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Ratliff Boon.
John Carr.

John Ewing.

George L. Kinnard.
Amos Lane.

Jonathan McCarty.

Harry Cage.

Zadok Casey.

Clement C. Clay.

Samuel W. Mardis.
John McKinley.

William H. Ashley.

John Bull. Several new members appeared, produced their credentials, were sworn to support the constitution of the United States, and took their seats, to wit:

From the State of Massachusetts.
Stephen C. Phillips, in the place of Rufus Choate, resigned.

From the State of Connecticut. Ebenezer Jackson, Phineas Miner, and Joseph Trumbull, in the place of Jabez W. Huntington, Samuel A. Foot, and William W. Ellsworth, all of whom have resigned.

From the State of New York.
Charles G. Ferris, in the place of Dudley Selden, resigned.
John J. Morgan, in the place of Cornelius W. Lawrence, resigned.

From the State of Virginia.
John Robertson, in the place of Andrew Stevenson, resigned.

From the State of Kentucky. Robert P. Letcher, to supply the vacancy declared at the last session to exist in the representation of that State.

From the State of Ohio.
Daniel Kilgore, in the place of Humphrey H. Leavitt, resigned.

From the State of Louisiana.
Henry Johnson, in the place of Edward D. White, resigned.

From the State of Illinois.
William L. May, in the place of Joseph Duncan, resigned.
John Reynolds, in the place of Charles Slade, deceased.
Delegates from Territories also appeared, and took their seats, viz.
From the Territory of Michigan-Lucius Lyon.
From the Territory of FloridaJoseph M. White.
And a quorum, consisting of a majority of the whole number of mem-
bers of the House being present, it was,

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On motion of Mr. McKinley, Ordered, That a message be sent to the Senate, informing that body that a quorum of the House of Representatives has assembled, and that the House is ready to proceed to business.

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

Mr. Speaker : I am directed to inform the House of Representatives that a quorum of the Senate is assembled, and that the Senate is ready to proceed to business. The Senate have passed a resolution for the appointment of a committee, on their part, to join such committee as may be appointed on the part of the House of Representatives, to wait on the President of the United States, and inform him that a quorum of the two Houses is assembled, and that Congress is ready to receive any communications he may be pleased to make; and have appointed Mr. White, of Tennessee, and Mr. Swift, of Vermont, of the committee on their part. And then he withdrew.

The House proceeded to the consideration of the said resolution from the Senate ; and the same being read, was agreed to by the House.

And Mr. McKinley and Mr. Lansing were appointed of the committee on the part of this House.

On motion of Mr. Ward, Ordered, That the daily hour to which this House shall stand adjourned be 12 o'clock meridian, until otherwise ordered.

On motion of Mr. Ward, Resolved, That the Clerk be directed to cause the members to be furnished with such newspapers as they, respectively, may elect; the expense of each member not to exceed the price of three daily papers per

And then the House adjourned until to-morrow, 12 o'clock meridian.


Several other members appeared, and took their seats, viz.
From the State of Massachusetts-William Jackson.
From the State of Connecticut-Ebenezer Young.

From the State of New York-Philo C. Fuller, Abner Hazeltine, and Edward Howell.

From the State of New Jersey-Samuel Fowler and William N. Shinn.

From the State of PennsylvaniaJohn Banks, Joseph Henderson, Richard Coulter, and John Galbraith.

From the State of Virginia–James W. Bouldin and Joseph W. Chinn. From the State of OhioWilliam Allen.

From the State of MarylandJohn N. Steele and Richard B. Carmichael.

A new member, viz. from the State of Vermont, Henry F. Janes, in the place of Benjamin F. Deming, deceased, appeared, produced his credentials, was sworn to support the constitution of the United States, and took his seat.

Mr. McKinley, from the joint committee appointed to wait on the President of the United States, and inform him that quorums of the two Houses have assembled, and that Congress are ready to receive any communications he may be pleased to make, reported that the committee

had waited on the President of the United States accordingly, and discharged the duties of their appointment; and that the President answered that he would make a communication, in writing, to the two Houses of Congress to-day, at 12 o'clock meridian.

A communication, in writing, was then received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Donelson, his private Secretary ; which was read, and is as follows: Fellow-citizens of the Senate

and House of Representatives : In performing my duty at the opening of your present session, it gives me pleasure to congratulate you again upon the prosperous condition of our beloved country. Divine Providence has favored us with general health, with rich rewards in the fields of agriculture and in every branch of labor, and with peace to cultivate and extend the various resources which employ the virtue and enterprise of our citizens. Let us trust that, in surveying a scene so flattering to our free institutions, our joint deliberations to preserve

them may be crowned with success. Our foreign relations continue, with but few exceptions, to maintain the favorable aspect which they bore in my last annual message, and promise to extend those advantages which the principles that regulate our intercourse with other nations are so well calculated to secure.

The question of the northeastern boundary is still pending with Great Britain, and the proposition made in accordance with the resolution of the Senate for the establishment of a line according to the treaty of 1783, has not been accepted by that Government. Believing that every disposition is felt on both sides to adjust this perplexing question to the satisfaction of all the parties interested in it, the hope is yet indulged that it may be effected on the basis of that proposition.

With the Governments of Austria, Russia, Prussia, Holland, Sweden, and Denmark, the best understanding exists. Commerce, with all, is fostered and protected by reciprocal good will, under the sanction of liberal conventional or legal provisions.

In the midst of her internal difficulties, the Queen of Spain has ratified the convention for the payment of the claims of our citizens arising since 1819. It is in the course of execution on her part, and a copy of it is now laid before you for such legislation as may be found necessary to enable those interested to derive the benefits of it.

