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United States, and to notify him, that, unless he may have further communications to make, the two Houses of Congress, having completed the business before them, are ready to close the present session by an adjournment; and have appointed a committee on their part. And then he withdrew.
Mr. Dwight, from the said joint committee, reported that the committee had, according to order, waited on the President, and made the communication to him; and that the President answered that he had no further communications to make to either House of Congress.
It was then
Ordered, That a message be sent to the Senate, to notify that body that this House, having completed the business before it, is now ready to close the present session by an adjournment; and that the Clerk do go with said message.
The Clerk having delivered said message, and being returned,
A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Lowrie, their Secretary, notifying the House that the Senate, having completed the legislative business before it, is now ready to close the present session of Congress by an adjournment. And thereupon, The Speaker rose from his chair, and addressed the House as follows: GENTLEMEN: I receive, with sentiments of profound respect and grateful feeling, the renewed expression of your approbation and confidence in my administration of the arduous duties of this high office. The character and power of this House, the rank which it holds in the eyes of the world; the deep and abiding confidence of the nation in the intelligence, virtue, and patriotism of its Representatives, must ever render the approbation or censure of this House a matter of no ordinary importance to those who fill high places of public trust and confidence. This station, justly esteemed among the first in distinction and hone, has always been regarded, not only as one of elevated character, but of severe responsibilty and labor, and of extreme delicacy. In discharging its arduous and multifarious duties, no man can hope to free himself from error, or to give unqualified or universal satisfaction. In times even of profound tranquility and repose, to please every one cannot, and ought not to be expected. Amid the storms of political and party excitements, it would be idle and vain to expect it. My path here, for the last four years, has not been strewed with roses. I have had, as you well know, my full share of responsibility, embarrassment, and toil. I can say, however, with truth, that I have endeavored to meet your expectations by a zealous devotion of my time, and even of my health, to your service; and by a faithful and independ. ent discharge of my public duty. This, gentlemen, was all that I promised when I receited this high appointment at your hands; and in laying it down, I feel a proud consciousness that I have redeemed my pledge; and if the trust has not been ably, it has, at least, been bo nestly discharged. During the entire period of my service, and under all the agitations of the times, it has been my peculiar good fortune and pleasure to receive, in an almost unerampled manner, the kindness and support of the members of this House; and in proof of it, I may be permitted to remark, 1 hope without vanity, that in all the numerous and important decisions which I have been called upon to pronounce from this chair, but one has ever been reversed by the judgment of the House, and that under circumstances which can cause me no regret. Can I, then, feel otherwise than gratified and flattered, cheered and consoled, by this renewed and distinguished evidence of your confidence and favor? I receive it, gentlemen, in the spirit in wbich it has been offered. I cherish it in my heart. It is the
highest and the only reward that I either sought or expected; and I shall cherish it through life with feelings of the deepest respect and the most affectionate gratitude. God grant that you may long live to serve and benefit your country, and enjoy its undiminished confi. dence; and, in bidding you an affectionate, and perhaps last farewell, accept, I pray you, my cordial and best wishes for your individual health, prosperity, and happiness.
Page Absence, leave of, grantedMr Martin,
319 Academy, Military, inquiry into propriety of reducing number
of cadets to be educated at, 168, 172, 226 cadets to be between 17 and 21 years when
admitted; when not needed for the ar-
197, 199, 261 Accountability. Statement called for of improper allowances to public officers, &c.,
285 Achafalia river, improve navigation of,
86 Acken, William D. (See bills Senate, No. 118.) Adjourned, 12 o'clock fixed as the hour to which the House shall stand,
8 11 o'clock fixed during trial of Peck's impeachment, 97 11 o'clock fixed,
310 Adamson, John, his patent renewed. (See bills Senate, No. 128.) Alabama, members from appear, viz:
R. E. B. Baylor, Clement C. Clay, Dixon H. Lewis,
bills Senate, No. 51.)
258 Alleghany river, improve navigation of,
236 Annapolis, survey bar at entrance of harbor of. (See bills H.
R. No. 614.)
413 Appraisers, instructions to,
342 Appropriations, estimates for 1831 laid before the House,
87 for support of Guvernment for 1831, (see bills H. R. No. 528,)
121 for the naval service for 1831, (see bills H. R. No. 531,)
129 for payment of pensions in 1831, (see bills H. R. No. 538,)
H. R. No. 560,)
H. R. No. 609.)
(See bills H. R. No. 614.)
bills Senate, Nos. 24, 145.)
H. R. No. 480.)
bills H. R. No. 343.)
(See bills H. R. No. 407.)
claims in, (see bills H. R. No. 513,) 78, 83, 104
(See bills Senate, No. 125.).
Armory on western waters. (See bills H. R. No. 63.)
dismiss brevet second lieutenants,
officers, (see bills H. R. No. 599,)
and in the staff, and those on furlough,
inquiry respecting roads constructed by the,
bills H. R. No. 566.)
197, 199, 261
58, 64, 180