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LIST OF THE SENATORS.
from Maryland; Mr. Rives, from Virginia; Mr. Kino,
from Georgia; Messrs. Ewing and MORRIS, from Ohiv; MAINE- John Riggles.
Messrs. Clar and CRITTENDEN, from Kentucky; Messrs. NEW HAMPSHIRE-Henry Hubbard, John Page.
GRUNDY and White, from Tennessee; Messrs. Her. MASSACHUSETTS- John Davis, Daniel Webster.
DRICKS and Tipton, from Indiana; Messrs. Robinson RHODE ISLAND--Nehemiah R. Knight, Asher Rob
and Ewing, from Illinois; Messrs. King and Moore, bins.
from Alabama; Mr. Walker, from Mississippi; Messrs. CONNECTICUT-John M. Niles, Gideon Tomlinson.
Benton and Linn, from Missouri.
Mr. BENTON presented the credentials of Messrs.
Fulton and SEVIER, Senators elect from the new State NEW JERSEY--Samuel L. Southard, Garrett D. Wall. of Arkansag. PENNSYLVANIA-James Buchanan, Samuel McKean.
Messrs. Fulton and SEVIE were qualified and took DELAWARE-Richard H. Bayard.
their seats. MARYLAND- Joseph Kent.
The following resolution was offered by Mr. BEN. VIRGINIA-William C. Rives.
TON, and adopted: NORTH CAROLINA--Bedford Brown, Robert Strange. SOUTH CAROLINA--John C. Calhoun, William C. classes in which the Senators of the State of Arkansas
Resolved, that the Senate proceed to ascertain the Preston.
shall be inserted, in conformity with the resolution of GEORGIA-Alfred Cuthbert, John P. King.
the 14th of May, 1789, and as the constitution reKENTUCKY--Henry Clay, John J. Crittenden.
quires. TENNESSEE-- Felix Grundy, Hugh L. White.
On motion of Mr. BENTON, it was then OHIO--Thomas Ewing, Thomas Morris.
Ordered, That the Secretary put into the ballot box LOUISIANA- Robert C. Nicholas.
three papers, of equal size, numbered 1, 2, 3. Each of INDIANA-William Hendricks, John Tipion.
the Senators from the State of Arkansas shall draw out MISSISSIPPI--John Black, Robert J. Walker.
one paper. Number 1, if drawn, shall entitle the memILLINOIS--William L. D. Ewing, John M. Robinson.
ber to be placed in the class of Senators whose term of ALABAMA-William R. King, Gabriel Moore.
service will expire the 3d day of March, 1837; number MISSOURI --Thomas H. Benton, Lewis F. Linn. 2 in the class whose term will expire the 3d day of
March, 1839; and number 3 in the class whose term will
expire the 3d day of March, 1841. Monday, DECEMBER 5, 1836.
It was accordingly so determined, by lot, that Mr. SFThe Senate assembled at 12 o'clock, M.
VIER's term should expire in 1837, and Mr. Fulton's The VICE PRESIDENT took the chair, and the fol. in 1841. lowing Sena!ors appeared in their seats, viz:
On motion of Mr. GRUNDY, the Secretary of the SenMr. Ruggles, from Maine; Messrs. Hubbard and ate was directed to inform the House of Representatives Page, from New Hampshire; Messrs. Prestiss and that a quorum of the Senate was present, and ready to Swirt, from Vermont; Mr. Davis, from Massachusetts; proceed to business. Messrs. Ksight and RonBINS, from Rhode Island; On motion of Mr. GRUNDY, a committee was ordered Messrs. Niles and Tomlinsox, from Connecticut; Mr. to be appointed on the part of the Senate, on a joint Wright, from New York; Messrs. Southand and WALL, committee of botb Houses, to wait on the President of from New Jersey; Messrs. BUCHANAN And McKean, from the United States, and inform him that a quorum of both Pennsylvania; Mr. BAYARD, from Delaware; Mr. Kent, / Houses of Congress are assembled, and ready to receive
Death of Mr. Goldsborough, Madison's Writings, &c.
