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Those who voted in the negative are
Mr. Sydenham E. Ancona
Mr. Aaron Harding
William S. Holman
Mr. William P. Sheffield
George K. Shiel
So the preamble and resolution were laid on the table.
Mr. Colfax 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.
A message from the Senate, by Mr. Forney, their Secretary: Mr. Speaker : The Senate have appointed a committee consisting of Mr. Collamer, Mr. Grimes, and Mr. Saulsbury to join such committee as may be appointed by the House of Representatives to wait upon the President of the United States and inform him that a quorum of each house has assembled, and that Congress is ready to receive any communication he may be pleased to make.
Mr. Colfax, by unanimous consent, introduced a bill (H. R. ) to authorize assistant assessors to administer oaths and affirmations; which was read a first and second time, and referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.
Mr. Richardson submitted the following resolution, viz:
Resolved, that the President of the United States be requested to inform this House what citizens of Illinois are now confined in the Forts Warren, Lafayette, and Delaware, or the old Capitol prison, and any other forts or places of confinement; what the charges are against said persons; also the places where they were arrested. That the President be further requested to inform this House of the names of the persons that have been arrested in Illinois and taken to and confined in prisons outside of the limits of said State, and who have been released; what were the charges against each of them; by whom the charges were made; also by whose order said arrests were made, and the authority of law for such arrests.
Mr. Richardson moved the previous question; which was seconded, and the main question ordered to be put.
40 The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the members present,
Those who voted in the affirmative are
Mr. Cyrus Aldrich
Isaac N. Arnold
Mr. Thomas A. D. Fessenden Mr. Abraham B. Olin
Theodore M. Pomeroy
John F. Potter
John H. Rice
Edward H. Rollins
Aaron A. Sargent
Charles B. Sedgwick
A. Scott Sloan
Elbridge G. Spaulding
John L. N. Stratton
Charles R. Train
Rowland E. Trowbridge
Burt Van Horn
Rob't B. Van Valkenburgh
Charles H. Van Wyck
John P. Verree
William A. Wheeler
Kellian V. Whaley
James F. Wilson
Samuel T. Worcester.
Those who voted in the negative are
Mr. Sydenham E. Ancona
Mr. William A. Hall
Mr. Moses F. Odell
Albert G. Porter
So the resolution was laid on the table.
Mr. Windom submitted the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to, viz:
Resolved, That the Committee on Indian Affairs be instructed to inquire as to the most speedy and economical mode of removing beyond the limits of the State of Minnesota all the Indian tribes within said State, and, if expedient, to report a bill for such purpose.
Mr. Ancona submitted a resolution, which he subsequently modified to read as follows, and which was considered and agreed to, viz:
Resolved, That the Committee of Ways and Means be instructed to inquire into the expediency of reporting to the House an amendment to the law for the collection of internal revenue, so construing the fourth clause of the 64th section of said act as that the same shall not apply to any one who has taken out a license under said act for either a hotel, inn, tavern, or eating-house, with power to report at any time.
Mr. Bennet submitted the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to, viz:
Resolved, That the Committee on the Territories be instructed to inquire into the propriety of setting apart a portion of the annual appropriations for the Territory of Colorado for the purpose of printing an edition of the laws of said Territory in the Spanish language, and for the pay of interpreter to the legislature and translator of the laws, &c., and report by bill or otherwise.
Notices were given under the rule of motions for leave to introduce bills as follows, viz:
By Mr. Cox: A bill to amend the act entitled "An act to provide internal revenue to support the government and to pay interest on the public debt, passed July 1, 1862," so as to increase the revenue by the reduction of the tax on whiskey to five cents per gallon.
By Mr. Aldrich: A bill to annul and abrogate all treaties between the United States and certain bands of the Sioux or Dakota Indians of Minnesota, and for the relief of the sufferers in that State by the recent outbreak and depredations committed by said Indians;
Also, a bill to grant the proceeds of the sales of certain public lands to aid in the construction of a Northern Pacific railroad;
Also, a bill to reduce the mileage of senators and representatives to ten cents per mile;
Also, a bill to reimburse the State of Minnesota for expenditures for the suppression of Indian hostilities in that State.
By Mr. Van Wyck: A bill to increase the pay of privates, noncommissioned officers, and musicians in the army of the United States;
Also, a bill to provide immediate compensation for clothing lost by soldiers in the service of the United States.
By Mr. Windom: A bill for the relief of the sufferers from the Indian outbreak in Minnesota.
By Mr. Menzies: A bill to provide for ascertaining and adjusting claims against the government of the United States arising from the military operations of the government in Kentucky since September 1, 1861.
All the States and Territories having been called for bills on leave and resolutions, and the committees for reports
On motion of Mr. Justin S. Morrill, the House took a recess for fifteen minutes.
