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Dec. 9, 10, 1835.] Death of Mr. Smith-Rules and Orders of the House.

(H. OF R. Several other communications from the Secretary of objects of legislation, on which account, however, he the Treasury were laid before the House, and ordered did not intend to impute any blame to any person or to lie on the table.

committee. In those bills had been introduced expenMr. WISE moved to reconsider the yote directing the ditures of money, and drafts on the people, which had printing of 15,000 copies of the President's message. been a subject of contention and dissension in the House. That, he believed, was the usual number. His object That of itself was an evil of magnitude. Another conwas to increase the quantity.

sequence of it was, that the appropriation bills dragged Mr. HARPER, of Pennsylvania, thought an increased their slow length along through balf of a year before number unnecessary. The message would be published they finally passed. He held in his hand proof of this in almost every newspaper in the country.

assertion. At the first session of the last Congress, he Mr. WISE remarked that the message was one of un- | had the honor to offer this rule, which he now again usual interest, and, if the motion to reconsider prevail proposed, and he intended it as the first of a series of ed, he should move to print 20,000.

resolutions on the subject. He offered it, he said, on The motion was agreed to.

the 10th of February, and two months elapsed before Mr. WISE then moved to amend the resolution, by he could prevail upon the House to consider it. When directing that 15,000 copies of the message and docu. it was taken up, other business occupied the attention of ments, and 5,000 copies of the message without the the House. documents, be printed,

Last session, its consideration was prevented by want Mr. BEARDSLEY accepted the amendment as a of time, and the great pressure of other business. At modification of his motion.

the first session of the twenty-third Congress, on the The resolution, as modified, was then agreed to.

11th of February, the day after he offered his resolution,

an act of appropriation, in part, was passed. It was an DEATH OF MR. SMITH.

act making appropriations, to the amount of five or six A message was received from the Senate, announcing hundred thousand dollars, for the pay and mileage of the death of the honorable NaruaN SMITH, a member members of this House, of the Clerk and officers of the of that body from the State of Connecticut, and that House, for the pay and mileage of the Senators, the his funeral would take place at twelve o'clock to-mor- contingent expenses of both Houses, &c. Not a cent row.

was appropriated for any other service, except that of Mr. TOUCEY, of Connecticut, submitted a resolu- members of Congress. On the 27th of June, three tion that the members of the House would attend the days before the close of the session, the general approfuneral of Mr. Smith, and would wear the usual badge priation bill was passed. What, in the mean time, of mourning for the space of thirty days; which was asked Mr. A., was the condition of the President of the agreed to.

pation, before other nations of the earth? what was the On motion of Mr. JUDSON, of Connecticut,

condition of the heads of Department, his assistants? The House then adjourned.

what was the situation of the judges of the lands of the

army and navy; of every officer of every department of WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9.

the public service? What, indeed, was the condition of

every individual citizen, whether rich or poor, well-fed After the reading of the journal of yesterday,

or starving, who had demands on the public? All were On motion of Mr. BRIGGS,

obliged to live on credit, or starve. We were, he The House adjourned.

thought, obliged to provide for others as well as for our The House, in conformity with previous arrangements,

selves. What reason was there for the extraordinary then proceeded to the Senate chamber, and joined in the

delay and procrastination in this act. It was because funeral solemnities assigned for this day, in honor of the

new clauses were introduced into the bill, occasioning memory of Senator SMITH.

long debates in the Senate, as well as in the House.

He would now pass to the last session. The general TAURSDAY, DECEMBER 10.

appropriation bill was then passed with great difficulty. RULES AND ORDERS OF THE HOUSE.

