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Day of Adjournment.-- Pensions to French Seamen.Post Office Affairs, &c.

[JUNE 25, 1834.

proceeding of Congress was intended to express the sense YEAS.-Messrs. Benton, Bibb, Black, Calhoun, Chamof the Legislature of the United States, and of the Amer- bers, Clay, Clayton, Ewing, Frelinghuysen, Grundy, ican people, under this mournful event. It was not desi- Hendricks, Kane, Kent, Knight, Linn, Mangum, Moore, red that either party should take precedence of the other Naudain, Poindexter, Porter, Prentiss, Robbins, Silsbee, upon this occasion, but that whatever was done, should be Smith, Southard, Shepley, Sprague, Swift, Tyler, Tomconsidered as expressive of the nation's gratitude to the linson, Waggaman, Webster, White.-33. nation's benefactor. He (Mr. W.) hoped the vote upon NAYS.--Messrs. Brown, Forsyth, Hill, King of Alathe resolution would be such as would enable posterity to bama, King of Georgia, Morris, Robinson, Tallmadge, speak of the unanimity with which they had united in re. Tipton, Wright.--10. lation to this matter.

So the resolution was agreed to. The resolution was then unanimously adopted, and such Mr. CLAYTON moved to be excused from serving on unanimous adoption, at the request of Mr. WEBSTER, re. the committee, alleging that he had been absent from his corded upon the Journals of the Senate.

family eight months, and that his affairs would require his DAY OF ADJOURNMENT.

attendance at home. After some remarks, which were

replied to by Mr. Grundy, the motion was agreed to, and Mr. PRESTON submitted a joint resolution to rescind Mr. CLAYTON was excused accordingly. the resolution of the two Houses fixing on the 30th day After taking up, and going through with several bills, of June as the day of adjournment, and authorizing the At two o'clock the Senate took a recess for two hours. President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of

EVENING SESSION. Representatives to adjourn the two Houses on the day of July next; which was read and ordered to a sec

The resolution reported by the Committee on Indian ond reading.

Affairs, on the petition of John Ross and others, delegates PENSIONS TO FRENCH SEAMEN, &c.

from the Cherokee tribe of Indians, requesting the Pres

ident to ascertain and inform the Senate, at the next ses. The amendment of the House of Representatives to sion of Congress, on what terms the claims of the State the bill of the Senate granting pensions to certain citi- of Georgia, and of her citizens, can be extinguished to zens of France, sufferers in consequence of the unfortu- the Cherokee lands within her limits, coming up, nate accident at Toulon, was considered and agreed to. After some remarks from Mr. FORSYTH, in opposi[The amendment provides that the President of the Uni- tion to the resolution, and from Messrs. WHITE and ted States shall make an arrangement with the Govern- FRELINGHUYSEN in its supportment of France to pay, through them, the pensions to

Mr. CLAY moved to lay the resolution on the table. the same amount, and in the same proportions, as provi-Lost-ayes 16, noes 17. ded for by the original bill.]

The question was then resumed, and Mr. FORSYTH POST OFFICE AFFAIRS.

asked for the yeas and nays, wbich were ordered. The resolution submitted by Mr. SPRAGUE, providing table, and the yeas and nays being ordered on motion of

Mr. PORTÉR then moved to lay the resolution on the for the appointment of a committee to continue the inves. Mr. SHEPLEY, the question was taken and decided as tigations into the affairs of the Post Office Department

follows: during the recess, was taken up for consideration, and

YEAS.-- Messrs. Black, Brown, Calhoun, Clay, Forhaving been modified by Mr. S., so as to refer the investigation to the standing Committee on the Post Office and syth, Hill, Kane, Kent, King of Alabama, King of Georgia, Post Roads, instead of to the select committee,

Linn, Mangum, Moore, Poindexter, Porter, Preston, Mr. FORSYTH suggested that it would be the better Robinson, Shepley, Tallmadge, Tyler, Webster, Wright

-22. course to refer the subject, by an especial resolution, to the President of the United States, and to throw on him

NAYS.-Messrs. Benton, Chambers, Clayton, Ewing, the responsibility of making the examination. He did Frelinghuysen, Grundy, Hendricks, Knight, Naudain, not suppose that the object of the resolution was to estab. Robbins, Smith, Southard, Sprague, Swift, Tipton, Tomlish criminality, because that would be travelling out of linson, White.-17. the line of duty of the committee.

