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Post Office Resolutions.
[June 27, 1834.
upwards of eight thousand dollars, (more than $5,000 be- times the amount of the original sum stipulated. I know yond what, under another administration, was paid to that brother well: he is a gentleman of high character and Gales and Seaton for similar services,) if the advertise respectability, and opposed to this administration. But ment is to be disregarded? It would be a measure of he is associated with others, who are its supporters, and economy to publish proposals for printing the proposals, who are members of a family that has received larger provided always, that there was no extra allowance made. sums from the public treasury than any two, or, perhaps,
These extra allowances, sometimes exceeding the ori- ten, other famil.es in the United States. And, sir, there ginal contract three or four times, are not only made with-is reason to apprehend that these extra allowances are out adequate consideration, but, in some instances, are sometimes made to opponents of the administration, that, downright gratuities, as in the instance of the $10,000 under cover of them, its supporters may be allowed safeto Reeside and Slaymaker. No one can impartially read the ly to plunge their hands deeper into the public treasury: account of that allowance without being convinced that I am far from saying or insinuating that the fuct to which it was a most scandalous transaction. The pretext for it I have alluded, has biased the judgment of the honorable was, that, in consequence of the rapidity of their coaches, Senator. But the fact ought to be known to the public. the burdens belonging to other lines were shifted upon Again: the only Senator, out of the committee, who them from other contractors. Well, ought they not to has risen to make a formal defence of the Post Office have anticipated, from their long and great experience, Department, is the honorable Senator from New Hampthat state of things, if it existed? And if they were to be shire, (Mr. Hill.] That Senator read from his place, compensated by an additional allowance for what was as a speech, a prepared, deliberate, and elaborate essay, within the fair scope of their original contract, should noi and his brother has fifteen contracts within the limits of the other contractors have been subjected to a propor- that single State! I make no comments upon the fact. I tionate abatement, from the amount stipulated to them, know not that it has bad any influence upon the mind of in consequence of the reduction of their burdens? But the bonorable Senator; and I do not, therefore, assert that the extra allowance is made to them, without any corres- it has; but it is right that the public should know the fact. ponding deduction from the others. And what demon- Mr. President, the principal object of my rising was lo strates that these extra allowances were not justly due is, express the acknowledgments due to the committee. I that, when the necessities of the Department at last forced hope they will fearlessly proceed in the discharge of their upon it some measure of retrenchment, the extra allow- important and arduous duties, unawed and undismayed. ances have been, in some cases, (that amongst others,) I trust that they will despise and disregard the attacks given up, or reduced quietly, without a murmur. already madle, or which may be made, upon their motives
The indignation of the public must increase when it and upon their probity and character. They may expect learns that these very objects of the extraordinary favors many more. They may even anticipate doletul complaints of the Department, are, in their turn, dispensing favors to from the Reverend o. B. Brown, of their prying curiosi. those bigh in the Department. Thus, the Postmaster 'y, as to his private transactions! Private transactions! General himself places bimself under pecuniary obliga- it is to be feared that there are some so private that they tion to Mr. Reeside. And 0. B. Brown, about the peri- can never be fairly exhibited to the public eye. Bribery od of this extravagant allowance to Reeside and Slay- and corruption are generally extremely secret transactions. maker, is obtaining
a large sum from them under color of Go on, I say again, gentlemen; penetrate all the labyrinths a loan, but which, I am compelled to say, is unexplained, of the Augean stable; drag forth the public culprits, and and wears a much more suspicious aspect. We see him, fear no: that you will finally triumph over all the calumny too, borrowing from one company of contractors, and lend- and malignity of the whole tribe of venal favorites and ing to another company.
mercenaries, and win for yourselves the thanks and grati. Mr. President, these matters cannot fail to make a deep tude of a just and generous, but highly abused public. and serious impression. Considering the delicate rela. Mr. ROBINSON felt himself compelled to make a few tions between the Department and contractors, its high observations in reply to the Senator from Kentucky, (Mr. officers should have no pecuniary transactions with them; CLAY.] It was not, however, a matter of his seeking: for should be the objects of no presents of quarter casks or what reason the Senator from Kentucky bad thought propboxes of wine, (as in the case of Mr. Brown,) or of any er to proclaim his (Mr. R.’s) brother as a contractor, and thing else, from those who are so directly interested in as having received an extra allowance, he did not know. conciliating their favor.
