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fourths of that time they have held the offices, Mr. HOLMAN. I nove that the House do Two Houses of Congress to investigate perhaps as both judicial and executive. They made the now adjourn.

much as it can possibly accomplish beiween now laws, and when it did not suit them any longer The motion was agreed to; and thereupon (at and the 4th day of March. to abide by those laws and by the Constitution twenty minutes past three o'clock, p. m.) the Mr. LANE, of Kansas. My object in offering given to us by our fathers they revoited, they House adjourned.

the resolution is to have this investigation and a rebelled, and they look up arms against the Gov

report made on the subject before the installation ernment. Where is the parallel between them and

of the new Administration. If there is such an the men of the Revolution, There is a contrast


evil as that referred to in the resolution, it ought wide as the guit between heaven and hell; but

THURSDAY, Deceber 15, 1864.

to be known and the policy of the Administration there is no parallel at all.

Prayer by Rev. Tuomas Bowman, D.D., Chap

to be changed, on its installation at least, am Mr. Chairman, I have said more than I in. lain to the Senate.

one of the men who believe that no Government tended to say on this matter. Il does appear to Hon. William A. RICHARDSON, of Illinois,

can be successfully administered unless it surme that very little need be said upon it. There

rounds itself by officeholders in sympathy with appeared in his seat to-day. is but one thing to be said of the irue men of the nation, I care not by what name they may be

The Journal of yesterday was read and approved. I it, and I want this report made before the 4th day

of March next, if it can be done. called. They are the men who stand up for the


Mr. JOHNSON. Mr. President, I do not know fag of their country, and against oppression. Mr. WILLEY presented the memorial of the that I have any peculiar confidence in the AdminThey are the men who, coming from all denoin- Franklin Insurance Company of Washington istration, or any greater confidence than is posinations of Christians and all parties, rally around city, District of Columbia, praying for an ex

sessed by any member of the Senate; but not. the flag of the Union, and who are determined to tension and amendment of its charter; which was

withistanding that, I am perfectly willing to trust carry forward this war to a successful termina- referred to the Committee on the District of Co

the executive administration of the Government tion, whatever it may cost, even though the insti- lumbia.

to the President of the United States. If that is tution of slavery shall go down with it.

Mr.WILSON presented the petition of Charles

not done in the instance referred to by the lionorOn the other side are the apologists of slavery. K. Graham, a brigadier general in the army of the able member from Kansas, it must be because he They are the men who claim to be Union men, James, and other officers, praying for an increase

is not advised of it, and the offering of the resobut who, in all their speeches, all their actions, of the pay proper, of the allowance for servants,

Tution itself will bring the fact to his attention, and all their efforts, are forever finding fault with and of the price of the ration allowed to oficers of and will cause him, as I am sure he is himself what is done on the side of the Union, and by the Army; which was referred to the Committee loyal, to see that every department of the GovernUnion men, while they have never a word against on Military Affairs and the Militia.

ment under bis charge is properly and loyally adtreason, or iraitors, or against Jeff. Davis's gov- Mr. COWAN presented a petition of members

ministered. What may be ihe fact in relation to ernment. I think it is time that the people of the of the Cigar Makers' Union of Philadelphia,

this particular navy-yard I am not advised of, nor 'United States, and particularly the men sent to praying for a repeal of the law taxing cigars, and

did I ever hear it questioned until this moment by Congress to represent their constituents, through- ihat the duties imposed thereon may be placed

the honorable Senator from Kansas; but I cer-, out the length and breadth of the land, should take upon the raw material; which was referred to the

tainly understood, a day or two after the last this matter in a different light. I think it is time Committee on Finance.

election, that every employé of that navy-yard that they should raliy together as one man, and Mr. FOOT presented the petition of James B.

voted for the reëlection of the present incumbent that when speeches are to be made on this floor, Royce, praying to be allowed the bounty of $100

of the presidential chair. That, I suppose, is whether in Committee of the Whole on the state provided by law in cases of discharge for disa

some evidence of loyalty, as the converse of the of the Union, or in the House, men shall talk loy- || bility occasioned by wounds received in battle; proposition is, with some, supposed to be true, ally, so that they shall be above suspicion; that which was referred to the Committee on Pen

ihat those who did not so vote are to be considthe words they have to say, if of cheer, shall be sions.

ered as disloyal. for their own Government; and that their words

What I object to is, that we should, as a Sen

NAVAL FORCE ON TUE LAKES. of condemnation shall not be for this Govern

ate, interfere with what I think is a peculiar duty ment, but for the enemies of the country who are

Mr. SUMNER submitted the following reso- of the executive department. Suppose the inin arms against that Government. When that

lution; which was considered by unanimous con- vestigation turns out as the honorable member shall come about, and when the South shall be satsent, and agreed 10:

supposes it may be, and we express an opinion. isfied that we stand as a unit, shoulder to shoulder,

Resolved, Thai the President of the United States be re- That has no legal binding bearing upon the Preshand to hand, eye to eye, in this matter; when

quested, if not inconsistent with the public interest, to fur. ident of the United States. He may or may not

nisl to the Senate any information on the files of the De. they see that we are determined that they shall go partment of State concerning the paper published in the

disregard it, either because he thinks it immadown to the shades of oblivion, or shall obey the volume of Treaties and entitled Arrangement between the terial or because he does not concur in the conlaws of the land; when, I say, they are satisfied

United States and Great Britain, between Richard Rusli, clusion to which your committee may come; and

Esq., acting as Secretary of State, and Charles Bagot, lier of that, there will be no longer any rebellion in Britannie Majesty's envoy extraordinary," relating to the

il, upon either ground, he refuses, what are you the South. But just as long as they are satisfied naval force to be inaintained upon the American lakes.

to do? Are you to go to the other House and that they have friends at the Norih, and in the


suggest that he be impeached, when, by doing so, national Capitol, just as long as speeches are made

you, in advance, pronounce a judgment against here which can be easily interpreted to mean that

Mr. LANE; of Kansas. I offer the following him upon that subsequent possible impeachment? the South is not wrong in its course of action, just resolution, and ask for its present consideration: The Government, according to my understandso long may the rebels be expected to have heart Resolved, That the committee on the conduct of the war ing of the relations in which the departments gland and hope for the infamous and traitorous war they

be instructed to inquire as to the truth of the alleged charge to each other, cannot get on unless each is left to

that large numbers of disloyal persons are in the employ of are waging:

the full and fair and unimpeded discharge of its the Government in the various tvy-yards and quartermasI have a hope, therefore-nay, it is only a half ters' and ordnance depots throughout the country, to the

separale official duiics. And while I know that hope-that hereafter the speeches to be made on

exclusion of loyalinen, with power on the part of said com- the Senate of the United States, now and ever, this floor by members on the other side of the mittee to send for persons and papers.

