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A message from the Senate, by Mr. McDonald, their chief clerk :
Mr. Speaker: The Senate have indefinitely postponed a bill of the House of the following title, viz:
H. R. 1484. An act to relieve from disabilities Franklin J. Moses, of South Carolina.
Mr. Ellihu B. Washburne submitted the following resolution, viz:
Resolved, (the Senate concurring,) That when the two houses of Congress adjourn on Monday, the 21st instant, they adjourn to meet on Tuesday, the 5th of January, 1869.
The same having been read,
Mr. Schenck moved to amend the same by striking out “Monday the 21st" and inserting in lieu thereof "Wednesday the 23d," and also by striking out “Tuesday the 5th” and inserting in lieu thereof “Monday the 4th."
Mr. Washburne moved the previous question ; which was seconded and the main question ordered and put, viz: Will the House agree to the said amendment ?
76 And it was decided in the negative, Nays.
Not voting The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present, Those who voted in the affirmative are
Mr. Oakes Ames
Mr. Benjamin Eggleston Mr. William D. Kelley Mr. Charles O'Neill
Francis W. Kellogg Halbert E. Paine
John A. Peters
S. Newton Pettis
Bethuel M. Kitchen Daniel Polsley
George V. Lawrence Green B. Raum
Robert C. Schenck Roderick R. Butler John A. Griswold Benjamin F. Loan
John P. C. Shanks John C. Churchill Thomas Haughey Rufus Mallory
Rufus P. Spalding Amasa Cobb David Heaton James M. Marvin
H. H. Starkweather John Coburn William Higby Horace Maynard
William B. Stokes
John H. Stover
Caleb N. Taylor
Henry D. Washburn
William Windom Ephraim R. Eckley George W. Julian
William E. Niblack
Fred'k E. Woodbridge. Those who voted in the negative areMr. George M. Adams Mr. Henry L. Dawes Mr. George F. Miller Mr. John Taffe George W. Anderson Nathan F. Dixon
Lawrence S. Trimble
Benjamin W. Norris Row'd E. Trowbridge
Henry Van Aernam George S. Boutwell Adam J. Glossbrenner Frederick A. Pike
Daniel M. Van Auken C.C. Bowen J. S. Golladay Luke P. Poland
Burt Van Horn Benjamin M. Boyer Samuel F. Gore
Theodore M. Pomeroy Philadelph Van Trump Jamey Brooks John Hill C. H. Prince
Charles H. Van Wyck John M. Broomall William 8. Holman John V. L. Pruyn
Cadwal'r C. Washburu Albert G. Barr Benjamin F. Hopkins Samuel J. Randall
Ellihu B. Washburne Henry L. Cake Julius Hotchkiss
Williain H. Robertson William B. Washburu
William E. Robinson B. F. Whittemore
James F. Wilson
Charles Sitgreaves Stephen F. Wilson
Worthington C. Smith Fernando Wood
Thomas E. Stewart George W. Woodward
P. M. B. Young.
Samuel S. Marshall Stephen Taber
Mr. James G. Blaine Mr. Benjamin F. Butler
Henry P. H. Bromwell John Covode
Oliver H. Dockery
Mr. Grenville M. Dodge
James H. Goss
Mr. James M. Humphrey
James A. Johnson
Mr. Carman A. Newcomb Mr. Lewis Selye
Aaron F. Stevens
Robert T. Van Horn
John T. Wilson.
So the said amendment was disagreed to.
Mr. Baldwin moved that it be laid on the table; which motion was disagreed to.
Under the further operation of the previous question, the said resolution was agreed to.
Ordered, That the Clerk request the concurrence of the Senate therein.
Mr. Washburne 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.
By unanimous consent, leave of absence for one week was granted to Mr. Fox, Mr. Garfield, and Mr. Buckland.
By unanimous consent, leave was granted for the withdrawal from the files of the House of the papers in the case of F. A. Gibbons.
By unanimous consent, a joint resolution and bill of the Senate of the following titles, viz :
S. R. 170. Joint resolution in relation to the library of the Department of Agriculture; and
S. 565. An act to authorize the Secretary of State to adjust the claim of Gustavus G. Cushman for office rent while commissioner under the reciprocity treaty; were severally taken up, read three times and passed.
Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.
Mr. Trowbridge moved that the vote on the passage of the said reso. lution (S. R. 170) be reconsidered, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.
Mr. Peters moved that the vote on the passage of the said bill (S. 565) be reconsidered, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.
Joint resolutions and bills of the Senate of the following titles were then taken up, read a first and second time, and referred as follows, viz:
S. R. 171. Joint resolution in relation to coast defence, to the Committee on Military Affairs.
S. 642. An act to amend the charter of the National Capital Insurance Company, to the Committee for the District of Columbia.
S. 174. An act for the relief of Mrs. Emma Wilson, of the State of Indiana, to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
S. R. 162. Joint resolution to regulate the carriage of passengers in steamships and other vessels, to the Committee on Commerce; and
S. R. 173. Joint resolution respecting the provisional governments of Virginia and Texas, to the Committee on Reconstruction.
The bill of the Senate (S. 575) to refer the claim of Joseph Segar, was next taken up and read a first and second time.
Pending the question on its third reading,
Mr. Benjamin moved that it be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Mr. Holman moved to amend the said motion by striking out “on the Judiciary” and inserting in lieu thereof of Claims."
Mr. Farnsworth moved the previous question, which was seconded and the main question ordered; and under the operation thereof the said amendment and the said motion as amended were severally agreed to.
Mr. William B. Washburn 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.
On motion by Mr. Ellihu B. Washburne the House 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. Hopkins reported that the committee having, according to order, had the state of the Union generally under consideration, and particularly the annual message of the President of the last session, had come to no resolution thereon.
By unanimous consent, bills were introduced, read a first and second time, and referred as follows, viz:
By Mr. Coburn: A bill (H. R. 1493) to amend section 78 of an act entitled "An act imposing taxes on distilled spirits and tobacco, and for other purposes," approved July 20, 1868, to the Committee of Ways and Means.
By Mr. Roderick R. Butler: A bill (H. R. 1494) creating an additional judicial district in Virginia, to the Committee on the Judiciary.
By Mr. Ingersoll: A bill (H. R. 1495) 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, and for other purposes,” to the Committee on Banking and Currency and ordered to be printed.
By Mr. Kerr: A bill (H. R. 1496) to establish certain post routes, to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.
By Mr. Stewart: A bill (H. R. 1497) to organize and increase the efficiency of the medical department of the navy, to the Committee on Naval Affairs.
Mr. Julian, by unanimous consent, submitted the following preamble and resolution; which were read, considered, and agreed to, viz:
Whereas a new improvement in the method of ventilating public buildings has been invented, as “Root's Rotary Blower,” which in sundry instances has proved a success on trial: Therefore,
Resolved, That the select committee on ventilation of this hall be instructed to inquire into the character and utility of said improvement and the practicability of applying the same in the ventilation of this hall, and that they report to this house by bill or otherwise.
Mr. Randall moved that the several votes by which the foregoing bills and resolutions were referred be reconsidered, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed
During the sitting of the House to-day, several other members appeared, viz:
From the State of New York, John A. Griswold and John V. L. Pruyn.
By unanimous consent, the following-named members were excused from further service on the following committees, viz:
On the Militia–Nathaniel P. Banks, of Massachusetts, and John P. C. Shanks, of Indiana.
On Revolutionary Claims-Aaron F. Stevens, of New Hampshire, William Lawrence, of Ohio, and William H. Robertson, of New York.
On Revolutionary Pensions and of the War of 1812–Hiram Price, of Iowa, William B. Washburn, of Massachusetts, and Henry D. Washburn, of Indiana.
Of Elections-Glenni W. Scofield, of Pennsylvania.
On Expenditures in the State Department-Frederick A. Pike, of Maine, and Reader W. Clarke, of Ohio.
On Expenditures in the Treasury Department—Henry H. Starkweather, of Connecticut.
On Expenditures in the War Department_James A. Garfield, of Ohio.
On Expenditures in the Navy Department-Henry L. Dawes, of Massachusetts, and Charles H. Van Wyck, of New York.