The matter bad long since been published in the Blue I remember an example which I recommend as worthy Book, which was open to the inspection of any one. It of their imitation. During my youth, I acted as the aman- was true the gentleman had said that his brother was opuensis of that pure, upright, and excellent man, the late posite in politics to the administration, but, at the same Chancellor Wythe, of Virginia. An opulent West Indian time, the manner in which the affair had been brought (or one supposed to be opulent) removed to Richmond, forward, appeared to imply some censure. His brother, and fixed his residence in the neighborhood of the Chan- Mr. R. said, was associated in his contract with three gencellor. He had an important suit in chancery; and one tlemen, wirom the Senator from Kentucky, and no one morning, wlie. I was present, he sent by a servant to the else, could possibly assail. For the sake of doing justice Chancellor a demijohn of old arrac; and a little orange to himself, Mr. R.' would say, that the contract bore date tree for his niece. With that ineffable politeness, which in 1832, and although he was well acquainted with the characterized his demeanor, as strongly as that of any gentlemen connected with his brother, he had never gentleman whom I ever knew, he begged the servant to heard one word of it until it came before his notice as a take back the articles to his master, with his compliments member of the committee. Further, he had received and bis thanks, and to say to him that he had passed the letters from his brother this winter, loudly complaining of season of life for enjoying the old arrac, and that he the administration, because his mail-route had been refeared the orange tree 'might be neglected and die, if it duced. For the purpose of fully explaining this matter, were accepted, as his niece was frequently absent, and he would ask the Secretary to read that which related to he could not bind himself to attend to it.
it, from page 264 of the report of the minority. Mr. President, I feel it my duty, unpleasant as it is, to The Secretary then read the following extract: notice one or two other facts. Of the two members of “ A contract was made with James F. Robinson, Jated the minority of the committee, one (the Senator from the 15th of October, 1831, to transport the mail from Illinois) has a brother, who is a member of a company January 1, 1832, to December 31, 1835, between Cinthat has received an extra allowance on a contract threelcinnati, Ohio, and Georgetown, Kentucky, seventy-two
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miles, daily, in four-horse post-coaches, for $1,000 a year. twenty-two millions and odd miles, which shows that the After this contract was made, and before the service Department, under its present administration, carries under it commenced, such increased expedition was given mails double the distance that it did under the former. It to the great Western mail as to carry it from Washington had been said, that there was great extravagance in the city, and from Baltimore, to Cincinnati, in two days less allowances from the Department to contractors. This time than under the former contracts, and to arrive at Mr. Reeside was a contractor in Mr. McLean's time, and Cincinnati at six o'clock in the evening. To give to received eleven cents per mile, for running the same Kentucky the full benefit of this expedition, it was deem- route that he now receives but 9 2-10 cents, for running ed necessary to direct the contractor on this route to three times a day. Taking also into consideration the leave Cincinnati every night after the arrival and distri- great increase of expedition, Mr. Reeside receives now bution of the mail from the East, at seven o'clock, and but a little more than half of what he received for the arrive at Georgetown the next morning by seven o'clock, same route during the administration of Mr. McLean. so as to connect with the mail to Louisville. He was, Newspaper privileges had been talked of as having therefore, directed, on the 29th of December, 1831, to been granted for political effect. Now, this was a very run through in twelve hours, instead of fourteen hours, small matter. Every gentleman knew, that papers carhis contract time. The schedule in the original contract ried under this newspaper privilege, were not carried in was to leave Cincinnati at four o'clock in the morning, bundles, but were distributed in single papers. Gentle. and arrive at Georgetown by six o'clock in the evening; men, too, had talked of increased mail routes in parts of leave Georgetown at five in the morning, and arrive in the Western country, where the receipts were not equal Cincinnati by seven in the evening, giving fourteen bours to the expenses