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cerning a decree made by the United State chargé d'affaires in China, on 1st of June last, prohibiting steamers sailing under the flag of the United States from using or passing through the Straw Shoe channel on the Yangtze river. I now transmit a copy of a despatch of the 22d of August last, No. 25, from S. Wells Williams, esquire, and of such of the papers accompanying it as were not contained in my former communication. I also transmit a copy of the reply of the 6th instant, made by the Secretary of State to the above-named despatch.

ANDREW JOHNSON. WASHINGTON, February 23, 1869. To the Senate and House of Representatives :

I transmit to Congress a copy of a convention between the United States and the Mexican republic, providing for the adjustment of the claims of citizens of either country against the other, signed on the 4th day of July last, and the ratifications of which were exchanged on the 1st instant.

It is recommended that such legislation as may be necessary to carry this convention into effect shall receive early consideration.

ANDREW JOHNSON. WASHINGTON, February 24, 1869.

The Speaker also, by unanimous consent, laid before the House a letter from the Postmaster General, transmitting abstracts of offers to carry the mails, contracts, forfeitures, &c.; which was referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, and the question of printing the same referred to the Committee on Printing

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

H. Res. 466. Joint resolution donating condemned cannon and mus. kets for the McPherson monument.

H. R. 1877. An act for the relief of the heirs and legal representatives of Charles C. Cook, deceased ;

H. R. 1758. An act to incorporate the Masonic Mutual Relief Association of the District of Columbia ; When The Speaker signed the same.

On motion of Mr. Spalding, 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. Dawes reported that the committee having had under consideration the bill of the House (H. R. 2007) making appropriations for sundry civil expenses of the government for the year ending June 30, 1870, and for other purposes, had come to no resolution thereon.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Gorham, their Secretary: Mr. Speaker: The Senate have concurred in the suspension of the 16th and 17th joint rules of the two houses during the remaining term of this Congress.

The hour of 44 o'clock p. m. having arrived, the House took a recess until 64 o'clock p. m.

After the recess,

Mr. Miller, from the Committee on Invalid Pensions, reported bills of the following titles, viz::

H. R. 2016. A bill granting a pension to Abigail Dix; and

H. R. 2017. A bill granting a pension to Joseph Wheat; accompanied by reports in writing thereon; which bills were read a first and second time.

Ordered, That they be engrossed and read a third time.

Being engrossed, they were accordingly read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That the clerk request the concurrence of the Senate therein. Mr. Miller, from the same committee, to which were referred bills of the Senate of the following titles, viz:

S. 942. An act granting a pension to Sarah E. Haynes; and

S. 906. An act granting a pension to Elizabeth Clarke; reported the same severally without amendment.

Ordered, That it be read a third time.
It was accordingly read the third time and passed.
Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

Mr. Perham, from the same committee, to which were referred bills of the Senate of the following titles, viz:

S. 941. An act granting a pension to Benjamin C. Stone;

S. 903. An act granting a pension to Horace Peck, of Charlton, Massachusetts;

S. 910. An act granting a pension to the children of Martin N. Slocum, deceased; reported the same—the first-named bill with an amendment; which was agreed to; and the two last-named without amendment.

Ordered, That the said bills be read a third time.
They were accordingly read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That the Clerk request the concurrence of the Senate in the said amendment and acquaint the Senate with the passage of the other bills.

Mr. Van Aernam, from the same committee, to which were referred bills of the House of the following titles, viz:

S. 900. An act granting a pension to William B. Looney, of Alabama; S. 949. An act granting a pension to Mrs. Lydia W. Ford; and

S. 904. An act granting a pension to Benjamin T. Raines, of Indiana; reported the same the first named with an amendment, and the others without amendment; which amendment was agreed to, and the bills ordered to be read a third time.

They were accordingly read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That the Clerk request the concurrence of the Senate in the said amendment, and acquaint the Senate with the concurrence of the House in the other bills.

Mr. Van Aernam, from the same committee, reported a bill (H. R. 2018) granting a pension to Sophia E. Harmon, accompanied by a report in writing thereon; which bill 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 passed.
Ordered, That the Clerk request the concurrence of the Senate therein.

