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deration of the* claims; di< Treasury was imply ; yttin 1818 although an unfavorable rejwrt made, thai" report w?B not ucqui^ced ui. i'hey niemorialized Congress again,,, lt?2 ?md ls-4 It was not until 1827 that the claimants fully un derstood the strength of their claim*. The instruction* and journals ol the cownu**,oners who had negotiated the treaty with h ranee m 1800 were first published in 1827, and the public mind then for the first U,ne saw that the* claims had boe:i a!"u,doned as against France, m consequence and a? a claims which France had auannri this ro.mi^ and which she then abandoned. Ii i? not to Congress alone IhVdT th o" h"Ve ttW,eaW? but ^ey have also filed thur claims with tlie proper department of the Government the Mate Department ; and there they may be touml fili) uises docketed and pigeon-holed and covered with cobwebs a TheS F? ?f thC tardy ad~ration of justice. int^d itsr n?l fT ; ,here WCr" 1'011 ^viduak own r^ , . ^ ^ T? than 900 of whoiu claim in their aSJSt h sr ^ 400 are yet ^ ?f *? aumanU. He did not believe that there was a single .necu hono?hl ^nUmberf He dui 1,01 think ^ objections of the iucuwT ^ "ithWStoS; he conrl " , c?auai*um> well founded, and he thought Iwd h PrCT to ,hcn' w<* wuch'as had ahvuvs been adopted by similar commissions. Mr. McDUFFIE rejoined that the claims lodged in the owie department were tiled again it the French Government, and not agauist their own Government. There was no evi dence of these claims in Congress before 1837. He did not say any thing against the claims on the ground of the lai -e of nme, but frou, the want of evidence in their favor before Con gresa, and the presumptive evidence against them afforded by the adverse reports of Congress. ' rh AR(-'HEK a-sured the Senator from South Carolina that he could furnish him with more evidence in favor of these claims, which had ct?tne before liim in the shape of petition* and memorials, than he would choose (he imagined) to exam ine. It had been asked, where are the claimants > His friend from Massachusetts (Mr. Bates) had told him that one was in a poor-house in thai State, driven there very probably bv the non-settlement of this claim. It was asked, where was the evidence U hy the petitioners ask to be allowed to produce their evidence, and to have a fair judicial decision. Wn where are the safeguards against fraud > The amount of iToVooo^H ,<>00,t; ,heamou?t of compensation is >5,000,000. Here was the strongest of all safeguards. All the claimants, from a principle of self-interest, will be guards against each other What is the evidence to be adduced " It is the evidence of our own State archives ; the history of our own country , the highest of all evidencc-the treaded ol our own Government. "eaues oi Senate ^ulYTl K UP?'1 'he qU4>i,tion b"fore the oTtlie order of ,h ! , }**" '? dda-V ,be consideration , f i l i \ r he mOVe<1 10 defer the further con siJeration of this bill until to-morrow. ABUSE OF GOVERNMENT PROPERTY IN THF NEW VOKK CL'STOM hSSk e resolutions : and benefit of the Government of die United States; and if J ? "" Li!writn1/r S"' I'"" """P oi ?M tool., th. . "r'lhilh* o,re"d <?*? moMon. u?,i? a sense ol shame and humiliation. He had just read an an nouncement in a New \ ork newspa^r that on the 16th of Jan JWhTh m?^ Vfr,able C0lleCl,?n of h00^' P^sented by the I. TJ iV f of DePuUes this Government, had been pub xj? i v CU,tOaj-h0USC -lp i" that city for ,/o3 ?f " Recuel/ J" HirtoSau tv\ \ tranct' * lar*e and splendid work, intwen fLm th^*' C?nprU,'ng *|enod of ?"e hundred and two years yi ?' FnnC*' w,th Wuminlri title jZ s^e3t^t4nS?,e-/w Vtrbaux *? ??25| Ji Chainbrt du Deputes, u, twenty-three volumes superbly nM ,o * ote""ri W^a inosotwkar ^ ?[ ^ tXK)k4 undcr thp circumstances *wkward ^ unpleasant mistake. It was due to the t rench Government, and more especially was it due to way. We were not, he trusted, so reckless of all those cour taaies and civilities which ought to characterize the intercourse usy from a foreign Government. Were it not that this sil- 1 ad become a matter of notorietv, we might content our*lves ' ?in reclaiming the books at the expense of the Government W t'?k"?rm^re COnnecU5d WUh "? As ? ,S a resolution' ol I U?S??!?" prop r po.,. | , ^f- TAPPAN made some observations which were not Wd dlrtinctly, the purport of which appeared to be, that he snyauthonty by which, if the case of books m que^ion had been addresse.1 to any functionary of the Govem ^Ttht^ ^ at NtW York touW have "directed the sale he^ishl^?' lT^ IE tk'S Was a m0of "traordinarv affair; he wished to know to whom the-books had been addressed and also by what authority the books had been fold be ???' desirous to know something more of the m.oTr " ' U ^ wm eiiuaUv ""',d lha' the ^Jtemen' wl,,ch he had m.ule i ?- - the^se n,? hFFIE, th?U<^t aiat tbe lni,Uke had arisen from T^rZlj^ng been. 'd;ifw-ed any public functionary, fie resolutions were slightly modified and then adopted. ' naturalization laws. Mr. ARCHER Resented a memorial from 2,000 citizens of ftt. Louis, praying for a reform in die naturalization laws of th'r III ^'^?n ^"ting this memorial, that the people o? the Lnited States had spoken in relaUon to this subject in imposing a manner that little appeared to be left to Con gTcs^but to re.p?nd to their voice and accord to their wuhe. He hoped that Senator, would feel the great important* of the WMe,cU Ca''*e before Uieiu for discussion and for action, he shouU have the assistance and support of the SelamU,r* lrora Vork in forwarding the gnat ?[ * ^ular)- reformation in the laws referred to. t>, M ,n9ulr?d respecting any information which Committee on the Jodutary may have received from the ?rtk?JT^UlttJ ^ Uke t"t"nony on the object at New V* ?lb" He did ?lt know the ti ^ ri this conimiswoo had been appomted, nor I ?T* eVldenCe Wh,ch had lieen adopted. He ?f ^ the nature of the side flf the (CTtl h!o? *nxiou" that gentlemen on his m?bf?5V t por:n ,hM "''ornwtion direrLna ^ had been passed ^ts^.crrratr,he 10 ^ ^ of s^? Und7 anoUlCr ^'"tionthe appointment tt' ^t-'?n W*4 ,Ulhan^' collect information upon h^^Tn ?^n,lup?nlk C,U<'8tl0n 8t ""?? Co""ni?ions \ew^Tork^ I^V ?f U,IUmw. Phitadelph.a, H^d doi^i 0riemnr: 'hat 81 Balt.more would I* closed dunng the pre-ent week , the commission at PhUadel lU "P0" ? the one at New York Orie?^ DOt vet frnm New Orleans the committee had not yet heard. He had a deeD ^nuiSTof[ht l!mP?rUnCe ^th' *"d should uk the attention of the Senate to it so soon as the returns were received. TERRITORY OF OREGON, The CHAIR laid before the Senate the following rommu nation from the Pmudent of the United States . which w8. read, and ordered to be printed. T sL c*i Wa?*i*oto*, FraiiriRT 19, 1846 To the Smote of the United State* : n answer to the resolution of the Senate of 11th December 1814, requesting the President to lay I*fore the Senate ,| Uc ime^ir'.'^v'"? ^ d0nC With0Ut Pr^ud,re to ?he put hT,i ,ny "'-trucuons which may have Wn o7tL yJll[o the American Mim-erin EnglaS on the subject of he title u, and ocopat.on of the Ternim, f Oregon smre tlie 4th day of March, 1841 i also a copy of in "'*u? "> "-*?!. ?? ."?ittpeodin*. Die informotton ^nnot be communuated without prejudice to die public I deem it,.roper, however, to add, that considerable pro? has been made in the discussion, which has (wen carri?! n. ?T "tobl. .pin. ^ u,, that there is reason to hope that it may be terminated t,?