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From the State of— RHODE ISLAND..
Robert B. Cranston, Benjamin B. Thurston."
Samuel D. Hubbard,
John A. Rockwell,
Harmon S. Conger,
Nathan K. Hall,
Elias B. Holmes,
William T. Lawrence,
Frederick W. Lord,
William B. Maclay,
John I. Slingerland,
George A. Starkweather,
Daniel B. St. John,
Frederick A. Tallmadge,
(Joseph E. Edsall,
From the State of
Joseph R. Ingersoll,
Abraham R. McIlvaine,
PENNSYLVANIA-Continued...... Henry Nes,
Daniel M. Barringer,
Augustine H. Shepperd,
Franklin W. Bowdon,
Williamson R. W. Cobb,
Samson W. Harris,
Henry W. Hilliard,
Samuel W. Inge.
From the State of
Albert G. Brown,
Winfield S. Featherston,
John H. Harmanson,
Emile La Sèré,
Isaac E. Morse.
Richard S. Canby,
Thomas O. Edwards,
John K. Miller,
Robert C. Schenck,
James H. Thomas.
Charles W. Cathcart,
George G. Dunn,
Richard W. Thompson,
William W. Wick.
Two new members appeared, were sworn to support the constitution of the United States, and took their seats, viz:
From the State of New York: Esbon Blackmar, in the place of John M. Holly, deceased; and Horace Greely, in the place of David S. Jackson, whose seat was declared vacant at the first session of the thirtieth Congress.
On motion of Mr. Wentworth,
Resolved, That a committee be appointed on the part of the House, to join such committee as may be appointed by the Senate, to wait on the President of the United States, and to inform him that a quorum of the two Houses is assembled, and that Congress is now ready to receive any communication he may be pleased to make..
Mr. Wentworth, Mr. John A. Rockwell, and Mr. Shepperd, were appointed of said committee on the part of the House.
A message from the Senate, by Mr. Dickins, their Secretary: Mr. Speaker: I am directed to inform the House of Representatives that a quorum of the Senate is assembled, and ready to pro
ceed to business.
On motion of Mr. Wentworth,
Ordered, That a message be sent to the Senate informing that body that a quorum of the House of Representatives is assembled, and that the House is ready to proceed to business; and that the Clerk go with the said message.
Mr. Wilson stated that he rose to a privileged question, and presented sundry documents relating to the election of Henry H. Sibley, who is alleged to have been recently elected to fill the unexpired term of Mr. John H. Tweedy, who was a Delegate from the Territory of Wisconsin; which documents were laid on the Speaker's 'table, to be referred to the Committee on Elections, whenever said committee should be appointed.
A message from the Senate, by Mr. Dickins, their Secretary: Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed a resolution for the appointment of a committee, jointly with such committee as may be
appointed by the House of Representatives, to wait on the President of the United States, and inform him that quorums of the two Houses of Congress have assembled, and that Congress are ready to receive any communication he may be pleased to make, and have appointed Mr. King and Mr. Davis, of Massachusetts, of said committee on the part of the Senate.
Mr. Alexander Evans offered the following resolution, to wit: Resolved, That the Clerk of this House, immediately after the passage of this resolution, place in a box the name of each member of the House of Representatives upon a separate piece of paper; that he then proceed, in the presence of the House, to draw from said box, one at a time, the said pieces of paper; and as each is drawn, he shall announce the name of the member upon it, who shall then choose his seat for the present session: Provided, That before said drawing shall commence, the Speaker shall cause every seat to be vacated, and shall see that each seat continues vacant until it is selected under this order.
The said resolution was read; when
Mr. Murphy moved to amend the same, by striking out all after the word "resolved," and inserting the following, to wit:
"That the members retain, for the present session, the seats which they occupied at the last one."
The said amendment was read, and disagreed to.
Mr. Evans moved the previous question, which was seconded; and the main question was ordered and put.
The said resolution was agreed to; and the Clerk proceeded accordingly.
On motion of Mr. Howell Cobb,
Ordered, That the daily hour to which this House shall stand adjourned be 12 o'clock, meridian, until otherwise ordered.
On motion of Mr. Henley,
Resolved, (the Senate concurring,) That two chaplains, of different denominations, be elected by Congress, one by each House, to serve during the present session, who shall interchange weekly. Mr. Robert Smith gave notice of a motion for leave to introduce bills of the following titles, viz:
A bill granting to the State of Illinois the right of way and a donation of public lands for making a railroad connecting the upper and lower Mississippi with the chain of northern lakes at Chicago; and, also, for the northern cross railroad, with a branch to Alton, and for other purposes.
A bill granting the right of way to the States of Indiana and Illinois, and a donation of each alternate sections of public lands, for six miles on each side of said road, to aid in the construction of a railroad from New Albany, in the State of Indiana, to Alton, in the State of Illinois.
And then, on motion of Mr. Howell Cobb,
The House, at 1 o'clock and ten minutes, p. m., adjourned until to-morrow, at 12 o'clock, meridian.