Harper's Weekly 12/30/1865


CONGRESS.

December 12:

In the Senate, Mr. Morgan introduced a bill, which was
referred, conveying to certain persons the right to lay a
telegraph between the United States and the West Indies.
Mr. Davis introduced a resolution, also referred, declaring
the writ of habeas corpus restored in every State.—Mr.
Anthony called up the House resolution for the appoint-
ment of a joint committee on the subject of the lately re-
bellious States, and moved certain amendments thereto,
which, together with the resolution thus amended, were
adopted.


In the House, Mr. Raymond presented the credentials
of Tennessee members, which, after a brief debate, were,
on Mr. Raymond's motion, referred to the Select Commit-
tee by 126 yeas to 41 nays. A resolution giving the mem-
bers the privilege of the floor, pending the decision of their
case, was tabled by a vote of 90 to 63. Subsequently a reso-
lution was adopted inviting them to take seats in the hall
of the House of Representatives.


December 13:

In the Senate, a resolution was referred to pay the late
Senator Collamer's salary to his widow.—Mr. Sumner's
resolution to find out the employés in the Treasury and
War departments who have not taken the oath of loyalty
was passed.


In the House, General Schenck offered a joint resolu-
tion asking a suspension of orders for mustering out the
officers of the Veteran Reserve Corps, which was passed.
—A bill was referred to provide for the sale of Govern-
ment mineral lands.—A resolution was referred author-
izing the entry for consumption of goods in bond on pay-
ment of the respective rates of duty.—On motion of Mr.
Stevens the House took up the resolution providing for a
joint committee to examine into the condition of the late
so-called Confederate States, as returned from the Senate
with amendments, which were concurred in by the House.
—A bill was referred to extend the benefits of the Bounty
Act of March 3, 1865, to all who served honorably in the
late war.—The Judiciary Committee were instructed to
report what compensation ought to be given for property
in revoleted States destroyed by our armies.


December 14:

In the Senate, a good portion of the day was occupied
in the delivery of tributes of respect to the memory of the
late Senator Collamer, of Vermont. Glowing eulogies upon
his character and abilities were pronounced by Senators
Foot, Harris, Johnson, Fessenden, and others. Resolu-
tions of respect, introduced by Mr. Foot, of Vermont, were
passed unanimously.—The Senate adjourned till the 18th.


In the House, several changes in committees were an-
nounced by the Speaker.—A resolution was adopted to ad-
journ (the Senate concurring) from December 20 to Janu-
ary 9.—A bill was passed appropriating $30,000, or so much
as may be necessary, to furnish and repair the President's
house.—A bill was also passed appropriating $15,440,000
for the payment of invalid and other pensioners.—A bill
was reported, and referred to the Committee on the
Whole, making appropriations for the support of the West
Point Academy for the year ending June 30, 1867.—A bill
was introduced and referred, providing that the Albany
bridge over the Hudson shall be a highway for the pur-
poses authorized by the New York Legislature, and may
be used as a postal route of the United States.—A resolu-
tion was adopted to print 20,000 copies of General Grant's
report.—A resolution was offered and passed declaring
that treason against the United States Government is a
crime and ought to be punished.—Eulogies on the late
Senator Collamer, of Vermont, were pronounced by sev-
eral gentlemen, after which the House adjourned till the
18th.


December 18:

In the Senate, a petition of Vice-Admiral Farragut and
1100 other naval officers for increase of pay was referred.
—The House bill, appropriating $30,000 to refit the White
House, was passed.—The joint committee appointed to
devise proper testimonial proceedings in memory of Pres-
ident Lincoln made a report, which was agreed to, provid-
ing for a eulogy on the virtues of the deceased by Secre-
tary Stanton, to be delivered before the two Houses on the
12th day of February next, the anniversary of the late
President's $500,000 for the relief of destitute Indians.


In the House, the credentials of Mr. J. M. Johnson, from
Arkansas, were presented and referred to the Select Com-
mittee. To the same Committee were referred resolutions
providing that no lately rebellious State shall be entitled
to representation in Congress until its Legislature shall
have repudiated the rebel war debt and all claims for
slaves emancipated: declaring that the representatives
should be admitted from those of them that have ratified
the anti-slavery constitutional amendment, repudiated the
rebel debt, passed laws for the protection of the freedmen,
and complied with other requirements of President John-
son, and enunciating the theory that class rule should not
hereafter be recognized by law, but that all should receive
equal protection, without regard to social position or race.
Mr. Thornton, of Illinois, offered a preamble and resolu-
tions setting forth that any extension of the elective fran-
chise by either the President or Congress would be an
unwarranted assumption, which were tabled by a vote of
111 to 46.—A resolution was adopted requesting informa-
tion of the President relative to the steps taken by Maxi-
milian and his friends to obtain his recognition by our
Government as Emperor of Mexico.—The House con-
curred with the Senate arrangements for the eulogy of
President Lincoln, and a bill was passed appropriating
$25,000 to Mrs. Lincoln.—A resolution indorsing the views
of the Secretary of the Treasury in regard to a contraction
of the currency was adopted by a vote of 144 to 6.—The
House then went into Committee of the Whole on the
President's Message, and the remainder of the session was
occupied in a speech on reconstruction by Mr. Thaddeus
Stevens.



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