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THOMAS KITCHIE Ac JOHN P. HEISS, (I I BlB "B^^k '^1 I (B B I B]^B if! I '"' ''lB''^Br bT T^'lB''^ ml fkammeotnt) periou will ba ?ut*r?>d u? on ?tu Imm?1u pnlau th? Ljwiij imwil, ,^^gg ?tMI Wf.fcKLy, (pul.lwhed tri-weekly Jurinfth* ??iuon ialwcriptiw..* for > KtMUHltm 1 raL?U1 h. nraivad ..n t.r?. ol c'uugr?M) - 601' proportioned to the *hor* airnual iat*?. WttKLV, t .... iW VOLUME III. ? LIBERTY, THE UNION, AND THE CONSTITUTION." NUMB KB I90~ fiuW2S5& Clube will be Jumithe^ai folLnot: ? , . . ' . noU? of but pooi* paying bank will b? rrreivad. # ?i ri i it v r .. ~ ~ 1 ??- POBTMA8TKRS nm nolboiiaed to not our agents. and, by Band Kir?copi?? of the DAILY, for 40 04) -v lnff ua rl**- DAILV subacrjbnrs. with $M> ?mlo*?d. ..r dv4 SfcMlk'in copi'f of tho 8KMl*WJllKKLY> - 20 0> WEEKLY subscribers, with I'll eocloied; or five WKKKI V sub CITY OF WASHINGTON, FRIDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 24, 1847. ?.^?5rir-STrorvpi** oftha " 14.1* IjW"( Tj? Coa?aa??ioi?Ai. Ihiiitu will be himikbod ;th?n on tKt A U V11.LK OK PAltlS. ' /1 (iAUTIEII, importer uml manufacturer of French | coufootiuiiary, respectfully informs the citizens of Washington uml the District that he has just received a Inrge assortment of I'aris confectionary, bonbonnidre, and everything else in his line. He is also ready to supply every kind of confectionary necessary for halls, parties, <Scc.. at the shortest notice, in the best style, and on most reasonable terms. Having his agent in Paris, he is enabled to supply the public with every novelty in the way of confectionary. Among his large assortment may be found the following: 10 cases I'aris bonbon niere 10,000 lbs assorted French confectionary 600 bottles fresh peaches 500 do pine apples 100 do strawberries 100 do raspberries 100 do pears ?00 dirterent siz-d jars brandy peaches t>00 do currant jeliy 200 jars assorted presetves Also, 6,000 lbs assorted preserves, at the low rate of 31 j cents per pound. 1 have also ou hand? 100 boxes truffles 600 do asparagus bOO do petit pois 200 do mushrooms And a most excellent assortment of English sauces. The Paris bonouniire of fancy boxes will not be open until the 22d instant, at 10 o'olock. Dec 9?2aw3wif RICH Long Broch* Nlunla?VVe have just received on consignment from New York 1 carton rich long B.nclia shawls, from J|80 to $36 ; 1 carton rich squalo Prodis shawls, from JU0 to if 16. bor sale by W. EG AN & SON, South side of Pennsylvania avenue, third door Dee 15?6tif east of 7th street. i ium * ?jihi reccivi-u m uio iiouw-iurnisiiinfj i Lt store of Boteler Ac McGregor, opposite Centre Market, i (up stair",) a handsome assortment of Cornelius's solar lamps and girandoles, bronze and gilt candlesticks, Are. I Also, large size gilt-frnined pier glasses, with Fiench j el ites, all at unusually low prices. Deo. If?8taw2wil' WILL BE OPUKED, at Mm. 8. Parker's, on Tuesday morning, the 21st instant, two cases of Paris head-dresses, the latest styles for bolls, parties. Arc. S. PARKER, Fancy and Perfumery Store, Pennsylvania avenue, between 4J and 6th streets, up stairs. Dm. 20?litPRESENTS tor the Holyilays.?The subscribers are now opening another splendid assortment of gold watches, guard and vest chains, gold pens and pencils attached, miniature cases and medallions, gold thimbles, cameo pins and bracelets, fine gold hoop, coral, and stone car and linger rings, silver card cases. Arc., Arc. Also, a first-rate assortment of silver s| oons, forks, cups, A*c., besides a great variety of other articles suitable for Christmas presents; all of which will bo sold at the very luwett prices. SPECTACLES of every kind and focus constantly on hand; watches unc! jewelry carefully repaired. M. W.GALT AT BROTHER, Pennsylvania avenue, between 9th and 10th streets. Dec. 21?dlw UNITED lUtn Hotel, Washington, D. C.?My connexion with this house as agent of the proprietors ceases from this day. GEORGE W. YELLOTT. Washington, Dec 21, ld-17. Dec. 21?3t* NOTICE.?Valuable Horses at private sale.?The subscriber lias for private sale a handsome span of carriage horses, and one fine young saddle horse. The carriage horses are well matched and fine trotters. For further particulars inquire o( A. GREEN, Auctioneer and Commission Merchnnt, Dee 20?eodJt Concert Hall, near Brown's Hotel. FUHNISH&D UOUM1.?Tile subscriber has furnished rooms which ho will rent on rnoiiorato terms, o.onsistingnf a parlor andssveral chambers His house is pleasantly situated on Louisiana avenue, opposite the Unitarian church, and next to Copp's public baths. Dec. 20?Uteod* .1. P. McKKAN. HUNltY JANNBY, Eighth street, near the General Poit Office. milt? ?..ir....r!i ot.tai.....i l,i. ??.i . ?r ..... U...U doubled his lorce, t? determined to give even greater satisfaction than heretofore in the manufacture of his Beautiful, Substantial, and Comfortable Boots. I would say to those wishing to be speedily supplied with the above rare and desirable article, that they would do well to have their measures recorded on my books. Those who wish ready-made work will find the best stock in the ltistrict on my shelves, not excepting the inimitable patent "Congress 15oots," together with every variety (for Indies, gentlemen, and children) of Water-proof and Cork-sole hoots and shoes. Motto.?Smalt profits, quick salos, and cash atthecoun ter. H. JANNEY. Oct. 4?eosattf flnt. Nat. Whig, & Marlboro'Gaz.] MADAMK TARIN, front Paris, has opened a choice assortment of Paris inilinery, consisting of bats, caps, c oiffures, flowers, Arc., of the most approved fashions. Madame T. will receive weekly from her store in Broadway, New York, n full supply of all articles for balls and parties throughout the season, and solicits the patnviugc of the ladies of Washington. Pennsylvania avenue, between 3d and streets, opposite Jackson llnll. Dec 17?dlw /> KJYTJI?, HtKtJKH I* BY C. H VAN Pattz.N, M. D Permanent office and residence next door to Todd's Hat Store, near Brown's Hotel. rw. hi?i v HIMIEI, LEWIS, flllvtrimlth and Jeweller, Pennsylvania avenue, between 1 Ilk and Villi streets, JXFOR.MS the public nnd his customers that he has on I hand, and is constantly receiving, a good assortment of? Jewelry, gold and silver watches, fancy goods, and silver plated ware, lie also has oil hand and manufactures to order silver 1 plate, spoons, forks, iVc. Jewelry, silver and silver plated ware repaired. Dec. 2t(?eod3tif. I WAfUiltfGTON ASSKMHI.IF..U, IN4N?Tic- following gentlemen were chosen at a meeting of the sulxcri hers as? I MANAORRS. lion. James Buchanan, Oapt. C. S, McCauley, . Hon. Geo. M. Dallas, Maj. James D. Graham, ' Hon. John Y. Mnsoti, Capt. W. W Swift, W. W. Seaton, Samuel L. Gouverneur, Hon. Daniel Webster, Dr. J. M. Thomas, ' I Hon. S. A. Douglas, Samuel H. Porter, ! ( Thomas Ritchie, RichardD. Cutts, Hon. T. Butler King, Clement March, Hon. Henry A. Bedinger, William May, Hon. H. C. Cabell, Edward F. Beale, Hon. Robert M. Mrl.ane, J. Knox Walker, Cen Geo. Gibson, Wrn. B. B. Cross, Com. [,. Warrington, Benj. E. Green. Col. Joseph G. 