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On leave given, Mr. BELL introduced ano ber bill, entitled A bill to repeal the first and second sectoas of an act entitled, An act 10 limit the term of cer ain officrs therein named, and for other purposes, approved May 15, 1820.

The bill having been read twice,

Mr. BELL said he wished that the bill should take its place with the bills on the table, on second reading.

Mr. PETRIKIN moved the reference of the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. BELL objected.

The bill (as ihe Reporter anders:00d) was referred accordingly.

Mr. CURTIS, in pursuance of notice, asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill for the relief of certain debtors to the Uni'ed States, and to rep-al cei tain acis in relation to such debtors.

The bill baving been read twice, it was, on motion of Mr. C. referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

The call of the States and Territories having bien gone through with,

On motion of Mr. STANLY, the House adjourned.

RESOLUTIONS. Mr. LOWELL said the subject of the resolution he was aboui to offer, was one of great importance to the counéry, and particularly to his immediate cinstituen's. Under the rule, the resolution would lie over one day; and he hat no objection to its taking that course, as it was his wish to submit a fiw semarks when i' came up for consideration. The resolu ion was then read, as tollows:

Resolted, That the President of the United States be rrquestel to communicate to the House all the information in liis pos. Bession, or in the possession on either of the Deparuinen:s, relat. ing to che seizure and condemnation by the British authorities, during the year now last past, of certain American vessels en: gaged in the fisheries.

år. CUSHING submitted the following resolution:

Resolred, That the President of the United States be requested, is, in his opinion, compatible with the public interest, to communicate to this llouse any information in pissession of the Government, respecting the assemblage of Indians on the Northwestern frontier; and especially as to The interference of the officers or agents of any foreign power with the Indians of the United States, in the vicinity of ihe groai Lakes.

Mr. C. expressing an intention to debate this resolution, it Lies over for that purpose, under the rules of the Ilvuse.

Mr. ADAMS submitted the following resolution:

Resolred, That the President of the United States be requested to communicate to this House, if not incompatible with the public interest, copies of any demand made by the Minister or other diplomatic representative of Spain in this country, or the surrender to him of the Africans taken in, or belonging in, the vessel called L'Amistad, and of all correspondence between this Guvernment and the said Minister or diplomatic repre. sentative relating thereto; alss copies of all instructions from the Department of Sate to the district allorney of the United States in the judicial district of Connecticut, and all reports of the said district attorney to the said Department, relating to that subject. Mr. ADAMS also submitted the following resolution:

Resolved, that the Secretary of the Treasury bo directed to report to this Houze a statement of all the public moneys of the United States invested in the stocks of the several States, specifying the amount invested: with the stocks of each State; the authority by which such investment was made; the terms and rate of interest of each contracı; the security received for payment of interest and principal of each debt; the rate per centum given in the purchase of the bond; and the market value of the said bonds at the times of the respective invest. ments, and at the present time.

Mr. HOOK offered the following resolution, which being objected to, lies over, under the rule:

hesolved, That the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions be instrucied to inquire into the expediency of extending the provisions of the act of 7th July, 1833,10 the widows of such Revo. lutionary soldiers who have died since the passage of said act, or that may die hereafter.

On notion of Mr. HAND,

Resolred, That the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions inquire into the expediency of so amending the acts of July 4th, 1836, and of June 7th, 1838, as 10 provide for those widows whose husbands have died since their passage, and those who shall hereafter become widows.

Mr. HAND also offered the following resolution, which being objected to, lies over, by the rule:

Resoired, That the Committee on Mili:ary Affairs be in. structed to inquire into the necessity and expeliency of con

structing a national military road from some point on Lake Bi Champlain, to some point on Lake Ontario, on the river st.

Lawrence.

On motion of Mr. MARVIN, Resolved, that the Committee on the Judiciary be instruct. ed to inquire into the power of Congress to provide by law for the punishment of crimes comınillel on board vessels and steamboats navigating the Northern and Northwestern waters, and into the expediency of providing by law for the punishment of crimes so committed.

Mr. GOGGIN presented ihe following resolution, and in doing so, observed that he offere i the resolution at the request of some of those whom he had the honor to represent, as well as from a conviction of what he himsell believed to be due to the country:

Resolved, That a committee of five members be appointed, whose duly it shall be to inquire into and report to this blouse what has been the entire expense of the Florida war up to the commencement of the present year, willi the number of troops of every description which have been, or are now, employed in the said war in the pay of the United States; and the probable number of hostile Indian warriors now in the Territory of Flo. rida. Also, what causes have tendeal to delay the termination of the said war; and what is likely to be the probable amount of money necessary to complete the same.

This resolution, under the rule, lies over for consideraliun.

On motion of Mr. JOSEPI L. WILLIAMS,

Resolved, That the Committee on Corpmerce inquire into the expediency of making Eastern Tennessee a collection dis. trict, and Knoxville the port of entry for the same.

Resolred, That the Committee on Indian Affairs inquire into the propriety of reporting a bill to carry into effect the 14th article of the the late treaty between the United States and the Che rokee Indians.

Mr. MILLER presented the following resolution, which was ruled to be out oi order, not being petition day:

Resolred, That the petitions and papers of the following Hamed persons, heretofore presented to Congress, and referred to appropriate committees, and now on the files of this House, be taken therefrom and referred to the several committees here. inaster named, viz: That the several petitions and accompa. nying papers of William Monroe, Joseph Wolsekill, Reuben E. Gentry, Francis Cooper, Joseph Boggs, David M'Gill, Abraham Groom, Elisha Told, Lewis Lapland, Francis Denoses, John B. Girazel, Gabriel Marlow, Charles Ceriligal, Elizabeth Vincennes, John O'Bonnan, James Tarner, Benjamin Costin, John Berry, James Birnes, John Barnes, James Alcorn, Frederick Barnes, Jesse Wackins, Lewis Burshold, Thomas Wason, John and Ros bert Heath, Francis Wrods, Joshua Truman, Joseph Austin, John B. Rony, William Head, Joseph Roy, and Sarshal Cooper, all citizens of Missouri, praying compensation for depredlations commid on their property, in the year 1814, by certain ac and For Indians, who professel at the me, to be amily with the Uni. ted States, be referred w the Committee of Claims; an, I further beg leave to inove that the report of the Committee on Indian Ar. fairs, and the bill which accompanied the same, marle December 28, 1837, favorable to and for the relief of the aforesaid pell. tioners, and her with communicated and presented, be referred to the same committee. That the keunion and papers of Francis Roy: Austin Foy, and John B. Denoyer, claiming com. pengurinn for depreditions conmi!led on their property, by certain Indians therein specifieil, be taken from the files of the Ilouse and referred to the Committee of Claims That the pie. li ion and papers of Lewis Bissell of Missouri, claiming compen. sation for deprelations commilled on his property, by an officer in the employor tie United States, heretofore presented to Con. gress, be iaken from the files of the House, and referred to the Comiittee of Claims. That the petition and papers of the heirs of Anpolius Cooper, heretofore presenteil to Congress, claiming seven years half pay for his services as a lieutenant while in the army, during the Revolutionary war, be taken from the files of the llouse, and referred to the Committee on RevoJutionary Claims; and that the copy of a report made by said commirree on the 8th January, 1833, favorable to the claim of said heirs, accompanied by a bill for their relief, and here with communicated and presented, be referred to the same cor mit. tee. Th it the petition and papers of William Nicholas of Mis. souri. praying compensation for two horaes logt by him, in the year 1915, while in the service of the United States, and heretofore presented to Congress, be taken from the files of the House and ieserred to the Committee of Claims; I also heg leave to refer, therewith, to the said committee, the affilavit of Gen. John Ruland, being additional testimony in support of the claim of the said Nicholas. That the petition and papers of John Tur. ner of Missouri, praying compensation for depredations com milled on his property by the Sac and Fox Indians, heretofore presen:ed to Congress, be taken from the files of the House and referred to the Committec or Claims.

Mr. MILLER subunitted the following resolution, which, under the rule, lies over:

Resolred. That the Committee on Roads and Canals be instructed to inquire into the expedienry of granting an adequate appropriation for continuing the improvement of the harbor at St. Louis, Missouri; and for the improvement of the navigation of the Mississippi river abuve the mouth of the Ohio; and the Missouri, froin its month as high up said river as the north. Western corner of the State of Missouri

, or to a point where the northern boundary line of said State intersects or connects wih said river.

Mr. RAMSEY offered the following resolution, which, under the rule, lies over:

Reso/red, That the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of extensling the pension laws of the United States, 90 as to em'race the officers and soldiers who served in the armies of Generals llarman and St. Clair, suhsequent to the Revolutionary war.

Mr. WICK of Indiana gubmiited the following resolution, which, causing debate, was, under the rule, laid over:

Resolved, Tha! the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the experiency of increasing the compensation of th.jure of the district of Indiana.