when the honor of the country has been at stake, House will have a lille more of the ring of the By unanimous consent, the Senate proceeded has never failed in loyally or in patriotism, and true metal of patriotism unalloyed; that they will to consider the resolution.

is especially patriotic al ihe present time, I am contain words of cheer for their country and for

Mr. LANE, of Kansas. I desire to repeat a willing to believe, and I do believe, that in that the brave men who are carrying the flag of freedom statement that was made in my presence last night | particular they are not at all superior to the Execin the forefront of advancing columns, charging

lo a large assembly of gentlemen in a public utive of the United States. He is equally loyal on the enemy in the battle-field; and that they will speech, that a few days ago the son of a soldier and equally patriotic. Whatever differences of contain no words of cheer for those who are en

who had perished in a rebel prison applied at the opinion I might entertain in relation to liim and deavoring to destroy our civil and religious insti- navy-yard in Philadelphia for employment, that his policy, are differences wholly irrespective of tutions.

employment being necessary for the maintenance the question whether he is loyal or noi loyal. I Mr. SPALDING. I move that the committee of the family left by this soldier who had died of never doubted it from the beginning of his adrise.

starvation; ihat he was refused, while at the mo- ministration; I do not doubt it now; and I have The motion was agreed to.

ment of his refusal there were thousands of dis- no reason to suppose that I shall be brought to So the committee rose; and the Speaker having loyal men in the employment of that navy-yard. || doubt it hereafter. But what I protest is, that we resumed the chair, Mr. Blaine reported that the I make this statement in the hearing of the chair- should, not at his instance, but apparently as Committee of the Whole on the state of the Union man of the Committee on Naval Affairs and call against his conduct, constitute a committee for biad had under consideration the Union generally,

his attention lo it. I ask for the passage of the the purpose of getting the material by which we and particularly the last annual message of the resolution.

are io control his administration in the fulure. President of the United States, and had come to

Mr. CHANDLER. I would suggest to the The honorable member talks of inaugurating a no conclusion thereon.

Senator from Kansas that perhaps he had better new Administration on the 4th of March. Who

take a special committee. This resolution will is to inaugurate it? What authority have we POST OFFICE FINES.

open a very broad field of inquiry, and probably over the manner in which that Administration The SPEAKER laid before the House a letter a broader field than the committee on the con- shall couduct the affairs of the nation except what from the Postmaster General, transmitting, in duct of the war can occupy during the present

the Constitution gives? Try him if he comes compliance with an act of Congress approved session. If the Senator will ask for a special com- before us properly under the provisions of the July 2, 1836, a report of all fines imposed and de- mittee to make this investigation, I shall certainly Constitution, by an impeachment presented by ductions from the pay of contractors for carrying vote for his resolution. The committee on the the House of Representatives; try him only; not the mails during the preceding year; which was conduct of the war is already instructed to inves- in advance pronounce a judgment, holding him laid on the table.

tigate many very important matters, and prob- up before the people of the United States as havThe SPEAKER. By a law passed at the last ably will not have time during the remainder of ing been already recreant to his duty. session this report is not to be printed except by this short session to take up this great subject.

Mr. President, the condition of the country special order.

It is at the present inoment under orders from the now requires forbearance upon the part of every

member who is here in the council of the Gov- robbers, incendiaries, pirates, and murderoors, not only in their amount; and when the loss or damage so ernmeni-forbearance and confidence. The dread- their individual capacities, but by the quibbles of the law : sustained is adjudicated and determined by the ful civil strife in which we have been engaged

Resolved, that the committee on Military Affairs be di-

court, it is to be paid to him, provided the amount now for nearly four years iş going on, when to ricted to inquire into the expediency of immediately enlist

so to be paid shallin no event exceed the balance terminale God only knows. That it will term- ing an Army corps to watch and defend our territory border- of the $3,250,000 provided by the fifteenth article inate al some future day, and terminate so as to ing on the lakes and Canadian ime from all hostile demon

of the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo for the paybring about a restored Union and a peace such as strations and incursions.

ment of claims of citizens of the United States will be permanent, I have no doubt now, as I Mr. CHANDLER. I now move its reference against the Government of Mexico which still never have had a doubt, provided the councils of to the Committee on Military Affairs.

remains unapplied to that object. the country, legislative and executive, are true lo Mr. SUMNER. Allow me to suggest to my

Mr. FOSTER. The bill does not propose to their own constitutional duty; and I am far from friend that it should be referred to the Committee appropriate any money. It proposes to authorize suspecting thal the President of the United States on Foreign Relacions,

the petitioner to have his claim hcard and adjudiwill in either particular which falls within the Mr. CHANDLER. I do not object to that. cated by the Court of Claims, and if they should hypothetical condemnation of this resolution fail The PRESIDENT pro tempore. Does the Sen- find any amount due, that amount is to be paid if to be crne to his duty.. ator so modify his motion?

it shall not exceed the sum already provided in Mr. LANE, of Kansas. Mr. President, I have Mr. CHANDLER. Yes, sir.

the fifteenth article of the treaty referred to in the adopted this plan for the purpose of bringing the Mr. SUMNER. If it is allowed to go in that bill set apart for the payment of this class of information in the attention of the President, be- direction I shall have nothing to say; otherwise I claims. The Committee on Foreign Relations, lieving that he will remedy it when it is shown might have something to say upon it.

without undertaking to determine whether any him. There is no better way to furnish it to him The PRESIDENT pro tempore. It is moved amount was due to the petitioner or not, were satthan through a committee of this body.

that the resolution be referred to the Committee isfied, and I believe unanimously satisfied, that Forbearance, the honorable Senator from Mary- on Foreign Relations.

there was at least merit enough in the claim to land suggesig! Forbuarance to employ disloyal The motion was agreed to.

have it heard before the proper court. I hope, men in our navy-yards to the exclusion of loyal

therefore, the bill will be allowed to pass.