\ ih.. negotiation be brought to a close, within s short period I have delayed answering the resolutions undcr the etnee tatioo, express,| ,n my annual message, that the negotiation wwkihavtheen terminated before the rime of the pr.,, ?esmon of C.mgres?, and that the information called lor by the resolution of the Senate might be communicated. JOHN TYLER. a u.. , . B,LI'S PASSED. Duvall rrlM'f ^ legal rpPre"e"t*tives of George A bill for tbe relief J. A Throckmorton. of ifJ * PV due the 4th regimen. of the 2d bngade of Vermont militia. serCie/filt?tam*nd VjV aPProPn*'">"" the naval service for the year 1845. raf UfTetfe "" rel0C"tU,n ?f certai" grants of Innd fo Gene . "^he bill explanatory of an act making appropriations for the civil and diplomatic expert of the Government. in r ranch Spoliation bill wa? parsed over informally for thio day. The bill to reduce the pay of the arinv, was received, twice read, and referred. ANNEXATION OF TEXAS. 1 he Senate had had uuder consideration on evciv day of the I week the joint resolutions from the House of Kepreaenlativea lor the annexation of Texas to the United Statea. On (hut subject the following Senators have made s|>eeches : Mr. WOODBURY addressed the Senate in a series of ob servations strongly in lavor of the joint resolutions received from the Hoiue. He contended for the consutuUonalitv of these resolutions, the necessity for coming to a conclusion lijam tile subject, and its great value and importance. Mr. W. sj?oke nearly tliree hotita. Mr. CHOATE ,tddre^<i the Senate at great length iri op fxjsition to the joint resolutions received from the House of Representative*, opposing them on the ground of then uncon stitutionality. His speech was a brilliant and effective one, and occupied nearly three hours in its delivery. Mr. HENDERSON supported the constitutionality of the resolutions. He examined the report of the Committal on For | eign Relations, and denied the correctnuss of the conclusions therein. He argued that there was nothing in the existing relations between this country and Mexico, and nothing in the relation, between Mexico and Texas, which rendered the adoi Uonof the joint resolutions either a breach of the national t ilth, or a violation of any obligations, either political or moral, due from the United States to any foreign nation whatever. Mr. H. recapitulated the different arguments which had been used against the adoption of the resolutions, and conclud ed with expressing his conviction that Congress was fully com to dolo" ' Uleni* U"d Ulal " Wus t'*l'e(lie?t and projH-r Mr. BARROW denied that the election of Mr. Polk was an evidence that the jieople of the country had expressed their desire for the annexation of Texas, and had settled the ques tion in the affirmative. He argued strongly against the con stitutionality of the joint resolutions. Besides the constitu tional objection, he entertained strong objections to the expe diency of annexation ; these points Mr. B. stated at considerable length and with much force. Mr. B. said that all the reasons which he had heard in favor ol the annexation of Texas might be reduced to five. These 10 *xtenJ 'he area of freedom, to strengthen the defences of New Orleans, to prevent England from gaining an ascen dency in Texas, to open a market for Northern manufactures and Western produce, and to strengthen the South. He examined these different motives for annexation, and denounced them all as false in their principles, and calculated to he injurious in their operation. Mr. COLQUITT addressed the Senate for more than two hours in defence of the joint resolutions, in which he defended the constitutionality of the resolutions, and warmly advocated the annexation of Texas. Mr. SIMMON'S replied to Mr. Col?u itt. He deprecated Uc mixing up any lalse issues or extraneous questions with the avowed object of the resolutions before the Senate. He said that the assertion that Texas was knocking at our door or admission was not, in his opinion, well founded ; and yet that was urged as one of the foundations for the measure now under consideration. He controverted the idea thrown out by the Senator from Mississippi, (Mr Walker,) that Rhode Island and North foreign StaU>s- Rhode Island was probably the oldest tState in the world having a written Con stitution, embodying all the great principles of civil and reli gious lilierty ; and he believed that in |Kjint of republicanism the people of Rhode Island had as good a right to lie consi UntorT PRK f r ! ?r!gmal Un,U!d 8taU* 88 a?y S^te in the t mon. Rhode Island was not to 1* called a new or a foreign I tate, nor her admission into the Union cited as a precedent for the admission of Texas. Rhode Island never was admit I < , she was part and parcel of the original United States. He examined the history and the course of Rhode Island through out the Revolutionary war, and he said if honorable Senators ?iL*Th * ^Irn1,ed, wi,h ^ they would have hesitated they < ailed Rhode Island mi alien and a foreign State. ' "amlf>ed the constitutional ground assumed by the Senator from Georgia, (Mr. CWitt.) and made an eulwrate argument, deduced from his view of the Constitu lon, in opposition to the annexaUon of Texas upon the prin les ot the joint resolution passed by the House of Repre 1*11 ' ' Th " 'K3/ applied lor admission into the n-T. .k VVtW' ?Pin'on. h i" the mode of an nexation then proposed which was preferable to the one now before the Senate. He denied the necessity for haste in this mat , arising from any interference with the question bv Eng . . ?he denied all inclination to interfere, and he W - heved her; and, if she did violate her word, she was. re sponsible nation, and might be held to account. All the views he could '-?ke ol the question seemed to point out the pro 'r" V 01 "?8ou*tion as a preliminary step. He examined the joint resolution received from the House of Representatives and strongly deprecated its adoption. He denied that Texas was now knocking at our door for admission. This is a mad- case, to operate upon the decision of Congress. There h no application o? the kind. Texas may desire annexation w th us, but there is no evidence of it in the shape of any ap plication on her part. 1 y ' rarnot U Without a Violation of the resne t i T w ' ,"SOn''' ?f,i'"ons haJ been quote,! with respect to the admission of new States, and his competency as ail authority had been denied. Mr. S. advocated Mr. Jeffer son s competency, and paid great respect to his opinion. Svm. pathy for Texas may and ought to be felt, but those who had voluntarily gone out from the land of their birth ami made xa? their home, have no flaim upon us to endanger the 2?% " ,he omm*J h "Ending to them our assistance. e were not bound to jeopard the peace of the United States to promote the good of any foreign ,^ople whatever. I ^Texas was really desired by the people of he nited . tate-s that annexation could lie effected bv safe lino ruble, and constitutional means; he did not regard the re solution before the Senate as conducing to that resist by such means. ' Mr. MERRICK said he had labored long and earnestly to arrive at a correct view of the question before the Senate ;'but he wiu, afraid the conclusions he had arrived at, and the opin r 1 declare, would not prove acceptable to many of hi* friends on that floor. He argued that the Constitution gave to Congress the power to admit Texas into the Union in the mode now pro posed and under dw?u*.ion. He quoted very largely from an argument of Lather Martin in favor of the opinions he ?as advocating. He denied the paramount authority of the treaty-making power ; it was merely an auxiliary, a subordi nate power, granted not to control or abridge the ..ower of Other branches of the Government, but to aid and assist them. I he great object in establishing the treaty-making r^wer was 0 provide for secrecy, security, and deajmteh in the prosecu tion of negotiation* with foreign Governments, and not any desire to prevent an abuse of power on the pait of Congress 1 he treaty-making power was not necessary to the passage of t" TTtUOn ?0W More U,e ?'