incurred. Why, gentlemen ought to each way, and the day time for running. The alteration bear it in mind, that it was Congress, and not Mr. Barry, gave but twelve hours each way, and the night instead that established these mail rouies. Bul would any genof the day for running. The contractor alleged that tlemen suppose that a necessary mail route was to be rethis increased expedition, added to the difficulty of fused to a new county, in a new State, because the rerunning in the night instead of the day, subjected him ceipts would not probably cover the expense? Public to an additional expense of $4,800 a year, and claimed indignation would cry out against such a refusal. that sum as an extra compensation for the service. Mr. CLAY made some remarks in reply to Mr. RobinThe second article of the contract stipulates that the Post- sox, of which it is regretted that a sketch has not been master General may alter the times of arrival and depar- preserved. ture, and alter the contract, he making an adequate com. Mr. WEBSTER said, that he thought great credit was pensation for any extra expense that inay be occasioned due to the committee for the labor, diligence, and ability, thereby. He did uut reject the cluinn, but refused to which its members had bestowed on the subject referred make any allowance until satisfactory evidence should be to them. They have now made a report of a very serious produced of the amount of such extra expense. He character, containing explicit charges of mal-administraTherefore named two experienced stage proprietors in tion, and accompanied by the evidence on which these that Slate, John Hutchins and John G. Chiles, and pro- charges are founded. I'wo members of the committee posed to refer to them the decision of what was the extra have made a report, or presented a paper, of their own, expense, the Postinaster General still reserving to himself in which they undertake in some instances to defend, the right of determining what was equitable after receiv- and in others to excuse, the conduct of the Postmaster ing their certificate. These gentlemen certified that the General, and other persons employed in the Department. increased expedition required four additional teains of Now, sir, said Mr. W., in an affair so complicated, where four horses each, and two coaches: that the annual ex- there are so many charges, and so much evidence, the pense of the four teams was fairly estimated at $800 each, first question to be asked, is, Are any of these charges making $3,200, and the two additional coaches at $300, admitted to be true, by the friends of the administration, making an additional expense of $3,500 per annum. The and, if any, whiclı? And, as to the rest of the charges, Postmaster General was still unwilling to allow so large a are they all denied or contradicted, or are some of them, sum, but three other citizens, Milus W. Dickey, Robert/ and, if any, which, left without denial or contradiction? W. Ewing, and John Dudley, certified that $4,000 a year The honorable chairman of the committee, (Mr. Grunde,] would be but a moderate and reasonable compensation for who does not agree in the report of the committee, but the service. The Postmaster General, upon these testimo- who is one of the two members who signed the other nials, made him an additional allowance of $3,000 a year.' paper, called the report of the minority, has addressed
Mr. Robinsox continued. He would only say, that the Senate repeatedly, on the subject of these charges. he was not acquainted with the gentlemen whose certifi. Some of them he has objected to, others he has not atcates were given, but he was informed that they were tempted to rebut, and of others he has said nothing. The highly respectable. He had nothing more to say on this honorable gentleman is friendly to the administration, part of the subject; but really he must say that his feel. and to the head of the Post Office Department; and, ings, on this occasion, were not very agreeable. It ap- therefore, perhaps, it was hardly to be expected that he peared to him, that the gentleman had unnecessarily should show great zeal in the prosecution of this inquiry. rawn him out on a subject of delicacy to himself and his Yet I think, sir, we had a right to expect from him not relations, and which was not at all called for by the course only his opinion on all the charges, but also some degree of the debate. While up, Mr. R. said, he would trouble of patriotic indignation against lawless acts, which he the Senite with a few remarks on the subject before it. admits to be lawless. Take, for example, the first resoWe have been toll, said he, in high-sounding language, lution of the committee, which declares that the Postof the flourishing condition of the Post Office