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The next bill was for the benefit of w. T. C. Wright, West Point was read a third time and passed: Yeas 119, allowing him for his services at the Court of Brazil.
It was slightly amended by Mr. Ancien, and laid aside. The bill from the Senate, for the benefit of the city of
Mr. MASON now moved again to consider the bill to Washington, being next taken up, Mr. Hawes made a remit the duties on locomotive engines.
vehement speech in opposition to the bill. Mr. MASON moved two amendments; which were Mr. CHINN said that he had foreseen what would be the agreed to.
consequence of introducing the subject of the canal. He Mr. DENNY moved to strike out the 2d section of the regretted that that subject had been brought into the debill; negatived: Ayes 36, noes 90.
bate, however delighted he had been in listening to the The bill was then laid aside.
eloquent appeal of his colleague, (Mr. Mencer,] in relaMr. JOHNSON pressed the committee to take up the tion to the District. Members of Congress were, in fact, bill to consider the commissariat; but they refused. its responsible representatives; they represented not of
The committee then rose and reported the bill. fice-hunters, not mere sojourners or visiters, but the per
Mr. POLK introduced, by consent, a joint resolution manent residents of these ten miles square. As represuspending the rule which forbids the sending of new bills sentatives who constitued the sole Legislature of these from one House to the other on the three last days of the citizens, it was surely proper and just that Congress session, until 10 o'clock this evening.
should possess and exercise some discretionary power. Mr. ADAMS opposed it, as unnecessary and absurd. All other Legislatures had it, and why not the LegislaThis was not one of the last three days. Sunday was a ture of the District of Columbia? Were Congress to be day of the session; members received their pay for it as prohibited from appropriating one cent directly for their for other days; and business had sometimes been done on benefit? Surely not. Their citizens were placed in a that day.
situation to be commiserated. While they were depriAfter some further discussion, the joint resolution was ved of the privilege enjoyed by all the citizens of the Uniread three times and passed.
ted States, of having representatives chosen by their own 'The House then resumed the consideration of the bill act, and responsible to them, they are charged with a providing for the Georgia claims; and
full share of all national burdens; they had to submit to Mr. ADAMS had commenced a speech in opposition to taxation without representation, and would it be contendthe bill, when, the hour of two having arrived, the House ed that Congress was forbidden to allow persons thus took a recess until four o'clock.
situated from participating with the rest of the citizens of
the United States in the ordinary benefits of legislation? EvenixG SESSION.
During the late war they had been subject to the same The House at 4 o'clock resumed its sitting.
ratio of direct taxation as all the other people of the Mr. MERCER made an effort to get up the Potomac Union; and when a large amount of real estate had by bridge bill, but without success.
them been vested in Congress, in trust, could it have The bill giving the assent of the United States to an been intended that they were themselves to be excluded arrangement of the boundary line between New York from all the benefits resulting from it? Mr. C. insisted and New Jersey was slightly amended, on motion of Mr. that they were entitled to a full and fair participation. ADAMS, and ordered to its third reading.
Had Congress made no donation to the new States? Mr. MERCER renewed his motion for the bridge bill, By what right was it that they had appropriated enormous and moved to suspend the rule, but the ayes were 52, amounts of public property for objecis of charity or of in(not two-thirds,) and the motion failed.
ternal improvement, for the benefit of the people of the The House then resumed the consideration of the bill West, when a like benefit must be denied to the people for the payment of certain Georgia claims.
of this District? llere was the same fund to draw upon, Mr. ADAMS stated at large liis objections to the bill, and here, as there, was a public territory owned by the and was replied to by Mr. CAMBRELENG, Mr. Bunges, whole United States, and whose value was to be enhanced and Mr. LincoLX.
by these appropriations. The principle was the same in The latter gentleman was not in favor of the bill, but both cases, and the principle being conceded, the only differed from his colleague on the question of interest. question was, whether the appropriation was dispropor
Mr. BARBER, of Connecticut, moved the previous tioned and extravagant? lle thought it was not. As to question, which was seconded; and the bill was passed by the idea that Congress was asked to assume the Holland yeas and nays, as follows: Yeas 99, nays 60.