Mr. CARR of Indiana submitted the following resolutions, which lies one day, under the rule:

Reso'red, That the Committee on the Public Lands be instructed l. inquire into the expediency of reducing the price of the refuse public land:, as follows, to wit: That all the public lands which have been in the market for the term of five years, and remain unsold, be offered at private sale at the rate of ore dollar per acre; that all the refuse public lands which have been in market for the term of ten years, and remain unsold, he offered at private sale at the rate of seventy five cents per acre; and that all the refuse public lands which have been in market for filteen years, and remain unsold, be offered at fifty cents per acre; provided that in thus relucing the price of the refuse lands, no one person shall be authorized to purchase more than 610 acres at such riducel prices or rales.

Resolred, That the Secretary of War report to this House the estimates and plan of Henry W. Shreeves, esc, to improve the navigation through the falls of the Ohio river. Also, report to this House she estimate and plan of the same indirilual, for the construction of a canal around the falls on the Inviana side of the Ohio river, if any such estimates and plans be in his pos. session. On motion of Mr, CAVE JOHNSON of Tenneseee,

Resolred, That the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of placing Delila Morrie, the widow of Holloway Morris, deceased, a Revolu. lutionary soldier, on the pension roll.

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be in. structed to inquire into the expediency of repealing or modify. ing the fifth section of the aci of 16th March, 1802, and other laws in relation to double rations to the officers of the army.

Mr. J. also submitted the following resolution; which, under the rule, lies over:

Resolved, That the following be added to the standing ruts of the House: That all resolutions and orders requiring an ex penditure of the public money, shall be referred to some one of ihe standing committees of the House, and reported upon by a committer before the same shall be acted on in the House.

Mr. COOPER of Georgia submitted ihe following resolu. tions; which, under the rule, lie over:

Resolved, Thala committee of three be appointed to inquire into the expeiliency of repealing the laws in force, fixing the salaries for the Chaplains of this House and the Senate, with instructions to report hy bill or otherwise.

Resolved, That the Secretary of War lay before the House all the papers and correspondence in his Department relating to the slaves captured by the Creek warriors, in Florida, under an agreement or contract made between them and General Jesup-the delivery and disposition of the same, together with a statement showing the action of his Department in relation to their delivery and sale; also, the opinion of the said Secretary on the claim of Gen. John C. Watson, arising on the purchase of sail slaves; also, bis opinion on the propriety of an appro. priation to pay for said slaves, instead of causing them to he elivered up to the proper owner under the said contract.

On motion of Mr. SHAW,

Resolved, That the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill, providing that the benefits of the act of July 7, 1833, shall noi be withheld from any widow, in consequence of her having married after the decease of the husband for whose services she mav claim to be allowed a pension or annuity uuder said act; provided she was a widow at the time it was passed.

On motion of Mr. LINCOLN,

Resolred, That the Committee on the Public Buildings and Grounds be instructed to consider the expediency of causing a chan.lelier, of sufficient capacity to light the Hall of Represen. latives in the evening, to be provided for that purpose, in aid of, or as a substitute for, the present mode of lighung the same.

On mnotion of Mr. H. WILLIAMS

Resolved, T at the Committee on Commerce be ins!ructed to inquire into the expediency of revising the laws relating in The papering of vessels employed in the whale fisheries; and also of making further provision for the protection and return of seamen engaged in that business.

On mouon of Mr LINCOLN,

Resolved. That the Commissioner of the General Land Office be direcicd to communicate to the House, as soon as may be, such information as may be within the control of his Depari. meal, touching the situation, quantity, quality, and probable value of the public lands of the United Siates, lying within the geograpical limits of the State of Tennessee; whether such lands, or any parts of them, have been surveyed, and into what division--what proportion is susceptible of occupancy and profitable improvement, and what paris may be utterly waste or refuse; and in general, that he include in his state. ment all such facts and information in respect to said lanıls as may lead to a correct judgment of their value to the United Sates, and the proper disposition to be made thereof.

On motion or Mr. LAWRENCE,

Resolred, Tha: the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of reducing the rates of postage.

On motion of Mr. W. B. CALIOUN,

Resolved, That the resolgrion on the files of the last on gress, proposing a further provision for the suiviving colhers of the old fourth regiment of the United States infantry, with the accompanying papers, be referred to a Select Committee.

Resolred, That ihe Committee on Commerce be instrucied to inquire into the expediency of making appropriations by law for removing obstructions to navigation, and cleaning the channel in the Providence river, at or near the ports of Provi. dence and Pawtucket; and for a survey, with a view to constructing a harbor on Block Island.

On motion of Mr. J. W. DAVIS of Indiana,

Resolred, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a post route from Greencastle, in Putnam county, by Rus. sellville, to Rockville, in Parke county, Indiana; also to in. guire into the expediency of establishing a post route froin Carlisle, Sullivan counts; by Newberry, Scoiland, and Hatfield, to Springville, in Lawrence couniy, Indiana.

Mr. J. W. DAVI3 of Indiana also presented the following resolution, which, causing debate, lies over one day:

R-solved, that the Committee of Ways and Means be in. structed to inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill repealing all laws imposing duties on sall, iron and learl.

Mr. J. W. DAVIS of Indiana submitted the following, which under i he rule, lies over ene day:

Resolred, That the Secretary of War surnish to this House, at the earliest practicable period, all such estimates, reparis and statementa, in writing, as may be necessary to the proper drafting of a bill, providing for the continuation of the Com. berland road in Indiana, Ohio, ard Illinois; and that he furiber submit an opinion as to the propriety and expediency of chang. ing the manner of disbursing any appropriation that may be made for the Stale of Indiana.

On mo:ion of Mr. JIOWANN,

Resolred, That the Committee on Invalid Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of allowing a pe sou to Madison Collins, Warren county, Indiana, and thai the evidence presented in favor of said application be referred to the said committee.

Resolted, That the claim of Francis Malone, for compensa. tion for servicea rer.dered in the Revolution, with the acompa. nying document in support thereof, be referred to the Conmila tee or Claims.

Resolred, That the claims of Richard Mack, for compensa. tion for Revolucionary services, be referred, with the accompanying paperg. 10 the Committee or Claims.

Resolred, That the letter of Jacob Olinger, a Revolutionary soldier, of Carroll county, Indiana, praying the passage of a aw allowing pensions to all Rerolulionary soldiers who served

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three months in the Revolutionary aro.y, be ieferred to the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions.

Resolved, That the Committee of Claims be instructel to in. quire into the expediency of allowing additional coin pentation to Capt. John Nelson of In:liana, and others, who were made prisoners during the late war with Great Britains, and that the letter of said Nelson, in favor of said claim, be referred to sail cominilice.

Mr. RIIETT submitted the following resolution, which caus. ing debate wag, under the rule, laid over:

Resilved, that the Committee of Foreign Affairs do inquire into the circumstances under which the American vessel En. Lerprise was driver by stress of weather, in the year of $37, in. to the port of Hamilton, in the Island of Beinudla, and the slaves therein were liberated by the authorities of that island, and do report thereon to this llouze.

Mr. GRIFFIN submitted the following, which, under the rule, lies over:

Resolved, That the finished lobbies on each side of the hall be reserved for the use of the members, and those with whom they may be called from the hall for the transaction of business,

On motion of Mr. GREEN,

Resolved, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads he instructed to inquire into the propriery and expeili ency of establishing a post route for a day maii, to be carried in four ho.se post coaches from Louisville, Ky. by way of West Puini, Brandenburg, Mardinsburg, Owensborough, ihance to Smithland, mouth of Cumberland, the most direct and prac. cicable route, and that said committee report by way of bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. NAYLOR,

Resolved, That the Committee on Naval Affairs be in. structed to inquire into the propriety of allowing Mark Hawkesworth the pay of a yeoman during the time he did the duties of that office on board the United States schooner Dl. phin, to wit, from from the 4th of November, 1823, 10 the Bihof November, 1835.

Mr. NAYLOR also offered the following resolutions, which lie over one day under the rule:

Resolved, That the secretary of the Navy be requested to transmit to this House copies of all the proceedings of the Court of Inquiry held at Philadelphia, in the year 1839 10 haquire into the conduct of Captain Jesse 1). Elliott, of the United States navy, together with copies of the statements and opinions of said Court, and of all the testimony, ciagrions, and papers Lakou and introduced in the course of the said inquiry.

h solred, That the Secretary of the Treasury be requested to inform this flouse whether his Department admis free of duty umerellas and parasols covered with silk, imporled into the United States; and, if so, how long they have been so ad. milted free, and the number or amount of them, together with his reasons for so admitting them.

Mr. C. MORRIS offered the following resolution, which flies over under the rule:

Resoloed, That the Committee for the District of Columbia be instrucied to inquire into the experiency of establishing a fund for the support of common schools within said District, by an applicalion or a portion of the public domain for that pur. On motion of Mr. CRANSTON,

Resolved, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roady be instructed to inquire into the expediency of amending the law in relation to ship letters, so as to make it the duty of the captain, or other person having returned ship letters, to reTurn them to the postmaster at the port where he shall arrive.

On motion of Mr. DENNIS,

Resolved, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establish ing a post route from Princess Ann to Cullen's store, in the county of Somerset, Maryland.

