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other subjects than abolition, which took up much time North and East with what a tender hand they ought to debate, and motions were made to reject them. He to touch this subject. There are individuals in this Union concluded by expressing a wish that the House might who I know love their country, and this Union is dear decide on the appeal, and he would acquiesce in the to them as the heart's blood of the dearest, tenderest, motion to postpone the consideration of the memorial object of their affections, in whose bosom a thorn has
Mr. WARD said he would be glad to withdraw his been planted by another project from the same quarmotion, if he thought this memorial would have prefer-ter-I mean the tribute of protecting duties. Sir, this ence over all others; but he thought it would not, and thorn pained and wounded at the time, and has rankled there would be much time spent in the discussion of and festered, and the wound is now in a festering state; them, and he was very anxious that the House should and this is not the time to open it and plant another proceed to the consideration of the bill for the relief of more fatal still, and more galling. the sufferers by fire in New York.
It is this, sir, which causes me to urge that we come Mr. GLASCOCK said he was willing the question to a full understanding of this matter between North should be postponed; and his reasons were, that reso- and South, East and West; for, sir, I know that northlutions were in possession of the House, which, if pass-ern and eastern gentlemen do not know that there are ed, as he hoped they would be, would put this question feelings existing in the South upon this subject that to rest. He thought the House had the right to say that cannot be further agitated or pressed upon. Sir, let it would not receive these petitions. The right was | me not be misunderstood; I do not charge the whole recognised by Mr. Jefferson; and certainly he would | fault of the agitation on this subject on the North, nor not have recognised it if it was unconstitutional. It would I wish to say any thing unkind or intemperate, would be for the House to say whether it would receive | calculated to wound the feeling of any member of this them.
House or this Union. Far from it.' 'I think I know Mr. PATTON said he regretted very much that the that, if they were apprized of what they were doing, or gentleman from Georgia (Mr. GLASCOCK) had express
likely to produce, they would act differently. They ed a readiness to acquiesce in the motion to postpone.
love the Union. And did I intimate that the South did It was very evident that the effect would be to give the
not equally? Sir, they love the Union equally; but inmatter the go-by. The gentleman is mistaken, if he sulted, injured love, is the mother of the purest hate; thinks he is to get a speedy and direct vote. Our time and I wish all the members of the Union to be apprized is to be taken up by discussing this matter every morn- of what is likely to be the effect of pressing this matter ing on which an opportunity offers. There was no way on us. Sir, they are not advised; I know they cannot of getting a vote, unless we make it the special order | be. Sir, I know our own conduct ought to be revised until it is decided. One gentleman will ask it to be by us at home on this subject; let us inquire whether postponed for one purpose--another for another pur- our societies and fourth of July speeches on emancipapose; and by this means the question would be evaded. tion and other things in relation to negroes and negro
Mr. BOULDIN. I do not wish to say much, Mr. slavery have not invited strangers to meddle, and have Speaker, on this subject, but wish to say a word or two. | not led to a misunderstanding on this subject.. particularly as to the manner in which this matter has ! I am sure that, on reflection, our northern brethren come before the House, and how I have been compelwill admit of repentance on seeing error. I am equally led to vote upon it. It comes up upon various points
satisfied that the attention of the South having been
satisi of order, blended in some degree with the merits of the
drawn to what they have themselves done, they will question: whether the petition should be rejected be retrace some of their steps, and all will be willing fore it is read, and you know what is in it; whether the to leave this subject, too mysterious, deep, and dangerlanguage in which it is couched is such as ought to be ous for man's management, (or that of woman either,) received by the House. I have been compelled to give to the operation of time, and the providence of God, in votes seemingly contradictory in relation to the merits, whose hands alone this subject must at last be left. Sir, owing to this blending and entwining of questions of it is impossible that gentlemen should be sensible of order with the most momentous matter that can come wbat they are doing, or I do kno
wbat they are doing, or I do know, by looking into my before the House or the nation.