loan, obtained on account of the canal, it was wholly graThe fortification bill was read a third time and passed. tuitous, and directly in the teeth of the report of the com
The light-house bill was read a third time, and the ques. mittee. The bill proposed to appropriate $60,000 a year, tion being on its passage,
for three years, to release the city from its embarrassMr. POLK opposed the bill, as going much too far, ment. Was this an assumption of its debts, foreign or and incurring a heavy charge on the treasury. lle made domestic? Was this an entering wedge? How could the a statement, showing that appropriations to the amount present Congress by such an act control or bind their sucof twenty-two and a half millions had already passed the
Each Congress must stand upon its own responHouse. He demanded the yeas and nays.
sibility. If the bill were rejected, it would not prevent Mr. SUTHERLAND replied, observing that Mr. P. the next Congress from making just such an appropriahad made again his last evening's speech, and if the bill tion, or a much larger one, nor would the passage of the were postponed the House would have it again. The bill bind them to do so. He thought it was but a fair gentleman, he believed, never yet had voted for a light- share of the benefits which had been conferred by the house.
cession of this territory, and he thought the city most Mr. ELLSWORTH asked Mr. Polk to point out to fairly entitled to it. which of the light-houses he objected, and not to scare the Mr. WARDWELL said that he wished to propose an House with ghosts of expenditure.
amendment. He was in favor of the bill, but for a reaMr. WISE demanded the previous question; wbich son directly the opposite of that which had been stated by was seconded: Ayes 109.
tie gentleman from Virginia. If Mr. W. thought that the The question was then put on the passage of the bill, stock of the Chesapeake and Ohio canal would ever beand decided by yeas and nays, as follows: Yeas 105, come as profitable as that gentleman seemed to anticipate, nays 61.
he would not grant the city one farthing; it was because The bill making appropriations for the Academy at he felt fully persuaded that the sanguine expectations of
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taxes were enormous.
that gentleman would never be realized, and that the ments--particularly the Chesapeake and Ohio canal; it was stock would not pay three per cent. in fifty years, that he an honorable zeal; but it had cost the people $1,000,000 was in favor of the bill. His own opinion was that the best already. A bill was now before the House for another, mode of relief would be to give them a million of dollars at and the bill under consideration in effect assumes the payonce, and take the stock off their hands, and thus free the ment of another already expended. This, Mr. M. said, city from the load under which they were now oppressed. was more than either justice to the people we represent
But as they only asked for this $60,000 to pay the in- or liberality could require. terest, he was for giving it. The gentleman from Virginia But the gentleman from Virginia reminds me of a pre[Mr. MERCEN] liad spoke about ihe rise in price of the cedent in my own State. It is always with reluctance stock of the Hudson and Delaware canal, in the State of that I speak of my own State on this floor. I remember New York. But he could tell the gentleman that that well, too well, the condition of that State in regard to the stock was now below par. It was true that the State had Delaware and Hudson Canal Company. The State did loaned thiat company $800,000, and the same sort of state- loan its credit to that company for $800,000, but not by ments were made then in the New York Legislature as my consent. I am also reminded that the stock of that comhad now been submitted by the eloquent gentleman from pany, previously to the aid granted, was very far below Virginia, and yet the very Legislature that made this loan par, but afterwards rose into great favor, and far above are now censured, as having squandered away the public par; that, in consequence, a great amount of coal has money, and as not being fit or worthy to govern the been produced, to great public advantage, and the gentleState. If there was to be any parallel between the cases, man predicts further great benefits. I hope his predicthe way to complete it would be to adopt the plan he had tions will be realized, yet I cannot estimate the interest of suggested- to loan the city a million of dollars, and to New York in that company, when considered in a fiscal take the canal stock as security. This was what New point of view, as of any value. I have understood how York had done in respect to the Iludson and Delaware that stock was raised above par. It is said that certain Company. Yet, although that company had the con-persons interested in the coal lands at the termination of sumption of the whole city of New York for its market, that canal bad a contract with the company for the sales the stock had never to this day yielded the interest of the of those lands for a large price, (I believe $200,000,) money; neither would the stock of this canal. Its dimen- whenever the stock should rise to par value. sions were too large; the style of expenditure was too ex After this loan by the State to the company, hy one of travagant. There had been no economy in the construc- those stock-jobbing operations which have so often dis tion, and it never would pay three per cent. In the mean graced Wall street, this stock was blown up into a bubble while, what were the people of the city to do? Their above par. This, sir, is the reason why this stock has
No community could exist under excited the attention and surprise of the gentleman from such a state of things, and he was in favor of giving them Virginia. the proposed relief.