(Dec. 6, 7, 1836.
from him such communication as he may be pleased to essays, thereby directing the attention of the agricultumake.
rists to such objects as were calculated to ameliorate and Messrs. Grundy and Swift were appointed by the improve the condition of his exhausted lands. Truly Chair members of said committee, on the part of the exemplary in all the relations of private life, as a friend, Senate.
neighbor, and in the domestic circle, he was unrivalled. Mr. LINN offered the usual resolution to supply the To me, personally, bis loss is truly afflicting. A severe members of the Senate with newspapers during the ses hoarseness, under which I have labored for some time, sion. Adopted.
obliges me to be thus brief. i beg leave to offer the The CHAIR presented the following letter of resigna. following resolution: tion from the Secretary of the Senate:
" Resolved, that the members of the Senate, from a Washington, DECEMBER 5, 1836.
sincere desire of showing every mark of respect due to
the memory of the Honorable ROBERT H. GoldsB0Sin: I herewith resign the office of Secretary of the Senate of the United States.
ROUGH, deceased, late a member thereof, will go into
mourning for him one month, by the usual mode of Having so long possessed the confidence of the Sen.
wearing crape round the left arm." ate, and enjoyed such continued and friendly intercourse The resolution was unanimously adopted. with its members, it is with feelings of deep and painful On motion of Mr. KENT, the Senate then adjourned. sensibility I now separate from them; and these feelings are greatly increased, when I reflect on the courtesy and kindness i have received from yourself, as the presiding
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7. officer of the Senate, and on the uniform and unbroken Mr. BROWN, Senator from North Carolina, and confidence and friendship which have for so many years Mr. Nicholas, Senator from Louisiana, were present subsisted between us. No length of time or change of to-day in the Senate chamber. circumstances will ever efface from my mind the recol. Sundry communications were laid before the Senate, lections growing out of these associations; and I shall als from the beads of Departments, by the Vice President. ways rejoice to hear of your prosperity and happiness, and of that of every member of the Senate.
MADISON'S WRITINGS. WALTER LOWRIE. The following message was received from the Piesi. Hon. Martin Van BUREN,
dent of the United States, by the hands of ANDREW Vice President of the United States
JACKSON, Jr. Esq. his private secretary: and President of the Senale.
Torne Senate and House of Representatives: On motion of Mr. BENTON, it was
I transmit, here with, copies of my correspondence Ordered, That the Chief Clerk of the Senate perform with Mrs. Madison, produced by the resolution adopt. the duties of Secretary till a Secretary shall be appointed. ed at the last session by the Senate and House of Repre.
Mr. Machen accordingly took the usual requisite oath. sentatives, on the decease of her venerated husband. The Senate tben adjourned till 12 o'clock to-morrow. The occasion seems to be appropriate to present a letter
from her on the subject of the publication of a work of
great political interest and ability, carefully prepared by TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6.
Mr. Madison's own hand, under circumstances that give The annual message from the President of the United it claims to be considered as little less than official. States was received, and read by the acting Secretary, Congress has already, at considerable expense, pub. and five thousand copies of the message and the accom
lished, in a variety of forms, the naked journals of the panying documents were erdered to be printed. (See revolutionary Congress, and of the conventions that appendix.)
formed the constitution of the United States. I am DEATH OF Mr. GOLDSBOROUGH.
persuaded that the work of Mr. Madison, considering
the author, the subject matter of it, and the circumMr. KENT rose, and addressed the Chair as follows: stances under which it was prepared.-long withheld
Mr. President: Yonder vacant seat, heretofore so ably from the public as it has been by those motives of perand so faithfully filled, but too significantly indicates the sonal kindness and delicacy that gave tone to bis interobject of my addressing you at this time.
course with his fellow men, until he and all who had I rise, sir, for the purpose of announcing to you and been participators with him in the scenes he describes, to the Senate the melancholy intelligence of the death have passed away-well deserves to become the propof my very worthy and excellent colleague, the late erty of the nation; and cannot fail if published and disROBERT H. GOLDSBOROUGH. He departed this life du. seminated at the public charge, to confer the most im. ring the late recess, after a short illness, in the midst of portant of 'all benefits on the present and every sucbis usefulness, and at a period when we should have (ceeding generation-accurate knowledge of the prin. been justifiable in alloting to him many years of vigor- ciples of their Government, and the circumstances ous health.