On motion of Mr. C. II. WILLIAMS,

Resolved, That a cominilice, consisting of one member from each Biate, be appointed to inquire into the expediency and prepriety of creating a National Bank, with leave to report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. CRABB,

Resolred, That the Committee on Public Lands instructed to inquire into the expediency

First, of granting to the several internal improvement companies in the State of Alabama a right ur preemption on a rea. sonable credit, to a quantity or public land, proportioned 10 their respective capitals, lying nearest to the line of the projected improvements, to be selected so as out to interfere with individual claims or other rights of pre-emption.

Secondly, of relinquishing to the State of Alabama the remaining two-fifthe of the five per cent, of the nell proceeds of the public lands sold within said State since the 1st day of sp tember, 1819, for the express purpose of connecting, by railroads, canals, or otherwise, under the direction of the Legisia. ture of that Slate, the navigable waters of Mobile Bay with the Tennessee river.

Resolved, 'That the Committee on the Militia be instructed to inquire into the justice and expediency of increasing the compensation of the militia and volunteer troops when called into the service of the United States.

On motion of Mr. CHAPMAN, of Alabima, Resolved, That the Committee on Public Lands be instruct ed to inquire into the expediency of granting to the state of Alabama, for the further execution of the improvement of the Tennessee river, at the Muscle and Colbert's Shoals, all the public lands remaining unsold within the Huntsville lapu dis. trict. On motion of Mr. LEWIS,

Resolved, That the Committee on the Public Lands inguire into the expediency of providing, by law, more adequate compensation io guch townships in Alabama as have been deprived of their 16th sections by reason of riservations under ludian Treaties; and that they also inquire into the expedienry of con. firming the titles to reservations un:ler the treaty of Fort Jackson, which have been bona fide disposed of by the original reservees.

Mr. LEWIS moved the following, which lies over:

Resolved, that the Committee on the Public Lands inquire into the expediency of suffering persons who have by mistake entered a subdivision of public land not intended to be entered, to relinquish the same, and enter other lands in its place, or receive back the money paid for such land, under such regulations as may be prescribed by the Commissioner of Public Lands, and upon proof satisfactory to him that the party ap: plying had not in fact entered the land he intendeel ip enter.

Oo motion of Mr. JAMESON,

Rsolred, That the Commiliee on Indian Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of re-reporting the bill reported by that committee December 3, 1837, for the reliei of Reuben E. Gentry, William Morue, and pucrs.

O inution of Mr. CROSS,

Ritsulveu, That the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to isquire into the expediency of conferring on the District Court of the United States for the district of Arkansas the jurisdiction of a Circuit Court, and on requiring two irms thereof to be held annually.

Mr. CRARY moved the following, which lies over:

Rusoleod, That the Secretary of the Navy report to this Ilouse the number of hyrographic surveys thai have been made by his Department; the cost of the same; by whom and when male; under whut authority, and for what purpose, auxl whether the publication of charts of said surveys would be con ducive to the interests of commerce.

Mr. MONTANYA moved the following, which liesover:

Résolrrd, That the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the expediency of erecting a beacon-light at the extremity of the pier recently construc ed by the New York and Erie Railroad company into the Hudson river.

On motion vi Mir. WILLIAMS of Connecticul,

Resoloud, That the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the expediency of paying to Insollby V. Craw. ford and Samuel Phillips, collectors of Newburypori, all that may be soum justly due to them for their services and expendi. lures in superintending the light homes, beacons, and buoys, in their districts, froin the year 1831 to 1937, inclusive, and io purchasing a lot an: superintending the erection of a cuntom house and public ure in their districts; Proridel, That the sum to be paid shall not exceed one thousand Jollars lo each.

Mr. MORGAN offere the following, which lies one day:

Resulrod, That the Secretary of the Treasury be directed to intorin the House of Representatives whether in his antitial re. port, Diade at the commencement of the present season of Congress, and in the estimates therein contain of expenditures proposed for the current year, he has included any sum or pro. posed any appropriation ior the construction and conuntation of the Cumberland road; and, if not, whether the omission was initntional or designed. Mr. RUSSELL oliere the following, which lies one day:

Risalred, That the Postmaster General be directed to inform this Ilouse

11t. Whether Munson Smith, late postmaster at Achaghti. coke Point, in the State of New York, was removed from rail office upon cha ges exhibited against him to the Postmaster General; and if so, when--what were the charges-by whom were there preferred-and what evidence of the truth of such charged was exhibited to the Department.

21. Whether Mr. Smith had notice from the Department of the existence of the charges, and the testimony exhibited against him, or any opportunity of exculpating himself by counteracting testiinony, before the Department proceeded to ac! thereon.

3.1. Whether the Postmaster General, on application there. fir, refused to furnish copies of the charges, or give to Mr. Smith any reasons for his removal.

4th. Whether the Postmaster General, upon an application for that purpose, by a member of the House of Representa tives of The United States, in behalf of Judge Smith, has not resu od to perniit said papers, charges, and evidence, to be in. spected or examined, alleging that it was contrary to the rules of the Department to allow an examination of any papers, or charges, deposited in the office, and upon which the action of the Department had been invoked, or removals had taken place; and that the Pustinaster General b. directed to fur. nish this House with copies of all papers and charges in his office implicating Judge Smith, and which had for their ob. ject hit semoval from office; and also copies of the correspond. enc: previous to his removal, belween the Department and any person or persons relating to the removal of Mr. Smith.

Mr. CHITTENDEN offered the following resolution, which lies over :

Resolved, that the Postmaster General be requested, with. out delay, to communicate to this House upon whal terms and under what contracts the mails have been transported between the city of Washington and New York since the 31st day of De. comber last, the name, and by whom the mails upon that roule llave been carried; whether by railroad or otherwise; whether, al some times, a portion of the mail only has been carried, and, isso, the reason therefor; whether there has, within that time, been any failure in the transportation of the mails, and, if so, the number and causes thereof; and whether, if so, what means have been taken by the Post Office Department to prevent any failures hereafter upon said route.

Mr. MONROE offered the following resolution, which lies Resolred, that the Postmaster General be directed to report to this to use whether he deems any action by Congress neces. sary to enable him to make such contracts for the transportation or ine mail from this city to New York, and also to enforce the punctual performance of the same by such persons as may come under contract.

On moun of Mr. E. ROGERS,

Resolred, That the Committee on Revolutionary Claims be instructed to inquire into the expediency of allowing the clann of Benjamin San mons for services during the Revolutionary war, and that the petition and papers now on file be referred io said committee. Mr. IIENRY offered the following resolutions, which lie

Resored, That a general dissemination of knowledge, and in a more especial manner that which relates to the affairs of this er al nation, to all classes of our fellow.citizens, is the only sure basis upon which all our Republican institutions stand, and on which depends the permanency of this great Republic

Resolred, That there is no meilium throngh which that knowledge can, with such ease and facility, be disseminated to all classes of our fellow-citizens, high or low, rich or poor, as that of a public newspaper.

Resoires, therefore, (that this great end may be better at. tained, and that the poorer class of our citizens may have such knowledge spread abroad among them on the cheapest and most moderale terms,) that the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of

allering the rates of postage that all newspapers shall be car.

ries by mail in the rent ective conties where they are pritiled and published, without any charge of postage.

Mr. PETRIKIN offered the following resolution, which lies over:

Resolred, That the President be requested to inform this Tlouse what is the amount of the salary paid to the Comniis. sioner of the Public Buiklings, and also what amount of salary pail to the Architect, and whether any perquisites are allachieu io said offices by which the salaries are increased

On motion of Mr. FLOYT,

Resored, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be directed to inquire into the experiency of establishi ing a poet route from Westernville to Benville, in the couny of Oneida, New York.

Rezolre. That the Committee on the Post Office and Pust Roads be directed to inquire into the expediency of cotablishing a pone route from Casxville, in the township of Paris, to Bab cuck Hill, in the township of Bridge water, in the county of Oneida, New York,

Mr. RANDOLPII offered the following resolut:on, which lles over.

Resolred, 1 hat the Secretary of War he requested to com. municate to this House a copy of a letter addressed to him by the Ilon Ebenezer Tucker, of Turkerton, New Jersey, on or about the 13. 11 of May lasi, in relation to the protection and im. provement of Lille Egg Harbor.

Mr. LEET ullered the following resolution, which lies over:

Resolred, That the Committee of Ways and Means be directed to inquire into the expediency of making an appropina uon of $20,0), to be expendel under the direction of the se. cretary of War, in making guard fences along the dangeruilig pases of so much of the National road as lies within the Sales of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Ou mourn of Mr. J. DAVIS, of Pennsylvania,

Resolreit, That the Clerk cause to be furnished to the mem. bers of this blouse during the present session, such newspapers as they may direci, the expense thereof not to exceed the price of three diily papers to each niember. from the commencement of the session.

Mr. WORTING TON offered the following resolution which lies over:

Resulred, That the Committee on Commerce he directed to inquire into the expediency of providing an appropriation by law for the removal of obstructions in the Susquehanna river, at or near Havre de Grace, and for the improvement of the bar bor of Ilavre de Grace.

Mr. W. C. JOHNSON offered the following resolutions which lie over:

Resolrid, That the Committee for the District of Columbia be allowed to employ a clerk.