RECLAMATION ON GREAT BRITAIN. men! Forbearance ceases to be a virtue when car

Mr. COLLAMER. By the treaty of Guadaried thus far. In my opinion, sir, Congress itself is

Mr. CHANDLER. I now move to take up || lupe Hidalgo with Mexico, the United States not without a remedy. Tam one of the men who

the other resolution that I offered yesterday. undertook to pay the claims which existed in believe that a navy-yard that cannot be run with

The motion was agreed to, and the Senate pro- favor of our citizens against Mexico, provided out the employment of disloyal men should be ceeded to consider the following resolution: they did not exceed the sum of $3,000,000_I abated. Tam one of the men who believe that Whereas at the commencement of the present rebellion think that was the sum. Whatever there is of any position that has to be filled by a disloyal man the United States were at peace with all the Governments

that sum remaining in the Treasury of the Uni- . of the world, and upon terins of comity and good-will with should be abolished. Having entire confidence in Great Britain ; and whereas that nation, before the arrival

ted States is the property of the United States, the loyalty of the President, it is with no other on her soilof our minister accredited by the administration unless it becomes necessary to pay just claims view ihan to bring this existing evil to his niten- of President Lincoln, precipitately acknowledged the rebels due our citizens from Mexico. T'his bill contion in a tangible form that I have introduced the

as belligerents, thus recognizing their flag upon the ocean,
without which recognition it would have been regarded and

lains an appropriation to be paid out of that resolution, and I trust it will be adopted.

treated as piratical by all our Powers; and whereas she money. The justice of it all depends upon The resolution was adopted.

then prochained perfect neutrality between a Republic with whether this is a just claim. The commissioners

which she had entertained friendly relations for upward created by the treaty for the purpose of settling, MESSAGE FROM THE IIOUSE.

oi a hall century and its treasonable subjects; and whereas
numbers of her subjects, with the knowledge other Goy-

auditing, and allowing these claims, have long A message from the House of Representatives, ernment, commenced fitting out british fast-sailing ships,

since performed that duty, and all claims that by Mr. McPherson, its Clerk, announced that loaded with munitions of war, for the purpose of running they found to be just have been paid. I do not the House had passed the bill of the Senate (No. into our blockaded ports to the rebeis, thus furnishing them know whether this claim was ever adjudicated 350) to nuthorize the purchase or construction of

the means of organizing and continuing the rebellion, and
without which it could not have sustained itself six months;

upon by them or not; but if it was, it was rejected, revenue cutters on the lakes.

and whereas, in addition to the above, and with the knowl- as it has not been paid. I do not know what reaThe message further announced that the House

cuye of the Government, British subjects and members of son is given why the claim was not presented had passed the following bill of the Senate with Parliament engaged in the manufacture of piratical English

and adjudicated and settled there. an amendment in which it requested the concur

ships, owned by British subjects, manned by British sea-
meil, and sailing under Dritisil colors, for the purpose of

But, sir, I desire more particularly to call attenrence of the Senate:

burning, destroying, and utterly driving from the ocean all tion to the expression made use of in this bill: A bill (No. 329) for the relief of William H. praceful merchant vessels sailing under the United States “ That the Court of Clans be and the said court is hereby Jameson, a paymaster in the United States Army. ilag; and whereas many private and unarmed American directed to examine into the claims of Alexander J. Atocha The message also announced that the House chips have been burned and destroyed by these pirates from

against the Government of Mexico for losses sustained by British ports, thus causing great loss and damage to the

din by reason of his expulsion from that republic in 1815, of Representatives had passed the following bills, citizens of the United States: Therefore,

and to fix and determine the amount of the saine; and in which it requested the concurrence of the Sen- Resolved, That the Secretary of State be instructed imme

that the loss or damage so sustained, being adjudicated ate:

dinley to make out a list of cach ship and cargo thus de- and determined by said court, the same shall be paid,'' &c. A bill(No. 583) lo amend the twenty-first sec

stroyed, with a fair and separate valuation thereof, and
interest thereon at the rate of six percent. per annum, from

That, as I understand the words, does not ask tion of an act entitled “An act to retine the pay the date of capture or destruction to the chile of presenta- of the court to inquire into the merits of the claim. and emoluments of certain officers of the Army, lion, and that he be directed to demand from the British

It directs the court to ascertain the amount which and for other purposes," approved July 17, 1862;

Government payment in Tull for all ships and cargoes deand stroyed as atoresaid.

the man suffered by being sent out of Mexico, A bill (No. 586) to drop from the rolls of the

Mr. CHANDLER. I now move that this

without saying whether his being sent out was Army unemployed general officers. resolution take the same direction as the other.

right or wrong. That has been the great issue in The motion was agreed to; and the resolution

the case of Atocha. It was always insisted by ENROLLED BILLS SIGNED.

Mexico that this was no just claim against her; was referred to the Committee on Foreign ReThe message also announced that the Speaker | lations.

that she had a right to remove him in the relation

in which he stood and the manner in which he of the House of Representatives had signed the


conducted himself; that she did remove him, and enrolled joint resolution (H. R. No. 123) to correct certain clerical errors in the Internal Revenue

Mr. BROWN. I offer the following resolution: had the right to remove him, and that there was act, and it was thereupon signed by the President Resolved, that the Committee on Military Affairs and

no just claim about it at all. Now it is proposed the Militia be, and they are hereby, instructed to inquire to take up this claim which the commissioners pro tempore.

into the expediency of so amending the act of Congress of of Mexico when they were sitting with ours disADJOURNMENT TO MONDAY.

March 8, 1792, entitled " A: act more effectually to pro-
vide for the national defense by establishing a unitorm

allowed, disclaimed, and never agreed to, and, as On motion of Mr. FOOT, it was militia throughout the United States," and also the several

I understand the bill, to direct the Court of Claims Ordere!, That when the Senate adjourn to-day it be to

acts amendatory of the same, as shall provide for the en- to ascertain how much that man suffered by being meet on Monday next.

rollment of all male citizens between the ages of eighteen sent out of the then republic of Mexico at a certain

and forty-five, resident in the respective States, without RAIDS FROM THE BRITISII PROVINCES.

time, and then, the amount being so adjudicated, respect to color; and also to submit such other provisions

as may tend inore ethiciently to organize the militia system it is to be paid, when the merits of it, or whether Mr. CHANDLER. I desire now to call up the of the United States, and report by bill otherwise, he was properly or improperly sent out of Mexico, resolutions I offered yesterday in order to move As this is simply a resolution of instruction to is not by the bill submitied to the court at all. So their reference to a committee. If Senators will

the committee to inquire into the expediency of far as my recollection of it goes, the very essence permit the reference to be made unanimously, I passing a law on this subject, I will ask for its of the case is not so much in regard to the amount, without debate, I am perfectly willing to wave present consideration.

as the merits of the claim upon Mexico as falling debate, but if it is desired wo enter on a discussion

The resolution was considered by unanimous within the terms of our treaty. I am not prepared of the subject now, I am prepared to do that. I consent, and agreed to.

at this moment to submit an amendment to the will first move to take up the one in relation to the

bill, but if we submit the question at all to the Canada frontiers.