So the report was ordered to lie on the table. Mr. SPRAGUE referred to the bankrupt condition of

APPROPRIATION BILL. the Department, and the abuses which had prevailed, The bill making appropriations for the civil and diploand stated that it was his object to authorize an examina- matic service of the United States, was then taken up. tion by a committee who would have ample opportunity. On motion of Mr. WEBSTER, the bill was amended The next session would be a short one; and, unless there by striking out four and inserting eight, in the appropriawas previous investigation, there would be no chance tion for a custom-house at Newburyport, making the apof any measure being then adopted which would apply propriation $8,000 instead of $4,000. a remedy.

The amendments were then ordered to be engrossed, Mr. FORSYTH rejoined, insisting on the course which and the bill was ordered to a third reading. he had suggested as the only one proper to be pursued. The Post Office report was then called up; and, on He wished to know the particular object of the mover. motion of Mr. EWING, it was laid on the table for the

Mr. SPRAGUE replied, that it was his object to have present. a full examination. It was not his object to establish crim- The bill making appropriations for the civil and diploinality, but that might be one of the results. He had no matic expenses of the Government, for the year 1834, desire to put responsibility on the President, as he was was read the third time, passed, and sent back to the sufficiently disposed to assume responsibility. The busi- House for concurrence in the amendments. ness bad been already in his hands, and if he was disposed Several private bills were now taken up, and disposed to do his duty, no act of the Senate, in authorizing an in- of. vestigation, would prevent him.

Mr. HENDRICKS at this stage of the disposition of Mr. FORSYTH denied that the information collected business, moved that the Senate pass over the House bills, by the committee, and at present only known to them, and consider the Senate bills only, until the last three was yet before the President. He moved to postpone the days of the session, after which, by the rules of the Senconsideration of the resolution till Saturday.

ate, the House bills only could be acted on. The motion to postpone was negatived, and the ques. After some conversation between Mr. CLAY, Mr. tion on the resolution was then decided, as follows: PORTER, Mr. FORSYTH, and Mr. POINDEXTER,

JUXE 26, 1834.]

Day of Adjournment.--City of Wshington.


the motion was agreed to; and several bills were consider- On motion of Mr. SPRAGUE, the Senate proceeded ed and finally acted on; when, at eight o'clock,

to ballot for a member of the Committee on the Post The Senate adjourned.

Office and Post Roads, in the place of Mr. CLAYTON,

who was yesterday excused from serving; and, on countTHURSDAY, JUNE 26.

ing the ballots, Mr. SOUTHARD was found to have been


The Senate then took up and went through with nuAfter the reading of the Journal

merous bills. Mr. PRESTON moved that the Senate proceed to Mr. POINDEXTER moved to take up the bill author. the consideration of the resolution submitted by him yes- izing the relinquishment of the sixteenth sections grantterday, for prolonging the session of Congress; which ed for the use of schools, and the entry of other land in was agreed to.

lieu thereof. On motion of Mr. PRESTON, the blank was filled Mr. MOORE called for the yeas and nays on the with the 7th of July.

question; which was decided in the negative, as folMr. BROWN asked the yeas and nays on the adoption lows: of the resolution; wbich were ordererl.

YEAS. -Messrs. Benton, Black, Calhoun, Chambers, Mr. PRESTON said, he did not wish, at this period of Grundy, Hendricks, King of Alabama, Linn, Moore, the session, to consume time in a discussion of the ques- Poindexter, Preston, Robbins, Robinson, Tipton, Wagtion. There were several very important bills now be- gaman, White, Wilkins, Wright.–18. fore the Senate, involving immense expenditures. There NAYS.-Messrs. Bibb, Clay, Clayton, Frelinghuysen, was the fortification bill, the harbor bill, and a variety of Hill, Kent, King of Georgia, Knight, Mangum, Naudain, others. The bill regulating the deposite of public moneys Porter, Prentiss, Shepley, Sprague, Smith, Southard, in the State banks also remained to be acted on. This Swift, Tomlinson, Tyler.–19. bill had not been sent here till Wednesday, and accord- The Senate then took a recess until 4 o'clock. ing to our rules, it was impossible to give it that consideration which its importance required. It had the ap

EVENING SESSION. pearance of the House being unwilling to allow the Sen.

