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son, of 3. C. Miller, Coles, Kemble, Allen, Monroe, Sum’er, and Goggin.
Militia.-Messrs. Keim, Carter, Griffin, Wagner, P. F. Thomas, Goode, Rogers of S. C. Triplett, and Ridgway.
Elections.--Messrs. Campbell of South Carolina, Rives, Fillmore, Medill, Crabb, Brown, ot' Te., Fisher, Smih of Connecticut, and Bolls.
Public Expenditures.-Messs. Briggs, Smith of Maine, Boud, Rariden, Duncan, Crockett, Hall, Waiterson, and McCulloch.
Ways and Means.— Messrs. Jones of Virginia, Biddle, Atherton, Lawrence, Rhet!, Vander poel, Evans, Conner, and Cooper of Geo.
Mr. KEMPSHALL, a member from the State of New York, appeared, qualitied, and took his seat.
Mr. WISE then rose, and said that, with a view of preventing the strile which had heretofore agitated this House and the country, he now look the earliest opportunity to move a suspension of the rules of the House for the purpose of submitting the following resolution:
Resolreil, That upon the presentation of any memorial or petition praying for the abolition of slavery or the slave trade in any District, Territory, or State of the Union, and upon the presentation of any resolution or other paper touching that subject, he reception of such memorial, petition, Tesolution, or paper, shall be considered as objected 10, and the question of its reception shall be laid upon the table, without further debate or further action thereon.
Mr. WISE said if there was any objection to this mot on he would call for the yeas and nays upon it.
Mr. FILLMORE said if it was necessary to make objection, he objected.
Mr. WISE then called for the yeas and nays, which were ordered.
Mr. BELL inquired if the resolution could be amended if the rules were suspended?
The CHAIR was os opinion that it could.
Mr. ADAMS moved a call of the House, but the House refused to order the call.
The question was then taken on suspending the rules, and decided in the negative--yeas 109, pays 77, not being two-thirds, as follows:
YEAS-Messrs. Alfort, Judon Allen, Simeon H. Anderson, Andrews, Atherion, Banks, Bell, Buyd, Brewster, Aaron V. Brown, Albert G. Brown, Burke, Sampson II Butler, William U, Burler. Bynum, John Canpoat:11, William B. Campbell, Carr, Carter, Case:, Chapman, Clifford, Colcs, Coquilt, Crabb, Crary Crockett, Dana, Juim Divis, John W. Davis, Garret Da. Vis, Dawson, Dilleti. Duncan, Earl, Eastman, Fisher, Fornance, Janes Garland, Rice Garland, Gentry, Goggin, Graham, Grilliu, ilabersham, Hul or Virginia, Halil of North Carolina, Hillen, Ivok, Hopkins, Howari, llubbard, Jameson, Joseph Johnson, Cave Johnson, Keim, Kerble, King, Leet, Leonard, Lewis, Lucas, McClellan, JcCulloch. McKay, Marchand, Medzil, Miller, Montanya, Montgomery, Samuel W. Morris, Newland, Visbei, Paynter, Pickens, Pupe, Prentiss, Ramsey, Rayner, Reynolds, Samne's, Shaw, Sherard, Albert Smith, Thomas Smith, Stanly, Steenrod, Strong, Stuart, Sumter, Sweeny, Talialerro, Taylor, Waddy Thompson, Jacob Thompson. Triplell, Turney, Underwood, David D. Wagener, Warren, Watterson, Weller, Elwani D. While, John White, Wick, Jared W. Will liams, Lewis Williams, Christopher H. Williams, and Sherrod Williams-103.
NAYS-Messrs. Adams, John W. Allen, Fush J. Andersen, Barnard, Beatty, Biddie, Briggg, Brockway, Anson Brown, Calhoun, Chinn, Chiliendien, Clark, Corwin, Cranston, Curtis, Cushing, Davee, Edward Divies, Doan, Duig, Ely, Evans, Eve: reti, Fillmore, Fletcher, Floyd, Galbraith, Gates, Giddings, Goode, Granger, Hall, W S. Hastings, J. Hastings, Henry, Hofl. man, Hunt, Jackson, James, C. Johnston, Nathaniel Jones, Kempshall, Leadbetter. Lincoln, Lowell, Narvin, Magon, Morzan, Calvary Morris, Ogle, Osborne, Palen, Parish, Parmenter, Parris, Peck, Randall, Randoiph, Rariden, Reed, Ridgway, Edward Rogers, Russell, Slude, John Smith, Truman Sinith, Starkweather, Storrs, Swezringen, Tillinghast. Toland, Trum bull, Peter J. Wagner, Thomas W. Williams, llenry Wils liams, and Joseph L. Williams-77.
(Mr. Black of Georgia not being within the bar at the moment that his name was called, asked leave to record h's voie; but it was objected to.]
Mr. BELL inquired whether it would be in order to move to suspend the rules for the purpose of introducing the resolution of the gentleman from Virginia, with this amendment, that all these petitions be referred to the Committee for tge District of Columbia, without debate. It seemed 10 him that this would be the most proper disposition 10 make of them.
Mr. WISE. The gentleman's amendment would be wholly inconsistent with my resolution.
Mr. BELL Then I will introduce a new resolution to this effect.
Mr. WISE said he would object to this. He States, gives no right or authority to take the pro. would vote against this House taking any action bate property of any citizen in such district for whatever upon these petitions. As a Southern public use, without just compensation, and much man, he would not admit that the House had any less does it conter the power to take such property righi lo act upon these matters.
for no usc at all, without the consent of the immeMr. BELL should be very sorry to do any thing diately interested, and without making any com. to interrupt the harmony of this body, and would pensation for it. not present the resolution, if the general sense of 3. Resolved, That the interference,by the citizens of the House was against it; but if it would be accep any of the States, with the view to the abolition of table to the members of the House generally, he slavery in the District of Columbia, is endangering would prepare such a resolution.
