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either of the parties might have to any part of said country; and with this further provision in the second article of the said convention of the sixth of August, eighteen hundred and twenty-seven, that either party might abrogate and annul said convention on giving due notice of twelve months to the other contracting party ::
And whereas it has now become desirable that the respective claims of the United States and Great Britain should be definitely settled, and that said territory may no longer than need be, remain subject to the evil consequences of the divided allegiance of its American and British population, and of the confusion and conflict of national jurisdictions, dangerous to the cherished peace and good understanding of the two countries:
With a view, therefore, that steps be taken for the abrogation of the said convention of the sixth of August, eighteen hundred and twenty-seven, in the mode prescribed in its second article, and that the attension of the governments of both countries may be the more earnestly directed to the adoption of all proper measures for a speedy and amicable adjustment of the differences and disputes in regard to the said territory :
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of President on the United States of America in Congress assembled, That thorized to give the President of the United States be, and he is hereby, authorof Great Britain ized, at his discretion, to give to the government of Great Brithe notice retain the notice required by the second article of the said convenArticle of contion of the sixth of August, eighteen hundred and twenty-sevvention of Aug. en, for the abrogation of the same.
1827, for the abrogation
Approved, April 27, 1846.
(No. 5.)--JOINT RESOLUTION to correct a clerical error. Proamble. Whereas an error occurred in the enrolment of “An act to
supply deficiencies in the appropriations for certain objects made for the service of the fiscal year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and forty-six,” approved May eighth, eighteen hundred and forty-six, by which error an appropriation intended for the support of the penitentiary of the District of Columbia appears as an appropriation “ for the support of
the District of Columbia :" Appropriation of $11,949 64 in
Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives act of May, 8, of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That support of the the appropriation of eleven thousand nine hundred and fortyD. C." shall be nine dollars and sixty-four cents, appearing in said act to be construed have been ap
“ for the support of the District of Columbia," was intended by propriated for Congress, and shall be construed, to have been appropriated for ini be pempontia the support of the penitentiary of the said District of Columry" of said Dis- bia, for the fiscal year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen
hundred and forty-six.
Approved, May 15, 1846.
(No. 6.1-A RESOLUTION providing for temporary mail service in Texas.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Postmaster Ge. Postmaster General be, and he is hereby, authorized to continue neral authorit.
ed to continue the mail service now existing in Texas, under the laws exisiing mail and authority of Texas, or such part thereof as, in his service jridgment, the public interest may require, froin the time that Texas becomes a State in this Union, until contracts can be made, and the mail service put in operation on the post routes in Texas established by Congress at its present session.
Approved May 20, 1846.
[No. 7.)-A RESOLUTION for the relief of Peter Gorman. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the His accounts to United States of America in Congress assembled, That the be set
'ance found due Secretary of the Treasury cause the account of Peter Gorman, him to be paid. for all the work actually done by him in grading, gravelling, paring, stone work, and otherwise repairing and improving the roads from the Capitol to the navy yard and Congress burialground, according to the measurement of the city surveyor, and at the rates specified in the contracts, to be audited and settled, as also his account for an additional culvert, and for gravel and rolling; and that the Secretary of the Treasury pay the balance due thereon, after deducting the amount already received by the said Peter Gorman from the former appropriation, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.
Approved, May 29, 1846.
(No. 8.1-A RESOLUTION to correct a clerical error in the act approved
June sixth, eighteen hundred and forty.six, “ for the relief of the legal representatives of George Duval, a Cherokee Indian.”
ct of June 6,
Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of Clerical error the Uniled States of America in Congress assembled, That in
Mar 1846, to be cor the words - calash and horses of the said Duval," where they rected. occur in the "act for the relief of the legal representatives of George Duval, a Cherokee Indian," approved June sixth, eighteen hundred and forty-six, shall read and be held to mean, cattle, horses, and hogs, of the said Duval; the word “calash” having been erroneously written for the word caitle, and the word hogs erroneously omilled in said act.
Approved, June 19, 1846.
(No. 9.1-A RESOLUTION in relation to the issuing of grants of certain lands
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of Attorney Gene- the United States of America in Congress assembled, That ral to examine the Attorney General of the United States be, and he is hereby, evidences of ti. ile in the case directed to examine the evidences of title in the case of a cerof the Houma tain Spanish land claim in the State of Louisiana, lying on the land claim, and report to Presi-Mississippi, above New Orleans, commonly known as the Houdent; who shall ma claim, and to report his opinion thereon to the President cause proceed. ings to be insti. of the United States ; and if, in the opinion of the Attorney tuted to try the General, any patent or patents issued, or which may be issued, patents suppos. under such claim, shall bave been, or shall be, issued contrary ed to be issued to law, that the President of the United States be, and he is
hereby, requested to cause proceedings to be instituted in behalf of the United States, and to have the validity of such patent or patents judicially determined.
Approved, June 26, 1846.
(No. 10.1-A RESOLUTION supplementary to the resolution of February
twentieth, eighteen hundred and forty-five, for distributing the works of the Exploring Expedition.
tion to be
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of One copy of the the United States of America in Congress assembled, That works of Ex. of the thirty-seven copies of the narrative and scientific works
: of the Exploring Expedition, deposited, and to be deposited, in sented to Siate the Library of Congress, one copy shall be presented to the one copy
and State of Florida ; and whenever any new State shall be admit
to each new State ted into the Union, one copy of said works shall be presented
to such State.