Depart- master General has borrowed money on the credit of the ment, in the time of Mr. McLean, yet that gentleman United States, without any authority of law. The hontells you, in the very last report he made, that the ex- orable chairman says, he admits the truth of this charge. penditure of the Department exceeded its income by Admits it! But why does he content himself with ad$20,000. How, then, did gentlemen find out that the initting it? Does he not regard it as a gross violation of Department was in such a flourishing condition, with a luty? Does he not think it an alarming ng, that the surplus fund, and sustaining itself from its own resources? Postmaster General should borrow half a million of dolIt had also been said, that these increased mail routes lars, in order to cover up the deficiencies of the Departouglit to give increased revenue? llow could gentle- ment, and that be should keep this loan concealed, for men make that out? The routes now, said Mr. R., are years, from the knowledge of Congress! As the head of
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a committee charged to inquire into abuses, and this are more doubtful than the rest, or require further exenormous abuse having been discovered, can the honor- amination, let them remain for further consideration. able member justify himself by simply saying he admits But on the plain, acknowledged, notorious cases, let us its existence? Has he no reproof, no word of censure come to a vote. Let us show the country that we are for such a flagrant violation of law? Has he no disap-in earnest. Let us begin with the firsi, with that which probation to express, no complaint to enter, in such respects the borrowing of the money from banks, without tones as that the administration shall hear them? No authority of law, or even the knowledge of Congress; man denies the fact, and none undertakes to defend it. and let us see whether any one individual member of the What then? Is the Department still to go on in its ca. Senate is prepared to withhold from that proceeding his reer, and nothing done, any more than if nothing had vote of censure. been discovered? If there were nothing else in the Mr. BENTON thought the Senate onght to defer, for whole report, if that charge stood alone, I cannot con- the present, taking a vote on the resolutions. He said ceive how any man can doubt that the Department ought he had had no opportunity of carefully examining the to be immediately and thoroughly reformed. The coun- reports, and therefore knew but little of their contents. try, if I mistake not, will call for such reformation. As However, he must say, that he had found things in them to upholding the administration of the Department, with at which he had felt inuch mortified. such charges against it proved and admitted, it is more Mr. WEBSTER thought the best course, which was even than the spirit of party devotion can accomplish. called for by the importance of the subject, and what
Again, sir: the third resolution distinctly declares that was due as well to the committee as the Senate, was this, a practice prevails in the Post Office, granting con- to take a vote on the first resolution. He would then tracts on bids which vary from the advertisements, and move to lay the others upon the table, until such time as of altering contracts, after they are made and accepted; gentlemen had an opportunity of examining them, when a practice which destroys all competition, and enables be would move that they be taken up. the Department to give all contracts to favorites. Is this The question was then taken on agreeing to the first charge denied, or admitted? I have not Ireard the hon- resolution reported by the Post Office committee, in the orable member, the chairman, deny it. Does he acknowl following words: edge it to be true? If he does, why does he not tell us, “ Resolved, That it is proved and admitted, that large in a plain and direct manner, that this, too, is an enor- sums of money have been borrowed at different banks mous abuse, and ought to be reformed? Is such a prac- by the Postmaster General, in order to make up the detice to pass without reprehension? While its existence ficiency in the means of carrying on the business of the is detected, discovered, and acknowledged, is there to be Post Office Department, without authority given by any no rebuke of it?
law of Congress; and that, as Congress alone possesses There is then the sixth resolution, which declares, that the power to borrow money on the credit of the United extra allowance have been made to contractors, which States, all such contracts for loans by the Pustmaster Genare unreasonable and extravagant, and out of ?!! propor- eral are illegal and void." tion with the increase of service. Is this true?