the rights and security of the people of the District; Mr. ADAMS inquired if he understood the gen and that any act or measure of Congress designed tleman from Tennessee as moving to su pend the to abolish slavery in this District would be a viorules for the purpose of offering the resolution al lation of the faith implied in the cessions made by luded 10, that all Abolition petitions should be re the States of Virginia and Maryland of said terferred to the Committee for ihe District of Colur. ritory, a just cause of alarna to the people of the bia, without debate. He would suggest to the slaveholding States, ard bave a direct and ingentleman from Tennessee, that there was but one evitable tendency to distract and endanger this class of these petitions which could properly go to Union. that committee, and those were petitions for the 4. Resolved, that the House will not consider any abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia. proposition, petition, remonstrance, memorial, reHe had no sort of objection to those petitions solution, motion, or paper, asking or requiring, or laking that course. But there were petitions for in any manner relating to the abolition of slavery the abolition of slavery in the Territories; for the in the District of Columbia, or the Territories; nor abolition of the slave trade between the States, will this House consider any proposition, petition, and against the admission of new States, whose remonstrance, memorial, resolution, motion, or constitutions toleiated slavery; and certainly these p per, asking or requiring, or in aay manner re. petitions should not be sent to the Committee for the
Taling to, the abolition of the slave trade in the DisDistrict of Columbia. He had no sort of objection trict of Columbia, or among the several States of to having petitions in relation to slavery in the Dis this Union. trict sent to the Committee for the Dis rict, and he Mr. ADAMS wished to know of the gentleman had co sort of doubt that that committee would from Louisiana, before voting upon this motion to make a report perfectly satisfactory at least to the suspend, whether it was understood that these reSouthern portion of the country.
solutions which he had submitted were to be deMr. PICKENS rose to inquire if this question bated, or whether the previous question was to be was debatable.
called upon them as soon as they were presented. Mr. ADAMS did not desire to debate the ques Mr. R. GARLAND said ihat these were tion at present, and was only making a suggestion carcus resolutions, and but two gentlemen besides to the gentleman from Tennessee, that petitions re himself had read them, previons to their being prelating to slavery should go to different comunittees. sented this morning, and it would be for ihe House For his own part he would be perfectly willing that to dispose of them in such manner as may meet its the committees on this subject should be appoint pleasur ed by the SPEAKER, according to his own views en Mr. ADAMS could not trust the House against This subject; only that these petitions should be re the previous question, and would therefore vote ceived by the House, treated with respect, and re against a suspension of the rules; although he ferred to appropriate committees, and ihose com wou'd be happy to have these resolutions presented mittees might be as strong on one side as any gen 10 the House, and fairly and fully debated. That, teman here might desire ihem to be.
said he, is what the country wants. Mr. BELL said it had always been his opinion The yeas and nays were ther ordered. that the best mode of di pusing of the.e petitions Mr. GATES would inquire wheihor th's motion would be to refer them to a committec, and hence to suspend the rules was in orler. When the geoit was that he had proposed to iniroduce a resolu tleman from Virginia asked to suspend the rules, tion of the kind before ailuded to; but as objec in it was not in crder, because the House had refused had been rais:d to that resolution, he would now to sussed the rules, and this was precisely the wait until the question was brought up by the pre same proposition, except that there was prefixed to sentation of petitions on this subject.
it certain abs!ractions of no consequence. Mr. WISE inquired if it would be in order for The CHAIR considered the proposition somehim to move a suspension of the rules again, for what different, and therefore decided the motion to the purpose of introducing his resolution.
suspend to te in order. The CHAIR replied that it would not be in or Mr. WISE asked if it would be in order for him der, the House having just refused to suspend. to mive to suspend the rules on to-morrow mora
Mr. WISE. Then I will give notice that, on ing, for the purpose of offerirg his resolution. the presentation of all Abolition petitions, I will The CHAIR would decide that question when it object to their reception, and move to lay the ques. would arise. He expres el the opinion, howover, tion of reception on the table; and I will say 10 that such a motion would be in order. Norihern gentlemen and Southern gentlemen, that Mr. ADAMS hoped that the gentleman from I do not admit the power of this House to legislale Virginia would not offer his resolution again toupon that subject.
morrow, as he should be satisfied with what hart Mr. RICE GARLAND then moved a suspen occurred to-day upon that subject. The gentleman sion of the rules, for the purpose of submitting the cannot suppose that we will submit to another enfollowing resolutions; and on that question he called croachment upon the rights of the people of this for the yeas and nays:
Union. We have heretofore had enough of that : 1. Resulved, That the freedom of speech,of the press, in the House refusing to act upon these petitions in and of the people, peaceably 10 assemble, and to
any manner. petition the Government for a redress of grievances, The CHAIR said the question was not debataare rights secured to every citizen by the Constitu ble. tion of the United States; bui in the exercise of Mr. ADAMS said if the gentleman from Virgithese rights and privileze:, no citizen or body of nia was not permitted to debate it, he would not people in one białe of this Vuion, has the right so debate it; hut as the gentleman from Virginia had to use them, or any of them, as to deprive lhe ciii been debating it, he took the liberty to do the same. zens or people in another Siate of their rights and Mr. ALFORD wished to inquire of the gent'e. privileges, or of the property secured to them by man from Louisiana il it was his intention, by this the Constitution and laws.
resolution, that Abolirion petitions should be re2.- Resolved, That the power given by the Constitu- | ceived by the House. If that was the gentleman's
intention, he must vole against it. in all cases whatsoever over such districi (not ex
The question was then taken on suspending the ceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of
rules, and decided in the negative-yeas 107, pays particular Siates, and the acceptance of Congress,
82, as follows, there not being two-thirds in favor become the seat of Government of the United
of a suspension:
YEAS-Messrs. Alford, Hugh J. Anderson, Simeon H. Anderson, Andrews, Atherton, Banks, Beatty, Beirne, Bell, Boyd, Brewster, Aaron V. Briwn, Albert G. Browo, Burke, Sampson II. Butler, William O. Butler, Bynum, John Camp. bell, Wm. B. Campbell, Carr, Carter, Casey, Chapman, Chinn, Colquitt, Crabb, Crary, Crockett, Cross, Dani, John Davis, John W. Davis, Garrel Davis, Dawson, Dilleti, Doig, Earl, Eastman, Fisher, Fornarce, Galbraith, James Garland, Rice Garland, Gentry, Goggin, Graham, Green, Griffin, Hill of Virginia, Hill of North Carolina, Hillen, Ilook, llopkins, Howard, Hubbard, Jameson, Joseph Johnson, Cave Johnson, Keim, Keinble, King, Leel, Leonard, Lewis, Lucas, McClellan, McCulloch, McKay,, Marchand, Medill, Miller, Montanya, Montgomery, Samuel W. Morris, Newhard, Pope, Ramsey, Rayner, Reynolds, Ridgway, James Rogers, Samuels, Shaw, Shepard, Thomas Smith, Stanly, Steenrod, Strong, Stuart, Bumier, Sweeny, Taliaferro, Taylor, Waddy Thompson, Jacob Thompson, Triplell, Turney, Underwood, David D. Wagener, Warien Wallerson, Edward D. White, John White, Jared W. Williams, Lewis Williams, Christopher H. Williams, and Sherrod Williams-107.