<" would it be in fringed by its adoption." The joint resolution on the table was not a treaty, nor would the passage of it by the Senate l?e an infringement of the Constitution either iri letter or spirit; but would be in accordance with the prac tice of the Government from the establishment of the Constitution to the present moment. nature had pointed out the propriety of annexing Texas to the Lnion. No one could look upon the map of Texas with out perceiving this. He argued the commercial expediency of the proposed union with Texas. He considered that the principal ground of opposition to this measure was, whether slavery should have the jwwer ofexpand mg itself, or whether it was to be shut up and cramped with in its present bounds, until, by the natural results, the section of country where slavery existed would not be safe for a white man to reside in, and must he given up to the possession of the African race. He could not, as a Southern man, as a Mary lander, as a representative of the people of Maryland, a state which had the institution of slavery in her bosom. If the moment when he should give his vote in favor of this resolution should prove the last of his existence, he felt that he could not spend it better than by so employing it. He should thus he thought, best provide for the general security and welfare of the country. #Mr. HUNTINGTON commenced hi* observations by re plying to the Senator from Georgia, and defended the people them non"*lavrhoW'n3 State" from the imputations cast upon Mr. COLQT ITT said that he had not said any thing against Ihe patriotism of the people of the North ; but he had said, and did say, that the real opf?oaition of the Northern people to annexation arose from the question of slavery. However the constitutional question might be rawed here, this waa the ques tion at home. 1 . Vr' HLNTLNGTON replied that he wished to sav what he had to say m a temper of propriety and decorum, and had no wish to impute to the Senator from Georgia any thing which he had not said. Mr. II. said the question affected our national honor, our national credit, our national peace, our national prosperity, he would not say our national existence. He felt it due to his constituents to raise his voice against this attempt at legislation so calculated to break down the national (JLnties and secu rities, and endanger the lilwrty and prosperity of the country. He argued strongly u|*>n the unconstitutionality of the re mi iion, and denial that either Gouverneur Morria or Luther Vlartin had advanced any thing in proof of the contrary. He quoted the opimon of Mr. Calhoon that Congress cannot make t* t\ * >WI * * e^n VVhrn a contract in wnnfivl , T* h lm""r" from the legislative power, and e erts to the treaty-making power to make that contract. 'Tm" ,h' COr",,'r,t * "n,rth'r ""'ion belongs to the treaty-making jK.wer, and can onlv be regulated Wy it , 'he opinions of Mr. Calhoun, and every word IsnT I T Mr. Pinkney, ?f Mary and, also held and expresse<l similar opinions. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. A great variety of memorials and petition* were presented and referred during lite week. WIDOWS* PENSIONS. The bill from the Senate restricting the grant of pension* in certain tuaeb was taken up. This bill provides that, from and after it* pannage, a pension (shall not be granted to any widow for or during any part 01 portion of the time her husband may have received oik-, whoa* declaration thereibr shall not have been made on or before the thirtieth day of April, one thousand eight hundred aud forty four, aud shall not then have l>een received at the Pension Office. Tlu- Committee on Revolutionary Pensions of this House reported an amendment to strike out the words, "then have been received at Uie Pension Ottice j" and to insert in lieu thereof the words, "have been received at the Pension Oftice on or before the "3d day of January, 1845." Mr. SEYMOUR, of New York, Chairman of the Com mittee on Pension*, explained the necessity for the passage of the bill, as also the propriety of the amendment. Mr. McKAY, Chairman of the Committee of Way# and Means, differed from Mr. 8kvm?u h as to the operation of the amendment. That amendment would (Mr. McK. said) in volve an expenditure of more than $200,000 per annum be yond the amount required by the bill. He went into a full statement of the appropriations already made for widows' [tensions for this year, which he said were larger than for se veral preceding years. Mr. HAMLIN, of Maine, sustained, and Mr. WRIGHT, of Indiana, opposed the amendment. The previous question was moved and seconded, and the main question was ordered to lie now put. The main question was put by yeas and nays? First, that the House agree to the amendment reported by the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions, and was decided in the affirmative?Yeas 100 nays 58. The hill was then read the third time, passed, and returned to the Senate. PAY OP THE ARMY. The bill to regulate the pay of the army next came up in regular order. This bill |>asscd through the Committee of the Whole on the state of the Union on Saturday, and wan reported to the House with amendments, which were all concurred in. The question now recurred on the engrossment and third reading of the bill. Mr. ADAMS supported the bill in a speech, in which he spoke of the ellbrts heretofore made at retrenchment in the military service, and in which he had zealously co-o|>erated, but which had signally failed ; and he went into a detail of the causes of the failure. He did not jain in the denunciations of the officers of the army, (in which seveial gentlemen seemed to take so much pleasure,) from the commander down to the lowest. On the contrary, he spoke of the officers in terms of great respect. He was in favor of the bill because it was a bill of reform, and l>ecause he was emphatically opposed to an army. He thought he saw that the army, which he was certain would go on to increase, was soon to become burden some to the people and dangeroas to their liberties. The rea sons that led him to fear the increase of the army, would be found in the course pursued by this House for the annexation of Texas and the occupation of Oregon, and the ultimate ef fects of those measures upon the foreign relations of the coun try, into which relations he entered at considerable length. He spoke of the bill to establish the Territory of Nebraska, and said that that bill provided for the establishment of five or more large military posts ; and, in the Oregon hill, a fortress with a considerable military establishment was directed to be made at the mouth of the Columbia or Oregon river. Those would of themselves create a necessity for a large increase, independent of what might arise from abroad. He said that