'Jotten. Nocitizen, member of Congress, or resident for the win- ? t?r, can obtain a ticket for ariv one nssemblv without sub- I cribing (or the whole Strangers desiring a ticket of admission must apply to one of the managers. The first assembly will be given on Tuesday the 4th dav ] of January, 18 W. S. H. PORTER, Dec. 21 ?3t Secretary. j ^ THIS Morning will be opened, direct from Ssw j l York, at (1. W. Phillips's Cash Store? | t New silk*, cashmeres, alpacas, Ate., among which are? . 10 pieces rich changeable brocade silks 8 do do armure do i . 15 do do Poult de Soie silks ft do plain changeable do i ' 7 do rich ottoman satins 5 do Turkey silks 5 do plaid popliri silks i ( 5 do white satins, very superior , 0. do wide black silks ? 5 do black and blue-Mack silks 6 do satin plaid cashmeres 10 do plnin mode-colored silks 20 do printed silks f ALSO? 20 Tartan plait! long scarfs 10 do very superior do ft do Lall mourning do 16 4-4 Moclie square shawls ' 30 Terkerri do I 20 very superior four-lace shawls Together with many other goods for ladies'] dresses,to r which I invite die attention of purohasers . t Oct. M?jftf O. W. PHILLIPS. , Sl'PKHIOR Plnno Forlr. W KIS< IIKK has ju-t 1 ceived from Boston a tire-rate rosewood Piano Forte. - f with metallic frame and harp pedal, the tone of which is not ' I surpassed by any other in the city. It will bo sold cheap, | ( it applied for soon, at Stationers' Ifsll. Deo 1ft?d3w , A. II. SIM V<J. Merchant Tailor. ' Thrtt doors tees/ of Hrmrn'i Hotel, Ptmi. avenue, KELPS constantly on hninl a laro assortment of superior ' clothing, rrady made. Citizens, Members of Congress, < and gentlemen visiting the eity, who may wish to purchase < tire respectfully invited to call before they btty. Clothing f also made to order at short notice, j Furnishing goods, comprising a large assortment of the best quality, for gentlemen's wear. , One price only. Terms cash. , 9?3taw lint! ' in commits of the u. states. Thirtieth Cuognaa - Flnl Stiulon. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23. 1947. From Iht " Proettd iHgi and Dtbatn." SENATE. The Hon. Arthur P. Bagby, of the State of Ala- | hania, ap;>eared in the Senate to-day. message from the president. A message was received from the President of the | United States, by the hands of Mr. Walker, his private ! secretary, transmitting a report froin the Secretary of the Navy, in relation to the construction of flnaiing dry-docks at Pensacola, Philadelphia, and Kittery: which was referred to the Committee on Naval Atlairs, and ordered to be printed. [This report will be found in another column.] PETITIONS. Mr. DICKINSON presented the memorial of John Black, late consul of the United States at the city of, Mexico, praying com|iensation for diplomatic services:; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. Mr. DAVIS, of Mississippi, presented the memorial of j the adjutant of the United States Military Academy :et j West Point, praying that he may be placed on the same I footing, with respect to pay and allowances, as adjutants ' of regiments: which was referred to the Committee on , Military Affairs. Mr. JOHNSON, of Maryland^ presented the memorial of the secretary and executive committee of the American Colonization Society, praying that in the removal j of colored people to Liberia they be exempted from the : provisions of the acts of 22d February and 2d March, 1947, and left to the act of 2d March, lol9, or he allowed to carry two passengers to every five tons of measure-, merit: which was referred to tne Committee on Com- j merce. Mr. CASS presented the memorial of Mary W. ( Thompson, the widow of the late Lieut. Col. Alexander R. Thompson, of the United States army, deceased, in j behalf of the widows and orphans of the army of the j United States, praying that the present pension laws may j lie so amended as to make their pensions equal to those j of the widows of revolutionary ollicers; and to continue I them during life or widowhood, instead of five years j only; and to include those families whose husbands and fathers have died in the military service from exposure and disease from the fate of an inhospitable climate. On presenting this memorial, Mr. CASS said: I hold in my hands, Mr. President, the memorial of the widow of an American officer who has fallen in battle; and after the very eloquent oulogium pronounced upon those officers by the hon. senator from New York?an eulogium not less true in its sentiments than eloquently expressed?I consider it perfectly unnecessary lor me" to do anything more than to present the memorial and move its reference to the Committee on Military Ailairs. 1 therefore move its reference to that committee. The memorial was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. 5fr. CASS presented the memorial of J. Kearsley, receiver of public moneys at Detroit, Michigan, praying remuneration for moneys expended by him for clerk-hire : which was referred to the Committee on Finance. On motion by Mr. BA.GBY, it was Ordered, That the documents relating to the claim of George S. Gaines, on the files of the Senate, be referred to the Committee on Indian Altaim, On motion by Mr. BAGB1, it was Ordered, That die petition of Stephen Steele and James Dnniel, on the files of the Senate, lie referred to the Committee on Public Lands. On motion by Mr. DICKINSON, it was Ordered, That Lyon and Howard have leave to withdraw their petiliou nnd papcis. MILITARY STATISTICS. Mr. JOHNSON, of Maryland, submitted the following resolution for consideration: R'tolvrd, That the Secretary of War inform the Senate? 1st. What has been the whole number of volunteer troops called into the service oi the United States since the 13th of May, ItCMi. 2d. Of the troops so called, what has been the whole number discharged from such service before their teim of service had expired, and what the number mustered out of the service of trie United Stales. 3d. Whnt bus been the wholo number of troop* in Mexico belonging '.o the regular army ol the United States since the 13th of Mav, 1843. Ail, Whnt is (tin number of Iron ns now in Mexico. 5th. Whut has been the whole number of officers nn<l mutt belonging either to tlie regular army or the volunteers, who have been killed, or died of wounds received in battle, since the 7ih Mny, 18-16. 