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II. A letter from the same, in answer to a resolution of the House of the 6th instant, relative to money arising from sales of captured and abandoned property; which was laid on the table and ordered to be printed.

III. A letter from the same, in answer to a resolution of the House of the 6th ultimo, statements of gold coin sold by the government since January 1, 1863, in each year, premium realized, &c.; which was referred to the Committee on Banking and Currency and ordered to be printed.

IV. A letter from the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, submitting the annual report of the operations of the Institution for 1868; which was laid on the table and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Pruyn, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution; which was read and referred to the Committee on Printing, viz:

Resolved, That there be printed 5,000 extra copies of the report of the Smithsonian Institution-3,000 for the use of the House and 2,000 for the Institution—and that the same be stereotyped.

A message in writing was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Moore, his private secretary; which was handed in at the Speaker's table; also, a message notifying the House that he did, on the 9th instant, approve and sign bills of the following titles, viz:

H. R. 1809. An act making appropriations for the payment of salaries and contingent expenses of the Patent Office for January and February, 1869;

H.'R. 1343. An act to confirm the title to certain land to the pueblo of Santa Ana, in the Territory of New Mexico; and

H. R. 1451.' An act for the relief of John H. Osler, of Guernsey county, Ohio.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Hamlin, one of their clerks: Mr. Speaker: The Senate have agreed to the amendment of the House to the bill of the Senate (S. 499) granting a pension to the widow and child of Martin Whitt, deceased.

The Senate have passed a joint resolution of the following title, viz:.

S. R. 217. Joint resolution for printing the medical and surgical history of the rebellion; in which I am directed to ask the concurrence of the House.

On motion of Mr. Schenck, by unanimous consent, Ordered, That the evening session of to-day be for general debate only in Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

Mr. Samuel Hooper, from the Committee on Banking and Currency. to which was referred the bill of the House (H. R. 1881) regulating the reports of national banking associations, reported the same without amendment.

Pending the question on its engrossment,
Mr. Ingersoll submitted an amendment thereto; which was agreed to.
Ordered, That the bill be engrossed and read a third time.
Being engrossed, it was accordingly read the third time and passed.

Mr. Samuel Hooper moved that the vote last taken be reconsidered, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

Ordered, That the Clerk request the concurrence of the Senate in the said bill.

Mr. Samuel Hooper, from the same committee, reported a bill (H. R. 1973) in reference to certifying checks by national banks; which was read a first and second time.

Ordered, That it be engrossed and read a third time.
Being engrossed, it was accordingly read the third time and passeil.

Mr. Hooper moved that the vote last taken be reconsidered, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

Ordered, That the Clerk request the concurrence of the Senate in the said bill.

Mr. Barnes, from the same committee, reported a bill (H. R. 1974) to prevent loaning money upon United States notes; which was read a first and second time.

Pending the question on its engrossment,
Mr. Barnes submitted an amendment thereto; which was agreed to.
Ordered, That it be engrossed and read a third time.
Being engrossed, it was accordingly read the third time and passed. .
Ordered, That the Clerk request the concurrence of the Senate therein.

Mr. Samuel Hooper, by unanimous consent, called up, and the House proceeded to consider, the motion heretofore submitted by him to reconsider the vote by which the bill of the House (H. R. 1882) to prohibit the further increase of the public debt, and for other purposes, was recommitted to the Committee on Banking and Currency.

The said motion to reconsider having been agreed to,
The motion to recommit was withdrawn.
The question then recurring on the engrossment of the bill,
Mr. Judd submitted an amendment thereto.
Pending which,

Mr. Samuel Hooper moved the previous question; which was seconded and the main question ordered, and under the operation thereof the said amendment was agreed to, and the bill ordered to be engrossed and read a third time.

Being engrossed, it was accordingly read the third time and passed.

Mr. Hooper moved that the vote last taken be reconsidered, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.

Ordered, That the Clerk request the concurrence of the Senate in the said bill.

Mr. Stephen F. Wilson, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined and found truly enrolled a bill of the following title, viz:

S. 499. An act granting a pension to the widow and child of Martin Whitt, deceased; When The Speaker signed the same. Mr. Pomeroy, from the Committee on Banking and Currency, to which was referred the bill of the Senate (S. 440) supplementary to an act entitled “An act to provide a national currency secured by a pledge of United States bonds, and to provide for the circulation and redemption thereof,” approved June 3, 1864, reported the same with sundry amendments.