Reso'red, That the proceeds of the sales of — acres of the public lands be given to the Niate of Maryland, for the purpose of free schools and academies, winch amount Oi acres is to correspond in a just proportion to that alrea'y granici by Congress 10 many of the states in the Union for the like purpose.

Resolr.d, That committee report a bill in accordance with the principles of the foregoing resolution. Mr. WTSE ONered the following revolution, which lies ovit

Resolred, That a select committee lie appointed to inquire into the justice and expediency of relucing all the salaries in civil officers of the United States which may be reiluced by law upon a scale proportioned to the present embarra ments of the public Treasury, and of the people, and a accordance with the specie standard of a "hard money covernment."

Mr. L. WILLIAMS offered the following resolution, whech lies over:

Resored, That the Committee on the Post Office and Par Roads inquire into the expediency of catending the port 1:. from Walnut Grove, in Virginia, to Bowen's Store, in Athe county, North Carolina.

On motion of Mr. BEIRNE,

Resolred, That the Cammillee on the Po 1 Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the experiency or estabilitati ing a poet route from the White Sulphur Springs, in Greenbrier county, Vi gimia, by Anthony's Creek, to Huntersville, in sand Sla'e.

Mr. STEENROD offered the following resolution, which lies over:

Resolred, That the Postmaster General be required to: form this flouse, at as early a day as practicable, or the causes and the extent of the detention of the mail, and of the irregu larity of its conveyance between Whreling, in Virginia, an!! Bridgepori, in Ohio; and, also, his opinion as to the hest meants, of remedying the evil.

On moti n of Mr. TALIAFERRO,

Resolred, That ihe Committee on ihe Judiciary be instruct ed to inquire into the existing laws of the United States, and re port whether any and what provision is necessary to direct the manner in which evidence shall be admited and taken by the naval couns martial in the Navy of the United Stales.

On motion of Mr J. JOHNSON,

Resulred, That it. Clerk the House of Representatives be, and he is hereby, authorized to pay out of the contingen find any excess 01 postare charged upon packages directed to mi·

mbers of Congreso un on public business. Mr. HOLLEJIAN offered the folluwing resolution, while lies over:

Resolced, that the Committee on the Jundiciary te instruiet el to inquire into the expediency of increasing ihe saliry on the judge of the District Court of the United States in the Eastern District of Virginia.

On motion of Mr. MONTGOMERY,

Resołred, Thal the Clerk of this House cause an addition to be made of ibe whole amount contained in each appppuaura bill as soon as they shall be reported to his flouse, and also of 1er they shall have passed on their second and third readines and keep a statement on his desk, showing the amount of sp propriation contained in each, and the aggregate of the whol amount of appropriations that have been passed, ready for the Inspection of the members of this House.

On motion of Mr. KING,

Resolred, That the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the expediency oferecting a custom house art! marive hospital in the city of Savannah, and report by bill or otherwise.

Resolred, That the Committee on Naval Affairs be instru? ed to ir,quire into the expediency of employing arn e l steam ers in the revenue service, instead of the res els ni w in use,

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and of making that service a branch of the navy in all resnécts, except so far as may be necessitry to leave the general direction of it with the Treasury Department, and report by Lull or otherwise.

Resolved that the Committee on Naval Affairs be in. structed to inquire into the expediency of constructing steam. baleries for harbor defence, and report hy bill or otherwise.

Resolred, That the Committee on Naval Affairs be instruct. ed to inquire into tie expediency of establishing one or more navy yards on the south Atlantic coast, and report by bill or otherwise.

Resolred, That the Committee on Naval Affairs be instruct. ed to inquire into the oxpediency of creating the rank of Admi. ral in the naval service, and report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. WARREN,

Resolvert, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be directed to inquire into the propriety of establishing, by law, the following mail ruutes, viz: From Louisville, Georsia, by Hawkinsville, Americus, Lumpkin, and Florenc+, Geor. gu, to intersect the route from Columbus, Georgia, to Montgo. mery, Alabama.

From Maeon, Georgia, by Americus, Lumpkin, and Irvinton, to mulersect the Mobile route al Blakely, Alabama.

The mail to be carried twice a week in four-sorse coaches on each route.

From Starkesville, Georgia, by Pindertown, lo Thomasville, Georgia.

On motion of Mr. HABERSHAM,

Resolved, that the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inqnire into the expediency of increasing the compensation of the attorney of the United Sates for the district of Georgia, and report upon the game by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. ANDREWS,

Resolved. That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roals be directed to inquire into the expediency of establishing. by law, a mail rouie from Greenup Court House, Kentucky, to Lawrence Court Ilouse, by Carter Court Ilouse, iu Kentucky.

Oo motiin of Mr. POPE,

Resoiced, That one thou: and extra numbers of the report upon the Missouri and lowa boundary be printed. On motion of Mr. BUTLER OP Keutncky,

Rtsoired, That the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions he ire ructed to inquire into the propriety of granting pensions to the following pe sons, viz:

Mrs. Elizabeth Christer, widow oi Daniel Christer.
Mrs. Miry Millbank, widow of John Milbank.
Mrs Elizabeth Adkins, widow of James Adkins.
Mis. Sally Sinders, widow of Nathaniel Sanders.
Mrs. Mary Biggs, widow of Randolph Biggs.
Mrs. Mariha Conly, widow of Ensign Arthur Conly.
Mrs. Mary Ilarrison, widow of Ensign Joseph Harrison.
Mrs. Eliza Hampton, widow of Preston llampton.
William Bowier.
Mrs Frances Chandler, widow of Lieut. Daniel Chudler.
Mrs. Margaret Hamilton, widow of Lieut. Charles llamillon.
Mrs. Susan Catlett.
Mrs. Margaret Penn, widow of Major Shadrach Penn.
Mrs. Elizabeth Nutter, widow of David Nutter.
John Casey.
Solomon Jarvis.
Jeremiah Adams.
Mis. Lydia Rogers, widow of Kinsley Rogers.
Mrs. Martha Lemon), widow o: Eosign John Lemon.
Mrs. Janet McClure, widow of Thomas McClure.
Mrs. Jane Johnson, widow of sainne! Cooper.
Mrs. Margaret McCaw, widow of Michael Downce.
Mrs. Franky Quinn, widow of Benjamin Quinn.
Mrs. Margaret Smith, widow of Jared Smith.

Mrs. Rholy Polk, widow of Ephraim Polk, whose declaration and papers are now on tile in the office of the Coininissioner of Pensions.

0:1 motion of Mr. CROCKETT,

Resolred, That the Committee on luvalid Pensions be instructed to inquire into the propriety and expediency of allow. 10g Nicholas Darnal, an invalid pensioner, or Carroll county, Tennessee, a pension from the commencement of his disa. bility.

On motion of Mr. WILLIAM B. CAMPBELL of Tennessee,

Resolred, That the Committee on Military Affairs be required to inquire into the expediency of making provision for the pay. ment of certain companics of volunteer militia in the State of Tennessee, who were organized and equipped, in accortlance with the call of the Secretary of War and he proclamation of the Governor of said State, made in the ycar 1936, for the war with the Creek and Seminole Indians, and who assembled at Fayeueville and Athens, in said State, under said call and proclaua'ion, but who were not received and mustered into the ser vice of the United Statcs.

M. TURNEY offered the following resolution, which was Jard over:

Resolve I, That the Committee on Elections be instructel to report as soon as practicable to the House which of the five candidates for Congress in the sale of New Jersy receiveil a majority of the votes polled at their late election for Representatives to the Twenty Sixeh Congress.

Mr. COLES offered the following resolution, which was laid over:

Rezolrerd, That the Committee on Commerce inquire into the expediency of an appropriatiou for a survey of the Tennessee river and its navigable tributaries,

Mr. CARTER moved the following preamble and resolution, which were laid over:

Whereas purity in the administration of a free Government can only be inaintained by the observance of strict economy in the public expenditures: and

Whereas extravagance anil prodigality in the management and disbursements of the public revenue are the surc indica. lions of an unjust and corrupt Government: and

Whereas a free Government cannot exist where public of ficers and agents are multiplied beyond the demands of the public service, merely to gratify the increasing desire for pun. lic employment; and when the public administration relies for ita support more upon the interest and attachinent of depen. dants and the amount of patronage under its control, ihan upon the impartial discernment of an enlightened community: and

Whereas rublic officers and employment have increased of late, in a degree unprecedented at any former period of the Governiment; and

Whereas the public expenditures have increased, within the

last nine years, from thir:cen millions of dollars--that being near the average of the annual expenditures in time of peace, up to the year 1823-lo upwards of forty millions since thai ume; and

Whereas these facts clearly indicate a great dezree of laxity and weakness in the public Administration, or a wilful abuse of the powers of Government, and a determination to rule by the use of patronage; therefore,

Resolved, Thai a select committee be appointed to inquiro inw and report to this House the causes which have led to the late extraordinary increase of public officers and agents, and the alarming increase of public expenditure, within the last nine years; and that they have power to send for persons and papers.

On motion of Mr. BOND,

Resolved, that the Committee on the Public Lands be in. structed to inquire into the experiency of repealing all laws authorizing the President of the United States to sign land patents by his secretary or agent, and by which the sun of filieen hundred dollars is annually apropriated for the payment of that service.