6th. What has been the whole number of officers and men of the regular nriny or volunteers wounded in battle since the 7th of May, 1816, who have not died of their wounds. EXTENSION OF NAVY PENSIONS. Mr. BALDWIN submitted the following resolution: which was considered by unanimous consent, and agreed to: Retiilcr(I, That the Committee on Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency and propriety of extending the benefit of the provision ot the net of 3d March, 1815, entitled "An act ntnewing certain naval pensions for the term ot five years," to all pensions of a similar kind which have expired since the passage of the act of 3d March, 1817. I?AVID SHAW, ET AI.. Mr. NILES, front the Committee on the Post OfJice and Post Roads, to whom had been referred the joint resolution in favor of David Shaw and Solomon T. Cerser, reported it without amendment. THOMAS RHODES. Mr. NILES, from the Committee on the Post Ollice i and Post Roads, to whom had been referred the docu- j ments relating to the claim of Thomas Rhodes, reported a , hill for the relief of Thomas Rhodes; which was read and passed to the second reading. COMMODORE F. A. PARKER. Mr. BADGER, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, re|>orted a bill for the relief of Commodore Koxall A. Purker, of the United States navy : which was read, and : passed to a second reading. ASSISTANT PURSERS. Mr. FAIRFIELD, from the Committee on Naval Af[airs, reported a bill to provide for the ap|>ointmcnt of as- ! uslant pursers in the navy: which was read the first and 1 second times, by unanimous consent, ami the further con<ideration thereof postponed until Monday. i PENSIONS. Agreeably to notice, Mr. JOHNSON, of Louisiana, 1 isked and obtained leave to bring in a bill to continue he pensions of certain widows: which was read the first ( ind second times bj unanimous consent, and referred to ( ne Lmmmittee on religions. appropriation bill. i 1 The following message was received from the House of : iepresentatives, by Mr. Campbell, their Clerk: Mr. President: The House of Representatives have rassed a bill making an appropriation to supply in part a leliciency in the appropriation for subsistence in kind of , he army and volunteers during the year ending the 70th 111 no, 1847. The said hill having been read a first and second time, , >\ unanimous consent, was referred to the Committee on hi nance. I the madison papers. Agreeably to notice, Mr. CRITTENDEN a-jjtpd, and | rbtained leave, to bring in a bill tft provide for the pur hase of the manuscript papers of the late James Aladi on, former President ot the United States. The bill having been read a first time, 1 Mr. CRITTENDEN desired that it might have a lecond reading, with a view to reference. i The bill having been read a second time, < Mr. CRITTENDEN remarked that he did not know vhich would lie I'll' rno?! appropriate committee to which I 0 iefer the bill; he supposed the Committee on the Liirary. Mr. BERRIEN. If the honorable senator will permit I ne, I will observe that this hill, at the last session, passed I his body by a considerable ma jority. There was a very ' lecided expression of the will of the Sennte to make the turchase of these papers for the benefit of the venerable ' ind estimable lady to whom they belong ; and I do really lope that the. feeling of the Senate will prompt them to lispense with the ordinary formal mode of reference to a ominitlee; and, with their permission, I will move thai he bill be now put upon its passage. Mr. CRITTENDEN. I should be most happy if such j 1 course should be taken, and perhaps there will be no ibjertion on the iwrt of the Senate. The hill is, in prin- i riple, exactly the same as that which passed at the last >e"sion. According to the arrangement with Mrs Madi- | ion and some of her friends?and reduced to the form ol < i special contract, placed In my possession?it was agreed i hat, if the purchase of these fupers should be made by Congress, only $0,00u "f the purchase money was to be uaid into her hands at present; the residue of $3M,0U0 to he placed in the hands of Mr. Buchanan, Secretary of State, Mr. Mason, Secretary of the Navy, and Richard ,| Smith, esq., a respectable citizen of the District; to be (, held by them as her trustees, and to be used by them lor her j benefit?to be invested in stocks or otherwise, according | to their best discretion, for her interests; to be inalienable during her lifetime, to constitute a perpetual fund for her 0 maintenance,- and subject to be disposed of only by her n last will and testament. These are tne provisions of the contract. _ - '' Mr. President, I do not propose to occupy the time of b the Senate further than to remark that 1 hold in my hand e an able report made by a committee of the House of g Representatives, of which a distinguished member of that body (now no more?the late Mr. Dromgoolh) was the chairman, in which the papers are classified and descri- ? bed in such a manner as to convince every one who ap- a predates the character of Mr. Madison for virtue and wisdom, of their great value and importance to this country. Nothing, indeed, could come from the pen of Mr. v Madison that would not be a precious relic in the eyes of the people of the United States. No statesman more judi- 11 cious, more pure, more temperate than he, has ever ap- " peared in the political annals of this country. These are tl writings and memorials which will acquire additional o value by the lapse of time. They are not of that trifling o and ephemeral character that will pass away, or whose b value will be exhausted and forgotten in a moment. s( They are "for all time." They are the productions of a man living at a inost important period in the history of tr this country, and a man who was himself one of the preat architects?^the principal architects?in erecting the mighty ! structure of this republic. It is to some extent to lie attributed to the influence of his mighty work and most comprehensive mind that we " hold our scats this day, and that this government exists, p Everything said and everything done by such a inan o< must be calculated to reflect light upon our institutions; in lift he worth) to he read, to he studied, sir, ami lotiow- < ed as an example by us, and handed down to our cliil- ei dren?not merely the printed volumes, but the manuscript tli in his own writing to which we may (Kiinl, and lay up r; forever in the repositories of our public records. ,1, I am one of those who believe, sir, that a letter of Mr. |(i Madison's in manuscript one hundred anil fifty years . hence, will be worth more than whole volumes of ordi- . nary printed works. The cost will be nothing in com- 11 parison with their value. There tire other considerations applicable to this sub- u' ject, that are better understood than they can be express- ,,f ed, by every member of this bodv. 1 shall say no more in reference to them ; but when I consider the character to ol these works?their importance to the people of the K United States,?when 1 consider the character of the esti- Cf triable lady to lie benefited and to receive the value vv which we are to give for these papers, it seems to me, ct sir, that we will perforin at once a public duty and a graceful act in making the coming year happy to her t(l who yet remains the relict of one who contributed so . largely to make this mighty country what it is. 1 hope, 1 therefore, that the motion made against the reference will be ailopted, and that the Senate will now at once proceed to vl