under which they were recommended, and embodied in But few individuals have occupied a greater space in the constitution for adoption. public estimation in his native State than Mr. Golds
ANDREW JACKSON. He filled, from an early period of his life, December 6, 1836. with no inconsiderable degree of reputation, various On motion of Mr. RIVES, the reading of the corre. public stations, and was twice elected to a seat in this spondence was dispensed with, and it was ordered to be body. Possessing the advantages of a liberal education, printed. which had been well improved, with the most polished address, he was ever found a ready and efficient de
EXPUNGING THE JOURNAL. bater, remarkable for his courtesy and politeness. He Mr. BENTON gave notice that on the first day on was truly said to have been “ a man of manners and of which there was a Senate sufficiently full, he should ask letters too."
leave to introduce a resolution to expunge from the Mr. GoldSBOROUGH’s exertions for the benefit of his journal certain sentences thereon. He would state, al fellow men were not confined to public life. He was the same time, that the resolution he should introduce prominent as an agriculturist, making frequent and would be in the same words as the one introduced by judicious experiments, enforcing his views by very able ! him at the last session, and it was his wish that the reso
Dec. 8, 12, 1836.]
Statements of Commerce and Navigation, &c.
lution might be disposed of by the Senate, before the ordinary printing of the two Houses of Congress; that other important business of the session commenced. the same number of copies as are usually printed be fur
After transacting some other business the Senate ad. nished for the purpose of binding and distribution, and journed.
that five thousand additional copies be equally distributed to the members of the Senate and House of Repre
sentatives. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, statementS OF COMMERCE AND NAVIGA-existing law providing for the printing of this document,
Mr. BENTON said that, on looking further into the TION.
he had become convinced that some such modification of The following resolution, moved by Mr. Benton, of the resolution was necessary as had now been proposed. Missouri, being under consideration
The only objection he had to it related to the five thou. " Resolved, That the annual statement of the commerce sand additional copies lo be printed for the Senate; he and navigation of the United States be hereafter printed thought this number larger than necessary, and propounder the direction of the Secretary of the Treasury, sed that it be reduced to three thousand. and be communicated in a printed form as soon as possi Mr. KNIGHT assenting, the resolution was so modi. ble after the commencement of each stated session of fied accordingly, and in this form it was ordered to be Congress.”
engrossed for a third reading. In supporting the resolution, Mr. B. observed that this
SECRETARY OF THE SENATE. docu.nent being always a very extensive one, consisting
On motion of Mr. KING, and in accordance with the almost entirely of figures, great delay was unavoidably
Senate order of Thursday last, the Senate proceeded to incurred in the printing of it, insomuch that, under the ballot for a Secretary of the Senate, in place of Walter existing practice, it was seldom obtained in time, and Lowrie, Esq. resigned. the Senate was usually a year in arrear in its reception.
On the first ballot, Mr. AsBURY DICKINS received 20 To remedy this inconvenience an order had been passed
votes; Hon. Arnold NAUDAIN, late of the Senate, 18; some sessions since requiring its earlier preparation; but this had not answered the end. The measure proposed
scattering 3; 21 being necessary to a choice.
On the second ballot, Mr. Dickins received 21; Mr. in the resolution would, he believed, be the only effec- NAUDAIN 18; Mr. Bryan 1; 21 being necessary to a tual means of putting Congress in possession of this im- , choice. portant document as early as was desirable.
Mr. Dickins was accordingly declared to be duly Mr. KNIGHT said it was not his design to make an
elected Secretary of the Senate. objection to the resolution, but to inquire whether any
STANDING COMMITTEES. extra copies are to be printed under it? This document, said he, is an important one, and an extra number of cop The Senate proceeded to ballot for the chairmen of ies are always ordered to be printed by the Senate. It
their several standing committees. is one of the most profitable to the printer among all the
The several elections resulted as follows: documents printed-containing mostly rule work and
Mr. Buchanan, chairman of the Committee on Forfigures. If the usual extra copies are printed by order eign Relations, by 21 votes. of the Secretary of the Treasury, distributed in the
Mr. WRIGHT, chairman of the Committee on Finance, usual manner, and at the same price, I do not know as I by 20 votes. bave any objection; but the number of copies and the
Mr. King, of Alabama, chairman of the Committee on price of printing should be stated in the resolution. Commerce, by 20 votes. Mr. BENTON called for the reading of the original
Mr. NILES, chairman of the Committee on Manufacorder under which the document was prepared; but tures, by 22 votes. some delay occurring in turning to it, the subject was for
Mr. Page, chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, the present laid upon the table.
by 21 votes. Several bills were introduced on leave and passed to
Mr. Berton, chairman of the Committee on Military the second reading.