And the question on agreeing to this resolution was The 11th resolution alleges, in general terms, that the decided as follows: Department is deeply in debt, and its affairs in disorder. YEAS.- Messrs. Benton, Bibb, Black, Brown, Cal. i have heard no man deny this. None can deny it. The houn, Chambers, Clay, Clayton, Ewing, Forsyth, FreDepartment is deeply in debt; its affairs are disordered, binghusen, Grundy, Hendricks, Hill, Kane, Kent, King greatly disordered. These extra allowances appear to of Alabama, King of Georgia, Knight, Lynn, Mangum, have lost their original character. Instead of being ex. Moore, Naudain, Poindexter, Porter, Prentiss, Preston, traordinary, they have become ordinary. Contractors Robbins, Robinson, Shepley, Silsbee, Smith, Southard, calculate upon them. The probability of an extra enters Sprague, Swift, Tomlinson, Tyler, Waggaman, Webster, into their motives, when they make bids. Indeed it White, Wright. — 41. seems of very little importance what bids they make. NAYS.-Nonc. They are in fact paid just what sums the Postmaster So the resolution was unanimously adopted. General sees fit to pay; and they are generally very well On motion of Mr. WEBSTER, who congratulated the satisfied. From the frequency and the amount of these ex. Senate on the unanimity of this vole, the residue of the tras, the constant changing of contracts, it is quite evident resolutions were then ordered to lie on the table. that all fair competition among contractors is done away. A message was received from the House of Representa
Mr. President, the country is awakened to these tives, by Mr. Franklin, their Clerk, stating that the House abuses in the Post Office, and it will not be, and ought had passed a joint resolution, suspending the rule which not to be, satisfied without a thorough examination, and prohibits either llouse from sending bills to the other an honest and real reform. I give my hearty thanks to within the last three days of the session. the committee for their zeal and industry. They have Mr. CHAMBERS, after some remarks, moved to conhad a laborious winter, and are likely to have a laborious cur in the resolution.
Let them go on, fearlessly, and the country Mr. CLAY moved to lay the resolution on the table; will appreciate their services.
which motion was agreed to. Let them explore all the sources of corrupt patronage;
On motion of Mr. POINDEXTER, let them bring all abuses into the broad light of day. Let The Senate proceeded to the consideration of Execthem inquire into the number of removals of postmasters, utive business; after which, with the alleged causes of such removals. Let them inquire The Senate adjourned, at half past ten o'clock. at whose bidding honest and faithful men have been re. moved, to make way for partisans. Let them ascertain
SATURDAY, JUNE 28. whether it be true that persons here may go into the On motion of Mr. CLAY, the order for the Senate's Post Office, and require the removal of postmasters by taking a recess from 2 until 4 o'clock of each day, until dozens; and whether the postmaster General, as matter the end of the session, was repealed. of course, complies with such requisitions.
On motion of Mr. WEBSTER, the Senate proceeded Mr. President, it is due to the committee, it is due to to consider the joint resolution from the House suspend. the Senate itself, it is due to this highly important sub- ing the 16th joint rule of the two Houses, which prerents ject, that we should express an opinion on some of the the transmission of bills from one House to the other duleading resolutions reported by the committee. If somelring the last three days of the session.
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On motion of Mr. WEBSTER, the joint resolution was of computing value, and the difficulty of coming to an acamended so as to extend the provision up to this day, at 2 curate result. o'clock, as regards the reception of bills from the House, Mr. CALHOUN said, the usual custom of foreign counand to include four bills which had been acted on by the tries was to make gold somewhat above the mercantile Senate, but had not yet been sent.
value. In Spain the relative value of gold was 16 to 1. On motion of Mr. WEBSTER, the joint resolution was in Cuba it was 17 to 1. further amended, by including in the suspension the Mr. CHAMBERS read an extract from the letter of a 17th rule, which prohibits the transmission of bills to correspondent, in opposition to the passage of the bill. the President of the United States during the last day of The question was then taken on the engrossment of the the session.
bill, and decided as follows: Mr. CLAY moved to rescind the order of the Senate YEAS.--Messrs. Benton, Bibb, Black, Brown, Calhoun, setting apart the Fridays and Saturdays of each week for Ewing, Frelinghuysen, Grundy, Hendricks, Hill, Kane, the consideration of bills; and, after a discussion on a Kent, King of Alabama, King of Georgia, Leigh, Linn, point of order, in which Messrs. WEBSTER, CAL- Mangum, Morris, Poindexter, Prentiss, Preston, Robbins, HOUN, CLAY, KING, and SHEPLEY, took part, the Robinson, Shepley, Smith, Swift, Tallmadge, Tipton, resolution was rescinded.