Again: Mr. Chairman, I am reminded that the State of W ben Mr. Chunn ħad concluded,
New York applied here for aid in the construction of her Mr. MANN said he would make a single remark, in re magnificent works of internal improvement, now so proply to the honorable gentleman of Virginia. He feared ductive as to excite the jealous admiration of her sister the attention of the committee had been diverted from the States. True, sir, I confess it with humility; and what question before it, by the eloquent appeal of that gentle answer did you give to her application? Did you unlock
It was not a question whether internal improve- your treasure, and pour into her lap from your bounty ments should be carried further, but whether Congress and abundance? No, sir, you told her that you could not should assume the payment of the debt of the corporation favor her with your libcrality. The gentleman from Virof Washington--a debt created for two or three different ginia, (Mr. MERCEN,] however, argues that the canals in objects, amounting to more than $1,500,000. He feared New York and in Europe are productive, and therefore that his previous remarks in opposition to this bill haul that the Chesapeake and Ohio canal will be profitable. I been misunderstood; he had not intended, by what he fear that the gentleman and the public have long labored had before said, to censure the conduct of the gentlemen under a delusion in regard to that subject. Great and who were charged with the management of the concerns productive as those canals are, embracing an extent of of this corporation; he did not now intend to do so, for he shore, from which the tonnage is derived of more than was deeply sensible of their condition, and he knew no 2,000 miles; a soil, climate, and population unsurpassed remedy; it was not for bim to propose any. The ques- by any portion of the continent of ihe same extent; yet tion now to be determined was, whether it was wise, just, these canals, considered as a mere fiscal operation, have and proper, that Congress should assume the payment of never, until within the last two years, produced a nett inthis debt?
come sufficient to pay the interest on the cost of construcIt cannot be denied that they will do so, if this bill tion. The whole expenditure, up to the period when passes. The report of the committee expresses the hope those canals were navigable in the whole extent, was that the financial condition of the corporation within three $11,416,000, (I speak from recollection,) borrowed at an years will be different from what it is at present. On what average interest of 5} per cent., or more than $600,000 does this hope rest? It is mere hope. What reason have we annually. The nett proceeds of tolls have not, until reto indulge such anticipation? I have not examined the cently, equalled this sum. I do not mention this to deroact by which the corporation was enabled to borrow this gate from the great value and importance of those works, money; but I am told that the President is authorized and but merely to show their fiscal results. Independent of required, on a failure of the corporation to pay the inter- all pecuniary considerations, those works have ever comest, to order the sale and conveyance of individual prop- manded and received my bumble support; but it does not eity to meet the deficiency in payment of their foreign follow that, because those canals are productive, all debt. It did not appear to him sound policy for the nation others will produce like results. If the honorable gentleto assume this burden. Why should they do so? It was man from Virginia will cast his eye over the map of the a concern between individuals, with which the people had habitable globe, he will not discover another spot where a nothing to do. They ought not to be burdened with the canal can be constructed with the same hope and prospect payment of the debts of individuals, whether contracted of success as from the Hudson to the lakes. All reasonimprovidently or otherwise. He was aware of the zeal ing, therefore, by analogy with these works and their rewith which the honorable member from Virginia [Mr. sults must prove fallacious and illusory, because the analogy, Mercer) approached the subject of internal improve-in extent of shore, fertility of soil, extent, value, and
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variety, of resources and productions, will fail. If you go i The bill to prevent the corporations of Washington, to Europe, and examine the works of ages and their re- Georgetown, and Alexandria, from issuing bank bills of a sults, you will not find a parallel.