Mr. TIPTON asked the indulgence of the Senate to ate sufficient time to consider it. There were also the take up the bill providing for the admission of the Terricoin bills, nearly connected with this bill, and also many tory of Arkansas into the Union, intimating his intenprivate bills yet to be acted on, in which almost the ex. tion to move to take up the bill for the admission of istence of many individuals having claims on the Govern- Michigan also. ment was involved, and which, if not passed, would in

Some objection being urged by Mr. CLAYTON, flict very general distress and ruin.

Mr. TIPTON said his only object was that the people Mr. CLAY said, if we would economize our time, we of the Territory might be authorized to have the census could get through without difficulty. If we would taken, preparatory to their final admission. He had been cease discussion, and act on the reports of committees, waited on by the delegates from the Territories, and rewe could do much business. He was opposed to the quested that these bills might be acted on; and as they resolution. If the House wished a prolongation of the were not represented here, he was desirous of showing time, they could ask it; if not, he would not urge it the people of the Territories that he had not neglected on them.

their interests. He therefore asked the yeas and nays Mr. POINDEXTER said, the House had sent us sev- upon the motion to take up the bill; which were ordered, eral important bills, without leaving us time to consid- and are as follows, to wit: er them. Would not the Senate be placed in a better YEAS.- Messrs. Benton, Black, Chambers, Grundy, attitude before the country, by asking a day or two more Hendricks, Hill, Kane, King of Alabama, Linn, Robinto act on them?

son, Shepley, Swift, Tallmadge, Tipton, White, Wil. Mr. BENTON was in favor of the resolution. Con- kins, Wright.-17. gress was the local legislature of the new States; and NAYS. -Messrs. Bibb, Calhoun, Clayton, Ewing, there were several very important bills to the people of Kent, King of Georgia, Porter, Preston, Robbins, SilsMissouri yet to be acted on, which could not be passed, bee, Smith, Southard, Sprague, Tomlinson, Waggaif we had not more time; many of these were of thirty man, Webster.—16. years' standing, and imperiously demanded attention. if So the Senate determined to consider the bill -- which the resolution were passec, it did not follow that the having been read in part, House would concur in it--next Thursday, perhaps, Mr. WEBSTER moved to lay the bill on the table; might be fixed on by them, the day previous to the 4th. which was disagreed to-yeas 15, nays 16. He hoped the resolution would be agreed to.

Some further progress was made in reading the bill and Mr. KING, of Georgia, thought there were many rea- amendment; when, sons against the prolongation, and but few for it.

It was Mr. SPRAGUE renewed the motion to lay the bill on certainly impossible to get through all the important bu- the table; which was agreed to-yeas 17, nays 14. siness even by the 7th, but we could get through a considerable portion of it. Another serious objection against

CITY OF WASHINGTON. it was, that many members had already left town, on

Mr. CHAMBERS moved that the Senate take ur, for the belief that the day of adjournment would not be consideration, the bill for the benefit of the city of Washchanged-some were going 10-day, and many more to-ington; which was agreed to. morrow. Mr. CHAMBERS earnestly urged the indispensable in the discussion of this matter.

Mr. CHAMBERS said, he did not desire to spend time

The object of the bill business applicable to the District of Columbia, as requir

was understood. It was to pay to this city $70,000 annuing more time—these people had been entirely neglected; ally, for three years, in quarterly instalments, for the and if something was not done for their relief, some of the private property in this city would be brought to the would only say, that the property of the citizens of the

purpose of paying the interest on their canal debt. He hammer in a very short time.

Mr. CLAY said this discussion had already occupied city was mortgaged for this debt, and if the relief was not one hour: he therefore moved to lay the resolution on the extended to them, they would be ruined.

Mr. CLAY was disposed to give the city something, table. The motion was agreed to--yeas 25.


City of Washington.-- Pennsylvania Memorials.

(JUNE 27, 1834.

although he thought the inhabitants had been extremely The bill for the relief of Tench Ringgold was then improvident. He was willing to give them something, taken up. because the city was once in the hands of the English, Upon the consideration of this bill, a desultory converand if we did not pass the bill, it would fall into the hands sation ensued between Messrs. CHAMBERS, CLAY. of the Dutch. The bill, however, extended the sum to TON, SHEPLEY, BIBB, BLACK, PORTER, and three years; he would rather limit it to one year.