On motion of Mr. Benjamin, the Committee on Invalid Pensions were discharged from the further consideration of the bill of the Senate (S. 790) for the relief of Mrs. Sarah E. Brooker; and the same was laid on the table.

Mr. Perham, from the same committee, reported a bill (H. R. 2019) granting a pension to Mary Whitten, accompanied by a report in writ. ing thereon; which bill 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 passed.

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

Mr. Perham, from the same committee, reported a bill (H. R. 2020) relating to the operations of the pension laws, and for other purposes; which was read a first and second time.

Pending the question on its engrossment,
Mr. Perham submitted an amendment thereto; which was agreed to.

Mr. Holman submitted an additional amendment; which was also agreed to.

Mr. Henry D. Washburn submitted an additional amendment.
Pending which,

Mr. Perham 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.

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

By unanimous consent, the bill of the House (H. R. 1972) granting a pension to John Law was then taken up, ordered to 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. Newsham, by unanimous consent, introduced a joint resolution (H. Res. 472) providing for the filling of vacancies in the Naval Academy from the State of Louisiana ; 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 passed.
Ordered, That the Clerk request the concurrence of the Senate therein.

The Speaker, by unanimous consent, laid before the House executive communications; which were severally ordered to be printed and referred as follows, viz:

I. A letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, in answer to a resolution of the 20th ultimo, relative to the marine hospital at Chicago, to the Committee on Commerce.

II. A letter from the Secretary of the Interior, in answer to a resolution of the House of the 2d ultimo, as to the cost of art decorations at the United States Capitol, to the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds.

Mr. Randall, by unanimous consent, submitted a report of the Committee on Banking and Currency as to the condition of the Bank of the Metropolis of the city of Washington; which was laid on the table and ordered to be printed in the Globe.

Mr. Ela moved a reconsideration of the votes by which the evidence in the case of Wells, Fargo & Co., and relative to Alaska, was ordered to be printed; which motion was passed over

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Gorham, their Secretary:

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

S. R. 208. Joint resolution authorizing Commander Charles H. Baldwin, United States navy, to accept a gold medal from the King of the Netherlands; in which I am directed to ask the concurrence of the House.

The Senate agree to the amendment of the House to the bill of the Senate (S. 941) granting a pension to Benjamin C. Stone.

The Senate disagree to the amendment of the House to the bill of the Senate (S. 900) granting a pension to William B. Looney, of Alabama, and ask a conference with the House on the disagreeing votes of the two houses thereon, and have appointed Mr. Spencer, Mr. Van Winkle, and Mr. Warner, the conferees on the part of the Senate.

The Senate have also passed bills of the House of the following titles, viz:

H. R. 1989. An act for the relief of Peter McGough, collector of internal revenue and disbursing agent 20th district, Pennsylvania;

H. R. 1867. An act for the relief of the Illinois Iron and Bolt Company; with amendments, in which I am directed to ask the concurrence of the House.

The President of the United States has notified the Senate that he did this day approve and sign bills of the following titles, viz:

S. 968. An act authorizing certain banks named therein to change their names; and

S. 467. An act to confirm an entry of land by Moses F. Shinn. Mr. Stephen F. Wilson, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined and found truly enrolled bills of the following titles, viz:

S. 906. An act granting a pension to Elizabeth Clarke.
S. 904. An act granting a pension to Benjamin T. Raines, of Indiana.

S. 903. An act granting a pension to Horace Peck, of Charlton, Massachusetts.

S. 910. An act granting a pension to the children of Martin N. Slocum, deceased.

S. 949. An act granting a pension to Mrs. Lydia W. Ford.
S. 942. An act granting a pension to Sarah E, Haines.
S. 941. An act granting a pension to Benjamin C. Stone;
When
The Speaker signed the same.

On the motion of Mr. Benjamin F. Butler, 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. Dawes reported that the committee having had under consideration the bill of the House (H. R. 2007) making appropriations for sundry civil expenses of the government for the year ending June 30, 1869, and for other purposes, had directed him to report the same with sundry amendments.

Pending which, Mr. Holman and Mr. Spalding severally submitted additional amendments.