less denomination than ten dollars, coming up, But, sir, is there much propriety in contending that Mr. VINTON moved an amendment, to prohibit the Congress should assume the payment of this million due sale of lottery tickets in the District, which he had copied from this corporation, because the nation has already be- from the code of laws prepared for the District with the come the owner of $1,000,000 in the stock of this com- utmost care, by an able committee. pany? To my mind there is not; and I hope that the sub. Mr. WISE moved to lay the bill on the table, but offerject will commend itself to the careful deliberation of the cd to withdraw the motion if Mr. Vinton would with. committee before they agree to charge the country with draw his amendment. Ile afterwards withdrew his mothis debt. I am satisfied, sir, that if we assume to pay the tion and moved the previous question, which was carried; interest on this $1,000,000, we had better provide for and the bill was then ordered to its third reading. paying the principal. For one, I am not prepared for The bill for the benefit of the city of Alexandria (apihis, and I therefore hope the bill will be rejected. propriating one hundred thousand dollars in aid of the
The previous question was now moved and seconded, Alexandria canal and aqueduct) coming up ‘next in the yeas and nays ordered, and the bill passed: Yeas order, 98, nays 78.
Mr. MASON moved to lay it on the table. The bill giving the assent of Congress to the compro Mr. CHINN demanded the yeas and nays. mise between the States of New York and New Jersey, Mr. HAWES wished the House to know that the bill respecting their boundary line, was read a third time and gave to Alexandria - one hundred thousand dollars." passed.
Mr. P. THOMAS wished the Jlouse also to know that The bill repealing provisoes in the tariff law, and the Virginia had given to the United States three hundred bill for the relief of Susan Decatur, were laid upon the thousand dollars, when Alexandria came under the Genetable.
ral Government. The bill for the final adjustment of land claims in The question being put on Mr. Mason's motion, it Florida and Arkansas having been read,
was decided as follows: Yeas 79, nays 84. Mr. CAVE JOHNSON moved an amendment, allow So the House refused to lay the bill on the table. ing certain claimants to produce the testimony in favor of The question being on its engrossment, their claims before the registers and receivers of the Mr. MILLER opposed the bill. If it were to relieve land offices in their districts, to be by them reported to Alexandria from embarrassment, he should not oppose it. Congress.
But he would never consent to give this money for such Mr. HUNTINGTON and Mr. VINTON made inquiries a canal. respecting the lands and claimants on whom the amend Mr. MERCER was confident that, if he could converse ment was to operate; and it appearing that the lands were with the gentleman for half an hour, he could convince those which had been the subject of alleged notorious him that he was in error. More than one hundred thoufrauds,
sand dollars bad already been expended on this work. It Mr. VINTON opposed the bill, and moved to lay it on bad been in progress for two years, and all that was done the table; but withdrew his motion to admit explanations must be lost if the present appropriation should be reby Messrs. C. Johnson and SEVIER, who acknowledged fused. He explained the situation of Alexandria in relathe frauds of the individual named, but vindicated the tion to the Chesapeake and Ohio canal; commended the present holders, who had purchased the lands innocently good faith and punctuality with which she had paid up her
Mr. CLAY moved the previous question, but withdrew subscription to that work; and dwelt upon the importance the motion; whereupon,
of the aqueduct, especially, as furnishing a secure mode Mr. JARVIS moved to lay the bill on the table. of transmitting the southern mail, even though the bridge
Mr. THOMAS, of Louisiana, asked the yeas and nays might be carried away. on this question; but the House refused to order them, Mr. STEWART moved the previous question, which and the bill was laid on the table.
was seconded, and the bill ordered to its third reading: [It was subsequently, on motion of Mr. VINTON, taken Yeas 83, nays 81. up again, that the amendment might be withdrawn; and The bill to complete the improvement of Pennsylvania the bill was then ordered to its third reading.)
avenue was next considered; when The bill authorizing the construction of railroads and Mr. PARKER moved to strike out the item for cleans. canals through lands belonging to the United States being ing the avenue from dust; but his motion failed, and the taken up,
bill was ordered to its engrossment. Mr. FILLMORE inquired into the nature of its provis A number of bills were then successively laid upon the jons; which were explained by Mr. Clar.
table. Mr. MASON moved an amendment, restricting the ac The House then took up the bill to authorize the contion of the bill to lands subject to private entry. struction of a bridge across the Potomac, aņıl to repeal all Mr. HARDIN opposed the bill in toto.
previous acts on the subject. Mr. McKINLEY replied and defended it, and the re. A motion was made by some member to lay the bill putation of the people of Alabama, whose character he upon the table; but on Mr. Mercer's demanding the considered as having been assailed by the gentleman from yeas and nays, it was withdrawn. Kentucky.