Affairs, by 26 voles. After fixing upon next Monday for the appointment of
Mr. Wall, chairman of the Committee on the Militia, the standing committees and the election of a Secretary by 19 votes. of the Senate, the Senate adjourned over to Monday.
Mr. Rives, chairman of the Committee on Naval Aro fairs, by 20 votes.
Mr. Walker, chairman of the Committee on Public MONDAY, DECEMBER 12.
Lands, by 21 votes. Mr. Black, Senator from Mississippi, Mr. TallMADGE,
Mr. Linn, chairman of the Committee on Private Land Senator from New York, and Mr. Webster, Senator Claims, by 21 votes. from Massachusetts, appeared to-day, and took their Mr. Wute, chairman of the Committee on Indian
Affairs, by 29 votes. STATEMENTS OF COMMERCE AND NAVIGA. by 19 votes.
Mr. HUBBARD, chairman of the Committee of Claims, TION.
Mr. Brown, chairman of the Committee on Revolu. Mr. BENTON called up the resolution he had offered tionary Claims, by 18 votes. on Thursday last, respecting an alteration in the mode Mr. Grundy, chairman of the Committee on the Judi. of printing the annual report from the Treasury on com- ciary, by 21 votes. merce and navigation.
Mr. Robinson, chairman of the Committee on the Mr. KNIGHT moved to amend the resolution by stri Post Office and Post Roads, by 22 votes. king out all after the word “ resolved,” and inserting Mr. HENDRICKS, cbairman of the Committee on Roads
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives, and Canals, by 21 votes. That the annual statement of the commerce and naviga. Mr. Tomlinson, chairman of the Committtee on Pen. lion of the United States be hereafter printed under the sions, by 31 votes. direction of the Secretary of the Treasury, and commu Mr. Kent, chairman of the Committee for the District nicated as soon as possible after the commencement of of Columbia, by 19 votes. each stated session of Congress, and that said statement Mr. MORRIS, chairman of the Committee on Engrossed be printed in the same form and at the same price as the Bills, by 25 votes.
Memory of Mr. Kinnard— The Treasury Circular.
(Dec. 13, 14, 1836.
The election of the remaining members of the com Committee on Engrossed Bills.--Messrs. Morris, (chairmittees was deferred until to morrow.
man,) Page, Fulton. MEMORY OF Mr. KINNARD.
Joint Commilles on the Library.--Messrs. Robbins,
Preston, Wall. On motion of Mr. TIPTON, of indiana, it was
THE TREASURY CIRCULAR. Resolved, That, in memory of the late Hon. Mr. Kin. NARD, a member of the House of Representatives from The following resolutions, introduced by Mr. EWING, the State of Indiana, the members of the Senate wear of Ohio, being at their second reading: crape on the left arm for the space of thirty days. “ Resolved by the Senate and House of Representalives, And then the Senate adjourned.
&c., That the Treasury order of the eleventh day of July, Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and
thirty-six, designating the funds which should be receiy. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13.
able in payment for public lands, be, and the same is ASBURY Dickins, Esq., elected Secretary of the Sen. hereby, rescinded. ate, appeared to day, was qualified, by taking the pre- retary of the Treasury to delegate to any person, or 10
“ Resolred, also, That it shall not be lawsul for the Sec. scribed oath, and took his seat. After transacting the usual morning business,
any corporation, the power of directing what funds shall The Senate proceeded by ballot to choose the remain be receivable for customs, or for the public lands, nor ing members of the respective standing committees, shall he make any discrimination in the funds so receivawhoge chairmen had been appointed yesterday. The re.
ble, between different individuals, or between the differsult was as follows:
ent branches of the public revenue.” On Foreign Affairs.--Messrs. Buchanan, Tallmadge,
The resolutions having been readKing, of Georgia, Clay, Rives.
