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The following-named Delegates from the Territories also appeared and took their seats, viz:
The Speaker announced that a quorum had appeared (two hundred and two members having answered to their names).
The Speaker laid before the House the credentials of Robert R. Hitt as a Representative from the fifth Congressional district of the State of Illinois, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Robert M. A. Hawk; of Seaborn Reese, from the eighth Congressional district of the State of Georgia, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Alexander H. Stephens; and of Charles M. Shelley, a Representative from the fourth Congressional district of the State of Alabama, to fill a vacancy.
The same having been read,
Mr. Hitt, Mr. Reese, and Mr. Shelley having appeared, and having taken the oath of office prescribed by law, Mr. Hitt taking the oath prescribed by section 1756, and Mr. Reese and Mr. Shelley the oath prescribed by section 1757 of the Revised Statutes of the United States, took their seats in the House.
Mr. Calkius, as a privileged question, presented the memorial and protest of John W. Jones against seating Charles M. Shelley as a Representative from the fourth Congressional district of the State of Alabama; which, with the credentials of Mr. Shelley, were referred to the Committee on Elections.
Mr. Moulton, as a privileged question, presented the petition of John T. Caine concerning his right to a seat as Delegate to this House from the Territory of Utah, for the unexpired term of the Forty-seventh Congress; which, with accompanying papers and affidavits, was referred to the Committee on Elections.
Mr. Hiscock submitted the following resolution; which was read, considered, and agreed to, viz:
Resolved, That the Clerk of the House inform the Senate that a quorum of the House of Representatives has appeared and that the House is ready to proceed to business.
Mr. Robeson submitted the following resolution ; which was read, considered, aud agreed to, viz:
Resolred, That a committee of three members be appointed on the part of the House, to join such committee as may be appointed on the part of the Senate, to wait upon the President of the United States and inform him that a quorum of the two Houses has assembled and that Congress is ready to receive any communication he may be pleased to make.
The Speaker anuounced the appointment of Mr. Robeson, Mr. Charles G. Williams, and Mr. Atkins as the members of the said committee on the part of the House.
Ordered, That the Clerk acquaint the Senate therewith.
The Speaker laid before the House the report of the commission appointed under the act of May 15, 1882, to investigate the question of the tariff'; which, with the testimony taken in the course of the same, was, on motion of Mr. Kelley, referred to the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed.
The Speaker also laid before the House a letter from the Clerk of the House, transmitting, as required by section 60 of the Revised Statutes, his annual report of contingent expenses, &c.; which was referred to the Committee on Accounts and ordered to be printed.
The Speaker also laid before the House a statement of the judgments rendered by the Court of Claims during the year ending December 3, 1882, transmitted in pursuance of section 1057 of the Revised Stat. utes of the United States; which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Valentine, by unanimous consent, introduced a joint resolution (H. Res. 292) relative to the printing of the annual report of the Commis