NAY_Messrs. Adams, John W. Allen, Barnard, Biddle, Black, Briggs, Brockway, Anson Brown, Calhoun, Chittenden, Clark, Clifford, Coles, Corwin, Cranston, Curtis, Cushing, Davee, Ellward Davies, Doan, Duncan, Ely, Evans, Everett, Fillmore, Fletcher, Floyd, Gat s, Gidlings, Goode, Granger, Habersham, Hall, Hand, William S Hastings, John llastings, Henry, Hoffman, Hunt, Jackson, James, Charles Johnston, Nathaniel Jones, Kempshall, Leadbetter, Lincoln, Lowell, Marvin, Mason, Morgan, Calvary Morris, Nisbel, Ogle, Os. borne, Palen, Parish, Parmenier, Parris, Paynter, Peck, Pickens, Prentiss, Randall, Randolph, Rariden, Reed, Edward Rogers, Russell, Slade, Albert Smith, John Smith, Truman Smith, Suark weather, Storrs, Swearingen, Tillinghast, Toland, Trumbull, Peter J. Wagner, Weller, Thomas W. Williams, Henry Williams, and Joseph L. Williams—82.
Mr. CAVE JOHNSON asked if the motion of the motion of the gentleman from South Carolina, (Mr. THOMPSON,] made on Friday last, lo reconsider the vote on ordering the message to be printed, had been entered on the journal.
Mr. W. THOMPSON presumed that it had, and he was now entitled to the floor upon that motion. If it had not, be would now make the motion.
Mr. JAMESON then rose and made a point of order, in these words:
"He rose from his seat, Con Friday last,) addre sed the SPEAKER, was announced by the SPEAKER as being envilled to the floor; and while in the possession of the same, sent a resolution to he Clerk's table. Before the resolution was read, and the question arising from it was staled from the Chair, and while he (the said Jamison) was still in possession of the floor, the gentleman from South Carolina (Mr. THOMPSON) rose from his seat and made a motion to reconsider the vote given in relation to the printing of the President's message.
“The points of order arising on the statement above are these:
"1. The SPEAKER should not entertain a motion to reconsider, before another motion, that had been previously made in writing, and sent to the Clerk's table, had been read, and s'ated by the SPEAKER, (rule 37;) for it might itsell be a motion to reconsider, for any thing the SPEAKER might know, before it was read.
2. The motion to reconsider cannot take such precedence over other motions as to require a genilaman, who is in possession of the floor, to yield ile for ihat cannot be done even upon a motion to adjours, wh ch is considered always in order, except when a member has the floor."
The CHAIR said he had announced the gentleman from Missonri, on Friday last, as entitled to the foor; and the motion of ihe gealleman from South Carolina to reconsider, was not entered on the journal. But as iho gentleman from South Carolina had risen this morning, and made ihe mo. tion, it was the first bus ness now in order.
Mr. JAMESON contende:1, that as he was entitled to the floor on his re:olution, the gei man from South Carolina could not make the motion to reconsider.
The CHAIR decided that the gentleman from South Carolina was entitled to the floor then. The gentleman from Missouri, he said, would be entitled to the foor, when resolutions were in order.
Mr. THOMPSON of South Carolina addressed the Hou-e at considerable lengih, going into a review of the various topics, ionc'ied upon in the Message of the President of the Uni ed States. He cons dered that that document was writen with vnquestioned ability and dexterity, if he might use such a term without disrespect 10 the President; but he contended that the President was not true lo many of the doctrines put forth in the message. Wilh regard to the State Rights doctrines of the message, they were his doctrines in every
particular, but when he read them, he was reminded of the admirable doctrines contained in the message of President Jackson in 1836, and of his bad faith in issuing that odious document to the South, the proclamation, but nine days afterwards He feare i Mr. Van Buren would be as faithful to these doctrines as Gen. Jackson was. He cominented with some severity upon the part of the message in relation to the Florida war, and upon the proposition of the Secretary of War to bring that contest to a close. He pronounced the course of the Administration in relation to that war imbecile, and calcula:ed to bring disgrace upon the military service of ihe United States, and declared that he would never vo'e appropriations for carrying on that struggle, unless the Government pursued a course better calculated to bring it to a termination than it had ben. He next went into an examination of that part of the message in relation to the finances of the country, contending that the Government had be: n most extravagant in its er. penditures, and declaring that Congress would be compelled to borrow ten millions of dollars in addition to the asual revenues of the year to carry on the operations of the Government for the coming year. With regard to the Sub-Treasury system, he contended hat it could not be carried into operation, without operating most oppressively upon the people of the country. The effect of it would be, and the objeci of the President doubtless was, to establish a metallic currency, and to destroy the banks of the country; and this would produce such a depre:sion in the prices of property, &c. as would never be submitted to by the people of this coon ry.
Mr. THOMPSON having concluded,
Mr. DUNCAN moved the previous question on the motion made by that gentleman. Eome of the documents, Mr. D. said, which the gentleman ani. madverted on, would answer him.
Mr. THOMPSON of South Carolina said, that as his sole obje3l was to promote di: cussion on the subject of the message, and as that object had been defeated by the call for the previous ques. tion, he would withdraw his motion.
Mr. UNDERWOOD presented various amend. ments to the rules; which were read, referred to the Select Committee on the rules, and ordered to be printed.
Mr. SERGEANT submitted a resolution in relaiion to excess of postage paid by members of Congress; which was adopted.
The resolution laid on the table on Friday, for the printing of 10,000 copies of the Report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the Finances, was laken up and adopied.
Mr. ADAMS, in pursuance of notice given, asked and obtained leave, and introduced a bill lo provide for the disposal and management of the fund bequeathed by James Smithson, deceased, to the United Stales, for the establishment of an institulion for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men. Read twice, and referred to a select committee to consist of nine members.
Mr. DUNCAN submitted the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Speaker is hereby advised and directed to swear into office Messrs. PhiLEMON DICKERS 'N, PETER D. VROOM, DANIEL B. Ryall, William R. Cooper, and JOSEPn Kille, members elect from the State of New Jersey, and said members thereon be directed to take their seats un. til the contest is regularly determined by the House.
Mr. RANDOLPH suggested that the resolution was not in order, it requiring a vole of two-thirds to allow of its recep'ion.
Mr. DUNCAN contended that it was a privileged motion that he had submitted, and therefore it could be offered at any lime.
Mr. WISE objected to the reception of the reso. lution at that time. He would sugg st to the gentleman from Ohio that many members were absent who wished 10 vote on this question, and that he had better not press iis consideration at present.
