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[291] accompanying Documents, I desire to state that such Message and Documents are expected to cover twelve to fourteen hundred printed octavo pages, and to include three maps, the engraving of which will probably delay the publication for two or three weeks yet. I shall distribute my share of them as soon as possible, and make them go as far as they will; but I cannot satisfy half the demands upon me. As each Senator will have nearly two hundred copies, while Representatives have but about sixty each, applications to Senators, especially from the smaller States, are obviously the most promising.

Dec. 18th. Mr. Greeley offered the following resolution in the House:

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Navy be requested to inquire into and report upon the expediency and feasibility of temporarily employing the whole or a portion of our national vessels, now on the Pacific station, in the transportation, at moderate rates, of American citizens and their effects from Panama and the Mexican ports on the Pacific to San Francisco in California.

This was the year of the gold fever. The fate of the above resolution may be given in its proposer's own words

‘Monday,’ he wrote,

was expressly a resolution day; and (the order commencing at Ohio) it was about 2 o'clock before New York was called, and I had a chance to offer the foregoing. It was received, but could not be acted on except by unanimous consent (which was refused) until it shall have laid over one day—when of course it will never be reached again. When the States had been called through, I rose and asked the House to consider the above as modified so as to have the inquiry made by its own Naval Committee instead of the Secretary of the Navy—thus bringing its immediate consideration within the rules. No use—two or three on the other side sang out “ Object,” “Object,” and the resolution went over—as all resolutions which any member indicates a purpose to debate must do. So the resolution cannot be reached again this Session.

Dec. 19th. Mr. Greeley made what the reporters styled “a plain and forcible speech,” on the tariff, in which he animadverted upon a passage of the Message, wherein the President had alluded to manufacturers as an “aristocratic class, and one that claimed exclusive privileges.” Mr. Greeley walked into the President.

Dec. 22d. On this day appeared in the Tribune, the famous Congressional Mileage Expose. The history of this expose is briefly related by Mr. Greeley, in the Whig Almanac for 1850.

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