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To the Senate of the United States :

I hereby nominate Charles C. B. Walker as deputy postmaster at Corning, in the county of Steuben and State of New York, whose commission expires on the 25th of March, 1860.

JAMES BUCHANAN.

To the Senate of the United States :

I nominate John S. Hutton, of Georgia, to be consul of the United States at Hanover, to fill a vacancy.

JAMES BUCHANAN. WASHINGTON, February 21st, 1860.

To the Senate of the United States :

I nominate John B. Higgins to be collector of the customs for the district of Oswego, in the State of New York, in the place of Orville Robinson, resigned.

JAMES BUCHANAN. WASHINGTON, February 21st, 1860.

The messages were read.

Ordered, That the nominations of William Breck, A. W. Frestadius, and John B. Higgins be referred to the Committee on Commerce.

On motion by Mr. Powell, The Senate, by unanimous consent, proceeded to consider the nomi. nation of John T. Pickett; and

Resolved, That the Senate advise and consent to the appointment of John T. Pickett, agreeably to the nomination.

On motion by Mr. Benjamin, The Senate, by unanimous consent, pr eded to consider the nomi. nation of Joseph S. Wilson; and

Resolved, That the Senate advise and consent to the appointment of Joseph S. Wilson, agreeably to the nomination.

Ordered, That the nomination of Robert J. Cowart be referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Ordered, That the nomination of Charles C. B. Walker be referred to the Committee on Post Office and Post-Roads.

On motion by Mr. Iverson, The Senate, by unanimous consent, proceeded to consider the nomi. nation of John S. Hutton; and

Resolved, That the Senate advise and consent to the appointment of John S. Hutton, agreeably to the nomination.

Mr. Mason, from the Committee on Foreign Relations, to whom was referred, the 14th inst., the memorial of the Rio Grande, Mexican and Pacific Railroad Company, praying to be protected in the rights and privileges to which they are entitled under a contract with Mexico, providing for a railway from the Rio Grande to the Pacific, reported adversely thereon.

Mr. Mason, from the Committee on Foreign Relations, to whom were referred, January 4th, the treaty of transits and commerce between the United States of America and the Mexican Republic, dated at Vera Cruz, December 14th, 1859, and the convention between the United States of America and the Mexican Republic to enforce treaty stipulations and to maintain order and security in the Territory of the Republics of Mexico and the United States, dated at Vera Cruz, December 14th, 1859, reported them severally without amendment.

On motion by Mr. Mason, Ordered, That the said treaties,and the treaty of friendship and com. merce between the United States and Nicaragua, signed at Mauagua, the 16th day of March, 1859, be severally the special orders of the day for Monday next, the 27th inst., at 2 o'clock p. m.

Mr. Mason, from the Committee on Foreign Relations, to whom was referred, December 21st, the treaty of friendship and commerce between the Government of the United States of America and the Republic of Paraguay, concluded and signed in the city of Assumption on the 4th day of February, 1859, reported it without amendment.

The said treaty was read the second time and considered as in Committee of the Whole; and no amendment being made, it was reported to the Senate.

Mr. Mason submitted the following resolution for consideration :

Resolved (two-thirds of the Senators present concurring), That the Senate advise and consent to the ratification of the treaty of friendship and commerce between the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Paraguay, concluded and signed in the city of Assumption on the 4th day of February, 1859.

The Senate, by unanimous consent, proceeded to consider the said resolution. On the question, Will the Senate agree thereto?

43 It was determined in the affirmative, Yeas

(Nays..

0 Those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs. Anthony, Bayard, Benjamin, Bigler, Binghamn, Bragg, Brown, Chandler, Clark, Clay, Collamer, Crittenden, Davis, Dixon, Doolittle, Fitch, Fitzpatrick, Foot, Foster, Green, Hale, Hamlin, Harlan, Haun, Hemphill, Iverson, Johnson of Tenn., Lane, Mallory, Mason, Nicholson, Pierce, Powell, Pugh, Saulsbury, Sebastian, Seward, Simmons, Slidell, Samuer, Ten Eyck, Tooinbs, Irumbull.

So the resolution was agreed to.

Ordered, That the Secretary lay the said resolution before the Presi. nent of the United States.