own bosom, (a place I find the safest of all to look when Mr. Speaker, the North and East are not acquainted I know that passion is absent,) to find what others witt with the effects of what they are doing. They do not do on any given point-I know, sir, by what I find in know what is the feeling of the South. Sir, if they my own bosom, that if gentlemen knew what was, or did, their conduct would be different. Far be it from would be, the effect of pushing this thing upon us, they me to do or say any thing, or give any vote, that will would, with all courtesy and humility to their constituendanger this Union. Sir, I love the Union as I love ents, return their numberless petitions, and tell them my life, and this makes me anxious that this matter that dangers, of which they were not advised, awaited should be understood.
the passing of this matter, and that, if it was still insist. (The SPEAKER said the point was, Shall the subject be ed on, they would at last offer them. I know this postponed?)
would be their course as certainly as I can know any I know that, sir; I am endeavoring to show the pro thing depending on observation and familiar acquaintpriety of coming to an understanding on this subject now, ance with the common practice of man, and their ordi. in preference to then. Sir, the question I wish to come to nary actions and motives in the common business of life. is this: do you mean to take measures to endanger our Sir, they cannot be fully sensible of what effects they property or our lives-liberate our slaves, directly or | are likely to produce. Look to the sources of their inindirectly, now or hereafter? Sir, I have no doubt the | formation. They rely in a great measure on the repreliberation of the slaves of this District by Congress is sentations of the ladies, who appear to be the principal unconstitutional, and will, on any vote, say so. But petitioners. Sir, let me cast no slur over any porton this is not what I care for. He that is willing, profess of the fair sex; I wish them every good wish, if they be ing to be friendly, to use means, directly or indirectly, single, which I believe is generally their condition; if to endanger my life or rob me of my property, has little they had husbands and children, they would find some. regard to constitutional scruples or difficulties.
thing else to do; I wish them all good husbands, and Sir, I am not disposed to weaken the tie of love that something better to do, and that they may spend their exists, or did exist, between all the members of this days and their nights in some employment more like Union; but, sir, I wish as soon as possible to inform the I to give them pleasure, and do the world a benefit
drawing their petitions, so well calculated to produce rials preparatory to the commencement of certain forti. effects so little likely to give them satisfaction or com- fications; fort after they are produced.
A bill for the better organization of the corps of topSir, whether they be married, maids, or widows, Iographical engineers; and wish not to wound them; and they must be very differ A bill authorizing the chief engineer to employ clerks ent from any of their sex of any class that I have been and a messenger. acquainted with, if they would persevere in any course Mr. J. gave notice that he would call up the first that went to hazard every thing dear to their sex. Sir, named bill on Thursday next. were they informed in what a situation they would place Mr. PEYTON then rose and said he had not intended the maiden pride of their sex-if they were informed to say one word upon the subject before the House at that they would hazard the life and safety of the dear that time. However, if he understood the honorable and tender offspring clinging to the bosoms of their own member from Kentucky (Mr. R. M. Johnsox] aright, sisterhood, sympathizing with them in all the tender ties and Mr. P. wished, if he misunderstood the gentleman, that bind the mother to her tender infant, who draws its that he would correct him; he understood the gentlevital being from her breast, I am sure they would stay man to say, substantially, that, so far as the question of their hands. Sir, could they be informed what effect slavery was concerned in the States, he (Mr. J.) thought they had produced upon the helpless, defenceless ob- it agreed on all hands that that House had no power to jects of their blind charity, they, being Christians, (as intersere; but that, so far as the District of Columbia was all women are, or should be,) would leave the thing to concerned, it was a mere matter of expediency.
Mr. JOHNSON, of Kentucky, explained. What he Sir, it is immaterial whether you mean to do this thing said was, that he had much rather that the House should by this means or that-whether immediately or indirect at once vote upon the question than discuss it. And that ly, now or hereafter, the object is the same, and the if the House would come to a vote, he thought there consequences to us are the same; and it is obvious that was no member in the House who would vote that they this subject is pressed upon us of the South, in some had the power to interfere, so far as the States were form or other, by societies formed, religious associations, concerned, nor a single member in the House who political combinations, male and female, private and would say it was expedient to touch it even in the Dis. public, from day to day, and from week to week. Sir, trict of Columbia let us alone to ourselves in this matter.