Mr. DUNCAN observed that this was a ques. tion of privilege, and had never before tern acted
It related to the rights of the State of New Jersey, and her Representatives here. He would say to the gentleman from Virginia [Mr. Wise)
that he had no wish to push the copsideration of the resolution at this time; but he wished to address the House on that subject, and as several members had expressed a wish for an adjouroment, he would move that the House now adjourn.
Mr. PICKENS suggested that there were several public documents on the Speaker's table requiring ihe action of the House, and he hoped ibe gentleman from Ohio would withdraw his motion until they could be dispos:d of.
Mr. DUNCAN withdrew his motion, saying that he did not, in so doing, yield his right to the floor.
Mr. ADAMS inquired if the paper submitted by the member from Ohio (Mr. DUNCAN) was before the House.
The SPEAKER replied that it was not; and that it required a suspension of the rules before that paper could be received.
Mr. DUNCAN appealed from the decision of the Chair, on the ground that his resolution was a privileged motion, relating to the rights of the Representatives of one of the States of the Union; bu', on taking the question, the House sustained lhe decision of the SPEAKER without a division.
The SPEAKER laid before the House the fol. lowing messages from the President of the United Siales: To the House of Representatives:
I transmit here with a report made to me by the Secretary of the Treasury, with accompanying documents, in rrgard to some difficulties which have occurred concerning the kind of papers deemed necessary to be provided by law jor the use and protection of American vessels engaged in the whale fisheries, and would respectfully invite the consideration of Congress to some new legis'ation on a subject of so much interest and difficulty.
M. VAN BUREN.
I transmit here with to Congress a report from the Secretary of State, on the subject of the law providing for taking the sixth census of the United States, to which I invite your early attention.
M. VAN BUREN. WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 1839.
The SPEAKER communicated the following documents, víz:
A report from the Secretary of the Treasury, exhibiting certain transfers of appropriations of the War Deparıment. Also,
A report from the same, exhibiting certain transfers of appropriations made in that Department; both of which were referred to the Commiltee on Public Expendi'ures, and ordered to be
A letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmiling, in pursuance of the act of 24 March, 1799, an abstract of the returns made by collectors, showing the number of registered American seamen. Laid on the table, and ordered to be printed.
A report of the Secretary of the Treasury, on the accounts of Charles J. Ingersoll, which was referred to the Committee of Claims, and ordered to be printed.
A report from the Secretary of the Treasury, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate in rela. tion to the execution of the 13th and 141h sections of the act to regulale the deposiies of the public money, approved June 23, 1836; which was referred to the Committee on Finance, and ordered to be printed.
A report from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting the report of F. R. Hassler, as soperintendent of the survey of the coast and of the construction of standards of weigh's and measures; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce, and 50) additional copies ordered to be printed
A report from the Secretary of State in relation to the expenditure of the contingent fund of that Department; which was relerred to the Committee on Finance.
A report from the Secretary of the Navy, in relation to the expenditure of ine contingent fund of that Department; which was referred to the Committee on Finance.
The SPEAKER said that he had received them by mail, directed to him as Speaker of the House of Representa'ives.
Mr. BRIGGS then observed that they were not properly before the House at this time. The Tu'e was, when the Speaker rece ved papers by mail, to retain them until calling over the States for iho presentation of petitions, and then such paper was presented when the name of the State it came from was called
Mr. BELL apprehended that the only question in order, and that could be in order, was, who were returned as members fion New Jersey. The House ought to decide this question in some form or other; but he hoped the gentleman from Ohio, aster what had been said by the gentleman from Virginia, as 10 the absence of members, would not press this question for the present.
Mr. ADAMS was in favor of a reference of all the papers relating to the subjrct, and of giving the committee power to send for persons and papers; and the committee, he said, should be in. structed to inquire and report to the House who are inembers from the State of New Jersey; and that ihey have leave to report by bill or otherwise.
Mr. DUNCAN said he rose to inquire whether certain papers were or were not in possession of the House, and whether they would be referred to the committee. He had been informed by the Speaker that there were no other papers in posses. sion of the House, or that would be referred, except these one-sided depositions taken to support the claims of ihe ceruficaie members. He should, therefore, oppose the motion. Mr. D. here yielded the floor to
Mr. TURNEY, on whose molion
A letter from the Commissioner of the Public Buildings, reporting the manner which all appro. priations for the public buildings and grounds have bæn applied; which was referred to the Committee on Pub'ic Buildings.
A communication from the Department of State, transmitting, in compliance with the second section of the act making appropriations for the civil and diplomatic expenduures of the Government, a statement showing the expenditures of that Depart. ment for the past year: lad on the table, and ordered to be printed.
The annual report of the Commissioner of the General Land Office: referred to the Committee on the Public Lands, and ordered to be printed.
A report from ihe Secretary of the Treasury on the petition of sundry citizens of Wisconsin in relation to the lead mines of that Territory: referred to the Committee on the Public Lands, and ordered to be printed.
A repoit from the Secretary of the Treasury in relation to the British colonial trade: referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and ordered to be printed.
A report from the Secretary of the Treasury in relation to the Chickasa w fund: referred to the Commitee on Indian Affairs, and ordered to be printed.
A report of the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting the result of an examination and survey of Block Island: referred to the Commitee on Com. merce, and erdered to be printed.
A report from the Secretary of the Treasury, being a supp'ement to the statements transmitted 416 January, 1836, exhibiting the sums paid yearly under each material head of expenditure from 1834 to 1839: referred to the Committee on Public E.:penditures, and ordered to be printed.
A report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the subject of duties on railroad iron: referred to the Committee on Manufactures, and ordered to be prioted.
A report from the Secretary of the Treasury, showing the names of the applicants for relit, under the act fir the relief of certain insolveni debtors of the United States: laid on the table, and ordered to be printed.
A report from the Secretary of the Treasury, showing the amount received yearly for five years past, by each collector of the customs, on account of fine; and forfeitures: referred to the Committee on Commerce, and ordered to be printed.
A report from the Secretary of War, with a report from the Commissioner of Pensions, in obedience to the resolution of 29th May, 1839, in relation to pensioners who have made application for increase of pension: laid on the table, and ordered to be printed.
A report from the Secrelary of War, showing the expenditures of the contingent fund of the War Department for the past year: referred to the Committee on the Expenditures of the War Depariment, and ordered to be printed.
Two reports from the Secretary of the Navy, in relation to the expenditures of the Navy Deparlment for the past year: referred to the Committee on the Expenditures of the Navy Depariment, and ordered to be printed.
A repot from the Secretary of the Treasury, relative to certain transfers of appropriations of the Navy Department: referred the same committee, and ordered to be printed.