Court of Claims, I desire that some phraseology The motion was agreed to, and the Senate pro- Mr. FOSTER. I move that the Senate pro- may be used by which we shall submit it upon ceeded to consider the following resolution: ceed to the consideration of Senale bill No. 281. the merit that belongs to it, and not merely the


Whereas raids have been organized in the Canadus and The motion was agreed to; and the bill (S. No. amount which they might find resulting from his Nova Scotia, and men enlisted in said British provinces by

281) for the relief of Alexander J. Atocha was being sent from that country. nien purporting to hold commissions from the rebels of the United Suites, for the purpose of robbing and murdering

read a second time and considered as in Commit- Mr. FOSTER. The object of the committee peaceable citizens of the United States, of burning cities

tee of the Whole. It directs the Court of Claims was directly to arrive at the result suggested by and villages, of piratically capturing merchant vessels and to examine into the claims of Alexander J. Atocha | the Senator from Vermont, and to have the court murdering their crews, and for a general system of murder,

against the Government of Mexico for losses sus- instructed to inquire into this case--not merely arson, robberies, and plunder of the peaceable and unarmed citizens of the United States; and whereas the people of

tained by him by reason of his expulsion from into the amount of damage or loss sustained by the British provinces coei disposed to protect these thieves, that republic in 1845, and to fix and determine Mr. Atocha, but into the question of the meriis

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of his claim, and unless he were unjustly treated mittee of the Whole. It directs the Secretary of answer to the suggestion of the Senator from
by the Government of Mexico, he would have the Interior to place the name of Reuben Clough || Kentucky. It is as follows:
no claim upon that Government. We certainly on the invalid pension roll, at the rate of eight “ Official correspondence has been freely opened with Li-
were not of the opinion that he should be paid | dollars per month, commencing on the 15th of beria, and it gives us a pleasing view of social and political
any loss that he might have justly suffered. If May, 1815, and ending on the 29th of December,

progress in that republic." It may be expected to derive new

vigor from American influenen, improved by the rapid disthe bill is not so framed, it is my wish, and I am 1848, when his present pension was allowed him

appearance of slavery in the United States. sure the wish of the committee, as it would be at the Pension Bureau.

* I solicit your authority to furnish to the republica gunof the Senate, that it should be; and, under the The bill was reported to the Senate, ordered to boat at moderate cost, to be reimbursed to the United States suggestion of the Senator from Vermont, I am be engrossed for a third reading, read the third

by installments. Such a vessel is needed for the safety of

that Slate against the native African races; and in Liberian perfectly willing that the bill should be laid aside time, and passed.

hands it would be more effective in arresting the African until he may propose any amendment that will

slave trade than a squadron in our own hands. The posses.

COMMERCE AMONG THE STATES. meet his views. Certainly, any amendment that

sion of the least organized naval force would stimulate a embodies that principle only, is as much in ac

On motion of Mr. CHANDLER, the Senate, generous ambition in the republic, and the confidence which

we should manifest by furnishing it would win torbearance cordance with the views of the committee as it as in Committee of the Whole, proceeded to the

and favor toward the colony from all civilized nations." can be with his, I am willing, therefore, and consideration of the bill (H. R. No. 307) to regumove, that it be laid on the table for that purpose. late commerce among the several States.

Mr. POWELL. The portion of the President's The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The bill will

Mr. CHANDLER. I understand that there are message which has been read by the Senator from be postponed, if there be no objection.

several Senators who desire to be heard at length | Massachusetts has not caused me to change my Mr. FOSTER subsequently said: I move now upon this bill, among others the Senator from opinion. I had before noticed that recommendathat the Senate resume the consideration of the Maryland, [Mr. Johnson.] As I desire to give tion in the message, and I thought it most singubill (S. No. 281) for the relief of A. J. Atocha, every Serator a full opporiunity to discuss this lar at the time the message was read at the desk. which was laid aside a few moments since at the bill, I move that its further consideration be post

I do not think this Government ought to be taking instance of the Senator from Vermont. poned, and that it be made the special order for

charge of the interests of other countries; it cerThe motion was agreed to. Tuesday next, on which day the debate may go on.

tainly is as much as we can do to take care of our Mr. FOSTER. I move to amend the bill by

Mr. GRIMES. Fix a day beyond the holi

own. I think one of the evils of the time in this striking out in the seventh line the words "and days; for until then the bill cannot be satisfac- Confederacy has grown out of the fact that some

of the States and the people of some of the States to” before "fix,” and inserting in lieu of them, torily considered.

have been intermeddling with the institutions of " and if they shall be of opinion that the said claim

Mr. CHANDLER. If we find on Tuesday

other States and sections. I think it is wrong in was a just one against Mexico when the treaty next that further postponement is desirable it can of 1848 was ratified, and was embraced by said then be postponed to a subsequent day.

every aspect of the case that we should take the trealy, they shall then." This amendment has Mr. JOHNSON. I would suggest to the Sen- | guardianship of other countries or interfere with been shown to the Senator from Vermont and ator from Michigan whether he had not better

them. If they want gunboats, let them build them; meets his approval. I hope, therefore, that it postpone it a few days later. The Senate may

if they want ships of the line, let them build them. will be adopted. not be in session on Tuesday next.

They ought to know all about their own policies. The amendment was agreed to.

Mr. CHANDLER. Will the first Tuesday in

If they have the money to pay for gunboats, they Mr. CHANDLER.

can have them built, or any other description of
This case was familiar

January suit the Senator better?
Mr. JOHNSON. Certainly; though any time

vessels of war. If they choose to come and hire
to nire some years ago, but I have forgotten the
will suit me.

our ship-builders to build them in their private details of it. I move that the further consideration of the bill be postponed until to-morrow; I

Mr. CHANDLER. Very well, then, I will

docks, all very well; but for this Government to set

aboul to regulate the policies of other people, and desire time to reexamine it. It covers,

if I re

consent to that. member rightly, several hundred thousand dol

Mr. BROWN. Say the first Wednesday in

to turn trader in gunboats, I think is highly impoli

tic. It is a thing which the Senate ought not to January lars. It is a long-contested, dubious old claim, Nir. JOINSON. I think it would be better to concur in for a moment. It is not my purpose to which I should like to look into thoroughly before voting upon the bill. say the first Wednesday or Thursday in January.

make a speech on the subject; I merely wish to Mr. FOSTER. I have, of course, no objec

Mr. CHANDLER. I will so vary my motion

put on record my opposition to any such intertion to the motion of the Senator from Michigan

as to designate the first Wednesday in January meddling policy.