Mr. FILLMORE moved an amendment, proposing that Mr. H. EVERETT objected to some of the provisions the Secretary of War should settle the accounts of Mr. of the bill.
Dibble, the contractor, who had commenced preparations Mr. CLAY offered an amendment to meet his objection for constructing the bridge on an expensive plan, now
Mr. HARDIN again opposed the bill, as being altogether abandoned. - Mr. F. warmly sustained this amendment, too loose and unguarded, and moved to lay it on the table; insisting if it should be refused that individual must be which was agreed to.
ruined, A bill to incorporate the Washington Monumental So. Mr. MERCER objected, on the ground that no legal ciety, and a joint resolution respecting new paintings in contract had been made with Mr. Dibble. He had given the rotundo of the Capitol, were laid upon the table. no security, and if he had proceeded on an unauthorized
A bill respecting patents and copy.rights was ordered promise, and had consequently suffered loss, he must reto its third reading.
sort, as other individuals in like cases did, to a memorial
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to the House, which would be referred to the Committee The resolution having been read, on Claims.
Mr. KAWES moved to strike out all after resolved, and Mr. FILLMORE, Mr. Blair, Mr. LANE, Mr. Wand- insert “that the resolution of Congress to adjourn on the WELL, Mr. McKennan, and Mr. Clay, all sustained 30th June be rescinded, that Congress shall adjourn on the amendment with zeal, as being demanded by every the 20 July, and that no business shall be sent from either consideration of justice and equity, and declaring House to the other after this day.” that, if it should be negatived, they must vote against Mr. H. remarked that such a course was not without the bill.
precedent. Explanations took place between Messrs. BLAIR, Vin. Mr. BEARDSLEY hoped, however, that it was a preTON, STEWART, and' w. Cost Joinson, as to what cedent that would not be followed. transpired in committee as to this allowance to Mr. Dib Mr. RICHARD M. JOHNSON called for the yeas and ble.
nays. Mr. MERCER declared it to be his opinion that the in Mr. POLK moved the previous question. A quorum dividual had not a shadow of right to compensation. He not having voted thereon, had acted on his own risk, without authority, and had Mr. HARDIN moved a call of the House; wberenever consummated the contract he proposed, by giving upon, the motion for the previous question, and the any security for its fulfilment.
amendment submitted by Mr. Hawes, were withdrawn, The question being put, the amendment was carried and the resolution offered by Mr. Polk was adopted. without a count, and the bill was then ordered to be en Mr. R. M. JOHNSON asked the consent of the House grossed for its third reading.
lo permit him to offer a resolution embracing a vote of The bill making appropriation for public buildings; thanks, for his services, to the late Speaker of the House the bill to carry into effect the convention between the of Representatives. United States and Spain; the bill to enable the Secretary Several members objected. of State to purchase the Washington papers; the bill to Mr. CROCKETT said: I go against the resolution altopurchase frames for a frigate and schooner; the bill au-gether, and I am ready to state why I do so. I am not incliiborizing the President to direct transfers of appropriation ned to adopt a vote of thanks to any man, without knowin the naval service; the bill to provide for rebuilding the ing what for, or being satisfied they are deserved. frigate Congress; were severally ordered to their third Mr. R. M. JOHNSON having inoved that the House reading
suspend the rules to enable him to present the resoluThe bill for the improvement of the Hudson river, New tion, York, coming up
Mr. BURGES called for the yeas and nays on the moA motion was made to lay it on the table, but was nega- tion to suspend; which were ordered, and taken, as follows: tived: Yeas 69, nays 84.