In consequence of its long procrastination, it became

questionable, in the last hour of the session, whether The resolution offered by Mr. Mann, of New York, we had made any appropriations or not. But he would on Monday, for the adoption of the rules and orders of say no more on that subject. If the House would adopt the last House, for the government of the present House, the resolution which he proposed, and which was merely having been taken up for consideration,

in the nature of an experiment, to which no one could Mr. GILLET moved to amend the same by embracing have any objection, the bills would be stripped of every in the list of standing committees, “a Committee on thing but the appropriations; and if any new objects the Militia;” which was agreed to: Yeas 98.

presented themselves, they would be put in separate Mr. J.Q. ADAMS offered the following, as an amend. bills, not hazarding what was indispensable and of imment to the rules: that it shall be the duty of the Com-mediate necessity for compliance with existing laws. mittee of Ways and Means, within thirty days after the Mr. A. had, he said, fixed the limit at thirty days; commencement of each session of Congress, to report but, for his own part, he saw no reason why the comthe general appropriation bill, or give their reasons to mittee could not report within ten days after the comthe House for failing so to do.

mencement of the session. The committee had nothing Mr. A. said that the propriety of this rule would to do but to examine and see wbat was authorized by strike so forcibly the mind of every one who, like him. law; and having done that, there was no reason why self, bad the honor heretofore of a seat here, that it they could not report within ten days. The bill could was not necessary for him to spend much time in sup be passed in fifteen days afterwards. It would then go porting it. Its object was to hasten the progress of the to the Senate, and there it would receive the same at. annual appropriation bills. No member had been here tention and despatch. In fact, he saw no reason why all for any length of time, who was not aware that some the appropriation bills could not be presented to the measure was necessary to answer this object. Sir, said President before the first day of January. They ought Mr. A., it has been the practice heretofore to postpone to be passed before the first of the year. The demands the report to a late day of the session. It had been the then become due, and there was no possible reason or practice to introduce into the appropriation bills new excuse for not then paying off at least one half of the

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debts of the Government. Every new-year's day would Mr. C. concurred with the gentleman in another thus find the Treasury ready to pay off the demands point, and that was, that it had been the practice of the upon it. He would not further trespass upon the time House, in some cases, to insert provisions of the kind he of the House in pressing this motion.

complained of. He believed, however, the gentleman Mr. CAMBRELENG would like, he said, to hear the would do him the justice to say that he (Mr. C.) had amendment read. It having been read,

uniformly acted with him in opposing such clauses-in Mr. C. said he concurred entirely in the views of the other words, new appropriations. He had done it heregentleman from Massachusetts, as to the evils he com- tofore, and should do it again; and would at all times plained of; and, probably, they were more manifest last unite with that gentleman in opposing every thing of session than at any former period; but Mr. C. dissented the kind, from that or any other committee. Still, the entirely to the position taken by the gentleman, that it committee was not so much to blame as the House itself; ever had been, at least in his experience, short as it had and the House, he was sure, would pardon him, for he been in the Committee of Ways and Means, and long as spoke of what it was perfectly sensible. There were it had been in the House, that it was justly ascribable some gentlemen who had uniformly resisted every thing to that committee. Mr. C. would appeal to every old in an appropriation bill not already authorized by law; member of that House, whether it had not been uniform and he would again pledge himself to unite with them ly the practice for the chairman of that committee to on all occasions. appeal and urge upon the House the necessity of taking Mr. C. concluded by requesting Mr. Adams to amend up the appropriation bills; and whether the uniform his resolution so as to extend the time to six weeks inhabits of the House had not been to postpone and post. | stead of thirty days. pone them again, from day to day,' in 'defiance of all Mr. VANDERPOEL was, he said, totally opposed to entreaties. If the gentleman wishes to reach the evil the amendment of the gentleman from Massachusetts, he complained of, he should make his appeal to the because it involved a principle which he well knew was House. He should prescribe the law by which that not intended by the honorable mover-that of discourHouse should be bound to take the bills up and proceed l tesy to the Committee of Ways and Means, whoever with them. The honorable gentleman prescribed duties they might be. Mr. V. would ask the House whether to the Committee of Ways and Means; but the gentle it was right and courteous to apply the spur exclusively man must be aware, his knowledge and experience must to that committee! And was not the amendment of the satisfy him, that every item in the appropriation bills, gentleman founded upon the apprehension that, peradrelating to the army and navy, was a matter of constant venture, that committee would not do its duty ? Now, communication between the committee and the Depart. in all charity to every committee of that House, he was ment. How could he expect the committee to adopt a willing to presume-nay, he was bound to presumemere estimate, without reason? Every item must under that every committee appointed by the Chair would feel go full investigation before any one member of the the high responsibilities and obligations imposed upon committee would consent to its insertion. A most labo- them, and feel resolved to do their duty, and do it rious duty bad to be performed before the bill came into promptly. Why was it necessary to call upon this comthe House.

