Preamble and resolution, tendering the thanks of the
Legislature to Lieut. Raphael Semmes, of the United
States Navy, for his gallant conduct during the pre-
sent war with Mexico.
WHEREAS, Lieut. Raphael Semmes, of the United
States Navy, a native of this State, having distinguished
himself by his gallantry in the naval battery at the seige
and bombardment of Vera Cruz, and as aid to General
Worth at the battles of Contreras, Cherubusco, Molino
del Rey, Chapultepec, and the city of Mexico, and in
the language of Gen. Worth's report to the General-in-
"To Lieut. Semmes, of the Navy, volunteer aid-de-
camp, the most cordial thanks of the General of the
division are tendered, for his uniform gallantry and as-
sistance, and the General-in-chief is requested to present
the conduct of this accomplished and gallant officer to
the special notice of the chief of his distinguished branch
of the public service, our glorious navy" — Therefore,
Be it resolved by the. General Assembly of Mary-
land, That the thanks and congratulations of the Le-
gislature of his native State are hereby tendered to
Lieut. Semmes, for his gallant conduct during the pre-
sent war with Mexico, and we cordially recommend him
to the favorable consideration of the Executive of our
National Government for promotion.
Resolved, That His Excellency the Governor be re-
quested to transmit to Lieut. Raphael Semmes a copy
of the foregoing resolution, also a copy to the Presi-
dent of the United Stales, duly authenticated.
Feb. 25, 1848.
Resolution for the foreclosure of mortgages in certain
Resolved by the General Assembly of Maryland, That
whenever in the opinion of both the Governor and the
Treasurer, the public interest shall so require, during
the recess of the Legislature, they shall address to the
Attorney General a joint letter, directing him to foreclose
any mortgage or enforce any lien held by this State
upon any work of internal improvement.
March 8, 1848.