Tomlinson, Tyler, Waggaman, Webster, White, Wilkins, GOLD COINS.
NAYS.--Messrs. Chambers, Clay, Knight, Porter, SilsOn motion of Mr. WEBSTER, the Senate proceeded to bee, Southard, Sprague.-7. consider the bill to regulate the gold coins of the United The bill was then passed. States.
The Senate proceeded to consider the bill to reguMr. WEBSTER briefly explained the provisions of the late the circulation of foreign gold coins in the United bill. He concluded by moving to strike out from the bill States. the lines making provision for the gold dollar. The Mr. WEBSTER moved to amend the bill, after a amendment was agreed to.
conference with the director of the mint, by modifyMr. EWING said he bad made up his mind to vo!e for ing the clause concerning the French cuins, and also the bill, in deference to the opinions of others, although concerning those of Spain, Mexico, and Peru; which was he was of opinion that the relative value of gold had been agreed to. fixed too high. He adverted to what had been said on The bill was then ordered to be engrossed, and was the subject of the value being placed at 16 to 1; and also then read a third time and passed. to the various value of the foreign silver coins. He ex. Mr. SILSBEE, from the Committee on Commerce, re. pressed his apprehension that the silver would disappear ported, the bill making appropriations for building lightfrom among us, and that small notes would take its place. houses, &c., with certain amendments. While the States admitted the circulation of small notes, On motion of Mr. MANGUM, the Senate took a recess they would, in three years, constitute the sole circulation. (at past 2) for one hour. Still, he should vote for the bill.
EVENING SESSION. Mr. CALHOUN advocated the bill in a very few remarks. He thought that wherever silver was protected it The VICE PRESIDENT did not take the Chair at the would retain its place; and where it was not protected, opening of the evening session. paper would take its place. He thought the bill safe, and On motion of Mr. WEBSTER, the Senate proceeded should give it his support.
to the election of a President pro tem. Mr. SPRAGUE said he could not vote for this bill. He On the first balloting, the whole number of votes being believed it would throw the evils on the other side. We 42, and 22 being necessary to a choice, there were-for were creating the same disproportion between gold and Mr. Poindexter 21 Mr. Frelinghuysen 1 silver, as at present existed, making a distinction on one Mr. King of Alabama 14 Mr. Waggaman side as much too wide as that which now existed on the Mr. Bibb
1 Mr. Tyler
1 other. All agreed that the true line was between the two Mr. Clay
2 estimates. Why gentlemen should transcend the point There being no choice, the Senate proceeded to a wbich every body agreed was the true line of value be- second ballot, the result of which was declared as foltween the two metals, he did not know. No one contend- lows: ed that the true value was 16 to 1, but all belicved that it Whole number of votes 40: necessary to a choice 21. was between 15 and 16.
Mr. Poindexter 20 Mr. Waggamao 1 Mr. EWING added that the gold had been debased by Mr. King of Alabama 13 Mr. Tyler
3 this bill, which he regretted.
1 Mr. CALHOUN stated that the superintendent of the
Mr. Clay mint had been consulted.
There being no choice, the Senate proceeded to a third Mr. BENTON said that the debasement was too trifling ballot, the result of which was declared as follows: to be an object of exception.
Whole number of rotes42: necessary to a choice 22. Mr. PORTER expressed his intention to vote against Mr. Poindexter 22 Mr. Tyler
7 the bill, and asked for the yeas and days, which weic Mr. King of Alabama 10 Mr. Bibb
Mrršrelinghuysen 1 Mr. Waggaman 1 Mr. KING, of Georgia, stated, that the effect of the 50 Mr. POINDEXTER was declared duly elected bill would be to raise the value of gold 45 per cent., President pro tem., and was conducted to the Chair by which is only a little above the mercantile ralue of the Mr. CHAMHERS. From lris seat in the Chair, Mr. Poir. article.