Yielding to the force of circumstances, and to the wise counsels of time and experience, that Power has finally resolved no longer to occupy the unnatural position in which she stood to the new Governments established in this hemisphere. I have the great satisfaction of stating to you that, in preparing the way for the restoration of harmony between those who have sprung from the same ancestors, who are allied by common interests, profess the same religion, and speak the same language, the United States have been actively instrumental. Our efforts to effect this good work will be persevered in while they are deemed useful to the parties, and our entire disinterestedness continues to be felt and understood. The act of Congress to countervail the discriminating duties to the prejudice of our navigation, levied in Cuba and Porto Rico, has been transmitted to the minister of the United States at Madrid, to be communicated to the Government of the Queen. No intelligence of its receipt has yet reached the Department of State. If the present condition of the country permits the Government to make a careful and enlarged examination of the true interests of these important portions of its dominions, no doubt is entertained that their future intercourse with the United States will be placed upon a more just and liberal basis.

The Florida archives have not yet been selected and delivered. Recent orders have been sent to the agent of the United States at Havana, to return with all that he can obtain, so that they may be in Washington before the session of the Supreme Court, to be used in the legal questions there pending, to which the Government is a party.

Internal tranquillity is happily restored to Portugal. The distracted state of the country rendered unavoidable the postponement of a final payment of the just claims of our citizens. Our diplomatic relations will be soon resumed, and the long subsisting friendship with that Power affords the strongest guaranty that the balance due will receive prompt attention.

The first instalment due under the convention of indemnity with the King of the Two Sicilies has been duly received, and an offer has been made to extinguish the whole by a prompt payment-an offer I did not consider myself authorized to accept, as the indemnification provided is the exclusive property of individual citizens of the United States. The original adjustment of our claims, and the anxiety displayed to fulgil at once the stipulations made for the payment of them, are highly honorable to the Government of the Two Sicilies. When it is recollected that they were the result of the injustice of an intrusive Power, temporarily dominant in its territory, a repugnance to acknowledge and to pay which would have been neither unnatural nor unexpected, the circumstances cannot fail to exalt its character for justice and good faith in the eyes of all nations.

The treaty of amity and commerce between the United States and Belgium, brought to your notice in my last annual message, as sanctioned by the Senate, but the ratifications of which had not been exchanged, owing to a delay in its reception at Brussels, and a subsequent absence of the Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, has been, after mature deliberation, finally disavowed by that Government as inconsistent with the powers and instructions given to their minister who negotiated it. This disavowal was entirely unexpected, as the liberal principles embodied in the convention, and which form the groundwork of the objections to it, were perfectly satisfactory to the Belgian representative, and were supposed to be not only within the powers granted, but expressly conformable to the instructions given to him. An offer, not yet accepted, has been made by Belgium to renew negotiations for a treaty less liberal in its provisions, on questions of general maritime law.

Our newly established relations with the Sublime Porte promise to be useful to our commerce, and satisfactory in every respect to this Government. Our intercourse with the Barbary Powers continues without important change, except that the present political state of Algiers has induced me to terminate the residence there of a salaried consul, and to substitute an ordinary consulate, to remain so long as the place continues in the possession of France. Our first treaty with one of these Powers, the Emperor of Morocco, was formed in 1786, and was limited to fifty years. That period has almost expired. I shall take measures to renew it with the greater satisfaction, as its stipulations are just and liberal, and have been, with mutual fidelity and reciprocal advantage, scrupulously fulfilled.

Intestine dissensions have too frequently occurred to mar the prosperity, interrupt the commerce, and distract the Governments of most of the nations of this hemisphere, which have separated themselves from Spain. When a firm and permanent understanding with the parent country shall have produced a formal acknowledgment of their independence, and the idea of danger from that quarter can be no longer entertained, the friends of freedom expect that those countries, so favored by nature, will be distinguished for their love of justice, and their devotion to those peaceful arts, the assiduous cultivation of which confers honor upon nations, and gives value to human life. In the mean time, I confidently hope that the apprehensions entertained that some of the people of these luxuriant regions may be tempted, in a moment of unworthy distrust of their own capacity for the enjoyment of liberty, to commit the too common error of purchasing present repose by bestowing on some favorite leaders the fatal gift of irresponsible power, will not be realized. With all these Governments, and with that of Brazil, no unexpected changes in our relations have occurred during the present year. Frequent causes of just complaint have arisen upon the part of the citizens of the United States -sometimes from the irregular action of the constituted subordinate authorities of the maritime regions, and sometimes from the leaders or partisans of those in arms against the established Governments.

In all cases, representations have been, or will be, made ; and so soon as their political affairs are in a settled position, it is expected that our friendly remonstrances will be followed by adequate redress.

The Government of Mexico made known, in December last, the appointment of commissioners and a surveyor, on its part, to run, in conjunction with ours, the boundary line between its territories and the United States, and exeused the delay for the reasons anticipated—the prevalence of civil war. The commissioners and surveyors not having met within the time stipulated by the treaty, a new arrangement became necessary, and our chargé d'affaires was instructed, in January last, to negotiate, at Mexico, an article additional to the pre-existing treaty. This instruction was acknowledged, and no difficulty was apprehended in the accomplishment of that object. By information just received, that additional article to the treaty will be obtained, and transmitted to this country, as soon as it can receive the ratification of the Mexican Congress.

The re-union of the three States of New Granada, Venezuela, and Equador, forming the Republic of Colombia, seems every day to become more improbable. The commissioners of the two first are understood to be now negotiating a just division of the obligations contracted by them when united under one Government. The civil war in Equador, it is believed, has prevented even the appointment of a commissioner on its part.

I propose, at an early day, to submit, in the proper form, the appointment of a diplomatic agent to Venezuela; the importance of the commerce of that country to the United States, and the large claims of our

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