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and when extra copies of any document shall be ordered by both houses, and the same are executed by the same printer, the copies shall be delivered to the two houses simultaneously, in proportion to the whole number of copies which the houses have respectively ordered.

Approved, July 23, 1846.

(No. 15.1-A RESOLUTION authorizing the sale of certain lands at Baton

Rouge to the State of Louisiana.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Secretary of the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, authorized and em

"" to sell State of powered to sell and convey (for the use and benefit of the State Louisiana cer

ners annoined by the le. tain land near

ners appomied by the IC Baton Rouge gislature of said State, to select a site on which 10 erect a State for a site for house, two or more acres of the tract of land owned by the State House. United States, lying in the parish of East Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana, above and adjoining the town of Baton Rouge : Provided, That in the judgment of the President of the United States said sale may be made without detriment to the public interest.

Approved, July 23, 1846.

(No. 16.) JOINT RESOLUTION directing the manner of procuring the

printing for the two houses of Congress. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Repre-se sentatives be and they are hereby, authorized and required, at vertise for prothe beginning of the final session of every Congress, to adver-pos

cress to odber posals for printtise for four weeks successively, in all the newspapers published in the city of Washington, for sealed proposals for supplying the Senate and House of Representatives respectively, of the next ensuing Congress, with the necessary printing for each ; which advertisement shall describe the kind of printing and the

What the ad.

vertisement qualily of paper required, as near as may be, in the execution shall contain. of the work; and said advertisement shall divide and classify the printing of the respective houses, as follows: One of bills and resolutions; one of reports of committees; one of journals; one of executive documents; and one for every other description of printing ; each class to be a separate job, and to be provided for by separate contract. The said advertisement shall also contain a designation of the place in the said ciły of Washington where such sealed proposals shall be received, and the day and time of day at which said secretary and clerk will cease to receive any further proposals. And the secretary and Samples of the clerk aforesaid shall provide suitable samples of the printing od to be provid

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ed and exlubit- required, and of the paper on which the same is to be executed,

to be kept at the place so designated as aforesaid at least twenty days successively before the time of receiving proposals shall expire, open to the inspection of all persons desiring to make

proposals for the printing aforesaid, intelligence whereof shall When and how be contained in said advertisement. Immediately on the ex. be opened." piration of the time for receiving said proposals, they shall be

opened by the secretary and clerk aforesaid in the presence of the Vice President, or President of the Senate, and the Speaker

of the House of Representatives, and of such persons making Each class of proposals as may wish to be present. And the Secretary of the printing to be Senate, under the supervision of the Vice President or Presilet to the low-dent of the Senate, and the Clerk of the House of Represen. est bidder, &c.

tarives, under the supervision of the Speaker, shall thereupon, let each class of said printing to the lowest bidder, who shall furnish satisfactory evidence of his practical skill and his ability to do the work, and who shall offer good and sufficient security

for the faithful execution of the jobs and contracts undertaken Bonds and suf- by him. And thereupon the Vice President or President of the ficienta security Senate and its secretary, and the Speaker of the House and its

clerk, shall proceed to take bonds, with good and sufficient seAll lettings of curity, for the due and faithful performance of the work; and printing to be the oflicers aforesaid shall immediately thereafter report to their two Honses. respective houses all such lettings of printing, and the contracts

relating to the same: Provided, That the said proposals shall remain sealed until the time appointed for examining the same.

Sec. 2. And be it further resolved, That a committee, con. tee on Printing sisting of three members of the Senate and three members of

Joint Commit.

be

the House of Representatives, shall be chosen by their respec

tive Houses, which shall constitute a committee on printing, Their duties which shall have power to adopt such measures as may be

deemed necessary to remedy any neglect or delay on the part of the contractor to execute the work ordered by Congress, and to make a pro rata reduction in the compensation allowed, or to refuse the work altogether, should it be inferior to the standard; and in all cases, ihe contractor and his securities shall be responsible for any increased expendiure consequent upon the non-performance of the contract. The committee shall audit and pass upon all accounts for printing; but no bill shall be acted upon for work that is not actually executed and delivered,

and which they may require to be properly authenticated. Motions for Sec. 3. And be it further resolved, That all motions to printing extra print extra numbers of any bill, paper, or document, in either

house, shall be referred to the members of the committee of thal mittee of House house, who shall report upon the propriety of printing, and the

Expenses for probable expense thereof, as early as convenient. And all ex: printing-how penses for printing shall be pail from the contingent fund of paid.

ihe two Houses, in proportion to the number of copies ordered by each, except the expense of composition, which shall be paid by the house which shall have first ordered the printing of the paper or document; and if there shall be a second composi

and powers.

referred to com

tion, it shall be paid for by the house which shall authorize and direct the same; and when extra copies of any document or Extra copies. paper shall be ordered by both houses, they shall be delivered to the two houses simultaneously, in proportion to the number of copies by them respectively ordered.

Sec. 4. And be it further resolved, That all laws and parts Repeal of laws of laws now in force, not in conformity with the provisions of inconsistent

with this reso. this joint resolution, be, and the same are hereby, repealed. lution.

Approved, August 3, 1846.

[No. 17.)-JOINT RESOLUTION to authorize the Secretary of War to adjudicate the claims of the Su-quah-natch-ah, and other clans of Choctaw Indians, whose cases were left undetermined by the commissioners for the want of the township maps.