Mr. EWING, of Ohio, spoke as follows: On Finance. --Messre. Wright, Webster, Cuthbert,
Mr. President: When I presented these resolutions, Nicholas, Benton.
a few days since, it was suggested by the Senator from On Commerce. - Messrs. King, Davis, Linn, Brown,
Missouri, over the way, (Mr. Berton,] that he would Ruggles.
oppose them at their second reading, for the purpose of On Manufactures.--Messrs. Niles, Morris, Black, being early heard in support of the order which it is Hubbard, Preston.
their principal office to rescind. With this I am entirely On Agriculture.--Messrs. Page, Morris, Kent, Mc- satisfied. I also wish to be heard on a subject which is Kean, Clay.
of vital interest to the State which I represent, and to the On Military Affairs.--Messrs. Benton, Preston, Tip- whole West; and I concur with him most heartily in this ton, Wall, Ewing, of Illinois.
expedient to avoid delay in bringing before the Senate, On Militia.--Messrs. Wall, Hendricks, Swift, Ewing, and sending abroad to the nation, the opinions of memof Illinois, Moore.
bers of this body on this important subject. 1, therefore, On Naval Affairs.--Messrs. Rives, Southard, Tall- in accordance with that suggestion, which seemed to madge, Cuthbert, Nicholas.
meet the sanction of the Senate, will now proceed to On Public Lands. --Messrs. Walker, Ewing, of Ohio, give my views upon the order which these resolutions King, of Alabama, Ruggles, Fulton.
propose to rescind. On Private Land Claims.--Messrs. Linn, Porter, Bay.
This extraordinary paper was issued by the Secretary ard, Preston, Sevier.
of the Treasury on the 11th of July last, in the form of On Indian Affairs.—Messrs. White, Swift, Tipton, a circular to the receivers of public money in the several Linn, Sevier.
land offices in the United States, directing them, after Of Claims.--Messrs. Hubbard, Tipton, Prentiss, Crit
the 15th of August then next, to receive in payment for tenden, Ewing, of Illinois.
public lands nothing but gold and silver and certificates On Revolutionary Claims.--Messrs. Brown, White,
of deposites, signed by the Treasurer of the United Hubbard, Crittenden, Niles.
States, with a saving in favor of actual settlers, and bonaOn the Judiciary.-Messrs. Grundy, Crittenden, Mor.
fide résidents in the State in which the land happened ris, King, of Georgia, Wall.
to lie. This saving was for a limited time, and expires, Having proceeded thus far, the Senate adjourned.
I think, lo-morrow. The professed object of this order was to check the speculations in public lands; to check
excessive issues of bank paper in the West, and to inWEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14.
crease the specie currency of the country; and the neMr. Calhoun, Senator from South Carolina, ap- cessity of the measure was supported, or pretended !o peared to-day in his seat.
be supported, by the opinions of members of this body On motion of Mr. RIVES, the message of the Presi- and the other branch of Congress. But, before I prodent on the subject of the proposed publication of Mr. ceed to examine in detail this paper, its character, and Madison's History of the Convention, was, with the ac. its consequences, I will briefly advert to the state of companying documents, referred to the Committee on things out of which it grew. the Library.
I am confident, and I believe I can make the thing When the morning business had been disposed of manifest, that the avowed objects were not the only, nor
The Senate resumed the balloting for the remaining even the leading objects for which this order was framedl; members of standing committees not yet filled up, and they may have influenced the minds of some who advised the result was as follows:
it, but those who planned, and those who at last virtually Committee on the Post Office and Post Road --Messrs. executed it, were governed by other and different mo. Robinson, (chairman,) Knight, Grundy, Brown, Niles. tives, which I shall proceed to explain.
Committee on Roads and Canals.--Messrs. Hendricks, It was foreseen, prior to the commencement of the (chairman,) McKean, Robinson, Nicholas, Page. last session of Congress, that there would be a very large
Committee on Pensions. -Messrs. Tomlinson, (chair. surplus of money in the public Treasury beyond the man,) Prentiss, Hubbard, Morris, Sevier.
wants of the country for all their reasonable expendiCommittee on the District of Columbia.-- Messrs. Kent, tures. It was also well understood that the land bill, or (chairman,) King of Alabama, King, of Georgia, Bu some other measure for the distribution of this fund, chanan, Nicholas.
would be again presented to Congress; and, if the true