DEXTER then rose and addressed the Senate to the followMr. SPRAGUE thought that the bill changed the val. ing effect: ue 6 per cent., which was more than the true relative Senators: Penetrated with the most profound sense of proportion. Why was it made more? To establish a gratitude for the kind manifestation of your confidence in legal currency of two metals, their value must exactly cor- calling me to preside over the deliberations of this honrespond. Why adopt an evil by creating a disproportion? orable body, I rise to express to you my thanks, and the
Mr. WEBSTER replied, that if it had been imagined unfeigned diffidence with which i enter upon the disthat there would have been any evil, it would not have charge of the arduous and delicate duties assigned to me. been recommended. He referred to the various mudes Unskilled in the technical rules of parliamentary proceed
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ings, I feel sensible of my own defects, and that, on all Mr. KING, of Alabama, submitted an amendment, maoccasions of doubt and difficulty, I must rely on the in- king an appropriation of $10,000 for a marine hospital at dulgence of the Senate, and the friendly aid of those Sen- Mobile, Alabama. ators who have more experience in such matters than my. After some debate on this amendment, self. Permit me, gentlemen, to assure you, that for the Mr. CLAY moved to lay the bill on the table. few remaining hours of the present session, and so long Mr. SILSBEE called for the yeas and nays, which beas I may occupy the Chair, it shall be my constant en- ing ordered, the question was decided in the negative, as deavor to meet your just expectations, and to preserve follows: the order and decorum of debate, so necessary to the har- YEA8.-Messrs. Bibb, Black, Calhoun, Clay, Grundy, mony and dignity of every deliberative assembly, and to Hill, Kane, King of Georgia, Leigh, Moore, Morris, Prenthe despatch of the important business which may be tiss, Preston, Robinson, Smith, Tyler, White.-17. brought to the consideration of the Senate.
NAYS.-Messrs. Brown, Chambers, Clayton, Ewing, On motion of Mr. CHAMBERS, a committee was or. Hendricks, Kent, King of Alabama, Knight, Linn, Maudered to be appointed to wait on the President of the gum, Naudain, Poindexter, Porter, Robbins, Shepley, United States, and inform liim that the Senate have elect- Silsbee, Southard, Sprague, Swift, Tullmadge, Tipton, ed the honorable GEORGE POINDEXTER to be their Presi- Tomlinson, Waggaman, Wilkins, Wright.—25. dent pro tem.; and that the Secretary do communicate the Mr. KANE then moved to reconsider the votes taken same to the House of Representatives.
on all the amendments made in the Senate, for appropriaLIGHT-HOUSE BILL.
tions for marine hospitals; which motion being concurred
in, the said amendments were all negatived. On motion of Mr. SILSBEE, the bill making appro- Mr. CALHOUN renewed the motion to lay the bill on priations for building light-houses, placing lighi-vessels, the table, and, after some remarks from Messrs. SJLS&c., was taken up; and the amendments of the commillee BEE, CALHOUN, WRIGHT, and KING of Alabama, having been gone through with
The yeas and nays being ordered, the question was Mr. MANGUM submitted an amendment, making an taken, and decided as follows: appropriation for purchasing a site for an hospital near. YEAS.--Messrs. Benton, Bibb, Black, Calhoun, Clay', Wilmington, in North Carolina; which was adopted- Ewing, Grundy, Hill, Kane, King of Georgia, Leigh, ayes 19, noes 11.