Resolved by the Senale and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Secretary of

War authorized the Secretary of War, for the purpose of consummating the to decide cer. claims of the Su quah-natch-ah and other clans of Choctaw In- tain Choctaw

* claims, and to dians, in whose cases the testimony was taken by the commis- award' Yand sioners appointed by virtue of the act approved the twenty- scrip therefor. third of August, eighteen hundred and forty-two,* and relurn- *Sec vol. 10, p. ed to the War Department, but judgment was not entered up for 286. the want of the maps whereby the location of the lands of the claimants and the allotment of land or scrip, respectively, to each, could alone be determined, be, and he is hereby, authorized to decide the same, and award land or scrip in each case, as the testimony already taken may justisy.

Approved, August 3, 1846.

(No. 18.]– A RESOLUTION for the relief of Putney and Riddle. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, Secretary of for the purpose of a final settlement of the accounts of Puiney,

War to cause and Riddle, the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is hereby, evidence in

support of their directed to cause the papers and evidence now on file to be resh examined by the proper accounting officer of the departiment; examined, &c. and if it shall appear that the Government failed to fulfil its contract with the said Putney and Riddle, he shall then restate the account, upon principles of equity and justice, according to the evidence on file. And the Secretary of the Treasury is Balance op. hereby authorized and directed to pay, out of any money in the pearing to be Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the balance, if any, which shall appear to be due, after deducting what the said Putney and Riddle have already received. .

Approved, August 4, 1846.

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(No. 19.]-JOINT RESOLUTION for the relief of Seth M. Leavenworth.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of Postmaster Ge-the United States of America in Congress assembled, That neral. to ascer the Postmaster General be authorized and required to inquire ges sustained into and ascertain the amount of damages (if any) sustained by him by rea- by Seth M. Leavenworth, mail contractor on route two thouson of the transfer of his con- sand five hundred and four, by reason of the transfer of the

contract for carrying the mail on said route from said Leaven

worth to John Orchard, on the twentieth of September, one Amount of such thousand eight hundred and thirty-eight; and the Postmaster damages to be paid him. General is required to pay such daniages ascertained out of the lowed him wo years al. current appropriation for mail transportation ; and the said

10 make his proof. Leavenworth shall be allowed the term of two years to make

his proof of such damages.

Approved, August 6, 1846.

tract.

1846.

[No. 20 ]-JOINT RESOLUTION directing the payment of certain volun

teers and militia, under the limitations therein prescribed.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of Certain volun- the United States of America in Congress assembled, That

out the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, authorized and reand received in." to service under quired to cause to be paid, out of the appropriation made by orders of Gen, the act providing for the prosecution of the existing war be. Gaines to be paid out of the tween the United States of America and the Republic of Mexappropriation in ico, approved the thirteenth day of May, one thousand eight act of May 13,1

hundred and forty-six, to the volunteers and militia, called and actually received by virtue of the orders of General E. P. Gaines, into the service of the United States during the present year, and discharged before joining the army, and such companies as were actually organized and rendezvoused under said call, including the iwo companies of Major Gally's command, and the company at Baton Rouge arsenal; and also the company of Mississippi volunteers, [Natchez Fencibles,) and also the company of Mississippi volunteers, (Pontotoc Rovers,) organized and assembled ai Vicksburg, and afterwards disbanded or discharged, and the companies of Ohio volunteers assembled at camp Washington, near Cincinnati, and who claim to have been mustered into service, one day's pay and allowances for

every day detained in service, and the usual travelling allowWhere individ- ances, and no more. And further, that where States or indi

bes viduals have paid the expenses or provided the means of transpenses or pro portation of volunteers to the place of rendezvous, and furnish. tation, &c. how

Led subsistence or clothing, the proportional amount thus sur

! to be refunded. nished to each man, not exceeding the legal allowance to each,

may be charged on the pay rolls, and withheld and paid to the of surgeons and

State or individual who actually provided the same. And assistant sur-further, that when surgeons and assistant surgeons have attended

nd, of regiments of volunteers to the time when inedical officers, duly assistant quar." erau termastors and appointed by the United States, entered upon their duties with

vided transp

Compensation

geons-and

commissaries.

said regiments, they may receive the same rate of compensation, and to a like number as provided for by law; and persons doing the duties of assistant quartermasters and assistant commissaries, under like circumstances, may in like manner receive the same rate of compensation, and to a like number, as authorized by existing law.

Approved, August 8, 1846.

INo. 21. -JOINT RESOLUTION for the relief of John B. Denton and Cur

tis Humphreys.

bility

Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Relieved from John B. Denton and Curtis Humphreys, and their guarantors, respo

18, fur" failure to be relieved from any supposed responsibility they may have in-comply with curred by reason of the failure of ihe said John B. Denton and th:

u with the Post Curtis Humphreys to comply with their contract with the Post Office Dept. Office Department.

Approved, August 8, 1846.

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[No. 22.1-JOINT RESOLUTION for the relief of Shelden B. Hays. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress asassembled, That the

assembled that the To be paid $342

167 due him for Postmaster General be, and he is hereby, required to pay Shel-mail services. den B. Hayes, out of the revenues of the Post Office Depart. ment, the sum of three hundred and forty-two dollars and six. ty-seven cents, it being a balance due him for mail services upon route Washington to Bedford, Pennsylvania, in the winter of eighteen hundred and thirty-nine.

Approved, August 8, 1846.

[No.23.)-A RESOLUTION appointing regents of the Smithsonian Institution.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of Anierica in Congress assembled, That Ru. Regents of the fus Choate, of Massachusetts, Gideon Hawley, of New York, Sinths Richard Rush, of Pennsylvania, William C. Preston, of South Carolina, and Alexander Dallas Bache and Joseph G. Totten, residents of the city of Washington, be, and the same are hereby, appointed regents of the Smithsonian Institution, in accordance with the provisions of the act establishing said institution.

Approved August 10, 1846.

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