mittee alone? Ab! says the gentleman, we have sufferMr. C. said he did not rise for the purpose of object- ed a great deal of inconvenience heretofore. My answer ing to the amendment of the gentleman from Massachu-to that is, said Mr. V., that this committee will profit setts, because it had a modification that the committee from the lessons of past experience. If we suffered could give their reasons for not having reported the inconvenience from procrastination last year, and the bills, and therefore the proposition was not very opera-year before, I have no doubt the Committee of Ways tive upon the committee, because, if they were ready to and Means will feel stimulated from that circumstance; report they would report, and if not, they could obtain and it is surely unnecessary, at this stage, to issue our further time. Still, Mr. C. would say he thought the mandate that they shall report within thirty days. Mr. time too short. With regard to the measure before the y. agreed with the honorable gentleman from MassaHouse at the last session, he regretted as much as any chusetts, that they did suffer some inconvenience last gentleman that the Senate were in the habit of putting year from procrastination, but he did not attach all the upon the appropriation bills others that had nothing to blame to the Committee of Ways and Means. If fault do with them. He alluded to the United States Military was any where, it was as much in the House, and perAcademy bill. Was it because the committee had not haps more, than in the committee. He well recollected reported the bill early enough to be acted on? Was it that the chairman of that committee would come in the fault of the gentleman who had charge of the bill there, day after day, and entreat and implore the House that it was not called up? Did not every gentleman, / to take up the appropriation bills; and he well recolthen a member of the House, know that more than a lected, also, that those appeals were made in vain. Mr. dozen attempts were made to get the bill up, and every | v. should vote against the amendment. attempt failed, till, in the last emergency, the Senate Mr. ADAMS had, he said, been very unfortunate in were under the necessity of attaching it to the appropri.explaining his views, if he had given the gentlemen from ation bill for the general expenses of the Government? New York any reason to suppose that he wished or Mr. C. rose not for the purpose, he said, of opposing intended to censure the Committee of Ways and Means, the principle of the gentleman from Massachusetts, but or any member of that committee. Sir, said he, I dismerely to show that the House itself was the origin of claim any imputation upon that committee. I spoke of all the evils of which the gentleman complained; but he evils which existed, evils which were felt and acknowl. did not think the proposition one calculated to promote edged, and from which it was my object to obtain a or facilitate business. He knew of no committee last remedy. The gentleman particularly who last spoke session that did not report in time, except one; and he seemed to suppose that I intended to cast censure on did not think the gentleman from Massachusetts, having the Committee of Ways and Means; I meant no sort of secured, as they did, by their united counsel, a unani- censure on that or any other committee of the House. mous vote upon the French question, would find fault I stated the fact that the general appropriation bill did with the Committee on Foreign Relations in not having not pass at the last session until within three hours of been premature. He did not think the fault was with a the expiration of the Congress. I throw no blame, on committee, for every committee would do its duty; and this account, on any committee of this House. Far if they did not act, the House had power to compel them. I from it. But whether that bill had passed was a subject

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of dispute, and it was in imminent danger of being lost. tion. It was his intention to accelerate the action of the It was finally saved by the House agreeing to the propo | House, and therefore he was perfectly willing to accept sition of the Senate.

