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As the session draws toa close, important matters piess upon the attention of the two Houses. The Veto of the Hari bor Bill wc mentioned last week. It ap-. propriated 1,378,450 to be divided among 40 different works, scattered over the whole Union. The President objects because the constitution has not granted to the federal government the power to construct works of intern al improvements within the States, or to appropriate money for that purpose: because the same principie would authorizc future appropriations for every bay, inlet and creek in the country: because at more than twenty of the places named thero is no evidence that a single foreign arrival has ever taken place: bacause it would produce a disreputable scramble for the public money: because the objects for which nppropriations are made are of no pressing necessity, and because the country is now in a state of war.In the House, on the question of passing the bill by a two thirds vote, the bill was lost - aycs75, yeas, 71. The House went into committee of the whole, and took up Mr. Douglass's Oregon Territorial Bill. The merits of the bill, its objects and tendency, the boundaries of Oregon, the conquest of California, &c, we re discussed with much spirit by Douglass, J. Q. Adams, Schcnck, Phursman and others. The Committee rose and reported the bill with sundry amendments. One amendment excludes slavery from Oregon forever, and another Jimitsthe mileagc of its members of Congress to 2000 Dollars in any one year. The House voted on the amendment excluding slavery as follow: Ayes 103, Nays, 43. The amendment was agreed to. An amendment to give the widow of Capt. Gray, the dhecverer of the Columbia River, a township of 23,000 acres of land in Oregon, was voted down, Ayes 73, Nays 77. The bill was amended and passed.The West Point Bill passé J in the Senate: also a bilí to admit Wisconsin. It is reported at Washington that the President has asked advice of the Sonate about sending a minister to Mexico to negotiatc a peace: and that proposals have been receivcd from Paredes, ofTering to cede the whole of California and Santa Fe to t!ie United States. In tho Senate the bill to amend the Postage Law, and correct the abuso of tho fraiiking privilege was taken uo, ana sundry amendinents were adopted. - Among thern, one prohibiting the enclosurc of' letters for different persons in onc envelope, wíth a view oí' avoiding payment of postage, undcr the penalty of 610, and the bill then passed. Mr. M'Duffie, from the committee on foreign relations, reported a bill to authorize the President to issue letters of marque and reprisal in the event of any being issued by Mexico, which was read a third time and passed.A Post Route Bill was passed in the House, One amendment allowed postmasters to publish the Letter lists in any paper they piense. The evident tondency and design of this istobestow the patronage of Government on1 those papers which support t. A bilí to pay volunteers called out, but not mustered into service, was passed. The Land Graduation Bill seems to have fallen through - the two Houscs being unable to agree. In the Senate, Mr. Bréese presented a report in favor of granting land for Whitney's railroad to Oregon - to the extent of 30 miles wide on each side of the road.Mr. Benton was astonished that any such ridiculous scheme liad found its way into the Sonate. It was the most audacious proposition hc had ever heard of. It was to give nincty millions of acres of land to makc what could not be made, a railroad some 3000 miles in length, over mountains thousands offset high. Mr. Benton moved to lay the whole subject on the table. Lost. Mr. Johnson, of Md., made a statement showing that the printing of this session would amount to nearly a quarter of a million of dollars; nearly doublé the amount expended at the last long session, when Messrs. Blair and Rives were the printers. The French Spoliation Bill, which appropriates $5,000,000 to pay certain claims of our merchants assumed by the Government in 1803, passed botli Houscs and was vetoed by the President. The Bill appropriating 82,000,000 to enablethe President to complete a treaty with Mexico passed the House by a vote of85to77, an amondment having been adopted prohibiting skvery in Califor nia.