Mr. Green submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That, in the opinion of the Senate, prudence requires that in the ratification of this treaty the Government of the United States does not mean to be considered as admitting that the Republic of Paraguay has such sovereignty over the navigation of the River Paraguay as would exclude the United States from commerce with the possessions of any power lying on said river above the said Republic of Paraguay,

The Senate, by unanimous consent, proceeded to consider the said resolution.

After debate,
On motion by Mr. Pugh that the said resolution lie on the table,

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12 On motion by Mr. Green, The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present, Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Anthony, Bigler, Bragg, Chandler, Crittenden, Dixon, Foster, Hale, Harlan, Haun, Hemphill, Johnson of Tenn., King, Lane, Mason, Nicholson, Pierce, Powell, Pugh, Seward, Simmons, Slidell, Sumner, Ten Eyck, Toombs. Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Benjamin, Brown, Clay, Davis, Doolittle, Fitch, Fitzpatrick, Green, Iverson, Mallory, Sebastian, Trumbull.

It was determined in the affirmative, { Nays

So it was ordered that the said resolution lie on the table.

On motion by Mr. Green that the vote of the Senate this day advis. ing and consenting to the ratification of the treaty between the Govern. ments of the United States and the Republic of Paraguay be reconsid. ered.

Ordered, That the further consideration of said motion be postponed to to-morrow.

Mr. Dixon, from the Committee on Post.Offices and Post-Roads, to whom were referred, the 14th inst., the nominations of Sydney D. Smith, William R. Frye, John H. Stratton, Joshua D. Colony, John F. Murdock, Andrew Fogg, John Fisk, Samuel James, John M. Goodwin, Thomas W. Newman, Eldridge L. Getchell, Lester Newell, and Thomas Thorp, reported.

Whereupon

Resolved, That the Senate advise and consent to the appointment of said persons, agreeably to their nominations respectively.

Mr. Mallory, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom were referred, December 21st, the nominations of Randolph F. Mason, John Rudenstein, William Bradley, Edward F. Corson, David Kendleberger, Robert L. Weber, Robert J. Freeman, William E. Taylor, Bennet w. Green, James McMaster, James W. Hertz, William G. Dozier, Lester A. Beardslee, William L. Bradford, Charles A. Babcock, John Faron, Harmon Newell, George Gideon, Andrew Lawton, Edwin Fithian, James H. Warner, Thomas A. Shock, and Miles K. Warrington, and January 4th the nomination of Joseph D. Grafton, reported.

Mr. Mallory, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom was referred, January 30th, the nomination of Thomas J. Robinson, reported.

Whereupon Resolved, That the Senate advise and consent to the appointment of Thomas J. Robinson, agreeably to the nomination.

Mr. Olay, from the Committee on Commerce, to whom was referred, January 30th, the nomination of John Bobb, reported.

Whereupon

Resolved, That the Senate advise and consent to the appointment of John Bobb, agreeably to the nomination.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1860. The following messages were received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Buchanan, his secretary: To the Senate of the United States :

I nominate the persons named in the accompanying list for promotion and appointment in the Army of the United States, as proposed by the Secretary of War.

JAMES BUCHANAN. WASHINGTON, February 24th, 1860.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

February 24, 1860. SIR: I have the honor to propose for your approbation the following list of promotions and appointments in the Army of the United States :

PROMOTIONS.

Corps of Engineers. First Lieutenant Edward B. Hunt to be captain July 1, 1859, having served fourteen years continuous service as lieutenant.

Second Lieutenant William P. Craighill to be first lieutenant, July 1, 1859, vice Hunt, promoted.

Second Lieutenant George W. C. Lee to be first lieutenant, October 20, 1859, vice Douelson, deceased.

Brevet Second Lieutenant William C. Paine to be second lieutenant, October 20, 1859, vice Lee, promoted.

Corps of Topographical Engineers. First Lieutenant William F. Smith to be captain, July 1, 1859, having served “fourteen years continuous service as lieutenant."

Second Lieutenant Charles N. Turnbull to be first lieutenant, July 1, 1859, vice Smith, promoted.

Ordnance Department.

Brevet Second Lieutenant George C. Strong to be second lieutenant, July 31, 1859, vice Lee, resigned.

First Regiment of Dragoons.