it. While up, he would reply to some of the remarks of of this he bad spoken only as an illustration of the ne the gentleman from Virginia. The gentleman thought cessity of passing the bill at an earlier day. It was not that the House would be compelled to pass the bills as his object to trammel the committee, and, on the con- soon as they were reported; but the gentleman knew, trary, he wished to give it full latitude and liberty. If surely, that the House was their own master, and that it they were not ready at the end of the thirty days, they was not in the power of any one to restrain them. No would say so to the House, and have the time extended. | one was more willing than he was to have every appro. He called on the Committee of Ways and Means to put priation bill discussed, even till the end of the session, the House in possession of the bills. We must have them before it should end in an unnecessary charge on the before we can act upon them at all. He supposed that people. But, sir, the gentleman has a different idea of thirty days would be a sufficient time for the committee an appropriation bill from mine. In my view (said Mr. to retain them under consideration. His proposition | A.) an appropriation bill ought to be nothing more left the committee just as independent as any other com-than a draft on the Treasury for a debt due by law; and mittee. It imposed upon them no extraordinary duty, then the only question in regard to it is, whether it is and he would venture to say that they would always be authorized by law, and whether we shall pay our just ready to report within the time proposed, should the res debts. olution be passed. Should this motion be agreed to, he Mr. LEWIS WILLIAMS said it was the object of would propose another rule, assigning certain days for the gentleman from Massachusetts to prevent the introthe House to take up and consider the appropriation duction into the appropriation bills of any matter not aubills. His object, in expediting the action of the commit- thorized by law; but his proposition was, in his opinion, tee, was to hasten the action of the House. He hoped inadequate to this end. If it simply provided that the it would not be believed by the gentleman from New committee should report no other appropriations than York that it was his object or desire to impute any cen those authorized by law, that would be a remedy for the sure to the Committee of Ways and Means or any other evil complained of by the gentleman. But, if it was committee that ever existed. Abuses often crept in, merely required of the committee to report the bill withone lapping over another, without the possibility of cor- in thirty days, they might, though it was to be presumed rection. When they were felt, and severely felt, then it they would not, introduce into the bill a hundred new was time to apply a remedy. He knew no other com- appropriations. The remedy, he thought, was inademittee whose action it was necessary to accelerate at all, quate for the evil, He had seen that the more rules and his only object, in relation to this, was to hasten the were multiplied, the more complex they became, and action of the House,

the more difficult it was to get along with the business Mr. MERCER said he concurred less in the argument of the House. It might happen very often that, though than in the proposition of the gentleman from Massa the appropriation bills were important, other bills were chusetts. His argument went to a restriction of the also equally or more important; and he had noticed, time within which money bills should be debated in this that the more we hmited our discretion the House; and against this doctrine he must, with all pos- culty we had to encounter. He had no doubt that the sible respect, protest. The appropriation bills were the amendment would retard instead of accelerate the busionly subjects on which the general interests of the coun- | ness of the House. try could be debated; and it had been the practice of the Mr. SUTHERLAND said the only material point was Government, from its foundation, to consider them in whether the House should be made to act after the bill was this light, especially since the time when it was customa- reported. He did not consider the motion, in any other ry to discuss such subjects in an answer to the President's view, as at all material. He wished the appropriation message. The only occasion now afforded for such gen-bills to have a preference here. They ought to have, and eral discussion was the appropriation bills, and he was the last provision of the amendment therefore met his unwilling to have it go abroad that it was the wish of this entire concurrence. But he did not consider it imporHouse to restrict that discussion. It was well known tant whether the bills came in thirty days or not from tbat the appropriation bills were sent to this House by the committee; all knew where the reports of bills came the Committee of Ways and Means, and to them by the from. The committee take the reports of the heads of Departments, and they were generally hurried through Departments, and we take theirs. Every body knew the House, or passed without due consideration. Ta- that, in a great measure, we must rely upon the capacity, king them up was generally the signal for the disper- integrity, and honor, of those who are at the head of the sion of the members, and any man was scouted at who Departments and prepared the estimates. He knew presumed to raise his voice against any one item in the how troublesome was the duty of a chairman of a combills. For himself, he was unwilling to bear any blame mittee, who was obliged to make himself master of all for the delay of the appropriations in former years. the details of these bills, and be prepared to reply to Between 11 and 12 o'clock on the last night of last ses any objections which might be made to them. A former sion, we were in danger of losing the whole appropri colleague of his bad aptly compared himself, when in ation bill, and the bill making appropriations for forti that situation, to “the man in the Almanac, stuck all fications was passed only ten minutes before the hand over with sticks." Every individual who spoke pointed was on the figure denoting the hour at which the session always towards the chairman. It would be time, he expired.