SOUTHARD. Mr. CHAMBERS hoped the Senate would not press a Mr. SHEPLEY proposed an amendment, striking out reduction of more than two years; he thouglit three was an appropriation for the costs expended by Mr. Ring; indispensably necessary.

gold in a suit in the Supreme Court of the United Mr. WEBSTER opposed the bill very warmly. He States; upon which the yeas and nays were ordered, said he predicted this state of things when the citizens of and are as follows: Washington urged it upon Congress to incorporate them YEAS.—Messrs. Bibb, Black, Ewing, Forsyth, Grunto make this improvement. He recollected well, having dy, Hendricks, Hill, King of Alabama, King of Georgia, warned them of this result, and that it would be their Leigh, Mangum, Morris, Preston, Robinson, Shepley, ruin; but they gave no heed to it. He considered this Swift, Tallmadge, Tomlinson, Tyler, Webster, White, bill as nothing more than an application of charity to the Wright.–22. amount of a million and a half of dollars, because he fore- NÄYS.-Messrs. Chambers, Clay, Clayton, Kent, saw that it was only the beginning of the assumption of Knight, Poindexter, Porter, Robbins, Southard, Tipthe whole debt by Congress. He was, however, willing ton. -10. to give them one year's interest, so as to allow them time The bill, as amended, was ordered to be engrossed for to look about and see how they could extricate them- a third reading. selves, but they must get out of it as they got in it. For, On motion of Mr. HENDRICKS, the Senate again as to making this debt a perpetual charge upon the Gov- took up the bill to enable the people of the Territory ernment, be, for one, would never consent to it. of Arkansas to form a constitution and State government,

Mr. CLAY moved to amend, by reducing the grant to and for the admission of such State into the Union, upon one year.

an equal footing with the original States, in all respects Mr. POINDEXTER said, if you reduced it to one year, whatever. the same application would be made next session. It was Mr. HENDRICKS observed, that, as there was some better to refuse it altogether; if we gave any thing, he opposition to considering this bill at so late a period of thought it best to give it for two years. He moved the session, he would explain to the Senate that his only to amend the amendment by inserting two years. ubject now was, to amend the bill, so as to provide for

Mr. TYLER was opposed to the bill. But if we did taking the census of the Territory preparatory to its any thing, it was best to assume the whole debt at once. admission at a future session. And we could not do this, and pay their whole dest, but Messrs. POINDEXTER, SPRAGUE, and CLAY, opupon a surrender of the stock held by the corporate au- posed the further consideration of the bill at that late thorities in the canal.

hour; and, on motion of Mr. CLAY, Mr. SOUTHARD was in favor of the bill, if for noth- At eight o'clock, the Senate adjourned. ing more than because it was the city of Washington, which he was unwilling, for the credit of the country,

FRIDAY, JUNE 27. should be sold under the hammer of the auctioneer. He was in favor of the two years.

PENNSYLVANIA MEMORIALS. Mr. CHAMBERS made some further remarks in favor

After the reception and reference of sundry other me. of the bill. He did not view this appropriation as at all morialslike an act of charity. We had now a large sum in the Mr. CLAY said, he wished to discharge a duty which Treasury of the United States, due to this city, and if had devolved on him, of presenting certain memorials it were paid them, they would not require a cent more and proceedings which he had been desired to offer to the to relieve them from their debts. The sum alluded to, Senate. The first was a memorial from the populous was derived from the sales of alternate lois in the city, and highly respectable county of York, in Pennsylvania, and besides this, the public property never had paid subscribed by about 1,700 of its inhabitants; all of whom, one cent of taxes.

or nearly all, are, he was instructed to say, qualified voMr. TOMLINSON also made some remarks in support ters, and about one moiety of them had sustained the of the bill

, when the question to insert two years was election of the present Chief Magistrate of the United disagreed to.