Two reports from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting statements from ihe Second and Fourth Auditors, showing the balances standing on their books: laid on the table, and ordered to be printed.
A report from the Secretary of the Treasury on the commerce and navigation of the United States for ihe year 1839: laid on the table, and ordered 10 be priated.
Two reports from the Commissioner of the Pub. lic Buildings, shewing the progress made in the public works, and the expenditures for the same during the last year: referred to the Committee on the Pablic Buildings, and ordered to be printed.
The Annual Report of the Clerk of ihe House: referred to the Committee of Accounts, and ordered to be printed; after which,
The SPEAKER communicated c:rtain docu. men's in relation to the New Jersey elections.
Mr. RANDOLPH moved to refer them to the Committee of Elections.
Mr. TURNEY moved to amend the motion, by referring to the same commiliee the certificates of The Governor of New Jersey, and all the papers in relation to the New Jersey elections in possession of the House.
Mr. WILLIAMS of North Carolina inquired what was the nature of the document communicated by the SPEAKER, and how it came in possession of the House.
The SPEAKER said the document was composed of cer:ain depositions taken in New Jer: ey, in relation to the late elections there for members of This House, and which had been transmitted to him by mail, and that the House was not in possession of any other documents on the subject.
Mr. HUBBARD was opposed to any reference whatever. There was, he said, no case of contested elections to go to the committee. All the questions that had been agitated in the House, had been in reference to the returns only. The only question that had been before them was, who were relurned as members from New Jersey. When the question of contest was raised, then it would be time to refer the matter to the Committee on Elec. tions.
Mr. BELL entirely concurred with the gentleman from Alabama. There was no petition con. testing the seals of sitting members, for the House had decided that five of the New Jers:y mem. bers should not take their s'a's. This question should be brought fairly before the House, and if no other member did, he would bring it forward as a privileged motion. He understood that there were four or five gentlemen claiming seals as Reprisentatives from New Jersey, who had been waiting here since the commencement of the s's. sion, and their claims had not as yet been de ided
He hoped the House would proceed with caution in this matter, and recollect that they were aboul selling a prec dent that would be followed in time to coine, and not loosely reler these matters to a committee before any pellion or question of con. tested righis was before him. If the House would receive a resolution that would relieve it from the difficulty in which it was involved, he was prepared now to make ii. He thought that the motion submitted by the gentleman from Ohio [Mr. DUNCAN) was the only one male in order this morning, for it was a privileged mo!ion, in as much as it related to the question as to who shall occupy the vacant seats of the represen'ation from New Jersey,
Mr. WISE contended that the reference pro. posed was exactly the way in which the question could be breuoht fairly before the House. The commitee would, after examining the reiurns, and the testimony in possession of the Hou e, make np their report, showing who have the legal credentials, and who ought to take their seats as the sitting members, while they are engaged in cllecting tetimony to enable the House to decide who are allia mately entiiled to membership. This seemed t) him to be the regular mode of proceeding, and he hoped the House would adopt it.
Mr. DUNCAN inquired of the Chair whether the returns of the polls at South Amboy and Millville, which were suppressed, were to be considered as included in the motion of reference, and would be sent with the other documents to the Cimmittee of Elections?
The CHAIR supposed that the papers referred to by the genileman from Ohio wouli not te included in the relerence, and that no o'her papers would be referred than the depositions just laid before the House.
Mr. DUNCAN observed that he had so supposed; and as to those depositions, if they were lopsided, as he suspected, he should object to their reception.
Mr. RANDOLPH observed that the depositions had been taken in accordance with the laws of New Jersey, and transmited to the SPEAKER as di. rected by law.
Mr. BRIGGS inquired how these depositions came before the House.
IN SENATE, TUE DAY, December 31, 1839. Mr. HUBBARD presented ceriain resolutions of the Legislature of New Hampshire, instructing their S nators, and requesting their Representatives in Congress, to the following effect:
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Courl convened, That, in the opinion of ih s L-gislature, all connection between banking corporations and ihe Government of the United States, should be dissolved.
And be il further Resolved, That, in the opinion of this Legislature, no medium, or currency, should te received in payment of the revenues of the General Goviroment, except gold and silver.
And be it further Resolved, Toat, in the opinion of this Legi Liture, the Independent Treasu'y is the only systein for receiving, keeping, and disbursing the public revenues, recognised by the Const tulion of the Unit: d Slaies.
And be il further Resolved, That the Senators from this State in the Congress of the United States be instructed, and the Repre entatives requeste i, to use al proper exertions to effect the adoption of the Independeni Treasury.
The resolutions were ordered to lie on the table and be printed.
Mr. WRIGHT presented ihe memorial of the Chevalier De Gerstner, praying Congress to grant him ihe copyright, for five years, of certain satistical works; which was referred to the Committee on Patents, and ordered to be printed.
Mr. W. also presented the periuon of Hannah Gouge, a widow of a Revolutionary sold er, who had resided in New York 104 years, asking for a pens on; which was referred to the Commitee on Pensiuns.
Mr. W. also presopled the petition of James Thompson, agent of the British and Foreign Bible Society, reques'ing permission to enter Bibles at the city of New York free of duly, for transmission to the Candas, while the navigation of the St. Lawrence is obstructed by ice; which was r.ferred to ihe Compitiee on the Judiciary.
Mr. PIERCE presented cerain resolut'ons of the Legislature of New Hampshire, in trurting their Senators and requesting their Representatives in Congress, to the following effec':
Whe:eas certain propositions have been before The Congress of the United States, having for their object the distribution of the proceeds of the sales
of the public lands; aud whereas such a measure, in the opinion of this Legislature, is not only unconstitutional, but is calculated to diminish the public revenue and increase indirect taxation, hy affording a pretext for the continuance of a bigh tariff-lherefore,
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representalives in General Court convened, That our Senators in Congress be instructed, and the Representatives from this State be reques.ed, to oppose every attempt which shall be made to divide the proceeds of the sales of the public lands among the several Stales, or to make any other disposition thereof except for the constitutional purpose of providing for the common welfare and general defence of the United Stat s.
The resolutions were ordered to lie on the table, and be printed.
Mj. ROANE presented cerlain resolutions of the Legislature of Virginia, requesting Congress to make an additional grant of land to satisfy outstanding military land warran's; which were referred to the Committee on the Public Lands, and ordered 10 te printed.
Mr. WALL, from the Committee on the Judi. ciary, to which had been referred the bill for the relief of Pierre Menard, asked to be discharged from its further consideration, and that it be referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Cla ms; which was agreed to.
Mr. SOUTHARD presented the petition of the Trustees of the Presbyterian Church, at Connecticut Farms, for reliel; which was referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.