he did not set himself up for a prophet, but he would foretell that, within two or three years, millions upon millions would be required for the army beyond what was now called for. He referred to what had been said out of doors as attributed to him, that, if we annexed Texas, the Britssh would take Cuba ; and if Britain did take Cuba, he thought we would lie precluded by our own conduct from complaint against her for so doing. He said the measures pursued would, in all probability, lead to a great augmentation of the navy also ; and that, in a few yearn, instead of being called upon for appropriations for six or eight millions for that branch of service, forty millions would be required. Mr. A., in allusion to the desire which, he said, seemed to exist for a boundless extension of our limits, said that it had been already observed, on this floor, that the day would come when the Speaker would recognise "the gentle man from Patagonia." It would not be long, he supposed, before "the gentleman from California" would also lie among us. Why not" the gentleman from the North Pole," and "the gentleman from the South Pole ?n Mr. A. occupied his hour in a speech which came very un expectedly upon the House, and which was very interesting, and was listened to with great attention. Our Reporter did not take notes, and this sketch has been hastily written from memory. Mr. RAYNER was opposed to the bill and opposed to the reduction of the army, because he feared that the Texas ques tion, and other measures pursued by the House would involve the country in a foreign war. And although he miirht oppose, and oppose earnestly, measures which might produce a war, yet when war came he would go for his country, right or wrong ; and he would not, therefore, do any thing to reduce her means of defence. Mr. R. said he had been unable, during the dis cussion of the Texas question, to obtain the floor, to give his opinions on that great and im|?ortant question, i>im1 he should take this occasion to do so. He then went fully into the ques tion of annexation, and consumed hia hour ujkjii that subject. A full re|>ort of Mr. R.'? speech may hereafter be given. Mr. BLACK, of South Carolina, disclaimed any hostility to the officers of the army, more especially to its gallant com mander. His only object in endeavoring to pass the bill under consideration was to bring the pay of the officers to what he conceived to be a fair standard of allowance ; and, as the debate had taken a range so wide and foreign from the merits of the bill, he would move the previous question. It was seconded ; and, under its operation, the question was put by yeas and nays, " Shall the bill pass '** and passed in the affirmative as follows: YEAS?Messrs. Adams, Anderson, Arrington, Ashe, Ba ker, Barringer, Belaer, Benton, Jame* Black, James A. Black, Black well, Bower, Bovlin, Brrngle, BrinkerhofT, Brodhead, Milton Brown, Buffingtou, Burke, Burt, Caldwell, Carnen ter, Reuben Chapman, Clinton, Dana, Daniel, Darragh, John W. l)avia, Dieki-y, Dillingham, Douglass, Dromgoolc, Duncan, Ellis, Elmer, Farlec, Ficklin, Foster, French, Fuller, Gid dings, Willis Creen, Hannibal Hamlin, E. S. Hamlin, Hsmmett, Haralson, Henley, Herrick, Hoge, Houston, Huhard, Htihbell.i Hudson, Hungerford, James B. Hunt, Irvin, Jameson, Jenks, CaVe Johnson, Perlev B. Johnson, Andrew Johnson, Geo. W. Jones, Daniel P. King, ljibranche, Lucas, Lumpkin, Lvon, McClelland, MrClemand, McConnell, McDowell, Mr Kay, Norrii, Owen, Payne, Peyton, Pollock, Pratt, Pnidy, David S. Reid, Reding, Relit-, Rltter, Robinson, Rockwell, Rogers, St. John, Sample, Saunders, Severance, Thomas H. Seymour, Simons, John T. Smith, Caleb B. Smith, Robert Smith, Steenrod, John Stewart, James W. Stone, Thompson, 1 ib hatts, Tilden, Tucker, Wentwnrtli, Wheaton, Benj. White, Williams, Woodward, Joseph A. Wright?107. NAYS?Messrs. Abbott, Barnard, Carroll, Chilton, Clinch, Cranston, Garrett Davis, Fish, Florence, Goggin, Crinncll, Grider, Hardin, Harper, Washington Hunt, Charles J. Inger soll, John P. Kennedy, Marsh, E. Joy Morris, Isaac E. Morse, Moselcv, Newton, Pater son, Ramsey, Rayner, C. M. Reed, Rodney, Scbenck, Sentcr, Summers, Sykes, Thomasson, Tyler, Vance! Vanmetcr, Wintlirop, William Wright?.17. And so the bill to regulate the pay of the anny and for other purposes passed the House of Representatives, and was sent to the Senate for concurrence. FURNISHING THE PRESIDENTS HOUSE. Mr. PRATr moved that the House resolve itself into Com mittee of the Whole on the state of the Union, for the pur pose of taking up the bill making an appropriation for fur nishing, painting, and repairing the Presidential mansion. The motion prevailed, ami the House resolved itself into Committee of the Wrhole on the state of the Union accord ingly, (Mr. Sai-siikr* in the chair,) and proceeded to the consideration of the said bill. The bill was read, and is as follows: Be it matter! by the Senate and Hmiee of RrpreaenJatiw* of the United State* of America in Conqres* axetmhled, '['hat there be paid, out of any money in the Treasury not other wise appropriated, the sum of twenty thousand dollars, for the purchase ol furniture for the President's House, in addition to the proceeds of the sale of the old furniture. See. 2. *1nd he it further enacted, That the further ?um of ei(^t thousand dollar* be appropriated, for the purpose of re pair* in and aliout the *aid building and grounds. Mr. HENLEY moved to reduce the appropriation for fur nishing the President's House from $20,000 to $10,000. Mr. BURT inquired what amount hail been usually ap propriated for this purpose on former occasions. Mr. PRATT answered that far the last three terma the aggregate exceeded f20,000 a term. Mr. BURT said he was satisfied, and hoped the amend ment would not be agTeed to. Mr. HENLEY asked for teller* on the question of this amendment; but the House refused to order tellers. Mr. HENLEY then said, as he could not get tellers on his amendment, he had a word or two to aav. He wa* in earnest in proposing the amendment, because he thought f 10,000 fully enough. Much had been arid in former times aliout the extravagance in furnishing the President's House \ the people had heard much idaiut gold spoons, forks, and many other like extravagancies. There was too much truth in what had Is-cn said ; there had been extravagance, and great extravagance too, and it was time it was retrenched. He was not only in favor of retrenchment in thia instance, In it was in favor of retrenchment in the expenditure# in all the departments of the Government. And he had been anxious during the whole session to get at the business ; and when a gentleman from Pennsvlvi?iis, a day or two ago, when the armv retrenchment bill was called up, had said that it was much more dignified and proja-r, before the House cominenc eJ retrenchment and reform with other departments of the Government, to commence with themselves, and that, before taking up the army retrenchment bill, they had belter take up the bill to reduce their own pay and mileage, Mr. H. waa pleated to hear the gentleman from Pennsylvania nay no ; he ww in favor of that bill, ah well a* of all other proposition* for reduction of balanes and pay. Many speeches, and they were demagogical sjieeches too, had in former days been sent from this hall for the purpose ol exciting the people, ami producing elfoct on elections. He did not care about being called a demagogue ; he would say that there was too