Nr. GORWIN moved the following, which lies over:

Resolved, that the Secretary of the Treasury be requested to furnish this House a statement, showing the quantity of pub. lic lands in each State and Territory of the United States that have been sold in each year since the year 1830, which had been offered for sale for periods of ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five, and thirty years prior to their sale ; also, what amount of pub. lic lands in each State and Territory in United States remain unsold, that have been in market for periods of ten, filleen, twenty, twenty-five, and thirty years.

MU SWEENT move the following, which lics over:

Resolred, That the Secretary of the Treasury be directed to furnish this llouse with a stalement of the amount of public lands remaing unsold in each of the land diztricis of the State of Ohio, accompanied with a statement of his views on the propriety of disconunuing or consolidating ceriajn land oflices in said State.

On motion of Mr. GIDDINGS,

Resolved, That the Select Commitlee on Printing be instructed to inquire and to report to this jouse the propriety of su amending the existing law as to have the acts or Congress published in a suitable manner, and with the least expense to Government,

On motion of Mr. R. GARLAND,

Resolred, That the Committee on Commerce be instructed to iquire into the expediency of establishing a a port of entry on the Vermilion river, in the State of Louisiana, and authoriz. ing the appointment of a collector or inspector of the revenue for said port

Resolved, that the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instrucied to inquire into the expediency of esta. blishing a post route from Monroe. in the parish of Ouachica, to Farmersville, in the parish of Union, in the State of Lou: isiana.

Resolved That the Committee on Private Land Claims be instructed to inquire into the expediency of and best moule of finally adjusting all the claims to land in favor of individuals in the State of Louisiana, derived from the English, French, or Spanish Government, whilst any one of them exercised, in fact or or right, sovereign powers or jurisdiction over the territory now included in the said State, and making compensation to the claimants of any said lands, whenever they may have been sold or disposed of by the United states; and all documents and pa. pers on the files of the Housc in relation to said claims be relerred to said committee.

Rravlced, That the Committee on the Post Onice and Post Reads be instructed to inquire if any irregularities or delays have occurred during the past or prezent year in the transpor: tation of the mail between the cities of New Orleans and Phila. delphia, along the principal or main post roule between those cilies; how many such irregularitics, delays, or failures, have occurred; what caused them; what remedies have been ap. plied for the correction of such failures and irregularities; and to inquire generally into the best mode of transporting the mail between those cities by the way of Charleston, in South Carolina.

Mr.RARIDEN offered the following, which lie over:

Resolved, That the Secretary of War be directed to report to this House the names and rank of the officers or the army of the United States who have been employed since July, 1831, in paying Indian annuities or in inaking payment under Treaty stipulations, showing the tribes or nation to whom paid, and the amount paid to cach tribe, with the amount paid to such oflicers as salaries, per centage. per diem pay, mileage, transportation, or subsistence; ard, also, the names and residence of each individual employed since 1834 in the transportation of mones, goodsor other property paith to the Indians, the amount of and what property transported, the amount paid in each perzon so employed, distinguishing what was paid as wages, what for transportation, what for mileage, subsistence, or percentage, and how long each person was so employed in each case, and for wliat tribe or nation; and, also, the name anil residence of each person employed in removing the Indians west of the Mississippi since 1831, exclusivo of the army, logeiler with the compensation paid to cach, how long cach was employed, and in what capacity, ncung what was paid to each as salary, what as per diem pay, expenses incurred, or subsistences during the time co employed; and, also, to report the names and residence of all persons em ploved as commissioners, or by any o her name, since 1830, 10 investigate claims against i he Indians, and the names and resi. dence of the persons employed to assist and aid such commissioners, whether as clerko, secretaries, or attorneys gether with the location of the Indians when the service was rendered, the amount of claims investigated, the time employed, and the amount of compensation allowed each; whether as salary, per diem allowance, expenses, transportation, subsistence, per centage, or incidental expenses, anil to specify un. der what laws the various persons before nanied have been appointed so the several employments, and paid.

Resolred, That the Commirce of Ways and Means he instructed us inquire into the expediency or ceding that part the Cumberland road passing through the State of Indiana, to the said State of Indiana, and of appropriating an amount siifticient for its construction, and placing the same at the disposal of the Secretary of War, to be app'je i to the construction of said road within sáid State, under the superintendence of the authorities of the State of Indiana.

Mr. SMITH of Indiana moved the following resolution, and, Jebale arising, it was laid on the table, under the rule:

Resolred, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be requested to inquire into the expedieney of authorizing the Postmaster General, by law, to make such addı. tional compensation to the postmaster at Napoleon, Indiana, as may appear reasonable for the services performed by that officer

Mc PROFFIT moved the following resolution, which was read, and laid on the table one day, under the rule, viz:

Resolred, That the Secretary of War be directed to furnish this house a detailed statement of all expenses incurred in the prosecution of the Florida war by the Government of the United State3, staung the nam of the person or persons to whom any sun of money has been paid; ibe amount paid, and for what services paid; and, also, the amount of claims for ser. vices, losses, damages, and incidental expenses growing out of sald war, which have been presented w the War Depart. ment, or any burcau thereof, and yet remain unseuled and umpaid.

Resored, That the Secretary of War be directed to report to this House what amount of goods have been purchased by the Government of the United States from the 1st of January, 1&35, to the Ist of January, 1810, for the Indians; also, in what man. ner said goods were purchased, of whom purchasedl; also, copies of all invoices of goods furnished; alev, all the correspondence between the agents of the Government and the Commis sioner of Indian Affairs on the subject of furnishing said goods Lo the Indians; also, copies of the correspondence between the Secretary of War and the said Commissioner, Carey A. Ilarris, for one month previous to the resignation of said Harris; also, any correspondence betwcen the Secretary of War and the President of the United States on the subject of said corre. spondence of said Harris.

On mouon of Mr. BROWN of Mississippi,

Resolved, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roails bc instructed to inquire into the expediency of esta. blishing the following post ioads in the State of Mississippi, to wit: From Columbus, hy way of Aberdeen, to Houstor; from Pontotec, by way of llouston,io Granada; also, from Gainesville, Alabama, hy way of Wabalak, to Louisville, Mississippi; and from Mobile, Alabama, by way of Winchester, Paulding, and Philadelphia, Mississipri, to Louisville, in the same State; and from Mississippi ciły, by way of Pearlington, Columbia, and Menticello, 10 Callatin, Mississippi; the last mentioned two to have the mail carried over them three times a week, in four. horse post coaches,

Mr. ALBERT G. BROWN offered the following resolutions which lie over:

Resolred, That the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency of appointing a Judge for the Southern Judicial District of the State of Mississippi, and of iu. creasing the compensation of the United States District Attor ney for said Digrict.

Resolred, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Road; be instructed to inqnire into the expediency of increasing the compensation of the postmaster at the city or Jackson, Mis. sissippi.

Mr. Brown also gave notice that he would, to morrow, ask leave to introduce a bill for the relict of Alvarez Fisk and the legal representatives of Thos. P. Eskridge, deceased. Mr. REYNOLDS offered the following, which lie over:

Resolred, That a eclect committee of five be appointed to inquire into the expediency of amending the laws establishing the Military Academy at West Point; so that the cadets gradu. atelal said institution shall have no preference over other citizens in the appointments to the United States army,

Resolred, That the Committee on the Public Lands bo in. strucied to inquire into the propriety of graduating the prire of the public lands to actual settlers, and of such lands as have been in the market for some ume; or to surrender said lande, on some equitable terms, to the Siatis ju which they are situated.

Rosolred, That the Committee on the Judiciary inquire into the expediency of increasing the salary of the Judge of the District Court ol the United States for the district of Illinois.

Mr. STUART gave notice that he would take occasion to move for leave to introduce a hill granting pre-emptions to ac. tual settlerson the public lands.

Also, a bill for the benefit of the Asylum for the Deaf and Dunb.in Hinois.

Mr. CASEY offered the following, which lies over:

Resolred, That the Committee on Public Lands be instructed to inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill granting a bouniy in land to the organized milliiamen, mounted milijamen, volunteers, and rangers, who defended the country during the late war with Great Britain.

Mr. HUBBARD oflered the following, which lie aver:

Resored, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads he instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a daily line of port coaches for carrying the mail from the te mination of the Georgia railroad westwardly, through the Tennessee valley, to Memphis, so as to form a speedy line of coinmunication between, Charleston and Savannah, on the Allantic, and Memphis, on the Mississippi.

Resolred, That the Committee on the Judiciary be instrueted to inquire into the expediency of establishing a uniform system of bankruptcy in the United States.

Ou morion of Mr HUBBARD,

Resolredl, That the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions be instructed to inquire into the propriety of placing the wame of Thomas Fulton, a resident of Lawrence county, Alabaina, on the pension roll ot Revolutionary pensioners, his papers being on file in the Pension Agent's office.

Resolpad, That the Committee on Military Affairs be jo. structeil to inquire into the expediency of reducing the corps of Topographical Engineers.