The yeas and nays were taken, and resultedif he wishes to examine the case. If, however,

The further consideration of the bill was post

yeas 33, nays 9; as follows: he is under the apprehension that the bill takes poned to and it was made the special order for

YEAS-Messrs. Anthony, Brown, Chandler, Clark, Colany money from the Treasury, I assure him that

lamer, Comess, Cowan, Dixon, Doolittle, Farwell, Foot, Wednesday, the 4th day of January next, two he is mistaken; it takes not a cent from the Treas

Foster, Grimes, llarlan, Ilarris, Henderson, Howard, Johnthirds of the Senate agreeing thereto.

son, Lane of Indiana, Lane of Kansas, Morgan, Pomeroy, ury.

Ramsey, Sherman, Sprague, Sumner, Ten Eyck, Trumbull, Mr. CHANDLER. Does it from the fund


Van Winkle, l'ade, Wilkinson, Willey, and Wilson-33. provided for by the treaty?

On motion of Mr. SUMNER, the Senate pro

NAYS-Messrs. Buckalew, Carlile, Davis, Harding, Mr. FOSTER. Not a cent from the fund. Il

Hendricks, Nesmith, Powell, Riddle, and Wriglit-9. ceeded to the consideration of the bill (S. No. 356)

NOT VOTING-Messrs. Hale, Hicks, flowe, McDousimply authorizes this individual to try his case to authorize the President of the United States to gall, Morrill, Richardson, and Saulsbury-7. in the Court of Claims; and if he has no case,

1 transfer a gunboat to the Government of Liberia. So the bill was passed. am sure that court will say he has none. It does The bill was read a second time and considered not take a dollar from the Treasury.

Mr. GRIMES rose when Mr. Morrill's name as in Committee of the Whole. Il authorizes Mr. CHANDLER. The case was up once the President of the United States to transfer to

was called and said: 1 desire to say that the before, and I should like to examine it again ihor- the Government of the republic of Liberia any

Senator from Maine has been called home by a oughly. one of the gunboats now or hereafter included in

telegraphic dispatch announcing the extreme illMr. FOSTER I have no objection to a postthe Navy of the United States, her armament,

ness of a member of his family; that is the reason

of his absence at this time. ponement if the Senator wishes to take time to tackle, apparel, and furniture, which may be acexamine the bill, but i thought he was under a ceptable to that Government, and can, in the judg

TERRITORIAL LAWS. mistake as to its effect. ment of the Secretary ofthe Navy, be conveniently

The PRESIDENT pro tempore laid before the Mr. CHANDLER. I may be; but I wish to spared for that purpose, and upon a valuation to

Senate copies of the laws, memorials, and resolulook into it. be fixed by him. The Secretary of the Navy is

tions of the Territory of Dakota, passed at the Mr. FOSTER. Very well; I have no objec- also to be directed to enter into a contract with

third session of the Legislative Assembly; which tion to the postponement. any person duly empowered by the Government

were referred to the Committee on Territories.
The motion io postpone was agreed to. of ihat republic, by which that Government shall
engage to repay to the United States the value of


the gunboat to be transferred; and the contract is Mr. RIDDLE asked, and by unanimous conMr. FOSTER. I move that the Senate pro

to stipulate for the full reimbursement to the Uni- sent obtained, leave to introduce a bill (S. No. ceed to the consideration of House bill No. 380. ted Siates of the value of such gunboat in annual 357) for the relief of Olivia W. Cannon, widow of It is a bill reporied from the Committee on Pen- installments, not exceeding ten in number, with Joseph S. Cannon, late a midshipman in the United sions.

interest on each at six per cent. per annum from States Navy; which was read twice by its title, and The motion was agreed to; and the Senate, as the date of the contract.

referred to the Committee on Pensions. in Committee of the Whole, proceeded to con

The bill was reported to the Senate without sider the bill (H. R. No. 380) for the relief of amendment, ordered to be engrossed for a third

BILLS RECOMMITTED. George W. Murray. It directs the Commis- reading, and was read the third time.

On motion of Mr. WILSON, the following joint sioner of Pensions to pay to George W. Murray Mr. POWELL. I am under the impression resolution and bills were taken up and recommitted ihe pension to which he was entitled by the act that this bill ought not to pass. I do not think to the Committee on Military Affairs and the of Congress approved March 3, 1837, entitled this Government, while engaged in this war, Militia: "An act for the more equitable administration should send gunboats off to any foreign Power. A joint resolution (S. No. 20) extending the of the Navy pension fund."

I think it would be impolitic to do so. As I am benefits of the bounty granted by the act of July The bill was reported to the Senate, ordered to opposed to it, I ask for the yeas and nays on the 22, 1861, to certain soldiers who entered the sera third reading, read the third time, and passed. passage of the bill.

vice of the United States prior to May 3, 1861;
The yeas and nays were ordered.

A bill (S. No. 103) to define the pay and emolu-

Mr. SUMNER. I shall not enter into any de- ments of chaplains in the United Siates Army and
On motion of Mr. FOSTER, the Senate pro- bate on this question; I shall content myself with volunteer forces, and for other purposes;
ceeded to the consideration of the bill (S. No. calling attention to the words of the President in A bill (H. R. No. 261) to provide for the vol-
316) for the relief of Reuben Clough, which was his annual message. A very short paragraph on untary culistment of any persons, residents of
read u second time, and considered as in Com- this subject there, it seems to me, is a complete ll certain States, into the regiments of other States;

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A bill (8. No. 231) concerning the subsistence Also, that the Senate had passed, without ing on the arrest and imprisonment of R. T. Jacob, Lieuand pay of the Army; and amendment, House bill No. 380, being an act

tenant Governor of the State of Kentucky, and Frank A bill (S. No. 284) to increase the efficiency of for the relief of George W. Murray.

Wolford, one of the presidential electors of that State; the staff of the Army.

and particularly by whose order they were arrosted and Also, that the Senate had passed the following

imprisoned, where they are at present confined, and what On motion of Mr. 'SUMNER, the bill (S. No. bills, in which they asked the concurrence of the odlienses are charged against them. 93) lo repeal so much of the acts of Congress, House:

Mr. STEVENS objected. approved March 3, 1845, and August 6, 1846, as An act (No. 316) for the relief of Reuben authorize the transportation of goods imported | Clough; and

INVALID PENSIONS. from foreign countries through the United States An act (No. 356) to authorize the President of Mr. GRISWOLD. I ask the unanimous conto the Canadas, or from the Canadas through the the United States to transfer a gunboat to the sent of the House to offer the following resoluUnited States to be exported to foreign countries, | Government of the republic of Liberia.

tions: was recommitted to the Committee on Foreign


Whereas the increasing number of pensioners, and the Relations.