act finally upon this bill. If there lie gentlemen (as there may be) who are opposed upon principle to the passage of ?i sucn a law, I lioiie that they will be satisfied to discharge ci what they consider to be thcirduty by voting against it? It conscientiously and honorably as I know they will, if pi they vote at all; but that they will allow the friends of ti< the measure to bring it to a final vote, by permitting the bill now to be put on its passage. w Mr. N1LES. I hope the bill will have its usual refer- n] cnce. T Mr. CRITTENDEN. I will withdraw the motion for the passage of the bill, if the senator from Connecticut means to oppose it. ' Mr. NICKS. I have the floor, I believe, sir. I hope jl1 this bill will be referred to the committee. I think that this is not a subject to be ncted upon without due consid- w eration. This thing seems to be increasing upon us, T and it is difficult to say where it is to end. If this bill is intended to authorize the purchase of valuable manu- s(i scripts connected with the history of this country, it cor- ?] tainly requires consideration, ana, more than almost any other subject, demands the action of a committee. We t) do not know what these manuscripts are. We know something certainly of the character of Mr. Madison : we all have a just estimation of that; but we know not vc what these papers are?whether they consist of corre- ci spondence; whether they are his private journals, or m what they are. We know nothing at all about them, jo And 1 beg leave to remind the Senate that we have al- pi ready purchased what was supposed to be the most val- bi name pari 01 ine papers 01 air. iviauinun. we purcnaseo p, them, air, at an expense of thirty-five thousand dollars. m I hanjiened to be here at that time, and supposed we had al purchased everything of any value connected with the re history of the country?everything that was at all necessary to be preserved. Hut it now appears that everything ,M valuable has been kept back; and after we make this second purchase, we may be called upon in after years to 1,1 purchase what will still remain. Where this course of to proceeding is to end, it is certainly difficult to foresee. 1 50 none the reference will be made. a' Mr. CRITTENDEN. If it would be proper for me, 1 ec would be very glad to occupy a moment?not more?in bj reading a description of these papers as contained in the p< report made by Mr. Dromgoole. The honorable senator pp from Connecticut, if I understand him aright, said that gt we do not know what these papers are. Tney are these: Ht Volume 1st. The papers relating to the articles ot con- (|i federation and constitution of Virginia ; letters of James iVadikon to Jefferson, Monroe, Pendleton, Handolpli, Wasli ' ingtnn, and Madison, senior, up to tho commencement of ?' the now government, with an appendix oontaining notes ol m confederacies and confederation. tic Volume 2d. The letters of the above named and others, 0e during tlie administrations of Washington and Adams; republican view of tire policy of those administrations; notes a ' of conversations and papers connected with his confidential c? intercourse with Washington ; his character ; and explains- w tion of tire enigma in Giles's impeachment of Hamilton. jn Voltrine 3d. The letters to foreign ministers and diplo- jn mntio functionaries, liends of departments, military and . naval commanders, Presidents and ex-Presidents Jefferson 0 and Monroe, and, if necessary, to George Joy. Henry Wheaton, G. J. Ingersotl, Andrew Stevenson, John Adams, J. Q Adams, W. C. Rives, Arc., to the oloso of either administration, or to include the whole correspondence with H Jefferson anil Monroe, as may be necessary to fill the volnine ; showing the policy of these administrations. w Volume 4th. Letters and writings on constitutional sub- ,,| J ec.U, Volume Bth. Essays and letters on political economy, law . 1 of nations, juridical, historical, natural history, Are, may make out this volume?may include also printed essays in co Erench, political observations in 1795, and examination ol British doctrine, Are. ; some essays to be found with the j j papers relating to Washington ; and, possibly this fund and what may be taken from the miscellaneous mass, m iy "e make the 5lh nod 6th volumes, and leave the miscellaneous for the 7th. th Volume 8th. Miscellaneous. e[j This will give an adeipiate idea of lite deep interest of ihese papers. 1 know perfectly well that it is the honest conviction of my friend from Connecticut which produces his opposition. It is an opposition, I atn sure, contrary " lo his own feelings. A sense of duty alone imjiels him, "" for which I have the greatest possible respect; but 1 hope lliat, upon consideration of this matter anil thin in- u0 formation ns to the character of the palters, the honor.i th ble gentleman will be satisfied with such opposition as he an may feel constrained to make by his vote, and allow us to act upon the bill. I,,. Mr. NILKS. If it be the wish of the Senate to art 1(' upon the hill at this time, I will withdraw my motion for reference. ,,r Mr. CRITTENDEN asked for the yeas and nays on !l ' the passasre of the bill. "" Mr. SEVIER. I hope the honorable senator will l'J postpone this hill for a day or two, until we look into it. rb Mr. CRITTENDEN. Certainly, if the senator insists, of Mr. SEVIER. I move its postponement until Monday w< Mr. CRITTENDEN. And let it he made the order of Ti the day for that da\ 5 an The further consideration of the hill was accordingly |0, postponed, and it was made the order of the day for Mon- co lav next. Mr. CRITTENDEN. Will the hill be printed as a mat- tu :er of course > , The PRESIDING OFFICER. Certainly. 7 Mr. SEVIER The senator from Kentucky referred '' :o a report containing a description of the papers. I wish 00 lo have that report printed also. I hope it .will he printed v" with the bill. l'? The ijuestion was taken on printing the report, and it w was agreed to. ADJOURNMENT OVER. vv On motion, it was nn Ordtrtd, That when the Senate adjourn, it be io Mon- fa day next. ar THE LATE GEN. HAMKR. The following message was received from the House ev if Representatives, by Mr. Campbell, their Clerk : <ln Mr. President, I am directed to inform the Senate of ihe death of the Hon. Thomas L. Hamkr, a representslive elect from the State of Ohio, and of the proceedings I') of the House of Representatives thereupon. tl( The resolutions adopted by the House of Representa- w tives having been read? to. Mr. ALLEN rose and addressed the Senate as follows : Mr Prk^idknc : On the first day of July of the past year, lis body oonlinned the nomination of Thomas L Hash, t Ohio, to the rank of brigadier general in the army of the 'nited Slates. The anuouucemi'iit just made hy the louse to die Somite informs in otli dally that that eminent itizen has ceased to live. The event of hi* death occurred t Monterey, in Mexico, on the 2 1 of December last, and ras, therefore, known to us