much extravagance in the Government; too much pay given to public officers ; they were too much pam pered and fed too high. All the State legislatures of the I. nion had retrenched the expenditures of the State Govern ments. And why did they do it > Because the voice of the people demanded it, and the States felt forced to retrench. In his own f'tate, Mr. H. said that the officers of Government were compelled to apply a portion of their own salaries to the demands against the State. Memlnsrs might call him dema gogue, or whatever else they pleased i it would not deter him from what he conceived to be his duty. His people understood liiin, and knew how to appreciate him. He was not afraid of their censure when he raised his voice in this Hall in favor of retrenchment and against extravagance. He wished early in the session to bring the subject before the House, but had postponed it because the chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means had stated that that committee intended to take the subject of retrenchment into consideration. Yet what had they done ? The session was nearly to a cloae, and no plan had been produced. And now he was told, on this little bill, that this was not the time. Somehow or other it was never the time ; it was always too early or too late ; it was not the projter occasion ; it was not the right place to move retrenchment. As to the bill under consideration, he was de termined to persevere in his endeavors to reduce the appropria tion from $20,000, which he thought abominable extravagance, to$10,000, which he deemed more than enough.^ Mr. H. again repeated that he was not to be deterred from his purpose by the sneers, the jeers, the laugh of members. He would treat all such modes of keeping him from his purpose with con tempt, and so would the people. Mr. SEYMOUR, of New York, inquired of the chairman of the committee who reported the bill it any estimate had been made of what was required to furnish the President s House, and the cost ? Mr. PRATT answered in the affirmative, and produced the estimate, and offered to send it to the table to be read. Mr. SEYMOUR said he did not wish it read ? he only wished to know whether the bill was based on an estimate, and finding that it had been, he was entirely satisfied. The estimate was not read. Mr. JONES, of Tennessee, advocated the amendment, and went into a detail of the mode in wliich the various apartments of the President's house had been, at various periods, deco rated and furnished, but aUo their preaent state. He thought the House had, at all times, been too fine and gaudy, and too extravagantly fitted up. He said that, as far as lie had been Vble to ascertain, the furniture had cost about $20,000 for a Presidential term, equal to $5,000 a year, a sum which was too much to allow to " mortal man " for that purpose. Mr. J. said a great deal more against extravagance at the President s house; and concluded by moving to amend Mr. Henley a amendment by aluo striking out the first section of the bill. Mr. DILLINGHAM opposed the amendment in a few sen sible and well-placed remarks. Mr. ABBOTT explained what took place in the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds in relation to the bill before it was reported to the House. , Mr. DOUGLASS thought irhe had been in the Chair he would have ruled the speeches which had be?n made on this bill as out of order, at least for three years to come?that is, until the eve of the next Presidential election . they would then be perfectly in order. He then opposed the amendment of Mr. Heslet, and said he did not think there was a gentle man in the House or the country who would visit the Presi dent's House but would feel ashamed ol the mean and wretched and miserable condition of its furniture. \ ou could not walk across a room without danger of falling, by having your toes entangled in the holes in the caq>et; if you took a seat, you were in danger of going to the floor, aa the legs of half the chairs were broken. The gold forks and spoons had lost all their gold, and there was nothing of them but the base metal : every thing was mean and contemptible. There was not a house in his (Mr. D.'s) district that was not better furnished : he meant that if they had chairs, they were such as not to let you fall to the floor; if they had spoons, they were not so rubbed as to leave nothing but the iron ; if a carpet, it was not full of holes, &.C. If Mr. Clay had been electcd, he would certainly have voted for $20,000?not a cent less ; he was now willing to go for more, because he lielieved Mr. Polk entitled to a little more. He was prepared to vote for $30,000. Mr. D., too, was in favor of retrenchment, but not in this poor little way. He was for a retrenchment that should have some reality in it, and which would do credit to Congress. He ? had no idea of retrenchment in ohl furniture. He had occasionally taken some of his constituents to sec the Presideut, and he had never come awnv with them but he had been reproved far suf fering the President's mansion to present so mean and misera ble an apiwarance. , , . Mr. COBB was in favor of the $20,000, but urged the House to arrest the debate . and moved that the committee rise for the purpose of introducing a resolution into the House to arrest deltate within a few minute* after going into Com mittee of the Whole again. The motion prevailed, and the committee rose ; and?? Mr. C. then moved a resolution that all debate on the bill shall cease in five minutes alter it shall l>e again taken up in committer. , , . The previous question was moved, and under its operation the resolution was agreed to. And the House again reaolved itself into Committee of the Whole on the state of the Union, and resumed the considera tion of the bill for furnishing, painting, and repairing the President's House. . , The question recurred on Mr. Hmn * ?nd Mr. Jo*?s s amendments, and l?eing first put on Mr. H.'s amendment, it was rejected by a large majority ; and then Mr. Joxss s pro position was also rejected. Mr. BURT moved to amend by inserting after $^0,000 these words : "If so much be necessary." Agreed to. Mr. HUDSON said that he had been informed that it had been customary, out of the appropriations heretofore made, to fill the cellars with wine, as well as to furnish the House. Me therefore moved the following proviso s Provided, Tlrnt no pait of tlie mm hereby appropriated shall be exjiended in the purchase of wines oi liquors. This amendment was rejected. Mr. WETHERED moved the following, to be added to the 1st section; , , Provided, That, so far as practicable, the money hereby ap propriated shall be expended In the purchase of articles ot American manufacture. Several gentlemen remarked from various quarters of the House that a similar provision was already in the pill. Mr. WETHERED then moved the following : ?? And that no article of foreign manufacture used in the Executive mansion shall be paid for out of this appropriation. It was rejected. Mr. SEYMOUR, of New York, moved to strike out $20,000, and to insert $18,000. Rejected. Mr. BURT moved to amend the bill by striking out that part of it which provides that the furniture shall be of Ameri can manufacture. This was also rejected, 38 in tine affirmative and 70 in the negative. ... . Mr. HOUSTON moved the following in relation to the provision which directs the furniture to be of American manu facture: 14 Provided that such furniture can be procured on a? good terms a* foreign artieles." On thia amendment there were 59 in ita favor and .