After the recess,
Mr. Washburne, from the joint committee appointed to wait upon the President of the United States, reported that the committee had discharged the duty imposed upon them, and that the President had informed them that he would communicate in writing with the two houses immediately.
United States, by Mr. Nicolay, his private secretary; which was handed in at the Speaker's table.
The Speaker, by unanimous consent, laid before the House the said message; which was read, and is as follows, viz:
Fellow-citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives :
Since your last annual assembling another year of health and bountiful harvests has passed. And while it has not pleased the Almighty to bless us with a return of peace, we can but press on, guided by the best light He gives us, trusting that in His own good time, and wise way, all will yet be well.
The correspondence touching foreign affairs which has taken place during the last year is herewith submitted, in virtual compliance with a request to that effect, made by the House of Representatives near the close of the last session of Congress.
If the condition of our relations with other nations is less gratifying than it has usually been at former periods, it is certainly more satisfactory than a nation so unhappily distracted as we are might reasonably have apprehended. In the month of June last there were some grounds to expect that the maritime powers which, at the beginning of our domestic difficulties, so unwisely and unnecessarily, as we think, recognized the insurgents as a belligerent, would soon recede from that position, which has proved only less injurious to themselves, than to our own country. But the temporary reverses which afterwards befell the national arms, and which were exaggerated by our own disloyal citizens abroad, have hitherto delayed that act of simple justice.
The civil war, which has so radically changed, for the moment, the occupations and habits of the American people, has necessarily disturbed the social condition, and affected very deeply the prosperity of the nations with which we have carried on a commerce that has been steadily increasing throughout a period of half a century. It has, at the same time, excited political ambitions and apprehensions which have produced a profound agitation throughout the civilized world. In this unusual agitation we have forborne from taking part in any controversy between foreign states, and between parties or factions in such states. We have attempted no propagandism, and acknowledged no revolution. But we have left to every nation the exclusive conduct and management of its own affairs. Our struggle has been, of course, contemplated by foreign nations with reference less to its own merits, than to its supposed, and often exaggerated effects and consequences resulting to those nations themselves. Nevertheless, complaint on the part of this government, even if it were just, would certainly be unwise.
The treaty with Great Britain for the suppression of the slave trade has been put into operation with a good prospect of complete success. It is an occasion of special pleasure to acknowledge that the execution of it, on the part of her Majesty's government, has been marked with a jealous respect for the authority of the United States, and the rights of their moral and loyal citizens.
The convention with Hanover for the abolition of the stade dues has been carried into full effect, under the act of Congress for that purpose.
A blockade of three thousand miles of sea-coast could not be established, and vigorously enforced, in a season of great commercial activity like the present, without committing occasional mistakes, and inflicting unintentional injuries upon foreign nations and their subjects.
A civil war occurring in a country where foreigners reside and carry on trade under treaty stipulations, is necessarily fruitful of complaints of the violation of neutral rights. All such collisions tend to excite misapprehensions, and possibly to produce mutual reclamations between nations which have a common interest in preserving peace and friendship. In clear cases of these kinds I have, so far as possible, heard and redressed complaints which have been presented by friendly powers. There is still, however, a large and an augmenting number of doubtful cases upon which the government is unable to agree with the governments whose protection is demanded by the claimants. There are, moreover, many cases in which the United States, or their citizens, suffer wrongs from the naval or military authorities of foreign nations, which the governments of those states are not at once prepared to redress. I have proposed to some of the foreign states, thus interested, mutual conventions to examine and adjust such complaints. This proposition has been made especially to Great Britain, to France, to Spain, and to Prussia. In each case it has been kindly received, but has not yet been formally adopted.
I deem it my duty to recommend an appropriation in behalf of the owners of the Norwegian bark Admiral P. Tordenskiold, which vessel was, in May, 1861, prevented by the commander of the block. ading force off Charleston from leaving that port with cargo, non withstanding a similar privilege had, shortly before, been granted to an English vessel. I have directed the Secretary of State to cause the papers in the case to be communicated to the proper committees.
Applications have been made to me by many free Americans of African descent to favor their emigration, with a view to such colonization as was contemplated in recent acts of Congress. Other parties, at home and abroad-some from interested motives, others upon patriotic considerations, and still others influenced by philanthropic sentiments-have suggested similar measures; while, on the other hand, several of the Spanish-American republics have protested against the sending of such colonies to their respective territories. Under these circumstances, I have declined to move any such colony to any state, without first obtaining the consent of its government, with an agreement on its part to receive and protect such emigrants in all the rights of freemen; and I have, at the same time, offered to the several states situated within the tropics, or having colonies there, to negotiate with them, subject to the advice and consent of the Senate, to favor the voluntary emigration of persons of that class to their respective territories, upon conditions which shall be equal, just, and humane. Liberia and Hayti are, as yet, the only countries