individually long ago ; but, by to rules observed on these mournful occasions, it oonld not a otlicially noticed till now, he having been a member lect to the present, not a member of the then sitting Conross. But it short time previously to liis death, General Uamer id passed along the line of buttle, amidst all its dangers, uniting Ids intellect, his courage, and address in aiding to chieve the third victory of our arms over the public enoty. lln caine out of that conflict unhurt, and with a igor of constitution which justified the hope that he uiighl o able yet again to exert his genius and valor in upholdig the rights of his couutiy, and the honor of its Hag ut, otherwise was it ordered; and lie retired from the bute-grouud?the common resort of death?only to find it in le of those diseases ever incident to tiie multitudinous life f the cainp, and which are known, in military annals, to a but little more sparing of the lives of men than the ttn?arlng sword itself. To say that his dentil win a public loss, would be to speak uly, but to speak less than the truth. Tiie death of that lan at any time, ard in any state of public a (fairs, would ave bet" a loss to his country, and a great ono. But his entli at that time, and in tin; then existing exigencies of ic public service, was a national privation not to be apreciated, save by those who knew the peculiar character f the man, and its happy adaptation to such exigencies. We were at the beginning of a war, in which, hy the rie ssitipg imposed by free institutions, we were obliged to nploy a mixed force of regulars and volunteers. To unite icse liircos under a common discipline, to fuse their vaults energies into one harmonious wtiole, and to direct lain with full efficiency, have ever been, ami will forever ?, among the most serious diliieiilties of those placed in le command ol armies. In the attainment of this object, iere nre required not only the talents to command the muses of men, in virtue of commissioned authority, but that Jdress, also, which moves the hearts of the soldiery be inso it spruits iront the heart ol (he general. I would not, sir, willingly, do injustice to the living, oven do justice to the dead, could that be possibly necessary, specially would I not do injustice to any one o( those oiiltrs whoso conduct, anil the conduct of whose troops in this ar, huve taught the world that neither the genius nor the mragc arc wanting to make this the first nation in it. Nor in 1 think that i do injustice to any in uttering the opinion lat perhaps no one of them possessed in a higher degree ian did General Hamku that inscrutable power which is [pressed by tho word aiiiirtm, and by which u single indi<luai is often seen to sway the discordant wills of thouinds, and to bind the whole, as by a spell, to his person ul his purposes more closely than mere official authority in ever hind nteti of various tempers to a common object, is for this reason that I esteem his death to have been a tcuiiar misfortune to the ariny, and therefore to the ttatin. In reviewing the lives of the eminent men of our country ho have already passed away, no remark will be found lore common than that such a one was a self-made man. here are now in this Senate, and elsewhero around us, ,crt whose great abilities and public services will entitle icin to bo ranked with their illustrious predecessors, and of most every one of whom it will with equal truth be said, ?, too, was a self-made man. Not one of litem, however, ill fall more emphatically within this description than humas l. uamkk. Inheriting nothing from his parents, but the right truly to ly they were respected and honorable people, he went one from his native State of Pennsylvania, when but a >y, and settled in the county of Clermont, in tho Slate of hio. He began life as the instructor of a country school, de>ting tho hours otherwise unemployed to study, and espeally to the reading of the law. Indue time he was ttditted to that learned profession, and, removing to the ndining county of Brown, commenced and continued its actico with distinguished success. lie hud been at the ir, however, but a very shoit time when political events gait to excite an extraordinary interest in tho public ind. So deep and general did that interest seon become, id so strong were tho passions whiclt it called up from the pose of the eight preceding years, that it was scarcely issible for a young man, such as Mr. Hamkk was, of aditled genius and eloquence, of an urdent nature, of a ameless character, and of decided political sentiments, resist the importunities of his fellow-citiaens, who tight to tnake him the representative of their wishes id opinions. Ho was accordingly elected and re-eleetl to the lower branch of tho State legislature, and, r that body, elected its presiding officer. From this tit he retired, intending to resume l>is place at the liar, itt the same causes which had drawn him from it before, ill ncting and with accumulated toreo, ho again yielded, id was, by the same con'tituenoy, three times elected to c nation's House ot Representatives, from which we have st received this melancholy message. At the expiration his third term, he again voluntarily retired, nnd once ore resumed the practice o( the law. It was in this situam, with abilities and legal learning which, in that region the State, admitted of no rivalry, and in the enjoyment ol corresponding practice and emolument, that he hoard thill of his country upon her sons to arm. Ho obeyed, amies among the llrst to set an example, by himself volunteer g as a common soldier. His friends and constituents fol wed his lend, at d speedily an organized body stood ready r the inarch. Mr. IIamer was known personally and well to the Presiint, with whom he had served in tho House of Rcpresenlives, amid scenes no less trying to the firmness and fortide of inen than the field of battle itself. The Presideni us, tberelbre, under no necessity to nsk who should be need in command cf the Ohio brigade. Mr. Hamkr was pointed, and that, loo, without his solicitation; and, 1 lieve, without his knowledge of such an event being in ntemplation. lie accepted the commission, proceeded on duty, and lost s life in its performance ; having been elected in his abnce again to Congress. Whuti the intelligence of this sad event came to the west, e legislature ol Ohio being in session, immediately adoptappropriate measures to express, in behalf of tho whole ople, their high appreciation of his virtues, abilities, and rviaes, nnd the profound sense felt liy all, of the loss bus ned in his death. The .State stretched forth her hands d drew the dead body of her adopted son to her bosom, icro it no w reposes, amid the family, the neighbors, the nstitueticy, who received it with sighs and with tears, for b same reason they had always before greeted his return long them with exultation and joy. It would bo hut h common place nnd an insufficient eu;y upon Mr. llamer to sny that