Breret Second Lieutenant Richard H. Brewer to be second lieutenant, March 29, 1859, vice Evans, deceased.

Second Regiment of Dragoons.

First Lieutenant John Buford, jr., to be captain, March 9, 1859, vice Givens, deceased.

Second Lieutenant Francis C. Armstrong to be first lieutenant, March 9, 1859, vice Buford promoted.

Brevet Second Lieutenant Solomon Williams to be second lieutenant, March 9, 1859, vice Armstrong, promoted.

First Regiment of Cavalry.

Second Lieutenant Eugene W. Crittenden to be first lieutenant, May 4, 1859, vice Perkins, cashiered.

Brevet Second Lieutenant Andrew Jackson, jr., to be second lieutenant, May 4, 1859, vice Crittenden, promoted.

Fourth Regiment of Artillery.

First Regiment George W. Hazzard to be captain, July 6, 1859, vice Ridgely, deceased.

First Lieutenant John Gibbon to be captain, November 2, 1859, vice Phelps, resigned.

Second Lieutenant Charles D. Anderson to be first lieutenant, July 6, 1859, vice Hazzard, promoted.

Second Lieutenant, Herbert A. Hascall to be first lieutenant, September 27, 1859, vice Solomon, deceased.

Second Lieutenant Edmund C. Bainbridge to be first lieutenant, November 2, 1859, vice Gibbon, promoted.

Brevet Second Lieutenant George H. Weeks, of the 1st Artillery, to be second lieutenant, February 10, 1859, vice Roane, deceased.

Brevet Second Lieutenant James H. Hallonquist, of the 3d Artillery, to be second lieutenant, February 24, 1859, vice Bennett, deceased.

Brevet Second Lieutenant Thomas R. Tauratt, of the 3d Artillery, to be second lieutenant, July 6, 1859, vice Anderson, promoted.

Brevet Second Lieutenant Marcus P. Miller to be second lieutenant, September 27, 1859, vice Hascall, promoted.

Second Regiment of Infantry. Second Lieutenant Alfred E. Latimer to be first lieutenant, April 18, 1859, vice Paige, deceased.

Brevet Second Lieutenant William G. Robinson, of the 7th Infantry, to be second lieutenant, April 18, 1859, vice Latimer, promoted.

Fifth Regiment of Infantry.

First Lieutenant Benjamin Wingate to be captain August 22, 1859, vice Marcy, appointed paymaster.

Second Lieutenant David H. Brotherton to be first lieutenant, August 22, 1859, vice Wingate, promoted.

Brevet Second Lieutenant Roderic Stone, of the 1st Infantry, to be second lieutenant, August 22, 1859, vice Brotherton, promoted.

Brevet Second Lieutenant Allen L. Anderson, of the 2d Infantry, to be second lieutenant, September 5, 1859, vice Lynde, dismissed.

Sixth Regiment of Infantry.

Brevet Second Lieutenant Charles E. Jesup, of the 10th Infantry, to be second lieutenant, May 31, 1859, vice Lee, resigned.

Brevet Second Lieutenant Edwin H. Stoughton, of the 4th Infantry, to be second lieutenant, September 5, 1859, vice Harrison, resigned.

Serenth Regiment of Infantry.

Brevet Second Lieutenant George N. Bascom, of the 9th Infantry, to be second lieutenant, April 23, 1859, vice Potts, deceased.

Brevet Second Lieutenant Francis J. Crilly, of the 5th Infantry, to be second lieutenant August 31, 1859, vice Wharton, resigned.

Tenth Regiment of Infantry. Brevet Second Lieutenant Oliver P. Gooding, of the 4th Infantry, be second lieutenant, February 5, 1859, vice Reed, deceased.

Brevet Second Lieutenant Edward G. Bush, of the 6th Infantry, to be second lieutenant, August 7, 1859, vice Thompson, resigned.

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APPOINTMENTS.

Quartermaster's Department.

First Lieutenant Tredwell Moore, of the 2d Infantry, to be assistant quartermaster with the rank of captain, May 21, 1859, vice Paige, deceased.

First Lieutenant Hyatt C. Rapsom, of the Regiment of Mounted Riflemen, to be assistant quartermaster with the rank of captain, Oc

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