The CHAIR said further remarks must be arrested. [Here the SPEAKER said the question was whether The question before the House was merely one of time, this subject should be postponed until Monday, and the whether the subject should be postponed till Monday gentleman was going into the whole merits.]
next. I think, Mr. Speaker, that these reflections are direct. Mr. PEYTON said he had nothing to say on that subly in point, to show that we should come to an imme-ject. diate understanding on this matter. However, I will not Mr. CAMBRELENG expressed a hope that the mo. urge any other remarks at this time; but when the main tion would prevail, as he wished to move that the House question comes up, if we should ever be able to get to resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole on the state it, I will claim the attention of the House while I give to of the Union. them and to my constituents my views on its merits. I The motion to postpone the further consideration of will simply add that, if the materials of civil war and the memorial, and the motion to reject it, were then discord are matured in this nation, it will be a matter of agreed to. little consequence at which end of the confederacy the
PARTIAL APPROPRIATION BILL. flame commences. The consequences to the whole Union will be the same. Ay, sir, and the horrors and | An engrossed bill, making appropriations, in part, for the alarms of southern maids and matrons can only be the support of the Government for the year 1836, was equalled by the terrors and alarms, the horrors and ca read the third time. lamities, of the maids and matrons of the North-Rachels
Mr. JOHNSON, of Tennessee, said he wished this weeping for their children who are not.
bill amended, so as to reduce the contingent expenses Mr. CRAIG said, that in postponing this matter, it was
poning this matter. it was of the House to the standard of 1832; and he hoped the not giving the subject the go-by. It would come up in House would afford its unanimous consent for the pura better shape when the resolutions were under consid- / pose of enabling him to make the motion. eration. When the resolutions came up, let us march Mr. CAMBRÉLENG expressed the same wish. as one man to the point, and the matter will be decided,
Mr. WILLIAMS, of North Carolina, should move and decided satisfactorily, he hoped, both to the South that the bill be recommitted to the Committee of Ways and to the North.
and Means, or to a Committee of the Whole on the Mr. R. M. JOHNSON said he did not rise to debate state of the Union, with instructions to inquire into the the question. He thought that if we were to vote, and expediency of making the retrenchments suggested by not to speak so much, we would be enabled to get the gentleman from Tennessee. In that way the bill through the business much more advantageously than at could be amended, and they could have the benefit of a present. So far as the States were concerned we all full discussion on the subject. He made the former agreed, and he would not say it was expedient to touch / motion, this matter even in the District of Columbia. Mr. J. had Mr. CAMBRELENG expressed a hope that the gen. risen for the purpose of asking the consent of the House tleman would withdraw the motion. The object was to to report several bills from the Committee on Military reduce the appropriations to the standard of four years Affairs.
ago, and he trusted the bill would not be delayed. No objection being made,
Mr. WILLIAMS, of North Carolina, would assent to Mr. R. M. JOHNSON, from the Committee on Mili- the request, but he wished the inquiry to go further tary Affairs, reported the following bills, which were than the gentleman proposed, and to inquire whether committed to a Committee of the Whole on the state of the amount of 1832 was itself not too large. the Union; which, together with the reports and docu- Mr. J. Q. ADAMS said it made little difference whements accompanying the same, were ordered to be ther this bill was amended or not; for if it were, there printed:
would be a supplemental bill to the general appropriaA bill making an appropriation for collecting mate. I tion bill. Mr. A. opposed the bill.
Mr. HARDIN entered into a statement to show the village newspaper, and read by every body; had gone expenses for printing, &c., for 1833, 34, and '35, and to our remotest boundaries, and nearly come back again, read a table wbich he had himself made out.
before a half dozen copies of it had been put on our Mr. CAMBRELENG moved that the bill be recom- | tables; a month had nearly elapsed before my call on mitted to a Committee of the Whole on the state of the the Clerk piled up any considerable number on our Union. Mr. C. intimated his intention shortly to pro- tables. Why was this delay? No sufficient reason has pose a bill to make the appropriation year, in regard to been or can be assigned for it. No want of materials all the officers of the Government, commence on March can be pleaded; for this well-provided office had plenty 31, if no other gentleman did so.
of materials to furnish thousands of copies to members Mr. WILLIAMS, of North Carolina, then withdrew who purchased them. Would not the same materials his motion to refer to the Committee of Ways and have done to execute the order of the House? Or were Means.