in all the relations he ire to tin- community, he exhibited the qualities approiate to those relations. Society has a right to expect such emit, even from a man of mere mediocrity. But from e in tho powers of whose mind the discriminating pnrility of nature wa? so manifest as in his, society has a tht to demand such an exertion of intellect nnd exhibition virtues as may tend to the advancement of its lasting dfnre, and alf ml an example to the incoming generation i this demand the whole life of Mr. IIamer?his nrivute <1 public manners, habits, and sympntliies ; his benovoloe, integrity, and honor; liia intelligence, industry, urnge, nonius, and patriotism?all responded in a inaur to entitle hint to demand, in his turn, the lasting gratide of society. This he enjoyed when he lived; and lien called to piss that boundary which nature has awn between the living and the dead, he did so with the nseiousness that lie laid down a lite that might be rejwed by the intelligent anil the just, with the npprobain of every mind and of every heart which, like his own, sound, nnd strong, and pure. Long will his memory lie elierisheil by the Slate. I^ong ill his old constituents of Giermont, ol Brown, of Adams id Highland, remember their atfeotionate friend, their itlifnl counsellor, their ahle representative. And many e tli" aged fathers among thein who, to stimulate the em ntionof thoir sons, will recount.to them, in the winter's enings, the scenes, the events, the sayings, and the aneo>tes of his brilliant and blameless lite. Hong will the idow and ihe children remember, fondly remember, the isband and the parent in whose affections they were hap', In whose character they are honored, nnd In ihe imitam of wliose virtues his sous will find the only reward hich can boar any proportion to the magnitude of their w. Mr. ALLEN concluded by offering the following rev) Iutiou*: Reittlved, uiuinimuvtli/, That the Senate has received witl deep aemubility the message from the House of Kepresen tatives, announcing the death of Hon. Thomas L. Hamkr a representative elect from the State ol Ohio. R-tnlved, unanimttusly. That the members of the Senate from h sincere desire of showing every mark of ros|ioct ti tlie memory of the deceased, will wear tlie usual badge o mourning'lor thirty days. Rrtolvid, That as a further mark ol respect for the mem ory of the deceased, the Senate do now adjourn. The resolutions having beeu unanimously adopted, The Senate adjourned. Plostln|| Dry Dorks. Navy Department, December 31, is 17. Sir : In accordance with the purjiose suggested in in) annual report, I have the honor to submit a report of tin measures taken by the department, in execution of tin act of Congress of the 3d of March last, on the subjee of Hooting dry-docks, with appendages, at Philadelphia Kittery, and Pensacola. In the act making the annual appropriations for tin naval service for the year ending the 3otn of June, 1818 is the following: That the Secretary of the Navy is hereby directed U cause to be constructed, at each of the navy-yards at Kit tery, Philadelphia, and Pensacola, a (foaling dry -dock foi ships of the line, with basin and railways at Philadelphia, ana reference thereto at the other plnces, on such plan as may he preferred by the Secretary of the Navy; the said dock at Pensacola to be completed with all possible despatch ; and the sum of fifty thousand dollars is hereby appropriated towards said dock at Kittery, fifty thousand dollars towards said dock at Pliiladelphia, and two hundred ami fifty thousand dollars towards said dock at Pensacola, out ol any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated." This enactment imposed on the Secretary of the Navy the duty of causing to he constructed at the several navy yards named the structures specified, on such plan as may be preferred by him; and the means applicable to this object were the sums of money respectively appropriated for the purpose?that is to say, two hundred and fifty thousand dollars at Pensacola, and fiftv thousand dollars ..nM. f?r Phila.lidnhia o.?l Vilhn, TU 1 ! I ........... ...... ......... . ..o ).ici>uuMai j inquiry wan, necessarily, what plan of floating dry-dock was entitled to preference for construction at each of the three navy-yards ? While I could not construe the act as adopting any particular plan, I did regard it as a fair interpretation, that the plan preferred and selected by the department was to he adopted for each of the places, in exclusion of all others. This inquiry involved scientific and mechanical investigations, which 1 did not feel qualified to conduct to satisfactory results; and it was desirable that the proprietors of the several plans of floating dry-docks should present with their own explanations and specifications their respective inventions for consideration. Under my direction, the chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks addressed a letter to each of the several proprietors or agents who had offered their plans of docks to the government, requesting them to state the terms respectively an which tney would construct a dock upon their several plans, with and without basin and railways, and to submit specifications of their plans in detail. They were also requested to state the price at which they would each sell to the government the use of their respective (latentprivileges in the-construction of the proposed docks. Not opulent to rely on my own judgment in deciding on the plan of floating dry-dock to De preferred, the adaptation of which for ships-of-war of very large displacement were believed to be yet untried, the department called to its aid a board, composed of two experienced captains in the navy, two scientific engineers of established character, and one experienced naval constructor?all of them gentlemen well known to the country for sound judgment and professional attainments, and whose opinions on the subject of the relative merits of competing (dans of floating dry-docks 1 had previously ascertained to be free from bias. This board assembled at Washington; and on the 29th of April last, instructions were given, by my direction, on the several points of inquiry which were deemed important in the investigation to be made by them. A copy of these instructions is transmitted herewith. With these instructions, the Bureau of Yards and Docks placod in the hands of the board all papers received from the several proprietors of patented plans of floating-docks or their agents. The board attentively considered the propositions, plans, and specifications submitted ; received tne explanations of such of the parties, or their agents or attorneys, as desired to be heard; examined models, prints, and drawings; visited the navy-yards of Philadelphia and Kittery, and selected proper sites at each; examined aoourate charts of the bay of Pensacola, and reports of former commissions; and witnessed at New York the process of docking and undocking vessels, on the only