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JQA Diary, volume 43 12 March 1842
JQA Neal Millikan Native Americans
76 Washington Saturday 12 March 1842

12. VI. Saturday

Weems. Kavasales Photius Pitchlyme Semmes. Johnson William Rothwell

Mr Kavasales came here; solicitous to ascertain why the Senate still linger about taking up and passing upon the nomination of him as a chaplain in the Navy of the United States. He intimated a suspicion of two causes as throwing obstacles in his way—one was that Mr Tyler had nominated with him another personal, relation of his own, for the same office, and the other that an undue proportion of episcopalians were appointed to these chaplaincies.— Mr Pitchlyme is a Choctaw Indian—a half breed of lighter complection than many Spaniard, and so well educated that he delivers public lectures here: he came to complain of abuses practised in the application of the annuities and pension funds to which his tribe are entitled by the Treaties, and Laws, and to request the exercise of my influence in their favour— There was also a young man from the wine merchant Semmes— At the house, Willis Green of Kentucky offered a Resolution instructing the Committee of Ways and Means to enquire into the expediency of increasing the duties upon wines, silks, linens and luxuries generally to twenty per cent ad valorem, and twenty percent more annually, imported from countries levying a heavy duty on tobacco, imported from the United States, until they shall reduce their duties to the level of our Standard— Mark A. Cooper enquired if it was in order— John Campbell objected to its reception— Green moved a suspension of the rules; failed, and his resolution was not received— Fillmore obtained leave to offer from the Committee of Ways and Means sundry amendments to the loan bill, which were laid on the table, and ordered to be printed. The order of the day was on the question of printing a report from the judiciary Committee against a supplement to the Bankrupt Law to include corporations— But Roosevelt yielded the floor and private business was taken up— 50 bills passed to be engrossed. 30. house bills passed— 6 Senate bills passed, and 10 bills laid aside for debate— The house adjourned before 3. O’Clock. William Johnson, a Son of Alexander B. Johnson of Utica, New-York brought me a Letter from his father and dined with usMr Weems called on me about the printing of the compendium of the census— I advised him to see Mr Giddings, chairman of the Committee of claims— I returned to Mr Stansbury his War egg.