Yeas 87, nays 51, (not two-thirds.) Mr. HUNTINGTON and Mr. ELLSWORTH respec The joint resolution adopted yesterday, to rescind the tively proposed again the amendments which they had rule as to the reception of bills by each House at the close moved in Committee of the Whole, for the improvement of the session, and sent to the Senate, having been returnof the river Thames and of the mouth of the Connecti- ed by them with an amendment thereto, extending the cut river; but both amendments were rejected.
time until 2 o'clock this day for that purpose, was, on moThe bill was ordered to its third reading by yeas and tion of Mr. Polk, taken up; and, after a desultory connays, as follows: Yeas 92, nays 72.
versation, the amendment of the Senate was adopted. Mr. POLK proposed that there be sent to the Senate Mr. PINCKNEY moved that the House take up the bill io-morrow a written schedule, stating the titles of all the imposing an extra tonnage duty on Spanish vessels, which, bills which were ready for the action of that body, having he said, was highly important to his constituents, that it been previously acted on in the House, and stated that he might be ordered to be engrossed for a third reading. had such a list prepared.
Some objections having been made, Mr. ADAMS and Mr. HARDIN pressed for an adjourn Mr. P. moved a suspension of the rule for that purpose; ment; against which Mr. HEATH loudly remonstrated. but, ascertaining that the sense of the House was against But the motion prevailed; and the House thereupon, at the motion at present, he finally withdrew it, to be rehalf past 10 o'clock, adjourned,
newed at a later period in the day.
The bills which were last night ordered to be engross
ed for a third reading, were read a third time, and pass. SATURDAY, JUNE 28.
el, and sent to the Senate for concurrence. Mr. POLK asked the consent of the House to submit The bill making an appropriation of $70,000 for the ima joint resolution, to rescind the rule, so as to enable such provement of the navigation of the Hudson river (reportbills as had already been passed to be sent from either ed by Mr. SELDEN) being on its final passage, House until 10 o'clock; which, he said, it was necessary Mr. HAWES called for the yeas and nays; which were to have, the Senate not having returned the joint resolu- ordered. tion sent them yesterday.
The bill was passed, yeas 95, nays 62, and sent to the Mr. SELDEN remarked that, as the effect of such a Senate for concurrence. resolution being adopted would be to destroy all the bills The House resolved itself into Committee of the Whole that were ordered to be engrossed for a third reading, he on the state of the Union, Mr. Wilde in the chair, lo conmust object.
sider the liarbor bill, which was returned from the Senate Mr. POLK said that these bills could be provided for with amendments thereto, and which were agreed to by by another joint resolution.
the committoe. Mr. E. EVERETT said, with that understanding, he The committee having risen and reported to the louse would not object.
their agreement to the amendments, The House, un motion of Mr. POLK, having suspended Mr. POLK moved that the House do non-concur in the the rule,
amendment increasing the appropriation for the removal Mr. J. Q. ADAMS remarked that it was out of order, of “the raft” or obstructions in the Red river, from and was inconsistent with that self-respect the House $30,000 to $50,000. ought to have, to adopt a resolution of this description, Mr. BEARDSLEY said that, although it was possible whilst the former one had not yet been acted upon by the that more than $30,000 could be expended on this work other House.
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Senate bad thought proper to increase the appropriation, The motion to lay the bill on the table having been negwhilst provision was made that the money should be proper- atived: Yeas 67, nays 77– ly expended under the direction of the Secretary of War, Mr. MERCER moved to substitute “ one" instead of lic saw no good reason why the House should reject the "three” years, as the limit of the duration of the bill. amendment.
The amendment prevailed. Mr. POLK did not think the circumstances justified the Mr. DICKERSON, of New Jersey, reiterated the obSenate in making so large an appropriation.
jections previously stated by him to the bill. Mr. SUTHERLAND had heard that various estimates Mr. MASON supported the bill. had been presented to the Senate, which justified them in Mr. H. EVERETT moved to strike out the second increasing the appropriation.
section of the bill, (which provides that locomotive steam The motion of Mr. Polk was negatived.
engines intended for railroads, and the parts of such enSo the House concurred in that amendment.