Mr. HOLMAN. I ask unanimous consent of

increasing burdens necessarily falling upon the country HOUSE BILLS REFERRED.

for their support, render it advisable to devise some means the House to introduce the following resolution), whereby this class of persons may be provided with such The bill (No. 583) to amend the twenty-first which is merely one of inquiry:

lite employments or opportunities for industrial enterprises section of an act entitled "An act to define the Resolved, That the Secretary of War be directed to fur

as may induce them to make an effort at sell-support indepay and emoluments of certain officers of the nish to the Ilouse copies of the order issued from bis De

pendent of a Government pension: Now, therefore,

*Be it resolved, That a committee of seven be appointed to Army, and for other purposes," approved July partment on the 21st day of December, 1863, in regard to

investigate all the facts and circumstances relating to the 17, 1862, and the bill (No. 586) to drop from the recruits enlisted with conditions that they should be dis

practical working of our pension laws, as a system of percharged when their regiments were mustered out of serrolls of the Army unemployed general officers, virc; also copy of order or letter dated 2211 day of Deccm

manent relief to military or naval invalids; to inquire into

the actual and present condition of such invalids, and to were severally read twice by their vitles, and re- ber, 1863, and addressed to the Governor of ihe State of ferred to the Committee on Military Affairs and Massachusetts, in regard to recruits to all up old regiments,

report what measures, relating to their future disposition,

will best secure to such of them as are able to labor a life the Militia.

and that he inform the blouse whether the principles an-
nounced in the order above mentioned have been applied

support independent of a Government pension.

Resolved, That this committee be authorized to take tesWILLIAM II. JAMESON. to all soldiers musicred into the service to fill up those

timony, and for this purpose have power to send for perregiments. The PRESIDENT pro tempore luid before the

sons and papers. Senate the amendment of the House of Repre

Mr. SCHENCK. I move that that resolution sentatives to the bill (S. No. 329) for the relief of be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. STEVENS. I should have no objection William H. Jameson, a paymaster in the United

Mr. HOLMAN. My only object is to obtain

to have those resolutions referred to the Committee States Army. information. When that shall be furnished the

on Pensions, but this raising committees with Mr. GRIMES. What is the bill? House, I shall have no objection to have it re

power to send for persons and papers upon subjects The PRESIDENT pro tempore. It will be read. ferred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

of this character seems to me to be a bad practice.

1 The Secretary read ihe bill, which provides for Mr. SCHENCK. I have no objection to the

suggest to the gentleman from New York (Mr. the allowance to Paymaster Jameson, in the setinquiry being made. But the Committee on Mili

GRISWOLD] to have these resolutions referred to

the Committee on Pensions. ilement of his accounts, of a credit of $959 14 for

tary Affairs have this very morning been engaged money in his hands on board the steamer Ruth,

Mr. GRISWOLD. I observe that petitions, in this investigation. We are gathering inforwhich was destroyed by fire on the night of

mation from the War Departmeni, and I think it signed by several distinguished individuals, have August 4, 1863. better that the resolution be referred to our com

been presented to the Senate asking for appromittee. If there be anything embraced in the res

priations for this very purpose. The amendment of the House of Representa

My object is to tives was io add to the bill the following words: olution which has not been the subject of inquiry

have such investigation made, so that when action Il, on examination of the evidence by the Paymaster Genalready, and upon which information has not been

comes to be taken upon this subject it can be eral, he, the said Paymaster General, shall deem him justly obtained through the committee, we will report it

taken understandingly. entitled to said credit; but suchcredit shall not be allowed back and have that additional information called

Mr. STEVENS. I have certainly no hostility without the said Paymaster General shall certify bis ap- for by the House.

to the object of the gentleman, but I would sugproval thereof. The amendment was concurred in.

Mr. HOLMAN. I think that this is a subject | gest to the gentleman that the Committee on Penin the disposition of which the whole country has

sions is the proper committee to consider this ATTACK ON PETERSBURG. some interest. I trust the gentleman will allow

subject, and I hope the gentleman will so alter Mr. ANTHONY submitted the following resthe information to be obtained, and have it re

his resolution as to instruct that committee to inolution, which was considered by unanimous conferred to his committee.

vestigate this subject. Mr. SCHENCK. A portion of the informa

Mr. GRISWOLD. sent, and agreed to:

I would prefer to have a tion called for has already been obtained by the

special committee. Resolred, That the joint committee on the conduct of the

It is simply for the purpose committee. We are now in consultation with the

of obtaining information. I would suggest to the war be directed to inquire into and report the facts concerning the attack on Petersburg on the 30th day of July, Secretary of War upon the subject, and a report gentleman that there is no money involved in this 1861.

is now in course of preparation. I know this is matter. FREEDOM OF SOLDIERS' FAMILIES. a subject which requires investigation, and we

Mr. STEVENS. I never knew a proposition Mr. WILSON. I move to take up the joint are now engaged in that investigation. I am per

to send for persons and papers that did not involve resolution (S. No. 82) to encourage enlistments

fectly willing to have this resolution referred to money. and to promote the efficiency of the military the committee; otherwise I must insist upon my

Mr. GRISWOLD. Then I will waive that forces of the United States, with the view of leav- objection to the passage of this resolution at this part, and will modify my resolutions by leaving ing it as the unfinished business to come up on time.

out that one which authorizes the sending for Monday morning, for I desire to get the vote of

Mr. SCHENCK subsequently said: I propose, persons and papers. the Senate upon it at the earliest possible time. Mr. Speaker, to withdraw my objection to the res- The resolution, as modified, was then agreed to. The motion was agreed to.

olution offered by the gentleman from Indiana, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT IN INDIANA. The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The joint res

(Mr. HOLMAN,) with the understanding that he olution is before the Senate as in Committee of will simply introduce the order and the letter,

Mr. ORTH. I move that the House proceed the Whole. copies of which he has, and have them referred to

to the consideration of Senate bill No. 352, to Mr. WILSON. I now move that the Senate the committee. My only object is to have the Mil

authorize the holding of a special session of the proceed to the consideration of executive business. itary Committee enabled to expedite the matter

United States district court for the district of

Indiana. The motion was agreed to; and after some time

and make an early report upon the subject. spent in executive session, the doors were re

Mr. HOLMAŃ. That is all that I desire.

The motion was agreed to; and the bill was opened, and the Senate adjourned.

The SPEAKER. The gentleman from Ohio,

read a first and second time. [Mr. Schenck] withdraws his objection, and if

The bill was read at length. The first section There be no other objection, the resolution will be

provides that a special session of the United HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. considered as introduced and agreed to.

