal decendant of Michael Jackson; the petition of William L. Meredith, heir of William Meredith; the petition of David Benjamin, son and heir of Lieutenant Samuel Benjamin; the petition of Horatio Gates Cook; the petition of the heirs of Joseph Boynton; the petition of Henry D. E. Hutchins, one of the heirs of Nathaniel Hutchins; the petition of the heirs of Daniel Gookin; the petition of Caleb Frye, one of the heirs of Nathaniel Frye; the petition of Thomas Given; the petition of Joseph S. Bailey; the petition of Susanna H. Burnham; the petition of Joseph S. Bailey; the petition of Susanna H. Burnham; the petition of Lucius Q. C. Nason and Sabina Grant; the memorial of Mary E. Heard; the petition of Mary Ann S. Darby; the petition of Samuel Pope; the petition of Peletiah Littlefield; the petition of John Holden; the memorial of R. St. Clair Graham; the petition of Francis McGuire; and the resolutions of the legislature of New York, for the settlement of claims of officers of the revolutionary army for half pay, reported--

That the committee be discharged from the further consideration of said memorials and petitions.

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

The report was agreed to.

Mr. Durkee reported from the committee that they had examined and found duly enrolled the bill (H. R. 226) to authorize the legal representatives of Pascal L. Cerré to enter certain lands in the State of Missouri.

Mr. Evans, from the Committee on Revolutionary Claims, to whom was referred the memorial of the legal representatives of Colonel Ethan Allen, submitted an adverse report, (No. 313;) which was ordered to be printed.

Mr. Evans, from the Committee on Revolutionary Claims, to whom was referred the petition of William L. Davidson, submitted a report, (No. 314,) accompanied by a bill (S. 512) for the relief of William L. Davidson.

The bill was read and passed to a second reading.

Ordered, That the report be printed.

On motion by Mr. Geyer,

Ordered, That the Committee on the Judiciary be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of George E. Hand.

Mr. Geyer, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill (S. 367) for the relief of William J. Appleby, clerk of the supreme and first district courts of Utah Territory, reported it without amendment, and that it ought not to pass.


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Mr. Weller presented the petition of George Chorpenning, junior, contractor for carrying the mail on routes 5066 and 12801, from California to Salt Lake, praying remuneration for losses sustained by Indian depredations, and for extra services; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

On motion by Mr. Weller,

Ordered, That the message of the President respecting the refusal of the government of Honduras to receive a commercial agent from the United States, which was communicated to the Senate the 13th of August last, be referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

On motion by Mr. Sebastian,

Ordered, That the letter of the Second Auditor of the Treasury, accompanied by copies of accounts for Indian disbursements, communicated to the Senate January 6, 1857, be referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs and be printed.

Mr. Fish, from the Committee on Foreign Relations, to whom was referred the memorial of Anton L. C. Portman, submitted a report, (No. 315,) accompanied by a bill (S. 513) for the relief of Anton L. C. Portman.

The bill was read and passed to a second reading.

Ordered, That the report be printed.

Mr. Fish, from the Committee on Foreign Relations, to whom was referred the memorial of John H Wheeler, submitted a report, No. 316,) accompanied by a bill (S. 514) for the relief of John H. Wheeler.

The bill was read and passed to a second reading.

Ordered, That the report be printed.

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

Resolved, That the memorial of Philo S. Shelton, which was referred, the last session of Congress, to the Committee on Foreign Relations, asking for action of Congress in the "Aves" or "Shelton's Isle" case, together with the accompanying depositions and papers, be printed with the correspondence on said case transmitted by the President to the Senate.

On motion by Mr. Brown,

Ordered, That the Committee on the District of Columbia be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of John Hollohan and that it be referred to the Committee on Public Buildings.

Mr. Brown, from the Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (S. 476) relating to the acknowledgements of deeds, &c.;, in the District of Columbia, reported it without amendment.

The Senate proceeded to consider the said bill 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.

The said bill was read the third time.

Resolved, That it pass, and that the title thereof be as aforesaid.

Ordered, That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House of Representatives in said bill.


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On motion by Mr. Douglas,

Ordered, That the Committee on Territories be discharged from the further consideration of the resolutions of the legislature of California, respecting books to which that State was entitled before her admission as a State into the Union.

On motion by Mr. Douglas,

Ordered, That the Committee on Territories be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of E. M. Joslyn, and that it be referred to the Committee on Manufactures.