two plans which were known to be in practical operation; and, after deliberation, reported to the department, on the 3d day of June last, the result of their investigation. A copy of this report is also herewith transmitted. As the report embodies the substance of the several propositions from proprietors of plans of floating docks, it is not deemed necessary to transmit copies of these voluminous papers wun mm report; out tney, or those relating to any practical plans of docks, will be communicated to the committees of Congress, if they shall he required. The report of the board was referred to the Bureau of Yards and Docks for an opinion; and on the 18th of June a report was made by the chief of that bureau, a copy of which is herewith transmitted. The law imposed on the department the duty of causing Moating dry-docks to be constructed, as specified at the several navy-yards named. It is known that at Philadelphia, Kittery, and Pensacola, there are regularly organized establishments for the purposes of construction and repair, with officers, naval constructors, mechanics, and laborers, for whose salaries and nay appropriations arc annually nuide, and were made in the same act w)iich contains the appropriations for the construction of the floating dry-docks. As a general rule, I cannot entertain a doubt that all work of construction connected with the naval service, directed by law to be done under control of the Navy Department, must be done (at the yards) under the direction of the officers, and with the labor and materials employed and purchased as other public work at the navyyards is done, unless the law directs it to be done by contract. This position is confirmed by the act of August 10, 1840, which authorizes the President, in certain cases, to cause war-steamers to be built by private contract, instead of being built at the navy-yards, as otherwise would have been necessary. Each of the several plans of dock submitted to the department was a patented invention; and good faith would not permit ine to invade a patent right by using a patented plan of construction, without the consent of the proprietors. The proprietors of the two plans of dock known as the balance and sectional docks, in their propositions in answer to the invitation of the department, made in March last, had not specified any price at which the right to use either patent right would be sold to the department; and the prices contained in their proposals for construction by contract greatly exceeded the sums appropriated for the object at the three named yards. The chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks, under my direction, again addressed to the respective proprietors of these two plans a communication, calling their attention to this joint of inquiry, and requesting tnem to state the-price at which the government would be permitted to use the patent privilege in constructing the docks authorized. They declined to make such an arrangement. but reneatei) the oflor to contract for 11w execution of the work. To execute the law without a violation of a patent right, the department had no alternative but to cause the construction to be made hy contract with the proprietors of one or other of the preferable plans of dock, on their own terms. Until the department was prepared to enter into such contract, the public interest forbade the decision of preference between these two plans. Keeping that question open, was the only means of procuring any competition on the subject. As I did not perceive in the law authority to enter into contract, and the appropriations were not adequate to meet the necessary expenditures, 1 doubted my authority to make such contract, under the restrictions imposed on the executive department of the government, by the Gth section of the act of Congress of May I, iH'iu, which de clares that "no contract shall hereafter he made by the Secretary of State, or of the Treasury, or of the Department of War, or of the Navy, except under a law nil thorizing the same, or under an appropriation adequate to its fulfilment; and excepting, also,contracts for the subsistence and clothing of the army or navy, and contracts by the quartermaster's department, which may he made by the Secretaries of those departments." I asked the opinion of the Attorney General on the question involved, and he came to the conclusion that the Inwdid not confer the authority. In this view of the law, I entirely concurred. 1 transmit copies of ray letter to the Attorney General, and of his reply communicating h is opinion. Unable to procure the privilege of using the jiatented - plan of dock, which might be deemed preferable, and inhibited by law from entering into contract for the exei cution of the work, the department, anxious to the extent - of its power to carry into execution the requirements of , the act of Congress, directed the Bureau of Yards aud Docks to contract within the appropriations, after adver? tiseinent, for the delivery of such materials, at each of J the three navy-yards designated, as would be suitable for either the balance or sectional docks, or for other naval . purposes. These contracts have been made according to law. After the opinion of the Attorney General had been received, alternative proposals for constructing the dock . at Pensacola, by contract, were submitted by the proprietors of the balance dock, having direct reference to the appropriation, but dependent upon material modifications of the dimensions proposed by the department in the circular of the 19th of March. These were de[ dined, because it was believed that the prescribed dimeu| sions and capacity were essential to the utility of the | dock, for the naval service; and that the purpose of the law was to secure a suitable dock for vessels of the largest size in the navy. It seemed to me also to be just and proper, that if the terms were modified, (he proprie: tors of other plans should have the like opportunity of submitting proposals; and 1 was unwilling to contract for a dock at one place, until the department was pre' pared to execute the law at the others. ' It becomes necessary, for the reasons stated in this report, that the subject should be submitted to Congre^ I for such enlargement of the powers conferred on the dr I partment by existing laws, or such increase of the appro priations made, as may be deemed adequate to the full' I - ment of its objects; and 1 respectfully ask that this m;< be done. On the question of the most suitable plan of dry-do', for naval pentoses, my opinion officially formed in 1* i . in favor of the permanent slone-dock as preferable to ;i I others, is unchanged. Of the relative merits of the b ance and sectional docks, entertaining this opinion, I would have much hesitation in fonnmg a decided an I satisfactory judgment. They are both constructed on ingenious "principles, and are both extensively used by the mercantile marine. But I may add, without injustice, that