gines, shall and may hereafter be imported free of duty The amendments to increase the appropriation for the for three years.) erection of piers in the Kennebunk river, from $9,700 to Mr. E. desired to say only a word. He considered $10,300; to strike out the appropriation for connecting this section as trenching on the principle of the comthe waters of the river Raisin; to strike out the appro- promise bill. The principal arguments used in support priation of $29,000 for the removal of obstructions in of it would apply to any other article; and this would be Deep creek, Elizabeth river; to provide that $5,000 of quoted hereafter as a precedent for other cases. Не the $29,000 for surveys, should be applied for geological would not countenance the least violation of that comsurveys, &c.; and an appropriation of $4,000 for the promise. rebuilding of a monumental beacon at Penobscot, Maine, Mr. J. Q. ADAMS called for the yeas and nays; which which had been blown away in a recent storm; and the were ordered. appropriation of $30,000 for the removal of obstructions The question being taken on Mr. EVERETT's amendin Cumberland river; were severally concurred in by the ment, it was agreed to: Yeas 76, nays 67. The bill was House,
then ordered to its third reading. The llouse went again into Committee of the whole The bill to equalize the discriminating duties on Ameron the state of the Union, Mr. Casey in the chair, on ican vessels in Ilavana and Porto Rico having been read the bill to carry into effect certain Indian treaties, return- a third time, and the question being on the passage of ed with an amendment of the Senate, to provide that an the bill, appropriation of $5,600, to defray the expenses of cer
Mr. McKIM renewed his opposition to its passage. tain delegates from the Cherokees at Washington, should Mr. PINCKNEY spoke in its favor. be divided as follows: “ To the eight delegates from the Mr. McKIM moved to lay it on the table; but the moEastern Cherokees $3,400. To the five Western do. tion was negatived, and the bill ordered to its third $2,200.”
reading Mr. CLAY opposed the amendment, contending that Mi. CLAY endeavored to get the rejection of the bill the Secretary of War bad notified some of these parties providing for the passage of railroads and canals through that their expenses at Washington would not be paid, ihe public lands of the United States reconsidered, that unless they were authorized, by the tribe they represent- it might be passed, with an amendment; but the House ed, to conclude a treaty now pending with the United refused to reconsider. States.
The bill authorizing the Secretary of the Nary to have Mr. WILLIAMS said it appeared that the original ap. experiments made on the steam engine was read a third propriation proposed by the House went to pay those time and passed. delegates, who were not duly authorized by the Chero The bill to remit the duties on locomotive engines was kees to conclude any treaty, whilst the amendment of read a third time, and, after a short opposition by Mr. the Senate went to pay the expenses of those who were. PARKER, was passed. Under such circumstances, who, be asked, could liesitate The bill concerning tonnage duty on Spanish vessels to decide as to which of them ought to be paid? was read a third time and passed.
Mr. BURGES remarked that, as it appeared there Mr. SMITH, of Maine, obtained leave to introduce a were dissensions amongst these Indians, the llouse ought joint resolution, extending the time of sending new bills not to adopt the cause of either, whilst by paying to the from one House to the other, so as to include the above delegates from the Eastern as well as the Western tribes, bills, which had been passed by the House. The resoluwe would be paying the representatives of the whole. tion was agreed to.
After a few remarks from Mr. McKINLEY in opposi The House then took a recess until 4 o'clock.
EVENING SEssion. The committee thereupon rose and reported their The sitting continued until a very late hour; the llouse agreement to the amendments, which were severally con- being chiefly occupied upon bills. curred in by the house.
In the course of the evening a resolution was introThe flouse, on motion of Mr. HEATII, suspended the duced by Mr. SPEIGHT, of North Carolina, for presentrule, and took up the bill making appropriations for the ing the thanks of the Ilouse to the honorable ANDREW erection of a marine liospital at Baltimore, and for other STEVENSON, late Speaker of the House of Representapurposes; which was amended and passed to a third tives, for the faithful, industrious, dignified, and impartial reading.
manner in which he discharged the duties of the Chair; The bill to extend the tiine for issuing military lanıl and the resolution was agreed to, by yeas aud nays, 97 warrants, and the bill authorizing the Secretary of the votes to 49. Treasury to make experiments to prevent explosions by The llouse adjourned to meet at 9 o'clock on Monday steam, were also taken up, and passed to a third reading. morning.
The bill to remit the duty on certain locomotive engines, &c. being on its final passage, Mr. MARTINDALE moved to lay it on the table.
MONDAY, JUNE 30. Mr. DENNY said the principle involved in the bill was Mr, SELDEN, from the Committee on Commerce, too important to be acted upon so late in the session, and presented petitions from inhabitants of Philadelphia and called for the yeas and nays.
New York, praying that Congress would pass a law to