States district court for the State of Indiana shall
THURSDAY, December 15, 1864.
There was no objection.

be holden at the usual place of holding the court The House met at twelve o'clock, m. Prayer

Mr. HOLMAN. I now call for the regular

on the first Tuesday of January, 1865. by the Chaplain, Rev. W. H. CHANNING. order of business,

The second section provides that all suits and The Journal of yesterday was read and approved. Mr. MALLORY. I hope the gentleman will proceedings of a civil or criminal nature now withdraw his motion until I can submit a reso

pending in, or returnable to, the court, shall be EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATION. lution.

proceeded in, heard, tried, and determined by the The SPEAKER, by unanimous consent, laid Mr. HOLMAN. I will withdraw it.

court at the special session in the same manner before the House a communication from the Post

as at a regular term, and the judge is empowered

PREEMPTION AND HOMESTEAD LAWS. master General, transmitting estimates of appro

to order the impanneling of a petit and grand jury priations needed for the Department for the fiscal

Mr. DONNELLY, by unanimous consent, in

for the session. year commencing July 1, 1865; which was read, troduced a bill entitled “An act to prevent desert

The bill was ordered to a third reading, was and referred to the Committee of Ways and ers and others, therein named, from'acquiring pub- read the third time, and passed. Means. lic lands under the preemption and homestead


laws;" which was read a first and second time,
and referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

Mr. COX. I ask unanimous consent to offer A message was received from the Senate, by

the following resolution: Mr. Forney, its Secretary, informing the House ARREST OF LIEUT. GOVERNOR JACOB, ETC. Resolveil, That, if not incompatible with the publie serthat the Senate had agreed to the amendment of Mr. MALLORY. I ask the unanimous con

vice, the Secretary of State be directed to communicate to the House to Senate will No. 329, for the relief of sent of the House to offer this resolution:

this House all correspondence on file in his office with ret

erence to the difficulties upon our northern border, and William H. Jameson, a paymaster in the United

Resolved, That the President be requested to communi- wiose consideration has been referred to the Committee States Army.

cate to this House all information in his possession bear- on Foreign Affairs,


The SPEAKER. Is there objection to the presentation of the resolution?

Mr.Cox. I will state, in order to obviatenny objection, that the Committee on Foreign Affairs have charge of this subject, and this resolution is offered with the view of assisting them in the examination of the question.

The SPEAKER. If there is no objection, the resolution will be considered as introduced and agreed to. There was no objection.

TAXATION OF SAILING VESSELS. Mr. BLAINE, by unanimous consent, offered the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee of Wnys and Means be instructed to inquire into the expediency of exempting sailing vessels of five hundred ions and upwards from the two per ceni. tax imposed in the winety-fourth section of the internal revenue act of 1861.

TAX COMMISSIONERS FOR FLORID.I. Mr. SLOAN, by unanimous consent, offered the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to:

Resolvedl, Thaithe Secretary of the Treasury be directed to transmit to this House a copy of the report of Uon. Austin Smith, appointed by the Treasury Department to investigate the conduct of the board of tax commissioners for the district of Florida, together with the evidence accorn panying the sane; ind also to transmit copies of any communications made by the sureties of any of such tax coninissjoners, asking to be relieved from liability on the official bonds of said commission; and to inform the llouse wliat, if any, action has been taken on said report and communications, and the reasons therefor.

NATY-YARD AT OSWEGO, NEIF YORK. Mr. LITTLEJOHN, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill to provide for the establishment of a navy-yard and depot at Oswego, in the State of New York; which was read a first and second time, and referred to the Committee on Naval A fire.

SUBSISTENCE DEPARTMENT. Mr. SCHENCK, by unanimous consent, rcporled from the Committee on Military Affairs a bill for the better organization of the subsistence department; which was read a first and second time.

Mr. SCHENCK moved that the bill be recommited, and ordered to be printed.


Mr. RICE, of Massachusetts. Mr. Speaker, the Committee on Naval Affairs have instructed me to report a joint resolution tendering the lbanks of Congress to Captain John A. Winslow, and also a joint resolution tendering similar thanks to Lieutenant William B. Cushing. It was my intention to report those resolutions whenever the Committee on Naval Affairs should be called upon for reports. In the mean time, however, the Senate has passed joint resolutions of the same nature, and those resolutions are now on the Speaker's table. I move that they be taken up and considered at this time.

The motion was agreed to; and the House proceeded to the consideration of Senate joint resoJution No. 83, tendering the thanks of Congress to Capiain John A. Winslow, United States Navy, and to the officers and men under his command on board the United States steamer Kearsarge, in her conflict with the piratical cralt, the Alabama, in compliance with the President's recommend. alion to Congress of the 5th of December, 1864.

The joint resolution was read a first and second time, ordered to a third reading, read the third time, and passed.

Mr. RICE, of Massachusetts, moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was passed, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table. The latter motion was agreed to.

DESTRUCTION OF THE ALBEMARLL. TheSPEAKER also laid before the House Senate joint resolution No. 84, tendering the thanks of Congress to Lieutenant William B. Cushing, of the United States Navy, and the officers and men who assisted liim in bus gallant and perilous achievemeni in destroying the rebel steamer Albemarle, in compliance with the President's recommendation of December 5, 1864; which was read a first and second time, ordered to be read

a third time, and it was accordingly read the third The House, on my motion, on the unanimous time, and passed.

recommendation of the Committee on Foreign Mr. RICE, of Massachusetts, moved to recon- Affairs, at the last session, passed a resolution sider the vote by which the joint resolution was declaring the policy of this Government touching passed; and also moved that the motion to recon- the republics of America. It was adopted unansider be laid on the table.

imously. It went to the Senate, and there it lies. The latter motion was agreed to.

it had not been passed three days before the

officer charged with the foreign correspondence FOREIGN POLICY OF TIIE UNITED STATES.

of this Government directed our representatives Mr. DAVIS, of Maryland, from the Committee abrond virtually to apologize to the French Gov. on Foreign Affairs, reported the following resolu. ernment for the resolution adopted by the Repretion, and demanded the previous question on its sentatives of the people, and in that correspondadoption:

ence presumed to impeach Congress of usurpaResolred, That Congress has a constitutional right to an lion in undertaking to prescribe to the President authoritative voice in declaring and prescribing the foreign the rules which should guide him in the foreign policy or the United States, as well in the recognition of new Powers as in other matters; and it is the constitu

policy of the United States. tional duty of ile President to respect that policy not less

That correspondence was made the subject of in diplomatic negotiations than in the use of the national a circular by the French Government to all of the force when authorized by law; and the propriety of any

Governments of the world, to let them understand declaration of foreig policy by Congress is smiliciently proved by the vote which pronounces it; and such propo

that the Congress of the United States had no sition while pending and undetermined is not a fit topic of right to speak with authority in the foreign affairs diplomatic explanation with any foreign Power.

of the Government, and that nothing was to be The previous question was seconded, and the regarded except the will and declarations of the main question ordered.