Pending the question on agreeing thereto,
After debate,
Mr. Coburn submitted an amendment to the said amendments.
Pending which,

Mr. Smith, Mr. Holman, Mr. Lynch, Mr. Ingersoll, Mr. Buckland, and Mr. Poland severally gave notice of proposed amendments to the said bill; which were ordered to be printed.

On motion of Mr. Pomeroy, by unanimous consent, Ordered, That the said bill and the amendments thereto, together with the proposed amendments, be printed.

The Speaker, by unanimous consent, laid before the House the following message this day received from the President of the United States, viz: To the House of Representatives:

In answer to a resolution of the House of Representatives of the 13th ultimo, requesting information as to expenditures by the northwestern boundary commission, I transmit a report from the Secretary of State on the subject, and the papers which accompanied it.

ANDREW JOHNSON. WASHINGTON, February 9, 1869.

The same having been read,
Ordered, That it be laid on the table and printed.

The Speaker also, by unanimous consent, laid before the House executive communications, which were referred as follows, viz:

I. A letter from the Secretary of the Interior, submitting vouchers of J.C. D. Blackburn for subsistence furnished Wichita and other Indians;

II. A letter from the same, submitting a report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, asking an appropriation for additional and temporary clerks in the Indian Bureau ; severally to the Committee on Appropriations.

III. A letter from the Secretary of War, submitting a communication from the Commissary General of Subsistence, suggesting the propriety of limiting by law the jurisdiction of the act of July 4, 1864, to restrict the jurisdiction of the Court of Claims, to the Committee on the Judi. ciary and ordered to be printed.

The hour of 41 o'clock p. m. having arrived, the House took a recess until 74 o'clock p. m.

After the recess,

The House, in pursuance of previous order, resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union; and after some time spent therein the Speaker resumed the chair, and Mr. Cullom reported that the committee having had under consideration the annual message of the President of the United States of last session had come to no conclusion thereon.

And then,

On motion of Mr. Bromwell, at 11 o'clock and 10 minutes ). m., the House adjourned.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1869. The following petitions and other papers were laid upon the Clerk's table, and referred, under the rules :

By Mr. Thomas L. Jones : The petition of Mrs. Lizzie Reid, praying for a pension, to the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions.

By Mr. Haughey: The petition of Joab Bagley, praying for relief, to the Committee on the Public Lands.

By Mr. Van Trump: The petition of John P. Brown, praying for an increase of salary, to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

By Mr. Brooks: The petition of New York brewers, relative to duty on Canadian barley, to the Committee of Ways and Means.

By Mr. Wood: The petition of citizens of New York, of similar import, to the same committee.

By Mr. Ross: Resolutions of the Board of Trade of Chicago, relative to sales of gold, to the same committee.

By the Speaker: The petition of T. B. Daeton, praying for the removal of his political disabilities, to the Committee on Reconstruction.

By Mr. Brooks: The petition of G. W. Edwards, of similar import, to the same committee.

By Mr. Benjamin: The petition of David Wakeler, of similar import, to the same committee.

By Mr. Kellogg: The petition of James Bond, of Alabama, of similar import, to the same committee.

By Mr. Benjamin F. Butler: The petition of M. B. Hewson, relative to the carrying trade, to the Committee on Commerce ;

Also, the petition of Amaziah Goodwin, praying for a pension.

By Mr. Bingham: The petition of David H. Doyle, praying for a pension.

By Mr. Lynch: The petition of Barshebe Fisher, praying for a pension, to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.

By Mr. Reader W. Clarke: The petition of citizens of State of Ohio, praying for an amendment to the Constitution ;

By Mr, Buckland: A petition of similar import;

By Mr. Kelsey: A petition of similar import from citizens of the State of New York:

By Mr. Garfield: A petition of similar import from citizens of the State of Ohio; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

By Mr. Kelsey: The petition of citizens of South Bristol, New York, praying for a post route, to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

By Mr. Lynch: The petition of J. G. Cousens and others, praying for an American register to schooner Venilia, to the Committee on Commerce.