*>.> against it. And so it was carried. I The second section oi the bill then came, under considera tion. It appropriates $8,000 for repairs in and about the house and grounds. . Mr. SEYMOUR, of New York, moved to strike out $8,000 and insert $4,000. On this question there appeared 47 to 58?no quorum voting. . The question was again put, and there appeared 62 in fa vor of the amendment, and 66 against it. So the amendment ; was rejected. Mr. HOLMES moved the following : | Jrul be it further enucled, Tliat for the encouragement of domestic manufactures no wines but American be drank, and no cigars but American l?e smoked in the President's House. Mr. WINTHROP moved to amend the section by striking out the words "but American," ao as to leave it to read that no wines be drank and no cigars lie smoked in the Presi dent's Houae. Mr. Wi ^Timor's amendment was rejected, and ao al?o was Mr. Holmes's section. The committea then rose and reported the bill to the House with the amendments agreed to in committee. The previous question was moved hy Mr. DOUGLASS, it was seconded by a large majority, and the main question was oidered to be nmv put. The first amendment was agreed to. And the question recurred on the second amendment, which projtoses to insert, in reference to the clause which directs the furniture to be of American manufacture, these words : | " Provided, such furniture can be procured on as good terms *? foreign artistes." j The question to agree to this amendment was taken by yeaa and naya, which weie as follows : I YEAS?-.Messrs. Anderson, Arrington, Atkinson, Belser, .Ismes Black, James A. Illnck, Hlackwell, Bower, Bowlin, Boyd, HrinkerhofT, William J. Brown, Burke, Burt, Cald well, Campbell, Carpenter, Shepherd Cary, R. ( bapman, Clinton, Cobb, Cross, Cidlom, Dnra, John " . Davis, iJcan, Douglass, Dromgoole, Duncan, Kicklin, Goggin, llvrain Green, llannilml Mamlin, Hsinmett, Holmes, Hoge, Hopkins, Houston, Hubbell, Hungerford, James B. Hunt, Jsmeson, Andrew Johnson, (ieorge W. Jones, Andrew Kennedy, I.* branclie, Lucas, Lumpkin, Lyon, McCauslen, Maelay, McClel lw.d, McClenuuid, McDowell, McKay, Matthews, Jo,. Men,. Murphy, hu.r^ 0w??, P*yU. Petiii.E.D. potter, li.y.,e, u' H ! ??'"'* s?u,?rf???, Simpson, SUriel) KobrrtSmUl, Soured Alfred P. Stoat-, String Taylor wXiS ' Woodward, Joseph A. ^^SS^SSS^SfiS^S1^ Willi. W.i, (irii.ieU, lUrtH ,|ud '' ?; ton Hunt, CharlcsJ. Ingerso l, Irvu,, Jeilk^ PerJeyB. John sou, John P. Kennedy, Prestoo King, Daniel 1? if;..? 1/: ^ patrick, Mt-Uvaine, Marsh, Edward Joy MnrrU \J 1 New ton, Pate, , I'ej ton, Ph??ix, Polkik,Klfil* U ,?oi Pratt, Ramsey, Rutlibuo, Charles M. lteed, Hitter Hm-lcw-ll' lfmiltft*V lllllkoll KhiiIpii SioiKKutxiA 'in * ' The bill was then ordered lo be engrossed and reud a third time, and it was read the third time forthwith? Mr. JONES, of Tennessee, ?uid he would make a motion which way in order; and that motion wan, that the bill lie on the table. Mr. RAYNER said, as he Haw most of the seats on the Democratic side of the House empty, and as, no doubt, the Democratic members took a deep interest in the bill, he would move a trail of the House. It was refused. And the question was taken by yeas and nays on the mo tion to lay the bill on the table, and it was rejected : Yeas 59, nay* 81. The previous question was then seconded, and, under it* operation, the question was taken on its passage, by yeas and navs, and there appeared : YLAS-Messrs. Adams, James A. 11 lack, Bowlin, Brengle, lirinkcrhon, Brodheud, Hurt, Shepherd Carey, Chaiiiiell, ,'l,!'.lon> Cobb, Craiistou, Cross, Dana, John W. Davis, beau, Dillingham, Douglass, Dromgoolc, Duncan, Ellis, Elmer, rickliu, I* osier, Fuller, Hannibal Hamlin, Holmes, Huhbell, Hungertord, Charles J. lugcrsoll, Jameson, Cave Johnson, KirkpaUick, Labranche, Lucas, McCauslen, Maclay, McKay, Murnhy, Owen, Parmenter, Pettit, Elislm R. Potter, Emery ?7 ,.tci> ***"' ,)#Tid S. Reid, Relfe, Roberts, Rockwell, Russtdl, Saunders, David L. Seymour, Robert Smith, Stiles, ' ?tf?r, Thompson, Wentworth, Benjamin W hue, WTnthrop, Woodward?fii. NAY&?Messrs. Anderson, Arlington, Ashe, Barringer, 1Vn'to"' Jame? B1*ck. Bower, Bovd, Milton Brown, Will mm J. Brown, Burke, Caldwell, Cullom, Daniel, Debeirv, r arlee, rlorenee, French, Goggiu, Bvram Green, Gridc'r, HammeU, Henley Derrick, Hoge, Houston, Hudson, James , 1Iuut> Pcrley B. Johnson, Andrew Johnson, George W. Jones, P,*sto? Xing Daniel P. King, Lumpkin, Lyon, Mo I ClelLtnd, McConnell, McDowell, Mathews, Edward Joy Mor I I'!';,'Jo,ep,? Morna.^Norris Payne, Peyton, Purdy, Ramsey, HaUdiun, Reding, Ritter, Robinson, St. John, Sample, Senter 1 hoinas H. Sevmour, 1 homas Smith, Caleb B. Smith, Stetl son, Andrew Stewart, Tihbatts, Tucker, Tyler, Vance, Wel ler, Wheaton, Johu White, Williams, Joseph A. Wriirht lost?70. ' " ' the bill was rejected. On the following day? . Mr. 8LIDBLL said that yesterday he had voted in the nega tive on the question of the engrossment and third reading of the bill to provide for furnishing and retiring the President's House, for the sole object ot placing himself in a position to make a motion to reconsider tliat vote. Mr. 8. accompanied his motion by some remarks, in which he seemed to think that the President's House was too splendid an establishment for a Government so simple and republican as ours ; but, as it had been erected and so long used, he would not make au attempt to erect another which should in his opinion correspond with our republican institutions, and to appropriate the present house to some other public purpose. Mr. S. also went intoa detail of the appropriations and exfienditures for the accommo dation of the households of the several Presidents of the United States. Mr. HAMMETT did not vote against the bill yesterday becausc he was opposed to the principle ; it was because the amount appropriated was excessive ; and because he was op posed to the high-handed manner in which the chairman of the Committee on Public Buildings (Mr. Pratt) has been in I the habit of doing business here. Mr. H. then went on to | particularize various instances in which, in his opinion, that gentleman had transcended his authority, and by his acts committed this House and the Government. Among the cases enumerated were the marble duck-puddles below the Capitol, and some splendid, indeed magnificent, sets of window curtains which had recently been put up in the President's House. Mr. H. was very severe 011 Mr. Puatt. , Mr PRA n thought it a small business, a very small bu? siness, to come here and talk about the President's" furniture : to take that as the subject on which to make speeches for home consumption, speeches for Buncombe?"talk about a little furni'ure ! a little furniture! yes, a little furniture!" and a little business it was. Mr. PRA 1 J defended himself against the charges brought against him by Mr. H*?