thought, to pass on this motion after the new man who * Mr. H. EVERETT rose to move an amendment to the | was to preside over this committee had been appointed. amendment. Before offering it, he would remark that The Ajax, who was to sustain the administration, must the blame of delay did not rest on the committee only, be allowed some time to consult the Departments and but also on the House. He desired that the House prepare himself for his task. Last year there was a long should do their part of the duty as well as the commit- debate here, on a blacksmith's pay, between the gentle. tee; and he therefore moved, as an addition to the man from North Carolina and the chairman of the Comamendment, the following: " And the general appro- mittee of Ways and Means; and on every item the chairpriation bills shall be in order in preference to any bills man must be prepared to give full and satisfactory inof a public nature."

formation. But (said Mr. S.) if the further time should Mr. ADAMS accepted the amendment, as a modifica | not be given for this purpose, I go for the last provi

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sion. Bring up the bills, and then let us hear the argu- I do not (said Mr. W.) excuse myself for the delay of ment on them.' Let them have the preference for the the appropriation bills. I will hold the King here by the purpose of argument. Last year many important bills purse strings of the nation. I will hold him by his salary. failed for want of time. He wished the appropriation I will hold all the Departments by the purse strings. The bills to be first discussed, first acted on, first passed or lost. House should never forget its relation to the people, in

Mr. WILLIAMS rose to move the reference of the subserviency to the King. What was said by my colleague whole subject to a select committee, believing that to from Virginia was true. The members are neglectful of be the usual course. He submitted the following mo the daty which they owe the people in relation to the ap. tion: That the rules and orders of the House be refer propriation bills. They read the current news, pay a visit, red to a select committee, to see if any alteration in them or look into the Senate chamber, the moment that those be necessary.

bills are taken up for consideration, instead of exercising Mr. MERCER suggested an alteration so as to secure a rigid and watchful scrutiny over them. At the last the benefit of the rules of the last House until the com session we voted away thirty-three thousand dollars for mittee were ready to report. The rules were once re- making a pavement around the President's house for ferred and no report was made on them at all. While English coaches to grind, and in planting trees, sbrubup, he would express his surprise that no one had made bery, &c. He held the documents in his hand. This any objection to the amendment offered by the gentle appropriation for the President's house ought to have man from Vermont. Mr. M. made some further re- been scrutinized by those who held the money of the marks, which did not reach the ear of the reporter. people.

Mr. PARKER said the proper way was to appoint a In conclusion, (Mr. W. said,) if God spared his life, committee to adopt rules, and, in the mean time, to act and the people kept him in his place here, he would on the rules of last year. There must be some rules to hold on to the appropriation bills to the last minute. He go by, or the Speaker could not be directed to appoint would put himself on the watch over the public money. the standing committees.

The relation of this House, as the Commons, as the rep. Mr. WILLIAMS modified his proposition, so as to resentatives of the people, was of a character paraprovide that, “until the committee made their report, | mount to the relation of mere partisans. and it was definitively acted on by the House, the rules Mr. MANN, of New York, felt constrained, he said, and orders of the last House should be the rules and to renew the motion for the reference of this subject to orders of this House."

a select committee, which motion had been made and Mr. ADAMS said that the effect of this motion was, withdrawn by the gentleman from North Carolina; not by a side wind, to destroy his object entirely. He that he wished to deprive the gentleman from Massacht. thought himself entitled to a decision of the House on his setts of the opportunity to get a decision on his proposiproposition. Sending his proposition to the committee tion, but that he wished to bring the discussion to a was to involve it in a boundless ocean of discussion, from close. It was true that there was some inconvenience which it would never emerge. Many projects of altera- arising from the delay of committees, but he knew some. tion would be offered, and the whole session would pass thing of the inconvenience to which committees were before any thing was done. He wanted the decision on subjected. It was not practicable for them to sit on the his motion to amend, and he would move it as an amend subjects before them within the time prescribed in the ment to the motion of the gentleman from North Carolina. motion. The labor of preparing the report of the Com

