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In The Senate Of The United States,

December 5, 1865. A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. McPherson, its Clerk: The House of Representatives has passed the following resolution, in which it requests the concurrence of the Senate:

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives in Congress assembled, That a joint committee of fifteen members shall be appointed, nine of whom shall be members of the House and six members of the Senate, who shall inquire into tho condition of the States which formed the so-called Confederate States of America, and report whether they, or any of them, are entitled to be represented in either house of Congress, with leave to report at any time, by bill or otherwise; and until such report shall have been made, and finally aited eti by Congress, no member shall be received into either house from any of the said so-called Confederate States; and all papers relating to the representation of said States shall be referred to the said committee without debate.

December 12, 1865.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution of the House of Representatives for the appointment of joint committees of the two houses, to consist of fifteen members, to inquire into the condition of the States which formed the so-called Confederate States of America; and

The resolution was amended and agreed to, as follows:'

Ffsohed by the House of Representatives, (the Senate concurring,) That a joint committee of fifteen members shall be appointed, nine of whom shall be members of the House and six members of tho Senate, who shall inquire into the condition of tho States which formed the so-called Confederate States of America, and report whether they, or any of them, are entitled to be represented in either house of Congress; with leave to report at any time, by bill or otherwise. f

December 13, 1865. A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. McPherson, its Clerk: The House of Representatives has agreed to the amendments of the Senate to the resolution of the House for the appointment of a joint committee to inquire into the condition of the States which formed the so-called Confederate States.

Attest: J. W. FORNEY, Secretary.

Committee on the part of the Senate.

William P. Fessenden, Maine. Jacob M. Howard, Michigan.

James W. Grimes, Iowa. Reverdy Johnson, Maryland.

Ira Harris, New York. George H. Williams, Oregon.

Committee on the part of the House of Representatives.

Thaddeus Stevens, Pennsylvania. » Roscoe Conkling, New York.
Ellihu B. Washburne, Illinois. George 8. Boutwell, Massachusetts.'

Justin S. Morrill, Vermont. Henry T. Blow, Missouri.

Henry Glider, Kentucky. Andrew J. Rogers, New Jersey.

John A. Bingham, Ohio.

. In the Senate Of The United States,

January 12, 1866.

Resolved by the Senate, (the House of Representatives concurring,) That the joint committee appointed to inquire into the condition of the States which formed the so-called Confederate States be authorized to send for persons and papers.

Attest: J. W. FORNEY, Secretary,

By w. J. McDonald, Chief Clerk.

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