*trr. It was true, he had directed a set ot curtains to be put up in the President's House, lie cause he was ashamed, and every decent man ought to be ashamed, of those tint were there. He had directed the finest that could be procured ; yes, the finest and moat becoming the place, and he told the upholsterer that if the Government did not pay forthem he would, and he meant to do it. He did not give the order aschairman of the Committee on Public Buildings, but as an individual, as a private gentleman; he had taken the responsibility, and he meant to stand by it; and, if the Govern ment did not pay for the curtains he would. He then turned to Mr. H. and very emphatically asked of him : Now, sir, have you ever done as much for your country ? (Much laughter. ] Mr. P. concluded by moving the previous question. Mr. BRINKEKHOFF inquired if the vote to reconsider passed in the affirmative, would the bill be open to amendment' 1 he SPEAKER said it would not. Mr. C. J. INGERSOLL. Can it be recommitted, with instructions to amend ? The SPEAKER. It can. The previous question was then seconded ; and the m?in question was ordered to be now put. That main question was, " Will the House reconsider the vote by which the bill to provide for furnishing and repairing the President's House was rejected >" It was decided in the affirmative by yeas and navs : 126 in favor of reconsideration and 27 against it. Mr. PETTIT hoped the House would take "one more Irishman's hoist?another peg downwards." He said he would therefore make a motion for another reconsideration : that is, to reconsider the vote ordering the hill to be engrosbed and read a third time. Ho as to place it in a situation for amendment. This motion to reconsider was decided in the negative?tttt in favor, and 70 against it. s? 'he House refused to reconsider the vote ordering the bill to l>e engrossed and read a third time. And the question again recurred, Nhall the bill pass > Mr. PLT nr spoke somewhat at large in favor of the hill; and, among other observations, said he feared many gentlemen who hatl voted against the trill yesterday did so under fear of the ghost of the late Mr. Ogle, whose celebrated speech had produced such wonderful effect in 1840. The speech of Mr. r. was pointed and full to the purpose. Mr. JAMLNON moved that the bill he recommitted to the ' ommittee on the Public Buildings, with instructions to amend it by appropriating $10,000 for furniture, nnd $4,000 for re pairing the house and improving the grounds. Mr. HENLEY supported the motion to recommit; and, at the close,of his speech, said he must correct an erTor in the no tice of his remarks on this bill yesterday, published in the In telligencer of this morning, in which injustice is done to the Chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means. In those remarks be (Mr. H.) is made to say, in substance, "That he wished, early in the session, to bring the subject before the House, but had post|>oned it because the Chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means had statad that that commit tee intended to take the subject of retrenchment into conside ration. Yet what had they done > The session was nearly to a close, and no plan had been produced." Mr. H. said he was misapprehended in his remarks yester day by the Reporter, and he begged leave now to correct it. What the Chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means did say was, that, at the commencement of the last session, it was the opinion of the committee that the subject of retrench ment belonged more appropriately to other committees ; and, in accordance with that opinion, they (the Committee of Ways and Means) had reported resolutions of instruction to several other committees in reference to numerous items of retrench ment; and that the Committee of Ways and Means would willingly have entered upon the task of reform, onerous as it would have been, connected with their other duties, had they considered it within their appropriate sphere. As it was, they had reported many items of retrenchment which would be found in the general appropriation bill. Mr. HALE moved the previous question. It was seconded, and the main question was ordered to be now put. (The previous question cuts off ft motion to recommit.) A motion was made by Mr. TUCKER, that the bill do lie on the table ; and the question on this motion was decided in the negative?yeas 47, nays 100. And so the House refused to lay the bill on the table. And the question was forthwith put: " Shall the hill pass'" And passed in the negative, by yeas and nays, as follows : YEAS?Messrs. Adams, Bidlack, Ed. J. Black, James A. Black, Brodhead, Burt, Campbell, Catlin, Aug. A. Chapman, Clinton, Cross, Dans, Richard I). Davis, Dean, Dellet, Dil lingham, Douglass, Droomgoole, Dunlap, Elmer, Foster, Ful ler, Grinnell, Hale, Hannibal Hamlin, Hays, Herrick, Hub bell, Hungerford, Washington Hunt, Charles J. Ingcrsoll, ?lamcson, Cave Johnson, John P. Kennedy, Kirkpatrick, 1* branthe, Ix-onard, l.ucas, McCauslen, Maclay, McClernnnd, McKay, Isaac E. Morse, Murphv, Newton, Parmenter, Pettit, hlisha R Potter, Emery I). Potter, Pratt, David 8. Reid, Rhett, Roberts, Rockwell', Rogers, Russell, St. John.Hsunders, Simons, Slidell, Robert Smith, Stienoe, John Stewart, Stiles, .lames W. Stone, Alfred P. Stone, Strong, Sykes, Thomasson, Thompson, Tyler, Wentworth, Benjamin Wliite, Winthrop, Woodward?7a. NAVS?Messrs. Anderson, Arrington, AJ'l', MHnson, Barringer, Reiser, Benton, Black well, Boyd, Brengle, Aaron V. Brown, Milton Brown, Wm. J. Brfrwn, Bnffinglon, Burke, Caldwell, Carpenter, Reuben Chapman, Cranston, Cullom, Daniel, Dick*,, Do**,,, Fark*. Faklm, Floieuee, French, Chlland M'JWH, Edward J,,y Monu, Norn's, Owe,,. M l"1' W\ 0,,, I V ?-?->, H-U.bui,, Charlctt M. Reed. SzhF'-ii ' v1"1'h frrrO'r"**H **y*u*r. mi*,*. Smith, Ihomat Smith, Caleb B. Smith, Steenrod, Stephen*, Stetsou, Andrew Stewart, Taylor, llbbatt*. Tucker When ton John White, Wiliaini, Joseph A. WriKK Yort-/a And to thf bill wat rejected the second time. GENERAL APPROPRIATION BILL. The Houae resolved itself into Committee of the Whole on the state ot the Union, (Mr. Sal-nhkhs, of North Carolina in the Chair.) Mr. McKAY moved that the committee proceed to the con sideration of the hill making appropriation* for the civil and diplomatic expense* of the Government for the year comment ing July 1, 1845. Mr. PRESTON KING moved to take up the hill to redu<a the rut?s of pontage and to protect the post office from fraud.. he question was first put on Mr. McKay'* motion, aud it w" agreed to. mnti"11 the C0UIU1',U* proceeded to the consideration of the bill ,i ?ppropriatioiw for the civil and diplomatic txpoiitfev o( ine Uoviriunent. ^ tioI<r?!lIcKMY moved to "trike out $551,760 for compensa ?*>00 nnn if*** 10 ,nel|ibexs of Congress, and to insert >000,000. It wan agreed to. it 6,proceeded with the hill till it arrived at U? i)'' 500 " ?r C *>urc'lHJie hooka for the Library of Congreaa, Mto ,moV6t' to amend thia by striking printed' ' ^ #5,000, the uaual amount appro T S waa advoc4ted by Messrs. HOLME8, DOUG. LASS, E. JO\ MORRIS, ttl,j c. J. INGERSOLL, and opposed hy Messrs. McKAY and TUCKER We can only ?t this time give the .emarka of Mr. Moaats. . . L. J _)Y MORRIS aaid that he waa not aurpriaed at the proposition of the chairman of the Committee of Way a and Means to reduce the annual appropriation to the Libroir of Congreaa one-half. There aeemed to be a growing iodk position to the encouragement of literature on the part of the Government. Mr. M. had aeen with regret and indignation that a vuluable collection of the Historians of Fiance and the Proceedings of the French Chambers, presented to the Go vernment of the United States hy the King of the French, trl been permitted to lie in the custom-houae at New York, and finally to be sold in January laat for expenses of storage. Such an indifference on the part of thia Government to such inva . ble works of literature and politica, prepared at great expemr. by a European Government, and offered to tu an a mark > I friendly courtesy?works, too, .copies of which could not I e obtained but from the French Government press?would re flect indelible disgrace upon this country. He referred to it tbu.publicly with pain and mortification. What else, however, could be expected from a Government the revenue olhcer of which had dccided that books containing engravings of the works of art in European galleries came under the law prohibiting the importation of obscene pictures! Mr. M. said he had voted, with much reluctance, and whli a feeling that he was doing wrong, against the bill to appro priate $20,000 for the repair and embellishment of the Execu - tive Mansion. He regarded the President's House in its pre sent condition, with it* ragged carpets, torn curtains, broken chairs, and stained walls, as a disgrace to the nation.