Rosored, That the Committec on the Post Ofice and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the experiency of establish ing a post route from Pikesville, Alabama, by way of Millville, in Marion county, to Nall's Tanyard, Monroe county, Missis. sippi.

Resolred, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishi. ing a post route from Russellville, Alabaina, to Fulton, Mississippi.

Mr. DOWNING moved the following, which lie over:

Resolred, That the Secretary of War be required to communicate to this llouse copies of the following correspondence and documents:

1. Of Gen. Taylor with Gov. Call. 2. OT Gen. Taylor and oflicers under his command with the War Depaatment.

3. Of Governor Call and any other of the local authoritics

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of Florida with the War Department, on the subject of said war, and the delenceless state of the inhabitants of Florida.

4. The instructions to Gen. Macomb, commissioned to adjust the differences with the Seminole Indians by nepouation, together with the report of said Macomb, and all correspondence relating to that subject.

5. Also, all correspondence on the subject of removing the resident ciuzens at Tampa Bay and Garey's Ferry beyond the Tinits of the military lines of said posts, together with the instructions to the Marshal of East Florids, and his report thereon.

Resolved, that the Secretary of War be requested to com municate to this House copies of the correspondence between Gen. Hernandez, of the Florida militia, and Capt. Giles Porter, of the United States Army, communicated to said War Depart. ment, on the subject of the defence of the conntry south of St. Augustine, together with all the proceedings of inquiry thereon, and the correspondence with Colonel Crane and others on thai subjeci.

On motion of Mr. DOWNING,

Resolved. That the prezentments of the grand juries for the county of Calhoun for the spring and fall terms of 1839, be referred to the Committee on the Territories.

Resolved, That the papers of James Hudson, claiming a pro. emption, be referred to the Committee on the Public Lands.

Resolred, That the claim of the heirs of James Ormond, with the vouchers and papers, be referred to the Committee of Claims.

Resolocd, That the claim of A. Watson be referred to the Commiliee of Claims.

On inotion of Mr. DOTY,

Resolved, That the Coinmittee on the Post Office and post Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing, by law, for the transportation of the mail in stages from Green Bav to Fort Winnebago.

Resolved, that the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the expediency of declaring Milwaukie and Astor, in Wisconsin, ports of entry.

Resolvel, That ihe Commiilce on the Public Lands be in. Eu ucied to inquire into the expediency of establishing a Sur. veyor Generai's office at Madison, the seat of Government of Wisconsin.

Mr. DOTY move the following, which lies over:

Resolucch. That the secretary of War be directed to furnish to this Blouse a statement of all investments made by the United States for the benefit of Indians or Indian nations, spe. cifying the time when each investment was made; the amount Bet apart by the Indians in each instance for that purpose, and the annount actually invested; the description of stock pur. chased; the interest annually due thereon, and when and where payable, and when the stock 18 redeemable; the name of the person by whom the stock was purchased'; and whether the amount due, and received by the United States, bas been paid when the same accrued and was payable to each tribe, and in what manner the payinent W18 made, slating the authority therefor, whether the saine was made otherwise than in gold and silver.

Mr. CHAPMAN of lawa, moved the following resolutions, which lie over:

1. Resolved, That the Committee on the Public Lands inquire into the expediency or granting land for a deal and dumb isy. um in the Territory of Iowa.

2. Resolved, That the Committee on the Public Lands ingire into the expediency of authorizing Joseph Williams and Charles A. Wartield to enter certain lands opposite the town of Bloomington, in lowa, for the purpose of making a road through swamps.

3. Resolred, That the Secretary of War communicate to Congress auch information he is possessed of relauve to the causes requiring troops to guard the payments of annuities to ludians on the Des Moines river, as recommended by him; whether such necessity, if it does exist, has not arisen from the fraudulent influence exercised by the traders over the agent; whether the project of furnishing troops did not originate ai the agency

4. Resolved, that the Committee on the Public Lands be in. structed to inquire into the expediency of ascertaining the northern boundary of the half-breed tract of bac and Fox Indians.

5. Resolved, That the Secretary of War be requested to communicate to this House whetlier the militia of Iowa have been called out under the authority of the United States to de. fend said Territory; and, if so, whether an appropriation is no. cessary to defray the expenses thereof.

6. Resolved, that the Committee on the Public Lands be di. rected to inquire into the expediency of authorizing the Terri. tory of Iowa to reclaiın inundated lands in sald Territory for school purposes.

7. Resolveol, That the Secretary of War communicate to this House what is the probable annual amount of the extra freight on goods, & transported up and do in the Mississippi river, and which extra freight is occasionc:l by the obstructions which the said river offers io boats navigating the same

2. What was the highest price paid by the Government dur. ing the last summer and fall seasons, for a trip of a steamboat from St. Louis to Fort Snelling, and back.

3. What amount of money is usually paid in the recom. inencement of the work upon the rapids.

4. What will be the probable loss to the Governnient should the improvement of the rapids not be progressed in during the next season.

8. Resolvcd, That the Committee on Roade and Cavalo be directed to inquire into the expediency of separating nic appro. priation for ihe improvement of the rapids in the Missip-ippi river from the appropriation to improve st. Louis harbor.

9. Resolved, That the Committee on the Public Lands be di. rected to inquire into the expediency of relinquishing to the Territory of Iowa the reserved sections at the seat of Governmeni, in lieu of the land usually given uew States for the erection of State buildings.

10. Resolved, That the Committee an the Public Lands be directed to inquire into the expediency of so aliering the mode of selling the public lands as to obviate the necessity of passing retrospective pre-emption laws.

Mr. KEMBLE offered the following resolution, which lies over:

Resolved, That the Committee or Ways and Means be instructed to inquire into the experliency of so modifying the laws for the collection of the revenue, as lo permit the entrance, for the benefit of drawback, of goods, wares, and merchandise intended to be iransported through the territories of the

United States into adjoining territories of foreign powers
in amity with the United States, and that they report to this
House.
On motion of Mr. DUNCAN,

Resolved, That the Commiliee of Accounts be required to report the amount proper to be paid for horse hire per day for the use of the House of Representatives.

Mr. HOFFMAN offered the following, which lies over.

Reso'ved, That the Secretary of the Navy be required to communicate to this blouse copies of the reports on file in his office between Captain Kearney, Captain Sloal, and Captain Perry, of the United States Navy, and the Board of Naval Commissioners, in relation to the erection or a light-house on Flynn's Knoll and Robbin's Reef, and a beacon on Rome's Shoal, and in relation to Gedney's channel, all in the bay of New York; alto, copy of a report from the collector of New York in relation to the same; and such other correspondence in relerence w the said report as may be on file in'his office.

Mr. MORRIS, of Osio, offered the following, which lica over:

Resolved, that the Committee for the District of Columbia be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a fund for the support or common schools within said Districh, by an application of a portion of the public domain for that purpose.

Mr. CURTIS offered the following, and, pending the same, the House adjoumed:

Resolded, That the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the expediency of an appropriation to purchase a lot of land on the eastern side of the New York custom-house for the purpose of light and ventilation.

Resolved. That the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the expediency of extending the privilege of drawback, and abolishing distinctions in ports of entry; also to inquire whether it be expedient to establish, by law, a systein ol warehousing upon merchandise.

On mo:ion of Nr. J. GARLAND,

Resolped, That the Committee on Revolutionary Claims be instructod to inquire into the expediency of so amending the act of the 5th of July, 1832, entitled "An act to provide for liquidating and paying certain clains of the State of Virginia," as to embrace oficers entitled w five years' full pay in lieu of hall pay for life; and that said committee be further instructed to inquire into the expediency of providing for the payment of such judgments as have been or may hereafter be recovered against the State of Virginia for hall pay or commutation pay under the act of the General Assembly of Virginia of May, 1779.

Mr. GRATIAM offered the following, which lies over:

Resolved, That the President of the United States bo requesied (if not detrimental to the public interest) to communi. cate to the blouse any treaty or other solemn engagements which may have recently been executed or proposed to be ne. gotiated by the authority of the Executive with the Seminole Indians in relation to that tribe remaining in Florida, to. gether with the names of the Indians who signed such engage. ments; and if any lands were roposed to be surrendered to the loljans within the limits of that Territory, that the dividing boundary lines may be described and dezignated.

Resolted, That the Committee of Elections be instructed to inquure into the expediency of reporting a bill constituting the Committee of Elections hereaster in the following manner: That the names of all the members of the House of Re. presentatives, whose seals are uncontested, shall be put into a box on separate pieces of paper, and drawn singly the cfrom by a child under ten years old, until the names of nine members be drawn out of the box, Do two of whom shall repreSent any one Stale. That the nine membera so drawn shall constitute the committee, and be sworn to invest gate all the facts and laws in relation to each contested election, and report the same truly and fairly to the Ilouse of Represen. talive.

Mr. STANLY off red the following resolution, which lies over:

Resolved, that the Committee on the Judiciary be instruct. ed to report a bill repealing so much of the distribution bill, passeil in June, 1836, as gives to the Secretary of the Treasury the power oi recalling the inoney deposited with the States, and releasing the states irom all obligation to repay said inoney to the General Go

rnment.
On motion of Mr. TRIPLETT,

Reso’ved, Thatche Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to report a bill providing for the punishment of public defaultere, unconnected with any other subject.