neither of them, in my judgment, lias been so far tested, or can he so constructed, as to be regarded as proper substitutes, for the ufae of the government, for the permanent stone dock, whatever may be their value as auxiliaries. With every disposition to meet the wishes of Congress in execution of the laws, I deem it not unreasonable to ask, that, in the event of adequate appropriations being made, or of legislative direction to contract with a patentee being given for the construction of the floating drydocks, ami for the necessary preparations for their secure operation, Congress will, by determining on the particular plan of dock, and prescribing the pecuniary price to be paid, relieve me from the duty of selection. I have the honor to be, Very respectfully, your obedient servant. J. Y. MASON. To the President. Likeness of Pope PlusIX. PERSONS who are desirous of seing a most excellent likeness of this extraordinary man, can be gratified by culling at the book and stationary store of J. F. Kujo, Pennsylvania avenue, near the railroad dejiot. This portrait was taken in Rome by the celebrated artist F. Barrias, from tile itself, and is pronounced by persons who have seen the Pontiff to be a very correct one. Mr. Fenderich, of this city, is engaged in re-copying this portrait in his best stylo. Copies can be obtained 61' Dec. 21?eo3t J. F. KANE. T7IOR THE LADIBB.?1 have received another large inP voice of fashionable fur articles. Victorincs, boas, muffs, Sic., ol the most modern wear. A suit ot fine furs is a very pleasant and appropriate present for the holydays of this season. Also, a splendid assortment of children's Paris castor hits, l>earl, black, and snowy white, with or withrnt feathers. Ladies' and misses' beaver bonnets, and the most extensive stock of caps for youths and oiuldren to be found in this city. 'to in addition to the above, I Itave received a betutifulas- w sortraent of pure white swan's down victorines an I boas, in neat coses, and London rrmde, for evening parties. TODD'S Fashionable Establishment, Concert Hall Buildings, west of Brown's Hotel. Dec 23?3tif THE CHARM FOR WIS, a series of graceful groups beautifully colored, 1 folio volume The Floral Offering, 1 volume quarto, illustrated with colored bouquets offlowers The "Forget Me Not" for 1813 The Mditary and Naval Annual for 1849 j The Parlor Book of Flowers with 250 engravings The Parlor Scrap Book The Offering of Beauty, a gift for all seasons f The Poetical Language of Flowers, 1 volume octavo, I with colored illustrations * The Opal, a richly bound and illustrated gilt for the holy- , days of 1818, edited by Mrs. Halo ' *??And a variety of other books, fine editions parte king '/ more or less of the character of the above?some of thein I i m .?.i ?.i n?t.. t I J ; uuiiMuiuiiv mu9uau7u, umcio unciy uimiuu. rt?r.*tmy uurntsu i by F. TA i LOR, many of them imported from London by himself. 1 Dec. 23 | Brni.K DEPOSITORY.?This day received at the do- j pository of the Bible Society, on F street, near 14th, an extensive assortment of elegantly bound Bibles and Testa- ' meats, suitable for holiday presents. Bibles vnrying in price, according to size and finish, from $t(> to23 cents, and Testaments from #2 to cents. Prices ofeacli kind lixod and marked. Dec. 23 -3t DtlVWI.MJS of the Susquehanna Canal Lotttry, das* t 4 *?til, 32. 28, 43, 57, 3, 53, 54, 34, 36, 25, 6.8, 73, 41. I D. PAINE & CO, Managers. King Street, Alexandria, Vn., Dec. 23. i EA. Bttkmnn, from J. WhlttlnglinBi'o, 3NO Broad. I way. If. Y., has this day arrived with a handsome nsortment of rich French fancy goods, viz: rich silks and 1 evening dresses, coiffures, hats, caps, embroideries, French jewelry, nnd many other rich nrticles, just imported. i Orj-At Hand's Hotel, first floor. ;I>cc 23?l\v* ' M ANOXIC.?The installation meeting of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the District of Columbia, will ho held in the Masonic Hail, corner of E and 10th streets, on Monday next, the 27th instant, at 4o'clock, p m. '! The oll'icers and members of the Grand Lodge, also the members elect, are requested punctually to attend, Kesi- " dent and sojourning brethren are fraternally invited. By order of the M. W. Grand Master. H. C. WILLIAM?, Dec 23?3t Grand Secretary. NOTICE.?Our Ofiice will he closed on Saturday, the 25th instant, (Christ mm day) and on Saturday, the lsf January. It is requested that persons having payments to make on I those days, provide for them previously. CORCORAN & RIGGR. Dec 23?21 29 30 J ~ jioiyday Present*^ THE suhserilier has just opened a choice "election of beautiful articles for Christmas and New Year's presents lor ladies and gentlemen, consisting in part of papier < j macho portfolios, card-cases, desks, inkstandishes, atel panel paintings papeterics, jierfumen shawl-boxes, snehel, monchons and gants, Indies' work-boxes, dressing cases, splendid card-cases, gold pencil-cases and jiens, pocket, books and wallets, lancy inkstands, reticule companions, garniture, card-bnskets, albums, scrap books, gentlemen's large portfolios with locks, backgammon boards, 1 men, games, musical boxes, dissected maps, thermonie- j ters. nil kinds of perfumery, mathematical instrument', music, guitars, flutes, accordions, note nnd letter paper, wafers, invito seals, and also the largest assortment of lingers ife Sons* best knives, razors, and scissors, oonstaiitlv ier sale at Stationers' Hall, with many other articles too numerous to particulnrize, all of whicn will be sold nt tlio lowest prices. WM. FISCHER. Dec 21? d2w HOI'YDAY Presents.?S. PARKER will open on Tin day morning, the 2!st instant, one of the most varied i and splendid assortments of fancy goods suitable for holyday presents that has ever been opened in this city. Persons desiring rich presents at very cheap prices wilt please call, lit) stairs, at S. PARKERS Fancv anil Perlumerv Store, between U and 6th streets, Pennsylvania avenue. Dee. 31)?8t (lr?n<l et Mane Rival Attraction I A LA VILLE DE PARTS. Corner Pennsylvania avenue and Uth utreet. ' rpHE subscriber respectfully announces to bis friends ami X the public generally, that ho has this day opened and ar- i ranged (or public, inspection his annual importation of fancy boxes, bon-bons. Ate., lo which he invites attention. Those persons, therefore, looking out for hotyday presents would tin?l it greatly to their advantage to call " a La Ville de Paris," and examine the assortment, which, for new- , ness ot pattern, beauty of style, or cheapness, cannot bo surpassed or even equalled in this city or elsewhere, having (men selected by my resident Paris agent expressly for lias r arket. On xfhristmas Eve I will have exposed for sale over 500 pound and fruit cakes, varying in weight from 1 to 1,500 po inds; bIhj, evety variety of pastry. Dec 21 C. OAUTIER, Confectioner. WEUITEK'S Mew Dktlsiuuy wltfcMt skrtitgr. ment, 1 vol., quarto, received by F. TAYLOR, * Nov. 80 neat Coleman's Hotel. j -. . iMm ^ ^ m_