Mr. CLAY of Alabama gave notice that tc-morrow he would ask leave to bring in a bull for the relief of D. A. Sallmarsh and Co.
Mr. BENTON pre ented the petition of Nathan Ranney, collector of the port of St. Louis; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce.
Mr. B. said, while he was up, he would make some suggestions rspecting the number of documents ordered to be printed for the Senate. They had adopted the present number when the Senate was much smaller ihan at present; and by the increase in the number of Senators, the number of documents received by each for distribution, was greatly reduced. He thought that 2,500 would bear about the same proportion to the number of Eenators at present, as 1,500 did when it was adopted.
Several Senators requesting Mr. B. to make a motion 10 lhat effect, he moved that 1000 additional copies of the President's message and ac. companying docaments be printed for ihe use of the Senale; which was unanimously agreed to.
On motion by Mr. ALLEN, tse pet.tion and papers on fi'e in relation to the case of John Grigsby, were referred to the Committee on Pensions.
Mr. DAVIS presented the petition of Samuel B. Smith, praying that cər aio duties may be refunded; which was referred to the Committee on Finance.
Mr. D. also presented the petition of J. W. Nye, assignce of Peter Baigy, jr; which was referred to the Commitee on Claims.
Mr.WHITE of la.presen'ed the pet tion of c tizens of Upper Wabash, in the State of Indiana, and the pe ition of citizens of Clinton and Carr counties, praying for certain designated mail routes; which were referred to the Commitee on the Post Office and Post Roads.
Mr. MERRICK presented the petition of John Carter, praying for permission to bring a servant into the District; which was referred to the Commillee on the District of Columbia.
Mr. BETTS presented the petition of certain manufacturers of pins, praying for a reduction of the duty on brass wire; which was referred to the Committee on Manufactures.
Mr. LINN presented a memorial from certain caplains and erg neers of steamboats on the Mis. sissippi, in rela:ion to the adoption of a system for the prevention of the explosions of boilers, which was referred to the Committee on Com nerce.
Mr. LINN presented a series of resolutions of the Legislature of Missouri, relating to the public lands; which was relerred to the Committee on the Pubho Lands, and ordered to be printed.
Mr. L. also presented resolutions of the same body on the subject of the 16th sec'ions.
Also, requesting'a grant of land for public schoo's; which were referred to the Commillee on the Public Lands.
Also, requesting a grant of land to aid in constructing a railroad to Jefferson city; which was referred to the Committee on Roads and Canals.
Also, requesting an appropriation for the improvement of the navigation of the Des Moines river; which was rcferred to the Committee on Commerce.
Oa motion of Mr. FULTON, certain reso'utions of the Legislature of Arkansas, in favor of ceding the public lands to the States in which they lie, and in relation to the settlers on school lands, which were on the files of the Senate, were referred to th: Committee on the Public Lards.
On motion by Mr. F. The memorial of John K. L. Norman, praying a grant of land in aid of a collegiate institution in the Territory of Florida, now on file, and additional papers, were referred to the Committee on the Public Lands.
On motion by Mr. CLAY of Alabama, the me. morial of the Legislature of Alabama, asking the Federal Government to surrender the canal connecled with Muscle shoals to that State, now on file, was referred to the Committe on Roads and Canals.
Mr. NORVELL submitted the following resolu. tion, which was consider d and agreed to:
Resolved, That the memorial of a number of the naturalized citizens of Michigan, presented at the last session, praying for the adoption of measures more effectually to secure the recognition and maintenance of the rights of that class of the citi. zens of the United States, be taken from the files of the Senate and referred to the Commitee on Foreign Relations.
Mr. N. in pursuance of notice, asked and obtained leave to bring in a bill granting to the State of Michigan a fuantity of land io ad in construct. ing a canal around the Falls of Sie. Marie; which was read twice, and referred to the Committee on the Public Land..
Mr. N. also gave rolice that tv-morrow he would ask leave to bring in a bill fixing the sala. ries of several district judges of the United States.
On motion by Mr. WHITE, certain papers on file were referred to the Com iniitee on Claims,
On motion by Mr. ROANE, papers in relation to several c'ams, now on file, were referred to ihe Committee on Revolutionary Claims.
Mr. PIERCE presented the petition of Mrs. Catharine Howard; which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.
Mr. CALHOUN gave notice that, on Friday next, he wou d ask leave to briog in a bill to cede the public lands to the States in which they lie, on certain conditions.
Mr. ROANE presented the pet'ton of John Spotliswood; which was referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.
Alsa, 'he pelition of Capt. Robert White; which was referred to the Commitee on Pensions.
On motion by Mr. CRITTENDEN, the papers on file in relation to the claim of Joseph Claxton, were referred to the Committee on Claims.
Mr. MOUTON presented certain resolutions of the Legislature of the State of Louisiana, in relation to the contruction of a levce on the south bank of Red river; the opening of the Bayou L'Eau Blanc; the validity of tiles to land under French and Spanish grants; and in relation to the 16th sections in that State.
Mr. BETTS presented resolutions of the Legislature of Connecticut on the subject of a nativnal foundry, and recommending the Housatonic valley as a suitable site for that purpose; which were laid on the table, and ordered to be printed.
The VICE PRESIDENT presented the remonstrance of certain warriors, sachems and headmen of the Seneca lodians against the ratification of the treaty lately concluded with that palion; which was referred to the Committee on the Ju'iciary, and ordered to be printed.
On motion by Mr. SMITH of Indiana, Ordered, That the memorial of the Leg:slature of Indiana of the last session, relative to a canal at
the falls of Ohio, on the Indiana side, and all peti titoas on the same subject, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Roads and Cana's.
Mr. WHITE of Tennessee, from the Commit. tee on Indian Affairs, to which had been referred
A bill for the relief of John McCarty; and
Mr. LINN, from the Committee on Private Land Claims, to which the following bills had been Telerred, reported the same without amendmen', viz:
A bill for the relief of Gen. Ma'hew Arbuckle.
A bill for the relief of John E. Metcalf and others.
A bill to confirm the title to a certain tract of land in the county of Mobile.
A bill to confirm certain land claims in the Greensburgh land district, State of Louisiana.
A bill authoriziog a patent to be issued to Joseph Campan, for a certain tract of land in the State of Michigan.
A bill for the relief of the heirs of Madam de Lusser.
A bill for the relief of Pierre Balin.
A bill for the relief of the heirs and legal representatives of William Conway.
A bill for the relief of Daniel Marsaque.
A bill for the relief of Alvarez Fisk aod Thomas P. Eskridge.