By Mr. Garfield: The petition of citizens of Cleveland, Ohio, asking for the extension of the piers at Ashtabula harbor, to the same committee.

By Mr. Julian: The petition of citizens of Vermont, praying that women shall have the same right as men to vote, to the Committee on the Judiciary;

Also, the petition of citizens of Illinois of similar import, to the same committee.

By Mr. George V. Lawrence: The petition of citizens of Lawrence and Washington counties, Pennsylvania, praying for a change in the Constitution, to the Committee on the Judiciary.

By Mr. Stokes: The petition of Dewhitt, Murray, and Cox, praying for the removal of their political disabilities, to the Committee on Reconstruction.

By Mr. Stephen F. Wilson: The petition of citizens of the United States, praying for an act to facilitate the settlement of Alaska, to the Committee on the Public Lands.

The Speaker having proceeded, as the regular order of business, to call the States and Territories for bills on leave,

Bills and joint resolutions were introduced, read a first and second time, and referred as follows, viz:

By Mr. Woodward: A bill (H. R. 1975) for the restoration of Commander John C. Beaumont, of the United States navy, to the active list of the navy, to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

By Mr. Miller: A joint resolution (H. Res. 453) proposing an amend. ment to the Constitution of the United States, to the Committee on the Judiciary and ordered to be printed.

By Mr. Callis: A bill (H. R. 1976) granting a loan of five millions of the five per cent. bonds of the United States to the New Orleans and

Selma Railroad Company and Immigration Association, to the Committee of Ways and Means and ordered to be printed ;

Also, a bill (H. R. 1977) to relieve Jones M. Withers, a citizen of Alabama, from all political disabilities imposed by the 3d section of the 14th article of the Constitution of the United States, to the Committee on Reconstruction.

By Mr. Blackburn: A bill (H. R. 1978) to relieve all American citizens from the legal and political disabilities imposed by the amendment to the Constitution of the United States known as the 14th article, to the Committee on Reconstruction.

Mr. Blackburn moved that the said bill be printed; which motion was disagreed to.

By Mr. Van Trump: A bill (H. R. 1979) to increase the pay of the officers in the army of the United States in a graduated scale, to the Committee on Military Affairs.

By Mr. William Lawrence: A joint resolution (H. Res. 454) concerning the compensation of women employed in the several executive departments, to the Committee on Appropriations.

By Mr. Roderick R. Butler: The memorial of the State of Tennessee. by J. C. Johnson, special commissioner, in regard to the claim of said State for the value of the iron rails &c., removed from the track of the Winchester and Alabama railroad, to the Committee of Claims and ordered to be printed.

By Mr. Niblack: A joint resolution (H. Res. 455) directing the Secre. tary of the Treasury to sell thirty million dollars of the surplus coin now in the Treasury of the United States, to the Committee of Ways and Means.

By Mr. Bromwell: A joint resolution (H. Res. 456) proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, concerning electoral votes for President and Vice-President of the United States, to the Committee on the Judiciary.

By Mr. Hamilton : Joint resolution of the legislature of the State of Florida, asking a donation of certain public property in St. Augustine to said State for educational purposes, to the Committee on the Public Lands.

By Mr. Cadwalader C. Washburn: A joint resolution (H. Res. 457) extending time to construct a railroad from St. Croix lake to Lake Superior, and granting lands to the Western Wisconsin Railroad Company, to the Committee on the Public Lands and ordered to be printed.

By Mr. Sidney Clarke: Concurrent resolutions of the legislature of the State of Kansas; which were severally referred to the Committee on the Public Lands and ordered to be printed, as follows, viz:

1. Protesting against the ratification of the treaty with the Great and Little Osage Indians, unless certain conditions are prescribed ;

2. In regard to bona fide settlers upon the Cherokee neutral lands in said State;

3. In favor of the passage of a law authorizing persons who have taken less than 160 acres as homesteads in certain counties in Kansas to prove up and hold enough more to make their claims that amount.

By Mr. Charles D. Hubbard: A bill (H. R. 1980) supplementary to an act entitled "An act to provide a national currency by pledge of United States bonds, and to provide for the circulation and redemption thereof," approved June 3, 1864, and for other purposes, to the Committee on Banking and Currency and ordered to be printed.

By Mr. Burleigh: A bill (H. R. 1981) in regard to the expenditure of

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