States. Mr. C. was desirous, late as the period of the The question of limiting the appropriation of $70,000 session was, that it should be received, couched, as it to one year, was then agreed to.

was, in respectful language, since a former memorial from The question recurring on the engrossment of the bill the same county had experienced a fate which the Senfor a third reading,

ate would recollect. The second was a memorial from Mr. WRIGHT said, he could not give his support to Bourbon county, in Kentucky, one of the most respectait, and as he was desirous of recording his vote against the ble and substantial counties in that State, subscribed by bill

, he asked the yeas and nays; which were ordered, about 700 signatures. The third were the proceedings and are as follow, to wit:

of a public meeting held at Butler, in Pennsylvania. YEAS.-Messrs. Chambers, Clay, Clayton, Ewing, These memorials and proceedings all relate to the reFrelinghuysen, Hendricks, Kent, Moore, Naudain, Poin- cent course of the Executive towards the public treasudexter, Porter, Robbins, Silsbee, Southard, Sprague, ry, and the Bank of the United States; all condemn that Swift, Tipton, Tomlinson, Waggaman, Webster, Wil course, and all deplore the injurious consequences which kins.-21.

have resulted from it. But Mr. C. regretted that the few NAYS.--Messrs. Benton, Black, Brown, Calhoun, precious hours which remain of the present session would Grundy, Hill, King of Georgia, Leigh, Linn, Mangum, not allow him, without an inexcusable trespass upon the Morris, Prentiss, Preston, Robinson, Shepley, Smith, time of the Senate, to dwell upon the several topics adTallmadge, Tyler, Wright.–19.

verted to, or suggested by, the memorialists. He would, So the question was determined in the affirmative. At therefore, restrict himself to calling the attention of the a subsequent stage of the day's proceedings, the bill was Senate to a single statement contained in the York meread a third time and passed.

morial. It is there stated that all of the subscribers who

JUXE 27, 1834.)
Harbor Bill.

(SENATE. voted for the present Chief Magistrate, voted under a full ty-pure charity-a very praiseworthy motive, but one belief that he was not inimical to the Bank of the United which cannot properly enter into our consideration as leStates; and that a large meeting of his friends in Lycom-gislators. We have no right to do charitable acts at the ing county, in 1832, embracing citizens from several expense of others. What motive can be assigned for this parts, pronounced in an address, or resolutions, which appropriation to the company? Why, we are to save were published, that the allegation of the hostility of the them from bankruptcy. He denied that we can be infu. President to the bank was an unfounded calumny. encetl by such reasons. Objects for relief would present

Mr. C. moved the reference and printing of the memo- themselves more than sufficient to exhaust the whole rials and proceedings; which were ordered accordingly. Treasury, if we listen to such applications. Sir, said Mr. HARBOR BILL.

B., I have heard much, during this session, of profuse

expenditure of money by this administration, and have Mr. SILSBEE, from the Committee on Commerce, re- thought these charges well founded, particularly as reported the bill from the House making appropriations spects some of the Departments. With what propriety, he for the improvement of certain harbors, and clearing out asked, can those on this side of the House hereafter make obstructions in certain rivers of the United States, for such charges? When they do so, they will be shown these the year 1834, with sundry amendments; and the bill be two appropriations, that for Washington, made yesterday, ing under consideration as in Committee of the Whole, and this, if it should be made, based alone on charitable and the amendments of the committee having been gone considerations. For one, I shall, said he, if this amendthrough with,

ment be adopted, be compelled to say that charges like Mr. CHAMBERS moved to amend the bill by intro- this will come with a bad grace from this quarter. ducing a clause on the subject of the Chesapeake and Mr. BENTON referred to the remarks which he had Ohio canal. He had been instructed to move this by made when the grant for this canal was made. He then the State of Maryland, for the purpose of completing contended that the United States had become partners in certain contracts. He then moved to amend the bill a bankrupt concern; and the application which had been by introducing a clause appropriating $250,000 to be now made proved this to be the fact. He suggested that paid to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company, in access ought to be allowed to the accounts, and that the consideration of which, certain specified commodities directors and their books ought to be brought before are to be transported free of charge.

Congress, to show what course had been taken. Mr. WRIGHT said, this amendment had been pre- Mr. PRESTON said, he had been forcibly struck sented to the committee, but was deemed not to be with the remarks of the Senator from Missouri in relation relevant to the character of the bill. He hoped the to the proposition before them. One step in matters of amendment would not be appended to the bill. It was this kind, involves us in another, and we are ever and merely an appropriation for a canal, and its introduction anon called upon to take further steps. He had already, might hazard the fate of the whole bill. He was opposed in relation to the Cumberland road, said that the appro. to appropriations of money on such considerations. It priation already made furnished no reasons for going fur. was represented that the work must stop unless somether; that it would be better, at all hazards, to go back; further aid should be furnished: but, if any appropria- that is, it would be “better to suffer those evils we tions were to be made, they ought to be made on the now endure, than fly to others that we know not of.” grounds on which they had originally been made. He Yesterday, a grant of $70,000 was made to the city of said that one object of this aid was to discharge debts; Washington to pay the interest on their canal debt; and the company could now pay all their debts within to-day a proposition is made to give to the canal company $85,000.