On Expenditures in the Post Office Department—Benjamin Eggleston, of Ohio.
On Expenditures in the Interior Department—William H. Koontz, of Pennsylvania, and Ginery Twichell, of Massachusetts.
On Expenditures on the Public Buildings—Nathan F. Dixon, of Rhode Island.
On Enrolled Bills—Benjamin F. Hopkins, of Wisconsin;
The Speaker announced the appointment of members to fill the vacancies occasioned thereby and also by the decease of members, and also under the rule directing the appointment of a Committee on Revision of the Laws, as follows, viz:
On Revision of the Laws—Luke P. Poland, of Vermont, Rufus P. Spalding, of Ohio, Thomas A. Jenckes, of Rhode Island, Orange Ferriss, of New York, George W. Woodward, of Pennsylvania, Samuel Mckee, of Kentucky, Oliver J. Dickey, of Pennsylvania, Nathaniel Boyden, of North Carolina, and Roderick R. Butler, of Tennessee.
Of Elections—S. Newton Pettis, of Pennsylvania, and John H. Stover, of Missouri.
On Commerce-Francis W. Kellogg, of Alabama.
On the Militia—John T. Deweese, of North Carolina, and J. Hale Sypher, of Louisiana.
On Freedmen's Affairs—C. C. Bowen, of South Carolina.
On Revolutionary Pensions and of the War of 1812–Alexander II. Jones, of North Carolina, J. W. Clift, of Georgia, and W. J. Blackburn, of Louisiana.
On Revolutionary Claims-Oliver H. Dockery, of North Carolina, James H. Goss, of South Carolina, and W. P. Edwards, of Georgia.
On Mileage-P. M. B. Young, of Georgia.
On Expenditures in the Treasury Department—Israel G. Lash, of North Carolina, and Nelson Tift, of Georgia.
On Expenditures in the War Department—John R. French, of North Carolina.
On Expenditures in the Nacy Department-Charles P. Buckley, of Alabama, and Samuel F. Gove, of Georgia.
On Expenditures in the Post Office Department—Joseph P. Newsham, of Louisiana.
On Expenditures in the Interior Department-Charles W. Pierce, of Alabama, and C. H. Prince, of Georgia.
On E.rpenditures on the Public Buildings—Thomas Haughey, of Alabama.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1868. The following additional members appeared at the session of to-day:
From the State of Connecticut: Wm. H. Barnum and Richard D. Hubbard.
From the State of New York: John Morrissey, Alexander H. Bailey, James M. Humphrey, and Hamilton Ward.
From the State of North Carolina: Oliver H. Dockery. From the State of Ohio: John T. Wilson. From the State of Kentucky: Asa P. Grover. From the State of Missouri: Wm. A. Pile and Carman A. Newcomb. The following memorials, petitions, and other papers, were laid upon the Clerk's table, under the rules:
By Mr. Moorhead: The memorial of Nicholas J. Bigley, praying compensation for a steamer and load of coal lost in the government service.
By Mr. Whittemore: The memorial of citizens of Georgetown, South Carolina, praying for the relief of Richard, alias Dick, Marsh.
Ordered, That the said memorials be referred to the Committee of Claims.
By Mr. Welker: The petition of Winer Bethel, of Key West, Florida, praying for relief from political disability; which was referred to the Committee on Reconstruction.
By Mr. O'Neill: The memorial of the Universal Peace Union, in behalf of the Indians.
by Mr. Burr: The petition of John Davis, late second lieutenant 199th Pennsylvania volunteers, praying for reliet';
Also, the petition of Theresa Casevant, mother of Joseph Casevant, deceased, praying for relief.
Ordered, That the said memorial and petitions be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
By Mr. Starkweather: The petition of the Shore Line railway, relative to a bridge across the Connecticut river.
By Mr. Hotchkiss: The petition of the New Haven, Middletown, and Wilimantic Railroad Company, relative to a bridge across the Connecticut river at Middletown.
Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Committee on Roads and Canals.
By Mr. Jenckes: The petition of the Board of Trade of Providence, Rhode Island, praying for a government postal telegraph; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads. By Mr. Stokes: The petition of Mary Miller, praying for a pension;