Pending which, Mr. Spalding moved the previous question. Pending which, Mr. Spalding moved that the rules be suspended so as to take from the Speaker's table the bill of the House (H. R. 1744) to strengthen the public credit, and relating to contracts for the payment of coin, with the amendments of the Senate thereto.

Pending which,

On motion of Mr. Ross, at 10 o'clock and 30 minutes p. m., the House adjourned.

TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 1869.

Mr. Benjamin F. Butler, by unanimous consent, from the select committee relative to Prince Edward's island, submitted a report in writing; which was laid on the table and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Butler submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Printing, viz:

Resolved, That in addition to the usual number of copies of the report of the committee relative to Prince Edward's island there be 1,000 printed for distribution.

On motion of Mr. Laflin, by unanimous consent, the joint resolution of the Senate (S. R. 231) providing for the reporting and publication of the debates in Congress, was taken from the Speaker's table, read the third time, and passed.

Ordered, That the clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

On motion of Mr. Cary, by unanimous consent, the joint resolution of the Senate (S. R. 219) giving the assent of the United States to the construction of the Newport and Cincinnati bridge, was taken from the Speaker's table, read three times, and passed.

Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

Mr. McCormick, by unanimous consent, presented a memorial of the legislature of the State of Missouri for a grant of land for the construction of the St. James and Little Rock railroad; which was referred to the Committee on the Pacific Railroad.

On motion of Mr. Price, by unanimous consent, the bill of the Senate (S. 871) to authorize the transfer of lands granted to the Union Pacific Railroad Company, eastern division, between Denver and the point of its connection with the Union Pacific railroad, to the Denver Pacific Railway and Telegraph Company, and to expedite the completion of railroads to Denver, in the Territory of Colorado, was taken from the Speaker's table, read three times, and passed.

Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.

On motion of Mr. Robinson, by unanimous consent, the House concurred in the amendment of the Senate to the bill of the House (H. R. 1804) to establish a bridge across the East river, between the cities of Brooklyn and New York, in the State of New York, a post road.

Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.
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Mr. William E. Niblack

Benjainin W. Norris William A. Pile Luke P. Poland Rufus P. Spalding Aaron F. Stevens John H. Stover Ginery Twichell James F. Wilson Fernando Wood.

Mr. Stevenson Archer Mr. Amasa Cobb

Mr. Francis W. Kellogg
Delos R. Ashley
John Coburn

William H. Kelsey
Alexander H. Bailey John T. Deweese

William H. Koontz
John Beatty
Ephraim R. Eckley

Israel G. Lash
John F. Benjamin
Jacob H. Ela

William Loughridge
Charles W. Buckley
Thomas D. Eliot

John Lynch
Benjamin F. Butler
Orange Ferriss

Rufus Mallory
Roderick R. Butler
John R. French

George F. Miller
Henry L. Cake
Abner C. Harding

William Moore
Samuel F. Cary
Julius Hotchkiss

James Mullins
Sidney Clarke

George W. Julian
Those who voted in the negative are-
Mr. William B. Allison Mr. James Brooks

Mr. Charles A. Eldridge
Samuel M. Arnell
John M. Broomall

John F. Farnsworth
Jarnes M. Ashley
Albert G. Burr

Thomas W. Ferry
Jehu Baker
John B. Callis

William C. Fields
Fernando C. Beaman John C. Churchill

James A. Garfield
James B. Beck
J. W. Clift

James H. Goss
John A. Bingham
Simeon Corley

Samuel F. Gove
W. Jasper Blackburn Shelby M. Cullom

Thomas Haughey
Austin Blair
Heliry L. Dawes

William S. Holman
George S. Boutwell Oliver H. Dockery

Samuel Hooper
Nathaniel Boyden
Ignatius Donnelly

Benjamin F. Hopkins
Henry P. H. Bromwell John F. Driggs

Chester D, Hubbard

Mr. Calvin T. Hulburd

Morton C. Hunter
Thomas A. Jenckes
Thomas L. Jones
Michael C. Kerr
John H. Ketcham
J. Proctor Knott
Addison H. Laflin
William S. Lincoln
Benjamin F. Loan
Horace Maynard
Dennis McCarthy

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