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OF THE FIRST SESSION OF THE TWENTY-SECOND CONGRESS:
IMPORTANT STATE PAPERS AND PUBLIC DOCUMENTS,
LAWS, OF A PUBLIC NATURE, ENACTED DURING THE SESSION:
WITH A COPIOUS INDEX TO THE WHOLE.
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY GALES AND SEATON.
GALES & SEATON'S
Register of Debates in
TWENTY-SECOND CONGRESS...FIRST SESSION:
FROM DECEMBER 5, 1831, TO JULY 17, 1832.
DEBATES IN THE SENATE.
LIST OF THE SENATORS.
MAINE.-John Holmes, Peleg Sprague.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1831.
Mr. SMITH, of Maryland, President pro tem. of the Senate, in the absence of the Vice President, took the chair at twelve o'clock; and, on calling the House to order, it appeared that thirty-four members were present.
Mr. DUDLEY, of New York, stated that, by some omission or inadvertence, the credentials of his colleague, the honorable WM. MARCY, had not been forwarded. He could, however, testify that Mr. MARCY was duly elected Senator for that State; and as similar instances of such omission were on record, he hoped the present would not operate as an obstacle to his admission, and moved that| Mr. Mancy be permitted to take his seat; which motion was agreed to, nem. con.
able JOSIAH S. JOHNSTON, Senator elect for the State of Louisiana, be permitted to take his seat. The credentials of Mr. J. had not, Mr. B. stated, yet arrived, but his elec tion was a matter of such public notoriety, as to induce him to hope that the Senate would not hesitate to admit him. In which motion, after a brief suggestion from Mr. HAYNE, on the propriety of having these credentials filed, the Senate concurred.
The usual message was then sent to the House of Representatives, notifying that a quorum of the Senate had as
Mr. KING and Mr. FOOT were appointed a committee to join the committee of the House of Representatives to inform the President of the United States that the two Houses had organized, and were ready to proceed to business.
The Senate then adjourned to twelve o'clock to-morrow.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6.
Mr. KING, from the joint committee appointed to wait on the President of the United States, reported that they had performed the duty enjoined them, and had received an intimation that the President would, at twelve o'clock this day, make a written communication to both Houses of Congress.
The communication promised by the President was received by the hands of Mr. DONELSON, his private Secretary; which, having been read, [see Appendix.]
On motion of Mr. KING, it was ordered that three thousand copies of the message, and fifteen hundred copies of the accompanying documents, be printed for the use of the Senate.
APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEES.
Mr. KING moved that the 34th rule of the Senate be
so far suspended as to authorize the Senate, in the absence of the Vice President, to appoint, by ballot, a chairman of the Committee on Finance; which motion being agreed to,
The Senate proceeded to ballot for a chairman of that committee, and Mr. SMITH, of Maryland, was chosen. The following standing committees were then announc
Mr. BELL, of New Hampshire, moved that the honor-ed from the chair:
[Mr. H. was superseded, January 3, by John Tipton.]
On Foreign Relations.-Messrs. Tazewell, White, King, Forsyth, and Bell.