Also, Resolred, Thal lhe Committee on Revolutionary Pen. sions be direcied to inquire into the expeeiency of establishing a pension agency in the city oi Louisville, in Kentucky. On motion of Mr. ANDERSON, of Kentucky,

Resolved, That the Cominillee on Revolutionary Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of granting pen. sions to those officers and soldiers who were engaged in the wars in the West against the Indians, subsequent to the close of the Revolutionary war, fand down to the treaty of Greenville.

On motion of Mr. DAWSON,

Resilved, That the Comunittee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establish ing by law a post road, over which shall be carried, in fourhorse post coaches, the mail three times a week, or every other day, between Greenboro', in Georgia, and Gainesville, in South Carolina, by the way or Lexington, Elberton, Petersburg, on the Savannah river, and Anderson Court Hourse, in South Carolina.

On motion of Mr. WHITE, of Kentucky,

Resolved, 'That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed to inquire into the expediency of establishing a post route from Perry Court-house, Kentucky, to Harlan Courthouse, Kentucky, passing by Breshear's Salt Works, in Perry county, and Captain John Lewis's house, upon the Poor fork of Cumberland river, in llarlan county, a horse mail weekly.

Also, a post route from Richmond, Kentucky, to Nicholas. ville, Kentucky, crossing the Kentucky river, at the mouth of Silver creek, a horae mail weekly.

Also, to inquire into the exnediency of discontinuing the ex. isting mail route from Perry Court-house, Kentucky, to Scott Court-house, Virginia.

Mr. DAVIS - Kentucky moved the following resolution; which lies over:

Resolved, That the President of the United States be requested to urge upon the Government of her Britannic Majesty

to have it settled by treaty stipulation between the Governments of the two countries that the local authorities of her Majesty's possessions in North Ainerica shall, upon the application of any citizen of the United States, being the owner of any sugi. gitive slave which may be within any of said possessions, or the agent of such owner, upon proof of the ownership of such slave being made, deliver such slave to the owner; and in the event of her Majesty's Government refusing to settle by trealy the principle of delivering up the sugitive slave, then the Presi. tlení onght to insist upon a treaty stipulation between the two Governments, by which that of her Britannic Majesty shall be bound to pay to the owner of any sugitive slave, whose owner. ship may be established, the reasonable value of such slave in ihe State or Territory from which such slave may have eloped.

Mr. EVANS offered the following resolution, which lies over:

Resolved, That the Commitee on Military Affairs be in. structou to inquire into the expediency of establwhing, and im. mediately construcung the arsenals, foris, fortifications, and works of military defence on the frontiers of Maine, recommended in the reports of Brig. Gen. Wool and Major J. D. Graham, communicated to the Senate by the Secrelany of War, December 31, 1838.

Mr. EVANS offered the following, which lie over:

Resolved, That the President be requested to communicate to this llouse copies of the arrangement entered into between the Governor of Mainc and Sir John Harvey, Lieutenant Go. vernor of New Brunswick, through the mediation of Major General Scotl, in the month of March last, together with copies of the instrucuons given to General Scou, and all correspond. ence with him relating to the subject of controversy between the State of Maine and the Province of New Brunswick.

Resored, That the President be requested to communicate to this blouse whether any, and it any, what measures have been taken, since the rejection of the recominendation of the King of Holland of a new line of boundary between the United Slates and New Brunswick, to obinin information in respect to the topography of the territory in dispute, by survey or explo. ration of the same on the part of the United States alone; also, whether any measures have been adopted whereby the accuracy of the survey lately made under the authority of the British Guvernment, when communicaled, may be tested or examined.

Mr. HOPKINS offered the following resolution, which was adopted:

Rezolred, That the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads be instructed t: inquire into the expediency of establishing the following post routes, viz:

From lansonville, in Russell county, via Jonathan Wood's, to Quillinsville, in the county of Scotl.

From Hlolein, or Chaney's Boat Yard, in the county of Washington, lo Esuillville, in the county of Scout.

From Christiansburg. in the county of Montgomery, to Hills. ville, in the county of Grayson.

From Bickley's Mills, in the county of Russell, via Pound, to Turkey Cove, in the county of Leo.

Froin the Cove, in the county of Tazewell, lo Bradford, in the county of Smyth.

Mr. OGLE vffered the following resolution, which lies over:

Whereas it appears bv a report of the Director of the Mint of the United States at Philwelrhia, that the capacity of said Mint is sufficient for the annual coinage of $12,000,000, viz. half in gold and hali in silver, with an average of two and a ball pieces to every dollar in value, equal to 30,000,000 pieces, and that the force in officers, laborers, servants, machinery, fuel, &c, acually maintained at said Mini is sometent to the yearly coinage of $6,000,000, allowing an abundant proportiou of small cons:

And whereas it further appears that, in the coinage of $12,000.00 ai said Mint, the average neti expense would not exceed 83 cents in every $100 made into coni, while the ave. rage nett expense in the cuinage of but $2,000 000 rises to the sum of $2 40 for every $100 coined, the cost of coinage per certum being always in proportion to the actual amount coined:

Aint whereas the greatest amount in value coined in any one year (1836) at said mint was $7,761,900, and the average andual sum coined since the establishment of the same does not exceed 81,699.613 52. The coina je for the year 1838 at raid Mint amounted in value in 83,979,217, composed of 15,336 518 pieces, at an average nell expense of $72,000, being a fracuon over 1 per centum, viz. Salaries of officers and clerka

$20,400 Wages of workmen

23,600 Wastage on gold and silver

13,000 Incidental expenses

26,500

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$82,900 Gain on copper coinage

10,000 Actual expenses

872,300 The coinagų for 1839 at said Mint amounted to $3,0-1,170 11, composed of 9,200 340 pieces, at an average nett expense of $63,200, or a fiaction over two per cealum.

And whereas the coinage of the three Branch Mints of the United Staes, for the year 1838, amou to 8:227,333. com posed of 443,793 pieces, al an average neut expense of $20,000, or within a fraction of forty per centnm, viz:

Branch at New Orleans.
Salaries of officers

$12.900
Laborers

22,000 Wastage and contingent expenses

27,100

$62,000
Branch at Churlotte.
Balaries of officers

86,000
Wager of laborers

3,600 Wastage and contingent expenses

5,100

815,000
Branch at Dahlonega.
Falaries of officers

$6.000
Wages of laborers

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3.000 Wastage and contingent expenses

4,000

$13,800 The coinage of said three Bianch Minis for the year 1839, amounted to s.512.507 50, composed of 2 175.833 pieces, at an average niell expense oi 9:0,60', or within a fraction of fifteen per centum, Viz.

vice: referred to the Committee on Cominerce. Polly llamilton, widow of Richard Hamilton, deceased, that the pension of her late husband may be continued to her: referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions. Robert C. Suickney, Pustmaster at Milliwn, in Calais, Maine, praving an allowanco for carrying the mail from the Calais Post Office, to the Milltown Office, from the first day of July, 1837, to the 30th of March, 1839: referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

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Compensation to officers and clerks, $24,900
Pay of laborers

29,400
Wastage and contingent expenses, 26,300

${0 600 Therefure, be it resolred, That a select committee, to con: sist of

- members, be raised on the subject of coinage, and that said committee be instructed to inquire into the expedie ency of discontinuing operations at the several Branch Minis of the United States, with leave to report by bill or otherWise Mr. OGLE also offered the following resolutions, which lie

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury be directed to communicate to this House copies of all correspondence on file in tha: Department, relative to the management and operations of the Branch Mint at New Orleans; and, also, to report to this House the alleged abuses at the said Branch Ming, which give rise to the late investigation by the United States District Altorney at New Orleans; and that the said Secretary be directed to communicate copies of all the testimony taken in the progress of said investigation, and the report made thereon by said District Attorney, with the action of the Government in relation thereto.

Resolved. That the Committee on the Judiciary he directed to inquire whether it would he constitutional and expedient to subject the banking institutions chartered by the respective Slates to the provisions of a general bankrupt law, agreeably to a suggestion of President Van Buren in his message to the 25th Congress, in the session of 1837; and, foriher, to inquire whether the commerce, trade, and business of the people of the United States can be conveniently transacted and carried on Wito a currency exclusively Wielallic; and, if not, whether it would be constitui onal and beneficial to the public interests to provide one currency for the officers and contractors under the General Government, and another currency for the officers and perple of the several states.

Mi, W. C. JOHNSON offered the following, which were laid over, under the rule:

Resoloed, That each of the United States being a party to the national compact, possesses an interest in the public domain in proportion to the Federal population of each, or in the terms of the compact, according to the usual respective proportion of the Eederal charge and expenditure.

Resolved, That those states in whose favor Congress has at made appropriations of the public domain for the purposes of education, are entitled to such appropriations as will corresport in a just proportion with those heretofore made in behalf of othei L'ates.

Resolved, That the entire proceeds of sales of the public lands of the United States should constitute a fund to be dis. tnbuted, upon soine fair and equitable principle, to all the Sates of the Union, to be applied by the States severally to promote general education, to be applied to purposes of in. iernal improvement, or to be expended as the wisdom of each State may think best calculated to promote its welfare.