* The President was the dispenser of the hospitality of the nation ; it was a hospitality open, free, and generous, which ought to be rendered in a house furnished appropriately with the ca nity of the Executive officer of the Republic. Mr. M. would not vote, however, for this appropriate when he saw the Democratic majority in the House ende ^ oring to prevent its success. He was willing to share in the responsibility of the appropriation 5 but, as a member of the W hig party, he would not consent to have it thrown altoge ii er upon his political friends. When the Democratic ma jot it * had moral courage enough to decently furnish the mansion ot the President they had been instrumental in choosing, he would join them in their efforts with pleasure. He had no feeling of ill-will to the President elect; he looked to his ad ministration with apprehensions which he hoped might not be realized. He had nothing condemnatory to say in advance against him. He had 110 sympathy with the Vandal spirit of destructivism abroud, and should opjioee it whether it caiuu under the name of retrenchment or any other. The Whig party had suffered already from being made the pack-horse of deniagogueism : with his consent it should never he made so a^ain. Mr. M. went on to urge the adoption of the ameud meut of Mr. Im,khsoll to raise the appropriation for the li biary to $6,000. The question being put on Mr. Isuerholl's amendment to strikeout fc2,500 and insert $5,000, there appeared 45 in fa vor and 40 against it; no quorum voting? 'I ellers wp.ie then ordered, and the House waa again divided on the amendment, and there were 41 in favor, and before tl>* negative was reported? Several moodier* called for a third count. It was made, ar?i there were re|>orted 64 in favor of the amendment, and 4^ against it. And so the amendment was adopted. EXPLORING EXPEDITION. The joint reaolution from the Senate for the distribution c> the work on the Exploring Expedition next came up; wher. after undergoing some amendment and some debate, it wa?, with the aid of the previous question, adopted and returned to the Senate in the following shape : Ketohx-it, (Sc. That an each jMirt of the work now In cours' of publication on " The F.xploring Expedition " shall he com pleted, fifty-eight copies of the same ihall be delivered to th< Secretary of Stale, to be distributed as follows, that is to ?ay 1 o each of these United States, one copy ; to the Government of }? ranee, two copies ; Great Britain, two copies ; Russia, two copies; and oiH-cop\ each to Sweden,Denmark, Prussia, Austria, Bavaria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Sardinia, Greece, 1'uscany, the Ecclesiastical States, the Two Sicilies, Turkey, China, Mexico, New Granada, Venezuela, Chili, Pe ru, the Argentine Republic, Brazil, Texas, and the Sandwich Isliinds ; and one copy to the Naval Lyceum in Brooklyn, New \ ork. Sec. i.'. .Irul/v it further renobved, That one copv of said work be given to Charles Wilkes, Esquire, the Commander of said Expedition, one copy to William L. Hudson, Esquire, and one copy to Caduullader Ringgold, Esquire, Commandants of ves sel* in said Expedition. Sec. 3. .Intl be it further rctoh'ed, That two copies of said work be placed in the Library of Congress, and that the residue of said work shall be delivered to the Librarian, to be by Kim preserved for future distribution. EASTERN BRANCH BRIDGE. The hill from the Senate to provide for a free bridge across the Eastern Branch of the Potomac was the next in order, and caine up on a motion to reconsider a former vote by which it was laid on the table. The motion to reconsider was also laid on the table ; so that the bill i? defeated for the present aesaion. BILL8 PASSED. The bill making appropriations for the payment of navy pensions. The hill to organize a new land district in the southern part of the State of Arkansas. A hill to extend the provisions of " An act to amend the Judiciary act passed Septemlier 24, 1789." The bill to bill to provide for the enlistment of boys in th? naval service, Ate. The joint resolution for the distribution of the work on the Exploring Expedition. Speaking of the recent snow-storm, a private let ter, dated at Ogdensburg, New York, on the 12th instant, says: " I wrote to you the day of the big snow-storm, (4th in stant,) and think it altogether likely that the letter sent on that day is still on the way, or laid up in a snow-drift. That was the greatest snow-storm ever known in thia country. It snow- ! ed very fast, with strong northeast wind, all Tuesday and tha next night. It continued to snow and blow on Wednesday. We found the front door blocked up with the snow, which was six feet deep, and as high aa the fence all along tha streets. " It is thought that the snow must hare fallen from thrss and a half to four feet ( but the drifts were astonishing. Ths front of A. Velan's houae was covered, door and windows, up to the windows of the second story ; the streets were impassa ble ; and, for the first time in my life for a storm, I had to stair in all Wednesday. The Corporation employed teams of four and five span, with something like a harrow, to make a kind of cnnal through the centre of the streets. The sidewalks are now pretty well cleared, but look very singular, particularly in the moonlight, the bank of snow being from six to seven fort high, with lanes cut thiough, so as to allow of crossing th? street It looks brilliant, and one could easily imagine himae ! walking between walls of alabaster." CA*rHom Cioahs row Linus.?Somebody in Paris ha* started a theory that all diseases are owing to the presence of parasitic animals infesting the human system, and to counter act their injurious effects recommends inhalation through quill* charged with camphor. The theory has taken amazingly, and multitudes of the fashionables, particularly the ladies, can he see-1 holding a camphor cigar Iwtween their ruby lipa. The fashion has been introduced into New York as effectual for breath sweetening and cold curing. The Mirror aays they are an exquisite luxury, cold or no cold, and a panacea for catarrh, sore throat. Arc. Actit* Bmirntixci.?Wn learn from the Havana pt pers that the committee appointed to distribute contributions tr the sufferers by the hurricane of last October, have published a statement, from which it appears that the total amount sub scribed wan >brt,ft(>0, and the loss hy tha hurricane about $1107,000. So that some seventy-three per cent, of the enti.w loss has been made up, through the active benevolence of th* " Culwnot."