Congressional Summary.

In the Senate Monday, the amendment of the House to the bill excepting from the operation of the Fending act the ten year bonds and two year Treasury notes, heretofore issued, was concurred in. The amendment requires the two year notes to be funded prior to the 1st of August.

The Senate disagreed to the House amendment to the bill reorganizing the clerical force of the Treasury Department. The House proposed to strike out the provisions of the bill requiring the Secretary of the Treasury, in the appointment of female clerks, to give the preference to the wives and daughters of soldiers, and to insert in lien thereof a clause authorizing the appointment of females whose labor is necessary to their support.

After a long secret session, the Senate took up the resolution prescribing the seal of the Confederate States. The motto was altered so as to read, "Deo Vindice, " and the resolution was then adopted.

In the House, the closing hereof the session are being given to the public business in secret session. Much of this business is of a character to require secret action, relating as it does to the conduct of the war and our relations with foreign powers. When the time arrives for its disclosure, the injection of secrecy will be removed. We understand that several important hills were yesterday disposed of in secret session.

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