A bill for the relef of Alvarez Fisk.
A bill for the relief of Francis Laventure, Ebonezer Childs, and Linas Thompson.
A bill for the re ief of Joseph Bogy.
A bill for the relief of Charles Morgan of Loui. siana.
A bill for the re'ief of Charles Morgan.
A bill for the relief of Sebastian Bulcher and heirs and legal repres.nta'ives of Bartholomew Butcher, Michael Butcher, and Peter Bloom.
A bill for the relief of Obed P. Lacey.
A bill to continue in force the act for the final adjustment of private land claims in Missouri.
A bill 10 transfer to the citizens of the parish of Concordia, in the State of Louis'ana, the interest of the United States to a certain tract of land.
A till to authorize the issuing of a patent to the heirs or legal representatives of Francis Rivard, deceased.
A bill confirming certain land claims in Missouri.
A bill to confirm certain land claims in the Ouachita land di trict, in the Siate of Louisiana.
A bill lo confirm land claims in the district between the Rio Hondo and Sabine rivers.
A bill to settle the title to certain trac's of land in the Stale of Arkansas.
A bill to amend an act confirming certain land claims in the State of Michigan.
Mr. L. also, in pursuance of notice, asked and oblained leave to iníroduce
A bill for the relief of the legal representatives of Phil. Barbour, deceased; which was read twice, and referred 10 the Commitee on private Land C aims.
Mr. ROBINSON, from the Commit'ee on the Post Office and Post Roads, to which had been referred a bill for the relief of A. G. S. While, reported the same with an amendment.
Mr. R. also, from the same committee, to which had been referred
A bill for the relief of Thomas H. Owen and John W. Skidmore; and
A bill for tbe relief of Samuel R. Slaymaker,
Mr. CLAY of Alabama, from the Committee oa Public Lands, to which had been referred a bill to relinquish to the State of Alabama, for purposes therein named, the Two per cent. fund, reported the same without amendment.
Mr. KNIGHT, in pursuance of notice, asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill for the reliet of Samuel Grithih; which was read twice, and referred to the Committee on Pensions.
Mr. BROWN, in pursuance of notice, asked and obtaiged leave to bring in a bill supplementary
to the act to establish branches of the Mint of the United States; which was read twice, and referred to the Committee on Finance.
Mr. PIERCE, in pursuance of notice, asked and obtained leave to bring in the following bills:
A bill for the relief of Joseph Basset;
Which were severally read twice, and referred to the Committee on Pensions.
Mr. DAVIS gave notice that to-morrow he would ask leave to introduce a bill for the relief of Henry J. Pickering.
Mr. SOUTHARD, in pursuance of notice, asked and obtained leave to introduce a bill regulating The pay of masters of the navy; which was read trice, and referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.
On motion by Mr. HUBBARD, the Senate, in accordance with a resolution adopted some days since, proceeded to the election of a chaplain for the present session. The following was the result of the ballotings:
First Ballot. Second Ballot. Mr. Cookman,
20 Mr. Bates,
9 Mr. McIvor,
6 Mr. Stewart,
0 Mr. Braxton,
1 Mr. Wilmer,
1 Mr. COOKMAN having a majority on the second ballot, was declared to be duly elected.
Mr. BENTON submitted the following resolution:
Resolved, That The Secretary of the Treasury te directed to communicate to the Senate the estimated amounts which will be receivable from the salt duty during the years 1840, 1841, 1842, and 1843; also, the estimated amounts which will be payable on account of fishing bounties, and allowances to fishing vessels, during the same years; the said estimates to be all made on the basis of a nonalteration in the present laws regulatiog the said duties, bounties and allowances.
Also, that the Secretary be directed to communicate to the Senate any information in the Treasury Department going to show that fishing bounties, 2nd allowances to fishing vessels, have been undaly or illegally drawn since the passage of the act in 1813 for renewing the duty on salt, and reviving the fshing bounties and allowances consequent thereon.
Mr. NORVELL gulmitted the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Committee on Indian Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making an appropria'ion sufficient to effect, by peaceable and pecuniary means and inducements, The immediate removal west of the Mississippi of all the lodians now in the Territory of Florida.
Mr. WALL submitted the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making an appropriation for the removal of certain obstructions in the navigation of the river Passaic and of Newark bay, in the State o New Jersey.
Mr. LINN submitted the following resolution, which was considered and agreed to:
Resolved, That the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the expediency of making an appropriation to improve ihe harbor of the city of St. Louis, Missouri.
The bill to amend an act entitled "An act more effectually to provide for the punishment of ceriain crimes against the United States, and for other purposes," was considered as in Commitire of the Who'e; and, after some remarks from Mr. WALL, was ordered to be engrosced for a third reading.
The bill establishing a Board of Commissioners 10 hear and determine claims against the Unised States, was taken up; and, after some remarks from Mr. TAPPAN and Mr. HUBBARD, on motion of the latter its further consideration was postponed until Monday, the 13th January.
The CHAIR announced the following as the committee, on the part of the Senate, to direct the expenditures of all moneys appropriated to pur
chase books for the Library of Congress, to wit: Messrs. TAPPAN, PRESTON, and WALL.
On motion by Mr. KING, The Senate went into an Executive session, and afterwards Adjourned until Friday next. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
TUSEDay, Dec. 31, 1839. Mr. BRIGGS moved to amend the journal by striking from it the resolution submitled on yes'erday by Mr. DUNCAN, viz:
Resolved, that the Speaker is hereby advised and directed to swear into office Messrs. PHILEMON DICKERSON, PETER D. VROOM, DANIEL B. RYALL, WilLIAM R. Cooper, and Joseph Kille, members elect from the Sia'e of New Jersey, and said members thereon be directed to take their seats until the contest is regularly determined by the House.
Mr. DUNCAN said he had introduced this resolution not only because he considered it due to the individuals named in it, but kecause he be ieved it to be a privileged question.
The CHAIŘ said the gent'eman could not proceed to discuss the merits of the resolution on a moʻion to amend the journal.
Mr. DUNCAN believed the reso'uion to be a privileged question, and he was sustained in this be ief by a precedent on yesterday morning.
The CHAIR again intimated that the gentleman could not discuss the merits of the resolution.
Mr. BRIGGS contended that the resoluton ought not to appear on the journal, because the Chair had decided it on yesterday to be out of order, and ihe House had sustained that decision.
Mr. SMITH of Maine thought this resolution onght to go on the journal. It would be recollected, that, on a former occasion, a gent'eman from New Jersey moved to have a cer ain protest entered on the journal, and, a'though the House de. cided by a solemn vote that it should not go on the journal, gentlemen had contended that it should go on; and th-y aitained their object by moving it alterwards in the shape of a reso'ution, and calling the yeas ant nays uron it, although the House again decided it should not go on the journal.