$250,000 to preserve them from ruin. To-morrow a Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN could not vote for this amend- proposition of a similar kind will be made, and there was

He could not answer to his constituents to go any no knowing where these demands would end. Why, further than he had gone. Already a million of stock had said Mr. P., should we proceed in this eternal career of been subscribed by the General Government. If our extravagant generosity? The city of Washington was committees were instructed to look into this matter, they said to be bankrupt, and this canal company was also would make a proper report. He could not sustain the said to be bankrupt. Why, then, should we be deluded amendment.

with the idea of giving this money as a loan? It would be Mr. CLAYTON expressed a hope that his friend from nothing but a salvo to our consciences, for there certain. Maryland would not press the subject.

ly never could be any rational expectation that the money Mr. CHAMBERS made some reply, with a view to sus- would be refunded. If we do give any thing, (said Mr. tain the application, as founded in justice.

P.,) let us give it boldly, at once, as a gratuity. He Mr. CLAY made some remarks on the character of the bad some feeling for these people, but there was somework, and expressed his intention to vote for it. thing startling in the boldness of these demands. We

Mr. SILSBEE suggested that the form of the amend- yesterday, said he, gave three or four dollars a head to ment was objectionable. The best way was to make the every citizen of Washington, counting their population. grant by way of loan, and moved to that effect. They have been bankrupt, not by their own acts, but by

Mr. CHAMBERS accepted the amendment, after a few their corporate authorities, elected by voters, many of remarks.

whom owned no property, and were therefore not interMr. BLACK opposed the amendment, and called for ested in the city. the yeas and nays. It would make no difference to him If this money was to be considered as an advance to whether the sum proposed was given directly as a gratui- this people, you contribute more than the whole State of ty, or whether some pretext was inserted as a mere guise Pennsylvania ever did to its whole population for a like to cover it. What is the difference between giving and purpose. That they deserved some compassion, he ad. loaning to those from whom we expect no return, to re-mitted, but he would ask the Senator from Maryland, (Mr. lieve them from notorious insolvency? On yesterday CHAMBERS,] if this appropriation were made to-day, we voted $70,000 to pay the interest on the debt wbether more would not be asked for on a future occacontracted by the city of Washington, to purchase stock sion. If the gentleman from Maryland would go with in this canal company. What was the inducement held him, he would be willing to give to this company and to out to us to make that appropriation? What obligation the city of Washington, as much as his sense of propriety were we under to redeem the promises unadvisedly made would admit, and what he thought ought to relieve them by Washington City? The only motive was one of chari- from all their difficulties. That is, he would be willing

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(JUNE 27, 1834. to give the company the million of dollars already sub- with that view; it related to another part of the business. scribed by Congress to its stock, which would sell in I recollect stating to the committee that those accounts the market, notwithstanding its depreciation, for the were in the Department; they sent for them, as I was in$250,000 they ask for. He was told that the Govern- formed, and they were not sent to the committee with the ment was pledged for the redemption of the Holland loan other papers, nor were they sent until it was too late for to the city of Washington. Now, he was willir to re- the committee to examine them. And this is all I know deem that pledge, for which purpose he would give a of that matter. million of dollars more to be released from that obligation, Sir, I will notice some other erroneous statements conprovided the city and company would agree not to call on tained in this memorial. Congress again.