The CHAIR suggested that the gentleman from Mas mittee of Ways and Means was very great; and he presachusetts might better attain his object by moving his sumed that even the gentleman from Massachusetts amendment in the shape of instructions to the committee. would be unwilling to undertake to perform it in thirty

Mr. ADAMS said, as his only object was to get the days. The delay of the bills was not owing to the comdecision of the House, he would move the proposition as mittee so much as to the House. They were delayed in instructions to the committee.

their progress here till we were admonished that the Mr. WILLIAMS remarked that he was sorry the gen. public service was in danger from the want of that actleman from Massachusetts should suppose that he wish- tion. Under these impressions, though he believed that ed to evade any decision. He had never attempted to if the proposition of the gentleman from Massachusetts elude any decision which was urged by any gentleman, could be carried into effect, it would be productive of much less by the gentleman from Massachusetts. He much benefit, he should be obliged to vote against it. wished to get rid of this discussion, which promised to He understood there would be various propositions to be long and unprofitable. But he would withdraw the amend the rules, which would probably give rise to proposition in order to enable the House to decide on discussions lasting several days, while, in the mean time, ihe question, giving notice that afterwards he should we should be exposed to inconvenience for the want of renew it.

rules. He moved the reference of the subject to a select Mr. WISE said he should vote for the proposition of committee. the gentleman from Massachusetts. It was not the busi- Mr. ADAMS moved his proposition as instructions to ness of the committee to make reports of their own acts the committee. and doings; it was not their business to take up any ori. Mr. MERCER moved to amend the instructions by ginal matter. It was their duty, as the agents of us, the putting them in the form of an inquiry into the expe. Commons-lhe Commons, coming fresh from the people- diency of the proposed rule; which was lost, 69 rising in to ask of those who have the disbursement of the public the affirmative, noes not counted. money, (he would say nothing about its custody at pres The question recurring on Mr. ADAMS's motion, ent,) what they proposed to do with it. This he wished Mr. VINTON called for a division of the question. to know immediately, in presenti. If the gentleman The rule proposed required, he said, first, that the combrings in a proposition to limit the discussion to any par-mittee should report within thirty days, and then it made ticular length of time, he should most distinctly oppose the appropriation bill the standing order for the day, in it. The bigh obligations of this House to the people preference to all other business. It would come up as were paramount to any other; but they were often for a matter of course, the Speaker having no discretion in gotten, left behind, trampled on, while the House acted relation to it. only in a secondary relation to the President. In rela- Those who have objections to any items of the bill tion to the President we too often acted, not feeling, as would be allowed no time to make inquiries respecting Commons, a just sense of our obligations to the people. I them. It would not be in order to call up any other

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question, of whatever magnitude it might be. This, hements and officers of the Government therein named; said, would embarrass and trammel the House to no pur- the consideration of which, at the instance of Mr. MANN, pose; for, after all, every gentleman was satisfied of one of New York, was waived for the present. thing, that when the majority was disposed to get at a Several messages from the President of the United question, they would, in some way, get at it. We can States were received by the hands of Mr. Donelson, his not take the Government out of the hands of the major private secretary; which were laid before the House by ity and put it into that of the minority.

the Speaker, and consisted ofMr. H. EVERETT moved, as an amendment to the 1st. A communication, enclosing a report from the instructions, that no appropriation should be reported or Secretary of the Treasury relative to certain transfers of be in order as an amendment to a bill for any expendi. appropriation; which, on motion of Mr. CAMRELENG, ture not before authorized by law.

was ordered to be printed. Mr. ADAMS said, in reply to the gentleman from 2d. A message, enclosing a report of the Secretary of Obio, (Mr. Vixton,] that the rule would show the sense War of certain astronomical observations made with a of the House that those bills, de jure, had the preference view to the ascertainment of the northern boundary line over others; but it would not prevent the House from of the State of Ohio; which, on motion of Mr. JOHN Q. taking up any other bill. Tke proposition of the gen- ADAMS, was referred to a select committee of nine, tleman from Vermont (Mr. EVERETT) would, he said, and ordered to be printed. complicate his object extremely; his object being simply 3d. A message, transmitting a copy of the constituto hasten the report from the committee.

tion (and various documents in reference thereto) adoptMr. EVERETT withdrew his motion.

ed by a convention recently assembled in the Territory The question was then taken on the first branch of of Michigan, with a view to the formation of a new Mr. Adams's motion to instruct, and it was determined State out of said Territory. in the affirmative, 91 to 76.

