Harper's Weekly 01/20/1866


CONGRESS.

January 5:

In the Senate, Mr. Sumner presented petitions of colored
people in Mississippi, Colorado, and Alabama, asking Con-
gress to secure their liberties, praying for sufferance, etc.—
A memorial of the Union League of New York was offered
by Mr. Morgan, praying that Mrs. Lincoln may receive
her late husband's salary for the full term.—A resolution
was adopted calling for information respecting Provision-
al Governor, their pay, appointment, loyalty, etc.


In the House, a resolution was adopted, that the Com-
mittee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the ex-
pediency of repealing the statute of 1852, providing for
registering foreign vessels, and also to inquire into the ex-
pediency of providing by law that no American vessel that
surrendered her register and took foreign papers during
the late war, shall, under any circumstances, again re-
ceive an American register.


January 8:

In the Senate, a communication from the Mayor of
Washington, transmitting the result of the recent election
there, adverse to negro suffrage, was received and laid on
the table, as were also the credentials of Randall Hunt,
Senator elect from Louisiana.—The memorial of the New
York Chamber of Commerce, asking protection to North-
ern creditors against the operations of State statutes of
limitation in the South, and several soldiers pentions, re-
questing equalization of pay and bounty, were presented
and referred.—Resolutions were adopted calling on the
President for information regarding the order issued by
our military authorities in California forbidding exporta-
tions of arms to Mexico, and for the reasons why there has
yet been no appointment, as authorized, of a commission
to investigate the claims of loyal slaveholders for compen-
sation for colored men owing them service who were en-
listed in the military service.


In the House, a bill was introduced granting bounty
and additional pay to soldiers and seamen who enlisted
in 1861.—A bill was reported from the Ways and Means
Committee, and ordered to be printed, authorizing the
Secretary of the Treasury to issue six per cent. coin bonds
sufficient to fund all the floating debts of the Government.
—A resolution was adopted pledging the whole power of
the Government against polygamy.—A resolution was
adopted calling upon the President for information in re-
gard to the alleged kidnapping by Maximilian of Mexico
of one of the Iturbide children.—A resolution was also
adopted, 94 to 37, asserting as the sense of the House that
the national military forces should not be withdrawn from
the Southern States till their presence there shall have
been declared by Congress no longer necessary.



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