Approved, July 15, 1846.
of Florida, ai
(No. 11.)—A JOINT RESOLUTION presenting the thanks of Congress to
Major General Taylor, his officers and men.
sentatives of the United States of America in Congress asThanks of Con.sembled, Tij at the thanks of Congress are due, and are hereby gress presented tendered, to Major General Zachary Taylor, commanding the to Maj. General" Taylor, his offi- army of occupation, his officers and men, for the fortitude, skill, cers and men. enter prise, and courage which have distinguished the recent
brilliant operations on the Rio Grande. Sympathy of And be it further resolved, That Congress sincerely sym. Congress with the relatives & pathize with the relatives and friends of the officers and solfriends of those diers of the army of the United States who so bravely fell in tle. - ** var the service of their country on the Rio Grande.
The foregoing And be it further resolved, That the President of the United be communicat. States be requested.to cause ihe foregoing resolutions to be com
who fell in ba
municated to General Taylor, and through him to the army ed to Gen. Taya
"Y lor, & through under his command.
him to the And be it further resolved, That the President of the United army...
President au States be authorized and requested to have a medal of gold pro. thorized to cured, with appropriate devices and inscriptions thereon, and cause a gold
medal to be prepresented to General Taylor, in the name of the Republic, as sented to Gen. a tribute due to his good conduct, valor, and generosity to the Taylor in the
name of the Revanquished.
public. Approved, July 16, 1846.
[No. 12.)-A JOINT RESOLUTION to refund to States and individuals ex
penses incurred by thein under calls for militia and volunteers made by Generals Gaines and Taylor.
Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Uniled States of America in Congress assembled, That Secretary of
War authorized the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, authorized and re- to refund to quired to refund, out of the appropriation made by the “act States and indis
viduals amount providing for the prosecution of the existing war between the of expenses inUnited States and the Republic of Mexico,' approved the thir- curred in fitting
out volunteers teenth of May, one thousand eight hundred and forty-six, to called out by the Governors of the several Siates called upon by General Gens. Gaines Taylor and General Gaines for volunteers and militia, and also and to individuals, the air,ount of the expenses incurred by said States and individuals, in fitting out and preparing said volunteers or militia to join the army under the command of General Taylor, to be settled upon just and equitable principles.
Approved, July 16, 1846.
[No. 13.1-A RESOLUTION for the relief of Lewis De Russey, late a pay
master of the army of the United States.
Treasury to set
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Accounting of
ficers of the the proper accounting officers of the Treasury be, and they are 1 hereby, authorized and required, in the settlement of the ac- tle his accounts. counis of Lewis De Russey, of Louisiana, for funds placed in his bands in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirtyseven, for the Indian service, a credit for such amount of said funds as he may satisfy such officers was' lost, without any fault on his part, by the explosion in and sinking of the steamboat Black Hawk, in the river Mississippi, in said year, the boat in which the said De Russey was transporting said funds to their place of expenditure.
Approved, July 21, 1846.
[No. 14.] A RESOLUTION regulating the printing of Congress, and esta.
blishing the compensation for the same. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of Regulations for the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the printing of from and after the passage of this resolution, the printing of the the two Houses of Congress.
two houses of Congress shall be subject to the following regulations: When any message, report, or document, communi. cated to both houses of Congress, shall be ordered to be printed by the Senate, the secretary shall ascertain whether the same has been previously ordered to be printed by the House of Representatives : and if so, the copies ordered by the Senate shall be supplied by the printer to the House of Representa'ives, for which there shall be no charge for composition, and if any such message, report, or document shall be ordered to be prinied by the House of Representatives, it shall be the duty of the clerk to ascertain whether the same has been previously ordered to be printed by the Senate; and if so, the copies ordered by the House shall be furnished by the printer to the Senate, and no charge for composition shall be allowed therefor; and should an additional number of copies of any such document be ordered by either House, they shall be furnished by the printer to the House
which first ordered the printing of the document, and for which Proviso-docu- no compensation for composition shall be allowed : Provided, ments that may however, That if, for the purpose of despatch, or any other cause, ted may again it shall be necessary to fulfil any order for printing of either house, be put in type of any document which had been previously ordered to be printed,
the committee on contingent expenses of the house making such order may direct that such document be again composed, or
put into iype; in which case composition sball be charged and Rate of com.allowed.
And from the commencement of the present session pensation.
of Congress all printing ordered by either house of Congress, where the number of copies do not exceed five thousand, shall be paid for at a rate of compensation not exceeding twenty per centum less than the rates fixed and established by the joint resolution of eighteen hundred and nineteen; and when the num: ber of copies shall exceed five thousand, the compensation shall not exceed thirty-three and one-third per centum less than the rates allowed by the said joint resolution of eighteen hundred nineteen. And when the committee on contingent expenses of either house shall direct a second composition, to execute any
order tor printing, the printing shall be done by the printer to How maps and the house making such order; and when any order for printing charts may be requires maps or charts, the same shall be obtained under the
direction of the committee on contingent expenses of ihe house making such order; and all expenses for printing shall be paid
from the contingent fund of the two houses, cach house paying Expenses for for the printing ordered by it, except the expense of composiprinting-low paid. tion, which shall be paid by the house which first ordered the
document or paper to be printed ; and if there shall be a secoud composition, it shall be paid for by the house whese committee on contingent expenses shall authorize and direct the same;