Mr. J. Y. MASON, of Virginia, moved to refer the Mr. ADAMS then modified the second branch, so as latter communication to a select committee, and that it to provide that “the appropriation bills shall be in order be printed. in preference to any other bills of a public nature, unless Mr. HAMER moved to refer the message to the same otherwise ordered by a majority of the House."

select committee to which the communication in refer. The question being taken, this motion was also ence to the northern boundary of the State of Ohio had agreed to.

been committed. Mr. THOMAS, of Maryland, moved to include in the Mr. MASON remarked that, personally, he was indifinstructions an alteration of the rule for the admission of ferent as to the committee to which this subject was repersons to the privileged seats, so as to include in the ferred. There was some delicacy involved in the two list of persons to be admitted the district attorneys, in communications, which perhaps might be obviated by cluding the district attorney of the District of Columbia. sending them to different committees. He should cheer.

This motion was supported by Messrs. THOMAS and fully acquiesce in the decision of the House upon the BEARDSLEY; and, the question being taken upon it, subject of reference. it was lost.

Mr. HOWARD moved to amend the propositions, by Mr. CHAMBERS, of Pennsylvania, moved the follow. referring the latter message and the accompanying doc. ing: “That the committee be instructed to consider the uments to the standing Committee on Territories. He expediency of amending the 25th rule, by making all should follow up this motion, if it succeeded, by moving amendments in order pending the main question.” The to reconsider the vote whereby the communication in object of the amendment was to bear on the previous reference to the northern boundary of Ohio bad just question.

been referred to a select committee, with a view to its After a few remarks by the mover, the motion was reference to the Committee on Territories. He conagreed to.

ceived there was no propriety in sending to select comMr. PARKER moved a further instruction to the mittees matters which appropriately belonged to the select committee, that, during the session of the House, standing committees of the House. the members shall remain uncovered, unless specially Before any question was taken, the House, on motion, permitted by the Speaker.

adjourned to Monday next. Messrs. PARKER and BRIGGS briefly advocated this motion, and it was opposed by Mr. SUTHERLAND.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 14. Mr. PARKS moved to amend the amendment by in

Messrs. GRAVES, of Kentucky, and GARLAND, of Loustructing the committee to consider all propositions is relative to the rules which might be handed them by any

isiana, appeared, were qualified, and took their seats.

After the reading of the journal of the proceedings of inember. Mr. P. was induced to make the motion, to avoid any unnecessary consumption of time in discussing


Mr. HOWARD moved the reconsideration of the vote the various instructions which gentlemen were desirous

by which the message from the President relative to the of offering After a few additional remarks by Mr. PARKER, in

Ohio and Michigan boundary line was ordered to be refavor of his motion, the amendment to the amendment

ferred to a select committee; and, on his motion, the fur

ther consideration was postponed until to-morrow. was agreed to. The resolution, as amended, was then agreed to, and

DEATH OF MR. WILDMAN. the select committee was ordered to consist of nine. Mr. HALEY, of Connecticut, announced the death of On motion of Mr. WHITTLESEY,

his colleague, the Hon. ZALMON WILDMAN, a RepresenOrdered, That the standing committees of the House tative in Congress from the State of Connecticut; and, be now appointed.

after a few remarks in eulogy of the deceased, submit. Mr. WILLIAMS, of North Carolina, submitted a res. ted a motion for the usual demonstrations of respect for olution granting the use of the hall of Representatives; his memory; which was unanimously adopted. on Tuesday evening next, to the American Colonization Society; which was agreed to: Yeas 104, pays not count.


A message was received from the Senate, announcin Mr. JOHNSON, of Kentucky, submitted a resolution the death of the Hon. Elias K. Kane, Senator from 15 for furnishing documents, bills, &c., to certain depart. I State of Illinois, and informing the House that the fi




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