Mr. Blair, in his memorial, says: “The routes adverHe regretted that this people had not been more pru- tised in 1832, which are the ones to which the committee dent in the management of their funds. It was not allude, were those in the New England States and the doubted here, he said, but their expenses have been most State of New York, and the new routes in all the States prodigal and wasteful. He had heard that they had ex- and Territories of the United States, making together pended the principal part of their funds for a canal on 2,044. The letting of the routes in New York, amountihe borders of tide water, from Georgetown through ing to 835, was postponed on account of the cholera rathis city, a thing never before heard of. He repeated, ging here at that time, and they were re-advertised for he was willing to give the million of canal stock held by six weeks longer; making the number advertised and rethe Government, and even to give a million more for advertised, amount together to 2,879—more than five the Holland debt, provided Congress is not again to be times the number advertised by Mr. Green. The state. called on, and, if the Senator from Maryland would bring ment X, to which Messrs. Ewing, Clayton, and Knight forward such a proposition, it should have his hearty con- refer, shows all this, and they could not, therefore, be igcurrence.

norant of the true state of the facts." After some further remarks from Mr. CHAMBERS and Now, sir, let us examine the facts stated in this place. Mr. SPRAGUE, which are necessarily deferred- I yesterday went to the Post Office Department, and Mr. CHAMBERS withdrew his amendment.

asked for a copy of the routes advertised in the Globe by Mr. SPRAGUE moved to amend the bill by inserting Mr. Blair at the time referred to: they were given to me, an appropriation to rebuild the monument at Steele's inlet, and I now hold them in my hand, ready to be examined Penobscot bay; which was agreed to.

by any person who desires to do so. They are certified Mr. CLAY moved to insert appropriations for the im- by Mr. Hobbie, the Assistant Postmaster General. I have provement of the Cumberland river, &c.; which were enumerated them, and they amount to 1,039, and not agreed to.

2,044, as stated by Mr. Blair. The 835 that he states Mr. LINN moved to amend the bill in the clause ma- were to be found in New York, have dwindled, on countking appropriations for the improvement of the Mississip- ing, to the number of 335, making a difference of 500. pi river, by striking out 50,000, and inserting 75,000 dol. And the whole number of routes advertised and re-adverlars, with a provision that 25,000 shall be expended at St. tised, amount to 2,879, as stated by the memorialist; but Louis.

the Post Office documents show that the total amount ad. The motion to amend was decided in the negative. vertised and re-advertised, was 1,374, and no more; not

Mr. TIPTON moved to amend the bill by inserting an one-half the number stated by Mr. Blair. And this man acappropriation of 500 dollars for the improving of Trailcuses the committee of wilful misrepresentations. creek, Indiana.

The Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads apMr. T. explained the object of the amendment; which pointed three printers in the city of Washington to ex. was negatived.

amine the account of Mr. Blair's charge of printing, and The amendments were ordered to be engrossed, and they reported the amount paid the Globe $8,386 50 the bill to be read a third time.

Actual charge for the same advertisements in

the National Intelligencer

2,763 374 On motion of Mr. EWING, the Senate proceeded to consider the resolutions reported by the majority of the

$5,623 124 Committee on the Post Office; when,

more than Gales & Seaton charge for advertising the same. Mr. KNIGHT rose and said: Mr. President, my inten- the committee: it was not possible for me to do it. The

I have not examined all the facts stated in the report of tion in rising is to correct one or two statements in a me- labor was partially divided: while I was pursuing one morial of F. P. Blair. I did not know that such a memobranch of the business, other members were pursuing, rial had ever been presented to the Senate, until I saw a other parts of it. But nothing is wilfully wrong; and I copy of it in the Globe. Sir, it is stated in the report of believe the facts stated will prove substantially correct. the committee, that the papers containing the accounts of The other accusations in the memorial, I leave with the Mr. Blair were not sent to them until it was too late to other members of the committee. examine them in time for the report. I was not present when these accounts were sent for by the committee, and, ments of the report of the chairman from that of the com

I will say something as to the difference in the statetherefore, know nothing except from the statements of the other members; but the chairman was present

, and mittee, in regard to the amount of the debts against the can give full information on that point, and no doubt his. The committee state the Department owes, after a final statement will be fully accredited by the memorialist,* if the other members are not.

settlement of all accounts, except old balances prior to Sir, in the course of the examination, I called at the DeWhatever is available prior to October, 1833,

October, 1833, the sum of

$802,444 partment, to see the items contained in the account of in

is to be deducted. I believe it to be a small cidental expenses; it was a very cursory examination, and I did not even take the amount of Mr. Blair's account, The report of the chairman states the deficit

sum, in comparison with the sum stated. nor is his name noted on the paper among my minutes.

to be I was not seeking particular accounts to compare with the

292,109 statements in the Blue Book. My examination was not Making a difference in the report of the * Mr. Grundy read a stalement confirming the report of the

chairman from that of the committee, of $510,335


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