the ordered copies kept back until the whole number of Mr. UNDERWOOD renewed the motion, for the those for sale was exhausted? reason, he said, of instructing the Committee of Ways Sir, I shall vote for the motion of the gentleman from and Means on the subject of mileage. Mr. U. said this Kentucky, to recommit this bill, with instructions; not matter ought to be settled. Some of his own prede so much with a view to the mileage of members, as to cessors, coming from his own immediate neighborhood, reduce the printing bill of the House down from its had charged 1,100, 1,200, 1,300 miles, and others 600, present enormous sum to the old standard. I wish, 700, and 800; and it was time this matter was looked above all things, to see the amount of “the Governinto.
ment” patronage to the public press reduced--to see Mr. CAMBRELENG would suggest that the Commit-“the Government” patronage divorced from the public tee on the Post Office and Post Roads would be the press. The patronage which the Globe alone received proper committee to refer this subject to, and not the from the executive Departments, in less time than the Committee of Ways and Means.
last two years, amounts to more than forty thousand Mr. WHITTLESEY said, to send the subject to the dollars! The cost of the printing of the House alone, Committee of Ways and Means would greatly embar- in the last Congress, was more than one hundred and rass it. He thought it should go either to the committee fifty thousand dollars! Judging of the future by the indicated by the gentleman from New York, or to a se-past--and the probability of an increase, in fact, being lect committee.
greater than that of a diminution of printing--the printMr. W. went on to show that the contingent expen-ing of the House for this Congress will not be short of ses for printing were easily accounted for, by the fact that for the last, and Blair & Rives will, for the next of the extra number of copies ordered by the llouse, two years, enjoy an undivided patronage from “the for which many members had voted, who expressed Government” of little short of two hundred thousand themselves in favor of reform and economy. The for- dollars! A hundred thousand a year! How can the mer practice of the House was to print no more than public press be pure! Is it a wonder that it is degraded 5,000 copies of the President's message and accompa- and corrupt? That it is no longer a faithful sentinel, nying documents; now, 10, 15, and 20,000 were printed and must not be, cannot be, relied on? Is there no
Mr. CRAIG preferred referring the bill to another remedy? Yes, sir, a plain one. Give me a committee, committee than the Committee on the state of the Union. with power to send for persons and papers, and I will The great inequality in the mileage of the members, show you that the public printing can be done thirty though it might seem a small matter, involved an im per cent. cheaper than it now is. Purchase your own portant principle.
press, sir, and employ a superintendent, with a regular Mr. WISE said: Sir, it was far from me to say a word and liberal salary: give employment to the working men on this subject, but I am called up, against my will, by to do job work alone; and remove this corruption, this the gentleman from Ohio, (Mr. WHITTLESEY.] His re- stinking bribery, from the fountain of political informa. marks are so true, and so just, and so just a rebuke to tion. Let the political press depend upon the patron. me, that I am compelled to make confession of the error age of the people alone for its support, and it will be of my ways. He is right, and I was wrong. It was 1, more faithful to them and to truth. If it costs you double sir, it was I who made, inadvertently made, the motion what corruption does, buy purity in the press at any to print the twenty thousand copies of the President's price. The entire amount of Executive, Senate, and message. God forgive me! and, if the country will for House printing in this District alone is little short of half give me for this one time, I promise never to be caught | a million of dollars, according to the new edition of the so offending again.