Executive. In the debates that took place in the Mr. COX demanded the yeas and nays on the

French Assembly the world was given to underpassage of the resolution.

stand, by the member representing the emperor, The yeas and nays were ordered.

that the passage of the resolution touching MexThe resolution was again read.

ican affairs and French intrusion into Mexico was Mr. FARNSWORTH moved that the resolu- a momentary outburst of passion on the part of tion be laid on the table.

the Representatives of the American people like Mr. COX demanxled the yeas and nays.

that which occurred when Messrs. Mason and The yeas and nays were ordered.

Slidell were arrested on board the Trent, but The question was taken; and it was decided in

which did not prevent the Federal Government the affirmative-yeas 69, nays 63, nol voting 50;

from giving upihe two prisoners. The world was as follows:

given to understand, on the authority of the SecYEAS-Messtr. Alley, Ames, Anderson, Arnold, Baily,

retary of Stale, by the imperial Government, that Jolin 1). Baldwin, Baxter, Beam. Blaine, Blair, Bout

Congress is such a thing as the French Assembly, well, Boyd, Broomall, Ambrose W. Clark, Cobb, Cole, the docile reflex of the executive will, its resoluThoinas T. Davis, Dawes, Derning, Dixon, Donnelly, tion a vain and presumptuous usurpation. The letter Driggs, Eckley, Eliot, Farnswortli, Grinnell, Male, llighy, Hotchkiss, Jolin 11. Halbard, Hulburdi, Ingersoll, Kelley,

of the Secretary of Siate was in a lone that was not Francis W. Kelloge, Orlando Kellogs, Litlejohn), Long- respectful to the dignity and the authority of the year, Marvin, Mc Bude, McIndoe, Samuel F. Miller, Moor House of Representatives. And if that leiter lays head. Morrill, Daniel Morris, Amos Myers, Leonard Myers,

down the law of the land and this House by its Norton, Charles O'Neill, Pattersoli, Perum, Pike, Pomeroy, Price, Alexander H. Rice, Edward 11, Rollins, Sco

vote to-day says it does—then you have no right field, Shannon, Smith, Spalding, Thomas, Tracy, Upson, to a Committee on Foreign Affairs, and I am no Elihu B. Wasliburne, William B. Washburn, Whaley, child to play at doing that which you have no right Wheeler, Wilson, Window, and Woodbridge-69.

to do. The Secretary of State, before all Europe, NAYS-Messrs. James C. Allen, William J. Allen, Allison, Ancona, Ashley, Augustus C. Baldwin, Bliss, Blow,

in a matter of the greatest moment, slapped the Brooks, James S. Brown, Chanler, Cox, Cravens, llenry House of Representatives in the face in his corWinter Davis, Dawson, Denison, Eden, Lilyerton, El- respondence with the French Government, and dridge, Finck, Ganson, Garlich, Griswold, Harding, Her

the House of Representatives says it will not even rick, Holman, Asahel W. Hlubbard, Jenekes, Philip Johnson, Kalbfleisch, Keman, King, Knox, Law, Le Blond,

assert its dignity. The House of Representatives Loan, Mallory, Marey, McAllister, William 11. Miller, is the appropriate and adequate guardian of its own James R. Morris, Morrison, Noble, Odell, John O'Neill, i dignity. Sir, I am the only guardian of my own Orih, Pendleton, Perry, Radford, Samuel J. Randall,

dignity; and after this vole and that correspondSchenck, Sloan, Sinither, Starr, John B. Steele, William G. Steele, Stevens, Stiles, Stuart, Sweal, Townsend,

ence I most humbly but respectfully ask to be Wadsworth, and Yeaman--63.

excused from further service upon the Commit. NOT VOTING-Messrs. Prandegee, William G. Brown, iee on Foreign Affairs. Freeman Clarke, Clay, Coffroin, Creswell, Dunout, Eng.

Mr. COX. I feel constrained to object to relievTisli, Fenton, Frank, Gonchi, Grider, Wall, Ilarrington, Benjamin G. Harris, Charles M. Harris, Hooper, Turchins, ing my colleague from service on the Committee William Johnson, Julian, Kasson, Kumpp, Lazear, Long, on Foreign Affairs, but if the House insist upon McClurg, McDowell, McKinney, Middleton, Nelson, excusing him, I ask the same privilege myself, and Pruyn, William 11. Randall, Jolin II. Rice, Robinson, Rogers, James S. Rollins, Ross, Scoti, Strouse, Thayer, Van

desire to be excused from service upon that comValkenburgli, Voorlees, Ward, 1Vebstcr, Chilton A. White, millee. I have no doubt gentlemen will accord Joseph W. White, Williams, Wilder, Winfield, Benjamin that privilege to me very readily, and perhaps Wood, and Fernando Wood-50.

excuse me from all commillees, if that is their So the resolution was laid on the table.

pleasure. The Committee on Foreign Affairs During the vote,

have had little to do since this Congress began. Mr. RICE, of Maine, not being within the bar

The House sent them this resolution for their when his name was called, asked Icave to record

consideration. The gentleman from Maryland his vote.

examined the question committed to the commitMr. LE BLOND objected.

tee with great care, great deliberation, and great The voie was announced as above recorded. learning, as his report, which has been sent to this

Mr. FARNSWORTH moved to reconsider the House, will show. That report will challenge vote by which the resolution was laid on the table; the admiration of everybody except those who and also moved that the motion to reconsider are not perhaps diligent enough to read the probe laid on the table.

ceedings of Congress, or too ignorant to underThe latter motion was agreed to.

stand the diplomatic history of the country.

Mr. Speaker, by an examination of that report, PRIVILEGED QUESTION.

which has nothing of a partisan character in it, Mr. DAVIS, of Maryland. Mr. Speaker, I everybody would be satisfied that Congress has rise to a privileged question. I desire to be re- some voice, at leasi, in the foreign affairs of this lieved by the House of Representatives from fur- | country, and in the diplomatic arrangements by ther service on the Committee on Foreign Affairs. which our peace is kepi with all the world. Prece

I am willing, sir, to take all of the responsibil- dent after precedent is cited where Congress has ities that are connected with any service upon again and again recognized foreign Governments, which the House of Representatives shall place and we all know the precedents with respect to me; but when in the course of the discharge of voting appropriations to carry out treaties, in ihose duties I find myself unfortunately differ- which the voice of Congress has been omnipotent ing in opinion from the majority of the House, I with respect to our foreign relations. And there do not consider it is proper I should longer con- is no reason why the voice of the chairman of our tinue lo hold any such position. The vole which committee, or the voice of that committee itself, has been jusi passed by the House is one which should not have been treated respectfully in this will allow of no other construction.

House. The House passed a resolution vindicat


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