On motion by Mr. Douglas,

Ordered, That the Committee on Territories be discharged from the further consideration of the memorial of Hezekiah Miller, and that it be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a post route from Iowa city to Cedar rapids, via North Bend, on the west side of the Iowa river, to Roberts' ferry, on said river, thence via Shelbyville and Western.

On motion by Mr. Stuart,

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Lands, to whom were referred the memorial of Sallie Eola Reneau; the petition of the board of supervisors of Brown county, Wisconsin; the memorial of John M. Gardner; the memorial of the legislature of Iowa, presented January 2; the memorial of the general assembly of Missouri, presented February 5, 1856; the petition of residents of Alleghany county, Pennsylvania, presented December 18; the memorial of the Illinois State Educational Convention; and the memorial of citizens of Essex county, Massachusetts, presented December 22, be discharged from the further consideration thereof.

Mr. Stuart, from the Committee on Public Lands, to whom was referred the bill (S. 307) granting bounty land to certain officers and soldiers employed in the protection of the public property at Baton Rouge, in the year 1836, and during the Florida Indian war, reported it without amendment.

Mr. Pearce submitted the following motion for consideration:

Ordered, That the report of the superintendent of weights and measures, communicated to the Senate by the Secretary of the Treasury, with his letter of the 31st December, 1856, be printed; and that two thousand additional copies be printed for the use of the Senate, seven hundred and fifty copies of which for the use of the said superintendent.

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

On the question to agree to so much thereof as directs the printing of the report,

It was determined in the affirmative.

So it was

Ordered, That the report of the Superintendent of Weights and Measures be printed.

On motion,

Ordered, That the residue of the motion, directing the printing of additional copies, be referred to the Committee on Printing.

Mr. Reid, from the Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the petition of Thomas Fitnam, reported adversely thereon.

Mr. Stuart, from the Committee on Public Lands, to whom was referred the bill (S. 110) for the relief of the purchasers of swamp lands from the States in which the same are situated, reported it with an amendment.

Mr. Douglas, from the Committee on Territories, to whom was referred the bill (S. 293) for the construction of a road Fort Ridgely, in the Territory of Minnesota, to the South Pass of the Rocky mountains, in the Territory of Nebraska, reported it without amendment.

The Senate proceeded to consider the bill as in Committee of the Whole; and,

On motion by Mr. Stuart,

Resolved, That it be postponed indefinitely.

Mr. Brown, from the Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the petition of Joseph E. Holmes and others, reported a bill (S. 515) incorporating the Granite Manufacturing Company of Washington city; which was read and passed to the second reading.

Mr. Brown, from the Committee on the District of Columbia, reported a bill (S. 516) to incorporate the Washington paper mill company; which was read and passed to the second reading.

The President pro tempore laid before the Senate a report of the Secretary of the Treasury, communicating, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, information as to the effect upon the annual revenue of the government of the remission of a portion of the duties upon certain articles of import; which was read.


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Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Finance and be printed.

The bills this day received from the House of Representatives for concurrence were read the first and second times, by unanimous consent.

Ordered, That the bills numbered 2 and 422 be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs; that the bills numbered 212 and 624 be referred to the Committee on Public Lands; and that the bills numbered 428 and 415 be referred to the Committee on Territories.

Mr. Stuart presented the petition of J. T. Wright, praying compensation for a vessel destroyed by fire while employed in the transportation of United States troops, under a contract with the government; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Pearce asked and, by unanimous consent, obtained leave to bring in a joint resolution (S. 46) for the appointment of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution; which 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 be engrossed and read a third time.

The said resolution was read the third time, by unanimous consent.

Resolved, That it pass, and that the title thereof be as aforesaid.

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

The president pro tempore announced the appointment of Mr. Foster and Mr. Green, in the place of Mr. Sumner and Mr. Comegys, members of the Committee on Pensions.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill (S. 493) to expedite telegraphic communication for the uses of the government in its foreign intercourse; and,

After debate,

On motion by Mr. Toucey,

Ordered, That the further consideration of the bill be postponed to, and made the order of the day for, to-morrow, at half-past 12 o'clock.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill (H. R. 301) authorizing the establishment of a navy depot on Blythe island, at Brunswick, on the coast of Georgia, and for other purposes; and,

After debate and the consideration of executive business,

The Senate adjourned.

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