Blue Book; and from this place go forth the "winged But I have been paid as I deserved for assisting the messengers" of information, to enlighten or deceive the Globe to this lucrative job. The "glove" was thrown public mind. The bribe is too great, too strong, for down to me the other day in that print, and I hope the poor human nature and for our safety. With the power House will permit me to take it up now. Like as a of appointment to and removal from office, with the Kentuckian or Old Virginian brags of his "double-barrel power of appointment of members of Congress to office, gun, his pointer dog, and his sweetheart," so did Blair with the Post Office and custom-houses, with the public & Rives meet my charge of gross negligence and delay money and the pet banks, and with this enormous power in the public printing. I charged "gross negligence of patronage to the public press, “the Governinent" and delay in the execution of the order of this House;" can do any thing! We are a consolidated unit! and they brag that they have “the best-arranged office, Sir, the gentleman from Massachusetts (Mr. ADAMS) the best-provided office, the most unremittingly labori- asks if we will take up this bill to pay ourselves first? ous office, in the city." That plea, sir, did not tender I say yes, by all means. I, for one, will never consent an issue, and did not respond to the charge. The Globe to postpone the Commons, the immediate Representa. office may have “ executed inore work since the com- tives of the people, the House of Representatives, to mencement of the present session of Congress than was pay the President, much less his menials, first. I will ever performed in the same length of time;" but, sir, it wait on this House first, and attend to them afterwards. has not done that work for us; it did not execute our I will do this from no selfish motive, but from a jealous order in due time; and I repeat the charge of gross and high-toned sense of independence and dignity, as a delay in the printing of the President's message. The Representative of the people. President's message was stale, had been printed in every / Mr. GILLET made a brief explanation of the causes
of the delay that had taken place. It was in no way i him,) bought of Blair & Rives, whilst you were waiting assignable to the present printers, for the delay had not for the same work at public expense. If the "engra. arisen from them.
vings," too, were not ready for the copies with the accomMr. LANE said the only remedy that could be applied panying documents, why were the small messages, withwas to pass a law that the mileage of each member out the accompanying documents, not furnished? Blair should be published to the world, in a manner to be & Rives had to sell out their own private stock on band seen and read by the people, by the constituents of each before they executed the order of the House. The member.
printing we are told was done, but the copies not furMr. L. voted for the motion of the gentlemari from nished. So much the worse. Virginia [Mr. WISE) to print an extra number of the The gentleman from New Jersey (Mr. PARKER] says, President's message, and he neither regretted nor felt it that in the last Congress the balance of patronage to the his duty to confess his error for giving that vote. The press was against the administration; that Gales & Seaextra numbers were not printed for the benefit of the ton had the printing. Sir, I am making no small, petty members of the House, but for the people, their con issue. I said “the Government” patronage; whether stituents. The gentleman from Virginia [Mr. WISE] in the bands of one party or another, it is still patronage, complained of the extra printing and the Government and Government patronage. But now, looking prospatronage to the public printer. When, said Mr. L., pectively for the next two years, the whole of the execdid we ever hear of this complaint? Now that an Amer. utive printing, and of the printing of this House, falling ican born citizen, one of the free born sons of Columbia, little short of two hundred thousand dollars, is to be has the printing--otherwise when the same favors were heaped on one pet office of “the Government." Hereshowered upon a foreigner.
tofore, the printing has been more divided among the Mr. PARKER drew the attention of the gentleman different presses. But I am not for the one or the other from Ohio (Mr. WHITTLESEY] to the Post Office minori-printer, or for any, to enjoy this immense patronage-1 ty report, twenty-five thousand copies of which were am for taking it from all. Gentlemen need not throw ordered, at his instance, to be printed last session, which up Gales & Seaton to me. I never voted for Gales & cost a vast deal more than printing the President's mes. | Seaton; and I will not debate with them the poor, pitiful, sage; and which contained a large body of undigested contemptible issue between Gales & Seaton and Blair & evidence, that few ever read, and no one could under Rives, or any other party printers. If their interests, or stand. Mr. P. then referred to the mass of memorials, their parties' interests, were all which are involved in petitions, speeches, &c., of members of Congress, du. this question, I should not care enough about it to break ring the panic” session, which fairly blocked up the silence; but there are most paramount and momentous avenues in the Capitol, employed some score or two of and vital interests of the country and its future welfare persons to fold, and the very folding paper to one speech, involved-interests which we cannot long overlook, he was credibly informed, cost the country upwards of without forgetting our country in the low and grovelling four hundred dollars. Mr. P. said it would be found strifes of party--ihe interests of independent legislation, that, for years past, the balance of public printing had and of independence in the public mind. been in favor of the House
I would ask the gentleman from New Jersey (Mr. Mr. WARDWELL was surprised that the gentleman PARKER) whether, when he was stumbling over the from Ohio could put bis hand on no other document speeches lying about and obstructing the recesses and than the President's message, the very one, of all others, passages of this huge building, he fell upon specches on that ought to be distributed. Mr. W. had always stren- one side alone? Were there not piles upon piles of uously opposed the extra printing by that House. He (the party' speeches as well as of the panic" speeches? would ask, who ever read the gentleman's report, of He says during the panic session---the panic session! Yes, which twenty-five thousand copies were printed?' It was sir, it was a panic session; "the party was panic-struck strange that nothing had been said by gentleman, of the for a while; but I am done with ibat. I do not mean to expense of printing, before the present session, when, | discuss old things. I mean to look ahead, and to en. for the first time, a printer had been elected favorable deavor to make all things become new. Daring the to the administration. He hoped this bill would not be panic session, the gentleman says, when Gales & Seaton encumbered with the subject of mileage, but if the gen- were public printers, we heard nothing of extravagance tleman wished an alteration in the law, let him move the then in public printing. The gentleman is out, sir; he customary resolution.