Linn, Mangum, Moore, Poindexter, Prentiss, Preston, Mr. KNIGHT submitted an amendment to appropriate Robinson, Smith, Swift, Tyler, White.-22. $5,000 for a marine hospital at Providence, Rhode Island. NAYS.-Messrs. Chambers, Clayton, Hendricks, Kent,
Mr. HILL asked for the yeas and nays on the question, King of Alabama, Knight, Naudain, Porter, Robbins, which were not granted, there not being a sufficient nun- Silsbee, Southard, Sprague, Tallmadge, Tipton, Tomlinber of members concurring.
son, Waggaman, Webster, Wright. --18. The question being taken upon Mr. KNIGHT'S motion, So the bill was laid on the table. it was negatived.
The Senate proceeded to consider the amendments of The bill was then reported to the Senate, and the the House to the bill of the Senate, concerning the duties amendments passed in the Committee of the whole, with on hardware, and, on motion of Mr. WEBSTER, the Sen. the exception of the amendment of Mr. Mangum, were ate concurred in the amendments. agreed to.
The bill making appropriations for the public buildings, Mr. Mangum's amendment being under consideration, as amended by the Committee on the District of Coluniit was adopted, as follows:
bia, was taken up, the amendments was agreed to, and YEAS. -Messrs. Benton, Bibb, Black, Brown, Calhoun, the bill subsequently read a third time and passed. Clay, Ewing, Frelinghuysen, Hendricks, Kane, Kent, The bill to grant a township of land to the Polish ex. Knight, Leigh, Linn, Mangum, Poindexter, Porter, iles, came from the House with an amendment, subjecting Prentiss, Preston, Robbins, Robinson, Southard, Tyler, the Poles to the payment of the minimum price on the Waggaman, Webster, Wilkins.-26.
lands selected, ($i 25 per acre.) NAYS.- Messrs. Chambers, Clayton, Grundy, Itill,
Mr. CLAY moved that the Senate disagree to the King of Alabama, King of Georgia, Naudain, shepley, amendment. The motion was supported by Mr. WEBSilsbee, Smith, Sprague, Swift, Tallmadge, Tipton, Tom-STER. linson, Wright.--16.
On taking the question, the amendment was disMr. LINŇ them moved further to amend the bill, by agreed to: adding an appropriation to build a marine hospital at On motion of Mr. CLAY, the motion to lay the lightSt. Louis, Missouri. This amendment was adopted, as house bill on the table was reconsidered, ayes 17, lives follows:
15, and the bill was then recommitted to the Comınittee YEAS.-Messrs. Benton, Bibb, Calhoun, Chambers, on Commerce. Clay, Clayton, Ewing, Hendricks, Kane, Kent, Knight, The bill from the House making appropriations for the Leigh, Linn, Mangum, Moore, Naudain, Poindexter, Por- Potomac bridge, and repealing all foriner acts on the subter, Prentiss, Preston, Robvio., Robinson, Shepley, Tip-ject, was taken up, and, on motion of Mr. LEIGH, the ton, Webster, While.-26.
whole of the bill, after the first section, was stricken out, NAYS.--Messrs. Black, Will, King of Alabama, King and the bill was then amended, on motion of Sır. W RIGHT, of Georgia, Silsbee, Smith, Sprague, Swift;lay:"rlin- by adding a new section; modified, on motion of Mr. son.-9.
BIBB, and the amendment was then ordered to be enOn motion of Mr. KNIGHT, the amendment submitted grossed, and the bill to be read a third time. by him in Coinmittee of the Whole, was passed without a On motion of Mr. WEBSTER, the Senate took up for division.
consideration the bill making appropriations for certain On motions severally made by Messrs. SHEPLEY, fortifications within the United States, for the year 1834. SMITH, and CILAJBERS, amendments were made, Mr. BENTON, in pursuance of the instructions of the making appropriations for marine hospitals at Portland, Military Committee, submitted an amendment appropriBlaine, New Paven, Connecticut, and at Baltimore, Ma- ating $107,040 for furnishing towers, barracks, and storeryland.
houses, at New Orleans, for the use of the United States Mr. TYLER moved to amend the bill, by adding an ap- troops; which was agreed to; after which the bill was orpropriation for a marine hospital at City Point, Virginia; dered to be engrossed. It was then read a third time which motion was negatived.