Resolved, That the policy indicated in the foregoing reso. luuions would have the tendency of checking the wasteful and profligate expenditures by ihe Federal Government, and would, at the same time, leave abundant means in the Treasury to carry on liberally and efficiently all the necessary operations of Government, according to the genius and spirit of the Contitution, and the letter and intention of the various acts of cession,

Resolved, That - Committee report one or more bills in accordance with the provisions of the foregoing reso. lutions.

these memorials, he would ascertain that they were signed by many of the most respectable and best in. formed citizens of Philadelphia, withont distinction of religious sect or political party. There were no women and children, as he had supposed, among the memorialists.

Mr. BENTON said he would admit the signers of these memorials were among the best of men, but he felt disposed question their title to wis. dom. They were rot well informed; in fact they were worse off than if they possessed no information at all; f r what they possessed was false. The Government, so far from doing what was insinuated in these memorials, had no knowledge what. ever of it. So far from ordering these bloodhounds, they did not even kuow that it was done, until they heard of it, as the rest of us have done, through the newspap: rs. Having made these remarks, he was content that the Senate should take whatever course they thought the proper one. They might be sent to the Military Committee, or to the War Department, where ihey would probably be sent, if referred to that committee.

Mr. PRESTON said he had beard with surprise and satisfaction the declarations of the honorable Se. Dators, on this subject, whose authority is undoubted, possessed as they are of such au'hentic sources of information. He, in common with many others, was impres ed with the belief that these animals were imported, if not by the direction, at least with the sanction, of the Government, and he was glad 10 hear ihis explicit disavowal. He would wish, however, that declarations equally explicit were made as to the intentions of the Department in relation to these animals, now that they were in the country; whether the Government intended to em. ploy them or not.

Mr. BENTON read the memorial of the Society of Friends, in which they prayed that Congress would put an end to the war in Fl rida, by extend. ing to the Seminoles the hand of friendship. Mr. B. said he knew that here were no better people in the world than the Quakers. He was ra sed among ihem, and knew them well. But how wretchedly were they misinformed of the character of these Indians, when they supposed that by holding out the hand of friendship we could terminate this war! Mr. B. then referred to the treachery of the Indians during the last year, when an attempt was made to end the war amicably. They had invited Col. Harney to establish a trading house, which being done, they had sui piised the post in the hour of darkness, and massacred every individual they could lay hands

The following is the Select Committee on the
Tobacco I'rade, appointed in pursuance of resolu-
tion:
Mr. JENIFER, of Maryland.

COLES, of Virgioia.
SERGEANT, of Pennsylvania.
DAWSON, of Georgia.
CARROLL, of Maryland.
GRINNELL, of New York.
TRIPLETT, of Kentucky.
PARISH, of Ohio.
MILLER, of Missouri. ·

IN SENATE, TUESDAY, February 11, 1840. The CHAIR submitted a report srom the Secretary of War, showing the expenditures at the national armories, and the arms manufactured for the year 1839; which was laid on the table, and ordered to be printed.

Mr. LUMPKIN presented the petition of a number of cit zens of Paulding county, Georgia, praying the establishment of a mail route; which was referred to the Committee on the Pust Office and Pist Roads.

Mr TAPPAN presented the memorial of James M. Morgan, praying compensation for his services as bearer of despatches from the Governer of the Territory of Iowa to the Secretary of Stale; which was referred to the Committee on Claims.

On motion by Mr. CLAY of Alabama, the memorial of Simeon Giron, on iho files of the Senate, was referred to the Committee on Private Land Claims.

On motion by Mr. SEVIER, the documents in relation to the claims of Samuel Mackey, were referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Nr. DAVIS presented the perition of John P. Dunklee; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

Mr. D. also presented the memorial of a nomber of merchants of Boston, in the State of Massachuseits, praying that steam packe's may be allowed to transport a grea'er number of passengers to the ton ihan is now allowed by law; which was refer. red to the Commitee on Commerce.

BLOODHOUNDS IN FLORIDA. Mr. BUCHANAN presented a memorial from the representatives of the religious Society of Friends in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, and also fourteen memorials from citizens of the ci y and county of Philadelphia, remonstrating against the employment or 'bloodhounds in the war against the Seminole Irdians; and moved their reference to the Commitee on Military Af. fairs.

Mr. BENTON said he wished to say a few words in relation to these, memorials. He supposed they were like some other memorials, a large proportion of whose signers were women and chil. dren. He would say that the Goveroment contemplated ro such thing as that prayed against by these memorialists; and they were, therefore, mişdirected when hey sent them here. If some individuals of The Territory of Florida bave imported such animals as those mentioned in the memorials, it has been done without the consent or knowledge of the Government. He was, therefore, opposed to a resc. renco to a committee, requiring them to act on a subject which had no existence in point of fact.

Mr. BUCHANAN said he had presented these memorials, expecting that they would be referred to the Commitee on Military Affairs, without single remark, knowing that they could and would, in a report of a dozen lines, exonerate the Government from this heavy charge. He could himself bave assured the memorialists that these bloodFounds had been imported without the knowledge of the War Depariment; but he preferred it to come in a more official shape--as the report of a committee. If his friend from Missouri would examine

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The following petitions, presented on the 6th February by Mr. P. J. WAGNER, were omi:ted in that day's proceedings:

The petition of Desire Jolly, widow of William Jolly, a soldier or the Revolution, praying for an increase of pension. Of Martha Ma Masters, widow oř Hugh McMasters, a soldier of the Revolution, praying for arrears of pension. 'Or Effe Van Ness, widow of Garret Van Ness, an officer of the Revolution, praying for a pension. Or George Newton, of Fulton county, New York, a soldier in the late war with Great Britain, pray: ing to be restored to the invalid pension roll. of Mary and Elizabeth Ouell, only surviving children of A. W. Ojell, who was a captain and major in the late war, and died of wounds received in said war, praying for five years' full pay for the ervices of their father. of Charles Nukerk, stating that he held a commission in the United States army in 1814, and that at the battle of Oswego, New York, in said year, the enemy took from him all his effects, consisting of inoney, clothing, &c. for wbich he prays relief.' or Noah Yale and others, citizens of Montgomery connty, New York, praying for reduction of postage, and the abolition of the franking privilege. of the heirs al law of Jellis Fonda, praying compensation for property belonging to said Fonda, which was destroyed in the Mohawk Valley, New York, by the common enemy, in the Revolutionary war. or Esther Lefferts, late widow of William S. Thom, deceased, a licutenant in the Revolutionary army, praying pay. ment of the cornmulation of hall.pay, to which her said former husband was entitled. Or Joshua Webster and others, citizens of New York, praying that simon D. Kittle, of Montgomery county, New York, be released from a judgment of $20,000, obtained against him by the United States, as surety for Alphonso Vermore, late paymaster in the United States army. A!, the petitions, for relief, of Brigadier General Peter Ć. Fox, and or Mrs. Elizabeth Davidson; the former for services, & in the late war with Great Britain, and the latter for a penson for services of her deceased husband, G. Davidson, in the Rewolutionary war.

Among the petitions presented by Mr. Lowell or Maine, on lae 13th of January, are the following, namely: Jacob Sie vens, any other inhabitants of Crawford, Maine, for the cata. ishment of a mail route from Machias, or East Machias, 10 Crawford: referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads. Captain Henry B. Nones, and other officers of the United States revenue cutler Albert, that the laws giving pensions to the widows of deceased officers and seamen, in the naval service, may be extended to the widows of deceased officers and seamen in the revenue service: referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs. Zebediah Rich, and ninety. eight others, for an appropriation to erect a light-house on Bass Harbor Head, in the State of Maine: referred to the Committee on Commerce. J. B. Knighi, owner of the scooner Martha, of Eas port, Maine, for an allowance of fishing bounty on said vessel, for the time she was employed in the fisking ser.

Mr. LUMPKIN said the longer he lived, the more he was opposed to wars and fighting, and he would rejoice at the approach of ihe day when no resort would be necessary to such sanguinary measures. But, from the course which had been pursued in the Senale and elsewhere, he felt bound to say that his views were different from those of many others on the subject under discussion. As a memter of Congress, or if he was connected with the Executive, he would not recommend a recourse to the measure which has been so much denounced; but if he was an inhabitant of that Territory, whose fields were devastated, and whose women and children were butchered by the ferocious and wily savage, he would think it no more a crime, if he had a trusty dog, to trace the Jurking Indian to his lair, ihan he would to shoot him down when he found him. He confessed that be could see no objection 10 use these animals, which would not equally lie agaiost The use of what are considered legitimate means of warfare. Holding these opioions, he felt bound in candor lo express them. If the inbabitants of Florida have resorted to this means of terminating a protract. ed and destructive war, it was not the first time that bloodhounds had been employed on this conti. nent in the contests with Indians. He would pledge himself, if necessary, to produce statute books of some of our States, in which a premium was offered for raising bloodhounds for the express purpose of hunting down Indians.

Mr.BUCHANAN said he had purposely refrained from entering into a discussion of this subject, but would only say that the people of the country had

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