is mistaken: there was a committee on the subject of - Mr. WISE again rose and said: Sir, I am compelled abuses expressly appointed, 'at the head of which was to say that the explanations given by the gentleman from placed an honorable gentleman from Georgia, (Mr. New York (Mr. GILLET) of the delay of the public print-CLAYTON,] but that committee could never, or did never, ing is not satisfactory; not at all. The gentleman says report. I have never known, though I could guess, the delay was owing to the fact that the printer was not perhaps, why that committee never did report. X elected by the last Congress, and that necessarily the honorable friend from North Carolina (Mr. McKay) was public printer had to procure his materials after he was a member of that committee, and he, no doubt, can tell elected this session. Now, this is too bad-too disingen- us why, and can tell us, too, of some abuses which might uous. I put it to the candor of the honorable gentleman, have been reported. did not Blair, did not "the party" know-know as well. The gentleman not only complains of the printing of as they now know-know beyond a moral certainty, that panic speeches, but also of the Post Office report. I he was to be elected public printer before this House | am not astonished, sir, at his complaining of the printmet? Ay, months ago, did he not know it too well noting of 25,000 copies of the report of the Post Office to begin preparation for his work? Let him, let the | Committee-that was a “panic report!" But the comGlobe answer me. It is too bad, I confess, thus to be plaint only shows how far reform would go. He says forced on all occasions to acknowledge our humiliation; that report was very voluminous, and was read by no. but facts, stubborn facts, must stubbornly be told! I re- body. It is so much the better for “the party” if that peat the question--if the materials were not ready for report has been read by nobody. But let him not lay our order, how came they to be ready for Blair & Rives's that flattering unction to bis soul. Sir, that report, own sales to members?' I bought one hundred; a col. which was the result of the joint industry, ability, and league tells me he bought twelve hundred; you, and you, acuteness, of the gentleman from Ohio (Mr. WHITTLEhere, there, every where, (pointing to seats around SEY] and the gentleman from Vermoni, (Mr. EVERETT,]
than whom there are not, and never were, in Congress,bers in this House, and I hope they will haste to do two more useful and faithful representatives of the peo. their duty whilst they are “fresh from the people!" ple. That report broke up the nest, probed the old Mr. CRAIG moved that the House adjourn; but with. sore, and laid bare the corruption of that Department, drew it to enable the Speaker to present sundry com. I do not know that all the foul matter has run out yet, munications from the heads of Departments. and that it may not yet become more corrupt than ever, The SPEAKER also laid before the House the fol. There are some other departments which I should like | lowing message from the President of the United States; to see probed." There are your land offices, and your which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, Indian bureaux, which, if all I believe is true, are now, and ordered to be printed: and bave been for a long time, festering with as stinking corruption as ever ulcerated the Post Office. I
To the House of Represenlatives of the United States: should like to see about 25,000 copies of just such panic Having laid before Congress, on tiie 9th ultimo, the reports printed upon each of those departments. Well correspondence which had previously taken place relamay gentlemen complain of the distribution of such in. tive to the controversy between Ohio and Michigan, on formation as that contained in the report of the Post of the question of boundary between that State and Terri. fice Committee. Such information to the people is well tory, I now transmit reports from the Secretaries of calculated to strike “the party” with a panic! Sir, State and War on the subject, with the papers therein 25,000 copies of that report were not half enough for a referred to. population of twelve millions. It told a tale of corrup.