After a few remarks by Messrs. CUSHING, TILLINGHAST, and BROWN of Tennessee,
Mr. DUNCAN called for the yeas and nays upon the motion; when it anpeared there were yeas 72, nays 83. So the Huuse refused to amerd the journal.
Mr. JAMESON then moved to amend the journal of last Friday, so as to make it conform to the state of facts as they occurred in regard to a motion made by him on that day. [The substance of the amendment will be found in Mr. J.'s point of order in yesterday's proceedings.
The CHAIR thought it was too late now to amend the journal of last Friday.
Mr. JAMESON contended that the journal might be corrected at any time; and read an extract from the Manual in support of this position.
The CHAIR then entertained the mo'ion.
Mr. DUNCAN called for the yeas and nays, which were ordere!; and were-yeas 79, najs 77. So the question was de ided in the affirmative.
Mr. COLES moved to suspend the rules for the purpose of offering the following resolution:
Resolved, That every petition, memoial, resolution, proposition, or papers, touching or relating in any way, or to any extent whatever, to the abolit on of slavery in the States of this Union, or either of them, or in the District of Co'um in, or in the Territories of the United Sta'es, or either of them, or the removal of slares from one State to ano h-r, shall, on the presenta ion thereof, without any further action thereon, be laid upon the table without being debated, printed or referred.
Mr. STANLY inquired if this resolution did not contemplate the'rxception of Abolition petitions.
Mr COLES said That depended upon ike construction of the effect of laying petitions on the table.
Mr. DUNCAN inquired if the resolution could not be amended by the House, if the rales were suspended.
The CHAIR said it could.
Mr. CRABB said he should yote against the motion to suspend the rules, because-
The CHAIR. The question is not debatable.
Mr. CRABB continued. He should vote against suspension, because the resolution contemplated the reception, by the House of these petitions.
Mr. GRANGER called for the yeas and nays, which were ordered, and were-yeas 87, nays 84, as follows:
YEAS-Messrs. Alsord, S. H. Anderson, Andrews, Atherton, Banks. Beatty, Beirne, Bell, Boyd, Brewster, A. V. Brown, A. G. Brown, Burke, W. o. Butler, Bynum, Carter, Clifford, Coles, Crockett, Cross, J. W. Davis, Garret Davis, Daw on, Dillett, Doig, Earl, Eastman, Fisher, Fornance, Galbraith, J. Garland, R. Garland, Goggin, Graham, Graves, Griffin, Hill of Virginia, Hill of North Carolina, Hillen, Hook, Hopkins, Howard, Jameson, Joseph Johnson, Cave Johnson, Keim, Kemble, King, Leet, Lewis, Lucas, McClellan, McCulloh, McKay, Marchand, Medill, Miller, Montanya, Montgomery, New hard, Parris, Pickens. Pope, Ramsey, J. Rogers, Samuels, Shaw, Shepard, Albert Smith, Thomas Smith,
Steenrod, Strong, Sumter, Sweeny, Taliaferro, Taylor, Jacob Thompson, Trip. lett, 'Turney, Underwood, D. D. Wagener, Warren, Watlerson, E. D. White, John White, Wiek, Jared W. Williams, Lewis Williams, and C. H. Williams-87.
NAYS-Messrs. Adams, Judson Allen, John W, Allen, Barnard, Biddle, Black, Briggs, Brockway, Anson Brown, Calhoun, Carr, Casey, Chinn, Clark, Colquitt, Corwin, Crabb, Cranston, Curtis, Cushing, Davee, E. Davies, Doan, Duncan, Ely, Evans, Everett, Fillmore, Fletcher, Gates, Giddings, Goode, Granger, Green, Habersham, Hall, Hand, William S. Hastings, J. Hastings, Henry, Hoffman, Hunt, Jackson, James, Chas. Johnston, Nathaniel Jones, Kempshall, Leadbetter, Lincoln, Lowell, Mallory, Marvin, Morgan, C. Morris, Nisbel, Ogle, Osborne, Parish, Parmenter, Peck, Randall, Randolph, Rariden, Rayner, Reed, Reynolds, Ridgway, Edward Rogers, Russell, Sergeant, Slade, John Smith, Truman Smith, Siarki weather, Storrs, Stuart, Swearingen, Tillinghast, Toland, Trum. bull, P. J. Wagner, Weller, T. W. Williams, and H. Williams-84.
So the House refused to suspend the rules, it requiring two-thirds to suspend.
[When the name of Mr. NISBET was called, he rose and stated that he voted against the susa pension, because the resolution recognised the right of the House to act on this question.]
Mr. WISE then moved a suspension of the rules, for the purpose of offering the resolution submitted by him on yesterday, which was a different resolution from the one which had just been presented to the House. His resolution denied the reception of Abolition petitions; the one which the House had just refused to admit, contemplated their reception. His was a Southern resolution, the other was a Northern resolution. His resolution was in te following words:
Resolved, That upon the presentation of any memorial or petition praying for the abolition of slavery or the slave trade in any District, Territory, or State of the Union, and upon the presentation of any resolution or other paper touching that subject, the reception of such memorial, petition, resolution, or paper, shall be considered as object:d to, and the question of its receplion shall be laid upon the table, without further debale nr further action thereon.
Mr. GRANGER inquired if it was in order to move ag un to susperd the rules to admit this resolution, the House having once refused to suspend the roles for the admission of this same resolu ion. He wished to know whether the r ght of petition was thus to be stifled in advance.
The CHAIR said it was in order to move to su:pend the rules.
Mr. WISE said he moved to suspend the rnles to admit this resolution, and he would continue to make this motion, until he got a distict vote upon it, if it consumed hours every day.
Mr. A.DAMS wished to know if the Chair decided that a motion for a spec'fic objec!, wbich had been rejected by the House, could be moved every day. Could a gentleman move every day to suspend the roles to admit a resolution which the House had refus d to receive?
The CHAIR was of opinion that the gentleman conld move to suspend the rules to-day, as there might be a reason which induced the House not to suspend yesterday, which did not exist to-day.
Mr. ADAMS believel that there was a rule of the House, which declared that when a proposition was once rejected by the House, it was not in order again to introduce it. If the Chair made a decision that this motion could be made every morning, and the gentleman carried out his thriat That he would move it every day, the whole session may be consumed by motions of this kind, calling the yeas and nass upon them, and debaling them.
Mr. WISE. Does the gentleman appeal from the decision of the CHAIR?