ANDREW JACKSON. tion, where all should be as pure as the air of your WASHINGTON, January 11, 1836. mountains, in a republic. Would that I could believe it would produce a real bonafide reform--not a reform,
The House then adjourned. such as party politicians hold up to the desire and expectation of the people--not a reform merely to turn
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13. out and put in, but a radical reform, a cure, a healing of the disease. It did all it could do: it informed us of
SCAVERY IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. the disease; it let out some fetid matter. But I fear it! The following resolution, heretofore offered by Mr. exposed a most fearful character of the disease. I fear JARvis, came up in order: it is the king's evil on the body politic! It is not always Resolved, That, in the opinion of this House, the sub. to cure, to become informed of a malady. You may ject of the abolition of slavery in the District of Colum. stop up one rat-bole, sir, and they will gnaw another. bia ought not to be entertained by Congress. And be You may cicatrize one old sore, and another will break it further resolved, that in case any petition praying the out on some other part of the body. I desire the peo. abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia be hereple to become acquainted with the case and its type; / after presented, it is the deliberate opinion of the House and I do desire, above all things, that they will doctor that the same ought to be laid upon the table without it. Sucb panic reports, I say, sir, are of vastly more being referred or printed. importance than your President's messages, and all your The question pending was the following amendment, Secretaries' reports, which never pretend to expose offered by Mr. WISE: abuses. Expose abuses! which rather smooth over “Resolved," That there is no power of legislation some things that must not be known for the administra- granted by the constitution to the Congress of the Uni. tion's sake! Yes, sir, where I would print one Presi. | ted States to abolish slavery in the District of Columbia; dent's message, I would print one thousand copies of and that any attempt by Congress to legislate upon the any report which exposes the truth, the whole truth, subject of slavery, will be not only unauthorized but and nothing but the truth, to the nation.
dangerous to the union of the States. The gentleman from New York (Mr. WARDWELL] Mr. JARVIS modified his resolution as follows: says it is the first time that the administration has had its Whereas any attempt in this House to agitate the printer. The administration its printer! Why, sir, question of slavery is calculated to disturb the compro. here is the doctrine of the "spoils" distinctly avowed mises of the constitution, to endanger the Union, and, on this floor. The administration its printer!' I repu.if persisted in, to destroy the peace and prosperity of diate, I despise, I scorn, I detest, I abhor, such a doc- the country. Therefore, trine! It is servile, it is corrupting, it is mercenary. Resolved, That, in the opinion of this House, the subThe administration its printer! This is the feeling; ject of the abolition of slavery in the District of Columhere it is; and what does it say to us and to the Americ bia ought not to be entertained by Congress. And it is can people! I pray you, sir, and them to look at it, to further resolved, that in case any petition praying for mark it, and to reprobate it as I do. We are not safe, the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia be the Government is not safe, if such abominable senti-hereafter presented, it is the deliberate opinion of the ments shall obtain a footing amongst us. What, sir! is House that the same ought to be laid upon the table, it avowed that the press, too, belongs to the victors without being referred or printed. Yea, all!
Mr. ALLAN, of Kentucky, moved to lay the resoluAy! and the gentleman from New York (Mr. WARD tion as modified, and the amendment, on the table. WELL] says, too, that these questions about mileage- | Mr. GARLAND, of Virginia, asked for the yeas and these honest questions about corruption, and all that nays on the motion; which were ordered. come from new members. Indeed! there is a confes. Mr. PARKER called for the reading of the resolution, sion for you. True, sir, though too true. We come | as modified; which was done. here honest, at least professing to be honest, but we Mr. HOLSEY rose to a question of order. He was are not here long before we become “used to almost upon the floor when this subject was last before the any thing!" (Here Mr. CAMBRELENG whispered to Mr. House; and he supposed that he was entitled to the WISE, « how is it with yon, Wise?” to which Mr. W. floor; and that the motion to lay the subject on the replied, looking at Mr. C.,]I am no better than I should table could not be received under the circumstances. be, but I am not yet, thank God, “a hardened sinner!” The CHAIR said if the gentleman had claimed the I do not know how long, a little “figuring," perhaps, floor when the subject was first announced, he would might tell how long, I shall be disposed to act with the have been entitled to it. But as he had not done so be. new members; but I am glad there are many new mem. I fore several gentlemen had risen, and a modification of